Some long overdue updates and a surprise!

Happy Summer!

OMG, have I not updated this site since October?! I swear, I’m still here!

I won’t get into too much detail, but there were some issues with my current employer along with plenty of back and forth negotiations regarding my contract. With the backdrop of the pandemic, my parents nearly losing their home in a freak accident, and all the other day-to-day stresses, my focus had to narrow to work and my family. But I’m finally starting to peek my head out from under the rubble and slowly get back to the things I love doing (i.e. writing). I’m so glad COVID-19 cases are decreasing in the US thanks to vaccinations, at least for the time being. It’s good to see a little bit of normalcy and sunshine up here in New England.

Since it’s been so long, I wanted to share the first scene of FURIOUS ANGELS with you all (my newsletter subscribers received the entire first chapter, so make sure you’re signed up to receive more goodies from yours truly)! I’m still hoping to get this book finished by the end of this year, assuming another personal or national disaster doesn’t happen. Fingers crossed, but I hope you enjoy it, because it’s a pretty brutal opening to this crazy dark addition to The Order of the Senary Series.

FURIOUS ANGELS

*Please note, this is opening scene is not edited and is in first draft form.*

The Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center

Twentynine Palms, California

Fifteen Years Ago

The vampire’s skin was still sizzling as he slid across the floor, halting within inches of Kasen’s bare feet.

The door to the examination room slammed shut, trapping them both inside as Kasen stumbled back a few steps, instinctively raising his fists in a defensive stance. His heart somersaulted in his narrow chest, dread congealing in his gut like tar as he stared at the fallen vampire sprawled out in front of him.

The leech groaned, a terrible, wet gurgle, the whole right side of his face and arm roasted to a crisp. Angry red fault lines split his blackened skin as blood oozed from the crevices like lava. Dressed in a bright orange jumpsuit, the male looked like a prisoner, except this convict bore a wicked pair of fangs.

Kasen swallowed the taste of burnt flesh, resisting the urge to cover his mouth and nose with his sleeve, the stench cloying and tremendous in the confined space. He glanced at the mirrored wall across the room, sensing their eyes on him from the observation deck, even though he couldn’t see them.

They were always there, safe behind their fortress of privilege.

Wireless electrodes stuck to Kasen’s temples and bare upper body, the sticker pads pinching at his skin and hair. All he wore were his gi pants; no socks, no shirt, nothing that could inhibit movement. Sweat popped on his brow and dripped down his spine, his stomach roiling in a sea of acid and bile.

Not again.

Another trial. Another nightmare.

Another day on death row.

“It’s okay, son.” The calm, deep voice of Dr. Robert Cronin resounded in his earpiece, sending a jolt through Kasen’s already primed nervous system. “Remember what we talked about.”

Kasen focused his attention on the pain-ridden vampire, the leech whimpering and trembling like a heroin addict in withdrawal. The vampire was also young and half-naked, maybe a little older than Kasen, but barely legal.

Had he been turned purely for this purpose?

The male dragged his broken body across the sterile floor, crawling toward the door in a futile attempt at escape, leaving smears of blood in his wake. When the leech sidled past the stainless-steel drain at the center of the room, he moaned again, a desperate, defeated sound that made Kasen flinch.

Cronin’s words kept him grounded. “You need to practice. If you don’t learn it in a controlled fashion, it’ll teach you in an uncontrolled fashion. And we don’t want that, do we?”

Kasen didn’t respond, his chest tight, too tight, panic snaking around his throat and wringing the courage out of him. The leech wasn’t tied up. He wasn’t even bound with tungsten chains like they usually were. And none of the Marines were in the room to protect him.

“Don’t worry, we won’t let anything happen to you,” Cronin reassured him, as if the doctor had read his mind—or his stunned expression. “Go on. Pretend he’s one of your brothers.”

Too bad the suggestion wasn’t entirely far-fetched.

The vampire raised his head, face twisted with agony and teeth bared, cringing under the harsh fluorescent lights. He glared at Kasen through the infinite black tunnels of his eye sockets, an endless void that sparked with the slightest gleam of fear.

Afraid of him…the leech was afraid of him?

Adrenaline jacked up Kasen’s heart rate until his breath shallowed and his pulse batted in his throat like a trapped bird. The vampire caught it, eyes flicking to his neck briefly, and the newfound power inside of Kasen triggered.

“That’s it, Kase,” Cronin resonated in his ear with an undeniable note of excitement. The frenzied beeping of the monitors erupted in the background. “Concentrate.”

Kasen reinforced his stance, steeling his spine, clenching his fists so hard the bones of his knuckles practically popped through his alabaster skin. A chill shook him and goosebumps spread over every inch of his body, the air humming with the electric buzz of his otherworldly energy. Just like Cronin had said, the more he used his trait, the better control he’d gained, and he somehow managed not to run screaming from the room.

The vampire choked out a gasp, obsidian eyes widening, while Kasen focused on slowing the energy down, hoping it wouldn’t just burst out of him like last time. He’d passed out back then, much like the first time the power had kindled inside him, and he’d been so embarrassed about the incident he refused to summon it for weeks.

But now he’d become accustomed to the gruesome visages brought before him.

Craving them, even.

His chi amplified, ushering him forward as he closed the distance toward the vampire. The leech was panting now, shaking his head over and over with obvious terror. The male scrabbled away from him like a cockroach, pressing up against the door as if he could disappear through it, and Kasen couldn’t deny the rush of satisfaction coursing in his veins, injecting him with a sense of dominance he’d never felt with his brothers.

Now he was the predator, not the prey whining and bleeding on the floor.

Kasen latched on to the vampire’s leg, gripping the leech’s muscular calf above his ankle. The male yelped, kicked at him, but Kasen hung on and pushed his energy into him.

An awful burning sensation ignited at Kasen’s elbow and swept up his arm, pain branding him as if he’d been the one who’d faced off his brother, Blaze, in the next room. But Kasen never let go as the vampire gawked at him with alarm and something close to wonder.

Then the male stopped fighting altogether.

Starting at the crook of his elbow, the leech’s seeping burns reknitted, the blisters deflating, and his raw skin smoothed as if a flame had never touched him.

Kasen gritted his teeth at the singeing in his own scalp, his every cell alight as he absorbed the burden of the leech’s pain. And like a soothing river of cool water, his chi mended the vampire completely, restoring his enemy to full capacity while Kasen suffered the male’s injuries in exchange for the power surge.

Even then, Kasen had quickly learned that his power—all power—cost a hefty price.

And he’d pay for it dearly.

When the agony finally subsided, Kasen released the male with an unsteady hand and retreated, back-peddling much like the vampire had done earlier. The leech blinked at him, once, twice, the sudden silence between them laden with foreboding. The male assessed his wounds, all of them gone, while Kasen cradled his own arm against his chest, the phantom sensation of being burned alive still reverberating through his bones.

The instant the leech leveled those Hadean eyes at him, Kasen saw it—the fear vanished, the only recognizable remnant of humanity left in him, submerged under the feral sheen of a monster with an opportunity for bloodshed.

And the vampire took it without hesitation.

Launching from the opposite corner in a blur so fast Kasen could hardly process it, the leech tackled him to the floor, all slashing claws and snapping teeth. The air burst from Kasen’s lungs on impact, his back slamming into the tile with his head following suit like a high striker at a carnival. Stars exploded before his eyes as he blindly shoved his forearm under the vampire’s chin in a vain attempt at protecting his own hide. Blows landed from every direction, as if he were battling a gang of monsters and not just a single leech, blood spraying everywhere as the male gashed him in the cheek.

It took a minute for Kasen’s shocked brain to circuit the sound, but he finally made sense of what Cronin was screaming in his ear.

Reverse it!

Reverse it? How could he—

Another brutal jab to the head and a knee to the groin. He could barely think past the pain, but he’d somehow wrapped his hands around the vampire’s throat. The leech hissed and spat, limbs thrashing as Kasen held him at bay, his own fangs sliding into place at the threat to his life.

“Undo it, son! Undo the healing.”

The omnipresent darkness inside him yawned, serrated jaws opening long and wide, a black poison swelling in his veins and pumping through his heart, staining everything in its path. His vision changed, honed to a razor’s edge, pupils dilating much like the rabid creature on top of him, his gums throbbing with the need to kill, kill, kill. The desire consumed him, devoured every last ounce of his civility, eroding him to base instinct as he clapped his hands on either side of the leech’s head and rammed his thumbs into those bottomless sockets.

The vampire shrieked, a sound so horrifying it interred itself into Kasen’s gray matter for him to exhume later when he could regret it.

“No, Kasen,” Cronin, miles away now, “No!

Kasen pinned the leech down now, reversing roles, digging his fingers in until he felt two consecutive pops, and those tunnels overflowed with blood and vitreous. The vampire’s flailing limbs sagged, now swiping at him to stop, but Kasen didn’t stop, couldn’t stop, possessed by a demon he could no longer control. Wrenching the male’s chin up, Kasen plunged his teeth into a muscular throat, sinking his fangs to the hilt, a gush of salted iron hitting the back of his tongue like a tonic. He sucked hard, tearing the leech open, the rush now a torrent of bittersweet ecstasy that left him moaning and burrowing for more.

Before he knew it, Kasen was hauled up and away, sputtering and gasping, drenched in the blood of a monster who’d been no different than himself. He glimpsed the lifeless body on the white floor, surrounded by a jagged halo of crimson, a syrupy stream racing toward that awful drain in the center of the room designed just for that purpose. Strong hands gripped him by his arms and nape, a cold swathe of tungsten carbide cuffing his wrists and ankles.

Now they use chains, he thought almost hysterically, but he didn’t resist them, his belly full and his head lolling to the side as the high took him for a ride.

In the short span of his sixteen years of existence, nothing had ever felt so wrong and so very right.

Cronin’s stern expression swam into view as a hand fisted in Kasen’s hair and jerked his head up. Kasen smacked his lips, licking them obscenely, reveling in the afterglow. Dark brown eyes—human brown eyes—stared back at him behind wire-rimmed glasses, enraged and…sad? Heartbroken? Cronin’s mouth was a hard slash across his pale face, stress lines furrowing his brow and carving into his cheeks. His dark hair was disheveled, like he’d yanked on it a few times, while his long white coat remained pristine. Kasen tamped the impulse to spit blood on him, so he could sully the doctor like himself, like the dead vampire, like the once immaculate floor.

This is all your fault.

Cronin reached out, grasping Kasen’s slick jaw, and he let him. The doctor’s warm thumb parted his bottom lip, then his top, exposing Kasen’s knife-blade fangs. Cronin’s eyes shone too bright, too vivid, like polished walnut, and Kasen’s sinuses stung with shame, his vision filling to the brim with hatred.

“You wanted me to reverse it,” Kasen rasped, still caught between boy and beast. “So I did.”

Hurt stormed over the doctor’s features before he looked away, releasing Kasen, ultimately giving up on him. Kasen’s heart fractured down the middle as he watched his surrogate father’s hopes and dreams circle the drain with the leech’s blood.

“Lock him up in solitary,” Cronin ordered his men, the words landing harder than any physical blow Kasen had endured.

Kasen struggled in the soldiers’ grip, furious at the doctor, at himself, at this fucking life he’d been given.

“You did this to me,” he roared as Cronin turned his back on him, another lost cause, another failure in the doctor’s quest for genetic perfection. “You made me a monster!”

And as Cronin stepped over the vampire’s mutilated corpse, eyeing it with a disappointed grimace, he murmured, “No, son. You did. You always had a choice. And now you don’t.”

Betrayal sliced into Kasen’s chest, sharp and marrow-deep, and from that point forward he knew his life would never be the same again.

START THE SERIES

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Until next time…

Hope you enjoyed the opening scene of FURIOUS ANGELS! COMING SOON! 😀

Best,

Linda

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Happy October! 🎃 It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

Happy Fall!

Hey loves! I know, I know, it’s been a long time.

I’ve been struggling with my work/life/writing balance as of late. Doctoring has been entirely overwhelming (as you might imagine), and not only are my patients trying to catch up on their appointments/screenings, we’re now dealing with another spike in COVID-19 cases.

I’ve got be honest, I think it’s going to be a very rough winter for me. Hell, this whole year has been rough.

Along with a boatload of personal things happening, the struggle has been real on multiple levels, and returning to the world of the Senary has been tough. But I’ve recently hit 90K words on FURIOUS ANGELS, so I’m almost there! I’m finally on vacation next week (for my birthday and Halloween!) so I’m hoping I can wrap up the first draft. Unfortunately, FA won’t be published this year, and for that I’m truly sorry.

At this point, I’m taking things one day at a time, and hopefully you’ll hang in there with me. ❤

I often hit the beach in order to clear my mind and reset myself. Ocean therapy definitely works for me and it’s the best time of year for it here in RI. I snagged this picture a few nights ago and didn’t edit a single thing! It was beautiful. ❤

What do you do for self-care?

Recent VERMILION LIES wins!

I’m thrilled to announce that VERMILION LIES won the Paranormal Romance category in the 2020 CRW Beverley Contest! Yay!

VL also was the Runner-Up in the Paranormal Romance category in the 2020 Raven Awards by Uncaged Magazine!

Thank you so much for your votes, loves! Without you, this wouldn’t be possible, and I’m forever humbled and grateful for all of your support. ❤

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Until next time…

Stay safe and healthy, my friends! Hopefully when I check back in, FURIOUS ANGELS will be complete. 😉 Stay tuned!

And HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

Best,

Linda

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Quick update and vote for VERMILION LIES in the RONE awards!

Progress!

Hey loves!

Just a quick update from yours truly. 🙂

I recently had some (very much needed) time off from work and tacked on 13K words to FURIOUS ANGELS! I know that may not be much to some authors, but it was plenty for me! I’m about 2/3 of the way through the book now and so much is happening (poor Kasen and Veronica)! I can’t wait for you all to read it. ❤

I’m hoping to share a snippet with you soon. I just have to find a non-spoilery one! 😉

I promise to start back up with character bios. Now that I’m back at work, I’ve been getting slammed, of course. The COVID-19 situation here in RI is pretty stable (at least so far), but we’re not quite improving yet. The state reopened for Phase I last weekend, so the next few weeks will be crucial to see how it all pans out. *fingerscrossed*

The weather has been beautiful, so it’s been hard…but we’re getting there!

 

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Please VOTE for VERMILION LIES in the RONE Awards

VERMILION LIES is a finalist in InD’Tale’s RONE awards and I need your help!

The first round is for readers to vote for their favorite books in each category, so in order for VL to advance, it needs a certain amount of votes. You do have to create an account/log-in at InD’Tale in order to vote, but it’s a free awesome indie magazine that features some amazing authors and their books!

If you’d like to help VERMILION LIES win, first click this link to log-in or create an account:

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Then click this link for the voting page:

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Select VERMILION LIES by L.D. Rose and click the vote button! That’s it! YAY!

If you decide to vote, I would be forever grateful! Although all my Senary books have been nominated, they’ve never advanced past the voting stage. Let’s make it a first this year with Dax and Cindel!

 

Until next time…

Stay safe and healthy, my friends! More fun and shenanigans coming soon. ❤

Best,

Linda

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Well, this is a mess.

Hi loves! Long time, no chat (since January, wowza). It’s been a very interesting few months, that’s for sure.

I’m okay, still haven’t come down with COVID-19 yet. Considering I’ve been working at 4 different hospitals and various offices across the state, I’m counting myself blessed.

Every day is getting worse here, but we’re hanging in there. Supplies of personal protective equipment are still pretty scarce. 😣 We’re seeing the surge in my state now and I’m hoping we can keep our hospitalization and death rates down enough to manage this. I’ve already been granted “disaster privileges” for every hospital in the area.

There are clearly WAY more positive cases than are being reported. The majority of people are not being tested (and asked to simply stay home and wait out their symptoms) because there are not enough tests, and frankly, not enough PPE to administer them. I’ve been wearing the same mask for the past week and plan to until it’s no longer functioning or soiled. We’re conserving as much as possible without risking lives, but other states are not so lucky. Many of my med school friends in NYC have told me the situation is a disaster there and looking pretty dire.

Unfortunately, we’re in this for the long haul since this virus is taking on a classic pandemic spread. I understand the economic impact is going to be profound if we don’t restart our economy, but I promise you, if we open back up too soon, that curve is going to shoot right up again and we’re going to lose more lives. We HAVE to balance these decisions carefully.

This is not about the mortality rate, per se, because most of us will survive this. It’s about the VOLUME of cases hitting the hospitals, as I’m sure you’ve all heard time and time again. It’s about the people who WOULD survive if they had a ventilator available to them, but may not have one if the hospitals are overrun. All of these comparisons to the flu are irrelevant because the flu causes a steady flow of infections. COVID-19 is more like a rising tsunami in terms of healthcare burden.

I know everyone is hopeful for drugs, but this virus is moving faster than we can imagine, and maybe they will help. Maybe they won’t. We can’t necessarily rely on this or a vaccine to suddenly cure everyone. While it’s important to continue work on both of these elements (and trust me, we are working on them), we also have to do damage control. We have to PREVENT this virus from spreading i.e. stay home, social distance, practice good hygiene, and remain out of harm’s way.

As you can probably guess, I haven’t done much in the writing realm of my life. But I do have some news to share and a book sale if you all need a little escape for a while. I think we could all use one!

(On a brighter note, gotta love coming home to this the other day! 😂😍 Hubby, my sister, and my BFF got me all the necessities! ❤️ PSA: the masks are unused 😏)

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VERMILION LIES and THE ORDER OF THE SENARY SERIES are winners!

81621202_2417761658485590_7900675233860812800_oVERMILION LIES and THE ORDER OF THE SENARY SERIES won second place for Best Paranormal Romance and Best Paranormal Romance Series by The Paranormal Romance Guild! 😲

Thank you so much for voting for my lowly books, loves! 🖤You’re all AWESOME and the best readers an author could ask for!

Here’s the list of winners: WINNERS

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Featuring my very own archangel paranormal romance, SWEET SACRIFICE! 🖤

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Heaven is hell without her… 

Former Navy SEAL Sebastian “Bash” Lockard died in Afghanistan after leaping on a grenade to save his comrades. Little did he know his act of heroism would grant him a ticket into Heaven’s elite army as one of the few and powerful Archangels. Struggling with his new existence, Bash still retains his human memories, leaving behind a wife he loves with all of his heart. Although he’s forbidden to see her, he can’t resist her lure, or the mortal desires he harbors for her.

As a young widow and nurse, Irene Lockard still mourns her husband two years after his untimely death. His absence is everywhere, and when her best friend weds, she hits an emotional rock bottom. As if summoned from the skies above, Sebastian appears before her, and they share an unforgettable night. But when he once again vanishes, she wonders if she’s truly gone mad with grief.

The only way Sebastian can remain with Irene is if he makes the ultimate sacrifice. But will she overcome her fear of losing him again to another war?

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Until next time…

Stay safe, my friends. We’ll get through this. ❤️

Best,

Linda

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Happy New Year! 🎆 A request for your vote!

Happy New Year!

We’ve entered a new decade, which is pretty amazing! I hope you had a safe and happy holiday. ❤ My thoughts are with my readers in Australia fighting off those awful wildfires and in Puerto Rico dealing with the nonstop terrifying earthquakes. Please consider donating here and here to aid those in need. Anything helps!

My only writing resolution this year is to finish and turn in FURIOUS ANGELS to my publisher! And if I can start Shaul’s book, DEAD CELL, all the better. 😉

Do you have any resolutions? I’d love to hear them!

Vote for VERMILION LIES in the PRG Reader’s Choice Awards!

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I just found out that VERMILION LIES and THE ORDER OF THE SENARY series was nominated for Best Paranormal Romance and Best Paranormal Romance Series by The Paranormal Romance Guild! 😀

I doubt I’ll come close to winning since I’m not nearly as popular as some of the nominated authors, but hey, I figure it’s worth a shot. 🤷🏻‍♀️ If you have the time or inclination, please consider voting for my lowly books.

You’ll find them in two places (the cover for VL will be on both):

VERMILION LIES is in the ROMANCE/PARANORMAL/FANTASY/VAMPIRES & SHIFTERS section

THE ORDER OF THE SENARY is in the ROMANCE/PARANORMAL/FANTASY/VAMPIRES & SHIFTERS – SERIES section

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Thank you so much in advance! 🖤

Until next time…

See you in February, loves!

Best,

Linda

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November updates and post-Halloween depression. 💀

Happy November!

Hey, loves! Long time no chat!

I sort of took a hiatus from the book world for my own mental health. Life has been a little tough in these here parts and I’ve been struggling with getting words down on FURIOUS ANGELS.

Sooooo for my birthday (and Halloween!) I left the country for a little therapy session in the Azores!

I’ve shared a few of the many gorgeous sights below. I already want to go back! Hubby and I had such a wonderful time. ❤

The important thing is that I’m feeling a little better, so I’m hoping to return to my regular writing schedule soon, especially now that the dark season is upon us.

Did you do anything fun for Halloween? I’d love to hear about it! Any fun plans for Thanksgiving? I’m spending it with my family, of course!

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More Rave Reviews for VERMILION LIES!

VermilionLies_5x8ebookI’m so honored that Cyrene from Uncaged Book Reviews enjoyed VL!

(I’m actually considering entering VL in the RWA’s RITA Awards this year. We shall see!)

“These books hit as hard as the Black Dagger Brotherhood – and may leave you with a book hangover, so you can process everything you read or catch up on the sleep you’ll inevitably lose because you can’t put (it) down. This book burns down the track like a freight train, and the author holds nothing back – (it’ll) leave you wanting more. (Vermilion Lies) batters its reader as much as the characters and I loved every second of it.” – Uncaged Book Reviews

Giving in to temptation won’t be his only sin…

Wherever Dax Knight sets foot, hell is bound to freeze over.

As a mercenary for the Order of the Senary, Dax departs for New England to assist his comrades in battling the vampire forces threatening to consume the Northeast. The last thing he expects to find is a gorgeous vampiress who surrenders to him entirely. Ensnared by her allure, their intense attraction ignites, and he discovers she isn’t what she seems.

Cindel Konstantinov has been on the run since she escaped her sire’s possession, trading one life of abuse and imprisonment for another. As her hope for freedom wanes, she encounters one of the infamous Knights, and his dangerous appeal is undeniable. After a life-altering moment of mercy, they careen down a path of secrets, lies, and a forbidden passion neither of them can resist. But when her past comes back to haunt them, they’ll have to face the consequences of their actions—and their desires.

Dax and Cindel will need each other more than ever as their world spirals into chaos. But are they strong enough to survive the oncoming storm?

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Until next time…

Happy Thanksgiving and see you in December! ❤

Best,

Linda

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July Updates!

Happy Summer, Loves!

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A lot has been going on with this here creepy chick!

After 10 years of medical training (4 years of medical school, 1 year internship, 4 years of residency, and 1 year of fellowship), I’m finally finished! As of July 1st, I’m officially an Attending. 😀

It’s been a long haul (for the both of us, lol) but I wouldn’t change a thing. I’m so grateful for the opportunities I’ve had and all the experiences medicine has to offer. It has truly changed me for the better and I’m a better human for it.

Now on to the next phase of establishing my practice and contributing to the academic community. 🖤

But also, WRITING. Y’all know I’m never going to stop, right? I have waaaaay too many words to get on the page. And I can’t wait!

Rave Editorial Reviews for VERMILION LIES!

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VL is getting some fabulous reviews and I wanted to share them with you! Reviews take so much time and effort, so I’m humbled and honored for EVERY review I receive from EVERY reader. 🖤

“…a page turning, thrilling stand-alone installment in L.D. Rose’s vampire brotherhood series! Readers will have no trouble becoming ensnared in the deliciously dark world of evil vampire sires and courageous hybrid knights…” – InD’Tale Magazine, Crowned Heart of Excellence

“This book is very powerful, dark, and held me from page one to the end. My only regret after reading this book was that I have to wait for the next one…this series is what paranormal romance should be in every way!” – The Paranormal Romance Guild

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Until next time…

I’ve been plugging away at FURIOUS ANGELS whenever and wherever possible. 😀 Keep watching this space for more fun and shenanigans!

Best,

Linda

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May Updates and Vermilion Lies in Print!

Happy May!

Hey loves!

It’s finally getting warmer up here in the Northeast! These past few months have flown by for me with work and the release of VERMILION LIES. There’s no sign of slowing down though, as the end of my fellowship year of medical training is rapidly coming to a close! Pretty soon I’ll be a grown-up attending (haha) after 10 years of medical education/training (14 if you include undergrad). It’s been a long haul, but it’s still worth it to this here writerdoc. ❤

VERMILION LIES now available in Print!

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The paperback version of VERMILION LIES is now available for preorder on Amazon! Release day is July 9, 2019 but you can order early signed paperback copies from yours truly. 😉

“. . . well-written, with plenty of action, steamy scenes and hardships for our main two characters. I would highly recommend this book!” – The Romance Reviews

Wherever Dax Knight sets foot, hell is bound to freeze over.

As a mercenary for the Order of the Senary, Dax departs for New England to assist his comrades in battling the vampire forces threatening to consume the Northeast. The last thing he expects to find is a gorgeous vampiress who surrenders to him entirely. Ensnared by her allure, their intense attraction ignites, and he discovers she isn’t what she seems.

Cindel Konstantinov has been on the run since she escaped her sire’s possession, trading one life of abuse and imprisonment for another. As her hope for freedom wanes, she encounters one of the infamous Knights, and his dangerous appeal is undeniable. After a life-altering moment of mercy, they careen down a path of secrets, lies, and a forbidden passion neither of them can resist. But when her past comes back to haunt them, they’ll have to face the consequences of their actions—and their desires.

Dax and Cindel will need each other more than ever as their world spirals into chaos. But are they strong enough to survive the oncoming storm?

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Until next time…

I’ll be on vacation next week and diving into FURIOUS ANGELS! I can’t wait to immerse myself in this world again. ❤ See you in June!

Best,

Linda

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Release Day for VERMILION LIES!

It’s finally the long-awaited release day for VERMILION LIES!

I really hope you all love reading this story as much as I loved writing it. ❤

VERMILION LIES

Giving in to temptation won’t be his only sin.

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Wherever Dax Knight sets foot, hell is bound to freeze over.

As a mercenary for the Order of the Senary, Dax departs for New England to assist his comrades in battling the vampire forces threatening to consume the Northeast. The last thing he expects to find is a gorgeous vampiress who surrenders to him entirely. Ensnared by her allure, their intense attraction ignites, and he discovers she isn’t what she seems.

Cindel Konstantinov has been on the run since she escaped her sire’s possession, trading one life of abuse and imprisonment for another. As her hope for freedom wanes, she encounters one of the infamous Knights, and his dangerous appeal is undeniable. After a life-altering moment of mercy, they careen down a path of secrets, lies, and a forbidden passion neither of them can resist. But when her past comes back to haunt them, they’ll have to face the consequences of their actions—and their desires.

Dax and Cindel will need each other more than ever as their world spirals into chaos. But are they strong enough to survive the oncoming storm?

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(Sexy!) SNIPPET:

Cursing, he turned on the shower, cranked it to hot, testing the water with his hands. Once the spray reached a tolerable temperature, he climbed in, nearly groaning as the spray buffeted his sore muscles, soothing his aches and pains. Bruises covered him in a patchwork quilt of mottled color with various shapes and sizes, the largest spanning his entire left flank.

If he started pissing blood, then he’d fret.

Dax closed his eyes, exhaustion enveloping him like the steam along his skin. He’d hardly slept in the past week, and after fighting monsters for days on end, he felt like roadkill.

Never mind the mental tango he’d danced through.

Somehow this short trip brought out pieces of him he didn’t want to face, stirred parts of him he didn’t want to feel, showed him exactly who and what he was; a half-breed leech with a reflection, a fanged murderer with emotions, a monster just like her, and he couldn’t handle it. This gothic sorceress took everything he ever believed in and flipped it upside down, turned it inside out, warped it and sculpted it into something he could no longer recognize. She made him weak, made him stupid, and she made him feel alive again.

And if he didn’t end this soon, she was going to be the end of him.

Grabbing the soap, he lathered himself up, ensconced in sweet, flowery musk, when the tang of her ripe cherry scent sideswiped him. Convinced he’d imagined it, he stilled, pulse leaping in his throat as he tilted his head and drew in a deep breath.

Nope. Definitely not hallucinating.

Something shifted in the hallway and he abruptly pulled open the shower curtain, exposing himself as steam escaped the stall in a rush.

Cindy sprang back a few feet, shock flooding her face before it flamed into embarrassment, her bloodless cheeks blushing a faint pink. She hovered by the door he’d unintentionally left ajar, her eyes raking over him as she worried her bottom lip with the tips of her white incisors.

His skin prickled, goosebumps rising over every inch of him from more than the cold air. Her scent intensified, her eyes growing impossibly darker, before she tore them away. “I’m sorry, I didn’t mean to—”

“What are you doing here?”

“I . . .” Her voice failed her and she cleared her throat, looking at the floor. “I’m just . . .”

“Cindy.” The single word was rough, husky, ensnaring her gaze. “Come here.”

Her breath left her in a soft whoosh as she ventured closer, hesitantly, cautiously, and he spurred her toward him with a curl of his fingers. When she reached the edge of the tub, her eyes smoldering with fear and desire, his galloping heart trampled all logic as he leaned forward and cupped her face.

“What do you want?” he murmured, his tone pitching deeper.

Gently, he lifted her chin, staring into midnight skies that held far too many secrets, veiling the answers he desperately wanted to find.

“I want to forget,” she whispered, lush mouth quivering. “Make me forget.”

Temptation beat under his skin with its own pulse.

Then he dipped his head and kissed her.

A brush of lips, a bit of pressure; he tried to take it slow, to keep it chaste, but when she moaned against him, he could no longer rein himself in. Her lips parted and he plunged his tongue between them, his piercing grazing the soft recesses of her mouth as he dragged her into the shower with him.

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What readers are saying…

An addictive, intense, dark, deeply sensual read filled with characters I fell in love with from the minute they walked onto the page. Freakin’ AH-MAZING! Dark paranormal romance at its best. – Mg, The Bookishmedialite

Dark, gritty, sweet and smexy and filled with character ~ the good, the bad and the ugly ~ that kept me turning the pages until the very end and has me wanting more. – Kahea, Books N Wine

Vermilion Lies completely blew me away. The push-pull of temptation was absolutely delicious. Adrenaline just oozed from each page. If you’re searching for romantic suspense that amps up the heat and leaves you grasping to reality with the ends of your fingertips, you’re going to want to read this book AKA devour. – Michaelene, The Librarian’s Corner

This book was perfection! Dark, edgy, raw, engaging, compelling and addictive. – Heather, Lady Heather’s Reviews

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Until next time…

Happy Easter for those who celebrate! And enjoy the start of Spring! ❤

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RELEASING THE DEMONS is FREE on Amazon for a limited time!

Surprise FREEBIE!

It’s almost release day for VERMILION LIES, but I wanted to share my surprise freebie with you all! RELEASING THE DEMONS, the first book in my Order of the Senary series, is FREE from April 13-15 on Amazon. 😀

Download your copy today and get started! ❤

RELEASING THE DEMONS

He’s out to set the world on fire.

She’s the only one who can tame him.

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Blaze Knight has been through hell and back, but the nightmares aren’t over yet.

Five years after being maimed and tortured by vampires, Blaze is still picking up the pieces of his shattered life. As a genetically engineered hybrid mercenary, his mission is to protect what’s left of humanity. When his tormentors return to the Bronx gunning for Blaze’s blood, he’s forced to face the demons of his past. Hell-bent on revenge, he seeks the help of Valerie Medeiros, an NYPD detective who manages to steal his heart and save his life in more ways than one.

Motivated by her sister’s gruesome death, Valerie’s life goal is to bury every vampire in the ground where they belong. She has a hard time trusting anything with fangs, yet she falls headlong into Blaze’s life, a life full of darkness and horror she can’t even begin to fathom. The bodies are stacking up, but Valerie can’t let go of this hybrid, a beautiful monster filled with pain, rage, and passion unlike anything she’s ever known.

In a world where the line between good and evil is blurred, Blaze and Valerie will find danger at every turn, risking everything they’ve come to know and love, including one another.

*2016 PRISM Contest First Place WINNER in Dark Paranormal and FINALIST in Best First Book*

“This exciting post-apocalyptic paranormal thriller produces shock and awe like no other. This is one blazing-hot read that shouldn’t be missed!” – InD’tale Magazine

“L.D. Rose’s vision of a shattered Manhattan where humans and vampires wage war every night is eerily real for a fantasy novel. A must read.” – The Romance Reviews

“Emotional and action-packed, it will have you anxiously turning pages.” – Uncaged Book Reviews

SNIPPET

His body hardened, his heart thudding in his chest. If that wasn’t enough, the stirring low in his belly sure as hell was.

He wanted her. Badly.

And so did the leech inside him.

“Blaze?” She peered at him with concern, taking a step closer.

He snapped out of it, realizing she’d asked him something he completely missed. “Huh?”

“Do you want some coffee? Something to drink? Eat?”

Yeah, you. He swallowed his saliva, straightening. “I should get going.”

“Oh.” She tried to hide her disappointment but she was bad at it. She wants you to stay. “Where are you heading?”

“Probably home for a few hours. Rest up a bit.” And drink about a gallon of blood while thinking of you. “You know.”

Valerie set what he assumed was the bag of coffee on the counter. She took another step toward him as a wave of jasmine swept over him, tugging him in places he shouldn’t be tugged.

He took a reflexive step back. Goddamn it, he was fine. He’d been fine right up until now. What the hell just happened?

Bad idea, Blaze. Bad fucking idea to starve yourself and walk into her apartment at dusk, with that body, and that face, and those eyes, and that smell . . .

“I’ll show myself out.”

She looked entirely confused as he turned away and headed for the door. Christ, he was acting like he’d never been in a woman’s apartment before, and God knew he’d been in many. But he’d never been this hungry around a woman before—at least, not in ordinary circumstances. And he wasn’t famous for his control.

He could feel it, that ugly darkness inside him spreading through his veins, making his lips and toes tingle. The leech opened its jaws and yawned, sucking down what was left of his civility. His gums tightened, squeezing his canines, urging them to grow, to elongate.

To spring free.

“Blaze—”

He needed to get out. Now.


“I’ll see you in the morning,” he ground out, his voice a near growl. “Good night, Val.”

He slammed the door behind him and managed to stagger ten paces down the hall before his limbs stopped working. Sweat dripped down the sides of his face and trickled down his spine. His hands shook and he clenched them into fists. He stood there, chest heaving, heart pounding, fangs pulsing, cock throbbing. He closed his eyes and lifted his face toward the ceiling, trying to wrestle the monster down, trying to beat it back into submission.

But it was already too late.

Through the din in his head, Blaze heard a door click behind him, disengaging from its frame. It creaked open slowly as jasmine slithered through the hallway toward him, rising up and striking at his senses, delivering the final blow. He craned his neck and spotted her.

Valerie’s blond hair fell in a curtain as she peeked out, looking for him. Her eyes widened when she found him, still standing in the corridor, and she quickly retreated.

“Sorry,” she murmured, but before she could close the door, he was already there, his hand propped against it.

She looked at him in pleasant surprise. “Blaze, I—”

He didn’t give her a chance to finish. He seized her mouth with his before he slammed the door behind him and locked it shut.

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What readers are saying…

The passion and love between Dax and Cindel are intense. You will ache and burn for them. They will leave you breathless. I devoured it and I’m already craving a reread. Out of this world! – Veronica, BellaOrev Books

Vermilion Lies left me reeling and has ruined me for all other vampire themed books. If you’re looking for a super fast paced, gut punching novel, this is the one for you. – Aleen, The Lampshade Reader

L.D. Rose has a gift for storytelling that brings fantasy to life with a gritty flare that is both dark and sinister and engaging and addictive. This is one of the most mesmerizing, adult paranormal series I have read in a while with characters that are vibrantly colored and real to the imagination! – Dianne, Tome Tender Book Blog

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Until next time…

Release day is April 17th and I CAN’T WAIT! Stay tuned for more teasers and an excerpt reveal! ❤

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