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I’ve finally finished the story that I started years ago. Thank you for being so patient as I healed from the nasty falls that caused me to get delayed on everything. I’m finally back on a decent schedule again with the writing!

I am going to do a final read through of Shelby’s book. I’m sending it to the editor Monday. I’ll know an actual release date next week. I’m also at the mid-point of Hunter and Nikki, from the Masterson series. I’m looking forward to 2022 and what I can get accomplished.

Now, no more wasting time…

Here is the final chapter of Jude & that Barratt Man!

★ SHE’S NEVER HAD A FAMILY OF HER OWN. ★

After a disastrous marriage to an abusive man, social worker Jude Hopewell wants nothing more than to build herself a new life in the little town she’s claimed as her own.

Jude feels safe in Masterson, like she never has anywhere before. Until one night when her car breaks down in the worst part of town. And one of those wild Tyler boys comes to her rescue.

 TYLERS—MEN SMART WOMEN KNOW TO AVOID

Tylers have reputations as hell-raisers, troublemakers, and men who like violence just a little too much. Jude has been down that road once. She’s learned her lesson well. It’s best to just stay away.

Then Jude’s past resurfaces—and that one night with Michael is forgotten.

All she wants now is to feel safe again.

★ SHE’S NOT HIS KIND OF WOMAN AT ALL. 

Rancher Michael Tyler had a few nasty encounters with a social worker before. A woman who made her living screwing with other people’s lives has no place in his. Except… he just can’t forget Jude. Can’t forget the way it felt right when he’d held her in his arms that one night.

Then the sheriff asks Michael and his brothers for a favor.

A favor that changes everything between them.

Now, to get to Jude, the madman will have to go through Michael—and his four brothers—first.

Michael makes her a vow. He’ll always keep her safe.

No one will ever hurt her again… 

★ BUT IS THIS A PROMISE HE CAN KEEP? 

This blog is a bit longer than usual. It has several links, too. I put up a new chapter in Jude and Hughes and put up a novelette for sale in the Finley Creek universe. (I’m working on the second novelette next week!)

Well, so I’ve been busy. Back in physical therapy and juggling kid’s schedule between tae kwon do and volleyball and homeschool co-op. Seems like we’re going places more than we stay home. I warned her that as she got older, if she wanted to do “stuff” it was going to be more work. She seems up to the challenge! She’s in tae kwon do now, working hard toward that purple belt. She’s not afraid to work hard when she wants something… (Now if I could just get her to work that hard on her homeschool…)

I just posted chapter 25 of Jude and Hughes. I think there is going to be one more chapter before it’s finished. Maybe, there may be one plus an epilogue. I’ll probably leave Jude and Hughes up until after Christmas. I’m not sure what I’ll do with it yet, though I do plan to put it into a downloaded ebook format soon.

Anyway, I have another day or two of polishing on Shelby’s book to go, then Monday, it’ll be headed to the editor! I was a bit conflicted about Shelby’s book and where it would fit into the series. It is a part of the Disaster series, but it really serves almost as a complete stand-alone. And it is a lead-in to the next Small-Town Sheriff book (Zoey Daviess and Murdoch Lake), and a lead up to the next Finley Creek series.

That one features four men from the TSP, are all enemies-to-lovers stories, and are going to be a little more on the action/adventure romance side, I think.

Shelby and Jake’s book is the longest book I have ever written, coming in around 10-20 pages longer than Bailey and Clay’s Holding the Truth. It was a really fun book to write, as Shelby’s personality was a complete mystery to me until I started writing.

Once I get her cover done and get her sent to the editor and we agree on a date to get it back to me, I’ll be putting Shelby/Jake up as a preorder.

And don’t forget, Monday is Jude and Michael’s release date for the Masterson series! I really enjoyed writing Michael’s character. I’m already working on the next Masterson as well. They are fun to write–they are a little different than the Finleys and the PAVADS. Finleys especially require more research so they can be a bit draining. Mastersons are great to write in between. If you haven’t preordered, you can do so by scrolling to the bottom of the link: https://www.callejbrookes.com/masterson-county-series

I’ve also put up a short story on Payhip (and Smashwords, though Payhip is 20c cheaper!). It takes place during the tornado that destroyed part of Finley Creek. It’s called Storm Warning, and features Detective Sean Callum from the TSP. I don’t want to give too much away, but it is the story of Sean and the woman he has loved for years–his partner Mike Evers’s younger sister Autumn! (Payhip link) (Smashwords Link)

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I’m in the finishing days on Shelby and Jake, so today’s blog is going to be super short so I don’t lose momentum. 😀 I am also halfway through another Masterson (Nikki and Hunter). I “hope” to have at least one of the books out by Christmas. It just depends on my actual finish dates and when the editor can schedule them in. (I don’t book in advance since I never know my actual finish dates.) I am revising Shelby’s cover–same model, different pose–but don’t have it finished yet. I have Nikki’s cover done–but her title is still undecided.

I posted another of the final chapters of Jude and Hughes. It’s one of my favorites, as she is taking control! I do think another week or two and it will be finished.

My plans for Jude is to leave her up on the blog for a while, then pull her down, revise her a bit, and send her off to my wonderful editor. After that, I will be creating her in ebook format. I will be offering her through direct sale here on the website. Something I’m really excited to be doing.

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Jude wouldn’t let that Barratt man get the best of her!

In fact, I have a few things that I will be starting to over direct probably sometime this month or next month! But more to come on that later!

Just posted one of the final chapters for Jude & Hughes!

I’m hard at work on the next Finley Creek. I don’t have a release date yet, nor is it up for preorder yet, but the book will certainly be finished this month, then off to the editor!

I’ll post when I put it up for preorder. I am also changing the cover a bit. I don’t know how yet, but the current cover just didn’t “fit”.

I’ve included a sneak peek.

I’m taking tomorrow off–kiddo has her first volleyball game tomorrow evening, and it’s a bit of drive from here. The two of us are checking into a hotel and making a mom/daughter day of it. She’s growing up too fast for me–she’s playing on junior varsity teams in sports, she’s in the seventh grade (a few years early), just earned her green belt in tae kwon do and has a “real” boyfriend at tae kwon do (They get to walk out together and cross the street together–it’s “real” love, as only 10 and 12 year olds can do). I’m not sure how this happened… But I’m enjoying every minute with her, and am very proud of the person she’s becoming. (Even if she is a weeeee bit snarky!)

Anyway…

Here’s a short look at Shelby & Jake!

I’m going a lot slower on the paranormal relaunches than I anticipated. But that’s just because the books keep getting longer! I’m currently in the middle of writing the one cousin who didn’t get a book when the Dardanos first released–Rebecca and Matt. Theirs is a story I’ve waited a long time to write, but life (and physical therapy) got in the way of that.

I’ve just put up book 6, Cursed by her Blood, on Bookfunnel. You can download a free copy until 9/26. After that, it’ll be available at all major retailers. If you’ve not checked out the Dardanos series the first three titles are currently free on major retailers, as well. And will be through Halloween, to celebrate that it was 10 years ago next month that I published my first book!

Cursed by her Blood was once titled The Healer’s Heart, and was a 10,000 word short story. The story line in Cursed by her Blood remains generally the same, but the story has expanded to over 32,000 words, with richer detail and world-building.

Jade is probably my favorite PNR character right now, so I hope you enjoy!

And if you are curious about life in my paranormal town, check out my other blog: www.Iamjustavampire.com. You’ll find free stories and an ongoing blog written by a fictional character.

  ★ ★ ★ SHE DOESN’T THINK SHE IS FULLY HUMAN. ★  ★ ★ ★ 

But what she is, college co-ed Jade Taniss doesn’t have a clue. Until the vampire she is destined to spend the rest of eternity with shows up in the middle of her family’s vacation estate.

After his family abducted her older sister and three of her cousins to make them vampire brides. 

Well. Isn’t that just nifty?

Her sister and cousins were taken against their wills, of course. Didn’t it always work that way in the vampire novels and movies Jade had pored over for years?

Nothing in life is free. Jade knows that. To be his mate, she will have to become a vampire. Kind of hard to do when she’s squeamish at the sight of blood.

But Jade can probably manage. She can handle becoming a vampire bride if it means she gets to be with the one guy destined for her.

There is only one problem with her plan…

 —HER 400-YEAR-OLD VAMPIRE GROOM JUST WON’T GET WITH THE PLAN!

Vampire healer Barlaam Dardaptos has been searching for a cure for what has been killing off his people’s females and infants for centuries. He’s finally getting close.

The last thing he ever wanted to do is find the mate chosen for him by the goddess of his people. Not if it means he could lose her to the same horrific fate.

He just isn’t ready to find her yet. 

Not that any male in any of the worlds could ever be ready for her. 

Keeping Jade safe from the forces gunning for her family won’t be easy—but he’ll fight the coming demon and werewolf mercenaries to protect the female he is destined to love.

No matter the ultimate cost…

Just a few quick notes today. I have been working on Judes. Both the historical–and the next Masterson. Funny how they both ended up with heroines named “Jude”. Apparently, I like that name.

I posted chapters 20 & 21 of Hughes/Jude a few weeks ago, in case you’ve missed them.

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Jude wouldn’t let that Barratt man get the best of her!

And, the links are live for the next Masterson preorder! (For all but Google Play, for some strange reason. O.o)

★ SHE’S NEVER HAD A FAMILY OF HER OWN. ★

After a disastrous marriage to an abusive man, social worker Jude Hopewell wants nothing more than to build herself a new life in the little town she’s claimed as her own. Jude feels safe in Masterson, like she never has anywhere before. Until one night when her car breaks down in the worst part of town. And one of those wild Tyler boys came to her rescue.

★ TYLERS—MEN SMART WOMEN KNOW TO AVOID. ★

Tylers have reputations as hell-raisers, troublemakers, and men who like violence just a little too much. Jude has been down that road once. She’s learned her lesson well. It’s best to just stay away. Then Jude’s past resurfaces—and that one night with Michael is forgotten.

All she wants now is to feel safe again.

★ SHE’S NOT HIS KIND OF WOMAN AT ALL. ★

Rancher Michael Tyler had a few nasty encounters with a social worker before. A woman who made her living screwing with other people’s lives has no place in his. Except… he just can’t forget Jude. Can’t forget the way it felt right when he’d held her in his arms that one night. Then the sheriff asks Michael and his brothers for a favor. A favor that changes everything between them.

Now, to get to Jude, the madman will have to go through Michael—and his four brothers—first.

Michael makes her a vow. No one will ever hurt her again…

★ BUT IS THIS A PROMISE HE CAN KEEP? ★

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It’s been a few weeks since I’ve been able to update. Life keeps getting busier and busier! I am doing loads better physically, though I am still in physical therapy. 

I’ve been hitting my word count goals left and right, too. It looks like, if everything goes according to plan, that there will be 3 more books releasing in 2021. 

I’ve also started some of the titles for 2022—namely Dusty Talley from the Masterson series—she’s the first of a new Masterson mini-series, featuring all the Talleys of Masterson County (well, not all…Miranda is still a PAVAD heroine, and her cousin Charlotte—well, she’s “Chuckie” in Finley Creek! We’ll see her make a few appearances in Shelby’s book soon). 

Dusty is currently being tormented by her best friend Nikki’s big brother!

I’m currently working on Shelby and Jake as the main project, but the two of them are not being very cooperative. Sometimes a book takes longer than expected and is more of a struggle to write than planned. I suspect Jake/Shelby are going to be that way. Finleys can be very complicated books and require a lot more research than some of my other series’. And Shelby is a very complex character.

Other times a book just sort of…pops up out of nowhere. That was the case with the next Masterson. I had planned on the next Masterson novel being Nikki Tyler and Hunter Clark, and releasing around early December. 

Well, for some reason one of Maggie’s brothers, Michael, started talking to me. He eventually crowded his cousin Nikki out—which is not making her happy, as she’s talking to me, too, wanting her story told ASAP!—and Michael’s book was written. 

The next Masterson book was born. And it is not Nikki and Hunter, although Nikki’s book will most likely still be a Nov. or Dec. release.  

Nikki and Hunter have officially been titled Meaning in Masterson.

Michael’s book is called Trusting that Tyler. It is the story of a rugged rancher who loves the Wyoming land and the woman who has never had a real family of her own. You’ve met her before—she’s the social worker who helped Perci and Nate in Denying the Devil.  I’ve found Jude intriguing since the moment I first introduced her, but I never suspected she was meant for Maggie’s brother!

I’m in the final stages of prepping it for the editor now. It’ll most likely release in mid-to-late October. I’ll post pre-order links after I speak with my editor and coordinate our schedules. 

Here’s the (current) description:

★ SHE’S NEVER HAD A FAMILY OF HER OWN. 

Social worker Jude Hopewell loves it in Masterson County. After a disastrous marriage to an abusive man, she wants nothing more than to build herself a new life in the little town she’s claimed as her own. 

Jude feels safe in Masterson, like she never has before. Until one night when her car breaks down in the worst part of town. And one of those wild Tyler boys came to her rescue.

★ RESCUED BY A TYLER. 

Tylers—men smart women know to avoid.

Tylers have reputations as hell-raisers, troublemakers, and men who like violence just a little too much. Jude has been down that road once. She’s learned her lesson well.

Then Jude’s past resurfaces—and Michael Tyler is forgotten. She has bigger problems. All she wants is to feel safe again. To be safe again. That means she needs a safe place to hide.

★ SHE’S NOT HIS KIND OF WOMAN AT ALL. 

Rancher Michael Tyler had a few nasty encounters with a social worker before. That man had just made life harder for him, his brothers, and his teenage sister right after they’d lost their parents.

A woman who made her living screwing with other people’s lives has no place in his.

Except… he just can’t forget Jude. Can’t forget the way she had of looking at him that seared into his soul. The way she had just felt right when he’d held her in his arms. 

★ SHE NEEDS HIM NOW. 

The sheriff has asked Michael and his brothers for a favor: Keep her safe. No matter what.

Michael’s brothers brought her home to his ranch—like a wounded kitten needing a home. Like she was exactly where she belonged.

Michael makes her a vow as the nightmare comes closer: 

To get to Jude, the madman will have to go through Michael—and his four brothers—first.

It’s been a busy few months, with Clint and Maggie’s book Facing the Fire releasing, me starting and finishing Jude and Michael’s book, working on Shelby’s, Nikki’s, and Dusty’s, and a few other things—including the paranormals—and getting back in the homeschool rhythm again. We added a new kitten to the zoo around here, too. Yama Banana Puddingstone (named by the kid, of course). He…spends most of his day entertaining Freyja the Border Collie. He’s the funniest cat I’ve ever seen, and he’s adorable. 

And one more thing, before I forget!

I’ve been able to write several chapters—and almost finish our other Jude (I didn’t intend to give them the same name, it just happened!) and Hughes! I also didn’t realize that it would end up being as long as some of the first Mastersons. She was a lot of fun to write and experiment with—even with the hurdles of falling and being in physical therapy, etc.—and I’m looking forward to finding out how she finally resolves. 

I’m going to be posting a chapter every Thursday until she’s finished. In the meantime:

Jude & Hughes Chapter 18 & Chapter 19!

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Click here to read the beginning of Jude & the Barratt Man, a Finley Creek Historical.

I’ve been hard at work, trying to get as many words as possible. So far, July has been a very productive month—except we keep getting rained out whenever we are planning to finish installing the pool. It’s becoming a bit irritating!

I’ve finally got a release date on Maggie and Clint’s book. It’s not a novella, like the first four in the series. It’s as long as Phoebe and Pip put together! That wasn’t quite what I had anticipated, that’s for sure. It was a difficult book to write, considering that I tend to throw characters into dangerous situations. For Maggie, that wasn’t exactly easy to do. 

It will be available on August 242021.

The pre-order is live for those who like to order ahead.

The last preorder (for Searching) went very well. Amazon did NOT send out the wrong files this time, or send corrupted ones (things they have done before). 

So hopefully this next preorder will go just as smoothly.

For a sneak peek of Clint and Maggie, click here:

I’ve also got another chapter of Jude and the Barratt man up, now, for those that are following along. 

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https://callejbrookesreads.com/jude-chapter-17/Jude wouldn’t let that Barratt man get the best of her!

I’m hard at work on the next books. Shelby is my main focus, but I have more Mastersons in the works, too. I’m also gearing up to re-release the next paranormal. It’s been a busy, busy summer, that’s for sure!