I’ve got a thing for love stories and superheroes. I'm working on something I call the Talent Chronicles. This series began with my desire for more superheroes! More romance! More Superhero!Romance.
Talents are people born with supernatural abilities, trying to find their way in a world that fears and wants to control them. I like to explore how the things that make us different from each other sometimes make life difficult, and sometimes are the making of us. These stories are for people who love Buffy, wanted more romance in Heroes, and thought Wonder Woman and Steve Trevor should have worked things out.
The first Talent Chronicles novel, Hush Money, is currently available with a sequel, Heroes 'Til Curfew, coming in 2011.
A Talent Chronicles short story, Impulse Control, appears in the Kiss Me, Kill Me Anthology with several other awesome indies. That's available here on Smashwords and proceeds go to charity. The story is also available singly as a free download.
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Heroes 'Til Curfew (Talent Chronicles #2)
(4.75 from 4 reviews)
All Joss wants is to be left alone—with Dylan. But as more Talents are imprisoned by the government, everyone’s looking for a leader. Some look to Joss, some to Marco whose new criminal plan threatens Joss’s family and friends. Joss wants to stand up to Marco, but Dylan’s protective instincts are putting him in harm’s way. Can Joss find a way to embrace both the boy and her hero within?
Impulse Control (Talent Chronicles)
(4.50 from 4 reviews)
Talents, kids with supernatural powers, are taken from their families and forced into government research facilities called State Schools. At one such school, a group of Talents must work together to stop a dangerous experiment that’s already killed two of their peers and threatens others. If they’re caught they face Detention, and Detention at a State School has a whole different meaning.
Hush Money (Talent Chronicles)
(4.52 from 29 reviews)
Be normal, invisible. Don’t get close to anyone. Kids with psychic abilities tend to mysteriously disappear when they get noticed. Joss has spent years trying to hide. Now she has an unasked-for best friend, who is the victim of an extortion plot by the school bully, who used to like Joss, who is best friends with her long-time crush, who is actually talking to her. Life just got complicated.
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- Forsaken By Shadow
on April 06, 2010
Cade Shepherd is on top of the world as this year's Ultimate Fighting Champion. He doesn't even remember his life as Gage Dempsey, a Shadow Walker with the ability to magically transport himself from shadow to shadow. In fact, he can't remember anything before waking up in a cheap motel room ten years ago with mysterious burns on his hands--not even the woman he almost died for.
Embry Hollister has picked up the pieces of her life, learned to control her ability to generate flame, and now works an enforcer for the Council of Races. But when her father is captured by the human military and the Council refuses mount a rescue mission, Embry has no choice but to go rogue. All she has to is find the man with the new name and new life who was completely wronged by her people, give him back the memories they stole, convince him to join her on what's probably a suicide mission, and hope that after ten years of living as a regular guy he still remembers what her father taught him.
And after that, she just has to leave him. Again.
Forsaken by Shadow flawlessly blends romance with a non-stop action story, set in a world filled with three-dimensional characters and fascinating other-worldly detail. It's a story that pulls you in from its first pages and doesn't let up until the finish. Highly recommended.
- The Hired Wife
on May 04, 2010
I really enjoyed this story. I am a huge sucker for "plain" (or unattractive) characters falling in love in a world (ours, and the romance world) where beauty is so important. In this story, this is both main characters.
Due to his disability, the hero has a habit of shouting and a general lack of refined manners that cause most of society to consider him a brute. (The author handles the hero's challenges, his problems, and way they have shaped his character in a way that shows and excellent understanding of the handicap and great sensitivity as a writer. There is no heavy-handedness in this area.) The heroine's social position is far below his, and on top of that is not ravishing young beauty. Yet this couple soon discover something society will never look close enough to see: that there is so much more beneath the surface.
Who doesn't love a story like that?
To carry this unfolding of character and romance, Hislop tells a very competent tale of silly females on the husband hunt that turns to intrigue and even multiple murder. There is plenty of storyline to keep the characters and the reader occupied.
I won't say that I /couldn't/ put it down--it's not really that kind of story. But I didn't /want/ to put it down, and felt compelled to read on and see these characters through to their Happily Ever After.
I recommend The Hired Wife to those who enjoy light period romance and especially to those who enjoy the Ugly Duckling motif. Download the free portion and give it a chance.
- Mated (Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy: Blood Lust, Novella 3)
on May 27, 2010
It started with Kept, continued with Claimed, and now the Blood Lust trilogy comes to a close with Mated. If you were intrigued by the character, Jane the "goth girl", who was introduced in Claimed, you'll definitely want to read on.
Reminding us that some monsters just can't be trusted, Jane is more or less sold to the Alpha of the local werewolf pack to cover an outstanding debt. But some monsters are really hot guys with fur, and Cole makes a fabulous hero for us and for Jane. Mated provides romance and emotional depth while also continuing to deliver on the humor and surprising paranormal world details we're coming to expect.
Mated was my favorite of the Blood Lust trilogy. And it's obvious from the details that Winters intends to show us more of her world. Bring it on. (Soon, please.)
- Claimed (Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy: Blood Lust, Novella 2)
on June 09, 2010
Claimed is the second novella in Winters's Blood Lust trilogy that starts with Kept. Kept was a great story about a cat-shifter who has to seek protection from her own people in the arms their sorcerous enemy. It's also a keeper.
I mention this because Claimed picks up, not where Kept left off, but while it's still going, sweeping the reader into the story by allowing us to re-live Kept's climax through the eyes of Claimed's hero, the vampire Anthony. Despite the dramatic circumstances of the story's beginning, Anthony's take on events is both fresh and full of snarky humor. Until he manages to screw up royally and start the chain of unfortunate events that carry us through Claimed.
For the heroine, this story brings back Charlotte, or Charlee, the fun and loyal best friend we met in Kept. I'm sure I wasn't the only one who wanted to know more about her and was happy to see her taking center stage in this next story.
As events unfold, Winters weaves a tangle that makes the reader wonder how the characters will ever get clear. And really, don't you love that?
- Comfort Food
on July 08, 2010
I was intrigued by the premise of this story, but when I first started reading it, the tone made me go: literary erotica, again? I don't know what everyone's appropriate terms are, but I've picked up a bunch of stories with interesting concepts that are a whole lot of well-written prose, imagery, and a dash of kink wrapped around not a whole lot of story. More the kind of slice of life, emotional impact pieces that are often found in the short story realm.
But hey, I'm glad I read on because there's a really good story here, one that suits my novel (and novella) reading, character and relationship development lovin' self. I mean, yeah, it's a pretty messed up relationship, but that's ok. The story is full of interesting psychology, and the way the story builds works on a number of levels.
- PORTAL (Portal Chronicles Book One)
on July 31, 2010
This was one of those books where the characters stayed with me every time I had to put the book down and deal with life. Originally drawn in by that awesome line, "Come find me two years ago," I loved the fresh take on the time-travel concept. The mystery of what the heck is going on pulls the reader along, looking for answers. And while looking for those answers, it's so easy to be sucked into the story, and the budding romance between Arizona and Kellan. I loved the differences between the Arizonas in the two different dimensions, and how Arizona Stevens tries to settle into Arizona Darley's girly shoes. An overall enjoyable read. I look forward to new installments in the series as they become available.
- Devil's Eye
on Dec. 28, 2010
There's an exciting paranormal adventure packed into this short novella. It's a day in the lives of a wolf-shifter bar owner (yes, the one from Forsaken by Shadow!) and an enforcement agent of a secret paranormal governing body. But this day is more than serving drinks to the local witches and fae, or tracking down law-breakers for the Council of Races. Mick and Sophie find themselves in a race against an on-coming hurricane and the impossible ransom demand of kidnapper, searching the underbelly of New Orleans for a legendary artifact powerful enough to bring on an apocalypse.
Nolan's writing glitters in her descriptions of fantastic events, dark places, and magical people in another fast-paced, exciting adventure tale. This is the second story in her Mirus series, but is a separate tale that can easily stand on its own. The Mirus world combines elements of traditional mythologies with new ideas to create something fresh and original that will delight fans of many different types of fantasy.
- Dark Bites(R): Part 1 - Windy City of the Dead
on Dec. 28, 2010
I'm not much of a horror reader, and yet I'm so often drawn to the zombie stories. Why is that? They are the damned scariest of all scary things, and this is one author who's not shy about giving us the gory details. I found the writing very vivid, the images very clear. I enjoyed reading this strong female character taking action to help herself, and I only wish the characterization had been just a little more developed to do her better justice. (This may be why I'm not much of a horror reader, though.) Give this a try.
on Aug. 17, 2011
Finally, Kait Nolan, author of the Mirus series, brings her exciting blend of action and romance to the YA audience. This novel, not connected to the paranormal world of the Mirus, is the story of Elodie, the descendent of the young woman who inspired the Red Riding Hood legend. Elodie's family journal documents a tale of madness and death, passed down through the female line, a curse that has been hanging over Elodie's head. And just as she thinks the curse might pass her by, she starts to experience symptoms of the change, of the transformation to a werewolf.
Just when everything seems to be falling apart for Elodie, enter Sawyer, a brooding, angry young man with his own problems. Together they form a friendship that soothes them both, and then the friendship begins to feel like more.
And just when it seems like there might be some hope for Elodie's life after all, enter a madman, a hunter whose family has stalked Elodie's through the generations.
The story sends Elodie, with Sawyer beside her, on a mission to hunt the hunter. But also to find herself, her inner strength, and to embrace the wolf to save herself, Sawyer, and their future. Full of action, laced with teen angst, and graced with a sweetly seductive romance, this is a read that's sure to be a delight to fans of teen paranormal romance.