Charlayne Elizabeth Denney

Biography

Charlayne Elizabeth Denney was born in Amarillo, Texas and lived there until 1991. Now a resident of Houston, she has been a waitress, a DJ, a sports writer, a technical writer, sold knives, swords, and replica weapons, was part-owner of a comic shop, and a perennial student. She has 4 kids, 9 grandkids, 2 Shelties, and a cat who is the inspiration for Baron in “Fangs & Halos.” She married her 3rd and final husband, Bruce, in 1993 after a whirlwind six-month romance, having met him at a Science Fiction convention and her sister telling her to “go out with him” (and him overhearing her). She has written many non-fiction articles, has been published in several magazines, and wrote technical training manuals for Compaq. She reviews for Paranormal Romance Guild and loves vampire novels the most. “Lilly’s Angel” is her first novel.

"Lilly's Angel" has been nominated for a Paranormal Romance Guild Reviewer's Choice Award for 2013.
http://www.paranormalromanceguild.com

Smashwords Interview

When did you first start writing?
I started writing early. Telling stories were always a big thing. I first started writing "fan fiction" in the world of the shows I watched, the old Dark Shadows and the original Star Trek were the main two. Of course, I wrote "Mary Sue" stories back then; stories with me as the main character.

I did that through high school. I discovered non-fiction with the journalism department and won some awards in both high school and college, then wrote articles for various magazines and also the "Train the Trainer" manuals for Compaq Computers.

It was only after the contract with Compaq closed that I found myself wanting to write again. I started writing book reviews on novels I read, writing for Paranormal Romance Guild. Then I thought about writing my own book. One idea led to another and the Fangs & Halos series started coming into my head.

The rest, they say, is fictional history!
What's the story behind your latest book?
The latest book is Book 3 of the Fangs & Halos Series: Vampire rEvolution. Marcus Lancaster and Lilly Marchantel are back. Marcus is dealing with the Vampire Council's demands and trying to get back to Texas to tend to his business and to his lover, Jesse, and Lilly. Lilly is sick and both Isobel and Baron (the vampire cat) are worried about her. They're in a hotel in San Antonio as Hurricane Rita passes through the state. And there's another complication: there's a human trying to get control of Lancaster Industries and is willing to send a very personal message to Marcus about that.

The Angels, meantime, are trying to figure out what the vampires are planning and have sent Essex, the Enforcer angel, into Houston to infiltrate Lancaster Industries. Lilly knows he's there and doesn't know quite what's going on.

Sullivan, the angel-turned-vampire is still in the monastery in Norway, still pining for Lilly and trying to be good enough to be let out. His temper, however, is still not under control and a friend from heaven shows up to help him.

Of course, there's so much more to the story, you'll have to check it out!
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Books

Archangel's Gambit
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 70,750. Language: English. Published: July 15, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Urban
The Archangel Mikhail is faced with rebellions in both Heaven and on Earth. In Heaven, the angels believe he's not working to solve the disappearance of angels on Earth. On Earth, vampire Marcus Lancaster is working to make a vampiric angel army to stop the angels from taking vampires to Hell. Caught in the middle is pregnant vampire Lilly Marchantel and her vampire cat, Baron.
Vampire rEvolution
Series: Fangs & Halos. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 99,300. Language: English. Published: September 10, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
(5.00)
Marcus Lancaster's life is getting complicated. The Vampire Council, the humans, and Lilly's illness are complicating it. And the angels are not making it easier. Something has to give, and that something may be Marcus's entire world, which might just please everyone, including Marcus’s rival for Lilly’s love, Sullivan Kilcoan.
Marcus's Vampire
Series: Fangs & Halos. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 101,230. Language: English. Published: August 10, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
Be careful of what you wish for … Lilly Marchantel is on her way to Houston and the arms of the man she's dreamed of for over 100 years, Marcus Lancaster. Marcus knows the woman he left for dead in a brothel in 1900 is alive, or rather undead, and he's looking forward picking up where they left off. Will she find the Marcus of her dreams or will the years change both of them too much?
Lilly's Angel
Series: Fangs & Halos. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 86,140. Language: English. Published: August 9, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
(5.00)
In Storyville, New Orleans at the turn of the 20th Century, prostitute Lilly Marchantel entertains her client and dies. Her madam throws a lavish funeral for the girl and buries her in St. Louis 1 Cemetery. Flash forward to 2005, in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, Enforcer angel Sullivan comes to the cemetery to verify reports of two rogue vampires. How much trouble can an angel get into?

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  • Illicit Magic (Book 1, Stella Mayweather Series) on March 24, 2012

    Stella Mayweather works at a temporary clerks job in London and lives in a very small, run-down flat after growing up in a series of foster homes. She’s odd, everyone either knows it or figures it out and soon she moves on because people can’t handle being around her because of that oddity. And the news reports are filled with stories of women around Europe and then in England are getting taken and put into bonfires, burned to death as witches. In this day and time, someone called the Brotherhood has declared war on women. One night Stella gets chased home by these men who have every intention of making her their next victim. She manages to allude them and get home, only to have a young woman show up at her door telling her that she is in danger and she has to come along with her NOW. Etoile, the lady at her door, isn’t kidding around and as she convinces Stella of the immediacy of the need to move, the Brotherhood starts throwing firebombs into the apartment. Etoile gets Stella out, by magical means, and Stella’s life is completely changed from that moment on. Illicit Magic is the first of a series about Stella and the world just on the edge of our own, one controlled by magic and headed by a Council of Elders that is fighting both the Brotherhood and something else, something deeper. Stella moves into a house kept by a lady named Meg with a lot of other students of magic, is taught by Evan and David to harness her skills, skills she has buried for many years. Things are not as they seem, there are questions about her parents, a missing sister of Etoile, odd behavior by another student without magic, and then there’s Evan. Stella is drawn to him like a moth to a flame, but will she get her wings singed? This book is a lot slower that many of the other paranormal books I have read. Camilla spends a lot of time describing general life in the household and building up the relationships between the students and the teachers before she gets to the final few scenes that are the real meat of the book. Sometimes I found myself wanting to skip ahead and look for the good stuff when I got bored of watching Stella working on her lessons yet again. But the last 1/3 of the book made the rest of it well worth the wait as she pulled together several threads and explained a lot of the hinted upon background we saw all through the book. By the time I finished, I was in tears and wanting to pick up the next book, Unruly Magic.
  • Pandora's Key on May 20, 2012

    Sixteen year old Evangeline Theopolis is having her birthday. Her mother, Olivia, is a brilliant artist who has started having problems with delusions that are scaring Evangeline. She is painting a portrait of her daughter that she refuses to let her see. For her birthday, she gives Evangeline a necklace with an antique key, a family heirloom that her mother has worn all of Evangeline’s life, and her grandmother wore before her. It is so old that no one remembers what it opens. As she tries to sleep, E, as her friends call her, starts having nightmares about women she has never met, nightmares of their deaths. Her best friend, Melia, is listening to her with one ear but more interested in being with her new boyfriend, Tristin. Raphe, E’s best guy friend, is hanging around with them, trying to get closer to her. Her mom’s friend, Samantha, who is Evangeline’s godmother, has been a part of the family for as long as E can remember. Her mother is hospitalized and then assaulted, ending up in a coma. Her godmother is wanted by the police for attempted murder. Then Evangeline finds out that someone, or several someone’s are trying to kill her and another group is trying to kidnap her. Why? Things start to make even less sense as she finds her face changing and she begins to manifest magical powers. In the same town, Malledy, a brilliant young man finds that he has a disease that will leave him paralyzed and insane, and eventually kill him. He finds out that there is a girl in the town with a key, a key that can open a box that will contain the power to heal him. He decides to go after the key, go after Evangeline, and no one, not even the woman who has loved and raised him, will stop him. Pandora’s Key is a new telling of the myth of Pandora’s Box from Greek mythology. Nancy Richardson Fisher has built a new history around the box and how it is handed down between generations. Carefully crafted, the book weaves between Evangeline’s story and Malledy’s story and brings them closer and closer to their meeting. The twists in the story are very surprising and very interesting. I really enjoyed how those around E’s life figured into the entire situation. This is a good book for teens as well as adults.