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What a pleasure to be back on Pimpin' Reads. And I should warn Jowanna that Micah is watching very carefully to make sure she doesn't get too excited over Io's book, which I'm here to introduce. He hasn't forgotten the lovely time he had here when his book was introduced, and he can be a bit territorial. Men!

So, let's get down to business.

Rebel Obsession is the third novel in my All the King's Men (AKM) series, and tells the story of the ill-reputed playboy, Io, as he finds himself lured out of his Casanova ways into uncharted territory: monogamy. As you can imagine, for Io to discard his womanizing lifestyle, which he was quite content living, takes a pretty special female. Enter the king's daughter, Miriam. She's one such female, and not because of her royal connection. Io was smitten with her even before learning she was the princess. Unfortunately, her father stands in their way of being together, and when a rebel like Io goes up against the king to stake a claim to his daughter, sparks will definitely fly. But it sure makes for an entertaining story as we follow along and see how Io will overcome the adversity King Bain represents to take what's his, Miriam.

AKM is a paranormal series, and my alpha and beta males are vampires. In book one, Rise of the Fallen, we saw Micah Black battle his inner demons to find his way back from the brink of hell to find his forever love (or did we? Micah's story is still unfolding). In book two, Heart of the Warrior, we saw Arion and Severin take on lies, prejudice, family, and painful secrets to be together. Now, in Rebel Obsession, we see Io face his shameful past and the realization that he's kind of a jerk as he takes on his biggest challenge yet: himself. All to find love and friendship.

Rebel Obsession is an interesting addition to the series. It was harder to write than the first two books. Much harder. The characters (both Io and Miriam) were so filled with shame and confusion about who they were, I struggled to get them to speak to me. However, once I embraced their shame and confusion as actually part of the story, things began to happen. It was as if they felt like I had finally heard them and they began to open up. So, especially with Miriam, you see throughout the story just how in the midst of an identity crisis she is. In a way, she has to fight everyone to be heard, but when she has the floor, she's not exactly sure what to say, because she's not entirely sure who she is, yet. With Io, she'll begin to find out.

Another interesting point about Rebel Obsession is that it came out feeling like a transitional piece, connecting the first two books with the next books in the series. The main story is Io's and Miriam's, but there are a few subplots taking place as other characters see their stories deepen, partly in connection with Io's. For instance, we see Malek, who has been the poster boy for logic and reason, begin to spiral out of control now that his own painful past is beginning to resurface. We also see Trace's story deepen, new characters enter the AKM world (and I can't wait to see what readers think of Maddox and Cordray), and new enemies and their schemes take shape. However, even though a lot is going on in this book, almost all of it ties together at the end, and the subplots that are left open set up subsequent books very nicely.

My editor has told me repeatedly that Rebel Obsession is her favorite story of the series so far. She has read it over and over and loves it every time, even crying a couple of times with each re-read. For me, when I first drafted Rebel, I was not happy with the story, but through an intense editing and rewriting process that lasted upwards of eight months and went through two rounds of beta readers, I can now say I am extremely pleased with how the story turned out. It was a labor of love, and was well worth every round of edits I put it through.

I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I've enjoyed writing it.

Here's an excerpt:

She swallowed heavily. His gaze drifted down her body then back up to her face. Before, his scrutiny would have made her self-conscious, but not anymore. She wanted him to look at her, because the way his eyes glazed and he rubbed his lips together—slowly, thoughtfully…hungrily—lit butterflies in her stomach. Sexy, lusty, wanton butterflies.
"This is your first time." His words carried portent, a promise hidden just under the surface that tonight would forever change them. As he breathed, his gaze dropped to his fingertips as they outlined the curve of her breast, caressing her like a feather. "It should be special." His fingers skimmed down her stomach, his hands disappearing under her shirt after a moment's hesitation. He inched the fabric up to reveal her skin.
She lifted her arms, moving just as slowly, and he tugged her shirt over her head before tossing it aside. It landed on the floor with a soft thwump, and his palms slid up and over her lace-covered breasts. His fingers played with the scalloped edges of her bra as she reached around and unfastened it. The material loosened, and his hands glided underneath and over her skin. She tossed the bra so it joined her shirt on the floor.
Io seemed fascinated with her breasts, his gaze following his hands as he massaged, squeezed, and caressed them.
"Are you okay?" she said.
Without lifting his gaze, he nodded. "Yes. I've just never seen more perfect breasts, and to think they're mine…they—you—all of you…you belong to me, and I belong to you. I just never thought…." He trailed off.
"You never thought what, Io?" She placed one of her hands over one of his.
He smiled, and this time his eyes lifted to meet hers. "I never thought I would take a mate."
"And…? How do you feel about that?" She smoothed her hand down his arm.
"I can't imagine ever going back to the way I was. You're perfect, Miri. Perfect for me, and perfect in every way."
She felt the same way. Everything about Io screamed I'm your mate. He was bold and outspoken. He took risks and went after what he wanted. He refused to be intimidated by money, titles, or even her royal blood.
"Claim me," she said, whispering.
His gaze blazed hot, and his full lips parted seductively. "Precious Miriam, make no mistake, your body will be fully and well-claimed by morning."

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Rise of the Fallen (AKM #1)


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In the streets of Chicago exists an uneasy, centuries-old truce between vampires and their distant cousins, a race of shifters called drecks.  Vampire enforcement agency, All the King’s Men (AKM), is charged with maintaining the truce, but when volatile enforcer Micah Black loses his mate and falls into the biological agony that results from the broken bond, he tests the boundaries of the truce by seeking out Apostle, a leader in the dreck community.  Micah wants Apostle to kill him, a request Apostle is more than happy to fulfill. 

When ex-Army medic Samantha Garrett inadvertently disrupts the plot and saves Micah’s life, a chain reaction sets Micah’s heart on a collision course with Sam’s, but he will have to protect her from Apostle and her obsessive ex-husband, Steve, if they will have a chance at forever.  Can Micah hold his emotions together to keep Sam alive?  
Heart of the Warrior (AKM #2)



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Severin was born to be a warrior. Conceived as a mixed-blood when his vampire father raped his dreck mother over two centuries ago, Severin retained the power of iron skin inherent to newborn drecks. However, Sev keeps this secret closely guarded. If it's discovered that inferior dreck blood flows in his vampire veins, it could destroy his life. And to make matters worse, his father suddenly wants to make amends for his transgressions. Sev wants nothing of his father's apology, especially now, as he contends with both an assassin who has marked Sev for blood vengeance and his obsessive attraction to his teammate, Arion.

Arion is the son of King Bain's liaison, Gregos Savakis, who had Ari's course plotted before he was even born. But what Ari's overbearing parents wanted for him wasn't what Arion wanted for himself, and a lifetime spent fighting through one relationship after another with females from all walks of life has left him weary in his search for a mate. After a startling and erotic encounter with Sev, Ari has begun to realize why. He's gay. And now he can't stop thinking about Sev. Arion suddenly realizes he's been forcing himself to be with females because that's what his parents expected. But what he wants is a male, and not just any male. Arion wants Severin.

Can the two overcome the secrets, prejudice, plotting, and the threat on Severin's life to find happily ever after with each other? 
Micah's Calling (AKM #2.5)



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Author’s Note: This is a novella supplement to the All the King’s Men series. It is highly advised that you read Rise of the Fallen before reading this novella. Reading book two of the series, Heart of the Warrior, would also be beneficial, but not absolutely necessary before reading Micah’s Calling.

With the threat of Apostle behind him and Samantha’s life finally out of danger, Micah’s mating phase, known as the calling, unfurls to full strength. Unable to resist the demands of his body and the hormonal heat that drive him to propagate the vampire race, Micah loses himself in the pleasure Sam gives him, yearning for her body to receive his seed to create new life. But after what Sam has been through – barely surviving Apostle’s venomous bite, and then Micah’s own venom to counter Apostle’s and make her immortal – Micah knows Sam’s body has suffered too much to accept a child so soon.

But the desire to nest and start a family isn’t the only thing Samantha has awakened in Micah. She has also stirred Micah’s long-dormant love of domination. With Sam, Micah finds himself longing to re-open his dungeon, and Sam wants to know more about this kinky world she has heard so much about but never tried. When Micah takes Sam to a scene party to introduce her to the BDSM lifestyle, their lives are turned upside-down when Micah is asked to assist in dominating a fellow dom's submissive, only to discover the submissive is his friend, Traceon.

Throughout her journey in this new world Micah has introduced her to, Sam begins to realize several hard truths about herself and what she wants. Will Micah allow her to explore her new interests? And will the new direction in his friendship with Traceon prove to be too much and break the bonds that have begun to tie them to one another?

Micah’s Calling is a story of devotion beyond the level of friendship that will light your imagination on fire.

Strong sexual content, voyeurism, exhibitionism, BDSM, knife play, mild ménage, and much more.

Rebel Obsession (AKM #3)
Just Released - JANUARY 2, 2013




Former cobalt addict and AKM drug counselor, Io is a male vampire known as much for his abrasive personality as for his playboy lifestyle. In other words, he's not the likeliest to make friends and settle down. Life on the edge suits him, and he lives full throttle, making his own rules, and damn the consequences. What he wants, he takes, and what he wants now is Miriam. If only he can find a way to see her again without getting himself killed, but her father stands in the way.

Miriam is the daughter of the king. Strong-willed and defiant, she feels like a prisoner in her own home and struggles to break free from under her father’s oppressive hold. The king’s law surrounding Miriam is explicitly clear: No one touches her. Period.

In a fit of rebellion, Miriam has turned to cobalt to find relief and freedom, but now she’s a prisoner to addiction as much as to her father’s strict control. What's more, she can’t get sexy Io, who tended to her so gently as she recovered from her first overdose, off her mind. Will she ever see him again?

When Miriam overdoses a second time, she and Io are thrust back together, and all bets are off. Seeing each other was the one thing both wanted, and not even the king’s laws and threats of punishment will be enough to defuse their rebellious obsession with one another now that they’ve found each other again, even if the consequences are death.


Donya Lynne's Bio:


Donya resides in Indiana, with her husband and a small zoo of cats and dogs. In fact, her writing buddy, Lucky, might become more famous than she is, based on the feedback the ever-present feline receives on her Facebook page.
As a little girl, Donya always had a book in her hand. As she got older, the books became pens and notebooks, which she filled with stories and poetry. For as long as she remembers, she has been writing and dreaming up stories. Seems writing was her destiny.
Donya loves music and often finds inspiration for her stories in the wide range of music she listens to. Nothing like a little Korn to propel the angst in a scene, or Enya to evoke softer and more romantic storylines.
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2 comments:

  1. looking forward to your world
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    1. Thank you. I hope you enjoy all their adventures and misdeeds. :)

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