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This mouse is about to receive the lion’s share of adventure…

Aubrey Taylor dreamed of becoming an international superspy, but her parents warned that a mouse shifter wasn’t meant for such risky professions. Instead, she became a librarian for the Furry United Coalition Newbie Academy, though she never dreamed she’d receive a call that would see her off on the experience of a lifetime.

Jackson Holt, lion shifter and famed FUC agent is facing a foe more powerful than any FUC enemy… his mother. She wants her alpha son to assume his position as leader of their pride, but Jackson doesn’t want any of it. He wants to save the world, one FUC mission at a time.

When he swings by the academy to thank Aubrey for her assistance on a case, he inadvertently brings danger to her door. Between shots fired, jaguar assassins, and a lioness mother who will never accept her son with a mouse, Jackson has his work cut out for him.

Can this mouse remove the lion’s thorn, or will she scurry back to her quiet life at the Academy?

The Lion and the Mouse is a Furry United Coalition Newbie Academy (FUCN’A) book, set in Eve Langlais’ EveL Worlds

https://books2read.com/u/3n2Wz6

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Pixel Clash 1-6 Player Card Game

I don’t talk about card games on here. Not because I don’t play them because I do. I haven’t had the chance to play Pixel Clash yet. It’s currently up on Kickstarter looking for backers to help it go into production. It’s a cute looking game where 1-6 players have to go up against a fearsome dragon and it’s minions. There are some pretty sweet reward levels as well.

Check it out here. You’ve got four days from today before the Kickstarter closes.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/pixel8-games/pixel-clash-card-game?ref=dkhyz3

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Last Night

(this is a short story/flash story inspired by a story prompt I found online.)

I should have known something was wrong the moment I woke up. My head thrummed like it had a heartbeat of its own. My whole body ached like someone had worked me over with a baseball bat and then decided to drive over me for good measure. How was it possible to feel so completely broken? To feel like I’d died half a dozen times, only to be brought back to life.

This was why I never drank alcohol. It wasn’t like I lost control and challenge every Tom, Dick, and Harry to a drinking match. One or two drinks were all it took to leave me feeling like a broken mess of a woman the following morning. I fought against the urge to curl up onto my side and go back to sleep. My to-do list was ridiculously long and nearly rivalled the headache which currently held me in its vice-like grip.

A groan escaped me as I sat up and stretched.

“I’m never drinking alcohol again,” I muttered to my empty bedroom, wait a minute, my bedroom wasn’t empty. I peered over the side of my bed and noticed the man on the floor. Handsome, thick black hair and pale skin. He was smartly dressed in trousers and a slightly rumbled blue shirt. On his left foot, he wore a black leather shoe, the right foot was just covered by a sock. Who the hell was he? I didn’t recognise him at all. I’d gone out with Sharon to a bistro bar called O’Flanagan by the waterfront. We’d talked about our jobs at the local hospital, both of us worked in the admin department. Then she had made sure I’d gotten into a taxi and gave him instructions to get me home. At no point had I met a mysterious man who would later end up in my bedroom? Even drunk I wasn’t the kind of woman to have a one-night stand with a stranger.

“Hello?”

The man didn’t answer me. He didn’t even move. I leaned towards the floor and poked him. No response. If anything, there was a stiffness and a pungent smell. I clapped my hand across my nose and mouth. Holy hell, what was that?

“Hello?” This time my words were muffled.

Still, no answer and I jerked away from the body on my bedroom floor because that was why it was, a body. How did a dead man end up in my room? I pressed the palms of my hands against my closed eyes. It had to be a nightmare. Yeah, I was still asleep. That was the only thing that made sense. I bit my bottom lip, there was a sharp stab of pain then rich, coppery blood touched the tip of my tongue.

I wasn’t asleep.

Updates

Coming in January

I have two new stories coming out in January. They really couldn’t be more vastly different from each other. The Lion and the Mouse, which is available for preorder is out on the 18th of January. It’s a romantic comedy, heavy on the suspense, set in Eve Langlais’s Furry United Coalition world. All the books can be found here.

This mouse is about to receive the lion’s share of adventure…

Aubrey Taylor dreamed of becoming an international superspy, but her parents warned that a mouse shifter wasn’t meant for such risky professions. Instead, she became a librarian for the Furry United Coalition Newbie Academy, though she never dreamed she’d receive a call that would see her off on the experience of a lifetime.

Jackson Holt, lion shifter and famed FUC agent is facing a foe more powerful than any FUC enemy… his mother. She wants her alpha son to assume his position as leader of their pride, but Jackson doesn’t want any of it. He wants to save the world, one FUC mission at a time.

When he swings by the academy to thank Aubrey for her assistance on a case, he inadvertently brings danger to her door. Between shots fired, jaguar assassins, and a lioness mother who will never accept her son with a mouse, Jackson has his work cut out for him.

Can this mouse remove the lion’s thorn, or will she scurry back to her quiet life at the Academy?

The Merfolk of Sirena tells the continuing story of Yosef and Ayako. This is book 3 and after Christmas, the series will be placed in Kindle Unlimited. There’s at least one more book in the series, tentatively called ‘In the Dragon’s Clutches’

For the longest time, Yosef thought his friend, Grogswald died during their battle with a fearsome dragon. Then he found out he was. Desperate for answers he goes back to the one place he never wanted to do, Phlan and to the memories he’d rather keep dead and buried.

All Ayako wants to do is help Yosef deal with whatever’s troubling him. Even if all she can do is be there for him when he wants to talk.  Then a job reaches them. Yosef has a connection to Sirena and the people who live there but he can’t see past his own personal quest. So, Ayako does the only thing she can do, she leaves him to help the Princess of the realm.

Otherworldly forces conspire against them and they’re about to find out they’re stronger together.

The Wizard of Black Hollow

The Ghosts in the Glades

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The latest Spells and Scales

I have an update. Book 3 in my Spells and Scales series is off to the line editor. This one has been a struggle. The world of Yosef and Ayako has gotten a bigger and more dangerous as we race to the end of their story.

I can’t wait for you all to read it.

The cover artist for the Spells and Scales series is Fantasia Frog Designs. You can find her work here

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September 2021

It’s strange how fast this year has gone already. Working through the pandemic means I haven’t really had any time off besides holidays from the day job and the month I had off for my hand. For those who read my blog or maybe the black void I occasionally scream in to, I managed to hurt my hand. The hospital said it was RSI, the doctor I saw after that said it was a partial rupture, neither of them gave me a solution besides rest and painkillers. It’s one of the reasons I haven’t updated my blog and my productivity took an almighty hit.

I’ve adapted the best way I can. A new ergo keyboard, which helps and regular days off. The day job is still a pain, I was in pretty good health before I started to work there. Age hasn’t helped, our bodies break down and since I’m a writer, I guess my hands are at a higher risk.

My son has started High School and is enjoying his independence. When I was a kid I had my brother and sister, but the boy’s an only child, but least he has friends. I’ve started to read more, got a hardback copy of a collection of Terry Pratchett books, I borrowed from a friend. I’ve also been reading stuff on my kindle, even decided to give Kindle Unlimited a try but besides a few books I might not have considered, there’s a lot of crap on there. I also renewed my audible membership because I wanted to listen to James Clears ‘Atomic Habits’ and I still have a few things on there I haven’t finished. Under the Dome by Stephen King and Brandon Sanderson’s Final Empire.

During all of this have I fitted in any writing? Yes and No.

The third book in my Spells and Scales series is with my editor. She helped me with the first two books and I enjoy working with her. I’m also working on a book in a shared universe. It’s paranormal romance and a little out of my wheel house, the new deadline for that is looming but Wednesdays/Thursdays/Saturdays aren’t the easiest days to write on. The idea of the looming day job saps the creativity right out of me. I hope one day I’ll be able to give that job up and write full-time but that feels like an impossible dream sometimes.

https://decadentpublishing.com/author/samantha-allard/

30 day blogging challenge

Where would you like to be in 10 years #28

Where would I like to be in ten years?

Well that’s simple. I would like to be writing full-time. I’ve spent the majority of my working life in some form of customer service. There are some days I love my job, other days I wish I could walk out and never come back. My son says I work too hard, but I know I could work harder to get myself out there. If it was a case of doing what makes you happy, I would never step foot inside there again.

(edited) I have a selection of books which are self published or with indie publishers. Would I like an agent one day? To be with the bigger companies? I don’t know. I know writers can earn enough money to support themselves without being mainstream, so in all honesty I don’t think you have to chose one way or the other.

It also hasn’t escaped my notice that I’m not blogging every day, but I am blogging. That’s a win.

30 day blogging challenge

Favourite TV Show

Back to the blog. I’ve skipped two because who said I needed to stick to the same order?

I used to watch TV a lot. I was the kid who could organise their day around what was on TV. My dad used to use The Magic Roundabout, when we were kids, as the last thing we watched before we went to bed . As soon as Zebedee bounced onto the screen, we bounced off to bed.

When I was growing up, I was a fan of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Charmed but now? For someone who doesn’t watch much normal television, since I’m ever writing, working, sleeping or looking after people. That’s not a simple question. SO I’m going to broaden the scope just a little to…

Favourite YouTube Channel

Critical Role.

I’m a D&D nerd, at least official for the last five years. When I stumbled across a bunch of nerdy ass voice actors playing Dungeons and Dragons.

They play for about four hours every Friday so it’s a time investment. Probably even more than most TV programs. I dare you to watch and fall in love with a wide range of characters from all spectrums of life. And those are just the ones played by Matthew Mercer, the DM.

I seriously suggested you give it ago. The intricate world building, the beautiful character interactions and the sheer emotion. I cried a lot.

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15 interesting facts about me?

Wonderful, it’s another one all about me. Joy. Well I guess they’re all about me because it’s my blog. I’ll add a bonus one on the end. Let’s see if anyone reads it.

1: I have a camera tattooed on my wrist. A hobby I shared with my dad.

2: I have one son.

3. I’m terribly allergic to dogs. There was a scale and my result was…

4: I also have a dog. Only really found out about the allergies afterwards.

5: Been with my partner for about 14/15 years.

6: The first story I ever had published was ‘What A Way to Start the Day’ and featured the fire witch and thief Molly O’Brien. Unfortunately it isn’t available anymore, still on the hard drive though.

7: My favourite colour is purple.

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8: I love Dungeons and Dragons.

9: That means fantasy is one of my favorite genres to write.

10: My first Dungeons and Dragons character was a bard called Illyana Grey, nicknamed Tripleknot.

11: The characters created for my Dungeons and Dragons campaign make an appearance in my Spells and Scales series.

12: I like to run.

13: I never completed University.

14: I think about number 13 a lot.

15: I would love to be able to write full time.

Bonus: I played Doc from Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. Pretty sure because I was the only kid who wore glasses.