Blood Ties Paperback Giveaway

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I’ve just set up another #Amazongiveaway and this time it’s for a paperback. Blood Ties, the first book in the Blood Trilogy can be winging it’s way to you! All you have to do is enter…no purchase necessary.

The paperback is a little bit special. I created custom lettering for the interior and it looks fab!

Here’s a sneaky peek! (warning…sizzling hot)

 

Sweat ran down Keagen’s muscular back as he pressed the female against the wall. His rock-hard body, with perfect proportions and stamina that would outlast a stable of thoroughbred racehorses, was nowhere near to flagging. He’d pounded the woman for the last hour, nonstop. The female on the receiving end of his attention cried herself hoarse more than twenty minutes earlier. She needed to rest, but large hands cupped her ass, supporting her weight, and only when he’d had enough would he let her down.

With the air-con turned up high the smell of fresh sweat and sex hung in the air. Keagen loved to fuck; he had some catching up to do after his sex-starved existence for the first part of his adult life. Puffing out a few quick breaths, he built up his pace. He was ready for a beer and wanted the woman out of his room.

Keagen was tall, muscular, and stronger than most men were, although he wasn’t exactly a man. His genes were human DNA with a hint of animal, courtesy of Solgen Laboratories. It wasn’t common knowledge what the company did, and their labs were all in secret locations. Only their financial backers knew where they were. Who supported them was unclear. Possibly the government, private military organizations, or even wealthy dictators; no one knew. You would not find any documentation about it. It wasn’t legal what they were doing, that’s for sure.

Keagen tracked and hunted escapees and always caught his prey, but just one eluded him, and it pissed him off. Nevertheless, he was closing in, and soon he’d return to base with his prize in tow. Given free reign to come and go as he pleased, Keagen enjoyed the freedom, and as long as he brought in the bounty, all was well. Sometimes out in the field for days or weeks at a time, he upheld contact by phone; a check-in, but he wasn’t worried. Sometimes he needed ‘Keagen’ time. Holed up at his secret hideaway, or a motel, where a steady stream of females frequented his room, he could easily fob off his supervisor. The geneticists made the mistake of giving him just a little too much intelligence. Consequently, his IQ already rivaled some of the top minds in the world, and he was smart enough to hide that fact from his testers.

Grunting and hissing through gritted teeth, Keagen screamed his orgasm as he fucked the flagging woman; those last deep thrusts into her satisfied pussy filling the room with a guttural cry. Throwing his head back, his wet hair slapped against his shoulders. The muscles in his thighs held the female firmly against the wall for a few moments until his hips finally stilled and finished jerking. Catching his breath, he rested his head against the cool plaster before releasing the sighing woman. As she tried to stand her knees buckled, but he quickly scooped her up and laid her on the bed.

While he left her to recover, he went into the bathroom and rested his hands on the vanity unit. Looking at his sweat-ridden face, his drenched hair clung to his skin. He grinned. The cold water refreshed his sweating skin when he splashed it over his face. Keagen took a minute to cool down before turning and leaning against the unit while wiping his face with a towel.

He’d heard that he was close, and tomorrow Keagen intended to introduce himself. In the meantime, he would spend the rest of the evening relaxing with a few beers now he’d satisfied his other needs. Appreciating the female’s attention, but ready for her to leave, he turned on the charm.

Returning to the bedroom where his latest conquest recovered, he smirked.

“Are you ready for another round?” Keagen knew the answer, but this was a tried and tested method. “I can go all-night.” Drawing nearer to the bed, he palmed his cock.

“It’s already gonna take me a week to recover, so I’m gonna have to pass.” The female rolled onto her side and watched his hand moving as her mouth curved into a slow, delighted smile.

Keagen frowned. “Aw, really?”

“I’ve never met anyone like you, but as much as I’d love to stay, I need to sleep.” She laughed and pushed off the bed to gather her clothing from the floor. While stepping into her panties, she looked up at him. “We’ll have to do that again, after I’ve recovered.”

“That would be great,” Keagen lied as he sidestepped to grab his pants from the chair. “You’re gonna think I’m an asshole, but I’ve forgotten your name.”

“Nah, I don’t. I can’t remember yours either.” She snorted.

“Ouch!”

“Welcome to the 21st century. I’m Ellie.”

Keagen beamed. “Beautiful name. It was a pleasure, Ellie.” He pulled a black T over a muscled chest and then smoothed thick hair into a ponytail, tying it with a band. “I’m Keagen. I’ll give you a ride home, seeing as though you’re having trouble walking.”

Ellie finished zipping up her dress and grabbed her purse before heading for the door. Keagen held it open.

“You’re a true gent.” Her heart raced at the thought of meeting for a follow up, but realistically she knew that wasn’t going to happen. Hot men didn’t fall into her lap that often, especially ones like Keagen.

 

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Urban Fantasy Blood Ties is a fast-paced, paranormal romance book with lovable characters and a great story.

K 3 4 G E N is no ordinary man. He’s enhanced with lycan DNA from Gabriel, a former prisoner at Solgen Laboratories. Dr Keller, the scientist behind the genetic experiments has no loyalty to his creations. He’s replacing his top hunter, K 3 4 G E N for a better model. She’s faster, highly intelligent, utterly kick-ass, and shBlood Ties Urban Fantasye’s got a secret genetic enhancement that puts her at the top of the class.

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“Come and sit.” Gabriel kicked off his boots and moved to the center of the floor where he’d placed a large mattress and covered it in faux furs and cushions. Lyssa followed him. He pulled her down with him and they lay back against the padded headboard. Relieved she liked it, Gabriel sighed.

“I can’t believe you did all this.” Lyssa couldn’t stop gazing, and each time she looked at another part, she discovered something new she’d missed the first time she looked. “Where did you get all this stuff?”

“I drove into town yesterday while you were working.” He crushed her to him. “You really like it?”

“I love it!” She beamed up at him and sighed. “Thank you.”

“You’re welcome.”

Gabriel squeezed her tighter, growling softly as her hand smoothed across his chest and trailed lower. He made her happy, which in turn, made him happy, and so everything was right with the world. Not expecting to find a female like him when he left his family, he often thought about his past life. Leaving the pack when he was just twenty, his life could have been different if he’d stayed. He thought he knew it all. How wrong he was.

Distracted by slender fingers unzipping his jeans, Gabriel quickly returned to the present and groaned when Lyssa’s warm hand palmed his hardening cock.

Despite wanting to hold onto her virginity for a little longer, Lyssa wasn’t stingy with other pleasures, and loved to get Gabriel off with either her hand or mouth.

But he liked to go first.

Gabriel rolled Lyssa onto her back and smothered her mouth with his in a deep, branding kiss. He excelled at everything, and kissing with perfectly formed lips was his specialty. Of course, his tongue came a close second, and Lyssa wondered how she had resisted him for so long once he started licking her. This would be her undoing. When he worked on that one spot with his fingers and his tongue, she was close to submitting.

She mewed against his open mouth as he drew nearer for another panty-wetting kiss. It didn’t take long for her leg, draped over his hip, to start pulling against him.

No words could describe his kisses accurately. They were like silk, satin and cotton candy all rolled into one. The taste of him made her dizzy with excitement. He’d moved his hand behind her neck, keeping her steady as he slanted his mouth across hers. Whimpering against him when his tongue snaked into her mouth to explore, she strained to uphold control. Her tongue greeted his with welcoming warmth, teasing it to delve deeper into her lair. It felt perfect and right. She’d kissed other guys, but there was no comparison. Gabriel was her wildest fantasy, and she knew she’d give herself over to him soon.

And it gets hotter! This urban fantasy is action-packed and a real page turner.  It’s got two hot males and a couple of alpha kick-ass chicks too!

If you want to read another sneak peek, you can follow the link to other page on this site: Blood Ties peek 1. 

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Blood Ties is the first book from the Blood Trilogy Urban Fantasy and the 2nd book, Blood Brothers is coming very soon.

 

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Chapter One

Sweat ran down Keagen’s muscular back as he pressed the female against the wall. His rock-hard body, with perfect proportions and stamina that would outlast a stable of thoroughbred racehorses, was nowhere near to flagging. He’d pounded the woman for the last hour, nonstop. The female on the receiving end of his attention cried herself hoarse more than twenty minutes earlier. She needed to rest, but large hands cupped her ass, supporting her weight, and only when he’d had enough would he let her down.

With the air-con turned up high the smell of fresh sweat and sex hung in the air. Keagen loved to fuck; he had some catching up to do after his sex-starved existence for the first part of his adult life. Puffing out a few quick breaths, he built up his pace. He was ready for a beer and wanted the woman out of his room.

Keagen was tall, muscular, and stronger than most men were, although he wasn’t exactly a man. His genes were human DNA with a hint of animal, courtesy of Solgen Laboratories… READ MORE of this urban fantasy

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The hunter becomes the hunted…

Keagen was tall, muscular, and stronger than most men were, although he wasn’t exactly a man. His genes were human DNA with a hint of animal, courtesy of Solgen Laboratories. It wasn’t common knowledge what the company did, and their labs were all in secret locations. Only their financial backers knew where they were. Who supported them was unclear. Possibly the government, private military organizations, or even wealthy dictators; no one knew. You would not find any documentation about it. It wasn’t legal what they were doing, that’s for sure.
Keagen tracked and hunted escapees and always caught his prey, but just one eluded him. Gabriel, a lycan.

K 3 4 G E N is Solgen Laboratories number one hunter. He’s genetically enhanced and has a high IQ, heightened senses, and thanks to lycan DNA, he is stronger and faster than any man. It’s taken him a year to find Solgen Labs most wanted escapee; Gabriel, a lycan, and K 3 4 G E N is finally bringing him in, but despite his one hundred percent retrieval rate, his title and life are about to expire.
The labs have created a new hunter, a female. G H 0 5 C T – She’s faster, stronger, and has a new genetic enhancement that gives her the edge. She’s a trained killer, and is eager to replace K 3 4 G E N, robbing him of his title and crown.
Feeling betrayed, K 3 4 G E N turns to his enemy, Gabriel. He hands Gabriel a file containing details of his sister, who was executed at the hands of Dr. Keller, the founder of Solgen Labs. Seeking an alliance, he offers to help Gabriel find out what happened to his sister.
Gabriel must make a choice; trust the hunter, or run and hide as he had done previously.

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It’s not just the guys that are kick-ass in Blood Ties. Meet G H 0 5 C T. She’s genetically enhanced, and she’s the newer model.

This fast-action fantasy book is a page turner. It’s the first in a new series, and book two, Blood Brothers is in production.

Blood Ties is available in eBook, Paperback and coming soon within the next two weeks to audio book.

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BLOOD TIES OFFICIAL RELEASE

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Today is the official release day for Blood Ties! In case you need another sneaky peek to whet your appetite, here’s a little more from the book.ALTERNATECOVER with FWP logo FB

This is a New Adult, paranormal, shifter, werewolf, romance, and it’s currently available on Amazon.com & Amazon.co.uk

 

I’ve spent some time making the paperback quite special, and if you’re a collector of ‘real’ books, I hope you’ll consider adding Blood Ties to your collection.

The firstpaperback image 1 letter of each chapter has a wolf motif which I’ve created in photoshop and adobe illustrator.

 

 

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I hope you like the design and for the readers who like to hold a book, this is a perfect gift.

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The morning looked promising. Keagen was on the road, traveling to a small town he’d never heard of. Filled with elation, thoughts of catching his prey made him smile. There was no need to rush. Despite his need to snag the escapee, he took a leisurely drive. Intel he received advised of a stranger who’d set up house in DeALTERNATECOVER with FWP logo FBwburn Falls, and was deemed a ‘badass.’

Keagen smirked. There’s a new player coming to town. Move over badass.

Relaxing into the soft leather seat of the BMW 328i, one of Keagen’s favorite rides, he took in the scenery and thought about his plan of action. Meticulously organized, he always had a fallback plan. He wasn’t at home being Mr. Cock-up, and hated if someone fucked up, which wasn’t too often as he mostly worked alone. Forced to team up on one occasion, it didn’t go well, resulting in a few deaths. Kicking off, Keagen said it was either his way, or he was retiring, which was funny considering they owned him; despite his reluctance to admit it. While he was comfortable, he’d put up with their shit and continued along his merry way. Doing their dirty work. With access to fast cars, the best weaponry, some not even on the market officially, and recreation time to fuck, life was good. He wanted it to continue.

His mind took him back to when it wasn’t so pleasurable, and his hands tightened around the steering wheel as he growled. While he didn’t have many memories remaining, he knew it wasn’t good. Faded scars on his body were the only reminders of his childhood, since Solgen wiped his memory. It was the standard protocol to start with a clean mind, and easier. Still perfecting the procedure, the scientists had made a few errors, but Keagen was their most successful guinea pig. Receiving top marks in all the tests, he confirmed loyalty to the company and, therefore, was allowed to leave the compound. At first, he was under supervision, but that had soon changed. After excelling in each mission within a few months, his reputation soared. Managing a hundred percent retrieval rate, with a required eighty percent coming in alive, he was the top dog. The twenty percent died because they resisted captureAVATAR FOR AUTHOR PAGE and return back to the labs. Keagen was strong. At the start of his hunting career, he didn’t know his own strength. Rarely bringing home a dead one these days, he’d learned to master his body and the enhancements.

 

 

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I’ve been likened to Christine Feehan, Sherrilyn Kenyon, and James Patterson which is fabulous!

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on January 3, 2016
OMG! I simply can’t wait to get my hands on the next book in this series! Ms.Nicholls characters are always smoking hot men with brains, brawn and a slightly twisted sense of humor. Along with a tiny vulnerability that makes you love them, even with their faults. The women in this book kicks ass. I love the plot and am so EXCITED for the next one. This series is COMPLETELY different from her Demon series, both are 5 stars. One of the best authors, especially if your looking for hot sex, luscious men, strong kick ass ladies and a fast paced read! You will not regret a book by Julie Nicholls, EVER! EITHER series.
on January 1, 2016
Julie Nicholls is a magician when it comes to the written word because Blood Ties is ABRACA…DAYUM! I love Keagan’s “I’ve forgotten more dirty tricks than you’ll ever know” attitude and how he and Gabriel bring balance to each other’s lives. I identify with the square peg in a round hole life that Keagan, Gabriel, Alyssa and Ghost lead either by experiment or birth. She has erotica down to an art form. Julie’s books are roller coaster rides. Your emotions and imagination pushed to the limits! She literally puts you in the middle of the action. I wanted to be in the passenger seat of Keagen’s car, speeding down the highway. Driving straight into the unknown at the side of a smoking hot badass to the core alpha male! I didn’t want this on the edge of my seat book to end!
I’ve followed Ms. Nicholls writing career from the beginning and she never disappoints. Her stories are exciting and captivating. Julie’s instincts for knowing exactly what a reader is looking for are always on point.
Forget pins and needles…I’ll be on a bed on nails waiting for the next installment of this trilogy!

 

on December 31, 2015

This book is a wee bit different than what many paranormal shifter books offer.

You get to follow Lyssa and Gabriel as they are put in danger because of Gabe’s past. A world of trouble is headed their way as a hunter who has Gabes DNA is on his way to bring him back to the labs he was held captive in. You also get to meet the ever so sexy (and cocky) Keagen and fascinating Ghost. The action is packed in with twists and turns through the story too keep your mind guessing who exactly is the bad guy and who is truly good.

You’ll find yourself hoping a certain character is killed off then wondering why you would ever think that the next chapter. My emotions have been on an up and down train ride and then you get left with a slight cliff hanger that makes you wanna ask….

Soooo…about that second book in their series? Is it ready yet?

Blood ties is currently in production for an audio book…narrated by the fabulously talented actor, Scott Richard Ehredt. 
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Julie Nicholls has done it again! In Blood Ties, we meet Keagen, a product of Solgen Laboratories, taken in trade from his addict father at the age of twelve. Programmed by Dr. Keller with super intelligence and a killer instinct, he is perfection in his design.

Gabriel, another product of Solgen Labs, also courtesy of Dr. Keller, is Keagen’s target. A wolf shifter, he escapes after years of physical testing and abuse, settling in a small town, seeking refuge. Meeting Lyssa, also a shifter, he feels an instant attraction and their relationship grows stronger.

Keagen makes his appearance and the sparks fly. There is action, intrigue, deception, and lots of hot romance. The characters come alive through Ms. Nicholls writing and, as with her other books, they are memorable. As I read, thoughts of the writing of Sherrilyn Kenyon came to mind. This book is that good.

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Blood Ties is a great start to a promising trilogy featuring an intriguing cast of genetically engineered humans and lycans. This book has it all–science fiction, fantasy, action, adventure, and erotic sex scenes.

One of the elements in this book I found most enjoyable was the relationship that grew between Keagen and Gabriel. It reminded me of some of the “buddy movies” of the past–Lethal Weapon, Rush Hour, etc. Keagen, the genetically enhanced hunter, often shows a humorous side that Gabriel, a lyca and formerly Keagen’s prey, eventually comes to appreciate. Lyssa, Gabriel’s love interest and also a lycan, is sweet but no slouch when threatened. I also loved the minor character Tiny; he’s a real scene-stealer!

I’ll be impatiently waiting for the follow up to learn more about Ghost, Keagen’s female counterpart. She’s got a top secret ability most women would love to have. No, I’m not going to tell you what it is. No spoilers from me.

Bottom line–I recommend this book. I was given an ARC from the author in exchange for my honest review, but if I hadn’t, I would have purchased it with no regrets.

BLOOD TIES IS LIVE!!!

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Due to a cock-up… Blood Ties is now live!!!

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Keagen sauntered into the first bar he came across. It was dark and dingy and only two other people took up space at the bar. Scanning thoroughly before pulling out a stool, there was a sudden rush of blood to his cock when the pretty bartender greeted him with a smile.

“Hey, stranger, what can I get you?”

“Now you’re asking.” Keagen grinned. “Coffee, please.” He couldn’t help notice her scent and smiled. She had to be the girlfriend. If he dropped in, that would make for an interesting meeting.

Lyssa poured the tall, dark, and extremely handsome punter a mug of coffee.

“Are you new in town, or just passing through?” Furnishing him with a cheery smile and wide eyes, she couldn’t resist a flirt. Aside from Gabriel, he was the only other good-looking man she’d set eyes on.

“Oh, I’m here to check on family.” He sipped his coffee while glowering over the rim at Lyssa. Noticing pert breasts with peaked nipples, his cock thickened under the restraints of his jeans.

“You have family? Here?” Raising both brows, Lyssa wondered who in Dewburn Falls had relatives this hot. “What’s your name?”

Keagen breathed deeply before pursing his lips. He wasn’t up for sharing right now, although he was sure he could fob her off with a line. “I’m adopted, so my name wouldn’t be familiar to you, but you can call me Keagen.” He leaned against the counter. “What’s your name, princess?”

“Lyssa.” She beamed. She liked the way he smiled. He was utterly delicious in a wicked ‘I’ll rip out your heart’ kind of way.

“That’s a pretty name for a pretty lady.” He flashed another dazzling smile. “Are you spoken for, or may I ask you out to dinner?”

Blushing, and suddenly feeling cornered, Lyssa grimaced. “Yeah, I’m kind of involved with someone, but thanks for asking.”

“Well I guess I’ll have to eat alone, then.” Keagen thought for a moment. She had to be involved with his prey. He snapped his head toward the door and watched another young and attractive female move closer. His brow arched. Dewburn Falls had much to offer. His nostrils flared as the scent drifted his way. Wolf. Another one. There’s no wonder he’d moved here; there’s wall-to-wall pussy. Well, sort of.

Lyssa smiled. “Hi, Sally. How’s it going?”

“Don’t ask.” Sally sidled behind the bar and grabbed a beer from the freezer. “I know it’s your night off, but I have a problem at home, and I wondered if you’d come back and work the last couple of hours for me? I’ll work your full shift tomorrow night. Would you do that, hon?”

Lyssa sighed. She hated working two shifts in one day. However, Sally had swapped with her in the past last minute. “Yeah, sure.”

“Thanks, doll. I’ll square it with the boss.” Sally gALTERNATECOVER with FWP logo FBlanced at the customer and sighed. Noticing his eyes focusing on her larger than average breasts, she smirked. “You need a refill hon?” She sauntered closer and gave him a better view as she leaned across to fill his mug. “Not seen you in town before. You planning on staying long?”

“Depends.” Keagen slowly licked his lips.

“On?”

“Whether there’s anything interesting enough to keep me.” He smoothed the flat of his hand over his hair. He’d tied it up in a man-bun, but a few stragglers had broken free.

Lyssa rolled her eyes as he flirted with Sally. Only two minutes earlier, she was a princess. Shaking her head, she should have known. Hot men like him don’t wait around, and if someone’s unavailable, they move on fast. No harm done. She was only flirting anyway, but it still annoyed her that she’d fallen for his charms.

The unmistakable honk of Gabriel’s horn outside made her squeal. He never let her down and always kept his promises. He restored her faith in hot men; they weren’t all cut from the same cloth.

“Okay, hon. I’m outta here.” She winked at Sally, then bolted for the door and yelled over her shoulder. “Have fun.”

Keagen’s eyes narrowed. Interested to know who the hottie was dating and if his suspicions were correct, he jumped off the stool and made for the door after throwing $10 on the counter.

A beaten-up truck pulled away and headed off down the street before turning right on a road leading out of town. That had to be him. Keagen ran to his car and followed the direction of the truck, keeping a safe distance. He didn’t want him spooked.