How well do you know the Creatus?

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How well do you know the Creatus Series? If you’re already a fan, you might be able to answer some of the questions below without looking. If you haven’t read the Creatus Series, click on the link of your favorite retailer for more information on this new twist of the myths you’ve heard your entire life. Then come back and play. 🙂

Simply send your answers to Carmen [@] Carmen DeSousa [DOT] com. If you’ve only read the prequel, send me your answers, and each month, I’ll send one reader the boxed set. Yes, you can enter every month until you win. BUTif you don’t want to wait to win and go ahead and read all the books and answer all the questions, I’ll register you to win the complete set of my Southern Romantic-Suspense Collection. That’s five books with a value of $20.95! This is an ongoing contest through December 2014.

The Creatus Series is not your normal paranormal storyit’s a realistic twist of the myths you’ve heard your entire life. Prepare to believe…

The Prequel ~ Creatus (They Exist)

Book One ~ Creatus 

Book Two ~ Creatus Rogue

Creatus Eidolon is Coming Soon!

Kindle Unlimited Members, read the entire series FREE!

Here are the questions if you’d like to copy and paste, so you can find them while you read. But I assure you, they’re easyafter you’ve read. 🙂

Creatus (They Exist)

The first night Derrick meets Janelle, where does he follow her home from?

What’s creatus’ favorite food?

How is Janelle related to Kristina?

Who said: “You are so not a guy.”

Who said: “The family won’t allow it. She’s a liability. And if it didn’t work…”

From Creatus (Book One)

What mythical creatures are creatus most like?

What’s special about Derrick’s mom?

What secret does Ry share with Vic?

Who said: Maybe she was dead, because she could swear she’d just heard him say he’d be back.

Who said: “That was some kiss.”

From Creatus Rogue (Book Two)

What does Vic drive?

What city is the safe house in?

What’s Vic’s favorite wine?

Who said: “You really are a dominatrix, aren’t you?”

Who said: “Do you realize I could kill you right now? Don’t make me snap this beautiful, slender neck…”

Creatus Boxed Set

What’s the VERY last word in the boxed setbefore Amazon asks you to rate the book?

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The reality behind the myths, Creatus (They Exist) #ParanormalRomance

For four thousand years, creatus have concealed themselves from the humans who hunted them almost to extinction. Unwittingly, one creatus will endanger them all…

As with most of his family, Derrick Ashton knows his future and what position he’s destined to fill within his unique society. Everything changes, however, when he breaks one of his family’s strictest laws and falls in love—with a human.

In his quest to protect the woman he can never have, a twist of faith propels him into a new role that will cause dissension among his family and endanger the anonymity that they’ve strived for thousands of years to protect.

Now, he will risk everything to save the girl from humans and his own kind. The one thing he can’t save her from, howeveris herself.

The Creatus Series is not your normal paranormal story…it’s a realistic twist of the myths you’ve heard your entire life. Prepare to believe…

The Prequel ~ Creatus (They Exist)

Book One ~ Creatus 

Book Two ~ Creatus Rogue

Creatus Eidolon is Coming Soon!

Kindle Unlimited Members, read the entire series FREE!

Creatus Series ~ Paranormal ~ Romance ~ Suspense

 

Ancient myths, superheroes, vampires…

Forget everything you’ve heard.

For four thousand years, creatus have concealed themselves from the humans who almost hunted them to extinction. Now, one rogue wants the world to know they exist. 

The Creatus Series is not your normal paranormal storyit’s a realistic romantic mystery based on the myths you’ve heard your entire life. Prepare to believe…

“You gonna jumpstart me? I assure you, I don’t need a jumpstart” CREATUS ROGUE ~ New Release!

Creatus Rogue

Book Two in the Creatus Series

 

It’s difficult choosing an excerpt when you don’t want to give spoilers, so please forgive my use of pronouns. Over the next few weeks, I’ll try to find some fun excerpts. I hope you enjoy them. 🙂


If you haven’t read Book One in the Creatus Series, you can find more information, check out some of the reviews, and read a free sample on AmazonOr, you can read two deleted scenes and the first chapter without leaving my website here.
 
 
Warning, Spoiler Alert Ahead!!!
 


~ Excerpt ~
She popped the trunk. She had to have something inside to
restrain him. She pulled out a pair of heavy-duty jumper cables and strolled
around to his side again.
“You gonna jumpstart me? I assure you, I don’t need a
jumpstart.”
She resisted laughing. For someone who thought they were
going to be killed, he sure made an awful lot of jokes.
Carefully, watchful of his dangerous, powerful legs, she
pressed her palms on his thighs and held him steady while she tied his feet
with the thick cords.
“You really are a dominatrix, aren’t you? I’m not usually
into that stuff, but okay.”
“Shut up.”
He faked a quiver. “Oohsay it again.”

If you’ve read Creatus Book One, I’m sure you know these two characters. I hope you enjoyed the excerpt I chose and will look forward to their story. In the meanwhile, please get me those cover ideas. Y’all did an awesome job last time, so let’s do it again!
 

Look for Creatus Rogue this Valentine’s Day!


If you cheated and haven’t actually read book one, I hope you’ll want to. You can find it via the links below:
Creatus
Creatus Rogue
iTunes
Kobo
Sony

 

Cover Reveal and Excerpt for CREATUS ROGUE ~ WIN this New Paranormal Romantic Suspense!

Book Two in the Creatus Series

Creatus Rogue

I love when my covers resemble a scene in my books because as a reader, I get excited when I get to that part. Although the excerpt I chose may not be the exact scene, it was an easy one to share as I don’t give away too many details of the story. I hope you enjoy!
 

If you haven’t read Book One in the Creatus Series, you can find more information, check out some of the reviews, and read a free sample on Amazon


 
Spoiler Alert!!!
 
~ Excerpt ~
Deciding she needed exercise, she took the stairs to Derrick’s rooftop.

The wispy clouds she’d spied earlier had scattered, leaving a star-speckled canvas above her. She breathed in the cool night air and took off in a sprint across the top of the roof. The next building over was about ten
stories lower than this one. Luckily, she’d worn dark jeans and a black tank beneath her coat, so she didn’t stand out against the ink-black sky.

She hit the lower rooftop running, scattering up bits of gravel and dust, as she made for the other side. She’d made this run before, the night Kristina had gone missing
and she’d been trying to find Michael—the night she met Reece Buckley.
She leaped onto two more buildings, her breaths coming quicker, filling the air around her with white billowy puffs. Systematically,
she made a wide arc around Back Bay, skirting the Charles River, and then
making her way back to her car.

If you’ve read Creatus Book One, I’m sure you know this character. I hope you enjoyed the excerpt I chose and will look forward to book two.
 

Register to win one of 25 copies of Creatus Rogue this Valentine’s Day here!

If you haven’t read book one, I hope you’ll want to. You can find it via the links below: 

Amazon Worldwide

 

 

Cover art by Viola Estrella

 

“You’re…real. You’re flesh and blood.” CREATUS, New Paranormal ~ Romance

In every myth there is a modicum of truth…
Creatus
The reason we believe in fairy tales—and monsters. 
 
Feeling her gaze burning through him, he cast a glimpse in her direction.
“You’rereal,” she finally sputtered, a quiver in her voice as she touched his arm.
“You’re flesh and blood.”
Huffing out a chuckle at her words, he attempted to contain the nervousness of her accusation, as if she’d discerned there was something unusual about him. He didn’t look any different from any other twenty-eight-year-old male.
He’d always assumed that once they met, he could convince her that she’d been mistaken as a child when she told the police officer that her dark angel had saved her. “Of course I’m real,” he said, attempting to add enough conviction behind his words so she
wouldn’t question him further.
Creatus is a new paranormal romantic-suspense novel that answers the myths and fairy tales you’ve heard about preternatural sentient beings.
 
Prepare yourself to believe…

 

Enjoy this deleted scene from paranormal romantic-suspense bestseller CREATUS. #SampleSunday

CREATUS - Final Front Cover

In every myth there is a modicum of truth…

Creatus, the reason we believe in fairy tales–and monsters.

In my new novel, for the first time ever, I deleted the prologue and the first chapter and jumped right into the story, but I do love prologues, as I know many of my readers do as well, so I couldn’t part with it. 

Instead, I’m going to give you a first peek at my new novel, and a little insight to the above scene. I hope you enjoy. 

Creatus 

Prologue

Kristina cowered against the damp building, looking to her mother for direction. Even at eight, she could see the wild gleam in the man’s eyes.

Pepper spray in hand, her mother pushed her toward the street. “Run, baby!”

A knife glinted in the man’s hand as he held it up in front of him. “I just want the jewelry and your money, lady. Don’t make me hurt you or the kid.”

Her mother took her eyes off him for a fraction of a second. “Run, Kris—” Her words cut off as the man slammed the knife into her mother’s chest and then reached for Kristina, but she ran as her mother had instructed. As she fled, she heard her mother’s cries. How could she have left her, especially when it was all her fault? She stopped in the middle of the street. She had to stop him. Her legs felt heavy and sluggish as she ran back down the alley toward the mugger, tears blurring her vision. 

A silhouette of a man landed in front of her with a soft thump. When he stood up, a sliver of light from the street revealed that he was dressed in black and much larger than the guy who’d attacked them. An anguished scream shredded the air as the new man tore the thug off her mother, slamming him into the concrete. He knelt down over her mother, checking where the man had forced the knife, but she didn’t move. The kind man lifted her to her feet and she stumbled forward.

“Mommy!” Kristina screamed, seeing the blood drip from her mother’s mouth and seep through a rip in her dress.

Her mother’s eyes and mouth opened, but nothing came out.

“Go,” the man in black shouted. His voice was deep and strong, his eyes dark as he turned to the man on the ground and pulled him up by his hair.

Kristina wrapped her arms around her mother’s waist, doing her best to hold her upright. As they staggered away, one lone wail filled the air and then silence. She hoped it was the bad guy, not the one in black. Normally his dark hair and mysteriously deep eyes would scare her, but she’d felt safe when he looked at her, as if he knew her.

Her mother collapsed in her arms. The blood had soaked through her dress, turning it bright red.

She looked back to the alley where the mugger had pushed them off the sidewalk. They’d just been going to get ice cream. “Help me,” she pleaded to the man who’d saved her. He was leaning over the bad guy, his fingers touching his neck. “My mother’s dying…”

The man in black looked up at the sound of her cry, but didn’t move. “I’m sorry. There’s nothing I can do.”

She blinked the tears out of her eyes, and he was gone.

Creatus is a new romantic-suspense novel with a supernatural edge that answers the myths and fairy tales you’ve heard about preternatural sentient beings. Prepare yourself to believe.

Like #RomanticSuspense with a Paranormal Edge? Prepare to believe… CREATUS

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After years of searching for the mysterious stranger who saved her life, twenty-two-year-old Kristina is alone and desperate. Seeing no future in her worthless existence, she attempts to force her protector out of the shadows the only way she knows—killing herself.

Ignoring his family’s disapproval, Derrick continues to safeguard the girl he rescued from a vicious attack years earlier. The one thing he can’t protect her from, however, is herself. When Kristina jumps off a bridge, he must reveal himself, even if saving her means she will now be in danger from his kind.

To make things worse, a video revealing Derrick’s supernatural ability when he saved Kristina is now in the possession of a government agency, and someone in his family will do anything to keep their existence a secret, even kill Kristina, the woman Derrick can no longer live without.

Prepare to believe…

 

Download your copy of Creatus here:

Amazon US

What’s a Creatus?

Creatus-4SquareWithout giving away anything about my new series, as that is part of the pleasure of reading a new book, I’d like to share with you what Creatus aren’t instead of what they are. And why I felt the need to share their story.

I enjoy reading almost all genres, but one of my favorites is a little-known genre called magical realism. I love when an author can take normal characters who live and work among us, but then give me insight on what makes their character special and why they have a story to tell in the first place.

Whether it’s about psychic abilities, soul changing, or even paranormal activity, the key for me is that it’s believable–or at least plausible in some sense.

Since the beginning of the written word, storytellers have shared myths about supernatural beings. However, over the centuries, these supernatural beings have morphed into tales of vampires, werewolves, and superheroes that are so outlandish I find it hard to pay attention, let alone believe.

Don’t get me wrong; I still enjoy a well-written story about vampires and mythical creatures, but I crave a reason to believe. I want some reasonable basis for the story.

The idea of a person shifting into an animal form that’s ten times the size of its human form, or a person having the ability to fly without the required body mechanics, makes little sense to me. But, I can’t discount that since biblical days, stories have amassed about sentient beings with superhuman strength.

CREATUS, from the Latin word meaning created, are the reason we believe in fairy tales—and monsters. Superheroes didn’t come about by being bitten by a vampire, a werewolf, or a spider. Instead, perhaps the same superior being who created us created them. So to answer everyone’s question… “What’s a creatus?” Well, a creatus is…a creatus. 🙂

That’s all I can say for now. If you love enough supernatural in your romantic-suspense novel to make you say, “Hmm…” Prepare to believe…

Thank you for stopping by my place and reading my musings. Remember these are just my opinions and shouldn’t be taken too seriously. If you have questions, please feel free to leave them in the comments, and I promise you I will answer.  If you’re curious about what I write, please visit my author page, where you can read all about my novels and short stories.

Social media has brought back ‘word of mouth’ advertising! #AmReading #AmSharing Books!

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Remember when we used to have to wait to see our friends in school to tell all of them about something exciting that happened at the skating rink Friday night. Yeah, we could have called on our landline, but how long would it have taken to retell the story ten times or more, depending on how many friends you had?

With social media, we can tell all of our closest friends something. I still don’t recommend talking about extremely personal situations. But hey, remember when you read ‘Flowers in the Attic’. Yikes! I do. I still have nightmares. I remember sitting around the school lunch table discussing our favorite books, a new band, and Rick Springfield from General Hospital. Am I showing my age yet? Even if you’re twenty years younger than I am, you still can identify with this, as social media really didn’t start hopping until the last ten years.

Since the beginning of time, ‘word of mouth’ advertising has been one of the most reliable sources consumers have had when purchasing goods or services. But with ‘The Big Screen’, Billboards, TV, and Radio, good old-fashioned ‘word of mouth’ has been overshadowed. And yes, all these outlets still exist, but they aren’t the most powerful anymore.

Sure, those other channels can still tell you about the best thing since sliced bread, but then what will you do? If you’re like my family, you go straight to the Internet.

Social media has brought back ‘word of mouth’ advertising with a vengeance!

Twitter, Facebook, Blogger, and other Internet sites are the most effective form of ‘word of mouth’ advertising—EVER!

Yeah…we socialize, but almost all of us use social media to share our favorite music, movies, TV shows, books, and even designer clothes and accessories. One of the best forms of advertising has slipped into the new millennium. Unlike when I was a teenager, ‘word of mouth’ travels almost as fast as lightning. Heck, we even knew OBL was no longer alive before authorities could verify the details.

So that’s my ‘writing blog’. Now, let’s get on to the good stuff!

Because I still happen to believe ‘word of mouth’ is the best advertising, I am reaching out to my friends to spread the word. I know I can’t do it without you, so I decided to come up with a way to let you earn rewards for spreading the word. Remember that old advertisement: “And they’ll tell two friends, and they’ll tell two friends…” I don’t even remember what it was about, but I know it works!

So…from now until the end of the year, I am going to run an ongoing monthly contest. That way everyone has an opportunity to win. In other words, an entry in September could still win in December. Also, since you can enter by referring and/or being referred, it benefits everyone. Last thing I want to do is alienate my current friends. Nope. I just want to meet new friends! But, and I hope you will think this is fair, I am going to limit one win per household per this contest.

I think you all know how to use Raffle Copter by now, but if not, just leave a note in the comment section, and I or one of my friends will help you.

I’m giving you several ways to win, so enter as many times as you want. On the first day of the month of October, November, December, and January, I will have Raffle Copter choose a winner for a $50 Amazon gift card. The winner will be notified, and as soon as they verify their email, the prize will be sent. If you’ve played my contests before, you know I’m good about sending gifts out the same day.

So read on in the Raffle Copter for all the ways you can register to win. I tried to be creative so have fun and good luck!

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Thank you for stopping by my place and reading my musings. Remember these are just my opinions and shouldn’t be taken too seriously. If you have questions, please feel free to leave them in the comments, and I promise you I will answer.  If you’re curious about what I write, please visit my author page, where you can read all about my novels and short stories.  And hey, I’ll even give you a free book just for stopping by. As always, happy reading, friends.

Until next time, happy reading, friends!

Carmen

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