July Bookish Roundup

Hello!


How are you doing? I hope life is treating you well.


This update is a little late because editing on Scarlet Disaster kicked my butt this week. But it is with the proofreader—hooray!—and I'm excited to share an extended teaser below. For those of you who have read the Three Bears duet, you may recognize Lou as Ria's very much human best friend. Scarlet Disaster is also part of a duet, it's a reverse harem, and loosely inspired by Little Red Riding Hood (aka expect big bad wolf jokes).


In other news, if you've been keeping up with the Empath Found audiobooks, all three are now live!


Colette x



Scarlet Disaster Preview


Below is an extended teaser from Scarlet Disaster! I hope you enjoy this first meeting between Lou and her hopeful harem member, Brooks 🐺


(Note that this excerpt hasn't been proofread and is subject to change).


“Ooh, was that a little bit of flirting I detected, Ms. Not Interested?” I teased.


“I thought my name was Red?” she shot back.


“Hey, you’re the one who named yourself ‘Not Interested’. I assume ‘Not’ is your first name, which is why I oh-so-kindly bestowed a cute nickname on you. ‘Not’ is a pretty strange name, you know.”


“And you’re a pretty strange guy,” she laughed. “My name is Lou, but I’m still not interested.”


“Maybe I’m not interested. Maybe I was just saying hello and you assumed I was flirting with you,” I said smugly.


“How presumptuous of me,” Lou agreed seriously. “I mean, you were eyefucking me from the minute you approached, and one hundred percent used your sexiest fuckboy voice to say hi, but you’re right. I shouldn’t assume anything.”


I grinned at Lou, totally losing my “fuckboy” cool in the face of her snarky attitude.


“Okay, I’ll let you in on a little secret. I was flirting with you,” I told her conspiratorially. Lou gasped dramatically, clutching her chest like she was scandalized.


“You rogue,” she chastised.


“You talking dirty to me, Red?” I chuckled.


“Nope,” she replied instantly, popping the ‘p’. “I have sworn off men. No offense, but you’re all the devil.”


“None taken. Well, a bit taken,” I added as an afterthought. “Want me to punch the guy for you?”


“Now who’s talking dirty?” Lou asked, fanning her face. “And no. No punching required. However, I have banned myself from real-life penises for the foreseeable future so, you know. Go shoot your shot with one of the many admirers you seem to have collected since you walked in the door.”


I glanced around, finding a few eyes on me and more than a few on Lou. Pft. She did not have a leg to stand on when it came to calling me out on my many admirers.


Wait, real-life penises?


“Are you passing through Fairbanks?” Lou continued before I could ask an entirely inappropriate follow-up question about fake penises. Or dead penises? Real-life definitely left room for interpretation.



New Audiobooks


The complete Empath Found trilogy is now available on Audible! Get them here:


Recent Unputdownable Reads


July has been an awesome reading month for me, especially for my inner omegaverse fangirl. Book two of Lyx Robinson's Viking Omegaverse series came out, and I cannot rave about these books enough! It's got all the glorious omegaverse spice, but making it high fantasy, set during Viking expansion in the British Isles. It's smart as hell, well-written, with characters you can't help but fall in love with. Get book one here.


Also out in July was Pack Darling by Lola Rock, book one in an RH omegaverse duet. It has been weeks since I read this, and I still can't get it out of my head. If you're in the mood for some high-quality angst, you can't miss this one. Get it here.


Books to read this month

Surfaces by Ann Denton

I made a terrible mistake.


I gave my heart to my worst enemy in order to survive.


Relinquishing my heart allows me access to my pent-up magic. But it has a side effect. Now, as I swim through the sea kingdom, I find myself randomly consumed by dark thoughts.


Sometimes when I stare at the men competing in the tournament for my hand, I get a random itch—the urge reach out and snap their necks. To hear that brittle crack of bone and watch their eyes fade to gray. It doesn’t matter how sweet, funny, or handsome they are. The desire to hurt them is nearly overwhelming.


I always thought my birth mother was a monster by choice. Now, I wonder if it’s not a sea sprite’s destiny.


Will I become a leviathan too?


I need to know, and I need to find out quickly as these men grow closer to me and my evil appetite grows stronger. I don't know what I would do with myself if I hurt the sweet courtier, Keelan; the dashing pirate, Valdez; or my one true love, Mateo.


I’m afraid that they’ll see what lies beneath the surface, the shadows swimming in my eyes.


This beast inside might not just cost me my kingdom, but my soul.


Get it here.


It Must Be Fate by Sinclair Kelly

He’s gone...


This ghost girl just can’t catch a break. There’s fury in my soul and pain in my heart as I try to come to terms with the latest shitstorm the universe has thrown in the way of our unlife’s happy ending. But during the uncertainty following the abduction, we discover we’re not alone. We have the love and support of those closest to us, even if we barely remember them. With their help, it’s time to start tackling our growing to-do list


Like having Asher fix the guys’ souls. Or asking Nate to help me save Macklin...er...Thad. Whatever...that’s hella confusing (we’re working on a cheat sheet). Anyways, once we’re all together again, we’ll stop my sister and save the world. No big deal, right?


After all that, maybe we’ll finally get to live happily ever after...that is, if we don’t die first.


It Must Be Fate is the final book in a medium-burn, why choose trilogy. It’s highly recommended that you read A Fate Unknown & Twist of Fate first.


Get it here.