Beautiful Graphics for Prayer



Just a quick little post because we wanted to show you some lovely graphics the wonderful Kim at Foxy Blogs put together for Prayer. They’re too beautiful not to share! You can also find them on the sweet review she posted on GR.


Prayer, Book Five in the Pagano Family series, is available for preorder now. It releases next Saturday, 30 January.

Lola xoxo


Cover Reveal & Preorder–PRAYER: The Pagano Family Book Five


Prayer for post


We were planning to set up the preorder for Prayer on Wednesday, but we couldn’t figure out why we were waiting. So we’re not.

Susan uploaded it to Amazon and Smashwords this afternoon. The preorder is already active on Smashwords. It’ll probably be tomorrow for Amazon, and then a few days from now on iBooks, B&N, and Kobo.

I’ll update this post with links as the preorder goes live at various sites. The release date is Saturday, 30 January 2016


Barnes & Noble




And here’s the Goodreads page.

We’ve got a paperback version cooking, too, of course.

The Pagano Family Series, with the exception of Nick’s story (because Nick is Nick), is a considerably gentler series than the Night Horde books. Word on the street is that Prayer is our first “sweet” romance.

We never set out to write anything in a particular style. We don’t try for “gritty” or “sweet” or anything in between—we just follow the characters, and they tell us their story. John is a good guy. Katrynn is a good person, too. They have their problems, but they don’t have a lot of darkness in them. Thus, neither does their story.

Katrynn is very close to Bev Pagano, and Nick and Bev are substantial secondary characters in Prayer. There’s stuff going on in their lives, too. And there is some intersection with Nick’s business. But most of the related violence happens off the page here.

Although it’s been well established that my sensibilities, as Susan’s muse, run deep into the dark side, even I recognized that dark wasn’t right for John’s story.

Besides, I have bikers and Vikings to satisfy my bloodlust. Heh.

So, the synopsis follows. We hope you enjoy Prayer.



John Pagano is the “good son” of his family, the one among his brothers who has always done what was expected of him, who was never a disappointment or a trouble. He’s built a good life in that quiet space. But he’s not happy. Despite the strong foundation of his family, his work, and his town, John is missing what he really wants: something—someone—of his own. A family and home that’s his. As he’s gotten older, that need for what’s missing has begun to make cracks in the foundation of his good life.

Katrynn Page has had no such strong foundation of family. The product of an unconventional upbringing, she has learned that love is a wavering, unreliable thing. Working with Bev Pagano at Cover to Cover Books, becoming close friends, Katrynn has spent her years in Quiet Cove as an honorary member of the Pagano family—just close enough to really see all she does not have, has never had. Everything she most wants.

John comes to see that Katrynn is what he’s been missing. Katrynn comes to see that John is exactly what she wants. But a drunken encounter gets them off to a disastrous start, and Katrynn must first find it in herself to forgive John and then learn to trust him, and herself, enough to believe that love can be steadfast. She will have to take a leap of faith.

Note: explicit sex


Hereby Resolved…

Hello all,

Susan made a resolution this year to be more active as an author on social media. I cackled when she made that resolution—since social media is the thing about this writing adventure that she’s worst at—and here we are at the end of the first week of 2016. She’s done a little better, I suppose, but if she’s going to stick to her idea to blog once a week, I’m obviously going to have to help her out.

Sigh. I have to do everything around here. Good thing she keeps me well stocked in blood and tequila.

I’ll make it easy on her this time and just do a little thing looking forward through 2016.

This year is shaping up to be an interesting one for Susan and me. She’s slowed down her publishing schedule a little (we’re planning six books this year), but I’m still cracking that whip and making sure she writes just about every day. This year, she’ll finish up the Pagano Family series.


A lovely graphic by Irene Oust of my visual inspirations for the Paganos

John’s book, Prayer, releases on 30 January (preorder coming up next week, along with the cover and synopsis reveal). Joey’s book will come out later in the year. And that will be a wrap on the Paganos.


Kim at Foxy Blogs made this beauty for Prayer.

And we’ve taken a journey in the way-back machine. Our new fascination is the Viking era, and we’ve finished drafts for two books in The Northwomen Sagas. Vikings are perfect for Susan and me—lots of bloodlust and wanderlust and just…well…lust. Damn, those big Viking men are HOT. And shieldmaidens! Talk about some strong women! I adore writing about Vikings!


The first Northwomen book, God’s Eye, will be released in April. More on that in a few weeks.

Susan and I both think it’s the best thing we’ve written. We’re thinking it’ll be the first in a four-book series. That can change, of course, depending on whether I find any more shiny things I want to write about in Scandinavia. I’ve already seen a couple of delightful possibilities of new directions to go. Heehee!

And, of course, Nolan’s book is coming. That’s the book we just started writing this week. Assuming Susan doesn’t piss me off, we’re planning to release that in the summer—June or so. Susan says Nolan’s book, not part of any series but following both Night Horde series, will be the last Horde book. But then she wondered about writing about cowboys, and I pointed out that the Horde has a new charter in Montana, so who knows. If that idea takes, it won’t be for a good long while, and only if I find something shiny there.


Besides our writing plans, Susan will be attending her first signing event this year. She’ll be at the Sexy & Sassy Signing’s Star Studded Affair in Norfolk, VA, 8-9 July. She’s featured at the Roving Author dinner, and she’ll be signing (of course) and on the cruise as well. Here’s a link to tickets:

So that’s what 2016 looks like for Susan: Finish the Paganos with John and Joey’s books. Finish the Night Horde and give Nolan an HEA. (Susan made me swear a blood oath that he’ll get an HEA.) Play in the snow and sea with shieldmaidens and berserkers and other yummy yummy Vikings. And get out and meet some readers.

You’ll probably be hearing from me more often, too.

In fact, I’ll be back next week, when Susan makes Prayer available for preorder.

Until then…

Ciao lovelies,
Lola xo

P.S. Since it’s the start of a new year, in case new readers are wondering who in the hell I am, I’m Lola. Susan’s muse. I live in her head. Here’s my introductory post.