Monday, January 23, 2012

Sneak Peek of The Kiss (UNEDITED)


Moon Tribe

‘Through dragon’s fire made of ice, I change. I close my eyes to hear the stars whisper in my ear, though nothing is revealed. Torn between a past I don’t understand and a present I can’t escape, oh how my heart cries out please ancestors do not choose me.
It is a single kiss that fills my dreams and haunts me in every waking hour.  A kiss filled with hells fire burns within me—a kiss. Invisible breezes rush past me on the cliff of my own demise where I feel my heart aching for the manifestation of something, someone that doesn’t exist. A kiss.
The cave calls to me, beckons me to enter just beyond the white thorn bush. There just ahead, past the fog travels a sound from a pan. I can see him, the clown that is. He waves to me every night and points the way. A kiss.
I wait for you my shadow man—the entity of my dreams. You are the soul that touches me. The past is gone the present soon to dawn and now I see the fabrics woven in the tapestries. It is a kiss I wait to give you. A kiss of freedom—a kiss from yesterday—a kiss that shreds the past and carries us unto the future. A kiss. Just as my dreams of seeing you are about to come alive—I awake.’
The alarm clock went off, dragging Cleo away from the cave where he waited. The first word out of her mouth was no. Always with in her grasp of understanding but never quite all the way, she sat up in bed and rubbed her eyes.

I am Shakya clan, the modern myth. I carry the flames of justice and see through the darkness of night. I am the guardian and the seeker. I am lion and my roar makes even the wolves shake.

Chapter 1
Answers Needed
The scent of wild lavender bells, miniature roses, daisies and baby’s breaths  dusted the pine smelling breeze that floated through the air. The ground was brushed with bright colors of yellow, lavender and red from the wild flowers. The heartache of the past had died with the spring. Life was anew, fresh like the golden rays of the sun shining down on the world below.  Nothing could rip the joy Alaynee had in her heart.
With the destruction of the Unnatural creature known as Ralph destroyed, and winter’s discontent put away in the drawer of the past, Alaynee knew all she had to do was answer the single question. Will you marry me? Jonah had asked. It was like life stood still for just a moment.  He didn’t want an answer then, just the possibility of a future. When love’s sweet song would dance on her heart and play the strings of her soul. They would be forever tattooed on one another’s hearts and souls.
Deep within her stomach rested a small pit of disbelief and worry. The What if questions lingered in the back of her mind. What if they weren’t right for eachother? What if they were too young? What if they didn’t make it? What if—what if—so much is left to the possibility of chance and love, well she was her own bastard of the two sided coin that broke hearts on a daily basis.
Alaynee turned and looked at herself in the mirror. “He asked me to marry him,” she said out loud to her reflection. The ledge of concern was a steep fall but the glow in her eyes told a different story. She beamed with joy and love from within. Her entire body had a glow. The kind of glow only loves sweet touch can give. There was no denying it now. Alaynee knew in her heart the only answer she had to give Jonah and that was yes. Yes with all her body. Yes with all her mind and yes with all her soul. There was the possibility that nothing would work out, but there was also the possibility they could have all been killed just months ago. So why would she want to postpone the very thing she wanted most?
Alaynee put The Cure and danced around to the music. Lost in her own dream world, the knock at the door startled her.
“I’m leaving soon,” Cathy said.
Alaynee opened the door and hugged her mom with all she had. Tears streamed down her face. What light makes a girl dance and sing? What kind of joy brings so much happiness that one can’t help but cry? Love is that single emotion. It can take you to the greatest heights of laughter and joy while bring you down to the bottomless pits of hell. It is the one emotion that inhabits every other emotion and is the greatest driving force on the planet.
“What’s going on?” Cathy asked.
“I’ll tell you when you get back mom. It’s nothing bad. I promise,” she said. Her voice, whimsical with joy and revelation. She loved Jonah. She wanted to spend the rest of her life with him. They were going to bond.
“I’m going to miss you mom. Have a great show!” Alaynee said with enthusiasm.
“Are you sure you don’t want to go with me?” Cathy asked.
“Can’t. I have S.A.T.s on Monday and you won’t be back on time,” she said.
“I can make sure we get back on time,” Cathy said with a little hope in her voice.
“No mom, you worked so hard for this. I don’t want you to lose out. Not because of me,” Alaynee said.
“I would do anything for you, you know that don’t you?” Cathy asked.
“Of course. Mom, come on, what’s going on?”
“Nothing, you and your brother are just almost grown up, that’s all,” Cathy said.
Alaynee hugged her mom tight when tears formed in the corners of her eyes.
“Mom, we’re always going to need you,” she said.
More than you know now, she thought. Alaynee had debated on telling Cathy about the proposal, the truth was until just a few seconds ago, she hadn’t made up her mind.
“I’m going to be late for my flight if I stand here too much longer,” Cathy wiped the tears from her eyes. “Ok well I’ll be back in a few days. Watch out for your brothers will ya?”
“Always mom, no go or I’m going to ground you young lady,” Alaynee laughed.
She gave Cathy one more hug and watched her from the window as she got into her car and disappeared down the drive.
An answer, he needs an answer. 

Copyright by Joann H. Buchanan

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Where My Heart Is

I AM WOLF Book 1 Children of Nox was available for free download yesterday. It was a complete success in the start of spreading the word about my novel. I can't believe the out pour of support that came at me from unexpected places. It was without a doubt the most unique experience, one that I will treasure for the rest of my life.

I can't believe I'm actually here. I the feeling is humble and even a little overwhelming. I've always believed that dreams come true. . .for others. I didn't believe they could actually happen for me. I didn't do this alone though. I had a lot of help along the way from John Buchanan, my fiance. He pushed me when I wanted to give up and just stop. If it wasn't for him and Chantell, my sister, I wouldn't have continued. I would have wrote, but I don't think I would have tried to get published.

Five years ago, I made a little silver box and placed objects inside. This was my own special wish box. I wanted to remind myself that dreams are good to have. Inside the box, I placed a little toy house, a car, a picture of my family smiling and laughing and last but not least a piece of paper that said please dear God let me get published and be successful. A couple years later, the house we were renting caught fire and we lost everything we owned. Yes even the box went up in flames. Still what was inside didn't because that was in my heart.

I look back now and we have a house that belongs to us. I have a vehicle that runs. My family is happy and healthy and last but not least I have been published. It took a lot of hard work to get here. But the thing is, I get to look back and see that where I once was the gypsy in the family I'm not stable. Where I didn't have a car I could drive and life itself seemed so unsure when it came to my family because of divorce--I now have all I asked for. It is a dream come true--all of it.

Dreams have a way of sneaking up on you and biting you when you least expect it. They grab our hearts and shape the way we do things. I feel like all the things in my wish box came true. Though they may not have happened the way I envisioned them. They still happened. I have been inspired by so many other people and learned from some of the coolest people out there. It has been a pleasure.

John and Chantell thank you for the encouragement when I didn't see it. I also want to thank all the beautiful and talented people who have been there along the way. I also want to send out huge hugs to Jazzy, she was there with every word I wrote and was a fan long before I had a story.

Karen Fuller, World Castle Publishing for taking me on and seeing what John and Chantell saw. To Charlotte Blackwell, Mary Ting and Marsha Casper Cook for all their encouragement and words of wisdom. Thank you for dealing with my neurotic state of mind when the mood strikes. I couldn't have stayed the course without you guys.

Daniel Bautz, a talented film maker, show host and friend. He created the trailer you see above for me because I was clueless. I think he got a giggle out of me being clueless. He is one of my best friends.

Jim Malliard, who is a show host and a paranormal investigative team leader. His twittering is not surpassed by anyone else I know. He is always there to lend a hand where needed, no matter who asks. Thank you Jim, quack

I met Audrey Hamilton a while back and was invited to join her in her company, For You PR. She has been an amazing supporter and the coolest person to talk to when I needed to work things out in my head. Working with her, I think we have both learned so many cool new things. I can't wait to see what we come up with next.

I know this is a sappy post, but I really just wanted to share what's in my heart. Yesterday was amazing and it was because of those who have been there from the very beginning and those I met along the way who had more faith than I and who continue to be supporters. I love you all!!

I AM WOLF is available on Amazon. 


Angel, hero, monster, devil--we all become what we really are. I Am Wolf--The journey of a boy about to become a man who inherits his ancestor's gift and must learn the right way to use it. He falls in love with Alaynee and begins to feel like he is normal again. When their world is shattered by the kidnapping of Alaynee's little brother, Jonah breaks the cardinal rule of his gift and bites the kidnapper, creating a creature called the Unnatural. This sends him and all his friends on an adventure across the states to a place in Tennessee. There they find not only must they stop the Unnatural creature, but they must save Cara--the girl the creature is after. Jonah must ask himself the most important question of all, would you sacrifice yourself to save another? 

Copyright by Joann H. Buchanan

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Angelic Knight Press: I Am Wolf-By Joann H. Buchanan

Angelic Knight Press: I Am Wolf-By Joann H. Buchanan: I don't do a lot of reviews, but I loved Joann H. Buchanan's first book "Soulless Light," and when she a...

The love of the written word is like a drug. A single thought can turn into miles across the ocean or a night in bed with someone you love. They are the very essence of my soul; I breathe them in everyday just to live. My heroes aren't the people who are rich and famous. They are the ones who aren't afraid to tattoo my soul with the words they write. The shadows between the pages are the undiscovered worlds and minds of the person who writes them.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

I'm on the Amazon BEST SELLER LIST !!! Number 16

Soulless Light is number 15 on the bestseller list. I never thought I would be able to say that! Check out Kindle list under

I'm sooooo excited about it!! Jumping up and down!!

Copyright by Joann H. Buchanan