This Love

MadhuriWrites

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This love loosens sockets as it crawls through my blood, makes my elbows moot, and arms brown sinew to wrap you triple times in the heat of my desire

Catastrophic and apocalyptic and any other world-shattering -ics, this love crushes dynasties and leaves in its wake little more than smoldering rubble and ash

Proud and cocky, and let me hold your hand in the street so everyone knows we’re coupled up and feeling all kinds of ways that make no sense to anyone but us, this love struts a mean staccato beat

And keeps me up at night, whispering poetry into my skin as Coltrane burns a rhythm of blues, and tenderness, and smooth soulful bliss into our everything

This love wakes the dead, and fills them with crave and lust for another go at this thing called life, and it says ‘this thing called life’ in its best Prince…

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DUTCH, The Keeper Series Book One – An Excerpt

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“Full of sex, magic, and turmoil…poetic and utterly beautiful. I can’t remember the last time a book made me stop and think, wow.” – Meredith Wild, #1 New York Times bestselling author


CHAPTER ONE

I was eight years old the first time I rode an elephant.

I was visiting my grandparents, and the local zoo’s specimen had given birth to a dwarf, so everyone in the household wanted to witness the freak. They bustled up the whole lot of us, waved down some auto rickshaws, and off we went, zooming toward the unimaginable feat of nature.

I took one look at that dwarf and knew it was scared. I also knew it was a complete bore.

The mom was much more interesting and already back earning her share, offering rides to any souls brave enough to climb atop her back. My cousins needed no invitation, and before anyone knew what…

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FIVE DAYS – The Keepers Are Coming 🐘🗡️🖤

So…ummm…yeah…

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FIVE DAYS from now I have a dark sexy book coming out from St Martin’s Press called DUTCH. It’s about a deadly assassin and his target with nine lives. He must end each of them, she’s not going to make it easy. Mostly because she is smart and funny and sexy af and every time their paths cross, she leaves his head spinning.

And we all know spinning heads make for not-so-focused assassins.

Which is not exactly the plot, but maybe kind of is. I’m giving away nothing – you just need to grab a copy and get lost for a bit in the magic that is Dutch and Juma. Then you’ll be able to decided for yourself whether that is actually the plot or I’m just fucking with you.

And because I’m nice, here are some pre-order links for your convenience:

HERE for Amazon
HERE for Kobo
HERE for B&N
HERE for iBooks
HERE for Google Play

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 the Keepers are coming

Shades Below Is Leaving #KU!

Into the great wide open!

L.J.K. Oliva | Urban Fantasy & Paranormal Romance

It’s announcement time!

Shades Below is leaving Kindle Unlimited!

For the first time, the Shades Below series will be available on iTunes, Nook, Kobo, and other ebook retailers! If you get your reading material from sites other than Amazon, now you’ll be able to find the Shades Below books at your online shop of choice.

If you are a Kindle Unlimited subscriber, there’s still time to get your read on! Here are the official “exit dates” of the books in the series. Add them to your KU reading list while you can!

A World Apart (Shades Below, #1) – March 9, 2017 (passed)

Season Of The Witch (Shades Below, #1.5) – March 23, 2017

The Devil’s Disease (Shades Below, #2) – March 25, 2017

All future Shades Below novels will also be published wide, so keep an eye out for them wherever ebooks are sold (okay…most places where ebooks are sold).

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DUTCH: The Keeper Series Book One – Cover Reveal

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“Full of sex, magic, and turmoil, this first installment in the series completely blew me away. The way Madhuri weaves Dutch and Juma’s story is poetic and utterly beautiful. I can’t remember the last time a book made to stop and think, wow.” — #1 New York Times bestselling author Meredith Wild on Dutch

2017.

This is the year The Keeper Series and Dutch and Juma and all of their dark sexy are unleashed on my friends and maybe some of my family – please not my parents and aunties – and if I’m lucky, a few folks I don’t know personally.

Correction: make that a hell of a lot of people I don’t know personally, but am able to suck into my world of heartless assassins and Poochas, Death’s emissaries tasked with crossing the dead back to life.

Book One in the series releases on April 4th – my…

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Poetry: Wondrous Women

A poem for my mom, and women everywhere – we are truly wondrous creatures

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Wondrous Women

on a too-many-miles-away-to-count
conversation with my mom
in the midst of catching up
she paused and commented
on new ink across my hand
I laughed and replied
how did you notice and
she laughed and replied
I know every inch of your skin
I birthed you and learned you
and will know you always
days later I glanced at my son
paused and commented
on the new freckle on his wrist
he laughed and replied
how do you see these things
and I smiled and thought to myself
because I am like my mother
and she is like her mother
and we are magic beings
in the most wondrous
of ways


The poetry on this blog and Write Bitches are works of fiction, erupting from my incredibly over-active imagination. This piece is inspired by mom and really, women in general – goddamn we are wondrous. It’s slightly…

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The Proust Questionnaire: As Answered By Asher Evans

L.J.K. Oliva | Urban Fantasy & Paranormal Romance

I was originally introduced to the Proust Questionnaire by my fellow Write Bitch Madhuri Blaylock in her interview series, Getting Proustian (you can find my interview on her blog). As an admitted nerd for self-reflection, I really enjoyed answering the questions. It also got me thinking.

Why not put some of my characters under the microscope?

Below is the Proust Questionnaire as answered by Asher Evans: survivor, vampire, and protégé of vampire Constable Seneca Lynch. Asher will be starring in the the upcoming Shades Below novel, If You Were My Vampire.

Now, without further ado…

The Proust Questionnaire: Asher Evans

1. What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Perfect happiness? There’s a quaint thought.

2. What is your greatest fear?
Fear is a trap. It is the fearful who are the first to die.

3. What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
I lived.

4. What is the trait you most…

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Shades Below Got A Facelift!

L.J.K. Oliva | Urban Fantasy & Paranormal Romance

Happy New Year!

In honor of 2017, the Shades Below tribe got a makeover! Seriously though, I’m too obsessed with these new covers. Is that weird?

Probably.

Whatever.

Feast your eyeballs on these pretties…

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“There are things that go bump in the night, Mr. MacMillian. It’s my job to bump back.”

Private investigator Jesper MacMillian is sure he’s seen it all. Living in San Francisco, strange is what’s for breakfast. Then he meets psychic medium Lena Alan, and his definition of “strange” changes for good. Suddenly, MacMillian finds himself in a world where monsters aren’t just real, they’re hiding in plain sight. For Lena, a medium since childhood, it’s just another day at the office.

For MacMillian, it’s the beginning of the end of everything he thinks he knows.

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Something wicked this way comes…well, more wicked than usual.

Georgia Clare needs help, and fast. As the lone survivor of her coven’s…

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