Monday, September 16, 2013

Archers of Avalon AUDIO BOOKS Now Available!


*throws confetti and dances*

Want to hear a sample? (Because, let’s face it, who doesn’t like free samples?)



Eeeep! So exciting, right?
You can buy and download the rest HERE! :)

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Start The Adventure




Three curses. Two brothers. 
One chance to save the love of their lives. 

Start the adventure. 
 
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Wednesday, January 2, 2013

AVOW is here!

It's. Here.
The final book in my Archers of Avalon series, AVOW.

AHHHHHH!!!

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I'm INCREDIBLY excited to share this book with you guys!!! So read up! (And be prepared for some shirtless Archers.)

Speaking of which...want a little teaser? ;)


Tristan had pulled apart all but the top tie, so the only thing holding the corset to Scarlet's body was the single lace below her shoulder blades. He paused, not sure what to do with his hands now that his task had ended. But his fingers seemed content trailing up the naked skin of her back.
No.
He needed to leave and keep Scarlet safe. Now.
A tendril of her hair escaped the mass swept over her shoulder and swung against her back. He deftly twisted it in his hand and wrapped it to the side with every intention of releasing it. But with the back of her neck exposed beneath the lock in his hand he couldn’t seem to let go.
He absently leaned forward, his mouth just inches from the delicate spot where her neck met her shoulder, and exhaled against her skin.
A shiver ran through her as she leaned back until her body was up against his. Fighting between the desire to keep her safe and the desire to hold onto her forever, Tristan stood frozen.
Then slowly, carefully, he pressed his lips to the very spot he’d breathed upon and reveled in the soft gasp that escaped Scarlet’s mouth.
She tilted her head to the side, granting him access to her throat and shoulder, and he trailed whisper-soft kisses along the skin she shared with him.
Releasing the lock of hair from his fingers, Tristan slid his hands over her bare shoulders, lightly traced his fingers down her arms, and settled his hands against her hips, barely holding her as he barely kissed her.
She shifted against him, her corset lifting away from her body so his hands were now on the warm, bare skin of her waist. He paused for a moment, his mouth right beside her ear as he tried to talk some sense into himself.
He brushed his lips against the sensitive spot above her jaw, felt Scarlet tremble with the touch, and all sense was lost.
There was something he wasn’t supposed to do, but he couldn’t remember what it was. Something about this was dangerous, yet his mind failed to acknowledge anything aside from the feel of Scarlet in his arms.

Want more?
AVOW for Kindle        AVOW for Nook

And don't miss the first two books in the series:
ANEW (book one)          AWRY (book two)
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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Sneak Peek - AVOW


Here it is, guys! The SNEAK PEEK from...



CHAPTER 1

Scarlet had her memories back, which meant two things.
She knew where the Fountain of Youth was. 
And she was mad at Tristan.
Still clutching a bloodstained knife in her hand, she marched through the graveyard and glanced over her shoulder at the green-eyed boy she’d loved for centuries. “By the way, you suck.”
“Wow,” he said.
“I can’t believe you tried to kill yourself.”
“I was trying to keep you alive.”
“Agh. Spare me your sacrificial agenda.” Another memory hit her and she turned to face him, her blood boiling. “And you let me wander around with amnesia for two years before meeting me?”
He opened his mouth, but Scarlet cut him off. “And then you let me date Gabriel? What the hell, Tristan?”
A muscle flexed in his jaw. “First of all, I was supposed to die. So I didn’t think intervening in your love life was any of my business. Gabriel made you feel happy and safe and I wasn’t about to screw that up for you. And second,” he raised his voice over the protest on Scarlet’s lips, “the reason I didn’t ‘meet’ you for two years was because I didn’t think I’d be able to follow through with killing myself if you and I were, you know…pals.” His eyes glinted.
She scowled. “Well that was selfish of you.” Turning, she resumed her walk through the dark cemetery.
“You think I was selfish?” Scarlet could almost hear his jaw drop as he followed behind her. “You’re the one who shut everyone out. You’re the one who kept secrets and stole stuff and ran away—“
“I had to run away,” she snapped.
His voice rumbled in anger. “Did you have to die too?”
Spinning around to face him—again—Scarlet met his hard eyes in the darkness. “I wasn’t trying to die.”
“But you did,” he said coldly.
They stared at each other for a moment, heartbreak colliding in the space between them. Because of her connection to him, Scarlet could feel the hurt and fear pulsing through his veins as his eyes traced over her in the moonlight.
But she could also feel the love heating his core as he took her in. And it was the love—that undying fire that blazed in him and burned through her—that stole her words away as she looked at him.
He was so beautiful. Even standing in a graveyard, covered in dirt and blood, he was striking. His dark hair fell wild around his face and his green eyes shone in the moonlight.
A shiver of desire ran through him--or was it her?--and Scarlet clenched the knife in her hand so she wouldn't do something stupid. Like crush her mouth to his and claw at his clothes until there was nothing between them but heat and skin. But that would, of course, lead to death.
Everything always led to death.
Tristan softened his voice as he scanned her face. “What happened in your last life, Scar? What are you hiding?” 
Scarlet's chest tightened at his question.
Millions of Avalon stars winked from above and reminded her of a time when she and Tristan spent their days in the trees and everything was fair; everything was simple.
Nothing was simple anymore.
He tilted his head and repeated,"What are you hiding, Scar?"
She could feel his heartbeat echoing inside her soul; powerful and constant, as his emotions swam into her.
Patience... Love... Worry...
Could she tell him the truth about the fountain? The whole truth?
The truth that would undo any hope they had of a happy ending?
She opened her mouth—
“Holy crap! Did you guys see that?” Nate jogged up to them with a knife in his hand, a grin on his face, and a trickle of blood running down his neck. “I totally kicked Ashman ass over there! I was all like hi-ya and you wanna piece of me? I was a super slayer! Buffy’s got nothing on me.”
Scarlet shut her mouth and shifted away from Tristan’s searching eyes as Nate continued.
“It was life and death out there, guys. Life and death. They just kept coming at me and I just kept putting them down.” Nate took a moment to catch his breath. “I mean, sure, I screamed like a girl a few times and accidently stabbed myself at the beginning, but still. I feel amazing! For the first time in five hundred years I feel alive.”
Moving his gaze away from Scarlet, Tristan eyed Nate's neck. “You’re bleeding.”
Nate touched his wound and drew back bloody fingers. “I’m bleeding. Haha! I have a battle wound. Oh, this is so awesome.” Tucking his knife into his waistband with a smile, he looked around. “Where’s everyone else?”
Scarlet’s stomach churned as reality whooshed in and slapped her in the face. “Raven kidnapped Heather.” Saying it out loud had emotion crawling up her throat.
Nate’s face fell. “What?”
With a deep breath, Scarlet summed up the evening’s events. “Raven is actually Clare—Heather’s boss at the coffee shop—not Laura. Laura was working for Raven, but Raven killed her and dumped her body in a grave—”
Ohmygoodness. Laura was really dead.
Scarlet blinked.
My guardian is dead.
More emotion wiggled up her throat and she quickly swallowed, trying to keep her focus on the things at hand.
Scarlet cleared her throat. “Then Raven had an Ashman kick the crap out of me so she could kidnap Heather and hold her ransom for the map to the fountain. And the lifeforce between Tristan and I shifted. So I can still feel his emotions, but he can’t feel mine anymore.”
Thank God.
If Tristan were still able to sense her, he’d know she was freaking out. Not just about Heather or Laura. But about the fountain and what finding it would mean.
A sick feeling swirled inside her gut.
“And because the lifeforce shifted, Scarlet now has her memories back,” Tristan added, sliding his eyes to her.
Nate blinked. “What? I go slaying for ten minutes and I miss everything—wait.” His eyes shot to Scarlet. “Does that mean you know where the fountain is?”
Scarlet hesitated.
It was decision time.
No truth? The whole truth? A vague truth?
“Yes,” she said, going with vague. It was always safer to start vague. “But we need to rescue Heather before we do anything else.”
Her heart started to hammer at the thought of her happy friend being held hostage by a vengeful witch with a drug problem. So many things could go wrong.
So many things already had.
Nate nodded. “Did you see which direction Raven took her?”
Looking around the cemetery, Scarlet shook her head and let out a groan of frustration as guilt swamped her soul. “This is all my fault. I should have stayed by Heather’s side. I should have protected her.”
Tristan scanned the premises. His coat was sliced open in several places and dark splotches of blood slowly seeped through the shredded fabric of the black T-shirt he wore beneath.
His immortal body wasn’t healing like it should, which meant his wounds had been inflicted with Bluestone weapons.
Not good.
“Dude.” Nate caught sight of Tristan’s injuries. “Are you okay?”
Tristan looked down at his stained clothes and shrugged as if the slashes in his skin were more of a nuisance than anything else. “I’m fine. The cuts are shallow. Where’s Gabriel?”
Scarlet furrowed her brow. “He came with me to the coffee shop, but he was gone when I came out. He wasn’t with you guys?”
They shook their heads and worry crept through Scarlet’s veins.
“I’m sure he’s around here somewhere.” Tristan looked calm as he glanced around, but Scarlet could feel concern coiling inside his chest. “Why don’t you two go look for him at The Millhouse and I’ll search the rest of the graveyard.”
Scarlet nodded.
Good plan.
Split up. Find Gabriel. Rescue Heather.
And stay away from the fountain.
Okay, that last part might be difficult since Amnesia Scarlet spilled the beans about the freaking map, but whatever. She could still throw them off. She could lie.
She’d been lying for years.
As Scarlet and Nate headed out of the cemetery, Tristan walked deeper into its shadowy depths. Distant music from the ongoing Avalon carnival drifted through the night air, making the wind sound eerily happy as it wrapped around headstones and swept through Scarlet’s hair.
Putting her knife away, she rubbed her head where it still throbbed from the blow Raven had dealt her with the business end of a crossbow.
One more reason to hate the crazy witch.
Everything was so screwed up—
A sharp pain darted up Scarlet’s body and twisted around her insides with liquid fire until she doubled over. Sinking to the ground, Scarlet clutched her chest and stomach, afraid her skin might split open and empty her insides all over the grass. She tried to suck in air, but her lungs wouldn’t work.
Nate dropped down beside her with terror in his eyes. “What’s wrong?”
The fire turned to ice and wrapped around her organs and bones, squeezing without mercy. Scarlet couldn’t help but cry out loud.
“Tristan!” Nate called, checking her pulse before pulling at the skin beneath her eyes to check their color.
Usually when Scarlet felt pain of any sort it was because her heart was failing. And when her heart started to fail, her eyes would glow and her nose would bleed. But this didn’t feel like heart failure.
This felt like something else entirely.
She squeezed her eyes shut and grimaced until the agony started to subside. Her muscles loosened, her lungs started to expand, and soon Scarlet wasn’t hurting anymore.
Out of pain, but still very confused, she opened her eyes to find Tristan crouched beside her.
His green eyes were glowing into the night as panic oozed from his pores. “What just happened?” He searched her face.
Good question.
Scarlet rubbed her chest to make sure all her insides were where they were supposed to be. Yep. Still in one piece.
Phew.
“She just collapsed in pain.” Nate turned his eyes from Scarlet to Tristan. “Dude. You need to calm down. Your eyes are super green.”
Tristan rubbed a hand over his mouth, still looking at Scarlet. “It must be the transition. Maybe when the curse shifted we switched places, putting Scarlet in pain without me, just like I used to be in pain when I was without her.”
Well crap.
That would suck.
“I guess that would make sense.” Nate scratched the back of his head. “Especially since her pain went away when you walked back over to us.”
Scarlet stood from the ground and brushed the cemetery grass off her pants as Tristan and Nate rose to stand beside her.
A surge of guilt rolled through Tristan and Scarlet hurried to reassure him. “I’m fine now—”
“You’re not fine,” he snapped. “You fell to the ground in pain when I was only thirty feet away from you.”
Yeah.
That was weird.
Nate pressed a finger to his lips. “If the lifeforce reversed your roles—”
“Oh no.” Scarlet’s eyes widened as the possibility sank in. “If our roles have been reversed, does that mean my touch can make Tristan sick? My touch can kill him?”
She took a step away from Tristan and felt his pounding heartbeat soften. Stepping back up to him, the pounding resumed. “Oh no. No, no—”
“Okay. Don’t freak out.” Nate held a hand up.
Too late.
“His heart responds to my nearness.” Scarlet shook her head as her chest tightened in despair. “No, no, no.”
This couldn’t be happening.
“So it appears the curse has shifted,” Nate said calmly. “We can handle this.” He held up a calm hand to match his calm face and calm eyes as he looked at her. “All we need to do is make sure you two stay within close range of one another so you don’t writhe in pain, but far enough away so Tristan doesn’t, you know, die.” He shrugged. “Easy. We’ll just reenact the ten-foot rule between you guys.”
Nate stared at them. Waiting.
“What?” Tristan said.
Nate rolled his eyes and thrust his hands in between Scarlet and Tristan, pushing their bodies away from one another. “Ten feet. There you go. Now let’s go find Gabriel so we can get our Heather rescue on. Then we can finally find the Fountain of Youth and cure everyone of this God-forsaken and completely obnoxious curse.” Turning, he headed down the street toward the Millhouse.
Scarlet and Tristan slowly followed after him in stunned silence. 
She was killing Tristan with her very presence.
Glancing at him under the yellow glow of the streetlamps, Scarlet ran her eyes along his profile as he stared forward with a clenched jaw. He was fierce. He was patient. He was everything she loved.
And he was dying.
Divulging the truth about the Fountain of Youth was no longer an option. Tristan’s life was at stake.
To hell with happily ever after.



AVOW will be available December 11th! Whoo-hoo!!!


Monday, November 19, 2012

AVOW - Cover Reveal!

It's here guys! The cover of AVOW!




SYNOPSIS

Scarlet remembers. Everything. Her past lives, Tristan, Gabriel, Nate: she remembers it all--including how to get to the Fountain of Youth. But time is running out. 

Heather and Gabriel have been kidnapped by Raven, while the curse that has plagued Scarlet and Tristan for centuries has shifted, putting the star-crossed lovers in more danger than ever before. Water from the Fountain of Youth is the only thing that can save Scarlet and her loved ones. But the water comes at a price.

With lives--and hearts--at stake, Scarlet leads her friends on a dangerous journey to the Fountain of Youth. Where eternal life is possible, but death is certain.


AVOW 
Archers of Avalon, Book Three
Available December 11th, 2012! 

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Deleted Scene from Awry


(This scene came just after Scarlet asked the guys to use a Head Ghost on her to retrieve her memory of the fountain of youth.)


Tristan watched Scarlet's cheeks tint with fury as she grabbed her coat.
“All of you are impossible,” she said, spinning on her heel and heading for the door.
She wanted help extracting memories from her brain with an unstable memory device. Like hell that was going to happen.
Gabriel followed after Scarlet, trying to sooth her over with sweet words and promises and other bullshit that would no doubt only infuriate her more. But best of luck to him anyway.
Left alone in the kitchen with Nate, Tristan stretched his neck and shifted in his seat at the counter.
Nate stood and stared at him for a moment. “You were pretty quiet just now.”
“Yeah, well. Gabriel kind of made it clear he doesn’t want me 'interacting' with Scarlet.” Tristan made air quotes around the word his twin had used.
"Does 'interacting' involve naked time?" Nate made his own air quotes. "Because if so, I'm with Gabriel."
"No." Tristan thought for a moment, his thoughts straying to Scarlet's mouth, her neck...her hot, naked skin... He gave his head a quick shake. "No. Naked time isn't even an option." Dammit. He continued, "Gabriel's freaked out because my touch can kill her and lately she's been...interested in me." Tristan tugged at his shirt collar. "He's afraid she's going to trip and fall on top of me, and instantly explode or something.
Nate raised a brow. "Yeah. I'm sure that's what he's worried about."
Tristan ran frustrated hands through his hair. “I just need to lay low for a little while and let Scarlet and Gabriel do their thing.”
Nate leaned against the counter. “And what thing would that be?”
Tristan cracked his knuckles. “The thing where they fall in love and everything is right with the world.” A slow, familiar tightness began to wrap around his chest.
"Ah, yes. The ever-elusive fairy tale ending." Nate gave a fake smile. "Aren't curses fun?"
Tristan glared at him.
Nate sighed and twitched his lips in sympathy. "I don't envy you, man. Not at all."
Tristan ignored the comment, hating Nate's sympathy almost as much as he hated the curse itself.
A few strained moments passed, filled by the sound of the front door slamming and Gabriel marching up the stairs. Clearly, his coddle-and-soothe-Scarlet plan had backfired.
Tristan bit back a smile.
Nate cleared his throat. "So...about the arrow that can kill immortals...."
"Nope." Tristan leaned back in his seat.
"I need you to give it back.”
“Not gonna happen.”
Nate rolled his eyes. “Come on, man. You can’t be trusted with it.”
“And you can?”
“Uh, yeah.” Nate made a face. “Raise your hand if you haven’t tried to commit suicide in the last five centuries with a magical arrow.” 
Nate raised his arm. 
Tristan pursed his lips. 
“See?” Nate dropped his arm. “You can’t be trusted.”
“I’m not giving it back, Nate.”
Nate hung his head and groaned. “Do I have to start hiding everything? First, Scarlet's ring. Then the arrow. And now--apparently--I'll have to hide the Head Ghosts because Scarlet's all pro-brainwash." Shaking his head, Nate muttered. “I’m surrounded by a bunch of kleptomaniacs.”
"Aren't curses fun?" Tristan mocked.




Awry is book #2 in the Archers of Avalon series. 
Check it out here!

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Behind the Cover of AWRY

What's in a cover? Well, to put it simply, a cast, a crew, and a whole lotta fun!

This past spring I had the pleasure of working with an incredibly talented team to capture the faces of my characters (Scarlet, Tristan, and Gabriel) and put together the cover (and other promo pics) for Awry (book two in my Archers of Avalon series).

We set up in a warehouse in Mesa, AZ at the crack of dawn with a trailer (for wardrobe changes and hair/make-up stations), some extension cords, and a truckload of set design props. And then we brought the Archers of Avalon to life.

It was phenomenal, people! Here's a video to sum up all the awesomeness that was had!



Meet the AMAZING TEAM behind the cover of Awry!



Photography: Ashley & Jon Bugg 

We are a husband & wife team documenting the lifestyles of some pretty amazing people and characters...we adore working together and possess two very distinctive yet completely cohesive styles that encompass our brand. We love working together, building on each other's creative eye and ideas. I dream big and Jon keeps me grounded. In the absolute best way possible. He's my anchor, yet pushes me to stretch. We look for the little things that bring forth the emotion in an image. Those in-between moments. Our goal is for you to FEEL our work...letting emotion and depth pour from every image we put forward. We kind of couldn't do this without each other, and wake up every morning full of gratitude that we are living our always evolving dream. You can view more of our work at buggphotographer.com 



   Hair & Make-up Stylist: Cristina Gammage

Cristina has been a stylist and make-up artist for 20 years, both in Arizona and California. She is the Owner and principal stylist at Salon Allegra in Gilbert, Arizona. Cristina has worked with the Phoenix Opera and won the BRIDES Award in 2011 for her styling and artistry. Cristina is the Key Stylist and Make-Up Artist for Sarah Bel Gray Photography, and has recently had her work featured in Angelic Magazine. She also works alongside other local photographers, Amy Elizabeth Photography and bugg.photographer as well. Styling is her passion, and she is thrilled and humbled to have been able to work with Chelsea for The Archers of Avalon Series! Visit Salon Allegra's Facebook Page to view her recent work! http://www.facebook.com/pages/Salon-Allegra/128311840534814

Wardrobe Stylist/Designer: Sarah Bel Gray

I am a self-proclaimed fashionista and shop-a-holic; be it that I have been obsessed with clothing since I was knee-high. I was SO honored to be able to use my love of fashion and my love of books to help create the characters for Chelsea Fine's Archers of Avalon Series! I hope I did the character's justice!! I am obsessed with coffee, fashion-based reality television, fashion photography, vintage boutiques, singing and playing the guitar, and being a mom to the most rambunctious little 18 month old in the world! You can visit me at www.sarahbelgray.com or check out my work on Facebook www.facebook.com/sarahbelstyle - sarahbelgray-   

Sarah made this dress, folks. -------------------->
Wicked awesome, right? :) Read the story behind the creation of Scarlet's wedding dress: http://sarahbelgray.wordpress.com/2012/06/24/needlethread-part-2/

The face of Scarlet Jacobs: Kasey Goff

I am 18 years old and live in Phoenix, AZ. I've been modeling since 2011 and I'm attending college to become a dental hygienist. I spend a lot of time at the lake with my friends and I LOVE camping--being outdoors is my thing. I can play the cello and the piano ( just like my character (; ) and I dress and act like a girly girl, but I'm a tom-boy at heart. I enjoy spending time with my family and I live with my mom and younger brother and sister.








The face of Tristan/Gabriel: Lonnie Weisgerber 

Modeling and acting have been a passion of Lonnie's for a little over two years. He hopes to continue his journey to bigger and better things, whether in the states or on the other side of the globe. He has enjoyed modeling for some of the best names in the industry--like Roberto Cavalli, Chanel, and Carolina Hererra. No matter how busy he is, he always finds time for friends and fun. Without the simple things in life, nothing great can exist.
Facebook
http://www.modelmayhem.com/1118839





I can't thank these peeps enough! They were a dream come true for me and helped make the cover shoot not only amazing, but also incredibly fun! This is, truly, Team Awesome. ;)