All my life, I've wondered at how people fall into the routines of life. The paths we travel seemed to be well-trodden by society. We go to school, fall in love, find a line of work (and hope and pray it is one we like), have children and do our best to mold them into good people who will travel the same path. This is the path so commonly referred to as the "real world".
The characters in my books are destined to stray down a different path other than the one society suggests. Each story leads the reader into a world altered slightly from the one they know. For me, this is what good fiction is about, an opportunity to escape from the daily grind and wander down someone else's path.
Lorie O'Clare lives in Kansas with her three sons.
Learn more about Lorie on her “About Lorie” page on her personal website.
Cariboo werewolf shifter Jarvis Alger must be crazy. He’s fallen for a Malta werewolf—the most-despised breed, due to a rumored penchant for violence. The more he tries to get Katrin out of his mind, the more he wants to drag her into his den for blistering-hot lovemaking. And when Jarvis proves he cares about her, not her background, she quickly succumbs.
Katrin Keller actually is only half Malta werewolf, but she’s accustomed to the hate thrown at her by ignorant Cariboo and humans. That hatred killed her parents, and sent her littermates Leisa and Magda on the run. But the law doesn’t care about her half-breed status. Even the Cariboo cops will stop at nothing to eliminate her.
Torn between the man she loves and the heritage she won’t ignore, Katrin may have to choose between Jarvis and the very blood that runs through her veins. But as their passion grows, she’s certain of one thing—she’s willing to fight for both.
A Romantica® paranormal erotic romance from Ellora’s Cave
Ben Mercy is a man with a past. Trying to start a new life with the KFA—an elite team of professional manhunters—he hopes to prove himself by capturing the most wanted man in America. But Ben isn’t the only bounty hunter on the case. And the trail takes a deadly new turn when he’s thrown by the curves—of a beautiful woman…
Zoey is the daughter of one of the most powerful men in California. A helpless pawn in her father’s plan to merge two casinos through marriage, Zoey’s been warned to stay away from the lowlife bounty hunters who’ve come to town. But when Zoey meets Ben, the attraction is too intense to ignore. And the closer they get, the higher the risk. With millions at stake—and a murderer in hiding—falling in love could be the biggest gamble of all…
As a new trainee at the King family’s bounty-hunting agency, Micah Jones is trying to keep his cool. But his latest assignment—to bring in a night-club owner suspected of money-laundering—heats up fast when he meets the “brains” of the outfit: an irresistibly beautiful bookkeeper who’s resisting arrest. So Micah takes her into custody—by taking her into his powerful arms and not letting go…
Held for questioning but released by police, Maggie O’Malley is still a person of interest—to Micah. And Maggie is interested, too—in his services. With his iron-hard muscles and tough-guy exterior, the Harley-riding bounty hunter is just the man Maggie needs to track down the real crook at the club. A slow-burning attraction ignites a firestorm of insatiable desire—until the secrets of Micah’s past are exposed. Explosive passion now must prove stronger than a history so terrifying it might haunt them forever…
Hot on the trail of a cold-blooded killer, a small-town sheriff risks his life—and his heart—with one sexy partner…
Raised in a family of professional bounty hunters, Natasha King knows the dangers of tracking down fugitives—especially when they’re wanted for murder. But this is no ordinary mission. This time, it’s personal. The suspect is her own long-lost father—and the lawman hunting him down is dangerously close to catching her off-guard…
In all his years as sheriff, Trent Oakley has never seen a woman as strong-willed—or as scorching hot—as Natasha. With her big-city experience and black-belt training, she’s his best chance for tracking down the Trinity Ranch killer. Problem is: Can he trust her? As the trail gets hotter, their attraction burns wilder, and soon Trent’s not sure who’s hunting who. But one thing’s for sure: Natasha is one woman who always gets her man…
Mariah has just lost her entire family. For years, lunewulf have lived peacefully in the Yukon Territory. But when humans burn the werewolves' homes, Mariah and her pack run to a new home. Determined to embrace her new life and not be destroyed the way her pack was, Mariah refuses to be controlled by anyone. When she spots Luther with two other males, she's not only interested but willing to take all three of them on. Only one of the males remains in her thoughts though. She will have Luther again.
Luther runs on the edge of the pack that leaves the Yukon Territory and heads to British Columbia. He is Cariboo lunewulf. The lunewulf think his kind are barbaric and run with less honor. Luther has no need for all of the lunewulf's laws and traditions. He does have a need for Mariah though. It burns so hot through him he won't let her out of his sight, or his bed, until she agrees to be with him forever.
Reader Advisory: These wolves aren't your everyday pooches. The males are wild and feral, the females are strong and won't roll over to have their tummies rubbed. If you like wolves, want your loving untamed and fierce, then come take a ride on the wild side.if you can stand the heat.
One the best man hunters in the business, Jake King usually chases fugitives on the run. But now he's been hired to protect a beautiful private eye who's flirting with danger. Her name is Angela, and the last thing she wants is hired muscle getting in the way of her investigation. But this time she's so deep undercover, she could use all the muscle she can get her hands on...Jake agrees to play by Angela's rules - and lay low while she gets close to one of the deadliest crime lords to have entered the States. But the closer Angela gets to her target, the closer she feels to Jake. As her boyfriend, he has more than just a professional interest in her body - and he will do anything to keep her safe. But Angela is playing a dangerous game with a criminal mastermind who can make any woman his slave. And she could be the next...
Tore Mann is one of the most powerful hunters among all leopards. That doesn’t mean he has the strength to fight Maurie Sheridan. Or the will to curb the incredible carnal lust that burns him alive every time he picks up her scent. Maurie might be a small female, but she attacks with tooth and claw and doesn’t bother to ask questions later. She’s one hot little female, and Tore will make her his mate. He’ll endure her feisty nature because he doesn’t doubt for a moment he can tame her.
Maurie will attack any male who comes near her litter. She’s successfully protected herself and her littermates since her parents were killed when she was a teenager. But she can’t fight the intense desire building inside every time she attacks Tore. Worse yet, every time they fight, the sex is even hotter. There isn’t any stopping the craving that fills her whenever Tore is near.
These cat-shifters aren’t your everyday cuddly tabby cats. The males are wild and feral, the females are strong and won’t roll over to have their tummies rubbed. If you like leopards, want your loving untamed and fierce, then come take a ride on the wild side…if you can stand the heat.
Get to know the King family and uncover the clues to the game!
Marc King has learned all he knows from his father, Greg King, whose reputation precedes him as one of the best bounty hunters in the nation. Marc and his family have just returned from a trying hunt that almost cost his father his life. Being a bounty hunter is in Marc's blood. He's never thought of doing anything else. But serious down time will keep him fresh for the next hunt.
At a romantic ski lodge buried in the Rocky Mountains, Marc plots some extracurricular activity with the front desk clerk, London Brooke. When strange packages start to show up at her front door step, and at his room in the lodge, Marc and London discover there is more than sexual attraction between them. Someone has kidnapped both of their parents and the clues they leave send Marc and London on a dangerous chase after an insane game player, who is determined to make Marc, and his family, pawns in a demented and deadly competition.
The wildcat of the VicMoran litter, Rafe isn’t too convinced the newly discovered laws are for the best. Especially when they would prevent him from chasing down Anna Hunter. He’s had a taste of her and now he wants the entire meal.
Anna knows better than to let any of the other jaguars know her true feelings about the documents all jaguars are honor-bound to follow. She’s not into suppression. No one is going to put a leash on her or demand she behave a certain way simply because some ancient jaguar prophesied the laws be followed in order for survival. Anna knows how to survive. And she knows what she wants—whom she wants.
One night of incredible sex changes Rafe’s and Anna’s lives forever. Now the documents that put a thorn in her claw need to be saved from jaguars out for profit. Rafe and Anna have no problem fighting to save all jaguars. But they’ll be damned if they’re going to quit enjoying what they both know is right.
Heartthrob bounty hunter Greg King knows how to work it—and he knows that he can have any woman he wants. But there’s more to Greg than meets the eye…and he’s still haunted by the memory of his beautiful, estranged wife. Much as he’s tried to move on, he’s never been able to stopstopped wondering why Haley left him. Or what he could have done to make their marriage better—and make her stay…
After putting a vicious criminal behind bars, Haley King had no choice but to leave her loved ones behind and enter the witness protection program. Turns out that, in her new life, Haley has once again found herself in serious trouble—and needs help from the only person she can trust: her husband. Now, as old secrets threaten to tear them apart and danger closes in from all sides, it’s up to Greg to keep Haley safe…and convince her that this time, he’s playing for keeps.
Jaguars are hunters, through and through. That lifestyle will be protected at all costs in the Costa Rican rain forest village of Guarida, where Ran VicMoran and his littermates have settled. Ran will hunt and kill as necessary to protect their peaceful way of life. Times are changing though, and danger comes on two feet.
Olivia Sancerre has endured her overbearing mother all her life. She won’t be the same manipulative woman her mother is. However, each time Olivia runs into Ran, her calm, quiet nature dissolves and she can’t seem to stop sparring with him. The more they banter, the hotter she is for the incredibly sexy, commanding jaguar.
As danger smells stronger, enemies are right under their noses and life as they know it is about to change, Ran and Olivia begin a torrential love affair. Soon they’re not only fighting to remain together, they’re also struggling with a new way of life they never saw coming.
Reader Advisory: These jaguars aren’t your everyday cuddly tabby cats. The males are wild and feral, the females are strong and won’t roll over to have their tummies rubbed. If you want your loving untamed and fierce, then come take a ride on the wild side…if you can stand the heat.
Raul VicMoran and Angela Kalucian will not tolerate what Colony is doing to their kind, the jaguars. One of the leaders in the community is making arrangements with the humans to sell their services as mercenaries. Hired killers. To hunt, capture and eliminate someone else’s prey. The level of humiliation is too strong to endure.
After fleeing Colony, Raul and his two male littermates travel through the mountains, south into the desert and finally the jungle as they work their way to Central America, where the only other known colony of jaguars live. Raul and Angela’s love for each other blossoms during their trials and ordeals while traveling. Angela also comes to respect all three VicMoran males to the point where she feels protective of them. Raul knows in his heart, without any doubt, Angela is his female. No one will ever challenge him for her. But for one night, in the complete blackness of the heart of the jungle, all three VicMoran males will share Angela, truly bonding the four of them together for life.
Reader Advisory: These cat-shifters aren’t your everyday cuddly tabbies. The males are wild and feral; the females are strong and won’t roll over to have their tummies rubbed. They make leopards seem domesticated. If you want your loving untamed and fierce, then come take a ride on the wild side…if you can stand the heat.
Rock Halk has kept his secret long enough. Owls won’t humiliate themselves by showing emotions, but some feelings are too hard to keep buried. Especially when it’s need—hard, hot and carnal—burning in his veins whether he walks as a man or flies as an owl. His desire for Darla Sheridan has grown so strong he doesn’t care who knows or who might smell her beautiful, enticing scent on him after he makes passionate love to her.
There is one problem. Darla doesn’t view it as so much of a problem, more like a catastrophe. She’s fallen in love with Rock. Her feelings have grown too strong to keep inside. But her family won’t allow it. No matter how much they think of Rock—and they do think highly of him. Rock comes from the most prominent family of owls in Banff. He walks and flies with honor. Darla’s family is good friends with him. But Darla is a leopard and Rock is an owl. Leopards and owls don’t mate.
When burglars try to break into her home, kindergarten teacher Hannah Brookes is lucky to have Sheriff Rick Grayson on her side. Especially when their mutual attraction leads to distraction…
Police detective Zach Rivers isn’t the only man in Phoenix who’s obsessed with the beautiful Paige Avery—but he’s definitely the sexiest and, quite possibly, the most dangerous…
R&B star Anita has beauty, talent, fame—and her very own stalker—which is why she needs a professional bodyguard. But can she resist mixing business with pleasure when the hired muscle is to die for?
“Love Me ’til Death”
Homicide detective Ashley Jones hates working with the FBI. But Chase Reed is one special agent whose rule-breaking methods, razor-sharp mind, and rock-hard body make for one killer combination…
Megan has worked her ass off to become the future owner of Pierce’s Lair. But the previous owner, now dead, pulled a fast one. But she’s not going down without a fight! When Thad arrives to take control, the sparks don’t fly, they explode. Battle for the bar turns into lust of the body. What begins as hostile turns into hedonistic.
Thad upholds leopard shifter code. He is a hunter, trained to protect and police his species. When his sire dies, he is honor-bound to take the bar despite Megan’s repeated verbal and bodily attacks. Taming one hot little redhead with the most tantalizing scent to drive a male into sexual rampage should be easy and provide good entertainment. Females are meant to be domesticated.
But poor Thad is about to learn to never underestimate the carnal intensity of a female leopard.
These cat-shifters aren’t cuddly tabby cats. The males are wild and feral, the females are strong and won’t roll over to have their tummies rubbed. If you like leopards, want your loving untamed and fierce, then come take a ride on the wild side…if you can stand the heat.
Sandy Parks accepts her widow status in the pack. Her daughter’s success and status as queen bitch give Sandy the status she needs to lead a good life. Only one thing is missing—the touch of a werewolf, the companionship of a mate.
Ralph Hipp is tired of simply protecting Sandy from a distance. Too many strays chance upon her, hoping for a nibble from the youthful-looking widow. It’s time to make his move, show her this old werewolf still has a few tricks up his sleeve.
Together they prove life and love can be hotter second time around.
Publisher’s Note: Originally appeared in the Things That Go Bump in the Night IV anthology.
Heath Halk runs his parliament of owls honorably. Every nest in Banff is his concern and he takes his job very seriously. He’s never given thought to finding a mate until Shelly Preston walks in, blindsiding him.
Shelly holds her head high in spite of how the parliament views her parents. Shelly’s nest is trash. Everyone knows it. Most think she’s trash too. But Shelly won’t fly without honor despite the passion lying deep within her. She won’t shake her tail feathers for just any male. Anyone who knows her and flies by her side understands this about her.
When Heath flies after Shelly, she doesn’t understand what the most desirable male in Banff would want with her. Heath could have any female, yet he continues coming after her. As their lust smolders into stronger emotions, Shelly and Heath need to learn if flying together for the rest of their lives is possible. If they mate it will mean bringing the best nest and the worst nest in Banff together, forever.
Dover Down fixes things. Regardless of the species, Dover will fly into any problem and set matters straight. When he arrives in Banff to learn why species are suddenly ready to attack each other, he might be the one who needs to be set straight. Especially when he falls too hard for Lana Halk. There’s one problem—Lana’s nest might very well be the reason all the species are fighting.
Lana is positive about one thing. Any male who flies by her side will treat her as an equal. There is no way she will ever sit at a nest and have her kill ready for a male who shows up when he wants to get his tail feathers wet. But when Dover shows her how erotic lovemaking can be, he also steals her heart. If he’s in town to destroy her nest, she won’t be able to live with herself. Unfortunately, Lana also knows there is no way she can live without Dover.
From the award-winning author of Tall, Dark, and Deadly comes a tantalizing story of sex, scandal, and edge-of-your-seat suspense…
SOME GAMES ARE THE MOST DANGEROUS…
Detective Rain Huxtable works alone, and she likes it that way. But when a fourth spouse turns up dead in Lincoln, Nebraska, Rain’s superiors call in help from the FBI. They’ve either got a serial killer or a hired murderer on their hands, and their solution is to team Rain up with Special Agent Noah Kayne—and send them undercover as a married couple.
WHEN YOU PLAY THEM TOGETHER
Noah is infuriating…and infuriatingly attractive. Rain wants no part of this charade, but with four people dead under suspiciously similar circumstances in a matter of months, she has no choice but to play the part of a doting wife and investigate a close-knit group of suburban couples. It’s hard enough to keep up a professional facade when the heat between her and Noah burns so dangerously. But it may be even more dangerous for Rain to let her guard down once she realizes that the couples involved are playing a very sordid—and deadly—game …
First in a brand new series, a sexy, thrilling novel about a female cop, an FBI agent, and a whole world of trouble in-between…
Grace Jordan is leaving her dark past behind. Having traded in her big-city badge for life in the slow lane in Rockville, South Dakota, Grace and her daughter were hoping to make a fresh, clean start. But crime is at large in small towns, too…and young women keep turning up brutally murdered. Before she knows , Grace has got a serial murder case on her hands - and the infuriatingly seductive FBI agent Justin Reece by her side.
Grace did not come to Rockville looking for romance. But she can’t deny the chemistry between her and Justin - no matter how much she might want to. Meanwhile, things keep heating up as more women turn up dead, and a disturbing pattern points to a killer who seems to be sending a message for Grace alone. But how could he know such secret, scandelous details about her past life? Unless he happens to be someone from the past she would kill to forget…
Race Ogden craves the hunt as much as any leopard. Whether it is capturing and killing his next meal or hunting and possessing a hot female, the satisfaction of both makes his blood boil. But when he chases down Karma Sheridan, ready to attack her cute little ass, he’s met his match.
Karma and her two littermates will do anything—seduce, attack or kill—to protect the calling that runs through their blood. If that means taking on Race Ogden just to give him the piece of tail he appears to want, then Karma will do it. What she doesn’t anticipate is craving Race once she’s had a taste of him. Craving him to the point where she will risk everything she has ever fought for. But if she’s clever, Karma might pull off capturing the male she loves and holding on to her life’s calling.
These cat-shifters aren’t cuddly tabby cats. The males are wild and feral, the females are strong and won’t roll over to have their tummies rubbed. If you like leopards, want your loving untamed and fierce, then come take a ride on the wild side.
A male leopard shifter runs alone, wild and untamed, until a female decides he’s worth her time to train. Which is why Chantelle Drap sees no reason to settle down. She likes her males nasty and dirty, rough and wild…the rougher the better.
When rumors fly of an urban legend—gathering all leopards with visions, wanting to collar them, so he can create a stronger race—Chan’s world turns upside down. She doesn’t know who to trust, or when she will be attacked.
No matter where she turns though, Josh Bard is right there. His job is to bring Chan in. But Josh has his own agenda, is determined to keep her by his side, in his bed. She is his match in every way. Her scent thrills him, her aggressiveness spikes his wild side. Josh informs her that in truth it is the male who trains the female to submit and not the other way around. While Josh and Chan fight for control of seduction, they also find themselves fighting for their way of life.
Dimitri Spalto fought to be pack leader of the Malta werewolves. Now he must fight to keep his pack from falling apart and becoming prey to the prejudice that surrounds them. First he must deal with other breeds discriminating against Malta werewolves. Then Dimitri is forced to come face-to-face with the prejudice that lies within him.
Malta werewolves are special, and feared, because of the extrasensory gift many of them have…except for Dimitri. His grudge against the gift he could never master might prevent him from seeing how he really feels about beautiful Rosa Anthony. Acknowledging his hatred toward her den is simple. But realizing that the only way he can have her for his mate is to overcome that anger takes all the strength he possesses. And the clock is ticking. He can have Rosa until death, but only after bellying up to his nemesis…and saving his pack before it's too late.
An unexpected human attack on a lunewulf pack has led to devastating losses, leaving the pack with very few single females old enough to mate. Drastic measures must be taken. Lunewulf law goes into effect, stating that every female shall have three males for her mates. If the matings aren't consummated in thirty days, the males die.
Nik Alexander knows Sophie Rousseau is his. The entire pack knows it. He's sniffed after her since high school, and now it's time to approach his pack leader and ask that Sophie be his mate. But with the new law in effect, Nik must share Sophie with two other males.
Nik is an honorable lunewulf. He won't turn away from his pack. As much as he wants to rip the throat out of his pack leader, he will respect the new law. Lukas Kade and Jonathan Abram may have Sophie, but only under Nik's terms.
Reader Advisory: This story contains a scene of menage-a-trois sex.
Publisher Note: This book was previously available as the short story Pack Law. It has been greatly expanded.