I’m celebrating a bit today. I got a B&N royalty statement and while it was only about $12, someone bought the entire Nightriders series. Yippee! Sales are slow so I’m always thrilled when someone grabs a whole set. So, today I’m talking about the Nightriders. Yes, they are rude and crude. Yes, they are an outlaw motorcycle club. And yes, their club and their…uhm…businesses? Enterprises? Endeavors? Yeah, those things aren’t always this side of legal. I mean, they are members of a 1% MC. But…when it comes to mates and kids? They’ll go to the wall, hunt down those who would or have hurt them, and protect them with their lives. They’re Wolves, after all. Oh, and they’re all sexy as hell. What’s not to love, right?
Somebody asked me why I decided to write an MC series. Two reasons–or more precisely, two authors–Kristen Ashley and Joanna Wylde. Ashley wrote a book titled MOTORCYCLE MAN that developed into the Chaos MC series. Several of her contemporary series are all tied together and have crossover characters. I’d read her Rock Chicks series and picked up on the Chaos MC and a mercenary/security group that was tied in peripherally. Being me, I jumped over to grab MYSTERY MAN which is a 4-book series, the final one being MOTORCYCLE MAN, and oh, yeah. Had to grab the Chaos series. Fun stuff there. The thing about Ashley is you either love her, tolerate her, or hate what she writes. I’ll admit, her books are good escapes for me and I’ve read (and own) most of them. I don’t actually remember if I read Ashley first or Wylde. Her Reaper series is dark and dirty and when I’m in a certain mood, it was just the thing. I haven’t done a relisten of it in a few years. Both of these author’s MCs have a couple of things in common. They’re rough and fight dirty and run criminal enterprises (though Chaos’s prez is trying to get his club on the right side of the law).
So, as I was ending the Moonstruck series, the Nightriders popped into my head. First, it was a challenge. Could I write something a bit out of my comfort zone? Could I make bad outlaws into good Wolves? And would anyone but me read them? That’s when Easy walked into my head, pulled up a bar stool and said, “Lemme buy ya a beer.” And not too long after he relayed his story to me, NIGHT SHIFT was headed into the wild. While I love all my characters (and yes, I have a few more favorites), I’ll admit to being just a little partial to the Nightriders. I’m always jotting down off-the-wall snippets that I just know will develop deeper and be attached to one of the Riders who doesn’t have a complete story yet. And yes, that includes the Russian. He’ll get his. Eventually. In the meantime, besides NIGHT SHIFT (#1), there’s REMEMBER THE NIGHT (#1.5), NIGHT MOVES (#2), NIGHT FIRE (#3), NIGHT FALL (#4), and NIGHT WISH (#5). Go forth and read or reread!
Anyway, it’s Tuesday so I need to throw some treats in here. Chaos is known for their hog roasts. Literally. They get a whole hog, put it on a spite over an open fire and BBQ it. The Reapers? They had parties but the old ladies just brought food like a pot luck. That’s pretty much what the Nightriders do–though depending on which chapter, there might be a big ol’ smoker out back of the clubhouse. Me? I make a mean brisket but it’s slow cooked in the oven and I do make my own BBQ sauce. I am sooo not a grill master. My dad, on the other hand? His beef short ribs, rib eye steaks, and full racks of pork ribs were to die for. I tried to learn. Truly I did but nope. The grill is kinda like technology where I’m concerned. Totally not my friend! So that’s our treat today. BBQ–on or off the grill. So, whether you grab take-out, bake or grill your own, settle in with some BBQ and binge on good food and my books. You can click on any of the covers for the link or click on Books2Read to head over to the series page where you can see all of them and go to their buy pages. And the joy of digital books? You don’t get BBQ sauce all over the pages. 😉
What about y’all? Are you a grill master–or someone in the family? Or are you a take-out kinda BBQ connoisseur?
I’m the sort of BBQ heretic who thinks BBQ just means covered in barbeque sauce and cooking on the grill is ‘grilling’. And therefore, my BBQ meals are usually done in the crockpot. Hubs grills a mean steak and the grill is his domain.
I LOVE these books, which is saying something because I am totally not a fan of motorcycles or ‘clubs’ (which used to be gangs). But you make me love these guys and their worlds.
Awww thanks! And whether grilling, smoking, or crocking, BBQ is good eats!
I can’t BBQ for anything but I do have 2 Blackstone grills which get a lot of use in good weather. One was in the RV for my portable kitchen setup, so when I sold it, I ended up with both in the backyard. I do most of my pulled pork in the crockpot or pressure cooker. Less likely to ruin it that way.
This is true! Grill/smoker meat needs a light, deft, and attentive touch to come out right!