Stealing Hearts by Sheri Velardi

Writing a book series… talk about scary!

When I started to write my book Looted, it was meant to be a one shot short story about an ancient goddess living in today’s world. It was supposed to be short, sexy, and done in one. But when writing sometimes stories and characters take on a mind of their own and that is what happened with Looted. Instead of being a one shot, my characters demanded not only a sequel but their own world, they demanded a multi-book series. Talk about bossy characters! The thing is, I have never written a series before and the original thought scared me to death. Could I carry on this story and characters over multiple books, would anyone out there be as interested in these characters as I was to stay with the over time? Lots of questions ran through my mind, but my characters didn’t care, they insisted that their story was much, much larger. So I started to write more about these characters and they introduced me to their friends. That is what is happening in my latest book, Stealing Hearts Book 2 of the Gods Behaving Badly series, my original characters are introducing me to friends, they are expanding the universe and giving me more ideas for other books to come in the series. Writing a book series still scares me, but I am doing it anyways as my characters are not giving me a choice, that is just how writing goes sometimes.


Here is a sneak peek at my latest release, Stealing Hearts Book 2 of the Gods Behaving Badly series.



The next morning Bruce awoke feeling happier than he could ever recall feeling. Suddenly he snapped open his eyes to make sure that Sophia still lay beside him. Sure enough, she slept peacefully next to him, a slight smile played on her beautiful features, her long auburn hair mussed, making her even sexier. Thank god, or goddess in this case. He had been afraid she’d disappear despite her promise the night before. Now that his need for her had been abated ever so slightly, maybe he could get her to answer some questions that had been eating him alive since their first meeting. His stomach growled; he forgot when his last meal had been and he had certainly worked up an appetite the previous evening. Quietly, he slipped out of bed, praying that goddesses kept a fully stocked kitchen. Maybe a little breakfast in bed would make her more talkative about the magic she seemed to have awakened within him. He still needed to know what an empath truly was, what he truly was, and what he was capable of doing. It seemed too farfetched to believe he was anything but human. However, he certainly felt different when with Sophia.

Making it to the kitchen, he was thrilled to see Sophia had all the makings for a fine breakfast. He turned on the small television on the counter as he began to get the eggs and bacon ready to cook. Mostly, he just wanted a little noise as he got to work, but something suddenly caught his attention.

“This is the highest profile art heist to hit Los Angeles in history. What is even more puzzling, there is no evidence as to who could have stolen the painting. All cameras and security systems are working properly, and the guards on duty didn’t see or hear anything. No alarms sounded, and the Getty’s systems show that no one entered or exited the premises last night. Van Gogh’s Irises is valued at over fifty-five million dollars, but many consider it priceless. If you have any information please contact the police. This is certainly not how we wanted to start off the New Year…”

Bruce’s heart sank. As he lay asleep last night, exhausted by lovemaking, it appeared Sophia may have been up to her old tricks. How could he ever learn to truly trust a creature such as her? She seemed to be getting bolder too, now she wasn’t just stealing from nefarious rich men, but from the Getty Center, and a high profile piece as well. He must not have provided her with enough excitement last night after all.

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Sheri Velarde is an author, artist, independent comic creator and jewelry designer out of Albuquerque, New Mexico. She is a creative soul with eclectic taste and style when it comes to her art and writing. Sheri is a multi-publisher romance author who is now branching into fantasy as well with her Defender of the Realms series. When not creating (which her fiancé argues is never), Sheri can be found spending time with her fiancé and their two dogs, reading, watching fantasy movies, attending metal concerts and just taking time to stop and enjoy life.

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