Historical Quiz & #Giveaway (#rafflecopter)

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Quiz: Which Historical Romance Heroine Are You?

#1 What word best describes you?

a) effervescent
b) nonconfrontational (mostly)
c) stealthy

#2 My favorite hobby is …

a) comparative study of the male form
b) looking after my darling baron
c) target practice

#3 What is the perfect late night snack?

a) bread, cheese, meats, lemon tarts … whatever can be liberated from the kitchen
b) the baron’s kisses
c) ratafia, shaken not stirred

#4 My ideal man must have …

a) a sublime derriere
b) an aptitude for growing hardy, contrary flowers
c) brains

#5 What accessory do you never leave home without?

a) my corset (large bosoms are such a trial)
b) my composure
c) my pistol

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If you choose mostly As … then you are as sparkling and resourceful as Her Serene Royal Highness Dagmar from The Truth About Leo by Katie MacAlister. Dagmar may have been raised in a strictly formal manner, but she’s never let that stop her from pursuing anything that catches her interest. She’s a bit quirky, marches to her own drummer, and has a fine, fine appreciation of the manly form.

 

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If you choose mostly Bs … then you are clearly the stuff a baroness is made of, much like Millicent, from The Traitor. Milly is sweet, fierce, determined, and brave but slow to trust. Sebastian, Baron St. Clair, is ALSO sweet, fierce, determined and brave, and relentless when it comes to protecting those he cares for. Alas for both Sebastian and Milly, an enemy stalks them who is not sweet. By the time Milly is done with Sebastian’s enemies, they are not very brave either. So if you chose mostly B’s, the bad guys better steer mighty clear of you!

 

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If you choose mostly Cs … then you are equipped to be a master spy like Jane Bonde from Love and Let Spy by Shana Galen. Jane is smart, cunning, and loyal, but she has her weaknesses too. Her latest weakness goes by the name Dominic Griffyn. Planning a wedding and defeating a villain intent upon the destruction of England is tricky, but if you’re the sort who multitasks easily, then you too have Jane’s unique skills and panache.

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Hero of a Highland Wolf by Terry Spear (#giveaway)

Book Information

HERO OF A HIGHLAND WOLF
Author: Terry Spear
Release Date: August 5, 2014
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Genre: Paranormal Romance

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Summary

The MacQuarrie werewolf clan has overseen the Playfair family’s Ardmore Castle for three centuries. So when a Playfair granddaughter from abroad inherits the estate, clan chief Grant MacQuarrie has to train her to manage it—and he’s not happy about having her in his way. Until the prim old lady he’s expecting turns out to be a sexy young wolf…

Colleen Playfair is excited and apprehensive about her new role at the castle, and she has big plans to change the way its run. But the stubborn Grant won’t make things easy, and she’s forced to turn to seduction to get her way…

Excerpt

Grant always joked and played with his clansmen when they were through with their work for the day. Well, even while they worked. But being with Colleen here like this felt different. For a moment, he didn’t feel like he served as the manager of her estates while she was the owner and taskmaster. He felt like a man with a woman on a Sunday jaunt in the glen. Except she wasn’t just any woman. She was a she-wolf, her cute little arse jiggling ahead of him as he climbed the hill to join her.

When he reached the top, she was trying to catch her breath and swayed a little. He grabbed her arm, and he didn’t know what came over him. But suddenly he was looking down into her smiling face, as if she was smiling at him, and he wanted in the worst way to kiss her.

She didn’t pull away from him, either.

He shouldn’t kiss her, but damn, he wanted to.

Still breathing hard, her heart beating fast, she placed her hand on his chest. He expected her to push him away, but she didn’t. She just stood there looking up at him, waiting for him to do something. He breathed in her scent, all woman and…interested.

They stood high on top of the hill overlooking the glen, the water rushing by, the sheep grazing on the green grass across the burn, and white clouds passing overhead against the blue sky.

He still had hold of her arm, but then he released her, cupped her face with both hands, and kissed her.

When his lips met hers, he knew he shouldn’t do this. He intended to make it sweet and unassuming, to quench some damnable need that he had to satisfy. He didn’t presume it would go anywhere, and he almost imagined it would be lame and unappealing—-after having built up the expectation that kissing that sweet mouth of hers would make his world spin and topple over. He hadn’t thought she’d crave the intimacy as much as he did. Yet when she wrapped her arms around his neck and kissed him back, she exhibited an eagerness that turned his world on end.

She was more than willing.

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 Author Bio

USA Today bestselling author Terry Spear has written over two dozen paranormal romance novels and medieval Highland historical romances. In 2008 HEART OF THE WOLF was named a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year. A retired officer of the U.S. Army Reserves, Terry also creates award-winning teddy bears that have found homes all over the world. She lives in Crawford, Texas.

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Sweet Revenge Release Day Blast and #giveaway

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I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, I love Rebecca Zanetti!  Her next book, Sweet Revenge, comes out today in paperback and having read it, I say get this book!!! I reviewed the book here some months back, I believe.

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The One Man She Can’t Have

Matt Dean was born to fight . . . and kill. A member of a secret black-ops military unit, he and his brothers were genetically engineered by the government to be the perfect soldiers with an expiration date. Now, with time running out, he’s gone rogue in a relentless quest for the one person who can save them. His mission leads him to Charmed, Idaho . . . and to a beautiful woman with eyes like emeralds and a body made for pleasure.

The One Woman He Can’t Resist

Laney Jacobs knows the mysterious, handsome stranger is trouble from the moment he walks into her bar, looking for a job. She’s spent years running from her own past-the last thing she needs is a romantic entanglement. But Matt’s strong arms offer her protection and his gentle touch promises passion unlike anything she’s ever known. As lethal forces surround them, revealing explosive secrets about Matt’s past and putting everything-and everyone-he holds dear in danger, can he save them all before time runs out?

Excerpt 1

“You know you work for me, right?”

“Listen, lady”—red spiraled across his high cheekbones—“you hired me to bounce problems, which I can’t do if your sweet ass is in the way.”

Was that a fact? She took a deep breath and settled on the only solution other

than kicking him in the shin. “You’re fired.”

Both of his eyebrows shot up. “Excuse me?”

Satisfaction tilted her chin. Not much probably surprised Matt Dean. “You’re fired.” As an exit line, it nailed the situation. Unfortunately, the toned soldier stood between her and the door. Just who the hell did he think he was? “Now move your sweet ass.”

He slipped his hands into his pockets and leaned back against the door. As a move, it was intimidating. “Why am I fired?”

“You leave much to be desired as an employee.” She eyed him, assessing the situation. Nope. The guy might be commanding, but she wasn’t scared. He wouldn’t hurt her. “All you’ve done since being hired is flirt with customers, order me around, and kiss me.”

His chin lowered. “Which of those items is pissing you off the most?”

She narrowed her eyes as heat spiraled through her abdomen. “You can flirt with any dumb bimbo you want, and frankly, the kisses were all right. But ordering me around? Not a chance.”

“All right? The kisses were all right?”

Figured the man would focus on that. She forced herself to lift a shoulder. “Eh.”

His cheek creased, and his eyes warmed. “Maybe we should try again, then. See if I can do better.”

“No.” The spit in her mouth dried up. She hadn’t meant to challenge him… had she? “I don’t, ah, kiss fired employees.”

“So that leaves Smitty.” Matt grinned.

“Very funny.” The tension slowly drained from her muscles in response to his instant humor.

He exhaled slowly. “Listen, I’m sorry if I scared you.”

“You didn’t.”

“I’m also sorry if I was too bossy.” He rubbed a hand through his hair. “It’s just, after being in combat, orders come naturally. Seeing you, somebody so small near danger… well, it hits triggers. All sorts of triggers.”

She could handle him bossy or charming. But sweet and honest? She shook her head and gestured toward his hard body. “You’re just… too much.”

He chuckled. “If you give me another chance, I promise I’ll tone it down. All of it.”

She’d be a fool to let this guy get close, but she knew better than to make a snap decision based on one moment or one emotion.

She studied him. Earnest eyes, relaxed shoulders, apologetic half smile. If he was working her, he was damn good at it.

Yeah, she liked him. Not only the look of him, but the self-effacing humor and ease of saying he was wrong. Most Alpha guys like him never admitted to being wrong. He’d had no problem with it.

Plus, she needed a bouncer, and he could certainly bounce. The tickle at the nape of her neck promised something bad was coming, and facing it with a guy who wanted to protect her? Probably not a bad idea, so long as he understood the rules. While she wanted to convince herself she was making a business decision, there was no doubt her feelings for him went beyond personal. But she could handle her own emotions. “Fine. One more chance, but if you order me around again, you’re out of here.”

“Fair enough.” He opened the door.

Heat brushed her as she moved past him. “If I ever get lost in a snowstorm, I hope you’re there,” she muttered under her breath. The guy cascaded warmth.

“Huh?” Matt asked as he shut the door.

“Nothing.” She shook her head and headed back to the bar to get to work. What would life be like if she could flirt a little and even hope for a future? One with a husband and even kids? But there were no kids in her future.

She plastered on a smile and began helping Smitty with drinks. The weekend chef manned the kitchen to prepare bar food, so she didn’t need to cook that night.

The evening slid into closing time, and she shut the outside door with a sigh of relief. As usual, she double-checked the door locks and extra stoppers placed into the floor. The bikers had filled her till as well as the tip jars. “It was a good night.” She smiled as she tossed a bar rag toward Smitty.

He caught it and grinned, lines fanning out from his bloodshot eyes. “Cleanup was quick. Ready for inventory?”

“No.” She jerked her head toward the kitchen. “We’re done for the night and will do inventory another time. Go home and get some rest since tomorrow night will be busier than tonight, probably.”

He finished wiping down the bar. “You do look tired, boss. Feeling all right?”

“I’m fine.” The flush filling her face resulted from Matt’s loping in from the kitchen and not from any illness. “I’ll see you tomorrow afternoon.”

“Good enough.” Smitty nodded to Matt on his way out. “Night, all.”

“Night.” Matt crossed broad arms. “Did I hear something about inventory?”

“Yes. I’ve got it.” She reached under the bar for a notebook. “I’ll see you tomorrow.”

His smile was slow and way too sexy. “We could get it done in half the time if we worked together.”

Well, at least he’d stopped issuing orders. She studied him for a moment. While she felt like she could sleep for a week, he looked up for running a few miles. Her eyes were gritty and her neck already ached, promising a headache would soon arrive. With her efforts in becoming part of the town and trying to learn how to make friends, she’d been working on accepting assistance and not being so alone. She really could use the help tonight, stubbornness aside. “Okay. Follow me to the storeroom.”

A small room with a sexy ex-marine after midnight? What could possibly go wrong?

Excerpt 2

Life would be easier if Matt could view the petite bar owner like a family member or even an employer, but as he watched her deliver another pitcher of tea to the women gathered around the table, he realized that was impossible. She laughed at something one of the women said, and his cock hardened. Again.

The woman had spunk, intelligence, and a heart-shaped ass. Of course he wanted her naked and sweating beneath him. That confused as much as irritated him. She was the exact opposite of what he usually looked for in a woman. Temporary, tough, and unemotional worked best, and the idea of being with someone soft and kind scared the shit out of him.

Laney was right to keep him at a distance.

The new phone he’d purchased early that morning buzzed, and he glanced down at his first text message of the day. Nate had texted that he was safe and would check in later. Relief relaxed Matt’s shoulders upon reading that his brother was all right. The guy hadn’t been out on a mission for years, and Matt had been worrying about him. Maybe Nate would finally heal from falling in love and being betrayed.

If anybody could throw a dose of cold water on Matt’s desire to pursue Laney, it’d be hard-assed Nate. He perceived only black and white, danger and safety. There was no safety in seducing Laney… for anybody. She wasn’t the woman Matt needed to find in Charmed.

Plus, as much as the idea turned Matt’s stomach, if he had to seduce the elusive Dr. Peters to secure her help, to save his brothers, he’d do it.

Of course, the family practitioner was the one woman who wasn’t sitting around the table. He’d paid special attention to the coroner and the veterinarian’s assistant, and the vet’s assistant was currently checking him out behind wire-rimmed glasses. Bright eyes showed intelligence and an interesting wariness. He shot her a smile.

Her cheeks pinkened, and she half turned to talk to the woman on her right.

Laney, sitting across from the vet, instantly shot a look his way, delicate eyebrow arched. He met her stare evenly, pleased when her high cheekbones filled with color. The fact that she kept his gaze with challenge in her eyes, even while blushing, pleased him even more. The polite thing to do would be to grant her a reprieve and look away.

Too bad he wasn’t a polite guy.

Laney should learn not to challenge him.

Her chair scraped back, and she muttered something to her friends and then calmly maneuvered around tables toward him, hips swaying… keeping his gaze the entire time. His shoulders went back, and his blood started to hum. Who was this woman so full of surprises?

She reached him, her eyes sparking in irritation. “Would you please stop turning the most successful businesswomen in town into simpering morons?” she whispered.

He blinked. Damn it. He focused down a foot at her irritated face. “What in the world are you talking about?”

Her body remained relaxed, but he could hear her heart thumping, and her expression was quickly transforming into anger. She kept her face angled away from the women at the table. “Stop smiling, stop flirting, and do your job.”

He lowered his face just enough to make her eyes widen. “You sound jealous.”

Ah. There was the fury. “I’m not, you jackass. Keep the charm in your pants, and stop flirting.”

Okay. He may have poured on the charm with the two women he needed to investigate, but he’d been trained in subtlety and covert action. “Why are you suddenly interested in what’s in my pants?”

Laney’s gasp heated him in all sorts of places. “If I have to tell you again to knock it off, you’re fired.”

The little spitfire had better be careful who she threatened. “So you want me unavailable to those women?”

Satisfaction filled her pretty face. “Exactly.”

“Okay.” He grasped her hip and covered her mouth with his. The kiss was hard, quick, and enough of a taste to make him crave more. He lifted away to gauge the shock on her face. “There. Now they think I’m taken.”

The air vibrated as her hand closed into a fist, and he shook his head. “You don’t want to hit me.”

“Why not?” she ground out.

For the first time, he let his mask slip so she could see the predator the government had created. “The second you make contact, I’ll have you on that bar, held tight, my cock pressed between your legs, my lips on yours until you beg for more. Even fully clothed, I may make you come—and I won’t care who’s watching.”

Her sexy mouth dropped open. Surprise and fury lit her eyes… along with desire. She tried to mask it, but he was an expert at reading people, and the woman was intrigued. “You egomaniac. I’m not remotely interested,” she whispered.

Surprising anger shot through him. “You want to threaten me? That’s fine. Challenge me? No problem.” He stepped even closer and into her space. “But don’t you ever lie to me. Ever, Laney.”

She pressed her hands against her hips, confusion blanketing her features. “We just met.”

The woman was correct. He had no right to demand a damn thing from her. For all she knew, he was a bad guy. But this once and with this woman, against all rational training and thought, he truly didn’t give a shit. He didn’t understand it, sure as hell couldn’t explain it. So he went with his gut. “Yeah, we did just meet. Those are the ground rules. Period.” He lowered his chin and waited for her to challenge him, anticipation lighting his veins.

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February Ignite Release Day Blast!

 

Set fire to your passions with heart stopping suspense, adventure, and intrigue from Ignite. Each Ignite title features to-die-for heroes and kick-butt heroines on an emotional roller coaster ride toward love. With new books and new passions exploding every month, every Ignite novel is one you can’t put down until the last page is turned. To find out more about their titles, chat with authors, participate in special events, and to find out what books are coming next, visit the Entangled website, follow them on Twitter, and like their Facebook page.

Today I’m happy to be featuring Ignite’s February Releases!!

 

 

Between the Sheets by Genie Davis & Linda MarrSpecial $0.99 Introductory Price!

An erotic romance writer with an ordinary life is suddenly drawn into her own stories when a seductive, mysterious FBI special consultant rescues her from an attempted hit and run, and she’s plunged into a reckless relationship like those she puts on paper. As Riley struggles to keep Jenna safe from the men out to kidnap her, the romance they’ve woven could force them to pay the ultimate price: admitting they’ve fallen in love—for real.

 

Hearts Under Siege by Natalie J. Damschroder

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Brady Fitzpatrick & Molly Byrnes each have separate jobs to do for the information-gathering spy agency, SIEGE—until Brady’s brother is killed, a shocking secret is uncovered, their lives are endangered, & tangled emotions land them in bed together. That’s when the complications really set in…

 

 

Risking it All for Her Boss by Sharron McClellanSpecial $0.99 Introductory Pricing!


After a botched undercover, a pair of High Risk Securities (HRS) agents are assigned to reunite a bio-chemical warfare scientist with his daughter. As old emotions rekindle, the scientist is kidnapped and forced to create a monstrous weapon, and Eva and Quinn have to fight both the enemy and a passion for each other that could destroy them all.

 

 

 

Covet’s January Release-Day Blast!

Covets have all the sexiness, emotion, and happily ever after that readers have come to expect and love from Entangled. They are firmly grounded in the contemporary world, but each novel brings in supernatural twists, breaking the contemporary and paranormal rules, alike. To find out more about their titles, chat with authors, participate in special events, and to find out what books you’ll be coveting next, visit the Entangled website, follow them on Twitter, LIKE their Facebook page, and join the Book Club.

Also, make sure to hop on over the Entangled in Romance blog to join in the fun as Covet challenges readers to share their worst date stories. The worse, the better, hold no punches!

Today I’m happy to be featuring Covet’s January releases:

 

Love at Stake by Victoria Davies


Abbey is the lone human working for Fated Match, a company that pairs members of the supernatural community with their eternal mates.
To snag a young vampire socialite as their next client, Abbey journeys to the home of Lucian Redgrave, the oldest vampire on the East Coast. But he’s not willing to allow his vampire daughter to use the agency… unless Abbey can first find his perfect match in a month.

As Abbey coaches Lucian through his dates, she can’t deny the chemistry between them. But humans are toys for vampires, and risking her heart isn’t a part of the plan.

 

 

Haunt Me by Heather Long

Recently divorced author MacKenzie Dillon has lost her writing mojo. When she inherits her great aunt’s haunted house in Virginia, she is determined to make a new start. The creepy old house provides inspiration but at what cost?

Successful architect and paranormal skeptic Justin Kent returns to Penny Hollow to fulfill his father’s dying wish of revitalizing their small town. To do that, he needs the allegedly haunted estate at Summerfield. Mac, the new owner, may be gorgeous and spunky, but she refuses to sell.

These two have a dangerous history that spans the ages, but will they discover the truth in time to save their lives?

 

 

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Word-Slingers – Guest Susannah Sandlin

Today’s guest is Susannah Sandlin. Be sure to comment, as there is a #giveaway on the line (two actually, one of which is tour-wide and big)! Read through to the end for details.

1) How long have you been writing?

I’ve been a working journalist for more than twenty years, but have only been writing fiction since 2009. I started out writing a story as a way to deal with my issues from Hurricane Katrina (I lived in New Orleans) and it turned into a novel, then two. By then I caught the fiction-writing bug big-time.

2) How many balls do you juggle on a daily basis, and how do you manage to keep them all in the air (usually), (ball = work, writing, family, etc.)

Ugh. Waaay too many balls. I have a full-time day job that’s pretty high stress. A lot of politics and a lot of deadlines. I have two fiction series that are being published simultaneously. I have a daily book blog. I do blogging for Tor.com and a couple of other sites. I’m the sole caregiver for my 87-year-old mom. I have two geriatric dogs. I’m tired just thinking about it. I work hard to manage my time. I don’t take a lot of time off. I have a “virtual assistant” who helps me out with research and actually posting blogs after I write them—he’s been a lifesaver. If one part of my carefully constructed schedule goes off the rails, though, it throws everything into chaos. So I try my best not to let that happen.

3) What can you tell us about your release Omega. What I’m looking for is the story about how the story came to be, not just the blurb and what not. J

Omega was planned from the very beginning as the climax of the Penton Legacy series, which I originally conceived as a trilogy: Redemption,  Absolution, and Omega. I’d been writing urban fantasy and wanted to flex my writing muscles and try something different. So I came up with the idea of a vampire utopia of sorts that was located in a rural ghost town at a time when the vampire world was in danger of annihilation after a vaccine turned human blood deadly to them. I wanted to try this sort of post-apocalyptic story that was also a paranormal romance where the overarching story would cross all the books but the hero and heroine would change with each book. At the same time, after writing my urban fantasy novels in first person, I wanted to experiment with writing multiple points of view in third person—so each book has anywhere from three to six point-of-view characters. It presents a big juggling act for the author but, in the end, I think it worked really well.

4) What is it about paranormal romance that you like so much?

I love paranormal romance and urban fantasy (sort of twin daughters of different mothers, or something like that) because of the great “what if” factor—they are the perfect crossroads of reality and fantasy, like there might be another world just around the corner that you might stumble into.

5) Do you think you’ll move to another genre, and if yes, what to and when?

I’m veering with my next project into more of a paranormal-romantic-thriller mashup, which I’m not quite sure is even a genre! It’s a book tentatively called Storm Force, and it will be initially released in serial form for Kindle beginning on March 19. Then, in July, it will come out as a regular book in print, digital and audio. So it’s a new type of venture for me and one that’s proving really interesting! I also have an urban fantasy series that I write under the name Suzanne Johnson, and the third book in that series, Elysian Fields, will be released by Tor Books in mid-August.

6) Sweet or sour?

Serious sweet tooth!

7) Chocolate or vanilla?

I know it’s almost sacrilegious, but I much prefer vanilla to chocolate.  (TM – Hrmph. Vanilla. Hrmph. 😉 )

AUTHOR INFO 
Susannah Sandlin is the author of paranormal romance set in the Deep South, where there are always things that go bump in the night. A journalist by day, Susannah grew up in Alabama reading the gothic novels of Susan Howatch and the horror fantasy of Stephen King. (Um…it is fantasy, right?) The combination of Howatch and King probably explains a lot. Currently a resident of Auburn, Alabama, Susannah has also lived in Illinois, Texas, California, and Louisiana.

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BOOK INFO
Redemption
Following a worldwide pandemic whose vaccine left human blood deadly to vampires, the vampire community is on the verge of starvation and panic. Some have fanned into rural areas, where the vaccine was less prevalent, and are taking unsuspecting humans as blood slaves. Others are simply starving, which for a vampire is worse than death—a raging hunger in a creature too weak to feed.
 
Immune to these struggles—at first—is Penton, a tiny community in rural Chambers County, Alabama, an abandoned cotton mill town that has been repopulated by charismatic vampire Aidan Murphy, his scathe of 50 vampires, and their willingly bonded humans. Aidan has recruited his people carefully, believing in a peaceful community where the humans are respected and the vampires retain a bit of their humanity.

But an unresolved family feud and the paranoia of the Vampire Tribunal descend on Penton in the form of Aidan’s brother, Owen Murphy. Owen has been issued a death warrant that can only be commuted if he destroys Penton—and Aidan, against whom he’s held a grudge since both were turned vampire in 17th-century Ireland.  Owen begins a systematic attack on the town, first killing its doctor, then attacking one of Aidan’s own human familiars

To protect his people, Aidan is forced to go against his principles and kidnap an unvaccinated human doctor—and finds himself falling in love for the first time since the death of his wife in Ireland centuries ago. 
Dr. Krystal Harris, forced into a world she never knew existed, must face up to her own abusive past to learn if the feelings she’s developing for her kidnapper are real—or just a warped, supernatural kind of Stockholm Syndrome in which she’s allowing herself to become a victim yet again.

Absolution
With the vampire world on the brink of civil war over the scarcity of untainted human blood, battle lines are being drawn between the once peaceful vampire and human enclave of Penton, Alabama, and the powerful Vampire Tribunal.
A Scottish gallowglass warrior turned vampire in the early 17th century, Mirren Kincaid once served the Tribunal as its most creative and ruthless executioner—a time when he was known as the Slayer. But when assigned a killing he found questionable, Mirren abandoned the Tribunal’s political machinations and disappeared—only to resurface two centuries later as the protector and second-in-command of Penton. Now the Tribunal wants him back on their side—or dead.
To break their rogue agent, they capture Glory Cummings, the descendant of a shaman, and send her to restore Mirren’s bloodthirsty nature. But instead of a monster, Glory sees a man burdened by the weight of his past. Could her magic touch—meant by the tribunal to bring out a violent killer—actually help Mirren break his bonds and discover the love he doesn’t believe he deserves?
It’s a town under siege, a powerful warrior in a battle with his past, and one woman who can make the earth move—literally—as the Penton Legacy continues.

Omega
The bloody war between the Vampire Tribunal and the defiant scathe of Penton, Alabama, rages on, forcing its residents and their bonded humans to retreat into the underground fortress of last resort: Omega. There, Will Ludlam is charged with the care of Penton’s humans, though he longs to fight alongside his vampire brethren. He knows the risks: as the renegade son of the Tribunal’s vicious leader, Will’s capture could doom the resistance.
Yet he is determined to prove his worth to his adopted scathe, to his vengeful father and to former US Army officer Randa Thomas, his beautiful, reluctant partner. Randa has little faith that a former member of the vampire elite has what it takes to fight a war. But as their enemies descend upon Omega, Will’s polished charm and Randa’s guarded heart finally give way to the warrior within.

Fans of Susannah Sandlin’s Penton Legacy are sure to devour this long-awaited third installment of the steamy paranormal series.


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As I said at the top of the post, there are two giveaways. One lucky commenter to this post will get a copy of one print/e-book/audiobook of the commenter’s choice of any book from the series.

There is also a TOUR giveaway of a Kindle Paperwhite or Nook Simple Touch (or $100 US gift card to Amazon, B&N or Book Depository – winner’s choice) and 5 $10 gift cards to online bookseller of choice. Just enter via Rafflecopter and you might be lucky!

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Six Sentence Sunday (6/24/12) – #sixsunday

Well howdy, guys and gals. It’s been a long time since I participated in these. I’ve been working on the third book in the Dream-Walker War so feel I might have something new to contribute to the process once again. I’m sad to learn that SSS will be wrapping up in another six months. 😦 But, we all move to different phases in our lives, right?


Anyway, this week’s selection comes from Dreams of Blood (working title), a paranormal romance with heavy urban fantasy tendencies. It picks up where Blood-Mage Rising leaves off, finishing the romance between Christine and Jordan while continuing forward with Ares’s plot to…well, you need to read the end of Rising if you want to know what Ares’s ultimate plot is. 🙂


This week’s tidbit is the opening of DoB.

Waking up with her head in a sociopath’s lap had never been on Chris Javert’s to-do list. Neither had waking up with her head in her lover’s lap. As her eyes opened in response to a gentle shake, she found herself in precisely that position. The familiar English with a touch of Scots accented voice said, “You need to wake up.”

Chris blinked, her surroundings taking a moment to come into focus. They were in the back of her best friend’s limousine, having just come back from hours of interrogation at the Bureau of Non-Human Affairs, trying to explain the brawl in her friend’s nightclub, A’Jin’Cor.

So, there you go! Hope you’ll check out the other participants here. Tomorrow, I will be announcing the winners of the Jaime McDougall giveaway. If you haven’t commented yet, go do it now. You could be one of three winners of a free e-book!

Word-Slingers – Guest Jaime McDougall (Giveaway today)

Yup, same guest as Monday. That was supposed to be an interview, but we had some crossed lines and she got a spotlight instead. Today is the interview!


1) How long have you been writing?

That’s a little hard to say because I have been writing for a long time. When I was about six, I thought the wolf got a raw deal in the three little pigs, so I rewrote the story from the wolf’s perspective. (TM – hehe – good point)
 I took a firm step away from fanfiction when I was about 12, so you could say I’ve been writing my own work for thirteen years. 🙂

2) How many balls do you juggle on a daily basis, and how do you manage to keep them all in the air (usually), (ball = work, writing, family, etc.)

At the moment, I have a fairly low-pressure life. My days consist of a lot of appointments, but they’re not long and don’t last all day long. My husband fully supports my writing life, so he’s always okay with me taking the time I need. I don’t have any kids, either, so I have more free time on my hands.
 In July I will be going back to school, however, and I am a little bit nervous about what the new schedule will entail…(TM – eeep! I know what you mean. Good luck)

3) What can you tell us (beyond the blurb) about the current book you’re touring for, Echo Falls?

When I wrote Echo Falls, I wanted to write a story for the story, not for the sake of writing about werewolves. I didn’t want it to be ‘look at the werewolves!’; I wanted the story to be about people who were living life that happened to have the werewolf element as a part of their lives.
 More than that, though, I wanted to write Phoebe’s story because it is similar to my own. I wanted to write about a woman finding the strength to fight for what she loves and to face her demons. Changing your life or yourself for the better is never easy, and I want to pay tribute to the men and women who do that and more every day.

4) What is it about the urban fantasy genre that you like so much?

Ah, this one is easy. I love to be able to look at the world today and to think that there is so much more to it than what we see with our eyes. I like to think of the secrets that buildings and people hold, the surprises we get when we only take things at face value and the magic that life can hold if we take the time to truly look.
 Urban fantasy lets me see the world in the light of possibilities rather than with discontent or disdain. I love to see the world for what it can be and writing about those possibilities. (TM – totally agree with you there. UF and Para-Rom rock for letting you play with the “what if” ideas)

5) Do you think you’ll move to another genre, and if yes, what to and when?

Absolutely. I have ideas, outlines and half-started stories from a variety of genres. I think I’m meant to wander as I please through the various genres – though there are some I definitely won’t write.
 I’m working on Fading Echoes right now, the next book of Echo Falls. But after that, I’m not sure. I have a couple contemporary romances waiting to be written, and I would like to focus on them.

6) Sweet or sour?

Sweet. I have a terrible sweet tooth…

7) Chocolate or vanilla?

If we’re talking ice cream, vanilla. If we’re talking anything else – definitely chocolate.

FAN INFO
Jaime McDougall is a citizen of the world, currently loving life in beautiful country Victoria in Australia. She loves eating sushi, kidnapping her husband and naming her pets in honour of science fiction authors.
A love of fiction has always coursed through her veins and she told stories as a child even before she knew how to write them. Settling into one genre was never her style and she has plans for novels in women’s fiction, urban fantasy and more – all with a touch of romance.
She has been published in Chicken Soup for the Soul: High School: The Real Deal and Chicken Soup for the Soul: Campus Chronicles. She has also enjoyed writing the So You Want ebook series for authors looking to establish their names online.
You can connect with her at her website, http://www.inkyblots.com and on Facebook.

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/authorjaimemcdougall

BLURB
Running from a nightmare stalking her every move, Phoebe Martin arrives in Echo Falls hoping she has finally found a safe place to stop. But trouble has a way of catching up and soon the signs are there.

After a vicious attack in an alley, policeman Aidan O’Bryan is left with Phoebe as his only path to understanding why the Echo Falls werewolf pack – his pack – is being attacked. When another pack member is killed, Phoebe is forced to confront her past before she loses Aidan and everything she has come to love.

Love and duty become one as Aidan strives to prevent Phoebe from becoming the next victim. But with Phoebe just as determined to protect Aidan and her new home, secrets from her past threaten to tear them apart. Will love give Phoebe the strength to trust Aidan and face her fears, or will her past destroy her future?


EXCERPT
Keep running, keep running, keep running. Phoebe’s lungs burned as her mind screamed the mantra. Keep running, keep running.
How many steps can there be?
She should know. She lived in this apartment building.
Tears ran down her cheeks and her lungs burned for air. Only the random irrational thought broke through the panic keeping her feet moving down the steps. Keep running. Keep running. The light of the emergency exit came into view. Almost there…
The door to the stairwell slammed open with a hollow boom. She tripped and clung to the railing to steady herself.
Keep running.
The shock of the cool night air sent a shiver of relief through her body. She’d come out a side exit into an alley. If she could just get to the front –
Suddenly she was thrown to the ground from behind. She hit the concrete, what little breath she had knocked from her lungs. Blood began flowing from where her head hit the ground, and small sparks of light floated into her vision.
How did he catch up so fast?
Desperately she tried to gulp down as much air as she could, willing her lungs to cooperate. Instinct kicked in as the attacker slashed at her, and she curled into fetal position.
A dog. He’d turned into a dog. A big dog with vicious claws and teeth he used to tear into her exposed back, thigh and shoulder. She slowly regained her breath but could only use it to scream her throat raw.
Her vision faded, taking the small sparks of light with it. Searing pain ripped through her shoulder as a claw dug down against her bone. One last, long scream tore from her lungs before she was left gasping and sobbing, her fear slowly smoldering into rage.
Things can’t end like this.
She opened her eyes as the dog stood over her, trying to get to her throat. A paw came into her line of vision and she saw her chance. She reached out, grabbed it and squeezed with all the strength she had.
The dog yelped and tried to twist away, but she held on with all the strength she had. She knew she’d only bought herself time. She couldn’t move the dog off her and she couldn’t squeeze his paw all night. He tried uselessly to bite her, his jaws having no strength so long as she squeezed his paw. But she could already feel her strength waning.
Suddenly the weight of the dog flew off her, taking the paw out of her grip. Without thinking, she used her one cooperating arm to drag herself toward the front of the building.
She shivered, her arm giving out, and caught a glimpse of a second dog. No. A wolf… Squeezing her eyes tightly shut, she listened to the dogs fighting, the battle just a few steps away. She tried her best to curl up against the building wall and willed the growling and snapping to go away. They sounded like they were tearing each other to pieces.
The universe granted her wish, the battle ending with the sound of two bodies hitting each other and a sharp whine. She shivered and softly whined as well, dreading the approach of the winner as one of the dogs yelped and ran away.
A few moments later warm, human hand brushed the back of her head and she screamed again. If it could be called a scream. Her throat burned and rebelled at her abuse of it.
“Ssh. You’re safe now.”
She tried to scream again and move away, but her body wouldn’t obey her commands. She groaned as the full force of the pain washed over her.
He murmured and she relaxed her desperate grip on staying conscious. Sleep seemed so tempting, the black abyss singing a siren’s song to her. Her rescuer – or captor – tried to soothe her, but something dark and dangerous in his voice betrayed him. He was different. She tried to bat away his hands but gave up after a few attempts, not sure if her good hand was actually moving.

As she slipped into the darkness, she wondered if death had merely granted her a short reprieve from the inevitable.


BUY LINKS


CONTEST CONTEST
Ms. McDougall is offering not one or just two copies of her book, Echo Falls. No! She’s offering up to THREE copies to lucky commenters, so hope you’ll comment lots and lots below! Normal rules apply – winner(s) to be announced on Monday!

Thanks for coming by for Jaime McDougall.  Tomorrow Rosa Sophia visits. Hope to see you back then! 

Thursday Word-Slingers – Guest Katie Salidas

Today’s guest is part of the Bewitching Book Tours family. Her book sounds great and I totally get some of her answers below! Please welcome Katie Salidas!



1) How long have you been writing?

I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t writing something. It’s in my blood. I have to write. I love it. When I go too long without doing it, I tend to get a little cranky.

2) How many balls do you juggle on a daily basis, and how do you manage to keep them all in the air (usually), (ball = work, writing, family, etc.)

As a Write at Home Mom, I feel like I’m juggling a million balls in the air at once. I recently gave birth to a beautiful baby boy. He’s just adorable. I also have a mini diva 8 year old girl who keeps me on my toes with school, girl scouts, sports, etc… Then, of course there is my hubby. At times I think he’s my 3rd child. Moms, you know what I’m talking about there… So, taking care of family is my primary job, but that doesn’t mean that I treat writing as anything less than a job. I’m obsessive about making sure that the product I put out (my books) are as good as I can make them before they are released to the public. That means along with my momma duties I’m also: writer, publisher, project coordinator (working with freelance editors, cover artists, etc…), and marketing manager for my company Rising Sign Books.

To put it simply, I’m busy. But I’m not the best juggler so I tend to forget things and then frantically get to them to meet deadlines. LoL.

3) What can you tell us about your current release, Soulstone. Feel free to throw in tidbits about earlier books in the series!

At the end of Pandora’s Box (Book three in the Immortalis series) I left readers with a question, “Is Lysander truly dead, or can he be saved?” Everyone in the small vampire clan is ready to give up, feeling Lysander is lost forever to the mysterious confines of the Soulstone, but Alyssa believes there might be a way to save him.

Lysander is the mate of rookie vampire extraordinaire, Alyssa. In all her limited vampire existence, she’s been the one causing all of the trouble, but this time she’ll have to be the one taking charge and leading the clan toward a solution.

Of course, nothing can be simple in Alyssa’s world. In her fervor to find a solution she inadvertently alerts the Acta Sanctorum (fanatical religious group of hunters), and they immediately set out to eradicate the supernatural presence in Boston.
Before Lysander can be saved, the rest of the supernaturals; witches, werewolves, and the small vampire clan, will have to band together to take care of the Saints and their threat.

4) What is it about the paranormal romance genre that you like so much?

Paranormal is fun! Not only do you get the steamy romance, but you get to play with creatures that “go bump in the night.” What more could you want? Wink Wink.

5) Do you think you’ll move to another genre, and if yes, what to and when?

I do play around with Erotica every now and again. If you’re interested, check out House of Immortal Pleasures, a sexy little short about a Brothel run by vampires!

6) Sweet or sour?

Sour.

7) Chocolate or vanilla?

Chocolate

FAN INFO 
Katie Salidas is a Super Woman!
Endowed with special powers and abilities, beyond those of mortal women, She can get the munchkin off to gymnastics, cheerleading, Girl Scouts, and swim lessons.  She can put hot food on the table for dinner while assisting with homework, baths, and bedtime… And, She still finds the time to keep the hubby happy (nudge nudge wink wink). She can do all of this and still have time to write.
 And if you can believe all of those lies, there is some beautiful swamp land in Florida for sale…
Katie Salidas resides in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mother, wife, and author, she does try to do it all, often causing sleep deprivation and many nights passed out at the computer. Writing books is her passion, and she hopes that her passion will bring you hours of entertainment.


BOOK INFO

It’s a desperate time for rookie vampire Alyssa, and her sanity is hanging by a slender thread. Her clan is still reeling from the monumental battle with Aniketos; a battle that claimed the body of Lysander, her sire and lover, and trapped his spirit in a mysterious crystal. A Soulstone.
Unfortunately, no amount of magic has been able to release Lysander’s spirit, and the stone is starting to fade. Weeks of effort have proved futile. Her clan, the Peregrinus, have all but given up hope. Only Alyssa still believes her lover can be released. In despair, Alyssa begs the help of the local witch coven, and unwittingly exposes the supernaturals of Boston to unwanted attention from the Acta Sanctorum.

The Saints converge on the city and begin their cleansing crusade to rid the world of all things “Unnatural.” In the middle of an all-out war, but no closer to a solution to the dying stone, Alyssa is left with an unenviable choice: save her mate, or save her clan.


Amazon USA  *  Amazon UK  *  Amazon DE  *  Smashwords  *  Nook

CONTEST INFO

There are a couple of contests. One lucky person who leaves a comment below can win a copy of Soulstone. There is a tour-wide contest for an omnibus edition of the first three books in the series PLUS Soulstone.  Just follow the link HERE to get in on that action (it’s a Rafflecopter entry and I don’t get how that works – sorry folks)! Good luck to you.
Well, how do you like the sounds of Katie now? I love the looks of the book. Thanks for dropping by. Up next will be Cate Dean on Monday!


Word-Slingers – Guest Gabi Stevens

First, some old business – winners from last week (yeah, I’m bad and late).  The winner for a copy of Lisa Sanchez’s Cursing Athena is bn100! The winner for a copy of Vera Jane Cook’s book, Annabel Horton Lost Witch of Salem is JerryR!


Now, on for today’s special guest, Gabi Stevens.


I had the pleasure of meeting Ms. Gabi at RomCon 2010 while I was living in Denver. Her first book (I believe) had just come out, and she was giving away little bottles of fairy dust. I still have it somewhere and was absolutely enchanted by the lovely lady.  So, take it away with the questions! (There’s a special contest – you have to answer a question!).


1) How long have you been writing?

Twenty-years, if you don’t count all the essays and such I did in college. I had no idea I was a writer until I finally picked up a pen (yes, a pen) and wrote down one of the stories whirling around in my head. And then I only did it to keep my brain from liquefying after having children. Writing was my own personal way to stay sane. Ha ha. Little did I know what writing entailed.

2) How many balls do you juggle on a daily basis, and how do you manage to keep them all in the air (usually), (ball = work, writing, family, etc.)

You mean I’m supposed to have all those things moving at once? I’m luckier now than I have been in the past. Right now it’s writing, promo for the writing, and family. I used to have a day job, but the need for that has ended (no more tuition payments!). My youngest has special needs and she requires a little extra attention, but all in all, I’m in a really good place right now juggling-wise.
 Oh wait. I have two dogs too, and one is a boxer mix puppy with way too much energy. As I’m typing this, it’s raining/snowing, and the dogs just finished playing outside (poor things have been inside for two days) and just tracked mud through my entire kitchen. Excuse me while I get the mop and clean up.

3) Your next book, Wishful Thinking (Time of Transition #3), just came out on 4/24. Can you tell the audience about it?

WISHFUL THINKING is the third book in my trilogy about fairy godmothers, but they’re not the ones you remember from Disney. Their role is more one of protection, although they do also grant wishes.

In Wishful Thinking, free-spirit Stormy Jones-Smythe lives in a loving community of artists, but when she is chosen as the third fairy godmother, the Arcani world forces its boundaries and expectations on her. The first two godmothers have gone rogue, and the Council assigns her a full time guard to prevent her from doing the same. Luckily even a rigid and strict bodyguard can’t contain her exuberance. Hunter Merrick doesn’t appreciate the babysitting job he’s been given, especially when Stormy proves as chaotic as her name implies. But a threat forces Hunter to choose which side deserves his loyalty and both choices have dire consequences. And if Stormy can defeat the greatest enemy the Arcani have seen since the time of Merlin, maybe she can rescue a bit of happiness for herself too. If she survives.

4) What is it about the paranormal romance genre that you like so much?

I love the freedom paranormal stories give you. You can make up your own rules, like vampires that sparkle (What? That’s been done?). Oh sure, there are established tropes, but you don’t have to adhere to them. You can make up your own world. You just have to be consistent within that world.

5) Do you think you’ll move to another genre (I know you had a self-pubbed book, Temptation’s Warrior), and if yes, what to and when?

My first love has always been paranormal, but I was first published in historical. I had seven books come out under a different name. Temptation’s Warrior was one of those seven. I’m working now on getting the rights back for the others and hope to re-release them all electronically soon. And currently I’ve a manuscript in progress that’s a historical paranormal, which combines my two favorite genres.

6) Sweet or sour?

Why not both? I love Sweet Tarts and Pixie Stix, sweet and sour pork, hot and sour soup. Now, if you’d given me the choice of sweet or salty, I’d pick salty.

7) Chocolate or vanilla ice cream?

Vanilla (I’m not a huge chocolate fan—don’t throw rocks. If I eat chocolate it has to be Swiss or German chocolate with nuts in it. Or Twix or Butterfingers.)

Hrmph, I’m not sure about you any more, Gabi! Not a huge chocolate fan………..

FAN INFO 
Readers can reach me at GabiStevens505@gmail.com. I also have a website: www.GabiStevens.com; a blog site: www.GabiStevens.blogspot.com; Facebook: facebook.com/gabi.stevens; or Twitter: twitter.com/GabiStevens.

Gabi Stevens was born in SoCal to Hungarian parents. After spending time in boarding school, college, and studying abroad, she spent seven years in the classroom trying to teach eighth graders the joys of literature. An award winning author, Gabi writes in New Mexico where she lives with her robotics engineer husband, three daughters, and two dogs. She loves to play games, has a wicked addiction to reading, avoids housework and cooking, and doesn’t travel nearly as much as she would like to.
Discover the magic:
THE WISH LIST
AS YOU WISH
WISHFUL THINKING
CONTEST
For a chance to win a copy of one of the first two books in the Time of Transition series, you need to answer the following question from Ms. Stevens (and leave your email address – and follow the blog if you want to [not required]).

Which book have you re-read the most (not counting the Bible or other religious text)?

Look forward to hearing from everyone!  Winner to be announced after I get back in town on Sunday (May 6).