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I don't just read a book; I "crawl" right into one.
I read, I devour, and I consume every last word until the story is running like a movie through my brain!

10/31/11

October 2011 Rak Review

Book Soulmates
Hosted by the loverly ladies over at Book Soulmates, R.A.K (Random Acts of Kindness) is a wonderful way for book lovers to connect and share in their love of the written word!

This month, I had the pleasure of Gifting a copy of:



to Michelle at
Book Briefs

I very much enjoyed the opportunity to randomley select a book lover 
from 'round the blogosphere to
receive a "surprise" on October 25th!

I really hope you like this adventure, Michelle!

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So c'mon and join the fun! 
Click the RAK button and get yourself signed up!
Here's my "RAK"! 
Lol, wanna show me yours? Share the link below!





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10/29/11

Last Chance to Enter!


Just THREE more days to Enter!

Check out the hilarious Guest Post by Devyn and comment for your chance to win!

1st place - $5.00 gift card to Books A Million and an e-copy of The Legacy of Kilkenny
2nd place - E-copy of The Legacy of Kilkenny


BUT WAIT! THERE'S MORE!
Devyn is holding a tour wide BONUS CONTEST !
Click HERE to enter!

June 11, 2011
ASIN: B0055JCFDQ


Ireland has many secrets... this is one of them.

After an incredibly boring summer, Abel Casey was looking forward to his junior year at Piedsville High School in his little town outside of Oklahoma City. But once he sees Pru Phelan, the gorgeous girl with the shiny red hair and piercing grey eyes he knows he is in for trouble. Abel’s boring little life is about to come to an end if Pru has her way. The stunning Pru has a secret to share with Abe, one that will change his life forever. Up until recently werewolf packs have been looking for the Great Wolf, a wolf of legend handed down over hundreds of years from Kilkenny Ireland. Her secret is she is a werewolf, and her secret is now his too. Abel learns that all the tales of werewolves and vampires is real and he is the wolf they have been searching for. To protect his destiny and his family the pack begins training him for his first shift, without a hold on to his humanity can cause him to shift to a werewolf and never return to his human form.

Abel is torn between the family he has grown up with and the pack that claims he is the one of Celtic lore. Pru’s mentor and bodyguard Oakley is the one that her heart craves but she fears he has feelings for her friend Josie. Pru’s father the alpha wants her to stay focused on her assignment and forbids the two from becoming lovers and he threatens to remove Oakley from the pack if Pru can’t stay focused. Everything is going as planned until Abel’s sassy and moody sister Allie starts hanging out with an aggravating vampire Arien. Arien knows the pack’s secret and plans to expose them if he doesn’t get his way. This story of friendship, family, love and betrayal will leave the reader breathless and someone dead.

The Legacy of Kilkenny an incredible journey for these young adults. The reader will be drawn into this romantic yet invigorating story of friends and lovers. The prophecy has been stated, now it will be lived.
 
Grab your ecopy today!
Amazon, Barnes& Noble, Smashwords


This tour hosted by the lovely Roxanne Rhoads of:


Find Devyn on the Web

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10/27/11

SPOOKTACULAR GIVEAWAY!


Are you ready for Trick or Treating?

Yes?

Then, get u'r Book Lovin' Butts over to this amazing event at



began October 13th and ends on Halloween night October 31st. 


There are 13 SIGNED books available to be won 
and to top it all off, the event will end with a
 
Featured Authors
Rachel Vincent - If I Die
Sherrilyn Kenyon - Infinity (Giveaway Day 3)
Sophie Jordan- Vanish (Giveaway Day 6)
Tera Lynn Childs- Sweet Venom
Cynthia Leitich Smith- Blessed (Giveaway Day 2)
Maureen Johnson- The Name of the Star (Giveaway Day 5)
Alyson Noel- Everlasting (Giveaway Day 9)
Rosemary Clement-Moore- Texas Gothic
Erin Morgentern- The Night Circus (Giveaway Day 8)
Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohls - Beautiful Chaos (Giveaway Day 7)
Melissa de la Cruz- Lost in Time (Giveaway Day 4)
Lisa McMann- Cryer’s Cross
Tara Hudson- Hereafter



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10/25/11

Guest Blog & Giveaway w/ Devyn Dawson author of "The Legacy of Kilkenny"

Good day everyone! Thank you so much for stopping by to check out Devyn's Guest Blog and to learn more about her Paranormal YA release The Legacy of Kilkenny! Lord knows, werewolves and vampires are hot these days and when you add in the rise in the popularity of Young Adult fiction, this recent debut is sure to real in more than a few readers! So, without further ado, please allow me to pass the "page" over to Devyn and get to know her a wee bit!

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Instruction guide for the family of a writer
a guest post by Devyn Dawson

1. When we're reading blogs, tweeting, looking at groups on Facebook - we are writing - not playing!  Our MS is up in another window - we just didn't flip over fast enough.  Stop creeping.

2.  No, we have not thought about what is for dinner.  Obviously you have..... So go make something for us both. Duh!

3.  Just because you think we haven't gotten dressed for the day, you're wrong.  That slinky thing I wore last  night isn't comfortable to sit in.... scrubs and t-shirts are our work clothes.  Sheesh.

4.  Blog touring is exhausting.  Just because you have to physically move around at work, brain power is much more daunting.

5.  Parent teacher conference?  You're a parent too, can't you go?  I know you work 50 miles away.  I've got to write a million words today and I have a 2 pm chat.... this is for our future too.

6.  No I'm not on the bestseller list, why do you keep asking me that?  I hate that list, I don't want to be on it.  Okay so I'm a liar but stop asking, that is bullying.  (stomping foot)

7.  Yes I went to get coffee dressed like that; I didn't get out of the car!

8.  Yes, I must talk about my sexy characters with everyone - I'm secretly talking about you!

9.  Yes it is necessary to have the air down to 70 - I don't write well if I'm hot.

10.  When I make that bestseller list I'll hire a chef to cook for us, and clean all the dust bunnies.  I'll have my scrubs bejeweled to be dressier when I go to get coffee.  The son is about to graduate high school, no more PT meeting!  Yay!  I'll still blog tour and one day I'll have someone that can monitor all the social networks for me.  I will probably check them too just because they've become my friends.

11.  Just because we've never met and we only see our avatar - we sometimes know more about each other than some friends we see all of the time.  So yes, they really are my friends.

I appreciate the opportunity to write a guest blog today.  I hope you found the humor in my writing and see yourself in my rules. 

If you’d like to hear more about The Legacy of Kilkenny, please visit  www.devyndawson.com  and like me on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/pages/Devyn-Dawson/145383098868553
The Legacy of Kilkenny book trailer - http://youtu.be/dchkwF1Jb8E
I tweet - devyndawson

GIVEAWAY TIME
1st place - $5.00 gift card to Books A Million and an e-copy of The Legacy of Kilkenny
2nd place - E-copy of The Legacy of Kilkenny

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Thanks so much for the giggles and guffaws!
Something tells me that life in the Dawson household is anything but boring!

And thank you dear readers, for taking some time today to stop and chat for a while. As you peruse the wonderful guest post by Devyn, please also take moment to say hi.

Please remember to leave your email addy so winners may be contacted. 
Contest closes October 31, 2011. 11:59pm est.

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Tasty Tid Bits about Devyn Dawson
My name is Stefanie Dawson but you might know me better as Devyn Dawson. I decided to use a pen name since there is a famous Stephenie that writes the same genre. I didn’t want to be “oh, you’re not THAT Stephenie” - sad but true. The characters in my head have been bugging me to be heard for a few years, after a big kick in the butt from a doctor telling me my eyesight was in danger; I flipped out. I quit my real job making real money and wrote like a lunatic to bring my characters to life. My husband and son survived on ‘man food’ for a year and allowed me to chase this dream. I have two children that aren’t so little - my lovely daughter is 21 and my son is 17. They grow up fast! I’ll never grow up as long as the characters want to be written about. I am proud to say that my eyes are doing fine and I’m eternally grateful to everyone that has read The Legacy of Kilkenny. It is incredibly wonderful when someone emails me to tell me how much they loved my book. I save every email so I can look at them when I want to give up. Thank you to all my Lovies!

My current projects are going very well and should be finished soon. The second book to The Legacy of Kilkenny is Malevolence and will be released at the end of November 2011. I’ve received a lot of emails asking to know more about Allie, Abel’s sister. Allie is a character in TLOK, and her journal that documents her journey as she dates a vampire will be released October 2011 as a novella. Allie is an unstable girl once vampire venom runs through her veins; her journal will give the reader an inside view to her life. The title of the novella is The Seduction.

Again, thank you!

Find Devyn on the Web

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June 11, 2011
ASIN: B0055JCFDQ


Ireland has many secrets... this is one of them.

After an incredibly boring summer, Abel Casey was looking forward to his junior year at Piedsville High School in his little town outside of Oklahoma City. But once he sees Pru Phelan, the gorgeous girl with the shiny red hair and piercing grey eyes he knows he is in for trouble. Abel’s boring little life is about to come to an end if Pru has her way. The stunning Pru has a secret to share with Abe, one that will change his life forever. Up until recently werewolf packs have been looking for the Great Wolf, a wolf of legend handed down over hundreds of years from Kilkenny Ireland. Her secret is she is a werewolf, and her secret is now his too. Abel learns that all the tales of werewolves and vampires is real and he is the wolf they have been searching for. To protect his destiny and his family the pack begins training him for his first shift, without a hold on to his humanity can cause him to shift to a werewolf and never return to his human form.

Abel is torn between the family he has grown up with and the pack that claims he is the one of Celtic lore. Pru’s mentor and bodyguard Oakley is the one that her heart craves but she fears he has feelings for her friend Josie. Pru’s father the alpha wants her to stay focused on her assignment and forbids the two from becoming lovers and he threatens to remove Oakley from the pack if Pru can’t stay focused. Everything is going as planned until Abel’s sassy and moody sister Allie starts hanging out with an aggravating vampire Arien. Arien knows the pack’s secret and plans to expose them if he doesn’t get his way. This story of friendship, family, love and betrayal will leave the reader breathless and someone dead.

The Legacy of Kilkenny an incredible journey for these young adults. The reader will be drawn into this romantic yet invigorating story of friends and lovers. The prophecy has been stated, now it will be lived.
 
Grab your ecopy today!
Amazon, Barnes& Noble, Smashwords


This tour hosted by the lovely Roxanne Rhoads of:


Bewitching Book Tours
www.bewitchingbooktours.blogspot.com

Oct 17 - Guest post - Mad Moose Mama 
Oct 17 - Review and Guest Blog - Reading Lark
Oct 18 - Guest post - (Review in Nov) - Sapphyria's Book Reviews  
Oct 19 - Interview - Lisa's World of Books
Oct 20 - Guest Blog - Sit Here and Read
Oct 21 - Guest Blog & Review - Readergirls
Oct 22 - Promo & Review - The Bookish Girl
Oct 25 - Guest Blog - YzhaBella's BookShelf
Oct 26 - Interview & Review - Manga Maniac Cafe
Oct 28 - Character Interview & Review - Grave Tells - Paranormal News & Reviews
Oct 30 - Interview & Review JeanzBookReadNReview
Oct 31 - Review & Interview Ashley's Bookshelf

Please remember to leave your email addy so winners may be contacted. 
Contest closes October 31, 2011. 11:59pm est.





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10/24/11

Promo: From Russia With Blood by Michael J. Lee

From Russia with Blood
by Michael J. Lee
October 24, 2011

400 year old vampire Ian Redd joined British Intelligence during the Cold War. But after the Berlin Wall came down they decided they no longer needed his services. He was retired, almost permanently. Ian escaped and has lived the quiet life in a small town until a professional hit team arrived at his doorstep. Who sent them? That’s a question that will lead Ian into the arms of a beautiful woman named Larissa Barton and into the most dangerous operation of his unlife.

Larissa Barton’s life has barely begun and it’s already gone off the tracks. She’s back in her hometown working as a barista. But things change when Ian Redd enters her life. Dark, mysterious and gorgeous, Ian is her only protection her from the people and creatures who suddenly want her dead. With Ian by her side Larissa plunges into a world of magic, werewolves, vampires, spies and assassins and discovers her own secret past.

"One part James Bond, one part Dracula, and a whole lot of action and adventure. From Russia with Blood kicks ass!" - Vivi Anna, award winning author of the Valorian Chronicles"

Author Biography 

Micheal J. Lee was born in the Midwest and has spent time out on the East Coast and in LA.

He learned the craft of screenwriting the hard way, as a barely paid reader. That’s how he got a good feel for writing form and the craft of storytelling. His approach to a story is a lot like Bruce Lee's approach to fighting, absorb what is useful.

Lee published his first paranormal romance, My Frankenstein, recently. It's been an adventure – and now he’s on to book 2, From Russia with Blood.

Find Micheal on the Web

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Be sure to stop back at YzhaBella's BookShelf on November 1st when Michael stops in to share some tasty tid bits in a Blog Tour Interview!


This tour hosted by the lovely Roxanne Rhoads of:



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10/19/11

From Harry Potter to a Lawyer in a Supe. Thriller??

You have to ask yourself: Are the ever-faithful and utterly fanatic Potterites going to be able to disassociate Daniel Radcliffe's character, Harry, from his new persona, Arthur, enough to enjoy this new adventure? Or, will they... we will all, get increasingly frustrated at seeing Harry Potter play Arthur Kipps and wondering why he hasn't wielded his wand yet?

I, for one, feel that this may be "un exploit impossible". Ten Impressionable years and eight Block Buster films, all born of  SEVEN absolutely, completely, and astoundingly fantastical novels might just be enough to set a character in stone; any future ventures by "that actor who played HP"...(you get my drift) just won't measure up.

But, then again  The Woman in Black just may be the perfect opportunity to "detach the face from the name" and to start recognizing the actor for the characters he's played.  Hmm, pondering, pondering. I guess only time will tell!

What do YOU think? Will he "make it or break it"?

Feb 3 2012 (US)

It's no secret, the success you've attained with HP. 
But, now it's time to show us what your really made of! 

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One in and of the same?



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10/14/11

Nocturne by Syrie James

A tumultuously emotional and intensely sensual reading experience!   
Syrie James presents a deliciously romantic tale that readers will gobble up with great enthusiasm!

I really did not know what to expect from Nocturne. I am a sucker for PNR and there’s nothing that gets my motor running more than a strong, sensual, and debonair vampire who, regardless of the status quo, retains (or regains) his sense of humanity. Let’s face it, there may be many “bad azz” vamps ready to get our hearts a flutterin’, but there really aren’t that many who’ve managed to remain (or once again become) empathetic and compassionate despite the beast inside that wages a daily battle for supremacy.

Michael Tyler gives new meaning to living in solitude. Sequestered in the beautiful mountain range of the Colorado Rockies, his connection with the outside world is pretty much limited to telephone, internet and the few times a month his housekeeper, Jhania stops by. Anonymity and solitude are of the utmost importance to Michael; it’s the only lifestyle he feels he deserves and the only way he can protect the outside world from the beast that lies within.

Nicole Whitcomb is running from a few demons of her own. She’s not cut herself off from humanity, but now working as a Medical Claims Adjuster, she’s denied herself the one passion that had provided a sense of purpose and fulfillment, her position as a pediatric oncology nurse. Traveling home after enjoying a great weekend of fun and frivolity in Steamboat Springs, Nicole barely escapes the sudden onslaught of an avalanche; only to lose the battle for control with a spot of treacherous black ice.

With a gorgeous setting, solid characters, and a romance that will scatter your heart into a million pieces, Syrie James presents the kind of love story that everyone wants to read, but also the one that everyone wishes could have ended quite differently. Scrumptious, exciting and completely heart-wrenching, Nocturne will take readers on an emotional roller-coaster that will leave even the hardest of hearts in tears!

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Nocturne
by Syrie James
Vanguard Press (MMP)
August 2, 2011
ISBN-10: 159315674X
ISBN-13: 978-1593156749

From the Publisher
When Nicole Whitcomb's car runs off a Colorado mountain road during a blinding snowstorm, she is saved from death by a handsome, fascinating, and enigmatic stranger. Snowbound with him for days in his beautiful home high in the Rockies, she finds herself powerfully attracted to him. But there are things about him that mystify her, filling her with apprehension.

Who is Michael Tyler? Why does he live alone in such a secluded spot and guard his private life so carefully? What secret—or secrets—is he hiding? Nicole has secrets of her own and a past she is running from—but Michael understands her better than anyone she has ever known. Soon, she is falling as deeply in love with him as he is with her—a profoundly meaningful experience that is destined to change their lives forever.

As the sexual tension between them builds, however, the clues mount up. When Nicole learns her host's terrifying secret, there is nowhere for her to run but into the blizzard raging outside, and Michael may be the only one who can save her life.


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Bio Bits About The Lovely Syrie James!
Syrie James, is the bestselling author of Dracula, My Love, the critically acclaimed The Secret Diaries of Charlotte Brontë, selected by the Women’s National Book Association as a Great Group Read of 2009, and The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen, which became an international bestseller, and was named a Best First Novel of 2008 by the Library Journal.

Translation rights for Syrie's books have been sold in fifteen languages. An admitted Anglophile, she lives in Los Angeles and is a member of the Writer’s Guild of America.

Information courtesy of FBS Media. More great insight can be found on Syrie's website here.

Find Syrie on the Web

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10/12/11

Blog Tour: Ink by S. J. Davis

Vamptasy Publishing
September 1, 2011 - Kindle
ASIN: B005KUP3ZC
October 1, 2011 - Paperback
ISBN-10: 1908505877
ISBN-13: 978-1908505873
Genre: Paranormal Young Adult

“It’s a good day to die.” My mother holds my arm fiercely. “But as you grieve for me, listen for the voices. Then, you must get the ink.”

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Sparrow stumbles between two worlds – light and dark, love and hate, what is real and what is in her mind. When her mother dies on the Reservation, Sparrow’s world is shadowed with anger and narrowed by pain. The voices arrive, but are they real?  And how can a tattoo make her stronger?

Mateo arrives to guard Sparrow, but from whom? Layne holds on to Sparrow, but why? As the voices grow stronger and her pain expands, Sparrow finds that the shadows in the corner and the voices we fear most are the ones inside ourselves.

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S. J. Davis is the daughter of an ex-patriate British mother and a Southern Baptist ex-CIA father. As a child, she spoke in silly accents and recounted outlandish tales of fantasy over afternoon tea and to this day it remains her favorite activity. Born in Long Island, NY, she was raised in the suburbs of Washington DC and went to school for a very long time (University of Virginia and George Mason University), married an all-around wonderful man, had two kids (smart, funny, full of opinions), moved from Virginia to New Jersey to Philadelphia to Chicago, and began her writing career. She is a believer in fate, an avid tea drinker, a stiletto aficionado, Doc Marten worshipper, punk rock listener, and lover of flip flops and cardigans. She has a terrible sense of direction, loves gummy bears, and is a Johnny Depp fangirl.

Find Sarah on the web:
FaceBook: Fan Page
FaceBook: Regular Page
Vamptasy Publishing: Author Page
GoodReads: Author Page

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Ink Prologue

The icy sadness of winter bled the color from my life. By the summer, even my dreams were in black and white. The imagery in my sleep lures and repels me.  I run through rooms painted in intricate earthy patterns, I see faces with faded yellowed eyes peering from behind blackened masks; thorny vines crawled across my arms and legs. These dreams set my nerves on edge; except for one which happens every night so I know it has meaning for me: an owl sitting on my windowsill, a white feather floating above my bed, and four swirling smoky circles rotating above the floor of my room as they coalesce in the middle.
Something whispers in my ear, “That image is not for you”.
He saunters down the street with a slow, but agitated gait; his eyes dart from side to side under the umbrella of his long lashes. Stopping in the shadows outside of the 9:30 Club, his gaze never leaves mine as he leans against the bricks to finish his cigarette.  I remember him from last night’s dream, his warm breath on my neck, “I’m here, Sparrow.” His golden eyes, unblinking, hold still in the night air. Somehow, I am not afraid.
            He can’t help you. Again, who whispers?
            Later that night, he comes again as I sleep, he smiles and his eyes glow as if hot embers lurk inside. His black hair skims his collar and shimmers like liquid. Tall and smooth, his ochre skin reflects the moon while the dampened smell of pine envelops me. I can feel him, too as I sleep. His presence bleeds warmth as his hands twists gently into my hair. I miss him when I wake up.

The next night, another strange voice, from another girl, lurking in the corner of my room. “This one,” says the girl’s faraway voice, “seems not afraid.” My eyes, half open, squint to see her. Her form gradually develops, like an old Polaroid photo. Her pale, blanched skin accentuates her pointy features. She looks like a newly hatched baby bird, all angles and bony white. “She’s strong, Istowun-eh’pata.”
“I hope so.”
“It’s almost time. Her mother passed it to her.” A violet haze surrounds the girl. Vines and flowers creep up her arms and snake through her hair. “You come here every night. You must be sure.” She walks closer to me like a predator, her hands clasped together with twisted fingers.
“I think Sparrow could be ours, but it’s too soon to tell.”
“Yes,” says this bird-like girl. “But she is changing already. See?”
 See? See what? I wonder. I roll over to face my bedroom wall.
“Fire,” she disappears into my wall. “She has the fire inside.”


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This tour hosted by the lovely Roxanne Rhoads of:



And, I am pleased as punch to have recently become part of
BBT's team of tour hosts!




Oct 1 Interview and Review
Reading Lark

Oct 2 Guest Blog
Tribute Books Reviews & Giveaways

Oct 6 Guest Blog
Obsession with Books

Oct 7 Interview

Oct 8 Interview and review
Back Of The Book Reviews

Oct 10 Guest Blog
The Fairytale Nerd

Oct 11 Promo (review later)
Keeping Up With The Rheinlander's

Oct 12 Promo
YzhaBella's BookShelf

Oct 15 Promo Stop
Cocktails and Books

Oct 19 Review and Promo
Secrets of a Book Lover

Oct 19 Guest Blog
All the days of

Oct 24 Guest Post and Review
Urban Fantasy Investigations-

Oct 24 Review
Braintasia Books

Oct 25 Interview and Review
The Ramblings of Amy –

Oct 25 Guest Blog and Review

Oct 26 Review and Guest Blog
Sapphyria's Book Reviews

Oct 26 Review and Guest Blog
ReaderGirls

Oct 27 Guest Blog and Review
My Neurotic Book Affair

Oct 28 Review and Guest Blog
Beverly @ The Wormhole

Oct 30 Review
Purple Jelly Bean Chair Reviews

October 31 Interview and Review
Lissette E. Manning

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10/11/11

"Monarch" Blog Tour WINNER!

As a part of the blog tour for "Monarch" by Michelle Davidson Argyle and
courtesy of Rhemalda Publishing,
there was one PRINT copy of Monarch up for grabs!

And the WINNER is...

Shoshana!

Prize will be sent directly to the winner
courtesy of Rhemalda Publishing

An email has been sent! Please reply with your mailing address within 72 hours!


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10/8/11

Blog Tour: Caressed by Moonlight

Caressed by Moonlight
(Book 1, Rulers of Darkness)
by Amanda J. Greene
November 29, 2010
Amazon Digital Services
ASIN: B004EEONLK

Description
Dorian Vlakhos is no ordinary aristocrat. He is a vampire king, who will do anything to save his clan from complete annihilation, before an ancient curse can claim his immortal life.

Penniless and orphaned, Victoria Kingston has nothing to bring to a marriage, yet she must shackle an unsuspecting gentleman into marriage by the end of the month or forfeit her rights as guardian of her younger sister. With the help of her dearest friend, Victoria begins her hunt, and vows to stay far away from the dark, mysterious, Dorian Vlakhos.

After meeting the beautifully innocent Miss Kingston, Dorian had to have her. He would do absolutely anything to make Victoria his. One sweet stolen kiss would bring them together while a force, more powerful than any vampire would bind them for all eternity. But treachery, war, and death rule Dorian’s dark world and Victoria would be fortunate to survive.

Note from the Author (and Excerpt)
I am a full time student, work part time, and I am married. It is amazing that I can still manage to find time to write and to read. I won’t lie, it is extremely difficult to try and balance everything.

My current release, Caressed by Moonlight, is my debut novel and the first within my Rulers of Darkness series.

Caressed by Moonlight is a combination of my favorite romance sub genres, historical and paranormal. This love story takes place in early 1800s London. The leading man, Dorian Vlakhos, has come to London, hoping to lure his enemy away from his homeland so that he may save his people. Everything was going as planned until he met beautifully charming, fiery Victoria Kingston.

Victorian Kingston is not the average debutant. She is older than most of the single ladies and is on a mission, she has to find a husband within the month or forfeit custody of her young sister. The sexy, dark, and scandalous Dorian Vlakhos is a distraction she does not need, but wants.

All it takes is one simple kiss for two worlds to collide. Victoria is thrust into the darkness of Dorian’s world.
“Dorian, may I ask you a question?”
“You may ask me anything you like.”
“Do I torture you?”
“Torture me?” he asked, his brow wrinkled in confusion.
            “What I mean to say is, do I tempt you too much?”
            His stormy eyes met hers in the mirror. All emotion had vanished from his face and her heart skipped a beat.
“Every damn day,” he answered, his voice deep and rough.
“That is not my intention.”
“I know,” he sighed, reaching back and hooking his arm about her waist. “I try to keep my hands off you.” He rubbed the small of her back. “In truth, I try to hide from you during the day, but when we lay in bed and you press yourself so innocently against me in your sleep —
That is torture. I want nothing more than to take you in my arms and hold you close.” He pulled her against his back. “I respect the fact that you want to get to know me better and I'm willing to wait.”
            Victoria wrapped her arms about his neck and rested her chin upon his head, their eyes once again locked in the mirror.
“You are a good man, Dorian.”
            He cringed inwardly at her ignorant words. She knew nothing of his past, nothing of what he is. She was so trusting and warm while he was detached and cold. He was a vampire, and he would not allow that part of him to ruin the short time they had together.
“And you are one sweet, fire-spitting kitten.”
            She smiled and placed a soft kiss on his cheek before continuing to gather the hay. When she was finished, Dorian stood and turned to her. He brushed her soft neck with his thumbs and leaned down as Victoria tilted her head, prepared to greet his lips.
“I'm starving, let’s eat, let’s eat,” Margaret called as she dashed down the hall with Mrs. Dobbins hurrying after her.
            Dorian groaned at the intrusion, knowing their moment had been destroyed, but Victoria took his breath away when she pressed herself to him and whispered, “Later,” against his lips.
I hope you all enjoyed the excerpt and will love my characters as much as I do. Thank you again for having on the site. Happy reading!

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Amanda J. Greene is an erotic paranormal romance author. When she is not writing, she can be found playing the role of a full time university student, who works part time.

She lives in Southern California with her very supportive military husband and their sweet cocker spaniel.

For more information about her upcoming books, visit www.amandajgreene.com.

Find Amanda on the Web


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My Need to Read

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Tyra's Book Addiction

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10/6/11

Giveaway Reminder - Monarch

Courtesy of Rhemalda Publishing,
there is one PRINT copy of Monarch up for grabs!

Contest Ends October 8, 2011 11:59pm est

Open to everyone.
Prize will be sent directly to the winner
courtesy of Rhemalda Publishing

ENTER HERE

10/5/11

Wanna See My R.A.K.?

Book Soulmates Hosted by the loverly ladies over at Book Soulmates, R.A.K (Random Acts of Kindness) is a wonderful way for book lovers to connect and share in their love of the written word!

What could be more fun for a Book Lover than to unexpectedly receive a bookish treat in the mail? You never know! You might just be the lucky ducky who gets that book you've been "dying" to have!

RAK Rules :
  1. Sign up each month you'd like to participate in.
  2. Show off your participation! Grab one of the buttons available :)
  3. Create a wish-list and post it in the Google Doc located in each R.A.K post for the month. Post on your blog, Amazon, where ever as long as there's a link to it.
  4. NEW Once you receive a RAK, email or tweet {Vanessa} so that she can update the Google doc. There are a lot of requests for this!
  5. If you choose to do a R.A.K for someone, check out their wish-list and contact that blogger for their address.
  6. At the end of the month, SHOW US YOUR R.A.K! Make a post saying 'Thank You' to whoever granted one of your wishes :)

OPEN TO EVERYONE!
Let's keep our International bloggers in mind and in our hearts.
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10/4/11

Blog Tour: The Lost by Caridad Pineiro


The Lost
By Caridad Pineiro
August 1, 2011
Forever (Hachette Book Group)
ISBN-10: 0446584614
ISBN-13: 978-0446584616

From the Publisher
Adam Bruno is no ordinary millionaire. The heir to an ancient race possessing a dark, powerful magic, he can shapeshift and create energy. His gifts make him a living weapon and have forced him to live in seclusion. But now an inhuman force hunts down Adam-just when he finds someone who makes him feel more human than he ever imagined possible . . .

Home from combat in Iraq, Bobbie Carerra wants only peace, yet soon joins Adam in a terrifying battle against paranormal enemies who hide in plain sight. She's drawn to his strength of mind and body; he's attracted to her courage and intoxicating energy. Their scorching passion can either transport them to the heights of ecstasy or-if Adam's powers rage out of control-destroy them. But when an invisible brotherhood tightens its nets and someone Adam trusts betrays him, only a heartrending decision can save them.


For those of you who've read some of Caridad's work, you are probably quite familiar with, not to mention enamored of, the Carreras and the Jersey Shore! While this new series is a darker paranormal than what Pineiro's readers may be used to, there will be a few familiar places and faces and definitely some awesome new adventures!  But, the best part is readers will be treated to an entirely new race, the Light and Shadow Hunters! Just the name of this new people promises so much paranormal excitement and possibility!


So far, the Sin Hunters series is comprised of two books:
and the next installment, 

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Caridad was born in Havana, Cuba, and settled in the New York Metropolitan area. She attended Villanova University on a Presidential Scholarship and graduated magna cum laude. Caridad earned her juris doctor from St. John’s University and became the first female partner of Abelman, Frayne & Schwab, an intellectual property firm in midtown Manhattan.

Find Caridad on the Web

Caridad has been sharing some great behind the scenes information about The Lost, book one of her newest paranormal series, Sin Hunters. Use this widget to check out what she's been talking about during a few Book Candy Studios Live Video Events!



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This tour hosted by the loverly Roxanne Rhoads of:



And, I am pleased as punch to have recently become part of
BBT's team of tour hosts!



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