Tuesday, January 31, 2012

#Mancandy Evidence that Kings are Awesome! #Vampires

In case you need any convincing that kings are all kinds of sexy and awesome, here's some evidence:
Clive Owen as King Arthur
Jonathan Rhys Meyers as King Henry VIII
Vigo Mortensen as Aragon
Jason Momoa as Khal Drogo
Jamie Campbell Bower as King Arthur (again!)
And don't forget Kael the Fair, Warrior King of the Vampires, Chieftain of Clan MacQuillan:
Releases on February 1!
So, are you feeling the royal love? *winks* Thanks for stopping by!

Laura

Sunday, January 29, 2012

#SixSunday #43 - The #Vampire King Makes a Mistake #NewRelease!

I'm very excited to share six sentences from In the Service of the King, because it releases in just 3 days! Woot! Let's dive right in, shall we?
Dread slid like ice down his spine. He reached out and eased the mask up and off her eyes. The strap on one side tangled in a braid and pulled it loose. A white flower fluttered down into her lap.

Her eyes, so beautiful, so expressive, told him how badly he’d messed up.

What have I done?

The new release book tour for In the Service of the King starts tomorrow - join in the sexy vampire fun! :)

Be sure to check out the Other Sixers' Posts and follow the #sixsunday hashtag on Twitter! Thanks for reading and, hopefully, commenting, too!

Laura

Friday, January 27, 2012

Joya Fields' Beneath the Surface Trailer & Excerpt!

I'm happy to welcome to the blog my good friend, 
who is celebrating her second new release in a month! Take it away, Joya...

Laura, thanks so much for hosting me on your blog today to share the book trailer for my debut romantic suspense novel, Beneath the Surface. After months of spending time with my hero and heroine while I wrote the book, it was really fun to help them come to life through pictures and music in this trailer.

Brooke and Garrett meet under stressful conditions. Brooke’s best friend’s boat explodes, injuring her, and they find out it wasn’t an accident. Brooke, an amputee and an underwater archaeologist, is not leaving until she finds the person who hurt her friend. Garrett is a Florida policeman, overprotective of everyone around him. Brooke’s need for independence clashes with Garrett’s need to protect. But as the killer lurks and claims more victims, Brooke and Garrett must put aside their differences and their growing feelings for each other to stop the madman.

Thanks very much for having me today. Hope you enjoy the trailer! J



She’s fighting to stay independent—he’s determined to protect her no matter what…

Brooke Richards survived the earthquake that took her parents and most of her leg, but she needs time to regroup. A trip to Florida for a state-of-the-art prosthesis and to visit her best friend Linda seems ideal. But the trip turns traumatic when Brooke witnesses Linda’s boat disintegrating in a fiery explosion.

Police officer Garrett Ciavello believes the blast was intentionally set to hide something Linda found on a dive. When Brooke offers her expertise in underwater archeology, Garrett accepts her help with the investigation. But since his fiancĂ©e’s death years ago, Garrett has become overprotective, and as they are drawn to each other, Garrett realizes he will risk anything to keep Brooke safe.

Brooke is fiercely independent. Garrett is fiercely protective. Will they heal each other’s wound and find a killer…before it’s too late?
Excerpt from Beneath the Surface:
            For the first time since the accident, Brooke forgot about her leg. Forgot about all she’d lost and focused on the way Garrett made her feel.
            She knew she needed to stop him. She should find a way to resist the temptation to be with him. But for a few minutes, she could enjoy the taste of him, the feel of him, couldn’t she?
            He dropped his hands to her waist and softened the kiss before trailing a line of kisses down her neck. A weak cry slipped from her mouth. “Garrett,” she whispered.
            She should stop this now before it got any more intense.
            He lifted her chin and forced her to meet his brown eyes, smoky with desire. Heat spiraled to her middle and she caught a whiff of his sawdust scent.
            “I…I can walk you back to your own room before I head to mine.” His voice broke as he whispered.
            She swallowed hard. She couldn’t do this right now with him. Too many obstacles stood in their way. But as she looked in his somber eyes, she realized none of those complications were bigger than her need for Garrett.
            “Let’s go to your room,” she said, her voice shaking. She moved her hands inside his shirt and ran them over his tight abs and chest. Heat soared through her body at the feel of him. “Together…”
Hey everyone! Leave Joya some new release love and let her know what you enjoyed most about the trailer and excerpt! *grins*

Thanks for reading,
Laura

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Judge a Book By Its Cover (JABBIC) Awards x 2! - Please Vote?!

Hey guys! The Houston RWA chapter has an awesome cover contest going on right now. The Judge a Book By its Cover (JABBIC) Readers' Choice Awards allow you, the reader, to view and judge covers in eight categories. It's fun to go through and consider whether a cover would make you buy on sight, pick up the book to read the blurb, or not catch your attention at all.

Two of my covers are up for an award:
  • HEARTS IN DARKNESS is one of the covers nominated for Sexiest Cover
  • NORTH OF NEED is up for Best Paranormal
if you would be willing to take a closer look and vote. You have to vote through the whole category to vote for any, but it's seriously fun to do! And you'll find a lot of your favorite authors in the contest!

Thanks for considering, and thanks for stopping by!
Laura

Monday, January 23, 2012

Announcing the IN THE SERVICE OF THE KING Blog Tour! #PNR #Vampire #Fun

Announcing the book tour for my new dark paranormal romance,  
In the Service of the King!

Two fun-filled weeks of guest posts, interviews, character profiles and giveaways you won't want to miss!

2 Ways to Win:
1) comment each day to win an ebook
2) each comment throughout the tour enters you to win a grand prize bag of vampire goodies! 
Kael, Warrior King of the Vampires, loathes the Night of the Proffering. He needs the blood of either his mate or a human virgin to maintain his strength, but hasn't enjoyed the ritual since he lost his mate centuries ago. Kael doesn't want a new companion, yet his resolve is tested when he lays eyes on his new offering, Shayla McKinnon. He is drawn to Shayla's beauty and poise...and the submission she offers. She is eager to give him anything he wishes, including her innocence, to please him. Will Kael give in to their overwhelming desire--even if it means risking Shayla's life?
Here's the Schedule:
(Live links to be filled in as available!)

Jan. 30 – Book Lovers, Inc.- Meet Shayla McKinnon (ebook giveaway ends 2/11)
Jan. 31 – Books and Things- Meet Kael MacQuillan (ends 2/6)
Feb. 1 – Parajunkee’s View - 10 Reasons to Love Kael
Feb. 1 – RomCon Paranormal Blog - 7 Reasons to Love Laura's New Book
Feb. 1 - 3 Romance Readers Reading Challenge Goodreads Chat
Feb. 2 – Book Monster Reviews and Literal Addiction + 8-9pm EST chat! - The Perfect Musical Anthem for ITSOTK
Feb. 3 – The Qwillery- The Cover Gods Were Smiling (ends 2/15)
Feb. 4 – Paranormal Haven - For the Love of Fangs & Blood
Feb. 6 – Books-n-Kisses - Vampires-n-Kisses
Feb. 7 – GraveTells - Joint Character/Author Interview
Feb. 8 – Book Savvy Babe- Musical Inspiration Behind ITSOTK
Feb. 9 – Dark Faerie Tales - On the Dunluce Castle Setting
Feb. 10 – Stella Ex Libris - A Secondary Character to Love
Feb. 13 – E.J. Stevens From the Shadows - Character Interview
Feb. 13 Picked by Poison - Author interview
Feb. 14 – Fangs, Wands and Fairy Dust - 10 Reasons to Love Shayla
Feb. 14 – The Forbidden Bookshelf - The Fantasies Behind ITSOTK
Feb. 15 – Reading Lark after Dark - Author Interview
Feb. 15 Caridad Pineiro's blog - Exclusive Excerpt


The Grand Prize Winner will be announced on my blog on Friday 2/17!

So, join the tour, spread the word, and have some fun!

Thanks for reading,
Laura

Oh my! The reviews are pouring in!

5 STARS from Sizzling Hot Book Reviews! "Shayla and Kael share an amazing amount of passion for each other. Their chemistry is off the charts....ITSOTK was just plain fantastic...The raw emotions developed in these characters creates a very worthwhile story. Normally I find novellas to be lacking in something, but In the Service of the King left me fulfilled as a reader....In the Service of the King should be read by anyone ready for a quick blossoming romance full of heat and fire!"

5 STARS from Book Monster Reviews! "I LOVED this story.  Once I started it, I could not stop reading it until I was finished.  Even though it was a short story, I felt that it was not rushed.  I loved the chemistry between Kael and Shayla.  I also loved Liam, Kael's right hand warrior and the only person close to Kael.  I hope that he will get a story of his own.  My only complaint is that I wish this was not a short story because I would have loved to read a full length novel of Kael and Shayla!"

4 STARS from Book Savvy Babe! "What I really loved about this novella was the vampire culture....In the Service of the King is a quick read, but the story is well written, and the stage is set for future stories set within this world.  I would love to read more about this world in the future.  Paranormal Romance fans, I do recommend reading this novella."

4.5 STARS & a Silver Award from GraveTells! "Whether you’re already a fan of Laura Kaye’s passionate, heart-wrenching style or a new reader looking for your next fix, you absolutely must read In the Service of the King! Laura is fairly new to the PNR scene and has already garnered several awards, both for her books and on her merit as an author, so come see what all the fuss is about and move this smokin’ hot novella right to the top of your TBR list!"

4 STARS from Cocktails & Books! "This was another interesting twist on a vampire story....amazingly written by Laura Kaye (as if she wouldn't) with wonderful characters that I've come to look for in her books."

3.5 STARS from Books and Things! "I thought this was a very interesting set up for a paranormal erotica. I really enjoyed Kael who is brooding but caring hottie....You really get a "feel" *snicker* for the handsome and tortured brute. *sigh*....If you are looking for a fun short vampire erotica, try this one. I think you'll enjoy it!"

Sunday, January 22, 2012

#SixSunday #42 - Enthralling her #vampire king...

Happy Sunday everyone! I've got more from my February 1 release, In the Service of the King! Last week, the king admired Shayla's body. Today's he's quite taken with another aspect of her appearance...
He would’ve been impressed with her responsiveness if he hadn’t been so completely enthralled by those eyes. Her left iris was a brilliant emerald, nearly rivaling his own in the intensity and clarity of green. Her right, however, was a bright turquoise, touched by green to be sure, but without question a deep, dazzling blue. The effect of her mismatched gaze, paired as it was with her fair, creamy skin and dark tresses, was arresting.

Powerless to resist, he leaned down and cupped her left cheek in his hand, his thumb stroking across her cheekbone and playing with the ends of her eyelashes. “You have been touched by magic.”
Isn't she beautiful? Shayla's hair is actually midnight black in my story, but I couldn't resist this woman! LOL

Please check out the Other Sixers' Posts and follow the #sixsunday hashtag on twitter! Thanks for reading and, hopefully, commenting, too!

Laura

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Immortal Hope, Fact & Fiction, by Claire Ashgrove #Angels #KnightsTemplar

I'm very pleased to welcome guest author
Claire Ashgrove
to the blog today!
Look out below for a giveaway!
Immortal Hope, Fact and Fiction

CENTURIES AGO,
Templar knights defied the archangels and unearthed the copper scroll, revealing the gates to hell. Cursed for their forbidden act, they forever roam the earth protecting mankind from evil. But darkness stalks them, and battles they fight bring them ever-closer to eternal damnation. One promise remains to give them salvation – the return of the seraphs.

Embittered by his purpose, Merrick du Loire must honor an ancient pact and bring peace to his cousin’s soul. When he stumbles upon history professor Anne MacPherson, he discovers she possesses a sacred artifact that marks her as a seraph. Duty demands he set aside his personal quest and locate the knight she’s fated to heal. As he struggles with conflicting oaths, Anne arouses buried hope and sparks forbidden desire that challenges everything he’s sworn to uphold. 

Anne has six weeks to complete her thesis on the Knights Templar. When Merrick takes her to the Templar stronghold, he presents her with all she needs—and awakens a soul-deep ache, he alone can soothe. Yet loving Merrick comes with a price. If she admits she's destined for him, her gift of foresight predicts his death.

One of the things that intrigues me most as a reader is when authors employ speculative fiction as a tool to their writing.  I did this somewhat with IMMORTAL HOPE, and I’d like to share some of those tidbits with you.  Today I’ve released a new page on my website that will go into more of these, if you’re really interested.  But here’s a few things that are factual, and a few that I tweaked for the purposes of my cursed Templar Knights.
  1. The Archangel Raphael’s historical purpose has been of healing.  In The Curse of the Templars, he plays a warrior’s role, his skill with his sword equal to the fabled Mikhail (Michael).  This deadly talent has placed him as the leader of the European Knights Templar.  I also tweaked his appearance, depending on which description you adhere to.
  2. The building that houses the Knights Templar in North America, does in fact exist.  It is the Odd Fellows home, in Liberty, MO, and it was also owned and founded by a secret society.  To my knowledge, the Knights Templar do not have a temple beneath the dilapidated brick shell.  But ghosts evidently linger on the premises.
  3. Anne’s house in Atchison Kansas is indeed on the city’s list of haunted attractions.  It is currently unoccupied, and it is believed an “old witch” last lived in the house… her and her many cats.  The tower room does not have power running to it.  Yet often a light is seen on in the room.  Cats have been heard purring inside, but no cats are in residence.
  4. There is a network of caves just outside of Atchison proper, running along the banks of the Missouri river.  Locals will tell stories of how the caves were at one time, (or currently, depending on the narrator) used for Satanic purposes.  A fitting setting for the entrance to Azazel’s realm.
  5. In Merrick’s history, he is the son of Geoffrey Martel, who is the brother of Fulk le Rechin.  His cousin is also named Fulk – the first’s son.  These people are historical people.  Fulk I did imprison his brother at Chinon, thus claiming all Geoffrey’s power and property, and Geoffrey did stay in prison until near the end of his life.  He did, in fact, die shortly after his release.  However, Geoffrey Martel had no heirs.
  6. Chinon did house Templar prisoners after King Phillip’s forced Inquisition.  There are Templar engravings in the stone walls where the men were confined.  In recent years, documentation has been discovered showing that these particular men were given pardons from the Catholic Church for reasons unexplained.  This pardon has been essentially ‘buried’ in Church history.
  7. The Copper Scroll is an actual artifact found with the Dead Sea Scrolls.  It mystifies scholars today because it is written differently than the other items found with it.  The descriptions are written in familiar language, such as “behind the red barn”, and it is believed to document, in some fashion, the lost treasure of Jerusalem.
  8. The Templar Code specified knights must maintain a vow of chastity.  The punishment for not doing so was to confiscate the knight’s sword and surcoat until such a time that the leader decided to return them.  At the time, it would have been a grave punishment – a knight is not a knight without a sword.  However, given it is not logical to expect a man to remain chaste for hundreds of years, this was modified in IMMORTAL HOPE to reflect a minor oath and a futility of keeping swords.
These are just a few of the historic facts woven into the series.  I’ll be keeping that page updated as the series goes along, and the entries there will have more detail than this short summation.  But I hope you’ve found it somewhat entertaining!  In the end, this is what all the work turned into:

The Curse
In 1119, nine knights rode with Hughes de Payens to the Holy Land, becoming the Knights Templar. All were bound by marriage or by blood. Eight were recorded over time. The ninth vanished into history.

Beneath the legendary Temple Mount, the knights uncovered holy relics, including the Copper Scroll—a document written by Azazel’s unholy hand. For their forbidden digging, the archangels exacted a sacrifice. The knights would spend eternity battling the demons of Azazel’s creation, but with each vile death they claimed, a portion of darkness would enter their soul. In time, they would transform into knights of Azazel, warriors veined with evil, destined to fight against the Almighty.

Yet an ancient prophecy remained to give them hope. When darkness raped the land, the seraphs would return. Female descendants of the Nephilim would carry the light to heal their dying souls.

Centuries have passed. Azazel’s might grows to intolerable limits. With the acquisition of eight holy relics, he will gain the power to overthrow the Almighty.

Six Templars stand above the rest in duty, honor, and loyalty. But each is haunted by a tragic past, and their darkened souls rapidly near the end. As they battle both the overwhelming power of evil and the nightmares of lives they left behind, the seraphs are more than tools to victory.

They are salvation.
SHORT EXCERPT

“Merrick, wait,” she called softly.

“Nay,” he answered on a hard swallow. “Nay, Anne. If I stay another moment, I will have you in that bed.” He shoved a hand through his hair and reached for the doorknob.

“But that’s where I want you,” she whispered.

He nodded once, a sharp dip of his chin. Pulling the door open, he answered, “I know.” Another protest, and he would turn right back to her waiting arms, cart her off to that oversized bed. When he finished with her, he would hate himself.

He entered the hall and shut the door.

Determination narrowed his gaze as he descended the stairs. He trained his thoughts to his cousin, focused on the oath he swore to Fulk. The very moment Anne discovered her intended, he vowed to leave. No sacred nail, no protected relic, no other oath would he honor until he fulfilled the promise to his kin. In so doing, he would free himself from this torment and lift his blade in Azazel’s name. It was a price he no longer feared to pay.

Before we close up shop – Everybody’s heard about the legend of the Knights Templar.  What do you think they found beneath the Temple Mount?

Thanks!
Claire
Twitter:  @ClaireAshgrove
GIVEAWAY!
Claire will be giving away a $25 Amazon.com gift certificate to one randomly drawn commenter during the tour, and a second $25.00 Amazon.com gift certificate to a second randomly drawn commenter at the end of the tour.  Be sure to follow the tour and comment; the more you comment, the better your chances of winning! Click here for a complete list of blog stops.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Jason Momoa. 'Nuff said.

 




I'm of the opinion these images need no commentary. Enjoy and happy Friday! *winks*










Thanks for drooling viewing!
Laura

Monday, January 16, 2012

#NorthofNeed is @FreshFiction's Fresh Pick!

After receiving this stellar review on Saturday, I was thrilled to learn that the readers at Fresh Fiction chose NORTH OF NEED as their Fresh Pick of the Day!



January 16, 2012

The Fresh Pick is chosen by a group of readers and is never a purchased advertisement or promotion. We've picked this book because it appeals to us and we like to share our diverse tastes in reading and hope you'll give it a try.

And this comes right on the heels of the fantastic news that I can indeed confirm an April 2012 release date for Book 2 in the Hearts of the Anemoi series, WEST OF WANT! Woot!

Thanks for stopping by!
Laura

Sunday, January 15, 2012

#SixSunday #41 - The #Vampire King Meets His Offering

Happy Sunday everyone! I'm a little sad to be leaving NORTH OF NEED behind for now, but I'm just as excited to begin sharing with you my upcoming release, IN THE SERVICE OF THE KING, which comes out on February 1. Here's Kael, the vampire warrior king, meeting the heroine for the first time.
Taking a deep, centering breath, the king eased the heavy wooden door open and stepped inside the feeding chamber.

Kael pierced his tongue with his fangs to keep from making an utterance he had no business making. But for the love of all that was holy, the creature before him was magnificent. Perfectly posed despite the thundering sprint of her heart, her long black-brown hair was braided and intertwined in the traditional way, ribbons and flowers threaded throughout. The sheerest of white silk robes did little to hide from his vision the sexy muscularity of her body. She was not thin, which pleased him.
This is the first in my Vampire Warrior Kings series. The second comes out early this summer. Watch out for my joint book tour with fellow Harlequin authors Stephanie Draven and Leia Rice all this coming week!

Please check out the Other Sixers' posts and follow the #sixsunday hashtag on Twitter. Thanks for reading and, hopefully, commenting!

Laura

Friday, January 13, 2012

Welcome Guest Author Cari Quinn! #BookGiveaway!

I'm very happy to welcome fellow Entangled author
Cari Quinn
to the blog today!
Look down below for a GIVEAWAY!
Welcome, Cari!  Please share a little about yourself, your genres, any other pen names you use.

Hi Laura, thank you so much for having me here today! I’m a HUGE fan of your work and have told everyone I know to read HEARTS IN DARKNESS. Loved it!

I’m Cari Quinn, an author of mostly erotic romance, who is also branching out into more mainstream contemporary romance. My first sexy contemporary title, NO DRESS REQUIRED, recently released from Entangled Publishing as one of the first few Flirts, their new line of novella-length romances!

Awesome, Cari! Congratulations! [And thanks for pimpin’ Hearts! *grins*] Tell us a little about your latest or upcoming release.

NO DRESS REQUIRED just released in time for the new year, which is great as the story takes place on New Year’s Eve! The heroine, Noelle, has had a big crush on her BFF’s older brother for years, but he’s always been taken. Now that he’s not, she’s sure he’s slotted her into the dreaded “almost a little sister” role and sets out to change that. Now if only she’d get some good luck – or at least not so much bad – to help her out…

That sounds like so much fun! Which character is your favorite and why?

My favorite character in NO DRESS REQUIRED is probably Noelle. She tries to pretend she’s confident and is comfortable only wanting to spend one night with Jake, but the truth is she’s scared to admit she wants more. Plus I like holiday-themed sweatshirts too and I don’t care who knows it! (Yep, I rocked my Snoopy holiday shirts at Halloween and Xmas!)

LOL Oh noes, not holiday sweatshirts! *winks* As the author, what surprised you about this story?

That Jake wasn’t the cocky guy he appeared to be at first glance. His feelings for Noelle definitely made him question if he was truly the right guy for her. (Which he most definitely is!)

Aw, that sounds so sweet! Will there be any sequels or other books in the same series?

Actually, yes, I hope so! I’m about to start working on NO FLOWERS REQUIRED, Alexa’s story. Alexa is Jake from NO DRESS REQUIRED’s sister and Noelle’s best friend. Her nickname is Type A, so I think her story will be fun! At least I hope so!

Awesome! What was the hardest thing for you about writing this story?

It’s a fun challenge trying to write a complete story in 15K words or less. I enjoy writing shorts as I think they exercise a different sort of muscles. Alexa’s story will be a little longer, I think, and should fall into the Ever After range at Entangled, which refers to novellas that are 20-40K.

I like writing them, too! What are you working on right now?

Right now I’m working on NEED ME, the next book in my erotic romance series, Unveiled, at Ellora’s Cave. As soon as I finish that, next up will be NO FLOWERS REQUIRED. I’m really excited for Alexa to find her HEA.

Good luck with everything! What happened to the first book you ever wrote?

Actually, the first book I ever wrote, INSATIABLE, just came out in print from Loose Id! It changed a lot over the years but Rachel and Shawn starred in the novel I started the summer after ninth grade. It’s going to be such a thrill to hold that book in my hands!

Is there a theme or message that runs through your work?

Absolutely. I think my overall theme is that no one is truly how they appear on the surface. Everyone has layers and if you’re very lucky, you’ll meet that one person who will allow you to be your real, unvarnished self.

You KNOW I like that one! Very cool! What would your readers be surprised to learn about you?

Hmm…not so sure this is that surprising since I talk about my love of coffee everywhere, but if I had a choice between food or a decadent latte, I’d pick the latte every time (especially if it was pumpkin spice or peppermint!)

LOL! Er, psst, I don’t drink coffee. At all! *gasp* Which romance book or series (or other genre, if you don’t write romance) do you wish you had written?

I’m actually rereading my favorite book for the fifth time right now, Angels Fall by Nora Roberts. I own it in hardback, paperback and Kindle. I love it that much. Nora is truly a word artist and I love AF the most of all her stories (and I’ve read most of them!)

Awesome recommendation! Of all the characters you’ve ever written, who is your favorite and why?

Without a doubt, Spencer from PROVOKE ME. He’s such a conflicted, complicated guy – and he’s so deliciously Alpha. Watching him fall in love and learn to deal with his needs was a lot of fun for me as an author. I’m looking forward to writing another story featuring him and Kelly, his heroine, to wrap up the Unveiled series.

You’re a busy lady—so wonderful! Okay, now, just for fun:

Milk chocolate or dark chocolate? Both? Swirls are always nice. ;D

Salty or sweet? Again, both. Chocolate covered pretzels are divine!

Bed or kitchen table? I won’t say both again, so definitely kitchen table!

Beach or mountains? Mountains all the way. Preferably with snowy peaks.

Give or receive? Hmm, I like to give and then receive after!
After years of ho-hum dating, Noelle Gregory is tired of fooling around. There’s only ever been one guy for her—Jake Conroy, her best friend’s older brother. Now that Jake’s back in town, she’s headed to his sister’s New Year’s Eve party to make her move. Purse full of condoms? Check. Sparkly dress guaranteed to show Jake the sexy woman she’s become? Check.

Carjacker that makes off with both two hours before the party? Check.

When Jake finds Noelle stranded on the side of the road—looking sexier than ever in her striped socks and silly holiday shirt, damn it—he’s glad for the snowstorm that cancels his sister’s party. His and Noelle’s friendship has tormented him for years, and now, Jake wonders if he should dare to sample what he’s always wanted…and if he’ll be able to walk away when it’s over.
Thanks for coming on the blog! Where can we find you on the web?

 GIVEAWAY!
Cari is giving away one ebook of No Dress Required. Leave a comment with your email address to be eligible to win. Open to international. Winner to be chosen using random.org. Open through midnight EST 1/15! Good luck!
Thanks for reading! 
Laura & Cari

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Announcing the Crave the Heat 3-Author Blog Tour! #HQN

 So, when me and two of my fellow Maryland Romance Writers realized we all had erotic Harlequin novellas releasing within a month of one another, the wonderful idea was born to host a joint blog tour. All next week, you can find me talking erotic paranormal romance with fellow authors Stephanie Draven and Leia Rice. There will be amazon gift card and ebook giveaways available along the tour, so we hope you'll stop by and join in the fun. And, zomg, wait til you see some of these excerpts. Yowzers!
Crave the Heat Blog Tour Stops 
Comment for chances to win tour-wide prizes!:
1/16/2012        WhippedCream Reviews - Erotica and the Sexual Journey ($15 amazon GC)
1/16/2012        BookLovers Inc. - Reading Erotic Romance in the New Year
1/16/2012        Cocktailsand Books - Sex, Lies & Cocktails - Giveaway Form
1/16/2012        SOS AlohaBlog - my spotlight, Steph's spotlight
1/16/2012        TheBook Faery Reviews - 3 First Kisses - which do you like most?
1/16/2012        BookSavvy Babe - Light-hearted moments in dark erotic fiction
1/16/2012        BanditCreek Books - Stephanie shares a secret
1/17/2012        WhippedCream Reviews - Hot Fantasies and Fetishes      
1/17/2012        SmexyBooks  - History is Sexy, and we're proving it!
1/18/2012        WhippedCream Reviews - Our literary desires!
1/19/2012        Smutketeers - Seductive Heroes
1/19/2012        FantasyUnbound Blog - Check out our Unique Settings
1/19/2012        WhippedCream Reviews - On Hard Limits
1/20/2012        WhippedCream Reviews  - On Sexual Tension
1/20/2012        TheForbidden Bookshelf - Sexy Heroines

About the Authors:

Stephanie Draven is a multi-published award-nominated author of myth-inspired paranormal romance. Writing for HQN Nocturne, Stephanie’s Mythica series asks the question: What if the monsters of ancient mythology still walked the earth...and what if you found out that you were one of them? Currently a denizen of Baltimore, that city of ravens and purple night skies, Stephanie lives there with her favorite nocturnal creatures–three scheming cats and a deliciously wicked husband. And when she is not busy with dark domestic rituals, she writes her books.
Stephanie is celebrating The Fever and the Fury
Laura Kaye Voted Breakout Author of the Year in the 2011 GraveTells Readers’ Choice Awards, Laura is the bestselling and award-winning author of a half-dozen books. Hearts in Darkness is a finalist for the EPIC eBook Award for Best Novella, Forever Freed won the NJRW Golden Leaf Award for Best Paranormal of 2011, and North of Need, the first book in the Hearts of the Anemoi series, was named GraveTells’ Best Book of 2011 and won their 5-STAR Gold Heart Award, and won Sizzling Hot Read of the Year at Sizzling Hot Books. Laura lives in Maryland with her husband, two daughters, and cute-but-bad dog, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.
Laura is celebrating In the Service of the King
Leia Rice is an avid lover of everything Parisian, Ancient Grecian and Ancient Roman. She wishes that women would still wear the pretty dresses and petticoats that they did back in the 18th century, but she’s well aware how much of a pain they must have been. Leia writes historical fiction, romance and erotica in these  areas, because she cannot get enough of each respective time period.
Leia is celebrating The Revolutionary Mistress

Thanks so much for reading! And hope you'll tour with us!

Laura