Wednesday, May 30, 2012

An eBook At Every Stop! #SeducedbytheVampireKing Tour!

I'm very exciting to be celebrating the release on June 1 of SEDUCED BY THE VAMPIRE KING, book 2 in my Vampire Warrior Kings series. I'm celebrating with a BIG blog tour and I'll be offering an ebook at just about all of the following sites! (In some cases, I'll be offering Her Forbidden Hero, too, my brand new contemporary romance, since it just released on the 15th!). So check out my posts and come back frequently--I'll update the list with the direct URLs as each post goes live!


*** Read the 4.5 / 5 STAR review!



*** Read the 4/5 Heart review!
                       







June 8 - Books-n-Kisses

June 8 - The Qwillery

***Read the 4.5/5 Star review!

June 12 - Paranormal Haven

June 13 - I Smell Sheep


June 14 - Buffy Kennedy Blog

June 14 - Mina Khan Blog

June 18 - Dark Faerie Tales

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REVIEWS SO FAR!
"Amazingly written by Laura Kaye (as if she wouldn't) with wonderful characters that I've come to look for in her books." --Cocktails and Books 

"OH.MY.GOD. Laura Kaye delivers as only she knows how....The sensual tension is...h.o.t. and the love making is...*sigh* Laura Kaye's fans will fall in love yet again!" ~In Love with Romance

"If you are need of a story with an amazingly sexy vampire and a extremely gallant heroine, look no further than Seduced by a Vampire King by Laura Kaye. As the second book in a series called the Vampire Warrior Kings, this book will leave you lusting for your own heroic vampire." ~Sizzling Hot Book Reviews

Thanks for reading! Hope to see you along the tour!

Laura

Monday, May 28, 2012

Welcome Guest Author Kaylea Cross! #PNR

Welcome guest author
Kaylea Cross
to the blog today!
See below for her giveaway! 
Welcome, Kaylea!  Please share a little about yourself, your genres, any other pen names you use.

Thanks so much for having me here today! I’m Kaylea Cross, and I write both military romantic suspense and steamy paranormals. I also write erotic romance as Callie Croix, my lesser-known naughty persona. (I’m just getting comfortable with her, so I don’t let her out to “play” much.)

Awesome! Okay, now, tell us a little about your latest or upcoming release.

Darkest Caress just came out from Carina Press. It’s the first of a paranormal romance trilogy, and rather than vamps or shifters, it features a magical race known as the Empowered, whom I created based on Lithuanian folklore after a trip there. Who’d have ever thought I would wind up in Lithuania, right? I think it’s neat that a book came out of that experience.

I love that! Which character is your favorite and why?

Oh, that’s easy, and I hope you’ll see why when you read Darkest Caress. It’s Vaughn. He’s a Reaper, and his story will be the third book. He’s been through hell and endured suffering I don’t even want to imagine going through. I can’t wait to write his story, since I’ve got it all mapped out.

Sounds so intriguing! Can’t wait! As the author, what surprised you about this story?

That I wrote it at all. I’m known for my military romances, so this was quite a departure from the norm for me. I’d thought about trying my hand at a paranormal just for something different, and during that trip to the Baltics, it all came together in my head. The story refused to be ignored and it was kind of nice to switch gears from writing military romance for so long.

That’s an awesome experience for a writer! Go you! Will there be any sequels or other books in the same series?

I sure hope so! I have plans at least for the next two books. Not sure about any more than that though.

I love a series! What was the hardest thing for you about writing this story?

The world building and coming up with an otherworldly conflict I could sustain over a three book arc. That’s something I’ve never done before, so I wasn’t sure I could pull it off. Luckily Carina Press thought I did okay!

Such a challenge! Can’t wait to see how you worked it all out! What are you working on right now?

I’m finishing up the second book of my Bagram Special Ops trilogy. Once that’s done, I’m going to start the third and maybe play around with the second Empowered book. I’ll just see how things go.

So many books, so little time… I totally get that! What happened to the first book you ever wrote?

Out of Her League is the first book I ever wrote, and I was lucky enough to find a home for it. Although there are plenty of things I wish I could go back and change to improve plot and characterization now. It’s all a learning process though, isn’t it? I think my writing has improved a lot since that first book.

Yes, it totally is, and I think we always see things in our published books we wish we could change! What do you find easiest and hardest to write?

Easiest are openings and endings, love scenes (oh yeah) and dialogue. The action and transition scenes tend to be tougher for me for some reason. I’m good to go as long as something exciting is going on. It’s when the pace begins to lag that I get stuck.

Uh huh. Love scenes, and thus Callie! *winks* Have you incorporated actual events or people from your own life into your books?

I sure have. Tidbits of my experiences or people I know have made at least cameo appearances in my books. I’ll never tell them who’s who, though. I once took up belly dance classes as research for Bryn’s character in Cover of Darkness. That was fun. And Out of Her League featured a National level fastpitch player, which I was (though I was a pitcher, not a catcher like Christa).

Hey! This is cool! I was a softball pitcher too! I only played through high schook, though… That’s awesome that you went so far with it! Is there a theme or message that runs through your work?

Well, if you’ve read any of my work then you know I love our men and women in uniform. They’re so much braver than I could ever be, and they sacrifice so much on our behalf. We tend to forget that they don’t get to pick and choose which conflicts they fight in. When the President sends them, they go. Period, and regardless of their political beliefs.

So I would say a recurring message in my books is that we owe our servicemen and women respect and admiration. I also stress that the enemies they fight have their own beliefs they feel just as strongly about. War is ugly and complicated and we can’t forget that either.

I love that. Truly admirable! What would your readers be surprised to learn about you?

That I’m a total pacifist wimp! I admire the military and I love studying about the various Spec Ops branches (because I’m a nerd, but that’s another story), but I think the reason I admire them so much is that I could never do what they do.

LOL! Which romance book or series do you wish you had written?

Linda Howard’s earlier books (All the Queen’s Men, Cry No More), the early Black Dagger Brotherhood series (right up to V’s book). I love the storylines, the characters and the world building.

Couldn’t agree more on the BDB, and which of them, too! Of all the characters you’ve ever written, who is your favorite and why?

Luke Hutchinson, without a doubt. He’s probably unlike most romance heroes you’ve read about. He’s over fifty, a former SEAL that’s now a contractor for the CIA, and he’s seen and done terrible things, both in the line of duty and in his personal life. His book, Absolution, is the final book in my first romantic suspense series, and it just won the 2012 EPIC Award for best romantic suspense. I’m very proud of that book, and the characters in it.

Congratulations on the EPIC Award! That’s awesome! Okay, now, just for fun:

Milk chocolate or dark chocolate? Dark! So, so dark you only need a little bit to satisfy you. Bernard Callebaut’s bittersweet chocolate is my absolute favorite, even though I realize that makes me a chocolate snob.

Salty or sweet? Sweet, for sure. I love baking, especially chocolate treats. Cakes, chocolate chip cookies, mousse, lava cakes, pudding cakes… Yum.

Bed or kitchen table? Bed most of the time, but the kitchen table to keep things interesting ;).

Beach or mountains? Beach. A warm, tropical scented beach with a hammock so I can curl up with my Kindle.

Give or receive? Mostly give, but I love to receive cuddles, hugs, chocolate and Starbucks. Hubby will often bring one home for me at night if he’s out doing something. That’s one of the ways he shows me the love.
Two-hundred-year-old Daegan Blackwell is one of the last remaining Empowered, an ancient magical race. Daegan's duty is to lead and protect his remaining Brethren in the coming war foretold by prophecy. The last thing he expects is to meet the one woman who will either save or destroy him—his destined mate.

Fiercely independent Realtor Olivia Farrell believes darkly handsome Daegan is simply a prospective client. Until she's attacked by a man with a strange aura—and Daegan fights him off, taking away her pain with just his touch. At first, Olivia refuses to believe she's part of a magical race, yet mounting evidence and her powerful chemistry with Daegan are too strong to deny.

But as Daegan's partner, Olivia becomes a target in the battle between good and evil that threatens her life, as well as the very existence of the Empowered. And the only one who can save her is the man claiming to be her destiny...
Where can we find you on the web?


THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR BEING MY GUEST!

Thank you, for having me!
Giveaway!
Kaylea is offering an ebook of Darkest Caress to one commenter who leaves their email. Open to international. Contest will run through midnight EST on Friday, June 1. Winner will be picked by random.org. Good luck!
Alright, everyone, please leave Kaylea some new release love! And thanks for reading!

Laura

Sunday, May 27, 2012

#SixSunday 58 A tortured hero feels exposed... #HerForbiddenHero

Happy Sunday everyone! I hope this post finds the Americans among you enjoying Memorial Day Weekend! And a huge salute to all the service men and women and veterans out there!
The bar was like a goddamned cage.

Marco paced back and forth, taking orders and delivering drinks in a way he knew was barely civil, but unable to force even the cursory niceties he usually managed.

Ever since Alyssa had cornered him in the hallway, peered up at him with those imploring brown eyes, and cupped his face in her hand, Marco had felt raw and exposed, like his skin no longer protected his insides.

Jesus. If Van hadn’t interrupted them, Marco wasn’t sure what he might’ve said. What her gaze and her touch and her very presence might’ve drawn out of him.

Man, don't you just love tortured heroes? I loved writing Marco, and I hope you enjoy him! And huge thanks to everyone who has given this book a try so far. It has been an absolutely amazing 10 days since release!

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

Happy Memorial Day!
Laura

Friday, May 25, 2012

Welcome Guest Author Callie Croix! #Erotic #Yum

Welcome guest author
Callie Croix 
to the blog today!
See below for her giveaway!
Welcome, Callie!  Please share a little about yourself, your genres, any other pen names you use.

Thanks so much for having me here, Laura! Well, I’m Callie Croix, the lesser-known, naughty persona of romantic suspense author Kaylea Cross.

Ooh, delish! Okay, so, tell us a little about your latest or upcoming release.

Let Me In comes out from Carina Press on May 21st, and it’s on sale for $0.99 at all vendors throughout the month of May.

It’s not technically a sequel per se, but it features Liam as the hero, whom you’ve met if you’ve read No Holds Barred.

What a deal! What are you waiting for, people? Go get it! LOL So, which character is your favorite and why?

I always tend to identify more strongly with my heroes, so in this case, it’s Liam. There’s just something about an alpha military or ex-military hero who’s not afraid to show his softer side that curls my toes every time.

I’m the same way, and he sounds swoonworthy from just this much description! As the author, what surprised you about this story?

I’ve become addicted to the show Hoarders, because it both horrifies and fascinates me. Sometimes it’s hard to watch, but I. Can’t. Stop. Watching.
I wanted to write about a hoarding character, and this story gave me the chance to make it happen.

Oh, my God, I’m kinda the same way about that show! Will there be any sequels or other books in the same series?

As I mentioned, Liam is first introduced in No Holds Barred. I have no plans at the moment for another story in the series.

Okay, so, what was the hardest thing for you about writing this story?

I think for me, it’s a challenge to sometimes balance the plot and story arc with the sex.

That can be a challenge in erotic romance… What are you working on right now?

I’m expecting edits shortly on a book coming out next year from Carina Press, tentatively titled Covert Seduction. It features a deliciously badass Navy SEAL hero and a suspense plot, and it’s more my “true” voice than anything else I’ve written as Callie. In future, blending sexy heat with suspense will be how I roll.

Sounds awesome! What happened to the first book you ever wrote?

Um, it got published. But don’t hate me! It’s my weakest book ever, and I still wish I could go back and rewrite parts of it. Maybe someday my publisher will let me…

That’s a great accomplishment. And I think we often feel that way about our earliest publications! What do you find easiest and hardest to write?

Easiest for me are the sex scenes and dialogue. Hardest would be the action sequences, because of the choreography and detail. It’s natural for me to go on and on with description and inner monologue, which kills the pace of a story. I have to be careful to crack down on that as I’m drafting.

Have you incorporated actual events or people from your own life into your books?

Yes! All sorts of little details have crept into my stories, including things like my career as a national level softball player, belly dancing, and my love of Special Ops (it’s weird, I know). The occasional relative or acquaintance have made guest appearances also, all without them knowing, of course.

I think we need to know more about this softball playing! That’s cool!  Is there a theme or message that runs through your work?

I think the biggest things in any relationship are trust and respect, and that goes double for any kind of romantic relationship where there’s D/s play (even light) involved. I hope I demonstrate the growth of both those things in my stories.

What would your readers be surprised to learn about you?

That I started writing erotic romance on a dare from my romantic suspense editor? Oh, it’s true. I totally balked at the idea when she first approached me, but as she kept goading me, I thought, “What the hell. Why not?”

I tell you what, it took me a long time to be able to type those really graphic words for body parts into a manuscript and actually leave them there. Now it’s a piece of cake.

LOL! That’s a great story! Which romance book or series do you wish you had written?
                                
Besides Hearts in Darkness, you mean? (I am such a fan of that story!) Hmm, well it would have to be the early Black Dagger Brotherhood books, and some of Linda Howard’s early books, like All the Queen’s Men.

OMG, what a thing to say!!!! Completely agree on the BDB books, and, yes, the earliest of them (first five?) Of all the characters you’ve ever written, who is your favorite and why?

As Callie, that would be Deke, from Deacon’s Touch. He’s the first hero I ever wrote about, so he has a special place in my heart. Plus he’s a hot, sexually dominant ex-military cowboy, so how can I not love him?

As Kaylea, hands down it’s the eldest of my heroes, Luke Hutchinson. He’s introduced in the first book of my suspense series (Out of Her League) and continues through the others until he and Emily finally get their own story in the final book, Absolution, which just won the 2012 EPIC Award for best romantic suspense. He was my favorite before the win, but having a trophy for him just makes him even more dear to me.

Awesome! Okay, now, just for fun:

Milk chocolate or dark chocolate? Dark. The darkest I can get my hands on. I’m a total chocolate snob and will only eat certain brands that just *happen* to be on the pricey side.

Salty or sweet? Sweet.

Bed or kitchen table? Bed! All that soft warmth to curl up in, stretch out on while you’re uh…enjoying yourself. (That’s still a PG answer, right?)

Beach or mountains? Beach. Preferably in Kauai or along the Gulf Coast.

Give or receive? Oooh, tough one. Give, if I have or can do something to make someone’s day better. Receive if it’s a hug or a Starbucks hot chocolate.
On leave for Thanksgiving, the last thing Marine lieutenant Talia Barnett expects to find is Liam Brodie waiting for her at the airport. He’s had a starring role in her fantasies for the past two years, and although she’d love to make them a reality, she has a dark secret that prevents her from taking things further.

A former Marine, Liam’s specialty is planning tactical operations, and that’s just what he plans to do to win Talia. The woman has kept him at arm’s length for too long, and this time he’s finally going to claim her—body and heart.

What begins as comfort quickly turns hot. When Liam shows Talia a hint of the dominant nature inside him, the submissive part of her flares to life. Though she desires him, she’s going back on deployment and doesn’t want to dump all her drama on him. Will he find a way to break through the protective walls around her heart and convince her they have a future that goes far beyond the bedroom?
Where can we find you on the web?


THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR BEING MY GUEST!

Thank you!!! You rock :) .
Giveaway!
Callie is giving away one ebook of Let Me In to a commenter who leaves their email address! Open to international. Contes to run through midnight EST on May 30. Winner to be chosen by random.org. Good luck!

Hey everyone! Leave Callie some comment love! What d'ya think of that new cover? Wow! Thanks for reading!

Laura

Cool YA Post-Apocalyptic Cover Reveal from Ciara Knight!

I'm very excited to participate in Ciara Knight's cover reveal for her forthcoming young adult post-apocalyptic with paranormal elements, Weighted. It is a prequel novelette to The Neumarian Chronicles, and will be released August 2012. Book I, Escapement, will be released in 2013.

Here's the blurb:
The Great War of 2185 is over, but my nightmare has just begun. I am being held captive in the Queen’s ship awaiting interrogation. My only possible ally is the princess, but I’m unsure if she is really my friend or a trap set by the Queen to fool me into sharing the secret of my gift. A gift I keep hidden even from myself.  It swirls inside my body begging for release, but it is the one thing the Queen can never discover. Will I have the strength to keep the secret? I’ll know the answer soon. If the stories are true about the interrogators, I’ll either be dead or a traitor to my people by morning.

Isn't that a cool cover? What d'ya think? Thanks for stopping by!
Laura
 

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Welcome Guest Author Rachel Brimble!

Welcome guest author
Rachel Brimble
to the blog today!
See below for her giveaway!
Welcome, Rachel!  Please share a little about yourself, your genres, any other pen names you use.

I live in South West England with my husband of 14 years and our two daughters, Jessica and Hannah. My third baby is my black Lab, Max, who is my constant writing companion! I am lucky enough to be a stay-at-home mum so I write every day from 9am til 3pm and then the rest is chaos…sorry, family time.

I am published in mainstream contemporary romance, Victorian romance and romantic suspense. I’ve been writing seriously since 2005. The Wild Rose Press accepted my first novel in 2007.

Awesome! So, tell us a little about your latest or upcoming release.

My next new release comes in September, and it will be my first novella-length Victorian historical. LOVE’S DEBT is due for release by The Wild Rose Press on September 5th. Here’s the blurb:
To keep herself from the depths of poverty, Milly Shepherd needs to be appointed manager of the Red Lion Tavern.  The elderly owner is in failing health and has promised her the job permanently if no one more suitable applies.  Milly will fight with her entire being to make the job her own.

Joseph Jacobs needs to supplement his income to pay off his father’s creditors and save him from debtor’s prison.  Though the job as manager of the local tavern looks promising, Milly is favored by both the owner and customers.  Instead, Joseph swallows his pride and agrees to tend bar.

As they work together, their attraction grows, their goals cross, and both Millie and Joseph find they must face their fears …the question is whether they face them alone or together?
Today, I would like to promote one of my recent contemporary novels, GETTING IT RIGHT THIS TIME. Set in South West England – it’s a reunion story about a mother returning home after the accidental death of her husband and finding love again.

Congrats on both! Which character is your favorite and why?

The hero, Mark Johnston is a man to remember – wealthy, hard-working and honest, he goes after the girl he lost to his best friend with gentle persuasion and patience. A definite Beta man but lordy, full of sexy integrity and grit. Yum!

Oh, yum! As the author, what surprised you about this story?

How easy I found it to write! These characters reunited and the sparks flew, lol! They both have genuine fears and flaws that made it an easy job for me because I understood them from the start. Kate, the heroine, has her daughter to think of and remains her priority throughout the novel.

Her decisions are made with her head throughout which I hope keeps the reader turning the pages wondering how long she can resist Mark’s gallant pursuit of her and his soft adoration of her beloved daughter.

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

No – this is a stand alone title with no plans for any follow ups. Unless of course, the readers pester me for one and then I might have to consider it :)

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

As I said I found this story quite easy to write but the hardest aspect was keeping Mark and Kate apart for as long as possible. The tension and similarities between them made it very hard to resist letting them jump into bed and get the ball rolling. I hope I managed to keep it realistic and made them bide their time.

Yes, that would be challenging! What are you working on right now?

Right now, I am working on edits for my very first acceptance by Harlequin Superromance – I am so excited! This book is my first romantic suspense for three years so I was very nervous that I might have lost the skill of writing a good mystery plot and combining it with a sizzling romance.

When my agent emailed me to tell me Harlequin had offered a contract, I promptly burst into tears. My editor told me yesterday that the book will be released in February 2013. Mark your diaries!

Aw, that’s wonderful, Rachel! Congratulations! What happened to the first book you ever wrote?

It was published by The Wild Rose Press in 2007 – SEARCHING FOR SOPHIE had some great four and five star reviews and still sells steadily today. Never forget your first book!

Oh, I totally agree! What do you find easiest and hardest to write?

I find my characters the easiest to write. I am lucky enough that they talk to me very early on. Although I do tend to know my hero better than my heroine for quite a while during the first draft. The women tend to hold themselves back a bit which is ironic seeing men are renowned for not letting us know what they’re feeling!

The hardest is the plotting. Coming up with the conflicts to keep the hero and heroine apart and make it plausible for the reader is always a huge challenge. Plotting never gets any easier so I tend to write a first draft from start to finish and then clean up in draft two.

I really relate to both of those! Which romance book or series do you wish you had written?

The Chesapeake Bay Series by Nora Roberts is pretty high up on my all-time favorites. I am a huge Nora fan and it was strange how I came to read her in the first place. I really believe a greater force pushed me into it! My husband and I were at a literary festival in Wales and were browsing a tiny bookshop. He went in one direction and I went the other.

When we met outside the shop thirty minutes later, I had bought Seaswept by Nora Roberts and Holiday in Death by J D Robb with no clue they were the same person. LOL!

Love that story! Of all the characters you’ve ever written, who is your favorite and why?

Most probably Lily from THE ARRIVAL OF LILY CURTIS but it is very hard to choose just one – I love them all in some way. Lily is a great character. She is funny, feisty and independent in ab age when none of those traits were respected in a woman.

My readers continue to tell me her journey is fun…and sad in places too – “Lily” was my first attempted at historical and will always be special to me.

Wonderful! Okay, now, just for fun:

Milk chocolate or dark chocolate? Milk chocolate

Salty or sweet? Sweet

Bed or kitchen table? Bed

Beach or mountains? Ooh, tough one – mountains

Give or receive? Give
She's back, but this time she’s a mother…intent on protecting her young.

Two years after her husband’s death, Kate Marshall returns home seeking security and stability for her three-year-old daughter. But when her path crosses with ‘the one who got away’…her husband’s best friend, she has to fight the desire to be with him for the sake of further heartbreak for her and her daughter.

A tough, straight talking theatrical agent, Mark Johnston is dangerously handsome, exceedingly rich, irresistibly charming – and branded by the tabloids as one of the UK’s most eligible bachelors. So even though Mark lost the girl of his dreams to his best friend, he finds no hardship in being single. Or so he thought.

Determined not to lose her a second time, Mark has to find a way to convince her they can work.  But can Kate cope with the media interest and ruthless, money-hungry clients surrounding him, being anywhere near her daughter?  Or accept that Mark Johnston is really the family man he claims to be?
Where can we find you on the web?
Giveaway!
One commenter who leaves their email address will win their choice of any of Rachel's ebooks. Open to international! Winner to be chosen by random.org. Contest ends at midnight EST on Sunday, May 27! Good luck!
Thanks so much for coming on the blog, Rachel! Everyone, please leave Rachel some new release love! And thanks for reading!

Laura

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

#Vampire Romance to Die For Tour Winners!

Last week, six authors who met at the Romantic Times Convention for the Name That Vampire game panel continued their celebration of vampire romance with a six-day tour. And many of you came along for the ride. In fact, across the six days’ worth of posts, we had 493 comments! That is SO awesome and we couldn’t thank you enough for all the fun vampire conversation we had with you last week. Now, we have one last bit of fun to share: THE WINNERS!

BOOK WINNERS:
Joyee Flynn’s Maverick Danker goes to Sophia Rose

Laura Kaye’s Seduced by the Vampire King goes to VanessaN

Lisa Kessler’s Night Walker goes to Colleen (greenshamrock)

Laurie London’s Tempted by Blood goes to Catherine Lee

Caridad Pineiro’s The Vampire Consort goes to SheriV!

Elisabeth Staab’s King of Darkness goes to Michelle Bledsoe!
AND NOW, FOR THE GRAND PRIZE WINNER OF A $60 AMAZON OR B&N GIFT CARD...
CONGRATULATIONS TO flchen1!!!!!
From your comment at Lisa Kessler’s blog!

CONGRATULATIONS EVERYONE!

Winners, we’ll be in touch by email soon! Thanks again to everyone for participating! We hope you’ll check out our books and enjoy!

Joyee, Laura, Lisa, Laurie, Caridad & Elisabeth