Sunday, July 29, 2012

#SixSunday 67 - Ella finds herself between two gods... #WestofWant

Hey everyone! I'm probably flying over your house right now as you're reading this, on my way back from the RWA Conference in California, where I had a fantabulous time (more on that to come in a day or two...), so today I'm sharing six from my new release, West of Want. Here, Zeph is reacting to some unusual misfortune that has befallen Ella:
Gods, this was his fault. He’d lingered, he’d stayed, he’d healed her. And now Eurus knew about Ella, probably suspected Zeph cared for her, which put the beautiful woman before him between a rock and a hard place, between the East and the West. His brother enjoyed nothing more than taking away the things Zeph cared about. One by one. Slowly but surely.

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Have a great Sunday and thanks for reading (and hopefully commenting, too)!


Sunday, July 22, 2012

#SixSunday 66 - Ella gives in to temptation... #WestofWant

Happy Sunday everyone! I'm excited to report that WEST OF WANT has released almost everywhere (just waiting on the NookBook - come ooooon B&N!)! Woot! Now, here we pick back up with Ella as she has given in to the temptation to check out Zeph as he rests in her room...
Zephyros was sprawled on his stomach across more than half the bed, his massive shoulders and arms curled around a mound of pillows. Even in rest, his thick muscles appeared ready to spring.

Ella tiptoed closer, holding her breath as the floorboards creaked here and there.

In sleep, the harsh contours of his face relaxed, casting a peacefulness over his features that wasn’t there when he was awake. That he apparently carried around some heavy unnamed burden made her heart squeeze. Sleep provided escape for her, too—when she could manage to quiet her heart and mind enough to actually nod off.

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Saturday, July 21, 2012

Cera duBois Explains Why Her #Vampires Don't Sparkle!

Welcome guest author
Cera duBois
to the blog today!

I'm thrilled to welcome guest author Cera Dubois to the blog today! You all know I love vampires, even those ones that do sparkle *winks*, so I just think this is such a fun guest post. Be sure to see her giveaway information down at the bottom and leave her some comment love! Now, take it away, Cera!

My Vampires Don't Sparkle

Although I freely admit the premise for A Hunter’s Angel and the whole series came from a single line from Stephenie Meyer’s Eclipse, my vampires are totally my own. I used a lot of different inspirations for the myth I created surrounding my undead.

The thing I admire about Ms. Meyer’s vampires is that she made them completely her own, yet they are still very traditional. Her vamps are undead, they have powers that are superhuman and paranormal, they don’t live on bagged blood. What she has been criticized for are the two things I like—despite not totally agreeing with—the sparkle and the lack of fangs. But what these two things do is make the vampires of Twilight totally, undeniably unique.

I hoped to accomplish the same thing. Although I love Lindsay Sands and J.R. Ward, I am not a fan of vampires being a unique species from humans and therefore alive, as with Lindsay Sands’ Argeneaus, J.R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood or Christine Feehan’s Carpathians. I used a combination of traditional myth, bits and pieces from other places, and a lot of imagination to come up with my vampires.

Ten ways my vampires are unique, and yet are steadfastly seeped in traditional tropes:

1.      My vampires are undead—not really alive, but not dead either. They are considered immortal and the only thing that can kill a vampire is stabbing through the heart with either a silver dagger, a hawthorn stake, or decapitation by a silver blade.

2.      They were created by the arch demon Asmodi, the prince of the Incubi/Succubae. (Hint he shows up in Book 3 as the villain).

3.      Although older vampires can be out during the day, no vampire can be out during the sunrise. Withstanding daylight comes around age 100.

4.      They must drink blood live from a human and the desire to kill is almost unbearable. They can’t drink bagged blood and animal blood can’t be used long term or they will go insane. They also can’t drink blood from each other (mates can share blood, but this only strengthens their mate bond and can’t provide nourishment).

5.      My vampires have fangs, which are similar to snake fangs, and like snakes, they are venomous. The venom does several things if enough blood is taken from a victim and enough venom induced. The most basic thing is it gives the person being bitten an almost orgasmic feeling. But if enough blood is taken, the venom creates a blood bond between the vampire and the human (the first step in siring a vampire. With this bond, a vampire can find a fledgling anywhere in the world). The venom also causes the physical changes to a fledgling’s body (second step in the siring process.)

6.      Vampire siring is a three-step process, requiring three bites. The first bite is to create a blood bond (if enough blood is taken). Step two (second bite) triggers the venom to start the changing process. The last bite is to drain the body of the poisoned blood to kill the fledgling. The venom is what keeps the fledgling from crossing over the barrier between life/true death. Then the fledgling has to take blood from the sire to complete the change.

7.      My vampires can’t read the minds of other vampires/werewolves. However, if they have a blood bond, they can. The bond between mates (the strongest of all bonds) allows them to share thoughts and sexual sensations magnifying the pleasure they both feel.

8.      They have the power of mind control and manipulation over humans, they have superhuman strength and speed (they can move faster than the speed of sound). They can’t dematerialize, but because they are so fast, they do seem to disappear before the eye.

9.      Vampires in my world have reflections and can be photographed and videotaped; however, they have the power to prevent these things and can use their powers to cause disturbances with video equipment.

10.   The only non-blood thing my vamps can drink is red wine…A gift from Asmodi and his father Satan as the ultimate blasphemy in the face of God.  Red wine is used by Christian churches to represent the blood of Christ. So, if vampires can drink red wine, they are drinking the blood of Jesus.

But in no way do my vampires sparkle…


To find out more about A Hunter’s Angel check out Cera's website for a schedule of her blog stops during the book tour. She will be presenting a series of short stories called The Vampire Encounters. Follow her as she interviews Ian McHenry, Master Vampire Lucas Pomeroy, Vivian van Dyke Pomeroy, and have a scary run-in with Shane Chamberlain. Hope to see you along the way.
(Sorry, only USA and Canada residents are eligible for any prize that needs to be mailed. Non-residents and residents of USA are eligible for free PDF copy.)
Two Lucky Posters will get a PDF copy of Bloodwine. (for info on this short story check out my website)—ends July 27.
1st Stalker Prize: Every Poster will also be entered into a drawing for either a custom-made pair of angel wing earrings, charm bracelet, or necklace (check out my website for photos)—drawing to happen on September 1.
2nd Stalker Prize: Every Poster will also be entered into a drawing of a $10 gift card from either Amazon or Barnes and Noble (winner’s choice)—drawing to happen on September 1.
(Stalker means that for every blog you comment on over the length of the book tour, your name will be added in for the final drawing.  For example, if you comment on five blogs, your name then is entered five times. Good luck!)
The serial killer stalking Clayton, Pennsylvania, isn’t all that has Chief of Police Grace Wallace worried. For a year, she’s tried to forget Special Agent Ian McHenry and now he’s the expert the FBI sent to catch the killer. She can’t stay away from him, but something primal is telling her to run to save much more than just her heart. Despite the strict code of ethics Ian vowed to follow as a vampire hunter, he craves Grace’s blood above all others. If he chooses to stay, Ian risks losing his chance at divine forgiveness. But if he leaves Grace unprotected from the evil he’s hunted for over a century, he loses more than just his soul…


“I’m in love with the man inside the vampire.” Grace moved her hand to thread through his silky hair. When she rested the other over his heart, a soft sigh escaped his lips. Underneath her palm, the slow beat was barely noticeable.

His thumb grazed her cheekbone and slowly trailed down to the hollow of her throat. Her breathing quickened at the zinging anticipation as he caressed the pulse point where he’d claimed to have taken blood from her. He glanced at the spot with eyes as haunted as he sounded. “I’m not a man.”

“But you were once.”

He met her gaze again. “Yes, once.”

His fingers lingered over her pulse. Her heart raced under his touch. She tilted her neck as if his touch awakened some base instinct to offer the sacrifice. “Do you still want my blood?”

Ian stepped away and locked his wide-eyed gaze onto hers. At last, he rasped, “No, I don’t want your blood. Oh, God, I still crave it. You have the sweetest I’ve ever had, but I will never hurt you again.”

She didn’t know what possessed her to do so, but she whispered, “You can take...some of it.”

He closed his eyes, and when he opened them, he acidly said, “No, Grace. I can never taste your blood again. It would kill you.”

Fear of what she’d wanted him to do tumbled through her. She stepped away, and for a moment, she considered telling him to leave. How did she know any of this was real? She couldn’t imagine she’d ever freely offer a vampire her blood. Did she really believe him? He was sucking her into his insanity. But if this was true and he could make people do things against their will, maybe he could control her feelings.

“Maybe I should go?” Ian backed away another step and headed toward the counter where he’d left his dagger. He turned back to her with the sheath in his hand. Her heart shattered with the knowledge that, if he walked out the front door, she’d never see him again. “Goodbye, my sweet angel.”

His jagged murmur ripped at her soul as his eyes took on a blazing intensity and snared hers. She felt a pressure in her mind, and she knew what he intended to do. He wanted to erase her memories of him.


Cera duBois has a strong belief in never giving up on your dreams…

Although Cera was unable to read due to dyslexia and a learning disability until she was in the fourth grade, she always had a story to tell. She wrote her first novel in eleventh grade when she had to keep a journal for her academic English class. Since her life was far from exciting growing up as a farm girl in West Central Pennsylvania, she decided to rely on her imagination to give her something to write about. Over the course of the school year, she wrote a tangled romance set in the Deep South during the Civil War.  Becoming an author was her ultimate dream. Despite holding a BS in secondary social studies education from Penn State University, she currently works full-time as a medical secretary. A mother of a teenage son and pre-teen daughter, she lives near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, with her husband of nearly 20 years. If she isn’t sitting in a quiet corner with her laptop, warm days will find her in the English garden surrounding her house. Cera loves to read and is interested in history, romance, science fiction and the paranormal. She also writes contemporary Westerns under her real name of Sara Walter Ellwood.
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Thanks so much for reading! Wasn't that fun? Now, please tell Cera either which unique vampire feature your most enjoyed or a favorite line from her excerpt! And good luck in her contest!


Thursday, July 19, 2012

Welcome Guest Author Catherine Bybee! #MarriedbyMonday

Welcome Guest Author 
Catherine Bybee 
to the blog today!
See below for her giveaway!

Welcome, Catherine!  Please share a little about yourself, your genres, any other pen names you use.

Thanks for having me here, Laura.

A little about me…okay, let’s see. I love everything about the romance genre. I write everything from contemporary romance to time travels and even erotic…thought I’ve not written the hot stuff in a while. I enjoy a good werewolf and vampire story tucked in there as well. I don’t use any other pen names other than Catherine Bybee though I wish I had for my erotic stuff. Readers get confused.

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

Married by Monday is the second book in my Weekday Bride series. It’s predecessor, Wife by Wednesday, went viral last winter and awarded me the wonderful and never old titles like NY Times and USA Today bestselling author. Married by Monday can certainly stand alone as a title. I love bring back characters from other books so you’ll see/read about the H/H of Wife by Wednesday.  

Congratulations! So awesome! Which character is your favorite and why?

In Married by Monday? Zod. And you’ll have to read the book to see why. Zod loves shoes. What’s not to enjoy about that? LOL

LOL! Love it! As the author, what surprised you about this story?

The suspense shocked me. I didn’t plan on it happening. The first book was very light, very Cinderella and Married by Monday is so much deeper. At least IMHO.

Very interesting. Will there be any sequels or other books in the same series?

Yes! I have FiancĂ© by Friday slated for next year and Single by Saturday. As long as I can keep coming up with titles to match the days of the week, I’ll write the books.

Very creative. I do love the titles! What was the hardest thing for you about writing this story?

This might sound funny, but the hardest thing was worrying about how my readers were going to like it. I’ve had 300,000 readers for Wife by Wednesday. That number astounded me and put a pressure on me like I’ve never experienced before. As an author we hope people will pick up our books and read them. We even have some expectations after we’ve released a title or two…but when you have a book go viral that number becomes huge. I had to let go of those worries and just write the book. I think I’m over those concerns and am back on a roll with my writing.

Good for you! What are you working on right now?

I’m working on the second book to my next series that is coming out with Montlake Romance. Not Quite Dating is being released in October and for the first time in my career I have a deadline for the second book. Whoot! I’m working on Not Quite Mine.

Awesome! I hadn’t heard this news, Catherine! Congrats! So, what happened to the first book you ever wrote?

It’s under the bed…where it will live with the dust bunnies forever. Too much work to fix. I learned a lot writing that book…but it isn’t good enough to publish. And I have no qualms about self publishing but some books are better of buried than read.

Definitely respect that and suspect many of us are the same. What do you find easiest and hardest to write?

I think contemporary is easier for me. My time travel and paranormal require world building on bigger levels. The plots are usually deeper with more characters to juggle. I love writing them, however.

I would agree with this! Have you incorporated actual events or people from your own life into your books?

Of course. “Write what you know”… Not Quite Dating, which is coming in October, has a scene out of my life. I worked in a Denny’s on the graveyard shift in my early years so that was an easier scene to write. I’ve worked in Emergency Rooms as a nurse most of my adult life and there are plenty of ER scenes in my books. I write about familiar places or places I’ve been. There is no reason to reinvent the wheel with our books.

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

I think so…Family. Friendship. Love.

Nice. What would your readers be surprised to learn about you?

I doubt much of anything. I’m an open book.

LOL Which romance book or series (or other genre, if you don’t write romance) do you wish you had written?

None at this point. If I want to write a genre, I will. My readers might be surprised to know that I have a full-length straight historical romance in my hard drive…a vampire romance…and a paranormal that has nothing to do with time travel. Oh, and another erotic. All in my hard drive. Why aren’t they out there? Well, cuz some need work…others are the first book to a two or three book series. I have a lot going on right now and can’t stretch myself any thinner. Who knows maybe someday these books will be released.

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

I just love Lizzy from Redeeming Vows. She’s kick ass fun.

Okay, now, just for fun:

Milk chocolate or dark chocolate? Milk

Salty or sweet? Both

Bed or kitchen table? For sex? Bed…no wait, kitchen table! J

Beach or mountains? I live in So. California. Beach during the day, mountains at night.

Give or receive? Give!!!
Carter Billings:

Sandy blond hair and Hollywood good looks, Carter Billings could have any woman he wants. However, when he makes his bid for the Governor's seat in the state of California, he needs to settle down and become a family man. Eliza, the woman he secretly adores, embodies the perfect amount of spice and passion to suit his marital needs, but she’s not interested in becoming Mrs. Billings. She can't even stand to be in the same room with him.

Eliza Havens:

It’s much easier to drive Carter away than to give into desire. Matching couples is how she earns a living, but getting married isn’t an option. The secrets she carries are too dangerous to entangle anyone else. When her hidden identity and past threaten her future, she’s left with little choice. Carter is quick to offer solutions to both their problems, but saying yes could mean endangering the man she’s growing to love.

He folded his arms over his chest. “I suppose you could say I’m following Blake’s lead.

Marriage solves a few fundamental problems in my career path.”

She stared at him full on now, not trying to look away. “Your problems. Not mine.”

“Problems you helped play a role in.” He saw the spark in her eye before she managed her first syllable of defense.

She sat the tea down and placed a hand on the counter. “That’s low, Carter.”

“And true or you’d be the first to tell me I’m wrong. If I had a choice, I’d be married by Monday to help dispel all the media crap created by yours and Gwen’s night on the Texas town. I thought

I could come to you and obtain a little bit of cooperation.”

“A little bit of cooperation. Marriage is a tad more than a little bit of anything.” Her voice rose and her knuckles started to grip the counter.

“Yet you earn your living arranging marriages or partnerships on trite reasons less important than mine.” How dare she follow a moral high ground. Maybe she’d forgotten how well versed he was on her and Samantha’s business.

“You forget that our clients have to approve of the relationships we arrange. They have to like the person—”

He laughed, interrupting her. “Do you really want to pretend we aren’t friends to prove your point?”

Her cheeks grew rosy which he had to admit was a much better than the pasty color she’d been sporting when he walked into the house. He felt the fire burning inside her as she shot daggers with her eyes.

“You’re my best friend’s husband’s friend. If you’re looking for a wife you might peek into your little black book, or whatever it is you use, and draw another name.”

Carter let his arms drop and took two steps closer. The angrier she became, the more his blood churned. His body responded to her outrage, but not in anger. “I don’t want to draw another name.”

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Thanks for reading! Now leave Catherine some comment love!


Wednesday, July 18, 2012

#WestofWant Releases + Blog Tour Celebration + 13 W|NNERS!!!

It's here! It's here! It's really, really here! 
West of Want is live!

I'm so excited I could just about burst!

I'm celebrating now through August 24th with all kinds of giveaway events, including:
"Laura Kaye's captivating writing and vibrant world-building will have readers hooked on the gods of the Anemoi. WEST OF WANT is steamy, spellbinding, and a must-read for all romance fantasy fans." 
     ~Elisabeth Naughton, author of the Eternal Guardians series
Betrayal is all he's ever known, but in her, he'll find a love strong enough to be trusted...

When Marcella Raines' twin brother dies, she honors his request to be buried at sea, never expecting the violent storm that swamps her boat. Though she's gravely injured--and still emotionally damaged from her recent divorce--Ella fights to survive.

Zephyros Martius is the Supreme God of the West Wind and Spring, but being the strongest Anemoi hasn't protected him from betrayal and loss. Worse, he's sure his brother Eurus is behind it. When Zeph's heartbreak whips up a storm that shipwrecks a human, his guilt forces him to save her.

Ella is drawn to the vulnerability Zeph hides beneath his otherworldly masculinity and ancient blue eyes. And her honesty, empathy, and unique, calming influence leave Zeph wanting...everything. When Eurus threatens Ella, she and Zeph struggle to let go of the past, defend their future, and embrace what they most want--a love that can be trusted.
Early Reviews for West of Want:
Rockchick, Night Owl Reviews, 5/5 Stars & a RARE TOP PICK!!!: "The two main characters Ella and Zeph were so down to earth that it was impossible not to like them. The fact that Owen from North of Need played a minor role in the events that took place in West of Want was an added bonus....kept me guessing as to what he would do next. The pace of West of Want was absolutely perfect and incredibly easy to follow."

Lynn, Urban Girl Reader, 5/5 Flowers & 1st 5-flower review of 2012 (as of 7/13/12)!!: "As long as you like your sex hot, you’ll be very happy with this book....Laura had me so tightly gripped into the story....I actually liked this book more than her first book (but not by much). If you haven’t read North By Need, you will want to catch up on this great series...and pick up a copy of West of Want!" 

Kate, I Just Wanna Sit Here and Read: "The relationship between this couple was fast moving but sweet. The fact that both of these two had rough pasts made them perfect for each other....There were more obstacles for this couple to go through involving a dangerous character and I was surprised where Kaye took our characters. I loved how the book ended and I am very much looking forward to the next!"

Steph, Fangs, Wands and Fairy Dust: "Laura always finds a way to reach into the heart of a story and bring it to life.  She gives her characters a full range of emotions and personalities and here puts in just the right amount of plot complexities....I can highly recommend WEST OF WANT to lovers of Steamy Romance."

Christi, Smitten with Reading: "I really enjoy this series. I think writing about the elemental gods is completely creative and innovative....The book read well and was really interesting."
Note:  NookBook should go live within next 24 hours or so!

Thanks so much for reading! And supporting me every step along the way of this awesome journey!


Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Snoopy Dancing Over My First Foreign Sale!!!!

Everybody loves the French!!!!

At least I do!

Buy at Barnes & Noble | Amazon
Because a French publisher bought HER FORBIDDEN HERO and its SEQUEL in my very first foreign sale!!!

I'm so thrilled! I can't wait to see the cover! And the translated title! Except I can't read a lick of French, so I'll totally need a guy with a hot voice to read it to me! LOL

Just had to squee about this one, because it's another fun milestone in a writer's career and I'm just thrilled to have experienced it with this book and publisher!!!

Thanks for reading!

Monday, July 16, 2012

Katie Reus on the Elements of Romantic Suspense #DangerNextDoor

Welcome Guest Author
Katie Reus
to the blog today!

Katie has a great post today to celebrate her latest release. If you enjoy romantic suspense, you're gonna love this. And look down below for her giveaway. Now, read on...

Thank you so much to Laura for letting me hang out here today!

I read and enjoy pretty much all subgenres of romance, but suspense will always be one of my favorites. Probably because it’s the reason I fell so in love with romance in the first place. Throwing characters into a dire situation full of suspense and danger automatically heightens the tension in a story. Whether it involves a serial killer, stalkers, rogue CIA agents, mafia henchmen, just give me danger and excitement and I’m happy.

I like a good balance of romance and suspense, but in my reading often it doesn’t matter if one area is heavier than the other. With some authors I find that I really dig their action-packed non-stop adventures from chapter to chapter, while with others the characterization is so amazing I don’t mind that the suspense aspect is slightly slower paced. Of course, in real life I probably wouldn’t want to deal with what most of the characters I read and write about have to live through, but romantic suspense is such a fun escape.

I recently launched the Red Stone Security series, a romantic suspense series that takes place in Miami. The first story (No One to Trust) is incredibly action-packed and very fast-paced. The second story (Danger Next Door) is a little darker and is a contemporary beauty and the beast themed romantic suspense. While both stories are very different, they both have one thing in common—a lot of sexual tension. No matter what, I’ve got to have that in my romance.
Kate is offering up a copy of both No One to Trust and Danger Next Door to one random commenter! Must leave your email address! Tell Katie what you like about romantic suspense or leave a question to be entered! Winner to be chosen by! Open to international! Good luck!
Danger Next Door, Book 2 Red Stone Security series: A contemporary beauty and the beast themed romantic suspense.

After an explosion leaves detective Grant Caldwell scarred he quits his job and tries to hide from his well-meaning family while he heals. When Belle Manikas, a beautiful new neighbor, moves in next door with problems of her own he finds himself drawn to her even while he tells himself she’s nothing but trouble. Even though he knows he’d never have a chance with a woman like her—not with his disfigurement—he can’t stay away.

Thanks to severe health problems as a child Belle grew up sheltered and smothered by her loving, if overbearing, family. Now that she’s finally out on her own she plans to wring everything she can out of life. When she sets her sights on her brooding neighbor nothing can stop her from getting him into bed—until a madman fixates on her.

With Grant now working for Red Stone Security, he sees it as his duty to protect her at all costs. Unfortunately a violent criminal is stalking Belle and will stop at nothing until he’s destroyed her.
A little about Katie: "I’ve been reading romance since a young age—ever since I discovered my mom’s hidden stash. Luckily the addiction stayed with me into adulthood. I write paranormal romance and sexy romantic suspense for Carina Press, Harlequin Nocturne, and NAL/Signet Eclipse. To learn more about me please visit my website, my blog, facebook or find me on twitter @katiereus."

Thanks again for having me here today!

You're so welcome, Katie! Great post! Now, everyone, answer Katie's question to be entered to win! And thanks for reading!


Sunday, July 15, 2012

#SixSunday 65 - Zeph has something she's never seen... #WestofWant

Happy Sunday everyone! I'm excited to share more from West of Want, my latest release and the second in my Hearts of the Anemoi series! For those who have been following the delayed release saga (LOL), the paperbacks are now released and the ebooks will follow this week! Thanks for your patience. And, here we go:
Yeah, he has it!
After spending nearly four days in bed, the last thing Ella wanted was to be horizontal again.

Though, her bed was a good bit more attractive right now.

She couldn’t stop her brain from resurrecting the image of Zeph tearing off his shirt as he sat on the edge of her bed. As if the man’s broad shoulders and bulging biceps weren’t impressive enough. As if the ridged muscles of his abdomen didn’t just call out to be traced. She had absolutely never seen with her own eyes, on a real man, that incredible cut of muscle just above his hips—but, yeah, he had it, and then some.
Rare Top Pick!

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