Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Welcome Guest Author Alice Clayton #Wallbanger

Welcome Guest Author
Alice Clayton
to the Blog
on her Release Day!!!

Welcome, Alice!  Please share a little about yourself and what you write.

Thank you so much for having me! I love to write comedic erotica, or funny smut.

LOL! Sounds great! So, tell us a little about your new release.

Wallbanger is my newest novel, and I am so pleased to finally be able to share this book with everyone. Set in one of my all time favorite cities, San Francisco, Wallbanger is the story of Caroline Reynolds and Simon Parker. When Caroline moves into a new apartment, she is startled out of bed not by an earthquake, but by some very loud “banging” from next door. We know it’s Simon over there by the woman that is calling out his name. Repeatedly. Ahem. With walls this thin, the tension is gonna be thick!

I can’t help but smile reading that description! Which character is your favorite and why?

I think in this book my favorite character is Jillian, who is Caroline’s boss and mentor. She is based on a hybrid of two of my mentors from my former professional career. I was lucky enough to work with some amazing women, two of whom were as funny as they were smart and they influence me still to this day. Jillian is a hard worker, but she is open and loving and warm, with a very smart ass attitude, a dream boss for me.

That’s awesome! As the author, what surprised you about this story?

How much fun I had spending my time with these characters.

*grins* Will there be any sequels or other books in the same series?

No, Wallbanger stands alone. Like the cheese.

*snort* What was the hardest thing for you about writing this story?

Editing. I removed a character and then put the character back in at literally the 11th hour, and that was tough. But it worked out for the best.

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What are you working on right now?

I am finishing up Book 3 in The Redhead Series, which I have been working on for 107 years. And I have started working on something brand new: cooking and New York City and restaurants and lots and lots of chemistry.

Ooh, sounds promising! What happened to the first book you ever wrote?

You’ve read it! The Unidentified Redhead!

What do you find easiest and hardest to write?

Smexy times easy, angsty times not so much.
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Have you incorporated actual events or people from your own life into your books?

Oh goodness yes, as I mentioned before Jillian is based on real people, the character of Holly in The Redhead Series is based on my best friend Keili.

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

Sex and Funny. I have to have both.

Works for me! What would your readers be surprised to learn about you?

That I am so very pretty.

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

Right now it’s Simon, he’s pretty great.

Okay, now, just for fun:

Milk chocolate or dark chocolate? Milk.

Salty or sweet? Salty.

Bed or kitchen table? Kitchen FLOOR

Beach or mountains? Mountains

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Caroline Reynolds has a fantastic new apartment in San Francisco, a KitchenAid mixer, and no O (and we’re not talking Oprah here, folks). She has a flourishing design career, an office overlooking the bay, a killer zucchini bread recipe, and no O. She has Clive (the best cat ever), great friends, a great rack, and no O.

 Adding insult to O-less, since her move, she has an oversexed neighbor with the loudest late-night wallbanging she’s ever heard. Each moan, spank, and–was that a meow?–punctuates the fact that not only is she losing sleep, she still has, yep, you guessed it, no O.

 Enter Simon Parker. (No, really, Simon, please enter.) When the wallbanging threatens to literally bounce her out of bed, Caroline, clad in sexual frustration and a pink baby-doll nightie, confronts her heard-but-never-seen neighbor. Their late-night hallway encounter has, well, mixed results. Ahem. With walls this thin, the tension’s gonna be thick…

 In her third novel, Alice Clayton returns to dish her trademark mix of silly and steamy. Banter, barbs, and strutting pussycats, plus the sexiest apple pie ever made, are dunked in a hot tub and set against the gorgeous San Francisco skyline in this hot and hilarious tale of exasperation at first sight.
Excerpt:

I shook my head at the sight of Simon in a black T-shirt and weathered jeans. He was in his stocking feet once again, and I marveled at how at ease he seemed in my kitchen.

I walked around the kitchen counter and picked up my rolling pin. “You know, I won’t think twice about whacking you over the head with this if you continue this borderline sexual harassment,” I warned, running my hand up and down the rolling pin suggestively.

“I’m gonna have to ask you not to do that if you’re serious about me peeling apples here,” he said, eyes widening.

“I never joke about pie, Simon.” I sprinkled a little more flour on the marble.

He was silent while he watched me pat out the pie crust, breathing through his mouth. “So, what are you gonna do with that?” he asked, his voice low.

“With this?” I asked, leaning over the board, and perhaps arching my back a little as I did.

“Mmm-hmm,” he replied.

“I’m gonna roll this crust out. See, like this?” I teased again, thrusting the pin back and forth over the dough, making sure I arched my back each time and the forward action pushed my girls together.

“Oh my,” he whispered, and I grinned naughtily at him.

“You gonna be okay over there, big guy? This is just the top crust, I still need to work on my bottom,” I said over my shoulder.

His hands clutched at the edge of the counter. “Apples. Apples. Gonna peel me some apples,” he told himself and turned away toward the colander filled with apples in the sink.

“Let me just get you the peeler,” I said, coming up behind him and pressing myself against him as I curled around his side to grab the vegetable peeler from the other sink. This was fun.

“Peeling apples, just peeling apples. Didn’t feel your boobs. No, no, not me,” he chanted as I openly laughed at him.

“Here, peel this,” I said, taking pity on him and removing myself from his cooking space. I might have sniffed his T-shirt.

“Did you just sniff me?” he asked, keeping himself turned away.

“I might have,” I admitted, going back to my rolling pin, which I squeezed mightily.

“I thought so.”

“Hey, if you can sniff, I can sniff,” I shot back, taking out my sexual frustration on a defenseless Pâte Brisée.

“Only fair. So how do I rate?”

“Good. Very good, actually. Downy?”

“Bounce. I lost my Downy ball,” he confessed.

I laughed, and we continued to roll and peel.
Where can we find you on the web?
You can find me on aliceclayton.com or on twitter @alice_clayton You can also hear me on Not Your Mother’s Podcast, a comedy show I co-host with 2 of my besties.
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Thanks so much for visiting me, Alice! Alright everyone, leave Alice some new release love! Did you have a favorite line from the excerpt?

Thanks for reading!

Laura

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Brady gets a little TLC... #OneNightwithaHero #SixSunday

Happy Sunday everyone! I've got six from my new contemporary romance, One Night with a Hero. Here, a very sick Brady with a scary high fever gets a little TLC from Joss:

Brady moaned as he sucked on the Popsicle. “This is the best thing I’ve ever eaten.”

“Glad you like it, I slaved all day.”

He swallowed a frozen chunk and said, “When we’re done, wanna have sex?”

He waggled his eyebrows, and Joss burst out laughing. “You’re such an ass.”
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Be sure to visit the Other Sixers' Posts and follow the #sixsunday hashtag on Twitter! Thanks for reading and hopefully commenting, too!

Laura

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Friday, November 23, 2012

Get Cool Stuff & Avoid the Crowds! It's the Black Friday Bloghoppity! #BkFriHop

Hey guys! I've got something fun for you today! And the best part? Prizes and gifts WITHOUT testy crowds, harried sales clerks, or fighting for parking spaces!!! The Black Friday Hop is just for today, so hop around, comment at each stop for lots of chances for the main prize, and comment HERE for a chance at MY prize: a $20 amazon or B&N gift card!


Before we get to the giveaway, enjoy this short excerpt from my new contemporary romance, One Night with a Hero. A conversation you might overhear if you brave the stores today?: 
They returned to their fitting rooms, and Joss looked at her reflection. Taking a deep breath, she mentally prepared for the Inquisition. So, speaking of dates…” She slipped out of her dress and arranged it on the hanger.

“Oh, thank God. I seriously wasn’t going to be able to last much longer. What happened last night?”

Good question. She dressed, collected her things and stepped out into the hall, all the while replaying Brady’s departure in her brain. She and Christina had the whole fitting room to themselves, so no harm in spilling here. “Well, the abbreviated version is that I met a guy and hooked up with him last night.”

Christina’s door flew open. “Define ‘hooked up.’”

Joss opened her mouth to reply—

“You had sex!”

“Shh. Why don’t you just announce it to the whole store, woman? ‘Attention, Macy’s shoppers, Joss Daniels had sex last night.’ Oh, and this morning.”

Christina gasped and her eyes went wide. “Good sex?”

Joss should’ve felt insulted at her amazement, but seeing as she was still kinda amazed herself, she didn’t. Memories full of Brady’s incredible intensity and hot, hard body rushed before her mind’s eye. “Mm-hmm. Great sex.”

“Holy crap. I have, like, fifty-two questions now,” Christina said, stuffing her feet into her flats. “We need food for this conversation. Lunch?”

Food and spilling good dirt had always gone together for them. “Sure.”

Fifteen minutes later, they were settled in a booth at a festive American chain restaurant off the mall food court, one shopping bag next to Joss and five next to Christina.

“All right,” her friend said. “Spill. And don’t leave out any of the good parts.”
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Black Friday Blog Hop Main Prizes and Rules:

HOW TO WIN: Comment with your email address at as many stops as you can (200+) to enter to win both the MAIN PRIZES and the individual blog prizes.
ELIGIBILITY: The first and second main prize are open to international, the third main prize is open to U.S. only. My giveaway here is open to international.
WHEN DOES IT END?: Midnight today! This is a one-day-only hop!

Now what are those main prizes?

1st Grand Prize: A Kindle Fire or Nook Tablet
2nd Grand Prize: A $75 Amazon or B&N Gift Card 
3rd Grand Prize: A Swag Pack that contains paperbacks, ebooks, 50+ bookmarks, cover flats, magnets, pens, coffee cozies, and more! (I have stuff in this! :) )

Thanks for playing!
Laura

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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Welcome Debut Author Julieanne Reeves! #RazingKayne

Welcome Guest Author
Julieanne Reeves
on the Release Day of her Debut Novel!

Happy release day to Julieanne Reeves, who's here to celebrate her debut novel Razing Kayne with us, along with an awesome giveaway! Take it away, Julieanne!


It’s here! Launch day for RAZING KAYNE. I’m thrilled to be joining the world of published authors.

I’ve realized that publishing my book is a lot like the first day I left my children in daycare. I bawled for hours having to leave them that day. They, however, barely spared a wave goodbye; they were too excited to meet and play with their new friends.

I wrote Razing Kayne about two years ago. At the time I was a 30-something year old adult who’d left the rat race to become been a full-time stay-at-home foster mom. This meant that I usually had four kids in the house at any given time. Between special education issues, counseling and doctors' appointments, and life in general, I stayed busy. But, oh, how rewarding – and heartbreaking – it was. I’d adopted my two children from foster care as a single mother, and it was, and still is, my greatest accomplishment. Publishing my books is probably a distant second.

For years prior to being a “mom,” I’d worked for in law enforcement as a police/fire/911 dispatcher who’d been trained and certified in hostage negotiation and suicide intervention. Working in a small agency allowed me the opportunity to work closely with the Special Response Team, Narcotics Task Force officers and Property and Person’s detectives. Heck, I’d even applied and been accepted to test for the police academy. I passed the testing though never went through the academy. Experiences I never would have had working in a big agency.

Looking at all my experience – personal and professional – and thinking through the cases I’d been involved with, and remembering the ones I’d heard about, I realized I had a treasure trove of inspiration. So, I did what my high school creative writing teacher drilled into me; I wrote what I knew and did it from the heart. Thus, RAZING KAYNE was born.

It would take two more years and lots of encouragement from my online friends before I finally got up the nerve to publish it. I wasn’t ready to say goodbye to this family I’d created.

Now that moment is here, and I’m a bundle of emotions. Saying goodbye is never easy even in the land of fiction. It’s a little easier knowing I haven’t seen the last of Kayne and Jessica and their wonderful children. In Razing Kayne we met some awesome supporting heroes: Officer Nick Astenbeck, Detectives Trace St.Moritz and Rafe Chatham, Dr. Mark Oberly, and Fire-medic Joe Sutton. They will be getting their own stories over the next couple years. Payson, Arizona is a small town in real life and in fiction so I know we’ll be seeing the whole gang around from time to time. Is it the same? No. But just like I had to let my children go that first day of daycare, it’s time to let RAZING KAYNE go too.

I hope you enjoy RAZING KAYNE as much as I enjoyed writing it and I hope you come back to share in the small town life of Payson, Arizona as each of the other heroes gets their own Happily Ever Afters.
For two years, State Trooper Kayne Dobrescu has wanted only one thing: to understand why his wife inexplicably killed their children and then herself. Memories haunt his days and lay siege to his nights, leaving him questioning his reasons for living.

 Jessica Hallstatt became a window and single mother the night her firefighter husband died in a fiery explosion at an accident scene. While her husband may have died a hero, he left Jessica with deep emotional scars that haven’t begun to heal.

 When Kayne accepted a transfer to the mountain town of Payson, Arizona, he never expected to meet anyone like Jessica. From the moment he pulled her over for speeding, he was drawn in by her whiskey-colored eyes and sassy dimple. He knows she and her children are a forever type package, and he’s vowed never to give anyone the power to destroy him again. Yet fate has other ideas, throwing Kayne and Jessica together in a fight against an unknown enemy to save the life of a child—and hopefully one another.
Giveaway!

Leave a comment with your email address below and be entered to win an e-copy of Razing Kayne. One lucky winner – worldwide – will be randomly drawn on or about Friday, November 23rd, 2012. Winner will be announced in the comments so please be sure to check back.
 Want to read an excerpt? Go here for the Prologue and first two chapters.


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Laura Kaye, thanks for hosting me, and to all her wonderful readers, thanks for taking the time to stop by. I hope you enjoy the upcoming holiday weekend. 

Julieanne Reeves

Thanks for being here, Julieanne! Now, everyone leave Julieanne some debut novel/new release comment love! And thanks for reading!

Laura

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Brady resists what he most needs... #SixSunday #OneNightwithaHero

Happy Sunday everyone! Today I've got six more from my new contemporary romance, One Night with a Hero! This is the moment immediately after Brady and Joss have sex for the second time:
Running on pure instinct now, Brady stepped back and helped her down. Her knees went soft when she hit the floor, so he scooped her into his arms and made his way through the house and upstairs to where her bathroom should be. She was warm and pliant in his arms and the sensation of her nuzzling into the crook of his neck shouldn’t have felt as good as it did.

The monster of his ancient anger stalked back and forth at the gates of his mind. But he was ignoring that motherfucker for all he was worth.

Because, since he never allowed himself this—any of this, really—he had no idea how fucking good it could all feel, right down to her arms holding him.
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Don't forget to visit the Other Sixers' Posts and follow the #sixsunday hashtag on Twitter! Thanks for reading and hopefully commenting, too! And for those who celebrate it, have a wonderful Thanksgiving this Thursday!

Laura

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Thursday, November 15, 2012

Mina Khan on How Stories Get Written


Welcome Guest Author Mina Khan!

I'm pleased to welcome Mina back to the blog today to celebrate the release of a new story and the birthday of her first book, The Djinn's Dilemma. Mina has a giveaway and a great topic for us, so here she is...

How Stories Get Written

I was recently reading an interview by Khaled Hosseini about writing and he mentioned that he’d intended his debut book The Kite Runner to be a simple, nostalgic short story about two boys and their love of kite flying.

Instead, it turned into this mega-successful, dark and poignant literary novel that grabs hold of readers’ hearts and squeezes.

Hosseini explained the change with: “But stories have a will of their own….”

Such true words.

When I first started thinking of writing The Djinn’s Dilemma, my debut story, about an assassin who falls for his target, I had a very different vision for it. Originally the assassin was a cynical, aloof woman and it was going to be straight forward romantic suspense. Nothing paranormal about it, and definitely no genies involved. Ha!

Not one but two genies showed up, and the assassin turned into smoking hot male…yeah, I quit complaining at that point and just wrote. And I ended up having an exhilarating adventure with flying genies, ricocheting bullets, and dangerous magic.

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If I hadn’t gone with the story’s will, I wouldn’t be here today celebrating the first birthday of The Djinn’s Dilemma with an awesome birthday bash full of SurPrizes (including a special Sherrilyn Kenyon package, exotic art and more!). Make sure you check it out!

But sometimes stories push us out of our comfort zone and into unchartered territories. That can be scary. Very scary. Such was the case with my multicultural short, Dead: A Ghost Story.

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Unlike my other published stories, Dead is NOT a romance. In it, Nasreen, the Indian-American protagonist, grapples with her life and death in West Texas.

Dead was inspired by the many immigrant wives I met during my time as a business reporter in West Texas. For the most part these women are invisible to the mainstream society for various reasons – language barriers, isolation, and unfamiliarity with their adopted country’s laws and social mores etc. So this story was written to recognize them and to highlight a usually silent part of the immigrant experience.

I have readers who love my genie romances, so why not write another one instead of trying on a completely different genre? Because the idea of all the invisible Nasreens in the world sort of haunted me until I’d written the story. In doing so, I discovered a different side of myself, a new voice inside.
Giveaway!
Thanks for visiting with me! Don’t forget to check out the #DjinnsDilemmaBirthdayBash…also share a comment with your thoughts about stories and leave your email address…and you may be randomly chosen to receive a Kindle edition of Dead: A Ghost Story. Open to international. Ends midnight EST November 19.
Author Bio:

Mina Khan is a Texas-based writer and food enthusiast. She grew up in Bangladesh on stories of djinns (pronounced "gins"), ghosts and monsters. These childhood fancies now color her fiction. She daydreams of hunky paranormal heroes, magic, mayhem and mischief and writes them down as tales of romance and adventure. Her first published work, The Djinn's Dilemma, won the novella category of the 2012 Romance Through The Ages (published) contest.

Fifty percent of the proceeds from her second novella, A Tale of Two Djinns, is donated to UNICEF for education. Two Djinns is a Romeo & Juliet tale with genies, feminists and a happy ending.

For more information on Mina Khan, check out:

Thanks so much for reading! Don't forget to leave Mina some comment love to enter to win! 

Laura

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Do not cry on the sex god soldier... #SixSunday #OneNightwithaHero

Happy Sunday everyone! I have so so much to celebrate this week! My new contemporary romance, One Night with a Hero, hit the USA Today Bestseller List at #50 and the New York Times eBook Fiction List at #19 (combined print/eBook List at #26)!!! It's so amazing! In this six, Joss and Brady have just finished having sex in what's supposed to be a one-night stand... 

It was a moment more quietly intimate, with Brady still inside her and his arms around her, than any other she could recall. Just then, she would’ve sworn she’d known him for years.

He kissed her forehead.

A tight sting settled behind her eyes.

Hell, no! Do not cry on the sex god Special Forces soldier after he just gave you the orgasm of your life.
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Don't forget to visit the Other Sixers' Posts and follow the #sixsunday hashtag on Twitter! Thanks for reading and hopefully commenting, too!

Laura

***Want a chance to win a cool prize? Check out my Men of the Military Hop and my Fresh Fiction Pandora Bracelet Giveaway!

Friday, November 9, 2012

Love Military Heroes? Come Hop By & #Win!

I'm excited to be one of the 120+ participants in the Men & Women of the Military Giveaway Hop! Thanks for stopping in!

I'm in the middle of celebrating the release of One Night with a Hero, the second in my Heroes series featuring military heroes. For the hop, I thought I'd introduce you to my heroes, then share my giveaway...

From Her Forbidden Hero...meet Marco Vieri



"Marco stepped into the light. Her gaze drank him in. He carried a cardboard box in his hands, heavy enough to pop out the biceps under his short-sleeve T-shirt. The last time she’d seen him, he’d been on leave between deployments and he’d been wearing camouflage—“drop-dead sexy” was the only way to describe him in uniform. Now, his brown hair was longer and messy on top, as if he’d run his fingers through it, but he still looked every bit the soldier he’d been. He hiked up the box and it pulled at the hem of his shirt, exposing a thin slice of lean abdomen. Her eyes trailed down over a pair of black jeans that hugged him in all the right places."
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From One Night with a Hero...meet Brady Scott

"Tall. Built. Light-brown hair kissed by the sun with a hint of blond. All that lean, bare muscle. The way his running shorts had hung low enough to reveal the cut of his hips. Sex on a freaking stick.

And a soldier to boot. Bet he looked seriously fine in his dress uniform. Panties probably dropped at the mere sight—thongs, too. Maybe even like the one she was currently wearing."

and also:


"Brady’s big body filled the rectangular space of the doorway, and he stood before her in full dress uniform. Rows of ribbons and badges decorated the space over his heart. The beret he wore bore an orange shield with a sword atop crossed arrows. She soaked him in from head to toe before meeting his gaze. God, he was so freaking gorgeous."

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GIVEAWAY
There are two prizes, both open to international, so there will be two winners: one will win a $5 Amazon or B&N gift card [Congrats Donna S.!] and the other a heart necklace stamped with "courage" [Congrats Lisa G.!] ~ representing an important element from One Night with a Hero. Good luck!

Go here for the full list of participants' links!
Thanks for participating!
Laura
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Monday, November 5, 2012

My Manday Hottie is the #BDB's Qhuinn...see why!

Oh, look, it's Monday, so that makes it time for a Manday Hottie!!!

Even though I'm in the throes of celebrating One Night with a Hero, my contemporary romance with hot military heroes, I have to throw some Manday love in another direction today.

Namely, the Black Dagger Brotherhood's Qhuinn. Qhuinn's father is Lohstrong, leahdyre of the glymera, who doesn't accept his son because of his "imperfect" mismatched eyes.

I. Love. Qhuinn.

Well, as you know, I love me the whole dang brotherhood. But today it's Qhuinn who's got me all in a dither. Here's why... Prepare for the stare:


Ya'll know I have a thing for mismatched eyes! (North of Need's Owen... In the Service of the King's Shayla...) Put them on a tortured alpha hero bad-ass vampire warrior, and I am No. More. Good. More imaginings of Qhuinn:


Credit to mistymerrymistletoe

March 26, people. That's like, 8,000 years away! Sigh. AND, I won't even be able to read it when it releases since I have a big book due on April 1. But you can bet your bippy Lover at Last is going to be my reward for turning that book into my editor!!!

Anyone else looking forward to Qhuinn and Blay getting their happily ever after???

Thanks for reading!
Laura

Sunday, November 4, 2012

#SixSunday ~ Brady's on a collision course... #OneNightwithaHero

Happy Sunday everyone! I've got six from my new contemporary romance, One Night with a Hero. Brady's feeling the impact of kissing Joss...
Brady was no stranger to women, but this one was full of contradictions that drove him wild. She had a smart mouth and a sharp wit, but blushed in a way that revealed vulnerability. She gave off an untouchable vibe, but jumped into him at the sound of fireworks. With the tattoos, pink highlights, and tongue piercing, she came off as rebellious, but she worked with kids. Joss was like a puzzle with ever-changing pieces, and it threw him off-kilter, made him feel like he was on a collision course he couldn’t avoid and wouldn’t want to anyway. The desperate noises she made, the enthusiastic sway and press of her curves, her futile effort to grasp and tug at his short hair—he’d remember the sound and feel of her for a long time.
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Don't forget to visit the Other Sixers' Posts and follow the #sixsunday hashtag on Twitter! Thanks for reading and hopefully commenting, too!

Laura

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Saturday, November 3, 2012

Welcome Guest Author Elizabeth Marx! #TheRedVeilSeries

Welcome Guest Author
Elizabeth Marx
to the blog today!
See below for her giveaway!
Elizabeth is celebrating a new paranormal series with us today, so here's more about her new books!

Descent of Blood, The Red Veil Series, The Prequel 
When times are darkest, some vampires desire more than blood …

England, 1465. Mortal men clash in the War of the Roses for the English crown, while vampire warriors’ move undetected among their ranks, savoring the flow of blood that battlefields provide.

Vampire prince, Severian Pearce, fears the revelation of the immortal clans to humankind should King Henry fall from power. While in pursuit of Henry’s enemies, Severian comes to the aid of Meridian Neville, a human woman he craves—and not for the scent of her blood … Meridian is torn between honoring her father’s dying wish and her unexplainable yearning for Lord Severian. But as Severian and Meridian work together to protect a relic hunted by mortals and immortals alike, the red veil descends over them. This all-consuming attraction can drive immortals to the brink of madness. Will the existence of this powerful bond between a human and a vampire be enough to unite the immortal clans or is the red veil a scourge set on destroying any chance they might have of happiness?

When all hope is lost, one vampire will fight unto death for his forbidden love.


Ascent of Blood, The Red Veil Series, Book One

Sometimes, love is conceived in the mind of a man long before it is ever realized.

1990, Cardiff, Wales.  Vampire prince, Sebastian Pearce, has waited six-hundred years for the right human mate. His own beloved mother was a mortal capable of carrying immortal offspring. While vampires no longer require live donors for sustenance, Mother Nature has played a cruel trick on them … making breeders a rare commodity. As numbers in his Imperial House dwindle, Sebastian’s virgin bride eludes him, until he happens upon a young woman searching for information about a sacred vampire text, the Book of Descent. Sebastian’s desire for her is more potent than anything he’s felt for another woman, but Everleigh Marbut isn’t innocent. She’s an American with a mind of her own, and worst of all, she’s already carrying an immortal being. Sebastian and Everleigh are so intent on fighting their attraction to each other and the influence of the red veil that they don’t realize they’re being pulled into a battle pitting medieval myth against the power of modern science to recreate life.
About Elizabeth:
Windy City writer Elizabeth Marx brings cosmopolitan flair to her fiction, which is a blend of romance and fast-paced Chicago living with a sprinkle of magical realism. In her past incarnation she was an interior designer--not a decorator--which basically means she has a piece of paper to prove that she knows how to match and measure things and can miraculously make mundane pieces of furniture appear to be masterpieces. Elizabeth says being an interior designer is one part shrink, one part marriage counselor and one part artist, skills eerily similar to those employed in writing. 

Elizabeth grew up in Illinois and has also lived in Texas and Florida. If she’s not pounding her head against the wall trying to get the words just right, you can find her at a softball field out in the boonies or sitting in the bleachers by a basketball court. Elizabeth resides with her husband, girls, and two cats who’ve spelled everyone into believing they’re really dogs.

Elizabeth has traveled extensively, but still says there’s no town like Chi-Town.
Find Elizabeth Online at:
Giveaway!
There will be two ebook winners! One will will Descent of Blood and one Ascent of Blood. Must include email address in comment. Open to international! Contest ends midnight EST Friday 11/9. Good luck!
Now, leave Elizabeth some new release comment love! And thanks for reading!

Laura

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Friday, November 2, 2012

Announcing the #PlayersandHeroes Winners!

I'm very excited to announce the winners of the PLAYERS AND HEROES giveaway that Jennifer L. Armentrout and I ran this past week! We had so much fun playing with everyone who turned out for the event. Without further ado...the winners are:

The winner of Jennifer L. Armentrout's prize pack is: Debby Kasbergen 



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The winner of Laura Kaye's prize pack is: Beverly DeeAnjello

Congratulations to Debby and Beverly! And thanks to everyone who entered! We hope you'll check out these two hot books and take home a player and hero of your very own!
Want another chance to win a cool prize? Check out my North of Need Birthday Giveaway and my Fresh Fiction Pandora Bracelet Giveaway! Plus, me, Jennifer and two other authors are giving away a chance to name a character in a future book!
Thanks for visiting!
Laura