Monthly Archives: September 2011

Vampires and Werewolves–oh, my!

Update:  The 5 winners of BOUND IN DARKNESS are…Marianne W, Sarah, lass1290, Wendy G, and Kathryn Anne Merkel. I’ll be sending you details about claiming your prize in just a little while. Thanks for all the comments! 

Hi, everyone!  My name is Cynthia Eden, and I will be blogging here every other Tuesday.  I’m a southern girl, born and raised in Mobile, Alabama, and I’m a girl with a monster addiction.

Yep, I confessed. I love monsters. I love vampires. Werewolves. Fallen angels. Demons.  Give me those supernatural characters, and you’ve got one happy lady.

So it’s probably no surprise that I spend my days writing about monsters. I write paranormal romances and romantic suspense tales.  I like to write dark, and I like to make my characters work for their happy endings.  Things can’t be too easy, right? A little death and mayhem can add a ton of life to a book!

Yesterday, I had two new ebook releases.  One of those books was an charity anthology called ENTANGLED (Sayde was kind enough to blog about that one earlier for me–thank you, Sayde!).  All of the proceeds from ENTANGLED are going to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

Yesterday also saw the release of my latest vampire/werewolf romance, BOUND IN DARKNESS.

.99 Paranormal Novella

BOUND IN DARKNESS features a very alpha hero, one with more than a bit of a dark side:

Hunter…

When it comes to killing vampires, werewolf Cade Thain is the best slayer in the Northwest. So when a witch hires him to take out a pureblood vamp, the assassin thinks it will be just business as usual. One less vicious vamp on the streets…one more undead parasite gone from the earth. Then he meets her.

Protector…

Allison Gray isn’t the prey that Cade expects. Beautiful, innocent, she stirs a dark desire within him. Allison hasn’t transformed fully into a vampire, not yet, and it’s Cade’s job to make sure that she never does. Allison thinks that he’s at her side to keep her safe, but Cade is supposed to pick the right moment—and kill her.

Lover…

Killing Allison is soon the last thing that Cade plans. As she begins the transformation that will turn her into a vampire, her bloodlust and their desire merge in an explosion of need that neither can control. But Allison’s enemies are closing in, and the coming battle will take Cade and Allison beyond life, beyond love…and into a deadly darkness that waits to claim them both.

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I’d love to giveaway 5 digital copies of BOUND IN DARKNESS today.  I can send the winners Kindle versions or you can use Smashwords to get the book in a variety of formats. It will be winner’s choice.  🙂 So, want to win? Then just share one of your addictions with me.  I confessed to my monster addiction (and, I’ll go ahead and confess to a major chocolate addiction, too). But what about you? What addicts you?

Thanks for checking out my post!

Cynthia Eden

No Full-Frontal Nudity

Hi ya’ll, Danica Avet here. Did I catch your attention with the title? I think I might have learned that trick in college. Something a professor mentioned about how it’s bad to bring a roll of toilet paper to the podium with you so you can catch everyone’s attention. But that’s not what I’m talking about today.

I’m here to introduce myself. Obviously my name is Danica Avet. I write erotic paranormal romance and I like to say I do it with a touch of Cajun spice. I’m not really Cajun. My family didn’t come to south Louisiana from Canada, but kind of like the Coneheads: “We are from France.” However, blood lines aside, I’ve lived in south Louisiana all of my life and I couldn’t imagine living anywhere else. I love sharing the traditions and cultural aspects of life here with others and I definitely add it to my stories.

Did I mention that I love writing? I have four books in the Veil series with Siren publishing and so many other stories waiting to be written. I love rewriting myths, taking an old legend and turning it around to suit my somewhat deranged sense of humor. Amazons, minotaurs, killer nymphs (bwahaha), corporate immortals, shape-shifting reindeer…yeah, I like to write about weird.  It pleases me and hopefully has entertained, or will entertain, readers. Cause uh…I’m supposed to be writing for other people, huh? That might have been in the Newbie Writer’s Handbook I never read.

I’ll probably talk about a lot of weird things on my blog post days, but there’s usually a point to my ramblings. Honest. There is a method to my madness—most of the time. So I hope you enjoy the ride.

Oh and before you think I lured you here under false pretenses, here’s the no full-frontal nudity the other ladies made me swear on…which was hard for me to do. Did I mention I love to ogle smexy men? A day without eye candy is like a day without reading!

I do love me some football…rar. And see? No nudity…darn it!

Authors4 The Cure

Hello everyone. Well, we’ve had a great first week here on the blog and I can’t think of any better way to end it then to share some terrific news. Some of you might already know, but I’m repeating the information anyway. Our very own Cynthia Eden participated in an anthology with several other wonderful authors which releases Monday, September 12th. The anthology makes me proud to be human and well, a woman. When so many people band together for a cause it’s always touching, but this cause is so much closer to me as I am a woman. Please take a moment to read the information below and pick up your copy of the anthology Monday. I’m so proud of all the authors, contributors, and supporters of this anthology, hats off to you all!

Authors4TheCure Donating Book Proceeds To Breast Cancer Research

 

Eleven authors have banded together to support breast cancer research with their writing. Authors4theCure, which includes award-winning and New York Times bestselling authors, as well as two breast cancer survivors, is donating proceeds from the sale of their paranormal anthology, Entangled, to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF).

 

BCRF-funded research has helped save lives and improved the quality of care and rate of survival for tens of thousands of breast cancer patients in the past decade. Their research has revealed that the “cure” is a mosaic made up of as many approaches to diagnosing, treating, preventing and surviving as there are different types of breast cancer. The anthology is also a mosaic made up of many stories donated for this worthwhile cause.

 

Entangled includes ten suspense-filled paranormal stories from authors Lori Brighton, Michelle Diener, Cynthia Eden, Jennifer Estep, Misty Evans, Nancy Haddock, Liz Kreger, Dale Mayer, Michelle Miles, and Edie Ramer, plus a novella by Allison Brennan. Stacia Kane contributed the foreword and the book’s formatting and cover art were also donated to the project.

 

 

Entangled will release September 12, 2011, and will be available as an ebook at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords and other online retailers.

 

 For a Taste:

 

 

 

Ghosts, vampires, demons, and more! Entangled includes ten suspense-filled paranormal short stories from authors Cynthia Eden, Jennifer Estep, Edie Ramer, Lori Brighton, Michelle Diener, Misty Evans, Nancy Haddock, Liz Kreger, Dale Mayer, and Michelle Miles, plus a Seven Deadly Sins novella by Allison Brennan.

 

 

 

Stacia Kane contributed the foreword. Formatting and cover art were also donated to the project by Lori Devoti and Laura Morrigan.

 

 

 

All proceeds go to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

 

 

 

Stories include:

 

 

 

HALLOWEEN FROST by USA Today bestselling author Jennifer Estep (author of the Mythos Academy, Elemental Assassin, and Bigtime series) — It’s Halloween at Mythos Academy, but Gwen Frost and her friends are in for more tricks than treats when they run into a mythological monster intent on killing them.

 

 

 

THE FAT CAT by Edie Ramer (author of Cattitude, Galaxy Girls) — In a battle for the souls of seven women, a wizard has the god of war on his side; all the witch has is a fat, black cat.

 

 

 

MEDIUM RARE by Nancy Haddock (author of the Oldest City Vampire trilogy) —What’s spooking the spirits of St. Augustine? As the witching hour of Halloween approaches, ghost seer Colleen Cotton must team with a by-the-book paranormal investigator to locate the one ghost who can save the city’s specters. If she fails, her own great grandfather’s spirit may be lost forever.

 

 

 

SWEET DEMON by Misty Evans (author of the Witches Anonymous series) —When Chicago’s vampire king insists Kali Sweet join his empire, the vengeance demon must rely on her ex – the half-human, half-chaos demon who left her at the altar three hundred years ago – in order to escape the vamp’s clutches.

 

 

 

SIAN’S SOLUTION by Dale Meyer (author of the Psychic Visions series) — When a vampire discovers the human man she loves has been captured and hung in a blood farm, she goes against her own kind and risks everything to save him.

 

 

 

A BIT OF BITE by Cynthia Eden (author of NEVER CRY WOLF and ANGEL OF DARKNESS) — A killer is stalking the streets of Crossroads, Mississippi, and it’s up to Sheriff Ava Dushaine to stop him. But when suspicion falls on werewolf alpha Julian Kasey—Ava’s ex-lover and the man who still haunts her dreams—Ava knows that she’ll either have to prove his innocence…or watch the whole town go up in flames.

 

 

 

SINFULLY SWEET by Michelle Miles (author of the Coffee House series) — When Chloe bakes a little magic into her pastries, she attracts the attention of Edward, the sexy half-demon, half-witch, who’s come to warn her those who murdered her sister are now after her.

 

 

 

A NIGHT OF FOREVER by Lori Brighton (author of A Night of Secrets and To Seduce an Earl) — Who is Aidan Callaghan? Mary Ellen James is intent on uncovering the truth about the mysterious man, but as she soon finds out, some things are best left buried in the past.

 

 

 

FEEL THE MAGIC by Liz Kreger (author of the Part of Tomorrow series) — Jenna Carmichael’s magical attempt to rectify Jessica Manfield’s birth identity takes an unexpected turn when the past comes back to haunt her.

 

 

 

BREAKING OUT by Michelle Diener (author of the Tudor-set historical suspense novel In A Treacherous Court) — Imprisoned in a secret facility, powerful telekinetic Kelli Barrack and two other ‘special’ inmates grab a chance to escape, only to confront their worst nightmares on the outside.

 

 

 

GHOSTLY JUSTICE, an all-new Seven Deadly Sins novella by New York Times bestselling author Allison Brennan (author of the Seven Deadly Sins series) — Demon hunters Moira O’Donnell and Rafe Cooper are dragged into the dangerous world of nocturnal predators to find “Ghostly Justice” for a virgin sacrificed to an ancient blood demon.

 

 

Introductions

I don’t know about you, but I get hand-sweating, knee-shaking nervous when I meet new people. You wouldn’t think it—me being an extrovert and all—but it’s true. Since I took the first step toward publication three years ago, I’ve met so many wonderfully talented writers that I’m now blessed to call friends. Along the way I’ve learned that great writers are amazing, yes, but they’re people made of skin and sinew just like me. They have fears of failure and hopes of topping the lists. They chew over sentence structure and mull over layering character development. It’s easy to forget that all writers struggle when I’m sitting in my chair hacking away at my keyboard (absolutely positive that my words are shit) while I stare at a perfectly printed bestseller smiling from my bookshelf.

Knowing all that, I still freak out at that first hand shake. The first “nice to meet you” exchange with an author I’ve put on high. Like the time I met one of my writing heroes Jayne Ann Krentz. She came to my neck of northern California for high tea and signing at Kepler’s.
Can you see my smile faltering from nerves? No? Good.

I freaked the first time I met my agent, my editor, and the president of my publishing house. (Oh, that’s another great story for another time.)

Despite my lip twitching, palm sweating, knee buckling fears, I know that to survive in this business, you have to reach out to others. (I’m the President of the San Francisco Area RWA and attend the national conference every year.) You have to put yourself out there—and not just through social media, although that is the wave of the future. (I blog at http://www.pararomance.blogspot.com and here, with these fine ladies!) You have to submit your work to writing peers and listen with an open heart. (I have a handful of critique partners that I’m so blessed to have.)

I’m not saying you have to volunteer your time to your writing community or blog away your inspiration. Not at all. Remember there’s no golden rule to writing and publication. You have to do what’s comfortable for you and your career.

So here’s my introduction after the few facts I managed to slip into my post: I’m a wife to one fine example of a hero and a mother of two. (They act more like a wolf pack than I want to think about at the moment.) I live in northern California and have been writing for three years. My first novel, a romantic suspense titled Dark Tide Rising, was published from The Wild Rose Press in February 2011. InterVamption, my dark and gritty paranormal romance novel from Avon Impulse, released July 26th.

The second in that series, Vamped Up, is slated to release December 6th, 2011. I love Starbucks more than I should and the gym less. Chocolate can always be found in my purse, along with a paranormal romance novel… and a pocket knife. A girl can never be too prepared.

It’s nice to meet you. 😀

Check out Kensington’s ad for Erin’s Shadow Series

Hi all!  This is Rebecca and I thought I’d pop by.  It’s actually Erin’s day today, but she’s under deadline until October.  She’ll start blogging then. 

So, I thought I’d show everyone the very cool advertisement Kensington has sent out for her series.

How awesome is this?!?

Notice at the bottom there are directions to enter a contest on twitter and win a signed copy of SHADOWMAN.

I don’t need one because I talked Erin’s editor into giving me an ARC when I was in NYC.  🙂

Introduction from Katie Reus

I’m so glad to be blogging with all these wonderful ladies! Since this is my first post, let me introduce myself; I live in the South with my family and despite the humidity and hurricanes in the summer, I absolutely love it here. I write paranormal romance and romantic suspense (and under a pseudonym, I write erotic romance of all subgenres).  Even though I’ve been reading romance for years, paranormal romance is something I didn’t discover until a few years ago and a whole new (awesome) world opened up to me. Reading and writing without the normal ‘rules’ of this world is always an adventure. Vampires, shifters, fae, angels, demons … I love them all! People and their motivation for anything have always fascinated me so I pursued and earned a degree in psychology. I like to think I’m putting that degree to good use with my writing.

In October, Destined Mate, releases from Harlequin Nocturne Cravings (the Cravings line is replacing Nocturne Bites which will continue to be published through December). One of my favorite movies is Underworld Rise of the Lycans. **Spoiler** I’ve watched it so many times and even though I know the ending, each time I hope the two main characters (werewolf and vampire) will get their happy ending. Sadly they never do ultimately because of species differences. I wanted to write something where two characters from different worlds overcame their differences and got that HEA two of my favorite characters never did. So, Destined Mate was born. What’s it about? Almost a century ago Angela was turned into a vampire against her will so she ran from her werewolf lover rather than face his disdain for her kind. After her best friend turns up missing, she has no choice but to follow the trail straight into a den of wolves and the arms of the man she fears most.

I’ll be blogging here every other Tuesday so in a couple weeks I’ll have a much more entertaining post than an introduction! Thanks so much for stopping by 🙂

More Winners!!

Hello all! Here is the second and final set of winners!

JoAnna B won Cynthia’s choice.
Michelle Bledsoe won Destined Mate when it releases I. October.
Kim Freeman won Untamable.
Na won Deadly Obsession.
Raonaid Luckwell won one of Danica’s Veil series.

Thank you all for participating and I hope you enjoyed the fun filled weekend!

Sayde

It’s Me, Sayde Grace with the Winner’s List

Hello everyone! I closed the contest during the wee hours of the morning. I am so excited to announce the winners which I will later in this post. I’ll post winners in two groups, check back later for the second group! Yes, I am being difficult! It’s just the way I roll 🙂 And you will learn I am totally full of bull and love picking around! You’ll either love me or hate me 🙂

The first order of business though is for me to introduce myself. After the scavenger hunt I am guessing you all realize that I also write a lot of stories about cowboys. Its true. I love writing stories about the west and handsome strong cowboys. But my first love as a reader came in the way of a demon. Being from the south, the Bible Belt, I was beyond shocked to find I loved reading about demons struggling to be good. I mean demons are bad!! Really bad, we aren’t supposed to cheer for them! On top of that, I was even more confused when I read my first novel where the evil vampire loved being the evil bad guy and I loved him for it. That is not supposed to happen right? Wrong, the guy was just such a good bad guy that I had to admire him!

After a few years of reading everything I could get my hands on(well romance wise) I began writing my own stories. The first ones sucked and I still struggle to keep the new stories from sucking, but I’ve managed somehow to become a published author. During the process I’ve found I’m a blender, no you can’t stick ice in my mouth and tap me on the head to grind it up. What I mean is that while some authors tend to write in one genre I write all over the place. I love blending my cowboys with demons or making my shifters vampires too! Creating new and exciting characters, settings, and worlds are just a few things I love about being a writer.

I enjoy writing paranormal stories because you can create so many different scenarios for your characters. In my latest series, Gabriel’s Army, a select group of angels and demons are led by the Angel Gabriel to harvest souls of the earths most wanted, good or evil beings. The angels and demons in this army must transport souls to the Haven where the souls are judged and sent to heaven or hell.  It’s all very dramatic at the Haven, because both want as many souls as they can get to tip the balance of the age old fight between good and evil.

To become a soldier in the elite army the angels and demons must first live as humans, born into the world with a soul until Gabriel comes for them. Oh the complications of being a human! Gabriel must take their humanity and soul when the time comes and take them from their life as humans. Each member loses the ability to feel human emotion so they can harvest souls without prejudice or remorse. But what happens when one soulless soldier is reminded of what it was to have a human life and be loved? What happens when he comes face to face with the woman he left behind and the child he never knew he had?

Being a blender, I made sure to bring my demon Kipling a little western flair. He’s an ex bull rider 🙂 and currently a soulless demon! His is the first in my series and I’m looking forward to bringing you many, many more sexy complicated stories.

But we all know what you want, the list of who won what!! I know, I’ve rambled on long enough about my new series, but I’m really excited dang it!! And I will post the answers along with the second group in the next few hours. I believe I have a picture coming from a pizza place and one of our authors. Ok, enough. Here you go:

Group A winners are:

Nicki who wins Kristin Miller’s Intervamption!

Danny who wins Sayde Grace’s Voodoo, I Do

Renee Bennett who won her choice of Erin Kellison’s Shadow series books.

Susan Nystoriak who won a signed copy of Rebecca Zanetti’s Fated.

Diane who won Marcella Burnard’s Enemy Gates.

 Winners, if you didn’t post your email addy in the comment you left please email me at sayde@saydegrace.com or leave a comment in this thread so that we can get you those prizes!

thanks all,

Sayde

Scavenger Hunt

Hello everyone!! Before we get started with the party I just want to give a huge thank you to all the wonderful authors who have decided to participate in this blog. Today and Saturday you all will have the chance to win lots of terrific prizes. How you ask? Well simple, just scroll down and look over the list of questions and websites to visit. Comment with the answers and you will be entered to win digital books, ARCs and many other prizes. The Scavenger Hunt will run Friday- Sunday night at midnight pacific time. Monday the answers will be posted along with the winners! So lets get started, remember to read the question and then click on the websites to hunt down that answer! Please leave your answers here in the comments. Thanks.

  1. What was the career path that Danica Avet shot down?
  2. In Rebecca Zanetti’s CLAIMED, what is the heroine Emma Paulsen’s profession?
  3. Which author on this blog was once a rodeo queen?
  4. In DESTINED MATE, Katie Reus’s upcoming release, what is the heroine’s name?
  5. What is the name of Kristin Miller’s favorite pizza place in Arcata?
  6. What is the name of the hero in Cynthia Eden’s upcoming novel, ANGEL OF DARKNESS?
  7. In Erin Kellison’s September release, SHADOWMAN, what does the hero build?
  8. In Marcella Burnard’s ENEMY GAMES, who’s missing?

HERE are the PRIZES:

  • From Sayde Grace – two digital copies of her books
  • From Cynthia Eden – an ARC of Angel of Darkness or a digital copy of Never Cry Wolf
  • From Danica Avet – digital copy of any one of the Veil series and a set of Romance Trading Cards
  • From Rebecca Zanetti – signed copy of Fated
  • From Kristin Miller – digital copy of Intervamption
  • From Marcella Burnard – signed copy of Enemy Gates
  • From Katie Reus – digital (or audio) copy of Deadly Obsession and a digital copy of Destined Mate when it comes out in October
  • From Erin Kellison – signed copy of your choice from the Shadow series

HINTS (Though these are super easy, y’all don’t need no stinking hints!):

 All right everyone, go forth, scavenge and have fun!!!

 Thanks all

Sayde

Welcome to Darker Temptations

Welcome. No, no. Put away the lantern and the flashlight. You have nothing to fear . . . well . . . remarkably little to fear here. Come out into the dark. Let us show you the adventures, the dangers and the joys found in the sometimes grim shadows.

Darker Temptations is a blog by a group of authors – all of whom you will meet here over the next two weeks. We write darker stories in all kinds of genres – urban fantasy, paranormal romance, fantasy, and science fiction romance. You’ll find demons, shapeshifters, vampires, swords, sorcery, spaceships and the occasional alien in our stories.

Over the coming days, we’ll tempt you into dallying here at Darker Temptations – we’re gearing up to shower you with prizes and giveaways. Stay tuned. And don’t be afraid of the dark.

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