Super Sampler Saturday! Karen Marie Moning reveals
When MacKayla Lane’s sister is murdered, leaving a single clue to her death–a cryptic message on Mac’s cell phone– Mac journeys to Ireland in search of answers.
The quest to find her sister’s killer draws her into a shadowy realm where nothing is as it seems, where good and evil wear the same treacherously seductive mask. She is soon faced with an even greater challenge: staying alive long enough to learn how to handle a power she had no idea she possessed–a gift that allows her to see beyond the world of man, into the dangerous realm of the Fae… Read more
#CoverReveal – Turned by Virna DePaul
“Virna DePaul creates yummy alpha heroes.”—New York Times bestselling author Tina Folsom
Perfect for fans of J. R. Ward, Nalini Singh, and Lara Adrian, bestselling author Virna DePaul’s new series of paranormal romances introduces readers to a thrilling world where vampires secretly co-exist with humans, seduction rules the night, and the stakes are nothing less than life and undeath.
Welcome to a mesmerizing world where vampires hide among humans. This centuries-old species has its own rules, code of conduct, and taboos. Only the FBI knows that vampires exist—and although the Bureau agrees to keep their secret, it also plots to give humans the upper hand. Read more
The New Adult Journey by Lori Adams
There is a narrow space in time in which we all set sail and cross treacherous waters. We leave the grassy bank of our teen years and head toward the rocky mountains of adulthood. But between here and there is a vast unknown river we must navigate—the New Adult years.
It is an unavoidable journey plagued with doubt, insecurity, fear, spontaneous joy, unexplainable bliss, failure, a solidifying of goals, and accomplishment, etc. Sometimes the best we can do is keep both oars in the water, follow the current toward our dreams (even if it means paddling up-stream), watch for low branches that will knock us for a loop, and hang on for dear life. Read more
#BookTrailer of Forever *love*
Book Review – Forever by Jacquelyn Frank
Review by: Stephanie at Paranormal Haven
Two powerful souls now share the body of Jackson Waverly. On the brink of death, Jackson allowed the soul of Egyptian pharaoh Menes to be reborn into his body so that he may lead his Bodywalkers in their fight against evil. Menes wants his queen at his side and believes the fiery Marissa Anderson will be the perfect host and partner to Hatshepsut. The attraction between Jackson and Marissa is undeniably electric but for Menes’ mate to join him, Marissa will have to give up everything, including her life. Read more
An interview of J Kenner by Virna DePaul + Giveaway!
VLD: I am so excited to be talking with the fabulous Julie Kenner today. She’s the New York Times Bestselling Author of the Stark Trilogy but she writes in a variety of genres.
You write different genres. What does writing paranormal bring to the table for you that the others don’t?
Julie: Oh, good question! I’m a fan of both dark and light paranormal, and have been since I was weaned on shows like Bewitched and I Dream of Jeannie. For me, paranormal lets me really go crazy with my imagination, while at the same time dealing with the kind of issues that you might see in non-paranormal fiction. In my Demon Hunting Soccer Mom series, for example, the heroine, Kate, is a working mom (albeit a Demon Hunter) trying to juggle the obligations of home and family. Read more
J Kenner interviews Virna DePaul + giveaway!
I’m so psyched to be chatting with Virna De Paul about all of her books, but especially her super-cool Para-Ops series!
JK: Can you tell us about the Para-ops series? Do you remember the impetus for the idea? Read more
#Cover Reveal for CLAIMED, by Stacey Kennedy – a #Loveswept romance + #Giveaway
A novel of erotic discovery and forbidden desire that goes beyond Fifty Shades of Grey. Read more
New Release: A Vampire’s Salvation by Virna DePaul + Sneak Peek!
Authors love Virna’s steam!
“If you’re looking for a hot, sexy, emotional read, Virna DePaul delivers!” ~ J. Kenner, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Release Me
“Incredibly well-written, different, and hot.” ~ NYT Bestselling Author Larissa Ione
“Virna DePaul is amazing!” ~ NYT Bestselling Author Lori Foster
In this sizzling eBook novella from Virna DePaul, the bestselling author hailed as “amazing” by Lori Foster, a fiercely erotic modern-day vampire discovers the woman he must have for his own.
Francesca Marie Stewart has never wanted any man as much as she wants Jake Rios. His chiseled body and dark, intensely masculine energy draw her like a moth to a flame. But Frankie has been burned before, and now a mysterious figure from her troubled past has resurfaced with a terrifying new threat. Can she trust Jake not only with her heart but with her very life?
Jake’s hunger to possess this beautiful redhead goes beyond searing desire. He’s a vampire, and his very existence depends on bonding with a mate. He aches to ravish Frankie, but he must take it slow—for what he will ask of her will require profound sacrifice even as it gives her unimaginable pleasure. And once he has claimed her—body and soul—Jake will go to any lengths to protect her.
A Vampire’s Salvation is an erotic romance intended for mature audiences.
WEEKLY GIVEAWAY: Enter to win a copy of FOREVER by Jacquelyn Frank!
This week we’re giving away 10 copies of FOREVER by Jacquelyn Frank, the sizzling second book in her sensual new series set in the World of the Nightwalkers—where alluring entities known as Bodywalkers face the ultimate threat. Winners will be emailed this Friday, so enter to win below!
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Guest Post – Making the Switch, by a male author
Erotica to Erotic Romance by a Male Author
If you’ve been following this blog at all and have seen my few posts pertaining to writing and erotic material. I’ve been more than happy to talk at length about it honestly . Read more
Guest Post: Beating the Writer’s Blahs with Yasmine Galenorn + $25 Giveaway!!
I love my work. I love writing. I wouldn’t want to do anything else for a career. But no matter how much I love my work, I get the blahs now and then. And at times, I get very close to burn out. Until this year, I’ve dealt with it in various ways, most of which have worked to one degree or another.
But I had so much stress over the past year that this time, my usual coping techniques didn’t work. So I ran away to San Francisco and played for a few days. I really didn’t have the time to take a vacation, but I also didn’t have the leeway not to go, because I was ready to implode. And I realized that I need to take more time to myself, even if it eats out a little of my writing time, because otherwise I turn into a not-so-nice, very unhappy person. If it means I limit time on social networks so that I can work harder after a trip in order to catch up, so be it. Read more
Guest Post – Lara Adrian, HEA is real + Giveaway
People are fond of dismissing romance novels as utter fantasy, or of building up impossible expectations about love and relationships. When I hear those arguments, all I can do is smile because I know true happy ever after can, and does, happen. I know, because nineteen years ago (October 16) in a quaint little lakeside hotel in Petoskey, Michigan, I married my own personal hero–when everyone around us said it wouldn’t last.
Guest Post: How far is too far? by Elisabeth Naughton + Giveaway!
Writers are always told to “Write the same but different. Give the reader what they expect, but make it slightly different so it stands out. Just be sure you don’t jump the shark.”
Those of you who are my age know what “jump the shark” refers to. It’s that idiom that refers to doing something so outrageous your TV show (or book in my case) begins to drop in quality and can’t be resurrected. Fonzie, in an episode of Happy Days, literally “jumped a shark” on water skis, and it was at that moment that the TV series was doomed to end. This advice sounds easy, but really it’s just plain hard. Same but different…same but different…these words have become as engrained in my mind as goal, motivation and conflict. And as a fantasy writer, I tend to take them to heart—after all, I can easily do different—but how different is TOO different? Read more
New Release: Iced by Karen Marie Moning
About the book:
#1 New York Times bestselling author Karen Marie Moning picks up where Shadowfever leaves off with Iced, the first book in her hotly anticipated new urban paranormal trilogy set in the world of the blockbuster Fever series.
The year is 1 AWC—After the Wall Crash. The Fae are free and hunting us. It’s a war zone out there, and no two days are alike. I’m Dani O’Malley, the chaos-filled streets of Dublin are my home, and there’s no place I’d rather be. Read more
On Sale Today!
|Forbidden by Jacquelyn Frank (On Sale 10/30)
The unexpected happens in an instant. On her way to work, secretary Docia Waverley hurtles into a crashing crossroads, and she quickly begins to suspect that things will never be the same. Then, when a tall, blond, muscular stranger intervenes on her behalf, telling her it is his duty to protect her at all cost, what is just a feeling turns to proof positive. That is, as long as Docia’s savior doesn’t turn out to be a crazed kidnapper.
|The Recruit by Monica McCarty (On Sale 10/30) Read more|
Guest Post: Shawntelle’s Got You Covered
Hi, all! I’m Shawntelle Madison and I write quirky, urban fantasy romance novels! Next month, Kept, the next book in my Coveted series will be released from Ballantine. I’m quite excited since I had so much fun writing the book. And the cover! Who doesn’t love to see Paul Marron in action? If you haven’t read the first book, be sure to check out Coveted. It came out this spring and is another cover with Paul.
When I’m not writing, I work as the web developer for the Killion Group, a company that designs book covers for several traditional and e-Book publishers. I’ve been working as a web developer/designer for over ten years now. Since I sit on both sides of the fence as an author and designer, I’ve come to appreciate the process. Designers work so hard with tools like Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator. Whether the composition is digitally painted or created based on a photograph, the covers designed today show how much the romance community has such talented folks working hard to bring our books to life.
Guest Post: Forbidden Ladies to Forbidden Vampires by Kerrelyn Sparks + Giveaway!
The thirteenth book in the Love at Stake series will release at the end of November. With a long-lasting series that mimics its heroes by refusing to die, you might wonder why I have a historical romance coming out this month. Why am I suddenly writing a hero who is devoid of fangs or fur?
The truth is I love historical romance. I grew up reading it, and when I started writing, I naturally gravitated toward it. My first published book was a historical romance titled For Love or Country. Unfortunately, by the time it hit the bookstores in 2002, my editor had quit, my publisher had dropped me, and my writing career seemed to be over before it could even begin. Read more
Book Release: Dime Store Magic by Kelley Armstrong
From one of today’s most original writers comes the mesmerizing tale of an exceptional young woman caught up in an otherworldly realm where some will stop at nothing to get what they want. Read more
Speaking of Ghosts … Exploring the Supernatural Love Story
Emily Colin, author of The Memory Thief, explores three supernatural love stories.
Romantic relationships are challenging enough when both parties involved are sentient, conscious, and among the living. When one half of a couple has shuffled off this mortal coil—and yet continues to influence the other on a daily basis, not merely through memories but through action—that adds a whole new level of complexity.
I’m talking, of course, about ghosts.
Preview some of the gorgeous art from Karen Marie Moning’s FEVER MOON!
What if you were born with magic in your blood? + giveaway!
So what if you had magic in your blood? How would that change your life? I hope you enjoy Erin’s post – Happy Romance!
A huge thank you to Romance At Random for hosting me here today. And thank you to readers for stopping by. I’m giving away a copy of my upcoming release, Fire Kissed, to a reader who tells me what kind of special ability they’d have if they had magic in their blood. For example, would you wield fire, or fly, or read minds, know the future, etc? And would you skew more hero or villain? Read more
Is there a difference? Time Travel, World Travel…it’s all the same to me.
Tomayto, Tomahto, Potayto, Potahto…
Time Travel, World Travel…it’s all the same to me
By Stacey Agdern
Time travel. World travel. In writing a book, they’re essentially the same. Both are all about separating the action between two different places and making sure the reader doesn’t get lost in the process. But how? Pictures above the chapters? Dates, times and places very clearly written in the margin? All of these things are done in order to make it clear both when and where the scene is taking place. They do help, but those aren’t the only things that writers do in order to ensure their readers are able to follow the story.. Read more
Could you love a werewolf? Other than the star in Twilight? + $15 GC & book Giveaway!
WINNERS – thanks for blogging with us!
we will contact you about your prize – congrats!
Hot Werewolves in Books and Film
When I was developing the idea for COVETED my heroine Natalya naturally came first. But right after her I thought of my hero Thorn. I love werewolf heroes–especially that alpha male character that struggles with his inner wolf. During my "research" period (yes, looking at photos of actors who look like your hero is research) I stumbled upon some great werewolve heroes in film and books.
Top Five Werewolves in Film
5. David Naughton "An American Werewolf in London" (1981)
This is one of my favorite horror movies from the 80s. I thought David was so cute. Not as attractive as the men below, but hey, we all have to start somewhere.
4. Taylor Lautner "Twilight: New Moon" (2009)
Even though this is a teen movie, like a lot of women, I thought it was a fantastic idea that he had his shirt off often. Cause it gets so hot often in the northwest. Just sayin’.
3. Michael Shane & Scott Speakman "Underworld" (2003)
Winners Announced – Spring Fling Giveaway
WINNERS – thanks all for blogging with us!
Coveted by Shawntelle Madison + Giveaway!
SOMETIMES WHAT YOU COVET IS IMPOSSIBLE TO KEEP.
For werewolf Natalya Stravinsky, the supernatural is nothing extraordinary. What does seem strange is that she’s stuck in her hometown of South Toms River, New Jersey, the outcast of her pack, selling antiques to finicky magical creatures. Restless and recovering from her split with gorgeous ex-boyfriend, Thorn, Nat finds comfort in an unusual place: her obsessively collected stash of holiday trinkets. But complications pile up faster than her ornaments when Thorn returns home—and the two discover that the spark between them remains intense.
Guest Review from Danielle James – Sacrificial Magic
Guest Review from Danielle James – Sacrificial Magic – a suspenseful paranormal romance story that will have you coming back for more.
When Chess Putnam is ordered by an infamous crime boss—who also happens to be her drug dealer—to use her powers as a witch to solve a grisly murder involving dark magic, she knows she must rise to the challenge. Adding to the intensity: Chess’s boyfriend, Terrible, doesn’t trust her, and Lex, the son of a rival crime lord, is trying to reignite the sparks between him and Chess.Plus there’s the little matter of Chess’s real job as a ghost hunter for the Church of Real Truth, investigating reports of a haunting at a school in the heart of Downside. Someone seems to be taking a crash course in summoning the dead—and if Chess doesn’t watch her back, she may soon be joining their ranks. As Chess is drawn into a shadowy world of twisted secrets and dark violence, it soon becomes clear that she’s not going to emerge from its depths without making the ultimate sacrifice
Let me give you the tells: Stacia Kane writes a story you won’t soon forget. I don’t know what it is about Downside that pulls me right into it, but there is something magical about those streets. The characters aren’t good people. Chess is a drug addict and works for the Church of Real Truth as a debunker-someone who tries to disprove a haunting. Her love interest Terrible works for drug dealer and isn’t someone you would want to meet in a dark alley. Lex, the other love interest for Chess is equally as bad. His father is the drug dealer on the other side of town, but despite that he is just as likable as Terrible is. I don’t know what is about these characters that have made them worm their way into my heart the way they have, but they have become members of my book family.
The mystery in this book is one that kept me guessing until the very end. For the life of me, I could not figure out who was behind everything even when it was staring me in the face. I love it when there are so many curveballs thrown in my direction that I don’t figure out what is happening until the character does, and them am caught completely off guard. This book is dark, gritty and what makes this series is great is that there isn’t one light and fluffy character in it. Everyone has their own issues to deal with, and they intertwine with the mystery being told. There is a lot of magic in this book, and I enjoyed watching Chess struggling with what was going on in her private life and how she attempted to desperate it from her work, but was unable to a lot of the time. In this book we get to know a little more about Chess’s background and what made her the way she is and I liked how we got to see a little bit more of the Church personnel involved in the story line.
Sacrificial Magic can be read as a stand alone, but I don’t recommend it. This series is one you want to take a chance on to go outside of your comfort zone. You won’t be disappointed.
Danielle James – blogger, Tweeter & a really sweet gal
Did this review help you? Comment below — we’d love to hear if this book is one you’d enjoy. If you’re interested in buying – make your purchase here, on sale 3/27/2012 – Enjoy!
About Stacia Kane:
Stacia Kane has been a phone psychic, a customer service representative, a bartender, and a movie theater usher, and she thinks that writing is more fun than all of them combined. She wears a lot of black, still makes great cocktails, likes to play music loud in the car, and thinks Die Hard is one of the greatest movies ever made. She believes in dragons and the divine right of kings, and is a fervent Ricardian. She lives outside Atlanta with her husband and their two little girls.
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Ghosts . . . . do you believe? + Giveaway!
I love paranormal romances – Karen Marie Moning; JR Ward; Sherrilyn Kenyon; Christine Feehan – love them all!
I’ve never been a believer in ghosts . . . now, I have to tread carefully here, because many people do believe in them . . .
I had even tried to find some statistics regarding the percentage of the population that believed in ghosts but I did not come up with anything believable, or that I thought was believable but supposedly a lot of people in the world do believe in ghosts — not demons, the devil, not zombies but ghosts.
I am just one of the unbelievers, I just don’t. I don’t believe in ghosts. I do know there are gremlins that live in my computer and at times are the cause of some terrible mischief, but they are not ghosts.
Sometimes I misplace things but, I’m pretty sure . . . that is my dog. Sometimes I find those items fairly chewed up, therefore, evidence it would not be a ghost . . . . well, they don’t have teeth, do they?
So – all you ghost believers out there — why do you believe and do you like stories about the supernatural, or that involve ghosts?
Extra bonus points if you can name a few romance stories that do include those ghostly creatures.
5 commenters are chosen every week to win a free random book – winners announced on Sunday – good luck!!
Guest – Thea Harrison + Giveaway!
Why I love Reader FeedbackBy Thea Harrison
Writing today is such a different world than it was in the 1980s and 90s during my first stint at writing romances. Today writers are plugged in like never before, through websites and email addresses, and social media sites such as Goodreads, Facebook and Twitter, and especially through blog sites dedicated to books and reading. There are many wonderful opportunities to connect with our readers, and the increased ease of communication shows: since returning to publication with my Elder Races series, I’ve already received more email from readers than I received via snail mail during the entire fifteen years of my previous writing career, and I love it!
There are lots of reasons why I love hearing from readers. Writing, for me, is a relationship, and it’s important to me to connect to the other half of that relationship. It makes my day to find out that I gave a reader pleasure with one of my stories. When someone writes to tell me he/she is excited about my series, I get excited all over again too.
There’s another aspect that is important to me. I do write a certain element of humor into my stories, and sometimes that seems tricky. When I’m writing alone in my office, occasionally I feel like I’m pitching jokes to an empty room. It might be weeks before I find out from my beta readers, my agent or my editor whether or not what I wrote brought them a laugh or two. It takes even longer to receive general reader feedback on a book.
Even though that reader feedback might be delayed, it’s highly valuable. It gives me the opportunity to target stories in a way that hopefully meets a reader’s interests, and to do my best to give readers a satisfying, enjoyable experience.
Even more than that, what I love about reader feedback is how generous so many are with their personal feelings. I’ve been honored with glimpses and images from people’s lives. One bedridden person thanked me for taking her outside of her situation. Her email brought tears to my eyes as I read it. I have also heard from male readers, from people who have stayed up late to finish a book despite the fact that they had to get up at 5:00 am the next morning to go to work, people for whom the only bright spot in a rotten day was that precious time at lunch when they could read while they took a break from work.
These stories mean a lot to me, because these readers have gone out of their way to get in contact with me. They didn’t have to. They wanted to, and that matters. Yes, I write for myself. Yes, my writing is a job. But there are other jobs in the world, and I’m also writing for you, the reader. When you tell me that I have somehow, in some small way touched your lives, I feel purpose. I feel happy.
Thank you, readers, so very much.
What stories have you read that have touched you deeply in some way? Remember, 5 randomly chosen commenters will win a free book, winners announced on Sunday – good luck!!!
future trends in romance? + Giveaway!
Steampunk was kind of a flash in the pan last year – some authors in the romance genre have written stories & have done well, and others . . . well, have crashed and burned.
Trends — they are around us – everywhere! Trends in clothes, food, cosmetics – even nail polish colors !!!
Believe it or not, trends in romance start with you – the reader – really? You betcha! Publishing guru’s around the world watch what you are reading, buying & your reaction to those stories.
Right now, readers are buying lots of Contemporary — oh yea, that is what the market shows! Robyn Carr, Linda Lael Miller & Mariah Stewart are some of authors that you may have read in this sub-genre.
Historical regency’s are still a favorite (Georgian period too); Paranormal is alive and well & even though we say we are tired of vampires we are still buying them ????
Time travel romances are apparently more niche, as is Futuristic. Suspense romances have their ups and downs.
Military romances, seem to be on the uptick, and Sports — oh my . . . or is just because of the covers?
So, what makes you read what you do — we’re talking genre here, FOR EXAMPLE: why is the straight contemporary story so hot & the time travel contemporary so not? What do you think?
remember, every week 5 randomly chosen commenters win a free book – winners announced on Sunday – good luck!