Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Spooktacular Giveaway Hop




Thanks to I AM A READER NOT A WRITER & Diary of a Bookworm
 
The Spooktacular Giveaway Hop is HUGE and I'm sure you have 400+ blogs to cover so let's get straight to it.

 
No mandatory entry, but you'll have to choose at least one thing on the rafflecopter. The more items you do, the more entries you earn.


What do you win?
 
A $10 Amazon Gift Card, an exclusive excerpt booklet of my paranormal romance KINDRED OF THE FALLEN, and a chance to NAME A CHARACTER in the third book of the series!


For all those lovers of paranormal romance and urban fantasy, my debut novel doesn't have any vampires, shape-shifters or fey, but I guarantee KINDRED are powerful, not quite like anything you've read, and have a mythos fans of the genre will find appealing (at least my agent and editor think so  :) ).
 

Book One in the Kindred Chronicles


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Winner will be announced on Fri Nov 1. This link will take you back to the hop list.
 

Giveaway Winners!

Recently, I participated in two hops, Fall Into Fantasy and The Alpha Male.
 
One winner was randomly chosen from the rafflecopter for EACH

An ADDITIONAL winner was selected from those who signed up for my newsletter as a special thank you.







 Chosen from rafflecopter: Jenn
 
Chosen from newsletter mailing list: The Bookie Bee
 
For this giveaway, winner's choice of any fantasy book under $15.








Chosen from rafflecopter: Miki

Chosen from newsletter mailing list: SunshineToy2004

I’m giving away a $15 Amazon gift card & an exclusive excerpt booklet of my debut paranormal romance, KINDRED OF THE FALLEN.




Congratulations to all of the winners!

Visit Carrie Ann's site for the grand prize winner.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Book Release Shout-out & Fall Lineup



Congratulations, Laura Eno, on the release of Wish The Awakening, a YA Dark Fantasy!

Most residents of Pine Hill shy away from seventeen-year-old Lelah without knowing why. It's the Djinn magic surging through her blood. She lives in a world where wishes are really curses, dark power meant to twist and deceive in unimaginable ways.
When a fit of temper exposes Lelah for what she really is, she must flee to a sanctuary only whispered about, before her family is exposed and enslaved by their ancient enemy. What she discovers is a treacherous path filled with power, lies, and betrayal – a path that's destined to ensnare her and destroy a civilization.


I'm wishing you many happy sales.
 

Fall Lineup
 

Now that I'm living back the USA, I was tickled purple (I'm not big on pink) to check out the new fall lineup. There are a ton of sparkling new shows and most of them have been suspiciously dubbed #1 New Drama or #1 TV Show. It makes me wonder who exactly is handing out these titles.

As a new mom, I'm short on time so I have to be selective about what I watch on DVR once the baby is down for the night and I've met my word count for the day.
 

666 Park Avenue

The premise is obvious, but I'm up for devilish fun. With Terry Quinn and Vanessa Williams I really wanted to like this show. It just didn't strike the right balance of wit, sexy drama, and intrigue for me. Also, I'm not a fan of random ghosts popping up for shock value.



 This show is campy and the characters are all so extreme it's unrealistic, but surprisingly it's kind of funny. Ellen Barkin's anti-P.C. character is hilarious. Please give her more screen time, and oh how I love her suits.
Sadly, this show is being boycotted because it features a gay couple, but that only gives me another reason to watch it.

 

Coming from Eric Kripke and J.J. Abrams, thus far, I'm pretty disappointed. It's not a bad show. It just doesn't live up to the hype of being a great show for me. I have so much to say about it I could write a whole post. I have no problem suspending disbelief regarding the overall premise of losing electricity across the globe, but when the writers expect me to suspend my intelligence on a staggering amount of things episode after episode it's insulting. Do you need an example?
Steam power. We started using steam power in the 18th century, yet no one has thought to 15 years after losing electricity. Really?
Also, there are no surprises. (Spoiler alert) The mother who was supposedly dead is actually alive. It's not a surprise when a major TV actress like Elizabeth Mitchell (Lost and V) is playing the role. On the episode where "they lose one of their own", I knew who was going die before watching because it was so easy to deduce. Don't you hate it when you see it all coming? I could go on and on.



 

I'm not big on country music, unless it has a mainstream feel. BUT I am big on Connie Britton after Friday Night Lights and I am an even bigger fan of smart writing! This show has an excellent cast (Powers Boothe--Wow, he plays a character to be afraid of and has some killer lines), solid writers who were smart enough to make it about more than just music, and musical talent I was delighted to hear.

 

 
 
 

The commercials made me extremely skeptical to watch this show. So like Revolution, I waited for a few episodes to record on my DVR before trying it. The show grabbed me in the first twenty minutes and has kept me wondering how it will all play out, how it could possibly turn out after the way it started. Darren Franich at PopWatch EW.com said, "the premiere steadily accrued in badassery, starting from a relatively straightforward Tom-Cruise-in-Top-Gun swagger and climaxing with a blitzkrieg of sequences that recalled War Games, Apocalypse Now, and the destruction of Alderaan in Star Wars." I couldn't have said it better myself.


Are you watching any new shows this Fall? If so, what and how do you like it so far?








 
 

 

Friday, October 19, 2012

Alpha Male Blog Hop




As a romance author, I had to participate in this blog hop. 


We all know an Alpha male when we see one:


 

 
Or read about one:


 
They are strong, smart and sexy enough to get even the most defiant heroine to drop her panties. But they’re also uncompromising, arrogant and so stubborn at times you want to shake them. Nonetheless, we love them.

For this hop, I want to call attention to another type of hero. The Gamma.

He’s the perfect blend of an Alpha and a Beta—a hottie with a heart of gold that also happens to be a badass.

 

While he’s saving the day and rescuing the heroine (if she needs his help), he’s also winning our vote as stud of the year.
 
For more about the Gamma hero, read this previous post.

Thanks to Carrie Ann Ryan for hosting this hop.

I’m giving away a $15 Amazon gift card & an exclusive excerpt booklet of my debut  paranormal romance, KINDRED OF THE FALLEN.

 

Blurb:
 
Serenity’s soul-reading ability lets her easily create custom tattoos. Everything else in her life is a struggle, from trying to make it work with her best friend, Evan, to nightmares and visions that make her question her sanity.

Then she meets a man who sharpens her craving for something more.

Cyrus has been preparing to claim Serenity as his Blessed mate—the other half of a split soul that, once reunited, is his only chance to break the curse that plagues his people.

One moment, armed militants are firing questions Serenity cannot answer. The next, she is safe in Cyrus’s arms…and learning she isn’t even human. She is Kindred, blessed with preternatural powers, cursed to suffer the twin horrors of the blood rage and the dark veil.  

Their union is the greatest hope for redemption in a thousand years, but not all Kindred want to be saved. A dark secret could snuff out their lives before love has a chance to unite them…and redeem the Kindred for all time.


Kindred of the Fallen is the first in a series following the same couple and is now available for pre-order on Amazon.

Please enter on the rafflecopter. This is an international giveaway.
 
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To be eligible to win one of the Hop Grand Prizes (winners will be chosen from one of the 200+ participating blogs), all you have to do is leave a comment with your email address.

We have THREE grand prizes. You as a reader can go to each blog and comment with your email address and be entered to win. Yep, you can enter over 200 times!

 

Now what are those prizes?
 

1st Grand Prize: A Kindle Fire or Nook Tablet (Int)

2nd Grand Prize: A $130 Amazon or B&N Gift Card (Int)

3rd Grand Prize: The following Swag Pack! (US only)

 
 

To return to the list of participating blogs, click here.

Don’t forget to LEAVE A COMMENT with your email.

 

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Did I Notice Your Book Blogfest

When I learned about this awesome blogfest on Alex J. Cavanaugh's site (he's hosting along with the lovely Ciara Knight), two books immediately came to mind.


Yes, two. I hope that's not cheating even if I am bending the rules a smidge.

What are the rules?

1)You can’t post about your own book.
 
2)The book shouldn’t be on the New York Times or USA Today bestseller list.
 
This is a great opportunity to show some love for a book others might not know about.
 
 
 
 
 
INCARNATE: About the only girl who is new in a world where everyone is perpetually reincarnated, and her quest to discover why she was born, and what happened to the person she replaced.
 
 
I was a sucker for this premise and bought it immediately.
 
 
 
 
 
Let the Hunt begin…
 
Blending in with her college co-eds proves difficult for vampire Hunter, Emma Martin, considering the mystical tattoo on her wrist glows whenever Vamps are near. And after three months of silence, the glow is back with a vengeance.

Jake Cunningham witnesses Emma, a violet-eyed beauty, using unimaginable powers to fight off a fanged creature. Finally, after two years of searching, he may have found out what he’s become—a Hunter, like Emma.

Thankful for an ally in the fight against the Vamps, Emma finds hope and comfort in Jake’s arms. As she learns more about her new love’s family and its dark heritage, she may be forced not only to hunt them but to sacrifice her life to save Jake’s soul.


Lynn grabbed my attention with the title, then the cover. The book just released on October 12th and it's already on my Kindle.

If either author finds out about this shout-out, please let me know. I have to report back to one of the hosts as a part of the blogfest.
 

Monday, October 15, 2012

FALL INTO FANTASY HOP

Fantasy is one of my favorite genres from epic to urban.


Here are two of my favorites, one that I read years ago and one I recently fell in love with.













For this giveaway, winner's choice of any fantasy book under $15.

One winner will be randomly chosen from the rafflecopter.  There are plenty of opportunities for extra entries.

An additional winner will be selected from those on my newsletter mailing list as a special thank you.

Thanks to I AM A READER and The Write Path for hosting this giveaway. To return to the list of participating blogs click here.


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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Fangs, Fur & Fey Giveaway Winners!


I'm thrilled there were so many participants in this giveaway. Glad to know there are so many fans of the paranormal genre.

Instead of one winner, there are TWO.


The first randomly chosen from the rafflecopter.


As a special thank you to everyone who signed up for my newsletter, a second winner was chosen from the list of recipients.


Congratulations to MEGAN K.  and DANY7578 from my newsletter mailing list!!!


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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Love Your Green-eyed Monster



Envy: A feeling of discontent and resentment aroused by and in conjunction with desire for the possessions or qualities of another.

A friend of mine from a writing group just received an amazing book deal that she worked her butt off to get.  When I learned about it, I immediately congratulated her. Way to go again, Laura!!!

After I hit send on the message, my green-eyed monster poked its head out from the cage I normally keep it locked in and promptly set to rattling my thoughts.

I allowed myself five minutes (I know because I watched the clock) of gosh I wish that were me, and then I put my monster to work.
If I’m stuck with this nasty creature and feed it from time to time, by golly I’m putting it to work. What’s its job?

To motivate me to strive harder to achieve what I want. 

Yes, your monster can be a force for good...
 
...instead of evil.
 
 
And if you think you don’t have a green-eyed monster—some are bigger and uglier than others—or you don’t have an envious bone in your body, I say you must be Mary Poppins, Deepak Chopra, or a liar.
Some unfortunate people let their green-eyed monster pollute their souls. Before they know it, the only thing they've accomplished is to fill their hearts with bitterness.

Need an example to fully grasp what I’m saying, then check out the movie Amadeus.

It’s healthier to acknowledge your monster, love it even, but make it serve you, not the other way around. When friends, colleagues, heck anyone you know does well or succeeds in some area (finds love, wins the lotto, loses fifty pounds, plays an instrument better than you, sings like an angel while you croak out a song in the shower daydreaming about American Idol…you get it), WISH THEM WELL.

Sincerely.

Why? There isn’t some finite amount of success in the universe. If someone else does well, it is not diminishing your chances or stealing your opportunity. There is plenty to go around and a little good karma can’t hurt!
Thanks to Alex J. Cavanaugh for another month of IWSG.
 

Monday, October 1, 2012

Fangs, Fur & Fey Giveaway Hop

Most of what I read has fangs, fur and/or fey. I am a paranormal romance and urban fantasy junkie, well not quite, but close.

Seeing a twist in lore or an old story told in a fresh, new way is the best for me.



One of the things my beta readers loved about my urban fantasy romance, Kindred of the Fallen, which releases in January (yes, shamless plug) was the absence of werewolves and fey. Surprised? Although there are fangs, I am proud to say you won't find any vampires either. Instead, I created a mythos, which I hope readers of the genre will enjoy. Join my newsletter for exclusives and special giveaways.

On to the giveaway, hosted by I Am A Reader Not A Writer and Reading Lark. Winner can choose from the prizes below.

Prize #1 (US only): Fangs & Fur



Prize #2 (US only): One of the five fey Fever books from Darkfever to the fifth in the series Shadowfever.      


 
 
 
Or Prize #3 for those who live outside the US or simply want something different: a $5 Amazon gift card.
 
Winner will be announced on 10 Oct!
 
 
 
 

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