Monday, October 28, 2013

Winners Lucky 13 Hop

Tomorrow I'm doing a release party over at Bitten By Books for Protector of the Flame. There will be another big giveaway. If you RSVP today, you get extra points: http://bittenbybooks.com/?p=65817.

Instead of one winner for the Lucky 13 Blog Hop, there are three because you guys were awesome:

Marie Hahn

Jessica Snow


Karen Arrowood

I will send out emails to the winners tomorrow because today has been beyond hectic.

Monday, October 21, 2013

The Flame Buzz Party

Hosted by M PaxStephen TrempChristine RainsC M Brown
Twitter hashtag: #W4WS
Find W4Ws on 
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Writers4Writers is an awesome network of supportive authors using social media to promote others and their books. I'm one of today's featured authors. Please be sure to visit the other featured author, Alex J. Cavanaugh.  



My second book, Protector of the Flame, officially releases tomorrow. 

I’ve learned from others to make this as easy as possible for those willing to help today.


Simply copy and paste one or more of the below to Facebook or Twitter:



New #PNR Protector of the Flame, #Book 2 Kindred Chronicles by @IsisRushdan. 4 Stars Romantic Times http://bit.ly/H665Gd #W4WS

“He was her love, her life, and he had the power to tear her apart with his bare hands.” Protector of the Flame, win copy http://bit.ly/H665Gd #W4WS

“This series will mushroom into a paranormal lover’s frenzy.” ~Night Owl Reviews. Protector of the Flame http://amzn.to/1gqFGCB #W4WS

“He was a dangerous pleasure, a delicious addiction. And she couldn’t get enough of him, even if it could cost her life.” Protector of the Flame http://amzn.to/1gqFGCB #W4WS

“A complex tale that deftly weaves mythological & paranormal elements” ~Romantic Times, Protector of the Flame, http://amzn.to/1gqFGCB#W4WS



A huge thank you to the hosts of Writers 4 Writers and to everyone helping me spread the word about my latest book. You guys rock!



Monday, October 14, 2013

SPOOKTACULAR GIVEAWAY HOP




The annual Spooktacular Hop is one of my favorites and I try to participate every year. A big thank you as always to I AM A READER for hosting this mega hop! 

This is an INTERNATIONAL GIVEAWAY. The hop runs from Oct 15th – Oct 31st. My rafflecopter will open on Mon the 14th and close on Fri Nov 1. THREE winners will be announced on Nov 1.

To ENTER, you MUST use the Rafflecopter below.


PRIZE #1


I'm giving away an e-copy of the first book in the Kindred Series:



“This book took me on a whirlwind of emotions…definitely put a new spin on the paranormal genre.” 
GraveTells Reviews  


"“A compelling new series.” ~ Library Journal




4.5 Stars Night Owl Reviews/ Reviewer Top Pick




PLUS, the e-ARC of the second book, which comes out October 22:



"...a complex tale that deftly weaves mythological and paranormal elements into a vastly different contemporary setting"

~ 4 Stars ROMANTIC TIMES


AND a $10 Amazon or BN gift card or $10 worth of books from the book depository.

PRIZE #2

One book of choice from the Kindred Chronicles and a $10 gift card.

PRIZE #3

One book of choice from the Kindred Chronicles and a $5 gift card.

Use this Rafflecopter to enter.

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Saturday, October 12, 2013

Lucky 13 Blog Hop


Halloween is a special time of year for a paranormal romance author such as myself. I don't write about zombies and humans struggling to overcome their um...differences as they fall in love or your typical vampires.

Nonetheless, Halloween is the perfect time of year to celebrate all things paranormal.


Thanks to Heather Long, I'm one of the fortunate authors participating in her Lucky 13 Trick or Treat Blog Hop.

First, I'd like to share a quick Halloween drink recipe for a Dark & Stormy Death Punch. I chose this drink for three reasons:

It's yummy.

The name suits the type of emotional ride I take my heroine, Serenity, and hero, Cyrus, on in the second book of the Kindred Chronicles, PROTECTOR OF THE FLAME.

The lychee-cherry ice cubes look like freaky eyeballs and can easily be used in a different drink.



One 20-ounce can lychees in heavy syrup
1/4 cup thinly sliced peeled fresh ginger
16 brandied cherries
1/4 cup superfine sugar
1/2 cup fresh lime juice
12 ounces dark rum
Three 12-ounce bottles ginger beer
Ice cubes
1.      In a small saucepan, bring the lychee syrup and ginger to a boil. Remove from the heat, cover and let steep for 30 minutes.
2.     Meanwhile, stuff 16 lychees with brandied cherries. Set each lychee in the cup of a mini muffin pan or in an ice cube tray. Strain the lychee-ginger syrup and pour it over the lychees. Freeze until firm, at least 4 hours.
3.     Meanwhile, in a pitcher, stir the sugar into the lime juice until dissolved. Add the rum and refrigerate until chilled, about 1 hour.
4.     Unmold the lychee ice cubes into a small punch bowl. Pour in the lime-rum mixture. Add the ginger beer, stir gently and serve in ice-filled glasses.



































                                     Participating authors are divided into two groups.

  • Tricks – Paranormal, Science Fiction, BDSM or Suspense
  • Treats – Sweet romance, inspirational, contemporary or historical


I never thought I'd say this, but apparently I'm a trick, lol.



This is an INTERNATIONAL GIVEAWAY and a winner will be announced on Mon Oct 28th.





To enter my personal giveaway for this hop, simply sign up for my newsletter. See "Join My Newsletter" in the right side column. 

I'm giving away an e-copy of the first book in the Kindred Series:



“This book took me on a whirlwind of emotions…definitely put a new spin on the paranormal genre.” 
GraveTells Reviews  


"“A compelling new series.” ~ Library Journal



4.5 Stars Night Owl Reviews/ Reviewer Top Pick





The e-ARC of the second book, which comes out October 22:



"...a complex tale that deftly weaves mythological and paranormal elements into a vastly different contemporary setting"

~ 4 Stars ROMANTIC TIMES

AND a $10 Amazon or BN gift card or $10 worth of books from the book depository.

To enter for a chance to win a grand prize you must use the rafflecopter form.

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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Sucker for Mythology


I’m a sucker for most things involving mythology. I have been ever since I was old enough to comprehend the meaning of my name. Thanks again Mom!



I learned about Siv Maria Ottem’s Norse Gods Blogfest from my blogger buddy extraordinaire Alex J. Cavanaugh.  




Siv is celebrating the release of her new book, Secrets of the Ash Tree, and celebrating a birthday today. Congratulations and Happy Birthday, Siv!!


So, which Norse God is my favorite?

It’s never easy to choose only one when there are many fantastic choices, but I went with the goddess Frigg (also Frigga). I chose her because she had a lot in common with the incredible Egyptian goddess Isis.

They were both foremost amongst the other goddesses in their pantheon. They were associated with love, marriage, childbirth and seen as great mothers/wives. 

Frigg was Queen of Asgard, wife of Odin and stepmother of Thor. 

 

She had the gift of prophecy, specifically knowing the destiny of everyone. She foresaw the death of her son, Baldur—the god of light, beauty, joy and considered the best of the gods. Although she knew she was helpless to alter his destiny, she tried anyway. I’d expect nothing less from a mama bear. The clever goddess made all things (creatures, objects, forces in nature) promise to never harm her son. Unfortunately, she overlooked the mistletoe plant, thinking it was too young or insignificant to hold to such an oath.

Leave it to the trickster Loki to find Baldur’s one vulnerability and kill him.  

In some versions, not even death stopped Frigg, another similarity to Isis. Depending on which account you read, I prefer the happy one, Frigg struck a deal with Hel to have Baldur returned to Asgard. In the lighter and far less common version, once Baldur was resurrected Frigg lifted the curse she placed on mistletoe, changing it to a symbol of peace and love and promising a kiss to all who passed under it.

If you're interested in the darker tale, it's easy enough to Google.

For a list of other participating blogs, please see below.