Book Blast & Giveaway for The Fallen Siren Series by S.J. Harper

S.J. Harper has recently released Reckoning, the second book in The Fallen Siren series. Based on my experience reading, Cursed, the first full-length novel in this paranormal romance series, I can say it’s one I’d recommend to fans who enjoy plots with supernatural characters. The heroine of the story, Emma, is a siren, which isn’t a common character type in the paranormal fiction I’ve read, and this is what originally drew me to this series, and the characters and plot did not disappoint! You can learn more about all the books in the series below, read an excerpt from from the latest release, and enter a fantastic tour-wide giveaway for a chance to win a Kindle Fire!

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Genres: Urban Fantasy / Paranormal Romance

Captured (Fallen Siren Prequel #0.5)

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She’s a Siren. He’s a Werewolf.

Their mission is redemption.

 Emma Monroe is a Fallen Siren, cursed by the gods and banished to Earth for her failure to prevent the kidnapping of Persephone. She’s had many names and many lives, but only one mission: redemption. Now she works for the FBI and is on temporary assignment in Charleston. Solving this next missing persons case could be the key to ending her ancient curse—unless the temptation that’s her new partner gets in the way.

 Zack Armstrong is a Werewolf. Tall, dark, and dangerous, he currently works for one of the bureau’s elite Child Abduction Rapid Deployment teams. In many respects the man is every bit as mysterious as his secret and perilous past. But there are two things he’s certain about, that he’s going to get his man and his woman.

 When Zack finds himself suddenly shy a partner and a third child goes missing in Charleston, Emma goes from consultant to CARD team member in the space of a few hours. The abductions of the first two boys ended in murder, an outcome that neither Zack nor Emma can abide. As they race against time to track down the kidnapper and rescue the latest victim, they find themselves fighting something just as treacherous—a growing attraction that can’t be ignored or dend.

 Released June 2014 / 139 pgs.

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Book Tour for Bad Blood (Battle of the Undead # 1)

Vampires + Zombies = wickedly savory ingredients for a great YA paranormal series

London is under attack by hordes of zombies and it’s up to two vampires, who also happen to be arch enemies to protect the humans. This is a plot I won’t be able to resist. Check out Nicky Peacock’s debut of Bad Blood, the first installment in her Battle of the Undead series.

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Bad Blood (Battle of the Undead # 1)  by Nicky Peacock

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Publication Date: September 5, 2014

Publisher: Evernight Teen Publishing (113 pgs.)

Genre: YA, Paranormal, Horror

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“I am Britannia. I am your protector. I will fend off the hungry hordes of undead hands that reach toward you. I am your steadfast defender. I will stand between you and the zombie masses as they try to taste your flesh. I am strong, unyielding, and dedicated to your survival. All I ask from you… is your blood.” 

A five-hundred-year-old bloody game of vengeance will need to be put on hold if vampires are to survive the zombie uprising. Britannia and Nicholas, bitter enemies and the only two surviving vampires left in London, have to work together to save un-infected humans and deliver them safely to a vampire stronghold in the Scottish Highlands. Unable to drink the zombie ‘bad blood’, the remaining vampires need the humans to stay alive. But will the vampires tell the survivors who they are and what they want from them? Will Britannia be able to hold back her vengeance for the greater good? Is survivor Josh the reincarnation of Britannia’s murdered true love? And can she bring herself to deliver him to the ‘safe’ hold? Survival instincts run deep, but bad blood can run deeper.

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Blog Tour~Night Unbound: Author Guest Post & Giveaway

Today’s spotlight features New York Times and USA Today best selling author, Dianne Duvall, who has released the 5th book in her paranormal Immortal Guardian series. Whether you’re new to the series or already a fan, I think you’ll enjoy the top 10 quotes from the series Ms. Duvall shares with us in her guest post for SMR. To follow this blog tour, just click on the banner link below.

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Night Unbound (Immortal Guardians) by Dianne Duvall

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Publication Date: September 2, 2014 by Zebra

Format: eBook/Mass Market Paperback, 432 pages

Genre: Paranormal Romance

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Dianne Duvall’s Immortal Guardians protect humanity from unspeakable horrors–but their hearts are as fragile as any mortal’s. . .

For centuries, Lisette d’Alençon has been a warrior against the dark. She fights alongside her brothers and comrades. But when the dreams start coming, she can’t bear to confess them to the Immortal Guardians’ command. Dreams of a dark-haired man with soft eyes and brutal wounds, a man her heart aches for–and a man she knows has been declared a traitor.

 Zach is an exile, a loner. He won’t defend himself against false accusations or grovel to those who should have faith in him. But he’ll damn sure defend the woman who kept him sane against a plague of super-vamps that seems to have appeared from nowhere. The Guardians will blame him, and that will make Lisette suspect, too. With life, death and eternity on the line, who can they really trust?

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Cover Reveal for The Witch With No Name (The Hollows # 13)

Kim Harrison fans, please mark your calendars for the upcoming release of the final book in The Hollows Series, a popular urban-fantasy, paranormal series that is hard to put down! I’m slowly working my way through the series and have only read the first four books, but so far, I’ve enjoyed each novel, largely because Harrison’s in-depth world-building and character development are amazing.  This is a series that must be read in order; to see the reading series timeline on Goodreads, click here.

 

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The Witch With No Name (The Hollows # 13) by Kim Harrison

Release Date: September 9, 2014

Genres: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal

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The triumphant conclusion to Kim Harrison’s #1 New York Times bestselling Hollows series!

Rachel Morgan’s come a long way from the clutzy runner of Dead Witch Walking. She’s faced vampires and werewolves, banshees, witchs, and soul-eating demons. She’s crossed worlds, channeled gods, and accepted her place as a day-walking demon. She’s lost friends and lovers and family, and an old enemy has become something much more.

But power demands responsibility, and world-changers must always pay a price. That time is now.

To save Ivy’s soul and the rest of the living vampires, to keep the demonic ever after and our own world from destruction, Rachel Morgan will risk everything.

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Book Tour & Giveaway for Blood Beginnings (The Primigenio Tales)

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Genres: Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy

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Only a day after Eamon Rutherford destroys a cadre of vampire hunters sent to kill him, he decides to take his human lover Amelie to London to turn her into a vampire and look for Bernard Townsend, the vampire who sent the hunters to kill Eamon and declared a blood war on him.

This war isn’t just to settle a rivalry. It’s a war for power.

Bernard wants control of the European Shadow Government, the vampire governing board, and bring his plan to fruition, a plan that begins with the revelation of vampires to humans and ends with the domination of the human race. He knows that this will never happen as long as Eamon is alive. Bernard also knows that to get to Eamon, he has to get what he cares about most. To ensure the success, Bernard brings forward his secret offspring Reinhard Heydrich, the Butcher of Prague, who will kidnap and kill Eamon’s beloved Amelie.

Eamon must find and save Amelie before Heydrich kills her and Townsend’s plan unfolds. If he doesn’t, there is no limit to what a vampire like Heydrich might be capable of. But saving Amelie won’t be easy. Everywhere he turns he finds intrigue and deception. Even from those he trusts the most.

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Blog Tour & Giveaway for Rogue Alliance

This book is on my 2014 reading list.  Take a moment to check out the book description, excerpt, and enter for your chance to win one of 5 ebook copies of Rogue Alliance.

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Rogue Alliance by Michelle Bellon

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Publication Date: December 2013

Genres: Mystery/Suspense, Paranormal, Romance

Trying to escape a horrific past, Shyla has immersed herself in life as a tough cop in the bustle of LA. When the case of a lifetime takes her back to her hometown of Redding, she is thrown into a world of organized crime, deceit, and bitter reminders of her childhood. 

As Shyla’s path crosses that of Brennan, a troubled sidekick to the ringleader she’s intent on taking down, she discovers he has a past even darker than hers and she is forced to re-evaluate everything she believes about herself, her job, and what she knows about right and wrong. 

Can she face the demons of her upbringing and learn to trust again? Her life will depend on it.

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After Dark Pre-Order Book Blast & Giveaway

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The AFTER DARK Anthology featuring Gena Showalter’s The Darkest Angel and Kait Ballenger’s Shadow Hunter is being released in mass market paperback on December 31 and to celebrate Gena and Kait are EACH giving away a $100.00 gift card plus some other awesome goodies.

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Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
Publisher: Harlequin HQN (December 31, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 037377852X
ISBN-13: 978-0373778522
A Timeless Seduction
A Unique Temptation
And a Whole World of Dark Desires…
From New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter….The Darkest Angel

Winged warrior Lysander has been alive for centuries, and yet he’s never known desire—until he meets Bianka. Spawned from the bloodline of his enemy, the beautiful but deadly Harpy is determined to lead the untouched Lysander into temptation. He may try to evade her attempts, but even the most iron-willed demon assassin can resist for only so long….And from debut author Kait Ballenger….Shadow Hunter

Vampire hunter Damon Brock’s newest assignment with the Execution Underground is Rochester, New York, a city crawling with the undead. But he isn’t the only hunter in town gunning for vamp blood. Tiffany Solow is fierce and ruthless when it comes to slaying the monsters that destroyed her family—and she works solo. But being alone is no longer an option when she meets the mysterious hunter who wants more than just her turf. Forced to unite against the local covens, the line between good and evil blurs when they must decide between their lifelong beliefs…and their newfound desires.

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Book Blast & Giveaway for Bitter Fruits (Eden’s Fall #1)

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Bitter Fruits (Eden’s Fall #1) by Sarah Daltry

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A vampire-themed masquerade party isn’t really her scene, but Nora is sick of frat parties and bars. When she meets Alec, the appeal suddenly becomes clear. It’s obvious that they’ve been struck by the same intense mutual attraction, but Alec keeps his distance. Intrigued despite herself, Nora pushes a little deeper — and discovers Alec’s unimaginable secret…

Nora is not afraid of following Alec into the darkness, but the choice is soon taken from her. Someone is hunting her — someone tied to the secret and desperate to see it play out. But when Nora finally meets her aggressor, she finds herself hopelessly drawn to him. She needs to make a choice between the two men, but can she save them both, knowing one is destined to die?

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Author Spotlight and Giveaway for Andrea Cooper

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Andrea CooperGrowing up in Houston, Texas, Andrea has always created characters and stories. But it wasn’t until she was in her late twenties that she started writing novels.

What happened that ignited the writing flame in her fingers? Divorced, and disillusioned by love songs and stories. They exaggerate. She thought. Love and Romance are not like that in the real world. Then she met her husband and realized, yes love and romance are exactly like the songs and stories say. She is now a happy wife, and a mom to three kids (two boys and a girl).

Andrea writes paranormal and historical romance. When not writing or reading, one may find Andrea dancing in Zumba.

She believes in the power of change and counting each moment as a blessing. But most importantly, she believes in love.

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Blog Tour & Giveaway for Hell’s Belle

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Hell’s Belle by Karen Greco

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Genre: Urban Fantasy

ISBN: 1484830202

ASIN: B00DEUDXH0

Number of pages: 238

Word Count: 74,722

Cover design by Robin Ludwig Design Inc.

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Half-vampire, half-human, Nina Martinez spent most of her life underground as part of an elite secret team of government agents who quietly take down rogue monsters — the human world none the wiser.

She moves back to her hometown of Providence, RI to keep an eye on the recent uptick in supernatural activity, and to help run the bar she co-owns with her aunt. Her attempt at a “regular” life, not to mention a budding relationship with smoking hot FBI agent Max, is cut short because of a string of ritual murders targeting the city’s community of witches.

But Nina’s investigation unearths deadly secrets from her long buried parents. Now the target of supernatural assassins, could Nina be the most dangerous vampire hybrid to ever exist? No wonder she can’t get a date.

An urban fantasy set in a decaying Providence, Rhode Island, HELL’S BELLE is a fast-paced, adrenaline-fueled roller-coaster ride through a city on the cusp of becoming an urban wasteland. An energetic, expansive, and cinematic, HELL’S BELLE was called “captivating” by Kirkus Reviews.

Book Chick City gave it 5-stars, calling it “one of the best urban fantasies I have read this year!”

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Cover Reveal Blitz for Magic After Dark

Limited Time Offer!
This bundle will be on sale for $0.99! 
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Dive into six different worlds of vampires, demons, fae, fairy godmothers, mages, and all things magic. 


Prepare for a wild ride, whether you’re looking for nail-biting drama, mystery, intense action, humor, new breeds of paranormals, or passionate romance. 

Book Blast & Giveaway for Cursed

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Cursed by S.J.Harper

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Book One in the Fallen Siren Series

Release Date: October 1, 2013

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Meet FBI Agents Emma Monroe and Zack Armstrong.

She’s cursed. He’s damned. Together, they make one hell of a team. Emma Monroe is a Siren, cursed by the gods and bound to earth to atone for an ancient failure. She’s had many names and many lives, but only one mission: redemption. Now that she works missing persons cases for the FBI, it could be just a rescue away. Unless her new partner leads her astray.

Special Agent Zack Armstrong just transferred into the San Diego Field Office. He’s a werewolf, doing his best to beat back the demons from his dark and dangerous past. As a former Black Ops sniper, he’s taken enough lives. Now he’s doing penance by saving them.

Emma and Zack’s very first case draws them deep into the realm of the paranormal and forces them to use their own supernatural abilities. But that leaves each of them vulnerable, and there are lines partners should not cross. As secrets are revealed and more women go missing, one thing becomes clear: as they race to save the victims, Emma and Zack risk losing themselves.

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Book Blast & Giveaway for Jack Templar and the Lord of the Vampires (Book 3)

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Jack is back.

After his adventures at the Monster Hunter Academy (which included fighting a goblin army, befriending an ancient werewolf, and battling two fire breathing dragons), Jack Templar was hoping for a rest. No such luck.
In Book #3 of the Jack Templar Monster Hunter series, Jack embarks on a quest to track down and acquire the first of the five mythical Jerusalem Stones, an ancient power found by his ancestors the Templar Knights. Only the reunited Stones can stop Ren Lucre, the Dark Lord who holds Jack’s father hostage and prepares for an all-out war against an unsuspecting human world. But each Stone is held by a different Creach Lord and recovering them will not be easy. Jack and his friends begin their quest by seeking out one of the most powerful and dangerous keepers of the Stones, the Lord of the Vampires. The fate of the world rests on Jack’s shoulders and he will be tested like never before. But true monster hunters always do their duty…come what may.
Jack Templar and the Lord of the Vampires.

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Book Blast & Giveaway for Shadowed (Dark Protectors #6)

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Release Date: October 3, 2013

Shadowed (Dark Protectors # 6) by Rebecca Zanetti

shadowed-ebookJase Kayrs was the fun brother.  The warm, charming, easy-going brother of the vampire leaders.  Until he was taken and tortured by demons with their evil mind tricks for nearly five years.  Upon his return, he’s dark, violent, and not the man they all thought they knew.  Not the man he once was.  He’s haunted that the only reason the demons would have let him live was to use him as a weapon against his family—but he can’t figure out when or how he’ll explode.  Plus, once again the demons are after Jase with a vengeance…or rather, a female demon he rejected is out to destroy him. 

Then the king asks Jase for a favor…a big one.  To mate with one of their allies in order to save her.  She’s everything that’s good and light in the world…while he’s at home with darkness.  Yet he agrees…knowing mating may be the only chance to save them both.

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Series Spotlight: Review & Giveaway for Burned in Shadows (Shadow Unit #2)

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Series Spotlight: Shadow Unit Series

Enslaved in Shadows (Shadow Unit #1)

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Published: June 18, 2012

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A man’s Past leads to his Future……

Agent Stone of the Shadow Unit’s job is simple, most days. Work in the Shadows, police his own Kind.

When an unwanted assignment turns out to be his darkest fantasy from the past, Draven can’t help but be conflicted by the memories of the past and his responsibilities in the future. But his decision has been made.

The Heart of a woman is Tested……..

Jes can’t let the tall dark agent back into her life.

How can she trust any man after what she’s endured. Years of abuse have broken her down and she doesn’t have room for more. The man she turns to for help hasn’t abused her physically but he’s tormented her emotionally. A past betrayal left her scarred, but also brought her life.

Can she accept him into her heart and trust him again?

One will survive and adapt, the other will realize hearts can be mended even if it’s a bit too late.

The road to forgiveness sometimes only brings more pain. Unexpected events set their lives on two separate tracks leading to one outcome. Lives will be changed and an emotional battle to save their souls will leave them both trapped and enslaved in their need for one another.

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Burned in Shadows (Shadow Unit #2) by Tigris Eden

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Publication Date: July 30, 2013

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Royce Zarides has accepted his hand dealt by fate. He’s loved and left far too many women. In the bedroom that is. But one kiss from Belinda Raine Ignis was all it took for his eyes to open. Is she really the woman meant for him and his brother Ronin? Or will history only repeat itself? That’s the million dollar question he doesn’t want to answer.

Ronin does not believe that Belinda is for him and his brother. But one night with her isn’t enough. Even when he sees her for who and what she really is, Ronin still has a hard time expressing his emotions where Belinda is concerned, and time is running out now that she’s to ascend to the status of Matria of the Phoenix Enclave.

Belinda (Bells) Ignis is good at ignoring men. She’s had her share of heartache. Jilted at the altar by her first love, she’s sworn all men off for good. Her mother and Matria of her community has other plans in mind, as well as the Zarides brothers. When faced with the heated glances of Ronin and the smooth tongue of Royce, what’s a girl to do?

The clock is ticking down for certain members of the Shadow Unit. Draven assumed dead, leaves a sour taste in every ones mouth. Jes’ new found abilities make for a great addition to the team. But when things seem to settle, they only get worse, as the team sets out to discover the origins of Mr. Black and the notorious Red Sun Organization. Secrets are uncovered and deals are made that result in a deadly blow to all involved.

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Book Review

I read Enslaved in Shadows last year and enjoyed the creative paranormal storyline and the romance between Jesminda (Jes) and Agent Draven Stone of Shadow Unit, a paranormal agency that polices the supernatural community. Draven is a werewolf who finds himself falling in love with Jesminda, despite the fact that she is a human. After one brief, but life-altering encounter between them in five years ago, they are reunited when Jes seeks Shadow Unit’s protection and help against her sadistic, human ex-husband who has been kidnapping and torturing vampires so he can sell their blood on the black market.  No matter how hard, Draven tries to fight his feelings for Jes, his wolf knows she is his soul mate. However, Jes’s husband physically and emotionally abused her so terribly, that she questions whether she will ever be able to love and trust another man. Just as Jes and Draven begin to make progress in their relationship, a series of shocking events occur at the end of Enslaved in Shadows that left me anxiously waiting to see what’s next for them.

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When I realized Burned in Shadows was available for review, I jumped on the chance to read and review the sequel. I didn’t even bother to read the book’s description because I was already invested in the plot. So when I soon discovered that the featured love story involves Jes’s best friend Bells and the twins Royce and Ronin Zarides, who are also Shadow Agents, all I could say was, “Uh…oh, what I have gotten myself into?” followed a series of “Oh, my!’s” as I followed their love story.

There isn’t a love triangle here. No, it’s just the opposite. When Royce and Ronin were born, they shared the same umbilical cord and their bond is so intense that when they find the woman who is meant for them, she will have to love both of them.  After Bells unknowingly passes the “test” indicating  she is their intended mate, they begin to jointly pursue her.  The leading love story is a ménage a trois, and the book contains  scenes with graphic sex and light bondage between Bells and the Zarides brothers.

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Bells is a Phoenix and heir to the throne ruling over Phoenix House. As she prepares to become the new reigning monarch, she knows that even though she is secretly attracted to both Royce and Ronin, her mother would never approve of this type of relationship.  Royce and Ronin are a rare supernatural species and the mystery of their origins and the emotional wounds both carry are revealed.  Because of a mistake in the past that cost both brothers dearly, they are a bit reluctant to claim Bells for fear of being hurt again. All three characters share their POVs, and, while the multiple perspectives do enrich the story, there were places where the switch in POV between Royce and Ronin is confusing and I’m not exactly sure which one of the brother’s POV is being expressed.  While Bells and the brothers grapple with the growing intensity of their feelings for each other, Bells mother is making other plans for her daughter’s future.

Burned in Shadows picks up Jes and Draven’s story right where the first book ended.  However, both Jes and Draven have undergone significant changes in their physicality and personalities, all thanks to the mysterious leader of the Red Sun Organization.  Jes discovers that she is no longer human, but no one is exactly sure what she is now. Her unexplained powers continue to emerge and surprise everyone.  Jes is now a “superwoman” with incredible strength and abilities that put her in the best position to go undercover to find Draven.  Even though no one is certain of the long term effects of Jes’s alteration, I have to admit I like the new Jes. Her physical strength and improved fighting skills have boosted her confidence. She is determined to never be the frightened, weak, vulnerable woman she was when she first came to the Shadow Unit for help.

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Now, she will have to utilize every ounce of her physical and emotional strength to survive her immersion into the enemy’s camp.   It is heart wrenching at times as she is forced to watch her beloved with another woman. Yes, Melissa is back and has sunk her claws deep into Draven.  There aren’t many antagonists that truly bring out my anger, but Melissa’s character is one of those few who push my buttons, and I keep my fingers crossed that Jes will make her pay for the pain she has caused.

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I still have questions about how Melissa became involved with the Red Sun Organization and what role, if any, she played in Draven’s capture and alterations.  Draven is a dreamy, lovable hero is the first book, but now he tries my patience. All I can say is there is no doubt that Jes loves him and I admire her persistence despite Draven’s cruelty and the hopelessness of the situation.

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Eden does a great job with developing  well-rounded central characters who are easy to care about and whose personal stories and secrets easily keep my interest. However, I feel this paranormal world still needs to be fleshed out.  The Red Sun organization is still sketchy to me. I’m not sure about their purpose or motives and I’d like more details and description about the interactions between humans and the supernaturals who live among them.  The series is set in Louisiana, a place steeped in supernatural lore, but so far there isn’t a strong connection between the setting, characters, and conflicts.

The action heats up in toward the end of the book with lots of unexpected twists that kept me eagerly turning the pages and the epilogue sets up the next story involving Gabe and leaves us hanging as we finally learn the truth about his identity. This is a series for mature audiences and contains violent and explicit sexual content.

Note: I received a proof of this book from the author for an honest review, so I did not consider any editing/proofreading issues as part of my criteria for the book’s rating.

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About the Author

Author-Tigris-Eden-Avatar-232x300There is really not much to say… I love to write, read, and listen to music. My attempt at a music career sadly ended at the Apollo one warm night in May. LOL (Side note: I was not booed just outdone by two munchkins rapping to Biggy Smalls, they were good.

Military brat extraordinaire; have traveled to a lot of interesting places.  This February I will be going over to the other side of the pond where I will spend two weeks in Europe.  I will be in Cambridge, London, Paris, Versailles, Bruges, and hopefully Cardiff.

The very first time I put pen to paper in story fashion (for fun), was in 6th grade.  The story was called, The Case of The Missing Pepperoni. It was a cute mystery where all the ingredients and shop appliances came to life when the store owner closed up for the evening.  See, pretty boring stuff. I always say I’m not the interesting one, but the people around me.

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Tigris is giving away the following prizes at the end of her tour:

Grand Prize

 1 Signature fragrance of Burned and Enslaved and a $10 Gift Card to Amazon or B&N, Genesis Project Magnets and Bookmarks

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$10 Gift Card to Amazon or B&N

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Blog Barrage & Giveaway for A Touch of Honor (The Honor Trilogy #1)

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A Touch of Honor (The Honor Trilogy #1) by J.P. Grider

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YA Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Fated Hearts Publishing
Release Date: March 13, 2013
Heat Level: Sweet
Length: 224 pages

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A Touch of Honor (A Young Adult Paranormal Romance) (The Honor Trilogy)

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Honor hurts…all the time. The doctors say she’s fine – it’s all in her head. But Honor feels pain. What she doesn’t know is…it’s not her pain– it’s everyone else’s.

Seventeen year-old Honor Stevens is not an ordinary teenager. Sure, she looks like one on the outside…but on the inside, there’s a whole world of pain going on. Honor is an empath. That means she can feel other people’s pain – like that of the girl who is about to be raped in the woods, or the girl who is dying of cancer, or her mom…who is suffering a heart attack. What she doesn’t know is what Ethan Sutherland comes to town to tell her – she can save these people. But at what cost? For every life Honor saves, she knocks years off her own.

When Ethan comes looking for her, he isn’t counting on falling in love. Now that he has, he wishes he hadn’t told her about her abilities. Though he tries his best to talk her out of saving every soul, Ethan loses the battle – Honor’s too nice for her own good.

Then there’s the matter of Ethan’s estranged, morally corrupt half-brother, Storm – he loves Honor too. And because Honor is intrinsically empathic, she’s aware of Storm’s softer side and begins falling for him as well.

When the two brothers are forced to work together against a group of evil empaths who are after Honor, they need to put their differences aside and focus on saving the one girl they both love.

A Touch of Honor is a paranormal love story of a different kind. In a world gone mad with vampires and werewolves,A Touch of Honor tugs at the heartstrings with a girl out to heal the world…one person at a time.

About the Author

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J.P. Grider, born in Paterson, New Jersey as Julianne Pellegrino, was raised in Haledon, New Jersey, the oldest of six siblings. Her love of writing started early in her childhood, when she started writing poetry in-between homework assignments. As part of a school work program as a Journalism major in High School, J.P. Grider worked as a freelance reporter for a local newspaper, writing feature stories about exceptional high-school classmates. She studied Television Production and Film Writing at Seton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey, where she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Communications.

Two of J.P. Grider’s novels have won awards in the Textnovel Writing Contest, with her recently published, Unplugged (A Portrait of a Rock Star) reaching Semi-finalist position. Though Unplugged is not her first novel written, it is the first to be published. Her second novel, Maybe This Life, published Summer 2012, was actually her first attempt at writing a novel. After completing the whole manuscript, Grider decided to scrap the whole thing and rewrite Maybe This Life from scratch. In Grider’s opinion, the difference between the two were night and day.

Currently, J.P. Grider is working on a Young Adult Paranormal love story and continues to work on stories in her main genre, Contemporary/Paranormal romance.

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Book Promotion for Vampire Elite

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Part 1. Prophecy
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What will he do if saving his people means destroying the woman he loves?
A millennia-long war between two immortal races is about to come to an end. Long ago, the Vampire Elite began capturing the immortals called the Amiti, attracted by their unique blood properties. Now most Amiti live in underground cells, forced to serve as vampires’ bloodstock. The few surviving free Amiti, preparing a final strike, have declared their Queen a traitor. Her execution makes possible the rise of a new Queen, her young daughter Arianna, who will inherit her mother’s mystical powers. Working with the Keepers of the Key, Arianna may be able to eliminate the vampires, once and for all, from the face of the earth.
The new Queen is the last hope to save her dying race and she’s ready to fight to the last drop of her blood.
 But the King of the Vampires has other plans.
 What neither expects is the passion that erupts between them.
Vampire Elite is an epic story of a bitter conflict between two immortal races, and the effect of that conflict on everyone living in its grip. The characters are driven to love and betrayal, vengeance and sacrifice in a world without easy black-and-white answers.
            Based on an ancient Egyptian legend, packed with action and intrigue, Vampire Elite will pull you into the entrancing world of immortals and open new portals into their hidden universe.
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Meet VE Character: Arianna, Queen of the Amiti and Keeper of the Mystery of Balance
Arianna becomes the Amiti Queen as an infant, following the execution of her mother. Along with the title, she also inherits all of the Queen’s powers, including the role of Keeper of the Mystery of Balance as well as the Gift of Ra, a power bestowed by the Sun God himself to help her protect herself and her people. Sheltered by her father as a child, Arianna finds herself thrust into a world of danger and intrigue when he is murdered and she must confront the fact that her race’s destiny depends on her. Despite how overwhelming it can be, Arianna ultimately embraces her life’s mission: to free her people from their enslavement by the Vampire Elite by any means necessary. But along the way she encounters an unexpected and seemingly unmanageable challenge—the charismatic and powerful vampire King Tor, who takes her on an emotional and sensual journey that makes her question her very destiny. Will the young Queen have the willpower and inner strength to fulfill her purpose and save her people, even if it means destroying the man she loves?
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Interview & Giveaway for Order of the Black Swan Set (Books 1-3) by Victoria Danann

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Victoria Dannan has expanded her Book Tour for Moonlight: The Big Bad Wolf  (Book 4 of the Order of The Black Swan series)

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To see the book promotion for the Order of the Black Swan, Books 1-3, complete with book trailers for each book, please click on my earlier post: Book Promotion: Order of the Black Swan

Learn more about Book 4 in the Order of the Black Swan series by clicking on my earlier post that includes an excerpt from the book along with my review: Spotlight and Review of Moonlight: The Big Bad Wolf

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Victoria Danann’s Self-Interview

Hey. If Rembrandt and Van Gogh can go self-portraits, I can do a self-interview. I know what you’re thinking. “Yeah. Well. You’re not Van Gogh.” You’re right, of course. But doing three blogs around the release of three books in the space of ten months has created the answers to a whole lot interview questions.

On occasion I interview other authors. I always ask if there was a question they always wanted to be asked and had never had been and, if so, what was it? That was part one of what led me here. The second part is character interviews. When I do character interviews – let’s face it – I’m interviewing my own imagination.

Soooooo, why not just ask myself the question I’d like to answer. The following is a sampling of some of my favorite all-time blog tour questions followed by one of the one questions I’ve never been asked, but would like to answer. (There are a lot.)

PART ONE: THE BOOKS

1. Do you feel that you can relate to one character in “this book” more than any other? And why?

No. I don’t relate to one more than another, but I love Rammel Hawking the most. And he knows it. He uses it  to his advantage to manipulate me all the time.

One person recently told me that, if action figures of my characters ever come out, she wants to place a preorder for Ram. I have to agree with her. Because this saga has a lot of balls in the air (pun not intended, I swear). Ram is on the zigzag path of a hero’s journey in a classical sense. Add to that the fact that he’s drop dead sex and a one-woman elf and, really, what more could you want?

2. Many people feel the PNR genre is on the way out. Do you agree? Are there any changes you’d make to stay on the cutting edge of this genre? Will you change genres?

I think that will be true if more authors don’t stop the vamp-by-number, more-weres-the-better rehash and try for something different.

Before I started writing I spent two full years reading every PNR that had enjoyed any success to find out what had already been done, then set out to create something new. I get a lot of feedback that starts by saying, “I                 don’t really know what genre to put this in…”  I love comments like, “She explodes stereotypes.”

Also, I’m writing true Paranormal Romance. It’s not paranormal suspense or paranormal mystery or paranormal  thriller with a love interest back story. The romance is the main plot for me. And romance is never going to be on  the way out.

3. As writers, we are bombarded with ideas every minute of every day. What’s the idea behind this series and   how did it come about?

I read Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlein when I was about twelve-years-old and have always been  fascinated by the concept of other worlds that are similar, but not identical.  I combined that with my formal                 academic education in Paranormal Psychology, the fact that I always got along super well with boys, and voila.

PART TWO: WRITING

1. Do you write full time?

Snort.

2. When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

If people “decide”, they’re not really writers. My working theory is that, if you watch children carefully, they will show you who they really are by the time they are eight or nine. At that age I had two stacks of legal pads on my bed. One I used to sketch glamorous evening wear. The other I used to write my own Bobbsey Twins novels. I did spend a few years as a designer of glam dresses and was copied by the biggest names in the business. I had a big following in the Northeast, South America, and Europe and still see some of my dresses show up in the movies. So I checked that off the list and did it until I was done. Now I’m writing.

3. Have you ever made big changes in your story because someone – your crit partner, a friend, or beta reader – really didn’t like it?  Are you glad you did (or didn’t)?

The answer is yes, but the someone was one of the characters. My Familiar Stranger started out to be a different story. My heroine was supposed to end up with the character of my choice. I was about 80% finished when another one of the guys (characters) started insisting that he was the one who should get the girl! I let him make his case and finally had to agree, but it caused a lot of overhaul.

Since then I have done a poll on Facebook asking fans who they wanted to end up with the girl and the big majority agreed with my character. It was him all along.

4. What unique factor do you think you bring to the book/story market?

First, I waited to start writing until I was old enough to really have something to say.  Secondly, one of the  comments I hear most often is that people enjoy the chronicle style of ongoing story. I call it a serial saga. If I                 were not an Indie, it never would have happened because it doesn’t fit the commercial “formula” of how to pie chart a paranormal romance. (Yes. I made a verb out of the phrase “pie chart”.)

5. What was the hardest part of writing your book?

The hardest part of writing is slogging through the emotion. I know that, if I’m crying so hard I can hardly see the  PC screen, I’ve gotten it right, but it’s also very emotionally draining and it ruins my looks for half a day.                 Conversely, if I’m lying in bed at night reading my own book and laugh out loud, I know I got that right as well.

6. Who were your major influences?

Stephen King, Anne Rice, my tenth grade literature teacher without whom I might never have read Julius   Caesar, MacBeth, Random Harvest, or Lord Jim, my seventh grade English teacher without whom I never                 would have read the entire works of William Saroyan, my father who bought me the Scribner Collection which  included all the classics appropriate for young readers. (I learned to love the art of story AND the art of Maxfield                 Parrish who illustrated the covers.)

7. Do you have any advice for any other aspiring writers out there?

Yes. Writers are born, not made. Run as hard and fast as you can from a course on “creative writing” classes because nothing will kill your own embryonic art or creativity faster.

PART THREE: PERSONAL

1. What are 5 fun/interesting facts about you?

I play bridge. I like going to movies in the daytime by myself (though I rarely get to). I teach magickal arts online.  I worked for the airlines when I was very young and have traveled a lot. I speak canine. (Bonus #6. I do all my

own graphics work: covers, ads, book trailers, etc.)

2.  What is the most inspiring quote you have ever heard?

a. This actually relates to how busy I am. It’s a motto used as my email signature on personal mail. THE QUOTE: “It’s better to burn out, than fade away.” – Rock of Ages, Def Leppard. Some people have wrongly attributed this to Kurt Cobain. Sorry. No. Others have said it wasn’t Def Leppard, it was Neil Young, “It’s better to burn out, than to fade away,” – My, My, Hey, Hey. Also wrong. Neil Young used an extra “to”. Big difference you see.

b. Winston Churchill is reported to have given a commencement address in which he simply took the podium and said, “Never give up,” nine times.

3. What’s your favorite book?

Memnoch the Devil, Anne Rice. Also high up on the list: The Gate to Women’s Country by Sherri S Tepper and Good Omens  by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman. HOWEVER, I wouldn’t recommend any of these to someone unless I knew that they were students of religious studies or, in the case of Gate, feminism.

4. Greatest joy?

Reviews.

5. Greatest aggravation?

Reviews.

Now, about A Summoner’s Tale… If you haven’t read Books One and Two, I hope you will do so before you read Book Three. Black Swan is a serial saga meaning that each book is actually a chapter installment in an ongoing story. This particular installment involved characters that were introduced in the first book.

If you read by Kindle, you will find A Summoner’s Tale available at Amazon after release. If you another e-reader, you can still get the book in the form of an anthology that will be available in electronic format everywhere. The Order of the Black Swan Collected Tales, Books 1-3. $6.99 for all 330,000 words. This is a dream come true for me because readers will experience the first three books as conceived as one story.

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Spotlight & Review of Moonlight: The Big Bad Wolf (Order of the Black Swan, Book 4)

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Moonlight: The Big Bad Wolf (Order of the Black Swan, Book 4) by Victoria Danann

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Genre: Paranormal Romance, Fantasy Romance

Publisher: 7th House

Date of Publication: May 26, 2013

ISBN: 978-1-933320-69-4 ebook

ISBN: 978-1-933320-64-9 paperback

Number of pages: 390

Word Count: 90,000

Amazon: Moonlight: The Big Bad Wolf (Black Swan 4)

Book Description

This is the fourth installment in the Black Swan serial saga. Reading in order is essential. The first book, My Familiar Stranger, is free everywhere. (Nominated for Best Paranormal Romance by REVIEWERS CHOICE AWARDS.  Nominated for Best Indie Paranormal Romance and Best Indie Fantasy Romance for READERS CHOICE AWARDS. Night Owl Reviews TOP PICK.

What would you do for love? 

1. Storm’s unexpected reply when tapped to replace Sol as the new Jefferson Unit Sovereign. 

2. B Team learns the shocking truth about the origin of the vampire virus.

 3. Monq races to develop a defense system to repel invasion from Stagsnare.

4. Litha volunteers her father to help to Black Swan.

5. Desperation drives Stalkson Grey to embark on an adventure beyond his wildest dreams in a bid to save the Elk Mountain werewolves from extinction. In the process he learns that true love can find you in the strangest places, even when you’re far, far from home.

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Excerpt from Moonlight: The Big Bad Wolf

Chapter 1

“What do you know about my sister and that prancin’ prick of a fairy prince?”

Elora blinked, but in the space of that flutter he learned all he needed to know. He had found out the first night Storm brought her to poker, back at Jefferson Unit, that her very expressive face telegraphed even the tiniest nuance or feeling or thought. By now he knew her so well that she was as transparent as air. She was caught off guard because she hadn’t expected that question while Ram was cooking a leisurely Sunday breakfast.

“Say that three times fast?”

“No’ goin’ to work this time. Stay on topic.”

“You just don’t like him because he can stand toe to toe with you and not be cowed by the H.O.H. elfster.”

“ELFSTER!? What in Paddy’s Name, Elora? And what is H.O.H.?”

“Hall of Heroes.”

Ram turned away from frying bacon and gave her a look. It probably didn’t have the effect he intended. He was wearing jeans, a long sleeve black tee that stretched across his chest enticingly, and a black Jack Daniels apron tied around his waist. She thought perhaps nothing was sexier than watching Ram’s muscles ripple while cooking her breakfast.

“Do no’ try to deflect. ‘Tis I. And Paddy knows I can tell when you’re hidin’ somethin’.” Ram looked determined.

“Speaking of hiding. You’re going to have to do something about all these guys overrunning our property. Our home – the one that was intended to be our very own, very private property. Please, Ram. Make them go away.”

His expression softened a little as he decided to allow himself to be temporarily derailed.

“Sol, Simon, and every one of your friends agree that we can no’ leave you and Helm vulnerable after the threat those alien buggers left hangin’ in the air. That goes especially for your friend, Sir Storm.”

My friend, Sir Storm?”

“Aye. Your friend. The bloody wanker suggested that I’m no’ responsible enough to be entrusted with lookin’ out for you. Said, ‘You’re no’ takin’ good care of my namesake’s mother. I’ll be forced to give the job to someone else if you do no’ shape up and begin takin’ it seriously’.”

Elora laughed. “He said that?”

“Aye. As if ’twas all my doin’ that you ended up givin’ birth alone in a freezin’ wolf cave. With. No. Phone.”

“Well…”

Ram narrowed his eyes at her. “Think very carefully about what you are about to say before you say it.”

Elora smiled brightly. “I was going to say that no one in his right mind could fault you.”

Ram nodded and resumed turning the bacon. “Exactly. I should have reminded him what happened when he was in charge of the Baka interview at Unit Drac. He pouted for hours after learnin’ first hand that the Lady Laiken does as she fuck-well pleases.”

Elora concurred by nodding vigorously. “It’s a burden, but you bear it well, my love.”

“All kiddin’ aside. I do. I really do.” He began setting strips of cooked bacon out to drain the grease.

“Well, Sir Storm is going to be plenty busy with his own burdens.”

“What’s your meanin?”

“They’re expecting.”

“Expectin’ a baby?”

“No. They’re expecting Publishers Clearing House to pay for their villa renovation.”

Ram gave her a look. “You know, I’m thinkin’ there’s only enough of this lovely bacon for one and, since I cooked, I really should be keepin’ it for myself.”

“Yes! They’re expecting a baby. Litha thinks it’s a girl.”

“A girl!” Ram practically whooped. “Paddy’s Great Balls Afire. I can no’ wait to see Storm try to be da to a girl.” He laughed enjoying that idea and then grew serious. “As for the buggers who violated my grandda’s forest, I’ll no’ be givin’ ’em a second chance at my family.”

“Rammel. I hear you and I understand you.”

“I do no’ suppose the next sentence will be ‘and I obey you’.”

Elora smirked while she snagged a piece of bacon. “Have I ever mentioned you make great bacon?” She nuzzled his ear on the way back to her stool. “Almost as good as chocolate.”

Ram pointed a spatula at her. “I swear to Paddy you have that thin’… that ADDD.”

“ADHD?”

“Aye.”

Elora started laughing. “Pot.”

When his brows drew together she smiled because Helm looked at her with that same expression several times a day. They made him accidentally in a snow covered cottage, but he was made with love and now he was a little bit her and a little bit him. A miracle indeed.

“You can no’ concentrate ’cause you’ve been smokin’ dope?”

“No! ‘Pot’ as in ‘you’re the pot calling the kettle black’.”

Ram stared at her for a few beats, finally shook his head and said, “No idea.”

“You don’t have an expression here about the pot calling the kettle black?”

“We do no’ that I know of, but I think I begin to follow your point. You’re tryin’ to say that I should no’ be accusin’ you of short attention because mine is even shorter?”

Of their own accord, his eyes drifted down to the cleavage showing between the henley buttons she’d left undone.

She chuckled. “See?”

“See what?”

She did a little shimmy and he grinned sheepishly. “Guilty.” He put an orange juice in front of her. “And be careful of the sexy dancin’. You’ll be gettin’ Helm’s milk all over your clothes again.”

Elora rolled her eyes. “He gets enough. Have you seen how chubby his little face is getting?”

“Well, blood will tell.”

Elora narrowed her eyes to slits. “Rammel. Paddy help you if you’re saying what I think you’re saying.”

“All I’m sayin’ is that chubby cheeks do no’ run on my side of the family.” When she took a mock threatening step toward him, he laughed. “Just teasin’ darlin’ girl. Just teasin’. You know I would no’ change a hair on your head. Or his.”

“Okay. All I’m sayin’ is that insanity doesn’t run on my side of the family.” A look of horror slowly covered her face as she realized what she’d just said. She hadn’t yet personally confronted what the assassin in the woods had said about the Laiwynn clan, but if it was true, it meant that cruelty and despotic behavior might run in her family.

Ram put his utensils down, wiped his hand on his apron, and offered himself for a hug. She stepped into the comfort of his arms.

“What I was trying to tell you earlier is that I’ve never made any secret of the fact that I won’t give up my freedom to live a restricted life, no matter how luxurious or comfortable. Not for anything.”

“No’ even for Helm? And me?”

“That’s not fighting fair and you know it.”

“When it comes to your safety – and our son’s – you think I care about fightin’ fair? ‘Tis the very last of my concerns.”

“Let me put it this way. You need to come up with a more agreeable Plan B and you need to do it while I’m still in a listening mood.”

“Any ideas?”

She looked down at her pretty Holland china plate, part of the set they got as a wedding present from Kay and Katrina. She had a picture of how good life was going to be there in their new home. Had the Ralengclan assassins spoiled her vision of the future to the point of ruin? Was it time to confront that possibility?

“No.” When she looked back up, Ram thought he might have seen her look just a little worn. Like her aura hadn’t been buffed in a while. Sometimes he caught her looking off into space and he suspected that she was thinking about what she’d been told by the Ralengclan assassin, wondering if the massacre of her family was really a coup d’etat.” Armed people guarding the house. Hardly what I pictured.”

“I know.” Ram sat down next to her and took her hand in his. “We’ll figure it out. Monq’s workin’ on it.” He pulled up like he had an idea. The change was so subtle that no one besides Elora would have even noticed it.

“What?”

“He’s workin’ on detectin’ interdimensional activity – identifyin’ the source and location. He says ’tis a logical first step toward the defense system we’re goin’ to be needin’.”

“Yeah. I heard.”

“Well…” She knew she was in trouble when he turned on that look that he had given her the first night they had met, the puppy dog plea that was so irresistible she could be manipulated out of her socks with full knowledge and complicity. She hated that. It was… manipulation by consent.

“Stop that right now!”

“‘Twas just thinkin’ that, for the time bein’, just while we’re sortin’ this out, maybe we should move back into Jefferson Unit. You and Helm would be safe there. I know ’tis no’ ideal, but there is the courtpark, food, and babysittin’ on demand. ‘Tis no’ this.” He looked around the room and gave a little sigh. He had put a lot of himself into renovating the property and somewhere along the way had come to understand why she loved it and pictured their little family living happily ever after there. “But we were happy at Jefferson too. We could even help Monq. Maybe speedin’ thin’s along a bit?”

“I’m expecting puppies.”

“I truly hope no one is recordin’ this conversation.” Ram’s mouth softened at the corners making him look so beautifully kissable that she had to lean in and remind herself if those kisses were as good as she remembered. He didn’t seem to mind complying with her wish. When she pulled back, he said, “We could get Glen to keep an eye on that. The wolf pups I mean.”

“This is not just some ruse that’s going to get us sucked back into active duty?”

Ram cocked his head like he was having trouble with that question. “Why would I go to so much trouble to keep you safe only so I could risk gettin’ you killed?”

Elora stared at Ram for a few seconds. “I’m not the only knight in the room and we both know how persuasive Sol can be when he wants something. Before I even consider this proposal, I need some reassurance that none of us, not you, not me, not the baby – none of us – are going to end up on any field assignment. Not in any capacity.”

Ram nodded. “Deal.”

“Okay.”

“Okay you approve of my answer or okay we’re packin’ for Fort Dixon?”

“Fort Dixon, but that’s all of us. Blackie too. And we need an apartment big enough for the four of us.”

“Thank Paddy. I’m goin’ to get a good night’s sleep for a change.”

She hadn’t realized just how much stress the fear of assassination had caused Ram until she saw his facial muscles relax. Yeah. It was a good plan. A good choice, everything considered.

And, let’s outline what would have to happen to make it possible for us to come back here and proceed to live life the way it should be lived. By ourselves. Speaking of which, I’m also not giving up the pleasure of a weekend at the cottage – just us – forever.”

Certainly. I’m no’ unreasonable.”

She smiled at him lovingly and indulgently. “Of course not. You’re my hero.”

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Book Review

If you are looking for a great paranormal romance series, please check out the Danann’s Order of the Black Swan. I started this series last year, when I found the first book, My Familiar Stranger, on Amazon for free. Once I finished this book, I was hooked.

Please be aware, though, that this series must be read in sequential order for you to understand and follow the plot. Unlike other series, that may focus on one main protagonist’s story, the Order of the Black Swan continues with main characters’ sagas that were started in the previous books. Now, however, their story lines become subplots surrounding a featured character  introduced earlier in the series.

Each book in the series focuses on a character’s journey to find love. In Moonlight it’s Stalkson Grey’s turn.

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Stalkson is a sexy alpha werewolf whose clan is becoming extinct because of the low number of female werewolf births.

To seek a solution, he turns to Monq, a scientist who works for the Order.  His quest takes him to multi-dimensional worlds looking for answers, and along the way, this serious, hardened alpha falls in love.  Stalkson is a dynamic character who changes as he realizes that alpha duties alone are not enough to fulfill his life.

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However, finding love is never easy, and Stalkson also never expects that he will become enamored with a human living in another dimension.  His plans to get Luna to love him back are comical and endearing.  Danann provides a modern day spin on the classic fairytale, Little Red Riding Hood and allusions to the story are subtly interwoven into the plot.

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If you like paranormal stories heavy on romance, seduction, and steamy love scenes, then you will enjoy this series. Danann’s witty and humorous style of writing creates laugh-out- loud moments that immerse you in a fantasy world where paranormal beings are the norm.

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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About the Author

Victoria DanannIf you’re looking for something new and different in PNR, you’ve come to the right place.

I write unapologetic romances with uniquely fresh perspectives on paranormal creatures, characters, and themes. Add a dash of scifi and a flourish of fantasy to enough humor to make you laugh out loud and enough steam to make you squirm in your chair. My heroines are independent femmes with flaws and minds of their own whether they are aliens, witches, demonologists, psychics, or past life therapists. My heroes are hot and hunky, but they also have brains, character, and good manners – usually – whether they be elves, demons, berserkers, werewolves, or vampires.

My first book, My Familiar Stranger, was nominated for Best Paranormal Romance of 2012 by the Reviewers’ Choice Awards. Each of my books has remained on the Amazon best seller list in category every day since release. All three also earned the Night Owl Reviews TOP PICK award.

My work has been compared to J R Ward, Karen Marie Moning, Sherrilyn Kenyon, and Lara Adrian. For example:

“I do see shades of Lara Adrian’s Breed books and shades of J R Wards Black Dagger books, but this story is unique enough that it stands out all on its own and can stand up along side those other books and I think given time will elbow them out of the way with the rich story telling and deep emotional core that makes you want to know more.” – Kerry, Musings of a Bookworm

The Order of the Black Swan is a series that is also a serial saga. Each book is an episodic installment in an ongoing story. Join me for the adventure.

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Spotlight and Author Interview for Screaming Spires (The Cavaliers Book 2)

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Screaming Spires (The Cavaliers #2) by Georgiana Derwent

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Genre: Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy, New Adult, Vampire

Publisher: Self-Published

Format: Ebook, paperback

Length: approx 100,000 words

Publication Date: April 12, 2013

Book Description

A Tale of the Posh, the Privileged and the Paranormal…

The Cavaliers are the most elite society at Oxford University – rich, powerful, and beautiful. No one realises that they are no ordinary students, but a group of aristocratic vampires from the English Civil War. For four hundred years they have groomed the most promising students to run the government, police, and finance in the way the vampires wish, granting them eternal life in return for absolute obedience.

In her first year at Oxford University, Harriet French became inextricably tied to the Cavaliers. Now Harriet’s back at Oxford for her second year. Armed with a vampire boyfriend, some great friends and the truth, she’s expecting an easier time.  She’s wrong.  Her best friend is now a vampire and the Cavalier who turned her to save her life is facing death for the one good deed he’s ever done. Just when it seems that things can’t get any worse, the Cavaliers’ ancient enemies decide to strike at the heart of the society and they’ve got Harriet in their sights. 

Screaming Spires continues the story of an ancient vampire conspiracy and the ordinary girl caught in its web begun in Oxford Blood.

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“Dance with me,” someone said suddenly, taking hold of her hands in a way that left no room for argument.

With a sinking feeling, Harriet recognised George’s voice. She forced herself to stay calm as she looked up at him, pristine in his tailcoat and Cavalier bowtie.

“Dance with you? Are you insane? You killed my cousin. You kept my necklace hidden for weeks. You mesmerised me whilst they drained Caroline. If I had the strength, I’d kill you.”

George smiled and shook his head. “No you wouldn’t,” he said firmly, leading her onto the dancefloor.

Before Harriet had a chance to take stock of the situation, they were in the middle of the marquee. She moved to the music as though she had no control over her body, allowing herself to be alternately spun around by George and pulled into him.

“So don’t I get a thank you then?” he whispered after a particularly vigorous twirl.

“I don’t know how you have the nerve even to speak to me, never mind to ask for my thanks.”

“I gave you what you wanted,” he said, pulling her closer. “I gave you your best friend back. If I’d asked you beforehand, what would you have said? Let her die or change her?”

Harriet was finding it difficult to concentrate on the conversation. The marquee was hot and full of people; the music was loud; the dancing was too vigorous. She needed to sit somewhere cool by herself and get her thoughts in order. Instead, George’s deep green eyes were boring into her, his cool hands were gripping hers, and it was becoming harder by the minute to remember all the terrible things he’d done. Harder still to push him away.

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Interview with Georgiana Derwent

Sun Mountain Reviews is pleased to have the opportunity to learn more about Georgiana and the Cavalier Series

Tell us about yourself and your Cavalier series:

I’m in my mid-twenties. Much like my heroine, I grew up in the north of England then studied History at Oxford University. Nowadays, I’m a qualified lawyer and work for the British government, so writing makes a nice relaxing break from work. I live in London with my fiancé, Frederick, who’s just the sort of posh English boy that my book romanticises and that Americans tend to love! We’re getting married, back in Oxford, next year.

(Congratulations on the upcoming wedding!)

The Cavaliers is a three part series, each book corresponding, Harry Potter style, to one year of the heroine’s life at university. So far there’s Oxford Blood and Screaming Spires, and I’m currently working on Ivory Terrors. I’ll try my very hardest not to write another Cavaliers book after that, as one of my pet hates is series that get dragged out beyond what was originally planned for them.

The basic plot is that Britain is run by a secret society of vampires, The Cavaliers. They have a special branch of the society at Oxford University and each year, recruit some of the most promising students, turn them into vampires and then get them top jobs to maintain The Cavaliers’ hold on the country. They are what I like to think of as “proper vampires.” They can’t come out during the day, they have to drink human blood, they aren’t afraid to kill and they love to seduce people. The main focus of the book is about a female student at Oxford who becomes entangled with the Cavaliers partly due to falling in love with one of them and partly through family connections.

How did you come up with the idea for creating the series? What was your inspiration?

I’ve loved vampire books ever since my teens and always wanted to write one. It always used to make me laugh how in a lot of vampire and other paranormal novels, you get the character of the mother who is completely clueless about what’s going on. I thought it would be fun to have a mother who actually knows more than the heroine, and who, rather than trying to stop her going out with the mysterious, dangerous bad boy, is actually desperately trying to set her up with him. I actually wrote a very vague outline for a book like this when I was about seventeen, but then I went to university and never had the time to really write it.

As soon as I started at Oxford University, I fell in love with the place. The buildings were beautiful, the history was inspiring and there were some amazing people there. It was all so strange and so different from my previous life that I honestly feel that if there’d turned out the be vampires there, it wouldn’t have thrown me that much!

I desperately wanted to write a book about an ordinary girl who goes to Oxford, and just after graduation, I started writing a really literary “I’m totally going to enter this for a Pulitzer” type novel set at Oxford about education and class and gender, and then about two chapters in, I realised that wasn’t a writing style that I was entirely comfortable with and that writing it was boring me. So I decided to resurrect my old vampire mother plot and merge the two. I mixed in some of my favourite periods of history, and there it was: The Cavaliers.

Briefly describe your protagonist, Harriet French and her personality:

On the face of it, Harriet’s a fairly normal girl. She lives in the north of England with her aunt, uncle and two younger cousins, her father having died and her mother walked out when she was a baby. She gets into Oxford University, which is one of her lifelong dreams, and decides to completely embrace every aspect of it – the educational, the social, the extra-curricular and the romantic.

Harriet’s quite confident and ambitious. Yes, she wants to meet a great boyfriend, but she also wants to do well in exams, to succeed in students politics and to support her friends. She’s definitely not a weak character. That said, Oxford is so different to anything she’s known before, and so outside of her comfort zone, that sometimes she doesn’t know quite how to react to things. In one chapter, for instance, she goes off with a guy (who’s a vampire) despite everyone warning her not  to, and gets bitten. When she’s rescued by another vampire, who she has a massive crush on, he tries to explain to her about vampires, but she thinks that the two of them have ganged up on her to play a complicated practical joke.

Most of the time though, she’s extremely calm. I can’t stand heroines who are crying and shouting all the time – Harriet tends to take most things in her stride.

Finally, it turns out that her mother is an extremely powerful vampire. The two of them have a very close but very fraught relationship, and the mother/daughter dynamic is nearly as important to the book as the romantic relationships.

Oh, and one more thing. She likes pretty dresses and champagne. I mean, she really likes them. It’s a bit of a standing joke for people who’ve read the books.

What are the most enjoyable and challenging experiences for you in writing this series?

I think the most enjoyable thing was being able to really indulge in some nostalgia for my days at Oxford University. It was amazing what funny little memories came back whenever I started to write. I also love writing scenes where characters are having really dramatic, emotional conversations (sometimes I think I should write screenplays instead of novels, because dialogue is definitely my favourite thing to write) and scenes that fill in the history and the backstory.

I think the two challenges were trying to do something new with vampires when there are so many vampire books available, and striking the right balance between making the vampires evil enough that they are interesting to read about and aren’t just basically super-attractive humans, without making them so brutal that they can’t possibly work as love interests.

What was the hardest scene for you to write in Screaming Spires?

Technically, either George’s trial or the scene where Augustine explains his life story and the history of the Treasures, because they were pretty complicated parts of the plot where I had to get a lot of important points across without drowning readers in too much information.

Emotionally, (a bit of a spoiler this one!) definitely the scene where Harriet breaks up with Tom. I felt like I’d invested huge amounts in that relationship over the course of two books and I kept wanting to change the storyline, but it really is necessary to make the book work.

What authors have had a significant influence on your writing?

I always think of The Cavaliers as basically two stories.

Half of it is pure paranormal romance, and that’s pretty directly influenced by LJ Smith. Her Vampire Diaries books were the first vampire novels I ever read and pretty much still my favourites.

The other half is a sort of coming of age tale about a normal girl suddenly finding herself surrounding by old buildings, strange traditions and rich people. That aspect draws a lot from my own student experiences, but is also influenced by a book called Prep by Curtis Sittenfeld, about a girl at an elite New England boarding school.

Finally, Philip Pullman’s His Dark Material is one of my favourite series ever, and although it’s had less of a direct influence than the other two books, I think it’s influenced me both by helping me to think of Oxford as a magical setting and in the character of Adelaide, who owes a certain debt to Pullman’s Mrs Coulter.

What do you usually like to read when you aren’t writing?

My tastes are pretty varied. I read about fifty percent what I guess you could call “genre fiction” – paranormal, fantasy, historical etc and about fifty percent contemporary literary stuff. I always say that I like genre books that don’t forget about prose and literary books that don’t forget about plot. Two books I’ve loved recently are Days of Blood and Starlight, and Bring up the Bodies.

As well as the three books I already mentioned in the Influences question, some of my all time favourites are: Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell, A Song of Ice and Fire – George RR Martin, The Blind Assassin – Margaret Atwood, American Gods – Neil Gaiman, Prep – Curtis Sittenfeld, What a Carve Up – Jonathan Coe, The Dark is Rising series – Susan Cooper, Discworld Series – Terry Pratchett

What are your current projects?

I’m currently about halfway through the third and final book in The Cavaliers Trilogy: Ivory Terrors. I’m hoping to publish it by the end of the year. I’m trying to stay focused on getting that finished, but I’ve got lots of ideas for new, unconnected books. My next book after Ivory Terrors will probably be called the Separation of Powers – I’ve got it roughly plotted out and it’s sort of a fantasy, about a woman plotting to take over the country to avenge her brother’s murder, by seducing the lord who killed him.

Thank you for the Interview!

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About the Author

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Georgiana Derwent read History at Oxford University. Aside from the vampires, The Cavaliers Series is an exaggerated but fairly accurate portrayal of her time there. She now works in London and lives with her fiancé. He’s been very supportive throughout the writing of her books, mainly because he likes to claim that all the most attractive characters are based on him.

Georgiana fell in love with vampire novels after reading The Vampire Diaries back in 2000. At the time it was a struggle to find any similar paranormal romances, a situation that it’s fair to say seems to have been rectified in the last few years. She now loves paranormal series, fantasy novels, and modern literary works in roughly equal measure.

Ever since her teens, she wanted to write a vampire series. Ever since going to Oxford she wanted to write a book about her experiences there. During a dull few months between finishing university and starting her graduate job, she had the idea of combining the two and The Cavaliers Series was born.

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Book Description for Oxford Blood

A 2013 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Quarter-Finalist.

The Paranormal Romance Guild say – “Georgiana Derwent has managed to merge the world of Oxford University, with its rich history and very British traditions with a totally entertaining and plausible vampire story. This is going to be a favourite series.”

A Tale of the Posh, the Privileged and the Paranormal…

The Cavaliers are the most elite society at Oxford University – rich, powerful, and beautiful. No one realises that they are no ordinary students, but a group of aristocratic vampires from the English Civil War. For four hundred years they have groomed the most promising students to run the government, police, and finance in the way the vampires wish, granting them eternal life in return for absolute obedience.

When Harriet French arrives at Oxford University from her working class northern state school, she’s prepared for a culture shock, but not to become embroiled in the Cavaliers’ scheming and bloodlust. Harriet thought she’d be busy enough juggling her demanding tutor, new friends, and the murky world of student politics. But now, she must find the rebel vampire who is killing off the members, stop the Cavaliers from orchestrating a massacre of the year’s most beautiful and successful students, and defy the Society to be with the man of her dreams.

Oxford Blood is a British, adult, paranormal romance. It’s a tale with vampires that aren’t afraid to kill and a heroine who’s not afraid of sex or her own ambition.

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