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Friday Funnies – The H&W Gang Talk About TAKEN BY THE OTHERS

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I’ve decided to revamp the Friday Funnies and re-post the guest posts I’ve written for blog tours and such. I may sneak in a few new ones here and there. Since some of the blogs I originally wrote these for have disappeared I thought it might be a good idea to save and re-share the posts here.

I’m sure if you’re reading this blog, you’re probably familiar with my characters by now, so I’ll save you the chore of reading through my intros. For anyone who stumbles across this who is not familiar, basic info on the characters can be found here, a funnier idea of who they are (in GIFs) can be found here, and a book list/buy links can be found here. All character interviews will be tagged that way so they’re easy to find on the blog.

Shiarra and the gang are going to talk a little bit about themselves and to tell you (without spoiling!) some of what’s coming in TAKEN BY THE OTHERS.

Take the floor, Shia!

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Shiarra:  Jeez, I don’t know what to say without telling people what happens.  Anyone have any bright ideas?

Chaz:  Nope.

Royce:  You could tell them your thoughts on what it was like to be caught in a tussle between two vampires.  I suppose some people find that sort of thing interesting.

Shiarra:  You just want to hear me talk about you.

Royce:  I do admit it’s amusing to listen to you attempt to justify your fear of me and my kind.  I’ve yet to do anything to deserve your sour looks, Ms. Waynest.

Shiarra:  Don’t get me started, Mr. Ohh-you-could-be-young-and-beautiful-forever-creepy-pants-vampire.

Chaz:  What?  What are you talking about?

Shiarra:  Nothing.  He was being gross.  And joking.  I hope.

Royce:  Hardly.

Chaz:  We’re going to have a talk after this interview.

Shiarra:  Oh, great.

Arnold:  How about you talk about the White Hats?  Jack’s back in town, I’m sure he wouldn’t mind a little publicity for his organization.

Chaz:  I don’t like the idea of promoting a group that’s out to kill my kind.  They can kill the vamps all they want, though.

Royce:  I don’t appreciate your tone, dog.

Shiarra:  Will you two knock it off?  I think I can tell them a little bit about the White Hats.

Sara:  Most of them are nuts, but in a good way.

Shiarra:  Not really.  Breaking into my house to ask me at knifepoint to join their cause and then later showing up at my office to hold a gun on me and ask me to join their cause doesn’t exactly inspire fuzzy-bunny feelings where they’re concerned.

Sara:  Er, right.  Maybe working with them isn’t such a hot idea . . .

Shiarra:  Yeah.  They don’t like anything with fur or fangs.  They’re okay with mages—

Arnold:  “Magi”—not “mages”.  Mages sounds like something you put in stew.  I am not for stew!

Shiarra:  Whatever.  So Jack swung by to tell me that I was going to be in the middle of some kind of pissing contest between Royce and this asshat, Max Carlyle.  He wanted me to pick sides between the two vamps and the White Hats.

Royce:  Max only sought recompense for his losses.  I imagine I might have done the same had I been in his position.

Shiarra:  By trying to kill me?

Sara:  By kidnapping, murdering, and torturing innocent people?

Chaz:  By turning into a James Bond villain and framing the good guys for his dirty deeds?

Arnold:  I thought he was more like Professor Moriarty from Sherlock Holmes.  He had that criminal mastermind thing down pretty good.

Royce:  Perhaps I would not have gone to such dramatic lengths as he did—

Chaz:  Yeah, instead you would’ve turned her into a vamp to save her from a vamp.  Real smarts there.

Shiarra: Uh, ew?  Can we not talk about that?

Sara:  I’m trying and failing to picture you as a vamp.

Arnold:  I’m picturing you with a cheesy Transylvanian accent going, “I vant to suck your bloooood.  Oh, ewww, I got blood on me!  Get it off!”

Chaz:  Ha!  Good one.

Shiarra:  Sara, can I please punch your boyfriend?

Sara:  Not right now.

Shiarra:  Damn.

Royce:  Can we return to the topic at hand?  All I’m saying is that I can see the reasoning behind his actions, however misguided they might have been.

Shiarra:  Okay, you want to know why I’m afraid of vamps?  That.  That right there.  Do you even hear yourself talk?  Max was psycho—and you understand his reasoning?  That’s freaking creepy.

Royce:  I assure you, Ms. Waynest, if I truly wanted to frighten you, I have far more convincing methods.

Sara:  Okay, I’m with Shia on this.  Creepy vamp needs to stop talking now.

Shiarra:  I don’t know what scares me more.  Working for crazy vamp hunters, or working with the vamp they’re hunting.

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What do you think, folks—would Shia be better off working with the vamps or the vamp hunters?

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Release day is just around the corner…

Blows my mind that Forsaken by the Others will be out in just a few more days. Guys. Are you ready for this? Here’s just a taste (feel free to share!):

Quote from Forsaken by the Others (Releasing July 2, 2013): You know you have an exciting lifestyle when the novelty of werewolves fighting in the kitchen has worn off.
Quote from Forsaken by the Others (Releasing July 2, 2013): You know you have an exciting lifestyle when the novelty of werewolves fighting in the kitchen has worn off.
Quote from Forsaken by the Others (Releasing July 2, 2013): The only reason I knew I wasn't about to die was because the six-foot-plus terrifying werewolf warrior wearing nothing but a towel was crying all over us. God damn, my life was getting weirder by the day.
Quote from Forsaken by the Others (Releasing July 2, 2013): The only reason I knew I wasn’t about to die was because the six-foot-plus terrifying werewolf warrior wearing nothing but a towel was crying all over us. God damn, my life was getting weirder by the day.
Quote from Forsaken by the Others (Releasing July 2, 2013): I have never seen so many vampires so intensely interested in me at the same time. Talk about unnerving. Every one of them went deathly still—and I mean deathly—as their unblinking eyes locked onto us. It was like being stared at by a room full of china dolls. Hungry china dolls that are thinking about eating your face.
Quote from Forsaken by the Others (Releasing July 2, 2013): I have never seen so many vampires so intensely interested in me at the same time. Talk about unnerving. Every one of them went deathly still—and I mean deathly—as their unblinking eyes locked onto us. It was like being stared at by a room full of china dolls. Hungry china dolls that are thinking about eating your face.
Quote from Forsaken by the Others (Releasing July 2, 2013): Saving the master vampire of the city from a devious necromancer didn't leave much extra time for laundry.
Quote from Forsaken by the Others (Releasing July 2, 2013): Saving the master vampire of the city from a devious necromancer didn’t leave much extra time for laundry.
Quote from Forsaken by the Others (Releasing July 2, 2013): "I'm not deliberately putting myself at risk this time because I have a death wish. I'm doing it because I need to prove to myself that I still have the capacity to do great good, not just great evil."
Quote from Forsaken by the Others (Releasing July 2, 2013): “I’m not deliberately putting myself at risk this time because I have a death wish. I’m doing it because I need to prove to myself that I still have the capacity to do great good, not just great evil.”

Have you pre-ordered yet? No?! What are you waiting for?!

Pre-Order Now:
Amazon / Amazon UK / Amazon Canada
Barnes & Noble
Book Depository
Books-A-Million
Powells
Indiebound

In other news, if you missed it on Facebook, I just got my author copies of the French versions of Hunted by the Others, Taken by the Others, and Deceived by the Others. Aren’t they gorgeous?!

French versions of Hunted by the Others, Taken by the Others, and Deceived by the Others!
French versions of Hunted by the Others, Taken by the Others, and Deceived by the Others!

If you are in the U.S. and want to get your hands on them, you can find them here. (Warning: They are le pricey.) If you are in France, I am not sure what the usual outlets are there, but the publisher is Bragelonne / Milady and you can find them here.

Alrighty, my lovelies. I’m off to get more work done on the blog tour and whatnot. Have a great weekend, and happy reading!

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Release Day and Giveaway for THE REAL WEREWIVES OF VAMPIRE COUNTY!

It’s release day!

Drama. Scandal. Secrets. And a whole lot of supernatural goings-on. 
I’M PUREBLOOD WERE, AND PROUD OF IT…
“Where Darkness Lives” by Alexandra Ivy

No one’s more surprised than Sophia when she’s struck by an unfamiliar maternal urge to move near her daughters. But instead of being greeted by a welcome committee, she’s targeted by kidnappers…and saddled with a gorgeous bodyguard on a mission to protect–and seduce… 

I’M A TOMBOY AT HEART, BUT I WANT A MAN WHO MAKES ME FEEL LIKE A REAL WOMAN…
“Murder on Mysteria Lane” by Angie Fox

When a werewolf trophy wife is found dead in Vampire County, Heather McPhee goes undercover to investigate. Heather’s never been a mascara-and-manicures sort of girl, but she’s willing to learn. Especially with sexy vampire detective Lucian Mead posing as her husband…

WHO’S AFRAID OF THE BIG, BAD WEREWOLVES? NOT ME, THAT’S FOR SURE…
“What’s Yours is Mine” by Jess Haines

Still Waters is like many other exclusive gated communities–except that it’s home to one of the largest werewolf packs in the state. But Tiffany Winters isn’t frightened of her big, bad new neighbors. In fact, she intends to take her place among the pack…

THIS IS A TOWN FULL OF SECRETS. AND I INTEND TO UNCOVER ALL OF THEM…
“Werewolves in Chic Clothing” by Tami Dane

Ever since Christine Price moved in with her fiancé, Jonathan, and his twelve year old son, she’s worked hard to fit in with a cadre of local women whose lives seem picture-perfect. Except no one in Jon’s upscale neighborhood is quite who they appear to be. Least of all Jon…

Order from such fine establishments as Barnes & Noble / Nook, Amazon / Kindle, Book Depository, Books-A-Million, or your local independent bookstore!

Now, I know I usually run a contest before the book comes out but, as man of you know, things have been a little hectic for me these last few weeks wrapping up STALKING THE OTHERS (H&W Investigations #4).

To make up for it, I am running a giveaway for a signed copy of THE REAL WEREWIVES OF VAMPIRE COUNTY! Considering I’ve only signed about 6 of these so far, you’ll be the coolest kid on the block once you get one.

Not enough? Oh, all right.

In addition to the book, I will include:

An H&W Investigations T-shirt (women’s M/L/XL only)
1 book thong (your choice – HBTO, TBTO, or DBTO)
1 jar of candied hibiscus flowers (’cause, ya know… it’s froufrou and shiz)
1 Blood Bath shower gel (tell me that isn’t amazing and totally appropriate!)

Still not enough?!

Okay, you can choose one of the H&W Investigations books—HUNTED, TAKEN, or DECEIVED BY THE OTHERS—and I will sign it for you or for a friend. Your choice!

To enter, leave a comment on this blog post telling me what you think of the Real Housewives TV shows! Have you seen any of them? If not, are you planning on seeing them in the future? Or does the very thought of sitting through that make your skin crawl?

Usual legal blah blah blah applies. Winner will be picked courtesy of Random.org.  Open to all/international—unless your country has something against candied hibiscus flowers, in which case, that sucks. Check back on December 1st for the winner to be announced. The winner has 72 hours from the announcement to contact me to claim their swag, or I reserve the right to pick someone else based on the hilarity of their entry, chocolate bribes, and/or the position of the stars that day.

CONTEST CLOSES AT MIDNIGHT, PST, ON NOVEMBER 30th, 2011!

Good luck, and enjoy the bitchery!

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I’m Up for a Few Bookie Awards!

Holy wow! I’m honored that I’ve been nominated (by you, the readers) into this year’s Bookie Awards! I was lucky enough to be a presenter at Authors After Dark this year, and I can tell you, it warms me right down to the cockles of my heart that some of you felt strongly enough to vote me onto the ballot.

If you want to vote for me and some of your other favorite romance and urban fantasy authors this year, click here to take the survey. You’ll find me in the following categories:

1. Anthology of the Year – The Real Werewives of Vampire County

6. Shifter Short Story of the Year – What’s Yours is Mine

24. Most Accessible Author – Yours Truly

29. Reader Voted Star of Tomorrow – Yours Truly

33. Series of the Year – H&W Investigations

38. Vampire Short Story of the Year – What’s Yours Is Mine (though I would like to point out it would not be fair to vote for me on this one–the story is more about werewolves than vampires)

39. Werewolf Novel of the Year - Deceived by the Others

46. Best Foreplay Scene – Taken by the Others (Wait, wut–when did I write foreplay in that one? Maybe when Royce had Shia up against the wall in her apartment? Never mind, I’m not complaining. RAWR.)

46. Best Foreplay Scene – Deceived by the Others has ALSO been nominated for this category! Holy schnikes!

50. Best Villain – Max Carlyle

So, there you have it! Sally forth and vote as you will. Thanks again for considering me for so many categories! My readers rock my socks!

…as an aside, I don’t know what cockles are, but they sound dirty. *brow waggle*

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Celebrating HUNTED BY THE OTHERS Release Date Anniversary With A Giveaway!

Good lawd, people, has it really been a year already?!

Here’s the deal. Most of you reading this blog have already read my first book. I’d like to think most of you liked it. *g* Hopefully, you liked it enough to want to share it with other people.

So! Why is that important to you?

It means both YOU and A FRIEND (or family member) get something out of the giveaway I’m holding to celebrate the one year anniversary of the release of HUNTED BY THE OTHERS!

HOW IT WORKS

Leave a comment telling me which friend or family member you want me to sign a copy of HBTO for, and which one of my stories YOU want–up to and including the as yet unreleased DECEIVED BY THE OTHERS (coming July 5, 2011) or my contribution to the Werewives anthology (coming Oct/Nov 2011)–and I’ll pick a winner out of the entries. The idea is to introduce new people to the series–so who do you think would like to read the first H&W novel, and what would you like to have for yourself?

Here’s what you can choose:

HUNTED BY THE OTHERS (H&W Investigations Series #1)

In a Town Like This, Being A P.I. Can Be Murder

Shiarra Waynest’s detective work was dangerous enough when her client base was strictly mortal. But ailing finances have forced her to accept a lucrative case that could save her firm—if it doesn’t kill her first. Shiarra has signed on to work for a high-level mage to recover an ancient artifact owned by one of New York’s most powerful vampires.

As soon as Shiarra meets sexy, mesmerizing vamp Alec Royce, she knows her assignment is even more complicated than she thought. With a clandestine anti-Other group trying to recruit her, and magi being eliminated, Shiarra needs back-up and enlists her ex-boyfriend—a werewolf whose non-furry form is disarmingly appealing—and a nerdy mage with surprising talents. But it may not be enough. In a city where the undead roam, magic rules, and even the Others aren’t always what they seem, Shiarra has just become the secret weapon in a battle between good and evil—whether she likes it or not…

TAKEN BY THE OTHERS (H&W Investigations Series #2)

Once, New York P.I. Shiarra Waynest’s most pressing problem was keeping her agency afloat. Now she’s dealing with two dangerous, seductive vampires who have been enemies for centuries. The only thing Max Carlyle and Alec Royce agree on is that they both want Shia–for very different reasons.

Max is determined to destroy Shia for killing his progeny, while Royce’s interest is a lot more personal. That’s not sitting well with Shia’s werewolf boyfriend, Chaz. As the feud between Max and Royce gets ever more deadly, a powerful vampire-hunting faction is urging Shia to join their side. Shia has always believed vamps were the bad guys, but she’s discovering unexpected shades of grey that are about to redefine her friends, her loyalties–and even her desires…

DECEIVED BY THE OTHERS (H&W Investigations Series #3 — ADVANCED READER COPY as this title does not release until July 5, 2011)

Shiarra’s relationship with sexy werewolf Chaz may be somewhat unconventional. Still, after a few bumps, Shia is finally ready to get serious. That means meeting family–or in this case, bringing Chaz’s entire werewolf pack along for a rollicking full-moon weekend in the Catskills.

Soon after they arrive, threatening notes appear, warning Chaz to go home. Then their cabin is ransacked. Shia starts digging to find out whether it’s the work of upstart teenaged werewolves or something more sinister. Yet as rumors about her vampire connections arouse the pack’s hostility, Shia has to contend with other dangers. Not just from an adversary about to make his fatal intentions known, but from a threat that’s even closer than she knows…

NOCTURNAL (anthology)

SPARK OF TEMPTATION

Blackmailed into taking a treacherous case, P.I. Sara Halloway is thrust into a demon war. Sara seeks guidance from a charismatic mage, but their hunger for one another soon becomes a deadly distraction…and the danger surrounding them only makes their urges more powerful…

WHAT’S YOURS IS MINE (unreleased novella which will be included in the REAL WEREWIVES OF VAMPIRE COUNTY anthology–printout of a draft of my story, as I do not have ARCs yet and this title does not release until Oct/Nov 2011)

(Note: This is my synopsis, not Kensington’s. Back cover copy not yet released.)

Tiffany Winters is new to the Still Waters gated community located just outside of Saddle River, New Jersey. This wouldn’t be remarkable if that community wasn’t the home of the Diamondfangs—one of the largest werewolf packs in the state.

Cassandra Sachs is the alpha female in the pack, and she has big plans for expansion. That means recruiting new wolves into the pack—so Tiffany seems like the perfect person to start with. She’s recently divorced (that can be overlooked), affluent (always a bonus), and a brass-bound bitch, just like many of the Werewives. In fact, she’s eager to join the pack. The problem?

As an ex-White Hat, Tiffany is not quite the Werewife material Cassandra thought she was. Except she knows what she’s gotten herself into, and isn’t about to let the girls get away with leaving her out of their exclusive clique. She’ll find a place for herself in the pack, no matter what it takes—or use her skills as a former supernatural hunter to make the werewives pay for leaving her out of their pack.

BONUS POINTS

+1 Entry (each–include the link[s] in your comment)

  • Link this giveaway on your blog
  • Link this giveaway on Facebook
  • Link this giveaway on Twitter

+3 Entries

  • Did someone choose you to receive a signed copy of HUNTED BY THE OTHERS? Awesome! If you enter, you get extra entries, too!

+5 Entries

  • The person you want to give a signed copy of HUNTED BY THE OTHERS to stops by to confirm in the comments that you sent them! (Note: This does not bar them from doing their own entry.)

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This giveaway is open internationally and is open from now until midnight PST, Saturday, May 21st, 2011. On Sunday, I will pick and announce the winner on my blog. As usual, see Ze Rules for the legal fine print. Good luck to everyone who enters!

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Ladies and Gents, We Haz a Winnarz

First and foremost, I’d like to thank everyone who entered the TAKEN BY THE OTHERS release day giveaway. Many of you entertained the everloving bejeezus out of me. Some of you are new to the site–and I’m happy you found me!

Don’t worry if you didn’t win–you have a second chance at getting your hands on a copy of DECEIVED BY THE OTHERS–while helping a good cause, to boot! If you didn’t catch my news post about it, Operation Auction is now live, and you can bid on a full signed set of my books (yes, that includes an ARC of DECEIVED BY THE OTHERS), among other awesome things. All proceeds go to Fatin and her family.  My books are here. The rest of the store is here. Keep checking throughout the week–there will be new items and packages added over the next few days!

So, I’ll get on with it. I’m sure you all want to know who won the giveaway, eh? Disclaimer: the Grand Prize was chosen entirely by moi and was based solely and only upon my opinion of what constitutes epic LOLery. Second and third place were picked courtesy of Random.org.

And now, without further ado…

THIRD PLACE

JOANNA B!

Your entry:

I haven’t read your series yet. My favorite paranormal creatures are shifters. Followed by vampires. Thanks for the opportunity!

Welcome to the series, JoAnna! Hope you love the books!

SECOND PLACE

CARMEN R!

Your entry:

I think Shiarra should just work for herself and if she can’t do that then she should team up with the vampires. I think that if she chooses teams she could be hurting herself because the other teams may not come to her aid when she needs them the most.

Wise words, my dear. More than you know. *g*  Enjoy your prize!

GRAND PRIZE

SULLIVAN McPIG and VOODOO BRIDE!!!

With an entry like this, there was no contest. You guys crack me up!

Please contact me with your shipping information within 72 hours or a new winner will be chosen.

Once again, congratulations to the winners!!!  You were all fantastic, and I look forward to seeing everyone’s entries in the next big giveaway!

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And Now, for the Merciless DECEIVED BY THE OTHERS Teaser!

So, as most of you know, I got the ARCs for DECEIVED BY THE OTHERS (book 3 in the H&W Investigations series, coming July 5, 2011).

They’re here, and they’re real…werewolves, vampires, mages, and other creatures of the night. For New York P.I. Shiarra Waynest, taking care of Others business started out as a way to stay solvent. But now business is getting very, very complicated…

Shiarra’s relationship with sexy werewolf Chaz may be somewhat unconventional. Still, after a few bumps, Shia is finally ready to get serious. That means meeting family–or in this case, bringing Chaz’s entire werewolf pack along for a rollicking full-moon weekend in the Catskills.

Soon after they arrive, threatening notes appear, warning Chaz to go home. Then their cabin is ransacked. Shia starts digging to find out whether it’s the work of upstart teenaged werewolves or something more sinister. Yet as rumors about her vampire connections arouse the pack’s hostility, Shia has to contend with other dangers. Not just from an adversary about to make his fatal intentions known, but from a threat that’s even closer than she knows…

In reading the book over again, I’m reminded of just how much I absolutely CAN NOT talk about what’s coming because so much goes on in this story, I can barely touch on a single part without treading into Spoilerville.

However!

I don’t think it’s too out of line for me to share a little snippet. Since one of my Twitter followers requested something hot, I figure this is as good a piece to share as any. Does that make me a horrible tease? You betcha. Do I care how horrible a tease I am? Ask the Wicked Little Pixie. Hehe.

This snippet contains spoilers for something that occurs late in book two, TAKEN BY THE OTHERS–so don’t read this if you haven’t read TAKEN yet! You’ve been warned!

“I want a future with you, Chaz. I can’t imagine being without you. You’ve saved my life, more than once, and stood by me during some of the toughest trials I’ve ever endured.” I lifted a hand up to his cheek, making him look at me. The hurt so raw in his expression cut me deeper than I would have expected, made it hard to say my next words. “When I was bound to Royce, I loved him.”

Chaz started to pull away, withdrawing his arm around me. My hand fell to his shoulder, holding him there while I straddled his waist, preventing him from rising. He glared up at me, brows furrowed and teeth suddenly bared in an angry sneer.

“Don’t,” he growled. “You’ve said enough.”

“Chaz, shut the fuck up and let me finish,” I snarled back. Startled, he settled down, anger still glinting in his icy blue eyes but some of the tension trickling out of him as he settled down beneath me. “I loved him because I had to. I had no choice. Do you understand? It wasn’t real. His blood made me want to be with him and do what he said. Hell, I couldn’t have said no if he’d really pushed me to let him touch me or drink my blood. He never asked, but I wouldn’t have been able to say no if he did. That’s nothing like what we have. I’m with you because I have a choice, and because I care about you. I won’t blindly do what you say – but if I did, is that how you’d want me?”

He stared up at me, anger and confusion and hurt warring with a sudden understanding. He knew now, knew what neither of us had the courage to say since I ran on bloodied feet from the divided loyalties that waited for me in Royce’s shadow.

When he answered, his voice was low, hardly a whisper.

“No.”

Not satisfied, I bunched up his shirt in my fists, anger getting the better of me the more I thought about it. Chaz couldn’t possibly understand what it had been like for me. How hard it had been to stay sane, stay me, and walk away when it was over. Worse, wrong or not, he still felt jealous of the vampire for having some part of me he’d never touched.

“I craved his blood, Chaz. He could have kept me there, given me more when I begged for it, and made me his. He didn’t. He let me go. Don’t blame him for doing what he thought he had to do to keep me safe.”

“Why not, Shia?” Chaz grabbed me by the shoulders, startling me when he reversed our positions, his legs on either side of my hips. Cold water from the pool bit at my toes and seeped into my shirt from the grass under my back. His weight on my legs was light, but I couldn’t sit up. “Why shouldn’t I blame him? Hell, we’ve slept together, but you two were more intimate than we’ve ever been. You’re bound to him by blood and by contract. Do you want the leech instead? Should I let you go?”

If not for the tears in his eyes, I would’ve been offended. I hadn’t realized the depth of his hurt until now. He was angry, so angry, but that anger was built upon something neither of us had any control over.

With a low growl, I answered him the only way I could think of that wouldn’t hurt him more. I threw my arms around his neck and pulled myself up to kiss him, not letting him draw away when he jerked back. Digging my nails into his shoulders, I poured every ounce of anger and frustration and need into that moment, hungrily slanting my mouth over his. Before long, his hands were crushing me to him, an equal passion driving him to devour my kiss like he was starving for the taste of me.

We tugged and pulled at each others’ clothing, the wet grass sliding under my back and legs as my shirt and pants disappeared. One of the buttons on Chaz’s shirt popped off and plunked into the water, forgotten as skin met skin, the heat generated between us making it easy to forget the cold and the mud. His teeth grazed my skin as he kissed and licked his way from my cheek, down my neck, and settled to a light suckling on my nipple through the thin material of my bra.

My breath caught as his fingers, rough and calloused, brushed along my stomach and down between my legs. We’d done far more than this without a contract, but that was before I knew what he was. We shouldn’t have been doing this. He’d never hurt me – I knew he wouldn’t – but there were so many things that could go wrong if we ignored the law.

Sensing my hesitation, Chaz paused, regarding me with a mixture of lust and anger so intense a shiver of fear trickled down my spine.

“Do you want me to stop?”

His question meant more than what he was asking. If he stopped now, it would be the end of everything between us.

You know, I love this part. I love it a lot. I especially love that I can’t tell you how Shia answers Chaz…

Want to know what happens next–before all your other reader-friends? Enter to win an advance reader copy now! You have until midnight tomorrow to amuse me more than Voodoo Bride, who is currently in the lead in the LOL department with this entry. Or, ya know, pre-order from Amazon or Barnes & Noble or the Book Depository or something so I make some money off this writerly business. *g*

Whatcha think, eh? Want more?

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Charity, WTFery, and a Reminder

Just a little news post to tide you over until the weekend!

Charity
 
Operation Auction

Fatim, a blogger and proponent of the online romance writer community, recently lost her husband when he was shot while tending at his store. That means she’s left alone to support four children. Several authors, bloggers, editors and agents have come together for Operation Auction to raise funds to help her and her family get through this difficult time. I’ve offered a complete set of my books (HUNTED BY THE OTHERS, TAKEN BY THE OTHERS, an ARC of DECEIVED BY THE OTHERS, and NOCTURNAL) as part of this effort.  Please stop by to see some of the other items that will be up for sale, and what you can do to help Fatim.  (Note: the auction isn’t live yet. You’ll have to watch the Operation Auction website for more info on when they’ll be putting these items up for sale.)

WTFery

An author felt it best to withdraw her story from an anthology because her editor told her she needed to change her two male love interests into a male/female relationship.  KT has the skinny, and you can read the observations and thoughts of the author, Jessica Verday, on this situation directly by stopping at her website.  Personally, I believe that if the editor didn’t want M/M in the anthology, the guidelines for submission should have been made more clear from the start and thus would have avoided this brouhaha.  Waiting until after the story is written?  That’s not okay. 

A Reminder

Time is running out to enter the TAKEN BY THE OTHERS / DECEIVED BY THE OTHERS giveaway! Enter by midnight on Saturday, March 26th, 2011!

An Extra Bonus!

Keep an eye on the blog–I’ll be posting an exclusive excerpt from DECEIVED BY THE OTHERS later this week.  By request, it’s a bit on the racy side.  Tee hee! 

‘Til then…

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Saturday Love Letter

Another week has come and gone, but that’s no reason to be sad! This week, I have something especially romantic (and hilarious) to share with you!

No, no, not my Valentine’s Day giveaway (which is open until midnight PST tomorrow, by the way). You’ve heard plenty about that already!

No, what I’m here to share with you is The Princess and the Penis. If you haven’t heard about this tres amusing short story yet, you are really missing out! This free short story tells the tale of a lovely, innocent princess whose bed becomes haunted by a phantom penis that makes it quite difficult for her to get a good night’s sleep. I could not stop giggling like a madwoman while I read this, so I do hope you don’t get put off by the title and will give this one a shot. It’s really quite good (and very, very funny)!

As you may already know, I had an absolute blast at Authors After Dark last year. I am definitely planning on attending this year, too! I’m looking forward to seeing the friends I made last year, as well as getting to know some authors like Carolyn Crane, Larissa Ione, Meljean Brook, Alexandra Ivy, and my new favorite debut whose book I am dying to read, Allison Pang, just to name a few. Plus I get to meet all those awesome bloggers and fans, talk on panels, and give away more fantastic stuff! Love it, love it, love it. It will be held at the DoubleTree Hotel in Philadelphia this August 11th-14th, 2011. Check the official Authors After Dark website for details. Will I see you there?

One of the reasons I bring up Authors After Dark is because of a fabulous blogger who I met while I was there last year! This ties in to my NOCTURNAL giveaway, because the hysterically funny, terribly dirty-minded, and all around awesome Joy of Joyfully Reviewed had this to say about SPARK OF TEMPTATION:

“Spark of Temptation” shows Sara that not all mages are the same. I loved Sara’s spunkiness and Arnold’s determination to prove that they belonged together. Sara and Arnold’s adventure was action packed and had me wondering just what would happen next in several spots. That they could defeat powerful enemies while discovering a future together wove in perfectly with the adventure. I loved that the vampires were not the ‘bad’ parties just because of what they were. Another world I hope to see expanded upon. Yet another great story that is making this book a keeper.

Doesn’t that make you itch to get your hands on Sara and Arnold’s story?!

There are more lovely reviews floating around the internet, of course. LovLivLife Reviews had some fabulous things to say about HUNTED and TAKEN BY THE OTHERS, and Sara’s Urban Fantasy Blog reviewed TBTO.

I don’t have a solid date yet, but if you’d like a shot at interacting with Shia (and perhaps even Sara, Arnold, Chaz, and Royce), keep an eye on #UFChat on Twitter in March! I’ll be doing an interview and giveaway, and answering YOUR questions–so be ready to toss me and Shia some good ones!

I think that’s all for now, folks. It’s been a long, busy week, and I have to get back to the reading page proofs (the final version before ARCs are printed) of DECEIVED BY THE OTHERS. Any news or other special tidbits you want to share?

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The Saturday News Post is Back!

Hello, gentle readers! So good to be back. I’ve missed you all!

Now, on to the good stuff….

First, Max Brooks, New York Times bestselling author of THE ZOMBIE SURVIVAL GUIDE and WORLD WAR Z, has a free short story up on The Daily Beast. I strongly suggest you read it, because it is made of awesomesauce.

Speaking of awesomesauce, McK has decided to (FINALLY) put his hysterical version of what happened when we went to see the first Twilight movie in theaters up on his blog. You should read it. You should also read his short bit on The Death of Big Bird. The hilarity. He haz it.

There are a few other free reads available around the net. For example, JoJo’s Book Corner posted about J. Alexander’s smexy short, BECOMING DINNER, available for free from Smashwords (enter this coupon code at checkout: CY76Z). Remember to thank Ms. Alexander on JoJo’s blog if you like it! Or you can head over to OmniLit or its sister site, All Romance Ebooks–though some of those stories are VERY spicy, meant for those 18+–for over 250 free ebooks available for download (thanks to Jackie for pointing out the link)!

Also, kudos to Le R for living her dream! The Rejectionist will no longer be rejecting us from inside the publishing industry, for she has sallied forth onto the streets of New York to become a published author. Good luck, Le R. You can do it!

Oh, and if you haven’t already, you should enter the Valentine’s Day NOCTURNAL giveaway, or share your entry for the TAKEN BY THE OTHERS / DECEIVED BY THE OTHERS giveaway!

Now, of course, I have to give a shout-out to everyone who has done a recent review of either HUNTED BY THE OTHERS:

Or TAKEN BY THE OTHERS:

And you know that no Saturday news post would be complete without a crapload of guest posts and interviews featuring yours truly!

So…. did I miss anything? *g*

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