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Debut Author Contest — 4 Authors… Big Prizes

Posted November 29, 2011 By Jennifer

Support Four Debut Authors and Snag $125!

Four books

Great Prizes

With this contest, there is something for everyone and it’s SO simple to be in on the winning!

On November 28 and/or 29, purchase 1 or all 4 of the debut author’s books listed here. Then forward proof of purchase (the receipt Amazon sends you will do just fine) to : and get up to 4 entries into a draw for a $100 Amazon gift card!

It’s that easy, no reviews, no hoops to jump through. Just a great .99 book or two. Or three or four. AND, if the person who wins the $100 Amazon Gift Card has purchased all 4 books, an additional $25 Amazon Gift Card will be awarded to the winner!

On top of that, 2 random commenter’s picked from 2 of our participating blogs will receive $5 gift Amazon gift cards . So, be sure to leave a comment and let us know what you think of the promo, the books, or the authors.

Winners will be chosen randomly, one entry per person, per book.

All winners will be announced on December 7th on Wringing Out Words (

“Between” by Cyndi Tefft

It just figures that the love of Lindsey Water’s life isn’t alive at all, but the grim reaper, complete with a dimpled smile, and Scottish accent.

After transporting souls to heaven for the last 300 years, Aiden MacRae has all but given up on finding the one whose love will redeem him and allow him entry through the pearly gates.

Torn between her growing attraction to Aiden and heaven’s siren song, Lindsey must learn the hard way whether love really can transcend all boundaries.


“Until Dawn: Last Light” by Jennifer Simas

When darkness falls, whose side will you be on?

For the past six years, Zoë has been anything but “normal.” Struggling to accept her immortality and thrown into a war that’s been waging in the shadows for over a thousand years, Zoë must now become who she was meant to be, joining the other Chosen to save what’s left of humanity. When the endless night falls over the Earth, will she be able to save the one man who reminds her of what it is to be human, or will it be too late?

Until Dawn: Last Light is a story of death and despair, love and longing, hope and hopelessness, and the ability to survive and keep going even when it seems impossible – when you want nothing more than to give up.


“The Kayson Cycle” by Jonathan D. Allen

A stranger enters a dying town and makes a desperate plea…

The Kayson Cycle introduces the Kayson Brothers, a pair of faith healers who once wowed crowds in a traveling show but went their separate ways after a night in which a healing took a dark turn. Jeffrey Kayson disappeared into the wilderness and William Kayson, wracked by guilt, moved to the failing mining town of Calico Hills to build a nice, quiet life – one that has lasted for over ten years.

His quiet, predictable life crumbles when a mysterious stranger walks into his tavern bearing a proposal to find his long-lost brother and do the one thing that William has sworn to never do again – have his brother heal a woman. William soon learns that he can’t escape his family – or his destiny.

Includes an exclusive sample chapter of The Corridors of the Dead. Please note that this is a Kindle Single, and around 6,000 words in length.


“Sundered” by Shannon Mayer

A miracle drug, Nevermore, spreads like wildfire throughout the world allowing people to eat what they want, and still lose weight. It is everything the human population has ever dreamed of and Mara is no different. Only a simple twist of fate stops her from taking Nevermore.

As the weeks roll by, it becomes apparent that Nevermore is not the miracle it claimed. A true to life nightmare, the drug steals the very essence that makes up humanity and unleashes a new and deadly species on the world that is bent on filling its belly. Locked down within their small farm home, Mara and her husband Sebastian struggle against increasingly bad odds, fighting off marauders and monsters alike.

But Sebastian carries a dark secret, one that more than threatens to tear them apart, it threatens to destroy them both and the love they have for each other.

Now Mara must make the ultimate choice. Will she live for love, or will she live to survive?


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Lynsay Sands and Jeaniene Frost join up to give us a special holiday treat! As a Cat & Bones fan, how could I NOT include THE BITE BEFORE CHRISTMAS in this event?? Although, if you’ve followed our lovely vamp couple, you know that NO holiday runs smoothly…

In Lynsay Sands’ “The Gift,” Katricia Argeneau knows grey-eyed cop Teddy Brunswick is her life mate. She just needs to convince him they belong together, and being snowbound in a secluded cabin will make this a Christmas neither will forget.

It’s “Home for the Holidays” in Jeaniene Frost’s Night Huntress series. Cat and Bones may long to wrap presents and set up a tree, but this Christmas, an evil vampire and long-buried family secrets will threaten to take a bite out of their holiday cheer.

This book is a must have for fans of both the Argeneau series, and the Night Huntress series. To enter to win a copy of A BITE BEFORE CHRISTMAS, tell me what Christmas tradition you’re looking forward to the most. Remember to leave your first name and email address in the comments. A winner will be chosen randomly on Saturday, November 26th. GOOD LUCK!!

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For this holiday book selection, I stepped out of my “genre box” and just grabbed something that looked fun. HOLY COW!!! I was NOT prepared for this, lol. My introduction to Tim Dorsey

It’s ho, ho, ho time in this hilarious and wacky Florida holiday tale, featuring bighearted psychopath Serge Storms and his sidekick, Coleman. Like Santa, Serge knows who’s been naughty and who’s been nice. Few can give with the generosity and creativity of Serge, and as December 24 rolls around, he is filling up the Serge sleigh with an unforgettable bag of presents.

But before that, it’s all a big free-range Christmas office party, where Serge will be spreading his special cheer. And there’s that last-minute go-for-broke spree at the mall (just beware of those attacking elves—they bite). While you’re there, skip the lame photo on Santa’s lap—Serge will give you a lap ride you’ll never forget. As for that addled elf Coleman, there’s nothing like a white Christmas. Let it snow!

So grab a six-pack, spike the eggnog, and hit the dunes on the beach as Serge and Coleman roast some nuts on an open fire and prove that reindeer really do know how to fly!

Unfortunately, this book comes well into the series life of Serge Storms. I’m sure there are many ongoing jokes that I didn’t get, but luckily, that didn’t stop me from enjoying the book. There just aren’t sufficient words to prepare someone this brand of holiday fare. If you’re up for a book that will make your cheeks sore from laughing, and your head spin from all the  WTFery, and your heart warm from Serge’s (very deep down) holiday spirit, this is the book for you! (And you’ll never look at a mall elf without laughing again!!)

I want to thank Tim Dorsey for bringing Serge to the world, and to me. Here are a few things Tim is thankful for:

  • Florida
  • back roads
  • 7-Eleven
  • Gasoline
  • Cameras
  • shoes with velcro

**as a fellow Floridian, I have to say, most of those items are on MY “things I’m thankful for” list, as well. 🙂 **

So… my question for you… are you thankful for something that is locale specific?? Does your town/state/country do something special that you appreciate?? Comment below and you could win a copy of Tim Dorsey’s WHEN ELVES ATTACK. Please remember to leave your first name and email address in your comment so I can reach you if you win. Winner will be chosen on Saturday, Nov 26th. GOOD LUCK!!

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This is the time of year when people are taking time to reflect on what makes them happy in their lives, and what they’re thankful for. It’s also the time of year we’re all starting to get that little twinkle in our spirits that let’s us know Christmas is coming. I thought I’d do a little mash-up of these ideas by highlighting a few Christmas titles, and giving people a chance to talk about some things they’re thankful for. And for each book, YOU will have a chance to win it!!

It’s the time of year for twinkling lights on trees and kisses under the mistletoe. Yet the passing of another year means nothing to the stunning immortals who lurk in the shadows of the new-fallen snow.

And they don’t care if you’ve been naughty or nice.

Let four fanged lovers open your eyes to a passion you never dared to imagine. After all, there’s no place like home for the holidays and these dazzling vampires can’t wait for an invitation.

(from Michele):  Around this time of year, we all find things to be thankful for, but I try to recognize and give thanks all year round.  Of course, there’s the usual, family, friends, health.  And my cats.  😉  But lately I’m thankful for tea.  Yep.  I was once a tea-hater.  Thought it tasted like sticks soaked in water.  But over the past year I’ve become a tea lover, and drink 2 – 4 cups a day.  I am thankful because it calms me and brings me to a moment of quiet.  Reminds me to just stop and slow down and think of nothing.  A nice little ritual I can experience a few times a day!

(from Laurie):  Thanks, Jennifer, for having me on right before Thanksgiving.

One thing I’m very thankful for are my bookclubs. I’m actively involved in three of them.

The members of my original group met online over our mutual love of books and they are some of my closest friends today. As we talked about the books, movies, and music we loved and why, we got to know each other. Now, we talk about our families, our hardships, our jobs. We cheer on each others’ dreams of going back to school, applying for a new job, writing a book, starting a business. We’ve been a shoulder to cry on through health challenges, natural disasters, family crises, layoffs. I’ve laughed and cried with these ladies more than I thought possible on Skype, IM, Facebook, in fan forums and chat rooms.

Although I’ve not met some of them in person (my online group hails from 5 or 6 countries), I’m very thankful for each of them.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

Jennifer asked me to put together one of my silly sentence games, so here goes.

Use these three things in one meaningful sentence:

  • 1. turkey
  • 2. chisel
  • 3. banana slug

I can’t wait to read your sentences. 🙂

You heard the lady… one lucky sentence writer will win a copy of A VAMPIRE FOR CHRISTMAS. Winner will be chosen and notified on Saturday, Nov 26th. Please remember to include your first name and email in your comment. You may enter as many times as you wish. GOOD LUCK!!

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