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Merry Christmas and happy holidays, my lovely reader friends!! Now that Thanksgiving has passed (and while we’re all trying to fit back into our clothes after yesterday’s dinner) it’s time to start passing out presents!!! Ok, maybe not ALL the presents, but how about some virtual “Secret Santa” presents to our favorite characters in the urban fantasy and paranormal romance world, and some very real convention registrations for two of YOU!!

That’s right. One blog hop commenter will win free registration to the 2014 Coastal Magic Convention in Daytona Beach, Florida, in February. A second winner will win registration to the 2015 event!! This is a weekend full of fun panels, meet & greets and face time with some of your favorite authors in the UF/PNR genre. Over 50 authors will be featured, and you’ll be surrounded by fellow book lovers.

A few of the participating blog hosts are Featured Bloggers for the Coastal Magic Convention, and a few are Featured Authors. Be sure to ask them questions or leave them comments about the con if you’re curious about it, or if you’re planning to attend. They’ll be thrilled to hear from you!! To find a list of confirmed Featured Authors and other information about Coastal Magic, be sure to check out the website.

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In addition to the two overall, grand prize winners… some of the blogs will be featuring individual prizes, so keep an eye out for those as you’re checking out the other stops on the hop!!

Here’s how to enter:

1 – The ENTIRE urban fantasy and paranormal romance world is yours to choose from. Imagine every name in a giant Santa hat… whose name do YOU pick?? List that person’s name, what book they’re from, and what gift you would give them in the comments section of this blog.

2 – Click on the Rafflecopter link and complete the entry tasks you’d like to participate in. The ONLY mandatory entry is your “secret santa” comment, but there are a few other ways to get extra entries. (just a few, I promise 🙂 )

3 – Visit other blogs on the list between today and December 6th to play again!

So… easy peasy, right?!? I’m excited to see who each of you chooses!!!

*****ADDITIONAL GIVEAWAY FROM BOOKS MAKE ME HAPPY:::::: Each commenter below will ALSO be entered to win a prize pack from Coastal Magic Featured Author Amanda Carlson!!! Prize pack includes winner’s choice of one book from Amanda’s Jessica McClain series and a tote bag!! *****

GOOD LUCK, everyone!! Let the season of giving begin!!

Click Here To Enter The Coastal Magic Convention “Secret Santa” Blog Hop Contest

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I WONDER… Wednesday – #4 – Sneak Peeks & Spoilers

Posted November 20, 2013 By Jennifer

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Hello, my lovies 🙂 And welcome to a new mid-week feature, called “I Wonder…”. Basically, this is my chance to chat with you all about something I’ve been pondering. Every week’s topic will be book/publishing/author related in some way. I’m looking for feedback on these posts… so I’d love to hear your thoughts. (It’s lonely over here in my little corner of cyberspace!!)

I finished reading a book the other day that had a familiar “issue” at the end… then I saw this today…

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This solidified my question for all of you today…

Do you read the “bonus excerpt”, for an upcoming book, at the end of the book you’re currently reading? Do you read sneak peeks, or chapter excerpts on author websites or blog posts? Do you grasp at every social media snippet available, or do you shun them all and wait for the full experience when the book is released?

I’m a bit mixed up on this. Sometimes, I’ll hunt down everything I can find… and sometimes I try to avoid the spoilers. (I’ve also been guilty of checking the last few pages of a story to make sure a character’s name shows up, if I’m worried they won’t make it, lol!!) There doesn’t seem to be any rhyme or reason to my choices, when it comes to which stories I want info ahead on, and which ones I wait for. I tend to think that if I REALLY want the next book… then the teasers/spoilers just make it THAT MUCH HARDER to wait. And that if I’m just “looking forward” to reading something, but not really dying for it… the snippets are fun and keep me interested. But even that’s not ALWAYS true for me. I’m just all kinds of all over the place where this is concerned.

Are you guys more dedicated to the spoiler/no spoiler decision than I am? Are you kinda wishy-washy like me?

Oh… and those “extras” at the end of the book??? They should be different colored pages or something, cause that’s just MEAN!!! LOL!!!

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Hello, my lovies 🙂 And welcome to a new mid-week feature, called “I Wonder…”. Basically, this is my chance to chat with you all about something I’ve been pondering. Every week’s topic will be book/publishing/author related in some way. I’m looking for feedback on these posts… so I’d love to hear your thoughts. (It’s lonely over here in my little corner of cyberspace!!)

As some of you know, I work in a bookstore (Books-A-Million), so I see book covers ALL DAY LONG 🙂 It’s a job I absolutely LOVE, even on the days I want to yank my hair out, lol!!! One thing that seems to creep up more and more, I’m noticing, is an author’s name being larger than the title of the book. That just seems odd to me. I’m sure there’s probably a reason for it, and any of you who have done more cover design than I have can probably shed some light on the subject. But it seems to me, the title should be the main focus. Am I wrong? Am I the only one who’s noticed this trend? Does anyone else care, lol???

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***BIG IMPORTANT NOTE*** I’m not saying I don’t LIKE these covers, or these authors, or these books. I just always considered the title the main idea on the cover, and that seems to be changing. I’m just curious what you guys think. 🙂 Also… I notice it doesn’t happen nearly as much in kids fiction or in YA/teen fiction. Hmmmmmm….

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A Vampire’s Christmas Carol
by
Cynthia Eden
 
This holiday season has bite.
Ben Prescott hates Christmas—he’s a vampire, and to him, there’s certainly nothing jolly about the holiday season.  While the humans are running around being merry, he’s hunting in the shadows.  Ben plans to spend the holidays his way…by stalking deadly prey. 
But fate has other plans for Ben.
Three visitors are coming Ben’s way…A demon who will force  Ben to face his past, a ghost who will show Ben the present he could have, and a shifter  who will reveal the darkness that waits in Ben’s future. Unless Ben can change his ways, he may just turn into a real monster, one who can’t be saved by anyone or anything.
 
‘Tis the season…to be undead.
Ben’s redemption rests in the hands of the one woman he loved and lost—Simone Laurent.  If Ben is going to have a chance at being more than just the beast in the darkness, he has to prove himself to the lovely Simone.  A very hard task, considering that, once upon a Christmas Eve, Simone died in Ben’s arms…  
 
Warning: 
This book features one very tortured vampire, a sexy ghost from his past, and hot scenes designed to melt the winter snow. Plenty of action, adult situations, and steamy times are ahead. Happy holidays!    
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Excerpt
The fire flared again, and in the next
instant, William was right in front of Ben.
The demon was fast. “You
should be more grateful. You’re immortal. One of the most powerful vampires
I’ve ever come across. But you’re going down a dark and dangerous path, a path
you don’t want to take.”
Ben offered him a grim smile. “It’s the
only path for me.” Blood and death and demons. Yeah, that all seemed
right.  
“Once you wanted more.”  William grabbed Ben’s hand. The demon’s touch
burned, and smoke rose from Ben’s skin. “You just need to remember that.
Remember who you were before.” 
Ben twisted his wrist, but, even with his
vamp strength, he couldn’t break free from William’s hold.  “Let. Me. Go.” Or he’d be ripping the demon’s
head off in the next five seconds.
“I’m the first visitor of the night.”
The
first?
“There will be three, and in the end, the
choice will be yours.”  William glared at
him. “But I’m telling you, asshole, make
the right choice.
Ben flashed his fangs and went for the
demon’s throat. He braced himself for the acid burn to come. He’d drunk from a
demon before, and he knew that taste would be a real bitch. 
Before his fangs could slice into William,
flames erupted around them. Surrounded
them. And Ben knew he was about to die. His last thought…


About the Author
 
USA Today Best-selling author Cynthia Eden has written over twenty-five novels and novellas. She was named as a 2013 RITA® finalist for her paranormal romance, ANGEL IN CHAINS, and, in 2011, Cynthia Eden was a RITA finalist for her romantic suspense, DEADLY FEAR.
Cynthia is a southern girl who loves horror movies, chocolate, and happy endings.  She has always wanted to write (don’t most authors say that?), and particularly enjoys creating stories about monsters–vampires, werewolves, and even the real-life monsters that populate her romantic suspense stories.
 
Cynthia’s foreign sales for her books include translations to Japan, Germany, Thailand, Greece, and Brazil.
(Back in the day…) Cynthia graduated summa cum laude from the University of South Alabama where she studied Sociology (because people interest her) and Communication (because she likes to write about said people).  Cynthia has worked as a college admissions counselor, a teacher, and as an editor. But now, Cynthia is thrilled to be spending her days making up stories.
          
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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I WONDER… Wednesday – #2 – First Lines

Posted November 6, 2013 By Jennifer

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Hello, my lovies 🙂 And welcome to a new mid-week feature, called “I Wonder…”. Basically, this is my chance to chat with you all about something I’ve been pondering. Every week’s topic will be book/publishing/author related in some way. I’m looking for feedback on these posts… so I’d love to hear your thoughts. (It’s lonely over here in my little corner of cyberspace!!)

So… today I’m wondering about first lines/paragraphs. A LOT of people make the choice to finish a book by the end of the first chapter, so a strong start is absolutely necessary to grabbing a dedicated reader. I’ve read some pretty interesting first chapters, but there’s something really impressive about a story that can get your attention in the first sentence or two. The first one that comes to mind, for me, without even going to any of the books on my shelf, is Diana Rowland‘s opening paragraph in the first Kara Gillian book, MARK OF THE DEMON. (Now I have to go get my book, lol… )

Mark of the Demon_Rowland1I could hear the intruder breaking into my house.

Unfortunately, it was in the same instant that the demon appeared before me.

The sound of shattering glass upstairs disrupted my focus for only a fraction of a second, but it was enough for the arcane portal to shift from my control and leap away from me like an untethered water hose. I made a frantic grasp at the portal, cold sweat breaking out under my arms as I struggled to wrench the power back into place. My heart slammed in my chest as I fought the uncontrolled energy, seizing each strand to bind and anchor it. My technique was raw and inelegant, but I didn’t give a crap. I was only interested in surviving, not in how pretty it looked.

How can you NOT get sucked in by that???? I love that series, so much, and it started with those first lines, and has kept me on the edge of my seat ever since.

I’m wondering if you all are as effected by an opening as I am? Do you look for that shot out of the gate, or are you ok with letting the story build gradually? I like a story to build, but I’ve found that those first few paragraphs really set the tone for me.

What are some of your favorite opening lines/paragraphs?? Something that sticks out in your memory as a WOW! beginning.

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