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Release Day Launch: EAST OF ECSTASY by Laura Kaye

Posted April 22, 2014 By Jennifer

We are so excited it’s release day for Laura Kaye’s EAST OF ECSTASY! EAST OF ECSTASY is the final book in her Hearts of the Anemoi Series. See below for a note from Laura and an excerpt!!

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East of Ecstasy Excerpt:

By Laura Kaye

You guys! I can’t believe release day for East of Ecstasy is finally here! This is the final book in my Hearts of the Anemoi series, which includes: North of Need, West of Want, and South of Surrender. The Anemoi were wind gods the Greek associated with controlling the wind, weather, and seasons. In East of Ecstasy, hero Devlin Eston is the heir to the East Wind which has long been associated with unluckiness, misfortune, and, thanks to Devlin’s father, even evil. Devlin himself has been the victim of father’s evil, and thereby finds himself an outcast among his own divine family. In this scene, heroine Annalise Fallston—who gets visions that she’s forced to paint in order to quiet them in her mind—sees Devlin for the first time. Here’s what she says:

Forcing the chaos in her mind away, Anna dipped her brush into the gray and stepped to the canvas. Motion captured her attention from the corner of her eye.

The Dark Man, the subject of her recent paintings, stood in the doorway and leaned against the jamb.

Anna jumped and her pulse raced, but this time, anger flooded in instead of fear. “I will deal with you on my own damn terms,” she said, taking a perverse amount of pleasure from putting a figment of her imagination in its place. Because that’s all he was.

He didn’t move or speak. Not that he could, since, you know. Figment.Of.Imagination.

Anna rolled her eyes, done with being scared and so pissed to have to do this again that she was nearly out of her mind. “I’m doing your damn painting already. So just leave me alone.” She cut her gaze back to the expanse of white, but the desire to see if his image would still be there if she looked again drove her to distraction.

Finally, she gave in and…he was still there.

Completely still.Blatantly scowling.Totally unfathomable.

Was this a vision? Another image she’d have to paint?

Her heart tripped into a sprint, and she couldn’t look away from him. Like the compulsion that forced her to paint these images, Anna couldn’t help but return his stare and memorize his masculine features. The sharp angles of his face, the harsh set of his mouth, the dark shadows around his even darker eyes.Black eyes. Blades of black hair hung low over his forehead and just touched the hooded shirt he wore under his short, scuffed leather jacket. He’d crossed his arms over his chest, and the position caused his biceps to bunch up under the worn leather. In fact, everything about him appeared worn—the coat, the threadbare jeans, the scuffed boots. None of it struck her as the kind of shabby chic you could buy in some upscale store for a small fortune, either. The whole effect was rough. Dangerous.Deprived.

Deprived? What a strange way of describing him. But as Anna’s gaze swept over him again, the thought stuck. For his height, he seemed thin, with his lean hips, clad in old black jeans, a trim waist, and pronounced cheekbones. Her fingers twitched around the nearly forgotten paintbrush. What would it feel like to cup that harsh face in her hand?

Anna gasped and tore her gaze away. She had to blink to pull herself out of the haze of thoughts. Frustration surged through her and tensed the muscles of her shoulders and neck. She didn’t want to be working on another of these paintings as it was, so the last thing she needed was to lose a bunch of time daydreaming. Or would it be daynightmaring?

As she stared at the blank canvas, the image of the shackled man behind the prison bars filled her mind’s eye.

Definitely the latter.

Curiosity pulled her eyes to the left again. The doorway was empty.

 

So, did you have a favorite line from the excerpt? Thanks for reading!

Laura

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About EAST OF ECSTASY:

The final chapter in the award-winning and bestselling Hearts of the Anemoi series…

She’s the only one who can give him the strength to save them all…

Annalise Fallston made peace with postponing her big-city dreams to care for her ill father, but lately she’s been filled with a restlessness not even her beloved painting dispels. Worse, the colors don’t speak to her as they always have, and all her efforts produce dark, foreboding images of a dangerous man and a terrifying future.

Devlin Eston, black-souled son of the evil Anemoi Eurus, is the only one who can thwart his father’s plan to overthrow the Supreme God of Wind and Storms. But first, Dev must master the unstable powers he’s been given. Distrusted and shunned by his own divine family, he never expected to find kindness and passion in the arms of a mortal.

But Devlin’s love puts Annalise in the path of a catastrophic storm, and in the final Armageddon showdown between the Anemoi and Eurus, sacrifices will be made, hearts broken, and lives changed forever…or lost.

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Catch up on the whole series with the Hearts of the Anemoi box set featuring the first three books: North of Need, West of Want, South of Surrender!

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Laura-Kaye-croppedAbout Laura Kaye:

Laura is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over a dozen books in contemporary and paranormal romance. Growing up, Laura’s large extended family believed in the supernatural, and family lore involving angels, ghosts, and evil-eye curses cemented in Laura a life-long fascination with storytelling and all things paranormal. She lives in Maryland with her husband, two daughters, and cute-but-bad dog, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.

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Convention Tips For Bloggers

Posted April 21, 2014 By Jennifer

Hi all!!

If you’re a blogger reading this… or just want to do some networking along with your crazy fun times… I had some thoughts about things that might be helpful when attending conventions (the RT Convention in NOLA was the inspiration). After seeing me mention it on Twitter, the RT Reviews Daily Blog asked if they could post my list and share it with their readers!!!

So… per their request… please take a sec and click the link below to go check out some things I’LL be doing to help me make the most of my time in NOLA this year. I hope it helps you, as well. 🙂

THE ULTIMATE CONVENTION SURVIVAL GUIDE FOR BLOGGERS

So… what did you think?? Did I forget something?? If you’ve got a tip for bloggers, or just for con attendees in general… I’d love to see them in the comments!!

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Words & Music Monday with Tiffany King

Posted April 21, 2014 By Jennifer

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Today we get a double dose of book lover goodness!!! A happy note for my YA paranormal romance fans… Tiffany King is starting to write the third book in her Daemon Hunter Novels today!!! YAY!!! If you haven’t started this series yet, you really should. Tiffany has sent us an excerpt from book two, Jordyn and The Caverns of Gloom.

But the MUSIC we get today, comes from Tiffany’s NA contemporary romance new release, MISUNDERSTANDINGS. This book has a TON of buzz, so if you like some sweet contemporary goodness in between your paranormal fixes… be sure to check it out. Below is the info about the book, and the video for the theme song of the book. You can pick it up on May 6th!!

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A Woodfalls Girls novel
(from author website)

Just when she thought things were going up…

Two years after a devastating breakup, Brittni Mitchell has moved on from Justin Avery—or so she tells herself. But when she returns to Seattle for her best friend’s engagement party, Brittni finds herself the victim of a disastrously timed elevator breakdown. She’s trapped with the last person she wants to face, and forced to recount the past she desperately wants to forget.

She’s going to have to look back…

When Brittni left her podunk hometown for a big city college experience at the University of Washington, hooking up with a guy like Justin Avery was not part of her plan. Between Justin’s attention-grabbing tattoos, cigarette smoking, and bad boy attitude Brittni quickly chalked him up as “Mr. Wrong.” But his charm was unrelenting, and Brittni’s decision to give Justin a chance quickly turned into the worst choice she ever made.

So that she might be able to move forward.

Now she’s stuck with Justin—literally—and the complicated web of misunderstandings that tied up the truth for two years is about to unravel.

 

You’ll have to wait a bit longer to read MISUNDERSTANDINGS… but you can pick up the first two books in Tiffany’s Daemon Hunter Novels now. Here’s a little teaser from book two to get you started…

 

“Shush,” he hissed in my ear. FINAL-cover-for-amazon

My body tensed under him as I heard a weird beating noise in the distance. It sounded like a bird flapping its wings, but a hundred times louder. Peeking over Emrys’s shoulder, I saw a large shape in the sky, just as it broke through the haze. I gulped loudly at the sheer magnitude of the bird that really wasn’t a bird since it was also shaped like a monkey, but with humongous wings that would rival a small airplane.

“Don’t move,” Emrys breathed into my ear as he angled his head so he was covering my face from view. I acknowledged his words by meeting his eyes. I could hear the flapping of the wings as the kooky monkey bird circled above us.

I knew if Emrys had reacted this way our situation was precarious, but I couldn’t help thinking about the fact that his body was sprawled on top of mine. We had shared our fair share of kisses over the course of our unusual relationship. I could feel every lean muscle of his contours as he tried to cover me from sight. His weight was not a burden. It felt so right that it took all my willpower not to shift underneath him to see if the sensations got even better.

“I think we can get up,” Emrys said, looking amused, which definitely got my hackles up. I was embarrassed that I was the only one focused on our compromising positions.

“Then get off me,” I said, pushing at his chest.

“Say please,” he teased.

“No,” I said stubbornly, shoving harder. I was pissed at myself for acting like a total twit.

“Why are you mad?” he asked, using his strength to hold himself in place. “It’s nothing,” I muttered, feeling mortified. “Tell me,” he coaxed, placing his lips on the corner of my eye and then trailing down my cheek toward my lips. My embarrassment and anger slipped away as the same dazzling side effects of his kisses took over my senses.

“Tell me,” he repeated, pulling away. Completely entranced, I couldn’t remember why I was angry, so I answered honestly.

“I liked how it felt to be so close to you,” I admitted, knotting my hands in his hair so I could pull him close again. “And you didn’t seem to notice,” I added just before I crushed my lips to his so he could see my point.

He gave in to my demands and returned the kiss. I sighed with pleasure as his tongue found mine. Everything faded away as the sensations of having him so close wrapped around me like I had been dipped in some kind of euphoric concoction. Emrys, of course, was the one who broke the kiss since I became a dizzy fry head anytime his lips came anywhere near me. “I did notice, by the way. Why do you think I made it seem like a gleason was going to eat you?” he asked, dropping his lips to my neck.

“Hmmm,” I asked, trying to sort out his words in my head. “A gleason, the flying monkey thing? It was harmless,” he said smugly, trailing his lips back to mine. “Oh, and the creatures here can see me.” “You dick,” I gasped, finally able to make sense of what he was telling me. “I may have fabricated danger so I could kiss you,” he said, unaware of the new surge of anger that was swirling through me. “You ass. I thought I was going to get eaten,” I said, punching him in the shoulder and scrambling out from under him.

Grinning deviously he also climbed to his feet, unconcerned about my anger. “Well, the scraggier would have. That was close.” “Not funny,” I said, jabbing a finger in his chest. “Haven’t you ever heard of the Boy Who Called Wolf or in this case, flying freaky monkey?” I added, stomping off before he could answer.

“Um, Jordyn?”

“Don’t talk to me,” I grumbled, still stomping my feet to show my anger.

“Jordyn,” he said in a more serious tone. “What?” I said, not turning around. “Don’t take another step. You’re about to make a mistake.”

“Right—” I said as the sand under my feet disappeared.

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Well, hello there, ladies and gentlemen!!! DAKOTA CASSIDY HAS A BOOK OUT TODAY!!!! *flails*

Ok… sorry… I have now composed myself. I love Dakota’s books, and I’m pretty fond of the lady, herself… so when she announced the updated, rerelease of AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN HOBOKEN, I was thrilled!! And to help celebrate, we’re going to play one of my favorite games. Mad Libs!! Just in case you’re not familiar with how Mad Libs work… here’s how we’re going to do this…

1618416_10152397604128064_3358377195495392446_nDakota has shared an excerpt with me from the book. I’ve chosen words from one passage, in strategic places, and made a list of their parts of speech. Below is the list that corresponds with the passage. In the comments section, leave me YOUR list of words that match the parts of speech. PLEASE KEEP YOUR LIST NUMBERED… this way I can match up the right word to the excerpt. The game will continue until 10pm Eastern (7pm Pacific) on Friday. At which time I’ll update the post with the actual excerpt from the book.  I’ll also post (as a comment reply) the filled in passage for each of you, so you can see how YOUR WORDS effected the passage. This is generally hilarious, and can be made more so by using your imagination and making a really creative wordlist.

I will also randomly chose one commenter to WIN a FREE ecopy of AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN HOBOKEN from B&N!!

I really love Mad Libs, and I can’t wait to see the crazy that you guys come up with!!! So… here’s your word list… HAVE FUN!!

          1. noun

          2. adjective

          3. verb-ing

          4. adjective

          5. noun

          6. place

          7. noun

          8. noun

          9. verb

          10. verb-ed

******UPDATE***********

Ok, all… the game has closed, and the contest is over. First… here’s the full excerpt from the book…

His stomach roared its discontent. Good hell, he was hungry.

But could he afford to indulge in morsels of succulent calf seared to perfection right now? They’d be easy enough to snatch from some unsuspecting diner’s table.

No. There was no time to waste because he was too damn busy playing this ridiculous game of “here, doggy, doggy.” Which he wouldn’t be doing if it weren’t for the alleged vision.

A sharp whistle stopped him in his tracks and again his ears twitched to the tune of two men yelling, “Here, boy! C’mon, puppy!”

That’s Mr. Werewolf to you.

Max flared his nostrils and huffed in distaste. Puppy. He was no damn puppy.

As he sought shelter, he had to wonder, did it get any worse than this? Hoofing the streets like some desolate stray, searching for what his Aunt Eva claimed was his prophecy?

In Hoboken, New Jersey?

Yet, here he was, prophecy hunting. Because that’s what everyone in his pack did. When the call came, they all had a destiny to fulfill. No one ignored the call.

Especially not Max. Because he liked living.

He held an intense disdain for all the mumbo-jumbo folklore bullshit beaten into his psyche since he was a child, but there was no proof he wouldn’t die if he didn’t mate by the first full moon after meeting his destiny.

So mate he would.

The bolded area is what we used for the Mad Lib. I’m SO excited to read this!!!

Now, for the winner of the ebook… ::drumroll::

VALERIE

Congratulations!!!! I’ll be emailing you for your ebook preferences momentarily 🙂

Thanks to everyone for participating. I hope you all LOVE the book!!! And thanks to Dakota for sharing her story with us!

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I WONDER… Wednesday – Favorite Blog Posts??

Posted April 9, 2014 By Jennifer

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Hello, my lovies 🙂 And welcome to a 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!!)

 

Ok… so… between Coastal Magic in February, my birthday in March, being sick, and my store closing… there has been a LOT going on in my real life. I admit to being a neglectful blog mommy, and I’m sorry. I’m working on catching up, and have some fun things coming soon. Which got me thinking… what do YOU all like best about a book blog? Are you looking for reviews? I love to share my thoughts, but they seem to get the lease amount of feedback from readers. Is there something in particular you’re looking for IN a review?? Do you like blog tours and promotional blasts? I KNOW contests are always a favorite, but do you ever get tired of a certain type of thing? What about cover reveals? Special features and guest posts?? What do YOU all want to see more of?? I’m looking to get back to a regular schedule, and I want to make the most of this space. Thanks for all your input!!

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