I am not going to ramble on for too long, though I am super excited to be a part of the FIRE IN THE DARKNESS Blog Tour. Because I have this amazing scene to share from Eli’s point-of-view and I know I would rather be reading that than a long intro from me.
It is an awesome scene. It’s dark, it’s sexy and it totally made me take a sneak peek at chapter two so I could experience the scene from both POVs. (Of course I love Eli’s better. He’s badass.)
But I’ll let you be the judge of that.
This tour comes with a few giveaway prizes, so be sure to check out the deets closer to the bottom of this post. And if you’d like to visit some of the other stops on tour for reviews, guest posts and interviews, the schedule has links to all the stops.
Also, if you want to know more about the author and both books in the series, there’s some info about each of them and places you can find them online just below the alternate POV scene.
I have a feeling, if you are new to this series, after reading this scene you’ll definitely want to get your hands on… the books. Ahem…yes… what was I saying? Oh, right… yes, you’ll definitely want to meet Ember and Eli and take a longer look at their world.
Anyway… if this is your first introduction to these characters and this series, you can meet them right now in this bonus scene from Chapter 2 of FIRE IN THE DARKNESS.
Chapter 2 from Eli Dragen’s POV
By Stacey Marie Brown
That was my only thought when I saw the Dark Fae follow her into the shipyard. My legs had never moved so fast. My body wanted to change—the Dark Dweller in me screaming to get out and protect what was mine. No, not yet.
Cole and Cooper were going up through the rafters. Literally to get a drop on them. I was the distraction. Phookas were not dumb, but they were greedy and quick to act. I would have to use that to my advantage. I slipped up to the cargo door, peering in.
Both men resembled, even in human form, a mountain goat. Phookas could change into several shapes: a dog, rabbit, and sometimes a small horse. But, they usually had a dominant form. It wasn’t hard to figure out which one was theirs.
“Move it.” The taller, bigger one behind Ember pressed a gun firmly against her head. Her face was strong and definite. This girl was one of the most stubborn pains in the ass I’d ever met. My lip tugged up in a grin. Even defeated Brycin would not go down willingly.
The metal of the gun reflected the little light being let in from the top windows as he jabbed it again into the back of her head. A growl started to vibrate in my chest. I squeezed my eyes shut. Damn that fucking woman. She was gonna make me do something really stupid just because I couldn’t keep my shit together. With a deep breath I stepped into the doorway. It took everything I had to not lose it right there and tear those two Fae into pieces. I had not spent this long keeping her alive for her to be snatched away now.
Seeing her again, this close up, was my own personal hell. Fuck was still the only word I thought, but it held a much different meaning. I had watched her for over four weeks, keeping most of the Fae that hunted her away, but I never got too close. If I did she would take off. Through our blood bond she could feel when I got near.
The second, smaller Phooka asshole pulled out iron cuffs from his pocket and was about to put them around her wrists.
“I don’t think you want to do that.” I leaned casually on the door jamb. I could take these two down in a matter of seconds. The only thing that stopped me was the gun. The bullets were Fae made, coated in iron. She would die. Suppressing another growl, I crossed my arms over my chest.
“And my night only continues to get better and better,” I heard her say as she sighed with annoyance. Here I was trying to save her ass. You’d think she’d be a little more grateful. But no, not Brycin.
I scoffed. “Now is this how you treat your savior? Your liberator, your rescuer, the redeemer?”
“Oh, hell. Are you and your ego done preening?” she sassed back. I loved provoking her. She gets all puffed up. But I was a sick motherfucker—I liked getting her all riled up. Actually, I enjoyed it even more when she riled me. Those were the times I wanted to put my cock deep into her and never let it see the light of day again.
“Knight-in-shining armor then?” I offered up.
“Please. Goat-boy here is more likely going to be my knight-in-shining armor than you.” She pointed to the guy holding the handcuffs. She was dirty, her hair ratty and limp. She had cuts and bruises everywhere visible and dried blood around the edges of the holes in her clothes. She looked like hell. And all I wanted to do was lay her on that concrete and fuck her till we were both scraped up, bruised, and bleeding.
I shut away the images. Those were only gonna get me to act rashly. I had to concentrate.
“Ouch,” I responded. I kept my focus on her, but I could see Cole and Cooper moving above the two Phookas’ heads. “Now you’re just trying to be mean.”
“You haven’t seen me even get close to being nasty.” She crossed her arms. This was foreplay for me.
“Threat or promise?”
“That is a pro—.”
“What the shit is going on?” The man behind her finally spoke. Ember jumped, looking like she almost forgot he was there. The ugly asshole with the gun was getting angry and edgy. “Who the hell are you?”
“Someone your mommy told you not to mess with.” I was looking forward to this. Most Dark Fae have gotten used to us being gone from the Otherworld. They were getting lazy, sloppy, and arrogant. But our name still caused so much fear, it got me giddy. I wanted him to fully see me. Know who he was dealing with. I stepped out from the shadows. A small gasp came from Ember. She gulped. I could hear her heartbeat from where I stood. The blood in her veins rushed frantically around. Good to know I could still affect her.
“This is our take. Get lost.” The Phooka was trying to play the tough guy. I could smell fear start to rise from his pores. This was too much fun.
“I don’t think so. You have something belonging to me, and I’d like it back now.”
Ember stiffened at my words, her face going hard. Anger flared through her. It was all directed at me. I knew Lorcan had gotten to her—had told her that I was actually using her so I could turn around and trade her to the Unseelie King. There wasn’t anything about that statement that wasn’t true. I had been. My family came first . . . that’s what I was telling myself anyway.
Somewhere along the way Brycin got under my skin. To be honest, it was way before I gave her my blood. What a stupid fuckin’ move that was on my part. Yeah, she got under my skin, but I could have walked away. Now I was finding that difficult. My blood flowed through her, calling to me. I had had my fair share of seducing and being seduced by Sirens, Succubi, Demons, Tree and Water Fairies, and even a few humans, which were all very memorable times. But nothing compared to the pull I felt with this one. It was like she wrapped my dick in a spell and, with no problem, could lead me anywhere. I craved her. I felt listless and off when she was gone. This only pissed me off. Made me resent her.
I don’t need anyone.
“Sorry, we found her first. She’s worth a big reward and we’re gonna be the ones to cash in.” The Fae behind her pointed the gun at me. Iron didn’t affect me, but Fae-made bullets did. Not that I would let him know that.
“You really think that’s going to stop me?” I nodded toward the gun. Even if they shot me, nothing would stop me from getting to her.
“It would hurt like hell and slow you down enough.”
“No more than a pinprick.” I smirked.
Okay, we’re in position, Cole said through our Link.
I kept my eyes zeroed in on the two Dark Fae. If either even adjusted a hair, I would know about it. I saw Ember’s gaze go briefly up to the rafters then quickly drop back down acting like she didn’t see a thing. Good girl.
I then let my body shift. My clothes ripped from my body. I enjoyed this, watching the true fear grow in people’s faces when they realized what I really was. I had a few piss their pants. Always enjoyable.
“Holy shit! You’re a Dark Dweller,” the main Phooka exclaimed, wiggling the gun in my direction. “The Queen led us to believe you were all dead.”
“Sorry to disappoint.” It was getting harder for me to talk as my body continued to change. My spine arched up, the daggers popping out of my skin. The spikes were poison-tipped. One touch and you’d be praying for death.
The Phookas were getting panicky. Not a good thing with them. I knew my eyes must have flashed red because the Phooka with the gun started to shake. The gun went off, the bullet hit several inches from my feet. Now they’re just pissin’ me off. Cole and Cooper jumped, changing form mid-drop. Right as they landed on the men, Ember dropped to her knees, getting out of the line of fire and out of the Dark Fae’s grip. She crawled away from the fighting men. She looked up at the door and took off for it. She was going to try and get away from them . . . and from me.
I wasn’t the only one who noticed her escape. The Phooka with the gun pointed it at her retreating frame, his finger squeezing the trigger. Rage burned through me. I growled and tore across the room. I hit him just before he shot, the bullet going into the wall beside her. I wanted this asshole dead. Bones crunched as I knocked into him. The Phookas dropped their human form. Growing their own lethal spiky horns. Their goat forms were large and tough. We were larger, tougher, faster, and much more deadly.
Go get her. We got this, Cole said in my head. They didn’t need me. They barely needed both of them. This was child’s play for us. Still I craved to kill them. It was painful to turn away, but I had to get Brycin before she got too far.
I transformed back into my human form. In either form I could feel her. I knew exactly where she was.
At a full run I dove through the window. The shards of glass tore into my bare ass—stinging like hell. Glass rained down on us. I used my body as a shield as I landed firmly on her. She immediately started thrashing and grinding against me trying to get free. My dick was suddenly awake and wanting.
“Stop fighting me.” She needed to stop right now, before I ripped those tattered jeans off her and made her really thrash.
She stopped. Her stunning, two different colored eyes fastened on mine. I didn’t care that she could feel me stiff against her. It made her heart flutter faster. That only made me want to fuck her more.
She started wrestling against me again. “Let me go.”
“Get off of me.”
“Nope, not that one either.” No. I was perfectly happy here.
“Do you have her, Eli?” Cooper yelled from inside the building.
Damn. Guess fun time was over now. “Yeah.”
Cooper came out. I ignored the smirk and shake of his head. “Yep, I’d say you definitely do.”
He had accused me many times since she had come into my life that she unhinged me. Half of our clan left with that same notion, following Lorcan. I couldn’t deny that she affected me. I wanted her, but I could not have her. I could never have her. I was the succeeding Alpha in our Clan. I would do my duty in the end. I always knew it would end like that. She was a Dae. Everything I despised. Because of what she was and my past, I should have killed her the moment I met her.
“Get. Off. Of. Me. Now!” She snarled at me, a flicker of desire under her words.
This only made things harder. Literally. I stood, pulling her up with me. Her gaze drifted down to my cock and widened and then quickly shot to the side. I smirked.
“And you’re observant.” I needed to stop. I was Second in Command. I would not let this little Dae get the best of me. I had a job to do. I grabbed her arm and pulled her around the corner where our black Cadillac Escalade Hybrid sat. “Now get in.”
“Are you kidding me?” She jerked against my grip. “You think I’m going to get into the car? I’m not going anywhere with you.”
“It is not a choice.” I didn’t have a choice either. I had to trade her. She would become the Unseelie King’s problem and no longer mine.
Series: Darkness #2
Publisher: Twisted Fairy Publishing
Publication date: August 31, 2013
Formats: Paperback, eBook
***This is NOT a YA Series but a New Adult(17+). Sexual Content and Language.***
It’s been four weeks since Ember Brycin witnessed what her powers are capable of. The Electrical Current Storm has turned Seattle, Washington into a natural disaster zone. The death toll is in the thousands with countless others homeless and hungry.
And Ember is the one who caused it. Something she will have to live with every day.
Those people who were unable to escape either turned quickly into gangs or live in shelters. Ember, on the other hand, can’t do either. With a price on her head and a Dark Dweller on her ass, she is constantly on the move. Both Light and Dark are hunting her for their own purpose to use her as a weapon or a pawn in the war between the Unseelie King of the Dark and the Seelie Queen of the Light.
Em needs help but doesn’t know who to trust: Lars, the mystery man Torin told her to find? Torin, the Seelie Queen’s personal knight, who has sworn to keep Em safe? Or Eli, who wants to turn her over to the Unseelie King, but whom she has an undeniable, intense connection with?
No matter what she chooses she will probably lose—her life or everything and everyone she loves.
Stacey Marie Brown by day is an Interior/Set Designer, by night a writer of Paranormal Fantasy, Adventure, and Literary Fiction. She grew up in Northern California, where she ran around on her family’s farm, raising animals, riding horses, playing flashlight tag, and turning hay bales into cool forts.
Even before she could write, she was creating stories and making up intricate fantasies. Writing came as easy as breathing. She later turned that passion into acting, living and traveling abroad, and designing. Though she had never stopped writing, moving back to San Francisco seemed to have brought it back to the forefront and this time it would not be ignored.
When she’s not writing she’s out hiking, spending time with friends, traveling, listening to music, or designing.
Series: Darkness #1
Publisher: Twisted Fairy Publishing
Pub. Date: February 13 2013
Formats: Paperback, eBook
Freak. Witch. Crazy. Schizo.
Ember Brycin has been called them all. She’s always known she’s different. No one has ever called her normal, even under the best circumstances. Bizarre and inexplicable things continually happen to her, and having two different colored eyes, strange hair, and an unusual tattoo only contributes to the gossip about her.
When the latest school explosion lands her in a facility for trouble teens, she meets Eli Dragen, who’s hot as hell and darkly mysterious. Their connection is full of passion, danger, and secrets. Secrets that will not only change her life, but what and who she is—leading her down a path she never imagined possible.
Between Light and Dark, Ember finds a world where truth and knowledge are power and no one can be trusted. But her survival depends on finding out the truth about herself. In her pursuit, she is forced between love and destiny and good and evil, even when the differences between them aren’t always clear. At worst, she will incite a war that could destroy both worlds. At best, she will not only lose her heart but her life and everyone she loves. Once the truth is out, however, there will be no going back. And she’ll definitely wish she could.
The tour includes a few awesomes giveaway for:
GRAND PRIZE: Signed copies of both DARKNESS OF LIGHT and FIRE IN THE DARKNESS with bookmarks + a $10 Amazon Gift Card (US ONLY) – ONE Winner
PRIZES: eBook copies of DARKNESS OF LIGHT and FIRE IN THE DARKNESS. (International) – Two Winners
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Oct. 14th – Taking It One Book At A Time – Review
Oct. 14th – Everything Marie – Interview
Oct. 15th – Book Briefs – Review Darkness of Light (Stop 1/2)
Oct. 16th – WOrkS of FiCTioN<3 – Review of DoL and FitD
Oct. 17th – Ebook Escapes – Review + Guest Post or Interview
Oct. 17th – Read it in Houston – Interview
Oct. 18th – Mom With A Kindle – Interview
Oct. 18th – Reading In Twilight – Interview
Oct. 21st- Curling Up With A Good Book – Interview
Oct. 21st – Fiktshun After Dark – Guest Post
Oct. 22nd – Another World of Books – Review Fire in the Darkness
Oct. 23rd – Book Briefs – Review Fire in the Darkness (Stop 2/2)
Oct. 24th – Paranormal Book Club – Review of DoL and FitD
Oct. 24th – Rose & Beps Blog – Interview
Oct. 25th – Fade Into Fantasy – Guest Post
I am so excited to welcome Author Linda Poitevin to the blog today to share five of her favorite passages and quotes from SINS OF THE LOST, the third book in the Grigori Legacy series.
While they may not be spoiler-y scenes, they certainly do tease. Fortunately SINS OF THE LOST releases on Tuesday, so the wait to find out more won’t be too long.
For those of you who are new to the Grigori Legacy series, there is a SPECIAL PROMOTION going on right now until October 15th. You can grab a copy of the first book in the series, SINS OF THE ANGELS, on Kindle, Kobo, and Nook (US/Canada) for only $1.99.
Which is such an amazing deal. Because the story is fascinating and the writing is beautiful – just check out the guest post below if you want proof.
And if you’d like to know more about each of the books in the series, their descriptions and book trailers are below, with links to places you can find them online. There are also links out to excerpts on the author’s website for SINS OF THE ANGELS and SINS OF THE SON if the short descriptions just aren’t enough.
If you’d like to know more about this awesome author and places she hangs out online, her bio and places to find her follow right below the info about SINS OF THE LOST.
This tour also includes a couple awesome giveaways, so be sure to enter in the Rafflecopter. And if you want to learn even more about the author and this captivating series, visit the other stops on tour for more guest posts, interviews and reviews. The full schedule is below, with direct links to all previous posts.
And don’t forget to stop by Linda Poitevin’s blog on SINS OF THE LOST’s release date – Tuesday, October 15th – for a special celebration and one-day only giveaway.
But now, let me turn my blog over to Linda so she can share her favorite scenes from SINS OF THE LOST.
Thank you so much for letting me visit your blog today, Rachel! I’m thrilled to be able to tell readers about Sins of the Lost, which releases in just four days—woot!
And thank you for your suggestion of sharing some of my favorite quotes and passages from the book—I had fun looking through the manuscript for them, though it was difficult choosing ones that weren’t spoilers, lol. Here goes.
First up, short but powerful words from the One, speaking to the Archangel Michael:
“Loss isn’t something you’re ever ready for, my Archangel. It’s something you survive.”
Next, a snippet of conversation between Verchiel (Heaven’s executive administrator) and Michael:
“You cannot avoid me forever, Mika’el.”
The careful neutrality of Verchiel’s voice made the words all the more accusatory. Mika’el paused in the task of honing the sword laid across his lap. He stared down at the gleaming metal, its edge now beyond lethal. It hadn’t needed sharpening, but the rhythmic act of sliding stone over metal had been calming. Mindless. Requiring no conscious thought as long as he continued.
Given a choice, he would have continued for eternity.
He laid the broadsword beside him on the garden bench. Then he leaned back and stretched his arms wide along the backrest. “I’m not avoiding you, Highest.”
“Fine. Then you can’t avoid yourself forever.”
From a conversation between Michael and Aramael:
A muscle in the other Archangel’s jaw contracted. “The agreement might have fallen, but Heaven’s own rules remain unchanged. The One will not strike the first blow, Aramael. Good may defend, but not offend.”
Aramael thought about how Mika’el had come to him during his exile in the mortal realm and tasked him with the assassination of the One’s son, the Appointed. How he would have carried out the order if it hadn’t been for the interference of Alexandra Jarvis. How close he and Mika’el had skated to the very edge of good.
“Have you ever noticed how the rules for good are more constricting than those for evil?” he growled.
“Have you ever considered those restrictions are what keep us good?” The other Archangel countered. He drew himself up, topping Aramael’s six-foot height by a good four inches. Massive, coal-black wings unfurled and stretched wide. “Remember who you are, Aramael. What you are. Angels are the final line of defense between Hell and Earth, and Archangels the last hope of—” He broke off, his face growing bleak.
“Nothing,” Mika’el said. “It doesn’t matter. Not anymore. Just remember we have no more room for mistakes.”
From a conversation between Lucifer and his aide, Samael:
Samael stared at the One’s former helpmeet, at his slumped shoulders and closed eyes. He thought he had seen the Light-bearer’s every mood, every frame of mind, but this—this was new. And it bore far too great a resemblance to defeat for his liking.
“With all due respect,” he said, “those of us concerned about our continued existence do care. Wiping out the mortals is one thing, but what about the ones who followed you, who remain loyal to you? We deserve—”
Lucifer’s eyes snapped open, purple fire burning in their depths. “You deserve what? My undying gratitude? My return loyalty? For fuck’s sake, Archangel, when will you get it through your head that I don’t care? I can’t care. Not about you, not about the others, not about myself. My entire existence is about her. For her. Because of her. Heaven and Hell and the whole damned universe could implode, and it wouldn’t matter to me because I just. Don’t. Care.”
And finally, from a scene between Alex and Aramael (yes, he’s back in this book…but you expected that, right? ):
She put a hand to the back of her neck, wrestling with this latest collision of her two realities. A Fallen One stalking her again. Aramael, shoulder to shoulder with her in the car. Roberts’s obvious relief at her having a partner. Seth, oblivious to the machinations going on behind his back.
A stoning, not in some far-off country prone to religious fanaticism, but here in Toronto. Her city. Her home.
Eighty thousand Nephilim babies about to be born and molded into Lucifer’s ultimate army against humankind.
A world teetering on the brink of chaos. Maybe even the brink of extinction.
All that, and she wanted to turn away the only angel volunteering to ride shotgun with her?
“Jarvis!” Roberts roared.
Damn it to hell and back.
“Fine,” she snarled. “I don’t have time to argue. I drive, you shut up.”
Aramael opened his mouth. She held up a hand.
“I’m not kidding. One word about Seth or Michael or whatever new disaster you claim is looming on the horizon, and I will dump your ass at the side of the road. Are we clear?”
I hope you enjoyed these little peeks into what’s in store for you in Sins of the Lost…thank you so much for taking the time to visit and read!
[Fiktshun: I totally enjoyed those peeks into SINS OF THE LOST and can’t wait for its release! Thank you so much, Linda, for sharing with me and my blog’s readers.]
From the author of Sins of the Angels and Sins of the Son comes the newest novel in the “electric, thrilling and extremely intelligent” (Ex Libris) Grigori Legacy series.
Heaven and Hell are on the brink of war as Lucifer builds his Nephilim army and waits for his new agenda to become a reality — that of having a Nephilimchild of his own bloodline to lead his forces to cataclysmic victory.
With rumors of the pending war rampant on Earth, Alex fights to save humanity from its own panic – leaving little time for her fledgling
relationship with Seth, the man with heavenly origins who has captured her heart. But when Nephilim children begin to disappear, along with Alex’s own vulnerable niece, the inevitable war between Heaven and Hell becomes as personal as sin.
Heaven has its own plans to fight the coming apocalypse, but first it needs Seth back. Asked to betray the man she loves, Alex must turn for help to the soulmate she thought she’d given up — the Archangel Aramael, who may be her last chance to save her family and humanity from the ashes of Lucifer’s Armageddon.
Publisher: Penguin Group
Pub. Date: October 15, 2013
Linda Poitevin was born and raised in B.C., Canada’s westernmost province. Growing up in an era when writing was “a nice hobby, dear, but what are you going to do for a living?”, Linda worked at a variety of secretarial jobs before applying to be a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). Due to an error in measurement, however, she was turned down when she didn’t meet the height requirement of that time. Undeterred, Linda became a civilian member in the force and was a dispatcher for two and a half years, during which time she met her husband, a police officer.
Following their transfer to Ottawa, Linda went on to become a real estate agent and then a human resources consultant before starting a family. She remained a stay-at-home mom, homeschooled her youngest daughter for nine years and, now that she has realized writing can be more than a nice hobby, she continues to live her dream of being a cop vicariously through her characters.
Linda currently lives near Ottawa with her husband, youngest of three daughters, one very large husky/shepherd/Great Dane-cross dog, two cats, a rabbit, and a bearded dragon lizard. When she isn’t writing, she can usually be found in her garden or walking her dog along the river or through the woods.
SINS OF THE ANGELS (Grigori Legacy #1)
Publication Date: September 27, 2011
Formats: Paperback, eBook
When homicide detective Alexandra Jarvis is assigned a new partner in Aramael, a Guardian Angel who doubles as a hit man, they have only one thing in common: a fallen angel hell-bent on triggering the apocalypse. Now they have no choice but to work together-relentlessly, fearlessly, intimately. Because only they can stop the rogue angel from ushering in the end of days.
Check out an excerpt on the author’s blog HERE.
SINS OF THE SON (Grigori Legacy #2)
Publication Date: March 27, 2012
Formats: Paperback, eBook
When homicide detective Alexandra Jarvis sees a photo of Seth Benjamin on a police bulletin, she knows that Heaven’s plan to halt Armageddon has gone terribly wrong. As the only mortal who knows of Seth’s true nature, only she can save him. Aramael was a hunter of Fallen Angels until a traitor forced him into earthly exile. Now, with no powers and only a faint memory of Alex, his mortal soulmate, he will stop at nothing to redeem himself-even if it means destroying Seth in the name of the Creator…
Check out an excerpt on the author’s blog HERE.
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1 – GRAND PRIZE Giveaway (US & Canada ONLY) for a surprise prize package from Penguin – ONE Winner
5 – GRIGORI LEGACY Swag Packs (International) – tote bag, pen, fridge magnet, sticky notes & bookmarks – FIVE Winners
– The Grand Prize Giveaway is open to US/Canada.
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Sept. 16 – Parajunkee – Guest Post
Sept. 18 – Urban Fantasy Investigations – Guest Post
Sept. 20 – Books4Tomorrow – Interview
Sept. 23 – Bookish Things & More – Review + Guest Post
Sept. 25 – Urban Fantasy Land – Guest Post
Sept. 26 – I Smell Sheep – Guest Post
Sept. 30 – A Book Obsession – Interview
Oct. 2 – Bibliophilia, Please – Review + Guest Post
Oct. 4 – Magical Urban Fantasy Reads – Interview
Oct. 7 – Romancing the Dark Side – Interview
Oct. 9 – Meredith’s Musings – Guest Post
Oct. 11 – Fiktshun After Dark – Guest Post
Oct. 14 – Phantasmic Reads – Review + Guest Post
Oct. 15 – Author Linda Poitevin’s Blog – Special Post & ONE-DAY ONLY Giveaway
Oct. 16 – Paranormal Book Club – Guest Post
Oct. 18 – The Demon Librarian – Review + Interview
Oct. 21 – Nerdophiles – Review + Guest Post
Oct. 23 – Urban Girl Reader – Review + Interview
Oct. 25 – Good Choice Reading – Guest Post
Oct. 28 – Buried Under Books – Review + Interview
Oct. 30 – Mom With A Kindle – Guest Post
Oct. 31 – The Qwillery – Guest Post
Nov. 1 – Curling Up With A Good Book – Guest Post
Nov. 4 – Fade Into Fantasy – Interview
Nov. 6 – The Mad Reviewer – Review + Guest Post
Nov. 8 – BookHounds – Guest Post
I am so thrilled to be a part of the BLOOD ENTANGLED Blog Tour. When I saw the tour announcement in my inbox with this second book in the series’ beautiful cover I just had to take a peek at the book’s description. And it sounded absolutely delicious.
Kos Maras and Lena Isaakson’s relationship sounds complicated. Their lives appear to be even more so. With ailing vampires, hunters, and “humiliating rejections” the possibility for romance between the two seems slim. But the promise of seduction from a new vampire means that BLOOD ENTANGLED will definitely deliver some heat.
I love the fact that there is a large cast of characters in the Blood Vine series, though I was initially wary when I learned that there were multiple character POVs in this book. I typically find changing character POVs to be confusing, but the author’s use of the character’s name at the outset of each scene to define whose point of view the reader will be following makes a huge difference.
To learn a little bit more about the characters in the Blood Vine series and just why the author says “The More the Merrier” when it comes to them, check out the books’ descriptions and the author’s guest post.
And if you’d like the chance to snag a set of BLOOD VINE and BLOOD ENTANGLED, be sure to scroll down to the giveaway which I’m offering up at the very bottom of this post.
But for now, here’s a little bit about the two books in this series….
About BLOOD ENTANGLED (Blood Vine #2)
Release Date: July 23, 2013
Publisher: Omnific Publishing
Formats: Paperback, eBook
KOS MARAS’s orderly life is in shambles—he must distribute Blood Vine to a population of ailing vampires, but Hunters block him at every turn. To make matters worse, each night he watches over a temptingly beautiful woman sleeping in his bed. He is convinced love cannot last a vampire-long lifetime and an entanglement will only cause them grief, but he doesn’t have the heart to send her away.
From a long line of blood servants, LENA ISAAKSON is destined to serve a vampire, but a string of humiliating rejections thwarts her pleasure. When Kos shows her kindness, she hopes he will claim her. Instead he proves himself a coward in the face of love and sends her to serve another.
Will the dark seduction of a rakish new vampire finally bring Lena the pleasure she desires or deliver her into the hands of Hunters who want to destroy everything the Maras family has worked for?
About BLOOD VINE (Blood Vine #1)
Release Date: January 8, 2013
Publisher: Omnific Publishing
Formats: Paperback, eBook
In Blood Vine, bites are an inconvenient bliss, exiled vampires are wasting away, and the fate of their kind depends on the perfect PR campaign.
When public relations pro Zoey Porter arrives at an enchanting California winery, she discovers her sexy new client is the almost one-night stand she can’t forget. After her husband’s suicide, Zoey has vowed never to risk her heart again. But can she walk away from the intriguing winemaker a second time?
Driven from Croatia by his ancient foes, vampire Andre Maras has finally made a blood-like wine to cure his fellow refugees. Now he needs Zoey’s PR expertise to reach them. After his wife’s death, Andre has a vow of his own—never to risk another painful blood bond. And one taste of the tempting Zoey would bind him to her eternally.
His secrets stall her PR plans. Her jealousy is stoked by the blissed-out beauties leaving his bedroom. At every turn, he utterly fails to resist her. When she discovers he is a vampire, will she be lost to the golden-eyed Hunters, or lose herself to the emptiness in her heart, before she can help him save his kind?
From the moment I began writing Blood Vine, I had an enormous ensemble of folks involved in the story—mostly members of the Maras and Bennett families. The sequel, Blood Entangled, is no different—the story is told by six different characters.
As a new author, I had read enough romance to know that the way I was writing was unconventional. Shouldn’t only my hero and heroine have the microphone? And maybe the bad guy could share some of the focus. But not the hero’s son, and his gay assistant and his gay assistant’s secret crush!
But some of my favorite writers, J.R. Ward to name the obvious, had pulled off this kind of ensemble story with multiple plot lines, romances, and points of view. All the characters in my head demanded I try too.
Yes, it’s more complicated to say the least, because each of these characters has to have a fully developed relationship to all the other characters, and when you put them all in the room together and add conflict, it’s a pretty complicated spider web, rippling with a variety of emotional dynamics. But as I developed my writing style, I came to realize my interest in family psychology (and how all the personalities in a family fit together) shapes how I write.
I especially love showing the characters from different people’s perspectives. One of my favorite examples is how Kos sees Lena, versus how Andre sees her.
In Blood Vine, Lena is infatuated with Andre, and he sees her as a minor-turned-major irritation. Meanwhile, Kos takes pity on her for the way Andre disregards her. Of course, this makes for all kinds of fun conflict between father and son!
I love big, complex books with lots of characters. But I know some readers do find that annoying. I try very hard to orient the reader into the new location and character right away. And early in my writing journey I learned a trick from my critique partners that I’d never noticed before, even though I’ve been a compulsive avid reader my whole life: In most fiction the very first name that appears at the start of a new scene or chapter is the person who’s head you are in. So if you pick up The Blood Vine Series, you can count on me to give you that clue at every scene break and hopefully you will enjoy all the characters you get to meet.
About Amber Belldene
Amber Belldene grew up on the Florida panhandle, swimming with alligators, climbing oak trees and diving for scallops…when she could pull herself away from a book. As a child, she hid her Nancy Drew novels inside the church bulletin and read mysteries during sermons—an irony that is not lost on her when she preaches these days.
Amber is an Episcopal Priest and student of religion. She believes stories are the best way to explore human truths. Some people think it is strange for a minister to write romance, but it is perfectly natural to her, because the human desire for love is at the heart of every romance novel and God made people with that desire. She lives with her husband and two children in San Francisco.
Aug. 1 – Contagious Reads – Excerpt
Aug. 2 – What the Cat Read - “The Bad Guys of Blood Entangled” Guest Post
Aug. 5 – ParaYourNormal – Interview + Excerpt
Aug. 6 – Leena.Me – “Lena Isaakson” Character Spotlight
Aug. 7 – The Avid Reader – “Pedro Torres” Character Spotlight + Excerpt
Aug. 8 – Fae Books – Character Spotlight
Aug. 9 – Readers Confession – “The Bad Guys of Blood Entangled” Guest Post
Aug. 12 – Book Cracker Caroline – Excerpt
Aug. 13 – SMIBookClub – Promo + Review
Aug. 14 – Books Make Me Happy – Interview
Aug. 15 – Fiktshun After Dark – “The More the Merrier” Guest Post + Giveaway
Aug. 16 – Crossroads Reviews – Promo Spot
Aug. 19 – A Little Bit of R & R – Guest Post
Aug. 20 – Penny For Them – Promo Spot
Aug. 21 – Reader Girls – Character Spotlight
Aug. 22 – Parajunkee’s View – Guest Post
Aug. 23 – Book Suburbia – Promo Spot
Aug. 26 – My Book Addiction – Guest Post
Aug. 27 – Fall Into Books – Promo Spot
Aug. 28 – A Life Bound by Books – Character Spotlight
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I am really excited to have Author Kristin Miller on the blog today to share her top five favorite scenes from her novel GONE WITH THE WOLF. As someone who has only recently become acquainted with paranormal romance novels this book totally piqued my interest. It sounds sexy and playful and with an “Alpha male” wolf, I couldn’t help but want to know more.
And after reading the author’s favorite scenes this definitely became a must read. Which is why I included the guest post first.
But if you want to check out the book’s description, it follows immediately below the post, along with a link to a sneak peek on Entangled’s website. I’ve also included the author’s bio and places where you can find her online.
AND… this tour comes with a giveaway for a GONE WITH THE WOLF Prize Pack. So be sure to check it out below.
Now let me turn the blog over to the very lovely Kristin Miller… (and yes, I would have loved for this to be a top fifty versus top five, but I’m more than happy to discover all those sexy/hot/tantalizing scenes when I read the book).
Thanks so much for having me on your blog today! I’m so thrilled to be talking about my five favorite scenes from Gone with the Wolf!
The opening: When the book begins, secretary and bar owner Emelia Hudson is at her boss’s Halloween party dressed as Little Red Riding Slut. She had planned on seducing her boss and blackmailing him into talking about the shady business deal that was going to put her bar out of business. However, when she realizes Drake, her boss, isn’t coming to the party, she disappears into his wine cellar to empty his stash of expensive wine. Enter devishly sexy “security guard”…who of course turns out to be her boss, the jerk who is shutting down her bar. Before she realizes who he really is, there is some definite spark that makes the scene one of my favorites.
A losing game of darts: Drake is an Alpha male CEO werewolf and as cocky as they come. When Emelia challenges him to a game of darts, he doesn’t think twice about it. He’s going to kick her ass, and win the honor of taking her on a date. Little does Drake know, Emelia has some tricks up her sleeve, which leads to…
Drake jumping into the freezing cold waters of Lake Washington. This scene is one of my favorites because for the first time, Drake loosens up and begins to show a different side of himself.
Starbucks drive-thru: In the middle of the book, Emelia and Drake are on their way back from a drive-in. They stop at Starbucks and have a moment in the car where Emelia is leaning over him and shouting into the speaker, and Drake’s hands do a little wandering. I really enjoyed discovering the chemistry between Drake and Emelia, and this was one of the scenes that really flew off my fingers.
The ending: I can’t say much because I don’t want to give anything away, but let’s just say that Emelia shows her true strength and Drake learns what it truly means to love.
I had so much fun writing this book that I could choose a dozen more scenes if you had the time to post them!
Thanks for having me today!
GONE WITH THE WOLF by Kristin Miller
Publisher ~ Entangled
Pages ~ 207 pages
Release Date ~ April 23, 2013
CEO and alpha werewolf Drake Wilder has given up the search for his one true love. When he discovers that she’s a secretary in his company, Drake’s primal instincts kick into overdrive.
What he wouldn’t give to have her fingers rake over his body instead of the keyboard…
Free-spirited bartender Emelia Hudson wants nothing more than to make her Seattle-based bar succeed. But when profits decline, she slips into a dress suit and secures a nine-to-five. After learning that her bar has become property of Wilder Financial, Emelia is determined to get some answers.
Two can play the ruthless business game. If only her attraction to the boss wasn’t so intense…
When Drake’s twin brother senses that Drake has found his match—and now inherits their father’s billion dollar estate—he hatches a plan to take Emelia out. Drake vows to protect her at all costs, but he might have to pay with his own life.
To take a peek inside GONE WITH THE WOLF on the publisher’s website, CLICK HERE.
Kristin Miller has had a passion for language and literature her whole life. Born and raised in northern California, she often made up stories about faraway places and edge-of-your-seat adventures. After graduating from Humboldt State University, Kristin taught high school and middle school English, married her college sweetheart, and had two beautiful munchkins. In 2008, she took time off from teaching to raise her children, and started writing while they napped.
Her first novel was published in 2011, and since then she has had seven other novels published (mostly paranormal romances). She is the author of Gone with the Wolf with Entangled Publishing, the dark and gritty Vampires of Crimson Bay series with Avon, and the short-but-steamy Isle of Feralon novellas with Harlequin Nocturne Cravings.
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May 1 – Urban Fantasy Investigations – Guest Post
May 3 – Love to Read for Fun – Excerpt
May 6 – Fiktshun After Dark – Top 5 Scenes from GwtW
May 8 – Ex Libris – Guest Post
May 9 – Caribbean Accent – Interview
May 10 – Love Romance Passion – Guest Post
May 11 – The Jeep Diva – Interview
May 13 – A Book Obsession – Guest Post
May 15 – Tempting Reads – Review
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May 17 – Paranormal Book Club – Guest Post
I was reluctant to start this series when a friend first introduced it to me. I was just starting to get my feet wet with YA books and I wasn’t ready to dive into a paranormal romance. I’d tried reading the first book in the BDB series based upon her recommendation and I just couldn’t get into it at the time. So I was hesitant to start this series.
While I’d always loved the paranormal, and all things vampire, I wasn’t much of a fan of romance novels and hadn’t actually read a PNR book before. But I became an instant fan of author Charlaine Harris’ characters and world.
As soon as I finished reading book one in the series, I purchased the eight-book omnibus for Kindle and proceeded to read it in one very long two-day reading marathon. And as the ninth book, DEAD AND GONE, was also available I dove right into that one.
I was obsessed. Especially as DEAD AND GONE seemed to be the only one with a cliffhanger ending. Well, if not a cliffie, there were definitely questions. BIG questions. Ones that sent me to the forums to try and find answers.
Of course I didn’t find out their meaning. Not until the next book came out – which felt like a lifetime of waiting until its release. And, even then, I didn’t feel they were answered satisfactorily. Yes, I still wonder….
And while I wasn’t the biggest fan of books ten through twelve, I am still
looking forward to majorly obsessed with this upcoming final book in the series, though there will be a follow-up, AFTER DEAD: WHAT CAME NEXT IN THE WORLD OF SOOKIE STACKHOUSE, which I’ve read will, among other things, also talk about Sookie’s HEA.
I think this series does need to end, though in some ways I don’t want it to. But I know that it won’t end the way I want it to. I just know it. And as much as I am looking forward to this book’s release, I am also dreading it.
I’ve never before been one of those fans that disagrees with an author’s choice for a book’s outcome. These books are the author’s stories, not mine… though I make them mine. But for some reason things are different when it comes to the Southern Vampire Series. I feel like I might just disagree with the way things end.
Say… if it’s a Sookie + Bill lovefest. NOOOOOOOOOOOOO!
… and not in a good way!
Or if Good Ol’ Sam becomes her HEA. Really? After all the skanks he hooked up with? How could that make for a happy ending.
The author has mentioned on her blog and in interviews that Sookie won’t become a vamp. And with the way things have been progressing in the past few books, she and Eric seem to be growing apart.
So I can’t imagine this series ending in a way that will leave me with the warm and fuzzies. I’m already heartbroken. Why?
Because I believe Sookie’s HEA is with Eric the Northman. They are perfectly matched.
For the first nine books of the series it seemed as if they were, anyway. He was always there for her. Always. Until that terrible moment in DEAD AND GONE. But that wasn’t by choice.
The dude wore spandex for her, for goodness sake! Spandex!
And while Sookie seemed to try anything and everything to stay away from him, they still were drawn to one another. It was totally not just for the sex.
But now… after reading the description, finally, I’m feeling my heart sink. I just know things are not going to end well. And that after three point five years of waiting – no, it’s not as long as some – I’m going to be crushed.
I’m dying on the inside a little. Frickin’ A Sookie!
So, no, I am not ready. But I am going to take the plunge because my curiosity will eat me alive if I don’t.
But what about you?
Sookie Stackhouse has one last adventure in store.
Life has taken her from a waitress in Merlotte’s Bar, Bon Temps, to part owner; from social outcast to the heart of her community; from a vampire’s girlfriend to the wife of one of the most powerful vampires in the state. She has survived earthquakes, revolutions and attempts on her life. Sookie has endured betrayal, heartbreak and grief . . . and she has emerged a little stronger, and little wiser, every time.
But with life comes new trials . . .
The question is, in the end: who will love, who will live, and who will be dead ever after?
Sookie finds it easy to turn down the request of former barmaid Arlene when she wants her job back at Merlotte’s. After all, Arlene tried to have Sookie killed. But her relationship with Eric Northman is not so clearcut.
He and his vampires are keeping their distance…and a cold silence. And when Sookie learns the reason why, she is devastated.
Then a shocking murder rocks Bon Temps, and Sookie is arrested for the crime. But the evidence against Sookie is weak, and she makes bail. Investigating the killing, she’ll learn that what passes for truth in Bon Temps is only a convenient lie. What passes for justice is more spilled blood. And what passes for love is never enough…
Beri O’Dell is investigating paranormal creatures because she wants to know what she is. Taller and stronger than most men, she astral projects and can peel through dimensional layers to see the creatures and spirits beyond.
She once helped her foster sister, Detective Elsa Remington, track down killers in Jacksonville, Florida, but stopped when a nasty fire elemental turned her strength against her. Now, she finds herself pulled back when something steals Elsa’s soul and puts her into a coma.
With little time to spare, Beri searches for the reason behind her sister’s coma. She has help in her spirit guides Fred and Phro, but others come along for the ride, including a pyro-nervous witch, and an androgynous necromancer.
The last thing Beri needs is to fall in love with a mysterious stranger. But the handsome Minoan warrior Nikolos knows what creature she’s after because he’s battled it before.
Really, really bad.
He calls it the Dweller on the Threshold.
DWELLER ON THE THRESHOLD gives readers a kick-ass heroine who is anything but ordinary, a world that is refreshingly different, an enemy who is both deadly and a bit of a mystery and a story that has action aplenty, an intriguing puzzle and a love interest who is most definitely interesting.
Author Rinda Elliott went out of the box when creating her characters and her story. Even her title, DWELLER ON THE THRESHOLD, is atypical of stories in the genre. But it invites readers to learn more, to meet her character Bergdis Hildegun O’Dell, a.k.a. Beri, and the other rather unconventional and uniquely named characters in her story.
DWELLER ON THE THRESHOLD follows Beri O’Dell as she tries to solve the mystery behind the mass comas that have befallen a number of people, including her sister Elsa, and find answers to questions about just who, and possibly what, she really is. With little to go on, she must rely on a perky witch named Blythe who is far more talented than she appears to be at first glance, her spirit guides – Fred and Phro – one of whom claims to be the goddess of love, and a Minoan Warrior, Nikolos, who has quite a few secrets he’s keeping.
Many of which look to be dark. And a few of which might just be dangerous. Especially to Beri, who can’t seem to fight her growing attraction to him.
With a wildly entertaining and eclectic cast of characters, a heroine with an acerbic tongue and “hit first, ask questions later” approach to investigating, a constant slew of grotesque and violent enemies to keep Beri busy, and a touch of sexual tension added to the mix, DWELLER ON THE THRESHOLD is an incredibly appealing, fun and exciting first book in author Rinda Elliott’s new series.
So, what more can I possibly say about DWELLER ON THE THRESHOLD?
It was witty and clever. The premise was definitely different – in a great way. The characters were not your typical character archetypes. The enemy – the dweller on the threshold – was more than a little bit scary.
The opening quotation and the prologue immediately drew me in. And while it took a few pages into the story itself before I was able to figure out just what was going on, once I discovered its rhythm I was hooked.
Beri wasn’t your typical run-of-the-mill heroine. She wasn’t a damsel in distress. And while she wasn’t always the easiest character to relate to, I loved her from the moment I met her. Her abilities were absolutely fascinating and I hope to discover more about them in future books in the series.
The story kept its focus on the urban fantasy/paranormal elements, keeping the suspense and action levels up, but didn’t shortchange the romance, which was equally important to the story’s outcome. And it was nice to discover a story whose love interest wasn’t in the least bit cookie-cutter.
From its unusual title, to its diverse characters, to their unique abilities, to the dark and disturbing world, I just knew that this book would set itself apart from the crowd. And it did that and so much more.
Rinda Elliott’s new series is definitely one I’m adding to my “must reads” list. And her character, Beri, is a new favorite.
“Bergdissssss. Ever trap smoke in a jar?” It took a deep breath then blew it out. I heard the moan of trees bending behind me. “It writhes, twists and turns, seeking the smallest opening for escape. It finds it. Always.”
I’d been transported into the Princess Bride. The extra gory version.
**This review is based on an eARC I received from the author for review and contains my honest thoughts about the book.**