Blog Tour

Blood Entangled Blog Tour: Guest Post + Giveaway

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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….

The Blood Vine Series

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About BLOOD ENTANGLED (Blood Vine #2)

Release Date: July 23, 2013
Publisher: Omnific Publishing
Pages: 298
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?

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About BLOOD VINE (Blood Vine #1)

Release Date: January 8, 2013
Publisher: Omnific Publishing
Pages: 290
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?

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The Guest Post

The More the Merrier: On Blood Entangled’s big cast of characters

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.

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About the Author

Amber Belldene

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.

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The Tour

 

Aug. 1 – Contagious Reads – Excerpt

Aug. 2 – What the Cat Read - “The Bad Guys of Blood Entangled” Guest Post

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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

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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

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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

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Aug. 26 – My Book Addiction – Guest Post

Aug. 27 – Fall Into Books – Promo Spot

Aug. 28 – A Life Bound by Books – Character Spotlight

 

Check out the full tour line-up at PJ Blog Tours!

The Giveaway

I’m giving away a paperback set of BLOOD VINE and BLOOD ENTANGLED to one winner.

  • The giveaway is international.
  • Must be 18 or older to enter.
  • There will be ONE winner.
  • Books will be ordered from Amazon or The Book Depository depending upon location.
  • Winner will be contacted by email and will have 48 hours after notification to respond or another winner will be chosen.

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Out in Blue Blog Tour ~ Chapter Reveal Excerpt + Giveaway

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I am super stoked to be a part of the blog tour for OUT IN BLUE by Sarah Gilman. When I first heard about this series back in December I was immediately intrigued. I love stories about angels and hadn’t read any of the non-YA variety. Until now.

I loved meeting Wren and Ginger. This story had me instantly captivated. The lore was quite a bit different from some of the other books I’ve read. And the chemistry between Wren and Gin was electrifying.

The story instantly grabbed me. Right from those first lines. Ones that are revealed below in the chapter excerpt I have for my stop today. So be sure to check it out and the rest of the reveals on this tour because OUT IN BLUE is a fantastic read. One that I highly recommend.

And if you’d like to know what I think, check back next week for my review.

But in the meantime, don’t forget to visit all the stops on this tour for more awesome posts, interviews, reviews and chapter reveals and for more chances to win an eBook of OUT IN BLUE.

At the end of the tour author Sarah Gilman will be hosting a chat on the Return to Sanctuary Facebook page. So be sure to mark your calendars!

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Want to know a little bit more about OUT IN BLUE and author Sarah Gilman? Here’s some information on them both.

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Title: OUT IN BLUE (Return to Sanctuary #1)
Author: Sarah Gilman
Publisher: Entangled Select
Pages: 352
Release date: February 26, 2013
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In a violent world where fallen archangels are hunted for their valuable plumage, Wren knows one thing for certain: the human woman who saved him from a poacher attack will die if she stays with him. The demon responsible for his parents’ gruesome deaths two decades ago pines for the chance to rip apart any woman who stands under Wren’s wing.

Wren doesn’t expect Ginger to stay by his side once she discovers his ability to drain life with a mere touch, yet she lingers. When an unusual talent of her own reveals the location of Wren’s father, Wren’s isolated world implodes. With the help of the demon protectors he’s sworn never to trust again, Wren risks everything to rescue his father, confront the demon who stalks his and Ginger’s every step, and claim his eternity with the most courageous woman he’s ever known.

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Author Sarah Gilman

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Sarah Gilman started her first novel in third grade. She never finished that story, but never gave up the dream. Her fascination with wings also began at that age, when images of the ancient Egyptian goddess Isis captured her imagination and never let go. Now a paranormal romance writer, she employs her love of writing to bring the allure of winged creatures to the pages of her novels. Sarah lives in Vermont with her supportive husband and two spoiled cats.

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The tattoo of a bloody knife and scattered feathers caught Ginger Magellan’s attention. Her stomach curdled at the sight of the archangel poachers’ insignia. The bearer of the gruesome illustration ordered an espresso from the petite girl behind the bar.

“There isn’t a fallen archangel around here, is there?” The barista’s voice rose.

“Not for much longer, there won’t be.” He turned away and pulled out his cell phone.

From where she sat in the café, Ginger wrapped her hands around her coffee and stared into the dark brew, eavesdropping on the poacher’s conversation.

“The house has been abandoned for years, but it’s the right place. I saw him fly in the fog this morning. Devil has a balcony entrance on the third floor.”

Devil. Ginger hid a snort of disgust under a fake cough.

The poacher continued after a moment. “Yeah, white wings, black markings. It’s Wren, for certain. And not a Guardian in sight. He’s all ours.”

Ginger tensed. No Guardians? Why would an archangel be without his demon bodyguards?

“Meet you there in thirty? He’ll be back before the fog clears.” The poacher accepted his drink from the barista with a charming grin. She refused his payment and wished him luck. He blew her a kiss and left the café.

Clenching her teeth, Ginger tucked a twenty under her coffee and rushed for the exit without waiting for change. She stepped into the foggy autumn morning, shivered, and buried her hands in her pockets. Two police officers chatted next to their cruiser, but she turned and hurried in the other direction. Archangel poaching, though technically illegal, was applauded and encouraged by most of the human population. She couldn’t trust the police.

She’d warn this “Wren” herself.

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Feb. 11th – Fiktshun After Dark
Feb. 13th – Kindle and Me
Feb. 15th – My Shelf Confessions

Feb. 20th – Ren’s Rambles
Feb. 22nd – Cocktails and Books

Feb. 25th – Reader Girls Blog
Feb. 27th – Bumbles and Fairy-Tales
Mar. 2nd – The Book Cellar

Mar. 4th – Always YA at Heart
Mar. 6th – Simply Ali
Mar. 6th – Fade Into Fantasy
Mar. 8th – Girls With Books

Mar. 11th – Young Adult Book Reviews
Mar. 13th – Urban Fantasy Investigations
Mar. 13th – Ramblings From This Chick
Mar. 14th – Goodreads Group: Never Too Young for YA Books
Mar. 15th – Kristina’s Books and More
Mar. 16th – Return to Sanctuary Facebook Chat

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The publisher, Entangled, is offering up four paperback copies of OUT IN BLUE for giveaway during the tour!

Sorry, but it’s US only.

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Giveaway In addition to the tour-wide giveaway, Entangled is offering up ONE eBook copy of OUT IN BLUE for giveaway here at Fiktshun After Dark.

You must be eighteen or older to enter and there should only be one entry per household.

And as I’m sure there were various requirements in the other giveaway, the only requirement here is to leave a comment with an answer to the question.

Enter below….

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Queen of Swords Blog Tour ~ Guest Post & Giveaway

For today’s stop on the QUEEN OF SWORDS Blog Tour, Author Katee Robert has shared her Top 10 Scenes from the book.

And if you haven’t yet been enticed to read QUEEN OF SWORDS from its description ~ which I’ve included below ~ or the teasers being revealed on this tour ~ one of which is right below the description ~ those top ten scenes should pretty much do it.

Hot. Kick-ass. Dark. Sexy. Electric. And those are just some of the words that come to mind.

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About the Book

Goodreads description:

When the cards tell Ophelia Leoni she’s supposed to marry the Prince of Hansarda, the gunrunner grits her teeth and boards the starship that comes for her. It doesn’t matter if the ship’s commander is the gorgeous stranger she just spent a wild, drunken night with. As a Diviner, she’s painfully aware the cards don’t lie. Ever.

Boone O’Keirna knows Ophelia is trouble the second he sees the way she moves. Not about to let the deadly little hellcat marry his sadistic half-brother, Boone pretends to be the Prince’s emissary and kidnaps Ophelia. Too bad they can’t be in the same room without him wanting to throw her out an airlock–or into bed.

Even as they fight each other–and their explosive attraction–Ophelia and Boone sense something is wrong. Too much is going their way. Soon, they realize while the cards may never lie, the truth is sometimes hidden between them…and the future king of Hansarda is not one to take defeat lying down.

Find it: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | The Book Depository

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And now for just a little something to tempt you….

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Boone blinked. “Ophelia?” He went back to the bed, lifting her carefully with one arm while he pulled down the comforter with the other. Then he tucked her in, pulling the blanket up to her shoulders.

She looked younger when she was sleeping, more vulnerable, and it pulled at something inside him that he’d thought died long ago. It didn’t change anything, not really. Until Kristian was dead, Boone would spend his every waking moment making sure his half brother got that way. There was no time for a relationship that went beyond sex—even mind-blowing-forget-your-own-name sex. Especially not with a crazy Diviner who would kill him as soon as kiss him.

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Queen of Swords Top 10 Scenes

10. The opening scene.

Ophelia muttering to herself and leaving her panties as something to remember her by…priceless.

9. Ophelia meeting Boone’s sister, Jenny, for the first time.

Both these women are forces of nature in their own right—finally getting them in the room together? Oh yeah, it’s all about the fireworks.

8. Pretty much every scene with Gerard and Marianna.

These two characters are one of my favorite couples—their dynamic was potent enough to have my editor demanding a book to show their story. They’re the perfect example of opposites attracting.

7. The scene with Jenny and Boone’s first mate, Cole.

These two fight worse than siblings (like, say Jenny and Boone) do. Cole’s kind of uptight and Jenny can’t keep her mouth shut…

6. The scene where Ophelia breaks Boone’s nose.

It’s so wrong! But so right! I know, I know, I’m a sick individual for thinking so, but COME ON.

5. The moment when Boone asks Ophelia if she trusts him and when she says she doesn’t, he walks away from her.

It wasn’t an easy thing for him to do (or for me to write), but Boone’s obsession with trust is one of those things that makes their relationship.

4. The bar scene, specifically: “And then the bitch punched her in the face.”

Honestly, the entire thing surprised me. I wrote that and actually laughed out loud because I hadn’t seen it coming in the least. Those moments really make the book for me.

3. The scene where Ophelia finally says to hell with her pride and admits that she wants/trusts Boone.

The woman’s pride is insane (just the way I like it), and her finally reaching out to him pretty much made me grin like a fool.

2. The final scene between Boone and Kristian.

Kristian, oh Kristian. The man is so delightfully twisted. He simultaneously makes my skin crawl and makes me want to like comb his golden mane of hair or something. Yeah…don’t judge.

1. The moment when Ophelia realizes she loves Boone.

I know, I’m a sap. Don’t tell anyone. It can be our little secret.

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Thank you so much for stopping by and sharing your top ten scenes from your book. I have to agree that those are some pretty wickedly awesome scenes.

I especially like that they start right from the opening scene. It’s the perfect way to grab readers. It got me hooked!

And I promise not to tell anyone about your romantic side.

I’d like to also thank Entangled Publishing for including me on the QUEEN OF SWORDS Blog Tour. The tour has been amazing so far and I can’t wait to check out the rest of the stops!

About the Author

Katee Robert learned to tell stories at her grandpa’s knee. Her favorites then were the rather epic adventures of The Three Bears, but at age twelve she discovered romance novels and never looked back. Now living in Eastern Washington, she spends her time—in between ogling men’s goodies and planning for the inevitable zombie apocalypse—writing speculative romance novels.

Find Her: Twitter | Facebook | Blog

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Make sure to visit the other stops on the tour for a few more teasers, to learn more about the book, author and characters, and for other chances to win an eBook copy of QUEEN OF SWORDS.

THE TOUR

June 4thHooked on Books
June 5thA Life Bound By Books
June 6thFor What it’s Worth
June 7thTater’s Tall Tales
June 8thBook Brats
June 9thTwo Chicks On Books
June 10thWhat the Cat Read
June 11thDebbie’s World of Books
June 12thMagical Urban Fantasy Reads ****Release Day****
June 13thFiktshun After Dark
June 14thWinterhaven Books
June 15thBibliognome
June 16thKindle Fever
June 17thThe Book Goddess
June 18thMy 5 Monkeys
June 19thShortie Says

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In addition to the awesome guest post, there is also a giveaway for ONE eBook copy of QUEEN OF SWORDS courtesy of the publisher, Entangled Publishing.

The rules:

~ Giveaway ends on June 20th at 12:01 a.m. Pacific
~ There will be one winner
~ One entry per person
~ You must be 18 or older to enter
~ Winner will be contacted by email and announced in this post on June 20th

To enter, fill out the form below:

Thanks so much to everyone for stopping by and checking out this awesome guest post by author Katee Robert. I’ve run the names through Random and we have a …

Congratulations Artemis! I will email you to find out what eBook format you’d prefer to receive and then will forward your email and format selection to the publisher.