Thursday, 20 December 2012

Interview with debut Breathless Press author, Aurelia B Rowl!

I’m thrilled to have Aurelia B Rowl on my blog. Today she is celebrating the release of her debut book, Christmas is Cancelled. In keeping with my nosey self, I’ve picked her brains about her favourite things about the holiday season.
Read on to find out more about her fabulous debut with a teaser to get your juices flowing.  
What is your favourite thing about the holiday season? 

I love the magic of Christmas and the light that shines in my children’s eyes (not to mention relying on Santa to get them to behave as end-of-term tiredness kicks in). And I love all things sparkly – and twinkly – so I’m in my element. 

Are you like me and shop for all your gifts on Christmas Eve, or are you a bit more organised?  

I am usually fairly organised, but this year it has all gone to pot and even now, I still have the majority of my shopping to do. Definitely nearing panic stations! 

I hear ya! I'm doing mine tomorrow :) What kind of tree do you prefer? 

I do love real trees, but not the needles sticking in my feet or remembering to water it. I stick to my lovely bushy artificial tree, in fact, in my entire life I’ve only ever had one real tree at home. 

Do you do all your own baking from scratch, or do you prefer to pick up something from M&S? (I love all the goodies they have this time of year!) 

I don’t really have to do baking over Christmas as we’re not Christmas cake or pudding eaters, and it’s much easier to buy vegetarian mince pies than mess about making my own. Plus the big day is spent with my lovely in-laws, and I get to relax. 

Do you prefer a big family Christmas or a quiet day with your nearest and dearest? 

My sister lives too far away for me to visit easily, what with the entourage we have to drag along, but I do love the big family Christmas. I am very much looking forward to spending the day with my husband’s family as usual, even though I generally end up as the designated driver. 

What’s your favourite thing about Christmas morning? 

Seeing my children’s excited little faces when they discover that Father Christmas has been. You can’t beat it! 

What gave you the idea for Christmas is Cancelled? 

I stared at the blank screen long enough for the ideas to start forming, thinking about what would make a really terrible start to Christmas. Once I had my opening scene, and my main characters, it all fell into place. 

Can you sum it up in thirty words? 

Nope, is thirty-two okay? LOL <Definitely! 

Could Tilly's day get any worse? Even Christmas had been cancelled! Will Dean, her knight in shining armor, succumb to temptation as he endeavors to make Christmas better for both of them? 

Dean sounds gorgeous. What’s your favourite quality about him? 

He has every right to be bitter, twisted, and plain old miserable. Instead, he remains upbeat, most of the time at least, and strives to be the best he can be. 

Is Tilly the kind of person you could be friends with, and why? 

Yes, I do think I could be friends with Tilly; underneath her composed, almost dull, façade is a girl with a spark, and a lot of repressed energy that I would have to make it my mission to unleash.
Now for the fun bit.
Eggnog or wine? Wine – medium white if you’re offering J
Turkey or chicken? Neither – I’ve been vegetarian for over 20 years.
Chocolate cake or berries? Did somebody say chocolate? No question!!
Santa hat or paper crowns? It just has to be the ridiculous paper crown out of the cracker that doesn’t seem to fit anybody.
Dr Who or Eastenders? Neither – I’m really not much of a TV viewer but am partial to Christmas movies.
I'm a bit of a geek, so prefer Dr Who. It's all I watch Christmas day :)
Now for a little more about Christmas is Cancelled and a juicy excerpt. Isn’t the cover fab?

Matilda 'Tilly' Carter didn't think her day could get any worse, but even Christmas had just been cancelled.
The one girl Dean Watson has sworn never to have—never even expected to see again—just flared back into his life and into his home—his sanctuary—like she belonged there. Christmas would certainly be more bearable with Tilly around though…
As the chinks in Dean's armor appear, Tilly seizes the chance to win her knight once and for all. She's not about to take no for answer—not this time—but Dean must resist, even as his heart rebels and temptation threatens to undermine his resolve.
Win or lose? Love or honor? Which will Dean choose? Assuming he gets a choice…

Excerpt
Tears welled in her eyes, clouding her vision. She turned and wandered blindly toward the exit as the first tear escaped, forging a track down her cheek for the rest to follow. Tilly took in a lungful of air and then another. Having made a spectacle of herself once already, she really didn't want to be the cause of yet another scene. 

The crowds swarmed around her, with students and family members heading home for the holidays only adding to the usual rush-hour melee of commuters. They jostled past, threatening to swallow her whole, as they rushed en mass in the opposite direction, using their briefcases and suitcases as a battering ram. 

It was suffocating. She had to get out of there. Breaking into a run, broken heel or not, she raced through the doors and out into the biting December chill. Her waterlogged eyes struggled to adjust to the dark, dreary sky after the bright station lights, but she didn't dare slow down, desperate to escape the throng of festivities and merriment. 

Carol singers assembled outside burst into a jovial rendition of "We Wish You a Merry Christmas," full of joy and happiness. Didn't they know Christmas had just been cancelled? 

"Ooof!" Tilly smacked her shin against the edge of a low bench, too dark to see as she tried to dodge the growing audience. She ended up sprawled across the bench, dropping the handle of her suitcase with a loud clatter. 

At least the pain shooting down her leg gave her an excuse to be crying. Unfortunately, it meant she had to stop running too. Not good. Whenever things got too tough, too intimate, or too confrontational, you could rely on her to make a run for it. Running away was what she did best... 

A tall figure loomed in the edge of her vision, something vaguely familiar about the man's loping gait. In an effort to see him more clearly, she wiped her eyes with the back of her hands, then cringed inwardly at the black streaks now etched all over them. Great. She could add impersonating a panda to her day from hell as well then. 

The mascara stung her eyes, rendering her unable to focus properly. She blinked furiously as the man strode past her, talking into a mobile phone in a deep voice that resonated throughout her body and made the fine hairs on the back of her neck stand on end. A surge of adrenaline rushed to her legs, numbing the pain as her subconscious told her to run. Now!
The cloaked figure stopped mid-stride as if he'd heard her gasp. "Mike, I've gotta go," he barked into the phone, hanging up instantly. He backtracked until he was standing right in front of her, his tone changing from a growl to one of surprise. "Basmati?" 

Great. She hadn't heard the nickname for years—nine years, four months and...sixteen days, to be exact—and even then, only one person had ever actually used it. She screwed her eyes tightly shut, shaking her head from side to side. No. No way. There was absolutely no way this could be happening to her. Not now. Not today of all days... Talk about kicking a girl when she was down. 

Buy link: Breathless Press

About the Author
Aurelia B Rowl is a contemporary romance author but you can also find her masquerading as Allie A Burrow, her raunchier alter-ego. 

She lives on the edge of the Peak District in the UK with her very understanding husband and their two fantastic children aged 5 and 3, along with their mad rescue mutt who doesn’t mind being used as a sounding post and source of inspiration. They are all used to her getting too caught up with her latest writing project... or five!... and she is guiltily counting down the months until she has both kids at school full-time.   

To find out more about Aurelia, or to check out what projects she's working on right now, you can visit her website www.aureliabrowl.com

You can also find her hanging out on:
Blog – blogspot.aureliabrowl.com
Twitter – @AureliaBRowl
Google+ – +AureliaBRowl
Thank you for coming by my blog today, Aurelia. I wish you all the best with your debut!

XOXO

Tuesday, 18 December 2012

And the winner is...

I believe Carrie Ann will contact the winner of the grand prizes separately, but the winner of The Monster of Fame is...
 
Kim C!
 
I'll email you the ebook shortly.
 
Thank you to everyone who commented. It was lovely to hear what you all love most about the season. As it isn't snowing here yet, it still doesn't feel like Christmas (though the frost is out full force!).
 
Hope you all have a Merry Christmas and a great New Year!
 
XOXO

Meet Emily Wood, debut Beachwalk Babe!

I’ve snagged debut Beachwalk Press author, Emily Wood, for an interview. Business and Pleasure is out now and you can find it via the link below. Here’s a little more about Book one in the Rags and Riches Series. 

Business and Pleasure by Emily Wood

Can mixing business and pleasure ever result in a happy ending?
When sexy, rich Lawrence Russo asks Mia to come and work for him in Italy for two weeks, she jumps at the chance. After all, it beats pole dancing, and the salary he offers her is practically obscene.
A relationship quickly begins to develop between the two, but Mia can't help but wonder if Lawrence's feelings for her are genuine or if he feels he's just paying for a service.
Even if their relationship is strong enough to survive her insecurities, what will happen when somebody from her past shows up and threatens to reveal her deepest, darkest secret?
Here’s a cheeky excerpt to get your juices flowing…
Lucy looked around nervously. "What's wrong?" she asked.
"I…don't know," Mia admitted. Perhaps she was just being paranoid.
"Mia." She heard a familiar drawl coming from the shadows. Her heart raced in anticipation as she turned to see the speaker. He walked out of the shadows and toward them like a jaguar stalking his prey, but Mia didn't feel intimidated, only excited by his presence.
"You shouldn't go sneaking around in the darkness. You could give a girl a fright." Mia laughed.
"I could leave, if that would please you," he purred. She loved the way he emphasized please. He gave no indication that he was going to leave. Mia was glad.
"Er, maybe I'll just go wait around the corner," Lucy said awkwardly. Mia nodded to acknowledge her, feeling a little guilty, because she had actually forgotten Lucy was still there.
"So, what are you doing here?" Mia tried to seem nonchalant, despite the fact that her body was having some kind of chemical reaction to his presence.
As if from nowhere, the handsome man produced the bottle of champagne he had purchased earlier that night. "I do believe we have plans to share this." He took a step closer to her.
"Oh. I would, it's just we aren't supposed to socialize with the clients outside of the club," Mia said teasingly, although it was technically true.
"Tell me, Mia, do you always do what you're supposed to do?" It seemed as though he had expected her reaction.
"No, I guess not."
"I've been watching you, Mia."
"I've noticed." She took a step in his direction and looked challengingly into his dark eyes. "So, do you like what you see?"
They were close enough to touch, and Mia's every nerve was tingling, hoping to feel his fingers on her skin. He swayed forward and, for a moment, she thought he was going to kiss her, but he leaned toward her ear instead. "I have a business proposition for you," he breathed, sending a shiver through her body before he pulled away from her.
It took Mia a moment to compose herself, and his eyes sparkled with amusement, no doubt he was enjoying her confusion. "Business…a business proposition?" Mia attempted to sound as casual as she possibly could.
"I'm returning to my home in Tuscany tomorrow," he announced.
Mia felt her heart sink, but was determined not to let it show. "Oh, it must be beautiful in Italy this time of year. But what does that have to do with me?"
"I was hoping you would accompany me."
 


Interview:

1.      Tell us about your new release.

Business and Pleasure is the first in a series, Rags and Riches. Mia works as a pole dancer in a club in London until sexy, rich Lawrence Russo offers her a chance to come and work for him in Italy for two weeks, but as a relationship begins to develop between them Mia worries that he feels he’s just paying for a service, even if their relationship can survive her insecurities, what will happen when somebody from Mia’s past turns up and threatens to expose her deepest, darkest secret?

2.     Can’t wait to find out! What was your inspiration for this story?

Well the idea for the series as a whole came originally from a short story that I wrote, but I knew I just had to go into more detail and write about all the characters individually. The main characters in this story had been in my head for a while, but I wanted to create the kind of atmosphere where the relationship was quite intense and they were seeing each other all the time, which is why I decided to set it in Italy as a two week set-up.

3.     How long have you been writing with the hopes of publication?

I suppose I started really studying the market and writing seriously a couple of years ago but I only had the guts to start submitting to publishers about a year ago.

4.     I hear you. Hitting send for the first time is terrifying. What genres do you write in, and what appeals to you about those genres?

Contemporary romance and I’m just beginning a historical romance. I love contemporary because of the freedom you have when creating the plot and the characters, you can look at anything around you and usually create a story from it. I love historical because I love looking at some of the great events that have taken place in the past and knowing that it isn’t just a story, people lived and loved through those things, and anything you might write might not really be that far from the truth.

5.     What are you working on now?

I’m working on the rest of the ‘Rags and Riches’ series, all in different stages of completion. As previously mentioned I’m also working on a historical romance. I feel it’s got a really strong love story which is most important, but I’m also really committed to getting the facts right, so a lot of research is going into this.

6.     Can you describe your daily writing routine?

I wish I had one! I live the most hectic lifestyle right now, so I have to fit writing in whenever I can. I do always try to do a minimum of an hour a day, sometimes I do a lot more. I think my resolution for the New Year will definitely be to try and organize my time a bit better so I get to write more every day.

7.     I hear you! Squeezing in the time to write is a nightmare, but a necessity :) What genres do you enjoy reading?

Well I obviously enjoy romance :) contemporary and historical being my favorite. But to be honest I love reading most things. Whenever I read something truly amazing I make sure that the next book I read is of a completely different genre, because otherwise I compare things too much to enjoy it properly. By doing this, I’ve found myself enjoying things I never would have expected to read.

8.    Where do your best ideas come from?

Probably from people watching, which I do a lot. I love it when you hear a snippet of conversation which leaves you wondering what on earth they were talking about, my imagination runs wild and a lot of characters are born this way. Sometimes ideas just come from seeing a picture, or hearing something on the news.

9.     Where can my readers find you?

You can follow me on twitter @EmilyWoodAuthor or you can follow my blog here http://emilywoodauthor.blogspot.co.uk/

10.Where can my readers find your books?

Emily is on tour this month with Shades of Rose Marketing. Click on the tour banner to see a list of her other stops. 
About the Author:

I have always believed that the best stories are the ones that you can't put down, the ones that transport you to a different place and make you believe in the characters. This is exactly why I write… I have always loved the escapism that reading and writing provides, and there is nothing more exciting than imagining your own set of characters, and then letting them practically write the story for you. Writing has always been a dream of mine, and I'm lucky to have the kind of people around me that have always nurtured and encouraged my passion.

I live a cozy little life in Wales, and when I'm not writing I'm taking care of my young family, studying for a degree in Classical Studies, and training to become a nail technician. I love traveling to new places, meeting new people, and experiencing new things…it's all great inspiration for my books!
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Friday, 14 December 2012

#holidaylove Blog Hop. Win a Kindle Fire!

It's a Happy Holiday from your favourite Authors and Bloggers. While we know everyone celebrates a different way, we wanted to make sure that you guys knew how much we treasure you all. So from Dec 14th to Dec 17th, all 200 or so of us will be blogging about the holidays and what they mean to us. We may talk about our favourite holiday traditions, recipes, gifts, reads, heroes, and so much more. We want to hear about what you do for the holidays, what you read, and who you'll spend it with. We hope to see you here and happy hopping!
 

And while we do that, we are EACH doing a giveaway. Yep. There will be over 200 giveaways on each blog hosted by that Author or Blogger.

But that's not all....

We have THREE grand prizes. You as a reader can go to EACH blog and comment with your email address and be entered to win. Yep, you can enter over 200 times!
 

Now what are those prizes? 

1st Grand Prize: A Kindle Fire or Nook Tablet

2nd Grand Prize: A $200 Amazon or B&N Gift Card

3rd Grand Prize: A Swag Pack that contains paperbacks, ebooks, 50+ bookmarks, cover flats, magnets, pens, coffee cozies, and more!*

*Please note Swag Pack is for US Citizens only.

 

I’ll be the first to admit I’m cynical when it comes to “the season to be jolly” but I think that’s more to do with where I live than the season itself. Cold isn’t for me.  
That said there’s something romantic about the snow falling, blanketing the ground in a thin layer of white. Definitely prettier than drab grey. The trees morph from ugly skeletal structures to another surface to harbour the soft, white powder. The need to catch a quick thrill sledging or building a snowman draws people out into the artic weather all wrapped up. And even I can’t deny the way some houses and gardens are decorated with lights, Christmas trees and other decorations are beautiful.
And let’s not forget it gives us a chance to curl up with that special someone in front of a warm fire with a glass of wine and a good book. The Christmas themed romances released this month are magical, uplifting and even make an old cynic like me smile. There’s something about December that brings hope, and you can see it everywhere you go. Couples and families shopping for their loved ones, all the Christmas parties, good food and eggnog galore. 
Maybe the thing I actually dislike most about the holidays is the fact they end. When the decorations come down, the snow melts and January looms, it’s like walking out of a dream into cold reality. Even so, I have to say this year I’m not looking at the holidays with the same cynical eye and with two books already scheduled for release early next year, I’m actually excited for January to come. 
I'm giving away a copy of The Monster of Fame in your preferred format. All you have to do is leave a comment below telling me your favourite thing about the holidays with a note of your email address (and the format you would prefer). More info is in 'The Price of Fame' tab above.

To be in for a chance to win one of the grand prizes, do the same (favourite thing about the holidays, leave your email address) but also leave a note of your country of residence (this is because the Swag Pack is only for US Citizens).

The winner will be announced on 18th December. Good luck.  
Happy Holidays!

 
XOXO
Oh and don’t forget to pop by these other blogs for a chance to win some really cool stuff and get even more entries for your chance to win one of the grand prizes.





Monday, 10 December 2012

Interview with the talented Lindsay J. Pryor


I’ve not only snatched up Lindsay J. Pryor to tell us a little more about Caitlin Parish and the bad ass (and let’s not forget sexy) vamp, Kane Malloy, but I get to interview both of them too!

Blood Shadows is the first Book in Lindsay’s Blackthorn Series featuring dangerous ‘third-species’ in a futuristic world where vampires, werewolves and other nasties live amongst, and separate from, humans.  
 

We’ll kick it off with Lindsay’s take on Caitlin and Kane…

What was it like to work with Caitlin & Kane? I can’t imagine they made your life easy.

Caitlin was really good to work with. She kept her head down and got on with what she needed to do. She did have her moments winding Kane up or exacerbating the situation, which had me sighing with despair or worrying for what that would evoke Kane to do, but she knows her own mind so it’s inevitable I guess. And Kane does tend to push her buttons.

Kane was a handful from beginning to end. He took on such a personality of his own that half the time I didn’t know what he was going to do. I’d plan out scenes and then he’d say something or do something that would evolve into a whole other conflict or confrontation. He changed the whole end of Blood Shadows from the original plan.

As a couple, they were effortless. I just left them too it most of the time. They spark off each other so easily and even during the silent moments they’d be sussing each other out. It really was a lot of fun writing them.

I can imagine Kane changed the story to suit himself, but that’s why we love him!

Can you give us five things you like about Caitlin?

I like her tenacity, her drive and her refusal to be intimidated. I admire the way she worked her way from shadow reader to securing a place in the VCU. Obviously I know much more about her background than what appeared on the page and she had some tough moments trying to prove herself in the past. A lot of her colleagues didn’t want to give her a chance. She’s got a good heart and has the best intentions, even if she is a little naïve at times. But I respect the fact she knows her own mind.

And Kane?

Where to start with Kane… His loyalty. His ability to see things as they are. The fact he’s not ashamed of who he is. I like how upfront he is. And he has a genuine tenderness about him under all that raw sexuality.

What annoys you the most about them?

I think Caitlin doesn’t help herself sometimes. She’s lucky Kane is the vampire he is or I think she could have met a tragic end already. Sometimes her refusal to be intimidated does mean she’ll walk into situations that on occasion (in her past) she’s been lucky to get out of intact.

As for Kane, he can be so stubborn. And he can’t let things go.

I know Caitlin believes she can handle Kane, keep control of any situation between them, but do you think she can?

Hmm. I tried to equip her that way, but Kane is quite a force to be reckoned with. Obviously Caitlin will never be able to handle Kane physically, but very few can. Intellectually I think she gives as good as she gets and I think she handles those situations with Kane exceptionally well. Emotionally it’s a constant one-upmanship there so I’m never quite sure who’s in control – whoever is less vulnerable at the time, I guess! I don’t think Caitlin keeps control of many situations but there are plenty of occasions when I think she manages it as best she can.

And Kane’s very self-assured, almost like he believes nothing and nobody can touch him. Do you think that’s a front?

I don’t think it’s all a front, no. He’s a survivor. He learned to look after himself from a very young age, let alone his sister (who was quite a handful, by the way!). He’s got a lot of life experience, he’s smart, he can handle himself physically, and emotionally he’s developed quite the tough shell. He’s trained himself not to show weakness and self-assurance is the first step in that direction. Caitlin had him worried on a few occasions though and he didn’t like that, so I think he does know he has a vulnerable side.

Did you always know the spark between them would lead to something more?

The moment I put characters on a page, I can tell if they’ll work or not. It’s a technique I use when I’m trialling new stories. I have characters in mind, think of a core conflict that’s integral to the plot and lock them in a room alone together and see what happens. If the dialogue sparks, I know they’re a match. Add sexual attraction and I know I’m onto a winner. I basically speed date my characters. Kane and Caitlin hit it off from the moment they met in that corridor (or down an alley as I wrote it in the novella version). It was instantly as if I wasn’t even there and I think that always makes the best stories.

What a fantastic idea, and I could feel the sparks on that scene in the corridor.

Who do you think changes the most during their time together, and is it who you expected?

I think they both do. I won’t say too much because of spoilers, but I think they both become more of who they are when they’re together. I think they liberate each other in a good way.

I completely agree :)

I was lucky enough to catch up with Kane and Caitlyn way back when. Thought I’d save this interview for a special occasion though I’ll admit, Kane had me shaking in my Jimmy Choos. Still, I was tempted to slip behind the vamp-proof glass…

We’ll start with Caitlin, since she’s the one with the obsession ;)

*adopts Jeremy Kyle’s persona*

Q) When did you decide you wanted to join the Vampire Control Unit?

Caitlin: The moment I was old enough to understand what my dad did for a living. I used to listen to him talk to Rob – that’s my ex – about the job. I always admired what they did. It’s tough enough out there on the streets of Blackthorn, but the VCU take on aspects of third species management that you wouldn’t want to wish on your worst enemy. My dad was a brave man – one of the unsung heroes out there doing their best to safeguard us all. I guess I wanted to continue his work. I believe strongly that the only way we’ll ever find neutral territory with the third species is by taking out the anarchic first.

Q) Do you think that’s a decision your parent’s would support if they were still with us?

Caitlin: Mum never wanted me to go into it – I guess because of what happened to dad. They didn’t even want me to take up the shadow reading but they had no choice in that. Shadow readers are under obligation to train and use their skills – those who make it through the training, that is. When I told mum I wanted to transfer to the VCU she wasn’t happy at all. Neither was Rob. I know they were just worried for me. I know my dad wouldn’t be happy either as he knows exactly what the job entails. I think he’d be proud of how well I’ve done though. I guess sometimes you’ve got to find your own way in life and do what you feel is right for you.

Q) Caitlin, we all know how hard you’ve worked to get where you are in the Vampire Control Unit, but why choose Kane Malloy as the project as so many have failed?

Caitlin: Because so many have failed. Kane Malloy needs to be brought in. He’s got too much power on the streets of Blackthorn. He’s building up to something and we need to know what. If others can’t bring him in, I will.

Q) Aren’t you worried you might end up in the missing person’s database?

Caitlin: I can handle myself. I can also handle Kane. I’m not going in cold. I’ve spent years studying him. I think the only person who would know him better is his mother, and I know things about him I’m sure even she never knew.

Q) Well, I hope for your sake you know what you are doing. I didn’t think being a shadow reader makes you a fighter. What is your plan for bringing in Kane, or is that confidential?

Caitlin: As a shadow reader, you’ve got to be a fighter. Some of these third species’ shadows are dark places. I’ve seen things I’d rather forget. It’s also showed me just what they’re capable of. As for Kane, I have ways and means of bringing him in. And once he’s in, he’s staying in. I’ll see to that.

Q) Is there more to this than doing your job, Caitlin? It seems to go beyond what you do. Like you’re obsessed with him in some way…

Caitlin: I’m obsessed only with doing my job to the best of my ability. And I don’t appreciate the insinuation to anything to the contrary. So if you’ll excuse me, there are things I have to do.

Hmmm, I think she’s fibbing a little…

And Kane…

*hides behind vampire proof glass*

Q) Have you always lived in Blackthorn, or were you born somewhere else?

Kane: I was born elsewhere. Where exactly is my business. I’m here now and I have my reasons.

Q) *holds hands up* Okay, next question. I’d like to know if the rumours are true. Are you the most feared vampire in Blackthorn, and if so, can you tell us why?

Kane: *smirks* You’re the one behind vampire proof glass, you tell me.

Q) True, though I’d have to even if you weren’t Kane Malloy. Just a precaution, you see. Anyway, let’s move on. People believe you’re cold and heartless, but I don’t think that’s completely true. Losing your sister must have been hard. Do you want to talk about it?

Kane: Do I look like I want to talk about it? Maybe if you come around this side of the glass, I’ll be more tempted to share my feelings.

Q) No, you don’t look like you want to talk at all. *grinds teeth together*. I’ve been hearing whispers of a vampire prophecy. Are the rumours true?

Kane: It depends what rumours you’ve heard. How about we discuss what you know somewhere more private?

Q) I’ll pass, thanks. Let’s move onto something safer. Why do you fight so hard against the VCU, why not respect the law like most third species? Do you have a God complex, Kane?

Kane: Their laws – not mine. God complex, huh? Thanks for the compliment. I’m sure he’ll be flattered.

Q) I’m sure you’ve heard about the new agent they have on your case. Do you think this one will succeed?

Kane: Agent Caitlin Parish – the VCU’s golden girl. Yes, I’ve heard she’s on my case. She’s the one who likes to think she’s in control, right? Needless to say we haven’t met. Yet.   

Well, thank you Kane for being here. I’m sure the effort wasn’t as painful as you make it seem.

Now I’m going to gush. Blood Shadows is a really amazing story. I pre-ordered it the first day I could. The second it plopped through my letterbox I devoured it, all in the space of twenty-four hours. But it wasn’t just the sexy and elusive Kane, or the feisty and determined Caitlyn which held my interest.

Blood Shadows has sexual tension that rivals the best erotic stories (and the love scenes are explosive as a result), but the anticipation, the speed at which the plot twists and turns away from the predictable left me breathless. Add to that the strong emotions that develop between the two, the inevitable doom every page seems to bring and two deep, well-rounded characters and I think I found my favourite book of 2012. Also, I’ll say very little on this but the twist in the end of this book left me gobsmacked (in a good way). I couldn’t believe I missed that!

If you’re still not sure Blood Shadows is the book for you (the mind boggles), Lindsay has excerpts on her website, here.

Here’s the back cover copy:-
Gifted with the ability to read the shadows of ‘third species’ beings, Caitlin Parish is the Vampire Control Unit’s most powerful agent. Despite that, her mission to hunt down Kane Malloy – a master vampire – comes with a death wish. Many have tried but few have survived.
For Caitlin, tracking Kane is about more than just professional reputation. With her parents both mysteriously killed seven years apart to the day, Caitlin knows that without Kane’s help she is next.
She has four days to make a deal with the wicked, the irresistible, the treacherous Kane Malloy.
The vampire who despises everything she stands for.
Or die.
 
 
 One of many...  
 
You can buy Blood Shadows on Amazon in paperback or for the Kindle. I have to warn you though, it’s not for the feint hearted! ;)

Thank you for agreeing to come on my blog today Linds. It has been a ball getting to know these two better. Can’t wait for Blood Roses to be released.

XOXO

Saturday, 8 December 2012

Why we love Christmas

Melissa Blue and I both have Christmas stories out this month and thought we’d do something a little different. 

In true Christmas fashion, we’ve taken the twelve days of Christmas and turned it around to our twelve reasons for loving the season. 

We’ll kick it off with Mel:- 

Since we've split the difference here are my reasons for loving Christmas.

  1. The Christmas Story. The old school black and white version. Love that movie. Love it. But, for some reason there's a deep gouge in my copy. Right where Scrooge stands at his grave. But I swear it's a great comedy. You should all go see it. I laugh every time I do.
  2. Because nothing gets me more excited than the thought of spending so much time with my family. I even prepare a few weeks out by stock piling Xanax and Lexapro.
  3. Gifts. I ask for the same thing every year because nothing says Merry more than something with an 80 proof percentage. Yes, you guessed it—I ask for booze.
  4. In-Laws. Oh, they are my fav out of everything on this list. I love seeing them pull up to my home. They usually come bearing gifts and when they leave my children are usually with them. Because usually by then my lovely little * coughheathenscough * angels have spent a week asking me when can they open up their gifts.
  5. Candy Canes. Years back I've learned that you can eat one and then somehow the end will turn into a sharpened point. Great for stabbing...gifts open. (Or eyes. Or family. Or in-laws.)
  6. Ok. I lied. My all-time favorite part of Christmas is all the stock photos you can find showing me what this holiday really means. Why it's the thought that counts. Really, really. 


See. Doesn't that make YOU feel all warm and fuzzy about Christmas?
And now for me:- 

That makes me feel something, but jury’s still out on what.  

And my six reasons… 

  1. I’m Scottish, we love an excuse for a good party, and this is the ultimate party season. Older or younger, teetotaler or alcoholic, the pubs, restaurants and clubs are always jam packed this month. Regardless of the chill, all the women dress scantily, the guys go out without jackets and we all pretend blue skin is sexy.
  2. My crazy family. I have one of those massive families, on both sides, and on Christmas day it’s a constant stream of people passing through my parents’ home. From silly o’clock right through until it's past time to pass out on the bathroom floor there are people crammed into every corner. But it isn’t annoying, even if I have to sit on the floor or in another room. Some of them live in England, some Ireland and Christmas is the only time I get to catch up with them all. Though this year I’m a bit worried as a lot of them read my debut and my family aren’t shy in telling me what they think, and they aren't subtle about it!
  3. Shoes. Clothes. Fluffy slippers. Flannel jammies. Handbags. I get these all every year and I love it. Though at 26 I think I’m a bit old for pressies, but the rule in my family is you get the gifts showered on you until you have kids so I’m making the most of the fact I’m childless at the moment ;o)
  4. Singstar. For all who don’t know it’s a game for the Xbox/Playstation. My teenage brother has the game and the only time he is too happy to care about us trying to sing is Christmas day. It gets very competitive in my parents’ house, with all of us having a go at the songs and trying to get a higher score than everyone else. I’d love to say I’m up there with the winners, but sadly my singing voice doesn’t rival Adele’s. I sound more like a cat being swung about in a sack…
  5. Buchannan Street in Glasgow. I try to make a point of visiting every year. The shops are always filled with people frantically getting their Christmas shopping sorted, but being a last minute kind of girl, I only go for the Christmas lights and trees. No matter how much I hate decorations in my house (it looks so depressing when they all come down), I love looking at the decorations and Glasgow has some of the best I’ve seen. Especially after 4pm when the sun goes down and the lights go on.
  6. Vodka jellies. I’m not one for shots usually but on Christmas day all that goes out the window. My mum makes enough to get fifty people drunk (and that’s not including the champagne, wine, vodka and beer she keeps stocked for visitors). Also, it really helps with my confidence when playing Singstar :o)

And I’ve found a Christmas pic of my own.

 
Now that makes me feel all warm and fuzzy!
Mel’s Sugar Plum Kisses is available now on Amazon and I, for one, adore it!




Twelve days to entice her...

Two years, two missed opportunities and Blaine Tucker refuses to have another chance pass him by. This Christmas he's going to risk it all to have Simone Michelson. Unfortunately the woman of his dreams, his wants and desires ties his tongue into knots. She's kind, sexy and funny as hell. Even if she could see him in a new way, he's not sure if the heartache of her past will stand in their way. There's only one solution: entice her with gifts. The kind of gifts that don't say he's a nice guy. A nice guy who also happens to be her boss.

Who in their right mind would take one look at Mousy Simone and want to leave her seductive gifts and love notes? No one she can think of. She hopes like hell it's Tucker, but if he felt anything for her, he'd have said it by now. The man could smile at any woman and get her to forget her name or morals. He's vibrant and she's drab. He's nice and she's prickly. Even if her Christmas wish came true, how could she trust what he felt was real?

Together they must face their fears and doubts to make this year's Christmas unforgettable.
 You can find it here:-
 
Amazon UK; Amazon US

You can find Mel here.

And my holiday short, Believe In Me, is part of a Beachwalk Press anthology with stories by ten talented authors. Holiday Kisses is free right now and you can find it here:- 

What do you guys love about the holidays?