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I’ve got something in my eye, I swear.


My baby is growing up!

A thousand thank-yous to everyone who came to the Discover a New Love paranormal party! What a blast. We talked rock stars, shifters, goblins, vampires… You name it. The randomly selected prize winners have been posted, you can find  a list, here. I believe next month will be a historical chat, for those of you who enjoy the genre. Keep an eye out here, to find out more.

As I approach my deadline for Hunter by Night I’m feeling a wee bit of stress. One of the places I go when I need a good laugh is The Bloggess. I love this woman. She called me talented, which is the coolest thing ever even though I kinda paid her for it (I paid her to advertise on her blog. I did not, actually technically, pay her to call me talented. I’m ALL warm and fuzzy over this.). Anyway, her book is hilarious, and so is her blog, but after stumbling across this she is officially my new hero.

I just registered my 5 year old for Kindergarten.Seems like “only yesterday” he fit in the crook of my arm and now he’s (this very moment) racing through my kitchen belting out “Gangnam Style.” (And when I find the person responsible for teaching him that song, I will end them.) But anyway… I’m super psyched to have the kid going to school next year. It’ll mean a little more peace and quiet for me, maybe, with only one kid at home during the day. More importantly, I know HE is excited about going to a “big kid” school. But I must have something in my eye because they’re all leaky. My baby is getting to be a big kid. Time flies, huh?

Ahem! So let’s check out this week’s giveaways:

My Facebook page is at 488 follows! When I hit 500 I’ll be doing a giveaway. One randomly chosen “liker” of my page will get their choice of a copy of King of Darkness, Prince of Power, or a T-shirt and some swag if you’ve already read both books (and my undying gratitude). Go like my Facebook page to get in on the action. 

Interview and giveaway at Under the Covers book blog! Go here to find out who my favorite authors are, why I like vampires, and enter to win a copy of Prince of Power. Oh, and there’s a steamy teaser excerpt, too. Giveaway ends 1/29.

Cocktails button by ParajunkeeCocktails and books has me sharing my favorite scenes from Prince of Power, stuff I like to collect, my favorite types of movies, and another chance to win Prince of Power! Giveaway ends 1/26.

Stop by Manga Maniac cafe for another interview and another chance to win a copy of Prince of Power! Find out Anton and Tyra’s special song and the last book I read that knocked my socks off.

Happy rest of the week! It’s fricking freezing in the DC area this week. In fact, my stepson just shouted exultantly because he thinks he has no school today. It snowed, but not THAT much. Poor kid. I hope it is warmer where the rest of you are. 🙂

More, more, more!

I believe that it was Mae West who said “Too much of a good thing can be wonderful.” Today ALONE you can enter to win a copy of Prince of Power at the following happening places:

  • Check out my interview at The Qwillery for another chance to win a copy of Prince of Power! (US/Can)
  • Another interview and giveaway at Romancing the Book!
  • Still one week left to enter for a free copy of King of Darkness OR Prince of Power at Reading Between the Wines! And check out Siddoh’s recipe for baked brie!

Want more chances to win? I’ve got the whole upcoming blog tour schedule on my Blogapalooza post, here.

Also, are you subscribed to my newsletter? Have you “liked” my fan page on facebook? I do extra giveaways a couple of times a year in both places.

And don’t forget! King of Darkness, is still on sale in ebook at B&NAmazon, Kobo Books, and iTunes for only $1.99! And if you’re a member of the Discover a New Love digital book club you can grab King of Darkness right now for only $1.49!

I’ve got a couple of great surprise announcements coming up, so stay tuned!

The Big Prince of Power Blogopalooza! Win Stuff (updated now with more prizes)!

And. We. Are. Off!

Happy 2013, everyone! This week marks the official kickoff of my Prince of Power blog tour! Anton and Tyra officially hit shelves and e-readers on January 8th, and the virtual blog tour is ON. Lotsa fabulous giveaways, and I shall attempt to keep you apprised of where I will be and when I will be there. Are you following me on Facebook and the Twitters? I announce the occasional special contest there, as well.

Oh. Awesome news. Right now, get King of Darkness in ebook at B&N, Amazon, and iTunes for only $1.99! 

K! So here we have the list of guest blog / giveaway stops!

  • Jan 1 – Reading Between the Wines – Read in the NewYear with the vampires from King of Darkness and Prince of Power. Siddoh shares his recipe for baked brie! Enter to win a copy of King of Darkness OR Prince of Power! (contest ends 1/18)
  • Jan 2 – Literary Escapism – When Bad Heroes Go Good – Exclusive excerpt with Anton and Siddoh
  • Jan 2 – Reader Confessions – why tortured heroes make better lovers. Win a copy of Prince of Power! (Contest ends 1/9)
  • Jan 3 – Fresh Fiction – how does this romance feel? Check out my playlist for Tyra and Anton, and enter the ONE DAY ONLY GIVEAWAY!
  • Jan 5 – Night Owl Reviews – Unexpected surprises as a debut author. Enter to win a copy of Prince of Power! (contest ends 1/11)
  • Jan 7 – Book Girl of Mur-y-Castell – interview and enter to win a copy of Prince of Power! (contest ends 1/20)
  • Jan 9 – Romancing the Book – Interview and giveaway!
  • Jan 9 – Coffee and Porn – Tes Hilaire and I (and our characters) participate in “Wednesday Whine and Wine”
  • Jan 10 – Novels on the Run – An intensive Q&A! Find out more about me, the series and what’s coming up next! You can also check out the fantastic review they gave King of Darkness, here and the one their review of Prince of Power, HERE.
  • Jan 11 – Coffee and Porn – Enter to win a copy of Deliver Me From Temptation by Tes Hilaire or Prince of Power by me!
  • Jan 11 – The Qwillery– Author interview and Ah-NOTHER giveaway!
  • Jan 16 – Blog swap with NYT/USA Today Best-selling author Caridad Pineiro!
  • Jan 21 – Cocktails and books – Interview and Giveaway (ends 1/26)
  • Jan 23 – Under the Covers Book Blog – Interview and Giveaway, and an exclusive excerpt! (ends 1/29)
  • Jan 25 – Manga Maniac Cafe – Interview and giveaway! (ends 2/4)
  • Jan  28 – Long and Short Reviews

Also, please be sure to swing by on January 16th, when I will be swapping blogs posts with best-selling author Caridad Pineiro, who is doing a wonderful fundraiser for the Jersey Shore.

 Wishing you a joyous and prosperous New Year! Will have more soon!

Wanna check out the new Prince of Power trailer? See it here (many thanks to Rachel Firasek for the awesome trailer):

Happy Holidays Giveaways

Hey look, that kinda rhymed! And hunky Santa guy is back!

Okay, so I did a little festive pre-blog tour kickoff with the lovely, talented, and super awesome Tes Hilaire, and we have a couple of

great pre-Christmas giveaways still going on, which I have gathered together for you in a tidy little bundle:

  • Stop by GraveTellswhere Tes and I are talking about what our paranormal heroes and heroines would give each other for Christmas. Enter to win a copy of either Deliver Me From Temptation by Tes or my new upcoming release, Prince of Power.  Contest ends 12/26.

While you’re at GraveTells, Tes and I are both up for a couple of Readers Choice Awards, if you feel up to casting a vote for one or both of us that would be most kind of you.

For another chance to win books from Tes and I, stop by Rabid Reads for Holiday Foreplay! We’re talking resolutions and bantering with our characters! Contest ends 12/31.

Jillian over at Read-Love-Blog wrote a really awesome review of Prince of Power, and is also doing a spotlight on her blog right now with an excerpt and a signed ARC giveaway. Contest ends 12/29.

The official release date for Prince of Power is 1/8 (although B&N and WalMart.com show is as already available) so there will of course be more celebratory awesomeness to come. So stay tuned!

And have a blessed and merry Christmas. Hug your loved ones tight, and drink the nog until you pass out. Wishing you all the best!

A Taste of Anton and Tyra

Today I thought I’d share a short excerpt from the opening of my upcoming release, Prince of Power, which will be out in ebook on 1/1/2013 and in paperback on 1/8/2013:

Prince of Power Book Cover

This Fight Is Personal…

Wizards and vampires have been mortal enemies since the beginning. Now Anton, son of the Wizard Master, has one last chance to steal the unique powers of the vampire king’s beautiful sister, Tyra…and then kill her. But when he meets Tyra face-to-face, everything changes…

Tyra will stop at nothing to defeat the wizards, until Anton saves her life and she suddenly sees an opportunity she never could have imagined…

As the sparks ignite between them, together they could bring an end to the war that’s decimating their people, but only if they can find a way to trust each other…


Chapter 1

Tyra let out a warning growl. Someone was touching her.

She pried her eyes open but couldn’t see a thing. A whole lot of bright and blurry invaded her senses. She was lying down, while someone stood over her. Calloused fingers brushed her face. A fellow vampire would have spoken up and identified themselves right then. This was a bad sign.

A very bad sign.

Fueled by adrenaline and fear and strength she wasn’t sure she had in her, Tyra launched herself, fangs bared, at the threat. She may have been half human, but she let the royal, feral blood of her vampire ancestors take the lead. Lying down with someone over her meant she was in enemy hands. No way was anybody cutting her chest open to take out her heart. Clawing and scraping against a tile floor, she pulled a heavy body beneath her.


A soft, flannel shirt tangled in her grasp. Stubble scraped under her hand. A male gasped when her fangs sank cleanly into the warm skin of his throat.


Thick, smoky blood hit her tongue.

“Tyra, are you okay?”

That voice. Things were so fuzzy, but she could swear she knew it from somewhere. Her first instinct had been to drain the man, enough to immobilize him at least. She realized he wasn’t fighting back. His body had gone still beneath her, save for the tentative tap of fingertips on her shoulder.

Something familiar in the taste on her tongue and the touch on her skin gave her pause. Why was he asking if she was all right? Confusion warred with the hum of fresh plasma hitting her system.

Unbelievably, his head tipped back to give her easier access. “If you need to feed, Tyra, go ahead.”

Please, Tyra… Please feed from me.

“Oh my God. Oh my God.” Her head snapped up so fast she almost-almost-forgot to lick closed his wound. “Anton.”

The voice. The smoky, almost piney taste of blood. She remembered now. Tyra clapped her hands over her face. No.

Please feed from me.

“It’s me, yeah. Is something wrong with your eyes? Can I call someone? What can I do to help?” Those warm fingers of his were brushing her face again.

For one infinitely dangerous moment she forgot everything. Allowed his hand to linger as his fingers slid comfortably into the grooves between hers. No.

She shook her head, and pulled back, rubbing the collected grit from her puffy eyes. “I’ll be fine.” Her vision was already clearing. Thanks to his blood. Like the blood she’d drunk from him right before she’d passed out.

Please feed from me.

Another rub of her eyes and a few hard blinks, and finally she could match a real face with the memory: His strong, square jaw had a heavy dusting of stubble that would be a beard soon if he didn’t shave. Short, soft-looking hair and a strong nose with a slight bump like maybe he’d broken it before. Wow. Those eyes. Sharp and steel gray, but amazingly kind, considering…

Holy crap, she was still on top of him… and he was aroused.

Instantly Tyra shot into the air. First to the bed she’d been lying on and then up to standing, so fast it was like she was in one of those pinball machines she’d seen once in a pizza parlor. Anton ejected himself in the opposite direction like he, too, had realized their awkward physical situation. Metal scraped on linoleum when he pulled out the desk chair to sit down.

He stared at her in the way she imagined a hungry, stray dog would: leery but hopeful. “You’re sure you’re okay?” His knees bounced nervously. One hand dabbed at the bite on his neck, checking for residual blood or something.

Heat crept up the back of Tyra’s neck, and she swiped a hand across her lips. It came away with a trace of crimson. “Fine,” she said. “Confused…” She took in the metal desk and the dingy, chipped linoleum floor. “This is your room.” Anton had been a resident at the shelter in Ash Falls, Virginia, where Tyra volunteered. Just another homeless human with amnesia, they’d thought at first. Not even close.

He swallowed hard. His eyelids drooped for a moment, but he took a deep breath and repositioned in his seat. Trying to make himself look taller? “You passed out. The chances of someone finding you were way lower here than in your office.” He blinked and lifted one shoulder awkwardly. “More comfortable, too, maybe.”

Sweaty, shoulder-length curls clung to her face and neck. She pushed them away with an impatient hand. Her heart pounded wildly, almost painfully. To hope that his intentions were truly good was so dangerous. “You’re a wizard. I remember you telling me that before I-” The abhorrent realization hit that she’d drunk blood from a wizard not once but twice now…

Only it hadn’t been the least bit disgusting. That unique woodsy flavor had actually been sort of… nice. “Your species and mine have been at war for centuries. I’m the vampire king’s sister. This can’t be happening.”