Wednesday, May 29, 2013

June Spellbound Street Team Member Birthdays

...and one in May Today!!!

Happy Birthday, Lovelies. Make a wish!

Reminder: Next Reader Rewards drawing is in one month. June 30th. Get those entries in.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Northern Bites ARC Sign-Up & Teasers

It's going to be awesome!

Love bites.
Probation sucks.
Thanks to Dante’s recklessness, Aurora is now partners with Valerie: the redheaded, backstabbing vixen.
Dante is in full flirt mode. Fane’s tactics are far more ruthless. Something carnal has awakened in Aurora and neither boy is helping tame her cravings.
When a member of the unit’s team is found dead, Aurora and Valerie are sent after a vampire in Sitka, but Aurora suspects the killer’s much closer to home.

Meet the team's new bad boy: Jared.

Valerie and I stood in place. Just as I was about to admit defeat and head to the back of the ticket line, Jared gave us both a shove from behind toward the check-in counter.
“Hey!” Valerie said.
“Hey, yourself, Red.”
Valerie snorted in disgust. “Really? Is that the best you can come up with?
“Works for me,” Jared replied, pushing between us to get to the front counter.
“Dipshit,” Valerie said under her breath.
“Three to Juneau, final destination Sitka,” the clerk said. “I have you all seated together in aisle twenty-three. Will you be checking in any luggage?”
“Three bags,” Jared said.
It’s not like we could carry all our knives and hazardous materials on board.
“What seats are we in?” Valerie asked as the three of us waited in line at security.
“I’m taking the aisle,” Jared said. “You two can flip for the window seat.”
Valerie shook her hair over her shoulders. “I’m not flipping for anything. I call window.”
Great, stuck between Ginger and Mr. McCreepy. 

A young man dressed to the nines walked out of the kitchen with a tray of drinks as I walked in. At least Noel and I had the space to ourselves. I looked around the counters. Last time there had been a champagne fountain.
My eyes landed on a silver tray lined with shot glasses filled with a thick red liquid.
My eyes widened. “Is that...”
“Blood,” Noel said.
I opened my mouth to speak, but Noel cut me off. “Don’t worry, it comes from the blood bank. There’s wine in the fridge or champagne if you prefer.”
“I think Aurora would prefer the blood.”
Goosebumps rose over my flesh at the sound of Fane’s voice. I turned slowly. I couldn’t stop myself from staring once I saw him. Fane wasn’t cute in the conventional sense. A lot of girls would probably cross the road to avoid passing him on the street, but they didn’t know the way he kissed. The way his lips teased me until I was breathless. If he kissed that good I couldn’t begin to imagine him in bed. Actually, I could. And therein lay the problem.

Dante texted back: Just remember, if you’re going to fight use pillows.
Valerie snorted. “See? Typical.”
And you can only wear underwear, Dante added before I had a chance to respond. Hey, I don’t make the rules. ;)
Whatever, I typed.
“Give me that.” Valerie grabbed the phone out of my hands before I could send the message. She deleted “whatever.”
“Dante’s messing with you and you’re playing right into his hands. This is exactly what he’s expecting, Aurora. It’s time he got a dose of his own medicine.” Valerie began typing. I tried to see, but her hair blocked my view when she leaned forward. Only when Valerie lifted her head did I see what she’d written and sent.
Actually she stepped out so it’s just you and me.
I breathed a sigh of relief. That wasn’t too bad.
Dante messaged back instantly. Meaning? 
I wanted to ask Valerie the same question.
Valerie smirked and typed. Meaning I’ll strip if you strip.
“Valerie!” I cried.
She held up a hand. “Let’s see what Mr. Hot Shot replies to that.”
I had to admit I was curious. We watched the screen. It remained blank.
Valerie snickered. “Two can play at this game, Don Juan.”

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Monday, May 13, 2013

Enchantment Blog Tour & Giveaways

Join the final Spellbound book celebration this week through next. There will be guest posts and reviews. (See full schedule below giveaways and/or check in on my author Facebook page for direct links daily.)


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Tour Schedule 

Monday 5-13

Tuesday 5-14

Wednesday 5-15

Thursday 5-16

Friday 5-17

Saturday 5-18

Monday 5-20

Tuesday 5-21

Wednesday 5-22

Thursday 5-23
Just One More Chapter

Friday 5-24

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Mom & Me

Happy Mother's Day to all the wonderful mom's out there... and us fur mama's too! ;) Here are some photos of me and my mom - my best friend!
 These are all photos taken on Orcas Island. The biggest reason I wanted to move from Central Oregon to the San Juan Islands in Washington is to see my mom more when she and her boyfriend stay at their place on Orcas.
A lot of people confuse us for sisters. ;-)
Friends forever. I worked with my mom for many years in Alaska at my family's souvenir business and used to see her just about every day. Now I only see her a few times a year and sometimes less than 24 hours since I'm on a different island and we have to catch ferries for quickie visits. (I'm totally crying while I put this post together.)
Cooling off in Mountain Lake in Moran State Park on Orcas Island. I grew up swimming in Wallace Lake in Wasilla, AK at my grandma's cabin.
If you've got your mama or kids nearby today, give them a great big hug and enjoy being together... or give your pup a pet!

Much love, Mamas! xoxo

Saturday, May 11, 2013

The Forgotten Ones Review + Giveaway

Now available exclusively at Amazon.

Allison O'Malley's plan is to go to grad school so she can get a good job and take care of her schizophrenic mother. She has carefully closed herself off from everything else, including a relationship with Ethan, who she's been in love with for as long as she can remember.

What is definitely not part of the plan is the return of her long-lost father, who claims he can bring Allison's mother back from the dark place her mind has gone. Allison doesn't trust her father, so why would she believe his stories about a long forgotten Irish people, the Tuatha de Danaan? But truths have a way of revealing themselves. Secrets will eventually surface. And Allison must learn to set aside her plan and work with her father if there is even a small chance it could restore her mother's sanity.

I am so happy to host Laura Howard here today during the release tour of her debut NA paranormal novel: The Forgotten Ones. In addition to being a talent to be reckoned with, I am a huge fan of Laura's book/writing blog Finding Bliss.

"His scent, clean and fresh like sun-warmed denim, made my knees go weak." 

Everything from the title to the writing to the cover of The Forgotten Ones was beautifully executed.

The first half of the book reads like a contemporary sweet romance while the second half turns into a fantasy. I usually prefer fantasy over contemporary, but in the case of Forgotten Ones, I actually enjoyed the first half more than the second.

Allison’s situation with her mother is so heart wrenching. I’m a sucker for stuff like that and don’t mind getting misty eyed when I read. I also enjoyed the relationship between Allison and Ethan, which mostly disappears in the second half.

While I love fantasy, I have never been a fan of fairies or fey. This is just a personal thing. I think they’re mean, selfish little tricksters who are the most insensitive of all paranormal creatures.

What I loved most about The Forgotten Ones was the main character Allison. I could completely relate to her desire to be left alone with her book or work, always trying to get out of outings with her peers. I didn’t really date during my teen years, either, which is probably why I love reading and writing YA so much. I get a chance to go back and do it all over again. ;)

Although Allison is a recent high school grad planning to go to college, this book is an appropriate YA read in addition to NA.

A quick read and so beautifully written!

Laura Howard lives in New Hampshire with her husband and four children. Her obsession with books began at the age of 6 when she got her first library card. Nancy Drew, Sweet Valley High and other girly novels were routinely devoured in single sittings. Books took a backseat to diapers when she had her first child. It wasn’t until the release of a little novel called Twilight, 8 years later, that she rediscovered her love of fiction. Soon after, her own characters began to make themselves known. The Forgotten Ones is her first published novel.

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