Thursday, June 26, 2014

Cover Reveal, Release Blitz & ARC Sign-Up

I've teamed up with four new adult paranormal romance authors to offer a special treat in August: Five steamy full-lengths novels about sacrifice, destiny and love against all odds. All for 99 cents until the bundle retires.

BloggersSign-ups are open for the following:

- July 17th Cover Reveal

- August 21st Release Blitz

- Fated ARC

The cover was designed by Najla Qamber, who did my Spellbound covers and Evil Red. I saw it today and it is one of my favorites! So sexy and romantic - a gorgeous blend of dark and light colors that give it a paranormal glow.

And! Naj made a special full frontal cover just for the reveal (opposed to the sideways/spine view you see on box-sets & bundles).

It's so beautiful. I hope you help us show it off.

Readers. Sign-ups are coming soon to receive the extra goodies we're offering:

- Fated Bonus Bundle

- Story Behind the Story - Phone number and access code to live chat with the Fated 5

- Entry into drawing for $50 Gift Card

Everyone will have an opportunity to sign-up for the bonus material during the cover reveal. You can also sign-up for my newsletter to receive a final call to sign-up.

Fated 5:
Amaranth by Rachael Wade
Aurora Sky: Vampire Hunter by Nikki Jefford
Darkness of Light by Stacey Marie Brown
Flight by Alyssa Rose Ivy
Whisper by Heather Hildenbrand

Thursday, June 19, 2014

"Aren't You Going to Invite Me In?" Teaser

This teaser from my WIP Hunting Season (Aurora Sky: Vampire Hunter, Vol. 4) is for Ali and Amber who blog at Ginger-Read Reviews, and all the Fane-tastic ninjas who made last weekend so special! Thank you to Ali for all the killer Aurora Sky character graphics and Amber for having them printed onto tote bags, mugs and tank tops for the Emerald City Author Event this past weekend.

I had such a blast hanging out with street team members, attendees and participating authors. Selling out of Aurora Sky, Northern Bites and Entangled was the cherry on top of the cheesecake. (Thank you to my Dream Team table volunteers: Janice from The Demon Librarian and her wonderful husband, Aldo!)

Here's to all the fabulous "Fane-iacs" out there! Follow Fane's board on Pinterest and please send me a link via Twitter or Facebook if you come across the perfect Fane-wear I can add to my collection of "Fane Fashion" on the board. :)

As Fane stepped out, I moved toward him. He pushed his car door shut with his shoulder and straightened. My eyes traveled up and down his body before I could stop myself.

            He’d gone back to black: combat boots, black jeans, black belt, and a black tee with a white distressed skull and cross bones across his chest.

            I swear that no man undead or alive had ever made a T-shirt look so sexy.

            There was a wide black leather bracelet wrapped around his right wrist. It looked like the kind used to shackle a person’s wrist to a bedpost.

            My feet stopped working. Fane had no trouble closing the distance. He stopped in front of me, shoving a hand into his front pocket, thumb resting over his belt, which caused me to look down, directly into the danger zone. My eyes shot back up. Fane smirked, missing nothing.

            “Aren’t you going to invite me in?”

            I narrowed my eyes. Time to put the kibosh on any illusions he might be harboring over clothes coming off into a black pool on my bedroom floor.

            I nodded in the direction of the Jeep.

            “Can you teach me to drive a stick?”

            Fane studied me a moment. “This is a car we’re talking about, right?” The bastard stroked his belt with his thumb, drawing my attention back down.
With Awesome Amber at the Emerald City Author Event. I love this woman!
If you haven't already, sign-up on my email list so you will not miss out when Hunting Season releases! Beautiful new covers coming soon from Phatpuppy Art. You never know, Fane might end up on one. ;-)

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Bad Blood Paperback Giveaway & Book One Free

A lot is happening in Aurora Land!

- Book 3 is now live at all major online retailers (links below).
- Paperbacks will be available by the week of June 23rd. In the meantime, enter to win 1 of 3 copies at Goodreads here. (US)
- Book one is temporarily free (keep scrolling, links below).

Bad Blood Teaser Texts:
Dante: Where are you?
Aurora: Classified.
Dante: How about a hint?
Aurora: Can’t....
Dante: You’re killing me, Sky.
Aurora: I’m the one at boot camp.
Dante: Try celibacy.
Aurora: Striking out with all the ladies?
Dante: Waiting for you.
Aurora: You think that’s going to help you score or something?
Dante: I’m counting on it.
Book one temporarily FREE.
(See links below.)

Thanks to her rare blood type, Aurora's forced to hunt vampires in Alaska with her cute, but obnoxious partner Dante. Then there's Fane, the dark prince of temptation, himself , and last person she wants to lose her heart to. All she ever wanted was to get off the iceberg she calls home, but she owes her life to the agency. Basically she's a glorified chew toy with poisoned blood that sends vampires into temporary paralysis right before she has to finish the job--by hand. Now Aurora's only friends are groupies of the undead and the only boy she can think about may very well be a vampire. AURORA SKY: VAMPIRE HUNTER is the first in a YA Mature/New Adult paranormal fantasy series.

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Stay cool and never surrender!

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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Bad Blood (Aurora Sky #3) is Live

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Aurora returns from boot camp to a new assignment, an unwelcome roommate, and the increasingly amorous attentions of a certain vampire hunter.

College is starting, and so is Aurora’s undercover work at a network of swanky parties known as “Tastings” for high rolling vampires who like their blood laced with fine wine. But Aurora’s not the only one on the prowl. An underground investigation is under way to find out who killed one of Anchorage’s most prominent vampires… and Aurora is a prime suspect.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Bad Blood First Look

To Kill a Vampire

The music hit me like a scream in the face.
I could probably thank the solidarity and order of boot camp for the sudden culture shock I experienced walking into a loud room packed with teenage and twenty-something civilians.
It seemed like ages ago that I’d been around boys my own age.
Couples grinded against each other in the living room. Just about everyone held a drink of some sort in a bottle or plastic red cup. No one greeted or noticed me. No one except a jock in a football jersey leaning against the banister, sipping beer and checking out my bare legs.
“Hey, babe. My name’s Cody.”
I took two careful steps toward him.
“Have you seen Jeremy?”
There was no time for small talk, and I certainly didn’t have time to go on a scavenger hunt of Find the Vampire.
“Over there by the keg,” the guy said, sticking his chin out.
Following the direction of his eyes, I spotted Jeremy, a perfect match from the photos, standing with an arm hanging over a girl in white denim and a spaghetti strap tank top.
With steady steps, I walked over without stumbling. Looming deadlines could do that.
“Chug! Chug! Chug!” Jeremy’s group chanted at a guy in a prison-orange polo guzzling beer from a bong held over his head.
Maybe I’d skip the parties when I started college at the University of Alaska Anchorage. This really wasn’t my scene.
“Hello, Jeremy,” I called out flirtatiously.
One of the boys issued a catcall.
“Uh-oh, Jeremy,” another said, looking me up and down. “Who’s this?”
Jeremy smirked, obviously getting an ego boost out of the attention.
He removed his arm from the girl. She glared venom at me, but didn’t say a word. She looked cute, but her tight jeans and strappy sandals were no match for my mini skirt and stilettos. She ought to be thanking me for stepping in and saving her skinny hide.
“Can I talk to you upstairs?” I asked.
Jeremy folded his arms across his chest. When he looked at me, it wasn’t as a boy ogling a girl, but a predator eying his prey.
He didn’t like games. Well, neither did I.
“What makes you think I’m interested in talking?” he asked.
“What makes you think I’m interested in listening?” I returned in a saucy voice.
That earned Jeremy a slap on the shoulder, but while the guys around us chuckled, Jeremy assessed me with narrow eyes. He glanced at the girl who’d been under his arm seconds ago. She’d stuck around despite my interruption.
Maybe he didn’t like a woman with lip.

Panic gripped my heart. For the first time since entering the house, my legs threatened to wobble.
Jeremy smiled slowly. “I’ll be right back. You,” he said, addressing my breasts, “come with me.”
Was it that hard to get a vamp to escort a half-naked, willing victim to a private room? Jeremy certainly took his sweet time leading me across the living room.
He didn’t bother walking beside or anywhere near me, nor did he look back. If I weren’t about to kill him, I might have experienced a moment of outrage.
“Yo, Jer. How’s it going?” a guy with a shaved head called out as we passed.
“Billy boy! What’s up?”
Seriously? Tick, tock. Got a schedule to follow.
The guys fist-bumped and proceeded to make chitchat, ignoring my presence behind them completely.
The back of Jeremy’s neck called out from two feet away. I was tempted to strangle him on the spot.
Reaching forward, I gave his ass a nice firm pat, instead. It was a risk, one that grabbed Jeremy’s attention. He turned and grinned at me, finally beginning to look excited.
Jeremy placed an open palmed hand on his friend’s shoulder and said, “Good seeing you, man. Enjoy the party.” To me he said, “Let’s go.”
Jeremy returned greetings three more times on the way to the staircase, but he didn’t make any more stops. Walking over carpet in stilettos was about as reassuring as sand. The banister would have been helpful, but my nearest hand gripped the phone cord meant for Jeremy’s neck. I didn’t want to bring attention to the thing by switching it from one palm to the other, so I sucked it up and made it up the stairs, to the landing on the second floor without face-planting.
Jeremy led me down a hallway. We passed a closed door that barely blocked the sound of squeaking springs, screams, and a headboard banging against a wall. House party meets underage bar meets brothel. Charming.

At the end of the hall, Jeremy opened a door and motioned me inside.
Unlike the stairs and hallway, the room had a hardwood floor. Maybe “Jer” didn’t fancy getting blood on his carpet. My oh-so-charming host closed and locked the door behind me. The space was roomy—though not lacking in furniture—including a full-sized oval mirror framed in wood and attached to a moveable stand.
It was hard to keep a straight face when a vampire owned the biggest free-standing mirror I’d ever seen. My lips twitched as I fought back the smile.
I caught my expression in the mirror and sobered up. I had to get down to business, and I had to do it now.
Thick black curtains covered the windows. A sick sense of déjà vu came over me. The last time I worked alone was when Dante left me with Ivo and Patrick during my first mission in Fairbanks. I’d gone off to Ivo’s bedroom, and I’d killed him, but not before he tossed me around and bruised me up.
I could pass on the pre-kill beating. Jeremy needed to suck my blood so I could end his life without a struggle.
Speaking of the undead devil… I turned in time to catch Jeremy’s sleazy smile. Guess he wasn’t immune to my feminine charms after all.
“Who told you about me?”
He could only mean one thing by that. He’d made the correct assumption that I knew what he was.
“A friend,” I answered.
Jeremy smirked. Apparently that was good enough for him.
“I’ll suck you if you suck me.” He looked down at his crotch.
My nose wrinkled. God, I missed Marcus’ parties.
I inched toward him and bent my head to one side. “You first.”
Jeremy made no movement toward me. I tried not to tap my stiletto heel on the hard floor.
“My house. My rules. Get on your knees.”
Giving up all pretense of flirting, I full-on glared at the jerk. Guess things were going to have to get rough. But first, the stilettos had to go. I kicked them off. Not only did it give me better footing, but the action distracted Jeremy. He smiled slightly. Maybe he thought I was getting more comfortable before kneeling on the floor.
In his undead dreams.
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Sunday, June 1, 2014

Free June Desktop Calendar & Giveaway

It's 2014 and we're celebrating with an awesome fantasy themed calendar. This calendar is for the background on your computer and you can get this month's image below.
Each month will feature a different book or series, so if you want to challenge yourself, try reading each book or series that is featured before each month is over. The book for June is Daughter of Chaos by Jen McConnel. She is also giving away a cool swag pack, so enter the rafflecopter at the bottom of the post!


Click here to download the full size image. Then set as your background!
Daughter of Chaos

There comes a time in every witch's life when she must choose her path. Darlena's friends have already chosen, so why is it so hard for her to make up her mind? Now, Darlena is out of time. Under pressure from Hecate, the Queen of all witches, Darlena makes a rash decision to choose Red magic, a path no witch in her right mind would dare take. As a Red witch, she will be responsible for chaos and mayhem, drawing her deep into darkness. Will the power of Red magic prove too much for Darlena, or will she learn to control it before it's too late? 
DAUGHTER OF CHAOS is the first in a YA paranormal trilogy

Author Bio:

Jen McConnel first began writing poetry as a child. A Michigander by birth, she now lives and writes in the beautiful state of North Carolina. A graduate of Western Michigan University, she also holds a MS in Library Science from Clarion University of Pennsylvania. When she isn't crafting worlds of fiction, she teaches college writing composition and yoga. Once upon a time, she was a middle school teacher, a librarian, and a bookseller, but those are stories for another time.

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