Thursday, August 28, 2014

Blood Beyond Darkness Release & Giveaway



It's HERE! The day has finally arrived! 

The final book in the Darkness Series has arrived!!
 

Nikki's Note: I love this series by Stacey Marie Brown. If you haven't read the first book already, you can get it for 99 cents along with 4 other new adult novels in the limited edition Fated box set that released last week. :D


After months of searching, Ember and her friends have finally located the Sword of Light, the only weapon capable of destroying Queen Aneira and ending her rule. This is Ember’s destiny. Or so she thought. Now a pact to save the man she loves changes everything.

In this final installment in the Darkness Series, when the truth comes to light, Ember will learn some things are better left in the dark as her world is ripped even further apart. It is no longer a rabbit hole, but a never-ending black void full of endless lies, betrayals, and secrets.

The fight for Earth has begun, and Ember will have to make the ultimate sacrifice to save millions of innocent lives and those she loves.

But this price may be too high—even for her.






Stacey Marie Brown by day is an Interior/Set Designer, by night a writer of Paranormal Fantasy, Adventure, and Literary Fiction. She grew up in Northern California, where she ran around on her family’s farm, raising animals, riding horses, playing flashlight tag, and turning hay bales into cool forts. Even before she could write, she was creating stories and making up intricate fantasies. Writing came as easy as breathing. She later turned that passion into acting, living and traveling abroad, and designing. Though she had never stopped writing, moving back to San Francisco seemed to have brought it back to the forefront and this time it would not be ignored.

When she’s not writing she’s out hiking, spending time with friends, traveling, listening to music, or designing.

















**Warning: The Darkness Series is not YA, but a NA Series**


Darkness of Light (Darkness #1)

Ember Brycin has been called them all. She’s always known she’s different. No one has ever called her normal, even under the best circumstances. Bizarre and inexplicable things continually happen to her, and having two different colored eyes, strange hair, and an unusual tattoo only contributes to the gossip about her.

When the latest school explosion lands her in a facility for troubled teens, she meets Eli Dragen, who’s hot as hell and darkly mysterious. Their connection is full of passion, danger, and secrets. Secrets that will not only change her life, but what and who she is—leading her down a path she never imagined possible.

Between Light and Dark, Ember finds a world where truth and knowledge are power and no one can be trusted. But her survival depends on finding out the truth about herself. In her pursuit, she is forced between love and destiny and good and evil, even when the differences between them aren’t always clear. At worst, she will incite a war that could destroy both worlds. At best, she will not only lose her heart but her life and everyone she loves. Once the truth is out, however, there will be no going back. And she’ll definitely wish she could.

Fire in the Darkness (Darkness #2)

It's been four weeks since Ember Brycin witnessed what her powers are capable of. The Electrical Current Storm has turned Seattle, Washington into a natural disaster zone. The death toll is in the thousands with countless others homeless and hungry.
And Ember is the one who caused it. Something she will have to live with every day.

Those people who were unable to escape either turned quickly into gangs or live in shelters. Ember, on the other hand, can’t do either. With a price on her head and a Dark Dweller on her ass, she is constantly on the move. Both Light and Dark are hunting her for their own purpose to use her as a weapon or a pawn in the war between the Unseelie King of the Dark and the Seelie Queen of the Light.

Em needs help but doesn’t know who to trust: Lars, the mystery man Torin told her to find? Torin, the Seelie Queen’s personal knight, who has sworn to keep Em safe? Or Eli, who wants to turn her over to the Unseelie King, but whom she has an undeniable, intense connection with?

No matter what she chooses she will probably lose—her life or everything and everyone she loves.




Beast In The Darkness (An Elighan Dragen Novelette)

(Darkness #2.5)




We know the story from Ember's POV, but what happens to Eli after Ember disappears? Crawl inside Eli's mind and experience what he goes through. Be warned his mind in not a fuzzy warm place to be....








Dwellers of Darkness (Darkness #3)

Some days feel like years, but in Ember Brycin’s case just the opposite is true. Em would be 22 now—if she were human. She’s not. She is a Dae—part Demon and part Fay—with a little Dark Dweller thrown in to make her more of a freak.

Life has become further complicated for Ember since returning from the Otherworld. Besides being continuously hunted by the Seelie Queen, Ember is at the top of the Unseelie King’s list, after breaking her oath with him. No one breaks a vow with the Unseelie King without extreme consequences.

Adding to Ember’s problems is a certain Dark Dweller whose mood has become violent and cruel. As much as she’d like to deny it, there is an undeniable connection between them. Eli is sexy, gorgeous, and frustrating as hell. She also knows he is holding something back, something that could change their relationship forever. 

But her problems go way past him. As the tension for war mounts between the Seelie and Unseelie (Light and Dark), the tension at the Dark Dweller’s compound escalates even more as they prepare to obtain the Sword of Light—the only weapon able to kill the Queen. 

But is Ember the answer to the location of the sword? Is she the one to fulfill the prophecy? As usual nothing is ever what it seems.















Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Last Chance Sign-Up Fated Bonus Bundle

Sign-up HERE to receive a free Fated Bonus Bundle before the form closes.


The gift card winner and 30 phone chat winners have been selected, but there's still a few more days to sign-up for the free Fated Bonus Bundle. I'm putting the final touches on. We've got a colorful pack of extras:

- Character Questionnaire

- Unpublished POV from Eli from Darkness of Light when he first meets Ember

- Cover Model Q&A from the fabulous Gabriella (aka: Aurora Sky)

- Excerpts from First and Unearthed

- An Alternative Ending to Whisper

Sign-up for your free bonus material and don't miss this limited time bundle with 5 bestselling fan favorites for only 99 cents.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Fated Release



The Fated 5 have come together to bring you a collection of five steamy new adult urban fantasies about sacrifice, second chances, destiny and love against all odds.
With fan favorites from new adult and urban fantasy bestsellers Rachael Wade, Nikki Jefford, Stacey Marie Brown, Alyssa Rose Ivy and Heather Hildenbrand.
 

*** Retiring December 2014 ***
Five full-length novels only 99 cents.

Amaranth by Rachael Wade – Camille moves to Southern Louisiana to escape her abusive past, not expecting to fall in love and plummet into the world of Amaranth, a place of exile for reformed vampires.

Aurora Sky: Vampire Hunter by Nikki Jefford– Thanks to her rare blood type, Aurora’s forced to hunt vampires in Alaska. Now Aurora’s only friends are groupies of the undead and the only boy she can think about may very well be a vampire.

Darkness of Light by Stacey Marie Brown – Ember has never fit in. After she lands herself in a facility for troubled teens, she meets the darkly mysterious and hot as hell, Eli Dragen who is keeping secrets that can’t stay hidden much longer.

Flight by Alyssa Rose Ivy – A summer in New Orleans leads to a chance encounter with the infuriating yet alluring Levi. Allie finds herself at the center of a supernatural society and forced to decide between following the path she has always trusted or saving a city that might just save her.

Whisper by Heather Hildenbrand – Five months after Whisper is released from the Skye View Wellness Center she stumbles upon an unconscious boy at a bonfire party who holds the key to breaking her curse.
 
Sometimes love has other plans. 
 

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Fated Box Set - 99 cents

***Available for a LIMITED TIME only!***

Sometimes love has other plans.

The FATED 5 have come together to bring you a collection of five bestselling steamy new adult urban fantasies about sacrifice, second chances, destiny and love against all odds.

Over 450 5-star reviews at Amazon on the individual books. Don't miss this limited time bundle!



 


Five full novels for only 99 cents:

Amaranth by Rachael Wade – Camille moves to Southern Louisiana to escape her abusive past, not expecting to fall in love and plummet into the world of Amaranth, a place of exile for reformed vampires.

Aurora Sky: Vampire Hunter by Nikki Jefford – Thanks to her rare blood type, Aurora’s forced to hunt vampires in Alaska. Now her only friends are groupies of the undead and the only boy she can think about may very well be a vampire.

Darkness of Light by Stacey Marie Brown – Ember has never fit in. After she lands herself in a facility for troubled teens, she meets the darkly mysterious and hot as hell, Eli Dragen who is keeping secrets that can’t stay hidden much longer.

Flight by Alyssa Rose Rose – A summer in New Orleans leads to a chance encounter with the infuriating yet alluring Levi. Allie finds herself at the center of a supernatural society and forced to decide between following the path she has always trusted or saving a city that might just save her.

Whisper by Heather Hildenbrand – Five months after Whisper is released from the Skye View Wellness Center she stumbles upon an unconscious boy at a bonfire party who holds the key to breaking her curse.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Whipser Release Day Blitz

 
Whisper  by Heather Hildenbrand
New Adult Paranormal Fantasy

The Cherokee believe when a person dies, their soul is reborn. Life is repeated. An endless cycle of lessons to be learned , love to be found, destiny to be fulfilled. For the past six months, in every flower, every bird, I’ve imagined my parents, relieved of their human forms.

Now, after five month s at the Skye View Wellness Center, it was summer. A time for parties and friends, but that’s the last thing I want to do. So when my best friend Erin convinces me to attend a bonfire at Eagle Poin t, I can’t handle the crowd full of sympathetic sta res or drunken class clowns who would use my tragedy as a way into my heart – or my pants. The solitude of the woods offers an escape, until I stumble upon a boy, unconscious and bleeding, his pockets stuff ed not with identification but with poetry illustratin g the beauty of dying. I’ve seen enough death. I wi ll not leave this boy’s side.

Even after he wakes, when the only thing he can remember are visions of events that haven’t happened yet...  
Add to Goodreads

Purchase
Amazon: http://amzn.to/1nEsNqt

Or get it for only $0.99 in the Fated bundle when it releases next week!
Or in Fated: 5 New Adult Paranormal Romance Novel Bundle releasing August 21st
About the Author:
 
Author of Across the Galaxy, Whisper, and the Dirty Blood series. I write, read, and fuss at my kids. Oh, and I do laundry, lots of laundry. I’m pretty go od at it, too. Sometimes I even read WHILE doing laundry – an d fussing at my kids. I’m a multi-tasker.

For more inf ormation on my books, release dates, or just genera l stalker material, um, I mean FAN material, visit my website. www.heatherhilden brand.blogspot.com. I love hearing from readers!

Likes and dislikes? I love v intage tees, hate socks with sandals, and if my hou se was on fire the one thing I’d grab is my Amazon Fir e TV! (oh yeah, I’m a fan of puns.)


Monday, August 11, 2014

Blog Roll - My Writing Process

I was invited by Stacey Marie Brown and Bethany Lopez to participate in a Blog Roll answering questions about my writing/process. Check out Bethany and Stacey's answers by clicking on their names.

1) What am I working on right now?

I just finished the first draft of Hunting Season, AuroraSky: Vampire Hunter, Vol. 4… meaning I’m EDITING! I also have some backstory to fill on Francesco “Fane” Donado (ie: Research!) I gathered up a stack of books at the library on Venice, Italy. In particular, I’m interested in The Plague around the 17th & 18th century.
 

2) How does my work differ from others in the genre?

The moment you tell someone you wrote a vampire book, you get the look or the tone, “Oh, another vampire book.” (Real original.) I constantly challenge myself to put a new twist on whatever subject I write about so no, it’s not just another vampire or witch book.

For Aurora Sky, I found inspiration in “Vampire Forensics” by Mark Collins Jenkins. The idea started with vampirism being a disease. I wanted it to be more sci-fi than fantasy, something that at least sounded remotely possible.

For the Spellbound Trilogy magic is more mind over matter than woo-woo spells and chanting. And it backfires… a lot, which is so much fun.

 
3) Why do I write what I do?

I read and write to escape the real world. For me, that means spending time in fantasy worlds where there’s magic and supernatural creatures or kickass female spies who save the day. I love shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Supernatural, Charlie’s Angels and Alias. I write what I love.
 
 

4) How does my writing process work?

Before I begin each new book, I handwrite notes and a rough outline in a journal. I’d probably be better off researching ahead of time, but I’m too impatient so I research along the way—for example, 2/3rds of Spellbound #3 (Enchantment) took place in Barcelona. I’ve never been there so I had to do a lot of reading up and looking through online photos. In Northern Bites, Aurora Sky, Vol. 2, Aurora went on a mission in Sitka, another place I’ve never been. I like to read a mix of history, travel and fiction books set in those areas to get a feel for them.
 
 
Mornings are my best time to write and are most productive if I can have five solid interrupted hours, which are hard to come by.

 ***

That’s a little peek into my process. Check out the author I tagged, Danielle Young, next Monday for an inside look into her writing process. Last month, Young published her first book, Guided (The Jade Ring Series Book 1).

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Win Aurora Sky in Audiobook

Two Chances to win an Aurora Sky Audiobook

1) Rafflecopter below
2) By tuning in to the Q&A with narrator, Em Eldridge, Thursday, August 21st at 7 PM Eastern

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Join author Nikki Jefford and narrator Em Eldridge for a behind the scenes look at the author/narrator collaboration and audiobook process. Tune in live Thursday, August 21st at 7PM Eastern at Google Hangouts On Air. (7 pm Eastern/6 pm Central,/5 pm Mountain/4 pm Pacific/3 pm Alaska.) RSVP here.

If the above link doesn't take you to the event page, try using Google Chrome or sign up for an invite using this form.


Em Eldridge is an ACX Audible Approved Producer and has narrated over 25 books. Before narrating professionally, she read Harry Potter out loud to her siblings. She is also an award-winning filmmaker/screenwriter and accomplished classical singer and violinist.

Em and Nikki will talk for about 30 minutes and then open the event up to Q&A.

Aurora Sky: Vampire Hunter is now available in audiobook!

Friday, August 8, 2014

Audible Aurora and Live Interview with Narrator

Aurora Sky: Vampire Hunter is now available in audiobook!


Em Eldridge did an incredible job narrating. I found myself laughing out loud and especially loved the British accent she gave Joss. At first it was strange listening to a voice that didn't match the one inside my head, but about 5 minutes in, I became completely immersed and was so very pleased and entertained by the audio experience. I have a whole new appreciation for what it takes to read an entire book out loud with emotion, the right pacing and different accents - male and female!


For a behind the scenes look at the author/narrator collaboration and audiobook process, tune in live Thursday, August 21st at 7PM Eastern at Google Hangouts On Air. (7 pm Eastern/6 pm Central,/5 pm Mountain/4 pm Pacific/3 pm Alaska.) RSVP here.

If the above link doesn't take you to the event page, try using Google Chrome or sign up for an invite using this form.

We will talk for about 30 minutes and then open it up to Q&A.

Monday, August 4, 2014

A Look Inside Fated: 5 NA Paranormal Novels

I'm excited! This is the first bundle I've ever organized/been part of. All the titles included are fantastic because I handpicked them. I wanted page-turners. New adult urban fantasy romances that sizzled off the screen. Fun. Fast. Fantasy with a touch of darkness. It's all here. I flew through all these titles. Fated is just the thing for a summer book fling before it's back to sweaters, school and the whole fall/winter routine.

Rather than tell you what the titles are, why don't I show you?

In the order they appear in the bundle:

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
 
 
Get the STORY BEHIND THE STORY and come gab with Rachael, Stacey, Alyssa, Heather and I during a live call later this month. 30 random winners will have access to the call. To enter, sign-up here.
 
Fated is available for pre-order on iBooks and will be available to purchase on Kindle, Nook, Kobo and Google Play on August 21st.
 

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Fated Limited Time Box Set - 99 Cents

***Available for a LIMITED TIME only!***

Sometimes love has other plans.

The FATED 5 have come together to bring you a collection of five bestselling steamy new adult urban fantasies about sacrifice, second chances, destiny and love against all odds.

Over 450 5-star reviews at Amazon on the individual books. Don't miss this limited time bundle!






EXTRA! EXTRA!

Authors Rachael Wade, Stacey Marie Brown, Alyssa Rose Ivy, Heather Hildenbrand and I are doing something uber fun - a live phone chat + Q&A with 30 readers who will be randomly selected from the sign-up form.

Everyone who signs up will receive a free Fated Bonus Bundle that we're filling with extra goodies.

One grand prize winner will be selected for a $50 Gift Card or PayPal cash. We're nearly 3 weeks away from release!

 

***

Five full novels for just 99 cents:

Amaranth by Rachael Wade – Camille moves to Southern Louisiana to escape her abusive past, not expecting to fall in love and plummet into the world of Amaranth, a place of exile for reformed vampires.

Aurora Sky: Vampire Hunter by Nikki Jefford – Thanks to her rare blood type, Aurora’s forced to hunt vampires in Alaska. Now her only friends are groupies of the undead and the only boy she can think about may very well be a vampire.

Darkness of Light by Stacey Marie Brown – Ember has never fit in. After she lands herself in a facility for troubled teens, she meets the darkly mysterious and hot as hell, Eli Dragen who is keeping secrets that can’t stay hidden much longer.

Flight by Alyssa Rose Rose – A summer in New Orleans leads to a chance encounter with the infuriating yet alluring Levi. Allie finds herself at the center of a supernatural society and forced to decide between following the path she has always trusted or saving a city that might just save her.

Whisper by Heather Hildenbrand – Five months after Whisper is released from the Skye View Wellness Center she stumbles upon an unconscious boy at a bonfire party who holds the key to breaking her curse.

Friday, August 1, 2014

August Calendar and 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 series for August is the Van Helsing Organization by Noree Cosper. So far, the series includes The Flower of Hell, which is a short story companion to A Prescription for Delirium. She will be giving away a free ebook copy of The Flower of Hell in the rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.

Noree would also like to announce that A Prescription for Delirium is also included in Pandora, a new box set featuring 19 other novels and novellas.
You can preorder the set for only $.99!

 

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

The Flower of Hell (Short Story Companion to A Prescription for Delirium)
 

Gabriella devoted her eternity to carrying out her vengeance against demons. As she pursues her latest prey she stumbles across another hunter. To Gabby, Dimitri is an unneeded distraction, but he attracts her like no other man has for centuries. Will this hunter unlock the feelings she’d buried long ago or will he just open her up to more heartache? Can Gabby protect both of them from the demon stalking the Paris streets?

This is a short story companion to the Van Helsing Organization series.
 


A Prescription for Delirium (Van Helsing Organization #1)


Demons, werewolves, possessed bikers, madness spreading like a virus, and a revenge that has waited for over 500 years. What more could Gabby look for in a vacation spot?

Ninety years ago, Gabriella di Luca promised to protect the family of her dying lover. She failed to keep that promise. She was too far away to stop the devil that murdered the eldest Van Helsing son. Years later, Gabby learns the devil has resurfaced. She arrives in Hampton, TX, determined to stop the devil before it can lay a bloody hand on the remaining three brothers.

However, madness is spreading through Hampton. She suspects the devil is using this madness to test a drug which has a side effect of demonic possession. Gabby rushes to end the source of the madness only to fall victim to it. For a woman cursed with eternal life, dying is no threat. However, Gabby must stop the devil's plot or risk losing her most precious possession: her mind. 
 


 
Author Bio:
Noree Cosper loves writing about magic in the modern world. While growing up in Texas she constantly searched for mystical elements in the mundane. She buried her nose in both fiction and books about Wicca, Religion, and Mythology. Everyday became an adventure as she joined a group of role-players, acting out her fantasies of vampires, demons, and monsters living in the world. She embraced her nerdom wholeheartedly.

Noree grew, but never left her love for fantasy and horror. Her dreams pushed her and her hand itched to write the visions she saw. So, with her fingers on the keys, she did what her heart had been telling her to do since childhood. She wrote.


 
Giveaway:

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