Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Why do Vampires Ensnare our Imagination?



The darkness of the night hides a predator unlike any other. Sensual, powerful, this creature is a blood-hunter, a seducer….a vampire.

Vampires capture the imagination on a visceral level. Almost all cultures from around the world have their own legends about blood drinking monsters. Is it the fear of death which brings these legends to life? Perhaps, it's the human need to understand bad luck and illness.  

It's interesting that although the vampire is sometimes portrayed in books and movies as an unholy beast, there is also an underlay of humanity that connects us to this creature.

Is that connection the desire to live for eternity?

An intriguing idea to have an extended lifespan, while staying forever at a perfect age. Of course, the tradeoff is the terrible bloodlust that overcomes the mind. Eternity is an exciting concept until you think of the lost loved ones, and always being out of step with humanity. To haunt the streets at night, alone…always separate.  

Why does the vampire seduce its victim?

The need for love is very human. A vampire is often portrayed as debonair or sensual. His/her touch is often cold, but there is desire reflective in their gaze. 

Perhaps vampires ensnare our imagination because their blood-hunger represents our insatiable need for love; their ability to seduce is our secret hope to remain desirable; and their ability to live forever is our way of ensuring that eternity does exist.

Do vampires ensnare your imagination? What is it about those hauntingly beautiful creatures of the night that have you coming back for more?
Mary

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Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Hot Cover Reveal: THE DARKEST TORMENT by Gena Showalter


 
Get ready for the 12th and most epic book in the Lords of the Underworld series yet, THE DARKEST TORMENT, available May 31, 2016! I think we can all agree on one thing: #BadenIsHot!


Click here to read a note from Gena on why she chose to write about Baden: http://www.rtbookreviews.com/blog/86044/cover-reveal-week-gena-showalters-darkest-torment


Here is your first glimpse at what THE DARKEST TORMENT is all about:

New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter returns with her most explosive Lords of the Underworld tale to date, about a fierce warrior on the brink of sanity who will stop at nothing to claim the exquisite human with the power to soothe the beast inside him...



Driven to his death by the demon of Distrust, Baden spent centuries in purgatory. Now he's back, but at what cost? Bound to the king of the underworld, an even darker force, he's unable to withstand the touch of another...and he's quickly devolving into a heartless assassin with an uncontrollable temper. Things only get worse when a mission goes awry and he finds himself saddled with a bridejust not his own. 

 
Famed dog trainer Katarina Joelle is forced to marry a monster to protect her loved ones. When she's taken hostage by the ruthless, beautiful Baden immediately after the ceremony, she's plunged into a war between two evilswith a protector more dangerous than the monsters he hunts. They are meant to be enemies, but neither can resist the passion burning between them...and all too soon the biggest threat is to her heart.


But as Baden slips deeper into the abyss, she'll have to teach him to love...or lose him forever. 

 

The Cover, Details and Links:


Title: The Darkest Torment

Series: Lords of the Underworld, #12

Author: Gena Showalter

On-sale date: May 31, 2016

Publisher: HQN Books

Pages: 448

Formats: Hardcover, eBook

Price: $26.99 U.S. / $29.99 CAN.

ISBN: 9780373779741

 

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The Giveaway:


The giveaway is for

   A complete set of all 11 books in the Lords of the Underworld series to ONE winner - US/Canada.

Giveaway ends Sunday, October 25th at 11:59 p.m. ET. Prize will be sent by the publisher.

 

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Other Books in the Series:


 

    THE DARKEST NIGHT (Lords of the Underworld #1) - GOODREADS

    THE DARKEST KISS (Lords of the Underworld #2) - GOODREADS

    THE DARKEST PLEASURE (Lords of the Underworld #3) - GOODREADS

    THE DARKEST WHISPER (Lords of the Underworld #4) - GOODREADS

    THE DARKEST PASSION (Lords of the Underworld #5) - GOODREADS

    THE DARKEST LIE (Lords of the Underworld #6) - GOODREADS

    THE DARKEST SECRET (Lords of the Underworld #7) - GOODREADS

    THE DARKEST SURRENDER (Lords of the Underworld #8) - GOODREADS

    THE DARKEST SEDUCTION (Lords of the Underworld #9) - GOODREADS

    THE DARKEST CRAVING (Lords of the Underworld #10) - GOODREADS

    THE DARKEST TOUCH (Lords of the Underworld #11) - GOODREADS

 

About Gena Showalter:



 

Gena Showalter is the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of the spellbinding Lords of the Underworld and Angels of the Dark series, two young adult series--Everlife and the White Rabbit Chronicles--and the highly addictive Original Heartbreakers series. In addition to being a National Reader's Choice and two time RITA nominee, her romance novels have appeared in Cosmopolitan (Red Hot Read) and Seventeen magazine, she's appeared on Nightline and been mentioned in Orange is the New Black--if you ask her about it, she'll talk for hourshours!  Her books have been translated in multiple languages.

 

Shes hard at work on her next novel, a tale featuring an alpha male with a dark side and the strong woman who brings him to his knees. You can learn more about Gena, her menagerie of rescue dogs, and all her upcoming books at genashowalter.com or Facebook.com/genashowalterfan

 


 





 

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Six Sexy Questions with romance author, KARI THOMAS

 
Welcome, Kari, are you ready for a little wicked fun? I hope so, because we’re about to get naughty.
K: Ready for naughty? LOL---you made a funny!

Question 1) what hero from your books would you love to find occupying your bed?
K: It would ONLY be safe if I covered all my heroes ears so they couldn’t hear which one I picked. Okay…shhhh…Lyon Savage (Under a Shifter’s Moon). That name says it all.
 
Question 2) Do you have a sexy scene in any of your books that have some comedy as well?
K: I think a few have some sexy-funny comments, like the part where Drake (Her Demon, His Angel) drops Sara on the bed from a height and she’s completely surprised. Did I mention ALL my love scenes are SEXY?

Question 3) Which of your heroes has the most sex appeal and why?

K: You really are trying to get me into deep trouble aren’t you? Seriously, I couldn’t chose just one. Lyon is all primal (Under a Shifter’s Moon). Logan (Hunted Mate) is all territorial. Drake (Her Demon, His Angel) is all male-take-charge. Hunter (Spell Kissed) is hard-but-tender. Aiden (Temptation Unleashed) is always trying to keep his beast side under control in order not to scare his mate. And Slade (Surrender Her Touch) is always doing his “go-ahead-make-me-change-into-my-dragon. Dare ya.”  Cole (Seducing the Hero) is all sexy cowboy. That says it all. And Kane (Prey for the Wolf) is one of those tough, sexy wolves that can melt a woman’s heart just before he threatens to eat her! Okay. YOU choose. Go ahead. I want tell on you to the other guys.

Question 4) What's your favorite way to feel sexy? Is it a fav. Perfume, shoes, dress?
K: ALL of the above! Seriously though, I love sensual clothing. You know, the kind that says a woman is all soft and sweet, tender, but is also ALL woman
 

Question 5) Okay, date night with a certain dragon-shifter hero. What am I in for?
K: To start off and make you comfortable (beware of that move!) Slade (Surrender Her Touch) would cook you a delicious steak dinner. Then, during the meal he’d start saying things that made you blush but weren’t inappropriate. Just yet. Then after dinner he would take you out under the stars and…change into a dragon. He would encourage you to climb on his broad dragon back. Then he’d soar into the air. Well, after the ride (no pun intended), he’d bring you home. And lead you into the bedroom. OH! I’m stopping right there! You can imagine the rest.

Question 6) Which of your books has the hottest sex scene?
K: OMG, I’m not sure I’m the best judge of that. For some reason, all of my books have been categorized as erotic. Not Erotica, but erotic in the sensual term. “Hunted Mate” actually won an Award for the Best Erotic Shapeshifter Book of the Year.” Yet, I think Lyon’s book (Under a Shifter’s Moon) should wear that title with A LOT of pride. Lyon’s face is next to “sexy, hot  lovemaking” in the dictionary!
Okay. THANK YOU, Mary for allowing me the chance to drop by and visit. I knew I could count on you giving me some interestingly-sexy questions about my heroes!
I’d like to add a few things before I go. My latest book, HER DEMON, HIS ANGEL is not available during a short respite, due to the closing of the publisher Secret Cravings. BUT! The great news is that Liquid Silver Books will be publishing it in the very near future! YAY! If you would like more info, please do contact me: authorkari@yahoo.com
I am also offering ANY of my Backlist (with the exception of Her Demon, His Angel)  (see the blogsite listed below) as PDF copies, $2.50 each. Contact me via email. Payments can be made through PayPal.
At present time, my author site:  www.authorkari.blogspot.com is in limbo. I can’t get Google to help with untangling the error, so for now it’s not an active site. The best way to contact me is through my email.
THANKS, everyone, for reading!
Happy Reading Hugs, Kari

Thank you Kari, for coming by and entertaining my readers. I need something cold to drink now. J I encourage readers to check out Kari's Amazon author page where you can buy all her available books.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Paranormal Updates for October and Contest News

The arrival of Fall has energized my writing life. There is plenty of news to share with readers, the most exciting being that Tasting Camilla is available  now through Cobblestone Press.  It's also available at most other booksellers, you can check my website for your favorite bookseller.

The sequel titled, Craving Elisa, will be available on December 1st from Cobblestone Press. Both are part of my Vampiric Indulgence line. 

Contest Alert:  October 1st through October 13th, I am holding a contest for a free PDF copy of Tasting Camilla. Go to my website for details. Entry is easy. Contest closes at Midnight EST on the 13th of October.

Another great development is that I've finally sold my contemporary romance, Bet Your Sweet Aces, to Evernight Publishing. It's taken some edits as well to get the story accepted, mostly adding more sex. *wink* This is a brand new novella of approx. 34K words that I'm certain readers will enjoy.

In all this, I'm either writing, editing, or marketing a story. It's a lot to do and I often work multiple projects in the same day. Still, you won't hear any complaints out of me. I love writing and my readers cheer me on every step of the way.
Special note: Romance Author, Kari Thomas, will be interviewed here on October 6th. She's an amazing paranormal romance writer, whose shifter heroes are sure to leave you wanting more. Be sure to stop by for all sorts of naughty paranormal fun.

Hope you enjoyed the update. I look forward to posting more soon.

Mary Corrales