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[Archive] Spotlight, Review, Progressive Excerpt and Character Interview for Claire Ashgrove_4.25.14

Posted 21 hours ago

[Archive] Spotlight and Giveaway for A.J Williams_4.21.14

Posted 21 hours ago

[Archive] Series Spotlight, Review and Giveaway for Carrie Ann Ryan_4.18.14

FEATURE AUTHOR EVENT

4/18/14

Series Spotlight, Review and Giveaway

for…

Carrie Ann Ryan

Posted 2 days ago

[ARCHIVE] Spotlight, Cover Reveal, Excerpt and Giveaway for Lisa Beth Darling and Kingdoms of War_4.16.14

FEATURE AUTHOR EVENT

4/16/14

Spotlight, Cover Reveal, Excerpt and Giveaway

for…

Lisa Beth Darling

Posted 5 days ago

[Archive] Spotlight and Exclusive Excerpt for Kristen Painter_4.15.14

FEATURE AUTHOR EVENT

4/15/14

Spotlight and Exclusive Excerpt

for…

Kristen Painter

Posted 5 days ago

[Archive] Spotlight, Excerpt and Giveaway for the authors of Dark and Deadly_4.15.14

FEATURE AUTHOR EVENT

4/15/14

Spotlight, Excerpt and Giveaway

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Jennifer Ashley, Alyssa Day, Felicity Heaton, Erin Kellison, Laurie London, Erin Quinn, Bonnie Vanak, Caris Roane and Dark and Deadly

Hey everyone!

LITERAL ADDICTION is very happy to be spreading the word about the next EIGHT BAD BOYS OF PARANORMAL ROMANCE Bundle, Dark and Deadly today.

Dark and Deadly: Eight Bad Boys of Paranormal Romance Boxed Set is now available worldwide for a special introductory price of only $0.99!
This ebook boxed set of eight hot paranormal romances by eight New York Times and USA Today best-selling romance authors features powerful alpha male bad boys who will satisfy your darkest, most deadliest desires.
Here’s more about this fantastic eight book boxed set, including an excerpt from one of the stories…

DARK AND DEADLY: Eight Bad Boys of Paranormal Romance
Jennifer Ashley, Alyssa Day, Felicity Heaton, Erin Kellison, Laurie London, Erin Quinn, Bonnie Vanak, and Caris Roane

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Eight hot paranormal romances by New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors. Alpha-male bad boys will fulfill your darkest, most deadliest desires in these stories about shifters, werewolves, vampires, magic, special powers and other realms. But only if you dare…

Here’s a little bit about each author and story…

JENNIFER ASHLEY
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Jennifer Ashley has lived and traveled all over the world, and now lives in the Southwest. She writes historical, paranormal, and contemporary romance as Jennifer Ashley; mysteries as Ashley Gardner; and paranormal romance and urban fantasy as Allyson James.

Jennifer’s/Allyson’s/Ashley’s more than fifty novels have won RWA’s RITA award, the Golden Quill, RT Reviewer’s Choice awards, and the Prism award, among others. Jennifer’s novels have been also been translated into French, German, Spanish, Dutch, Japanese, Norwegian, Hungarian, Italian, Thai, and other languages.

Jennifer enjoys writing and reading above all else, but her hobbies include cooking, hiking, playing flute and guitar, painting, and building miniature rooms and dollhouses.

Jennifer (as Jennifer) is the proud creator of the HIGHLAND PLEASURES,SHIFTERS UNBOUND, NVENGARIA, and REGENCY PIRATES series.

You can keep up with Jennifer online at her Website, on Facebook, on Twitter, and on GoodReads.

BODYGUARD by Jennifer Ashley
Elizabeth Chapman is saved from an armed attacker by a Kodiak bear who shifts into a tight-bodied, naked human male. Ronan takes Elizabeth to Shiftertown, becoming her 24/7 bodyguard. The mateless Ronan has adopted a houseful of orphaned Shifters—having grown up in foster care, Elizabeth is touched by his protectiveness. Ronan only wants to keep Elizabeth safe, but the sassy woman is triggering his long-buried need to mate.

ALYSSA DAY
Alyssa Day is the pen name (and dark and tortured alter ego) of RITA award-winning author Alesia Holliday. She is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of paranormal romance and urban fantasy novels. She was born in Biloxi, Mississippi, and spent her childhood moving all around the world with her family and her dad, who was in the U.S. Air Force, living in such varied and wonderful places as Colorado, the Philippines, Alaska, Turkey, Texas, Ohio, Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, and probably a few other places she has forgotten. After graduating from The Ohio State University (go Buckeyes!) with a degree in sociology, she worked in the real world for a while but then went to law school, graduating summa cum laude from Capital Law School in Columbus, Ohio. She practiced law as a trial lawyer in three different states before deciding that she had more fun with the voices in her head than the ones in courtrooms. After marrying Navy Guy, she started on another round of adventures, moving from Ohio to Florida to Seattle to Florida to Virginia to Florida to Japan (so far!).

A voracious reader, Alyssa has a collection of research books on mythology and history that nearly makes the moving guys cry when they come to pack up her house each time the Navy decides to send her family on a new adventure.

Alyssa is the proud creator of the WARRIORS OF POSEIDON and THE LEAGUE OF THE BLACK SWAN series.

If you want to keep up with Alyssa online, you can find her at her Website, on Facebook, on Twitter, and on GoodReads.

ALEJANDRO’S SORCERESS by Alyss Day
He’s a warrior, hardened by years of protecting his town from vampire attack. She’s a garden witch who sees the world in shades of sunshine and delight. Opposites don’t only attract, they go supernova in this sizzling tale of magic and mayhem.

FELICITY HEATON
Felicity Heaton writes passionate paranormal romance books as Felicity Heaton and F E Heaton. In her books she creates detailed worlds, twisting plots, mind-blowing action, intense emotion and heart-stopping romances with leading men that vary from dark deadly vampires to sexy shape-shifters and wicked werewolves, to sinful angels and hot demons!

Felicity’s wonderful imagination brings us the HER ANGEL, VAMPIRES REALM, VAMPIRE EROTIC THEATRE, SONS OF LYRA, DAUGHTERS OF LYRA, VAMPIRE VENATOR, and IN HEAT series, as well as the SHADOW AND LIGHT Trilogy.

You can find Felicity online at her Website, Blog, on Facebook, on Twitter,Pinterest and on GoodReads.

BEWITCH by Felicity Heaton
A vampire with a bloodstained past and a soul tainted with darkness, Payne is perfect in his self-control, never surrendering to his darkest desires. Now a beautiful witch in the shadowy fae underworld reawakens long denied hungers and tempts him with pleasure. When one incredible night of fulfilling their fantasies leads to more than just keeping a promise and saving a friend, will they be able to overcome the barriers that stand between them and forever?

ERIN KELLISON
Erin Kellison is the award-winning author of the Shadow series, the Shadow Touch novella series, and the Shadow Kissed series, all of which share the same world, where dark fantasy meets modern fairy tale. She’s also created a new series Reveler, which Darkness Falls is the first of. RT calls her latest, Soul Kissed, “a dark fairy tale with a twist, perfect for readers who love passion with their fantasy.”

You can keep up with Erin online at her Website, on Facebook, on Twitter,Pinterest and on GoodReads.

DARKNESS FALLS by Erin Kellison
Agent Malcolm Rook is hunting for people with the rarest of talents—the ability to master dreams. He finds the undeniably gifted Jordan Lane, but she’s wary of mysterious Rook and resists his pursuit as long as she can. Yet the dreamwaters they enter are too exhilarating to resist, and attraction soon ignites electric passions. Delving too deep stirs a nightmare, one they must defeat, or be forever lost to darkness.

LAURIE LONDON
Laurie London is the award-winning author of the Sweetblood and Iron Portal series—dark, sexy paranormal romance, set primarily in the Pacific Northwest. Publisher’s Weekly calls her work “sexy” and “sizzling.”
She lives on a small farm outside of Seattle with her husband, two children and a variety of animals. Someday she hopes to qualify for the Quarter Horse World Show – that is, if her horse doesn’t get hurt again.

Laurie is the magic mind behind the SWEETBLOOD and IRON PORTAL series.

You can keep up with Laurie online at her Website, on Facebook, on Twitter, and on GoodReads.

ROGUE’S PASSION by Laurie London
Blaming himself for the death of a friend, Iron Guild warrior Asher Kane vows to bring those responsible to justice. After he’s hurt on a mission and nursed back to health by a beautiful yet mysterious woman, this dangerously sexy bad-boy finds himself falling for Olivia…even as he struggles to stay away. But stalking them on the streets of New Seattle is a cruel and vengeful evil—one that threatens to destroy them both…

ERIN QUINN
Erin Quinn is an award winning author who writes romance for the thinking reader. Her books have been called “riveting,” “brilliantly plotted” and “beautifully written” and have won, placed or showed in the Booksellers Best, WILLA Award for Historical fiction, the Orange Rose, Readers Crown, Golden Quill, Best Books, and Award of Excellence. Go to www.erinquinnbooks.com for more information or follow Erin on Facebook, GoodReads or Twitter.

She lives in Arizona with her husband, two daughters and three dogs (all of whom have made debuts in her stories—the dogs, that is, not the husband and kids.)

Erin is the creator of the MISTS OF IRELAND series as well as numerous stand-alone novels.

THE FORBIDDEN LIFE OF ALEX MOORE by Erin Quinn
Alex’s mission: Kill the hellhounds that have invaded earth and return to his home in the Beyond. But from the start, things go horribly wrong. The hounds are cunning and a human female witnesses their attack—she intervenes and saves Alex’s life. Now he must keep the alluring Lilly alive while fighting his desire for her. When passion flares, Alex risks all to protect her and defend the forbidden life he craves.

BONNIE VANAK
Bonnie Vanak is a multi-published author of sexy paranormal and historical romance novels. After a career in journalism, she became a writer for an international charity, traveling to poor countries like Haiti to write about issues affecting the poor. When the strain of her job demanded a diversion, she turned to her childhood dream of writing books. Bonnie lives in Florida with her husband, Frank, and three rescue dogs.

She is the force behind the KHAMSIN EGYPTIAN, THE ANCIENTS,WEREWOLVES OF MONTANA, and PHOENIX FORCE as well as numerous single titles.

You can keep up with Bonnie online at her Website, on Facebook, on Twitter, and on GoodReads.

THE MATING HEAT by Bonnie Vanak
Werewolf Kara Mitchell fled with her brother Aiden to Montana after their alpha father punished her for kissing sexy omega werewolf Ryder Carrington. Left scarred by her father’s cruelty, Kara believes no one can love her. After killing his alpha to save the pack, Ryder now rules, but needs a mate. His blood runs hot for Kara. Ryder will do anything to claim her, even risk an all-out pack war that could cost them everything…

CARIS ROANE
Best-selling author, Caris Roane, has published thirteen paranormal romance novels and has also recently released her first contemporary novel. As Valerie King, she’s written over fifty Regency romance novels and in 2005, Romantic Times gave her a Career Achievement award in Regency Romance. Caris lives in Phoenix, Arizona, loves to write, really doesn’t like scorpions, and has two cats, Sebastien and Gizzy.

Caris is the proud creator of the GUARDIANS OF ASCENSION, DAWN OF ASCENSION, THE BLOOD ROSE, MEN IN CHAINS and THE AMULET series.

You can keep up with Caris online at her Website, on Facebook, on Twitter, and on GoodReads.

TRAPPED by Caris Roane
Mastyr Vampire Zephyr, a one-man fighting force, struggles to save the life of a woman who despises his warrior ways. She’s been a thorn in his side, but he has one goal: to keep her safe. For Alesia, however, she just wishes he’d leave her alone since she can never approve of his profession. She broke up with him months ago and wants to start a new life. The trouble is, he’s still the one man who can curl her toes.

Be sure to join the Dark and Deadly authors during the first two weeks of release for fantastic giveaways, launch parties, and more.

Find out all the details for the events as they’re posted at the eight authors’ Facebook pages:
Jennifer Ashley / Alyssa Day / Felicity Heaton / Erin Kellison / Laurie London / Erin Quinn / Bonnie Vanak / Caris Roane

Now, for an excerpt from Erin Kellison’s Darkness Falls…

EXCERPT:
Michael Reese’s mouth on hers was like being struck by a prolonged bolt of lightning. Every nerve crackled, her blood heating and rushing faster, beating her mindless and throbbing at her core. She needed as if she’d never needed anything before, like oxygen in space or water in a desert. She needed him in order to survive, because she’d gone without feeling like this for so long, too long, since Mom had died. She’d starved herself of the pulse of being alive, of indulgence, of desire. Until now, she’d only chosen romantic fictions of men she could keep at a comfortable distance, and her soul was weaker for it.
But this senseless, crazy rush?
His hands shifted from her hips—she’d sob if he let her go—but he splayed one low on her belly, the other caressing none too gently up to cup a breast. She opened her mouth and their tongues rubbed and tangled. She wanted more, not caring any longer that he was basically a stranger, that she wasn’t being smart or safe. The electric shocks of awareness shook her so badly that she whimpered.
She grabbed his hands where they heated her body. How could she get him inside her, to be full of this incredible feeling, mindless of anything else?
His mouth ripped from hers, and she cried out. But he didn’t let her go. He found the crook of her neck where it met her shoulder and breathed there, panting hot and fast. His hands moved across her body, his arms banding her to him to control her shudders.
“Shhh,” he said against her skin.
The dream surroundings—shapes incomprehensible—gleamed so bright that her vision was dazzled.
“Is it always this intense in dreams?” She wondered who the hell she was, didn’t recognize herself. Or was the heat of the kiss a product of her essential self, too long confined?
“I’m pretty sure it’d be this way between us while awake, too,” he said. “We should experiment.”
The huskiness of his voice, proof that he was similarly affected, made her glow. And like him, she already knew what the outcome of said experiment would be. She’d been putting distance between them from the first moment they’d met for that very reason.
Not him. Dangerous. Bad.
God, who had she thought she was fooling? From her first glance at him, her whole body had become painfully, frighteningly aware. It was just that she couldn’t afford to lose her mind over anything or anyone right now. Maze needed her, always needed her. She was in trouble again.
“You think about it.” Didn’t seem like he’d accept an answer he didn’t like.
Yes, she wanted to try this awake. “You warned me about danger.”
He laughed, and it felt so good rumbling against her.
“I didn’t mean me,” he said.
Pfft. “I’m pretty sure you’re the most dangerous thing in Rêve.”
“Will you let me show you around? You’ve really got to know how to operate here.”
She knew she was going to love it, no matter what might lurk in the dark. She felt amazing, all-powerful, as though anything and everything were possible.
But then, Michael’s arms were still around her, so that might have had something to do with it.

Awesome isn’t it!!? Make sure to check out the rest and the other 7 amazing stories in Dark and Deadly!!

CONTEST:

Want a chance to win a copy of the first EIGHT BAD BOYS OF PARANORMAL ROMANCE - Dark and Dangerous? Share about the release of Dark and Deadly wherever you like to share about your book love and provide a URL to your post along with a valid email address HERE. I’ll pick a winner at the end of the Event period and send your email address off to the Event coordinator.
Good luck, and as always… HAPPY READING

Posted 6 days ago

[Archive] New Title and Cover Reveal, Exclusive Excerpt, Review and Giveaway for Susan Griscom_4.10.14

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FEATURE AUTHOR EVENT

4/10/14

New Title and Cover Reveal, Exclusive Excerpt, Review and Giveaway

for…

Susan Griscom

Hey gang! I have exciting news! Susan Griscom’s The Fawn (released on 3/1/14) has a new look, and a new name - Beautifully Wounded. Check it out!!

Susan has a great bio on her website so I thought I’d borrow it for today’s reveal Event:

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
“I daydream often. If I didn’t write, I think my mind would explode from an overload of fantasy and weirdness. To the annoyance of my friends and family, my characters sometimes become a part of my world. During my childhood, I would frequently get in trouble in school for daydreaming. Eventually, my vivid imagination paid off and I had the privilege of writing and co-directing my sixth-grade class play—a dreadful disaster; though not from my writing, of course, I must blame it on the acting.
The craft of writing, although dormant for years, never really left me. Many years later, and with the help of technology, I let my imagination run wild again.
Born in a small town in Pennsylvania, I enjoy writing about characters living in small quaint towns. I tend to lean toward the unusual and spooky. I read all genres but I love reading paranormal romance and like writing in that genre.
My paranormal playing field delves into a different milieu, abandoning vampires and werewolves, but not discounting them. Someday I might like to write a novel about vamps and those furry creatures. But for now I like the bizarre mixed with romance. A strong hero or heroine confronted with extraordinary forces of nature, powers and capabilities gets my blood running.
I live in Northern California with my very romantic husband, my small yippy dog, Riley, and my humungous black cat, Saké. My family consists of his and her children; four wonderful sons and one beautiful daughter, six grandchildren and another on the way. My greatest love in life is my family and those large and ever growing holiday dinners.
I enjoy traveling. I hate running, but do it once in a while. Reading and writing are my favorite pastimes.”

Keep up with Susan online at her: Blog | Website | on Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads | and her Amazon Author Page.

Susan is the proud creator of the WHISPER CAPE series, the awesome YA Allusive Aftershock, and now the New Adult BEAUMONT BROTHERS series.

Beautifully Wounded
BEAUMONT BROTHERS Book #1

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After a not-so-wonderful young adulthood—shuffled from one foster home to another—Lena Benton had hoped marriage would be her ticket to happiness. Wedded a year after high school graduation, Lena was certain she’d found her knight. But when Troy Harington’s true colors surface shortly after their glorious day of elopement, things aren’t quite as rosy as Lena had envisioned. When an unforeseen event turns ugly, all she can do is … run!

Jackson Beaumont prides himself on being a nature-loving, guitar-strumming carefree sort of guy, known for his eagerness to help injured animals find their way back into the wild. When Lena Benton walks into his bar, he’s once again swept off his feet with concern and desire to help the wounded. Will he risk having his heart torn apart again when the memory of the fawn he rescued as a child resurfaces?

EXCERPT:

Jackson

The late afternoon sun filtered through the window, shining right in Lena’s eyes, and making her squint from where she sat on the sofa. I got up and closed the drapes, which made the room dark, so I flipped the switch on the lamp beside me. I sat in the old easy chair that my uncle spent many nights in, blowing on his harmonica. Uncle Joe once played and sang in a band when he was my age, and from what I’d heard by the awesome sounds he’d produced just sitting in that chair, he was pretty good. He’d been my musical inspiration, and I thought of him as I strummed out a new tune on my guitar that had been floating around in my head for several days. The words were coming together, and as I jotted them down, rearranged the flow, their meaning hit me like a crate full of bricks. I was writing a song about Lena. Like the fawn I’d nursed back to health when I was a kid. A song about a broken spirit on its way to healing, I hoped.
Brodie had been right, of course. I had wanted Lena from the moment I first set eyes on her. I knew when I watched her walk in the bar she was beautiful, even with her black eye. She was a beautifully wounded and broken soul that I couldn’t turn my back on. I had been instantly drawn to her as her bruised, damaged body limped from the door to one of the stools at the bar.
Lena spent the days lounging on our sofa, and the nights in the spare bedroom with the door locked. Though she never said anything about locking the door, I heard the click each night when she shut the door. I couldn’t blame her, not after what she’d gone through. I let Rufus stay with her at night to give her a sense of protection. Not that Rufus would or could protect her—he was just a lovable lump of pure unconditional love mostly. Well, at least he’d keep her feet warm while she slept, I mused. It’d been hell every night, knowing she was sleeping right in the next room. However wrong it was to want her, I couldn’t shake the feeling. I knew it would have to be her decision though. If there was ever going to be something between us, she would have to initiate it. I could wait. If she even wanted me.
Lena was healing and gaining her strength back. I figured she was still pretty sore, but she smiled a little more often. I’d gone out and purchased some more clothes for her. I bought three pairs of jeans and about seven tops. I also bought her a pair of running shoes and some workout clothes, as well as a baseball cap. I told her, once she was well enough, in addition to self-defense training, she had to start going out with me on my daily run.
By the end of the first week, the swelling in her eye had subsided, and the black and blue hues surrounding it turned a greenish yellow tint. Though I didn’t know firsthand, she told me the bruising on her side also showed signs of healing and had turned to the same light color.
I heard Lena sigh from where she stretched out on the sofa and I glanced up. She looked bored silly. I turned over the paper I’d been scribbling notes and lyrics on, and went to fetch my spare guitar. I handed the wooden six-string to her and sat beside her.
“Do you know this one?” I asked, strumming a tune.
“No, teach it to me.”
“Okay, listen.”
She listened then strummed, mimicking my fingers.
“You’re quick,” I said.
I played some more and she copied each note immediately after me. I nodded. “That’s it. Let’s start at the beginning.” We strummed the tune like we’d been playing together for years. When the song finished she laughed, the sound of her laughter filled the room with warmth. “That was fun,” I said.
“Oh, I’ve missed this. Troy smashed my guitar into pieces early on in our marriage. He came home one evening when I’d been working on a new song, trying to work out the kinks, you know. Anyway, dinner was on the stove simmering.” She’d hardly touched the wine I poured for her, but picked it up and took a small sip, placing it back down before repositioning her fingers along the strings. “He’d come in complaining about something at work and wanted to know why his dinner wasn’t on the table. At that moment, I realized I should get up and see to it, and when I put my guitar down, he picked it up and smashed it against the wall. He said his dinner should have been my first priority when he came home. He expected me to be attending to him, not sitting around playing with toys, so he smashed my guitar. He said next time it would be my face.”
I cupped her chin in my palm. She must have felt self-conscience at the gesture and flinched
“Sorry.” I lowered my hand.
She looked down at the guitar and gently splayed her fingers across the cords. Picking up the glass of wine with her other, she took a quick sip then frowned. “I think I need some water.” She leaned the guitar against the side of the sofa and stood.
I stood as well and tenderly took her arm at the elbow, stopping her from leaving. She turned and looked up at me, bewilderment evident in her eyes. She was close to me, our chests nearly touching. “I’m sorry he treated you so badly,” I whispered—my lips just a couple of inches from hers.
Apprehensive, I searched her blue eyes, looking for a clue, a hint as to what she might be feeling. How would she react to my touch? The last thing I wanted was to stir up memories of unwanted dirty sex.

Our Review, by LITERAL ADDICTION’s Pack Alpha - Chelle:
*copy gifted for an honest review

Beautifully Wounded (formerly The Fawn) was a wonderfully gripping story about rising above oppression, finding salvation, discovering beauty and joy in the little things, and the transformative properties of true love…

A contemporary new adult romance, Beautifully Wounded follows Lena through her journey as she escapes from a terribly abusive husband and finally strikes out on her own, all the way to where she is able to find the love she truly deserves, both from herself and from another.

Touching on a subject that isn’t much used in fiction because it’s oftentimes hard to read, Beautifully Wounded starts with scenes of domestic abuse. While gut-wrenching in their intensity, the scenes are integral to setting up Lena’s story and her motivation and mindset for the rest of the book. There are times within this first part of the book that you will become breathless and want to look away. You will hate and rail and wonder if the author is writing from experience. I asked, and the answer is no (thank goodness!), but what that all means is that the writing is superb and done with such finesse, it immediately sucks you in.

As Lena’s journey leads her farther away from her abusive husband and out onto her own, she ultimately ends up finding Jackson, and let me just say that you will immediately add another book boyfriend to your list of favorites!

Lena and Jackson’s story is sweet, emotional, and a truly enjoyable read. One thing I will note is that the pace of the story, given the subject matter that builds the heroine’s character, is a bit rushed, but it’s a work of fiction and there are only so many pages to work with, especially if the meat of the story is supposed to be the romance. Susan couldn’t have changed this without adding a lot of no action time slips or uncomfortable parts of the book that wouldn’t be light enough for an NA romance. It’s called out in the beginning of the book before the acknowledgments that it’s a work of fiction and in no way meant to be a realistic journey of a true battered wife. I hope that readers will keep this in mind while reading, because outside of the fact that yes, Lena and Jack do end up falling in love quickly, it’s a romance book, and that’s what we’re all hoping for, isn’t it!?

I would definitely recommend this book for fans of sweet contemporary romance with some danger and intrigue thrown in for good measure.

CONTEST:
I’m gifting an eCopy (from Amazon or B&N) of Beautifully Wounded to a lucky winner, and Susan is giving away a print copy of the book with the original ‘The Fawn’ title cover. A collector’s item! No more will ever be available… :)

To enter, share a copy of the new cover (or a link from Amazon, etc) wherever you like to share about your book stuff and then leave a comment HERE with a link to your post and a valid email address.
I will pick 2 winners at the end of the Event period.

Good luck, and as always… HAPPY READING!!

Posted 1 week ago

[Archive] Series Spotlight, Excerpt, Author Ambush & Giveaway with Cynthia Garner_4.7.14

FEATURE AUTHOR EVENT

4/7/14

Series Spotlight, Excerpt, Author Ambush & Giveaway

with…

Cynthia Garner

Hi everyone! LITERAL ADDICTION is very happy to have Cynthia Garner back with us today!

Cynthia Garner discovered her love for writing when her sixth grade teacher told the class to write a story that began “It was a dark and stormy night…” With that Cynthia’s love for all things paranormal was born. When she’s not working her day job as a mostly mild-mannered Human Resources Manager, she’s on her laptop writing or playing way too much Solitaire. Originally from Northeast Ohio, Cynthia now lives in the desert Southwest.

Cynthia is the proud creator of the WARRIORS OF THE RIFT and AWAKENING series.

You can connect with Cynthia online at her Website, on Sherrill’s Website (she also writes as Sherrill Quinn!), on Facebook, on Twitter, and on GoodReads as well.

For my readers new to the AWAKENING series, here is some information on the series itself, each of the books’ covers and blurbs, and some quick buy links to get you all caught up…

Vampire’s Hunger
AWAKENING Book #1

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THE AWAKENING

In a post-apocalyptic wasteland, civilization no longer exists, and only the strongest survive. The few remaining humans must band together with supernatural beings to battle unspeakable evil—or all hope will be lost.

Kimber Treat is an ordinary woman with an extraordinary gift: she can raise the dead. As a necromancer who works with the police, she communicates with murder victims to bring their killers to justice. But after a normal session goes horribly wrong, Kimber realizes she’s summoned something dark and sinister. She’s unwittingly unleashed the apocalypse, and everyone blames her … except Duncan MacDonnough, the devastatingly handsome vampire she can’t stop fantasizing about.

As society shuts down and flesh-eating hordes close in, Duncan vows to protect Kimber. He can keep her safe from others—but not from the insatiable carnal hunger he feels for her. Now racing to reverse the chaos she’s unleashed, Kimber can’t afford any distractions. But even as she succumbs to Duncan’s seduction, she fears that he has a hidden agenda. And with the line between life and death starting to blur, his secrets might kill her-or worse …

Vampire’s Thirst
AWAKENING Book #2

COMING 5/6/14!

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Starting where Book 1 left off, Duncan MacDonnough has assumed leadership of the local vampire conclave and changes are being met with resistance.

Kimber Treat, the necromancer everyone (including her) blames for starting the zombie apocalypse in the first place. Duncan and Kimber are new in their love and the complications of zombies and hungry vampires puts stress on an already shaky relationship. Duncan wants to keep her safe, but Kimber still believes she can end the Outbreak. Will the cost be too great?

They sound great, don’t they!!? Make sure to check them out! For now, how about I give you a sneak peek into Vampire’s Hunger…

EXCERPT:
Duncan sat beside Kimber and put an arm around her shoulders. He pulled her to his side, wishing his body held heat like a human’s so he could warm her, console her. The fact that she didn’t fight the little bit of comfort he tried to give told him clearly how defeated she felt at the moment. She remained stiff, not relaxing into his light hold at all. She seemed to be regaining some vitality, because color had seeped back into skin that had gone gray with the energy she’d used to tap into the Unseen.
They sat like that for several minutes. The sound of the shower shut off—a record short time for Natalie—and then the bathroom door opened. He heard her patter to the bedroom she and Kimber shared, and that door closed.
Duncan rubbed his palm up and down Kimber’s upper arm, lending his silent support as she processed Bishop’s death. Finally she took a shuddering breath and settled against him. She turned slightly, winding one arm behind his back and the other across his waist, turning his one-armed hug into a true embrace.
“I’m sorry for hitting you,” she whispered. She rubbed her face against his shoulder. “I know it wasn’t your fault.”
Duncan brought his left arm over her and clasped his hands together. He rested his cheek against the top of her head. “It wasn’t your fault, either.”
She stiffened slightly. “If I hadn’t—”
“No, Kimber.” He tightened his hold. “Enough. You can’t keep blaming yourself for creating this mess. Even if you somehow caused it through your necromancy, you didn’t do it on purpose.” He paused. “Unless you have some secret take-over-the-world plan I don’t know anything about.”
She snorted a laugh. “No. No plans to take over the world with my zombie hordes.”
“Good to know.” He could feel the slight tremble going through her body and knew the lingering effects of shock continued to affect her. “Come on,” he said, standing and drawing her to her feet.
“Where’re we going?” She swayed, clutching at his arms for balance.
“You’re going to take a shower.” He swept her up into his arms and strode down the hallway. He didn’t set her down until he reached the bathroom. He reached into the shower and turned on the water, adjusting it until it was warm enough, then turned back to her. She stood where he’d placed her, blinking up at him. He stroked the back of his hand down her satiny cheek. “Go on, then,” he murmured. “Get your clothes off and hop in.” He turned to leave.
“Duncan.” Her scratchy voice stopped him.
He looked at her. Her eyes beseeched him, tugged at a heart he’d long ago been certain he’d squandered. “What is it, sweetheart?”
“I don’t want to be alone.”
The brokenness in her voice broke the heart he’d just rediscovered. “Kimber, if I get naked with you…” He wanted her. But he wasn’t going to take advantage of her trauma. She’d lost a good friend and wasn’t thinking things through. If she were, the last person on the planet with whom she’d want to be nude was him. She’d always been very clear about that. He shook his head. “Just take a shower. I’ll be in the living room when you’re done.”
He started to leave the bathroom again but she called him back. “I want you to get naked with me,” she whispered.
Shock made him draw a reflexive and unnecessary breath. It didn’t, however, keep him from getting an erection. He slowly moved to face her again. He wasn’t so noble that he could continue to turn her down. He wanted her to be very sure about what she was asking of him, what consequences would come of her request. “If we’re both naked, I’m going to fuck you,” he said, his voice and words raw and needy. His fangs elongated, the slight prick of them against his lip a reminder of how far gone he was already. “It won’t be slow and gentle. I’ve waited too long. I’m so desperate to get inside you that I’ll fuck you hard and fast. I’ll work my cock so deep you’ll feel me against your womb.”
Her pupils dilated. She bit her bottom lip but met his gaze head-on. “I don’t want slow. I don’t want gentle. I need hard and fast and desperate.” She pulled his T-shirt over her head and dropped it to the floor. The upper swells of her breasts gleamed pale against the soft lace of her bra.
He watched with burning eyes as she flipped the button at the waist of her low-slung jeans and slid down the zipper. She wiggled them down her hips and stepped out of them. When her hands went behind her back and unhooked her bra, thrusting her breasts out, blood pulsed in his cock. And when she shrugged out of the bra and he saw her bare breasts with their pink-tipped nipples, a groan rumbled from his chest. He’d wanted so long to see her like this, his self-control, his sense of right and wrong was being quickly overridden by the need pulsing in his cock and fangs.
He stepped forward and palmed one plump mound. Her nipple peaked against his hand. “Be sure,” he said, his gaze holding hers.
“Take a shower with me.” She pressed his hand harder against her. “Take me.”

Awesome, yes!!?? :)

And just for fun, I asked Cynthia what her Top 10 Paranormal TV shows where and this is what she had to say…

AUTHOR AMBUSH BY CYNTHIA GARNER:
Cynthia Garner’s Top 5 Paranormal TV Shows and Why She Loves Them

1. The Walking Dead – excellent writing and acting. Plus…zombies!

2. Grimm – different types of paranormals based on fairytales.

3. Once Upon a Time – based on fairytales and other fiction. Plus…Captain Hook!

4. Buffy the Vampire Slayer – phenomenal writing/storytelling


5. Dracula – very sensual (though also violent) retelling of the story

CONTEST:
Cynthia is offering up some awesome goodies for this tour!
To enter, find the Rafflecopter widget for the Event below (on our Author Ambushes page), follow the directions,take action, and mark as ‘Done’.
Good luck, and as always… HAPPY READING!!

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[Archive] Series Spotlight, Previous Release Reviews and Giveaway for Alex Hughes_4.4.14

FEATURE AUTHOR EVENT

4/4/14

Series Spotlight, Previous Release Reviews and Giveaway

for…

Alex Hughes

Alex Hughes was born in Savannah, GA and moved to the south Atlanta area when she was eight years old. Shortly thereafter, her grandfather handed her a copy of Anne McCaffrey’s Dragonrider series, and a lifelong obsession with scifi was born.

Alex is a graduate of the prestigious Odyssey Writing Workshop, a Semi-Finalist in the 2011 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards, and a member of the Science Fiction Writers of America and the International Thriller Writers. Her short pieces are published in several markets including EveryDay Fiction and White Cat Magazine. (Follow the links to read her short stories.)

Alex’s work is complex, dark, adventurous, and a little funny, with a emphasis on great characters and interesting worlds. She gets her inspiration from history (she majored with a European history focus in college), family members, and headlines, as well as whatever book she has in her hand. Lately she’s been reading neuroscience books; the brain’s a cool, cool place and the mind even more so.

An avid cook and foodie, Alex loves great food of any stripe – even better if she can figure out how to put it together. Great food is like a great book; it has lots of layers that work together beautifully, and the result is delicious and harmonious. She’s working on figuring out Indian food right now – suggestions welcome!

Alex loves swing dancing, tetris, music of all kinds, and has been known to get into long conversations with total strangers at restaurants about the Food Network, much to the embarrassment of her sister. She can also balance a spoon on her nose while crossing her eyes, and talk for hours about absolutely nothing.

Keep up with Alex online at her Website, on Facebook, on Twitter, and on GoodReads!

For those of you not yet familiar with Alex’s MINDSPACE INVESTIGATION series, I thought I’d get you all caught up with the covers, synopses, my reviews for the previous releases, and some quick buy links:

Clean
MINDSPACE INVESTIGATION Book #1

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*Read LITERAL ADDICTION’s Review HERE

A RUTHLESS KILLER—OUT OF SIGHT, OUT OF MIND

I used to work for the Telepath’s Guild before they kicked me out for a drug habit that wasn’t entirely my fault. Now I work for the cops, helping Homicide Detective Isabella Cherabino put killers behind bars. My ability to get inside the twisted minds of suspects makes me the best interrogator in the department. But the normals keep me on a short leash. When the Tech Wars ripped the world apart, the Guild stepped up to save it. But they had to get scary to do it—real scary. Now the cops don’t trust the telepaths, the Guild doesn’t trust me, a serial killer is stalking the city—and I’m aching for a fix. But I need to solve this case. Fast. I’ve just had a vision of the future: I’m the next to die.

Payoff
MINDSPACE INVESTIGATION Novella #1.5 

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Being a telepath, I should have seen the hell I was getting myself into…
I used to be one of the most powerful telepaths in the guild. That was before my drug addiction and before they kicked me out. But I’m not a bad guy. Now I help the Atlanta PD solve murders. And even though there are only a few people I call friends, I’d do most anything to keep their trust.
So when a judge asks me to help investigate a missing college kid, I’m down for it. No questions asked. No problem. But in this dark world, things are never easy and a favor is never just a favor. Turns out, politicians don’t like being murder suspects. And it’s bad to anger someone with more power than you. I thought I had nothing to lose… I was wrong.

Sharp
MINDSPACE INVESTIGATION Book #2 

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*Read LITERAL ADDICTION’s Review HERE

HISTORY HAS A WAY OF REPEATING ITSELF, EVEN FOR TELEPATHS.…

As a Level Eight telepath, I am the best police interrogator in the department. But I’m not a cop—I never will be—and my only friend on the force, Homicide Detective Isabella Cherabino, is avoiding me because of a telepathic link I created by accident.
And I might not even be an interrogator for much longer. Our boss says unless I pull out a miracle, I’ll be gone before Christmas. I need this job, damn it. It’s the only thing keeping me sane.
Parts for illegal Tech—the same parts used to bring the world to its knees in the Tech Wars sixty years ago—are being hijacked all over the city. Plus Cherbino’s longtime nemesis, a cop killer, has resurfaced with a vengeance. If I can stay alive long enough, I just might be able to prove my worth, once and for all…

Marked
MINDSPACE INVESTIGATION Book #3

JUST RELEASED 4/1/14!

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FORESEE NO EVIL.

Freelancing for the Atlanta PD isn’t exactly a secure career; my job’s been on the line almost as much as my life. But it’s a paycheck, and it keeps me from falling back into the drug habit. Plus, things are looking up with my sometimes-partner, Cherabino, even if she is still simmering over the telepathic Link I created by accident.
When my ex, Kara, shows up begging for my help, I find myself heading to the last place I ever expected to set foot in again—Guild headquarters—to investigate the death of her uncle. Joining that group was a bad idea the first time. Going back when I’m unwanted is downright dangerous.
Luckily, the Guild needs me more than they’re willing to admit. Kara’s uncle was acting strange before he died—crazy strange. In fact, his madness seems to be slowly spreading through the Guild. And when an army of powerful telepaths loses their marbles, suddenly it’s a game of life or death.…

Review coming soon….

Sound good!? They really are. Make sure to check them out!!

CONTEST:
In celebration of the release of Marked, we’re offering up a copy of the book to a lucky winner.

To enter, share about the book, series, etc wherever you most love to share about your book obsession – Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, etc – and then share the URL to your post and a valid email address HERE and I’ll pick a winner at the end of the Event period.

Good luck, and as always…HAPPY READING!!

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[Archive] Series Spotlight, Reviews, and Giveaway for Debbie Viguie_4.3.14

FEATURE AUTHOR EVENT

4/3/14

Series Spotlight, Reviews and Giveaway

for…

Debbie Viguie and WITCH HUNT

Hello everyone! LITERAL ADDICTION is very happy to be promoting for best selling author Debbie Viguie again today.

Debbie is the New York Times Bestselling author of over a dozen novels including the WICKED series and the new CRUSADE series co-authored by Nancy Holder.

Much of Debbie’s writing has a dark edge to it, including her retold fairy tales, her latest being “Violet Eyes”, a retelling of the Princess and the Pea. She has also released a series called SWEET SEASONS, and in addition to that and her epic dark fantasy work, she also writes thrillers including the PSALM 23 MYSTERIES and the KISS TRILOGY.

When Debbie isn’t busy writing, she enjoys spending time with her husband Scott, visiting theme parks. They live in Florida with their cat, Shrödinger.

Keep up with Debbie online at her Website, on Facebook, on Twitter, and on GoodReads.

You can find information on Debbie’s entire backlist HERE so you can add those desired to your TBR lists and then find them at your favorite bookseller, but for today, I’m here to help Debbie promote and celebrate her WITCH HUNT series and its new release Circle of Blood, which was just dropped on 4/1/14.

For those of you not yet familiar with Debbie’s WITCH HUNT series, I HIGHLY recommend it and have provided the synopses, my reviews, and some quick buy links to get you all caught up and pique your interests a bit as well…

The Thirteenth Sacrifice
WITCH HUNT Book #1 

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*Read LITERAL ADDICTION’s 5 Skull Review HERE

When young women start dying, Boston cop Samantha Ryan is the perfect person to investigate, for only she knows what the archaic symbol carved into their flesh means. The last in a long line of ruthless witches, she grew up in a coven seduced by power and greed. And now she’s sure that bad witches have returned to Salem. Reluctantly, Samantha goes undercover-into a town obsessed with black magic, into her terrifying past, and into the dark, newly awakened heart of evil.

The Last Grave
WITCH HUNT Book #2 

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*Read LITERAL ADDICTION’s 5 Skull Review HERE

Samantha Ryan—homicide detective by choice, witch hunter by necessity—has left Salem for San Francisco, hoping a move will help her forget the horrors of her past. But she’s about to discover that witches tempted by the dark side are everywhere….

Samantha is doing whatever she can to forget her terrible childhood in a coven destroyed by its members’ greed and lust for power. Now she’s a San Francisco detective struggling to fight her own desire to turn to magic. But as she discovers, escaping who you are isn’t easy.
Her latest case seems straightforward enough—the murder of a local historian named Winona Lightfoot. But strange clues take Samantha to the Santa Cruz Mountains, a place teeming with witches and black magic. As she works to uncover the connection between Winona and this coven, an earthquake rocks the Bay Area. That’s when Samantha has a premonition: Something is coming. Something evil.

To survive—and save everyone around her—she will have to tackle her greatest fear, and hope she isn’t the next one put into a deep, dark grave….

Circle of Blood
WITCH HUNT Book #3

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Samantha Ryan—cop by choice, witch hunter by necessity—is about to confront the witch who has been secretly manipulating her life. But her search for the truth about her past may end in her death.…

All her life, Samantha Ryan has been haunted by a circle of blood, which she has tried to keep at bay—ever since she escaped a vicious Salem coven of witches as a child. But now her carefully constructed life has given way to the darkness she might have embraced, had she not run away.
Angry, focused, and more than willing to use her powers on anyone who gets in her way, Samantha travels to New Orleans to confront Lilith Black, the witch who has been mercilessly shaping events around her for months.
But little does Samantha know that her own nightmarish past and Lilith’s are inescapably intertwined—and that what Lilith wants most of all is for Samantha to suffer until her final breath.…

Our Review, by LITERAL ADDICTION’s Pack Alpha - Chelle:
*Book gifted by the Publisher in exchange for an honest review

—Actual rating 4.5 Skulls

Circle of Blood was the perfect conclusion to one of the most interesting Urban Fantasy series I have discovered in the last few years.

Samantha (a.k.a Desdemona) finds herself in New Orleans this time on the trail of the witch who virtually summoned her at the end of book #2 with a very special message left in her empty grave. When she arrives, she’s greeted by a horrific series of events - a slew of people with power trapped in the city, multiple deaths, demon possessions, and more, all wrapped up in her own crazy case of self discovery.

Circle of Blood was fascinating, disturbing, dark, twisted, and surprising, and it captivated from page 1!

Debbie’s wrap-up of the book and trilogy was beautifully done, and as a reader, I felt fulfilled and satisfied.

This is a series I can see myself reading in its entirety again some day, and I highly recommend it!

Debbie’s WITCH HUNT series is absolutely amazing and I highly recommend it to everyone. It’s an amazing paranormal thriller that just kept getting more intense. I’m sad to see it finished, but I absolutely loved the journey!

CONTEST:
In celebration of the release of Circle of Blood, Debbie’s Publisher is offering up a print copy to a lucky US RESIDENT winner (if the winner happens to be International, I will gift an eCopy from either Amazon or B&N).

To enter, share about the book wherever you love to tell the world about your obsession – Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, etc – and then share the URL to your post HERE along with a valid email address and I’ll pick a winner at the end of the Event period.

Good luck, and as always… HAPPY READING!!

Posted 2 weeks ago