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[Archive] Series Spotlight, Excerpt and Giveaway for Elle Kennedy_11.6.14

FEATURE AUTHOR EVENT

11/6/14

Series Spotlight, New Release Excerpt, and Giveaway

for…

Elle Kennedy

Posted 2 weeks ago

[Archive] Series Spotlight, Interview, CMC15 Promo and Giveaway with Jess Haines_11.5.14

FEATURE AUTHOR EVENT

11/5/14

Series Spotlight, Interview, Coastal Magic Convention Promo and Giveaway

with…

Jess Haines

Hey literal addicts!

I’m very happy to welcome author Jess Haines to the site today.

Jess Haines, author of urban fantasy and paranormal romance, is a displaced New Yorker who writes about vampires, werewolves, and other bitey creatures of the night from her home in the Tampa area in Florida. She’s best known for the H&W Investigations series (starting with HUNTED BY THE OTHERS).

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

New to the H&W Investigations series? Let me get you all caught up…

Hunted by the Others
H&W INVESTIGATIONS Book #1

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Shiarra Waynest’s detective work was dangerous enough when her client base was strictly mortal. But ailing finances have forced her to accept a lucrative case that could save her firm - if it doesn’t kill her first. Shiarra has signed on to work for a high-level mage to recover an ancient artifact owned by one of New York’s most powerful vampires. As soon as Shiarra meets sexy, mesmerizing vamp Alec Royce, she knows her assignment is even more complicated than she thought. With a clandestine anti-Other group trying to recruit her, and magi being eliminated, Shiarra needs back-up and enlists her ex-boyfriend - a werewolf whose non-furry form is disarmingly appealing - and a nerdy mage with surprising talents. But it may not be enough. In a city where the undead roam, magic rules, and even the Others aren’t always what they seem, Shiarra has just become the secret weapon in a battle between good and evil - whether she likes it or not…

Taken by the Others
H&W INVESTIGATIONS Book #2

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Once, New York P.I. Shiarra Waynest’s most pressing problem was keeping her agency afloat. Now she’s dealing with two dangerous, seductive vampires who have been enemies for centuries. The only thing Max Carlyle and Alec Royce agree on is that they both want Shia–for very different reasons.
Max is determined to destroy Shia for killing his progeny, while Royce’s interest is a lot more personal. That’s not sitting well with Shia’s werewolf boyfriend, Chaz. As the feud between Max and Royce gets ever more deadly, a powerful vampire-hunting faction is urging Shia to join their side. Shia has always believed vamps were the bad guys, but she’s discovering unexpected shades of grey that are about to redefine her friends, her loyalties–and even her desires…

Deceived by the Others
H&W INVESTIGATIONS Book #3

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They’re here, and they’re real…werewolves, vampires, mages, and other creatures of the night. For New York P.I. Shiarra Waynest, taking care of Others business started out as a way to stay solvent. But now business is getting very, very complicated…

Shiarra’s relationship with sexy werewolf Chaz may be somewhat unconventional. Still, after a few bumps, Shia is finally ready to get serious. That means meeting family—or in this case, bringing Chaz’s entire werewolf pack along for a rollicking full-moon weekend in the Catskills.

Soon after they arrive, threatening notes appear, warning Chaz to go home. Then their cabin is ransacked. Shia starts digging to find out whether it’s the work of upstart teenaged werewolves or something more sinister. Yet as rumors about her vampire connections arouse the pack’s hostility, Shia has to contend with other dangers. Not just from an adversary about to make his fatal intentions known, but from a threat that’s even closer than she knows…

Stalking the Others
H&W INVESTIGATIONS Book #4

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Once, she was one of the good guys–or as close as a New York P.I. can get. Then Shiarra Waynest was drawn into the world of the Others. Every faction has its own loyalties and agenda. And Shia’s recent betrayal by her ex-boyfriend means that she may be on the verge of becoming a rogue werewolf at the next full moon. Of course, with all the threats against her, Shia’s not sure she’ll live long enough to find out. The enigmatic vampire Royce wants her back in his clutches, as do two powerful werewolf packs, along with the police. Instead of going into hiding, Shia is enlisting the aid of her enchanted hunter’s belt and every dirty P.I. trick she knows. If she’s going down, she’ll take out as many of her enemies as she can–and hope that in the process, she keeps whatever humanity she has left…

Forsaken by the Others
H&W INVESTIGATIONS Book #5

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The Others–vampires, werewolves, things that go chomp in the night–don’t just live in nightmares anymore. They’ve joined with he mortal world. And for private investigator Shiarra Waynest, that means mayhem…

Have a one night stand with a vampire, and you can end up paying for it for eternity. P.I. Shiarra Waynest, an expert on the Others, knows that better than most. Yet here she is, waking up beside charismatic vamp Alec Royce with an aching head…and neck. Luckily, Shia has the perfect excuse for getting out of town–namely, a couple of irate East Coast werewolf packs who’d like to turn her into a chew toy.

On Royce’s suggestion, Shia temporarily relocates to Los Angeles. But something is rotten–literally–in the state of California, where local vampires are being attacked by zombies. Who could be powerful enough to control them–and reckless enough to target the immortal? Following the trail will lead Shia to a terrifying truth, and to an ancient enemy with a personal grudge…

Enslaved by the Others
H&W INVESTIGATIONS Book #6

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As a New York P.I. and Other specialist, Shiarra Waynest has been in plenty of trouble before. But waking up in a windowless room the prisoner of a vampire slave trader is a shock for anyone. Shia has her wits, her bravado, and a couple of used staples, so maybe she can take on a mansion full of serious evil.

But although she’s desperate to escape, Shia needs some answers too. Her friends are in danger. There are betrayers and spies among them. And even if she can figure out what’s going on and somehow get a message out, she’s still a captive of the worst kind…

Intrigued? You should be! Make sure to check them out…
Now, let’s find out some more about Jess.

INTERVIEW WITH JESS HAINES:

LITERAL ADDICTION: Hi Jess! Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to drop by and spend some time with us. I’m so happy to have you here today!

JESS: I’m thrilled to be here! Thanks so much for inviting me over. I’ve brought cookies.

LITERAL ADDICTION: I always start by getting to know our guest V.I.P author a little bit better…

1) Can you tell us 3 things about yourself – no matter how random - that we couldn’t find out easily on the Internet

JESS: Three things, huh? Let’s see…
First off, I have bouts of horrible stage fright. Knees knocking together, hands shaking, dry mouth, the whole nine yards.
Second, to get over said horrible stage fright, I used to push myself to do acting (stage plays, not TV or movies, if that’s what you’re thinking) and to sing. Mostly karaoke. On rare occasions, I still do.
And last, but certainly not least, at the height of my attempts to handle my stage fright I took some crazy pills and decided to be a backup singer in a blues band. Before the band broke up, we once performed in front of thousands of people for a big event. I almost passed out from stage fright, but I still got up there and did my best.
Oh, and the lead singer of our band was later among the top 30 contestants on the first season of American Idol.
The more you know, huh?

2) What are 2 things that always make you smile, and 2 things that never fail to piss you off?

JESS: Two things that always make me smile are new books added to my library and that scene in 10 Things I Hate About You where Heath Ledger starts singing “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w6XGUhzfutc

Two things guaranteed to piss me off are people who pick on my friends or family, and traffic. Though you’d think after living in Los Angeles for 20 years, I would have gotten over my road rage.

3) Was there anyone (or anything) that was directly involved with your drive to become an author?

JESS: I had a teacher who ripped my work to shreds in college. He killed my desire to write for a number of years.

When I started writing again, it was only for myself. I had no intention of ever letting anyone read what was turning into HUNTED BY THE OTHERS, but a friend (who also happened to be a coworker at the time) was digging in my purse and found a printout of the first chapter. She proceeded to beg me for more, and was a big part of my motivation to write a chapter or more a day until the first draft was done.

After I finished the book, she pushed me to get it published. Until that point, I had given up hope of being a novelist, but she rekindled my desire and kept nudging me in that direction until I started looking for an agent. I think you know how the rest of the story goes!

4) Let’s play a game… You are the heroine of the last book you read, being chased by the antagonist of the one before, and end up in the arms of the hero from the one before that. What’s the scenario?

JESS: (I’ve got to say, there’s no way in hell I would want to be the heroine of the last book I read. Instead, I’ll go ahead and write a scene for this one…)
Holly Gray panted in terror as she dashed from room to room, slamming the doors behind her even though she knew it wouldn’t hold off her assailant for long. Not when he could simply walk through the walls.
She screamed and backpedalled as the apparition swam into visibility in the hallway in front of her. Roy still had a cigarette clenched between his teeth, even though as a ghost he had no hope of lighting the cancer stick that was just as translucent as his twisted, wretched features.
“Someone call for the Ghostbusters?”
Holly straightened and held out a hand to warn the newcomer back. “Watch out for that sodding Weeping Angel wannabe! He plays dirty!”
Ryan Stone adjusted his baseball cap and hefted his bat, nodding at the ghost making ready to charge. “Sounds like fun. Let’s play ball…”

(In order of appearance, this poetic license was brought to you by:
Holly Gray from HUBBLE BUBBLE by Jane Lovering
Roy from HAUNTED ON BOURBON STREET by Deanna Chase
Ryan Stone from DARE YOU TO by Katie McGarry)

5) If you could spend the day with anyone – alive, dead, fictional, etc – with whom would you want to spend it, and what would you want to do?

JESS: I would want to spend the day with C.S. Friedman and pick her brain about the Coldfire Trilogy. Those books astound me with their depth and intricate world-building.

Not to mention ask her how she came up with the hotness of the Hunter. Oh, Gerald Tarrant. You evil bastard, you. I love me a good villain who works with and gets under the skin of the good guys.

I suppose that’s part of why I love Crowley from Supernatural so much, too.

6) Do you have any interesting writing quirks or a specific routine you must follow to begin your writing process?

JESS: I prefer to fly by the seat of my pants. If I’m forced to give an outline when working on fiction, it’s usually chopped to itty bits and worked over, and then only loosely followed to make the final product.

I can’t say I have much of a routine to writing. My process is different for almost every book. Writing fiction is something I do to relax, so I tend to write more when I’m stressed. The last 18,000 words of one of the books was written over the course of a single weekend, starting from the moment I got home from work on a Friday evening until the moment I hit “The End” on Sunday night (actually early Monday morning). Deadlines can be a hell of a motivator to finish a book.

7) If we were to hop in your car or pick up your MP3 player and turn it on, what do you think we’d be most likely to hear?

JESS: Probably the Underworld: Awakening soundtrack. Ridiculous movie, great music (if you like that sort of thing).
Give it a listen, if you’re so inclined. This is a partial playlist including songs by Evanescence, Combichrist, 8mm: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TMp-iGRNiow&list=PL29D7616BB23B7823

There is some other great music not included in that playlist by Linkin Park, The Cure, and Collide. The song by Collide is probably my favorite on the soundtrack:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KXdXSOBH2hg

8) Was there any specific inspiration behind the creation of the H&W INVESTIGATIONS series?

JESS: My deep and abiding love of cheesy horror and urban fantasy. I can’t say that any one thing was the inspiration, but there was certainly a conglomeration of many things that led up to it. When I wrote the first book, I wasn’t trying to be a unique snowflake, I just wanted to write something along the lines of what I knew I liked to read.

I wanted adventure. I wanted danger lurking in the shadows. I wanted vampires and werewolves and magic and excitement. To be honestly worried about whether or not the main character would survive intact because, hey, she’s human. She’s fragile. She’s genuinely scared of these things because the bulk of them could and would eat her. She doesn’t have the benefit of super strength or fangs or claws or magical healing powers. To me, that meant I had to work out ways to make her inadvertently become a player in the supernatural sandbox—and not only that, but come out on top, special powers or no.

It also meant I had to figure out how to make it all work without making the whole danged thing eye-rollingly cheesy.
I like to think I accomplished that, particularly since it appears a lot of other people like to read that kind of book, too.

9) How many books do you ultimately have planned for the series?

JESS: 3 more, for a total of 9 in the H&W Investigations series. The last 3 are temporarily on hold while I explore a new project.

10) What types of scenes do you enjoy writing the most (love, action, dialogue, etc) and why?

JESS: That changes with my mood. That said, usually dialogue, but occasionally I get really into writing action scenes.

11) What was the most challenging thing about creating the series?

JESS: Not gallivanting off into all of the secondary storylines I want to. Shiarra’s world is so much bigger than what the readers see through her eyes, and sometimes that’s frustrating. As the author, I have a bird’s eye view of what’s happening with other characters where Shiarra is not in the picture. Their struggles can be just as fascinating as hers, if not more so, sometimes. I have to keep my eye on the ball and finish out the story arc for her as intended.

12) Has there been a specific moment in your career thus far that you are particularly proud of?

JESS: Aside from getting the first book deal and the first time I saw a finished copy of HUNTED BY THE OTHERS, I would have to say it was the first time I held a physical, translated copy of HUNTED BY THE OTHERS in my hands. It was in French.

It’s funny, but that’s the moment when it really hit me—I was a real author. People weren’t just reading my ramblings in English, picking me up at a bookstore. This was for real. People in other countries, and who maybe didn’t even speak my native language, would read my words.
That was the most significant moment in my career thus far.

13) What’s up next for Jess Haines? Anything else in the works – or available – outside of H&W that you can share with us?

JESS: There are a couple of anthologies with H&W Investigations short stories in them. NOCTURNAL (my story is “Spark of Temptation”) and THE REAL WEREWIVES OF VAMPIRE COUNTY (my story is “What’s Yours Is Mine”).

I’ve got some new things in the works, but nothing official to announce yet. If you’d like to hear about those new things once they do become official, I’ll be alerting my newsletter subscribers first. You can sign up on my website, or follow me on Twitter or Facebook for the latest news (links above).

14) Anything else coming up that you want to be sure your readers and fans know about – online events, signings, conventions (outside of Coastal Magic), etc?

JESS: Sure thing! I’ve just signed on for the Readers & ‘Ritas (link: http://readers-n-ritas.org) convention, so if you’ll be there next week (Nov 7 – 9), I hope you’ll come say hello. I’ll also be at Authors After Dark in 2015.
Chances are good I’ll be at a few other conventions next year, but I don’t have all of my plans ironed out yet.

15) Is there anything special you’d like to say to your readers while we have you here today?

JESS: I’m not dead yet! I know a few people have been anxiously awaiting the next installment in the H&W-verse, and I do promise it’s coming. I’m hoping you guys will love what I’ve got up my sleeve—and I’m hoping if everything goes as planned to announce (and quite possibly release) this new project I’ve been working on at Coastal Magic, which is just one of many great reasons to attend!

LITERAL ADDICTION: Jess, thank you SO much for being with us today. I really hope that I’ve turned some new readers on to your work, and I hope that people will go out, pick up, and love the H&W INVESTIGATION novels. I’m super excited to see you again in February. :)

JESS: Thank you very much for having me, Chelle! Can’t wait to see you in Daytona! Happy reading, everybody! :)

Do you want to meet Jess in person? You can! You can meet Jess, tons of other amazing UF and PNR authors, me and LITERAL ADDICTION’s other officers, other well known featured bloggers, and loads of fellow book addicts and paranormal junkies at the Coastal Magic Convention in Daytona Beach, FL Feb 5-8 2015.

Coastal Magic is a super casual, urban fantasy and paranormal romance focused convention in Daytona. With panels designed to start interesting discussion, and meet & greets with fun themes, we’ve got something for every fan. Join us for reader, blogger, and author shenanigans, and lots of “supernatural” inspired activities. Saturday’s charity book sale and signing is open to convention attendees, and FREE to the public. Come take a bite out of the beach with us!! Feb 5-8, 2015. Registration opened 7/1/14, so get your ticket HERE.

Keep up with all things Coastal Magic at the Website / Facebook Page / Facebook Event / Twitter / Pinterest

CONTEST:
In celebration of the series and this event, we’re offering up some special H&W Investigations swag and a signed copy of Jess’s latest book, ENSLAVED BY THE OTHERS, and a signed copy of the anthology, THE REAL WEREWIVES OF VAMPIRE COUNTY!

To enter, leave a comment HERE with your email address (entries without an email address will not be accepted) and let Jess know what you think about her series, her interview, meeting her at CMC, etc…

Good luck, and as always…. HAPPY READING!

Posted 2 weeks ago

[Archive] New Release Spotlight, Review, Excerpt and Giveaway for Stacey Kennedy_11.4.14

FEATURE AUTHOR EVENT

11/4/14

Spotlight, Review, Excerpt and Giveaway

for…

Stacey Kennedy

Posted 3 weeks ago

[Archive] Series Spotlight, Giveaway and CMC15 Promo for S.J Harper_11.4.14

FEATURE AUTHOR EVENT

11/4/14

Series Spotlight, Giveaway and Coastal Magic Convention 2015 Promo

for…

Samantha Sommersby and Jeanne C. Stein of S.J Harper

Hello everybody,

LITERAL ADDICTION is super thrilled to be promoting for S.J Harper again today. You probably already know the ladies that make up S.J. Harper (we’ve had Jeanne on the site many, many times), but it’s always great to have them here…

S.J. Harper is the pen name for the writing team of Samantha Sommersby and Jeanne C. Stein, two friends who met at Comic-Con in San Diego and quickly bonded over a mutual love of good wine, edgy urban fantasy, and everything Joss Whedon.

Samantha Sommersby left what she used to call her “real life” day job in the psychiatric field to pursue writing full-time in 2007. She is the author of more than ten novels and novellas including the critically acclaimed Forbidden series. She currently lives with her husband and cocker spaniel, Buck, in a century old Southern California Craftsman. Sam happily spends her days immersed in a world where vampires, werewolves, and demons are real, myths and legends are revered, magic is possible, and love still conquers all.

Jeanne Stein is the national bestselling author of The Anna Strong Vampire Chronicles. She also has numerous short story credits, including most recently the novella, Blood Debt, from the New York Times bestselling anthology, Hexed. Her series has been picked up in three foreign countries and her short stories published in collections here in the US and the UK.

She lives in Denver, CO where she finds gardening a challenge more daunting than navigating the world of mythical creatures.

Jeanne and Samantha together, are the proud creators of the new FALLEN SIREN series.

Author Links:

S.J. Harper: Website / GoodReads / Facebook

Samantha Sommersby: Facebook / Twitter

Jeanne Stein: Facebook / Twitter

For those of you new to the books, let me get you caught up…

Captured
FALLEN SIREN Book #0.5
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Emma Monroe is a Fallen Siren, cursed by the gods and banished to Earth for her failure to prevent the kidnapping of Persephone. She’s had many names and many lives, but only one mission: redemption. Now she works for the FBI and is on temporary assignment in Charleston. Solving this next missing persons case could be the key to ending her ancient curse—unless the temptation that’s her new partner gets in the way.
Zack Armstrong is a Werewolf. Tall, dark, and dangerous, he currently works for one of the bureau’s elite Child Abduction Rapid Deployment teams. In many respects the man is every bit as mysterious as his secret and perilous past. But there are two things he’s certain about, that he’s going to get his man and his woman.
When Zack finds himself suddenly shy a partner and a third child goes missing in Charleston, Emma goes from consultant to CARD team member in the space of a few hours. The abductions of the first two boys ended in murder, an outcome that neither Zack nor Emma can abide. As they race against time to track down the kidnapper and rescue the latest victim, they find themselves fighting something just as treacherous—a growing attraction that can’t be ignored or denied.


Cursed
FALLEN SIREN Book #1
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*Read LITERAL ADDICTION’s Review HERE

Meet FBI Agents Emma Monroe and Zack Armstrong.

She’s cursed. He’s damned. Together, they make one hell of a team. Emma Monroe is a Siren, cursed by the gods and bound to earth to atone for an ancient failure. She’s had many names and many lives, but only one mission: redemption. Now that she works missing persons cases for the FBI, it could be just a rescue away. Unless her new partner leads her astray.

Special Agent Zack Armstrong just transferred into the San Diego Field Office. He’s a werewolf, doing his best to beat back the demons from his dark and dangerous past. As a former Black Ops sniper, he’s taken enough lives. Now he’s doing penance by saving them.

Emma and Zack’s very first case draws them deep into the realm of the paranormal and forces them to use their own supernatural abilities. But that leaves each of them vulnerable, and there are lines partners should not cross. As secrets are revealed and more women go missing, one thing becomes clear: as they race to save the victims, Emma and Zack risk losing themselves.


Reckoning
FALLEN SIREN Book #2
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Join Agents Emma Monroe and Zack Armstrong.
She’s sacrificed. He’s suffered. They’ve both been betrayed.
Now it’s time for a reckoning.
Special Agent Emma Monroe has a secret. She’s a Fallen Siren, cursed by the gods and banished to Earth for her failure to prevent the kidnapping of Persephone. As an FBI agent she saves the lives of others believing redemption could be one rescue away.
Her partner Zack is a werewolf and former Black Ops sniper who once carried out a string of questionable assignments. Now he’s determined to atone for his past. Ironically, there’s a portion of his past Zack doesn’t remember—an affair with Emma. Giving into their attraction for one another almost led to their undoing. Now it’s back to business as usual.
While trying to unravel the mystery behind a series of kidnappings in Southern California, Emma and Zack become entangled with political tensions in the vampire and Were worlds. Not to mention the struggles they face in their relationship with one another. With so much uncertainty, they come to realize the only thing they can really count on is one another…or can they?
Sound great, don’t they!? Make sure to check them out…

But wait, there’s more! Do you want to meet one of of ‘S.J Harper’ in person? You can! You can meet Jeanne, tons of other amazing UF and PNR authors, LITERAL ADDICTION’s officers and other well known featured bloggers, and loads of fellow book addicts and paranormal junkies at the Coastal Magic Convention in Daytona Beach, FL Feb 5-8 2015.

Coastal Magic is a super casual, urban fantasy and paranormal romance focused convention in Daytona. With panels designed to start interesting discussion, and meet & greets with fun themes, we’ve got something for every fan. Join us for reader, blogger, and author shenanigans, and lots of “supernatural” inspired activities. Saturday’s charity book sale and signing is open to convention attendees, and FREE to the public. Come take a bite out of the beach with us!! Feb 5-8, 2015. Registration opened 7/1/14, so get your ticket HERE.

Keep up with all things Coastal Magic at the Website / Facebook Page /Facebook Event / Twitter / Pinterest

Find out more about a bunch of the Coastal Magic Featured Authors by following our Coastal Magic Featured Authors page…

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[Archive] Spotlight, Exclusive Content, Live Twitter Event Notice and Giveaway for Rachel Caine_11.3.14

FEATURE EVENT

11/3/14

Spotlight, EXCLUSIVE CONTENT, Live Twitter Event Notice and Giveaway

for…

Rachel Caine and The Morganville Vampire series

Hey everyone!

If you’ve been a literal addict for awhile, you know how much I adore Rachel Caine and The Morganville Vampires series. I have raved long and loud about the series and how much I love it. So, imagine my immense excitement when I heard that the series was being made into a web series.
When I met Rachel in Miami in February we discussed the series and I was waiting on the edge of my seat to watch Season 1. Well, the wait is over. The series was launched on October 27th and is gaining popularity every day.

For those of you that don’t know about it (or forgot about it), I’m here to tell you some things and share some exclusive content and news that I was beyond fortunate to gain access to, so that I could share it with all of you (those behind the scenes pics can’t be found anywhere online [at least not yet])!

I’m so excited, check it out…

NEWS:
On Halloween, Episode 1 of the web series hit 50K views, and the rest of the series is climbing towards 50K, as well!! Yay! :)

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Now, let me get you a little more caught up…

Morganville: The Series Revitalizes Vampire Genre Just in Time for Halloween


Rachel Caine’s Snarky Vampires Perfect for Geek & Sundry’s October Line-up Geek & Sundry: Rachel Caine is adapting her Morganville Vampires books – fifteen (15) total – for a hilarious fright fest of a web series. Each episode of the first season is expected to be 8-12 minutes long, bringing the entire season to about an hour and is freely adapted by Rachel from the first novel – Glass Houses. The first season will begin airing on Geek & Sundry October 27th with a prime schedule planned out… the hope is that the first season finale lands on Halloween day.

Thanks to a passionate fanbase who fully supported the Kickstarter project (and whose funds were then matched by Felicia Day’s Geek & Sundry), Morganville Vampires: Book Series became Morganville: The Series and utilized one of the fastest, most innovative platforms for upcoming shows. Through the expansive reach of Youtube, Rachel’s fans can enjoy the show without the long wait that comes through traditional television and also, reach a worldwide audience faster. All around it made the most sense for a book series of this size and caliber.

Even though web series are seen as non-traditional formats, the casting process and scouting for film locations remains normal. Auditions were held in Dallas, LA, Austin, New Orleans and some digital (to give fans of the books a chance at the spotlight too). Rachel wrote all the character monologues for the auditions. The entire show ended up being filmed on location in Dallas, Texas in four separate venues, including a coffee shop, a turn-of-last-century Victorian home, a hospital, and a university. Nearly every episode ends with Rachel’s infamous cliffhanger endings!
Switching from book to film writing was easier than Rachel expected. The very first thing she did, ended up setting the stage for the adaptation process and made it easier for her to focus on the story she wished to tell. Rachel says, “The first thing I tried to do, since I wrote the book in 2006, was to write down everything I remembered from it without re-reading it. That was fascinating, because what I wrote down was really the core story, and that turned out to be what needed to be told in the show. So while I did go back to the book, I did it for the purposes of review, not inspiration.”

Fans might be wondering how a 10-day- shoot in April 2014 could possibly yield a story they recognize, Rachel is confident the series delivers and explains, “For practical purposes, you can only have so many characters in a show with this running time, so some characters from the novel, while really interesting, ended up not being central to the plot (like Miranda). However, I did think it was important to introduce Myrnin, who is a fan favorite character, into the mix early, so he makes a short appearance this season.

To find out more, check out these sites for the scoop on Rachel Caine, The
Morganville Vampires Books and Morganville: The Series.
Web Series Website / YouTube / Book Series Website / Rachel’s Website

Excited like me!? I hope so. There’s even more…
SPECIAL LIVE TWEETING AND MORGANVILLE VIEWING EVENT!
Rachel is doing a special fan participation event on Monday, November 3rd starting at 11 a.m. Pacific Time / 11 a.m Mountain Time / 12 p.m Central Time / 1 p.m Eastern Time. She will be watching all 6 episodes of the show back-to-back with fans, and joining members of the cast for a live Tweeting event during the marathon! :)

Watch the trailer below! You can also go directly to the episodes at the links provided below, but you might want to wait to view them with Rachel and chat with her and some of the cast a bit Live on Twitter starting at 11am PT Monday, 11/3.

I’m so excited to share this with with all of you, and I hope that you’ll all join me a in a little fangirling. This series is one of my absolute favorites, and is one that I will definitely visit again and again. http://youtu.be/fcoe2nCFYuQ
Episode 2 — Bite Me — http://youtu.be/sRhZwjrIKYg
Episode 3 — Sucks to Be You — http://youtu.be/WELLA-_y4Cw
Episode 4 — High on Life — http://youtu.be/n9npivV3jHA

TRAILER:

Wait! Don’t leave yet…

Have I mentioned how much I love this series? Well, I love it so much that I have a Morganville Resident ID bracelet, Myrnin’s “M” necklace, and Eve’s dragon necklace that I wear all the time, along with over half of the series in hardcover signed! (Love I tell you!. LOL). Anywho, in honor of the series and because I want to, I’m giving away the first book of the series, Glass Houses, in mass market paperback with a signed bookplate from Rachel, AND… a Myrnin “M” necklace. (I adore mine, and yes, I’m wearing both it and my MV Resident bracelet in that picture above. :) )

To enter, leave me a comment and let me know what you think about the series, the web series, etc, along with your email address (entries without email addresses will NOT be accepted) and I’ll pick a random winner after 11/17. Good luck, and as always…
HAPPY READING (and watching!). :)

COMMENTS FOR THE CONTEST [or in general for the Event] CAN BE LEFT HERE!

Posted 3 weeks ago

[ARCHIVE] Spotlight and Giveaway for Alyssa Day_10.29.14

FEATURE AUTHOR EVENT

10/29/14

Spotlight and Giveaway

for…

Alyssa Day

Hello everybody!

NYT Bestselling Author Alyssa Day has a Halloween “treat” for fans of her The Warriors of Poseidon series. HALLOWEEN IN ATLANTIS, a novelette addition to the series, releases on October 29th!

Alyssa Day is the pen name (and dark and tortured alter ego) of RITA award-winning author Alesia Holliday. As Alyssa, she writes the New York Times and USA Today best-selling Warriors of Poseidon, League of the Black Swan, and Cardinal Witches series, and won RT BookClub’s Reviewers’ Choice award for Best Paranormal Romance of 2012. She graduated summa cum laude from Capital University Law School and practiced as a trial lawyer in multi-million dollar litigation for several years before coming to her senses and letting the voices in her head loose on paper. Please visit Alyssa at www.AlyssaDay.com.

You can also follow her online at Facebook, Twitter, and on GoodReads.

Halloween in Altantis

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Buy from: LINKS COMING SOON…

Now that Atlantis has finally risen to take its place on the world stage, the Atlantean warriors are having to face some new and interesting dangers — like Halloween parties.
Arrogant warrior Liam doesn’t understand the beautiful, bubbly human whose entire function in life appears to be to plan parties, but he can’t seem to keep away from her, either. Jamie, who considers herself to be completely unflappable—the hallmark of a great event planner—doesn’t understand why the far-too-serious Atlantean manages to get under her skin with every single encounter. Even if he is the sexiest man she has ever seen.
When the two of them are thrown together to solve a mystery surrounding the queen’s missing jewels, sparks fly, secrets are revealed, and Halloween has never been hotter.
This novelette (longer than a short story, shorter than a novella) is perfect for reading on a coffee break - or in between handing out candy to trick-or treaters.

Release Blog Tour Dates & Contests…

Each blog on the release tour for HALLOWEEN IN ATLANTIS, has treats for it’s readers! Check out each stop for promotional info, guest posts, interviews, excerpts, and chances to win a $5 online giftcard and a copy of Alyssa’s ALEJANDRO’S SORCERESS. (Contests open INT)

Wednesday, October 29th
I Smell Sheep
MamaKitty’s Reviews
Literal Addiction
The Delighted Reader
Vampire Book Club

Thursday, October 30th
Literary Escapism
Book Lovin’ Mamas
Coffee, Books, Life Blog
Reading Between The Wines
Romancing The Dark Side

Friday, October 31st
Bitten By Love Reviews
My Favorite Things
The Reading Café
Love Romance Tales
Books Make Me Happy

Contest:
To enter the contest, leave a comment here between now and 11/3. For additional entries, use the Rafflecopter widget on our Book Blasts & More Page to mark the comment as done and then do some extras on Twitter.

Posted 3 weeks ago

[Archive] Spotlight, Review, and Author Ambush with D.B Reynolds10.27.14

FEATURE AUTHOR EVENT

10/27/14

Spotlight, Review, and Author Ambush

with…

D.B Reynolds

Posted 4 weeks ago

[Archive] Spotlight, Cover Reveal and Giveaway for Molle McGregor_10.25.14

FEATURE AUTHOR EVENT

10/25/14

Spotlight, Cover Reveal and Giveaway

for…

Molle McGregor

Posted 4 weeks ago

[Archive] Spotlight, Review, Excerpt and Giveaway for Ryan Hill_10.24.14

FEATURE AUTHOR EVENT

10/24/14

Spotlight, Review, Excerpt and Giveaway

for…

Ryan Hill

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[Archive] Spotlight, Sale Notice and Giveaway for Stacey Kennedy_10.20.14

FEATURE AUTHOR EVENT

10/20/14

Spotlight, Sale Notice and Giveaway

for…

Stacey Kennedy

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