Stop here on the EASTER Hoppin Blog Hop…

Easter Hoppin Blog Hop

 UPDATE:  Congrats to Brans for winning the signed copy of FATED!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  I love a good hop!  This is my first Easter Hop…stay tuned for another one next week.  Today I’m giving away a signed copy of FATED to someone commenting today…no restrictions on where to send it.  The farther the better…I’m still hoping to get a dot on the map below from someone in Iceland.

I’m gearing up to start promoting CLAIMED, which is book 2 in the Dark Protectors and will be out late October.  But I’ll have some ARC’s to give away this summer.  So here’s a brief peek at the king’s story:

Emma glanced to Talen’s side and fought to keep her mouth from hanging open.  Dage stood in the doorway dressed in a black tux—all powerful male animal.  The sharp angles of his face enhanced those amazing eyes.  Even in the civilized garb, something not quite tame emanated from him.

His gaze swept her head to toe.  “You’re wearing my colors, love.”  He stalked forward and leaned down to brush her cheek with a kiss.  “Soon you’ll be wearing me,” he whispered for her ears only.

Desire blasted into her even as she stepped back.  She liked things organized, nicely lined up in test tubes.  There was nothing nice about Dage, and she sure as hell couldn’t predict him.  And any outcome she’d envisioned ended with the king destroyed.  Because of her.  She shook her head.  “No.”  Damn but that sounded breathy and unsure.

His eyes hardened but he didn’t get a chance to respond because Janie threw herself into his arms.  “Uncle Dage.  Do you like my dress?”

An astonishing change came over the king.  His face softened, his eyes glowed as he caught the little girl and stood her on a cherry wood end table.  “You’re beautiful, Janie.”  His smile crinkled the corners of his mouth.

“Like a princess?”  The little girl breathed.

Dage held her tiny hand with a delicate touch Emma would have to be blind to miss.  “You are a princess, sweetheart.”

The smile bursting across her niece’s face reached Emma’s heart.  An odd relief eased her mind.  Janie’s safety wasn’t only on her shoulders anymore.  Dage and Talen were more than equipped to keep the little girl safe should the worst happen.  In case she failed to find a way to cheat death. 

Talen cleared his throat.  “Maybe we shouldn’t go to the dinner tonight.  I’m armed, but…”

Cara shook her head.  “Oh no, I am so going.  I’m starving.”  She tucked her arm through Talen’s and held out a hand to Janie.  “Come on, sweetheart.”

Dage set the little girl on her feet.  “We’ll be right behind you.”  His gaze dared Emma to refuse.

Cara gave her a lopsided grin and tugged her family out the door.  “See you at the ball.”

Emma inched toward the door.  “Let’s go to the dinner, Dage.”

He shifted his weight, effectively blocking her way.  “I thought we’d get a couple of things clear, love.”

Butterflies took flight in her stomach.  “Like what?”  She lifted her chin.  Damn but that sandalwood scent made her want to tackle him to the floor and shred clothing until she reached his flesh.

His calloused finger traced a path along her jaw and she had to quell the warmth in her core.  “First, you need to understand it’s well known you’re a probable mate—my mate.”

She drew breath in, counting slowly to five, fighting the urge to tap her pretty shoe on the plush maroon carpet.  The idea of his naked skin slowly wafted away as temper slid in.  “I choose my own destiny, Dage.  Period.”

He nodded.  “Of course.  Tonight you’re going to choose to finish what we started in the cave.”  Clasping her chin between his thumb and forefinger, he leaned down to brush her mouth with his.  Once, twice and then a third time. 

She tightened her shoulders, fighting the need to grab him.  Desire beat against her independence.  Her mind ruled her body, not the other way around.  Yet her hands drifted up his jacket, the soft fabric tickling her palms.  Her knees trembled and she clutched his lapels, yanking him closer and taking his mouth.  She slid her tongue in and explored.  Mint and male exploded on her taste buds and she groaned. 

Independence be damned.

So leave a comment on anything you want.  It is tax day.  And a beautiful weekend.  If you need a prompt…what do vampires have in common with the Easter Bunny?  (That should get your creative mind flowing!)   🙂

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81 Responses to Stop here on the EASTER Hoppin Blog Hop…

  1. debbie says:

    Heres one. Why does the bunny have a shiny nose? The powder puff is on the wrong end. I know, it’s bad.
    I would love to read the book.
    twoofakind12@yahoo.com

  2. amanda says:

    Awesome!! I can’t wait till october!

  3. Sorry I am not from Iceland 😉

    What do bunnies and vamps have in common? they are both nocturnal.

    Have a great weekend, it is beautiful and the taxes are filed – that is reason to celebrate!
    Jennifer
    kjovus(at)gmail(dot)com

  4. Martha Lawson says:

    After strong storms this morning in Miss. – it has turned into a beautiful day!! I have no idea how the Easter Bunny and a vampire are alike.. I really want to read this book, though. Have a great weekend.

    mlawson17 at hotmail dot com

  5. Blackwater Mama says:

    After the bad weather passes through, we are supposed to have a gorgeous weekend. It will the last one for months, since summer will set in.

  6. They both are myth’s

    vampiremistress2010(at)gmail(dot)com

  7. ChrisS says:

    Thanks for participating in the Hop. I would love to read Fated. Taxes are finally done and out. So now I can relax and enjoy a peaceful weekend. Have a great weekend!

  8. Juana Maria Esparza says:

    Thanks for the giveaway! I enjoyed the excerpt. This book sounds like a keeper. I have added it to my Book Wish List.

    jmesparza821(at)gmail(dot)com

  9. Judy Cox says:

    Thanks for participating in the hop!! This looks like a very good book. Of course, would love to read it!! I guess the main thing about the Easter Bunny and Vampires is (shhh-don’t tell anyone) they are not real, but we are fascinated by both in different ways.

    Judy
    magnolias_1[at]msn[dot]com

  10. Thank you for being part of the hop

    mk261274 at gmail dot com

  11. dreabecraft says:

    Thanks for joining in on the blog hop. I love the background to your site!

    ~~*Drea*~~
    dreabecraft(@)aol.com

  12. Linda Young says:

    Hello. I love finding authors that are new to me. Your books sound wonderful. Can’t wait to read one. Thank you for the giveaway.

    Linda
    qladyhawke at gmail dot com

  13. jill oswalt says:

    Hey Rebecca! CLAIMED sounds incredible!!! Can’t wait to read!!

  14. I’d love to be entered in your giveaway. Thanks so much for the chance!
    paranormalopinion(at)hotmail(dot)com

  15. Rebecca Jean says:

    Love your website! We share a name, and I am in law school so I appreciate your legally related posts!

    Great contest – please count me in 🙂

    rjs4444us AT yahoo DOT com

  16. CrystalGB says:

    I would love a copy of Fated. Thanks for the giveaway. 🙂 Have a great weekend.
    Crystal816{at}hotmail{dot}com

  17. Michele Luker says:

    Thanks for have a giveaway!! I LOVE to hop!!!

  18. Andrea I says:

    I’m not too creative. I did get to stand in line at the post office to send extensions for the company certified mail.

    lillieblue613(at)gmail(dot)com

  19. Carol Thompson says:

    What do they have in common. Well I guess you either believe in them or you don’t !

    Thanks for the giveaway and for opening it to worldwide entries.

    Carol T

    buddyhto {at} gmail DOT com

  20. Linda D. says:

    Thanks for the giveaway! Wow, I love the excerpt! Don’t know what an Easter bunny has in common with a vamp.
    Lindadao2060 at yahoo dot com

  21. Irene Jackson says:

    I’m from England in the UK. Not too many vampires around here no easter bunnies either actually but we can dream can’t we, imagination is a wonderful thing 🙂

  22. Susan R says:

    WOW – great excerpt!! I am going to have to check these out.

    Alas – I have no easter jokes! LOL

    Please enter me for your contest.

    susanmik AT gmail DOT com

  23. Dannielle says:

    I love a good vampire story, and Fated sounds right up my alley.

    And I don’t need to worry about tax day, since our taxes have been done since February.

  24. Chelsea B. says:

    Great givaway and excerpt! FATED sounds FABULOUS! I joted it down quick-like and am definitely going to look for on my next bookstore stop!

  25. Liza says:

    Love the excerpt. Must go buy Fated if I don’t win and add Claimed to my TBB list too. I love finding new to me authors.

  26. Linda Henderson says:

    They both come out at night? Sorry, best I can do. I’d love to be entered in your giveaway.

    seriousreader at live dot com

  27. Amelia says:

    Enjoyed the excerpt!

  28. JessS says:

    The book looks awesome, thanks for the giveaway. Vamps and the easter bunny? Umm, well I’ll go with the obvious and say they’re both supposedly fictional.

    jessicamariesutton(at)msn(dot)com

  29. holly wright says:

    Im so excited for this! GFC holly wright
    hollybwright at comcast dot net

  30. Peep says:

    Now that’s just bordering on cruel! With a teaser like that, we should all get ARC’s! Sometimes waiting just stinks. Stinks I tell you!

    Vampires and bunnies? Hmmm… Something to do with carrots I bet…

  31. Mariska says:

    Want want to read your book !

    I’m not so creative about this but i guess both of them are CUTE 🙂 in their own way..

  32. They taste good dipped in chocolate *winks*

  33. Monique says:

    Thanks for giveaway.

  34. Not in Iceland but I am in South Texas!

    Well….they both have teeth and while one chomps on carrots and such…..I wouldn’t mind letting one chomp on me — as long as he was cute, it felt good and he didn’t kill me — that’s a plus right — no death….lol

    blazesandbubbles AT gmail DOT com
    readingwithbakingoddess.blogspot.com

  35. Marie says:

    Sorry, I’m not from Iceland!

    Today was a great day because it was Friday! and payday.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  36. Rachel says:

    I’m not from Iceland, but I’m from Australia though and it’s almost as cold as it is in Iceland at the moment, lol 🙂

    I would love to win a signed copy of your book.
    I can’t think of what vampires have in common with the Easter Bunny, but it as got me thinking of vampires dressed as bunnies…and that’s pretty darn funny!
    Happy Easter!

    rachybee101@live.com.au

  37. Sweeping Me says:

    Would love to win! Thank you for the giveaway!

    Mary_Reiss @ hotmail.com

  38. June M. says:

    Thanks for the giveaway. Love vamp books and FATED sounds really great!

    manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

  39. Laura H. says:

    Thanks for the giveaway and for participating in this blog hop! As for what vampires have in common with the Easter Bunny…. The only thing I can think of is they’re something people either choose to or choose not to believe in.

    BornajhawkATaolDOTcom

  40. Megan @Amethyst Daydreams says:

    Hm… Bunnies probably make really bad vampires. 😉

    AmethystDaydreams at gmail dot com

  41. Tawania says:

    Great excerpt! I’m looking forward to reading your book. 🙂

    tl.etheridge31(at)gmail(dot)com

  42. Amber says:

    Fated sounds really good and it being signed makes it doubly awesome! lol Thanks for the wonderful giveaway! Good luck to everyone! Love your webpage background, it’s mysterious and sexy! 😀

  43. Mary Preston says:

    I can’t imagine vampires having anything in common with the Easter Bunny. Both ‘legendary’?? Funny though!!! Got me thinking & laughing. Hi, Rachel I’m from AUSTRALIA too. Bleak day today.

  44. LadyVampire says:

    What do vampires and the Easter Bunny have in common? Well, they both live on in myth, haven’t been photographed and are able to disappear in the urban jungle even after having been sighted. Thanks for entering me in your giveaway!

  45. Rea says:

    I think both the vampires and Easter Bunny have a certain characteristic that people tend to associate whenever they imagine these two.
    Vampires – blood, fangs (teeths) while Easter Bunny – eggs. bunny ears.

    leposies (at) gmail (dot) com

  46. What do the Easter Bunny and Vampires have in common… hrrm both not real.. 🙂 well at least they hide well

    raynekitten(at)gmail.com

  47. I would do bad bad things for that ARC…you know this 🙂

  48. Chris says:

    thepiratesbounty at gmail dot com

    WOO. Great Givaway

  49. Angela Prieto says:

    Well I wish I was from Iceland but I hope Kansas gets a vote! LOL! Thanks for the giveaway. Enjoyed reading what you posted, would love this book!

  50. Miss Kitty says:

    I’m IN!!!

    miss kitty at Tigris eden dot com

  51. JoAnna B says:

    Its supposed to be a rainy weekend here. 🙁 Sorry I can’t help you put a dot on Iceland.
    I would say both the Easter bunny and a vampire are bad for my blood supply. I am looking forward to some chocolate and I wouldn’t mind offering a snack to a sexy vamp.

  52. Because not all bunnies are benign! Some of them are actually vampires!! 😀

    Twitted about your contest at: http://twitter.com/cherrymischivus/status/59285686108438530

  53. Shannon J. says:

    Ok my comment has nothing to do with the blog but I’m excited so here it is! My son got 3rd place for his bowling league!!!! I’m just the proudest mommy in the world right now!!! 🙂 ok and I think the Easter Bunny and vampires have their white complexions in common!!! 🙂
    shannonjean14(at)gmail(dot)com

  54. latisha depoortere says:

    Thank you so much book sounds so good Great giveaway! Have a great weekend 🙂
    tishajean@ charter.net

  55. Little Lamb Lost says:

    I thoroughly enjoyed the excerpt!

  56. Meggerfly aka Megan R USA says:

    Loved the excerpt!

    rootml1{AT}hotmail{DOT}com

  57. Diana says:

    Thanks for the giveaway! what do vampires have in common with the Easter Bunny? I think the canines. Α bunny has bitten me and believed this was a little painful
    Happy Easter!!!

  58. Jolene A. says:

    I sooo want to get my hands on this book!!! Lets see what do they have in common???? Lets see, they will both be visiting my house on Easter. The bunny will be dropping off goodies for me and I’m planning on cracking open Vampire Mine as soon as I’m finished with my current read 🙂 Thanks for the chance to win your book

    june111(at)att(dot)net

  59. Viki S. says:

    What do vampires and the Easter Bunny have in common – I love them both :). The vamps are great reading and the bunny brings me yummy treats. So they both make me happy. Thanks for being on the blog hop. I love these things.

  60. Sarah Bibi Setar says:

    Hi hi hi!:) Thanks for being awesome and giving away a copy of Fated. I’m from waaaay down low on the map- South Africa- so I really hope to win:) I’d love to read it.

    All the best!

    sarahDOTsetarATgmailDOTcom

  61. Emily says:

    Stopping by from the hop- I’d love a chance to read Fated!

    whatbookisthat at gmail dot com

    Thanks!

  62. Angela Sanders says:

    Enjoyed the excerpt. Would love to win!
    adsanders77 at gmail dot com

  63. Danielle Gorman says:

    Looks so good. Can’t wait to start this series.

  64. Sherry S. says:

    Thank you for the blog hop. I really enjoyed the excerpt it was very good.

    sstrode at scrtc dot com

  65. Tanya says:

    Thanks so much for the opportunity to win the fabulous giveaway! I’d love to read Fated!

    Hmm.. All I got for a correlation between Easter bunnies and vampires is that both give you something to leave you feeling sated! Um, the Easter bunny leaves candy — that’s why! Otherwise it doesn’t sound right!!! LOL! 🙂

    Have a great weekend!

  66. Michelle Bledsoe says:

    This book sounds amazing. I want to read it…LOL

    koonie2888(at)yahoo(dot)com

  67. Jessica B. says:

    Great excerpt! Sounds like an awesome book. I have no idea what vampires have in common with the Easter bunny. . . hmmm. . would it be big teeth. . . or they both come out at night?. . . hmmm. .
    jessangil at gmail dot com

  68. Fedora says:

    How fun, Rebecca! And thanks for the peek! As for vamps and bunnies, they both inspire quite a bit of devotion from their fans! 😉

    f dot chen at comcast dot net

  69. Heidi Larsen says:

    Thanks for such a great give away!!! Sorry not from Iceland… Minnesota though….

    loveangel132 (at) yahoo (dot) com

  70. Tracy Smith says:

    Still pretty windy here in the Ohio valley but the sun is shining and that is a wonderful thing. Thank you for this giveaway. I look forward to reading your books!!

    countrysunset40 (at) aol (dot) com

    Have a wonderful Sunday!!

  71. JoJo says:

    Thanks you so much for participating in the hop!!!!
    Vampires and Easter bunnies…hmm……they both sneak into your house……..they both have red eyes ( well atleast if the easter bunny is albino lol ) What a great conversation starter!!!
    Thanks,
    JoJo
    jojosbookcornerATgmailDOTcom

  72. Thanks for the giveaway. Hmmm…vampires and Easter Bunny are both not real.

  73. Anne says:

    Just finished my taxes, money back from both the Fed and state. Life is good (thank the gods for free online tax programs and online filing).

    Loved Fated Rebecca, looking forward to Claimed.

    acm05atjuno.com

  74. Sounds interesting, would love to read Fated 🙂

    Thank you for the giveaway!

    stella.exlibris (at) gmail (dot) com

  75. Marlynn Bohannon says:

    Wow – between this and the excerpt that was already posted…I’m drooling. I can’t wait until October!!!

  76. Danielle (lush26) says:

    O_o arcs !! I can’t wait to read it! I am so happy for you! Thanks for joining the hop 🙂 I love your post !
    I think vamps and Easter bunnies are real. Maybe in the next book you can add the Easter bunny in 🙂

    Dhester23 at yahoo dot com

  77. Leanne says:

    Easter bunny and vampires are magically delicious lmao
    Best I could come up with 😀
    I’m Canadian and my email is: leanne_gag@hotmail.com

  78. cw127 says:

    I’d love a chance to win, thanks for the giveaway!

  79. Pam S (pams00) says:

    Would love to win a copy of Fated ty for the giveaway. Easter Bunny and Vamp? They both have big teeth? lol no clue…

    pams00 @ aol.com

  80. jennifer mathis says:

    i got nothing so i will just loudly shout WHOO I MADE IT THROUGHTHE wEekend

    meandi09(@)yahoo.com

  81. Dinda says:

    what do vampires have in common with the Easter Bunny? They are not real.
    Thanks for the chance !!!

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