Win a Sephora Mini-Emergency Kit!

on January 30, 2016

UPDATE:  Congrats to Reverly Kerner for winning!!!  We’ll get your kit to you!  Thanks to everyone for entering!

Hi all!  Thanks for a FABULOUS release week!  As you know, the release week for Mercury Striking is coming to an end, and I still have a Sephora Emergency kit to give away. So let’s give it away here on the blog.  Before I forget, the 23% off the kindle price is only set until today, and I’m not sure what happens after that.  The regular price is more.  Here’s a link if you want to make sure to get today’s price:  MERCURY STRIKING.

How has your week been?  Mine has been crazy with promo and the fun of Mercury.  I went a little darker with this book (it’s a post-apocalyptic world, after all), and the response and reviews have been awesome.  I’m so glad!  In addition, I went into  my local Walmart the other day, and look what I saw!

WalMartI did a very happy dance and took pictures.  I’m also supposed to be in Target, but I’m not in my local Target.  If you see one of my books in Target, would you shoot me a picture?  I’d really appreciate it!

Here’s a sample of one of the Sephora kits:

Survival kit 1Finally, I’m heading off to Daytona next week for the Coastal Magic Convention and Booksigning.  The public booksigning is on Saturday the 6th, 5:30-7:30 at the Hilton Daytona Beach Resort.  Come by and say hi!

To enter the contest, just answer this question:

If it turned out that the supernatural world existed, and we all had latent genes, I would turn out to be:  (vampire, shifter, healer, psychic, demon, drgaon, etc…)

Win an Audio Book!

on October 27, 2015

Audio Dark Protector BooksHi all!  We’re starting the countdown for the release of WICKED EDGE, which is Daire Dunne’s book.  He’s basically a Dark Protector on a Harley.  🙂  To celebrate and start the buzz, I thought I’d give away a couple of audio books from the Dark Protector series. 

All you have to do to enter is leave a comment below and answer 2 questions:

1)  What TV show is your ‘DO NOT MISS’ show right now?

2) Which audio book do you want?  (Fated, Claimed, Tempted, Hunted, Consumed, Provoked, Twisted, Shadowed, Tamed, or Marked)?

I have codes for all of them, so I’m asking just so I know which one to email to you.  When I email the code, I’ll give you instructions how to download the audio book from Audible.  (It’s really easy).  Or rather…Charly will give you instructions.  She’s much better at it than I am.  🙂

We will randomly choose five winners from the commenters by next Monday.  And again…it doesn’t matter which book you choose – I have multiple codes for all of them. 

Good luck!!!

Quick note…Take the Storm (My episode of the Rising Storm Soap Opera) releases on Thursday, and WICKED EDGE releases on next Tuesday.)


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Q&A and Giveaway with Jennifer Estep!

on November 25, 2014

UPDATE:  CONGRATS TO Rhonda Campbell  for winning!!!

Hi All!  Today I asked the awesome Jennifer Estep to come answer questions and play here on the blog.  Jennifer and I have an editor in common, and we usually meet up at conferences.  She’s witty and a lot of fun!  She’s giving away 1 copy each of Black Widow and Poison Promise to 1 winner — US only to a randomly chosen commenter on the blog.

So welcome, Jennifer! Please tell readers about your new book, Black Widow.

Jennifer Estep 1JE: Thanks for hosting me on your blog. I appreciate it! 🙂

Black Widow is the latest book in my Elemental Assassin urban fantasy series and will be released on Nov. 25. In this book, Gin Blanco is up against Madeline Monroe, an acid elemental who wants her dead. Madeline is a clever, cunning enemy, so Gin has to figure out what Madeline is really up – or Gin is going to wind up dead.

Here’s the description:

There’s nothing worse than a cruel, cunning enemy with time to kill—and my murder to plan.

Black WidowWith wicked Fire elemental Mab Monroe long gone, you’d think I could finally catch a break. But someone’s always trying to take me down, either as Gin Blanco or my assassin alter-ago. Now along comes the Spider’s new arch-nemesis, the mysteriously named M. M. Monroe, who is gleefully working overtime to trap me in a sticky web of deceit.

The thing is, I’m not the only target. I can see through the tangled threads enough to know that every bit of bad luck my friends have been having lately is no accident—and that each unfortunate “coincidence” is just one more arrow drawing ever closer to hitting the real bulls-eye. Though new to Ashland, this M. M. Monroe is no stranger to irony, trying to get me, an assassin, framed for murder. Yet, as my enemy’s master plan is slowly revealed, I have a sinking feeling that it will take more than my powerful Ice and Stone magic to stop my whole life from going up in flames.

This is the 12th book in your Elemental Assassin urban fantasy series–which is amazing and wonderful!  You’ve spent a lot of time in that world.  Can you tell us a little about the series?

 JE: My Elemental Assassin series focuses on Gin Blanco, an assassin codenamed the Spider who can control the elements of Ice and Stone. When she’s not busy killing people and righting wrongs, Gin runs a barbecue restaurant called the Pork Pit in the fictional Southern metropolis of Ashland. The city is also home to giants, dwarves, vampires, and elementals – Air, Fire, Ice, and Stone.

The series features a strong heroine, magic, and lots of action and fight scenes, among other things.

Poison PromiseI love a strong heroine!  Yours are wonderful.  What appeals to you about the urban fantasy genre?

JE: I like books with a little bit of everything in them – action, adventure, magic, danger, and romance. Those are the kind of books that I like to read, and those are the kind of books that I like to write.

Urban fantasy is one genre that really incorporates all of those elements. It’s such a varied genre, and you can do so many different things with characters, world building, and more. It’s just a genre that I really enjoy writing in.

What inspired you to write the Elemental Assassin series?

JE: I’ve always enjoyed reading fantasy stories about assassins. In fantasy stories, assassins can be everything from cold to calculating to cruel. One day, I thought it would be fun to write my own assassin character with my own magic system and world building. So that was sort of the beginning of Gin Blanco and my Elemental Assassin series.

 What are some of your favorite books/authors and why?

JE: One of my favorite books is Beauty by Robin McKinley, which is a lovely retelling of the Beauty and the Beast fairy tale. I also like the James Bond series by Ian Fleming; the Dortmunder series by Donald Westlake; and the Parker series by Richard Stark. Other authors that I like include Lisa Kleypas, David Eddings, Robert Parker, and many others.

 Such a great list!  Have you always wanted to be a writer? What got you started on your writing journey?

 JE: My mom used to take me to the library every week as a kid, so that’s how I fell in love with books and reading in the first place. I’ve always loved to read, and I think that lead me to wanting to write my own stories. I wrote my first book one summer during college, and I’ve been writing ever since.

cold burn of magic (2)What’s next for you? What are you working on?

JE: I’m working on Spider’s Trap, the 13th book in my Elemental Assassin series, as well as the 14th book in the series. Spider’s Trap is tentatively scheduled to be released on July 28, 2015, with the 14th book tentatively scheduled to be released on Dec. 29, 2015.

I also have a new young adult urban fantasy series that will be coming out in 2015. The first book is called Cold Burn of Magic and will be released on April 28, 2015, with the second book tentatively scheduled to be released in November.

Happy reading, everyone! 🙂


So, just leave a comment below for a chance to win 1 copy each of Black Widow and Poison Promise to 1 winner — US only.  Give us one characteristic of your favorite heroine.


GIVEAWAY – Consumed and Shadowed – BAM

on November 13, 2014

lhn2UPDATE:  CONGRATS to Missy Jacobs and Barbara Johnson for being randomly chosen to win the books.  We’ve contacted you via email for your physical address.  Thanks to everyone who entered!

Hi all!  I’m back from the Lyrical High Notes launching at the Books-A-Million store in York, and it was a wonderful signing!  Thank you to everyone who attended, especially my wonderful and wild Realm Runners.

BAMbooksI thought it’d be fun to celebrate the launching and my new website look (we’re still tweaking, but this is the look) with a giveaway.  Leave a comment below, and I’ll draw two names, one to win a signed print copy of CONSUMED, and the other a signed print copy of SHADOWED.  The contest is open world-wide.

If you don’t win, remember that you can buy either print book exclusively from Books-A-Million at the lower price point.

So, would you rather be a feline shifter or a vampire? 

Consumed Releases in time for the Red, White, and Blue Blog Hop

on July 4, 2012

UPDATE: chose a winner from the blog here – congrats to K. Anna Jones!  I’ve emailed you with info.  Thanks to everyone who entered!

So, there’s quite a bit going on today.  First, CONSUMED is out in the wild!  Yes, Katie and Jordan’s story was released today and can be downloaded right now!

Second, I’m part of the Red, White, and Blue Blog hop – how cool is the blog hop button they created?  It’s down below…meow!

Also – I’m over at the Tea and Book Reviews blog today…giving away stuff.  Drop on by!

So to combine everything going on today, I thought I’d celebrate with a quick excerpt of Consumed:

The air thickened, and Jordan rose to full height, a human male standing in the rain.  Nude and enraged. 

Katie shivered.  His eyes glowed in his angular face, revealing the animal present even in human form.  His nose was straight, his cheekbones high and symmetrical, purebred lion embedded in every feature.  While his chest had always been broad, cut definition enhanced more powerful muscles than she remembered.  His narrow waist tapered to…

God.  She would not look lower.

Jordan’s gaze started at her tennis shoes and traveled up her bare legs to the clinging T-shirt.  Fury lined every strong contour in his face.

Awareness slammed desire out of the way.  She took a step back. Okay, running through alleys wearing only a T-shirt might have been a bad idea.  Very bad.  Intuition yelled at her to flee.  No way in hell could she outrun him.  Aiming the gun would be a serious mistake.  She knew it…yet  her hand trembled as she raised the weapon.

His chin lowered.  A stalking predator, he strode forward with measured steps, water sluicing off his hard body. 

Retreat was her only option.  A loose stone tripped her, and she dodged to the side, her back flush to a building.  Thank God the weapon hadn’t gone off.  A second later he trapped her, his abs square against the barrel of the gun, his gaze primal.

Something inside her hissed.  Deep down, beyond humanity, at her very core…a lioness stretched.

The breath caught in her throat.  She stilled.  Searching down deep.  Searching for the animal she used to be.  The animal that had been silenced ten years ago by the virus.  A tingling wandered through her veins, igniting her blood.  An animal sense that she’d missed so very much.  The slumbering cougar awakening in reaction to a male.

And the male was pissed.

July Blog HopTo purchase Consumed:

To celebrate today, I’d like to give away a signed copy of Fated, Claimed, or Hunted to a commenter here.  You can comment on anything or just say hi.  Or answer this question:  What are your plans for this weekend?

To jump back to the list for the blog hop and all the many prizes:

And make sure you enter to win the Kindle Fires