October 18th, 2010
Release Celebration for Jeweled!!

Grand Prize ~ $75 gift certificate to the book store of the winner’s choice

Runner-Up Prize ~ $25 gift certificate to the book store of the winner’s choice

Plus chances to win books every day until November 2nd.

Defined by magic. Ruled by desire.

In the Court of Edaeii, magic-imbued Evangeline is rewarded for her gift in manipulating emotion with a sapphire stone set into the perfect curve of her lower back. Her greatest rival in the royal court is the enigmatic Anatol, instilled with the power of illusion. He may better her in magic, but he is her absolute equal in passion.

They share something else—they’re both targets of low-born revolutionaries bent on overthrowing the palace of the privileged few. Rescued from the mobs by Gregorio, the brilliant revolutionary mastermind, they’re given sanctuary. But in this warm refuge, Evangeline soon finds herself torn between the magic of one man she has always desired, and the excitingly new and radical moves of another. For her, there is only one choice.

Evangeline, Anatol and Gregorio come together as one to explore the possibilities of love beyond reason, and to indulge in pleasure without limits.

Read the first chapter

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Join me every day until November 2nd (except Sundays) to celebrate the release of Jeweled! I’ll be giving away a book from my backlist every day (with the exception of one special surprise treat). The grand prize and the runner-up prizes are book store gift certificates for $75 and $25, respectively, (the winners can choose the stores).

Rules/Directions for the Book-a-Day Contests:

1.) Check back every day to see what book is being given away and who the winner was from the day before.
2.) Enter each day for a chance to win. If you win a book, you’re eligible to win again, so keep trying!
3.) All winners are responsible for checking back to see if they’ve won. They must contact me within two weeks of the announcement to collect their prize — anya(at)anyabast.com
4.) All contests are open to non-U.S. entrants. I will pay to send the book overseas if you win and you don’t reside in the United States.
5.) Contests are void where prohibited.

Rules/Directions for the Grand Prize and the Runner-up Book Store Gift Certificate Prizes:

1.) To enter for a chance to win the book store gift certificates, read the question below and answer it in the comments. You have from today until November 2nd to enter. I will announce the winners of the book store GCs on November 3rd.
2.) Don’t forget to check back on November 3rd to see if you won! All winners must contact me within two weeks of the announcement to collect their prize.
3.) This contest is open to non-U.S. residents, BUT PLEASE NOTE that the GCs must be purchased for use at a U.S. book store using U.S. currency. If you can work that out, go ahead and enter.

This post will remain sticky for the grand prize/runner-up entrants. Scroll down for the book-a-day giveaways. The book-a-day giveaways will begin on Tuesday, October 19th. Good luck!

Question for the Grand Prize and Runner-Up Prizes of the $75 and $50 book store gift certificates:

In JEWELED the overall theme for all the characters is pushing past comfort zones to find new ways to survive. In the end, sloughing off the past and embracing new ways of living works out exceptionally well for all three of them, although it’s frightening at first.

I think most of us are afraid of change and tend to cling to what’s familiar and comfortable in our lives. What do you think? I know I have familiar routines I cherish–two cups of green tea in the morning, walking on the treadmill every day. Do you have routines like that? Have you ever voluntarily (or perhaps involuntarily) made radical changes in your life for the better?

132 comments to “Release Celebration for Jeweled!!”

  1. Most of the things in life are set up to invoke routine, (yearly doctors appointments, store hours, bus schedules) So to some degree we all have them. But I believe everyone needs to change things up a little every once in a while just so we don’t get bored with everyday life.

  2. The only routine I have is my shift as a volunteer firefighter – other than that I do not have any consistency in my daily life. I’m fairly infamous for taking big life risks – moving hundreds of miles away, leaving the country for a few months to “clear my mind”, entering the fire academy at 35 with a bunch of 17 year olds…LOL. I am not particularly comfortable with change, nor do I particularly enjoy the discomforts and uncertainty that come with it, but I have found that I readily stagnate in positions of comfort, and the only way that I am able to grow as an individual, emotionally and spiritually, is by putting myself in situations that require me to be at the top of my game. I have made some spectacular missteps, true, but I have also found some of the most beautiful moments of my life, and I have accumulated a wealth of “once-in-a-lifetime” experiences. I guess my routine is the very lack of routine. 😀

  3. Just had the fire alarm go off in the middle of a migraine induced nap, both of which are going to mess up my schedule for the day, but the alarm made my head ache worse again. There goes sleeping at a reasonable hour.

    Any of you have something like this happen recently?

  4. I have recently had a very radical change because I have become a diabetic and have had to really change my habits.

    jellybelly82158 at gmail dot com

  5. I left my own life behind and moved to be with my brother for a year, while he was struggling with health issues. He lost his battle with cancer. I’m back home now, but life will never be the same for me now.

  6. Though habitual routines (those every day ho-hum bath-dress-eat-sleep rituals) are the foundations in our lives, I admit that I seldom know what will happen from one moment to the next.

    My life seems ever-changing – sometimes exhausting and often exhilarating…much like Anya’s books. 😀

    That’s why I buy them.

  7. I have given up Pepsi (again). Back in 1995 when my mom was quite ill, I was drinking at least 10 cans per day. Gradually I reduced it to 4 and then quit cold turkey a few years back. I go up to 6 months without any pop and then something sets me off (like feeling ill and nothing stays down but Pepsi, go figure). It still seems like a radical change to me, as I miss it tremendously.


  9. I gave up smoking 4 weeks ago I still can not believe I did, but every day I am
    successfull I am off smoking.
    my next goal now is losing weight if I have not gained weight since a quit smoking than I can lose weight
    this are my recent brilliant life changens

  10. I’ve recently made a radical change in my life. I used to eat anything I wanted, calories galore, but now I have chosen to eat mainly vegetables and taken out red meat from my diet altogether. Fruits and veggies for this lady! I’ve also thrown out juice and soda from my life. Sadly, I can’t stop my coffee. Every morning, religiously, I’ll get my small cup of coffee.

  11. My life changes as my dog changes. She learns new tricks and makes me keep up with her instead of her keeping up with me. Life changed with a big dog. I’ve never had a big dog inside the house and if she bites it’s above the ankles. Had to teach her not to bite quickly.

  12. Good question. It is hard to change, cause we don’t have to think so hard. The biggest change I made was to be happier and not get so upset over the little things. I think it makes me an easier person to be with.

  13. I hate changes in my routine. It sometimes put me in a state of panic. I have to do laundry on Thursdays, and house cleaning on Fridays. The biggest change I ever made was moving from Maryland to Oklahoma. It was a big change, away from my family and friends but I’ve grown to love it here, so the change was for the better.

  14. Several years ago, I started walking on the treadmill right after work. I try to do some time every day.

    Pat L.

  15. Great contest! Esp for those of us wanting an ereader and books for it (hubby is talking about that of xmas).
    Involuntarily changes made [radical] changes in your life for the better??
    When I was in my second year at college and had just turned 21 (took time off between high school & college, that’s why 21), I became a type 1 diabbetic. Yes, the bad, must take shots for the rest of my life kind of diabetic. It changed my life in ALL sorts of ways. As for routines: I take a shot in the mornig and at bed, plus with each meal; meds to help my body with am & bed shots. I watch what I eat, of course. I have learned SO MUCH about health issues I never would have before, it is scary. And I won’t even get started on the insurance problems. My life completely changed that day the Dr told me I had diabetes, but it has never been boring….
    Yes, lots of routines, some good, some not so good (I still hate needles!), but I have learned how to live a mostly normal life. Mordern meds and tech have made is very easy to function as most people with few even seeing me take a shot in a rataurant or anything like that. And my hubby is very understanding and help lots 😆

  16. 😉 call me odd, but I’m a big fan of chaing. If it ain’t new, its through!

  17. Change is good (for the most part) and keeps you on your toes! If it ain’t new, its through!

  18. Although I’m somewhat a creature of habit, I’ve made radical career changes several times in my life (from CPA to RN to corporate recruiter, and now back to CPA) and also picked up and moved when I found that I wasn’t happy in the city I was in. My dad always says, “Ask yourself, what’s the worst that can happen” and this has really helped me make decisions at the times when inertia was holding me back.

  19. This is a super contest. I think most people are creatures of habit and resist change. I know i do. I have my now routine and tend to stick to it. However I have a job that is every changing and i am constantly having to alter my work habits which always leads over to altering my personal life. Some times it is for the better. My work is very stressful as I am a protector of children and it is my job to help ensure they are safe. Having a child of my own after five years of having this career has changed the way I look at my job and the decision I make. It also makes me stop quicker and think would I have done that? Now in some ways I can relate better which can be a good think and a bad thing.

  20. I was definately out of my comfort zone after my husband lost his job, and we lost our house a couple of years ago. After putting a few things in storage, we took the rest of our belongings, along with our dog, packed them up in our pop-up camper, and small pick-up truck, and left for the nearest campground, which was to be our new home. Our other belongings, which consisted of furniture and appliances, were thrown to the curb by the mortgage company. This was our new “normal” way of life for a while, but being in survival mode, we managed to survive somehow for a few months, drifting around to different campgrounds, until we managed to find a place to live that we could afford. This life might not have been easy, but it makes you stronger as a person, as well as more thankful for what you do have.

  21. I like my routines too but I really am trying for force myself to go with the flow. It’s usually a very good thing.

  22. I know I am definitely a routine kind of girl. I like to sort of settle into a pattern and stick with it. The biggest change I’ve ever made was to leave my family and move 8 hours away to the mid-west. It was a shock to the system, and something that totally threw me out my comfort zone. However, it was worth it for my job and my honey.

  23. I’m pretty set in my routines, but I’ve stepped out of my comfort zone on purpose sometimes. Both with good and not so good results. Thinking back to the good results, it was worth it. I’m not one to take huge risks, though, but I think it’s okay to start small and go from there.

  24. Moving up to school was pretty radical for me, now that I am away from all my friends and comfort zones ive benn forced to come up with new ones.
    Its hard and nerve racking at sometimes but i think its for the best, and it will make me a better person.

  25. I must admit to being habitual to the point of boredom the majority of the time. Usually changes are forced upon me in one way or another, because it’s super hard to break up a routine that you’re actually used to. But I’m quick to recover from changes out of necessity, having dealt with some difficult ones in the past years with my Parents’ divorce, remarriages, and subsequent proceeding and decisions.

  26. I am a person of habit in that I always turn to books when I need a stress reliever or just need to get away. Sometimes I try to talk it out with other people, but I like being able to escape into the pages of another world.

  27. I agree with about people being afraid of changes.

    I hate changes myself and love the daily routines I have for myself. Like every day, I have to get up by 9:00 or else I feel like I wasted my day.

    I do sometimes try changes my life for the better. Like, I thought I didn’t want work after I graduated from school but I changed my mind and now I’m think of going back to get my masters and maybe a professor after that.

  28. My routine is pretty set but I’m trying to be less rigid. Otherwise, it’s going to make me boring. Lol. My work life is pretty hectic so I find reading my outlet to relax and I’m trying to get healthier. I’m well on my way to my goal!! Yay

  29. Hard question to answer… but I will try. I was adopted when I was 15, before that life was constantly changing, almost never in a good way. One good thing from all the bad was that I am now more able and willing to have change happen. I think because of the inconsistency, I have a better appreciation of those times when I get to have a routine. Such as exercise in the morning, work in the afternoon, veg in front of the tv after work, and read before bed.
    As for radical changes for the better, there is one other than being adopted by a wonderful women. After college I went to work for the university that I graduated from as a custodian (because I was afraid of real change). Soon after I became aware after some major panic attacks that I was severely depressed (a side affect of PTSD from all the horrible happenings as a child). I was asked to see someone about my issues because I was unable to do my job. This is where I met the psychologist that would help me change myself. The short and sweet of it is that I decided to deal with all the pain of memory and loss so I could become a more healthy person. All that change has been the most difficult for me, probably because it is what is inside of me that I had to face.
    I believe that to never change is to never grow, we should not be afraid of it no matter how difficult it is. I thank my lucky stars that I was able to change before all the pain became who I was.
    Good question, I hope this answers it well.

  30. I’m pretty much a creature of habit, but things grow boring that way.

  31. In many ways, I am a creature of habit. For example, the first thing I do when I wake up in the morning is put on my glasses and the second is make a beeline for my kitchen to put the kettle on so I can make a couple of cups of incredibly strong coffee in my French press. 😀 There’s some comfort to starting out each day with the familiar routine and it gives me a few quiet minutes to focus on the day’s ‘to-do’ list while I go through the motions of assembling and brewing my morning brew. But I also seem embrace drastic, life-altering changes. Next year I’ll be taking on my biggest change yet – moving from the U.S. to the U.K. to finally attend graduate school. Talk about a radical change!

  32. I have made checking this website daily (or as often as I can) into a daily routine. 😉 I also check my email and other websites in my routine. Otherwise I dont have any other routine happening as I am a mother and a night shift nurse, so every day is different for myself and my family.