May 1st, 2012
Release Day Giveaway!

Embrace of the Damned releases today!

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A damned Viking warrior.

Centuries ago Broder Calderson committed murder. As punishment, he was given over to the dominion of Loki, the Trickster God, made part of the Brotherhood of the Damned and condemned to an immortal life of battle against the Blight, blood-drinkers from Hel.

A mysterious woman he can’t resist.

One thousand years to the day he was damned, Loki allows him a woman as reward for his good service and repentance of his crimes. Once Broder sees Jessamine Hamilton, he is overcome with need. But Jessa is no ordinary woman, and the truth of who-and what-she is could have dangerous consequences.

A tormented man she can’t deny.

Though a future together is impossible, the warrior’s touch ignites an irresistible passion in Jessa. But every heated kiss pushes them closer to destruction. Forced to return to the brutality of his Viking past to protect her, will Broder surrender forever to his darkest impulses?

Review quote: “A tormented warrior and the woman who awakens his desires…. With vivid storytelling, [Bast] brings readers into the world of the Brotherhood of the Damned with its immortal warriors and blood-sucking demons. This novel grips you from the start.” — 4 stars, RT Book Reviews

Review quote: “Anya Bast has created a dark and thrilling world of demons and damned men. The romance is H.O.T. hot! Embrace of the Damned is completely engrossing; I didn’t want to put this book down.” Kristie ~ Dark Faerie Tales

CONTEST

Usually I do a big contest leading up to a new release, but my life has been way too crazy lately for me to pull that off. I’m running this shorter term contest instead. It’s really easy.

1.) Read the excerpt below and send the answer to the question BY EMAIL TO anyabastgiveaways(AT)yahoo.com. If you post the answer to the question here, I’ll delete the reply and you won’t be entered in the contest.

2.) For a second (third, fourth) chance to win the prizes, post this contest to Facebook, Twitter, your blog, or wherever and post the details here. You get a separate entry for each posting you do, so the more postings the better your chance of winning.

The prizes are as follows:

Grand prize ~ $100 GC to the book store of your choice

Prize two ~ Complete set of the Enchantment series, signed

Prize three ~ Complete set of the Elemental Witches series, signed.

~ Excerpt ~

Set up: Jessamine Hamilton has just escaped a demon attack in a parking garage, rescued by a leather clad man on a motorcycle. The problem is her rescuer seems more dangerous than the demon.

Just as she’d nearly reached the exit ramp, the rough sound of an engine reached her ears and a black motorcycle appeared in front of her car…and stopped, blocking her path.

Jessa slammed on the brakes, sliding on the pavement, hot rubber scenting the air and stopped the car a breath’s space from Biker Guy’s leg–he looked completely unworried.

Her breath shuddered out of her. She gripped the steering wheel and stared through the windshield at the man, taking stock. A chunk of her long hair had come free from her ponytail and lay over her face. It rose and fell with her panicked breaths.

He was tall and he was ripped. The roll of his muscles could be seen easily underneath his clothes. What was worse, and completely inappropriate, was how he made her respond–like a woman to a man. It was instant, primal and wholly unwelcome. This man made her whole body sit up and take notice.

Even so, he was definitely not someone she’d want to encounter in an empty parking garage late at night.

Biker Guy swung off the cycle, leaving the admittedly beautiful thing blocking her way, and stalked toward her, long worn leather coat trailing behind him like the wings of a fallen angel. He walked with anger set into his shoulders and with a hint of menace and easy arrogance in his swagger. That anger made his body seem like it would be hot to the touch, as if he identified so strongly with rage that it affected him physically.

She hoped his eyes didn’t bleed black. She’d have a heart attack and save everyone the trouble of having to kill her.

“You!” he bellowed through the window. She jumped at the commanding sound of his voice.

“I don’t know you,” she said in a shaky voice, glancing at him, then moving her gaze to fix on the cycle blocking her path. “Move your bike. I gotta go.”

“No.” He paused. “Roll down the window.” Absently, she noticed he spoke with an odd accent she couldn’t place.

Jessa took a deep breath and tried her mojo–funneling all of it she possibly could at the man. She didn’t know exactly how it worked, why she could do it, or, really how she was even able to do it, but if she concentrated hard enough, she could make people bend to her will. Sort of like a Jedi mind trick–this is not the woman you’re interested in. Move away from the vehicle.

The man lifted his brows. “Roll down the window,” he repeated, slower this time, as if she was an idiot.

Damn it! Why wasn’t it working?

When she remained still and unresponsive, completely freaked out and unmoving, he tapped the glass. With effort, she peeled her fingers off the steering wheel and rolled down her window a crack. She glanced up at him. God, he was beautiful. Sculpted, strong jaw, full lips that compelled a girl to want suck on them, deep, oddly expressive brown eyes. Despite all that physical yumminess, he didn’t look friendly. At all. He looked heartless.

“Uh, thanks…for your help. I appreciate it.” She looked at his motorcycle. “Really. I have to go now. Can you move that, please?”

“Why was he targeting you?” The man’s voice was deep and rough, like he didn’t use it very much–like honey and gravel.

“Who? That guy back there? Listen, I’m still processing all that, okay? I have no idea who or what he was, let alone what he wanted to do with me.” She set her jaw. Savior or not, gorgeous or not, this man was starting to piss her off. “Look, buddy, I’m all out of pepper spray, but I’m sitting in a car and I’m not afraid to use it.” She looked meaningfully at the shiny, expensive Harley blocking her path.

His gaze traveled over her, catching on the painful, damaged sections of her skin. “You need healing.”

“Yeah. I’ll go the hos–”

He reached out and pulled her car door off the hinges, then threw it aside like it weighed nothing.

“No. Just no.” Jessa shook her head and scrambled into the passenger side. “No, okay? No.” She opened the passenger side door and prepared to run.

But he was there, blocking her path. “You don’t understand. Where there is one of those things, there are more. You are in danger.”

The man radiated a palpable aura of menace as he loomed over her. She gave him an up and down sweep of her gaze. He still had ice in his hair. “Clearly.”

“You’re not in danger from me.”

“And my father was the Easter Bunny.”

He grabbed her wrist and she yelped. Right below her wrist was one of the light gray expanses of skin. The area had the imprint of Fanged Thing’s fingers on it, like she’d been marked with frostbite by his skin touching hers.

The man laid his hand over the injury and it warmed immediately. When he lifted his fingers, her skin was back to its regular peachy tan color.

Jessa took a step back, her eyes wide. “I didn’t just see that. I didn’t–”

He grabbed her other arm.

“Stop doing that!” By the time she’d uttered the sentence, her other arm was healed. Then he pressed his fingers onto the few places where Fanged Thing’s saliva had dripped on her.

“Anywhere else?” he growled at her.

She shook her head, blinking rapidly with nervousness.

“You’re healed.”

“Thank you.” She tried to step away, but he held her fast. “Uh, you can let me go now.”

He stared at her as though he hadn’t heard a word she’d said. Tipping his head to the side, he examined her with thorough interest. A strange, intense light had entered his eyes and she took a step backward.

There was something about this man that told her to back off–apart from the outward signs, the cycle, the leather, the scowl. There was something inside him that screamed danger, cross to the other side of the street no matter how heart-stoppingly gorgeous he was.

She had the urge to rip her arm away from him, but she stood her ground. He was so close to her that his breath stirred the fine hairs around her face. The heat of him rolled off and she absorbed it into her own skin. Despite the threat he emanated, her body started a slow, sexual burn. She tried to ignore it, push it away. Now was the not the time and this was definitely not the man.

And man, oh man. He was every inch a man.

The lines of his face were hard and cold, set in an almost cruel expression. This was a man who was both brutal and beautiful. But even though his expression was harsh, his brown eyes were filled with heat and emotion. It softened him.

As he stood staring at her, his eyes clouded, becoming distant, and a muscle worked in his jaw. As though he might be warring with himself over something. She’d never known brown eyes could look that hot. It made her whole body tighten with sexual awareness. Worse, his gaze probably mirrored her own.

Well, hell.

Then the man reached out, snagged her sweater with one big hand and pulled her flush up against his chest. His body heat rolled off him and enveloped her, making her heart rate speed up.

A huge, strong hand grasped the nape of her neck, the other hand going to the small of her back. She made a small noise in her throat, but it wasn’t of fear–not exactly… not totally. She should have been frightened, should have been fighting him, but there something inside her that thrilled at this man’s touch. She didn’t want to get away, even though that desire made no sense at all.

Pulling her head to the side, he exposed the column of her neck, then slowly lowered his mouth to it. His tongue flicked out, tasting her skin. Goose flesh erupted all over her body and a shiver traveled up her spine.

This was wrong. This was so, so very wrong. She knew that, so why was her body reacting this way to him? He was a forbidding stranger and–

He gently bit her throat, almost as if he wanted to mark her, and she moaned, closing her eyes.

She should have been worried that fangs would suddenly erupt in his mouth. She should have been having post traumatic mental explosions of blood and flesh tearing –of icy, frostbite-giving skin and freezing saliva. Yet all she could think of was bare skin, tangled limbs, a bed….

What kind of magick did this man possess?

Kissing her skin, he murmured words in a foreign language that sounded tender, almost like endearments. His hand traveled up to cup the back of her head, his fingers raking through her long hair. He made a noise in the recesses of his throat, his body tensing, as though holding himself back from tearing her clothes off her. She wasn’t sure she wanted him to resist his impulse.

Question: What’s wrong with Jessa’s skin and what does Broder do to it?

Remember to EMAIL the answer to me at anyabastgiveaways(at)Yahoo.com. Don’t post the answer here. The only thing you post here are the details about where you pimped out this contest in order to get additional entries. Thanks so much. :)

This contest is, as always, void where prohibited and you must be 18 years or older to enter.

THIS CONTEST WILL END ON TUESDAY, MAY 8TH. Good luck!!!

72 comments to “Release Day Giveaway!”

  1. Hi Anya,

    Sent and email!

    AND……

    I have posted this contest on my blog (which has been out of service for a while, trying to get back into it).
    http://debsluvtoread.blogspot.com/

    posted on my facebook…
    https://www.facebook.com/MammyThomas

    re-tweeted – wasn’t easy…twitter was being a twit…
    https://twitter.com/#!/anyabast/status/197349829385523201

    Love the excerpt. Really want to read the book now!

    Deb
    mammy4423(at)yahoo.com


  2. I pimped you out on twitter and mentioned you on it. https://twitter.com/#!/ParaRomance01


  3. https://twitter.com/#!/froglady3
    also shared on facebook
    https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=736790624


  4. Oh I liked that excerpt… :D


  5. I posted a link on my facebook page http://www.facebook.com/nicole.jarboepaxson and emailed a yahoo group I belong to (writterswarren) where a bunch of paranormal fans hang out.


  6. I do not facebook or twitter, but I sent an e-mail off to a few of my friends about your contest! Happy Release Day! :grin:


  7. Great excerpt, i’m really interested


  8. Hey there. From the excerpt it sounds really good! I don’t do Twitter but I have posted on Goodreads, my facebook page and my blog. Happy release day!

    Megan


  9. I also posted it on my goodreads account


  10. http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000507053127
    i posted it on my facebook, and set it to highlight. thanks your a wonderful author


  11. Adding Embrace of the Damned to my wish list. Sounds hot.

    Tweeted about the contest:

    https://twitter.com/#!/drainbamagedgyz/status/197494730467192834


  12. Hi! Thanks for the giveaway! I posted about the giveaway on my
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pinto.erica/posts/211021522347976

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/LiLGlamDoll/status/197497696569925632


  13. Great excerpt. I have to read this!

    Tweet: https://twitter.com/#!/dg_molly/status/197498230240575491


  14. I posted a link on my FB page: Mjb Booklover.

    MJB
    msmjb65 AT gmail DOT com


  15. Posted to Twitter:

    https://twitter.com/#!/msmjb65/status/197506981370662912

    MJB
    msmjb65 AT gmail DOT com


  16. I just posted this to my Facebook page. Thanks!

    https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1399813293


  17. I posted on Twitter (https://twitter.com/#!/AquarianDncr/status/197520085043249152) and Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/AquarianDancer/posts/349855325077878).


  18. Great excerpt!

    I hope we don’t have to be super specific about our answer to the question because I was sort of having a hard time putting my answer into intelligent words.

    I’ll be back with another comment shortly that lists where I’m post about this contest!


  19. Hello I’m back!

    I’ve just posted on my facbook page about this contest. Congrats on the new release Anya!

    Here’s my facebook link,

    http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1083582566 :grin:


  20. Posted on facebook http://www.facebook.com/donna.antonio and on my blog
    http://inmho-read.blogspot.com/2012/05/anya-bast-contest.html

    I don’t tweet so I guess this will have to do.


  21. tweeet

    https://twitter.com/#!/caitymack17/status/197773550940196864


  22. It’s me again! I got permission from a group that I’m apart of on goodreads so I’ve posted info about the contest on the group page on the goodreads site!

    Here’s the link!

    http://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/883349

    kakuchouakisame_19@yahoo.com


  23. Posted on my Facebook…
    facebook.com/asheleigh.71


  24. Congratulations on the new release.

    I tweeted the link here:

    https://twitter.com/GeishasMom73/statuses/197865924412448770


  25. Congratulations on your new release!! And thank you for the chance to win! :grin:

    Re-posted your contest at my comp blog at: http://contests-freebies.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/win-fab-books-at-anya-bast.html

    Twitted at: https://twitter.com/#!/cherrymischivus/status/198011443638050816

    Shared at Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cherrymischievous/posts/256888877743466


  26. I tweeted https://twitter.com/#!/Pamk258/status/198253499576889345


  27. I tweeted about the contest.
    https://twitter.com/#!/CrystalGB/status/198396118650978304


  28. I have sent my email and now I pimping out the contest! Twitter:
    https://twitter.com/#!/JenB97879697/status/198435733361541120

    jepebATverizonDOTnet


  29. I must be dumb. I can’t figure out how to get a link to post here to show that I posted a comment on Facebook about the contest. Ugh! Well, I did post about it and I hope a lot of my friends check it out. So there.
    jepebATverizonDOTnet


  30. Thanks for the awesome excerpt! If I was committed to reading it before, I am now :)

    Thanks, also, for the very generous giveaway! WOW!


  31. Here are the places I posted:

    https://www.facebook.com/anyabast#!/books4me/posts/146233708841543

    https://twitter.com/#!/BooksForMe2/status/198563429622095872

    https://plus.google.com/u/0/104012575123100589195/posts/aTQNBKCMXvs#104012575123100589195/posts/aTQNBKCMXvs

    Barrie


  32. I emailed the question and answer to your Yahoo email address and also posted the contest to my Facebook wall at:

    Loved the excerpt and the grand prize. I hope to WIN! :o)

    Sincerely,
    Shani Schulman :grin:


  33. also posted on:
    http://www.myspace.com/dlsmilad

    https://www.facebook.com/#!/profile.php?id=584925454

    http://dinasthoughtblog.blogspot.com/

    https://twitter.com/#!/dlscapy/status/198577525788655616

    http://www.goodreads.com/event/list_user

    congrats and thank you,
    Dina


  34. Hummmmmmmmmmmm….My Facebook link didn’t post.

    Let’s try this again: https://www.facebook.com/HvnlyAngel#!/HvnlyAngel


  35. Jen, I just copy and paste it in the comment area and that works for me. :wink:


  36. Sent my email!

    Shared on FB: https://www.facebook.com/diane.sallans/posts/224365557673945

    Tweeted: https://twitter.com/#!/DianeSallans/status/198618263410847744

    fingers crossed!

    sallans d at yahoo dot com :grin: :grin:


  37. Emailed and tweeted:
    https://twitter.com/#!/infinitieh/status/198659353446850561


  38. Facebook’d it… https://www.facebook.com/DiannaYClark

    I bought the book last night…cannot wait to read it!!! Love your books!


  39. Shared on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/#!/TamaraNBudd

    Tweeted:
    https://twitter.com/#!/TamaraBudd/status/198759516433694720

    Of course emailed my answer to you. Congrats on the new release, I will definitely be picking it up!


  40. Thanks for the giveaway

    i shared on tweeter :

    https://twitter.com/#!/Eli_Yanti/status/198772789715546114


  41. i sent my answer to you and i posted about it on my facebook account


  42. Emailed my answer and shared the contest by:

    https://www.facebook.com/june.manning74/posts/326971550706674

    https://twitter.com/#!/JuneAnnM/status/198872487436632064

    Congrats on the release and thank you for the giveaway! :grin:


  43. Hi Anya!! Sent my email and I pimped ya out at facebook, twitter, and goodreads and also forwarded your newsletter to 2 friends if that counts. Thanks for the awesome giveaway. The book is a sure winner :)


  44. Sent in my contest email and posted on facebook, google+ and twitter.

    https://twitter.com/#!/meingee/status/198937653310275585

    https://www.facebook.com/gabriellemlee

    https://plus.google.com/107821925982845005415/posts

    Gabrielle
    meingee@yahoo.com


  45. Posted on Facebook:
    http://www.Facebook.com/Marie.B.Rice

    Posted on Blog:
    potwnews.blogspot.com

    Posted on Twitter:
    https://twitter.com/#!/MariePOTW


  46. retweeted:
    https://twitter.com/#!/wolfmaidenjmb

    Announced on my goodreads:
    http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/4079332-michelle-the-romance-novel-junkie

    Shared on my faebook account too:
    http://www.facebook.com/jessica.biggers

    Thanks for the chance to win!
    Can’t wait to get started reading this all new and original sounding series. Read all the other series and just love them all.


  47. Tweeted
    https://twitter.com/#!/elaing8/status/199205510577266688

    pinned it too
    http://pinterest.com/pin/52002570667554482/

    Thanks for the awesome giveaway.


  48. I emailed the answer and shared the giveaway on my Facebook profile https://www.facebook.com/tanyacontois


  49. Shared on Facebook


  50. I spread the word on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/stella.exlibris.1/posts/137951793003397

    Thank you and congratulations! :-D


  51. and on Twitter as well: https://twitter.com/#!/Stella_ExLibris/status/199266165942525953 :mrgreen:


  52. Posted on Twitter! I can’t wait to read it!!

    https://twitter.com/#!/LilMar68/status/199321833974153216


  53. I have posted about the contest once on my fb page, i will do it again later to keep letting people know about it and recieve more entries myself, Thankws for the oportunities!


  54. Posted to FB and Twitter:

    https://www.facebook.com/fedora.chen

    https://twitter.com/#!/flchen1/status/199517636873289728


  55. https://twitter.com/#!/ladyredhusker/status/199523950462648321 – Tweeted

    Shared on Facebook-
    https://www.facebook.com/lora.patten.9


  56. Shared the contest on facebook

    https://www.facebook.com/EmBamaEm


  57. I posted your contest on my Facebook

    http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=703148056

    and my Twitter page

    https://twitter.com/#!/mboston3


  58. Finished reading the book on Friday. Can’t wait for the next one. Posted about the contest on my Facebook page, and invited everyone else to join the giveaway. Hope I win. Broder is taken, but you can send Erik or one of the other guys over here anytime.


  59. https://twitter.com/#!/AdilaMammadova/status/199591408296931328

    I don’t know how to show the link to my Facebook or Myspace posts. Here are the pages.

    http://www.facebook.com/adila.mammadova

    http://www.myspace.com/396035777


  60. Tweet: https://twitter.com/#!/Sparima/status/199637134729158657


  61. Shared on FB:
    http://www.facebook.com/Hi.chan

    And Twitter:
    https://twitter.com/#!/ChatSilvestre

    With all my thanks


  62. Posted on my face book page

    https://www.facebook.com/GhostsSiNner/posts/407251555976226


  63. posted on twitter https://twitter.com/#!/Bainesgoddess/status/199643137503797248

    ty for the chances


  64. Congratulations on the newest release, Anya!


  65. Congrats!! Sounds like a great book! :) I sent an email to ya! :)
    Posted on facebook 5/6: https://www.facebook.com/shadow.kohler/posts/403829206305467
    Tweeted 5/6: https://twitter.com/#!/LuvToRead09/status/199222272647634945
    Reposted on facebook 5/8: https://www.facebook.com/shadow.kohler/posts/222755897836785
    Retweeted 5/8: https://twitter.com/#!/LuvToRead09/status/199843069942710273


  66. I just posted one last time on facebook about the contest good luck everyone!

    Congrats on the new release Ms. Bast!

    http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1083582566


  67. Posted once again on fb, here is the link to see my timeline:
    http://www.facebook.com/#!/lisa.baugh.10


  68. Posted on my twitter account as well:
    https://twitter.com/#!/Ignathia


  69. Also posted on myspace:
    http://www.myspace.com/home


  70. Sent you my answer via email just now.

    Posted to twitter here…. https://twitter.com/#!/jone402/status/199994853352935424

    Posted to FB here…. https://www.facebook.com/scarfprincess/posts/429708977041211


  71. Tweet https://twitter.com/#!/rmgm/status/200032335851294721


  72. FB post https://www.facebook.com/#!/mel.maringer/posts/300536746695837