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Saturday, May 2nd, 2009
Book of the Day: Anticipation and Seduction, by Patrice Michelle

******THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED*****

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ANTICIPATION AND SEDUCTION
Some romances are meant to be…

ANTICIPATION
What if the “one who got away.,.”didn’t.
Deidre Nelson has never forgotten the man who stole her heart so effectively a decade ago. When circumstances bring her back to Ventura, Texas to look after her parents’ B&B, she prepares to face Jonas Mendez, the sexy wrangler-turned sheriff, with growing anticipation.
Deidre’s engaging smile and seductive gaze has haunted Jonas for ten years. But life’s cruel ironies pepper his past, leaving him guarded and wary. He vows to keep his interaction with Deidre strictly professional while she’s in Ventura.
But when vandalism at the B&B turns life-threatening, Jonas finds himself intimately involved with the one woman he has always wanted but never touched. As a decade of built-up anticipation becomes reality, suddenly the line between protector and possessor begins to blur.

SUSANNA’S SEDUCTION


Seduction can be spontaneous…
Susan Brennon never expected that running an errand for her future sister-in-law would land her a spur-of-the-moment date. When Michael leads her down a sensual path of seduction, she takes on the sexy Italian full-throttle, all the while keeping her heart under tight guard. Every person she’s formed a close attachment to has moved on. She doesn’t expect Michael to be any different.
From the moment he touches Susan, Michael Piccoli wants her. But as their relationship grows more physical, he finds that for the first time in his life he desires more than sex from a woman he wants the whole package with Susanna. Michael’s determined to break through the rigid hold Susanna has on her emotions. He’ll do anything to reach her, even if that means taking their relationship to a whole new level.
Two sexy stories that’ll make you believe in happy-ever-afters all over again.

You can find Patrice:

Web Site

Author Bio:

Born and raised in the Southeast, award-winning author Patrice Michelle gave up her financial calculator for a keyboard and never looked back. Thanks to an open-minded family who taught her that life isn’t as black and white as we’re conditioned to believe, she pens her novels with the belief that various shades of gray are a lot more interesting. She’s a natural with a point-and-shoot camera, likes to fiddle with graphic design and, to the relief of her family, strums her guitar to an audience of one.

Well, that’s the condensed, back-of-the-book bio about moi, anyway. :o)

As for becoming a writer…I wasn’t one of those writers scribbling stories as soon as I could write, but I was a voracious reader. At the age of fifteen, I told my mom after I’d finished reading a book, “One day, I want to be the one who writes the kind of books readers think about long after they’ve closed it.

Interview Questions:

1.) How did you get started in writing and how long have you been doing it? I was an avid reader from my elementary years, but around fifteen my love of reading turned into the desire to tell the kind of stories that stayed with readers long after they finished the book! I’ve been writing on and off since I was fifteen, but it wasn’t until 2003 that I got serious about getting published. I published my first novel nine months later and I’ve been creating stories ever since.

2.) What genres/subgenres are your favorites to write within and do you have any aspirations to write outside your current genres/subgenres. Try something new? I love writing in both the contemporary genre (cowboys!  ) and in the paranormal genre (vampires, werewolves, shapeshifters). Most of my most recent novels have been paranormal. As for stories I’ve wanted to write…YES, I’ve wanted to write a young adult book for several years now. I’d also love to write an urban fantasy and a paranormal thriller type story one day, too.

3.) What are you working on now ? Currently I’m working on a paranormal romance as well as a paranormal young adult.

Anything else you’d like to share? Thank you, Anya, for hosting this cool event on your blog!

Readers, here is the contest part. Answer this question in the comments to be entered in a drawing for a copy of ANTICIPATION AND SEDUCTION. Check back to tomorrow for the announcement of the winner. The winner will have until May 5th (that’s the last day of the contest) to contact me in order to collect the prize. This contest IS open to non-US entrants.

What’s a household chore you actually like to do?:

Patrice says: LOL! None! But if I had to pick one, I’d say Swiffering the floor, mainly because it’s mindless, which allows me to think about plot lines, character arcs and ways to fix an issue in a story.

Okay, how about you, blog readers?

Friday, May 1st, 2009
Taking a breather from the contests for actual blog content…..

ZOMG! It’s May 1st! And if it’s May 1st that means June 1st isn’t far behind! And you know what that means….. Okay, so maybe you don’t. That means WITCH FURY’S release date is not far behind, the last of the Elemental Witch books!

Here’s a video blog wherein I blather on about Witch Fury’s upcoming release, the end of the Elemental Witches series, and talk a bit about my new Dark Magick series.

My playlist for the Elemental Witches series, as promised in the vid blog. Songs in no particular order. This is muchly what I listened to while writing the Elemental Witches series. If you listen to something you like, g’wan and buy it, please, and support the artist. It’ll give you good karma.

Caught in the Rain – Revis
Temptation – The Tea Party
Stop a Bullet – Black Light Burns
Cohkka – Apocalyptica
Simple Lies – Endo
Psychopomp – The Tea Party
Cruel Melody – Black Light Burns
Beyond Time – Apocalyptica
Gideon – My Morning Jacket
Summer Skin – Death Cab for Cutie
Disenchanted — My Chemical Romance
Remedy – Seether
A Case of You — Joni Mitchell
Won’t Back Down – Fuel
Use It — The New Pornographers
Bleed American – Jimmy Eat World
High Wire Escape Artist – Boysetsfire
Lie — Black Light Burns
No Sunlight — Death Cab For Cutie
It can’t rain all the time – Jane Siberry
Sad Exchange — Finger Eleven
Lie to Me — 12 Stones
Blue Monday – Orgy
The Crane Wife 3 — The Decemberists

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Friday, May 1st, 2009
Winner of Bit by the Bug is…

….Chris! She said, “Oh, interesting question – there’s a lot of books I love, but I think living in that particular world would not be good (see, for example, many dark urban fantasies!). I would love to live in Charles de Lint’s Newford.”

Congrats, Chris! Please drop me an email via the contact form on my site or by emailing me at anyabast (at) gmail.com by May 5th to collect your prize.

Everyone else, good luck in today’s contest for WHAT HAPPENS IN VEGAS…AFTER DARK!

Friday, May 1st, 2009
Book of the Day: WHAT HAPPENS IN VEGAS…AFTER DARK!!!

*****THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED*****

What Happens in Vegas…After Dark releases today!

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WHAT HAPPENS IN VEGAS…AFTER DARK anthology
Harlequin Spice
ISBN-10: 0373605315
ISBN-13: 978-0373605316
Release Date: May 1, 2009

My story in this anthology is called THE PROMISE. It’s a prequel to THE DEAL, (WHAT HAPPENS IN VEGAS… the first anthology, released in 2008), and tells Damian’s story and how/why he came to jilt Cassidy at the altar on their wedding day.

Blurb for The Promise:

Damian has always felt out of step with his people. His people, as in, humanity. There’s a good reason why he’s never fit in and he’s about to discover it.

On the morning of his wedding, he’s greeted by two brainless thugs bent on preventing him from getting to the chapel. Instead they drag him to a seedy nightclub on the strip, a place Damian mysteriously has never noticed.

There he meets Elena, who is not his fiancée but is the woman of his dreams. His soul mate. His perfect fit. Together they find the kind of love that most people only ever dream of. She reveals to him a whole new world and shows him his true self. Suddenly all the stars are aligned and the universe is singing.


But along with Elena comes a mess of problems. Not only is Damian engaged to be married, but so is Elena. Damian knows he must let his fiancée go for her own good—so she can also find true love. However, breaking Elena’s betrothal could mean death for them both.
True love might not be in the cards for either of them.

Here’s the whole official blurb for the book:


Las Vegas… it’s the town that lives up to the promise of its nickname, Sin City. A gamblers’ paradise for innocent tourists, it conceals a darker, sexual world where the ethereal and wraithlike meet to play a different game….

If there’s one thing succubus Deitre understands it’s revenge. That, and enticing men into arousing, exciting and, okay, perilous sex (for him). Beautiful on the outside, demon on the inside, she’s going to get back at the naughty firefighter in Darkness…unless he plays his cards right…

Bounty hunter Nell is a hell of a tracker. Now she’s in Vegas on the tail of the witch who dared to steal from her clan. She’s going to get to the unsavory harlot through the woman’s ex-fiancé, and nothing about their charged encounters will be shallow, quick or friendly.

When the half-blood fae male comes to club Darkness, Elena can’t resist acting on the mind-blowing heat coursing between them. She might be betrothed to another, but fae culture says sex with other men until marriage is most definitely foretold.

Tattoo artist Devi is the latent vampire the warlocks need to heal all wounds. But taking her power is a sexually exhausting and dangerous task requiring dark deception…and gambling on her life.

Want to win a copy of the book? Today it’s easy to enter. Just leave a comment and you’re in. You can comment on the cover, on the first Vegas anthology, if you read it. You can comment on any of my books. You can ask me any burning questions you may have and I’ll answer them in a separate post.

Thursday, April 30th, 2009
The Winner of Dangerous Grounds is…

….Lisa F., who said, “Kresley Cole…I would ask her to adopted me so that I can read her books as she types them out.”

Congrats, Lisa! Drop me an email at anyabast (at) gmail.com (or use the handy dandy contact form on my site) before May 5th to collect your prize.

Good luck to all in today’s contest for BIT BY THE BUG.

Thursday, April 30th, 2009
Book of the Day: Bit by the Bug, by Michelle Pillow

****This Contest is Now Closed****

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Kat Matthews is in love…with her art. As a photographer, her greatest desire is to one day create a photo so potent that it will stand the test of time, the kind of picture that is looked at for centuries and remembered. If she can accomplish that, she will be content. While vacationing with her mother in Vale, Colorado, she meets an eccentric, rich couple who have a bizarre proposition. They want to hire her to date their son. And not just date him, but train him how to date so he’ll continue doing so afterward. As payment, they dangle a once in a lifetime opportunity in front of Kat – the chance to have her photographs seen by the owner of the most prestigious are gallery in New York. Their terms should be simple—teaching their reclusive son how to date without him finding out. Dr Vincent Richmond unwittingly holds the key to her dreams in his hands…if only he’d notice she exists.

Where you can find Michelle:

Web Site

Author Bio: Michelle M Pillow, Author of All Things Romance, is a multi-published, award winning author writing in many romance fiction genres including futuristic, paranormal, historical, contemporary, fantasy and dark paranormal. She co-hosts a live radio talk show, Raven Radio, which was recently mentioned in Romantic Times BOOKreviews Magazine.

Interview Questions:

1.) How did you get started in writing and how long have you been doing it? I’ve been writing professionally for five years. For the longest time, I thought I’d be a photographer and I did work freelance for a time. I’ve always loved to tell stories, whether it was with a photo or words.

2.) What genres/subgenres are your favorites to write within and do you have any aspirations to write outside your current genres/subgenres. Try something new? I currently write in romance genres—paranormal, contemporary, historical, futuristic, dark paranormal, fantasy and every combination thereof. I love to try out different genres. It’s what keeps my head fresh. Right now I have no plans to add more romance genres, but someday I would like to do some horror novels.

3.) What are you working on now and what releases do you have coming up? I just started a new alternate reality series with Ellora’s Cave called Divinity Warrior. It started March 25th with Lilith Enraptured. Book Two, Fighting Lady Jayne, releases in May 2009. Book Three, Keeping Paige, has just been contracted and I’m currently working on Book Four. I plan on writing several spin off series for these books on different planes of existence.

About the series:

In one of the many universes parallel to ours, Divinity Corporation has discovered the secret to moving between the planes. This has given them the power to do pretty much whatever they want without consequence or regulation. Whether it’s to ship unwilling brides in trade for minerals rights, to control everything from entertainment circuits to governments to academics, or simply gain that which every greedy corporation wants–Power.

4.) Anything else you’d like to share? Readers are welcome to join my newsletter where they’ll hear about all my new contracts and releases. (LINK: http://www.michellepillow.com/newsletter/?p=subscribe ) Or on my biweekly radio show every 2nd and 4th Wed. (LINK: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/ravenradio ) co-hosted with Mandy M Roth. We interview different people and take calls from listeners.

Readers, here is the contest part. Answer this question in the comments to be entered in a drawing for a copy of BIT BY THE BUG. Check back to tomorrow for the announcement of the winner. The winner will have until May 5th (that’s the last day of the contest) to contact me in order to collect the prize. This contest IS open to non-US entrants, but winners outside US will get a download of one of Michelle’s backlist titles in PDF).

Michelle is asking this one — Since my newest books are about alternate realities and different versions of the same worlds, I’m curious, if you could live inside a movie’s world, which would you choose? And would you be a certain character?

Michelle says: I would have to say Pride and Prejudice. Come on, who wouldn’t want to live happily-ever-after with the handsomely rich Mr. Darcy in that mansion? Or, perhaps, a world filled with vampires and lycans. Yeah, I know, it’s a 180 turn from Mr. Darcy, but as long as I was the heroine and not the meal I think it could work.

So, readers, how about you?

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009
Winner of Tha Vampire’s Quest is…

Preye! Who said, “Got God, got knifes, got salt…guess I’m as prepared as can be! :-)”

Email me at anyabast (at) gmail.com, Preye, to collect your prize. You have until May 5th.

Everyone else. good luck in today’s contest for DANGEROUS GROUNDS!

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009
Book of the Day: Dangerous Grounds, by Shelli Stevens

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Madison’s needs are simple. All she wants are two things: Make Ooo La Latté the newest trend in espresso, and seduce the sexiest cop in Seattle. But things aren’t going exactly as planned.

First, Gabe’s a little hung up on the fact that she’s his best friend’s little sister, and he’s determined to keep his hands off. Second, her shop gets robbed by the increasingly violent Espresso Bandit, and now she’s the only one who can identify him.

Gabe whisks her into hiding for her own protection, but soon finds his heart is under assault by the luscious—and persistent—Madison. But no matter where they hide, danger follows.

On such dangerous grounds, the trick will be to live long enough to keep the flame alive.

You can find Shelli:

Web Site

Author Bio:Shelli read her first romance novel when she snuck it off her mother’s bookshelf when she was eleven. One taste and she was forever hooked on romance novels. It wasn’t until many years later that she decided to pursue writing stories of her own. By then she acknowledged the voices in her head didn’t make her crazy, they made her a writer. Shelli currently lives in the Pacific Northwest with her young daughter, where she is President of her local RWA (Romance Writers of America) chapter. When not writing, Shelli enjoy music, reading, being outdoors, exercising, and spending time with her family and friends.

Interview Questions:

1.) How did you get started in writing and how long have you been doing it? I’ve always been a writer. Even as a kid when I would write my own versions of Sweet Valley High. Granted they were a lot sexier.  I only became serious about writing in my early twenties though. I sought out advice from my dad’s cousin who wrote regencies, joined the RWA, and the rest is history.

2.) What genres/subgenres are your favorites to write within and do you have any aspirations to write outside your current genres/subgenres. Try something new? Gosh, I’m already a bit of a genre hopper. I’ve done contemporary, romantic suspense, paranormal, and futuristic. All pretty spicy/erotic. I love to write any story and have a suspense hook. So some day, I can see myself really going hardcore into a spicy romantic suspense. I love a good suspense thread. Action stuff.

3.) What are you working on now and what releases do you have coming up? I’m working on a proposal for my option book with the Kensington Aphrodisia line. It’s a hot shifter story that shows what happens with two side characters I introduce in my novella in the Sexy Beast VII anthology.

Readers, here is the contest part. Answer this question in the comments to be entered in a drawing for a copy of DANGEROUS GROUNDS. Check back to tomorrow for the announcement of the winner. The winner will have until May 5th (that’s the last day of the contest) to contact me in order to collect the prize. This contest IS open to non-US entrants.

Name a favorite author, living or dead. If you went to lunch with him/her, what burning question would you ask?:

Shelli says: Hmmm. I’d do lunch with Lora Leigh and ask her how she makes her heroes so damn yummy.