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The Dead Series is Reborn From the Ashes

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dead awake by lizzie t leafOne of my fellow Colorado Romance Writers, LizzieT. Leaf has been writing romance for several years. Lizzie has a terrific dry sense of humor and is known for her “humor with heat”. Some of her first books became the very popular Dead Series, that has been out of print for awhile. I read Dead Awake under it’s first incarnation and I’m excited to say it will be available July 21st from MUSA Publishing, and will be followed soon after by Dead FaintDead Hunter, and Dead Memory.

Lizzie will be a guest on Paranormal Freebies on August 17th, but if you want to know more, definitelyjoin Lizzie on the Rising From the Ashes Blog Tour kicking off July 9th. For dates and locations check out Lizzie’s Blog HERE . Prizes available.

Dead Awake

After a night of passion Deb Stein wakes up to the scent of pine and the discovery her life has changed forever. Now instead of the glare of paparazzi flashbulbs, she’s in the spotlight as Dovey Divine, who takes it off for a room full of lusting strangers. Her goal now is revenge on the man who turned her into one of the living dead. 

Aaron Lowell’s one night stand left him consumed with guilt in taking his partner to the dark side. He knows she’s out for blood…his…and he can’t blame her anymore than he can forget her.

dead faint by lizzie t leaf

Dead Faint

Billie Joyce’s life-time dream of visiting New York City comes true, but the life changing experience is totally different than what she anticipated.
The blonde angel who saved her from death is one of the living dead and now, so is Billie Joyce. Problem is, she faints at the sight of blood. To make things more frustrating, she has to contend with a man who can find nothing right with her. Of course, he would have to be the one who creates more sensations in her body than she ever had when she was alive.
Marcus fights his attraction to the lavender eyed beauty who talks like she stepped out of My Fair Lady. After all, he’s no Henry Higgins, plus he got over the sex thing centuries ago. Besides, as the new King of the Vampires, who has time for women?

Dead Hunter

dead hunterArie Anne Hews is a trained vampire hunter out for the kill. A chance meeting with the hated beings has Arie in turmoil. Especially, when handsome Dr. Jonas Nickels is on the scene.

Jonas Nickels has no desire to be involved with a mortal, but can’t resist the dark-eyed beauty. Even if he is on her hit list.

Family secrets tinged with evil make an impossible path for star-crossed lovers.

Dead Memory

dead memory by lizzie t leafDiscovering an unconscious man who may be vampire, in the neighbor’s yard leads werewolf Tawny Howls down a love path that’s not going to make her father happy. She senses this man is different, but that doesn’t stop her attraction. Werewolves and vampires are traditional enemies, and it doesn’t help when he remembers nothing about his prior life. 

Awakening to find a beautiful woman hovering over him, he remembers nothing of his past life. When Tawny decides to call him David, he’s fine with the name and the attention he receives from his nurse. But why does the scent of the prey she hunts excite him more than the food she cooks? 
Can the strong attraction between a shifter and a vampire overcome years of distrust for each other’s species? Will the discovery of his true identity ensnare them in a battle that endangers their lives, in an effort to save mankind from Demon rule?

Let me know if any of you are familiar with Lizzie’s writing. Do you like snarky heroines put into hysterical situations? Do you read funny paranormal? What funny paranormal authors have you read besides Lizzie’s books and what do you like about them?

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Immortal Hope and Claire Ashgrove

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Templar knights, archangels and archaeology form the basis for Claire Ashgrove‘s new series The Curse of the Templars. Don’t just stop at the gorgeous covers, turn the books over for  the enticing summary on the back.

claire ashgrove's immortal hope mass market paperbackCENTURIES AGO,

Templar knights defied the archangels and unearthed the copper scroll, revealing the gates to hell. Cursed for their forbidden act, they forever roam the earth protecting mankind from evil. But darkness stalks them, and battles they fight bring them ever-closer to eternal damnation. One promise remains to give them salvation – the return of the seraphs. 

Embittered by his purpose, Merrick du Loire must honor an ancient pact and bring peace to his cousin’s soul. When he stumbles upon history professor Anne MacPherson, he discovers she possesses a sacred artifact that marks her as a seraph. Duty demands he set aside his personal quest and locate the knight she’s fated to heal. As he struggles with conflicting oaths, Anne arouses buried hope and sparks forbidden desire that challenges everything he’s sworn to uphold. 

Anne has six weeks to complete her thesis on the Knights Templar. When Merrick takes her to the Templar stronghold, he presents her with all she needs—and awakens a soul-deep ache, he alone can soothe. Yet loving Merrick comes with a price. If she admits she’s destined for him, her gift of foresight predicts his death.

Claire is not only talented, she’s beautiful and charming, as I was lucky enough to discover when I sat down at the table she hosted at Rom Con 2012‘s paranormal dinner. From providing free books, bookmarks, trading cards and little gifties to keeping up a lovely conversation we had a wonderful evening. I knew as soon as I picked up her book, that it was one that I would be very interested in. Templar knights are a wonderful source of mystery and magic and this isn’t Claire’s first series. She’s an experienced author who not only writes paranormal, but also has historical and contemporary novels and novellas.

Claire was just one of the many authors I met at Rom Con this year. I can’t wait to try her book and I encourage all of you to pick it up and come back and let me know what you think.

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Take a Ride on the Ghost Train with the High Bridge

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What’s creepier than living down a road that you’re afraid to drive at night because of a ghost train? You know it’s scary when an alpha male like Seth Montclair (Monty to fellow volunteer firefighters) is nervous.

My friend and fellow Passion in Print author, Elizabeth Haysmont‘s debut novel, The High Bridge, came out this month. My time crunch hasn’t allowed me to read it yet, but it is waiting in my e-reader queue for me to just have one weekend. I’m sure that’s all I’ll need for a fast paced romantic ghost story.

Blurb:

  Sandra Yorken made it her life’s work proving that spirit sightings are
the result of wishful thinking or willful misconduct. She’ll go to any
length to debunk a story that makes a location a ‘tourist attraction’.

    When she crashes her bike on a remote mountain road while
searching for the legendary Ghost Train of the Rocky Mountains, the last
person she wants help from is the mysterious (and breathtakingly
handsome) Seth ‘Monty’ Montclair. If her altitude sickness and an evil
spirit don’t kill her first, falling in love with the wrong man may just
break her heart forever.

The High Bridge is currently available at Passion In Print Press. Order here today!

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Bloghop and Book Review Thursday

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Just a brief nod to the blog hop on Paranormal Freebies. If you are a paranormal author looking for a fun bloghop sign up HERE. No responsiblities other than to check out your fellow PNR authors.

If you want a challenge, write a less than 500 word ghost story and post the link HERE. There is a prize. Link closes on Tues the 12th and judging will begin!

There will be two more writing challenges, I’ll post them here or you can go directly to PNRFreebies for the low-down.

And last but not least, ML Guida has done a fab book review of Lynda Hilburn’s Dead in the City HERE. Lynda is not only a fabulous person, but she writes a very creative series about a Vampire Shrink! Love it!

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JL Bowen’s Healer & Brinda Berry’s Whisper of Memory, WOOT!

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Wait, it’s not Thursday?

Who said that?

No, you’re right, it’s Friday. And I’m posting late. My life since January has taken on a frantic quality that has me spinning, and now I’m back to work until July, so I’m going to have to take drastic measures. And the first one I’m taking is changing my blog.

I’m putting Moonday Mania and Thursday’s Bite on hiatus until further notice. INSTEAD,  I’ll post on Sensational Saturdays a variety of topics that will sometimes be writer oriented, sometimes paranormal oriented, and sometimes just be whatever the heck I’m thinking about.

There, I did it, I cut back. My friends will be so proud of me!

So, today will be the last Thursdays Bite for a while, and I’m going to share with you some YA links to some fabulous books that my very cool friends have just put out! Now I don’t write YA, and most of you may not read YA, but I’ve found quite a lot of adults do read YA. And those that don’t sometimes have children who do read it. So I’m sharing the links and books in order to spread the word!

 I’m very excited to say that JL Bowen‘s debut novel Healer is available in e-form from Featherweight Press. This is the first book in the series, but it’s not a cliffhanger, so don’t worry about being held hostage till the next book. Plunge into Armand’s world as he discovers that everything he’s every thought was true, is totally wrong.

healer, by JL BowenThirteen-year-old Armond Costa heals in three days, no matter what abuse his uncle and aunt inflict upon him. On his fourteenth birthday, he sprouts wings and discovers his aunt and uncle had lied to him. He’s the lost Golden Demon’s Healer. His father, King of the Golden Demons, insists he return with him and save his people from being persecuted by their mortal enemies, the Dark Demons. Now, Armond must choose between the Ellis brothers and seventeen-year-old Rusty Owens — the only family he’s ever known — or condemn the Golden Demons to extinction.

 

And now, most of you know Brinda Berry, she’s a fabulous source for authors finding out about social media and techie stuff, but you may not realize she’s also a YA author! Her new book in her Whispering Woods Series is called Whisper of Memory. It continues the story of Mia, who is special in two ways: she has Synesthesia (want to know what that is, click HERE to read Brinda’s post on Paranormal Freebies.) and she has a gift for extraordinary perception.

Weapons training and winter formals… a deadly combination

Brinda Berry's Whisper of MemoryAll Mia ever wanted was to fit in at Whispering Woods High. But being a portal-finder who dates a guy from another dimension sort of makes it hard.   Mia’s brother disappeared over a year ago, and now agents from the IIA are policing people’s movements through dimensions. She’d trusted Dr. Bleeker from the local university when he’d told her the IIA were the bad guys. But even a girl with an extraordinary ability to sense things can make mistakes.

Now two people are dead, and as a portal gatekeeper for the IIA, Mia needs to find Dr. Bleeker before he hurts anyone else. And her boyfriend Regulus, an Agent for the IIA, carries secrets of his own. Between learning about weaponry, finding the perfect dress for the winter formal, and catching bad guys, who has time to fit in?  

So that’s all folks. I’ll be hard at work editing and doing all the other stuff that has kept me crazy, but I won’t be blogging quite so much for a while. You can find me here on Sensational Saturdays and also on the first Friday of the month at http://paranormalfreebies, where I will still be doing paranormal focused bites.

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Help Jessica Aspen Read by Proxy

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usually Paranormal Book rEview Thursday (but not today!)

If you’ve been reading this blog, or better yet, following me on Twitter, you’ll know that the last few months my life has gotten crazy. With my personal life trying to take over my professional life and that little thing we like to call the ‘job’ happening, as well as running CRW’s Award of Excellence contest, my free  time has shrunk to nothing.

So once again I face what I thought would be an easy task. The idea that I would read one new paranormal book a month seemed easy when I thought of it last Fall. I love to read and I need to be reading in my genre, plus I love my genre. And there are so many authors,  great ones, bad ones, even in-between ones that I haven’t read that I should have no problem finding a book to read. And I have to say, finding books to read is never the problem.

But finding the time to read them is. It’s a huge problem. Some people read at night, but I have this pesky man called a husband, who is not a reader. He seems to think that when my head is in a book I’m not paying attention to him. Who? What? Oh yeah… he’s right.

And he’s not the only reason I don’t read at night. I have so much to catch up on that all my hours are spoken for.

So today I find myself, once again, without a book to review. So instead of telling you about a book that I’ve read and recommend, I’m going to share with you some books I would love to find the time to read!

demon from the dark by kresley coleI’ve heard that Kresley Cole is an amazing author.Toppling at the top of my TBR pile is Demon From the Dark, and it’s been there for almost a year. I love the sexy man with the tatoo on the cover, I love the tiny blurb on the front:

He comes from the dark to demand her surrender…

I especially love the dot-dot-dot at the end, we all know what that implies!

lothaire by kresley coleBut it’s languishing until I find the time, so someone please read it for me! And if you’ve already read it, and the rest of the Immortals After Dark series, you could stop by the bookstore and purchase her latest release, Lothaire. It promises more hot dark paranormal romance. And, correct me if I’m wrong, but this cover model bears a striking resemblance to Sting. MMM.

Another author I’ve been dying to try is Larissa Ione. I have two of her books in my TBR pile, Ecstasy Unveiled. (Gotta love that title) and Desire Unchained. With dark sexy titles like that and dark sexy covers to match there is no doubt that my poor husband would get none of my attention. (Well, maybe after I was finished!)

lethal rider by larissa ioneLarissa is another author that everyone says I should read. And I agree! Find me the time and I am so there, turning page after page. Anyone willing to volunteer to take over my bathroom cleaning so I can get to reading?

Larissa even has a new release coming out in May, Lethal Rider. Hot, hot, hot! You can just tell by the bulging biceps and the windblown hair. I’m so jealous of everyone who is managing to squeeze some paranormal reading into their lives.

It’s not that I’m not reading, it’s just that I have required reading. Much of it is very good, but I’m not reading paranormal right now. But I will be someday!

For now please  know, I’m reading by proxy this month. Let me know if you’ve read any of these authors. Share with me your insights and if it’s worth throwing my husband over so I can peruse the paranormal once more. In the meantime, I have hopes that over the summer I’ll get to make the pile shorter, instead of taller.

And if you’d like to win a copy of Little Red Riding Wolf, hop on over and check out my blog on fairy tales at Paranormal Freebies. The contest closes at midnight tonight!

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Three Hot Paranormal Releases!

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Just a little business before we get to the real meat of the blog. If you are a winner of my Killer Blog tour please contact me through my contact page and send me your information so I can either email your book or mail your prizes. List of winners can be found HERE.

I picked up my copy of Joan Swan’s FEVER last Thursday and held my breath till I could finally dive in on Sunday. Loved it! To read my review on Paranormal Freebies, click HERE. For those of you who can dive in right now and are looking for a book, I highly recommend FEVER. I’ve been waiting since 2010 for Joan’s book and it has seemed like forever!

Joan did let us sneak a peek in 2010, it wasn’t even quite through edits, but I knew then that I wanted more. So now I have it in my hot little hands and I’m thrilled!

Here is the blurb and I hope each and every one of you will run out and buy Joan’s book so she can write more! And for lots of chances to win FEVER click HERE and follow Joan on her Fever book tour.

Dr. Alyssa Foster will admit to a bad boy fetish…

But when she finds herself face to face with a convicted murderer with a ripped body, a determination for freedom and an eye on her as his get out of jail free card, Alyssa knows she’s in deep trouble…. Not just because Teague Creek is a prisoner desperate for freedom, but because his every touch makes her desperate for more.

A man with a life sentence has nothing to lose…

Teague Creek has one shot at freedom, but his plan to escape with a hostage develops a fatal flaw: Alyssa. On the run from both the law and deadly undercover operatives who know of his strange abilities, he needs to avoid trouble, but every heated kiss tells him the fire between them could be just as devastating as the flames that changed him forever.

The other book I picked up (finally!) is Melissa Mayhue’s Warrior’s Redemption. Another book I’ll have to wait to read, but now that I own it I can read it any old time I want to! Want to read a review of Warrior’s Redemption? Click HERE for ML Guida’s review.

Will the magic of modern romance help him defeat an evil ancient power?

MALCOLM MACDOWYLT sees himself a failed warrior, haunted by the death of the woman he married to become laird of Clan MacGahan.  Neither his Viking heritage nor his claim to descend from Norse gods can restore his confidence in his ability to protect his people.  His sister is held captive, her life in jeopardy, and his Magically powerful half brother wants him dead.  The last thing he needs is more responsibility, but that’s exactly what he gets when his Faerie mother-in-law arrives seeking justice for her daughter in the form of an enticing woman from seven hundred years in the future.

DANIELLE DEARMON has waited fifteen years to discover the life she is supposed to live.  She just never dreamed she’d end up in the thirteenth century with a handsome Scot bent on saving everyone but himself.

With the lives of those most dear to him hanging in the balance, Malcolm sets out to battle a powerful evil Magic, only to learn that the redemption he seeks exists only in the arms of the woman he loves.
I’m still waiting anxiiously for JL Bowen’s YA release, Healer from Featherweight Press. I shared the trailer (along with Melissa’s) HERE last week. This week I’m sharing the cover and the blurb. Enjoy!

Thirteen-year-old Armond Costa heals in three days, no matter what abuse his uncle and aunt inflict upon him. On his fourteenth birthday, he sprouts wings and discovers his aunt and uncle had lied to him. He’s the lost Golden Demon’s Healer. His father, King of the Golden Demons, insists he return with him and save his people from being persecuted by their mortal enemies, the Dark Demons. Now, Armond must choose between the Ellis brothers and seventeen-year-old Rusty Owens — the only family he’s ever known — or condemn the Golden Demons to extinction.

Can’t wait JL!

Now if you have all of these on your list I’m leaving you with a link to the Vampire Book Club and their list of March 2012 releases. They’ve done such a terrific job of compiling the releases that I simply had to send you over there. Enjoy!

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Other People’s Book Reviews

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I did it. I played hooky and I took yesterday off. It was a spur of the moment thing, so the blog didn’t get posted. Yesterday is supposed to be my paranormal book review, but I put off writing it. Why? Because I haven’t been able to squeeze a paranormal book into my reading schedule. So instead I am providing links to other people’s book reviews.

Just so you know I’m not typically a slacker, here is what happened this month to throw me off schedule. First of all I had my edits come through, and there were more things to do then I realized. Then I’m running CRW’s AOE contest. Wow! That takes a lot of work during January, and I didn’t realize how crazy it was going to be. And I’m judging a panel for RWA’s Golden Heart as well as a panel for CRW’s AOE. That is a ton of reading.

And even if I were reading the paranormal category (which I’m not, since that’s one of the categories I’m organizing) it would be unethical to post a review. So I’m reading five books that I can’t review. Oh and there is the CRW book club book, a nice contemporary suspense from Julie James, A Lot Like Love, not paranormal this month. What else… oh, family member in hospital for a week. Everything is fine now. And then there is just life. Crazy life.

So I couldn’t squeeze a parnormal book in this month, but here are are a few people who did. Hillary Seidl did a wonderful book review on The Fallen Queen by Jane Kindred. You can always find great Paranormal book reviews on RT, this week they reviewed Wild Cat by  Jennifer Ashley. And Literal Addiction reviewed Lara Adrian’s latest, Darker After Midnight.

I hope to be reading more paranormal after this month, so look for another review in February! Don’f forget to enter my contest HERE, you might win a copy of Little Red Riding Wolf or a Rocky Mountain Chocolates gift certificate

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The Bite Before Christmas Review

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Romance has a wonderful tradition of presenting us with themed collections of stories. We see Halloween stories and Valentines Day stories, but mostly there are Christmas collections. But Heidi Betts’ The Bite Before Christmas is the first paranormal Christmas story collection I can remember reading.

I was first introduced to Heidi’s through her modern (and definitely not paranormal) book Tangled in Love, a knitting romance. Fun, flirty and filled with yarn and pretty hot romance I enjoyed her style, but since I read mostly paranormal I didn’t look hard for Heidi’s other books. I consigned her to the cozy hot chick lit section, and moved on.

But Heidi is not keeping to her box. (Actually she writes a large variety of stories from chick lit to HQN Desires to westerns.) Oh no! Heidi has broken out and now writes paranormal, so when I saw she’d authored a Christmas collection of novellas, I decided The Bite Before Christmas has to jump to the top of the TBR pile.

I enjoyed it. Funny, sweet, and paranormal, this book is just the type of light reading I love for the holidays. Broken into three separate stories, each about modern day vampires, The Bite Before Christmas was a treat. I know it’s a little late for the actual holiday, so if you want to read about vampires, but don’t want anymore Christmas, you might try Heidi’s other paranormal books. Her latest is entitled Must Love Vampires, if you read it, let me know if you liked it!

And if you’ve tried The Bite Before Christmas, let me know what you think. Did you read a Christmas book this year? What are some of your favorites?

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HALLOWEEN TREATS GIVEAWAY!

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It’s here! October is here!

I wanted to do something fun on the blog for the month of October and to celebrate the acceptance of my novella Little Red Riding Wolf, (soon to be out from Passion in Print Press0and here it is! Fun giveaways for every blog post during October, the paranormal holiday month. If you post a comment your name will go into the drawing for that particular posts FREE BOOK! For instance, all the commenters on today’s blog will go into the drawing that will be announced on Monday. Monday’s drawing will be announced on Thursday. Etc, Etc, Etc.

On Halloween I will enter everyone into the drawing for the Jessica Aspen Swag Bags, with promo items and a $15 gift certificate to Barnes and Noble!

So comment away! And I want to thank everyone who tweets or comments on FB or follows my blog, so a big THANK YOU! to you all.
click HERE for contest details

Thursdays Bite Book Review

this book review is usually the last thursday of the month, but due to the second writing campaign challenge (click here for a peek) I have undertaken to post my review today instead.

Today I am reviewing another author who I had the luck of meeting at Rom Con, Kimberly Frost. Kimberly’s third book in her Southern Witch Series is entitled Halfway Hexed and is another pleasurable read from a talented author. And it’s funny! Which is one reason why it earns four out of five omegas. ΩΩΩΩ

I still haven’t read book one in the series, Would-be Witch, but I fell in love with Kimberly’s writing and her terribly troubled character Tammy Jo Trask when I opened up her second novel, Barely Bewitched. Tammy Jo grew up in small town Texas thinking she was the only one in her family without any witch powers, but in the first book she discovers she is totally wrong. She has powers, but they do not work like anyone else’s. Magic backfires around poor Tammy Jo.

Although I did catch up quickly when I read Barely Bewitched without reading book one, and I have thoroughly enjoyed both of the books I’ve read, I would recommend reading Would-Be Witch first. But these books are such fun you are going to want to read all three. I won’t give away too much about the other two books (still waiting to read number one), but Tammy Jo’s adventures are hilarious and sexy. Kimberly keeps the reader guessing and engaged. I’ll share the opening lines from Halfway Hexed:

“The reason I don’t normally bother to plan my schedule is that something unexpected always seems to come up and throw it of. That Friday when I got kidnapped was a prime example.”

And she then proceeds to not tell you about the kidnapping. I was turning page after page waiting for the kidnapping, and when it happened, I was so unprepared! From the plague of frogs unleashed on the good Texas ladies who have it out for witches, to the complications of not wanting to fall in love with the one man who she can work magic around, you’ll find Halfway Hexed a fun fast paced read.

Leave a comment to be entered in today’s free book drawing for Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Night Play. To be announced on Monday, October 3rd.

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