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Introducing Lorelei Moone!

Summer is here and so are the ALPHAS OF SUMMER!

Today meet fabulous fellow box set author: Lorelei Moone!

Alphas of Summer

Hi Lorelei, welcome to Jessica Aspen Writes. I’m super excited to get to know a fellow Alphas of Summer author, so let’s get started with a few questions.

Tell us about what you write and why you love it.
Paranormal Romance with a bit of action, adventure and suspense thrown in.
Do you always write about hot, sexy shifters? And what kind is your favorite?
Not always; I’m also known to write about hot, sexy vampires, but I did get my start with shifters. I am rather partial to bears, because although they sometimes can have a gruff, slightly prickly exterior, just underneath the surface they’re kind-hearted, caring and loyal once you get to know them. At least mine tend to turn out that way!
Tell us one fabulously interesting and unique thing about yourself.
I don’t know about it being fabulous or unique, but I write best while listening to music. Most writers favour movie soundtracks or instrumental tracks, but my brain seems to work in a very peculiar fashion. Instrumental music for the most part does not help my creativity. My music preferences are a remnant of my moody teenage Goth years.
I have specific bands I listen to depending on what project I’m working on. All of the Vampires of London books were written while listening to My Dying Bride (Doom metal; it’s so wonderfully dark and atmospheric, perfect to get me in the mood for vampires), whereas lately, for the Alpha Squad books I’ve been listening to Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats, which is as dark, if not more so than My Dying Bride, even though the books aren’t really. At least I don’t perceive them as such.
Why did you decide to participate in the Hot Alphas of Summer box set?
It seemed like it would be a wonderful opportunity to work together with some amazing authors within the genre. I’m really enjoying the experience so far!
Anything else you’d love to tell us about you or your books?
In case you’re unfamiliar with my work, I just want to point out that my debut title, Scottish Werebear: An Unexpected Affair is available free of charge at all major retailers, so you can try that series with no strings attached.
You can find out more about Lorelei at: http://loreleimoone.com
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Jessica Aspen always wanted to be spirited away to a world inhabited by elves, were-wolves and sexy men who walk on the dark side of the knife. Luckily, she’s able to explore her fantasy side and delve into new worlds by writing spicy paranormal romance. She loves indulging in dark chocolate, reading eclectic novels, and dreaming of ocean vacations, but instead spends most of her time, writing, walking the dog, and hiking in the Colorado Rockies. To get your exclusive Jessica Aspen starter library please go to: http://eepurl.com/zs4Sj

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ML Guida: Dark Paranormal Romance Author

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a dark paranormal romance interview

Hello and welcome to the first of my new series of guest romance author blogs and interviews. I’m thrilled to have as my first victim—um-hem—guest, ML Guida. ML writes dark paranormal romance about vampire pirates, dragon shapeshifters, and witches. She is not only a good friend of mine,  is also my critique partner. She puts up with my crazy schedule and even crazier life. If it weren’t for her, I know my writing wouldn’t be where it is. So please welcome guest romance author, ML Guida, to Jessica Aspen Writes. And don’t forget to leave a comment and enter to win the giveaway for an e-copy of ML’s first book in the series, A Pirate’s Curse.

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Hi ML, welcome to the blog. Do you mind sharing what you write with my readers?

Thanks Jessica for allowing me to come onto your blog. I write dark paranormal romance.

Do you have cheerleaders  supporting you as a writer? Who supports you and keeps you writing?

I have some great cheerleaders.  My first one is my wonderful critique partner, Jessica Aspen, and my dad. When I’ve almost given up, my dad is the one who picked me up off the floor and encouraged to back on the writing horse.

Tell us why you write dark paranormal? Why this type of books? 

I’ve been in love with the supernatural, ever since I was a little girl and first started watching Dark Shadows.  When I was in third grade, my whole class was hooked on Alfred Hitchcock and the Three Investigators—the big hit was Mystery of the Green Ghost. Later I fell in love with vampires. They’re sensual and dark. Later, I discovered Sherrilyn Kenyon and Ann Rice.  I have a hard time not writing paranormal.

What theme or message is in your book? Does it run through all your books?

Resiliency is a key component to all my books. My characters suffer hardship, but must believe in themselves to overcome obstacles to win. They need to accept their faults as well as their strength. In A Pirate’s Revenge, William has to overcome his self-loathing and fear before he can reach his goal. He has to trust in witch craft, something he doesn’t believe in, and only then, can he defeat his enemies and find true love.

Come on, dish…is their anything unusual about your writing habits?

Most authors like peace and quiet, not me. I have the television on. But what really starts my creativity is watching paranormal shows. Right now, I’m watching Mortal Instruments, City of Ashes.

Have you had many rejections? How did you deal with them?  How did they push you? 

Rejections are part of the business.  At first, I usual go into pout mode and think it’s the end of the world. A friend of mine, fellow writer Jennifer Maitlen, has given me a mantra to live by—half day. I have half day to wallow in pity, then I have to put on my big girl panties and move on.  I don’t know why, but it helps. Sometimes you need permission to feel like it’s the end of the world. Time limits help.

Do you have a writing schedule? How do you juggle writing, family, work, and life’s surprises?

I usually write before work and after work. I never had any problems writing until my cocker spaniel died—Sadie.  She was 12 years old and my best friend. Now, it’s been hard to write anything. Sometimes grief is all consuming, and it’s hard to get back into the routine.

What’s unique about this book?

William can turn into a dragon, but he is not like most shape-shifters. He is possessed by a dragon spirit, Drakon. Drakon and William are one and can hear each other’s thoughts.  I wanted to do something different than the usual shifters. Also, without giving too much away, I’ve darker creatures that come from Coaybay (dark underworld) to the Caribbean.

Is this a series? Will there be any sequels to this book?

Yes. A Pirate’s Revenge is the second book in the Legends of the Soaring Phoenix. The first book was A Pirate’s Curse.  The third installment is scheduled to come out in Winter of 2015. This will be Amadi’s story. Amadi is an escaped slave who is re-captured and tossed back into slavery. This tale is based on the White Witch of Rose Hall in Jamaica. In 1770, the White Witch, Annee Palmer, seduced three husbands, then murdered them. Her favorite pastime was to have slave lovers, but she’d torture them.  The slaves finally were tired of Annee and rebelled, killing her.  Amadi is forced to battle his evil mistress and must rely on Violet, an indentured servant, to help him escape.  The problem is Violet is unable to tell a lie. She breaks out in hives when she lies, and she can tell when others are lying. The evil mistress uses Violet’s abilities to her own evil ends and Amadi must learn to trust Violet or be chained forever a slave.

Thanks ML!

Hey readers, don’t forget to leave a comment to enter to win the giveaway of an e-copy of book one, A Pirate’s Curse.

A Pirate’s Revenge, Book Two in the Legends of the Soaring Phoenix

MLGuida_APiratesRevenge_800Cursed by a demon, William O’Brien changes into a dragon with mystical powers he can’t control. In dragon form he becomes a ravenous beast with the power to destroy the crew of the Soaring Phoenix. He’s forced to make a decision: leave the ship or face killing the crew. But before he can go, he discovers a new menace hunts him. The God of the Underworld has released a female demon, more deadly and evil than before, with orders to capture William and combine his powers with a male witch in order to destroy the crew of the Soaring Phoenix. Mariah Fey, a talented witch, wants only to save her brother from the bowels of the evil pirate ship, the Fiery Damsel. If William will trust her, she can teach him how to harvest his gifts, control his abilities, and together their true love can defeat their enemies.

 

 

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Bio:

MaryGuida-web 1 (5 of 5)M.L. Guida loves the paranormal. Even when she was four years old, she would watch the soap opera, Dark Shadows, and fell in love with vampires! Who wouldn’t want a bite on the neck? Currently, she has two series with vampires: the Legends of the Soaring Phoenix and Vampires on Holiday.

Today, she continues to love the preternatural and watches Ghost Adventures, Dead Files and A Haunting. She’s ventured into more supernatural beings, specifically demons, but not just any demons, dragon demons. Her new series, the Underworld, is with Kensington/Lyrical Imprint.

M.L. lives in Colorado near the Rocky Mountains. She loves to take her cocker spaniel, Sadie, for walks on the trails behind her house. When she travels, she tries to go on ghost tours. Her favorite so far was the Jack the Ripper tour in London.

She currently writes for Kensington/Lyrical Imprint, Passion in Print, and self-publishes. She is a member of Colorado Romance Writers and Romance Writers of America.

 

Want to know what’s going on with Jessica? Check out her news page HERE or sign up for her New Release Email HERE.

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Red The Were Hunter by Rebekah Garniere

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a fairy tale blog

Please welcome Rebekah Garniere to Jessica Aspen Writes. Like me, she twists fairy tales into romances, and her first book in her series is based on Little Red Riding Hood. And like me, she incorporated werewolves. That’s where the similarities end. Check out, Red the Were Hunter.

Red The Were Hunter is the first in nine fairytale retellings that are all woven together in the same world. When I started out I only had the idea for Red and that was all. But then I started thinking of all the other cool fairytales out there and thought it would be fun to weave them all together in a fairytale land called Fairelle. There’s a mythos behind the entire world of how they used to be all humans and united under one banner. But when the king was about to die, his four sons called forth a demon to grant them each a single wish so they would have superiority and be able to rule the kingdom alone. However, the demon twisted their wishes to his own purposes and transformed the four brothers into four different races. Werewolf, vampire, fae and neriad. From there a war broke out dividing and devastating the world. Red The Were Hunter begins many centuries after that war.

 

In the nineties there was a miniseries called the 10th Kingdom. It did a similar thing, weaving the stories together. I loved that miniseries, but was bummed that the series only followed a few main characters. So I decided that in my series I would make each book about a different couple and their story. The characters weave in and out of each other’s books though. They all know each other in one way or another, or are connected through mutual friends. For instance, in Red The Were Hunter you see a vampire named Sage. He is the vampire prince from Snow The Vampire Slayer. And one of Snow’s brothers is the hero of the third book, Zelle and the Tower. I found that a fun way to write them

 

It’s hard working in the original fairytales. If you look at what movie companies have done to the original fairytales over the years, you find few similarities. I found, that for me, the best way was to tell my own stories in my own style, and for grown ups. My brothers, in Snow The Vampire Slayer, are not like the seven dwarfs of Snow White done by Disney. My Rapunzelle from Zelle and the Tower, is not like the Rapunzelle of old. My females are take charge women, rarely are they damsels in distress. My men are heroes, but most come with baggage, and they aren’t always nice. However I do try and put elements from the original stories in that people will recognize. Things like, Red’s cloak. The apple from Snow White. Zelle’s long hair. Things like that. But I think the best way to try and do a fairytale retelling is to make the story your own and give it a new twist on an old theme. So what’s your favorite fairy tale?

 

 

red the were hunter coverRED THE WERE HUNTER

 

What if you were the key to an ancient prophecy that would begin to heal your lands, but fulfilling your destiny meant you had to turn your back on everything you’d been taught to believe in?

Redlynn of Volkzene, member of the Sisterhood of Red, is heartbroken to discover another  girl kidnapped and her best friend slain by werewolves. Defying the head of her order, she sets out to kill the beast she believes responsible.  The King of the Weres– But there are worse things in Wolvenglen Forest than the wolves.

Adrian, reluctant heir to the throne of Wolvenglen, and his band of wolf brothers are bound to protect the humans; especially the Sisterhood. Finding Redlynn unconscious in his woods, awakens in him a passion he’s never before experienced and a protective instinct that has him ready to turn on his own men. Problem is, a female is the last thing Adrian needs complicating his life.  

But all is not as it seems in Wolvenglen Forest and to save the missing girls before time runs out, Redlynn and Adrian must move past their inner demons and learn to trust each other. In the search for vengeance however, sometimes you must give up what you desire most.

EXCERPT:

Redlynn whipped her head from side to side. Where am I? Pain exploded in her neck; she tried to reach up with her left arm, but it was pinned to her stomach. It’d been strapped in place by a strip of red cloth. Why am I half-naked? Her tunic and cloak were gone. So was her locket. Redlynn looked around frantically for her locket. Pain hit her in waves, confusing her and forcing her to breathe deeply. She refused to cry.

            Trying to process her surroundings, the fight with the Were flooded back to her. Shockingly, it seemed she wasn’t dead, she was alive, and in someone’s very richly furnished bedroom. She wiped at her face with her right hand, her vision muddled.

            Stone walls surrounded the large, mahogany, four-poster bed she lay upon. Dark, heavy curtains were partially drawn at the end of the bed. On either side, two ancient and beautiful nightstands held ornately carved glass oil lamps. A fire crackled, its golden glow peeking in the gaps of the curtains.

            Redlynn maneuvered herself to the side of the bed and set her feet on the floor. It was colder than her wooden planks at home. Slowly she scooted off the downy mattress, and tried to steady herself on one of the posts. She weakened, the blood draining from her head, her legs wobbling beneath her.

            On the floor lay her cloak. She stooped to pick it up, but lost her balance. At the last minute, she braced herself on the stone wall and avoided its colliding with her face. Taking a deep breath, she steadied herself once more and slowly reached down for the cloak, pressing herself into the stone for support. It took her several minutes to get the clasps buckled so that she was covered almost to her waist.

            By the time she finished, her body shook like she’d tried to pull a wagon by herself. A bead of sweat trickled down the side of her face. Sucking in a deep breath, she tried to clear her mind and listen for sounds. A faint rhythmical buzzing cam e from somewhere near the fire. Pushing past the end of the bed, she saw a large man asleep at a table.

            His head was tilted to the side and long, wavy black hair fell over his eyes and chiseled features. His large and strong form was set with broad shoulders and a powerfully built frame. He’d fallen asleep in his linen shirt and breeches, with his boots still on. A flutter settled in her stomach, the same surge of adrenaline she got before a fight. He was snoring. What was he doing there?

            Confused, Redlynn wasn’t sure if it was her fighting instincts kicking in, or something else all together. Part of her wanted to know what his lips would feel like on hers. Another part wanted to run.

            What the hell is wrong with you? You’d think you’d never seen a man before. She swallowed hard. She hadn’t.Not a man like him.

            She searched for an exit and found it to the far left of the room. The sleeping man didn’t look like he was guarding her, but why would he be in the same room with her, if he weren’t? She scanned the room for her things. Her pack, bow and quiver were nowhere to be found. If she were going to break out, she needed a weapon.

            On the table lay a tray with an empty plate, a knife, fork and spoon. Redlynn inched toward the knife. The closer she got to him, the more drawn she was to him. She stopped, a foot from the table.

            Keep it together! He’s only a man, and obviously your guard. For all you know, he could be a murderer!

            She slid her good hand across the polished wooden surface. As she reached for the knife, her collarbone burned with pain. She stumbled, tripping over her cloak and crashing into the plate.

            The man was up in an instant. Rising, his chair clattered to the ground. Redlynn grabbed hold of the knife and held it out in front of herself, backing away. It took him a moment to comprehend what was going on. He stared at her, not moving. She shook like a rabbit. He had golden eyes.     

            “Your . . .  your eyes,” she whispered.

            “What’s wrong with them?”

            “They . . .  They’re gold.”    

            “They’re brown.”

            “No . . .  No, they aren’t.” She shook her head. “They’re golden… just like—”

            “Like yours,” he murmured.

            Redlynn nodded, her head fuzzy, and her knees wobbly. She blinked several times. His eyes were brown. They had golden flecks in them, but they were definitely brown.

            “You’ve had a bad wound. You should rest.”

            “I have to leave. I have something I need to do.”

            “Do you remember what happened?”

            “Where am I?”

            “In Wolvenglen.”

            “Who in their right mind would live in Wolvenglen? Don’t you know there are Weres out here?”

            “Please, put down the knife.” He motioned to the knife Redlynn had forgotten she was pointing at him.

            She glanced at it and weighed it in her hand. It was solid. Her hunting knife was larger, but she could make do with it if need be.

            “Where are my things? I need to go.”

            “Hanna, our healer, will bring them in the morning when she comes to check on you, and bring you a change of clothes.”          

            Still holding the knife, she reached up and touched her collarbone, underneath her cloak. A bandage covered the wound. It was tender. Peeling it away, she assessed what she could see of the damage.

            “I wouldn’t do that,” he warned.

            Redlynn gave him a hard stare and went back to inspecting the wound. She stuck her fingers in the salve and rolled it between her thumb and forefinger, smelling it.

            “Comfrey and calendula.” Pulling at the green leaves, she winced as they ripped a piece of skin and seeped. Smelling the leaves, she put them in her mouth and chewed them before spitting them out. “Fernblend. Did she do that?”

            “No, I did.”

            “Don’t you know you have to keep it wet?”

            “I thought saving your life was more important,” he bit back. “You were in bad shape when I found you.”

            “Well when I scrub it off, I am going to wish I were dead. Where did you find me, anyway?”

            “Listen.” He took a deep breath. His eyes softened and his voice gentled. “I was trying to help you. It was one of the few things I remember my mother teaching me about herbs.”

            “Your mother’s a healer?”

            “Was. Now, will you please lie down before you pass out? You lost a lot of blood.”

            “I’ve had worse,” Redlynn lied. “I need to get my things and be on my way.”

            “You need to rest. You can barely hold that knife, let alone walk through the forest.”

            “I’ll be fine.”

            He stepped out of her way. “Very well. You are free to leave.” He motioned to the door.

            Was this a joke? Was he really going to let her go? Gripping the knife, she took several steady steps toward the exit before her knees buckled. He caught her around the waist, sending a shockwave of tingles through her body.

            His musky scent mixed in her nostrils and her head lightened again. His body wasn’t just warm, it was hot; he was a fire in his own right.

            “Let go,” she said softly.

            “I was merely keeping you from further injuring yourself.”

            His light blue tunic opened in a “v” and his chiseled, hairless chest peaked out beneath. Her eyes locked with his. He hadn’t shaved in a day or two; the whiskers looked ruggedly good on him. His face wore an expression she’d never seen aimed at her before. Desire. The butterflies in her stomach danced and spun. His face was so close as he studied her features.

            “Please, let go,” she choked.

 

rebekah garniereAUTHOR INFO:

Rebekah is an award winning author. Her first novel Dead Awakenings, debuted in January 2014. Red the Were Hunter, the first in her Farielle Series, will be published May 1, 2014. Her trilogy The Society will be released in early 2015 by Kensington’s Lyrical Press. Rebekah is the VP of Communications of the RWA FFP Chapter as well as a member of her local Los Angeles and Orange County Chapters. In her spare time when she isn’t writing you can find her moderating on Savvy Authors.com and in her local SCV Writers group, or hanging out with her husband, four children and dog, rabbit, two bearded dragons, three tortoises and a handful of fish. The escaped snake has yet to be found.

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Black Magic Rose Cover Reveal

black magic rose by jordan k rose
Jordan K. Rose is revealing her amazing cover for her new book Black Magic Rose. Check it out!
Is it possible to reduce the amount of workplace violence in an organization run by vampires and werewolves? Sofia Engle, the new Employee Relations Manager at Cader House Hospital is about to find out, and she may not like the answer, or the series of firsts she experiences: first human employee at Cader House, first day tardy, first kiss with a dead guy. Well, maybe kissing the dead guy wasn’t the worst of it after all.
For nearly 600 years Dragomir Petrescu has fought for The Alliance. As one of the most skilled warriors the Alliance has ever seen he’s killed a lot of people and won many difficult battles. But his newest human adversary is turning out to be a worthier opponent than any he’s met. Just the scent of her disarms him, never mind her endless policies and silly ideals about civility.
Can he possibly keep her safe from Alliance enemies, hospital employees and himself? The term Employee Relations is about to have a whole new meaning.
Jordan K. Rose
Romance in the Shadows
The Demon Mistress available on Amazon, Kobo
Demons and Deep Dish Pizza available on Amazon, Kobo
Demons and The Dark Roast available on Amazon, Kobo
Perpetual Light available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Kobo
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A Pirate’s Curse- dark paranormal historical romance

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today- all about hot dark paranormal romance you can win!

I get to Squeee! today. My critique partner, ML Guida has published her first historical paranormal romance, A Pirate’s Curse. Where else could you find vampires, pirates, demons and hot paranormal romance all in one book? ML likes to write dark so her previous books have been about the depths of hell and renegade angels, but this one takes us back to the 1600’s and a brand new spin on vampires who drink from a cursed lake and cruise the Caribbean Sea as pirates looking for revenge and to lift their curse.

ML and I started working together on our full length novels last summer and it was quite an experience. We kept up a fast pace of editing 1-2 chapters for each other per week, but sometimes those re-writes took longer. She helped me add more details to The Dark Huntsman, I helped her catch errors, and together we forged a critiquing relationship that is still going strong this summer as we each begin to work on book two in our respective series.

I’ve gotten deeply involved in Hannah and Kane’s story as I’ve seen Hannah turn into a strong heroine and learn to exercise her own paranormal talents while Kane is, of course, a tough alpha male with a vulnerable heart. I’m thrilled to see them finally in print. OK, today it’s only available in e-book form on Amazon Kindle, but you’ll be able to  buy the print version by next week!

Have you tried reading historical paranormal? What are your favorite series? What do you think about vampire pirates? To enter to win a Kindle Copy from Amazon leave a comment and let me know why you want to read ML Guida’s A Pirate’s Curse.

a pirate's curse by ml guidaLike a dark angel, Captain Kane O’Brien rescues Hannah Knight and her father from drowning after vampire pirates murder their crew and sink their ship. Struggling to control and hide her telekinetic powers, Hannah discovers the honorable and bold captain possesses his own secrets. 

Every full moon, Kane turns into a vampire. Finding out Hannah not to be the cabin boy she resembles, but a beautiful, luscious woman, tempts all his appetites. Desperate to be free of his curse, Kane considers handing Hannah over to a demon. But after Hannah uses her power to save his ship from his immortal enemy, Kane can no longer deny his attraction and vows to protect Hannah with his life.

 
To find true love, they must combine their powers to defeat evil vampires, thwart Hannah’s misogynist fiancé and escape a crafty demon.

The Legends of the Soaring Phoenix is a seven book series, so if you like hot, dark, historical, paranormal then these are the books for you! Check out ML’s website HERE where you can check out the Angels of Death, her paranormal series from our shared publisher, Passion in Print and sign up on her website for her new release email list.

Happy July 4th, everyone! For my easy peasy gluten free brownie recipe that won’t heat up your kitchen because it’s microwavable, click HERE. To read about what’s up in my summer and all about my progress with Tales of the Dark Court, book one, The Dark Huntsman, click HERE. And to sign up for my new release newsletter click HERE.

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I’m gone, but here are some #booktrailers for you!

Thursdays Bite

Typically a paranormal blog, but today on hiatus

I’m off to the Colorado Romance Writers September Writing Retreat, so no blog today. But I wanted to leave you with a little something, so here are some new book trailers for your enjoyment

And if vamps are not your thing, try…

And for you people who love the fae…


See you on Monday! Have a fabulous weekend!

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The Dead Series is Reborn From the Ashes

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A PARANORMAL BLOG

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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Falling in Love with Vampires Before Twilight

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I first discovered vampires through my mother. My mother is a voracious reader. I can remember trying to get her attention as a child as she sat in her rocking chair reading. Unless there was blood or advanced screaming, she didn’t look up. By the time I had hit my teens I had cruised through a great many of her sci-fi books. Around age fifteen I came across a fascinating book, The Dracula Tape, by Fred Saberhagen.

Dracula re-telling his version of the story? Cool.

But Mom said no. I couldn’t read it. What the…?

She said it would be better if I read Dracula first. And Mom was usually right, when it came to books. So I kept looking at Dracula. I didn’t really want to read it. It looked boring, stuffy and old. Now this is from someone who read The Scarlet Letter for fun, so I’m sure there was something else brewing when I looked at it. Teenage rebellion, book lover style.

But I did it. I gritted my teeth and checked it out from the school library. And I fell in love with Victorian Gothic. Not that I hadn’t read Jane Eyre, I had, but Dracula was different. It has all the roots of the modern paranormal romance, but it’s a horror story. A sensational tale for the English, who at that time were concerned about immigration and its effects on their culture. Sound familiar? Dracula was the ultimate evil immigrant.

I loved the book, and still do. The slow build of suspense as Jonathan Harker realizes he’s been drawn into a world of evil and is working for the devil himself. The three women who represent the horror of letting women be sexualized beings. And then there is the romance between Mina and Dracula where she’s contaminated by his evilness into becoming the same sort of degraded sexualized woman. Lock up the womenfolk boys, they might like the new guy better.

But of course no one really wants to become evil and Mina is saved by Jonathan’s steadfast love, Dr. Van Helsing, and that American chap. The three men pour their blood into her, keeping her chaste and eventually stalking Dracula back to his own country and killing the bastard.

Or so they thought.

Enter Fred Saberhagen and The Dracula Tape. It’s almost a hundred years later and Dracula sits in his car, near a cemetery, recording his memoirs. In a reasonable tone he recounts his version of the worst visit to a foreign country imaginable. Where he was accosted and accused and eventually driven back home. How he tried to save Lucy and Mina from the evil Dr. Van Helsing and his terrible blood transfusions. You see, Dr. Van Helsing transfused blood from all of the healthy young men, regardless of blood type. By sucking out the bad blood Dracula was simply trying to help.

He couldn’t save Lucy and eventually decided to turn her into a vampire, just because he could see, this had all been his fault. He wanted to give her her young life back. But Dr. Van Helsing and his crew broke into her grave and killed the newborn vamp. Dracula was determined not to let that happen to his beloved Mina. Yes, that’s right. He loves Mina, and Mina loves him. And who is he waiting by the cemetary for?

Mina.

Mina Harker, who has lived out her life waiting for him. Just to become a vampire and be with the one she truly loved all those years. She had a human life, and kids (you meet her descendants in other books) but true love conquers all and at the end of her days she’s able to become a vampire and be with Vlad.

Mom was right. Reading Dracula enhanced Saberhagen’s book immeasurably. Oh, I could have just watched the movie, but reading the details and then seeing how Saberhagen manipulates them to show how poor Dracula was persecuted, well, it’s the way it should be done. I fell in love with Vlad and I read all the sequels. It’s not romance, but it is paranormal or maybe urban fantasy. And if you are interested in vampires at all, and in the growth of the vampire novel, Saberhagen is the one to read. After Bram Stoker, of course.

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