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Tell Me Where You Discover Christmas Paranormal Reads

Thursdays Bite

a holiday blog and a poll for you

I know Thanksgiving is just around the corner for us Americans and I know you may not be ready for the shopping and the decorating, but the holiday season is coming!  Like many of you my fall has been crazy and due to work, family stuff (its all good, just busy),  and wanting to focus on Prince By Blood and Bone  I have shelved my spicy, new adult, xmas paranormal novella. Sigh. But I don’t want to be left out of the paranormal, holiday romance book scene altogether! So today, I decided to share other authors paranormal romance Christmas stories, while I dream of spooky houses, ghosts, and decorating Christmas trees with sugar plums. And I want to know where you find your holiday reading so please fill out the poll at the bottom. Poll closes in a week!

I love Jessa Slade’s Marked Souls series. It’s dark, sexy, and  so convoluted it  appeals to smart readers. Books that make you think and turn you on are first on my list so I’m starting off with Jessa’s Christmas Novella The Darkest Night.

THE DARKEST NIGHT 
A Marked Souls Novella 
Wishing you a wicked Christmas… 
Possessed by an angelic entity, Cyril Fane fought rampant evil and the pain of more private losses with a fiery golden sword…until he was beaten and left for dead by a malevolent force. Now exiled from his divine brethren, he reluctantly joins the Chicago league of talyan—immortal warriors possessed by repentant demons—as his only chance to reclaim his sword and his place in the holy sphericanum. 
Bella McGreay, mysterious mistress of the Mortal Coil night club, has also danced around an uneasy affiliation with the talyan. She has secrets of her own to keep, and as the days shorten toward the winter solstice, shadows are deepening all around. Even as she barricades herself against the joys—and terrors—of the Christmas season, she’ll have to decide whether the shadows or her secrets are more dangerous. 
Bella and Cyril have good reason to fear evil when an old enemy returns to torment them and the Chicago league. But only together will they find a way to the light after the darkest night.

ice gods by helen scott taylorI just loved this cover. It’s so winter holidayish and sensual, it makes me want to open up this book and read. But the author didn’t add much description, so I’m not very sure what the plot is going to be about. Anything about the Norse gods always intrigues me, not only am I a Thor fan (who isn’t?), but I also love Neil Gaiman’s book, American Gods. I haven’t read this author yet, but given the subject and the cover and the 99cent price tag, I’m willing to give it a shot.

ICE GODS

by Helen Scott Taylor

A trip to Iceland to find her father turns into a nightmare when she is transported to the icy palace of Valhalla and lands in the middle of the Ice Gods family feud. Odin’s son has loved and protected her from afar. Now she is in his world, he can finally make her his.

And last, but not least, ML Guida’s A Vampire’s Christmas Wish. ML is my critique partner and we have very different styles and paranormal directions. And this book is very different from her typical  pirate vampire series that is set in the 1600s. But despite it not being pirates I had fun reading and critiquing this fast paced Christmas suspense novella. Oh, and it still has the vampires!

a vampire's christmas wish by ml guidaA VAMPIRE’S CHRISTMAS WISH

by ML Guida

Master vampire, Janus Morano, has searched for centuries to find his lost soul mate. When he finally discovers his true love on Christmas Eve in Hawaii, she doesn’t know him, doesn’t remember her previous life, and doesn’t want him. Janus must get her to remember him and their love, but nothing comes easy with Deirdre Hahn. 
Deirdre is drawn to the mysterious dark stranger, but she came to Hawaii with Brandon Delaney, to heal their broken relationship. Brandon has promised to never beat her again, bending over backwards to be Prince Charming. But the promise is broken. 
Deirdre escapes Brandon’s clutches and her only hope is the mysterious dark stranger. Janus vows to help her but soon she discovers his dark secret. He’s a vampire…a vampire searching for her. 
Now Deirdre is caught between two desperate men. Not sure who to trust. In order to save her future she must accept her past and when her Hawaiian vacation falls apart and she’s kidnapped, she must learn to trust Janus or die on Christmas. 

While we spend most of the holiday season shopping and cooking and planning the big day, take some time for yourself. Pour a glass of wine, unwrap the special box of chocolates, and open a book. And don’t forget to review it afterwards. A lovely review is the best Christmas present an author can receive.

Where do you find your holiday reads? I’d love to know. Do you look on Goodreads? Do you look at what your friends read? Do you Google, or search on Amazon and Barnes and Noble?

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Busy, busy, busy…and loving it!

Sensational Saturdays

Thank Goodness it’s flexible and I can write whatever I want!

Getting excited for the convention season! My friend and fellow author Hillary Seidl has already kicked off the season with her trip to Chicago and the Romantic Times convention. Wow! If you have a chance you should hop on over to the RT site and check out the pictures. It really looks like a party. Maybe next year my friends!

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But I am joining Hillary and ML Guida at RomCon 2012. That’s in Denver so it’s easy to get to. RomCon is reader centered, so all the activities are for readers and the authors are purely there to provide the entertainment. I’m looking forward to dealing cards at the Monte Carlo night and playing paranormal games.

RomCon is where I met authors Jessa Slade, author of the Marked Souls series and the author of First Grave on the Right, Darynda Jones. Last year was a blast to attend as a reader and I’m very excited to be attending this year as an author. I’ll have free books and other swag to give away and I think the Paranormal Freebies authors have something in the works right now too, but it’s still a secret.

Perpetual Light by Jordan K. Rose

Perpetual Light by Jordan K. Rose

Speaking of Paranormal Freebies, Tuesday we’ll have guest author Jordan K. Rose and she is giving away a free copy of her very cool book, Perpetual Light, so don’t forget to hop over to Paranormal Freebies on Tuesday and comment to enter and win.

Before RomCon I’m attending the CRW mini-con in May with the fabulous Angela Knight, from Carina Press. We actually get a NY editor helping us tweak our manuscripts! I think there is still room if you want to sign up and work on your manuscript for a very reasonable price. You don’t even have to be a member of Colorado Romance Writers or our co-host Heart of Denver Romance Writers. We welcome guests to our min-con’s, and there’s lunch too. Bring a laptop, your manuscript and get ready to work!

Finding Ms. Wright by ML Guida, Hillary Seidl, Lori CorsentinoCRW is doing a second mini-con in August with the talented Kim Killion of Hot Damn Designs. Kim is not just a photographer, or publisher, she is a graphic designer and has done some fabulous cover art for people. She put our header together for Paranormal Freebies and the original cover art for Finding Ms. Wright too. In fact the model for Finding Ms. Wright, Brooks Johnson will be attending our event, so stay tuned for details on the CRW website and find out what else will be happening.

And last, but certainly not least, I’m heading to RWA Nationals. I decided I wanted to do at least one and since I haven’t attended in four years of membership, this seemed to be the year. It’s in a wonderful location, steps from Disney Land (and don’t think we’re not going!). It should be filled with amazing workshops and I expect to touch base with a zillion people. In fact, one of my goals is to find some quality presenters for our very own big convention.

Yes, CRW will be putting on a big convention again, it’s been several years since we tried. The economy torpedoed our efforts, but with the recovery we feel we can plan again, so watch out! A big romance writer con is on it’s way in possibly 2014. And ML Guida and I will be piloting the ship. That in itself is a very scary notion.

Are you attending any fun conventions this year, big or small? Have you ever tried to put on an event like a convention? Where do you go for fun as an author?

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Seduced By Shadows Book Review

Thursdays Bite

a paranormal blog

Hello faithful blog readers. I’m starting a new tradition in hopes that I will let myself read more. Now that I write like a fiend I have less time for reading so I’m adding a book review at the end of the month and I’ll also post them on Goodreads. As my current WIP and the last two novellas I have written are were-wolves, I’m alpha obsessed, but handing out letter A’s seemed odd so instead I’ll be handing out purple omegas. Ω

Book Review: Seduced by Shadows, by Jessa Slade

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Paranormal readers will be shocked to learn that while I had heard of Jessa Slade, I had not read any of her books prior to this month. When Jessa was assigned to me as one of my buddies for Rom Con I ran out in a panic to find her book. How could I possibly be her buddy if I had never read her?

I prayed the book would be good. Because what would be worse than not reading her was reading her book, her baby, and hating it. But I was lucky. I loved it!

Jessa’s incredibly complex opening had me re-reading the first few pages, but instead of shaking me loose it hooked me completely. No simplistic plot line here. No, Jessa has skillfully woven a totally new view of demon possession into a suspenseful plot line that has you rooting for the sinners like they were saints.

I loved the idea that in a moment of weakness, good people are taken over by demons aching to repent. And then that repentance forces the humans to fight evils so the demons gain their repentance. Only a twisted plot crafter could entwine forced labor with a drive for good in such a riveting fashion.

If you are dying for a more intricate plot in your paranormal romance then Jessa Slade’s Marked Soul series is for you.It hooked me right away, and kept me hooked all the way through the book. I loved it so much I almost gave it a top rating of five omegas, but I had to cut it down to four because of the rapid fire confusing beginning. I’m looking forward to discovering what happens to the rest of the demon possessed. We all know how much I love those tortured alphas!

I’m thrilled to announce that Jessa is my buddy and I love her new twist on paranormal. Now I have to run out and find all the rest of her books. Except for Vowed in Shadows because, lucky me, Jessa handed me one on the first night of Rom Con!

And don’t think you can get your hands on my copy, because she signed it in shiny purple ink just to me!

Have you read Jessa Slade? Do you have some recommendations for next months paranormal review?

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