Dark Light of Day Blog Tour w Giveaway

Hello everyone!! Today I am STOKED to be part of this book tour… and wait til you see the giveaway… but I’m getting ahead of myself 🙂 LOL First I gotta tell you what I’m all excited for! 🙂 The banner above takes you to the tour host’s site, and the cover below will take you to the goodreads page. 

Dark Light of Day
Noon Onyx Book #1

By Jill Archer                            

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Publisher: Ace

ISBN: 978-0-425-25715-9

 Number of pages: 384

Word Count: 123,000

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 Book Description:

 Armageddon is over. The demons won. And yet somehow…the world has continued. Survivors worship patron demons under a draconian system of tributes and rules. These laws keep the demons from warring among themselves, the world from slipping back into chaos.

 Noon Onyx grew up on the banks of the river Lethe, daughter of a prominent politician, and a descendant of Lucifer’s warlords. Noon has a secret—she was born with waning magic, the dark, destructive, fiery power that is used to control demons and maintain the delicate peace among them. But a woman with waning magic is unheard of and some will consider her an abomination.

 Noon is summoned to attend St. Lucifer’s, a school of demon law. She must decide whether to declare her powers there…or attempt to continue hiding them, knowing the price for doing so may be death. And once she meets the forbiddingly powerful Ari Carmine—who suspects Noon is harboring magic as deadly as his own—Noon realizes there may be more at stake than just her life.

A little Excerpt:

Failing is not an option…

“I’ve been watching you, wondering, waiting to see where you’d end up. After all, there are other demon law schools,” Seknecus said, making a moue of distaste that made it clear exactly what he thought of them. “But I was happy to see that you chose St. Lucifer’s.”

Technically my mother chose St. Lucifer’s . . . But there seemed no reason to interrupt just to clarify that bit of misinformation. Seknecus wandered around the room, picking through papers, flipping open and quickly shutting the front covers of various leather-bound books, never meeting my eye. I had no doubt, however, that his attention was fully focused on me.

“So, you see, seeing your name on my List wasn’t exactly a surprise, although it appeared much later than I would have liked.”

He did look at me then, with a frown of disapproval. I did my best to look expressionless because none seemed appropriate. It wouldn’t do to look amused, bored or, Luck forbid, rebellious. Seknecus stared at me with narrowed eyes and then went back to wandering.

“You’ve got some catching up to do,” he said, addressing a copy of Sin and Sanction: Codification & Case Law. “It doesn’t matter why or what excuses you’ve got for yourself. You will be held to the same standards as everyone else, regardless of whose daughter you are. And you’ve missed a lot of class already.”

I opened my mouth to protest, but he cut me off with a wave.

“Manipulation class,” he clarified. “You’re going to have to work ten times as hard as everyone else just to pass. Quintus Rochester doesn’t go easy on students and he’s likely to see your absence during the early part of the semester as a challenge. You know, failing is not an option. Not if you want to live.”

I would now like to welcome the author over as she is going to give us a love guest post 🙂 maybe lovely isn’t the right word… HAHAHAHA 🙂 WELCOME MS. JILL!!!

The Demons of Halja

 You know how Jessica Shaw does her “Shaw Report” for Entertainment Weekly? (For those of you who don’t read EW, the Shaw Report is a small sidebar that has columns marked “In” “5 Minutes Ago” and “Out”). Now, some people might say that vampires are “Out” and demons are “5 Minutes Ago” and, if so… well then, what would be “In”? For summer 2012, it was probably Hunger Games or handcuffs, right? But I completely disagree that vampires and demons are “Out” or “5 Minutes Ago.” And it’s not because I’m currently peddling a book about demons.

 As of September 6, 2012 (when I turned this post in), Publishers Marketplace was still listing a high, healthy, and roughly equal number of deals with the key word “vampire” and “demon” for the last twelve months. Neck and neck, as usual. Or should I say neck and… hmm… What body part do the demons prefer? 😉

 Okay, enough joking around. [clears throat; gets serious]

 The demons in Dark Light of Day, my upcoming debut novel, are not sexy. Many are vicious and horrible, more like true monsters than romantic heroes. And yet, they have human emotions. Those emotions, however, are larger, more all-consuming, and, at times, infinitely more destructive than mere human emotions could ever hope to be.

 Dark Light of Day takes place in a post-apocalyptic world called Halja. After the Apocalypse (an event that’s old news, by the way; it happened two thousand years before the story even begins!), Halja’s demons were weary of battle. They were tired of chaos and war. They didn’t want anarchy. They wanted adoration — the never-ending, everlasting, unadulterated kind of adoration that followers can give their demon patrons when the world is at peace.

 Haljan demons are often the patron of something. It could be a person or a place or a practice. It could be moonlight, mirrors, or any reflective surface; it could be marital vows or extramarital affairs; it could be iron weapons or the use thereof. The point is, Halja’s demons are as varied as their inspirational seeds. But they all share one thing in common: they are rarely benevolent.

 Want to hear more about Halja’s demons? Here’s a Dark Light of Day excerpt from the part where Noon Onyx, the protagonist, meets a palm-sized demon for the first time:

 I stared at her, hardly able to reconcile her with a lifetime of imagined fears. Haljan myths and legends spoke of brutish beasts hell-bent on fury and destruction. Haljan paintings, bas reliefs, and statuaries also often depicted demons as cruel fiends and vicious monsters. But Serafina didn’t look dangerous. She looked ungainly.

 She belched and stretched, glaring at me through two black eyes the size of beads. She was naked but it was no pretty sight. Her body, though diminutive, was bloated as though she’d died in the Lethe and been left too long. Her skin was a grayish, sickly looking green, and she rubbed her distended belly with one clawed hand as she grinned malevolently at me.

 “Do you speak?” I said.

 So, what about you? Do you love vampires? Demons? If so, this post is part rallying cry for you. If you love the vamps and demons (and, hey, I’ll even throw in werewolves because they’re tons of fun too, then sound off in the comments!) Tell me what you love about them, tell me which characters are your favorites, convince everyone that demons and monsters are as timeless as fear itself. 😀

 Thank you, Maghon, for hosting me here today ay Happy Tails and Tales. 

THANK YOU!! Ms. Jill sent me a little personal note when giving me the goodies for this tour. So to Ms. Jill, I want to say that personal note made my day-as to me this means you’ve read my blog before. It also means that you are a wonderful person willing to show me some well wishes to someone you don’t know. It means the world to me that you sent condolences to my Koda. I miss him everyday, but I know it’s harder for my mom as he was her dog. Isaac didn’t do too much chaos for me, but my well wishes go out to those who are having it so bad. 🙂 I believe having you over today has made my summer so much better. Thank you again! 🙂 

Author Bio:

 

Raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Jill earned a bachelor of science from Penn State University and later moved to Baltimore to attend the University of Baltimore School of Law, where she graduated magna cum laude. She went on to practice law as a “dirt lawyer” for ten years, specializing in real estate law, municipal development, commercial leasing, and anything involving exceedingly lengthy legalese-like contractual monstrosities.

 Jill now lives in rural Maryland with her two children and husband, who is a recreational pilot. Weekends are often spent flying around in the family’s small Cessna, visiting tiny un-towered airfields and other local points of interest.

 website: www.jillarcher.com

 blog: http://jillarcherauthor.wordpress.com

 twitter: @archer_jill

 facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jillarcherauthor

 goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13556956-dark-light-of-day

  Ok now kids, for my review, the publisher sent me a print copy to review, and it just hasn’t made it to me yet. I was in the beginning part of the tour, so it should be her really soon, and I PROMISE to get that review in as soon as possible. 🙂 You never know, when I get it and post my review, I MAY be able to give it away to you guys. so forgive the interruption of the good stuff, which I will now get to! 

And now what everyone always waits for… the GIVEAWAY!!! There are TWO different giveaways… One here and one over at the host’s site. so lemme tell you about the Host’s first… as you’ll need to head HERE for that giveaway, it’s a contest of sorts. The person who visits the most stops enters one part, if you bring someone to the party, there is another, and then something for everyone to enter…. 

Tour Wide Giveaways

Three signed copies of Dark Light of Day to the blog tour followers who visit the most stops. US ONLY

  • $10 eGift Card (either Amazon or Barnes & Noble, winner’s choice) to be drawn at random from all blog tour commenters.
  • $10 eGift Card (either Amazon or Barnes & Noble, winner’s choice) to the person who brings the most people to the party. To enter to win this one, tell a friend about the tour (someone who hasn’t yet commented). You’ll be entered to win when your friend stops by at any spot on the tour and tells us that you told them about the tour.

NOW MY GIVEAWAY!!

  • To be drawn randomly from that stop’s commenters, one Ace/Roc Science Fiction and Fantasy 2012 Sampler. These are bound, print samplers with a color cover and the first few pages of new work from the following authors/titles: Benedict Jacka’s FATED, Alex Hughes’ CLEAN, Jacqueline Carey’s DARK CURRENTS, Steve Bein’s DAUGHTER OF THE SWORD, Anton Strout’s ALCHEMYSTIC, and Jill Archer’s DARK LIGHT OF DAY. US ONLY

Pretty cool right!! I wanna win this! These samplers are SO COOL!! I’ve gotten one before. It’s the first several chapters of multiple books, and you can see if you like the books before you buy them 🙂 WOO HOO!!! So, this is a print copy, sorry to my international friends…. But if you live in the US, all you gotta do is leave me a comment or a comment for the wonderful Ms. Jill… DON’T FORGET that if you leave a comment for me today, you ALSO get entered in the big giveaway for the tour! 🙂 SO LEAVE A COMMENT… LOL, and then head over and fill out that rafflecopter. There’s so many things to win 🙂 

Good luck everyone. Thank you so so much Ms. Jill Archer for stopping by, and for being a special, warm hearted person! and as always Happy Reading! Later Gators!! 🙂 

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Blood Debt by Nancy Straight Spotlight! w giveaway

Blood Debt

Hello fantastic people…. I have some awesomeness to share today. A while back, Nancy Straight had a contest where she let her fans decide the title of her book coming out about Centaurs…. And she very nicely e-mailed me right after and said she’d love to send me a copy for a review. I then got all excited and said OF COURSE!!! I mean come on, who would say no to her 🙂 And then i e-mailed her AND BEGGED for her to do a spotlight post with some interviews and maaaaybe a little giveaway, and the of course, being as sweet as she is, told me sure! 🙂 Well today is the big day when I FINALLY GET TO TALK ABOUT THIS RIDICULOUSLY FABULOUS BOOK!!!! 🙂 wait til you see my review… BUT first, lemme tell you about the book… 🙂

from goodreads: Her whole life, it had just been the two of them. Before her mother’s last breath, she gave Camille the information she had craved her entire life: the identity of her father. Daring to contact him, Camille was welcomed by an entire family she never knew existed. But nothing comes without a price, as she discovers when her family claims a legendary heritage tracing back to a centaur touched by Zeus.

As she learns the secrets of her Centaur bloodline, she is drawn into a forbidden love with Drake. Her life may be the blood debt required to pay for her mother’s transgressions. The same person who once held her mother captive, and forced her into decades of hiding, now controls Camille. Her only chance is to seek a piece of her mother’s past that will win her freedom and the life she desperately wants.

And now I would like to introduce you to the author… she so graciously agreed to let me interview her 🙂 Please welcome Ms. Nancy!!!

Maghon, Thank you so much for letting me stop by for a chat today!! I’ve been stalking your blog for a while and it’s a real honor to be here!

First, tell me a little about your book….

Blood Debt, contrary to the name, doesn’t have ANY vampires in it!! LOL! I ran a contest and let friends / fans pick the name for this book. It was quite an achievement as the only thing I gave them was a short synopsis (250 words) and Keren Spencer from the UK (@Gothic_Angel28) chose the title Blood Debt. The book is about Camille who loses her only living relative in the first few pages of the book – her mother. Her mother had withheld her father’s identity her whole life. Just before she died she told Camille who her father was, but doesn’t have enough time to warn her why she’s kept them apart.

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated or did you always just know?

A lawyer made me do it! I used to work with a lawyer that I had a great deal of respect for, one day out of the blue he said, “Ms. Straight, you are one of the most compelling writers I’ve ever known.” That was one of the most unexpected and flattering compliments I had ever received. That compliment stuck with me for months, until one night, I started typing.

What inspired you to write your first book and what was it?

Meeting Destiny was the first book I wrote, I’m not sure if I was wholly inspired. It was more along the lines of, “Hmmm, I wonder if I could actually write a book?” Much the same way I’ve asked myself, “Hmmm, maybe I should get a new pair of shoes?” LOL! A year later, when it was finished, I let a friend read it, and she convinced me to publish it.

Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

Both the Destiny Series and the Touched Series were stories in my head screaming to get out. I’m sure many of the personalities that developed were based on experiences I’ve had with others and impressions their personalities left on me, but my life hasn’t been nearly as full of adrenaline as the characters in my books. (Thank goodness!!)

How do you chose when/which characters die in your books?

Blood Debt – Camille’s mother died on the second page, everyone else lived. Her mother had to die or Camille never would have discovered she was a Centaur. It was necessary for the story.

Meeting Destiny, a secondary character died! Destiny’s Revenge – Grandpa Joe died and it nearly broke my heart. (I loved that character). Much of Destiny’s Wrath was written from the demon’s perspective, I had to kill nine people in the first few chapters – that was horrific! I’ll never write a mass murder again. The main character’s death from a previous lifetime was also in Destiny’s Wrath and that was one of the most heart-wrenching scenes I’ve ever written.

Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?

Airicka Phoenix is absolutely amazing. I met her on twitter and she recently published her first book, it is exceptional and I’d love for everyone that reads this to go check out her book: Touching Smoke. Airicka’s going to be an Indie Rock Star in no time!

Who do you look up to as a writer?

This list grows every time I read another book! Anyone that knows me at all, knows that I idolize Shelly Crane. We published our books within a few months of each other. I noticed people that bought my books had also purchased hers. So I purchased Shelly’s Significance, I was totally hooked. I love the story, the characters, the pace – the book was an instant favorite. I’d never heard of Shelly so I googled her. I found her website, her facebook page, and several blogs where she had done guest posts. I reached out to her, asking for advice. I was hoping for (not expecting) maybe a sentence or two on how to promote my books, and what was working for her. Shelly wrote me a short novel’s worth of advice. I was so blown away I cannot tell you how many times I read her note. The months that followed, I continued to ask for her opinion and each time she responded and was a real gem. She is a World-Class, Genuinely-Sweet, Independent Author. I hope every one of you that reads this buys all of her books and falls in love with them the way I have.

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your book?

I wouldn’t change anything in Blood Debt – I’m sure it could be better, but I love it the way it is.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

MARKETING!! My goodness I could write about clipping toenails if I had to. But marketing my books is a challenge. I have finally gotten over my fear of twitter and I’m getting better at Facebook. Luckily, I have met some amazing people along the way (like you Maghon!), who have gone out of their way to help me find readers.

What book are you reading now? Or what genre?

Airicka Phoenix’s Touching Smoke is what I’m reading now. Books I will be reading in the next few weeks are: M. Leighton’s The Wild Ones, Shannon Dermott’s No Mercy. I’m going to the Decatur Book Festival over Labor Day Weekend, I expect to meet tons of great authors there, and have a much larger TBR when I get back!

ummm, just FYI- I totally stalk Shannon Dermott- MERCY AND HER DUDES ARE AWESOME!!!! Lol Who designed the cover? And do you help with them?

Dreamscape Covers has designed them for all my books. I told Joy what I was looking for and she exceeded my expectations on every one! As far as helping, I chose the model we used for each and told her what I had in mind.

Are there any books you think some of us should read, just because?

Charlotte Abel’s Channie Series, Amy Bartol’s Premonition Series, Rachel Higginson’s Starcrossed Series, Shelly Crane’s Significance Series and Abbi Glines’ Existence Series – ALL ARE HUGE FAVORITES

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

Shortly after I published my first book, Meeting Destiny, I joined goodreads. I think I had sold maybe twenty-five books. I was still very new to the site and I was surprised when a friend request came in from Charles Young. This was followed by a message saying he had read Meeting Destiny and loved it. Charles was my very first fan and I still message him regularly. If any of you have ever sent a message like the one I received from Charles to a “Rookie” author, I can guarantee you will never comprehend the lifelong impact your simple act of kindness has made (or will make) in that author’s life! When a story moves you, let the author know. Since that day, I’ve met many readers that have gone out of their way to brighten my day – every single message has been an inspiration. Charles, if you’re reading this blog post, thank you, again.

As for the bloggers of this world, OHMYSWEETGOODNESS I LOVE YOU GUYS!! I have never met a group of people so willing to selflessly give up hours every day, taking a chance on someone they’ve never heard of to devote hours of reading, then evaluate their work and promote on facebook, twitter and blogs. I will never be able to repay the kindness I have been shown by you and others just like you Maghon, but know that a day doesn’t go by that I don’t know how lucky I am.

I just wanna say thank you again for letting me read Blood debt and it was fantastic!!!

I’m thrilled that you loved it and excited that you invited me over for a chat today! Thanks so much! If anyone would like to connect with me, I’m at:

Twitter: @NancyStraight

Blog: http://www.authnancystraight.blogspot.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Nancy-Straight/243616005687882

Don’t you just LOVE her 🙂 I just love her 🙂 LOL I think she is fantastic and lemme tell you that she is a FANTASTIC writer!! After reading this book, I HAD to have her others, so I went out and bought them, I just haven’t read them yet. And now, lemme give you my oh, so important, opinion 🙂

THERE IS NO DOUBT IN MY MIND THIS IS ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS I’VE READ-NOT JUST THIS YEAR, EVER!!! It’s a gut-wrenching, heart pounding, fairy tale building, fantastic love story! I can’t lie, it’s not sappy. It’s got several hard concepts and terrible moments in this book. I am pretty sure Camille had me in tears in half the book. This poor kid has a tragedy after tragedy, and finally gets a break, and then WHAM, another tragedy. This is Camille’s story.

It starts off with a girl who is so depressed as her world revolved around her mother, who dies. She then gets one of those death bed confessions about her father, and it literally turns her world upside down. She gets the courage to find him, and his family is wonderful-but nuts, as supernatural beings usually are. 🙂 I think I have a secret crush on one of her new brothers 🙂 LOL and the story really takes some turns when she meets her new BFF Bianca. 🙂 AND Bianca’s fiance’, Drake… *swoon right now!!* And then she finds out her mother has a Blood Debt to repay… NO SPOILERS, sorry you gotta read to find out all about this…

The writing is beyond wonderful. I literally inhaled this story, and then cursed myself as the book ended and I was left in a drooling pile of mush, as I needed so much more-RIGHT NOW!!! 🙂 *hint, hint* Things are effortlessly put together, and I swear, as long as Ms. Nancy writes this story down, published or not, she can send me copies of torn paper with notes on them, just so I can have these characters FOREVER!!!

I don’t want to reveal anything that would ruin this impossibly creative journey for you, so I will now BULLY YOU, AND TELL YOU GO GET IT!!!! You are nuts if you find anything wrong with this story, and I can no longer be your friend. LOL I love everything about the men in her family-her dad and her brothers. They make me smile, and make me think that there are some good things left in the world. I am not sure if I really like her step mom yet, but right now, I am on yay-team-step-mom. I really like Bianca, and I REALLY LIKE HER BFF, from back home in California, BUT NO SPOILERS for that either. I have some assumptions going in my head that I cannot help but think some crazy things LOL also, if there is ever a guy who is fiction but comes to life- HE’S MINE!!! Do you hear me, MINE!!! He’s so going on my book boyfriend harem list-Nikki you’ve got another to keep track of 🙂

I can now only say THANK YOU MS NANCY!!!! Thank you for writing something that is fresh, new, unique, wonderful, beautiful, tragic, romantic, and completely satisfying to me!!! You are now on my hero author list for life, and to top it off, you are one of the sweetest, funnest, most generous people I have ever had the pleasure of internet-meeting hahahaha 🙂 My ratings only go up to 5 PAWS… But you can think of getting a 10 PAWS FROM ME!! yep it’s one of those great moments when I realized I would have lost something wonderful if I never read this book!!! 🙂

so do I have your attention now… well, goodie because I am about to introduce you to Mr. Drake, himself… WELCOME Mr. Hot Stuff hahahahahaha 🙂

Hello Drake, Thanks so much for being here. I really appreciate you stopping by for me to interrogate, I mean interview you. 😉 I now know why Camille is attracted to you *sighs* as you are a lovely sight to behold. LOL so anyways, let’s get started…

Maghon, let me just start by saying, you are absolutely enchanting, if I were not already committed to Camille, I’m afraid you’d need a restraining order to keep me away.

Lord, somebody catch me, before I fall over from swooning hahaha 🙂 Now, tell me a little something about yourself…

My name’s Drake Nash, I’m twenty-four years old, I work for my father’s construction business, and I was born a pure-blood Centaur.

Tell me how you feel about being a Centaur…

Hmm, a tough one. I’ve always been a Centaur. How do you feel about being a human?

I would actually love to be supernatural. 🙂 How did you feel when you first saw Camille, as I know a lot of thoughts were going through your head with your betrothed standing next to you?

Right, well, you cut to the chase don’t you? Could we go back to the last question? No? Okay, well, formerly betrothed. Bianca and Gage are happily together now. I suppose I should try to not get gushy on everyone, but it’s safe to say that not only did I forget how to breathe; the earth forgot how to rotate when I first saw Camille.

What’s the first thing that pops into your head when I say Camille’s name to you?

When I first met her, my first thought was she was an apple; a very red, delicious, sweet, beautiful apple – the Forbidden Fruit. Now when I hear her name the only thing that comes to mind is: Mine.

How did you feel when Bianca and Camille were first becoming fast friends?

Are you kidding me? I was betrothed to Bianca and I wanted Camille, male Centaurs don’t get to choose who they marry. I had already been chosen by Bianca. The fact that the two were becoming friends was about as welcomed as having a brand new bed of nails delivered to replace my mattress – strange and uncomfortable.

When Bianca and Camille told you of their little conspiracy plot, what were you thinking and how did you think it would play out?

It was the equivalent of being thrilled to have vanilla ice cream on a hot summer day and then someone sits down with a bowl of Ben and Jerry’s Chunky Monkey and says, “Here, why don’t you try this.” I was thrilled with my vanilla ice cream, a little smug to tell you the truth. Then just the idea that I might get one small spoonful of Chunky Monkey was worth letting Gage have my whole bowl full of vanilla.

How did you hold up when Zandra took Camille and you couldn’t find her?

I was a wreck. Camille and I had done the unthinkable – we had planned an un-chaperoned date the night she was kidnapped. When she didn’t arrive at 10pm I worried she may have been delayed. By 11 pm I was furious with myself thinking our plan may have been discovered. At midnight I realized she wasn’t coming. The next morning I wracked my brain until I could come up with a good reason to call her brother Brent. That’s when I learned she had been kidnapped by her grandmother. For two solid months, thoughts of Camille consumed me. The day Gage called and said we were all going to Zandra’s to bust Camille out was the first time I could breathe in two months.

I know you would do anything to be with Camille, but did you ever think about something happening to her to keep her from you permanently?

You mean like finding out a marriage had been arranged by her grandmother, to my best friend, Gage?

Are you happy with how things turned out between yourself, Camille, Gage, and Bianca?

Is there a word stronger than “Yes?” If there is, substitute it! Bianca should never have chosen me, she and Gage were meant for each other. I can’t imagine a life with anyone other than Camille – I’ll need to give her some time, but she’ll feel the same way I do soon.

Do you regret anything?

Many things. I regret accepting Bianca’s betrothal to begin with and putting my friendship with Gage in jeopardy. I regret that I didn’t spend more time with Camille on the yacht when I had the chance. I regret not following Camille home from lunch the day she was kidnapped.

Do you think Zandra will ever find you and Camille?

If we have to stay on the run for years, I’ll never complain, because I got a second chance with Camille. That’s more than I’d ever hoped for. Zandra is the most powerful Centuride on the planet and she’s none too happy with us, but we’ll do whatever is necessary to stay out of her sights.

In a perfect world, what would happen with you and Camille?

The world will never be perfect, but it’s pretty darn close to it right now. We escaped from Zandra’s house, we’re looking for the one Centaur artifact that can save us both and we’re together. It feels like perfection to me.

A little of this and that…

Boxers or Briefs? LOL yep, right to that one 😉 Boxers of course, room to breathe.

Coffee or tea? Sweet-Tea, I’m from South Carolina

Coke, sprite, dr. pepper, other? Dr. Pepper

Mountains or beach? Beach – Folly Beach

Winter or summer? Summer

Vampire or werewolf? Centaurs don’t believe in mythical creatures *snorts!! Pfffft, says the supernatural hahahaha*

Cold or hot? HOT!

Favorite color? Brown, specifically Milk-chocolate (the color of Camille’s eyes)

Night or day? Night (with Camille beside me)

Moonlight or sunlight? Moonlight

Steak, seafood, burger, or pizza? I think you should let me cook you some South Louisiana food and then that’ll be its own category 🙂 Pizza from Andolinis

Maghon, it has absolutely been my pleasure to chat with you today. I’m thrilled that you invited me over and can’t wait for you to find out what happens in our next adventure.

Ok, Now that I’ve given you such fantastic goodies… I’VE GOT ONE MORE~ the author would like for me to give away this winner’s pack….

1 ebook copy of blood debt

1 signed book mark

1 temporary tattoo – to fit in with the other supes 🙂

ALL TO ONE WINNER!!! All you have to do is leave me a nice comment on this post… 🙂 I think we’ll take international entries as long as it isn’t too expensive to ship it to you… 🙂 The ebook copy will be sent digitally so that shouldn’t be a problem… 🙂

I want to thank Ms. Nancy, on multiple accounts, for giving me the book, and for chatting with me so awesomely, and doing the interviews, and offering up that cool giveaway! I would like to thank Drake for showing me his drool worthy self. 🙂 and I would like to thank my followers, for just being you!! 🙂 Thanks for stopping by and as always, happy reading my gators… 🙂 ps…. Ummm, did you go get this book yet??!?! No!! What are you waiting for!! 🙂

Biting Cold Blog Tour! IT’S FINALLY HERE!! w giveaway

Biting Cold Blog Tour Bug

Turned into a vampire against her will, twenty-eight-year-old Merit found her way into the dark circle of Chicago’s vampire underground, where she learned there was more to supernaturals than met the eye—and more supernaturals than the public ever imagined. And not all the secrets she learned were for sharing—among humans or inhumans.

Now Merit is on the hunt, charging across the stark American Midwest, tailing a rogue supernatural intent on stealing an ancient artifact that could unleash catastrophic evil on the world. But Merit is also the prey. An enemy of Chicagoland is hunting her, and he’ll stop at nothing to get the book for himself. No mercy allowed. No rules apply. No lives spared. The race is on.

PUCHASE LINKS: AMAZON BANRES & NOBLES INDIEBOUND

PEOPLE IT’S HERE!!!! FINALLY!!!! YOU CAN NOW BUY THIS BOOK!!! and my official stop for the Biting Cold Blog tour! I have been going CRAZY waiting for this moment!! I am beyond excited and I don’t even know which words to use to describe it. My edumaction has gone out the window!! 🙂 I absolutely have a ton of great things to tell you about so lets get started!! I wanna tell you about the giveaway FIRST! I know I usually make you wait til the end of my posts, but I NEED to tell you about this one right NOW!!

MY GIVEAWAY!!!

Before you run away from me… I HAVE MY OWN GIVEAWAY!!!! Ms. Neill and her team were so awesome in sending me swag packs, so, all you have to do is LEAVE ME A COMMENT ON THIS POST and I’ll pick a winner in a week! I am so sorry, but this contest is for my USA, CANADA AND MEXICO followers only as my funds are very limited right now.

MY SWAG PACK WILL INCLUDE:

– CV bookmarks

– CV postcards

– CV stickers

– “I survived Hard Bitten” button

– A CV mousepad (NAVR or “Keep Calm and Cadogan”) OR an audiobook (as supplies last; these will be randomly distributed)

The fun doesn’t stop here. Want more chances to win?

Below, you’ll find a key word. Each participant in the Biting Cold Blog Tour has one, and when you put them all together in order, you’ll find a quote from a Chicagoland Vampires novel.

That quote is the passcode you’ll need to enter the Biting Cold Scavenger Hunt Giveaway, which will begin on August 11, 2012 on Chloe’s web site. The giveaway will end at midnight on August 17, 2012.

What are the Scavenger Hunt Giveaway prizes?

  • A complete set of Chicagoland Vampires audiobook CDs (generously provided by Tantor Audio)
  • A $25 CafePress gift card you can use in the Chicagoland Vampires store
  • Autographed copies of DRINK DEEP and CHARMFALL
  • A Chicagoland Vampires tote bag with other Chicagoland Vampires swag, including a mouse pad, bookmarks, and stickers!

MY WORD FOR THE SCAVENGER HUNT IS SENTINEL

Kids, I suggest you write these words down, as you will need to put them together to make the whole puzzle. You must have them in the right order and properly spelled to enter 🙂 Don’t worry, It’s not as hard as I am making it sound LOL but I am going to post every single stop for you below so you can get all the words to enter. You REALLY want to enter this giveaway!!

Biting Cold Tour Schedule

July 30, 2012
Paperback dolls

July 31, 2012
The Book Nympho

August 1, 2012
AwesomeSauce Book Club
Addicted 2 Heroines

August 2, 2012
The Peasants Revolt
Literary Escapism

August 3, 2012
Mystifying Paranormal Reviews
Herding Cats & Burning Soup

August 6, 2012
Reading and Writing Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance
All the Fun Starts After Dark

August 7, 2012
Nice Girls Don’t Read Naughty Books
YA Reads

August 8, 2012
Fangs, Wands & Fairy Dust
Happy Tales & Tails

August 9, 2012
Oh, Paper Pages!

August 10, 2012
Ms. Vain’s Paranormal Fantasy

August 11, 2012 – Scavenger Hunt Contest Entries Start Today

August 17, 2012 – Scavenger Hunt Contest Entries Close Today

THANK YOU ALL FOR PARTICIPATING IN THE BLOG TOUR!

I personally wanna thank Ms. Chloe Neill for letting me participate in this blog tour. I peed my pants a little when I got my confirmation date! I LOVE this series, and her YA adult series as well! I also want to thank the publisher for sending me an ARC copy to read for review! I last, but not least, want to thank all of my followers who allow me to write fantastic posts with great giveaways!!! Without you-seriously, you have to have so many followers to participate in a lot of things- I would never have had this spectacular opportunity!! I wish each and every one of you good luck!! for my giveaway and the big scavenger hunt giveaway! I’m going to post my review in a week to keep the words going for this great book and author and I’ll give some more swag away for the review!! I don’t want to bombard you with info! 🙂

Happy Reading my gators… as you read this I am off to AAD2012 in NOLA!! 🙂 I will be using my trust iPhone WordPress app to send you all lovely updates and pictures while I am there. I left the days open while I am in NOLA to be able to post updates everyday and show you things. As I see them, I will show you some sneek peaks. And when I return I will post a big post with more pics and goodies, and a confirmation on that big swag giveaway for my followers!! I will take pictures with both my iPhone and my wonderful camera (the one I won on my Montana trip at the beginning of the year for those of you who remember) so I should come home with tons of things to share 🙂 Have a fantastic rest of the week and weekend everyone!! I have more giveaways coming up as well 🙂 so I’m going to leave you with some pictures of the swag for my giveaway today! Now go forth and comment!!

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WINNERS!!!

OK, don’t laugh at me, but when I was typing the title just now, I SO typed WEINERS!!! hahahahaha I had to hurry and change that, as I am sure it would have caused some kind of stir!! 🙂  LOL now I hope that made you giggle as much as me! 🙂 so I am about to list a WHOLE BUNCH of winners from that last few weeks! 🙂 WHOOOOO HOOOOOO!!! 🙂 I am gunna post the book you’ve won, and your name 🙂 YAY!! CONGRATS to all of the people below! You should have an email now confirming this, so please reply to it asap or email me asap if you don’t get that email. Info will be down below. 

 

  • Carman milner ebook copy of 

Determinant (The Guardians of Vesturon #3)

  • Avry15 ebook copy of 

Fractured Light

  • Marian Lanouette  won an ebook copy of 

Blood Life

  • S.A. won an ebook copy of

  • Four in the Morning
  • Jean S. won an ecopy of 

 

ALSO!! because S.A. had the best comment on the post, I am gunna gift you a copy of Blood Life from myself 🙂 

I would like to congratulate everyone again! I sent the email, so check your inbox. If you do NOT see that email, please send me an email asap at magluvsya03@yahoo.com so I can get your copy to you! 🙂 Thanks all for participating, and I promise to have more giveaways for those who didn’t win! Happy Reading my Gators!! 

Winners & Giveaways!

Hello Everyone! Today, I am announcing a winner, and reminding everyone about the other 2 giveaways I have going on! HEHEHE I have some other good news too!!! But I’ll save that for last.  So, winners first! 

for my stop on the Vaempires:Revolution book tour, Mr. Winship himself, offered an e-book copy of the book, but seeing as there were ONLY three people who commented to enter, I will have all three of them win-cuz I am just awesome like that! LOL So, the first winner will receive a copy from the author, and the other two will get a copy from me. 🙂 All three winners can chose if they would like their e-book from amazon OR from smashwords, so that way they can chose the type of file they get 🙂 I know a lot of folks have a nook instead of kindle. So, without anymore blabbering here’s your winners! 

CONGRATULATIONS!!

Kerry Amburgy-Dickson

hollybindurham

bn100 

I will e-mail each of you shortly, so you guys can let me know what kind you’d like 🙂 KERRY, you were the first to comment, so you will get your copy from Mr. Winship. Holly & BN will get theirs from me! HEHEHE!! congrats! sometimes it pays to leave a comment! LOL 

Now, for those of you who would like to win some of my other giveaways going on, I’m about to leave you some extra links, so you can check up on them 🙂 First up is my post for the Charade Blog Tour. If you want to read the post, go HERE… if you already know what Charade is, then you can just enter HERE. That the form to fill out what you’d like to win… YOU SHOULD KNOW THERE IS SIGNED SWAG IN THERE!! I’m giving away ebooks too, but Ms. Cambria Hebert is awesome, and I have some very cool signed book marks that are also to be given away-there’ll be 3 winners for that one! I have ONLY a FEW people entered for that giveaway, and the deadline to enter is JUNE 20, so you only have a few more days. GO!GO!GO, now LOL I LOVE this series, and who doesn’t love signed swag LOL 🙂 This is international, as long as the USPS can ship to you, signed swag, and a kindle version of the books. 

Lastly, but not least, is my Absolution book tour giveaway. If you’d like to see the post, you can go HERE. There are multiple things being given away here. First, is a copy of Absolution, an ebook. I’m giving that away to a commenter-that means just leave me a comment LOL You can leave it on here, or go to the post and leave it on there too. One copy from me, and one copy from Mr. Corsair himself.  These will be given via smashwords so you can chose your file type.  This is international. ALSO- there is a HUGE-by HUGE I mean GIGANTIC- giveaway for the whole tour.  You can see all of the AWESOME stuff being given away by going HERE. This is also international, and is a rafflecopter form.  You can chose to do one, OR both, up to you. For BOTH giveaways, you have until JULY 3, so you should enter soon. 

Now, I wish you all extra luck!! I will have some updates for my lil Dude aka Kyland, for those of you keeping up with him, and I’ve also got over 10 blog tours this coming month, so, I will have a whole lota giveaways coming up soon.  🙂 this makes me happy! I will also have one more stop on Wednesday for the Absolution book tour, so you can look for that too 🙂 Happy Reading my gators!! 

ARC Review~Cuz Jenn Bennett is Stellar

Summoning the Night (Arcadia Bell, #2)

Hello everyone! Today I am so excited to say that TOMORROW IS THE RELEASE DATE FOR SUMMONING THE NIGHT!! this is the second book of the Arcadia Bell series! Ms. Jenn Bennett was so awesome and allowed me to read this as an ARC for review… THANKS SO MUCH!!! I will also say, holy crap-i-zoly, it was fantastic… Not like I expected any less, but there is something about this series that just makes me all mushy inside 🙂 Before I start my review there are a few things I would like to show you…

Goodreads synopsis: MAGICAL TRICKS. DEMONIC TREATS.

After narrowly escaping her fate as a sacrificial scapegoat, Arcadia Bell is back to normal. Or at least as ordinary as life can be for a renegade magician and owner of a tiki bar that caters to Earthbound demons. She’s gearing up for the busiest day of the year—Halloween—when a vengeful kidnapper paralyzes the community.

The influential head of the local Hellfire Club taps Cady to track down the fiendish bogeyman, and now that she’s dating red-hot Lon Butler, the Club’s wayward son, she can hardly say no. Cady and Lon untangle a gruesome thirty-year trail of clues that points to danger for the club members’ children. But locating the person behind the terror will require some metaphysical help from Cady’s loyal bar patrons as well as her potent new Moonchild powers—and she’d better figure it out before the final victim disappears and her own darkest secret becomes her biggest enemy.

Also, this is DIRECTLY FROM JENN BENNETT’S WEBSITE ( GO THERE AND CHECK OUT MORE) but I loved that she put this up… I love to see a face with a character and she so sweetly put this for us to see…

Seriously, these are just fantastic, but make sure that you go check out everything else that Ms. Bennett has on her site here… http://www.jennbennett.net/

Here’s the video for the book release…

I’m sorry but that is just the coolest video EVER!! Seriously, I love love it!!! 🙂 I cannot help myself, I’ve watched it at least 20 times and I DO KNOW what’s going to happen 🙂 And so now, I guess it’s time for me to stop blabbering and start giving the goods LOL! Here we go…

There isn’t anyone who writes like Jenn Bennett-fierce, crazy, awesome, awe-inspiring, grade-A urban fantasy! I mean, her first book, Kindling the Moon, I fell in love with, but Summoning the Night was like the whole date package! There is everything in here-witches, demons, crazy children, mystery, magic, awesome tiki drinks, totally butt kicking action, hot sexy romance, and a side of fantastic! Ok, Ok, I’ll explain. The first book threw me for a total loop with the ending, I was NOT expecting that. Arcadia is literally still floating on crazy from those events. And all of a sudden she is thrust in the middle of a crazy psychopath’s way of kidnapping children, and that means Jupe could be in real danger. For someone who is so independent and closed, this is very hard for Arcadia. She has formed a bond with Jupe, as crazy as he is 🙂

There are some new characters you see in here, as well as some reoccurring characters from Kindling the Moon, and some characters gave me real whiplash with their true personalities coming out. It’s a mystery you’ll have to read to find out about. Normally, my favorite character is ALWAYS the main, which would be Arcadia, and I LOVE HER, seriously, like I would move in, but I have a big soft spot for Jupe as he is not only a pain in the rear, but hilarious, and he is who he is and he’s very cool with that! Teenagers normally make me crazy! LOL

The writing is just flawless and flows and it was a fast paced read for me… By this I mean, I read it all fast and couldn’t tell anybody, since I had to wait for closer to the release date to get all blabbery! This book has everything that makes me happy, so there’s no way I could give it a bad rating. And sometimes, when the first book captures so much of your heart, the second is a let-down. WELL, NOT HERE! Book two has me completely enamored of the talent Jenn Bennett possesses! I hear she’s possibly working on a few more things and I wanna throw popcorn at people I’m so excited! Monkeys throw poo, I throw popcorn-less smelly, it’s edible and doesn’t stain your close! LOL 🙂

To close off my review, I will say 2 things– 1. what the hell are you waiting for? GO GET THAT BOOK NOW! and 2. gimme gimme gimme gimme MORE! 🙂

here’s all the links you should check out for the books and the author:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Summoning-Night-Arcadia-Bell-Novel/dp/1451620535/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1334933963&sr=8-1

Barnes & Nobles: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/summoning-the-night-jenn-bennett/1104697949?ean=9781451620535&r=1&cm_mmc=AFFILIATES-_-Linkshare-_-GwEz7vxblVU-_-10%3a1&

Jenn’s website: http://www.jennbennett.net/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/Jenn_Benn

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JennBennettauthor

Goodreads page: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4485813.Jenn_Bennett

Now, before I go, just a few more things… First, I am giving you this link as a fellow blogger who did an interview with Ms. Bennett, & I loved it so much that I think you guys should check it out too… so go HERE… http://yummymenandkickasschicks.com/?p=13405 when you check it out, she is also giving away a copy, so you can enter to win a book from Ms. Bennett 🙂 YOU HAVE 24 HOURS TO ENTER THIS GIVEAWAY–HURRY!!

Another giveaway is directly from Jenn Bennett herself via Goodreads. Go here… http://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/24248-summoning-the-night this giveaway has more time to enter, but there will be 5 copies 🙂 YAY!!

Now on my last note, I will leave you with my favorite quotes, or two, from Kindling the Moon (I don’t wanna spoil anything for Summoning the Night)… here ya go…

“Arcadia,” Lon’s voice said from my phone. “Who is this?” I teased.
“You can’t take my son on a date.” “I didn’t ask him. He asked me.” “He stole my cell and called without permission.” “Sounds like a personal problem to me.” A low growling noise came out of the phone.”
Jenn Bennett, Kindling the Moon

“I stumbled through the dark underbrush again crying out as I plunged through a thick spiderweb. My arms frantically brushed away the clinging web as irrational fear made me batshit-crazy for a moment. Scared of a damn spider when a bloodthirsty demon was chasing me down. Ridiculous.”
Jenn Bennett, Kindling the Moon

I just love those two quotes 🙂 I can’t help but giggle out loud at both… Well, I hope you enjoyed my crazy person rant, and don’t forget to enter to win copies! Happy reading, thanks for stopping by, and later my reading gators!

I’m stealing…NO, I’m spreading the love!! :)

Hello everyone… 

Today, since it’s Friday, I have decided that instead of a plain old post (I am not finished my book for review, so I can’t post a review yet), I would steal other people’s and spread the word about things I think you should know 🙂 So, technically I am just copying and pasting links, no actual stealing involved, but it stands out when people look at that title LOL 🙂 so I will start off with a giveaway first 🙂 

M J Schutte is giving books away… Yesterday I was lucky enough to win an ebook copy of his book (#1 of this series)

Energy

today (& all weekend til SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 19) he is having a little contest to give away an ARC copy of book 2 of this series…

Birth of a Wizard

GO HERE: https://www.facebook.com/EnergyNovel

Contest:  submit your favorite picture of a black panther… Now, since I already entered mine (and yes, I will completely understand if you copy & paste from my awesomeness) & I am a vet tech (becoming a veterinarian) & I have an EXTREME passion for these types of animals, I’m gunna blabber a little bit 🙂 

Here’s my contest picture (no don’t steal this one) 

Isn’t this just a beautiful creature 🙂 People say “black panther” but properly is know as “black” Jaguar… yes, if you look good enough you will see his spots on his cheek… here’s another example 🙂 (sorry, I used this one too) 

Now do you see his spots 🙂 of course you do hahahaha In the direct sunlight, you can see them 🙂 Now most you really don’t care that I am blabbering on about this, so with that here is one more picture before I move on….

you can use that one (directly above) & this one below 🙂 

& my real favorite 🙂

If you don’t think this big cat is beautiful, we cannot be friends any longer 🙂 LOL I know some people aren’t big animal people like me, but I am really serious in my animal advocacy’s, I really want these beautiful creatures to keep a place in the world 🙂 I met a real Leopard at a zoo when I was 21, & he fell in love with me (I think he knew I was just cool) but even when we had to leave, he followed me all around his cage with just bars between us… me being silly walked back & forth multiple times to make sure he was following me 🙂  I still have his pictures looking me dead in the eye… my mom tells me I should have been born an animal cuz I relate with them so well & they just love me 🙂 Now anyways 🙂 let’s get on with the show…

Ms. Cambria Hebert is one of the coolest authors I know… I tagged her in our little blogger game and she has the GREATNESS to answer all the questions 🙂 & even gave me the most ASWESOME shout out… so without furthur ado… here’s what Ms. Hebert said 🙂 

Hey Peeps!

So recently I was tagged in a fun game of Blog Tag by a most awesome lady Maghon over at Happy Tails and Tales Blog  https://magluvsya03.wordpress.com. I thought it was a great way to have some fun and learn something about some of my favorite bloggers!

So let’s get to it and be sure to check the list for your name to see if you have been tagged!!

Now, I think you should read what she had to say by going here 🙂 that’s her blog post! If you don’t know who she is, here’s her book…

Masquerade (Heven and Hell, #1)

Yeah let me just say FANTASTIC 🙂 I will leave it at that, but you can read my real review here: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/243373176

Lastly, another fantastic author is doing a GIVEAWAY too 🙂 She is interviewing the author of 

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you have until Faruary 29, 2012 to enter to win BOTH books, she’s giving copies away of the sequel too 🙂 

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so here’s where ya need to go: http://roxykade.blogspot.com/2012/02/author-interview-giveaway.html?spref=fb

Now, you know all the goodies about today, & I think you should try to win some goodies 🙂 I wish you an extra happy weekend 🙂 and on that note… one last…. little…. 

HAHAHAHAHA I just love animals 🙂 later my reading Gators! Good luck for those of you who enter into the contests 🙂