Thursday, April 24, 2014

Laura Wright/Alexandra Ivy's BACK TO THE BAYOU Giveaway!

LIAN/ROCH
Bayou Heat, 9/10 

USA Today bestselling Bayou Heat series… 

LIAN 
The Hunter: 
Lian isn’t a happy puma. He’s a lethal Hunter who should be out fighting the enemy, not babysitting a human scholar. Still, he’ll do whatever necessary to rid the world of the evil goddess, Shakpi. And there’s the bonus of spending a few hours away from his family of Nurturers who have been smothering him with love. The last thing he expects is to discover a female who not only stirs his passions, but who calls to his cat on a primal level. 

The Scholar: 
Dr. Sage Parker has always known she’s different. Not only because she’s a genius with languages, but because she has a weird ability to see auras around people. It’s no wonder that she prefers to remain secluded in her small cottage. Then Lian charges into her life, dragging her out of the safety of her home and forcing her to travel to the Wildlands. Even more dangerously, he touches a place in her heart that she shut off long ago. Now, to claim the future she never dreamed possible, she must translate the ancient Pantera scrolls before Shakpi destroys the male she loves. 

ROCH 
Brilliant Diplomat Roch is devoted to his work. The sexy, blond male wants nothing more than to keep his life just as it is. But when he falls ill, he’s forced to find help in the human world. Who would’ve guessed that the cure he needs is a human woman carrying the next Pantera child? 

Attorney Lydia Page has not only been fired from her job for being pregnant, but the clinic where she was inseminated wants her to end the pregnancy because she’s carrying an ‘animal.’ Shocked and scared, Lydia has nowhere to turn. She loves her unborn child, and soon realizes that the only way to keep herself and her baby safe is to accept the help of a mysterious and very handsome puma shifter. But could the stranger be more than just her rescuer?


Snippet from ROCH:

“Take the day. We’ll schedule the termination tomorrow morning.”

Tears pricked Lydia’s eyes.

“You’ll only need to wait a few weeks and we can try again—”

Her hand left the door and went to her belly. “No. Never.” She whirled around. “This baby is mine.”

Erin and the doctor both stared at her like she was insane. And maybe she was.

“Ms. Page,” the doctor began. “Besides this being against our laws of nature, the Pantera will not look kindly on this mistake. Our government is working with theirs to foster a relationship. It’s only at the beginning stages. We don’t know how these…beasts…will react.”

Beasts? It was as if the man had sent a knife through her heart. She didn’t know what was coming. Didn’t know how she was going to manage any of it. But she did know that she was going to protect this child from people like these.

“You could be in danger if anyone found out.” Erin had her arms crossed over her chest. She looked pensive. “Not everyone has sympathy and understanding for these animals—this new species.”

“Like you?” Lydia asked bitingly.

Erin’s lips thinned. “I urge you to think very carefully about this, Ms. Page. And we hope to see you back here in the morning.”

“I don’t have to think about anything,” Lydia told her fiercely, her hand finding the doorknob once again. “No one is taking this baby from me. Pantera, human—it belongs to me.”

COMING MAY 2014
Hakan/Severin 
Bayou Heat, #11/12


ABOUT ALEXANDRA IVY:

Alexandra Ivy is the New York Times bestselling author of the Guardians of Eternity series, the Immortal Rogues series and the Sentinels.

Alexandra graduated from Truman University with a degree in theatre before deciding she preferred to bring her characters to life on paper rather than stage. She currently lives in Missouri with her extraordinarily patient husband and teenage sons.


Connect with Alexandra: 
Website / Facebook / Twitter / Goodreads

ABOUT LAURA WRIGHT:

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author of Mark of the Vampire, Bayou Heat, Cavanaugh Brothers series, and Wicked Ink Chronicles, Laura Wright spent the early years of her life immersed in the worlds of singing, acting and competitive ballroom dancing. But when she started writing, she knew she’d found her true calling. Laura lives in Los Angeles, California with her husband, two children, three dogs, two frogs and two fish. She’s been thrice nominated for a Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award, and loves hearing from her readers.

Connect with Laura: Website / Facebook / Twitter / Goodreads



GIVEAWAY: 
The authors are enabling us to give away ONE $10.00 gift card to Amazon or B&N. Our give away is open internationally and ends on midnight, May 1st.
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Join #Speak4RAINN15 TODAY!




#Speak4RAINN15 is a joint effort with SPEAK author Laurie Halse Anderson and the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) to raise $30,000 in honor of the 15-year anniversary of SPEAK and Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month. Together, we're working to help survivors of sexual assault — like Melinda from SPEAK — find their voices. Macmillan is matching donations dollar-for-dollar up to $30,000 and so just $15 helps fund and connect three survivors of sexual violence with the help they deserve. 

Join the #Speak4RAINN15 conversation on twitter TODAY
April 24 at 3pm EST / 12pm PST with Laurie Halse Anderson using the #Speak4RAINN15 hashtag. 
We'll be tweeting to raise awareness and encourage donations for this important cause.


You can visit rainn.org/speak to learn more about the campaign and how you can help survivors find their voices. 

If you're unable to join the chat but are interested in helping, then every tweet, post, or tumble using #Speak4RAINN15 and leading to RAINN's website helps raise awareness and is greatly appreciated.

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Spotlight on the B&S series by Kimberly Knight and cover makeover!

B&S #1
Synopsis
Spencer Marshall was done moping. After catching her boyfriend cheating with his secretary, she decides to have a girl's weekend in Vegas with her best friend, Ryan. Lady Luck must be looking out for Spencer, because the hottie that has caught her eye at her new gym is on the same flight to Vegas.

Spencer is old-fashioned in the sense that she feels the guy should make the first move, but this hottie hasn’t approached her…until they have one hot dance in Vegas that leaves her questioning his motives.

Will her hottie finally speak to her, or will he continue playing a game of flirtation that may lead to nowhere? And will situations from their past keep them from taking the next step?

Despite what people say, not everything stays in Vegas, especially when you work out every day at the same time and at the same gym.

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B&S #2
Synopsis
From the moment she first saw him running on the treadmill next to her, Spencer Marshall fell head over heels in love with Brandon Montgomery. 

After Spencer has a near-death
experience she would rather forget, they do their best to move on with their lives, leaving their past behind them.

Thankful for a fresh start and eager to move on with her life, Spencer focuses on helping her best friend, Ryan Kennedy, plan her wedding. Everything seems to be going as planned when someone from Brandon’s past reappears.

Can Spencer and Brandon survive the coming days as they struggle to deal with ghosts from the past?


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B&S #3
Synopsis
After walking in on her cheating boyfriend, fate led Spencer Marshall to the love of her life, Brandon Montgomery. Now she has a wedding to plan.

With hope that the demons from their pasts will finally leave them alone, Brandon and Spencer look forward to growing old together.

Just as things are finally looking up, an  unexpected houseguest arrives and stays much
longer than expected. Will their love be strong enough to overcome the bad influences of their new roommate and the emotional aftermath of dealing with the trial? And when an unforeseen tragedy strikes, can Spencer finally have the happy ending she deserves?


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                  About the Author
Kimberly Knight has just moved from the Bay Area in California to the mountains near a lake with her loving husband and spoiled cat, Precious. In her spare time, she enjoys watching her favorite reality TV shows, playing co-ed slow pitch softball in a few local leagues,rooting for her SF Giants and San Jose Sharks and playing computer games like World of Warcraft with Audrey Harte and online poker. Now that she is near a lake, she plans on working on her tan and doing more outdoor stuff like...watching hot guys ski. However, the bulk of her time is dedicated to writing and reading Romance and Erotic fiction.
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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Blog tour: The Six Days by Anna McCormally + excerpt


Happy Hump Day! On this Wednesday, we bring a blog tour for Anna Carolyn McCormally's YA fantasy novel, The Six Days. This tour is hosted by Enchanted Book Promotions and it's our first time featuring a Giant Squid Books title. Welcome and thanks for stopping by. Enjoy the excerpt!
Title: The Six Days
Author: Anna McCormally
Genre: YA Fantasy
Format: Paperback, eBook, 318 pages
Published April 1st 2014 by Giant Squid Books
Purchase: Amazon | B&N
Fifteen years ago, in the middle of the night, Jamie Carpenter’s mother went up to the dark lighthouse on the cliffs. She never came back.
Yesterday, Jamie had a nightmare: his little brother disappearing like their mother did, through the door of the lighthouse, a door that has never opened.
Today, the nightmare came true. Jamie’s brother is missing. And not just missing–he’s been abducted, taken through the lighthouse door into the world of magic that lays beyond.
With his best friend Nia at his side, Jamie crosses into a world he never knew existed–but Emanu is not the fairytale world of childrens stories. Desperate to understand who took Danny and why, struggling to survive in a world of shadowy magic, Jamie and Nia seek the help of the Council of Witches. As they uncover more and more of Jamie’s family secrets and unknown powers, it becomes clear that Nia herself may be something more than human–and that it’s her the Council views as their biggest threat…
Swept up in a dark political game they don’t understand, burdened by magic they don’t know how to use, Jamie and Nia are going to have to learn fast if they’re going to survive Emanu and rescue Danny Carpenter. There are only six days until the gate between worlds closes again.
For good.
EXCERPT:
"Cal says, “I never asked you—what does it feel like for you?”
“What does what feel like?”
“The magic,” he says and all of a sudden all she can think about is their conversation on the boat, the firelight and Cal oh so close under the sky, just like he is now.
Music drifts over them from inside like a cool breeze and the air tastes of silver starlight, crisp and cold. Nia relishes the taste of it, breathes in and out slowly, her breath smoky on the night air.
“It feels like breathing,” she says, and looks up at him. “Like I was never breathing properly before, just shallow breaths, you know, something blocking the airflow. And then, in the attic, it was just switched on—and I could breathe.” She looks back at the river below them. “It feels intoxicating,” she says. “It’s like I’m drunk on breathing.”
“So you’re not,” Cal says, “angry.”
She cocks her head, waits.
“I’m angry,” he explains. “I’m so furious that this happened to us I can hardly think about anything else. Everything about our lives—it wasn’t a lie, exactly, but it wasn’t true. I wish none of this had ever happened; I’d give anything to go back.” He says this all very calmly, like he has thought very hard about how to articulate something that he is struggling to come to terms with and, in finding the words, has accepted it a little. It is marvelous, his self-awareness; he is a marvel.
“Oh Cal,” she says. She has the urge to reach out and touch his face, but she doesn’t. “I know I shouldn’t say this but we’re going to find Danny, aren’t we? We’re going to save him? So in the end I’m glad it happened, because—I won’t have to go back.” She pauses and then repeats what she’d said to Jamie, wondering what Cal’s reaction will be: “They’ll have to forgive me, won’t they? The Council?”
He doesn’t say anything; he seems to have tensed.
She says, “You think I’m horrible.”
“No,” he says, “I don’t think you’re horrible. It’s just—you never did anything wrong. I just think don’t think you have anything to prove to them.”
“It’s not about that,” she says, frowning, and Cal says, “Isn’t it? You’re not—you’re not like them.”
“And what are they like?” she asks without looking at him.
“They’re—” he says and then hesitates. “I don’t know. Heartless.”
She laughs. “And I’m not heartless?”
No,” he says, with wonder, “No, you’re—of course you’re not. Nia,” (his voice is staid and steady voice and it irritates her; everything she loves about Cal and everything she hates about him are the same things), “I’ve known you practically my entire life, I know what you’re like and you’re...you’re the least—”
“I’m not afraid of the Call,” Nia cuts him off. “If that’s what—if it happens to me then I’m not afraid. I would be happy to go to the Council. I’d be grateful.”
He gazes at her; his look rings through the air. “Ni,” he says, and then, blushing, shakes his head."
Author Bio
Anna Carolyn McCormally currently manages a small used bookstore in Washington, D.C.. She has a tattoo of the Deathly Hallows and blogs about YA fiction at www.giantsquidbooks.com.. Her short fiction and poetry has been published in pacificREVIEW, Quantum Fairy Tales and 3 am magazine. Follow her on Twitter @mccormallie.