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We’d like to thank Avon Books and HarperCollins for lettings us share with you this wonderful excerpt and giveaway during the The Angel Wore Fangs Blog Tour! =^.^=
Praise for Sandra Hill’s Deadly Angels series:
“Fans of paranormal and time travel will get a kick out of this sexy and often humorous addition to the Deadly Angels series. Viking vampire angel Cnut is a completely strong hero, and Andrea, his accompaniment, is matched with him perfectly. Their antics will make readers giggle, and their adventures will keep fans at the edge of their seats. Hill’s vivid imagination really shines!”
—RT Book Reviews on The Angel Wore Fangs
“An awesome…series! Kept me up late into the night reading. Looking forward to the next installment.” — New York Times bestselling author Lynsay Sands
“Hill has written another winner featuring her Viking vampire angels. In her fourth in the passion-driven Deadly Angels series, two of the most unlikely characters, Mordr and Miranda, are thrown together and the result is laugh-out-loud humor and unrivaled sex appeal.”
—Romantic Times Book Reviews on Kiss of Wrath
“With her clever dialogue, often bawdy situations, and great cast of characters, including a warrior woman, a proverb-spouting wise man/healer from the East, and a saucy cook, Hill has created another wickedly wonderful story.” —Booklist (starred review) on Kiss of Wrath
“The third book in Sandra Hill’s Deadly Angels series, Kiss of Temptation, comes out Tuesday. Along with it comes the temptation to play hooky that day so I can hang out with Ivak, who’s guilty of the sin of lust. Aren’t we all, when it comes to Sandra Hill’s books?”
— USA Today on Kiss of Temptation
“Thanks for the laughs and the heartfelt emotions, Ms. Hill. I loved this one and am looking forward to the next book in this exciting series.” —The Romance Reviews on Kiss of Temptation
Earthy, laugh-out-loud hilarious, and lusty, this tenth-century revel takes readers back to a much-less-refined time and is just plain fun. Hill’s (Viking Heat) Viking series are legendary; her fans are sure to enjoy this latest addition.” —Library Journal on Kiss of Surrender
“Sixth in the Deadly Angels series, Even Vampires Get the Blues is entertaining, solid and consistent in its storytelling. Fans of the Vampire Viking Angels series will be pleased.”
— Romantic Times Book Reviews on Even Vampires Get the Blues
About the Author:
Sandra Hill is a graduate of Penn State and worked for more than 10 years as a features writer and education editor for publications in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Writing about serious issues taught her the merits of seeking the lighter side of even the darkest stories. She is the wife of a stockbroker and the mother of four sons.
If you’d like to try and win 1 of 3 eCopies of Angel Wore Fans, please click on the Rafflecopter link below:
Today we are excited to be involved in the blog tour for Alex Hughes’s Vacant, book four in her Mindspace Investigation series! For a full list of all the blogs participating in the tour, please click on the banner above, and be sure to stop by later in the day for Willow’s review of Vacant. In the meantime, we’d like to tell you a little bit about the book, the scavenger hunt, and what you can win by having stopped by our blog today, murr!
Other Books in the Series
(Click on the cover to learn more)
Scavenger Hunt Details:
Alex has devised a fun Clue inspired scavenger hunt as part of the tour. To get your Check Off List, please visit HERE!
How To Play
Just like the classic game of CLUE, your job is to try to determine WHO committed a crime, in what SETTING, and with what WEAPON.
In our game to celebrate the release of VACANT, most of the clues will relate to the Mindspace Investigations world and characters.
At participating blog tour stops, you’ll find clues, clearly marked, that you can cross those off your checklist. At the end of the blog tour, you should be able to see who/where/what the culprit is by which items on your list are remaining. to be clear, the clues you FIND are not going to be the winning guesses… you’re trying to determine what is left at the end of the game.
Starting on December 20th, there will be a rafflecopter entry form here on this blog to make your guess. A grand prize winner will be chosen randomly from the correct entries after the blog tour is over, on December 24th. What’s the prize, you ask?
Winner gets a $25 gift card to Barnes & Noble, a signed copy of Marked, and a character from a future book named after him/her.
Be sure to check each participating blog on the tour for interviews, guest posts, excerpts, reviews, individual blog prizes (all sorts of Mindspace Investigations goodies) and, of course, the clues!!
About the Author:
Alex Hughes, the author of the award-winning Mindspace Investigations series from Roc, has lived in the Atlanta area since the age of eight. Her short fiction has been published in several markets including EveryDay Fiction, Thunder on the Battlefield and White Cat Magazine. She is an avid cook and foodie, a trivia buff, and a science geek, and loves to talk about neuroscience, the Food Network, and writing craft—but not necessarily all at the same time! For all the latest news and free short stories, join Alex’s email list at http://bit.ly/AlexsList.
One lucky winner will get a chance to win a Paperback copy of Clean, book #1 in the Mindscape Investigation series! To enter, fill out the Google Doc form below and we’ll select a winner on December 24th using Random.org. Good luck to everyone who enters, murr!
Today we’ve got a special T-shirt giveaway post to share with you all thanks to Caisey Quinn, author of Girl in Love, book 3 in her Kylie Ryans series!! But Before we go into details about the giveaway, we’d like to share with you a bit about the book and the author first. =^.^=
Series: Kylie Ryans #3
She’s living her dream…
Kylie Ryans is the biggest thing to come out of Nashville since, well, since Trace Corbin. With a hit album and a powerful label behind her, she appears to be the girl who has it all.
But appearances can be deceiving.
Fresh out of rehab, Trace Corbin is ready to take on the world. Just not the girl he walked away from. Because if there’s one thing he knows for certain, it’s that the people you love are the one’s who have the power to destroy you.
As their worlds collide, they’ll have to make the ultimate choice. Follow their dreams, or give it all up for love.
They say love conquers all, but for Kylie and Trace, it just might wreck everything they’ve worked for.
About the Author:
Caisey Quinn lives in Birmingham, Alabama with her husband, daughter, and other assorted animals. She is the bestselling author of the Kylie Ryans series as well as several New Adult Romance novels featuring country girls finding love in unexpected places. You can find her online at www.caiseyquinnwrites.com.
Caisey is giving Rum Room t-shirts her next signing event. But for those of you unable to attend, one lucky visitor will have the chance to win one here at What the Cat Read!
As part of this tour event, hosted by Inkslinger PR, Caisey is also offering one lucky winner a Kindle Fire HD and $50 Amazon Gift Card! To be entered into this giveaway, simply click on the Rafflecopter link below:
As you know, I’ve always been a lover of mystery novels and Carole Nelson Douglas is one of my household’s favorite authors. Given that we did a spotlight post on her a while back, I guess that would be pretty obvious. So when Angelique, one of the lovely publicists at Tor & Forge Books contacted me to ask if I’d be interested in reading and reviewing Douglas’s newest novel in her fabulous Midnight Louie series, well let me just say that there was more than one set of dancing paws (and feet) to be found in the house. And so before I get to my review, I’d like to thank Angelique, the folks at Tor & Forge books, and the wonderful Carole Nelson Douglas for sending me a review copy of this title! Now, on to the review itself. =^.^=
Let me first start off by saying that the one thing I have always loved about this series is that it takes place in modern-day Las Vegas (even though the timeline of events have only spanned roughly two years since those in the first book). So as hotels come and go, technology changes, and the thrill and excitement of Vegas grows and wanes, Douglas does a wonderful job of blending today’s Vegas landmarks with her fictional ones. Her off the cuff pop culture references, both in the story and the chapter names, are also fun to see scattered amongst the pages. My personal favorite this time around was her heading for chapter 33, Synth You’ve Been Gone. Yeah it resulted in my having the original song stuck in my head the rest of the evening, but it was worth it and it made me chuckle the first time I saw it. Heehee
Now for those readers who are new to this series, and for those who started reading but decided to wait until the series comes to a close (I know of some folks who fit into this category), I wouldn’t recommend making this your first foray into the series. If you want to do the books justice, start with the first book, Catnap, and work your way up the chain of events. Trust me, you’ll be glad you did! That being said, Douglas does a great job of providing just the right amount of backstory to remind long time readers of what has gone on in the previous novels. I actually greatly appreciated this because while I recently reread the series, there were connections that I forgot or completely didn’t catch originally on the recent read through.
Douglas’s characters still continue to delight me just as much now as they always have, though it’s no secret that Midnight Louie is my favorite out of all them, with Midnight Louise and Ma Barker and her clowder coming in closely behind him. I only wish there were more chapters devoted to him and his ilk. All hail to the real solver of all of Las Vegas’s crimes, Midnight Louie! May I offer purrs and tail waves in your honor. He’s one feline I wouldn’t mind curling up next to on a cool Vegas evening. ~purrs~
And of course it would be remiss of me not to give some attention to Douglas’s human characters, so permit me to say that my appreciation of Temple has pretty much held steady throughout the series. I don’t think there is really anything that she could do that would ever make me not like her. The same with Detective Molina, though it has been nice to watch her lighten up as the series has progressed. The lunch scene between her and Temple, and the initial phone call that preceded it, made me smirk several times because as much as they both don’t want to admit it, Molina and Temple really would make great girlfriends. The ladies aside, Matt was sadly a bit hit and miss with me this time around, mostly because I didn’t like that he wasn’t upfront with Temple about what he was really doing after his show ended for the night. Yes, I get that he didn’t tell her because he didn’t want her to worry, etc., but it still didn’t mean I liked it. There was something else that kept bugging me about him as I was, but I’m finding it hard to pin point exactly what it was. It’s odd though because when he first appeared in the series I thought he was perfect and instantly loved him, but the more I’ve seen of him and learned, the more on the fence I’ve become towards him. In contrast my views on Max have continued to grow with the recent books to the point where I can comfortably say that I quite like him now. I guess it took him losing his memory for me to really start to appreciate his character.
As for secondary characters: Silas T. Farnum…okay, if you don’t think of P.T. Barnum upon being introduced to this guy, there’s something wrong with you. The minute he showed up in the book all I could think of was “There is a sucker born every minute.” I shared Temple’s frustration where he was concerned and actually cringed every time he showed up in the book. The man is just beyond exasperating to say the least. And as for Kathleen O’Connor, aka Kitty the Cutter, well I’m sure she’d hate me for saying this, but I couldn’t help but feel sorry for her the entire book. This may sound strange, but I kind of want her to redeem herself before the series ends. Yeah she’s killed folks, yes there’s no question that she should be punished for the crimes she committed, but as screwed up as this character is, I’m hoping that Douglas will allow her one moment of happiness before she takes her final curtain call.
Since this is the 25th book in the series, you might think that at this point the storyline would be getting stale and the books less captivating, but I tell you this is not the case. Douglas’s Midnight Louie series is still going strong! Right from the start I found I couldn’t put the book down…there was just too much going on that as soon as I finished one chapter, something would happen that made me want to read the next one and the next and the next. Yes, this is definitely a page turner novel. Don’t believe me? Get a copy of the book and find out for yourself, you won’t be disappointed.
So as I bring this review to a close, let me simply say that I greatly enjoyed returning to the world that Douglas has created with these books and I’m greatly looking forward to the next installment of the series. Though at the same time it’s been rather bittersweet as well because since I first heard that Douglas was going to be taking each title of her series and basing it on a letter in the alphabet, I knew eventually there would come a time when the alphabet would end and thus the series with it. And with this being book number 25 and representing the letter X in the alphabet, I do have to wonder just how many more books remain in the series. But as long as there are Midnight Louie novels being written, I can say with certainty this feline will be reading them. =^.^=
I’m thrilled to be a part of the ALTERED FREQUENCY Blog Tour! For a full list of all the blogs participating in this event, please visit HERE! =^.^=
This was a really sweet and amusing story. As my first foray into Fields’s writing, I can definitely say that I will checking out the first book in this series at some point. I do love me a good paranormal romance, and this was definitely a good paranormal romance. =^.^=
Missy and Blake are two characters who definitely have issues that they need to work out, but then who doesn’t? She doesn’t want to fall for a guy who’s job puts his life at risk, and he doesn’t want to trust his heart to someone who wants more than a one night stand after his last relationship was a disaster. Because of this issues, it was really easy for me to relate to both characters immediately upon being introduced to them. I have to give serious purrs to Fields for her talent at creating believable characters. And I also have to admit that both of them are perfect for each other. The relationship between both Blake and Missy is instantly hot, though both try hard to not act upon their impulses. Watching them connect and overcome their own personal barriers made for a very satisfying read.
By far though my favorite part of the story involved Betty! I just couldn’t get enough of this precocious, loveable, mischievous ghost. There are so many memorable scenes with her, she literally stole the show as far as I’m concerned. I only wish that I had a ghost like her living around the house. Heehee. I think my favorite scene with her though was when the power in the building goes out and Betty decides that it’s high time Blake and Missy get to know each other better. If you want to know what I’m talking about, get a copy of this story for yourself and give it a read, I promise you won’t be disappointed.
About the Author:
Joya Fields has had over 100 stories and articles published in local and national magazines and her debut novel, BENEATH THE SURFACE, a romantic suspense, released in January, 2012. LOVE DELIVERED, a romantic comedy, is also now available.
Over the years, Joya has taught arts and crafts, worked in public relations, owned a daycare center, helped her children raise prize-winning 4-H livestock, competed in three marathons, and even spent a year as a Baltimore Colts cheerleader. Joya loves spending time with her high school sweetheart/husband of over twenty years, two very supportive children, and a pug who follows her everywhere.
As part of this event, Joya is offering one lucky winner who visits the blog today a chance to win a set of trading cards designed for the book! To be entered into this giveaway, simply leave a comment below, along with your email address, and tell me if you’ve ever experienced a haunting before. I will select a winner using Random.org on July 1st. =^.^=
Also as part of this event, Joya is offering up a $25 Amazon or B&N Gift Card! Simply follow the Rafflecopter link below and fill out the form for you chance to be entered: