Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Deborah Cooke's Blaze The Trail Tour - Guest Post and Giveaway



"Flying Blind" - Book 1
Zoë Sorensson is perfectly normal – well, as normal as a girl with an obsession with drawing dragons can be. The thing is that she’s always been told she’s special and destined for great things. It’s not just because of her good grades, either. Zoë’s the Wyvern, the one female dragon shapeshifter with special powers. But Zoë is at the bottom of the class when it comes to being Pyr and her powers are AWOL. Worse, there’s no reference book to consult and the last Wyvern is dead…
Everything changes when Zoë’s best friend is bullied and Zoë reacts. Before she can blink twice, her inner dragon is loose, she’s suspended from school and headed to a boot camp for thePyr guys she’s known all her life. But soon she’s doubting her powers—and even some of her friendships.
Zoë quickly realizes that she has to master her powers yesterday - the Pyr are in danger and boot camp is a trap. The Mages want to eliminate all shifters and the Pyr are next in line—unless Zoë and her friends can solve the riddle, work together and save their own kind…
Buy Links:  Amazon / Amazon UK / Barnes & Noble /IndieBound

"Winging It" - Book 2
Zoë Sorensson yearns to come into her powers as the only female dragon shifter. But being part of two worlds is more complicated than she expected. It’s bad enough that she’s the target of the Mages’ plan to eliminate all shifters—she also has to hide her true nature from her best friend Megan, a human. For her sixteenth birthday, all Zoë wants is one normal day, including a tattoo and a chance to see hot rocker Jared.
Instead, the Pyr throw her a birthday party but ban Megan from attendance, putting Zoë in a tight spot. Things get even worse when Zoe is invited to the popular kids’ Halloween party and Megan’s left out. Zoë knows the party is a trap laid by the host, an apprentice Mage. When Megan gets a last-minute invite, Zoë must save the day—and her best friend—without revealing her fire-breathing secrets…
Buy Links:  Amazon / Amazon UK / Barnes & Noble /IndieBound

"Blazing The Trail" - Book 3
It’s almost Valentine’s Day, and Zoë Sorensson’s love life is heating up. Cute, loyal, and understanding, wolf shifter Derek is pretty much the perfect guy. He likes Zoë, and he knows what it’s like to have to keep a secret. Yet, Zoë can’t help but wish it was rebel rocker Jared asking her to the Valentine’s dance instead. But Jared’s too busy playing hot and cold with her heart, calling Zoë his dragon girl one minute and then taking special interest in her best friend the next.
Zoë is just about ready to breathe fire, especially once she uncovers a new threat that targets her friends. Although Zoë thought the Mages were defeated, they’re back and have invoked an old spell to give them new power – they plan to eliminate all shape shifters on the night of the big dance. Now, Zoë must lead an alliance of young shifters to battle the Mages and figure out exactly what – and who – she wants, before it all goes up in smoke…
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Guest Post

Deborah and the Dragongrrl

by Deborah Cooke

Where do story ideas come from? In the case of the Dragon Diaries, my paranormal YA trilogy, they develop out of other stories. The Dragon Diaries is a spin-off from my Dragonfire series of paranormal romances.

Let’s look at how it happened.

Once upon a time, I wanted to write a series about a group of heroes who were dragon shape shifters. I called them the Pyr. I thought these guys would be pretty sexy. They’d be gorgeous hunks who could change into dragons at will, looking good in both forms. They’d have the attributes of dragons - loyalty, intelligence, integrity, longevity, accumulated wealth - plus be great human guys too. I decided to give them a mission of defending the treasure that is the earth, and some enemies, called the Slayers, who were trying to eliminate humans and Pyr. The Pyr, of course, consider humans to be one of the treasures of the earth worthy of being defended - and this is because they mate with human women. The meeting of a Pyr with the woman who can bear his child is called the firestorm and it’s signified by sparks flying between the two of them. The heat of the firestorm can be felt by all of the Pyr andSlayers, so the dragon dude in question has a lot of challenges on his hands (or claws.) He needs to seduce the woman while he is defending her against Slayers and trying to explain to her what’s going on. At the same time, I set up my dragon dudes so that they fall in love with the woman in question - she is always the perfect match for him - which complicated things even further. These books are action-packed romances and a lot of fun to write.

In the world of the Pyr, there is only ever one female dragon shape shifter at a time. She’s pretty mysterious and is called the Wyvern. The story is that she has extra powers - like the ability to prophesy, and to see past, present and future simultaneously - but Sophie, the Wyvern at the beginning of Dragonfire, didn’t hang out much with the guys. This is a tiny spoiler, but in book #3, KISS OF FATE, Sophie died, and the child conceived in that firestorm turned out to be a girl. Her father, Erik, knew that his daughter, Zoë would be the next Wyvern, and in fact, he’s pretty impatient for her to come into her powers. The male Pyr come into their powers fully at puberty. Once I remembered that, I knew that Zoë’s journey of becoming the Wyvern would be a paranormal YA book. Because she had a lot to learn - and homework to get done too - I decided to make it a trilogy.

So, that’s where the idea of the series came from. What was interesting about writing Zoë’s story was how different it was from the stories of the older Pyr. The olderPyr tend to be loners or at least to have minimal contact with their fellow Pyr. Some of them are unaware of the fullness of their powers. In contrast, this younger generation - they are the kids conceived in all the firestorms of the Dragonfire series - have grown up in the company of dragon shape shifters. They’re fully aware of what they can do (or should be able to do) and they don’t feel like freaks because they have friends who are just like them. The guy dragons are quite competitive with each other and have a particular kind of confidence as a result of this dragon fellowship. Zoë is, of course, within this circle of friends, but outside it as well, since her own powers have been so slow to develop.

Also, no one fully knows what the Wyvern can do. Even I didn’t know all of the Wyvern’s powers in detail before I wrote Zoë’s story. I wasn’t sure how the power of prophecy would manifest for her, or how exactly she would see past, present and future simultaneously. I had no idea that she’d have such powerful dreams, much less that she would be the one to create a union between the Pyrand other kinds of shape shifters.

Finally, the young Pyr needed a different enemy. In Dragonfire, the Pyr are in the midst of their final confrontation with the Slayers, a battle which only one side can survive. These kids are born during the conflict, so by the time they’re 16, it’ll be over. No spoiler really that the Pyr must win and the Slayers must lose - but then, who are the bad guys? I had fun twisting my Dragonfire world a little bit to give the new kids their own challenge.

So, you can see that even though the Dragon Diaries evolved out of Dragonfire, the books are quite different. I enjoyed bringing some of the elements from Dragonfire along to the YA series, but also enjoyed playing around with new and different elements. The interesting thing is that I suspect these characters will continue into another paranormal romances series - it makes sense to me that the young male Pyr will have their biggest change and challenge during their respective firestorms. I’m still thinking about that.

Here’s my question to you - do you like to read books that feature different generations within the same world, or maybe different groups of characters within the same world? Do you read series in different genres - like one series that is paranormal YA and one that is paranormal romance? I’ll follow characters I like no matter where they end up in the bookstore. How about you?


 Deborah Cooke has always been fascinated with dragons, although she has never understood why they have to be the bad guys. She has an honoursdegree in history, with a focus on medieval studies. She is an avid reader of medieval vernacular literature, fairy tales and fantasy novels, and has written over forty romance novels and novellas. She has also been published under the names Claire Cross andClaire Delacroix.
Deborah makes her home in Canada with her husband. When she isn't writing, she can be found knitting, sewing or hunting for vintage patterns.

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You can check out the rest of the tour for Deborah Cooke at the links below: 

Deborah Cooke's
BLAZING THE TRAIL Blog Tour
May 28 - June 15


May 28 - Lori's Book Blog (Series Spotlight & Giveaway)

May 29 - Day Drmzz Blog (Guest Post & Giveaway)

May 30 - United By Books (Guest Post & Giveaway)

June 1 - Pimpin' Reads YA (Series Spotlight & Giveaway)

June 2 - Book Monster Reviews (Series Spotlight & Giveaway)

June 3 - Delicate Simplicity (Series Spotlight & Giveaway)

June 5 - Paranormal Haven (Q&A Interview & Giveaway)

June 6 - I Smell Sheep (Series Spotlight & Giveaway)

June 7 - All Things Books (Series Spotlight & Giveaway)

June 8 - Page Flipperz (Interview & Giveaway)

June 9 - Writerspace (Guest Post & Giveaway)

June 11 - Paranormal Cravings (Guest Post & Giveaway)

June 14 - Books N Kisses - (Series Spotlight & Giveaway)

June 15 - One A Day YA - (Interview & Giveaway)



                                                *****GIVEAWAY*****

Deborah has generously offered up a paperback of Blazing The Trail to one lucky winner. This giveaway is open to all. So International is welcomed. Just fill out the rafflecopter below and answer the question Deborah asked located in white to be entered. 

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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Beg For It by Stacey Kenedy - Promo Post



Beg For It
Pact of Seduction Book Two
BDSM Erotic Romance
Publisher: Loose Id
Length: Novella
Release date: May 29, 2012

The Pact of Seduction has one rule—fulfill your ultimate fantasy. Bella’s problem, she can’t live up to her vow. But her failure spins events that lead her into unknown territory. Kole, a Dom at the sex club Castle Dolce Vita, wasn’t part of her fantasy, but he’s about to show her he should have been.
Kole is more than willing to introduce Bella to BDSM since he’s held an interest in her for some time. But the feisty woman isn’t easily tamed and her strong personality proves to be difficult. While she might be determined to keep him at a distance, Kole has other ideas. He won’t allow her to shut him out.
A pact between best friends brought them together, emotional barriers tear them apart. Kole skillfully reminds Bella through pleasure and punishment that she is now his submissive, and her place is under his command.
Publisher’s Note: This book contains explicit sexual situations, graphic language, and material that some readers may find objectionable: BDSM theme and elements, including spanking.

Teaser:
Copyright © STACEY KENNEDY, 2012
All Rights Reserved, Loose Id
Only one thing would save Bella now—a stiff drink. Reed and Kole’s parties were always fun, and it was nice to see new friends she’d made over the past month. But her mood was right in the toilet. It’d been that way all day and had only gotten worse since she joined the party. She shouldn’t have come.
She cursed on a low breath. How in the hell was she going to get out of her current predicament? Originally, it’d been she who offered the idea of the pact of seduction, and she couldn’t even commit. Pathetic.
Marley’s giggle drew her attention, and Reed had pulled her onto his lap, nibbling at her neck. As horrible as it was, jealously surged. Maybe she had hoped that her fantasy would fill that empty void in her soul. Sure, it was meant as something sexually fun, but Bella craved something…
A part of her remained unfulfilled, even if she didn’t understand exactly what was missing. All she knew, her life at this moment was boring with a side of totally sucks.
She glanced over at Kyra, who laughed with Sadie, and nudged her arm. “I’ll be back. I need some air.”
“Sure.” Kyra’s green eyes were a little glassy. The wine clearly had gotten to her. “Want some company?”
“Nah.” She plastered on a fake smile. “I won’t be long.”
Kyra gave a nod, then turned her attention back at Sadie as the two chuckled about something Sadie had said. If only Bella had something to laugh about. She rose from the couch and made her way through the crowd.
As she passed, she noticed a man sitting on the ottoman and a woman knelt at his feet with her arms over his legs. The position appeared casual enough, but it also looked…different. As if the woman enjoyed being at his feet. Another spurt of jealously soared, and she gave her head a good hard shake. She was apparently envious of everyone who had a relationship. And since when had she been jealous of a BDSM relationship?
What’s gotten into you?
She made her way through the living room and stepped out onto the balcony. The cool air brushed against her skin, and she shivered. Winter still hung on in Baltimore, but what a strange winter it’d been—snow one day, mild the next. Tonight was brisk, but that only seemed to help cool off the annoyance burning her blood.
With her glass in her hands, she leaned on the railing and glanced over the city. Reed and Kole’s condo had an amazing view and the lights twinkled below.
She sipped at her drink and pondered her situation. How could she plan another fantasy when the only one she wanted she had yet to fully accept herself? And why was she acting like a bitter idiot?
After a long gulp that had her cringing from the aftertaste, a deep voice interrupted her useless thoughts. “I heard last night didn’t go well.”
She lowered the glass, licked the moisture on her lips, and looked next to her to find Kole. Like always in his presence, butterflies fluttered in her stomach, but she squashed them and kept her voice controlled. “That’s putting it lightly.”
His blond stylish hair framed a face worth a second look, and his dark blue eyes shone with a power that made her melt. He leaned against the railing beside her, cocked his head, and she felt the weight of his stare right down to her toes. “Tell me about it.”
She sipped her drink, mortified to her bones that she had to admit this to Kole. “It wasn’t Raven’s fault. I”—she drew in a deep breath and said quickly—“I always thought my fantasy was to be with a woman, but clearly it’s not.”
“Ah, I see.” He took a gulp of his beer before he lowered it. “You didn’t get off, I’m assuming?”
She snorted. “If laughing in her face means that I didn’t get off, then yes, I didn’t get off.”
He chuckled, the sound so seductive Bella quivered. In response to that odd reaction, she examined him and couldn’t stop from admiring the view.
He was dressed in a pair of dark jeans that no doubt hugged his fine ass, and a black T-shirt that was snug around the muscles beneath. Good God. She licked her lips for reasons that had nothing to do with her drink.
“You didn’t follow through with your part of the pact, then?”
Her gaze lifted to his face. The glint in his eyes declared he’d been quite aware of her admiring him. Hell, she’d lusted after him since the day they met. A strong sexual attraction existed between them that she hadn’t experienced before with any man, especially a Dom.
She blinked and focused away from the warmth that formed between her thighs. “That’s right. I bailed on the pact.”
His gaze became penetrating as his tone dipped lower. “Why don’t you arrange another night with someone else for your fantasy?”
“Because”—her muscles stiffened, and after a long sigh, she grimaced—“I have no idea what that fantasy is now.”
“Such a problem for a woman to have,” he mused.
She gulped at the way his voice seemed to carry into her soul; then she lowered her head to avoid eye contact with him. He raised his bottle to his mouth, and his arm brushed against hers. Tingles zinged through her, and she squeezed her thighs together to ease the throb of her clit.
How did he make her body do that? Every time he was near, she all but sizzled, and when he touched her, everything was amplified.
“I see that you need help, then, in finding what you’re looking for.”
It hadn’t sounded like a question, which she was glad for since her tight throat made it impossible to answer. He slid his finger along her arm, slowly and with clear intent to unravel her.
She bit her bottom lip. “W-what does that mean?”
He tucked his finger under her chin and lifted her head. “I think we both know what I mean.” Those eyes of his burned with the lust that he had obviously contained. “You enjoy my attention, and I’d enjoy you under my command.”
Then he pressed a finger on the back of her hand and danced his touch up her arm. His gaze followed his caresses every step of the way. And damn him if she didn’t close her eyes and shudder.
A scrape of his nail along her skin drew her eyes open, and he grinned with sin. “Look how beautifully you react to me.” He finally reached her shoulder, and she trembled under the softness of his touch that seemed to contradict that power oozing from him. He tucked his fingers back under her chin, drew her head up, and stared intently into her eyes.
Searching for what, she had no idea.
His hold tensed, a shift in his gaze appeared that made her stomach flip-flop, and her panties were now soaked. He leaned in, pressed his lips against hers, and the world froze. His luscious and damn well perfect mouth molded with hers as his silky tongue swept her away. When had anyone ever kissed her like this?
Oh, right—never.
He kissed her thoroughly, leaving no part of her mouth untouched; then he backed away but kept hold of her chin. “It’s time to stop ignoring what your body needs and accept that you want to be dominated.”
Hell, how right was he? Maybe BDSM wasn’t her fantasy when she made the pact of seduction with her friends, but after hearing about it from Marley, her interest had grown. She lifted a lazy shoulder to appear nonchalant. “I suppose if I set up a scene with you, that would be a solution to my problem.”
“Not good enough.” His gaze hardened. “Do you want me to take you into a scene, Bella?”
At his pause, she realized she needed to give a better answer, and she nodded. “I do.”
He examined her for a long moment before he finally said, “Now what are your interests in BDSM?”
She melted at the way he stared at her now. So intense. So wicked. Was this a hint of what he’d look like in a scene? Her body flushed, yet she held her focus and lifted her chin. She had always prided herself on staying strong around powerful men.
Her job as a stockbroker in Baltimore’s top lending investment firm meant she swam with the sharks. Most of her coworkers were authoritative men. If she’d showed weakness, she wouldn’t be where she was today, and she’d worked hard for her position.
“I’m interested in”—her throat went dry. All these fantasies she hadn’t admitted to anyone. Was she really going through with this? Her soaking panties declared it so—“ropes, sex toys, floggers, to be controlled, pleasure, and pain.” She raised her glass to her mouth and tried to ignore the way her hands shook.
Before the rim could reach her lips, Kole snatched the glass from her hands and set it on the ground next to him. “If we’re discussing this and you are serious, you will stop drinking.”
A flare of irritation rose up that he’d be so bold to take her drink right out of her hands, yet Marley had said that Castle Dolce Vita Doms never allowed submissives to drink alcohol in a scene to ensure they were clearheaded. And since they were discussing what would happen between them, she let it go. “Okay.”
He gave a short nod. “Now I want to make sure you’re well aware of what will happen and what I expect of you.” His gaze searched hers, seemingly looking right through her. “And I need to be sure that I’m the correct Dom for you.”
“I don’t want anyone else,” she blurted out before she could stop herself.
His eyebrows rose. “I don’t mind your answer, Bella.” A small grin turned up the corners of his mouth. “But do tell—have you put more thought into this than you’re letting on?”
Her cheeks had never burned so hot, but she wouldn’t be thatwoman who’d stumble around a man. She stuffed her nervousness away, clasped her hands, and demanded her voice to be strong. “Maybe once or twice.”
She’d been aware of the mutual attraction between them, so two could play his game. “Are you trying to deny you haven’t thought about it too?”
He winked. “Maybe once or twice.”
A flutter whipped around inside her, her palms grew clammy, and she squeezed her fingers. Why did he make her act so…knocked off her axis?
“One thing that needs to be discussed is my expectations.” He glanced at her hands for a moment as if he took in her reaction before he looked back into her eyes. “From what I know of you as you are now, you’d struggle to meet them. And I want to make that clear so you know what you’re getting yourself into.”
“What’s that supposed to mean?” she snapped. “Why would Istruggle to meet your demands?”
He gave his head a slow shake. “I’m not saying it to insult you, but to give you a stern warning. I don’t play lightly.”
“Well, I…” Her entire face burned hot as if she had a high-grade fever. Marley had told her all about Kole. How he enjoyed pain play. How strict he was in how a submissive behaved. And all it’d done was increase the throb between her thighs. Solidified the fantasy. “I think I might like that.”
He gave a delicious smile. “I have no doubt you would.”
And then his lips were back on hers as he swept her away in another leg-wobbling kiss before those plush lips tore away from hers.
“You’ll arrive at the castle next Friday at seven o’clock. I’ll have a room reserved.” He dropped his head, his eyes in the direct line of hers. “When you arrive, remove your clothes, kneel in the center of the room, and wait for me. Clear?”
Heat spread across her body at the images playing in her head.Nude? Kneeling? Oh God! She quivered in anticipation.
At his expectant expression, she nodded instead of offering him a breathy response.
“Good.” He took her mouth again playfully, nibbled on the corners of her lips, and flicked her lips with his tongue. And when he had her body ramped up to a fever pitch, he backed away to trail his thumb over her lips. “Can you be honest and open with me?”
Drool, honest-to-God drool, formed in her mouth. Everyday Kole was sexy. Dom Kole was to die for. The sheer power that exuded from him, intensity in his features, it all captivated her. He’d asked her to be honest with him—how hard could that be? “I can do that.”
He nodded in approval, skimmed her mouth again with his thumb, while his gaze stayed focused there. The smile he gave, the possessiveness held in the depths of his eyes, liquefied her insides.
Something sparked through his touch, only increasing with his kiss, and even more so by the way he looked at her now. One of those duh moments. Had what she wanted—desired—been standing right in front of her this entire time?
In less than a week, she’d have the answer.

~*~

 Stacey Kennedy’s erotic romance novels are just that…erotic.There is nothing better than taking the dominant men she lovesand watching them do wicked things to their women. But shejust can’t write without a little humor added into the mix so that’s always a must have in her stories. And of course what’s a story without a big dose of emotional characters, too. Her urban fantasy/paranormal and erotic romance series have hit Amazon Kindle and All Romance eBooks bestseller lists.

Stacey welcomes comments from readers. You can find her at
www.staceykennedy.com.


Winner of Ella James Interview and Giveaway

Thanks again to Ella James for Visiting United By Books. It was a pleasure to have you on. Now to announce the winner a big ...........




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Monday, May 28, 2012

Winner of Donya Lynne's Guest Post

I want to first thank Donya Lynne for taking over the blog and for giving away Rise of the Fallen. I have to say i loved this book and the lucky winner is in for a real treat. So lets give a big .......





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Blogversary Day Seven Winners Announced

Day seven was the final day with books I bought. So I want to thank every one for partaking in the event of the week. Lots of winners have been announced. Those who didn't win there is no worries i have lots of  stuff happening in June so there is always a chance. Now I will announce the last of the blogversary winners with a big .....




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Sunday, May 27, 2012

Blogversary Day Six Winners Announced

I would like to Thank Kelly of  Books-N-Kisses as well as Jennilinh of  Bitten By Love Reviews  for donating in the celebrations of blogversary. Both are awesome friends and fellow bloggers. Also worth paying attention to their pages and blogs. I will now announce all three lucky winners.........




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Tina M.  you won the surprise book and swag from Kelly I will need your snail mail 

Diane S. you won your choice of eBook Lover Unexpected by Brindle Chase or Charmeine by Emily Guido and swag ......so i will need the title of the book you choose as and snail mail for your swag (and confirm email address the ebook will be sent to)

Chris B,  you also won your choice of eBook Lover Unexpected by Brindle Chase or Charmeine by Emily Guido and swag ......so i will need the title of the book you choose as and snail mail for your swag (and confirm email address the ebook will be sent to)

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Review for Peter and His Wolf by Linda Mooney

Title: Peter and his Wolf
Author: Linda Mooney

Description: Remember hearing the musical story by Prokofiev when you were in elementary school? About the boy who lived with his grandfather, and who captured a wolf by the tail? Did you ever wonder if the story was real? Did you ever wonder whatever happened to the wolf? More importantly, did you ever try to guess what happened to Peter after he captured the wolf?

This is the real story that was never told...until now.

My Thoughts: This book is, at 26 pages, a short read. Peter captures a wolf he keeps seeing. He is drawn back to see her one last time and is in for a surprise. I won't say too much since it's such a short read. I liked it, but it wasn't my favorite. I thought it was a bit rushed, but liked the concept. The coupling was hot and the ending was cute. I just wish it was longer to flesh it out a bit more. I will be looking into more of Mooney's work to see what else she has in store for us. 
 
3 out of 5 stars
 
You can purchase it here: 
 
Costs: .99