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RT Reviews Signed Book Giveaway: Favorite Books, Festivals & the Best Fan Moments – Baltimore Book Festival | RT Book Reviews

Huge signed book giveaway, including mine – Soul Awakened.

What’s more fun than hanging out with a bunch of romance authors (I’ll be there on Sunday) all weekend long? Nothing, that’s what! That’s why if you’re near Baltimore next weekend, Friday to Sunday, September 27 to 29, you should come on down to the Baltimore Book Festival. Added incentive: It’s free!

via On favorite books, festivals and the best fan moments — the Baltimore Book Festival Authors Tell All — with GIANT giveaway! | RT Book Reviews.

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Sneak Peak Sunday

Take  a sneak peak at my latest release, Soul Awakened, Book 2 Key to the Cursed series.  Make sure you take a look at the various authors and writers who have signed up for this blog hop below.

6 Paragraph Excerpt from Chapter 1, Soul Awakened

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A familiar refuge of horror.

Black and desolate like his soul, the darkness draped the landscape of Bakari’s world. His prison for how long? He could gage only by his hunger, an unbearable pain burning through his chest and eating away what little of his soul remained. The darkness consumed everything, but his insanity.

Until now.

The onyx obscurity wavered into shades of grey. Bright sunlight danced and flickered in the barren corners of his mind beyond his reach. Bolts of lightning ripped across his skin and mind and tore at the fine fabric of his consciousness. The sheets of darkness fell like ash and scattered into the cold abyss.

His mind retreated—fearful. He had been tricked before only to suffer at the sadistic hands of his captor. The next arc struck harder and deeper. The white inferno fried what tendrils of his coma remained. In the wake of his agony, the soft caress of a human soul and the scent of sweet honeysuckle penetrated his skin. The very element that fed his power—living energy.

Like water for a dying man, the human’s energy trickled but did not satisfy his ravenous hunger. His chest clenched into a ball of fire, ignited by the minuscule energy he absorbed into his soul.

The vitality extinguished as quickly as it came. Left barren and wanting, rage consumed him. The goddess Kepi would pay for this new level of depravity. To have living nourishment so close, but denied to feed his dark hunger, was a torture like no other.

The walls of his wooden crypt pressed in upon him. He struggled to move an arm or leg, but the spell of his paralysis was unyielding. He screamed but not a word past his lips. In his mind he thrashed against the invisible bonds, willing himself to break free.

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Author Open MIC: Welcomes Rachel Carrington + Spotlight Giveaway

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Welcome readers!

It was over a year ago that Wicked Romance launched Author Open MIC and it has grown into a huge success. I wanted to take a moment and thank all that have participated over the year’s timeframe. It is a great venue to introduce debut and experienced authors alike. The overwhelming support of readers has made this one of the most enjoyable posts.

Today, I want to introduce Author Rachel Carrington. She has an amazing list of books to her name that spans multiple genres. Not only do we have a great interview, but Rachel has shared an excerpt from her most recent release, Waking Up Immortal, and she is giving a copy away to one lucky winner. Contest ends Sunday (Dec 16) night.

Let’s find out more about Rachel….

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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I started writing years ago, and my first attempt was a contemporary romance that will never see the light of day. I think I may even have thrown it away by now. It was absolutely horrific as I knew nothing about well…anything to do with writing.

After that, I started writing fantasy romances about wizards and wizards, and once those took off, I segued to paranormal romances (hello, vampires and ghosts) and romantic suspense. I also write articles for various magazines, including The Writer’s Journal, Writer’s Magazine, Writer’s Weekly, Writing for Dollars, Absolute Write, and Funds for Writers.

I’m fortunate to make my home in historical Charleston, South Carolina. Beautiful city. Beautiful people. When I’m not writing, I love to read paranormal romance, romantic suspense, young adult fantasy and paranormal, create videos, shop, cross-stitch, cook, and drink lots of coffee.

You can find more about me at my website: www.dawnrachel.com. I also offer help to aspiring writers at my blog: www.dawnrachel.com/blog. And, I have a bi-monthly newsletter where I offer giveaways. Readers can sign up at the front page of my website on the right hand side.

THE INTERVIEW

How did you get into writing?  Was it something you were born with or did you discover your hidden talent?

It was definitely a discovery. The first thing I wrote was a poem, and that was when I was sixteen. I didn’t try writing fiction until I was eighteen.

Tell us a little about the genre/s you write.  What attracted you to write about them?

I’ve written a variety of genres including contemporary romance, romantic suspense, fantasy romance, paranormal romance, and most recently, a science fiction/paranormal romance blend.

I love to challenge myself, but I really just go where my imagination takes me. I usually get the idea for the book, and the idea tells me the genre.

What is the single, most important element in your writing or life as an author?

It’s very difficult to choose one because without one aspect, I probably wouldn’t have the others. If I had to really choose, I would pick determination. I’ve written through some difficult times. Not because I had to but because I wanted to. Writing is an outlet for me much like singing, running, or painting is for others.

What is the most difficult hurdle you have encountered (personal or professional)? What advice would you give other authors who face the same challenges?

As I mentioned above, I’ve written through some difficult times, most of which have been health challenges. Sometimes, I wrote when I was in so much pain I could barely focus on the laptop screen, but I wrote because it helped me not to wallow in the pain. And if I wrote long enough, it would distract me from the pain. I could get wrapped up in the characters and for a little while, I could pretend I lived a different life. But there were other days when I couldn’t write even if I wanted to, and I had to learn how to be okay with that.

I know plenty of authors who do face health challenges, and the only advice I can give is to listen to your body. Don’t beat yourself up if you can’t sit at the keyboard that day. The words will return when your body is ready.

You have built up quite an array of books.  If you can pick 2-3 favorites and tell us a little bit about each and why they stand out in your mind.

My favorites have to be the newest one I just completed: Waking Up Immortal. I wanted to create a different kind of immortal rather than a vampire, and I knew I had to give her a hero who could stand up to her. I really enjoyed writing Kier and Chloe’s story, especially the many times they clashed.

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I also loved all of the books I wrote in the Spirit series, especially the prequel which I’m still working on. It’s called Souls Divided and gives readers a look into some of the backstory of the Council and how they chose Angels of Death. I really enjoyed writing about the spirit world and what happens when spirits don’t want to cross over. It was a question I’d asked myself before.

What do you are you cooking up next?  What can readers expect?

Right now, I’m working on the sequel to Waking Up Immortal, finishing up the prequel to the Spirit series, Souls Divided, and a spin-off of A Vampire Betrayed (from the Vampires Destined series) called A Vampire’s Fury. I usually post the release dates on my website so readers can find out when to expect my latest release: www.dawnrachel.com.

Where can readers find you and your books?

Readers can find me at my website: www.dawnrachel.com, on Facebook at rachelcarringtonwrites, on Twitter@rcarrington2004, on Pinterest @rcarrington2004, on Wattpad at rcarrington2004, on Goodreads at Rachel Carrington, and so many other places. It’s really easiest just to Google my name.

Most, if not all, of my books can be purchased at www.amazon.com, http://www.barnesandnoble.com , and www.allromanceebooks.com to name a few.

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  1. Favorite hero or heroine: It will always be Jaxon from Indigo Spell
  2. Favorite author: Christine Feehan
  3. Favorite music to write by: Alternative rock,  usually, like Nickelback or Snow Patrol
  4. Favorite inspiration: I don’t know if this is my most favorite as much as it was most memorable. My book, Now You See Me (releasing soon from EllorasCave) is partially based on a killer I met when he was dating a good friend of mine. We didn’t know at the time he was a killer. Not long after I met him, he murdered my friend, and is now serving his sentence right here in my home town.
  5. Most memorable writing moment: There are far too many for me to pick one. I’ve written overlooking beaches and mountains, drafted ideas while inside the RoyalPalace at Madrid, mapped out an entire story while cruising toward Cancun, and wrote one of my best kiss scenes ever after a good-night kiss I still think about. Now you know why there are too many!

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Chapter Excerpt

“Relax,” he whispered in my ear. “I’m taking you to a secure room where you can meet you father.”

“I’d like to talk to him alone.” I knew the suggestion would be shot down, but I had to try.

Kier’s feet skidded to a stop, and the expression on his face said far more than his next words ever could. “No. He’s too dangerous.” He obviously thought I was slightly off my rocker for even broaching the subject.

“What can he do to me here? You’ve given me the neuron blocker, and I’m assuming he’ll be chained.”

“That makes no difference. You’re not seeing him alone.” The huskiness of his voice had deepened, bringing his tone to a low growl.

“Kier, please.” I wasn’t above using my feminine wiles. I linked our hands, and the militant guy with a crew cut coughed. “I need to do this alone. It’s important.”

“Damnit, Chloe.” He shook his head then glared at the guard who took instant interest in the stone wall behind him. “You don’t know what you’re asking,” he lowered his voice, wrapping me in a cocoon of intimacy in spite of our clinical surroundings.

I squeezed his fingers, gave him the full force of my gaze that I hoped revealed some essence of vulnerability. “You can stand guard. Spy on us. Do whatever you need to do, but I have to talk to him by myself. The conversation has to be just the two of us.”

Kier’s eyebrows threatened to meet in the middle. “Why?”

I took his free hand and pressed it over my heart. “It’s just something I feel in here.”

His Adam’s apple bobbed with a hard swallow, and he finally nodded. “Fine, but I’ll be watching.”

With complete disregard for our onlooker, I stood on tiptoe and kissed him. “Thank you.” I surprised myself with my boldness, and, from the look on Kier’s face when I stepped back, him even more.

He cleared his throat and glanced over his shoulder. “Is there something else you need, Agent Winnaker?”

The agent shook his head and clicked his heels together as if preparing to salute. “No, sir.” He turned and marched away.

“What exactly is he an agent of?” My curiosity had me peering around Kier to get a better look at the figure disappearing down the hallway.

“Universal Security.”

The name sounded so formidable. And unbelievable. “Universal Security. As in…?”

“Just what you think it is.” Still holding my hand, Kier led me into a quiet room with dim lighting and glass walls.

Yeah right. There were a lot of things I would believe but an out of this world experience was more than even I would accept. “And I thought being immortal was the weirdest thing I’d ever heard.”

“There are many different types of life forces in the Universe. There has to be a way to maintain order.” Not even a trace of deception in his voice.

“You weren’t joking? I thought you were joking.” Holding a hand against my stomach, I sought the first chair before my shaky legs buckled. What had happened to my staid life in Kansas?

Days ago I was a typical single woman working at a job I didn’t particularly love for a decent amount of money I did care about. I had friends, a relatively full social life, and family. Now all of that had disappeared with my ancestral search.

“Chloe?” Kier’s hand braced the chair on either side of my thighs. “Are you all right?”

If feeling all right entailed a sick feeling in the pit of my stomach and gray spots in front of my eyes, I was peachy. “Are you telling me there are other mutants and that you’re some type of alien police officer?” The very idea had hysterical laughter bubbling to the surface.

Kier stroked his fingertips down my cheek, his expression inscrutable. “Don’t you have enough to think about without trying to figure out the rest of the world, too?”

Giveaway/Challenge

Today, I’m giving away a copy of my newest book, Waking Up Immortal. All you have to do is answer this question from the Chapter Excerpt.

What was the name of the agent who was listening in on Chloe and Kier’s conversation?

To ENTER CLICK HERE:  a Rafflecopter giveaway

**If you have any trouble submitting your answers via the Rafflecopter, please email your answer to:

murray (dot) jeanm@gmail.com

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Violet Midnight’s Launch Party ~ Kindle Fire up for grabs

Hi folks.  I’m helping Lynn Rush, a great friend and fellow author, celebrate her latest release– Violet Midnight.  She is having a huge giveaway with donations from various authors (including me- Copy of Soul Reborn) with the ultimate prize being a Kindle Fire.

Details:

The party details; 7-9pm EDT October 16th, 2012 at the LynnRushWrites Facebook Page (http://www.facebook.com/LynnRushWrites). Every five minutes or so a post will be uploaded with different tasks and/or discussion topics. The prizes donated will be given out during those tasks.

–>The party will “officially” end at 9pm EDT, and we will go into tally mode.

BE THERE OR BE SQUARE

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Anniversary Celebration ~ Ends Tonight

I’m sorry to see my celebration come to a close, but tonight is the night 😦  Soul Reborn’s sale will cease as of midnight tonight, so if you haven’t gotten your copy yet, now is the time.  This was a one time only sale for this price.  I do have a signed print copy to give away, so leave a comment on any of the posts, and your name will be entered to win.  Links here:

A Year in Review: How it all began…. @Crescent Moon Press

I have a contract. NOW WHAT?

This post, of course 🙂

So I had my contract >  I painstakingly edited my book > Release day arrived >My nail-biting first reviews…

So what comes next in an author’s life you ask, besides the massive amounts of blog promotions, giveaways, interviews etc…  It’s conference TIME!!

Some of you are aware of Authors After Dark.  The fabulous Stella Price started these conferences back in 2009.  The first hosted by Jacquelyn Frank, who amazingly intruded me the paranormal romance genre.  Noah was the first book that swept me away and I haven’t looked back. I attended that conference as a writer/reader and had the wonderful opportunity to meet the author that changed my life.  Truly!  I love the genre so much I started to write it.

What better conference to attend now that I was an author. AAD Philly 2011 —  My first conference as an author: My first panels; My first as a featured author at the Mythos Ball; and My first Book Signing. I was so grateful to meet authors and bloggers that I have an amazing amount of admiration.  Yes, I was able to meet Lara Adrian.  One of my favorite!  Here are some of the pictures from the conference.

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The conference went off without a hitch.  Well, that’s not entirely true.  At the Mythos Ball, I had handed out cute little pink change purses with a key ring.  Each purse had a key or prize inside.  I painstakingly put keys on about 100 purses.  Only one had the magic silver key.  Yes, I promise it was out there, but for the life of everyone– we couldn’t find that key.  We scoured every pink bag in the place and no one came forward to collect their Egyptian Treasure Chest – Kindle, Egyptian Tarot Cards, Print Copy of Soul Reborn.  I came home without a winner, so I reposted the giveaway on my blog and thankfully was able to give my prize to one lucky ADD winner.  Oh, well.  I might just have to try it out again in 2013.

Another lesson I learned this past year is that promotion is just as hard as editing.  It is constant.  If you stop, no one buys your book.  Start promotion before your book is released.  I made the mistake of waiting for that fateful day.  I had to do a lot of catch up in those first few months.  I have met some wonderful people on this journey– bloggers, readers, and fellow authors/writers.  Some that I can honestly call friends even though I’ve never met them in person.

So, now what.  During those months of promotion, I was writing the next book.  Soul Awakened is into the publisher and awaiting edits.  The journey starts all over again and I can’t wait.  I’ve learned from my mistakes, look forward to the new challenges, and will continue to write that “next story.”

Thank you for following my journey and look forward to introducing you to the Key to the Cursed Series:

Soul Reborn

THE HUMAN REALM, HIS BATTLEFIELD

Asar, the Egyptian God of the Underworld, has been tortured and left soulless by a malevolent goddess, relegating him to consume the very thing he was commissioned to protect. Human souls. Now an empty shell of hatred, Asar vows to kill the goddess and anyone involved in her release, but fate crosses his path with a beautiful blonde huntress who has a soul too sweet to ignore.

DEADLY SECRETS BETTER LEFT UNEARTHED

Lilly, fearless commander of the Nehebkau huntresses, is the only thing standing in the way of the goddess’ undead army unleashing hell on earth.  But Lilly has a secret—one she is willing to sell her soul to keep. If the Underworld god discovers her role in the dig that released the goddess, she will lose everything, including his heart.

Soul Awakened

Coming Soon from Crescent Moon Press

LOVE FOR BLOOD OR HONOR

Kendra, a young Egyptian Archeologist and demi-god in waiting, is the key to unlocking Bakari, the Egyptian death god, from his cursed eternal sleep, but by doing so she inadvertently binds herself to him. Her life forever changed, she may have to sacrifice her innocence and possibly her soul to save him before he becomes his family’s worst enemy.

SINS OF THE PAST BECOME SINS OF THE FUTURE

Bakari awakens to a world at war and a woman who has tethered his soul to hers. The god who awakens is not the same after years of torture by his enemies. Kendra is his only hope at salvation, but the question is, does he want it? The only thing standing in his way is Bomani, Legion Commander, who vows to keep him from the one thing he craves—his parvana. His butterfly.

Soul Unleashed  

Coming soon from Crescent Moon Press

FIGHTING FATE HAS CONSEQUENCES

Kit, a Nehebkau huntress, wants nothing to do with her heritage as a god, when it has only caused her suffering and pain. Not to mention her nanny is a foreboding and dangerous God of the Underworld, who tests her conviction.

WHEN CONTROLLING TEMPTATION IS NOT ENOUGH

Kamen has sworn to protect the Mother Goddess’ offspring, but Kit is a handful. Her insistence on thwarting him tests his control. She doesn’t know what she’s playing with— a beast that hungers for her soul. One taste, and her fate is sealed.
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Don’t forget to leave a comment to enter the giveaway and also the SALE ENDS TONIGHT 7/15/12.  

Also, check out my new website:  www.jean-murray.com

Click on the banner to see book trailers!!

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New Release ~ Hollywood Ever After by Sasha Summers

Book Blurb:

Happy Endings are for fairy tales. Or the movies. Not for real life. At least, not in Claire’s life. Even though she’s starting over, she knows better than to want too much this time. But when she falls, literally, into the strong arms of Hollywood’s ‘it’ boy Josh Wiley, Claire’s in for some surprises. Her plans for rest and relaxation are forgotten as one incredible night with Josh becomes two… And her heart begins to want him as much as her body. Will two kids, one bastard ex-husband, and Josh’s juggernaut career mean the end of their affair? Or can Claire find her happy ending after all?

InkSpell Link: http://www.inkspellpublishing.com/1/post/2012/03/hollywood-ever-after-cover-reveal.html

Amazon Link: http://www.amazon.com/Hollywood-Ever-After-Sasha-Summers/dp/0985148330/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1341495273&sr=8-1&keywords=hollywood+ever+after

B&N Link: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/hollywood-ever-after-sasha-summers/1110208518?ean=9780985148331

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Sasha is part gypsy. Her passions have always been storytelling, history, and travel. It’s no surprise that her books visit times past, set in places rich with legends and myth. Her first play, ‘Greek Gods and Goddesses’ (original title, right?), was written for her Girl Scout troupe. She’s been writing ever since. She loves getting lost in the worlds and characters she creates; even if she frequently forgets to run the dishwasher or wash socks when she’s doing so. Luckily, her four brilliant children and hero-inspiring hubby are super understanding and supportive.

To find out more about Sasha Summers stay tuned for her Author Open MIC interview here tomorrow at Wicked Romance!!

Learn about her other new release, Medusa, A Love Story.

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How it all began…

Come join my anniversary blog hop.

I’m over at Crescent Moon Press’ Blog reminiscing about the pitch that sold my manuscript.  The once titled Lion’s Flower found a new home and a new name, Soul Reborn.  See how it all started.

Don’t forget…

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New Release ~ The Problem with Power

The Problem with Power, a debut novel by author Agnes Jayne, is now available!

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Emily VonPeer hopes that she never meets the man of her dreams. For years, she’s been haunted by visions of an unknown lover destined to die in her arms. When her aunt’s death brings her home to her family’s estate in Upstate New York, she meets Nicholas Flynn, an agent of Paladin, an enterprise dedicated to the study and eradication of demons, and the hero of her nighttime fantasies. He arrives on her doorstep seeking answers for a slew of magically-related murders tied to the VonPeer family.

Although his intentions are suspect, Emily follows Nicholas into the investigation, hoping to spare him the fate promised by her premonitions – at least, that’s what she tells herself. When their exchange with a demon goes awry, Emily sustains an injury that threatens to turn her into a monster. Her transformation places her in the crosshairs of sorcerers, senators, and a seductive stranger who promises eternity.

Links:

Amazon (Kindle): http://www.amazon.com/The-Problem-With-Power-ebook/dp/B008BKAUQA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1341517349&sr=8-1&keywords=The+Problem+with+Power

Amazon (Paperback) http://www.amazon.com/Problem-With-Power-Agnes-Jayne/dp/1937254631/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1341517349&sr=8-2&keywords=The+Problem+with+Power

Books-a-Million (Paperback):http://www.booksamillion.com/search?id=5415115920950&query=The+Problem+with+Power+by+Agnes+Jayne&where=All&search.x=0&search.y=0

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SOUL REBORN Anniversary Celebration


How do you best celebrate an amazing journey that you never envisioned you would be on in the first place?

It has been a little over a year since the release of my debut novel, Soul Reborn. I’ve looked back over the last year and a half and remembered all the hurdles I encountered from start to finish. And, most importantly, those days of growth as a writer.

One thing that was unexpected was the amazing amount of support from fellow authors, writers, bloggers and readers.  I am grateful on many levels.

TO CELEBRATE:  My publisher, Crescent Moon Press, has agreed to place Soul Reborn on sale for $0.99 (original price $6.99) at All Romance eBooks for a limited time (July 1-15, 2012)

In the next two weeks, look for additional opportunities to win a print copy of Soul Reborn plus extra goodies.  My Anniversary Blog Hop will start at Crescent Moon Press’ Blog.  More links to follow.

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Buy a book ~ donations save kittens’ lives

A league of fabulous authors have written a collection of twenty-one cat-themed stories of dark mischief compiled by Patty G. Henderson (Author of the Brenda Strange mysteries). All proceeds raised from the sales from Dark Things II: Cat Crimes will go to no-kill cat shelters.  Buy a copy today!  Not only do you receive a great collection of stories, but you can change the lives of unwanted and lost felines.

For more information on The Cat House on the Kings

Check out the authors of Dark Things II

Book Description on Amazon:  A collection of tales featuring feline mayhem, murder and dastardly deeds. Vampire cats. Scoundrel cats. Daring cats. Killer cats. Cats you don’t want in your worst nightmares and cats you might want on your side against evil. Authors include Mary V. Welk, Patty G. Henderson, Patricia Harrington, Jim Silvestri, Ken Goldman, Shanna Germain, Anna Sykora and dozens more. Intro by Robert W. Walker. All proceeds from sales go to several cat sanctuaries across the USA. Enjoy over twenty-one cat tails and support a cat charity!
More author information…. 

Patty G. Henderson,  http://www.pattyghenderson.com/
J. D. Revezzo  http://harshadpassion.wordpress.com/

Mary V. Welks, http://www.marywelk.com/
Jim Silvestri, http://www.facebook.com/Jamesrsilvestri?v=wall

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