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3 Goddesses’ COVER REVEAL

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I have joined forces with two fellow Crescent Moon Press authors to celebrate our new covers and pending releases on January 15, 2013. (Stay tuned for Release Party Scheduled for January 22nd) To celebrate we are giving away Author Review Copies (ARCs) plus copies of our previously released books in the series to one lucky winner.  Let me be clear ~ enter to win the following:

 7 ~ EBOOK Gift PACK:

ARC of SOUL AWAKENED & SOUL REBORN by Jean Murray
ARC of FOR THE LOVE OF HADES & MEDUSA, A LOVE STORY by Sasha Summers
ARC of TAINTED & WASTELAND & AWAITED by Lynn Rush

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COVERS

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Only the strongest love can unlock the souls of the Underworld

LOVE FOR BLOOD OR HONOR

Kendra, an Egyptologist and demi-god in waiting, is the key to unlocking Bakari, the Egyptian God of Death, from his cursed slumber. Desperate to free him, she inadvertently binds herself to the god with a spell that only death will undo. To save Bakari from himself, she may have to sacrifice her innocence, and possibly her soul, before he becomes his family’s worst enemy.

HAUNTED BY SINS OF THE PAST

Bakari awakens to a world at war and a beautiful woman who has tethered his soul to hers. In the wake of his self-destruction Kendra is his only hope of salvation, but another has vowed to keep Bakari from the one thing he craves most– his Parvana. His butterfly.

Blue Butterfly

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FortheLoveofHades_Sasha_FrontCoverquotefinalHades, God of Death, has no heart. Persephone is determined to prove otherwise…

Hades, the Lord of the Underworld, has no patience for living things or his Olympian brethren. His purpose is order, administering justice to those who enter his realm, and keeping the balance decreed by the Fates. Meeting Persephone sways his focus, her gentle sweetness threatening his control. But he will not be tempted.

 Poseidon’s scheming wreaks havoc upon Persephone. Hades has no choice – he must rescue her.

 Hades awakens something within the Goddess Persephone. She feels no fear from his brooding presence. In truth, she’s never felt so alive. Every stolen moment together only confirms her instinct: he is meant to be hers. Such a powerful union suit will face opposition – from Olympus, her troubled betrothed, the Fates, even Hades himself – but she is determined to win his heart.

Sasha-Flower

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Tainted Final 1600x2400Even death can’t stop true love…

After over four hundred years as a Guardian, Durk Langdon rebuked it all. Walked away from everything when his mate, Jessica, was brutally murdered. Yet he has no recollection of anything since that gruesome day.

Nothing alleviates his longing for Jessica or his disdain for the Guardians until a former brother in arms joins him and his cause. Visions of his lost love start appearing in the most unlikely places, until Durk learns she survived.

But when he sets out to find her, demonic obstacles he never could have imagined tear them apart.

If only he had trusted her…

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NEW RELEASE: Awaited by Lynn Rush

The voice is a powerful thing. . .

Russell Leonard is a centuries-old Guardian who’s lost faith in his purpose. So when he’s charged with procuring the first female Guardian in over two centuries, he can only hope it’s the red-headed beauty who’s been haunting his dreams for months. And if it is, he intends to claim her as his. But when he finds his dream woman, Annabelle is mute and bears no Guardian’s Mark.  He soon realizes she’s been tainted by an ancient evil. Russell must somehow release the secrets trapped within this delicate soul to help her tap into the only weapon powerful enough to silence a millennia-old demon—her voice.

Awaited is now available in online stores: Amazon, B&N, ARe

ISBN: 9781937254216

Amazon: http://amzn.to/HTGzgR

Barnes & Noble: http://bit.ly/JewjTX

Goodreads: http://bit.ly/AAxAz4

All Romance E-Book: http://bit.ly/HHTx2U

Kobo: http://bit.ly/JrPIDi

About the Author…

Driven to write, Lynn Rush often sees her characters by closing her eyes watching their story unfold in her mind. Lynn Rush is a pen name that is a combination of two sources – Lynn, the first name of her mother-in-law, who passed away and Rush – since the author is a former inline speed skater and mountain biker. All of Rush’s books are dedicated to Lynn, her namesake.

Rush holds a degree in psychology from Southwest Minnesota State University and a master’s degree from the University of Iowa. Originally from Minneapolis, Rush currently enjoys living in the Arizona sunshine by road biking nearly 100 miles per week with her husband of 15 years and jogging with her two loveable Shetland Sheep dogs.

Connected with Lynn online

Catch the Rush: www.LynnRush.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/LynnRushWrites

Twitter: www.twitter.com/LynnRush

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/lynnrushwrites/

~~~See you in the paranormal~~~

Reviews…

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Ones to Watch ~ Small Press Treasures Blog Hop

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I want to thank Sam, Elena and Rhonda for hosting this fabulous blog hop.  I love Small Press for many reasons.  First, the stories they produce are truly hidden treasures.  They are the bread and butter of debut and experienced authors, alike.  Stories that would be classified as “not mainstream” enough have an opportunity to shine.  I am so grateful to my small press, Crescent Moon Press.  My editor for Soul Reborn, Heather Howland (now with another small press, Entangled Publishing) mentored me through my first publishing experience.  She cared about the stories and treated the authors with respect.  Small Press companies employ extremely talented artists, no matter what the genre.

So, what am I giving away?? 

An e-copy of Soul Reborn, Wicked Romance Organic Tote with Signed Cover Flats, Egyptian Tarot Cards

To Enter:  Answer one of these questions in a comment below…. 

What do you like best about Small Press Publishers?

What is your favorite Small Press Author or Story Hero or Heroine?? 

My Favorite Small Press Authors:

My Favorite Small Press Covers:

 

My favorite Cast of Key to the Cursed Series Heroes:

Asar, God of the Underworld, Dead and Afterlife.  He is most well-known for judging souls at the gates of the afterlife.  Do not cross him or he may just feed your soul to the beast.  Pass the test and receive everlasting life.

Bakari, son of Asar, and Protector of the Gates.  Holder of the key to the Underworld. You will recognize him by the scorpion carved tattoo on his back and arms.  Those daggers on his chest aren’t just for show.  One pierce to the heart will kill any god.

Bomani, Commander of the Underworld Legion.  You can’t miss him.  He wears his rank on his skin in the form of scarification tattoos that cover his entire body and the brand of the legion shield on his chest.  Don’t let his charismatic smile and jovial personality fool you.  Only the strongest and fiercest alpha warrior rises to the top.

Kamen, brother to Asar, and Soul Eater.  The largest of all the Underworld gods and the most dangerous.  Stay clear of this big fellow.  His stoicism is just a façade to the beast within.  But he has it under control, most of the time.

The Gods of the Underworld have graciously agreed to help me promote my book, Soul Reborn.

For more great small press supporters, see below and continue on the blog hop!!

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Cover Reveal: AWAITED by Lynn Rush

Awaited is the second book in the Wasteland series by Lynn Rush.

Release Date: May 2012

The voice is a powerful thing…

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Russell Leonard is a centuries-old Guardian who’s lost faith in his purpose. So when he’s charged with procuring the first female Guardian in over two centuries, he can only hope it’s the red-headed beauty who’s been haunting his dreams for months. And if it is, he intends to claim her as his. But when he finds his dream woman, Annabelle is mute and bears no Guardian’s Mark.

He soon realizes she’s been tainted by an ancient evil. Russell must somehow release the secrets trapped within this delicate, mute beauty, to help her tap into the only weapon powerful enough to silence a millennia-old demon—her voice.

Add Awaited to your Goodreads to-read shelf

If you haven’t read book I, Wasteland, I highly recommend you do.  It is a fabulous tale about good versus evil and the second book will no doubt prove to be just as compelling. 

Happy Reading!!!

Jean

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2011 Holiday Blog Hop, Dec 13-14 ~ $80 in Prizes!!

Welcome to the 2011 Holiday Blog Hop.

I’m participating in some crazy holiday fun, talking music, movies, and more with 8 – great fellow authors. (Lynn Rush, Kendall Grey, Caridad Piñeiro, Rebecca Zanetti, Rachel Firasek, Ciara Knight, Lisa Kessler, and ME, Jean Murray).

Best of all, we’re giving away over $80.00 worth of prizes!

Guidelines:

Two days. Tuesday December 13 and Wednesday December 14, 2011. Four blogs each day. All you have to do is show up and comment on each blog to be entered for the grand prize drawing of eight e-books and a $40 Amazon Gift Card! Just in time for the holiday season!

Day One December 13th:

Lynn Rush: http://lynnrush.com/

Kendall Grey: http://www.kendallgrey.com/

Caridad Piñeiro: http://www.caridad.com/blog/

Rebecca Zanetti: http://rebeccazanetti.com/blog-2/

Day Two December 14th:

Rachel Firasek: http://www.rachelfirasek.com/

Ciara Knight: http://www.ciaraknight.com/

Lisa Kessler: http://lisakessler.wordpress.com/

Jean Murray: https://wickedromance.wordpress.com/

Guidelines: 

Open internationally

Contest runs from 2am (Eastern Standard Time) Tuesday December 13th, 2011 to Midnight (Eastern Standard Time) Wednesday December 14th, 2011. Winner announced Monday December 19th, 2011 on all of the blogs in the hop.

Winner: You will have ten days (10) to contact us to claim your prize: (lynnrush@cox.net) Failure to contact us within allotted time will forfeit your prize. We can then choose either to re-award the prize to another entrant or not.

  • To earn the twenty-five (25) entries toward the grand prize you must comment on each of the eight blogs participating in the Holiday Blog Hop.
  • Please remember it is illegal to sell, forward, give away or copy electronic books in anyway. Doing so violates copyright.
  • If you are unable to leave comments on the blogs due to lack of internet connectivity/availability, you may enter via email to LynnRush@cox.net.

Watch for my post tomorrow!!

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Guest Author Lynn Rush ~ 1st Person MALE POV

Host Jean Murray:  I am so happy to welcome Author Lynn Rush to Wicked Romance today.  Her novel, Wasteland, from Crescent Moon Press is a fabulous tale about good versus evil with Angels, Demons and Guardians.  I’ve had the pleasure of reading Lynn’s debut release and will tell you it is fabulous.  Take a moment and check out Wasteland’s Book Trailer.

Book Blurb:

Bound by the blood contract his human mother signed four centuries ago, half-demon, David Sadler, must obey his demonic Master’s order to capture fifteen-year-old Jessica Hanks. But as he learns more about her, he realizes she may be the key to freedom from his demonic enslavement.

The only obstacle—Jessica’s distractingly beautiful Guardian, Rebeka Abbott. He must not give in to their steamy chemistry, or he will lose his humanity. But fresh off a quarter millennia of sensory deprivation as punishment for not retrieving his last target, he may not be able to resist temptation long enough to save what’s left of his human soul.

So, let me introduce you to Lynn… 

Lynn Rush began her writing career in 2008. She has both an undergraduate and graduate degree in the mental health field and has enjoyed applying that unique knowledge to develop unique characters. A former inline speed skater and mountain biker, Lynn has been known to test the limits of her athletic endurance. So, when she’s not writing, she spends time enjoying the Arizona sunshine by road biking nearly 100 miles per week with her husband of fifteen years and going on jogs with her loveable Shetland Sheep dogs.

For more about Lynn and her many talents, visit her here…..

Catch the Rush: www.lynnrush.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/LynnRushWrites

Twitter: www.twitter.com/LynnRush

GUEST AUTHOR LYNN RUSH ~ FIRST PERSON POINT OF VIEW

I love reading and writing in the first person point of view. There’s just something so deep about it. But since my novel, Wasteland, came out, I’ve been
asked a couple of questions about writing the first person point of view.

First one:

How’d you choose a male POV when you’re a chick? Okay, they didn’t word the question exactly like that, I paraphrased.

The answer:

Men intrigue me. Specifically how they react to things, and their innate need to protect. Now, I’ve written a couple articles about writing the male POV, one of which one was posted with Chuck Sambuchino’s Writer’s Digest blog, so I won’t rehash the details of that here. But one really interesting thing I love is men tend to be very visual and not much about talking. That was a fun challenge to tackle when penning David’s character.

Another question I’m often asked:

The MALE POV…Fine, I get that…but he was a half-demon on top of that? What were you thinking? Demons are typically the bad guy and you wrote the story from HIS point of view?

The answer:

OH YEAH. It’s super fun to write about tortured characters. And poor David is just that. He didn’t ask his mother to sell his soul to Lucifer. He didn’t ask to be half-demon and have to run souls for the devil. He didn’t want to kill innocents to get his marks, but if he didn’t complete his tasks he suffered solitary confinement for his failure.

Two hundred and fifty years of solitary…

All he wanted was to be free. So, he wasn’t all that bad. Sure, he had to do some naughty things throughout the centuries, but he clung to the little human soul he had left, hoping to find a way out. That was just really fun to write.

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So, readers…what’s your
favorite point of view to read?

Writers…what point of view do
you enjoy writing (and reading for that matter)?

 Here’s a little taste of Wasteland:

Excerpt

Copyright © 2011 Lynn Rush.
All rights reserved — a Crescent Moon Press publication

“One more dance?” She focused on me, her lips puckered out. “That song was half-way through, so it doesn’t count.”

“I should g-”

“Just one.” She gathered me to her, flattening her breasts against my chest. So close she had to put one of her feet between mine so we could move. Her warmth seeped through her thin shirt into mine. Hunger for her forced the air from my lungs. The demon demanded to be let out.

“So, do you have a name?” Her minty breath washed over me, and I put my hands on her hips.

“What is yours?” I asked.

“Rebeka, but everyone calls me Beka.”

“You frequent this establishment?”

Her inner thigh skimmed my leg as she leaned into me more. My hold on her hips tightened, keeping her core from mine. The prickle of my demon sliced at my heart, urging me to pull her close. My heart pounded and body tightened. I couldn’t handle much more touching before I lost control.

“Yes. I’m here often.” She held my gaze. “Tell me your name.”

“I am David.”

We swayed in silence, her body dangerously close to mine, yet I absorbed every touch. I played with fire remaining in her embrace, but for unknown reasons, I dove in further.

“Where are you from, Beka?”

“Here. I was raised here. You?”

“Nowhere special. Passing through town.”

Her gaze inched down. “Just passing through? How long will you be here?”

“Not sure yet.”

Her teeth sank into her lip again. I stiffened. That gesture with her mouth was too much. “I should be going now.”

“Will you be back?” She loosened her grip.

Frigid air seeped between us, and I wanted to pull her close again. She felt like heaven against me. “I might be.”

“Hope so.” She winked.

My gaze swept over her body, taking in the soft, delicate skin held captive by her tank top. With each breath her chest swelled. We hadn’t danced quickly, but she was winded. A thin,
black line of ink peeked out from behind her earlobe. The beginnings of a tattoo. Possibly marking her identity. Guardians bore a tattoo distinguishing them from humans. I drew in a breath, strengthening my resolve to remain in control, and cupped her cheek. She gasped and leaned into my hand like I’d hoped.

The fury of blazing heat streaming from her face in my grasp threatened to distract me. My pulse hammered. But I had to see the mark. A thin line followed the curve of her lobe and  disappeared into the shadow behind her ear. Her teeth grated her lip. Must be a nervous habit. But the action chipped at my resolve each time.

One quick taste.

I brought my other hand to her face, the side with the mark, and curled my fingers around her neck, moving my thumb behind her ear. Her hands cuffed my wrists, but not to push me  away. Instead her stare bore into mine like a freight train. The flashing lights of the club bounced a coral, teal, and violet rainbow over her shimmering skin.

The people surrounding us blurred into oblivion, and the music faded into a storm of muffled pitches and tones. I concentrated on her shining lips and took in the warmth of her body so close to mine. I wanted only the sense of touch to be awake while I reveled in the silky texture of her skin. For so long I’d touched nothing. If I was going to break my rules, I would enjoy it.

Her hands glided from my wrists down my forearms and up my biceps, sending a ripple of desire through my soul. I could resist no longer. I brushed my lips against hers and tasted melon. She heaved a sharp breath and clamped her fingers around my shoulders, holding me in place. Scents of lilac permeated me. My heart hammered, and my demon pounded, wanting out. Wanting her. I turned my head, severing our connection. Too intense. Must stay in control. She let out a whimper. I pressed my mouth to her cheek and tilted her head.

I almost wished I hadn’t.

She bore the mark of a Guardian, immortal protectors of the humans. I drank Beka in for three long breaths, knowing it may be my last chance to hold her close. Because if Beka truly was guarding Jessica Hanks I would more than likely have to kill her to get my Mark.

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Host Jean Murray:  I want to thank Lynn for taking the reins at Wicked Romance.  Wasteland is one of the first person POV’s that I’ve enjoyed reading and highly recommend you check it out.  There are more in this series to come, so don’t wait. 

Wasteland is now available in all e-formats and print…

Goodreads: http://bit.ly/k6NAZa

Amazonhttp://amzn.to/pavzwE

Barnes and Noble: http://bit.ly/pbigOg

All Romance Ebooks: http://bit.ly/nujjjp

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