"When I’m not writing" with E. J. Stevens + giveaway!

E. J. Stevens Today’s guest is E. J. Stevens, the author of the Ivy Granger series and the Spirit Guide series from Sacred Oaks Press. She’s on tour now to celebrate the release of GHOST LIGHT, her second Ivy Granger novel. As part of the celebration, there’s a tour-wide giveaway so make sure to stick around until the end of the post. Please join me in welcoming E. J. to the blog!

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What do I do when I’m not writing? Honestly, writing takes up most of my time these days, but I do try to catch up on my favorite shows, games, and book series.

I watch Netflix, play Xbox, travel, and try to make a dent in my towering TBR pile.

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Of course, making time for hobbies can be difficult enough with the pressure of looming deadlines, but add an incorrigible corgi to the mix and it’s amazing I get anything done!

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It may sound strange, but I adore day trips to local cemeteries. We have many beautiful cemeteries here in New England and I’m always inspired by the combination of history and beauty that can be found in these monuments to the dead.

Netflix is another one of my guilty pleasures. When I’m in dire need of an immediate writing break, I turn to anime and Korean dramas. I currently have over 100 Kdramas in my streaming queue (so many dramas, so little time!). I’m also a huge fan of the TV shows Supernatural, Pretty Little Liars, and the Vampire Diaries.

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A few times of year, I succumb to wanderlust and travel far, far away from my writing desk. A few of my favorite destinations include London, Dublin, Rome, and Disney World (Jack Sparrow AND a Haunted Mansion, what’s not to like?). This year I’m also going on a research trip to the medieval city of Bruges, Belgium. Bruges, known as the “Venice of the North,” is famous for its chocolates, beer, scenic canals, and medieval architecture. I have a feeling this beautiful city will be making its way onto my list of favorite places to visit.

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Globetrotting adventures are not always possible, so when I’m in need of a quick change of scenery I often escape into a good book. I enjoy reading young adult, paranormal romance, science fiction, and urban fantasy.

A perfect vacation day might include sipping tea in a foreign café while engrossed in a good book on my Kindle. Of course, my corgi overlord is not a fan of this idea. She’d much rather I stayed within easy reach of yummy treats and belly rubs. 😉

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Thanks for stopping by, E. J., and congrats on your latest release! =) I hope you have a great time in Bruges — it’s a lovely city.

For more information about E. J. and her books, check out her Ivy Granger website or follow E. J. on Twitter.

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Here’s the scoop on GHOST LIGHT:

Ghost Light by E. J. Stevens (Ivy Granger #2)Ivy Granger, psychic detective, thought she’d seen it all…until now.

With a vengeful lamia that only she can see on the city streets, reports of specters walking Harborsmouth cemeteries, and an angry mob of faerie clients at her office door, it’s bound to be a long night. Add in an offense against the faerie courts and a few foolish bargains and one thing is clear–Ivy Granger is in some seriously deep trouble.

Ivy Granger is back, gathering clues in the darkest shadows of downtown Harborsmouth. With the lives of multiple clients on the line, she’s in a race against time. Ivy finally has a lead to the whereabouts of the one person who can help her control her wisp abilities, but will she put the needs of her clients above her own?

If Ivy doesn’t find a solution soon, she could wind up a ghost herself.

Ghost Light is the second novel in the bestselling Ivy Granger urban fantasy series by E.J. Stevens.

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Here are the earlier books in the series:

Shadow Sight by E. J. Stevens (Ivy Granger #1) Blood and Mistletoe by E. J. Stevens (Ivy Granger #1.5)

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Authors, would you like to visit and share with us? Please email me at jennblogs (at) gmail (dot) com and we’ll set it up!

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"When I’m not writing" by Christina Mercer + giveaway!

Christina Mercer Christina Mercer has written a short but sweet post for us today for “When I’m not writing”. She is currently on a blog tour celebrating her latest release, a lovely young adult fantasy novel called ARROW OF THE MIST. Please join me in welcoming Ms. Mercer to the blog!

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Thank You Tynga’s Reviews for hosting me!

When I’m not writing I love to read, travel, hang out with the family and our pack of large dogs, tend to my garden, watch movies, spend time with friends, collect seashells, and after many years with a gear-head husband, I’ve grown fond of classic cars.

Christina Mercer beesBut perhaps my most unique activity when I’m not writing is beekeeping. I started eight years ago after taking a one-day class hosted by our local beekeeping store. I’ve had a lifelong fascination for the buzzing dynamos, and was thrilled to finally “get up close.” In that full classroom, there was only one other woman aside from myself, and we became immediate friends. She had two years of experience already under her belt, and offered to mentor me. I learned a ton, read everything I could get my hands on about honeybees, and barely scratched the surface of what I considered (and still consider!) a most wondrous undertaking.

Honeybees are true miracle workers. Their efficient organization, ability to create multiple (useful!) substances, including the tastiest substance ever, and their important contribution to our food supply continues to awe me.

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Thanks for stopping by, Christina! And thanks to Giselle at Xpresso Book Tours for organizing this! =)

For more information about Christina and her books, check out her website or follow her on Facebook or Twitter.

You can also check out the other stops on the tour (scroll down to the bottom of the page):

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Here’s the scoop on ARROW OF THE MIST:

Arrow of the Mist by Christina MercerTerror strikes the Celtic inspired kingdom of Nemetona when barbed roots breach the veil of a forbidden land and poison woodsmen, including 15-year-old Lia’s beloved father. Lia and three others embark on a quest to the forbidden land of Brume to gather ingredients for the cure. But after her elder kinsman is attacked and poisoned, she and her cousin, Wynn, are forced to finish the quest on their own.

Lia relies on her powerful herbal wisdom and the memorized pages of her late grandmother’s Grimoire for guidance through a land of soul-hungry shades, trickster creatures, and uncovered truths about the origin of Brume and her family’s unexpected ties to it. The deeper they trek into the land, the stronger Lia’s untapped gift as a tree mage unfolds. When she discovers the enchanted root’s maker, it forces her to question everything about who she is and what is her destiny. Ultimately, she must make a terrible choice: keep fighting to save her father and the people of the lands or join with the power behind the deadly roots to help nature start anew.

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Do you guys have suggestions for who you’d like to see featured on the blog? If so, you can make your suggestions on this page. No guarantees that your favorite authors will be able to participate but we’ll try!

Authors, would you like to visit and share with us? Please email me at jennblogs (at) gmail (dot) com and we’ll set it up!

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Dead Living Blog Tour: Interview with Glenn Bullion + Giveaway

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We have Glenn Bullion as a guest today on the blog to promote his zombie book, DEAD LIVING. Check out my interview with Glenn down below, where we talk about zombies, his book, and then more zombies. Also, there is a tour wide giveaway going on so don’t miss out on your chance to a copy of DEAD LIVING!

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If you had to create a kit to survive in a world like the one you created in Dead Living, what would you include?

In Dead Living, the zombies have already taken over.  So, if you’re not bunkered down somewhere, the kit would need to be as light and simple as possible.  A bladed weapon of some sort, with a pistol as a last resort.  Water is a must, as much as you can reasonably carry.  Lighters and matches are no good, so a magnifying glass would be a good carry, for starting fires when able.  Society is over as we know it, so if you’re on your own, scavenging is the name of the game.

How would you introduce us to your main character, Aaron?

The mysterious introduction would work best with Aaron.  I love the visual of seeing him blend harmlessly with a huge pack of zombies, all of them moving around him while he moves freely.  That would be a scary sight, if you happened to be a bad guy (or anyone, for that matter).

Who was your favorite character to write about in Dead Living?

One of my favorite pairings of all my novels were Aaron and Samantha, and I loved to write about those two characters.  But I’ll take this chance to talk about another character, the glue that holds the survivors of Lexington High School together.  Richardson.

A lot of zombie stories has that bad guy, the typical leader of the biker gang, the guy manipulating the town for his own purposes, whose true goal is to look out for himself.  Richardson isn’t that man.  He is a good man, who only wants to take care of the people fate lumped him together with.  He is older, and remembers quite well what the old world was like, a sort of historian for the younger people.  Everyone looks up to him, and for good reason.

Zombies, or the walking dead, seem to be more and more popular in fiction these days. What differentiates your novel from the others in the genre?

It’s hard to write a different zombie story.  A lot of ideas have been used by other writers J  I’d like to think this one is different because of the characters.  I tried to breathe real life into everyone.  These characters were not just written to be eaten by zombies.  I’m hoping as the reader follows Aaron on his journey, that they truly hope for good things, unlike the teens we watch Jason and Freddy chase  J

The setting I also think is interesting.  This isn’t those first few weeks, but far in the future.  Society has fallen; the walking dead have taken over.  How would things be different?  What kind of camps would people form?  Zombies are naturally frightening to us, but what if you were a child, and grew up with them?  What good things would people do?  What evil things?

Dead Living is a fun story that goes on a little adventure that I think will spark the imagination.

What do you want your readers to learn or assimilate from Dead Living?

A lot of zombie stories focus on how bad humanity would turn out to be if the zombies came.  George Romero certainly tackles this issue often.  Dead Living has its villains as well, but there are plenty of positives.  Even with zombies all around, there’s always hope.  You have to hold on to that.

What do you think is more likely: the walking dead created by a virus or by supernatural forces?

You have to go with the virus.  I think that’s part of what makes zombies so scary and fascinating, is that they’re much more feasible to happen than say a vampire or werewolf.  Something that makes a human turn into a wolf is hard to swallow.  But some kind of virus or government experiment that could make dead bodies move and jump around?  I don’t think that’s entirely out of the picture.

What is your favorite zombie movie?

There are a ton of good ones out there.  Even the zom-coms are solid, Shaun of the Dead and Zombieland.  But I have to go with the original trilogy, Night, Dawn, and Day.  Those movies are hard to beat.  I also liked Land of the Dead, although I think sometimes I may be the only one.

Do you prefer to write on a computer or with pen and paper? Do you have any weird/crazy writing habits?

Computer writing only for me.  I’m not sure I’d be a writer if it weren’t for the computer.  I don’t really have any weird habits, I don’t think.  I like to listen to music, sometimes, but it depends on how focused I am.  Sometimes music is a distraction, and has to go off.

What are you reading right now?

I’m actually not reading anything right now.  I’m working on my latest book (Demon’s Doorway is nearly ready to be released, as of this writing, and typing the words on Witch’s Kurse).  I try not to mix reading and writing too much.  It’s not good to have that distraction, when I’m having some bad writing time, to say “Man, I wish I was reading that book”.  I try to get my reading done in between novels.

What will I read next?  I’ll probably try to find a Richard Laymon novel I haven’t read yet, or read one of his old ones.

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Thank you Glenn for answering my questions. It was great to have you here on the blog!

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It didn’t take long for the world to die. And it didn’t take long, either, for the dead to rise.

Born on the day everything ended, a world filled with the walking dead is the only one that Aaron knows. Kept in seclusion, his family teaches  him the basics. How to read and write. How to survive.

Then Aaron makes a shocking discovery. The undead, who desire nothing but flesh, ignore him. It’s as if he’s invisible to them.

The survivors of the old suburb of Lexington call a high school their home. They live day to day, without any of the luxuries mankind used to enjoy. Samantha is a product of the new world. Alone, cold, looking out only for herself. She and the other residents of Lexington feel their hope dwindling. They need change. They need someone who can face the corpses. They need someone who can live in a city of the dead.

They need Aaron.

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About Glenn Bullion

I live in Maryland with my wonderful wife and four cats. I love gaming, computer technology, movies, and of course, reading and writing. I love science fiction and especially horror and the paranormal. Ghosts, vampires, werewolves, zombies, anything supernatural, all beautiful subjects.

I’ve been writing since I was twelve years old. There’s just something about creating a story that I like. I always try come up with something that hasn’t been done, or is unique in some way. It could be someone with demonic powers, or something much more simple, such as a person that zombies ignore. It’s fun to create a character, give him or her a personality and background, and watch them evolve through a story.

I’ve tried other subjects, but always drift back to horror and paranormal. There’s a reason why we keep going back to horror movies and books, why they’ve made fifty Friday the 13th movies. People like to be scared, but more than that, I think paranormal and horror stir the imagination like nothing else. We’re all just a little nervous to open that closet door at midnight, or look under the bed.

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SS: Interview with Nalini Singh + Giveaway

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To close the event, I’m super happy to receive best-selling author extraordinaire, Nalini Singh! It’s always such a pleasure to have her on the blog and we had to invite to celebrate the recent release of Heart of Obsidian. Please welcome her warmly!

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1- Long-time reader and huge fan of the series are on pins and needles for HEART OF OBSIDIAN. How does it feel to have a book this hotly anticipated? What’s your favorite scene from the book?

I’m delighted readers continue to enjoy the series! I truly love the world and its characters, and it’s wonderful to know that readers feel the same.
As for my favorite scene…oooh, that’s hard to choose, but one of my favorites is a flashback scene. I can’t say exactly what it’s about without giving too much away, but it makes me smile every single time I read it. 

2- From the entire series, which character was your favorite to write and why?

I absolutely can’t choose – I love all my characters and find it so hard to compare them to each other. Some have appeared more in the series than others, but they all have a powerful role to play, not only in their own books but in the overall story arc.

3- If you could borrow another author’s character and throw them into the Psy/Changeling world, who would you pick and why?

For me, the mark of a good book is that the characters fit absolutely into that world. As such, to tear them out and put them into another world simply wouldn’t work – and I would never do that to characters about whom I love to read.

4- Will you ever write a book that pairs two Psy together now that Silence is fracturing for more and more people?

A Psy-Psy story or stories, has always been part of my plan for the series.

5-  Once fans have devoured HEART OF OBSIDIAN, will we have more questions or more answers? 

You’ll have a lot of answers, and one big question resulting from the final events that take place in the story.

6- Will Vasic get his own story soon? You’ve said before it wasn’t his time. Is his time soon? He’s so interesting!!

Wait and see 😉 (He’s in HEART OF OBSIDIAN quite a lot.)

7- Does the summer solstice means anything to as race as stoic as the Psy? What about the Changeling?

Not to the Psy, and the changelings are always in sync with nature, so the rhythm of the world is part of their very blood.

8- Do you have a personal tidbit to share in relation with midsummer?

While you’re having midsummer, we’re having midwinter over in the Southern Hemisphere! People have been known to celebrate Midwinter Christmas. 🙂

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Thank you very much Nalini for taking the time to visit and answering our burning questions!

More about Hearts of Obsidian:

Heart of Obsidian  (Psy-Changeling, #12)

Step into New York Times bestseller Nalini Singh’s explosive and shockingly passionate Psy-Changeling world…

A dangerous, volatile rebel, hands stained bloodred.
A woman whose very existence has been erased.
A love story so dark, it may shatter the world itself.
A deadly price that must be paid.
The day of reckoning is here.

 

Purchase: Amazon | Book Depository

Previous books in the series:

Slave to Sensation (Psy-Cha... Visions of Heat (Psy-Change...Caressed By Ice (Psy-Change...Mine to Possess (Psy-Change...Hostage to Pleasure (Psy-Ch...Branded by Fire (Psy-Change...

Blaze of Memory (Psy-Change...Bonds of Justice (Psy-Chang...Play of Passion (Psy-Change...Kiss of Snow (Psy-Changeling, #10)Wild Invitation (Psy-Change...Tangle of Need (Psy-Changel...

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Nalini SinghI was born in Fiji and raised in New Zealand. I also spent three years living and working in Japan, during which time I took the chance to travel around Asia. I’m back in New Zealand now, but I’m always plotting new trips. If you’d like to see some of my travel snapshots, have a look at the Travel Diary page (updated frequently).

So far, I’ve worked as a lawyer, a librarian, a candy factory general hand, a bank temp and an English teacher and not necessarily in that order. Some might call that inconsistency but I call it grist for the writer’s mill.”

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SS: Interview with Jamie Quaid + Giveaway!

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Today I am super happy to have author Jamie Quaid by my side. Her Saturn’s Daughter series rocked my world and I’m glad that she accepted to join us to celebrate the release of the second book, Damn Him to Hell! Make sure to stick around for a giveaway at the end!
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1- I really like the first novel in the series, Boyfriend From Hell, and I’m sure everyone would like to know if the second installment, Damn Him to Hell will be just as funny and action-packed?

Thank you, kindly! I’d like to believe it’s funny and action-packed– I certainly notch the action up another level. But humor is in the eye of the beholder, so unless you know you like frog humor, you’ll have to answer that one for me after you read it.

2- How would you describe the main characters to someone who’s unfortunate enough to not have read the first book?

Does bizarre, insane, lusty, and concerned cover it? <G> Tina—she of the weird Saturnian abilities— is obsessed with justice, and not precisely in the legal, rational manner of the lawyer she is. Then we have the invisible gay teenager, the snake-producing investigator, the handsome US Senator returned from hell, and Andre—the gorgeous but seriously freaky and paranoid Special Ops hunk. Just your usual chemically-polluted neighborhood.

3- You remained pretty hazy on the Gods mythology in BFH, will we finally learn more about it and Clancy’s abilities?

Tina won’t come into her full abilities until her 28th year, so she’s still learning what she’s capable of and really starting to worry herself. She develops a few more serious quirks this time around (frogs are involved!), and reaches out to another Saturn’s daughter. The problem is that Saturn’s daughters are so busy staying alive that they really don’t have time to write down what they learn.  It takes time to research a mythology no one is telling them about—and granny still isn’t too helpful. But it’s looking like whole new dimensions are involved…literally.

Let me ask this of your readers…what would you like to see happen? Do you really want a god to step down out of heavens with a rule book? Or do you want the Daughters to be their own force?

4- Andre turned out to be one of my favorite characters, will we get to know him more in book 2?

Oh YEAH! Andre gets in way over his pretty head this time around, and we learn a little more about those dimensions I mentioned…  He’s just a bit more than an all-around, average guy.

5- The folks in The Zone are pretty weird, do you think they’d be the kind to celebrate the summer solstice?

They’re mostly a pretty cynical lot, and the solstice is about celebrating life, not hell—which kind of haunts our polluted neighborhood—but if you can show them a good reason to celebrate, they’re all over it. Can the gargoyles come, too?

6- Have you ever attended this kind of celebration yourself?

Let’s just say I’ve created my own bonfires a few times and not go into details, okay?

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Thank you so much Jamie for stopping by ❤ It’s always such a pleasure to have you on board!

More about Damn Him to Hell:

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Justice is blind. Justine isn’t. Book two in the Saturn’s Daughter series, in which Tina Clancy is gifted with the power to dispense justice…for good or evil.

Tina Clancy is adapting to her new life as one of Saturn’s Daughters while living in the toxic part of Baltimore known as The Zone, and occasionally acting as a champion of the downtrodden, the weird, the innocent…and the sometimes not-so-innocent.

Just when she finally lands a real law job, the Zone is blasted by poisonous gas and her sometimes-boyfriend starts receiving visitors from Hell. He’s none too pleased about that, or in Tina having sent his granny to Hell in his place. For that matter, neither is granny…

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Previous books in the series:

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Patricia Rice“As a fan of urban fantasy and kick-ass heroines, I’ve often wondered why we’re drawn to fangs and fur when there are so many grim realities our heroines can conquer.  While pondering the possibilities of fighting evil in a real world, I created Justine Clancy, a woman who has fought the bullies of the world all her life, without realizing she was pre-destined to be an arbiter of justice—until she accidentally sends her lying boyfriend to hell. And the devil handsomely rewards her.

But along with power must come knowledge—and for Tina, that includes learning not only the difference between good and evil, but all the shades of gray in between. Because sending the wrong people to the Underworld could have grave consequences, literally. But not doing her job can hurt the people who have taken her in and accepted her. For the first time in her life, she has a home, but it’s going to require a whole lot of housecleaning to drive out the demons hiding there.”(source)

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SS: Guest post by Jillian Stone + giveaway!

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Today’s post is by Jillian Stone, author the Phaeton Black, Paranormal Investigator series published by Kensington Brava. It’s super sexy steampunk and the third book in the series, THE MISS EDUCATION OF DR. EXETER, has just been released. Jillian is on tour to celebrate this release and is offering a tour-wide giveaway of a steampunk necklace. She’s written an extremely steamy scene for us so make sure you’re ready for mature content before proceeding! And enjoy the post!

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The Miss Education of Dr. Exeter by Jillian Stone (Phaeton Black, Paranormal Investigator #3)“What exactly is a superior moon?” Mia asked, untying her cloak and letting it drop to the ground.

Jason Exeter stood on a rise overlooking the Thames. The river sparkled from the light of the moon at perigee. “A superior moon or supermoon occurs but once a year, when the moon is closest to the earth––much larger and brighter than an average full moon, he explained. The fact that this moon happens on the summer solstice is a cosmic coincidence of great importance.”

“The brightest moon on the longest day.” Mia spread her cloak on the cool grass, and leaned back on her elbows to star gaze. “Mr. Ping says that a magic moment will occur at 3:32 a.m. but he did not specify exactly what will happen, in fact he was rather mysterious about this rare confluence of moon and earth.”

She scanned the skies, as he explained. “Many cultures associate the solstice with increased fertility, while others believe the superior moon has certain effects on people’s behavior, even though there is no scientific evidence to prove it. I have never personally felt the effects but I know someone who seems more agitated, more feline every time there is a full moon.” Exeter’s gaze moved from the river to her. “How are you feeling, Mia?”

“She is near.” Mia clawed at her gown. The tingling sensation and urges were back, and the sense that her body was not entirely her own. These unexpected shifts to a feline creature had come upon her rather suddenly last year. And her brave and handsome husband had preformed duties far above and beyond the natural world to bring her through this frightening period of transformation. “I get the feeling you and Ping are plotting something.” Mia’s eyes glowed, and her pupils narrowed into suspicious slits.

She now had Exeter’s full attention.

The Seduction of Phaeton Black by Jillian Stone (Phaeton Black, Paranormal Investigator #1)“Do you need me to undress you?” He lowered to his haunches. “Turn around, love.” She moved her back to him. “Please assure me you will not run off––for as lovely as you are without a stitch on––I would not want the neighbors to view my beautiful wife in the nude . . . again.”

“I often have no control over her . . . she’s—” Mia shifted away and he pulled her back. Gentle fingers loosened the strings of her corset.

His exhale wafted over skin moist with perspiration. “Ping believes the cat will speak to me tonight––I may hear her voice for the first time.” His knuckles brushed against the flesh of her back, causing a shiver she failed to conceal. They had been married less than a year––and his touch still sent a tremble through her, as though it were the first time he caressed her bare skin.
She disrobed and left nothing on. Any clothes on her body would end up in tatters. The evening chill was soothing, even sensuous. She lay back as a gentle wind hardened her nipples and prickled her skin.

Exeter would not touch her now, she was too close to shift. It was too dangerous. He had been scratched and bitten more than once. “Touch yourself, Mia” And she imagined his fingers . . . there.

The shift was instantaneous. Painless.

The sleek black panther stretched, and languidly moved off toward the river. The water rippled with a deep green luminescence––no doubt due the brightness of the evening sky. The cat hesitated––one front paw off the ground as the magnificent, full moon rose above the tree line.

She looked back at Exeter. Slowly she returned to him. Women are like the moon––beautiful––something to be adored, praised––and loved.

This was a new voice he heard in his head. Mia often spoke to him telepathically in cat form, but he had never actually heard the panther’s voice. Exeter sat up straight. What was he to make of the cat’s speech? I love Mia, body and soul, with all my heart.

Aaaaah, but does she feel adored? The cat licked a paw and rubbed her face.

The Moonstone and Miss Jones by Jillian Stone (Phaeton Black, Paranormal Investigator #2)Exeter stared. Of course he had told Mia he loved her––hadn’t he? Well, perhaps not in so many words. Truth be told, he had been rather busy of late, moving back and forth between London and Boston. Mia had college, and she was doing brilliantly. She had all the makings of a fine, compassionate physician. Deep in thought, Exeter rubbed the stubble on his chin. Perhaps they had drifted apart, some.

He gaze returned to the green-eyed panther. What would you have me do?

Bring her back with your words, alone.

He stretched out on the grass, beside Mia the cat, and spoke softly. “…I awoke before you this morning. As most mornings, I often watch you in your sleep––the rise and fall of your breasts as you breathe––the pale sunshine on peach colored cheeks. When I can stand it no longer I pull you close and nuzzle, hoping to wake you gently, for a hint of smile, to feel your lips on mine.”
The cat nuzzled back.

“In those quiet, moments, I yearn for you to wake. And when your eyes flutter open, I am enthralled, for I know I will spend another day with my dear wife––who is both my friend and my lover.” The cat rose and collapsed into his arms. “Mia, I love and adore you with all my heart.”

She slowly shifted back––claws to fingernails, whiskers to nose, sleek black fur to pale ivory skin. Her arms moved around his neck and she pulled him down. As his lips met hers, she whispered. “Make love to me, Exeter––I’ve heard quite enough!”

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Thank you so much for stopping by on your blog tour, Jillian! For more of Jillian’s tour, check out the other stops by clicking on the banner below.

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The Miss Education of Dr. Exeter by Jillian Stone (Phaeton Black, Paranormal Investigator #3)Plunge deeper into the curious world of the deadly Nightshades.

The Moonstone is having a destabilizing effect on the time/space membrane leaving Phaeton trapped in a parallel mirror world where everything is opposite or upside down, yet oddly the same. He is held captive by Domina Valour and tested sorely in this darkly sensual third episode of the Phaeton Black series.

Gaspar Sinclair can’t go after Phaeton. His physical body is unraveling before everyone’s eyes. America Jones is large with child, but only she has the preternatural ability to locate Phaeton and bring him back. And Doctor Exeter’s beautiful charge, Mia, has her claws in him. Quite literally.

To accomplish Phaeton’s rescue, the doctor must let loose forces he hasn’t the foggiest clue how to control, including his attraction to Mia.

While in the dimension of magnetic opposites, the doctor and Miss Jones attempt to reverse polarity to retrieve Phaeton and stop Gaspar from unraveling. Can America and Phaeton find a way to return together, or will this final test rip them apart forever?

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Here’s the rest of the series:

The Seduction of Phaeton Black by Jillian Stone (Phaeton Black, Paranormal Investigator #1) The Moonstone and Miss Jones by Jillian Stone (Phaeton Black, Paranormal Investigator #2)

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In 2010, Jillian won the RWA Golden Heart for An Affair with Mr. Kennedy and went from no agent or publisher to signing with Richard Curtis and being offered a three book contract by Pocket Books. That summer, she also won the erotica category of the 2010 Romance Through the Ages contest for The Seduction of Phaeton Black and was offered a three book contract by Kensington Brava. Needless to say, she has been busy writing books this past year and a half! Jillian lives in Southern California.

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SS: Interview with Jennifer Estep + giveaway!

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I’m always excited when Jennifer Estep stops by because she’s one of my favourite authors. She’s the brilliant mind behind two great series: her young adult mythology-based Mythos Academy books from KTeen and her amazing Elemental Assassin series from Pocket. She has releases from both series in the pipeline for this summer and she’s graciously agreed to an interview to chat about her summer plans. Please join me in welcoming the wonderful Ms. Estep to Supernatural Solstice!

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1. Welcome back to the blog, Jennifer! Thanks for taking the time to participate in Supernatural Solstice. You have a ton of stuff coming out this summer: SPARTAN FROST(out today), MIDNIGHT FROST (July 30), an Elemental Assassin story in CARNIEPUNK (July 23), KISS OF VENOM, another Elemental Assassin short from Owen’s POV (July 25), and HEART OF VENOM (August 27). It leads to an obvious question: how do you write so much and so well? =)

Heart of Venom by Jennifer Estep (Elemental Assassin #9)Thanks for hosting me on the blog again. I appreciate it.

I’ve been busy. LOL. But writing is my full-time job, and I’m always working on some project or another. I work at least 40 hours a week, and usually, it’s more. But I love what I do, and I write fairly quickly, so that helps with all of the long hours on the computer.

But everything just sort of came together for this summer, which is why I have so many new releases coming out over the next few months. I hope that everyone enjoys all of the books and e-stories.

2. Do you approach writing young adult novels differently than your adult series?

Not really. I’m a panster, so I write all of my books pretty much the same way. I think about the characters, the magic, and the major turning points of the story, then sit down and start writing.

But I would say that my Mythos Academy books are a little different from my other books in that I’m trying to tell more of a coming-of-age story in those books, especially since my heroine, Gwen, is still learning about herself, her magic, and trying to figure out what she wants her place in the world to be. So far, it’s been a fun challenge writing a YA series and really trying to capture that YA voice and all of the emotions, problems, and triumphs that go along with being a young adult.

3. I’m really excited to read SPARTAN FROST because it’s the first time we get a story from Logan’s point of view. Did this switch present any challenges? Any extra freedom?

Spartan Frost by Jennifer Estep (Mythos Academy #4.5)Thanks. I appreciate that.

For my Elemental Assassin series, I’ve written several free short stories from the points of view of different characters. Those stories are on the Excerpts page of my website. So I thought that it would be fun to do the same thing with my Mythos Academy series. Plus, readers really seem to like the shorter e-stories that many authors are now writing in between their books.

After what happens in CRIMSON FROST, the fourth book, it only seemed natural to write a story from Logan’s point of view and fill in some of the things that happen to him after CRIMSON FROST. Plus, I’ve gotten a lot of reader requests for a Logan story, so this is was a way that I thought I could give folks a little something extra to enjoy in the series.

I write in first-person, and I think it’s always interesting to show a different character’s point of view on something or how he might react in a situation when the heroine isn’t around. In Logan’s case, I got to explore how he feels about Gwen, his dad, and being a Spartan, among other things.

4. With each instalment of the Mythos Academy series, Gwen faces bigger challenges and MIDNIGHT FROST seems to contain the most daunting task yet. How do you come up with these ideas and where will the series go from here?

Any time you write a series, especially if you are following the same heroine through multiple books, then you always want to make the stakes higher and higher in each subsequent book. I really enjoy coming up with new bad guys and new challenges for Gwen to face and then figuring out how she can use her magic and smarts to get out of all of these dire situations.

KILLER FROST, the sixth book in the series, is tentatively set to be released in March 2014.

5. What can you share about your story in CARNIEPUNK?

Parlor Tricks by Jennifer Estep (Carniepunk) My story is called PARLOR TRICKS, and it’s part of my Elemental Assassin series. In the story, Gin and Bria go to a country carnival in search of a missing girl and end up in more trouble than they anticipated. It’s more of a stand-alone adventure, so I hope that it will appeal to both fans of the series and folks who haven’t tried my books yet.

Also, to help promote the CARNIEPUNK anthology, PARLOR TRICKS is available as a free e-download from all of the usual e-booksellers. I hope that everyone enjoys the story and the anthology. It’s been a cool project to be a part of.

6. HEART OF VENOM, your ninth Elemental Assassin novel, comes out at the end of the summer and gives us a look into Sophia’s past. Can you share any exclusive tidbits about what we’ll see in this novel?

Like you said, HEART OF VENOM delves into Sophia’s past and backstory, as well as Jo-Jo’s. I’ve gotten a lot of questions about the Deveraux sisters, so this book will fill in some of their history together and with Fletcher, Gin’s mentor. It will also answer some questions about Gin and Owen’s relationship and where the two of them go after the events of the last few books in the series.

7. Which character has surprised you the most in these two series?

Hmm. That’s a tough one. They all surprise me to some extent. But right now, I will say Phillip Kincaid in my Elemental Assassin series. When I first wrote him back in the third book, VENOM, he was just a minor character, a bad guy who owned a riverboat casino. But then, when I had the idea for WIDOW’S WEB, book seven, I realized that he would make a great character to help me tell more of Owen’s backstory. So Phillip just sort of took on a life of his own, but readers really seem to like his character so far.

And now a couple event-related questions:

8. What’s your favourite part of summer?

One of my favorite parts of summer is cooking out with my friends.

9. Which of your characters would be most likely to celebrate the summer solstice and why?

Definitely Finnegan Lane from my Elemental Assassin series. Finn loves any excuse to have a good time, so I could see him throwing a summer solstice party for Gin and the gang.

Happy reading, everyone!

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Thank you so much, Jennifer! It’s always such a pleasure to have you on board!

More about SPARTAN FROST:

Spartan Frost by Jennifer Estep (Mythos Academy #4.5)I’m Logan Quinn, the deadliest Spartan warrior at Mythos Academy. At least I was–until the day I almost killed Gwen Frost.

Professor Metis and Nickamedes say that I’m fine, that Loki and the Reapers don’t have a hold on me anymore, but I can’t risk it. I can’t risk hurting Gwen again. So I’m leaving Mythos and going somewhere far, far away.

I know Gwen wonders what’s happening to me, whether I’m safe. I can’t tell her, but this is my story…

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And here’s MIDNIGHT FROST, out July 30:

Here we go again…

Just when it seems life at Mythos Academy can’t get any more dangerous, the Reapers of Chaos manage to prove me wrong. It was just a typical night at the Library of Antiquities—until a Reaper tried to poison me. The good news is I’m still alive and kicking. The bad news is the Reaper poisoned someone else instead.

As Nike’s Champion, everyone expects me to lead the charge against the Reapers, even though I’m still hurting over what happened with Spartan warrior Logan Quinn. I’ve got to get my hands on the antidote fast—otherwise, an innocent person will die. But the only known cure is hidden in some creepy ruins—and the Reapers are sure to be waiting for me there…

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Jennifer Estep is a New York Times bestselling author, prowling the streets of her imagination in search of her next fantasy idea. She is the author of the Elemental Assassin urban fantasy series for Pocket Books and the Mythos Academy young adult urban fantasy series for Kensington. She is also the author of the Bigtime paranormal romance series. For more information, visit http://www.jenniferestep.com or follow Jennifer on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.

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SS: Short story by Cecy Robson + giveaway!

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I’m thrilled to welcome Cecy back to the blog for Supernatural Solstice! I really enjoy her Weird Sisters series so far and I think she’s a great new voice in urban fantasy. Cecy’s put together a great short story for this event and I’m sure you’ll all enjoy it!

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A Weird Soltice

We abandoned the thick vegetation of the forest and stepped into the clearing. I withdrew my tigress’s eyes from one blink to the next and took in the glen with my human stare. The full moon lit bright enough to illuminate our surroundings with a soft white glow. I didn’t need my inner beast’s strength, nor did I need to call her forth completely . . . at least, for now.

Emme slipped off my back as the warm evening breeze flung my long waves in all directions. She stumbled but didn’t fall, a rare feat for our youngest sister. “Thanks for carrying me, Celia.” She pushed her hair out of her face, glancing around nervously. Although she was twenty-two, her soft voice and mannerisms made her seem younger. But that didn’t mean my timid sister couldn’t protect herself.

Shayna clicked off her industrial sized flashlight and pointed to where Tahoe spread across the horizon. “Whoa. Check out the view. This would be a great place to picnic . . . during day . . . and if there weren’t demon children lurking about, waiting to eat us.” Her head jerked as something rustled in the dark forest behind us. “Celia . . .”

“Mouse,” I answered quietly when my sensitive ears picked up the scamper of tiny paws and my nosed fixed on the scent of vermin. I turned back to Taran. “But that doesn’t mean something else won’t show up. Explain to me again why we’re doing this?”

Taran huffed and rolled her eyes. “We need to learn to harness Tahoe’s magic.”

I crossed my arms. “Do we?”

A Cursed Embrace by Cecy Robson (Weird Girls #2) Another huff, another eye roll, this time accompanied by an annoyed pucker of her lips. “Look. We have a magical resource right here at our fingertips. Pardon the shit out of me for wanting to do more than set things on fire!”

“But you’re so good at blowing things up.” Shayna punched her affectionately in the arm. “And zapping people. Let’s not forget the zapping, dude. Zzzzzz!”

I scrambled between them when Taran glared. “That wasn’t an invitation to zing her,” I said sternly. “Let’s just do what we came for and get back home.”

Taran threw her arms in the air. “Fine.” That’s when she started to strip. I don’t mean she unbuttoned her blouse because the night was unusually warm. I mean she ditched her sheer black tunic, red tube top, and unsnapped her bra.

Emme watched Taran’s boob choker land at her side in horror. “Taran. What are you doing?”

“Emme, this is the summer solstice. Next to Halloween, it’s the biggest time of year for supernatural shit and magic.” We all stared back at her. “It’s about nature.” More blank stares. “And becoming one with nature.” At this point, I thought she was going to slap us. “Son of a bitch. Just get naked!” She kicked off her shoes and stripped down to everything but her mani-pedi.

Shayna sighed in defeat when Taran sat on the ground and proceeded to pull off her T-shirt. Emme buried her face in her palms. “This is so embarrassing.”

I shook my head, not knowing how Taran always managed to drag us into her crap. Shayna shrugged. “The sooner we do this, the faster we get home.” She flashed me a grin. “Koda is staying the night. Is Aric?”

My body warmed at the thought Aric’s muscular form draped over mine, and I tossed my tank top on the ground. “Yeah. He and the pack are patrolling the area for more demons.” I cleared my throat and pulled my cell phone out of my denim shorts to check the time. “He should be done in another hour, provided they don’t run into anything they have to mutilate.”

Shayna laughed and tugged her jeans down. “Come on, little dude,” she said when she caught Emme’s hesitation. “No one’s around.”

Or there wasn’t until Emme was down to her socks. “Son of bitch, Emme,” Taran muttered. “Hurry up. Something’s poking me in the ass.”

The forest debris was pretty damn sharp, but this hadn’t been Emme’s idea. I narrowed my green eyes. “Quit complaining, and start.”

Taran mumbled a few swears in Spanish then reached into her backpack. She placed a plastic container in front of her and filled it with water she poured from a canteen. She didn’t have to tell me it was water from the lake. Tahoe’s magic stirred from within the clear container and stroked gently against my skin like a caress.

Shayna watched the water swirl in the moonlight, obviously expecting something extraordinary. “Okay. Now what?”

Taran straightened, growing serious. “You see that rock?” She motioned to a gray stone near Shayna’s knee. “I’m going to levitate it.” She placed her fingertips in the water and focused on the rock like it had called her a bitch. For fifty freaking seconds she stared, her face reddening. Finally, little by little, the rock began to tilt and slide along the dirt.

The Weird Girls by Cecy Robson (Weird Girls #0.5) Shayna’s lids peeled back. “Awesome! You’re like, totally doing it!”

No. Actually it was Emme, using her telekinetic force. I knew it. Hell, I sensed it. And so did Taran. She flicked the water from her fingertips. “Cut it out, Emme.”

Emme crinkled her nose and tossed one of her remaining socks over her shoulder. “I was just trying to help.”

“I don’t need help,” Taran insisted. “If those witch bitches can do this, damn it, I can, too! And no one’s going to stop . . .”

Her irises blanched from blue to clear as a sense of cold squirmed its way down my back like a cluster of slugs.

I leapt to my feet, my claws lengthening from my nail beds and a deep growl building low in my throat. Twigs snapped in the forest. A heavy foot, then another, thumped against the moist forest floor. “Food,” something hissed.

“Food?” Emme croaked in a tone that clearly begged me to tell her no.

Six-plus feet of demon child eased his way through the dense sections of pine. Gray scales swathed his gargantuan potato shaped body and short, stout legs. Glowing red eyes blinked from the peak of his head while a fanged mouth ran the entire length of his body. His wings flapped eagerly at finding its dinner. AKA us.

“Holy shit!” Taran scrambled to stand, followed by Emme who still wore one pink sock. Shayna had already taken a stance beside me. The batteries from her flashlight fell from the chamber as she manipulated the metal into one bad-ass and hopefully demon-decapitating sword with her power.

The point glinted in the moonlight as she lengthened it past her head. She stepped forward, but I held an arm out. “Me first.”

I rushed forward in a blur of speed. I was fast. Unfortunately, so was Mr. Potato Head with fangs. My foot smashed into his knee. I would’ve reveled in the satisfying crunch of his bone snapping if he hadn’t punched me in the head with his ham hock fist. My entire body whirled before landing hard. I roared from the impact and tried to crawl away.

In the far distance, a wolf answered my agonized cry with a howl.

Aric had heard me. He was on his way. Too bad the demon child could give a rat’s ass. He lifted his gorilla arms and brought them down toward me. I rolled out of the way, giving Shayna ample room to swing her sword. One of the demon child’s arms landed next to me. I used it to nail him between the eyes as Taran unleashed a barrage of lightning bolts. I don’t know if you’ve ever smelled charred demon bits. And if you haven’t, you never want to. Imagine decomposing skunk flesh mixed with burning rubber . . . only not as refreshing.

Taran’s lightning seared his into flesh. Shayna lifted her sword only for an arm―that’s right, arm―to extend out of the demon’s mouth and clasp her wrist. I’d fought the creepiest preternaturals over the past few months. But I’ll admit, that gave me pause. She screamed, unable to wrench herself free and dropped her sword. I continued to beat him with his own damn arm while my other leg kicked against his underbelly. He backhanded me with his other arm, sending me sailing above Emme. I rolled to my feet in time watch him snatch Taran.

Taran’s ability to surround herself with fire was the only thing that saved her. He flung her like a giant, screaming, and flaming Latina. Emme managed to catch her with her force. She was still easing her down when I charged, abandoning my human side and changing into my golden tigress.

I severed the demon’s arm with my fangs, freeing Shayna and allowing her to dive for her sword. My claws sliced while she hacked and stabbed. But Emme was done watching. She lifted the demon with the strength of her mind and slammed him repeatedly against the earth. The first slam only pissed him off. The second made what remained of his arm-tongue flail loosely. I thought we had him until his knife-like fangs launched like spears in all directions. I changed back.

Sealed with a Curse by Cecy Robson (Weird Girls #1)Fire,” I called to Taran. “Lots and lots of fire!” I raced around, dodging, and circling him, trying to keep his aim on me while Emme and Shayna dove for cover behind a cluster of small boulders. Taran’s inferno built and scorched the air around us. With a shriek and a whole lot of attitude, she launched a mini fireball right into the demon’s center.

Which he then swallowed like a marshmallow.

The rest of us inched toward him slowly, knowing the fight wasn’t over and stunned by the demon’s smirk.

The smirk didn’t last. And neither did the demon. He exploded. Not in anger, but rather like a piñata filled with bowels and a few extra kidneys. Taran’s fire had that effect.

A flailing stomach knocked Emme on her back and out of her remaining sock while what could only be described as Evil’s urine sprayed Taran and Shayna.

Through the spew of swamp-like nastiness, I was the only one who remained standing. Good thing the wolves decided to show up then or they might have missed this wondrous, if not nauseating sight. The earth quaked as the noble lupines shot through the forest with their fearless alpha in the lead.

Aric ground to a halt in front of me, growling as he took in the row of intestines draped over my head like spaghetti and the gray slime pooling at my feet.

I stared up at the sky and groaned. Good. Lord. How many times can your boyfriend find you naked and covered with entrails?

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Thank you so much for this awesome story, Cecy! It’s great to have you back on the blog!

Cecy is currently on a virtual tour to support the release of A CURSED EMBRACE. Visit her website to see the other stops on her tour!

More about A CURSED EMBRACE:

A Cursed Embrace by Cecy Robson (Weird Girls #2)Celia Wird and her three sisters are just like other twentysomething girls—with one tiny exception: They are the products of a curse that backfired and gave each of them unique powers that made them, well, a little weird.…

After Celia Wird and her sisters help master vampire Misha save his family, their powers are exposed to the supernatural community of the Lake Tahoe region. But fame comes at a price, and being “weird” isn’t always welcome.

To make matters worse, Celia desires the love of Alpha werewolf Aric, but his pack is bent on destroying their relationship to preserve his pureblood status. And once weres start turning up dead—with evidence pointing to the vampires—she must face the prospect of losing Aric forever. But the chaos only masks a new threat. An evil known as the Tribe has risen—and their sights are set on Celia and her sisters.

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The Weird Girls by Cecy Robson (Weird Girls #0.5) Sealed with a Curse by Cecy Robson (Weird Girls #1)

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Cecy Robson

Cecy (pronounced Sessy) Robson is an author with Penguin’s SIGNET ECLIPSE. She attributes her passion for story-telling back to the rough New Jersey neighborhood she was raised in. As a child, she was rarely allowed to leave the safety of her house and passed her time fantasizing about flying, fairies, and things that go bump in the night. Gifted and cursed with an overactive imagination, she began writing her Urban Fantasy Romance Series, Weird Girls, in May 2009. THE WEIRD GIRLS: A Novella and SEALED WITH A CURSE are now available. A CURSED EMBRACE, releases July 2, 2013 followed by A CURSED MOON: An eSpecial Novella December 2013, and CURSED BY DESTINY, January 2014.

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SS: Interview with Shona Husk + Giveaway

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I’m absolutely thrilled about today’s guest, Shona Husk, because once I finished reading THE OUTCAST PRINCE, I became an instant fan her hers. I’ve never read any other books by Shona, but I thought this book was exactly what a paranormal romance should be. Shona graciously answered some of my question in a brief interview for SS, and she’s also offering a copy of THE OUTCAST PRINCE for giveaway. Check it out down below!

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1. THE OUTCAST PRINCE, will be out July 2nd 2013. In your own words, how would you best describe this first book of your newest series?

The Outcast Prince is a paranormal romance that has all the glamor of the fairy court as well as the danger and desire. It’s the first look at Annwyn and I hope readers find it as enticing as the hero, Caspian, does.

2. Is there a reason you decided that Caspian would be the long forgotten/unknown prince? You could have easily chosen to write about a princess. Why choose a male character for the part?

I actually had Caspian in my mind for a few years before I’d even thought up Annwyn. He was a psychometric hero who’d had his heart broken and who struggled to fit in. At the time I had no idea what his story would be. It was only after I’d started thinking about Annwyn and had plotted what would become book 2 that I realised Caspian was the hero of book 1.

I always get characters before story; sometimes it’s just a case of matching two up in my mind and seeing what plays out.

I do tend to write paranormal heroes and human heroines, that said, the heroine of book 2 is fairy and she pulls off an amazing deal 😉

3. Both Caspian and Lydia have pivotal roles in your book. Do you feel like one of them is your main character, or do you consider both of them your main characters?

They both have their own story and goals as well as mutual ones so I think they are equally main characters. I like giving the hero and heroine their own story/journey as well as one that bring them together I think it makes them better characters.

4. Psychometry seems to be Caspian true strength. Will we see him develop more powers or abilities in the future?

No, each changeling expresses their fairy blood in a different way. For Caspian it’s psychometry, for another it might be seeing the future. Another might be able to do telekinesis. I’m hoping that in future books I get to write a few more changelings.

5. Personally, I’ve always been interested in fairies. Did you have to do a lot of research to keep your fairy lore as authentic as possible? Or did you improvise and imagine some of the aspects of your world?

I research, but I also make decisions about what I’m going to stick to and what I’m going to put to one side. I can’t put all the good things I find in one book. On the other hand there is so much fairy lore and the names change depending on where it’s from, and some of it is contradictory, that picking what I want to use isn’t hard. I also kept in mind that the lore we have is old and subject to errors plus it was written down by humans…it’s not the tales fairies would tell about themselves and they would view history differently. This gives me license to create their world as I see it while still drawing on some of the fairy lore.

6. How many books do you plan for this series?

At the moment there are three (books 2 and 3 will be out in 2014), but I do have ideas for a few more 🙂

7. Do you have any teasers for us about the future books?

Book 2 is called Lord of the Hunt, and the hero is Verden, Lord of the Hunt. You meet him briefly in The Outcast Prince when Caspian gets into trouble with the Court. To Love a King is Felan’s story, who you also meet in The Outcast Prince, and as the title suggests he goes after the throne of Annwyn.

Now on to some event themed questions:

8. Have you ever taken part in a summer or winter solstice celebration?

No, but I like to know when the solstices are (especially the winter one so I can look forward to lengthening days).

9. Would you say the summer solstice is an important event in your fairy world?

Yes! The fairies celebrate the solstices and equinoxes as it is how they track time. There is a summer solstice party in Lord of the Hunt that is very pivotal.

10. What is your favorite summer treat?

Homemade ice cream. I make a choc hazelnut and a raspberry flavor. Yum!

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Thank you so much, Shona! It’s been a real pleasure having you here on the blog!

More about THE OUTCAST PRINCE:

shona husk - outcast princeCaspian Mort can feel the history in anything he touches, a gift he inherited from his father, the Crown Prince of Annwyn. Devastated over his ex-wife’s infidelity, Caspian has withdrawn from human contact except when working as an antiques dealer.

While assessing the contents of the historic Callaway House he encounters the beautiful Lydia Callaway and senses that her home is haunted by a banished fairy. But what does the dangerous exile want? Unbeknownst to Lydia, she’s the owner of the last remaining portal to Annwyn–a mirror hidden somewhere in the house. To keep Lydia safe, Caspian will have to divulge the secrets of his heritage, and risk losing his heart again.

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shona HUSKThree time ARRA finalist Shona Husk lives in Western Australia at the edge of the Indian Ocean. Blessed with a lively imagination she spent most of her childhood making up stories. As an adult she discovered romance novels and hasn’t looked back. Drawing on history and myth, she weaves new worlds and writes heroes who aren’t afraid to get hurt while falling in love.

With stories ranging from sensual to scorching, she is published with Ellora’s Cave, Samhain Publishing, Carina Press and Sourcebooks. She is represented by the Ruben Agency.

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SS: Interview with Yolanda Sfetsos + giveaway!

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I’m absolutely thrilled about today’s guest, Yolanda Sfetsos, because I’m a huge fan of her Sierra Fox novels. It’s a great series revolving around a spook catcher in Sydney from Samhain. Yolanda is a relatively new discovery for me but ON PINS AND NEEDLES, the third book in Yolanda’s series, has just been released and Yolanda is graciously offering an e-giveaway of this book to all of our lucky readers so so now is the perfect time to dive into the series!

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1. Welcome to Team Tynga’s Reviews, Yolanda! To start, can you please tell us a bit about yourself and the world you’ve created in your Sierra Fox series?

On Pins and Needles by Yolanda Sfetsos (Sierra Fox #3)Thank you! I’m super excited to be here.

I live in Australia and spend most of my days making up stories. I’ve been writing since I was a teenager. It’s a compulsion, something I have to do. It’s also something I love doing.

Sierra’s world is one of the many I enjoy spending time in. It’s an urban fantasy series about a spook catcher who lives in a fictional suburb of Sydney, and is slowly finding out that there are many family secrets she didn’t know about. And because of these secrets, her power seems to attract a lot of trouble, just like her love life.

2. One of the neat things about this world is that spook catching is something only women can do. What prompted this decision? Are there any other gender specific abilities?

I have to admit, it wasn’t a conscious decision but I always knew spook catchers would only be female. It just fits, makes as much sense as it skipping a generation. As for other gender specific abilities…there are others, but I can’t tell. 😉

3. I love pretty much every character in this series but my two favourites are Papan and Ebony. Can you give us any hints about their arcs in ON PINS AND NEEDLES?

I’m so glad to hear that you especially like Ebony and Papan! I love them too.

After what happened at the Spook Catcher Council (won’t say what because of spoilers) Ebony’s life has taken a downward spiral. She wants to keep her distance from Sierra and the spook catching, and only wants to spend time with Conrad. She’s so desperate to forget what happened, that she gets into a whole lot of trouble!

As for Papan, his relationship with Sierra is really starting to turn into something serious…and in future books some of his past is also revealed.

4. Jonathan is probably one of my least favourite characters but I’m really interested in learning more about why he’s changed. Any scoop on this front?

Ah, poor Jonathan…no, hold on. LOL. Yeah, Jonathan’s a bit of a strange one because he started out so nice. I guess it’s the quiet ones you have to watch, right? But seriously, this is the book where you find out what’s really going on with him and how he fits into this whole mess.

5. If I’m not mistaken, ON PINS AND NEEDLES is the halfway point in the Sierra Fox series. (Please correct me if I’m wrong!) Is the overall story where you thought it would be? Have there been any surprises?

Split at the Seams by yolanda Sfetsos (Sierra Fox #2) Yes, I have five books planned for Sierra.

The overall story has been the same since the day I figured out Sierra’s adventure wasn’t going to be a standalone, but there are new things popping up all over the place. Some surprises don’t turn up until I’m actually writing. Like Constable Gareth Crewe. He wasn’t in the original series plan, but when he made his first appearance in Split at the Seams, I knew he had a bigger role to play. Also, Roe turned out to be more than originally planned.

I have to admit that I love surprises when I’m writing!

6. What’s the best part of writing the Sierra Fox books so far?

OMG, I just love spending time in her world and letting her stories unfold. These character and world feel like old friends every time I sit down to write a book. I’m going to miss them SO much when it’s finished.

Asides from the storytelling and discovering all of Sierra’s secrets, the best part about writing this series is that the books are available from Samhain Publishing. Knowing readers are actually reading Sierra’s story is an awesome feeling!

Oh, and one other thing: Papan. 😉

And now for a couple event-related questions:

7. Do you have any special summer or solstice rituals?

o, not really. But I absolutely adore summer. The summer solstice in Australia is actually in December, so we’re the wrong way around. It’s also pretty close to Christmas, so it’s a time for finishing projects, clearing out the clutter, and letting the year wind down to an end.

8.Which of your characters would be most likely to celebrate the solstice and what would s/he do?

I think Ebony and Lavie would be most likely to celebrate the solstice. If Ebony was feeling more like herself she would probably attend the Church of the Goddess that night. While Lavie would find some outrageous way to celebrate—she’s very creative!

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Thank you so much, Yolanda! It’s been a real treat!

More about ON PINS AND NEEDLES:

On Pins and Needles by Yolanda Sfetsos (Sierra Fox #3)All it takes is one freak to turn everything into a demonic ritual.

Sierra Fox, Book 3

Sierra Fox’s relationship with sexy werewolf Jason Papan is going great, but it doesn’t take a psychic to tell her someone’s out to get her. As usual, though, there’s too much else going on to worry about just another assassination attempt.

In addition to the demon-possessed freaks that still want her, a whole new bucket of trouble has been dumped in her path. The half-sister Sierra never knew she had isn’t a typical teenager. Willow comes with supernatural baggage that grows heavier every time someone close to her dies. And the load gets bigger every time the police find the body of another young girl.

Now Sierra’s not only dealing with the target on her own back, but the one that a power-hungry woman has painted on her poltergeist-magnet sister. As she finds herself drawn into the thick of a murder investigation, Sierra must face her deepest fears and embrace the darkest of her powers to overcome the looming threat. Or the prediction of her death might just come true.

Warning: Spook catching: never gets any easier, neither does trying to avoid being killed by a shadowy organization. Always expect the unexpected—dangerous vampires, poltergeists and demon-obsessed freaks. At least the werewolf is pleasurably safe.

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A Patch of Darkness by Yolanda Sfetsos (Sierra Fox #1) Split at the Seams by yolanda Sfetsos (Sierra Fox #2)

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Yolanda lives in Sydney, Australia with her awesome husband, lovely daughter, and cheeky cat.

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