Paranormal Spring Break Winners!

Paranormal Spring Break is now over, all giveaways closed since April 6th so…

Let’s announce some winners shall we?

First, let me point out that if you won a prize with an * and live outside of Canada, you must agree to pay part of the shipping cost by paypal when claiming your prize (I will email the exact $$ after estimating shipping cost with your mailing address).

Signed Demon Trapper’s Daugher + Swag   Carmel @ Rabid Reads rabidreads@…
Copies of NUM8ERS and NUM8ERS: THE CHAOS Cathie lovemybabysquid@…
The Iron Thorn Vivien


* Green-Eyes Demon JenM jen@…
Signed This Side of the Grave *Cover Contest Top1*
Mikki Mano
* Eternal Kiss of Darkness *Cover Contest Top 2*
Aurélie Salvatore
Signed A Brush of Darkness Stephanie M. Lorée stephanie@…
Signed Angel’s Blood Smash Attack SmashAttackReads@…
The Iron Witch The Total Book Nerd


Signed The Iron Witch Aleetha…
Signed First Grave on the Right Jess (The Cozy Reader)

thecozyreader @ …

* Pleasure of a Dark Prince and Deep Kiss of Winter Shadow Girl


FALLING UNDER Aanchal @ Book Flame


* First two Madison Avery books BLHmistress vampiremistress2010@…
Madison Avery Collection Laina


Under Wraps Prize pack Kyo_Fangirl9


Signed Bloodshot Victoria Sloboda vsloboda@…
Entwined Chrystal chrystal.mclean@…
$25 Barnes and Nobel Gift Card latishajean tishajean@…
Banished & Afterlife Desa desapd@…
Demonglass/Hex Hall/Totebag Rie Conley


Hounded FurryReaders DaSwee94@…
Choice of Vanished, Eternally, Bedeviled or Beguiled. Audra
Jolene Allcock and Family


THE SCREAMING SEASON + Crusade + Signed Bookplates LindsayWrites americangirlie1991@…
Master and Apprentice, How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf, The Art of seducing a Naked Werewolf, Surrender the Dark Lisa




Silver necklace with tigers eye gem and rose quartz pendent



signed copy of Memories of Murder Shadow Girl


Signed Demon Soul krysykat


Signed  Knightfall Audra


Signed Piper’s Fury Judy magnolias_1@…
Signed Entangled Amosette


Kiss of Blarney krysykat Morganlafey86@…
Soul Reborn Pamk scrtsbpal@…
bundle of 3 Ebooks CMP jenn
Invincible Lisa R/alterlisa alterlisa@…
* Teeth Zoë strandedhero@…
1 Casey Daniel book of choice Chi Kittie
Julie S
First three books in Strange Angel series (Signed if winner froms US) Robin K robin@…
Any Suzanne McLeod book of choice Ricki


Tangled Threads Cassay


Highlander’s curse, The Pastor’s Wife, The Bum Magnet, Affair without end as always ♥ Carol
Robin K



Rage Maria (pronounced Mariah) I blame my mother…


Born at Midnight+ Swag Tore


Clarity Maria (pronounced Mariah) I blame my mother…






signed UK edition of Nightshade Teril terilhack@…
* Box of Books Fall for Anything Glimmerglass 13 to Life
Cryer’s Cross
buddyt buddytho@…


When claiming your prize, please fill the form below and enter all the correct information =)



PSB: Thank You!


The end is already so close!

In fact the overdose of Guest Post, Interviews and Giveaways is now over. But you still have until April 6th to enter the giveaways, and all winners will be announced on April 8th, so don’t forget to come back and see if you’ve been lucky!

Rachel from Parajunkee’s View and myself would like to thank everyone for such an awesome response! We were really happy to have all of you come and visit us and we are hoping you will stick with us some more =)

Here are some Paranormal Spring Break Numbers:

  • 28 Interviews
  • 20 Guest Blogs
  • 64 Giveaways which breaks down to 125 books total!

But this events wouldn’t have been possible without the participation of some truly awesome allies, and we would like to thank every single one of them personally for their time, their efforts and their generosity!

First, thank you to my partner in crime, Rachel! I contacted her in January to see if she wanted to join me for the Paranormal Spring Break. Seeing how big the Paranormal Summer Fest had been, I obviously needed help! I had such a great time Rachel! Thank you!

Second, thank you to our friends from the different publishing houses / Media Companies (alphabetic order):

Hopefully I didn’t forget anyone! but if your name is missing, let me know I’ll add it!

And now a huge Thank You to the fabulous authors who made room for us in their busy schedule! You guys have been so amazing, we can’t thank you enough =)

Adrian Phoenix
Alayna Williams
Allison Pang   
Ann Aguirre
Ashlyn Chase
Berinn Rae
C.C. Hunter   
Caitlin Kittredge   
Carolyn Turgeon
Carrie Ryan
Casey Daniel   
Cherie Priest
Christine Ashworth
Darynda Jones
Dianne Duvall
EJ Stevens
Ellen Datlow
Franny Billingsley
Gini Koch 
Gwen Hayes    
Hannah Jayne  
Heather Dixon
Jackie Morse Kessler    
Jana Oliver
Jaye Wells    
Jean Murray
Jeaniene Frost    
Jennifer Archer    
Jennifer Estep    
Joy Preble
Justin Gustainis 
Kallian McRae
Karen Mahoney  
Kelly Keaton 
Kevin Hearne   
Kim Harrison
Kimberly Derting 
Kimberly Frost 
Kinsey Holley 
Kresley Cole
Lara Nance
Larissa Ione
Lee Nichols 
Lilith Saintcrow
Linda Wisdom
Lisa McMann
Lisa Sanchez
Lori Handeland   
Mark Henry 
Nalini Singh   
Nancy Holder
Penelope Marzec
Rachel Caine
Rachel Firasek
Rachel Hawkins
Rachel Ward
Regan Hastings    
Richelle Mead 
Rob Tobin
Sherrilyn Kenyon    
Sophie Littlefield  
Steve Feasey
Suzanne McLeod     
Tessa Gratton    
Tracey O’Hara 
Traci Bell
Tracy Farrell



The Titles given away:

Etched in Bone (The Maker's Song, #4)A Brush of DarknessShady Lady (Corine Solomon, #3)The Werewolf Upstairs (Strange Neighbors, #2)Born at Midnight (Shadow Falls, #1)The Iron Thorn (Iron Codex, #1)Mermaid: A Twist on the Classic TaleA Hard Day's Fright (Pepper Martin, #7)Bloodshot (The Cheshire Red Reports, #1)First Grave on the Right (Charley Davidson, #1)Darkness Dawns (Immortal Guardians #1)Alien in the Family (Katherine "Kitty" Katt, #3)Falling UnderUnder Wraps (Underworld Detection Agency, #1)Rage (Horsemen of the Apocalypse, #2)Green Eyed Demon (Sabina Kane, #3)This Side of the Grave (Night Huntress, #5)EternalKissLJ

Tangled Threads (Elemental Assassin, #4)Haunted (Dreaming Anastasia, #2)Those Who Fight Monsters: Tales of Occult DetectivesThe Iron Witch (The Iron Witch Saga, #1)Darkness Becomes Her (Gods & Monsters, #1)Hounded: The Iron Druid ChroniclesDesires of the Dead (The Body Finder, #2)Halfway Hexed (Southern Witch, #3) Betrayal (Haunting Emma, #2) Demons Are a Girl's Best Friend Pleasures UntoldMoon Cursed (Night Creature, #10)Iron Crowned (Dark Swan, #3)Invincible (Chronicles of Nick, #2)AftertimeDark Moon (Wereling, #2)The Cold Kiss of Death (, # 2)The Bitter Seed of Magic (, # 3)Ghost Town (The Morganville Vampires, #9)Death's Sweet Embrace (Dark Brethren #2)Numbers (Numbers, #1)The Chaos (Numbers, #2)The Demon Trapper's DaughterPleasure of a Dark PrinceDeep Kiss of Winter

HexHall_finalcoverThe Screaming Season (Possessions #3)Crusade (Crusade, #1)Soul Reborn by Jean Murray

Teeth: Vampire TalesJealousyLSCMagic Bites by Illona Andres Review


A big thank you to the readers who donated through paypal to help pay for shipping!
Justin, Darynda, Joyce, Lucy, Aide & Elie.

As of now, I haven’t received enough donations to pay for all shipping, so winners of these prizes (marked below with an asterisk) will most likely have to pay a part of the shipping cost.

If you wish, you can still donate using this button:


Thanks for your generosity!

List of All Giveaways (by shipping restriction):


I – Heater Dixon Entwined


G – Rachel Ward Numb3rs + The Cha0s
I – Mark Henry Signed Happy Hour of the Damned (2 winners)
I – Ann Aguirre Shady Lady
G – Kimberly Derting Desires of the Dead & Swag (2 winners)
G – Lauren DeStefano ARC of Wither (2 winners)
G – Adrian Phoenix Etched in Bone (2 winners)
GP – Kelly Keaton Signed Darkness Becomes Her + swag
GP – Adrian Phoenix Signed Etched in Bone (2 winners)
G – Jeaniene Frost Signed This Side of the Grave 
I- Joy Preble Haunted
I – Lori Handeland $25 CG at Barnes & Nobles
GP – EJ Stevens Spirit Guide Prize Pack
G – Rachel Caine Ghost Town
I – Lee Nichols Signed Betrayal
G – Rachel Caine Signed Unseen
I- Lisa Sanchez Pleasure Untold
G – S&S S&S Prize pack #1 (2 winners)
I – Crescent Moon Press – Part 1

Silver necklace with tigers eye gem and rose quartz
pendent & signed copy of Memories of Murder
(2 winners)

I – Crescent Moon Press – Part 2 Signed Demon Soul & Knightfall (2 winners)
I – Crescent Moon Press – Part 3 Signed Piper’s Fury & Entangled (2 winners)
I – Crescent Moon Press – Part 4 Kiss of Blarney & Soul Reborn
GP – Gini Koch Alien Tango
G – Sherrilyn Kenyon Invincible
G – Sonya Bateman Master & Apprentice (2 winners)
I – Casey Daniels Book of Choice (3 winners)
GP – Killian Mcrae 12.21.12
G – L.A Banks Surrender the Dark (2 winners)
I – Lisa McMann Cryer’s Cross
G -  S&S S&S Prize pack #2 (2 winners)
G – Molly Harper The Art of Seducing a Naked Werewolf (2 winners)
G – Alayna Williams Rogue Oracle
GP – Carolyn Turgeon Mermaid (2 winners)
G – Kim Harrington Clarity (2 winners)
G – Carrie Ryan The Dark and Hollow Places
I- Larissa Ione Eternal Rider
G – Multiple authors of choice Choose one of three boxes of books!


GP-Vlog – Jana Oliver Signed The Demon Trapper’s Daughter + Swag
I- Richelle Mead Signed ARC of Iron Crowned
I – Gwen Hayes Falling Under
I – Rachel Hawkins Hex Hall + Signed Demonglass + Tote Bag
GP – Kevin Hearne Hounded
GP – Jennifer Estep Tangled Threads


I – Caitlin Kittredge The Iron Thorn
GP – Jaye Wells Green-Eyed Demon *
Cover Contest – Jeaniene Frost This Side of the Grave & Eternal Kiss of Darkness * (2 winners)
GP – Allison Pang Signed A Brush of Darkness
G – Nalini Singh Signed Angel’s Blood
I – Karen Mahoney The Iron Witch
GP – Darynda Jones Signed First Grave to the Right
G – Kresley Cole Signed? Pleasure of a Dark Prince and Deep Kiss of Winter *
I- Kim Harrison Complete Madison Avery series (2 winners) *
Vlog I – Hannah Jayne Under Wraps + Swag
G – Justin Gustainis Signed Those Who Fight Monsters (2 winners)
G – Cherie Priest Signed Bloodshot
GP – Sophie Littlefield Aftertime & Banished
GP – Regan Hastings

 Vanished, Eternally, Bedeviled or Beguiled. (3 winners)

GP – Dianne Duvall Signed Darkness Dawns
I – Nancy Holder Screaming Season & Crusade
I – Kinsley Holley Yours, Mine & Howls
I – Crescent Moon Press – Part 4 4 bundle of 3 Ebooks (4 winners)
I – Ellen Datlow ARC of Teeth *
I – Lilith Saintcrow Strange Angels, Betrayals & Jealousy (signed if US winner)
GP – Suzanne McLeod Book of Choice
I – Jackie Morse Kessler Rage
I – C.C. Hunter Born at Midnight + Swag
GP – Andrea Cremer Signed UK Nightshade
G – Courtney Summers, Jenna Black, Shannon Delany, Sherrilyn Kenyon & Lisa McMann Box of Books! *


Tweet: Paranormal Spring Break: Thank You/Conclusion Post Still 64 giveaways to enter until April 6th! #giveaway @tynga PLZ RT

We truly hope you enjoyed the Paranormal Spring Break! We might just do another in a couple of months =D

PSB: Guest Post & Giveaway with Andrea Cremer


If you’ve been following me for a while you know I LOVE Andrea Creamer and her first book, Nightshade. Now her second book, Wolfsbane, releases only in July but I though inviting her to close the fest with me was a great way to tease ourselves with a taste of what’s to come this summer! Before I give the stage to Andrea, here’s a bit about Nightshade:


Calla Tor has always know her destiny: After graduating from the Mountain School, she’ll be the mate of sexy alpha wolf Ren Laroche and fight with him, side by side, ruling their pack and guarding scared sites for the keepers. But when she violate her masters’ by saving a beautiful human boy out for a hike, Calla begins to question her fate, her existence, and the very essence of the world she has known. By following her heart, she might loose everything- including her own life. Is forbidden love worth the ultimate sacrifice?

Purchase: Amazon | Amazon Can | Book Depository

Now let’s welcome Andrea!

A frequent question I get is "if there was a movie who would your dream Nightshade cast be"?

It’s a super fun game to play and I do have answers. But before I give them, I have a qualifier:

It’s really, really important to me that readers envision characters the way they want to. The people I’ll mention here are just my ideas – but I love that every person that encounters the Nightshade pack will have their own picks.

Those who follow me on Twitter know that I’ve had Ren pegged for a long time.


(Ben Barnes)

Shay was eluding me. And how it pained me that I couldn’t find anyone who captured the way I’d imagined him!! Then the lovely Mitali (aka AlleyofBooks) introduced me to this guy:

Max Irons.
And he is PERFECT for Shay. *Swoons* I am sooooo happy. Thanks, Mitali!!
So there are the two lovely boys vying for Calla.

As for Calla herself, She was tricky too and I’m still not 100% convinced about this pick. The model they found for the cover was perfect. But in terms of actresses, the closest I’ve seen of the way I imagine Calla is this photo of Dianna Agron:

And there you have it.

And special treat – A WOLFSBANE excerpt:
Someone else. Now I wasn’t just hearing Ren’s teasing whisper. I could see his face and remember the way he’d pulled me against him the night I’d run from Vail. From the ceremony where I should have become his mate. He’d kissed me, pleaded with me to say. Where was he now? He’d lied to help us escape. I didn’t want to think about the price he’d paid for that lie.


Before you leave us Andrea, What’s your best spring break memory?

My favorite spring break memory happened in my third year of graduate school right after my now-husband I and got engaged we took a trip to Arizona. I found my wedding dress in Tuscon!


Thank you so much Andrea for stopping by! I love your cast and I really can’t wait for Wolfsbane!

Release: July 26th, 2011

This thrilling sequel to the much-talked-about Nightshade begins just where it ended.Calla Tor wakes up in the lair of the Searchers, her sworn enemy, and she’s certain her days are numbered.

But then the Searchers make her an offer,one that gives her the chance to destroy her former masters and save the pack and the man she left behind. Is Ren worth the price of her freedom? And will Shay stand by her side no matter what? Now in control of her own destiny, Calla must decide which battles are worth fighting and how many trials true love can endure and still survive.

Purchase: Amazon | Amazon Can | Book Depository


Andrea would like to offer one (1) Signed UK copy of Nightshade to one lucky winner!

What a great opportunity to start the series before Wolfsbane’s release!

  • This giveaway is open Internationally

  • To enter, just leave a comment letting us know  who would YOU cast for Ren, Shay and/or Calla ^^

  • Don’t forget to include a way to contact you!

If you want to earn an extra entry, spread the word and provide a link in a different comment =)

Tweet: Win! Nightshade by @andreacremer #giveaway hosted by @Tynga & @parajunkee #giveaway #paranormalspringbreak PLZ RT

Ends April 6th, 2011.

PSB: Giveaway–Box of Books!


It might be the last day of the Paranormal Spring Break, but there are still some great prizes to win!

I have for one (1) of you, this box of books I received from St-Martins and Simon & Schuster Canada!

The winner will received:

  • Fall for Anything by Courtney Summers
  • Glimmerglass by Jenna Black
  • 13 to Life by Shannon Delany
  • Infinity by Sherrilyn Kenyon
  • Cryer’s Cross by Lisa McMann
  • This giveaway is open Internationally
    (You might have to pay for shipping if I don’t collect enough money through donations)


  • To enter, just leave a comment letting me know which book interests you the most ^^

  • Don’t forget to include a way to contact you!

If you want to earn an extra entry, spread the word and provide a link in a different comment =)

Tweet: Win! a Box of Books! hosted by @Tynga & @parajunkee #giveaway #paranormalspringbreak PLZ RT

Ends April 6th, 2011.

PSB: Giveaway–Clarity by Kim Harrington



Scholastic & Big Honcho Media are offering Two (2) copies of Clarity by Kim Harrington!

Clarity “Clare” Fern sees things. Things no one else can see. Things like stolen kisses and long-buried secrets. All she has to do is touch a certain object, and the visions come to her. It’s a gift.

And a curse.

When a teenage girl is found murdered, Clare’s ex-boyfriend wants her to help solve the case—but Clare is still furious at the cheating jerk. Then Clare’s brother, who has supernatural gifts of his own, becomes the prime suspect, and Clare can no longer look away. Teaming up with Gabriel, the smoldering son of the new detective, Clare must venture into the depths of fear, revenge, and lust in order to track the killer. But will her sight fail her just when she needs it most?

Purchase: Amazon | Amazon Can | Book Depository

Interested in winning this book?

  • This giveaway is open to US only

  • To enter, just leave a comment with a way to contact you

  • you can to earn an extra entry by spreading the word

Tweet: Win Clarity by Kim Harrington! hosted by @Tynga & @Parajunkee #giveaway #ParanormalSpringBreak PLZ RT!

Ends April 6th, 2011.

PSB- Interview & Giveaway with C.C. Hunter




Today, the great Christie (aka C.C. Hunter) made us the honor to stop by the blog, and chat about her newest release (It’s releasing today actually *Squee*), Born at Midnight! Read along to discover more about this new series, some fun tidbits about Christie’s life and a giveaway!




Born at Midnight, really sounds like an awesome book, can you tell us a bit more about what to expect? 

KylieThank you, Cindy.  It’s such a pleasure to be here and discuss my book.  I have to be honest – I loved writing Born at Midnight!  As for what it’s about, well, it’s about a lot of things, really.  First, it’s about a teen camp for supernaturals.  It’s also about a young girl’s identity crisis.  Of accepting that everything she didn’t think is real is real and a lot of the things she thought were true turn out to be lies.  It’s about growing up, discovering who you are, what’s important to you and learning to deal with the mistakes you make, as well as the mistakes of our parents.

From what I gathered, we won’t know what Kylie is in the first book, but how does she discover that’s she’s not really normal?

Good question!  The biggest clue that Kylie’s troubles don’t fit into the ordinary no-big-deal trouble variety is that she’s acquired a very strange stalker–a scary-looking dude wearing army duds.  But when no one but her can see him, she starts to get worried.  Kylie’s eyes are really opened about the supernatural world when she arrives at Shadow Falls Camp.  Vampires. Werewolves.  Shapeshifters.  Even witches and fairies.  But the oddest thing is that all of them think she’s one of them, though they’re not exactly sure what she is.

Your story is set in a school for paranormal kids and I find myself wondering what do regular teen conflicts are like when shifters, vampires and faeries are involved?

The thing I worked really hard to do was to humanize all my characters.  I wanted the problems they faced, to be some of the same problems real life teens face.   From parental issues, fitting in, and accepting others to insecurities about how we look, and making choices about sex and who we should or shouldn’t allow into our lives.  Now, some of those problems get an extra layer when you’re dealing with supernaturals but the basics are still the same.

I’ve seen a lovely post on your blog on how you chose the title of your book, and I’m curious about how you chose your characters name?

Okay, I’ll confess, I’m terrible with coming up with the names for my characters.  You want to know Kylie2where most of the names come from?  From author names that just happen to be on the books lining my bookshelves beside my desk.  I’m writing and realize I need a name and I’ll glance over to my bookshelf and choose the first one that catches my eye.  One of my critique partners is always telling me that I need to branch out and come up with names that didn’t sound as if they were all from the same family.  LOL.  So with this series, I tried to come up with some names that were at least different. 

I can only guess how hard it is to write a book, what’s your favorite part of the whole process?

Starting a book.  I love when I first get going and the characters start coming to life right on the page.  I love it when they suddenly won’t do what I tell them to do, because they’ve sort of gotten a life of their own.  Kylie did that when I wrote Born At Midnight, and Alone At Dawn, book 2 of the Shadow Falls series.  I’m working on the third book in the series and, yep, you guessed it.  Kylie is running the show.  Sometimes I just can’t type the words fast enough . . . and I couldn’t be happier!

Can you tell us 3 surprising facts about yourself?

Hmm.  Okay, I’ll give it a try:

  1. I was put in handcuffs once for throwing a bottle at a cop car’s windshield and calling him a pig.  Thankfully, I was getting paid to do it.  I was working as an extra on a movie.  I’m really not that crazy.  LOL.
  2. I speak fluent Spanish, so fluent that and I was once accused of dyeing my hair blond, and faking being an American when I lived in South America.  I swear I’m a natural blond!  (Although my hair stylist does have to give me a little extra help every now and then.  LOL.)
  3. In my past, before I wrote novels full-time, I worked as a photojournalist.  I’ve traveled to places like China, and France to do photos and write travel articles.


Last, would you please share with us your best Spring Break memory?

Okay, that one’s easy!  I had a crazy cousin who lived about fifty miles away from me and we only got to see each other during spring break and summers.  We were both good kids, but there was something about each of us that brought out the crazy in each other.  Every time we got together, we’d get in so much trouble, not like really bad stuff, but like the time we were twelve and she decided we were going to ride this horse that was in a pasture near my house. 

So, did we go ask the neighbors if we could do this?  Oh, no, we took it upon ourselves and climbed the fence and just went for it.  I think she’d seen a western movie about breaking horses and she was certain all we had to do was climb on its back and hang on to its mane.  I wasn’t as certain, but I wasn’t about to let Jenny get all the credit for breaking that horse, so I went along with her plan. 

Well, let’s just say we didn’t hang on tight enough.  Not the first time or the fifth time that old horse tossed us off his back.  Finally, he just got tired of our game and we got chased out of the pasture by a very ticked off horse baring his teeth, and we were forced to climb a barbed-wired fence in record time.  I still have scars from that day.  But I think those scars are prettier than those I would have gotten from that dang horse and his yellowed teeth.  Ahh, but the memories of those weeks spent with Jenny still make me smile.     


Thank you so much Christie for taking the time to chat with us! It’s greatly appreciated ❤

Now here’s a bit more about her books!


Don’t miss this spectacular new series that will steal your heart and haunt your dreams,  Welcome to Shadow Falls camp, nestled deep in the woods of a town called Fallen…

One night Kylie Galen finds herself at the wrong party, with the wrong people, and it changes her life forever.  Her mother ships her off to Shadow Falls—a camp for troubled teens, and within hours of arriving, it becomes painfully clear that her fellow campers aren’t just “troubled.”  Here at Shadow Falls, vampires, werewolves, shapshifters, witches and fairies train side by side—learning to harness their powers, control their magic and live in the normal world.

Kylie’s never felt normal, but surely she doesn’t belong here with a bunch of paranormal freaks either.  Or does she?  They insist Kylie is one of them, and that she was brought here for a reason.  As if life wasn’t complicated enough, enter Derek and Lucas.  Derek’s a half-fae who’s determined to be her boyfriend, and Lucas is a smokin’ hot werewolf with whom Kylie shares a secret past.  Both Derek and Lucas couldn’t be more different, but they both have a powerful hold on her heart. 

Even though Kylie feels deeply uncertain about everything, one thing is becoming painfully clear—Shadow Falls is exactly where she belongs…

Amazon // Book Depository


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Please take not that even though this blurb was written by C.C. Hunter, it is not the final/official version.

Kylie Galen thought her life was a mess before she went to Shadow Falls Camp.  However, now that she’s discovered she’s not human, the problems presenting themselves are anything but normal.

She’s is determined to uncover the answer to her supernatural heritage, but with a ghost insisting someone Kylie loves is about to die,  her newly developed sixth sense telling her someone is watching her and a rogue vampire on a murdering rampage, Kylie’s quest for answers is on hold.   As if her life isn’t difficult enough, just when she’s about to give her heart to Derek, he starts pulling away.  When Lucas comes back, Kylie’s feels more conflicted than ever.   Kylie’s weekend with her mom should have been just the break Kylie needs, but it turns out to be her breaking point.   Finding out her heritage may not ever matter if she doesn’t survive.

Also, you can now get a shot story introducing the Shadow Falls world for FREE:

If like me you are Canadian (or INT), you can read Turned at Dark online HERE


Christie would like to offer a copy of Born at Midnight & this awesome swag pack to one of you guys!


it includes:

  • mirror/brush compacts
  • notecards
  • pens
  • bookmarks

Giveaway is opened Internationally

All you have to do is Leave a comment letting us know how do you think you’d react if you learned you’re not really human?

You can earn one extra entry for spreading the word. Please provide link in a second comment.

Tweet: WIN! Born at Midnight + Swag by C.C. Hunter hosted by @Tynga & @parajunkee #giveaway #paranormalspringbreak PLZ RT

Ends April 6th, 2011.

Christie also has a kindle giveaway going on, which ends today. So hurry up if you wanna enter!

You could be a click away from winning your own Kindle. From March 22th- March 29th, I’ll be hosting a contest and giving away a Kindle to one lucky winner. Three more lucky winners will receive an ARC of Awake At Dawn as soon as the ARC is available, which will probably be in June. But that’s not all! Three more winners will receive a copy of Born At Midnight. So that’s seven winners total! All you have to do to enter is Tweet my post about the release of Turned at Dark and Born At Midnight when it appears on March 22nd here at my blog. Bloggers and Reviewers are welcome to participate.

-C.C Hunter

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PSB: Interview & Giveaway with Jackie Morse Kessler




Jackie’s books really stand out from the crowd because even though there is a strong paranormal element, her novels features delicate subjects such as anorexia and self injuring. Make sure you read along to discover more about her world and learn juicy details about the upcoming books.


A series about the four horsemen of the apocalypse is very unique, would you mind introduce us to your Lore? Have you done a lot of research before your wrote your books? Were there some sources with a bigger impact on your series?

JK: Well, the original source is from the Book of Revelation. But there are plenty of other influences—Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s fabulous GOOD OMENS, Piers Anthony’s Incarnations of Immortality, and Marvel Comics’ X-FACTOR are three big ones. One of the things I had to do was figure out what the purpose of the Horsemen were in my books, considering that I don’t really want the world to end in Armageddon just yet. 🙂 By the third book (which I’m working on now), many of the worldbuilding questions are answered. And by the fourth book, everything else will be answered. Stay tuned!

Anorexia and self-injuring, addressed in respectively Hunger & Rage, are very touchy subject, how did you approach them?

JK: I used to be bulimic, so writing HUNGER was very cathartic for me. RAGE was emotionally draining to write; I’ve never self-injured but of course I’ve had times when I’ve felt like everything was just too much to bear. I did my best to be honest with both books — there are graphic parts to both, because I didn’t want to shy away from the ugly reality behind eating disorders and self injury.

Have you been contacted by individuals or support group for those conditions?

National Eating Disorders AssociationJK: A few readers have told me that HUNGER really spoke to them because they used to suffer from an eating disorder. More have told me that they had never thought about eating disorders before reading HUNGER. The more that people start talking about things like anorexia and bulimia and self-injury, the more likely it is that people who need help will get the support they need. I’m donating a portion of HUNGER proceeds to the National Eating Disorders Association, and a portion of RAGE proceeds will go to the organization To Write Love On Her Arms.

Would you like to introduce your main characters to us?

JK: Lisa is 17 and anorexic, but she doesn’t believe she has a problem—even though she’s at the point where she’s hallucinating, her hair is falling out, she’s alienating those who care about her, and she’s picking fights all the time. HUNGER begins right after Lisa has accepted a strange parcel from an even stranger deliveryman, who tells her, “Thou art Famine. Go thee out unto the world.”

Missy is 16 and a self-injurer. Unlike Lisa, she knows she has a problem and is desperately trying to stop, but situations keep occurring that drive her back to the blade. Death comes calling and offers her the Sword of War.

If you had to pick a song to represent each one of them, what would they be and why?

JK: LOL, Nirvana is on all of the Riders of the Apocalypse book soundtracks. 🙂 For Lisa, it would be “Come As You Are.” For Missy, it would be “Jesus Don’t Want Me For A Sunbeam.”

Do you already have plans for the next two horsemen? Would you let us in on the secret without any spoilers?

JK: Yes indeed! I’m writing LOSS right now — it’s about a bullied teenage boy who is tricked into becoming Pestilence. And the last book will be called BREATH, and that’s Death’s book. **rubs hands gleefully**

And last, a question I ask to all my guests: What’s your best spring break memory?

JK: Oh my gosh. Spring Break was so long ago! But recently, my family and I went to Walt Disney World. That was tons of fun — even the waiting on lines for rides was fun! (Well, okay, maybe not that…) Hope to go again next summer.


Thank you so much Jackie for taking some time in your busy schedule to stop by ❤

Hunger (Horsemen of the Apocalypse, #1)“Thou art the Black Rider. Go thee out unto the world.”

Lisabeth Lewis has a black steed, a set of scales, and a new job: she’s been appointed Famine. How will an anorexic seventeen-year-old girl from the suburbs fare as one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse?

Traveling the world on her steed gives Lisa freedom from her troubles at home: her constant battle with hunger, and her struggle to hide it from the people who care about her. But being Famine forces her to go places where hunger is a painful part of everyday life, and to face the horrifying effects of her phenomenal power. Can Lisa find a way to harness that power — and the courage to battle her own inner demons?

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Rage (Horsemen of the Apocalypse, #2)Missy didn’t mean to cut so deep. But after the party where she was humiliated in front of practically everyone in school, who could blame her for wanting some comfort? Sure, most people don’t find comfort in the touch of a razor blade, but Missy always was . . . different.

That’s why she was chosen to become one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse: War. Now Missy wields a new kind of blade—a big, brutal sword that can cut down anyone and anything in her path. But it’s with this weapon in her hand that Missy learns something that could help her triumph over her own pain: control.

A unique approach to the topic of self-mutilation, Rage is the story of a young woman who discovers her own power and refuses to be defeated by the world.

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Jackie would like a to offer one (1) copy of RAGE to one (1) lucky winner!

  • This giveaway is open Internationally

  • To enter, just leave a comment letting us know  how you feel about touchy subjects in books ^^

  • Don’t forget to include a way to contact you!

If you want to earn an extra entry, spread the word and provide a link in a different comment =)

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Ends April 6th, 2011.

PSB: Simon & Schuster Prize Pack #2!


Simon & Schuster are offering you guys two Prize Pack of Awesome! This is the second pack of two, and this one leans more toward Romance. Now y’all wanna know what the prize is I suppose? *winks*

Title: Affair Without End
Author: Candace Camp
ISBN: 9781439117996
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On Sale: 3/22/11

If a sophisticated beauty proposes a clandestine affair, could even the most proper gentleman resist? New York Times bestselling author Candace Camp concludes her scintillating Willowmere series with a seductive tale of an alluring lady who dares to break the rules. . . .
When Oliver, Earl of Stewkesbury, asks the dashing Lady Vivian Carlyle to ensure that his American cousins meet the cream of London society, he doesn’t anticipate the danger she will pose to his own self-control. Thrown into intimate contact with the lovely lady, Oliver finds he cannot stop thinking of Vivian—of her wit, of her smile . . . of her lips. And when Vivian, who has sworn never to subject herself to the bonds of matrimony, boldly suggests that she and Oliver become lovers instead, her scandalous proposal is temptation indeed! But with an alarming series of jewel thefts rocking London, the ever-outrageous Vivian insists on trying to discover the perpetrator despite Oliver’s admonitions. And when a bold lady steps into danger, it is a gentleman’s duty to protect her at all costs. What neither Oliver nor Vivian can anticipate, however, is that the ultimate cost may be both their hearts. . . .

Title: The Bum Magnet
Author: K.L. Brady
ISBN: 9781451613704
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On Sale: 3/29/11

Successful real-estate agent Charisse Tyson is nearing 40, and after 2 decades of tumultuous, up-and-down relationships with cheating men, she’s ready to overhaul her life and make some lasting changes.  Charisse swears off dating and sex until she gets her life in order—but unfortunately, stunningly sexy, charming Dwayne, a client of Charisse’s comes along, and she immediately jumps in bed with him.  Thinking about the potential for this new relationship, Charisse reads her journals and contemplates the failed relationships of her past:  Lamar, who had his own “African tribe” of 8 kids by different mothers, Sean, who was married with a kid, Marcus, who kissed another woman in Charisse’s own car, and Jason, the man 10 years her junior who was shipped to Iraq and had an affair with his (female) C.O.
Just looking at her past mistakes isn’t enough to set her on the right path.  Charisse has to let go of a terrible incident from her youth in order to trust men and trust herself.  When Dwayne starts acting funny, and a mysterious FBI agent named Kevin starts turning up everywhere Charisse goes, she realizes she’s in for another disaster.  After revealing the dark secret of her rape to her family, she’s able to move on when it turns out that Dwayne is a con artist, has a wife AND a fiancée besides Charisse, and ends up in jail for 20 years.  Knowing what she knows now, she’s in for a new relationship without all the drama and hurt of the past.

Title: Highlander’s Curse
Author: Melissa Mayhue
ISBN: 9781439190326
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On Sale: 3/29/11

When COLIN MACALISTER is cursed by the Faerie Queen and ends up in the bed of a twenty-first-century woman—who also happens to be the most beautiful creature he’s ever laid eyes on—he’s torn between anger and lust. Colin is determined to see Scotland free of English control and must return to the fourteenth century, yet he cannot forget the woman who haunts his dreams and stirs him with scorching desire.

ABIGAIL PORTER can’t believe her luck. After making a wish to find her soul mate, she wakes up to find a gorgeous man in her bed! Can he really be a medieval Highlander summoned by her Faerie Magic, however? It seems crazy, but when Abby discovers someone wants to enslave her because of her Faerie heritage, she agrees to flee with Colin to 1306 Scotland to avoid capture. Thwarting danger at every turn, Abby and Colin surrender to an irresistible passion. But is the magic of true love powerful enough to save them?

Title: The Pastor’s Wife
Author: Reshonda Tate Billingsley
ISBN: 9781451611632
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On Sale: 4/26/11

Ambition, desperation, and redemption abound in nationally bestselling author Allison Hobbs’s unforgettable novel about a woman forced to sink to the darkest depths of morality . . . and her quest to fight her way back.
Victoria Carlton invested everything into her dream of becoming a singer—her hopes, her time, her life savings—only to fall victim to the harsh realities of the recording industry. Devastated, broke, and faced with the choice between committing herself and her young son to a world of homeless shelters or entering the seedy world of prostitution, she applies for a job at Pandora’s Box, a downtown Philadelphia brothel that bills itself as a "massage salon." Her lifestyle quickly improves, and the gratification of instant cash replaces her willingness to find a low-paying, legitimate occupation. One day, an unlikely customer appears at Pandora’s Box. Young, handsome, and well dressed, he is immediately drawn to Victoria. The two begin a love affair fraught with complications, leaving Victoria plagued by guilt and insecurities until a botched robbery and the murder of a coworker compel her to look beyond the fast money and reclaim her morals—and her life.

So two (2) winners will each get all four (4) books! Courtesy of Simon & Schuster US!

  • Open to US Only (no P.O. Boxes)
  • To enter, just leave a comment letting me know which of these books are you most excited about ^^

  • Don’t forget to include a way to contact you!

If you want to earn an extra entry, spread the word and provide a link in a different comment =)

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  • Ends April 6th, 2011.

PSB: Interview with Jennifer Archer


Today author Jennifer Archer made us a huge honor by answering some of my question! You’ll get to know a lot about her and before we get to the good part, here’s a bit about her book ^^

Through Her Eyes


Sixteen-year-old Tansy Piper moves with her grandfather and her mother, a horror writer, to the setting of her mother’s next book–a secluded house outside of a tiny, desolate West Texas town. Lonely and upset over the move, Tansy escapes into her photography and the dark, seductive poems she finds hidden in the cellar, both of which lure her into the mind and world of a mysterious, troubled young man who died sixty years earlier.

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Through Her eyes is your first YA book and I find myself wondering what were you like as a teen?

I liked to read and watch movies, listen to music and hang out with my friends. I was very shy, except with my closest friends. With them I could be myself – a little goofy, with a somewhat irreverent sense of humor, I’m afraid! But outside of that small circle of girls and guys, I was pretty quiet and lacking in self-confidence. And I was a “good girl,” for the most part. I rarely did anything that would get me into trouble. During my junior year of high school, I got a little bolder and more daring and sure of myself. Along with those changes came a little more trouble, as well! (But not too much.)

We all do things we regret at this young age, ever done anything tremendously shameful? Lol

103_0347Hmmm . . . now that’s a loaded question! I don’t think I ever did anything tremendously shameful, but there are certainly things I wish I’d handled better, and times I wish I’d been nicer. I’m not sure I want to share the more shameful stuff, so how about something more on the mischievous side? During high school, I once got revenge on a mean-spirited guy who liked to taunt me. We had a class together, and I got there early one day before anyone else, and I put a thumb-tack in his chair. Then I sat down at my desk and waited. By the time he came in, the room was full of students. He sat down, yelped, and jumped up! I admit that I enjoyed it; he wasn’t a very nice guy! 

Your novel is about a ghost story, so Jennifer, in all honesty, do you believe in ghost?

I’m an open-minded skeptic.

Can you tell us about a particularly spooky moment you’ve had?

I was working on a story idea and I needed to learn about psychics, so I decided to have a “reading,” although I thought they were basically scams; I only wanted to do it for research purposes. I called a local woman I’d heard about and she came to my house. We sat at my kitchen table and chatted about very general things for a few minutes and then she got very quiet and looked past me over my shoulder, as if she was watching and listening to someone behind me. After a second or two, she asked me if a specific family member of mine had “passed on” recently, and when I said ‘yes’ she began to give me messages, supposedly from this person, about things going on in my life that the psychic could not possibly have known about and that my deceased relative also couldn’t have known unless he’d been “watching me.” Some of the expressions she used were expressions unique to him. It was eerie and startling, but also sort of awesome! That experience is what turned me into an open-minded skeptic, as opposed to a close-minded one.

What’s your favorite paranormal TV show?

I don’t watch a lot of television. I’m a big fan of movies, though, and some of my paranormal favorites are The Mothman Prophecies, The Sixth Sense, and Identity.

Tansy, Through Her Eyes’ main character, loves photography. Do you share that passion with her?

I enjoy taking photographs, but I’m not an accomplished photographer like she is. I don’t have a fancy camera, and I’ve never developed film in a dark room, as she does. I think I have a decent “eye” for a good shot, but I don’t have her natural talent. That’s just one of the reasons Tansy was such an interesting character to write. I love beautiful photographs and I’d like to take a class in photography so that I can improve. That’s on my ‘to do’ list, but I was at least able to learn a few things about photography through the research I did for the book.

Do you have any original or "off-the-road" past time?

101_0131My husband and I have a log cabin in the mountains in Colorado. He built it from top to bottom, inside and out, and we spend time there whenever we can get away. We both love to hike and ride four-wheelers. Our cabin is located near the Spanish Peaks, and one of my goals is to climb to the summit of the west peak. It has an elevation of about 13, 600 feet. I need to spend some time beforehand getting in shape for a climb like that, though! Maybe this summer.

What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done?

While in college, I was camping out in the Palo Duro Canyon one weekend with friends, and during the middle of the night, I went behind a tree to go to the bathroom and sat on a cactus! Two of my girlfriends picked the thorns out of my butt using a flashlight and tweezers. (Yes, someone actually brought tweezers camping.) You know you’ve got true friends when they’re willing to de-thorn your bare backside!

Can you share with us 3 random facts we don’t know about you?

  1. When I was fourteen, a friend and I entered a talent show. We did a baton twirling routine to an old Three Dog Night song called Jeremiah was a Bullfrog.
  2. I sometimes write song lyrics for a talented singer/musician named Tennessee Tuckness, and she puts them to music. Two of the songs Tennessee and I wrote together are represented by Rescue Records, a business that places songs in films, television and commercials.
  3. I once lived in a railroad car. That’s right – a train car. It’s true!


Thank you so much Jennifer for stopping by! It’s greatly appreciated ^^

Jennifer is currently having a HUGE giveaway on her website!
Check it out for a chance to win :

1st & 2nd names drawn will win a Kindle
3rd and 4th names drawn win an iPod Shuffle
5th & 6th names drawn win a bound leather journal, like the one Tansy finds in the cellar in THROUGH HER EYES.
7th & 8th names drawn win an autographed copy of THROUGH HER EYES. (Give the one you pre-ordered to a friend!)

To enter, you have to:

  • 1. Pre-order THROUGH HER EYES by Jennifer Archer (moi) on one of these online sites between March 1 and April 4, 2011:

    Barnes & Noble
    Indie Bound

  • 2. Email a copy of your pre-order confirmation from Amazon, Barnes & Noble or Indie Bound to me at
  • 3. Along with your confirmation email, send me your address so I’ll know where to mail your prize if you win!
  • 4. Tweet, Facebook, blog or simply call a friend about the THROUGH HER EYES Gargantuan Giveaway! In your confirmation email to me, explain how you spread the news about the Giveaway, and because I’m a trusting person, I’ll take your word for it!


PSB: Guest Post & Giveaway with Jennifer Estep




I am extremely happy to have the amazing Jennifer Estep by my side today! She was so generous and fun to work with, and she jumped right into our project! Her books have been very popular since the first one released and there’s a reason for that! Keep on reading to discover more about her books and how she names her characters!




Greetings and salutations! I want to say thanks to Tynga for having me on the blog today. Thanks, Tynga!

Spider's BiteI write the Elemental Assassin urban fantasy series for Pocket Books. The books focus on Gin Blanco, an assassin code named the Spider who can control the elements of Ice and Stone. When she’s not busy killing people and righting wrongs, Gin runs a bar be cue restaurant called the Pork Pit in the fictional Southern metropolis of Ash land. The city is also home to giants, dwarves, vampires, and elementals – Air, Fire, Ice, and Stone.

Books in the series are Spider’s Bite, Web of Lies, and Venom. Tangled Threads, the fourth book, will be published in May 2011, while Spider’s Revenge, the fifth book, will be released in October 2011. Also, Haints and Hob webs: An Elemental Assassin short story will be published in The Mammoth Book of Ghost Romance, which will be released in October 2011.

I also write the Mythos Academy young adult urban fantasy series for Kensing ton. The books focus on Gwen Frost, a 17-year-old Gypsy girl who has the gift of psychometry, or the ability to know an object’s history just by touching it. After a serious freak-out with her magic, Gwen is shipped off to Mythos Academy, a school for the descendants of ancient warriors like Spar tans, Valkyries, Amazons, and more.

The first book, Touch of Frost, will be out in August 2011, while the second book, Kiss of Frost, will hit shelves in December 2011.

Today, Tynga asked me to talk about how I come up with my character names. I have to admit that I’m not very scientific about it, especially when it comes to my first drafts. Usually, I’m just typing along when I decide to introduce a new character – and realize that I need a name for her.Web of Lies 1-6-10 small

I know that some authors spend hours researching names. Sometimes, I’ll do that too – or at the very least, go to one of the baby name websites and surf through the various names and meanings until I find one that fits the character. But most of the time if I need a name immediately, I’ll sit there and stare blankly at my computer screen for several minutes and try out various names in my head – trying to keep in mind all the other names that I’ve already used in the book. When I find a name that I like, that’s what I go with and continue typing out the story.
Scary, isn’t it? LOL.

But that’s what second and third and fourth drafts are for – to make sure that everything is as perfect as I can make it, including the names. Sometimes, I’ll go back and change a major or a secondary character’s name if I don’t think it’s exactly right. But if you’ve read my Elemental Assassin series, you know that my main character, Gin Blanco aka the Spider, kills a lot of people in the books – a lot of people. I’ll admit that I don’t worry too much about the names of the minor bad guys that Gin eliminates. If I could get away with calling them Bad Guy #1 and Bad Guy #2, I would.

Elemental Assassins Book #3 - VenomSeveral years ago, someone gave me a list of Welsh names and their meanings. I’ve used a lot of those in my books. For example, I got Gin Blanco’s real name (Genevieve) from that list. Genevieve means white or white wave, depending on which list or website you look at. I thought Gin/Genevieve was unusual enough to be memorable, and I thought it would be interesting that Gin’s name means white when so much of what she does is so very dark and ugly as the Spider.

Detective Bria Coolidge’s name (which I shortened from Briallen) also came from that Welsh list. Bria means primrose. Another name that came from that list was Eira, who is Gin and Bria’s mother. Eira means snow. Both Bria and Eira have rune necklaces that match their names – Bria’s rune is shaped like a primrose, while Eira’s is a snowflake.

So for the major characters I do try to come up with names that fit the character and her place in the overall plot, and I try to add in little touches to the story that add to the meaning of the names, like the runes I use in my Elemental Assassin books.

Actually, I’ve still got that Welsh list of names somewhere in my files – and I may just dig it out again when I start on my next book. 😉

What about you guys? What are some of your favorite character names? Do you like runes, etc. that tie in with the characters and the meaning of their names?

Jennifer’s best Spring Break memory:

One of my favorite spring break memories was when I was about 12 or so. We went to visit some of my cousins who live in another state. Spring break was also during Easter weekend that year, and I had a great time hanging out with my cousins, eating food, and playing softball. 😉


I love names and their meaning! My real name is Cindy which is a popular nickname from Cinderella but it also means Divine in Latin. Quite cool lol

Tangled Threads (Elemental Assassin, #4)

I’d rather face a dozen lethal assas­sins any night than deal with some­thing as tricky, con­vo­luted, and frag­ile as my feel­ings. But here I am. Gin Blanco, the semi-retired assas­sin known as the Spi­der. Hov­er­ing out­side sexy busi­ness­man Owen Grayson’s front door like a ner­vous teenage girl. One thing I like about Owen: he doesn’t shy away from my past—or my present. And right now I have a bull’s-eye on my fore­head. Cold-blooded Fire ele­men­tal Mab Mon­roe has hired one of the smartest assas­sins in the busi­ness to trap me. Elek­tra LaFleur is skilled and effi­cient, with deadly elec­tri­cal ele­men­tal magic as potent as my own Ice and Stone pow­ers. Which means there’s a fifty-fifty chance one of us won’t sur­vive this bat­tle. I intend to kill LaFleur—or die trying—because Mab wants the assas­sin to take out my baby sis­ter, Detec­tive Bria Coolidge, too. The only prob­lem is, Bria has no idea I’m her long-lost sib­ling … or that I’m the mur­derer she’s been chas­ing through Ash­land for weeks. And what Bria doesn’t know just might get us both dead …

Read the first chap­ter.


Jennifer very generously offered a copy of her upcoming release, Tangled Threads, to one lucky reader!

To enter, all you have to do is FILL THE FORM and leave a comment answering Jennifer’s questions!

Open to US & Canada

You can earn one extra entry by spreading the word!

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Ends April 6th, 2011.

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