Monday, May 31, 2010

Cynthia Eden's Deadly Days of Summer

Cynthia Eden’s Deadly Days of Summer. Join Cynthia Eden at her blog for a non-stop summer party. When: Jun1-August 1, 2010. What: Great guest authors, fabulous prizes, & a fun time. Where: This summer will be long, hot & deadly.Deadly FearShareI’ll Be Slaying You

It’s almost time for my summer party. My Deadly Days are nearly here!

This summer, my blog will be a non-stop party zone. June is the paranormal month for the party (as I eagerly get ready for the release of I’LL BE SLAYING YOU). Then, on July 1, we’ll switch things up–and July will be the month of romantic suspense as I gear up for the release of my first romantic suspense novel, DEADLY FEAR.

I’ve invited a ton of fabulous authors to help me celebrate the Deadly Days. So you can anticipate greats posts, awesome prizes, and fun all summer long.

Here’s a sneak peek at the authors who will be joining me for the first few days in June:

June 1: Ann Aguirre

June 2: Donna Grant

June 3: Michele Hauf

June 4: Juliana Stone

Yes, those ladies know how to get a party started!

There are going to be so many ways to win prizes this summer. Let me just go ahead and tell you all about how you can win.

1. Help me spread the word about my Days. To spread the word, just click the “Share” button above. You will then be taken to a new screen. Just cut and paste the code on your blog, your Facebook page, etc. Then leave me a comment and let me know where you posted. If you want, you can Tweet about it. Every time you post, that counts as one entry for the “Share” prize.

What is the “Share” prize? A $50.00 gift certificate. This random winner will be picked at the end of my summer fun–so there is plenty of time for folks to enter and spread the word about the Deadly Days.

2. Often, there will be daily prizes given. Some authors are giving away signed books. Some are giving away ARCs. There are awesome goodies to be had! Just check in each day and comment for a chance to win.

3. One June Winner. At the end of June, I will pool all the comments that have been received (for all the various posts from all the authors). I will then pick one random commenter and that person will receive a $50.00 gift certificate. So in order to qualify for this prize, you have to comment. The more you comment, the higher your odds of winning are.

4. One July Winner. Yep, this is just like the deal with the June winner. At the end of July, I will pool all the comments that have been received for the month of July, and then I will randomly pick one commenter to win a $50.00 gift certificate.

Sound easy? I hope so! If you have any questions, please let me know.

Let’s get ready for those Deadly Days of Summer!!

Another Great Deal from Moira Rogers a.k.a. Bree & Donna

I’m on Team Vampire. Find out more.

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I've joined Team Vampire Lumberjack because first and foremost, I have a "thing" for vamps. They are strong, sexy, and live forever, barring a super severe case of sunburn, of course. Add to that the lumberjack aspect, and they can pretty much hack their way through any obstacle in their way. Yes, werewolves are also strong, but hey, being a bootlegger means they have to live below the radar, and hide even more than usual. Don't believe I could be on a "secretive" group like that, even if my own grandmother actually was a bootlegger way back when. (But that is another story altogether, and not relevant here) Yeah give me a bloodsucker with an axe any day.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Strange Neighbors by Ashlyn Chase

Strange Neighbors

By Ashlyn Chase

Blurb: When all-star pitcher and shapeshifter Jason Falco buys a small apartment building, he sees it not only as an investment, but as a place to escape the demands of major league baseball. That is, until he meets his tenants! A vigilante vampire: a wereraven with a morbid sense of humor; a werewolf thief who poses as a security expert; and two witches who work as phone sex actresses and own an owl familiar. Not to mention a beautiful, all too human nurse who gets Jason's blood pumping overtime.

With all the hooting, howling and hollering going on, how can an All-American guy get some peace and sweep a girl off her feet?

First, I have to be honest and say up front that I offered to help out a friend who was supposed to review this, but family problems got in her way. Having given my disclaimer up front, I have to tell you this was without a doubt one of the most enjoyable reading experiences I’ve had in a while.

I started this not knowing what to expect, and was delighted to find a story rich in humor, suspense and lots of steamy romance. The characters are all marvelous: main characters Merry and Jason are the picture of young love, progressing quickly to the next step. Like all new relationships, there are some rocky stretches, but unlike typical people, Jason has a secret-when he gets stressed, he shifts to his alternate form. Considering his high profile job and lifestyle, this could prove disastrous for him. And Merry learns something about her birth parents that could strain things even more. The secondary characters are wonderful, too. There are the witches, Morgaine and Gwyneth, who earn their living as telephone psychics and sex phone actresses; Nathan the morgue attendant who is a wereraven; Konrad the werewolf, and Chad the ghost, who wants his murder solved. Then of course, there are Jason’s Uncle Ralph and Aunt Dottie for comedy relief. Aunt Dottie is the only “normal” being in the building, and she is the typical busybody, snooping on everyone, and fearing the worst around each corner. The irony of that is that she and Ralph have been married about thirty years, and she has no idea about Ralph’s second nature.

I loved the mixture of dialog, discourse and thoughts, with the characters second-guessing themselves at major points. Aunt Dottie is a delight; all of her thoughts seem to center around how no one appreciates her efforts, while Jason and Merry seem to be worrying what the other one is thinking or feeling at a given moment, with all the insecurities of a new relationship. Add to that the stalking by the alcoholic paparazzi who needs a big story to save her career, and decides to make life hell for Jason and Merry: and of course the investigation into who murdered Chad back in the sixties, and you get a wonderfully wacky, fully entertaining romantic romp, filled with marvelous characters and passionate romance.

After looking at Ms. Chase’s website, I was delighted to see that this will be a series. I will be watching for more of these, and I hope they come soon.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Still going

I passed 3000 words today. I have an idea where this is going, now. I never really got it when I read interviews, but they do talk to you (the characters)For instance when I tried to make my character average height, he insisted he was way over six feet tall, and refused to cooperate until I corrected that detail. Now his long lost brother, who hasn't shown up here yet, wants a book of his own. The worst of it is, I can see a path for him too.