Monday, September 30, 2013

SOMEONE ELSE'S SKYE Blog Tour


GIVEAWAY Alert!

BOOK SPOTLIGHT:
SOMEONE ELSE'S SKYE
Men of Brahm Hill, Book 1

Coming October 1, 2013

Kane, Brethren Guardian and one of the few Natural Shape-Shifters left in existence, survived the bloody battle of Brahm Hill but lost two of his closest friends. For all of his good-natured sarcasm and eye-popping good looks, Kane finds himself unable to completely forget about that night, so he seeks comfort in the one thing he is truly good at . . . sex!

This shape-shifting bad boy believes in having a good time—a very good time, usually involving some mingled heavy breathing with a sexy Dhampir in a tiny closet somewhere. But when he’s sent into the freezing tundra of the Northwest Territories to investigate a troublesome supernatural being on the loose, he ends up crossing paths with a woman who almost instantly drives him insane with want . . . because she doesn’t seem to be falling for the shifter’s charms.
It’s completely inexplicable.

Skye Matthews has a job to do, and she needs to be focused on that, not spending all her time rebuffing the advances of this way-too-cocky and handsome stranger. Yet, there is something irresistible about this self-involved playboy that Skye can’t seem to stay away from. And when the unidentified Kane is sent to investigate takes an unnatural interest in her, protecting her becomes the Guardian’s top priority.

Links to purchase Someone Else’s Skye in eBook or Paperback:
My Website:   www.christinewenrick.com

About the Author:
Christine is a graduate of Washington State University where she received a BA in Interior Design. And true to form of using mostly her ‘right brain’, she splits her time between her commercial design career and her imaginary world of writing. She lives in the scenic Pacific Northwest where she enjoys hiking, camping and photographing many of the wonderful places that served as inspiration for her Charmed Trilogy. Her biggest reward in life is any given day when one of her books connects with a reader because she herself is such a lover of reading. Some of her favorite authors include Lisa Kleypas, Julia Quinn, and Kimberly Derting.

To keep up on all the latest information about Christine and her books, visit her website or you can connect with her on Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads.

Christine Wenrick's SOMEONE ELSE'S SKYE Tour Schedule
9/30 - Crazy Four Books
9/30 -Just Paranormal Romance               
9/30 - Rather Barefoot than Bookless
10/01 - Mythical Books 
10/01 - Adria's Romance Reviews            
10/02 - My Reading Obsession  
10/03 - Redheads Review it Better          
10/03 - Deal Sharing Aunt            
10/04 - Ramblings From This Chick           
10/04 - KT Book Reviews
10/05 - Toot's Book Review        
10/05 - The Snarkology
10/06 - LITERAL ADDICTION        
10/06 - Cocktails and Books        
10-07 - The Reading CafĂ©             
10/07 - Wicked Readings by Tawania      
10/08 - Offbeat Vagabond          
10/09 - Night Owl Reviews          
10/09 - Mad Hatter Reads
10/09 - Salacious Reads
10/09 - Bex 'n' Books
10/10 - Vampires, Werewolves & Fairies Oh My!              
10/10 - A Novel Review
10/11 - CS Maxwell ~ Where's My Muse?            
10/11 - Contagious Reads
10/12 - Book Lovin' Mamas         
10/12 - Victoria's Gossip
10/13 - Reader Girls       
10/13 - Dalene's Book Reviews 
10/14 - A Cauldron of Books
10/14 - Hesperia Loves Books
10/15 - Paranormal Fans For Life
10/16 - That's What I'm Talking About
10/17 - Bitten by Paranormal Romance
10/17 - Book Monster Reviews
10/18 - Swept Away by Romance
10/18 - The Bookish Babe
10/19 - Inner Goddess
10/20 - Sarah Elizabeth's Bookshelf
10/20 - Book Sniffers Anonymous

TOUR GIVEAWAY DETAILS:
Christine is giving away the following prizes at the end of her tour:
Tour Grand Prize: Kindle Fire HD & (1) signed copy of Someone Else's Skye
 Secondary Prizes: (10) signed copies of Someone Else's Skye for (10) additional winners.
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Sunday, September 29, 2013

Is Job Choice As Important As Name In Defining A Romance Hero?


Thanks so much for having me to visit today! According to an article at nerve.com, the top five most popular “jobs” for a romance book hero are:

1.       Doctor
2.       Cowboy
3.       Boss
4.       Prince
5.       Rancher

There are more jobs listed in that article, but these are the topfive. And I found it interesting that nowhere on their list was one of my favorite hero jobs – the fireman. I wonder why?

When I was planning who would be strong and “heroic” enough to match Aphrodite, goddess of desire in the game of love, I immediately thought of a group of firefighters. Heroes who would risk their lives on a regular basis to keep others safe. I know there are lots of other professions out there that are equally heroic (and I’ve discussed that in an earlier post on this blog tour), but in terms of trying to find the right job to define my three heroes and their gallant yet troubled nature, I automatically went with fireman.

As an author, I know that naming my book “babies” is important in being able to convey a particular type of character, personality or look. My hero Flint, in PANDORA’S GIFT, for example, was easy to name. He was in my head for quite a while, and every time I pictured him, I could that sense that cold, hard core:

“Flint. It was such an appropriate name, she almost laughed out loud.

There was a hardness to him, both physically and metaphorically, that spoke of stone. An iceberg, she’d decided only minutes earlier. But that hadn’t been quite accurate. Ice could be melted. Stone could not.

This man was pure granite.

But when it comes to profession, that’s another thing altogether, and to me in some ways it defines a person more clearly than does their name. Parents choose your name for you, but your career? That is in your own power to decide, and therefore, could be more reflective of your personality. In IMMORTAL SEDUCTION, I wanted to show that my three gorgeous heroes are both “heroic” and yet damaged emotionally, and I felt that making them firefighters would be perfect to show that juxtaposition of strong alpha hero who is in desperate need through no fault of their own:

“It was not your fault, Ashur.” She followed him when he shook his head and tried to step back. She was good at doing that, he was beginning to realize. She slipped her arms around his waist as if to hold him in place, and cradled her head in the hollow of his shoulder.

Damn annoying woman. But his arms came up to hold her in return. “You weren’t there,” he said. “You don’t know.”

She sighed and her breasts pressed into his chest like living cushions. Her fresh perfume wound through the room, reminding him of the herb garden at the rear of this property. He’d stumbled into it one night early on, before he’d taken to walking the beach, and been assailed by oregano, and rosemary, and mint. Other exotic spices were there too, but he had no idea what they were. He could smell them all and more in Aphrodite’s breath and in her hair, and it was an intoxicating aroma.

“I see it in here.” She cradled his face in her hands and tapped a light finger at his temple. “I relive it every time you do. As do your friends over there. And you owe it to them to start putting this behind you at last. It’s not about trying to forget. Nor about moving on without heart or soul. It is time to begin the healing process.”

“I owe it to them?” He glanced toward Kieran, who’d been with him in a threesome that night and who’d driven with him to the incident when they both got the text message. And Hugh, who’d been alone at home, oblivious to the unfolding tragedy until he’d turned up for his shift the next day.

Was his behavior contributing to their grief? Was his black despair destroying these two men as well as himself? The answer was evident in their stricken expressions as they sat thigh to thigh on the edge of the bed and stared back at him.

“So, I have that to answer for, too?”

(Copyright 2013 Jennifer Lynne)

Do you think a hero’s profession or job choice is as important in defining them as their name?Please let me know what you think!

Friday, September 27, 2013

Folk Charms and Folk Magic in BEWITCHED


Congratulations to "Alexis G." the winner of Sandra's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated.

"Bullock's heart pierced with large nails & thorns, found in a chimney in a farm in Somerset, placed there to cause harm to s.o."

This intriguing object – a brownish lump stuck with various nails and thorns – can be found in one of the display cases in the Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford. There the bullock's heart is in good company, for it is surrounded by several other objects stuck with nails, thorns, or both: a shrivelled sheep's heart, a shrivelled pig's heart, an old onion, and, perhaps most fascinating (and revolting!!!) of all, the "object said to be a toad, stuck with thorns for withcraft purposes." By now, all that remains of the poor toad is something that looks like a blob of molten tar with various pointy bits sticking out of it.

Clearly, folk magic is not for the faint of heart.

All these objects give us a fascinating insight into the beliefs and superstitions of people in the past. Such beliefs survived particularly long among the common people in the countryside, where they were recorded by folklorists and anthropologists in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Many folk charms reflect the worries of farmers and fishermen, who were dependent on the goodwill of Mother Nature: lucky stones were buried in gardens and on fields to ensure a good crop; and the fishermen of Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, never went out to sea without a few tiny bone models of fish in their pockets.

Many of the folk charms I saw in the Pitt Rivers Museum in 1998, when I spent three weeks at a language school in Oxford, are referenced in my romance Bewitched. After a magical mishap that turned her uncle's house blue, Amy, my heroine and a real-life witch is stripped of her powers and sent to Regency London in order to be introduced into polite society – and to find a suitable husband. Throughout the story, the "real"magic – the powers Amy has lost, the love potion that makes her fall in love with a man she has detested at first sight, the evil forces that follow her from London to the Fenlands, where they threaten all she holds dear – are contrasted with simple folk beliefs and folk charms. Thus, Amy happens to be present when a kitchen maid lays out her plans on how to stake a slug:

"I lets it crawl over me skin 'ere. Look." She waved her hand in front of the cook's face. "'Ere. And then all I needs ta do's stick the slug onna thorn. And as soon as the slug's dead, the wart'll be gone!" she ended triumpantly.

The intended fate of the poor slug reminds Amy that for real magic you don't need to torment a hapless animal:

Instead, it was all a matter of skills and talent. And concentration. Of course, there was the accident with the portraits and, even worse, the accident with the frog. But that had been years ago, and her cousin Coll had been just thirteen and believed he could transform the frog into a prince. After all, you always heard about how it was done the other way around, didn't you? Amy's nine-year-old self had found it endlessly entertaining to wade through the ponds on the estate with her horde of cousins hunting frogs. However, the entertainment value of the experiment had rapidly sunk when they later were all covered with sticky blobs of frog remains. Transforming a frog into a prince had turned out to be slightly more complicated than they thought.

If you ever happen to be in Oxford, pay a visit to the Pitt Rivers Museum and look for the glass jar containing a black (now white) slug impaled on a thorn.

By the way, this was how I learnt the word slug back in 1998.

Author Bio:
Sandra Schwab has been enchanting readers with her unusual historicals since 2005, when her first novel The Lily Brand was published. She lives in Frankfurt/Main in Germany with a sketchbook, a sewing machine, and an ever-expanding library.

You can find her online at www.sandraschwab.com. Or you can chat with her on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SandraSchwab.Author and on Twitter at https://twitter.com/ScribblingSandy

The slug on a thorn can be admired here.

And Bewitched is available here on sale for $0.99!

Giveaway:
Would you like to win a magical swag pack consisting of a signed paper copy of Bewitched (first edition from Dorchester), German tea, and German chocolate? Then enter the giveaway here on JPR with a comment or email! (I promise I will not include any hearts stuck with nails and thorns in the package!)

Giveaway ends 11:59pm EST Sep. 28th. Please supply your email in the post. You may use spaces or full text for security. (ex. jsmith at gmail dot com) If you do not wish to supply your email, or have trouble posting, please email maureen@JustParanormalRomance.com with a subject title of JPR GIVEAWAY to be entered in the current giveaway.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

LOVE ENTWINED A Cardiff Novel Book 2


Congratulations to "Alexis", the winner of Danita's giveaway. Thank you to all who particpated!

It is such a pleasure to be here with my new paranormal romance Love Entwined! Today I want to share a brand new excerpt with you. But first, let’s talk about dreams. Sometimes they are just random moments in your life that have left an impression on you. Very often, your innermost fears are processed through dreams. They can be frightening. They can be prophetic. For Amelie, dreams are these things, and more. A doorway through time to a tragic love she doesn’t remember, and a man which time will not allow her to forget.

Have you ever had a recurring dream? Do you take note of your dreams to help you solve your concerns? Leave a comment and your email address for a chance to win a $5 Amazon gift card. 

Excerpt

Opening the sketchpad to the first page, she focused on the sketches she’d drawn and was already so proud of. He would love them. “I think the canary diamond with sapphire accents is very dramatic set in yellow gold.” She flipped through several pages, pausing to give him time to imagine what she saw so clearly in her mind. The man who stumped her with an answer to everything had become very still. Mr. Cardiff was staring at the sketches. “You don’t like them?”

“Where did you get these?” he asked.

“I drew them.”

Mr. Cardiff picked up the sketchpad. “You mean you created them?”

“But of course I created them. They are mine.”

“Do you remember ever seeing anything that may have given you the idea?” Now he was staring at her.

She stood up. “Mon Dieu! I do not copy designs.”

Mr. Cardiff stood and took her by the shoulders. “It’s just that these designs look so much like the family heirlooms.”

“How dare you accuse me of this?”

“Amelie.” Mr. Cardiff rubbed warmth up and down her arms with large, but gentle hands. Goose bumps rose where he touched her.

“No.”

“I didn’t mean to upset you.” His hands stroked her bare back, and she shivered.

“Amelie.”

She closed her eyes at his deep, soothing tone and there was a moment of vertigo when his hands moved around her waist, drawing her closer. She could feel him lean toward her, knew his lips hovered over hers, beckoning. She was on the edge of a cliff, where her fantasies waited so far below. One move and she would be in her dream, in that lamp-lit cabin. If she lifted her chin, their lips would meet, and she would fall.

She tilted her chin up. Mr. Cardiff did the rest.

Warm, full lips moved over hers in that confident ownership that was in his every move. She leaned in to the languorous slide of his tongue against hers. This was her dream.

She looked into his eyes and Mr. Cardiff picked her up against his chest. Her legs dangled in the air as his mouth traveled over her, suckling her neck, licking the cleft in her collarbone, searching, and finally finding the sensitive spot between her breasts.
It seemed he was trying to reach her soul. He did.

She fell over the cliff’s edge. 


Run, little witch…

AMELIE LAURENT is on her way to the top of the jewelry designing world with no time for men. Her orderly life is about to come undone when playboy and jewelry tycoon ROMAN CARDIFF steals her away on assignment to a remote English estate. Roman wants Amelie all to himself but St. Clair Manor’s resident ghost has been waiting for her much longer than he has.

Run home…

An unseen gunman takes a shot at Roman and he blames a business rival. But Amelie and Roman are to blame, for falling in love 200 years before in a time neither of them remember.
From the heartbreak of pre-Revolutionary France to modern day corporate wars, Amelie and Roman uncover a history of blood jewels, lust and demons.

Good witch, bad witch, you must decide…

When Amelie discovers her inner witch she learns the real reason she was summoned to St. Clair Manor. Il Dragone will kill to get her back. Amelie will kill if they do. 

Bio
Danita Minnis grew up singing and once thought she would do that all her life. She soon found writing just as fulfilling and writes paranormal romance. She loves mystery, mysticism, the fantastic and the fey. She has published The Cardiff Novels, a series about one family’s trials with vengeful demons, a legacy of ghosts and mysterious blood jewels. She is currently working on the third novel in the Cardiff series, which introduces the Cardiffs’ connection to ancient vampires.
Danita is a member of Romance Writers of America. She is a lover of chocolate, a good, scary movie, kittens and pups - especially Siberian Huskies. When she is not writing, she exercises her lungs at her son's soccer matches and their favorite theme park, because everyone knows it's easier on the stomach to scream your way down a roller coaster. 

Danita Minnis Links
Facebook Cardiff Novels Page: https://www.facebook.com/DanitaMinnis?ref=hl

The Cardiff Novels
Love Entwined at Liquid Silver Books: http://www.lsbooks.com/love-entwined-p828.php
Love Entwined on Amazon: http://tinyurl.com/pcelupp
Love Entwined on Amazon UK:  http://tinyurl.com/nq44wn8
Falcon’s Angel at Liquid Silver Books: http://www.lsbooks.com/falcons-angel-p225.php

Giveaway:
Danita will be giving away a $5 Amazon gift card to one lucky commenter!

Giveaway ends 11:59pm EST Sep. 26th. Please supply your email in the post. You may use spaces or full text for security. (ex. jsmith at gmail dot com) If you do not wish to supply your email, or have trouble posting, please email maureen@JustParanormalRomance.com with a subject title of JPR GIVEAWAY to be entered in the current giveaway.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

The Keeper


I never thought of my debut novel, The Keeper, as a romance novel in any way. But, I came across this quote: “Where the pursuit of extraordinary love, romance and passions is first and foremost” (Paranormal Romance Guild).

Then I started thinking about how that relates to my book. I’d told my more squeamish friends The Keeper was horror lite (no hard core frights, no gore; just a little dark and paranormal). When I heard it called Urban Fantasy, I thought that sounded a bit closer. Paranormal Romance doesn’t quite fit the bill either. But I kept going back to that quote. 

Doesn’t every book have an aspect of romance? If you don’t have love, romance, or passion, you don’t have much. As a reader, I love falling in love with a character. As a writer, I try to bring that into my fiction. 

One of the first characters I’d ever fallen for was Wolf in Stephen King’s The Talisman. To this day the thought of Wolf and his big pumpkin-colored eyes, his unwavering loyalty (his love for his best friend Jack), and his ultimate demise still breaks my heart and nearly brings me to tears. When I fall in love with a character, it inspires me to develop characters in my fiction that readers will love. 

I had aspects of Wolf in mind when I wrote about Olivia. She’s the caretaker in a family of werewolves, and utterly devoted to them as a mother figure. She finds passion with Paul, the one man in her life who understood her and loved her for who she was, not in spite of it. I fell in love with Olivia not because she’s an interesting character in a unique situation and endures some hardships. But because she loves the people in her life with such passion and devotion. Because she’s willing to go to extreme lengths to protect the people she loves the most. Because all she wants is to be loved. 

I, as a reader, don’t care about characters who don’t love. I can’t pull for them while they endure tragedies. I just don’t care about them. Without characters who pursue love, romance and passion, you don’t have much of a story, regardless of genre. 

Love doesn’t just make the world go round. It makes for great fiction too.  

Kim’s website: http://kimdespins.blogspot.com/

Kim’s Bio: Kim Despins lives and plays in Colorado. Her work has appeared in a number of anthologies and magazines including Shocklines: Fresh Voices in Terror (forthcoming from Cemetery Dance) and On Spec magazine.

She collaborated with her writing group Snutch to create Tales from the Yellow Rose Diner and Fill Station, a well-received and unique collection of stories that explore some of the ugliest moments in the lives of the diner’s patrons.

The Keeper is her first novel.

Monday, September 23, 2013

I Need A Hero!


GIVEAWAY Alert!
I need a hero!

Does anyone remember that Rock n Roll song by Bonnie Tyler from the eighties? I only remember belting out the chorus—badly— at the top of my lungs. The rest of the lyrics had no meaning because I had already decided what my hero would look like.

He’d be tall, handsome, and rich, all the prerequisites of a romance hero. Twenty plus years and hundreds of romance novels later, I’m rethinking my definition of hero.

We always tell our daughters, and ourselves, that looks aren’t everything. It’s what’s in the person’s heart and how he treats you. Yet, the lure of the hard-bodied, bad attitude, bad boy, populate romantic literature and our real lives.

Be honest, how many times have you fallen for the bad boy, until heartache and wisdom showed the error of your ways. I, too, am a culprit and victim of this particular affliction. Mind you, I say this with a nostalgic smile. I remember that car ride and the front seat. <wink>

Nearly every romance writer wants her hero oiled up with a six pack. But why aren’t there any smart, geeky types on the most wanted list?  Cupid’s Arrow shouldn’t discriminate. As a writer, I’ve pondered this. Not that I’ve considered having one as my main hero, but why haven’t I considered one? Is it taboo? Are you less likely to fall for him if, instead of muscles and height, he had a deck of cards and a rash? That may not be a good analogy, but you get my drift.
In real life, it’s not the classic portrait of a hero that saves the world. In real life, Superman is the doctor that saves your child’s life. Batman is the detective that solves a thirty year old mystery. And Wonder Woman is every working mother.

Let’s face it, where would the world be without Gates, Jobs, Spielberg, Edison, and Einstein. All are or were giants in their chosen fields. All have made significant contribution to humanity. All were nerds.

In this present day, as America grows fatter, and more slovenly, the studly example of male virility will be harder to find in everyday life. Should romance novel reflect real life?
My answer is hell no!

 Romance novels are the best form of escapism. It’s legal voyeurism into another world, another life, another time. And I happily wallow in every decadent word.

But, I can’t help casting a secret ballot for the nerd. Maybe, I’ll write one where the hero isn’t Jason Bourne, Jack Reacher, or James Bond. But Jeffrey, the slightly overweight, grubby t-shirt, converse sneaker wearing, techie who just happens to save the world and get the girl without closing his laptop.

Coming to an e-book soon. <wink>

ETERNITY
Descendants  of Ra, #1

Cursed for 2000 years, Roman Nicolis has tracked his lovers’ soul through each reincarnation only to lose her horribly every time. Reclaiming their love is his only salvation. He’s been her friend, her father, her neighbor, but never again her lover . . . until now.

A late night walk home throws Stella Walker into the path of a killer. The last thing she remembers are the deep blue eyes of the man trying to kill her—and the first things she sees after a seven day coma are the same blue eyes in the handsome face of the man hired to protect her. Is he truly the owner of a security firm or the man who wants to finish her off? Is it fears she feels when Roman touches her or the memory of something sweeter?

Past secrets haunt them. An angry demon stalks them. 
Roman will do anything to recover what they once had. Though Stella’s ruined childhood has made her close her heart and body to any man, he must get past the walls around her to gain her love and trust, for it will take their union to defeat an unexpected enemy sent from the Egyptian Gods. A man Romans respects, and Stella trusts.
TWO HEARTS.ONE SOUL. FOR ALL ETERNITY.


EVERLASTING
Descendants  of Ra, #2

Kill the beast.
Save your brother.
Win your freedom.
No problem.
Falling in love with the cop trying arrest you?
Problem.

To save his twin from death, Reign Nicolis will have to bargain with Goddess of the Dead, and once more become what he despises, El Mortem, The Scourge, a killer trained to show mercy to none. But he is haunted by those who have fallen beneath his blade. Their ghostly shapes dog his footsteps, relentless in their torture to make him suffer for what he was put on this earth to do two thousand years ago. Saving his twin ensures Reign’s enslavement to the Goddess. She may own his body, but never his heart. 

Detective Alexis Lever’s career is in shambles. Her only chance at redemption is to discover what happened to the body of Daniel Nicolis. To do that she’ll have to thwart two men: Reign Nicolis and Roman Nicolis. Both belong in jail. But one has stolen her heart.

Available at:  Amazon

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Tmonique Stephens wrote her first novel about a reporter and a hockey player after the U.S. hockey team won gold in the 1980 Olympics. She loves writing flawed characters who reflect the emotional baggage we all carry. She writes complicated stories for complicated people. Paranormal romances and fantasy novels are her favorite genre. She will read anything about fairies, demons, or angels.  She also enjoys Stephen King and Dean Koontz.
She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing from City College of New York where she won an English Department Award for her play Tea with Salt in 1987.
She was born in St. Thomas USVI, but she grew up in The Bronx, New York one mile from Yankee Stadium. She loves SyFy and the History channels, and Asian cuisine. But her heart and stomach longs for anything from the Caribbean.


GIVEAWAY DETAILS:
Tmonique is giving away FIVE copies of EVERLASTING at the end of her tour.


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Sunday, September 22, 2013

Order of the Blade - Series Spotlight


GIVEAWAY Alert!


Order of the Blade - Series Spotlight

DARKNESS AWAKENED
Order of the Blade Series, Book One

The Calydons are a race of ancient immortals cursed with a dark side. Each Calydon is destined to meet his soul mate, to be so drawn to her that he is unable to resist bonding with her through the rituals of his race…


…but their destiny is to destroy each other and all they care about the moment their bond is complete.


Quinn Masters will stop at nothing to rescue his rogue teammate. To save his blood brother and ensure his brand of justice triumphs, Quinn will break every rule of his kind and partner with the sensuous, courageous woman destined to be his ultimate destruction.


Haunted by a brutal past, Illusionist Grace Matthews will risk everything to save her kidnapped sister, including putting her life in the sinfully capable hands of an immortal warrior whose ravaging kisses and intense passion propel her ruthlessly toward a fateful destiny she can't afford to believe in.


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DARKNESS SEDUCED
Order of the Blade Series, Book Two

Immortal warrior Gideon Roarke made an oath five hundred years ago to the woman who died for him. The ancient Calydon is ruthless in his quest to honor that promise, even if it means risking everything by teaming up with the one woman who will either destroy him, or finally bring redemption to his blackened, hardened soul.


After escaping from a two-year imprisonment at the hands of a madman, the only thing Lily Davenport wants is to go home and reclaim her life. Unfortunately for Lily, standing between her and that goal is a sensual, demanding protector whose dangerous seduction threatens to claim her life…and her soul.


The Calydons Destiny: The Calydons are a race of ancient immortals cursed with a dark side. Each Calydon is destined to meet his soul mate, to be so drawn to her that he is unable to resist bonding with her through the rituals of his race…


…but their destiny is to destroy each other and all they care about the moment their bond is complete.


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DARKNESS SURRENDERED
Order of the Blade Series, Book Three

Six hundred years ago, Elijah Ross was tortured into insanity and thrust into a mental hell that no living creature has ever survived…except him. 


Now, that same evil is back, and Elijah is all that stands between it and the destruction of all of humanity, but each step he takes drags him further back into the nightmare that once consumed him.


Elijah's only chance is Ana Matthews, whose sensual kisses and passionate fire thrust hope and light into his blackened heart and fragmented mind, but her deadly past could be the final trigger for his descent into irretrievable madness and the destruction of his soul…and humanity.


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FOREVER IN DARKNESS
Order of the Blade Series, Book Four

Cursed to die for a choice his ancestor made, Ian Fitzgerald has spent six hundred years fighting the curse and trying to restore honor to his family's name. But his time to die has finally come, and his doom is in the guise of the one woman he cannot walk away from: his soul mate. Or is she really who she seems?


Light and darkness, shadows and death, reality and illusions swirl around Ian as the curse hauls him relentlessly toward his own demise. Desperate to survive, Ian fights ruthlessly to uncover the truth about the sensual, desperate female who has died in his arms already…twice. Can she save him, or will she be the final key to the destruction of everything he has fought to protect?


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DARKNESS REBORN
Order of the Blade Series, Book Five

Talismans carved into his body. A lethal darkness amassing inside him. A woman who calls to his spirit on levels so intimate and so passionate that his deadened soul screams in agony. Calydon warrior Kane Santiago has a past he can't remember, and a deadly legacy closing in on him. His only chance is Sarah Burns, a sensual, courageous woman fighting to save herself and her family from an ancient, brutal evil.

Sarah is on the verge of losing everything, but she can't afford to trust Kane, who is either the key to her final destruction…or her only chance of survival. Bound together by a connection so deep that it has the power to bring the past and all its nightmares back to life, Kane and Sarah must tap into the hearts they closed down so long ago or lose everything, including their souls.

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DARKNESS ARISEN
The Order of the Blade Series, Book Six

Available March 25, 2013

Darkness Hunts Him.
Calydon warrior Ian Fitzgerald refuses to die. Cursed by black magic, he has stayed alive through sheer force of will and unyielding commitment to a mission he is sworn to complete. There is only one thing that can defeat him…and she has just found him.

Desire Torments Her.

Ravaged by her own passions, tarnished angel Alice Shaw is fighting desperately for salvation before all she cares about is lost forever. Her sensual allure, and the forbidden power buried inside her, are outshone only by the burning need she awakens in Ian.

Fierce Passion Ignites.

Raging desire explodes between Ian and Alice, pushing them to the brink of destruction. They cannot afford to succumb, but the cord that binds them will never let them go…not until their most dreaded nightmares come true. Together, they are destined to fail. Together, they will fight to survive the impossible

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DARKNESS UNLEASHED
The Order of the Blade Series, Book Seven
Release date:   August 27, 2013

A warrior with blackened honor.

Intensely loyal and yet violently unpredictable, immortal warrior Ryland Samuels has hours left to save the soul of the man he owes his life to, but with each passing moment, he spirals closer and closer to a hell that once trapped him, a nightmare that has been waiting to reclaim him for almost a thousand years. 

An angel driven to the edge.

Ravaged by betrayal and loss, Catherine Taylor is almost out of time to save her daughter from a place so deadly, so haunted, that no one has emerged alive in centuries. The angel of death will not let anything stand in her way, not even the deadly, haunted warrior on a lethal mission. Ryland needs her help desperately, but she needs his even more…and they can't both get what they want. 

Enslaved by their own darkness. Forbidden heat explodes between the two tormented, isolated souls when they meet, a fiery, sensual connection that threatens everything they hold most dear. Will they survive the passion raging between them? Or will it cost them the one thing each cannot bear to lose?


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Stephanie Rowe Bio


 Four-time RITA® Award nominee and Golden Heart® Award winner Stephanie Rowe is the nationally bestselling author of more than twenty published novels with major New York publishers, including Warner/Grand Central, HarperCollins, Harlequin, Dorchester & Sourcebooks. Stephanie has received starred reviews from Booklist and high praise from Publisher's Weekly. Stephanie writes romance (paranormal, contemporary and suspense), teen fiction, middle grade fiction and motivational nonfiction, including her bestselling dark paranormal Order of the Blade series.

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