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Cover Revealed - East of Ecstasy (Hearts of the Anemoi 4) by Laura Kaye



East of Ecstasy
Hearts of the Anemoi 4
Entangled, April 22, 2014
Trade Paperback and eBook, 368 pages

Cover Revealed - East of Ecstasy (Hearts of the Anemoi 4) by Laura Kaye
Annalise Fallston made peace with postponing her big-city dreams to care for her ill father, but lately she’s been filled with a restlessness not even her beloved painting dispels. Worse, the colors don’t speak to her as they always have, and all her efforts produce dark, foreboding images of a dangerous man and a terrifying future.

Devlin Eston, black-souled son of the evil Anemoi Eurus, is the only one who can thwart his father’s plan to overthrow the Supreme God of Wind and Storms. But first, Dev must master the unstable powers he’s been given. Distrusted and shunned by his own divine family, he never expected to find kindness and passion in the arms of a mortal.

But Devlin’s love puts Annalise in the path of a catastrophic storm, and in the final Armageddon showdown between the Anemoi and Eurus, sacrifices will be made, hearts broken, and lives changed forever…or lost.



East of Ecstasy is the final novel in the Hearts of Anemoi series and is preceded by North of Need, West of Want and South of Surrender.




About Laura

Cover Revealed - East of Ecstasy (Hearts of the Anemoi 4) by Laura Kaye
Laura is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over a dozen books in paranormal and contemporary romance. Growing up, Laura’s large extended family believed in the supernatural, and family lore involving angels, ghosts, and evil-eye curses cemented in Laura a life-long fascination with storytelling and all things paranormal. She lives in Maryland with her husband, two daughters, and cute-but-bad dog, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.





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Winners x 13 - August 25, 2012

And the winners are...


Darkness Devours (Dark Angels 3 by Keri Arthur - Ended August 3, 2012 - See the post here.

Winners x 13 - August 25, 2012

Question:  Which of the 4 Dark Angels' covers is your favorite?

Barb P who said...

Most definitely Darkness Hunts! I love the awesome colors. +1 Comment, +1 Follower



Winners x 13 - August 25, 2012



Choice of an eBook of The Fallen Queen or The Midnight Court by Jane Kindred. [Note if you chose The Midnight Court you will not receive your eBook until on or after the August 30, 2012 publication date.] - Ended August 11, 2012 - Read the Guest Blog  here.

Winners x 13 - August 25, 2012

Question:  What is one of your favorite traditions?

Caitlin Rahm who said...

I have a clam bake every year in October with my family which I love. Thanks for the giveaway!



Winners x 13 - August 25, 2012



Kitty Steals the Show (Kitty Norville 10) by Carrie Vaughn - Ended August 11, 2012 - Read the post here.

Winners x 13 - August 25, 2012

Question:  If paranormal and/or supernatural being exist, should they reveal themselves to the world?

rissatoo who said...

Great question, Q! :)
I'm selfish: I'd want to know if the paranormal/supernatural creatures existed in the world, but I wouldn't want them to be "out". Too many people hate &/or fear the different as it is. We don't need to introduce more into the world.



Winners x 13 - August 25, 2012



West of Want (Hearts of the Anemoi 2) eBook by Laura Kaye and West of Want T-Shirt (L or XL) - Ended August 12, 2012 - Read the Guest Blog here.

Winners x 13 - August 25, 2012

Question: Can you get a feel for how this song reflects this story?
What does it make you feel? And, if you’ve read the book, I’d be really curious to know if you think they fit together!


Alison Rush who said...

Looking forward to reading the book... I think they together from reading the song and excerpts. Going to have to download the song ... Would love a e copy and shirt click to sleep in. .... Alison  Thankyou



Winners x 13 - August 25, 2012



Blooded (Jessica McClain 1) by Amanda Carlson - Ended August 13, 2012 - Read the Interview here.   Please note that the winner will not receive the novel until after it is released in September.

Winners x 13 - August 25, 2012

Question:  What is one of your favorite novels, movies, comic, etc. that features a werewolf ?

Lona who said...

Bowen from Wicked Deed's on a Winter's Night by Kresley cole. Book sounds fantastic, Love the cover.



Winners x 13 - August 25, 2012



Hearts of Darkness (Deadglass Trilogy 1) by Kira Brady - Ended August 14, 2012 - Read the interview here.

Winners x 13 - August 25, 2012

Question:  Have you ever been or felt you have been someplace haunted?

Linda who said...

My grandmother's old house was in a really old part of the town - this was years ago when I was a young kid & before she moved in with us. That house was creepy! It was really dark & had very few windows & all the floor boards creaked. You'd never have caught me upstairs alone.



Winners x 13 - August 25, 2012



Clean (Mindspace Investigations 1) by Alex Hughes - Ended August 15, 2012 - Read the Guest Blog here.  Please note that the winner will not receive the novel until after it is released in September.

Winners x 13 - August 25, 2012

Question:  Cross Genre novels - love them or leave them?

sonsofcorax who said...

Cross-genre usually makes for fun reading, and I like reading what I come across. Adam Christopher's Empire State is a great example - noir, superheroes, time travel, pocket dimensions.



Winners x 13 - August 25, 2012



A Wolf at the Door (Jesse James Dawson 3) by K.A. Stewart - Ended August 15, 2012 - Read the interview here.

Winners x 13 - August 25, 2012

Leave a comment.

Bethany C. who said...

I think it's great you do a lot of research; I don't think a book, no matter if it's fantasy, benefits from being 100% made-up.



Winners x 13 - August 25, 2012



Three commenters will each win an eBook from Covet (Entangled Publishing)!  One commenter will win Deceiving the Witch Next Door by Melissa Bourbon Ramirez.  One commenter will win Tall Dark and Divine (Bagging a Greek God 1) by Jenna Bennett.  One commenter will win Take it Like a Vamp by Candace Havens. - Ended August 18, 2012 - Read the character interview here.

Winners x 13 - August 25, 2012

Question:  From novels, TV, movies - which fictional character would you go out on a date with?

Deceiving the Witch Next Door by Melissa Bourbon Ramirez.

June M. who said...

I do love the bad boys too. I would love to go out with one of the guys for Larissa Ione's Demonica & Lords of Deliverance series. Especially either Wraith, Ares, or Than.

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Tall Dark and Divine (Bagging a Greek God 1) by Jenna Bennett.

Maria pronounced Mariah who said...

As much as I love all the paranormal bad boys I think I would have to pick Roark for an actual "date" that man knows how to take care of a woman!

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Take it Like a Vamp by Candace Havens.

books4me who said...

I would want to go out with a bad boy...something new for me so I would choose Eric from True Blood or Wraith from Demonica series (Larissa Ione) or Gregory from Dark series (Christine Feehan).



Winners x 13 - August 25, 2012



The Corpse-Rat King (The Corpse-Rat King 1) by Lee Battersby - Ended August 21, 2012 - Read the Guest Blog here. Please note that the winner will not receive the novel until after the publication date.

Winners x 13 - August 25, 2012

Leave a comment.

booklover0226 who said...

The Corpse-Rat King sounds like an exciting read. I have added it to my must have list. I'm heading to Lee Battersby's site to learn more about him.



Winners x 13 - August 25, 2012



Magic Gone Wild (Bottled Magic 3) by Judi Fennell - Ended August 22, 2012 - Read the interview here. US/CANADA ONLY


Winners x 13 - August 25, 2012

Question:  Which real town/city/village should be the basis for setting in a Paranormal Romance novel?

June M. who said...

I think that large cities would be best for paranormal series generally, especially for vampires, demons, witches, etc. Cities like NY, LA, NOLA. This way they can blend in, not have too many people too interested in them like in smaller towns.

But for shifters, I would think that areas with less people, more open space would be best (Alaska, desert areas, places with lots of woodlands, etc) so that they can shift and hunt but not have a lot of witnesses.




Winners x 13 - August 25, 2012


The winners have been notified and have until 11:59PM US Eastern Time on Saturday, September 1, 2012 to respond or The Qwillery will very randomly choose a new winner or winners.

Thank you!

Guest Blog by Laura Kaye - Never Let Me Go – Musical Inspiration behind West of Want!

Please welcome Laura Kaye to The Qwillery. Laura's most recent novel is West of Want, the 2nd book in the Hearts of the Anemoi.




Never Let Me Go – Musical Inspiration behind West of Want!

It’s always great to get to stop back by The Qwillery! And I’m especially excited to return to celebrate the release of my contemporary fantasy romance, West of Want, book 2 in my Hearts of the Anemoi series. About eight months ago, I debuted the cover of this book right here at The Qwillery, and now I’m pleased to share some behind-the-book inspiration with you.

People often ask me how I come up with my stories, and it’s a hard question to answer. I don’t feel like I “come up” with them. I feel like they come through me, usually led by a character who tells me more and more of the story until I know enough to start writing. But there’s no question that music helps that process. Sometimes it’s a single line of lyrics. Sometimes it’s the tone of the song that sets the atmosphere. Sometimes a song reflects a scene just perfectly. And that’s the case with the song I’d like to share with you today.

This song is the perfect soundtrack for two different scenes in the book—one from Ella’s point of view, and one from Zeph’s. I had already written Ella’s scene, which is right at the beginning of the book when I first heard this song, and then when I got to Zeph’s moment, I could not get it out of my head. And that was kind of fitting, that echoing of theme and tone and emotion between these two key times for the characters. So, without further ado, I’d like to share the song and the lyrics, and show you how they relate to snippets from these scenes:


Go ahead and play the song, then, as you read through the lyrics and the excerpts below, see if you can get a feel for the resonance in themes, emotion, and tone. These excerpts are intentionally short so we don’t spoil anything for those who haven’t read yet!

Lyrics are in italics:
Looking out from underneath,
Fractured moonlight on the sea
Reflections still look the same to me,
As before I went under.

And it's peaceful in the deep,
Cathedral, where you cannot breathe,
No need to pray, no need to speak
Now I am under, Oh.

And it's breaking over me,
A thousand miles onto the sea bed,
Found the place to rest my head.

Never let me go, never let me go.
Never let me go, never let me go.

Excerpts are in plain font:
A wave swamped Ella. And another. She choked and gagged. The next slammed her head against the fiberglass transom.

Her hands flew open from the impact. She plunged into the storm-tortured water, sucked down nauseating mouthfuls. Her body whipped feet over head, side to side. Impossible to determine which way was up. The violent churning of the sea ripped the lifejacket off one arm, but the orange padding held just enough to finally guide her head to the surface.

And the arms of the ocean are carrying me,
And all this devotion was rushing out of me,
And the crashes are heaven, for a sinner like me,
The arms of the ocean deliver me.

Though the pressure's hard to take,
It's the only way I can escape,
It seems a heavy choice to make,
But now I am under, Oh.

And it's breaking over me,
A thousand miles down to the sea bed,
Found the place to rest my head.

Never let me go, never let me go.
Never let me go, never let me go.

A wave smacked Ella in the face. She gagged. Coughed. Laughed until sobs took over.

Exhaustion. Pure and utter. Like she’d lived a thousand lives.

Debris thudded against her ear. She howled as the jarring hit rang through her head.

Please don’t let it be pieces of True Blue.

Her eyes focused on the sea next to her. Nothing. She propelled herself around. The urn. Ella gasped and irrational joy filled her chest.

She half-swam—a nearly impossible feat against the thrashing waves with one useless arm. Each leaden stroke sapped what little energy she had left. She grabbed the urn. Held it in her numb hands. “I knew you wouldn’t leave me,” she whispered against the brass, all she could manage. “We’re true blue.”

And the arms of the ocean are carrying me,
And all this devotion was rushing out of me,
And the crashes are heaven, for a sinner like me,
The arms of the ocean deliver me.

And it's over,
And I'm going under,
But I'm not giving up!
I'm just giving in.

Oh, slipping underneath.
Oh, so cold, but so sweet.

In the arms of the ocean, so sweet and so cold,
And all this devotion I never knew at all,
And the crashes are Heaven, for a sinner released,
And the arms of the ocean,
Deliver me.

Zephyros stepped around the wheel and down onto the swimming platform. The clothing would just be a drag, so he disappeared it and jumped. The cold water sucker-punched him. He gasped and willed his muscles to cooperate. How long had the woman suffered with the freezing waves battering her damaged body? He bit down on his tongue to keep from roaring out. The pain focused him.

Arms extended beside him, he closed his eyes and called the current. As a wind god, Zephyros was most at home in the sky, but marshaling sea currents worked on the same principle.

The rush of water pushed behind him, just as he directed, and scooped up the boat’s hull in the grip of its gentle forward motion. One hand on the platform, he floated behind the boat, guiding its heading, adjusting as necessary, shivering until he thought his bones might snap.

Never let me go, never let me go.
Never let me go, never let me go.

Deliver me.

Never let me go, never let me go.
Never let me go, never let me go.

Deliver me.

There was nothing but devastatingly dead, white silence. The loudest thing Zeph had ever heard, it shattered his ears and his heart.

Grief and rage flashed out of Zephyros, manifested in an instantaneous killer storm over the bay. Winds tore at the sky, rain and hail pummeled the earth. Waterspouts spiraled up from the surface, dancing, stalking, sucking up everything in their paths.

Never let me go, never let me go.
Never let me go, never let me go.

Never let me go, never let me go.
Never let me go, never let me go.

And it's over,
And I'm goin' under,
But I'm not givin' up!
I'm just givin' in.

Oh, slipping underneath.
Oh, so cold, but so sweet

Head to the heavens, Zephyros screamed and screamed.
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So, what do you think? Can you get a feel for how this song reflects this story? What does it make you feel? And, if you’ve read the book, I’d be really curious to know if you think they fit together!


GIVEAWAY!: One commenter who leaves their email address will win an ebook of West of Want and a West of Want t-shirt (sizes L and XL available). Open to international! Good luck! [See The Giveaway below.]

Don’t miss the West of Want in the Wild (thru 8/24) giveaway events, too!

Thanks for reading!
Laura Kaye



Hearts of the Anemoi

West of Want
Hearts of the Anemoi 2
Entangled Publishing, July 17, 2012
Trade Paperback and eBook, 326 pages

Betrayal is all he's ever known, but in her, he'll find a love strong enough to be trusted...

When Marcella Raines' twin brother dies, she honors his request to be buried at sea, never expecting the violent storm that swamps her boat. Though she's gravely injured--and still emotionally damaged from her recent divorce--Ella fights to survive.

Zephyros Martius is the Supreme God of the West Wind and Spring, but being the strongest Anemoi hasn't protected him from betrayal and loss. Worse, he's sure his brother Eurus is behind it. When Zeph's heartbreak whips up a storm that shipwrecks a human, his guilt forces him to save her.

Ella is drawn to the vulnerability Zeph hides beneath his otherworldly masculinity and ancient blue eyes. And her honesty, empathy, and unique, calming influence leave Zeph wanting...everything. When Eurus threatens Ella, she and Zeph struggle to let go of the past, defend their future, and embrace what they most want--a love that can be trusted.


North of Need
Hearts of the Anemoi 1
Entangled Publishing, May 12, 2012
Trade Paperback and eBook, 326 pages

Her tears called a powerful snow god to life, but only her love can grant the humanity he craves…

Desperate to escape agonizing memories of Christmas past, twenty-nine-year-old widow Megan Snow builds a snow family outside the mountain cabin she once shared with her husband, realizing too late that she’s recreated the very thing she’ll never have.

Called to life by Megan’s tears, snow god Owen Winters appears unconscious on her doorstep in the midst of a raging blizzard. As she nurses him to health, Owen finds unexpected solace in her company and unimagined pleasure in the warmth of her body, and vows to win her heart for a chance at humanity.

Megan is drawn to Owen’s mismatched eyes, otherworldly masculinity, and enthusiasm for the littlest things. But this Christmas miracle comes with an expiration—before the snow melts and the temperature rises, Megan must let go of her widow’s grief and learn to trust love again, or she’ll lose Owen forever.




About Laura

Voted Breakout Author of the Year in the 2011 GraveTells Readers’ Choice Awards, Laura is the bestselling and award-winning author of over a half-dozen books in paranormal, contemporary and erotic romance. Growing up, Laura’s large extended family believed in the supernatural, and family lore involving angels, ghosts, and evil-eye curses cemented in Laura a life-long fascination with all things paranormal. A published non-fiction author, Laura’s work as an historian and training as an archaeologist help her create vivid and accurate portrayals of other times and places. She lives in Maryland with her husband, two daughters, and cute-but-bad dog, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.









The Giveaway

What:  One commenter will win an ebook of West of Want and a West of Want t-shirt (sizes L and XL available).

The T-Shirt


How:  Leave a comment answering one of Laura's question:

Can you get a feel for how this song reflects this story? 
What does it make you feel? 
And, if you’ve read the book, I’d be really curious to know if you think they fit together!


Please remember - if you don't answer one of Laura's questions your entry will not be counted.  You must also leave a way to contact you. Entries without contact information will not be counted.

Who and When:  The contest is open to all humans on the planet earth with a mailing address. Contest ends at 11:59pm US Eastern Time on Sunday, August 12, 2012. Void where prohibited by law. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 years old or older to enter.

*Giveaway rules are subject to change.*

Winners x 4 - June 18, 2012

And the winners are...


Liquid Lies (The Elementals 1) by Hanna Martine - Ended June 13, 2012 - Read the Guest Blog here. Please note that the novel is not out until July 3, 2012.

Winners x 4 - June 18, 2012

Question:  If you were an Elemental, what would your element be?

Sullivan McPigJ who said...

Earth!
We pigs are very good with earth related things: like truffles!


Winners x 4 - June 18, 2012


Alexander Outland: Space Pirate by G.J. Koch - Ended June 14, 2012 - Read the interview here. Print copy (US) or eBook (International)

Winners x 4 - June 18, 2012

Question:  What is your favorite novel, TV show, movie, or comic set in outer space?

NoraA who said...

Ok, you asked the wrong question because there are so many movies I loved.

This Island Earth
Between the Planets
Destination Moon
Earth vs the Flying Saucers
Forbidden Planet
Ice Pirates
Hell Comes to Frogtown
Plan 9 From Outer Space
Space Balls
Starcrash
Starship Troopers
The Day the Earth Stood Still- the original
The Day the Earth Stood Still
There are so many, and I own these and many more on DVD. LOL

Told you ya asked the wrong question!


Winners x 4 - June 18, 2012


One commenter will win digital copy (eBook) of Her Forbidden Hero and one commenter will win a digital copy (eBook) of Seduced by the Vampire King by Laura Kaye - Ended June 15, 2012 - Read the Guest Blog here.

Winners x 4 - June 18, 2012

Question:  What do YOU think most creates sexual tension in a book? And just how much can you take before you explode?!?

Her Forbidden Hero

Susan W. who said...

The Dance. Yep, that's was does it for me. It's all the little glances, touches. The way they notice the little details about the other person like a few freckles across her shoulders, the gold in flecks in his eyes. The way they can't stop noticing each other.
Thanks for the giveaway!

AND

Seduced by the Vampire King

bn100 who said...

Very nice post. I think it's the near misses and interruptions.


Winners x 4 - June 18, 2012


The winners have been notified and have until 11:59 PM US Eastern Time on Monday, June 25, 2012 to respond or The Qwillery will very randomly choose a new winner or winners.

Guest Blog by Laura Kaye - Seven Elements of Sexual Tension

Please welcome Laura Kaye to The Qwillery!


Seven Elements of Sexual Tension

I’m very excited to be at The Qwillery today to celebrate not one but TWO new releases! On May 15, my contemporary romance HER FORBIDDEN HERO released, and on June 1, my dark paranormal romance SEDUCED BY THE VAMPIRE KING (Vampire Warrior Kings #2) released. One thing both of these books have in common is unrelenting sexual tension. So I thought I’d share some elements that I think create great sexual tension between romantic characters and then offer you an excerpt from each book that shows you that tension in action!

Delayed Gratification. The longer you have to wait for that first touch, that first kiss, that first loosening of restraint, the better it is when it finally happens! Delaying gratification (for the reader and the characters!) makes you ache and yearn and long for it. And that builds sexual tension, literally.

Internal Debate. Another element that creates good sexual tension is the characters themselves giving in to what they want, and then pulling back. Maybe their body wants something their head or heart knows is no good for them. Or maybe they’re attracted to someone they know they can’t—or shouldn’t—have. This two steps forward, one step back internal debate builds sexual tension.

SlowMo. Giving readers every step, every detail, in the midst of a tension-filled moment makes it that much more intense, and that buildings sexual tension, too.

Near Misses [aka c*ckblocking! LOL] Finally, finally they lean in for that first kiss….and someone walks into the room. Or something explodes. Finally, FINALLY they’re going to DO IT ALREADY and the hero gets an urgent call that tears him away or the bad guy arrives on the scene. All these near misses—otherwise known as being really, really mean to your characters—create sexual frustration that make readers and characters really, really want it!

Engaging the Senses. If you think about kissing someone…yes, go ahead, and pause for a moment, I’ll wait… *winks* …kissing is such an intimate experience that you register how that person feels, how they smell, how they taste, what their eyes look like up close, what sounds they make low in their throat, how they hold you, how their body moves. Engaging readers’ senses helps create sexual tension by giving them the sensory input to know exactly what it is that is so attracting between the characters, on the most physical level.

The Dance. Building sexual tension involves a process of escalation. In how the characters look at one another, how they talk to one another, how they touch one another, how they move around one another, and how they think about one another. If a strange man just walks into a store, steps around the counter and kisses the woman, that’s not all that sexy. But if the strange man walks into the store, he and the female clerk trade glances across the room, he asks for her help picking out lingerie, and together they look over sexy scraps of material, occasionally brushing hands or shoulders, and she notices how good he smells, and he notices how blue her eyes, and now they’re wondering about one another, and she asks if this is a gift for a girlfriend, and he says it’s not, that he’s noticed her before and just needed an excuse to come in to her store. THEN if he pushes her up against the wall and kisses her, it’s sexy. Sexual tension is built by the dance as much as if not more than by the acts.

Emotion and Sex. Finally, good sexual tension is built by a ramping up of both the characters’ emotional reactions and desires and physical reactions and desires. Knowing that the physical acts have major emotional risk and rewards makes them so much more meaningful, and the gradual development and correlation of both over the duration of a story create sexual tension.

Now, how ‘bout them sexual tension excerpts I mentioned???

First, from my contemporary romance Her Forbidden Hero:

“Any chance you’re going to explain the silent treatment?” Alyssa asked.

He glared her way, then set the empty dishwasher racks off to the side on the floor.

“Marco, I don’t understand—”

“You got that right.”

“Got what right? I don’t even know what we’re talking about. All I know is you’re kinda being an asshole and I haven’t the foggiest idea what I…”

The words died in her throat as Marco abruptly turned, stalked across the space behind the bar, and flipped up the counter in front of her. She retreated as he stepped through the gap, and then he grabbed her by the arms—firm enough that she knew he had her, but not enough to hurt.

“How many times did you get grabbed out there tonight? Huh?” He pushed her back one step, then another, until her spine came flush against something unyielding. He braced his hands on the wall above her shoulders and towered over her, six-foot-three-inches of pissed-off versus five-foot-four-inches of turned-on. “How many guys laid their fucking paws on you?”

Alyssa could barely breathe, let alone respond. Her heart was a speeding train in her chest. How had he even known what had happened on the floor, anyway? Besides, she’d handled it. Kim had prepared her for the rowdy ones, plus you didn’t grow up in a violent household without knowing how to dodge some unwanted contact. The self-defense classes she’d taken in college taught her the rest. So what if one guy kept putting his arm around her shoulders when she leaned in to take his orders and another grabbed her ass? No blood, no foul, and all that.

“I can tell you this goddamn much. There is at least one man in this town who is lucky to be alive tonight.”

“Marco,” she whispered.

He pounded his fist on the wall. “I can’t…you c-can’t…” He shook his head.

“Marco,” she said again. “I’m okay.”

He stared at her a long moment, blue eyes blazing and his breathing hard. Slowly, he leaned in, his tongue flicking his bottom lip.

Alyssa’s mouth dropped open. Oh, God, how many times had she dreamed of this? She tilted her head and held his gaze, her whole body alive with anticipation. Her hand fisted in his shirt, pulling him in or pulling herself up—she wasn’t sure which.

[insert rude authorial end of excerpt here! LOL heh—did I leave you wanting to feel the moment their lips touched???]


Second, from my dark paranormal romance Seduced by the Vampire King:

Katherine rested the nearly empty bottle on her thigh and glanced up at him. A glossy sheen covered her bottom lip. Nikolai’s mouth fell open as his respiration increased. The plump, wet skin called to him, beckoned. To taste it… All at once, his mind went blank and he could focus on nothing else. Unconsciously, he leaned in, watching as her lips parted and her tongue snaked out to wet her top lip, too. Their eyes met. Hers were hooded and intense, heaven in a stare. He held her gaze as he moved closer. Her scent added to her allure, surrounding and confusing him. The smell of his own blood, on her, followed fast behind, building within his chest a deep, hot feeling of male satisfaction. Christ, he loved her wearing his blood. Were it on her skin, he wouldn’t be able to stop himself from devouring it. Devouring her. Warm, quick exhalations fell against his lips. He shouldn’t do this, he really fucking shouldn’t, but he had to, he had to know—

“My lord, I brought—” Footsteps ended abruptly in the doorway behind him.

Nikolai wrenched back and rose to his feet, his heart hammering against his breastbone. Disappointment warred with relief in his mind. What the hell was he doing?

[anybody want to curse that guy who arrived just at the wrong moment? LOL]


So, what do YOU think most creates sexual tension in a book? And just how much can you take before you explode?!? Leave a comment and tell me, and be entered for my GIVEAWAY! I’m giving away an ebook each of Her Forbidden Hero and Seduced by the Vampire King, so there will be two winners who each win one ebook! Open to international! Good luck! And thanks for reading.



About Her Forbidden Hero

Her Forbidden Hero
Indulgence,  May 15, 2012
eBook, 240 pages

Guest Blog by Laura Kaye - Seven Elements of Sexual Tension
You always want what you can't have...

She's always been off-limits...

Former Army Special Forces Sgt. Marco Vieri has never thought of Alyssa Scott as more than his best friend's little sister, but her return home changes that...and challenges him to keep his war-borne demons at bay. Marco's not the same person he was back when he protected Alyssa from her abusive father, and he's not about to let her see the mess he's become.

...but now she's all grown up.

When Alyssa takes a job at the bar where Marco works, her carefree smiles wreak havoc on his resolve to bury his feelings. How can he protect her when he can't stop thinking about her in his bed? But Alyssa's not looking for protection--not anymore. Now that she's back in his life, she's determined to heal her forbidden hero, one touch at a time...


About Seduced by the Vampire King

Seduced by the Vampire King
Vampire Warrior Kings 2
Harlequin Nocturne Cravings, June 1, 2012
eBook, 66 pages

Guest Blog by Laura Kaye - Seven Elements of Sexual Tension
American exchange student Kate Bordessa has fled to Russia to escape her family's hopes that she'll become one of the Proffered, human women who feed and mate with elite vampire warriors. But when she stumbles upon a wounded vampire in the streets of Moscow, she's instinctively driven to protect him--and feels an undeniable spark of desire.

Grieving over the deaths of his brothers, Vampire Warrior King Nikolai Vasilyev has thrown himself into battling his enemies, focused only on vengeance. Until the attack that brought him to Kate. Their sexual attraction explodes into a night of uncontrolled passion--a night that marks them as mates. Is their connection strong enough to convince them to embrace a destiny neither of them was expecting?



About Laura Kaye




Guest Blog by Laura Kaye - Seven Elements of Sexual Tension
Voted Breakout Author of the Year in the 2011 GraveTells Readers’ Choice Awards, Laura is the bestselling and award-winning author of over a half-dozen books in paranormal, contemporary and erotic romance. Hearts in Darkness is the EPIC eBook Award Winner for Best Novella and HOLT Medallion Award of Merit Winner for Best Romance Novella, Forever Freed is the NJRW Golden Leaf Winner for Best Paranormal of 2011 and is a finalist for two GDRWA Booksellers’ Best Awards, and North of Need, the first book in the Hearts of the Anemoi series, is a finalist for a FF&P PRISM award, was named GraveTells’ Best Book of 2011 and won their 5-STAR Gold Heart Award, and won Sizzling Hot Read of the Year at Sizzling Hot Books. Laura lives in Maryland with her husband, two daughters, and cute-but-bad dog, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.






The Giveaway

THE RULES

What:  One commenter will win digital copy (eBook) of Her Forbidden Hero and one commenter will win a digital copy (eBook) of Seduced by the Vampire King from Laura.

How:  Leave a comment answering Laura's questions:

What do YOU think most creates sexual tension in a book? 
And just how much can you take before you explode?!?

Please remember - if you don't answer the questions your entry will not be counted.

You may receive additional entries by:

1)   Being a Follower of The Qwillery.

2)   Mentioning the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter. Even if you mention the giveaway on both, you will get only one additional entry. You get only one additional entry even if you mention the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter multiple times.

3)   Mentioning the giveaway on your on blog or website. It must be your own blog or website; not a website that belongs to someone else or a site where giveaways, contests, etc. are posted.

There are a total of 4 entries you may receive: Comment (1 entry), Follower (+1 entry), Facebook and/or Twitter (+ 1 entry), and personal blog/website mention (+1 entry). This is subject to change again in the future for future giveaways.

Please leave links for Facebook, Twitter, or blog/website mentions. You MUST leave a way to contact you.

Who and When:  The contest is open to all humans on the planet earth with an emailing address. Contest ends at 11:59pm US Eastern Time on Friday, June 15, 2012. Void where prohibited by law. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 years old or older to enter.

*Giveaway rules are subject to change.*

Laura Kaye - Meet WEST OF WANT’s Characters and Get Ready to Win!

Laura Kaye - Meet WEST OF WANT’s Characters and Get Ready to Win!

In just a few days, I’m going to be hosting a huge Preview & Prizes Event at over 40 blogs to celebrate April 10, the original release date for Book 2 in my Hearts of the Anemoi series, West of Want. In the past few months, some really cool things happened: my publisher, Entangled Publishing, signed a huge deal with the nation’s biggest book distributor, which means for the first time ever, my books will be shelved in brick-and-mortar bookstores. And then, West of Want received a very nice pre-sales estimate by the booksellers and Barnes and Noble bought it for all their stores nationwide (and it got bought for airports, too—squee!). The only bad news in this whole scenario was this: the release date got pushed back, by three LONG months! LOL So, I thought I’d celebrate the original release date with a preview of the book and a big contest, and give you a small taste to whet your appetite until the actual release date arrives.

Beginning on April 10, I’m going to be giving away hundreds of dollars in prizes and gift cards. So, to get you excited for that—and for exclusive, never-before-shared excerpts from the book itself—I thought I’d introduce you to the hero and heroine to give you a taste of things to come. And, take a look at these brand-spanking-new romance trading cards for West of Want, being shared for the first time here!


First, WEST OF WANT’s Blurb:

Laura Kaye - Meet WEST OF WANT’s Characters and Get Ready to Win!
Betrayal is all he's ever known, but in her, he'll find a love strong enough to be trusted...

When Marcella Raines' twin brother dies, she honors his request to be buried at sea, never expecting the violent storm that swamps her boat. Though she's gravely injured--and still emotionally damaged from her recent divorce--Ella fights to survive.

Zephyros Martius is the Supreme God of the West Wind and Spring, but being the strongest Anemoi hasn't protected him from betrayal and loss. Worse, he's sure his brother Eurus is behind it. When Zeph's heartbreak whips up a storm that shipwrecks a human, his guilt forces him to save her.

Ella is drawn to the vulnerability Zeph hides beneath his otherworldly masculinity and ancient blue eyes. And her honesty, empathy, and unique, calming influence leave Zeph wanting...everything. When Eurus threatens Ella, she and Zeph struggle to let go of the past, defend their future, and embrace what they most want--a love that can be trusted.

"Laura Kaye’s captivating writing and vibrant world-building will have readers hooked on the gods of the Anemoi. WEST OF WANT is steamy, spellbinding, and a must-read for all romance fantasy fans."
~Elisabeth Naughton, author of the Eternal Guardians series
Preorder



MEET HERO ZEPHYROS MARTIUS:

Laura Kaye - Meet WEST OF WANT’s Characters and Get Ready to Win!
Ella’s first impression of Zeph: Zephyros was fierce masculinity personified. Ella couldn’t stop her brain from resurrecting the image of Zeph tearing off his shirt as he sat on the edge of her bed. As if the man’s broad shoulders and bulging biceps weren’t impressive enough. As if the ridged muscles of his abdomen didn’t just call out to be traced. She had absolutely never seen with her own eyes, on a real man, that incredible cut of muscle just above his hips. But, yeah, he had it, and then some.

Zeph’s Job: Supreme God of the West Wind and Spring, one of the four Cardinal Anemoi

3 Words that Describe Zeph: Loyal, Powerful, Tortured

3 Things he Loves about Heroine Ella Raines: Her acceptance, her belief in him, her passion



MEET HEROINE ELLA RAINES:

Laura Kaye - Meet WEST OF WANT’s Characters and Get Ready to Win!
One of Zeph’s early impressions of Ella:
He was ancient. He was immortal. He was a god. Yet this slip of a mortal woman pulled the ground out from under him over and over again. And she didn’t even know he was there.

Or maybe she did?

Every time he convinced himself to go, she said or did something that intrigued him. Or, worse, concerned him, and he’d find himself negotiating for just a little more time. Her pleased reaction to his flowers, her lie to the doctor and nurses, her pain at seeing her own reflection, at having that young doctor poke and prod her ruined shoulder. He couldn’t leave. In truth, he didn’t want to.

Ella’s Job: Ella is between jobs, having recently come into an inheritance, but, a life-long sailor, she’s looking at volunteering full-time for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation

3 Words that Describe Ella: Survivor, Adventurous, Strong

3 Things she Loves about Hero Zephyros Martius: That he’s survived so many tragedies and is still so kind and loving, the man beneath the otherworldliness, his strength


Thanks so much for reading! And can’t wait to share the book with you for real on July 10!

~Laura Kaye




Now, about that
WEST OF WANT PREVIEW and PRIZES EVENT…
Here’s what you’ll be able to win if you join in the fun beginning 
4/10**:
1 $100 Amazon or Barnes and Noble gift card
1 $75 Amazon or Barnes and Noble gift card
5 $15 Amazon or Barnes and Noble gift cards
Several sites are offering West of Want gift bags
West of Want bookmarks and romance trading cards

Click here to see all the participating sites






But in the meantime, there’s a contest here too! 
See THE GIVEAWAY below.



About Laura

Laura Kaye - Meet WEST OF WANT’s Characters and Get Ready to Win!
Voted Breakout Author of the Year in the 2011 GraveTells Readers’ Choice Awards, Laura is a bestselling and award-winning author paranormal and contemporary romance. Hearts in Darkness is the EPIC eBook Award Winner for Best Novella, Forever Freed won the NJRW Golden Leaf Award for Best Paranormal of 2011, and North of Need, the first book in the Hearts of the Anemoi series, was named GraveTells’ Best Book of 2011 and won their 5-STAR Gold Heart Award, and won Sizzling Hot Read of the Year at Sizzling Hot Books. Laura lives in Maryland with her husband, two daughters, and cute-but-bad dog, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.



The Giveaway

THE RULES

What:  One commenter here will win a West of Want bookmark and a full set of Laura’s romance trading cards from all her books. Simply comment to enter to win and be sure to leave your email address. These prizes will be announced as part of the event festivities on April 10. Open to international.

How:  Leave a comment.

You may receive additional entries by:

1)   Being a Follower of The Qwillery.

2)   Mentioning the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter and/or your blog/website. Even if you mention the giveaway on Twitter and Facebook, you will get only one additional entry. You get only one additional entry even if you mention the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter multiple times. Please note that the blog or website must be your own blog or website; not a website that belongs to someone else or a site where giveaways, contests, etc. are posted.

There are a total of 3 entries you may receive: Comment (1 entry), Follower (+1 entry), Facebook and/or Twitter and/or and personal blog/website mention (+ 1 entry). This is subject to change again in the future for future giveaways.

Please leave links for Facebook, Twitter, or blog/website mentions. You MUST leave a way to contact you.

Who and When:  The contest is open to all humans on the planet earth with a mailing address. Contest ends at 11:59pm US Eastern Time on Monday, April 9, 2012. Void where prohibited by law. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 years old or older to enter.

*Giveaway rules are subject to change.*


** The Qwillery is not affiliated with Laura's West of Want Preview and Prizes Event starting on April 10, 2012 and is providing this for informational purposes only. Please follow the rules set out by Laura for the Event.

The View From Monday - April 2, 2012

Happy first Monday in April! This week is very busy (again) at The Qwillery and is filled with 2012 Debut Author Challenge goodness.

Monday - 2012 Debut Author Challenge Interview with Anne Lyle. The Alchemist of Souls (Night's Masque 1) was published on March 27, 2012 (US/Canada) by Angry Robot.

Tuesday - 2012 Debut Author Challenge Interview with Jillian Stone. The Seduction of Phaeton Black {Phaeton Black 1) was published on March 27, 2012 by Brava.

Wednesday - Guest Blog by Gerry Bartlett. Real Vampires Hate Skinny Jeans, the 8th Real Vampires novel, will be published on April 3, 2012 by Berkley.

Thursday - 2012 Debut Author Challenge Interview with Thomas Morrissey. Faustus Resurrectus (Donovan Graham 1) will be published on April 3. 2012 by Night Shade Books.

Friday - 2012 Debut Author Challenge Interview with J.A. Kazimer. CURSES! was published on February 28, 2012 by Kensingston. Holy Socks & Dirtier Demons will be published today by Champagne Books.

Saturday - 2012 Debut Author Challenge Gust Blog by V.M. Zito. The Return Man was published on April 1, 2012.

Sunday - Laura Kaye West of Want Event.  West of Want (Hearts of the Anemoi 2) will be published in July by Entangled Publishing.


There are many books out this week. I'm not including cover images because it would make the post too long. A book shopping list in PDF format may be found by clicking HERE. Click "File" on the left and then "Print (PDF).


April 1, 2012
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Twisted Metal Tony Ballantyne SF - Penrose 1
Science Fiction: The 101 Best Novels 1985-2010 Damien Broderick
Paul Di Filippo
Literary Criticism
The Rogue Trudi Canavan F - Traitor Spy Trilogy 2
Lessons After Dark Isabel Cooper PNR - Englefield 2
Crystalfire Kate Douglas PNR - Demonslayers 4
Siddon Rock Glenda Guest F
The Kingdom of Gods (tp2mm) N. K. Jemisin F - Inheritance Trilogy 3
Mariana (h2tp) Susanna Kearsley F
After the Fall, Before the Fall, During the Fall Nancy Kress SF
The Slayer Theresa Meyers PHR - Legend Chronicles 2
Grey Expectations Clea Simon PCM - Dulcie Schwartz 4
Moonblood Anne Elisabeth Stengl F - Tales of Goldstone Wood 3
The Return Man (d) V.M. Zito H/PA/Th/Z



April 3, 2012
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Devil's Punch Ann Aguirre UF - Corine Solomn 4
Home for a Spell (h2mm) Madelyn Alt PCM - Bewitching Mysteries 7
Magic Unchained Jessica Andersen PNR - Nightkeepers 7
Real Vampires Hate Skinny Jeans Gerry Bartlett PNR - Real Vampires 8
The Eye of the Chained God Don Bassingthwaite F- Abyssal Plague Trilogy 3
The Straits of Galahesh Bradley P. Beaulieu F - The Lays of Anuskaya 2
R.A. Salvatore's War of the Spider Queen, Volume I: Dissolution, Insurrection, Condemnation Richard Lee Byers F- Forgotten Realms
Ride the Star Winds A. Bertram Chandler SF - John Grimes Saga 4
The Wolf Who Loved Me Lydia Dare PHR
Something Secret This Way Comes Sierra Dean UF - Secret McQueen 1
Betrayal Christina Dodd PRS - Bella Terra Deception 3
The Road of Danger David Drake SF - RCN 9
The Lingering Dead J.N. Duncan UF - Deadworld 3
Plague Town Dana Fredsti H - Ashley Parker 1
Dog and Dragon Dave Freer F - Dragon's Ring 2
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter Seth Grahame-Smith H - Movie Tie-In
Tall, Dark & Dead (tp2mm) Tate Hallaway PNR - Garnet Lacey 1
The Vampire Shrink (ri) Lynda Hilburn UF - Kismet Knight 1
Lost Horizon (ri) James Hilton F
So You Created a Wormhole: The Time Traveler's Guide to Time Travel Phil Hornshaw Humour/Science
Untouched Sara Humphreys PNR - The Amoveo Legend 2
Vengeance Ian Irvine EF - Tainted Realm 1
Alien Diplomacy Gini Koch SFR - Katherine "Kitty" Katt 4
The Haunted Bentley Little H
The Reason is You (d) Sharla Lovelace R w/ PE
Magic Without Mercy Devon Monk UF - Allie Beckstrom 8
Sacré Bleu: A Comedy d'Art Christopher Moore PM/Humor
Faustus Resurrectus (d) Thomas Morrissey UF - Donovan Graham
Enraptured Elisabeth Naughton PNR - Eternal Guardians 4
The Shining City Fiona Patton F - Warriors of Estavia 3
Triggers Robert J. Sawyer SF
The Shape of Desire Sharon Shinn F - Shifting Circle 1
Cats Can't Shoot Clea Simon PCM - Pru Marlowe 2
Banner of the Damned Sherwood Smith F
Caine's Law Matthew Stover SF/F - Act of Atonement 2
Bloodright Karin Tabke PNR - Blood Moon Rising 2
Werewolf in Seattle Vicki Lewis Thompson PNR - Wild About You 3
Savage Awakening J.D. Tyler PNR - Alpha Pack 2
The Thirteenth Sacrifice Debbie Viguie PS - Witch Hunt
Hunter's Rise Shiloh Walker PNR - Hunters 14
The Helix War Edward Willett SF
The Summoning (d) Carol Wolf UF - Wolf Moon Saga
Except the Queen (h2mm) Jane Yolen
Midori Snyder
F
Let Them Eat Steak Sarah Zettel PCM - Vampire Chef 2



April 4, 2012
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Sword & Blood: The Vampire Musketeers Sarah Marques F
A Song Called Youth John Shirley SF/Cyberpunk Omnibus



d - debut
h2mm - Hardcover to Mass Market Paperback
h2tp - Hardcover to Trade Paperback
ri - Reissue
tp2mm - Trade Paperback to Mass Market Paperback

EF - Epic Fantasy
F - Fantasy
H - Horror
Th - Thriller
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
PE - Paranormal Elements
PHR - Paranormal Historical Romance
PNR - Paranormal Romance
PRS - Paranormal Romantic Suspense
PS - Paranoral Suspense
R - Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
UF - Urban Fantasy
Z - Zombies

Winners x 5 - February 19, 2012

And the winners are...


Blood and Bullets (Deacon Chalk: Occult Bounty Hunter 1) by James R. Tuck - Ended February 14, 2012 - Read the interview here.

Winners x 5 - February 19, 2012

Question:  Who is/are your favorite monster slayer(s)? (books, movies, etc.)

Pamk who said:

I love Gin Blanco from Jennifer estep. She's not your typical monster hunter but she definitely kills them.


Winners x 5 - February 19, 2012


In the Service of the King (Vampire Warrior Kings 1) eBook by Laura Kaye - Ended February 15, 2012 - Read the Guest Blog here.

Winners x 5 - February 19, 2012

Question: Tell me how important covers are in your decision to read a book and/orif you have a favorite part of this cover?

Because the original winner (Sophia Rose) has already received a copy of 
In the Service of the King 
(and kindly let me know), a new winner has been randomly chosen:

Rebe who said:

Yes, the cover is very important, especially if I'm browsing for books online or in a store! I tend to pass over books with unprofessional looking covers, because I wonder if the rest of the book will be equally as bad (perhaps unfair of me).

I love the photo of the castle at the bottom of this cover - I think it makes it stand out among the HQN Nocturne covers I've seen, since usually they just have a photo of the couple on the front, nothing else.


Winners x 5 - February 19, 2012


Shadow Highlander (Dark Sword 5) by Donna Grant - Ended February 16, 2012 - Read the Guest Blog here.

Winners x 5 - February 19, 2012

Question:  Why do you love historical romance, and who are some of your favorite authors?

Leah Weller who said

I am so glad that I subscribed to The Quillery! I am finding so many new to me authors that I'm almost squeeling about it :)
When I opened my email and saw you were here and started reading about you and your books I felt like you were speaking from my heart. I have such a love for anything medieval. My wordpress name is leahluvsmedieval, lol! I've used that name for years with other things too. My love for historical romance came from the first romance book I read. Kathleen Woodiwiss The Wolf and the Dove. That one book changed my life. It started me down a road of wanting to learn all I could about the medieval period. I feel like I cannot soak enough in. I have such an inner pull for England, Wales,and Scotland that I can't even begin to put it into words. I think the only ones who understand it, are the ones who have that inner pull themselves. It's deeper than words. I have often thought that I was born in the wrong century. One day, my soul will find it's way back home. I love historical romances because for a short time, I can escape back and enjoy the ride that the author takes me on, with their characters. As for favorite authors, Sue-Ellen Welfonder/Allie MacKay, Karen Ranney, Diana Gabaldon, Sandra Hill, Alison Weir, Heather Graham/Shannon Drake to name a few. I could sit here and go on and on. From the sounds of your books, it seems you may soon be on that list too :) I am suprised at how many good authors/books there are out there that I had no clue about. Donna, thank you for this interview and giveaway and I have added your books on my wishlist. Beautiful covers, btw. The cover Gods have been sprinkling happy dust your way.


Winners x 5 - February 19, 2012


Vengeance Born (The Light Blade 1) by Kylie Griffin - Ended February 17, 2012 - Read the interview here.

Winners x 5 - February 19, 2012

Question:  Who is/are some of your favorite strong heroine(s)? (books/comics/TV/movies)

Mel who said

In TV my favourite heroine has to be Buffy - she just changed the world for me. Books-wise I would say Kate Daniels has grown so much since the series started.


Winners x 5 - February 19, 2012


Empire State by Adam Christopher - Ended February 18, 2012 - Read the interview here.

Winners x 5 - February 19, 2012

Question:  Who or what are your favorite superhero(es) or supervillain(s)?

rissatoo who said

As a young girl, my fave superhero was Wonder Woman. But as an adult, lately I find myself partial to Iron Man. (I have a bit of a RDJ crush...)

Enjoyed the interview and am looking forward to the book.

rissatoo

P.S. I seem to love ellipses... LOL


Winners x 5 - February 19, 2012


The winners have been notified and have until 11:59PM US Eastern Time on Sunday, February, 26 2012 to respond or The Qwillery will very randomly pick a new winner or winners.

Thank you to all!

Guest Blog by Laura Kaye - The Cover Gods Were Smiling

Please welcome Laura Kaye to The Qwillery as part of the In the Service of the King Blog Tour.

The Cover Gods Were Smiling

Thank you so much for hosting me here at The Qwillery to celebrate my newest release, a dark paranormal romance called In the Service of the King, the first in my new Vampire Warrior Kings series. Today, I’m giving thanks to covert artists and the cover gods (!), because I think I’ve had some truly great fortune where my covers are concerned. And that’s no more true than with the cover for In the Service of the King. I thought I’d share with you what the cover reflects about the story.

First, the cover offers a mysterious introduction to the story’s setting: Dunluce Castle in County Antrim on the coast of Northern Ireland overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. In the story, Dunluce is Kael McQuillan’s ancestral estate, and the vampires now live in a secret underground bunker built into the basalt cliffs beneath the ruins. The destruction of the castle also plays into the story—it was during an attack by Kael’s evil vampiric enemies in the 17th century that Kael’s first mate was killed and the castle brought to ruins. And so the vampires went underground.

Guest Blog by Laura Kaye - The Cover Gods Were Smiling

Second, the cover artist not only gave me my very first Jimmy Thomas cover (which is almost a rite of passage for a romance author! LOL) but she also managed to give me a pose that totally gives the feel that he’s a vampire. Just look at that cover and imagine it’s the moment before he peels his lips back, reveals his fangs, and sinks them in deep. Aw, man. Gives me the chills!

Third, that woman? She IS heroine Shayla McKinnon to a T. Almost exactly as I describe her in the book. And I love that her eyes are closed, because there’s something unusual about them I would’ve hated to have wrong on the cover.

Finally, didya notice that bit of rope binding her hands together? Heh. Yeah, well, let’s just say that this book explains a couple of truly hot fantasies. And, yes, I’m being evasively evil on purpose. *snort*

So, all of that leads me to bow down to the cover gods and give thanks. Because I think covers are pretty dang important for catching readers’ attention. What do you think? Tell me how important covers are in your decision to read a book and/or if you have a favorite part of this cover.

Thanks so much for reading!

Laura Kaye


About In the Service of the King

In the Service of the King
Vampire Warrior Kings 1
Harlequin Nocturne Cravings, February 1, 2012
eBook

Guest Blog by Laura Kaye - The Cover Gods Were Smiling
Kael, Warrior King of the Vampires loathes the Night of the Proffering. He needs the blood of either his mate or a human virgin to maintain his strength, but hasn't enjoyed the ritual since he lost his mate centuries ago. Kael doesn't want a new companion, yet his resolve is tested when he lays eyes on his new offering, Shayla McKinnon. He is drawn to Shayla's beauty and poise...and the submission she offers. She is eager to give him anything he wishes, including her innocence, to please him. Will Kael give in to their overwhelming desire—even if it means risking Shayla's life?
In the Service of the King - Amazon : Barnes and Noble : Books-A-Million : Harlequin : Kobo
Buy Laura's Books at Amazon or at Barnes and Noble


About Laura

Guest Blog by Laura Kaye - The Cover Gods Were Smiling
Voted Breakout Author of the Year in the 2011 GraveTells Readers’ Choice Awards, Laura is the bestselling and award-winning author of a half-dozen books. Hearts in Darkness is a finalist for the EPIC eBook Award for Best Novella, Forever Freed won the NJRW Golden Leaf Award for Best Paranormal of 2011, and North of Need, the first book in the Hearts of the Anemoi series, was named GraveTells’ Best Book of 2011 and won their 5-STAR Gold Heart Award, and won Sizzling Hot Read of the Year at Sizzling Hot Books. Laura lives in Maryland with her husband, two daughters, and cute-but-bad dog, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.

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The Giveaway

THE RULES

What:  To celebrate her new release, Laura is giving away one e-copy of In the Service of the King at each stop on her New Release Tour, 1/30 – 2/15! See below for an additional giveaway.

How:  Leave a comment answering the Laura's question:

Tell me how important covers are in your decision to read a book and/or
if you have a favorite part of this cover? 

Please remember - if you don't answer the question your entry will not be counted.

You may receive additional entries to win the ebook of In the Service at the King at The Qwillery by:

1) Being a Follower of The Qwillery.

2) Mentioning the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter. Even if you mention the giveaway on both, you will get only one additional entry. You get only one additional entry even if you mention the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter multiple times.

3) Mentioning the giveaway on your on blog or website. It must be your own blog or website; not a website that belongs to someone else or a site where giveaways, contests, etc. are posted.

There are a total of 4 entries you may receive: Comment (1 entry), Follower (+1 entry), Facebook and/or Twitter (+ 1 entry), and personal blog/website mention (+1 entry). This is subject to change again in the future for future giveaways.

Please leave links for Facebook, Twitter, or blog/website mentions. In addition please leave a way to contact you.

Who and When:  The ebook contest at The Qwillery is open to all humans on the planet earth with an emailing address. Contest ends at 11:59pm US Eastern Time on Wednesday, February 15, 2012. Void where prohibited by law. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 years old or older to enter.

*Giveaway rules are subject to change.*


Laura's Prize Bag Giveaway**:  In addition, all commenters from across the tour with a US Mailing Address will be entered to win a prize bag from Laura filled with swag and various vampire items, perfect for the vampire lover!  Please leave a way to contact you and whether you have a US Mailing address in your comment at each blog in order to be entered in Laura's Prize Bag Giveaway. Please comply with Laura's rules for this giveaway.

**The Qwillery is not affiliated with Laura's Prize Bag giveaway and is providing this for informational purposes only.

The View From Monday - January 30, 2012

It's the last Monday in January! January has been incredibly busy here and has flown by. February will be jam-packed as well. The Qwillery is ending January and will start February with a lot of 2012 Debut Author goodness!

Monday - 2012 Debut Author Challenge Interview with Myke Cole. Control Point (Shadow Ops 1) will be published on January 31, 2012. The Control Point cover by Michael Komarck is devastating the competition in the 2012 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars for January! Go vote.

Tuesday - 2012 Debut Author Challenge Interview with David Tallerman. Giant Thief (Tales of Easie Damasco 1), David's debut, will be published on January 31, 2012.

Wednesday - 2012 Debut Author Challenge Interview with Elisabeth Staab. Elisabeth's debut, King of Darkness (Chronicles of Yavn 1), will be published on February 7, 2012.

Thursday - 2012 Debut Author Challenge Interview with Eowyn Ivey. The Snow Child, Eowyn's debut, will be published on February 1, 2012.

Friday - Guest post by Laura Kaye. In the Service of the King (Vampire Warrior Kings 1), an e-novella,  will be published on February 1, 2012. North of Need (Hearts of the Anemoi 1) was published in November 2011.

Saturday - 2012 Debut Author Challenge Interview with Tes Hilaire. Tes' debut, Deliver Me From Darkness (Paladin Warriors 1), will be published on February 7, 2012.

Sunday - 2012 Debut Author Challenge Guest Post by David Constantine. The Pillars of Hercules, David's debut, will be published in March 2012.


Here's the book list for this week. There are a lot of books to choose from. And to help you shop, you can find a printable PDF of this week's book by clicking here. Click "File" on the left and then "Print (PDF)."


January 31, 2012
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Faceless
The View From Monday - January 30, 2012
Simon Bestwick H
The Witch's Daughter (h2tp)
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Paula Brackston F
River Marked (h2mm)
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Patricia Briggs UF - Mercy Thompson 6
Control Point (d)
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Myke Cole MSF - Shadow Ops 1
All Things Wicked
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Karina Cooper PNR - Dark Mission 3
Deception
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William C. Dietz SF - Mass Effect 4
The Sacred Band (h2mm)
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David Anthony Durham EF - Acacia Trilogy 3
The Plain Man (h2mm)
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Steve Englehart F - Max August 3
High Bloods
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John Farris UF
Lair of the Lion (ri)
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Christine Feehan PNR
The Crucible of Empire
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Eric Flint
K.D. Wentworth
SF - Jao 2
Undone Deeds
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Mark Del Franco UF - Connor Grey 6
A Devil Named Desire
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Terri Garey PNR - Devil's Bargain 2
Darkest Highlander
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Donna Grant PNR - Dark Sword 6
Third Grave Dead Ahead
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Darynda Jones UF - Charley Davidson 3
Intensity (ri)
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Dean Koontz H
Shadows West
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Joe R. Lansdale
John L. Lansdale
H - Story Collection
Earthblood & Other Stories
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Keith Laumer
Rosel George Brown
Eric Flint (ed)
SF
Carousel Tides (ri)
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Sharon Lee UF
Burned
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J. F. Lewis UF - Void City 4
A Little Night Magic
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Lucy March PNR
His Dark Bond
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Anne Marsh PNR - Fallen Angel 2
Greatshadow
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James Maxey EF - Dragon Apocalypse 1
The Questing Road (h2mm)
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Lyn McConchie EF - Questing Road 1
When We Were Executioners
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J.M. McDermott F - Dogland Trilogy 2
Wrong Side of Dead
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Kelly Meding UF - Dreg City 4
Embassytown (h2tp)
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China Mieville SF
Kings of the North (h2mm)
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Elizabeth Moon EF - Paladin's Legacy 2
The Unremembered (h2mm)
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Peter Orullian F - Vault of Heaven 1
The Quantum Thief (h2mm)
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Hannu Rajaniemi SF - Quantum Thief 1
Sadie Walker Is Stranded
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Madeleine Roux H
Heir of Novron
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Michael J. Sullivan EF - Riyria Revelations
(omnibus)
Giant Thief (d)
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David Tallerman EF - Tales of Easie Damasco 1
The Great Game
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Lavie Tidhar SPTh - Bookman Histories 3
After the Golden Age (h2mm)
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Carrie Vaughn UF
In Fire Forged
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David Weber SF - Worlds of Honor 5



February 1, 2011
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Dream Space
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Julie Armstrong F
Firelight (d)
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Kristen Callihan PNR - Darkest London 1
Ember (e)
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Kristen Callihan PNR - Firelight Prequel
Zombiestan
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Mainak Dhar H
The Thing on the Shore
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Tom Fletcher H
Frank Reade: Adventures in the Age of Invention (ri)
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Paul Guinan
Anina Bennett
SP
The Snow Child (d)
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Eowyn Ivey F
In the Service of the King (e)
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Laura Kaye PER - Vampire Warrior Kings 1
Sun of Apollo
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Darab Lawyer
Clinton Libbey
SF - Revelation 911
Eyes Like Leaves
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Charles de Lint F
The Dread
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Gail Z. Martin EF - Fallen Kings Cycle 2
Nocturnal Whispers (e)
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Caridad Pineiro PER - novella



February 2, 2012
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Lost Goddess
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Tom Knox Th w/ PE



d - Debut
e - Ebook
h2mm - Hardcover to Mass Market Paperback
h2tp - Hardcover to Trade Paperback
ri - Reissue
tp2mm - Trade Paperback to Mass Market Paperback


EF - Epic Fantasy
F - Fantasy
H - Horror
MSF - Military Science Fiction
PE - Paranormal Elements
PER - Paranormal Erotic Romance
PNR - Paranormal Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SP - Steampunk
SPTh - Steampunk Thriller
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy
UFN - Urban Fantasy Noir
Cover Revealed - East of Ecstasy (Hearts of the Anemoi 4) by Laura KayeWinners x 13 - August 25, 2012Guest Blog by Laura Kaye - Never Let Me Go – Musical Inspiration behind West of Want!Winners x 4 - June 18, 2012Guest Blog by Laura Kaye - Seven Elements of Sexual TensionLaura Kaye - Meet WEST OF WANT’s Characters and Get Ready to Win!Winners x 5 - February 19, 2012Guest Blog by Laura Kaye - The Cover Gods Were SmilingThe View From Monday - January 30, 2012

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