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What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 5


This is the fifth in a series of updates about formerly featured Debut Author Challenge authors and their 2015 works published since the last update and any upcoming works for 2016. The year in parentheses after the author's name is the year she/he was featured in the Debut Author Challenge.



Part 1 here.
Part 2 here.
Part 3 here.
Part 4 here.



Lisa Kessler (2011)

Harvest Moon
Moon 4
Entangled: Select Otherworld, September 24, 2015
eBook, 333 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 5
Some wolves were never meant for a mate…

Dr. Jason Ayers unleashes all of his rage and his frustration through fists and brute force in an underground boxing ring. The werewolf may be the pack’s doctor, but he can’t even heal his coma-stricken father after the Nero Organization’s attack stopped his heart. And as his Pack brothers settle down around him, he still refuses to believe in the fairy tale notion that every wolf has a true mate…

In hiding and on the run, nurse Kilani Akamu is a loose end that Nero is desperate to tie up. She can’t afford to be attracted to a doctor-especially one as unexpectedly hot and complex as Jason. Yet the sexual sparks arcing between them are undeniable…and Kilani’s precognitive senses warn her that temptation is inevitable.

All it takes is one touch to send Jason’s wolf howling. But even if he could protect her from Nero, he can’t protect her from himself…


Ice Moon
Moon 5
Entangled: Select Otherworld, November 16 , 2015
eBook, 290 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 5
One touch and she is his…

Jared Ayers works outdoors, embracing a solitary life, hiding from his inner demons. But after so many of his Pack brothers have found their mates, he starts wondering if there might be a mate in his future too. His world turns upside down after he’s hired by the “Ice Queen of Lake Tahoe”. One touch is all it takes. One touch to send the wolf howling within…

A gifted psychic with pyrokinesis, Taryn Goldstone wields fire beyond her control- sometimes with dire consequences. With Jason, she discovers that some flames are meant for passion-and healing. She has enemies who covet her powerful gift, but they are about to learn just how far a wolf will go to protect his mate.




Mark Lawrence (2011)

Road Brothers
The Broken Empire
December 14, 2015
eBook, 124 pages
Cover by Pen Astridge

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 5
10 short stories from the lives of Jorg and his Road Brothers. Contains spoilers for the Broken Empire trilogy. 5 of the stories have previously been published in anthologies, Contains the short story 'Sleeping Beauty' that is also sold separately. A total of 43,000 words or just over half the length of Prince of Thorns.


The Liar's Key
The Red Queen's War 2
Ace, May 31, 2016
Mass Market Paperback, 512 pages
Hardcover and eBook, June 2, 2015

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 5
From the international bestselling author of the Broken Empire Trilogy, the Red Queen’s War continues…

After harrowing adventure and near death, Prince Jalan Kendeth and the Viking Snorri ver Snagason find themselves in possession of Loki’s key, an artifact capable of opening any door and sought by the most dangerous beings in the Broken Empire—including the Dead King.

Jal wants only to return home to his wine, women, and song, but Snorri has his own purpose for the key: to find the very door into death, throw it wide, and bring his family back into the land of the living.

And as Snorri prepares for his quest to find death’s door, Jal’s grandmother, the Red Queen, continues to manipulate kings and pawns towards an endgame of her own design…


The Wheel of Osheim
The Red Queen's War 3
Ace, June 7, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 432 pages

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From the international bestselling author of the Broken Empire Trilogy, the thrilling conclusion to the Red Queen’s War…

Mark Lawrence’s “epic fantasy” (The Washington Post) continues as a reluctant prince returns from the bowels of Hell to engage in his greatest battle yet—among the living and the dead.

All the horrors of Hell stand between Snorri Ver Snagason and the rescue of his family, if indeed the dead can be rescued. For Jalan Kendeth, getting back out alive and with Loki’s key is all that matters. Loki’s creation can open any lock, any door, and it may also be the key to Jalan’s fortune back in the living world.

Jalan plans to return to the three w’s that have been the core of his idle and debauched life: wine, women, and wagering. Fate however has other plans, larger plans. The Wheel of Osheim is turning ever faster, and it will crack the world unless it’s stopped. When the end of all things looms, and there’s nowhere to run, even the worst coward must find new answers. Jalan and Snorri face many dangers, from the corpse hordes of the Dead King to the many mirrors of the Lady Blue, but in the end, fast or slow, the Wheel of Osheim always pulls you back. In the end it’s win or die.




Laurie London (2011)

Warrior's Heart
Iron Portal 3
LB Books, June 18, 2015
eBook, 211 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 5
The Iron Guild warriors are back! New York Times bestselling author Laurie London has captivated thousands of paranormal readers with her Iron Portal series. Enter her darkly sensual world where secret portals separate modern and ancient realms, good and evil clash, and true love is put to the ultimate test in WARRIOR'S HEART.

Imprisoned for years, he never forgot her...but now he's out for revenge.

Zara Kane is leading a double life. By day, she's a respected antiquities expert, working at a New Seattle library, but by night, she's a thief, stealing back artifacts that belong to her homeland. When she learns that a man she once loved--who abandoned her when she needed him the most--has been wrongly imprisoned, she must use her para-ability Talent to orchestrate a daring escape.

Vince Crawford is damaged man. After years of torture and suffering, the beautiful boy with the sparkling brown eyes is gone, replaced by a jaded ex-con hellbent on revenge. He isn't afraid of anything, but when the woman he's never stopped loving and the son he never knew he had are threatened by a ruthless enemy who knows they're his greatest weakness, Vince will stop at nothing to keep them safe. Even if it costs him his life.


Rebel's Desire
Iron Portal 4
LB Books, July 15, 2015
eBook, 127 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 5
New York Times bestselling author Laurie London presents REBEL'S DESIRE, the fourth book in the Iron Portal paranormal romance series. Enter a darkly sensual world where secret portals separate modern and ancient realms, band-of-brother heroes with special ability Talents fight evil together, and sworn enemies dare to become passionate lovers.

Tormented by a savage past and shattered by a bitter betrayal, Iron Guild warrior Toryn Flynn trusts no one and cares about nothing except the battle against their enemies. His target: a mobster who finances deadly missions into Cascadia.

Kicked out of the house by her puritanical father, Keely Weber and her sister run a bookstore and fortune-telling business in an underground district in New Seattle—until a powerful man who controls the area kidnaps Keely’s sister to sell her into the Talent sex-trade.

When a beautiful woman literally falls into his arms, Toryn realizes she holds the key to his success. Keely will do anything to rescue her sister…including taking risks with a dangerously sexy man who pushes all her buttons.

From the gritty streets of the city’s underbelly to a sexual-fantasy-themed island, passions ignite. But with evil surrounding them and time running out, Toryn must decide whether to sacrifice the woman he’s falling for or dare to trust his heart again.


Iron Portal Boxed Set
Iron Portal 1 - 3
LB Books, July 30, 2015
eBook, 530 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 5
New York Times bestselling author Laurie London presents the IRON PORTAL BOXED SET bundle. This collection contains the first three books of the Iron Portal paranormal romance series which has enthralled thousands of readers.

1. ASSASSIN'S TOUCH (Rickert and Neyla's story)

2. ROGUE'S PASSION (Asher and Olivia's story)

3. WARRIOR'S HEART (Vince and Zara's story)

Enter a darkly sensual world where secret portals separate modern and ancient realms, band-of-brother heroes with special ability Talents fight evil together, and sworn enemies dare to become passionate lovers.

ASSASSIN'S TOUCH

Neyla Trihorn had the perfect life until a deadly accident revealed her latent para-abilities. Now, the former fashion designer is the Pacifican army’s hottest commodity in their fight against the invaders.

When Cascadian assassin, Rickert D’Angelus, discovers a beautiful, unconscious soldier on a cold mountain ledge near the portal, he realizes she’s a Protection-Talent and cannot be killed. To prevent the army from using her skills again, he takes her as his prisoner instead.

But when he pulls her into his arms, a sexy and compelling vision appears, awakening something inside him. Something he can’t ignore.

ROGUE'S PASSION

For years, Olivia Crawford has kept a low profile in order to keep her para-ability secret. If the army finds out she’s a Healer-Talent, they’ll force her to work for them—just like her brother who was taken as a boy and never seen again.

But when a terrible explosion rocks New Seattle, she risks everything to save the injured, including a handsome stranger with secrets of his own.

Blaming himself for the death of a friend, Iron Guild warrior Asher Kane vows to bring those responsible to justice. After he’s hurt on a mission and nursed back to health by a beautiful yet mysterious woman, this dangerously sexy bad-boy finds himself falling for her…even as he struggles to stay away.

WARRIOR'S HEART

Zara Kane is leading a double life. By day, she’s a respected antiquities expert, working at a college library, but by night, she’s a thief, stealing back artifacts that belong to her homeland. When she learns that a man she once loved—who abandoned her when she needed him the most—has been wrongly imprisoned, she uses her para-ability Talent to orchestrate a daring escape.

Vince Crawford is damaged man. After years of torture and suffering, the beautiful boy with the sparkling brown eyes is gone, replaced by a jaded ex-con hellbent on revenge. He isn’t afraid of anything, but when the woman he’s never stopped loving and the son he never knew he had are threatened by a ruthless enemy who knows they’re his greatest weakness, Vince will stop at nothing to keep them safe…even if it costs him his life.




Andrew P. Mayer (2011)

The Lost Dragon: A New Adult Paranormal Fantasy Adventure
The FooL 3
Automaton Press, October 9, 2015
eBook, 432 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 5
Betsey Weisz is about to learn that the worst shift doesn’t start at midnight…

Matt and Betsey aren’t having the best day. After barely escaping with their lives from the deadly diner in Jersey, they crash-land into an alternate universe where they’re caught in a war between humans and changelings: shifters who can become wolves, boars, and more.

The power hungry Witch Queen leads the humans, but her mad plan to transform herself into the mightiest changeling of them all: the dragon may take the whole world with her.
With a powerful boar, a chiseled skunk, and a cunning foxling by their side, Betsey and Matt may be the only people in this world who can keep the Witch Queen from completing her plan. But will Betsey master her powers and herself in time to prevail?

The Lost Dragon is the third installment in a paranormal adventure series that features a compelling plot, unpredictable adventure, creepy monsters, and hilarious dialogue. Continue Andrew P. Mayer’s wild ride into alternate realities with the latest installment of his mind-blowing series.




Will McIntosh (2011)

Futures Near and Far
November 21, 2015
Kindle eBook 152 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 5
Seven futuristic stories from Hugo Award winning author Will McIntosh, including:

A Clown Escapes from Circus Town. Beaners the clown escapes the walls of Circus Town, and discovers what lies beyond Sex Town, Superhero Town, Medieval Town, and all the rest. "A Clown Escapes from Circus Town" first appeared in Interzone.

The Perimeter. An intelligent alien parasite attaches itself to a human colonist and forces her into the wilderness, where it shows her off to fellow parasites. "The Perimeter" was first published by Orbit Books.

Possible Monsters. Returning to his empty childhood home after giving up on his dream of playing major league baseball, Cooper discovers that a creature from another dimension has taken up residence in his living room. "Possible Monsters" first appeared in Asimov's Science Fiction.

Street Hero. As his town declines into the chaos of the soft apocalypse, Cortez resolves to use his martial arts skills to protect the innocent, but discovers being a hero is more complicated than he thought. "Street Hero" first appeared in Interzone.

A Flea Market Vendor Finds Love in a Time of Sleeplessness. When a virus renders everyone unable to sleep, at all, a flea market vendor falls in love with a woman, but can’t be sure if she’s real or a walking dream. "A Flea Market Vendor..." first appeared in NFG.

The Fantasy Jumper. At the 2116 World’s Fair you can pay to watch an android jump from a roof and plunge to her death. You can watch her jump a thousand times, if you want. But what does the android want? "The Fantasy Jumper" was first published in Black Static.

Incompatible. At a church pumpkin sale, Leia seeks solace from the dark affliction that has plagued her since childhood. There she meets a man who has a similar affliction. They’ll have to face their demons together, or live their lives apart.


Burning Midnight
Delacorte Press, February 2, 2016
Hardcover and eBook, 320 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 5
For fans of The Maze Runner and The Fifth Wave, this debut YA novel from Hugo Award winner Will McIntosh pits four underprivileged teens against an evil billionaire in the race of lifetime.

Sully is a sphere dealer at a flea market. It doesn’t pay much—Alex Holliday’s stores have muscled out most of the independent sellers—but it helps him and his mom make the rent.
No one knows where the brilliant-colored spheres came from. One day they were just there, hidden all over the earth like huge gemstones. Burn a pair and they make you a little better: an inch taller, skilled at math, better-looking. The rarer the sphere, the greater the improvement—and the more expensive the sphere.

When Sully meets Hunter, a girl with a natural talent for finding spheres, the two start searching together. One day they find a Gold—a color no one has ever seen. And when Alex Holliday learns what they have, he will go to any lengths, will use all of his wealth and power, to take it from them.

There’s no question the Gold is priceless, but what does it actually do? None of them is aware of it yet, but the fate of the world rests on this little golden orb. Because all the world fights over the spheres, but no one knows where they come from, what their powers are, or why they’re here.


City Living
Orbit, February 17, 2016
eBook, 39 pages

What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 5
A enchanting new short story from Hugo Award-winning author Will McIntosh.
Enter a world of moving cities. The war is over and Hitler is dead, but rumors are flying that Chicago has just attacked Boston. That Moscow has crossed into the US and attacked Chicago. And New York is on the way to chase down the Windy City. Some cities are rumbling that they don't feel like part of the USA anymore.

But what form of energy is giving them the power of locomotion?

Feature: Dark and Deadly: Eight Bad Boys of Paranormal Romance Boxed Set


Dark and Deadly: Eight Bad Boys of Paranormal Romance Boxed Set is now available worldwide for a special introductory price of only $0.99!

Eight hot paranormal romances by New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors. Alpha-male bad boys will fulfill your darkest, most deadliest desires in these stories about shifters, werewolves, vampires, magic, special powers and other realms. But only if you dare…



Feature: Dark and Deadly: Eight Bad Boys of Paranormal Romance Boxed Set



Bodyguard by Jennifer Ashley

Elizabeth Chapman is saved from an armed attacker by a Kodiak bear who shifts into a tight-bodied, naked human male. Ronan takes Elizabeth to Shiftertown, becoming her 24/7 bodyguard. The mateless Ronan has adopted a houseful of orphaned Shifters--having grown up in foster care, Elizabeth is touched by his protectiveness. Ronan only wants to keep Elizabeth safe, but the sassy woman is triggering his long-buried need to mate.


Alejandro's Soceress by Alyssa Day

He’s a warrior, hardened by years of protecting his town from vampire attack. She’s a garden witch who sees the world in shades of sunshine and delight. Opposites don’t only attract, they go supernova in this sizzling tale of magic and mayhem.


Bewitch by Felicity Heaton

A vampire with a bloodstained past and a soul tainted with darkness, Payne is perfect in his self-control, never surrendering to his darkest desires. Now a beautiful witch in the shadowy fae underworld reawakens long denied hungers and tempts him with pleasure. When one incredible night of fulfilling their fantasies leads to more than just keeping a promise and saving a friend, will they be able to overcome the barriers that stand between them and forever?


Darkness Falls by Erin Kellison

Agent Malcolm Rook is hunting for people with the rarest of talents—the ability to master dreams. He finds the undeniably gifted Jordan Lane, but she’s wary of mysterious Rook and resists his pursuit as long as she can. Yet the dreamwaters they enter are too exhilarating to resist, and attraction soon ignites electric passions. Delving too deep stirs a nightmare, one they must defeat, or be forever lost to darkness.


Rogue's Passion by Laurie London

Blaming himself for the death of a friend, Iron Guild warrior Asher Kane vows to bring those responsible to justice. After he’s hurt on a mission and nursed back to health by a beautiful yet mysterious woman, this dangerously sexy bad-boy finds himself falling for Olivia…even as he struggles to stay away. But stalking them on the streets of New Seattle is a cruel and vengeful evil—one that threatens to destroy them both…


The Forbidden Life of Alex Moore by Erin Quinn

Alex’s mission: Kill the hellhounds that have invaded earth and return to his home in the Beyond. But from the start, things go horribly wrong. The hounds are cunning and a human female witnesses their attack—she intervenes and saves Alex’s life. Now he must keep the alluring Lilly alive while fighting his desire for her. When passion flares, Alex risks all to protect her and defend the forbidden life he craves.


The Mating Heat by Bonnie Vanak

Werewolf Kara Mitchell fled with her brother Aiden to Montana after their alpha father punished her for kissing sexy omega werewolf Ryder Carrington. Left scarred by her father’s cruelty, Kara believes no one can love her. After killing his alpha to save the pack, Ryder now rules, but needs a mate. His blood runs hot for Kara. Ryder will do anything to claim her, even risk an all-out pack war that could cost them everything…


Trapped by Caris Roane

Mastyr Vampire Zephyr, a one-man fighting force, struggles to save the life of a woman who despises his warrior ways. She’s been a thorn in his side, but he has one goal: to keep her safe. For Alesia, however, she just wishes he’d leave her alone since she can never approve of his profession. She broke up with him months ago and wants to start a new life. The trouble is, he’s still the one man who can curl her toes.



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Laurie London's Seduced by Blood Blog Tour! - Real Settings as Inspiration

Please welcome the magnificent Laurie London to The Qwillery as part of (and the last stop on) the Seduced by Blood Blog Tour.

Laurie London's  Seduced by Blood Blog Tour! - Real Settings as Inspiration


Real Settings as Inspiration
By Laurie London

Settings play an important role in the Sweetblood world, probably because as a reader, when I get a clear picture of where the action is happening, I feel more grounded and part of the story. Like it’s real, not fiction. And likewise, if I can see, hear, and smell a location as if it’s playing out like a movie in my head, then it’s easier for me to write.

Sometimes, I have no idea what is going to happen, but a setting is so perfect that I’m inspired to use it. And during my research, if I notice any signs linking me or my story to a particular location, then I take it to mean I’m meant to write about it.

While looking for the perfect location to set the Darkblood headquarters, I read this article in the New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/14/travel/14czech-overnight.html?pagewanted=all

East of Prague, in a town called Kutna Hora, is “a below-ground chapel on the town’s outskirts decorated with thousands of human bones, exhumed, according to legend, by a half-blind medieval monk who collected the skeletons of 40,000 Black Plague victims.”

The pictures of the Bone House are stunning and macabre. Google images of “Kutna Hora” to see what I mean. I could totally imagine Darkbloods making bone sculptures like that from their victims.

And you know that sign I was talking about?

Well, in the Sweetblood world, the Black Plague changed how vampires and humans interacted. Prior to this time, vampires preyed on humans, killing them when they fed off their blood. However, when their food source became tainted, vampires suffered. Just like others whose diets changed over the years, so did the vampire. Out of necessity, they forced themselves to go for longer periods of time without blood and energy, and they added food to their diet.

How could I not write about it?

Here’s an excerpt from Seduced By Blood that takes place in an old Gothic mansion that the villain, Ventra, is restoring. Her dream is to recreate what she saw in Prague, but instead of using just any human bones, she’s using only the bones of sweetblood humans.

Santiago and Roxy have just broken in…
Torn wallpaper hung from the two-story walls, exposing the lathe and plaster underneath. Either someone had tried to remove it and abandoned the project or moisture had deteriorated the paper to the point where it was coming off in sheets. Some of the doors of the built-in cabinets lining parallel sides of the room were gone, making the small room look like a gaping smile with a few missing teeth. In the center, under a candle chandelier that had recently been lit, was a long table covered in plastic with a dozen high-backed chairs tucked in around it.

“Smell it now?” Roxy whispered.

Santiago nodded. The sweetblood scent was strong. Bloodletting or a feeding must’ve happened here recently.

“Yvonne?”

She nodded somberly.

It didn’t take a rocket scientist or an expert tracker to figure out that many humans had died in this room. The blood scent was thick in the air. Roxy had to be as sickened by that knowledge as he was.

But unlike him, she hadn’t been out in the field to see this sort of thing on an almost daily basis as he had. Having run across his fair share of debauchery over the years, he’d gotten used to it, his heart numbed to the inhumanity of it all, whereas Roxy had been stuck in a classroom. This sort of thing had to be disturbing for her.



The Sweetblood Series

Seduced by Blood
Sweetblood 4
HQN, July 24, 2012 (MMP), August 1, 2012 (eBook)
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 384 pages

Laurie London's  Seduced by Blood Blog Tour! - Real Settings as Inspiration
Deep within the forests of the Pacific Northwest, the battle for supremacy rages on between two vampire coalitions:

Guardian enforcers sworn to protect humanity, and Darkbloods, rogues who kill like their ancient ancestors...

Hot-blooded and hard-edged, Tristan Santiago has an uncanny ability to see beneath the surface-a power that serves him well as the Guardians' region commander. But when a deadly plot against his fellow vampires is uncovered, he must turn to the one woman he can't read: the beautiful yet mysterious Roxanne Reynolds, whose sensual presence soothes his tormented memories.

Roxy had put love before duty once before, with devastating results. But to root out a dangerous traitor in their midst, she must put her faith in Santiago, the one man skilled enough to break through her defenses. Posing as lovers, Santiago and Roxy work side by side-and discover a powerful craving that threatens to consume them both.



Tempted by Blood
Sweetblood 3
HQN, February 21, 2012 (MMP), March 1, 2012 (eBook)
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 384 pages

Laurie London's  Seduced by Blood Blog Tour! - Real Settings as Inspiration
Deep within the forests of the Pacific Northwest, the battle for supremacy rages on between two Vampire coalitions: Guardian enforcers sworn to protect humanity, and Darkbloods, rogues who kill like their ancient ancestors….

He might be known for his effortless charm, but Guardian Jackson Foss is hiding a terrible secret. For months, he has battled the emergence of his dark nature—deadly urges that threaten to consume him. And those cravings only intensify when he meets Arianna Wells, the human he's been assigned to protect.

Smart and perceptive, Arianna doesn't seem like a dangerous temptress. Yet she awakens in Jackson an unstoppable need that, if left unchecked, will brand him a traitor…a crime punishable by death.

But soon their bond may be Arianna's only hope. For stalking her in the shadows is a merciless enemy—one who will stop at nothing to claim her completely….



"Enchanted by Blood"
Sweetblood 2.5
in A Vampire for Christmas
HQN, October 18, 2012
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 384 pages

Laurie London's  Seduced by Blood Blog Tour! - Real Settings as Inspiration
All they want for Christmas is you…

It's the time of year for twinkling lights on trees and kisses under the mistletoe. Yet the passing of another year means nothing to the stunning immortals who lurk in the shadows of the new-fallen snow.

And they don't care if you've been naughty or nice.

Let four fanged lovers open your eyes to a passion you never dared to imagine. After all, there's no place like home for the holidays—and these dazzling vampires can't wait for an invitation.



Embraced by Blood
Sweetblood 2
HQN, June 21, 2011
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 384 pages

Laurie London's  Seduced by Blood Blog Tour! - Real Settings as Inspiration
Alfonso Serrano is a hunted man. For months he's managed to elude the Darkbloods, vengeful foes who won't rest until he's dead. But he still craves one dangerous temptation: Lily DeGraff, the sexy Guardian agent he'll risk anything to protect.

Lily is a wanted woman. Her talent for tracking Sweet--a rare blood type that's addictive to vampires--makes her a prime target for enemy capture. Her only hope is the stealthy vampire operative who stole into her bed...then left her in despair. Danger aside, Lily won't let Alfonso near her heart again--until an irresistible hunger threatens to draw them back together... and into an assassin's snare.



Hidden by Blood
Sweetblood 1.5
HQN, June 1, 2011
eBook

Laurie London's  Seduced by Blood Blog Tour! - Real Settings as Inspiration
Deep within the forests of the Pacific Northwest, two vampire coalitions battle for supremacy--Guardians who safeguard humanity and Darkbloods, rogues who will stop at nothing to satisfy their craving for the sweetest of human blood.

Now, former Army Ranger Finn McKentry finds himself imprisoned as a blood slave, forced to submit to an enemy more powerful than any he's encountered before. Only Brenna Stewart, the woman he'd loved and lost, can set him free--but the secret she harbors might lead them down the most dangerous path of all...



Bonded by Blood
Sweetblood 1
HQN, January 18. 2011
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 378 pages

Laurie London's  Seduced by Blood Blog Tour! - Real Settings as Inspiration
Movie location scout Mackenzie Foster-Shaw has always known that she's cursed to die young. No one can protect her from the evil that has stalked her family for generations—vampires who crave her rare blood type. Until one afternoon in a wooded cemetery, she encounters an impossibly sexy stranger, a man she must trust with her life.

For Dominic, a man haunted by loss, Mackenzie satisfies a primal hunger that torments him—and the bond they share goes beyond heat, beyond love. She alone can supply the strength he needs to claim his revenge. But in doing so, he could destroy her....



About Laurie

Laurie London's  Seduced by Blood Blog Tour! - Real Settings as Inspiration
A graduate of Western Washington University with a BA in Business Administration and a former tester/programmer for a Fortune 500 company, Laurie London now writes from her home near Seattle where she lives with her husband and two children.

Her debut book, BONDED BY BLOOD, A Sweetblood Novel, came out February 2011 from HQN Books. It was followed by HIDDEN BY BLOOD, an e-novella (June 2011); EMBRACED BY BLOOD (July 2011); “Enchanted By Blood,” a novella in the anthology A VAMPIRE FOR CHRISTMAS (October 2011); TEMPTED BY BLOOD (March 2012;) and SEDUCED BY BLOOD (July 2012).

Her writing has won and been a finalist in several prestigious contests including the Beacon, the Emerald City Opener, the Marlene, and the Orange Rose.

She is a member of Romance Writers of America®, Greater Seattle Area RWA, and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.

When not writing, she can be found running, reading, or riding and showing her horse. Someday she hopes to qualify for the Quarter Horse World Show – that is, if her horse doesn’t get hurt again.

Find Laurie here



The Giveaways


To Enter to Win a Copy of Seduced by Blood

What:  One commenter will win a copy of Seduced by Blood (Sweetblood 4) by Laurie London and a set of Trading Cards (US/CANADA ONLY).

How:  Leave a comment. Please remember - if you don't leave a comment 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 US or Canadian mailing address. Contest ends at 11:59pm US Eastern Time on Saturday, July 28, 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.*



GRAND PRIZE*

One winner of the whole tour will get a complete set of the SweetBlood Series, along with a set of Trading Cards and a custom made book thong by Mandy from Shiny Stupid Designs. (US/CANADA ONLY).


*The Grand Prize will be chosen by the organizer of the Seduced by Blood Blog Tour. The wording of the giveaway is provided by the tour organizer.




Laurie London's  Seduced by Blood Blog Tour! - Real Settings as Inspiration


Each stop will be giving away a signed copy of Seduced by Blood.


July 10th  Hanging with Bells







July 19th  Books-n-Kisses

July 20th  United by Books

July 21st  The Qwillery

The View From Monday - July 16, 2012

Happy Monday. It's already the middle of July. Time flies when you have too much to read! It's another busy week at The Qwillery with many ParaCozyMysMo visits, a dash of 2012 Debut Author Challenge and a Seduced by Blood Blog Tour stop.


Monday - ParaCozyMysMo with Melissa Bourbon, author of the Magical Dressmaking Mysteries.  A Fitting End (A Magical Dressmaking Mystery 2) was published on February 7, 2012.

Tuesday - ParaCozyMysMo with Kari Lee Townsend, author of the Fortune Teller Mysteries. Corpse in the Crystal Ball (A Fortune Teller Mystery 2) was published on June 5, 2012.

Wednesday - ParaCozyMysMo with Alice Kimberly / Cleo Coyle author of the Haunted Bookshop Mysteries and the Coffee House Mysteries.  The Ghost and the Haunted Mansion (A Haunted Bookshop Mystey 5) was published in January 2009.  A Brew to a Kill (A Coffee Mystery 11) will be published on August 7, 2012.

Thursday - ParaCozyMysMo with Bailey Cates. author of the Magical Bakery Mysteries. Brownies and Broomsticks (A Magical Bakery Mystery 1) was published on May 1, 2012.

Friday - ParaCozyMysMo with Rochelle Staab, author of the Mind for Murder Mysteries. Bruja Brouhaha (A Mind for Murder Mystery 2) will be published on August 7, 2012.

Saturday -  Seduced by Blood Blog Tour with Laurie London. Seduced by Blood (Sweetblood 4)  will be published on July 24, 2012.

Saturday - 2012 Debut Author Challenge Guest Blog with Joanne Reay. Romeo Spikes (Lo'Life Trilogy 1) will be published on August 14, 2012.

Sunday - 2012 Debut Author Challenge Interview with Ania AhlbornSeed will be published on July 17, 2012.



It's another relatively light release week.

July 17, 2012
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Seed (d)
The View From Monday - July 16, 2012
Ania Ahlborn H
Queen's Hunt
The View From Monday - July 16, 2012
Beth Bernobich F - River of Souls 2
Earth Unaware
The View From Monday - July 16, 2012
Orson Scott Card
Aaron Johnstone
SF - First Formic War 1
The Cosmic Puppets (ri)
The View From Monday - July 16, 2012
Philip K. Dick SF
Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said (ri)
The View From Monday - July 16, 2012

Philip K. Dick SF
Atlas: The Archaeology of an Imaginary City
The View From Monday - July 16, 2012
Kai-cheung Dung AH
21st Century Dead: A Zombie Anthology
The View From Monday - July 16, 2012
Christopher Golden (ed) Z - Anthology
Ripper
The View From Monday - July 16, 2012
David L. Golemon SF - Event Group Adventure 7
The Scream
The View From Monday - July 16, 2012
Laurent Graff SF
Third Grave Dead Ahead (h2tp)
The View From Monday - July 16, 2012
Darynda Jones UF - Charley Davidson 3
Energized
The View From Monday - July 16, 2012
Edward M. Lerner SF
The Time Engine
The View From Monday - July 16, 2012
Sean McMullen SF - Moonworlds Saga 4
Them or Us (h2tp)
The View From Monday - July 16, 2012
David Moody H - Hater Trilogy 3
Sharps
The View From Monday - July 16, 2012
K. J. Parker F
The Lost Angel (h2tp)
The View From Monday - July 16, 2012
Javier Sierra Ap/Th
The Coldest War
The View From Monday - July 16, 2012
Ian Tregillis F - Milkweed Triptych 2






July 19, 2012
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Empty Space
The View From Monday - July 16, 2012
M. John Harrison SF - Kefahuchi Trilogy 3






July 20, 2012
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Dreamscapes Magical Menagerie: Creating Fantasy Creatures and Animals with Watercolor
The View From Monday - July 16, 2012
Stephanie Pui-Mun Law Painting



d - debut
h2tp - Hardcover to Trade Paperback
ri - Reissue or Reprint


Ah - Alternate History
Ap - Apocalyptic
F - Fantasy
H - Horror
SF - Science Fiction
Th - Thriller
UF - Urban Fantasy
Z - Zombies

What's Up in 2012 for the 2011 Debut Authors? Part 6

The 2011 Debut Author Challenge was a lot of fun! I read so many wonderful books by so many fantastic new authors. The Qwillery will be keeping an eye out for new books from the class of 2011 in 2012 and beyond. So what's next for the 2011 Debut Authors? This post contain new information.



See Part 1 by clicking here.
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See Part 3 by clicking here.
See Part 4 by clicking here.
See Part 5 by clicking here.
 



Christopher Buehlman

Between Two Fires
Ace (October 2, 2012)

What's Up in 2012 for the 2011 Debut Authors? Part  6
The new novel of epic terror by the acclaimed author of Those Across the River.

In the year 1348, Thomas, a disgraced knight, comes upon an orphan of the Black Plague. An unnerving picture of innocence, she tells Thomas that the disease is only part of a greater, more significant cataclysm—that the fallen angels under Lucifer are rising in a second war on heaven. Is she really blessed? Or is it delirium? As hell unleashes its fury, as the true nature of the girl is revealed, Thomas will find himself in a macabre battleground of angels and demons, sinners and saints, and a damnable struggle for nothing less than the soul of man.




Adam Christopher

Seven Wonders
Angry Robot Books (August 28, 2012 US/Canada)

What's Up in 2012 for the 2011 Debut Authors? Part  6
Tony Prosdocimi lives in the bustling Metropolis of San Ventura – a city gripped in fear, a city under siege by the hooded supervillain, The Cowl.

When Tony develops super-powers and acts to take down The Cowl, however, he finds that the local superhero team Seven Wonders aren’t as grateful as he assumed they’d be…

File Under: Science Fiction [ Heroes In Action | A Double Cross | Kapow! | Tables Turned ]




Kevin Hearne

Trapped
The Iron Druid Chronicles 5
Del Rey (November 27, 2012)

What's Up in 2012 for the 2011 Debut Authors? Part  6
After twelve years of secret training, Atticus O’Sullivan is finally ready to bind his apprentice, Granuaile, to the earth and double the number of Druids in the world. But on the eve of the ritual, the world that thought he was dead abruptly discovers that he’s still alive, and they would much rather he return to the grave.

Having no other choice, Atticus, his trusted Irish wolfhound, Oberon, and Granuaile travel to the base of Mount Olympus, where the Roman god Bacchus is anxious to take his sworn revenge—but he’ll have to get in line behind an ancient vampire, a band of dark elves, and an old god of mischief, who all seem to have KILL THE DRUID at the top of their to-do lists.




Sara Humphreys

Untamed
The Amoveo Legend 3
Sourcebooks (November 6, 2012)

What's Up in 2012 for the 2011 Debut Authors? Part  6
The Amoveo are an ancient race who've lived secretly among humans for thousands of years. They are beautiful and incredibly strong but their race is extremely fragile—each has until the age of 30 to find their soul mate, before their bodies start to die a slow, painful death.

Layla Nickelsen has spent her life running from a mate she didn't choose, until William Fleury finally confronts her. Normally stoic and unemotional, William finds himself befuddled by Layla: his growing feelings for her and his driving need to protect her. And Layla has to admit that William might be everything she's always wanted after all...




Kameron Hurley

Rapture
Bel Dame Apochrypha 3
Night Shade Books (November 6, 2012)

What's Up in 2012 for the 2011 Debut Authors? Part  6
After years in exile, Nyxnissa so Dasheem is once more a bel dame, part of a sisterhood of elite government assassins trained to a cut a target's head off without remorse. But the end of a centuries-long war has thrown her native land of Nasheen into turmoil. A huge influx of unemployed--and unemployable--young soldiers have brought Nasheen to the brink of civil war, even as an alien spaceship stations itself in orbit above the capital.

With aliens in the sky and revolution on the ground, Nyx figures it's a good time to get the hell out of Nasheen, so she assembles a team of renegades, shape-shifters, magicians, and mercenaries to rescue a missing political leader who may be the difference between peace and bloodshed.

Just one problem: the politician is an old enemy whom Nyx once left to die in a ditch . . .




Darynda Jones

Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet
Charley Davidson 4
St. Martin's Press (October 30, 2012)

What's Up in 2012 for the 2011 Debut Authors? Part  6
The fourth in this fun and sexy New York Times bestselling paranormal series: “If you enjoy Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum, you will certainly enjoy Charley Davidson!” —Suspense Magazine

In Darynda Jones's Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet, sometimes being the grim reaper really is that. Grim. And since Charley’s last case went so awry, she has taken a couple months off to wallow in the wonders of self-pity. But when a woman shows up on her doorstep convinced someone is trying to kill her, Charley has to force herself to rise above. Or at least get dressed. She quickly realizes something is amiss when everyone the woman knows swears she’s insane. The more they refute the woman’s story, the more Charley believes it.

In the meantime, the sexy, sultry son of Satan, Reyes Farrow, has been cleared of all charges. He is out of prison and out of Charley’s life, as per her wishes and several perfectly timed death threats. But his absence has put a serious crimp in her sex life. While there are other things to consider, like the fact that the city of Albuquerque has been taken hostage by an arsonist, Charley is having a difficult time staying away. Especially when it looks like Reyes may be involved. Just when life was returning to normal, Charley is thrust back into the world of crime, punishment, and the devil in blue jeans.




Laurie London

Seduced by Blood
Sweetblood 4
HQN (July 24, 2012)

What's Up in 2012 for the 2011 Debut Authors? Part  6
Deep within the forests of the Pacific Northwest, the battle for supremacy rages on between two vampire coalitions:

Guardian enforcers sworn to protect humanity, and Darkbloods, rogues who kill like their ancient ancestors…

Hot-blooded and hard-edged, Tristan Santiago has an uncanny ability to see beneath the surface—a skill that serves him well as the Guardians' region commander. But when a deadly plot against his fellow vampires is uncovered, he must turn to the one woman he can't read: the beautiful yet mysterious Roxanne Reynolds, whose sensual presence soothes his tormented memories.

Roxy had put love before duty once before, with devastating results. But to root out a dangerous traitor in their midst, she must put her faith in Santiago, the one man skilled enough to break through her defenses. Posing as lovers, Santiago and Roxy work side by side—and discover a powerful craving that threatens to consume them both….




Allison Pang

A Trace of Moolight
Abby Sinclair 3
Pocket Books (October 30, 2012)

What's Up in 2012 for the 2011 Debut Authors? Part  6
From the author of A Brush of Darkness and A Sliver of Shadow comes the third book in a smart, sexy, urban fantasy series.

Drinking from the waters of the Lethe and offering herself up as Faerie’s sacrificial Tithe …these just might be the least of Abby Sinclair’s problems.

Abby’s pact with a demon—whether or not she remembers making it—is binding, so she’d better count herself lucky that (in the words of a daemon who knows better) there’s nearly always a loophole. But her friends’ reckless attempts to free her, well intentioned though they may be, set off a disastrous chain of events. In no time at all, Abby turns her incubus lover mortal and gets herself killed, cursed, and married to an elven prince whose mother wants her dead. She might have even been able to recover from all that had she not lost the Key to the CrossRoads to her mortal enemy, who promptly uses his restored power to wreak havoc on the OtherWorld and put its very existence in jeopardy.

Only one person can make things right again, but to find her Abby must place her trust in allies of mixed loyalties, and conquer her nightmares once and for all.

Cover Revealed - Seduced by Blood (Sweetblood 4) by Laurie London

Laurie London has revealed the cover for Seduced by Blood, the 4th book in the Sweetblood series.  Seduced by Blood is tentatively scheduled for publication in August 2012.

What do you think? I really like that you can see both characters faces. And I've always liked purple.


Cover Revealed - Seduced by Blood (Sweetblood 4) by Laurie London


The first 3 Sweetblood novels:

Tempted by Blood
Sweetblood 3
HQN, February 21, 2012 (MMP), March 1. 2012 (eBook)
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 384 pages

Cover Revealed - Seduced by Blood (Sweetblood 4) by Laurie London
Deep within the forests of the Pacific Northwest, the battle for supremacy rages on between two Vampire coalitions: Guardian enforcers sworn to protect humanity, and Darkbloods, rogues who kill like their ancient ancestors….

He might be known for his effortless charm, but Guardian Jackson Foss is hiding a terrible secret. For months, he has battled the emergence of his dark nature—deadly urges that threaten to consume him. And those cravings only intensify when he meets Arianna Wells, the human he's been assigned to protect.

Smart and perceptive, Arianna doesn't seem like a dangerous temptress. Yet she awakens in Jackson an unstoppable need that, if left unchecked, will brand him a traitor…a crime punishable by death.

But soon their bond may be Arianna's only hope. For stalking her in the shadows is a merciless enemy—one who will stop at nothing to claim her completely….


Embraced by Blood
Sweetblood 2
HQN, June 21, 2011
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 384 pages

Cover Revealed - Seduced by Blood (Sweetblood 4) by Laurie London
Alfonso Serrano is a hunted man. For months he's managed to elude the Darkbloods, vengeful foes who won't rest until he's dead. But he still craves one dangerous temptation: Lily DeGraff, the sexy Guardian agent he'll risk anything to protect.

Lily is a wanted woman. Her talent for tracking Sweet--a rare blood type that's addictive to vampires--makes her a prime target for enemy capture. Her only hope is the stealthy vampire operative who stole into her bed...then left her in despair. Danger aside, Lily won't let Alfonso near her heart again--until an irresistible hunger threatens to draw them back together... and into an assassin's snare.


Bonded by Blood
Sweetblood 1
HQN, January 18. 2011
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 378 pages

Cover Revealed - Seduced by Blood (Sweetblood 4) by Laurie London
Movie location scout Mackenzie Foster-Shaw has always known that she's cursed to die young. No one can protect her from the evil that has stalked her family for generations—vampires who crave her rare blood type. Until one afternoon in a wooded cemetery, she encounters an impossibly sexy stranger, a man she must trust with her life.

For Dominic, a man haunted by loss, Mackenzie satisfies a primal hunger that torments him—and the bond they share goes beyond heat, beyond love. She alone can supply the strength he needs to claim his revenge. But in doing so, he could destroy her....

Winners x 9 - March 3, 2012

Royal Street (Sentinels of New Orleans 1) by Suzanne Johnson (signed) - Ended February 22, 2012 - Read the Guest Blog here.

Winners x 9 - March 3, 2012

Question:  Have you read a book set around a natural disaster, or what’s your favorite book set in New Orleans?

Tanya1224 who said...

I have not read any books yet set around a natural disaster but I have read a few that take place in New Orleans. In The Night Huntress series by Jeaniene Frost cat and Bones are there a lot. I went there to visit and loved the place. I was very sad when Katrina hit...I know that had to have been awful. Thank you for the contest.


Winners x 9 - March 3, 2012


Sentinel's Heart or Red's Wolf by PJ Schnyder (ecopy/winner's choice) - Ended February 24, 2012 - Read the interview here.

Winners x 9 - March 3, 2012

Question:  Which genres or subgenres (for novels/novellas/short stories) do you like to read?

ML who said...

My favorite genre is paranormal romance. I'm also a fan of urban fantasy and historical romance. Recently I've discovered steampunk and found that I enjoy that as well. I enjoy sticking with favorite genres and branching out and reading new things as well.


Winners x 9 - March 3, 2012


Giant Thief (Tales of Easie Damasco 1) by David Tallerman - Ended February 26, 2012 - Read the guest blog here.

Winners x 9 - March 3, 2012

Question:  What is you favorite fantasy movie?

Tim who said...

I love this story, especially the after note about walking into a room and Labyrinth is playing on the TV.

The question is an easy one for me to answer, except it's not a single movie. The Lord of the Rings trilogy are my favorite fantasy movies. Peter Jackson brought these amazing books to life without making too many drastic changes and the result is magic.


Winners x 9 - March 3, 2012


The Last Night (The Burning Earth 1) by Nico Rosso (ecopy) - Ended February 27, 2012 - Read the Guest Blog here.

Winners x 9 - March 3, 2012

Question:  Who is your favorite motorcycle riding hero?

icha who said...

christian bale in batman dark night..and jack pallas from a something about you (julie james)


Winners x 9 - March 3, 2012


Fever (Phoenix Rising 1) by Joan Swan - Ended February 28, 2012 - Read the interview here. US/CANADA ONLY.

Winners x 9 - March 3, 2012

Question:  Who is your favorite bad boy from novels, film, TV?

BookAttict who said...

The list of my fave bad boys is long! (Yep, I got a "thing" for bad boys!) Aside from the "usual suspects" Malkolm from Blood Rights by Kristen Painter (House of Comarre series) and Nightshade from Michelle Sagara's Chronicles of Elantra series are definitely on my short list though!

The original winner, Barbara, had already won a copy of Fever and a new winner was chosen.


Winners x 9 - March 3, 2012


Tempted by Blood (Sweetblood 3) by Laurie London (signed) - Ended February 29, 2012 - Read the Guest Blog here.

Winners x 9 - March 3, 2012

Question: Do you have a favorite TV show, movie, website, etc that deals with
paranormal phenomena?


Barb P who said...

Hi Laurie! I guess that I'm showing my age, but one of my favs was Dark Shadows! I have all of the episodes on DVD. I can't wait for the new movie (Johnny Depp YUUUMMM!). I also love shows like Grimm, Supernatural etc. Love your books and congrats on the new release!


Winners x 9 - March 3, 2012


White Horse by Alex Adams (3 Advanced Reader Copies) - Ended March 2, 2012 - Read the Guest Post here.

Winners x 9 - March 3, 2012
ARC Cover is slightly different!

Question: What is/are your favorite apocalyptic movie(s), comics or novel(s)?

1. erin who said...

OMG... this book sounds awesome!!! Immediately added to my new release wishlist! But I like the UK cover much, much better. The US version is very misleading...

I love post-apocalyptic books and movies. And if they have zombies and mutants etc. so much the better! My fav so far as been: movies - any Resident Evil and Book of Eli, TV - Walking Dead, and books - The Newsflesh Trilogy by Mira Grant and The Passage by Justin Cronin.

Thanks for the great post and giveaway!


2. Vivien who said...

I absolutely LOVE Mira Grant. Life as We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer is a great one.


3. Spaz who said...

Great post and I love the book summary. This is going on my wishlist whether or not I win the giveaway.

Favorite post-apocalyptic stuff... lately I really liked the setting of The Passage by Justin Cronin though I felt the book dragged quite a bit. I look forward to The Twelve.

But all-time? It's Stephen King, but no, it's not The Stand. It's the Dark Tower books. While the Dark Tower didn't have some singular causal event, the world (multiverse) is clearly falling to pieces.


Winners x 9 - March 3, 2012


The winners have been notified and have until 11:59PM on Saturday, March 10, 2012 to respond or The Qwillery will very randomly choose a new winner.

Thank you!

Guest Blog by Laurie London and Giveaway - February 22, 2012

Please welcome Laurie London to The Qwillery. Tempted by Blood, the third novel in Laurie's Sweetblood series, was published yesterday!


I’m so thrilled to be back on The Qwillery, celebrating two exciting events. First of all, the next book in the Sweetblood series, TEMPTED BY BLOOD, came out in print yesterday and comes out in digital format March 1.

But before I tell you the second reason I’m here, let me give you a little background about the third book in the series so it makes more sense.

Set deep within the forests of the Pacific Northwest, the battle for supremacy rages on between two vampire coalitions: Guardian enforcers sworn to protect humans, and Darkbloods, rogues who sell Sweet on the vampire black market. Sweetbloods are humans whose blood is very rare and highly addictive to vampires.

The heroine, Arianna Wells, is a human, but she’s not a sweetblood. However, her cousin who lives with her is a sweetblood and, as Arianna finds out later, so was her mother.

When Arianna was five years old, she witnessed shadows coming alive and taking her mother away. Most humans are unable to see vampires when they’re in their shadow form, so no one believed her, but Arianna knew what she saw.

Although she works for a software company now (the same one from EMBRACED BY BLOOD), her passion is her secret blog, which explores the unexplained and unusual, giving a voice to people like her—people who aren’t believed. If her security-conscious employer finds out she lied about having a blog, she could get fired, so she keeps her identity a secret. Those in the blogging community only know her by her screen name, Icy Shadows.

When she witnesses her cousin being taken by men who appeared from the shadows and another man (the hero, Jackson Foss) steps from the shadows to save her, Arianna realizes that what she saw all those years ago was real and that it was happening all over again. She takes some pictures, posting them to her blog the next day, and that’s when the $#!% hits the fan.

Which leads me to the second reason I’m here on The Qwillery. I’m launching Arianna’s blog Paranormalish (www.Paranormalish.blogspot.com) and I would love to have readers participate. Come read a few real and creepy stories that people have contributed already.

If you’ve ever experienced something bizarre, something unexplained, Icy Shadows would love to hear from you. Check out the guidelines on the blog and send your story to Paranormalish@gmail.com.

Not only will real reader stories be featured (I, Laurie, have a few really bizarre things that have happened to me and I’ll be sharing them at some point), but also, if you’re a writer and want to try your hand at some fun writing prompts, Arianna—I mean, Icy Shadows will be hosting fun fan-fiction-type contests. So stay tuned for those.

Thanks, Qwill (See? I didn’t use her real name in case she’s hiding her identity too.), for having me on today and for helping me launch TEMPTED BY BLOOD and Paranormalish.

In addition to Paranormalish, you can find me online at:
www.LaurieLondonBooks.com
www.facebook.com/LaurieLondonAuthor
www.twitter.com/LaurieBLondon
and my newest obsession, Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/LaurieLondon

If you have any questions, I’ll be popping in all day. Also, I’m giving away a signed copy of TEMPTED BY BLOOD to one lucky Qwillery reader. Good luck!


About the Sweetblood Series

Tempted by Blood
Sweetblood 3
HQN, February 21, 2012 (MMP), March 1. 2012 (eBook)
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 384 pages

Guest Blog by Laurie London and Giveaway - February 22, 2012
Deep within the forests of the Pacific Northwest, the battle for supremacy rages on between two Vampire coalitions: Guardian enforcers sworn to protect humanity, and Darkbloods, rogues who kill like their ancient ancestors….

He might be known for his effortless charm, but Guardian Jackson Foss is hiding a terrible secret. For months, he has battled the emergence of his dark nature—deadly urges that threaten to consume him. And those cravings only intensify when he meets Arianna Wells, the human he's been assigned to protect.

Smart and perceptive, Arianna doesn't seem like a dangerous temptress. Yet she awakens in Jackson an unstoppable need that, if left unchecked, will brand him a traitor…a crime punishable by death.

But soon their bond may be Arianna's only hope. For stalking her in the shadows is a merciless enemy—one who will stop at nothing to claim her completely….


"Enchanted by Blood"
Sweetblood 2.5
in A Vampire for Christmas
HQN, October 18, 2012
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 384 pages

Guest Blog by Laurie London and Giveaway - February 22, 2012
All they want for Christmas is you…

It's the time of year for twinkling lights on trees and kisses under the mistletoe. Yet the passing of another year means nothing to the stunning immortals who lurk in the shadows of the new-fallen snow.

And they don't care if you've been naughty or nice.

Let four fanged lovers open your eyes to a passion you never dared to imagine. After all, there's no place like home for the holidays—and these dazzling vampires can't wait for an invitation.


Embraced by Blood
Sweetblood 2
HQN, June 21, 2011
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 384 pages

Guest Blog by Laurie London and Giveaway - February 22, 2012
Alfonso Serrano is a hunted man. For months he's managed to elude the Darkbloods, vengeful foes who won't rest until he's dead. But he still craves one dangerous temptation: Lily DeGraff, the sexy Guardian agent he'll risk anything to protect.

Lily is a wanted woman. Her talent for tracking Sweet--a rare blood type that's addictive to vampires--makes her a prime target for enemy capture. Her only hope is the stealthy vampire operative who stole into her bed...then left her in despair. Danger aside, Lily won't let Alfonso near her heart again--until an irresistible hunger threatens to draw them back together... and into an assassin's snare.


Hidden by Blood
Sweetblood 1.5
HQN, June 1, 2011
eBook

Guest Blog by Laurie London and Giveaway - February 22, 2012
Deep within the forests of the Pacific Northwest, two vampire coalitions battle for supremacy--Guardians who safeguard humanity and Darkbloods, rogues who will stop at nothing to satisfy their craving for the sweetest of human blood.

Now, former Army Ranger Finn McKentry finds himself imprisoned as a blood slave, forced to submit to an enemy more powerful than any he's encountered before. Only Brenna Stewart, the woman he'd loved and lost, can set him free--but the secret she harbors might lead them down the most dangerous path of all...


Bonded by Blood
Sweetblood 1
HQN, January 18. 2011
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 378 pages

Guest Blog by Laurie London and Giveaway - February 22, 2012
Movie location scout Mackenzie Foster-Shaw has always known that she's cursed to die young. No one can protect her from the evil that has stalked her family for generations—vampires who crave her rare blood type. Until one afternoon in a wooded cemetery, she encounters an impossibly sexy stranger, a man she must trust with her life.

For Dominic, a man haunted by loss, Mackenzie satisfies a primal hunger that torments him—and the bond they share goes beyond heat, beyond love. She alone can supply the strength he needs to claim his revenge. But in doing so, he could destroy her....



About Laurie

Guest Blog by Laurie London and Giveaway - February 22, 2012
A graduate of Western Washington University with a BA in Business Administration and a former tester/programmer for a Fortune 500 company, Laurie London now writes from her home near Seattle where she lives with her husband and two children.

She is a member of Romance Writers of America®, Greater Seattle Area RWA, RWAOnline, Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, FF&P (RWA chapter devoted to all things paranormal), and two book clubs.

When not writing, she can be found running, reading, or riding and showing her horse. Someday she hopes to qualify for the Quarter Horse World Show – that is, if her horse doesn’t get hurt again.

Laurie's Links:

Website
Facebook
Twitter
Pinterest


The Giveaway

THE RULES

What:  One commenter will win a signed copy of Tempted by Blood (Sweetblood 3) from Laurie!

How:  For today (Feb. 22) only you can ask Laurie a question or for all days leave a comment answering the following question:

Do you have a favorite TV show, movie, website, etc that deals with 
paranormal phenomena?

Please remember - if you don't answer the question 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 a mailing address. Contest ends at 11:59pm US Eastern Time on Wednesday, February 29, 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 View From Monday - February 20, 2012

We've arrived at the penultimate Monday in February. Happy Monday everyone! We've another busy week ahead at The Qwillery.

Monday -  Guest Blog by Nico Rosso. The Last Night (The Burning Earth 1) was published on February 13, 2012.

Tuesday -  2012 Debut Author Challenge Interview with Joan Swan. Fever will be published on February 28, 2012.

Wednesday -  Guest Blog by Laurie London. Laurie's third Sweetblood novel, Tempted by Blood, will be published on February 21, 2012.

Thursday -  Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interview with Melanie Card.

Friday -  2012 Debut Author Challenge Guest Blog by Alex Adams. The White Horse will be published on April 17, 2012.

Saturday -  Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interview with Megan Grooms.

Sunday -  Interview with Karina Cooper. All Things Wicked, the third Dark Mission novel, was published on January 31, 2012.


It's a quiet book release week, which for me means I can get everything I'd like!

February 21, 2012
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Troupe
The View From Monday - February 20, 2012
Robert Jackson Bennett F
Love Crazed
The View From Monday - February 20, 2012
Tamala Callaway PNR - Super Natural 2
A Perfect Blood
The View From Monday - February 20, 2012
Kim Harrison UF - Rachel Morgan 10
Forever Claimed
The View From Monday - February 20, 2012
Rachel Lee PNR - Claiming
Tempted by Blood
The View From Monday - February 20, 2012
Laurie London PNR - Sweetblood 3
The Half-Breed Vampire
The View From Monday - February 20, 2012
Theresa Meyers PNR - Sons of Midnight 3
Echoes of Betrayal
The View From Monday - February 20, 2012
Elizabeth Moon F - Paladin's Legacy 3
Raven Calls
The View From Monday - February 20, 2012
C.E. Murphy UF - Walker Papers 7
The Restorer (tp2mm)
The View From Monday - February 20, 2012
Amanda Stevens UF - Graveyard Queen 1



February 22, 2012
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
John Carter, Warlord of Mars Omnibus
The View From Monday - February 20, 2012
Marv Wolfman GN - Collection



February 24, 2012
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Legend of Eli Monpress
The View From Monday - February 20, 2012
Rachel Aaron F - Omnibus


tp2mm - Trade Papeback to Mass Market Paperback

F - Fantasy
GN - Graphic Novel
PNR - Paranormal Romance
UF - Urban Fantasy
What's Up for the Debut Author Challenge Authors? - Part 5Feature: Dark and Deadly: Eight Bad Boys of Paranormal Romance Boxed Set So Many Winners! - August 11, 2012Laurie London's  Seduced by Blood Blog Tour! - Real Settings as InspirationThe View From Monday - July 16, 2012What's Up in 2012 for the 2011 Debut Authors? Part  6Cover Revealed - Seduced by Blood (Sweetblood 4) by Laurie LondonWinners x 9 - March 3, 2012Guest Blog by Laurie London and Giveaway - February 22, 2012The View From Monday - February 20, 2012

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