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We have with us today the talented Kinley Baker! Kinley is out on tour with BewitchingBookTours to showcase her books in the Shadowed Love series as well as her latest release, Excuse My Fairy, a Misbehaving Magics story. Kinley has stopped by to share some excerpts from the books and to tell us about her own love of the paranormal romance genre. She’s not just an author, but also a big fan!

 

A message from Kinley Baker:

Thank you so much for having me as a guest on Vampire Romance Books! I love paranormal romance. It’s the first genre I ever wrote, and it’s the first genre that convinced me buying ten books in a series in a week was not only a good idea, but entirely necessary.

I guess that’s what happens when technology comes out like the Kindle. It’s really very dangerous with the one click buy. Suddenly I’ve spent $200 in a week, and I have absolutely no explanation.

 Something propelled me to keep reading, and I couldn’t stop until I read every single story!

This is probably why I write series. Everyone always has a perspective, and I like to write about everyone’s happy ending.

What do you think about series? Lately, I’m very into the trilogy concept. Although some of my favorite authors are up to their tenth or eleventh books. Sometimes it’s nice to only commit to a trilogy of three.

I also really enjoy novella series. The ones that have different heroes and heroines per book, but each story has a happy ending. I recently released one of these in a new series called Misbehaving Magics. Excuse My Fairy is written by my feistier half. I’m hoping my grumpy fairy heroine makes people laugh.

 I’d love to hear from you all about what you prefer. Who loves standalone books? Any trilogy enthusiasts? Or can the series never go too long?

 There are some authors who I want to keep writing forever like Nalini Singh. I’m going to be so sad when the Psy-Changeling world ends. But other series along the way have lost my interest around the tenth book.

 What makes some series impossible to stop reading? What makes me click buy even though I know I should wait for the inevitable Amazon gift card I always manage to acquire around the holidays (no complaining here)?

Compelling characters. A relatable world. What do you think? And if a particular series immediately came to mind, tell us in the comments! I’m always up for being influenced into purchasing books I can’t afford. But then, who isn’t? I have a suspicion I’ll find like-minded friends around here.

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DENIED  

SHADOWED LOVE, BOOK TWO 

By Kinley Baker

Genre: Fantasy Romance

Publisher: Crescent Moon Press

 

When invaders brutally massacred the women and children of the Varner, Caleb witnessed loss and destruction on a scale few can comprehend. As the leader of a race on the brink of extinction, his only hope for survival is gaining acceptance into the Shadow Shifter Kingdom. Struggling with new customs, he meets Tabitha, a woman who challenges his limits. 

Refused the right to join the king’s guard because of her gender, Tabitha must be stronger than the men to prove she deserves to be the first accepted female Warrior in the kingdom. She believes Caleb will help improve her abilities, until she learns her goals conflict with the foundation of his culture. 

When the realm is attacked, Tabitha and Caleb must come together not only to fight, but to find the strength to win against an evil with the potential to destroy everything they revere most–including each other. 

Add DENIED as To-Read on GoodReads! 

 


RUINED: Shadowed Love Book One

By Kinley Baker

Genre: Fantasy Romance

Publisher: Crescent Moon Press

 

BLURB:

Jessa is one healing away from death. Under the thrall of her gift, the Court’s Senior Healer risks giving her life in exchange for her patient’s.

 Vale is a rebel ruler. When his brother is killed, he’s given the throne and the decree from the Court to produce an heir or lose his family’s hold on the land–and his deceiving advisors aren’t afraid to use murder as a weapon if their directive to stay away from the Senior Healer goes unheeded.

 But Vale burns to possess Jessa. The heat between them leaves a wake of smoke, and even the powerful forces above want to bind them in a union that lasts forever. Vale taking another would be a betrayal neither could survive.

 Their enemies fear a child born of such a powerful Healer and Warrior, but the true threat lies in the bond forged in shadows and fused in fire.

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 EXCERPT RUINED:

“You.” Fury burned hot under Jessa’s skin as she glared at Vale. “Who do you think you are, demanding I come live in this castle? You can’t just order your guards to enter a woman’s home and pack up her things.”

“Well, I did.” Vale came around the desk and propped one hip against it, more of a threatening than casual movement.

 “Someone tried to kill me. It makes sense that I have my Healer close by.”

 She released a pent-up breath. “Why couldn’t you have explained that instead of mandating?” Silly. Her imagination had run away with her. The king needed his Healer. But the realization he didn’t want her made her angrier.

 “Because I didn’t want to give you the option of saying no.”

 She most definitely would have said no.

 “If you would have explained your reasoning, I would have complied. Your safety and health come first, even if I-“

 “Even if you what?”

 “Loathe you.” She bunched her fingers into two fists, seriously tempted to hit him. For all the nonexistent pain it would inflict upon him.

 “Do you?” His tone deadened with calm. “Because I can’t stop thinking about you.”

 “That’s normal.” She brushed off the claim. “I saved your life.”

 He moved in a blur. A true Shadow Shifter. One second he stood near his desk, the next he had her in his arms, one locked around her waist and one hand tangled in her hair. Their lips almost brushed.

 “I can’t stop thinking about you.” His murmur played down her spine, leaving a tingling trail. His scent invaded her. His voice embraced her like bare skin against satin sheets.

 Her heart beat fast, her pulse jumped.

 She disliked him, but didn’t want him to let her go.

 “Have you been thinking about me?” His soft tone feathered over her flesh.

 “Only how much I dislike you.” Lust pulsed in her belly.

 He pulled her head back gently by her hair, so they looked straight into each other’s eyes. Their bodies pressed tightly together. “Liar.”

 

 Check out Kinley’s new novella, Freed, set in the world of The Shadowed Love series

 

BLURB

After mortal invaders slay a Shadow Shifter woman, Queen Ella knows there is more blood on the horizon. As the most powerful Sensitive in the village, Ella has always known she’s destined to save the kingdom. But her task seems impossible. She must move the Well of Souls to a new realm to save her people or risk failing the Ancestor gods.

The woman King Falon loves will never love him back, despite a binding marriage built on regal decorum. Falon’s first duty is to his people, and he only wants to provide the Shadow Shifters with a safe future. He must assert his power to gain the respect of the warriors.

Harder still, King Falon must accept the salvation of his people lies with his own Queen Ella, a woman who speaks madness… a woman he’s always loved, but hardly knows.

 EXCERPT

 

Chapter One

The Mortal Realm, 657

King Falon looked up at the darkening sky, and a heavy burden settled inside his chest. Where were their Ancestor gods?

 From his castle balcony, he stared over the hills of his homeland in Northern Britain, the place the Shadow Shifters had always called home. Their history and their hearts were embedded in these lands.

 The mortals had always been a danger, but his people had escaped their persecution. That was no longer the case. The martyrs wanted to annihilate the Shadow Shifters, a race who thrived in the darkness, who thrived in the shadows, who thrived in the night.

 Holy believers were coming for them, without any understanding of what they attempted to fight. The Shadow Shifter village had remained protected on these hills, with their Ancestor gods watching over them. Now, their existence was threatened.

 “It isn’t your fault.” The sound of Pavel’s voice came from behind him.

 Falon couldn’t bear to face his oldest friend and advisor. “Then whose is it?”

“We knew we couldn’t stay hidden here forever.”

 “Why must they attack during my reign? Why must this fall to me?” He sighed. “For centuries, peace existed for our people.”

  New to the throne, newly wed, newly orphaned. Too many firsts weighed on his shoulders. He didn’t know how to handle the burden.

 Pavel seemed to read his mind. “The Ancestors would never give you this challenge if they didn’t believe you capable of discovering a way to provide for our people.”

 His friend had so much faith in bodiless apparitions. As the Spirit Teacher, perhaps Pavel had to have faith. But Falon struggled. He’d always struggled.

 “That girl–” He couldn’t finish. Seeing the mutilated body of one of his people had made bile rise to his throat. His people had looked to him for answers, and he’d nearly crumbled in front of them.

 “You did your duty per our traditions and honored her family.”

 Falon had done his duty, but the young girl’s face. He’d never forget it.

 “When do you think they’ll come?”

 Pavel sighed. “After their savagery, it could be this night, it could be a fortnight. I do not have the answers.”

 “We must prepare the Warriors.” To stop his people from being destroyed.

 “Then you’ll fight?”

 “What other choice do I have?” He glared at his friend, freeing his frustration.

 “None that you see.”

 “I don’t have time for riddles.”

 Pavel smiled. “You never did.”

 “I’ll do whatever’s necessary to protect our lands and the Well of Souls. We can’t afford to allow the mortals access to our sacred power source”

 “I trust you’ll do what you must.”

 His friend might have too much faith. Falon studied their lands for another long moment, watching the sun fall into the lure of the mountains.

“Of course I will.” But when he glanced back again, Pavel was gone. He had a way of disappearing.

 Falon knew he couldn’t dwell on the events of the past week. A young girl was gone, killed by bloodthirsty strangers, but the rest of his people remained. He could not allow her tragic death to befall the whole.

 He strode through his private chambers to an adjoining room, deciding not to use the shadows to shift so he could take a deep breath and collect himself. After passing through the doorway, he came to an abrupt halt.

 His breath caught at the sight before him. A woman of supreme elegance stood in the last flickers of light, staring out at the disappearing sun from her balcony.

 Heavy, thick robes lined her luscious form. Beautiful velvet in a rich blue color fit snugly to her curves. A crown of entwined flowers sat proud atop her head. Her delicate profile showed her true regal magnificence.

 Light hair curled down long and brushed against the fabric of her dress. She stood, ethereal, like an Ancestor goddess in his midst. Perfect. Untouchable. Supposedly his.

 She didn’t turn to look at him, although he knew she always knew when he entered the room. This was a woman of ultimate power, the strongest Sensitive in the kingdom. And one of only a few in the village who seemed to glow with magic.

 So soft. So kind. So distant.

 She was his wife. His queen.

 And so far out of reach. He wanted her with a desperation that made him ache. But he often thought his wanting of her would be the death of him. He couldn’t allow it to be the death of his kingdom.

 “We’re expected for the evening meal.” His tone was rigid.

 Her stance remained the same, as if she couldn’t hear him.

 “Ella,” he said.

 She didn’t move.

 Ella made him question himself in a way no one ever had. As a royal and now a king, he wasn’t used to scrutiny. No one seemed able to read his shortcomings as easily as his wife.

 His patience frayed. Defiance was not a battle he needed to wage this day. Especially against the one woman who was supposed to stand by him always. Newly married and he’d already learned. The wife he’d married for love would never love him back. And she’d never be on his side.

 ***

War. Ella’s blood boiled with the truth. The scent of blood drifted on the horizon. As the sun faded behind the mountains, her people’s safety faded with it. She felt this truth as surely as she felt her nails curling into her palms.

 Loss. The wind swirled with it. Inevitable sacrifices lingered in their future, but she couldn’t define what they risked. Everything inside her yearned to place the pieces into a discernible pattern, something she could give to the king to use. But for the first time in her life, answers eluded her.

 Were the Ancestors punishing her? She stared into the angry gray clouds and questioned. Something she’d rarely had to do. As a Sensitive, she’d always known the truth. Not now. Everything was changing, evolving, yielding, one day into the next, a whirlwind she couldn’t stop.

 Despair. She could feel the pain in the air, like a blade suspended in time, destined to kill through the ages, destined to harm. A tear slid down her cheek. She was supposed to save her people. She’d always known it. But how?

FatesWish Button 300 x 225Fate’s Wish

Milly Taiden
Genre: Paranormal Erotic Romance
Length: Short Novella
Word Count: 14,727
Page Count: 74
Price: 2.99
ISBN: 978-1-939194-20-6
Heat Level: 3

The man she loves left her, but he’s the only one that can protect her.

Sharmila is a witch with a problem. Her magic is waning. And her lack of sex may have something to do with it. Her mother’s solution? Easy. Sharmila needs to get laid. Easier said than done, though, because Shar is still in love with the only man to make her melt, Zahir Darkwrath. Her missing husband. Her demon.

Zahir knows he’s a danger to Shar, so he’s done his best to stay far away. Darkness flows through his being, and when emotions run wild, destruction rages around him. And sex with Shar is definitely wild. Staying away from the woman he loves is the hardest thing he’s ever done, but hurting her would be far worse. So he’s astounded when Shar’s mother hires his company to watch over her.

Evil is heading Shar’s way, and Zahir is the only one who can stop it. To save her, Zahir will need more than control; he’ll need the power of his own darkness–which might be his undoing.

 

Buy Fate’s Wish here:
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millyAbout the Author: 

Milly Taiden was born in the prettiest part of the Caribbean known as the Dominican Republic. She grew up between New York, Florida and Massachusetts. Currently, she resides in New York City with her husband, bossy young son and their little dog Speedy.

She began writing when she learned to put words together and her first book consisted of two homeless dogs living in a park for her second grade English class. She didn’t win a prize, but she acquired a love for writing that never went away.

When she’s not working full-time, texting with her best friend Heidi in England, chastising her son for pulling the dog’s ears, shopping with her sister Jewel or watching scary movies with her husband, she can be found writing on her laptop. She’s addicted to shoe shopping, chocolate and Dunkin Donuts coffee. 

A major reader when she can get her hands on a good book, she loves reading all Mina Carter, Cynthia Eden, Cynthia Sax among others

 

Website: http://millytaiden.com

Twitter: @millytaiden

Facebook: Milly Taiden

Fate’s Wish is a short, fast paced, sexy novella by Milly Taiden. Sharmila (Shar) is a witch with a problem. Her magic is leaking and she can’t even perform the simplest of spells and there seems to be danger on the way. It all started when her demon husband, Zahir, up and left her for no reason. So what’s a girl to do? Well Sharmila’s mom’s, suggestion is an easy one, she just needs to get laid. Shar doesn’t have any interest in anyone but Zahir, so being the good mom she is, Shar’s mom gets Zahir involved in protecting her from the darkness headed her way.

This book is a very quick read at only 74 pages but the characters are amazing. I really wish it would’ve been longer because there is so much more I wanted to know about everyone. That being said, the author does manage in the short length to have a well rounded story and an ending that leaves you satisfied, but still wanting more. Shar and Zahir scorch up the pages in just about every scene. Zahir is one sexy and powerful demon and has no problem showing Shar just who she belongs to.

I really hope that we’ll get a more in depth look at the characters in the next book featuring Shar’s mom. Milly Taiden has a group of characters that would make a must read full length novel.

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From Amazon.com

The man she loves left her, but he’s the only one that can protect her.

Sharmila is a witch with a problem. Her magic is waning. And her lack of sex may have something to do with it. Her mother’s solution? Easy. Sharmila needs to get laid. Easier said than done, though, because Shar is still in love with the only man to make her melt, Zahir Darkwrath. Her missing husband. Her demon.

Zahir knows he’s a danger to Shar, so he’s done his best to stay far away. Darkness flows through his being, and when emotions run wild, destruction rages around him. And sex with Shar is definitely wild. Staying away from the woman he loves is the hardest thing he’s ever done, but hurting her would be far worse. So he’s astounded when Shar’s mother hires his company to watch over her.

Evil is heading Shar’s way, and Zahir is the only one who can stop it. To save her, Zahir will need more than control; he’ll need the power of his own darkness–which might be his undoing.

Ladies and Gentlemen, I’m so happy to have Kym Grosso with us today. Kym is the author of the sexy and addictive series Immortals of New Orleans. Kym has stopped here while touring with Bewitching Book Tours, to talk about some of the magical moments that happen in the latest book , Luca’s Magic Embrace. She’s also offering a very lucky winner an ecopy of Kade’s Dark Embrace and also Luca’s Magic Embrace! Be sure to leave a comment or question to be entered. So, without further ado, please welcome Kym Grosso!

 

 

Thanks so much to Vampire Romance Books for having me as a guest today.  I really appreciate the opportunity to share my new release, Luca’s Magic Embrace, and guest post with your readers.  My guest post is about the most magical moments in Luca’s Magic Embrace.  Magic and intrigue fill the pages of my novel as does love and romance.   I hope you enjoy my post and thanks again for having me!  It is wonderful to be here!

The universe is full of magical things, patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.  ~Eden Phillpotts

 

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

 

Top 3 Most Magical Moments of Luca’s Magic Embrace

In my new release, Luca’s Magic Embrace, Samantha Irving doesn’t want to be a witch, yet that’s exactly what she is.  After failing to elicit her MagicBookmagic, she escapes to the mountains in an attempt to resume a semblance of her previous human life.  Sexy vampire, Luca Macquarie, concerned for her safety, is determined to bring Samantha back to her coven.  His mission is to go find the novice witch and bring her home, nothing more, nothing less; falling for her is not supposed to be part of the plan.

When an arsonist torches her cabin, Samantha’s worst fears are realized.  Aware that her life is on the line, she reluctantly agrees to return to New Orleans with Luca. In the Big Easy, Samantha and Luca embark on a spellbinding journey, searching for a mystical amulet that promises to release her obligation from an ancient, lethal vampire who’s been threatening her life. 

During the story, we watch Samantha develop her powers, finally accepting her magic.  There are several scenes where she’s forced to use her magic, driven by emotion to change the impossible.  Without providing spoilers, here are my top 3 Magic Moments in Luca’s Magic Embrace:

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  1.  A Burning Cabin.  An intimate, mid-morning lake swim is interrupted as Samantha’s cabin is set fire. This is the first time we see Samantha use her magic, although she doesn’t know quite how she’s done it.
  2. An Evil Enemy.  In a fight for her life, Samantha must learn how to focus her magic during the ultimate battle or be destroyed by her enemy.  She also learns what kind of witch she is and how to control her power.
  3. Acceptance of Magic.  Even though Samantha doesn’t want to be a witch, she must process what’s happening to her.  Not only do we learn if she accepts the magic, but how it will forever change her life.

In the end, Luca’s Magic Embrace, is a “happily ever after”, an erotic paranormal romance.  But while the heroine is a witch and there are spells, the true magic within the book is not necessarily literal magic.  Perhaps, the real magic in my book can be seen in the emotional journey and relationship between Luca and Samantha and their love story.  Despite all the mayhem and mystery, the moments of intimacy and commitment are the most magic moments…moments we all hope to have in our lifetimes. 

 

Love can sometimes be magic. But magic can sometimes… just be an illusion.  ~Javan

 

Lucas Magic Embrace Tour Button 300 x 225Luca’s Magic Embrace

Immortals of New Orleans, Book 2

Kym Grosso  

Genre:  Paranormal Romance, Erotic Paranormal Romance

 ISBN-13: 978-1480199262

ISBN-10: 1480199265

ASIN:  B009SFWOM0

Approximately 255 pages in pdf.  Varies in e-copy.

Word Count:  80,799 words

 Cover Artist:  Carrie Spencer, CheekyCovers

Book Trailer:  http://youtu.be/ngBxFCMQGO0

Amazon US  Amazon UK

 

Book Description:

An erotic paranormal romance…
Sexy vampire, Luca Macquarie doesn’t do love; especially not with humans. Yet, ever since he rescued Samantha Irving, he can’t deny the enigmatic attraction he’s developed for the alluring mortal woman. Concerned for her safety, he’s determined to bring Samantha back to her coven. His mission is to go find the novice witch and bring her home, nothing more, nothing less; falling for her is not supposed to be part of the plan.

Samantha doesn’t want to be a witch, yet that’s exactly what she is. After failing to elicit her magic, she escapes to the mountains in an attempt to resume a semblance of her previous human life. When an arsonist torches her cabin, Samantha’s worst fears are realized. Aware that her life is on the line, she reluctantly agrees to return to New Orleans with Luca.

In the Big Easy, Samantha and Luca embark on a spellbinding journey, searching for a mystical amulet that promises to release her obligation from an ancient, lethal vampire who’s been threatening her life. With cryptic clues and clandestine allies, will Luca and Samantha destroy the dangerous amulet before others acquire it, setting forth a chain of catastrophic consequences? And will Luca give into his erotic desire for the witch who magically captures heart?

 

 KymAuthor Bio:

Luca’s Magic Embrace is my second paranormal romance novel, which is the second novel in the Immortals of New Orleans Series. I have also written and published several articles about autism. I developed a late interest in writing after my son was diagnosed with autism and I started advocating on his behalf. Three years ago, I started my own website, www.AutismInRealLife.com and now blog and write articles for PsychologyToday.com.

 

I live in Pennsylvania with my husband, two children and our dog, Ace. My hobbies include autism advocacy, reading, tennis, zumba and traveling. New Orleans is one of our favorite places to visit with its rich culture and unique cuisine. But we also love traveling just about anywhere that has a beach or snow covered mountains.  I love reading mysteries, romances and about all things regarding vampires, werewolves and other supernaturals.

 Website: www.KymGrosso.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/KymGrossoBooks

Twitter: @KymGrosso

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5785692.Kym_Grosso

Here are the known upcoming releases by your favorite author’s for December 2012.
If we have missed a title, please leave comment with the title, release date, and author name.

Click on each book for more information and to purchase.

ANT: ANTHOLOGY/COLLECTION OF SHORT STORIES
A: ANGELS/GUARDIANS/GODS
AGT: AGENTS/SPY/SPECIAL OPS/FEDS
D: DRAGONS
DE: DEMONS
E: EROTICA
FE: FAE/FAERIES/ELVES
FY: FANTASY
GH: GHOSTS/SPIRITS
H: HISTORICAL
HL: HIGHLANDERS
HMR: HUMOR
MG: MAGIC
MY: MYSTERY
N: NOVELLA
OMN: OMNIBUS
PSY: PSYCHIC/ESP
RR: RE-RELEASE
SCI: SCI-FI
SH: SHIFTERS/WERE
UF: URBAN FANTASY
V: VAMPIRES
VK: VIKINGS
WH: WITCH/WARLOCK
WR: WARRIOR/BROTHERHOODS
YA: YOUNG ADULT
Z: ZOMBIES

 

December 1st-4th


 Deliver Me From Temptation: Paladin Warriors #2
Tes Hilaire


WR, A


My Lord Eternity: Immortal Rogues #2
Alexandra Ivy


V, H


 Archangel of Mercy
Christina Ashcroft


A


Knight Awakened: Circle of Seven #1
Coreene Callahan


MG


Touch of Steel: Clockwork Agents #2
Kate Cross


AGT, SCI
 


Alien vs Alien: Katherine Kitty Katt #6
Gini Koch


UF, SCI
 


Blood Vow: Blood Moon Rising #3
Karin Tabke


E, SH


The Accidental Genie: Accidental Series #7
Dakota Cassidy


SH
 


Black Moon: Alpha Pack #3
J.D. Tyler


UF, SH


Heart of Atlantis: Warriors of Poseidon #8
Alyssa Day


WR, FY


Nightbred: Lord of the Darkyn #2
Lynn Viehl


UF, WR
 


Blood of Dawn: Sloane Skye #3
Tami Dane


UF, AGT

 

December 11th-15th


 Kiss of the Betrayer
Boone Brux


UF, DE
     

 

December 18th-24th


 Betrayed by Shadows: Moonlight#7
Nancy Gideon


SH


Enchanted Ever After: Mystic Circle #3
Robin D. Owens


MG


 Crimson Frost: Mythos Academy #4


Jennifer Estep


YA, MG
 

 

December 26th


 Last Kiss Goodnight: Otherworld Assassin#1


Gena Showalter


AGT, FY


 The Trouble with Fate: Mystwalker #1
Leigh Evans


FE, SH


Gates of Rapture: The World
Of Ascension #6
Caris Roane


UF, WR, V


Gilded: St. Croix Chronicles #2
Karina Cooper


SCI


 Demon’s Curse: Imnada Brotherhood #1
Alexa Egan


SH, H


Blood Winter: Horngate Witches #4
Diana Pharaoh Francis


MG, WH, DE


 A Love Untamed: Feral Warriors #7
Pamela Palmer


SH, WR
 

 

December 31st
 


Black Fallen: Dark Ink Chronicles #4
Elle Jasper


UF, V


Touch of the Demon: Kara Gillian #5
Diana Rowland


UF, DE
 


Death’s Angel: Lost Angels #3
Heather Killough-Walden


A
 


Dreamspinner: Nine Kingdoms #7
Lynn Kurland


FE, FY


 Blessed By A Demon’s Mark: Kat Redding #3


E.S. Moore


V, DE, UF, SH


 My Lord Immortality: Immortal Rogues #3


Alexandra Ivy


V, H
   

Ladies and Gentlemen, please give J.L. McCoy a warm VRB welcome. J.L will be with us all week long sharing her Skye Morrison Vampire series with us all. She will be giving a very lucky winner a great fan pack at the end of her stay with us.

To enter simply leave a comment or question for J.L. and you’ll be entered.  A winner will be chosen on Monday December 10th.

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Come, sit, and read a little more about J.L. McCoy.

Hi J.L.! We are happy to have you at VRB!

      Thank you for having me!  I’m excited to participate in your Spotlight week!

 

Will you tell the readers a little about yourself?

            My name is Jennifer and I live in Austin, Texas.  I write Adult Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance.  I absolutely love writing!  I’m a serious music nerd and can be found rocking out to 80s club/metal/hair bands and 70s classic rock all the time.  My recent obsession is The Black Keys.  Their album ‘Brothers’ is heavily influencing SMVS book 4, Legacy of Blood.

 

What are some of your hobbies?

            When I’m not locked away in my office pounding out the next book in the Skye Morrison Vampire Series, I enjoy karaoke-ing, reading, watching movies, good sashimi, body art, and spending time with my family and friends.  I like to paint and crochet when I have time, but it’s not often that I do.  

 

What inspired you to start writing?

            My mother and grandmother actually inspired me to write.  They had been telling me for years that I should but I never seriously considered it.  When my mother started writing her first book in March of 2011, I decided to give it a go.  I really enjoyed the process.

 

Why did you choose this genre? Do you think you will ever write in other genres?

            I love reading vampire novels and it was just the natural choice for me.  I had an idea for a vampire novel and decided to run with it.   As far as other genres, I will definitely be delving into the Post-Apocalyptic/Dystopian and YA Fantasy pool in the next few years.  I’m super excited to start those projects.

 

Music is a prominent theme in your series.  How do you think music enhances the story?

            Absolutely!  Music is art.  It’s pure love, hate, desire, disgust, beauty, ect. all wrapped up in a catchy little package for our enjoyment.  Music influences my mood when I write and I try to incorporate it into those scenes.  It has always been a major part of my life.  My earliest memories revolve around songs.

 

How did you come up with Skye Morrison’s story?

            The basics of her story hit me while I was lying in bed one morning.  Later, I mentioned it to my mother and we started brainstorming on stuff.  It just kind of exploded from there. 

 

Will you tell everyone a little about the series?

            I’d love to!  Skye Morrison is a recent college grad who is facing major student loan debt.  She desperately needs to find a better paying job in order to start chipping away at it.  One afternoon a gorgeous Irishman comes to her rescue when she is unexpectedly caught in a confrontation with her ex-boyfriend.  The Irishman, Archer Rhys, owns a night club called The Mausoleum and invites her to interview for a job as his Executive Assistant.  The series is about Skye’s sudden introduction into a world she never knew existed and her struggles to maintain a normal life while trying not to fall in love with Archer and his Irish-Punk music playing brother Jameson.  Those vampire pheromones can be tricky!

 

Which character in the series is your favorite and why?

            That is a really hard question to answer because I pretty much love them all.  But if I HAVE to choose, I’m going to say Trey.  He is really close to my heart because he is so sweet.  As a Day Walker, his divine power is Empathy and he is such sensitive soul.  It was no surprise that Skye and Trey quickly become friends.  Trey pretty much wrote himself.  Not a lot of thought went into him during the story board process; he was just kind of always there.  I wish I had a Trey in my life and frequently hear from fans that they do too!

 

When choosing character names, are they just names you like or is there specific meanings in their names?

            Skye’s name comes from an actress in one of my favorite movies, Say Anything.  Her last name is homage to the late and great Jim Morrison, lead singer of The Doors.  Everyone else’s names were either chosen because I needed Irish-sounding names or they just came to me. 

 

What are you currently working on, and can you tell us a little about it.

            Currently, I’m hard at work finishing book 4 of the Skye Morrison Vampire Series, Legacy of Blood.  It is slated for a March 2013 release.  Those who finished book 3, The Original Sin, know that Skye was left in quite the pickle at the end of it.  I don’t want to give a lot away, but it’s safe to say she’s going to have her hands full when she awakens.

 

Do you have any rituals when preparing to write? If so, what are they?

            I’m totally OCD when it comes to my writing space.  My desk has to be neat and the house has to be quiet.  I completely immerse myself in Skye’s world and really get into her head so I try not to be disturbed.  Thank goodness I have a very understanding hubby.  He knows to be quiet when the office door is closed.  (Such a thoughtful sweetheart!)  And I always have to have a cup of ice.  I’m constantly chewing on ice.  When I get writers block, I sit back and munch ice and it helps me think.  My dentist was appalled at a recent visit when I told him how I broke my molar.

 

Do you ever experience writer’s block? If so, how do you overcome it?

            I experience writers block every now and again.  I crunch on the aforementioned ice or take a hot shower and brainstorm.  When I’m really stuck I call up the other half of my brain (my mother).  She’s really amazing.  Skye’s world is always better when she’s involved.

 

Do you use social media to promote your books? If so, where can readers find you?

Absolutely.  Being a self-published author, I don’t have the budgets or the reach that big publishing houses do.  Social media is how word of my books gets spread.  I’d be nothing without my fans sharing the word on Facebook/Twitter/blogs.  You guys play such a major part in my success and I am forever grateful for your support.  You can find me at the following links:

Website:  www.jlmccoy.com

Facebook:  www.facebook.com/authorjlmccoy

We do lots of bookmark giveaways on my Facebook page and announce a Fan of the Week every Sunday, too.  I do have a Twitter account, but I never update it.  I’m just not a tweeter. 

 

Where do you see yourself in ten years?

            Hopefully still doing what I love…writing!

 

J.L., I want to thank you again for stopping by VampireRomanceBooks.com.  Is there anything else you would like to add, or say to all of the readers out there?

            Thank you so much for having me.  I’ve enjoyed the questions.  I hope that your readers will stop by my Facebook page and say Hi!  My admins and I love talking to you guys!  And if you love vampires but haven’t checked out my series, grab a copy of the first book in the SMVS, Blood of the Son, and find out what all the talk is about!  Happy reading!!!

The Original Sin is book three of the Sky Morrison Vampire Series.  Skye has recently learned of vampires.  In fact, she is in an emotional love triangle with two of them.  Life for her has been turned inside out in recent weeks, and in this third installment, the reader learns the effect this new life has had on Skye.

Skye’s character takes a much darker turn from her usual self in this latest novel.  Although I still like her, there were a couple of moments when I wanted to knock her upside the head!  The reason for this transformation is Amun, the father of all vampires.  We learn quite a bit about Amun in this book, and I think he makes a wonderful villain.

McCoy pretty much had me drawn in from the beginning with this read.  She dives right into the storyline, and makes things interesting right from the start.  The book on a whole has a much darker air than the previous two, and it is much more emotional.  I absolutely loved the ending of the book, and once again it was a cliffhanger.  Big things are in store for Skye, and I can’t wait to see where McCoy takes her story!

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From Amazon.com

Skye Morrison’s life lately has been anything but ordinary. Attempting to pull together the pieces of her life that have been ripped to shreds after being kidnapped and tortured by Amun- who happens to be the father of all vampires-her dreams are haunted by memories of those recent fateful and horrific events. Skye struggles with her split feelings and the raw sexual tension with her lover, Jameson Doyle and boss Archer Rhys-the continuous object of her sexual fantasies. Residing at Archer’s lakeside mansion with the rest of the vampire clan, Skye attempts to maintain a normal routine. With the vampire army, The Faithful, attempting unsuccessfully to capture Amun, her nightmares take her down a twisted spiral of entrapment and terror, taking its toll on her daily life. Haunted and hunted by the psychotic and mind-twisting Amun, Skye goes through dark and violent changes, revealing a side of herself she didn’t know existed and ultimately leading to a shocking conclusion.

With a climax that will leave you breathless and wanting more, don’t miss the third chapter in the life of Skye Morrison. Pick up your copy of The Original Sin, book #3 of the Skye Morrison Vampire Series today, written by emerging author J.L. McCoy.

The Sins of the Father is the second book of the Skye Morrison Vampire Series, picking up immediately where Blood of the Son left off.  This is the tale of Skye and how she is handling her life as a human in a vampire world.

I really like the how the relationships and chemistry is developing between the characters in this book.  I am growing really fond of them.  Skye’s personality is really unchanged from the first book except the reader sees a little more of her vulnerability.  Sexy vampires Archer and Jameson are interesting, and seemingly on opposite ends of the spectrum, but both are charming in their own way.  This book also brings some of the supporting characters more to the forefront, as well as a few new ones.  The reader may even be surprised how a couple of them turn out!

Once again, small parts of the story moved a little slow.  I think it is because Skye’s everyday routines seemed just a tad over descriptive with that being said, the action in this installment of the series picked up a lot quicker than Blood of the Son. It was also heavier in the romance department.  I liked the writing in this one much more, as the purpose of the story was much clearer.  Music had a prominent role in this book, just as the last one did.  I was glad McCoy didn’t stray from this way of writing; she seems to use music or mentions music at key scenes to help convey an emotion, or bring more life to a scene.

McCoy is really coming along, and it shows with this more improved second book.  I am even more excited to see how the third book turns out.

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From Amazon.com

After a shocking admission by Archer Rhys, Skye Morrison and the rest of The Mausoleum’s vampire crew have to deal with the aftermath of Houston business owner and fellow vampire Greyson Mead’s murder. A gruesome discovery in Skye’s driveway forces her out of her house and temporarily into Archer’s lakeside mansion with her co-workers Trey, Hunter, Quinn, Seamus, Lochlan, Jameson, and of course the ever jealous Aoife. Skye must now live under the same roof with the two men she wants most and things are bound to get complicated. With a psychotic murderer on the loose hell bent on killing vampires and the appointed army of The Faithful having no luck in finding them, will Skye’s new boss and co-workers live to see next week? Will Skye make it out of Archer’s mansion alive?

Don’t miss the next installment in the Skye Morrison Vampire Series brought to you by breakout author J.L. McCoy. v-v
Approximately: 78,000 words

*Be advised: This book contains adult situations, steamy sex scenes, and cursing.*

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