The Guilty Innocent Button 300 x 225The Guilty Innocent

Knights of the Darkness Chronicles Book Two

D.N. Simmons

Genre: Urban-fantasy

subgenres: Horror, Paranormal Romance, GLBT, Multicultural, Mystery/Thriller.

Publisher: Rushmore Publishing

ISBN: 978-0615688381

ASIN: B004EPYUTY

Number of pages: 271

Word Count: 106415

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Book Description:

The Guilty Innocent is the second novel in the edgy, action-packed, sexually-charged, Knights of the Darkness Chronicles.

In this installment, Darian, the gorgeous, charismatic and charming master vampire of Chicago is framed for a crime he didn’t commit, but why? His lover, Xavier, Natasha and a few others must travel halfway across the world to find out who and why before time runs out and all hell breaks loose!

Original, sexy and gritty, the Knights of the Darkness Chronicles will suck you in and take you for a ride you won’t forget!

 

 Desires Unleashed
Knights of the Darkness Chronicles Book One

D.N. Simmons
Publisher:    Rushmore Publishing
ISBN-13:   978-0615678641
ASIN:   B004DCB6P4

pages:   294
Wordcount: 121436

Genre:   Urban-Fantasy/Dark Urban Fantasy w/Paranormal Romance elements.

Content warning: Multicultural and mixed genre such as gay/bisexual/straight pairings/sex scenes.Graphic language and violence. Strong sexual themes.
Book Trailer: http://youtu.be/Mu3yBn5HoNM

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Book Description:

Desires Unleashed is the first novel in the riveting, highly-addictive and sexually charged Knights of the Darkness Chronicles. Experience the heart-pounding thrill of the chase in this electrifying page-turner as you uncover the mystery behind the series of gruesome killings that have been terrorizing the citizens of Chicago.

When a grisly decapitated corpse pops up on a Chicago Street, drained of blood, the highly-trained, government-funded special police force assigned two of their best detectives to the case. S.U.I.T. Detectives Warren Davis and Matthew Eric delve deep into their investigation to discover just who or what is leaving mutilated bodies in public places. They soon realize that the killer or killers is one step ahead of them and if they are going to stop the menace before another innocent human is viciously attack, they are going to need help.

Natasha Hemingway liked her life just the way it was… normal and supernatural free. The vampires and shape-shifters were just where she wanted them to be–far away from her. All was going well until an unfortunate accident landed her in the hospital. It was then that she discovered she had an ability that could help her save countless lives.

 

All of a sudden, she finds herself thrust into the dangerous and alluring world of the supernatural and into the arms of two very sexy and deadly vampires.

Original, gritty and sprinkled with just the right amount of humor and wit, the Knights of the Darkness Chronicles will suck you in and take you for a ride you won’t forget. You don’t want to miss out on this amazing series!

 

 

About the Author:

D. N. Simmons lives in Chicago IL., with a rambunctious German Shepherd that’s too big for his own good and mischievous kitten that she affectionately calls “Itty-bitty”. Her hobbies include rollerblading, billiards, bowling, reading, watching television and going to the movies.

She has been nominated at Love Romances and More, winning honorable mention for best paranormal book of 2006. She has won “Author of the Month” at Warrior of Words. She was voted “New Voice of Today” at Romance Reviews and “Rising Star” at Love Romance and More.

To learn more, and have the opportunity to speak with the author personally, please visit the official website and forum at www.dnsimmons.com   D.N. is always interesting in meeting new and wonderful people.

 

Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/user/dnsimmonsKOTD  

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000552496587  

Blog: http://authordnsimmons.blogspot.com 

 GoodReads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1396694.D_N_Simmons

The Guilty Innocent, the second book in the Knights of the Darkness series, was surprising even better than the first. While I was disappointed that Darian didn’t play much of a role in this book, I loved the way Natasha’s character really took shape. We still get plenty of Xavier and Natasha, though very few actual sex scenes. Sergio and Elise are also back and we learn much more about them and meet several of their Pride including Devin, whom I just adored from the start. I would really like to know more about him and hope to see him in the future books. We are introduced to a couple more vampires and also get to finally meet Warren’s boyfriend Adrian.  The storyline itself however seemed to drag a bit for me. There would be a chapter full of action and then a couple chapters that just seemed to be rather slow and repetitive. That being said, I could tell a big difference between the first book and the second when it came to how the characters interacted with each other. I really like the way each character had a pivotal part in how the story played out. I didn’t care for the end of the book as it felt a little forced, but I can’t really say what happened without giving too much away. It was a good lead into the next book and what we might see from Xavier, Natasha, and Darian.

D.N. Simmons has me intrigued with the Nights of the Darkness and I will certainly be reading the rest of the books in the series.

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From Amazon.com

 

The Guilty Innocent is the second novel in the edgy, action-packed, sexually-charged, Knights of the Darkness Chronicles.

 In
this installment, Darian, the gorgeous, charismatic and charming master
vampire of Chicago is framed for a crime he didn’t commit, but why? His
lover, Xavier, Natasha and a few others must travel halfway across the
world to find out who and why before time runs out and all hell breaks
loose!

Original, sexy and gritty, the Knights of the Darkness Chronicles will suck you in and take you for a ride you won’t forget!

Julie is starting her vacation and what better way to start than to visit her childhood friend Hal at his bar. What Julie didn’t expect to start her vacation with is the shapeshifting god of music, Sin, knocking her off her feet and finding out that her childhood friend has been keeping a very big secret. Sin is helping out with the Karaoke side of Hal’s business and while it was just supposed to be for a little while he stayed on because he knew he was waiting for something, or someone to come into his life. That someone was Julie and he couldn’t be happier. Unfortunately Sin’s brother has other plans for him. When Hal starts getting threats from a local businessman and Julie’s car gets vandalized, it seems that it’s more than a coincidence.

Julie and Sin have fallen for each other and the last thing Sin wants to do is leave her, but if history repeats itself he knows that leaving is the only way to save his friends.

A Touch of Sin is a fun and sexy read that will appeal to just about any paranormal fan. Hal, Sin, and Julie’s characters are a perfect fit together and the banter between them had me laughing many times throughout the book. I would love to find out more about Hal and see him get a HEA in the future. I will certainly be following Christy Gissendaner’s coming books and will be adding the future Out of Bounds series to my must reads list.

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From lsbooks.com

Julie Hendricks is a thirty-year-old workaholic who goes to her friend’s bar to meet him for a drink. It’s her first night out in years, and she envisions a normal evening. Instead, she meets Sin, a sexy karaoke DJ who’s not what he seems, and her idea of normal goes completely out the window.

Sin is actually Taliesin, the Welsh god of music and wisdom. For fun, he helps his old college football buddy at the local bar, Out of Bounds. His buddy’s prim friend captures his attention, and he soon reveals more of himself than he usually does.

Julie’s attraction to Sin is immediate, even though she doubts she could ever please a god. When her friend’s business is threatened, Julie must help hunt down the enemy while resisting falling in love with the dangerously intriguing Sin

I’m happy to have Christy Gissendaner here with us today to spotlight her new release A Touch of Sin from the Out of Bounds series. Christy has stopped by and answered some questions for us. Please give Christy a warm VRB welcome!

 

A Touch of Sin Button 300 x 225 (2)A Touch of Sin
Out of Bounds Book One

Christy Gissendaner

Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal Romance

Publisher: Liquid Silver Books

ISBN: 978-1-93176-143-7

 Number of pages: 83

Word Count: 39,820

 

Book Description:

Julie Hendricks is a thirty-year-old workaholic who goes to her friend’s bar to meet him for a drink. It’s her first night out in years, and she envisions a normal evening. Instead, she meets Sin, a sexy karaoke DJ who’s not what he seems, and her idea of normal goes completely out the window.

 

Sin is actually Taliesin, the Welsh god of music and wisdom. For fun, he helps his old college football buddy at the local bar, Out of Bounds. His buddy’s prim friend captures his attention, and he soon reveals more of himself than he usually does.

Julie’s attraction to Sin is immediate, even though she doubts she could ever please a god. When her friend’s business is threatened, Julie must help hunt down the enemy while resisting falling in love with the dangerously intriguing Sin.

http://www.lsbooks.com/christy-gissendaner-c81.php

 

Short Excerpt

This was going to be fun.

The crowd must’ve realized what he was about to do because it suddenly grew quiet, and all eyes turned toward him. Sin removed his earphones and reached for the microphones. “I’ve had a request.”

A cacophony of whistles and shouts filled the air.

“About time!” one of the sorority girls shouted and was echoed by the giggles of her friends.

Sin held up his hand for silence. “I’m going to need a volunteer.”

At least fifty female hands shot into the air. Sin ignored them all for the one hand that didn’t go up. As he had expected, Julie shrank against the back of the couch when his eyes met hers.

Jumping off the dais, he weaved his way through the crowd toward the back of the room. “Come here, Julie.”

Julie’s eyes widened, and she frantically shook her head.

Sin laughed into the microphone. “Don’t panic, Jules. I’m not going to make you sing. Now get on up here.”

She continued to shake her head. “No, Sin.”

Sin decided the audience was going to have to help him. He swept his arm out to gesture toward Julie and spoke into the microphone. “Everyone welcome Jules. She’s a good friend of Hal’s, and this is her first visit.”

If looks could kill and he was mortal, Sin would be a goner from the look Julie gave him. He reached out and plucked her from her seat before she could stop him. He wrapped an arm around her waist and propelled her forward. “Don’t worry. All you have to do is stand there.”

Julie elbowed him in the ribs and spoke through clenched teeth. “I don’t like being the center of attention, Sin.”

He twirled her in a small circle so that she faced the crowd. “Lucky for you,” he paused to throw his arm out in a dramatic fashion to gesture toward Hal. “I do.”

The music started, and he could tell the moment Julie recognized the song. Her eyes grew wide with disbelief, and her face paled.

“You are going to pay for this,” she hissed in warning.

“Relax, Jules. It’ll be fun.”

Sin plopped the top hat Hal handed him on Julie’s head, and the crowd went wild. The noise was deafening. For a moment, he thought she was going to bolt. Instead Julie crossed her arms over her chest and glared at him. “No funny business.”

Sin winked at her and turned back toward the audience as he sang “You Can Leave Your Hat On.” For each item of clothing he mentioned, he teasingly acted as if he was removing it from Jules.

In previous acts, his helper would sometimes become overzealous and actually strip. Thankfully Jules didn’t show a similar inclination. She merely alternated between glaring at the ceiling and at him.

Sin circled her and reached for the buttons of her jacket. Julie tensed as he undid the top two buttons. His fingers brushed the lacy edge of her camisole and desire shot through him. He wanted to have her.

But first he had to get through the next couple of hours. “Don’t look so frightened, Jules. I’m not going any farther.”

“You’d better not unless you want two black eyes,” she warned out of the side of her mouth.

The crowd hooted and yelled for more. Sin nuzzled the side of her neck, enjoying the feel of her skin against his lips. “The crowd is wild for you, Jules.”

“It is not me they want to see, Sin.”

“Maybe not the female half, but the men in the room can’t take their eyes off of you.”

It was true. Sin sensed the envious looks he was being given. He did not feel threatened by their interest. Julie would be his even though she didn’t know it yet.

Sin undid the third button of her jacket, and then a fourth when she didn’t argue. The lapels of her jacket parted and exposed her thin camisole. Even the women hooted with delight as he ran his hands down the sides of her waist.

No one was more surprised than he was when Jules turned and yanked the mic from his hands.

She turned toward the crowd and lifted the microphone to her mouth. “Ya’ll want to see more?”

The crowd went crazy. She turned back to him with a wicked smile. Reaching up with one hand, she removed the hat.

She plopped the hat on his head at a crooked angle and lifted an eyebrow in challenge. “Turnabout is fair play.”

 

 

ChristyAbout the Author:

Christy Gissendaner is a romantic comedy author and believes that laughter and love should go hand in hand.

Christy lives in Alabama with her husband and three sons. She’s always hard at work on her next novel, but in her spare time she loves blackjack, karaoke, and anything resembling a vacation!

 

To find out more, please visit http://christygissendaner.webs.com

http://www.twitter.com/christygis

http://www.facebook.com/christygis

http://www.goodreads.com/christygissendaner

 

 

The Interview:

Welcome and thank you for stopping by Vampire Romance Books to answer our questions!

Thanks for having me!

 

Can you tell us about yourself?

Sure thing! I’m Christy Gissendaner, a contemporary and paranormal romance author. I work full-time, have three young sons, and a very busy home life. I also write historical romance as Robin Danner, so as you can imagine, I have very little free time.

 

What do you enjoy in your free time?

I’m psychic too, did I mention that? ; )

I love karaoke, blackjack, and taking trips to the beach!

 

Who are some of your favorite authors?

Julia Quinn, Parker Kincade, Monette Michaels, and Emilia Mancini are currently filling up my Nook.

 

What is the last book you read?

Elizabeth Finn’s Brother’s Keeper

 

When did you know you wanted to be a writer?

I’ve always loved to write. My high school yearbook actually listed “Nobel Peace Prize winner in literature” as my life’s goal. But it wasn’t until college that I decided to actually try to be published.

 

Do you write in multiple genres? If yes do you prefer one over the other?

I do write in several genres. Contemporary, romantic comedy, and paranormal as my genres as Christy Gissendaner. As Robin Danner, I write historical romance. I have no preference really. Comedy is a natural part of what I write though.

 

Have you been tempted to cross into any other genres?

Not really. Personally sci-fi or M/M aren’t genres I ever believe I’ll go into.

 

What gave you the idea for your latest release?

I actually wrote it in response to a submission call several years ago. It was originally a short story, but I’ve revamped A Touch of Sin and turned it into a novella.

 

Is there a character in the story you have a soft spot for above the others?

Hal, the heroine’s best friend, captured my attention. I’m currently writing his story for book 2 in the series.

 

Are the character personalities total imagination, or are they modeled after the people in your life?

I always put pieces of myself in my characters. Hal’s love of oldies, Sin’s love of karaoke, Julie’s workaholic attitude…it’s all me!

 

Do you already have the whole series mapped out? Do you know how many books there will be?

I’m currently on book 2, but I already have an idea for the third book. At this moment, there will only be three books.

 

Can you tell us a little about your other works?

Last month, I released a sexy friends-to-lovers story with A Hot Mess. It’s set in Vegas and takes place on Valentine’s Day when the heroine is dumped by her fiancé. Her hot best friend, Dylan, comes to her rescue and sparks fly!

 

What are you currently working on? Can you tell us about it?

Some Kind of Trouble, book 2 in  the Out of Bounds series, centers around Hal and his ex, Macy. Hal is a were-bear and his dreams of playing football were ruined when his knee was blown in college. Their story takes place ten years after their break-up.

 

Where can our readers find your books?

My books are currently available at www.lsbooks.com, Amazon, B&N, and All Romance Ebooks.

Ladies and Gentlemen, we have with us today the wonderful Karina Cooper. Karina is the author of the The St Croix Chronicles as well as the Dark Mission series. Karina is out on tour to share her newest release in the Dark Mission series, Wicked Lies. While she’s out and about touring the sites she is giving away a killer prize of 1 full set of the Dark Mission print books (released to this point) which includes: Blood of the Wicked, Lure of the Wicked, All Things Wicked, and Sacrifice the Wicked. (open to US Shipping Only) Be sure to fill out the entry for your chance!

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Now please give a warm VRB welcome to Karina Cooper!

 

Wicked Lies Button 300 x 225Wicked Lies
A Dark Mission Novella

Genre: Paranormal Romance (Avon’s first male-male romance)

Publisher: Avon Impulse

Date of Publication: 3/5/2013

ISBN: 9780062126733

ASIN: B0092QPCXS

Number of pages: 112

Word Count: 29,159

Formats available: e-book

Purchase Links:

http://www.avonromance.com/book/karina-cooper-wicked-lies

 

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Book Description:

Jonas Stone has been given his first independent operation: rescue the insurrection leader’s imprisoned grandson from the Mission. Getting the job done means more than getting Danny Granger out-it means staying with him while he heals. Staying too close, for way too long.

Danny is everything Jonas isn’t: confident, optimistic, honest–a man to be reckoned with. If only it didn’t mean going against everything Jonas has planned. He’s kept his secrets for years, hid behind a mask no one could see through…until now. Danny isn’t the kind of man Jonas deserves. But he might be exactly the man he needs…


 

Excerpt

Dedication:

For my Uncle Stephen. You were the first man in my life who bravely came out to me, and who paved the way for me to be myself. I loved you so much before, and I love you just as much now.

You are my inspiration.

And for every gay, lesbian, bi-, trans-, queer, and questioning youth out there. Life can be hard, sometimes it can get mean. There will be days when you feel like it’s impossible, but I want you to know that there are people like me out here who support you. I promise : it gets better.

Chapter One

A blue-white light flickered in the dark. Sparks glinted off the tool racks bolted to the wall across the shadowed room, reflected from the metal braces left leaning against the desk. As silence—mind-numbingly loud, thick as water, and twice as hard to breathe—filled the narrow room, that blue-white light caught in the circular lenses of a pair of glasses and threw a glare across the screen.

Jonas Stone stirred. “It has to be now,” he said, his voice too loud in the oppressive weight of the shadows behind him. He couldn’t look away from the feed spilling its incandescent glow over his desk, his keyboard.

His conscience.

Because the man framed in that digital feed—the kid strapped to the chair dead center of the surveillance footage—wasn’t the first suspected heretic to sit there. To sweat there.

To bleed.

“Be sure, Jonas. We get one shot at this.”

His brain wanted to look at the comm unit beside his left hand. His body refused to obey, every cell focused on the prisoner’s dark, drooping head. Scarred fingers twitched, knuckles whitening, and Jonas frowned as he realized his right hand had closed into a painful fist.

It had to be now. The kid wouldn’t last much longer.

“There’s no alternative,” he replied. “We’re not going to get another opening soon enough to .” He hesitated.

The voice over the comm link didn’t waver. Not even a fracture. “Soon enough to save him.”

Only through recent experience did Jonas know that the raspy, lifetime-pack-a-day voice coming out of the secure line belonged to a woman named May. Leader of a rebellion that had saved Jonas’s life, and the perpetrator behind a string of hacking jobs that left Jonas seriously reconsidering a career shift before the Church had made that choice for him.

The fact that she was very, very good was all that kept him from throwing in the towel now.

But he’d never met her in person. Hell, he’d never met the prisoner now struggling to raise his head in Jonas’s feed, either. Instead, all he had was a picture in a box, a hacked security feed, and too many hours spent staring at the incandescent screen until his eyeballs throbbed and the vicious curl of helplessness inside him turned to a spiraling ache.

That boy didn’t belong in that kind of interrogation room.

A single light, faded blue, gleamed over shoulders broader than Jonas’s, but not by much. The prisoner was athletically lean where Jonas was simply skinny. The narrowly defined muscles of his chest were outlined by the stained remains of a thin, long-sleeve shirt.  Blood and sweat had turned it nearly brown. His slumped shoulders strained against the restraints confining him to the hard metal chair, a position not just awkward but painful as hell. Jonas hadn’t seen his face for over an hour.

He didn’t have to. He knew what he’d see when—if—the kid raised his chin again.

Blood caked into a ridged scab across the fine slash of his upper lip, under his broad nose and over a determinedly sculpted chin. He’d see the blackened stains of it dried into the man’s ears, blending into his dark brown hair. Even now, that greasy fringe flopped over his forehead, long since sweating off the gel that had held it into its fashionable spikes. The longest of the textured strands would slide into one swollen eye, if it ever opened again.

The prisoner had eyes the color of the computer-lit confines of the places Jonas preferred to inhabit. Almost black, even without pain stripping them to an endless void. When open, those eyes all but crackled with an intensity that could take a lesser man’s objectivity away in a single glance. Like a hungry kid or a kicked puppy.

Or a man on the edge of desperation.

Jonas’s chest kicked.

“Let me know when your people are ready.” He didn’t bother hiding the raw regret in his voice. He’d felt a lot of it, lately. After all, he used to be the man who helped put people into rooms just like that.

“Fine.” May’s voice cracked. Flattened. “I’m trusting you, Jonas.”

“I know.” They always did. “Let me try. I’m positive I can get him out. They won’t expect it this soon.”

 

 

 

Karina CooperAbout the Author:

Born from the genetic mash-up of lesser royalty, storytellers, wanderers and dreamers, KARINA COOPER was destined to be a creative genius. As a child, she moved all over the country like some kind of waifish blonde gypsy and thrived in the new cultures her family settled in. When she (finally) grew up, she skipped the whole genius part and fell in love with writing because, really, who doesn’t love making things up for a living?

One part romance fanatic, one part total dork, and all imagination, she writes dark and sexy paranormal romance and urban fantasy. When she isn’t writing, Karina is an airship captain’s wife and Steampunk fashionista. She lives in the beautiful and rainy Pacific Northwest with a husband, four cats, two rabbits, the fantasy of a dog, and a passel of adopted gamer geeks.

www.karinacooper.com  

http://www.avonromance.com/author/karina-cooper

Twitter: @karinacooper

 

One Terrific Interview!

Hello Karina and thank you for taking the time to stop by VampireRomanceBooks.com to answer some questions for our readers.

Hi! Thanks so much for having me today! I’m always happy to wander on by. Especially if there’s cookies. Vampire cookies? We’ll work something out.

 

Can you tell the readers a little about yourself?

I’m… Uh. How do I condense me? I’m a gamer, I like video games and roleplay and cosplay and dressing up in awesome ways, and I’m a writer—obviously. I love to read, I love to story-tell, and it seems like I’m always doing one of those things at any given moment. The mancandy and I are also parents, of a sort, to a host of animals: four cats and a rabbit. Because, you know, there’s nothing like pet hair around the ankles to really make one feel attractive.

 

Since you’re out touring the blog world for your new Dark Mission book Wicked Lies, can you tell everyone about the series and what we can expect from Wicked Lies?

The Dark Mission series begins with Before the Witches, a prequel set fifty years before the official first book, Blood of the Wicked. The series tells a story of good and evil, and those ambiguous choices that make neither option look very good. What’s good isn’t, necessarily, and what’s bad is sometimes the only way. How far would you go to right the wrongs of a world you had no part in shaping?

The context involves witches, who are often caught doing very bad things, and the witch-hunters tasked with the protection of the city of New Seattle. But are the witches all that bad? Are the hunters really doing what’s best? The Dark Mission reveals it all, layer by layer.

Wicked Lies is the novella set between Sacrifice the Wicked and the finale, One for the Wicked. It tells Jonas’ story—prying open the lid he’s kept on tight through four books, putting him in an altogether different kind of situation that he’s just not equipped to handle. It’s Avon’s first m/m novella, and I’m so happy to be able to give Jonas and Danny their shot at love. More, every dime I’m making on this novella is going to the It Gets Better Project, so I’m very excited.

 

You also have a very popular steampunk series The St. Croix Chronicles, can you tell us about that series?

This is a whole other bottle of paraffin! This series follows the exploits of a single character, Cherry St. Croix, as she navigates this in-between life, caught with one foot in Victorian London’s upper echelon and the other mired in the much rougher streets of London low as a bounty hunter. Fiercely independent and unhappy with the demands placed on her as a wealthy heiress, Cherry would much rather explore scientific theory and collect bounties to fuel a laudanum addiction than marry, comport herself, or otherwise give in to Society’s pressures.

 

Tarnished introduces Cherry to the grim workings of a madman working with the dead, and Gilded follows her as she copes with the fall-out—which, naturally, includes finding new madmen to hunt down!

 

What are you currently working on?

Corroded is the third in the St. Croix Chronicles, and in it, we see Cherry as we never have before—reeling from a bitter betrayal and trying to put her life together. This will be out with Carina Press in Fall of 2013. But I just finished The Mysterious Case of Mr. Strangeway, which is a prequel novella coming out this summer. In it, I share Cherry’s first collection ever—and her first meeting with the much more impatient Micajah Hawke, five years before Tarnished. The best part is that it was inspired by a steampunk celebrity, and we’ll be working together to promote the novella for Make a Wish.

 

Reading your blog and website, you seem to be a truly down to earth and fun person. What impact has becoming a famous author had on your everyday life?

Thanks! I’m delighted to hear that. Honestly, not too much impact. Every morning, I am wakened as I always am by my alarm—a fellow named Alfred Jarvis, who already has my coffee and oatmeal waiting…

 I kid. Honestly, I don’t think I would ever view myself a “famous”. I’m just this guy, you know? I put my pants on both legs at the same time because, honestly, who actually takes the time to do the one-leg dance?, and I take my coffee in bulk. If anything, I’d say it only increased the pressure I put on myself to deliver. You know, because I wasn’t neurotic enough.

 

As an author of paranormal romance/urban fantasy and steampunk/historical, do you find a large number of readers easily crossover from one genre to the other or are there some that prefer strictly one or the other?

I think that with anything, there’s some give and take. My Dark Mission series has been called “paranormal romance and urban fantasy crossover done right” by the Vampire Book Club, but then I’ve had readers complain that my “happily for nows” aren’t the “happily ever after” wrap-ups that they want. I’ve had folks tell me there’s not enough steampunk in the St. Croix books, or that there was too much romance, or not enough romance, or too much mystery…

 Then again, others seem to think that as they are is good enough for as they should be. I mean, where do you turn? I like to think that my Dark Mission books are a good crossover for UF readers who might want to taste some romance, or that my St. Croix books are ideal for folks who want to dip a toe in steampunk, but what I intend and what readers feel don’t always mesh. All I can do is write good stories and hope that readers like them.

 

Is there a character in any of your books that you would love to kill off simply because they give you such grief when you’re writing?

Not yet! When I want to kill a character, it’s usually for maximum shock value reasons—or because I hate them as people. Like, I’d love to murder the Marchioness in the St. Croix Chronicles, but I’m afraid to say that she’s hale and hearty as of this interview. Le sigh. But the real beauty is figuring out why characters are such gits. What drives them? What motivates them? That’s the key, and if you kill them too fast, you’ll never know.

So, no characters are at risk of getting axed just because they’re prats. Yet. But hey, my career is young!

 

Do you read the reviews of your book?

Only when I’m having a very bad day—which, honestly, is sort of self-defeating. The thing I’ve learned is that readers all have different opinions on what worked/didn’t work/why. They have suggestions, they have threats—such as the reader who solemnly refused to buy another book of mine ever because of Gilded’s cliffhanger—and when you’re already feeling down, these things can weigh like a stone around your neck.

 It’s typical writer neuroses, I think, that makes us take the bad to heart and think the good ones are people just being nice. In the end, I read the ones that people tweet or email directly to me, because there’s usually text involved that gives me a clue, and then I stop. And I honestly try to stay away from Goodreads reviews. I find the audience is so varied there that it’s too much information; it’s impossible to process it all.

 

Okay, enough serious stuff, lets have some random fun!

Whee! I’m not even going to think about these, I’m going to do the James Lipton thing and throw it out there. And… go!

 

Favorite time of year? Summer! I live in the Pacific Northwest where sunshine is rare. Gimme, gimme!

Favorite Color? Burned, very deep orange. It changes, though. Last month, it was all things teal.

Favorite Animal? Lynx! I want to ruffle its fur until it makes that noise—and probably eats me.

All time favorite movie? No such thing! I am easily entertained by movies and I usually have any number of favorites at any given time. Standby movie? French Kiss. Hilarity.

Favorite guilty pleasure? Yaoi manga! I’m totally hooked on the stylistic art and the pretty, pretty boys in them. Right now, my absolute favorite ongoing story is Teahouse (www.teahousecomic.com — totally NSFW!).

Favorite book you read this year? What? It’s only February! I have been on deadline since December! I haven’t read anything. Um… um… I got nothing. But I have a Victoria Dahl book waiting for me to finish writing Corroded!

You and two author write a book together. Who are the other two authors? Delilah S. Dawson and Kevin hearne. It would be the sassiest, sauciest, most awesomest epic ever.

You’re going to a secluded island (no internet or cell service) for 2 weeks. What 5 things will be going with you? My iPad, for writing and reading purposes, the mancandy (he counts!), my swimsuit (unless it’s, you know, secluded, in which case swap that for a sarong), my hair-care products (oh, trust me on that one), and… and… bug spray. I am nothing if not practical. Do they make shark-repellant?

 

Thanks again for stopping by Karina! Is there anything you’d like to add or say to the readers?

Aww, thanks so much for having me! This was great. I hope your readers enjoys the books, and I’m ever so grateful for the chance to talk about Wicked Lies and the It Gets Better donations. Happy reading!

Here are the known upcoming releases by your favorite author’s for March 2013.
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

 

March 1st-4th
 
Angus: Cursed Clan #2
Melissa Schroeder
F
 


Keeper of the Moon: Keepers L.A. #2
Harley Jane Kozak


F
 


This Soul Magic
Michelle Hauf


WH, MG
 


The Shifter’s Kiss
Caridad Pineiro


SH

 
The Chosen: Legend Chronicles #3
Theresa Meyers


SCI
 


Hunger Awakened
Dee Carney


V, E
   

 

March 5th

 
Frost Burned: Mercy Thompson #7
Patricia Briggs


UF, SH, V

 
Undead and Underwater: Undead #11.5
MaryJanice Davidson


N, UF, V, SH
 


Real Vampires Know Hips Happen: Glory St. Clair #9
Gerry Bartlett


V
 


Wild Invitation: PsyChangeling
Nalini Singh


ANT, PSY

 
Mating Instinct: Moon Shifter #3
Katie Reus


UF, SH
 


Written in Red: The Others #1
Anne Bishop


UF, SH, V

 
Unbound: Shifters Unbound #4.5
Angela Knight, Jennifer Ashley


ANT, SH

 
Slashback: Cal Leandros #8
Rob Thurman


UF, V
 


Midnight Blue-Light Special: InCryptid #2
Seanan McGuire


UF, SCI

 
Crave the Darkness: Shaede Assassin #3
Amanda Bonilla


UF

 
Agave Kiss: Corine Solomon #5
Ann Aguirre


UF, MG

 
The Last Grave: Witch Hunt #2
Debbie Viguie


WH, MG
 


The Shape Stealer: Black Swan Rising #3
Lee Carroll, Carol Goodman


F, V
 


Redemption: Seven Signs #2
Erica Hayes


A, DE, V
 


Into the Spotlight: Soulgirls #1
Heather Long


UF, V
 

 

March 12th-19th
 


The Temptation: Secret Circle #6
Aubrey Clark, L.J. Smith


YA, WH, MG

 
Soul of Kandrith: Kandrith #2
Nicole Luiken


F, MG

 
Inferno: Chronicles of Nick #4
Sherrilyn Kenyon


YA, UF, V
 


The Lost: Celestial Blues #2
Vicki Pettersson


UF, A
 


Clockwork Princess: Infernal Devices #3
Cassandra Clare


YA, SCI

 
Without All My Soul: Soul Screamers #7
Rachel Vincent


YA, UF, DE, GH
 


Grave Secret: Secret McQueen #5
Sierra Dean


UF, V
 

 

March 25th & 26th

 
Pooka In My Pantry: Monster Haven Story #2
R.L. Maquin


UF
 


Lover At Last: Black Dagger Brotherhood #11
J.R. Ward


UF, V, WR
 


Twice Tempted: Night Prince #2
Jeaniene Frost


UF, V
 


Wolf With Benefits: Pride #8
Shelly Laurenston


UF, SH

 
Kitty Rocks the House: Kitty Norville #11
Carrie Vaughn


UF, SH, V
 


Kiss of Temptation: Deadly Angels #3
Sandra Hill


V, A
 


Deadly Sting: Elemental Assassin #8
Jennifer Estep


UF, WH, MG

 
Rebel: The Fallen #4
Kristina Douglas


A
 


Hammer of Angels: Shadowstorm #2
G.T. Almasi


SCI
 


Immortal Trust: Curse of the Templars #3
Claire Ashgrove


F

 
Passion’s Prey: Shadow Shifters #3
A.C. Arthur


SH
 


Of Shadow Born: Shadow World #4
Dianne Sylvan


UF, V
I am thrilled to present the cover reveal for Kym Grosso’s
 
TRISTAN’S LYCEUM WOLVES, IMMORTALS OF NEW ORLEANS (BOOK 3)
 
 
Tristan's Lyceum Wolves Cover-KymGrosso
 
An erotic paranormal romance…
Charismatic and powerful Lyceum Wolves’ Alpha, Tristan Livingston, is out for revenge after a devastating attack on his pack. Not only did he survive a building collapse, he orchestrated the rebuild of his chic, state-of-the-art nightclub within a week. Determined to mete out justice, he rescues a beautiful witness who may be the key to helping him find the perpetrators.
Dr. Kalli Williams, dedicated veterinarian, is hiding a secret that endangers not only her own life but the lives of wolves across the country. After being tortured by a savage vampire, she’s reluctantly agrees to help the sexy Alpha in his quest to identify suspects; ones who’d kill her on the spot if they knew she existed.  As Kalli places herself in the hands of the dominant wolf, she soon finds she wants nothing more than to submit.
Tristan, committed to ruling his pack as a lone wolf, is inexplicably drawn to the mysterious and enticing woman, who seems more than human, but not quite supernatural. As he discovers her secret, he teaches her the meaning of trust, helping her learn how to be true to her nature. After living a lifetime alone, will he succumb to the visceral need to claim her, acknowledging the soul binding connection between an Alpha and his mate? And will he prevail against the menacing enemy who threatens to destroy Lyceum Wolves?
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