Halloween Seduction – Blog Hop and Giveaway

halloween seductionHi all,

Today I’m joining in the Halloween Seduction Blog Hop – organised by the lovely Valerie and Renea. The grand prize is a $100 Amazon gift card, so make sure you enter with the rafflecopter at the end.

The theme is Halloween Seduction – and us paranormal writers tend to have a soft spot for the dark and slightly spooky when it comes to romance. I’ve always loved Halloween – yes the costumes, the games and the parties, but more the mythologies and the history behind it. The idea that ghosts, spirits, fairies and all matter of other supernatural beings can slip through the cracks between their world and ours. It conjures up all kinds of images and ideas, doesn’t it? 🙂

In my new release Love Reawakened, it might not be Halloween but with a zombie, a necromancer, a witch and a bit of voodoo thrown in for good measure, then it’s certainly the right time of year for it! See this excerpt and see what you think:

Shocked gasps came from behind her, but the vibrations were already running through the ground. Quickly she smeared the blood around the edges of the circle. The energy was rising now; waves spreading out as she could feel the hairs on her arms standing up and tiny tremors through the soles of her shoes. She drew a final symbol in the blood on the gravestone itself, the rough stone grazing her fingers and making the lines awkward.

“Patrick Connell rise. Come from your grave at my command, rise from your sleep at my bidding.”

The earth in front of her practically bubbled now, and then it parted and a tall figure emerged. Neil almost shrieked behind her but her attention stayed focused on the corpse in front of her. He was newly dead and so perfectly preserved. In fact, gazing at him, you would barely know the difference if you saw him walking down the street. She was quite proud. She didn’t do this spell much, but this was a damn good raising!

“Patrick Connell, you have been raised at my command. You will do as I say and nothing more, bound to me by blood and magic. Do you understand and obey?”

The corpse looked at her, surprising clarity in his deep blue eyes. She didn’t think she’d ever raised one this ‘new’ before and it was actually a little disconcerting how alive he looked. He’d obviously been a handsome man, tall with broad shoulders, thick dark hair, strong jaw, and quite startling eyes. Then he opened his mouth and said a single word.

“No.”

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Blurb

Emma needs to find an escaped zombie! With lives on the line, the only person who can help is the man who broke her heart.

Emma Strachan is a professional witch and quite frankly a zombie raising should be all in day’s work. Now, though, something has gone horribly wrong and with lives on the line Emma is forced to turn for help to the one person she never wanted to see again.

When Emma shows up on Garret’s doorstep he knows she must be in trouble-after all nothing else would bring her to his door. Still, he never imagined a zombie gone rogue, or that the blazing attraction between them would be as strong as ever.

As Emma and Garret risk their lives to track down the missing zombie can they put aside past insecurities and trust in each other-before it’s too late.

You can find it at the following links:

Amazon US

Amazon UK

Breathless Press

Don’t forget the Rafflecopter giveaway here.

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I’m also running a new release giveaway for the last few days – you can win a copy of Love Reawakened and some cute and spooky goodies. To be entered for both, just leave me a comment.

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And if you’d like to see some other fab posts on the hop, then have a look here. Click here

Happy Halloween! x

 

 

Release Day – Love Reawakened

Hi all,

You’ll have to excuse me for being excited today – it’s release day for my zombie-themed romance Love Reawakened! (Squee!) I think release days have to be the best days for authors – after months of writing, rewriting, subbing, edits, cover art, promo work and all the other bits that go before, then your baby is finally being released into the big wide world. People can buy it, read it, *cough judge it* – yup it gets scary as well! This is now my second ‘stand alone’ novella, and three stories in anthologies, and I don’t think it will ever stop being just as exciting and just as scary 🙂
Anyway, enough of my gushing and on with the book lol!
Love Reawakened is my first zombie-themed paranormal romance. Those who know me may know just how surprising that is! I’ve never been someone who watches zombie films, or even horror films for that matter – I’m way too much of a wuss. If you’re the same way, then don’t worry about hard-core horror in this – I can read it myself and not have nightmares! At the end of the day I think it’s all about the characters and, of course, the romance 🙂
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Blurb

Emma needs to find an escaped zombie! With lives on the line, the only person who can help is the man who broke her heart.

Emma Strachan is a professional witch and quite frankly a zombie raising should be all in day’s work. Now, though, something has gone horribly wrong and with lives on the line Emma is forced to turn for help to the one person she never wanted to see again.

When Emma shows up on Garret’s doorstep he knows she must be in trouble-after all nothing else would bring her to his door. Still, he never imagined a zombie gone rogue, or that the blazing attraction between them would be as strong as ever.

As Emma and Garret risk their lives to track down the missing zombie can they put aside past insecurities and trust in each other-before it’s too late.

Excerpt

Shocked gasps came from behind her, but the vibrations were already running through the ground. Quickly she smeared the blood around the edges of the circle. The energy was rising now; waves spreading out as she could feel the hairs on her arms standing up and tiny tremors through the soles of her shoes. She drew a final symbol in the blood on the gravestone itself, the rough stone grazing her fingers and making the lines awkward.

“Patrick Connell rise. Come from your grave at my command, rise from your sleep at my bidding.”

The earth in front of her practically bubbled now, and then it parted and a tall figure emerged. Neil almost shrieked behind her but her attention stayed focused on the corpse in front of her. He was newly dead and so perfectly preserved. In fact, gazing at him, you would barely know the difference if you saw him walking down the street. She was quite proud. She didn’t do this spell much, but this was a damn good raising!

“Patrick Connell, you have been raised at my command. You will do as I say and nothing more, bound to me by blood and magic. Do you understand and obey?”

The corpse looked at her, surprising clarity in his deep blue eyes. She didn’t think she’d ever raised one this ‘new’ before and it was actually a little disconcerting how alive he looked. He’d obviously been a handsome man, tall with broad shoulders, thick dark hair, strong jaw, and quite startling eyes. Then he opened his mouth and said a single word.

“No.”

And where you can buy it! 🙂
Amazon US

Amazon UK

Breathless Press

 

I really hope you give it a try – and enjoy! 🙂

Birthday – and Giveaway!

*stumbles in blearily* Morning all (what do you mean it’s already lunch-time?)

As you might be guessing I had a slightly late night last night – but I have an excuse because it’s my bithday and starting a little early is surely almost mandatory? I’m having a lovely day so far – some fab pressies, including some shiny new books so now I need to squeeze in some reading time this week! We’re also off to see comedian Stewart Lee tonight, have kept just missing out on tickets for his show at the festival for the past three years so am excited to finally see him live 🙂

Since I’m in a happy mood I thought I would spread it along a bit – and start my release week giveaway a day early! See, I’m giving you pressies on my birthday – don’t say I don’t look after you 🙂 I have some very cute prizes – all with a zombie/spooky theme for my new release ‘Love Reawakened’ which is coming out on Friday!

 

GiveawayWhat do you think? To enter then all you need to do is leave me a comment below – or if you haven’t already liked/followed me on Facebook and Twitter then you can get extra entries by doing that as well.

 

Also, since it’s my birthday and that kinds of means you’re morally obliged to be nice to me (hehe) then if you haven’t already then please check out my entry in the Piatkus Entice Romance Competition and leave me a vote – less than a week to go now!

http://www.piatkusentice.co.uk/competitions/writingcompvote/

 

This has been such a fantastic year for me – so a huge thank you to all you lovely people who have helped make it happen. You are all awesome xxx

 

 

 

 

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