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Find Your Hero in the Hot Halloween Heroes Giveaway Blog Hop (10/29-11/3)

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Welcome to the Hot Halloween Heroes Giveaway Hop!

October 29 – November 3 

Halloween is the perfect time to celebrate our favorite hot paranormal romance heroes and share them with others like you. With that in mind, we are hopping for Halloween and celebrating everything sexy about our Hot Heroes! They may be vampires and werewolves, angels and demons, gods and goddesses or any number of sexy shifters or other hot paranormal creatures.

Special thanks to Felicity Heaton and Indie Romance Books for hosting this blog hop! Check out this HOT excerpt and then find out about the Giveaways. Enjoy!

EXCERPT

The following excerpt is from Victoria Embers’ Conquest (My Vampire Lover #1) – FOR MATURE AUDIENCES ONLY. Learn more below.

“Take me please,” I demanded, glaring up at the ceiling.  I slammed my arms into the bed, grabbing the satin sheets tightly in my grasp.  I arched my back upwards to him.  “I want to be with you forever.” Conquest (My Vampire Lover Part #1)

“With all your heart?” he asked.

Wrenching my hands together, he held them before him.  His eyes glowed, fierce.

The palms of my flesh grew numb and I froze.  In his darkened bedroom where I spent my days alone and confined, I could only hear his threatening voice.  Being with him every night was what I lived for.  I longed to be his one true love.  It didn’t matter that I was different than him.

“Yes, I want to be yours forever.”  I pulled my body to his, forcing myself off the bed as difficult as it was to do.  His hands bit into my wrists, but the pain didn’t matter.  “I’ll forsake everything to be with you.  Have I not proven that to you time and time again?”

“You have no idea what you’re asking me to do.  Drinking my blood is one thing, but turning you…”  He released my hands and I sank down again into the soft bed.

Immediately I felt his touch return.  I closed my eyes, savoring the moment.

His touch was light and deliciously teasing.  He spread my legs and took his time sliding his fingers down my stomach.  Pausing at the entrance just above my sex, he ran a fingertip around the small triangle of hair.  Then he slid two fingers inside me, instantly finding my clit with his thumb.

“You’re so wet,” he whispered in my ear.  “Perhaps you speak the truth.”

“Yes.”  I groaned, grinding my hips against his hand, letting my body become his as he sent his fingers into me.  I was willing to do anything to please him.  I dug my fingernails into his strong back, feeling the skin loosen slightly under my fingertips.  The warm, wet stickiness of his blood covered them.

“Yes, that’s it,” he growled.  “You want more?”

He slapped me hard on the thigh, growing more aroused.

I fell into the sheets of the bed, feeling a delicious tinge of electricity radiate down my leg.

Crouching above me like a tiger, he immediately reclaimed me.  He pulled me from the bed, whirled me around, and wrapped his arms around me possessively.  His fangs brushed the side of my shoulder.

Momentarily I winced in shame when I realized my shoulders had dropped forward like a coward.  I was shaking.

Suddenly he grew very still.  “I’ll release you, if you like.  And this will all be over.  If I turn you, we’ll surely go to war.  Do you understand?”  His breath was hot on my shoulder.

Gathering my strength, I locked myself into his embrace.  My head fit perfectly in the hollow between his shoulder and neck.  I settled back, enjoying the feel of his strong arms around me.

He traced his fingers down the outer curves of my body.

I could feel his heavy breathing on the back of my neck, as he held me close.  Then putting a large hand to the front of my belly, he drew me to him.

“But I can’t lose you,” he whispered in my ear.

I shuddered beneath his touch.  To be his forever.

GIVEAWAY

Leave a comment on this blog and tell us who your favorite Hot Paranormal Hero is. The person to post the 152th comment will be given the option of selecting 2 ebooks (less than 1.99) by ANY of these authors featured below including those featured in the Darlings of Darkness anthology.

But check it out! You’re a winner already! Download any of the ebooks for Free now!

Please note all the ebooks shown here are Free.

Darlings of Darkness – Free at Amazon

vanthology

A star-studded anthology of thrilling, action-packed and totally swoon-worthy first books from ten different vampire series by your favorite women authors including Ally Thomas, Chrissy Peebles, Kristen Middleton, Suzy Turner, S.J. Wright, Trina M. Lee, W.J. May, Dale Mayer, K.C. Blake, and Claire Farrell. (Cover Design by Cora Graphics)

 

Young Adult Romance

FinalLHell_P1_EM_JournalsLove Begins in Hell (The Moon Journals: Part 1) by Ally Thomas – Free at Amazon Smashwords

For some, love begins when you least expect it. For Elana, falling in love begins in Hell. When twenty-one-year-old Elana is kidnapped and finds herself in Hell of all places, she discovers something unique in her ancestry. She’s a werewolf and she’s fallen in love with someone unexpectedly Dante, the young demon who agrees to help her escape.

(Cover Design by Ally Thomas)

Paranormal Romance

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The Lady in the Mist (A Werewolf Tale) -Sample by Catherine Wolffe – Free at Amazon Barnes & Noble | Kobo

The Civil War took Sonja Brooks’ husband and left her alone. Unprotected and scared, she runs headlong into a life changing event when she’s attacked by a pack of wolves. Her fate as a werewolf is sealed. When she stumbles upon Ty Loflin, a Rebel solider dying of his wounds, she nurses him back to health. He’s the perfect mate, but will he want her once he knows the truth?

In this sample at 7,000 words, Catherine Wolffe weaves a new blend of western romance with paranormal elements involving werewolves and vampires. (Cover Design by Ally Thomas)

Paranormal Fantasy

Medium_Part1The Vampire from Hell (Part 1) – The Beginning by Ally Thomas – Free at Amazon iTunes | Barnes & Noble

Rayea isn’t daddy’s little girl, even if he is the most powerful fallen angel around. He wants her to take an active role in the family business. But she’s not interested in his schemes for world domination. Instead she wants to spend her time shopping on the Internet, rescuing humans from a horrific eternity, and practicing martial arts with her seven foot hellhound. Then one day everything changes.

Please note that this sample (as of May 2013) includes both Part 1 and Part 2 – A Vampire Among Angels. (Cover Design by Cora Graphics)

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Erotic Romance

Conquest (My Vampire Lover Part #1)Conquest: My Vampire Lover Part #1 (A Dark Realm Novella Series Sample) by Victoria Embers – Free at Amazon Barnes & Noble

Caroline, a werewolf and princess of the Golden realm, has discovered a new love in her vampire captor. She’s willing to risk everything, even her life, to prove to him she loves him and has forsaken all others including her family and her pack.

This sample contains Conquest (My Vampire Lover Part #1) and Chapters 1 and 2 from Redemption (My Vampire Lover Part #2). (Cover Design by Ally Thomas)
Free at Amazon Barnes & Noble

Desire (Erotic Vampire Confessions #1) by Randi FangDesire_1_EVC_alt2

Desire (Erotic Vampire Confessions #1) begins as Randi Fang explores this subject with her first vampire to interview, a fan of the fang whom Randi calls simply Rose. Rose has a chance encounter with an actor who plays a vampire and discovers he’s “into” being bitten.

An excerpt to the next short story, Tasted (Erotic Vampire Confessions #2) is included. (Cover Design by Ally Thomas)

Free at Amazon | Barnes & Noble

TinaSamson’s Lovely Mortal (Scanguards Vampires #1) – Free at Amazon
Vampire bachelor Samson can’t get it up anymore. Not even his shrink can help him. That changes when the lovely mortal auditor Delilah tumbles into his arms after a seemingly random attack. Suddenly there’s nothing wrong with his hydraulics – that is, as long as Delilah is the woman in his arms.

His scruples about taking Delilah to bed vanish when his shrink suggests it’s the only way to cure his problem. Thinking all he needs is one night with her, Samson indulges in a night of pleasure and passion.

However, another attack on Delilah and a dead body later, and Samson has his hands full: not only with trying to hide the fact he’s a vampire, but also with finding out what secrets Delilah harbors for somebody to want her harm.

Felicity

Covet (V.E.T Vampire Romance Series Book 1) by Felicity Heaton – Free at Amazon

Javier knows better than to succumb to his hunger for Lilah. The mortal female belongs to a powerful aristocrat patron of Vampirerotique, the theatre he runs with three other vampires. A single touch is all it would take to break the sacred law of his kind, sentencing himself to death, but his passion for her has become too fierce to ignore and he will risk everything to make Lilah his.

Lilah has fought her desire for Javier since arriving at his theatre as a servant but each glance he has stolen, his eyes promising pleasure that will satisfy her longing for him, has chipped away at her defences and she can no longer deny her need and her forbidden feelings for the powerful vampire male.

When they find themselves alone in a private box during one of the erotic performances, will they surrender to their passion and live out their wildest fantasies in a night of wicked pleasure or will the threat of Lilah’s master keep them apart forever?

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Manday Monday Blog Hop for 10/28…Vampire Hotties

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Today I’m featuring guys who play vampires for my Manday Monday Hotties Hop.

Alexander Skarsgard

Alexander Skarsgard

Alexander Skarsgard as Eric Northman in True Blood

Alexander Skarsgard as Eric Northman in True Blood

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Steamy Sunday Giveaways – Virgin Moon and More

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Many author friends and I will be in a great blog hop coming up, sponsored by Felicity Heaton and Indie Romance Books so today I want to throw in a little pre-celebration giveaway!

My 1st Giveaway

Extended through Oct. 31st, you can still enter to win all 3 paperbacks, Parts 1, 2, and 3 from my series, The Vampire from Hell. Click here to enter. newcovers_giveaway

My 2nd Giveaway

After you read the excerpt, comment on this blog article and tell us what you thought of it. One winner will be selected via random.org and will win an ebook (Nook/Kindle) of Virgin Moon (Episode #1) (A Vampire/Werewolf Romance) by Ally Thomas.

EXCERPT Featuring Emily and Vincent – FOR MATURE AUDIENCES ONLY

About Virgin Moon
A forbidden romance with a vampire unlocks a virgin werewolf’s passions
Vincent, the rebel vampire son of the dark lord Alichino, receives Emily, a virgin werewolf as a playmate. He wants no part of his father’s latest toy until he looks into the virgin’s eyes and feels his heart flutter. Vincent realizes he must escape with the werewolf beauty who has awakened his heart before she’s found or dies at the hands of his evil father.

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He smiled again, this time shyly, almost innocently at me.  “Is that too much to ask?”  Vincent took his cock out of his jeans while still leaving them on and began caressing his enormous member.  He stroked the shaft a few times, and then circled the tip of his head with a purpose.  He was already hard, so I didn’t understand why he was taking the time to increase his erection, but obviously he did.  It was a sight to behold.  No men I knew would be so bold as to touch themselves.  It was an exquisitely delightful gesture.

Suddenly a vision of having him inside me surfaced.  My jaw dropped open and my knees weakened.

He joined me again on the bed.  Vincent took my hands in his and placed one on his cock.  My eyes grew wide and I relished the smoothness of his rod.  He was hard as steel, yet smooth as velvet.

“You’re magnificent,” I mumbled.  Did I really want this to happen?  I wanted to pull away again out of fear and I felt my breathing stop.  I was almost paralyzed by it all.

Before I could move, he pulled me to him, throwing one of his legs over my head and sat facing me.  His long legs were positioned on each side of me.  He grabbed at my elbows so I was almost sitting in his lap.  He threw my shirt open and tenderly caressed my breasts.  “It’s okay.  Relax and just enjoy my touch.  I won’t go any further than you desire.”

I bit down on my lips and felt tears forming in my eyes, not out of fear, but out of happiness.  I had always wanted a real man to be my first and I was so thankful now that I had maintained my virginity in the Golden Kingdom all my twenty-five years.  Vincent would be the man I’d give myself to.

He lowered his head and kissed the inside of my neck, letting his tongue travel up and down its side.  His touch was so warm and inviting.

My head collapsed on his shoulder when he drove a finger, then two into my pussy.

He kept his eyes on me the whole time.  We both felt the ecstasy of his slight penetration.  Inwardly I begged for more.  I gritted my teeth and inched closer towards him.

“Emily, wait,” he whispered.

“Please Vincent, I want this.  I’ve wanted this for so long.”  I took his long cock in my hands, spreading my legs wider in front of him so his fingers could do with me as they pleased.  I stroked him slowly at first, then faster, feeling our movements mimic each other’s rhythm.  “I’m ready to taste you, Vincent.”  I paused, waiting to see if my statement had registered with him.  I could barely hold on to not coming.  His fingers worked magic on my very moist pussy, and I was fine to let him continue if that was his wish.  But stroking his cock in my hands, hoping to dive in closer pushed my mind to madness.  I had to know what a vampire tasted like.  “Vincent,” I pleaded.

Quickly, without saying a word, he flipped me around so that I was facing his manhood one on one.  I straddled him in a 69 as he moved effortlessly beneath me and caressed my buttocks.  I kissed the top of his cock and then took him in my mouth, a little at first and then all the way, finding my mouth at the base of his cock.  The tip of his dick tickled the back of my throat.  My knees weakened and I sank closer to him.  I wanted to melt into his face.  I wanted my juices to run down his neck.

He held my thighs in his hands and devoured me with his tongue.

As I lavished the taste of him, moving up and down on his shaft, he spread my legs wider, and thrust his tongue into my pussy.  My nails dug into the fabric of his jeans.  No one had ever eaten me out there before.  I couldn’t believe it was happening.  I couldn’t believe any of this was happening.

I forced him further into my mouth, resuming my strokes with renewed enthusiasm.  With each long stroke of my sucking, I devoured him whole-heartedly.  I sucked insanely on his cock.  Now and again, he would push his cock deeper into my mouth, but finally he allowed me to take charge.  I must be doing a good job for a virgin, I thought to myself as I blew him.  I hated the boyfriends I had had who thought a blow job was an excuse for face fucking.  Vincent wasn’t like that apparently.

“Ah my sweet, you’ve done everything but fuck, haven’t you?  I can tell.  Just the kind of virgin I like.”  He slapped my ass a few times before he resumed his activity.

I was too preoccupied with loving his cock to answer or stop my progress.  I wanted him to come in my mouth, that was my new goal for the night, to taste the essence of a vampire.

When I felt him pull a shocker on me, all bets were off.  I knew I’d come instantly, but I didn’t want to before he did.  I wanted to taste him.  I didn’t want to be done.  How delicious did a vampire taste, I wondered.  How marvelous next to a werewolf?  Was there a difference?  How exquisite would Vincent’s come feel running down the back of my throat?

A gasp erupted from me and I struggled to keep my bent legs steady.

“Will you come for me, Emily?” Vincent asked.

I shook my head feverishly, trying not to release his cock from my mouth for a moment.

“Lovely,” he replied.  “You have a wonderful ass and pussy, Emily.  Truly wonderful.  Someday I will be inside you.”

His words filtered above the air as we continued to busy ourselves with our exploration of one another on the massive bed.  Carefully he plunged his index and middle fingers into my dripping pussy while his pinky finger penetrated my ass.

“I want you to come in my mouth,” he said as he kissed my pussy.  I felt his hot breath against the lips of my sex.

Shivers of warm ecstasy rippled through me.  His words were enough to make me come.  I struggled to hold back, hoping the moment would last forever.

“Not before you,” I replied, licking the tip of his cock and tracing my tongue down the length of his shaft before I cupped and kissed his balls.

“Such a naughty girl.  We’ll finish together then.”

I didn’t really know what that meant until he jerked me up in his arms, whirled me around, and plunged my hips upon his.  I screamed, reacting against the ecstasy I felt.  I was certain Vincent had plunged his cock into my pussy, and I wanted it.  I ever so wanted it.  But he had not.  I couldn’t fight the feelings electrifying through my body.

He clamped down on my knees as I straddled him.  His cock still pulsating beneath me.  “Are you willing, Emily, to someday be mine?”

Oh god, no, I thought.  I was so wet that I willingly accepted his invitation.  It was beyond words.  How could I not say yes to this man?  “Make us both come, Vincent,” I replied.  “You will be my first.  I swear it.”

His blue eyes blazed with passion.  “You will be mine.  And this is only the beginning.”

The moonlight blasted us with its light as if on cue.  We were bathed in a warm, glow of magical delight, one that I could not have fathomed before this night.  The lighted design above us turned a series of brilliant shades of amber and gold.  I gave myself completely to Vincent as he rubbed the head of his cock against the tip of my clit.  For a brief moment, I thought about pushing myself onto his rod.  I searched his face for a yes as he continued to tease me.

Then he plunged two of his fingers into my wetness of desire and caressed my clit with his thumb.  Without any shame, I watched as his muscular tanned arms pleasured me.  His biceps glistened in the moonlight and I caught a glimpse of his pendant sparking as it bounced against his chest.  It was in the shape of a crescent moon.

“You’re so wet,” he whispered in my ear.  “Your heat is phenomenal.”

“Yes.”  I groaned, grinding my hips against his, letting my body become his as he drove his fingers into me.

“Fuck me like that.  Oh yes, fuck me like that, Vincent.”  I dug my fingernails into the sheets, trying not to arch my back too high off the bed.  The sensation of his touch was mind blowing.

“Yes, that’s it,” he growled.

I latched my hands around his cock again.

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Other Steamy Giveaways for this Sunday – Each is FREE 

Erotic Paranormal Romance

Conquest (My Vampire Lover Part #1)Conquest: My Vampire Lover Part #1 (A Dark Realm Novella Series Sample) by Victoria Embers – Free at Amazon Barnes & Noble

Caroline, a werewolf and princess of the Golden realm, has discovered a new love in her vampire captor. She’s willing to risk everything, even her life, to prove to him she loves him and has forsaken all others including her family and her pack.

This sample contains Conquest (My Vampire Lover Part #1) and Chapters 1 and 2 from Redemption (My Vampire Lover Part #2). (Cover Design by Ally Thomas)
Free at Amazon Barnes & Noble

Desire (Erotic Vampire Confessions #1) by Randi FangDesire_1_EVC_alt2

Desire (Erotic Vampire Confessions #1) begins as Randi Fang explores this subject with her first vampire to interview, a fan of the fang whom Randi calls simply Rose. Rose has a chance encounter with an actor who plays a vampire and discovers he’s “into” being bitten.

An excerpt to the next short story, Tasted (Erotic Vampire Confessions #2) is included. (Cover Design by Ally Thomas)

Free at Amazon | Barnes & Noble

TinaSamson’s Lovely Mortal (Scanguards Vampires #1) – Free at Amazon
Vampire bachelor Samson can’t get it up anymore. Not even his shrink can help him. That changes when the lovely mortal auditor Delilah tumbles into his arms after a seemingly random attack. Suddenly there’s nothing wrong with his hydraulics – that is, as long as Delilah is the woman in his arms.

His scruples about taking Delilah to bed vanish when his shrink suggests it’s the only way to cure his problem. Thinking all he needs is one night with her, Samson indulges in a night of pleasure and passion.

However, another attack on Delilah and a dead body later, and Samson has his hands full: not only with trying to hide the fact he’s a vampire, but also with finding out what secrets Delilah harbors for somebody to want her harm.

Felicity

Covet (V.E.T Vampire Romance Series Book 1) by Felicity Heaton – Free at Amazon

Javier knows better than to succumb to his hunger for Lilah. The mortal female belongs to a powerful aristocrat patron of Vampirerotique, the theatre he runs with three other vampires. A single touch is all it would take to break the sacred law of his kind, sentencing himself to death, but his passion for her has become too fierce to ignore and he will risk everything to make Lilah his.

Lilah has fought her desire for Javier since arriving at his theatre as a servant but each glance he has stolen, his eyes promising pleasure that will satisfy her longing for him, has chipped away at her defences and she can no longer deny her need and her forbidden feelings for the powerful vampire male.

LadyMist2_sample_sw2013The Lady in the Mist (A Werewolf Tale) -Sample by Catherine Wolffe – Free at Amazon Barnes & Noble | Kobo

The Civil War took Sonja Brooks’ husband and left her alone. Unprotected and scared, she runs headlong into a life changing event when she’s attacked by a pack of wolves. Her fate as a werewolf is sealed. When she stumbles upon Ty Loflin, a Rebel solider dying of his wounds, she nurses him back to health. He’s the perfect mate, but will he want her once he knows the truth?

In this sample at 7,000 words, Catherine Wolffe weaves a new blend of western romance with paranormal elements involving werewolves and vampires. (Cover Design by Ally Thomas)

Two Blog Hops, Twice the Fun – Enter to Win

SizzlingSummerBlogHopButtonI thought I’d share with you today information about two blog hops going on this weekend. I’m in one and several of my author friends  who are collaborators are in the other one. Be sure to check out both links and enter to win one of their fabulous prizes.

First Blog Hop

The first blog hop is by the Romance Troupe. To enter, click here. You’ll scroll to the bottom of the page and click on each author’s link. Add a comment to the author’s article with your email address.

Author friends involved in this blog hop that lasts through July 7th are Catherine Wolffe, Alexandra Anthony, and Victoria Embers.

Second Blog Hop

Author Jesse Coffey is offering a hop at her blog, Jesse Recommends for supporting Indie authors. You can find some great books to read as well as some fun free ebooks to begin. Enter the rafflecopter and you have a chance to win a #10 Amazon gift card. The more times you enter this weekend, the more chances you have to win!

Click here to begin.

We’re a 4-Leafed Clover! Get Lucky in Love! Enter this Blog Hop to Win

Lucky in Love Blog Hop by Carrie AnnToday we’re participating in the Lucky in Love blog hop, sponsored by Carrie Anne. This is the next to last blog hop she’ll be having before taking a brief hiatus. Check out each author’s link below to enter the blog hop, so you can have a chance at winning a cool prize. Over 300 authors are participating in this blog hop. That means you have over 300 chances to win if you leave a comment on each author’s blog article.

Four of our authors from “Fanged Press” are in the hop. Our article links are below.  Get to hopping and good luck everyone 😀

Ally ThomasCatherine WolffeRandi FangVictoria Embers

View all 300 Authors in the Blog Hop.

Did You Know?

The four-leaf clover is an uncommon variation of the common, three-leaved clover. The three-leaf clover or shamrock had been used by St. four-leaf-cloverPatrick as a metaphor for the Christian Trinity. According to tradition, such leaves bring good luck to their finders, especially if found accidentally. In addition, each leaf is believed to represent something: the first is for faith, the second is for hope, the third is for love, and the fourth is for luck.

It has been estimated that there are approximately 10,000 three-leaf clovers for every four-leaf clover; however, this probability has not deterred collectors who have reached records as high as 160,000 four-leaf clovers.

Clovers can have more than four leaves: the most ever recorded is 56, discovered by Shigeo Obara of Hanamaki, Iwate, Japan, on 10 May 2009. Five-leaf clovers are less commonly found naturally than four-leaf clovers; however, they, too, have been successfully cultivated. Children are traditionally told that a five-leaved clover is even luckier than a four-leaved one. Some four-leaf clover collectors, particularly in Ireland, regard the five-leaf clover, known as a rose clover as a particular prize. Source.

Heartbreaker Blog Hop Starts 2/8

Heartbreaker ButtonAh yes, love is in the air and Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Starting today, almost 300 bloggers have giveaways and posts about those men we love! This blog hop is sponsored by Carrie Ann who is fabulous at coordinating these events!

How Do I Enter to Win?

First things first! This blog hop has some outstanding prizes you may win, 3 prizes actually. So let’s talk about those and how you can enter to win first.

We have THREE grand prizes. You as a reader can go to EACH blog and comment with your email address and be entered to win. Yep, you can enter that many times! 

Now what are those prizes?

 1st Grand Prize: A Kindle Fire or Nook Tablet

2nd Grand Prize: A $100 Amazon or B&N Gift Card

3rd Grand Prize: A Swag Pack that contains paperbacks, ebooks, 50+ bookmarks, cover flats, magnets, pens, coffee cozies, and more!

(Please Note that Carrie has said some shipping cost on your end may apply for the above prizes.)

How Do I Win?

To enter to win one of these prizes, leave a comment on this blog article and include your email address. Carrie Ann and her volunteers will be stopping by to collect everyone’s entries.

Almost 300 Blogs Participating

There will be almost 300 Authors/Bloggers participating in this event. If you want to enter more than once you can do so. Actually you can enter that many times by posting a comment (with your email) on each blog that is participating in this blog hop. Go to Carrie Ann’s Heartbreaker Blog Hop page to see a list of ALL THE BLOGS and get started. But first, leave a comment here on my blog article please, after you read on.

Good Luck Everyone!

Tell Us!

Are our heroes heartthrobs or heartbreakers? Or are they just the same thing? Yummy right? Valentine’s Day is just around the corner for this blog hop and we’re gearing up to see what exactly is a heartbreaker. Is the song playing in your head like mine? “Cuz he’s a heartbreaker!” We love those sexy men, but what about those times in the story when they aren’t perfect. Because come on, we know they aren’t perfect. What makes those men heartbreakers? What can those guys do to make it better? Is there a way to grovel? Come on! Tell me about your heartbreaker!!

Enjoy the blog hop today! It runs through Feb. 11th. Leave a comment on this article with your email address and then be sure to visit all the blogs participating and leave a comment on their article as well so you can increase your chances to win!

My Giveaway

Fanged Love: The Prequel by Ally ThomasGrace is led astray by her sinister boyfriend, Nathan into a world of bloodletting and vampirism. When she awakes realizing he has harmed her, she understands her lover is destined to ultimately be her greatest enemy, and she must find a way out.

An excerpt from Fanged Love: The Prequel is below. You can read the full story on Amazon for Free.

Near Death

“How did I get here?”  I saw Nathan’s shadow come into view.  I could barely see him through the darkness, just the outline of his tall, slender frame, but I knew it was Nathan.

Confusion and disorientation flooded my mind.  Where was I?  Where was everyone else?  A faint, white light flowed towards me.  Then his voice called to me, the light touch of his whispering tone, almost a hissing sound, the insistence and urgency for me to speak to him.

“Grace? Grace?  Can you hear me?  We’re ready to begin,” he said.  “I’m here.”

I tried to focus on his voice.  Waves of warmth drew me to him, as if his breath was inches from my ear.

“Listen to me, Grace.  You’ll be okay, but we have to do this or you’ll die.”

I looked down at my body.  My black T-shirt was bloody, ripped and hanging onto me in shreds.  As I felt the wounds pulsing with pain, the slashes, bit marks, and deep cuts, I remembered who had given them to her.  “You sliced me up? Why?”  My voice died away, gurgling into silence.

“No, my love.  Listen to me!  It’s nothing like that.  It’s part of your rebirth.  I’ll explain it to you,” Nathan answered calmly.  “Listen to me.  You’re weak.  You’ve lost a great deal of blood.  Just relax and focus on my voice.  We will heal you.  Don’t fall asleep.  Hear me!  Please, don’t fall asleep.”  His voice was low and smooth.

Then I remembered what had happened.  Nathan and his friends had attacked me.  I’d been part of his bloodletting ritual, some ceremony or initiation.  I didn’t understand it all.  I couldn’t gain the strength to open my eyes.  The pain was rising.  My wounds screamed at me in agony, mocking me for what I had allowed to happen, what I had allowed my boyfriend to do.  Finally it dawned on me that I was dying.

Images from the night before saturated my mind as I struggled to stay awake.  Nathan had asked me to stay the night with him at his studio.  Somehow the common ritual of exchanging droplets of blood after our lovemaking had turned into a fiendish nightmare.  His friends had been lurking in the shadows watching us.  They had appeared out of nowhere and had attacked me.  It had been his plan and he had joined in.

“She’ll be glorious,” he had said.  “Vampires on Earth!  And the love of my life will be one too!  We all will be.  We will be the future!”

I didn’t understand, but the others did.  Their cheers and yells confirmed that.  They reveled in Nathan’s idea.  Wasn’t it like inviting the devil into your home?  Vampires among us?  I shuddered at the thought of it.  It was too much to process.

Nathan had been so kind as of late, so gentle when we had made love, something that was so unlike him that it took my breath away.  I had hoped he had changed, found his way, but that obviously wasn’t the case.  I hated to admit it, but Nathan had never been the great love of my life.  He wasn’t even a great lay unfortunately, despite my encouragement.  He was too aggressive, too harsh, too into himself to worry about my needs.  If he had been nice to me without the sex, that would have been enough.  It was a struggle to love him even though I tried to because I thought that was what I was supposed to do – endure his love.

When I saw him holding a silver knife in his hand, I knew our relationship was over.  He had looked into my eyes and said, “I love you, you and no other.”  Then he had slipped the cold steel of the knife into my left side.  Over and over he had sliced into my chest and stomach, licking my body as the blood poured from my wounds.  His friends joined in.  I couldn’t get away from them.  I screamed and scratched at them like a caged animal.  They cheered and laughed, their celebration rising to new heights of insanity.  These people were not my friends, but my enemies.

And now Nathan was calling to me.  Why?  Why was he letting me die if he had loved me so?  Why had he attacked me?  Why?  Oh here was an idea!  Take me to the hospital, punk!

But it didn’t matter.  I didn’t care.  I just wanted to sleep and end this nightmare.  I wanted peace.  Drowsiness started to tug at me.  “Yes,” I thought.  Let my fantasy guy (the one I used to imagine during Nathan’s sexual advances) come to me in my dreams.  I need him now.  I need him so much.

Instead, I saw Nathan standing in front of a white light, keeping the rays from getting near me.  The light encircled him, whirling around him.  His body shined an iridescent green, laced with shades of golden brown, the color of old guacamole.  It was disgusting.  His muscles flexed and expanded, filling his slender frame to a well-defined shape.  And then I saw his face.  It was fiendish.  I wanted to cry, run, escape, but I was frozen, witnessing his transformation.

His features morphed into that of a reptile, a large snake, as his cheeks hollowed out, and the skin around them sunk into his skull.  His nose tightened to a point.  Long sharp teeth fell over his lips.  His eyes blazed a brilliant green.  His gaze surged towards me, enticing me to look at him.  It was hypnotic and frightening.  I heard him say, “This is who I am now, and this is who you will become.  Let’s destroy this world, and begin again.  We’ll create a new world and a new race.  This is why I summoned you tonight.  WE, Grace, are the future!”

A horrible roaring sound interrupted the vision.  Had it been real?  Suddenly I felt the floor again beneath me.  I wasn’t dead.  I was hanging on.  Nathan stood over me, patiently waiting for me to regain consciousness.  I groaned when I felt the pain rising in my chest with the few moves I tried to make.

“Let me slowly roll you over on your back.  I’ve got to clean your wounds.  Don’t worry.  You’ll be okay now,” he whispered.

Then his voice announced to the others, to someone else hovering nearby, “I think she’s ready.  Can we do this?”

***

While I was lying with my back against the floor, I wanted to open her eyes.  But I couldn’t.  The pain was so brutal.  A surge of coldness started to take hold of me again.  My arms and legs had grown cold.  All I could do was roll my head to the left, attempting to open at least one eye, so I could see everyone.  Had Nathan changed as in my dream?

Close to my ear, Nathan hissed, “You won’t die, but we have to heal you.  She’s here.  You will be one of us.  I know what to do.”  I could feel his warmth, the energy radiating from him as he held my hand and circled his thumb around and around the inside of my palm.  Slowly I felt such peace and oneness with him that I couldn’t say no.  I wanted him to love me.  Would this act of my acceptance draw us closer?  Would he fall in love with me all over again?  This had to be right.  How else could I live to see another day if I didn’t say yes?  I blinked my eyes in agreement, slightly nodding as much as I could.  I surrendered myself to him.