Friday, November 4, 2011

Fiendish Friday/Giveaway!

Hey Guys!
     Happy Friday!  I am off today, wahoo!  I loved my check this week, but I sure hated all the overtime when I was working it!  So on that note I'll get to today's FF post!  This is November and everyone will be getting ready for Thanksgiving and soon, Christmas, so I thought that I would get things kicked off by doing a giveaway!  It is my way of thanking my readers for their follow and readership!  You all are great and this is a small way to show you all just how much I appreciate one and all...

Bound by Night by Amanda Ashley
A Vampire's Kiss is Forever...
 Once featured in a horror movie, the crumbling Wolfram estate is said to be haunted by ghosts, witches, and worse. But Elena doesn't believe a word of it -- until she spends the night and wakes up in the arms of a compelling stranger...

Tall, dark, and disturbingly handsome, Drake is the most beautiful man Elena has ever seen. For centuries, he has lived alone, and Elena is the first woman to enter his lair -- and survive. And Drake is the first man to touch her heart and soul. By the time she discovers who he really is -- and what he craves -- it's too late. Blood lust has turned to love, and Elena is deeply under Drake's spell. But forever comes at a price for each of them...

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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Eileen Wilks/ Character Interview

Hello everyone!
     Here today to share a wonderful author!  First of all I would like to thank Lily And Rule for being with us today, I know that their time is very dear since the war begain!

* Rule has become the poster Man for the Lupi, how does that effect your life on a personal level?

Rule:  It's been interesting to see how many people have opinions on how I should conduct my personal life--opinions and speculation they feel compelled to share on blogs, tweets, Facebook, and in articles in celebrity magazines.

Lily (snorts):  That's him being diplomatic.  He doesn't let it get to him, though.  Most of the time.

*Do you both feel like Toby is adjusting well to all the changes going on in his life?  Is he asking for siblings, and do you want more children?

Rule:  He misses his grandmother, of course.  She's been out to visit him once, but it isn't the same. Still, he loves it at Clanhome.  Oh--I suppose you didn't know about that?  We're living there now.

Lily:  Toby is amazing. I've always heard about how resilient kids are, and he's proving that true. And no, he never asks for siblings.  He knows that's unlikely--all lupi kids know about the fertility problem.  But maybe he doesn't miss having brothers and sisters now that we're at Clanhome.  You should see the way kids club up together there, in and out of each other's houses all the time.  It's like they all have lots of siblings. 

*What would you guys say to the doubters about your relationship?  What would you say is the easiest part of your relationship and what would be the hardest?  Can you both remember what the biggest surprise you found out about one another? 

Lily:  I don't say anything to the doubters.  None of their business.

Rule:  The easiest part is what I would have thought, before meeting Lily, would be hardest--living intimately and daily with someone not raised in the clans.  There are a thousand opportunities for friction as we deal all the minutae of sharing space, from dividing chores and drawers to learning each other's privacy settings, moods, and favorite foods.  But Lily makes it easy. She's compulsively fair-minded--

Lily: Compulsively?

Rule: Your Priority Scale.

Lily:  That's a perfectly reasonable way to decide when to let things slide and when to speak up.

Rule:  It is. Absolutely and beautifully reasonable.  But most people don't have any idea what their priorities are, much less a scale.  

*What is this priority scale?

Lily:  It's simple enough.  If something's bugging me, I think about where it hits on a ten-point scale.   If it's one to three, I forget it.  It's not worth worrying about.  Seven to ten, I'd better talk about it with Rule.  It matters, and he needs to know that.  If it falls in the middle--from four to six--it might be good to find out if there's a comfortable compromise.  Or not.  Like if something's a four for me and a nine for Rule, I let him have that one.  It matters to him a lot more to him than to me.  Take his paper piles on the dining table.  I don't like clutter, but that's how he works.  It's important, so I don't worry about it.  If we're both a four or five, though, we should each give a bit.  

Rule:  And it works.  It works because Lily means it.  Once she's scored something one to three, she truly does forget about it.  

*So Rule, having two mantles must be strange to you, I mean, I am sure the Noholai and the Leidof mantles must be conflicting for you?  Do the natures of each mantle battle for dominance or do they sit comfortable together?  Rho of both or master of none?

Rule:  I'm sorry, but I really can't discuss that with out-clan.

*Do you both feel like you will ever move to Clanhome?

Lily:  There's a war on.  We already did.  [find out about this in DEATH MAGIC]

*Lily, does it ever get any easier getting used to having pieces and memories missing from yourself?  (and this is my own curiosity, how does it feel talking to dragons?)

Lily: No, I'm whole now.  I came together again when Sam used my true name. [in BLOOD MAGIC]  As for talking to dragons . . . that's really weird at first.  You can't mistake mindspeech for your own thoughts. You just can't, so all of a sudden there's this voice in your head when all your life the only thoughts there were your own.  It's like all at once you see another color, a whole new color that didn't exist before.  It's not orange or blue or red or green or any version of them.  It's brand new. So that's startling, but after awhile it isn't new anymore, but it's still interesting.  It's really interesting, and now that I know there are millions of other colors out there . . . human colors, so yeah, they're muddy, like Sam always complains.  But still pretty cool.  Or it will be if I ever learn how to do mindspeech halfway right.

*Is it hard to keep you personal and professional lives separate?  I know that Rule, God love him, is bossy and sometimes it would be difficult to keep them seperate!

Rule (glancing at Lily): I don't think we do keep them separate.

Lily:  No, we don't.  Being Rho to one clan and Lu Nuncio to another . . . that's not Rule's profession.  That's a huge part of who he is.  Can't fence it off.

Rule:  And Lily is a cop .  A warrior.  Why would I ask her to separate that part of herself?  Why would I want her to?

*How is Cullen and Cyna getting along?  I must say I am looking forward to seeing the new little one!  I know all of my readers would kill me if I don't get an update!

Lily (smiling):  It's really something, you know, watching the two of them together. They fuss and bicker and then they touch and they smile at each other and it's all there in their eyes.  It's all right there.

Rule:  My friend is happy.  I've known him twenty years, and he's happy now.  And little Ryder is part of his happiness, but not all. Not by any means all.

Lily:  She's really something isn't she?  I haven't been around babies much, but they feel . . . when you hold her and she looks up at you with those big blue eyes . . . 

Rule (taking Lily's hand):  Yes.

*What would you guys say will be your biggest challenge to overcome to have some piece and quiet in your life?

Rule:  We're at war.  Peace and quiet are always at a premium during war.

*Now we will ask some fun things, enough of the heavy, and onto...What is your all's favorite color, and Rule you cannot say black, lol!?  What is your favorite meal that makes your mouth water just to think about it?  If you could go any where in the world for vacation, where would you like to go?  Are either of you ticklish?  In a battle of words, which of you would run circles around the other?

Rule (apologetically): You must remember that I'm not as visually oriented as a human. I don't think I have a favorite color.

Lily:  He likes silver a lot.  And green. 

Rule (surprised): I suppose I do.  For the rest . . . a t-bone, rare.  New Zealand, because I've never been there.  We're both ticklish, but in different places.  And Lily wins every time, in every way.

Lily:  See that?  See how he answered?  That's why he ends up winning.  Every time, in every way.

They look so good together!  I wish them well in all of their endeavors, now and in the future!  Thanks so much for being here!

1/11 BLOOD CHALLENGE (Berkley)
11/11 DEATH MAGIC (Berkley)
11/11 TIED WITH A BOW (anthology--Berkley)

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Winners Announced!

Hello my little Ghoulies!
     Happy Halloween!  May your Halloween be a frightening good time and please be careful!  I have some Halloween Winners to announce...For the Meljean Brook Interview and Giveaway!  I have 5 winners and I wanted to take a moment to thank everyone for their follow!  I can't tell you how much it means to me to have you all here!  A BIG huge thank you also goes out to Meljean Brook for the fantastic interview and giveaway!  I hope to have her back! 
     So without further ado...and the winners are: 
       For the two copies of Angels of Darkness are  Sharon Stogner &  Katrina Whittaker!
       For the three copies of Demon Marked  are Pamela Rosensteel, Denise Williams, & Anne!
Congratulations to all the winners!

Happy Reading!
Cindy Bailey

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Fiendish Friday's/on Saturday?

Hi Dear Readers!
due out 3/13/12
      I hope that everyone is enjoying their Saturday! :-)  I had to work AGAIN!  Late for a very important date!  It seems I am late often!  Sorry, try, try again!  But I wanted to share this wonderful series, The Blood Singer Series, with you!  I had the first two books on my TBR self literally for months!  When I went through my books I found it in the back, got them out and read them in three days!  As soon as I finished #2, I HAD to go buy #3!  This series really rocked my world!  I enjoyed everything about it!  I cannot believe that I had these book for months, months, and just got around to reading them!  I can't wait for the next installment  The Isis Collar (due out 3/13/12)  I don't know if I will make it that long...
Celia's character is multifaceted, with a charming mix of kick-ass and take names, to vulnerable, to drop dead sexy.  She has two main love interests, that will knock your socks clean off, battling it out for her affections, Bruno DeLuca and John Creede (after all, she is half siren!).  I personally am rooting for John, he is my favorite of the two.  Fantastic world and character building, as you can live in Celia's shoes!  These books are the biggest adrenaline high I've had all year, a must read for any fans of Urban Fantasy!   If you haven't read this series yet, what are you waiting for?  Drop everything you are doing and get this series, well worth the money and you time! 5 out of 5 stars for all three books!

Blood Singer Series #3 
Bodyguard Celia Graves plies her trade in a world where bloodthirsty vampires roam the night and street corner psychics have real powers. A vamp attack turned Celia into a unique creature who finds sunlight painful and must take all her food in liquid form—but who still possesses her human heart, mind, and soul.
The attack also awakened a hidden part of her heritage: Celia is part Siren, able to enthrall men . . . and enrage women . . . without half-trying.  Needless to say, her bodyguard business has taken off: who wouldn’t want to be protected by a sexy, extremely capable woman who is half-vampire, half-Siren princess?
An ancient rift between the demonic dimension and our own—sealed during the destruction of Atlantis—begins to open, threatening to loose all the demons of hell on humanity (including the one personally bent on destroying Celia).  Celia’s hellish recent experiences might have have given her the unique combination of abilities needed to close the rift.  But to overcome a death curse which nearly guarantees her failure, she’ll need to join forces with people she no longer trusts . . . and put people she has come to care about directly in harm’s way.

Blood Singer Series #2

 Nothing if not resilient, Celia Graves is slowly adjusting to being a half-human, half-vampire Abomination. But her troubles are far from over. Her best friend’s murder is still unsolved, the cops are convinced she should be in jail, and her old lover, the magician Bruno DeLuca, has resurfaced in her life, saying he has something important to tell her.

The vampire attack that transformed Celia kicked her latent Siren abilities into high gear, and now she’s been summoned to the Sirens’ island to justify her existence—and possibly fight for her life—in front of the Siren Queen. Celia isn’t sure she’ll survive to make the trip. The demon she defeated in Blood Song hasn’t exactly gone quietly—he’s left Celia suffering from a powerful curse.
Blood Singer Series #1
Bodyguard Celia Graves plies her trade in a world where bloodthirsty vampires roam the night and street corner psychics have real powers. A vamp attack turned Celia into a unique creature who finds sunlight painful and must take all her food in liquid form—but who still possesses her human heart, mind, and soul.
The attack also awakened a hidden part of her heritage: Celia is part Siren, able to enthrall men . . . and enrage women . . . without half-trying.  Needless to say, her bodyguard business has taken off: who wouldn’t want to be protected by a sexy, extremely capable woman who is half-vampire, half-Siren princess?
An ancient rift between the demonic dimension and our own—sealed during the destruction of Atlantis—begins to open, threatening to loose all the demons of hell on humanity (including the one personally bent on destroying Celia).  Celia’s hellish recent experiences might have have given her the unique combination of abilities needed to close the rift.  But to overcome a death curse which nearly guarantees her failure, she’ll need to join forces with people she no longer trusts . . . and put people she has come to care about directly in harm’s way.

You can find Cat Adams here where most books are sold and The Isis Collar is available for pre-order! 

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Happy Reading!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Meljean Brook Interview and Giveaway!

Hi everyone!
     I am sorry I didn't post Friday, I had to work both Friday and Saturday, so now onto Sunday! lol
But I am sure that everyone will extend a warm welcome to Meljean Brook!  Meljean has a VERY successful series out called The Guardians, and it just happens to be one of my all time favs!  If you have yet to read this series, you don't know what you are missing!
       First of all I wanted to say that I greatly admire you and LOVE reading your books!  I first discovered your work in the anthology "Hot Spell" and I have to say that I was hooked!  The Guardians world is so rich and the world building is just spell binding...okay I feel as though I am gushing! *blush*  Thank you for taking the time for this interview!  It means a great deal to me and I am sure my readers will enjoy a trip into your mind! lol

When did you first know that you wanted to become a writer?
There was no real moment. I’ve always loved reading, and that naturally bled into telling my own little stories, and I’ve always liked writing. I imagined myself as a writer many times, but never seriously pursued it until I was in my twenties. Then I realized that was exactly what I wanted to do as a career.
What authors have been the biggest  influence on you and your writing?
This is one of those questions that is almost impossible to answer, because I read so much – influence and inspiration came from everywhere – Jean Auel, Philip Dick, Stephen King, Johanna Lindsey, the Trixie Belden series, every Harlequin Presents author that was writing in the late 70s and early 80s, Dean Koontz, Jane Austen. I can see bits and pieces of so many different authors in my work that even this list is a poor accounting of it.
What would you say to any aspiring writers out there? Any Advise?  I know that sometimes, it can be hardest job of all!  I personally admire all writers their muse and imagination to create these beautiful characters and worlds!
My strongest piece of advice is always to write the books that you’d love to read. Don’t try to follow trends, don’t try to write the books you think that someone else wants to read – write the books that YOU want to read. Writing is a difficult, solitary process. The least you can do for yourself is to love what you’re writing.
What do you enjoy doing once "The End" rolls around after writing, edits and more edits?  Do you have a happy dance?
Usually I sleep after I finish a book, because I probably won’t have slept for several weeks before that.
Otherwise, there really is no ‘end.’ After I send in the book, edits come. Then page proofs. And by the time the book is on the shelves I am neck-deep in another book, so even publication isn’t the end of anything. There’s always more work waiting for me.
What do you enjoy reading during your down time?
I don’t have much free reading time, but when I can steal a few moments, I usually read romance novellas, Harlequin Presents (they are like an emotional jolt, which I love) or thrillers, horror and suspense.
When you write about the past, do you ever feel like you belong in a different time, and if so which time would you prefer?
I never feel as if I belong in a different time, no. I do try to write as convincing a setting as possible, but I am very firmly a 21st century girl.
What sort of things inspire you, as in what is your muse or happy place?  Where do you write at, for the most part?
I don’t have a muse, at least not in the sense that I’ve ever heard it described by other authors. I find inspiration everywhere – in overheard conversations, in everyday situations, in movies I watch or pictures I see, in stories I hear – but I don’t depend on any one thing to inspire me, and if there isn’t an idea shouting at me, I’ll go out and find it myself.
I write wherever I need to. Sometimes that means I’m at my kitchen table or at my desk in my room. Sometimes I’ll go to Starbucks, because even though I’m a total introvert and don’t talk to anyone once I get there, I like to be around people now and again instead of stuck in my hole all day. So I don’t have any one place to write.
Do you feel that fiction is inspired by life, that maybe where there is smoke, there's fire?  Any truth in fiction?
I think that all of the best fiction is rooted deeply in truth. Oh, not in the sense that it’s REAL – but that it’s true. This is why even though a book might be set in a paranormal world and feature creatures that don’t exist still has to feature a romance that feels believable to us. The characters’ motivations and reactions must resonate with us in some way that we recognize – they have to feel true, or the story won’t work. 
What meal would you say is your favorite, is there one thing that will make your mouth water just to think of it?
Lamb Biryani. Or Thai yellow curry. Together on one plate would be perfect.
If you could live anywhere in the world, money being no object, where would it be and why?
The Maldives. You just have to Google the pictures and you’ll see why.
What tv shows do you watch and are there any that make you laugh?
I religiously watch Doctor Who (love it – and it often makes me laugh), Castle (also can be funny), Fringe, and Project Runway.
We are all creatures of habit, what habits do you have, good or bad?
Drinking coffee, I guess, though that might be more of an addiction. I don’t have many habits aside from writing, and that’s more like my job now. Maybe reading comic books can be considered a habit? That’s all good (except for my bank account.)
The one thing that stands out in my mind about your books is that everyone has free will, do you believe this to be true or just a myth?  That we are all on a preordained path that we have no control over?
The belief that everyone has free will is probably the one thing in the books that I can say comes from me, absolutely. All of my characters have different points of views and different religious beliefs, but the one idea that the entire world hinges on is the belief that everyone has free will and the choices they make determine the type of person they are -- and that is all me.
Sometimes choices are limited, true, but I don’t believe that any fate is determined and that choice doesn’t matter. Even someone like Khavi, who can see the future, can only see the possible outcomes of choices that are made; she can’t make the decision for them (although she can guess which one they are likely to make). The actual choice is up to the individual, however, and so they are the only one that determines their ultimate fate.

Can you tell us 3 things that we don't know about you?

Honestly, I can't really think of many thing that I'm willing to share that I haven't already shared through my blog or some other medium.  I'm a boring person-maybe that's one thing you didn't already know about me?  I've never been off the North American continent, although I would like to go somewhere else, someday.  And I swiped a candy bar when I was four and whenever I think about it, still feel massively guilty, and can be easily paralyzed by it emotionally, so I don't often do anything I'll feel guilty about later.

angels of darkness anthology 

When vampires begin disappearing from a community protected by Guardian Marc Revoire, the world-weary warrior doesn’t know whether he’s hunting a demon or one of the bloodthirsty nosferatu — but he’d rather face either of those monsters than accept help from Radha, the irreverent, blue-skinned, and oft-naked Guardian who’d once loved him and left him. He won’t be able to persuade her to leave this time, however, because lighthearted Radha is on a deadly serious mission of her own: not just to help Marc save the community…but to save him.

demon marked coverNicholas St. Croix is familiar with the evil of demons. After his father’s death, a demon took over his mother’s body and raised him. Six years ago, his “mother” was responsible for the disappearance of the woman he loved, and Nicholas swore he’d find her—even if he had to go to Hell and back. Except she finds him first—and with one tormented kiss, he knows she too is a demon. Now he is determined to take his revenge…
Ash is a half-demon with no memory of her past or how she got to Hell. All she knows is that Nicholas St. Croix holds the key to her identity. And though he’s clearly drawn to her, Nicholas makes no secret of his distrust of her. Yet one kiss at a time, he breaks down her defenses as they battle an array of demons and Guardians. But is Ash’s greatest enemy the man at her side?

      Now Meljean is giving 3 copies of "Demon Marked" and 2 copies of "Angel's of Darkness" to 5 lucky commentator's and I want to get to know my readers better, so the topic for the comments will be: What 3 things can you tell us about yourself?  Be sure to leave it in the comments and don't forget to vote on your favorite season in the left sidebar!  If you do not see the Raffelcopter form below, please click on the read more!  Winner's will be chosen at random on 10/31/11!  Contest is open internationally, Good Luck!

Happy Reading!
Cindy Bailey

Friday, October 14, 2011

Fiendish Friday's

Today's topic for FF is new and up coming books from now until May of 2012!  Check out these great reads!  These are the books that I am most looking forward to getting my greedy little mitts on!  How about you guys?  What books that are soon to be released are you most looking forward too?
Magic on the Line: An Allie Beckstrom Novel
1.  Magic on the Line: An Allie Beckstrom Novel by Devon Monk
The list author says:
"Due out 11/1/11"
The Mortal Bone (A Hunter Kiss Novel)
2.  The Mortal Bone (A Hunter Kiss Novel) by Marjorie M. Liu
The list author says:
"Maxine Kiss novel with her "BOYS"
Death Magic (Lupi)
3.  Death Magic (Lupi) by Eileen Wilks
The list author says:
"Due out 11/01/11"
The Bite Before Christmas
4.  The Bite Before Christmas by Lynsay Sands
The list author says:
"Christmas Story!
Due out 10/25/11"

Heart of Atlantis (Warriors of Poseidon)
5.  Heart of Atlantis (Warriors of Poseidon) by Alyssa Day
The list author says:
"Book 7 in the Atlantis Series

Darkness Rising: A Dark Angels Novel
6.  Darkness Rising: A Dark Angels Novel by Keri Arthur
The list author says:
"Due out 10/25/11"
Flashfire: A Dragonfire Novel
7.  Flashfire: A Dragonfire Novel by Deborah Cooke
The list author says:
"Due out 12/6/11"
8.  Lothaire by Kresley Cole
The list author says:
"Due out 1/10/12"

Courting Darkness (Otherworld)
9.  Courting Darkness (Otherworld) by Yasmine Galenorn
The list author says:
"Due out 11/1/11"
Shaded Vision (Otherworld)
10.  Shaded Vision (Otherworld) by Yasmine Galenorn
The list author says:
"Due out 2/7/12"
Bound By Darkness
11.  Bound By Darkness by Alexandra Ivy
The list author says:
"Due out 11/29/11"

Lover Unleashed: A Novel of the Black Dagger Brotherhood
12.  Lover Unleashed: A Novel of the Black Dagger Brotherhood by J. R. Ward
The list author says:
"Due out 3/27/12"

Not Your Ordinary Faerie Tale (The Others)
13.  Not Your Ordinary Faerie Tale (The Others) by Christine Warren
The list author says:
"Due out 11/1/11"
Shadow Heir
14.  Shadow Heir by Richelle Mead
The list author says:
"Due out 12/27/11"

Nightshine: A Novel of the Kyndred (KYNDRED NOVEL)
15.  Nightshine: A Novel of the Kyndred (KYNDRED NOVEL) by Lynn Viehl
The list author says:
"Due out 11/1/11"
The Isis Collar (The Blood Singer Novels)
16.  The Isis Collar (The Blood Singer Novels) by Cat Adams
The list author says:
"Due out 3/13/12"
Adam: The Nightwalkers
17.  Adam: The Nightwalkers by Jacquelyn Frank
The list author says:
"Due out 10/25/11"
Silver-Tongued Devil (Sabina Kane)
18.  Silver-Tongued Devil (Sabina Kane) by Jaye Wells
The list author says:
"Due out 12/28/11"
Fate's Edge (A Novel of the Edge)
19.  Fate's Edge (A Novel of the Edge) by Ilona Andrews
The list author says:
"Due out 11/29/11"
Sacrificial Magic
20.  Sacrificial Magic by Stacia Kane
The list author says:
"Oh Boy!  I am looking forward to this!  Gots me some Terrible Fever!
Due out 3/27/12"

A Perfect Blood (The Hollows, Book 10)
21.  A Perfect Blood (The Hollows, Book 10) by Kim Harrison
The list author says:
"Due out 2/21/12"

Winging It: The Dragon Diaries
22.  Winging It: The Dragon Diaries by Deborah Cooke
The list author says:Due out 12/6/11