Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Into the Wilderness

I'm boarding a ferry for Seattle today, so if you don't hear from me for a few days, it's because I'm here:

Have a great week, everyone!

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Book Clubs & Romance & Controversy, Oh My!

You guys wanna hear something funny? There's this place on the Interwebz called Crasstalk ("Home of the World's Most Self-Aggrandizing Commenters" - hee hee) and they have a book club, right? Last time they discussed an Ibsen play (which I actually read in college, cuz I'm all edumacated like that). This time the runner up in selection votes was a book about an Iraq war veteran, Hurricane Katrina aftermath and death-death-depressing-issues-drama-death. Basically an I-need-a-bigger-tissue-box book. Standard book club fare, right?

You ready for the funny part? The book that edged that one out and was officially selected for their book club? The Sexorcist.

I kid you not, reader-minions. The Sexorcist.

[Note the famous mantitty cover. Visual Aid --> -->]

And lo, there was controversy. And Vivi saw that it was good.

Lets just say that among the members of that particular online community, this was not a popular choice. "This is why we can't have nice things" made me grin. "Super lowbrow" coaxed a giggle. Talks of a re-vote and adamant declarations that they would not be reading that had me chortling (chortling, I tell you!). Apparently I have a defective sense of humor because I found the horrified reactions waaaay too funny.

But you know what was most cool? The way I found out about the whole kerfuffle. A fella from the site emailed me and asked if I would be interviewed for an academic look at the book. He and another Crasstalker were trying to open people's minds and get them to take my fluffy little book seriously, treat it like a legitimate work of fiction. (Don't you just want to give them both a big hug?) The questions they asked were awesome. Really an interesting look into romance and the themes expressed or alluded to in the book.

I don't know how successful they will be in opening people's minds to the possibility that romance might have merit beyond titillating sex scenes, or how successful I will be at helping them achieve their goal (serious has never really been my strong suit), but you have to respect any effort to attach legitimacy to the most vilified genre out there. Go them!

The interview is up now and the book club discussion is later today. Whether readers love it or hate it, a polarizing discussion is always interesting. I'll keep you posted as the story develops. It's bound to be fun, one way or another.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

A Cop & A Feel - The Early Word

There are still six long weeks to wait until A Cop & A Feel hits the shelves, but the first review is already here. (Woot!) Long and Short Reviews awarded it 4.5 Books this week and now the little Karmic Consultants short story is up for Book of the Week! (VOTE HERE.)

This is my shortest release yet, and I confess I worried that the shorter length would make it harder for readers to invest in the characters, so I'm doubly delighted to hear that the early word on this upcoming Karmic bite is positive. Here's a bit of what Holly from LASR had to say:

"These characters are such a great combination of real yet extraordinary beings, human with just that little bit extra." (What a wonderful description of the Karmic cast!) "This is a story of turning what could be into what will be, for both Ronna and Matt." (A fabulous encapsulation.) "This is definitely a wonderful addition to Ms. Andrews’ Karmic Consultants, and one everyone will enjoy." (I hope so!)


Happy weekend, everyone!

Friday, May 27, 2011

Remember the Alamo! (Or something...)

Just a few quick reminders of awesome stuff happening now:

Vivian Arend & Moira Rogers are hosting a MAD HUGE iPad Giveaway! There are still more chances to win awesome prize packs or the MEGA PRIZE of the shiny new iPad. ENTER HERE.


Don't miss out on your chance to bid one some fabulous items for a very good cause. The Brenda Novak Auction to raise money for diabetes research closes at the end of the month, so get your bids in now!

There's a Karmic Consultants Gift Basket, a writing mentorship from the Ruby Slippered Sisterhood (which includes three critiques from a list of excellent authors - including yours truly), and Kindles, Nooks, and More Kindles already loaded with books! Good luck scoring some fabulous one-of-a-kind items.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Reading the Ritas

Today I'm over at the Ruby Blog chatting about the Rita nominees for this year. Have you read any? Noticed any fun or interesting trends?

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Guest Author: Juniper Bell

Ladies and gentlemen, today as our final interview victim we are joined by erotic romance author and my fellow Alaskan, the lovely and talented Juniper Bell! Today she's here to give us a glimpse into her upcoming release Restraining the Receptionist. Welcome, Juniper! (Applause!)

1. What's the weirdest misconception you've ever come across about being an Alaskan resident?

Everyone thinks I can see Russia from my house! Thank very much, Sarah Palin, for that pervasive misconception about Alaska. Actually, it’s true, I can see Russia when I’m hanging out on Sarah’s porch, slugging whiskey and shooting at the neighbors. But that hardly ever happens now that she’s so busy.

2. What movie or TV show is your personal guilty pleasure?

I secretly love the Barbie movies. I’m so grateful to my six-year-old stepdaughter, because without her I never would have been exposed to these masterpieces. Have you seen them? Barbie plays different characters and really shows off her range. Sometimes she’s an island princess, sometimes a Musketeer or a mermaid. She sings, dances, saves the world. And seriously, they always have an uplifting message about female friendship and empowerment. I’m going to miss them now that she’s growing out of her Barbie phase.

3. In your receptionist series, Ethan and Simon jockey for position in their unconventional relationship - which of them would fight dirtier in the competition for Dana's affections?

Ethan, without a doubt. Ethan has a fascinating, dangerous past, which will be revealed in Restraining the Receptionist. Simon and Ethan are both powerful men, but Ethan will do anything to survive and win. In this book, he saves Dana from a scary situation. He’s a strong, tough guy – the kind you want on your side.

4. Dana is an unconventional romance heroine - what's her idea of a dream date?

Dana likes adventure, particularly in the bedroom. Right now her happiest days are at work with Simon and Ethan. It would be nice if they took her out on a date. I’ll speak to them about that. Maybe they can take her to a fancy restaurant and do naughty things with the tiramisu.

5. What's next for you? Are there more receptionist stories on the way?

There may be another Receptionist story, because I have an idea about an uptight accountant showing up to audit the books. I think Dana could have fun with him. But you never know! I didn’t plan to write a second one. But I got requests for a sequel from readers, which was so incredibly flattering, how could I say no? In the meantime, my next book will be Go Deep, the next in a series of sexy books set during a very naughty winter festival in Alaska.

Thanks for having me, Vivi, and congratulations on the raging success of Serengeti Sunrise!

Thank you, Juniper! It's always a delight to have to visit. And now, a look at the soon-to-be released Restraining the Receptionist!

Every deal has a loophole.

…the Receptionist, Book 2

Dana Arthur’s new job with the firm of Cowell & Dirk is going well. Translation: the occasionally kinky ménage with her two bosses, Ethan and Simon, has been several months of politically incorrect bliss.

Except the relationship feels unbalanced. While Ethan is the undisputed master, the partners’ iron-clad agreement stipulates that Simon must be present as she performs her “duties”. And she senses there’s a subtle, powerful tug-of-war developing for more than just her body.

Simon had agreed to share the firm’s fiery, sensually daring receptionist…to a point. With Simon out of town, Ethan plans a feast of erotic temptations designed to have Dana begging him to break the deal. He didn’t realize his heart would be a casualty.

Once she surrenders to his wicked demands, Dana realizes there’s no going back. It’s time for a three-way renegotiation…this time, all or nothing.

Product Warnings: NSFW!! Do Not Try This at Your Job. Contains highly inappropriate workplace behavior including m/f/m, m/m, bondage, creative use of office space and a high-stakes trip to Atlantic City.
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**Update: Blogger seems to be blocking comments again today. My apologies to those who are getting error messages. Hopefully the situation will be resolved soon!**

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Guest Author: Shelli Stevens

Ladies and gentlemen, today we are joined by New York Times Bestselling author Shelli Stevens! (I never get tired of saying that. Maybe just one more time.... NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLING AUTHOR! Doesn't that sound lovely? Okay, back to the interview...) She's here to chat about her latest ebook release, Negligee Behavior. (Love that title.) And now, without further ado, I give you Shelli Stevens! Welcome Shelli! (Applause!)

1. Nerdgasm Question: Firefly, Dollhouse, Buffy or Angel - there can be only one. Best Whedon ever?

Okay, confession. Never seen Buffy or Angel. Saw some of Firefly and quite a bit of Dollhouse. So....hmm. I'm gonna go with Firefly. Dollhouse was awesome in that WTF kind of way.

2. Vegas Question: In Negligee Behavior, Brandy skips out on a Vegas wedding. If you woke up in Vegas, Hangover-style, what would your lost memory from the night before be likely to be? Quicky wedding? Dancing on stage in a feathered costume? Donating your 401-K to the Gambling Gods?

Hmm. Well, one time (pre-kid) in Vegas I danced five hours straight with some hot, random guy from a bachelor party. So I'm going to go with I'd probably wake up married. But I'm very level-headed in most instances, so I'd have to be pretty damn drunk to wake up with a ring on.

3. Military Muscle Question: Love Me Knot, your recent Wyatt Brothers release features a Coast Guard hero. Which is your favorite branch of military hero?

Wow now that is a totally hard question. I love and appreciate them all! But...hmm, since my brother and sis-in-law were in the Army Reserves, let's go with that.

4. Cage match Question: In a (shirtless) cage match between Thor & the Green Lantern, who emerges victorious?

Again confession... Green what? I've seen the trailer for Thor and all I remember is his shirt coming off. So I'm going with Thor *drool*.

For those not familiar with the Green Lantern, I have provided a visual aid. For educational purposes.

5. Help Me Fight the Alien Apocalypse Question: Most effective method of decimating the alien hordes. Go.

Flash them. Works every time.

LOL. Dude, I think that is my favorite answer yet. The Mardi Gras answer to the apocalypse. Most excellent. And now, a look at the Vegas fun of Negligee Behavior!

When lingerie heiress Brandy Summers gets cold feet and runs out on her Vegas wedding, she has nowhere to turn—so she hijacks a hunky biker waiting for a red light and begs him for help. What she doesn't know is that her instincts are right: the groom has a hidden agenda. He needs her money to pay off his gambling debts and she's his ticket to the good life.

Marco Vargas isn't sure what he's getting himself into when he rescues Brandy, but figures he'll do the chivalrous thing. He offers her a job in his bar and the chance to sort out her feelings. But it seems that keeping Brandy hidden is easier than keeping his hands off her—and what will happen when Brandy discovers that Marco has secrets of his own?

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Blood & Treasure Winner!

Congratulations to the winner of an ebook copy of Blood & Treasure: Nancy G! Please email vivi@viviandrews.com to claim your prize.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Guest Author: Jennifer Bray-Weber

Happy Monday! Today we have a special treat, especially for all you pirate lovers who are hankering for some more buckling swashes after indulging in the latest Pirates of the Caribbean flick. (Did you see it? Cuz I saw it, and now I want to be an evil mermaid when I grow up.) For all my pirate-loving mateys out there, today I am delighted to announce we have as our interviewee, Jennifer Bray-Weber, author of the thrilling pirate romance, Blood & Treasure. Welcome, Jennifer! (Yarrrr!)

Thank you, Vivi, for inviting me to your blog. It is a real honor, I mean it.

1. Nerdgasm Question: Iron Man, Thor, Spiderman, Captain America or Wolverine - there can be only one. Best Avenger?

Great guns, Vivi. I can only pick one? Well, playboy Tony Stark oozes sex appeal, and I could pet Wolverine any day. But if I can’t be greedy, I would choose Thor. I’m a sucker for mythology, and besides, have you seen Chris Hemsworth? Okay, so he’s not a real avenger, but he plays one on the silver screen.

2. Pirate Question: Who is your favorite pirate? (real or fictional.)

Anyone who knows me will think I’ll answer Jack Sparrow. I do love me some Jack, but he’s not my favorite. For a real life pirate, Sam Bellamy, captain of the Whydah, fascinates me. He was the type of pirate legends are based upon. He was handsome, adventurous, formidable, highly successful, and driven by his undying love for one woman. On the flipside, my favorite fictional pirate is Prudence ‘Spitfire’ Stevens played by Maureen O’Hara in AGAINST ALL FLAGS. Just as her name suggests, she embodies the strong, saucy, beautiful and womanly pirate captain.

But I do love me some Jack.

3. Adventure Question: If you could be sucked back in time and abducted onto a pirate ship, would you take the adventure or stay home with your modern conveniences?

Let’s assume I’m abducted by a hunky pirate with the promise of high seas fun. I’d be a seafarin’ wench, hands down. I admit, as I’m sucked through the time portal I’d be clutching economy-sized bars of soap and toilet paper.

4. Compass Question: Your heroine has a magic medallion. If she had Captain Jack's compass instead, what would it point toward?

As all POTC fans know, the compass points to what the holder wants most. For my heroine Lianna, one might think the compass would point home after she is spirited away by a pirate. Or one might think the needle would point to the insatiable libertine first mate. Or to the relative safety of land. Or to anything, anything at all, other than the temperamental Captain Zane Fox.

5. Help Me Fight the Zombie Apocalypse Question: Most effective method of decimating the zombie hordes. Go. (Bonus points for use of cutlasses.)

Zombies are no match for my bloodthirsty pirates. Arrgh. Grapeshot fired from shipboard guns would be effective, ripping many zombies to shreds at once. In hand-to-zombie-hand combat, marlin spikes, boarding axes, and, of course, cutlasses, would work nicely. Ever seen a zombie with a peg leg, hook, or eye patch? Yo! Ho! Ho!

You know, come to think of it, we really do need more pirates on hand for the zombie apocalypse. They certainly are handy (and inventive!) in a fight. Thank you, Jenn! And now, a look inside the high seas goodness of Blood & Treasure.

Blood & Treasure (now available on Kindle & nook)

Although Lianna Whitney was gently bred, she must now empty slop buckets and fight off randy sailors in a seaport tavern to survive. One night, she unexpectedly comes into possession of a golden medallion. When the man who left it with her is immediately murdered by soldiers of the Royal Navy, she’s afraid to admit she has it. Unsure who to trust, she’s caught up in crossfire between a navy officer and a pirate captain, who, realizing she possesses the object he’s been paid to find, whisks her away to his ship during the fight.

Privateer Captain Zane Fox is not interested in the mystical healing powers the medallion is said to hold, even though legends claim it can bring a dying man back to life. He only plans to procure the medallion, drop the chit off at the next port, and collect the money he was promised. However, as they fend off storms at sea and attempt to outrun the Royal Navy, the two are also fighting the attraction they feel for one another. But when they are captured, Zane must choose between recovering the medallion and saving Lianna from the noose. And soon it becomes clear to him the medallion is not the only treasure worth risking his life for.

For more swashbuckling information, visit my website at www.jbrayweber.com or stop by my blog MuseTracks at http://musetracks.wordpress.com/.

Today one lucky commenter will win an ebook copy of Blood & Treasure. Good luck, me hearties!

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Romance Writers on Romance

My fellow romance-lovers, we must set an example for those who would mock our genre by always taking our books EXTREMELY SERIOUSLY. In that vein, to promote our somber dedication to all things romance, I present the following not at all funny or tongue-in-cheek video.

*snort* You didn't really think I had suddenly started taking myself seriously, did you?

Friday, May 20, 2011

Guest Author: Kaye Chambers

We're back! We have a new victim guest and we're ready to rock our way into the weekend. Woot! Today we're joined by Kaye Chambers to continue the shifter spree by chatting with us about her latest print release, Blood & Destiny. Y'all ready? Then let's get to it! I give you: Kaye Chambers! (Applause!)

1. Nerdgasm Question: Picard, Classic Kirk, or New Kirk - there can be only one. Who do you choose?

Oh, NEW KIRK!! Definitely. In my little flip book of heroes, Chris Pines has a starring role as a werewolf – with a personality that fits his Captain Kirk role to a T. Every time I watch Star Trek (which looks awfully nifty on my new iPad and iTV, btw), I get chills and the urge to howl at the moon. Damn those pesky voices in my head.

2. Bachelorette Question: Destiny's best bud is marrying into a werewolf pack. If Destiny were the one planning the bachelorette party, what would it be like?

Oh dear. That’s asking for T-R-O-U-B-L-E. Destiny’s not exactly known for her ability to respect boundaries. The one drawback to her planning abilities is her budget. But, if she had unlimited resources, the Chip-N-Dales would have a starring role…as would an open bar, a live band that specialized in old-style rock-n-roll, and enough food to balance out the alcohol consumption. Destiny being Destiny would forget about the problem of getting home until half the crowd was trashed. Then she would scramble.

3. Moral Turpitude Question: Some of your heroines are... iffy when it comes to moral and legal high ground. What's the most questionably legal thing you've ever (allegedly) done?

I plead the fifth. Okay, guess that didn’t fly. Honestly? I’ve lived a pretty exciting life, but most of it’s been pretty legal – other than a minor stint breaking-and-entering in college, if you consider coercing the security staff into helping rearrange my advisor’s office at midnight actually breaking in. He liked our way better (or maybe just was too lazy to arrange to have it put back) and left it that way for the rest of the time I was there.

4. Cagematch Question: Destiny has to choose between a dishy vamp and a charismatic shifter. In a cage match between these two studs, who would emerge the victor?

Now we’re about to start an ego war in my head. Luke, the lion, is a tough cookie, but he’s not nearly as ruthless (or invested) as Marcus, the vampire, especially if he thinks his future with Destiny is at stake. That would bring out a whole new level of practicality. The vampire would wipe the floor with the lion after a fight worth the cost of admission.

5. Help Me Fight the Zombie Apocalypse Question: Most effective method of decimating the zombie armies. Go

Zombie armies? *scrambles for notes* Oh, here it is – Flamethrowers. It’s the perfect solution. You’re not getting close enough for them to get a hold of you and it can do massive damage. Of course, when you run out of fuel, I do hope you can run like hell. I think the “surviving” zombies would be pretty upset with you.

Is anyone else noticing that "burn them all" seems to be a theme this week? You can't deny it's a good solution for just about everything. Except books. (Remind me to tell you the one about my aunt accidentally putting the book she was reading into the microwave and lighting that puppy on fire...) And speaking of hot books...

Blood & Destiny

When the past bites, bite back.

Ladies of St. George, Book 1

For Destiny St. George, shapeshifting lioness and private investigator, her best friend’s looming wedding is little more than a reminder of her failed relationship with vampire king Marcus Smythe. Tired of being only one of many mistresses—and dinner entrees—she’s stayed away from the vampire scene altogether. Until a missing-person case forces her to seek his help.

Knowing that pressing Destiny is not the way to convince her to give their relationship another try, Marcus has been waiting her out—and his patience is rewarded when she steps into his nightclub. Now is his chance to lure her back into his arms. This time, he plans to keep her there.

Destiny’s not sure which is worse: working with Marcus, or trying to remember all the reasons she called it off with him. And when it becomes clear the case is an elaborate trap to avenge a millennia-old grudge, she finds herself caught between love and instinct—while the clock ticks down on an innocent victim’s life…

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Thursday, May 19, 2011

Sabine & Kisri Winners!

I would like to thank all commenters who provided stories of throttle body cleaner, shop vacs, hairspray fires, and other such time honored spider-killing strategies. You rock.

And Meagan. Dude. Tarantulas. Better you than me, girl. You are a brave, brave soul.

And now, on to the prizes! (Woot!) Our first winner, taking home a copy of Sabine, is Darcy (Pommawolf Emeraldwolfeyes)! And our second lucky soul, winning an advanced not-yet-in-stores copy of Kisri, is Willa Edwards! Congratulations, you two! Please email vivi@viviandrews.com to claim your prizes.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Guest Author: Moira Rogers

Let the shifter awesomeness continue! (Rrawr!) Moira Rogers has not one but two delectable shifter releases to share with us today and I'm delighted to announce that the Bree half of the Moira Rogers writing duo has agreed to submit to an interrogation give us an interview! And now, I give you, the always witty and disgustingly talented Moira Rogers!

1. Nerdgasm Question: If you had to give up one for a whole month, which would you sacrifice: pie charts or spreadsheets?

Oh the cruelty! On the one hand, pie charts are shaped like pie, and make me think of pie, and for the love of everything that is good in the world, who doesn't love pie?

On the other hand, I have three spreadsheets open right now...and zero pie charts. So clearly I must keep the spreadsheets.

2. Voodoo Question: Sabine is under a fascinating curse. If you were going to curse someone or something what is the worst curse you can imagine?

I've always thought the Midas Touch was a pretty nasty piece of work. If I had something like that, it would probably turn everything I touched into computer RAM. Or chocolate.

3. Dom/Sub Question: I don't play well with others. How do you manage your writing partnership? Do you take turns holding the whip?

It's all about working to compromise. Or fighting to compromise. Sometimes it involves throwing snack foods at each other and screaming. Which can be TOTALLY FUN until you have to clean it up.

But if anyone asks...Donna is the boss of me. (She's scrappy. And she knows how to hide a body.)

4. Cagematch Question: Sabine has her wolf and Kisri has her lion... In a werewolf/lion-shifter cage match, who comes out on top?

Oooooh, tough one. But I think in a cage? One on one? Totally the wolf.

Now if it was Sabine against Kisri... Kisri has a sword. And she'd cheat. :D

Dude. Kisri sounds like my kind of girl.

5. Help Me Fight the Spider Apocalypse Question: Most effective method of decimating the spider armies. Go.


Ahem. Okay, I'm calm now--BUT STILL BURN THEM. Scorched earth. Leave no survivors.

For the record, I fully support the napalm plan for de-spiderification. And now that we've established a plan to rid the world of spiders (Bree is the only one who appreciates my deep and abiding terror of things with eight legs), check out Sabine & Kisri!

Sabine - Now Available from Samhain (Kindle::nook)

A curse can erase her from his mind, but never from his heart.

…and the Beast, Book 1

After three years at war, the High Lord of the Forest returns to his lands, a victorious wolf leader intent on claiming his mate. Instead Ciar finds an empty bed and a court with no recollection of the woman he loved. Following her long-cold trail proves far easier than facing what awaits him at the end.

Sabine’s first instinct is to beg her beloved to leave. The High Lord’s mother hired a witch to curse Sabine, desperate to wipe the lowborn wolf from her son’s mind. But the spell worked too well, and Sabine has vanished from the thoughts of everyone who sees her. Including her own family.

The edges of his memory already blurring, Ciar and Sabine must race to find a way to reverse the spell. Yet every searing moment together is not enough to stop the curse’s inexorable progress. His only chance is to bind Sabine to him too tightly to be forgotten, before she disappears once and for all.

Warning:This story contains cruel betrayal, destined love, vile curses, smoldering reunions, wicked deeds between wanton shapeshifters and a happily-ever-after worthy of any fairy tale.


His duty...her pleasure.

…and the Beast, Book 2

After three years at war, Ennon bears the burden of seeing the High Lord’s vast armies home. Keeping thousands of fiercely independent lions in line isn’t easy. When his soldiers discover a beautiful, royal female hidden beneath an illusion spell, the lure of her inheritance threatens the order of his camp.

The men of her family protected Kisri, until the war stole them away. Tired of defending herself from greedy suitors, she’s in search of her only remaining male relative. Instead she finds Ennon, her cousin’s most dangerous warrior. Perhaps the only man in the kingdom who has no interest in claiming her birthright. Which makes him unique…and tempting.

Delivering Kisri to his High Lord’s side—while keeping his distance—is Ennon’s one and only duty. Yet Kisri’s untutored advances crack his formidable resistance. And she proves to be a dangerously adept student. Especially when their passion wakes a magic beyond their control…

Warning:This story contains a dangerous shapeshifter warlord, a lioness with a sword, innocent passion, sexual awakenings and a happily-ever-after worthy of any fairy tale.

Pre-order today from Samhain :: Kindle :: nook.

Shifters! Curses! Magic! Are you guys half as excited about these books as I am? Today Bree & Donna have generously provided a copy of both Sabine & Kisri for y'all to fight it out for in the comments. Good luck!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Her Own Best Enemy Winner!

Congratulations to mmbourassa, Monday's winner of Her Own Best Enemy by Cynthia Justlin! Woohoo! Please email vivi@viviandrews.com to claim your prize!

Guest Author: Vivian Arend

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls! Today we are joined by the always fabulous Vivian Arend, celebrating her latest shifter release Silent Storm (available today!). And now, without further ado... I give you, Vivian Arend! (Applause!)


I love them. All of them, the furry and the finny and the fluffy. I know, I know, I tossed in the word finny there, and lost a few of you. But actually…shifters of all kinds are sexy. I mean, a wolf would be nice to cuddle up in whether in wolf or human form, but for the real sexy moments, don’t you want the human? All the time? :P Besides, cats make me sneeze.

Even in my release out today, Silent Storm, the air and water shifter heroine and hero have moments they turn to their natural habitats for a moment or two, but in any of the heated moments? Man oh man oh man…

Right? ;)

(Oh, and I have to really warn you. This one is hot. A lot hotter than my usual shifters. Be careful.)

Love speaks volumes without a single word.

Pacific Passion, Book 3

In the months they’ve traveled together, Laurin Marshall and Matt Jentry’s attraction has grown beyond spectacular sexual passion to into a deeper emotional connection. Still, Laurin wrestles with one last question: how a water shifter and an air shifter can possibly find permanent common ground.

Matt is content to wait patiently for Laurin to realize he has no desire to change her sky-borne nature. Until a giant golden eagle touches down on the Stormchild and tips the delicate balance of more than just the boat.

Laurin’s obvious affection for the newcomer comes as a shock. And so does the flash of jealousy that interferes with his shamanic ability to heal the man’s malady. While Matt struggles to balance his conflicted responsibilities, Laurin attempts to reconcile her undeniable feelings for one of her kind with her desire for Matt.

Somewhere between the ocean depths and the mountaintops, they need to find a love strong enough to call them both home to the Stormchild.

Warning: Familiar lovers (hot) with old rivals (hotter) and a wild curse-melting ménage (hottest yet). Get ready for one exotic paranormal that will make you look to the skies and sea with longing.

Ebook available: Samhain | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Read an Excerpt


If you want more information about of my previous stories, you can track me down me various places. Website | Blog | Twitter | Facebook

Now for a little fun!

The fabulous Ms. Arend has 5 copies of the first ebook in this series, Stormchild, to give away today. I can personally vouch for the awesomeness that is this story. To enter, go to her blog, comment on today's post, and tell her Vivi sent you! Go forth and win, reader-minions!

Monday, May 16, 2011

Guest Author: Cynthia Justlin

Today I'm delighted to welcome to the blog Cynthia Justlin, author of high octane romantic suspense. Cynthia is celebrating the ebook release of her thrilling debut Her Own Best Enemy and has taken the time today to visit with us. Please help me welcome the fabulous CYNTHIA JUSTLIN!!! (Applause!)

I have to admit that when I first moved to Arizona, I doubted that I’d ever really appreciate the desert. Before we were married, my husband took me out to this desolate strip of land where we shot up old coke cans with his pistol while he talked about how perfect the ‘dry’ heat of 110 was. And then, without warning, clouds rolled in, the sky got dark purple and the wind picked up. My husband stood there reveling in the monsoon while I ran for cover, rethinking my decision to marry such a lunatic. I mean, really, a monsoon? Don’t they only have those in Asia? Turns out Arizona has their own legendary brand of the beastly storms.

It wasn’t until I spent a summer watching those storms from my front porch that I began to realize the beauty of them, and it wasn’t until I started hiking through some of the desolate, unforgiving terrain that I recognized just how much life you can actually find in the desert. So it only seemed natural to drop my characters into the heart of the desert when I decided to write a book about forgiveness and second chances.

Some of my favorite moments in Her Own Best Enemy are when the characters are not only forced to battle their inner demons, but must contend with the rough terrain as well. Like when Keith gets caught in a flash flood while running through the desert, bad guys hot on his heels. Or when Grace and Keith trek down to the bottom of the Grand Canyon, only to discover that they’ve made the difficult journey in vain.

Arizona has grown on me. Now I’m the one standing outside, reveling in the monsoon—okay, maybe reveling is too strong a word, but it sounds good doesn’t it? I love the never-ending sky, the dusky red earth, and the profound hush that makes me feel like I’m the only person here in this great, wide, open space. And I love writing about it.

Tell me about a place you’ve been that changed your perspective, and I’ll pick a commenter to win an e-copy of my romantic suspense, Her Own Best Enemy!

Desperate to track down her ex-husband who disappeared along with their son, Grace Stevens delves into his past and uncovers evidence of a shocking dual life. The man she thought was an ordinary computer consultant is in fact a former high-ranking Special Forces officer with unique skills in military intelligence. With nowhere to turn she is forced to plead for help from Keith King, the one man she hoped to never see again. Against her better judgment she’ll have to put her child’s fate into his hands.

Keith has officially hit rock bottom. Framed for the theft of deadly missile components, the cynical Special Forces officer is in danger of losing the only thing he can count on: his career. His one shot at clearing his name lies in locating Grace’s ex, who was working with Keith on a secret mission to take down a cutthroat military traitor. But to team up with Grace he’ll need to spend 24/7 with a woman who has every reason to hate him. Out to use each other for their own agenda, desperate mother and disillusioned soldier find they must work together to stay alive, and in the process discover that sometimes even the best of enemies fall in love.

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**If the blogger snag from last week repeats and you get an error message when you try to comment, please email vivi@viviandrews.com and I will make sure you are entered to win. Thank you and good luck!**

Sunday, May 15, 2011

A Biting Love Winner!

It's Sunday night and you know what that means - time to announce the winner of Mary Hughes' Biting Me Softly in paperback (if US or Canada) or one of Bite My Fire, Biting Nixie, The Bite of Silence or Biting Me Softly in ebook!

And the winner is... drumroll please... Darcy!! (Pommawolf Emeraldwolfeyes) Congratulations! Please email vivi@viviandrews.com to claim your prize.

The prize parade continues tomorrow with a new week of guests including Cynthia Justlin, Vivian Arend, Moira Rogers, Kinsey Holley, and Kaye Chambers!

Viv & Moira Being Their Awesome Selves (Win an IPAD!)

Ladies and gentlemen! Boys and girls! Do you have maybe the slightest little bit of interest in winning a SHINY NEW IPAD? Maybe just a smidge? Well, now is your chance! To promote their new releases (and the general AWESOMENESS that they possess) Vivian Arend & Moira Rogers are conducting the Big Bad Crazy Mad iPad Contest with a weekly plethora of prizes and a jigundous iPad giveaway.

Visit http://moirarogers.com/contests/may2011-weekone to enter to win!

Friday, May 13, 2011

Blogger Whoops & RomCon Sexorcist Takeover

Well folks, as you may have noticed over the last couple days, Blogger went a bit wiggy on us. Sierra's entire guestblog and the last half-dozen comments on Mary's post magically disappeared, and while I've managed to reload Sierra's blog, those comments have gone the way of the dinosaurs. So, here's what we're gonna do - we'll leave Mary's contest open for a couple more days (until the evening of Sunday the 15th) when we'll draw the winner. So you have all weekend to make sure your comment was counted toward the awesomeness that is Biting Love.

In the mean time, if you'd like a chance to win an autographed copy of The Sexorcist, RomCon has an excerpt for your reading pleasure and a giveaway to be won HERE. Happy reading, y'all!

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Guest Author: Sierra Dean

Ladies and gentlemen, please help me welcome debut urban-fantasy scribe Sierra Dean to the blog. Sierra's shiny new release has just hit the shelves and she's agreed to take a moment during her busy debut release week to be interrogated by yours truly. WELCOME SIERRA!

1. The heroine of your urban fantasy, Something Secret This Way Comes is an uber-badass bounty hunter. Given a choice between a katana, a .45 and a bazooka, which weapon would she reach for?

She's got divided loyalties on this front. Her standard weapon of choice is a 9mm handgun (she goes between a SIG and a Glock), but she does have a lovely Japanese katana that she's been known to use to her advantage from time to time, and definitely becomes a go-to weapon for her.

2. As Something Secret is your debut release, what inspired you to take up the pen? How long have you been at this writing stuff? Who do you want to be when you grow up?

I started writing at a really young age, and started telling stories long before that. I made my first effort to write a book (a murder mystery/police drama called Blood Love) at the tender age of 12. I wish I knew where it was. It's probably dreadful, but ever since then I've been putting pen to paper and churning out stories. I love writing, and it's the only thing I've always wanted to do. That said, "when I grow up" I want to be a professor of Russian History at Standford University. I'm currently working on an honors degree in History, and plan to do my Masters in Russian History with a focus on the Jewish experience in Russia. Definitely not the same as writing urban fantasy, but I'll probably still be doing the writing thing until I die.

3. Secret's caught between two men (damn, I love a good love triangle) - in a cage match between her two beaus, who would come out on top?

Lucas, absolutely. He's the werewolf king and he also wouldn't let personal feelings conflict with doing whatever it takes to come out on top. Desmond seems colder, but he's got a tender heart, and his loyalty to Lucas would prevent him from taking down his best friend and Alpha.

4. If you had to pick three desert island books, which ones would you take with you?

Tess of the D'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy; Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen; and Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk. They're my three favorite books of all time, and ones I can re-read endlessly without getting sick of them. I know, I feel bad for picking no UF or PNR titles, but there are so few I would be able to re-read on a loop! My UF/PNR desert island picks: Kelley Armstrong's Bitten, Laurell K Hamilton's Guilty Pleasures and Charlaine Harris's Dead to the World (Sookie #4).

5. What's next for you? Are there more Secret McQueen books in the works?

Are there EVER! The prequel novella The Secret Guide to Dating Monsters comes out July 19. Book Two, A Bloody Good Secret is due out in September, and there will be a Christmas novella called Secret Santa due out in late November. I'm already busy at work on Secret McQueen book three and the first one only just released this week!

Congrats on your many upcoming releases and best wishes with the Secret series! Here's a peek at Sierra's debut release:

Some secrets are dangerous. This Secret is deadly.

For Secret McQueen, her life feels like the punch line for a terrible joke. Abandoned at birth by her werewolf mother, hired as a teen by the vampire council of New York City to kill rogues, Secret is a part of both worlds, but belongs to neither. At twenty-two, she has carved out as close to a normal life as a bounty hunter can.

When an enemy from her past returns with her death on his mind, she is forced to call on every ounce of her mixed heritage to save herself—and everyone else in the city she calls home. As if the fate of the world wasn't enough to deal with, there's Lucas Rain, King of the East Coast werewolves, who seems to believe he and Secret are fated to be together. Too bad Secret also feels a connection with Desmond, Lucas's second-in-command…

Warning: This book contains a sarcastic, kick-ass bounty hunter; a metaphysical love triangle with two sexy werewolves; a demanding vampire council; and a spicy seasoning of sex and violence.

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Over at Sierra's blog, she's currently running a contest to win an advanced copy of the Secret prequel novella, so swing on by for details on how you can enter to win.

ALSO, the Mary Hughes contest from yesterday's post is still active, so pop over for a chance to win one of her excellent Biting Love stories.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Guest Author: Mary Hughes & Meet Electricity

First, taking care of business: Yesterday's lucky winner is Kali!! Congratulations! Please email vivi@viviandrews.com to claim your choice of the remaining prize packs listed on yesterday's post! And now, for the fun...

Today we're kicking off a run of guest bloggers here at Casa Andrews with one of my favorite people in the whole entire universe. I first met Mary Hughes when I sent her a gushy fan letter and then was delighted to discover she was just as awesome as her books. Please join me in welcoming the fabulous, fresh and funny Ms. Mary Hughes!

Meet Electricity

Boy meets girl. That first collision of eyes, the first sucked breath of recognition. That tingle of awareness that signals an unexpected attraction. Or zap, if it's really strong.

I love the electricity of the first meet. So I always include it in my stories, usually with a twist (because that's just how I am :) Here are three.

Biting Me Softly (“I” is Liese, a computer programmer)

When I first clapped eyes on Logan, I thought, Hot damn. Look what the Sex Fairy brung me!

It was eight p.m. Sunday night. I don’t know what made me look up. The cool March air, perhaps. Maybe the aroma wafting in, mystery and magic with overtones of raw sex.

Whatever it was, my eyes lifted and there he was, the most stunning male I’d ever seen. Smack-me-between-the-eyes gorgeous. Bright blond hair rippled to broad, muscular shoulders. Lean strength roped a long, lithe body. Laughter and intelligence sparked gold-flecked hazel eyes. Perfect lips curved in a smile so sensuous it made my innards go bang.

Then he opened his mouth and spoke. Talk about ruining perfection.

“Hello, gorgeous.” His tone was deep and lazy. “I want to speak to the computer man in charge.”

Right. Well that just spoiled everything, didn’t it?

Biting Nixie (“I” is Nixie, a 5-foot nothing punk rocker)

Schleck’s face went red as a stoplight. His hand jerked back—to hit me. But no shedding bully-blood in the mayor’s office meant I would have to take it. I squeezed my eyes shut.

Nothing landed.

“I believe you’re out of line, sir.”

The voice was deep and cultured. The words resonated with an accent I couldn’t immediately place. Proud, almost aristocratic. I cautiously popped one eye open.

Strong, sure fingers held Schleck’s wrist in an unbreakable grip. The vice-principal’s face was white as he stared up. And up. I followed that stare, and—

Towering over us both was the most beautiful man I’d ever seen.

Bronzed skin. Black hair and brows. Outrageously long black eyelashes sweeping over laser-sharp blue eyes. Sensuous dark bronze mouth. A jaw made to run your fingers over. Lean muscular body with biteable shoulders and a flat waist. He made a Chippendale look like a cub scout.

Gorgeous Guy stared down at Schleck with cool contempt. Schleck, like bullies everywhere, cut and ran. Gorgeous Guy released the veep-creep as if he were slime.

Wow. Not only man-beautiful, but the guy oozed strength. No, more. Power. Power, the kind restrained by a tremendous will. I could have fallen in love. Could have, but not.

The guy was wearing a fucking three-piece suit. Vest and all. Seriously, had anyone worn those since the ancient eighties?

Bite My Fire (“I” is Elena, 5'9” and all cop)

I spun. Went for my gun. “Hold it right there…!”

My voice died in my throat. My XD pressed against the most amazing abs I’d ever seen. Washboard, eight-pack…whatever, licking those abs would be like tongue-surfing warm ocean waves.

A black tee stretched in all the right places over a torso ripped enough to star in 300. Bronzed cannon arms, dusted with blond hair, crossed over a battleship chest.

Very male. And very big. Viking big. With him, even my five-nine felt petite. I choked on a whimper as my eyes continued helplessly up.

Strong, corded neck. And his face…sweet Suzy’s Cream Cheesecakes. Warrior big and warrior gorgeous. Cheekbones cut from granite, arching blond brows, carved jaw. Thick wavy blond hair. Eyes the brilliant blue of the Mediterranean in summer. A fiercely beautiful face, the kind that jolts you in the gut.

But big, bad and yummy here was a stranger. Worse, he was wandering near a murder scene. Alone. By the Big Book of Police Rules, that made him a suspect.

Thanks so much to Vivi for having me here today!

GIVEAWAY: To celebrate Biting Me Softly in stores around the US, I’m having a giveaway! Just comment on this post to enter. For a second chance, let me know the city or bookstore where you’ve seen Softly! Through May 13, 2011. NOTE: These are explicit vampire romances, so adults only please! Winner will receive choice of Biting Me Softly in paperback (if US or Canada) or one of Bite My Fire, Biting Nixie, The Bite of Silence or Biting Me Softly in ebook.

Biting Me Softly
He’s a candy box of sex appeal wrapped with a golden bow. She’s on a diet.

Blood, sex, violence. Blood, okay, but computer geek Liese Schmetterling had enough S&V when her cheating ex fired her. Now security expert—and lip-smacking gorgeous—Logan Steel saunters into her Blood Center, setting fire to her libido. And threatening her job.

Visions of pink slips dancing in her head, Liese tries to push Logan away without touching his jutting pecs…or ridged abs. Or petting the Vesuvius in his jeans. He’s hiding something, but it doesn’t seem to matter when his smiles stun her, his kisses crank her to broiling and his bites rocket her to heaven. Fangy bites which, if she weren’t grounded in science, would make her think ampire-Vay.

Centuries old and tragedy-scarred, Logan’s mission is to fortify the Blood Center’s electronic defenses against his nemesis, the leader of a rogue vampire gang. He’s ready for battle but not for Liese, who slips under his skin, laughs at his awful puns, charges beside him into dark, scary places—and tastes like his true love.

No matter how often Logan declares his love, Liese can’t bring herself to trust him. But when his archenemy comes after her, not trusting him may cost her life…

Warning: contains explicit vampire sex involving absurdly large male equipment (hey, they’re monsters), unbelievable stamina (just how long can he stay underwater in a hot tub?), hide-your-eyes violence and horrendously bad puns. And, just when you think it can’t get any worse, a computer geekette trying to play Mata Hari.

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Hugs from Hughes!

Bestselling author Mary Hughes is a computer consultant, professional musician, and writer. At various points in her life she has taught Taekwondo, worked in the insurance industry, and studied religion. She is intensely interested in the origins of the universe. She has a wonderful husband (though happily-ever-after takes a lot of hard work) and two great kids. But she thinks that with all the advances in modern medicine, childbirth should be a lot less messy.

To learn more about Mary, please visit www.maryhughesbooks.com.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Serengeti Sunrise Release Day!

It's here! Serengeti Sunrise has arrived!

No strings? Try hopelessly tangled.

Zoe King is itching to get out of Three Rocks. Sure, the pride is more progressive with her brother in charge. She’s just got a bad case of wanderlust…and an even worse case of the hots for Tyler Minor.
The pride’s mechanic sets her senses on fire one second, then shuts down and walks away the next. Before she hits the road for good, this lioness decides it’s time to bring their cat-and-mouse game to a satisfying end.

Twenty years ago, Tyler’s father walked out and left him with a mountain of responsibility. Now that his younger siblings are settled, the last thing he wants or needs is another obligation. Which is exactly what he’ll get if he screws around with the Alpha’s sister.

When Zoe offers—more like demands—a no-strings affair, temptation wins and he finds his hands in places they shouldn’t be, and his thoughts straying to words like his.

But Zoe’s got her own ideas about possessive, chest-banging males. And they don’t include white picket fences…or letting Tyler keep her out of the danger zone when an outside threat to the pride’s secrecy becomes all too real.

Get It Here.

Today I'm sharing excerpts and chatting about the book (and anything else that pops up) at the Samhain Cafe. Also, I'm blogging over at the Ruby blog where one commenter will win a copy of Serengeti Sunrise.

And, the Favorite Things Giveaway presses on! Today's lucky winner is: Brandi!!

Congratulations! Please email vivi@viviandrews.com and let me know which of the packs remaining (see the bottom of today's post) you'd like to take home.

DAY EIGHT QUESTION: Today's question isn't actually a question. All commenters will be eligible to win, as usual, but today I'm putting the power in your hands. Do you have questions for me? Or just a comment about life, the universe and everything? It's your party!

Starting tomorrow we'll have guest bloggers spicing things up here on the blog and the giveaways will continue as Mary Hughes & Sierra Dean kick off the guest-blog party. Don't miss it!

***PRIZE UPDATE: The following prize packs are still available!***
  • Contemporary Romance Pack: Lead Me On by Victoria Dahl, Practice Makes Perfect by Julie James, & First Lady by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
  • Paranormal Rom-Com Pack: First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones (hardback) & A Date with the Other Side by Erin McCarthy
  • Uber-Sexy Paranormal Pack: Demon's Fire by Emma Holly, Deadly Desire by Keri Arthur, & Master of the Night by Angela Knight
  • Future/Space Sexiness Pack: Take Me & Need Me by Shelli Stevens & Beyond the Shadows by Jess Granger
  • Historical Awesomeness Pack: Two Eloisa James Desperate Duchess Books, Sins of a Duke and Before the Scandal by Suzanne Enoch
  • Romantic Suspense Pack: A trio of books by Roxanne St. Claire, Linda Howard, Julie Garwood
  • Contemporary Drama Pack: Red Hat Club Rides Again by Haywood Smith, Coast Road by Barbara Delinsky, and Suddenly One Summer by Barbara Freethy.
  • Karmic Consultants Pack: Signed print copies of The Ghost Exterminator & The Sexorcist and a digital ARC of the not yet released short story A Cop & A Feel
  • Shifter Digi-Pack: Digital copies (in format of winner's choice) of Serengeti Heat, Serengeti Storm, Serengeti Lightning and the SOON-TO-BE-RELEASED Serengeti Sunrise.

Monday, May 9, 2011

My Favorite Things: DAY SEVEN - The Pre-Release Edition!

Happy Pre-Release Day, y'all! Today I'm visiting the Smutketeers and giving away a copy of Serengeti Sunrise so be sure you drop by to say hello (and check out the excerpty sneak peek inside the story)! But before you hare yourself off to the check out the awesomeness over yonder, be sure you comment here for another chance to win in the Favorite Things Giveaway.

And now, down to business. Our next winner! Today, the choice of prize pack awesomeness goes to: Jen B.!!

Congratulations! Please email vivi@viviandrews.com and let me know which of the remaining packs (listed below) you'd like to claim for your very own self.

Serengeti Sunrise is almost upon us! You'd think I'd be all blase about my ninth ebook release, but this one has me all twitterpated. *Cue Like a Virgin 80s dance montage.* It's the first time I've released a story readers have asked for, about a character they already know. And that anticipation adds something to the pot. For me, as a reader, a much anticipated book can either be that much more satisfying... or that much more disappointing. (Here's hoping Sunrise is the former!) Today I wanted to talk about the books we have the highest expectations for, our much anticipated upcoming reads...

DAY SEVEN QUESTION: Which summer book release are you most looking forward to reading?
I'm barely able to contain myself at the idea of Nalini Singh's Kiss of Snow. Julia Quinn's Smythe-Smith girls finally getting their day also has me all aflutter - but there are sooo many more I'm just dying for this summe. Which ones have you ready to storm the bookstores (or stalk your Kindles & Nooks at 3am to see if your pre-order has arrived)?

***PRIZE UPDATE: The following prize packs are still available!***
  • Contemporary Romance Pack: Lead Me On by Victoria Dahl, Practice Makes Perfect by Julie James, & First Lady by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
  • Paranormal Rom-Com Pack: First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones (hardback) & A Date with the Other Side by Erin McCarthy
  • Uber-Sexy Paranormal Pack: Demon's Fire by Emma Holly, Deadly Desire by Keri Arthur, & Master of the Night by Angela Knight
  • Future/Space Sexiness Pack: Take Me & Need Me by Shelli Stevens & Beyond the Shadows by Jess Granger
  • Historical Awesomeness Pack: Two Eloisa James Desperate Duchess Books, Sins of a Duke and Before the Scandal by Suzanne Enoch
  • Romantic Suspense Pack: A trio of books by Roxanne St. Claire, Linda Howard, Julie Garwood
  • Contemporary Drama Pack: Red Hat Club Rides Again by Haywood Smith, Coast Road by Barbara Delinsky, and Suddenly One Summer by Barbara Freethy.
  • Karmic Consultants Pack: Signed print copies of The Ghost Exterminator & The Sexorcist and a digital ARC of the not yet released short story A Cop & A Feel
  • Shifter Digi-Pack: Digital copies (in format of winner's choice) of Serengeti Heat, Serengeti Storm, Serengeti Lightning and the SOON-TO-BE-RELEASED Serengeti Sunrise.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

My Favorite Things: DAY SIX

T-minus two days until the Serengeti Sunrise release and I have to say I'm getting my usual case of pre-release jitters. Thank goodness for the soothing bliss of Mythbusters Jigsaw Puzzles or I'd be a nervous wreck.

But you're all probably wondering who yesterday's lucky winner was. So without further ado, the day five winner is... Ivelisse!

Congratulations! Please email vivi@viviandrews.com and let me know which of the remaining prize packs (listed at the bottom of today's post) you'd like to take home.

And now, on to our next chance to win!
DAY SIX QUESTION: Yesterday we talked about heroic appearances (and dude, I loved reading all of your comments - so cool to see all the different takes on what makes a hero attractive!) and it got me thinking about what a man does. Tyler, the hero of Serengeti Sunrise, is a mechanic. Gotta love a man who knows his way around an engine block - but from cowboys to firefighters, Fortune 500 CEOs to professional athletes, knights to special forces, there are a lot of studly professions out there and our favorite romance heroes know how to make them look good. So here's today's question: What is your favorite (or the most memorable) heroic occupation?

As always, may the odds be ever in your favor!

***PRIZE UPDATE: The following prize packs are still available!***
  • Contemporary Romance Pack: Lead Me On by Victoria Dahl, Practice Makes Perfect by Julie James, & First Lady by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
  • Paranormal Rom-Com Pack: First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones (hardback) & A Date with the Other Side by Erin McCarthy
  • Uber-Sexy Paranormal Pack: Demon's Fire by Emma Holly, Deadly Desire by Keri Arthur, & Master of the Night by Angela Knight
  • Future/Space Sexiness Pack: Take Me and Need Me by Shelli Stevens & Beyond the Shadows by Jess Granger
  • Historical Awesomeness Pack: Two Eloisa James Desperate Duchess Books, Sins of a Duke and Before the Scandal by Suzanne Enoch
  • Romantic Suspense Pack: A trio of books by Roxanne St. Claire, Linda Howard, Julie Garwood
  • Contemporary Drama Pack: Red Hat Club Rides Again by Haywood Smith, Coast Road by Barbara Delinsky, and Suddenly One Summer by Barbara Freethy.
  • Karmic Consultants Pack: Signed print copies of The Ghost Exterminator & The Sexorcist and a digital ARC of the not yet released short story A Cop & A Feel
  • Shifter Digi-Pack: Digital copies (in format of winner's choice) of Serengeti Heat, Serengeti Storm, Serengeti Lightning and the SOON-TO-BE-RELEASED Serengeti Sunrise.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

My Favorite Things: DAY FIVE

Let's skip the introductions and get right down to business, shall we? No foreplay today. The winner IS: Maria!

Woot! Congrats! Please email vivi@viviandrews.com and let me know which of the still-available packs at the bottom of today's post you'd like to claim.

And now, with yet another chance to win, the Saturday question:

DAY FIVE QUESTION: In all our talk of heroes a few days back, their appearances didn't seem to play a large role - but is that just because all romance heroes are such studly specimens? Does a hero's appearance impact your enjoyment of a romance? And if so, do you have a favorite type you look for? I remember a while back hearing something about how books with dark-haired heroes on the front actually statistically sold better than those with blond men. (Just hearsay, I don't have an actual study to refer to.) So is a dark hero really sexier? Or does he only need to be darkly fascinating on the inside? Is this the one case where blonds don't have more fun?

***PRIZE UPDATE: The following prize packs are still available!***
  • Contemporary Romance Pack: Lead Me On by Victoria Dahl, Practice Makes Perfect by Julie James, & First Lady by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
  • Paranormal Rom-Com Pack: First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones (hardback) & A Date with the Other Side by Erin McCarthy
  • Uber-Sexy Paranormal Pack: Demon's Fire by Emma Holly, Deadly Desire by Keri Arthur, & Master of the Night by Angela Knight
  • Future/Space Sexiness Pack: Take Me & Need Me by Shelli Stevens & Beyond the Shadows by Jess Granger
  • Historical Awesomeness Pack: Two Eloisa James Desperate Duchess Books, Sins of a Duke and Before the Scandal by Suzanne Enoch
  • Romantic Suspense Pack: A trio of books by Roxanne St. Claire, Linda Howard, Julie Garwood
  • Contemporary Drama Pack: Red Hat Club Rides Again by Haywood Smith, Coast Road by Barbara Delinsky, and Suddenly One Summer by Barbara Freethy.
  • Karmic Consultants Pack: Signed print copies of The Ghost Exterminator & The Sexorcist and a digital ARC of the not yet released short story A Cop & A Feel
  • Shifter Digi-Pack: Digital copies (in format of winner's choice) of Serengeti Heat, Serengeti Storm, Serengeti Lightning and the SOON-TO-BE-RELEASED Serengeti Sunrise.