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Archive for November 11th, 2008

Julie James, author of Just the Sexiest Man Alive, and Diana Holquist, author of Sexiest Man Alive, are celebrating the upcoming November 21st announcement of People’s Sexiest Man Alive for 2008 by having a contest. Win free, signed books to get you in the mood for this year’s issue. Check out their websites (http://dianaholquist.com and http://juliejamesbooks.com) for information on how to enter and vote for who you think should be this year’s Sexiest Man Alive.

Join us on Thursday, the 13th, when Julie will be a guest on the blog. 🙂

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NO WOMAN COULD RESIST HIM — EXCEPT THE ONE HE WANTED MOST…

A fabulously fun, romantic comedy from a dynamic new talent.

Nothing fazes Taylor Donovan — not in the courtroom and not in her personal life.  So when she’s assigned to coach PEOPLE’s “Sexiest Man Alive” for his role in the next big legal drama, she refuses to fall for the Hollywood heartthrob’s charms.  Even if he is the Jason Andrews.

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Every woman’s dream just became her reality.

SHY NO MORE WORKSHEET
NAME:  JASMINE BURNS

Imagine the person who intimidates you.  Naked.  I’m intimidated by Josh Toby, the world’s biggest movie star.  Who has to imagine him naked?  I’ve seen it on a forty-foot screen.

Breathe deep.  Did I mention he’s Josh Toby?  As his costume designer, I’m supposed to dress him.  And undress him.  Oh, and my psychic sister Amy, who has never been wrong, named him my One True Love.  Breathing is completely out of the question.

Ask for what you want.  What I want is for him to stop being so… irresistible!  I want not to fall in love with a man who’s stalked by the paparazzi, whose washboard abs could cut glass, and whose movie star girlfriend is the most stunning creature ever.

Believe you can do what needs to be done.  Then do it.  So, all I have to do is believe I can resist Josh Toby.  Resist those deep violet eyes, those strong, muscular arms, and the way he makes me feel like the only woman on earth.  Couldn’t be easier.  Yeah right….

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The war between good and evil

Jake Macgregor has his hands full. As San Francisco’s leader of the Paranormal Special Forces unit, he and his team are facing a powerful enemy that threatens to bring down the city. With the weight of the world already resting on his broad, chiseled shoulders, the last thing Jake has time for is romance. So why—after a long, hard day’s fight against evil—are his nights filled with dreams of Cassia?

Is about to get a whole lot hotter…

Cassia is a D’Anu witch whose birthright ensures power and honor beyond her imagination. It also forbids the one thing Cassia wants the most: the love of mortal Jake Macgregor. When she intervenes in a skirmish to save his life, the consequences are inescapable—even though the magic they make together is too luscious, and potent, to resist…

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4.5 Stars TOP PICK for DARK MAGIC!

“It’s down to the final epic battle in the conclusion of McCray’s inspired and magical series. This star-crossed couple faces long odds–both in their war with evil and their fight against destiny. Fans of this blistering series won’t be disappointed. McCray does a stellar job layering the danger, passion, and betrayal.” Romantic Times BOOKreviews Magazine

Thank you Fatin and everyone at Romance Readers at Heart for asking me to join you here today and to share with you a little about my “Magic” series.

Readers often ask me how I got the idea for the series.

I took a nap. No kidding.

I had developed an idea for a fantasy—that one day I hope to write!—and my editor at St. Martin’s Press asked me to come up with something more urban. I didn’t have an idea where to start, so I did my favorite thing when it comes to getting new ideas—naptime.

When in that place between wakefulness and sleep, my mind relaxes and ideas will come to me. This works for thinking up ideas for new stories, ideas for the plot in current manuscripts, and sometimes helping un-stuck me when I’m not sure how to get past a certain obstacle.

Stepping up a bit, I’d been researching Paganism extensively for a young adult book I wanted to work on again. (I wrote young adult novels in another life and under another name.) One Pagan ritual that caught my attention was called “Drawing Down the Moon.”

So back to the nap. As I was sleeping ideas formed and the Drawing Down the Moon scene in Forbidden Magic was the first thing that came to me. Complete, full, totally there including a heroine named Silver and a warrior from Otherworld named Hawk. Forbidden Magic expanded from there. My heroine was a Pagan witch, a descendant of the ancient Druids, and she believes in using gray magic to fight evil forces. My hero was a centuries old being from a clan of once-gods that left Ireland for Otherworld a millennia ago.

I found myself studying not only Paganism, but Celtic mythology as well. I drew on that and twisted things for my own wicked purposes. Heh, heh, heh.

Fast forward to Dark Magic, which is the 5th and final book in the “Magic” series. It is a standalone if you want to read it first.

There is a tremendous series arc from book one to book five, where everything comes full circle at the end of the series. People aren’t exactly what you’ve thought they are, the evil is beyond imagination, and there is heart-wrenching betrayal.

Oh, and death by sex. Can’t forget that. Due to the heroine, Cassia’s, unknown heritage, if she has intimate relations with a male, it could kill him.

In comes Jake Macgregor, Captain of San Francisco’s Paranormal Special Forces. Jake is sexy, irresistible, and just plain hot. And when it comes to Cassia, Jake’s not going to let a little something like the possibility of dying from sex get in his way.

Cassia and Jake getting together amidst chaos, betrayal, and evil—and the death sex thing—makes a relationship between them almost unfathomable.

Everything that has carried through the series comes full circle and there are lots of twists and turns.

When anyone asks me which “Magic” book is my favorite, it’s definitely Dark Magic. There’s something about the way everything is resolved and the races of beings that form an alliance come together. The human cop, Jake, has always been one of my favorite characters, and the mysterious Cassia has such depth to her that no one had any clue about who and what she really is.

And Darkwolf—you’ll just have to see.

If you like contests for books, I give away seven or more books a month in several contests that I have. If you visit my site at http://cheyennemccray.com you can sign up for the newsletter and automatically be put into a drawing for one of my books. In each monthly issue of my newsletter, I have “Subscriber Only” contests. And if you’d like to join in on the fun in my chat group http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Cheys_Fantasies, I give away a book a week to my readers. And, in December, I’ll be giving away a book a DAY! That’s my gift to my readers this holiday season. Also visit me at my MySpace http://www.myspace.com/cheyennemccray and always check out “Cowboy up Friday,” also known as CUF! Some of the hottest cowboys around. Yum.

Now for YOUR contest. I’m giving away a copy of Dark Magic just for you. Just comment or ask questions in a post to this blog entry today and you’ll go into a drawing for a copy of Dark Magic!

Thanks again for having me here at Romance Readers at Heart!

Chey

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Cheyenne McCray would give just about anything to run away with Jason Bourne to any foreign country (minus the getting shot at part) or visit an Otherworld realm. Either one, she’s so there. Chey is the author of the “Magic” series as well as the upcoming “Lexi Steele novels,” which will be a thrilling series filled with suspense and intrigue. Demons not Included will be the first in the exciting new “Night Tracker” urban fantasy series next summer.

Cheyenne has three sons, three dogs, a messy house, and she will do anything to get out of cleaning which may be why she writes so much.


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