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Archive for April 10th, 2009

Debut author, Kate Brady. Comes out July 1, 2009.

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Killer Chevy Bankes is a master of disguise, and just paroled, he’s coming after the woman who sent him to jail, the beautiful antiques expert Beth Denison. A set of antique dolls brings Beth into his sight, and inspire Chevy’s disturbing crimes as he draws closer to Beth and her young daughter. Chevy sends the dolls to Beth one-by-one and she soon realizes that these antiques carry the same marks as his victims, signaling that the final piece in his collection will be for her.

Neil Sheridan gave up his FBI shield five years ago, but his best friend Rick, a cop, pulls him in as a consultant on a case involving a serial killer who is eerily similar to a murderer Neil encountered in the past. The investigation leads Neil to Beth’s doorstep, and he is certain she isn’t telling him the truth. Neil is the only one who can get through Beth’s defenses and, as they grow closer, discover the secrets that Beth is hiding about her fateful night with Chevy.

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We have a winner! The winner of Mary Margret Daughtridge’s post is………….

MelissaB!!

Congrats Melissa!

Please email me your address at mad @ romancereaderatheart.com (without the spaces) so we can get the book out to you.

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We have a winner! The winner of Jess’s post is………….

ValP!!

Congrats Val!

Please email me at mad @ romancereaderatheart.com (without the spaces) with your book choice from Jess’s backlist so we can get the book out to you.

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We have a winner! The winner of Amelia Grey’s post is………….

Margay!!

Congrats Margay!

Please email me your address at mad @ romancereaderatheart.com (without the spaces) so we can get the book out to you.

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We have winners! The winners of Jaci’s post are………….

Vivianarend!
Nicole!
Buffie!
Catie!
Fedora!

Congrats ladies!

Please email me your address at mad @ romancereaderatheart.com (without the spaces) so we can get the book out to you.

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In a post-Apocalyptic world where supernaturals have emerged from hiding, wealthy humans delight in decadence while the religious gain power through temptation. For the masses, fear reigns from birth to death, and the afterlife holds beings that only the bravest can summon—or dare to desire…

Taken from her home and family, shamaness Aisling McConaughey has no choice except to enter the “ghostlands” in order to learn the fate of a wealthy man’s mistress. But there is always a price to pay for the use of her power. To save the woman’s life she must summon the Djinn prince Zurael en Caym—and yield to his savage, sensual rage.

Zurael fears nothing except being called and bound to a human’s will. He intends to kill Aisling after she’s served as bait to find an enemy in possession of an ancient tablet. But the more he tastes of her innocent spirit, the more he’ll use his fiery touch and seductive whispers to keep her hungry for his mercy—even as they weave an erotic spell that he cannot escape…

Powerful forces threaten both their worlds, leaving Aisling and Zurael with an unbearable choice. Follow their hearts…or stay true to their honor and risk losing an eternity of pleasure.

Thanks Fatin for inviting me to Novel Thoughts. This has been a thrilling week for me as it marks my debut release with Berkley.

Ghostland is a book I loved writing. It’s an urban fantasy romance, a departure from the erotic romance stories I write for Ellora’s Cave, but there are still plenty of erotic moments in it.

Authors are often asked where they get their ideas from. For me, Ghostland was born from my desire to explore a post-apocalyptic fantasy world by asking: What would it be like if humans no longer ruled as a result of their sheer numbers, their weapons and their technology? What kinds of societies would they form? And what would happen if the supernaturals no longer needed to hide their existence?

I answered by imagining that San Francisco is claimed by vampire families while across the bay, Oakland is ruled by powerful non-gifted humans. And beyond those cities, smaller human settlements are carved out and defended in vast territories controlled by Were and Fey.

There are worlds within worlds, with everyday life and reality for humans defined by location and who rules. It’s a place of opposites and extremes. Of horror alongside beauty. Extravagant wealth juxtaposed to hard-scrabble poverty.

And what if, unseen by those who live on Earth, there is war brewing between ancient, unseen enemies for who will control it—and the heroes and heroines who find love and want their own “happy ever after” play a part in preparing for that war?

That’s how Zurael and Aisling in Ghostland, and Tir and Araña in Spider-Touched came about, and I hope you enjoy their stories as much as I did.

For a chance to win a copy of Ghostland (or one of my EC titles if you prefer), post a comment. It can be spontaneous, or an answer to the question: Which do you prefer, stories told in the 1st person as most of the straight urban fantasy stories seem to be told in, or in 3rd person, as most romances are? I’ll go first in saying that while I really enjoy 1st person when it comes to some urban fantasies, I can only take so much of it before I find myself craving 3rd person.

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