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Archive for September 20th, 2010

Available October 5, 2010

The Blurb

Victor left behind a life of crime to focus on a new vision–helping his alpha build an island sanctuary for werewolves. Harsh experiences prepared him for the hardships involved, except when it comes to dealing with the young female refugees of the brutal Boston pack–especially Simone, who rouses his inner wolf like no other. A woman he must resist, or risk becoming just the latest man to make demands on her.

Born to wealth and privilege, Simone lost everything when she fell for the seductive whispers of the textile heir who turned her. Once adrift, now she is fired by a new sense of purpose–the chance to broker peace between werewolves and European wizards. Yet even as Europe beckons, her instincts–the same ones that led to trouble before–keep drawing her back to Victor.

During a sailing trip to the mainland for supplies, Victor finds it impossible to hold himself aloof from the warm, engaging Simone. And when a winter storm traps them together during a full moon, she breaks through his walls so easily and completely, the question is no longer how he’ll stay away, but how he’ll let her go.

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Earlier this year, I devoured the Red Rock Pass series but was very hesitant about the spin-off series, Building Sanctuary. This series is pre- Red Rock Pass. It is set during The Great Depression and I don’t read historicals. Ever.

Well, I was proven wrong. Not only did I read A Safe Harbor, I loved it. When I got the chance to review Undertow, I jumped at it.

Simone is a woman who knows what she wants but isn’t sure how to go about getting it. Victor is fully aware that Simone wants him but believes it’s only for the safety his wolf can give her so he pushes her away. When a supply run leaves them stranded on an island, they are both forced to confront the past that created them and where their future is going.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book! Plenty of internal conflict and hot sexy times (they are stranded in a cabin during a snow storm. What do you expect 😀 ), but the thing I liked most was the ending didn’t come wrapped in a pretty bow. The sanctuary, these characters and their relationship is a work in progress. They have been through too much for it all to be “fixed” in one book but you can see the possibilities.

The only possible drawback I see with Undertow is that I’m not sure it can be read as a stand-alone. I liked the fact that there wasn’t a lot of time spent rehashing events from a previous book but I feel that a reader needs to know those events to truly understand Simone. So if you haven’t read A Safe Harbor, I would recommend reading that before starting Undertow.

You can find out more about this book at Moira Rogers’ website.

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I love the color of this cover. March seems so far away but I can’t wait to get my hands on A LOT LIKE LOVE by Julie James. I love her books. 🙂

THE FBI WANTS HER COOPERATION.

As the daughter of a billionaire and the owner of the city’s top wine store, Jordan Rhodes is invited to the most exclusive parties in Chicago. But there’s only one party the FBI wants to crash: the charity fundraiser of a famous restaurateur, who also happens to launder money for the mob. In exchange for her brother’s release from prison, Jordan is going to be there—with a date supplied by the Bureau.

AGENT McCALL JUST WANTS HER.

As the top undercover agent in Chicago, Nick McCall has one rule: never get personal.  This “date” with Jordan Rhodes is merely an assignment—one they’re both determined to pull off even if they can’t be together for five minutes before the sarcasm and sparks begin to fly. But when Nick’s investigation is compromised, he and Jordan have no choice but to pretend they’re a couple, and what starts out as a simple assignment begins to feel a lot like something more. . .

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Dark Moon of Avalon

…coming September, 2010
from Simon & Schuster (Touchstone)

She is a healer, a storyteller, and a warrior. She has fought to preserve Britain’s throne. Now she faces her greatest challenge in turning bitter enemies into allies, saving the life of the man she loves . . . and mending her own wounded heart.

Book II in the Twilight of Avalon Trilogy

The young former High Queen, Isolde, and her friend and protector, Trystan, are reunited in a new and dangerous quest to keep the usurper, Lord Marche, and his Saxon allies from the throne of Britain. Using Isolde’s cunning wit and talent for healing and Trystan’s strength and bravery, they must act as diplomats, persuading the rulers of the smaller kingdoms, from Ireland to Cornwall, that their allegiance to the High King is needed to keep Britain from a despot’s hands.

Their admissions of love hang in the air, but neither wants to put the other at risk by openly declaring a deeper alliance. When their situation is at its most desperate, Trystan and Isolde must finally confront their true feelings toward each other, in time for a battle that will test the strength of their will and their love.

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My grandfather spent his last few years in a nursing home, dying of Parkinson’s disease.  He couldn’t walk or stand or even feed himself; for the last two or three years he could barely talk.  What he could still do, though, was read–and read he did, voraciously, day and night, every one of the stacks and stacks of books my parents and I would bring.  And though he would read nearly anything, he loved the romances–the books with a guaranteed happy ending–most of all.

In the same way, in Dark Moon of Avalon, my heroine Isolde needs to believe in happy endings and the transformative power of love.  The Twilight of Avalon trilogy takes place in the shadow of King Arthur’s Britain, in a time when the invading Saxon armies are increasingly defeating Britain’s forces.  Isolde has lost everything, her old life, her family, her home, have all been destroyed by the constant battles and warfare.

My Isolde is a healer, working with wounded soldier’s every day.  And she tells them stories, stories to lift their spirits and help them heal, stories  and the  the human spirit’s infinite capacity to triumph over even the most extreme hardship, the most bitter sorrow.  Yet the most important story in Dark Moon of Avalon is not one Isolde tells, but rather one that is told to her.  A mysterious harper appears to her one night and tells her a tale, the story that would become the ballad of Tam Lin.  In the tale, a maiden must save her true love from his imprisonment by the cruel Fairy Folk.  The Fairy magic turns the maiden’s true love from a serpent to a monstrous beast and finally to a burning branch.  And through it all, the maiden must hold her true love tight in her arms, until the power of her love returns him to himself.

In Dark Moon of Avalon, Isolde is reunited with the one true friend from her childhood, Trystan.  But Trystan has been enslaved by the enemy Saxons, embittered and changed from the boy she once knew, until Isolde questions whether she knows him at all.  Like the maiden in the tale of Tam Lin, Isolde must hold tight to the man she loves, however much he has been scarred and hardened by his past.  She must hold onto her belief in happy endings, trust in the power of love to heal Trystan’s scarred spirit and return him to himself.

To celebrate the release of Dark Moon of Avalon, I’m offering a free prequel short story, Dawn of Avalon, available for free download on my website here: http://www.annaelliottbooks.com/dawn.php

He would become the most powerful wizard in the history of Britain—Merlin. She would become Britain’s most storied sorceress—Morgan le Fay. But before they were legends, they were young. And they were lovers. Together, in the sunlight of one day long ago, they saved a kingdom. Dawn of Avalon. A stand-alone story from the universe of Anna Elliott’s Twilight of Avalon.

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Many thanks to Anna for joining us today. You can learn more about Anna and her books here or here http://authors.simonandschuster.com/Anna-Elliott/47403192/widget.

Don’t forget to comment for a chance to win a copy of DARK MOON OF AVALON. Good luck! 😀

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