Archive for June 5th, 2012

Hi everyone, it’s Vivian Arend. We’re very excited to be stopping off at Romance Readers @ Heart. This is the home of a couple of my favorite ladies, so it’s extra special to get to bring my friend Thea over for a visit.

Today’s Thea and Viv’s Big Adventure involves WILD EXCITEMENT. Like excitement big enough to send you flying over a waterfall.


Yes, it’s the actual release day for DEVIL’S GATE. I know Thea’s busy having all kinds of things happening, so I decided my hero Jared would ask her hero, Duncan, a few questions, since I didn’t want to disturb Thea any today.

Ready guys? Take it away!


**Jared and Duncan look at each other**

Jared: Notice how they just do, that? Like, drop us into the middle of a situation and just assume we’ll figure it out? Sheesh, authors. Anyway, hi dude. You ready for some fast action questions?

Duncan: Hit me.

Jared: **snorts** Just a head’s up, that’s not the thing to say in the pack house. Sports car or horseback, football or hockey, screaming hot chicken wings or some pansy-assed kind?

Duncan: Sports car, football, and I don’t eat anything that is pansy-assed because… *clears throat*  …I guess you didn’t get the memo.  Vampyre here, so I don’t actually eat anything.  But you’ve given me an idea—I wonder what fresh blood would be like with hot sauce… and how bad it would hurt me?  Could be worth the pain.

Jared: If you agree to try the hot sauce, I’ll let that choice about football slip without taunting you. There is no game but hockey. Scariest place you’ve ever been, bar none.

Duncan: At the mercy of a rogue Djinn.

Jared: Damn. Wow. Okay, that beats my being trapped in a cave with a bear with flatulence. Fastest you’ve ever driven—and what were you driving? (and can I borrow it?—kidding!)

Duncan: I have a limited run Aston Martin V12 Zagato with a top speed of 190 mph.  Here.  *tosses keys*  There’s only a 150 of them made, so if you hurt my car I will hunt you down.  I may be grinning, but I’m not kidding.


Jared: Hottest thing you’ve ever said to a woman. **blinks** Hey, bud, don’t give me that look. You really trying to tell me women aren’t both the most exciting and the scariest thing we’ve ever dealt with?

Duncan: Hold on, let me ask Seremela.  *speed dials, talks into cell phone, smiles*  The hottest thing I ever said to a woman is “I love you.”

Jared: **cues the awwww soundtrack** Just curious-have you ever been over an actual a waterfall? Since it was the theme picture for the day, I figure we’re supposed to work it in somehow.

Duncan: Nope.  Currently I have no plans to do so. You?

Jared: You want to know about the time in the barrel, or the time in the raft, or… Yeah. When they call Alaska nature’s playground, they weren’t kidding. Only the bear shifters can get in the way at times—bastards are always hogging the warm spots.


Okay, now your turn. What do you want to ask me? Because, living up north? Life is pretty damn exciting. Sometimes. Well, being a wolf helps.

Duncan: So you turn pretty furry, huh?  How often do you have to shave?

Jared: That question was in retaliation for the chicken wing slip-up, wasn’t it? Har-har. Next.

Duncan: Your home is on fire.  Don’t worry; you’re all alone, so there’s nobody else to be concerned about.  You have two hands and no time for a second trip back in—what do you grab?

Jared: Nothing. If Keri’s not in the house, there’s not a damn thing in there I need that can’t be replaced.

Duncan: Favorite position?  Take that question any way you like.

Jared: Four paws on the ground, running full out with my mate at my side. Or curled up around her by the fire, in either form. Then again, if you’re taking position positions, you can read the book—I think we hit my favourite while on the boardroom table…or maybe that first time, up against—hang on, PG-13 rating at this blog, right? Wolves don’t care, but humans have these issues about chatting about sex, and my Alpha hates having to come and bail me out of trouble.

Damn, look at the time. Dude—you’ve got to get going. Your book is out! Everyone needs to stop off at Thea’s and give her a good long ARWHOOOOO, or…a toothy grin, or whatever it is Vampyres do.


Tomorrow the adventure continues at Nocturne Reads. Bring your monkey safe hats—we’re hitting the jungle!

Thea & Viv


THEA AND VIV’S BIG ADVENTURE is brought to you by Thea Harrison and Vivian Arend, New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors with a love for both travel and writing. They have joined together for the nefarious purpose of celebrating their next Samhain Publishing ebooks.

Thea’s DEVIL’S GATE releases TODAY!!! The novella returns readers to the world of The Elder Races. Available at: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Samhain Publishing

WOLF LINE, #5 in Viv’s bestselling Granite Lake Wolves, is available June 12. Available at: Amazon | Barne’s & Noble | Samhain Publishing


Comment for your chance to win:

Information re: Grand Prize can be found at Thea or Viv’s

DAILY PRIZE: One commenter here at this blog will win their choice of one of Thea or Viv’s backlist Samhain ebooks from either the Elder Races or Granite Lake Wolves series. If you’ve got them all, you can gift this to a friend!

Winners from comments at all the tour stops will be announced at
Viv’s and Thea’s blogs on JUNE 13.

Question for today:

Screaming hot chicken wings or some pansy-ass…I mean, or some other flavour?

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The Book


The Tease

“What the hell are you doing?” The ranger’s growl startled her badly. She nearly fell face-first into the fire but, lucky for her, he grabbed her hair and yanked her back in time.

Her pride and her scalp smarting, she gulped down the lump of fear lodged in her throat. Before she even caught her breath, he was kicking dirt onto the fire.

“What the hell are you doing?” She threw his own words right back at him. “You told me to start a fire, Ranger.”

“I didn’t tell you to build a bonfire you could see from twenty miles away.” He kicked enough dirt onto the flames to shrink the merry fire into a weak pile of embers.

“How was I to know that?” She scrambled to her feet, righteous fury coursing through her veins. “You bark orders at me and walk away.”

He scowled down at her, his expression as dark as thunderclouds. “You’d do well to listen to those orders. I said get a small fire started. The important word there was ‘small.’”

“You are a bully and a jackass.” Olivia poked him in his chest, which was so hard her finger smarted. Was the man made from an oak tree?

“You are a know-it-all and a loudmouth.” His hot breath gusted over her face as he yanked her close.

Their lips met in an apocalyptic clash. Her breath stopped in her throat, trapped by the rush of utter astonishment.

His arms tightened around her waist, bringing her even closer to his incredibly firm body. Each nerve ending sang a different song, some in pleasure, some in horror, others in hunger. Her arms crept around his wide shoulders as the kiss deepened. She knocked his hat off, not caring where it landed.

His tongue slid into her mouth like a conquerer’s, guiding her tongue along with the rest of her. She was swept along by a wave of uncontrollable passion. Her nipples budded against her chemise, rubbing deliciously against the cotton fabric and his chest.


The Blurb

A year after their family was brutally torn apart, the Graham siblings begin to put their lives back together at their ranch in East Texas. With their parents gone, their bonds will truly be tested…

Olivia Graham has worked hard to take care of her family at the Circle Eight Ranch. But their family circle was broken when their young brother Benjy disappeared. Liv can’t shake the feeling that he must be out there, somewhere.

Brody Armstrong, a handsome but rough-around-the-edges Texas Ranger, has been working on their case for months, and now he has a promising lead.

As Liv follows him across the rugged Texas landscape and into Mexico, she’ll begin to find the answers she needs—as Brody finds a passion he didn’t know he wanted…


Available June 26, 2012




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I never expected my first book to be digital. In June of 2010, almost a full year before I signed with my digital publisher, I sold a manuscript to a New York print publishing house. I was thrilled. As far as I was concerned, print was The Big Time. My book was supposed to come out in May, 2011, and the publisher was even going to feature it as one of its monthly book club selections.

But it turned out the publisher had significant financial problems, and in August of 2010, a few short weeks after I’d accepted the offer, the company slashed its editorial staff down to a single editor and announced it was giving up the mass market paperback business. It was still going to print trade paperbacks along with e-books, but the editor who’d bought my manuscript was out. My new editor pushed my release date back to January of 2012.

I could tell you about the many disappointments–the promises that weren’t kept, the e-mails that went unanswered–but suffice it to say that less than three weeks before my book was supposed to hit store shelves, the publisher changed my release date again–this time, to April Fool’s Day. No one bothered to inform me. I learned second-hand from the Amazon listing. And by the time April 1 arrived, the publisher had closed its doors. My book never even went into production.

That was my brush with print publishing.

Ruined by Rumor Ruined by Rumor is available from Carina Press, Harlequin’s digital-first imprint.

Now contrast that with Carina Press, the publisher of my current release, Ruined by Rumor. Because it’s a digital publisher, Carina can take a manuscript all the way from submission to publication in under a year, meaning it can offer readers more books in more genres. My editor has been a dream to work with, as knowledgeable and insightful as she is supportive, which means readers get e-books that meet the highest editorial standards. Carina has gorgeous cover art and it gives its authors extensive input, so the characters on the book cover actually look like they belong in the story. And because e-publishers don’t have to worry about print runs, binding and shipping, they can offer readers quality fiction for instant download at a price point that won’t break the bank.

When I sold my first manuscript to that print publisher two years ago, e-publishing was a fledgling industry—a start-up, an experiment. Print publishing was The Big Time. But a lot can change in two years. In 2010, no one I know had even heard of Pinterest, Seal and Heidi Klum renewed their wedding vows, and Whitney Houston fans were still hoping she’d make a comeback.

Alyssa hopes you’ll visit her website and follow her on Twitter and Facebook, where she promises not to spam you relentlessly. Ruined by Rumor, Alyssa’s debut release, is available now from Carina Press. RT Book Reviews says, “This delightful, absorbing Regency romance, with a wonderfully dashing hero and an innocent, young, yet intelligent heroine, is a truly entertaining vacation to the past,” while Library Journal Reviews calls it “an ideal read for historical and Regency romance lovers.”

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This week’s new releases! Clicking on the cover will take you to the buy page on Amazon. Happy shopping!

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