Friday, September 26, 2008

And The Winner Is....

My Middle daughter reached into the hat and chose......
Beth Ann !
You won one of the 50 copies of The Crossing I'm giving away in my 50 Days 50 Books Contest!Congratulations Beth Ann! Please contact Joy at with your snail mail.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Fantastic Fives on Joy Nash

Five words and/or phrases that describe you:

Creative (another word for 'listens to the voices in her head')
Busy (free time? What is that?)
Introspective (I'm happiest when I'm lost in my own little make-believe
Optimistic (I want that happy ending, dammit!)
Loyal (My family and friends mean more to me than anything)

Five people and or things that inspire you:

My husband and kids(that's four people right there!)
My childhood love of fairy tales and myths
Any current news story about paranormal happenings or interesting archeological discoveries
Deadlines (these can be particularly inspiring!)
Being the youngest of six siblings (competition with bigger, smarter people comes naturally to me!)

Five of your favorite authors:
Only five? Boohooo! In no particular order -

JK Rowling,
Liz Carlyle,
Charlotte Bronte,
JRR Tolkien,
Linnea Sinclair

Describe five of your heroes/heroines through your eyes:

Mac (from The Crossing) - tall, blond, with amazing life energy and never-failing optimism. Mac will go to hell and back for the woman he loves

Kalen (from The Awakening) - broad and dark, brooding, with a terrible sin in his past (note: refer to Charlotte Bronte above). Kalen needs a woman strong enough to make him face his demons.

Gwen (from Deep Magic) - powerful, free-spirited, possessor of forbidden shapeshifter magic. She's bound by a duty to her clan she wishes she didn't have.

Marcus (from Deep Magic) - Strong and steady, unflinching in the face of dangerous magic he does not understand. Marcus is the man who can anchor Gwen's erratic power and stop her from destroying herself.

Owein (from The Grail King) - Embittered by war and slavery, the warrior Druid Owein risks everything to bring power back to his people.

Five reasons to read your books:

You love paranormal romance

You like sexy, honorable heroes who struggle with, but aren't conquered by, their own sins and fears

You love exotic magical settings, either in the present or the past

You love Celtic countries and Celtic magic

You won one of the 50 copies of The Crossing I'm giving away in my 50 Days 50 Books Contest!

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Immortals: The Crossing by Joy Nash

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Go to a bookstore near you on Sept. 30th

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Monday, September 22, 2008

Fantastic Fives on KyAnn Waters

Update: Ashlyn Chase, you won your choice of one of KyAnn's ebooks from her backlist. Check here for KyAnn's books and the email KyAnn your choice.Congratulations!

Five words and/or phrases that describe you:

Organized chaos.
and Tired

Five people and/or things that inspire you:

Reality television – I know, it’s shameful. I’m a junkie.
I can’t say there is any one person that inspires me. I think about men in history and I’m in awe of what they endured and accomplished. One of my favorite historical figures is John Paul Jones. He led a tarnished life in England but went on to become the “Father of the American Navy.”

Five of your favorite authors:

For me that’s like asking my five favorite foods. I love to read, but tend to avoid the genre I’m currently working on. Five off the top I’d say…
Susan Johnson
Clive Barker
James Patterson
Sean Michael
Kate Douglas

Describe five of your heroes/ heroines through your eyes:

Kean Phelan from All Lycan’s Eve shoulders the responsibility for his pack. As alpha male he is their leader. In a chance meeting, he finds his mate and must protect her from the pack. He never wavers in his duties. He manages to convince Callie of their destiny and also stand in judgment of his pack to claim her. He is all the best qualities of a complex hero—Strength, love, honor, duty. If you love a bit of violence and a lot of sex in your werewolf stories, this is the one for you. All Lycan’s Eve – Ellora’s Cave

Tessa, in With or Without You, made a decision in her youth that has now come back to unravel her life. She messed up, but she’s strong-willed, decisive, and has to learn to forgive herself. With or Without You – Samhain Publishing

Taylor Davis is a great heroine. She’s intelligent and a bit arrogant without being a jerk. She’s known as the Bitch of the Beau Monde because ultimately she controls everything in her life. Putting her into a BDSM relationship where she is the submissive was a real exploration into what it would be like for a powerful, dominate business woman to give up control in the bedroom. The Cougar Meets Her Master – The Wilder Roses

Trace Tilton grew up in a small town fearing what his father would do if he discovered his sexual preference. He moved away from home after his mother’s death. It takes a family emergency to draw him back. He’s prideful, yet considerate, sophisticated, and sexy as hell. In Hard Ride Home, Trace has to choose—leave home again or stay in a small town and claim the man he wants. Hard Ride Home – Ellora’s Cave

Nash Stokes is the ranch foreman of the Triple T. He’s the second hero in Hard Ride Home. Rural Montana is the ideal place for a man to live a simple life. And the perfect place to keep his sexual preferences a secret—until Trace disrupts his idyllic life. He’s loyal, hard working, and stubborn as hell. Hard Ride Home – Ellora’s Cave

Five reasons to read your books:

Hopefully, I’ve written books that entertain you. In the moments when you’re reading one of my stories, whether paranormal or contemporary, the unbelievable becomes believable.
I’ve try to write stories with unique twists on those hot alpha males, decadent vamps, and feisty heroines in contemporary romance.
My stories tend to have that campy dialog and situation that will hopefully at least bring a smile to your face if not make you laugh out loud.
Of course, if you love hot sex scenes you’ll enjoy my books.
And finally I like a fast read and I think that’s reflected in the way I write. So if you like that too, I think you’d enjoy one of my books.

-KyAnn Waters
Extra!Extra! A lucky commenter has a chance to win a download of one of KyAnn's backlist.

With or Without You by KyAnn Waters

The best mistake she ever made...Tessa Brooks is dated. Not dated as in going out with men-having dinner and light conversation in poorly lit restaurants in hopes of finding someone with whom she can get naked. No, Tessa is dated. And the year she seems stuck in is 1988. The year her life changed.

With her twenty-year high school reunion coming up, Tessa's daughter has surprised her with a makeover on the Jade Star television talk show. However, that's not the only surprise. Enter Matt Toler, the best mistake she ever made. Tessa might not feel a ribbon of panic tightening around her neck if Matt had spoken to her again after their one-night sexual encounter...and if knew he had a daughter.

For a Sample chapter go HERE

With or Without You is an eBook,to get your copy,visit Samhain Publishing

Thursday, September 18, 2008

I Recieved A Sweet Blog Award

I went to one of my favorite blogs Back to the Drawing Board
and saw my blog under this sweet award. Doesn't it look
Thank you Diana!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Fantastic Fives on Marta Acosta

Five words and/or phrases that describe you:

and ironical.

Five people and or things that inspire you:Inspiration is different than support and love, which I get from my wonderful husband and family. So, people and or things that inspire me are:

1. Libraries. During my childhood, I was a feral inhabitant of the local library, searching for sustenance and amusement, and usually finding it. A little curiosity and you can find out all sorts of things that your parents and other adults don’t tell you!

2. Authors whose books stand the test of time. The classics are not just read because of the authors’ great craft, but because they touch us on a deep emotional level.

3. My son. I saw the world and myself in a new way once I had the responsibility of being a parent.

4. All the funny people, the ones who make you laugh and cope with life’s trials. Some of my favorite comic authors are P.G. Wodehouse, Mark Twain, Jane Austen, and John Kennedy Toole. But I’m also a fan of comedy from Mel Brooks to Judd Apatow’s series to the throw-away lines in “Buffy, the Vampire Slayer” to Kathy Griffin’s stand-up. I love old romantic comedies like “The Philadelphia Story” and “The Thin Man” movies, and I love the newer ones, too, like “Bridget Jones’s Diary” and “The Holiday.”

5. My teachers, who introduced me to literature and to ways of thinking about the world through literature.

Five of your favorite authors:

I always list the same top authors, so I’m going to name some of my favorite novels by other authors.

The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde is a booklover’s dream filled with lit references, bonkers humor, and a crazy parallel universe where art rules.

Aunt Julia and the Script Writer by Mario Vargas Llosa is a wild comedy full of eccentric characters and romance. In this beautifully written page-turner, the characters and the situations get progressively more out-of-control, and I read non-stop to the end.

Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Prachett is a devilishly fun story of good vs. evil. The Antichrist is born to a nice suburban couple and a book-loving angel must stop Armageddon.

Middlemarch by George Elliot is a substantial book and well worth the effort. Dorothea Brooke is a bright young woman who wants to do something useful with her life. She makes the mistake of marrying an older man because she thinks she can help him with his “important work.” This is a complex and completely engrossing tale where the small personal issues of love intersect with large social issues.

Men in Black by Scott Spencer. Every book by Spencer is terrific, but this darkly comic tale of a writer’s life falling apart is my favorite. Spencer’s hapless protagonist makes terrible mistakes, but it’s still easy to empathize with him, especially as he struggles to connect with his son.

Describe five of your heroes/heroines through your eyes:

I don’t write heroes or heroines because I don’t find perfect people very interesting. I always suspect that they lack the imagination to screw-up. So I’ll describe my favorite flawed characters instead.

Milagro de Los Santos is a smart, funny, often impulsive young woman with a degree from Fancy University (F.U.). She writes political horror stories that no one wants to read and yearns to be a “sincere and serious” person, despite the fact that she loves silliness. She falls in with a family of snobby vampires and finds the home she’s always wanted.

Oswald Grant is the “fabulous man” who introduces Milagro to his family. She thinks she’s fallen for yet another quirky slacker, but Oswald’s actually a plastic surgeon. He plays along with her misunderstanding for fun. He’s warm, affectionate, accomplished, but he has to work all the time to succeed. And he’s constantly stressed by his sense of duty toward Milagro and his family.

Edna Grant is the snarky, sharp-edged grandmother of the vampire clan. She always has a clever insult and men worship her. Despite her stand-offish exterior, she warms up to Milagro and becomes a strong maternal figure for her.

Ian Ducharme tells Milagro that he’s nicknamed “the Dark Lord” because his family owns some dank and boggy property in Europe. He’s not the handsomest of men, but he’s the most commanding in any room. He’s a little too smooth to be trusted, but he’s very seductive, exciting and has a sense of humor.

Nancy Carrington-Chambers is Milagro’s best friend from F.U. She answers to Milagro’s silly side and makes an art of mangling the English language. Nancy’s full of style and fashion opinions and she’s great fun, even while struggling a little to be a good wife to her boring husband.

Five reasons to read your books:Well, I’ll give you some reasons from other sources.

“An addictive combo plate of romance and vamp satire.” Publishers Weekly

“Acosta’s talent is staggering. In each of her Milagro de Los Santos novels, she shows readers all over again just how funny, ridiculous and thoroughly gifted she is at plotting.” Romantic Times

“Impeccable timing and rare wit…a glorious madcap mystery of a ride.” Futures Mystery Anthology Magazine

“Intelligence and fabulousity mixed into one delicious cocktail.” Marcela Landres

“In my opinion The Bride of Casa Dracula is the best book of the series. It combines the language and the Jane Austen-ish romantic comedy of manners style of Happy Hour at Casa Dracula with the faster romance mystery pacing of Midnight Brunch and effortlessly comes out on top. The comedy is laugh-out-loud funny in places as Milagro continues her personal journey to be ‘serious and sincere’ which is at such odds with her silly nature.” Love Vampires

Yeah, what they said!--------------------------

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Monday, September 15, 2008

The Bride of Casa Dracula by Marta Acosta

Milagro de los Santos is having serious problems planning her wedding to fabulous Oswald Grant, M.D. Her future in-laws loathe her, her dog just died, and Oswald’s family has a genetic anomaly that makes them crave blood. Then her extravagant best friend hijacks the role of wedding coordinator, and the secretive Vampire Council assigns conniving Cornelia Ducharme to guide the couple through the ancient vampire marriage rituals.
To top it all off, Milagro’s career is on the skids. She’s reduced to ghostwriting the memoirs of a loony little man who claims to be a shapeshifter. And why does Cornelia’s decadent, way too attractive brother, Ian, always show up whenever Milagro is away from Oswald?
When a series of accidents interferes with wedding plans, Oswald worries that Milagro is cracking under the pressure. Is she just paranoid, or is a hidden enemy trying to make sure Milagro doesn't wed the undead?
To read a sample of Marta's newest go HERE
The Bride of Casa Dracula is available at a bookstore near you and at your favorite online bookstore.
Come back here tomorrow for Marta's Fantastic Five Interview!
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Thursday, September 11, 2008

Enter The Chosen Sin Celebration Contest

Books To Look Out For

Razor Girl (SHOMI) by Marianne Mancusi



Molly Anderson is not your average twenty-one-year-old. It's been six years since she and her family escaped into a bunker, led by her conspiracy theorist father and his foreknowledge of a plot to bring about the apocalypse. But her father's precautions didn't stop there. Molly is now built to survive.
Yes, Ian Anderson's favorite book gave him ideas on how to "improve" his daughter. Molly is faster, stronger, and her ocular implants and razor-tipped nails set her apart. Apart, when--venturing alone out of the bunker and into a plague ravaged, monster-ridden wilderness--what Molly needs most is togetherness. Chase Griffin, a friend from her past, is her best bet. But while he and others have miraculously survived, the kind boy has become a tormented man. Together, these remnants of humanity must struggle toward trusting each other and journey to the one place Molly's father believed all civilization would be reborn: The Magic Kingdom, where everyone knows it's a small world after all.

Visit the SHOMI site HERE for a sample

Hostage to Pleasure (Psy-Changelings, Book 5)

by Nalini Singh

Now, as the deadly Psy Council tightens its grip, a rebel Psy scientist finds herself at the mercy of a changeling who has sworn vengeance against her kind...
Separated from her son and forced to create a neural implant that will mean the effective enslavement of her psychically gifted race, Ashaya Aleine is the perfect Psy--cool, calm, least on the surface. Inside, she's fighting a desperate battle to save her son and escape the vicious cold of the PsyNet. Yet when escape comes, it leads not to safety, but to the lethal danger of a sniper's embrace.
DarkRiver sniper Dorian Christensen lost his sister to a Psy killer. Though he lacks the changeling ability to shift into animal form, his leopard lives within. And that leopard's rage at the brutal loss is a clawing darkness that hungers for vengeance. Falling for a Psy has never been on Dorian's agenda. But charged with protecting Ashaya and her son, he discovers that passion has a way of changing the rules...

Visit Nalini's site HERE for a sample

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Two More Days to Party With Kimberly Pauley

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Saturday, September 6, 2008

Let's Go To A Cyber Book Party

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If you have a blog, share the party and you'll have a chance to win an

ARC of Death by Latte and a music card. Click here for more details.

Happy Posting!

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

And The Winner is...

My middle daughter reached into the hat and picked.........

Cherie J

Congratulations Cherie! Please send your snail mail to Jennifer ( ) for your prize. Thank you all for

commenting. I think Hugh is our favorite super hero :D

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Fantastic Fives on Jennifer Estep

Five words and/or phrases that describe you:


Five people and or things that inspire you:

The four seasons, but especially fall and all the lovely colors and smells. It’s my favorite time of year!

Other books/movies/television shows, etc. Anytime I read or watch something, I think about the story and characters, what I liked or didn’t about them, and what I might have done differently. It’s a great, fun way to get your own creative juices flowing.

My mom. She’s the strongest person I know. I love making her laugh, and I try to bring that humor to my books to make other folks laugh too.

Food. I’m addicted to the Food Network, and I love writing about food. I always try to make it a small but delicious part of anything I write.

The outdoors/weather. There’s nothing I love better than a gray, rainy day or overlooking a scenic vista. I always try to take pictures of every new place I go to provide inspiration for future books/settings.

Five of your favorite authors:

David Eddings
Ian Fleming
Robin McKinley
J. R. R. Tolkien
Donald Westlake

Describe five of your heroes/heroines through your eyes:

Bella Bulluci: She’s the star of my September release, Jinx. Bella’s a fashion designer by day, although she dreams of being a more traditional artist. She’s very quiet and restrained and elegant, but she can also be incredibly strong when the situation calls for it.

Debonair: He’s Bella’s hero. He has something of a split personality and can be very sexy one minute and very shy the next. He’s the ultimate nice guy wrapped up in a bad-boy package.

Gin Blanco: She’s the heroine of a new urban fantasy series I’m working on. The first book is titled Gin on the Rocks. Gin’s an assassin who runs a barbecue restaurant called the Pork Pit. She’s one tough cookie. She’s probably the strongest character (both physically and emotionally) that I’ve ever written. It took me a long time to get her voice just right, but now, she’s one of my favorite characters.

Carmen Cole: Carmen was the star of my first book, Karma Girl, and she’ll always hold a special place in my heart. She’s always plucky and determined no matter the odds against her. She makes mistakes, but she always owns up to them and tries to do better.

Fiona Fine: Fiona was the star of my second book, Hot Mama. Fiona is bold and daring and full of life. She was a lot of fun to write, especially since she can eat whatever she want and wears such interesting clothes!

Five reasons to read your books:

They’re fun, sexy fantasies.

No wimpy heroines are allowed.

Having superpowers would be cool.

The male superheroes fill out their leather and spandex costumes very nicely. :grin:

They’re a lighthearted escape from the everyday world.

-Jennifer Estep

Extra! Extra! Jennifer is giving away a copy of Jinx to a lucky commenter. Let us know who your favorite super hero is :)

Jinx by Jennifer Estep

by Jennifer Estep (Sept. 2, 2008)

She never wanted to be a superhero. Too much danger. Too much spandex …

Bella Bulluci’s big passion is the arts. Her big pain is being born into a family of superheroes. Of course, Bella might feel differently if her own superpower was one she could control – or at least get some use out of. Instead, her power is one of capricious luck – supercharged telekinesis. In other words, static electricity. Bella knows that’s not a power – just a jinx.

During a gala fundraiser for the local art museum, Bella comes upon two things no Bigtime supergirl should be without: an ubervillain of her very own who plans to steal a priceless gem; and a dashing – if slightly shady – stranger named Debonair. He may have a reputation as a notorious playboy, but the real sparks are going to come from Bella, who’s finally going to learn just how well love and danger can go together …

Click HERE to sample a Chapter of Jinx.
Get your copy at a book shelf near you or at your favorite online store.