Link Round Up! Cover Reveals, Giveaways & More

1) Jennifer L. Armentrout and Harlequin TEEN have revealed the cover for Stone Cold Touch, book 2 of the Dark Elements series and sequel to the New York Times bestseller White Hot Kiss! Check it out on Jennifer’s Facebook page. Stone Cold Touch will be released Oct 28, 2014.

2) Are you a fan of Gena Showalter’s White Rabbit Chronicles? Want to read a scene from Alice in Zombieland or Through the Zombie Glass written in Cole’s point of view? There will be a bonus scene at the end of Queen of Zombie Hearts, the final book in the White Rabbit Chronicles series, from Cole’s perspective and YOU can help pick which scene Gena will write! Cast your vote in a poll of Gena’s Facebook page.

3) Cross your fingers and enter these Goodreads giveaways to win books! You may even get lucky and win an advance reading copy of certain titles before they hit shelves…

4) Calling all Iron Fey fans! Author Julie Kagawa is participating in the #TwitterFiction festival on Sunday, March 16 and will write an Iron Fey/Blood of Eden mashup story starring everyone’s favorite troublemaker, Puck! Visit the #TwitterFiction site for time and details.

Thanks to a rogue trod in the NeverNever, Puck finds himself many years in the future in a destroyed world. When he meets a stranger, Jackal, a vampire with an attitude to match his own, a brief fight leaves both of them in the present day, stuck using some strange social media called “Twitter” to try to find a way back to their own worlds. These characters from The Iron Fey and Blood of Eden series will tweet back and forth to each other on the obnoxiousness of the two love interests in their own books (i.e Meghan and Ash, Zeke and Allie).  Puck and Jackal will try to one up each other on the insufferableness of their friend’s relationships, and then Grimalkin, the popular cat from the Nevernever, will chime in occasionally to one up them both.

 

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Read an Excerpt from Shadowmaster

Susan Krinard’s Nightsiders series from Harlequin Nocturne continues this month with Shadowmaster. Read on to learn more the book and read an excerpt…

About the Book

Humans and vampires stand on the brink of war in this gripping series by New York Times bestselling author Susan Krinard

In the crumbling outpost of San Francisco, a fragile truce is threatened by an assassination plot. Half-dhampir agent Phoenix Stryker has the beauty, brains—and blood—to infiltrate the vampires’ secret society and save the city. But once she’s in, she finds that her target, the assassin Drakon, is not the monster she expected. Handsome, honorable and irresistibly attractive, Drakon will stop at nothing to save his people—and protect the woman he needs even more than the blood that keeps him alive. Now the key to the world’s survival may lie in their dangerous alliance….

Excerpt

“We don’t know who he is,” the director said. “We know it’s a he, and we believe he goes by the name ‘Drakon.’ There are certain unconfirmed reports that he has connections in the Fringe, here in the city. We don’t know where he’s hiding, if he’s working alone or if he has contacts within this very agency.”

Aegis Director of Operatives Julia Chan swept the table with her gaze, pausing to search each pair of eyes locked on hers. Phoenix was only one of many, but she felt as if Director Chan were looking into her soul. Weighing strengths and weaknesses. Going over a mental checklist of successes and failures in Phoenix’s relatively brief and undemanding career—mentally studying her psych eval, deciding if the agent’s abilities and qualifications were up to the task.

No doubt the director was wondering if an agent who was only half-dhampir like herself—only a quarter Opir and three-quarters human—and had never had a major mission in the field, could possibly be capable enough for a job that could mean life or death for the largest Enclave of humans on the West Coast of the former United States of America.

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The Thing About Angels, by Denise Tompkins

by Denise Tompkins, author of Pure Desire (Harlequin Nocturne Cravings, March 2014)

afd92cef-2ac4-4b67-b9f2-622cb2b7bf05There’s this thing about angels—I love them. Adore them. Want to play in their sandbox and learn all the gossipy stuff about the other angels and what it’s like to fly…and how it feels to fall. I’m a hopeless romantic when it comes to angels, but it’s the fallen angels that really grab my attention. Why? Well, I suppose it’s that they were made to be these divine, beautiful, unbelievably powerful creatures and they experience the same types of temptations we do. So when I was asked to write for Cravings, I immediately knew I had to incorporate at least one fallen angel. I mean, c’mon! It was a chance to feed my addiction. I could take a fallen angel, twist him up and play with his emotions by using an angel on the edge, one who hadn’t fallen but might. What would he do? How would he feel about coaxing her to fall? Would he be able to do it? Would he want to do it? And just how far would he go before he was completely, undeniably, irrevocably in love with the very angel he thought to bring down?

Enter Dominic, head of security at Desire, Atlanta’s most happening club. He’s funny, irreverent, loyal and very, very seductive. He has been one of my favorite characters to write. Ever. Such a good bad boy. He spoke to me in such a sexy voice, teasing me and tossing out humorous dialogue like candy at a parade. I was snatching it up as fast as I could. Trust me.

But what about his heroine? Rhyan is an angel on the edge. She hasn’t fallen, but she’s on the cusp of making the one choice that will cost her her wings. I’m talking bare toes curled over the ledge. That choice involves Dominic. If she follows the rules, she’ll keep her wings. If she doesn’t, if she gives in to temptation, she’ll lose them forever. And Dominic is the culmination of every temptation she’s ever faced.

These two make such a great couple. She’s nearly as funny and sharp-witted as Dominic. One of my favorite exchanges in the book occurs in the parking garage when they step out of the elevator. If you read the book, you’ll be able to pick it out immediately. It involves baseball euphemisms for, well…yeah. It made me literally laugh out loud when Dominic whispered it in my ear as I wrote.

Thanks for your interest in Dominic and Rhyan. They might be a short read, but they pack a heck of a punch on every page.

Here’s my question for you: if you were an angel on the edge, what would be a great enough temptation for you to take the plunge?

About Pure Desire:

Rhyan is an angel on the edge. Sent earthside to serve penance for her carnal lusts, she has been charged with gathering information on a fallen angel—while resisting the temptation to fall into his arms herself.

Working as a bouncer at Desire, the hottest nightclub in Atlanta, nephilim Dominic has no trouble hooking up with a new partner every night. Until he sets his sights on Rhyan, and suddenly, one night will never be enough.

But with Dominic’s heavenly face and body made for sin, Rhyan can no longer deny her passions. And now she will be forced to choose: a lifetime of love or an eternity alone….

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Welcome to The Colony, by Cynthia Cooke

by Cynthia Cooke, author of Running with Wolves (Harlequin Nocturne, March 2014)

Welcome to The Colony! I am so excited to be here today to talk about one of my favorite stories–Running With Wolves. This world of wolf shifters is set in the Cascade Mountains where all is not what it seems. In this beautiful and isolated place, shifters, wolf shifters to be exact, have been living, building their lives and hiding from humans and demons alike for as long as any of them can remember. Only now, times are changing. Humans are encroaching and the demons are more blood thirsty than ever before.

Join Shay, who has lived all her life as a human, as she goes through the Change and realizes she’s not human at all. She’s a wolf. And because of her true lineage, next in line to rule the Colony. When Jason shows up on her doorstep, he helps her to understand the changes she’s been going through, and what’s still to come. And though she doesn’t want to believe him, she has no choice when demons arrive hot on his trail. They must make it to the safety of the Colony’s borders, only there will they be safe.

What she didn’t know was Jason wasn’t just sent to help her through her change. He was there to ensure her delivery to the Colony. As soon as she arrives, she quickly becomes a pawn to the elder’s political machinations. Their scheming turns deadly as faction leaders fight for who will rule the Colony and Shay isn’t sure who she can trust. Through it all, she finds her strength, reunites with her family, and discovers her heart.

And falls in love with the most handsome wolf she has ever seen.

Running with Wolves, the first installment in the Colony series has been an absolute joy to write. If you like nature, love wolves, and most of all, love falling in love then this is the story for you. What better place would you expect to find a wolf than under a moonlit sky perched on the towering cliffs of the Cascade Mountains.

Welcome to the Colony where the Wolves run free.

Thank you for joining me today. If you could be a shifter, any shifter, what would you be?

About the Book:

She is the descendant of a powerful bloodline, destined to wed another.

He is a loyal pack member, fated to serve…

Shay Mallory knows nothing of her shifter heritage. The strange auras and voices were only scary stories whispered by her father before he disappeared. What she does know is that something has always been missing in her life.

So when Jason Stratton, a compelling stranger, comes to town, offering her protection and something more, Shay leaps at the chance to know him better. But despite their immediate bond, it is Jason’s duty to deliver Shay untouched to The Colony—and into another man’s bed. Now, with demonic forces circling, the very future of their kind depends on Jason and Shay resisting their growing passion. For Jason possesses something that no other Alpha can ever claim…Shay’s heart.

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Just Add Dragons, by Sharon Ashwood

by Sharon Ashwood, author of Lord Dragon’s Conquest (Harlequin Nocturne Cravings, March 2014)

Sooner or later, I always end up with a case of dragons. No, I don’t mean like hives, but in a packing crate. I keep them on hand. They are endlessly versatile, reliably dramatic, and handy at the office barbeque. After all, nothing cuts through boring chitchat like a forty-foot, firebreathing reptile (and they get a good sear on the Bratwurst, too).

 But when offered the chance to write for Cravings, I was enchanted by the dragonish potential for speaking characters. What hero potential! What alpha cred! Dragon shifters were just the thing to blow away the winter blahs and this winter I think we’ve had a few.

And so it was my hero, Larkan, came to life. Like most of my characters, he sauntered into my mind full-blown and began telling me his story almost before I could grab a pen and start making notes. And he didn’t just tell me his life story, he brought an entire society, history, and mythology along for good measure. The dragons turned out to be far more than I expected—and intriguingly so. I began thinking in terms of a hero, and ended up with an entire fairy tale stuffed with vengeful queens, hidden worlds, and ancient prophecies.

This discovery is something I have in common with my heroine, Keltie. She’s an archaeologist who starts out looking for signs of an old settlement and ends up with the adventure of a lifetime, and she’s the kind of girl who deserved it. She’s no princess but a hard worker and a supervisor who really needs to be roasted.

I got the germ of the idea for this story when I was walking on Gabriola Island and came across some ancient petroglyphs. They look like nothing more than extra-permanent graffiti to my untutored eyes, but obviously they’re more—or so we think.  Scholars do their best to interpret these messages handed down through time, but do we really know what they mean?  Could they be the key to something entirely unexpected? What do we really know about the people who created them? The truth might be more magnificent than anything we ever dreamed and, as a writer, my imagination is off and running in seconds.

I hope you will be as intrigued by Keltie’s discoveries as I was. After all, Larkan is top of the list and how could a literally hot hero be anything but good news?

If you had a dragon, what would you do with it?

 About the Book

When archaeologist Keltie Clarke comes across a stunningly strange cave painting during a dig in the Rocky Mountains, she realizes that it’s a find that could make her career. But she doesn’t know what to make of the man who surprises her as she considers her find….

Larkan is surprised, too. He’s a shapeshifter, trained to protect his dragon kin from the outside world. But Keltie is…different. She’s a warrior, just like him. And even though it’s his role to mate with the dragon queen, Lacan’s desire for Keltie provokes a battle between his love and his sovereign lady. What none of them knows is that Keltie is the only one who can see a new future for the dragon tribe.

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Excerpt & Other Goodies for WHITE HOT KISS by Jennifer L. Armentrout!

The wait is over! White Hot Kiss, the first book in Jennifer L. Armentrout’s new Dark Elements series, is now available! We’ve told you about this highly-anticipated book before, but here are some things you might not know about White Hot Kiss:

  • Jennifer told us her 5 Top Reasons to Read The Dark Elements. Reason #1? Smexy Gargoyles! Read the rest at Harlequin.com.
  • The Dark Elements prequel e-novella Bitter Sweet Love is currently FREE! Download it today wherever ebooks are sold until February 28.
  • White Hot Kiss is only $3.99 in ebook format
  • The print version includes a special snippet Roth’s POV
  • Jennifer L. Armentrout has just launched a new site for The Dark Elements! Visit thedarkelementsseries.com to learn more about the Wardens and demons, take a quiz to find out which character you’d be, and more.
  • Jennifer is also celebrating the release of White Hot Kiss with an awesome giveaway on her website

That’s a lot of goodies, isn’t it! Now that we’ve whet your appetite for White Hot Kiss, keep reading for an excerpt from the book and don’t forget to pick up your copy today :) Will you be reading White Hot Kiss this week?

About the Book

One kiss could be the last 

Seventeen-year-old Layla just wants to be normal. But with a kiss that kills anything with a soul, she’s anything but normal. Half demon, half gargoyle, Layla has abilities no one else possesses.

Raised among the Wardens—a race of gargoyles tasked with hunting demons and keeping humanity safe—Layla tries to fit in, but that means hiding her own dark side from those she loves the most. Especially Zayne, the swoon-worthy, incredibly gorgeous and completely off-limits Warden she’s crushed on since forever.

Then she meets Roth—a tattooed, sinfully hot demon who claims to know all her secrets. Layla knows she should stay away, but she’s not sure she wants to—especially when that whole no-kissing thing isn’t an issue, considering Roth has no soul.

But when Layla discovers she’s the reason for the violent demon uprising, trusting Roth could not only ruin her chances with Zayne…it could brand her a traitor to her family. Worse yet, it could become a one-way ticket to the end of the world.

Excerpt
There was a demon in McDonald’s.

And it had a powerful hunger for Big Macs.

Most days, I loved my after-school job. Tagging the soulless and the damned usually gave me a mad case of the warm fuzzies. I’d even given myself a quota out of boredom, but tonight was different.

I had a paper to outline for AP English.

“Are you gonna eat those fries?” Sam asked as he grabbed a handful off my tray. His curly brown hair fell over his wireframe glasses. “Thanks.”

“Just don’t take her sweet tea.” Stacey slapped Sam’s arm and several fries fell to the floor. “You’ll lose your entire arm.”

I stopped tapping my foot, but kept my eye on the interloper. I don’t know what it was with demons and the Golden Arches, but man, they loved the place. “Ha-ha.”

“Who do you keep staring at, Layla?” Stacey twisted in the booth, looking around the crowded fast-food joint. “Is it a hot guy? If so, you better— Oh. Wow. Who goes out in public dressed like that?”
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March 2014 New Releases

by Amy Loosemore, Harlequin Digital

March is an exciting month for new releases from Harlequin! Not only do we have our usual great selections from Harlequin Nocturne and Harlequin Nocturne Cravings, you won’t want to miss White Hot Kiss by Jennifer L. Armentrout, the first novel in the new Dark Elements series, on sale tomorrow! And on March 3, you can download a set of 4 books in Harlequin E’s first Paranormal and Urban Fantasy Box Set. Keep reading to learn more about these and other new titles!

White Hot Kiss by Jennifer L. Armentrout (Book 1 of the Dark Elements series, Harlequin TEEN)

One kiss could be the last

Seventeen-year-old Layla just wants to be normal. But with a kiss that kills anything with a soul, she’s anything but normal. Half demon, half gargoyle, Layla has abilities no one else possesses.

Raised among the Wardens—a race of gargoyles tasked with hunting demons and keeping humanity safe—Layla tries to fit in, but that means hiding her own dark side from those she loves the most. Especially Zayne, the swoon-worthy, incredibly gorgeous and completely off-limits Warden she’s crushed on since forever.

Then she meets Roth—a tattooed, sinfully hot demon who claims to know all her secrets. Layla knows she should stay away, but she’s not sure she wants to—especially when that whole no-kissing thing isn’t an issue, considering Roth has no soul.

But when Layla discovers she’s the reason for the violent demon uprising, trusting Roth could not only ruin her chances with Zayne…it could brand her a traitor to her family. Worse yet, it could become a one-way ticket to the end of the world.

Shadowmaster by Susan Krinard (Part of the Nightsiders series, Harlequin Nocturne)

Humans and vampires stand on the brink of war in this gripping series by New York Times bestselling author Susan Krinard

In the crumbling outpost of San Francisco, a fragile truce is threatened by an assassination plot. Half-dhampir agent Phoenix Stryker has the beauty, brains—and blood—to infiltrate the vampires’ secret society and save the city. But once she’s in, she finds that her target, the assassin Drakon, is not the monster she expected. Handsome, honorable and irresistibly attractive, Drakon will stop at nothing to save his people—and protect the woman he needs even more than the blood that keeps him alive. Now the key to the world’s survival may lie in their dangerous alliance….

Running with Wolves by Cynthia Cooke (Harlequin Nocturne)

She is the descendant of a powerful bloodline, destined to wed another.

He is a loyal pack member, fated to serve…

Shay Mallory knows nothing of her shifter heritage. The strange auras and voices were only scary stories whispered by her father before he disappeared. What she does know is that something has always been missing in her life.

So when Jason Stratton, a compelling stranger, comes to town, offering her protection and something more, Shay leaps at the chance to know him better. But despite their immediate bond, it is Jason’s duty to deliver Shay untouched to The Colony—and into another man’s bed. Now, with demonic forces circling, the very future of their kind depends on Jason and Shay resisting their growing passion. For Jason possesses something that no other Alpha can ever claim…Shay’s heart.
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GRIM Book Trailer

On Monday we kicked off the blog tour for Grim, Harlequin TEEN’s anthology of fairy-tale inspired stories by some of YA’s hottest authors — and today we’re showing the freshly-revealed book trailer! Check it out….

Psst, there is still time to enter our Grim giveaway! Head over to Christine Johnson’s post about what inspired Grim and enter the contest…

About the Book

Inspired by classic fairy tales, but with a dark and sinister twist, Grim contains short stories from some of the best voices in young adult literature today:

Ellen Hopkins
Amanda Hocking
Julie Kagawa
Claudia Gray
Rachel Hawkins
Kimberly Derting
Myra McEntire
Malinda Lo
Sarah Rees-Brennan
Jackson Pearce
Christine Johnson
Jeri Smith-Ready
Shaun David Hutchinson
Saundra Mitchell
Sonia Gensler
Tessa Gratton
Jon Skrovron

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Grim Blog Tour: Fairy Tales with a Dark and Sinister Twist + Giveaway

Today we’re kicking off the blog tour for GRIM, an anthology of short stories inspired by classic fairy tales but with a dark and sinister twist from some of the best voices in YA literature today, including Julie Kagawa, Ellen Hopkins, Amanda Hocking and more. Author Christine Johnson, editor of GRIM, shares what inspired this collection, and keep reading to find out how you can win a copy…

 by Christine Johnson, Editor of GRIM (Harlequin TEEN, on sale February 25, 2014)

Authors and editors often say that an idea has been a long time in the making, and GRIM, THE ANTHOLOGY definitely falls into this category. It started when I was eight, and a wildly precocious reader.

My well-meaning great-grandmother gave me an antique copy of Andrew Lang’s The Green Fairy Book, published around the turn of the last century. Fairy tales, everyone thought, how perfect! How quaint!

The problem was that as a more-than-capable reader, I not only tore through the original Andrew Lang stories, but progressed on to Charles Perrault and then later the Brothers Grimm. And these stories, my friends, were not the same as the innocent Laura Ingalls Wilder and Anne of Green Gables books I’d been consuming.

These fairy tales were dark. Disturbing. Even macabre. They introduced me to the idea that the fairy tales I knew—the ones that the Disney movies showed me, and that were adapted in the books that filled my shelves at home—weren’t the real deal. Fairy tales in their original form were scary, and that shocked me.

After I was lucky enough to enter the realm of the publishing world and meet so many amazing authors, an idea began to take shape. What if they could retell those same stories that had so shocked me as a child? What if the fairy tales that had been so sanitized over the years could be reintroduced by these authors I loved, in something much, much closer to their original (and terrifying) form? And so GRIM, THE ANTHOLOGY was born, and I am so, so excited to share it with our readers.

-       Editor of GRIM, Christine Johnson

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GIVEAWAY: What your favorite fairy tale — or retelling of a fairy tale? Tell us in a comment to enter to win a copy of Grim!

Giveaway closes Feb. 25 at 11:59pm. One winners will be randomly drawn from the eligible comments and announced on Feb. 26. Open to US/Canada residents. For full contest rules, click here.

Edit: The contest is now closed. Please check the comments for the winner announcement.

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Earthily Ever After

by Doranna Durgin, author of Sentinels: Lynx Destiny (Harlequin Nocturne, February 2014)

I probably could have called this blog Confessions of a Flower Child.

I wasn’t quite old enough to be in the hippy scene–just old enough to be profoundly affected by it. I went to the very first Earth Day when I was ten; I hiked twenty miles for the very first Walk for Water events and twenty-five for Hike for Hope. I camped extensively while growing up, backpacked in college, and worked as a Scout riding camp counselor in college. So by now it’s not going to surprise anyone that I ended with a degree in Environmental Education, interned a park system, got together with a park ranger, and moved into 100 acres of Appalachian mountainside where I lived in a hand-built log cabin and loved it.

 Eventually life led me back out to suburbia for a while, but only until I found some Southwest mountains to love–and if I don’t live remotely any longer, I do live rurally in the foothills and am never happier than when I’m out in them.

So by now, those who read the Nocturne Sentinels are nodding. “Oh,” they’re saying. “Of course she writes about the Sentinels.”

Yup, love those earthy Sentinels. They love the land…and they’re part of it in a way that calls deeply to me.

Of the Sentinel heroes I’ve written so far, Kai Faulkes is, I think, the most primal. Feral child Maks (Tiger Bound) is focused on protecting others where Kai is completely connected to the land around him. He knows what harms it, what helps it, what matters to it…he communes with every part of it. That, in turn, makes him perfectly able to commune with Regan Adler when he finds her–and when he helps her find herself, out on his mountainside.

I suppose it’s probably a good thing that I fall in love with each of my heroes in turn…but Kai, for me, was a particularly easy sell–and so was writing in his world, and watching him find the final pieces that complete his life. So if you’ve never been up on the high side of a mountain, I hope Kai can share that experience with you–and if you’ve got your own mountains to play in, I hope Lynx Destiny feels like coming home…and loving it.

About Sentinels: Lynx Destiny

A lone shifter and a stranger must embrace their deepest fears to defeat a deadly enemy in Doranna Durgin’s newest Sentinels romance 

Forced to return to her family cabin deep in the Sacramento Mountains, Regan Adler is determined to keep her visit brief. Voices that drove her mother crazy are now threatening to do the same to her and she can’t ignore them. Then she meets Kai….

Kai Faulkes is a lone shape-shifter who takes the form of a lynx. He’s aware of the danger approaching and must protect his home at all costs. When Regan’s soft and sultry voice reaches him, he is thrown into a whole new world of passion and desire. Suddenly the stakes are higher, and Kai and Regan must fight for everything they hold dear.

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