Friday, August 31, 2012

Monday, August 27, 2012

Forgotten Visions by Lia Davis: Tour and Giveaway

Lia’s Top Five 

Paranormal Heroes

I love paranormal stories so much it's hard for me to pick an absolute favorite. Sure vampires and shifters are a little higher on my list, but when I really think about it, it's the magical world that is so much like our own, yet different in the sense that creatures walk among humans.

Here is my top five favs.

Vampires. What's not to love? I'm talking about romance heroes here, not the horror movie vamps. Vampire heroes are sexy, possessive, dangerous and great lovers (so I'm told be their heroines ;) ) They can be a little overprotective even when the heroine is more than capable of taking care of herself.

Shifters or weres. I like wolves and cats, oh and dragons. They're fierce protectors like vamps and they also bite. :) I love the connection between their human side and animal side, and the internal conflict it raises when their mate turns out to be human. Many shifter packs are close, family units and protect one another at all cost.

Demons. The bad boys of the paranormal. I love the redeemable hero.  You know the ones. They have a dark past, or dark magic about them that puts an edge to their personalities. They're not above going after what they want and getting it. Yet, when that special female comes around, their softer side shows ever so slightly. But they wouldn't ever admit to being soft in any way.

Angels. Don't let the name fool you. Angels are not always angelic. They're warriors fighting for good over evil. They're just as fierce and protective as their dark counterparts. And they can fly!

Witches. I love the magic and the diversity among them. They can possess supernatural powers and use magic at their will. Others use the natural magic of the earth and universe to mix potions and create spells. Either way magic is a sole part of who they are.

What is your favorite paranormal hero, and why?


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Monday, August 20, 2012

LASR Anniversary Scavenger Hunt

The LASR Scavenger Hunt begins today! Be sure to follow along to win prizes:

Remember, the grand prize is a $100 gift certificate to Amazon or Barnes and Noble.

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Saturday, August 18, 2012

A Sense of Fiction: Meet the Characters from SLOANE WOLF

A Sense of Fiction: Meet the Characters from SLOANE WOLF: Today I'm happy to welcome back fellow Muse It Up author Margay Leah Justice. She has a real treat for us--an interview with three of the...

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Hot Summer Heroes Blog Hop and Giveaway!

What makes a hero hot?

For me, it's that mystical combination of loyalty, masculinity and a sense of understanding that make a hero complete. What can be hotter than a guy who truly understands his woman, who would go to the ends of the earth for her, and who would make a Greek god cry in shame when he takes his shirt off? Yeah, that's just a bit that makes a hero hot for me. And here's a snippet of what makes the hero of my book, Sloane Wolf, hot to me:

Shiloh nearly leapt off the sill as his hand touched her knee. It took every ounce of willpower she possessed to remain seated and appear undaunted by the gesture. “I am…much better now…thank you,” she said, becoming more unnerved by the presence of his hand by the minute. Oh, this was not good, not good at all. The longer it remained there, the stronger her impulse to bolt became. Oh, no…

What was it about this man that rattled her so and with so little effort on his part? Sharing the same air with him was enough to send her pulses to the moon—and her mind somewhere else, something new for her. Being this attracted to a man was beyond her realm of experience. She didn’t know what to do with it—or about it. Should she do anything? Should she pretend indifference? And why wasn’t he so deeply affected? It wasn’t fair.

Still confused, she gave him a weak smile, intent on backing up her previous claim with the gesture. She feared it failed miserably. When Micah returned her smile and lifted his hand from her knee, she felt precisely one second of relief before he shook her world again by caressing her face in parting. She stumbled
back against the frame of the window, her lips parting on a startled breath as a lightning bolt shot through her at his touch. Something flickered in his eyes at her reaction—pain, perhaps—and he retracted his hand, balling it into a fist as he turned away from her, preparing to depart.

In an instant, she realized her mistake. Along with it came the knowledge she couldn’t let him go away angry or upset. After everything he and his family had done for her, she owed him that much. She grabbed him by the shirtfront to stop him, and a shock of awareness shot from her hand directly into his heart, just beneath it. She could see it in the gaze he leveled on her then, could hear it in his breath trapped within his lungs, feel it in the missed beat of his heart. But then, all sense abandoned her, and her heart skipped a beat as he held her hand firmly to his chest with one of his own and lifted the other to her head, anchoring it against the window frame. Slowly, his eyes never straying from hers, he leaned across the space separating them. His lips brushed hers, like a whisper, before he withdrew, tilted his head to the side, and advanced again. This time the kiss was fuller, penetrating her every defense, both physical and emotional, but still not long enough for her. He retreated once again after a fraction of time and hovered before her, scarcely an inch away. Watching her. Waiting.

Her heart beating a frantic tempo now, Shiloh abandoned all of her reservations and her good sense to swoop in for a more vigorous kiss. So vigorous, in fact, she knocked him off his perch through the open window. Only quick reflexes honed to perfection at the Institute prevented her from tumbling after him.
Bracing herself against the sill, she leaned out the window as far as she was able and watched his descent from the slanted roof to the ground below. She lost sight of him the moment he slid beyond the reach of the light from her window. But then she heard him land with a thud —and a howl—on the ground in front of the back porch when he failed to catch himself on the roof edge. She clasped a hand over her mouth to silence her reaction and waited. When he didn’t rouse right away, panic shot through her and she leaned out another few inches.

“Micah? Are you okay?”

“Fine,” he answered after a few moments, appearing beyond the overhang of the roof as if to prove it to her. “Nothing hurt but what’s left of my pride.”

Relief coursed through her at his statement, and she allowed herself the laugh she’d literally held back before. Her mirth was cut short, however, by his next words.

“Hey, Shiloh! We’ve got to stop falling for each other like this.”

His laughter followed her as she ducked back into the room. She could still hear it even after she closed the window, though not as well. Oh, Lord. She rested against the cool pane of glass and touched her still-tingling lips with shaky fingers. Was she? Falling for him? Was that what this crazy-mad feeling inside of her was?

The question plagued her long into the night.

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Monday, August 13, 2012

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Spotlight on Author L.K. Below!

43 Days until the release of 
This Blackened Night, 
The Order: Book 3!

Every author has a set of characters more dear to their hearts than any others. In most cases, this stems from these characters being among the first ever created. I won't claim Lori and Terrence were my very first, but they did come close. Their first book, Stalking Shade, which released in 2011, was originally written in 2007. And rewritten. And rewritten.

And now it feels like a dear friend is moving away. With the release of This Blackened Night on September 24th, 2012, the trilogy will come to an end. Lori might be a prickly character, not easy for anyone but Terrence to love, but I had a lot of fun with her. When I wrote this third book late last year, I dragged my feet to see it finished for the same reason. I didn't want to let the pair of them go. A not-so-secret part of me is hoping for an overwhelming response from readers asking me to continue so I have an excuse to revisit my favorite characters.

For now, I'm counting down the days until the third book releases. Maybe you'll fall in love with Lori and Terrence every bit as fiercely as I have. Lori might be stubborn in pushing people away, but Terrence is the most persistent character I've ever written. Good thing, too.

Join me in celebrating the release of the third book a bit early with this short, sweet teaser excerpt:

This Blackened Night by L.K. Below

With murders cropping up all around, who should she trust?

After months of searching, Lori finally scrounges up a clue as to the whereabouts of the missing leader of her secret organization. But her vision isn't encouraging--it points to her vampire companion Terrence as the culprit.

Terrence is adamant that he isn't at fault. Even though she knows she might be walking into a trap, she follows his lead to a shabby island port. When her informants start turning up dead with puncture wounds in their necks, Lori wonders just how well she knows Terrence. And why does he act different during the search than in their hotel room?

Lori doesn't know who to trust anymore. She only hopes that she won't be the next victim.

Six Sweet Sentences from the book:

Eventually, Terrence tapped her on the shoulder. “Only an hour or two ’til dawn,” the vampire murmured.

So? I won’t burst into flames.

Lori stomped down the uncharitable thought. She was getting tired, and her thoughts had led her in dizzying circles.

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Bio: If L.K. Below gets far too attached to her characters, well, that's because they're interesting people. Read two of her favorites in her urban fantasy series, The Order. Join her online at to learn more. Want to keep up to date with her tour stops? Follow her on Twitter ( or Facebook (

Monday, August 6, 2012

A Kindle Freebie For You!

I just received word from author Jess Lourey that the first book in her new trilogy, The Toadhouse Trilogy, is free on kindle for the next 36 hours. Hurry and grab your copy of this fantasy for young adults while you can!

You can find out more about the author and even read an excerpt here: