Thursday, October 23, 2014

Eva Lefoy puts some bite in your Halloween!

When the bite’s the cure
by Eva Lefoy

These days, vampires are popular. Once they hid in creepy haunted castles and terrorized the neighborhood peasants, preying upon hapless passersby and sleeping in velvet lined coffins. Then, they were relegated to Halloween costumes, complete with fake blood and glowing plastic fangs. These days, the vampires are truly more out in the light. If you’re a fan of the Twilight series, you know those ultra-modern vampires sparkle in the sun, they don’t shrivel and burn like in the old horror movies. All these changes must give vampires an identity complex. One second they’re evil monsters and the next they’ve got a glitter overload! But one thing about vampires that everybody agrees on – they bite.

Vampires bite to drink the blood of their victims, not just for biting’s sake. But in some Urban Fantasy works, bites of say a werewolf or a vampire or a demon might turn you into one of them, through some sort of viral infection.  After all, their immune system and their bodies are totally different from normal humans so who’s to say what kinds of damage their bite can cause?  Or what about the opposite? What good could a vampire’s bite do you?

Well, if you’re willing to suspend belief for a while, how about a bite that heals? After all, they’re often depicted as having super-human powers. Agile, speedy, and dangerous, their senses and their reactions are quick and deadly. Usually, they also heal at a rapid speed – usually after a nice rich dose of blood! What if healings is a nice little perk of a vampire’s bite? Would you take the risk?

In Darkest Flowers, botanist Henri Muller is scarred in a forest wildfire. When he arrives at the vampire’s door, he has no idea the gorgeous naked man can heal him with his bite. After the first one, he has a mind to risk another even though he’s fearful it will lead to his death. Will he accept the vampire as his lover or run away, back to his empty life?

Ah heck, what’s a little nibble between the boys?

Darkest Flowers is a M/M romance from MLR Press.

Thanks to Cate for having me here during the Halloween month. Cate, I hope you get all the goodies you desire this Halloween and if you’ve been very bad…. Well… you know!

Eva

DARKEST FLOWERS

Botanist Henri Muller will do almost anything for a flowereven brave a forest fire. Scarred and heartbroken, he journeys to a greenhouse run by a reclusive proprietor with a mysterious green thumb and a potent sexuality. Henri’s startled by their passionate encounter, but when he discovers the vampire’s bite soothes his tormented body and soul he longs to stay though the cure is deadly.

Ambrose is a shy monster with a lonely heart. Will Henri choose to become his mate or will he let Ambrose wilt and die like a neglected flower? With each passing day, Ambrose grows weaker...

EXCERPT
Siskiyou National Forest
Southern Oregon
Saturday night, August 30th

Henri clicked the laptop closed and checked his watch. The sun had already slid to the western horizon. Damn it, I’ve stayed too late. I should have paid closer attention. He rejected the idea that secretly, he’d wanted to stay, because if he had, that meant… No. I didn’t do it on purpose. I don’t have a death wish.
The greenhouse door opened. Ambrose appeared, wearing nothing at all, and began to water his plants. He seemed to hover over one in particular, using his soft low voice to talk to it like a lover. What is he saying?
Henri watched the graceful movements, struck anew by Ambrose’s suppleness. How old was he? How long had he lived here, alone? More questions tumbled through his mind as Ambrose spied him and sent him a shy smile. He set the watering can down.
“You’re still here. I’m glad.”
“I’m finished with my work. At least as much as I can get done for now. I’ll complete the paper back at the college.” Henri stood and stretched. After sitting for hours in the same position, his legs ached. But oddly, the right one didn’t hurt any worse than the left. Ambrose’s bite had almost completely cured his pain. And earlier, when he’d looked in the rearview mirror, he’d seen his real face for the first time in forever. No ugly scarring. No need for the netting. He was whole. The idea he could have his old body back tugged at him. Ask him. Ask him if he can cure me for good.

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Eva Lefoy writes and reads all kinds of romance, and is a certified Trekkie. She’s also terribly addicted to chocolate, tea, and hiking. One of these days, she’ll figure out the meaning of life, quit her job, and go travel the galaxy. Until then, she’s writing down all her dirty thoughts for the sake of future explorers.

Thanks so much for joining the party, Eva! Hope your Halloween is spooktacular!


 

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Taryn Kincaid will bring you In From the Cold for Halloween!


Cate: Please welcome Taryn Kincaid to my special Halloween celebration. Taryn, please tell us a little bit about yourself.
Taryn: I’m creepy and I’m kooky, mysterious and spooky. I’m altogether ooky. Oh. Wait. That’s the Addams Family. I may or may not be a scream, though. And my house may or may not be a museum. Actually, I may or may not be hoarder. Currently, I have many, many six-packs and bottles of Gatorade, in colors that do not precisely occur in nature, arrayed on my dining room table. Do not ask me why. I really can’t stand Gatorade.

Cate: lol Maybe the colors are festive? What do you love most about Halloween?
Taryn: It is crisp. Sometimes the Yankees play in the world series. Apples are particularly great. You do not have to buy pumpkin puree in cans. And there’s crap tons of candy wherever you look. Also Christmas decorations. But we may be getting ahead of ourselves.

Cate: Earlier every year! Do you have a favorite memory of a Halloween past?
Taryn: Here is me as a hobo with strategically-placed five o’clock shadow. And here is me and one of my brothers as Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy. My mom apparently liked the scruffy look, back in the day, when she did not work outside the home and needed a creative outlet aside from making curler bags out of empty Clorox bottles and papier mache bangle bracelets. We went to a store to get our picture taken as Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Ann and won a TV!


Cate: Worth dressing scruffy for the day! You guys don't look very happy, though :( 
Have you ever had an unusual experience you couldn’t explain?
Taryn: I had a very spooky dream premonition once. It involved relatives, and floating to the ceiling of the elevator. The floater banged his head on the roof of the elevator. And the next day passed away. (From advanced age, though, not from an elevator mishap.) It was totally freaky-deaky, though.

Cate: *shivers* What frightens you the most?
Taryn: Aside from a bad review, you mean? 

Cate: Ha, I hear you. Ever gone on a ghost tour? Or ghost hunting on your own?
Taryn: Last spring I went to my top bucket city, New Orleans, for the first (but definitely not the last!) time, for the Romantic Times convention. One night a group of us went on one of the many ghost tours. Ghosts are actually a selling point in NOLA real estate. As you  walk through the French Quarter, there are tons of apartment-for-rent signs that say “Haunted” or “Not Haunted.” Not too many other places I can think of where they’d have to tell you that! Well, maybe Sleepy Hollow! 

Cate: Someday I need to go to N'awlins. Any favorite Halloween recipes you’d care to share?
Taryn: Here’s a link to my Pinterest Happy Halloween board. Tons of recipes (and pictures there). Will definitely be trying out those spider peanut cookies with Lindt truffle heads and googly eyes one day soon!  

Cate: Tell us about your latest release, and where readers can find it online.
Taryn: It’s IN FROM THE COLD, and it’s the story of a demon spy named Spook, and a demon-hunting will o’the wisp. Spook doesn’t know he’s a demon or that he’s got demon relatives in Sleepy Hollow! They are combustible together, even before Madame Eve fixes them up for a 1Night Stand. And the morning after brings them down into the bowels of Demon Central, where they learn a thing or two about their pasts.
It’s 99 cents on Amazon.  It’s also available at the Decadent Publishing site, All Romance, Barnes & Noble, and every place else you’d expect! (Psst: And also?  It’s part of the Box of 1Night Stands anthology of 21 1Night Stands by some super awesome bestselling authors, like Jennifer Probst. Which is also 99 cents! So you do the math!)

Cate: Sounds cool! I love your Spooky Hollow stories. Care to share a blurb or excerpt?
Taryn:
Spook Raines is a burnt-out spy who doesn’t know he’s a fire demon with a twin in Sleepy Hollow.
Geneviève Mortimer is a will o' the wisp who hunts demons to ease the pain of her troubled past.
When Madame Eve brings them together for a torrid 1Night Stand, will they be able to come in from the cold at last?

Cate: What inspired you to write about the theme?
Taryn: Love Sleepy Hollow and love writing 1Night Stand stories for Decadent Publishing. I was actually doing a Decadent blog featuring the characters from HEAT WAVE…it was actually a sort of where are they now for the characters in that story, and what do you know, Bhyrne Raines gets an email from his cousin, Max Raines…and realizes he may have a long-lost twin brother!  I actually incorporated that blog post into a chapter in IN FROM THE COLD!

Cate: Anything else you’d like to share?
Taryn: Yeppers! Look for my wolfie paranormal romance, WOLF’S SONG in early 2015, when Decadent Publishing’s brand new Black Hills Wolves shift line debuts. And IF YOU CAN’T STAND THE HEAT, a contemporary foodie romance releasing on February 24, 2015, as part of Fated Desires Publishing’s special “Give Me a Taste” line.

Cate: You guys are in for a treat! Taryn has a giveaway. :)
Taryn: Will send a random commenter the ebook of your choice from my back list! (Or some random swag.) But you have to leave a comment!

Cate: And be sure to leave your email address, guys. Thanks for partying with us, Taryn!


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

V.S. Morgan creates shifters to die for!


Cate: Please welcome V.S. Morgan to my special Halloween celebration. V, please tell us a little bit about yourself.
V.S. Morgan:  I grew up in Oregon but have lived in Minnesota for the last 16 years. I’m married, and we celebrate our 20th anniversary next June. With hubby, son, and pets who are all male, I’m the queen of my home.  I enjoy nature, reading, and music. I work full-time as a Project Manager.

Cate: What do you love most about Halloween?
V.S. Morgan:  Halloween is magical. As a kid, it was the only time I could out and about after dark and for one night I could be anyone or anything I wanted. As an adult, I love decorating and seeing all the kids’ costumes as they trick-or-treat and checking out the houses that are majorly done-up. Halloween always makes me happy.

Cate: I completely agree :)  Do you have a favorite memory of a Halloween past?
V.S. Morgan:  There isn’t one that stands out in particular. Loved them all for different reasons.

Cate: Have you ever had an unusual experience you couldn’t explain?
V.S. Morgan:  The night my great-grandfather died, I saw a shimmery image of him in my bedroom doorway. I didn’t even know he’d died until the next morning. To this day I believe he was saying goodbye.

Cate: So sweet, and sad. What frightens you the most?
V.S. Morgan:  Clowns freak me out.

Cate: *shivers* Ever gone on a ghost tour? Or ghost hunting on your own?
V.S. Morgan:  I visited the Yaquina Bay Lighthouse in Oregon which had a ghost story associated with it. A teenager was murdered by pirates. Her body was never found because there was a secret passage but a long blood smear on the floor had been found. We went on the tour, and I bought a small book and read it over and over. Gave me the chills. I believe that story has been debunked but was still fun. Would love to visit more spooky places.

Cate: Very spooky! Tell us about your latest release, and where readers can find it online.
V.S. Morgan:  Hunter’s Mark is an interracial paranormal (shifter) story about an assassin who realizes his latest assignment violates his rules, so the hunter becomes the protector. It was a really fun story to write. 

Cate: Care to share a blurb or excerpt?
V.S. Morgan: 
Blurb:
Artist Casey Smith lives a quiet life, under the radar of his enemies, until one fateful night he loses control and the astonishing image of a wolf racing down a suburban street splashes all over social media.
Hunter’s bullet never misses its target. The assassin seeks out and kills his prey with a clear conscience by following two simple rules: 1) Don’t kill innocents 2) Don’t kill shifters. 
Realizing his latest assignment violates those rules, the hunter activates Princess Protocol and the assassin becomes the protector. Red hot attraction flares between the hit man and his former target. Can Hunter resist the sweet shifter in his care?

Excerpt:
He stepped closer to Casey’s stall but stumbled over something small and furry. The toe of one Birkenstock caught on a clump of grass as he attempted not to trample the little beast, and he ass-planted with said beast jumping onto his chest to give him a broad doggie smile.
His buddy laughed piss-your-pants-hard in his ear. F**k a duck.
“Miss Priscilla!”
The target he’d worked so hard to observe remotely sank to the ground between his sprawled-out legs, peeling the tiny hairball off his chest and setting it on the ground.
“I’m so sorry! Are you okay?”
Big blue eyes fringed with long, pale lashes scanned his body while strong yet gentle hands moved over his ankles and legs, searching for an injury. Oh, a toucher. His wolf basked in the tactile attention. His breath hitched as those hands glided past his knees and skimmed his thighs.
Damn, he needed to get laid after this assignment.
“Oh, my, what a li’l sweetie. Look at those freckles! I wonder if he’s got them everywhere. I’d like to lick them,” Rex crowed in his ear.
He growled.
The other man chortled. “Possessive, much?”
He inhaled deeply, only to be slammed with the force of a Mack truck. Strawberries on a warm summer’s day and fresh-cut grass—s**t, his target smelled delicious. He took another breath, and his brain reeled. He’s a wolf shifter, too? F**k.
Casey’s brows furrowed. “Where are you hurt?”
He forced a smile. “I’m fine. No worries.”
Casey returned the smile, his wide and high beam combined with sparkling eyes. Hunter stared as warmth wrapped around him like a blanket. He had no ammo against such a happy, open expression. The guy freaking glowed.

Cate: I love reimagined fairy tales. :) What inspired you to write about the theme?
V.S. Morgan:  Decadent Publishing had an open call for re-tellings of fairytales. In order to avoid a hundred Cinderella stories, they randomly assigned stories. My assignment was Grimm’s “The Skillful Huntsman.” It was a blast to twist it into my own version.

Cate: Woot! V.S. has a fantastic giveaway for you guys!
V.S. Morgan:  I have a Rafflecopter giveaway $20 Amazon Gift Card


Cate: Thanks so much for partying with us, V.S.! Hope your Halloween is spooktacular!