Please welcome Laura Kaye to parajunkee.com. Laura Kaye is a multi-published author of paranormal, contemporary, and erotic romance with four books releasing in 2011, Laura Kaye’s hot, heartfelt stories are all about the universal desire for a place to belong.  Laura grew up amidst family lore involving angels, ghosts, and evil-eye curses, cementing her life-long fascination with the supernatural.  Though an avid fiction writer as a teenager, a career as a historian took her in other directions until recently.  Now that Laura’s inner muse has awakened, she’s constantly creating new story ideas!  Laura lives in Maryland with her husband, two daughters, and cute-but-bad dog, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.

An Archaeology of Laura Kaye’s Night Stand & Giveaway!

Rachel was so kind to have me here today to celebrate the publication anniversary of my debut paranormal, Forever Freed, which has been out for one month today! Thanks, Rachel!  Look out down below for a giveaway celebration…

Forever Freed is about a reclusive, empathic vampire who falls in love with a woman he planned to kill and her young daughter, then fights his ancient guilt, bloodlust, lie by omission, and an old vampire rival who threatens everything he holds dear. Here’s the blurb:

A heart can break, even one that no longer beats.

I stalk my new neighbors, a single mother and her child, drawn by the irresistible scent of their joy and love. I crave their blood, starved for some healing respite from my ancient grief. Now to lure them into my grasp.

But they surprise me. Little Olivia accepts me without fear or reservation–talking, smiling, offering innocent affection that tugs at my long-lost humanity. Her mother, Samantha, seeks me out when she should stay away, offering sweet friendship, and calling to the forgotten man within me. They lure me instead.

Ah, Dio, Lucien, run and spare them while you can…

Yay!  So excited that this book, the first I wrote and first I sold, is out in the world!  It’s totally a dream come true!

Since I’m celebrating MY book, I thought I’d share with you some of the other books I’ve read or have on my most immediate to-be-read pile.  76 (!!!) books hold a place of honor on my bedroom night table, and I thought I’d give you a window into my reading and writing life by taking you along on a little archaeological excavation of what’s on there.  So, in no particular order, and with a little editorial comment when warranted…

ANGELOLOGY, by Danielle Trussoni – current reading, intrigued but slow

LILY OF THE NILE, by Stephanie Dray – by my friend and fellow Maryland Romance Writer

THE DISTANT HOURS, by Kate Morton – a gift, not my usual reading interest

NOT WITHOUT RISK, by Sarah Grimm – Won this and enjoyed!

BLUE BLOODS, by Melissa de la Cruz – LOVE vampires, but not this one so much

OF LOVE AND EVIL, by Anne Rice

ENEMY LOVER, by Karin Harlow

JANE AND THE DAMNED, by Janet Mullany – another MRW friend and chaptermate

TORMENT, by Lauren Kate

TERMINAL FREEZE, by Lincoln Child

101 SEXY DARES, by Laura Corn – Doh!

TWILIGHT DIRECTOR’S NOTEBOOK, by Catherine Hardwicke – a gift. Really.

NIGHT WORLD, by L.J. Smith

TWILIGHT, NEW MOON, ECLIPSE, BREAKING DAWN, by Stephenie Meyer

ROBERT PATTINSON: FATED FOR FAME, by Mel Williams – TOTALLY A GIFT!

STORM FRONT, by Jim Butcher

BLOOD PROMISE: A VAMPIRE ACADEMY NOVEL, by Richelle Mead

HUSH, HUSH by Becca Fitzpatrick – reading, but finding it hard to get into…

THE HUNGER GAMES, by Suzanne Collins – OMG FLOVED!

THE SHORT SECOND LIFE OF BREE TANNER, by Stephenie Meyer – Another gift. Was NOT going to buy because Bree did not at all interest me as a character. And…OMG CHEESEBURGER OF PAIN. Can’t recommend. ‘Nuff said.

FEVER DREAM, by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child – I’ve loved everything by this duo

HEART OF THE HIGHLAND WOLF, by Terry Spear – I just won this! Woot!

WHAT THE NIGHT KNOWS, by Dean Koontz

THE LOST GATE, by Orson Scott Card

THE PERFECT HAPPINESS, by Santa Montefiore – Next couple women’s fiction books were part of my genre research for the women’s fiction manuscript I’ve completed…

WHAT SHE WANTS, by Cathy Kelly

THURSDAYS AT EIGHT, by Debbie Macomber

SECRET LIVES OF HUSBANDS AND WIVES, by Josie Brown

THE BLACK DAGGER BROTHERHOOD: AN INSIDER’S GUIDE, by J.R. Ward – I totally own this one. FLOVE my Brothers.

LUXE, by Anna Godbrersen

THE LOST SYMBOL, by Dan Brown

Vanity Fair magazine, ya know, the one with Robert Pattinson on it. Yeah. That one.

NEW MOON: OFFICIAL ILLUSTRATED MOVIE COMPANION, by Mark Cotta Vaz – GIFT!

REVOLUTION, by Jennifer Donnelly

CEMETERY DANCE, by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child

THE DART LEAGUE KING, by Keith Lee Morris – Read the first pages of this for some brilliantly kick-ass internal monologue

WHAT WE TALK ABOUT WHEN WE TALK ABOUT LOVE, by Raymond Carver

DARK PRINCE, DARK CURSE, DARK SECRET, DARK GUARDIAN, DARK GOLD, DARK CHALLENGE, DARK LEGEND, DARK DEMON, DARK PERIL by Christine Feehan

PASSION UNTAMED, OBSESSION UNTAMED, DESIRE UNTAMED, by Pamela Palmer

KISS OF MIDNIGHT, MIDNIGHT AWAKENING, VEIL OF MIDNIGHT, ASHES OF MIDNIGHT, MIDNIGHT RISING, KISS OF CRIMSON, by Lara Adrian – As you can see, I like to read series…

LOVE AT FIRST BITE, by Sherrilyn Kenyon, et al

THE VAMPIRE AND THE VIRGIN, by Kerrelyn Sparks

THE BOOK OF LIES, by Brad Meltzer

DARK LOVER, LOVER ETERNAL, LOVER AWAKENED, LOVER REVEALED, LOVER UNBOUND, LOVER UNLEASHED, LOVER MINE, COVET, CRAVE, by J.R. Ward – FAVORITE ALL-TIME VAMPIRE SERIES (Anne Rice’s Lestat books a close second)

FANTASY LOVER, KISS OF THE NIGHT, NIGHT PLEASURES, NIGHT EMBRACE, DANCE WITH THE DEVIL, UPON THE MIDNIGHT CLEAR, DEVIL MAY CRY, SEIZE THE NIGHT, NIGHT PLAY, UNLEASH THE NIGHT, THE DREAM-HUNTER, by Sherrilyn Kenyon – Enjoy but middle of series is of very uneven quality, so much so I haven’t yet gotten through to Acheron, which I’m dying to read

So…there you have it! What you can discern from this little exercise, I don’t know! LOL But if nothing else, certainly that I’m a HUGE fan of all things paranormal, and within that, of vampires especially.  And these don’t even include what’s on my Nook, or my iPhone Kindle! LOL

SO, AN ANNIVERSARY GIVEAWAY SEEMS IN ORDER!

*IF THIS POST RECEIVES 31 UNIQUE COMMENTERS (not including me!) BY 6/21 MIDNIGHT EST (one for each day Forever Freed’s been published), I’ll give away a signed print copy of the book with some fun swag.

*IF POST RECEIVES 76 UNIQUE COMMENTERS (not including me!) BY 6/21 MIDNIGHT EST (one for each book on my night stand), I’ll give away a signed print copy and one ebook copy of the book.

*IF POST RECEIVES 76 UNIQUE COMMENTERS AND I RECEIVE 24 NEW TWITTER FOLLOWERS (making a nice round 100), I’ll give away 3 copies of the book (one signed print, two ebook) PLUS a $20 AMAZON GIFT CERTIFICATE!

So, tell me what I’d find on YOUR night stand, or what I should add to mine!

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