THE DARKEST TORMENT by Gena Showalter Cover Reveal

THE DARKEST TORMENT by Gena Showalter Cover Reveal

The Darkest Torment by Gena Showalter (Lords of the Underworld #12)

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Oh man, he is pretty!!! And the attention to detail…this is one of my favorite LOTU’s covers. 

Get ready for the 12th and most epic book in the Lords of the Underworld series yet, THE DARKEST TORMENT, available May 31, 2016! I think we can all agree on one thing: #BadenIsHot!

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Here is your first glimpse at what THE DARKEST TORMENT is all about:

 New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter returns with her most explosive Lords of the Underworld tale to date, about a fierce warrior on the brink of sanity who will stop at nothing to claim the exquisite human with the power to soothe the beast inside him…


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THE DARKEST TORMENT by Gena Showalter Cover Reveal

The Darkest Torment by Gena Showalter

Series: Lords of the Underworld, #12
Published by HQN Books on May 31, 2016
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Format: eBook
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Driven to his death by the demon of Distrust, Baden spent centuries in purgatory. Now he's back, but at what cost? Bound to the king of the underworld, an even darker force, he's unable to withstand the touch of another...and he's quickly devolving into a heartless assassin with an uncontrollable temper. Things only get worse when a mission goes awry and he finds himself saddled with a bride—just not his own. 

Famed dog trainer Katarina Joelle is forced to marry a monster to protect her loved ones. When she's taken hostage by the ruthless, beautiful Baden immediately after the ceremony, she's plunged into a war between two evils—with a protector more dangerous than the monsters he hunts. They are meant to be enemies, but neither can resist the passion burning between them...and all too soon the biggest threat is to her heart.

 But as Baden slips deeper into the abyss, she'll have to teach him to love...or lose him forever. 

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  • THE DARKEST NIGHT (Lords of the Underworld #1) – GOODREADS
  • THE DARKEST KISS (Lords of the Underworld #2) – GOODREADS
  • THE DARKEST PLEASURE (Lords of the Underworld #3) – GOODREADS
  • THE DARKEST WHISPER (Lords of the Underworld #4) – GOODREADS
  • THE DARKEST PASSION (Lords of the Underworld #5) – GOODREADS
  • THE DARKEST LIE (Lords of the Underworld #6) – GOODREADS
  • THE DARKEST SECRET (Lords of the Underworld #7) – GOODREADS
  • THE DARKEST SURRENDER (Lords of the Underworld #8) – GOODREADS
  • THE DARKEST SEDUCTION (Lords of the Underworld #9) – GOODREADS
  • THE DARKEST CRAVING (Lords of the Underworld #10) – GOODREADS
  • THE DARKEST TOUCH (Lords of the Underworld #11) – GOODREADS


About the Author

About Gena Showalter


Gena Showalter is the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of the spellbinding Lords of the Underworld and Angels of the Dark series, two young adult series--Everlife and the White Rabbit Chronicles--and the highly addictive Original Heartbreakers series. In addition to being a National Reader's Choice and two time RITA nominee, her romance novels have appeared in Cosmopolitan (Red Hot Read) and Seventeen magazine, she's appeared on Nightline and been mentioned in Orange is the New Black--if you ask her about it, she'll talk for hours…hours!  Her books have been translated in multiple languages.

She’s hard at work on her next novel, a tale featuring an alpha male with a dark side and the strong woman who brings him to his knees. You can learn more about Gena, her menagerie of rescue dogs, and all her upcoming books at or

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Blog Tour: Motor City Shakedown Excerpt & Giveaway

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Chelsea Hodgens watched the young woman Judy ushered into her chambers nervously take a seat across from her. Issabella Bright looked frazzled and uncertain. She glanced around at the certificates and plaques that hung on the paneled walls, then at her hands, and finally at the Judge.

Chelsea favored her with a thin smile and leaned back in her swivel chair.

“I have a cold and I don’t want to pass it around,” she said. “Otherwise I would have stood and greeted you with a handshake.”

“That’s okay.”

“You’ve never argued in front of me, have you?”

“No, Your Honor. Not yet.”


A wrinkle appeared between Issabella’s eyebrows.

“I’m sorry?”

“Don’t be. It helps that I haven’t had you in my court. I’ve sent a note up to Chief Judge Summers asking to keep anything you’re handling off my docket for the foreseeable future, until the case against Vernon Pullins is concluded.”

She watched a series of expressions, one more confused than the next, play across the pretty young woman’s face. Chelsea coughed into her fist twice, settled back and waited for a response.

“I don’t understand,” Issabella said. “I’m not representing Mr. Pullins. If this is about this morning…”

Chelsea arched a brow. “This morning when you attempted to solicit business in a hospital? Yes, it is about that. That sort of nonsense isn’t the way to build a reputation worth having, you know.”

Issabella flushed red and sank her head down into her hands. She mumbled something into her palms.

“Speak up, Ms. Bright. I don’t tolerate mumblers in my court, or in chambers. You’re a lawyer. Raise your head and say it clearly.”

“I made a very bad decision, Your Honor.”


“I don’t have an excuse worth hearing.”

“Good. I wouldn’t entertain it.”

Judge Hodgens was beginning to doubt this frazzled, apologetic girl in front of her. She didn’t need a mousy, passive lawyer. She needed someone with enough backbone and enough assertiveness to keep Darren Fletcher from self-imploding.

As she was contemplating dismissing Issabella from her presence and putting in a phone call to Darren, the girl seemed to glean onto something. Issabella’s flush of embarrassment subsided, and her eyes narrowed.

“Your Honor?”


“How, exactly, do you know about where I was this morning?”

“Darren Fletcher called me. He was impressed with you. He thinks you should be appointed co-counsel for Mr. Pullins. Wasn’t I clear on that?”

“No. No you weren’t.”

“Well, there you have it,” Chelsea said, and looked up at the wall clock hanging behind Issabella. She picked up a pen and began writing on the back of one of her business cards. “My afternoon docket begins in half an hour. Darren has the case file from the prosecutor’s office. This is his number. Also, don’t worry about not yet being approved for the felony appointment list. Darren’s still on the list for life offenses, so appointing you as co-counsel won’t cause a fuss with whoever your judge winds up being.”

Issabella took the card with Darren’s number and stared at it, then at the Judge.

“I still don’t understand.”

Chelsea blew her nose into a tissue and felt her sinuses throbbing with pressure.

“I can see that. Why don’t you give me all your questions so we can make this fast. I have to prep my docket and guzzle a pint or so of cough syrup. Summer colds are the worst. I hope I haven’t passed it to you. If you wake up tomorrow feeling like someone ran you over and left you in a ditch, consider yourself apologized to, yes?”

Judy appeared, peeking her head in the door before hustling into the room. The judicial coordinator set a cup of steaming beef broth down, gave the judge a supportive wink, and just as quickly hustled back out.

Chelsea took a tentative sip of the broth, gladdened at the scouring heat running down her throat. She grinned and said, “I’ll tell you something you might not know yet. The key to happiness as a lawyer is finding the right person to answer your office phone and keep everything organized. The same is true for a judge.”

Issabella didn’t return the grin, and the Judge wondered if maybe there was some grit in the girl after all.

“Why?” Issabella said.

“Why what?”

“Why are you involving yourself in this? Why are you appointing me to a potential life-sentence case? You don’t know me, Your Honor.”

Chelsea didn’t answer, letting Issabella put it together for herself. The young lawyer eventually clicked her tongue against the roof of her mouth, and her face hardened with recognition.

“This isn’t particularly professional. Whatever this is, it’s personal. You’re pushing me into something personal between you and Darren Fletcher.”

Chelsea stood up, her entire body, from scalp to toes, aching and weak. She plucked her robe off the coat stand in the corner and shrugged into it.

“Darren and I have an agreement,” she said. “He doesn’t take felony cases unless I approve it ahead of time. When he told me Mr. Pullins’s brother hired him, I set the condition that he must have co-counsel. He seems to think you’d fit nicely in the second chair, so I’m appointing you. Congratulations. Not many public defenders can say they’ve represented an accused cop-killer less than a year after sitting for the bar. If all goes well, you’ll have jump-started your career. If all goes poorly, consider it penance for your behavior this morning.”

Issabella was still frowning, but Chelsea had no more time for her. There was a stack of pre-sentencing reports she needed to pick through and decide on before taking the bench.

“This is where you get on your feet and thank me,” she said.

Issabella got on her feet, but there was no thanks forthcoming. She slipped the business card in her purse, shouldered it and said, “Why isn’t he allowed to run his own cases? What did he do, exactly?”

Judge Hodgens shrugged. She sat and picked up the stack of sentencing recommendations while wiping at her raw nostrils with a fresh tissue. The broth was a balm on her throat, but it had done nothing for her plugged and aching sinuses.

“He’s your partner now, Ms. Bright,” she said, not looking up. “Ask him. On your way out, tell Judy to come in, would you?”

Issabella didn’t move.

“I don’t like this.”

Judge Hodgens grew a chilly grin.

“No?” she answered. “You’ve got some common sense, then. Be a dear and direct all of it at Darren. He needs a sound voice of reason. Goodbye, Ms. Bright.”

The young lawyer seemed to recognize there was nothing to be gained by continuing the meeting. Without a word, Issabella turned on her heel and walked out. The Judge expected to hear her telling Judy to come in, but all she heard was the sound of the outer-office door clacking shut.

It was a small thing, a slight, to ignore her request. Still, it meant Issabella could poke back if she had a mind to.

Good girl, Chelsea thought before putting Issabella Bright and Darren Fletcher out of her mind. As miserable as she felt, and as nervous as she was about Darren’s attempt at getting back into the game of life, she had a court to run.

* * *

Issabella was passing the giant Uniroyal Tire landmark on I-94 when she heard her phone chime from inside her purse. Fishing around, she found it and answered on the fourth ring.


“Hey, Issabella. This is—”

“I know who this is,” she snapped.

“—Darren. You do? Okay. Look, I wanted to let you know—”

“That you went behind my back and had a judge assign me to a case I shouldn’t be on?”

She heard the anger in her tone, felt the rush of it in her temples and behind her eyes. If she was having this conversation, it shouldn’t be while driving, she decided. She signaled and glided the Buick down the Telegraph Road exit to Dearborn.

“Well,” Darren answered, sounding entirely unfazed, “I might quibble with that description. What do you mean ‘shouldn’t’? Of course you should. It’s a big case. Why shouldn’t you be on it?”

“I’ve been practicing less than a year is why.”

She turned right on Telegraph, saw a McDonald’s ahead, and brought the Buick to a stop in its parking lot.

“So what? We’re on the case together. I’ve run capital trials before. There’s no reason to be scared.”

She made a face she wished he was there to see.


“I’m not scared, you jackass,” she said. “I’m pissed. At you. I told you no. More than once. Maybe you think it’s cute to go and get me assigned to this anyway, but it’s not. And maybe you can get away with an awful lot with other women. I don’t doubt it. But not every one of us accepts a charming smile as a valid excuse for ignoring what we have to say.”

She took in a breath and waited.


“You think I’m charming.”

Issabella put her forehead against the steering wheel and felt the rushing anger inside her turning over on itself, becoming embarrassment.

“I don’t think you’re charming,” she groaned. “I think you’re presumptuous, and there’s no way this is going to work.”

“Of course it will. This isn’t rocket science, it’s a murder case. Also, guns. I read the search warrant and the evidence logs. Vernon had an impressive amount of illegal firearms in his basement. Murder and guns. How can you want out of that sort of case?”

“I think I already explained how.”

Darren’s voice dropped an octave, becoming playful and intimate, like he was right there in the passenger seat, whispering in her ear.

“If it’s too distracting for you, I can always dial down the charm while we’re working together, Izzy.”

She sat up straight again, hung up on him and turned her phone to “OFF.”

“Sorry,” she said to Invisible Passenger Darren. “But we’re not open for any more embarrassment today. We are full up.”

Outside her windshield, across the street, she spied a corner convenience store. Painted across the brick front of the building in big, green letters, it said “COME ON IN.”

“Yup,” she agreed, and put the Buick in drive. “Absolutely, yes.”



There was a Cheeto on the carpet, right next to her hand. Issabella let out a deep, shuddering yawn and blinked to get her vision focused. Next to the Cheeto was an empty bottle of Pinot grigio.


Sunlight poured in through her living room window. She rolled over and shut her eyes, burrowing into the couch cushions.


“Alright!” she shouted, and rolled onto the carpet. She straightened and felt the ache in her legs and back. She stretched catlike, her joints popping with little firecracker noises, and yawned deeply.


“I’m coming!”

Standing on her front step was a very big woman with a pug nose, long brown hair and an expression of dour boredom. A cigarette dangled from her mouth.

“What?” Issabella growled at the woman, leaning against the door jam and feeling too lousy for any pretense of politeness or civility. She wanted to draw a bath and fall asleep in it.

“You Izzy?” the woman asked around the cigarette. “Darren said I should come over and get you so you two can get working.”

Issabella knew she was just standing there, not responding, but her mind felt like it was on some sort of half-speed setting. She desperately needed water and whatever medicine might make the world around her stop swaying back and forth.

“You know…the case,” the woman said. “The one with the guy and the cops and the whatever? The lawyer case? The—”

“Right…the case…”

Her head felt like it was stuffed full of wet cotton.

“Yep. So let’s get going…”

“I’m not ready to go anywhere.”

“Okie-dokie. I’m in that van there. You go put your face on and come out when you’re ready, okay?”

The van was a big, purple-and-rust-colored thing from the ’70s or ’80s, with a plastic bubble skylight and running boards between the tires. On the side was a rearing unicorn with a starburst of airbrushed points blazing out from its horn.

“Okay,” Issabella heard herself saying, not sure yet why she was saying it. “Okay. Just give me a minute.”

The woman shrugged. “Whatever. You take as long as you want getting pretty.”


The big woman turned away and lumbered back toward the unicorn van. Halfway there, she turned around again. A long limb of ash detached from her cigarette and fell onto her generous bosom.

“Theresa Winkle, by the way.”


“You’re Darren’s new partner, huh?”

“Not exactly.”

Theresa huffed smoke out her nose and looked mildly confused.

“Not partners?”

“Not partners, no.”

“Huh. He sure seemed to think you were partners.”

“Well, we’re not.”

The big woman shrugged and scratched at something on her face.

“Okay. Well, either way, you go ahead and put yourself together. And, hey, do you have any coffee in your place? The bar’s all out and Darren usually has three cups in the morning. You look like you could use a little jolt, too. No offense.”

“Coffee? Yeah, I have some…wait. Did you just say you’re taking me to a bar?”


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Motor City Shakedown by Jonathan Watkins

Published by Carina Press on October 5th 2015
Genres: Amateur Sleuth, Fiction, General, Mystery & Detective
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Darren Fletcher, once the rising star of Detroit's criminal justice system, has fallen far. All the way to an office in a smoky dive bar on the wrong side of the city. But a single phone call could be the key to climbing out of his downward spiral: a police brutality victim needs his help, and the family's willing to pay. Big-time.

Issabella Bright's daily panic attacks aren't entirely due to her decision to forgo a flashy firm and go out on her own, but that's a large part of it. She never thought she'd resort to ambulance chasing, until the story about a SWAT raid gone wrong proves too intriguing to ignore—it's the perfect chance to prove she made the right decision.

But Issabella's not the only one after the job.

Darren's connections are enough to get past the cops stonewalling them both at the hospital, but only a judge's order makes Issabella even consider teaming up with the disheveled attorney and his weird—and weirdly effective—methods. But as the case deepens and it becomes clear the Detroit PD is concealing a much bigger conspiracy, Darren and his methods may be all that keep her alive.

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About Jonathan Watkins


Jonathan Watkins lives and works in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He earned his Bachelor's Degree in Art and Children's Literature from Eastern Michigan University and his Juris Doctorate from Thomas M. Cooley Law School. A life-long fan of detective fiction, Jonathan is the author of the Bright and Fletcher mystery series. He lives in Ann Arbor with his wife, who is too good for him. They are blessed with two kind-hearted sons.



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The zombie apocalypse was Alexis Winter’s first challenge. It won’t be her last.

Life on S-Island hasn’t been easy, but Alexis and her fellow survivors are making the best of their new lives in a post-Z world. Every day is a struggle, a struggle to find food, to keep the zombies from their door and to prepare for anything this new world might throw at them. There is no room for heartache, there is no room for mourning the lost, there is only one focus: the fight for survival. And there is definitely no room for love. At least that is what Alexis keeps telling herself.

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Loving someone means you give them your heart, your soul and everything in between.

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The Program, the clandestine agency that employs Boy Nobody as an assassin, is rather scary, but the conspiracy theorist in me thinks it could be possible that something like this exists. Where did you get inspiration for the idea? And do you think it is possible?

Sadly, my inspiration is all around us these days. Secret government organizations, secret data collection, secret courts, secret trials. Is it so hard to believe an agency like The Program might exist? Of course I don’t believe there are real teen assassins in our country, but it wasn’t a stretch for me to imagine an organization that started out with a noble goal and became corrupt over time.

How do you research your books? They seem so on point…are you a secret spy for the government?

I can neither confirm nor deny being a secret spy for the government. Next question.

Did you find it hard to write the Unknown Assassin trilogy as opposed to your other more contemporary and humorous books?

You’re right that my previous books such as FOOD, GIRLS, AND OTHER THINGS I CAN’T HAVE were funny and realistic. But I’ve always been a fan of the thriller genre, so I loved having a chance to play in this new, darker world. It’s fun to write action scenes!

I read that your first love is theater, do you write your books with a movie or play in mind?

I grew up in the theater, first as a high school actor, then later as a director in college and graduate school. I think my dramatic background informs the way I tell stories, but to be honest, when I’m writing a book, I’m just thinking about the book itself.  I’m always looking for the most effective, entertaining way to tell the story, whatever form it might eventually take.

The series have been optioned by Sony Pictures, is there any word of what will become of it?

The first book, I AM THE WEAPON (formerly called BOY NOBODY), has been optioned by Sony Pictures and Overbrook Entertainment. I can’t tell you anything about the film except that they’re working on it, and I’d love to see it in theaters.

Finally, what can we expect next?

Much like my spy credentials, the next project is top secret.

About The Books


The Program has sent Boy Nobody on countless missions, instructed to kill whichever target he was given. But now, after going rogue, he is on his own mission to rescue his friend Howard, who was captured by The Program.

Boy Nobody manages to free Howard as well as Tanya, a mysterious girl who was being held with him. Putting their skills to the test, Howard and Tanya help Boy Nobody collect information about his father, eventually revealing a dangerous secret that teaches Boy Nobody a valuable lesson -- he can't trust anyone.

On the run from The Program, Boy Nobody must face his past, as he's forced to decide where his loyalties lie.

Allen Zadoff packs the final installment in the Unknown Assassin trilogy with even more action, higher stakes, and mind-blowing reveals that will leave readers riveted.


I AM THE MISSION by Allen Zadoff

(The Unknown Assassin #2)
Pub. Date: June 17, 2014 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

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No name. No past. No remorse. Perfect, that is, until he began to ask questions and challenge his orders. Now The Program is worried that their valuable soldier has become a liability.

And so Boy Nobody is given a new mission. A test of sorts. A chance to prove his loyalty.

His objective: Take out Eugene Moore, the owner of an extremist military training camp for teenagers. It sounds like a simple task, but a previous operative couldn’t do it. He lost the mission and is presumed dead. Now our assassin is confident he can finish the job. Quickly.

But when things go awry, Boy Nobody finds himself lost in a mission where nothing is as it seems: not The Program, his allegiances, nor the truth.

The riveting second book in Allen Zadoff’s The Unknown Assassin series delivers heart-pounding action and a shocking new twist that makes our hero question everything he has believed.


I AM THE WEAPON by Allen Zadoff

(The Unknown Assassin #1)
Pub. Date: June 11, 2013 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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Previously published under the title Boy Nobody

They needed the perfect assassin.

Boy Nobody is the perennial new kid in school, the one few notice and nobody thinks much about. He shows up in a new high school in a new town under a new name, makes a few friends, and doesn’t stay long. Just long enough for someone in his new friend’s family to die-of “natural causes.” Mission accomplished, Boy Nobody disappears, moving on to the next target.

But when he’s assigned to the mayor of New York City, things change. The daughter is unlike anyone he has encountered before; the mayor reminds him of his father. And when memories and questions surface, his handlers at The Program are watching. Because somewhere deep inside, Boy Nobody is somebody: the kid he once was; the teen who wants normal things, like a real home and parents; a young man who wants out. And who just might want those things badly enough to sabotage The Program’s mission.

In this action-packed series debut, author Allen Zadoff pens a page-turning thriller that is as thought-provoking as it is gripping, introducing an utterly original and unforgettable antihero.

About the Author

About Allen Zadoff

Allen Zadoff

Allen Zadoff is the author of the THE UNKNOWN ASSASSIN series as well as several acclaimed novels includingFOOD, GIRLS, AND OTHER THINGS I CAN'T HAVE, winner of the Sid Fleischman Humor Award and a YALSA Popular Paperback for Young Adults. Allen's action-packed series debut, I AM THE WEAPON (formerly BOY NOBODY), is a page-turning thriller about a teenage assassin that has already been optioned for film by Sony Pictures & Overbrook Entertainment. The book was featured in the Los Angeles Times' Summer Reading guide and has received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and VOYA. Kirkus Reviews called I AM THE WEAPON "fast, furious, and fun." Look for the sequel, I AM THE MISSION, beginning in June 2014.  Allen is a graduate of Cornell University and the Harvard University Institute for Advanced Theatre Training. His training as a super spy, however, has yet to be verified. Visit Allen on the web at


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Zombies are on the loose in New Orleans and of all the End of the World scenarios, Alexis Winter wasn’t prepared for this one. But, an apocalypse is an apocalypse and she should have this covered. She has been “prepping” for the last three years. The problem is location and timing. She’s stuck downtown and she has to get to her house on the outskirts of the city so she can get her supplies and bug-in (for the “non-preppers” this means hole up and stay safe).

Agreeing to work on a Saturday is now coming back to bite her on the ass big time. Hopefully, it won’t be a literal bite by the walking dead.

Luck favors the prepared, and as luck would have it, it comes in the form of the ridiculously hot Blake Miller. Former military man, current mercenary, Blake Miller, the man with the plan, his goal: steal a boat and trek up the Mississippi until they find safety. Alexis thinks this is a great plan and she decides to team up with Blake. The two team up in unexpected ways as they find they can’t keep their hands off of each other even when the world is falling down around them.

Can Alexis and Blake survive the end of the world, and if they do make it through the night, find a place that is safe and secure? Can their newfound attraction lead them down the road to love or heartbreak?

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The CW’s ORIGINALS Giveaway + Vampires & New Orleans the Perfect Combination

The CW’s ORIGINALS Giveaway + Vampires & New Orleans the Perfect Combination

The CW’s ORIGINALS Giveaway + Vampires & New Orleans the Perfect Combination

Why New Orleans is Perfect for the First Family

Vampires & New Orleans are like Beans & Rice

There is no denying the fact that New Orleans is known as a vampire hot spot. Most attribute tying vampires with New Orleans to Anne Rice and her fiction series, but the ties and lure of vampires go much further than a best-selling fiction series from the 90s.

New Orleans is the perfect setting for vampires and has seen quite a bit of vampire activity since it’s founding in 1699. It was inhabited by French and Spanish convicts, prostitutes and nuns. The original Ursuline nuns that still are prolific in the city today, are a main part of one of the biggest vampire stories that still resonates through New Orleans. It is thought that their ‘casket girls,’ young girls that came to the city and lived at the convent until they married, bearing with them large coffin-like luggage, actually helped smuggle vampires into the French Quarter. Those vampires were allowed to live in the attic of the Ursuline convent and it is still rumored that they live there today and on occasion escape. This is why the attic doors, which are sealed with “blessed” screws, will slam open on occasion, a common “haunted” sighting in the French Quarter.


The Old Ursuline Convent in the French Quarter. You can see the attic windows in this picture, which are said to “fly” open on occasion, even though they are sealed shut with blessed screws. Archbishopric New Orleans Louisiana DetPub” by Uncredited photographer for Detroit Publishing Company – Detroit Publishing photo via Library of Congress website [1]. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

In an ironic turn of events, in THE ORIGINALS, it is the witches that are kept locked in attics by vampires and not the vampires. I guess they turned the tides in the later centuries.

Modern day New Orleans is a much a draw to vampires as it was in the past. Our unique blend of cultures, our open-minded nature, rich grasp of history and ability to embrace the strange and usual, makes it the perfect place to settle for the “paranormally challenged.” New Orleans is the only town that you can find a voodoo shop a few doors down from a cathedral with little to no judgment by the cities residents.

It also helps that we don’t have “last calls” and bars will stay open until dawn and unwary tourist walk about with abandon, open to the idea of meeting a vampire…instead of scared of it. It’s a veritable all-night-buffet for vampires. Night-time in New Orleans is the perfect setting for a vampire.

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Mix the debauchery and excess of our visitors and then our 24-hour culture, paired with the uniqueness of our residents to embrace “different” and “unusual” characters as a way of life and a vampire is just another face in the crowd. We don’t stare harder at the guy in period dress…we just think of him as another “New Orleans character.”

But, these are all logistical reasons why New Orleans is the perfect spot for vampires. There is also an intrinsical and almost magical feeling about our city that just screams other-worldliness. If you want to know what gothic feels like, visit New Orleans. The town screams old-world and dark. From our above-ground burial grounds, that we call The Cities of the Dead, to the plethora of haunted tales that are whispered about in private circles and cement New Orleans as one of the most haunted cities in the country…I would think we would attract magical beings like flies to honey.

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New Orleans and its dark nature, its obsession with the dead and paranormal and its ability to be accepting of macabre and unusual environments would welcome the Original Family with open arms. As long as they mostly behaved though. Because, even though, we are accepting we don’t take too kindly to people/vampires that don’t respect the city and its residents.  So, Klaus better keep that in mind…About The Books

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The CW’s ORIGINALS Giveaway + Vampires & New Orleans the Perfect Combination

The Originals by Julie Plec

Published by Harlequin Enterprises, Limited on January 27th 2015
Genres: Fiction, Paranormal
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The Originals: The Resurrection

Family is power. The Original Vampire family swore it to each other a thousand years ago. They pledged to remain together always and forever. But even when you're immortal, promises are hard to keep.

Klaus, Rebekah and Elijah Mikaelson had won it all, only to lose it again by 1788. Control of New Orleans is split between the vampires and the werewolves, much to Klaus's displeasure.

In a dangerous attempt to reclaim his home, Klaus decides to build a vampire army to take out the werewolves once and for all. If he can't have love, then he'll settle for power. Elijah lets his brother take the reins as he turns his attentions to a beautiful and mysterious witch. But Rebekah has had enough of her brothers' love of bloodshed and begins a journey to find her first home and the key to her family's immortality.

As the battles rages on, the siblings must come together and fight for what they believe in most: family.

The Originals: The Rise by Julie Plec

Family is power. The Original vampire family swore it to each other a thousand years ago. They pledged to remain together always and forever. But even when you're immortal, promises are hard to keep.

Arriving in New Orleans in 1722, Original vampire siblings Klaus, Elijah and Rebekah Mikaelson believe they've escaped their dangerous past. But the city is lawless, a haven for witches and werewolves unwilling to share territory. The siblings are at their mercy…especially after Klaus meets the beautiful and mysterious Vivianne. Her impending marriage is key to ending the war between the supernatural factions—and Klaus's attraction to her could destroy the uneasy alliance. As Elijah works toward securing a piece of the city for his family, and Rebekah fights her unexpected feelings for a French captain, will Klaus's volatile desires bring their world crashing down—and tear them apart for good?

The Originals: The Loss by Julie Plec

Family is power. The Original vampire family swore it to each other a thousand years ago. They pledged to remain together always and forever. But even when you're immortal, promises are hard to keep.

After a hurricane destroyed their city, Klaus, Elijah and Rebekah Mikaelson have rebuilt New Orleans to even greater glory. The year is 1766. The witches live on the fringes in the bayou. The werewolves have fled. But still, Klaus isn't satisfied. He wants more. He wants power. But when Klaus finally finds a witch who will perform a spell to give him what he desires most, she secretly uses Klaus to unleash a curse—one that brings back hundreds of her ancestors—and begins a war to reclaim New Orleans. As the siblings fight off the attack, only one thing's for certain—the result will be a bloodbath.

About the Author


About Julie Plec


JULIE PLEC skillfully juggles work in film and television as both a producer and a writer. She is the co-creator and executive producer of “The Vampire Diaries” and the creator of “The Vampire Diaries” spin-off, “The Originals,” which tells the story of history’s first vampire family.

Plec got her start as a television writer on the ABC Family series “Kyle XY,” which she also produced for its three-year run. She also collaborated with Greg Berlanti and Phil Klemmer on the CW drama, “The Tomorrow People,” the story of a small group of people gifted with extraordinary paranormal abilities.

Her screenplay adaptation “The Tiger’s Curse” is in development at Paramount, and she will produce the feature “@emma” with Darko Entertainment. Past feature production credits include “Scream 2” and “Scream 3,” Greg Berlanti’s “Broken Hearts Club,” Wes Craven’s “Cursed” and “The Breed.”


The Originals GIVEAWAY!

Giveaway Info:  

The team at Harlequin has put together an EPIC prize pack for this tour! One lucky winner will receive the following:

  • Harlequin Tote Bag
  • OPI Lincoln Park After Dark Nail Polish
  • The Originals Books 1-3
  • Seasons 1-4 of The Vampire Diaries on DVD (please note season 1 is Blu-Ray).  

Please enter via the Rafflecopter form. Giveaway is open to US/Canada.

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Tour Schedule:

Monday, May 11th – Parajunkee – New Orleans Post
Wednesday, May 13th – Alice Marvels – Klaus
Friday, May 15th – PBC – Review

Monday, May 18th – Bewitched Bookworms – Vampire Post
Wednesday, May 20th – Life With Two Boys – Quote
Friday, May 22nd – Fiktshun – Elijah

Monday, June 1st – Addicted Readers – Quote
Wednesday, June 3rd – Coffee ands characters – Vampire Post
Friday, June 5th – Two Chicks on Books – Vampire Post


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