Release Day Blitz: Run by Gillian Zane

Release Day Blitz: Run by Gillian Zane

 

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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?

Zombies, sex, romance and carnage…you can’t get any better than this.

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  button About the author   Gillian Zane has been writing fiction stories since she was first able to put pen to paper. She has published a few non-fiction books in her field of study, which is Art, but finally, after all, these years her first fiction novella is being released. Gillian is obsessed with anything that gives her a thrill and feels adding romance to any storyline is a good thing. She was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana and couldn’t imagine living anywhere else. She lives with her husband, too many animals in a little house that has way too many books.   button author links  

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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.

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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 Originals by Julie Plec

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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.

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About Julie Plec

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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.”

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  • The Originals Books 1-3
  • Seasons 1-4 of The Vampire Diaries on DVD (please note season 1 is Blu-Ray).  

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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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THE GIRL AT MIDNIGHT – Blog Tour

THE GIRL AT MIDNIGHT – Blog Tour

THE GIRL AT MIDNIGHT – Blog Tour

Author interview

parajunkeeCan you tell us a little bit about yourself?

 

Melissa GreySure! I was born and raised in New York and though I have a bad case of wanderlust, I always find myself returning home eventually. I like to incorporate the places I’ve been in my books, which is why you’ll see a variety of locations in The Girl at Midnight, from New York to Kyoto to Paris.

When I’m not writing, I’m probably stressing about not writing or doing something fun like book-inspired nail art or going to museums or riding horses or pretending I’m good at archery (I’m a bit rubbish but I love it anyway).

parajunkeeIn your own words, tell us a little bit about your book?

 

Melissa GreyThe Girl at Midnight is about a runaway turned career thief named Echo who’s taken in by a magical race of creatures with feathers for hair – the Avicen — who live beneath the streets of New York. She finds herself caught in the middle of an ancient war and when she learns of the firebird, a mysterious entity prophesied to end the conflict, she goes on the hunt for it, risking life and limb for the people she loves.

parajunkeeCan you tell us about the characters in your book? Who is your favorite?

 

Melissa GreyThe beating heart of the story is Echo. She’s a human living among inhuman creatures so while they’re like her family, she still feels like an outsider. She has friends like Ivy and Rowan – two Avicen teens — who help her feel at home but there’s a deep seated desire for more.

The Avicen are at war with the Drakharin, who are led by their elected prince, Caius. Caius has been hardened by war and loss and his single-minded focus on finding the firebird has sort of eclipsed everything else in his life.

I don’t know that I have a favorite character but think I had the most fun writing Dorian. He’s the best friend and loyal guard of Caius; he’s been through a lot, from losing one eye in combat to surviving a century of unrequited love and at this point, he’s pretty much Done with a capital D. He has no time for anyone’s crap. That is, until he meets Jasper, a notorious Avicen scoundrel. Then, he finds his world uncomfortably turned upside down.

parajunkeeWhat makes your book different from other books out there in the same genre?

 

Melissa GreyI put a lot of effort into making my cast of characters feel unique. There will always be comparisons to other books because some plot elements – centuries-old wars, forbidden love! – are pretty universal, but I wanted readers to feel like they could get to know Echo and Caius and Dorian and Jasper and Ivy. I spent a lot of time writing stuff about them and their lives that isn’t in the book just to get to know them as people, fictional though they may be.

parajunkeeDo you have any quirks or processes that you go through when you write?

 

Melissa GreyI used to have a ton of writing rituals before The Girl at Midnight sold. I had to play a certain kind of music and light a certain number of candles and blah blah blah. I had to ditch all those habits to learn how to write on a deadline. Now, my only constant is a cup of tea (if possible) and a mostly handwritten first draft.

parajunkeeWho are some of your favorite authors?

 

Melissa GreyJust to name a few: Mercedes Lackey, Neil Gaiman, Edith Wharton, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Catherynne Valente, Maggie Stiefvater, Holly Black, Marie Rutkoski, Leigh Bardugo, and Victoria Schwab.

parajunkeeWhat are you reading now?

 

Melissa GreyRight now, I’m reading The Archived by Victoria Schwab and Seraphina by Rachel Hartman.

 

parajunkeeWhat advice can you give to struggling writers?

 

Melissa GreyI think one of the most valuable skills you can learn is to be critical of your own work and receptive to criticism. If you’re struggling to write at all, embrace your imperfections and power through your first drafts, knowing you can fix them later. If you’re struggling to be published, then remember that resilience is key. You might not sell the first or the second or the fifteenth book you write. The important thing is to keep writing and keep growing and keep trying.

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THE GIRL AT MIDNIGHT – Blog Tour

For readers of Cassandra Clare’s City of Bones and Leigh Bardugo’s Shadow and Bone, The Girl at Midnight is the story of a modern girl caught in an ancient war.

Beneath the streets of New York City live the Avicen, an ancient race of people with feathers for hair and magic running through their veins. Age-old enchantments keep them hidden from humans. All but one. Echo is a runaway pickpocket who survives by selling stolen treasures on the black market, and the Avicen are the only family she’s ever known.

Echo is clever and daring, and at times she can be brash, but above all else she’s fiercely loyal. So when a centuries-old war crests on the borders of her home, she decides it’s time to act.

Legend has it that there is a way to end the conflict once and for all: find the Firebird, a mythical entity believed to possess power the likes of which the world has never seen. It will be no easy task, but if life as a thief has taught Echo anything, it’s how to hunt down what she wants … and how to take it.

But some jobs aren’t as straightforward as they seem. And this one might just set the world on fire.

Praise for THE GIRL AT MIDNIGHT:

"Grey’s energetic debut offers a strong protagonist…[and the] well-built world, vivid characters, and perfect blend of action and amour should have readers eagerly seeking the sequel." — Kirkus Reviews, Starred

 "Sparks fly...This first novel will please fans of Cassandra Clare and Game of Thrones watchers with its remarkable world building; richly developed characters...[and] a breathtaking climax that...cannot come soon enough!""—Booklist starred review

"Inventive, gorgeous, and epic—Grey dazzles in her debut." — Danielle Paige, New York Times bestselling author of Dorothy Must Die

“A stunning debut. Equal parts atmosphere and adventure … positively divine.” – Victoria Schwab, author of A Darker Shade of Magic

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About Melissa Grey

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Melissa Grey was born and raised in New York City. She wrote her first short story at the age of twelve and hasn't stopped writing since. After earning a degree in fine arts at Yale University, she traveled the world, then returned to New York City where she currently works as a freelance journalist. To learn more about Melissa, visit melissa-grey.com and follow @meligrey on Twitter.

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Tour Schedule

 

Week One:

4/20/2015- Novel Sounds– Guest Post

4/21/2015- Cuddlebuggery– Review

4/22/2015- Parajunkee– Interview

4/23/2015- Fiktshun– Review

4/24/2015- Dahlia Adler– Guest Post

 

Week Two:

4/27/2015- Paperback Princess– Review

4/28/2015- Bookish Broads– Interview

4/29/2015- Mundie Moms– Review

4/30/2015- Two Chicks on Books– Guest Post

5/1/2015- Icey Books– Review

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Announcing the RUN Blog Tour!

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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 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 in 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: to steal a boat and trek up the Mississippi until he finds safety. Alexis thinks this is a great plan and she decides to team up with Blake. And 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, find a place that is safe and secure, can their newfound attraction lead them down the road to love or just heartbreak?

Zombies, sex, romance and carnage...you can't get any better than this.

Interview with Lesley Livingston Author of Trascendent

Interview with Lesley Livingston Author of Trascendent

In your own words, tell us a little bit about your book?

“It’s the end of the world as we know it!” Wait. Those weren’t exactly my words… Still, it’s a pretty good snapshot. Mason Starling is standing on the perilous brink of an impending apocalypse, the Fennrys Wolf lies at her feet in a pool of blood, and a whole cast of powerful entities – friend and foe – circle them like a supernaturally-charged cyclone, waiting to see if together they’ll end the world, or save it. Or, as I like to call it, a normal night out in New York City!

Can you tell us about the characters in your book? Who is your favorite?

The students of Gosforth Academy start off as relatively normal high school students. Of course, all it takes to change that is one night of catastrophically bad weather, an attack of storm zombies, and a super-hot naked blond young man crashing into their midst, trailing an impending mystical apocalypse in his wake. The people in the story who aren’t students tend to underestimate those who are. With consequences. And the line between humanity and, well, non- tends to get fairly blurry as the story progresses.

As for favorites? I hate playing favorites. Always gets me in trouble. Fenn and Mase, of course, are my scintillating leads and I adore them. I will say, though, that I always have a heck of a lot of fun writing some of the minor characters – like, say, Taggert Overlea. He proved to be much more interesting than I had originally planned him to be.

Your book / series centers around mythology, what particular mythos  did you try to focus on within the series?

With the Starling Saga, the central mythology I use as the tent pole of the story is the concept of Ragnarok – the Norse apocalypse – and some of the accompanying legends of the Vikings that go along with it. But I didn’t want to just leave it at that. Insofar as New York City is a cultural melting pot, I wanted it to be a mythological one, too. So I had a lot of fun folding in other pantheons like Greek, Roman, Egyptian… a sprinkling of Faerie dust…

What research did you do to write within the mythological inspiration? 

I’ve always been fascinated by mythology and folklore and fairy tales. Ever since I was a kid, I’ve devoured books on the subjects, so I already had a kind of built-in knowledge base when I started out writing the Wondrous Strange and then the Starling books. But I still did a lot of reading and research, mostly to confirm details of certain myths or characters. The internet is a great starting point for that sort of research, but it’s never a good idea to leave it at that. Books. You always have to go to the source.

Did you find yourself restricted by basing your idea off of the myths?

Quite the contrary, actually! The marvelous thing about the old stories is how malleable they are. Especially Norse myth. The tales of the Aesir have been transmitted down through time in such a fractured, prismatic fashion, that they lend themselves freely to various interpretations. For me, it had the effect of giving me a degree of structure to hang the story on, while at the same time allowing me the freedom to take it in the direction I wanted to.

Reviewers and Bloggers love your series and are raving about this final book in your trilogy, I read one review that called TRANSCENDENT “perfect” how do you feel about the high praise?

Oh my! *Blush!* I have to say it’s enormously gratifying to hear that kind of response. As an author, you spend an awful lot of time alone, having conversations with the people who live in your head. And when you finally let them out into the world to go play with others, you hope that they’ll get along and make friends. And when they do – really do – you’re proud of them. And proud of yourself for being able to tell their story in a way that does them justice. I hope I’ve done that.

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First class or back of the bus?

Wherever the most interesting people are sitting.

Beach or Mountains?

Mountains. Preferably with castles on them.

Paperback, Hard Cover or eBook?

Um… yes? All three! Coexisting peacefully!

Dr. Who or Buffy?

All due respect to the good Doctor, but I learned everything I needed to know from the Buffster and Mr. Pointy.

Coffee or Tea?

COFFEEEEEEEE!!!!… er, perhaps I’ve had enough for today. Thank you. Just half a cup more.

Interview with Lesley Livingston Author of Trascendent

Transcendent/Starling Trilogy #3 by Lesley Livingston

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Published by: HarperCollins Canada, Limited on December 22, 2014
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On a terrace high above the streets of Manhattan, Mason Starling kneels beside her beloved Fennrys Wolf, who lies in a pool of blood, his life hanging in the balance. Even if he lives, their future is far from certain as chaos swirls around them. Has this unstoppable heroine-smart, savvy, deadly with a blade-reached the limits of what her sword can vanquish and her soul can survive? Perfect for fans of Cassandra Clare's Mortal Instruments series, and set in the same universe as Lesley Livingston's much-loved Wondrous Strange trilogy, with roots in Greek, Roman, Norse, Egyptian, and Celtic myths and legends, this thrilling conclusion to the acclaimed Starling trilogy is filled to the hilt with sweeping adventure and soaring romance.

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On a storm-swept terrace high above the streets of Manhattan, Mason Starling holds the fate of the world in her hands as her beloved Fennrys lies bleeding at her feet, his life hanging in the balance. The ancient Norse prophecy of Ragnarok stands poised on the knife edge of fulfillment. Mason’s transformation into a Valkyrie—a chooser of the slain and the one who will ultimately bring about the end of the world—is complete. Still, she remains determined to thwart her father’s apocalyptic desires. Whatever is to come, it won’t happen because of what the prophecy foretold, or what Gunnar Starling has planned, or what the fates have already decided. What happens next will be up to Mason and the Fennrys Wolf. The world had better hope they haven’t reached the limits of what their souls and swords can survive.

Perfect for fans of Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments series, and set in the same universe as Lesley Livingston’s much-loved WONDROUS STRANGE trilogy, with roots in Greek, Roman, Norse, Egyptian, and Celtic myths and legends, this thrilling conclusion to the acclaimed Starling trilogy is filled to the hilt with sweeping adventure and soaring romance. 

Grab STARLING Book 1 in the series now for only $1.99!

About Lesley Livingston

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Lesley Livingston is a writer and actress living in Toronto. She has a master's degree in English from the University of Toronto, where she specialized in Arthurian Literature and Shakespeare. She frequently performs with the Tempest Theatre Group, of which she is a co-founder. She is also the author of WONDROUS STRANGE and DARKLIGHT.

You can visit Lesley online at www.lesleylivingston.com

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

12/15/2014- Wholly Books– Review

12/16/2014- Reading YA Rocks– Interview

12/17/2014- Reading Lark– Review

12/18/2014- Two Chicks on Books– Guest Post

12/19/2014- Please Feed The BookwormReview

 

Week Two:

12/22/2014- Parajunkee– Interview

12/23/2014- Wishful Endings– Review

12/24/2014- Mom With A Kindle– Interview

12/25/2014- Crossroad Reviews – Review

12/26/2014- Bewitched Bookworms– Guest Post

Harlequin Holiday Reads #Giveaway

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Joss Wood: A Diamond for Christmas.

In a Diamond for Christmas James and Riley head back to South Africa to spend Christmas in Cape Town, leaving a snowy New York City for the heat of Africa. There is nothing quite like spending Christmas in South Africa. It’s the time of our long summer holidays and it’s hot, scorching-ly hot! It’s a time of sun-burnt noses and ice creams on the beach, watermelons and mangos- preferably eaten in the pool.

Put a pack on my back and a ticket or passport in my hand, the most romantic gift you can give me, and I’m the happiest person in the world. I’m lucky in that I have the most adventurous man in the world as my husband; someone who will try anything once so we’ve had some interesting trips together. We’re lucky that our children love to travel as much as we do and travelling over the Christmas period is our little family tradition.

And when I mean that we like to travel, I mean that we like to travel!  One of the most unforgettable journeys was a Christmas holiday trip across Southern Africa, 6000 km’s in two and a half weeks. It included four days on a houseboat on Lake Kariba, a visit to Sioma Falls, where the same volume of water that cascades over the Victoria Falls flows over a set of 3 horseshoe shaped falls on an island in the middle of the crocodile infested Zambezi River. We were taken over the Zambezi in morkoro’s, which are canoes crafted out of tree trunks. Scary! I remember spending Christmas day in the Etosha Game reserve where we made bread in cast iron pots over an open fire and drank copious amounts of red wine.

Another of our favorite destinations is Malawi, a beautiful country filled with friendly people. We spent a Christmas 2012 there and we had a blast. 

skyWe stayed at the Norma Carr Cottage, a guest lodge owned by our great friend Taffy Heske and is situated on Lake Malawi at Namkoma Bay. It is quite close to Monkey Bay and Cape Maclear. The lake is beautiful, the sunsets incredible and the snorkeling is amazing!

If we have to stay at home this year—sigh!—then another tradition we have is to hike in the Ukhahlamba Drakensberg Mountains situated on our doorstep. The area is a world heritage site and simply beautiful. We don’t visit it nearly enough.

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There is no snow and no egg nog and no sledding but our Christmas holidays are always a fun filled, family time and we love it down here on the tip of the African continent! 

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Christmas with the Billionaire

Christmas with a Billionaire

Authors: Carole Mortimer, Maisey Yates & Joss Wood
Imprint: Harlequin anthologies
Release date: October 7, 2014
ISBN: 9780373838035

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An embarrassment of riches: three sweet and sexy tales of holiday romance! 

Billionaire under the Mistletoe by Carole Mortimer: When softhearted Sophie pulls off a last-minute Christmas miracle for a family in crisis, she wins the gratitude—and heart—of wealthy Max Hamilton. But at what cost?

Snowed in with Her Boss by Maisey Yates: Dutiful Amelia is stranded on Christmas Eve. (Bad.) She’s at a five-star Aspen resort. (Good!) She’s posing as her handsome boss’s girlfriend. (So bad it’s good!) But is she pretending…or practicing with Luc Chevalier?

 

A Diamond for Christmas by Joss Wood: Headstrong Riley’s holiday run-in with hot gemstone tycoon James Moreau is unsettling to say the least. But she soon discovers that the only thing better than resisting temptation is finally giving in!

About the Authors

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Joss Wood: Fueled by coffee, when she’s not writing or being a hands-on Mom, Joss, with her background in business and marketing, works for a non-profit organization to promote the local economic development and collective business interests of the area where she resides. Happily, and chaotically, surrounded by family, friends and books, she lives in Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa with her husband, young children and their many pets. Readers can find out more about Joss at her website  http://josswoodbooks.wordpress.com.

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Grand Prize Giveaway

Giveaway

The Harlequin Holiday Reads prize-pack includes:
One mass market paperback of each of:

  • Christmas with the Billionaire by Carole Mortimer, Maisey Yates and Joss Wood
  • Maybe this Christmas by Sarah Morgan
  • Snow Angel Cove by RaeAnne Thayne
  • The Heart of Christmas by Brenda Novak
  • The Lodge on Holly Road by Sheila Roberts
  • One copy of Her Holiday Man by Shannon Stacey in the digital format of your choice
  • One package of ornament charms
  • One box of Harlequin-themed gift tags

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