Saturday, April 28, 2012

A Hot Guy on a Cool Motorcyle

Six Sentence Sunday: Where writers share six sentences from their published or unpublished books.

Here’s a snippet from BENEATH THE SURFACE, my debut romantic suspense novel.

  He turned, swung his leg over the bike, and started the engine.      “Sit behind me…wrap both arms around my waist and relax,” he hollered over the engine. “I’ll go slowly.”
   She glanced at the motorcycle, chewed at her bottom lip, and then looked at his strong body. She could do this.
   With clenched hands, she walked to the right side of the bike.

Purchase links for BENEATH THE SURFACE:
Amazon  Barnes and Noble  The Wild Rose Press

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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Redheads Do Everything Better!

Today, on the final stop of my BENEATH THE SURFACE blog tour, I get to stop and chat with one of my favorite people: Crystal Cuffley, my tour organizer at Book and Trailer Showcase. She's an avid reader and book reviewer.

Stop by her blog, Redheads Review It Better today for a fun review and chat. And special thanks to Crystal for her hard work and dedication to reading. I think she sleeps with a book in her hand!

Sunday, April 22, 2012

How About a Little Happily Ever After at Once Upon a Series?

Beneath the Surface is the featured book today on Once Upon A Series blog . Read an excerpt, stop by to say hi, and chat about books. Hope to see you there!

Friday, April 20, 2012

All I Want And More--Giving a girl what she needs

All I Want And More? Isn't that a great name for a blog! Cecil brags about having "SMUT of the day" instead of "coffee of the day". Check it out: The BENEATH THE SURFACE blog tour continues today with a fun chat. Hope you'll stop by All I Wants and More Books for lots of fun conversation on an awesomely fun blog. With some smokin' hot photos.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

BENEATH THE SURFACE: A Cop and an Amputee at Queentutt's World of Escapism Today!

Brooke's an amputee who's fighting to be independent...
Garrett's a cop who needs to protect...
Somebody wants them both dead.

Hope you'll join us today on Queentutt's World of Escapism  to chat about disabilities, books, and BENEATH THE SURFACE.

I'll be giving away an e-copy of Beneath the Surface to one lucky commentator. Leave a comment answering  the question: Have you read any stories, or seen any movies lately that featured characters with disabilities? Entry for giveaway closes at midnight 4/19/12 (Thursday Night)

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Cocktails and Books: Can't Beat That Combination!

The Beneath the Surface blog tour continues today. I’ll be at Cocktails and Books for some fun reader conversation! Hope you’ll stop by to chat.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

BENEATH THE SURFACE at Full Moon Bites! Take a vacation to Florida today.

BENEATH THE SURFACE Blog Tour begins today and I'm thrilled and delighted to be the guest blogger at Full Moon Bites for my first "stop."

I hope you'll come by to chat about your favorite vacation spot!
Special thanks to Book and Trailer Showcase, and the wonderful and talented Crystal Cuffley, for arranging this blog tour.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Laura Kaye’s WEST OF WANT Preview & PrizesEvent!

Happy WEST OF WANT Preview & Prizes Event, everyone! Today, April 10, was the original release date for Book 2 in my Hearts of the Anemoi series, West of Want. And then some really cool things happened: my publisher, Entangled Publishing, signed a huge deal with the nation’s biggest book distributor, which means for the first time ever, my books will be shelved in brick-and-mortar bookstores. And then, West of Want received a very nice pre-sales estimate by the booksellers and Barnes and Nobles bought it for all their stores nationwide (and it got bought for airports, too—squee!). The only bad news in this whole scenario was this: the release date got pushed back, by three LONG months! LOL So, I thought I’d celebrate the original release date with a preview of the book and a big contest, and give you a small taste to whet your appetite until the actual release date arrives.

"Laura Kaye’s captivating writing and vibrant world-building will have readers hooked on the gods of the Anemoi. WEST OF WANT is steamy, spellbinding, and a must-read for all romance fantasy fans."
~Elisabeth Naughton, author of the Eternal Guardians series

Forty sites are celebrating with me today, and there are different posts at those different sites. To see the whole list of participants, click here. Now, without further ado, here’s the book blurb and one of four different never-before-seen excerpts from the book available for you to enjoy:

Betrayal is all he's ever known, but in her, he'll find a love strong enough to be trusted...

When Marcella Raines' twin brother dies, she honors his request to be buried at sea, never expecting the violent storm that swamps her boat. Though she's gravely injured--and still emotionally damaged from her recent divorce--Ella fights to survive.

Zephyros Martius is the Supreme God of the West Wind and Spring, but being the strongest Anemoi hasn't protected him from betrayal and loss. Worse, he's sure his brother Eurus is behind it. When Zeph's heartbreak whips up a storm that shipwrecks a human, his guilt forces him to save her.

Ella is drawn to the vulnerability Zeph hides beneath his otherworldly masculinity and ancient blue eyes. And her honesty, empathy, and unique, calming influence leave Zeph wanting...everything. When Eurus threatens Ella, she and Zeph struggle to let go of the past, defend their future, and embrace what they most want--a love that can be trusted.

Ella was down the rabbit hole. No doubt about it. A beautiful and presumably gifted man with impossible powers. A miracle healing. Some sort of fraternal feud that had apparently put the crosshairs of a curse on her back.

And the weirdest thing? It all felt real. The oddness was as exhilarating as it was frightening. But she was going with it, for now. After all, he’d eased her pain, healed her injuries, and offered his protection against his own brother—what more would a man have to do to earn her faith? So, she believed Zephyros, believed in him. She just hoped she didn’t live to regret putting her faith in him. But at some point, she had to listen to her gut again, start trusting it.

Not everyone was Craig.

She returned the scissors to the counter, pushed them far from the edge. Everything looked like a mishap waiting to happen, now. She had no idea how someone could make you have bad luck, but something had to explain how she’d tripped and almost fallen, busted her toe, burned herself, and cut her hand, all in the past fifteen minutes.

She whirled on Zeph. “So, will you do this cleansing?”

He studied her face. “Perhaps you would like to hear what it entails first?”
Ella released a shallow breath. “Okay.” She shifted feet. “What do I—”

“You must be in water, and I must bathe you.” Ella gaped. “First in a salt bath, and then I must rinse you off in the shower.”

She scoffed. “Oh, that’s all?”
Pre-order West of Want on Amazon | B&N

So, what d’ya think? Want more Zephyros and Ella? Visit more participating sites to read all the excerpts, meet the characters, see the the West of Want romance trading cards, and enter to win! Thanks for reading! July 10 can’t get here soon enough for me! *grins*
~Laura Kaye

“Using ancient winter mythology as an allegory for grief, Kaye has written a sexy story that packs a powerful emotional punch. NORTH OF NEED is pure winter magic and Kaye’s sparkling talent warms the heart.”
~Stephanie Draven, author of the Mythica series about
multi-award-winning Book 1 in the Anemoi series, North of Need


Seven participants who enter through the Rafflecopter form will win gift cards from winners’ choice of Amazon or B&N valued between $15 and $100! Those prize winners will be announced on West of Want’s release day, July 10, 2012. As a special thank you to those who have pre-ordered the print West of Want through Amazon or B&N, you'll receive extra entries - just enter your order confirmation number on the appropriate Rafflecopter line. Pre-orders are hugely important for an author because they determine how many books bookstores will actually stock and they count toward an author’s first-week sales which is when most authors have their best chance to hit the big bestseller lists. However, pre-orders/purchases are not required to enter. Commenting is the only required entry. Open to international.

Site-Specific Contest:
One commenter from each participating blog site will win a West of Want bookmark and the romance trading cards for North of Need and West of Want. Simply comment to enter to win and be sure to leave your email address. These prizes will be announced soon after May 10. Open to international.

About Laura Kaye:
Voted Breakout Author of the Year in the 2011 GraveTells Readers’ Choice Awards, Laura is a bestselling and award-winning author paranormal and contemporary romance. Hearts in Darkness is the EPIC eBook Award Winner for Best Novella, Forever Freed won the NJRW Golden Leaf Award for Best Paranormal of 2011, and North of Need, the first book in the Hearts of the Anemoi series, was named GraveTells’ Best Book of 2011 and won their 5-STAR Gold Heart Award, and won Sizzling Hot Read of the Year at Sizzling Hot Books. Laura lives in Maryland with her husband, two daughters, and cute-but-bad dog, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.

Book and Trailer Showcase presents BENEATH THE SURFACE: Blog Tour April 10-24 With EventPrizes and Fun!

It’s Almost Time! Beneath the Surface is going on tour…a fun-filled blog tour with awesome and readers and prizes.
Hope you'll stop by these awesome blogs to connect with other readers, find out some fun facts about Beneath the Surface, and win some prizes, too:

April 11
Full Moon Bites

April 13
A Readheads Guilty Reads

April 15
Cocktails and Books

April 19
Queentutt's World of Escapism

April 20
All I Want and More Books

April 22
Once Upon a Series

April 24
Redheads Review It Better

Thanks to these wonderful blog hosts for hosting me. Hope you'll stop by to check out their cool sites.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Six Sentence Sunday: Sweet Tea with a Hot Guy?

Six Sentence Sunday: Where writers share six sentences from their published or unpublished books.
Here’s a snippet from LOVE DELIVERED, my contemporary romance novella. Small-town love vs. big-city dreams. Hope you enjoy! And check out Pete, the mailman...

     At the sound of three knocks on the front door, Bianca smiled and pressed the lid on the spackle bucket.
     She ran her hand over her ponytail, hoping to calm the stray locks, and raced down the carpeted steps. Her heart beat faster and her body came alive.
     Pete stood at the front door wearing a giant smile and holding a box of tea bags.
     “Figured I should start pitching in before I deplete your supply.”
     “Come in for some sweet tea?”

Purchase links for LOVE DELIVERED:
Amazon      Barnes and Noble      The Wild Rose Press

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LOVE In Bloom Extravaganza! Beneath the Surface GivewayEvent and HugePrizes, too!

Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews is hosting LOVE In Bloom Extravaganza and I'm thrilled to be today's featured author. Enter to win a copy of my book BENEATH THE SURFACE, a NOOK Touch, Kindle Touch or $99 Gift Card!

Hope to see you there! Click HERE to visit Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews site.