The Ricochet blog tour has sadly come to an end and now it’s time for me to crawl back into my lab and work on my next wicked little concoction!
What am I working on next???
I’ll explain in a minute, but first, I want to announce the winner of the TOUR WIDE GIVEAWAY!!
I also want to thank the lovely ladies at Enticing Journey Promotions for organizing the tour – they did a fabulous job. And to the amazing bloggers who not only helped me with the tour, but left reviews, hosted giveaways and takeovers and created some of the most stunning graphics I’ve ever seen—you've gotta check them out on my Instagram—THANK YOU SO MUCH!
Congratulations!! I’ll be emailing you this evening for shipping details!
Another $50 Amazon gift card is STILL up for grabs!!
I’ve not yet reached the first 50 submissions on this form, so leave an honest review, submit your link here and you’ll be notified of a SECOND $50 Amazon gift card plus you’ll receive signed Ricochet swag!
Once I’ve received 50 submissions, an email will be sent with more details on how to win the second gift card.
In the meantime, I’m working on TWO books, if you can believe that! A secret project for my contemporary readers that I’ll announce soon and SOUL REDEEMED (Book 4 in my Sons of Wrath series). More news to come so stay tuned!
If you’re around at 2:30 PM EST, stop in at The Literary Gossip’s one year anniversary where I’ll be celebrating with an amazing line up of authors! Lots of prizes up for grabs, and I’ll have a signed copy of Ricochet to give away so stop by!
What an amazing week this has been! Ricochet released on July 9th and I've been absolutely humbled by the response to Nick's story. Thank you so much for the kind messages, the posts to my FB wall and the mentions ❤ That rocks the hell out of my day!
Today begins the blog tour and your chance to win a SIGNED PAPERBACK COPY of Ricochet plus a $50 Amazon gift card (see the Rafflecopter form below)!!! I'm also giving away bonus prizes for leaving an honest review for the book on Amazon or B&N!
Many many thanks to the wonderful bloggers who've signed up for the tour and helped spread the word! ❤ Also, to the readers who've read the book and recommended it to others - I cannot thank you enough ❤
"This book is what would result if The Punisher and V for Vendetta ever had a baby. A super fucked up but incredibly awesome baby." ~ Dirty Girl Romance
"Holy. Fucking. Hell. Mind is blown and I'm left reeling. I've pulled myself together and can now write the review this book deserves." ~ Sam's Ramblings
"Ricochet was my first foray into the world of Keri Lake and if I could describe her writing style based on this alone, the words Evil Genius come to mind. " ~ Smokin' Hot Book Blog
Welcome to my stop on the Enticed Blog tour! If you've been following me a while, then you know how much I adore a certain character from Ms. Belfield's Holloway Pack series, and I'm excited to be a part of his birthday celebration! After all, I *was* the object of his affection for a short time.
It's true, I'm totally telling the truth on this.
And then Ms. Belfield decided to change my name back to Shelley in the final draft and ... well. Our affair ended. But it was beautiful. Beautiful and perfect and didn't need editing. So when you read your copy of Enticed, simply replace 'Shelley' with 'Keri' and all will be right again. Hehe
Okay, now that we've cleared that up, let's get this party started!
Check out the Rafflecopter below for a sweet prize Ms. Belfield is giving away in honor of Ethan's birthday. You can grab a copy of Enticed for FREE. That's right. Smexy time with Ethan for the same amount of money it will cost you to suck in a deep breath when you begin to pant while reading this little gem.
Why wouldn't you grab some of that??
Title: Enticed: A Holloway Pack Mini
Author: J.A. Belfield
Release Date: April 16th, 2015
ENTICED is a FREE short story that will enrapture both Holloway Pack fans and virgins alike.
Gifts aside, Ethan’s morning hasn’t been anything to write home about. Sure, life is good, the pack is staying out of trouble, he finally has a mate who boils his blood … in a good way.
Except Shelley hasn’t called. Hasn’t come by. Didn’t even bother to join her son and his girlfriend for Ethan’s annual I’m-a-year-older breakfast.
What Ethan doesn’t know is that Shelley has plans. Plans that have been in progress for weeks. Ones that Ethan will never see coming, and that she’s banked on him not knowing a thing about.
She can only hope her secrecy doesn’t force his inner wolf to the surface—at least, not too early.
*Can be read as a standalone.
Catching sugary wafts of sweetness, I crossed the room to the kitchen doorframe, leaning against it as I peered in. Oak doors shuttered the cabinets, and on the countertop sat a large white box with its lid not quite connected, from where I suspected the scents drifted out. Stretching onto my tiptoes, I peeked over the rim of the box through the sliver of space, and spotted the edges of white fondant icing.
I smiled like a moron. “You made me a cake, Shel?”
“Technically, I bought you a cake, but we can pretend otherwise,” she said from the bedroom. “But that’s not your gift.”
I turned, and I could’ve sworn my mouth opened in slow motion as I drew my hands from my pockets. My eyebrows probably would’ve creaked, if they had sound effects to accompany their upward rise.
Leaning into her bedroom doorframe and glancing up at me through lowered lashes, Shelley had donned some lacy getup—a Basque, all laced up along the front with a satiny thread, which her naturally plump breasts pretty much danced atop of. Beneath that, tiny, tiny knickers barely covered her groin V. Everything in a warm raspberry—including the suspender straps, hanging downward and clipped to stockings of chocolate brown that shimmered with the slightest move of her legs.
The entire getup, from her hair to toes, matched, making her look fucking edible.
“Damn, Shelley,” I muttered—about all I could manage. The room seemed too hot all of a sudden.
Prize: 1 Signed Print Copy of ENTICED for your reading pleasure (and it will bring pleasure)
1 ENTICED 6×4 Coverart Print for your viewing pleasure (because Ethan is work viewing)
1 Thornton’s Viennese Truffle Bar to enjoy whilst you devour Ethan (as you will want to devour him)
Happy Friday the 13th!! I thought this would be a great day to showcase some PNR, and it just so happens I've got a new vampire series to pass along!
Congratulations to JL McFadden on his new release, Choices. I've not yet read this series, but the images on the covers are GORGEOUS! Looking forward to reading these, as the male MC is from Detroit, and you know how much I love the D. ❤
Check out the books, the characters, then enter the Rafflecopter giveaway below. Follow his blog tour, going on throughout the month of March, and be sure to grab a copy of Choices (scroll down for links)!
The Guardian: Book 1 in the Guardian series
In The Guardian, John, a young man from Detroit, realizes he has a special bond with a vampire, Gala. This gives him special abilities and makes both of them a target, as the ancients will stop at nothing to destroy him and his relationship with this unbridled female vampire.
Choices: Book 2 in the Guardian series
In Choices, Adela, head of Gala’s coven, and John both have their fair share of choices to make. Adela must think of her coven, but at the same time she feels a burning desire for Gala’s Guardian.
John is torn between the woman he is fated to and Adela. He feels a desire to protect Gala, but also a yearning for Adela. At the same time, Adela must search for the secret journal known as the Guardian journal and protect those she loves from the dangers that lurk in the shadows.
Adela: the prequel to the Guardian series
Also available is Adela, the prequel to the series. The book follows the adventures of Adela, a beautiful young woman of a very wealthy family in Eastern Europe, who is fending off advances from an older aristocratic German businessman with an evil presence about him.
When she falls madly in love with another man, her suitor attempts to use the enslavement of her father’s land and people to force her to be his own.
Character List: Adela
Adela is the leader of a vampire coven in Lithuania and of the strongest vampires in the world. Gala is her great-great niece and a member of her coven. In Choices, Adela struggles with her attraction to John, her grandniece’s Guardian.
Hair Color: Black
Eye Color: Brown
Born: 1194 AD
Turned: 1215 AD
Gifts: Has ancestral abilities –strength and gifts vampires gains at a certain age.
Family: Deceased – except her grandniece of many generations whom she turned to save from a terminal illness.
Character List: Gala
Gala is Adela’s right hand and C.O.O of the research company that is owned by the coven. Though her Guardian bond is so strong with John that she saved him from a car crash before his Guardian powers took hold, she finds herself wanting to push him away; she has never been able to handle any sort of relationship with anyone.
Hair Color: Dirty Blonde
Eye Color: Ice Blue
Gifts: Has a Guardian
Character List: John
John is Gala’s Guardian. He is torn between Adela and Gala: he feels his bond with Gala, but her constant rejections and fits is making it even harder to deal with his attraction to Adela. He wonders if his attraction is due to the one ability Adela has gained through her ancestral powers – to be irresistible to anyone.
Hair Color: Black
Eye Color: Blue
Job Description: Guardian
Gifts: Guardians gain their supernatural powers from their bond with a vampire; their spirit is so connected to the vampire that if the vampire parishes the Guardian will soon follow.
About J.L. McFadden
J.L McFadden was born in Pennsylvania and spent his life bouncing around the States until beginning to travel the world. Starting out, he was a well-known musician in upstate New York that had a heavy playing schedule. Later, he went back to his home state to work in the Lumber mills of the mountains. In California, he worked in sales, management and even directed a small moving company until deciding to see the world.
His travels around the world have allotted him to not only join an International Aikikai Aikido Federation, but to have trained with Sanseis from Belgium, Ukraine, Russia and other European countries. He accounts his journeys and meeting of new people to his broad character types in his books.
And as a special thank you to all of my lovely readers, I'm releasing SOUL ENSLAVED for a very limited time at just 99 cents! You've all been so patient as I work to get this story right and I can't tell you how much I appreciate that. Check out the book then scroll down and enter the Rafflecopter for some awesome prizes :) You can also vote for your favorite dream cast in the Sons of Wrath Casting Contest for MORE prizes (link is below)!!
Additionally, a percent of sales will be donated to two organizations that keep kids off the streets in Detroit and the metro area. Michigan winters can be harsh and it breaks my heart to know there are homeless kids braving the elements. Just like last time, I'll make a donation in the name of Keri Lake's Caring Readers.
The first two books in the series are ALSO 99 cents for
4 DAYS ONLY!
This sale ends Monday, Dec. 8th! Grab a copy of Soul Enslaved and support a great cause!
If you have already read the first two books, you can gift the entire series - the perfect holiday treat for the booklovers on your list!
SOUL ENSLAVED (Sons of Wrath, #3)
By: Keri Lake
Release Date: December 5, 2014
Genre: Adult Paranormal Romance
Imprisonment in Obsidius. Enslavement to a soul-sucking succubus. A reproductive cycle that’d send a sex fiend running into the arms of celibacy.
Given the choice, most demons would opt for death.
Gavin, eldest son of Wrath, has been sentenced to all three.
When the succubus decides its time to collect, though, he fears his nightmares have only just begun.
And Sabelle’s timing couldn’t be worse.
With a bad case of uncontrollable lust, thanks to his Savidon, the last thing Gavin wants is a vengeful succubus stoking his darkest desires, but debts must be paid—he just didn’t bank on enjoying his punishment so much.
Because the swinging bachelor may have found his perfect mate in the sexy seductress.
However, just as things seem to be looking up, past sins resurface, plunging the two into a deadly game of power and deception. As their worst fears merge into one unexpected threat, Gavin is determined to protect Sabelle and win her freedom.
I mentioned a while back that for the release of Soul Enslaved, I’m not planning to do a major blog tour.
This time, I’ve got something else in mind. Something I hope will be a whole lotta fun!!
I WILL be doing a book blast with a rafflecopter giveaway and I’d LOVE your help spreading the word for a couple reasons:
Soul Enslaved will be 99 cents for a VERY VERY limited time. I mean like … just a couple of days, limited.
BUT! That brings me to reason #2:
I’m donating a percent of sales for Soul Enslaved to TWO charities that help neglected or abused kids stay off the streets of Detroit and the metro area.
I’ll tell you more about this in a future post. But the more you help me spread the word, the greater the donation I can make!
In addition to the book blast …
When I first wrote Soul Avenged, aside from friends and family who'd read the book, I didn't have much of a following at all. No one knew the Sons of Wrath and I found that, not only was I limited to a handful of PNR blogs to help me get the book out there, but of those, only a few were willing to read a book as thick as Soul Avenged. Oh man, I thought I'd screwed up royally by writing such a long story. But then, something REALLY unexpected happened. Bloggers started signing up to join the tour. Even though they had NO IDEA who I was as an author or who my characters were, they took a chance and read the book.
Then Soul Resurrected was written and more bloggers joined the tour. Through (and including) them, I met some pretty amazing readers.
All of you have been instrumental in helping me get my books out there. You take the time to read my books, post your reviews, shout about my crazy stories – you took a chance on me and I want to give back.
So I’m going to run a little contest during the book blast …
Every writer dreams of seeing a book hit the big screen. I’ve always wondered how others see my characters. Therefore, I’m asking bloggers to cast the Sons of Wrath and I’m going to have YOU vote for the best collection of sexy mancandy!
The winning blog will get $50 Amazon gift card! Readers get to enter the rafflecopter for a chance to win some awesome prizes!
Win win win!
The blogger picks are coming in and I L.O.V.E. the sexy faces they’re matching with each of these guys.
Damn they’re HAWT. Think it's time to update my Eye Candy Pinterest board.
If you know of a blogger who loves PNR and might wanna get in on this, please don’t hesitate to share this post!
If you ARE a blogger and wanna get in on this, email me keri (at) kerilake.com.
In the meantime, I’ve been getting feedback from betas for Soul Enslaved and it’s been humbling. I’ve said before, I have good days and bad days when it comes to my writing. The responses have definitely kept me in a very positive and upbeat state of mind and I cannot wait to share this story with you!
Here are just a few of the beta comments:
"Your storytelling wraps me up & I forget to THINK beyond enjoyment."
“Do you have any idea how fucking awesome you are?”
“Good Gawd, woman! Done. And...and...and...Argh! What have you done to me? Again.”
“You are messing with my mind in all the best ways.”
“I know this book will be tidied up and I'm a bit sad to hear that because I enjoyed so many scenes (particularly in the latter quarter of the book).”
I’ll be giving another update soon so stay tuned!!
Not only is it Humpday—which means I have a delightfully long staff meeting to look forward to later this morning—but it’s also the start of the
SOUL RESURRECTED BLOG TOUR!!!
A number of very awesome bloggers have signed up to help me spread the word about the series!
These are fun and knowledgeable folks, well-read in the paranormal romance and urban fantasy genres. If you like dark fiction, sign up to their blogs because they have a keen eye for good books and can steer you in the right direction.
I frequently visit their blogs when I’m hunting down a new read.
In case you missed my launch day post, here is what I’ll be giving away during the blog tour:
Gift cards, books, bookmarks, totes, t-shirts and a limited edition print signed by the smokin’ hot cover model, Julian Christian!
All you have to do is hop from blog to blog and check out what’s going on! Spread the word about Soul Resurrected and increase your chances of winning!
On December 12th, I’m going to be over at Bitten By Books, answering all your questions about the Wrath brothers, the series, and whatever crazy stuff you wanna talk about. Grab your drink of choice and be sure to stop by to say hello! This was a lot of fun with Soul Avenged’s release and I look forward to hanging with you guys again! Plus you’ll have a chance to win a $50 Amazon gift card.
With the start of the blog tour, I’m also kicking off the Scavenger Hunt today!
Go to the Scavenger Hunt page and just like you're filling out brackets for March Madness, you’ll print off the answer sheet. Keep it handy! Hop from blog to participating blog throughout the tour and record your responses to each question.
At the end of the tour, on December 11th, I’ll be activating the Response Submission Form right on the scavenger hunt page.
NOTE: In order to avoid confusion, all responses will be submitted in one shot. Response Submission form will NOT be activated until December 11th.
What’s the prize for this?
That, my friends, is a mystery … all I can say is, I’ve made it extra special just for you.
I want to thank everyone for picking up a copy of Soul Resurrected and enormous thanks for taking the time to leave a review. I’m not much of a reviewer, but I have written a few here and there and I know that a lot of time goes into writing them. Add the awesome pics and gifs that readers add to personalize their reviews and I’m certain it amounts to hours for many bloggers.
I want you to know, I appreciate your time.
If you haven't yet grabbed a copy of
Soul Resurrected (Sons of Wrath, #2), find it here:
Oh! And be SURE to check out the Special Contributors Page in the back of Soul Resurrected! If you indicated that you WANTED to be included on this page (on the voting form during the Cover Model Contest), you’ll find your name listed there!!
Now go, go, go! Get to winning some stuff!!
Grab a copy of Soul Avenged (Sons of Wrath, #1) here:
During the blog tour (see below for more info) that begins next week and runs through December, for anyone willing to leave an honest review of the book on Amazon or Goodreads, I’ll be randomly drawing a name for an Amazon gift card! Long or brief, EVERY review is appreciated.
Okay, so on to the BLOG TOUR deets …
I have about 50 wonderful bloggers participating in the blog tour and tour-wide giveaway. Score points on the Rafflecopter form at each stop! There are some fun Sons of Wrath snippets, a couple posts on writing these crazy characters and just a few interviews thrown in. I’ll also have my Top 10 Muses of All Time and songs that the Sons like to listen to when they’re getting down and dirty.
Here are the prizes I'll be giving away (OPEN INTERNATIONALLY):
Once again, I'll be lurking through the blogs, awarding swag to random folks who leave a comment!
Grab your favorite cocktail and stop by the Bitten by Books release party on DECEMBER 12TH!
You can check out the links to the blogs here:
In addition to the Blog Tour ….
This time, I’m conducting a tour-wide Scavenger Hunt. Of the 50 bloggers on the tour, approximately 25 will be participating in the hunt. Dates and bloggers are listed HERE on the Scavenger Hunt page. Print off the answer sheet and HANG ON TO IT. On each scheduled hunt day, stop by the participating bloggers’ sites. Answer the question included in the tour post. The questions will be taken from my site. You may need to look at past blog posts, book pages, glossary pages, but all answers will be available right here!! I do have some bonus questions taken from SOUL AVENGED.
ON DECEMBER 11TH, once the tour has ended and all your responses are recorded on the sheet, I will be activating the answer submission form. Come back to the Scavenger Hunt Page and you’ll be able to type in your (in most cases) one-word response and click ‘submit’.
The hunter with the most correct answers will win a MYSTERY PRIZE.
I won’t tell you what it is …
I’ll just say, I’ve made it worth your time to participate in the hunt.
Click below for the Scavenger Hunt Page and to see the participating blogs:
And finally ...
I just want to finish this post by saying thank you to all of my readers. The messages, the emails, the kind comments and reviews mean more than you know. And so, I've dedicated Soul Resurrected to you:
I hope you enjoy the story as much as I enjoyed writing it. It's dark, violent, steamy, and really tore my heart out at times, but it was an absolute labor of love. Logan's a pretty cold and damaged guy. I think he'll surprise you though, because he sure as hell surprised me.
BE SURE to check back here on November 6th when the tour begins!
You can sign up to my Newsletter (right sidebar) and receive pre-release notification of my books. PLUS … just for signing up, you’ll receive exclusive sneaky peeks at Cover Model Contest contestants and links to upcoming episodes I’ll be posting from a serial I'm working on, titled Naphil. I’m dubbing it a new adult, post-apocalyptic urban fantasy with angels and demons. More information to come. The links to these episodes will ONLY be provided to newsletter subscribers!
Grab a copy of Soul Avenged (Sons of Wrath, #1) here:
Hello lovelies! The date is getting closer and closer!!
This week, I've been busy cranking out some Wrath brother snippets and other fun posts for the upcoming Soul Resurrected blog tour. I'm also prepping the questions for the big scavenger hunt. So excited!! Man, October, I must say, is probably one of my favorite months. So that brings me to the actual release of Soul Resurrected ...
First, since it releases on Halloween and I'm feeling fun and festive, I'm going to hold a little contest.
Are you an artist? Do you have some mad carving skills?
Well I wanna see it!!
So for anyone willing to carve the Sons of Wrath skull logo into their Halloween pumpkin this year, I'm going to be giving away a nice little prize! I'll be enlisting the help of my brother, who happens to be ridiculously talented when it comes to carving, for my own pumpkin here at home. Winner will be announced on Halloween so get your sharp picks ready ...
Once you've carved your masterpiece, send me the photo! You can upload it here OR simply send it as an attachment via email@example.com.
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Here is just one of the prizes included in this lovely little pack (click on image to enlarge):
Pre-orders for Soul Resurrected will be shipped AFTER the release date. And please be specific about how you'd like your book signed! This is open internationally - shipping rates apply.
NaNoWriMo is coming up next month and I will be participating! I'll be working on both Soul Enslaved (Gavin's story) and a lil' novella I've had tucked away in the back of my mind for a while now, based on one of the Wrath brothers. I feel like my books get darker and steamier with each installment and SE is no exception.
By the way, if you haven't yet added Soul Enslaved to your Goodreads shelf, by all means, do so! ADD SOUL ENSLAVED And while you're there on Goodreads, be sure to enter to win a signed paperback of Soul Resurrected that I'm giving away!
Finally ... I'll have an upcoming announcement about how I'll be conducting the Cover Model Contest next time. You'll want to check that out. And you might just wanna sign up on my little side-bar thingy >>>> where you see Newsletter sign up. Note: be sure to enter your email in the NEWSLETTER sign up. My cover designer, David, who happens to photograph some very drool-worthy men, (seriously, you must follow him) has sent over a couple of possible candidates and um ... *picks up jaw* holy shit. That's all I'm gonna say for now.
To celebrate the mid-week marker, I have the absolute pleasure of introducing one of my writer buds, Terri Rochenski, whose fantasy series, Pool of Souls, just kicked off this past Monday with the release of Eye of the Soul!
This baby is next up on my Kindle. Over the last couple of months, I managed to catch little snippets here and there, and I am hooked ... hooked, I tell you! So I'm very much looking forward to grabbing something warm to drink, curling up in a blanket and immersing myself in this world.
Now on to the deets so you can do the same! AND BE SURE TO CHECK OUT THE AWESOME GIVEAWAY!
That should be Hyla’s first thought as her people are chained and imprisoned for no imaginable reason.
Instead, Hyla finds herself traveling through a land void of Natives, with human soldiers pillaging in desperate pursuit of her, and in search of the mystical Pool of Souls—home to the one man who can save her people.
Or so she believes.
Led by her faith in the deity Fadir, Hyla is met along her journey by Jadon—a human male and fierce King’s warrior, and his childhood best friend Conlin—one of the few Natives aware of his Fadir-given Talents.
Protected by Jadon, guided by Conlin, and with an unfailing belief in the purpose of her pilgrimage, Hyla carries on.
Like her, though, another searches for the Pool, and should he gain access first, everyone she loves, and everything she knows, could be lost.
CHARACTER GUEST POST
While the world may not be massive in size, the one I live in is quite small and sheltered. Born a Native-blooded Derlunder, my 18th birth passings have been spent upon the island of Taran, just off Derlund’s southeastern shore.
The only times humans visit our secluded land is when they’re sick or dying and in need of our gifted healers. Yes, they have simplers and healers of their own kind, but my people have a special understanding of herbs and how they can heal. I’ve been an apprentice for my last three birth passings learning from many of our elders, but mostly from our sect leader and my guardian, Soroca.
She has never been especially fond of me, but not knowing who my mother was or where she had hailed from before arriving on Taran to deliver me, I have no other place to go.
A handful of Natives still live upon the mainland among the humans, but I cannot fathom why they would choose to do so. The three times I’ve been ashore to collect wild herbs and roots from the Wolverwood, I have been met with nothing but prejudice and wary glances. We aren’t so very different. Shorter than humans, yes, but unless one notices the green hues of our eyes and our slightly pointed ears we could easily pass for their kind.
Our hearts beat the same. Our minds work as theirs do. The medicines which heal their bodies does the same for us.
So why are we disliked—distrusted by most?
If anything, the humans should be thankful we allowed them to live among us when volcanic eruptions and earthquakes tore their lands apart before the first age. We welcomed them with open arms, fed and clothed them, and healed the illness which threatened to wipe their race from our world.
The histories speak of many such things, but one issue never addressed is how the fertility of our people began to diminish with every human bloodline introduced into ours. No full-blooded Native remains, only a few score of beings still carry the blood which causes our appearances to be different. Of those few, none have conceived in over eight birth passings.
It seems our people will soon be gone from Derlund’s shores just as our Talents of old have disappeared. Well, almost disappeared. For some reason, I retain what has been lost. A curse of my forefathers, a secret one that I loathe. An involuntary one that keeps me even more secluded from those I dwell among.
I see within the eyes of souls.
Cursing her arthritic fingers, Miri squeezed out a rag and draped it over the human man’s hot forehead.
“I’ve seen a lot more harvests than you, old goat,” she muttered, lifting his eyelids. “I’m thinking you’ll never catch up either. Doubt you last another half-moon’s phase.”
Miri pushed to her feet and stretched her hunched back. A heavy sigh slipped past her wrinkled lips as she glanced around the sick house. Keeping the night watch wasn’t too bad—she’d volunteered often since her old bones wouldn’t allow much sleep.
“Joints wasted, hearing all but gone …” Miri yanked on the long white braid lying over her shoulder. “I’m the old goat.”
She shuffled down the aisle, woolen kirtle swishing in the silence. A cool, autumn breeze rustled the crimson leaves of the magnolia and palm fronds overhead, drawing her gaze upward. Violet streaks lit the pre-dawn sky.A dog barked, yipped, and fell silent.
Miri peered across the village green to the thatched buildings beyond. A shadow passed between two cottages. Another three hurried toward the neighboring dwelling.
“Sight fading or my mind, too?” Miri rubbed her watery eyes, blinked, and leaned forward. Light flickered through the palm trees behind the outlying homes.
The flames drew closer, weaving between the trunks.
Humans from the mainland? Miri’s hand clutched at her throat. Soldiers. Fadir have mercy.
The men crept through the village, taking up positions at every doorway. Two brutes, more horse-like in size than human, approached the sick house.
Sputtering torch held high, the first strode forward, dark eyes intent upon Miri. A green surcoat covered broad shoulders and fell to his thighs. The golden wheat sheaf of the city of Varosh adorned his chest.
Cold sweat beaded upon Miri’s brow. Breath burst from her lungs, and she moved back, clutching the door jam.
The second soldier stepped closer, chains and shackles clanking in his hand. He stopped two paces away from Miri, and a smile stretched his stubbled cheeks, revealing rotted teeth. “Good morning pointy-ears.”
Miri stared, heartbeat thundering in her ears. She’d been called worse in her eighty-three birth passings but never with such malice.
A single cry rang out across the village, and doors crashed inward. Screams rent the air.
A scowl narrowed his gaze, and his fist shot forward.
Bursts of light and pain exploded through Miri as she crumpled to the floor.
Miri’s people huddled on the village green as fall’s pale sun crested the trees. Cold metal had been clasped around their necks and ankles. Many trembled in the cool air, little more than night clothes covering their nakedness. Miri held to her braid with a white-knuckled grip, her head and its egg-sized bump throbbing in time with her pulse.
A handful of other battered Natives who had attempted flight were the last to join them, the soldiers tossing them forward like sacks of potatoes.
Terri started writing stories in the 8th grade, when a little gnome whispered in her brain. Gundi’s Great Adventure never hit the best seller list, but it started a long love affair with the fantasy genre.
Today she enjoys an escape to Middle Earth during the rare ‘me’ moments her two young daughters allow. When not potty training or kissing boo-boos, she can be found on her back patio in the boondocks of New Hampshire, book or pencil in hand
At the end of this month, you’ll OWN a copy of Soul Resurrected!!
Man, feel like I’ve been waiting FOREVER for this release!
And I’ve got a full calendar of about 40 blogs participating in the blog tour with some fun prizes that I’ll be giving away.
So to celebrate the upcoming release, I’m dropping the price for Soul Avenged!
One of the events I’ll be running during the blog tour is a Scavenger Hunt with bonus questions taken right from the book. So catch up on your reading because I’ve got a sweet mystery prize I’ll be giving away to one lucky reader…
Become a Book Matchmaker!
Help a Brother find his perfect book mate ...
Do you know a pararomance lover who's on the hunt for a fictional boyfriend to cozy up with?
The Sons of Wrath are lookin' for a hook up!
Think about the last book you purchased. How did you hear about it? A friend? A blog? A coworker? Goodreads?
In all cases, someone spread the word …
Whether its a review, a Facebook status, a chat about books with your dentist, an 'OMG!' comment on Goodreads, or a recommendation while waiting in line at the grocery store, your opinion means more than you know! If you enjoyed a book, the MOST helpful thing you can do is talk about it with others. This is how book boyfriends find their beloved readers. YOU are the link that brings them together. And c'mon, who doesn't love talking books? Or book boyfriends, for that matter.
For anyone willing to help me spread the word here on the net, I’m going to award 5 ARCs of Soul Resurrected! That’s right, you could score a copy of Soul Resurrected before you can buy it!!
What do you have to do?
Simply share my Soul Avenged promo!
Goodreads forums and recommendations
FB status updates and shares
These are all ways you can help get the word out.
Come back here and paste the link to where you shared in the form below! I’ll randomly choose 5 readers to receive an ebook ARC of my upcoming release!! PLUS! I’ll gift an ebook copy of Soul Avenged to 2 friends for each winner chosen.
Enter as often as you like!
Use the October Sale graphic in this blog post and your name goes in the hat twice! (right click and save image) I'll be posting this graphic on my FB wall as well so you can simply share my status. KERI LAKE FACEBOOK PAGE
Soul Resurrected is coming soon! In the meantime, get to know the sexy Wrath Brothers ...
Grab a copy of Soul Avenged (Sons of Wrath, #1) here:
A minute ago I was celebrating 4th of July with the fam, hanging out in the pool all day long and now I’m drinking pumpkin spice latte while my TV flips back and forth to all the football games!
I can’t complain though. It means I’m that much closer to the release of Soul Resurrected.
OCTOBER 31ST, 2013
That’s right … the kiddies won’t be the only ones scoring a Halloween treat.
The blog tour for Soul Resurrected will follow and run from November 6th through December 6th.
I’ve got some mad love for all the bloggers too because nearly every open slot is filled. It’s going to be a full calendar of fun!
Know why? Know why?
I’m sending you off on a scavenger hunt!
That’s right …
In addition to some awesome prizes that I’ll be giving away via Rafflecopter, one lucky winner’s gonna score a MYSTERY PRIZE. I’ve been putting together some cool stuff to give away for the tour. Be sure to get caught up on your reading!
More details to come so sit tight!
STARTING SEPTEMBER 15TH ….
Mark your calendars because the Night Owl Review’s Halloween Scavenger Hunt begins! Participating authors are giving away pretty awesome prizes!! I’m giving away some Sons of Wrath Love. So be SURE to come back for that.
I’ll have an announcement post but see that Halloween graphic on the side bar? >>> click on that and it’ll take you right to the hunt.
I’ll also be participating in the All Hallows Eve event hosted by Book Chick City. This begins October 1st and runs through the 31st.
Lots of stuff coming up …
You see why I’ve been MIA? Sheesh! I can hardly keep my head straight.
In addition to that, Soul Enslaved is underway! And that means another Cover Model Contest is right around the corner!
Poor me … I’ll have to weed through muscles and cute smiles again. *sigh* how ever will I get through the day?
Man, Gavin’s gonna be a tough one too … perhaps the model gods will drop a smooth and sexy alpha right into my lap. *bites lip and prays*
I’ve teased out some of his backstory and this one’s going to be hard to write. The guy's gone through a whole lot of hell. Little out of my comfort zone, but hey, ya gotta push yourself, right?
Finally, for those of you interested in the audiobook version of Soul Avenged, I’ve received lots of auditions and I think I may have found the voice to handle all these crazy ass demons. I’ll keep you posted on this as well.
Okay, quick recap:
September 15th: Night Owl Review Halloween Scavenger Hunt begins
October 1st: Book Chick City’s All Hallow’s Eve Event begins
October 31st: SOUL RESURRECTED RELEASES!!! <<Are you ready for this??
November 6th-December 6th: Soul Resurrected Blog Tour
Wishing all of you a fandamntabulous week!
Grab a copy of Soul Avenged (Sons of Wrath, #1) here:
Oh ... oh oh oh. Do I have a TREAT for you today, kiddies!
Grab a cup of coffee, a drool bib and find a cozy spot because this entire post is going to be devoted to my favorite hunky wolf.
Check out the book info, the author info and my review below! PLUS!! There's some AWESOME goodies that J.A. Belfield is giving away!
If the meek can become deadly, the strongest can be weak.
For Ethan Holloway, his mission to find a missing werewolf should be simple. Crack a few heads, bust a few chops and the solution always reveals itself. Always.
Not this time.
Ethan’s reputation precedes him, and because it does, someone is ready. Waiting. Unbeknownst to Ethan, he’s about to go down. Hard. Against a foe he never suspected and in a world he never imagined could be real.
What awaits Ethan is a fight not only for his reputation, but also his pack, his female, and his life. If he survives, damage control will become priority number one.
If he survives.
Because even Ethan’s not sure he’s strong enough to take on an entire race all by himself.
Especially one hell bent on exposing who and what he is in the name of sport.
“… from the Shropshire area. Following Carly McDowd’s disappearance on the fourth, and Andrew Doherty’s on the seventh, this is the third incident this month …”
I turned from the square-jawed newswoman on TV to Dad, where he sat in his corner armchair.
His attention remained on the screen, a frown across his brow.
“… the duo of friends were first reported missing late last night by their parents, after they discovered neither of the teenagers …” The newscaster’s voice infiltrated once more.
Images of a couple of lads flashed side by side on the screen. The one on the left had the appearance of any late teen, with shaggy overgrown hair and the twinkle of mischief in his expression.
From the other image, brilliant blue eyes stared out at me from beneath a shock of pale blond curls.
“Oh, shit!” I pushed to my feet, took a step forward. “That’s …”
“Nineteen year oldGabriel Lewis was believed by his mother to be staying at Colum Delaney’s since Friday evening, whilst Colum’s parents …”
Dad stood, his fingers retracting his mobile from his jeans pocket as I worked my own out. He paused, nodded to me. “Go on. You make the call, Ethan.”
Shelley Lewis’s number had been saved in my phone book since the beginning of the year, right after we met for the first time. I hit dial and paced to the window. September sunshine, of the early morning variety, blinded me as my phone rang.
It took only a few trills for her to answer. “Ethan?” Her voice held hope, as well as a heavy weariness and the thickness of tears.
“Is it true?” I’d promised to support her—a lone parent, a female no less, raising a werewolf son with no guidance. So far, I’d delivered on that promise.
The sob hitting my ear gave confirmation enough. “Oh, Ethan.”
“Hold tight, Shelley. I’m on my way.”
“I’ll come with you,” Dad said, as I hung up and spun to him. “Shout Sean, too—in case we need to do any scouting. I think I heard him stir upstairs.”
“What about Connor’s lot?” The Larsen’s made up the other half of our eight-wolf pack, but lived separately to us on the south side of the forest.
Dad shook his head. “I’ll update Connor whilst you deal with Sean—”
“And Jem?” I asked with a lifted eyebrow.
Dad’s lips twitched, but he continued as though he hadn’t noticed my reference to his buck-passing. “Just the three of us will go. Connor and his boys can spend the morning here and stay close to Jem and your mother unless we need them.”
One day, a character and scene popped into J. A. Belfield’s head, and she started controlling the little people inside her imagination, as though she were the puppet master and they her toys. Questions arose: What would happen if …? How would they react if …? Who would they meet if …?
Before she knew it, a singular scene had become an entire movie. The characters she controlled began to hold conversations. Their actions reflected the personalities she bestowed upon them. Within no time, they had a life, a lover, a foe, family … they had Become.
One day, she wrote down her thoughts. She’s yet to stop.
J. A. Belfield lives in Solihull, England, with her husband, two children, four cats and a dog. She writes paranormal romance, with a second love for urban fantasy.
I’ll just start out by saying when I first sat down to this book, before I even pulled the first page on my Kindle, I had a nervous feeling in my gut. Have you ever fallen for a character, one you weren’t necessarily supposed to fall for because he doesn’t really have that big of a role in a story, but had so much charm and sexiness, you couldn’t help but become enamored?
Yeah, this is what happened when I read Darkness & Light. The star of the book was clearly Sean. And he’s the guy J. made so damn irresistible that I really should’ve been knocking Jem right off the pages just so I could steal him away from her.
Instead, I felt happy and content at the end of their story. One of those, *sigh* good for you, moments.
Because I’d just been introduced to my newest book boyfriend, the brooding Ethan Holloway. The not-so-star of the book and Sean's brother who had my fangirl flags waving full speed by the end.
So when J. announced that he’d have an ENTIRE book all to himself and that it’d be all Ethan’s POV I was both out-of-my-mind excited and biting-my-nails terrified.
What if I don’t want to be inside Ethan’s head? What if I like him always being the not-so-attached guy who always has everyone’s back? The silent hero in the background that you don’t realize has been watching you the whole time until you’re smack in the middle of a deadly situation and he’s all kicking some antagonist’s ass all over the page to save you, then leaving you with nothing more than a nod and a wink before he sets off into the woods for a night run.
I really should’ve known better …
This book is action-packed and chock full of mystery that had me turning the pages for more than just detailed descriptions of Ethan’s bod. J. didn’t disappoint with this story as there were moments that I found myself tense and biting my lip waiting to see how the hell Ethan would get himself out of some pretty frightening predicaments.
Ethan was … amazing. Like, I need to scour Youtube to find a guy with a deep, British accent just to imagine what it would sound like being sweet-talked by this guy amazing.
Well, yeah, I was a little jealous, but I gotta admit, I liked her.
If you’re looking for a great paranormal romance with sexy alphas, kickass fight scenes and some steam to top it off, you need to pick up this series! And okay, a little biased but particularly this book. You’ll not be disappointed. It has a great plot, well-developed characters and a whole lotta heart. At the last page of the book, I kept swiping my finger across the Kindle screen, desperate for the next scene, bummed when I realized I'd reached the end of the story.
Trust me, you’ll be one of the fiending females who wants to get Caged with Ethan Holloway.
My Rating: 5 Stars
And now it's ...
Check out these prizes that J.A. Belfield is giving away!!
1st Prize: Signed copy of Caged, Caged swag pack (see image), $10 Amazon Gift Card
2nd Prize: Caged swag pack (see image)
3rd Prize: 5 runner’s-up will each receive a digi-signed Caged cover
Happy Hump Day! To celebrate, I'm editing some pretty steamy scenes this morning for Sons of Wrath #2, so I'll make this a quickie post ...
Okay so the party is over now that the blog tour has ended, but that doesn't mean the fun & giveaways are done! Think you might like a signed paperback copy of Soul Avenged?
Hop on over to Silk Screen Views where you can enter to win one and check out the very FIRST character interview with Kane and Ayden! If you've read the book, take a stab at what actors come to mind for these two, leave your response in the comments and your name goes in a hat for the signed paperback. Even if you've not read the book--take a guess and you could win!
Friday is the LAST day for this contest so go, go, GO! CLICK HERE
The Soul Avenged Blog Tour has officially ended and I'm actually kind of bummed about that. Not gonna lie--it’s been a lot fun hopping around from blog to blog! Like I've been partying for the last month and now the hangover's setting in.
So you probably want to know--who won the big giveaway??
I did a bit of prowling through the posts and Holly Collins was selected as winner of the $10 Amazon gift card!
Congratulations to all and thank you for following the tour.
But now that the tour is over, what’s to come?
I’ll give you an update on what I’ve got going on in my secret lab (and a little sneak preview of Sons of Wrath #2). Before I do that though, I have to thank all of the FANDAMNTABULOUS bloggers who spent the month pimping my book. You are just too wonderful for words. Some of you tweeted and shared FB updates for other bloggers as well and I'm just amazed by the camaraderie of the blogging community. I’m so glad to have met all of you and I look forward to talking books and working with you on future releases! Some of you also left very humbling reviews as well and I can’t tell you how much I appreciate that! Bloggers are my heroes! Seriously, I love LOVE you guys.
For readers who want to keep up on the latest in paranormal romance and urban fantasy, these are some of the best blogs on the net to check out: (click on the links)
In addition to these kickass bloggers, I have to say thank you so much to readers who:
Stopped by the blogs to check out the book
Read the book
Liked me on Facebook
Followed me on Twitter
Left a review for Soul Avenged on Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble
Added Soul Avenged to your TBR lists
Chatted with me at the Soul Avenged Release Party
I appreciate your interest in the series! I've got some fun and exciting things on the horizon so stay tuned!
Okay so WHAT'S NEXT???
First, if you missed them on the tour, I’ll be posting all of the Wrath Brother snippets right here to my website with links to the original blog posts. Those fun little snippets will give you a peek at the banter that you can expect from these guys.
Second, Sons of Wrath #2 is already written. But because I want to give you an even better story than Soul Avenged, I’m really tearing this sucker up in the edits before the editor stabs it with a sharp pen. Next it will go to my lovely beta readers, who I’m hoping will claw the hell out of it. After that, it’ll begin its journey toward publication. All nice and shiny. I’ll tell you--this one's a little bit darker than Soul Avenged and is probably my favorite story so far.
Here's a quick little snip (super short) from book 2:
Virgin. The purity of the word cast a chill down his spine, like a stark white page about to be spattered with black ink. Yeah, no lie, it kind of made him want her more. Tasting her would only be the appetizer to what he had running through his mind—the main course, he’d spend hours savoring. And she’d sure as hell be de-virginized by the end of it.
Many times over.
Who? My lips are sealed!
I will keep you updated on progress. If you liked my Facebook page, you’ll find I’m pretty active there, keeping readers informed of what’s going on.
ONE MORE THING.
I have an idea in mind and I'd thought about doing a separate post but because this is going to be totally experimental on my part, I'm actually keeping it low key for now. I'm running a Cover Model Contest for the Sons of Wrath #2!! So I've been dropping off flyers at various locations where I might find a hunky guy to represent one of these sexy alpha brothers. At first I wasn't sure how this would go, but the entries are coming in! So I decided to open the contest up a little bit.
Do you know a physically fit male between the ages of 21-35 who is looking to build his modeling portfolio? Send a head and torso shot (no full-on nudity please) to: firstname.lastname@example.org . Please indicate 'Model Search' in the subject line and be sure to provide contact information. All entries will be reviewed and if a particular entrant has 'the look', he will be contacted with further details.
Okay...that's it for now!
I love chatting with readers and bloggers so if you have questions or just want to say hi @mention me on Twitter or post on my FB wall!
Today I'm over at Bitten by Books for a Release Party & Contest! Stop by to chat with me. I'll be here all day long so if you can't make it right away, no worries!
Here is the link to the post: http://bittenbybooks.com/?p=61865
I'll also be giving away a $50 Amazon gift card! Hope to see you there!!
On Thursday, February 28th, I'll be over at Bitten by Books for a Soul Avenged Release Party!! A $50.00 Amazon gift card is up for grabs. If you click on the link below and RSVP, you get 25 extra entries when you show up to the event.
Be SURE to TWEET and FACEBOOK this link: http://bittenbybooks.com/?p=61808 so your friends can RSVP too!
Hurry! Open to readers worldwide! Hope to see you there!
I’m so damn excited today! First, my niece was born yesterday afternoon--Baby Jillian ❤ And second, I finally get to share the story and the tough-as-nails protagonist I’ve had chained and locked up for over a year now. Yep, Soul Avenged is NOW AVAILABLE in both ebook and paperback!
Launch Day also means the official Kickoff of the Soul Avenged Blog Tour!!
In addition to some fun guest blogs, interviews and Sons of Wrath snippets, I’ve got some fantastic prizes to give away. Check it out:
1-Kindle Fire HD (approximate value $199) OR $199 Paypal Cash
1-Sephora Bath & Body X’s and O’s Gift Set
1-Signed Paperback Soul Avenged (Sons of Wrath, #1)
1-Sons of Wrath t-shirt
1-Sons of Wrath coffee mug
1-Soul Avenged Notebook
1-$25 iTunes giftcard
1-Signed Paperback Soul Avenged (Sons of Wrath, #1)
1-Sons of Wrath t-shirt
1-Soul Avenged coffee mug
1-Sons of Wrath notebook
1-Signed Paperback Soul Avenged (Sons of Wrath, #1)
1-Sons of Wrath t-shirt
Participating blogs will have a Rafflecopter form where you can enter to win one of these great prize packs! This giveaway will run throughout the month of the tour. ONE of the ways you can enter to win is leaving a comment on the blog. And you WILL want to do this.
Because you never know where or when I’ll be lurking and decide to randomly give something away! Yeah, I'm sneaky like that ... So be sure to include an email address where you can be contacted as well.
You can check out the full BLOG TOUR Schedule HERE.
There are some fandamntabulous bloggers participating on this tour, so if you’re a book lover, be sure to sign up for their blogs because they give some entertaining and informative info on the hottest new releases. They’ll keep you up-to-date and in-the-know!
On February 28th, I’ll be over at Bitten by Books for a Virtual Launch Party! One winner will be selected to win a $50 Amazon gift card (open internationally). Here I’ll also be doing a Q&A in the comments, so feel free to ask me whatever you like!
SHARE THE LOVE
If you love the book, spread the word!
I’m building My Beautiful Readers page and would love to add you! Take a picture with one of my books (cover page on ereader is fine), wearing Halos or Soul Avenged swag or just the book itself in your favorite reading spot if you’re camera shy like me. Tell me what you enjoyed about the book. Voila! You’re officially part of the crew!
Now go, go, GO!! And don’t forget to leave those comments! Muahahahahahaha!
I can’t believe the release of Soul Avenged is just a week away …
A year ago I was throwing out word counts on this thing and now it’s going to be in the hands of readers.
To celebrate, I’ve organized a blog tour for its release. Before I go into the details of that, I want to say THANK YOU to the kickass bloggers who’ve signed up to participate. You guys are all kinds of awesome.
The tour will run February 6th – March 6th
You can check out the tour schedule here and scroll down to the links at the bottom that will take you directly to the sites.
Not only am I giving away some pretty cool prizes, but I’ve also prepared some fun posts for the tour. In addition to interviews and guest posts, I’ve also written little snippets--snapshots of the Wrath Brothers’ lives. One contestant will also win my playlist that I’ll be posting on one of the stops.
So be sure to check out the blogs and leave comments! You never know when or where I’ll be lurking around and randomly give something away for free. MUAHAHAHAHAHA!!
Reviews are coming in! Check them out here on GOODREADS .
I’m so excited about this new series and hoping all of my readers enjoy the book. Book 2 of the Sons of Wrath is already written, currently in the warzone of edits at the moment but will be prepping that for release once its nice and shiny. I’ll begin writing book 3 sometime late summer.
Halos #2 will be out this year too. Lots of words coming your way, so stay tuned.
Have you met Nathan Garrett?
Well, let me tell you, you're missing out! I had the pleasure of reading the first book in the Hellequin Chronicles, titled Crimes Against Magic, and author Steve McHugh is back with the sequel to his best-selling novel!
There was a time when Nathan Garrett was feared. When the mention of his name was enough to stop his enemies in their tracks. That time has long since passed.
When Nathan’s friend asks for help investigating a pattern of horrific crimes, he reluctantly agrees. But his investigation leads to a serial killer who is something more, or less, than human, a creature of pure malevolence and hatred.
There are some things that even a 1600-year-old sorcerer hesitates to challenge. But when evil targets those Nathan cares about, his enemies will discover exactly who Nathan used to be. And why they will learn to fear him once more.
Born of Hatred is an action-packed, Urban Fantasy set in modern-day England with historical flashbacks to late nineteenth century Montana. It’s the second book of the Hellequin Chronicles, following the widely praised Crimes Against Magic, which introduced sorcerer Nathan Garrett.
Steve McHugh is the author of the popular Urban Fantasy series, Hellequin Chronicles. The first book of which, Crimes Against Magic, was published in April 2012 and followed by the sequel, Born of Hatred in December 2012.