Archive for September, 2008

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Free Sample of Nocturne—Just in Time for Halloween!

September 30, 2008

To celebrate all things paranormal, throughout the month of October, we’re offering up a free novella by Silhouette Nocturne author Caridad Piñeiro.

To read the free novella, Desire Calls, click here. But be warned – it’s only available until the end of November!

When you’ve read the novella, please come back here to let us know what you think of the story:

  • Do you think Stacia and Blake are truly in love?
  • Is vampire love better than human love?
  • Do you see yourself as a Stacia or a Meghan?
  • Is Blake your type of paranormal hero? If not, what is your type?
  • We hope you were seduced by this passionate tale – and return to Nocturne to satisfy your thirst for more!

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    Urban Fantasy Vs. Paranormal Romance

    September 22, 2008

    by Amy Wilkins, Harlequin Digital

    Confused about the line between Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy? Romancing the Blog has a fun quiz to determine just that!

    So if these areas of difference are true, which genre would you prefer?

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    Follow eHarlequin on Twitter!

    September 19, 2008

    by Amy Wilkins, Digital Production Coordinator

    eHarlequin has launched its own Twitter account!

    Twitter is a micro-blogging site — think of a blog consisting of short, text-message length (only 140 characters per post). Updates are quick and spontaneous, so you’ll get all the up-to-date scoop about what’s new on the eHarlequin homepage, Community, and the Harlequin blogs.

    Here’s some of what you can expect from the eHarlequin Twitter:

    • sales on books at eHarlequin.com and the eBookstore
    • special events and posts at the eHarlequin Community
    • new post alerts for I Heart Presents and Harlequin’s Paranormal Romance Blog
    • links to fun sites and articles we come across
    • other breaking news from Harlequin

    Just click the icon below to see the eHarlequin Twitter 🙂

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    Book Blogger Appreciation Week

    September 15, 2008

    Blog My Friend Amy has named September 15-19 Book Blogger Appreciation week, a time to celebrate the reviewers, readers, publishers, writers, and other industry folks who love to read and blog about books!

    To show our blog appreciation, Harlequin’s Paranormal Romance Blog is giving a shout-out to some of our favorite book blogs:

    Dear Author – Famous for their tough-but-fair reviews and regular columns like “If You Like…” and “First Page Saturday“, Dear Author has become one of the most respected romance sites in the blogosphere.

    The Good, the Bad, the Unread – Tons of reviews and romance news.

    Teach Me Tonight – Romance from an academic perspective. Next time someone you know bashes romance, send them here!

    Smart Bitches, Trashy Books – This site isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but if you like your romance and reviews with a side of snark, this blog’s for you.

    Romancing the Blog – Authors and other industry folk blog about various topics. There’s something for everyone on this site.

    I Heart Presents – Of course we have to give a shout-out to our other blog, this one for the Harlequin Presents imprint.

    BookSquare – Industry news and analysis by expert Kassia Krozser.

    What are your favorite book blogs?

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    Introducing Anna Leonard: Laura Anne Gilman’s Alter-Ego

    September 10, 2008

    Luna author Laura Anne Gilman enters the word of paranormal romance with not one but TWO new releases this month under the name Anna Leonard! Laura discusses the similarities and differences between her new reads: The Night Serpent from Nocturne Bites and the ebook exclusive short Dreamcatcher from Nocturne Bites…

    by Anna Leonard, aka Laura Anne Gilman, author of The Night Serpent and Dreamcatcher

    This month my alter-ego “Anna Leonard” gets a grand launch, with THE NIGHT SERPENT and the e-novella DREAMCATCHER both hitting the shelves (virtual and otherwise).

    Although I wrote these at different times, their dual debut got me to thinking about how the stories are very different – and what they have in common. Both are paranormal romances, yes, but their heroines are quite distinct in personality and in the risks – physical and emotional – that they face. What the two heroines share is something I didn’t even realize until well after I’d handed the manuscripts in to my editor. They were both written with specific women in mind, women who have shown me the true meaning of courage. Not physical courage, although there’s that, but internal courage.

    THE NIGHT SERPENT is in many ways the classic girl-kicks-ass, gets-hot-guy adventure we all love: In order to defeat a power-mad killer, Lily has to use her smarts and her skills to save herself (with a little help from a hot, smart FBI agent, naturally). The only problem is that she helped create the threat by her own foolish actions a lifetime ago. In order to stop him, she has to own that mistake; accept it, learn from it, and then let it go, and move on.

    Anyone past the age of twenty has at least one serious regret. By the time you reach your 40’s, the road is littered with them and mostly you shrug and move on. But sometimes you can’t. Writing Lily, I realized that I was channeling two very specific—and very different – women: B., and P., whom I met while researching another project. What they had done in their past was less important than the fact that both of them had, independently, decided that they were not going to pretend it hadn’t happened. They faced their actions, took stock of who they had been and who they wanted to be, and made changes. The kind of strength it takes to face that kind of internal scrutiny, and come out stronger? Facing a killer is easy, by comparison!

    And Emma, the heroine of “Dreamcatcher?” The original premise was the legend of the incubus, who gives sexual pleasure…at a high price. Emma isn’t a damsel in distress by nature, so when she’s suddenly thrown into a situation where her physical and mental strength are useless against an enemy who is taking over her dreams and leaving her exhausted and unable to function, she’s left floundering. She has to learn that sometimes the only way to win a battle… is to let the enemy in. It sounds easy – but it’s not.

    Here, I knew from the start that I was writing it specifically FOR someone: my friends J. and S. and K., women who battle, daily, with the fact that their bodies aren’t capable of things we take for granted. They have Fibromyalgia, or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, or severe Lyme disease – conditions that make daily life a daily challenge, 24/7. Yet, they take weakness, and find inside it an amazing strength.

    And there’s the tie between my Nocturne heroines: not just courage but lion(ess)heartedness. The kind of courage that allows you to look and not flinch away from the truth, no matter how ugly or unpleasant or difficult it might be to accept, that gives you the strength to get done what must be done.

    And by doing so, in my books, they win (and, in Emma’s case, save) the hot, smart, caring guy, too! That’s the kind of reward courage should always have….

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    Kelley St. John Announces The Sexth Sense Winner

    September 9, 2008

    Hi again, everyone! I’ve SO enjoyed chatting with all of you and learning about your favorite spooky movies, books and TV shows. And now it’s time to pick a winner. I decided to select comment number 13, since that’s my favorite number 😉  So…Luanne Davis, congratulations! Please send your mailing address to me at kelley@kelleysbooks.com, and I’ll send those autographed copies your way. Thanks again for blogging with me, everyone!  I’ve had a ball 🙂  And I hope you’ll all stay in touch — my email is kelley@kelleysbooks.com, and as you know, I love to hear from readers!

    Happy Reading!

    Kelley

    Luanne has won copies of Fire in the Blood, Bed on Arrival and Live and Yearn:

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    Win Autographed Copies of Kelley St. John’s Current Sexth Sense Trilogy!

    September 3, 2008

    The red-hot passionate romance of Harlequin Blaze comes with a paranormal twist in The Sexth Sense series from Kelley St. John. Kelley fills us in on Live and Yearn, the sixth book in her series — and offers readers a chance to win her latest 3 books!

    by Kelley St. John, author of Live and Yearn

    I’m so excited to be guest blogging on Harlequin’s Paranormal Romance Blog! I’m Kelley St. John, and I write sexy, sassy paranormals for Harlequin Blaze. My September release, Live and Yearn, marks the final installment of The Sexth Sense, a series about six Cajun cousins who happen to have an interesting family legacy – helping ghosts find their way to the other side.

    Live and Yearn is the much-anticipated story of Nanette Vicknair and Charles Roussel. This book was extremely rewarding to write, not only because of my desire to see Nan battle her attraction for Charles with her usual headstrong mentality, but also because I knew I was giving my readers something they wanted—the true story behind Nan’s loathing (and her heated attraction) for Charles. Often with my stories, I receive letters requesting additional information about secondary characters; however, when it came to Nan and Charles, I didn’t receive requests; I received demands. Nanette and Charles have that effect on people, and I couldn’t be more pleased.

    I also received questions about how their story would fit within the paranormal theme of the series, since Nan and Charles both reside in the land of the living. See, that’s the thing about living on this side, we’re all going to leave at some point, and a bizarre car accident (one that Nanette believes she instigated) sends the sexy parish president propelling at warp speed toward that beckoning white light.

    A few additional questions I’ve been asked:

    What makes your books(s) different from other paranormal romances?

    The books are Blazes, which means they’re hot and sexy, and in The Sexth Sense, it isn’t merely the mediums that are hot. The ghosts are quite sultry too. And when they get together…well, let’s face it; if you knew that it might be your last time to have sex with the person you want more than life itself, you’d sure want to make it count!

    What are the previous books in the Sexth Sense series?

    KISS AND DWELL
    GHOSTS AND ROSES
    SHIVER AND SPICE
    FIRE IN THE BLOOD
    BED ON ARRIVAL
    LIVE AND YEARN

    Although the books compose a six-book series, each book does stand alone (but naturally, I’m hoping you’ll want to read them all 🙂

    Have you got a book trailer for the series?

    Sure! Check it out…

    Now, if you have any additional questions about the Sexth Sense (or about anything in general), fire away. I’ll gladly do my best to answer. Oh, and while you’re at it, you can help me with my love of paranormal books and movies by telling me your favorites. What’s your favorite paranormal movie, television show and/or novel?

    And don’t hesitate to comment. ONE COMMENTER WILL WIN AN AUTOGRAPHED SET OF THIS YEAR’S SEXTH SENSE BOOKS (Fire in the Blood, Bed on Arrival and Live and Yearn)!

    Happy Reading…and Blogging!

    Kelley St. John

    www.kelleystjohn.com

    Update: The contest is now closed. Thank you to everyone who entered!