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Who’s Your Favorite Vampire?

November 14, 2008

To help celebrate Lori Devoti’s 30 Days of Vampires, Harlequin employees are guest posting about our favorite vampires from books, TV, and movies. Some of the responses:

  • Dr. Carrie Ames from Jennifer Amrintrout’s Blood Ties series
  • Angel and Spike from Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel
  • Selene (played by Kate Beckinsale) in the Underworld movies
  • Count Saint-Germain in the novels by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro
  • Louis (played by Brad Pitt) in Interview with the Vampire
  • Betsy, Queen of the Vampires, in Mary Janice Davidson’s “Undead” series

Tell us why this vampire is your fave and any other vampires you love in the comments!

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Lori Devoti’s 30 Days of Vampires Blog Bash

November 12, 2008

To celebrate the release of the Holiday with a Vampire II anthology from Silhouette Nocturne (containing “A Christmas Kiss” by Merline Lovelace and “The Vampire Who Stole Christmas” by Lori Devoti), author Lori Devoti is having a 30 Days of Vampires bash over at her blog. Each day will have a new guest-post and prizes, interviews, excerpts and essays all on vampires. Plus, there’s a contest with a grand prize of $100 worth of blood-sucker books and goodies! Check out Lori’s kick-off post here for more details.

Psst! Can’t wait until December for HWAV2? It’s available already at eHarlequin.com in print and ebook format. And the first Holiday with a Vampire anthology by Maureen Child and Caridad Pineiro is still available as an ebook as well!

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A Different Kind of Shapeshifter by Michele Hauf

November 10, 2008

Michele Hauf has created an entirely unique shapeshifter hero for her novella “A Kiss of Frost” in the Winter Kissed anthology from Silhouette Nocturne. Read on to discover who this special hero is and how you can win a free copy of Winter Kissed!

by Michele Hauf, author of “A Kiss of Frost”, Winter Kissed

I’m familiar with werewolves and werecougars, werejaguars, smoke-men, selkies, and the like. But a hero who is made of frost and can shift to human flesh? That’s a little different.

The idea to write “A Kiss Of Frost” was sort of a no-brainer for me. I’ve lived in Minnesota all my life. I love snow. Seriously. Frost patterns on the windows? That rocks. Snowbanks sparkling in the sunshine? Sigh… So I had to write Jack Frost as a hero. Or Jal, as I call him. But what’s so alpha macho about a dude who creates frost patterns on your windows? Well, my guy is a god/faery who does have a job: he’s an assassin. Actually, Old Man Winter sends Jal after environmental offenders. One touch from my hero’s frost and bye-bye!

What if he touched a woman’s soft, warm skin? Jal can take on human form and flesh if he chooses, and oh man, does he choose to be in a form that will allow him to communicate with the sexy snowflakeologist, Kate Wilson.

But there are very obvious worries when one is dating a frost god. Firstly, if he gets too warm…could he melt? Well, you’ll just have to give it a read and find out. 🙂

I’ll give away an autographed copy to one commenter who tells about their favorite part of the winter season.

Michele

 

UPDATE: The last day to enter the contest with your comment is MONDAY, NOVEMBER 17, so be sure to share your winter pleasures before then for a chance to win! ~Amy

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A Note to Our RSS Subscribers

November 6, 2008

Due to some maintenance on the blog, subscribers to our RSS feed will have to resubscribe to continue receiving updates on new posts.

Sorry for the inconvenience!
~Amy

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Forget the Flying Monkeys. What about Flying Werewolves?

November 5, 2008

Shifters and Draicon and Morphs, oh my! Silhouette Nocturne author Bonnie Vanak fills us in on her latest paranormal romance, Enemy Lover, featuring magic spells, warring shapeshifters, a superpowered heroine, and an “uber alpha” werewolf hero.

by Bonnie Vanak, author of Enemy Lover and Broken Souls

My November Nocturne, Enemy Lover, is true shifter book. It shifted so many times while writing it that some days I felt like a werewolf clawing at the keyboard. Or a floating fairy flying the story to a new stratosphere.

You see, I started out creating Jamie, the heroine, as a flying fairy. I wanted her to be pixy-like, a kind of Super Fairy. That didn’t work out. So instead I endowed her with superpowers she doesn’t know she has until halfway through the book. She can teleport, play “floater basketball,” and has the power of telekinesis. In one scene in the French Quarter, she physically hurls Damian, the hero, and a rival werewolf into the air to prevent them from killing each other.

Flying werewolves! It fit, and seemed cooler than flying monkeys.

Enemy Lover pairs an old-fashioned, powerful Alpha Draicon werewolf with a young, hip woman who is his very reluctant destined mate, Damian is a protective, aggressive Alpha who would give his life for his pack and especially for Jamie, his mate. He’s sexy and dynamic, but as overpowering as he is, she is equally strong.

Jamie tried killing Damian with a poison kiss because she believes he murdered her brother. She also happens to be a computer geek who is into World of Warcraft and she’s dying of a spell turning her into stone. Damian is faced with searching through New Orleans to find an ancient book of magick to save her life, figuring out what Jamie means when she calls him an “uber Alpha” and fighting the Morphs, the enemy that want them both dead.

Then he finds out she’s got a whole boatload full of psi powers he’s never before encountered. What’s an Alpha to do, let alone an “uber” Alpha?

When I created the Draicon werewolves for my first Nocturne, The Empath, I decided to have them search for their destined mates, who contained the missing half of their magick. They needed an enemy to fight, so I invented the Morphs, former Draicon who turned evil by killing a relative to gain power. Morphs can shapeshift into any animal or insect form. In Enemy Lover, they shift into a swarm of hornets to attack Jamie and Damian.

But for Enemy Lover, I wanted the Draicon to have a more powerful weapon in the Morph war. Jamie possesses the ability to become that weapon, which is ironic because she regards all Draicon as her enemy, especially Damian. Damian must convince her to trust him, and gently coax her into becoming his lover and his mate. It’s a challenge he never anticipated, especially when he discovers she can turn him into a flying werewolf. Jamie gradually turns to him, enlisting his help in harnessing the magick she’s longed for all her life. Yet the use of her new powers expedites the stone spell, changing Jamie’s internal organs into granite and turning her hair and nails gray. Damian and Jamie must race against time to find the magick book before Jamie is forever turned into stone.

Each of my Nocturne books can be read alone, even though they are connected. I hope you enjoy Damian and Jamie’s story of courage, strength and how two strong-willed individuals learn to set aside the past to forge new beginnings formed from love and understanding. You can read an excerpt of Enemy Lover on my website, http://www.bonnievanak.com. Happy reading!

P.S. An interesting bit of trivia — part of Enemy Lover was written on location in the French Quarter at the Hotel Provincial. The hotel, a former Confederate hospital, was recently named one of the top ten best haunted hotels by AOL Travel. Maids have reported seeing bloodstained sheets appear and vanish. I didn’t see any ghosts, bloodstained sheets, or even flying werewolves while staying there. However, I did have a great view of the Ursuline Convent from the bathroom window. The convent is rumored to be haunted as well. That particular ghost story inspired a funny scene in Enemy Lover.

Use the above widget to add an own excerpt of Enemy Lover to your own site. And Bonnie will return to paranormalromanceblog.com to tell us about her Nocturne Bite, Broken Souls — also featuring the Draicon and Morphs — later this month!

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Get a Nocturne Bite for 89 Cents!

November 3, 2008

by Amy Wilkins

All this week, eHarlequin’s eBook Store is having an Afternoon Delights sale offering a selection of our eBook-exclusive shorts — Nocturne Bites, Spice Briefs, and our new Harlequin Historical Undone line — for only 89 cents! This sale is only happening Nov. 3-7, between 12:00 and 3:00 p.m. EST.

Click here to see which ebooks are on sale today!

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Happy Halloween from Harlequin!

October 31, 2008

Halloween is all over romance headquarters today! People are dressed up for our costume contest, cubicles are decorated for the pumpkin carving contest, and treats abound!

eHarlequin is also celebrating the holiday with a one-day-only double free book Friday offer: by any two print books from eHarlequin.com, and get a free Harlequin Presents novel and the first book in Jennifer Armintrout’s vampire series Blood Ties Book One: The Turning!

Our eBook Store is also giving away a free eBook today only.

How will you be celebrating Halloween today?