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Deadly Destinations: Thea Harrison’s Niniane on New York & Chicago

*Visit All Things Urban Fantasy today for her Deadly Destination tour of Clay and Susan Griffith’s vampire infested London & a chance to win THE GREYFRIAR and THE RIFT WALKER**

Deadly Destinations takes us to two really great cities, New York and Chicago.  Niniane Lorelle is here today from Thea Harrison’s Elder Races series to school us on the art of having poison-tipped stilettos, and the importance of being able to protect yourself should you come across a supernatural baddie or hottie.  DRAGON BOUND is already available.  STORM’S HEART (available from Berkley on August 2, 2011), is the second book in the Elder Races series. Thanks to Penguin/Berkley, one of you who comment on this post will win a copy of both books!  See details below.


Two custom-made stilettos, along with various sheaths = $1,500

Designer poison, for said stilettos=$2,399

Having poison-tipped stilettos everywhere you travel?=Priceless

Hi, my name is Tricks Periwinkle, only, well, it’s not.  My real name is Niniane Lorelle.  (Don’t ever shorten the name “Niniane.”  Just don’t do that.  It’s not pretty.)

I used to be the head of PR at Cuelebre Enterprises in New York, only Dragos Cuelebre (yes, he really is a dragon, guys; I’ve seen him change with my own two eyes, and it was like WHOA SHIT!…was it okay that I just wrote shit?) killed my uncle, so now I have to be the Dark Fae Queen.  I’m not looking forward to it.  Being Queen, I mean.  I was thrilled when Dragos killed my uncle Urien, because two hundred years ago Urien killed my entire family, and he would have lurved to kill me too if he could have gotten his hands on me.

Anyhoo, that’s a little off topic.  I was asked to write this travel piece about how to get around safely in New York and Chicago, and I was like, safely?  Really?  I don’t know what that word means.  Hence (I like the word “hence.”  It sounds so Queeny.), the stilettos and poison, ‘cause I never go anywhere without bodyguards but a girl’s got to have a back-up plan, am I right or am I right?  And yes, I really paid that much for them, because my hands are little, and the grip had to be just so, and I wanted the sheaths to be tooled and stained so that they are pretty, because that might not matter to anyone else but I’ve got to wear those blasted things all the freaking time.

(Somebody’s going to edit this, right?)  Back to travel.  You know one thing I lurv about Manhattan, aside from the shops, theaters, restaurants, and nightclubs?  Manhattan has no alleys.  Really.  People who have never been to New York don’t realize this, but space is too valuable to waste on alleyways.  From my perspective, that is an awesome good thing, because alleys and me, we don’t get along.

Chicago’s got alleys.  Alleys are dangerous.  Bad things happen there.  I’m actually not too fond of Greek restaurants right now either.  See, because I’m actually taking a break from all the impending Queen-stuff right now to write this piece, and a couple of days ago, one of my many cousins, Geril, along with some of his cohorts—have you ever noticed that cohorts are never a good thing?  They’re always bad!—fed me dinner at a Greek restaurant then lured me into a nearby alleyway and tried to assassinate me.  (It’s not plain ole “kill” when you’re s’posed to be a head of state.)

I lived.  My cousin and the cohorts didn’t.  And you know why they didn’t?  Bingo:  the stilettos.

Plus lots and lots and lots of self-defense training my dear friends the Wyr sentinels gave me.  No matter how bad I was, they wouldn’t give up on training me, until sometimes, just between yousies and mesies, I wanted to lie on the training mat and barf on their shoes.

So, my friends, if you have to travel, take lots of self-defense classes, avoid alleyways at all costs, and if you have to eat in public places, make sure you know where all the exits are in case you need to skip out unexpectedly.  It’s also really handy if a gigantic sexy-to-die-for Wyr sentinel decides to watch out for you, whether you want him to or not, and yes, my friends, I am talking about Tiago Black Eagle, the warlord sentinel, otherwise known affectionately by his friends as Dr. Death.

And always dip your weapons in poison.

XOXOX All my love,


PS: By the time you read this I’ll be Queen. Gak.

PPS: There’s been more than one attempt on my life, and I’m so much in love with Tiago, my heart hurts.  Pray for us.


About Thea:

Thea Harrison is the pen name for author Teddy Harrison. Thea has traveled extensively, having lived in England and explored Europe for several years. Now she resides in northern California. She wrote her first book, a romance, when she was nineteen and had sixteen romances published under the name Amanda Carpenter.

She took a break from writing to collect a couple of graduate degrees and a grown child. She experienced waitressing as a teenager, has worked as an activist for a non-profit consumer rights organization, has been a receptionist, an office manager, a penniless graduate student, a director of development and research, and a single mom. Her graduate degrees are in Philanthropic Studies and Library Information Science, but her first love has always been writing fiction. She’s back with her paranormal Elder Races series. The release date for her first paranormal, Dragon Bound, is May 3, 2010.

She adores animals and currently resides with several small pets that have very large personalities.

You can visit Thea around the web here: Website | Blog | Twitter | Facebook

Want to read more from Thea Harrison?

Dragon Bound Storm's Heart Serpent's Kiss


This giveaway is provided by Penguin/Berkley

One winner will receive a copy of Dragon Bound and Storm’s Heart by Thea Harrison

Available on August 2, 2011 from Penguin/Berkley

About the Book:

Able to wield thunder and lightning, wyr sentinel Tiago Black Eagle has ruled the skies for centuries. His massive build and thunderous power make him one of the wyr’s best weapons. And he’s the one sent to protect Tricks, heir to the Dark Fae throne, when she’s almost assassinated in Chicago. Soon Tiago and Tricks will fall prey to the stormy hunger that engulfs them-a passion that will shake the very foundation of all the worlds.

Click HERE to read an excerpt

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4. Giveaway is open to U.S. and Canada/No P.O. Boxes.

5. Please include your email address in your comment.

6. All Deadly Destinations winners will be announced on August 7th.

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70 Responses to “Deadly Destinations: Thea Harrison’s Niniane on New York & Chicago

  1. elizabethNo Gravatar

    cool contest!..thanks

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  2. Low KeyNo Gravatar

    This was so ridiculously awesome (and the cover is most definitely very attractive.)

    Thank you so much for the giveaway!


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  3. Diana (@Offbeat Vagabond)No Gravatar

    I just bought Dragon Bound a few weeks ago. I can’t wait to start this. I keep hearing everyone talking about it. Thank you Twitter :) Great tour. I am really loving the premise and I can’t wait for the next book. And again, if not, I can easily just stare at the covers until then. Woohoo! Thank you guys so much :)

    GFC Follower: drharleyquinn87
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  4. Heather PowersNo Gravatar

    another new paranormal read.

    earthsbooknook at gmail dot com

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  5. Michelle BledsoeNo Gravatar

    I love Dragon shifters. I am so intrigued with Thea’s books. Thank you Thea for writing about dragons.
    Fingers are crossed hoping to win.
    GFC follower

    koonie2888 at yahoo dot com

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  6. Melissa (Books and Things)No Gravatar

    I’m actually curious about both books!!

    I’m a gfc follower
    twitter follower @BooksThings
    Have Deadly Destinations button on contest page:
    books (dot) things (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  7. MariyaNo Gravatar

    I am excited to read this book! =DDDDD

    I follow on twiiter: mariya_davis
    Like on Facebook; Mariya Davis
    I am a follower!
    and I tweeted:!/mariya_davis/status/95697852084400128
    Link on Facebook:

    +5 entries =DDDDD

    My email:

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  8. MariyaNo Gravatar

    Sorry, posted wrong twitter link:
    here is the right tweet:!/mariya_davis/status/95700390431043584

    and wrong facebook link, here is right one:

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  9. Stacy (UrbanFantasyInvestigations)No Gravatar

    This looks like something I would enjoy. Thanks


    +3 entries for becoming a follower of this blog and Dark Faerie Tales on Twitter and Facebook.

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  10. Debbie BussieNo Gravatar

    ? I haven’t read any of Thea’s books BUT I have read the excerpts and they are DEF on my TBR list. I am already a follower of Dark Faerie tales. Thanks

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  11. AllisonNo Gravatar

    This looks like an awesome read! I’ve heard great things about your books and would love to win a copy of one to read!

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  12. Little Lamb LostNo Gravatar

    Tricks, I kind of think I would need an awful lot of training to face what you have. Will bear in mind arming myself with poison tipped stilettos if I should suddenly discover myself to be royal.

    little lamb lst at yahoo dot com

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  13. Anne RNo Gravatar

    This book sounds really interesting, very exciting. THanks for the giveaway.

    +3 follower

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  14. donnasNo Gravatar

    Awesome giveaway. Thanks for the chance!

    follower on all 3

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  15. Marlene BreakfieldNo Gravatar

    I love dragon shifters. thanks for the giveaway
    follow all three ways twitter @mbreakfield

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  16. Brittany HardyNo Gravatar

    Read a few other romance series centered around dragons (Katie Macalister comes to mind) which I loved. So this looks like a good series to delve into.

    +3 following all


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  17. AndraNo Gravatar

    They sound like a great read! Thanks for the giveaway!

    I follow DFT on Facebook.


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    Thanks for the giveaway!!


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  19. winnieNo Gravatar

    Thanks for the post and giveaway! I’ve heard good things about these dragon shifter books and would love to read it

    GFC follower


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  20. Jennifer KallhoffNo Gravatar

    Sounds awesome! Cover model is droolworthy XD

    Following on GFC, Facebook, Twitter =)


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