Please join me in welcoming Erin Kellison and Laurie London here today to Dark Faerie Tales. Erin and Laurie are officially kicking-off their Shadow/Sweetblood (#DarkTour) in anticipation of their latest releases. Erin’s eNovella, Shadow Touch, and Laurie’s eNovella, Hidden Blood, are scheduled to be released on June 1, 2011.
One lucky commenter has a chance to win a copy of Shadow Bound (book 1 in the Shadow series), Bonded by Blood (book 1 in Laurie’s Sweetblood series), and a bonus book, Haunting Desire, by author Erin Quinn. You will also get bookmarks and romance trading cards. Details are listed at the end of the post.
Welcome Erin and Laurie!
The Shadow and Sweetblood Worlds
Erin Kellison here. Welcome to #DarkTour! And a huge thank you to Dark Faerie Tales for hosting us!
Today author Laurie London and I are talking about the paranormal worlds in each of our series. We’re also giving away tons of stuff: Shadow Bound (book 1 in my Shadow series), Bonded by Blood (book 1 in Laurie’s Sweetblood series), and a bonus book, Haunting Desire, by author Erin Quinn. We’ll also be adding bookmarks and romance trading cards to the package. That’s a good package. To enter to win it, just answer the question at the end of the blog.
In my Shadow series, Shadow is magic, and it’s seeping into the world from a place between the mortal world and the Hereafter. I call this between place Twilight. This is the realm of the fae, creatures of myth and fantasy, and beyond it are Heaven and Hell, each with its own beings of great power. When the boundaries between the worlds are compromised, passion and mayhem ensue.
Case in point, my e-novella, Shadow Touch. An errant lash of Shadow magic splits the persona of heroine Ellie Russo into two separate parts of the same woman—her flesh and blood self and her spirit-like shadow. It’s a problem. Ellie must live in seclusion, lest her dark half be discovered. Her shadow knows no shame, acts on the deepest of human drives, and is growing more powerful by the day. What’s a girl to do?
Out of utter desperation, Ellie takes herself and her shadow to the Segue Institute, a paranormal research center that studies Shadow (capital S) magic. Segue, featured in every book in the series, is housed in a renovated turn-of-the-century hotel. It’s haunted. It has a banshee in residence. And it has a holding facility for wraiths, immortal monsters of antiquity who are again threatening humankind. Fun place.
There Ellie meets a scientist, Cameron Kalamos, who studies Shadow (magic), not shadows, the dark stretch cast by light hitting an obstacle. He has no idea how he can possibly help Ellie, though both aspects of her enthrall him. He recognizes the rising danger her shadow poses, just as he must admit his growing attraction. Although Ellie doesn’t need saving—her shadow will make sure no harm comes to her—she sure needs a champion. But it’s damn hard to be a hero when her shadow is bent on seduction.
For more on the Shadow series, reviews, and excerpts, head over to my website. To keep up with all the #DarkTour fun, follow Erin on twitter and on Facebook. By the way, cool extras and prizes can be found at the Segue website, launching June 1. But be careful, the site is haunted, too.
About the Book:
It is bleeding into our world, bringing with it banshees, wraiths, fae from the twisting forests of Twilight. But Ellie’s problem is a very different kind of phenomenon…
It ought to be attached to her; instead it has a life of its own. And her dark mirror image is a wild thing, willfully seducing the very man Ellie hoped could help.
Cam has devoted his career to exploring the boundaries between this world and the Hereafter. But nothing could prepare him for the mischief and mayhem of a soul split in two.
Who will give in first: the man struggling to unite two halves of one fascinating female; the shadow fighting for freedom to experience the thrill of every emotion; or the woman who is about to discover her own deepest desires?
Next Up is Laurie London, talking about Hidden by Blood. I had the pleasure of reading her novella before its release, and the aspect of her world-building that I love most is the chemistry and natural tension Laurie evokes between her vampire and human worlds. What a great read!
Laurie London here! Thanks for having the two of us on today. Because I enjoy paranormal romance that is both dark and dangerous, I’m a huge fan of Erin’s Shadow series. I’m thrilled to team up with her for #DarkTour.
In the Sweetblood world, vampires keep their dark natures in check…for the most part. They live secretly among humans, taking only small, non-lethal, amounts of blood and energies to survive. They move within the shadows and can alter memories.
Throughout the centuries, humans have long suspected the existence of vampires in many of their cultures. Even popes got involved and had their advisors investigate. In response to this mass hysteria and scholarly writings, many vampires worried that if humans had irrefutable knowledge of their existence, they’d be persecuted and their dwindling race could easily face extinction.
So they formed the International Governing Council, whose mission is to stop the violence against humans and keep their existence a secret.
However, not all vampires agree. The Darkblood Alliance believe it is wrong to deny their true natures—they belong at the top of the food chain.
In addition, sweetbloods are humans with a rare blood type highly addictive to vampires. To increase their power and influence, Darkbloods sell this blood, called Sweet, on the vampire black market.
Therein lies the conflict in the e-novella, Hidden By Blood.
Imprisoned as a blood slave, former Army Ranger Finn McKentry is forced to submit to an enemy more powerful than any he’s encountered before. Only Brenna Stewart, the woman he’d loved and lost, can set him free—but the secret she harbors might lead them down the most dangerous path of all.
With the roles reversed (Finn is the sweetblood human and Brenna is the vampire), I had a great time writing it. Besides, Finn doesn’t take any crap…from anyone. You can order the short story here: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
To be entered in the contest, tell us in the comments about your favorite paranormal world(s) from novels, TV, or movies. Good luck!
About the Book:
Deep within the forests of the Pacific Northwest, two vampire coalitions battle for supremacy—Guardians who safeguard humanity and Darkbloods, rogues who will stop at nothing to satisfy their craving for the sweetest of human blood.
Now, former Army Ranger Finn McKentry finds himself imprisoned as a blood slave, forced to submit to an enemy more powerful than any he’s encountered before. Only Brenna Stewart, the woman he’d loved and lost, can set him free—but the secret she harbors might lead them down the most dangerous path of all…
To enter, leave a comment below answering the following question:
Tell us in the comments about your favorite paranormal world(s) from novels, TV, or movies.
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4. Giveaway is open to everyone.
5. Please include your email address in your comment.
6. Giveaway ends Tuesday, June 14th at 11:59 PM EST.
7. The winner will be picked with the help of Random.org.
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