Saturday, April 18—Zhadi’s Den—Intro Stop
Sunday, April 19—Jennifer’s Random Musings—Elle Amery
Monday, April 20—Unbound—Lisa Lane
Tuesday, April 21—Talk About My Favorite Authors—Angela Cameron
Wednesday, April 22—Kissa Starling—Em Lynley
Thursday, April 23—The Countess—Jamaica Layne
Friday, April 24—PNR Inklings Blog at ParaNormal Romance—Sèphera Girón
Saturday, April 25—Wicked Thorn and Roses—Isabel Roman
Monday, April 27—Sia’s Thoughts On…—Neve Black
Wednesday, April 29—Bryn Greenwood—C. Margery Kempe
Thursday, April 30—Bookwenches—Savannah Chase
Friday, May 1—Neve Black—Inara LaVey
Saturday, May 2—Night Owl Romances—Final Stop
“What do you feel is the most important thing that you can bring to your readers?”
Angela Cameron: For me, other than a well-written story, I think that the most important thing that I can bring my readers is fun. Stories are daydreams that we share with our readers, escapes. Personally, I want to escape to a place where there’s action, suspense, romance, and so many other things that are not in the humdrum life of laundry and work. I want to visit another world, be seduced by a hottie, and still have time to catch a bad guy. My readers aren’t much different. So, if they’re spending their hard-earned money on one of my books, I think that they should get their money’s worth.
Let’s hear what the other my friends from Ravenous have to say about this, and then I want to know what you think is the most important.
Isabel Roman: Solid plot with believable characters and a steamy romantic story. Also, emotional involvement with the characters. I love to make someone feel something—whether it’s hatred toward a villain, sadness for the black moments, or infatuation with the hero, it’s about eliciting a reaction.
Neve Black: I want the reader to identify with the character or the situation.
Lisa Lane: It is my hope that my readers experience the same magic I feel when writing a passage that has taken on a depth and life of its own. My muses have a fascination with profundity, which can make for some disturbing plot twists, but also some interesting insights.
EM Lynley: My main goal is to entertain readers. I want to give people a little something outside of their everyday life to come to that’s just pure enjoyment. I like introducing them to a set of characters that they can love and think about, maybe even after they’re done reading the book.
Jamaica Layne: I want them to be entertained and to have a good time while reading. If I haven’t done that, then I haven’t done my job.
Inara LaVey: Entertainment! And hopefully what good books give me—a pocket of time transported away from reality into another world.
C. Margery Kempe: I have a lot of esoteric knowledge that I like to make accessible to a wide audience. I guess it’s the teacher in me.
Savannah Chase: For me the most important thing would have to be characters they can fall in love with, even relate to. I want my books to take them away if it is only for a few pages. I want readers to be able to care about the characters.
Elle Amery: The most important thing that I can bring to my readers is the chance to let go of all their own troubles and enter into another world—a world where difficulties and challenges may exist, but all absolutely will come out well in the end. And when the reader is done with one of my stories, I hope they have a strengthened sense of self and of the belief that good things do happen, the girl does get the prince, the good guy is out there, life can be wonderful.
Sèphera Girón: I always say I live to entertain. I want my stories to be read and enjoyed and not take a lot of work to understand what I’m trying to say.
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Here’s the EXCERPT from the book prize, Blood & Sex, Vol. 1: Michael by me, Angela Cameron. It’s in the beginning of the book and should give you a little taste of what you can expect. Enjoy!
Tori stared at him. If there was one vampire that everyone seemed to think remotely resembled an honest person, it was Michael. Of course, all of the vampiro played the power games and did what best suited their interests. Plus, he was the most powerful in the area. He was right; she couldn’t do it without him.
She sighed and nodded. “Only if you swear you won’t molest me or some shit.”
He chuckled. “Every time we meet, you act as though I can’t resist you. I assure you that I have plenty of female companions.”
“That’s not a promise.”
He laughed harder, and with a nod, added, “I swear to you, I won’t do anything while you are enthralled that you don’t ask for.”
Tori grumbled, “Still not good enough.” She pointed at him. “You could suggest it, or have me begging through bl—your influences.”
His smile faded. “You’re beginning to annoy me.”
“You’ll get over it.”
He placed a hand over his heart, as if that gave the words more validity. “I promise that I will not do anything that you truly do not wish me to do, and I will not bite you. Even when you beg.”
She refused to play his game. “Alright. I’ll be by tomorrow to get started.”
With one last gulp that drained the margarita, she slid from the chair.
“I expect my payment tonight.”
“You have your promise, which puts me immediately in danger. So I expect payment tonight.”
“You’re out of your mind.”
“Then you have no deal.” Michael stood and walked toward the door that she knew lead to the V.I.P. section of the club that was reserved for vampires.
Shit. If she let him bite her and mess with her head, she probably wouldn’t think straight for days. But she needed him. It wasn’t an option.
“Michael.” She caught up to him as he moved into the other room. “I’ll give you half. Just a nibble. No mind games.”
He turned to her and a slow grin crept across his face. “I thought you might.” He motioned toward a dark booth in the corner. “It will only take a moment.”
Tori’s heart beat a little faster and her palms grew moist as she reached the table.
“Don’t be afraid.”
“Liar.” Michael slid into the booth and motioned to the seat beside him.
She slipped in, but kept a little space between them. “How do I know you’re going to stop?”
“I want a witness.”
He gave her a slight nod, then slipped one arm up on the back of her seat. “Jonas will be here in just a moment.”
Dammit. Just what she needed: a witness who wanted her blood as much as he did.
Before she could argue, Jonas entered the room. He was even more gorgeous than he had been on stage. The man was pure sex on legs and he stalked toward her with a devious grin. “So, you’re ready to admit how much you want me?”
Tori rolled her eyes. “Let’s just get this over with.”
Jonas slid in beside her. “What am I going to witness?”
Michael spoke before she did. “She agreed to let me feed once, but she doesn’t trust me to stop.”
He laughed. “Smart woman.”
Michael let out a soft growl.
“Alright.” Tori angled herself toward Michael and arched her neck. “Go ahead.”
“I was going for the arm, but if you insist.” He slid a warm hand behind her neck and pulled her closer.
When Tori closed her eyes, she inhaled him in one long breath that made her mind feel light and dizzy. He smelled wonderful. The scent of him took her back to that light place where her body wanted him naked against her. Somewhere inside her alarms were going off, but she didn’t care. The only thing she cared about was the fact that his other hand was wrapped around her waist, but she wanted it between her legs, massaging the growing throb that made her skin moisten. Her heart thumped and the image of him going down on her filled her mind.
She opened her eyes to expel the vision. “I think I don’t—”
The pinprick of fangs hit her skin.
Then his teeth pushed in with a pop that made her gasp. Her mind focused on the mouth and the feel of Michael’s waist in her hands. She gripped him, feeling the pull of his mouth on her neck, along with the heat from her blood as it moved into him. Time seemed irrelevant as she melted into his grasp.
Jonas made a gasping noise that reminded her that he was watching. She felt him scoot closer and could feel his eyes on them. His hand went to her wrist. She knew he was checking her pulse, but it gave her the feeling that he wanted to join them.
She heard Jonas say something, but she couldn’t make out the words.
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