COLOR OF LOVE BLOG HOP

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ColorofLove_BloghopFIVE DAYS TO MEET NEW AUTHORS, FIND WONDERFUL BOOKS, & LAUNCH THE HOLIDAY SEASON.

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Follow the tour with the links at the end of this post, enter the Rafflecopter drawing, and leave comments to win!

Color of Love Blog Hop Prizes

  • 1st prize: $50 Amazon gift card + 8 ebooks

  • 2nd prize: $30 Amazon gift card+ 8 ebooks

  • 3rd prize: $20 Amazon gift card + 8 ebooks

  • 4th prize: $10 Amazon gift card + 8 ebooks

  • I will also be giving away a copy of Shepherd and a copy of the Guardians of Eden Set One to two lucky commenters!

Why Write a Book with Interracial Characters?

Well, I’m not quite sure how to answer that because I write books for the characters who capture my imagination. The world is a wonderful mix of people, rich in vivid history and mythology. My characters follow in those footsteps with heroes and heroines of different races, nationalities, and religions. Those are the themes I write into my books and for the most part, it’s subconscious, not a point I’m trying to make. My only goal is presenting a captivating love story!

I’m more likely to ask, why not write a multicultural/interracial book? So I’ve joined in this hop with wonderful authors who’ve delivered tantalizing, romantic tales with love, diversity, and courage at the center of each and every story.

The book I’m spotlighting is SHEPHERD, book 2 in the Phoenix Legends futurist romance series. Esme Loures Vier, code name KARMA, is a tough, young survivor and one the most brilliant weapons designers the mercenaries have ever encountered. Used by her father and then sold to a ruthless husband, she’s had little choice in her options or her future. Until she’s captured and held for execution by the Regents of New Delphi. But always a resourceful woman, Esme is just getting started!

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SHEPHERD

Cyber rebellion with heart

Clayton Ebris – CODE NAME: Shepherd
JOB: Underground intelligence/recon, former monster of the Regent’s army

Esme Loures Vier – CODE NAME: Karma
JOB: Widow/Wife/Traitor/Weapon’s designer

In a race against time, the Down Below underground rebel network plans for the rescue of one of their own from the Regent death squads. The success or failure of their plan hinges on the loyalty of a deadly former Regent guard and one of the most brilliant and dangerous weapon’s designers in New Delphi’s history.

PHOENIX LEGENDS:
Earth Date 2178 A.D. – One hundred and fifty years after genetically enhanced crops and livestock decimate the Earth with a lethal bacterial strain of Salmonella only twenty percent of the world’s population remains.

Small pockets of civilization flourish, supported by computerized technologies and vaccinations against the bacteria, the new cities built over the ruins of the previous age. Regents, the owners of the technology, govern the interests of their individual cities–shining examples of progress and advancement. The Down Below rebel network of New Delphi is here to counter the most horrific atrocities enacted in the name of progress.

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BOOK TOUR: THE UNHOLY by Paul DeBlassie III

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Paul will be awarding a $50 Amazon/BN Gift Card to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour. Follow the tour and use the Rafflecopter below for your entry!!

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A young curandera, a medicine woman, intent on uncovering the secrets of her past is forced into a life-and-death battle against an evil Archbishop. Set in the mystic land of Aztlan, The Unholy is a novel of destiny as healer and slayer. Native lore of dreams and visions, shape changing, and natural magic work to spin a neo-gothic web in which sadness and mystery lure the unsuspecting into a twilight realm of discovery and decision.

 

 

 

EXCERPT:

“Help me? Help yourself! Face what is yours to face,” Elizabeth hissed. She yanked the door open then forced it to slam behind her.

Claire stood still for a moment, feeling as if a tornado had swept through the room. Elizabeth’s demand had left her shaken. She drew a deep breath, then went to her desk and picked up her tea, noticing her trembling hands.

Turning toward the window, Claire saw a muscular orderly accompanying Elizabeth to the locked ward at the far end of the hospital compound. A flock of crows circled high overhead, seeming to follow the two receding figures. As they arrived at the outer doors of the locked unit, the orderly reached for his keys. The crows circled while the two crossed the threshold of the unit, Elizabeth suddenly pausing, turning, and looking outside, her gaze riveted on the flock of birds.

All but two flew off, disappearing into the piñon-covered hills. The two that remained came to rest on the red brick wall adjacent to the locked unit, their black eyes boring into Elizabeth. She looked panicked then enraged and, shaking a finger at the creatures, yelled something. Her frantic gestures told Claire that she was screeching curses to ward off evil.

Claire took a step back from the window, from the impact of Elizabeth’s rage.

The orderly grabbed Elizabeth roughly by the arm and pulled her inside.

The crows waited, watched, then flew away.

AUTHOR INFORMATION:

MEDIA KIT Author PhotoPaul DeBlassie III, Ph.D., is a psychologist and writer living in Albuquerque who has treated survivors of the dark side of religion for more than 30 years. His professional consultation practice — SoulCare — is devoted to the tending of the soul. Dr. DeBlassie writes fiction with a healing emphasis. He has been deeply influenced by the mestizo myth of Aztlan, its surreal beauty and natural magic.  He is a member of the Depth Psychology Alliance, the Transpersonal Psychology Association and the International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy.

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AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT: Karolyn James

SPECIAL AUTHOR GUEST: Karolyn James

Author of: THE BROTHERS OF ROCK SERIES

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 The Stronger, Safer Kind

(The Boys of DownCrash #1)

All Scarlett wanted to do was thank the sexy stranger who helped her push away a drunk, grabby college boy at a bar. When that stranger identifies himself as Tripp and then takes the stage as the lead singer and guitarist for rock band, DownCrash, everything in Scarlett’s life begins to change.

Her best friend, Andy, confesses his love for her and leaves her with what should be an easy decision to make… yet each time she looks in Andy’s eyes, she can’t help but face her secret, nightmarish past.

The only thing that makes Scarlett feel better is Tripp… but Tripp isn’t just a bad boy rockstar, he’s hurt. He’s in pain. He tries to hide his pain in a bottle, but Scarlett believes that, perhaps, their secrets can help each other.

Friendship and love is suddenly put to the test, and Scarlett is torn… Will she choose an easy, comfortable, happy life or a life clouded with mixed signals, raw emotion, and intense romance?

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Torn to Pieces

(The Boys of DownCrash #2)

Trying to forget about the promises she was forced to make as a young, naive eighteen year old, Maggie creates a false persona that paints her as the girl who never says no…

However, once she lays eyes on the drummer of DownCrash, everything clicks. From his sexy lip ring to the way he stares at her from the stage, Tatum becomes everything Maggie has ever fantasized about.

When trouble catches up to her in a parking garage after a DownCrash show, and Tatum shows up out of nowhere to protect her. For the first time in years, she is intimidated by a man’s kindness and sexiness, and not by his temper and jealousy. As real feelings begin to grow Maggie is faced with her past and wonders if she’ll ever be able to escape the promises she once made to keep the promises she wants to make right now.

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Some Kind of Hell

(The Boys of DownCrash #3)

DownCrash bassist, Logan, has his sexy eyes on Maggie’s best friend, Annie. But Annie is still reeling from the way her relationship ended. She’s hurt, angry, jealous, and the last thing she wants is some wannabe rockstar looking for his next hookup… although it may just be what she needs.

Logan wants more for his life. The past is living in his apartment, which forces him to spend nights in his car to avoid reliving the nightmare over and over again.

When Annie’s guard comes down, tragedy strikes and their lives will be changed forever. Determined to win Annie over and help DownCrash get signed to a record deal, Logan has his work cut out for him. His gorgeous body and no-bullshit personality may just be the key to both…

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Buried Notes

(The Boys of DownCrash #4)

 

Finally exposing a secret to his band after years of hiding, Chasing Cross bassist, Chris, confesses that some years ago, during a wild night, he ended up marrying someone. It was supposed to be a no-big-deal kind of thing, with a stipulation… if one of them fell in love or wanted to get married to someone else, they would divorce.

Chris has been served divorce papers, and it should be easy to just sign them, but he can’t. His heart won’t allow it.

 Becky loses her mother to breast cancer and realizes that life sometimes really is too short. She finds the ring she received from a sexy rockstar the night she secretly married him. The memory should have been fun, but after being pushed into a corner to stay married while that rockstar’s band took off, Becky can’t do it anymore.

She sends divorce papers and waits… and waits… and weeks after sending the papers, she wonders what’s taking so long…

In a journey that forces Chris to step back in time to find his future, he knows he needs to find Becky – his wife. He isn’t sure what he’ll find, but he knows he wants the truth.

Was it love back then? Or just a crazy night with a rockstar?

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Last Song

(The Boys of DownCrash #5)

The fifth Brothers of Rock novel featuring Chasing Cross finds drummer Rick Saunderst living in a personal hell. After walking away from Chasing Cross in the middle of their tour, he tries everything he can to settle the demons in his soul, but the all night parties, booze, women, and jam sessions cannot silence the voice deep within…

Sarah is a small town veterinarian, not quite sure where her life is going. She walks her opinionated dog and lives her life in a simple routine. When a moving truck disrupts her quiet street, she must learn to accept her new neighbor’s noisy habits and sexy stare.

For the first time ever, booze can’t mask his feelings. After over a decade of the rockstar life, Rick finally feels like he has a life off stage. Jamming in a garage with old friends and getting to know Sarah, and her loyal dog, Molly, is his definition of home.

The rest of Chasing Cross continue the tour, with help from Fallen Tuesday’s lead singer, Luke, as their replacement drummer. He brings life back to the band, but even still, without Rick, the band feels incomplete.

In the final book featuring Chasing Cross, choices will come to a head. Chasing Cross must decide whether to move on without Rick and Rick must settle his own battles, personally and professionally. Falling in love wasn’t part of the deal, but sometimes love happens when a person least expects it.

AUTHOR POST – Karolyn James:

I’m now at the point where I’m asking “what comes after the rock?” because the fifth book in the Chasing Cross books in my Brothers of Rock series is out. I had written series before but never like this one. This was the first time I was very organized, and on top of that, with the support of the readers, I was able to get the series expanded for another five books next year following another band, which allowed me to work that band into the first five books.

For those who have followed the first five Brothers of Rock books, they get to meet the next band – Fallen Tuesday – in books four and then five.  I often get asked how I organized the series, or how I will organize the next set of books. I’m not an expert and everyone is different, but I’ve found it so much easier to write a series when you have a proper outline for the series. Maybe not each book, but I think it’s important to have storylines that cross between books yet there’s a storyline that’s fully told in each book. If a reader grabbed the fourth book of Chasing Cross, they’d be able to read it and understand everything. They’d hopefully be enticed to go back and start from the beginning to get the full complete story. Before I started writing Brothers of Rock, I started with the band, the names of the band, and then started plotting. The fun part of this was creating Chasing Cross as a band on top of the world… while working on the Fallen Tuesday books I chose a band that was on the rise. So the books go along with the series but it’s totally different.

I think that’s extremely crucial too… you have to make it different. Each book is a piece of a bigger puzzle but each one needs to entertain and satisfy. I have three notebooks that contain everything Brothers of Rock related.

Thank you to all the fans who have read Brothers of Rock and Chasing Cross. If you haven’t, hurry and start reading! The first Fallen Tuesday book will be released in January 2014!

Now… how about some favorite Thanksgiving Day traditions??? These are my top five…

  1. The smell of turkey cooking!

  2. Waiting for family to come over!

  3. Watching the parade!

  4. Seeing the look on my kids face when they see Santa at the end of the parade!

  5. Laughing at the dinner table!

What are you favorite part(s) of Thanksgiving Day?

AUTHOR Bio:

London Casey is the pen name for Karolyn James.

Karolyn James is the author of several bestselling series. With over 100,000 ebooks sold, Karolyn has seen success in both romance and in erotic romance. Her current series include the smash hit Brothers of Rock romance series.

Don’t miss the first part of the series following rock band, Chasing Cross!

Book One – All Access

Book Two – Broken Sound

Book Three – Bitter Farewell

Book Four – Buried Notes

Book Five – Last Song

Recently announced – coming 2014: The Brothers of Rock series will continue with five more books following rock band, Fallen Tuesday!

Karolyn James also writes under the pen name, Claire Charlins, writing western romances. Upon releasing the first book in the Mail Order Romance series, West For Love, the book shot straight to the top of the Amazon Kindle charts! The second book in this mail order bride romance series is now available, titled Finding Love West!

AUTHOR LINKS:

On Twitter: @KarolynWrites

Visit online: www.KarolynJames.wordpress.com

On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KarolynJamesAuthor

Mailing list: tinyurl.com/KJSignup

BUY LINKS DownCrash Series:

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BLURB BLITZ: WINTER’S HEAT by Cristin Harber

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BBT Winters Heat Banner copyCristin will be awarding a $25 GC to Victoria’s Secret, and gifted e-copies of the five titles in the series (starting w/ Winters Heat. Three novels and two novellas) to one randomly drawn commenter during this tour AND the Virtual Super Book Blast tour.

 

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After putting her life on the line to protect classified intelligence, military psychologist Mia Kensington is on a cross-country road trip from hell with an intrusive save-the-day hero. Uninterested in his white knight act, she’d rather take her chances without the ruggedly handsome, cold-blooded operative who boasts an alpha complex and too many guns.

Colby Winters, an elite member of The Titan Group, has a single objective on his black ops mission: recover a document important to national security. It was supposed to be an easy in-and-out operation. But now, by any means necessary becomes a survival mantra when he faces off with a stunning woman he can’t leave behind.

When Titan’s safe houses are compromised, Colby stashes Mia at his home, exposing his secret—he’s the adoptive father of an orphaned baby girl. Too soon, danger arrives and Mia lands in the hands of a sadistic cartel king with a taste for torture. As hours bleed into fear-drenched days, Colby races across the globe and through a firestorm of bullets to save the woman he can’t live without.

EXCEPRT:

Setup- Colby Winters is running out of a cartel kingpin’s mansion during a gunfight to a waiting Titan team member.

Gunfire surrounded her. Coming for them, shooting away from them. They fired. He fired back. The burnt gunpowder floated behind him, blazing into her nose and eyes. Still, she pushed, moving as he moved, tracing his cross-hatched steps, ducking when he ducked. A shadow behind the man.

She heard a thump. He growled and missed a step but didn’t stop moving. Brilliant red blood sprayed onto her. He didn’t slow. Her legs burned keeping the pace.

They rounded the corner, and he pressed her against the stucco wall. His blood stained her. It painted the wall and covered his hands. Vehicles came their way. Armed men poured from a hole in the perimeter fence like ants from an anthill. Fireballs from the jungle hit the vehicles. Violent explosions sent deadly fireworks into the sky. Rubber and diesel burned hot. Black smoke billowed around the armed men running toward them.

The heat, humidity, and smoke would have slowed a lesser man. So would a gunshot wound. He scanned the vast lawn.

“We have to make it past that hole in the fence. There’s a vehicle waiting for us. We’ve got a sniper in the trees, and two more men on the ground. When you see someone dressed like me, you run like hell toward him. Got it?”

“You’re hurt.” She wanted to run her hands across his skin and stop the bleeding.

He ignored her. “Say it, Mia. Can you do this?”

“I can.” She gave him a strong nod, exacerbating her headache. She didn’t care. Colby was here, and she’d do whatever he needed her to do.

“You got this. Let’s go.”

He gave her a small push in the right direction. Bullets sounded around her. Men ran toward them, guns pointed their way. The shots hit the grass, spitting up dirt, and slapping her face. She tasted blood and grit, and felt the filth in her mouth, which caked her lips and teeth.

White-hot pain rocketed through her. A dizzying flash made her stumble. He grabbed her upright.

“Flesh wound. Keep going,” he shouted above the noise. His teeth were gritted together. He huddled beside her, pulling her. “There’s Jared. Run!”

Another thump. He was hit again, as he shielded her from the rain of artillery. One by one, men advanced toward them and were dropped by a sniper. But as one went down, another appeared.

She heard another bullet hit. Winters dropped to his knee, pulled Mia under him, and cursed violent threats. His sweat and blood coated her. She felt it through the layers of clothing and vests. He scooped her with one arm and crawled behind a statue.

“How bad are you hurt, Colby?”

“Doesn’t matter.” His labored breaths worsened with each passing moment.

“How bad, damn it?”

 Winters stopped laboring and laughed. “You’re unreal, you know that?”

Mia glared at him.

“Bad. But I think Kevlar got most of it. Everything heals. I’m not worried. Jared’s twenty yards ahead, picking them off. We have to go for it right now. Or we don’t have a chance. You got it, babe?”

“I can do this.”

“I know you can. Run, baby, run.” He took off at a limped sprint, acting as a barrier from the fire again.

His leg went out from under him. The whiz of bullets went to slow motion, the sound ceased. Mia dropped on bent knees, watching him on the ground.

“Run, goddamn it,” he shouted. His veins popped out of his neck as he fired into the distance.

The world came back, loud and furious. Her legs moved, even though her mind was numb. Jared appeared out of nowhere. He jumped from his perch and snared her with an arm, dragging her into the vehicle.

“Wait. Colby.”

Jared threw the vehicle into gear and spun tires as he tore down the makeshift road. Branches and jungle leaves scratched at the windshield.

Mia launched at Jared, hitting his shoulder.

“Colby’s hurt.” Tears and terror filled her throat. The very depths of her soul ached. Her screech turned to a pleading whisper. “Please. Help him.”

“They were right on your tail. They’ve got him by now.”

Dread ricocheted through her head. All the pain and loss pressed onto her. Suffocating despair ripped her apart. Tears streamed down. Rapid breaths came fast. Too fast. She tried to cut them off but failed. All went black.

 

AUTHOR BIO and Links:

author_christin harberMEDIA KIT fb cristinCristin Harber – Romantic Suspense Author: Higher Stakes. Hotter Action.

MOM. WIFE. AUTHOR.

Lover of all things sexy and happily ever after.

I live outside Washington, DC with my family: my husband (who doesn’t mind my collection of book boyfriends), an independent toddler, and an English bulldog named Britta who loves to be a conversation piece. Oh, we have a baby on the way—arriving about the same time as WINTERS HEAT debuts!

I love southern food, listen to country music, am always too hot or too cold, and spend hours reading and writing. I cheer on my University of Louisville Cardinals-GO CARDS! When I’m not pregnant (or nursing), I like a little bourbon or sweet wine. Pregnant or not, I love a lot of chocolate.

I can’t save the world, so instead, I write about those that do. There’s a special place in my heart for those who keep us safe. My Titan series debuts this fall with five titles available in 2013: WINTERS HEAT, GARRISON’S CREED, WESTIN’S CHASE, CHASED, and GAMBLED.

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WEBSITE: http://cristinharber.com

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TWITTER: https://twitter.com/CristinHarber

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