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10 April, 2012

Laura Kaye's WEST OF WANT Preview & Prizes Event

Welcome to the WEST OF WANT Preview and Prizes Event! Read My Mind is taking part with many other blogs to help Laura Kaye celebrate. Check out what the author has to say:

Happy WEST OF WANT Preview and Prizes Event, everyone! Today, April 10, was the original release date for Book 2 in my Hearts of the Anemoi series, West of Want. And then some really cool things happened: my publisher, Entangled Publishing, signed a huge deal with the nation’s biggest book distributor, which means for the first time ever, my books will be shelved in brick-and-mortar bookstores.

And then, West of Want received a very nice pre-sales estimate by the booksellers and Barnes and Nobles bought it for all their stores nationwide (and it got bought for airports, too—squee!). The only bad news in this whole scenario was this: the release date got pushed back, by three LONG months! LOL

So, I thought I’d celebrate the original release date with a preview of the book and a big contest, and give you a small taste to whet your appetite until the actual release date arrives.


"Laura Kaye’s captivating writing and vibrant world-building will have readers hooked on the gods of the Anemoi. WEST OF WANT is steamy, spellbinding, and a must-read for all romance fantasy fans."
~Elisabeth Naughton, author of the Eternal Guardians series

Forty sites are celebrating with me today, and there are different posts at those different sites. To see the whole list of participants, click here. Now, without further ado, here’s the book blurb and one of four different never-before-seen excerpts from the book available for you to enjoy:


WEST OF WANT BLURB:

Betrayal is all he's ever known, but in her, he'll find a love strong enough to be trusted...

When Marcella Raines' twin brother dies, she honors his request to be buried at sea, never expecting the violent storm that swamps her boat. Though she's gravely injured--and still emotionally damaged from her recent divorce--Ella fights to survive.

Zephyros Martius is the Supreme God of the West Wind and Spring, but being the strongest Anemoi hasn't protected him from betrayal and loss. Worse, he's sure his brother Eurus is behind it. When Zeph's heartbreak whips up a storm that shipwrecks a human, his guilt forces him to save her.

Ella is drawn to the vulnerability Zeph hides beneath his otherworldly masculinity and ancient blue eyes. And her honesty, empathy, and unique, calming influence leave Zeph wanting...everything. When Eurus threatens Ella, she and Zeph struggle to let go of the past, defend their future, and embrace what they most want--a love that can be trusted.

EXCERPT:

Zeph’s arms gripped her tighter, yanking her fully against him. The rigid line of his erection pressed into her belly. “You don’t understand how much you intrigue me.” His head dropped so his lips caressed her ear. “You don’t understand how much you attract me. You’re in my head. All the time. You make my heart beat faster, my body ache with want.” He kissed the shell of her ear and moved sinuously against her.

Her body came alive, tightening, opening, preparing. Ella gasped as he nipped and licked down her neck.

Then he growled. “What is this?” He tugged at the fleece collar around her neck.

“What?” she asked, trying and failing to keep up through the haze of lust.

“This…is this a man’s shirt?”

Ella looked down. “Oh, yeah.”

“I cannot abide it.” His mouth dropped open and the dark blue of his eyes flared. “Please,” he rasped.

Ella frowned. “I don’t understand,” she said, but she stepped back enough to pull the fleece over her head. She tossed it to the futon. “It was just my br—”

Zeph’s mouth crushed to hers. His big hands buried in her hair. He pursued her, devoured her. His passion overwhelmed and overpowered. She stumbled back a half step here and there, until
her shoulders hit the hallway wall.

Male spice filled her nose and tantalized her taste buds. Jesus, she couldn’t get enough of him. She met him kiss for kiss, stroke for stroke. She sucked his tongue until he groaned deep in his throat, and then she did it again.

He grabbed her hands in one of his and braced them over her head, against the wall. He pulled away from the kiss, but kept their faces pressed together. They were both panting, chests heaving, their clothing wet everywhere they touched. He stroked her face, her neck. “I’m sorry. I didn’t mean…I…” He pressed his lips to her cheek. “I couldn’t stand seeing another man’s belongings on you.”

Pre-order West of Want: Amazon | Barnes and Noble

So, what d’ya think? Want more Zephyros and Ella? Visit more participating sites to read all the excerpts, meet the characters, see the the West of Want romance trading cards, and enter to win! Thanks for reading! July 10 can’t get here soon enough for me! *grins*

~Laura Kaye

“Using ancient winter mythology as an allegory for grief, Kaye has written a sexy story that packs a powerful emotional punch. NORTH OF NEED is pure winter magic and Kaye’s sparkling talent warms the heart.”
~Stephanie Draven, author of the Mythica series about
multi-award-winning Book 1 in the Anemoi series, North of Need

About The Author:

Voted Breakout Author of the Year in the 2011 GraveTells Readers’ Choice Awards, Laura is a bestselling and award-winning author paranormal and contemporary romance. Hearts in Darkness is the EPIC eBook Award Winner for Best Novella, Forever Freed won the NJRW Golden Leaf Award for Best Paranormal of 2011, and North of Need, the first book in the Hearts of the Anemoi series, was named GraveTells’ Best Book of 2011 and won their 5-STAR Gold Heart Award, and won Sizzling Hot Read of the Year at Sizzling Hot Books. Laura lives in Maryland with her husband, two daughters, and cute-but-bad dog, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.



Thanks to Laura Kaye, there are 2 separate contests running until May 10th to celebrate WEST OF WANT!

At Read My Mind:
One commenter from each participating blog site will win a West of Want bookmark and the romance trading cards for North of Need and West of Want. Simply comment to enter to win and be sure to leave your email address. These prizes will be announced soon after May 10. Open to international.


Via Rafflecopter:
Seven participants who enter through the Rafflecopter form will win gift cards from winners’ choice of Amazon or Barnes and Noble valued between $15 and $100! Those prize winners will be announced on West of Want’s release day, July 10, 2012. As a special thank you to those who have pre-ordered the print West of Want through Amazon or B&N, you'll receive extra entries - just enter your order confirmation number on the appropriate Rafflecopter line. Pre-orders are hugely important for an author because they determine how many books bookstores will actually stock and they count toward an author’s first-week sales which is when most authors have their best chance to hit the big bestseller lists. However, pre-orders/purchases are not required to enter. Commenting is the only required entry. Open to international.



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18 comments:

Laura Kaye said...

Thanks so much for hosting me here! Good luck everyone! :)

Shadow said...

Congrats on your book and thank you for the awesome giveaways! You book sounds great!! Wishing you all the best!
shadowluvs2read(at)gmail(dot)com

Tala said...

Congrats on your book and thanks for the giveaways!
kit0127(at)msn(dot)com

Julianne said...

Oh yeah, I want to read more of Zeph and Ella. West of Want sounds sooooo good. I can't wait to read more.
luvfuzzzeeefaces at yahoo dot com

Laura Kaye said...

Woot! Glad you're enjoying Zeph and Ella! :) Thanks for the comments!

Mel B said...

Congratulations!! I can't wait to see West of Want on the Bookshelves.

Mel
bournmelissa at hotmail dot com

Froggy said...

oh fresh fruit and veggies!!

congrats on your release!

Froggy
froggarita@gmail.com

Linda said...
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Linda said...

I love that feeling you get when it´s cold and grey one day and the next everything explodes, all is green and the birds are singing *sigh* warmth and sun.. It all goes too fast, though.. =)
Love the giveaway, =) looking forward to reading this!
best wishes & Happy Friday the 13th! //Linda

Krista said...

I love the flowers!

Amy2read said...

I love the warm weather and flowers

amy2read89@gmail.com

Lilian said...

I'm just grateful I don't have to bundle myself in jackets and sweaters when I leave the house. =)

Lilian @ A Novel Toybox

Laura Kaye said...

@Lilian - that's a good one for sure!

Thanks everyone!

Z said...

So sorry I'm here so late but I'm playing catchup. happy presales and great contract for you!
Z
SeawitchReviews@ yahoo.com

Linda said...

Love the giveaway, can´t wait to read this one! =)

best wishes, Linda (fr_larsson at hotmail dot com)

Linda said...

The best thing about Spring, for me, is when from one day to the next, everything just explodes in sheer green, all that was gray and dull just *soundeffects* blossoms =) Living in a country with a climat that is cold in winter makes you appreciate spring, warmth and the sun in a different way.

best wishes, Linda (fr_larsson at hotmail dot com)

Laura Kaye said...

Thanks for all the comments everyone! You rock!

Lillie (AliseOnLife) said...

Thanks Laura, for having Read My Mind participate!

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