Monday, April 30, 2012

A Giveaway of Tricked by Kevin Hearne

Happy, Monday everyone!

This post is late, but I have an excuse from my teacher! I'm officially in recovery mode from my fantastic book launch event at Rose's Bookhouse in St. Louis. The party was wonderful and I have to extend my thanks to Wendy Drew, owner of Rose's Bookhouse for such a wonderful launch!

To celebrate my launch, I want to have a giveaway and shout out to Kevin Hearne. We share not only the same release date and publisher, but share the same awesomesauce editor, Tricia Narwani!

Kevin's Iron Druid series is a-mazing! If you haven't read it yet, but sure to check out the first three in the series, HOUNDED, HAMMERED, and HEXED.

Are you ready for TRICKED though? Take a peek at this blurb:

Druid Atticus O’Sullivan hasn’t stayed alive for more than two millennia without a fair bit of Celtic cunning. So when vengeful thunder gods come Norse by Southwest looking for payback, Atticus, with a little help from the Navajo trickster god Coyote, lets them think that they’ve chopped up his body in the Arizona desert.

But the mischievous Coyote is not above a little sleight of paw, and Atticus soon finds that he’s been duped into battling bloodthirsty desert shapeshifters called skinwalkers. Just when the Druid thinks he’s got a handle on all the duplicity, betrayal comes from an unlikely source. If Atticus survives this time, he vows he won’t be fooled again. Famous last words.

Ready to read it? I hope so! I have a copy ready to be mailed to a lucky US or Canada reader who wants it. Just leave a comment to let me know! I'll pick a winner next Monday.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Hey all, we have a winner in the RT goodies giveaway. Lexi H! Email me at angie @angie fox.com and I'll send it right out to you.

Oh and guess what I'm getting my hot little hands? ARCs for Immortally Yours. Stay tuned. We'll be giving some away soon.

Monday, April 23, 2012

24 Hours Until Coveted Launches

Now that I'm 24 hours from my book coming out, I'd thought I'd take a moment to say something deep and meaningful...

*one minute passes*

*five minutes passes*

Something profound.... Well, I can't think of anything eloquent other than:

Holy swiss cheese on a roast beef sandwich with all the fixings, COVETED is coming out tomorrow!

First of all, I have to thank all the Wicked Authors blog readers for their support so far! You guys have been awesome! It's been a long wait for my book to come out and everyone has been so supportive. :)

If you'd like to get another chance to potentially win a copy of COVETED, check out my blog tour, KEEP WHAT YOU COVET CLOSE, to snag one. I'm also participating in the Spring Fling Blog Hop from April 23rd-April 27th! 

Everyone have a safe week!

Friday, April 20, 2012

Launch Party for Darkness Seduced!!


I'm so excited to announce that my second Order of the Blade book, Darkness Seduced (Primal Heat Trilogy, #2) is officially on the e-shelves! It came out earlier this week and is already getting a huge response from readers. It's so exciting! Less than a month until the third book in the trilogy, Darkness Surrendered, comes out. I'm so excited! In honor of the release of Darkness Seduced, I'm giving away more books! Hooray! Details are below, but first I wanted to clarify some mis-rumors going around: the Order of the Blade series WILL continue after book three of the Primal Heat Trilogy. The trilogy is a special treat to launch the series, and subsquent books will be standalones. Kane's book, Darkness Reborn, will be coming out in early summer, so stay tuned for that!

I'm also excited to annouce that my new young adult novel, The Fake Boyfriend Experiment, will be coming out next week as well. Here's a sneak peak at the cover!


But let's not get distracted from what's important, and that is smexy, tormented immortal warriors, right? First a quick flashback to the first book in the series, for those of you new to the series. Here's the smokin' cover for book one (I love covers, can you tell???)


For more details about the first book in the series, and an excerpt, you can check out the release day party here., or check it out on Amazon or B&N. But now, let's get down and dirty with book two, the story of Gideon Roarke and Lily Davenport. Here's a blurb about their book:

Immortal warrior Gideon Roarke made an oath five hundred years ago to the woman who died for him. The ancient Calydon is ruthless in his quest to honor that promise, even if it means risking everything by teaming up with the one woman who will either destroy him, or finally bring redemption to his blackened, hardened soul.

After escaping from a two-year imprisonment at the hands of a madman, the only thing Lily Davenport wants is to go home and reclaim her life. Unfortunately for Lily, standing between her and that goal is a sensual, demanding protector whose dangerous seduction threatens to claim her life…and her soul.

The Calydons Destiny: The Calydons are a race of ancient immortals cursed with a dark side. Each Calydon is destined to meet his soul mate, to be so drawn to her that he is unable to resist bonding with her through the rituals of his race, but their destiny is to destroy each other and all they care about the moment their bond is complete.

Are you intrigued?  Do you want more? Fear not, I shall deliver! Here's a sneak peak that will make you realize exactly why Gideon is to die for...


Lily ducked past her assailant and sprinted up the cement stairs, her bare feet slapping on the concrete, her heart thundering in her ears as she vaulted up the steps toward the open door. She jumped through it then whirled around and threw it shut, catching a glimpse of the Calydon warrior as he came after her. She slammed the bolt home then tore down the hallway. There was a shuddering explosion behind her as the Calydon burst through the wooden door. She skidded around a corner as her mind whirred. She'd never make it to the kitchen. She needed to stall him—

She screamed as a heavy, sweaty body tackled her and her chin smashed on the wood floor. Her head rattled with the impact as she was flung onto her back, and Lily saw the Calydon leer at her chest. Lust flared in his eyes, the raw, uncontrollable sexual greed of a Calydon. She jerked her gaze down and realized he'd torn her shirt when he'd tackled her.  

Terror, raw visceral terror, tore through Lily, and for a split second, she was too numb to move, too terrified by the memories, by the moment, by what had happened before. Just like this. Again. God, not again. 

He reached for her breast, and the sight of that hand coming toward her jerked Lily out of her stupor and galvanized her into frantic self-defense, a chance she hadn't had all those years ago. "No!" she screamed. She slammed her foot into his crotch as hard as she could. 

Her attacker shouted and doubled over, and Lily scrambled out from under him, lurching to her knees— 

He grabbed her ankle and dragged her back toward him, his grip crushing her leg. "I have to bring you back alive and able to perform," he ground out as he tried to catch his breath from her blow. "But those are all the limitations I have on what I do with you." 

She fought, she kicked, she tried everything, and she was no match for his strength as he yanked her across the floor, back toward him, toward the lust gleaming in his eye— 

Oh, crap. His eyes. They were glowing red, pulsating with evil, and her heart stuttered. 

He'd gone rogue. He'd crossed the line from sanity into raging, crazed killer, a beast who would feel no pain, have no empathy, ravage mercilessly until there was nothing left. There was no compassion, no humanity left in this warrior. No matter what his orders, she was doomed now. He wouldn't be able to stop himself. 

Again. It would all happen again. Just like before— 

"Get off me," Lily screamed, scrabbling desperately for a handhold to try to get away from him. Her fingers hit a table leg and a cord. Tears streaking down her cheeks, she yanked on the cord and covered her face as a lamp crashed down on both of them, shattering glass everywhere. Oblivious to the glass, he grabbed her other calf and hauled her until her legs were around his waist, her back slicing across the broken glass as she fought him, desperate, frantic— 

"Get the fuck off her!" An enraged bellow blasted through the hallway.

Her attacker didn't even flinch, lunging for her skirt with the furious insanity of a rogue Calydon. She pounded on his shoulders, then heard the whoosh of wind behind her. Lily looked up as a throwing axe spun past her head and slammed into her assailant's chest. The fatal blow flung him backward against the wall, a gaping wound opening over his heart.  

Lily scrambled back, barely noticing the glass sinking into her hands and her feet as she struggled to get away from him. He hit the floor with a thud, and the axe yanked itself out of his body and sped back past her head. She heard the slap of it hitting someone's palm.

Another Calydon. 

She whirled around, and her breath caught. At the end of the hall stood the largest Calydon she'd ever seen. He had to be close to seven feet, and he was wearing all black, even his heavy boots and his tee shirt that barely covered his broad shoulders. 

Everything was dark about him, except his dusty blond hair hanging raggedly about his angular face and the shiny metal throwing axe in his right hand, stained with blood on one of its blades.

His face was wrenched with fury, his blue eyes raging, his stance wide and ready, prepared to take on all threats. He was darkness, he was danger, and he was death.  

His eyes weren't red, but Lily could sense he was far more dangerous than the Calydon that lay motionless behind her. This new warrior radiated danger and heat and something she couldn't identify. Something that eased the terror beating at her. Something that calmed her need to flee. Something that made her want to rush over to him and throw herself in his arms, just to feel his body against hers... 

Oh, crap. What was wrong with her? 

He held up a hand for her silence and cocked his head, and Lily realized he was listening for others. Oh, God. Others? 

She lurched to her feet, staggering as a wave of dizziness caught her and she nearly went down. She braced her hands against the wall, holding herself up as she stumbled away from him, toward the kitchen. Glass cut through her feet, and a cry of pain slipped out. 

"Lily!" he commanded. "Don't move!" 

Lily? He knew who she was? Was he also working with Frank? Had he killed her rogue assailant to ensure she made it back to Frank?  

The Calydon was striding toward her, his face dark with fury. Energy was swirling off him, and his well-defined muscles were taut with rage. He was terrifying, but at the same time... he was pure, elemental beauty. He was pure grace, reminding Lily of a wild cat loaded with sinewy muscle and a lightning-fast strike that would bring instant death to his enemies, but one that would curl around her and protect her, keeping her safe, claws safely sheathed just for her.  

He was all male, a testosterone-laden specimen of strength and aggression, a threat to all she was as a woman. He was ruthless temptation calling to her deepest, darkest desires, the ones she'd hidden away even from herself. In his presence, everything that made her female flared to life, longing for this man, this warrior, this enemy. 

Lily backed up as he neared, holding out her hand in a pathetically useless attempt to stop him.

"My name's Gideon. I'm here for you." His voice was forceful and unyielding, but to her surprise, he eased himself to a stop several yards away from her. He spread his hands as if he were trying to appear harmless. Hah. There was no chance he could ever be mistaken for anything harmless, and it wasn't simply the weapon in his right hand or the axe-shaped brands burned into his forearms. Danger bled from his pores, darkened his expression, weighted his broad shoulders. "Don't run," he said. "You'll slice your feet."  

There was no remorse in his face for the body on the ground behind her, yet at the same time, heated desire brimmed in his eyes as he studied her intensely. He was a Calydon, a warrior of hot passions and cold death, both of them hopelessly intertwined. His overwhelming presence was stirring up heated feelings of longing deep within her, even as her heart froze in fear at all he was, for how her life could fall at his hands in a split second.  

Lily tugged her torn shirt closed over her chest, knowing it would do nothing to protect her from the raw sensuality pulsing from him, from the painfully intense yearnings rising within her, responding to his call, desperate to fall into the fire he was already kindling between them.

She'd met dozens of Calydons in the past. She'd always felt their pulsing sexuality, their intense stares that made desire rush through her, preying on her heritage and how it called her to their kind, but this was different. With all those others, she hadn't felt anything for them. It had been easy to turn them away, to ignore the beastly desires of her kind. 

But Gideon was different. He was stripping her raw, branding her with his gaze, making her body ache with need for him, for all that he was and could offer her.  

His eyes darkened, and she knew he could sense her reaction, the need pulsing so strongly within her.  

Her cheeks flared with embarrassment, and she began to slide along the wall away from him, using it as a support to keep herself vertical. She winced as her foot landed on something sharp, and she jerked her foot off the floor, brushing off the glass by running her foot over her calf.  

Gideon's jaw tightened, and his hand went up, as if to grab her, but he stopped himself when she flinched. "Lily. There are more Calydons outside that my teammate is dealing with." There was an urgency to his voice. "We need to go." He snapped his fingers impatiently. "Come on. Now." 

Lily gritted her teeth against the almost uncontrollable urge to drop her shields and bolt into his arms. To give herself over to him. Gideon was death, but he was also temptation. As she stared at the hand he was holding out to her, she felt an unshakeable conviction that he was her sanctuary. For the first time in years, she could be safe, if she would just reach out and take what he offered, his violence, his sensuality, his overwhelming desire, his protection. 

But she'd trusted Nate when he'd invited her into his house so she could interview him for her latest research project, and she'd wound up his captive for two years. Despite all Lily knew about Calydons, she'd forgotten all her lessons and walked into Nate's house and paid dearly for it. She wasn't stupid enough to trust a Calydon again.  

Never, ever again.  

Not even the warrior who'd killed to save her. Next time, it could be she who fell victim to Gideon's weapon. Or it could be Gideon who turned that uncontrollable lust onto her.  

And if he didn't turn on her next time, he would eventually. Of that, Lily had no doubt. The warrior standing before her was her salvation, her passion, and also her ultimate destruction.

Want more info? Check it out on Amazon or B&N!

Yum, yum! Raise your hand if you want Gideon to come save you if you ever need to be rescued. Me, me, me! Leave a comment below about the sexist thing there is about paranormal heroes (or on any topic!), and be entered your choice of any of my books (whether you get a print copy or an e-book will depend on which title you select). For every 15 entries, I will add another prize to the pot (up to 5 winners), so spread the word! Contest ends Thurs at midnight and winners will be announced here next Friday. And, lest I leave you without enough immortal warriors to think about, here's a sneak peek at the just released cover of DARKNESS SURRENDERED (Primal Heat Trilogy #3), coming May 15th!


Which of the three Order of the Blade covers do you like best so far? I know which my favorite is, so I'm curious as to what you think!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Life gets in the way

Once, when discussing one of my looming deadlines, my agent made the comment “life has a habit of getting in the way,” and brother, does that describe how things have been going for me! Since the middle of March, I’ve driven over 2,000 miles, sat through my youngest son’s minor surgery, stripped two decks and a privacy fence, destroyed one belt sander (brand new of course…running it over a power cord isn’t such a good thing!), tried to kill a gazillion weeds in my yard, sown 30 pounds of grass seed, and chased after numerous grandchildren. Notice blogging and writing aren’t on the list??? For the former, I do apologize and for the latter, I really do need to focus and get to work!

And I will…right after I get back from Springfield, Illinois next Monday. Why Springfield? My oldest daughter and I had the crazy idea it would be a great trip for my grandsons, so we’re off tomorrow with five little boys (ranging in ages from 2 to 10) in tow to experience an exciting weekend learning about Abraham Lincoln.

Should I be staying at home and working on all these things I’ve yet to finish, especially the new manuscript? Probably, but in my mind, creating memories with my family is important and my problem is I want to do it all…finish my projects, finish my book, and still find the time to have fun.

I think the trick must be finding a balance in your life…you know “a little of this and a little of that.” And I’ve got to admit, that’s something I’ve not been very good at doing. I always seem to be going full tilt at one project until another grabs my attention then I move onto it and leave the first by the wayside. As a result, my life seems to be littered with unfinished “stuff.”

So how about you? Anyone else out there who’s having a problem balancing all the demands of modern life? If so, what are some solutions that you’ve tried? And did they work? I’m open to any and all suggestions!

That’s it for this week—have a good one!

Best,
Shirley

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

If It's Wednesday . . .

















. . . I must have another historical romance to tout! This week's feature is "Moonlight Whispers," originally published back in '93 and featuring my all-time favorite (sigh) hero.


He's an Irish rebel. She's a not-so-proper English lady. They're enemies, then lovers, willing to sacrifice everything--even their lives--for a cause they believe in, and for each other.


New cover/old cover shown above. As for that old cover . . . I remember getting my first glimpse of it at a Romance Writers of America convention. My editor was giddy, couldn't wait to show it to me. And me? I'll admit, I was more than a little shocked! My historicals are not exactly steamy (though there are a couple scenes, of course!) and this cover knocked me for a loop!


Check out "Moonlight Whispers" and all the other historicals by Constance Laux in the amazon Kindle store!


Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Lots of free books from RT - want some?














Hi all, I'm pleased to announce Shawntelle and I made it back from RT in one piece (just barely). RT is a big reader/publishing conference sponsored by RT Reviews magazine. This year, it was in Chicago and, well, let's just say we had fun.

Other than oogling cover models (I swear I was just giving them directions), we did publisher/editor dinners and generally tried to get into as much trouble as possible. We also came back with books. Lots and lots of lovely books.

And because you are all so great, I'm giving away part of my stash right here!

One lucky commenter gets my RT bag, along with brand spanking new copies of:
Harvest of Rubies by Tessa Afshar (this is an Advanced Reading Copy - the book comes out next month)
The Vampire Shrink by Lynda Hilburn
A Life with Cats by Gayle Watson
The Break-Up Diet by Annette Fix
Need You Now by Beth Wiseman

Just tell me you want it and you're entered to win! Random number lottery is next Tuesday.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Coveted Giveaway Winner


Due to the post RT Convention haze that I'm in, it took me a while to get to my post today!

Since some of the commenters didn't use the Rafflecopter giveaway widget, so I just used Random.org to pick a number from the comments. I wanted to be fair. I picked #4!

Congrats, Jane! 

Send me an email and I'll get you your book soon! Don't forget, I got a lot of giveaway opportunities for Coveted coming up. Check out my blog tour for additional spots.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Kids Bored on Spring Break?













In case you haven't noticed yet (and I'm convinced everybody in cyberspace is talking about it), I'm really bad with formatting these blogs. The spacing's always off. The font is always too large. What's up with that, anyway?


No matter. In spite of my less-than-stellar formatting skills, I wanted to post pics of these book covers this week. Why? Because you know kids who are home on spring break, and kids being kids, they're already bored.


I've got the perfect solution. The Blood Moon YA horror trilogy I wrote for HarperCollins like a million (well, almost) years ago. "The Curse," "The Fortune Teller" and "The Reckoning" are now available exclusively on Kindle.


The books tell the story of high school student Kate who gets a summer job at an amusement park. Too bad it's haunted! And that there's a madman running around . . . one who has a terrible sacrifice planned for the night of the Blood Moon!


Spooky without being gory or graphic. Appropriate for 7th grade and up.


Hey, the kids will love 'em. And you'll get a little peace and quiet!

Monday, April 9, 2012

Clothes I Covet

Happy Monday!

Welcome everyone who came as a result of my Keep What You Covet Close Blog Tour stop! Fourteen days until Coveted comes out!

And now the fun part! Rafflecopter has chosen the winners for the Lucky in Love booksigning giveaway. Congrats to the winners! *happy dance*

WINNERS (based on the order Rafflecopter picked you):



Sheila Eyre - Dying Wish by Shannon Butcher
JessS - Taking a Shot by Jaci Burton
Jane - Wedded in Scandal by Jade Lee
Chris Bails - Bound in Darkness by Alexandra Ivy

Winners, send me an email with your mailing address so I can send your goodies. I'll be attending RT this week so it might be next week before I send them your way.

Naturally, I have another giveaway today! But it's for a copy of Coveted. :D This giveaway is US and Canada only though. I do have an international giveaway of Coveted going on at Book Chick City. It ends on Wednesday. Go check it out. Go ahead. I'll wait for you. ;)

For my blog tour stop this week, I'm talking about one of my guilty pleasures:shopping online for vintage clothing. In Coveted, Nat is a hoarding werewolf who loves a classic wardrobe. Due to her OCD, she prefers--or should I say--feels more comfortable wearing the same types of clothes everyday: a classic pencil skirt and blouse. If you look at the cover, you'll see her in her favorite outfit.

I love pencil skirts! Especially the high-waist ones. I actually wore them in high school a lot. (Yes, I was one of those girls who loved to dress up whenever one was perfectly happy in jeans. I was a girlie girl for a hot second there. Let's not talk about freshman year though... I had the tomboy thing going.) Check out this red pencil skirt at Pin Up Girl clothing. Whoa.

I love browsing ModCloth for clothes. A lot of the prices are out of the range that I'd pay, but if I wanted to hoard some skirts, this would be in my top five:

1. Classic Pencil Skirt.
Oh the wicked things I could do with some heels or a pair of boots. ;)

2. The blue in this skirt just pops beautifully.

3. I'm a sucker for something this adorable. Le sigh.

4. I love prints! If I can get a good deal for a White House Black  Market outfit, I'm a happy gal.
5. The buttons on the skirt are too cute.

See anything that looks good? If I really wanted one, which one would you pick? Let me know in a comment below.

I have a busy week ahead of me since I'm heading to the RT Convention in Chicago. Since that is such a huge affair, I might just have to bring back some goodies to share with my friends. :D

Just in case you don't win the copy I offer today, for those of you on Goodreads, I have a giveaway of 3 copies of Coveted coming as well. It opens for entries on Wednesday. There will be another giveaway at Magic & Mayhem Writers this week as well.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Another Book for Kindle!


















Mass Market Paperback cover New Kindle edition cover


Pleased to announce that as of this week, more of my early historical romances are available on Kindle. You can find them listed under the "other" me, Constance Laux.
Today I’ve chosen to introduce you to "Earthly Delights," and two characters I had so much fun with.
The heroine is Victoria Broadridge, a major geek, who isn’t at all like the ladies of the 19th century are supposed to be. You see, Victoria loves to dig in the dirt, specifically, looking for the bones of the giant lizards she believes once roamed the Earth. Society would be scandalized, which is why Victoria depends on her brother to front her operation. She does the work, he gets the glory. And she doesn’t mind (at least not too much) because she’s advancing the cause of Science.
But when Victoria’s brother mysteriously dies, she’s got a problem on her hands. She needs a new partner, preferably, one who won’t get in the way of her work. A shallow, self-centered wastrel would be perfect, and she finds him in Gabriel Radigan.
Gabriel was once kicked out of Oxford because of a scandal and he’s done his best to show that the world was right about him. He’s knee-deep in debt, marinated in brandy and looking for a place to hide from his creditors.
So often, authors are asked, "Where do you get your ideas?" I can clearly remember where the idea came from for "Earthly Delights." Like so many young boys, my son was interested in dinosaurs and one night, I was reading him a book about them at bedtime. It talked about the discovery of bones in England early in the 1800s and really, how could I resist!


Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Vampire repellant and a new book excerpt!

Happy Tuesday! You know I was going to blog about spells again, because I found some really good anti-vampire hoodoo and even a mother-in-law repellant. Wonder if it works on other crazy family members... But I digress. Turns out there is even cooler news. My publisher has given me permission to release the first chapter of Immortally Yours.

This is the book coming out this summer (formerly titled The Monster MASH). It's about a group of paranormal surgeons in the middle of an immortal war. I'm really excited about this one. It is a little darker than I usually write, but it still has plenty of laughs.

Oh, and since I don't want you to be eaten by vampires before you get a chance to check out that excerpt, here's that Vampire Repellant Spell:

Ingredients:
The vampire's left sock (I swear I'm not making this up, people)
Graveyard dirt, preferably from the vampires own grave
Rocks from the cemetery
Access to a stream or other source of running water (perhaps the bathtub will do, although I'm not sure you want some dead guy's stinky socks in there).

Take the vampire's left sock and stuff it with graveyard dirt and rocks from the cemetery. Toss it outside the limits of the area you wish to protect, into running water that flows away from the area (so, shoot, I guess the bathtub is out). Your vampire will be gone in three days.

Maybe it takes him that long to realize he's lost his sock.

Lo to you who are faced with vampires who wear Birkenstocks.

Monday, April 2, 2012

April Showers Bring Author Copies


Hi, all! How was your weekend? Mine was pretty good. I finished up a round of copyedits for Kept, the second book in the series, and I escaped the house with the family a few times. I didn't get a chance to read until Sunday, but it was worth it! Right now I'm reading Patricia Briggs Fair Game and it's wonderful. Is anyone else reading a good book right now?

In other news, just twenty-two days until Coveted comes out and I'm still sane. Well, I have children so that's debatable! ;)

I got a copy of my book to cuddle close with on Wednesday. If I find a baby carrier for it--I might actually use it. LOL. I've got more copies coming and I think some of them will need a home. :D

Just in case you missed it last week, I'm having a Lucky in Love Booksigning Giveaway! You know I love booksignings! Get some of the stuff I snagged. And yes, I will ship internationally. ;) The giveaway ends next week on the 9th.

On the 9th, I will also have another giveaway coming up for a copy of Coveted as well. I've posted my blog tour dates in case you want to stop by to say hi.

Have a good week, everyone! I hope this sunshine hangs out for a bit longer here in St. Louis. Which reminds me--time to water the vegetables I bought this weekend. I'm trying again to see if I can get some plants to survive the summer. Wish me luck! My cactus is the only plant I have so far.