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Bloodstorm #Vampries Blogtour wrap-up & Thanks

First, I have to say a huge

THANK-YOU!!!!

to everyone for your support during my Bloodstorm release & blog tour. Wow, it was amazing.

I had over 20 stops, with some bumps along the way, LOL. But everyone was great, and so many people not only showed up, but followed the tour 😉

My final prizes are for the blog hostess with the most comments, and the blog commenter who left the most comments.

Urban Girl Reader won the $20 hostess prize, WOOT!!

Now, for the $20 most commenter winner.

Here’s where it got complicated. You see, remember the ‘over 20 blog stops’?

There were 2 lovely ladies who hit nearly every single post.

I couldn’t choose between them (using random.org).

So, I’ve decided to give both ladies a gift card, as a tie 🙂

Sarah & Tina, you’ll get the certificates through email.

Thank you all for your support. Two weeks after release day, Bloodstorm hit Amazon Bestseller lists, Woot!

I love my readers, they’re the Very Best!!! ❤ ❤

Super Duper Release day Par-tay of Bloodstorm

Cover Art by the amazingly talented Dawné Dominique

Available at Amazon 🙂

When duty forces a shaman to stop a vampire from her revenge, love doesn’t just burn… it bites.

For two hundred years, Niki DeVeraux has been tracking the monster who murdered her family and made her a vampire. She finally catches up to him only to face more than she bargained for in a too-sexy sheriff who makes her remember she’s still a woman. With duties as Keeper of the peace and Sheriff, Shane Spencer must protect humanity and stop the friction between the local Arcaine races before it turns into an all out blood war.

When wolves start turning up dead, the tension between the races grows and suspicion falls on Niki. Shane knows she’s not to blame, and it has nothing to do with the primal urges she stirs within him. Working together, they must stop the hostilities from going over the edge. Trouble is, the desires raging between them might prove more dangerous than the surrounding threats.

Available at Amazon

Release Day Party and Giveaway

I want your opinions!

Here’s my Q4U: What do you like the best about Vampires?

Fun

I’ll be checking in all weekend, today through Sunday night. Let’s talk about vampires and what we like most about them. Make sure to come back each day, because more news & awesome prizes will be announced each day!

Prizes

Every so often, through the day, I’ll be picking random winners for prize packs:

  • 5 gift certificates to Ana Banana’s Bath and Body Treats
  • 3 gift certificates to Amazon.com
  • Amber Kallyn book bags
  • Autographed Posters of the cover art
  • Autographed postcards of the cover art

Saturday Prizes

In addition to the above prizes, I have 20 mini-stakes to give away today and tomorrow.

They’re hand made, hand engraved, custom keychain Vampire stakes, LOL. They were so cute, I couldn’t resist. Each stake measures about 2 inches long.

As a gift, I will send these in mini-swag packs, which includes a custom stake key chain and an autographed cover of the book to the first 20 people who email me at amberkallyn (at) gmail (dot) com with an amazon reciept for purchasing Bloodstorm.

(This does not preclude you from winning one of the other prizes)

More Prizes will be announced Sunday, so check back, and join in the discussion.

Extra Entries to Friday’s prizes

I’ve never done this before, but I’m willing to try, LOL.

You can earn extra entries in the contest by doing any of the following:

  • If you Tweet the following (copy & paste):

Check out @AmberKallyn ‘s Super Duper Par-tay for the release of her Bloodstorm #vampires http://wp.me/p10Tqd-en

  • If you Facebook and share the link in the comments

If you comment on any of my Release Day Bash blog hosts sites:

Romancing the Darkside      http://romancingthedarkside.blogspot.com/2012/04/bloodstorm-release-day-blitz-giveaway.html

Reader Girls     http://www.readergirlsblog.com/2012/04/bloodstorm-one-day-blitz-excerpt.html?showComment=1334349358754#c3412271232750161963

Beverly @ The Wormhole     http://wormyhole.blogspot.com/2012/04/release-day-blitz-bloodstorm-by-amber.html

Saph’s Book Blog     saphsbookblog.blogspot.com

Fang-tastic Books     http://www.fang-tasticbooks.blogspot.com/2012/04/release-day-blitz-bloodstorm-by-amber.html

Roxanne’s Realm     http://www.roxannesrealm.blogspot.com/2012/04/release-day-blitz-bloodstorm.html

The Creatively Green Write at Home Mom     http://www.creativelygreen.blogspot.com/2012/04/bloodstorm-release-day-blitz.html

But most of all

I want to have fun 🙂

I love vampire stories. So share what you love best about vamps, and we can debate it, LOL.

A Note:

Love ya’ll very much. Thanks for stopping by and if you participate, thanks so many bunches I can’t even count them all.

*If Peter piper picked a bunch of peppers, how many pecks of pickled peppers did peter piper pick?*

Yes, I love ya’ll more than one bunch 🙂

Love #Vampires? Bloodstorm PreRelease Sneak Peek

So, if you’ve been following my blog the past week I announced my new release, Bloodstorm (Heart of a Vampire, Book #1).

Release date (squee!!!) is this Friday the 13th. I love those days.

Also, don’t forget to come back on Friday for my Super-Duper Release Day Par-tay 🙂

 

****NOW FREE at all E-tailers****

Blurb

When duty forces a shaman to stop a vampire from her revenge, love doesn’t just burn… it bites.

For two hundred years, Niki DeVeraux has been tracking the monster who murdered her family and made her a vampire. She finally catches up to him in a small Arizona town, only to face more than she bargained for. Amid an imperious vampire King, a shaky truce between the local clan and shifter pack, and a too-sexy sheriff who makes her remember she’s still a woman, Niki’s single-minded purpose is threatened for the first time since her turning.

Between his duties as Keeper of the peace for the Magic Council and heir to his tribe’s shamanistic magic, Sheriff Shane Spencer’s job is to protect humanity and stop the friction between the local Arcaine races before it turns into an all out blood war. To make matters worse, there’s an irresistible rouge vampire in town enflaming his senses.

When wolves start turning up dead, the tension between the paranormal races grows and suspicion falls on Niki. Shane knows she’s not to blame, and it has nothing to do with the primal urges she stirs within him. Working together, they must find a way to stop the hostilities from going over the edge. Trouble is, the desires raging between Niki and Shane might prove more dangerous than the surrounding threats.

Sneak Peek

Prologue

The pitch black tunnel, complete with crumbling dirt walls and cobwebs, didn’t frighten Nicola DeVeraux. The dark held nothing to fear. She’d seen too many real monsters in the years since her death.

Besides, her night vision was as good as any human’s in the bright light of day.

She stepped over a skeleton, then around the grisly remains of a wild boar.

At the far end of the tunnel, candlelight flared to life, as if welcoming her into the witch’s den. Her boots stirred up dust as she entered the small cave.

The walls glinted with a mix of crystalline dirt and flecked stone. The scent of a nearby spring layered heavy moisture in the air. In the center of the cavern stood a long rectangular table, covered by a black velvet cloth. Strange items, some unrecognizable at first–or even second–glance, littered the top.

“Ye came.”

Spinning at the gravelly, androgynous voice, Niki grabbed for the dagger at her waist.

The old crone cackled as she entered, her grin nearly toothless. Stringy gray hair straggled around her plump, wrinkled, face. Jezamine glided to the table. “I didn’t think ye’d answer my summons.”

“You asked me to come, old woman. I assume there’s a reason.” Though the dark tunnel hadn’t scared her, the witch did. Niki forced herself to take another step, though she kept a tense grip on the hilt of her still-sheathed dagger.

“What question do ye ask the gods?”

Ignoring the tension roiling in her stomach, she moved to the woman’s side. “They’re finally ready to answer me?”

Jezamine laughed again, the sound sending skitters down Niki’s spine. “Ye know they take their time, girl.”

“Fine. I want to know if I’ll finally find the man who murdered my family.”

The old woman reached for a silver cup etched with strange markings. She shook it three times before dumping the contents into a circle made from small, round crystals. Human finger bones clattered against one another. She bent over the table.

Jezamine had looked as ancient a hundred years ago as she did now. “Hmm. Yes. Mmm.” The old woman poked at one bone sticking above the others. “But what ‘bout…”

Niki eased onto one of the dark wooden stools at the far end of the table.

The priestess sprung upright, staring at Niki with her fathomless dark eyes. Her inky black lips stretched in a grimacing smile. “It’s yer birthday. Samhain be a good day for birthin’.”

Niki clenched her fists in her lap. “Not really.”

Halloween was a cursed day to be born. It had brought her nothing but pain, brought her family nothing but death.

The old woman poked at the bones again. “Maybe. Maybe ye be finding the monster ye seek, maybe be getting some other kind of lucky.” Jezamine’s screeching laugh echoed from the cavern walls.

Shivers inched along Niki’s spine and flooded into her legs. Thankfully she was sitting down. “What do you mean, some other kind of lucky?”

Jezamine’s dark eyes glittered. “Girl, I don’t think ye want me telling. Don’t think the Fates want me telling.”

“Then what about Thomas?” Her nails poked painfully into her palms.

“Lil’ girl. Why ye wanna spend all yer time tracking down pure evil?”

“Duty.”

“Duty?”

Memories flashed. The Halloween ball, celebrating not just her seventeenth birthday, but her engagement as well. The plantation in the bayou, ringing with music and laughter. At least until dawn arrived, the sun shining down on nothing but death.

Niki shook the old pain away. “Duty,” she repeated. “He owes me vengeance.”

“’Tis a fine line ye walk between revenge and justice.” Jezamine shook her head, the corners of her lips drooping in a frown. “Revenge make yer soul dark as his.”

“I don’t care.” In the far corner of the cave, wisps of white fog crept up the walls. Soon they would form into the shapes of those long dead.

She jumped to her feet, turning away. “Can you tell me anything else?”

Jezamine walked around the table to face her. “’Ware child. He who turned ye may also be the cause of yer downfall.”

Niki lifted her chin, facing down the old woman’s words, the Fates themselves. “Not until after I’ve killed him.”

Chapter One

As Shane Spencer finished the last of his beer, his deputy, Chase Campton, strode by, slapping him on the back.

“Another re-election year well done, Sheriff.”

The small crowd in the bar cheered and the waitress, Rae, slipped another bottle onto his corner table.

Shane tipped his cowboy hat politely and plastered on a fake smile, unable to join in the spirit. All day, something dark had been hanging over the town. Not that anyone else sensed it. He needed to go to his childhood home. On the edge of town, the house sat at the borderline of the Apache reservation and Moss Creek.

His father, head shaman and seer, would know what the signs meant. Once again, doubt crept up inside Shane. How did the Fates pass over the eldest in their family and choose him as their father’s successor? It had never before happened in their tribe’s history.

He nursed the beer, deep in thought.

The door banged open, a cold autumn breeze swirled the smoky air. A woman followed it in, stopping just inside the bar. The air vibrated with unseen power. Even the deepest shadows shivered. Everyone in the bar fell silent, turning as one to look her way.

She held her head high, long black hair curling over her shoulders like silk. Her bright green gaze scanned the tables. She passed over Shane without pause, only to snap back to him.

Magic filled the room and the hair on his forearms rose. The other people in the bar were forgotten. Only the two of them existed.

His heartbeat slowed, skipped a beat, sped up like a race horse barreling down the track.

The doorframe towered over her slight form. Yet her body was ripe, lush with curves. The tight blue jeans emphasized her hips, the narrowness of her waist. And the sleeveless white tank showed her breasts off to perfection.

He swallowed, though his mouth was dry.

Her eyes widened and even over the distance of the room, he heard her soft, feminine gasp. Palms slick, he shakily set the bottle back on the table.

His blood screamed primitive urges… demanding he drag her off to his cave.

It wasn’t like him.

Women, even the most beautiful, had never affected him this way. He’d met with the rich and beautiful, models and actresses galore during his time in the city. Gathering the remaining shreds of his willpower, he closed his eyes calling on the magic of his ancestors. The spirits of the earth responded and power surged through him. Magic raised the hairs on his arms and the back of his neck as the whispers of the spirits of the nearby forest filled him. Ignoring it to concentrate on what was here and now, he reopened his eyes. Colorful hues surrounded everyone in the bar.

Her aura struck him like a punch to the gut. A deep maroon, with flecks of black, revealed exactly what she was.

Vampire.

And not local.

He blinked again, letting the sight fade.

The woman finally looked away and took another step into the bar. As quickly as it had hit, the power surging through the room dissipated. People once more talked and laughed, raising their glasses in toasts.

What the hell kind of vampire was she, to cause such a raging lust?

The woman strode to the bar, her glare shouting ‘Don’t mess with me’. Though she didn’t look old enough to drink, let alone be in a bar in the first place, the bartender immediately poured her a shot of whiskey.

Shane would be talking to Henry about it later.

First, he needed to figure out what this vampire was doing in Moss Creek. Sure, the small mountain town was a hub of paranormal activity, with the local vampire clan and the shifter pack taking advantage of the surrounding nature. But rogues generally tended to stay out of places dominated by orderly clans, knowing the structure and politics were handed down by the Magic Council.

And the Council didn’t like Rogues.

Cupping the shot glass in her hands, the woman leaned towards Henry before the older man could move away.

Shane tensed in his seat. If she was looking for a meal…

Henry murmured something. The woman nodded, downed her shot and laid some money on the bar before turning and striding out.

Shane tried to relax, but he still yearned for the stranger, to touch her, smell her, nearly as badly as when she’d been staring at him, as if she could see down to his very soul.

***

Niki kept to the shadows of the forest as she skirted the parking lot. The only light came from a blue neon sign on the building’s roof, claiming someone called Henry owned the Spitfire bar.

She stopped near a clump of three trees opposite the bar. The center one was marked with a red X. How original. Yet this was where her contact wanted to meet, so who was she to complain?

It was nearly a half-hour later than their appointed time and she wasn’t quite sure why she was still here. Her stomach grumbled lightly. She needed to eat, the blood she’d consumed earlier hadn’t been enough. Without both food and blood her strength would wane. She couldn’t afford that, not now when she was so close to her prey.

She’d give this snitch five more minutes.

Only three passed before the air whispered through the forest at her back. Niki turned, knife in hand, holding it hidden down by her thigh.

“Looking for me?” a husky whisper drifted out of the darkness.

“You Baal?” She tried not to snort. Sometimes vampires tried on grandioseness, as if eternal life made them superman. Which, she guessed, in some ways it did.

“Maybe. Depends. You got the money?”

“Sure. If you have the information you promised.”

“Lemme see the cash first, lady.”

Niki reached slowly into her front pocket and pulled out two one-hundred dollar bills. The snitch tried to grab it, but she held tight. “Information first.”

He stepped into a bit of moonlight and grinned, eyes flushed with red. His thin lips drew back, revealing long fangs as he chuckled. “I got something else for you.”

She sighed. “Let me guess. You’re not going to give me the information, assuming a creep like you even knows anything.”

“Got that right.” Confusion twisted his pale features, as if he didn’t quite follow. Then he grinned again. “But you sure gonna give me something. Ain’t just money.”

Never trust a snitch. “Let’s get on with it then.” She tucked the bills back in her pocket.

His grin twitched, eyes flickered, following the money. He shook himself, confidence coming back.

She tightened her grip on the dagger. He lunged.

Niki used his momentum to fling him against the trunk of the tree. His head slammed in to the painted red X.

“Damn it,” he yelled, quickly recovering and charging her again.

She waited until he was close, then rammed her knee into his groin. Not even vampires were immune to that pain.

Hope you enjoyed 🙂

And the winner is…

Thank you to all who commented and participated in the giveaway.

The winner drawn from my Phoenix Sun’s ballcap is Duan Ann K.

Congrats 🙂

I’ll be sending you an email.

New Release and Giveaway Contest

My beautiful new baby is here.

from Changeling Press WET: Ocean Music

Two selkies, one woman, hot island nights.

Erotic Paranormal Romance (M/M/F) Gay, bisexual and menage romance

Renowned African-American violinist Lilly is swept to sea during a freakish storm, only to be rescued by two playful seals. She wakes on an island with two handsome men she’s drawn to in ways she’s never felt before. Slowly, she comes to realize the island holds many secrets, including the fact her two lovers are, by night, creatures of the sea. And though the island seems a refuge, an old evil lurks in the shadows, waiting to snatch the trio’s happiness away. Lilly, Chris and Brian must protect each other and overcome the evil not just to survive, but to claim the love they’ve found together.

As a goodie for Release day, I’m giving away a free e-copy to one winner, chosen on Tuesday, 8/30. Just answer one question in the comments and you’ll be entered into the drawing.

(As always, my drawings work by me putting names in a hat 🙂

Question:

What do you like best about M/M/F bisexual and menage romances?

TRS Party Time ~ All Weekend

The TRS party starts… Now!

From Friday to Sunday, read great excerpts and be entered into a ton of giveaways by great authors. Come join the fun.

http://theromancestudio.com/party/

I’ll be giving away e-books and goodies all weekend : )

Yummy ~ My new cover

Arriving August 26th from Changeling Press is my newest baby

Isn’t it gorgous : )

WET: Ocean Music

Two selkies, one woman, hot island nights.

Renowned African-American violinist Lilly is swept to sea during a freakish storm, only to be rescued by two playful seals. She wakes on an island with two handsome men she’s drawn to in ways she’s never felt before. Slowly, she comes to realize the island holds many secrets, including the fact her two lovers are, by night, creatures of the sea. And though the island seems a refuge, an old evil lurks in the shadows, waiting to snatch the trio’s happiness away. Lilly, Chris and Brian must protect each other and overcome the evil not just to survive, but to claim the love they’ve found together.

Hottie Heroes and Empaths ~ Yum

A hottie hero and an empath. What’s better than that?

Bloodsworn II: Linked by Blood

by Kathy Lane

Release: TODAY!!!

Available at The Wild Rose Press

And at Amazon.com

Blurb:

The moment the lethal Blade, Bracca Cu-Laurian sees empath, Sheren Ni-Annun, he fights his desire for the young widowed mother. Not only is his life pledged to his Bloodsworn, but his past sins make him an unfit mate for any woman, let alone an empath. For him, the line between duty and desire will forever be one he can never cross. Sheren’s late husband taught her to resent a Blade’s duty, and she has since vowed to avoid those fierce warriors. Then Bracca awakens her empathic senses with a single touch, challenging both her vow and his resolve with the depth of their mutual desire. When her young son is linked to Bracca’s Bloodsworn, the dire consequences that threaten to destroy them and those they hold dear, may also be the very thing that brings them together.

Excerpt:

Breathing hard, Sheren ran through the exercise to put her normal shield back into place, concentrating on making it stronger, denser. It appeared to be working until she became distracted by a new emotion winding sinuously over and around the half-formed shield. Desire.

Potent, all consuming, and definitely not hers.

She snapped her eyes open and caught the longing in Bracca’s eyes an instant before he blinked it away.

“You want me,” she whispered, aware her voice trembled with wondrous discovery.

“Forgive me,” he said, averting his eyes and pulling away from her. Even without his touch his guilt assailed her, the emotion strong, but not enough to overpower that yearning desire.

“I never meant to frighten you. I only sought to keep you from injuring yourself. I’ll leave—”

She grabbed his retreating hand. Not even with Sayjan had she felt such breathtaking desire. Sayjan had loved her. But her senses had not blossomed under her late husband’s touch. Not like this. Compared to what she sensed now, she’d been blind before.

With her shield half up and only Bracca close enough to sense, she found the invading emotions easily bearable. More than bearable. Intoxicating.

“Bracca…” She reached up to touch his face. He stilled instantly. Pressing her hand firmly to his cheek, she said, “I feel you.”

He swallowed hard. “How can you even bear to touch me?”

She didn’t understand his question. Not bear to touch him because he was a Blade? Or because she’d swore never to get involved with a Blade again? How could he know? Not even Karess knew of her vow. At the moment, she had trouble even remembering why she’d made it.

Slowly he raised his hand and traced the edge of her face with calloused fingers. Wonder and longing swirled through the desire with a poignant sweetness that brought tears to her eyes.

“You are so beautiful,” he whispered. Head bending, he leaned closer.

Sheren knew she should stop him. Had to stop him. Yet the emotions pouring into her were like a heady draught of wine. She could no more stop drinking them in than she could stop breathing air. Merciful Luma, she wanted this.

The first touch of his lips went through her body like lightning. Her knees buckled. He caught her, one arm across her lower back, the other between her shoulders, his large hand cradling her head.

Sheren gazed up at him, clutching at his shoulders. Slowly, his gaze locked with hers, he lowered his head again, giving her every chance to turn away. She didn’t.

His lips were firm and warm. Insistent. His tongue stroked firmly against her closed mouth, demanding she let him in. She surrendered with a moan. He kissed like a warrior, invading, conquering. Sweet pleasure laced with the bitterness of desperation crashed over her. His? Hers? She could no longer separate her own emotions from those she felt coming from Bracca. Nothing in her life had ever prepared her for this…fusion.

Their bodies shifted closer. He deepened the kiss. Her hands slipped up his strong arms, fingers sliding beneath the edges of his sleeveless tunic. The hard muscles of his shoulders shifted and bunched beneath her touch. So strong, so hot…

Bloodsworn II: Linked by Blood

by Kathy Lane

Release: TODAY!!!

Available at The Wild Rose Press

And at Amazon.com

#romanceTradingCards ~ New Cover

 Check out my gorgeous new cover 🙂

Dragos 4: Inflamed comes out in just a couple of weeks on May 20th.

And, I’ve ordered my fourth set of trading cards, so all the winners and everyone who’s emailed me about them ~ they should come in just a week or two and then I’ll be mailing the sets out.

Woot!

Doesn’t Isabelle look so sexy? My succubus rocks. And, she’s about to find that sometimes, a demon can have a happily ever after 🙂

Release Day Dragos 3: Blazed

 My gorgeous cover.

 Dragos 3: Blazed

 Coming this Friday, March 11th.

 WOOT!

 Here’s the stats:

 When someone comes after the rock band Brianna Jones works with, she must not only embrace the fire nymph within herself, but also the growing desire she feels for bounty hunter and dragon shifter Tyler Dragos. Together, they will try keeping not only the band members, but Bree safe from the dark mage hounding the Dragos Clan.

After release day, there will be an excerpt available: http://www.changelingpress.com/product.php?&upt=book&ubid=1561

Also (and yes, I know it’s March) my Valentine’s Day short story Roses is available FREE on All Romance EBooks . And, to top it off, this next couple weeks you can get any Changeling Press book 25% off at All Romance, since it’s our 7th anniversary 🙂

Have a great week

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