Wednesday, February 3, 2016

The Magician Cover Reveal Giveaway Winner

Congratulations Anne the winner of The Magician Cover Reveal Giveaway!  Anne will receive a signed cover art postcard and a $10 Amazon Gift Card!

The Magician Dark Arcana Urban Fantasy by E.J. Stevens

Thank you to all who entered.  I received some fabulous feedback on this cover.  I'm so glad you all like it.

More Dark Arcana series info coming soon!

**Winner selected randomly using Rafflecopter**

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Q+A with Lauren Smith (The Bite of Winter)

Q+A with Lauren Smith (The Bite of Winter) vampire romance

Please welcome today's guest author Lauren Smith!  Lauren is the author of the Love Bites vampire romance series, including her new release THE BITE OF WINTER.

Q+A with Lauren Smith

EJ:  When did you begin writing?

Lauren: 
I started writing when I was in the third grade. After watching Leo DiCaprio die in the movie Titanic, I went on a grand quest to re-write the ending so Leo wouldn’t die. Right then and there, I should have known I wanted to write romances. But I took a 20 year de-tour and started writing epic fantasy novels first. I’ve been writing ever since!

EJ:  What brought you to the paranormal genre?

Lauren:
  I love ghosts, vampires, shifters, werewolves, and spooky things of any kind! I’m that person on the block who during Halloween does the entire interior of the house as though a Victorian vampire lives there, not a boring 29 year old lawyer. There’s something about the dusty, cob-webbed, candlelit feel of a haunted house that gets me inspired. I believe in ghosts and believe in things we cannot see or understand and I suppose that has always brought me back to the paranormal genre because it gives me a chance to explore plots where say…vampires are real! *wink

EJ:  If you could be any paranormal or have any one supernatural talent, what would it be? Why?

Lauren: 
Animal shape-shifting. Definitely shapeshifting. There would be so many amazing things I could explore and experience if I could shift into any animal.

EJ:  Tell us why readers will enjoy your new release.

Lauren:
  My new release is called The Bite of Winter. It’s a hauntingly sweet tale of two century-old Irish vampires Ian and Connor who are best friends and yet their relationship is strained because they lost the true mate they shared when she was murdered 80 years ago. When Ian brings home a helpless, homeless, Zoey, a young college age girl who needs their help, she tempts both the vampires back into love and life with her. I think what’s great about this book is that it’s not just hot and sexy, it’s powerful and emotional. It’s about the redemption of souls and the quest for true happiness through love. And it’s fun to picture yourself as lucky Zoey who gets not one hunky vampire in her bed, but two!

EJ:  If your book(s) were being made into a movie, who would you cast for the leading roles? Why?

Lauren: 
Jennifer Lawrence would definitely be Zoey, she’s curvy and beautiful in a subtle sort of way. Ian would be played by Liam Hemsworth. He’s got that tall graceful charm and sweetness, but also a sexy irresistible side. Mike Vogel would be the perfect, rough and tumble Connor who’s ready to seduce you right out of your clothes.

Thank you Lauren for joining us here today at From the Shadows!

The Bite of Winter vampire romance by Lauren Smith

The Bite of Winter (Love Bites #1) by Lauren Smith.

She is theirs to claim. They are hers to save.

Zoey Blake is about as far down on her luck as she can get. A car crash took her parents, leaving her destitute and on the street. When she’s attacked by another homeless person, her lifeblood drains away as her fading vision is filled with the face of a handsome stranger.

Ian Kennedy, a century old Irish vampire, never could resist rescuing a stray. As a few drops of his blood heals Zoey’s wounds, he realizes she’s a sweet, tempting, flesh-and-blood woman. But there’s one problem. Connor, who made Ian promise decades ago: no more mortal lovers.

After another vampire murdered his soulmate, Connor O’Shea swore never to let amortal woman pay the price for loving him. Until he feels Zoey’s skin and tastes her lips. She makes him want to break that vow.

Zoey finds herself caught in their web of seduction. But as Christmas draws near and her grief deepens, happiness seems far out of reach. And Ian and Connor join forces to prove their love is sacred, special… and forever.
Release Date: November 24, 2015
Genre: Paranormal Romance
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To learn more about Lauren Smith and her books, please visit her website.  Have a question for Lauren?  Let us know in the comments below.  We love comments!

Friday, January 29, 2016

2016 Hugo Award Nominations (Best Science Fiction and Fantasy)

Vote 2016 Hugo Awards Scifi Fantasy Nominations

Nominations for the 2016 Hugo Awards are now open!

It's time to vote on your favorite 2015 releases in science fiction, fantasy, and horror.

*cough* Birthright is eligible for Best Novel. *cough*

Author: E.J. Stevens
Title: Birthright
Publisher: Sacred Oaks Press
Category: Best Novel (A science fiction or fantasy story of 40,000 words or more, which appeared for the first time in 2015)


During the nomination period ballots may be cast by members of MidAmeriCon II and Worldcon 75 (as of January 31) and members from Sasquan, the 73rd Worldcon. After the nomination period closes, only members of MidAmeriCon II are eligible to vote on the final ballot. Visit the Hugo nominations page for more details.

Up to five nominations can be made in each category.  Did you read any wonderful speculative fiction released in 2015?