Friday, July 27, 2012

Dark Companion Giveaway Winner

Congratulations Kimber Shook winner of our Dark Companion Giveaway at From the Shadows!  Kimber Shook will receive an ebook copy of Dark Companion by Marta Acosta.

Thank you to all who entered.

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Interview at Laurie's Thoughts and Reviews

Today I am the featured paranormal author at Laurie's Thoughts and Reviews.

Come on over and check out the interview to learn more about Shadow Sight, my writing process, and my current passions.  I will be answering reader questions throughout the day.

Laurie will also be posting a Shadow Sight book excerpt and giveaway.

See you there!

xx E.J.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Shadow Sight Release Party + Giveaway

Today we are celebrating the release of Shadow Sight, the first novel in the Ivy Granger urban fantasy series.  Keep reading for a chance to win signed copies of Shadow Sight, stickers, pens, t-shirts, and more.

Let's party!

Shadow Sight is a fun, exciting series with the dark grit of adult urban fantasy and the fun, quirky humor that YA readers have come to expect from my novels.  If you enjoy fast paced adventure, unique (and sometimes hilarious) characters, and a plethora of supernatural beasties, then take a chance on Shadow Sight.  I hope you all enjoy the ride.

Shadow Sight (Ivy Granger, #1) by E.J. Stevens

Welcome to Harborsmouth, where monsters walk the streets unseen by humans…except those with second sight, like Ivy Granger.

Some things are best left unseen...
Ivy Granger's second sight is finally giving her life purpose. Ivy and her best friend Jinx may not be raking in the dough, but their psychic detective agency pays the bills--most of the time. Their only worry is the boredom of a slow day and the occasional crazy client--until a demon walks through their door.

Demons are never a good sign...

A demon attorney representing the water fae? Stranger things have happened. And things are about to get very, very strange as a bloodthirsty nightmare hunts the city of Harborsmouth.

There's blood in the water...
Kelpies have a reputation for eating humans. Unfortunately, Kelpies are the clients. When an Unseelie faerie this evil stalks the waterways of your city, you have to make hard choices.

The lesser of two evils...

Praise for Shadow Sight:

"I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys sarcastic wit, supernatural beings, a good mystery and one kick butt heroine."
-Paranormal Romance Guild

"If you’re a fan of mythology or paranormal books, you would enjoy Shadow Sight."
-Flashlight Reader

"Readers will love E.J's signature humorous writing, her kick-butt protagonist, and one heck of an unpredictable story."
-A Cupcake and a Latte

"I absolutely love the creepies in this book.  If you like strange creatures and quirky-oddball descriptions this is for you."
-Dizzy Izzy Book Reviews

"I love the world of Harborsmouth...Stevens has again managed to create characters that I loved. She has this knack for making quirky, endearing characters. Ivy, Jinx, Kaye, Marvin, and Hob are perhaps more addicting than the characters from the Spirit Guide series."
-Reading Lark

Add Shadow Sight to your TBR Pile:

**Shadow Sight Release Party Giveaway**

(1 Winner) Grand Prize:  Signed copy of Shadow Sight by E.J. Stevens, Ebook copy of Shadow Sight by E.J. Stevens (choice of mobi or pdf), Shadow Sight t-shirt (Size XL, Private Eye logo on front, left chest and full color book cover on back), Private Eye sticker, Private Eye pen, Ivy Granger magnet, signed Shadow Sight postcard.

(1 Winner) First Prize:  Signed copy of Shadow Sight by E.J. Stevens, Ebook copy of Shadow Sight by E.J. Stevens (choice of mobi or pdf), Private Eye sticker, Private Eye pen, Ivy Granger magnet, signed Shadow Sight postcard.

(1 Winner) Second Prize:  $10 Amazon Gift Card (or book up to $10 value at The Book Depository) Ebook copy of Shadow Sight by E.J. Stevens (choice of mobi or pdf), Private Eye sticker, Ivy Granger magnet, signed Shadow Sight postcard.

(3 Winners) Third Prize:  Ebook copy of Shadow Sight by E.J. Stevens (choice of mobi or pdf), Private Eye sticker, signed Shadow Sight postcard.

To enter, please leave a comment on this post including your email address so we may contact you if you win.  You do not have to be a blog follower or email subscriber to enter.  This giveaway is INTERNATIONAL.  Giveaway ends July 31st midnight EST.

Good luck!

More chances to win:

Shadow Sight 24-Hour Twitter Party:  I will be giving away books, ebooks, signed postcards, and more all day on Twitter.  Visit my Twitter page (@EJStevensAuthor) July 24, 2012, or use Twitter hashtag #ShadowSightParty any time July 24th, for a chance to win.

Visit the official Ivy Granger website contest page for links to giveaways around the blogosphere.

Subscribe to E.J.'s author newsletter for news, exclusive coupon codes, and opportunities for free swag.

To all of the amazing book bloggers who are reviewing Shadow Sight and hosting giveaways, YOU ROCK.

Happy Reading! xx E.J.

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Use coupon code SSW25 and take 25% off Shadow Sight at Smashwords
Coupon expires July 31, 2012 midnight PST.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

The Progeny Series Character Interview + Giveaway

Please welcome today's paranormal guest author Ashlynne Laynne.  Ashlynne is the author of The Progeny and Blood Bonds.

Keep reading for a chance to win ebook copies of The Progeny (2nd Edition) and Blood Bonds by Ashlynne Laynne.

Ashlynne Laynne’s Interview with Ascher and Shauna Rousseau

Ascher and Shauna both appear through the bi-fold patio doors that lead to a cozy lanai, overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

Ashlynne: (stands and hugs Ascher) “Ash, it’s so good to see you.” (hugs Shauna) “Shauna you look fabulous. You’ve been working out?”

Shauna: (sits in a wicker chair opposite Ashlynne) “I’m facing the trials soon, so I have to focus on my conditioning.”

Ashlynne: “So, what are you doing to prepare?”

Shauna: “Ash and I run a lap around the island every morning and he’s teaching me to use a javelin and daggers.”

Ashlynne: "Is Ascher fair or does he run laps around you while using his vampire speed?”

Shauna: “You know Ash; he’s such a practical joker sometimes. He’s always jeering me and telling me to move my butt.”

Ashlynne: “You look great, Shauna. I’m sure you’ll pass with flying colors.”

Ascher: (disappears for a second, then reappears with tea and sandwiches) “I hope you like tea, Ashlynne,” Ascher speaks in his sexy French accented English.

Ashlynne: (smiles) “Tea’s fine, Ash.” (turns to Shauna) “Have you gotten used to his vampire speed yet?”

Shauna: (giggles) “He’s showing off, he hardly ever does that anymore.”

Ascher: (settles down in the chair next to Shauna, his hand lovingly placed over hers) “It’s nice to have you here on Tranquility, Ashlynne.”

Ashlynne: “It’s so beautiful here, and I have to admit, I’ve always wanted to come to Hawaii.”

Ascher: “Shauna and I love it here. I think we’ll be sad to go back to Langley.”

Ashlynne: “So, married life seems to be agreeing with the both of you. Has it changed your relationship?”

Shauna: “Not really...we were committed to one another before the ceremonies, so a certificate and wedding band don’t mean a whole lot.”

Ashlynne: “Speaking of wedding bands...can I just say, wow! Those rings are gorgeous. Who picked them out?”

Ascher: “Gabe helped me to pick them out.”

Ashlynne: “How are Gabe and Katy?”

Shauna: “They’re down in Miami taking a breather for the summer. Kat’s really happy.”

Ashlynne: “I heard that they got engaged. Tell her congratulations for me.”

Shauna: “I will.”

Ashlynne: “We’re on a private island, swarming with security, so I’m assuming that Ursula is at it again.”

Ascher: (a swirl of Crimson flashes in his eyes as his jaw tightens) “They are the reason that we had to come here, in the first place.” (his eyes soften) “We’re grateful to Tris and Kara for allowing us to use their home. We’ve have had a lot of fun.”

Shauna: (blushes as she meets Ascher’s gaze) “We sure have.”

Ashlynne: “Excuse me if I’m being nosey, but does that fun happen to include trying to conceive a baby?”

Shauna: (glances at Ascher and they both smile at one another) “Yes, we’re trying, but we haven’t had any luck yet.”

Ascher: (chuckles deviously) “I’ve rather enjoyed the practicing.”

Ashlynne: “Well, you know what they say, practice makes perfect.”

Both Ascher and Shauna grin.

Ascher: “Trust me, Ashlynne, you’ll be the first to know.”

Ashlynne: “How is the conversion to animal blood going?”

Ascher: (frowns) “I’m better but it’s still tough. I’m determined to succeed and Shauna is very supportive.”

Ashlynne: “I have one more question and I’ll have everything that I need for the interview. Ash, you’re wearing a flowered shirt. Does that mean that you’re conforming?”

Ascher: (chuckles) “Hell no. Shauna got this hideous thing for me to wear for the interview, so that I didn’t scare the crap out of you.”

Ashlynne: “I’m not afraid of you, Ascher, but Shauna did a great job. It’s an unexpected change from your usual attire. You should wear non-black clothing more often.”

Ascher: (tugs at his shirt collar) “I don’t know about that, Ashlynne.”

Shauna stifles a laugh.

Ashlynne: “I know you guys have a ton of things to do and I think I have what I need for my blog. Is there anything you’d like to say in conclusion?”

Shauna: “It was fun having you here and there’s an open invitation for you to visit Bonheur anytime.”

Ascher: “Yes, let’s do it again really soon.”

Ashlynne: “That’s awful sweet of the both of you. Thanks for the interview and have fun working on the little Rousseau.” (hugs Shauna) “Take care doll and say hello to the others for me.”

Shauna: “I will and you take care, too, Ashlynne.”

Ascher: “I’ll show you out.”

Blood Bonds (The Progeny #2) by Ashlynne Laynne.

“Forever. For always. For eternity.”

The ties that bind two hearts are powerful. For Ascher Rousseau and Shauna McCutchin, it’s more than just a blood bond. Their union is that of vampire legend. Their love is a predestined prophecy foretold centuries ago.

It’s a week before Ascher and Shauna's sealing and the couple is making final preparations for their eternity. But Ascher's ex has other plans. Ursula is hell-bent on revenge—revenge fueled by lover's scorn and her father's death—and she begins breeding a fresh army of newborn darklings to do her bidding.

When Ursula finds a new weapon—an ally with the capability to dismantle the Rousseau clan— Ascher and Shauna's bond is tested and they must stand together against Ursula or lose each other for eternity.

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

To learn more about Ashlynne Laynne and her books, please visit her website and don't miss her interview here at From the Shadows.

**The Progeny Giveaway**

We are giving away ebook copies of The Progeny (2nd Edition) and Blood Bonds by Ashlynne Laynne to one lucky winner.

To enter, please leave a comment on this post and include your email address so we may contact you if you win.  This giveaway is international.  Giveaway ends August 2, 2012 midnight EST.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Happy Friday the 13th

It's Friday the 13th!  A great day for staying home, avoiding pointy objects, and curling up with a creepy paranormal book.

Hope you all have a spooktacular day! xx E.J.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Q+A with Marta Acosta + Dark Companion Giveaway

Please welcome today's paranormal guest author Marta Acosta.  Marta is the author of the Casa Dracula series (Happy Hour at Casa Dracula, Midnight Brunch, The Bride of Casa Dracula, Haunted Honeymoon ), Wolfish in Sheep's Clothing, and Dark Companion.

Keep reading for a chance to win a copy of Dark Companion by Marta Acosta.

EJ:  When did you begin writing?

I've been writing every since I learned how to scrawl the alphabet. I was always writing stories, poems, essays, notes to friends, whatnot. I always wrote things during the school day to entertain myself and friends. Then I went on to college and studied creative writing, but I was still writing for my friends and for fun.

EJ:  What brought you to the paranormal genre?

  Paranormal poses the question, "What if...?, and I especially like stories where a character's notion of reality is challenged. Right now, there's such an amazing range of paranormal fiction, including dystopians, horror, romances, action thrillers, mysteries, and comedies. One of the things I like best about paranormal is that I can place a character in a situation where she can't take the normal paths to safety, i.e., going to the police, but must use her own resources to save herself.

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

  That's easy! I would like to transport myself from one place to another. Flying is expensive, time consuming, and annoying. I'd love to visit so many places!

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

  There are so many things to love about Dark Companion -- the beautiful and creepy setting at Birch Grove Academy, the determined foster girl and her funny new friend, Mary Violet, the  quotes from classic gothics, and, of course, echoes of Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre and other classic gothics.

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

Now that's a really hard question! I don't think of actors or actresses when I envision my characters.  I have ideas that are more about personalities or even the sound of their voices, than about appearances. But frequently I see girls at the mall or wherever and I think, "She looks like Jane!" I recently told the narrator for my audiobooks that Ksenia Solo, who plays Kenzi in "The Lost Girl" urban fantasy series, has the funny sexy snark of my character Milagro, but she doesn't look like her.  I love to hear readers' suggestions on good casting for my stories, especially who they'd like to see play hilarious Mary Violet.

Dark Companion by Marta Acosta.

When foster teen Jane Williams is invited to attend elite Birch Grove Academy for Girls and escape her violent urban neighborhood, she thinks the offer is too good to be true. She's even offered her own living quarters, the groundskeeper's cottage in the center of the birch grove.

Something's not quite right about the school -- or is it Jane? She thinks she sees things in the birch grove at night. She's also beginning to suspect that the elegant headmistress and her sons are hiding secrets. Lucky is the gorgeous, golden son who is especially attentive to Jane, and Jack is the sardonic puzzling brother.

The school with its talented teachers and bright students is a dream for a science and math geek like Jane. She also loves her new friends, including hilarious poetry-spouting rich girl, Mary Violet. But the longer Jane stays at Birch Grove, the more questions she has about the disappearance of another scholarship girl and a missing faculty member.

Jane discovers one secret about Birch Grove, which only leads to more mysteries. What is she willing to sacrifice in order to stay at this school...and be bound to Birch Grove forever?

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

To learn more about Marta Acosta and her books, please visit her website.

**Dark Companion Giveaway**

We are giving away a copy of Dark Companion by Marta Acosta to one lucky winner.

To enter, please leave a comment on this post including your email address so we may contact you if you win.  This giveaway is open to US mailing addresses only.  Giveaway ends July 26, 2012 midnight EST.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Taste Giveaway Winner

Congratulations Katy S. winner of our Taste Giveaway at From the Shadows!  Katy will receive an ebook copy of Taste by Kate Evangelista.

Thank you to all who entered.

**Giveaway winners selected using unless otherwise specified**