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Featuring Kym Grosse She’s done it agian. Book 3 of the IMMORTALS OF NEW ORLEANS was fantastic.

The cover Up from the Grave by Jeanine Frost. Again one of those books I really look forward to read. I hope it is Ok for me to use one of your picts for the cover. Your an inspiration for many!

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Contents

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Reviews 6 BLOOD TRADE BY FAITH HUNTER 7 BLOOD BOND BY CELINE CHATILLON (18+) 9 AGAVE KISS (CORINE SOLOMON #5) BY ANN AGUIRRE 12 TRISTAN’S LYCEUM WOLVES BY KYM GROSSO 15 MOON BY LAURANN DOHNER 18 WEREWOLVES BE DAMNED BY STACEY KENNEDY

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14 AFFAIRS OF THE DEAD BY A.J. LOCKE 17 5 COVER REVEALS FROM COVET 21 Up From the Grave by Jeaniene Frost

Books we are waiting for! Featuring: 10 New Release of ApriL 10 (Mis)Fortune by Melissa Haag 10 Blood trade by Faith Hunter 11 Hot Blooded by Amanda Carlson 24 Warlord Unarmed by Cyntia Sax (18+)

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24 Ever So Bonnie A Vampire by Cornelia Amiri (18+) 29 A Highland Werewolf Wedding by Terry Spear 30 Binding the Shadows by Jenn Bennett 30 Fiery Edge of Steel by Jill Archer

Promo 19 ANOMALY BY J.C. EMERY 46 Blood in the ground Robert Paul Blumenstein

Specials 22 What do you think makes the ultimate heroine? 42 Guess! That Pinterest Board? 38 Christine Verstraete GIRL Z: My Life as a Teenage Zombie 48 Cover trends

Guest Post 19 HOPE(LESS) (JUDGEMENT OF THE SIX #1) BY MELISSA HAAG 25 What makes a strong heroine? by T.A. Grey

Book promotion 30 Books on Tour/ Tour Dates 37 Give Your Book the Publicity It Deserves? 45 ABOUT PARANORMAL CRAVINGs

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BLOOD TRADE (JANE YELLOWROCK #6) BY FAITH HUNTER

Yellowrock is the last of her kind—a skinwalker of Cherokee descent who can turn into any creature she desires but there is one creature that has hooked her claws in Jane’s skin and that is Beast. A big scary saber-tooth tiger that breaks the pages with her fun comments about getting Jane some mateloving. Jane Yellowrock is a shape-shifting skinwalker who’s always up for a fight—even if it means putting her life on the line…

Book cover: BLOOD TRADE (JANE YELLOWROCK #6) BY FAITH HUNTER

Jane Yellowstone you Rock! Meet paranormal fantasy’s toughest heroine!

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The 6th installment of the Jane Yellowrock Series. And again I have to give Faith Hunter credit. With Jane she has created one of paranormal fantasy’s toughest heroines and with her also one of the best paranormal fantasy series there is. I love it! I never get tired to read about Jane, even if she is drinking tea she is fun to read about. Jane

The Master of Natchez, Mississippi has a nasty problem on his hands. Rogue vampires— those who follow the Naturaleza and believe that humans should be nothing more than prey to be hunted. Of cours Jane is their to put a stop to it. or at least she will try. Together with the loving scenes with her hot males Eli, Bruise, Rick and her master vampire. A joy to read.


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desire in the arms of the wildly sensual half Vampire/Human, Ophelia and that is not just that. He also meets Ophelia darkly exotic employer, Hamlet. A strange combination at first but Celine Chatillon gifs it a extra twist as the three of them become lovers.

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Book cover: BLOOD BOND BY CELINE CHATILLON

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When a vampire hunter Van Helsing threatens to destroy the three of them. Edwin has to face more than just accepting their strange relation and the fact that Hamlet is a vampire and that they share the ‘blood bond’.

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Historical meets Paranormal Erotica! For a book of only 70 pages a hot read. Blood bond is the first book I have read written by Celine Chatillon but Blood Bond is the

second book from this steamy series. Blood Bond contains historical etemens, hot scenes, good story line and of course the steamy scens.

to keep it interesting. all is it just with the strange comments that Ophelia makes “give it to me like a sailer that has been long on sea” Eeeh yeh.

Blood Bond is about Edwin who is through this book writing to his brother his experiences from tha last few weeks/months? Edwin travels from America to Liverpool and discovers

You love them or you hate them. It was for me a wonder that Hamlet

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BLOOD BOND BY CELINE CHATILLON (18+) accepted the menage so quickly but before I spoil to much. You just have to read it your self.. Because of to quick turn over of hetero to menage for Edwin a 3 1/2 stars else it would have been a 4+! Specially the letter Edwin writes to his brother at the end of this story make it up. Big time! Rating: 4 of 5 stars

Excerpt “Relax, it only hurts a little,” she murmured in Edwin’s ear as she stroked his head and shoulders from behind. “What you feel later more than makes up for it.”“But will I…will I have to drink blood after I am… initiated?” “Don’t worry, Edwin. I promise it will be many years before either you or Ophelia will need to seek your sustenance in such a manner.” Hamlet kissed his cheek. “Are you ready?” Edwin nodded. Closing his eyes, he turned his head slightly to give Hamlet easier access. He felt a momentary pinch and then… Ecstasy! Overwhelming warmth flooded his veins as colors exploded in his mind and a feeling of euphoria lifted him from the bed to the skies. He was flying free from the confines of his body. He soared above the clouds…heading into the stars. “Wonderful, isn’t it?” Ophelia giggled and clapped her hands. “I wish I could experience it more often, but Hamlet says it’s even better once you’re on the receiving end.” He opened his eyes slowly. Still light-headed, Edwin observed the gaze of mutual pleasure in Hamlet’s dark eyes. His sensual lips glistened with tint of red. Instead of horror or aversion, Edwin felt complete peace and contentment. Celine Chatillon is the alter ego of multi-published contemporary romance novelist, Cynthianna. Celine finds writing erotica a very pleasant departure from her day job as a small press manuscript reader. She grew up watching Dark Shadows and Star Trek and reading Dracula and classic science fiction tales–along with several thousand Harlequin romance novels. She has released numerous erotic romance tales with eXtasy Books, including the humorous sci-fi romp Brandi Whyne and Her Incredibly Erotic Adventures. Her ”Paranormal Lovers of St. Louis” novel series is published with Liquid Silver Books. Mojocastle Press is home to her science fiction/erotica collection Heavenly Bodies 8 paranormalcravings.com May 2013


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AGAVE KISS (CORINE SOLOMON #5) BY ANN AGUIRRE Once Corine Solomon only had the touch— the ability to read an object’s past by handling it. Then she inherited her mother’s magick, and that ended up being a hell of a burden. But if Corine can wrestle a demon queen and win, she can bring back her lover Chance after he’s made the ultimate sacrifice. Can’t she? All Corine knows is that she can’t leave Chance behind if there’s anything she can do about it.

Chance was gone; he’d sacrificed himself so Shannon and I could escape Sheol. We’d raised him on Shan’s spirit radio, which meant his soul wasn’t wholly destroyed by the demon gate….

Wow! Waited a long time for this release! Expected a lot. Maybe to much… Can’t say more about this new installment of one of my favorite book series. 3 STARS

But the clock is ticking— and she still has to deal with debt-collecting demons and a maniacal archangel who’s running a recruitment drive. The stakes have never been so high…and this time it’s truly Corine’s last chance to save the love of her life.

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New Release of April Here are the latest releases of April. Maybe You already know them, Maybe not! Who knows maybe you wull find here your next read.

Urban Fantasy (Mis)Fortune by Melissa Haag

(Mis)Fortune - Kept prisoner for the predictions that torment her, Michelle meekly follows orders waiting for her opportunity to run. When her stepfather dies, she takes a chance and escapes. She needs a place to hide and someone to § listen to her predictions so her head doesn’t explode, but knows her captor, Blake, will do anything to find her. After witnessing her captor grow canines, she knows there’s nowhere she can hide forever, and no one who can protect her. Unless she can find someone just like him… Judgement of the Six is released April 30th. http://melissahaag.com 10 paranormalcravings.com May 2013


Hot Blooded (Jessica McClain #2) by Amanda Carlson Paperback, 320 pages Published April 23rd 2013 by Orbit

Only Lycans Need Apply Michele Bardsley Expected publication: April 2, 2013 Featuring: Moira Jameson ISBN: 0451237773

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TRISTAN’S LYCEUM WOLVES (IMMORTALS OF NEW ORLEANS, BOOK 3)

BY KYM GROSSO

Book cover: TRISTAN’S LYCEUM WOLVES BY KYM GROSSO

Paranormal lovers… This series is one for your auto-buy list!

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Tristan’s Lyceum Wolves is already the third book from this fantastic series. The Where the first two books Kade’s Dark Embrace and Luca’s Magic Embrace where about the vampires this book is about werewolves. A big change in this series but sertanly a welcome one for me. Kym did a fantastic job with this story. Tristan’s

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Lyceum Wolves is fast paced with lots of action, our favorite paranormal beings and of course lovable characters that where my favorite from the first page. Tristan’s Lyceum Wolves is about the powerful Lyceum Wolves’ Alpha, Tristan Livingston. Tristan is out for revenge after a devastating attack on his pack (book 2 from the Immortals of New Orleans Series) He neerly survived the callaps of his clubbuilding and is working hard to set up a new place in only one week! Seems very difficult in this world but Tristan does a great job in his. In his search to find the people who tried to kill him and his wolves, he rescues a beautiful witness from the hand of a evil vampire mistress . He hopes she is the key to helping him find the perpetrators. Of course he probably didn’t expects that from the moment he saw her, he


new she was his. The she in this amazing story is Dr. Kalli Williams, a veterinarian in hart and body. trying very hard to hide that she more than just Human. And the means she has invented to keep her Human may just be the thing that is Tristan’s biggest problem. Trying to keep things from him and altogether falling in love! Just as the previous books there is a reason why there has to be a one time only threesome to give this story some extra spice! The only disappointing parts where the abrupt ending and prologue that was not about the main couple anymore. Would have loved to read how they continued their story or would have loved to read something, even a small piece about the previous 2 couples from the first two books! All together an impossible story but certainly one you must read. Trystan’s Lyceum Wolves

is now my favorite book of the Immortals of New Orleans Series. Great Job, Kym! *Warning: This book contains several erotic love scenes, including m/f/m menage, and is intended for adult readers only. 4 stars About the Author Kym Grosso is the author of the erotic paranormal romance series, The Immortals of New Orleans. The series currently includes Kade’s Dark Embrace (Immortals of New Orleans, Book 1), Luca’s Magic Embrace (Immortals of New Orleans, Book 2) and Tristan’s Lyceum Wolves (Immortals of New Orleans, Book 3). In addition to romance, Kym has written and published several articles about autism, and is passionate about autism advocacy. She writes autism articles on PsychologyToday.com and AutismInRealLife.com. She also is a contributing essay author in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Raising Kids on the Spectrum. Kym lives with her husband, two children, dog, cat and guinea pig. Her hobbies include autism advocacy, reading, tennis, zumba, traveling and spending time with her husband and children. New Orleans, with its rich culture, history and unique cuisine, is one of her favorite places to visit. Also, she loves traveling just about anywhere that has a beach or snow-covered mountains. On any given night, when not writing her own books, Kym can be found reading her Kindle, which is filled with hundreds of romances.

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AFFAIRS OF THE DEAD BY A.J. LOCKE

Necromancer Selene Vanream helps ghosts settle their affairs so they can fade to the afterlife. However, after her rule breaking methods of helping her clients lands her in trouble, she’s downgraded to tracking ghosts who hide out, since ghosts that linger too long become murderous beasties. And here Selene thought having an affair with the boss would get her out of trouble, not into it. While tracking, Selene finds Ethan, a ghost who claims he was kicked out of his body and someone else jumped in. Reanimation, the power to resurrect the dead using souls of the living, would be the most likely explanation if only it added up to how Ethan became a ghost. What’s worse, partnered with Micah — a one night stand who turned hostile after –, Selene investigates brutal murders that turn out to be linked to Ethan.

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When an unforeseen complication with Ethan arises and puts Selene’s life in danger, she suddenly has very personal reasons to get his body back. Throw in a shifting relationship with Micah and a suddenly possessive boss, and Selene will learn just how much trouble you can get into when you don’t follow the rules.


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MOON (NEW SPECIES #10) BY LAURANN DOHNER

is all about in case you missed it.

Warning: This story and review containes adult content.

Now they have to start new, Learn to life free, without test and bars that had held them captive and forced them to breed with their own kind but also humans. Being named by a name instead of their number and find out if they still fit in

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Book 10 again of this strange series that has captivated my attention from book 1. I don’t exactly know what it is why I like this series so much but I think the easy writing style and realistic characters are really a strong base. Before I start prasing Moon I will first explain in short what this series

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A pharmaceutical company have been been doing illegal experiments, cross breading humans with animals (Apes, Dogs, Tigers). Many of these new species have been rescued after being experimented on/captured for years by the Humans from this pharmaceutical company!

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this for them new world. Each member of this Species that has been rescued has his or her own story and Laurann Dohner can’t wait to tell you all about it! A lovely series with the previous characters of the books returning in each new one book. You are keep up-to – date with their lives. Together with the hot scenes a enjoyable collection of

MOON BY LAURANN DOHNER Can only say LOVE IT!! Where can I get my own New Species ?? Moon, Book #10 of the New Species Series contains a surprising storyline. I have read all the books from this series and this is the first one the main characters have had sort of a relation/interaction before the main story begun. Moon is about Dr. Joyce Yards a therapist that was on a highly confidential mission to help the new species when they are just rescued. She is assigned to the very irresistible 466. 16 paranormalcravings.com May 2013

466 also later called Moon is a sexy canine/ human who makes it hard for the doctor to keep their relationship professional. Their therapy sessions are growing hotter and hotter with each session till it breaks her up and Joy decides to leave before they can see where their relation can lead.

tame the wild beast in Moon and triggers old memories to help him find his old self. The only thing she can do is help him and she is willing to try anything. Anything!

And there is where the real story begins. Joy gets a phone call that Moon has been drugged, by an unknown drugs. his memory shattered. Now he’s feral and a dangerous threat to everyone. They ask Joy to help and of course she can’t resist. There are no rules now. She is not his therapist anymore. Sex seems to

Cover: I think this book don’t get enough credit for the stry because of this cover. The cover implice that the main strory line is erotic whyle there is so many more about Moon than just the hot scenes and sexy bodies.

I loved Moon the tension is almost dripping from the pages. Fast paced and hot read. 5 stars!

Moon releases on April 30th at Amazon and B&N.

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WEREWOLVES BE DAMNED (MAGIC & MAYHEM #1)

BY STACEY KENNEDY

Book cover: TRISTAN’S LYCEUM WOLVES BY KYM GROSSO

Genre: Paranormal Romance Length: 267 Pages Release Date: April 2013 ISBN: 978-1-62266-104-6 Imprint: Entangled Edge Review copy from: Entangled Edge Werewolves be Damned is on of Stacey’s masterpieces. it is the first book of the Magic and Mayhem Series. Although there is a man on the cover the main story line is about a feisty chick named Nexi. Stacy has done a excellent job with this first one. Fast paced full of action and with the right amount of romance that was a red thread that kept the story nice together.

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PR The beginning of this story is just fantastic. It pulls you in this story like no other. Great intro. The characters are strong and realistic and also the world building notewortthly. My favorite character was of course Nixi, she strong and detemined to find the wolves that have killed her parents. With her fun comments and recless behavior a fun character to read about. Her counterpart, Kyden is just fantastic. he;s a typicial alpha male that is just of the right caliber to handle Nexi. Werewolves be Damned is a enjoyable read. with its fast paces scened, action, love and paranormal beings the perfect read for the paranormal romance and Urban fantasy lovers. This is the first book of this series for me but definitely not the last To be continued .

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Book Description: How far would you go to save your sister? Life as a college senior is stressful enough. Between mid-terms, stupid boys, and a rare blood condition, Eliza Landry is just trying to figure out what normal is—whatever that means—when she discovers that vampires aren’t just a thing of legend. In a matter of moments, her life changes forever when she and her older sister Kate suffer a vampire attack which leaves Eliza with two puncture wounds on her neck and an allergy to sunlight. But she’s still human, or at least she thinks she is. It doesn’t really matter—her main concern is that her sister is missing. When bodies start piling up and one of them is supposedly Kate, Eliza and Luke set out to discover who is behind the attacks. Soon, Eliza is drawn into the dark and dangerous world of the undead, with no guarantee she’ll make it out alive, and no doubt that she won’t like what she finds.

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WHY DO AUTHORS WRITE? Picture this… You are curled in your favorite chair enjoying a quiet read. The book pulls you in. You forget where and who you are. You never want the story to end…

I have no idea why other authors write, but I write because that’s what I want to bring to my readers: hours of entertainment that completely captures the imagination, a world worth diving into. Throw in a man (or men) to drool over and what

could be better? Clay, the hero in Hope(less) is the strong, silent type. When I say silent, I mean SILENT. I had so much fun imagining and then writing about him. He was written to be loved, flaws and all. But how do I know I’ve done my job? Often, I don’t. Every now and again a reader is brave enough to put their applauding (or booing) in a review.

The information is invaluable not just to me, to help me hone my skills, but to other prospective readers. I encourage readers to post a review (applaud or boo as you see fit) and help other readers by giving them an idea of what to expect from the book they are considering. There are worlds, and the drool-worthy men who live in them, waiting to be explored by our imaginations.

HOPE(LESS) (JUDGEMENT OF THE SIX #1) BY MELISSA HAAG Our world is being judged and we remain unaware.

In a world filled with people, Gabby is uniquely alone. The tiny sparks she sees in her mind represent the people around her, but she doesn’t know why she sees them. A chance encounter leads her closer to answers she’s struggled to find, and into a hidden society where fur is optional.

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Up From the Grave (Night Huntress #7) by Jeaniene Frost. Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages Expected publication: January 28th 2014 by Avon There’s always one more grave to dig. Lately, life has been unnaturally calm for vampires Cat Crawfield and her husband Bones. They should have known better than to relax their guard, because a shocking revelation sends them back into action to stop an all-out war… A rogue CIA agent is involved in horrifying secret activities that threaten to raise tensions between humans and the undead to dangerous heights. Now Cat and Bones are in a race against time to save their friends from a fate worse than death…because the more secrets they unravel, the deadlier the consequences. And if they fail, their lives—and those of everyone they hold dear— will be hovering on the edge of the grave. May 2013 paranormalcravings.com 21


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Our heroines

Do you think a good book always need a strong heroine? We get a lot of mail from readers that only enjoy a book if it containes a strong heroine! I even saw on Good Reads there are strong heroine book clubs :) like Kick@ss heroines and the The Heroine Chic Book Club and for the YA fans, YA Heroines! My favorite heroine are Sirantha Jax from the Sirantha Jax series by Ann Aguirre and Chess Putnam from The Downside Ghosts series by Stacia Kane. We asked the readers, who their favorite heroine are. This is the line-up: Cat - Night Huntress novels author Jeaniene Frost Rose - Vampire Academy Mac - Fever Sin-Demonica series Kate Daniels Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews Mia Snow - Awaken Me Darkly by Gena Showalter Ava Sans - Ecstasy in Darkness by Gena Showalter Annwyl - Dragon Actually author G.A. Aiken Isabella - Jacob author Jacquelyn Frank Dorina Basarab (from Karen Chance’s series) Mercy by Patricia Briggs Elena by Nalini Singh Lily by Eileen Wilks Anna - Alpha and Omega Xhex from BDB by JR Ward

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Renhala Kailey Rooke, timid accountant, dedicated to philanthropic work, finds herself spiraling into a deep depression after she suffers a horrifyingly odd and humiliating assault, to only discover more of these freakish assaults occurring across the globe. A chance discovery leads Kailey to a meeting with elderly Gunthreon, actual master of persuasion. Gunthreon, who seems to know too much of Kailey’s history for her liking, opens Kailey’s eyes to a coexisting realm she never knew existed: Renhala, while entrusting her with the knowledge of her newfound power as karmelean, serving as a beacon to the Higher Ones. Kailey slowly starts revealing new talents, and Gunthreon is fascinated with what she starts achieving. She soon discovers that Renhala is in danger, and this danger has been leaking into her own realm. As she uncovers secrets within herself, and attempts to toughen up, she fuses with an unlikely band of fellow travelers (including a dragon, woodsprite, sixhundred-pound greble, her faithful female canine companion, and a “giver”), falls into an unexpected love triangle, deals with her sexy and flirtatious best friend’s “issues,” and finds the courage to master a new deadly weapon.

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Amy Joy Lutchen Series: Renhala #1 Publication: September 27th 2012 Genre: Adult Fantasy Renhala, will be on an upcoming tour May 13-18th with Xpresso Reads. http://www.xpressobooktours. com/2013/03/tour-sign-up-renhala-byamy-joy-lutchen.html Renhala will be coming to print by early May, AND the second book of the series will be out within the next four months. Renhala is currently on sale for .99 !!

On her mission to save Renhala, Kailey will find herself running from life-threatening disasters, such as greble Tartarin, who likes to remind Kailey that when he catches her, he plans on eating her brains with ice cream; she’ll run from the deadly meeples: small cute bunnies with talons and an undeniable thirst for imposing self-destruction on others. Kailey will also run into the possibility that a centuries-old Renhalan rumor is true, that advanced technology existing in Kailey’s realm shortens all life spans. As blood is shed and puzzles near completion, Kailey pulls from deep within herself, conjuring up mystical qualities that enable her to astonish as once predicted at her birth, but despite the newfound strength, Kailey will discover that monsters not only come in ugly packages, but can be easily disguised as those she has come to love and trust.Renhala is currently on sale for .99 !!

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Here you will find a small collection of the best paranormal reads that are scheduled to be released in the next few months. Every month we are browsing all book and author sites for the latest releases. Here are some books we wanted to share with you! Maybe you know them, even when your a fanatic reader of fiction books and their series. There is always one book that slips your radar! Here are some reminders.

When Murad, a powerful and deadly Warlord, arrives to repair Gale’s beloved ship, she doesn’t like it one bit. She sees the danger lurking behind his wide, sexy smile and the temptation in his coarse touch. He stands too close. He smells too good. He muddles her mind with erotic thoughts no bounty hunter should ever entertain. Murad is known for being lighthearted…until he meets Gale. He’s deadly serious about seducing the curvaceous bounty hunter. With one blast of her stun gun, she captures his attention and starts his lust burning. To claim Gale for his mate, Murad will brave his cautious female’s itchy trigger finger, his overbearing older brother and even his own sense of duty.

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Ever So Bonnie A Vampire

Crave Third inthe theDarkness Dancing Vampires series. (Shaede Assassin #3) by Amanda Bonilla about (5 starEver’s review from Calin has fantasized warm, Paranormal Cravings) curvaceous body since dancing with the

vampiric fey woman a year ago. When they meet Market again, hePaperback, wastes no time claiming and Mass 336 in pages capturing her. Once the March sun rises, can’t Expected publication: 5thEver 2013 leave the earthly realm and is bound by fey lore by Signet Eclipse to Calin. His lovemaking excites her like no fey man’s ever has, but she’s consumed by the vow she made to her sisters—that she would never leave them for a mortal. Fighting her feelings for Calin, Ever seeks help from goddess Morrigan.

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Hello, ladies (and any gents out there) I am so excited to be a part of Paranormal Craving’s Blog. Today I am sharing a funny little post I made (with pictures because pictures are fun) on what makes a good heroine. Physical strength What makes a strong I think many of us romance readers heroine? search for this “likable” heroine when we’re searching for books. As a writer, and as one who’s been told I write very strong and likeable heroines, I want to raise a question to you all. What makes a strong heroine? Because, while I’ve also been praised for writing strong heroines, some readers see that same heroine and call her “weak” or “immature”. All of this comes down to one’s own opinions and life experiences of course. But, today, as a guest post on the fabulous Paranormal Cravings blog, we are going to dissect the makings of a strong heroine.

As romance booklovin’ ladies, we tend to analyze our heroes more than the heroines who we follow around in the novel. Now it’s really easy for us to like or dislike certain heroines because they aren’t “like us”. That’s completely understandable and that’s also why I search for books with sassy, outspoken women, and strong, business-type women as heroines. I personally don’t relate Let’s take a dive into as much to mothers, what makes a heroine stories about women in later stages of life, or strong, shall we? stories about teenagers (I’m done with that stage of life and would like to keep it that way!). So I have my only little niche that I like.

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Now, when I think of physical strength I think of Sarah Connor from Terminator 2: Judgment Day. Sarah may be a character from a movie but she is a great example of physical strength (just look at those muscles). She’s tough, no-nonsense, and can fight if she has too. Other physically strong or even physically capable heroines might be Xhex from JR Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood series or Rippley from Alien. These ladies might get scared, in fact they do, but they embrace that fear and overcome it. Some women don’t like this in their romance May 2013 paranormalcravings.com 25


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novels, what do you think? Do you relate or not?

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A smart character is hard to write. And nobody likes a “know it all” whether in real life or in a book, so as a writer you have to tip-toe on that line carefully so you don’t make your smart character snobby (unless you want him/ her to be). When I think of a smart heroine I think of Dr. Temperance Bones from the TV show “Bones”.

She’s intelligent and straightforward. When I think of smart characters in books I think of my character Abbigail Krenshaw from my paranormal romance novel The Fallen King. She’s 26 paranormalcravings.com May 2013

good at her job which is studying to be a supernatural medical examiner for the police department. She uses her brain and thinks about things before making a decision. Sometimes the outcome can be hilarious to see her working things out, especially as she’s mentally cursing the demon who’s kidnapped her. Other brainiac characters are Nix from Kresley Cole’s Immortals After Dark series. Although, Nix may be a bit loony on the “mental” side. It’s still her strength and makes her quite unique! What do you think? Do you like your heroines to be intelligent? Now, of course none of us want a dumb heroine, so when I say intelligent, I mean her main quality is her brain.

if you are comfortable in your own skin I know I can’t be the only one who “wonders what if” I had this person’s beauty, charm, etc.

The beautiful heroine is about as common as the plain-Jane heroine in books. I like them both personally. Although, the amount of plain women getting godly good-looking men is a bit eyerollingly funny. I love a charming and witty heroine as much as the next gal. I must Beauty, charm, and because most of my wit heroines are like that. Here is an example of Don’t we all wish we some sharp wittiness had Salma Hayek’s from Willow Bellum in beauty, Jennifer Lawrence’s charm, and BONDS OF FIRE, the Kristen Wiig’s wit? Even second book in my


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Bellum Sisters series. The Alpha only grinned. “I know everything I need to know.” She tried not to ask, but it came out anyway. “Like what?” He smiled. It was the kind of smile that had probably charmed many women into his bed. Hundreds of them, thousands… sluts. “That you are mine.” Willow snapped her teeth at him. He tossed back his head and laughed. “If you want to bite then go ahead, sweetheart. But be warned that my teeth are bigger, sharper, and longer.” Willow snorted. Men. Always bragging. She looked pointedly at her chains and took a deep breath before she said, “Mind telling me why I’m chained to a bed. And know before you answer, that if you say I’m in your bedroom, I will kill you.” A sharp wit can be so much fun to read in novels. These are

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She may come off as a normal woman, because maybe we all think we’re a little bit of each. But sometimes we get that really strange heroine. She’s different. Maybe not in a good way at all, but you will certainly remember her.

the kind of characters I love to write about because that means I’m laughing as I write the book. Not much is better than that. J Besides, who doesn’t love a heroine that can charm the hero into giving into her wiles? What do you think: do you like beautiful, charming, or witty characters in your novels? Judging by my own collection of novels, I’d say yes. Though beauty isn’t a requirement and everyone has a different definition of beauty.

Think Luna Lovegood from Harry Potter. Or Catniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games.

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think you can have a character with a combination of all the character traits we’ve already talked about and she may or may not be all that unique.

She is definitely a memorable character with her odd mannerisms. Other quirky heroines may be (again) Nix from Kresley Cole’s Immortals After Dark series, or Kaylee Frye from the hit TV show “Firefly”. Firefly has long since been canceled but since it was written by character-driven writer

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T.A Grey Joss Whedon, it’s no wonder Kaylee is a strong heroine. Kaylee Frye is a genius mechanic who can run and fix massive engines on futuristic spaceships. Cool! And she’s weird, awkward, shy, and surprisingly bold on some occasions. These characters are so much fun to follow around because they are so different from us. We want to be like them because we’d like to be that special. Who are some of your favorite quirky heroines? To conclude Well that’s all folks. I hope this got you thinking about heroines and what you like in a heroine, and what you don’t like. I must say I left one rather big characteristic out in this article simply because I’d end up writing a novel if I didn’t—and that is weaknesses. I personally believe that a heroine’s

weaknesses are a large factor in why we like them. From a woman who can’t resist someone’s pleas for help (even to her own detriment); to a woman who must work hard every day, no stopping her because she has some goal she must obtain. The workaholic, the busybody who snoops and gets into trouble, the lawbreaker who will steal to get what she wants, a liar, a good-girl who goes bad—these are all negative traits that work to let us all relate, sympathize, and have a lot of fun watching the heroine get into trouble as the novel goes on! Happy reading, http://www. paranormalcravings. com/guest-postby-t-a-grey/ paranormalcravings. com/guest-post-by-ta-grey/

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Scarred with angelfire by a rebellious angel named Micah, Jake Cottrell is sanctioned to become the twelfth paladin in Micah’s supernatural unit of slayers. However, regret abounds as Micah is banished from his command and ordered to protect what he now despises…a human he believes is unworthy of such an honor. Jake slips far away from righteousness, outwardly proving Micah’s judgment, by replying to a wicked email from next@hell. net. Forever a seeker of mischief, Jake dares Hell to burn him. Hell agrees. Davis Travers thickens the plot by introducing Jake to Rachel Darnell. A temptress extraordinaire, she erupts from the fiery pits to steal Jake’s soul. After a steamy seduction from the dark side, Jake is left spellbound. With his soul dangling between Heaven and Hell, Jake soars on a blistering blacktop to escape the wrath of Hell as he fights for redemption while transforming into the twelfth paladin.


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Where are we waiting for? Here you will find a small collection of the best paranormal reads that are scheduled to be released in the next few months. Every month we are browsing all book and author sites for the latest releases. Here are some books we wanted to share with you! Maybe you know them, even when your a fanatic reader of fiction books and their series. There is always one book that slips your radar! Here are some reminders.

A Highland Werewolf Wedding by Terry Spear On The Run... After werewolves Elaine Hawthorn and Cearnach MacNeill almost have a head-on collision on a foggy Highland road, they’re pretty well stuck with each other. It’ll be hours before anyone can get there to pull his car out of the ditch and they both have better places to be. And Nowhere to Hide From Each Other... The sexy little American brings out all of Cearnach’s big bag protective instincts. If she thought she was in trouble before, Elaine has no idea what kind of complications a hot Scot can cause..

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Book Tour all the month of May for a free copy to one commenter on the guest blog sites of A Howl for a Highlander, released in February. The contest is for US/Canada only and I’ll be posting the tour links daily here: http://terry-spear.blogspot.com

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Urban Fantasy Binding the Shadows (Arcadia Bell #3) by Jenn Bennett In the third book in this beloved and “riveting� (Romantic Times) urban fantasy series, demon-friendly tiki bar owner Arcadia Bell discovers more about her own evolving, and possibly destructive, magical abilities when her bar is the target of a demonic crime wave. 1st Edition, 384 pages Expected publication: May 28th 2013 by Pocket Books

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Urban Fantasy Fiery Edge of Steel (Noon Onyx #2) by Jill Archer

Noon Onyx is the first female Host in memory to wield the destructive waning magic that is used to maintain order among the demons. Her unique abilities, paired with a lack of control and reluctance to kill, have branded her as an outsider from her peers. Only her powerful lover, Ari Carmine, and a roguish and mysterious Angel, Rafe Sinclair, support her unconventional ways.

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Death’s Awakening (Eternal Sorrows #1) by Sarra Cannon Leopard’s Prey (Leopard People #6) by Christine Feehan #1 New York Times bestselling author “Christine Feehan knows how to weave a tale of action, suspense and paranormal passion” (Romance Junkies). Now, she’s back -- and the New Orleans nights have never felt so torrid or so dangerous... Mass Market Paperback, 400 pages Expected publication: May 28th 2013 by Jove

Expected publication: June 2013 by Dead River Books (first published 2013) DEATH’S AWAKENING is the first book in Sarra Cannon’s new Eternal Sorrows series. Told from alternating points of view, this story is packed with action, magic, and romance that will leave you begging to find out what happens as this group of teens struggles to survive the zombie apocalypse.

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J.T. BOCK -X- MAN WITH A HEAVY DOSE OF ROMANCE!

Now on tour April 22 th - May 17 th Info & Tour Schedule on the tour page!

Giveaways: E-copy of A Surefire Way by J.T. Bock and extra prize’s from J.T. Private Vault!

APRIL April 22nd – BOOKADDICT BIEKE Type of tour stop :Book Review and Promo http://bookaddictbieke.blogspot.be —April 23th – Book Sake Type of tour stop: Promo (with GA) http://booksake.com —April 25th – INK IN THE BOOK Type of tour stop : Interview www.inkinthebook.blogspot.com —April 29th – TBF REVIEWS Type of tour stop :guest post http://tbfreviews.net —April 30rd – THE PAPERBACK PURSUER Type of tour stop : guest post with promo http://thepaperbackpursuer.blogspot.com —April 30rd Bitten By Paranoral Romance http://www.bittenbyparanormalromance.com —May 1st – the sacred fruit Type of tour stop : promo www.thesacredfruit.com —May 1st – My Devotional Thoughts Type of tour stop : promo http://www.mydevotionalthoughts.com —May 2nd – COZIE CORNER Type of tour stop : guest post http://www.coziecorner.blogspot.com —May 3rd - books books and more books blog Type of tour stop :Book Review and Promo http://dream-reader-dreamer2229.blogspot.com —May 6th – TYGA’S REVIEWS Type of tour stop :book review http://www.tyngasreviews.com —-

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May 7th - Becky’s Barmy Book Blog Type of tour stop: Promo http://beckysbarmybookblog.blogspot.co.uk —May 8th – THE PEN MUSE Type of tour stop : Guest Blog with Promo stop The Pen and Muse BLOG Url: http://thepenmuse.net —May 9th – Evolved World Type of tour stop: Promo www.evolvedworld.com —May 9th - Highlighted Author, H.A. Special Interest section Type of tour stop: Promo http://highlightedauthor.com/h-a-special-interest/ —May 10th – The Book Tart Type of tour stop Promo with Giveaway BLOG Url :http://www.thebooktart.com —May 10th – TALKING SUPE Type of tour stop :book review http://www.talkingsupe.com —May 13th - Bookaroo-My Type of tour stop: Promo http://bookarooju.wordpress.com —May 14th – PROSERPINE Type of tour stop : Promo http://proserpinecravedfor.blogspot.com —May 15 - Adria’s Romance Reviews Among Wildlings Type of tour stop : Promo http://www.iqurae.blogspot.com —May 15 - Fantasy Floosiez Type of tour stop : Promo http://www.fantasyfloozies.com/ —May 16th - A.J. Locke Type of tour stop : Author Interview and Promo http://www.iqurae.blogspot.com —May 17th – SINGLE TITLES Type of tour stop : Review (pdf) BLOG Url : www.singletitles.com

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WOLF’S DESIRE (CAEDMON WOLVES SERIES) BY AMBRIELLE KIRK MAY 6TH - CRAZY FOUR BOOKS MAY 6TH - EVOLVED WORLD MAY 7 TH - FOR THE LOVE OF READING MAY 8 TH - MY COZIE CORNER MAY 9 TH - TURNING THE PAGES MAY 10TH - ROMFAN REVIEWS MAY 11 TH - URBAN GIRL READER MAY 12 TH - ADRIA’S ROMANCE REVIEWS MAY 12 TH- WOLF MAJICK REVIEWS


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THE TWELFTH PALADIN BY NORA WESTON Info & Tour Schedule on the tour page!

On each tour stop we will have the following giveaways: Two copies of The Twelfth Paladin by Nora Weston (e-copy and print) and 1x Amazon gift cards/$15.00

05/05 - All in One Place http://www.kvlovesbooks.blogspot.co.uk promo Redheaded Bookworm http://redheaded-bookworm.blogspot.com/ 05/08 - Kaidans Seduction http://kaidansseduction.blogspot.com/ 05/10 - Books, Books, and More Books dream-reader-dreamer2229.blogspot.com 05/14 - You Gotta Read www.yougottaread.com 15/05 - Literati Literature Lovers http://literatiliteraturelovers.com/ 18/05 - Words of Wisdom from The Scarf Princess wowfromthescarfprincess.blogspot.com The Pen & Muse http://thepenmuse.net 19/05 -Vampires, Werewolves, and Reporters…oh my! www.rosalindhartmann.com

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Tour dates May 17 - Bad Barb Reviews http://badbarbsreviews.blogspot.com May 18 - Books, Books, and More Books http://dream-reader-dreamer2229.blogspot.com May 20 - Faerotic Prose http://faeroticprose.blogspot.com May 21 - fundinmental http://www.fundinmental.com May 22 - The Book Tart http://thebooktart.com May 23 - Lola’s Reviews http://lolabookreviews.blogspot.com May 27 - My Devotional Thoughts http://mydevotionalthoughts.com May 28 - Underworld Love Addiction http://underworldloveaddiction.blogspot.com May 29 - Books & Other Spells http://nightskydarkstar.blogspot.com May 30 - Crazy Four Books http://www.crazyfourbooks.blogspot.com

June 1st. - The Pen & Muse★ http://thepenmuse.net June 3 - Paranormal Book Club http://paranormal-bookclub.com June 4 - Bookaroo-Ju Blog http://bookarooju.wordpress.com June 5 - My Cozie Corner http://coziecorner.blogspot.com June 7 - Vampires, Werewolves, and Reporters…oh my! http://rosalindhartmann.com June 9 - A Daydreamer’s Thoughts http://daydreamersthoughts.co.uk June 10 - Simply Infatuated http://www.simplyinfatuated.com June 11 - Darket Addictions Book Reviews http://darkestaddictions.blogspot.com June 12th - Guest post with promo You Gotta Read Reviews June 13 - Bookworm Babblings http://inspirationsbysimone.blogspot.com June 14 - Nette’s Bookshelf Reviews http://nettesbookshelf.blogspot.com June 15 - Indiewritersreview http://indiewritersreview.wordpress.com/

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FISH OUT OF WATER

(ESCAPE FANTASY ROMANCE)

BY ROS BAXTER Paperback, 169 pages Published April 1st 2013 by Escape Publishing ISBN13: 9780857990440

IT’S STEPHANIE PLUM MEETS SPLASH! Dirtwater’s straight-talking Deputy Sheriff has a lot on her plate: a nicotine addiction that’s a serious liability for a mermaid; a solider-of-fortune ex who’s hooked on her Mom’s brownies; a gorgeous, naked stranger in her shower; and a mysterious dead blonde with a fish tattoo on Main Street. Oh, and one other thing. She’s scheduled to die on her thirtieth birthday – in three weeks – unless she can ‘change the course of destiny and save the world entire’.

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Give Your Book the Publicity It Deserves? One of the best ways to promote your book online is through bloggers. Many authors have realized this and have taken advantage of reviews and publicities that the blogging world can offer. Most authors don’t have connections with hundreds of bloggers who are willing to promote their book. That is where Paranormal Cravings come in. We realize how valuable bloggers are when it comes to book publicity, so we created Online Book Tours. We have a team of over 500 bloggers who already have a great internet presence and huge followings. And if you opt to promote your book through one of our Online Book Tours, the team will publicize it for you in many ways on their blogs including:

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An Online Book Tour is an effective and affordable way of getting the word out about your book. And our tours are affordable and simple to arrange. We take care of everything for you, including blog tour banners, marketing advice and scheduling the tours with our team of bloggers. If you are interested in scheduling a tour, please contact us at: info@paranormalcravings.com

About Your Online Book Tour

You can rely on Paranormal Cravings to ensure that you get the best possible publicity for your book. Iris, the owner is an expert in Social Media, Web Design, Graphic Design and Online Marketing. Iris will organize your tour, design your book banners, liaise with bloggers, and publicize your tour on social media sites and on the Paranormal Cravings website.

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We want to make sure that your book promotion reaches as many potential readers as possible. So we match up the most suitable bloggers for your type of book, to make sure the tour attracts your target audience.

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Paranormal Cravings uses a sophisticated social media marketing approach to ensure that we promote your book tour to as many people as possible. We use proven Twitter marketing techniques and various other social media tools including Facebook, Tumblr and Pinterest. The bloggers hosting your tour also use social media marketing to make sure their readers get to hear about your book.

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Life can suck when you’re sixteen. It can suck even worse when you’re not- quite- dead. Sixteen-year-old Rebecca Herrera Hayes faces every teenager’s biggest nightmares: bad skin, bad hair, and worse . . . turning into one of the living dead. Becca’s life changes forever when her cousin Spence comes back to their small Wisconsin town carrying a deadly secret—he’s becoming a zombie, a fate he shares with her through an accidental scratch. The Z infection, however, has mutated, affecting younger persons like her, or those treated early enough, differently. Now she must cope with weird physical changes and habits no girl wants to be noticed for. Then she meets Gabe, a good-looking part-Z like her, and fears falling for him. After all, how can he, who shows hardly any Z symptoms, be interested in someone like her? But time is running out... Becca needs his help as she and her cousin Carm search for their missing mothers and fight off hungry Zs. Most of all, she needs to find something, anything, to stop this deadly transformation before it is forever too late..

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GIRL Z: My Life as a Teenage Zombie Welcome to Christine Verstraete, author (as C.A. Verstraete) of GIRL Z: My Life as a Teenage Zombie (coming in August from Intrigue Publishing)

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Q: Let’s start off by telling everyone a bit about you: A: I’m an award-winning journalist, miniaturist (I create and collect dollhouse miniatures), a dog lover, seahorse owner (or is that herder? We have a tank of dwarf seahorses), and of course, an author. I and several other authors also blog about, yes, zombies and horror stuff at http:// girlzombieauthors.blogspot. com. Is that enough? ha!

to stare at me, you know, likelike that.” “You mean like your arm was a giant chicken wing?” I asked.

Q: If you gave one of your characters from GIRL Z: My Life as a Teenage Zombie an opportunity to speak for themselves, who would it be and what would they say? to her family. She’ll do A: As the main character, almost anything, like killing Becca has plenty to say, but zombies, to protect them her cousin, Carm does get her two cents in. Forming that and her cousin. Given her Q: What was the hardest part relationship between the two new condition and quirks as a part Z, she also has of writing GIRL Z: My Life as a as cousins and BFFs was fun some self-doubts that make Teenage Zombie? . to do. Carm probably would A: I’ll admit it - getting it right. tell Becca to quit pushing her her vulnerable and a little hesitant, especially when It took some hard thinking around, though no matter to decide on what different what, she’s there to help and it comes to dating. But ultimately, she’s willing to elements to add to give the has her back. Becca finally main character Becca’s life realizes she needs her cousin trust again. more layers - and where to more than Carm needs her Q: What are you currently add humor. It’s not every day since her condition makes working on? you turn into a zombie, you her more know. Or in Becca’s case, a vulnerable Zombie Book Coming A: I have several projects in part Z. I didn’t want her to be - a sobering in AUGUST! Romance the works. I’m all maudlin and dreary. thought. ZOMBIES! - humor - ..... working on a prequel to tell Q: What is your favorite Q: What .... and ZOMBIES! Becca’s cousin quote from GIRL Z: My Life as inspires you Spence’s story a Teenage Zombie? as a writer? -he’s the one who came A: Awww, just one? ha! I A: I love seeing how an idea home and infected her admit I have several. But unfolds. It’s great seeing with the Z virus. I also have this conversation Becca has others read, and hopefully another zombie project in the with her cousin Carm (short enjoy, what you’ve created. works, am trying out some for Carmella) after her first hunger attack at home sticks Q: Tell us about your favorite ideas for a sequel, plus I write in my mind: character and why you chose nonfiction newspaper and magazine stuff. I’m always “Carm, I owe you an to write about them? writing something. apology. Big time. I’m sorry I A: I love Becca. She’s sassy, scared you.” spunky, and is all heart Her eyes round, she tried to beneath her sometime make light of it. “It’s okay, Bec. impatience with her cousin. It’s just, uh, I didn’t expect you She’s loyal and devoted

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Q: Who is your all-time favorite author? A: I don’t think I have just one. I grew up reading Stephen King and Dean Koontz, of course. Once my own book was done, I’ve had a blast discovering all the authors out there writing zombie stories. I’ve always loved horror, so this has been a fun discovery. Q: What is your writing process? Do you have a standard plan? Must it always be on the same computer? Or do you need some kind of lucky toy or pen before you can begin? A: I’m not picky. As a journalist, I’m used to deadlines so if a story isn’t working right, all I do is slog through it or set it aside a little while if I have time. The one thing that stops me is the beginning of the story has to be right, or as close as possible. It’s hard to start otherwise, though it’s best just to get something down. You can always go back and fix it. Q: What are your writing goals for the future? A: To keep at it. I’d like to continue Becca’s story and hope the zombie genre doesn’t die yet. ha! Writing this was the most fun I’ve had with a story, so I have no intention of stopping. (A synopsis and details on GIRL Z: My Life as a Teenage Zombie, plus a link to the 40 paranormalcravings.com May 2013

prologue and chapter 1, can be found at my website, http://www.cverstraete.com/ girlz-teenage-zombie-book. html.) Thanks so much for the interview!

Published: August 1, 2013 Paperback: 206 pages Publisher: Intrigue Publishing ISBN-13: 978-0979478895


PROLOGUE: GIRL Z: My Life as a Teenage Zombie, C.A. Verstraete A virus. A freaking virus. I’d been sick before, you know, measles, mumps…kid stuff…but not really sick. Never like this. This...this couldn’t be happening. I tuned back in to the doctor’s explanation…new diet, pills, blah-blah-blah… and let his words fade again into the background. Gone was the golden tan I’d nurtured over the summer with tanning cream and hours sunbathing by the pool with one of my cousins. My skin had a weird grayish tone, like I’d rubbed myself with fireplace ash. I gazed at my legs, now mottled with strange gray blotches, and my pretty pink toenails peeking out from beneath the sheet. The machine next to me made a frantic beep-beep. I turned and caught my reflection in the metal canister sitting on the table next to the bed. Whimpering, I rubbed a hand over my cheek, wondering at the scaly texture, while at other times I felt almost nothing. Large, deep brown eyes under ebony bangs stared back. I saw a decent nose. Spots. I took in the pinkish patches and my uneven skin tone, which reminded me of those old battleships on the PBS show I’d watched with my aunt. For the first time in my sixteen-year-old life I was...ugly. I struck the bed frame over and over, the pain barely registering. The machine’s whir-click-whir turned into a wail almost louder than mine--beep-beep-beeeeeeep. A nurse in blue scrubs rushed in and tried to reassure me, even as she attempted to keep me immobile on this slab they called a bed. “Relax, it’ll be fine,” she said. “No, it won’t,” I yelled, “it won’t!” How could looking like freaking King Tut without his wrappings ever be fine?

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Larissa Ione

Latest release: Rogue Rider November 20, 2012

COMING: Bound by Night Moon Bound Clan Vampires #1 September 24, 2013 ISBN-13: 978-1476700175 A WOMAN OUT FOR BLOOD Nicole Martin was only eight years old when the vampire slaves rose up in rebellion and killed her family. Now she devotes her life to finding a vaccine against vampirism, hoping to wipe out her memories—along with every bloodsucker on the planet. But there’s one thing she cannot destroy: her searing, undeniable attraction for the one man she should hate and fear the most . . .

Bound by Night ABOUT Larissa

A VAMPIRE OUT FOR REVENGE A member of the renegade vampire MoonBound Clan, Riker is haunted by demons of his own. When he recognizes Nicole and remembers how her family enslaved his loved ones, his heart burns for vengeance. But when he kidnaps Nicole and holds her in a secret lair, his mortal enemy becomes his soul obsession, his greatest temptation, and, perhaps, his only salvation—a hot-blooded lover who could heal him with her touch . . . or bury him forever.

Air Force veteran Larissa Ione traded in a career as a meteorologist to pursue her passion of writing. She now spends her days in pajamas with her computer, strong coffee, and supernatural worlds. She believes in celebrating everything, and would never be caught without a bottle of Champagne chilling in the fridge…just in case. She currently lives in Wisconsin with her U.S. Coast Guard husband, her teenage son, a rescue cat named Vegas, and her very own hellhound, a King Shepherd named Hexe. 44 paranormalcravings.com May 2013


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Blood in the ground

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his new book published by Quantum Spirit Press is the third installment of Robert Paul Blumenstein’s fascinating Ascension Trilogy; Peyton Costello is back, as is his arch-nemesis, the evil Opossum, who was responsible for Peyton’s wrongful incarceration as well as the grisly murders of Peyton’s parents. Opossum’s escape from prison kick-starts the thrilling adventure as Peyton races against time to keep Opossum from potentially destroying humanity.

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Talk to me Goose!

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une 22, 2012, Midlothian, VA— Peyton Costello is a man who is searching for some peace. He’s hunted down the man who murdered his parents, Opossum, and handed him over to the authorities, who quickly determined that the death penalty is in order. However, Peyton is haunted by visions of horror—a brand of horror that is applied by Opossum alone. These visions are terrifying enough to tear him from his pregnant wife, Oriana, and their young son and compel him to contact Captain Phil Mahoney in Richmond, Virginia, where Opossum was held on death row. Shortly after Peyton’s inquiry, the worstcase scenario becomes reality: Opossum is free, and he’s coming after Peyton.


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ccompanied by Father Gates, a priest who spent time with the former prisoner, and Dr. Kirkpatrick, one of the psychiatrists who worked closely with Opossum during his imprisonment, Captain Mahoney makes his way to Germany, where Peyton and his family have lived quietly for the last few years. Together, Mahoney and Peyton follow Opossum around the globe, attempting to stop him from wreaking havoc among the innocent. Can Peyton and Mahoney keep Opossum and his evil impulses at bay? Will light ultimately triumph over darkness, and can Peyton survive the battle?

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lood in the Ground is a thrill ride, with twists and turns that will keep the reader wanting more. Peyton Costello is a hero readers can cheer for as they hope for the ultimate destruction of the dark and twisted Opossum. Self-proclaimed “writer of Southern metaphysical fiction� Robert Paul Blumenstein has published two other novels, the first two books of the riveting Ascension Trilogy.

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Cover trends When browsing the new covers you notice the cover designs from different authors because they are with the same publisher or you come across the same stock image of that man or girl with the sword of which you know you have come across a few times but you are not sure which ones that where. This month it felt like it was the month of the eyes. Everywhere I was seeing book covers with the eyes as focus. We thought to share some (old and new ones)!

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