Annie Nicholas writes paranormal and science fiction romance. Read about her hot vampire thrillers, werewolf romantic stories, alpha shifter and sexy alien romance.

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I've been very scattered this summer. I usually follow my writing schedule like it was written by God. I'm good at setting attaina...

Monday, January 25, 2010

Drum roll please!

Jennifer you won the Green Mountain coffee from Vermont but I don't know how to contact you! E-mail me with the details on where to send it annienicholas@ymail.com

My writer's heart has been torn in so many directions this weekend that I'm not fit to blog. LOL I ran into, not a block but more like a muddy swamp, a couple weeks ago. I knew what I wanted to write but I couldn't shut off the internal editor so progress came slow. Trying to figure out what my problem was I decided to go back to my roots. I picked up a pen and paper. The words started to flow again.

Unfortunately, I forgot how to calculate word count on paper and realized I'd been over adding. *sigh* so technically I lost seven thousand words. Then I pulled an unexpected night shift at work Saturday. By the time I'd gotten home, I'd been awaked over twenty-four hours. Not a pretty sight.

In my exhaustion, I laid my note pad with all my recent written work down and forgot where!!!

I tore my purse apart, my car apart, and called work for them to look. (My fabulous co-workers know how much it means to me.)

Nada.

My heart aching like I'd lost a pet, I wanted to weep. I tried to retrace my steps but my memories were to foggy. (Nice knowing I drove home like this, huh?)  Then out of the corner of my eye I see the corner of a familiar brown note pad on the second book shelf.

WTF? Why did I pull it out my purse and put it there? I'm happy now but exhausted. LOL

Monday, January 18, 2010

THE OMEGAS Release Day Party!

I'm so excited about this release. It's the first book I've ever written and Daedalus is the my favorite hero. *gush*  This week, if you leave a comment, your name will be entered in a release contest. I'm giving away a bag of Green Mountain Coffee. Anyone who reads my blogs at Paranormal Romantics knows how much I love my coffee. I'm blogging there today so if your looking to oogle some bald beauties mozy on over there. I'll announce the winner next week. I'm also hanging out over Love Romance and More.


Only a vampire is man enough to teach werewolves how to fight.

BLURB:

Pretty librarian Sugar wants her life to stay quiet. That’s hard enough when friends and neighbors turn into furry wolves every full moon. But when a hot vampire gets involved, life’s bound to get complicated.

The Omegas have always been the pansies of the paranormal. Now Chicago’s top werewolf pack has issued them a life or death challenge. Their only option: hire a vampire warrior to teach them the moves.

Daedalus has been a powerful vampire for ages. Intrigued by the chance to train the geeks of the underworld, he wasn’t bargaining on losing his heart to a human. Can he make the Omegas a success, fit into Sugar’s quiet life, and avoid being ripped to shreds in the process?


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EXCERPT:

Sugar walked to the Omegas’ apartment. Quiet dominated their corner of the building since Mr. Pal Robi’s arrival last week. She’d seen them when she went out on her garden balcony to water the plants last night. They jogged with their vampire trainer on the sidewalk. He ran, and they straggled behind. Other than that she hadn’t seen any of them. No one came over to visit. Not even Katrina, who had become a permanent fixture in her home.

She stood in front of their door and wiped her sweaty palms on her old, worn jeans. Maybe I should have changed.

The thought irritated her. She’d never worried about her looks before he moved in. She’d never lusted after a man like this either. Her past lovers always started as emotional relationships, then grew into something physical. What she experienced with Daedalus seemed more animalistic. If she made out with him and got it over with, then maybe her mind would clear. The memory of his sexy half-smile with a wink haunted her every night. Those blue eyes, broad shoulders, firm body, bald head--

The apartment door swung open, and the demon of her fantasies stood staring at her, shirtless. A thin sheen of sweat covered his pale skin as if he’d been doing some vigorous exercises. It made him shine. The circular tattoo she’d glimpsed through his shirt on their first meeting covered his heart, a black snake eating its tail.
He gave her a crooked smile, melting her to the spot. “Hello, sweetness. I got tired of waiting for you to knock.” He stepped back and gestured for her to come in.

As she entered the Omegas’ apartment she noticed the place looked cleaner than usual. Five wolves under one roof could make quite a clutter. Daedalus must have them run a tighter ship.

“How did you know I was out in the hall?” A little shaken after his sudden appearance, her concentration slipped and she couldn’t remember her reason for being there. His being half-naked didn’t help.

“I have a good sense of smell.” He closed the door behind her.

“You smelled me? Good to know for future reference.”

Fingers ran through her curls as she walked past him. She glanced at him, but his back faced her while he locked the door. It must have been her imagination. The touch felt real though. Did he move that fast?
He finished with the locks and turned around. “I heard you walk down the hall too. Why were you waiting?”
She didn’t know, looking for some courage maybe or a little self-confidence with an internal pep talk. “I was thinking about going back for a book Sam wanted to borrow,” she lied. Something unsettling occurred to her. “Can you read minds too?”

He chuckled and leaned in close, his nose almost touching hers. “Possibly. Are you thinking dirty thoughts?”

“No!” Her cheeks burned.

“Then I guess I can’t.”

Did that mean he was thinking them?

He brushed past her to sit on the worn, beige couch. His touch sent a thrill through her, it unnerved her too. He tapped the cushion next to him.

Out of her element around him and his flirtatious ways, she sat in the armchair across from the couch. His request to sit next to him ignored since she couldn’t trust herself to not jump on his lap. Her lack of self-control surprised her. She allowed her eyes to roam his handsome face to his bare chest, each time she jerked them back up to meet his stare, they’d meander back down to those well-defined muscles.

An unfamiliar quiet filled the living room, where laughter and banter normally flooded the space. “Is anyone else home?”

“No.” He leaned forward, resting his elbows on his knees. The heat in his gaze grew as he made his interest in her clearer. “We have the place to ourselves. What did you have in mind?”

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Fill Your E-Reader Blog Tour

Welcome to the blog tour! If you just found this blog click HERE to go to the beginning. Leave a comment at each blog and your name will be placed in a drawing. This tour we're offering plenty of books to fill your e-reader as prizes:

Waiting for the Big One by PG Forte
Flash of Dark by Sara Brooks
Rip Cord by Jeanne St. James
Doll by Juniper Bell
Once Bitten by Trina M. Lee
Huntress Prequel by Trina M. Lee
Bound by Deception by Christa Paige
Preja Vu by Alanna Coca
For a Price by Olivia Brynn
Fireproof by Tina Holland
Destiny's Magick by Rae Morgan
Alitus, Tales of the Chosen by Kayelle Allen
Satisfy Me by Madison Scott
Baptism by Fire by Keira Ramsay
Black Cat Beauty by Savanna Kougar
Intimate Strangers by Gem Sivad
Bait by Annie Nicholas    <--- *me*
Breathing Shallow by Stephanie Adkins
The Company of Fools by Annemarie Hartnett
Choice of two books by Lexi Ryan
Safe from the Flames by Sandra Sookoo
Hearts Afire December by Elise, Ella, and Emily


Since all my releases this month have vampires in them I thought we'd play a little game. Here's a list of pictures of main stream vampires.


Lestat


Edward


Spike


Louis


A Lost Boy (can't remember his name)


Angel


Angelus
(Yes, there is a difference for the true Buffy fan. LOL)


Dracula


Eric Northman


Bill

Who's your favorite and why? If I missed your favorite just name them.

Here are the blurbs for my releases this month.

Only a vampire is man enough to teach werewolves how to fight.
Pretty librarian Sugar wants her life to stay quiet. That’s hard enough when friends and neighbors turn into furry wolves every full moon. But when a hot vampire gets involved, life’s bound to get complicated.

The Omega have always been the pansies of the paranormal. Now Chicago’s top werewolf pack has issued them a life or death challenge. Their only option: hire a vampire warrior to teach them the moves.
Daedalus has been a powerful vampire for ages. Intrigued by the chance to train the geeks of the underworld, he wasn’t bargaining on losing his heart to a human. Can he make the Omegas a success, fit into Sugar’s quiet life, and avoid being ripped to shreds in the process.




Sent on a mission to lure Budapest’s vampire Overlord into a trap, Connie Bence is instead caught red-handed by the dark Casanova. Her employer has concrete proof of the dubious leader’s misdeeds but she is surprised when this ruthless killer, Rurik, offers her protection and rescues her from his own kind. It plants seeds of doubt in her mind and she begins to question his guilt. Now she is thrown into his world where blackmail determines her every move and where she must betray those she cares about or let them die. The stakes are high. She either puts her trust in Rurik or leads him to his execution.


Love or life.
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Next on the tour is Olivia Brynn 






Monday, January 11, 2010

And the winner is...



JWlsley. I've got your e-mail and will send you the details today.




Told you this month would be busy! Look what we have in store for you. Jan 15 is a Fill Your Ebook Reader Blog Tour. Here's the list of prizes we'll be giving away:

Waiting for the Big One by PG Forte

Flash of Dark by Sara Brooks
Rip Cord by Jeanne St. James
Doll by Juniper Bell
Once Bitten by Trina M. Lee
Huntress Prequel by Trina M. Lee
Bound by Deception by Christa Paige
Preja Vu by Alanna Coca
For a Price by Olivia Brynn
Fireproof by Tina Holland
Destiny's Magick by Rae Morgan
Alitus, Tales of the Chosen by Kayelle Allen
Satisfy Me by Madison Scott
Baptism by Fire by Keira Ramsay
Black Cat Beauty by Savanna Kougar
Intimate Strangers by Gem Sivad
Bait by Annie Nicholas
Breathing Shallow by Stephanie Adkins

Yep, I'm giving away a copy of BAIT.  After the tour stop by and CHAT with us. I can't wait. It'll be so fun. Now, I have to go man candy shopping for that day.

Monday, January 4, 2010

My First Release




It's here!  My first release date. BAIT will be available at Liquid Silver Books starting at 7PM tonight. To celebrate this event I am going to be running a few contests.

Here, I will be offering Lake Champlain chocolates from my home state of Vermont. Decadent, dark, and sinful just like my hero Rurik. All you have to do is leave me a comment. I will run this contest all week and announce the winner next Monday. Don't forget to leave an e-mail address.

Author Island is starting a one month contest tomorrow. For details click link.

Then on Jan. 30 I will be chatting all day long with fellow Paranormal Romantics at Talking Two Lips Review. I will be running two contests during chat. The prizes will be...well come and see what I have in store for that day. *insert evil laugh*

Blurb:
Sent on a mission to lure Budapest’s vampire Overlord into a trap, Connie Bence is instead caught red-handed by the dark Casanova. Her employer has concrete proof of the dubious leader’s misdeeds but she is surprised when this ruthless killer, Rurik, offers her protection and rescues her from his own kind. It plants seeds of doubt in her mind and she begins to question his guilt. Now she is thrown into his world where blackmail determines her every move and where she must betray those she cares about or let them die. The stakes are high. She either puts her trust in Rurik or leads him to his execution.
Love or life.

Excerpt One

Excerpt Two

Happy New Years Everyone!




Friday, January 1, 2010

Our First Snowman of the 2010



It's hard to see in this picture but he's holding a snowball. LOL We kicked off the year by going out to brunch. I watched my sons eat the restaurant out of meat. (Carnivores) Then we built out first snowman of the year. I think it's been a great start.

What did you do?