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Saturday, May 14, 2011

Mega Author Blog Hop: Ticket to Paradise!

TOUR RULES:






1) HAVE FUN!!!





2) INVITE ALL OF YOUR FRIENDS!!! SPREAD THE WORD!!!





3) THIS TOUR STARTS: Monday, May 16, at Midnight (Arizona Time)

THIS TOUR ENDS: Monday, May 23, at Midnight (Arizona Time)





4) MEET AND MINGLE WITH ALL THE AUTHORS! EXPERIENCE A NEW DESTINATION AT EVERY STOP! PARTICIPATE IN EVERY BLOG CONTEST AND BE ENTERED FOR CHANCES TO WIN MULTIPLE PRIZES! EVERY BLOG VISITED IS ANOTHER OPPORTUNITY TO WIN!!





5) PARTICIPATION AT ALL BLOGS IS RECOMMENDED, BUT REMEMBER, THE MORE BLOGS YOU HOP, THE BETTER YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING PRIZES. EVERY AUTHOR IS WAITING TO MEET AND INTERACT WITH YOU, SO PLEASE BE SURE TO SHOW EVERY AUTHOR SOME LOVE!





6) DID I MENTION TO HAVE FUN? WHOO! HOO!! HERE WE GOOOOOOOOOOOO!



Welcome to Chicago! The urban jungle containg humans, vampires, and shifters. Walking the streets at night has always been dangerous but there are predators in the dark that we forget about.


I'm loving my journey with my geeks of the paranormal, my werewolves with no attitude, the pansies of the paranormal. The Vanguards series starts out with The Omegas where a bunch weaker shifters group together and form a small pack to support each other. In the next book, The Alpha, we watch as the new alpha struggles with his position and also meets his high school crush again.

The Beta, book 3 of The Vanguards series, is releasing tomorrow!







These books are all based in Chicago, city of the century. It rose from a swampy frontier town to become the quintessential American city. Struggling against all odds to become the metropolis it is today. Very much like my little pack. The city is divide in well defined neighborhoods such as Chinatown, The Back Yards, New City, and 200ish more. I explore a little of the city in each story.

Next year, Romance Times will be holding its annual conference in Chicago. I will so be there.

Blurb:

Three days of hell, in charge, and running out of antacids.


As the pack’s Beta, Robert needs to watch over the Vasi werewolf pack for a few days. He hates the responsibility, but his job is to dissolve any problems while his alpha honeymoons. Nevertheless, trouble comes to town and her name is Esther. She's beguiling, beautiful and picks his pocket. Although Robert doesn’t trust her, he still wants to possess her.

Esther arrived in Chicago with the intention of slaying a vampire named Daedalus. While trailing her quarry, she encounters Robert who unhinges her world. He doesn’t know her trade, and she doesn’t know his connection to the vampire. Disturbed by her attraction to this unusual werewolf, she can’t decide which prey to hunt. The one who’s stolen her heart or the one who’ll fill her bank account.
Hot graphic werewolf sex, growing body parts, and one pissed off Nosferatu.

 Excerpt:

Another man exited the building not long after the vampire. He wore a rumpled button-down, short-sleeved shirt tucked into loose jeans. His mouse brown hair cried for a cut and a comb.
He pushed his glasses up his nose and bent to tie his running shoes.

Recognizing him as the person who had accompanied Daedalus earlier, Esther heard opportunity knocking. He didn’t look like a threat being thin and weak. She crossed the street and approached him from behind. “Excuse me. Do you have the time?”

Glancing over his shoulder, his gaze traveled along her bare legs, to her knee length loose skirt, and finally met her stare. Her breath caught in her throat. The irises of his eyes reflected a non-existent light and shone pale amber. He blinked and it vanished, must have been the glasses that gave such a strange effect.

He rose in a single fluid motion that set her predator alarm off. Checking his cellphone, he gave her a shy smile. “It’s ten after two.” He scanned the area around them. “This is a dangerous part of town, ma’am.

You shouldn’t walk around alone. Trouble is going to find you.”

Or maybe find him. She eyed his wiry arms and changed her assessment of him. Lean, tight muscles slid under his skin as he moved. He wasn’t weak, more like a cross between a martial artist and a geek.

“Are you offering to walk me home?” Flashing him her most flirtatious smile, she toyed with a piece of her hair.

He swallowed. “S-sure.” Shuffling to her side, he fell in next to her, eyes darting around them.

Men were so easy to manipulate, but this one actually wanted to protect her. So cute, she could have pinched him. Trying to be discreet, she took quick peeks at him. Nice strong chin and straight nose.

Maybe a hint of freckles? It was difficult to tell in the dark.

“I’m Esther.” She held out her hand. What the hell prompted her to use her real name?

Wrapping a firm hand around hers, he shook it. “I’m Robert.”

His touch sent tingles along her arm. The name seemed too mature for him. “What are you doing out so late, Rob?” How did such a polite man like him get involved with a Nosferatu? She checked his neck for bites and didn’t see anything, but there were more places on the body to feed from besides the neck. It would be a shame if he was a blood slave.

“Robert is fine. I was checking on a…friend.” He stuffed his hands in his pockets. “And you, Esther?”

She laughed. “I’m up to no good.” And she winked at him.

A rosy blush surfaced on his cheeks as he stumbled.

Something in this man attracted the devil inside of her. She entangled her arm around his and leaned into his hard body. The strength hidden under the geeky exterior sent a pleasant shiver through her body. Not all things were as they appeared. She hated surprises but not this one. If this was an act then he deserved an Emmy. She glanced at him, pleased that she needed to arch her neck back slightly to meet his sharp green gaze.

God, what was she doing? She assessed him like a potential lover instead of a possible avenue to get her mark. Stupid, focus. Once Daedalus was out of the picture she’d come back for Rob if she still wanted him. Until then…she stopped in front of a duplex. “This is my place.” She lied with the ease of an expert.

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Leave a comment with your E-MAIL addy and you'll be entered to win a copy of The Beta in celebration of its release.


 Therese Gilardi is your next destination on this trip around the world.
If you'd like to start at the beginning of the hop click HERE.

Annie Nicholas
http://www.annienicholas.com/

57 comments:

Kim Bowman Author said...

WHEW! Fanning myself after those pictures! Beautiful blog:)

Sherry Gloag said...

Los Angeles sounds as though it'll provide you with backgrounds and settings for your books for years to come!
Thanks for sharing.

Theresa @ Fade Into Fantasy said...

I have always wanted to see Chicago! Maybe someday... Thanks for the giveaway!

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JoAnne Kenrick said...

Yeay, Chicago! Location for RT in 2012! Can't wait to see this city :) WOOT

JoAnne Kenrick said...

Hi, wasn't sure if it is just me having problems with this... but the link to Therese Gilardi keeps taking me to a facebook page, not the next blog hop post.

Jennifer Mathis said...

oh i cant wait til RT next year ! i actually get to go :) book sounds fab as always :)

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IandSsmom said...

Ok this is my favorite destination!! Love Chicago!!! born in Chicago and raised in the suburbs and still live there today!!!
Thank you for the giveaway!!!
GFC Shannon Johnson
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Pommawolf Emeraldwolfeyes said...

I love teh cover and excerpt on this book. I can already tell the characters are going to great...*S*
I'm putting this on my gotta have asap list as it is always the shifters stories close to my heart.
thank you for the chance to win your book.

Darcy

pommawolf @hotmail.com

Nay Nay said...

I haven't read any of the books in the series yet. I just found out about them, but rest assured I will be getting them soon. Thanks for the opportunity to maybe win "the Beta"
ShifterMomma
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SJOwens said...

Your series sounds intriguing and on my TBR list. Love Chicago! Thank you:)

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Nell Dixon said...

Those covers are making me blush! lol

Cathy M said...

Love this series, Annie, and I actually got a chance to visit Chicago when my son graduated from Navy boot camp. Such a beautiful city.


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ReneeRearden said...

Congratulations on your new release!

I have to say, I hadn't heard of your series until today, but I LOVE the fact you started with a group of wolves that had no alpha. They needed serious help and leadership. Following the group's journey as the pack encounters difficulties along the way is awesome!

Can't wait to read your work!!!

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tfalick said...

SERIOUSLY! WOW! I can't wait to read your book :O YIKES! lol. and I would love to visit Chicago one day! never been!
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merriedth said...

wow what an excerpt...can't wait for the book...
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Kerry said...

I have never been to Chicago but would love to some day. I just added some of your books to my "new author" list Thank you

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Leanne109 said...

Sounds like a Yummy read! Count me in!
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GFC follower

Toni said...

This sounds like a fun read. I also love the covers of your other books - YUM!

Off to check out your other books.

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mmbourassa said...

Love the cover of The Beta!. Looks like a good one, and will have to check it out. :D
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rhonda said...

Chicago isn`t far from me. I hope to visit one day! Love the blog.
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Gothic Writer said...

Annie, I love that cover for The Beta. Wow! :)

kathleenball said...

cool pictures!!

dawnmomoffour said...

This is one wicked world tour! Thanks
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Sandy Ruth said...

Windy City. Chi-town. Second City. Whatever you call it, I hope to visit there some day. Thanks for a taste of the city.

Felicia said...

Interesting facts there about the city. Nice way of putting your story with the town.

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AllureVanSanz said...

I love Chicago. I can't wait to go there for RT next year. Hope to see you there, thanks for sharing.

All my best,
Allure

BrittanyGale said...

Man, love that first picture. So beautiful. Count me in for the giveaway :D

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Tricia Schneider said...

Oh, your books sound great! Congrats on your newest release! I'd love to visit Chicago for RT! Sounds like fun!

alice priday said...

i would love to win this, i have read both the alpha and the omega and loved them, please enter me
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Elena Gray said...

Ooh!! Loved the excerpt! Love the disclaimer too!

I'm hoping to make it to RT next year, since it's closer to home!

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annalisa said...

Congrats on the release of The Beta! Looks and sounds fabulous! :)

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Lisa Kumar said...

I live in the Chicago suburbs, so I was tickled to see your post. Congrats on your new release.

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Sassy said...

Your book sound great and I love the cover! :) Love the pics of Chicargo my grandmother has been there and loved it. :)
Congrats on your new release.

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JessS said...

The book sounds awesome and I'd love to visist Chicago. Thanks for the giveaway.

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Katrina W said...

I must say YOurs was one of the first books I brought for my e reader ** the swoony ** hunky men on the front caught my eye - the blurb !! geesh I was melting !!! Love your blog - thanks for the giveaway and the blurb !! smoking hot !!! Having oodles of fun on this round the world tour !! thanks :) kat

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LittleMsBookish said...

The first photo is utterly stunning!

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KendallGrey said...

I've only been to Chicago once, and it was a long time ago, but it would be fun to go back and see it as an adult.

Your books look awesome. Love the concept. Love the covers. Best of luck with those!

I followed you here on the blog and on Twitter. Great to meet other writers this way. :-)

Christopher's Mommy said...

GREAT PICTURES !!!!

Your books are beautiful... Im finding tons of new stuff to read :)

Aimee
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Kristi said...

I love thsi so excited you are on board would love to read one of your books.
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inga said...

Thanks for the giveaway! It's added to my TBR list! Would love to red The Beta.
I'm also following your blog now.

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CAsanmiguel said...

I love the pictures especially the night one. I'm loving this virtual tour :)
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Sharon said...

The book sounds wonderful....

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June M. said...

Great excerpt. Your book sounds great. Thank you so much for sharing. I will definately have to check into thise books. Love that you shared Chicago with us, seeing as how this is where next year's RT conf will be held.

GFC follower: June M.
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Michelle Bledsoe said...

Yummilicious...oh and Chicago is nice too....LOL.
Can't wait to read The Beta.

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lindsey hutchison said...

wow i am def putting that books on my TBR pile. it sounds way good. i have lots of friends in chicago. ive been meaning to check it out.

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krysykat said...

The book looks awesome, the cover isn't half bad either ;)

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shirley said...

this is a lovely blog.
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Temperance said...

Great giveaway:) Books look great as well

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Krystal said...

I love the excerpt and your choice of location! Thank you so much for hosting this giveaway :) edysicecreamlover18@gmail.com

meggerfly said...

Thanks for sharing the great pictures and for doing this giveaway!

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Reanna said...

I think I need to plan my trip to Chicago ummm say like now lol... Thanks for sharing

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Alexandra Roxana said...

I think I'd love to read your books, they have all I like to read about!
Putting them into my wish list right now!

And thanks for the giveaway^^

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Alexandra

Amanda said...

This series sounds really good. I love Chicago I just passed thru Illinois today!
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Melissa said...

Chicago!! I so love that city^^
Thanks for the giveaway!!
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Temperance said...

Oh the books look so good:)
Love all the pictures!

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Di said...

I'm starting this tour late, but maybe I can make it all around & I love reading about new books! I've never been to Chicago - your pictures are great!

sallans d at yahoo dot com

Annie Nicholas said...

Annalisa you're the winner! *throws confettie*

Thank you all for joining me and the authors on this blog hop. I hope you all enjoyed yourself. Keep you eye open for another one in June.