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Monday, July 30, 2012

Starved for Love



Releasing Sept. 17, 2012

After almost dying of starvation to remain faithful to a mortal lover, succubus Pia Blyton now shields her heart by feeding solely on men she won't fall for. The only trick is, to create energy to survive, she must achieve orgasm. At least that rules out bad sex with her three lovers. Too bad she's a sucker for falling in love.


When her demon lover doesn't arrive for their arranged rendezvous, Pia is forced to ask her vampire lover to step in before her energy becomes dangerously low. In return he demands a favor and Pia finds herself in the hotel suite of the mysterious Valerio Hunan, who seduces her with a devastating kiss. Too late Pia learns he's an incubus who wants to lure her into marriage—a marriage without love.

As an incubus used to bedding a variety of succubi, Val doesn't understand Pia's yearning for love. He needs a succubus wife to provide him with a steady source of energy. But he wants Pia for the passion and renewed interest in life she makes him feel. Can Pia convince Val that sex isn't just for survival and love is for more than the weak?

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Excerpt:

Sex and love should come in the same package, but for a succubus, that meant trouble. Sex equaled food and fidelity couldn’t be part of the equation. Humans couldn’t eat the same thing every meal and stay healthy, and neither could we.


I thumped on the steel door of an industrial garage. Most people didn’t know the largest vampire nest in the Northeast was contained in an underground facility below this building. I kept up my third round of pounding. I knew the vampires were in there. The sun had just set. Someone needed to drag his lazy butt out of bed to answer the door. “I’m not going away!” Security cameras and microphones monitored the place 24/7. The jerks knew I was here.

I needed to feed, and to do that, I needed to get laid. Like all succubi, I survived on the energy created in my body during an orgasm. I couldn’t even stay alive on bad sex. Finding attractive, skilled partners wasn’t a problem in Lake City, but I was a sucker for falling in love. I couldn’t handle the guilt of a one-night stand, and if I tried to live off one male forever, I’d starve, which my instincts wouldn’t allow. I’d tried it once and would never allow myself to go down that road again.

Neither would my parents.

Rain plastered my short curls to my head. Normally, they stuck straight out, the different shades of autumn leaves. I’d be lucky if my suitor didn’t slam the door in my face at the sight of my drenched appearance. But I needed him in a bad way.

I added a kick to my knocking. “It’s Pia, d Live bait made all the difference, pretty much a no-brainer. If the prey hungered, it was best to use someone like me.

Damn it. And it’s raining. Let me in.”

The door finally opened. “The Master’s not expecting you for another seven days.”

I pushed past Rat, one of Zur-Sin’s minions, and huddled in the antechamber. “I know. Tell him I have a problem.”

“What trouble are you in now, Pia?” Sin’s voice carried over an intercom by the door leading into the vampire lair. Pressing the talk button, I stood on tiptoe to speak in the microphone. “John left a note pinned to my door. He left town last night.” I hoped he was okay. Being a low-level demon bites. Someone was always on his ass.

“So?”

“He’s my suitor for today.” I glanced at Rat, who chuckled. “Shut up.”

“Go see Cooper.”

“Cooper’s on a hunting trip with the pack. Won’t be back for another three days when it’s his turn.”

“I can oblige.” Rat stroked a hand down my back.

His touch sent a wave of desire through my body, but I wasn’t so far gone yet that I’d jump anything with a dick. “Fuck off.” I shoved him away. At least, I tried to. Beauty was a succubus power, not muscle. “We made a deal, Sin.”

“Every nine days. You were just here three days ago.”

“Yeah, do the math, genius. Today’s day three in my cycle. You want me to do Rat instead? I’m out of options.” I crossed my arms and glared at the vampire lackey. I’d eat my own arm before touching him but Sin didn’t have to know that.

“Bring her down, Ratan.”

Rat’s fanged grin faded. “Yes, Master.” He unlocked the door and opened it for me like a gentleman. “Whores first.”

I pulled my jacket tighter around me and fought the shivers. Half-drowned, my need burned inside my body, the hunger for flesh rubbing on flesh setting my skin to oversensitive. If Sin didn’t take me to his bed then I’d have to find some stranger to screw. Nausea rolled in my stomach. I never should have been born a succubus. To my parent’s shame and concern, I wasn’t amoral enough.

They monitored my every meal. How much worse could my life get when my father interviewed potential lovers for me? For crying out loud, what happened with Pierre was history and they needed to let go of the past. I did. Tried…

Racing down the stairs and across the sub-basement, I strode by other vampires, all of them part of Zur-Sin’s nest. He controlled Lake City at night and my father had it during the day. That’s how I met Sin. My father hooked me up two years ago to keep me from starving. Twenty-five years old and I still lived with my parents. All four of them.

Most mortals wouldn’t understand my dad being interested in my sex life, but he worried and stressed about my lack of lovers to feed upon since I was so picky. I had three now. That should be more than enough if they would just cooperate.

I waited for Rat to twist his key in the elevator so it would travel into the secured areas below us. The doors slid open and I jumped inside. “Try not to take too long. He has appointments to keep.” With those lovely instructions, Rat keyed the doors closed and I descended into Sin’s world.

Shaking the excess water from my hair, I tried to poof some life back into my signature curls. They sagged on my forehead. Sighing at my reflection, I hung my head. Nothing was sadder than a disheveled, horny succubus.

The doors slid open and a large pair of bare feet stepped into my view. A finger slipped under my chin and raised my gaze. Zur-Sin, ancient vampire warrior, stared at me with his stern dark eyes. Dressed in only a pair of black silk pajama bottoms, he looked good enough to eat. He brushed the curls from my face and frowned. “You have much to learn about the art of seduction.”

“I dressed up last time I was here. I get panicky when things don’t go my way on day threes.”

“It’s not all about appearance, Pia. You’re beautiful even when left out in the rain.” He bent and placed a gentle kiss on my lips. Sin’s touch always struck a spark—even on my off days he could lure me to his bed. “Grace and tact would be appreciated at times. You can’t barge into my nest making demands. It makes me seem weak.”

“I’m sorry.” I leaned against his solid chest. His pale skin still retained the warmth of his last feed. I didn’t ask about his latest conquest. We had a business deal signed in blood. He gave me an orgasm every nine days and I fed him with my blood. No strings attached. I think I came out on top of that deal because Sin could be a generous lover when in the right mood. And I had learned how to guide him into those moods.

He placed a kiss to the top of my head. “Next time call. I have a human secretary, remember? She’d have made quieter arrangements.”

“She hates me.” I squirmed, pressing my thighs together to help relieve the growing demands between them.

Sin sighed and led me into his apartment, through the living room, past his office and into the bedroom where he sat on the edge of his king-sized bed. He plucked a remote off the mattress and turned on some slow jazz. Leaning back onto his elbows, he ran his gaze over me. “Undress.”



Tuesday, July 24, 2012

And the Winners Are...

For privacy sake I'm posting only intials because some people don't like their real names posted on the internet. If you've won, you'll be recieving an e-mail.


Inez Kelly's Turn it Up: Y

Hailey Edwards' Askare series:  J

Keri Ford: JUL

Babette James: E

Stacey Kennedy: M

Surprise Bag for Saturday: ParanormalFan
Angler Surprise Bag: LL

Vanguards' Surprise Bag:  L

Pia's Surprise Bag:  TD

Monday, July 23, 2012

Recovering from the Fun

All contests are now closed and I am going through the answers today.

Winners will be announced as soon as I get my shit together. :D

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Vanguards Baking Birthday Cake

The Vanguards series is what I dub 'my nerdy werewolves.'

The Omegas was the very first book I had published, where I introduced the main memebers of the small pack. As the years have gone by the pack has grown in number and taken over Chicago as their territory. They dropped by earlier with cake!



They can't resist joke. (ever) :p

Want a piece?



This series will always have a special place in my heart since I cut my publishing teeth on them.


The 5th installment, Sigma, will be releasing on August 6th.


To defend and protect, at any cost.

Sam is Sigma of his pack, defender of the innocent and frail. Too bad the one time it mattered most, though the urge to guard the weak runs strong in his shifter blood, he failed to protect his best friend from an attack. Just when his self-confidence can't go any lower, he becomes entangled in a vampire skirmish and is left with an injured female in his arms.

Vampire accountant for Pal Robi, Inc., Clementine can't believe her master would ask her to commit corporate espionage. She’s shot when discovered, but a shifter comes to her rescue. It's as if he's made of her fantasies, and in the few hours with him she lives more than the decades she's spent among her clan.


Hiding with him on the streets of Chicago, in the midst of fighting together to stay alive, can a petite vampire break through her hero’s jaded heart?

WARNING: Hot dominating sex, an action packed evening, and a first date gone all to hell.


Question: What does Sam have to dig out of Clementine's back?

Answer: http://annienicholas.webs.com/sigmaexcerpt.htm

send it to me at annienicholas at ymail dot com

Prize: Big Surprise Bag of nifty stuff.

The Angler Pampering the Birthday Girl

If you haven't read my novel Bait from The Angler series, guess what, it's free! LOL You can download it at all venues like Amazon, Barnes and Nobles, or from my website http://www.annienicholas.com/






Vampires, exotic locations, action, action, action. That's how this series rolls. Bait was the very first book I ever completed but the second book I sold.  It will now be releasing in Audio book form Aug 20th. Here's a sneak peek

Catch is the 2nd book in this series and continues Connie Bence's adventures.





Rurik sent me a lovely flower arrangement.



How did he know calla lillies were my favorite?


Connie, the sweet heart, added my favorite snacks to the delivery.



And Tane,



well... he said he'd bring his by later tonight.


Question: What language does Rurik speak to Connie besides English?

Answer: http://annienicholas.webs.com/excerptforbait.htm

Send answer to annienicholas at ymail dot com

Prize: Big Surprise Bag of Heavy Stuff


Pia Spoiling Me Rotten

Every once in a while a story will grip an author and ride them hard. This was my wild stallion. It all started with a documentary about octupi. Next thing I knew a story concept developed and I'd created a complicated society of succubi and incubi. Three weeks later I'd finished my first draft. For anyone who knows me, that's light speed for me. I ususally need three months to finish a draft. I'm not sure I ever slept.

I LOVE this book and I hope everyone else will too! It's releasing Sept. 17.



After almost dying of starvation to remain faithful to a mortal lover, succubus Pia Blyton now shields her heart by feeding solely on men she won't fall for. The only trick is, to create energy to survive, she must achieve orgasm. At least that rules out bad sex with her three lovers. Too bad she's a sucker for falling in love.
When her demon lover doesn't arrive for their arranged rendezvous, Pia is forced to ask her vampire lover to step in before her energy becomes dangerously low. In return he demands a favor and Pia finds herself in the hotel suite of the mysterious Valerio Hunan, who seduces her with a devastating kiss. Too late Pia learns he's an incubus who wants to lure her into marriage—a marriage without love.
As an incubus used to bedding a variety of succubi, Val doesn't understand Pia's yearning for love. He needs a succubus wife to provide him with a steady source of energy. But he wants Pia for the passion and renewed interest in life she makes him feel. Can Pia convince Val that sex isn't just for survival and love is for more than the weak?


Pia is such a fiesty succubus and looks a good party. I'm sure she's circulated the room already and I hope she hasn't stolen anyone love interest away. She really tries hard not to do that. Note to self, send Pia home before Tane gets here.

At least she brought some friends along to share...








Question: What is Valerio Hunan's assitant's name?

Answer: http://annienicholas.webs.com/starvedforloveexcerpt.htm

Send answer to annienicholas at ymail dot com

Prize: Big Surprise Bag of Dirty Tricks




Saturday, July 21, 2012

Birthday Bash Event!

I have a full weekend of fun planned for my milestone birthday!

I'm turning 40 and never looking back.




Today, I will posting a few blog posts (so scroll up and down to make sure you see them all) on books that are not mine. LOL

These are all my writer friends (critique partners and beta readers) and I love their stories. I had them come up with a question about the book with a link to where you can find the answer. I made sure it wasn't to hard to find. ;)

Send the answer to me at annienicholas at ymail dot com

All those with the right answers will be placed in a drawing for the prize of the specific blog post, which will be listed with the question.

ALSO, all of today's commentor will be placed in a big drawing for the SURPRISE BAG, which will consist of print and ebooks. (swag, candy, and other stuff I can cram in the box too.)



Come back tomorrow when I'll be giving away 3 more SURPRISE BAGS!

I'll post the winners on Monday!

Stacey Kennedy Causing Trouble


Ghosts harass and annoy Tess to save their souls. Sometimes she helps them. Other times she ignores them. But one ghost will give her no choice. Kipp, a former cop with the Memphis Police Department, will stop at nothing to gain her help, including using his ghostly charms to seduce her.



Tess must help solve the five-year-old cold case of Hannah Reid’s disappearance, because solving the case will save Kipp. But a bigger problem presents itself. Tess is falling in love with a ghost. Now she must decide. Keep Kipp forever, or find the killer.


Question: What paranormal creature is the hero in the book?

Answer:  http://www.staceykennedy.com/supernaturally-kissed/
Send answer to annienicholas at ymail dot com

Prize:  an ebook copy of Supernaturally Kissed






Hailey Edwards in the House


Steal the salt. Bind the grimoire. Escape the male.


Daughters of Askara, Book 3

When an exchange of stolen goods in the Feriana marketplace turns sour, Isabeau stumbles from the encounter bruised and laden with new orders to complete an even larger heist. With her child’s life at stake, there’s no room for error—or allies.



Armed with a lethal book of spells, she strikes a dangerous bargain with Roland Bernhard. Steal a shipment of salt from the Feriana colony, and she’ll have her freedom—and her daughter. It’s all she’s ever wanted. At least it was…until she runs into Dillon Preston.



Dillon is out of commission after a mine explosion, and itching for a distraction. He gets it when the female who saved his leg arrives at the colony with nothing but flimsy excuses and even flimsier attire. She’s after something, but is it him—or the salt?



Trapped in a desperate bid to gain true freedom, Isabeau is willing to sacrifice her life for her daughter’s, but Dillon has other plans. He wants a package deal, and he’s not willing to lose either female, even if it means the future king of Sere’s head will roll.

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Product Warnings

This title contains a heroine desperate to save her daughter and a hero determined to make them a family. It also includes wings, horns and other assorted appendages.
 
 
 
Question: Where does this book take place?


Send answer to annienicholas at ymail dot com

Prize:   All three books of this series!








Babette James Breaking and Entering





What's a girl to do when her summer lover wants forever? Haunted by dark memories of her parents' volatile marriage, artist Kay Browning keeps her heart locked behind a free-spirit facade and contents herself with the comfortable affair she has every summer with easygoing photographer Nate Quinn. The only trouble with her plan? This summer Nate's come to Lake Mohave to claim the lover he can't let go. He's done with the endless traveling and settling for temporary homes and temporary loves. Kay's always been more than just a vacation fling, and now he must convince this woman, who sees love as a course to certain heartbreak, to take that leap of faith and learn how safe love with the right man can be.



Question: What did Kay tell herself she needed to practice?



Answer:  http://babettejames.com/books/clear-as-day/  Scroll to the bottom for excerpt
 
send answer to annienicholas at ymail dot com
 
Prize: small surprise bag
 







Keri Ford Doing a Double Take.


You do for family, no matter what. Lane Iverson knows that better than anyone. Harboring a secret about his mother’s death, Lane is counting the days until he finishes helping his brothers with some work and can head back to his hiding hole hours away. As long as he doesn’t have to face his three brothers every day, the guilt is easier to carry.

There is only one thing that can risk his plan. All of five foot tall, with these deep eyes and a voice that shudders through him. The completely addicting, Gretchen Jones. She’s been watching him the entire time he’s been in town. With courage from her friends behind her, she confronts what she wants. To her surprise, that’s the easy part. Keeping her heart protected when she knows he’ll be leaving? Not so easy, but her only choice.


Question: At the end of Chapter One, Gretchen walks out with something on the back of her skirt. What is it?



Answer:  http://keriford.com/books/the-roughnecks/#ride



send to annienicholas at ymail dot com

Prize: Small surprise bag.

Inez Kelley Kicking Ass

Dr. Bastian Talbot and self-proclaimed sex goddess Charlie Pierce heat up the air waves with their flirty banter as radio hosts Dr. Hot and the Honeypot. Off the air, they're best friends...but Bastian wants to be so much more. He wants Charlie—in bed, and forever.

Problem is, Charlie doesn't do commitment. Sure, she's had X-rated fantasies of Bastian, but he was always just a friend—until he impulsively proposes and unleashes the lust they've been denying for years. Charlie's willing to explore where their wild chemistry leads, but she won't marry him. And he won't have sex with her until she accepts his proposal, despite her seductive schemes.

What are Dr. Hot and the Honeypot to do? Ask their listeners for advice on how to tame a sex kitten and turn a perfect gentleman into a shameless lover. The Race to Wed or Bed is on...who will turn up on top?



85,000 words



Question... what cartoon Icon does Bastian think Charlie resembles?
 
Answer:   Click the Excerpt button on this page. http://ebooks.carinapress.com/2A8262BC-F440-4C3C-9D74-2524A0C16145/10/134/en/ContentDetails.htm?ID=E1E0E469-61C0-4A5E-B24C-D3A81FE5F967


 
Email answer to annienicholas at ymail dot com
 
PRIZE:   An ebook copy of Turn it Up!
 
 
 

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Get Ready For My Birthday Bash!



Every year I through myself a birthday party and give away presents! This year I turn 40.

WOOHOO!!

This year I've invited my friends over to play a game with us.

Come join the fun.

Also this year I decided to giveaway surprise bags, which contain all kinds of goodies from paper books to ebooks, chococlates to gift ceritficates.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

BAIT in Audio!!

Coming from Brick Shop Audio in August 2012. Listen to Kitty Bang narrate Connie Bence's experience as vampire bait in the dark streets of Budapest.

Here's a trailer.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=vZNbUAjVGvk