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Tue
Nov 5 2013 11:00am

First Look: Thea Harrison’s Kinked (November 5, 2013)

Kinked by Thea HarrisonThea Harrison
Kinked
Berkley / November 5, 2013 / $7.99 print, $5.99 digital

As a harpy, Sentinel Aryal is accustomed to dealing with hate, but Sentinel Quentin Caeravorn manages to inspire in her a burning ire unlike anything she’s ever known. Aryal believes the new Sentinel to be a criminal, and vows to take him out as soon as the opportunity arises. But the harpy’s incessant wrath has pushed Quentin to the limit, and forces him to make a deadly vow of his own.

To put an end to the conflict, Dragos, Lord of the Wyr, sends them on a reconnaissance mission to the Elven land of Numenlaur. Forced to work together, Aryal and Quentin’s mutual antagonism escalates. Each fight draws forth more passion—culminating in an explosively sexual confrontation. But when their quest reveals real danger, Aryal and Quentin must resolve their differences in ways beyond the physical, before the entire Wyr is threatened.

In Thea Harrison’s newest Elder Races story, Kinked, Aryal is the only female to achieve the coveted position as one of Dragos’s Sentinels in the Wyr domain. Aryal is a harpy. A harpy refers to a creature of Greek mythology who has the head and torso of a woman and the wings, legs, and talons of a bird. It also refers to a shrewish, unpleasant woman. Aryal is both.

[Will she meet her match?...]

Sat
Oct 26 2013 12:00pm
Excerpt

Wild Hyacinthe: Exclusive Excerpt

Nola Sarina and Emily Faith

Wild Hyacinthe by Nola Sarina and Emily Faith

A deadly lover. His perfect mate. Asher is everything Aria’s never dared to imagine: sexy, confident, and rich. But if she convinces him to take her to his bed … her first time may be her last.

Incubus Asher Chain seduces every woman he meets whether he wants to or not, and refuses to let anyone grow close to him. Until the alluring, tattooed waitress Aria Hyacinthe admits she’s been living in her car. Enthralled by her unusual beauty—and terrified he’ll succumb to his deadly, incubus needs—Asher offers her a place to stay.

Living in Asher’s loft above his gym, Aria’s desire for his body is growing more urgent with every touch. Used to being the backward, shy one, in his presence she becomes fierce, captivating, and breaks down Asher’s walls against all his attempts to keep his distance. She has no clue that if he gives in to her passionate pleas, she won’t survive the night, just like all the other women who have fallen victim to his charms.

But the deeper Asher and Aria fall in love, the harder he must fight the incubus in his soul, demanding her life.

Get a sneak peek of Nola Sarina and Emily Faith’sWild Hyacinthe (available November 4, 2013) with an exclusive excerpt of Chapters 1 & 2.


Chapter 1
Asher

The vigorous thrum of orgasm rippled through me from head to toe. Below my weight, thoroughly pinned to the bed, Kellie sighed with happy satisfaction. The transfer of her energy and aura to me began when our bodies connected, though I’m quite sure she didn’t notice. They never noticed until it was far too late to survive the bed of an incubus.

This moment was the worst. For most men, I’m sure it was the best–a beautiful woman beneath me, happy from the pleasure I bestowed upon her, stroking the muscles of my chest with admiration. But I wasn’t most men, and this moment meant I was once again a killer and the worst type of monster. I didn’t want this life of murder for survival. I didn’t want this curse.

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Thu
Aug 22 2013 4:30pm

Living Book of the Lore: The Worldbuilding of Kresley Cole’s Immortals After Dark Series

New Orleans French Quarter picture by David Paul Ohmer via Flickr Creative Commons~If you read The Immortals After Dark series by Kresley Cole, then you know the information I’m about to impart is punishable by death if shared with a human, so of course the logical place to put it is on the Internet (I have a “Valkyrie in Training” T-shirt, so I hope you realize the risk I undertake). However, it seems only fair that with the Accession growing closer, and factions fighting to the death that humans should be aware of why their neighbors have all of a sudden mysteriously disappeared, why their friend’s eyes are suddenly growing red (you should probably invest in a sharp blade for beheading purposes), and that when lightning strikes, they should probably cower.

Laissex le Bons Temps Rouler: The Big Presence of the Big Easy

You could talk about Cole’s worldbuilding without talking about New Orleans, but where would the fun be in that? I fell in love with Cole’s New Orleans so much, in fact, that I recently took a pilgrimage there to see the city that seemed like a living, breathing element of her story. Strangely enough, though, very little of the city actually features in her stories. Her characters have gone all over the world from Eastern Europe, the Amazon, Scotland, and even different dimensions. But New Orleans stays present in every other exotic locale Cole takes her characters—from the rolling Southern drawl some of her characters have acquired, to their yearnings to return to the rundown plantation nestled in the bayou.

[There's no place like home—or New Orleans...]

Thu
Aug 1 2013 12:00pm
Excerpt

Immortally Ever After: Exclusive Excerpt

Angie Fox

Immortally Ever After by Angie Fox

The hard-won cease-fire between the battling immortals doesn’t last long. In the blink of an eye, human surgeon Dr. Petra Robichaud is back on the frontlines, and starring in yet another of the oracle’s prophesies. As the only healer who can talk to the dead, Petra doesn’t have much choice about her role—even when her breathtaking ex-lover shows up at exactly the wrong time…

Petra may have moved on when Commander Galen left her, but she never forgot him—and the passionate moments they shared. Seeing him again is a distraction she really doesn’t need with both armies honing new weapons, and wounded all over her M*A*S*H unit. But how can she resist him? It’s now or never for the demi-god Galen to become Petra’s mate…but with the fate of humanity at stake, will their desire be worth the cost?

Get a sneak peek of Angie Fox's Immortally Ever After (available August 27, 2013), the third book in her Monster M*A*S*H* series, with an exclusive excerpt of a special scene.
 

The cliff face towered above us. It was impossible to know how many steps it held. Galen and I tackled them together, side by side. By the time we were half-way up, I was wheezing and convinced my legs would fall off. Galen was, at least, sweating.

It was humid here, most likely from the lake. Still, I hadn’t felt humidity since I’d left New Orleans. It hadn’t been something I’d missed.

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Tue
Jul 23 2013 12:00pm
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Styxx: Exclusive Sneak Peek Excerpt

Styxx by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Just when you thought doomsday was over . . .

Centuries ago Acheron saved the human race by imprisoning an ancient evil bent on absolute destruction. Now that evil has been unleashed and it is out for revenge.

As the twin to Acheron, Styxx hasn’t always been on his brother’s side. They’ve spent more centuries going at each other’s throats than protecting their backs. Now Styxx has a chance to prove his loyalty to his brother, but only if he’s willing to trade his life and future for Acheron’s.

The Atlantean goddess of Wrath and Misery, Bethany was born to right wrongs. But it was never a task she relished. Until now.

She owes Acheron a debt that she vows to repay, no matter what it takes. He will join their fellow gods in hell and nothing is going to stop her. But things are never what they seem, and Acheron is no longer the last of his line. Styxx and Acheron must put aside their past and learn to trust each other or more will suffer.

Yet it’s hard to risk your own life for someone who once tried to take yours, even when it's your own twin, and when loyalties are skewed and no one can be trusted, not even yourself, how do you find a way back from the darkness that wants to consume the entire world? One that wants to start by devouring your very soul? 

Get a sneak peek of Sherrilyn Kenyon's Styxx (available September 3, 2013) with an excerpt of a specially selected scene. Read an exclusive excerpt to see a scene from Styxx and Acheron's childhood, and then click here for more exclusive Styxx content.

Bethany toyed with the ring on her finger as she waited, yet another day, for a visit she was certain would never come again. Her Hector was dead. She knew it.

If not from their war then from his homecoming slaughter that had all but destroyed Prince Styxx’s Stygian Omada. While her family had laughed and rejoiced over the treachery of the Greek dogs, the news had struck her like a blow.

Hector had to be dead or he’d have come to her by now.

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Wed
Jul 10 2013 10:40am

Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Styxx Goes to Dragon*Con...And You Can Too!

Styxx by Sherrilyn KenyonCome one, come all to Dragon*Con—and especially fans of Sherrilyn Kenyon. Styxx comes out September 3, 2013 and in honor of the release, Sherrilyn Kenyon will be hosting a launch party at Dragon*Con, an annual pop culture convention that this year will take place from August 30 to September 2 in Atlanta, Georgia.

And in extra special honor of the occasion, publisher St. Martin's Press is giving fans a chance to win two tickets to Dragon*Con—not only that, but two airfare tickets to Atlanta, hotel accomodations, and tickets to the Styxx Launch Party!

For more details, head to the Styxx Dragon*Con Sweepstakes Page and enter for a chance to win.*

And for more Styxx, Acheron, and other Dark Hunters news and posts, check out our Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dark-Hunters feature page.

*Note: You must be a legal resident of 50 United States or D.C., 18 or older, to enter. Void outside U.S. and where prohibited. Read the official rules here.

Tue
Jun 25 2013 12:00pm
Excerpt

Styxx: New Exclusive Excerpt

Styxx by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Just when you thought doomsday was over . . .

Centuries ago Acheron saved the human race by imprisoning an ancient evil bent on absolute destruction. Now that evil has been unleashed and it is out for revenge.

As the twin to Acheron, Styxx hasn’t always been on his brother’s side. They’ve spent more centuries going at each other’s throats than protecting their backs. Now Styxx has a chance to prove his loyalty to his brother, but only if he’s willing to trade his life and future for Acheron’s.

The Atlantean goddess of Wrath and Misery, Bethany was born to right wrongs. But it was never a task she relished. Until now.

She owes Acheron a debt that she vows to repay, no matter what it takes. He will join their fellow gods in hell and nothing is going to stop her. But things are never what they seem, and Acheron is no longer the last of his line. Styxx and Acheron must put aside their past and learn to trust each other or more will suffer.

Yet it’s hard to risk your own life for someone who once tried to take yours, even when it's your own twin, and when loyalties are skewed and no one can be trusted, not even yourself, how do you find a way back from the darkness that wants to consume the entire world? One that wants to start by devouring your very soul? 

Get a sneak peek of Sherrilyn Kenyon's Styxx (available September 3, 2013) with an excerpt of a specially selected scene. For more of Styxx's story, read an excerpt of another exclusive scene. Don't forget to pre-order the premiere collectible edition for a signed hardcover of Styxx.
 

Hours later, Styxx lay in bed, trying his best not to move or breathe. Suddenly, he felt a gentle hand in his hair. He knew instantly who it was. Only one person was that kind or caring where he was concerned.

“Acheron?” he whispered.

Without answering, his brother crawled into bed behind him. “Is your head any better?”

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