Tuesday, May 31, 2011

The Holiday is Over: My Vampirism has Returned

I'm knee-deep in edits for Whispered Words. I have a new contest coming out tomorrow, as well as a new release from Ellora's Cave (Talson's Net), and I'm behind on another project for a friend I wanted to have done by the end of May. Oh, and my kids are out of school, so I've had to shift my working hours from day to night, hence my sleeping it til nine or later each day. sigh. So much to do, so little daylight...er, nightlife.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Prize Pack #3 Winner Is...

Congrats to Lorrie E. for winning prize pack #3, a copy of Tied and True. Thanks to everyone who entered, and stay tuned for the next contest coming on Wednesday. Happy Memorial Day!

Contest Prize Pack #3--Last Chance

Reminder. Today is the last day to enter to win a print copy of Tied and True. For details on the contest, click here. Good luck! Winner will be announced tonight at 10pm EST.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Upcoming Release! Talson's Net

Coming to Ellora's Cave June 1st! Talson's Net, the third in the Talson Temptations series.

Kidnapping Rowe Trainer, co-heir to Chartrell Shipping, might not have been the smartest thing Val Talson’s ever done, but he wants answers, fast. He couldn’t have expected the beautiful little bully to be half-human, nor could he have anticipated she would turn the tables on him so easily.

His violent arousal in her presence baffles him. Lust he appreciates, but the deeper draw to his rival makes little sense. Except soon he can’t think of anything but Rowe. When he finds her again, he gets more than he bargained for—piracy, attraction not only to Rowe, but to her bodyguard as well, and the shock of her Selection—a female Otra’s readiness to mate. But Val doesn’t intend to give in easily. He’ll handle rogue saboteurs, Rowe’s larger-than-life guard, and the idea that he’s entered the Testing, the time in an Otra’s life when he’s ready to bond to his destined mate. As for Rowe…Val’s more than willing to give her what she deserves. And then some.

Note: This book also has scenes of m/m and menage interaction

Friday, May 27, 2011

NEW CONTEST: Contest Prize Pack #3

I would have posted this earlier, but I have to blog using IE instead of Firefox, my preferred browser, because Blogger won't respond in Firefox. It's been a hassle for the past 3 friggin' days...argh.

Okay, so the new contest runs from now until Sunday night (May 29), at 10pm EST. To win a copy of Tied and True, a contemporary romance anthology, just shoot me an email at marie_harte@yahoo.com . In the subject line, put T&T Contest, and remember to include your physical address, for mailing, in the email. That's it.

Thanks again to everyone for participating, and if you'd like to be considered for the rest of the contests, just let me know and I'll keep your name in the running. I have quite a few names already entered for this contest from the last one.

NOTE: I am only able to mail this prize to residents of the continental US due to mailing fees. But an ebook contest for international readers will follow all the print books.

Thus far in the winning:
Amy T won the Circ series.
Jane C won the Dawn Endeavor series
Tied and True--?????? Winner announced Sunday night
And still to come:
Life in the Vrail series
Creation series
Two copies of Namesake and EC cards
The Storm Lords series

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Prize Pack Winner #2 Is....

Thanks to everyone who participated in the contest. Congrats to Jane C. for winning her copies of the Dawn Endeavor series.
Next contest starts Friday, May 27th. Check back for details, And for those of you who asked to be entered for all the contests, you are.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

I Drank the Kool-Aid

I hate to jump on any bandwagon, proverbial or otherwise, but I just had to talk about two incredible books I've recently read. I'm a huge romance reader, so straying outside the lines is odd for me, though I admit to liking all genres of books.

I've been hearing a lot of buzz about two books in particular, and since one was chosen for my book club pick, I had to read it. Suzanne Collins's The Hunger Games. Holy. Crap. What a FANTASTIC book. It's a young adult, distopian future story about a a world in which particular districts are forced to submit the names of one boy and one girl each year to play in the Hunger Games, an event which emphasizes how powerless the districts and their people are to the autonomy of the Capitol, which rules everyone rather unfairly. That's the basic premise. The book centers around sixteen year old Katniss Everdeen, the protagonist. There are themes of independence, war, freedom, youth, survival, love and more in this book, and it's only the first of three. Now I'm on to Catching Fire, the second in the series. And seriously, if you haven't read the book yet, you're missing out. Once I started, I didn't put it down until 374 pages and THE END later.

My other incredi-read is Justin Cronin's The Passage. Yeah, another after-the-world-ends book. A different take on zombies, though the focus is on the survivors--in particular a little girl named Amy. The dichotomy of religion and science, faith and fact, are interspersed throughout. But it's the characters that give this book such depth. The book is huge; it's not a light or short read, but it's totally worth the time. Cronin has a way with words, and he seamlessly fuses flashbacks and present time to explain the story without confusion. I still don't know how he did it. He also intends a follow-up book, entitled The Twelve, and I can't wait to read it. [NOTE: I had a really hard time getting into King's The Stand, though I'm familiar with the plot (and yes, the miniseries on TV). This is somewhat like that, but in my opinion, much better. Not to take issue with King, whom I love, but hey, it's my blog, my opinion.]

Sunday, May 22, 2011

NEW Contest Prizes: Prize Pack #2

To celebrate my 50th release, I'm giving away the following prizes to winners in the continental US (international readers will have an ebook contest following):
  • Circe's Recruits series--WINNER AMY T.
  • Dawn Endeavor--Dawn Endeavor: The Circs (Fallon's Flame & Hayashi's Hero) and Julian's Jeopardy
  • Creation Series
  • Life in the Vrail
  • 2 copies of Namesake and EC cards
  • 1 copy of Tied and True
  • 1 copy of To Hunt a Sainte

Prize pack #2 is the Dawn Endeavor series, about the Navy SEAL Circs out to combat the bad guys. To be entered to win, simply send your address (continental US addresses only) to marie_harte@yahoo.com with DE CONTEST in the subject line. One winner will be randomly drawn on Tuesday, May 24th, at 10 pm EST. (Note: If you'd like to stay entered to win the rest of the books, just make a note of it and I'll keep your entries for you.)

Good luck!