Vampires for Valentines Blog Hop

vampires for valentines giveaway hopThanks for stopping by my blog during Vampires for Valentines Blog Hop going on until the 18th! I’m so happy I’m co-hosting with Felicity Heaton and Caris Roane.

Up for grabs is a $10.00 gift card to any vampire book or item available on Amazon. To enter, just click on Rafflecopter.

Also, I will be giving away an ebook of Shrouded in Darkness, the first book in my Shrouded Series.

Winner of the Ready-Set-Go Peninsula RWA Contest
Finalist in the Suzannah North Louisiana RWA Contest
1st place in Peninsula RWA Chapter’s contest.

Jake Preston is on borrowed time. If he doesn’t stumble upon a miracle and soon, he’ll end up dead. And even if he does, he still might end up dead with a clever killer hounding his heels. He believes that the one miracle and antidote to save him is in Margot Davenport’s house, across the country and miles away from Boston. Somewhere locked in her home is the key to reversing an experiment that is killing him with each breath he takes.

Jake is a complete Shrouded in Darknessmystery to Margot Davenport. Is he man, vampire, ghost or something far deadlier? Does she dare have the courage to find out? I can’t tell you exactly what he is, because it will give the plot away! 🙂

I’ve been busy working on a new series. Vampires of all things. I never thought I would be writing about creatures drinking blood. Goodness

knows, I’ve written alot about bloody scenes with killers. I’m actually really enjoying it and creating a very different world. I’m also enjoying creating the cover for it. Not sure if it is the final deal, but I’m getting there on both! 🙂

Below is a short excerpt of my work in process, currently titled Kiss Me Before Dying:

Mark grimaced. “The poor bastard.”


“What do you think happened? Do you suppose he got trapped in here and just wasn’t able to get out? He couldn’t have been stupid enough to go spelunking alone.”

They both pivoted around slowly and angled their lights around them in a complete circle. Stalagmites protruded from the cave floor, while the ground to their right sloped downward to the motionless pool. A thick black, impenetrable wall cut off deeper parts of the cave.

“I don’t see another body,” Jason murmured. “I’m not an expert on dead people, but I’m guessing that he’s been dead probably a couple of months.”

“You think?” Mark avoided looking at the body. It just creeped him out too much. But keeping his gaze averted lasted all of two seconds. Morbid curiosity won out over repugnance and he found his gaze inadvertently drawn back to the corpse.

“Hell if I know.” Jason grunted. “I can’t imagine dying in this place alone and unable to see a damn thing. I probably would have gone insane before I finally bit the bullet.”

“He might have been alive for a good while. He could have easily broken a leg or something and couldn’t get out, and then possibly starved to death.” When he noticed the neck and chest, his hand with the flashlight stilled. “Then, maybe not…”

That same morbid curiosity urged him down on his haunches to get a better view. This close to the body, both his flashlights revealed a neck and chest torn apart. “Shit. This guy didn’t’ die from anything broken. It looks like a wild animal got to him.”

“That’s crazy,” Jason argued, his voice thick with unease. “This place is locked up so damn tight. Nothing that big could survive down here.”

“Tell that to the dead guy.” Then Mark noticed a rock or something. “Hey, what’s that between his arm and body?”

His cousin aimed his light at it. “It doesn’t look like a rock. Too porous…”

“Jesus!” Mark jumped up and back, almost falling on his butt in his haste to get away from the body. “It’s his heart.”


Jason, having an obviously better stomach than him, bent over and peered down at it. “It looks like part of its missing.”

“Missing? Looks worse than that. It looks like someone ripped his heart out of his body. That’s what it looks like!” Mark backed further away. “Let’s get the hell out of here.”

Goose flesh rose along his spine and across his neck. He peered into the blackness around him, unable to shake the sudden fear digging into his muscles, and kicking up his heart rate. Any second now and he expected a wild bear or rabid wolf to attack.

“Wait. Not yet. There’s something else…” Jason hunched even lower and pulled at something in the corpse’s hand.

“Just forget it. It’s not important.”

“No. This guy found it important. It looks like he was clutching it like some type of life-line.” Jason tugged harder.

At the sound of bone snapping and giving away, Mark winced and thought he just might get sick.

Jason lifted some type of silver rope into the air.

They both angled their lights at it. Mark now realized it wasn’t a silver rope but a thick chain with a large, fist-sized medallion on one end.

The pendant swung back and forth before Jason steadied it with a hand.

As Jason lifted his palm, the silver winked beneath the flashlight’s beam. Mark realized he had it all wrong. It wasn’t a medallion or a pendant, but a necklace. And at its end was a blood-encrusted cross.

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By | 2017-03-30T07:53:49+00:00 February 11th, 2013|Blog Hop|67 Comments

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  1. Jenny N February 12, 2013 at 6:45 am - Reply

    Thanks so much!
    Jenny Newton

  2. Juana Esparza February 12, 2013 at 7:10 am - Reply

    Thanks for the chance!

    Juana Esparza

    jmesparza821 at gmail dot com

  3. Victoria CK February 12, 2013 at 7:53 am - Reply

    Thanks for the great giveaway!


  4. susan platt February 12, 2013 at 8:16 am - Reply

    Awesome giveaway

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  5. Amber Slagle February 12, 2013 at 10:04 am - Reply

    Thank you for the giveaway!!


  6. Csilla Kerekes February 12, 2013 at 10:05 am - Reply

    Thanks for the chance!
    Csilla Kerekes

  7. Eva February 12, 2013 at 10:21 am - Reply

    Yay, great giveaway!!


  8. Dione Sage February 12, 2013 at 10:23 am - Reply

    Loved the excerpt, now I’m intrigued to read more! Thanks for sharing it!


  9. Melissa Limoges February 12, 2013 at 10:30 am - Reply

    Great excerpt! Thanks for giveaway. Happy Valentine’s Day.


  10. Trix February 12, 2013 at 10:33 am - Reply

    Thank you so much!

    Trix, vitajex(at)aol(dot)com

  11. Michelle Bledsoe February 12, 2013 at 12:11 pm - Reply

    Happy Vampire Valentine’s Day!!!!!
    Michelle Bledsoe
    koonie2888 at yahoo dot com

  12. Dawna Newman February 12, 2013 at 12:11 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the awesome hop and giveaway!

    Dawna N.

  13. Wendy Pogrant February 12, 2013 at 12:41 pm - Reply

    Thanks for giveaway.
    Wendy Pogrant

  14. Nancy S February 12, 2013 at 2:57 pm - Reply

    Great hop. Must peruse Amazon’s vampire offerings.

  15. sadie forsythe February 12, 2013 at 3:59 pm - Reply

    I’m always looking for a new vampy read. Thanks

  16. Renee B February 12, 2013 at 4:07 pm - Reply

    I’m just getting into vampires and this is a great way to find some new authors and books.
    Thanks for the chance to win.
    reneebennett35 (at) yahoo (dot) com

  17. Theresa Esterline February 12, 2013 at 6:15 pm - Reply

    Thanks for hosting this giveaway! I love stories about vampires, look forward to winning and reading your books!

    Theresa Esterline

  18. Kary February 12, 2013 at 6:37 pm - Reply

    This looks amazing!!! I am so glad I found this blog!

    Thank You

  19. Sue February 12, 2013 at 7:13 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the hop!

  20. Natasha February 12, 2013 at 8:09 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the chance to win!
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  21. Sue Sattler February 12, 2013 at 8:21 pm - Reply

    Loving this blog hop, still looking for the blog that is giving away the vampires. 😀 I’m still looking for my Valentines date!! lol


  22. wanda February 12, 2013 at 8:52 pm - Reply

    Vampires for Valentines now thats the perfect valetines gift :)Thank you for the chance to win.Have an amaizing week

  23. Veronica February 12, 2013 at 8:52 pm - Reply

    This sounds super intriguing!

  24. Karen Michelle Nutt February 12, 2013 at 9:55 pm - Reply

    How many books are in your Shrouded series? Do you need to read them in order?

  25. Tammy Turner February 12, 2013 at 9:56 pm - Reply

    Now this is a Blog Hop I can really sink my teeth into! I LOVE Vampire’s and when you mix them in with Romance Novels the result is intoxicating! Who doesn’t love Vampires! They are usually handsome, sometimes dark and brooding, have sexy names like Sebastian – Damien – Alexander, and they have been alone so long and searching for their Bride, so they can have that one perfect woman to love! Some of my absolute favorite Vampires are :

    Lothaire Daciano from the book Lothaire. Lothaire is sexy, wicked, confidant, and has been waiting for his Bride for Eons.

    Ian MacPhie from the book All I Want For Christmas Is A Vampire. Ian is a Highland warrior and a Vampire. Sexy with an accent and a kilt.

    Sebastien Newcombe from the book Phantom Shadows. Bastien is a misunderstood and sexy badass. He just loves to push everyone’s buttons.

    Javier from the book Covet. Javier desires her above all others.

    See what I mean….I LOVE VAMPIRES!

  26. Lacey T February 12, 2013 at 11:52 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the great giveaway! 🙂

  27. Miranda P February 12, 2013 at 11:56 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the giveaway.

  28. Kristia Miltiadou February 13, 2013 at 2:11 pm - Reply

    Thank you for the giveaway!

  29. Sherry February 13, 2013 at 4:09 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the chance to win.


  30. Vanessa N. February 13, 2013 at 5:46 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the giveaway.

  31. Ana Smith February 14, 2013 at 4:15 am - Reply

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  32. Olivia Tan February 14, 2013 at 7:59 am - Reply

    thanks for the giveaway 🙂


  33. Veronika February 14, 2013 at 10:40 am - Reply

    Thank you for the chance to win!

  34. Ashley A February 14, 2013 at 4:47 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the great giveaway!! Who doesn’t love vampires?!
    Ashley A

  35. Meghan Stith February 14, 2013 at 9:34 pm - Reply

    Ummm…. Valentine’s with Vampires. Sounds like the perfect combo to me. Especially if I can get a little Eric Northman (a la Alexander Skarsgard) sprinkled on top!

    Happy V-Day, Player!
    mestith (at) gmail (dot) com

  36. donnas February 14, 2013 at 10:29 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the hop!

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  37. JanD February 15, 2013 at 10:13 am - Reply

    Thanks for the excerpt on your WIP.
    bituin76 at hotmail dot com

  38. Joy F February 15, 2013 at 1:33 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the giveaway.

  39. Jeannie Platt February 15, 2013 at 8:01 pm - Reply

    Thanks for being part of the hop and for the giveaway.

  40. Kamla L. February 15, 2013 at 9:24 pm - Reply

    Vamps for V-Day…love this hop! Thanks.

  41. June M. February 16, 2013 at 12:51 am - Reply

    Thanks so much for the giveaway & the blog hop!
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  42. Toni Porter February 16, 2013 at 9:21 am - Reply

    Thank you for the excerpt! That definitely drew me in!

    tp DOT quixotic AT gmail DOT com

  43. Stephanie February 16, 2013 at 2:05 pm - Reply

    I love vampires! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  44. Cassandra Hicks February 16, 2013 at 4:39 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  45. Amber February 16, 2013 at 6:25 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the fun hop!

  46. Priscilla Pomeroy February 16, 2013 at 6:55 pm - Reply

    Sounds intriguing!
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  47. BookLady February 16, 2013 at 8:01 pm - Reply

    Love vampires! Thanks for the giveaway.

  48. Lisa Vazquezanzua February 16, 2013 at 10:17 pm - Reply

    Thank you for a chance to win and for being a part of this fun and awesome blog hop!!

  49. Daniel M February 16, 2013 at 10:31 pm - Reply

    vamps are always fun thanks for the giveaway!

  50. Darlene Ysaguirre February 17, 2013 at 9:03 am - Reply

    Thanks For The Giveaway!

  51. Dovile February 17, 2013 at 10:48 am - Reply

    Thank you for the chance!

  52. Brittany Utley February 17, 2013 at 12:01 pm - Reply

    Thanks so much!

    Brittany Utley


  53. latisha depoortere February 17, 2013 at 12:51 pm - Reply

    Thank you very much for the great giveaway and fun blog hop!
    Latisha D

  54. Denise Z February 17, 2013 at 4:22 pm - Reply

    Thank you for the valentines fun 🙂

  55. Janie McGaugh February 17, 2013 at 7:09 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the giveaway!
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  56. Marlena Fein February 17, 2013 at 7:27 pm - Reply

    Both of the books sound amazing! Thank you for being a part of the hop and for the great giveaway. I love me some Vamps!

    Best wishes,

  57. Sherry S. February 17, 2013 at 7:58 pm - Reply

    I enjoyed the excerpt. Thanks for the giveaway.
    Sherry S.
    sstrode at scrtc dot com

  58. vicky b February 17, 2013 at 9:57 pm - Reply
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  60. Krista February 18, 2013 at 10:25 am - Reply

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  61. Lisa Walker February 18, 2013 at 1:53 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the chance!

  62. Shadow February 18, 2013 at 1:55 pm - Reply

    Thank you for the awesome hop and giveaway!!! 🙂

  63. Krysta B. February 18, 2013 at 3:14 pm - Reply

    Awesome expert.


  64. Jolene A February 18, 2013 at 4:18 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the chance to win


  65. Crystal @RBtWBC February 18, 2013 at 8:08 pm - Reply

    Thanks so much!
    Crystal@RBtWBC – readingbetweenthewines10ATgmailDOTcom

  66. Sam Stamp February 18, 2013 at 8:23 pm - Reply

    Thank you for the giveaway!
    Sam Stamp

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