Laid Bare With Flair Contest – Day Fifteen!

Today’s prize comes by way of TJ Michaels! She’s offering up some lovely lovely jade jewelry in honor of her book Hapsept Heat!

Blurb: Kenoe: A sexy lethal weapon. Shinju: Ditto—with more dangerous curves.

Vampire Council of Ethics Book Three

Kenoe Hatsept is in a quandary. The handsome elite Seeker spent years training for a single burning goal: Revenge. Now that the object of his attention has been brought to justice, what’s next? Japan, the one place that has always called to him, sounds like the perfect place to relax, search his soul and plan out the rest of his life.

Instead he finds his head, and his hands, full of a woman who’s sharper than she appears on the surface…in more ways than one. And she’s hip deep in trouble.

Shinju Maruyama just wants to keep her profile low and go about her business. But the long-toothed people just don’t want to let her keep her family secrets. It’ll take all her skill with her brain and her blades to change their minds. There’s something strange and irresistible about Kenoe, and it scares the hell out of her. But she just can’t seem to shake him.

For Kenoe, endangering his life to help her bring the bad guys to heel is easy. Revealing his true nature to her risks far more—his heart.

T.J. Michaels is back again with her exciting third installment in the Vampire Council of Ethics series. Although, this book can be read independently, I would suggest reading the previous two novels in order to gain a better understanding of the historical events mentioned in Hatsept Heat. I was very impressed by how Ms. Michaels was able to insert just the right amount of vulnerability into Shinju’s personality but, didn’t allow it to become overbearing or allow it to take away from the storyline. Kenoe was a true alpha male who was used to having his way without being questioned or denied, however, he learned the hard way that Shinju wasn’t going to fall in line just because he told her to do so. I just couldn’t get enough of this couple. I simply had to keep reading until I discovered just how everything was going to pan out. Readers, you will not be disappointed with this thrilling, mysterious, super-hot plot. Hats off to Ms. Michaels for writing yet another spectacular novel!
5 Angels from Contessa, Fallen Angel Reviews

Today’s Question: What makes you try a new to you author? Cover? Buzz? Genre?

I’ll choose a winner tomorrow! Good luck and remember all winners have three days to claim their prize or I will re-draw!

63 comments to “Laid Bare With Flair Contest – Day Fifteen!”

  1. Jessie
    July 17th, 2009 at 6:01 pm · Link

    I don’t really go by covers because honestly I don’t pay much attention to them unless they are very bad or very good, I usually read the blurb or a friend will tell me I have to try so and so

  2. Armenia
    July 17th, 2009 at 6:46 pm · Link

    Its reviews and cover blurb, and genre. 🙄

  3. Alex D
    July 17th, 2009 at 6:49 pm · Link

    What helps me get into a new author would have to be genre and reviews by other authors.

  4. Diane Sadler
    July 17th, 2009 at 7:31 pm · Link

    Blurbs and reviews such as RT mag or Amazon website, the excerpts found, recommendations from friends; very seldom do I pick a book by it’s cover

  5. Carol Woodruff
    July 17th, 2009 at 7:36 pm · Link

    First, I go to a genre I like, then I read the blurbs and excerpts, and lastly I check out the cover. Then I decide to buy or not to buy.

  6. Lillie A
    July 17th, 2009 at 7:38 pm · Link

    Friends recommendation and blurbs. If a friend recommends it, the first thing I do is read the blurb. If I see a blurb that interests me, I will ask friends about that author.

  7. Llehn
    July 17th, 2009 at 8:18 pm · Link

    I will try a new author if I see they have great reviews around the blog circuit and the jacket copy intrigues me.

  8. MichelleK
    July 17th, 2009 at 9:31 pm · Link

    I usually buy my books on Amazon. First I sort by genre. If a book cover catches my eye, I will first look for book reviews from us regular folk. lol
    If there are no book reviews, if the story description looks good, I may take a chance. I know that you are not supposed to judge a book by the cover but I am so guilty.
    I have been disappointed many a time just going by the cover but alas, it still is the cover that peaks my interest.

    I have to add though, when I read the book reviews. I am pretty good at judging if it is a negative review that their reason for the negative review may not be the same reason I would not like it. So on that alone, I dont just measure the star rating.

  9. stacey smith
    July 17th, 2009 at 11:05 pm · Link

    I guess I see what people say about it then i look it up and see if it looks good to me.

  10. LaRonda
    July 18th, 2009 at 2:14 am · Link

    I usually choose to try another author based on excerpts or someone’s recommendation. However, I will not lie, I will frequently pick up books based on what the covers look like.

  11. Lori T
    July 18th, 2009 at 7:28 am · Link

    Pretty much all of the above can factor into my trying a new author. Sometimes, a cover can draw me across the store and then after reading the back…I buy. Sometimes, if I hear really good reviews about a book and the buzz is all good…then I try. Plus, I love just about anything to do with urban fantasy/paranormal.

  12. Michelle B.
    July 18th, 2009 at 7:48 am · Link

    Well, it can be any of those things…basically something to catch my attention & think “I need to check this out further…” then from there I either buy it, add it to the infamous list or decide it isn’t for me after all. This cover would definitely snag my attention and make me to a couple of steps back to get a better look…that is one hot looking hero…!!!
    Michelle B.

  13. ann marie
    July 18th, 2009 at 9:49 am · Link

    I agree with the others. Most of the time I will pick up books based on the book blurb or if the cover really catches my eye.