Today’s Second Contest Post!

First things first – the winner of a digital copy of ALWAYS was comment #4: Mary N – Mary, email me and I’ll get the book your way.

Now – since there was a request I’ve posted an excerpt of HEART OF DARKNESS

Copyright 2011, Lauren Dane
All Rights Reserved, The Berkley Publishing Group

“You’re better now? That he’s come to you?” Nell’s voice lost its teasing tone.

Meriel turned to look at this shirtless man who had her snug in his lap just like he wanted. “Yes to both.”

“Are you gossiping about me?” His smile was oh so very wicked.

“I did all the really juicy stuff already. She says you’re handy and we’re going to look into the scrying angle.” She turned her attention back to Nell. “I’m going to call down to research to see what I can find out.”

“Better you than me. It’s creepy down there.”

“You’re like a ninja. How can you be scared of them? They’re all very nice.”

Research was really the office of the institutional memory of the clan. Four witches representing the four directions and the four elements of magick. Two of them were siblings, Sheila and Gia Kelly and one was Sheila’s husband, the last, their son, Carl. They knew what always appeared to Meriel as everything. They had great records, were computer savvy and had great connections to all the best libraries in the world.

“Gia Kelly is one of those witches who probably does know how to turn you into a frog. Plus it smells like dust and old stuff down there.”

Meriel laughed. “She probably does. Anyway, when I hang up with you, I’m on it.”

“I’m going to have to tell your mother about yesterday’s incident.”

She nearly growled, scrambling to sit upright. “What? Why? Nell, don’t.”

“I have to, Meriel. She’s the leader of the clan! This is no small thing. Maybe if I could totally say I didn’t think what happened was part of this mage thing, I could let it go. But I do think it’s connected. Right down to my toes. She’s going to want to be kept apprised. I’ve tried to work out ways not to tell her, but I don’t think you can get around it.”

She wished she could explain it so it sounded sane and not petulant.

So she sighed. “Fine. Do your report. I have to go and make this call.”

“Don’t be pissed off, Meriel. You know I don’t have a choice. This is something she should know. And it only grants weight to your theory that we’re all under attack in some way. They may have already targeted you. You’re like the gold mine of witches to drain. All that power. No, I have to do it.”

“I understand and I’m not pissed.”

“I’ve known you since before you got your period. You are so pissed. Don’t even try to lie. I’m pregnant and hormonal and if you’re upset, it’s only going to make me feel bad and I’ll still have to report this.”

“I’m not pissed. Also, I think you need to save that one up as an excuse or it’s going to get old fast. Be more strategic.” She tried to stand, needing to move away from him to have this kind of talk with Nell.

But he held her in place and when she shot him a look he only responded with a raised brow.

She rolled her eyes.

“I just don’t want to deal with her. That’s all. Go on and be careful. Call me later.”

So today’s second prize will be a signed copy of THREE TO TANGO – I’ll choose a winner by 2 pm PDT today 8/30 from the comments to this post.

Are you a fan of paranormal romance? If so, do you like any specific type of paranormal being the best? Avoid any?

33 comments to “Today’s Second Contest Post!”

  1. Rachel Riddles
    August 30th, 2011 at 11:03 am · Link

    I kind of just stick to vampire stories, and witches I tried one that was about faeries and just could not get into it. So yeah, I’m sure I’m in the majority of people who loves a good vampire story.

  2. Regina Ross
    August 30th, 2011 at 11:08 am · Link

    i love all paranormal romances as long as they have a happy ending πŸ™‚

  3. Jordan H
    August 30th, 2011 at 11:09 am · Link

    I’m a huge fan of paranormal romance. I usually read about vampires and shifters but I can also get into witches, faeries and psychics. I will basically read anything that catches my interest, I’m easy like that πŸ˜‰

  4. Michelle McMichael
    August 30th, 2011 at 11:15 am · Link

    I love paranormal romance, it’s the endless possibilities that I love. Absolutely anything can happen.

    I have a soft spot for big cat shifters and I used to avoid Fae books like the plague. Until I discovered the Fever series by Karen Marie Moning. Now I’m open to trying it, I’m not saying I’ll like them all but I will give them a chance. πŸ™‚

  5. Spav
    August 30th, 2011 at 11:21 am · Link

    I love paranormal romance and I have a weakness for dragons. If there’s a PNR with dragons on it, there’s a big chance I’ve read it.

  6. Danny
    August 30th, 2011 at 11:23 am · Link

    I love all kind of paranormal stories, but I especially love shifter stories, especially werwolves

  7. Missy_G
    August 30th, 2011 at 11:39 am · Link

    I love all different pnr books but dragons and shape-sifters get me every time.

  8. SheilaF
    August 30th, 2011 at 11:40 am · Link

    I love all paranormal stories, but i love pychics and witches.

  9. Ilona
    August 30th, 2011 at 11:42 am · Link

    I love all kinds of paranormals and can’t get enough of any one type of them. Give me Vampires, Shifters, Demons, Angels… I’ll take the lot πŸ˜€

  10. Diane Sallans
    August 30th, 2011 at 11:42 am · Link

    oooh! reading an anthology is my favorite way to try out authors I haven’t read before! Three to Tango looks like a great opportunity and the excerpt from Bound by Magick looks really interesting too!

  11. CrystalGB
    August 30th, 2011 at 11:43 am · Link

    I love paranormal romance. Shapeshifters are my favorite. πŸ™‚

  12. GSCL
    August 30th, 2011 at 11:50 am · Link

    I love paranormal romance! It was one of the first genres I read when I started reading romance novels. I have to say that vampire stories are my absolute favorite!

  13. Joder
    August 30th, 2011 at 11:54 am · Link

    I LOVE the paranormal genre! Werewolves, vampires, demons are just a few of my faves. I can’t get enough of these kinds of stories for their excitement and sense of good and evil.

  14. jeanette8042
    August 30th, 2011 at 12:08 pm · Link

    Don’t need to count me in this contest! I love paranormals and one of my all time favorites is vampires because I was introduced to this genre through them.

  15. Debbie
    August 30th, 2011 at 12:21 pm · Link

    I’m really *into* paranormal romance. Paranormal’s take you to an exciting new world where anything is possible. It’s so exciting and on edge. LOL…also there’s just something so primal and HOT about claiming your mate,your soulmate for life,that is so beautiful! Everyone seems to be so hot for vamps but,I prefer a hot,arrogant,dominant,sexy Wolf any day! πŸ˜€ don’t get me wrong I love a good sexy vamp too,but there nothing like a Big Bad Wolf….just sayin’ πŸ˜‰

  16. Viki S.
    August 30th, 2011 at 12:22 pm · Link

    I love PNR. I used to stick with the vampires but my world has opened to include everything. I’ve found that I love dragons and demons and Fey and etc.

  17. Orielaa
    August 30th, 2011 at 12:25 pm · Link

    I love paranormal. My favorite would have to be shifters; werewolves, panthers you name it I love it.

  18. Jamie B
    August 30th, 2011 at 12:43 pm · Link

    I LOVE PNR!! I will read anything paranormal pretty much but my favorites are vampires and shifters. I think my least favorite would be Fey but I will still read them. I am and have always been a vamp tramp at heart

  19. Pam B
    August 30th, 2011 at 1:07 pm · Link


    I am a huge fan of PNR (actually all romance books). I read all kinds so I do not have a favorite type of being. I also enjoy a great UF story. I just enjoy reading.

    Thanks for the chance

  20. Renee
    August 30th, 2011 at 1:12 pm · Link

    I love paranormal books and don’t have a favorite at all. I read them all and if there is a mix in the story even better LOL.

  21. Tiffany M
    August 30th, 2011 at 1:30 pm · Link

    I read a lot of PNR, but I tend to stay away from the ones with angels. I just haven’t liked any of the ones I read. Although, I have heard good things about Nalini Singh’s angel series.

  22. Chelsea B.
    August 30th, 2011 at 1:37 pm · Link

    Love paranormal romance and adore all the creatures! πŸ™‚

  23. Alycia
    August 30th, 2011 at 1:51 pm · Link

    I do love paranormal romance. Any creature is fine by me. I do prefer pnr over uf but will read both. I do love a good love story!

  24. infinitieh
    August 30th, 2011 at 1:54 pm · Link

    I enjoy reading PNR, seeing the difference between the myths and how the author has changed said myths for the world of the book.

  25. Jane
    August 30th, 2011 at 2:03 pm · Link

    I do read paranormals and my current faves are the shifter books.

  26. Hollie G
    August 30th, 2011 at 2:07 pm · Link

    I dont mind them. I am currently reading Jeaniene Frosts series and I love it.

    I also really like Anya Basts series as well. Her witches are awesome.

  27. Emily Tardy
    August 30th, 2011 at 2:10 pm · Link

    πŸ™‚ I just love to read, so as long as I can follow it and it keeps me interested I wouldn’t mind what it was. I really like Vamps and Were books, but I had to choose one of them, it would be a Were book!

  28. Eileen
    August 30th, 2011 at 2:49 pm · Link

    I love paranormal romance stories! I have a few series that I follow and look forward to the next installments.

  29. Melissa Porter
    August 30th, 2011 at 6:04 pm · Link

    I like to read paranormal. It is like a whole new world to explore.

  30. Lori T
    August 30th, 2011 at 6:11 pm · Link

    Congrats Mary!

    I love paranormal romance and I prefer vampires, but I will read most and usually enjoy them.

  31. Sarah
    August 30th, 2011 at 6:44 pm · Link

    I pretty much love all paranormal romance!

  32. Jen B.
    August 30th, 2011 at 7:32 pm · Link

    I love paranormal romance. I hate it when an author adds paranormal elements to a story to try to get around having normal progression in a story. Like “you are my mate” because this is a paranormal story. Ugh!

  33. Kendra
    August 30th, 2011 at 10:46 pm · Link

    I’m reading three to tango right now πŸ™‚