Few things in life can come between a grim reaper and her coffee, but the sexy, sultry son of Satan is one of them. Now that Reyes Farrow has asked for her hand, Charley Davidson feels it’s time to learn more about his past, but Reyes is reluctant to open up. When the official FBI file of his childhood abduction lands in her lap, Charley decides to go behind her mysterious beau’s back and conduct her own investigation. Because what could go wrong?
Unfortunately, another case has fallen into her lap—one with dangerous implications. Some very insistent men want Charley to hunt down a witness who is scheduled to testify against their boss, a major player in the local crime syndicate. If Charley doesn’t come up with an address in 48 hours, the people closest to her will start to disappear.
Add to that a desperate man in search of the soul he lost in a card game, a dogged mother determined to find the ghost of her son, and a beautiful, young Deaf boy haunted by his new ability to see the departed as clearly as he sees the living, and Charley has her hands full. The fact that Reyes has caught on to her latest venture only adds fuel to the inferno that he is. Good thing for Charley she’s used to multi-tasking and always up for a challenge…especially when that challenge comes in the form of Reyes Farrow.
A blank is the only thing I draw well.
“A girl, a mocha latte, and a naked dead man walk into a bar,” I said, turning to the naked dead man sitting in my passenger’s seat. The elderly naked dead man who’d been riding shotgun in my cherry red Jeep Wrangler, aka Misery, for two days now. We were on a stakeout. Sort of. I was staking out a Mr. and Mrs. Foster, so I was definitely on a stakeout. No idea what Naked Dead Man was on. Considering the fact that he looked about 112, probably blood thinners. Cholesterol medication. And, judging from the state of his manhood, which I couldn’t stop seeing every single time I turned toward him, Viagra. If I were to hash-tag that moment, my status would read something like #impressed.
I gave him two thumbs up, then looked back at the house again, happy to be sitting in Misery. The Jeep, not the emotion. I’d just picked her up from the car hospital two days earlier. She’d had several surgeries to fix her broken girlie bits because a raving lunatic rammed into her. He’d knocked her into a state of mangled disrepair and me, as I was in the driver’s seat at the time, into a state of oblivion. I stayed in that state long enough for Mr. Raving Lunatic to cart me off to a deserted bridge to kill me. He failed and died in the process, but Misery had paid a high price for his nefarious machinations. Why did bad guys always try to hurt the ones I loved?
And this one had succeeded. Misery was hurt. Bad. No one wanted to work on her. Said she couldn’t be saved. Said to give her over to the scrap yard. Thankfully, a family friend with a body shop and a few incriminating photos, which just happened to have found their way into my possession, agreed with great reluctance to try.
Noni kept her for two long weeks before calling to tell me that he’d almost lost her a couple of times, but she’d pulled through with flying colors. When I got the green light to go pick her up, I tore out of my apartment so fast, I left a dust trail behind me, along with a flummoxed best friend, who’d been telling me about the couple in 3C. They were apparently newlyweds, if their energy to do it—her words—all night every night was any indication. I hurried back to her, however, because I didn’t have a car and I needed a ride.
When we picked up Misery, Noni tried to tell me everything he’d had to do to her to get her up and running, but I held up a hand to stop him, unable to bear it. This was Misery he was talking about. Not some random Wrangler off the streets. This was my Wrangler. My best friend. My baby.
Holy cow, I needed a life.
I had to hand it to Noni, though. Misery was good as new. Better than I was, anyway. Ever since that night, I’d been having problems sleeping. I suffered from debilitating nightmares that left me screaming into my pillow, and I jumped every time someone dropped a feather.
But at least Misery was okay. Like, really okay. It was weird. Her cough was gone. Her sluggish response time was no longer an issue. Her reluctance to wake up in the mornings as she sputtered in protest every time I tried to fire all engines was nonexistent. Now she started on the first try, no groaning or whining, and she purred like a newborn kitten. How Noni had managed to fix her insides as well as her outsides I’d never know, but the guy was good. And Noni was my new best friend. Well, after Misery. And Cookie, my real best friend. And Garrett, my kind of, sort of best friend. And Reyes, my. . . my . . .
What was Reyes? Besides the dark and sultry son of evil? My boy toy? My love slave? My 24/7 booty call?
He was all those things, but he was also my almost-fiancé. All I had to do was say yes to the proposal he’d written on a sticky note, and he would be my fiancé for reals. Until then, however, he was my almost fiancé.
No, my soon-to-be fiancé.
No! My nigh fiancé.
Yeah, that’d work.
I turned back to the naked dead man, stuffed a couple of Cheez-Its into my mouth, and confessed my latest sin.
“I’m just kidding,” I said through the crackers, regretting the fact that I’d tempted him and now had no follow-up. No punch line. “I don’t know any ‘girl, mocha latte, dead man’ jokes. Sorry to get your hopes up like that.” He didn’t seem to mind, however. He sat staring straight ahead as always, his gray eyes clouded and watery with age, oblivious of my charm, my clever repartee, and my intellectual wit. He was ignoring me!
The Romantic Times Convention is over for another year and publishers have put a few titles out this week. The biggest and baddest being Darynda Jones’ Sixth Grave on the Edge, of course! (Join us May 27th when Paranormal Bites participates in Darynda’s official #6thGrave blog tour. You just might win an autographed copy of Sixth Grave of your very own!)
Here are the new paranormal releases out this week:
C.C. Hunter, Reborn, Shadow Falls After Dark, Paperback, May 20, 2014
Darynda Jones, Sixth Grave on the Edge, Charley Davidson Book 6, Hardcover, May 20, 2014
Jennifer Ashley, Double Hexed, Stormwalker, eBook, May 20, 2014
Jennifer Ashley, Perfect Mate, Shifters Unbound, eBook, May 20, 2014
Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl, Dangerous Creatures, Hardcover, May 20, 2014
Laurann Dohner, Mating Brand, eBook, May 20, 2014
Charley Davidson and Reyes Farrow will be hitting bookstores shelves tomorrow, May 20th, in Darynda Jones’ Sixth Grave on the Edge. Darynda has launched an extensive blog tour to celebrate her latest book and Paranormal Bites is thrilled to be participating!
Readers can enter to win a signed copy of Sixth Grave at each stop! Blog links can be found on Darynda’s site.
Paranormal Bites’ official day is Tuesday, May 27th. Throughout the day we will be posting our review of Sixth Grave, as well as an excerpt from the book, and a sneak peek of October’s Seventh Grave and No Body.
Author Nola Sarina re-released her novel Gilded Destiny last week, complete with a new cover, bonus chapters, and a never-before-seen preview of her upcoming novel, Jaded Touch.
She’s celebrating the re-release by giving away a $50.00 iTunes gift card. Enter below!
A deadly, alluring stranger. The consequences of loving a doomed immortal. The steamy hot, heart-wrenchingly emotional, edge-of-your-seat first Vesper novella Gilded Destiny is dark fantasy romance like you’ve never seen it before.
A woman’s memory returns when she falls in love with the monster who took it from her.
Calli tattoos her skin to fill the holes in her memory, thanks to an accident that left her mind damaged and empty. But a nasty encounter with a fired employee leaves her in the arms of her unlikely savior: Nycholas, a predatory, serpentine Vesper on the run from his brutal master.
Nycholas’ clandestine world holds the secrets to mankind’s origin and survival… but he only wants one thing before his time is up: a few colorful nights with Calli, the fragile, tattooed, human woman he pursued and saved.
The more Calli learns about Nycholas, the more her own darkened memories return to her. Despite her haunted past, she loses herself to passion and desire with her immortal captor.
Now, Calli must overcome the demons of her past, or allow Nycholas to kiss her memories away and spare her the trauma of loving a doomed immortal. But each choice comes with dire consequences – some that endanger not only herself, but her family as well.
Nola Sarina is a paranormal romance, dark fantasy, and erotica author from Alberta, Canada. She is also the co-author of Wild Hyacinthe with Emily Faith. She loves weaving romances that leave you breathless and challenge typical relationships with the most mind-blowing twists. Nola will also be at RTCon in New Orleans this month. Stalk her down and say hi for some free swag – bookmarks and bracelets!
Thank you so much to everyone who participated in our Labyrinth of Stars quiz! I’ve really enjoyed promoting the world of Maxine Kiss and her ‘Boys’ over this past week and hope that my readers enjoyed it as much as I did. Hopefully I’ve been able to introduce a bunch of new readers to the work of Marjorie M. Liu as well.
Look for more tidbits about Labyrinth of Stars, the Hunter Kiss series, and Marjorie over the next little while. I’ll be posting a review of Labyrinth soon and I still hope to be able to get an interview or guest post from Marjorie after she returns to the States next month.
In the meantime, the winner of the “So You Think You Know Max” quiz is …
Congratulations, Diane! You were the only person to score 100% on the quiz! I’ll be sending you an email shortly. You have the option of an unsigned copy of Labyrinth to be sent next week or an autographed copy to be sent in April once Marjorie has a chance to settle in and unpack after her travels.
Today is release day for Labyrinth of Stars, the fifth book in Marjorie M. Liu’s Hunter Kiss series, and we’re celebrating by giving away a copy of Labyrinth to one lucky Hunter Kiss fan! How do you enter? By taking this little quiz to see just how well you know Maxine Kiss, the kiss-ass protagonist of the series…
The quiz will be available until March 4th and the winner will be chosen based on the highest quiz score. If there are multiple tying high-scores we will turn to Random.org to determine the winner. Winner will have their choice of an Autographed copy of Labyrinth (to be sent in April as Marjorie is currently in Tokyo), or an Unsigned copy (to be sent in March).
Unfortunately due to shipping restrictions this contest is limited to residents of Canada and the United States only.
It’s Friday, Peeps. The school buses were cancelled county wide today and our local weather reports are calling for freezing rain mixed with flurries for the next couple of days. What does that have to do with you? Nothing, really, but it feels like a fine time for a Flash Giveaway!
The very lovely Deidre Knight has provided us with an electronic copy of Parallel Attraction, the first book in her Parallel series, to give away to some lucky readers. Entry details at the end of this post…
Enter New York Times bestselling author Deidre Knight’s time-bending universe of warring worlds, intimate betrayals, and unspent desire with the first installment of her Parallel series. “…humorous…heart-wrenching…compelling…. What a page-turner!” – Gena Showalter, author of The Darkest Craving.
An unexpectedly sensual connection…
Finding a mate is the farthest thing from alien warrior Jared Bennett’s mind. After years of exile on Earth, the king is close to developing a weapon that will alter the fabric of time and hopefully bring peace to his own people. But a chance encounter with scientist Kelsey Wells ignites a scorching desire far more consuming than talks of rebellion.
To Kelsey, Jared’s heritage is exotic and alarming – nothing like the logical, scientific facts of her own world. But despite her fears, she can’t deny the heated response of her body every time the magnetic leader comes near.
A dangerous allure…
As the bond between them grows, Jared struggles with a shocking family secret that keeps him from claiming Kelsey as his own. And a visitor from the future escalates Jared’s battle for his people’s freedom to a fever pitch, forcing the lovers to face one inescapable fact: Time can save them, as much as it can destroy them.
The Parallel series has recently been given an update with new covers and Kindle editions now include updated scenes and bonus material.
To enter simply answer this question: What was the original name of the Parallel series?(Hint: The answer can be found on Deirdre’s site, or on Goodreads)
Fill out the brief Contact form and be sure to copy “Parallel Attraction Flash Giveaway” in the Subject field.
I’ve been posting a few news tidbits on the Paranormal Bites Facebook page lately and I thought that I’d do a brief wrap-up here as well…
Marjorie M. Liu – Labyrinth of Stars, the fifth book in the Hunter Kiss series, releases on February 25th. We will be posting a review and hosting a giveaway to celebrate the release.
Kim Harrison – The Undead Pool, the 12th book in the Hollows series, also releases on February 25th. Stay tuned for the review, coming soon. In the meanwhile, enjoy a free Hollows short story, “Trouble on Reserve”
Darynda Jones - Seventh Grave and No Body, the upcoming Charley Davidson book, will be released in October so we’re getting TWO Charley & Reyes books this year! Darynda has also updated her website and invites everyone to stop by and see her “new digs”.
Peeps, last week I shared a link to Darynda Jones short story, “Shimmer“, on our facebook page. It was a free Christmas gift from Darynda for her readers, and an appropriate one too, since the ending of Fifth Grave Past the Light left the majority of us yelling “No, Darynda, no! How can you do this to us!!?” (Don’t you just love books with endings that leave you yelling at the author’s picture on the jacket?)
Today Darynda offers us another gift to start off our new year on a molten note – “Glow” – it’s “Shimmer” as told from Reyes point of view (#GlowReyesPOV)! I’d advise that you don’t read this until you are alone as it’s just a tad steamy to be reading in company… Then again, maybe you’d like to start your year off with a bang as well as a glow, in which case, be my guest!
Once you get to the end of the story Darynda invites you to share it with your friends and she will enter you into a draw to win an iPad. She provides you with several ideas for sharing to make it easy for everyone. She also has included a link to “Shimmer“, just in case you missed it last week.
It’s the 10th anniversary of Lynsay Sands beloved Argeneau series, Peeps, and she is celebrating with a fantastic contest. Here are the details from her recent newsletter:
A tenth anniversary is supposed to be a celebration of the most notable occurrences in the last ten years… So with that thought in mind we decided to hold our very own “Reader’s Choice Awards” where the readers get to choose their favorite book in the Argeneau series. We’ll tally the results to give us the top ten most popular Argeneau books as chosen by you! And because it’s the 10th anniversary and Lynsay wanted to do something really special for her readers, one grand prize winner will be randomly selected from those that voted. The grand prize winner will have a choice of either a 15-inch Macbook Pro laptop with a gelskin OR a 27-inch iMac desktop computer with a decal of the 10th Anniversary of the Argeneaus.
Sadly Peeps, we’ve had to draw a new winner for the OMENS giveaway. According to Random.org our new winner is DAWN REID. Congratulations, Dawn!
Since FB prohibits pages from contacting contest winners I have to ask you to please forward your mailing address to admin @ paranormalbites . com (without the spaces) or submit it via our Contact Us Page.
You have until 11:59 pm EST on Tuesday, September 17th to claim your prize.
Thank you to everyone who took the time to enter our OMENS giveaway contest! I know that limiting the entries to Canada and the US also limited the number of entries. This site operates solely on my own dime and the mailing costs associated with contests adds up over time, forcing me to restrict entries on occasion and I’m sorry about that.
We do have a winner to announce however – according to Random.org the winner of this contest is:
The contest ended up being moved to our Facebook page in order to reach more people. Unfortunately Facebook prohibits pages from contacting contest winners directly so Joyce, I need you to email your mailing address to admin @ paranormalbites . com (no spaces) or simply use our handy Contact Us page to submit it. You have until midnight on Tuesday, September 11th to contact us or another winner will be drawn.