April 10, 2012

WEST OF WANT - Excerpt, Guest Post & Giveaway! (18+)





Happy WEST OF WANT Preview & Prizes Event, everyone! 


Today, April 10, was the original release date for Book 2 in my Hearts of the Anemoi series, West of Want. And then some really cool things happened: my publisher, Entangled Publishing, signed a huge deal with the nation’s biggest book distributor, which means for the first time ever, my books will be shelved in brick-and-mortar bookstores. And then, West of Want received a very nice pre-sales estimate by the booksellers and Barnes and Nobles bought it for all their stores nationwide (and it got bought for airports, too—squee!). The only bad news in this whole scenario was this: the release date got pushed back, by three LONG months! LOL So, I thought I’d celebrate the original release date with a preview of the book and a big contest, and give you a small taste to whet your appetite until the actual release date arrives.



"Laura Kaye’s captivating writing and vibrant world-building will have readers hooked on the gods of the Anemoi. WEST OF WANT is steamy, spellbinding, and a must-read for all romance fantasy fans."

~Elisabeth Naughton, author of the Eternal Guardians series

Forty sites are celebrating with me today, and there are different posts at those different sites. To see the whole list of participants, click here. Now, without further ado, here’s the book blurb and one of four different never-before-seen excerpts from the book available for you to enjoy: 




WEST OF WANT BLURB:
Betrayal is all he's ever known, but in her, he'll find a love strong enough to be trusted...

When Marcella Raines' twin brother dies, she honors his request to be buried at sea, never expecting the violent storm that swamps her boat. Though she's gravely injured--and still emotionally damaged from her recent divorce--Ella fights to survive.

Zephyros Martius is the Supreme God of the West Wind and Spring, but being the strongest Anemoi hasn't protected him from betrayal and loss. Worse, he's sure his brother Eurus is behind it. When Zeph's heartbreak whips up a storm that shipwrecks a human, his guilt forces him to save her.

Ella is drawn to the vulnerability Zeph hides beneath his otherworldly masculinity and ancient blue eyes. And her honesty, empathy, and unique, calming influence leave Zeph wanting...everything. When Eurus threatens Ella, she and Zeph struggle to let go of the past, defend their future, and embrace what they most want--a love that can be trusted.

WEST OF WANT EXCERPT:
Zeph concentrated and allowed his mind to travel in search of his brother’s unique energy signature. As polar opposites, their energies were connected. Yin and yang. Life and death. West and East. So he found Eurus, easily. Within blocks of Ella’s house. Thunder rumbled around him as he flowed through the air in pursuit.

Corporeality returned in a blaze of light, his seething rage crackling around him.

“Ah, brother. I’ve been expecting you,” Eurus said. In the gloom of twilight, he lay prone on the dock in the middle of the marina where Ella’s boat had been taken that first day. Ankles crossed.
Fingers making lazy designs in the air as if he were conducting a symphony. Cold wind whipped up around them, turning the calm waters of the inlet choppy, jostling the sailboats in their slips.

His brother’s calm, casual repose was more disturbing than if Zeph had found him petulant and ranting. Because it meant he was planning. “What the fuck are you playing at, Eurus?”

He sprung to his feet and tugged the lapels of his leather coat. “You see? I offer civility, and what do I get in return?”

Zeph squared off and braced, ready for anything. “You don’t have a civil bone in your body.”

Eurus pinched the bridge of his nose, shifting the wraparounds up the smallest bit. Though not enough, Zeph was relieved to see, to reveal his dead black irises. “If what you say is true, brother, whose fault exactly would that be?”

“Not. Mine.” It was a fruitless conversation, but it was their little dance, and Zeph’s own special corner of hell.

“Of course not yours. Not perfect Zephyros. Not the god of life and renewal. Gods forbid.”

Zeph ignored the barb. Perfection was the last thing he believed of himself. Eurus was jealous of a figment of his imagination. “What do you want?” he finally bit out, hoping to defuse the other man, to delay the confrontation long brewing between them.

Eurus whipped off his glasses and drilled his disturbing, blank gaze into Zeph’s very soul. “Leave the woman alone.”



Pre-order West of Want on Amazon | B&N

So, what d’ya think? Want more Zephyros and Ella? Visit more participating sites to read all the excerpts, meet the characters, see the the West of Want romance trading cards, and enter to win! Thanks for reading! July 10 can’t get here soon enough for me! *grins* ~Laura Kaye



“Using ancient winter mythology as an allegory for grief, Kaye has written a sexy story that packs a powerful emotional punch. NORTH OF NEED is pure winter magic and Kaye’s sparkling talent warms the heart.”

~Stephanie Draven, author of the Mythica series about
multi-award-winning Book 1 in the Anemoi series, North of Need




WEST OF WANT PREVIEW CONTEST!

Seven participants who enter through the Rafflecopter form will win gift cards from winners’ choice of Amazon or B&N valued between $15 and $100! Those prize winners will be announced on West of Want’s release day, July 10, 2012. Want the best chance of winning big? Pre-order the print West of Want through Amazon or B&N and enter your order confirmation number on the appropriate Rafflecopter line. Pre-orders are hugely important for an author because they determine how many books bookstores will actually stock and they count toward an author’s first-week sales which is when most authors have their best chance to hit the big bestseller lists. Pre-orders/purchases are not required to enter. Open to international.




a Rafflecopter giveaway

One commenter from each participating blog site will win a West of Want bookmark and the romance trading cards for North of Need and West of Want. Simply comment to enter to win and be sure to leave your email address. These prizes will be announced soon after May 10. Open to international.

About Laura Kaye:Voted Breakout Author of the Year in the 2011 GraveTells Readers’ Choice Awards, Laura is a bestselling and award-winning author paranormal and contemporary romance. Hearts in Darkness is the EPIC eBook Award Winner for Best Novella, Forever Freed won the NJRW Golden Leaf Award for Best Paranormal of 2011, and North of Need, the first book in the Hearts of the Anemoi series, was named GraveTells’ Best Book of 2011 and won their 5-STAR Gold Heart Award, and won Sizzling Hot Read of the Year at Sizzling Hot Books. Laura lives in Maryland with her husband, two daughters, and cute-but-bad dog, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.


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160 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for hosting me here at GCR! Good luck everyone!

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  2. Congrats on your book and thank you for the awesome giveaways! You book sounds great!! Wishing you all the best!
    shadowluvs2read(at)gmail(dot)com

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  3. Congratulations! Can't wait for Zeph :)
    vsloboda(at)gmail(dot)com

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  4. Thanks for sharing the excerpt.And thanks for the giveaway.
    elaing8(at)netscape(dot)net

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  5. I love the not-so-cold, not-so-warm weather. I also like the plants blooming

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  6. Congrats and Thanks!!
    kit0127(at)msn(dot)com

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  7. I like spring because it's almost summer, so the air is warmer but not hot or sweaty. I like the short and sweet showers, and the smell just after it rains. Thanks for this giveaway!

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  8. I love spring because of the sunshine, flowers, fresh air, warm weather, sun dresses and shorts, sun roof open, walks around the neighborhood, going to the park and river, bike riding! I just love spring and summer!

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  9. I love the longer days, more sunlight, flowers and warm weather! Thanks for the giveway! lfacchini(at)tampabay(dot)rr(dot)com

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  10. Thanks for hosting the give-away!
    arlene(dot)sweet(at)sbcglobal(dot)net

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  11. Loved the excerpt! Very tension filled. This promises to be an exciting read. Thanks for sharing and for the giveaway opportunities.

    sophiarose1816@gmail.com

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  12. What I like about Spring is the weather and Spring cleaning. Thanks for the giveaway!
    -Maritza R

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  13. Congrats Laura on getting your book out into the book stores, that is such a coup. I'm enjoying hopping around to the sites to read the excerpts.
    luvfuzzzeeefaces at yahoo dot com

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  14. Congratulations on getting into the bookstores! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  15. Thanks for all the great comments and for celebrating with me guys! Good luck! :)

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  16. Congratulations!! and thank you!
    Mel
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  17. What I like the most about spring is the flowers.
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  18. i like the longer hours of daylight

    catherine0807 at hotmail dot com

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    1. That's a good one, Catherine0807! Me, too! :)

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  19. the cool weather and the sometimes hot weather(midwest atleast).

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  20. I love the pleasant weather and longer days.
    Thanks so much.
    rickpeggysmith(at)aol(dot)com

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  21. I like spring because it is warm enough to start going bike riding with my daughter.

    abfantom at yahoo dot com

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  22. I love spring for the beautiful and colorful flowers and the birds singing

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  23. I like the warmer weather and the flowers blooming

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  24. I love the warm weather, sunshine and flowers.

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  25. more sunshine!
    klconn7 (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  26. I love the spring flowers!
    Thanks for the giveaway!
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  27. I love that it finally gets warmer and the snow melts away.

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  28. I love listening to the birds in the early mornings, walking in the now warm sunshine, and smelling the lilacs or the mock orange bushes.

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  29. I love everything getting green again and seeing all the flowers.

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  30. I love being able to work out in my garden again.
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  31. I love income tax and cleaning out the house.
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  32. thunderstorms
    thanks for a great contest! Janna Johnson jannajanna@hotmail.com janna@feedyourpig on GFC

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  33. YAY another series to start! Great post

    Supagurl

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  34. Zeph!!! want!!!

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  35. I love sleeping with my window open and getting all the nice fresh air!.
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  36. i love spring because of all the pretty colors it brings :)

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  37. I love the warmth!!
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  38. I love the flowers in the Spring and the change of the season. The book sounds great!!

    rachel at thejeepdiva dot com

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  39. The pretty spring flowers are my fav

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  40. I love the safer travelling with no snow or ice on the roads!
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  41. I love being able to leave the windows open all day!
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  42. I love the spring flowers and the smell of rain

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  43. I love the warmer weather of spring!
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  44. love the warm weather and the sight of the flowers but the darn pollen sucks.

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  45. I love the flowers blooming and warmer temperatures!

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  46. i love the scent of the spring air with- so nice and clean and flowery!
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  47. What I love most about spring is the beautiful flowers in blooom :-)

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  48. I love the pink & white budding trees and all the tulips and daffodils
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  49. i love all the sounds of nature that disappear during the cold weather!
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  50. I love to put the winter clothes away!!! Thanks.

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  51. I love that the sunshine and the warmth is back and that I can open my windows to my house again and let fresh air in!!

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  52. I love the warm weather and all the flowers!

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  53. Love the flowers!
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  54. Like others, I love the flowers and warm weather! (commenting as Justine)

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  55. Enjoying all your comments everyone! Thanks so much for taking the time! And good luck!

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  56. I love sleeping with my windows open!
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  57. I hate having cold blue fingers, so I love the warmth of spring!

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  58. spring flowers are my favorite!
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  59. I love sitting on the porch and looking at the flowers.

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  60. I love to wear shorts and tees instead of heavy sweaters!

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  61. I love the warmer temps....but I hate the bees, I hate the bees but I love the flowers so I must live with and run from the bees. Congrats on the wonderful contracts.
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  62. I love all the flowering plants

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  63. I love having the windows open all day
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  64. love the spring flowers!
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  65. Not the inches of spring snow we are supposed to get today~

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  66. I love leaving the windows open all day.
    klconn7 (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  67. I love sleeping with the window open!
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  68. I love the thunderstorms!

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  69. I love Spring because everything comes back to life.
    dolniaks at consolidated dot net

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  70. Opening the windows and let the cool fresh air in during the spring is great!

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  71. loving the fresh air in the house! Especially when I sleep!
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  72. I love the extra sunlight, and flowers!

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  73. I love the warm weather and the flowers!

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  74. I love the warmer weather!
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  75. I love seeing the baby bunnies! (but they're not so cute once they grow up and eat all my plants!)

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  76. I love to watch all the plants getting buds and flowering

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  77. I love sleeping with my window open!
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  78. I love opening the windows and getting the fresh air in the house!

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  79. warm weather is one of my favorite things about spring.
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  80. I love watching the birds build nests and then seeing the babies hatch.

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  81. Let's put away the heavy clothes and galoshes!

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  82. I do love the spring flowers!
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  83. I love being able to leave the windows open

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  84. I love how fresh and new everything smells

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  85. I love the warmer weather!
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  86. love the spring flowers!
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  87. Congrats on the release!

    My favorite part of spring is the warmer weather.

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  88. I love sleeping at night with the window open!
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  89. The fresh greenery and the flowers.

    cgclynsg0 @ gmail dot com

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  90. I like watching all the new baby animals!

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  91. more daylight - yea!
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  92. I love the flowers and the mild weather. Well, I hope for mild weather. :)

    Pam

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  93. I love wearing tanks and shorts.
    magic5905 at embarqmail dot com

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  94. I love how everything smells so fresh

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  95. I am so happy to sit outside on the porch and enjoy a cool fruity drink!

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  96. I'm so ready to put away the heavy clothes!

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  97. I love seeing the flowers blooming in the yard.

    rsbryswrrl at gmail dot com

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  98. spring flowers! But NOT the spring rain - I need to mow my lawn and it's raining everyday :-(
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  99. weather is great - not too hot, not too cold

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  100. I enjoy the spring thunderstorms. I like to sit on the porch and watch the rain and lightning.

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  101. I like to see all the pretty flowers!

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  102. I love the smell of the air - it's so fresh

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  103. Really enjoyed the excerpt. Thank you for taking the time and effort to share with us and for this awesome giveaway opportunity. West of Want looks like a treat of a read :)

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    1. I go carried away with enjoying the post and did not answer the question ;) I love that in the spring we get sunshine and it is not too hot, I love not having to wear a sweater all the time, and I really love the daffodils that bloom in the neighborhood :)

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  104. people seem happier in the spring. I know I am.

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  105. It's great to see the sunshine and flowers blooming!

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  106. I love the smell of the flowers whenever I walk out my front door

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  107. LOL Denise! Wow! You guys are rocking the comments here! Thanks so much!

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  108. I love the warm weather and pretty flowers. Not a cold weather gal.

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  109. I like it when it rains in the spring and I get to snuggle at home with a good book

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