Jennifer Lyon
Saturday, January 31st, 2009
The Cauldren Has Brewed Up Two Winners…

The winner of the autographed book from Eve Silver is JANE! Jane email Eve at email hidden; JavaScript is required  with your mailing address. You may choose between a copy of DEMON’S HUNGER, the anthology NATURE OF THE BEAST or a copy of the historical HIS WICKED SINS.

The winner of the candle set and $15.00 Starbucks gift card is ERIKA! Erika email me at email hidden; JavaScript is required with your mailing address.

Congratulations! Next week the prize is a silver peace, hope and serenity bracelet!

Thursday, January 29th, 2009
Guest Blogger: Eve Silver

Today, I have another exciting guest blogger: Nationally bestselling author Eve Silver, who also writes under the name Eve Kenin, has garnered starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Library Journal, Reviewers Choice Awards from RT BOOKreviews, and was chosen by Library Journal as one of their Best Genre Fiction 2007 picks. This is even more amazing considering her first book was published in 2005, just a few short years ago! Romantic Times designated DEMON’S HUNGER one of their Top Picks and said, “…Silver’s climb to the top is proving to be a rapid one!” I agree! I just finished Eve’s book DEMON’S HUNGER over the weekend and loved it! It’s dark, sexy and magical. Eve has generously offered to give away an autographed copy of one of her books to one lucky commenter. Welcome Eve!

 I’m often asked if I bring my life experiences to my stories. My first instinct is to say no because I haven’t experienced anything like the worlds I create in my novels. But if I think about it, then I have to backtrack a little and say yes. Sort of.

 

In my latest release, Demon’s Hunger, forensic anthropologist Vivien Cairn agrees to help sexy sorcerer Dain Hawkins hunt for a supernatural serial killer, only to find herself the most likely suspect.

 

Well, I’ve never met a sorcerer, a demon, or been part of the hunt for a serial killer, so all those aspects of the story came from the deep, dark cauldron of my imagination. But Vivien’s career as a forensic anthropologist—while not exactly familiar territory—was somewhat related to my own life experiences. I teach human anatomy, so I know a little bit about bones. Not as much as Vivien. But enough to get by. And I have to admit, I love bones. All the little bumps and grooves, the cool shapes, the way they fit together to create the framework to hang our muscles and ligaments and other soft tissues on. Sort of like hanging a coat on a hanger, LOL!

 

Oh, and the hero of Demon’s Hunger, Dain Hawkins, has a thing for vanilla bean tea. I was drinking a ton of that tea while I was writing the story, and it just crept in–another life experience weaving its way through the book. And while we’re on the topic of Dain…he’s a sexy, solitary, tortured mage of illusion who plays his cards close to the chest. He’s been betrayed by those he put his faith in, and has a bit of a problem with trust…and a problem with damsels in distress. He wants to save them. But this time, the damsel is the type to save herself. What’s a guy to do?

 

Thanks, Jennifer, for inviting me to guest blog, and thanks to all who have popped by to visit. I’m going to leave you with a short list of some of the February releases I’m looking forward to (yeah, there are a bunch more. I could go on forever, LOL!):

 

Blood Magic~Jennifer Lyon

A View to a Kiss~Caroline Linden

Road to Seduction~Ann Christopher

Lords of Desire~(anthology) Virginia Henley, Sally MacKenzie, Victoria Dahl, Kristi Astor

Made to be Broken~Kelley Armstrong

 

For a chance to win an autographed copy of one of my books, just leave a comment, a question, or a book suggestion of your own! (NOTE: Winner will be announced on the weekend.)

 

Happy reading!

 

Eve

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Excerpt: DEMON’S HUNGER

Copyright © 2008. Eve Silver. All Rights Reserved 

 

 

“This is not a good idea,” Dain rasped, but still, he held her close, the faintly citrus scent of his skin beguiling her, making her want to lean close and breathe him in until she was filled.

 

Deliberately, Vivien shifted her hips against his.

Catching her wrists, he dragged her hands up above her head, pinned her with the weight of his body against the frigid brick wall. He was wire-tight, in-control, and she wanted to break down that wall, free the power she felt pulsing just beneath the surface.

He looked down at her, unblinking, his features hard and beautiful, shadowed by the night.

“Please,” she whispered.

Myriad emotions chased across his features. Speculation. Bewilderment. Wariness. Lust.

He still held her wrists in his grasp, and she liked that, liked the feeling of him holding her, while at the same time she ached to drag her hands free, to shove them under his shirt, touch the heat of his skin.

Letting his weight come full against her, he moved his free hand to her nape, tipping her face to his, her mouth to his, and he kissed her. Rough. Urgent. His lips hard on her own.

She moaned, heat scorching through her, a fever, a blazing desert sun. There was no cold brick wall, no bitter wind, only Dain, the heat of him, the press of his body, a delicious, heavy weight.

Hard, demanding, his mouth moved on hers, his tongue tasting her, licking her lips, her teeth, twining with her own tongue until she thought of nothing but the lush taste of him.

The scrape of his teeth over her lower lip made her moan. Luscious, urgent pleasure. She’d never felt this way. Never wanted anything, anyone, the way she wanted Dain Hawkins, like she had a killing thirst that only he could slake.

She loved the way he tasted, the way he smelled, the crushing sensation of his body pressed to hers.

     Yanking her hands free of his grasp, she shoved them under his shirt, drew her nails along his skin. Hot. Smooth. The ridges of his abdomen—layers of lean muscle—twitched at her touch, his response making the burning current of her desire coil through her veins, setting her on fire.

She tore her mouth from his, licked the base of his throat, tasted a faint hint of salt. With a sultry laugh, she closed her teeth on skin and muscle, and was rewarded by a hiss of pleasure.

     Longing twisted in her gut, so keen, so deep.

     He groaned, slid his hands down her back to her buttocks, dragged her tighter against him, dragged his teeth along her neck. Then he took her mouth with his, claiming her, wet and rough.

Aggressive.

     She hadn’t known she would like that. But she did. Oh, God, she did.

   

Monday, January 26th, 2009
Witchy Jury Duty Excuses

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It’s Week 2 of the Five Week Cyber Launch Party! The prize this week is a candle set with a $15.00 Starbucks gift card. Comment all week long and I’ll draw the winner on the weekend!

 

Also, on Thursday, January 29th, Eve Silver will be guest blogging, be sure and visit on Thursday for a chance to win an autographed copy of one of Eve’s books! That winner will also be drawn on the weekend.

 

Now on to Jury Duty. This week, I am on call for Jury Duty. In California, that means I can be called in any day of the week I’m on call. So if I disappear for a day, that’s where I am.

 

Many, many years ago, my husband got out of jury duty like this:

 

Question: What is your wife’s occupation?

 

Husband: “Housewife.”

 

Judge: “Let the record show that the occupation is Homemaker.”

 

Husband: (with grin, he was just kidding around) “No, she’s a housewife.”

 

Judge: “Homemaker.”

 

Husband: “Housewife.”

 

Judge looked at him sternly. “You’re excused.”

 

Okay, this makes him sound like a jerk and he’s not. He has a twisted sense of humor and he thought this was hilarious. Now he teases me that I won’t do this and get myself out of jury duty. So I was thinking, what kind of witchy dialogue might get out of jury duty?

 

1) “This crystal ball? I need it. How else will I decide if the defendant is guilty or innocent?”

 

 

 

2) “It’s a cauldron. Haven’t you ever seen a cauldron before? I have a spell brewing and can’t leave it untended so I brought it with me. That smell? Burnt dragon’s blood and probably the moose head. But you get used to it. And I’m pretty sure it won’t explode this time.”

 

 

3) “How dare you! Salem is not a cat, he’s my familiar!”

 

 

4) “Yes, I’ve been a victim of a crime, the wicked witch tried to steal my ruby slippers!”

 

 

 

5) “Yes, I know many police officers. Cops are some of my best clients.” Wink wink “They really like my mojo enhancing spell.”

 

Okay that’s just a few of my ideas. Do you have any to add to mine? Or what line would you use to get out of jury duty?

Saturday, January 24th, 2009
And The Winners Are…

 

The Witch Cat has picked two random Winners!

 

 

  

 

 

 

From the Glittering Purple Hat

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 And notified the Witch’s Store….

 

 

 

 

That   SILVER   is the winner of the free copy of BEDEVILED by Maureen Child!

And that  MEL K  is the winner of the $20.00 gift card to Barnes and Noble!

Silver and Mel K please email me at email hidden; JavaScript is required with your name and mailing address!

Friday, January 23rd, 2009
Lyon’s Lair

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lioness-with-attitudeJennifer Lyon is the pseudonym for Jennifer Apodaca.  According to Apodaca, Lyon is a cranky cat, addicted to apple martinis and totally lacking in morals and self control.

Lyon appreciates the compliment. And in this section. Lyon will do reviews of books, answer Dear Lyon email, give opinions on things in general, and whatever strikes her cat-fancy.

(Please note, that I realize that I am both these people, Apodaca and Lyon, and referring to myself in third person is twisted.  But all the time spent in the Lyon’s Lair writing about witches and demons takes a toll on a person’s mental health, you know?)

Today,  Lyon is answering e-mail. The first one is brought back by popular demand (originally seen on www.murdershewrites.com) because it’s a new year, and Lyon is hearing disturbing rumblings about–gasp–dieting!

Dear Jen Lyon,

Do you have any diet advice?

Signed: Skinny Wannabe.

Dear SW,
Buy bigger clothes and buy more wine. The more wine you drink, the better you look. Also, I suggest baking cookies, cakes and brownies for all your friends. Get them fat. Then give them wine and they’ll tell you how great you look. Works every time.

Roaringly Yours
Jen Lyon

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Dear Jen Lyon,

 

I think my mother-in-law might be a witch. What do I do?

 

Thank you,

Scared-of-the-Wicked-Witch

 

 

Dear Scared,

 

Grow up! If you’re mother in law is a witch, you had better get out your book of spells and fight magic with magic. The first order of business to off dust off your cauldron and stir up some witches brew (made with liberal amounts of alcohol) and see if that takes the bristles out of the old bat’s broom.

 

And just cuz I’m feeling generous, I’ll give you another tip. Apple Martinis. Drink them often. Trust me, Apple Martini will make the old witch seem funny not scary.

 

Roaringly yours,

Jen Lyon

If you have a burning question for Jen Lyon, shoot your question in an email to email hidden; JavaScript is required and put Dear Lyon in the subject line. Lyon might answer your question, or she might not.  Just remember this is all in fun, because Lyon loves her snark along with her apple martinis!

Don’t forget–come back this weekend to find out who wins the $20.00 gift card to Barnes and Noble. The winner will be drawn from all this weeks comments. And  find out who is the lucky winner of the book BEDEVILED by Maureen Child! That winner will be drawn from the comments on Maureen’s guest-blog.

Thursday, January 22nd, 2009
Guest Blogger: Maureen Child

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Today, I have a very special Guest Blogger: USA Today best selling author  Maureen Child.  Maureen has published over 100 books and novellas,  is a six time nominee for the prestigious Rita award from Romance Writers of America, and one of her novels, A POCKETFUL OF PARADISE, was made into a CBS-TV movie called The Soul Collector,starring Melissa Gilbert, Bruce Greenwood and Ossie Davis.  Maureen is also a voracious reader, and loves the paranormal genre, which clearly means she has excellent taste! Maureen is  here to tell us about her latest book  BEDEVILED, and pay attention because she’s giving away a free copy! Welcome Maureen!

 

Hey Jen, thanks for inviting me to drop in on your brand new site! Very nice and can’t wait to get my copy of BLOOD MAGIC!

 

I’m actually here today to talk about my new release from NAL. It’s called BEDEVILED and that’s the cover below. Is that gorgeous or what? And, speaking as the writer, I’m going to say the story’s really good, too. BEDEVILED got a starred review from Booklist, too, so I’m not the only one who thinks so! (okay, that’s enough for brag mode)

 

I absolutely love the paranormal. Dark. Light. Scary. Funny. But when I’m writing them, I’ve got to have some humor in there. And I think BEDEVILED really comes through in that department.

 

maureenbedeviled-coverMaggie Donovan is a perfectly ordinary woman. Until the day she sees her ex-boyfriend being eaten. (Not in a sexual way, either)! Anyway, in the incredibly clumsy fight for her life, Maggie ends up inhaling what she finds out later, is Faery dust. And that dust is changing her whole world. Suddenly, she’s super strong and has a tendency to float when she’s not holding onto something. But that’s just the beginning of weird.

 

Culhane, a centuries old Fenian Warrior for the Fae arrives to tell Maggie that she is the Destined Queen of the Fae. The only trick is, she has to defeat evil Queen Mab to claim the throne. No problem, except that Maggie doesn’t know how to fight, doesn’t have time to fight and hey, has zero interest in being the Queen of a world she never even knew existed until like five minutes ago.

Plus, Maggie and Culhane have a much deeper connection than she knows. But then, Culhane has this pesky connection to Mab, too…

 

 I hope you give BEDEVILED a try and if you do, hope you love it! I’m going to give away a copy of BEDEVILED to one of the posters here today, so tell me…

 

How do you like your paranormals? Light? Dark? Funny? (Come on, vote for funny!)

 

Every comment will be entered into a drawing to win a free copy of BEDEVILED! The winner will be announced this weekend.

Tuesday, January 20th, 2009
Witch Obsession

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Joke of the Day:

 Question: What did the witch do when her broomstick broke?
Answer: She witch-hiked!

I watched two shows with witches when I was a kid, BEWITCHED and THE WIZARD OF OZ. Now when other kids were scared of the wicked witch, I was just annoyed. Why? Because they got it wrong! (Please, no outcries, I was a little kid and didn’t know the movie was supposed to be a classic!)

 

 

Witches are not green witch with warts and poor fashion taste either. From the time I saw my first BEWITCHED rerun, I knew that stereotype of a witch was wrong. Witches are not ugly, old, stooped or laughably evil.Nor do they cackle. 

 

  

Witches are smart, intelligent lovely women who happen to have powers. (Sorry, men don’t get to be witches in my world. But no worries, the heroes are witch hunters; super sizzling hot men who are cursed, but if they can overcome the curse, they come into powers of their own.)

 

 

  

Much as I loved the BEWITCHED, as I grew up, I began to see the flaws. Samantha Stephens is cool, but why would she be married to a man like Darrin? She’s strong and powerful and he’s…boring. This bugged me forever…a cool witch like Samantha should have a man who is strong and hunky with a few powers of his own. Seriously, I thought about this!

 

 

Obviously, I have an obsession! THE WIZARD OF OZ was fun to watch, but what started my obsession was the TV show BEWITCHED. What about you all, did a TV show ever spark an obsession for you? (Don’t forget, every comment enters you into the contest for prizes!)

 

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