Book Launch: Blood Bound, a House Millar book

Today is the official launch of Blood Bound, book #2 in the House Millar vampire novel series. Its current reviews average is 4 stars on GoodReads.com.  I have a series of launch posts coming to stay tuned! I’ll link them all below.

Title: Blood Bound
Author: Áine P Massie
Publisher: Geas Publishing
Series: House Millar, #2
Release Date: February 29th 2012
Genre:
Romance, Paranormal
Pages:  392

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How many ways can a hearts true love be shared? After poisoning, near death attacks, consummated passions, and possible insanity visit Anya, Nicholas, and Declán they embark on their future. Or at least they try to. Jealousy can be a pain, in more ways than one.

Can Anya protect her lovers, find peace within herself, and lead the House Millar? With her loves and guards, Nicholas and Declán, she sets out to do just that. If only life, eternal life, were that easy.

Come take a walk with our loving family and witness the strange turns and twists as life, love, and passions collide with greed, politics, and evil.

Excerpt

Stopping, he spun around looking at me with a strange, hungry glint. The look in his eyes set me ablaze in that moment. I struggled to maintain my control. I’m even more dangerous to him now than I ever have been before . . .

“Declán, a ghrá, what’s gotten into you?”

He didn’t speak. He reached out, grabbing my wrists, and started pushing me back into the tree that was just behind us. Pressing me into it, he covered my mouth with his, kissing me as he let out a whimpering moan. His mouth was hungry, and his body eager. My skin felt like it was burning everywhere he touched.

His attack knocked me off centre, and I lost more than a bit of my restraint. His heat, his intoxicating and maddening scent pushing me further . . . The craving for him was so exquisite, so painful. His sapphire eyes blazed as his body arched towards me, crushing me. Lifting me, he greedily devoured my kisses, clutching me tighter. My legs wrapped around him automatically. His fingers twisted in my hair pulling me tight against his lips. Letting out a rapturous moan, he pulled his face back arching his neck to me. I pressed my lips to the moist skin of his throat, feeling the pulsing, the dance of life beckoning to me – enchanted and tormented by the sweet fragrances that encompassed his being. I allowed my teeth to graze his skin.

No, no, no. This is too dangerous. I have to stop. I pulled away from his luscious throat but he used the grip on my hair to stop me. I watched with a surreal fascination as he pressed some strange metal object – it looked vaguely like a curved, sharpened thimble – into the flesh of his own neck and pulled me back to his neck.

What the hell . . . Oh Gods.

With a sudden gasp, I lost control. The moment his blood touched my tongue that strange ecstasy filled me again. This elixir, intoxicating and luscious, drove me into a frenzied euphoria, my body singing in delight. It was pure rapture as all of me delighted in the gift of his existence.

It was over so soon, almost too soon, as I was able to still keep my mind restrained, thankfully. I started to pull away, nicking my tongue and teasing lightly over the wounds with my blood – no need for him to hold the wounds.

“Why did you–”

Praise for Blood Bound

Áine gave me even more reasons than ever to love her strong and charismatic cast of characters. Each stepped up their game in the newest book. I will be looking forward to the next instalment of House Millar, which I understand will not be from Anya’s point of view. Sounds interesting.  If you love a good vampire story… Blood’s Voice and Blood Bound are great choices.
~ Kristin @ Better Read Than Dead

A wonderful read. ~ Kyanara @ Kyanara’s Mad Reviews

I would definitely say this series is for young adult paranormal romance lovers. Although it’s a book about vampires, there are some surprisingly well thought out themes that play through out the book.
~ Vanessa Booke @ Boekies Book Reviews

She [Anya] claims her position as Mistress in more ways than one and she does so very well. I especially liked the “letter” at the end! Definitely got me ready for book three!
~ Christina Irelan @ Intoxicated By Books

I was pulled right into the story. This book starts right where the last one ended. I enjoyed reading more about Anya’s back-story and got to know some more characters and their back stories. I recommend this book for paranormal romance fans for its sensual scenes and titillating drama.
~ Heather Powers @ Earth’s Book Nook

About the Author

Áine P Massie is originally from Florida, she now lives in Wisconsin where she works on her House Millar series full time while raising four children (the term herding cats comes to mind). Her major in College was Childhood Education (0-5) with a minor study in Deaf Culture/ASL. She is also a Wiccan priestess dedicated to the gods, family, and love.

A lifelong reader, Áine has always had a particular fascination with vampires, mythology, and the unusual. When she can escape from her children and books, she enjoys . . . oh yes, reading, playing, ritual, a good cappuccino, and working with her healing stones.

Her first published work came in high school where she was part of a writing and drama group. But, she’s been reading the likes of Shakespeare and Poe since late elementary school and enjoys most forms of fiction. Blood’s Voice has been a long time in coming and with its publication (June 2011) Áine embarked on a new chapter in her life.

Áine P Massie is currently working on her third novel, Glamour Blade.

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Would you like to interview me or one of the characters from the House Millar series?

I’m always interested in interviews so if you have an audience that might enjoy Blood Bound, or Blood’s Voice (Book #1 of the HM series).
For interviews, quotes and other inquiries please contact me at
anya.millar@gmail.com.

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{eBook Tour} The Second Son, Kings of Cardenas, 2

Title: The Second Son
Author: Elise Marion
Publisher: Self
Series: Kings of Cardenas, #2
Genre: Historical, Mystery/Thriller, Suspense
Length: 105,000 words
Source: CBLS

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Amazon

Princess Isabelle has spent her entire life bending to the will of those who have planned her life out for her. Sent into hiding when she was just an infant to protect her from the rebellion in her own homeland, Barony, she was betrothed to Prince Lionus from the neighboring province Cardenas when she was just an infant. Despite the forced engagement, Isabelle has loved Lionus all of her life. When a devious plot against the royal family results in her husband’s death, Isabelle is left with a broken heart and an uncertain future. Only one year after his brutal murder, she has no choice but to choose a new husband and return to her homeland to take her place as queen and repair the war-torn land.

Prince Serge has secretly loved Princess Isabelle his entire life. The fact that she was promised to his brother has brought him no end of pain and suffering. The second born son of the king, he has resigned himself to a life of living in his brother’s shadow. After a deadly plot against the royal family leaves Serge hovering on the edge of death, he awakens from a coma one year later to find that his older brother has died and his youngest brother has taken the throne in his stead. His future is now uncertain, but Serge is determined to find his own way in the world now that he has been given the gift of new life. When it is suggested that Princess Isabelle take him as her husband, Serge begins to hope that all of his most secret dreams will now come true.

Despite unexpected spark of desire between them, Isabelle resists the new path her heart is taking as she clings desperately to Lionus’ memory. Can Isabelle let go of her past and learn to Serge return, or is she destined to a life tied to one man as she still mourns the other?

Once united as king and queen, Isabelle and Serge face the monumental task of rebuilding her broken homeland and rescuing it from the clutches of those seeking to destroy it. Can the pampered princess find the strength to stand beside her husband and fight for her people? Will the second son of a king finally get the chance to prove his worth? Can either of them learn to let go of the ghosts of the past and find love?

Set in a world of kings and queens, palaces and royal courts, warriors and battlefields, book two of Elise Marion’s ‘Kings of Cardenas’ family saga continues with a story of love, passion, and destiny.

Continue reading “{eBook Tour} The Second Son, Kings of Cardenas, 2”

{eBook Tour} Back to You by Natalie-Nicole Bates

Title: Back to You
Author: Natalie-Nicole Bates 
Publisher: Bradley Publishing  
Genre: Contemporary
Length: 26,000 words
Source: CBLS

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Amazon | BnN | Bradley

On the surface, Lynsey Reznor seems to have it all. She is beautiful, brilliant, and a successful true-crime writer who has been living the past decade in Miami. But what Lynsey lacks is what she needs the most—a family.

After the death of her mother, and yet another failed relationship, Lynsey makes an impulsive decision to return to her hometown of Unity. But Unity will present its own bittersweet memories, most notably, her first love, Nick Lincoln.

Twenty years ago, Nick broke teenager Lynsey’s heart when he decided to marry another. He had his own private reasons—reasons he never explained to Lynsey. Now she is back, along with a chance to reclaim her love. But Lynsey wants answers from him that he may never be able to give out of duty and guilt.

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Interview W/ Andrew Grey, Pt. 1

Hi Andrew, thanks for stopping by the House Millar. I’m so excited to have you visit. Today we are focusing on Artistic Appeal, part of the Bottled Up series. I have a few questions for you . . .

Title: Artistic Appeal
Author: Andrew Grey
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Series: Bottled Up, #7
Release Date: October 21st 2011
Genre: M/M, Romance, Contemporary
Pages: 200

Review:
4 Drops

Brian Watson knows close friends Gerald Young and Dieter Krumpf have an ulterior motive when they invite him to their Christmas party. Brian has taken over the case to secure the return of the famous painting called The Woman in Blue to Dieter, but they don’t want Brian to be all work and no play. They intend to set him up with a friend, but he’s not who catches Brian’s eye. Instead, it’s Nicolai, the deaf art restorer caring for the works already returned to Dieter.

But pursuing Nicolai won’t be easy. A year ago Nicolai had to fight to regain his independence after a bad break-up, and he’s reluctant to give up his freedom a second time. Plus, Brian has competition in Justin, Nicolai’s ex, who wants him back badly.

Nicolai’s reluctance isn’t the only roadblock. Brian was married to a woman for almost ten years. Now he has to confess to his mother, his ex-wife, and his young daughter that he loves a man—all while conducting a potentially groundbreaking court case and trying to convince Nicolai that love isn’t about co-dependence, it’s about support.

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Six Sentence Sunday – Blood Bound

Yeah . . . Six Sentence Sunday! How about another 6 sentences from my WIP, Blood Bound – book 2 in the House Millar series?

Hearing the music begin I imagined a gentle breeze blowing through the room, causing autumn leaves to dance, drawing me into the swirl and motions with them. I quickly became lost in the fluid motions and sensuous pulsing of the music; the wanton abandon that always seemed to accompany dancing, whether for self or others. As my body arched up, twisting and undulating to the life and love, I became ‘living’ art for those few Lady Shirin had gathered here. I knew what such motions did to my own lovers but was not sure how the others would react.

I had been nervous prior to the music starting, since I hadn’t danced like this for anyone other than my teacher and some of my family. I didn’t have to worry about how I moved; no risk of discovery here.

 

For those new to this, the rules are simple:

  1. Pick a project – a current Work in Progress, contracted work or even something readers can buy if you’re published
  2. Pick six sentences
  3. Post ‘em on Sunday

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Review: Artistic Appeal by Andrew Grey

Title: Artistic Appeal
Author: Andrew Grey 
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press 
Series: Bottled Up, #6 
Release Date: October 21st 2011
Genre: M/M, Romance, Contemporary
Pages: 200 
Source: NetGalley
 
Buy:
Amazon | Dreamspinner | ARe | Rainbow

Brian Watson knows close friends Gerald Young and Dieter Krumpf have an ulterior motive when they invite him to their Christmas party. Brian has taken over the case to secure the return of the famous painting called The Woman in Blue to Dieter, but they don’t want Brian to be all work and no play. They intend to set him up with a friend, but he’s not who catches Brian’s eye. Instead, it’s Nicolai, the deaf art restorer caring for the works already returned to Dieter.

But pursuing Nicolai won’t be easy. A year ago Nicolai had to fight to regain his independence after a bad break-up, and he’s reluctant to give up his freedom a second time. Plus, Brian has competition in Justin, Nicolai’s ex, who wants him back badly.

Nicolai’s reluctance isn’t the only roadblock. Brian was married to a woman for almost ten years. Now he has to confess to his mother, his ex-wife, and his young daughter that he loves a man—all while conducting a potentially groundbreaking court case and trying to convince Nicolai that love isn’t about co-dependence, it’s about support.

Continue reading “Review: Artistic Appeal by Andrew Grey”

Book Spotlight: An Alpha’s Path

Title: An Alpha’s Path
Author: Carrie Ann Ryan
Series: Redwood Pack #1
Release Date: December 1st 2011
Genre: Romance, Paranormal
Size: 166 KB
Buy:
Amazon | B&N

Melanie is a twenty-five year old chemist who has spent all of her adult life slaving at school. With her PhD in hand, she’s to start her dream job, but before she does, her friend persuades her to relax and try to live again. A blind date set up through her friends seems like the perfect solution. Melanie can take one night away from the lab and let her inner vixen out on a fixed blind date – a chance to get crazy with a perfect stranger. The gorgeous hunk she’s to meet exceeds her wildest dreams – but he is more than what he appears and Melanie’s analytical mind goes into overdrive.

Kade, a slightly older werewolf (at over one hundred years), needs a night way from the Pack. Too many responsibilities and one near miss with a potential mate made Kade hide in his work, the only peace he can find. His brother convinces him to meet the sexy woman for a one night of fun. What could it hurt? But when he finds this woman could be his mate, can he convince her to leave her orderly, sane world and be with him and his wolf-half, for life?

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Book Taggin’

Oh no, I’ve been tagged! Actually, it seems like fun, so I thought I’d try it out. Fun questions = fun time. Who dared tag me, you ask? Well, the wonderful person was Celise! Thank you! And…here are the rules(‘rules are meant to be broken’).

Rules:
1. You must post the rules.
2. Answer the question the tagger set for you in their post and then create ten new questions to ask the people that you have tagged.
3. Tag eleven people and link to them on your post.
4. Let them know you’ve tagged them.

Are you a vampire or werewolf kind of person?

Fangs before fur!

Do you listen to music when you read?

Almost always. I hate quiet, especially when I’m reading. My computer is usually playing something fun.

Do you prefer to read outside in the sunshine or at night next to a lit fireplace during a storm?

Fireplace during a storm. I love storms, especially if I have something or some one to curl up with.

How did you come up with your blog’s name?

House Millar is the name of the vampire House my POV character from Blood’s Voice and  Blood Bound leads. And, since most of my blog is signed by her I figured it should be a part of her House as well, lol.

What’s your favorite series?

Book series? Oh, goodness . . . I have no clue. I love so many book both singletons and parts of series. To pick just one doesn’t seem possible! Sorry.

What author would you love to meet?

Dr. Seuss – you didn’t specify author had to still be alive. He’s my hero!

What’s your favorite genre?

Paranormal romance. It’s what I prefer to read and what I write.

What book do you REALLY want to be a movie (enough that you think you’re going to die)?

No book to movie is worth dying over, sorry. But, what would I love to see come to the big screen? . . . Vampire Academy or

How often are you on your blog? On Facebook? Twitter?

Most days it’s at least 3 times for the blog. Facebook and Twitter are auto loading for posts so I don’t have to attend them as often. Some days though it seems like I never leave – depends on how busy my comments are (I approve each one – hate spam).

What do you prefer: ebooks, paperbacks/hardbacks, or audiobooks?

EBooks or paperback. Hardback only if it’s something I want to collect or I just can’t wait till it comes out in paperback (and I’ll probably buy it again anyway, lol. My preferred though is eBooks. I detest audiobooks. I can read faster and the voices rarely line up with my imagination.

My Tags (note: I’m breaking the rules):

Kristin @ Better Read Than Dead
Christina @ Intoxicated by Books
Kyanara @ Kyanara’s Mad Reviews
Heather @ Earth’s Book Nook
Vanessa @ Boekies Book Reviews
Nikki @ CEWTNK
Chantale @ Geeky Girl Reviews
Idris @ Throwing Books

My Questions:

First book reviewed?
Best book you’ve read, ever?
Favourite genre?
Paperback, hardback, ebook, or audio?
Favourite place to read?
What drew you to blogging?
How much time do you spend working on your blog?
Book you are more excited to see released (so you can read it of course)?
If you could meet any book character, who would it be?
Team Dimka or Team Adrian?

The Third Son (Kings of Cardenas, #1)

Title: The Third Son
Author: Elise Marion
Publisher: Self
Series: Kings of Cardenas, #1
Release Date: September 23rd 2011
Genre: Historical, Mystery/Thriller, Suspense
Length: 113,000 words
Source: CBLS

Buy:
Amazon

Rake. Rogue. Scoundrel. Each of these words has been used to describe Damien Largess, youngest prince of Cardenas, most frequently by his ridiculously somber eldest brother. Damien is perfectly content to spend his days drinking at the card tables, and his nights in the bed of his scheming mistress, especially since doing these things seems to vex his high-handed brother to no end. But when he steps into a glittering ballroom on the night of his twenty-fifth birthday, the roguish young prince’s life will be forever changed.

Beautiful. Graceful. Sensual. When Esmeralda steps into the center of the King’s ballroom to perform for his youngest son’s birthday, every eye in the room is glued to the tall, lithe Gypsy dancer. One pair of eyes seems to burn straight through her, and though she has worked endlessly to shield her heart, she finds her defenses slowly slipping away in the presence of the handsome prince. She cannot resist his devastating charm, nor is she immune to the earth shattering desire in his kiss. As she falls rapidly under his spell, Esmeralda dares to hope for a future she would never have thought possible.

With a deadly plot against the royal family surrounding him in danger and intrigue, Damien will face a decision he never thought he would have to make. Would he step up to claim a responsibility that should never have fallen to the third son? Or will he abandon it to risk all for love?

Continue reading “The Third Son (Kings of Cardenas, #1)”

Six Sentence Sunday – Blood Bound

Yea . . . Six Sentence Sunday! How about 6 sentences from my WIP, Blood Bound – book 2 in the House Millar series?

I knew exactly what he’d just gone through, though I didn’t know how deep the connection was – did he watch or did he feel too? “What he just witnessed and to an extent felt was . . .” I couldn’t find the words to explain such sick, vile, wickedness.

Simon collapsed in my lap, his head on my knee. He managed to articulate one thought before losing himself to the sobs breaking through his control. “The mutilation of your soul.”

For those new to this, the rules are simple:

  1. Pick a project – a current Work in Progress, contracted work or even something readers can buy if you’re published
  2. Pick six sentences
  3. Post ‘em on Sunday

See? Easy. Want to play? See the site for information on how to do just that: http://sixsunday.com

If you have a Twitter account, you can add the hashtag #sixsunday to your tweets when you tweet a link to your Six Sentence Sunday post. If you’re a writer (regardless of published/ unpublished status) come join us!