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The Day Has Come! Daring Time Contest Winners Announced!
Friday, May 8th, 2009

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I used random.org to choose the winner’s entry number. In the case where you sent several messages to enter (as in the instances where people forgot to answer the time travel question and came back) the first number only counted as an entry.

Drum roll please…

The winner of the $25 dollar Barnes and Noble gift card, a copy of Daring Time, and a copy of Kate and Leopold is:
Carol L!

The grand prize winner of a $100 dollar Amazon gift card and a Daring Time related video pack of the following movies: Somewhere in Time, Shakespeare in Love, Peggy Sue Got Married and Kate and Leopold is:
Amy Castellano!!

Ladies, please write me at bethkery@aol.com with your address information within the next 48 hours. And a very big Congratulations to you!

What can I say to thank all of you for joining in this celebration day in and day out for a month. I got to know several people better and it was a lot of fun.

Fortunately, I saved one of my favorite authors, Larissa Ione, for last to help take the sting out of ending the Daring Time Contest. 🙂 Her feature is below.
~~Beth

And the Winner of Shilohs Contest Is
Friday, May 8th, 2009

Mary!
Yay, Mary! You can write me at bethkery@aol.com with your addy, which I will forward to Shiloh. Also, be sure to tell me which book or ebooks you would like to have.

Whew. This has been quite a contest! And guess what? I’m going to be naming the DARING TIME CONTEST winner this morning! Woo Hoo! And the fun doesn’t end there, because our very last guest author, Larissa Ione is still on her way. 🙂
It’s really been fun. Okay….stay tuned. I have to tear up 167 pieces of paper. lol.

Shiloh Walker is here!
Thursday, May 7th, 2009

Yep, it’s true. Shiloh penned some of the first erotic romances I’d ever read. She set the standard on creating emotional and romantic stories, while never short-changing on the steam. What was already a considerable talent has grown and matured in the last few years, in my opionion. Shiloh is here today to talk about her latest Chains. She’s also doing a giveaway of a print book from her backlist OR two ebooks from her backlist to one individual that leaves a comment on her feature. (She added that if the print book is shipped internationally, it will probably be at the slowest rate.)

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Renee was the homecoming queen with the perfect boyfriend and the perfect life. Lacey was the golden girl with the bright future. And Sherra always looked like the princess in a fairy tale. The three girls each seemed charmed—until one tragic night shattered their hopes for normalcy.

Now, fifteen years later, the women are returning to their hometown of Madison, Ohio, where three men await them—each dangerous in his own way. And when each of the women succumb to desire, they may also find the safety they’ve been searching for.

Excerpt

It took two tries before she could manage to get her jeans on and her fingers trembled so hard, she could barely fasten the button. Renee was cold, through and through, frozen to the core.

The vicious, ugly destruction outside her house and into the foyer, all done so silently she’d never heard a sound. That she could be in the shower while somebody came in and cut into furniture, tore up her car, messed up the meticulous flowerbeds—and she’d never known. Never heard them.

Ugly images of those stupid B movies started flashing through her head once more. The girl in the shower, never aware somebody was in her house, not until somebody grabs her from behind and slices her throat—

“Oh, God…” she moaned and covered her mouth with her hand, trying to keep the whimpers silent.

She’d been handling it, though. She’d been handling it fine until the sheriff showed up. Seth Salinger. Of all people. She hadn’t heard that he had taken over the job, and it wasn’t something she would have thought would happen. Not in a million years. Right up until he opened his mouth and all his blatant dislike of her came pouring out, she’d been handling things just fine.

But the way he’d spoken to her, the way he’d looked at her, had ripped apart the shreds of her control.

Sure as hell doesn’t say much about your taste in guys or the kind of person you are.

“The person I was,” Renee muttered. “And I was just a damn kid.” But it didn’t assuage the guilt. She’d blamed herself for JD, for the actions of her parents, for years and she’d thought she moved past it.

Obviously, she was wrong.

There was no knock, no sound outside the door, but as she reached for the tank top, her skin broke out into goose bumps. Her stomach went tight and her breathing went shallow.

Cutting her gaze to the door, she stared at it and swallowed.

Deacon was out there. She didn’t even have to look.

“Open the door, Renee,” he said quietly. Quiet, but firm as though he expected to be obeyed. And Renee guessed that was exactly what he would expect.

Renee’s kneejerk reaction was to ignore him. But instead, she went to the door and opened it, stood there half naked before him, totally forgetting that there were still guys from the sheriff’s department wandering through her home.

Deacon’s eyes narrowed. He stepped forward, forcing her to back up and then he closed the door behind him. Something flashed in his eyes, something that sent a shiver running down her spine—it wasn’t lust, at least not yet, but it was…something.

Possessiveness, maybe. Another kneejerk reaction, but this one was totally unexpected. Instead of her normal reaction, which would have been derisive amusement, she found herself liking it.

Enough that she just might have done something to bring it out a little more, tease him with, taunt him—but she was still shaking so hard, she was almost sick with it. Glancing down, she found herself staring at her semi-exposed breasts with a little bit of dismay.

Her shirt. Forgot her shirt.

“Here.” Deacon spoke gently, softly, reaching out and taking the shirt from her and then he pulled it over her head, dressing her like she was a doll or some small child. He caught the long ends of her hair and eased it out from under the shirt, smoothed it down.

Then he cupped her chin in his hand, angled her face so that their eyes met. “Are you okay?” he asked.

“I’m fine,” she said automatically. Pride, years of manners drilled into her head, they wouldn’t let her say that she really wanted to get out of this house, and maybe even fall apart a little. Stupid, though, wasn’t it? It wasn’t like she was hurt. It wasn’t like she didn’t have the money to repair the damage or replace what couldn’t be fixed.

Seth’s scathing voice echoed in her ears. That car of yours is going to cost some money to get fixed. Of course, I don’t suppose that’s a problem for you. Instinctively, she flinched. Plenty of people had given her grief for being born to money. It was nothing new.

Still, it stung.

Deacon’s fingers tightened, drawing her attention back to him. “Don’t lie to me,” he said, an underlying current of steel in his voice.

She rolled her eyes and sneered at him. “Fine, then. I’m doing pretty damn shitty. Somebody busts open the front door, cuts up furniture, tear up my mom’s flowerbeds, tears up my car, all while I was blissfully unaware in the shower.” An edge worked its way into her voice—she couldn’t help it, couldn’t help but sound a little bitchy as she added, “Then I see this guy that I fucked six different ways to Sunday, and find out it’s somebody that used to date one of my best friends. Oh, I’m just peachy, Deacon.”

A grin curled the edges of his lips. “Yeah, you’re going to be just fine.” Then he slid his arms around her waist and eased her against him.

Just holding her. Simple, comforting-and devastating. There weren’t many people in her life who had ever been big on offering simple comfort. Not her parents, not JD, not even Billy.

It was her undoing. A harsh sob escaped her lips, followed by another, and another.

Deacon held her until the storm passed and then he eased her back, sat her down on the toilet, again treating her with the same care he’d use on a small child. He rooted through the cabinets until he found some washcloths and he ran the water until it warmed.

All the while, Renee sat there staring at him, watching the play of muscles under his shirt, staring at his profile and comparing the harsh lines there to the features of the younger man from her memories.

It was there—plain as day, she could see it now. Perhaps now that she was looking, she could see it. The hair shorter, a little darker. The dimples in his cheeks had deepened to deep slashes that bracketed his mouth. The lean, lanky lines of his body had filled out.

She hadn’t ever said more than a few words to Deacon, even though they’d grown up across the street from each other. He ran in a different crowd and her mother hadn’t cared for the Cross family—common—that was Claudia’s outlook, even if they did have money.

It had been fifteen years since she’d seen him. That night. Too many of her memories from that night weren’t exactly what she could consider clear. Before that, she hadn’t seen him much at all since he’d graduated high school. Understandable, she guessed, that she hadn’t recognized him.

Of course, she also didn’t remember him being so damned domineering, either.

Even as her body went all weak and soft, thinking of his domineering the other night, she tensed when he turned and tried to wash the tears from her face. Renee turned her head and reached for the rag.

“Be still,” he ordered brusquely.

Narrowing her eyes, she said, “A night in your bed didn’t turn me into your pet, Deacon.”

That same, sardonic grin appeared on his lips. “Yeah, that’s a likely image.” Then he cupped her chin in his hand—his skin was rough, but so warm… Shivering, unable to stop herself, she moved a little closer, seeking his warmth. “Just let me help, okay, Renee?”

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Click here to find out more about Shiloh and her books

Review quote from ROMANTIC TIMES
This book is a double page-turner…thrilling…” —Rhomylly Forbes, Romantic Times

Shiloh’s Interview

BK: Thank you for joining us, Shiloh!
What is sure to distract you from sitting down and working/writing?

SW: The fricking telephone. The door. The dog. The kids. The DH. Any, all of the above…

BK: What are you working on presently? What about upcoming releases?

SW: I’m working on the follow up to THROUGH THE VEIL, due out in 2010.

BK: What’s the best compliment you ever got on your writing or a book?

SW: You made me cry!

BK: If you could time travel to any time or place—the past or future—where and when would you go to, and why?

SW: Really wouldn’t want to go anywhere…I like where I’m at and I’d worry that going to the past might change my present, and I live in the now, so going to the future doesn’t much appeal to me either.

BK: The answer of a woman truly comfortable with herself and her life. Thank you for being with us here today, Shiloh, and the best of luck with the release of Chains and future writing.

And the Winner of Nalinis Contest Is
Thursday, May 7th, 2009

Donna S! Congrats Donna! Write me at bethkery@aol.com with your address and I’ll forward the information to Nalini.

Are you guys having fun? 🙂 Remember that the announcement of the contest comes tomorrow evening! I can’t believe it’s already almost done. It was fun, though.

BUT the month long celebration for the release of Daring Time isn’t over yet. Because the fabulous Shiloh Walker is joining us!

The Talented Nalini Singh and a Giveaway from the Backlist of her Psy Changeling Books!
Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

New York Times Bestselling author Nalini Singh is here today! (Are we lucky or what?) I’ve read the first in her Guild Hunter series–Angels Blood and become a true fan of this talented lady. I’m looking forward to reading the popular Psy/Changeling series.
Nalini is here to tell us about Branded by Fire, which comes out in July of this year. She’s been generous enough to do a giveaway of a signed copy of one book or novella from her backlist of the Psy/Changeling series (winner’s choice). This contest is open internationally!

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Hailed by Christine Feehan as “a major new talent,” New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh now brings together two fierce changelings in her most explosive story yet.

Branded by Fire

Though DarkRiver sentinel Mercy is feeling the pressure to mate, she savagely resists when Riley Kincaid, a lieutenant from the SnowDancer pack, tries to possess her. The problem is not simply that he pushes her buttons; the problem is that he’s a wolf, she’s a cat, and they’re both used to being on top.

But when a brilliant changeling researcher is kidnapped from DarkRiver territory, Mercy and Riley must work together to track the young man—before his shadowy captors decide he’s no longer useful. Along the way, the two dominants may find that submitting to one another uncovers not just a deadly conspiracy, but a passion so raw that it’ll leave them both branded by fire…

Learn More about Nalini
Read a Branded by Fire Excerpt
Learn more and order Nalini’s books from Amazon

BK: Thank you for joining us, Nalini!

What is sure to distract you from sitting down and working/writing?

NS: A good book! I have to be very careful not to start a book I’m looking forward to while I’m hard at work, because I always want to read it through as fast as possible.

BK: What are you working on presently? What about upcoming releases?

NS? I’ve just completed the second book in my Guild Hunter series, which will be coming out next year. At the moment, I’m taking a short break before diving into my next Psy/Changeling manuscript.

As to releases, I have several this year ““ Branded By Fire (July) and Blaze of Memory (Nov) are both part of the Psy/Changeling series.

I’ve also got a novella “Angels’ Judgment” in the Must Love Hellhounds anthology (Sep). This novella is set in the Guild Hunter world.

And last but not least, the anthology An Enchanted Season, which includes my very first novella, is being re-released in mass market format in November. (It originally came out in trade paperback.)

BK: Busy, busy lady. You’re fans will be ecstatic. 🙂 What’s the best compliment you ever got on your writing or a book?

NS? I think when a reader writes to tell me that they couldn’t put down the book, that’s a wonderful compliment, because it tells me I’ve done what I set out to do—write a book that grabs you and doesn’t let go.

BK: If you could time travel to any time or place—the past or future—where and when would you go to, and why?

NS: It depends on my mood ““ at the moment, I think I’d like to go back to the time of exploration, when the world was full of uncharted corners. It would, I think, be a whole lot of fun to go find new places, new worlds.

BK: It’s been a real treat to have you here today, Nalini. Best of luck with all your upcoming releases!

Its Here!
Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

Daring Time has finally arrived in book stores! (Good thing you didn’t just hear my yell, you’d be deaf for the rest of the day.)

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Order Daring Time!

I worked hard on this erotic romance time travel and I’m proud of it for so many reasons. Thanks to my husband for helping me brainstorm on it, Robin, Belinda and Fi who beta read and gave advice, and Lea who did an early review of Daring Time. You’ve all helped me through the process tremendously and I’m so grateful.

Since I’m feeling so much love today *grin* I’d like to cordially invite you to join me and my friends over at my yahoo group Total Exposure for a day long celebration. Not a member? Join Total Exposure here. I’m going to be giving away books from many of the authors who joined me here for the Daring Time Contest! Like….

(This is just a partial list)

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So come on over to Total Exposure and join Daring Time’s All Day Long Release Day Party! All you have to do is comment and/or chat a bit, and you’ll qualify for giveaways and fun all day and evening.

Also, remember that Lea is having a Daring Time contest all week! Leave a comment at Lea’s blog and you not only qualify to win with her, but for an extra prize today at the Total Exposure party.

Yep, a fun day ahead!

And the Winner of Dakotas Contest Is
Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

Pam K!
Woo Hoo Pam! Pam, write me at bethkery@aol.com with your information, and I’ll forward that on to Dakota.
My many thanks to Dakota and her legion of loyal fans 🙂 You guys were so fun and lively.

Up Next…May 5th finally came. And OHHH, I’ve got some fun stuff planned for the release of the reason for the season…Daring Time!!

Dakota is here! And a Giveaway of a Beth Kery book?
Monday, May 4th, 2009

You run across a lot of nice, talented people in this business. Dakota Cassidy is all that, plus a true original. If you haven’t read her funny, spirited paranormals yet, you are in for a real treat. She’s here today to tell us about Kiss and Hell, her new book that comes out from Berkley in June. In the way of a true southern lady, Dakota said she wanted to give away a copy of one of my books for her contest! Isn’t she amazing? If you leave Dakota a comment or question, you will qualify to win a copy of one of my books (it has to be in print or pre-order availability.) Dakota says she will ship it from Amazon to anywhere.

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Kiss and Hell

She’s never seen a sexier ghost.

Delaney Markham doesn’t just see dead people, she hears them too. And FYI-communicating with tortured souls all day can really wreak havoc on your love life. After all, no one wants to date the crazy chick that talks to herself. Sans boyfriend, Delaney makes the best of her gift by holding sĂ©ances and earns a pretty penny for them too, that is until one incredibly annoying ghost just won’t go away.

Now, if she could only get her hands on him.

When he materializes wearing nothing, Delaney knows something’s up. Besides being sinfully hot-in a college professor sort of way-all signs point to Clyde Atwell being much more than the ordinary spirit. In fact, he’s a newbie demon whose first assignment is to take Delaney back down to hell with him. Yeah, like that’s gonna happen on the first date. If Delaney’s old nemesis Lucifer thinks she’s going down without one hell of a fight, he’s got another thing coming…

Learn more about Dakota
blog–http://www.dakotacassidy.net/
Pre-Order Kiss and Hell
Click here to read Chapter One of Kiss and Hell
Dakota’s blog

Dakota’s Interview

BK: Welcome, Dakota. I’m so glad to have you here. What is sure to distract you from sitting down and working/writing?

DC: Rock Band and or Guitar Hero World Tour. There’s nothing like the Foo Fighters Everlong to keep me from getting things done.

BK: *grinning* I can just picture it. What are you working on presently?

DC: Presently I’m working on the sequel to Kiss and Hell, titled, My Way To Hell. Think demons that’re now ghosts and a hot male ghost whisperer who looks better in jeans than Melinda Gordon.

BK: Snort. OMG, sounds awesome. What about upcoming releases?

DC: My next is Kiss and Hell, and after that is Accidentally Demonic in Feb of 2010.

BK; What’s the best compliment you ever got on your writing or a book?

DC: Probably that I write exactly like I am in person. Well, maybe that’s not a compliment. LOLLOL

BK: You know, it’s true Dakota. That was what I meant above–you’re very real and original in a marvelous way. If you could time travel to any time or place—the past or future—where and when would you go to, and why?

DC: I’d so go back to the 50’s. I’d have rocked the whole June Cleaver thing. I’m really good at running a household—and I love to do the twist. LOLLOL

BK: You would be fabulous in the 50’s Dakota. I can just see you keeping house with your hair all coifed and nails perfect. Thanks so much for coming by today, Dakota. It was so unexpected and kind of you to offer to give away one of MY books. (What did I tell you guys, a real original in the best possible sense.)

Notice: Big Daring Time Contest Over at Leas Blog!
Sunday, May 3rd, 2009

Gasp–Daring Time is releasing in 2 days!

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Many of you know the awesome romance lover and reviewer Lea! Lea is kind enough to be throwing a party to celebrate the release of Daring Time! Go on over to the Lea-Closetwriter blog starting tomorrow 5/4. She’ll have a different contest going on every day until 5/9. (So awesome of her.) So starting tomorrow, be sure to check out Lea’s site in addition to this blog, where there are some amazing authors to kick off the release of Daring Time!

Thank you, Lea!

It’s going to be such an awesome release week. 🙂
~~Beth

Alert! Two Contest Winners!
Sunday, May 3rd, 2009

Hi all. The winner of Anya’s contest never wrote me, so I drew another winner. The new winner of Anya’s Vegas After Dark contest is….Fran!
And the winner of Denise Agnew’s contest is…
Cecile!
Ladies–write to me at bethkery@aol.com and I’ll forward your address information to these authors! Denise and Anya–thank you again!



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