Jan 7, 2013

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Welcome to the Crave the Darkness Blurb Blitz! (plus giveaway)

We interrupt today’s regular scheduled programming to bring you something super fun and extra exciting…

Hello one and all.  Welcome to the first installment of the Crave the Darkness Blurb Blitz!  *throws confetti*


Crave the Darkness is the third book in Amanda Bonilla’s Shaede Assassin series which will be hitting shelves on March 5th 2013.  Let me tell you guys, I have already read it and it was fantastic.  As soon as it was announced, I’d placed it on my most anticipated releases of 2013 list and the series has lived on my favorites list pretty much since I cracked open book one.  It is such an inventive series filled with strong storylines and really well written characters.

Crave the Darkness takes place a few months after Blood Before Sunrise ends.  Here is a super quick rundown of what you will find in the book – as well as some questions to have you wondering and wanting the book like, yesterday:

  • Darian is heartbroken and boy do you feel for her.  How is she dealing / How many bottles of beer on the wall???
  • Xander still wants Darian.  Will he have her / Will it be h.o.t???
  • Ty…with another woman!  What’s with that???
  • The villain is creepy/evil.  No question to go with that one.  I just I’d let you all know.
  • Someone is pregnant and needs to be guarded.  Who and why???
  • There is a very sad scene in this book.  Very sad.  What made Julie sob???

All that and more!

As I said, it’s an awesome book.  Now I have given you little glimpses into the book but here is a bigger one.  Without further ado, the first blurb in the Crave the Darkness Blurb Blitz!

Xander pivoted on a heel and changed his course for my bed. I instinctively reached for another knife before I noticed the gleam in his eyes. Butterscotch flecks glowed in molten caramel depths. He was hoping I’d throw again. It always made my day to keep Xander from getting what he wanted, and so I sheathed the knife and tucked the belt back under my pillow. I wasn’t in the mood to play his games.

“I could have left your fate in Amelia’s hands,” his tone dripped with reproof, “but you are my employee. Paid on retainer, if I’m not mistaken. And I have a job for you. I couldn’t have the PNT detaining you when you have work to do. So, my darling, whether you want to admit it or not, you owe me for convincing the council to drop the charges against you.”

“Screw you, Your Highness.” I lounged back in bed, and pulled the covers up nice and cozy. “You can show yourself out the way you came in, because frankly, I’m not interested in doing anything for you, and I’m not moving any time soon.”

Xander bent toward me, and I reached for my knives. I drew one of the blades from the holster—which, honestly, wasn’t long enough to do any real damage—determined to send him on his way. I may have been out of my mind to threaten a king with a weapon, but hell, I’d thrown three of the knives at him when he arrived. What’s one more offense?

I didn’t have my usual oomph to lend credibility to the act. Instead, I sort of held the knife out in front of me, my elbow drawn in like I had no idea how to use the thing. Fact was, I had no interest in picking a fight with Xander. I just wanted him to leave me alone so I could continue to wallow in self- pity, undisturbed.

“You look like a frightened girl, holding that knife,” Xan­der said. His voice was like expensive velvet: rich and luxuri­ous. It’s his most winsome quality in my opinion. I could only imagine how many women had gladly dropped on their backs from nothing more than a few words.

Not this girl, though. “Get out,” I said, fighting to keep my voice from quavering.

He smiled. “No.”

Love that scene!  I am so glad Amanda decided to share that one with you.

So here’s how this Blurb Blitz is going to work.  You will be able to find a different blurb/excerpt every day from today until January 14th.  That’s right!  You will be able to catch exclusive sneak peaks every day for 8 days!  Now they won’t all be here…  Tomorrow’s blurb will be over at Smitten with Bad Boy Heroes then Wednesday the blurb will be someplace different!  Here’s the schedule:

Jan 7th – Yummy Men & Kick Ass Chicks – That’s me!
Jan 8th – Smitten With Bad Boy Heroes
Jan 9th – The Bookaholic Cat
Jan 10th – Between Dreams & Reality
Jan 11th – Rabid Reads
Jan 12th – Seeing Night Reviews
Jan 13th – Under the Covers Book Blog
Jan 14th – Red Hot Books

But wait! There’s more!  There will be a giveaway at each stop!  Yes, you read right.  At EACH stop!  If you are new to the series or are not completly caught up yet, be sure you stop by The Bookaholic Cat on Wednesday, January 9th because her giveaway is perfect for you.  She will be giving away book one, Shaedes of Gray, or book two, Blood Before Sunrise, or a pre-order of book three.  Winners choice.  AND her giveaway will be open to wherever The Book Depository ships!

As for the rest of us, we are giving away an ARC of Crave the Darkness!  That’s right.  Today and 7 other days, you can enter to win an advanced copy of Crave the Darkness by the amazing Amanda Bonilla.

How can you enter to win the ARC today?  Just leave a comment below and that’s it!  Comment must be left by Tuesday January 15th 11:59pm EST and the ARC giveaway is open to Canada / US.

Thank you so much to Amanda and to Signet for not only offering the fantastic prizes but also for sharing all of these exclusive excerpts.  Good luck to everyone who enters and really honestly, if you are a fan of urban fantasy, be sure you check out Amanda’s Shaede Assassin series.  Totally worth it.

(FYI, my weekly Question will post tomorrow :))


Here’s where you can pre-order Crave the Darkness
The Book Depository

Here’s where you can find Amanda –


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