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Friday, July 26, 2013

Feature and Giveaway: Scent of Salvation by Annie Nicholas

Love blooms across species, culture, and time.

Chronicles of Eorthe, Book 1

Stranded in another dimension, on a primitive version of Earth, Dr. Susan Barlow needs to find a way to survive. There's no electricity, no cities, and to her shock, no humans. Instead, she faces a population of werewolves, vampires and incubi. The people are vicious but she must find her place among them. And live.

An illness is killing Sorin's pack. As alpha it's his responsibility to save them, but it's a battle this warrior doesn't know how to fight. Then a blue light in the sky brings a creature he's never seen. She calls herself human, but to him she smells like hope.

Sorin offers Susan a safe haven in return for a cure, but she's not that kind of a doctor. She's a doctor of physics, not a physician. Yet as they search for a cure to save a dying people, they find something special—each other.

But even with Sorin's protection, Susan can't help but wonder how long she can survive in a world without humans…

Warning: Feral shifters, power-hungry vampires, and a sole human female suffering culture shock.

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Before Susan could explain anything about dimensions and gateways, the door to Kele's chamber crashed open, and Susan jumped to the balls of her feet, prepared—to what, fight? Was she nuts?

A female blocked the entrance, her muscular physique hinting at enough strength to twist Susan into a pretzel without breaking a sweat. The newcomer flung her black hair over her shoulder.

Rising with grace, Kele straightened her dress before addressing the intruder. “Mother.”

“Daughter, I heard you've brought home a stray along with the Apisi alpha.” The female's stare drilled into Susan, her sneer far from welcoming.

Susan's breath caught in her throat. Black, soulless eyes ate her gaze. Her fingers clutched the lapels of her jacket as she pulled it closed. She wiped her sweaty palms on her pants and offered her hand. “I'm Dr. Susan Barlow.”

The female shifter narrowed her eyes, nostrils flaring.

Susan withdrew her untouched hand, then hid it behind her back and glanced at Kele. Maybe she should have sniffed her mother instead? She wished someone would give her the Dummies Guide to Shifter Society and a little time to study it.

Kele's mother crossed the room in two great strides and swung her arm.

Susan did her best impression of a statue. She didn't budge as the impact of the slap swerved her head to the side and dragged her gaze from mother to daughter. Both of them were flushed with emotion yet at opposite poles of the color spectrum—one dark as an oncoming storm and the other pale as the moonlight.

The back of Susan's heel caught the edge of the cushion and she landed hard on her back.

The bitter flavor of blood swept over her taste buds. “What the hell?” She rubbed her jaw and glared daggers at the crazy woman looming over her. Just as quickly, she schooled her expression to something less threatening before she insulted the bigger shifter further. With the tip of her tongue, Susan explored her mouth. She didn't encounter any big gaps, so no lost tooth. A small blessing.

Kele's crazy mother hovered over Susan's face and bared her teeth. In beast form, her expression would have appeared fierce, but in human form it seemed terrifying. With an easy grace, she flipped Susan onto her stomach. A bony knee pressed between her shoulder blades, making her kiss the floor. Pain shot across Susan's upper back and neck.

“How dare you come into my den and not submit to me.”

“She's not a shifter!” Kele shouted. “You can't expect her to know how to be polite.”

Something ran over Susan's hair, and the sound of sniffing followed. She tried to take a deep breath but the weight on her back made it difficult.

The nutjob exhaled in disgust. “What is she?”

“A human.” Kele peered at Susan's throbbing face as she stroked her hair. “Please, I wanted to teach her how to behave before meeting you and father.”

“Your father.” The bitch snorted. “It's bad enough he's entertaining a vampire and dealing with trespassing alphas. We don't need any more vermin within the den.”

Susan was jerked from the ground by her hair and dragged across the floor. Pain shot into her scalp while she scrambled to support her weight with her legs.

“Let go. Let go.” The shifter world was more brutal than anything she'd ever experienced. Susan slapped at the crazy woman's hands tangled in her hair.

“My daughter took too many liberties in offering you shelter. You'll need to find another den to take you in.”

At a loss, Susan yanked and squirmed but only made the pain worse. Out of the corner of her eye, she saw Kele leap.

The petite blonde used her wiry strength to jump across the room and land on her mother's back. The collision knocked them both to the ground in a knot of arms and legs.

Untangling her limbs from the struggling shifters, Susan could finally elbow the bitch in the face. The impact made a satisfying crunch. She pulled back her arm for a second shot, but Kele grabbed her and half carried, half dragged her out of the chamber.

“Hurry, we need to reach my father before she beats you into cinders.”

Not needing any further incentive, Susan ran after her new friend. “Your people are crazy.”

Annie Nicholas hibernates in the rural, green mountains of Vermont, where she dreams of different worlds, heroes, and heroines. When spring arrives the stories pour from her, in hopes to share them with the masses one day.

Mother, daughter, wife are some of the hats she happily wears while trudging after her cubs through the hills and dales. The four seasons an inspiration and muse.

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  1. I'm already a fan. I love the interaction and humor between humans and paranormals. I can't wait to read Scent of Salvation. Thank you for the excerpt!

  2. Thank you so much for the post and giveaway! I love Amazon, so my fingers are all crossed. :-)

    Best Wishes,
    Lindsey V.

  3. Great excerpt! Love the dialogue and the cover!

  4. Thank you so much for the post and giveaway! I love Amazon, so my fingers are all crossed. :-)

  5. Thank you for this nice give away.

  6. Thank you for the great giveaway chance! What are your favorite genres to read, and are they different from what your write?

    1. Hi Marcy,

      I read mostly paranormal romances or urban fantasy. I do dip my toes in sci-fi stuff sometimes. :D

  7. Looking forward to read it!!!! love the excerpt :)
    great giveaway

  8. Sounds like an exciting read. I can't wait to read it.
    Thanks :-)

    lorih824 at yahoo dot com

  9. Thanks for sharing the great excerpt and the giveaway. I am looking forward to reading this book I love the Angler Series. evamillien at gmail dot com

  10. Thanks for this amazing giveaway.

  11. Annie Nicholas is a new author to me. The book sounds very intriguing.

  12. Annie, how did you choose your cover art? Love it!

    ~Veronica Vasquez~

  13. Congrats Annie on the new release! Sounds awesome :) What is the one thing that you have to have/do while writing?

  14. Love books about shifters! Great feature, I now have something new to add to my TBR list :)

  15. Great excerpt! I'm glad I've been introduced to this book today, something to look forward to reading!

    1. I love this cover! I think my panties disintegrated when I first saw it. LOL

      I work with a fabulous artist, Kanaxa. I tell her about my book and characters then how I want to feel when I first look at the cover. Erothe is fierce world and she pinned it with this cover.

  16. This book seriously just keeps getting better and better. I'm still working my way through in what little free time my 3-year-old allows me, but I love how I don't know what characters are going to end up together, if at all. A lot of times, that part of the story line is very clear, but this one still has me guessing! LOVE it!

  17. This book sounds so good, and I really can't wait to read it. Thanks for the giveaway!

    All the Best,
    Lindsey V.

  18. Sounds like a great read!!
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  19. That very first line says it all. Love is love!!

  20. hi annie...congratz for ur new release book..
    sounds an interesting book and i like the blurb..
    thx u for the chance to win this amazing giveaway :)

  21. Looks like a story with everything--nice!


  22. Wow what a striking cover! I have to share it with my girlfriends, they'll love it!

    We're state neighbors! I live in New York and find Vermont gorgeous - especially in the fall!

    Thank you for sharing and for the awesome giveaway!

  23. Yikes! I'm sure from that excerpt that Susan just made an enemy. I wonder how the mother will play into the story; the nutjob, as Susan dubbed her, will probably want some kind of revenge for Susan hitting her.

    Just six more days for the giveaway! Excited!


  24. Ooh, last day for the giveaway!

    One last time, thank you so much for the giveaway opportunity! I really love Amazon and would love to read this book, so fingers crossed. :-)

    I hope you have a wonderful week.

    Best Wishes,
    Lindsey V.