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Monday, July 29, 2013

Guest Post with Author Hailey Edwards and Giveaway

Please give a warm welcome to Hailey Edwards. Hailey is celebrating the release of her newest book, A Time of Dying and has stopped by to chat.

Born in the Deep South, Hailey is a lifelong resident of Alabama. Her husband works for the local sheriff's department and her daughter is counting down the days until she's old enough to audition for American Idol. Her doxie, Black Ilex, helps Hailey write by snoozing in his recliner in her office.

Her desire to explore without leaving the comforts of home fueled her love of reading and writing. Whenever the itch for adventure strikes, Hailey can be found with her nose glued to her Kindle's screen or squinting at her monitor as she writes her next happily-ever-after.

Places to find Hailey:
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Top Five Reads of 2013

This year has been tough for me writing and reading wise. There were tight deadlines, family matters, and a big move. It's been crazy around here. Since I've been behind schedule with my writing, I haven't been reading as much as I normally would. That means I've been super picky about which books get my money and my attention. These are the books that recharged me while I was writing A Time of Dying and A Breath of Winter. These are my favorites of 2013 (so far).

1. Cold Days by Jim Butcher. I am a longtime Dresden Files fan, and this book made the slower pace of the last two worthwhile. I'm so excited for the Skin Games I could pop.

2. MacRieve by Kresley Cole. I really enjoy the Immortals After Dark series. It's funny, sexy, and a little crazy. These books always leave me with a smile at the end, and I like that. This book in particular felt more focused on the hero and heroine, with fewer subplots to clutter the romance.

3. Second Grave on the Left by Darynda Jones. I have a weakness for UF police procedural series. This one isn't that exactly, but it's close enough. The heroine is likeable and funny. The hero is smoking and broken (my personal favorite combination). It's a well-executed twist on a concept that's seen some heavy play in UF. I really enjoyed it.

4. Frost Burned by Patricia Briggs! I love this series so hard. It just keeps getting better. This book was awesome. If you haven't tried the Mercy Thompson series yet, but love vamps, weres and folklore what are you waiting for?

5. Trapped by Kevin Hearne. I have mixed feelings about this series. I enjoy delving into lore and learning about Norse and Celtic mythology, but Atticus often rubs me the wrong way. He's often compared to Harry Dresden, and I'll admit I'm enough of a Harry fangirl that could be the root of the issue. But Harry risks his life to save people at great cost to himself, often for no reward other than survival. Atticus risks other people's lives in the pursuit of what he wants/needs. That's acceptable IF he shows growth throughout the series. So far that hasn't happened to my satisfaction. In this book, I began to have a glimmer of hope because Atticus was forced to right some of his wrongs. We'll see. I may not be one-hundred percent onboard, but I'm still reading, right? That has to say something.

Tell me one of your favorite reads from this year, and you'll be entered for a chance to win one of my backlist titles in any digital format (excluding Soul Weaver).

They just might survive…if they don't kill each other first.

Araneae Nation, Book 3

Once the future Segestriidae maven, Kaidi lived a privileged life. Now she spends her nights haunting cities ravaged by the plague. Spade in hand, she stalks rows of freshly dug graves for corpses…and then she takes their heads.

Her new life is caked in blood and spattered with gore, but it's hers. At least until—to her fury—she's caught napping.

A plague survivor by the skin of his teeth, Murdoch risks his neck to solve the mysteries left in its wake. Bodies have gone. Guards have left their posts and never returned home.

When he rouses a female dozing among the dead, he's unprepared for the violence of her response. Or his. Beneath the grime, she's lovely. Too bad the blood under her fingernails belongs to his clansmen.

He has no choice but to follow this alluring creature deeper into her world of winged beasts and flesh-eating monsters. She holds the knowledge he craves, but the price is high—and they may both pay for it with their lives.

Warning: This book contains one heroine in desperate need of a bath and one hero willing to wash away her sins. Expect threats, swears and general cursing. Love is a slippery slope, and these two are sliding.

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  1. Congrats on your latest release Hailey! Sounds awesome but the poor heroine! (I loved the blurb about the heroine being in need of a bath)

    One of my fav reads this year is Shawna Thomas' Altered Destiny. Romantic fantasy at it's best. Loved the characters, loved the story. Very well written. I didn't want it to end.

  2. What an attention getting blurb, with the blade in hand and decapitating the heads. :)
    Fangs and Lullabies by Kallysten, and Bullheaded by Catt Ford were two recent great reads.

  3. The entire series looks fantastic.

  4. Sounds like a great series!!
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  5. Thanks, Linda! I haven't heard of that author. I'll have to check her out. I'm always looking for new series to become addicted to.

    Thanks, Jbst! I'll have to look up Fangs and Lullabies based on the title alone.

    Thank you, Mary! These covers are my favorites of all my books.

    Thanks, Natasha and Olga!