West of Want Preview and Prize Event!

I have an awesome guest post for you today! It is from author Laura Kaye who wrote one of my favorite books from last year, North of Need (review here), she is here today to talk about her next book, West of Want. There are exceprts, prizes and all sorts of fun things for you to read about. Here is Laura to tell you all about it.

Happy WEST OF WANT Preview & Prizes Event, everyone! Today, April 10, was the original release date for Book 2 in my Hearts of the Anemoi series, West of Want. And then some really cool things happened: my publisher, Entangled Publishing, signed a huge deal with the nation’s biggest book distributor, which means for the first time ever, my books will be shelved in brick-and-mortar bookstores. And then, West of Want received a very nice pre-sales estimate by the booksellers and Barnes and Nobles bought it for all their stores nationwide (and it got bought for airports, too—squee!). The only bad news in this whole scenario was this: the release date got pushed back, by three LONG months! LOL So, I thought I’d celebrate the original release date with a preview of the book and a big contest, and give you a small taste to whet your appetite until the actual release date arrives.

“Laura Kaye’s captivating writing and vibrant world-building will have readers hooked on the gods of the Anemoi. WEST OF WANT is steamy, spellbinding, and a must-read for all romance fantasy fans.”

~Elisabeth Naughton, author of the Eternal Guardians series

Forty sites are celebrating with me today, and there are different posts at those different sites. To see the whole list of participants, click here. Now, without further ado, here’s the book blurb and one of four different never-before-seen excerpts from the book available for you to enjoy:

WEST OF WANT BLURB:

Betrayal is all he’s ever known, but in her, he’ll find a love strong enough to be trusted…

When Marcella Raines’ twin brother dies, she honors his request to be buried at sea, never expecting the violent storm that swamps her boat. Though she’s gravely injured–and still emotionally damaged from her recent divorce–Ella fights to survive.

Zephyros Martius is the Supreme God of the West Wind and Spring, but being the strongest Anemoi hasn’t protected him from betrayal and loss. Worse, he’s sure his brother Eurus is behind it. When Zeph’s heartbreak whips up a storm that shipwrecks a human, his guilt forces him to save her.

Ella is drawn to the vulnerability Zeph hides beneath his otherworldly masculinity and ancient blue eyes. And her honesty, empathy, and unique, calming influence leave Zeph wanting…everything. When Eurus threatens Ella, she and Zeph struggle to let go of the past, defend their future, and embrace what they most want–a love that can be trusted.

WEST OF WANT EXCERPT:

Zeph concentrated and allowed his mind to travel in search of his brother’s unique energy signature. As polar opposites, their energies were connected. Yin and yang. Life and death. West and East. So he found Eurus, easily. Within blocks of Ella’s house. Thunder rumbled around him as he flowed through the air in pursuit.

Corporeality returned in a blaze of light, his seething rage crackling around him.

“Ah, brother. I’ve been expecting you,” Eurus said. In the gloom of twilight, he lay prone on the dock in the middle of the marina where Ella’s boat had been taken that first day. Ankles crossed.

Fingers making lazy designs in the air as if he were conducting a symphony. Cold wind whipped up around them, turning the calm waters of the inlet choppy, jostling the sailboats in their slips.

His brother’s calm, casual repose was more disturbing than if Zeph had found him petulant and ranting. Because it meant he was planning. “What the fuck are you playing at, Eurus?”

He sprung to his feet and tugged the lapels of his leather coat. “You see? I offer civility, and what do I get in return?”

Zeph squared off and braced, ready for anything. “You don’t have a civil bone in your body.”

Eurus pinched the bridge of his nose, shifting the wraparounds up the smallest bit. Though not enough, Zeph was relieved to see, to reveal his dead black irises. “If what you say is true, brother, whose fault exactly would that be?”

“Not. Mine.” It was a fruitless conversation, but it was their little dance, and Zeph’s own special corner of hell.

“Of course not yours. Not perfect Zephyros. Not the god of life and renewal. Gods forbid.”

Zeph ignored the barb. Perfection was the last thing he believed of himself. Eurus was jealous of a figment of his imagination. “What do you want?” he finally bit out, hoping to defuse the other man, to delay the confrontation long brewing between them.

Eurus whipped off his glasses and drilled his disturbing, blank gaze into Zeph’s very soul. “Leave the woman alone.”

Pre-order West of Want on Amazon | B&N

So, what d’ya think? Want more Zephyros and Ella? Visit more participating sites to read all the excerpts, meet the characters, see the the West of Want romance trading cards, and enter to win! Thanks for reading! July 10 can’t get here soon enough for me! *grins*

~Laura Kaye

“Using ancient winter mythology as an allegory for grief, Kaye has written a sexy story that packs a powerful emotional punch. NORTH OF NEED is pure winter magic and Kaye’s sparkling talent warms the heart.”

~Stephanie Draven, author of the Mythica series about

multi-award-winning Book 1 in the Anemoi series, North of Need

WEST OF WANT PREVIEW CONTEST!

A few sites participating in the West of Want Preview Celebration are offering a special, limited edition gift pack, and this is one of them! See the other participating sites for a chance at one of *seven* Amazon/B&N gift card prizes, but here, comment with your name and email address for a chance to win a West of Want gift bag with a bangle bracelet with an Anemoi compass rose charm, an Anemoi lip balm, a Laura Kaye pen, and an Anemoi series bookmark and romance trading cards! Open to international.

One commenter from each participating blog site will win a West of Want bookmark and the romance trading cards for North of Need and West of Want. Simply comment to enter to win and be sure to leave your email address. These prizes will be announced soon after May 10. Open to international.

This contest is now closed.

About Laura Kaye:

Voted Breakout Author of the Year in the 2011 GraveTells Readers’ Choice Awards, Laura is a bestselling and award-winning author paranormal and contemporary romance. Hearts in Darkness is the EPIC eBook Award Winner for Best Novella, Forever Freed won the NJRW Golden Leaf Award for Best Paranormal of 2011, and North of Need, the first book in the Hearts of the Anemoi series, was named GraveTells’ Best Book of 2011 and won their 5-STAR Gold Heart Award, and won Sizzling Hot Read of the Year at Sizzling Hot Books. Laura lives inMaryland with her husband, two daughters, and cute-but-bad dog, and appreciates her view of theChesapeake Bay every day.

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24 responses to “West of Want Preview and Prize Event!

  1. laurakayeauthor

    Thanks so much for hosting me here, Meaghan! Good luck everyone!

  2. Congrats on your book and thank you for the awesome giveaways! You book sounds great!! Wishing you all the best!
    shadowluvs2read(at)gmail(dot)com

  3. Glad you made it to brick and mortar stores.

  4. Filia Oktarina

    Congrats on your book!! I want read your book and the cover….hmm, yummy…LOL!! Can’t wait to have this book:)
    Thank you for the awesome giveaways!

  5. I can’t wait to read this book!

    molly(dot)frenzel(at)gmail(dot)com

  6. Thanks for the giveaway!! I can’t wait to get my hands on this one!

    Congrats Laura!

    Mel
    bournmelissa at hotmail dot com

  7. laurakayeauthor

    Thanks guys! And good luck!

  8. I just love those bangles! I’m excited for Zeph’s story, although it will be a bit delayed. 😀

    Karin
    AquarianDancer at gmail dot com

  9. i love that everything is coming to life again. all of the plants and flowers,trees too. but also all of the animals seem to have more life and so do people. i know when i watch the nieces and nephews they always seem to be more aware and full of energy during the spring than at any other time of the year.
    i follow Bookworms haven via their wordpress site under tammy ramey,and twitter under wyndwhisper.

    tammy ramey
    trvlagnt1t@yahoo.com

  10. Love Laura Kaye 🙂 love those goodie bags thank you Laura!
    amiee.ryan@yahoo.com

  11. That is so awesome to hear. I can only imagine how excited you are! Very happy for you!

  12. Thanks for the chance!

    spamscape [at] gmail [dot] com

  13. Great ecerpt! The book sounda very good.

    bn100candg(at)hotmail(dot)com

  14. Congrats on the release! Looking forward to getting my hands on it.

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

  15. laurakayeauthor

    Love reading your comments guys! Thanks so much!

  16. I love the celebration you’re having. In July when your book comes out I hope to be in RI, finishing up the packing up of our old house.
    Z
    Seawitch Reviews @ yahoo.com

  17. Thanks you a lot for this international opportunity to win
    all the best

    isabelle(dot)frisch(at)gmail(dot)com

  18. Congrats!!! Love the interview. Gale pgan427@yahoo.com

  19. laurakayeauthor

    Thanks for all the comments everyone! You rock!

  20. Congrats on the release Laura I cant wait to read the book. Great blog giveaways thanks!!!

  21. I wanted to say a big thank you to Laura for hosting this event and to all the people who stopped by to comment. 🙂

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