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Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Prizes, Contests, Excerpts and Loup-Garou For You!


I want to start my favorite month of the year with some paranormal fun and a few great contests. I'll have more about that at the bottom of this blog and I'll be adding contests and giveaways as we get closer to Halloween.
First here's the blurb for Loup-Garou For You, in case you've not read it:
Bayou Country, 1834. Aubert Marston awakens on the eve of his twenty-seventh birthday to discover he’s undergone some disturbing physical changes. His body is bigger, stronger and hairier than it’s ever been, and burns with the lust of a beast. To make matters worse, a hundred guests are about to arrive for the plantation’s annual ball.
A mysterious young woman named Corrine appears in his home, temping Aubert to unleash the inner lycan, and family secrets from a medieval past surface. Corrine lures Aubert to a bayou camp of Cajun Loup-Garous—werewolves, But Aubert’s wealth and good looks are no advantage here. He must surrender to his feral nature and fight tooth and claw against another male pack member to claim Corrine as his own.
Inside Scoop:  This story contains mild bondage, southern hospitality, consensual sexual torment, f/f, m/m, anal play, cage fighting and unfettered animal lust. Enjoy!
A Romantica® historical paranormal erotic romance from Ellora’s Cave

(In this excerpt Aubert is told more of the family legend and threatened with the prospect of making an ocean voyage restrained in enchanted iron manacles. He’s just beginning to realize he’s in big trouble.)
…Mister Aldridge blanched. “You don’t understand. By sundown you will begin to change into a creature that has the cunning mind of a man and the impulses and desires of a beast. You will become Loup-Garou—a werewolf—and you will not be able to control yourself during the first stages of the transformation. The Le Brut Entraver is the only means I have of protecting you from harming yourself or others. My family has guarded the box for centuries.” He became shrill with hysteria. “It’s irreplaceable!”
“A Loup-Garou?” Aubert shuddered, half afraid Mister Aldridge’s strange ranting carried a note of truth. “You think I’m going to turn into a hairy wolfman? I don’t find your pranks entertaining. You just don’t know when to quit, do you, Mister Aldridge? I’d enjoy a good laugh at your expense, except for the fact you’re the trustee of my estate, and to be frank I’m concerned about your sanity.”
“Aubert, you’re the one we need to worry about.” Mister Aldridge held out his hand. “It’s not too late. Come with me now. I can smuggle you aboard the ship in an iron cage. I will say you are mad. I’ll watch over you on our journey to Castle Roland in the French Pyrenees. I’ll never leave your side. Once you are safely delivered to the wilderness, I promise to free you and stand vigil while you adjust to your new existence.”
“Castle Roland?” Aubert balked. “Please don’t exaggerate. We both know the ancestral estate is a medieval pile of rubble.” He pointed toward the painted ruins in the background of his father’s portrait. “Look at that. No roof. Crumbling windows. Missing walls. I wouldn’t use Castle Roland as a goat shed. It would be cruel to the goats.”
“Hush.” Mister Aldridge’s already severe expression became icy. “Don’t be disrespectful. Castle Roland’s importance is not about the state of the building, which is over a thousand years old—it’s the sacredness of the spot. Castle Roland is le pointe de début of our family. It is the site of the miracle, and where our story started.”
A shiver passed over Aubert’s skin, making the hairs on his arms stand straight. “Are you telling me that old tale is true? That’s outlandish, Mister Aldridge. You must think me a colossal fool. The story has everything doesn’t it? Enchanted swords, Knights Templar, vengeful Saracens and a beautiful half-blood witch—”
“Corinthia was an exceptionally gifted sorceress, not a witch,” Mister Aldridge corrected Aubert curtly.
“Is there a difference?”
“A big difference, and yes, the story is true.”
“Good day, Mister Aldridge. The joke’s wearing thin. These stories were fun to hear when I was a boy. I’ll admit I loved the game back then, but I’ve outgrown it. I appreciate that you tried to entertain me and give me some sense of family history after I lost my folks, but the storytelling just doesn’t work anymore.”
Aubert turned and walked toward the door. “I don’t have time for old-world fairy tales. I have a hundred guests coming to the house this evening and other personal issues to deal with. If you have legitimate business to discuss with me, we can do so at tomorrow’s official meeting. Other than that, I’m unavailable for the remainder of the day.”
“Aubert!” Mister Aldridge spoke with commanding authority.
Aubert came to a halt and turned, feeling guilty that he had aimed such harsh words at one of the few constants in his life.
“If the story is a ridiculous fairy tale, then tell me why you’ve undergone such extreme changes in past days.” Mister Aldridge stepped closer. “I’m right, aren’t I? You can’t hide the transformation from someone who knows what to look for. I can see it in your eyes. You’re becoming Loup-Garou. The beast has already wakened. The silver streak in your hair—when did it appear? My guess is recently.”
Aubert froze, both horrified and relieved that someone was ready to discuss a difficult topic he’d been forced to bear alone. He closed the drawing room door and whispered, “For years you told me wild stories about the Crusades, magic swords, knights of the court and of course Castle Roland but I’m certain you never once mentioned the Loup-Garou until this morning—why?”
“Because it was an unknown. In the past, some desperate young men in our bloodline have taken their own lives to avoid it. I couldn’t risk telling you everything until I was certain. I did not want to burden you with this news if it was not meant to be. The change can skip a generation and has even died out completely in some branches of the family. If the transformation takes place it always happens on the man’s twenty-seventh birthday—the same age at which our distant ancestor Marston d’Roland underwent his transformation. There are a few practical measures we can take to ensure you survive the change and adjust.”
“Like iron manacles and marriage?”
“Yes. Had you married sooner and had a wife’s loving support during this time, it would have been far easier for you to endure the shift to Loup-Garou.”
“And the unfortunate bride shackled to a crazed beast—what about her? It doesn’t seem fair to the poor gal.”
“That’s why I pointed you toward young ladies of our European bloodline who were not only willing but eager to make a match with a Marston. It’s a pity no match was made, because a son conceived on the night of transformation would indeed be a strong and noble being. One such outstanding example was your father Graham.”

Mister Aldridge gazed at Aubert with sadness brimming in his eyes. “Being Loup- Garou isn’t a punishment or curse. It was originally conjured in love and there are gifts to be had from the experience, but I can’t allow you to run amok and do regrettable things while you’re learning to control your feral impulses. Without a mate to buffer the ill effects there is little hope of an easy transition. We must deal with the inevitable as best we can. Go upstairs and pack a few practical items. Bring only what you’ll need to survive in the mountains and abandon the rest. If we leave now we can arrive in New Orleans before nightfall and book passage on a ship bound for France.”
Loup-Garou for You is available now!
Want to win some prizes?
Paranormal Cravings is hosting the Shifters and Were's Event. This is a big contest and so much fun. Lots of prizes, wonderful authors and an easy rafflecopter to click for your chance to win. I'm hosting the coveted October 31st Halloween blog spot. Aubert and Corrine from "Loup-Garou For You" will be interviewed and they'll be helping me give away some surprises. 

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Fairy In The Flesh is getting great reviews! Here is a sample:
Sabina at Sabina's Adventures in Reading gave "Fairy In The Flesh" 5 Stars and said this: 
"
I have to tell you, this was an amazing read. The beforehand doomed relationship between André and Maya was intense to read, devastating sometimes, because they both fell so swiftly and hard for each other. The steamy scenes are well done, makes your toes curl, and the intensity is wonderful. My heart was breaking for Maya and André, because how would they ever get their Happily Ever After? Would a few days together suffice for both of them? The closer I got to the end, the more devastated I was, and the faster I read..."

Dragon Renee gave it 4 Stars and said, 
"This is my second time reading Katalina Leon's work and I LOVE how smooth, magical, imaginative and fun she writes. She allows the reader to visualize what's being depicted on the pages and for me that's very important. My only complaint is I wish it was longer. I LOVED the story and the characters and was not ready to say goodbye... I look forward to much more of her work in the very near future :)

Ellora’s Cave Publishing:
Thank you see you next week!

9 comments:

  1. I'll post links to those contests everyday on twitter and Facebook. They're easy to enter and I want someone special to win those prizes!

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  2. Great excerpt - and congrats on the review!

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  3. Fascinating excerpt. I wanted to know more.

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  4. What a beautiful cover and I loved the excerpt! Enjoy your release and I wish you many sales!

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  5. Congrats on the great reviews, Kat!!

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