Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Review: The Trouble with Fate by Leigh Evans

Title: The Trouble with Fate
Author: Leigh Evans
Series: Mystwalker #1
Genre:Urban Fantasy
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Format: ebook, 368 pages
Source: NetGalley
Buy the book: Amazon | B&N
Meet Hedi Peacock. She's half Fae. Half Were. And all trouble…

I Have Two Words For Werewolves:

My name is Hedi Peacock and I have a secret. I’m not human, and I have the pointy Fae ears and Were inner-bitch to prove it. As fairy tales go, my childhood was damn near perfect, all fur and magic until a werewolf killed my father and the Fae executed my mother. I’ve never forgiven either side. Especially Robson Trowbridge. He was a part-time werewolf, a full-time bastard, and the first and only boy I ever loved. That is, until he became the prime suspect in my father’s death…

Bite Me.

Today I’m a half-breed barista working at a fancy coffee house, living with my loopy Aunt Lou and a temperamental amulet named Merry, and wondering where in the world I’m going in life. A pretty normal existence, considering. But when a pack of Weres decides to kidnap my aunt and force me to steal another amulet, the only one who can help me is the last person I ever thought I’d turn to: Robson Trowbridge. And he’s as annoyingly beautiful as I remember. That’s the trouble with fate: Sometimes it barks. Other times it bites. And the rest of the time it just breaks your heart. Again…

Filled with magic, mayhem and a snarky anti-heroine you'll gravitate to!

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Release Day Blitz: Shattered Circle by Linda Robertson

I'd like to wish a Happy Book Birthday to Linda Robertson's Shattered Circle today! Linda and Bewitching Book Tours are celebrating this release by sharing some excerpts and an awesome tour-wide giveaway. I hope you'll join us in the celebration!

Title: Shattered Circle
Series: Persephone Alcmedi #6
Author: Linda Robertson
Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Pocket Books
ISBN-10: 1451648936
ISBN-13: 978-1451648935

It’s tough being a modern woman, but Persephone Alcmedi has it worse than most. Being the prophesied Lustrata has kicked her career as a witch into high gear, and juggling a wærewolf boyfriend who is about to become king of his kind and a seductive vampire who bears her magical Mark isn’t easy either.

Still, Seph’s beloved foster daughter, Beverley, is causing more trouble than these two men put together. The young girl’s been playing with a magical artifact that’s far more dangerous than she realizes. Now Seph must summon help from a mystical being so potent that even vampires fear him . . . and the cost of his aid may be more than she’s willing to pay. Seph, Johnny, and Menessos face threats from all sides—and a few from within. Will the forces of destiny cement their tenuous supernatural union, or shatter it forever?


Monday, January 28, 2013

Winner of the Jocelyn Dex Prize Pack

A big thanks to everyone who entered to win the Jocelyn Dex Prize Pack Giveaway.


Thursday, January 24, 2013

Heroines with Heart Book Tour: Excerpt from Rest for the Wicked by Cate Dean

Heroines With Heart is a massive blog tour that runs throughout 2013, that features books with strong female protagonists. There are authors from several different genres, including young adult, mystery/thriller/suspense, romance, sci-fi/fantasy, and Christian fiction. They're are also giving away fun digital prizes and sharing new and noteworthy books throughout the year, enter this month's giveaway at the end of this post! Want updates? Click HERE.

On my tour stop today I'll be sharing an excerpt from author Cate Dean's first book in the Claire Wiche Chronicles, Rest for the Wicked...enjoy!


Claire Wiche is an ordinary woman, running her Wicca shop, The Wiche’s Broom, in an ordinary California beach town. But Claire wasn’t always ordinary, and she isn’t quite human. She hides a secret, and a past she thought she had put behind her.

A past that is about to explode into her present.

When it does, and everyone she loves is in danger, Claire must face up to her past – and become what she left behind in order to save them.


{Free for a limited time only!}

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Angels of the Night: DIVINITY by Paula Kennedy {Book Spotlight & Giveaway}

Title: Divinity
Author: Paula Kennedy
Series: Angels of the Night #2
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publication Date: June 2012
Publisher: Champange Books
Format: ebook
Length: 248 pages

At the beginning of this second installment in the Angels of the Night series, we are thrust into Allison’s heart pounding nightmare in which Darcy has become intensely involved with a female vampire. These images haunt Allison so powerfully she believes he no longer loves her and is even more determined to bring him home.

Together with the Darcy’s triplet Robert, a dark vampire whose intentions are not entirely clear, and Thomas MacGregor, Allison’s faithful guardian friend, Allison leaves her hometown to find Darcy and bring him back. An unexpected problem has surfaced, however, and a desperate plan is put in place. Allison must make the ultimate sacrifice to save Darcy but soon realizes this is only the beginning of her struggle. Her entire world is about to be shaken to the core by a coven of female vampires and Allison must put her faith, and her heart, in the hands of the one she fears most.

Read my review of the first book in the series: Angels of the Night: DISCOVERY

Monday, January 21, 2013

Review: Waterfall by Lacy Danes

Title: Waterfall
Author: Lacy Danes
Series: Dragon’s Fate # 1
Genre: Erotic/Paranormal Romance 
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Format: ebook, 138 pages
Source: Bewitching Book Tours
Buy the book: Amazon | B&N
It’s easy to fall in love. Destiny requires tooth and claw.

Curses are designed to be cruel, but the one afflicting Jordan and his brothers is almost beyond bearing. A dragon born by blood magic, he is an immortal trapped in human form, with only one hope of finding his eternal mate. He must bite her—and pray she lives.

One dark night, he senses the wounded heartbeat of a woman in the shadows, begging him to end her life. Ever the gentleman, he chivalrously obliges her wish. Only to discover three days later that she lives. And has married another.

Celeste always dreamed of marrying for love, but the nightmare of living in her father’s home drives her to wed the Duke of Hudson. Yet on her wedding eve, she is compelled to follow a mysterious man who professes to know her secret. A man with curious blue scales on his muscular arms—whose shadowed eyes reflect a dangerous mix of destiny and desire…

Warning: This novel contains explicit sex, sex in water, four super-hot dragon brothers, and a curse born from magical power that has left them wondering who they are all their lives.

Ms. Danes weaves an intriguing tale of magic, romance and the supernatural that captures your interest in a matter of a few paragraphs!

Virtual Book Tour: WATERFALL by Lacy Danes {Guest Post & Giveaway}

Welcome to my stop on the WATERFALL Virtual Book Tour. Author Lacy Danes has stopped by to share her new paranormal romance featuring elemental dragons, her favorite paranormal movies and has an awesome tour-wide giveaway!

"My Top 5 Fave Paranormal Movies"

by Lacy Danes

Hello and thank you so much for having me on Romancing the Dark Side.

I have always been drawn to paranormal and fantasy. When I was kid all the neighboring kids would all get together and play dungeons and dragons. In my teens I read Steven King, Anne Rice and Judy Blume. In my twenties I moved to historical and contemporary romance. But I always loved intense paranormal and dark movies. I even like most horror movies. The first one I saw was Nightmare on Elm Street when I was 13. It scared the crap out of me and I loved it. Grin. I do have my favorite paranormal movies that I watch over and over.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Guest Post & Giveaway: Meet the Heroine of Cathy Yardley's TEMPING IS HELL

I'm excited to have author Cathy Yardley visit us today to talk about her new paranormal romance release, Temping is Hell (available this month from Entangled Publishing). Cathy is introducing her fun and fearless heroine, Kate O'Hara and is also giving away an ecopy of Temping is Hell to one lucky winner.

"Meet Kate O’Hara, and the world of Temping Is Hell" 

by Cathy Yardley

Kate O’Hara is the heroine of my latest novel, Temping is Hell. She’s a twenty-nine year old office worker – a “temp”  at Fiendish Enterprises.

I spent about ten years of my life temping and working as an admin assistant, before I started writing full time. I pitched this book as “Buffy meets The Office,” because it has a woman who starts off as ordinary, not kick-ass in the slightest, and then we get to watch her step into her own (with plenty of funny quips and adventures along the way.)  

What I love about Kate is that she has no filter. She works in the corporate world, but she’s not corporate at all. She says whatever is on her mind – generally stuff I would’ve loved to have said when I was punching the clock over in Cubeville! – and she does whatever she thinks is best to get the job done. She’d probably say “I’m not evil: I’m just an aggressive problem solver.”

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Winner of the Olivia Cunning Prize Pack

A big thank you to all who entered to win the Olivia Cunning Prize Pack (Backstage Pass, Rock Hard and Double Time), courtesy of Sourcebooks.


Friday, January 18, 2013

Character Interview + Giveaway with Keane from ARAYA'S ADDICTION by Jocelyn Dex

I'd like to welcome paranormal romance author, Jocelyn Dex, who's stopped by today on her Demons Do It Better Blog Tour. Jocelyn is sharing a fun character interview with the sexy leading man of her new release, Araya's Addiction, Kean, and is hosting a fabulous prize pack up for grabs so stick around and say hello to Jocelyn.

"Author Jocelyn Dex Chats with Kean, hero of

Araya's Addiction" 

What was your first impression of each other?
Jocelyn: I thought he was much more alpha.
Kean: Hey. Wait a damn minute. I’m a totally manly take charge kinda guy.
Jocelyn: Yes, yes. Calm down. You are all man but you turned out to be a sweetie too.
Kean: <snorts>

Kean, what species of demon did Jocelyn make you and what do you like about it? What don’t you like about it?
Kean: I’m an eighth Incubus. It’s cool that I ooze sex appeal and that females find it almost impossible to resist me. But she could’ve made me a purebred Incubus instead of a mixed breed so I’d have more abilities.
Jocelyn: You know the reason I didn’t make you pure--
Kean: <cuts her off>Yeah, yeah. Just sayin’.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Winner of SEALED WITH A CURSE by Cecy Robson

I'd like to thank everyone who entered to win a copy of SEALED WITH A CURSE by Cecy Robson!


Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Book Tour: The Harvesting by Melanie Karsak {Review & Giveaway}

Welcome to The Harvesting Book Tour, hosted by BB Book Tours. Today I'm excited to share my review of Melanie Karsak's new series that's infused with zombies, vampires, horror and a dash of romance. If you're a fan of The Walking Dead (like me) you're going to want to add this title to your book shelves ASAP!

Title: The Harvesting
Author: Melanie Karsak
Series: Harvesting #1
Genre: Paranormal
Publisher: Create Space
Format: ebook, 394 pages
Source: BB Book Tours
Buy the book: Amazon | B&N
It's all fun and games until someone ends up undead.

Though Layla reluctantly returns home to rural Hamletville after a desperate call from her psychic grandmother, she could never have anticipated the horror of what Grandma Petrovich has foreseen. The residents of Hamletville will need Layla's help if they are to survive the zombie apocalypse that's upon them. But that is not the only problem.

With mankind silenced, it soon becomes apparent that we were never alone. As the beings living on the fringe seek to reclaim power, Layla must find a way to protect the ones she loves or all humanity may be lost.

A fantastic mix of the walking dead, vampires and so much more!

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Winner of the Naughty New Year's Blog Hop

Thanks to everyone who participated in the Naughty New Year's Blog Hop! Sorry to be a little late announcing the winner on this one...


Friday, January 11, 2013

Blog Tour: DARK WALTZ by A.M. Hargrove {Guest Post & Giveaway}

Welcome to my stop on the Dark Waltz Blog Tour courtesy of CBB Book Promotions. Author A.M. Hargrove has stopped by today to talk to us about the infamous tortured hero in romance novels and why we're so drawn to them. Dark Waltz is her latest sci-fi/paranormal romance release and has not one, but two tortured main characters and lots of sexiness that will satisfy any romance junkie (you can check out the link to my review in this post). There's a tour wide giveaway as well so be sure to follow the tour!

"The Allure of a Tortured Hero" 
by A.M. Hargrove

You see it all the almost every romance novel you read. So what is it about that tortured hero? Why the allure? What’s the attraction?  Is there is hidden reason or is it just the Bad Boy thing?

For the broken male character, maybe it’s because women are nurturers. That’s our natural instinct. We want to take care of things. We are born with the ability to be mothers. Some of us are already mothers. It’s what we do. When we see someone who is hurt or wounded, physically or emotionally, we want to help them. This extends to the characters we read about. This is how we develop a connection to them. So the tortured hero makes that connection grow even deeper...stronger.

Review: DARK WALTZ by A.M. Hargrove

Title: Dark Waltz
Author: A.M. Hargrove
Series: Praestani #1
Publisher: Author
Format: ebook, 243 pages
Source: CBB Book Promotions
Buy the book: Amazon | B&N
Dark Waltz--A sizzling legend of loss, lust and love.

It’s the year 2030 and the human population has been annihilated by a virulent form of small pox. Liasare Davidson is desperately searching for her brother, who has been missing for three months. It’s been eighteen years since she was evacuated from Earth and she is horrified to see it’s become a cesspool of unimaginable things.

In her quest to find her brother, she meets Jurek, a powerful and enigmatic being that frightens her, yet she is unable to resist. When things begin to unfold between them, they both discover a paralyzing truth that puts Liasare at grave risk. She must make a choice to join Jurek and find her brother or fulfill a role she believes she is ill equipped to undertake.

One feisty heroine meets her match in a dominant and powerful alien!

Monday, January 7, 2013

Sourcebooks "Hot Ticket" Special Offer from Olivia Cunning & Giveaway

Olivia Cunning is getting reading for her new release in the Sinners On Tour series, Hot Ticket, which will be on the shelves February 5th and has partnered up with Sourcebooks to bring a special offer for readers. Sourcebooks is feeling super generous this New Year and also giving away a prize pack of Olivia’s books (Backstage Pass, Rock Hard and Double Time) right here on Romancing the Dark Side! Read on for more details and don't forget to enter the giveaway...

Mini Review: Leashing the Tempest by Jenn Bennett

Title: Leashing the Tempest
Author: Jenn Bennett
Series: Arcadia Bell #2.5
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Pocket Star
Format: ebook, 65 pages
Source: My Copy
Buy the book: Amazon | B&N
Dating a demon, defeating evil, running a tiki bar: Arcadia Bell is a great occult mage in many respects. But then there’s the challenge of her boyfriend’s precocious teenage son…

Arcadia “Cady” Bell may have saved the Hellfire Club’s children from a local bogeyman, but she and her Earthbound demon boyfriend, Lon Butler, now face a more disturbing problem: his teenage son’s new demonic abilities. Jupe Butler can persuade you to do anything—or so he thinks. To test the limits of his newfound power, Cady invites the co-owner of Tambuku Tiki Lounge to be the teen’s guinea pig during an afternoon boat cruise. But when an angry storm whips the Pacific into a frenzy and Jupe puts them all in serious danger, will Cady’s magick trump a teenager’s excess confidence?

A fun but short story that reminds me why I fell in love with the series!

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Virtual Book Tour: Grave Intentions by Lori Sjoberg {Character Post & Giveaway}

Welcome to my stop on the Grave Intentions Virtual Book Tour, hosted via Bewitching Book Tours. Today I have the pleasure of introducing you to Sarah, the heroine of Lori Sjoberg's new paranormal romance release, Grave Intentions. There's also an excerpt and a giveaway waiting for you at the end of this post...enjoy!


Hi!  I’m Sarah Griffith, the heroine of Grave Intentions.  Lori asked me to stop by today and tell you a little bit about myself.

I’ve been a skeptic for as long as I can remember.  As a kid, I questioned how Santa could possibly deliver toys to children all around the world in the space of one evening.  And I really wanted to know the physics behind reindeer flying.  (Don’t get me started about the Tooth Fairy.)  It used to drive my Grandma Pearl up the wall.  To her credit, she came up with some pretty creative explanations, ones my young mind could accept.

That inquisitive nature followed me into adulthood.  It’s what motivated me to pursue a career in medical research.  Well, that and my mother.  She died when I was seven, and the circumstances surrounding her death have haunted me ever since.  I’m close to a big breakthrough in my research, and if my hypothesis proves correct, I’ll never have to worry about the genetic time bomb ticking within my DNA.

I’m still reluctant to believe in anything of the supernatural nature.  Like UFOs, or Bigfoot, or things that goes bump in the night.  I certainly don’t buy into the psychic visions my grandmother swears she sees on a daily basis.

Imagine my surprise when I learned my next-door neighbor is an agent of Death.

Friday, January 4, 2013

Review & Giveaway: Sealed with a Curse by Cecy Robson

Title: Sealed with a Curse
Author: Cecy Robson
Series: Weird Girls ~ #1
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Signet Eclipse
Format: ebook, 368 pages
Source: NetGalley
Buy the book: Amazon | B&N
Celia Wird and her three sisters are just like other 20-something girls—with one tiny exception: they're products of a backfired curse that has given each of them unique powers that make them, well, weird…

The Wird sisters are content to avoid the local vampires, werebeasts, and witches of the Lake Tahoe region—until one of them blows up a vampire in self-defense. Everyone knows vampires aren't aggressive, and killing one is punishable by death. But soon more bloodlust-fueled attacks occur, and the community wonders: are the vampires of Tahoe cursed with a plague?

Celia reluctantly agrees to help Misha, the handsome leader of an infected vampire family. But Aric, the head of the werewolf pack determined to destroy Misha's family to keep the region safe, warns Celia to stay out of the fight. Caught between two hot alphas, Celia must find a way to please everyone, save everyone, and oh yeah, not lose her heart to the wrong guy—or die a miserable death. Because now that the evil behind the plague knows who Celia is, it’s coming for her and her sisters. This Wird girl has never had it so tough.

A breakthrough series in the urban fantasy genre!

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