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Thursday, August 1, 2013

Taken by the Vampire King by Laura Kaye (Guest Post/Giveaway)

Today I would like to welcome the truly fabulous, Laura Kaye, joining us with her new release (Out today!) TAKEN BY THE VAMPIRE KING! I don't know about y'all, but I can't wait to sink my teeth into this one! Happy release day, Laura!


Top Ten Reasons to Fall in Love with Henrik Magnusson

Today I’m very excited to be at Reading Between the Wines Book Club to celebrate the release of my dark vampire romance, Taken by the Vampire King. This book is the third in my Vampire Warrior Kings series from Harlequin Nocturne—definitively not your mother’s Harlequin! *grins* (Note that the books in this series stand alone very well, but the reading order, if you prefer, is In the Service of the King, Seduced by the Vampire King, Taken by the Vampire King.)

Since I adore heroes, I thought I’d celebrate release day by sharing the top ten reasons I think you just might fall in love with mine:

10) Henrik is so concerned for those he loves, he’s willing to sacrifice himself to keep them safe.

9) He is strong and brave in the face of his own mortality, which should be impossible but is not due to a mysterious illness.

8) He’s protective, righteous, courageous, and can kick some major evil ass when he needs to. Wait until you see him in action!

7) He’s tattooed. If you guys know me at all, you know I love heroes with tattoos. And Henrik’s body bears multiple fascinating inked marks of his royal status and position. You’ll enjoy discovering them one inch of skin at a time. Yum.

6) He loves his brother, Jakob, the heir to the throne should Henrik die. And there’s a pretty epic bromance in Taken by the Vampire King.

5) Henrik’s dying. Seriously, how can you not love him when everything in his world is at stake?

4) He is absolutely ravenous not just for blood, but for Kaira Sorensen’s blood. And, man, the satisfaction he feels at long last while feeding on her… Incendiary!

4a) He has fangs and he knows how to use ‘em! (AKA, he hazskillz!)

3) He’s a vampire on the edge of losing everything human and moral. His need for blood is desperate because he is starving and has been for a long time. That makes his feedings and the sex scenes absolutely scorching in intensity.

2)Henrik is so nearly out of control that he requires his brother’s assistance to insure he doesn’t kill Kaira when he feeds from her. And that leads to one of the hottest scenes I’ve ever written!

1) He’s Norwegian. Tall.Blond.Muscled.Immortal. With ice blue eyes that turn indigo after a feeding. And wait til you see what else happens to him with a little nourishment in his system…

Need more convincing? Read on…


Excerpt

“Jakob is here to ensure I don’t lose control as you saw before, and to make sure I stop before the blood loss becomes harmful to you. He will need to monitor your heart rate. Would you be okay with him holding your other wrist?”

“Sure,” Kaira whispered, her gaze flickering to the other vampire. He crouched beside her, his expression serious, a little on edge, even. His big hand wrapped its warmth around her right wrist, two of his fingers pressing firmly against the thrumming pulse there.

Looking into her eyes, Henrik whispered, “Just relax.” His voice was almost mesmerizing, and a calming ease blanketed her body. The tension drained from her shoulders and her heartbeat decelerated.

He cradled her hand and forearm in his big hands and gently pulled her arm toward him as he knelt closer to her thigh.

Henrik’s hands were warm, yet cooler than Jakob’s, and big, though thinner than his brother’s, too. The comparison came out of nowhere and made her acutely aware that two men—two male vampires—had their hands on her bare skin.

Henrik struck, his fangs sinking deep into her radial artery, opening it up, and letting her blood flow.

It was just as before—a flash of pain erased by the first caressing sucks of his mouth against her flesh. Kaira flinched and inhaled a sharp breath. Her eyes flew toward Jakob, who was studying her with unabashed interest. The heat of a blush bloomed over her cheeks. His nostrils flared. Her heart kicked up in her chest again. The air in the room heated by ten degrees, at least. His brow furrowed and he looked away, staring at her upturned wrist like he suddenly found it fascinating.

Henrik held her arm tighter and fed from her more urgently, his mouth pressing harder against her skin, his sucking draws coming faster. Appreciative grunts and half whimpers spilled from him, giving voice to his pleasure and satisfaction in her blood. He leaned some of his weight against her thigh, and the heat rolling off him threatened to sear her.

She unleashed a shuddering breath, and he moaned.

Breathe, breathe, just breathe, she chanted to herself. Because it was getting harder to do so.

Once again, her body was responding to his feeding—to his mouth, his tongue, his hands. His need was so great it nearly coalesced into a physical presence in the room. And, God, she was so hot and wet for him she could barely sit still.

Kaira wanted Henrik. His big body climbing up hers, his weight holding her down, him claiming her in every way he could.

The high-pitched whimper escaped her unbidden.

Henrik’s drinking eased up.

She went to stroke his hair, to encourage and reassure him, and forgot Jakob held her other wrist.

His gaze cut to hers.

She tried tugging her hand out of his grasp.

Cocking an eyebrow, he released her. Her hand fell on the silkiness of Henrik’s hair just as Jakob knelt closer and pressed his fingers against the pulse in her throat. The heat of his big hand covered her skin from her throat to just above her breast.

Henrik growled and twisted without breaking contact to track the movement, his eyes slits of brilliant pale light.

“Shh,” she managed, petting his hair. His gaze shifted to her for a long moment and, apparently satisfied with what he saw, he returned all his attention to what was happening where his mouth met her arm.

Her arousal spiked. Everywhere she looked she saw big, muscled male bodies.




Taken by the Vampire King Blurb:
Henrik Magnusson is supposed to be immortal, but a mysterious ailment leaves the vampire king near death, and not even the blood of the Proffered, human virgins trained to serve the elite, can sustain him. Then he rescues a beautiful young woman from his enemies, and is filled with blood lust and desire he hasn't felt for centuries.Photographer Kaira Sorenson's life takes a nightmare turn when she's attacked by blood-thirsty creatures—and saved by a vampire. She should be afraid of Henrik, but she can't deny her intense attraction to this regal, enigmatic being—nor the fact that her blood may be his only salvation. Now she must decide if she's willing to be his forever…
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About Laura Kaye:

Laura is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over a dozen books in contemporary and paranormal romance. Growing up, Laura’s large extended family believed in the supernatural, and family lore involving angels, ghosts, and evil-eye curses cemented in Laura a life-long fascination with storytelling and all things paranormal. She lives in Maryland with her husband, two daughters, and cute-but-bad dog, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.
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GIVEAWAY: 
Did you have a favorite line from the excerpt? One commenter who leaves their email address will win a signed paperback of Summer Holiday with a Vampire, a rare, UK-only anthology of vampire stories that includes Laura’sIn the Service of the King, Vampire Warrior Kings #1! Open to international! Good luck!




35 comments:

miki said...

You are really spoiling us with such a good excerpt and that fabulous prize!!! thank you so much.... really like often it's hard for me to pick just oen line as favourite because it's teh excerpt as i whole that i love but if i must then

"Cocking an eyebrow, he released her. Her hand fell on the silkiness of Henrik’s hair just as Jakob knelt closer and pressed his fingers against the pulse in her throat. The heat of his big hand covered her skin from her throat to just above her breast."

we see here that's there are a lot of tenderness too not only lust

thank you a lot

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Sebella Blue said...

How hot is this passage? " Kaira wanted Henrik. His big body climbing up hers, his weight holding her down, him claiming her in every way he could." Jehoshaphat, trigger!

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Laura Kaye said...

Thanks for kicking off the comments guys! Love reading your choices of fave quotes! Woot!

May said...

I don't have a specific favorite line but I thought that the whole scene was very sexy and erotic! :) Really love it!

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Anonymous said...

I just loved the whole excerpt that I couldn't just pick one line bibbiesparks@yahoo.com;

Gayle Latreille said...

Terrific excerpt. Loved this, it gave me the shivers ..."Henrik whispered, “Just relax.” His voice was almost mesmerizing, and a calming ease blanketed her body. The tension drained from her shoulders and her heartbeat decelerated." ...

This is the series that introduced me to Laura, I love it and have been waiting forever for this 3rd book in the series.

Thank you Laura <3

Gayle
gayle2b74@gmail.com

Vickie said...

I loved the whole excerpt! I actually love anything that Laura writes! :)

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Eva Millien said...

Thanks for sharing the great excerpt and the giveaway. I loved the line 'Appreciative grunts and half whimpers spilled from him, giving voice to his pleasure and satisfaction in her blood.' Sounds so sexy and hot. evamillien at gmail dot com

Stephanie said...

Love the whole thing, but my favorite from this excerpt is:

The comparison came out of nowhere and made her acutely aware that two men—two male vampires—had their hands on her bare skin.

Two vampire males with their hands on me?? Yes and please!!

Lisa G said...

"Her arousal spiked. Everywhere she looked she saw big, muscled male bodies."
I loved this line.

Jan Meredith said...

Love the book! Can't wait for the next one...and the autio version as well. Aarrggg, and yo-ho, matie! LOL!

Laura Kaye said...

I'm really enjoying reading all your comments guys! Good luck!

Lisa said...

Loved the book. Read it as soon as it arrived in my kindle.

My favorite line from this excerpt (if I must choose one) is

Once again, her body was responding to his feeding-to his mouth, his tongue, his hands. His need was so great it nearly coalesced into a physical presence in the room. And, God, she was so hot and wet for him she could barely sit still.

Beautiful Disaster said...

Wow! I like this part: "She went to stroke his hair, to encourage and reassure him, and forgot Jakob held her other wrist."
Thanks :-)
Lori

lorih824 at yahoo dot com

erin said...

ooohhh... loved this excerpt! Henrik sounds exciting :) Thanks for sharing!
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Jessica Hale said...


Her arousal spiked. Everywhere she looked she saw big, muscled male bodies

jessicaoz(at)hotmail(dot)com

Gaby Pendragon said...

This one was my favorite:
"Kaira wanted Henrik. His big body climbing up hers, his weight holding her down, him claiming her in every way he could."

gaby_sama(at)hotmail(dot)com

Alicia said...

What an awesome excerpt! I can't wait to read more from this collection!
My favorite line was:
"Looking into her eyes, Henrik whispered, “Just relax.” His voice was almost mesmerizing, and a calming ease blanketed her body. The tension drained from her shoulders and her heartbeat decelerated."

Thank you so much for the chance to win this awesome book!

orangepeacock313 AT gmail DOT com

Laura Kaye said...

So glad you're enjoying the excerpt, everyone! Good luck!!

Linda said...

I don't have a fav line - love the whole excerpt & can't wait to read more.
I was getting more & more breathless reading it. Pretty awesome stuff!

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Irene Jackson said...

Everywhere she looked she saw big muscled male bodies.
Oh yum! That's my favourite line from the excerpt. What a line to end it on though!
Irene

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Lisa said...

Forgot my email address

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VampedChik said...

Love the whole thing! But this was pretty good- The comparison came out of nowhere and made her acutely aware that two men—two male vampires—had their hands on her bare skin.
-Amber
goodblinknpark(AT)yahoo(DOT)com

June M. said...

Great excerpt! I can't wait to read this story :)
I really loved:
"Kaira wanted Henrik. His big body climbing up hers, his weight holding her down, him claiming her in every way he could."
June
manning_J2004 at yahoo dot com

SdyLion said...

I love this series!
"The heat of his big hand covered her skin from her throat to just above her breast."
But the entire excerpt was excellent.
sdylion(at)mail(dot)com

JenM said...

Oh my, that was yummy. My favorite line is the last line:

"Her arousal spiked. Everywhere she looked she saw big, muscled male bodies."

I'll take a couple of those please.

jen(at)delux(dot)com

Susan W. said...

Great excerpt! I have more of a favorite part than just a line.

"Henrik growled and twisted without breaking contact to track the movement, his eyes slits of brilliant pale light.

“Shh,” she managed, petting his hair. His gaze shifted to her for a long moment and, apparently satisfied with what he saw, he returned all his attention to what was happening where his mouth met her arm.

Her arousal spiked. Everywhere she looked she saw big, muscled male bodies."

suz2 at cox dot net

Linda said...

Loved him whispering “Just relax.” *swoon* =) Love the excerpt and can´t wait for my chance to read more.
Happy Monday!
//Linda

Kyla Whitley said...

Her eyes flew toward Jakob, who was studying her with unabashed interest. The heat of a blush bloomed over her cheeks. His nostrils flared.

thank you for sharing!

jukyjoauka at aol dot com

Arely ZPerez said...

“Shh,” she managed, petting his hair. His gaze shifted to her for a long moment and, apparently satisfied with what he saw, he returned all his attention to what was happening where his mouth met her arm.
I love that she's telling him it's fine!
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Kristine *chaos* said...

This was a really good excerpt my fave line was "Cocking an eyebrow, he released her. Her hand fell on the silkiness of Henrik’s hair just as Jakob knelt closer and pressed his fingers against the pulse in her throat. The heat of his big hand covered her skin from her throat to just above her breast."

This is a great giveaway. crossing fingers.
Kristine R


KristineLR23(AT)gmail(dot)com

jmcgaugh said...

I don't really have a favorite line; it was all good!
jmcgaugh (at) semo (dot) edu

Laura Kaye said...

Love, love, love reading all your choices! Thanks guys and good luck!

Sara Gallagher said...

Sounds like a fantastic read. Here's my line :
Kaira wanted Henrik. His big body climbing up hers, his weight holding her down, him claiming her in every way he could.

The high-pitched whimper escaped her unbidden.
Makes you want to continue reading to see what happens.
sara.gallagher@rocketmail.com

Natasha D said...

I like all of it!
Thanks for the chance to win!
natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com