Wednesday, January 4, 2012

BotM: Midnight Reckoning by Kendra Leigh Castle (Guest Post & Giveaway)


Today I am super happy to welcome author Kendra Leigh Castle back to Reading Between the Wines to celebrate the release of Midnight Reckoning, which  is our Book of the Month for January and also a totally awesome read! (4.5 Stars, review coming soon!) She's has a great post for you all and a giveaway at the end, please give Kendra a warm welcome!

Ten Fun Facts About Midnight Reckoning’s Hero, Jaden Harrison
By Kendra Leigh Castle

Just a few days ago, the second book in my Dark Dynasties series, MIDNIGHT RECKONING, was released.  If you’ve read the first book, or even just read the blurb, you likely remember that the hero of the first book, DARK AWAKENING, was a cat-shifting vampire, or as they’re not-so-affectionately called in their world, a cat vamp.  These maligned vampire shifters of the Cait Sith (cat-SHEE) have some things in common: they’re a downtrodden bloodline, considered “lowbloods” because of their Fae-tainted origins.  Many were kept as slaves by the powerful Ptolemy dynasty of highblood vampires.  Unsurprisingly, having a chip on one’s shoulder isn’t all that uncommon among the dark, feline vampires.  However, despite the fact that the hero of MIDNIGHT RECKONING is also a cat vamp, he’s quite a bit different than the brooding, tormented, and very hot Ty MacGillivray from DARK AWAKENING.  So today, I thought I’d give you ten fun facts about Jaden Harrison.  Will he be your kind of hero?  Read on to find out!

  1. Jaden is a farmer’s son from Somerset, England.  He remained close to his parents until they died.
  2. Think his name is a little modern?  You’re right.  The practice of “renaming” isn’t uncommon among vampires, and is often a way of breaking with a mortal past.  Jaden’s actual name is James Dennis Harrison.  Only those closest to him know it, and they only use it if they want to irritate him.   
  3. Jaden was often teamed with Ty MacGillivray to hunt the enemies of Queen Arsinöe of the Ptolemy when they were both slaves in her court.  The younger Jaden looked up to Ty, and still regards him as a brother.
  4. Though vampires keep to the cities much of the time, Jaden has always preferred the country.
  5. Jaden’s quiet, watchful personality conceals a sly sense of humor.
  6. He is one of the few Cait Sith to ever successfully escape the Ptolemy court.
  7.  Despite no longer needing to eat solid food, Jaden enjoys cooking.  It relaxes him.  If he cooks for you, you know you’ve made it into his small—but highly valued—group of friends.
  8. Jaden is positive that Jared Leto saw him once, because the musician’s style was for a time an exact copy of his own.  He’s still working on thinking of it as a compliment instead of a rip-off.
  9.  He’s a romantic at heart, a dinner and flowers kind of guy underneath the black clothes and fangs.
  10. Jaden’s loyalty, though difficult to earn, is given completely.  He was the first of the Cait Sith to turn his mark to that of the Lilim because of his devotion to Lily and Ty, the heroine and hero of DARK AWAKENING. 
And there you have it, a brief overview of my newest hero.  If you can’t tell, I had a lot of fun with him. So what do you like to see in a hero?  I’m giving away a signed copy of Midnight Reckoning to one commenter, so be sure to say hello!  I’ll be around all day to chat.  And thanks so much to Crystal for having me back today!  This is one of my favorite sites.  Reading and wine…perfection.

Kendra Leigh Castle writes paranormal romance and is the author of the Dark Dynasties series from Forever Romance, which currently include DARK AWAKENING (7/11), MIDNIGHT RECKONING (1/12) and the upcoming SHADOW RISING (8/12).  She lives in Southern Maryland with her husband, three kids, and menagerie of pets.  You can find her on facebook, twitter, and at www.kendraleighcastle.com.

~*GIVEAWAY*~
As Kendra mentioned above, she is graciously giving away a signed copy of Midnight Reckoning to one lucky reader. To enter, just leave a comment on this post and then fill out the raffle copter below with your name and email address! Additional entries are available but not required. Good luck! 


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57 comments:

  1. I love a man who can cook, and if he looks like Leto, well fantastic! Thanks for the giveaway.

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  2. i love a man that he is protective while still letting his loved ones some liberties

    all the best

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  3. I loved Dark Awakening and I can hardly wait to read the new book

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  4. Hi Shelley! Yeah, I figured a guy who both cooks AND looks like Leto is one of those perfect combinations:) *siiigh* Jared Leto...

    miki, I love men who have that protective side too! Paranormal guys tend to...one of the reasons it's so fun writing them!

    Dannyfiredragon, thank you!! I hope you enjoy this one too:)

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  5. Wow...I am in love...with the book, and, of course, Jaden....and I SO love the fact that he can cook - having three brothers of my own who are EXCELLENT cooks - I can boil water - LOL - he can be part of my family any day of the week!

    mrschopchop@verizon.net

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  6. Great list. Wow, he can cook. Thanks for the giveaway.

    e.balinski(at)att(dot)net

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  7. Great giveaway :) This series looks smokin' :)

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  8. You sure know how to make a man list to make us want what we don't have. I can't wait to read this book!!! Thanks for sharing your talent with us.

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  9. Thanks for a great post! Definitely sounds like my dream guy!!! Can't wait to read this book ;)

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  10. Great Post! Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

    jess

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  11. Thanks, everyone! I definitely enjoyed writing Jaden. And the, um, "visual inspiration" of having pictures like this one stuck to my bulletin board while I was writing the book. My husband just shakes his head when I tell him these are necessary things.

    Felicia, I hear you...I'm not far beyond boiling water myself:)

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  12. I can't wait to read Jaden's story. I'm very excited! Thanks for the giveaway and what a great interview!

    charmed_sphere_mage69@hotmail.com

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  13. Can't wait to read this....What do I like i nmy hero? Some mystery and a whole lotta lovin! I like a hero who is complex and hard to crack..bad to the bone you might say!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  14. I don't know how I've missed this! I love vamps and I am a cat person so these should be top reads for me. Thank you so much!
    vsloboda(at)gmail(dot)com

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  15. I loved Ty in Dark Awakening and can't wait to meet Jaden in Midnight Reckoning! He sounds like my kind of Alpha! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  16. Look at that hot guy in the jacket! I'd like him please.

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  17. K33p3r, thanks!

    Kristina, "bad to the bone" is one of my favorite kinds of heroes:)

    Victoria, I love cats too! But these cats are nothing like mine, who is basically big and lazy.

    Lori, thanks! Really glad to hear that you enjoyed Ty so much:)

    Stacie, that's Jared Leto, and google is a treasure trove of yummy pictures of him. He has GORGEOUS blue eyes, too.

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  18. Cat-shifting vampire? I haven't read Dark Awakening, but my God, that sounds extremely interesting! Thanks for the chance to win it!

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  19. I'm really getting into paranmormals lately, but I haven't read this author yet.

    sallans d at yahoo dot com

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  20. This sounds great!!! Would love to find a new author to read!! Tnanks for the chance.

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  21. Yes please! Can I have one of him?! #5, 9 & 10 are sure winners in my book

    Adore a hero with a sly sense of humor.

    thumbelinda03@yahoo.com

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  22. I have not read these books, but I am intrigued by the world of cat vampires. Jaden sounds great- loving the country, cooking, and being wily enough to escape the court.

    Thanks for the giveaway opportunity.

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  23. This seems like a very interesting series and it's definitely not the norm. Good luck and I hope your book does well.

    vegasgirl(at)gmail(dot)com

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  24. Omigosh, I love this blog for introducing me to new to me authors! Especially ones that write about sexy vamp with a sense of humor that likes to romance a woman with flowers and home cooked meals! Lord have mercy, I need to get the first book right away, me thinks!

    Thank you so much for the giveaway opportunity!

    Gena Robertson
    robertsognena@hotmail.com

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  25. I would love to read this series. It sounds very good. Please enter me in contest. Tore923@aol.com

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  26. OMG Jared Leto is so freaking hot...I love, love, love 30 Seconds to Mars but sadly haven't seen a picture of him in FOREVER!

    Mary

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  27. OK, now that is out of my system...Still slightly drooling here...

    Book sounds great and if you picture Jared as a hero in one of your books I am sold and going to pick up the first one in the series!

    Thanks,
    Mary
    mary_reiss @ hotmail.com

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  28. Thank you very much for the chance to win!

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  29. In a hero I like strength-both inside and out, I like a sense of humor (if the hero starts out an ass then he better have a softer side to balance it out), a protector, and a handsome hero never hurts.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  30. OMG I just fell in love again. He sounds like my kind of guy!

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  31. Oh, I think I'm just a little in love with Jaden! Great post. My hero must have a sense of humor because you need to be able to laugh at the stuff life throws at you. I also want him to be supportive and I want to know he's got my back. A sense of adventure wouldn't hurt either.
    kacbooks(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  32. Hi
    I love a hero who can be tender with his woman but at the same time tought to fight for her and protect her.

    Daniela.
    dany7578 at hotmail dot com

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  33. Oh wow! So many people since I wandered off!

    I'm glad so many of you like the picture...I'm a 30 Seconds to Mars fan too:) And to all of the "what I like in a hero" ideas, I give you a resounding "Yes!" I hope everyone enjoys the book...cat vamps can be tender, sexy men with cooking skills too:)

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  34. Brooding & tormented - love it!! My first for Cat Vamps.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  35. I have seen Kendra's books on other sites but never had the opportunity to read one so I would really like the chance to do so. How could I know what to know more about cat vampires and hunky men that cook. Oh, how I would "LOVE" to have one of my own. :-)

    Thanks for the opportunity and best of luck in 2012!

    Sherri at Urban Girl Reader
    urbangirlreader(at)gmail(dot)com

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  36. I have not had the opportunity to read any of Kendra's books yet but this one looks great. I do love paranormals and especially vampires so I would love to read this.
    June
    manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

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  37. Sounds like a great read & I'm looking forward to reading it!

    elizabeth @ bookattict . com

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  38. I love this series. I haven't had a chance to buy it yet. But I can't wait to get it started!
    jlkg102961 AT yahoo DOT com

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  39. Tall, dark and handsome is always good with a sense of humor, intelligence, respect for others and a solid moral compass, but not preachy.

    acm05atjuno.com

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  40. I would love to get an autographed copy of this book. It sounds like a great read.
    Dreamer2229
    http://dream-reader-dreamer2229.blogspot.com/

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  41. Hi thanks for this international GA :) Can't wait to read this book, seems really good!

    fra

    ilovebooksblog(at)gmail(dot)com

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  42. This was a fun interview ty for sharing! Thanks for sharing a bit of info on Jared sounds like his book is going to be awesome too. Loved book 1 !

    pams00 @ aol.com

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  43. I enjoyed the interview and love the sound of these books.
    I like my heroes hot Alpha loyal and loving! Being a good cook is a great bonus.
    irgl7(at)bonzo15(dot)plus(dot)com

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  44. This books sounds great, can't wait to read it =D
    Thank you for the chance to win

    emilytardy(AT)yahoo(DOT)com

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  45. Thanks for the awesome post! Where can I get one of him? I know, in Midnight Reckoning of course! I really, really, can't wait to read this!!!

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  46. I'm so excited to read it, I can't remember to put my email in my post! lol! brendem7@comcast.net

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  47. OMG...cat shifter/vampire...my FAV! He can cook for me ANYTIME! ;)

    barbbattaglia@yahoo.com

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  48. I love a man with a sly sense of humor, who can cook. Jaden sounds yummy

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  49. Hi Kendra,
    This is a must read I can tell already. You know the shy ones are always the naughtiest ones ;) And aside from that he can cook too. Who doesn't like a man who can take care of himself? That's a yummilicious man! Can't wait to get it and thanks Kendra for the interview. I like all your books.
    Lori H.

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  50. A sense of humor, compassion and a HUGe heart is something I adore in a man. Congrats on your relase Kendra :)

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  51. Jaden sounds awesome!

    In a hero I tend to prefer the protective non-Alpha sort. The hero that would kill for the heroine but only if she couldn't do it herself. I like the ones who have a soft spot for animals and children too. When it came time to decide if I really wanted a lifelong commitment with my husband the one requirement was that he was going to be the best dad he could be. I love a hero with that quality. :)

    always.and.never AT gmail DOT com

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  52. Looking forward to this. Thanks for the chance!

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  53. Thanks for the giveaway!! This looks like a great, HOT book!!!
    ms.georgia.forever AT gmail.com

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  54. Sounds awesome! Added to my wishlist!
    -Amber
    goodblinknpark@yahoo.com

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  55. great series and a hot cover too

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  56. Hot Cover!I loved learning about Jaden.

    ainfinger@comcastDOTnet

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