Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Tempted by Blood by Laurie London (Guest Post/Giveaway)

Today I'd like to welcome the wonderful Laurie London back to Reading Between the Wines! Laurie is here with her newest Sweetblood release, Tempted by Blood, which is Jackson's story. Whoot! I know a lot of us have been waiting for this one. :) I'll let Laurie get started and then you can enter to win you're very of copy of Tempted by Blood afterwards. Enjoy!

Thanks so much, Crystal, for having me on RBtW today. It just so happens that I’m at a plotting weekend right now with several other authors and we’re drinking wine. Cheers! Tempted by Blood, the third book in the Sweetblood series, just came out in print—the digital version comes out March 1. It’s Jackson and Arianna’s story. 

If you’ve read the first two books, you’ll remember Jackson. He’s the playboy, the charmer. If you ask me, I think he’s easily bored, which is why he’s always searching for something new. He’s never satisfied with the way things are. In fact, he changes girlfriends as often as he changes the highlights in his hair.

Jackson: *Removes his small David Beckham-like ponytail and shakes it out.* What’s wrong with my hair? 

Me: *Blinks a few times. Forgets the point she’s trying to make.* Nothing. I like your hair. A lot. 

Jackson: You make me sound like an ass. 

Me: Listen, I hate to say this, but you can be kind of a coward sometimes when it comes to women. Rather than breaking up with a girlfriend, you do something that makes them break up with you. In fact that one time—

Jackson: *His pupils dilate, leaving just a ring of his iridescent green irises.* Who you calling a coward, Miss I-Pass-Out-Because-There-Might-Be-Blood-Somewhere? I heard about you in the veterinary hospital. Twice. And at the blood donation facility. What I wouldn’t give to have seen you crash into that wall in front of the reception area.

Me: We’re talking about you, not me. As I was saying—

Jackson: I can guaran-damn-tee you that I’m no coward. Far from it. *Pulls a half sandwich from pocket and stuffs it in his mouth. The colorful snake tattoo on his arm appears to be striking.*

Me: *Holds up hands as a peace offering.* Okay. Maybe coward is the wrong word. Sorry. As one of the most kick-ass Guardians in the Seattle field office, you’re far from cowardly. 

Jackson: *Wipes the back of a hand over his mouth.* That’s better.

Me: How about non-confrontational then?

Jackson: You make me sound like a goddamn wimp. I can be plenty confrontational when I need to be.

Me: *Notices the tips of his fangs. Swallows nervously.* True, but what do you call it when you cheat on a girlfriend and let her catch you just to make her do the breaking up? 

Jackson: *Shrugs* So? I don’t like to deal with shit like that. It gets her full buy-in that way. Besides, I’ve only done it once. 

Me: That’s not what Lily said. When I was talking with her and Alfonso—

Jackson: *Stares at his ostrich skin Lucchese boots* What does Lily know? 

Me: She’s one of your best friends. I’d say she knows a lot about you. 

Jackson: *Scoffs* She knows nothing about me. No one does.

Me: Just you wait, Jackson. You’re going to meet someone someday who’s not going to put up with your shit. Someone who can see right through the walls you’ve erected around your heart.

Jackson: Writers. You’re all the same. Always trying to dredge up emotion and conflict for the hell of it. I’m fully aware of every single one of my faults. I don’t need some woman pointing them out. What a nightmare. 

Me: Nightmare? She’s going to fall in love with the man you are inside. *Points to his broad chest* The man you forgot you were. That is, if you don’t screw up.

Jackson: *Pulls out another sandwich half and curses under his breath.* Why do you insist on making my life so painful?

Me: Hey, what can I say. It’s my job to make you suffer. 

Deep within the forests of the Pacific Northwest, the battle for supremacy rages on between two Vampire coalitions: Guardian enforcers sworn to protect humanity, and Darkbloods, rogues who kill like their ancient ancestors….He might be known for his effortless charm, but Guardian Jackson Foss is hiding a terrible secret. For months, he has battled the emergence of his dark nature—deadly urges that threaten to consume him. And those cravings only intensify when he meets Arianna Wells, the human he's been assigned to protect.
Smart and perceptive, Arianna doesn't seem like a dangerous temptress. Yet she awakens in Jackson an unstoppable need that, if left unchecked, will brand him a traitor…a crime punishable by death.
But soon their bond may be Arianna's only hope. For stalking her in the shadows is a merciless enemy—one who will stop at nothing to claim her completely….

Laurie is graciously giving away a copy of Tempted by Blood to one US or Canadian reader. To enter, just leave a comment on this post and then fill out the RaffleCopter below. Additional entries are available but not required. Good luck!

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  1. Great interview with Jackson!!! He does sound like a playboy!!! ;-) I'm intrigued & can't wait to read this series!!! I've added it to my TBR list!!! Thanks for the chance to win!!! :-)

  2. Wow, Excellent interview. This book sounds really great!

  3. Jackson sounds fun. I'll have to add this to my to read list.

  4. Great interview with Jackson! He definitely sounds like a male lead I'd love to read about.

    Thanks for the great giveaway!

  5. Love the interview! I've never heard of this series and I will definitely be checking it out.

  6. Great interview! Love Jackson in this series.

    Thanks for the chance!

  7. I love the interview with Jackson! I already like him as the hero of the book, the easily bored, unsuspecting male who is about to have his world turned upside-down, can't wait to read his story! Thanks for the contest :) Book Savvy Babe

  8. Great character interview. I love Jackson, so intriguing. Can't wait to read this series. Thanks for the giveaway.


  9. I so love character interviews. Jackson was great! Thank you :).

  10. Jackson is ridiculously awesome!! Can't wait for more from this series!

  11. Ah Jackson...such a man...LOL
    I can't wait to read his journey to love. It's going to be great..
    Thanks Laurie for writing his story.
    koonie2888 at yahoo dot com

  12. LOVE character interviews! Can't wait to see what you have in store for Jackson...bet he never even saw it coming *chuckle* ;) Thx for the giveaway op!

    barbbattaglia @ yahoo.com

  13. Sounds like a great series! Is this book 1? I'm haven't read any of Laurie London's books, I'm gonna have to get them! Thanks for the chance to win!

  14. Thanks for the interview, sounds awesome! The hot men are scrolling as I'm typing so I'm distracted. Will be adding to my TBR list. Thanks!

  15. Thanks, everyone, for your comments. Jackson's story was sooo fun to write. Arianna turned out to be his perfect foil and I loved every minute torturing him with her.

    LOL Laurie, those scrolling men over there --> are very distracting to me too. Oh man, look at that %$&#

  16. Loved the interview. I just love Jackson and I love that he's always eating. =)

  17. Love, loved that! How fun. I can't tell you how fun it is to see the authors interacting with their characters. I totally picture you sitting at your computer trying to type out a scene and Jackson arguing with you over exactly how that scene should go. You win, obviously, but it is an entertaining thought. *grin*

    Thanks so much for the giveaway and the chance to win! And CONGRATULATIONS on the release! :)

    Kendra @ Reader's Edyn

  18. I love how the leading lady's name is Arianna.. haha, I wonder when authors will write a story using the name AriannE for once :)

  19. Have heard great things about this author and this series. would love to win and read this book. thanks for the giveaway and the chance to win.

  20. Jackson isn't afraid to speak his mind. I like that and it seems he knows how intimidating he can be :)

  21. Can't wait for this book. I'll enjoy spending time with Jackson! :)


  22. I can't wait to read this book! It sounds wonderful. I have the first 2 books of the series, I just need to get the Vampire for Christmas anthology.

  23. Fascinating interview! I've not read this series, but I'm very intrigued now and will be :)
    Thank you so much for the giveaway chance!

    Gena Robertson

  24. Great interview.Sounds like this is a great book.
    Thanks for the giveaway

  25. I'm finding that nothing gets a book into my shopping cart faster than a really good character interview...

    Sounds like a fantastic read!
    elizabeth @ bookattict . com

  26. Great interview! I loved this series;) I can't wait to read Tempted by Blood!!

  27. I loved Jackson's character interview. I can't wait to read his story!

  28. Thanks for the giveaway. I would love to read this book. It sounds very good. Please enter me in contest. Tore923@aol.com

  29. Thanks for the great "interview" and giveaway! I haven't had the pleasure of reading this author, but I've read such great reviews about this series, I'd love to try it!

  30. Wow...he sounds like a winner. Awesome interview and great giveaway

  31. Hi Laurie and Crystal!

    I LOVED the interview and can't wait to read about Jackson. In the previous books he had been sinfully fun and I know it will be fun reading about all his naughty ways! :)

    Thanks for this giveaway!


    Ollie aka DarkBloodyVamp

  32. That was an interesting and fun interview with Jackson. Tell me, how did you manage not to lick him during the interview? I mean, the man is to die for gorgeous.
    luvfuzzzeeefaces at yahoo dot com

  33. I LOVE this series!!! Seriously great writing Laurie and CONGRATS on the latest!!!


  34. Love Jackson in this series and loved the interview. I'm looking forward to his story. Thanks for the opportunity to win.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

  35. You had to add the sandwiches didn't you Laurie LOL! Does he ever stop eating?

  36. This books sounds great. I would love to read this.

    pefrw at yahoo dot com

  37. Ahhh Jackson, thanks for the great character interview Laurie! I love this bad boy!

  38. Well see now I must have done it wrong cause I just finished reading the book and I thought it was great. Though I wouldn`t dare tell any secrets to those who haven`t read it yet. I don`t know who will be in the next book but I hope will be hearing more about Jackson in the future as well cause he sure got my heart a fluttering.

  39. I loved the interview! I love his attitude. Jackson sounds sexy! I can't wait to read this.
    Laurie, how many books will be in the series?


  40. i thik it hot and then it going to do good and go high on the book list i like to now do you do bookmark of thebook or trading card i be interested them

    the book cove is great

    desi the blonde at msn dot com

  41. Great interview. Jackson sounds like quite a character.

  42. Love the interview. The books sounds great!

  43. Loved the interview!! Jackson sounds....hot!
    I am adding this to the TBR list for sure!


  44. I love character interviews!! :) This was so funny and great! :) Thanks for the chance to win!

  45. Thanks for the interesting interview and the chance to win.

  46. Guardian enforcers and Darkblood rogues! Who could ask for more :) Thank you for sharing about this very intriguing book today and for the lovely giveaway opportunity.


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