Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Laura Kaye’s WEST OF WANT Preview & Prizes #Event!

Hello lovelies! I am super excited to be participating in Laura Kaye's event for her upcoming release of West of Want! I love, love, love this series and cannot wait to get my hands on this gem! (North of Need - Review) AND Laura's Heart of Anemoi series is also based on some captivating mythology and is just one of the many series/novels we will be featuring for our mythology theme this month! Check it out.....

Happy WEST OF WANT Preview & Prizes Event, everyone! Today, April 10, was the original release date for Book 2 in my Hearts of the Anemoi series, West of Want. And then some really cool things happened: my publisher, Entangled Publishing, signed a huge deal with the nation’s biggest book distributor, which means for the first time ever, my books will be shelved in brick-and-mortar bookstores. And then, West of Want received a very nice pre-sales estimate by the booksellers and Barnes and Nobles bought it for all their stores nationwide (and it got bought for airports, too—squee!). The only bad news in this whole scenario was this: the release date got pushed back, by three LONG months! LOL So, I thought I’d celebrate the original release date with a preview of the book and a big contest, and give you a small taste to whet your appetite until the actual release date arrives.

"Laura Kaye’s captivating writing and vibrant world-building will have readers hooked on the gods of the Anemoi. WEST OF WANT is steamy, spellbinding, and a must-read for all romance fantasy fans."
~Elisabeth Naughton, author of the Eternal Guardians series

Forty sites are celebrating with me today, and there are different posts at those different sites. To see the whole list of participants, click here. Now, without further ado, here’s the book blurb and one of four different never-before-seen excerpts from the book available for you to enjoy:

Betrayal is all he's ever known, but in her, he'll find a love strong enough to be trusted...
When Marcella Raines' twin brother dies, she honors his request to be buried at sea, never expecting the violent storm that swamps her boat. Though she's gravely injured--and still emotionally damaged from her recent divorce--Ella fights to survive.
Zephyros Martius is the Supreme God of the West Wind and Spring, but being the strongest Anemoi hasn't protected him from betrayal and loss. Worse, he's sure his brother Eurus is behind it. When Zeph's heartbreak whips up a storm that shipwrecks a human, his guilt forces him to save her.
Ella is drawn to the vulnerability Zeph hides beneath his otherworldly masculinity and ancient blue eyes. And her honesty, empathy, and unique, calming influence leave Zeph wanting...everything. When Eurus threatens Ella, she and Zeph struggle to let go of the past, defend their future, and embrace what they most want--a love that can be trusted.


Zeph concentrated and allowed his mind to travel in search of his brother’s unique energy signature. As polar opposites, their energies were connected. Yin and yang. Life and death. West and East. So he found Eurus, easily. Within blocks of Ella’s house. Thunder rumbled around him as he flowed through the air in pursuit.

Corporeality returned in a blaze of light, his seething rage crackling around him.

“Ah, brother. I’ve been expecting you,” Eurus said. In the gloom of twilight, he lay prone on the dock in the middle of the marina where Ella’s boat had been taken that first day. Ankles crossed.
Fingers making lazy designs in the air as if he were conducting a symphony. Cold wind whipped up around them, turning the calm waters of the inlet choppy, jostling the sailboats in their slips.

His brother’s calm, casual repose was more disturbing than if Zeph had found him petulant and ranting. Because it meant he was planning. “What the fuck are you playing at, Eurus?”

He sprung to his feet and tugged the lapels of his leather coat. “You see? I offer civility, and what do I get in return?”

Zeph squared off and braced, ready for anything. “You don’t have a civil bone in your body.”

Eurus pinched the bridge of his nose, shifting the wraparounds up the smallest bit. Though not enough, Zeph was relieved to see, to reveal his dead black irises. “If what you say is true, brother, whose fault exactly would that be?”

“Not. Mine.” It was a fruitless conversation, but it was their little dance, and Zeph’s own special corner of hell.

“Of course not yours. Not perfect Zephyros. Not the god of life and renewal. Gods forbid.”

Zeph ignored the barb. Perfection was the last thing he believed of himself. Eurus was jealous of a figment of his imagination. “What do you want?” he finally bit out, hoping to defuse the other man, to delay the confrontation long brewing between them.

Eurus whipped off his glasses and drilled his disturbing, blank gaze into Zeph’s very soul. “Leave the woman alone.”

Pre-order West of Want on Amazon | B&N

So, what d’ya think? Want more Zephyros and Ella? Visit more participating sites to read all the excerpts, meet the characters, see the the West of Want romance trading cards, and enter to win! Thanks for reading! July 10 can’t get here soon enough for me! *grins*

~Laura Kaye

“Using ancient winter mythology as an allegory for grief, Kaye has written a sexy story that packs a powerful emotional punch. NORTH OF NEED is pure winter magic and Kaye’s sparkling talent warms the heart.”
~Stephanie Draven, author of the Mythica series about
multi-award-winning Book 1 in the Anemoi series, North of Need


Seven participants who enter through the Rafflecopter form will win gift cards from winners’ choice of Amazon or B&N valued between $15 and $100! Those prize winners will be announced on West of Want’s release day, July 10, 2012. As a special thank you to those who have pre-ordered the print West of Want through Amazon or B&N, you'll receive extra entries - just enter your order confirmation number on the appropriate Rafflecopter line. Pre-orders are hugely important for an author because they determine how many books bookstores will actually stock and they count toward an author’s first-week sales which is when most authors have their best chance to hit the big bestseller lists. However, pre-orders/purchases are not required to enter. Commenting is the only required entry. Open to international.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

~*Site-Specific Contest*~
One commenter from each participating blog site will win a West of Want bookmark and the romance trading cards for North of Need and West of Want. Simply be a GFC follower of RBtWBC and comment to enter to win, be sure to leave your email address too. These prizes will be announced soon after May 10. Open to international.

About Laura Kaye:
Voted Breakout Author of the Year in the 2011 GraveTells Readers’ Choice Awards, Laura is a bestselling and award-winning author paranormal and contemporary romance. Hearts in Darkness is the EPIC eBook Award Winner for Best Novella, Forever Freed won the NJRW Golden Leaf Award for Best Paranormal of 2011, and North of Need, the first book in the Hearts of the Anemoi series, was named GraveTells’ Best Book of 2011 and won their 5-STAR Gold Heart Award, and won Sizzling Hot Read of the Year at Sizzling Hot Books. Laura lives in Maryland with her husband, two daughters, and cute-but-bad dog, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.


  1. I can't wait for West of Want to be released. How nice is it of of all to celebrate the original release time :). Thank you.


  2. Forgot to say I love the smell of my lilac bush as I walk past it day getting the mail.

  3. Thanks for kicking off the comments, Victoria! Lilacs smell sooo good! :) And thanks for hosting me here Crystal!

  4. Trying to wait patiently for West of Want.

  5. My favorite thing about spring is the colors. Everything is so vibrant! The clear, bright sky, with clouds that are almost touchable. The flowers and trees and blooming everything and the smells…so good! Congrats on your book and thank you for the awesome giveaways!

  6. I love the longer days, more sunlight, flowers and warm weather! Thanks for the giveway!

  7. My favorite part of spring is the weather! It's so perfect and everything looks so pretty! Thanks for the giveaway :)

  8. Green grass and flowers!

    Great excerpt! Loved reading it and look forward to Zeph's story.


  9. What a fun thing to do Laura. Celebrate the original release date with all your readers. Trying to score a set of trading cards for North of Need and West of Want. :)
    luvfuzzzeeefaces at yahoo dot com

  10. Awesome excerpt! West of Want sounds really good, but now I'm wondering what any more books in the series would be called. South of Seduction? (<-- ooh I really like that). Thanks for the contest, my fave thing about spring is the flowers, obviously, they're very pretty.


  11. This really sounds like a book I want to read!


  12. My favorite things about Spring are the fact that the temperature rises, allowing me to wear capris and sandals, and that things are new (flowers blooming, trees growing leaves, new baby animals, etc.

    I am really looking forward to WEST OF WANT, loved the first book.
    manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

  13. I love when the trees and flowers to start bloom in the spring time.

    Thanks for this giveaway!


    Ollie aka DarkBloodyVamp

  14. Book sounds great.Thanks for sharing an excerpt and for the giveaway.

  15. I am getting more excited every site I got to!! This is going to be one long wait.

    bournmelissa at hotmail dot com

  16. Sadly, I can't preorder it here in New Zealand yet, but I can't wait for release day. North of Need was really fabulous! Thanks also for the giveaway :)


  17. What I love most about spring is finally being able to go to the lakes and rivers for a picnic without freezing =)

  18. @JessS - LOL That's actually a really good guess! But, South is South of Surrender. And East is East of Ecstasy! :)

    @Andrea - a German friend pre-ordered through Book Depository. If that works for you, put your confirmation # in the Amazon spot with "Book Depository" and I'll know it's you! :)

    Thanks for all the great comments everyone! I'm glad so many of you are looking forward to getting to meet more of Zeph! Woot!

  19. I love the changes in the season. I think my favorite thing about Spring is the flowers.

    rachel at thejeepdiva dot com

  20. I love sitting out on the patio/hammock and the spring flowers!

  21. Great excerpt!! Cant wait to read more.

  22. Thanks for all the fun comments, guys! Good luck!

  23. I love Easter candy and the tulips!

  24. I would love to plant a lilac bush here at our new house, there was a huge one at our old hose, they smell so good.
    Seawitch Reviews @ yahoo.com

  25. Thanks you a lot for celebrating with us.

    all the best


  26. I love the warmer weather and being able to wear t-shirts and shorts or capris!

  27. I like being able to spend long periods of time outdoors. That's the best.


  28. I love when my spring bulbs start emerging out in bright beautiful colors.

  29. I love the robins who nest in the trees in our front yard!

  30. Isnt it soo great that the best thing about Spring is Daylight saving time...more time 2 hunt 4great Authors & Readzz!!!

  31. Lovely weather and long walks and being able to read outdoors
    when it's really warm.

  32. Hi Laura,
    i think i love that everything is coming back to life the most. you can see all of the trees starting to get their leaves and the grass is turning green, children are happier and more "alive", in fact i think that when spring comes around most people get an extra little lightness in their steps and their attitude toward each other becomes friendlier and etc. etc. etc.

    tammy ramey

  33. Hi Laura,
    i think i love that everything is coming back to life the most. you can see all of the trees starting to get their leaves and the grass is turning green, children are happier and more "alive", in fact i think that when spring comes around most people get an extra little lightness in their steps and their attitude toward each other becomes friendlier and etc. etc. etc.

    tammy ramey

  34. Thanks for all the comments everyone! You rock!

  35. I love spring it has warmer weather and blooming flowers plus there are all the babies being born, horses, ducks, lambs its just cute:)

  36. Thanks for sharing these excerpts with us. I loved North of Need and can't wait to read West of Want! I recently read Hearts in Darkness...fabulous! Laura Kaye is quickly becoming a "must read"!

  37. The beauty of fresh wildflowers and the clean air.

    Thank you so much for this giveaway!



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