Tuesday, January 1, 2013

READ in the New Year! Prince of Power by Elisabeth Staab (Guest Post/Giveaway)

Happy New Years lovelies and welcome back to our week long event! What better way to kick off 2013 then with the fabulous paranormal romance author, Elisabeth Staab, and her upcoming release of Prince of Power!

A Very Vampire New Year

Happy New Year everyone!

I mean… *whispers* happy new year everyone…

Imma keep my voice down since you’re probably all recovering from a multitude of holiday celebrations over here at Reading Between the Wines. Which is fantastic, because as the superstition goes, what you do at New Years is what you’ll do all year, right?

Now, since today is New Years Day, and for many vampires daytime means Very Bad Things, most of my guys are going to want to chill inside from the daylight. Which doesn’t mean an end to the merriment if our hearts desire. We just want to keep it low key. Since we’re visiting Reading Between the Wines the gang from King of Darkness and Prince of Power have brought along some wine, some fancy cheeses, some nice crisp fresh fruit, and a box of those cute little Ritz crackers shaped like snowflakes. Sometimes it’s festive before fancy.

Now wait! A little warning before we crack open the potent potables. In the Chronicles of Yavn, red wine does funny things to a vampire. Has a special little kick, a kind of “I love you man” warm and fuzzy, so one should proceed with caution, even though the Pinot Noir does pair well with the pears and the camembert…

The human kids had their party-favor club drugs: their weed and their meth and their little purple pills. For vampires, the sweet essence of red wine produced that lovey-dovey, buzzy high. The wine made it okay to crave connection with others. (Isabel, King of Darkness)
Hmm… *looks around* Come to think of it, with the exception of Anton—the hero of Prince of Power—who was born a member of the evil wizard race, and Alexia who is human… Almost everyone of note in this series is vampire. We did just say we wanted to keep things low-key. Last thing we need is some sort of fight breaking out because someone got a little too huggy-kissy and something was misunderstood. You know how easily vampires can get jealous…

[Anton] sneered at Siddoh and started walking in the direction of where they’d parked the cars. “I don’t think you really want to go there.”

Siddoh must have invoked his power to go invisible because the air around Anton stirred and the weight of a heavy arm landed on his shoulder but he couldn’t see Siddoh at all. “I think we do need to go there.”

“And why is that exactly?”

“’Cuz whatever went on before with me and Ty, I’m still out to protect her and I want to make sure we’re on the same page.”

Anton flung off the invisible arm. “I wouldn’t be out here with you at all if I didn’t intend to protect her.” (Anton, Prince of Power)
So… perhaps we’ll just stick to the Riesling and the baked brie.

Oh! And the baked brie is so fancy, but so easy to make yourself. Siddoh, one of our top wizard fighters, he made it himself. You’d never know he’s so handy in the kitchen, would you?

Here’s his quick and easy recipe:

  • 1 sheet of puff pastry or can of crescent roll dough
  • 1 6-8 oz wheel of brie
  • Apricot or raspberry preserves (optional)

Directions: preheat oven according to the pastry directions (about 375 degrees), if using crescent roll dough, roll out flat.

If using the preserves, spread a thin layer over the pastry. (Siddoh: “Don’t be stingy, spread that shit on there like you mean it.”) Obviously, this is a matter of preference.

Place the wheel of cheese in the center of the pastry, wrap it up, and bake according to the directions on the pastry. Easy!

You do not have to remove the rind from the cheese unless you feel strongly about the flavor. Siddoh claims that if you don’t remove the rind it will taste like feet. This too depends on preference, obviously.

And then you’re ready to party! We at the Chronicles of Yavn hope that you all have a safe, loving, prosperous new year full of hunky heroes, thrilling books to read, and free from jealous vampire brawls.

Elisabeth Staab still lives with her nose in a book and at least one foot in a fantasy world. Her bestselling paranormal romance novel, King of Darkness, is available now. Her second book, Prince of Power, releases in January. Find out more at ElisabethStaab.com and follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

Wizards and vampires have been mortal enemies since the beginning. Now Anton, son of the Wizard Master, has one last chance to steal the unique powers of the vampire king's beautiful sister, Tyra...and then kill her. But when he meets Tyra face-to-face, everything changes... Tyra will stop at nothing to defeat the wizards, until Anton saves her life and she suddenly sees an opportunity she never could have imagined... As the sparks ignite between them, together they could bring an end to the war that's decimating their people, but only if they can find a way to trust each other...

Elisabeth is giving away a copy of either King of Darkness OR Prince of Power, winner's choice, to one reader. To enter, just leave a meaningful comment or question on this post for her and then fill out the Rafflecopter below. Additional entries are available but not required. Good luck!

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    Love the post and I love Brie but have never made it. Now I think I will. Thanks :).

  2. Great post. Sounds like Romeo and Juliet. I love those types of stories,
    debby236 at gmail dot com

  3. I love these types of stories so will look for your books next time I go to the bookstore or library!

  4. Great post. I have been a fan of her books for some time now and would love the chance to win either of the books.


  5. Happy New Year! I love this series and can't wait to read Prince of Power! Thanks for the chance to win!

  6. Happy New year! Thanks for the chance to win!!!


  7. A new author for me and so I would be happy to give it a shot
    diane dot sadler at gmail dot com

  8. Wow, a wizard fighter who cooks, sounds great! I love a man who will cook for me.

  9. Thanks so much for stopping by and reading in the New Year with King of Darkness and Prince of Power!! Hapy New Year everyone!

  10. Prince of Power sounds like a great read. I've never read any books by Elisabeth Staab, but after reading this I've already started looking into other books by her and added some to my must-read list for this year. Love the baked brie recipe too! I'm avid cook and foodie too!

  11. Happy New Year every one!! Thanks for a fun post and congrats to Elizabeth on the new release!

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  13. Happy New Year!! Thank you for the recipe. I look forward to your new book!

  14. I hope you guys like the baked brie recipe, I hope you'll let Siddoh and I know what you think if you try it. Super delicious with apples!

  15. Happy New Years! I can't wait to read this. I enjoyed the post. I haven't read anything by this author yet. Thanks,

  16. Happy New Year! Gotta love a wizard fighter who cooks =)

    A wizard & a vampire's sister: awesome combination for a hero/heroine couple. Would love a copy pls!

  17. Happy New Year, best wishes for 2013 lot of success

    thank you a lot for this opportunity to win, i like the cover of this new book and the summary is so tempting!

  18. Happy New Year...
    I'd love to start with King of Darkness. Thanks for the opportunity.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

  19. Great post. Sounds like Romeo and Juliet. I love those types of stories,


  20. Happy New Year. I've never had Brie but this recipe sounds delicious and easy. I'm going to have to try it.
    Thanks for the great post and giveaway.


  21. Love the recipe and can´t wait to read your book, =)

    Happy New Year!
    fr_larsson at hotmail dot com

  22. Baked brie is the best - oh yea and this year I tried a new treat - chocolate wine. Yes I said chocolate, one was creamy and smooth, the other a deep red with just a hint of extra dark. Who could ask for more in life, other than perhaps to read your awesome sounding new book. Thank you for sharing with us today and making me smile.

  23. Happy New Year!
    I've never read anything by Elisabeth Staab before, but it looks like 2013 will be the year that changes.

    Thanks for sharing the baked Brie recipe. I've never tried it, but it sounds fabulous. I'm going to attempt it the next time my sister and I have a "wine night".

  24. Usually vamps can't get drunk, so I love the idea that red wine can affect them.

  25. A tipsy vamp gives me the giggles. Happy New Year! sdylion(at)gmail(dot)com

  26. I am so excited to read Prince of Power and am eagerly awaiting the release. King of Darkness was such a great book and i have gotten so many of my friends hookdd on it. Happy New Year and Congrats on the new release Elizabeth!!!

    Crystal Guidroz

  27. I really want to read this series. THanks for the chance

  28. I love that this is a series and who doesn't love a great vampire story.


  29. Wishing everyone a very Happy New Year. Such a fun post thank you.

  30. would LOVE to win & read!
    PICK ME!
    Picardsmom at yahoo dot com

  31. Thank you so much to everyone stopped by, I supper appreciate the comments from those of you who have already read King of Darkness and to those who are planning to read it soon! Hope you all enjoy the baked brie!

  32. I haven't read Elizabeth's books yet, but I'd like to.
    sallans d at yahoo dot com

  33. I enjoyed your post. Look forward to checking out Prince of Power.
    jmcgaugh (at) semo (dot) edu

  34. It looks like an exciting story.
    Happy New Year!
    mce1011 AT aol DOT com

  35. Liked the post. Prince of Power sounds really good.

  36. Many thanks to everyone who stopped by to check out Prince of Power!

  37. Your post has made me interested in this series of books. I would to receive a book. knprice07@gmail.com

  38. have King of Darkness on the TBR pile, would love to add Prince of Darkness :)

  39. The brie recipe looks wonderful...now I'm hungry!! This is a GREAT series...thx for the fab giveaway op!! :)

  40. I haven't read any of this series yet but it sounds fabulous!

    Thanks so much!

  41. Sounds and looks like a very interesting read.
    olga_sergejeva (at) hotmail.co.uk

  42. This sounds like a fantastic book and love the cover! Thanks for sharing...I'll check this out! And the yummy recipe is a plus!


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