Friday, January 11, 2013

Tour: Rebel Obsession by Donya Lynne (Guest Post/Giveaway)

Today I would like to give a very warm welcome to paranormal romance author, Donya Lynne, who is joining us with the newest release in her All the King's Men series, REBEL OBSESSION!

Thank you for having me on Reading Between the Wines today. This should be fun.

I'm here to introduce my new paranormal novel in the All the King's Men (AKM) series. Rebel Obsession is the third novel in my All the King's Men (AKM) series, and tells the story of the ill-reputed playboy, Io, as he finds himself lured out of his Casanova ways into uncharted territory: monogamy. As you can imagine, for Io to discard his womanizing lifestyle, which he was quite content living, takes a pretty special female. Enter the king's daughter, Miriam. She's one such female, and not because of her royal connection. Io was smitten with her even before learning she was the princess. Unfortunately, her father stands in their way of being together, and when a rebel like Io goes up against the king to stake a claim to his daughter, sparks will definitely fly. But it sure makes for an entertaining story as we follow along and see how Io will overcome the adversity King Bain represents to take what's his, Miriam.

People often ask me what makes my series different from other vampire series. I haven't read all of the different vampire series out there, but I have read enough that I think I can answer this question fairly well. First of all, I don't even think about all the other vampire books I've read while I'm writing or planning the next book. If there are similarities between mine and another author's, they are purely coincidental.

With that said, how my vampires are different is that I've modeled them more after the human race than I've seen other authors do. Within the human race, we don't just have one type. We have many colors, many variations, some with gifts, some who are a mix of races and some who aren't. We have good humans and bad humans, etc. With my vampires, I take all of that into consideration.

Pure vampires are relegated to the night (and even that might be changing as I progress into the next few books of the series and discover other types of vampires as they enter the story), but there are different classes of vampires. The ancient Slavic vampires have an upper and lower set of fangs and are superiorly sized, but most other classes of vampires have just an upper set and appear more human-like.

Then we have the mixed-bloods. Most mixed-bloods are vampire-human, but there are mixes who have a combination of vampire blood and dreck blood (drecks are kissing cousins to the vampires, and they have a bone to pick with their distant relatives, which is where the adversity comes from in the series). In my world, when a vampire mates with anything other than a vampire, a generic misfire occurs in the offspring. The mystical qualities inherent to vampires react with the human genes (or dreck genes) to create a being that possesses any of a number of extraordinary gifts or powers. Some become psychic or tactile, while others develop more powerful skills, such as the ability to mass compel or kill with just a thought.

However, being a mixed-blood comes with a price: If a mix is consumed by its powers, it becomes a mutant, undergoing further genetic alteration to become an exceptionally dangerous and poisonous being. The more powerful the mixed-blood, the more careful they have to be about losing control of their powers. The AKM series hasn't seen a mutant, yet, but I know one is coming, and I think we'll see it in the next book.

For now, we have Io and Miriam, and I hope everyone enjoys their story.

Here's an excerpt of Rebel Obsession:

She swallowed heavily. His gaze drifted down her body then back up to her face. Before, his scrutiny would have made her self-conscious, but not anymore. She wanted him to look at her, because the way his eyes glazed and he rubbed his lips together—slowly, thoughtfully…hungrily—lit butterflies in her stomach. Sexy, lusty, wanton butterflies.
"This is your first time." His words carried portent, a promise hidden just under the surface that tonight would forever change them. As he breathed, his gaze dropped to his fingertips as they outlined the curve of her breast, caressing her like a feather. "It should be special." His fingers skimmed down her stomach, his hands disappearing under her shirt after a moment's hesitation. He inched the fabric up to reveal her skin.
She lifted her arms, moving just as slowly, and he tugged her shirt over her head before tossing it aside. It landed on the floor with a soft thwump, and his palms slid up and over her lace-covered breasts. His fingers played with the scalloped edges of her bra as she reached around and unfastened it. The material loosened, and his hands glided underneath and over her skin. She tossed the bra so it joined her shirt on the floor.
Io seemed fascinated with her breasts, his gaze following his hands as he massaged, squeezed, and caressed them.
"Are you okay?" she said.
Without lifting his gaze, he nodded. "Yes. I've just never seen more perfect breasts, and to think they're mine…they—you—all of you…you belong to me, and I belong to you. I just never thought…." He trailed off.
"You never thought what, Io?" She placed one of her hands over one of his.
He smiled, and this time his eyes lifted to meet hers. "I never thought I would take a mate."
"And…? How do you feel about that?" She smoothed her hand down his arm.
"I can't imagine ever going back to the way I was. You're perfect, Miri. Perfect for me, and perfect in every way."
She felt the same way. Everything about Io screamed I'm your mate. He was bold and outspoken. He took risks and went after what he wanted. He refused to be intimidated by money, titles, or even her royal blood.
"Claim me," she said, whispering.
His gaze blazed hot, and his full lips parted seductively. "Precious Miriam, make no mistake, your body will be fully and well-claimed by morning."

Rebel Obsession (AKM #3)
Just Released - JANUARY 2, 2013
Former cobalt addict and AKM drug counselor, Io is a male vampire known as much for his abrasive personality as for his playboy lifestyle. In other words, he's not the likeliest to make friends and settle down. Life on the edge suits him, and he lives full throttle, making his own rules, and damn the consequences. What he wants, he takes, and what he wants now is Miriam. If only he can find a way to see her again without getting himself killed, but her father stands in the way.
Miriam is the daughter of the king. Strong-willed and defiant, she feels like a prisoner in her own home and struggles to break free from under her father’s oppressive hold. The king’s law surrounding Miriam is explicitly clear: No one touches her. Period.
In a fit of rebellion, Miriam has turned to cobalt to find relief and freedom, but now she’s a prisoner to addiction as much as to her father’s strict control. What's more, she can’t get sexy Io, who tended to her so gently as she recovered from her first overdose, off her mind. Will she ever see him again?
When Miriam overdoses a second time, she and Io are thrust back together, and all bets are off. Seeing each other was the one thing both wanted, and not even the king’s laws and threats of punishment will be enough to defuse their rebellious obsession with one another now that they’ve found each other again, even if the consequences are death.
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Rise of the Fallen (AKM #1)
In the streets of Chicago exists an uneasy, centuries-old truce between vampires and their distant cousins, a race of shifters called drecks.  Vampire enforcement agency, All the King’s Men (AKM), is charged with maintaining the truce, but when volatile enforcer Micah Black loses his mate and falls into the biological agony that results from the broken bond, he tests the boundaries of the truce by seeking out Apostle, a leader in the dreck community.  Micah wants Apostle to kill him, a request Apostle is more than happy to fulfill.  When ex-Army medic Samantha Garrett inadvertently disrupts the plot and saves Micah’s life, a chain reaction sets Micah’s heart on a collision course with Sam’s, but he will have to protect her from Apostle and her obsessive ex-husband, Steve, if they will have a chance at forever.  Can Micah hold his emotions together to keep Sam alive? 
For a limited time, ROTF is FREE at: Amazon,  Smashwords & B&N 

Heart of the Warrior (AKM #2)
Severin was born to be a warrior. Conceived as a mixed-blood when his vampire father raped his dreck mother over two centuries ago, Severin retained the power of iron skin inherent to newborn drecks. However, Sev keeps this secret closely guarded. If it's discovered that inferior dreck blood flows in his vampire veins, it could destroy his life. And to make matters worse, his father suddenly wants to make amends for his transgressions. Sev wants nothing of his father's apology, especially now, as he contends with both an assassin who has marked Sev for blood vengeance and his obsessive attraction to his teammate, Arion. Arion is the son of King Bain's liaison, Gregos Savakis, who had Ari's course plotted before he was even born. But what Ari's overbearing parents wanted for him wasn't what Arion wanted for himself, and a lifetime spent fighting through one relationship after another with females from all walks of life has left him weary in his search for a mate. After a startling and erotic encounter with Sev, Ari has begun to realize why. He's gay. And now he can't stop thinking about Sev. Arion suddenly realizes he's been forcing himself to be with females because that's what his parents expected. But what he wants is a male, and not just any male. Arion wants Severin. Can the two overcome the secrets, prejudice, plotting, and the threat on Severin's life to find happily ever after with each other?

Micah's Calling (AKM #2.5)
Author’s Note: This is a novella supplement to the All the King’s Men series. It is highly advised that you read Rise of the Fallen before reading this novella. Reading book two of the series, Heart of the Warrior, would also be beneficial, but not absolutely necessary before reading Micah’s Calling.
With the threat of Apostle behind him and Samantha’s life finally out of danger, Micah’s mating phase, known as the calling, unfurls to full strength. Unable to resist the demands of his body and the hormonal heat that drive him to propagate the vampire race, Micah loses himself in the pleasure Sam gives him, yearning for her body to receive his seed to create new life. But after what Sam has been through – barely surviving Apostle’s venomous bite, and then Micah’s own venom to counter Apostle’s and make her immortal – Micah knows Sam’s body has suffered too much to accept a child so soon.
But the desire to nest and start a family isn’t the only thing Samantha has awakened in Micah. She has also stirred Micah’s long-dormant love of domination. With Sam, Micah finds himself longing to re-open his dungeon, and Sam wants to know more about this kinky world she has heard so much about but never tried. When Micah takes Sam to a scene party to introduce her to the BDSM lifestyle, their lives are turned upside-down when Micah is asked to assist in dominating a fellow dom's submissive, only to discover the submissive is his friend, Traceon.
Throughout her journey in this new world Micah has introduced her to, Sam begins to realize several hard truths about herself and what she wants. Will Micah allow her to explore her new interests? And will the new direction in his friendship with Traceon prove to be too much and break the bonds that have begun to tie them to one another?
Micah’s Calling is a story of devotion beyond the level of friendship that will light your imagination on fire.
Strong sexual content, voyeurism, exhibitionism, BDSM, knife play, mild ménage, and much more.

Donya Lynne's Bio:

Donya resides in Indiana, with her husband and a small zoo of cats and dogs. In fact, her writing buddy, Lucky, might become more famous than she is, based on the feedback the ever-present feline receives on her Facebook page.As a little girl, Donya always had a book in her hand. As she got older, the books became pens and notebooks, which she filled with stories and poetry. For as long as she remembers, she has been writing and dreaming up stories. Seems writing was her destiny.Donya loves music and often finds inspiration for her stories in the wide range of music she listens to. Nothing like a little Korn to propel the angst in a scene, or Enya to evoke softer and more romantic storylines.
Connect with Donya: Website / Blog / Facebook / Twitter / Goodreads

Donya is offering winners' choice of eBook in the AKM series, as well as, a set of bookmarks and a keychain! To enter, just leave a question or comment for her on this post and then fill out the Rafflecopter below. Additional entries are available but not required. Good luck!

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  1. Congrats on the new release. Rebel's Obsession sounds fantastic. Can't wait to read it. So far this series has been amazing and I can't wait to see who and how you fit a mutant into it. How many more books will be in the series? Thanks for the great post and giveaway.


  2. I am SO looking forward to this world !! Have books 1 AND 2 awaiting in massive TBR pile.
    PicardsMom at yahoo dot com

  3. rereading the 1st 3 so I'm ready for the new one :) looking forward to it :)
    gamistress66 (at) aol (dot) com

  4. This is a shallow question but are you there for when the models pose for the covers? If so, are they as hot in person ;)?
    GFC Victoria Sloboda

    Thank you.

  5. New author and series for me. But they are definitely going on my wishlist! Thanks!

  6. I love stories where the bad boy find his love.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

  7. I've downloaded ROTF and am going to try it!!! Thanks for the blurb today!

    diane dot sadler at gmail dot com

  8. Congrats on the release of Rebel Obsession. I like the sound of the book; the playboy who falls hard! This is a new series to me & I loved the overview of the vampire species that you've created. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

  9. I love this series and have been anxiously waiting for the next installment. The characters and story is very sexy. Congrats and success. sdylion(at)gmail(dot)com

  10. I so can't wait to read this one. Sounds amazing...

  11. Thanks for the giveaway! Love the cover of this book!

  12. Thanks for the giveaway. Another book to add to my buy list.

  13. I am looking forward to reading this series thank you. Just fabulous!!

  14. Love this, =) can´t wait for my chance to read more!
    Happy Sunday!
    fr_larsson at hotmail dot com

  15. I have not been able to read this series yet but its on my TBR list

  16. Thanks for the excerpts, I can't wait to read more!


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