Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Bookcation Event: Desire by Design by Paula Altenburg (Guest Post/Giveaway)

Let's take a trip to demon territory today with two characters from vastly different worlds! Please give a warm welcome to author Paula Altenburg and friends! 

This summer, my Entangled Select paranormal characters and my Entangled Bliss category romance characters thought it might be fun to spend their summer vacation together. 

Hunter and Airie, from THE DEMON’S DAUGHTER, are at a bit of a disadvantage. Airie, who’s half demon and half goddess, can’t travel beyond the goddesses’ boundary because of her demon blood. Therefore, they’re stuck in the Southwest and desert regions.

That means Matt and Eve, from DESIRE BY DESIGN, will have to join them. They’re good in the boardroom, but basic survival skills may be somewhat beyond them.

Airie and Eve are in charge of organizing activities. Eve is a project manager, so she’s really good at organizing. Plus, Eve is just bossy by nature.

But let’s not forget that Airie was born an immortal. And that Eve has never been to demon territory.

Eve: I think it would be really, really fun to hunt a demon. Matt’s never been hunting before, and when I was growing up, my brothers wouldn’t let me go with them. I’d love to be able to tell them Matt and I caught a demon. Chauvinists.

Airie: Sorry. I banished demons from the world. Besides, it’s wrong to kill things for no reason.

Eve (disappointed): We wouldn’t have to kill it. Couldn’t you set one free—just one—so we can hunt it and banish it again? You know—kind of a “catch and release?” I’ve got my camera. I just need some proof. I don’t need a body.

Airie: I’m not sure you understand. Hunter is the DEMON SLAYER. He’s not going to “catch and release.” It’s best to keep them apart. Besides, isn’t Matt an architect from a big city? I’m not saying he couldn’t slay a demon if he had to, I’m simply pointing out he’s had no prior experience at it. And this is supposed to be a vacation for everyone. For Hunter, that’s work. Why don’t we plan something both men might enjoy?

Eve:  Fair enough. Matt’s an architect and Hunter’s a demon slayer.  That doesn’t really give them a lot of common ground. Any suggestions?

Airie: There are Old World ruins buried in the desert. Some of those ruins still contain weapons used more than three hundred years ago during the fight against the demon invasion. Matt is interested in buildings and Hunter likes blowing things up. You like historical restoration projects. That might be fun for everyone.

Eve: What about you? What do you like to do?

Airie: I like making Hunter happy. This will be perfect.

Eve (horrified): We need to talk! You can’t build your life around the expectations of a man!!!

Airie (confused): But this is a man’s world now. And I love Hunter. Who else’s expectations would I build my life around?

Eve (even more confused): You’re kidding me, right? I work in a male dominated industry, but I certainly don’t spend my days trying to meet any man’s expectations. Not unless he’s paying me. I mean, I want Matt to be happy.  But he’s responsible for his own happiness.

Airie: Oh! (Understanding dawns.) You’re a whore. You should have said so. I had no idea you worked for a living.

Eve (completely baffled): WTF?!? No, I’m not a whore! And yes, I do work for a living. Darn hard, too.

Airie: But the only women who get paid in my world are the whores who don’t belong to a man.

Eve:  Someone didn’t do due diligence when they came up with this vacation idea. I blame the author. Sorry, Airie. You’re a lovely person, but you and Hunter are on your own until you find some way around that goddess boundary. (Now shouting at the top of her lungs.) MATT! Change of plans!!! We’re spending our summer vacation at the beach!

It seems like this combined vacation idea wasn’t such a good one after all. My paranormal romance world and my contemporary one are simply too different. 

THE DEMON’S DAUGHTER and DESIRE BY DESIGN are both available now if you’d like to see for yourself.

Desire by DesignDesire by Design
by Paula Altenburg 
ebook, 192 pages
Published May 13th 2013 by Entangled: Bliss
ISBN 1622661001
He stole her job, and now she's stealing his heart.
Eve Doucette finally almost has it all. She's free from her mistake of an ex-husband and just landed her dream job: project manager for a new City Hall and drafter of the final design. That is, until a handsome architect sweeps into town to commandeer her blueprints.
Famous architect Matt Brison is unsatisfied with his mundane life in Toronto. So when the mayor of Halifax asks him to spearhead his City Hall project, Matt jumps at the opportunity. There's just one problem: the feisty and beautiful project lead, Eve, who isn't exactly thrilled about her new "coworker" hijacking her design.
But when the sparks begin to fly, they both find themselves falling for the colleague they shouldn't want. And before they know it, their already shaky foundation might come crumbling down...
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Entangled Publishing is giving away one digital copy of Desire by Design to one reader. (Open Internationally, please see terms & conditions at the bottom of the Rafflecopter. ) To enter, just leave a comment on this post. Do you have a vacation-gone-wrong story or do you know of someone who had one not go as planned? Then fill out the rafflecopter below. Good luck!
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  1. I have not had a bad vacation and I can't think of anyone at the time that has experienced a bad vacation.

  2. One year , our daughter fell and had to have stitches the day before we left. The next year, we were away and the doctor thought she had appendicitis.
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  3. I have not been on vacation since I was little and I don't know any bad vacation stories.
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  4. when my brothers and i were all young and just starting our families, we would go on summer vacations together. so much fun, occasional drama, but then what do you expect when you have 10-14 people living under the same roof for 2 weeks. anyway, one summer we rented a home on the columbia river. halfway into the vacation, the plumbing decided it couldn't handle all of us using it. what a mess. the homeowner eventually fixed it, but realized the house really couldn't handle that many people on a septic system. :)

  5. Oh yea, I've got a vacation gone wrong story. Me my mom and sister went to the beach and that night my mom got a tooth ace and was up all night crying. We went to the emergency room in the morning and they said she need a root canal but needed to go to a dentist. So we had an hour and a half long drive where she was in pain. And she didn't end up getting to the dentist until the next morning. It was my worst vacation ever. Wow!

    Thanks so much for the giveaway!

  6. I've been very fortunate that I haven't had anything worse than delayed flights on my vacations ;) Thanks for sharing!

  7. *dies laughing*

    Having read TDD and not DBD yet this was hysterical! Way to go for the variety Paula. :D

  8. You can't control the weather. I have had beach holidays where it rained the entire time.

  9. Three years ago we tried to take a family vacation, had tickets purchased, passports prepared the works. Three weeks before we were set to leave my oldest daughter had to have her appendix out then my 2 weeks after that my youngest also ended up in the hospital. To say the least We were glad we purchased the travel insurance. We are trying again to go on that family vacation this year so keep your fingers crossed for up. It will be the first one in 7 and a half years. The tickets have been bought!!!

  10. I know someone who went on a week-long cruise to the Caribbean and was seasick the whole time! He couldn't enjoy it at all - so sad!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  11. My friend and I tried to go on vacation together. The plane had trouble so they put us on standby for another flight. I made it on, but my friend didn't. Got to the hotel where a message was waiting for me: my friend got on the next plane, but because we were late, the hotel gave away our room. Talk about a bad vacation.


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