A-givin’ away we shall go…

As promised, it’s time for another contest!

This time, the prize is a shiny red copy of my brand spankin’ new urban fantasy/romance novel Shadowfae, which came out on Tuesday! Yippee! My debut release!

Imagine a secret world veiled in fairy glamour and brimming with unearthly delights. A city swarming with half-mad fairies, where thieving spriggans rob you blind, beautiful banshees mesmerize you with their song, and big green trolls bust heads at nightclubs. And once you’re in, there’s no escape…

Enslaved by a demon lord, Jade is forced to spend her nights seducing vampire gangsters and shapeshifting thugs.  After two hundred years as a succubus, she burns for freedom and longs to escape her brutal life as a trophy girl for hell’s minions.  Then she meets Rajah, an incubus who touches her heart and intoxicates her senses. Rajah shares the same bleak fate as she, and yearns just as desperately for freedom.  But the only way for Jade to break her bonds is to betray Rajah—and doom the only man she’s ever loved to a lifetime in hell.

Sound smokin’ hot? Awesome. If you want a taste of what it’s like, you can check out an excerpt and a free prequel short story at my website.

Still here? Nice! I’m giving away a free copy, right here and now.

But {evil grin} I’m gonna make you work for it.

Seeing as we’re talking urban fantasy, here’s some cracking first paras from four of my favourite UFs.

Here’s what you’ve gotta do, folks. Email me at shadyezra at gmail dot com and tell me the titles of the books they’re from. If you don’t know ’em, google ’em 🙂 I’ll pick a winner at random, and that lucky person will receive a copy of Shadowfae.

Get it? Awesome. Here we go:

1. Demon was such a nasty word. And so damned old-school. People heard demon and they conjured up all kinds of Hieronymus Bosch helter-skelter–or worse, Dante’s stupid-ass inferno crap. Honestly. Flames and tortured souls and everyone wailing. {Hint: this is the firhst in a new sehries from this NYT author, who has consonhants to spahre 😉 }

2. When Elena told people she was a vampire hunter, their first reaction was an inevitable gasp, followed by, “You go around sticking those sharp stakes in their evil putrid hearts?” {Hint: New Zealand author known for her red-hot shapeshifters}

3. My philosophy is pretty simple–any day nobody’s trying to kill me is a good day in my book. I haven’t had many good days lately. Not since the walls between Man and Faery came down. {Hint: first book in a UF series by the author of Spell of the Highlander}

4. Antoinette crept along the alley, unknown shadows pressing in on her from the darkness. {Hint: a ‘dark’ new series from an Aussie author whose last name goes with Scarlett}

There y’are. Don’t they make you wanna hunt those books down and devour them? Like I said, if you don’t know ’em, google ’em — you might just find yourself some fab new series to glom! And remember, it’s shadyezra at gmail dot com

Contest closes midnight Sunday Monday New York time. Which equals 3pm Monday Tuesday my time. Or something like that. (EDIT: because I, y’know, forgot I wasn’t going to be here on Monday. Sheesh.)

Oh, and if you also leave a comment with your fave first line from a romance — any kind, doesn’t have to be UF — I’ll give you an extra entry to the contest. Just because that’s the kind of generous soul I am.

P.S. you have to be 18 years or older to enter. Sorry, but them’s the breaks. Can’t be givin’ out red hot sexxin to minors. Ask your mother 🙂


9 Responses to “A-givin’ away we shall go…”

  1. 1 Lynz
    15 October, 2009 at 10:54 pm

    Just one favourite? But that’s impossible! Picking just one anything book-wise is never going to be something I’m capable of. But I suppose I could limit it to the best three I’ve read or re-read recently…

    “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.” (Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice)

    “The day Kevin Tucker nearly killed her, Molly Sommerville swore off unrequited love forever.” (SEP, This Heart of Mine)

    “Dangling a man upside down by the ankles outside a London ballroom was not how Maxwell Brooke had anticipated spending his first Thursday night as the Duke of Lyle.” (Christine Wells, The Dangerous Duke)

  2. 2 Kylie Griffin
    16 October, 2009 at 11:10 am

    Opening lines are the hot topic on my blog at the moment!

    So many great beginnings, not enough space to list them all. Which one do I choose? Hmmm, let’s try this one…

    ““The King must die.”
    Four single-syllable words. One by one they were nothing special. Put together? They called up all kinds of bad shit: Murder. Betrayal. Treason.

    Exciting 🙂

  3. 16 October, 2009 at 11:14 am

    Cool Erica…a hunting we will go…..

    First line…
    “”Willy McCoy had been a jerk before he died. His being dead didn’t change that.”
    From Guilty Pleasures, Anita Blake book 1, Laurrel K Hamilton.

    Stuck in my mind.

    E x

  4. 16 October, 2009 at 11:15 am

    Oh just read book 4 on your list this week – loved loved loved it!

  5. 17 October, 2009 at 12:46 pm

    Ooh, I like that Christine Wells one, Lynz!

    Kylie: So long as there’s a character somewhere in the next few lines, I’m in. I like it when there’s someone doing something.

    Eleni: Sigh. How far LKH has come since then… and not necessarily in the right direction 🙂

    One of my faves, though it’s not a romance:

    “I am the vampire Lestat. I’m immortal. More or less. The light of the sun, the sustained heat of an intense fire — these things might destroy me. But then again, they might not.”


  6. 8 Lo
    18 October, 2009 at 12:31 pm

    Well. Fuck. That.
    Lore says it in

    Passion Unleashed – Larissa Ione


    You rock my socks! I finished the book and you stand out among writers. This book Shadowfae is so different that I have to wonder where you came up with the whole concept? It is the full package from the brilliant cover to the actual book. Congrats on perfection in a book….doesn’t hurt that the sex is seriously hot either!


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