Sunday, October 23, 2011

Blog Tour: Craved by Stephanie Nelson - Guest Post & Kindle Giveaway

Title:  Craved (Gwen Sparks #1)
Author:  Stephanie Nelson


Gwen Sparks just wants to live a peaceful life in the little town of Flora, but when she reads the headline, she knows peace may be hard to find. She'll have to use her rare power for being able to read the memories of dead to catch the culprit behind the string of murdered witches. Teaming up with the one man who broke her heart, Detective Micah Reynolds, all the while she has to deal with a ghost who pulls her into the deathly realm at any given moment and a sexy but frustrating vampire who not only craves what runs through her veins, he's after her heart.

Guest Post:  

I thought I’d take a minute to introduce you guys to the cast of Craved.

The Setting:

Flora, a town designed for supernatural’s only. The humans have accepted that their not the only species out there but still demand segregation. Flora sits in the countryside of Missouri and to the human eye, it looks like a cornfield. Magic permits anyone human from entering. Except once a year, when humans visit the small town and annoy the locals with their camera flashes and hundred questions.

Gwen Sparks: (26 years old: Witch)

Is the main character and a witch with the ability to see the memories of the dead. Having to touch dead corpses isn’t exactly exciting but when the FPD (Flora Police Department) needs her help in solving murders, she doesn’t mind the contact.

Gwen owns a magic shop called, Broomsticks, where she sells nifty knick-knacks, enchanted items and potions. It’s not her dream job but she loves being her own boss!

Aiden Blake (615 years old: Vampire)

Gwen met Aiden two years ago and ever since then he’s been smitten with her. His charismatic charm, matched with his devilish good looks has been a tough thing for Gwen to ignore.

Originally from Italy, Aiden now resides in the Cula subdivision, as in Dracula. When he’s not trying to get into Gwen’s pants, he’s running his club Vain and various other businesses.

Fiona Bennett (26 years old: Witch):

Fiona is Gwen’s best friend and roommate with a bit of a diva complex. Born and raised in a wealthy family, Fiona’s attitude is that of a snob. But when it counts, she’s always there for Gwen.

Micah Reynolds (30 years old: Werewolf):

Micah is the son of the Alpha werewolf and dated Gwen for 8 months before he is told he needs to think about the future of his pack and settle down with his own kind. A detective with the local police department, who ends up needing Gwen’s help on their current case. His regret of letting Gwen go plays a big role in the book and helps Gwen realize what she’s wanted all along.

Penny (19 years old: Witch)

Penny works for Gwen at Broomsticks and just received her power a couple years ago. She’s currently going through a Goth stage and hasn’t learned that being a witch doesn’t make her a freak, just unique.

Ian Despereaux (800 years old: Vampire)

Ian Despereaux has blonde hair, blue eyes and a dangerous edge to him that Gwen can’t seem to figure out. He strolls into the middle of the story and from that point on the twist and turns seem to thicken.


Book Excerpt:

I fished my keys out of my sweater pocket but was frozen in place when Aiden’s energy pushed against my back, sending rivulets of power cascading
 all around me. I shivered against the feel of it as he pushed my long dark hair to the side and touched his lips to the nape of my neck. It was amazing, that he could turn me on with barely a touch. How I had resisted him for two years was beyond me.

The warmth of his lusty power suddenly withdrew, leaving me shivering for a completely different reason. I looked over my shoulder just to make sure he was still there. “What’s wrong?” I asked, afraid of what he might say. He leaned against the far wall with his arms crossed and looked at me with annoyance.

“I thought you said the case wasn’t about Micah?” he said accusingly. In true Aiden fashion, he had turned me on, only to dump a bucket of ice-cold bullshit onto my head. Otherworldly men were incorrigible. Of course, he’d be able to smell traces of Micah on me, even though we hadn’t touched.

“Aiden, you can either stay and discuss the information you said you had, or you can leave. I don’t have to explain myself to you,” I forced out, with the sudden urge to smack the stupid out of him. Without waiting for his answer, I turned the key in the lock and strode into my apartment.

I tried to fling my sweater off, but during my little rant, it got tangled around my arms and I was stuck with what looked like a cashmere straightjacket.

Aiden was in front of me, untangling my limbs by the time I had uttered my third cuss word. I looked up at him and tried to portray the anger I felt, but all I could do was laugh.

“Hold still,” Aiden chuckled as he unbuttoned the rest of my sweater. Finally free of my stupidity, I smacked him on the arm.

“What was that for?”

“You are the most complicated person I’ve ever met! One minute you’re trying to seduce me and the
 next you’re pushing every single one of my ‘piss-me-off’ buttons. How I’ve dealt with you for the past two years is beyond me. If…”

My words were suddenly cut off when Aiden smashed his lips on mine. I resisted at first, my anger still burning. I pushed against his chest but he only held me tighter, wrapping an arm around my waist while his other hand tangled in my hair. His tongue darted out, teasingly and my anger was extinguished.

I opened my mouth and accepted what he offered, massaging my tongue with his. Tingles radiated up my thighs and settled between my legs as I felt his hardness press against me.
 Man could he kiss!

I snuck my hand under his shirt to feel the sinews of muscle that waited underneath. I had wanted to get my hands on his sculpted chest ever since I first met him and I was surely taking the opportunity now that I had it. He answered with a moan that I mimicked. I decided there were too many clothes between us for my liking. I made his shirt disappear so that my hands wouldn’t run into any obstacles as I explored his beautiful landscape. He pressed soft kisses all the way down my neck, rendering my body into a boneless mass.

“Um, hello?” Fiona called from the front door. I quickly untangled myself from Aiden to see Fiona wasn’t alone. Her father stood next to her with his steely gaze aimed at me. My mouth hung open in humiliation at what Fiona and her father had just witnessed. Aiden didn’t seem to mind though, he held out his hand to Mr. Bennett who looked at it as if it held a deadly virus. Unfazed by the rudeness that was Fiona’s father, Aiden wrapped an arm around my waist. I nudged him with my elbow and stepped out of his embrace.

About the Author:

I’m an Illinoisan where I live with my wonderful husband. I fell in love with books a little late in life. In my early twenties I found Stephanie Meyer’s books and had never experienced connecting with a book like that. From that moment on I needed more! Since then I’ve moved on from sparkly, fang-less vampire stories but I’ll never forget her wonderful stories that ignited my love of books.

As a child I wrote poems. I never imagined I would one day write a novel. The spark that reading had ignited in me soon became a passion to write. I began writing four years ago but never thought about publishing my stories, I wrote them for the enjoyment. It wasn’t until a year ago that I thought I’d take the self-publishing leap, and publish. It’s been a whirlwind of excitement, stress, and determination but I love every moment of it!
  When I'm not writing, I enjoy reading paranormal romance, watching movies, spending time with my family, and playing with my furry children.


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  1. Sounds like a great book!


  2. Witches, ghosts and vampires, this book has it all. I'm looking forward to reading Craved.

  3. I loved the excerpt! Now I really want to read the book! Thanks for the great post and giveaway:)

  4. I loved he excerpt. I am looking forward to reading the book.

  5. It looks like a great story.
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  6. This sound like a fabulous story would love to read it.



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