Contests Galore!!

Folks, I have two exciting contests today – one that’s brand new, and one that I’ve been running for a few months now.  They’re both on facebook, so please do check out the links to my facebook page.  The first is a fantastic Sherrilyn Kenyon prize pack, which includes a gift tote, a hardcover copy of Born of Shadows, and paperback copies of No Mercy and Blood Trinity!  I’ll be giving away three of those packs, so pretty good odds for this baby!  Click HERE to enter now.

The second contest involves the chance to win the entire signed backlist of some of your favorite authors, including Lisa Kleypas and Julia Quinn.  Five huge romance fans who just happen to be romance authors as well have decided that we want to give you the opportunity to receive complete, SIGNED backlists of one of your very favorite authors (and yes, that means EVERYTHING they’ve ever written).

The romance fans/authors who are participating are: Ashley March, Shana Galen, Lila DiPasqua, Heather Snow, and moi, Vanessa Kelly.

The complete, SIGNED backlists they’re giving away are books from the following authors (henceforth known as “The Amazing Authors”):

Lisa Kleypas

Julia Quinn

Elizabeth Hoyt

Cynthia Eden

Julie Garwood

Before we can give these awesome prizes away, though, we need you to show how fanatical of fans you are. Since we know that you’re already following The Amazing Authors on Facebook (you are, aren’t you??), all you need to do is follow the authors who want to give away these complete, signed backlists to you. We all have to reach a certain number of followers; once that happens, then we will run a Facebook giveaway on our individual pages where you can enter to win the complete, signed backlists from the Amazing Authors.

(Please note, you must follow and enter on each of the five Facebook pages to be eligible to win each backlist. The giveaway won’t happen until AFTER the goals are met for ALL of us, and the giveaways will be open to US and international residents! All books will be in English as print books; if any books in the Amazing Authors’ backlists are currently our of print, used books will be purchased for those titles so that the backlist will be complete.)

Ashley March (must reach 2500 total “Likes” in order to give away Lisa Kleypas backlist)

Shana Galen (must reach 2000 total “Likes” in order to give away Julia Quinn backlist)

Lila DiPasqua (must reach 3500 total “Likes” in order to give away Elizabeth Hoyt backlist)

Vanessa Kelly (must reach 2000 total “Likes” in order to give away Cynthia Eden backlist)

Heather Snow (must reach 2500 total “Likes” in order to give away Julie Garwood backlist)

Those are the rules! Tell your friends, tell your family, tell any fellow romance fan you know. Soon, 5 lucky winners will win a complete, signed backlist from a favorite author that will make you SQUEEEEE!

Now get out there and start liking those pages!

Guest Author: Phoebe Matthews & Giveaway!

I have a fascinating guest author on the blog today – Phoebe Matthews, a very talented writer whose work spans several genres, including Regency historical romance, young adult, paranormal romance, and urban fantasy.  Her YA, When September Returns, was first published by Silhouette and was #1 on the national B. Dalton YA bestseller list.  Oh, and she writes short stories, too, in genres that include Steampunk and paranormal.

To say that Phoebe has serious writing creds is an understatement!

After years of writing more traditional romances, Phoebe is now writing in her favorite genres – urban fantasy and paranormal suspense.  In addition to all her other work, she currently has three series on the go:  the Turning Vampire series (urban fantasy), the  Mudflat series (urban fantasy), and the Sunspinner series (paranormal suspense).

Here’s what RT Book Reviews had to say about the Mudflat series:

“…Mudflat series is a supernatural comic romp full of non-stop action, fantastic characters and a hero you’ll love…” 4.5 rating, RT Book Reviews

The first book in the Mudflat series, Tarbaby Trouble, won the 2009 Eppie Award for best fantasy, and two subsequent books in the series, Welcome To Mudflat, Baby and Mudflat Toy Boy, were both Eppie finalists.

And for you vampire lovers out there (I’m one of them!), you’ll really enjoy Vampire Career, which kicks off the first book in her urban fantasy series, Turning Vampire.

Here’s the blurb for Vampire Career:

A begining vampire… A gnawing hunger… A friendly guy… Disaster…just a heartbeat away. Newly turned vampire Gerogia can deal with the “dead all day” part, but she definitely wished the rest of her new lifestyle came with a training manual. Despite all the legends, she definitely can’t turn into a bat at night and finding a vein to suck doesn’t come easy. Luckily, she’s got a new boyfriend willing to help her. Unluckily, a vampire hunter with a stake may prove at least one myth true: how to kill an undead girl.

Sounds great, doesn’t it?  I think both readers of urban fantasy and paranormal romance will love this book.

Fortunately for us, all of Phoebe’s books – including her backlist – are now available, either in e-book or print.  You can check them all out on her website, or on her Amazon page.

And just for my readers today, Phoebe is giving away a digital copy of Vampire Career.  Just tell me who your favorite vampire is, either in movies or fiction.  I have to say, I fell in love with vampires way back when I watched the vamp soap opera, Dark Shadows.  I loved Barnabas Collins!  So tell, me – who do you love?  Or do you firmly believe that vampires remain on the creepy side of the line?  One person who comments will win a copy of Vampire Career!