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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Giveaway & Excerpt: A Shade of Vampire

...I've been a little off the grid lately, haven't I? I mean, I pop in, yes, but Fairy Tale Fortnight has taken over my brain, and I haven't been giving you the attention you deserve.
To make up for that, today I have a a giveaway for you! It comes from author Bella Forrest, and it's a signed copy of her novel, A SHADE OF VAMPIRE. But more on that below. First up, I've got an excerpt to share with you!

I’d been meandering along the shore for about an hour when I suddenly sensed that I wasn’t alone. Someone was approaching me from behind. My heart leapt. I was so sure it was Ben, that when a stranger showed up beside me, I couldn’t hide my disappointment.
He must have noticed, because a smirk formed on his lips. “Were you expecting someone else, love?”
I eyed him suspiciously, remembering how many times my father had told me not to talk to strangers. I looked him over, taking in his appearance. My eyes widened. I couldn’t find words to describe how fine a man he was. He was almost beautiful. The first thing I took notice of was how his blue eyes were about three shades brighter than any I’d ever seen before. It was such a stark contrast to his pale – almost white – skin and dark hair. Standing beside me, he was easily more than half a foot taller. His height, broad shoulders and lean build reminded me of Ben, but he had a presence that was far more imposing than my best friend’s.
My gaze settled on his face.
I realized that he was inspecting me just as closely as I was him. His eyes on me suddenly made me feel uncomfortably vulnerable. I gave my father’s advice a second thought, but quickly canceled out all notions of heeding to his counsel when I reminded myself that he stopped caring a long time ago.
I straightened to my full height and mustered all the courage I had to keep myself from running away from this stranger.
Big mistake.
The confident smirk didn’t leave his face for even a moment.
“Like what you see?”
“A bit full of yourself, aren’t you?” I scoffed, annoyed by his audacity.
He stepped forward, closer to me, and leaned his head toward mine.
“Don’t I have the right to be?”
He knew he looked good and wasn’t about to act like he didn’t.
“Whatever,” was my oh-so-brilliant comeback.
My shoulders sagged with defeat as I took a step back, unsettled by how close he was now. I rolled my eyes and did a one-eighty, not quite in the mood to play whatever game this stranger was proposing.
I would soon realize that I was about to play his game whether I liked it or not.
He grabbed my arm and turned my body to face him. This motion alone made every single internal alarm I had within me go off in a frenzy.
This man was danger and I knew it. I tried to wriggle away from his touch, but I was no match for his strength.
“Tell me your name,” he commanded.
I was about to refuse, but was horrified to find myself blurting out my name in response.
“Sofia Claremont.”
As soon as I revealed my name, his eyes lit up with a kind of sinister approval. Then he reached for my face and traced his thumb over my jaw line.
“Hello, Sofia Claremont. You’re one stupid girl for taking a walk alone at this time of night. You never know what kind of evil a pretty little thing like you could happen to come by.”
I found myself wondering exactly what kind of evil he was. But I was suddenly overcome by the sensations that were surrounding me. My senses took in everything at once. I heard the waves, felt the sand, smelled the ocean salt, tasted the flavor of cherry and saw the stranger’s manic appearance as he stuck a needle to my neck. The effect was instant. I was barely able to gasp, much less scream. I went from sensing everything to sensing absolutely nothing.
My last conscious thought was that I may never see Ben again.

I have one signed, paperback copy of A Shade of Vampire, to give away to one lucky winner. This giveaway IS international, and ends on March 5th, 2013.  Fill out the Rafflecopter below to enter (full Terms and Regulations can be found in the form).
Good luck!!

Want more of a taste of A Shade of Vampire? Check out this extended sneak peek!

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On the evening of Sofia Claremont's seventeenth birthday, she is sucked into a nightmare from which she cannot wake.

A quiet evening walk along a beach brings her face to face with a dangerous pale creature that craves much more than her blood.

She is kidnapped to an island where the sun is eternally forbidden to shine.
An island uncharted by any map and ruled by the most powerful vampire coven on the planet. She wakes here as a slave, a captive in chains.

Sofia's life takes a thrilling and terrifying turn when she is the one selected out of hundreds of girls to join the harem of Derek Novak, the dark royal Prince.

Despite his addiction to power and obsessive thirst for her blood, Sofia soon realizes that the safest place on the island is within his quarters, and she must do all within her power to win him over if she is to survive even one more night.

Will she succeed? ...or is she destined to the same fate that all other girls have met at the hands of the Novaks?


  1. Ooouuuuh. The excerpt got me really interested. I already had added the book to my wish-list on goodreads, but now that I've read a little bit I just want to read more!

  2. Awesome! I love anything about vamps! Thanks Misty for the giveaway!

  3. I was a little put off by the harem aspect of this one so I didn't read it. But it's got the REAL vampires with the blood sucking and no humanity as far as I could tell from the first few pages that I read. I think true vampire lovers will love it!

  4. I love a good vampire story. I look forward to reading your story.

  5. The excerpt was just enough to peak my curiosity!

  6. Gosh, I just want to read more now that I've had the chance to read the excerpt. So much better than just the short synopsis on goodreads!

    I look forward to this one :)

  7. Woah, awesome excerpt. I like Derek already.
    And the cover...I love the darkness and grunge look. Looks great.

  8. Soo good! I love it already and I can't wait to get started on it!

  9. Wow that cover is actually pretty gorgeous... love the pop of red!

  10. I have read this book on my nook. I enjoyed it a lot and have a review up on good reads.

  11. Oooh! I hadn't heard of this book before.. But it sounds amazingly amazing.

  12. Wow great cover! Thanks for the INT giveaway.

  13. I am a sucker for island settings, and then when you add vampires I'm hooked! The excerpt has made me very eager to pick this book up!!

  14. Thank you Misty for the giveaway! I already had 'A Shade of Vampire' on my goodreads wish-list, so how can I say no to a chance to have a beautiful book cover on my book shelf lol I just can't :)


  15. yay giveaway! You're awesome for doing this, and this book sounds creepy...which I like!

  16. haha - I like that he called her a stupid girl! A good excerpt I thought. There were a few things like calling her "love" that I'm never very fond of - but it still caught my interest.
    Pabkins @ My Shelf Confessions

  17. The book sounds fantastic I can't wait to read it.

  18. I have this book on my amazon wish list so to win an autographed copy would be awesome!

  19. The synopsis intrigued me, and after reading the sneak peek, I am very interested in seeing where the story goes. =D

  20. LOVE it! I cant wait to read this one!

  21. Thanks for the giveaway! It sounds really good!

  22. Sounds creepy and intriguing!
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    mestith at gmail dot com

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