Sunday, June 02, 2013

Busy bees and cover reveals - #Eternelles #SnippetSunday

Hello world!

This has been a busy week spreading the word about our new release, Inescapable.

“You won’t regret reading this series; you’ll regret missing it!”—Rebecca Royce, bestselling author of The Westervelt Wolves series.

First, Zee Monodee and I had a guest post with Nana Malone, where we had a blast writing about slow-cooked food and smokin' hot love scenes :). Do you like your sex frequent with little plot, or a slow-building chemistry that finally explodes into something scorching and sweet?

Second, we went on the award-winning Alicia and Roy Street's blog to talk about our experience as co-writers of the Eternelles series, featuring ancient women of power and therefore, the ultimate kick-ass heroines. We also discuss why and how we got inspired to write urban fantasy and paranormal romance.

Finally, we dropped to Rhonda Hopkins' crib on the web to discuss terms of endearment and how the heroines in our books react to being addressed with "darling", "beautiful", "honey", and such terms. Lots of people chimed in to say why they like/dislike being called "sweetie pie" and "sugar" by strangers. All make valid points and it's great to see comments written from different perspectives.

But today, we have something exciting to share!

The two prequels to our series, ADRASTEIA and SERAPHINE, are ready and available for download! Adrasteia is set in 1887, while Seraphine's time period is 1912. However, the actual Eternelles series unfolds in modern times. We thought these would be a great way for readers to decide whether they want to read more of this series. So far the two stories are free on Smashwords and Kobo (Barnes and Noble and iBookstore coming shortly) but we must price match on Amazon. If anyone could possibly help us by reporting a lower price on Amazon (using the links provided below), that would be great! We want all readers, regardless of their format preference, to have a copy of these prequels for free :).

So now, the cover reveal, blurb, and download links :)

First in line, ADRASTEIA, the prequel that, ideally, is read first: 
More channels coming soon!

Adrasteia 'Adri' Dionysios, daughter of a Greek god, has lived for twenty-eight centuries and her existence as a flighty, conniving, and wicked creature is starting to get tedious. Can a heathen like her ask for something more, and deserve it? When her prayers are answered, all plans for any future change. For the best? Time will tell.

The second prequel is titled, SERAPHINE:
More channels coming soon!

Séraphine “Sera” Dionysios has everything she could ever wish for—a nurturing mother, a privileged life, a man who loves her. But, who is the mysterious stranger who keeps staring at her during dinner on the eve of her departure toward a new life? As she prepares to embark on an equally exciting and frightening journey with her husband-to-be, her world comes crashing down and leaves her reeling.

Fans of J.R. Ward, Karen Marie Moning, Christine Feehan and Sam Cheever will enjoy this new series featuring a kick-ass mother-daughter duo, the men who love them, fast action, a different take on myths, and a formidable cast of characters.

How do you like the covers? 

As a taster, here's an excerpt from "SERAPHINE" (If you want to read more, Zee will be posting a snippet from ADRASTEIA on her blog):

A looming shadow pulled her from the preoccupation with her thoughts. She looked up to find her path was blocked.
A large man stood before her—tall, imposing, solid. Although his face was beyond the reach of light, Sera felt a faint pang of recognition from that bold, decided stance. Dark hair, broad shoulders. Flashes of memory from the pub came to her—this man wore the same tweed jacket as the stranger.
He moved a little so the streetlight’s glow settled on the square, dark angles of his face. Handsome, wicked, intent—the features of a man set on a mission. Guilt pricked her for appreciating him as a red-blooded woman might.
“You are…” she gasped.
Bloody hell! This was no stranger but the same man she’d danced with last Christmas at the Sharwoods’ big do. Hundreds of London’s elite in a ballroom that must have matched the size of the Serpentine. She’d regretted that dance that pitted her so close to his unnerving perusal, but thankfully, it had been just one. She’d never seen him again, until now.
What was he doing here?
So that was why he’d kept looking at her back at the pub. He’d recognized her.
He didn’t say a word, just stared at her. Fear crept up her spine. Something felt wrong. The cold got brittle, and Sera dug her gloveless hands in her coat pockets and walked around him, hastening home, as if that would make him disappear. He let her pass, but she wouldn’t feel relief until she was safe in the house. Only a short way to go. She turned into the mews by their townhome; what used to be stables were now restored and built into apartments to the right. In some ways it wasn’t much different from the château they’d had in France before moving to England, or the estate in Hertfordshire where they’d spent a few years—except that this was London, of course, not so much a quaint and bucolic place, and one that many considered to be both the pleasure center and cesspool of Britain.
And there he appeared again, standing in the shadows ahead, waiting. How did he manage to get there? Had he gone all around the block this fast? Impossible.
He stepped toward her. Under the sliver of light, he looked like the Devil in his most tempting form.
           “I’m pleased to see you, Séraphine. I’m Rafe. Rafe Harcourt,” he said, using her given name and playing with the syllables in the most decadent way. “Remember me?”

~ Natalie G. Owens ~
No Rules. No Formulas. Just a world of love, mystery and fantasy!