Monday, May 27, 2013

Brenda Novak's Annual Online Auction for Diabetes Research

Hello world!

Today I'm proud to be part of a team of people who are offering a loaded Kindle Paperwhite ($259 value, incl. cost of books) at Brenda Novak's Annual Online Auction for Diabetes Research. Find the listing here:




One Day Only! 05/28/2013: Kindle Paperwhite Pre-loaded w/40+ ebooks + wall charger! 
Check out Brenda Novak's auction site. Lots of great things to bid on all month & it's for a great cause!

My WG2E buddies always jump at the chance of doing something for a good cause--such a great bunch of people! The Kindle is loaded with many of our books, 40 of them, including a copy of each of my romances: An Eternity of Roses, Something to Live for, Everything to Lose, and Inescapable (co-written with Zee Monodee). A wall charger is also included.


New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Brenda Novak and her wonderful team have hosted this auction for a long time. This year, it is hoped that more than $2 million will be raised for diabetes research. There is an incredible number of items available for bidding on, and when you purchase one of them you can feel good because you're doing something that will help researchers keep working to find a cure for this illness. Win-win, if you ask me! 
And it’s really simple to do. Just click here and it will give you the option to set up an account or to log on if you already have one. Set up a password that is easy for you to remember as you’ll need this each time you bid. Moreover, the person who places the most number of bids will receive a MacBook Air! And just for registering, you’re put in the drawing for an iPad Mini! It just keeps getting better :)
We of course hope you’ll bid on the Kindle Paperwhite we’re offering. We think it’s a great offer with a lot of fantastic books already loaded onto the device. There’s romance, fantasy, paranormal, young adult (YA), suspense, thrillers and more – something for everyone! And while you can bid on many items throughout the month, you can only bid on this one TODAY, MAY 28TH as it’s listed under the One Day Auctions section.
To find out more about about our donation and the authors involved in the blog hop, check out Rhonda Hopkins' post at the RG2E (Reader’s Guide to EPublishing). You can also enter to win an Amazon Gift Card there via the posted rafflecopter. Some of the other authors are also giving away ebooks on their post today. So be sure and check them out!
So why did I decide to participate with a donation this year? 
Diabetes is a very sensitive topic for me. Apart from the fact that I have family members who suffer from it, I did develop gestational diabetes when I was pregnant. This is a very common thing, I was told, but as I was older, I was afraid it would lead to more complications. In the end, I had to have a C-section because I was told my baby would be too large. However, I had managed to control the blood sugar levels to the point that when Cole was born, he was of normal weight. Still, those who develop gestational diabetes are far more likely to develop diabetes in the future, around age 50, so we must constantly monitor ourselves. I have put myself on a healthier diet now, one with less sugars, to help my body stay in a healthy state, yet that thought remains. Diabetes has affected and continues to affect many people's lives, so I believe that this is a worthy cause and again, I'm proud to be a participating author. 

If you're interested in doing your part, please place a bid here. The auction for the loaded Kindle Paperwhite is a ONE DAY ONLY auction taking place on the 28th May (starting at 12.21 A.M. and ending at 8.58 P.M.). Don't miss it!

I'll also be offering a free download copy of the urban fantasy/paranormal romance INESCAPABLE (first book in the Eternelles series) by me and Zee Monodee today to one person who comments to this post. 
All you have to do is: 
1) Tell me about your favorite charity and why; and 
2) Sign up for my newsletter here: 



I promise I only use it to notify people of new releases or important posts such as this, and will not spam anyone. 



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

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Guest blogs!

Hello world!

Zee Monodee and I have two guest blogs to share with you today...

With bestselling author Kristine Cayne, we share a therapy session with the two main characters in INESCAPABLE. Check out the full post here - 

http://kristinecayne.blogspot.com/2013/05/newrelease-and-giveaway-inescapable-by.html?zx=dca10bfee7c5e421

At Jessica Subject's blog, Zee shares the reasons for her decision to go indie with the Eternelles series and talks about the beauty of a great collaboration. What do a white Catholic girl from Malta and an Indian-origin Muslim from Mauritius have in common? Lots! Find out here :) --

http://www.markofthestars.com/wp/?p=14250



Get more info and download from:
Barnes and Noble: http://bit.ly/16JmZV6
Smashwords: http://bit.ly/17zvEHx   
iBookstore: http://bit.ly/ZMs7nB
More channels and print coming soon.




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

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

Guest post at Elizabeth Morgan's lair...

Hello world!

Zee Monodee and I had lots of fun playing 20 questions with Elizabeth Morgan today and discussing our new urban fantasy/ paranormal romance release, Inescapable. We'd appreciate it if you came to check us out! 

If you wish to share or tweet (thanks in advance!!), here are some suggestions: 

20 questions w/ @EMorgan2010 @ZeeMonodee and @natalie_g_owens discuss their brand new #urbanfantasy #PNR release  http://bit.ly/10iCI5b

What the next best thing in #urbanfantasy and #PNR@ZeeMonodee and @natalie_g_owens present their new release at http://bit.ly/10iCI5b 

And as a side note:  FYI, the BandN purchase link isn't working yet (had issues that will soon be fixed), but we do have Kobo and iBookstore links now -  Kobo: http://bit.ly/18nTRBV - iBookstore: http://bit.ly/ZMs7nB 

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

Sunday, May 05, 2013

It's alive...! :) And bad boy Rafe just won't quit... And also a book trailer, lol #snippetsunday

Hello world,

Welcome to Snippet Sunday! It's been a while. I missed last week's post and will share why later :). Today, I have so much news to give you, but first, the snippet. :)

Last time, I posted about Sera Dionysios' dangerous attraction to a bad boy--Rafe Harcourt--who her mother warns against. But, can she help it? (The indents look wonky on the blog so please forgive me for that)

Start of snippet-->

She was naked in his arms, turning to putty, oblivious to the cold, her body now incandescent and pliable—his utter prisoner. Her shocking desires became a reality.
His eyes didn’t leave hers as he awakened each of her senses, one by delicious one, and told her with that act just how easily he could own her.
He bent down and claimed her lips in a kiss—a kiss like no other she’d had, not even with William.
He snaked his tongue into her mouth, exploring every nook inside, awakening every nerve ending within her. It warred with hers, because she couldn’t help abandoning herself to this erotic feeling. Only then did she close her eyes, denying herself the sight of him. Her body tingled with anticipation. She lulled her head back, exposing her neck to his touch, ready for him…
Then, as if floating outside herself, she noticed the puncture marks, the trail of blood falling down her porcelain skin.
She opened her eyes wide, once more inside her body. Arousal tinged with fear overwhelmed her.
He smiled, a half-smile, a wicked smile.
“I’m coming for you, Séraphine,” he said in that voice that was richer than velvet…
Then his expression changed—like landscape morphing from picturesque to feral and craggy. He reminded her of the doomed Heathcliff succumbing to madness and rage in the midst of the Yorkshire Moors. Dark shadows settled in his eyes, no kindness or desire discernible in their depths.
          “Because your place is with me,” he finished, his talon-like fingers curling around her arms in a painful vise.

<--End of snippet

I know it's a bit long. I just couldn't decide which part to post! But I hope you enjoyed this one anyway! Now, I have a few things to share...

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Today I'm doing a happy dance! I've been off for the last 8 days (which is why I was absent last Sunday - and still 2 off days to go. Time goes too fast when you're having fun!), taking a much needed vacation and keeping work to a minimum, but one thing Zee Monodee and I did do during this time: we prepped INESCAPABLE for publication. And it's now up on Amazon, Smashwords and Barnes and Noble! 

Now can be downloaded from:
Smashwords: http://bit.ly/17zvEHx   
Other sales channels coming soon.

And we also have a trailer! (thanks to Zee :D)

Other links coming soon, as well as a print version thereafter :).

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About Inescapable: 


An immortal born from an unlikely alliance...

Beautiful mythic Greek heiress Adrasteia 'Adri' Dionysios has roamed the world for millennia, taking her pleasure where she wanted. Until one night, when Fate drops a baby wrapped in fire into her arms. Motherhood is a formidable challenge, but so is figuring out the identity of a mystery man who makes her pulse race.

A vampyre’s obsession…

Seraphine 'Sera' Dionysios' origins are shrouded in mystery. Torn between a mother whose blood saved her life, and a man who now possesses her soul, the only thing Sera can still cling to is her heart.

One rule matters above all others: Always protect the portal…

When Evil comes to Adri and Sera’s hometown of Shadow Bridge, a place where the mortal human world ends and the supernatural realm starts, it’s up to them to stop a prophecy as old as time itself...or die trying. 

Praise for the first in this series has already trickled in...

Praise for INESCAPABLE:

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

“OMG … beautifully wrapped and weaved into a believable world…”

“I have no problem giving it 5 full stars. The writing is great, the story is great, the characters are believable. ”

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I can't believe what Zee and I have achieved since we first conceived this series in the summer of 2012. It first started as an idea for a trilogy, but quickly grew into a 15-book saga with so many twists and turns! Book 2, INDOMITABLE, is scheduled for release in September 2013 (cover reveal coming soon!), so there isn't a long wait :). 

Over and out now, and I wish you all a great Sunday! Please don't forget to check the other cool posts on the Snippet list today, at the official FB group. Among them, Sharon Buchbinder, Sarah Wesson, AJ Nuest, Frank C. Etier, Vivien Dean, Karysa Faire, Sue Ann Bowling, Veronica Scott, Siobhan Muir, Claire Gillian, Jess Schira, and of course my bestie, Zee Monodee!

Hugs to all and 'see' you next week :).

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