Friday, December 7, 2012

Get Entangled Under the Mistletoe ~ Holiday Romance Bloghoppity!

Welcome to the Entangled Under the Mistletoe Holiday Hop! I've got some fantastic giveaways for you down below, but first I'd like to share a little bit about my fantasy romance, North of Need (Hearts of the Anemoi #1), a steamy Greek-mythology-inspired story involving a snow god, Christmas magic, and winter fun!

Accolades for North of Need

  • 2012 FF&P PRISM Award Winner for Best Light Paranormal Romance
  • Voted 2011 Sizzling Read of the Year at Sizzling Hot Book Reviews
  • Chosen as 2011 Best Book of the Year by GraveTells
  • Nominated for seven GraveTells 2011 Readers' Choice Awards


How about a little taste of North of Need?:

Owen sucked in a breath. “You made us snow cones?” His mind reeled. She didn’t realize the significance of what she’d done. Couldn’t have known.

She smiled and nodded. “I made super-duper deluxe chocolate-strawberry snow cones, to be exact.”

“Gimme.” He snatched the cup from her hand. Lighthearted laughter spilled from her pink lips, lighting him up inside. He spooned in a helping of chocolaty snow. “Oh my gods,” he mumbled before he’d even swallowed. The weight of her gaze fell on his mouth, pulling his stare back to her. “You put chocolate on snow.”

“I know, right? It’s fantastic.”

“It’s”—he gobbled another bite—“genius. Inspired.” And beyond the gooey, icy sweetness of the treat—in itself a revelation—the snow infused his system with a nearly electrical charge of energy, vitality. He shuddered. Goosebumps broke out across his skin. Between his legs, he hardened, forcing him to shift to accommodate the tightness. Each scoop hit him like a jolt of B12, caffeine, and Prozac in one. He couldn’t get enough.

And she’d been the one to make him feel this way.

Megan Snow was perfect for him.

She sat watching him, so full of life. Her cup remained untouched.

“Why aren’t you eating?”

She lifted her spoon. “Oh, I was just—”

“Here.” He held out his spoon without thinking about it, but then his need for her to eat from his hands exploded in his chest. Her eyes went wide and her mouth dropped open. Those baby blues flashed up at him, setting off a twisting heat low in his gut. She leaned forward. Wrapped her lips around his spoon.

Aw, hell. His hard-on throbbed. His breathing tripped and his heart took off at a sprint. He scooped another portion into his own mouth, watched her swallow hers. More. Holding out the spoon, he made the offer again and again. Over and over, she accepted. He leaned toward her, and she scooted on her knees closer, and a little closer again, until one knee finally kissed the back of his thigh.

He groaned and continued to feed her, nearly panting now. She held his eyes while she ate, her own breathing audible between them, her chest rising and falling under her coat. In his gut, the snow morphed into raw power, ignited his veins, tingled through his muscles, setting off involuntary twitches here and there that felt like being tickled.

His spoon hit the bottom of the cup, scraped loudly in the confined space of the igloo against the empty plastic.

Megan didn’t miss a beat. A spoonful of her dessert appeared at his lips. “My turn,” she whispered, her voice breathy and low.

Tossing his cup and spoon aside, he devoured what she offered, savored the cold sweetness, drank it down into his belly. She was right there ready with more, then took some for herself. In her haste, red crystals spilled from the spoon down over her chin. A thin line of chocolate edged over her lip.

In a flash, he was on her, powerless to resist any longer. His big hands cupped the back of her neck, tangled in soft curls. Pulled her in. His mouth zeroed in on the flavored snow on her skin, a taste far more heady than the snow alone, all creamy vanilla and soft-scented woman.

He kissed and sucked up her chin to the corner of her mouth, her warm exhalation tingling across his cheek. And then his lips found hers.

The moan she unleashed into his mouth flared in his gut. He dug his fingers into that beautiful mass of silky blonde, held her to him. Urgent, open-mouthed kisses sought her lips, implored her to want him back. When her tongue sneaked forward, flicked his bottom lip, he groaned in triumph.

For a moment, he let her lead. He wanted her to be the one to breach the physical gap between their bodies. To come to him. Finally, the tip of her tongue curled around his, explored his mouth in the most tentative way.

It was all he needed.
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Don’t forget to check out what the other authors participating in the hop are giving away!
Now for MY Giveaways!

I have two great prize packs up for grabs, both open to international entrants! Complete the Rafflecopter to enter! Contest ends at midnight EST on Friday, December 14! Good luck!
WINNER: MARY PRESTON
Prize Pack #1: 
11x17 signed poster, trading cards, temporary tattoo, book cover magnets, pen, lip balm

WINNER: DAWNA NEWMAN
Prize Pack #2:
spiral notebook, mouse pad, key chain, trading cards, temporary tattoo, book cover magnets, pen, lip balm, I heart Owen bumper sticker

Thanks for hopping! ~Laura
(And check out my Christmas Wishes Blog Hop giveaway, too!)
a Rafflecopter giveaway

61 comments:

miki said...

thank you so much for opening this to international i would be so happy with pack 2 ( because of the note book^^;;)

i don't have a favorite line from the excerpt i loved all of it!

thank you once again

Amy said...

What a great excerpt. That sounds like a book I would love!! I don't know if I have a favorite line, but I did like this. "Each scoop hit him like a jolt of B12, caffeine, and Prozac in one. He couldn’t get enough."
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crystaley73 said...

Great Excerpt I loved the whole thing.

Irene Velazquez said...

"Goosebumps broke out across his skin. Between his legs, he hardened, forcing him to shift to accommodate the tightness. Each scoop hit him like a jolt of B12, caffeine, and Prozac in one. He couldn’t get enough"......and not I can't get enough *swoon*

Andrea @The Bookish Babes said...

OMG, Laura. The entire excerpt was my favorite. I love his reaction to the snow one on her skin. I just bought North of Need a couple of days ago. I can't wait to read it!

Malinda said...

My favorite lines are: Goosebumps broke out across his skin. Between his legs, he hardened, forcing him to shift to accommodate the tightness. Each scoop hit him like a jolt of B12, caffeine, and Prozac in one. He couldn’t get enough.

And she’d been the one to make him feel this way.

Megan Snow was perfect for him.

Silverlight said...

Yep, I agree the whole excerpt was HOT and really good!!

My Fav.
In a flash, he was on her, powerless to resist any longer. His big hands cupped the back of her neck, tangled in soft curls. Pulled her in. His mouth zeroed in on the flavored snow on her skin, a taste far more heady than the snow alone, all creamy vanilla and soft-scented woman.

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Aurian said...

I love this sentence: She smiled and nodded. “I made super-duper deluxe chocolate-strawberry snow cones, to be exact.”. Ever since I read the book this summer, I have been wanting to try this out. Today, it is finally snowing here in Holland, but it doesn't last, all wet smurry now. Ah well, winter just started.

Gayle Latreille said...

Wonder HOT excerpt, loved it.

Thanks for this amazing giveaway opportunity

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Laura Kaye said...

Yay! So glad you guys are enjoying the excerpt! :D Good luck!

Gaby Pendragon said...

My favorite line is:
I made super-duper deluxe chocolate-strawberry snow cones, to be exact.”

Jansen Garland said...

Can I really only pick one line?! The whole thing looked pretty good to me!

Vickie said...

Thank you so much Laura for a chance at these great prize packs!!!!!!

Vickie

Michelle H. said...

Loved the whole excerpt, but this line was my favorite!
"In a flash, he was on her, powerless to resist any longer."

Thanks for the chance to win a great prize pack!

Beautiful Disaster said...

Awesome book y'all...awesome author ;) My fave line from this excerpt is: ..."It's" he gobbled another bite-"genius. Inspired."
Thanks,
Lori

Alex said...

I'm a mushy romantic so my favorite line from the excerpt is "Megan Snow was perfect for him."

GzNKz4evr said...

It is hard to have a favorite line when I loved the whole book so much. But the snowcone scene in the igloo is probably my favorite. Thanks so much for reminding me how much I love this book!

Steph from fangswandsandfairydust.com said...

Megan Snow was perfect for him.
Steph at fangswandsandfairydust.com

Amiee Ryan said...

my favorite line from the excerpt is "He groaned and continued to feed her, nearly panting now. She held his eyes while she ate, her own breathing audible between them,"

I love the build up and intimacy between them :) Thanks for the great giveaway Happy Holidays!!

amieesnow(at)gmail(dot)com

Pinkim Kimberly Wright said...

You made us snowcones!
I actually love the entire thing...

KForth said...

Owen sucked in a breath. “You made us snow cones?” His mind reeled. She didn’t realize the significance of what she’d done. Couldn’t have known.

elaing8 said...

I liked
“Here.” He held out his spoon without thinking about it, but then his need for her to eat from his hands exploded in his chest. Her eyes went wide and her mouth dropped open. Those baby blues flashed up at him, setting off a twisting heat low in his gut. She leaned forward. Wrapped her lips around his spoon.

I guess that's more of a paragraph than line :)

AquarianDancer said...

She smiled and nodded. “I made super-duper deluxe chocolate-strawberry snow cones, to be exact.”

Makes me want one, too.

AquarianDancer at gmail dot com

Unknown said...

My favourite line:

His hard-on throbbed. His breathing tripped and his heart took off at a sprint. He scooped another portion into his own mouth, watched her swallow hers. More. Holding out the spoon, he made the offer again and again. Over and over, she accepted. He leaned toward her, and she scooted on her knees closer, and a little closer again, until one knee finally kissed the back of his thigh.

Angel Cullen said...

Not really ...

Holly said...

In a flash, he was on her, powerless to resist any longer. His big hands cupped the back of her neck, tangled in soft curls. Pulled her in. His mouth zeroed in on the flavored snow on her skin, a taste far more heady than the snow alone, all creamy vanilla and soft-scented woman.

Kim said...

Oh my GOSH. I have to read this book.

This is a small line, probably not really important to alot of people, but I can picture Megan saying this. Plus it appears to be a shift between Owen and Megan.

“I know, right? It’s fantastic.”

redzsm said...

★"He groaned and continued to feed her, nearly panting now. She held his eyes while she ate, her own breathing audible between them."★ I love the heat in this sentence. They're ready to pounce. Megan & Owen are perfect for each other!

I loved this book so much, I couldn't resist this AWESOME giveaway!!!

-Selena Mc

angel said...

My fav:

“Here.” He held out his spoon without thinking about it, but then his need for her to eat from his hands exploded in his chest. Her eyes went wide and her mouth dropped open. Those baby blues flashed up at him, setting off a twisting heat low in his gut. She leaned forward. Wrapped her lips around his spoon.

Aw, hell. His hard-on throbbed. His breathing tripped and his heart took off at a sprint. He scooped another portion into his own mouth, watched her swallow hers. More. Holding out the spoon, he made the offer again and again. Over and over, she accepted. He leaned toward her, and she scooted on her knees closer, and a little closer again, until one knee finally kissed the back of his thigh.

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ML said...

Nope, no favorite line-loved the whole thing in its entirety!!

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HeyYou-ItsMe said...

Truly I loved the whole thing but if I had to pick a line it would be.

"My turn."

I just love when they return a favor :)

Thanks for having such a great giveaway and just for being your fabulous self.

Merry Christmas

Anne R said...

I love this line: Oh my gods,” he mumbled before he’d even swallowed. The weight of her gaze fell on his mouth, pulling his stare back to her. “You put chocolate on snow.”

I love this story. Happy Holiday.

KimberlyFDR said...

"In his gut, the snow morphed into raw power, ignited his veins, tingled through his muscles, setting off involuntary twitches here and there that felt like being tickled."

:D

BLHmistress said...

In a flash, he was on her, powerless to resist any longer. His big hands cupped the back of her neck, tangled in soft curls. Pulled her in. His mouth zeroed in on the flavored snow on her skin, a taste far more heady than the snow alone, all creamy vanilla and soft-scented woman.

That's my favorite.

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Aetheria said...

Fantastic opportunity :D And I loved that excerpt

Laura Kaye said...

So glad you guys are enjoying the excerpt! Thanks for hopping by! :)

Kati R said...

Hi Laura. I just picked up North of Need and West of Want a couple of weeks ago and after this excerpt, I'm ready to dive in.

Favorite line: “My turn,” she whispered, her voice breathy and low.

Thanks so much for the giveaway. Happy holidays!!

Krystal Shannan said...

"Each scoop hit him like a jolt of B12, caffeine, and Prozac in one. He couldn’t get enough."

Awesome line! Thanks for the giveaway! Merry Christmas!
- Krystal Shannan

Laura Kaye said...

@Kati R - that's awesome! Happy reading! :)

Victoria said...

I just love this:
Finally, the tip of her tongue curled around his, explored his mouth in the most tentative way.

It was all he needed.

Thank you :)!
vsloboda(at)gmail(dot)com

Diana said...

Great excerpt! My favorite line is: He kissed and sucked up her chin to the corner of her mouth, her warm exhalation tingling across his cheek. And then his lips found hers.
Thank you!
Artemis

SacredmOOn said...

The whole excerpt was deliciously hot so it's impossible for me to choose just one part of it. ;)
BTW: I just love your Vampire Warrior Kings series! :)
DeAnna Schultz
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Jyl22075 said...

I don't have any one favorite line, but I just adore this book and Owen!

Timitra said...

My favourite line is "He held out his spoon without thinking about it,but then his need for her to eat from his hands exploded in his chest."

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Bea said...

I'm hungry at the moment so this line caught my eye: "“I made super-duper deluxe chocolate-strawberry snow cones, to be exact.”"

Thanks for the giveaways!

Heather Coulter said...

"...he devoured what she offered, savored the cold sweetness, drank it down into his belly."

Heather ~ Books Books and More Books

Liz S. said...

Great excerpt! Chocolate snow cones-how Yummy!

Thanks for the giveaway and Merry Christmas!

Mary Preston said...

I loved the line:

"He groaned and continued to feed her, nearly panting now."

Judy-Ree said...

My favorite line was "Each scoop hit him like a jolt of B12, caffeine, and Prozac in one."

Merry Christmas and thanks for the blog stop.

Bookworm (dot) judy (at) gmail (dot) com

Irene Jackson said...

The whole excerpt was great. Can't pick a favourite!
Irene

SdyLion said...

Each scoop hit him like a jolt of B12, caffeine, and Prozac in one. He couldn’t get enough.-
I have read NORTH OF NEED and I just love Owen's story, its an awesome tale. I loved every word. sdylion(at)gmail(dot)com

Julianne Keller said...

Fun prize packs! It seems I've been trying forever to win a copy of North of Need, haha.
This is my favorite quote from the excerpt, Goosebumps broke out across his skin. Between his legs, he hardened, forcing him to shift to accommodate the tightness.
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Ellen Thompson said...

I loved the whole thing. I really want to read this book now!
Thanks for the giveaway!

Krystal A said...

I loved the whole thing, I think I need a cold shower :)

I adore your writing !

~Kym
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Gayle Latreille said...

Awesome excerpt. Love your books!!

Thanks for this great giveaway opportunity.

gayle2b74@gmail.com

Erica said...

Is it cheating to say ALL the lines, ha? :) I loved the excerpt!

Lily B said...

My favorite line was
Aw, hell. His hard-on throbbed. His breathing tripped and his heart took off at a sprint.
Thank you for the great giveaway :D happy holidays!

Rhianna said...

"It was all he needed."

There's just something so... final about it. I love it! And this book! I was so stoked when I saw GraveTells had it for this month's book club that I'm rereading NoN and I never reread anything due to time.

Kamla L. said...

I loved the whole excerpt. You can actually feel the pressure building and temperature rising between Megan and Owen throughout the scene. But "And she’d been the one to make him feel this way." was the defining line for me. It's like the epiphany that redefines all reality...The realization that of all the billions of people in the world this one, and only this one, can make you feel this way.

Wendy Norris Roberts said...

“Oh my gods,” he mumbled before he’d even swallowed. The weight of her gaze fell on his mouth, pulling his stare back to her. “You put chocolate on snow.”

This was a great book and a wonderful intro to your published works!

Caitlin said...

"And beyond the gooey, icy sweetness of the treat"
that makes me want some christmas sweets!