Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Spotlight on the RITA® Nominees in Paranormal Romance

Today, the Get Lost in a Story Crew is proud to feature the Romance Writers of America® RITA®Finalists in the Paranormal Romance category. And the nominees are…

Archangel's Blade by Nalini Singh

The severed head marked by a distinctive tattoo on its cheek should have been a Guild case, but dark instincts honed over hundreds of years of life compel the vampire Dmitri to take control. There is something twisted about this death, something that whispers of centuries long past…but Dmitri’s need to discover the truth is nothing to the vicious strength of his response to the hunter assigned to decipher the tattoo.

Savaged in a brutal attack that almost killed her, Honor is nowhere near ready to come face to face with the seductive vampire who is an archangel’s right hand, and who wears his cruelty as boldly as his lethal sensuality…the same vampire who has been her secret obsession since the day she was old enough to understand the inexplicable, violent emotions he aroused in her.

As desire turns into a dangerous compulsion that might destroy them both, it becomes clear the past will not stay buried. Something is hunting…and it will not stop until it brings a blood-soaked nightmare to life once more…

Changeling Moon by Dani Harper

He roams the moonlit wilderness, his every sense and instinct on high alert. Changeling wolf Connor Macleod and his Pack have never feared anything—until the night human Zoey Tyler barely escapes a rogue werewolf’s vicious attack.

As the full moon approaches, Zoey has no idea of the changes that are coming, and only Connor can show her what she is, and help her master the wildness inside. With her initiation into the Pack just days away and a terrifying  predator on the loose, the tentative bonds of trust and tenderness are their only weapons against a force red in tooth, claw…and ultimate evil.

Dragon Bound by Thea Harrison

A Fiery Temper is Not Easily Extinguished

Half-human and half-wyr, Pia Giovanni spent her life keeping a low profile among the wyrkind and avoiding the continuing conflict between them and their Dark Fae enemies. But after being blackmailed into stealing a coin from the hoard of a dragon, Pia finds herself targeted by one of the most powerful–and passionate—of the Elder Races.

As the most feared and respected of the wyrkind, Dragos Cuelebre cannot believe someone had the audacity to steal from him, much less succeed. And when he catches the thief, Dragos spares her life, claiming her as his own to further explore the desire they’ve ignited in one another.

Envy by J.R. Ward

As the son of a serial killer, homicide detective Thomas "Veck" DelVecchio, Jr., grew up in the shadow of evil. Now, on the knife-edge between civic duty and blind retribution, he atones for the sins of his father---while fighting his inner demons. 

Assigned to monitor Veck is Internal Affairs officer Sophia Reilly, whose interest in him is both professional and arousingly personal. And Veck and Sophia have another link: Jim Heron, a mysterious stranger with too many answers...to questions that are deadly. 

When Veck and Sophia are drawn into the ultimate battle between good and evil, their fallen angel savior is the only thing that stands between them and eternal damnation.

Lord of the Abyss by Nalini Singh

Once upon a time…the Blood Sorcerer vanquished the kingdom of Elden. To save their children, the queen scattered them to safety and the king filled them with vengeance. Only a magical timepiece connects the four royal heirs…and time is running out.… 

As the dark Lord who condemns souls to damnation in the Abyss, Micah is nothing but a feared monster wrapped in impenetrable black armor. He has no idea he is the last heir of Elden, its last hope. Only one woman knows—the daughter of his enemy. 

Liliana is nothing like her father, the Blood Sorcerer who'd cursed Micah. She sees past Micah’s armor to the prince inside. A prince whose sinful touch she craves. But first she has to brave his dark, dangerous lair and help him remember. Because they only have till midnight to save Elden.

The Lost by Caridad Piñeiro

Adam Bruno is no ordinary millionaire. The heir to an ancient race possessing a dark, powerful magic, he can shapeshift and create energy. His gifts make him a living weapon and have forced him to live in seclusion. But now an inhuman force hunts down Adam-just when he finds someone who makes him feel more human than he ever imagined possible...

Home from combat in Iraq, Bobbie Carerra wants only peace, yet soon joins Adam in a terrifying battle against paranormal enemies who hide in plain sight. She’s drawn to his strength of mind and body; he’s attracted to her courage and intoxicating energy. Their scorching passion can either transport them to the heights of ecstasy or-if Adam’s powers rage out of control-destroy them. But when an invisible brotherhood tightens its nets and someone Adam trusts betrays him, only a heartrending decision can save them.

Nightfall by Ellen Connor (writing team Ann Aguirre and Carrie Lofty) 

Growing up with an unstable, often absent father who preached about the end of the world, Jenna never thought, in her wildest nightmares, that his predictions would come true. Or that he would have a plan in place to save her–one that includes the strong, stoic man who kidnaps and takes her to a remote cabin in the Pacific Northwest.

The mysterious ex-Marine named Mason owes a life-debt to Jenna’s father. Skilled and steadfast, he’s ready for the Change, but Jenna proves tough to convince. Until the power grid collapses and the mutant dogs attack–vicious things that reek of nature gone wrong.

When five strangers appear, desperate to escape the bloodthirsty packs, Jenna defies her protector and rescues them. As technology fails and the old world falls away, Jenna changes too, forever altered by supernatural forces. To fight for their future, she and Mason must learn to trust their instinctive passion–a flame that will see them through the bitter winter, the endless nights, and the violence of a new Dark Age.
GLIAS interview for Carrie.

The Restorer by Amanda Stevens

Never acknowledge the dead
Never stray far from hallowed ground
Never associate with those who are haunted
Never, ever tempt fate.
My name is Amelia Gray. I'm a cemetery restorer who sees ghosts. In order to protect myself from the parasitic nature of the dead, I've always held fast to the rules passed down from my father. But now a haunted police detective has entered my world and everything is changing, including the rules that have always kept me safe.

It started with the discovery of a young woman's brutalized body in an old Charleston graveyard I've been hired to restore. The clues to the killer--and to his other victims--like in the headstone symbolism that only I can interpret. Devlin needs my help, but his ghosts shadow his every move, feeding off his warmth, sustaining their presence with his energy. To warn him would be to invite them into my life. I’ve vowed to keep my distance, but the pull of his magnetism grows ever stronger even as the symbols lead me closer to the killer and to the gossamer veil that separates this world from the next.

Congratulations to all!

Several of our nominees will be responding to comments today. The following items have been generously donated for a drawing. (Please leave your email address in body of your comment to be entered in the drawing.)

  •  an autographed copy of The Dark Age Dawning Trilogy by Ellen Connor (Ann Aguirre and Carrie Lofty)

  • an autographed copy of Changeling Moon, by Dani Harper

  • a polo shirt for THE CLAIMED (the second book in the Sin Hunters series) and some swag, from Caridad Piñeir

  • one copy of each of Nalini Singh's three Rita® nominated books: Archangel's Blade, Lord of the Abyss, and Angels of Darkness (featuring the novella, Angel's Wolf, which is nominated in the Novella category).

      JOIN THE RITA® CELEBRATION by leaving a comment for each category between July 11th and 28th (multiple comments = multiple entries with the exception of Romantic Suspense). GLIAS will be drawing for winners on Sunday, July 29th and posting along with all the RITA® winners announced Saturday evening in Anaheim, California. 

      Note: Offer void where prohibited. Prizes will be mailed to North America addresses only unless specifically mentioned in the post. If an INTERNATIONAL name is drawn, mailing the book or supplying an electronic version will be the decision of the donator. Odds of winning vary due to the number of entrants. Winners of drawings are responsible for checking this site in a timely manner. If prizes are not claimed in a timely manner, the author may not have a prize available. Get Lost In A Story cannot be responsible for an author's failure to mail the listed prize. GLIAS does not automatically pass email addresses to guest authors unless the commenter publicly posts their email address.

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      donnas said...

      Paranormal is my favorite genre, folllowed closely by romantic suspense. Looking forward to reading the ones I havent had a chance to yet. And congrats to all nominees!!

      bacchus76 at myself dot com

      TAMMYJACKSON said...

      omg would love to win the archangels book thanks for the chance

      DANI HARPER said...

      Thank you so much for highlighting the PNR RITA nominees. I'm completely thrilled to be in such excellent company. A couple of the finalists are fav authors of mine already and the others are now on my "can't wait to discover" list!

      Looking forward to answering any questions or comments directed my way. I'll be checking in throughout the day! :)

      Laney4 said...

      Wow. You guys rock!
      Congratulations, and should you be lucky enough to attend, I hope you have loads of fun!
      seytype at hotmail dot com

      Angi Morgan said...

      Best of luck to you !!

      ~Wish I was there!

      Angi Morgan said...

      A late welcome to GLIAS. Thanks to all the paranormal finalists for the donations and stopping by!

      I was taken away by the reason I'm not attending the RWA conference this year...my daughter's moving to grad school. (I think I mainly needed to be here to dog sit actually!)

      Safe travels and happy adventures to everyone attending.

      (Who can't make up her mind which book to read first now that deadlines aren't looming.)

      DANI HARPER said...

      Hi Angie! I'm not at RWA either. Due to "Life happens while you're making other plans", I'm at home in Alaska, trying to make deadline among other things.

      I remember when one of my daughters moved away to college, and everything that needed to be done to get her settled (and give me peace of mind!). Hope everything goes well with your daughter's new adventure. :)

      PS - My executive secretary, Fiona the Pug, says that the importance of dog-sitting is not to be underestimated in the grand scheme of things.

      DANI HARPER said...

      Thanks Angi!

      DANI HARPER said...

      Thanks for the congrats, Donna! Paranormal is my favorite genre too, followed by Urban Fantasy (which also has strong paranormal elements).

      DANI HARPER said...

      It sounds really good, doesn't it? I just got the first book in Nalini's Guild Hunter series so I can start from the beginning. :) Good luck to you!

      DANI HARPER said...

      Hi Laney! I'm not attending this year but my hubby and I will be in front of the Internet on the awards night. RWA will be posting the names of the winners as they’re announced to the RWA website, as well as to the RWA Facebook and Twitter pages.

      And if I'm understanding the schedule correctly, the Paranormal category will be announced first!

      Diane said...

      All great authors with even greater books. Congratulations!!! I have read several of the books talked about on this blog.

      dsadler53 at yahoo dot ca

      sienny said...

      Congratulations!! Most of the nominees are in ny pile already, waiting their turn to be read. I really should read more nowadays

      smile_1773 at yahoo dot com

      Erin said...

      Wow!! Congrats!!! What a wonderful award to be up for along with some amazing authors!!! Going to the book signing at RWA on Weds. Sad to hear you wont be there!

      DANI HARPER said...

      Hi Sienny! It's really hard to get much time to read these days -- we're all so busy. I carry a book or my kindle in my purse and squeeze it in whenever I have to wait for something.

      DANI HARPER said...

      The book signing sounds like a blast -- only I'd like to be one of the readers getting my books signed, LOL!

      DANI HARPER said...

      Thanks for the congrats! I've added a few to my TBR list too.

      Sharon Stogner said...

      WOOT! What a fabulous category, of course I am a little biased when it comes to genre...PNR/UF rocks! Will be rooting for everyone :) and envious of all those who get to go to RWA.

      donnas said...

      UF too yes. Really those are my top 3 genres and what I read most.

      donnas said...

      You will love it. I cant wait for Archangels Storm.

      donnas said...

      Good Luck. I loved the first 2 in your series. Planning to get a copy of the 3rd asap.

      Jennifer L. Bielman said...

      Those are perfect choices. Love me some paranormal.


      suzi1811 said...

      Love PNR! Love Changeling Moon and really want to try J.R,Ward's book, I've read the BDB series but haven't tried this one yet! The rest look really good as well, I may need to print the list so I can get them as I can afford them!

      suzi1811 (at) fsmail (dot) net

      ilona said...

      I love Paranormal stories but would be hard pushed to choose the best from the ones mentioned here. All the authors are amazing at bringing their worlds to life and making me interested in their characters. I almost pity the judges :D

      felinewyvern at googlemail dot com

      DANI HARPER said...

      It's my fav category too, of course! Maybe we'll meet up at a conference one of these days once I move out of Alaska.

      DANI HARPER said...

      I enjoy just about anything as long as it has a paranormal element to it. It's so rich with possibilities!

      DANI HARPER said...

      The BDB totally rocks! I have them all!

      DANI HARPER said...

      I don't know how anyone chooses the best from a genre -- every author has a different voice and style. All I know is that I feel like a winner just to be a finalist -- I'm very happy with that and grateful for it!

      Eli Yanti said...

      great and congrts :)

      PNR is one of my fave genre book =D

      gamistress66 said...

      congrats & good luck to all the nominees. I've only had the chance to read dragon bound but I'm sure they're all fab reads. only started reading paranormal romance this past year, but find myself enjoying it more often -- so many different & interesting "worlds" :)

      Ruth said...

      Congrats to all the authors. I love paranormal romance stories.


      Cssndr Mks said...

      Congratulations!!! I'm so excited for you, I love paranormal romance.


      Lexi H said...

      Whoo hoo! Nalini rocks! And it shows, she has some great books in this group.
      Nightfall sure has a great cover, I should check this one out.
      Congrats to everyone, an accomplishment to be nominated =)

      Denise Z said...

      What company you guys keep! I do not see one book there that I would not read in a heartbeat. I have read Changling Moon and it was great. Congratulations to all the nominees what an incredible honor!

      Angi Morgan said...
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      Angi Morgan said...

      I think my office mates (Dallas & Tex--both black labs) totally agree. They love this visit from cousin, Moose (a black mouth cur).

      They have definitely been a handful, but definitely worth having around.

      BEST OF LUCK !!

      Maureen said...

      They all looks like great reads and good luck to the authors.
      mce1011 AT aol DOT com

      DANI HARPER said...

      Thanks Denise - I'm so happy that you liked Changeling Moon. I feel honored that it's part of this group!

      Brenda Rumsey said...
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      Brenda Rumsey said...

      Such great reading in this group. Congrats to each of you for being chosen as the best!!!
      grandmabkr at yahoo dot com

      bn100 said...

      Congratulations! I'd like to read these books. They all sound good and lovely covers.


      LilMissMolly said...

      Nice to see a few new names on the list. I read ghost stories and time travel sometimes to break my weekly fix of historical romance. :)