Monday, January 07, 2013

A really big contest from @Eververse and the prize has to do with #AADSAV!

Something Darker by S. A. Price

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The one thing Syrus Alcot, the God of Death Osiris in the Egyptian Pantheon, wants in all the worlds is the woman he loved and lost returned to him. When he gave up his powers, and freedom for a life of service he was promised her return. That was over one thousand years ago. A member of a team of dark gods charged with keeping humanity safe, he leads a loveless existence in New York City, searching for the one thing that could bring his wife back to him, a lapis scarab that was lost to him ages before.
Gwen Stapleton, a mild mannered librarian, is unaware that she holds the key to not only Syrus’ happiness, but her own. Seemingly stuck in a hopeless relationship with a man she doesn’t love, she has no idea that a chance meeting in Alphabet City will start a landslide to her heart’s content. Because Gwen is the keeper of the scarab, and is everything Syrus has ever wanted… and he’s not the only one.

An Ancient evil is waking, and its servants will stop at nothing to see it seize its rightful place as the new pantheon of earth. And in order for Syrus and his team to save the world, Gwen is going to have to accept him, and show that love does make all the difference.
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There's the drool worthy hint, now for the information!

To celebrate the release of Something Darker, the Price sisters who write as S.A. Price are doing something really big ... Authors After Dark: Savannah big!
Here are the dirty yet so very easy details:

Want to win your way into Authors After Dark? For those of you that don’t know, Authors After Dark (AAD) the fastest growing lit convention in the country that is reader-centric, focusing on readers engaging authors about their books and their careers in a fun party atmosphere. 2013 AAD is in Savannah, GA August 15-18th and it is going to be AMAZING. Vampire Ball, Elemental Ball, Semi Formal awards dessert ceremony, Riverboat event, Parties, bouncy castles, panels, tattoos, corsets and so much more! You do not want to miss this.

So Stella, the convention director is also an author, and she’s giving away an amazing prize to celebrate the release of her new self pubbed book: SOMETHING DARKER. What’s the prize? A VIP Package to AAD (either 2013 or 2014--- if you are already attending 2013, you get 2014 comped!) including A VIP Access badge, Free parking, hotel amenities (not room unless we get the book in the 100’s at Amazon), A basket of goodies from Stella and Audra, and Breakfast with them on Tuesday before the con and some other amazing goodies!

Runners up will win a Nook, book baskets and this was just added A non location specific day pass to the day of a readers choice for the con (Which normally isn’t sold or given to anyone that doesn’t live in the immediate area of the con! Worth 100$!!!)

Not a bad prize for a 2.99 book right?

So you ready to win one of these fabulous prizes?  Well, its easy ... send your receipt showing purchase of Something Darker to  Put “SOMETHING DARKER CONTEST ENTRY” in the subject.

Contest runs until February15th with the winner being announced on the 18th ... what are you waiting for, get going!

Wednesday, January 02, 2013

When on vacation why not revisit a couple favorite locations found in my books!

Earlier I mentioned going to the Oxford Bar in Edinburgh from Ian Rankin's Rebus books and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.  So, when we went south to Leeds in Yorkshire where I went to university, we thought why not visit a few spots I put into seriously kinky My Angel from the Good Bad and Kinky series?

We were shopping, walking from arcade to street, when I realized we were trolling through the arcade I'd chosen to host a sexy lingerie shop the couple visit and pick up a few interesting items.  It was dressed for Christmas but not in an over-the-top kind of way ... I found the decor rather elegant.

Next we meandered down Briggate and once we passed the Victoria Quarter and Harvey Nichols, we kept our eyes peeled to the right and there it was, up high, a sign denoting the pub we were looking for and it was there.  Walking down the subtle short enclosed pathway or gulley, we stepped out into an open space between the buildings.  From there it was a simple choice of where to go for lunch ... Whitelock's!

With a fine pint of Old Peculier ... honestly, the BEST! ... we sat down for a beef pie, monster chips, peas and sprouts while talking with the sweetest older gentleman ever.  He was a local who had had a stroke so everything "fine" or "fair" which was fine with us.  You see that is the best part of visiting the older pubs, the locals you find within on a cold day taking a rest and a pint.


Tuesday, January 01, 2013

We visited bonnie Scotland, Edinburgh actually, and it wasn't nearly long enough!

This year we decided to shake things up and fly into Edinburgh instead of London and take a couple days to see the city again.  Let me state this at the beginning, we're going to fly that way again and stay for longer, we loved Edinburgh before and fell in love all over again.

We were staying just off the Royal Mile so walked it a few times and Princes Street even more, but something we'd never done before and wanted to do this time was see the Royal Britannia.  This is the royal yacht that has recently be laid to rest in Leith and boy was it worth a visit.

I admit to thinking before we got there that it would be a bit boring and we'd move through quickly, boy was I wrong.  It was fascinating to see how the royals and laymen lived together in such small quarters, boy to I mean small!

Halfway through the 3+ hour tour we stepped into the tea shop and had lunch, so decadent.  Cutie ordered a cuppa [actually a little pot that holds about three cups] and I a hot chocolate ... yum!  From there I had a sandwich ... crusts were left on, and the cutie had cullen skink, a fishy thing so I passed on tasting but he enjoyed.

From top to bottom, rear to stern [?], we took in the ship and would recommend others make the short and easy trip out to see it.

There was shopping to do, it was Christmas time after all, and pubs to visit.  The two I'll note here are Oxford Bar from Ian Rankin's Rebus books and yeah, it is exactly how he writes it!  The other was Royal Cafe from Chariots of Fire movie.  Nope, don't remember the scene but the friend of ours who lives there and recommended a few places to us said it was a must visit and he was so very right.  We loved this pub so much we went next door to the restaurant for dinner.
My problem with eating in Scotland is the copious amount of seafood but here they had a single ever so small quail leg resting on a cushion of garlic mash potatoes for me and a bowl of mulles et frites for the cutie followed by a glass of fine whisky for afters ... a when in Rome kind of thing.