Monday, April 9, 2012

Laura Kaye’s WEST OF WANT Preview & Prizes Event!

 Laura Kaye’s
WEST OF WANT Preview & Prizes Event!

Happy WEST OF WANT Preview & Prizes Event, everyone! Today, April 10, was the original release date for Book 2 in my Hearts of the Anemoi series, West of Want. And then some really cool things happened: my publisher, Entangled Publishing, signed a huge deal with the nation’s biggest book distributor, which means for the first time ever, my books will be shelved in brick-and-mortar bookstores. And then, West of Want received a very nice pre-sales estimate by the booksellers and Barnes and Nobles bought it for all their stores nationwide (and it got bought for airports, too—squee!). The only bad news in this whole scenario was this: the release date got pushed back, by three LONG months! LOL So, I thought I’d celebrate the original release date with a preview of the book and a big contest, and give you a small taste to whet your appetite until the actual release date arrives.

"Laura Kaye’s captivating writing and vibrant world-building will have readers hooked on the gods of the Anemoi. WEST OF WANT is steamy, spellbinding, and a must-read for all romance fantasy fans."
~Elisabeth Naughton, author of the Eternal Guardians series

Forty sites are celebrating with me today, and there are different posts at those different sites. To see the whole list of participants, click here. Now, without further ado, here’s the book blurb and one of four different never-before-seen excerpts from the book available for you to enjoy:


Betrayal is all he's ever known, but in her, he'll find a love strong enough to be trusted...

When Marcella Raines' twin brother dies, she honors his request to be buried at sea, never expecting the violent storm that swamps her boat. Though she's gravely injured--and still emotionally damaged from her recent divorce--Ella fights to survive.

Zephyros Martius is the Supreme God of the West Wind and Spring, but being the strongest Anemoi hasn't protected him from betrayal and loss. Worse, he's sure his brother Eurus is behind it. When Zeph's heartbreak whips up a storm that shipwrecks a human, his guilt forces him to save her.

Ella is drawn to the vulnerability Zeph hides beneath his otherworldly masculinity and ancient blue eyes. And her honesty, empathy, and unique, calming influence leave Zeph wanting...everything. When Eurus threatens Ella, she and Zeph struggle to let go of the past, defend their future, and embrace what they most want--a love that can be trusted.


Restrained power made Zephyros’s hands tremble. At first, he’d wanted to help Ella because he owed it to her. Now, want bloomed into need. When he’d held her soft curves, the strength of her life force soaked into him. Seldom did he have any cause to interact with humans, let alone touch them, but the soft yellow aura that surrounded her body told him this woman was good, pure, true. A rare character, in his experience.

And then she’d said his name. Whispered it, really, but that didn’t keep him from fully enjoying the way her lips wrapped around the sound.

Silently, he summoned the ancient, elemental power, the one that flowed through him, that made him what he was. His palms warmed. Soft white light spilled from between his clasped hands.

Ella’s eyes cut to his glowing hands, went wide. “What? Don’t hurt…” She swallowed thickly. A tear leaked down her temple into her hair.

He met Ella’s barely focused gaze. “Fear not, I promise to hurt you no more.”

Her only answer was a shiver that racked her whole body.

Normally, a healing of this magnitude required sacrifice. It was how the gods worked. Quid pro quo, and all that. But, in this case, Ella’s case, that was hardly appropriate. After all, she wouldn’t need to be healed if he’d kept better control of himself.

Words in his native tongue spilled into the quiet of the room. He parted his hands, held them over her prone form, and let the healing energy cover her. The pale, white glow infused her aura, which absorbed the curative force, distributed small doses of it throughout her body.

Ella sucked in a breath.

“Be well, now,” Zeph whispered.

Pre-order West of Want on Amazon | B&N

So, what d’ya think? Want more Zephyros and Ella? Visit more participating sites to read all the excerpts, meet the characters, see the the West of Want romance trading cards, and enter to win! Thanks for reading! July 10 can’t get here soon enough for me! *grins*

~Laura Kaye

“Using ancient winter mythology as an allegory for grief, Kaye has written a sexy story that packs a powerful emotional punch. NORTH OF NEED is pure winter magic and Kaye’s sparkling talent warms the heart.”
~Stephanie Draven, author of the Mythica series about
multi-award-winning Book 1 in the Anemoi series, North of Need



Special Limited Edition Contest:

A few sites participating in the West of Want Preview Celebration are offering a special, limited edition gift pack, and this is one of them! See the other participating sites for a chance at one of *seven* Amazon/B&N gift card prizes, but here, comment with your name and email address for a chance to win a West of Want gift bag with a bangle bracelet with an Anemoi compass rose charm, an Anemoi lip balm, a Laura Kaye pen, and an Anemoi series bookmark and romance trading cards! Open to international.

Site-Specific Contest:

One commenter from each participating blog site will win a West of Want bookmark and the romance trading cards for North of Need and West of Want. Simply comment to enter to win and be sure to leave your email address. These prizes will be announced soon after May 10.
Open to international.


Make sure you are a member of the Book Monster Blog (by clicking on the “JOIN THIS SITE” button at the top left hand corner of blog page), and then post a comment on the interview with your email address. 

*Any comments without an email address will NOT be entered into drawing.

About Laura Kaye:

Voted Breakout Author of the Year in the 2011 GraveTells Readers’ Choice Awards, Laura is a bestselling and award-winning author paranormal and contemporary romance. Hearts in Darkness is the EPIC eBook Award Winner for Best Novella, Forever Freed won the NJRW Golden Leaf Award for Best Paranormal of 2011, and North of Need, the first book in the Hearts of the Anemoi series, was named GraveTells’ Best Book of 2011 and won their 5-STAR Gold Heart Award, and won Sizzling Hot Read of the Year at Sizzling Hot Books. Laura lives in Maryland with her husband, two daughters, and cute-but-bad dog, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.


Victoria said...

I am so looking forward to the release of West Of Want. Thank you for the great post and giveaway.

Amiee Snow said...

Can't wait for West of Want I just finished North of Need a few days ago! :) I loved the excerpt (love Zeph!)! thank you for the fantastic giveaway too :) The goodie bags look great :)

Wendy said...

Great contest goodies...would love to win..thanks..I did enjoy the excerpt.

Tanya1224 said...

I'm following along...Laura is new to me and I already see quite a few books of hers that I'd love to read =) Thanks for sharing and a chance to win some goodies. I follow as Tanyaw1224 and subscribe as

AD said...

Thanks for the giveaway! Congrats about now being in brick-and-mortar stores!!! LOL! It must be soooo exciting!

sienny said...

i want more zeph!! he's such a dear..

Laura Kaye said...

@sienny - he IS such a dear! A big gruff dear! LOL

Thanks for all the fun comments guys! Really enjoying them! And thanks to Carla for hosting me!

Tala said...

Thanks for the giveaway.

Filia Oktarina said...
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Filia Oktarina said...

Great contest!! I can't wait to read West of Want. I love the excerpt to, it was amazing and the cover,...yum..!!
I would love to win, thanks for giveaway and making international!!
filiafantasy at gmail dot com

Shadow said...

Congrats on your book and thank you for the awesome giveaways! You book sounds great!! Wishing you all the best!

Barb P said...

I can't wait to read West of Want! It sounds fantastic! Thanks for the contest goodies. What fun!

molly.frenzel said...

I can't wait to read this!

SdyLion said...

I really love your series and canna wait to get my hands on this new book. sdylion(at)gmail(dot)com

andieleah said...

Definitely adding this series to my tbr pile!!! Thanks for the awesome giveaway:)

Laurie said...

I'm really looking forward to reading WoW! Thanks for the post and goodie giveways!

Dian Aesha said...

awesome contest, i cant wait to buy this books..and i love this cover very yummy LOL...


Becca B said...

Already pre-ordered, great site and awesome contest goodies.

elaing8 said...

Book sounds great.Thanks for sharing an excerpt and for the giveaway.Love the cover.

blog follower-elaing8


Mel B said...

I am still following...Congrats on going print in brick and mortar stores. That is so awesome!!
bournmelissa at hotmail dot com

Jaime said...

so glad i have found this awesome website, it has opened me up to tons of authors and books i havent read yet..i am excited to read this book, wether or not i win (lol) I LOVE TO READ....
thatnks, jaime


Laura Kaye said...

I'm really enjoying all your comments! Thanks for turning out to support me and Book Monster! Glad to meet new folks and see old friends too! Good luck everyone!

Erin said...

Can not wait for the release of this book - so want want want to read this!
Love the goodies too!

andieleah said...

Can't wait to check this book out!!!

Allie said...

I love that this book is about feeling deep emotions and being a survivor. Looks awesome, so excited to read it.

Dovile said...

I'm following you site as Dovile.

spamscape [at] gmail [dot] com

alainala said...

(i follow gfc - alainala)

i am super excited to discover the paperback versions are now available in our canadian store!!! i know what ill be ordering soon!! thanks for the chance to win, that gift bag is adorable!!

alainala AT hotmail DOT ca

donnas said...

Looking forward to reading it.

bacchus76 at myself dot com

Bonnie said...

I preordered it! I can't wait!


Cecilia83 said...

She is a great author... and enjoy the excerpt.


Sophia Rose said...

I'm really excited to read this book. I loved the first one. These excerpts are great.

Thanks for the giveaway opportunity.

Laura Kaye said...

@Tanya1224 - your comment made me squee! Thanks!

@Becca and Bonnie - thanks for pre-ordering! You guys rock! :)

@Allie - yes, exactly! So glad you see that just from this much! Woot!

@Cecilia83 - aw, thank you!

So many comments here brought a smile to my face! So glad you all are enjoying the book so far! :) Thank you everyone!

Z said...

I adore your site, all the books along the side to look forward to.
Congratualtions on the fact your book will be in the airports, I always pop into the airports bookstores when I'm flying to see if there is a good book to read.
Seawitch Reviews @

miki said...

really you always do better
I haven't read anything by you yet but there are several books that caught my eyes

thanks you a lot for this international giveaway

all teh best

gfc: miki


books4me said...

I have LOVED all of Laura's books with Heart of Darkness being my far.

I haven't read North of Need yet but I imagine it is great from all the reviews I have heard. Better get going so I'm read y when West of Want comes out!

books4me67 at ymail dot com

Marie Lisk said...

I have not had a chance to read any of Laura's books so far...Now I have downloaded North of Need nd am loving it...thanks for the great giveaway. Marie

Tamara Hoffa said...

Can't wait for WOW!

SdyLion said...

This is a great series and I am really looking forward to reading this release. sdylion(at)gmail (dot) com

Supru said...

Wow that sounds exciting. I'll check the other excerpts to know more about it!
Thank you for the chance and the awesome giveaway! :)

Gale Nelson said...

Thanks for this great giveaway! Gale

lynette said...

Thanks so much.

Sebrina said...

I've read quite a few of Laura's books, although, I have not gotten to North of Need yet. I thank you for the chance at this giveaway.

Laura Kaye said...

How's the perfect time, Sebrina! ;)

Thanks for all the comments everyone! You rock!

c.c said...

You are running a great contest thank you. The different blogs are all so wonderful for doing this:)

Elva said...

The book sounds amazing! Havnt read any of Laura`s book yet but they are definitely on my list :)

Michelle H. said...

Thanks for sharing the excerpt. Can't wait to read West of Want. Laura Kaye has become a "must read" for me...her writing never disappoints!!


Erin said...

Patiently waiting for West of Want!
Can't wait to read this book!