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Guest Post: Stacey Rourke

Playlist for Veiled:

Chapter 1 – Hell on Heels by Pistol Annies https://youtu.be/fOKtbJfNLFk

Chapter 2 – Red Right Hand by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds https://youtu.be/RrxePKps87k

Chapter 4 – The Monster by Eminem & Rihanna https://youtu.be/EHkozMIXZ8w

Chapter 6 – Hurt by Johnny Cash https://youtu.be/vt1Pwfnh5pc

Chapter 11 – Loca by Shakira https://youtu.be/KewfYKJy8YU

Chapter 12 – Revenge by Papa Roach https://youtu.be/Hd9bnH-QIzQ

Chapter 14 – Riders on the Storm by The Doors https://youtu.be/Wbx6gULYNbc

Chapter 18 – Shape of You by Ed Sheeran https://youtu.be/TRkIdcuXZQg

Chapter 19 – Love Yourself by Halsey Version https://youtu.be/_1pUqmaPsFA

Chapter 26 – Here Comes the Pain by Slayer https://youtu.be/FUVUffPMBOA

Title: Veiled

Author: Stacey Rourke

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Cover Designer: Wicked Book Covers

Hosted by: Lady Amber’s PR

Blurb: 

Political propaganda would have us believe vampires are our friends. Fanged teddy bears misunderstood thanks to archaic lore. Activists picket for them to be welcomed into our society.

They claim vamps don’t kill.

They preach we are safe.

They … are dead wrong.

One year ago a hive slaughtered my family and left me for dead. Found by a team of scientists with their own agenda, I was forged into an unstoppable weapon.

I possess their strength, with none of their weaknesses.

I can move among them free from their crippling hunger.

I am their greatest threat.

Armed with this arsenal, vengeance will feed my desire to penetrate the seedy underbelly of their fetishized lifestyle and expose them for the monsters they truly are.

RONE Award Winner for Best YA Paranormal Work of 2012 for Embrace, a Gryphon Series Novel

Young Adult and Teen Reader voted Author of the Year 2012

Turning Pages Magazine Winner for Best YA book of 2013 & Best Teen Book of 2013 

Stacey Rourke is the author of the award winning YA Gryphon Series, the chillingly suspenseful Legends Saga, and the romantic comedy Adapted for Film. She lives in Michigan with her husband, two beautiful daughters, and two giant dogs. She loves to travel, has an unhealthy shoe addiction, and considers herself blessed to make a career out of talking to the imaginary people that live in her head. 

Visit her at www.staceyrourke.com

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Facebook at www.facebook.com/staceyrourkeauthor

or on Twitter or instagram at Rourkewrites.

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Buy Link: Amazon: http://amzn.to/2AoWg2E

“Comparing us to aberrant criminals? How do you justify making such a bold leap?”

“With centuries of murders, torture, and feedings!” he exploded, hopping in his seat as if suppressing the urge to leap onto the tabletop and douse me with holy water. “All of these vile acts have been committed under the teachings of your demonic demi-god, Vlad Draculesti. Your immortal Lord Impaler.”

One corner of my mouth tugged back in a knowing smirk. “And no one has ever killed, maimed, or committed genocide in the name of Christ?”

“It’s a sorry argument to use our history against us!”

“Yes, it is!” I vehemently agreed. “And yet that is exactly what humans subject us to. You fault us for the mistakes our kind has made in the past, mocking our deity without truly understanding his teachings. Meanwhile, you fetishize our culture and use it in your foreplay. Statistically speaking, human on human deaths outweigh vampire-on-human deaths twenty-three hundred to one. And why is that? Because humans take their passions too far, while when we pair with a human we focus on building a lasting relationship built on trust, safety, and security.”

“Humans you keep around for feeding and screwing!” my opponent hollered, spittle bubbling in the corners of his mouth. “You’re vicious killers!”

“My apologies to our viewers for that use of inappropriate language,” the prim and poised moderator stated into the camera before fixing her critical gaze on the frothing conservative. “Mayor Donaldson, I again ask you to control these outbursts or we will have no choice but to conclude our debate.”

Before his mouth could open to protest further, I leaned in and caught him with my narrowed gaze. “Show me proof. Where is the recorded documentation of these crimes you’re accusing us of? I tell you what, while you hunt to find that, I will wander into any costume shop or Halloween store and snag a set of fangs and a gothic cape that misrepresent us as night prowling fiends. The so-called facts you are basing your viewpoint on are myths formulated by your own kind to make us these legendary creatures that go bump in the night. Thank you, for granting me more power than I can fathom. That said, you should know I can’t turn into a bat, I spend as much time in front of the mirror as the next gal, and I enjoy a few extra shakes of garlic on my pasta. I’m not a monster, Mayor Donaldson. I am a vampire citizen who wants the same rights you take for granted.”

Author Blitz: Veiled by Stacy Rourke

Title: Veiled
Author: Stacey Rourke
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Cover Designer: Wicked Book Covers
Hosted by: Lady Amber’s PR
Blurb: Political propaganda would have us believe vampires are our friends. Fanged teddy bears misunderstood thanks to archaic lore. Activists picket for them to be welcomed into our society.
They claim vamps don’t kill.
They preach we are safe.
They … are dead wrong.
One year ago a hive slaughtered my family and left me for dead. Found by a team of scientists with their own agenda, I was forged into an unstoppable weapon.
I possess their strength, with none of their weaknesses.
I can move among them free from their crippling hunger.
I am their greatest threat.
Armed with this arsenal, vengeance will feed my desire to penetrate the seedy underbelly of their fetishized lifestyle and expose them for the monsters they truly are.

RONE Award Winner for Best YA Paranormal Work of 2012 for Embrace, a Gryphon Series Novel
Young Adult and Teen Reader voted Author of the Year 2012
Turning Pages Magazine Winner for Best YA book of 2013 & Best Teen Book of 2013 
Stacey Rourke is the author of the award winning YA Gryphon Series, the chillingly suspenseful Legends Saga, and the romantic comedy Adapted for Film. She lives in Michigan with her husband, two beautiful daughters, and two giant dogs. She loves to travel, has an unhealthy shoe addiction, and considers herself blessed to make a career out of talking to the imaginary people that live in her head. 
Visit her at www.staceyrourke.com
or on Twitter or instagram at Rourkewrites.
Buy Link:
Amazon: http://amzn.to/2AoWg2E


 

Author Blitz: The Legends Saga by Stacey Rourke

Title: The Legends Saga
Author: Stacey Rourke
Genre: Fantasy/Folklore
Hosted by: Lady Amber’s PR
Blurb:
The Horseman is unending, his presence shan’t lessen.
If you break the curse, you become the legend.
Cursed by the malevolent spirit of the Headless Horseman, Ireland Crane seeks a way to break free from her soul crushing bond. Croaking ravens. Telltale hearts. Dizzying time travel. Coercive witchcraft. The lines between fact and fiction blur as the works of Washington Irving, Edgar Allen Poe, HG Wells, and Nathaniel Hawthorne come alive around her in this thrilling three book series:
Crane
Raven
Steam
“Stacey Rourke delivers a heart pounding thrill ride …Your heart will race and your breath will hitch with each terrifying step the Horseman’s steed takes as he closes in on his next unsuspecting victim.” -2 Girls & A Book
“Ms. Rourke has a definite talent for taking characters from stories that we read growing up and giving them such a unique twist that they almost seem like an entirely new fictional character.” -My Book Filled Life

RONE Award Winner for Best YA Paranormal Work of 2012 for Embrace, a Gryphon Series Novel
Young Adult and Teen Reader voted Author of the Year 2012
Turning Pages Magazine Winner for Best YA book of 2013 & Best Teen Book of 2013 
Stacey Rourke is the author of the award winning YA Gryphon Series, the chillingly suspenseful Legends Saga, and the romantic comedy Adapted for Film. She lives in Michigan with her husband, two beautiful daughters, and two giant dogs. She loves to travel, has an unhealthy shoe addiction, and considers herself blessed to make a career out of talking to the imaginary people that live in her head. 
Visit her at www.staceyrourke.com
or on Twitter or instagram at Rourkewrites.
Buy Link:


Author Blitz: Blood Courtesans

Title: Blood Courtesans Box Set

Genre: Adult Paranormal Romance

Publication Date: Jan. 17, 2018

Hosted by: Lady Amber’s Reviews & PR

Blurb:
Indulge in a darkly decadent and sinfully sensual world. A world where vampires are real, rich and hungry, a world where Blood Courtesans satisfy all their needs. Come, let fangs slip into your throat and awaken you to a whole new life. A boxed set of BRAND NEW stories in this popular series.

Warning: This isn’t your momma’s vampire romance. It’s not Twilight or the Shade, either. It’s Blood Courtesans: Luxury, fast cars, adventure, whirlwind romance and cold, hard fangs.

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36388550-blood-courtesans-boxed-set

Participating Authors:
Michelle Fox
Gwen Knight
Kristen Strassel
Rebecca Rivard
Jennifer James
TL Reeve
Julia Mills Author
Tami Lund Author
Skye Jones
Susan M. Griscom
Rosalie Redd
Ever Coming

Pre-Order Links:
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iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/blood-courtesans-boxed-set-awakenings/id1295300606?mt=11&ls=1&ign-mpt=uo%3D4
Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/blood-courtesans-boxed-set-awakenings-vampire-romance
B&N: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/blood-courtesans-boxed-set-michelle-fox/1127212649;jsessionid

EXCERPT by Michelle Fox

“So you wanted to be a Blood Courtesan. You thought that would get you what you wanted?” He leaned down, looming over me. “Well, through your own stupidity, you’re going to find out if that was a good plan or not.”

“I am?” My voice came out in a breathy dog whistle squeak.

“I will take you as mine.”

“You will?” This was a whisper, my vocal cords had drawn tight, strangled by fight-or-flight adrenaline.

“In every way.” Pyro’s eyes held a knowing gleam I didn’t understand, and the baritone rumble of his voice throbbed with wickedness.

My body responded with a throb of its own, like a nearby tribe answering a signal. His voice, just his voice had slipped through my skin cells to the vulnerable flesh beneath. That was all it took for him to get to me.

Oh god. Oh god. Oh god.

My stomach hit an iceberg of fear and promptly sank. The things he could do to me, the things he would do to me…

“This way Theo cannot touch you and I am repaid for the trouble you have caused.” He rested a finger on my cheek and slipped it down to my jaw and then lower, to the hollow of my neck. My pulse tapped out an SOS into his finger, but he didn’t notice…or maybe he didn’t care.

“Fortunately for you, I am between courtesans right now.”

“That’s me. So lucky,” I half-sobbed. I wanted to be brave, but I had no way out and I knew it. Pyro’s offer or death. Those were my choices. No in between.

“No tears, Violet. You brought this on yourself.” He gripped my chin and his hard gaze drilled into mine. “But you’re pretty. You have a nice blush. And if I’m any judge of women, you’re innocent, yes?”

I didn’t respond and he gave me a little shake. “Answer me. You’re untouched, aren’t you?”

“Yes.” And when he bit me, he’d know why.

“A crazy little virgin in my bed.” He let me go and stepped back, shaking his head. “I would have never thought to ask for someone like you, but now that you’re here…” He trailed off.

“What?” The question tumbled from nerveless lips.

“I’m going to enjoy making you scream.”

Giveaway:

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Author Blitz: Marked by Fate

If you could change the world … would you?

25 COMPLETE SCIENCE FICTION AND FANTASY NOVELS BY 26 BESTSELLING AUTHORS. PLUS, A SPECIAL BONUS NOVELLA.

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MARKED BY FATE offers something for everyone. Whether you’re a veteran fan of science fiction and fantasy, or just giving the genres a try, you’ll be swept away to worlds of wonder and imagination crafted by 26 master storytellers.

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Bookstores and Bathrooms

Picture this: You’re prancing (yes, prancing) about in your favorite bookstore. Be that a local Indie bookstore, Barnes and Noble, Books A Million, or Borders (RIP you beautiful bastard.) You’re daydreaming about all of the phenomenal and magical adventures that await you in the pages of the books all around you. You smile, breathing in that fresh, delightful scent. The scent that you know well. The pages of a book, hundreds of books. You run your fingers across the shelves that hold the portals to numerous worlds, and you smile. Thats when you feel it. A rumbling in your stomach. You know it well, for it happens almost EVERY time you come into a book store. You need to poop.

If you have experienced the phenomenon you w1006are not alone. Its so common in fact, that it even has a name. The Mariko Aoki phenomenon. For real. It has something to do with the  scent of paper and ink mixing, creating a laxative effect. That, combined with reading on the toilet back at home, makes for the perfect pooping atmosphere.

I am NOT ashamed to say that I poop literally ever.single.time. I go to the bookstore. It takes about five minutes before I am headed to the potty. In fact, my friends Shannel and Aylssa have both witnessed this first hand. We were browsing the clearance rack at BAM when I said, “Oppp, there it is.” They both looked at me confused. So I explained the Mariko Aoki effect to them, and went of my merry way to the bathroom.

I don’t know about you, but I find it comforting knowing that I can count on the book store poop. You can’t count on much in life, but for me, its one thing I can rest assured will always happen.

Have you ever experienced this? C’mon, don’t be shy! Tell me in the comments below!

 

-Aubrie