Happy Anniversary to me!! I absolutely cannot believe it’s been 4 years. They have really flown by. For those of you who have been here since the beginning…thank you. For those of you new to Beyond Her Book…welcome. We’ll be partying all week 24/7, so stop by every day for new authors and prizes. Now it’s time to get this party started!!
We have Guests of Honor in our haunted house today and they have each donated an e-reader to be given away to a lucky commenter. Deborah LeBlanc has also brought along paranormal investigation equipment for everyone–and tequila shots (for that extra boost of courage !). Oh, look, Dianna Love brought the Nightstalker Grady and Feenix the gargoyle, from Blood Trinity. Uh oh…Feenix flaps his wings and takes off flying toward the silver punch bowl. Dianna chases after him. “Don’t you eat that punch bowl, Feenix!” M.J. Rose and Linda Francis Lee are in the corner hanging cob webs to make it more atmospheric. I guess the Guests of Honor pretty much can do whatever they want.
I just saw Meljean Brooks giving out steampunk goggles to everyone. They do look adorable, but some people may not think it’s funny when they take them off and notice the black rings around their eyes. Nice touch Meljean.
Paige Tyler's Ghost Hunter...thanks Paige!
Marilyn Baron brought a slice of wedding cake to the haunted house, which her character, Rhonda Paver,can eat, if she manages to cross over to the other side in time to sing at her daughter’s wedding. But don’t worry, supernatural calories don’t count. Really Marilyn, you could have brought the whole cake to share. Paige Tyler was thinking of us all by bringing her Sexy, Rugged Ghost Hunter. Never can have too many of them at a party.
Kathryne Kennedy said she brought Elfweed to scent the house and drive off evil spirits, a case of port, a basket of food from the world of Sea Forest: farnuts, sweet & sour redshoots, spiced birdshark and boiled chaka eggs. “Oh, and I’d bring along Ja-ja from MOONS because I’m sure he’d be the life of the party, and at least two elven half-breeds, because, well, our eyes need candy too.” I was hoping for more traditional snacks, but I’m willing to try anything once.
Nina Bangs told me, “ I’m bringing my laptop so that we can do karaoke online. Now everyone can be Lady Gaga.” It’s a scary thought. From Laurie London is a goodie bag for all attendees. Inside is a ghost hunting flashlight, a handheld recorder to tape EVPs (electronic voice phenomena), a silver stake to combat vampires and werewolves, and an iron supplement to be taken the next morning in case the party-goer was bitten by a vampire and didn’t die. Laurie is always thinking ahead.
Elizabeth Amber brought Dane and his alter-ego Dante—two hotties who’ll be searching for the perfect Satyr bride in this haunted house. Minnette Meador has Fantasy Treats while Gerry Bartlett is offering Bloody Marys which we can use to wash down the New Orleans cajun style food that Dawn Cartier is putting out.
Angie Fox just entered with an entire clan of uber sexy shapeshifting griffins. Elisabeth Naughton asked Eros, the god of love and beauty, to take a break from his throne on Olympus and sprinkle a little love potion around the haunted house. What’s a party without someone losing all logic to a good case of lust?
Edie Ramer is bringing much needed cyber springlike weather to the Midwest. And since we’ve just had the Oscars, James Franco and former host Hugh Jackman are handing out strawberries margaritas to everyone. Edie knows everyone.
Dean & Sam Winchester
Dawn Metcalf decided, “ Well, what’s a haunted house without a smoke machine? (And a few basic pyrotechnics…?) I’ll be the one coming out of the mists with flash paper at the ready!” And speaking of mists, Misty Evans says, “ Since we’re partying in a haunted house, I’m bringing Sam and Dean Winchester to protect us.” This party really is supernatural! Especially with Teresa D’Amario wearing a Werewolf mask.
Suzanne Rock is donating Sven and Gunnar, “my twin Swedish servants who make the best martini’s I’ve ever had. At first they taste smooth, but then have a little “bite” at the finish. They’ll only serve them at night however.” Lisa Hendrix is bringing four hunky Immortal Vikings to stand guard at the door along with the welcoming committee of ghosts at the front door that Leanna Renee Hieber offered.
Sara Reyes of Fresh Fiction said, “I’m bringing six of my favorite paranormal romance books to the ‘haunted house’ party. Read on! Plus the opportunity to hang out with a few ladies of the paranormal romance writing persuasion.” Oh, there’s more than a few here.
Theresa Meyers is at the bar with the Vampire Wine, Cabernet, Merlot, Pinot Noir she brought and I just saw Betty Cox put out the Margaritas, chips and salsa. I think I need to head over there. But first, here’s Barbara Monajem handing out Mardi Gras beads (and I didn’t even have to flash anything). There’s Amanda Stevens trying to gather everyone for a cemetery tour. Count me out. Too chicken.
Anna DeStefano has a crowd gathering while she talks spooky dream theory and metaphysics and psychic phenomenon the likes of what fans saw in Inception. Anna, I think the group is waiting for you to bring Leonardo DiCaprio in to help explain.
Anton Strout brought Absinthe Jell-O Shots…” don’t tell anyone buy that’s actually green slime that’s living and waiting to eat its victims from the inside out (editorial note: which of course you should mention )” Sounds yummy!
Myra McEntire said, “What I’d like to bring? How about what I’d like to wear? I think a Doctor Who costume is in order, so by default I suppose I’ll be bringing a Sonic Screwdriver. And the TARDIS – it will certainly come in handy when I want to escape the Crazy Guy with the Chainsaw …” Wait…what guy with a chain saw?
Oh, no, I just saw Alix Rickloff brushing cobwebs out of her hair. I’d better go give her a hand. In the mean time, grab something to eat and drink, get your pictures taken with the hot, hunky guys and I’m going to talk to the entertainment committee because we need to take a break from the karaoke machine.
A paranormal investigator from Dina James
And thank goodness for Dina James who said, “As this party is held in a haunted house, I’d like to bring an all-male cleaning crew to remove any spiders that may lurk about for atmosphere (spiders ALWAYS spike then drink all the punch at these things!), who would then stay and help decorate. They’ll put up the black velvet curtains, hang the wrought-iron candle sconces and light the red pillar candles for them. They will stay through the evening to make sure the candles don’t go out (and keep ladies company, of course, for they are nice like that). I would also like to bring an addition team of kilt-clad paranormal investigators, so that anyone interested in prowling about the haunted house looking for ghostly residents not only has company, but can follow a guy in a kilt around.” That would be me…official kilt follower.
Bottom Line: Best kick-off Anniversary Bash ever!
Here’s the rules. Leave any comment and get an entry to win one of the fabulous prizes. You can comment more than once for more chances. Winners will be picked daily and posted on the blog March 14th. Winners will have one week to claim their prize.
Many thanks to the following for their generous offerings:
Dianna Love – a Nook, monogrammed www.MyFeenix.com backpack, signed copy of the Urban Fantasy book Blood Trinity co-authored with Sherrilyn Kenyon, a Belador Tshirt and engraved pin.
M.J. Rose & Linda Francis Lee – e-Reader and The Reincarnatoinist, The Memorist, The Hypnotist
Deborah LeBlanc – e-reader, nook or kindle and e-book “A House Divided”
Sherrilyn Kenyon – an ARC of her new book BORN OF SHADOWS, from the League series, April 2011
Karen Marie Moning – a Barrons Books and Baubles shirt, temporary tattoos and a personalized copy of Shadowfever
Meljean Brook – 3 copies of The Iron Duke, signed
Kensington Books – Kensington tote bag filled with our new March paranormal and urban fantasy paperbacks hot off the press! You’ll get UNDER WRAPS by Hannah Jayne, TRUTH OR DEMON by Kathy Love, FATED by Rebecca Zanetti and BLOOD WICKED by Sharon Page.
Marilyn Baron -A PDF eBook copy of the new humorous, supernatural e-short story, “A CHOIR OF ANGELS”
Paige Tyler – EPIC AWARD Finalist GOOD COP, BAD GIRL
Anna DeStefano – The second book’s (Secret Legacy) coming out in May, and Dorchester will give away a free eGalley from Netgalley and a Dark Legacy T-shirt and a copy of that book (the first in the series).
Kathryne Kennedy – BENEATH THE THIRTEEN MOONS, signed
Nina Bangs – Gods of the Night 3-book series, signed and $20 B&N gift card
Dina James - I would like to give away two “rechargeable” Starbucks cards with $5.00 each already on them for a total of $10.00, and a signed copy of The Mammoth Book of Paranormal Romance, featuring my short story “Once A Demon.”
Laurie London – A signed copy of paranormal romance, Bonded By Blood
Elizabeth Amber – Signed Dane, The Lords of Satyr & Bastian cover flat
Anton Strout – a signed set of all four books of the Simon Canderous series- Dead To Me, Deader Still, Dead Matter, and Dead Waters
T.C. Archer - A digital copy of Sasha’s Calling, an erotic space opera
Minnette Meador – ECopies (PDF or Kindle) of Starsight I & Starsight II
Gerry Bartlett – First three books in the Real Vampire series: Real Vampires Have Curves, Real Vampires Live Large and Real Vampires Get Lucky, along with a $20 gift card to book store of your choice (Amazon, B&N or Borders only, please).
Angie Fox – a signed first edition copy of The Last of the Demon Slayers
Edie Ramer – e-copy of each of her three books: Dragon Blues, Dead People, and Cattitude.
Kate Douglas - give away a signed hardcover copy of DemonFire and a stuffed dog
Elisabeth Naughton – 1 Autographed copy of books 1 and 2 in the Eternal Guardians Series – MARKED & ENTWINED
Heather Graham – 4 copies of Phantom Evil
Dawn Metcalf – a signed copy of my debut novel, LUMINOUS June 2011
Misty Evans – Witches Anonymous Series of 3 ebooks including: Witches Anonymous, Jingle Hells, and Wicked Souls to celebrate my Name The Witch Contest as well as your anniversary blog!
Dawn Cartier – I’d like to give away a New Orleans Paranormal Basket (including a box of beignet mix).
Teresa D’Amario – Autographed copy of SheWolf
Suzanne Rock – .pdf Copy of Dark Obsession
Erin Quinn – Autographed copy of Haunting Beauty or Haunting Warrior (reader’s choice)
Diane Whiteside - an ARC of THE SHADOW GUARD, paranormal mystery April 2011
Lisa Hendrix – a signed copy of IMMORTAL CHAMPION, plus an official Immortal Brotherhood mug.
Leanna Renee Hieber – Books 1 and 2 in the Strangely Beautiful series (genre: Gothic Victorian Fantasy Romance) to one winner.
Barbara Monajem – signed copy of Sunrise in a Garden of Love & Evil and some fortune-telling cards.
Fresh Fiction – six randomly chosen paranormal romance books mailed to one winner US / Canada. Also, because meeting a paranormal romance author is icing the cake, one admission (non-transferrable) to the DFW Tea Boas & Tiaras on June 11th in Dallas (Allen), Texas with special guest Nalini Singh plus Rachel Gibson, Julia Quinn, Vicki Lewis Thompson, Dianna Love, Dakota Cassidy, Michele Bardsley, Jaye Wells, Lorraine Heath, Nikki Duncan, Rachel Caine, Vicki Pettersson, Lori Wilde, and Farrah Rochon. Extra special guest and emcee radio personality and award winning author Candace Havens makes our annual Boas & Tiaras sparkle.
Amanda Stevens - Signed galley of The Restorer along with a Starbucks gift certificate to chase away the ghostly chills of the cemetery
Theresa Meyers – bottle of St. Hilaire Cellar Blood Red Merlot, chocolates, and an autographed copy of my latest Harlequin Nocturne release out this month, The Truth About Vampires
Linda Thomas-Sundstrom – BARBIE AND THE BEAST
Myra McEntire - a preorder of my debut HOURGLASS.
Virna DePaul – A tote filled with an autographed ARC of my May 2011 debut novel, Chosen By Blood (A Para-Ops Novel, Berkley), Harry&David chocolates, Avon ANEW hand cream, and a pair of Jaclyn Smith sunglasses
Michele Hauf – a set of SEDUCING THE VAMPIRE and FALLEN to 3 different winners.
Alix Rickloff – autographed copy of EARL OF DARKNESS
Total E-Bound – one free e-book from paranormal, fantasy and sci-fi
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