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 Noble 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

“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:

WEST OF WANT BLURB:

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.

WEST OF WANT EXCERPT:

Ella was down the rabbit hole. No doubt about it. A beautiful and presumably gifted man with impossible powers. A miracle healing. Some sort of fraternal feud that had apparently put the crosshairs of a curse on her back.

And the weirdest thing? It all felt real. The oddness was as exhilarating as it was frightening. But she was going with it, for now. After all, he’d eased her pain, healed her injuries, and offered his protection against his own brother—what more would a man have to do to earn her faith? So, she believed Zephyros, believed in him. She just hoped she didn’t live to regret putting her faith in him. But at some point, she had to listen to her gut again, start trusting it.

Not everyone was Craig.

She returned the scissors to the counter, pushed them far from the edge. Everything looked like a mishap waiting to happen, now. She had no idea how someone could make you have bad luck, but something had to explain how she’d tripped and almost fallen, busted her toe, burned herself, and cut her hand, all in the past fifteen minutes.

She whirled on Zeph. “So, will you do this cleansing?”

He studied her face. “Perhaps you would like to hear what it entails first?”

Ella released a shallow breath. “Okay.” She shifted feet. “What do I—”

“You must be in water, and I must bathe you.” Ella gaped. “First in a salt bath, and then I must rinse you off in the shower.”

She scoffed. “Oh, that’s all?”

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

WEST OF WANT PREVIEW 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.

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.

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.

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Comments

  1. laurakayeauthor says:

    Thanks so much for hosting me here! Good luck everyone!

  2. Congrats on your book and thank you for the awesome giveaways! You book sounds great!! Wishing you all the best!
    shadowluvs2read(at)gmail(dot)com

  3. Thank you for the giveaway. May can’t come soon enough!

    molly(dot)frenzel(at)gmail(dot)com

  4. Congrats on the release, I’m looking forward to reading WoW! Thanks for the goodie giveways! lfacchini(at)tampabay(dot)rr(dot)com

  5. Thank you for the chance to win those cute little bangles!!!

    Karin
    AquarianDancer at gmail dot com

  6. laurakayeauthor says:

    Thanks so much for taking the time to comment everyone! Good luck!

  7. Congratulations!! This is such an amazing thing!
    Mel
    bournmelissa at hotmail dot com

  8. wyndwhisper says:

    i love that everything is coming to life again. all of the plants and flowers,trees too. but also all of the animals seem to have more life and so do people. i know when i watch the nieces and nephews they always seem to be more aware and full of energy during the spring than at any other time of the year.
    i follow Basia’s Bookshelf via Linky facebook/and their wordpress site under tammy ramey,and twitter under wyndwhisper.

    tammy ramey
    trvlagnt1t@yahoo.com

  9. Amiee Ryan says:

    Love Laura Kayes books finished North of Need a few days ago 🙂 thanks for the contest
    amiee.ryan@yahoo.com

  10. Thanks for the chance!

    spamscape [at] gmail [dot] com

  11. laurakayeauthor says:

    Thanks everyone for taking the time to comment! And good luck!

  12. Thank you and good luck with your pre-sale numbers. Is the braclet by Alex and Ani?
    Z
    Seawitchreviews @ yahoo.com

  13. Sounds good. Looking forward to reading it.

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

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