October 11, 2013

Slippery When Wet Blog Hop! (US/INT)


GIVEAWAY (US and International):
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Gabrielle Evans grew up in a small town in southern Oklahoma. We are talking one red light that may or may not work depending on the day of the week. She married her high school sweetheart and the rest is pretty much history. They have two very active boys and one high-strung wiener dog that keeps her constantly on the go. For now, she parks her car in central Indiana, but who knows what tomorrow will bring.
Gabrielle believes in love at first sight, falling hard and fast, taking chances, and grabbing your happy-ever-after with both hands. Most importantly, she believes that a great cup of coffee can cure anything.

When the Black Bird Calls
Haven started with an idea, just a simple wish to tell the stories of my group of vampires that didn’t quite fit with The Moonlight Breed. When I began, I knew some characters would stand out and make an impression more than others…such is the way of series. However, I never expected the overwhelming response I’ve received about one particular character.
Raven Whitmore isn’t your typical bad boy. He’s a little selfish, a lot egotistical, and he can’t seem to open his mouth without sticking his foot in it. Love doesn’t interest him, nor does the idea of finding that special person fate intends for him. He’s well aware of his reputation, and he’s more than happy to perpetuate the rumors.
With that said, however, there is another side to him, one rarely seen, that has a heart of gold and a fierce intolerance of injustice. He hurts when others hurt. Some may even say he cares too much. There have been plenty of wounded and broken who have passed through the gates of Haven, but Raven has yet to meet anyone the likes of Nuri Hayata.
When the most broken of all wanders into his life, will Raven push Nuri away in favor of his playboy life? Or will he finally take a chance and trust someone other than himself?

Excerpt from Haven 9: *Untitled*
Chapter One
“One adult and two children?”
Arching one pale eyebrow at the bored tone of the young lady behind the glass, Raven nodded. “Obviously.”
“Would you like to purchase a park membership?”
“No.” Things had been tense in Haven as of late, and he’d agreed to take the kiddos out for the night to give his friends some much needed downtime. While he really enjoyed being “Uncle Raven,” he didn’t see too many of these excursions in the foreseeable future.
“Your total is $67.00. Will that be cash, credit, or debit?”
“Are you shitting me?”
Quiet giggles erupted from his left, and Raven cringed when he heard Wren whisper to his cousin, “Uncle Raven said a bad word.”
Yeah, he really wasn’t cut out for this role model crap, but gods, he loved the pintsized brats. “Don’t tell your dads. Cool?”
Wren bobbed his little head and wrapped his arm around Kaito’s shoulders. “Cool. We won’t tell. Right?”
Kaito sucked his bottom lip between his teeth and tucked a strand of dark hair behind his ear, looking less enthusiastic about keeping the secret. “I won’t tell.”
For one so young, Kaito had an incredible sense of right and wrong. He was a sensitive boy, always sympathetic to other’s emotions, and he greatly disliked conflict of any kind. His deep brown eyes darkened with turbulence, and Raven felt another twinge of guilt for that. “Don’t worry, kid. I’ll tell on myself. How’s that?”
Kaito shrugged as he played with the zipper on his dark gray sweater jacket. “I really won’t tell.”
They could argue about it, or he could drop it and watch his stupid mouth for the rest of the evening. Deciding to drop it was a no brainer. “Okay, boyos, enough with the heavy. We’re supposed to be having fun.” Raven forked over his Visa to the toad behind the counter, signed the receipt, and tucked his wallet back into his pocket. “Now, where to first?”
The original plan had been to take the boys for a couple rounds of bowling. Raven hated everything about bowling from the dorky shoes that never quite fit him to the way the employees yelled at him for accidently breaking a few—or all—of the pins. Unfortunately, however, there weren’t many family friendly options that operated after sundown.
Hoping to entice the kids into spending the majority of their time in the attached arcade, he’d stopped at a nearby convenience store to pull money from an ATM and happened across a flier for this very special wildlife park. They’d had to drive an extra two hours into Green River, but he’d managed to keep the munchkins entertained during the ride with the built-in DVD player.
“I wanna see the elephants!” Wren exclaimed as he bounced along the paved path away from the front gates. “Oh, or maybe rhinos. Do they got tigers here?”
“Hmm,” Kaito mused as he traced the green lines of the map with his forefinger. “I think we should see the fishes first.” He pointed to a large stone building to their right. “It’s just right there.”
“Cool!” Wren agreed. “Are there any dolphins?”
Kaito shrugged as he meticulously folded the map into a neat rectangle and tucked it into the pocket of his jacket. “I don’t know. I can’t read.”

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  1. Anonymous10/11/2013

    Aww, a good guy with a heart of gold who uses a bad boy mask to shield himself from hurt. I love the premise. Sounds just like a friend of mine :). Thanks for the giveaway.

  2. I love bad boys, especially outspoken and imperfect ones :)

  3. Bad boys are a lot more fun than good boys! Thanks for the excerpt-- I'm hooked!

  4. Anonymous10/11/2013

    Oh sheesh; I have been waiting for Raven's story for so long. I cannot wait until it is released and I am delighted we get a little sneak peek into who he really is - of course the official 'bad boy' of Haven has a soft spot for the kiddos. ;)
    This is amazing and thank you for the giveaway; it's a pleasure. ^_^

  5. Anonymous10/11/2013

    Sounds like I series I'll enjoy!


  6. Anonymous10/11/2013

    I like that excerpt a lot.

  7. Sounds like a good read. Please count me in.


  8. OMG! I WANT that NOW!!! LOVE that excerpt!!!! Thanks so much for being on this blog! Am having a super time!

  9. Great excerpt. that would have been my reaction as well.
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  10. Nice! Please put my name in the hat!

  11. Please count me in. Thanks!

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  12. Thanks everyone! I hope you enjoy Raven's story when it releases. Good luck in the giveaway!

  13. Thanks for the excerpt and giveaway. Love these kind of stories.

  14. Okay, If I wasn't already in love with Raven, I'm completely hooked on him now. He's been my favourite and to see this side of him has my heart melting even more. Thanks for the excerpt and I can't wait for the rest. You hooked me from the first book I read of yours and I can't wait for what's next. Cheers!

  15. Great excerpt. Raven sounds like an exceptional character. I like him already. Thank you so much for sharing.

  16. OMG! You know I can't wait, right? I heart Raven...have since Softly Spoken Lies and Willow's rebellion/table dance. I'm so excited about his story :)


  17. Great excerpt. Count me in please. I need to catch up on this series.

  18. Holy cow!!! *thud*


  19. Thanks for the chance.
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  20. Nice excerpt

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  21. Thanks for the giveaway. I love the excerpt. Bad boys with a heart of gold always make great characters :)

  22. Kaito is a cute little boy,I bet when he grows up he'll have a great story :)

  23. I love it, Brie!!! I can't wait to ready it

  24. Cute excerpt. Thanks for the generous giveaway!
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  25. Thank you for all the wonderful comments! Real life reared it's ugly head, but Raven's story is almost finished!!

  26. Demetra10/13/2013

    I am so looking forward to reading Raven and Nuri's story.

  27. Cute excerpt. Thanks for the generous giveaway!

  28. Anonymous10/14/2013

    Great excerpt and thank you for hopping!

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  29. Yes, Raven! And the kiddos are so cute here. I can just envision it so well.


  30. I enjoyed the excerpt and look forward to reading more.
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  31. Anonymous10/15/2013

    Love it, but then I'm addicted to all things Haven and Moonlight Breed :)

  32. Your a new author for me! (This is why I love blog hops!) I added a few of your books to my list, thanks for the chance to enter!

  33. Anonymous10/16/2013

    I haven't heard of your series before, Gabrielle, but it sounds great. Thanks for being part of the hop and for the giveaway!

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  34. This series sounds cool. Need to add it to my wishlist.

  35. Thanks everyone!! I'm out of town right now, but I'll be announcing the winner soon. Hope everyone has a fabulous weekend!!

  36. Hi Gabrielle. I love this series and all your other ones. Also can't wait to read this newest one.
    Awesome prizes as usual.


  37. These sound awesome! I love the excerpts! You really know how to hook a reader! Thank you for sharing and for the awesome giveaway! :)


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