Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Guest paranormal romance author Sondrae Bennett + giveaway

Whether we’re holding the door open for a stranger, deciding how much tip to leave, or writing a thank you note after an interview, all of our actions are governed by what we believe is the right thing to do. Our own rules for acceptable behavior. Sometime we’re not even conscious of them, but they’re always there at the back of our minds.

For Gwen, the heroine of Chasing Paradise, her rules about men are set in stone. Never jump into bed with hotel guests, never sleep with a guy on the first date, and never have sex without knowing what would happen the next day. But when Ethan walks into her hotel, all her rules fly out the window…with disastrous results. Afterward, Ethan had to prove their impulsive night wasn’t a mistake at all, but the start of something amazing.

He’ll do whatever it takes to earn back her trust.

A vacation is exactly what Ethan needs to escape the mate hungry females in his pack. Determined to have fun, he can’t think of a better way to start than sampling all the different flavors the shifter only resort has to offer, and not the food variety. But after he meets Gwen, no one else holds any interest for him. Ethan came on vacation to avoid mating. There’s no way he’s going to give up his freedom without a fight.

Gwen is devastated when she hears her mate denying everything they are to each other. She can’t sit by, watching him fool around with other girls at the resort. Or worse, crawl back, unable to resist the mating pull but not really wanting her. She needs to get away and her own vacation sounds like the perfect plan. But she should have remembered what her mother always taught her, never run from a predator unless you want them to chase you. The hunt is on…

WARNING: This title contains explicit sex

When she stopped in front of him, her eyes locked on his and he was powerless to look away.

“Hi.” Her gaze shifted to the side as if searching for something to say. “I didn’t get a chance to introduce myself earlier, or thank you for saving me from the wall. I’m Gwen.”

She thrust out her hand to shake his, and Ethan stared at it. How would she react if he pulled her into his arms and ravaged those beautiful lips like he wanted to? Instead, he gave her a smile and shook hands.

“Actually, you did manage to thank me.” Utterly charming him in the process, too.  The blush that stole over her cheeks only endeared her to him more. “I’m Ethan. Can I buy you a drink, Gwen?”

Her gaze drifted to the open doors behind him. “I probably shouldn’t. I try not to mingle with guests.” She continued to stare into the bar before glancing back at him, her doe-like eyes hiding nothing. She wanted to stay with him and was fighting an internal battle with her conscience. It would be easy to tip the scales in his favor.

With any other woman, he’d swing his arm around her shoulders, and guide her toward the bar with a charming smile. Instead, using his intuition as his guide, he cupped her cheek with his hand. Her eyes closed as she nuzzled her face against him but flew open moments later as he drew her closer. His other hand slipped around her waist as he tilted her chin up, aligning her lips with his.

As soon as his lips brushed against hers, his wolf growled low in his chest. Something about this woman captivated him. The need to touch her, taste her, move inside her, was unbearable. Resisting the urge to crush her against him proved difficult and he struggled to keep the kiss light.

Despite his resolution, the feel of her lips parting in silent invitation proved too much for his tightly-strung control. His tongue thrust inside, exploring her mouth as his arms pulled her tighter against him. Her hands closed into fists, pulling at him as if to draw him closer. Breaking away, he gasped for air, need setting him on fire. Gwen rested her head on his shoulder, panting as well.

“What say we skip the drink and go back up to my room?” Ethan suggested, desperate to know her better.

“No.” Her quick reply was so unexpected, it took him a moment to process.

No? He thought they had been on the same page. Her hands were still fisted in his shirt, her body a comfortable weight in his arms. Everything indicated she had enjoyed the kiss as much as he had. Hell, she’d practically melted against him. What had he done wrong?

The moment he’d met this woman, everyone else had ceased to matter. He wanted her more than he’d ever wanted anything in his life. It devastated him to think she might not feel the same way. Letting her go tonight would be one of the hardest things he’d ever done. If that was what she wanted, he’d find a way to walk away. But it wouldn’t end there. Wolves were persistent when they wanted something and he wanted Gwen. Nothing would stop him from coming back until she was ready for him. He’d win her over eventually. No other outcome was acceptable.

“My room is bigger.”

It took a moment to process the meaning behind her words, but once he did, his soul leapt and he fought the impulse to howl.

Sondrae is give away a choice of an e-copy of either Chasing Paradise, OR the first book in the series Arctic Winds. I'll give you a hint if you haven't read Arctic winds it's a must! I loved it.

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  1. Sounds like a fantastic read. I'd love to win this and see what happens. Count me in please.

  2. I read the blurb of Artic Winds and it seems awesome! Please, count me in and thanks for the giveaway!

  3. Since this is a new series to me, I would love the artic winds book. It sounds like a great series.

  4. Great giveaway! Thanks.

    Areeths @ new dot rr dot com

  5. I want, I want! Ohhhhh, that was wicked:) Sign me up for this steamy smexy book!

    Good reading ~ Escape by Fiction :)

  6. I loved the excerpt, and would love to win a copy of this book! Thanks so much for a great giveaway:)

    jwitt33 at live dot com

  7. I always have to start at them beginning so I'm going to have to pick up artic winds.

  8. Thank you Laurie for having me today! And thank all of you for stopping by and entering the contest!

  9. This series is new to me so I would love a chance to win the first book in the series.

    lizzi0915 at aol dot com

  10. Hey Girls,
    Great giveaway! I'm never had the pleasure of reading Sondrae's work. It is on my TBR pile. A special shout~out to Laurie for always being so supportive. Have a great week!
    See ya,
    Readaholics Anonymous

  11. Thanks for the giveaway!!!

    gfc follower

    vidishamun at gmail dot com

  12. Thanks for the giveaway! I love stories about shifters and would love to read this series!


  13. Sounds like a great new series! Thanks for the giveaway.

  14. I agree Dana. Laurie is fabulous. :)

    Thanks for stopping by Bethie, Dana, Vidisha, Amy, and Karen. I've always been a big fan of shifter stories, too. They've always sparked my imagination, which I suppose is why I wrote my own series. Good luck in the drawing! If you get the chance to read the series, I hope you all enjoy it!

  15. I would love to read Arctic Winds first. It only makes sense then I could just buy the second in the series. Thanks for the chance to win.

    Mary_Reiss @ hotmail.com

  16. Mary, I figured people might want to read them in order. They can actually be read as stand-alones, but I think people will enjoy the second book more if they've already read the first. That way they'll be in on some of the inside jokes, and already know the characters going in. Good luck! :)

  17. Please enter me in the giveaway. thanks

  18. My TBR list is growing out of control thanks to Laurie :)- when she say its a must read then I automatically add to my list.

    I would love to win Artic Winds


  19. I would love to win a copy of ARTIC WINDS, since I have not read it yet. Thank yo so much. I love that you are using different characters, such as the variety of shifters.
    GFC follower: June M.
    manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

  20. Congratulations on your release! It looks fantastic. I would love to read "Chasing Paradise".


  21. Thanks for stopping by mbreakfield, BLHmistress, June, and Na. Laurie has added quite a few books to my TBR pile too! Good luck!

  22. Chasing Paradise sounds llike a fun read. But, I like to start a series at the beginning. I know I haven't read Arctic Winds. If I win I'll have to check my Kindle to see if it is on the massive TBR list! Thanks for the giveaway.

  23. Wow this sounds like a great series. Definitely adding to my ever growing list. I believe I am stalking you everywhere: GFC, twitter, goodreads, facebook, shelfari...


  24. I'm lovin' the blurb & excerpt of this book. Please add my name to the giveaway & thankyou for the chance to win.


  25. Great giveaway! The excerpt got me completely hooked and now I can't wait to read this!


  26. I just flipped the switch on the fan - it was getting hot in here. Thanks for sharing about this fun series and for the opportunity to win a copy. I not familiar with it and I love hearing about new to me authors and books.


  27. I will now have Sondrae Bennett on my to read list....this series sounds awesome...Thank you for the chance to win Book 1 or Book 2...lprater@modweldco.com

  28. I'd love Arctic Wind. These books sound great!

  29. Loved the excerpt particularly at the end where it looks like she initially turns him down.


  30. Thank you for the great giveaway and excerpt! I love finding new authors/titles to read!

  31. Thanks everyone for stopping by! I'm so glad you all liked the excerpt. Good luck on the giveaway!

  32. Please enter me in the draw! They both sounds great but if Laurie says "You must" read Arctic Winds then I guess that is the one!

    I'm following you on GFC (Darlene), and my email address is darlenesbooknook at gmail dot com.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  33. I love the excerpt, and would love to read more! Thanks so much for the giveaway!

    meredithfl at gmail dot com

  34. Great excerpt and the blurb sounds awesome!!! Best wishes, Sondrae!

  35. Loved the blurb and loved the excerpt. I'm very interested in reading this story and would love to win a copy.

    jen at delux dot com

  36. Thanks for the giveaway. The series sounds interesting.


  37. This sounds great and I enjoyed the excerpt! Thanks for the giveaway


  38. Thank you for stopping by everyone! And good luck to all of you on the drawing.

  39. This sounds so good would love to read it! What a great giveaway thank you so much! Im a GFC follower/latishajean
    tishajean@ charter.net

  40. Wow! This sounds like a really hot shifter series.

    Thanks for the giveaway!
    I'm a follower on GFC-Lisa Richards

    alterlisa AT yahoo DOT com


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