Thursday, September 22, 2011

Guest Author Ann Mayburn + Giveaways

Please welcome guest author Ann Mayburn

What Can Happen in Just One Night?

Think back to best date you ever went on, when everything seemed magical and you never wanted the evening to end. I know the memory of my perfect date night still brings chills and makes me smile all these years later, and I bet it does the same for you. There is nothing quite like that moment when you realize that you’re in love and the person you’re with makes you truly, deeply happy.

That is why I enjoy writing 1 Night Stand short stories for Decadent Publishing. Each book is about that one perfect night, but in this case the date is a blind date arranged by the extraordinary matchmaker Madame Eve. I love the challenge of writing a good story that can only last that one night and must end the next day. If I do a good job with it, my readers are left knowing that despite only having a glimpse of one night into the couples lives, they know that these two (or three) were meant to be

Of course the sexual attraction is off the charts, but I try to make each date about more than that. I try to capture that intangible chemistry between two people that joins them together not just at a physical level, but at a soul deep one. This is especially true in my ‘Prides of the Moon’ series.

Based on a fantastic world filled with shape shifters and magic blended with the modern day world I tell the story of a different couple with each book, but the stories overlap into a larger story arch. That allows me to fulfill the requirement of just one night, while giving my readers a much longer storyline to follow. Each story can be read and enjoyed on its own, but you’ll get so much more out of the series if you read them all.

My ‘Prides of the Moon’ series has really allowed me to explore all types of sexuality. Each pride is made up of an Alpha male and female along with their beta or betas. Bi-sexuality is common and not seen as something odd or different in my world. My characters don’t face any prejudice for loving who they love, something I wish happened in the real world. This leads to some interesting combinations and pairings of Alphas and betas.

An essential part of the world of the werepumas is bonding. When an Alpha and beta bond their souls connect so that they can feel each others' emotions and while making love bonded partners of the same sex can actually feel what their mate is feeling. Trust me, it’s as hot as it sounds. ;)

In the first book of the series, ‘Amber Moon’, I tell the story of Nick and Madeline Turea who are searching for the perfect beta female to complete their pride. As you read the story you’ll realize why there is no room for jealousy and mistrust in the relationship. Instead their trust in each other allows them the kind of trust that is the foundation for any relationship, conventional or otherwise.

I hope you enjoy my ‘Prides of the Moon’ series and I’d encourage you to take a peek at other books in the 1 Night Stand series from Decadent Publishing. With over twenty authors and counting contributing to the series you get a fantastic variety of stories. For me they’re like hot chocolate chip cookies right out of the oven, I can’t resist them. ;)

So tell me gentle reader, what was your perfect date?

Note from WildAboutBones:
Ann Mayburn has been nominated for four awards this year:
Debut Author of the Year
Shifter Short Story of the Year for Amber Moon
Demon Novel of the Year for Daughter of Lust
Paranormal Menage of the Year for Daughter of Lust

Voting ends October 1, 2011 and the winners will be announced at the Authors After Dark conference in New Orleans in August 10th, 2012. You can find out more at So take a minute and go vote for Ann at

Giveaway open Sept 22 - 24 2011 (midnight)
Open to US and Canada only

To celebrate the release of this new series, Ann is giving away a custom handmade necklace to a lucky commenter. The necklace is made out of onyx, hematite, silver, crystal beads and a very sparkly amber crystal.

She is also giving another lucky winner their choice of one of her eBook short stories in this series.

So answer her question in a comment with your email address for a chance to win.


  1. That is a beautiful necklace!!! Luv the amber crystal!!! This series sounds intriguing!!! Luv me some shapeshifters!!! I've added these books to my wishlist on my Nook!!! Thanks for the awesome giveaway!!! :-)


  2. woo hoo! you rock sista! congrats on ALL your successes.

  3. jfort357~ Thank you! I wish it had photographed better, the main crystal is super sparkly. :)

    Liz- kisses~ Thank you so much. Having a fab author such as yourself like my work makes me all giggly.

  4. I love the intro but my first date wasn't that memorable. But anyway shapeshifters and werewolves rock. The necklace is so unique and eye catching that anyone would be honored to win it. Hope it's me. Looking forward to your new series

  5. Hmmmm...I seem to be having trouble posting a comment.

  6. OK, looks like it's just the preview function that is not working.
    Beautiful necklace and books...thanks for the giveaway!

  7. Gorgeous necklace and I love your series within a series :) I wish you many many sales :)

  8. Within the last few months, I have discovered Decadent Publishing's 1NightStand books and they are great! Your book looks like a great addition! Actually, all your books sound like good reads!

    books4me67 at

  9. Thanks ladies! On a side note, I realize that some people aren't able to post. Not sure why this is happening but you can always try posting as an anon in order to get your post counted. :)

  10. My perfect date started with a vase of flowers delivered to my work. Then picked up from my house to go to a candle lit dinner. :)

  11. When I have the perfect date I'll let you
    Prides of the Moon series sounds really good.

  12. I haven't had the perfect date yet. but i think flowers and candles might be involved as well as water i think


  13. I have never had what I would call the perfect date. Probably why I am single, lol. If I ever have the perfect date, I will let you know. The series sounds great and that necklace is beautiful. Thank you for the great giveaways.
    GFC: June M.
    manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

  14. My perfect date is pretty much any date with my husband. I know, dork answer! I think my favorite date ever was the day we went to the mall and bought my engagement ring. It was super fun!

  15. My perfect date is one where I can just relax and be myself and laugh and smile so much my face and tummy hurt. Then a great snuggle and some long passionate kisses. More is good too. LOL

    musicalfrog at comcast dot net

  16. My perfect date was when we were snowed in. We snuggled on the couch and watched the snow fall while drinking hot chocolate and nibbling on goodies which led to more snuggling....

  17. I think my perfect date was when me and my hubby tried to celebrate our anniversary. Unfortunately I was sick so nothing I ate at dinner tasted any good and none of the many drinks I tried tasted good either. We had a great time with him drinking every one of the many drinks I tried that night. What made it perfect is the fact that even though we are on a tight budget he just kept telling me to try something else cause he wanted me to have a good time. I love that fact that his main concern was me! :)

  18. My perfect date was going out for a nice dinner then going dancing followed by some wine and a fireplace.


  19. This may sound hokey, but my perfect date was going to the beach with a picnic at sunset. Walking, talking, holding hands having a wonderful get to know you time:) Hokey I know, but such as sweet memory :)
    Thank you for sharing with us today and for the awesome giveaway opportunity.


  20. First, that necklace is gorgeous. Second, one of my perfect dates was with my husband. It was our first real date. We went to a Japanese hibachi style restaurant. And he tried everything, even sushi which to this day he refuses to eat sushi. It was just a really special night.

    Areeths @ new dot rr dot com

  21. I can truly say I have never had a perfect date. :( Maybe some day. I really love the necklace. The book sounds very interesting. Thanks for the giveaway.

    sariahwalters at gmail dot com

  22. I'm pretty easy to please, so a perfect date for me is a no-fuss date. Snuggling on the couch watching a movie is just fine by me! And I wouldn't turn down a nice back-rub!

    darlenesbooknook at gmail dot com

  23. Beautiful necklace! Congrats on all your success!



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