Friday, December 31, 2010

Ringing in 2011!

Every year ends and every year begins.  When one ends and another begins, we like to reflect on our actions, our accomplishments and preview our goals.  I can honestly say that 2010 was one of the best years of my life.  I was wildly busy, but I met too many terrific people to list, took four road trips, enrolled in my Master's degree program and finished the first three classes, attended my first RWA National conference, joined Romance University's faculty, wrote five books, two of which you will be seeing in January and so much more.  2010 was a banner year and I relished every moment. I can't wait for 2011 to get here and delve into its mysteries and events.

Here's hoping you discover your dreams in 2011 and that the grass is always soft beneath your feet!  Happy New Year!  I'll see you on the flip side!

Coming January 4, 2011

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Final Giveaways and Holiday Wishes

You know, the holidays have this great feature where time seems to stand still and then flashes forward and you are wondering how you were so busy and missed so much time simultaneously.  Well, at least my holidays do.  And that's okay, because the holidays are about celebrating, about slowing down, about spending time with family and friends and I've been doing a lot of that over the last few days.  I've also given away the last straggling gifts in the 2010 Daily Dose Holiday Giveaway.  So it's time to take down the decorations around here, take stock and get ready for a bigger and brighter year in 2011.

So without further adieu, here are the winners:

Apple iPod touch 8 GB (2nd Generation--with iPhone OS 3.1 Software Installed) [OLD MODEL]
Happy Holidays from the Daily Dose
  • Daily Dose Holiday Giveaway: A Little Harmless Christmas with Melissa Schroeder -- winner is Elaing8
  • Daily Dose Holiday Giveaway with Nikki Duncan - Dor won this digital giveaway for a good friend.
  • Daily Dose Holiday Giveaway Celebrating with Shannon Delany goes to Mariska who nominated her sister

If you are listed here and you haven't heard from your author please drop me a line. I know some have had mail bounce back! 

Extra Special Treat

What a lot of you didn't know when I kicked off the holiday giveaway this year is that I had a special gift to give to one of our fabulous nominators.  That's right, I always list the rules as you can't win anything for yourself, you have to nominate someone else. We had a whopping 250 nominations this holiday season, 250 people who wanted to give things to others.

I wanted to celebrate that and so I threw all of your names into a hat for a brand new iPod Touch and the winner was FineInsanity. I've already been in touch and her iPod is on the way. 

Thank you to each and every one of the readers, authors, friends, family and casual observers who have stopped by this year.  You made 2010 a truly memorable year for me and I cannot wait to see what we do with 2011!   I have some top 10 lists coming your way, because -- well, I can!

Have a great day!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Daily Dose Holiday Giveaway: Celebrating with Shannon Delany

13 to Life
13 to Life
What do the holidays mean in the most modern sense? Are they only an opportunity for gift-giving and -getting or a reason to argue how one religious perspective is superior to another?

No. To me, Yule, Hanukkah, Christmas and New Years all share a central theme. Each one is an illustration of change. And these aren’t little changes—they are historical and cultural examples of how change can be encouraged, embraced and celebrated in our lives.

Of course, being the author of the Rusakova werewolves, I tend to see change in everything.

Yule. If you’re from one of “The Big Three” religions, Yule probably has escaped your notice. It’s generally observed by pagans. Yule’s an awesome example of the holiday spirit of change. It’s a celebration of the solstice and the change of seasons. Many pagans also relate it to the death of the Holly King and the birth of the Oak King.

Hanukkah is a remembrance of the re-dedication of the Hebrew Temple—a time of change during which control of the Holy Temple was regained, and while working to ritually rededicate it, they found there was only one day’s worth of holy oil with which to light the menorah. Yet it burned for eight days. It was a miracle that proved to them the change they’d succeeded in making had Yahweh’s stamp of approval.

Christmas—the birth of Christ. What changes anyone’s life more than the birth of a child? Moms and dads, you know what I mean. And that change goes even without you giving birth to the savior of mankind (hey, that’s some pressure there). The birth of Jesus was not only a miracle foretold, it was also the gift (and another godly stamp of approval) some people needed in order to feel they could better empower themselves under Roman rule.

And of course there’s New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. Many of us still make resolutions on New Year’s Eve—we dedicate ourselves to changing for the better. That, to me, is the spirit of the holiday season—changing ourselves for the better and celebrating good changes and victories with those around us.

So this holiday season I’m sharing the spirit of change with someone here by offering a signed copy of 13 to Life, my debut novel (debuting as a novelist’s a change that nearly rivals giving birth). The winner will be ready for the February 15th release of the second novel in the series, Secrets and Shadows. It too is chock full o’ more change.

As always, the rules are the same:

1. Nominate the person you want to send that day’s gift to and a short reason as to why.
2. For an extra entry, spread the word about this giveaway: Blog, Facebook, Twitter, etc. - leave a link in the comments.
3. Leave your email with your comment ONLY IF it is NOT part of your profile.
4. This giveaway is open to everyone for nominations, however you cannot enter yourself.
5. You may only win one gift to send.

This giveaway is open until Wednesday evening, December 22nd at 5 p.m.. Winner to be announced on Wednesday evening!

And this will wrap up our Daily Dose Holiday Giveaway for 2010!  Thank you very much to every single author, reader and guest who participated this year!  Don't worry, we will be back in 2011 with more great gifts and I have a surprise for one special person who nominated someone else this year for a gift! So be sure to check back.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Daily Dose Holiday Giveaway: A Little Harmless Christmas with Melissa Schroeder

How is everyone doing? It has been a crazy year in the Schroeder household, but it always is. Colds, bronchitis, and a sprained ankle, but we are finally on the mend and I am writing up a storm. Still, I do miss being able to go to the beach on Christmas day. There is nothing like calling up family and taunting them with that fact. We lived in Hawaii for three years and while I don’t think I could live there again, there are things I miss about it. The ride on H-2 through the mountains and I love the feel of the sweet evening air. There is nothing like it in the world. Oh, and I miss malassadas, little deep fried balls of dough. YUM.

If you don’t know me, my name is Melissa Schroeder and I write sensual and erotic romances from historical to futuristic. You can find me on the following places:


Now, onto the fun stuff. Two of my books released last week, A Little Harmless Lie and Mele Kalikimaka, Baby. I have a little taste of Mele Kalikimaka, and a blurb for A Little Harmless Lie and Sex on the Beach.

Mele Kalikimaka, Baby
Hawaiian Holidays Book 1

Three friends find more than fun and sun in Hawaii…

When Sophia Cantwell gets stuck in Hawaii working on Christmas, she isn't too happy. She doesn't like trying to buy land from a Hawaiian family, especially when she is convinced her company isn't being ethical. When she is confronted by cousins Maleko and Jack Akaka at the airport, the landowner’s grandsons, she doesn't expect the jolt of arousal, or the instant attraction. And she doesn't expect that they would insist that she stay at the family condos.

Mal and Jack have shared women before; have thought about getting that one special woman for the two of them. Both of them are surprised that she turns out to be an uptight corporate go getter. But, the three of them cannot ignore their attraction, and a night out in Honolulu turns into a night in bed for all of them. When Sophia's exlover, and boss, arrives unexpectedly, will she be able to walk away from her dreams of climbing the corporate ladder, or will she lose Mal and Jack?

Up next is a smoking hot excerpt from Mele Kalikimaka, Baby!

Sophia gasped as Mal took her mouth in a hard, needy kiss that had her head spinning. Lord, both of these men could kiss. His tongue danced over hers, inviting, tempting, pulling her into the kiss.

Jack pushed her hair to the side and undid the top of her halter dress. Mal pulled back and let the fabric fall to her waist. Cool air brushed over her hot flesh as he bent and took one nipple into his mouth. Heated pleasure danced over her nerve endings as he sucked then scraped his teeth over her nipples. God, he was insane with his mouth. She did not even notice that jack was pulling at the rest of her dress until it slipped down her legs.

“Oh, my, Mal. We have a very naughty girl on our hands.” Jack’s voice deepened, desire threading through it. He slipped his fingers over her slit.

Mal pulled back. His gaze traveled down her bare body, stopping briefly at her shaved pussy, then down the path to her sandals. By the time his gaze moved back up to her face, she was red with embarrassment.

“Definitely naughty,” he said, his mouth kicking up on one corner. “Wearing no panties, no bra, going out with two men…I think you’re a dream come true.”

Even in her embarrassment, she felt a sense of pride. It wasn’t like her to go without lingerie, but tonight, for some reason, she did it. She had told herself that it was because of the heat and the style of the dress, but she knew that to be a lie. She had wanted to be bad, without any thought that anyone would know. She thought she could have her little naughtiness and only she would be the person to know. But then, she had not expected to come back to her condo and agree to bed two men.

“I think we are in for a hot time tonight, cuz,” Jack said.

Mal nodded, then bent over, slipping one arm beneath her knees, the other at her back, and picked her up. Her sandals slipped off and clattered against the tiled floor, but she paid no attention. Mal was watching her as he carried her, his eyes so intense she was afraid to look away.

He laid her on the bed gently and followed her down. It felt odd being completely naked and having a man on top over her who was completely clothed. But she wasn’t given time to think about it. Mal moved down her body, his mouth moving over her flesh, nipping and teasing her until he settled between her legs.

She rose to her elbows to watch. He slipped his hands over her thighs and spread them further apart. Damn, she wasn’t a prude by any standards, but she could feel the blush rushing over her skin. She would be ever cursed with the damned fair skin.

“I love that you shaved down here,” he said, while he slipped his fingers over her sensitized flesh. “Damn, these pretty pink lips are wet.”

Jack had pulled off his shirt and was only in his jeans. He kneeled on the bed by her stomach and slid his hand down to her pussy. He slipped a finger into her at the same time Mal did. She collapsed on the bed as the sensations moved over her. Both of them fingered her, in rhythm. Wet heat pooled there. She knew it was dripping over their fingers.

“Fuck,” Mal said as one of them added another finger, bringing the number up to three. “I can’t wait to sink my cock into this tight little pussy.”

Out now from Samhain

A Little Harmless Lie -- Harmless Series Book 4

Samhain Publishing

B and N

Falling for her might be easy, seducing her may be damned hard, but keeping her alive might just be deadly.

Coming from nothing, Micah Ross now has more than he knows what to do with. His Hawai’i BDSM club is flourishing, and he has his pick of women. Except one. Dee Sumners is cute, sexy, feisty…and, since she’s on his payroll, off-limits. Plus, she insists she isn’t into the life. Until one heated kiss hints that his head bartender secretly hungers to be his sub.

Life on the run doesn’t allow Dee to indulge in long-term relationships. Still, Micah manages to work his way through her tough armor and under her skin. Yet even as she succumbs to his skilled seduction, her survival instinct forms a plan to leave the island she has grown to love—and the man she’s in danger of loving.
When Dee disappears, Micah’s anger turns to fear when he realizes she didn’t leave willingly. Calling on his skills as a former bounty hunter, he tracks her to the mainland only to discover she is entangled in a web of lies and deceit that not only threatens their love, but her life.

Warning: The book contains more Hawaiian settings, a Native American Dom who always thinks he’s right, a woman on the run, sexy kisses, murderous relatives, a trip to Sin City, and a seduction that is sweet and hot and everything in between. Ice water and a towel are recommended while reading.

And,on Dec 30th:


Edwina Mitchell, Eddie to her friends, doesn't think she can have happily ever after. The only time she has been in love, it involved two men. When those two men pop back up into her life, she realizes she might have been wrong to let love slip away.

Holiday Giveaway

And now for the fun! Melissa has generously offered any title off her backlist including the soon to be released Sex on the Beach to be given to the person of your choice!

As always, the rules are the same:

1. Nominate the person you want to send that day’s gift to and a short reason as to why.
2. For an extra entry, spread the word about this giveaway: Blog, Facebook, Twitter, etc. - leave a link in the comments.
3. Leave your email with your comment ONLY IF it is NOT part of your profile.
4. This giveaway is open to everyone for nominations, however you cannot enter yourself.
5. You may only win one gift to send.
6. Giveaways begin November 28 and run through December 21.

This giveaway is open until Wednesday, December 22nd at 5 p.m.. Winner to be announced on Wednesday evening

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Daily Dose Holiday Giveaway: Presents, Parties and Gathering Friends

Every year I lok forward to the holidays. There's the decorating and baking and the shopping and the gift wrapping...there's pleasure in all of it. The pleasure comes from doing things that make others happy and there's definitely a joy in watching people open the gifts you've given them the gifts you've selected just for them.

Whether the gift is a gift card you know they will really love or a scarf or shawl or hat you've knitted or a pillow you've hande stitched and put together with them in mind or even a more traditional gift found in a store. Regardless of the origin, a gift given from generosity and with the recipient in mind is a joy.

Another joy is parties where you gather wtih your friends and loved ones to hang out and talk and recoonect. I personally don't attend a lot of parties and I rarely have them, but yesterday we had one with many of our friends stopping by. The kids had other kids to play with, the adults had plenty of other adults to talk to, and everyone had more than enough food to fill their belly.

It was a fun day and I wanted to keep the fun going, so I'm taking over Heather's blog today with another giveaway.

Tell me who you want to gift a digital copy of SOUNDS TO DIE BY and SCENT OF PERSUASION to. Be sure to include your email to make sure we can contact you about the prize. The winner will be announced Tuesday, so you have plenty of time to comment.

Have a great weekend and Happy Holidays!

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Daily Dose Holiday Giveaway: Merry Magic - Get Some Action for You and a Friend

The Path To Freedom
The Path to Freedom
Win the first three stories in the Task Force 125 series for a friend (and yourself). 
Earlier this year, Heather approached me about working together with her and Kellyann Zuzulo on a shared world anthology.  I'll admit, I was pretty intimidated for several reasons.  

First off,
Heather and Kellyann are both amazing writers.  Nobody wants to be the dull bulb on the tree!  I met Heather five years ago when we both started writing for an online community which shall not be named.  She was a shining star already.  I've been an avid follower of hers ever since.  Kellyann is a fairly new friend of mine but she looks like Hillary Swank and managed to get a stranglehold on my brain with just a short story.  (Some women are cursed with looks AND brains, poor thing.)   
You know what they say: If you want to boost your game, play with your heroes.

Secondly, this would be a paranormal romance.  I'd had plenty of ideas for paranormals I'd wanted to write eventually but I hadn't actually written one yet. For that matter, I hadn't written a
real romance yet.

Third, my marriage had been falling apart and I knew it was just a matter of time before the divorce talk happened.  I wondered about my ability to write red hot romance when my own was stone cold.  Talk about an artistic challenge!

Long story short: I dug deep and found those honorary cojones I'd earned in the
Air Force, gave my mind permission to take flight on demon's wings and wrote some fiction!

I won't lie.  It was harrowing!  I just barely made the deadline and found myself wanting to run away with the hero.  The end result is Frozen Hell, the first story in the
Seven Souls A Leaping anthology due to be released by Sapphire Blue Publishing at the turn of the year.

Heather pushes me to be better at what I do and for that I'd give her the shirt off my back.  In lieu of that, I'm giving away the first three stories in my action/adventure Task Force 125 series.  If you have a friend who enjoys heroines who kick ass,
hot guys with guns and a touch of romance, then these books are the perfect present.  In addition to sending PDF copies of all three books to your friend, I'll send them to you too!

Leave a comment telling me about your friend to enter.

Excerpt from The Path to Freedom, Task Force 125, Book #1:
    “Look, this mission isn’t like anything you’ve ever done as a Security Specialist.  That was flat out defensive and impersonal stuff.  What we’re about to do is strictly covert, offensive and very personal.  Although you’ve been trained well in tactics and fighting techniques, there is no training for what you’re about to do.  You either can or you can’t.”
    Phew!  Maybe he doesn’t know?
    “Look, Vince, I understand your concerns but a roll in the hay to work over a terrorist is nothing compared to the soldiers giving their lives every day in this war.  Besides, I’ve been with bastards before, so what’s one more?”
    Working over a jerk is just what I need after all those jerks who have worked me over in one way or another all my life.  Hell, it might even be fun.
    “Only a strong woman can do what you’re about to, and we need to know now if you can handle it or not.”
Sarah stared up into Vince’s eyes and tried to reassure him.  “I wouldn’t have come this far if I couldn’t.  I can do this, Vince.”
    “When you were in the Security Police, it was all black and white.  You’re deep in the gray area now and the success of this mission depends on how convincing you can be.”
    Sarah fixed her eyes on his.  “Vince…I can do it.”
    Vince uncrossed his arms and slid his hands into the pockets of his jeans.  “We’re all getting our hands dirty in this war.  Nobody on this team is going to judge you, but no matter what, at the end of the day, you have to be able to live with yourself.  We can’t put you in there and then have you melt down over a moral dilemma.”             
    How am I going to convince this guy I can handle this?  Once I convince him, the rest of the team will be onboard.
    There’s only one way…
    Sarah smiled a thoughtful smile.
    Sarah locked her gaze onto Vince’s and stood.  She took a deep breath and exhaled with a soft sigh.  “Oh, Vince.”  She couldn’t believe the seductive purr of her own voice as she ran her hands slowly over her hips and down the length of her mini-skirt to straighten the creases that had formed from sitting.  Still maintaining eye contact, she took two slow steps toward Vince until she stood about six inches away from him.
    “Did I ever thank you for the pearls?”  She raised her right hand to her neck, gently caressing the pearl choker from left to right.
    “They’re so beautiful,” she whispered as she trailed her fingertips slowly down the edge of the v-neck blouse she wore until they rested on her ample cleavage.
    His gaze dropped from hers to follow the path of her fingers to her full breasts as she breathed slowly and deeply, but she continued to stare directly at him.  With her left hand, she gently touched his right shoulder and trailed her hand seductively down his muscular arm.  Liberated by the charade of playing a part, she drank in his scent, the texture of his skin, the form of his muscular arms.   
    “Mmm…so strong.”
    When she reached his hand, she gently placed it on her left hip, holding it there with her left hand.  Her body burned for him and she thrilled at his touch.
    His gaze dropped to where she had placed his hand, and he took a deep breath before pulling her close and looking into her eyes once again.
    The heat between them was unmistakable to Sarah.  She could have him now or make her point.  What she wanted to do and what she needed to do would lead to two distinctly different paths in life.  The importance of her new job was far greater than the momentary satisfaction a roll in the hay might bring.
    She caressed his neck just below his left ear.  Her fingertips told her his heartbeat was fast and strong.  She skimmed her fingertips along the line of his jaw and down his neck to his shoulder where she rested her hand.  Then she whispered, “So hard.”
    She pressed against him, closing the space between them.  Her body was full against his and she could feel his interest rising, a hard length against her stomach.
    The power she had in this situation was better than any buzz she’d ever felt.  Every cell in her body was yearning for him but she fought it and stayed in control.
    She led his right hand around her waist and then let her left hand creep up his strong, solid chest and around to the back of his neck.
    His mouth opened slightly and she knew he was ready to kiss her, so she sighed meaningfully and moved to within a breath of his lips with hers.  Dark desire filled his eyes.
    Sarah let her own eyes reflect what her body was feeling.  Her mind maintained true control.    
    Vince’s left arm tightened around her waist and held her close while his right hand slowly caressed her hip and began to travel slowly up her waist.
    When he moved to kiss her, she very gently moved her head to the side and whispered sensuously in his ear, “I am going to make him an offer no man could refuse, and then, I’m going to rock the bastard’s world.”
    It took every ounce of strength she had to step out of Vince’s embrace and pretend it was all an act.
    He can never know exactly how much I wanted to finish that!
    Sarah allowed herself the luxury of looking Vince over slowly, from head to toe, as though he were dinner and she hadn’t eaten in, well, she’d never eaten a dinner like that.
    Her gaze paused at the impressive and telling bulge below his waistline.
    Such a shame we have to let that go to waste.
    Her body screamed at her own betrayal.  He was a sexual electromagnet switched on.  Her mind fought to keep control of her body.
    Walk out of the room, Sarah.
    Walk out of the room, Sarah.
    Walk out of the room, Sarah.
    When she met his gaze again, she nodded to his apparent arousal.  She barely managed to control her urge to pounce.
He couldn’t tell her in any more obvious a way that he wanted her.
    She took a deep breath and appeared all business when she spoke.  “Sorry about that, but I needed you to understand I can do this.  By the look of things, I’d say I have you fairly well convinced.”  She straightened her skirt and tossed her hair back over her right shoulder.  “Now you guys need to back me up and make sure I don’t get left hanging in the warm Mediterranean breeze.”
    Vince smirked and nodded.  “Good enough.”  His breaths were heavy and fast.
    Sarah watched the telling rise and fall of his chest as she remembered what it was like to be held close to him.  “Now I’ll leave you with your, uh, thoughts and see you out in the cabin in a few minutes.”  Sarah slid her hand behind Vince to reach the doorknob as he stepped aside.  
Read the first chapter on your Nook or Kindle!

As always, the rules are the same:

1. Nominate the person you want to send that day’s gift to and a short reason as to why.
2. For an extra entry, spread the word about this giveaway: Blog, Facebook, Twitter, etc. - leave a link in the comments.
3. Leave your email with your comment ONLY IF it is NOT part of your profile.
4. This giveaway is open to everyone for nominations, however you cannot enter yourself.
5. You may only win one gift to send.
6. Giveaways begin November 28 and run through December 21.

This giveaway is open until Monday, December 21st at 5 p.m.. Winner to be announced on Monday evening.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Daily Dose Holiday Giveaway: Warm Up your Winter with Debut Author J.S. Nichols

Today’s Daily Dose Holiday Giveaway is a gift set from the Summer Vanillas collection from Bath and Body Works. The coconut and vanilla body wash, spray, and lotion are softly scented, bringing to mind quiet summer days. A perfect gift for someone who’s holiday is a little too hectic at times.

Included with the gift set is The Kissing Game by Suzanne Brockmann.  The second in the Siesta Key trilogy has it all, romance, humor, and danger.

 A Florida beauty who hides her stunning good looks. A childhood friend who’s made a career of seduction. A thrilling story of mystery, secrets, and romance—as only New York Times bestselling author Suzanne Brockmann can tell it…

            Play for fun.
            Play for danger.
            Play for keeps…

As always, the rules are the same:

1. Nominate the person you want to send that day’s gift to and a short reason as to why.
2. For an extra entry, spread the word about this giveaway: Blog, Facebook, Twitter, etc. - leave a link in the comments.
3. Leave your email with your comment ONLY IF it is NOT part of your profile.
4. This giveaway is open to everyone for nominations, however you cannot enter yourself.
5. You may only win one gift to send.
6. Giveaways begin November 28 and run through December 21.

This giveaway is open until Friday, December 17th at 5 p.m.. Winner to be announced on Friday evening

Debut author, J.S. Nichols donated today’s gift. J.S. or Jess is excited to announce her first novel, Come Back to Me, is scheduled for release by Sapphire Blue Publishing in January 2011. It’s a romantic suspense set on a cruise.

A security specialist boards a ship to win back his former fiancée and uncovers a mystery of disappearing passengers.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Daily Dose Holiday Giveaway: The Last Sacrifice

Last Sacrifice (Vampire Academy, Book 6)
The Last Sacrifice
Last night, I was able to spring one of the best surprises I've ever managed on my daughter.  An avid reader, the mini-me adores The Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead.  Unbeknownst to her, the sixth book came out last week and Richelle Mead visited our local Borders for a signing last night.  With the help of a lot of co-conspirator elves,  we kept this secret and arrived at the Borders where she was shocked to see that not only did her series have a sixth and final book, but that she was going to get to meet the author.

She vibrated with excitement and when Richelle showed up, I think she was in a little bit of shock.  She is still dazzled by the fact that we managed to keep the secret! So as part of this tremendous fun, I am giving away a copy of Richelle Mead's  The Last Sacrifice, the sixth and final book in The Vampire Academy series which focuses on Rose, Dimitri, Lissa, Christian, Adrian and more.   The copy is autographed by the author and ready to wing out to settle under the Christmas tree of your choice.

As always, the rules are the same:

1. Nominate the person you want to send that day’s gift to and a short reason as to why.
2. For an extra entry, spread the word about this giveaway: Blog, Facebook, Twitter, etc. - leave a link in the comments.
3. Leave your email with your comment ONLY IF it is NOT part of your profile.
4. This giveaway is open to everyone for nominations, however you cannot enter yourself.
5. You may only win one gift to send.
6. Giveaways begin November 28 and run through December 21.

This giveaway is open until Friday, December 17th at 5 p.m.. Winner to be announced on Friday evening. With the holidays so close, I want to get this present winging by Saturday! Happy holidays from the Daily Dose, Mini Me and of course, Richelle Mead.

Daily Dose Holiday Giveaway Winners!

Good morning!  I have three sets of giveaways to announce the winners for and at least two more giveaways to post today!  It's been a crazy week here at what I am beginning to think of as holiday editing central, but I want to say thank you to every single person who has nominated someone they love and care about for a gift this year.  The turnout has been great and I truly, truly wish I could give something to every one. 

So without further ado, here are three winners for our Jeri Smith-Ready,  Shayla Black and Michele Bardsley giveaways!

Christmas with a Touch of Shade

Congratulations to Do The Twist who won this terrific giveaway from Jeri Smith-Ready for her best friend.  I will be in touch shortly about where to send this gift too.

Shayla Black, The Doomsday Brethren and More

Congratulations to Sharon who won this fabulous gift for her friend!  I am so tickled by how many have people they love and can't wait to share these gifts with.  It makes me wish I had even more and could give it to each and every one of you!

Quoth Michele Bardsley and Nevermore

Congratulations to Reading Angel who nominated her parents.  She cites them as being generous, caring and giving.  She wanted to nominate them because they are having a hard time and this gift could help brighten their holidays.

To all the winners, my heartiest of happy holidays and to all those I haven't been able to give to yet.  Keep trying.  I wish I had something for every single one of you!

Friday, December 10, 2010

Daily Dose Holiday Giveaway: Quoth Michele Bardsley and Nevermore

Never Again: Wizards of Nevermore

First let me welcome Michele Bardsley to our Daily Dose Holiday Giveaway. She is offering a spectacular gift for you to give this year in the form of a $100 Visa Gift Card. In addition to her Broken Heart series, she is launching a new series in 2011 that looks to be wildly interesting. Michele stopped by to share that series and her gift card this holiday season. Be sure to check it out. As always, the rules are at the bottom.

Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there wondering, fearing…

This line from Edgar Allen Poe’s poem, The Raven, could very well describe my venture into the dark side of paranormal romance, and certainly the creation of Nevermore, Texas. In this world, there are those who can wield magic (magicals) and those who can’t (mundanes). It’s also a world where shadows edge into the places, into the souls of those who live there.

But it all really started with a witch.

Before Nevermore existed, before I thought about plots and motives and characters and settings, I wrote a scene about a witch showing up at a wizard’s door and saying, “Marry me.” I only knew that she needed protection, and she was so desperate, she had ventured onto the doorstep of a man who’d been betrayed by her family. I was able to explore her story in the debut novel of my new series, the Wizards of Nevermore. And wow, does she go through the wringer. I've never written a character so at the end of her rope, and yet still putting one foot in front of the other. She's exhausted, starved, chilled, and shattered--but she won't give up. She fights on.

When NEVER AGAIN opens, Lucinda Rackmore seems to be at her breaking point. She has nothing and no one. She’s alone, pursed by an abusive ex-lover, and her continued survival is iffy. Not only does she have the Rackmore curse—which is that no one bearing the name can have money ever—but her powers have been warped by the man she escaped.

Her last hope is Gray Calhoun, a powerful wizard with the House of Dragons, the Guardian of the town of Nevermore. But he’s not interested in helping the younger sister of his ex-wife—the woman who sold his soul to a demon lord so she could keep her wealth and her youth. He barely escaped with his life, and for the last ten years, he’s been a recluse.

And Lucy showing up is only the beginning of Nevermore’s troubles. There are murders, dark magic, and secrets to contend with.

For those who love the Broken Heart novels, you won’t find the same kind of tone—or laughs—that are part of that series. What you will find is human connection, triumph over the darkness, and, above all, two people learning that love can tear down walls, and heal even the most wounded hearts. To quoth The Raven, "Only this, and nothing more."

Readers be sure to check out the trailer and first three chapters for Nevermore here.

As always, the rules are the same:

1. Nominate the person you want to send that day’s gift to and a short reason as to why.
2. For an extra entry, spread the word about this giveaway: Blog, Facebook, Twitter, etc. - leave a link in the comments.
3. Leave your email with your comment ONLY IF it is NOT part of your profile.
4. This giveaway is open to everyone for nominations, however you cannot enter yourself.
5. You may only win one gift to send.
6. Giveaways begin November 28 and run through December 21.

This giveaway is open until Friday, Sunday, December 12th at midnight. Winner to be announced on Monday! Happy holidays from the Daily Dose and Michele Bardsley.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Daily Dose Holiday Giveaway: Shayla Black, The Doomsday Brethren and More

I love the holidays. I love the decorating. I love the choosing of great presents and the simple joy of sharing them.  The Daily Dose Holiday Giveaway is all about that simple joy.  Today's giveaway is complements of Shayla Black.  In addition to being a truly nice lady, Shayla is a fantastic author.  Today's giveaway is the full set of Doomsday Brethren novels (and if you haven't read these, I encourage you to do so, they are a fantastic series that mixes magic, passion and mystery in an epic tale) along with a $50 giftcard to Walmart.   This is a great gift to share with someone you love.

The Doomsday Brethren

The Doomsday Brethren series includes four novels currently in release with a fifth due in 2012.  Learn more about Marrok, Olivia, Duke, Felicia, Ice and more.

Tempt Me with Darkness

Tempt Me with Darkness (The Doomsday Brethren, Book 1)
Tempt Me with Darkness

He’s an immortal knight hungering for satisfaction. . . .

As soon as Marrok sees Olivia Gray, he’s sure they met in eons past. He’s felt her soft, gentle curves writhing in pleasure beneath his own powerful body. . . Morganna! For centuries, towering Marrok, once the mightiest of King Arthur’s warriors, has endured a terrible curse the witch cast upon him when he spurned the witch.

She’s a modern woman about to discover ancient magic. . . .

Olivia shares a mystical—and irresistible—connection with brooding Marrok. Soon after the sexy warrior appears in her erotic dreams, he abducts her, demanding she uncurse him. Their intense passion is more powerful—and intimate—than either of them has ever known. Olivia may be the key to unlocking the diary that will break Morganna’s hold on his life. But in the wrong hands, the book also holds the power to destroy magickind. As they search for answers, a ruthless wizard returned from exile is building an army of evil. When he discovers Marrok and Olivia have the diary, only their love—with the help of a powerful group of magical Brethren—can save them.

Read an excerpt.

Seduce Me in Shadow

Seduce Me In Shadow (The Doomsday Brethren, Book 2)
Seduce Me in Shadow

When a villainous wizard escapes from exile, the devastatingly sexy Doomsday Brethren must defend all magickind in the spellbinding second book in bestselling author Shayla Black’s seductive new paranormal series.

Ex-Marine Caden MacTavish has shunned his magical heritage all his life, but he will do anything to heal his desperately ill brother, a Doomsday Brethren warrior in mourning for his missing mate. Posing as a photographer, Caden must convince firecracker tabloid reporter Sydney Blair to reveal the source of her recent exposé on a supernatural power clash. Unfortunately, keeping his hands off the sizzling redhead proves as hard as getting them onto the potent and mystical Doomsday Diary he discovers at her bedside. A bloody rebellion led by an evil, power-hungry wizard is imminent. If Sydney divulges the book’s existence, she will jeopardize magickind’s most deeply guarded secrets and become the ruthless wizard’s number one target. Caden has never trusted magic’s cruel and dangerous powers, but he will protect Sydney with his life and magic—even if it means risking his heart.

Read an excerpt.

Possess Me at Midnight

Possess Me at Midnight (The Doomsday Brethren, Book 3)
Possess Me at Midnight

An apocalypse approaches in the new novel from bestselling author Shayla Black’s electrifying Doomsday Brethren series, as a magical warrior and a spirited witch ignite a smoldering passion that could destroy them both.

As a mysterious dark cloud drains the life of her beloved brother, Doomsday Brethren leader Bram, Sabelle Rion can think of little else. Still, every time she meets Ice Rykard’s intense green gaze, her body aches with need for the sexy warrior. Their attraction is explosive, incredible—and forbidden. As dangerous as he is unpredictable, Ice is her brother’s sworn enemy. But as Bram weakens, a more sinister force is gaining power. Evil Mathias and his ruthless Anarki army are on a bloodthirsty hunt for the Doomsday Diary. Sabelle must guard the potent book with her life—and Ice vows to protect the beautiful witch with his. Duty demands that Sabelle deny her lover’s fiery call of possession and mate with a man who can sway the magical Council against the impending rebellion. With the fate of magickind hanging in the balance, will she forsake the burning desires she can’t ignore or turn her back on her people for the courageous man she can’t resist?

Read an excerpt.

Entice Me at Twilight
Entice Me at Twilight (The Doomsday Brethren, Book 4)
Entice Me at Twilight

In national bestselling author Shayla Black’s electrifying new novel, the Doomsday Brethren fight their mortal enemy for the newest weapon in a bloody magical war: the only woman a magical warrior shouldn’t claim…and the one he can’t resist.

Dangerously handsome Simon Northam, Duke of Hurstgrove, and his uptight barrister brother hardly get along, but crashing Mason’s wedding and stealing his fiancée take sibling rivalry to a new level. Duke’s family knows nothing of his magical prowess or the Doomsday Brethren, so how can he explain that mankind’s fate lies with the beautiful, tenacious bride he longs to seduce for himself?

Felicia is an Untouchable, a rare human whose presence disables magic—even the impenetrable forces surrounding Morganna le Fay’s tomb. The evil witch’s malicious powers could propel nefarious wizard Mathias to ultimate world domination . . . if he can resurrect her. To conceal herself, Felicia must heed her simmering desires to mate with Duke, but he risks binding his life—and sanity—to a lover whose loyalty may be forever torn. He faces a terrible choice: betray his brother for ultimate survival . . . or lose the woman who tempts him beyond control.

Read an excerpt.

Daily Dose Holiday Giveaway

So you choose who you give the gift too and they receive these four fantastic books, autographed by the author and a $50 gift certificate to Walmart. Remember, the holidays are about giving and the simple joy of seeing someone else's face light up. Who do you want to give this fantastic present to?

As always, the rules are the same:

1. Nominate the person you want to send that day’s gift to and a short reason as to why.
2. For an extra entry, spread the word about this giveaway: Blog, Facebook, Twitter, etc. - leave a link in the comments.
3. Leave your email with your comment ONLY IF it is NOT part of your profile.
4. This giveaway is open to everyone for nominations, however you cannot enter yourself.
5. You may only win one gift to send.
6. Giveaways begin November 28 and run through December 21.

This giveaway is open until Friday, December 10th at midnight. Winner to be announced on Saturday! Happy holidays from the Daily Dose and Shayla Black.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Daily Dose Holiday Giveaway: Christmas with a touch of Shade

Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready
Last Spring Break while I was traveling to Washington D.C. I had a group of fabulous young adult authors celebrate Spring Break with the class of Y2K10 here at the blog. Among those fabulous authors was Jeri Smith-Ready who was teasing her to be released novel: Shade.


Love ties them together.
Death can't tear them apart.

Best. Birthday. Ever. At least, it was supposed to be. With Logan's band playing a critical gig and Aura's plans for an intimate after-party, Aura knows it will be the most memorable night of her boyfriend's life. She never thought it would be his last.

Logan's sudden death leaves Aura devastated. He's gone.

Well, sort of.

Like everyone born after the Shift, Aura can see and hear ghosts. This mysterious ability has always been annoying, and Aura had wanted nothing more than to figure out why the Shift happened so she can undo it. But not with Logan’s violet-hued spirit still hanging around. Because dead Logan is almost as real as ever. Almost.

ShiftIt doesn't help that Aura’s new friend Zachary is so understanding—and so very alive. His support means more to Aura than she cares to admit.

As Aura's relationships with the dead and the living grow ever complicated, so do her feelings for Logan and Zachary. Each holds a piece of Aura's heart…and clues to the secret of the Shift.

The sequel, SHIFT, coming May 3, 2011 is now available for pre-order.

Daily Dose Giveaway

Today's giveaway is an autographed copy of this wonderful novel, Shade, by Jeri Smith-Ready. An enchanting read for teens and adults alike, be sure to check it out. As always, the rules are the same:

1. Nominate the person you want to send that day’s gift to and a short reason as to why.
2. For an extra entry, spread the word about this giveaway: Blog, Facebook, Twitter, etc. - leave a link in the comments.
3. Leave your email with your comment ONLY IF it is NOT part of your profile.
4. This giveaway is open to everyone for nominations, however you cannot enter yourself.
5. You may only win one gift to send.
6. Giveaways begin November 28 and run through December 21.

This giveaway is open until Thursday, December 9th at midnight. Winner to be announced on Friday! Happy holidays from the Daily Dose and Jeri Smith-Ready.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Daily Dose Holiday Giveaway: Winners, a Request and More

I love this time of the year, particularly when I get to announce winners and share the simple joy of gifts to give. Today's "giveaway" is actually a request. As some of you may be aware, my publisher Tina Gerow suffered an AVM - Arterial Venus Malformation and has undergone several brain surgeries.   Tina took a risk on me two years ago and offered me my first writing contract for Remembering Ashby at Sapphire Blue Publishing.  She has always been tremendously supportive and believes in her authors.

Last night we received the tremendous news that her breathing tube was out and she is alert and responsive. The gift I would like to give this year is any help you can spare, even a couple of dollars can help a family in need.

Many of our fellow authors and friends put together a request page with the information on her condition and how you might be able to help.

Please Help an Author and Wonderful Friend
Tina Gerow/Cassie Ryan has been taken suddenly and seriously ill. She has an affliction called Arteriovenous malformation or AVM in her brain which has led to multiple surgeries and an extended stay in ICU.  No family is ever prepared for such a thing and Tina's is no exception. In times like this, every dollar helps and her friends in the writing community are banding together to ask you to open your hearts (and wallets) to help get Tina's family through this.

Tina is well known to readers and authors across the country who have embraced her books, most recently, (writing as Cassie Ryan) Seducing the Succubus (Berkley/October 2010) and coming in April 2011,  The Demon and the Succubus.

Please send your prayers, positive energy and love out into the universe with Tina's name on it. Cards can be mailed to: Tina Gerow, c/o SBP PO BOX 42255, Phoenix, AZ 85080. Any donations you would like to make to Tina Gerow/Cassie Ryan to help with the burden of mounting medical bills, can be given by visiting here or by sending a check toTina Gerow, c/o SBP PO BOX 42255, Phoenix, AZ 85080.  Help spread the word—please post on your blogs and websites.

If you can help, thank you and even if you can't help financially, a prayer, a candle and positive thoughts are always welcome!

More Winners to Announce

We had three drawings last night for giveaways this week and without further ado, the winners are:

In Mini Me Picks,  Nikki won a copy of The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong for her daughter and per her request, the second book, Oh My Gods! by Tera Lynn Childs  is going to Kristi's nomination of Kory.   Congratulations ladies, I'll be in touch shortly.

Up next, we had the Tom Sniegoski giveaway of the two collected volumes of his The Fallen series. Patti won this drawing for her nomination!  Congratulations, they are wonderful books.

Finally, in our gift card giveaway, RobinK wins the drawing!  I'll be in touch to find out which gift card you'd like!

Congratulations to all our winners and their gift recipients.  Please check back for more giveaways later today!  I hope everyone is having a great holiday season!

Friday, December 3, 2010

Vampire Diaries Post Mortem - The Sacrifice

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The Vampire Diaries returned last night after a very long three week hiatus.  In the episodes Rose and Katerina, Elena learned what it meant to be a doppelganger and that the oldest vampire of all time, Klaus, is going to want to sacrifice her.  Katherine told her the story of being banished from her family in Bulgaria after giving birth to an illegitimate daughter.  In England, she met a nobleman with whom she was quite taken. It turns out, that nobleman was Klaus and he planned to sacrifice her.  Before he could, Katherine (with the help of Trevor) fled, taking the moonstone with her.  She tricked Rose into turning her and has spent over 500 years dodging Trevor, Rose and the Originals.

This offered up an explanation for why Katherine bolted from Atlanta (makes you wonder who found her there) and then later why she was in Mystic Falls, home of a werewolf bloodline.  I imagine that George Lockwood, a hero of the "south," triggered his curse during the war. I can only imagine she traded the moonstone for her freedom because it helped control the transformation.  He obviously didn't do the sacrifice to break the curse as it affected the werewolves ... or did he just do it for himself? These are questions that haven't been answered.

In the meanwhile, Tyler and Caroline have begun to bond as she understands what he is going through and new "warlock" (allow me to say how much I HATE that term) Luka has caught Bonnie's eye, despite Jeremy's wonderful flirtation.

The Sacrifice

The episode opening was a quiet one for the show, Elena's asleep but something keeps disturbing her.  We see a shadowy figure in the background and when a slam downstairs jerks her awake, it fades back. What follows is a fairly comical encounter in the hallway with a mostly naked Alaric and Jenna who were coming upstairs with their snacks.  Alaric is apparently spending a lot of time in the Gilbert household (go Jenna!) and Jenna seems to be fairly recovered from the knife in the gut she took prior to Masquerade (good to see).  Elena is happy for them, but while she is talking to them, Luka's dad is stealing Elena's cheerleading photo, some jewelry (and what looked like her vervain necklace) and some hair from her hairbrush.

Well, that can't be good.

Damon & Stefan

The Salvatore brothers have always made such snarky opponents that watching them work together is a real treat.  (Although when they head down in the tomb and it takes both of them to open it, it cracked me up because Caroline did it by herself).  I was glad to see that someone had put the door in place.  They asked Katherine for the moonstone and she offered it in exchange for her freedom. Not just because she was starving, but because she was bored.

Poor Katherine.

The boys then head over to clue Elena into their plan. 

Two significant things to note here is the long look that Elena gives Damon when she includes him in the people she cares about and her refusal to let anyone else sacrifice themselves for her.  I know I talked to at least one person who didn't get why she was fighting them so hard on this and I have to point out:

Elena's father and mother died when their car went off Wickery Bridge.  Stefan told her that he got there fast, but not fast enough. When he swam down, her father was still alive but insisted that Stefan save her first.  By the time he got back to them, the Gilberts were dead.

Survivor guilt is bad enough, but if you think that everyone you love is going to die,  including the two men who are doing everything to protect you, then yes, it does make sense that you'll want to save all of them too.   So her plan with Rose totally gelled for me.

Speaking of Rose.

Rose & Elena Travel to Richmond

Note to the boys, when trying to save the life of someone, having at least one person keeping track of Miss Stubborn might be a plan, but I digress.  Elena convinces Rose to take her to Slater.  She knows that Rose doesn't really care if she lives or dies and Elena feels like Rose owes her because she did tell Damon to let her go (and remember, Rose cracked her hard across the face at one point).  In Richmond, they find Slater's staked body  (rather surprised that Elijah didn't clean that up) and young, overreacting human Alice in the closet. 

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Elena bribes Alice with the promise that Rose will turn her (Rose's expression was comical) and Alice logged them into Slater's computers.  The hard drive had been wiped (yet it still had an OS -- oh, but I digress), but it turns out that Slater was paranoid and backed everything up on a remote server.  On the server, they track down a contact.

Having identified someone who can get a message to Klaus, Elena tells Alice to call him and tell him "The Doppelganger is alive and she is ready to surrender."  Alice fan girls out (pretty funny stuff) and Rose freaks.   Apparently Rose didn't realize that was Elena's plan all together. I am beginning to agree with Katherine, Rose and Trevor weren't the brightest in the bunch.

Rose decides that she really doesn't like this plan and calls Damon who is heading down to the tomb with Stefan and Bonnie to try and get the moonstone.

Rose: "Please don't be mad."
Damon: "What's wrong?"
Rose: "You need to get to Richmond right away."
Damon: "Tell me."

Interestingly enough, Damon doesn't even pause before he's gone, he doesn't tell Stefan, Bonnie or anything. He just hies it to Richmond lickety-spit.

They called. He went. He's easy like that.   More on Elena/Damon at the end of this.

Jeremy, Bonnie, Luka and the Tomb

Okay, I'll admit it, the whole Bonnie/Luka thing is kind of flat to me. I am just not feeling it. Even the whole sharing magic thing just felt ... out of place and forced.  However, Luka wandered off with her bracelet and Bonnie still had his dog tags.  Jeremy, in the meanwhile, is a hero in search of a mission steals some of Bonnie's Katherine Stupefy dust and heads down to the tomb to get the moonstone before Bonnie risks herself on the complicated spell.

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Note to Jeremy, use the dust AND then use the stake.  I speculated a couple of weeks ago that Jeremy would get stuck in there with his magic ring and provide Katherine with an all you can eat meal.  And yes, he takes a couple of minutes to find the moonstone and she grabs him before he can get out, but he does toss the moonstone out.

But when Bonnie and Stefan arrive, there's Jeremy, bleeding and week with Katherine who is feeling positively gleeful.  They can have Jeremy when they let her out of the tomb, in the meanwhile, she is just going to play with her new toy.

Bonnie is now desperate to save Jeremy and starts the spell. The spell that was too hard to do before. The spell that killed her grandmother and she starts pulling on Luka to do it.  Luka is suffering and so is Bonnie, but she keeps going and going and going ...

Until Luka's father snaps the connection to save him and Bonnie drops like a rock.   She admits she isn't strong enough (news flash, she has said this several times recently) and she should have known that before she tried this fool plan. Why the hell didn't she get ahold of her family? Bonnie comes from a lineage of witches and she just met Lucy recently.  Witches are more powerful when they work in concert, this lone ranger scenario is not working for her.

And yes, I know her heart is in the right place, but this is what Elena is afraid of, Bonnie destroying herself.

Katherine elbowing Jeremy in the face when he kept yelling at Stefan to help Bonnie was funny, however, and sure enough, when she starts to feast on Jeremy in front of them, Stefan leaps into the tomb and tosses Jeremy out.

Jeremy is safe, but Stefan is now trapped and Katherine looked very pleased -- whether it's because she's not bored anymore or because Stefan is "safe" from Klaus or what, not so sure yet.

Caroline, Tyler and Matt

In a separate thread, Caroline and Tyler are checking out the Lockwood cellar and find Mason's journal. Inside it is a horrific video Mason made of his transformation.  He chained himself up, he drugged himself with wolfsbane and for hours he agonized on the floor.  Caroline notes that the transformation became easier over time (I have to wonder if the wolfsbane is part of why it was so painful, since it's poison to wolves and Mason was fighting it, but I digress).

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Caroline and Tyler were continuing to bond and when Tyler wanted to know why Caroline was helping him, she told him the truth of her turn. How she was alone and had to figure it out and how she ended up killing someone.  Her story really affected Tyler.

Matt is struggling with fighting with Tyler and Sarah's death.  He apologizes to Tyler for doing it (poor boy still doesn't know he was under a compulsion) and Tyler accepts it.  The two are obviously both in a bad place and trying to connect isn't easy.   When Matt shows up at Caroline's to tell her how much he missed her and wants to be with her, her hopeful smile was only shadowed by Matt's frown when Tyler walked out behind her.

I am loving the Caroline/Tyler dynamic.

Elijah, Damon and Elena

Do you think they packed enough into this episode? So much going on. So many threads to follow.  Damon arrives at Slater's much to Elena's chagrin.  He is there to take Elena home.  Cue the great preview scene where he tells her to get her ass out the door before he picks her up and puts her over his shoulder and carries her out himself.

When Elena fights with him, Damon keeps her from connecting and they lean in -- and yes, I seriously thought he was going to kiss the hell out of her, but he just tells her to not do it again.  When Elena says she understands why they are all trying to save her, why can't he understand that she wants to save the people she loves too -- cue the significant look.

Damon doesn't care, he won't let her get herself killed while he can still stop it.  They are on their way out when the door bursts open. It's the vampires that Elena had Alice call.  Elena starts to move around Damon and he stops her with a throaty, "I will - break - your arm."    Poor Damon, hard to be a hero when the heroine wants to do it herself, but I am loving Elena standing up for herself and pointing out that everyone makes choices for her, Damon, Stefan, her parents - even Isobel and John Gilbert, so she needs to do this herself.

You can see Damon gearing himself up for a fight when the third vampire in the back drops and Elijah walks in.  The two in the front demand to know who he is and when he says Elijah, they look horrified and mumble they were bringing the doppelganger to him.  He asks who they told and when they say no one, he thanks them and rips their hearts out.

Rose has long since skedaddled. One look at at Elijah and she was out of there.   Elena looks truly frightened because Damon braces himself,  he is going to try and fight Elijah and frankly, I dunno that he has a chance.

Elijah, however, just looks at them and then leaves.   Damon's expression said it all - "Did that just happen?"

But at least Damon knows he's alive. 

We learn later when Elijah confers with Luka's dad that he left Damon alive because Damon would give his life to save Elena and will keep Elena safe -- and that they need her safe.  Do you sense complicated vampire politics?

Yes, I thought you did.


Damon takes Elena home since her ride bailed.  She tried to defend Rose, but Damon isn't interested. In a crunch situation, Rose took off.  She's not reliable in his book now.  He also warns Elena not to do anymore stupid stunts like that.  When Jeremy opens the door, he looks like hell and he has to tell them about Stefan in the tomb.

Elena races down to the tomb and is all set to go inside when Damon catches her and traps her against a wall. She fights and screams and rails, but he doesn't move.  No way in hell is he letting her in there where Katherine can get to her.  She is lashing out, but Damon stands firm and Elena finally leaves the tomb to go up.

He turns and sees Stefan who has been listening to them.  The wry look was funny.  Damon shook his head at Stefan getting trapped, but told him, he'd find a way and he'd get him out.  And Damon will, even if takes a 100 years, he'll figure something out.   Stefan makes Damon promise to look after and protect Elena, to despell the moonstone and do whatever it takes.  It's not necessary to extract that promise, Damon would anyway, but you can see the understanding flicker between the brothers.

Stefan wants Damon with Elena if he can't be there.

Fine by me!

And that's a wrap -- Stefan is trapped with Katherine in the tomb, Matt wants Caroline,  Tyler and Caroline are bonding, Bonnie and Jeremy are off for now and Luka may have words for Miss Bennett at some point, Elijah seems to have more up his sleeve than just turning Elena over to Klaus and it's all on Damon to keep the "team" together and save Elena...and a full moon is coming.

By the Light of the Moon Preview

Tyler and Caroline Clip

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Okay, as Damon would say,  "Purge. Get it off your chest."   What did you think of The Sacrifice?