Sunday, January 31, 2010

Sunday Snips & Clips: Heart, Hot and Heavy

Can you believe it's January 31st already? It feels like just yesterday we rolled the calendar forward to 2010 and now we are heading into the second month of the year. I have a lot of great things in store for you this February including three spectacular spotlight on interviews with three fabulous authors: Candace Havens, Carrie Vaughn and Nancy Holzner. And just to keep your February hot and spicy enough to chase away the winter chills, we have more than few other surprises to enjoy.

28 Days of the Heart
The Daily Dose is happy to participate in All Romance eBooks 28 Days of the Heart Tour. What is that? Well during the month of love, when everyone's attention is focused on matters of the heart, All Romance eBooks (ARe) is helping to fight the number one killer of women, heart disease, with their 28 Days of Heart campaign.


Beginning February 1, 2010, ARe, the digital bookseller that owns All Romance
(www.allromance.com) and OmniLit (www.omnilit.com), will release one new novella per day for twenty-eight consecutive days. All proceeds from the sale of these shorts,which will be offered exclusively on AllRomance.com and OmniLit.com as individual eBooks, will be donated to the American Heart Association.

The stories cover all the genres, from Gay to Interracial, Paranormal to Historical, Contemporary to Sci Fi. They were generously donated by both best selling and up-and coming authors from some of your favorite publishers including Kensington, Berkley, Pocket, St. Martin’s Press, Ellora’s Cave, Cerridwen, Samhain, Sapphire Blue Publishing, Total E Bound, Loose Id, Phaze, Liquid Silver, Torquere Press, Siren, Amber Quill and more!

The stories range between 10,000 and 20,000 words, so they are a perfect sweet (or more accurately spicy) Valentine treat. Each includes a forward by author Charlaine Harris (of True Blood fame) as a show of support for the charity the stories will benefit. Indulge yourself this year for Valentine's Day—enjoy one of each, and know you are helping a worthy cause at the same time.

All this month, the Daily Dose will offer vignettes, interviews and clips of these great works in dedication to a worthy cause and excellent stories. Be prepared to be wowed by some fantastic authors, pick up copies of their novellas and celebrate the heart even as you donate towards saving them. Among our list of great authors are:


  • Ellen Overthrow - February 4th

  • Mari Carr - February 5th

  • Marcia James - February 8th

  • Cat Johnson - February 9th

  • Tilly Greene - February 10th

  • Jackie Kessler - February 11th

  • Michele Hart - February 12th

  • Samantha Sommersby - February 15th

  • Kellyann Zuzulo - February 16th

  • Barbara Hancock - February 17th

  • Cornelia Amiri - February 18th

  • Leigh Ellwood - February 19th



February Hot Spots

If that's not enough for you this month, we're also featuring a few February Hot Spots with some awesome guest authors including Bianca D'Arc and Nikki Duncan. I'm thrilled to have both of these authors guesting this month as they share more about their new releases (including Nikki's fantabulous free short from Samhain this month). So be sure to keep an eye out for those!

Currently Reading: Kay Hooper – Blood Ties
Kay Hooper's most recent book release hit the stores last week and I finally got my hands on a copy. The Blood trilogy began two years ago in the book Blood Dreams continued last year in Blood Sins and will conclude in this year's Blood Ties. What makes this particular series unique is that it is a true trilogy set amongst her series of recurring SCU characters led by the enigmatic Bishop and his lovely wife Miranda. We've gotten to know all the characters over the years, particularly Hollis Templeton who was herself a victim in the novel Touching Evil.
I am tremendously excited to be reading this novel as we also get to visit once more with Quentin and Diana, two characters I absolutely fell in love with during Chill of Fear. The evil they are hunting appears to be connected to someone or something that is hunting the SCU. Will they finally be able to destroy this evil before it destroys them? Or is the cover of Blood Ties of Bishop's headstone with a bloody handprint on it a warning?

Vampire Diaries: Children of the Damned
The Vampire Diaries continues to be wildly entertaining as the action, mysteries and storylines ramp up to expose more secrets in the town of Mystic Falls. In the second episode of the season, Bonnie described the comet as a harbinger of death and destruction. She said after it passed overhead 145 years before, it spawned so much bloodshed that the town was left a hotbed of paranormal activity.

Viewers know that this was the time of Katherine, when she took Stefan and Damon as lovers and eventually led to her near destruction in the old Fell Church and subsequent entombment. Damon is not alone in his quest to free Katherine, other vampires in the town including Anna (Jeremy's friend) are also seeking a way to free Katherine and the twenty-some odd other vampires trapped with her. Who will win the race against time? What will happen when Katherine is freed? These are just some of the questions we have. Here's a great clip of this Thursday's episode: Children of the Damned.



Enjoy a Discount from ARe
By the way if you haven't had a chance to pick up my Prime Evil or Remembering Ashby, head over to ARe books this weekend with the discount code: SBTBARe1 to get 50% off. Remember that $.25 of every sale for Prime Evil is donated to the World Wildlife Fund. The 50% offer is good this weekend only, so take advantage of the code and pick up some fantastic eBooks while you're at it!

What are your plans to heat February?



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