Guest Post: The West of Want Preview & Prizes Event by Laura Kaye + Giveaway

Filed in Giveaways , Guest Post , Laura Kaye , The Geeky Lover Posted on April 10, 2012 @ 7:00 am 27 comments

We are very happy to welcome Laura Kaye here at Book Lovers Inc today. She has great news to share about her next release West of Want and she also brought a great giveaway along with a bunch of chance to win great prizes. Please give Laura a warm welcome. 

Happy WEST OF WANT Preview & Prizes Event, everyone! Today, April 10, was the original release date for Book 2 in my Hearts of the Anemoi series, West of Want. And then some really cool things happened: my publisher, Entangled Publishing, signed a huge deal with the nation’s biggest book distributor, which means for the first time ever, my books will be shelved in brick-and-mortar bookstores. And then, West of Want received a very nice pre-sales estimate by the booksellers and Barnes and Nobles bought it for all their stores nationwide (and it got bought for airports, too—squee!). The only bad news in this whole scenario was this: the release date got pushed back, by three LONG months! LOL So, I thought I’d celebrate the original release date with a preview of the book and a big contest, and give you a small taste to whet your appetite until the actual release date arrives.

“Laura Kaye’s captivating writing and vibrant world-building will have readers hooked on the gods of the Anemoi. WEST OF WANT is steamy, spellbinding, and a must-read for all romance fantasy fans.”

~Elisabeth Naughton, author of the Eternal Guardians series

Forty sites are celebrating with me today, and there are different posts at those different sites. To see the whole list of participants, click here. Now, without further ado, here’s the book blurb and one of four different never-before-seen excerpts from the book available for you to enjoy:


Betrayal is all he’s ever known, but in her, he’ll find a love strong enough to be trusted…

When Marcella Raines’ twin brother dies, she honors his request to be buried at sea, never expecting the violent storm that swamps her boat. Though she’s gravely injured–and still emotionally damaged from her recent divorce–Ella fights to survive.

Zephyros Martius is the Supreme God of the West Wind and Spring, but being the strongest Anemoi hasn’t protected him from betrayal and loss. Worse, he’s sure his brother Eurus is behind it. When Zeph’s heartbreak whips up a storm that shipwrecks a human, his guilt forces him to save her.

Ella is drawn to the vulnerability Zeph hides beneath his otherworldly masculinity and ancient blue eyes. And her honesty, empathy, and unique, calming influence leave Zeph wanting…everything. When Eurus threatens Ella, she and Zeph struggle to let go of the past, defend their future, and embrace what they most want–a love that can be trusted.


Ella was down the rabbit hole. No doubt about it. A beautiful and presumably gifted man with impossible powers. A miracle healing. Some sort of fraternal feud that had apparently put the crosshairs of a curse on her back.

And the weirdest thing? It all felt real. The oddness was as exhilarating as it was frightening. But she was going with it, for now. After all, he’d eased her pain, healed her injuries, and offered his protection against his own brother—what more would a man have to do to earn her faith? So, she believed Zephyros, believed in him. She just hoped she didn’t live to regret putting her faith in him. But at some point, she had to listen to her gut again, start trusting it.

Not everyone was Craig.

She returned the scissors to the counter, pushed them far from the edge. Everything looked like a mishap waiting to happen, now. She had no idea how someone could make you have bad luck, but something had to explain how she’d tripped and almost fallen, busted her toe, burned herself, and cut her hand, all in the past fifteen minutes.

She whirled on Zeph. “So, will you do this cleansing?”

He studied her face. “Perhaps you would like to hear what it entails first?”

Ella released a shallow breath. “Okay.” She shifted feet. “What do I—”

“You must be in water, and I must bathe you.” Ella gaped. “First in a salt bath, and then I must rinse you off in the shower.”

She scoffed. “Oh, that’s all?”

Pre-order West of Want on Amazon | B&N

So, what d’ya think? Want more Zephyros and Ella? Visit more participating sites to read all the excerpts, meet the characters, see the the West of Want romance trading cards, and enter to win! Thanks for reading! July 10 can’t get here soon enough for me! *grins*

~Laura Kaye

“Using ancient winter mythology as an allegory for grief, Kaye has written a sexy story that packs a powerful emotional punch. NORTH OF NEED is pure winter magic and Kaye’s sparkling talent warms the heart.”

~Stephanie Draven, author of the Mythica series about multi-award-winning Book 1 in the Anemoi series, North of Need

About Laura Kaye:

Voted Breakout Author of the Year in the 2011 GraveTells Readers’ Choice Awards, Laura is a bestselling and award-winning author paranormal and contemporary romance. Hearts in Darkness is the EPIC eBook Award Winnerfor Best Novella, Forever Freed won the NJRW Golden Leaf Award for Best Paranormal of 2011, and North of Need, the first book in the Hearts of the Anemoi series, was named GraveTells’ Best Book of 2011 and won their 5-STAR Gold Heart Award, and won Sizzling Hot Read of the Year at Sizzling Hot Books. Laura lives in Maryland with her husband, two daughters, and cute-but-bad dog, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.

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Book Lovers Inc Only Giveaway:

One commenter from each participating blog site will win a West of Want bookmark and the romance trading cards for North of Need and West of Want.

Simply comment on this post to enter to win.

Giveaway ends on May 10, 2012 and  we will announce the winner on Sunday.

Open to international.

Event Wide Giveaway:

Seven participants who enter through the Rafflecopter form will win gift cards from winners’ choice of Amazon or B&N valued between $15 and $100!

Those prize winners will be announced on West of Want’s release day, July 10, 2012.

As a special thank you to those who have pre-ordered the print West of Want through Amazon or B&N, you’ll receive extra entries – just enter your order confirmation number on the appropriate Rafflecopter line.

Pre-orders are hugely important for an author because they determine how many books bookstores will actually stock and they count toward an author’s first-week sales which is when most authors have their best chance to hit the big bestseller lists. However, pre-orders/purchases are not required to enter. Commenting is the only required entry.

All Giveaways open to international.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

About Susi

Susi is a geeky vegetarian from Gemany. She just finished university and now works as a civil engineer in steel construction. Besides her reading addiction she also knits like a maniac while listening to audiobooks. Susi also blogs at the Secret HEA Society.

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  • aurian April 10, 2012 at 9:58 am

    Wow, this sure sounds great ! I want to read this !Thanks for the chance to win a lovely bookmark 🙂 Books I can buy, bookmarks not 😉

  • sienny April 10, 2012 at 10:06 am

    everytime i read an excerpt for this one, i want more zeph 🙂

  • Laura Kaye April 10, 2012 at 10:52 am

    Thanks for the great comments, guys! @Aurian – I really appreciate knowing you enjoy bookmarks! I always wonder which things I do readers most appreciate! 🙂 @sienny – I’m really loving all your comments everywhere! Glad Zeph is getting under your skin! He has that way about him…

    Thanks to Book Lovers Inc for hosting me today! Woot!

  • Justine April 10, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    I love springtime blooms, especially when the trees are awash in white or pink. I also like bright yellow daffodils and tulips.

  • Rebecca April 10, 2012 at 1:09 pm

    can’t wait to read this.

  • Shadow April 10, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    Congrats on your book and thank you for the awesome giveaways! You book sounds great!! Wishing you all the best!

  • Amy peppers April 10, 2012 at 1:25 pm

    I want to read this so bad! He looks so hott. It seems like it will be a great story that I will read over and over lol (: thanks! (:

    • Laura Kaye April 18, 2012 at 11:17 pm

      Woot! Love this, Amy! Thanks!

  • Viki S. April 10, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    I’m looking forward to Zeph ;). Thank you and Congratulations!

  • Filia Oktarina April 10, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    in my country, we don’t have spring, but i like see springtime blooms from tv. I’m looking forward to read story Zeph. Thanks for giveaway!!
    filiafantasy at gmail dot com

  • Laurie April 10, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    I love the longer days, more sunlight, flowers and warm weather! Thanks for the giveway! lfacchini(at)tampabay(dot)rr(dot)com

  • Irene Jackson April 10, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    Spring flowers have always been my favourites. I love tulips and daffodils. Looking forward to the release date!

  • elaing8 April 10, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    Book sounds great.Thanks for sharing an excerpt and for the giveaway.Love the cover 🙂

  • MJB April 10, 2012 at 9:47 pm

    I love everything about spring, except for these damn allergies!!!

    • Laura Kaye April 18, 2012 at 11:18 pm

      Oh, yeah, that’s me too! Ah-choo! LOL

  • Mel Bourn April 10, 2012 at 10:48 pm

    Thanks for the giveaway. I am finding so many blogs that I didn’t know were here. I love new discoverys.

    Congrats Laura!!

    bournmelissa at hotmail dot com

    • Laura Kaye April 18, 2012 at 11:18 pm

      That’s awesome, Mel! Enjoy!

  • Laura Kaye April 10, 2012 at 11:07 pm

    Oh, me too, MJB! But it’s always so uplifting when things turn green and the weather warms! Mostly makes up for the sneezing! LOL

    Really enjoying all your comments everyone! Thank you!

  • Tamsyn April 14, 2012 at 10:17 am

    Great post and wonderful giveaway. I love spring because it heralds the cherry blossom season. It is one of Nature’s wonders and this year is no exception!

  • donnas April 15, 2012 at 10:27 pm

    Congrats on the release! I like the warmer weather without it being really hot yet the most about spring.

  • Dovile April 16, 2012 at 2:12 pm

    Congrats on the release and thank you!

  • Laura Kaye April 18, 2012 at 11:18 pm

    Thank you for all the fun comments, guys! I’m really enjoying reading them! Good luck to you all!

  • Z April 19, 2012 at 3:01 pm

    I love the warming temps…I think I’m like a lizard…need the warm sunlight. I love the smaell of the flowers and they make the world brighter after the cold winter.
    Congratualtions on the presales and on getting into the airports.

  • Krista April 20, 2012 at 10:06 am

    I love the flowers.

  • miki April 23, 2012 at 5:22 am

    i love the flowers and the birds singing

    all the best

  • Laura Kaye May 9, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    Thanks for all the comments everyone! You rock!

  • Lynn K May 10, 2012 at 6:49 am

    The weather, mostly. Of course, the awesome new books released in spring is also a plus. 🙂

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