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Monday, April 16, 2012

Celebrate with Lavinia Lewis


This week I'm celebrating 50,000 hits on my blog with giveaways, prizes and fun. Lavinia Lewis is giving away a copy of two of her books, read below to find out more. Leave a comment and we'll pick on Thursday!


Thanks so much for having me here today Sara and congratulations on the huge 50,000 hits on your blog!
Okay, so I’ve been reading M/M romance for a few years now and although I read pretty much everything, one of my favourite themes is paranormal romance, particularly shifters and vampires. I’m not sure why exactly, but I love the fantasy element. I love the idea that there could be more to the world we live in than meets the eye - that friends, family and neighbours etc could be more than they seem and hiding a deep dark secret from us. That passion for the sub-genre is the reason I started creating my own paranormal world.
In just a couple of weeks’ book five in my Shifters Haven series will be released and I’m really excited about it. Nate’s Deputy is my favourite book in the series so far. Of course every book we write has its own significance to us. Luke’s Surprise will always be special to me because it was the first book I ever completed and the first published, but I’d like to think I’ve learnt a lot since the beginning and I’ve tried to incorporate that knowledge into Nate’s Deputy. It’s different to the others.
The previous books in the series follow the basic ‘rules’ if there is such a thing of shifter romances. Each couple meet and instantly recognise the mating bond and although there are difficulties faced, they cannot resist the pull of the bond. They cannot turn their back on destiny. But the last thing any writer wants is to be formulaic – to write the same story over again. Not only is that boring for the reader, it is boring for us to write. So when I started writing Nate’s Deputy I took a long, hard look at the other books in the series to see what I could do differently. I wanted something that set it apart from the rest – that made it stand out. I’d like to think I achieved what I set out to do, but of course that is for the readers to decide. My only hope is that everyone that reads it gets as much enjoyment out of it as I got from writing it.
Leave a comment on the post to win a copy of both the last book in the series Aaron’s Awakening and an advance copy of Nate’s Deputy which will be released on April 30th.



The Blurb:-
Werewolf Nate Stanford is riddled with guilt over his brother Rick’s death…so much so that when he meets his mate—Deputy Sheriff Jared Ambrose—he rejects him, believing he is not good enough for Jared and not worthy of being loved. The only thing that matters to him is buying his childhood home in honour of his brother’s memory.
     Since their father died, Jared Ambrose has taken on responsibility for his younger brother, whose drinking binges are constantly getting him into trouble. Jared’s only hope of saving his brother is finding them a place they can call home. Jared wants to make Sheriff, but believes he’ll never be elected if the residents of his new town find out he is gay. When he realises Nate is his mate, he knows it’s not possible for them to be together.
     But trouble in their small town and unrest in the supernatural council force them together and make them question their decisions. Can these two stubborn men conquer their demons and overcome all obstacles to carve out a life together?

Excerpt:-
“Nate. You got a minute?”
Nate stopped in his tracks. The sound of Jared’s voice sent chills through his body. He didn’t turn around to look at him…he couldn’t. Jared’s voice was all business and although Nate didn’t want any type of relationship with the wolf, it was only because he didn’t want to hurt him. He knew he wasn’t good enough for Jared. The man could do better than him. But from the tone of his voice, Nate could tell the wolf had his own reasons for not wanting anything to do with him and Nate was about to hear them. He wasn’t sure he was ready for that, but he supposed there was no time like the present.
“Pete? Would you mind leaving us alone for a minute?”
Pete opened his mouth to object but he must have seen something in Nate’s eyes that changed his mind because he closed his mouth quickly and gave a sharp nod of his head.
“Sure. The first aid kit is behind the bar. I’ll be outside. Holler if you need anything.”
Nate nodded his agreement and silently watched his friend walk out of the bar. He still couldn’t meet Jared’s gaze. He walked across the room, avoiding the smashed glass on the floor, and retrieved the first aid kit. Placing it on the counter, he clicked open the lock. While he was rooting around in the box, Jared crossed the room and stood in front of the bar.
“How are you doing?”
Nate curled his fingers around a bottle of antiseptic lotion and squeezed.
“I’m quite sure you didn’t follow me in here to discuss my health.”
He finally looked up and met Jared’s gaze. His stomach lurched and his breath caught in his chest. Jared had to be the most handsome man he’d ever set eyes on, but the deep creases in his forehead and the tight set to his lips made Nate wince.
“You’re right, I didn’t. Look, nobody here in town knows about my preference and I’d like to keep it that way.”
“Your preference?” Nate queried, although he thought he already had a good idea what Jared was talking about.
“For men,” the deputy confirmed.
Nate scoffed. “You make it sound like a choice rather than something you’re born as.”
“I didn’t mean… I…” Jared sighed and his shoulders slumped forward. He scrubbed a hand down his face. “It’s just, I don’t have time to start anything right now. I want to make sheriff and if people know I’m gay, I can forget about that, and then there’s my brother, Tristan—he depends on me… I can’t—”
Nate had heard enough. He raised a hand to silence Jared and at once the wolf stopped talking and waited to hear what he had to say.
“You don’t have to say any more. I’m not in the market for a mate myself, as it happens.”
Jared’s mouth opened in surprise. “You’re not?”
“No.”
“Right, well, that’s great then. Uh…yeah, great.” Jared nodded his head and turned to leave.
“Jared?”
Jared paused then looked over his shoulder. “Yeah?”
“About the fight, it wasn’t Tristan’s fault. Thought you should know the kid wasn’t the one to start the trouble.”
Jared nodded. “Thanks, appreciate that.”
Nate watched Jared’s retreating form with regret. He was sure he’d done the right thing, so why did he feel like he’d just made the biggest fucking mistake of his life? It didn’t matter anyway. Jared had made his stance perfectly clear. Seemed neither of them were in the right place to start a relationship, mates or not. It might hurt like hell to ignore their bond but it wouldn’t kill him…at least, he didn’t think it would. Nate had never heard of a wolf rejecting their mate before. Why would they?

You can find out more about me and my work at http://lavinialewis.com/ or http://lavinialewisuk.blogspot.co.uk/?zx=f570ccffb2b37dd and if you’d like to purchase a copy of Nate’s Deputy you can find it at my publishers here http://www.total-e-bound.com/product.asp?strParents=&CAT_ID=&P_ID=1643



7 comments:

Oh My Gigi! said...

I can't wait to read this one it sounds awesome, please count me in

LaviniaLewis said...

Thanks so much for having me here Sara!

Thanks to Oh My Gigi for you comment in interest in the book. Best of luck!

K-lee Klein said...

I love this series. Can't wait for the new one.
:)
K-lee

Erica Pike said...

OMG! Two alphas. Already drooling. Please count me in ^.^

eripike at gmail dot com

LaviniaLewis said...

Thanks for your interest K-Lee and Erica. You're both in the running!

Yvette said...

This is one of my favorite series. I adored the first book and absolutely loved Luke and Mark...can not wait for Nate's Deputy and more to come.
Yvette
yratpatrol@aol.com

LaviniaLewis said...

Aww thank you Yvette! I'm so glad you're enjoying the series. You've been entered into the competition. Best of luck!