Friday, October 28, 2011

Bewithching Halloween Blog Hop

Hi, Y'all,
This year, I'm participating in Drea Becraft's Bewithching Halloween Blog Hop, along with a whole slew of talented authors! I'm excited about doing this, it's my first hop. Gee, I hope I'm good at it, LOL.

Here's an excerpt from Embrace the Night, my latest in the PHOENIX Files paranormal romance series. It's the first meeting between the hero and heroine, John and Tatiana.

Approaching Dr. Black's office, he found the doors open. Just as he'd expected, the doctor faced a rear window, with only the back of his leather chair beyond that ridiculously large desk visible.

"Thank you for coming, Agent Groves," the deep, booming voice emanated from the chair. "Enjoying this lovely weather?"

John scoffed. "Sure." He removed his fedora. "So, what's the mission?"

"Hold on now, speedy. You'll find that out when your partner gets here."

After his cross county trek, he found himself a little annoyed that his partner hadn't already arrived. "Well, where is he?"

A female voice answered from behind him. "I'm right here, and I hope you can tell I'm not a he."

He spun around in the direction of the sound, and saw her standing there. She was statuesque, nearly matching his own six feet four inches in height. She wore some sort of spandex workout gear, shaded red, that clung to her lithe, shapely body like a second skin. Her dark hair, streaked with red, clung to the sides of her bronze face as is she'd been sweating. Her flushed appearance was strangely appealing.

She raised an eyebrow, folded graceful arms across her chest. "Are you gonna just stand there gawking at me, or introduce yourself?"

Right away, John decided he did not care for her attitude or her mouth, regardless of her loveliness. Annoyed, he approached her, stuck out his big hand. "I'm John Groves."

She shook his hand with a firm grip. "I'm Lieutenant Tatiana Yates. Nice to meet you, Agent Groves."

He could feel his eyes widening. Did she say lieutenant? They expect me to follow orders from a woman? Doing his level best to hide his surprise, he responded in kind. Then he and his shapely superior both stood near Dr. Black's desk.

She announced, "We're ready to be briefed, sir."

"Good, because there have been some strange happenings at the museum of history," Dr. Black began. "Artifacts seem to be getting up and removing themselves from the premises."

John snickered. "It's more than likely a fader," he said, shaking his head. Faders, with their powers of invisibility, were often caught doing things they shouldn't, simply because they thought they could get away with it.

Tatiana looked thoughtful. "If things are being taken, and it's not an inside job..."

"It's definitely not an inside job," Dr. Black interjected. "It's not even a human job. Whoever is doing this doesn't always use doors or windows to enter the building. I've seen the security footage."

She clapped her hands once, loudly. "This isn't an ordinary fader, then. It's got to be a sublimer, since they can pass through solid objects."

So, she's already figured out the case. Why does she need me along? John cleared his throat. "Do we have any leads, Doctor?"

"Not at the moment, but we've set up surveillance at the museum."

"We don't need leads," Tatiana said, eyes lit up like the fourth of July. "I know exactly where to start."

He watched as she produced a tiny cell phone from her armband and punched a number into the keypad. “Who are you calling? Don't we need to get going?”

She didn't answer, but held out her open palm, effectively dismissing him. “Marcelo, where are you? Mmm Hmm. I'll meet you there in 45. I'll be needing your help on a case. Okay. Bye.”

He rolled his eyes. God, she's rude.

Ending the call, she turned to him again. “Alright, let's go.”

Sparks are gonna fly, as you can see. I hope you'll check out Embrace the Night in print, Kindle or Nook Version.

Anyway, participation in this hop means a prize. Don't you just love free stuff? I'm offering a "swag pack" to one lucky reader, that will include a copy of Darkness Rising, bookmarks, a 2012 calendar, magnet, and pen. Pretty sweet, huh? To qualify for the prize, sign up as a follower for this blog. Want an extra entry? Like either, or both of my Facebook author pages between now and Monday, October 31. My Kianna Alexander page is here, my Alexandra Kane page is here. That's a total of three chance to win, my friends! So get on the good foot, as they say.

Also, I hope you'll check out the bevy of talented authors participating in the hop, by clicking on the image in this post. I'll update you Tuesday on the winner. Good luck, y'all!


Friday, October 21, 2011

Contest News! in Partnership with Author Island...

Alexandra Kane is celebrating her brand new release EMBRACE THE NIGHT, the second book in her sexy paranormal series The Phoenix Files with a great new contest and offering up a fantastic prize package - an autographed print copy DARKNESS RISING - the first book in The Phoenix Files, along with a glass beaded jewelry set, calendar, and bookmarks!

The Phoenix Files Book Two

John Groves is a professor of World History in Raleigh by day. But outside the world of academia, he uses his special talents as a telekinetic to fight crime as a member of PHOENIX.

Tatiana Yates owns a beauty shop in downtown Durham. After leaving the hot curlers and shampoo bowl behind, she releases the tigress within, running free in the forests around RTP. And ripping the bad guys a new one as a seasoned PHOENIX operative.

When the two are paired together to solve the mysterious disappearance of priceless artifacts from the North Carolina's Museum of History, can they fight their fiery attraction long enough to get the job done?


WIN - To get your name in the hat for Alexandra's great prize package, head to Alexandra Kane's Website to find out what other name she writes as and the title of her book under that name. Email your answers to AuthorIsland at, along with your mailing address. Get your name in the hat a second time by leaving a comment on Alexandra's Blog with which of her three releases you're most interested in and why. A winner will be drawn on November 21st - Good luck!

Monday, October 10, 2011

A Full Weekend: Plus PHOENIX Files News!

Hi, Y'all,
Through the magic of technology, I managed to be in two places at once this weekend. First, I was with the wonderful folks over at the Coffee Thoughts blog, giving a little bit of info on myself and my books. I also joined an illustrious, talented group of authors at the Heart of Carolina Romance Writers signing this past Saturday, at the Sheraton RTP in Durham, NC (my hometown).
I'm happy to say I had an entourage of sorts: my parents, husband, children, uncle, and uncle's lady were along for the ride. I had lots of fun, as I always do when meeting the readers.I sold, signed, and chatted to my lil' hearts' content.
Anyway, I know you've read that I was on the fence about doing the next book in the PHOENIX Files series. Well, reader response to Embrace the Night has been very positive so far. I will definitely say that if sales do well, and reader feedback stays as good as it has been, then I'll plan for a spring 2012 release of the third PHOENIX Files book, "Midnight's Serenade." This will be the story of Marcelo, the Italian sorcerer, and Dr. Le'kisha Byrd, a dermatologist by day and succubus by night. The plot thickens from there....LOL.
My deepest thanks to those who came to the signing. If you couldn't make it, don't despair- you can get the books in print, Kindle, and Nook formats. If you'd like a package deal on the series (print or pdf), drop me a note at alexandrakane_1ATyahooDOTcom and I'll take care of you.
Thanks again for all your support!

Until Next Time,