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Smells like October

How the hell can we have 92 days left in 2013? God, when I started this year, I was looking down the barrel of several manuscripts to write and edit. Ten months later, nothing much has changed. In fact, I may have even more manuscripts to write and edit now. *laughs*

Anyway, it sure is nice to wake up to October. The air is cooler, Halloween is just around the corner, and I have a couple of sweet and scary things happening on the blog this month.

Because of my love for October, I thought, why not share this love with all of you with blogger features, the Superstition Game, and an awesome giveaway? *shakes head* As if I'm not busy enough, right? But, I've learned that the more I need to get done the more I end up accomplishing.

So, let's get this show on the road.

For the entire month, I will be alternating posts between the bloggers who answered my call for submissions (and we have awesome ones if I do say so myself) and choice posts on superstitions. If you have any superstition special requests, please add them to the comment section or tweet them to me @KateEvangelista and I'll put the post together for you.

First off, why not a game?

You all know my Superstition Game image, right? This one:


I want to test your common superstitions knowledge. From the image above, how many superstitions can you find? Place your answer in the comments section or tweet it to me @KateEvangelista. Those who get it right will win a mini-swag pack from me. And you know how good I am at putting those together. *winks*

After you make your guess, join my giveaway for this month. It will run until Halloween and will have four winners. Cross your fingers that it's you. I'd love to send you one of the prizes.

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Besides the $10 Amazon GC you can use to buy my books *wiggles eyebrows* here's what else you can win:

Pirate Booty


Sports Pack


Assorted Yummy-ness


Aren't they scary and sweet? Be one of the winners by entering today!

Call for Submissions Halloween 2013

Dear Bloggers,

We're coming up to my favorite month out of the year and I've been thinking. For the month of October, I usually have my Superstition Game. For this year, I want to change things up a bit.

When it comes to special times of the year (spring, summer, Halloween, Christmas...you get what I mean), blog hops and giveaways usually feature authors. In December, I have my 24 Days of Giveaways, which is exclusively for authors. I thought to myself, what about the bloggers?

So, as a tribute to the people who help authors get the word out there, I want to dedicate October to bloggers with a giveaway.

Don't worry, I have the giveaway covered. It will be sponsored by The Momager and myself.

What I'm calling for here are your reviews, dear bloggers!

I want to feature 15 reviews here on my blog for the month of October to alternate with my Superstition Game and coincide with the giveaway.

This is the theme: Scariest book I've ever reviewed.

This can be an old review or a new review, your choice. It can be YA, NA, Adult of any genre. So long as it's a book that freaked you out, scared the willies out of you, sent a chill down your spine, or just plain disturbed you, I want to feature it!

Here's what I'll need:

1. The review (of course!)
2. The book cover (and any accompanying images you want in the post)
3. Your blog button (only if you have one. No pressure)
4. Link to your blog
5. What you have in your About You section

That's it!

Please email everything to: evangelistakat (at) yahoo (dot) com

Only 15 slots are available, so this will be a first come first featured type of deal. Once the your review is up, I will send you the link so you can spread the word.

If you have any questions, please ask them in the comments section and I'll answer them right away. :-)

Come and celebrate the Halloween season with me!

Love,
Kate

Audible Addiction

Oh, God! You know you're addicted to something when you can't stop. I've been spending hours on Audible finding books I'd like to listen to.

But, wait, let me backtrack this story and give you the bigger picture.

My Audible Addiction began because there are certain books on Amazon that don't have freakin' Kindle editions. I don't know where this practice came from. I always thought that the big publishers would release Kindle copies of books they publish. There seems to be a growing trend, or maybe I just noticed it now, that there are books to be released or have been released that don't have Kindle copies. Maybe they're delaying the Kindle release? I just don't want to try and figure this out.

Well, anyway, there's this book I really wanted and I noticed that it comes free when you try the 30-Day membership trial at Audible. Since I already had the Audible app on my phone, I decided to take the plunge.

With my 30-Day trial set up, I redeemed the book I wanted pulse one more that I kept seeing around and thought interesting. Once I've downloaded the books, I thought to myself: I don't want to continue the free trial because after that they will begin charging me $14 a month to continue the membership. This is why the next day I canceled the free trial.

Then, something weird happened. As I listened to one of my free audio books and liked the experience, I began scanning the library at Audible and realized there are lots of books I've been wanting to read that might actually sound enjoyable to listen to. So I began adding them to my wishlist. As I did this, I noticed that the prices of the audio books were far higher without the membership than with. Plus, if you have credits, they are free.

I weighed my options and in one impulsive click, I suddenly purchased a one-year membership. After my debit card lost a fair chunk of change, I rubbed my face and stared at my twelve credits thinking: now I've done it. And. Oh, God. Oh, God. Oh, God!

Now, when I see books on Amazon that I want to buy, I check first if they have an Audible edition. There are times during my day when I have to wait for something and that's when I pull out my phone and start listening to my current Audible selection.

Let this post be a lesson to y'all, kiddies. Be careful what you get into. And. Any Audible books you'd like to recommend?


P.S.

I got an email from Audible letting me know if I spend 4 of my credits today they'd give me back $10. Of course you know what happened after that. Now I have a coupon I can spend at Audible for another book! Oi with the poodles already.

Cover Reveal: East of Ecstasy by Laura Kaye

Today, I have Laura Kaye taking over the blog. I love showcasing her work here, and with that said, I have a cool cover reveal for all of you today.

But first, let's get to know Laura Kaye a little bit:
 
Laura is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over a dozen books in paranormal and contemporary romance. Growing up, Laura’s large extended family believed in the supernatural, and family lore involving angels, ghosts, and evil-eye curses cemented in Laura a life-long fascination with storytelling and all things paranormal. She lives in Maryland with her husband, two daughters, and cute-but-bad dog, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.

Make sure to visit her: Website | Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Newsletter SignUp

East of Ecstasy is the final book in her award-winning Hearts of the Anemoi series. Here's what you need to know about it:

Annalise Fallston made peace with postponing her big-city dreams to care for her ill father, but lately she’s been filled with a restlessness not even her beloved painting dispels. Worse, the colors don’t speak to her as they always have, and all her efforts produce dark, foreboding images of a dangerous man and a terrifying future.

Devlin Eston, black-souled son of the evil Anemoi Eurus, is the only one who can thwart his father’s plan to overthrow the Supreme God of Wind and Storms. But first, Dev must master the unstable powers he’s been given. Distrusted and shunned by his own divine family, he never expected to find kindness and passion in the arms of a mortal.

But Devlin’s love puts Annalise in the path of a catastrophic storm, and in the final Armageddon showdown between the Anemoi and Eurus, sacrifices will be made, hearts broken, and lives changed forever…or lost.

Totally worth the read, right? Well, check out the cover:


Make sure to grab your copies at: Amazon | B&N | Book Depository

If you want to catch up with the rest of the series, these are the titles:
 
North of Need
West of Want
South of Surrender

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Here's a snippet for you:

“I thought you were good. That some part of you was good.”

In a blink of an eye, Balthazar stood right in front of her. Arianne yelped. He took her wrist and brought the tip of the knife to the center of his chest. With his other hand, he tilted her chin up so she could look into the white center of his black irises. His silver hair rained over his forehead, covering the crease that marred its usual smoothness.

“You think I’m the good guy?” he whispered. She continued trembling, worse now. He leaned down until his lips touched her ear. “I’m not.”

2 Days Left

Life caught up with me this week. I'd been bitten by a whole different type of busy bug. Don't you find pictures with an urn a little disturbing? Anyway, now that I'm winding down from everything, I realize it's exactly two days until the release of Unreap My Heart.

Watch out, ladies! Balthazar is coming.

Mark your calendars for Sept. 17, 2013!!!

To celebrate the coming release, and to tease all of you a little because I'm mean that way, I have a special excerpt for all of you.

Check. It. Out.

~*~

“I’m guessing you’re a regular here.”

Balthazar had his eyes closed when he answered, “Back in the day. All work and no play and all that. Solara’s not so bad, if you take away her tendency to eat her lovers.”

Arianne dropped the rose and blinked. Then she shrugged. “Can’t say I didn’t see that one coming. But you survived.”

“Only because I wasn’t stupid enough to stay the night. Niko, on the other hand…” Balthazar stopped suddenly, like he'd caught himself about to say something.

“Niko what?” Arianne’s voice grew very soft. Her chest deflated. When Balthazar didn’t say anything, she rephrased her question, “What about Niko?”

Balthazar opened one eye to look at her before he grimaced. “Slip of the tongue. Forget about it.”

Arianne rushed the couch and thumped Balthazar’s chest, completely forgetting he didn’t like to be touched.

“Don’t growl at me,” she said, but took a step back just in case. Those fangs did look like they could cause some serious hurt if they sank into her skin. “Just finish what you already started and I’ll shut up about it.”

Balthazar tsked before he closed his eyes again and settled back into the couch like he hadn’t been ready to pounce a second ago. He breathed in deeply then exhaled slowly. Arianne waited, twisting her fingers together.

“There are some things you’re better off not knowing, little girl,” he finally said.

“I’m not a little girl anymore, Balthazar. If it’s about Niko then I have the right to know.”

He opened his eyes and locked gazes with her. “No, actually you don’t.”

“I need to know.”

A shiver ran down Arianne’s back by the way he stared at her, like he was measuring her worth. She steeled herself. Whatever he had to say about Niko she would accept without judging. She promised herself that.

Balthazar moved his gaze from her to the ceiling before he closed his eyes again. “Niko frequented this place as much as I did. In fact, we even came together once in a while.”

Arianne’s heart fell into a heap in her stomach. Then she picked the poor thing up and put it back into her chest. She couldn’t judge. Niko was a guy. A Reaper who’d lived countless lifetimes. If he came here to…Arianne couldn’t let herself think about it.

“Don’t obsess, Arianne,” Balthazar said in a grumbly voice, like he forced himself to speak. “Niko’s done far worse things than be at a whorehouse…”

“What do you mean ‘worse things’?”

His lower lip jutted out. “I’d rather not say. If you think he’s a good guy, then maybe he is now. I haven’t seen him since I got banished to the Nethers. Maybe he’s changed.”

“Are you actually trying to comfort me, Balthazar?” Arianne put together her best “aww” face.

“Don’t get all mushy on me,” he barked, but his words didn’t have the same bite. “I’m more the bang ‘em then leave ‘em type.”

~*~

Need more Balthazar? 

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9:16pm

~Source~

Time. Something that keeps moving forward. A concept everyone knows but so few truly understand. We live our lives by it, counting down the seconds to...something: a new year, Christmas eve, a birthday. But nothing reminds us of time more than death. It is the ultimate full stop to things.

Some believe death is only the beginning. That eternal life awaits those who forever close their eyes. Others think there is nothing after death.

No matter what you believe, one thing remains true: Even in death we mark the time.

It's easy to forget the passage of time until someone no longer has time to pass. We take so much of this life for granted, time being chief among them.

Would it help if we knew when time finally stops for us?

I don't know.

I'm attending my second funeral this year tomorrow. Everyday I'm reminded of how fast time is flying. With each week that ends, with each chapter I write or book I complete, I'm reminded of the constant forward motion of time. Then I get a call that seems to stop time all together. I know that it only seems like time stops because reality is far different.

I stop to think of the finite things and the infinite things. Can they be all that different? Love can be finite and infinite. Death is the same. Time too.

I wonder, is it only through death where we can truly stop time? But the person who is no longer here may not have a concept of it anymore. Only those left behind still feel the passage of it. I'm not sure.

What I know is Mick and Keith wrote it best:

Yes, star crossed in pleasure the stream flows on by
Yes, as we're sated in leisure, we watch it fly yeh

And time waits for no one, and it won't wait for me 
And time waits for no one, and it won't wait for me 

Time can tear down a building or destroy a woman's face
Hours are like diamonds, don't let them waste

Time waits for one, no favours has he
Time waits for one, and he wont wait for me, yeh

Men, they build towers to the passing yes, to their fame everlasting
Here he comes chopping and reaping, hear him laugh at their cheating

And time waits for no man, and it won't wait for me
Yes, time waits for no one, and it won't wait for me

Drink in your summer, gather your corn
The dreams of the night time will vanish by dawn

And time waits for no one, and it won't wait for me
Time waits for no one, and it won't wait for me

No no no, not for me
nooo not for me...

Review Unreap My Heart

The release of Unreap My Heart is almost upon us. I'm so excited! 

And because of this excitement, I want to share with all of you that Review Copies of Unreap My Heart are being given out.

All you have to do is tweet @omnitraci 

Here's the info you need on UMH in case you haven't made up your mind yet:


Only a villain can save the day.

During his thousand year banishment in the Nethers, Balthazar thought of nothing but taking over the Crossroads from Death.

On the day he puts his plans into action, Balthazar finds the Crossroads on lockdown. Death has been stabbed by Brianne’s Bitterness, a blade that slowly leaches him of his powers. In order to challenge Death for his seat and prevent utter chaos, Balthazar is forced into a mission to find the Redeemer, the only being capable of pulling out the blade from Death’s chest. The only person who can identify the Redeemer is a human girl in the Crossroads whose soul is still attached to her body.

Meeting Arianne Wilson pushes Balthazar’s patience to the limit. In a deal he makes with Death, he must protect Arianne during their journey through the Underverse using all the resources available to him. He soon realizes the one he needs to protect is himself. For as much harm as it inflicts on Balthazar's body, trekking through the Underverse with Arianne is proving more dangerous for his heart and soul.

Can the villain remain a villain when love gets in the way?


Something Worth Sharing

I never think of myself as the selfish type. Maybe sometimes I can be. Many times I know I am. But during the days when I'm not--selfish, I mean--I love to share stuff with others.

When I visit Facebook, I scroll through my feed and find funny, inspiring, cool stuff. Then I share them on Twitter. Most of them are inspirational quotes. I've amassed quite a collection of them that they've become my rotating laptop wall. Every five minutes I get a new quote I can take courage and strength from.

One of those quotes is this:


I love it because it resonates with me as a writer. I feel joy in what I do and this quote gives me the courage to try something new, play with what I already know, and continue to do what I love.

Well, just before shutting down for the night, the quote above became my current wall. I thought to myself, who is Holley Gerth? So, I Googled her and found out she's a best-selling author and she has a blog with a lot of cool inspirational posts.

Personally, I think of myself more as a spiritual person rather than religious. But I do have utmost respect for people who strive to inspire others, who move them the way Holley does. That's why I wanted to share who she is with all of you. Go visit her blog. Maybe she might have something on there that can give you a lift when you need it.

Okay, signing off now.

A Post for a Prize

Peeps, lend me your eyeballs!

Reaping Me Softly is on SALE for $.99 in anticipation for the release of Unreap My Heart on Sept. 17.

Help me spread the word by creating a blog post about the sale and the coming release. In return, you get a chance to win one of these pretties:


or one of these


Ten lucky winners will be chosen.

This is international.

All you have to do is create the post and enter the Rafflecopter below:

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Ever since a near-death-experience on the operating table, seventeen-year-old Arianne Wilson can see dead people. Just as she's learned to accept her new-found talents, she discovers that the boy she's had a crush on since freshman year, Niko Clark, is a Reaper.

At last they have something in common, but that doesn't mean life is getting any easier. All while facing merciless bullying from the most powerful girl in school, Arianne's world is turned upside down after Niko accidentally reaps the soul of someone she loves. This sends them both into a spiral that threatens to end Arianne's life. But will Niko break his own Reaper's code to save her? And what would the consequences be if he did?

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