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Night’s Awakening by Donna Grant (book 2 in the Dark King’s Trilogy

Night’s Awakening

by Donna Grant

Book 2 in the Dark King’s Trilogy

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ISBN-13: 978-1466807440

Ebook Only

Dark Kings #2

August 28, 2012

Night’s Awakening ~

Meet the hero ~

Guy

Guy is wholly unprepared for his life to be shaken to its very core when he saves a woman who has trespassed onto their land and decided to go caving in their mountain. While everyone else is worried what she might have seen, Guy is more concerned with the way he can’t stay away from Elena or her very tempting lips.
Never once has he turned his back on his fellow Dragon Kings, but for Elena he would do anything just to keep her near him. Even if it meant going against everything it was to be a King.
Dragon Color:
Red
Power:
Erase Memories
Favored Region:
Desert

Night’s Awakening

Fueled by dragon magic, the dark immortal warriors were never meant to feel human desire, much less fall in love. But when Guy, a member of an ancient order of shape-shifting warriors, meets Elena Griffin—a mere mortal whose beauty and blind ambition shakes him to his core—all bets are off…
Having left America to explore the Scottish Highlands, Elena suddenly finds herself lost in a dark cave—alone, injured, and utterly hopeless…until Guy appears from out of nowhere. Is she dreaming her own rescue when she falls into his arms? A man—and a passion—this strong is too good to be true. It’s only a matter a time before she learns the truth about the flames in his heart. And the dragon in his soul…

Read a snippet from Night’s Awakening ~~

Guy looked at his friends and shook his head. There was no way he was getting out of going to look. As much as he’d rather be roaming the glens, he was going to be stuck for hours searching the many—and various—caves throughout their mountain.

A mountain that was in the middle of several thousand acres of land belonging solely to Dreagan Industries.
The more he thought about it, the angrier he got. He turned and looked at the narrow opening that led deeper into the mountain. They didn’t use it, because they had all the space they needed in the caverns at the front of the mountain, where the Dreagan mansion was built into it.
But others who desired to disappear to sleep for several thousands of years were known to venture farther in the mountain.
It wouldn’t be long now before it was Guy who had to make that journey and sleep. It was part of their existence, part of who they had become so many eons ago. It also helped to pass the ever slow amount of time he endured. Ever since they had sent the dragons out of the world and into another realm to be kept safe, he’d felt the loss of who he really was.
A dragon. Deadly. Huge.
Unbeatable.
Where once they roamed freely, ruled freely, now they hid who they were because the world couldn’t know that dragons truly did exist.
“Constantine needs to be told,” Guy said, thinking of their leader.
Rhys held up his iPhone and smiled. “Just texted him.”
“Let’s get going then,” Guy said and led the way into the cave. He wanted this over with quickly.

Be sure to check out more stops on Donna’s Dark King’s
Book Blurb Tour for more snippets!!
The Next Stop on the Tour is ~
Today’s prize will be a Kindle or Nook copy of Book 1 in
The Dark King’s trilogy, Dark Craving!

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Donna Grant has been praised for her “totally addictive” and “unique and sensual” stories. She’s the author of more than twenty novels spanning multiple genres of romance—Scottish Medieval, dark fantasy, time travel, paranormal, and erotic. Her latest acclaimed series, Dark Sword, features a thrilling combination of Druids, primeval gods, and immortal Highlanders who are dark, dangerous, and irresistible. She lives with her husband, two children, a dog, and three cats in Texas.
Learn more about Donna Grant and her books here —
http://zcrazyartist.blogspot.com
http://www.donnagrant.com/category/books/?series=dark-kings
The Dark Kings series is a spin off the Dark Warriors series and Dark Sword series.

http://www.donnagrant.com/dark-craving/

Dark Craving
Dark Kings #1
July 31, 2012

http://www.donnagrant.com/nights-awakening/

Night’s Awakening
Dark Kings #2
August 28, 2012

http://www.donnagrant.com/dawns-desire/

Dawn’s Desire
Dark Kings #3
September 25, 2012

Reviews

Conditional Offer by Liz Crowe – Review

Blurb:
 
Craig Robinson and Suzanne Baxter had no reason to meet, no real excuse to be friends. But when heart calls to heart…blood to blood…should two people who seem destined to be together heed the spin of Fate’s wheel?

Craig spent years floating through life on cruise control, using directionless jobs, his rock band, swimming, and a string of older women in his bed to smother feelings of loneliness and loss. He finally thought he had found his true love in one Sara Thornton — A sexy, beautiful, fellow real estate agent and mentor. But his self-doubt and innate sense of failure is only reinforced when he realizes her heart belongs to another man.

When Sara introduces him to Suzanne, a woman fighting her own demons from an abusive marriage and subsequent feelings of inadequacy and deep unhappiness, that simple, chance moment snaps Craig’s hazy existence into crystal-clear focus. A bond of instant physical attraction, nurtured by time and shared experience, and plenty of erotic energy, is born.

As Suzanne’s past continues to haunt her, making her push Craig away just as he thinks he’s getting closer, each of them must come to terms with their true selves and face their ultimate realities.

Review:

OMG!!  *sigh* This was a perfect novel.  Yes, perfection in every since of the word.  I have followed the Stewart series from the beginning and I am Team Jack but I always had a little piece of heart for Craig.  He did not disappoint me in the least.  Neither did Suzanne.  The pacing of Conditional Offer was great.  The book was paced out over a long period of time but in that time we get to know Craig and Suzanne.  What drives them to be together and what drives them to be apart at times.  This is an emotionally and truly character driven story.  Don’t skimp on the words.   Each word means something and brings the story to life.

Suzanne Baxter to me is the perfect heroine.  She’s flawed, vulnerable, sexy, smart, and knew in her heart that Craig is the one for her.  She didn’t pine for him, cry for him, use him or any of the other troupes that are there.  She’s real.  Her issues are real and heartfelt.  The relationship between Craig and Suzanne was a slow build but necessary for their relationship.  Don’t except the relationship to be smooth sailing either.  For me, their relationship was real; had real problems that kept them apart at times.  Sometimes for long periods of time.  It was frustrating at times but at least I didn’t throw my Nook. 

Craig grew up in Conditional Offer and for that I say AMEN!  The family dynamic with his sister in laws is priceless.  Loved the phone calls, online chats…the family that he had with his friends and the tight knit family at that.  Craig, in this reviewer’s eyes, was a better man than he had been portrayed in the previous books.  I will warn you, like everyone else, please read the other four books in the series.  Some of the scenes are replayed but in a different sense and I LOVED it.  Actually made for a richer story and now I want to go back and re-read them all over again.

As most know, I love books and most books get fairly high marked from me but when I said this novel was perfection, I meant it.  It had everything I love about a novel.  It wasn’t a fast read; it was truly character driven; the sex in the book was necessary at times but wasn’t used to get the reader’s attention for shock value; emotionally charged and the payoff in the end was a fist pumping, shouting AMEN and feeling as if I let go of my best friends to live their lives without me.  I will never forget the characters that I have read about over the last five books.  For this reader and fan of Liz Crowe’s, I feel as if I finally got the HEA that I was looking for everybody that I came to know and love.  Through all the trials, tribulations, tears (bring Kleenex, trust me), emotional gut wrenching years that Jack, Sara, Craig, Suzanne, Blake, Rob and Lila go through are so worth it in end.  I stayed up late to finish this book knowing that I would cry, wring my hands with worry that it wouldn’t work it out but it did.  To me, Harlie, that is a perfect book. 

5 Harlie’s and in the top 10 books of the year from Harlie




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Giveaways, Promo

The Pirates of Vampire Island by Phoenix and Lover Boy-Blog Barrage & Giveaway

Follow this barrage to enter the contest at each participating stop for a chance to win one of ten (10) Kindle/Nook copies of Phoenix’s historical fantasy novel, “A Whisper From Eden“. More entries = more chances to win!

Title: The Pirates of Vampire Island, A Paranormal Romantic Thriller

Series: Steamy Voyages, Series #1

Author: Phoenixand Lover Boy

Publisher: Self (Amazon and B&N)

Length: 61,700 words

Genres: Paranormal Romance (Adventure)

Heat Level: Sizzling

 

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BLURB:

Pretty Jane O’Doherty always chooses the wrong kind of guys. Her specialty seems to be guys who have serious flaws and who break her heart.

 

Her last breakup was a year ago and still she can hear his final words, “I’m sorry, Jane. I’ve found someone else.”

 

A 30-day cruise through the exotic Indonesian Islands with her best friend seems like the perfect distraction to mend her broken heart.

 

On board, she meets devastatingly gorgeous Nick, who attracts women in droves, including our lovely Jane.

 

And she meets Peter, who is the cute geek with puppy dog eyes. 

 

Will either one just lead to another broken heart?

 

Should she run the other way from them both and just enjoy the cruise?

 

But before Jane can decide, the ship is attacked by modern day pirates.

 

Unlike the pirates of old, these guys are vampires and are more interested in human treasure than gold and jewels.

 

They take over the ship and take twelve women hostage.

 

And the handsome pirate leader—with eerie chalk-white skin, and red eyes, is looking for a special prize. He wants a woman for his mate and queen . . . 

 

Jane catches his eye, but she, along with Nick and Peter, manage to escape in a lifeboat and onto the open sea.

 

They drift for fourteen days before finally finding an island.

 

But the fates are cruel, and their island turns out to be the home of the pirates and the lair of the Vampire.

 

The Pirates of Vampire Island is non-stop action . . . filled with adventure, suspense . . . and steamy romance.

 

EXCERPT #1:

Angry clouds rolled over the sparkling turquoise sea, transforming it into a lifeless slate grey.

 

Tucked in a small bay hidden from view, a black-market military sea craft modified for great speed waited silently. Ten men with chalk white skin and dressed in black sat tensed as the idle boat gently rose and fell with the small swells, their glowing red eyes intent on their quarry.

 

Through his binoculars, their six-foot-three leader studied a sleek cruise liner turning her mammoth bow to line up on the inter-island passage off the coast of Indonesia.

 

He turned to his crew. They watched as a small smile played across his handsome face, his red eyes shining bright.

 

He nodded. This was the right target. Once they boarded, the rich bounty they would gain would renew their powers.

 

The leader said only one word, “Midnight.”

 

EXCERPT #2:

A warm wind fanned my face. I watched the colorful flags wave in the breeze, as our sleek cruise ship, The Jakarta, cut through the Southeast Asian waters.

 

We had boarded the cruise in Bali. Yesterday, we stopped at Komodo Islandfor diving, sightseeing, and ogling the famous Komodo dragons. Now we were sailing due east through the Flores Sea. I was so looking forward to seeing some of the thousands of large and small islands, each exotic and mysterious, with strange creatures, amazing fish and birds, impenetrable rainforests, and people who still lived in the stone age.

 

The ship was a small luxury liner that held ninety passengers and a crew of thirty. And though the posh thirty-day cruise was a beacon for singles looking to be pampered, the main billing was its stops to scuba-dive off a few of the seventeen thousand islands of the Indonesian Archipelago – our ultimate destination the ForgottenIslands in the Banda Sea.

 

They would even teach us how to scuba for free; I had always wanted to learn. I tried it yesterday and was hooked.

 

I left the deck and went back to my cabin, which I shared with my best friend, Remy. She had dresses and shoes all over her bunk. I plopped down on mine and sighed.

 

“What’re you going to wear tonight?” she asked as she grabbed another dress and held it up to her, turning this way and that in front of the mirror.

 

“I don’t know. I don’t feel very social today. Maybe I’ll just order something and eat here. And read.”

 

“Which one?”

 

“Which one, what?” I asked.

 

“Dress … dress.”

 

“Oh yeah, dress. I like the red one on you. Looks great with your blonde hair.”

 

“Done.” She started hanging the other gowns. “Wasn’t that guy last night tasty?”

 

“Who? The one every girl’s eyes were glued to?”

 

“No. No. Who can be interested in a guy who attracts woman in packs? No, the one last night at dinner. With the green eyes and sweet smile. Zack.”

 

“Oh, yeah. Nice.” Actually, the guy who attracted every female on the ship had also attracted me. I had seen him by the pool with his ever-present fan club. The guy had it all. A classic Greek face, black curly hair, olive complexion – probably never visited by a zit. Fabulous build. He seemed to be charming the knickers off every young woman aboard. Maybe that’s what my bad mood’s about, I thought. Being attracted to the gorgeous guy started me thinking about Tony again – and the phrase that runs over and over in my head – “Jane, I’m sorry. But I’ve found someone else.”

 

I hadn’t been attracted to a man since my fiancé left me for another girl a year ago. You get burned, and you stay away from the stove.

 

I sighed. I had to stop this. I jumped off my bed. “I need to shake this off. How about a swim?

 

“Sure.”

 

EXCERPT #3:

As we approached the outdoor swimming pool on the top deck, I saw dark clouds threatening a storm. My hair was whipping in the wind. I shivered. Bad idea. But Remy was undaunted. She immediately ran and did a cannonball. As I stood wondering if I should just go back to the cabin, a waiter came up, a small, dark boy about sixteen, probably a native of the area. He wore a short white jacket with epaulets and black pants.

 

“Would you like a drink, mum?”

 

“How about a snow suit?” I laughed. “Just kidding. No, I’m good for now.” I surveyed the sunbathers and swimmers. There he was. As usual, he was surrounded by women. He was dressed in a simple white pullover sweater and tan slacks, but the cut and fabric screamed money. His luxurious, curly black hair whipped in the wind, making him look very unkempt, rugged, and nonchalant, as if fine grooming was so not important because he was stunningly handsome no matter what he wore or did.

 

“Excuse me, sir?” I said.

 

The waiter turned.

 

“What’s that guy’s name? The one with the black curly hair.”

 

“Nickolas Angelopoulos.” He stood for a moment. “Anything else I can help you with?”

 

“Nope. Thank you,” I said, not taking my eyes off the amazing-looking man.

 

“You’re gawking.”

 

I shook myself and looked down. Remy was hanging on the side of the pool. “Yeah, I guess I am.

 

Enough of that.

 

“I’m coming in.” I walked over to the diving board and performed a perfect dive. I had always been very athletic, and I knew my body showed it.

 

I swam several laps, trying not to look at this guy named Nickolas, and climbed out of the pool, dripping water, and squeezing it out of my thick mane. I shivered a little in the cool wind, and as I finished drying, I saw out of the corner of my eye that Nicholas was staring at me – well, at my chest anyway. I looked down to see that my nipples were perfectly erect through my black bikini. I quickly draped my towel around my shoulders so it covered my breasts and was suddenly looking for a quick way to exit.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

I was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, and grew up in California. I came from a long line of Americans who were pioneers and individualists. The family tree is filled with rugged people: rough coal miners, pioneers, and farmers living in log cabins in the early west. I wrote A Whisper from Eden, A Historical Fantasy, but like to write in several genres.

 

Lover Boy (aka my husband) was born and raised in Anaheim, California and wishes to remain anonymous because he doesn’t want anyone to know he likes to write romance novels. (Let’s keep his secret.)

 

We wrote THE PIRATES OF VAMPIRE ISLAND, A Paranormal Romantic Thriller (Steamy Voyages #1). And we are working the sequel to Steamy Voyages and a dystopian thriller, The Trash Pile People. We live in Hollywood with our ornery tomcat, Snickers.

 

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