Cocktails and Books loved Dark – 4 stars!

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Cocktails and Books loved DARK (Stronghold #1)!

This book is just so rich.  The characters are well developed and have real chemistry.  Greyson and Eva have a connection that is palpable…and it’s VERY sexy.  The background characters are also outstanding.  They don’t just take up space and are important to the story.  There is action, a mystery to solve, and political intrigue too.  There is also a bit of humor, and I really enjoy a book that makes me laugh along with all the awesome smexytimes.

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buy links – Evernight – Amazon – BookStrand – ARe – Smashwords – iTunes/Bookstore

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Erotic Romance (MF), May/Dec, New Adult, Rubenesque, Sci-Fi, Paranormal, Suspense
Word Count: 38,070
Heat Level 3
Published By: Evernight Publishing

Click here to read an excerpt.

Greyson Dark doesn’t like strangers in his territory.

Eva Waverley doesn’t like being told to keep out.

After her father’s suicide, hiking is the only thing that makes the bullying in Eva’s new school bearable. When Greyson rescues her from a tumble, she falls for him despite his autocratic demeanor. She’s leaving for college soon—what does it matter if she crushes on a man everyone else fears?

Greyson suspects Eva is his true mate, but duty demands he remain aloof. She doesn’t know he’s a long-lived Sentry, sworn to protect Earth from the Spiders, an ancient alien menace. When she leaves for college, he’s relieved, but four years later she comes back, all grown up and more gorgeous than ever.

Greyson can’t afford to care for a mortal woman, no matter how compelling. Hackers are attacking Stronghold, the Sentries’ net, and Spiders are swarming beyond the moon, but when Eva is attacked, he discovers he can’t just let her die…

Be Warned: anal sex.

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Evernight’s Birthday Bash Blog Hop! #prizes #giveaway

 

The Birthday Bash Blog Hop is now over! My winner has been picked!

Thank you all so much for stopping by and commenting on my first kiss excerpt. I love you all! Your responses were awesome!!!!!

I’m so sorry I couldn’t respond to each of you in the comments—this past week has been crazy in real life (illnesses, ER visits, vet visits, barf, poop, broken cars, etc. Seriously. CRAZY.)

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Roll out the Red Carpet ~ Evernight celebrates four years of publishing!

Join authors, bloggers and reviewers as we take a RED CARPET tour featuring Evernight’s smart and sexy books. Slip on your virtual stilettos and walk the red carpet of award winning titles, spectacular reviews, and paparazzi style interviews.

Be sure to visit every stop on the tour where you can enter for a chance to win great prizes, including a new eReader, gift certificates, swag, books and much more!

Now I turn the spotlight on my smart and sexy book…

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DARK is book one of my Stronghold Series. It features Greyson Dark, a Sentry, and the girl he can’t resist, Eva Waverley. She’s had a rough life, but she won’t let Greyson’s gruff crankiness bring her down.

The Sentries are territorial, guarded, and relentless in their duty to defend humanity from a secret, deadly menace. In order to remain vigilant, these semi-immortal men must remain aloof and solitary. No one, not even their true mate, will distract them from their mission to protect Earth from annihilation…

The next book in the series, DUSK, is coming soon from Evernight!

DARK is an Amazon Bestseller, BookStrand Bestseller, and an All Romance eBooks Bestseller!

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What are people saying about DARK? –>

Manic Readers gave it FOUR stars!

“I found myself just as fascinated by Greyson as Eva was. He was strong but silent, grouchy but sensitive, not to mention smokin’ hot.”

The Romance Reviews gave it FOUR stars!

“The book is fast-paced, easy to follow, with a great conflict and it left me wanting more.”

Readers loved it:

“I really enjoyed this fascinating romance! It was well written with a great blend of romance, science fiction and action!”

“YAY, great read…can’t wait for the other books in this series.”

Answer my question in the comment section for a chance to win (be sure to include your email address):

GRAND PRIZES:

  • Your choice of an Amazon Kindle Fire HD or Kobo Arc 7
  • $100 Amazon GC
  • $50 Evernight GC

ERIN M. LEAF’S BLOG PRIZE:

  • $20 Amazon gift card AND an eBook copy of DARK. Read the excerpt below and answer my question to win!

First Kiss Excerpt from DARK:

“Eva.”

She stopped and took a deep breath, staring at the ground. When she looked up, there he was. Dark. Handsome. Totally unapproachable. It suddenly occurred to her that they’d never introduced themselves. She’d spoken with him more than a dozen times now, and she didn’t know his name. He shouldn’t know hers. “How did you know my name?” she asked.

Instead of answering, he strode forward.

She fought not to step back as her breath caught. She struggled to keep her hands still. She shoved down her attraction for him. He’d never given her the slightest indication that he felt the same. She shouldn’t be doing this to herself, anyway. He had to be at least twenty years older than she was, or more. And she was leaving. It’s just a stupid crush, she told herself.

“I have something for you,” he said, voice low and rumbly.

“I came to say goodbye, but you weren’t here,” she forced out past her frantically beating heart. He’d come close enough for her to feel the warmth radiating off his body. He smelled fresh and musky, like a pine forest just after a hard rain.

“I know.” He touched her cheek lightly, then pulled something out of his pocket.

Eva looked down. His ring lay nestled in his palm with a silver chain strung through it.

“Here.” He undid the clasp, then slid the chain around her neck. “Don’t ever take this off.”

Eva licked her lips, twisting her hands together so they wouldn’t tremble and betray her nerves. “What are you doing?”

“This will keep you safe.”

The chain was long enough to slide down her shirt between her breasts. It tickled.

“I don’t understand,” she said thickly. He’d left his fingers against her neck. She couldn’t breathe with him this close. He felt like a storm: dark and overwhelming. She wanted him, badly, not matter how much he might hurt her.

“Don’t take it off,” he repeated, then he cupped her cheeks with both hands, tilting her face up.

Whoa, she thought, when she finally deciphered the complicated look on his face. He was attracted to her. Shy, overweight, screwed-up Eva. How was this possible? As she tried to understand this miracle, he moved in and lightly touched his lips to hers.

Eva held her breath for a split-second, then her hands drifted up to his biceps and she held on for dear life. He deepened the kiss, tongue sliding inside her mouth. Eva shuddered. He tasted like mint. He felt like danger. He gathered her close and kissed her harder, teeth nicking the outside of her lips. Eva didn’t care. When he finally lifted his head, she thought maybe she was dreaming, but the taste of blood in her mouth told her otherwise.

“Stay safe,” he murmured, then backed away.

Eva touched her lips. “Wait!”

He paused, dark eyes glittering in the deepening twilight.

“I don’t even know your name,” she whispered.

He looked at her, face harsh. “My name is Greyson.” He touched his finger to the outside corner of his eye, then nodded and backed away.

As before, he abruptly disappeared into the forest before she could say another word.

Question: If you were Eva, why would you let Greyson kiss you in the woods when he’s been so gruff with you?

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The Romance Reviews loved Dark (Stronghold) – 4 stars!

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Dark (Stronghold #1) received 4 stars from The Romance Reviews!

The book is fast-paced, easy to follow, with a great conflict and it left me wanting more. The world Ms. Leaf has created is very interesting.

Read the rest of the review.

buy links – Evernight – Amazon – BookStrand – ARe – Smashwords – iTunes/iBooks

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Erotic Romance (MF), May/Dec, New Adult, Rubenesque, Sci-Fi, Paranormal, Suspense
Word Count: 38,070
Heat Level 3
Published By: Evernight Publishing

Click here to read an excerpt.

Greyson Dark doesn’t like strangers in his territory.

Eva Waverley doesn’t like being told to keep out.

After her father’s suicide, hiking is the only thing that makes the bullying in Eva’s new school bearable. When Greyson rescues her from a tumble, she falls for him despite his autocratic demeanor. She’s leaving for college soon—what does it matter if she crushes on a man everyone else fears?

Greyson suspects Eva is his true mate, but duty demands he remain aloof. She doesn’t know he’s a long-lived Sentry, sworn to protect Earth from the Spiders, an ancient alien menace. When she leaves for college, he’s relieved, but four years later she comes back, all grown up and more gorgeous than ever.

Greyson can’t afford to care for a mortal woman, no matter how compelling. Hackers are attacking Stronghold, the Sentries’ net, and Spiders are swarming beyond the moon, but when Eva is attacked, he discovers he can’t just let her die…

Be Warned: anal sex.

 

BookStrand bestseller!

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Virtual Book Tour is done! – DARK (Stronghold)

Thank you  for participating in my virtual book tour for DARK (Stronghold #1). My giveaway winner received her Amazon gift card (hope you have fun with it, Victoria) and everyone was so nice and welcoming.

What’s next?

I’m writing the second book of Stronghold: DUSK. This is Solomon and Lucy’s story. 😀

buy links for DARK – Evernight – Amazon – BookStrand – ARe – Smashwords – iTunes/iBooks –  Barnes & Noble

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I had a virtual book tour for DARK!

Thanks to Bridging the Gap Promotions for the awesome graphics and hard work. Krista, you’re the best!

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Erotic Romance (MF), May/Dec, New Adult, Rubenesque, Sci-Fi, Paranormal, Suspense
Word Count: 38,070
Heat Level 3
Published By: Evernight Publishing

Click here to read an excerpt.

Greyson Dark doesn’t like strangers in his territory.

Eva Waverley doesn’t like being told to keep out.

After her father’s suicide, hiking is the only thing that makes the bullying in Eva’s new school bearable. When Greyson rescues her from a tumble, she falls for him despite his autocratic demeanor. She’s leaving for college soon—what does it matter if she crushes on a man everyone else fears?

Greyson suspects Eva is his true mate, but duty demands he remain aloof. She doesn’t know he’s a long-lived Sentry, sworn to protect Earth from the Spiders, an ancient alien menace. When she leaves for college, he’s relieved, but four years later she comes back, all grown up and more gorgeous than ever.

Greyson can’t afford to care for a mortal woman, no matter how compelling. Hackers are attacking Stronghold, the Sentries’ net, and Spiders are swarming beyond the moon, but when Eva is attacked, he discovers he can’t just let her die…

 

BookStrand bestseller!

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Character interview – Greyson from Dark (Stronghold #1)

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As part of my blog tour for Dark, I thought you might enjoy this character interview with Greyson Dark, the Sentry:

1. How did you first meet your writer?

I heard a strange noise in my woods. When I finally tracked it down, I found a woman typing furiously on her laptop under a tree. A bug was crawling up her leg, but she didn’t even notice. The sound of the keyboard drove me crazy until I got her to stop and go back to her house. The noise isn’t as irritating when she’s behind closed doors.

2. Did you ever think that your life would end up being in a book?

No. Not a chance. As a Sentry, my duty is to protect Earth. I never imagined anyone would want to read about me. It’s still very disconcerting, but Eva tells me that I must suck it up. Public relations, and all that.

3. What are your favorite scenes in your book: the action, the dialog or the romance?

A true hero doesn’t kiss and tell.

4. Do you infiltrate your writer’s dreams?

Well, yes. It’s only fair. All that typing, for weeks and weeks was enough to make me lose my mind. I couldn’t sleep until she finally typed The End. She deserves to have me stomping around in her head, if only for a night or two.

5. What do you like to do when you are not being actively read somewhere?

I turn back into a pumpkin.

6. What is your least favorite characteristic your writer has attributed to you?

She tells me I’m cranky. I’m not. Ask anyone. I prefer to think of myself as goal-oriented.

7. Do have any secret aspirations that your author doesn’t know about?

To get her to stop writing me into her damn sequels. She can write about my brothers all she wants, but why do I have to appear in those novels, too?

8. What do you do for a living?

I protect Earth from the alien Spiders.

9. What do you wear when you go to sleep?

People wear things for sleeping? Why would anyone do that?

10. What turns you on?

Eva.

11. What turns you off?

Eva’s mother.

 

buy links – Evernight – Amazon – BookStrand – ARe – Smashwords – iTunes/iBooks –  Barnes & Noble

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Erotic Romance (MF), May/Dec, New Adult, Rubenesque, Sci-Fi, Paranormal, Suspense
Word Count: 38,070
Heat Level 3
Published By: Evernight Publishing

Click here to read an excerpt.

Greyson Dark doesn’t like strangers in his territory.

Eva Waverley doesn’t like being told to keep out.

After her father’s suicide, hiking is the only thing that makes the bullying in Eva’s new school bearable. When Greyson rescues her from a tumble, she falls for him despite his autocratic demeanor. She’s leaving for college soon—what does it matter if she crushes on a man everyone else fears?

Greyson suspects Eva is his true mate, but duty demands he remain aloof. She doesn’t know he’s a long-lived Sentry, sworn to protect Earth from the Spiders, an ancient alien menace. When she leaves for college, he’s relieved, but four years later she comes back, all grown up and more gorgeous than ever.

Greyson can’t afford to care for a mortal woman, no matter how compelling. Hackers are attacking Stronghold, the Sentries’ net, and Spiders are swarming beyond the moon, but when Eva is attacked, he discovers he can’t just let her die…

Be Warned: anal sex.

 

BookStrand bestseller!

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What are people saying about Dark?

Manic Readers

Rating: 4 stars!

Dark by Erin M. Leaf is first in the Stronghold series. I found myself just as fascinated by Greyson as Eva was. He was strong but silent, grouchy but sensitive, not to mention smokin’ hot. Seeing the pain his father suffered at the loss of his mate has made not only Greyson but his brothers determined to remain alone. However, Eva isn’t willing to let Greyson make the choice for her, her childhood crush has grown into something much more substantial and she will fight for a chance. Learning just what Greyson is protecting Earth from, leaves her down but not out, and I could do nothing but respect her willingness to make a stand even if it may cost her more than she can afford to lose.

I thought Ms. Leaf gave us a wonderful new series. I thought the book was well written complete with a feisty female lead. I enjoyed her interaction with Greyson and found myself rooting for her success. I am so looking forward to seeing what Ms. Leaf has in store for Greyson’s brothers.

Reviewer: Titania

Hello: Dalene’s Book Reviews! – DARK (Stronghold) #giveaway #VBT

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I’m having a virtual book tour for DARK!

Today I’m at  – Dalene’s Book Reviews – Review/spotlight

Want to know what someone else thinks of DARK? Wonder no more. A review is waiting for you (click the link), along with a $25 Amazon gift card giveaway!

 

Click here to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway!

 

Thanks to Bridging the Gap Promotions for the awesome graphics and hard work. Krista, you’re the best!

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Erotic Romance (MF), May/Dec, New Adult, Rubenesque, Sci-Fi, Paranormal, Suspense
Word Count: 38,070
Heat Level 3
Published By: Evernight Publishing

Click here to read an excerpt.

Greyson Dark doesn’t like strangers in his territory.

Eva Waverley doesn’t like being told to keep out.

After her father’s suicide, hiking is the only thing that makes the bullying in Eva’s new school bearable. When Greyson rescues her from a tumble, she falls for him despite his autocratic demeanor. She’s leaving for college soon—what does it matter if she crushes on a man everyone else fears?

Greyson suspects Eva is his true mate, but duty demands he remain aloof. She doesn’t know he’s a long-lived Sentry, sworn to protect Earth from the Spiders, an ancient alien menace. When she leaves for college, he’s relieved, but four years later she comes back, all grown up and more gorgeous than ever.

Greyson can’t afford to care for a mortal woman, no matter how compelling. Hackers are attacking Stronghold, the Sentries’ net, and Spiders are swarming beyond the moon, but when Eva is attacked, he discovers he can’t just let her die…

 

BookStrand bestseller!

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Hello: Lusty Penguin! – DARK (Stronghold) #giveaway #VBT

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I’m having a virtual book tour for DARK!

Today I’m at  – Lusty Penguin  – Guest Post

Want to know about the multiverse inside my head? Wonder no more. The answer to everything is waiting for you… (click the link), along with a $25 Amazon gift card giveaway!

 

Click here to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway!

 

Thanks to Bridging the Gap Promotions for the awesome graphics and hard work. Krista, you’re the best!

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  epeditorsesal1s

Erotic Romance (MF), May/Dec, New Adult, Rubenesque, Sci-Fi, Paranormal, Suspense
Word Count: 38,070
Heat Level 3
Published By: Evernight Publishing

Click here to read an excerpt.

Greyson Dark doesn’t like strangers in his territory.

Eva Waverley doesn’t like being told to keep out.

After her father’s suicide, hiking is the only thing that makes the bullying in Eva’s new school bearable. When Greyson rescues her from a tumble, she falls for him despite his autocratic demeanor. She’s leaving for college soon—what does it matter if she crushes on a man everyone else fears?

Greyson suspects Eva is his true mate, but duty demands he remain aloof. She doesn’t know he’s a long-lived Sentry, sworn to protect Earth from the Spiders, an ancient alien menace. When she leaves for college, he’s relieved, but four years later she comes back, all grown up and more gorgeous than ever.

Greyson can’t afford to care for a mortal woman, no matter how compelling. Hackers are attacking Stronghold, the Sentries’ net, and Spiders are swarming beyond the moon, but when Eva is attacked, he discovers he can’t just let her die…

 

BookStrand bestseller!

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