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Thursday, October 31, 2013

Happy Halloween



Thank you to everyone who visited during the Haunted Open House Giveaway Blog Hop!

Congrats to Holly Letson! Watch your email for a $10 Starbucks e-gift certificate.

Have a safe and fun Halloween!

~Dawn Marie

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Sneak Peek Sunday - 'Sea Panther'



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Now, for the regularly scheduled post: Sneak Peek Sunday

Welcome to this week's Sneak Peek. In celebration of Halloween, here is an excerpt from the  manuscript for my paranormal novel, Sea Panther (2013 Golden Heart® finalist). Hope you enjoy this wee snippet!

Willy, the stalker, meets Robert's sister in the woods...


Sea Panther
 A Crimson Storm Novel

 
 
 
The woman's eyes changed color. Turned a frightening blood red.

Too late, Willy spotted her fangs. 

Vampire. 

He tried to pull away, but couldn't budge. 

She licked her lips, again, and leaned in close. 

He struggled, but couldn't move his limbs.
 
 

 
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~Dawn Marie

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Trick or Treat: Haunted Open House Giveaway Blog Hop

October 23-30 2013

 

Halloween is almost here. Yay!


I love all things fantasy and paranormal. Things that go bump in the night. Faeries and brownies. Vampires, shape shifters, and zombies. Oh, yeah!

In celebration of the season, I'm participating in the Haunted Open House Giveaway Blog Hop: hosted by paranormal author Nancy Gideon. So join us for a week-long Halloween party!

Hop along with us. Gift prizes along the way. I'm gifting a $10 Starbucks e-gift card to one lucky commenter.  Sound good? Read on down to the bottom of this post to learn how to get your name into the garden hat.



 
Shit. Late for work again.

The early morning California sun blinded. Sylvia slid into the cracked leather seat of her red MGB midget and her short black skirt rode up her thighs. With a sigh, she inserted the key into the ignition.

"Please start."

Click, click, click, click, click, vroom.

"Yes!"

She pulled out of the driveway and headed for the city.

With one hand on the wheel, she scratched the raised bite mark near the vein on her wrist and shuddered. That too familiar prickly sensation of eight tiny phantom legs crawled over her skin. Revulsion chills crept down her spine. She despised spiders.

Breathe, Sylvia. Breathe. She inhaled air deep into her lungs.
 
Entering the freeway, she zipped across the lanes to the left and sped with the traffic. Holy shit! Her worst nightmare crawled across the dashboard. She grabbed a used tissue from the passenger seat garbage pile and squashed the damn creepy crawly.

Her thigh itched like crazy. She swallowed hard and glanced down. A black widow skittered across her leg. Sylvia spun the wheel.

The crunch of metal was the final sound. She'd never be late for work again.
 
 
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Hope you liked that wee bit of Halloween flash fiction. Now for the giveaway...
 
Giveaway: $10 Starbucks e-gift certificate. Leave a comment on this post with the answer to two questions. 1) What is your favorite Halloween costume? 2) What  type of spider was in Sylvia's car? Be sure to include your email addy. Feeling shy? Email Dawn Marie at Dawn at DawnMarieHamilton dot com. Only comments answering both questions and including an email addy will be considered. One name will be pulled out of the garden hat on Halloween, Thursday October 31.
 
 
~Dawn Marie


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Sunday, October 20, 2013

Sneak Peek Sunday - 'Just Once in a Verra Blue Moon'

Welcome to this week's Sneak Peek. Here's another excerpt from the recently released Just Once in a Verra Blue Moon, the second novel in the Highland Gardens seriesScottish historical time travel romance with faeries. Hope you enjoy this wee snippet!

Finn continues with the fight, the trial of vigor...

Just Once in a Verra Blue Moon
A Highland Gardens Novel
Bk #2


Finn breathed deeply, dragging air into his lungs. Oxygen pumped through his veins.

He warded another blow, pushing forward as he did. Archibald stumbled, his chest heaving from the effort.  
 
Taking advantage, Finn released his left hand from the hilt of his sword and struck his opponent in the throat. Staggering backward, Archibald fell to one knee.
 
The crowd roared. Shock registered in the man’s eyes.
 
Finn dropped his sword and bent over, panting. Holy shit. He’d bested Archibald.
 
The other warriors pressed forward. Someone pounded Finn on the back, cheering him. His vision blurred. He thought he might lose his breakfast, pass out.

 

 
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~Dawn Marie


Sunday, October 13, 2013

Sneak Peek Sunday - 'Just Once in a Verra Blue Moon'

Welcome to this week's Sneak Peek. Here's another excerpt from the recently released Just Once in a Verra Blue Moon, the second novel in the Highland Gardens seriesScottish historical time travel romance with faeries. Hope you enjoy this wee snippet!

Elspeth arrives at the field, where Finn is proving his worth to her brother, the clan chief, with a trial of vigor...

Just Once in a Verra Blue Moon
A Highland Gardens Novel
Bk #2





“Bold attack. Near felled the chief.”

She rose onto the balls of her feet, trying to see, but a broad warrior blocked her view of the action. Each time he moved, flinging his arms with excitement, he forced her to weave in the opposite direction.

“Lady Elspeth. Here.” A young maid tugged her forward to the front of the ogling crowd.

Elspeth wasn’t prepared for the scene unfolding, or for the unexpected emotions raging through her. She stared, mesmerized, white knuckles pressed against her mouth, the ring of steel against steel grating along her spine. Fear leapt into her throat. With every move the men made she tasted her fright.

She prayed for Finn. Guilt brought heat to her cheeks. She never supported her brothers’ opponents.

Why now? Why this man?
 
 
 
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~Dawn Marie

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Sneak Peek Sunday - 'Just Once in a Verra Blue Moon'

Welcome to this week's Sneak Peek. Here's another excerpt from the recently released Just Once in a Verra Blue Moon, the second novel in the Highland Gardens series--Scottish historical time travel romance with faeries. Hope you enjoy this wee snippet!

Elspeth arrives at the field, where Finn is proving his worth to her brother, the clan chief, with a trial of vigor...

Just Once in a Verra Blue Moon
A Highland Gardens Novel
Bk #2



Elspeth ran to the edge of the grassy field still embarrassed from the teasing she received from Aine who’d caught her hanging out her bedchamber window in a most unladylike fashion. She smoothed the front of her wrinkled silver gown and tried to see through the growing crowd.

“Devil of a fighter for a MacIntyre.”

“Aye, the man can warm my bed on an eve.”

Did the guardsmen and servants discuss her stranger?

Hers?

She mustn’t think of him as belonging to her. Need she remind herself she would soon wed? She should return to the castle.

 
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~Dawn Marie