Erin Quinn and THE FIVE DEATHS OF ROXANNE LOVE with giveaway

Throughout history, reapers have been portrayed with images of skeletal, hooded beings with wicked scythes, long boney fingers and vengeful demeanors.  Pretty much the opposite of sexy.

Needless to say, the reaper in The Five Deaths of Roxanne Love is not that.  The Angel of Death who comes to reap Roxanne Love is a sentient being who feels he’s been cheated by her one too many times.  Roxanne is a miracle, you see.  She has died and been brought back three times in her life so far.  On the eve of her fourth death, the reaper decides that the only way to make sure she stays dead this time, is to come in person and do the deed himself.

He uses Santo Castillo—a grief-stricken police detective about to put an end to his own life to accomplish the task.  The Reaper delivers Santo’s soul to its next destination, but he keeps the body for himself.  Impersonating the detective, the Reaper tracks down Roxanne.  But when he finds her, he discovers the task at hand is not so easy.  Now he has emotions to deal with and once he comes face-to-face with Roxanne, those emotions tell him to help her, not kill her.

Now nothing is clear for Santo.  Is he a man or is he an agent of death playing dress up?  Can he trust the emotions he’s never felt before?  Or should he deny everything he feels?

Here’s a little taste of the dilemmas this reaper faces:

He’d crossed from the Beyond, breaking the laws of the Otherworld to experience her death on both planes. He’d fantasized about it, waiting impatiently for the call that her time had arrived once again.

His plan had been simple. Fire for them both. End it all with flames that would destroy her human body at the same time it devoured the one he’d taken. It was easy. Clean. Irrevocable.

So why didn’t he act?

Was it because he’d seen her now with human vision that discerned detail and dimension he’d never known as a reaper? Vision that perceived nuance and sensitivity? He’d watched the easy grace of her movements. Gazed spellbound at the way the light played off her creamy skin, glinted in the golds and rich browns of her hair. He’d caught her scent and it had twisted something inside him, making him want more.

Then she’d looked into his eyes and he’d felt . . .alive.

“Fuck,” he muttered, liking the vulgar way the human word rolled off his tongue.

It made no sense, the knot of rage and uncertainty lodged just beneath his breastbone. Human emotions as invasive as a strangling vine. As dreaded as a reaper at a wedding.

Carefully, he settled Roxanne in the passenger seat of the vehicle, then shrugged out of his jacket and pulled it around her. She’d be cold when she came back.

He circled Santo’s vehicle and got in on the other side. Gripping the steering wheel, he flexed his muscles, fighting the urge to strike out at something, anything.

In those first few hours after he’d taken the human, he’d felt trapped by the awkward form, but now the flesh and bone he’d stolen no longer felt heavy and cumbersome. It felt strong, powerful. A finely tuned machine of muscle and will.

Yet he was helpless to do anything but wait as he battled his doubt.

I hope you enjoyed this excerpt and decide to take the journey with Roxanne and Santo!

Erin is giving away a digital backlist title, winner’s choice, to one (1) lucky commenter!  Sounds like Santo/Reaper~Agent of Death does have a problem.  What do you think of taking a figure like a Reaper and making them a hero?   I’m all for it myself…giveaway ends @12am est 9-1-13 with the winner announced shortly thereafter.

Erin Quinn is an award winning author who writes romance for the thinking reader. Her books have been called “riveting,” “brilliantly plotted” and “beautifully written” and have won, placed or showed in the Booksellers Best, WILLA Award for Historical fiction, the Orange Rose, Readers Crown, Golden Quill, Best Books, and Award of Excellence. Go to www.erinquinnbooks.com for more information or follow Erin on Facebook or Twitter.

WELCOME TO THE MISTS….Erin Quinn

The Mists of Ireland series takes readers to Ireland to meet the families MacGrath and Ballagh.  For eons these two families have been entwined in love, jealousy and the mysticism surrounding an ancient tome called the Book of Fennore.  Entrenched in lore and superstition, this ancient Book wreaks havoc on humanity—but when it falls into the hands of the MacGraths and Ballaghs, it ignites powers within them that make them its most formidable enemy.

Haunting Embrace, the final book in the Mists of Ireland series, is a time-travel love story that spans centuries and reveals the secrets behind the Book of Fennore’s creation.  Áedán Brady—once known as Brandubh, (pronounced Brawn-doov) the most powerful druid of all time—has been trapped in the Book for millennia until Meaghan Ballagh enters his life and sets him free.  Meaghan is an empath who sees beyond the front Áedán presents to the honorable man he once was.  She believes that man still exists, though Áedán himself refuses to even admit to being human anymore.  While Áedán fights to hide the vulnerability Meaghan’s perceptions reveal, he discovers hidden depths inside Meaghan as well.  Her blood runs hot and inflames him.  The more he knows about her, the more he wants to know.  But then he senses the soul of another woman lurking beneath Meaghan’s skin…a woman who betrayed Áedán centuries ago and cursed him to spend eternity in the Book of Fennore.

Now Áedán must decide if love and trust are stronger than fear and revenge or he will everything, including the one woman who was meant to be his.

Watch the Haunting Embrace book trailer:  http://youtu.be/P0SilhfbJmk

Here’s a brief excerpt of a crucial moment when Áedán begins to put it all together.

Meaghan’s eyes widened as Áedán lowered his mouth to hers, but she didn’t turn away, nor did she push him away. He felt the pending rush of fate slam into him as his lips touched hers. Thoughts of the stolen moments on the cliffs that afternoon had all but consumed him. He’d craved the sensation of her arms clinging tight, the softness of her breasts crushed against the wall of his chest, her hips pressed to his. . . .

Now he felt like an anchored ship whipped by a storm that refused to let it idle securely at bay. He ripped free in a powerful surge, back­ing her to the wall, needing that solid surface to keep from hurling himself out to sea.

The eye of the storm was within him, the fury of it all around. It uprooted his convictions, his resentments, his foundation. For a thousand years, he’d loved Elan, despite her betrayal, despite her condemnation. For a thousand years, he’d hated her, bitterly tar­nished every memory, purposefully corroded every recollection until what he felt was a mordant collage of distorted untruths.

Meaghan made a soft sound that was so heartbreakingly familiar, so longed for, so desired that it made his knees buckle. She kissed him back with desperation, begging him with her lips to make Mickey and all the terror he represented go away. Áedán tried, even though he feared it might be futile.

He realized then that she might have once been the woman of his past, the woman who had destroyed him, but she was something else now. She was more . . . and less. Better . . . and worse. Different. Ex­citingly fresh, startlingly distinctive. She might flash glimpses of Elan’s eyes, but her scent, her lips . . . her kiss. Everything about Meaghan was unique.

Erin Quinn is an award winning author. Her books have been called “riveting,” “brilliantly plotted” and “beautifully written” and have won, placed or showed in the Booksellers Best, WILLA Award for Historical fiction, the Orange Rose, Readers Crown, Golden Quill, Best Books,  and Award of Excellence. Book four in her Mists of Ireland series, HAUNTING EMBRACE released October 4, 2011.  Also look for A Touch of Twilight—a Halloween anthology (excerpt) featuring Erin Quinn, Calista Fox, and Mary Leo

Thanks for stopping by to see me today!  Have you heard about my Spread the Word contest?  (Click for details).   For more information about me and my books, go to www.erinquinnbooks.com .  I’d also love to give away an autographed copy of Haunting Warrior, the second book in the Mists of Ireland series to one lucky commenter…so talk to me!

Contest open until 10-14-11

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THE HAUNTING ERIN QUINN & A GIVEAWAY!

Hey Erin, thank you so much for being with us today at Manic Readers.

Are you all refreshed now after escaping to Hawaii?  It’s so beautiful there…

Alas, Hawaii came and went way too fast.  We did have a wonderful time but it was so hard to leave paradise though!

I confess I’ve never read Erin Grady but I love the Erin Quinn Haunting series and will more than likely look for the EG books.

Why the different names?  Because the books are so different?

The decision to use a different name for the Haunting Series came from my publisher.  Erin Grady books are set in the USA and Erin Quinn (so far) in Ireland.  Although my very first novel, WEB OF SMOKE, was a mystery, my other two were paranormal.  If you like my Erin Quinn books, I think you’ll like my Erin Grady books too.

Do you have a writing schedule or do you go with the flow of inspiration?

I have a very strict (and tight) writing schedule.  I’m not fortunate enough to be a full time writer—at least not yet—so I still have a day job.  I work full-time, but I have a 4 day work week, so I have one weekday and then weekends to get my books written.  There’s just not enough brainpower left in me at the end of my workday to write so I have to make do with those 3 days and I have to be diligent and focused when I’m wearing my writer’s hat.  J

Are you in control or do your characters take over to tell their story?

Hmm, that one is hard to answer.  I don’t ever try to BE in control when I write.  I usually have an idea of where I’m going, but I don’t have a set way I intend to get there.  I am often surprised, however, at what my characters say and do.  I have a small child in one of my books that I didn’t even know existed until my heroine scooped her up and out of danger.  She ended up being a major player in the story though.

It’s little details and information like that that fascinates me no end.

Some authors write characters based on people they know and love.  Do you do that?   Are they an amalgamation of people you know or have met or their own unique selves?

A very wise author once told me not to write what I know but write what I want to know.  I create people I’d like to meet.  Especially my heroes—I don’t try to create the perfect man, but I do try to create the perfect man for my heroine.  J

Good advice!  They all match so wonderfully too so for me, you’ve succeeded there.

Did the Haunting series come to you all of a piece or bits that you had to flesh out?  It’s such an intricate story arc I’m curious as to how it came to be.

Nothing ever comes to me in one piece.  I wish I was one of those authors who had the whole picture in my head before I started.  You would be amazed at some of the critical pieces I didn’t know going into this series.  One of the pivotal facts about Sean (hero of the first Haunting Book, HAUNTING BEAUTY) was unknown to me until I was ½ way through the first draft of the book.  (The BIG one about him if you’ve read it.)

I have and that never ceases to amaze me, the myriad paths creativity takes.  I love these tidbits of info about the whole process…

Can you tell us a bit about HAUNTING DESIRE and HAUNTING UNNAMED, the final two books in the series?

I love the concept of life going full circle.  I think I’ve been enthralled with this idea in all of my books.  HAUNTING DESIRE picks up where HAUNTING WARRIOR ends and tells Tiarnan’s story.  You met Tiarnan in Warrior and so you know he had a really rough ride through that book.  In HAUNTING DESIRE, he gets his chance for redemption, but of course there is a price.

HAUNTING UNNAMED brings the series back to its roots and, in typical fashion for me, ends at the beginning.  J  That’s all I can say about that right now.

See, now I’m gonna be trying to figure that out, “ends at the beginning.”   Should keep me busy & then I get to see if I was right or wrong when it’s finally realeased.  *S*

Are you still running the contest on your blog?  I’ve put my 2 cents in…couldn’t resist!

Yes I am.  I’ve picked one that I like best, but I haven’t sent them to my editor yet—I’m waiting for a couple of other things so I can send all at once.  As soon as she picks the one she likes best, I will post it!  (If you want to add your suggestions, it’s not too late.  Just stop by my blog: http://quinnessentials.blogspot.com/2010/06/writing-writing-writing.html and leave a suggestion.

I admit to being very partial to Bean.  Where does her character come from?

Bean is the exception to my rule—she’s based on a real life dog. My real life rescue dog.  She has issues and anyone who’s met her (real name, Buttercup) asks, “was Buttercup Bean?”  You can learn more about her on my website:  http://www.erinquinn.info/bean.htm She’s a crazy, freaky little dog.  But I do so love her.

Do you have anything in the works under EG?

Not at this time, but that’s just because I’m so darned busy trying to meet my next deadline.

Are you currently reading anything?

I read constantly and I read everything from historical to mystery to paranormal to urban fantasy.  My favorite Urban Fantasy lately is Ilona Andrews Magic Series.  Can’t wait for the next one.

Do you have any all-time favorite books?

Oh I have hundreds of them!  I couldn’t even begin to make a list.

Anything special you care to share with us?

I’d just like to say how much I appreciate the support of people like you, Ivy.  You can’t know how exciting it is to get a top review and when I read yours on Manic Readers, I was happy dancing all over.  Thank you.

I’m tickled I inspired a happy dance  *G*…I honestly loved HAUNTING BEAUTY & HAUNTING WARRIOR but especially HAUNTING WARRIOR……something about it just really got to me.

I love talking to readers—I’m on FB (http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Erin-Quinn/139495670625), I blog and I talk to readers groups.  Hope some of your readers will stop by and say hi.  You can email from the contact form on my site— www.erinquinnbooks.com where you’ll also find contest information.  J

Erin hon, thanks again for taking the time to be with Manic Readers today..I’ve really enjoyed it!

Ivy, thanks so much for inviting me.  I’d love to do a giveaway.  Autographed copy of  ECHOES, WHISPERS, HAUNTING BEAUTY OR HAUNTING WARRIOR—Reader’s choice of one for a randomly chosen meaningful comment.  J

Have a great day!

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