Tuesday, March 22, 2011

It Happened One Bite Giveaway with Lydia Dare

When we set out to create our Regency paranormal world, we were taxed with the job of deciding who would populate our world. In the beginning, we had a very normal (human) heroine, Lily. That’s our first book, A Certain Wolfish Charm. So, okay, we have humans in our world, we know that. Now what else do we have? Regency rakes already had a lot in common with the Lycans we had in mind, so that was a nice fit. They were privileged, growly men who usually were scoundrels by their very nature. So, our Regency Lycans were born. We decided that only our males could be Lycans, though females can pass on the Lycan trait and they also wear the same birthmark as a Lycan male. But only the Lycan males are driven by the power of the moon.

Then in our second book, one of our Lycans got a little broken. Who better to heal him than a Scottish witch? Our course, our Regency Lycans had no idea Scottish witches existed. And neither did we, until we sent Benjamin Westfield off to find a hook-nosed old woman who could heal everything that ailed him in Tall, Dark and Wolfish. Little did we know that beautiful Elspeth Campbell had replaced her mother as healer in a coven of five. Honestly, we had no idea until the coven sisters walked into the pages with their various talents, charms, and powers. And attitudes. Lots of attitude.

So, now we have a world populated with the average, everyday human, Lycans and Scottish witches. Our third book was a girl-next-door romance, where William Westfield finally has to atone for all of his sins before he can get anywhere with the woman he has loved from afar – way afar because she hates him. Way, way afar. But again, this book, The Wolf Next Door, was Lycans, a human lady and a little Scottish witch thrown in for some humor.

But at the end of this book, we had a side heroine everyone hated. Literally hated. In reviews, people even mentioned this side character as being spoiled and hateful. And we had the bad guy from The Wolf Next Door, Dashiel Thorpe, who was a Lycan and he needed so badly to be redeemed. So, spoiled little witch meets bad boy Lycan in The Taming of the Wolf. We didn’t plan this book ahead of time. It just happened.

But sparks don’t begin to fly until our fifth book, when a witch with said sparks beneath her fingertips encounters a man who has been locked in the dungeon of her family’s castle. He has been asleep for twenty years, she soon learns. But he’s more than two hundred and fifty years old. Onto our stage and into our Regency paranormal world walks our very first vampyre, the hero of It Happened one Bite. But he’s not alone. When he wakes, more than one vampyre come calling.

By this point, we have Lycans, witches and vampyres in our world. Vampyres seemed to be a fairly natural introduction, and indeed they bring a bit of history with them that’s a lot of fun to explore. James was saved from death and introduced to a life-after-death by a vampyre who we met in The Taming of the Wolf, although we’re not sure how many readers caught the reference. Lord Blodswell is a former knight in shining armor. And he began the circle of three vampyres who walk onto our pages and into our hearts. The third, vampyre, well, he’ll just have to remain a mystery at this point. But it’s someone we all know and love, who is changed when he chooses life-after-death over death.

Our Regency vampyres are gentlemen in their own rights, and are in fact so gentlemanly that they would never bite the neck of a woman to whom they have not been introduced. It’s tough being a vampyre and a gentleman, or so we hear. We’re eager to hear how much you like these new additions to our world. And hope you enjoy them as much as we did.

Here’s a question for you – what’s your favorite addition to the paranormal world? Dragons? Vamps? Lycans? Werecats? Or something else entirely?


He’s Lost, Trapped, Doomed for All Eternity…

Rich, titled and undead, gentleman vampire James Maitland, Lord Kettering, fears himself doomed to a cold and lonely existence—trapped for decades in an abandoned castle. Then, beautiful Scottish witch Blaire Lindsay arrives, and things begin to heat up considerably…
Unless He can Persuade Her to Set Him Free…

Feisty Blaire Lindsay laughs off the local gossip surrounding her mother’s ancestral home—stories of haunting cannot scare off this battle-born witch. But when she discovers the handsome prisoner in the bowels of the castle, Blaire has no idea that she has unleashed anything more than a man who sets her heart on fire…

The Dare Duo- Tammy and Jodie


Lydia Dare is the writing team of Tammy Falkner and Jodie Pearson. Both Tammy and Jodie are active members of the Heart of Carolina Romance Writers and live near Raleigh, North Carolina. Their next two books will also feature gentleman vampires: In the Heat of the Bite (July 2011) and Never Been Bit (September 2011)! For more information, please visit http://www.lydiadare.com/ .

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Sweet Vernal Zephyr said...

As a new to you reader, I must say that this is an awesome overview of your series! And in answer to your questions, Dragons are the best addition for me!

Thanks for a chance to win and have a great week.

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Heather S said...

I am so happy for this book! I have read all of the other Lyida Dare books and they are awesome! It is great not only to see a new paranormal world but one that takes place in Rengency England. Historial and Paranormal--The best of both worlds!

Can't wait to read this one!


SandyG265 said...

I have this on my TBR list. Thanks for the giveaway.

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Jen B. said...

I have seen your books on Amazon and have placed a couple on my wish list. Now, I have to read this series and check out your website. I love to find out how author's "grow" their worlds. Thanks for a great post and the great giveaway.
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Laurie (BittenbyParanormalRomance) said...

I have this in my huge pile too. Thanks for the giveaway.

I am going to be different and say Dinosaurs, I love Nina Bangs God of the Night. I like different every once in a while.

Andrea said...

I saw some of your books at Borders this weekend. I'm glad to know more about them and have added them to my TBR list.


Lydia Dare said...

Miranda ~ I have been trying to get Tammy to incorporate dragons for a few books now. Maybe your post will help me convince her. :)

Heather ~ Oh, thanks so much! That is so sweet of you. And our world is a pretty fun place for us to spend time in.

Sandy ~ Thanks!

Jen ~ I'm so glad you enjoyed the post. I hope you like the books as well. :)

Laurie ~ I would have never even thought of dinosaurs! Hmm...

Andrea ~ Thanks! I hope you enjoy them. :)

Erin Kelly said...

Yeah - you guys introduced me to paranormal like a frog to boiling water, lol. I had never read one before, and you started me off easy, with a human and her wolf. After that, your slowly upped the paranormal stakes until by the time the vampyres showed up, I was HOOKED!
Awesome series, ladies - keep up the great work!

Rena Rossner said...

This looks great! Would love to read it! renarosssner (at) gmail (dotcom)

Robin K said...

Fantastic! Please count me in as well.

robin [at] intensewhisper [dot] com

Petrina said...

I'll be printing this blog as a handy reference to the world of Lydia Dare. I've loved every one of your books, and hope to read many more in the future.

CrystalGB said...

Wow, your books sound great. I love paranormals. I think dragons, werewolves and shapeshifters are great additions.

Cybercliper said...

I love this writing duo - I get my paranormal and historical fix all in one setting not to mention the great romance!

I love my Vampires but I have a soft spot for the Fae - they're so cold they make the vamps look warm blooded - and the Fae can never think anyone likes them for themselves because of their powers - tortured, cold, beautiful with major trust issues - perfect hero material :-D annhonATaolDOTcom

Jane McCarthy Lefler said...

I'm going to say dragons is a good new addition. Each new path brings a new line to explore and new books are what I'm looking for.


Cindy L said...

The Westfield Brothers would love to have the new Vamp series on the shelf next to them!
I would love to see a story about a demon that has a conscience and the sweet heroine that has to help him find his soul. Oh wait. Maybe I should put that on my idea list!
Congrats ladies on the new series! I'm looking forward to reading it!


Stacie said...

I love your wolf stories so I am sure I will love your vampire series too! I really go back and forth between vampires & werewolves being my favorite paranormal creatures. In my opinion they are on the opposite ends of the spectrum. I feel vamps are more controlled and cerebral while weres are more emotional and passionate. Congratulations on your new release!

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Johanna R Jochum said...

This book looks so good! Regency and paranormal my favs! Could not get any better! I love Vamps, witches and fairy! Thanks for sharing!

Lydia Dare said...

Erin ~ Glad to know we hooked you. :)

Rena & Robin ~ Thanks, both of you.

Petrina ~ That's so sweet of you to say.

Crystal ~ Another vote for dragons. I'll get Tammy hooked eventually. :)

Cybercliper ~ I love the way you put that!

Jane ~ Another vote for dragons. Yay!!

Cindy ~ Great idea! I wanted to read more about it. :)

Stacie ~ Thanks! I hope you'll like our vamps as much as you did the wolves too. :)

Johanna ~ Thanks!

Danielle Gorman said...

I can't wait to read this book. It looks so good. It is so rare to find a book set in both the paranormal world and the regency era. Definitely on my wishlist.


Estella said...

This book is on my Wish List!

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Rosie said...

Oh, I love me some vamps, that's for sure. Especially the dark brooding ones. :-)

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booklover0226 said...

I've read some of Lydia's other works and loved them. I look forward in reading It Happened One Bite.

Tracey D
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BLHmistress said...

MY fave is Vamps but I am becoming fond of Lycans and Witches.

I love it combines my two fave genres as well.


Sandy Jay said...

This sounds really good. Count me in. Thanks for the giveaway.

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Mishel (P.S. I Love Books) said...

I featured this on one of my 'Waiting on Wednesday' posts a few weeks ago. I love the sound of it and I haven't had a chance to read Lydia's work yet. I think this would be an excellent point to start =)

Thanks so much for the giveaway,

mishtakes AT gmail DOT com

Risika said...

I love Lydia Dare's werewolves series. I'm looking forward to this new paranormal series from this awesome duo.


cait045 said...

I am so glad Lydia has a new series! Her other series is awesome so I have no doubt this one will be too.


Sharon S. said...

I lived the last 18 years in Cary, NC! We moved to the Triad last year :( Kernersville is *not Cary...I miss it so much. Would love to try this book.

Barbara E. said...

It Happened One Bite sounds like a fantastic book. I love the mix of historical and paranormal and I can't wait to read it.

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Stephanie said...

I have read other Lydia Dare books and love them. I cannot wait to read this new book. Thanks for the giveaway.

smccar1 at hotmail dot com

Leni said...

I'm looking forward to read what these authors have written in this book. It's on my list.


Carol L. said...

i love Were wolves and Vamps already so I'd say the addition of Fallen Angels is one I like. I can't wait to read your new Vampire series. Loved your Lycans. Look forward to reading It Happened One Bite. Great titles by the way.
Carol L

annalisa said...

Loved your Lycans and witches and am looking forward to reading about your vampyres. My favorite addition to the paranormal world would be dragons and the fae. Thanks for having this giveaway! :)


*yadkny* said...

Love the cover, love the story, love the title! Would love to try a Lydia Dare book and this one looks like a great one:)


Martha Lawson said...

Dragons, definitely! I'd love to be entered to win this one.

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Tore said...

Please enter me in contest. I really want to read this book. Tore923@aol.com

JenM said...

I'm a big fan of dragons, but you do wonder how they could ever possibly fly around without anyone noticing.

jen at delux dot com

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Justducky422 said...

I LOVED her werewolf series and am really looking forward to It Happened ONE Bite!!
Hmmmmmmmmmmm-winning it would be a "won-der-ful" thing...(Like my subtle hint??)

Thanks for the great giveaway!!



Julie S said...

This sounds like an interesting read.


stacey said...

To me the Vamps and Werewolves have been in the Paranormal World awhile but there is getting more and more different types of were's and I find each different type interesting.

Sherry said...

This sounds like a great read. I love all kinds of paranormal books.


Tanya1224 said...

I love all of them! Its why I read all paranormal. I will say when I read Shadow of the vampire by Meagan Hatfield that I had a new appreciation for dragons though. Please count me in for your book...sounds right up my alley ;)

Mary said...

I'm so looking forward to reading this book. Please count me in the giveaway. It sound slike a great book and I can't wait to read it.


melissasmeanderings said...

Paranormal Regency England...what a great combination!!
I'd love a chance to win:)

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wanda f said...

Cant wait to read It Happenned One Bite .Thank you for the chance to win a copy just have to say win or lose I am definately going to be reading this book :)

wanda f said...

OOps forgot to leave my email address.Please enter me .


Heather said...

I love all paranormal beings, but I have a special addiction to shapeshifters, breeds, vampires and fae.

Anonymous said...

Yea! another one


Maria (pronounced Mariah) I blame my mother... said...

Your books sound great...I love when authors mix different types of paranormal entities in one story.

My favorite addition is demons...they are so out of the norm and don't neccessarily have to be evil.

Thank you! mmafsmith@gmail.com