Friday, December 3, 2010

Guest Blog & Holiday Giveaway with Selena Kitt

I’ve always been a paranormal fan – back when the word “paranormal” didn’t exist in the common vernacular and it was commonly called “horror.” Really, it’s true. Way back when, everything that had to do with, say, vampires, werewolves or shapeshifters was lumped under the umbrella of “horror.” Even when there was romance involved. Or sex. They started separating out the sexy horror by calling it “erotic horror.” And then, of course, Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight came along, and the “paranormal romance” market exploded.

When vampires and werewolves and shapeshifters started embracing their sexiness (which really began even further back that Twilight in Anne Rice’s Interview with a Vampire series) it was hard to put them in the “horror” category anymore. They became a whole new animal. (Sometimes literally!) And they definitely earned their new status.

But I have to admit, I’m an old fashioned girl. I love all things supernatural (and I will admit to having read the Twilight series :) but I come from the background of reading Stephen King and Clive Barker, where things that go bump in the night aren’t just doing it horizontally, if you know what I mean. Which means that my fiction often has paranormal elements that don’t always involve romance, and I think that surprises a lot of readers of “paranormal” these days, who seem to expect lots of romance with their fantastical creatures.

The good news for the usual paranormal reader nowadays is – I do still write some paranormals that involve a happily ever after. Core Deep is one of those.

BLURB: Scientists Mary and Finn are left alone near the Christmas holiday to finish their research—pulling ice cores at the top of the earth. The isolation of the Arctic makes their already irresistible attraction to one another grow even greater, but a profound discovery in the ice serves to melt both their hearts.


"It's everything and nothing all at once." She reached out, opened his fist, and put the test tube in it. He looked down at their hands, and then back at her, his eyes searching. "It's an infinite source. What else, Finn? What else could it be?"

He opened his mouth to deny it, she knew him well enough to know, but she pressed her fingertips to his lips, shaking her head. "Don't think. Just feel. Hold it in your hand and feel it."

It was an incredibly unscientific request, but he swallowed and did as she asked. Shaking his head, looking pained, she knew he was struggling with the part of him that required facts, proof. He had them now in his very hand, and still his mind wanted to deny it. She searched his face as he opened his eyes and knew which part of him had won.

"It's everything. It's nothing." His voice actually trembled and she nodded, silently agreeing.

"It's limitless power. For good or evil, that's what this means."

The idea was thrilling, beyond words, and she naively mused aloud for a moment. "In the right hands..."

Finn shook his head, his eyes flashing. "In the wrong ones..."

The endless possibility of that thought hung there between them. Mary closed her eyes with the weight of it, leaning her head back against the wall. She felt like crying, laughing, screaming. It was in her, everything at once, almost too much to bear.

"Are you okay?" His hand was warm on her forehead and she wanted to turn her face to it, encourage him to touch her, to bridge the gap. "Fever?"

"No." She opened her eyes, watching his hand fall to his lap. "'s..." She shrugged, unable to say, but he nodded.

"I know."

This time it was her voice that trembled when she asked, "What are we going to do?"

Finn closed his eyes again, pursed his lips, that pained look briefly crossing his face for a moment before he looked at her and said, "The right thing."

The right thing.

Mary reached for the test tube, meaning to take it from him, set it aside, but he caught her hand, turning it over. She thought he was going to place the substance there, but instead he lifted her palm and kissed it, his breath hot against the sensitive inside of her wrist, his lips impossibly soft.
She stared at him in wonder, daring to ask, "So, just what is the right thing, Finn?"

"Right now?" His eyes searched hers, looking for an answer that had always been there. "Right now, it's this."

There was no resistance in her. She let him lean in and capture her mouth, press her back and then down onto the cot, welcoming the weight of him. She heard the faint "tink" of the test tube hitting the floor and then rolling as they came together on the small confines of her little bed, mouths slanting, tongues seeking heat.

And here’s the good news for you – happy holidays!

I’m giving away three of my holiday paranormals – Core Deep, Gingerbread Man and Advent Calendar. Core Deep is definitely a romance – while Gingerbread Man and Advent Calendar fall into a less-romantic paranormal category, but I think they’re just as interesting and compelling. But you be the judge!

Just leave a comment below, and you’ll be entered to win ALL THREE (the latter two aren’t even for sale yet – lucky you!)

And because I’m feeling that warm and fuzzy Christmas feeling, I’m also giving away my (non-paranormal) holiday story: Christmas Stalking.
All you need to do to win a copy is to advertise my newsletter contest (and while you’re there, enter to win it!) Once you’ve Facebooked or Twittered (or whatevered! :) it – fill out this form and let me know, and you’ll be entered to win both the Christmas Stalking contest and my Newsletter Contest!


elaing8 said...

Thanks for sharing an excerpt.Core Deep sounds really good.
Went and read the excerpts for Gingerbread Man and Advent Calendar too.Adding them to my TBR list.

Lisa said...

I love when you share excerpt! Cant wait to read these!


James said...

Very interesting sounding story.

Stevie said...

Thanks for sharing an excerpt, the cover looks awesome, can't wait to read these new stories!

Estella said...

Thanks for sharing the excerpt!

kissinoak at frontier dot com

Jan said...

wooohooo more books for my list! Thank you, Ms Kitt, for the fabulous books and if Gingerbread Man is anything like the last book I read with that title, sorta, then I need to turn the heater off and get the AC on!!

Moirae(thefates) book reviews said...

I agree with you about Horror and Paranormal. I also am a HUGE fan of the Inkslinger. His 'Salem's Lot vampires freaked me out so bad I slept with the lights on for a week.

This looks like a great book thanks!



Judy said...

Thanks for the excerpt of Core Deep. I like happy endings!! Core Deep is a very interesting book. I will have it on TBR pile!!


Rae M. said...

Thanks for the excerpt! I have to admit I'll read just about anything paranormal. Whether it's romance based or leans more towards horror won't keep me from picking it up.

Thanks again!

Amazon Nymph said...

I enjoy any excerpts about paranormal books. All three sound great and I too will be adding to my TBR pile.

I have only been reading romance stories for about 5 years and the first one I read and got hooked on was about sexy vampire men.

Carrie said...

That sounds like a good book. Thanks for the excerpt.

Asylumgirl said...

I'm a paranormal girl all the way. Another old favorite was Dark Shadows in both of its incarnations.

deidre_durance at hotmail dot com

Sherry said...

Thanks for the excerpt. All of your books sound really good.

Amy said...

Thanks for the excerpt! I would love to read these!


buddyt said...

IWOU ld love to get my hands on Selena's books so if the giveaway is open to worldwide entries please include me.

Thank you and happy holidays.

Carol T

buddytho {at} gmail DOT com

darkreader said...

I really look forward to reading these stories. They sound great. Thanks for the excerpt.

Julie said...

This sounds really interesting. Thanks for the giveaway.

kittykelly28 said...

These sound like good reads! :) Thanks for the contest!

kittykelly28 @

ilona said...

Is this contest open to UK readers? After reading that excerpt I surely hope so :D

manjiri said...

hey would love to read core deep... thanx manjiri84(at)yahoo(dot)com

Taffy said...

Thanks for another awesome giveaway!