Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Entangled in Love Valentine Guest Blog and Giveaway with Rachel Firasek

Ari and Grey's First Valentine's
by Rachel Firasek

Turner grabbed Grey’s shoulder and gave it a squeeze. “Man, you have got to settle down. It’s Ari. She’s going to love all of this.” He waved a hand at the candles and flowers centered between two place settings.
Grey wiped a sweaty hand against his black slacks. “Shit, I don’t know. Maybe it’s too much. She likes it simple.”

“She’ll like it. Listen, it’s my first V-day too. I’m hoping to persuade Ice into saying ‘Yes’ this time. It’ll be a nice change.” Turner smirked.

Grey shoved the candles to the right. That didn’t look right. He placed them back in the center of the table. “Still giving you the chase?”

“Ha, I’ll be lucky if she marries me before I’m fifty. I’m out of here.” He stopped halfway to the door. “You sure you’re okay?”

At this rate, Turner would miss his own date and spend the night here worrying that Grey would hit the bottle again. “Out. Go take care of that pretty woman before someone else does.”

Turner closed the door with a soft click and Grey took a moment to bend at the waist and grip his knees. He dropped his head until his chin rested on his chest and the blood rushed forward, giving him something to focus on beside the runaway thoughts zinging through his brain. Damn, how the hell was he going to get through dinner?

Tonight, he’d ask Ari to move in with him. Tonight, he’d make the first step. Shit. He loved her. This shouldn’t be this hard.

And that’s how she found him, head between his legs fighting the panic attack. A cool hand cupped his elbow and the other brushed against his forehead. “You okay, mon amore?”

He straightened and bit back a nervous laugh. “Uh, yeah. Hey,” Grey wrapped her in his arms and hugged her tight, “I didn’t hear you come in.”

“I passed Turner in the hall.” She glanced at the elaborate table. “Wow, this looks fantastic. You did all this for me?”

He shrugged. Don’t make a big deal about it. “You’re worth it.”

She smiled, and the amber in her eyes reflected the gold flame from the candles. “We going to eat, or stand here and stare at each other? I’m good either way.” She grinned at him.

“Ari, let’s sit for a minute.” He tugged her to the sofa. “I was going to wait until later, but I need to get this done.”

The light faded from her eyes. “What?”

Shit, no, this is good. Don’t look sad or I’ll lose my nerve.

She reached out and grabbed his jaw, tipping his gaze toward her. “What?”

“I want you here.”

Her smile spread, reaching up and brightening the room. “I’m here.”

He released his held breath. “I want you here—always. Don’t go back to Ice’s. Stay here with me. Live here with me.” Tears slipped down her cheeks. Damn, he hadn’t meant to make her cry. “No, baby, don’t cry.”

She nodded and crawled onto his lap. “I love you.” Her forehead pressed against his. “Yes. I want to move in here with you.”

Her lips found his and everything finally felt right. She was home. His love. His Valentine.

The Last Beginning

By Rachel Firasek
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Length: Novella
Release Date: February 2012
ISBN: 978-1-937044-56-5


Sadie’s days fighting off greedy claim jumpers ended in 1856 when Osiris snatched her from her filthy room and placed her with a trio of phoenixes. After 150 years living a respectable life saving souls, she’s tired of playing by the god’s rules. It’s time the master of manipulation learned her creed: live hard, play for keeps, and never let the enemy see you suffer.

Osiris never imagined the true queen he’s spent two millennia searching for would be a half-pint redhead with a mouth that makes him blush. She needs a gentle hand to breach her defenses, but living with her and keeping his natural arrogance at a simmer proves a challenge worthy of any champion.

While Osiris teaches her the wisdom needed to rule a world with fairness, the irritating god only intensifies Sadie’s belief in her creed, reinforcing the walls that keep her from happiness. If Osiris can’t win her hardened heart, Sadie’s ascension might threaten the world he’s struggled to create.


Title: The Last Awakening
(Curse of the Phoenix, #2)
Author: Rachel Firasek
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Length: Novella
Release Date: December 2011
ISBN: 978-1-937044-44-1

Book 3 coming January 2012!


Book Description:

For three hundred years, Arabella’s life has been one meaningless death after another. In a cruel twist of fate, Osiris–god of the Underworld–gifts the phoenix her mortality and returns her voodoo magic. If she fails to harness her wayward magic and save a man worthy of a second chance, she’ll forfeit her power and her soul–forever.

Ex-soldier Greyson Meadows desperately wants to be freed from the nightmares and guilt that haunt him after the tragedy that brought him and Ari together. Confronted by the waif of a woman who forces him to face his worst fears, he resists, fighting the need to keep his personal demons hidden instead of setting them free.

When Ari becomes the target of her own magical blunder, it’s not just her life in danger, but now the one of the man she loves.

Title: The Last Rising
Author: Rachel Firasek
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Length: Novella
Release Date: September 2011
ePub ISBN: 978-1-937044-28-2
Mobi ISBN: 978-1-937044-29-9


Book Description:

After paying two millennia’s penance to Osiris, world-weary Phoenix Ice has had enough. Saving souls without any hope for her own redemption isn’t how she imagined spending eternity. Fed up, she decides her next death will be her last. But when she sacrifices her own life for a sexy Texan in a catastrophic plane crash, she has no idea the consequences will be so great…or that she’ll end up back in his life for her next assignment.

Now that Turner Alcott has survived the worst, finding a wife and mother for his son matters more than ever before. When the mysterious Ice comes into his life, Turner knows she’s the one—but love is the last thing Ice wants. If he wants to win her heart, Turner must teach Ice how to forgive herself, and prove that love is the ultimate sacrifice.

About the Author:

Rachel Firasek grew up in the south and despite the gentle pace, she harassed life at full steam. Her curiosity about mythology, human nature, and the chemical imbalance we call love led her to writing. Her stories began with macabre war poems and shifted to enchanted fairytales, before she settled on a blending of the two.

Today you’ll find her tucked on a small parcel of land, surrounded by bleating sheep and barking dogs, with her husband and children. She entertains them all with her wacky sense of humor or animated reenactments of bad 80’s dance moves.

She’s intrigued by anything unexplained and seeks the answers to this crazy thing we call life. You can find her where the heart twists the soul and lights the shadows… or at www.rachelfirasek.com .

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Lisa Kessler said...

Awwwww!!!! I loved that scene!!!

Grey and Turner are sweet guys!!!

Happy Valentine's Day Rachel!!!

Lisa :)

JenM said...

That's so sweet. I love it when the guy actually shows what he's feeling. I would love to win the first book since I haven't started this series yet.

Rachel Firasek said...

Lisa, yeah, it took a while to get Grey there, but he's super special. :) Happy V-Day to you too!

Jen, man-feelings are the best. :) Good luck and happy Valentine's day!

Elena said...

Awe! *sniffles* I love Grey,that makes me swooooon =)

Happy Valentine's Day Ladies!



Juliana said...

I love the fact that Grey never knows what to say or do. So sweet!

lindalou said...

I just love Grey... I just want to hold him and make the world go away...
Both Grey & Turner are just such nice guys...
Happy Valentine's Day, Rachel!

Lisa (Lisa's World of Books) said...

How awesome is this! I love it! Great idea!

Happy Valentine's Day!

Keta Diablo said...

Hi Rachel (and Rhonda),
I love, LUV the covers and blurbs on all your books. What a prolific writer you are, girl! Hey, and the videos are pretty darn kewl too.

Would love to win one of your books,
Thanks for the contest!

All my hugs for much success in all writing endeavors, Rachel,

Blessings, Keta

Jan Romes said...

Wow, Rachel! First time to your site. Everything is awesome! Love the book covers, the excerpts, and the trailers. Good action with your characters :-))

Happy Valentine's Day!

Anonymous said...

Love this giveaway and love your books! Thank you Rachel, and thank you Entangled Publishing!

Happy Valentine's Day!



Anonymous said...

Great scene! The woman must be very strong willed to make the guy have a panic attack.

Gena Robertson said...

Gah! How perfect for Valentines Day! I want me some Grey!!

I haven't gotten to read this series yet, so I would love to begin at the beginning if I were lucky enough to win - so I would want The Last Rising!!

Thank you so much for the giveaway op!!

Gena Robertson

Rachel Firasek said...

Elena, thank you and have a happy V-dAy too! If Grey weren't so inlove with Ari, he'd be all over you! :) You are so his type.

Juliana, isn't it? I love heroes that aren't as sure of themselves all the time. :)

Rachel Firasek said...

lindalou, you make me smile. I want to snuggle him up to. :)

Thanks, Lisa, you know how much I want my heroes to have their HEA! :)

Rachel Lyndhurst said...

Golly, so many fantastic books to choose from, they all look fab. It's like being given a massive box of decadent chocolates to Indulge in! :0)

Unknown said...

Keta, hearing You tel Me that I'm prolific makes my heart sing. Hugs! And goodluck!

Rachel Firasek said...

Jan, thank you! :) I'm so glad you enjoyed, this was such a fun series to work on.

Kitty, again thank you! Thanks for supporting the Entangled Publishing crew. You are awesome! :)

Unknown said...

Mary, I hope you get a chance to read Grey. Ari is a peaceful spirit, but Grey is totally broken. This is a big step for him.

Gena, good luck. When deciding which hero to spend V-Day with, I knew it just had to be Grey. He needs it the most. Thank you for stopping by!

Kelly Hashway said...

Happy Valentine's Day! The book looks great!

desitheblonde said...

well that would be hard i love all t he books and then i love to read
have great valentines day

Melissa Stark said...

Happy V Day! What a great way to celebrate the day...yummy. :-)

Can't wait for more!

LynnRush said...

LOVE that excerpt!!!! Fantastic! :)

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Unknown said...

Thank you for the invite! I love the excerpt and would LOVE to start reading this series with CURSE OF THE PHOENIX - Book One: The Last Rising

In Julie's Opinion said...

I would love to read the first book, The Last Rising, since I haven't had the pleasure of starting the series yet! Thanks so much for the Valentine's goodies, Rachel!!

Alicia0385 said...

I cant wait to read this series. I always start with the first book!

Happy V Day!

Debby said...

Happy Valentine's Day. Love yoru books
debby236 at gmail dot com

Unknown said...

Ah, Rachel, thank you. :) Massive choco can be toxic, but so scrumptious.

Kelly, thanks for stopping by!

Desi, you always make me smile. Thanks for stopping by, sweet girl!

Melissa, *SQUEEE* Melissa has a mention in The Last Rising. She's ahmazing. Thank you so much for stopping in. Happy V-day!!!

Lynn, *Another mentioned fave* I'm so glad you girls came by to support me. It means so much. Hope your V-day has been awesome. Hugs!

Kriss, thank you! Good luck.

Julie, thank you for coming by and celebrating with me on this special day of love.

Alicia, I do too! :)

Debby, what a sweet thing to say. You just made my night. Thank you!!!

wyndwhisper said...

Hi Rachel,
i love your books and would love to have them all. if i HAVE to choose just one the i think it will need to be book
#3 "The Last Beginning"

Hope you have a wonderful V-day.

tammy ramey

~Kat Jameson said...

Great! Thanks Rachel now I have to move you up in my TBR pile. You HAVE to love a man who can LOVE!

Unknown said...

Tammy, *waves frantically* I haven't seen you in forever. :) Hugs. Good luck on the contest.

Kat, yes, please move me up. lol. He needs all the love he can get.

michelle130 said...

Would like book 1 as i haven't read any of the series before.

Boone Brux said...

Love this piece, Rachel. Happy V-Day! No need for a book. I've got my own copies:)

Anita Clenney said...

Great scene, Rachel! Grey is GREAT!

Unknown said...

Awww! Loved that! Definitely my favourite couple in the series so far! :-D

Unknown said...

Oh!...And i'd like to win The Last Beginning Please! Lol...
Thanks for the giveaway :-D

bn100 said...

I enjoyed the post. I would like to read The Last Beginning.

Laurie said...

This series sounds amazing. Reading the scene makes me want to read them all to find out how they get to that point. Thanks for the giveway!