Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Guest Blog by Laurie London and Giveaway - February 22, 2012

Please welcome Laurie London to The Qwillery. Tempted by Blood, the third novel in Laurie's Sweetblood series, was published yesterday!

I’m so thrilled to be back on The Qwillery, celebrating two exciting events. First of all, the next book in the Sweetblood series, TEMPTED BY BLOOD, came out in print yesterday and comes out in digital format March 1.

But before I tell you the second reason I’m here, let me give you a little background about the third book in the series so it makes more sense.

Set deep within the forests of the Pacific Northwest, the battle for supremacy rages on between two vampire coalitions: Guardian enforcers sworn to protect humans, and Darkbloods, rogues who sell Sweet on the vampire black market. Sweetbloods are humans whose blood is very rare and highly addictive to vampires.

The heroine, Arianna Wells, is a human, but she’s not a sweetblood. However, her cousin who lives with her is a sweetblood and, as Arianna finds out later, so was her mother.

When Arianna was five years old, she witnessed shadows coming alive and taking her mother away. Most humans are unable to see vampires when they’re in their shadow form, so no one believed her, but Arianna knew what she saw.

Although she works for a software company now (the same one from EMBRACED BY BLOOD), her passion is her secret blog, which explores the unexplained and unusual, giving a voice to people like her—people who aren’t believed. If her security-conscious employer finds out she lied about having a blog, she could get fired, so she keeps her identity a secret. Those in the blogging community only know her by her screen name, Icy Shadows.

When she witnesses her cousin being taken by men who appeared from the shadows and another man (the hero, Jackson Foss) steps from the shadows to save her, Arianna realizes that what she saw all those years ago was real and that it was happening all over again. She takes some pictures, posting them to her blog the next day, and that’s when the $#!% hits the fan.

Which leads me to the second reason I’m here on The Qwillery. I’m launching Arianna’s blog Paranormalish ( and I would love to have readers participate. Come read a few real and creepy stories that people have contributed already.

If you’ve ever experienced something bizarre, something unexplained, Icy Shadows would love to hear from you. Check out the guidelines on the blog and send your story to

Not only will real reader stories be featured (I, Laurie, have a few really bizarre things that have happened to me and I’ll be sharing them at some point), but also, if you’re a writer and want to try your hand at some fun writing prompts, Arianna—I mean, Icy Shadows will be hosting fun fan-fiction-type contests. So stay tuned for those.

Thanks, Qwill (See? I didn’t use her real name in case she’s hiding her identity too.), for having me on today and for helping me launch TEMPTED BY BLOOD and Paranormalish.

In addition to Paranormalish, you can find me online at:
and my newest obsession, Pinterest:

If you have any questions, I’ll be popping in all day. Also, I’m giving away a signed copy of TEMPTED BY BLOOD to one lucky Qwillery reader. Good luck!

About the Sweetblood Series

Tempted by Blood
Sweetblood 3
HQN, February 21, 2012 (MMP), March 1. 2012 (eBook)
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 384 pages

Deep within the forests of the Pacific Northwest, the battle for supremacy rages on between two Vampire coalitions: Guardian enforcers sworn to protect humanity, and Darkbloods, rogues who kill like their ancient ancestors….

He might be known for his effortless charm, but Guardian Jackson Foss is hiding a terrible secret. For months, he has battled the emergence of his dark nature—deadly urges that threaten to consume him. And those cravings only intensify when he meets Arianna Wells, the human he's been assigned to protect.

Smart and perceptive, Arianna doesn't seem like a dangerous temptress. Yet she awakens in Jackson an unstoppable need that, if left unchecked, will brand him a traitor…a crime punishable by death.

But soon their bond may be Arianna's only hope. For stalking her in the shadows is a merciless enemy—one who will stop at nothing to claim her completely….

"Enchanted by Blood"
Sweetblood 2.5
in A Vampire for Christmas
HQN, October 18, 2012
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 384 pages

All they want for Christmas is you…

It's the time of year for twinkling lights on trees and kisses under the mistletoe. Yet the passing of another year means nothing to the stunning immortals who lurk in the shadows of the new-fallen snow.

And they don't care if you've been naughty or nice.

Let four fanged lovers open your eyes to a passion you never dared to imagine. After all, there's no place like home for the holidays—and these dazzling vampires can't wait for an invitation.

Embraced by Blood
Sweetblood 2
HQN, June 21, 2011
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 384 pages

Alfonso Serrano is a hunted man. For months he's managed to elude the Darkbloods, vengeful foes who won't rest until he's dead. But he still craves one dangerous temptation: Lily DeGraff, the sexy Guardian agent he'll risk anything to protect.

Lily is a wanted woman. Her talent for tracking Sweet--a rare blood type that's addictive to vampires--makes her a prime target for enemy capture. Her only hope is the stealthy vampire operative who stole into her bed...then left her in despair. Danger aside, Lily won't let Alfonso near her heart again--until an irresistible hunger threatens to draw them back together... and into an assassin's snare.

Hidden by Blood
Sweetblood 1.5
HQN, June 1, 2011

Deep within the forests of the Pacific Northwest, two vampire coalitions battle for supremacy--Guardians who safeguard humanity and Darkbloods, rogues who will stop at nothing to satisfy their craving for the sweetest of human blood.

Now, former Army Ranger Finn McKentry finds himself imprisoned as a blood slave, forced to submit to an enemy more powerful than any he's encountered before. Only Brenna Stewart, the woman he'd loved and lost, can set him free--but the secret she harbors might lead them down the most dangerous path of all...

Bonded by Blood
Sweetblood 1
HQN, January 18. 2011
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 378 pages

Movie location scout Mackenzie Foster-Shaw has always known that she's cursed to die young. No one can protect her from the evil that has stalked her family for generations—vampires who crave her rare blood type. Until one afternoon in a wooded cemetery, she encounters an impossibly sexy stranger, a man she must trust with her life.

For Dominic, a man haunted by loss, Mackenzie satisfies a primal hunger that torments him—and the bond they share goes beyond heat, beyond love. She alone can supply the strength he needs to claim his revenge. But in doing so, he could destroy her....

About Laurie

A graduate of Western Washington University with a BA in Business Administration and a former tester/programmer for a Fortune 500 company, Laurie London now writes from her home near Seattle where she lives with her husband and two children.

She is a member of Romance Writers of America®, Greater Seattle Area RWA, RWAOnline, Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, FF&P (RWA chapter devoted to all things paranormal), and two book clubs.

When not writing, she can be found running, reading, or riding and showing her horse. Someday she hopes to qualify for the Quarter Horse World Show – that is, if her horse doesn’t get hurt again.

Laurie's Links:


The Giveaway


What:  One commenter will win a signed copy of Tempted by Blood (Sweetblood 3) from Laurie!

How:  For today (Feb. 22) only you can ask Laurie a question or for all days leave a comment answering the following question:

Do you have a favorite TV show, movie, website, etc that deals with 
paranormal phenomena?

Please remember - if you don't answer the question your entry will not be counted.

You may receive additional entries by:

1)   Being a Follower of The Qwillery.

2)   Mentioning the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter. Even if you mention the giveaway on both, you will get only one additional entry. You get only one additional entry even if you mention the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter multiple times.

3)   Mentioning the giveaway on your on blog or website. It must be your own blog or website; not a website that belongs to someone else or a site where giveaways, contests, etc. are posted.

There are a total of 4 entries you may receive: Comment (1 entry), Follower (+1 entry), Facebook and/or Twitter (+ 1 entry), and personal blog/website mention (+1 entry). This is subject to change again in the future for future giveaways.

Please leave links for Facebook, Twitter, or blog/website mentions. You MUST leave a way to contact you.

Who and When:  The contest is open to all humans on the planet earth with a mailing address. Contest ends at 11:59pm US Eastern Time on Wednesday, February 29, 2012. Void where prohibited by law. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 years old or older to enter.

*Giveaway rules are subject to change.*


  1. Hi, Laurie.

    I got hooked on American Horror Story this year. It had the perfect combination of creepiness and mystery.

    I read Bonded by Blood and loved it. Now I have some catching up to do. I look forward in continuing this series.

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    Tracey D
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  2. Hi! I love American Horror Story and Supernatural. I have never read the Sweetblood series, it sound like books I usually read so I've got to add them to my TBR list. thanks for the chance to win.
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  3. It was a bit much but I did enjoy Charmed. I watched it with my daughter. I have not read any of these books and they sound fantastic.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

  4. Hi!

    Well, one of my favorite TV show was Supernatural. Angels, ghosts, vampires and Jensen Anckles... Probably he was the main reason I loved this show so much :] But I also like the Underworld movies - they're a little bit too bloody, but if it doesn't bother you and you like hot vampires in action-packed movies, then it's THE movie for you :]

    Thank you for the chance to win! I've already read all of your books, Laurie, and I LOVED them! Can't wait to finally read Jackson's story.

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    Thanks again,

  5. Let me just start by saying I haven't read this series but am putting it on my TBR list, it sounds like a great read and right up my alley!! As for the question, there are entirely too many TV shows and movies that I love to watch in this area!! I love Ghost Hunters, Supernatural, Charmed, Ghost Whisperer, Ghost Ship, Poltergeist, and many more that I can't think of right now!! :) Thanks for the chance to win and I look forward to reading this series!!

    1. Forgot my e-mail, sorry about that!! :)

  6. I'm really enjoying GRIM. I wasn't sure how I'd feel about it but the stories are interesting and for a TV show the monsters are pretty good.
    I have a question about vampire teeth. It's always stated that the "huge fangs descend" which makes no sense to me since veins/arteries have rather small diameters. Have you ever thought about that or am I just strange? Thanks for your opinion :).
    Thank you for the giveaway.


    1. Hi Victoria, I hadn't really thought about that element in particular. I love the various mythos surrounding vampire stories. The reason the vampires in the Sweetblood series have fangs that elongate (rather than always being there) is because they live among humans. They wouldn't be able to blend in otherwise. Thanks for the great question!

  7. Oh my - there are a lot of paranormal-related shows that I have enjoy and do enjoy. I used to enjoy Buffy, Angel, Ghost Whisperer, and Charmed. And I still do thanks to Netflix. ) Newer shows include Grimm and The Walking Dead. TWD classifies, yes? Maybe not exactly, but it does for me. I also watch Ghost Hunters and a few shows similar, though it is infrequent, so I am not sure of the names. Actually, in some circles, we could possibly classify Once Upon a Time as paranormal, so I will add that. Yeah, it's a thin relation, but it works out in my mind. :) Thanks so much for the chance to win. And I will definitely be checking our Paranormalish! Sounds exciting!

    Kendra @ Reader's Edyn
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  8. TV Show i know that deals with
    paranormal phenomena is Supernatural, Charmed and maybe Buffy. For movie was Underworld, Blade, Ghost Ship, and Poltergeist.
    Thanks for this amazing giveaway!!

    +1 Follower GFC : Filia Oktarina
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  9. hi laurie,

    thanks you for making this stop an international giveaway ^^.
    I don't have a special show... yes i've seen charmed and such but i prefer book with paranormal romance perhaps because i can imagine how there are more easily without being disappointed
    oh yes i loved the first saison of Ghost whisperer

    +1follower via gfc miki and email


  10. One of my favorite paranormal shows is The Haunting on the Discovery Channel. Sadly they stopped producing new ones awhile back and I wished they would. I like shows that are based on real life events.

    GFC follower

  11. I do/did watch Charmed, Supernatural, Buffy, Angel, Ghost Whisperer, and Ghost Hunters. This series sounds amazing and I can't wait to read it. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  12. I love Supernatural---My oldest daughter and I love to watch the marathons they run :)

    +1 Follower: Kristina Parmenter
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  13. I haven't read the Sweetblood Series, I hadn't heard of it before today, but now I will. The books sound awesome! I watch all the supernatural/paranormal tv shows, I can't get enough of them. I especially like Ghost Adventures, even though Zack and the guys over-act at times.
    I'm a GFC follower

  14. I love Alcatrez. It is a very good television series. It keeps you stepping. Please enter me in contest.

  15. I love the American Horror Story. edysicecreamlover18@gmailDOTcom GFC Krystal Larson

  16. Don't know if Walking Dead qualifies, but I am a huge fan. Love the Underworld series as well as Blade!! Thanks for the great interview and contest!!!!
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  17. Thanks for the fantastic post and giveaway! I haven't had the pleasure of reading any of Laurie's books but they are on my wishlist!

    Currently, I'm hooked on Walking Dead and I can't wait for the summer when Falling Skies is back on :)

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  18. I really like Being Human and Lost Girl.

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  19. Hi, Laurie! I like Supernatural and Charmed...and I LOVE HBO's True Blood! Though I haven't read any of the Sweetblood series...yet(!), I've read enough reviews, blurbs and excerpts to KNOW they'd make an awesome TV series or movie...have you ever been approached by anyone with this idea? Thx for the giveaway op!

    Following via GFC/FB/email
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    1. Hi Barbara, no one has contacted me...yet. ;-)

  20. Hi everyone! Thanks for stopping by today. One of my favorite paranormalish (see? I can't stop using that word) shows is The Walking Dead. I've been on a zombie reading/watching kick for a while now and love it. Also, I love shows like V and Invasion, where aliens are living among us and we don't know it. Spooky!

  21. Ghost Hunters International? Lol, what? I love it.
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  22. I've gotta go with The Walking Dead, The Vampire Diaries, Being Human, and Supernatural, with a little bit of Once Upon a Time and Grimm thrown in for good measure!! Thanks so much for the giveaway, Laurie! I love your books and can't wait to read your latest :)

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    jwitt33 at live dot com

  23. Fringe!! I just love that show :)
    GFC: Vivien

    deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

  24. Hi Laurie! I guess that I'm showing my age, but one of my favs was Dark Shadows! I have all of the episodes on DVD. I can't wait for the new movie (Johnny Depp YUUUMMM!). I also love shows like Grimm, Supernatural etc. Love your books and congrats on the new release! +1 Comment, +1 Follower

    1. Same here, Barb! I was really young, but I remember sneaking out to watch Dark Shadows when my mom had it on. I can't *wait* for the remake! How about Nightmare Theater that was on at midnight? Do you remember that one? That's where I got hooked on those old black and white vampire movies.

  25. I am obsessed with The Vampire Diaries. I was a big fan of the books and I love the way the television is done. Plus, you gotta love all the sexy man candy they've casted.


    GFC-Danielle Gorman

  26. Recent TV shows that I like are Alcatraz and The Walking Dead. Older shows that I used to watch included Ghost Whisperer, Charmed, Supernatural. I love scary/thriller movies featuring ghosts, vamps, shifters, demons, etc. Mainly though, I read, it is definitely my fave hobby.

    GFC follower: June M.


    manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

  27. I have always watched paranormal TV shows. When I was very little I loved Dark Shadows and Kolchak The Nightstalker. I also loved The X-files, Buffy and Angel. I currently watch Supernatural and The Walking Dead. I am a paranormal junkie.

    Congrats on the new release!

    geishasmom73 AT yahoo DOT com

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    1. Hey Stacie, I totally forgot about The Nightstalker! I loved that show with Darren McGavin. If I'm not mistaken, it was set in Underground Seattle, which is where the Guardians' Seattle field office is located.

  28. I love True Blood and Supernatural. I am very addicted to both shows. I also love Ghosthunters. I love reading paranormal, more than watching. This is a new author for me and would love to win and read this book. I am always looking for new books and authors to check out.
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  29. I love all these covers.You have been very blessed with the cover gods Laurie :)
    My favorite tv show is Supernatural..ahhh Sam and Dean :)

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    1. I agree! They've done an awesome job on the covers. I can't wait till I can show you Santiago's cover (SEDUCED BY BLOOD). It comes out in August. I've got the preliminary cover and I'm waiting for the okay to show it. It's purple and I love it!

  30. My friends come over every Friday and we watch Supernaural together!

  31. I really like watching Secret Circle, Vampire Diaries, and More Than Human. Thanks for the awesome giveaway! Can't wait to read Laurie's latest story... this series is seriously awesome!!!

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    1. Aw, thanks! I'm so thrilled you're enjoying the Sweetblood series.

  32. I like Ghost Hunters.. Really enjoyed the most recent book in the Sweetblood series tempted by blood... It's a fun read

  33. I like True Blood...even though I wish they were a lil more like the books.

  34. I really like s paranormal section. Some of the posts on the message boards get annoying but the stories they put out on the main page can be interesting and fun. For TV I have a Ghost Hunters fan, I like their older shows better though.

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  35. Well i was one of those people that hated people that loved twilight...Until i watched it and got totally addicted. Got all the books and read them all and thats when my reading addiction took off. Im constantly searching for a good paranormal book to read, and it was by chance that i found BONDED BY BLOOD!!! My partner handed it to me and said "this looks like what your into" im in New Zealand and books are super expensive, this was just out and was on sale for an omg $40, whick would be around $56 american. But after reading the back i just new i had to get it. LOVE THESE BOOKS!!! cant wait for TEMPTED BY BLOOD to come out!!! One of my fav authors Laurie you have an incredible imagination and are a wicked awesome writer xx

    1. Wow, that is expensive. I'd heard they were going to be available at some point on Amazon NZ, so maybe the price will be lower in e-format. So thrilled you're enjoying the series!

  36. True Blood

    I follow the blog.

    Thanks for the giveaway.


  37. I love the TV show SUPERNATURAL. It's a lot of fun & I love all the lore & creatures.

    I follow.


  38. Buffy and Charmed were my first! the first love never goes away, lol!

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  39. I really enjoyed Charmed, Buffy, Angel, Grimm, True Blood. I know that there are a few more but those are the only ones I can think of right now. The book sounds amazing. Thanks for the chance.

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  40. I loved Buffy, Angel, X-Files when they were on. Newer shows I enjoy are Supernatural, True Blood, Walking Dead and Fringe.

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  41. My new favorite show is Lost Girl on Sci Fi about a succubus. I love Dyson! I also like Vampire Diaries (Team Damon. I have read the first 2 books and absolutely loved them!

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  42. My all time fave paranormal TV show is Buffy. But then there is also Charmed, Angel, and Vampire Diaries.

    This a a fabulous series!

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  43. Hi Laurie just want to say I love your books .Im a paranormal addict and when I read your work I cant put it down until I fisih it .
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  44. I have to say Vampire Diaries I love that show one of my favarites!
    This sounds like a great book love the others can't wait to read this book. Thanks for the great giveaway!
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  45. Hi Laurie,
    My favorite show is Haven on Syfy. I love all the paranormal story lines and the mystery. The actors are fantastic and the plot is so mysterious...LOL
    Love your books.
    +1 GFC-Michelle Bledsoe
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    Thanks so much for the contest.
    koonie2888 at yahoo dot com