Sunday, April 08, 2012

Laura Kaye - Meet WEST OF WANT’s Characters and Get Ready to Win!

In just a few days, I’m going to be hosting a huge Preview & Prizes Event at over 40 blogs to celebrate April 10, the original release date for Book 2 in my Hearts of the Anemoi series, West of Want. In the past few months, some really cool things happened: my publisher, Entangled Publishing, signed a huge deal with the nation’s biggest book distributor, which means for the first time ever, my books will be shelved in brick-and-mortar bookstores. And then, West of Want received a very nice pre-sales estimate by the booksellers and Barnes and Noble bought it for all their stores nationwide (and it got bought for airports, too—squee!). The only bad news in this whole scenario was this: the release date got pushed back, by three LONG months! LOL So, I thought I’d celebrate the original release date with a preview of the book and a big contest, and give you a small taste to whet your appetite until the actual release date arrives.

Beginning on April 10, I’m going to be giving away hundreds of dollars in prizes and gift cards. So, to get you excited for that—and for exclusive, never-before-shared excerpts from the book itself—I thought I’d introduce you to the hero and heroine to give you a taste of things to come. And, take a look at these brand-spanking-new romance trading cards for West of Want, being shared for the first time here!

First, WEST OF WANT’s Blurb:

Betrayal is all he's ever known, but in her, he'll find a love strong enough to be trusted...

When Marcella Raines' twin brother dies, she honors his request to be buried at sea, never expecting the violent storm that swamps her boat. Though she's gravely injured--and still emotionally damaged from her recent divorce--Ella fights to survive.

Zephyros Martius is the Supreme God of the West Wind and Spring, but being the strongest Anemoi hasn't protected him from betrayal and loss. Worse, he's sure his brother Eurus is behind it. When Zeph's heartbreak whips up a storm that shipwrecks a human, his guilt forces him to save her.

Ella is drawn to the vulnerability Zeph hides beneath his otherworldly masculinity and ancient blue eyes. And her honesty, empathy, and unique, calming influence leave Zeph wanting...everything. When Eurus threatens Ella, she and Zeph struggle to let go of the past, defend their future, and embrace what they most want--a love that can be trusted.

"Laura Kaye’s captivating writing and vibrant world-building will have readers hooked on the gods of the Anemoi. WEST OF WANT is steamy, spellbinding, and a must-read for all romance fantasy fans."
~Elisabeth Naughton, author of the Eternal Guardians series


Ella’s first impression of Zeph: Zephyros was fierce masculinity personified. Ella couldn’t stop her brain from resurrecting the image of Zeph tearing off his shirt as he sat on the edge of her bed. As if the man’s broad shoulders and bulging biceps weren’t impressive enough. As if the ridged muscles of his abdomen didn’t just call out to be traced. She had absolutely never seen with her own eyes, on a real man, that incredible cut of muscle just above his hips. But, yeah, he had it, and then some.

Zeph’s Job: Supreme God of the West Wind and Spring, one of the four Cardinal Anemoi

3 Words that Describe Zeph: Loyal, Powerful, Tortured

3 Things he Loves about Heroine Ella Raines: Her acceptance, her belief in him, her passion


One of Zeph’s early impressions of Ella:
He was ancient. He was immortal. He was a god. Yet this slip of a mortal woman pulled the ground out from under him over and over again. And she didn’t even know he was there.

Or maybe she did?

Every time he convinced himself to go, she said or did something that intrigued him. Or, worse, concerned him, and he’d find himself negotiating for just a little more time. Her pleased reaction to his flowers, her lie to the doctor and nurses, her pain at seeing her own reflection, at having that young doctor poke and prod her ruined shoulder. He couldn’t leave. In truth, he didn’t want to.

Ella’s Job: Ella is between jobs, having recently come into an inheritance, but, a life-long sailor, she’s looking at volunteering full-time for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation

3 Words that Describe Ella: Survivor, Adventurous, Strong

3 Things she Loves about Hero Zephyros Martius: That he’s survived so many tragedies and is still so kind and loving, the man beneath the otherworldliness, his strength

Thanks so much for reading! And can’t wait to share the book with you for real on July 10!

~Laura Kaye

Now, about that
Here’s what you’ll be able to win if you join in the fun beginning 
1 $100 Amazon or Barnes and Noble gift card
1 $75 Amazon or Barnes and Noble gift card
5 $15 Amazon or Barnes and Noble gift cards
Several sites are offering West of Want gift bags
West of Want bookmarks and romance trading cards

Click here to see all the participating sites

But in the meantime, there’s a contest here too! 

About Laura

Voted Breakout Author of the Year in the 2011 GraveTells Readers’ Choice Awards, Laura is a bestselling and award-winning author paranormal and contemporary romance. Hearts in Darkness is the EPIC eBook Award Winner for Best Novella, Forever Freed won the NJRW Golden Leaf Award for Best Paranormal of 2011, and North of Need, the first book in the Hearts of the Anemoi series, was named GraveTells’ Best Book of 2011 and won their 5-STAR Gold Heart Award, and won Sizzling Hot Read of the Year at Sizzling Hot Books. Laura lives in Maryland with her husband, two daughters, and cute-but-bad dog, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.

The Giveaway


What:  One commenter here will win a West of Want bookmark and a full set of Laura’s romance trading cards from all her books. Simply comment to enter to win and be sure to leave your email address. These prizes will be announced as part of the event festivities on April 10. Open to international.

How:  Leave a comment.

You may receive additional entries by:

1)   Being a Follower of The Qwillery.

2)   Mentioning the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter and/or your blog/website. Even if you mention the giveaway on Twitter and Facebook, 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. Please note that the blog or website 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 3 entries you may receive: Comment (1 entry), Follower (+1 entry), Facebook and/or Twitter and/or 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 Monday, April 9, 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.*

** The Qwillery is not affiliated with Laura's West of Want Preview and Prizes Event starting on April 10, 2012 and is providing this for informational purposes only. Please follow the rules set out by Laura for the Event.


  1. Thanks so much for hosting me here!

  2. Thank you for the giveaway:)
    Debi Anne

  3. Hi Laura! I soooo want to read these books. They sound fantastic! Thanks so much for the giveaway. +1 Comment, +1 Follower

  4. Congratulations on the book! It sounds very good.

    I follow the blog.

    Thanks for the giveaway.


  5. I am a follower and email subscriber.I would love to read this book. Please enter me in contest.

  6. I enjoyed the first book so I'm excited for this one to come out. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity.

    GFC: Sophia Rose

  7. I have not read any of these books yet. I am looking froward to reading one.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

  8. Thanks so much for all the comments today, guys, especially on Easter! Good luck!

  9. Congratulations on WEST OF WANT!
    Thank you for the giveaway.

    GFC Victoria sloboda

  10. I'm looking forward to reading this series.

    GFC Anne38

  11. I'm sad that your book is delayed, but only because I'll have to wait longer to read it! Congrats on an incredible deal and your success!

    I'm following the blog, have tweeted the blog entry for the giveaway, and here's my comment!

    xoxo Sarah

  12. I read everything Laura writes : ) and West of Want is on pre-order, would love a book mark!

  13. Ooh! West of Want sounds fabulous. I've had it and North of Need on my wishlist! Thanks for the chance!

    GFC: ML
    mljfoland AT hotmail DOT com

  14. Yay! Thanks so much guys! Good luck!

  15. Can. Not. Wait. for West of Want. O_o and RTC, I want! LoL
    GFC: Crystal @ RBtWBC

    Thanks:) (and Hi Laura!)

  16. wowwww, the book is just about to be released! YAY!

    GFC reading mind

    aliasgirl at libero dot it

  17. Congrats on your book and thank you for the awesome giveaways! You book sounds great!! Wishing you all the best!
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