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So. 2010. That was quite a year. I hit career heights I'd never imagined I would reach and I also went through some truly devastating personal lows. I wrote. A lot. I deepened some of my relationships, finally stood up for myself in some toxic situations, and failed to acquit myself as well as I'd like in others. I got my first gray hair--not cool. I rejoiced with loved ones as they celebrated beautiful milestones, weddings and babies, and I grieved for all we lost. Oh, how I grieved. I ate too much, I danced the night away beneath the desert sky, and I learned a few new, crucial things about myself where I least expected I would. How do you measure it all?

I don't know that I can, so I'm going give away some good books instead!

I stumbled across Carolyn Jewel's spellbinding paranormal series by accident. I don't even remember how I came across the first book. What I do remember is that the book stunned me.



I couldn't breathe through it. I couldn't put it down! I loved everything about Carson, the wonderful heroine who learns how to harness her power, and sexy, dangerous Nikodemus, the fiend who's determined to kill her. If they don't spontaneously combust from all the heat they generate first! I loved the San Francisco setting, and the idea of immortal beings walking around in plain sight, engaged in dangerous battles mortals don't see.



The second book is scorching. I feel a little warm just talking about it now. Xia and Alexandrine, so much conflict and battle and emotion and did I mention scorching? Seriously.



I was lucky enough to get an advanced copy of this third book at RWA this summer. I think I gulped it down before I went home! It has all the menace and danger of the first two, with an added element here that is all about the tension between the mouthwateringly intense fiend Durian and Grayson, a woman on a revenge mission. Delicious.

I love these books. (I also love the names. Carson? Grayson? So cool.) The third one just came out, and there's a fourth due out in June that I'm really excited about. These are the kind of characters that you carry around with you long after the book is done. Complex, fascinating, and compelling. Their world is dark and dangerous and alters the way you see your own. They are so good!

I've decided to give the whole set of three away. All you have to do is leave me a comment telling me what your favorite paranormal romance series is. I'll pick a winner next week.

(Don't want to enter this contest because you need these books right now? I feel your pain. You can buy them here!)

hmmm

Date: 2011-01-13 06:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] robin hillyer miles (from livejournal.com)
Does the Arcane series by Amanda Quick/JA Krentz count?

Re: hmmm

Date: 2011-01-13 06:17 pm (UTC)

Thanks!

Date: 2011-01-13 06:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] carolyn jewel (from livejournal.com)
Wow, thank you for all the kind words! I'm so glad you've enjoyed the series.

Don't enter me in the contest. I have the books already. (giggle!!)

Carolyn Jewel

Re: Thanks!

Date: 2011-01-13 06:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] megancrane.livejournal.com
I love it so much. SO MUCH. I can't wait to read Iskander's story!

Date: 2011-01-13 09:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] inkstaindwriter.livejournal.com
Oh, I can't possibly choose a favorite series...every time I think I know which is my favorite, another pops into mind! So much good stuff out there right now, and not nearly enough time to read it all! :)

Date: 2011-01-21 12:08 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] megancrane.livejournal.com
Hey there-- you're the winner! Congratulations!

Just send me your mailing address and I'll ship the books to you. You can either reply to this message (it will be screened, so no one will see it but me) or you can email me at megan AT megancrane DOT com.

M

Date: 2011-01-13 09:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] iliketea.livejournal.com
If it makes you feel better, I got my first grey hair in 2010 too. And my second. And I am guessing I'm close to a decade younger than you are. :D

Date: 2011-01-16 06:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] megancrane.livejournal.com
I get that few people have sympathy for the advanced age at which this grey hair appeared, but since I'd assumed that my lack of grey hairs throughout my 30s meant that I was going to live forever... I'm still processing my pain. ;-)

favorite paranormal!

Date: 2011-01-14 05:52 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Hi Megan/Caitlin! My favorite paranormal series is Jeaniene Frost's Night Huntress Series. I love Bones!

~Denise

Date: 2011-01-16 08:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kimberly field (from livejournal.com)
These books sound intriguing! I don't think I have a favorite author for this, but I can see Jewel becoming a favorite! Sorry about the gray hair, I haven't noticed any yet, but I do highlight, so I think it tricks them...lol It was also very nice to have met you tonight at the Barnes and Noble supporting your friend Jane, I didn't think about it until after I left that I should have gotten one of your books as well! I will just have to make another trip to the bookstore......like that is a sacrifice!

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