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#1LineWed – Old

1LineWedToday’s theme for 1 Line Wednesday, sponsored by RWA’s Kiss of Death Chapter is Old. Here’s a line from my WIP, a young adult superhero novel, Superhero High.

He shoves his gun against my spine and pushes me toward an ancient house with slumping walls and a crumbling roof.

You can see previous week’s themes and lines here.

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#1LineWed – Friendship

1LineWedToday’s theme for 1 Line Wednesday, sponsored by RWA’s Kiss of Death Chapter is Friendship. Here’s a line from my new young adult superhero novel, Superhero High.

The album is filled with pictures of us. Ballet recitals, swim meets, birthdays. We’ve been together for all life’s important events. Until now. I swipe away a tear and whisper, “I can’t do this without you, Ronny.”

You can see previous week’s themes and lines here.

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#1LineWed – Sounds

1LineWedToday’s theme for 1 Line Wednesday, sponsored by RWA’s Kiss of Death Chapter is Sounds. Here’s a line from Evan’s POV from The Uprising.

We’re only about ten miles from camp when an explosion tears through the night behind us, like an angry lion roaring his displeasure.

You can see previous week’s themes and lines here.

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Release Day + Giveaway – Act Like It by Lucy Parker

Act Like It Release

Today is release day for Act Like It, a contemporary romance by Lucy Parker. See below for information on the book, buy links, an exclusive excerpt, and details on her giveaway.

Act Like It by Lucy Parker

Act Like It by Lucy Parker

About the Book
Title: Act Like It
Author: Lucy Parker
Publisher: Carina Press
Release Date: November 30, 2015
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo

Synopsis
This just in: romance takes center stage as West End theatre’s Richard Troy steps out with none other than castmate Elaine Graham

Richard Troy used to be the hottest actor in London, but the only thing firing up lately is his temper. We all love to love a bad boy, but Richard’s antics have made him Enemy Number One, breaking the hearts of fans across the city.

Have the tides turned? Has English rose Lainie Graham made him into a new man?

Sources say the mismatched pair has been spotted at multiple events, arm in arm and hip to hip. From fits of jealousy to longing looks and heated whispers, onlookers are stunned by this blooming romance.

Could the rumors be right? Could this unlikely romance be the real thing? Or are these gifted stage actors playing us all?

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Excerpt
It would have helped if she’d got further than the couch part of the couch-to-5k training plan she’d printed off the internet. Lainie crossed the finishing line and immediately dropped her head toward the ground, leaning her hands against her thighs and fiercely rejecting the urge to vomit. She was embarrassingly unfit, but if the chain-smoking, foulmouthed comedian two steps ahead of her could finish with a smile on his face and no visible signs of nausea, then so could she. She straightened with an effort, cringing as her back made an audible cracking sound. Performing in a play was a physical job, for God’s sake. It required stamina. She didn’t even have the excuse of sitting behind a computer all day.

Camera lights flashed as more participants made it over the line. They included several soap actors, a controversial political commentator, a popular abstract artist, and a DJ from Radio 1. The fund-raising committee had managed to put together a respectable hit list of names for the Shining Lights UK 5k, considering that Fun Runs were among the least popular of charitable events. She couldn’t even say the term without an ironic inflection on the first word. What kind of half-witted masochist actually enjoyed running on a drizzly October morning in London? On a weekday, no less, when there were plenty of people about with laptops and coffee cups, observing the mania with perplexity.

Lainie had tried to suggest an alternative—a bake-off, a rock concert—but the director of the foundation was a jogging enthusiast who refused to believe that other people might not share his predilection for spandex. She saw him now, standing by the refreshment table, doing some kind of yoga stretch and looking cool and unfazed. He didn’t even have sweat stains in his armpits. Unnatural.

“Well done!” he called to her. “How was that?”

About thirty-five minutes of pure, wheezing hell, thank you for asking.

“Great,” she said, desperately sucking air into her abused lungs. “Brilliant way to start the day.” If you enjoy unrelenting pain. “I beat my personal best time.”

Which was true, in the sense that she had never run a 5k before and hopefully never would again.

Oh, well. It was all money for worthy coffers.

“Couldn’t agree with you more,” he enthused. “Nothing more invigorating than an early morning run.”

The poor man had obviously never had early morning sex. Or a caramel latte.

He nodded toward the throng of spectators, shivering under their support banners. “Good to see the SOs out in force, as well.”

“The SOs?” she asked blankly, trying to follow the direction of his gaze. Had she failed to swot up on necessary athletic jargon as well? Safety Officers? Sports Officials? Sulky Octopi? She had no idea.

“Significant others. Always helps to have a cheerleader on the sidelines, doesn’t it?” He chuckled. “Yours looks a bit worn around the edges. Dragged him out of bed early, did you?”

Completely at sea, Lainie didn’t respond. Then she finally saw what—or rather whom—he was looking at. Richard was leaning against a pop-up art installation. The enormous statue of a polar bear wore an identical frown and a similar amount of facial hair. The bear was evidently very worried about the status of global warming; a stroppy and still unshaven Richard appeared more concerned with his own warmth, or lack thereof. His hands were thrust in his pockets and he was doing the standing jig-dance of the cold and crabby, bobbing from one foot to the other.

Absently excusing herself from the grinning director, Lainie hurried over to him, blowing on her own ungloved hands. Now that she had stopped running, the chill was creeping in.

“What are you doing here?” she asked, amazed and irritable. This had not, as far as she knew, been on their agreed list of activities, and she couldn’t imagine he was pining for her company. She felt justifiably annoyed with him for turning up when she was a red-faced, snot-nosed mess. Not that she had ever exactly bowled him over when she was a painstakingly curled, professionally made-up siren, either.

Although he hadn’t seemed repelled during that one rain-saturated moment earlier in the week. Which she was never going to think about again. She’d been telling herself so all week.

He hadn’t wanted to kiss her.

Had he?

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Author Lucy Parker

Author Lucy Parker

About the Author
Lucy Parker lives in the gorgeous Central Otago region of New Zealand, where she feels lucky every day to look out at mountains, lakes, and vineyards. She has a degree in Art History, loves museums and art galleries, and doodles unrecognizable flowers when she has writer’s block.

When she’s not writing, working or sleeping, she happily tackles the towering pile of to-be-read books that never gets any smaller. Thankfully, there’s always another story waiting.

Her interest in romantic fiction began with a pre-teen viewing of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice (Firth-style), which prompted her to read the book as well. A family friend introduced her to Georgette Heyer, and the rest was history.

Where to Find Lucy Parker
Goodreads Website | Twitter | Facebook | Street Team | Newsletter | Pinterest

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Giveaway
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Cover Reveal Day 4 – Untouchable Darkness (The Dark Ones) by Rachel Van Dyken

Welcome to the final day of the Untouchable Darkness cover reveal. Here it is, the fully revealed cover to the second book in the paranormal romance series, The Dark Ones, by New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Rachel Van Dyken. The book releases on December 29, but you can pre-order now. See below for links.

Untouchable Darkness (The Dark Ones #2) by Rachel Van Dyken

Untouchable Darkness (The Dark Ones #2) by Rachel Van Dyken

About the Book
Title: Untouchable Darkness
Series: The Dark Ones Saga #2
Author: Rachel Van Dyken
Release Date: December 29, 2015
Genre: New Adult Paranormal Romance
Links: Goodreads | AmazonBarnes & Noble | iBooks | KoboSmashwords

Synopsis
To love a Dark One is to invite death…

It is wrong to love her.
It is worse to want her.
It is sin to consume her.
I desire all three.

I’ve been given thirty days to prove my love to another immortal–as a human. Cursed to use nothing but the side of myself I’ve always despised to win her affection. I am Cassius, the King of the immortals, A Dark One.

And today I tasted fear for the first time.

How can I win her when my human emotions over take every ounce of logic I possess?

A darkness is brewing.
One I cannot stop as a human.
One that Stephanie, my loves visions, have shown, will be my end.
Thirty days ago I was King of the immortals.
Today I know fear.
Today I know how I will die.
By her hand.
The woman I love.​

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the Dark Ones (The Dark Ones Saga #1) by Rachel Van Dyken

the Dark Ones (The Dark Ones Saga #1) by Rachel Van Dyken

About the Book
Title: The Dark Ones
Series: The Dark Ones Saga #1
Author: Rachel Van Dyken
Release Date: September 20, 2015
Genre: New Adult Paranormal Romance
Links: Goodreads | AmazonBarnes & Noble | iBooks | KoboSmashwords

Synopsis
To touch a Dark One is death.

To talk to an immortal is suicide.

Yet, I’ve been marked by both.

A Vampire.

And the King of the immortals.

My life is no longer my own.

And now I know the truth, my life was never mine to begin with.

It was theirs. It’s always been theirs.

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Author Rachel Van Dyken

Author Rachel Van Dyken

About the Author

 Rachel Van Dyken is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author of regency and contemporary romances.

When she’s not writing you can find her drinking coffee at Starbucks and plotting her next book while watching The Bachelor.

She keeps her home in Idaho with her Husband and their snoring Boxer, Sir Winston Churchill. She loves to hear from readers!

You can follow her writing journey at www.rachelvandykenauthor.com

Where to find Rachel Van Dyken
Goodreads Website | NewsletterFacebook Twitter | Amazon
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Cover Reveal Day 3 – Untouchable Darkness (The Dark Ones) by Rachel Van Dyken

Welcome to the third day of the four-day Untouchable Darkness cover reveal. Every day, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Rachel Van Dyken, will reveal slightly more of the cover to Untouchable Darkness, the second book in her paranormal romance series, The Dark Ones Saga, releasing on December 29. See below for information on the book and pre-order links.

Untouchable Darkness (The Dark Ones #2) by Rachel Van Dyken

Untouchable Darkness (The Dark Ones #2) by Rachel Van Dyken

About the Book
Title: Untouchable Darkness
Series: The Dark Ones Saga #2
Author: Rachel Van Dyken
Release Date: December 29, 2015
Genre: New Adult Paranormal Romance
Links: Goodreads | AmazonBarnes & Noble | iBooks | KoboSmashwords

Synopsis
To love a Dark One is to invite death…

It is wrong to love her.
It is worse to want her.
It is sin to consume her.
I desire all three.

I’ve been given thirty days to prove my love to another immortal–as a human. Cursed to use nothing but the side of myself I’ve always despised to win her affection. I am Cassius, the King of the immortals, A Dark One.

And today I tasted fear for the first time.

How can I win her when my human emotions over take every ounce of logic I possess?

A darkness is brewing.
One I cannot stop as a human.
One that Stephanie, my loves visions, have shown, will be my end.
Thirty days ago I was King of the immortals.
Today I know fear.
Today I know how I will die.
By her hand.
The woman I love.​

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the Dark Ones (The Dark Ones Saga #1) by Rachel Van Dyken

the Dark Ones (The Dark Ones Saga #1) by Rachel Van Dyken

About the Book
Title: The Dark Ones
Series: The Dark Ones Saga #1
Author: Rachel Van Dyken
Release Date: September 20, 2015
Genre: New Adult Paranormal Romance
Links: Goodreads | AmazonBarnes & Noble | iBooks | KoboSmashwords

Synopsis
To touch a Dark One is death.

To talk to an immortal is suicide.

Yet, I’ve been marked by both.

A Vampire.

And the King of the immortals.

My life is no longer my own.

And now I know the truth, my life was never mine to begin with.

It was theirs. It’s always been theirs.

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Author Rachel Van Dyken

Author Rachel Van Dyken

About the Author

 Rachel Van Dyken is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author of regency and contemporary romances.

When she’s not writing you can find her drinking coffee at Starbucks and plotting her next book while watching The Bachelor.

She keeps her home in Idaho with her Husband and their snoring Boxer, Sir Winston Churchill. She loves to hear from readers!

You can follow her writing journey at www.rachelvandykenauthor.com

Where to find Rachel Van Dyken
Goodreads Website | NewsletterFacebook Twitter | Amazon
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#1LineWed – Hot

1LineWedToday’s theme for 1 Line Wednesday, sponsored by RWA’s Kiss of Death Chapter is Hot. Here’s a line from my new young adult superhero novel, Superhero High.

“We’re gonna rule the school. You with your hot new boyfriend, me with my hot old boyfriend…”
“He’s 18, not 80!”

You can see previous week’s themes and lines here.

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Cover Reveal Day 2 – Untouchable Darkness (The Dark Ones) by Rachel Van Dyken

Welcome to the second day of the four-day Untouchable Darkness cover reveal. Every day, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Rachel Van Dyken, will reveal slightly more of the cover to Untouchable Darkness, the second book in her paranormal romance series, The Dark Ones Saga, releasing on December 29. See below for information on the book and pre-order links.

Untouchable Darkness (The Dark Ones #2) by Rachel Van Dyken

Untouchable Darkness (The Dark Ones #2) by Rachel Van Dyken

About the Book
Title: Untouchable Darkness
Series: The Dark Ones Saga #2
Author: Rachel Van Dyken
Release Date: December 29, 2015
Genre: New Adult Paranormal Romance
Links: Goodreads | AmazonBarnes & Noble | iBooks | KoboSmashwords

Synopsis
To love a Dark One is to invite death…

It is wrong to love her.
It is worse to want her.
It is sin to consume her.
I desire all three.

I’ve been given thirty days to prove my love to another immortal–as a human. Cursed to use nothing but the side of myself I’ve always despised to win her affection. I am Cassius, the King of the immortals, A Dark One.

And today I tasted fear for the first time.

How can I win her when my human emotions over take every ounce of logic I possess?

A darkness is brewing.
One I cannot stop as a human.
One that Stephanie, my loves visions, have shown, will be my end.
Thirty days ago I was King of the immortals.
Today I know fear.
Today I know how I will die.
By her hand.
The woman I love.​

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the Dark Ones (The Dark Ones Saga #1) by Rachel Van Dyken

the Dark Ones (The Dark Ones Saga #1) by Rachel Van Dyken

About the Book
Title: The Dark Ones
Series: The Dark Ones Saga #1
Author: Rachel Van Dyken
Release Date: September 20, 2015
Genre: New Adult Paranormal Romance
Links: Goodreads | AmazonBarnes & Noble | iBooks | KoboSmashwords

Synopsis
To touch a Dark One is death.

To talk to an immortal is suicide.

Yet, I’ve been marked by both.

A Vampire.

And the King of the immortals.

My life is no longer my own.

And now I know the truth, my life was never mine to begin with.

It was theirs. It’s always been theirs.

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Author Rachel Van Dyken

Author Rachel Van Dyken

About the Author

 Rachel Van Dyken is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author of regency and contemporary romances.

When she’s not writing you can find her drinking coffee at Starbucks and plotting her next book while watching The Bachelor.

She keeps her home in Idaho with her Husband and their snoring Boxer, Sir Winston Churchill. She loves to hear from readers!

You can follow her writing journey at www.rachelvandykenauthor.com

Where to find Rachel Van Dyken
Goodreads Website | NewsletterFacebook Twitter | Amazon
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Cover Reveal – Untouchable Darkness (The Dark Ones) by Rachel Van Dyken

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Rachel Van Dyken, is revealing the cover to Untouchable Darkness, the second book in her paranormal romance series, The Dark Ones Saga, releasing on December 29. See below for information on the book and pre-order links.

Untouchable Darkness (The Dark Ones #2) by Rachel Van Dyken

Untouchable Darkness (The Dark Ones #2) by Rachel Van Dyken

About the Book
Title: Untouchable Darkness
Series: The Dark Ones Saga #2
Author: Rachel Van Dyken
Release Date: December 29, 2015
Genre: New Adult Paranormal Romance
Links: Goodreads | AmazonBarnes & Noble | iBooks | KoboSmashwords

Synopsis
To love a Dark One is to invite death…

It is wrong to love her.
It is worse to want her.
It is sin to consume her.
I desire all three.

I’ve been given thirty days to prove my love to another immortal–as a human. Cursed to use nothing but the side of myself I’ve always despised to win her affection. I am Cassius, the King of the immortals, A Dark One.

And today I tasted fear for the first time.

How can I win her when my human emotions over take every ounce of logic I possess?

A darkness is brewing.
One I cannot stop as a human.
One that Stephanie, my loves visions, have shown, will be my end.
Thirty days ago I was King of the immortals.
Today I know fear.
Today I know how I will die.
By her hand.
The woman I love.​

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the Dark Ones (The Dark Ones Saga #1) by Rachel Van Dyken

the Dark Ones (The Dark Ones Saga #1) by Rachel Van Dyken

About the Book
Title: The Dark Ones
Series: The Dark Ones Saga #1
Author: Rachel Van Dyken
Release Date: September 20, 2015
Genre: New Adult Paranormal Romance
Links: Goodreads | AmazonBarnes & Noble | iBooks | KoboSmashwords

Synopsis
To touch a Dark One is death.

To talk to an immortal is suicide.

Yet, I’ve been marked by both.

A Vampire.

And the King of the immortals.

My life is no longer my own.

And now I know the truth, my life was never mine to begin with.

It was theirs. It’s always been theirs.

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Author Rachel Van Dyken

Author Rachel Van Dyken

About the Author

 Rachel Van Dyken is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author of regency and contemporary romances.

When she’s not writing you can find her drinking coffee at Starbucks and plotting her next book while watching The Bachelor.

She keeps her home in Idaho with her Husband and their snoring Boxer, Sir Winston Churchill. She loves to hear from readers!

You can follow her writing journey at www.rachelvandykenauthor.com

Where to find Rachel Van Dyken
Goodreads Website | NewsletterFacebook Twitter | Amazon
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#1LineWed – Time

1LineWedToday’s theme for 1 Line Wednesday, sponsored by RWA’s Kiss of Death Chapter is Time. Here’s a couple of lines from Cyrus’s POV from The Uprising.

I can’t pretend her sleeping with that douche doesn’t piss me off. I want to punch something every time I see him, which is pretty much every fucking day.

You can see previous week’s themes and lines here.

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#1LineWed – Last Line of a Chapter

1LineWedToday’s theme for 1 Line Wednesday, sponsored by RWA’s Kiss of Death Chapter is the Last Line of a Chapter. Here is the last line from Chapter 12 of The Uprising.

Evan’s POV:
I realize what I want, what I’ve always wanted. Stepping back, I take his hand, lacing our fingers, and lead him to my tent.

You can see previous week’s themes and lines here.

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#1LineWed – Dialogue

1LineWedToday’s theme for 1 Line Wednesday, sponsored by RWA’s Kiss of Death Chapter is Dialogue. Here are a few lines from Cyrus’s POV.

Chapter 5 – Cyrus’s POV:
“What’s going on with you and the redhead.”
“We’re not talking about this, Rainey.”
“Sure we are. You’re being a giant ass.”

You can see previous week’s themes and lines here.

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Blog Tour – Excerpt + Giveaway – The Dark Ones by Rachel Van Dyken

The Dark Ones Blog Tour

Welcome to the blog tour for  The Dark Ones, the first book in the paranormal romance series, The Dark Ones Saga, by New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Rachel Van Dyken. See below for information on the book, buy links, and an exclusive excerpt.

the Dark Ones (The Dark Ones Saga #1) by Rachel Van Dyken

the Dark Ones (The Dark Ones Saga #1) by Rachel Van Dyken

About the Book
Title: The Dark Ones
Series: The Dark Ones Saga #1
Author: Rachel Van Dyken
Release Date: September 20, 2015
Genre: New Adult Romance
Links: Goodreads | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Smashwords

Synopsis
To touch a Dark One is death.

To talk to an immortal is suicide.

Yet, I’ve been marked by both.

A Vampire.

And the King of the immortals.

My life is no longer my own.

And now I know the truth, my life was never mine to begin with.

It was theirs. It’s always been theirs.

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The Dark Ones Teaser 1

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Excerpt #1
I still tasted her blood on my lips, was embarrassed for the first time in a century when Alex glanced up from his spot at the kitchen table to see me licking my lips like I’d just devoured the poor girl.

He shook his head. “Been that long, huh?”

“Alex…” I closed my eyes and prayed for patience. “…remind me why I let you live here?”

“I’m good-looking,” he answered simply. “Besides, I’m a hell of a fighter — scrappy, I think is how you define my kind. You need me.”

“Stop.” I pressed my fingertips to my temples and rubbed. The ache to have her had consumed me so much that I’d run down the stairs moving so fast I’d nearly collided with a wall, and grabbed blood from the fridge.

I didn’t need it.

But I craved it.

And if I didn’t drink the donated blood, I sure as hell was going to drain her and enjoyed very last drop.

“I wonder” Alex’s voice pierced my thoughts. “What’s it like?” He leaned forward. “Having to learn self-control all over again… being as ancient as you are?”

I ignored him.

He kept talking.

“Blood-free for a century and now…” He grinned and licked his lips. “Kind of like falling off the wagon, yeah?”

“You’re giving me a headache.” I threw the empty bag of blood at his face. He moved to the side and snickered. “And I’m fine. Everything is just—”

Her smell was intoxicating. She was walking down the stairs, so her heart picked up speed, her body giving off a scent of burnt vanilla and oranges with a hint of sugar. My mouth literally watered.

“Fine?” Alex said in a mocking voice. “Was that what you were going to say? Damn, man show a little decorum, you look… starved.”

“I am,” I whispered and fought the urge to rock back and forth. That was the problem with mating — with bonding. Nothing tasted like her, nothing ever would, and typically, having her as my mate gave me full access.

But the more I took…

The stronger the bond.

And the more I wanted…

It was a vicious overwhelming cycle. It would lead me to become emotionally invested while she, as a human, could simply pretend.

It wasn’t fair.

Immortals, in essence, were cursed with a deep desire to be like a human — to possess them, to bond with them forever — while humans only felt the same draw to us if they actually loved us.

Ridiculous.

“Oh, there you are.” Stephanie pushed Genesis forward and pulled out a chair.

Slowly, Genesis took a seat and glared at each one of us. “Where’s Mason?”

It shouldn’t have pissed me off.

But it had.

“He’s none of your concern,” I spat.

“Easy!” Alex chuckled. “Rule number one, don’t ask your mate where the other dude is. Just… don’t.”

Genesis blinked at Alex then back at me. “Because you guys have the capacity for jealousy.”

Alex whistled while Stephanie laughed.

Immortals were the most jealous beings on the planet. Had her school taught her nothing?

Was I to be her tutor as well?

“So…” Alex trained his eyes on her, putting her at as much ease as he could without stopping her poor heart. “Now that the mating is complete, you get to learn all about us and service your man here.” He slapped my back.

Really. Really. Poor choice of words.

Genesis paled.

I rolled my eyes. “He’s kidding.”

Alex laughed. “I think it needs to be said that having a human at the house has already helped my mood immensely.”

“That makes one of you,” Genesis said under her breath.

Alex leaned forward and whispered, “Ethan, try not to be so grouchy. Keep the fangs in and all.”

I extended them just to prove a point.

Genesis recoiled.

I instantly felt guilty.

Damn it.

“You won’t…” I licked my lips. “You won’t have to service me, as Alex so delicately put it.”

“Is that what mates do?” Genesis asked, her eyes searching mine. “They…” She lifted her hands into the air and dropped them.

“If that’s what you think they do, we have a very big problem.” Alex mimicked her movements and winked.

She blushed.

I hissed at him and returned my attention to her. “It’s like a human relationship, only stronger. You’ll attend functions with me, be by my side, at my beck and call for as long as you live.”

I didn’t want to say until one day she just didn’t wake up. It sounded too cruel.

“And when I’m bored out of my mind… I do what?” She crossed her arms. “I mean, what could you possibly need from me?”

“Adorable.” Alex sighed happily. “I’m so glad we kept her.”

“Alex…” I was two seconds away from slamming him into the nearest wall. “Make yourself useful and find our human a snack.”

“I’m not a pet!” Genesis yelled. “And I’m not your human!”

“You are,” I yelled right back, “mine!”

“Kids.” Stephanie stepped between us.

I didn’t even realize I’d gotten out of the chair and was towering over her, fangs out, hands raised. She’d turned me into a monster. And still, my eyes found her erratic pulse. One more taste…

“Ethan—” Stephanie pushed against my chest. I didn’t move. “Ethan!”

“Friend…” Mason walked into the room. “Sit your ass down before she hands it to you.”

“Like she could!” I roared.

“Like I have!” Stephanie pushed me again. “Don’t tempt me… again.”

I sat, while Mason made his way over to Genesis and offered an easy smile. The man had nothing to smile about, yet he was smiling — at my mate.

I growled.

Mason gave me the finger and kept his attention trained on Genesis. “How do you feel?”

“Better.” She returned his smile and squeezed his outstretched hand. “Thanks for not… killing me when I asked.”

“Damn…” Alex said from the kitchen.

“You were in pain.” Mason shrugged. “And I’m glad you’re alright.”

“She’s fine. We’re fine. Everything’s fine,” I said through clenched teeth. “Now it’s probably time to give her answers before she thinks she can run off and actually survive in the real world without being hunted by a Dark One, or worse, found by Cassius.”

“He isn’t all bad,” Stephanie said defensively.

We all glared at her.

“What?” She lifted her hands into the air. “I’m just saying he’s been trying as hard as we have. So what if he’s gotten a bit possessive over the last few numbers that have been called.”

Alex slammed his fist onto the table. “He stole Ethan’s—”

“Enough.” I held up my hand. The pain in my chest grew until it was hard to breathe. I knew what would take that pain away.

Genesis.

But I was too angry to ask for it. Too ashamed to fall to my knees in front of a mere mortal and beg for her to end the pain by allowing me one solitary drop of her blood.

As if on cue, another bag of blood hit me in the head.

Alex must have sensed my mood.

I bit into it and looked away from Genesis’s horrified expression.

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The Dark Ones Teaser 2

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Author Rachel Van Dyken

Author Rachel Van Dyken

About the Author

 Rachel Van Dyken is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author of regency and contemporary romances.

When she’s not writing you can find her drinking coffee at Starbucks and plotting her next book while watching The Bachelor.

She keeps her home in Idaho with her Husband and their snoring Boxer, Sir Winston Churchill. She loves to hear from readers!

You can follow her writing journey at www.rachelvandykenauthor.com

Where to find Rachel Van Dyken
Goodreads Website | NewsletterFacebook Twitter | Amazon

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Giveaway
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#1LineWed – Questions

1LineWedToday’s theme for 1 Line Wednesday, sponsored by RWA’s Kiss of Death Chapter is Questions. And the question is, which one? So many to choose from. Here are a few lines from Evan’s POV.

Chapter 6 – Evan’s POV:
He stares at me, spoon midair, milk dripping onto the table.
“Are you going to say something?”
“Have you lost your fucking mind?”

You can see previous week’s themes and lines here.

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Release Day + Giveaway – The Dark Ones by Rachel Van Dyken

The Dark Ones Release

Today is release day for The Dark Ones, the first book in the paranormal romance series, The Dark Ones Saga, by New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Rachel Van Dyken. See below for information on the book and buy links.

the Dark Ones (The Dark Ones Saga #1) by Rachel Van Dyken

the Dark Ones (The Dark Ones Saga #1) by Rachel Van Dyken

About the Book
Title: The Dark Ones
Series: The Dark Ones Saga #1
Author: Rachel Van Dyken
Release Date: September 20, 2015
Genre: New Adult Romance
Links: Goodreads | AmazonBarnes & Noble | iBooks | Smashwords

Synopsis
To touch a Dark One is death.

To talk to an immortal is suicide.

Yet, I’ve been marked by both.

A Vampire.

And the King of the immortals.

My life is no longer my own.

And now I know the truth, my life was never mine to begin with.

It was theirs. It’s always been theirs.

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The Dark Ones Teaser 3

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Excerpt
I didn’t open my eyes. “No staying in bed all day?”

“About that…” Ethan sighed. “The good news is it will feel like we’ve been in bed for days when really it could have been mere hours.”

“Hmm?” I perked up. “Well, that’s a nice trick.”

“I’m full of them.” His eyes sparkled. “Care to know more?”

“Yes,” I whispered, my mouth finding his.

With a groan, he pushed me back against the mattress and loomed over me, his naked body glorious-looking against the sunlight streaming through the window. “Perhaps we’ll stay a bit longer.”

“Yes.” I nodded my head eagerly. “I’m your mate, after all. Don’t you want me to be pleased?”

“You were pleased at least four times last night, possibly five, if we count the time I—”

“Shh.” I put my hands over his mouth.

He smirked. “Afraid the dust will hear?”

I rolled my eyes.

“Ethan!” Alex’s voice boomed on the other side of the door. “Feed her!”

“Ignore him,” Ethan hissed.

The knock got louder. “For the love of God, she’s human. Give her food.”

“He’s a siren. He knows nothing.” Ethan continued kissing me.

“Mason will break down the door if he has to.” Fighting broke out in the hall. “Ethan, I can smell the sex from here. One immortal to another, feed her before you can’t feed from her anymore.”

Ethan growled and pulled back from me. “They have no manners.”

I was half-tempted to cover my face with my hands. Had they heard us? Of course they’d heard us, and they knew, and they could… Yeah, I wanted to crawl under the bed and hide for a few days. Instead, Ethan pounced from the bed, put on a pair of jeans, and jerked open the door while I tried to hide beneath the covers.

Alex peered over Ethan’s shoulder and waved.

I had no choice but to wave back and hope that I wasn’t as red as I felt.

“She’s alive.” Alex held up his hand for a high five. “No? Not funny? Too soon?”

“Horrible joke,” Mason said next to him. “I made eggs. She’s going to need food. Make her eat everything on the plate and—”

He was still talking when Ethan slammed the door in his face and brought a giant plate of food over to me.

“Forgive them.” Ethan scowled. “There aren’t typically secrets between us, and they’re just concerned for you.”

I pointed at the eggs, ten slices of bacon, and toast. “Clearly, they don’t want me to starve.”

“Wolves.” Ethan looked heavenward. “He should be more concerned with his own diet, the ass.”

“It does smell good.” I moved up the bed so I could lean against the headboard. “Do you eat?”

Ethan’s lips curved into a predatory smile. “I ate several times last night. Care for me to refresh your memory?”

My cheeks burned.

“So tempting.” He reached for a piece of bacon and held it to his lips, taking a small bite that had my entire body clenching to keep from reaching out and attacking him. “And yes, I can eat. I typically do eat but haven’t been because when we drink, we don’t need normal food.”

“But before me…” I grabbed a piece of toast. “You were eating normal food.”

“I like you better.” He winked. “But yes, I was.”

“Good to know I’m better than bacon.”

“Your taste…” His eyes brightened. “…is unlike anything I’ve ever had.”

“Hmm…” I licked my lips.

“Stop it,” he hissed and looked away. “Damn, I can’t watch you eat. I’m going to shower while you eat your entire plate as per Mason’s orders, and then I’ll contemplate letting you leave this room so you can go to the bookstore.”

“Ah!” I almost knocked over the food. “My job! Am I late? Will I get fired?”

Ethan burst out laughing. “It’s eight in the morning. He’s expecting you when I drop you off. No sooner, no later. You won’t get fired. He wouldn’t dream of it, and you really are adorable.”

“And hot.” I sighed.

“That too.”

“No, I mean hot, as in, it’s scorching in here.”

Ethan winced. “You may be that way for a few days.”

“Hot?”

He nodded.

“Why?”

“Too much vampire blood makes you overheat a bit.” He shrugged. “It won’t turn you— You’re very much human, like I’ve said before, but sometimes the vampire blood causes a type of burn to take over in your bloodstream, not painful, just not exactly pleasant if it’s a hundred degrees outside.”

“Good thing it’s Seattle.” I bit into the toast.

“Yes, well, I imagine at this point, raindrops would simply turn to vapor if they landed on your skin.”

I smiled.

“Shower.” He nodded. “I’m going to turn around now and walk away.”

“Narrating?”

“Apparently, that’s what I do when I can think of nothing more than ripping that sheet from your body, slamming you into the nearest wall, and possessing you all over again.”

I dropped the toast.

He growled, taking two steps toward me, then swore and turned back around.

“Have a good shower!” I called.

Another growl was his answer, and then his jeans went flying. I wasn’t laughing anymore.

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Author Rachel Van Dyken

Author Rachel Van Dyken

About the Author

 Rachel Van Dyken is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author of regency and contemporary romances.

When she’s not writing you can find her drinking coffee at Starbucks and plotting her next book while watching The Bachelor.

She keeps her home in Idaho with her Husband and their snoring Boxer, Sir Winston Churchill. She loves to hear from readers!

You can follow her writing journey at www.rachelvandykenauthor.com

Where to find Rachel Van Dyken
Goodreads Website | NewsletterFacebook Twitter | Amazon

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#1LineWed – Short Lines

1LineWedToday’s theme for 1 Line Wednesday, sponsored by RWA’s Kiss of Death Chapter is Short Lines. Basically, conveying your message in as few words as possible. Anyone who’s read The Union series knows brevity is not my strong suit, but here is my attempt.

Chapter 10 – Cyrus POV:
I reach the end of the alley and peer around the corner.
Straight into the barrel of a gun.
Shit.

You can see previous week’s themes and lines here.

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#1LineWed – Family

1LineWedToday’s theme for 1 Line Wednesday, sponsored by RWA’s Kiss of Death Chapter is Family. Here is one each from Cyrus’s and Evan’s points of view.

Line 1 – Chapter 29 – Cyrus POV:
“Yeah. I get it. I just…she has family, and I’m not going to take her away from them.”

Line 2 – Chapter 2 – Evan POV
“You’re my dad and you’re dating my ex-boyfriend’s sister! This is gonna make family holidays totally awkward.”

You can see previous week’s themes and lines here.

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