Thursday 20 June 2013

South of Surrender Blog Tour: Guest Post from Laura Kaye with International Giveaway

As a huge fan of Laura Kaye's Hearts of Anemoi series I'm thrilled to be taking part in the blog tour to celebrate the release of the 3rd book in the series South of Surrender. This is a fabulous paranormal romance series and I think Chrys might just have been my favourite hero so far, I'll be posting my full review later today but in the meantime let me give you a bit more information about the book.

She’s the only one who can see through his golden boy façade to the broken god within…

Chrysander Notos, Supreme God of the South Wind and Summer, is on a mission: save Eurus from his death sentence and prove his troubled brother can be redeemed. But Eurus fights back, triggering vicious summer storms that threaten the mortal realm, dangerously drain Chrys, and earn the ire of the Olympic gods who ordered Eurus dead.

Laney Summerlyn refuses to give up her grandfather’s horse farm, despite her deteriorating vision. More than ever, she needs the organized routine of her life at Summerlyn Stables, until a ferocious storm brings an impossible—and beautiful—creature crashing down from the heavens.

Injured while fighting Eurus, Chrys finds himself at the mercy of a mortal woman whose compassion and acceptance he can’t resist. As they surrender to the passion flaring between them, immortal enemies close in, forcing Chrys to choose between his brother and the only woman who’s ever loved the real him.

Hearts of the Anemoi Series:
North of Need
West of Want
South of Surrender
East of Ecstasy (2014)

Author Bio:
Laura is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of a dozen books in contemporary and paranormal romance. Growing up, Laura’s large extended family believed in the supernatural, and family lore involving angels, ghosts, and evil-eye curses cemented in Laura a life-long fascination with storytelling and all things paranormal. She lives in Maryland with her husband, two daughters, and cute-but-bad dog, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.
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Now please give Laura Kaye a very warm welcome to Feeling Fictional! She's here to tell you all about South of Surrender and she is holding a couple of fab giveaways so make sure you enter them both!


7 Reason to Try South of Surrender by Laura Kaye

I’m thrilled to be wrapping up my blog tour celebrating the release of South of Surrender here at Feeling Fictional! South of Surrender is my tenth published novel and the third in my Greek-mythology-inspired Hearts of the Anemoi series, and it was a total blast to write. Today, I thought I’d share seven reasons to give South of Surrender a try, even if you haven’t read the first two books in the series:

7. Most of the reviews are coming down on the side of South of Surrender being successful as a stand-alone novel, meaning you don’t have to have read North of Need or West of Want to get what’s going on and follow along. So you can jump into bed with Chrysander now! LOL

6. Most battle scenes of any book I’ve written. South of Surrender is filled with battle scenes between the gods and in some cases involving mythological creatures, too. They were a blast to write.

5. Biggest character ensemble I’ve ever used in a book. In addition to the main romantic couple of Chrysander and Laney, there are several dozen other characters in South of Surrender, most playing only a minimal part. But what I think this really adds is depth to the worldbuilding and the mythology.

4. South of Surrender will make you feel. In fact, I dare you not to get teary! LOL I have never bawled so hard as I did while writing a scene in this book. You’ll know the one…

3. Some of the hottest sex scenes I’ve written. If you thought my other books were hot, South of Surrender blows most of them out of the water in terms of sexual tension and downright heat in the sex scenes themselves. You gotta read to believe! LOL

2. Admirable, kick-ass heroine. She might be nearly blind, but Laney Summerlyn doesn’t let anyone push her around. Her strength makes me wish I knew her as a real person!

1. Alpha hero in the form of a summer god! Chrysander Notos is the Supreme God of the South Wind and Summer, and he is hot. Literally! Alpha, immortal, dominant, mmm! What better hero for a summer read?

GIVEAWAY: Have you read any of the books in this series yet? If so, share a favorite scene from any of them (North of Need, West of Want, South of Surrender)! If not, feel free to ask a question! One commenter who leaves their email address will win a Hearts of the Anemoi tote bag and tons of swag! Open to international! Good luck!

Also enter the Rafflecopter before it’s too late for a chance at the overall grand prizes to be picked on June 22!

Visit all the stops on the South of Surrender Blog Tour for more ways to win!


Thank you for a fabulous guest post Laura! I'm having a hard time picking my favourite moments from the series but you already know how much I adore Owen (from North of Need) and his ice cream addiction! There was a particular scene where he is in a little igloo he's built in Megan's garden and she introduces him to the joys of snow cones which stands out in my mind. To be honest I have loved each of the heroes in this series, the way Zeph cares for Ella after she is injured in the storm he inadvertently started (in West of Want) and the way Chrys is so utterly dominant in the bedroom - they're just all completely swoon worthy LOL.

Giveaway Details:

You have 2 chances to win prizes so make sure you enter using both of the rafflecopter forms below.

Giveaway 1:
This is a tour wide giveaway where 3 lucky winners will each receive a $100 gift card of their choice (Amazon, B&N or iTunes). A 4th winner will receive signed copies of all 3 books in the Hearts of Anemoi series (I know which prize I'm hoping to win - I LOVE signed books!). Winners will be announced and contacted directly by Laura Kaye.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Giveaway 2:
The second giveaway is only available at this stop on the blog tour and one lucky winner will receive a Hearts of the Anemoi tote bag and tons of swag.
  • This giveaway is open internationally and the winner will be selected at random via rafflecopter.
  • The winner's prize will be sent out directly by Laura Kaye so the winner must give me permission to pass their address on.
  • To enter please use the rafflecopter widget below, there are optional extra entries for following or tweeting about the giveaway but these are not required to enter.
  • The giveaway will close at 12:01am GMT on the 5th of July 2013 and the winner will be contacted soon afterwards. You will have 48 hours to reply to me with your address or A new winner will be chosen.
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  1. i really loved the scene with the ice cream in north of need^^ ( the first one) owen was so cute!

    thank you for this new giveaway


  2. Thanks for kicking off the comments, Miki! That scene with Owen and Megan was so fun to write!

  3. I can't really pick a favorite scene and I have only been able to read North of Need so far, but what really stood out for me was the absolute anguish in the beginning of that book. It was so painful to read that I had to put it down for a while to recover from the pain.

    Thank you, I am looking forward to reading the next two books!

    easternsunset @ Hotmail . com

  4. Thanks Ang! I'm glad to know you really felt it!

  5. i love your series and south of surrender was really good. are you going to write about the sons of eurus?thanks

  6. I loved the struggles in North of Need. Her struggle to fall in love and his need to make it happen within a week.
    Also loved the scenes with the peach ice cream :)

  7. Ok I absolutely love Chrys! but there is this one particular scene in West of Want that made me laugh when I read it on the Blog tour last year and had me buying West of Want straight away and reading it :D Its probably pretty long but I'm gonna share it here for anyone who hasn't read West of Want and hopefully It'll make you want to read Zeph's book as well as Chrys's :D
    "His weight disappeared. Then so did she. For a split–second, her physical self seemed to vanish. And then they were on the bed in her room.

    Dazed and awed, she laughed. "What just happened?"

    Heavy–lidded eyes traced over her face. "I don't have the patience to act human right now."

    "Mmm, I kinda like the sound of that."

    "Gods, woman, you are driving me crazy." He sat up, straddling her thighs, and helped her remove her shirt. That flaring light returned in his gaze, and she swore she could feel it drag over her breasts. She bared them to his observation, and he caressed them with light fingertips that made her shiver. "Such exquisite perfection."

    Her breaths coming in faster, shallower draws, she grabbed the hem of his damp shirt. "So, you can move us with your mind, but can't remove our clothes? Not an all–powerful god, then?"

    Biting the inside of her lip to restrain the threatening smile, she looked up at him with what she hoped was innocence.

    He blinked once and the cotton disappeared from her fingers. "Are you questioning my godhood?"

    Thanks for the brilliant giveaways and sharing the 7 reasons to read South of Surrender :)


  8. This is getting me in the reading mood just thinking about all these books! Thanks for hosting this giveaway :)

  9. Sadly I haven't read them yet! But reading what all people have to say about them here you can be sure I intend to. :)
    What gave you the inspiration to write about this genre?
    Susan P
    farmygirl at hotmail dot com

  10. @elena - thanks! East of Ecstasy will be about the east gods, yes! :)

    @Stephanie - LOL everyone knows about Owen and his peach ice cream! ;) Thanks!

    @Amiee - yay! I loved that scene, too! Thanks for sharing it!

    @abeautiful... Yay! I hope you give it a try!

    @Susan - I'm so glad to hear it! I hope you enjoy if you try them! I've always loved writing paranormal romance, but had never thought of writing mythology romance before this. It was all Owen's fault (the hero from North of Need). I thought he was just a snowman come to life, and he insisted he was a snow god. I then had to figure out what kind of snow god, and that's when I found the Greek mythology of the Anemoi! It was just perfect to build a series around! Fun question - thanks!

  11. I really need to get caught up on this series! I really loved the first book. What do you have planned after EAST OF ECSTASY?

  12. I haven't had the pleasure of reading this series yet, but I have added it to my TBR and I am looking forward to reading it.

  13. @June - this series is one of four I'm currently writing:
    Hearts of the Anemoi - will probably end with East of Ecstasy
    Vampire Warrior Kings - two more planned
    Heroes - two more planned
    Hard Ink - first debuts 11/26

    @Eva - Thanks for the add! I hope you enjoy them if you give them a try!

  14. I haven't started this series yet. I didn't know that is based on Greek mythology. I am from Greece and I am very very curious now.

    Thank you for the giveaway!
    Raffle name: Demitra Giote

  15. Thanks for a fab guest post Laura and thanks to everyone else for commenting! It's nice to see so many fans of the series (I'm glad I'm not the only fan of Owen and his ice cream LOL)

    I'll be announcing the winner of the 2nd giveaway tomorrow (Laura will be announcing the winner of the 1st giveaway soon) so good luck to everyone who entered



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