Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Hellsbane By Paige Cuccaro Scavenger Hunt and Blog Tour

 
Twenty-three-year-old Emma Jane Hellsbane just found out she’s not human—or, at least, not only human. She’s half angel, too, and now Heaven’s got a job for her: round up all the Fallen angels and their red-skinned, horned devil-demon minions and boot their butts back into the abyss. Only problem? The demons and their Fallen masters fight back…and they don’t fight fair.

Luckily for Emma, she can put a stop to the constant threat of having her head hacked off if she figures out which Fallen angel is her father—and then kill him before he kills her. Of course, in the meantime, she’ll have to avoid accidentally seducing her angelic mentor, help an old friend conquer his own Fallen sperm donor, and basically save the world from a cataclysmic divine smack down.

No one said being Heaven’s bounty hunter would be easy. But with a name like Hellsbane, Emma Jane was born for the job.

BOOK EXCERPT:

CHAPTER ONE 

With a smile stretching my cheeks, I pattered down the hall, the flat leather soles of my sandals slapping against the hardwood floor. The peanut butter and jelly sandwich I had pictured in my head beckoned me toward the kitchen. 

I hooked my thumbs on the elastic waistband of my peasant skirt and shimmied it down over my hips as I walked. Couldn’t wait to get out of the thing. I absolutely hate skirts, or dresses of any kind, but the look played great for customers. I had shorts on underneath, so it felt a little less commando. The maroon, bell-sleeved top was actually kind of comfy. 

I made it as far as the half-bath under the steps before someone started pounding on my front door. After a second or two debate as to whether I should pretend I wasn’t home or hike the skirt back on and answer the door, I tugged my skirt up, turned, and headed for the front entry. 

It might be a client. I don’t take walk-ins, but some of my regulars drop by when they’ve got something big brewing. They pay extra for the convenience so...that helps. 

The knocks came again—harder—rattling the inlaid fan window in the top half of the door. I could see the crown of someone’s head through the glass as I neared. I was still four steps away when the person pounded the door again. The sound was urgent. I hesitated. 

“Hello?” I pushed up to my tiptoes, but at five feet, I’m just too short to see through the window. The instant I leaned my body against the door though, my gut sank. 

It was like the sensation you get on a rollercoaster or when your car goes over a hill at just the right speed. I dropped flat on my feet again, head down, my hand on the knob for stability. 

“Yeah. Hi. Uh, Emma Jane?” The voice was vaguely familiar, but I couldn’t place it. And no one called me Emma Jane anymore. I licked my lips, concentrating on slow even breaths, letting the sensation in my stomach pass. 

“Can I help you?” I asked. 

“It’s me, Tommy. Tommy Saint James. From high school.” 

The sound of his voice above made me look up. He must’ve pushed onto his toes. Now, I could see the top of his face to his nose. He was trying his hardest to peer down at me with the same pretty blue eyes I remembered. 

No way. Of all the people I knew in high school, Tommy Saint James was the last person I’d expect to show up on my doorstep. I hadn’t seen him since he’d blown off the last half of our senior year. I unlocked the door and opened it. “Tommy? Hi. What are you doing here?” 

“Hey, Emma Jane.” He glanced over his shoulder, then back to me. “Long time no see. I was...I was in the neighborhood. Thought I’d stop by, say hi.” 

He glanced over his shoulder again, fidgeting on his feet. He hadn’t changed much in the eight years since I’d seen him. I took a second to do the mental math—I was twenty-three and, even though we’d been in the same grade, he was two years older than me in high school. How could he be twenty-five and look exactly the same? He still had curly light hair, the kind that goes sun-bleached blond in the summer and creamy butterscotch in the winter. It was early summer, so his hair was nearly the color of corn silk…and it looked damn good.

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Info about Commencement the Free prequel novella

Blurb

Hell hath no fury like a woman’s scorn for frat guys…

Emma Jane Hellsbane knows something evil is worming its way through her college campus—she can feel it. Literally. Her freakish ability to feel other people’s emotions as though they were her own has always been monumentally awkward, and it’s easier for her to just pretend it doesn’t exist. But this time her paranormal ability just might help her save lives. 

Emma Jane’s fairly certain that whatever the hateful, egomaniacal, Godlike thing is, it’s set up shop inside her boyfriend, the frat boy/soccer star Justin. And if she doesn’t figure a way to get it out of him soon, Justin’s soul will be the appetizer to the main course—the whole student body. Problem is, the big baddy is granting sinister wishes, and with each one the risks grow higher and the phrase Be careful what you wish for becomes a real-life dire warning. Of course for Emma, what feels like it could be the end is in fact just the beginning…


Author Bio

Writing was never a foregone conclusion for me. I once had dreams of being a psychologist, a pediatrician, a school teacher, a photojournalist, a bartender, and/or an EMT. And then I met my husband and my world came into focus. Being wife and mother are my highest priorities and greatest joy. But escaping to the fanciful, sexy worlds twirling through my mind is an absolute necessity. Putting those worlds, and the cornucopia of characters that people them, on paper is just plain fun.

Paige lives in Ohio, with her husband, three daughters, three dogs, three cats, a parakeet and a bearded dragon named Rexy, in an ever shrinking house. When she’s not writing she can be found doing the mom thing with a book in one hand and a notepad and pen in the other. Ideas come without warning and the best way to stimulate your imagination is to enjoy the imagination of someone else.

Where you can find Paige






GIVEAWAY TIME:

Nook Giveaway.
1 nook color
3 signed paperbacks
2 $25 amazon gift cards 
a Rafflecopter giveaway
So there are a total of 5 prizes!

Make sure to link to all the tour stops so people can find the other scavenger hunt words!

11/19 Fiktshun’s Annex Chapter 1 part 1 http://www.fiktshuns-ramblings.com/

11/20 Shortie Says Q&A http://www.shortie-says.com/

11/21 A Diary of A Book Addict Chapter 1 part 2 http://adiaryofabookaddict.blogspot.com/

11/23 Winterhaven Books Guest Post http://winterhavenbooks.blogspot.com/

11/24 What The Cat Read Chapter 1 part 3 http://whatthecatread.wordpress.com/

11/26 Kindle and Me Guest Post http://www.kindleandme.com/

11/27 A Life Bound By Books Chapter 1 part 4 http://alifeboundbybooks.blogspot.com/

11/28 K-Books Guest Post http://k-booksxo.blogspot.com/

11/29 My Shelf Confessions Chapter 1 part 5 http://www.myshelfconfessions.com/

12/1 All Things Urban Fantasy Chapter 1 part 6 http://allthingsuf.com/

3 comments:

Mimi said...

Am I missing something. It's suppose to be a bold word or something, right?

Angelica Joy said...

It's meant to be a coloured word and it's not showing up.

Amber Hsu said...

II'd love to read the books~~ I like the covers :)