A Note:


I once told myself: IF I am accepted into grad school, this blog would no longer be updated. As it turns out, in April, I received news of my acceptance for the Fall 2013 semester, where I will attain a Master's degree of Science in Nutrition.

Running a blog, as many of you may already know, is a demanding side job once the excitement wears off. And once I fell out of the blogging community's loop (have you SEEN how many blogs there are now? Wow!), it was like the kiss of death. Despite my best efforts, I couldn't get into a blogging routine once this happened due to the disconnect I felt from the community.

So I took a break. I struggled with the loss and with missing my blog. And then I realized I didn't have to run Book Faery to still be a book reviewer; I could read my books and post reviews online. I'm still a book review blogger, just not in the traditional sense.

I'll still be online. You can chat with me on Twitter, where I'll be posting links to my reviews and talking books. I'll also be posting links to nutrition articles. And if you'd like to connect with me where I guarantee I will post reviews, just add me as a friend on Goodreads.

So that's all, folks! It's been a fun and amazing journey, and I thank you all for listening to my thoughts about books. I hope we all can keep in touch elsewhere :)


Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Guest Post (and giveaway) with Anita Clenney

Embrace the Highland Warrior is the second book in the Connor Clan series. Cody and Shay’s story continues where Awaken left off. We’ll see all the warriors return to help Cody in his battle to save Shay. For those readers who aren’t familiar with the series, I’ll tell you a bit about these warriors. They’re big, bad, sexy and funny, and they know how to fight evil. Part of a secret society in existence since the beginning of time, these warriors are all that stand between humans and the demons hiding in plain sight among them, disguised as their neighbors and sometimes friends. And they aren’t just any old demons. They’re the ancient ones, demons of old. No warrior can touch these demons unless they’re assigned by Michael the Archangel. They’re too strong, and fighting against them would mean death. But while the warriors are fully human, they’ve been bred and trained to fight. They’re stronger and faster than normal humans, and their senses are stronger. And they have really cool weapons.

There’s Faelan, the only warrior ever assigned two ancient demons. Born in the 19th century, Faelan was most powerful warrior of his time. He was betrayed and trapped in a time vault where he slept for 150 years, waking to a strange world filled with modern technology and even stranger…modern day females. Then there’s Ronan, 6’3 inches of raw, sexy warrior, better than Robin Hood with his bow, and equally at home with a sword or a bonny lass. Cody, the only other warrior who’s been assigned an ancient demon, might have pretended to be the tough boy next door, and he’s good at hiding secrets, but he’ll be stunned when he finds out what’s been hidden from him. Shane is quiet but the fastest with a sword, and Niall is a one-man army, built like a tree trunk. There’s Duncan, who's brooding over more than villains, and Sorcha, who likes flirting almost as much as killing demons. And my heroines are more than just mates to these sexy warriors. They have talents that will shock even them.

My publisher will give away two copies of Embrace the Highland Warrior to commenters, US and Canada only, please. My question is, what’s your favorite paranormal creature? Do vampires get your blood pumping, or do you drool over werewolves, demons and ghosts?

NY Times and USA Today bestselling author Anita Clenney grew up an avid reader, devouring Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys books before moving on to mysteries and romance. After working as a secretary, a Realtor, teacher’s assistant, booking agent for Aztec Fire Dancers, and a brief stint in a pickle factory (picture Lucy and Ethel--lasted half a day)…she realized she'd missed the fork in the road that led to her destiny. Now she spends her days writing mysteries and paranormal romantic suspense about Secret Warriors, Ancient Evil and Destined Love. Anita lives in suburban Virginia, outside Washington DC, with her husband and two kids.

You can find out more about Anita and her books at: 

Some of the places Embrace can be purchased:
http://www.amazon.com/Embrace-Highland-Warrior-Anita-Clenney/dp/1402251262   http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/embrace-the-highland-warrior-anita-clenney/1100076266 

We’ll leave you with an excerpt from Embrace:

Cody sighed. Might as well get it over with. He removed the shackles, returned them, and bent over her. “Shay, wake up.” 

Her eyes flew open. She planted both hands against his chest and shoved, knocking him on his back, then sprang on top of him. “How dare you handcuff me to a bed?” she yelled, punctuating each word with a shake that rattled his brain. He didn’t fight back. She had to get it out of her system, and he didn’t blame her. He’d be more than pissed if someone shackled him. 

She landed a fist into his stomach, and the breath rushed out of him. Okay, enough was enough. He captured her hands and rolled, trapping her under him. 

“Get off me, you oaf.” 

“I’ll get off when you stop beating the snot out of me.” 

She let out a war cry and lunged for his throat, teeth bared. Intrigued, he hesitated a second too long, and she sank her teeth into his neck. A jolt of desire shot straight to his groin. He’d never been one for the rough stuff, but damn! He pulled back before she could do more than leave a bruise. He trapped her legs with his and held her hands above her head, letting his full weight press her into the soft mattress. She still struggled but could move only enough to get him excited.

“I’m sorry, Shay. I had to do it. It was too dangerous to let you go traipsing through the woods. I had to keep you safe.”

“What if he was hiding in one of the other bedrooms and sneaked in here while I was handcuffed to the bed? You left me so I couldn’t even protect myself.”

“Lach heard him out in the woods, but that’s why I locked the door, just in case. If this guy had broken it down to get to you, you would’ve screamed, and I would’ve come running. I was never far from the house.” He’d heard every name she called him.

Her eyes still flashed fire, but her breath was steadier, and she kept glancing at his mouth. He thought that was a good thing. He wondered if she’d calmed enough not to hit him, because he should move. She had to notice the effect all the wiggling around was having on him. He felt her hips push against his, and he groaned. He relaxed his grip and lowered his head, letting his lips touch her chin. He kissed his way to her mouth, and she head butted him in the nose. 

While the stars exploded in his head, she shoved him aside and bolted out the door. He jumped up and went after her as she pounded down the stairs. He caught up with her outside. She was swinging her purse like a whip, headed for the car. 

“Where are you going?” he demanded. 

“Get away from me.” 

“You can’t leave.” 

“Watch me.” She opened the door. “I’m tired of people hiding things from me. I thought you were going to stop. Now you’re handcuffing me to the bed.” 

“I explained it to you.” 

“Don’t touch me,” she said, jerking away when he grabbed her arm. 

“You’re not leaving.” 

Shay straightened her shoulders. “You can’t stop me.” 

He grabbed her, tossed her over his shoulder, kicked the car door shut, and stomped up the steps. 

“Put me down!” Shay kicked and twisted, cursing at him. He dumped her on her feet inside the door. 

She blew her hair out of her face, and as soon as she could see, she threw a punch at his chin. He deflected it and grabbed her arm. “Stop hitting me.” 

“How dare you throw me over your shoulder like some kind of caveman,” she spat, trying to wrench her arm free. It didn’t work, so she used her knee.

“Ah, not there.” Cody trapped her knee. “I made the mistake of letting you leave here nine years ago without listening to me. By God, I won’t do it again. You’ll listen if I have to sit on you,” he growled. 

She drew back her other arm, and before she could throw the punch, he had her on the floor and was sitting astride her, pinning her wrists to the floor. She bucked and twisted, but he held her down. “We can do this all night if you want, but you’re going to listen to me this time.” 

“Listen to more lies? You’re still hiding things from me. Like the fact that you have Nina’s entire house under surveillance. Like the fact that you’ve got a Bat Cave in your basement. Like the fact that you were in Scotland when the stalking started.” 

“You think I’m your stalker?” he yelled. “Me! I’m trying to keep you alive. We’re all trying to keep you alive. That’s what the clan’s been doing your whole damned life, trying to keep you alive! And just like always, you’re making it hard as hell. Your father wasn’t a bloody spy, and that thing in your living room wasn’t a man!”


  1. Hi Anita, Great excerpt! To answer your question: vampires, definitely vampires. -a-

  2. Thanks, Anne. So you're a vampire lover? They are fascinating creatures. I think nearly every continent has some legend regarding them.

  3. Hi Anita. Your book sounds great. Love the cover. My favorite paranormal creature is a werewolf.


  4. Congrats on the release of ETHW! I look forward to reading the book.

    Vampires are my favorite paranormal creatures. Werewolves are a close second.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  5. Loved the excerpt, thanks so much.

    I love paranormal reads, I'm not sure I can pick just one creature to love. But Vampires are my all time favorite followed closely by werewolves.


  6. Paranormal is my favorite genre to read with vamps being my favorite! tWarner419@aol.com

  7. Hi Anita!

    I adore a good Highlander story~they're so freakin' HOT!!!


    My favorite paranormal creature is the werewolf/werecat/were-whatever. I can totally see a hunky Highlander shifting into one of them! Two YUMS for the price of one!

    ~Roni Lynne
    YA Adventures in the Paranormal...and Beyond!

  8. Hi Anita!

    I LOVE your WARRIORS!!! CANNOT wait to read this!!!

    Excellent excerpt!

    Wishing you all the best, and many, many sales!

    Andrea :O)

  9. Hi Crystal. Werewolves are great, aren't they. You should check out Terry Spear's books.

  10. Jena, thanks so much. I really appreciate the support. Vampires and werewolves make great heroes and villains.

  11. Thank you, Mary. Oh, another vampire AND werewolf lover.

  12. Tetewa, the vampires are ahead. This is starting to feel like an Edward/Jacob contest. Love it!

  13. Roni - My highlanders don't shift, but they're still hot! But they do have some pretty cool abilities.

  14. Thank you, Andrea. So sweet of you stop by here. See you over at Chicks of Characterization.

  15. So looking forward for this release.
    Bring me the Highland!

    If Bones and Eric showed up at mu house I would say I dig vamps the most, but otherwise bring me on a shifter. I love the man/beast.

    terilhack at yahoo dot com

  16. Vampires are my favorite paranormal creature. Though highlanders are pretty wonderful in general to read about.


  17. Teril, we really shouldn't have to make a choice between our paranormal beings. They're all great!

  18. Na, I think we're so intrigued by vampires because they can be so diverse. Look at Dracula and Edward. But it's also fun that vampires are so widely read that certain myths are almost given. Still, it's fun when authors break those molds.

  19. I want to state emphatically that I will howl for a werewolf. I have read numerous paranormal romances starring Vampires. I want more of having a best friend by day, perhaps working on the job with me, but at night....Howww==owww---owww---la

  20. Lately I have loved Gargoyles. Not as main characters but as side characters. I love Stone is Devon Monk's Allie Beckstrom series.


  21. Chandragay, You have a point there. :)

  22. Cait045, I haven't read any gargoyle stories, but I love them as props. Interesting choice. I remember when my son was small, he loved the cartoon Gargoyles. We would watch it together. Brings back nice memories.

  23. It's a toss up for me. I'm going to say demons, but of course I love Vampires, Weres and Faeries!


  24. I love shifters and the jaguars are my favorite.


  25. Vampires!!!
    And of course ghosts! I love any supernatural creature, but vampires and ghosts are my favorite.

  26. I love all paranormal beings they all get my blood going but my all time favorite is the werewolf


  27. I really enjoyed Awaken the Highland Warrior so I'm all for this one. I'm into werewolves, with the occasional vampire thrown in, but demons are great too. I guess you can say I don't discriminate. Awesome is awesome.

    Thanks for the giveaway!


  28. Thanks for the great excerpt! I'm a vampire groupie!

    rootml1 AT hotmail DOT com

  29. You know Vampires have always done it for me. It is because there are so many books out there that show the vampire so appealing and get my blood boiling. Demons are what I would consider a wicked guilty pleasure..

  30. Read an excerpt of your book somewhere else and put it on my Books to Find list. Paranormal favorite has to be a werewolf. Wolves are already gorgeous creatures but with a powerful and sexy man inside, what's not to like?

  31. Thanks for the very awesome giveaway! I LOVE the cover on this book!
    My favorite paranormal creature is the werecat! Specifically a werepanther or a weretiger because they just sound so sleek, sexy and powerful :)
    jwitt33 at live dot com

  32. I love vampires but I like shifters, werewolves any of the paranormal creatures. But Vampires are my favorites.I love the cover of this book. I thinks I will ask santa to put him under my tree lol. Thanks for the giveaway!