Sunday, June 17, 2012

Book Tour for Hounded by Sadie Hart (Guest Post & GIVEAWAY)


The paranormal genre has a new and intriguing series in its midst with Hounded by Sadie Hart full of suspense, adrenalized action, and a sexy and flirtatious menage.  Today I'll give you an in-depth look into this book as well as the chance to win a digital copy of it.  So read on to discover what sets this book apart from the rest with a look into names courtesy of Ms. Hart herself......

What’s in a name?

Names for me are mystical things that either come easily, or come through hours of self-torture. Sometimes a character or place just comes with a name, and boy do I love those ones! Lennox from Hounded waltzed into my brain shortly after I heard the name on Melissa & Joey. The name was so her I couldn’t even argue with her. Kanon and Tegan popped out of nowhere with theirs too. Then, there are characters I agonize over. Days will go by and I’m still sifting through baby name books and whining to my critique buddies.

Believe me, I’m sure they whimper and groan when they see my “Name Help” emails. Why? Because a name has to ‘feel’ right to me. It has to mesh with the character. Sometimes I need it to sound a certain way—I’ll often go, I need a hard sounding name. Or a tough sounding name. Other times it needs to have the right meaning. Most of the time, what I think I need in a name, isn’t actually what I end up with. Sometimes I really want a tough name, but the character just doesn’t sync with one (which ends up being the case in the second book). Then I stumble across one that sounds soft and I’m bashing my head into the nearest wall for wasting so much time!

And if I think character names are bad, holy-moly, place names kill me. Or pack/pride/group names. Ugh. I can spend hours surfing maps and Google Earth to find the right place to set my imaginary town or pack. At least with place names I can put a placeholder in the manuscript and come back to it. Characters, I need that starting point and it has to be right. Supposedly, my mother grayed early. I have a feeling I’ll never see gray hairs, because I won’t have any hair left. I’ll have pulled it all out while searching for the Perfect Name.

HOUNDED by Sadie Hart

Lion-shifters Kanon Reyes and Tegan Sharpe aren’t sure what Kanon’s done to earn himself a frame-up for murder, but they’re determined to keep him from a silver bullet and a shallow grave. To do that, though, they’ll have to rely on the sexy Hound sent to arrest him.

As a Hound for Shifter Town Enforcement, Lennox Donnelly is one of the best. But when one of her arrest warrants turns out to be for an innocent man, she’s determined to get to the truth. What she finds are dead witnesses and an untraceable magick–with a killer far more powerful than her. Now, to survive, Lennox will have to learn to rely on more than just herself if she’s to make it back to the men she’s come to love.

EXCERPT #1:

“Enjoying yourselves?” The question slipped out before she could second guess herself, and they both jerked their heads up at the sound of her voice.

They didn’t, however, stop dancing.

“You get what you needed?”

“Just need one from the snake and I’m good to go.”

Kanon turned, dropping one arm from Tegan’s back and he reached for her. “Aibileen’s on duty ‘til three. You can dance a few rounds before then.”

His grin turned wicked then. All pure, sweet, sensual sin and Lennox thought about running. Dodging right back out to her car and leaving them both stranded here.

Yeah. Some big, bad Enforcement Hound she was.

Kanon’s hand found her waist, curving gently over her hip and Lennox lifted an eyebrow. Daring, without moving. She was not going to run. She was a ridgeback and one of the top Enforcement Hounds in the country. Lennox Donnelly didn’t run.

Tegan’s hand slipped around her other hip.

Lennox swallowed. Besides, backing up now would definitely be showing fear.

They eased closer and her back locked up as a shiver skated down her spine. The pair of them were built like tanks. Muscled, gorgeous, tanks.

Kanon bumped her shoulder with his. “You should dance with us.”

“Yeah,” Tegan whispered.

She sucked in a hard breath, “I don’t think that’d be smart.”

“Why?” Tegan nudged her hip with his, his arm sliding around her waist. “Kanon’s off the hook, innocent. We’re here with a good chunk of the night left to spend. Why waste it?”

“Wanna bet if we were Hounds she’d already be on the dance floor?” Kanon’s eyes locked with hers, accusing, even as the words came off light. But he was right. If she’d been off duty and one of the Hounds had asked her to dance...why not?

“Discriminating,” Tegan murmured, his lips curved into a soft smile as he laid a kiss against the edge of her jaw. She jumped at the touch, but there was nowhere to go.

“No. You’re just in my space.” Her voice shook a little as she said it.

“Then back up.” Another kiss.

“Unless you like us in your space.” Kanon’s gaze dropped to her lips just as Tegan kissed the swell of her neck.

Lennox tightened her grip on her beer and tried to think of what to say, but she kept staring at Kanon’s eyes, his gaze locked on her lips and she wanted him to kiss her. As stupid as it was, it wasn’t like he was a criminal anymore and she wanted to try a lion.

“Lennox,” Tegan whispered. “You gonna back up yet?”

She swallowed, shaky. “No. But I might smash this bottle upside your head.”

She felt them both pause, Kanon’s gaze lifting to meet hers. Reevaluating. She had a choice. Tuck tail and run or stand and fight.

She’d always been more of a fighting kind of woman.

Lennox pressed her beer bottle into Kanon’s free hand, grabbed hold of his shirt and yanked his lips down against hers.

AUTHOR BIO:

Sadie Hart lives in Michigan with two dogs, though one should totally be a Moose, and they both occasionally show signs of super powers. Like the ability to fly and mind read. Okay, maybe not the flying part. That’s actually her flying pig, Pignificent. Though his super powers also include laser vision.

During the day, while not wrangling super-pooches and pigs, Sadie works as a secretary in a library trying not to read the books. At night, she writes action packed paranormal romances with a heavy dose of the things that go bump in the night – both the spooky and the naughty kind.

Website: http://sadiehart.com/
Blog: http://sadiehart.com/blog/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/sadeyhart
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/sadiehartauthor

**********GIVEAWAY**********

Giveaway is an ebook copy of Hounded which will be delivered via Smashwords download code.

-Giveaway is OPEN TO EVERYONE!
-To be entered, just leave a comment, along with your email addy.
-Winner will be chosen using random.org and will have 48 hours to respond to my winner's confirmation email or a new winner will be chosen.
-Giveaway ends at 11:59 PM CST on 6/26.

15 comments:

  1. Great excerpt!

    sionedkla@gmail.com

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  2. Thanks for the great post and excerpt. This book sounds fantastic. Can't wait to read it.

    e.balinski(at)att(dot)net

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    1. Thank you Joanne! I hope you enjoy it. :)

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  3. And a mega thank you to Joder for having me here today and for such a fantastic review. ^_^

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    1. Thank YOU for being here, Sadie! This was an enjoyable book and I'm wondering if/when a sequel will be out to this.

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    2. Aww, thanks! And yes, Cry Sanctuary, book #2 will be out by the end of August. ^_^

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  4. I enjoyed the post and excerpt. Nice character names.

    bn100candg(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  5. I love a sexy romance with that touch of humor, Sadie. This is definitely a book that I look forward to reading.


    caity_mack at yahoo dot com

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    1. Thank you, Cathy! I really hope you enjoy it. :)

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  6. This sounds awesome! Ive been eyeing it! Im so intrigued and ready to snatch the book through the screen. lol My favorite books are ones with shifters and i love wolves and big cats!! :D Thanks for sharing and for the awesome giveaway! Thank you for the chance to win!
    shadowluvs2read(at)gmail(dot)com

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  7. I'm following along the tour and I'd really love to win this book. I really like the cover too. Great excerpt.
    luvfuzzzeeefaces at yahoo dot com

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  8. LOVED the excerpt...I love shifter stories, especially big cats...can't wait to read MORE! FAB cover too, btw! Thx for the AWESOME giveaway op! :)

    barbbattaglia @ yahoo.com

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  9. Hello Sadie,

    Thank you Joder for have Sadie Hart on your Blog to celebrate her new release of "HOUNDED". Thank you also to Sadie for taking time out of your busy day & your "HOUNDED" Tour Schedule to stop by Joder's Great Blog & spend time with Us sharing about yourself, your writing & your new release.

    I really enjoyed the Excerpt & LOVE your Eye-Catching Cover Art, this is definitely a Book that I'd like to read. I would very much appreciate the opportunity to be considered in your very generous giveaway of an ebook copy of "Hounded" which would be delivered via Smashwords.

    Take Care Ladies & Stay Naughty ;)
    PaParanormalFan Renee’ S.
    paranormalromancefan at yahoo dot com

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