Saturday, February 9, 2013

Book Tour for Seal of Destiny by Traci Douglass (Guest Post & GIVEAWAY)

Fans of the paranormal rejoice!  A new series from Traci Douglass gets off to a rip roaring start with Seal of Destiny featuring the quintessential hero that is to die for amidst huge biblical ramifications! So please give Traci a big welcome and make sure to answer the question she posed to be entered in the giveaway!

Thank you for inviting me here today. I’m so excited to be a guest on your site.
Do any of you read the New York Times Weddings/Celebrations section? For me as a writer, it’s a goldmine of future story ideas. Some of the couples meet under the most inauspicious circumstances and form lasting bonds of love and friendship. From arranged marriages to bi-continental lovefests, all aspects of love’s endurance are tested.
As a storyteller, I find the rocky paths to love the most interesting to read about. Don’t get me wrong. If you lock eyes with your true love across a crowded supermarket and know instantly they are your one, true soulmate, more power to you. I wish you many years of uninterrupted bliss and unimpeded relationship joy.
In novel-land, however, things are different. The pages demand conflict. No easy whirlwind romance that leads to a lifelong fantasia of perfection for those main characters. No. Your hero and heroine must be tortured. They must face their worst fears and confront their greatest enemies in order for their love to survive. They must go through hell—literally, in the case of Kagan and Mira.
It is by overcoming these seemingly insurmountable obstacles to their tryst that assures the reader they are meant for each other. In real life, the outcome is never secure. But in romance, the HEA – Happily Ever After – reigns supreme. Yet another reason I love this genre.
My point in all of this is to get you thinking about your own relationships. Have you had to overcome any mountains of doubt to claim your true love’s kiss? Had any naysayers or staunch non-supporters who fought like hell to keep the two of you apart?
If so, I want to hear about it! In the comments below, give me a brief description of your stumbling blocks on the way to relationship Nirvana. I will pick one winner from the responses to win a free e-book copy of Seal Of Destiny!

Love conquers all… but can it stop the Apocalypse?
Mira Herald is having the worst life ever.  Not only is she plagued by horrific nightmares starring the Devil himself, she’s now the target of a power-hungry, rogue minion, freshly sprung from Hell and bent on her destruction.  To complicate matters further, she’s acquired a stalker. One who insists he’s a divine warrior sent for her protection because she houses an ancient relic with the power to unleash Armageddon. Last time Mira checked, she wasn’t insane. Still, all this celestial mayhem is enough to drive a girl crazy.
Kagan is a member of the Scion, an elite team of immortal warriors selected by Divinity to aid mankind and save the world. After a century alone, Kagan is summoned for a new mission. He’s eager to begin. Eager until he’s informed his mission consists of protecting a woman with no clue to the power she wields. Plus, his briefing fails to prepare him for his new target’s cosmic-sized attitude problem.  As Divinity’s sworn servant, he’s required to fulfill his duty. His oath, however, does not require him to be enthusiastic about his new assignment or warm-and-fuzzy toward his new compatriot. He plans a wham-bam rescue and a quick return to solitude.
The rogue minion attacks—with the backing of a mysterious organization—and all Hades erupts, putting a fast end to any whirlwind escapes. Accustomed to staunch independence, Mira’s survival now requires full cooperation and an unwavering belief in Kagan. The battle-hardened warrior is also forced to chose: between duty and desire. Amidst the turmoil, Kagan and Mira’s undeniable passion draws them closer to each other and down a path neither expected but both yearn for, more than they ever knew.
Will love save the day? The world’s fate depends on the answer.


“Basta!” Kagan grabbed her by the arm and twisted slightly, not enough to hurt, but enough to let her know he meant business as he directed her to a corner booth. He ignored the half-full beverages and coats scattered on the seats and shoved Mira into the confined space. When the booth’s original owners took issue with his hostile takeover, Kagan dispatched them with a lethal glare. He wasn’t sure where the girl had gotten the idea his mind was damaged, but he was damn sure he didn’t like it. He moved in behind her to block her escape.
“Oh, hell, no!” After several unsuccessful strikes to his muscled physique, Mira tried to slide out beneath the table. The angle proved too awkward. Defeated, she shoved as far away as she could into the corner and propped those killer boots on the seat in front of her in warning. “You better let me out of here, asshole, before I call the cops! I caught you stalking me, pervert!”
Kagan took a deep breath. He never lost his cool in battle, and he wasn’t about to start now. “Pervert? You’re of age, si?”
Mira glared. Kagan ticked through their earlier interactions, searching for a reason behind her intense hostility. His preternatural instincts sensed her intention before her hand reached his carotid. He blocked her quickly, locking her small hand within his and forcing it to the table beneath his own. Her pulse raced against his palm. He took another swig of beer then flashed his most endearing grin. “Let’s start over.” He released his bottle and extended his hand. “I’m Kagan.”
She refused to acquiesce. Kagan spoke in quiet tones meant to calm, to reassure. “I know I’m a stranger, but we have things to discuss.” He glanced around the crowded club, at the bodies packed tight. “We can’t do it here, though—no privacy. My apartment is close. Why don’t we go there and talk?”
Mira kicked him hard in the thigh.
“Merda!” Kagan grabbed his throbbing leg. “What’s in those damn boots? Marble?”
“Let me out of here, jackass, before I sideline your baby-maker!” Mira struggled within the tight confines of the booth. As she squirmed, the spicy scent of her shampoo wafted, and he was overcome with the strangest urge to plunge his hands into the riotous mass of her hair, to feel it curl around his fingers. She tugged on the hand pinned beneath his, and his thumb traced over her thudding veins. His heart pounding along with hers. The odd tingle sped through his torso, and his mouth turned to cotton. Her gaze blazed up at him, a swirling mix of green and golden brown. He noted the dark smudges below and wondered what kept her from slumber.
Dolce Cristo! Kagan looked away, fought for control. This was getting way out of hand. He couldn’t remember the last time he’d bedded a woman, but apparently it had been far too long.


Traci is the author of paranormal/urban fantasy and contemporary romances featuring a sly, urban edge, including her current Seven Seals series. Her stories feature sizzling alpha-male heroes full of dark humor, quick wits and major attitudes; smart, independent heroines who always give as good as they get; and scrumptiously evil villains who are—more often than not—bent on world destruction. She enjoys weaving ancient curses and mythology, modern science and old religion, and great dialogue together to build red-hot, sizzling chemistry between her main characters.
A storyteller since childhood, she began putting her tales down on paper in November 2011 after the idea for the Seven Seals Series occurred to her in a dream. She finished the first draft of what was to become Seal of Destiny in one month and decided to pursue a full-time writing career in January of 2012. Life has now been a rollercoaster, crash course in pursuing your dreams.
Traci is an active member of Romance Writers of America (RWA), Indiana Romance Writers of America (IRWA) and Fantasy, Futuristic & Paranormal Writers (FF&P) and is pursing a Masters of Fine Arts degree in Writing Popular Fiction through Seton Hill University. Her stories have made the final rounds in several RWA chapter contests, including the 2012 Duel on the Delta, the 2012 Molly Awards, and the 2012 Catherine Awards. An earlier draft of Seal of Destiny won the paranormal category of the 2012 Marlene Awards sponsored by the Washington Romance Writers.
Other current projects include upcoming books in the Seven Seals series and a new futuristic detective series with hints of the paranormal and plenty of romance.
Twitter: @Traci_Douglass

Prize is a digital copy of Seal of Destiny.
-To be entered, leave a comment answering the question Traci asked, ALONG WITH YOUR EMAIL ADDY.
-A winner will be chosen using
-Giveaway ends at 11:59 PM CST on 2/18.


  1. I had a few naysayers because he was a 'bad boy.' But deep inside I knew he was a marshmallow. Ended up marrying him. : ) Thanks for a chance to win a free copy !

  2. Hey, Traci! Congrats on the new release. Great excerpt and I love the cover!

  3. Lovely post, Traci. Best wishes to you. :)
    -R.T. Wolfe

  4. Thanks for the chance to win!
    Sounds really good!!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

  5. Hi Traci,
    I love your cover. I will admit I buy books by the cover, the title, and blurb, but mainly the cover.

    Good Luck on your tour.