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Let Your Hair Down

Happy Friday! Woo-hoo!! Is anyone else doing the happy dance like me? If not, I’ll do it for you. I can’t believe how intense this week has been, but I’m ready for it to end already.

Of course because it’s the start of the weekend, I have to share my plans. Because you must have a plan for the next two days even if it looks like this:

1. Sleep
2. Wake up
3. Shower
4. Go back to sleep

Hey, I’ve had weekends like that. This weekend though, I’m going to continue chugging away at my superhero story. I’m sooo close. Like this close -><- to finishing it and sending  it off to be used and abused by my beta readers and CPs. I think it’s good. Oh man, is it good. Probably the most painfully dark thing I’ve ever written, but sometimes when I write stories like that, I leave a lot of important stuff out. You know, like things other than the intense emotion I want to convey. Like…”Is this position even possible? Because I don’t think it is…”

Yeah, that’s why we all need people to read our stuff before we send it anywhere near an editor or agent.

Oh and I’m mailing stuff. A lot of stuff. Swag for RomantiCon, swag for a basket, swag, swag, swag. If you want some Romance Trading Cards, drop me an email at danica(dot)avet(at)gmail(dot)com and I’ll send you some of my RTCs before they go in the box to RomantiCon. For the Ellora’s Cave conference, I have more shot glasses, compact mirrors and some brand new swag that are shammy coasters. They’re coasters that can also be used as shammys to absorb spills. I thought it was a cool idea and I hope readers like them as well. I’d offer to send those but I had them all shipped directly to Ellora’s Cave. If I have any left from the convention, I’ll let y’all know.

Did I mention football? Yeah, doing that too. Although after that last game, I might have to rethink watching. I’m not sure my heart can take it. *shudders*

Anyway, it’s Friday. Y’all don’t want to hear about my aches and pains and plans for the weekend, you want to get in the mood for your own fun, right? How about some 80s rock inspired music? You the kind I’m talking about. It makes you pretend you can hit falsetto notes and all you manage to do is sound like a dying cat. Yeah, I’m talking about The Darkness’ “I Believe In A Thing Called Love”.

Great earworm for Friday, don’t you think?

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Cover Reveal

I don’t have a fantasy man interview today. Sorry. The menz are not working with me lately, but that’s okay. It’s exhausting trying to keep up with all of them. Really. Maybe once I’ve recuperated and had time to stalk I mean, discover new muscled men who like do bare it all, I’ll bring the friday interviews back.

But I’m not leaving y’all hanging. Nope, I have some awesomeness to share. Like the cover of my upcoming release, Primal Flavor (Book 3 in the Cajun Heat series). This one is about the tiger shifting chef, Zachary Trahan, and his  human huntress, Colette Robicheaux. No blurb yet, but I’ll just say that it’s spicy. And not just because Zach is one hell of a chef. Things happen that probably aren’t coded to happen on kitchen tables and sofas. But I’m not saying what they are.

So please, enjoy the long-awaited cover for Primal Flavor. I’ll be over here drooling over it. Because yeah, it’s a hot cover. It could almost be a fantasy Friday picture, don’t you think?primalflavor_msr


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The Great Swag Scramble

Sorry for being such a downer yesterday! I swear, I’m not normally that woe-is-me. Or at least I try not to be.

Anyway, sometime yesterday morning I realized we’re nearing RT. Sure, sure, we still have fifty-three days and all, but really…that isn’t enough time when you have things to do! Like me. Oh man, I have things to do. I have clothes to buy and outfits to figure out. I have my hair to fix and get all awesome (you know I have to get something special for this convention, right?). 

Then I have to start figuring out what kind of costume I’m wearing for the Ellora’s Cave Disco party. Meh…I want comfortable so I’m thinking I’ll wear jeans and a vintage style t-shirt with like Orange Crush on it or something and go all Farrah Fawcett on my hair. *flips it over her shoulders and lets it blow in the imaginary breeze* So that’s one outfit. I think. I have to get dressy clothes *mutters* and things to wear the rest of the time. Jeans are good the entire time, right? It isn’t like I’m important or anything…maybe I can get one of those massive, floor-sweeping skirts so I can pretend I’m girly.

Oh and I have to get swag. Swag is perhaps the most important part of a convention for an author after their wardrobe. The swag readers pick up at a convention is something they’ll (hopefully) have for several weeks, months maybe even years afterward. It’s the hope of the author that once the conference is over the reader will utilize the swag and think of the author and her books. I’ve had Romance Trading Cards (which I’ll have this time around as well). I’ve had guitar key chains and sewing kits (for Primal Song and Primal Design). This time, I’m going to try other objects that have my logo on them like the header at the top of this page. Nothing too suggestive, just my name and info. I think. I might need to see if they can put my website on the items I chose.

But the point of this is, I spent several weeks wondering what I was going to get for this convention. If I was pimping out a book, I’d choose something from the book for the theme, but since I’m pimping myself as an author…it’s a little more difficult. I mean, I want this to be stuff people want to keep, but I don’t want something too bulky either. *sigh* Ah well. I’ll probably change my mind a few million times between now and the deadline to get items.

Oh! If you’re not going to RT, but want to be a “part” of the experience, RT and ARe are teaming up to give readers a chance to participate from home. Click on the Book Expo button on the right sidebar for details.

What conferences are you going to this year?


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Hearts On Fire Blog Hop


Welcome to this stop on Victoria Danann’s celebration hop for her new release:  The Summoner’s Tale. Don’t forget to stop by and enter in the grandprize drawings for: 1.) Two Kindle Paperwhites  2.) Three sets of Black Swan: Books 1-3 paperbacks signed by Victoria Danann (1 and 2 being US only) 3.) twenty sets of Black Swan: Books 1-3 e-books and an international giftcard!!!   My name is Danica Avet and I write paranormal erotic romance chalked full of humor, sizzle, and a touch of Cajun Spice.  A big thank you to Nikki @Close Encounters with the Night Kind and Anna @ Read Between the Lines for putting this on!  So what am I giving away here?   And what is The Summoner’s Tale? And what else can I win?

 a Rafflecopter giveaway

MaryLynn Bast:  Heart of a Wolf Series
Susan D. Taylor:  Secret Desire
Tara Lain:  Beach Balls
Read 2 Review (Kate) and GMTA UK:  (5 to 10 books that will be announced)
Airicka Phoenix:   E-copy of Games of Fire, Touching Smoke, & Touching Eternity
Katie Salidas:  E-copy of Moonlight and Sweet Surprises! By her and Willsin Rowe which also releases on Feb 14!
Sara Trimble:  E-copy of A Woman’s Revenge
Michelle Graham:  E-copy of Landing the Big Ones
Kim Mullican:  Yoder’s Farm, Taking Control (Book 1 Control Series),Control (Book 2 Control Series), Immortal Decision
Cambria Hebert:  Ecopy of Recalled and a Winners Choice from the Heven and Hell Series Ecopy
M.L.  Stephens:  Ecopy of Love You More
J Kelly Acinni:  5 sets of paperback copies of Baby and Echo US only
Susan Griscom:  Reflections and Whisper Cape

primalsong_msrThere are two Rafflecopter entries on the blog, so be sure you enter both!

Here you can win a Primal Prize Pack!!  Which includes your choice of one of the 2 currently available books in the series in e-copy: (if you have these then you’re welcome to your choice of my backlist), A Primal Madi-Gras Mask, and some awesome Swag!

 Deputy Daisy Picou is not impressed when Ram Reinhardt prowls into town all rock star swagger and big cat ego. She’s been burned by a lion before and has no intention of playing the fool twice. But with one scorching glance the mating frenzy ignites and passion trumps reason. An intense first encounter levels Daisy’s reservations—and most of her living room. And she’s not so sure she minds.

Ram Reinhardt has burned through and brushed aside just about every adrenaline-inducing thrill life’s thrown at him. But Daisy sets the gold standard for a premium rush. Her combative personality should turn him off, but every time they fight they end up in bed, or on the floor, or against a wall—and the sex is always more combustible than the time before. And he’s not about to give that up. Ever.primaldesign_msr

Fashion designer and bear shifter Kitty Chambers thought fifteen years was enough time to get over her first love, Monk Badeaux, but when she sees the sexy cougar again, her mating instincts return and it’s all she can do to keep her paws off him. Despite her wariness, Monk unearths a part of her sexuality she’d never known existed, using it ruthlessly to win her back. Monk is hazardous to her well-being and her heart, but Kitty isn’t sure she stands a chance against all this heat.

If you love something, set it free. Monk Badeaux did that and suffered the consequences. When Kitty comes home, he falls head over heels in love with the independent, no-panty-wearing woman his childhood sweetheart has become. And she hates him. Luck is on his side when he discovers his mate has a streak of exhibitionism he’s more than happy to exploit if it’ll bring them closer. Alleys, school gyms, cars…no location is sacred when a cougar is out to win his mate

Just fill out the rafflecopter below!!
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 And now…..Your sneak into The Summoner’s Tale:

STcover300x400A SUMMONER’S TALE: the vampire’s confessor


AUTHOR:                   by Victoria Danann

PUBLISHER:              7th House

ISBN:                          978-1-933320-67-0 ebook      Words: 110,000

                                    978-1-933320-80-9 print        Pages: 350

GENRE:                      paranormal romance, vampire romance, urban fantasy,

                                    paranormal fantasy

RELEASE DATE:      February 14, 2013

BOOK TRAILER:      http://victoriadanann.me/the-summoners-tale/

BUY AT:                    Amazon.com (search by title) $3.99


DESCRIPTION: A secret society, a witch, a psychic, vampires, modern day knights, heroes, elves, fae, assassins from another dimension, and fairytales come together where emotions intersect. Two souls, joined by a mystical bond, separated by distance, must simultaneously struggle through pain and darkness in an ultimate confrontation with character and an ultimate struggle for life proving that true love waits patiently through lifetimes and finds courage to survive. Even in the strangest places. Even when you’re least expecting it. Even when you’re far, far from home.

Erotic quotient: A little steam. No menage. No BDSM.SagaofBlackSwan300x400

 IMPORTANT: Black Swan Books 2 and 3 are available on Amazon.com exclusively. However, a COLLECTED TALES EDITION, Books 1-3 – The Saga of Black Swan  will also be released on Feb. 14th in e-book everywhere.    

ISBN: 978-1-933320-70-0                 All three books for $5.99. 

This is the story as it was intended to be read – without interruption.


Book One – My Familiar Stranger: Romancing the Vampire Hunters nominated for Reviewers Choice Best Paranormal Romance of 2012)  113,000 words

Book Two – The Witch’s Dream: A Love Letter to Paranormal Romance 100,000 words

Book Three – A Summoner’s Tale: The Vampire’s Confessor 110,000 words

WEBSITE: http://www.VictoriaDanann.com

BLOG: http://VictoriaDanann.me

FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/vdanann  

TWITTER: @vdanann

Victoria120x180Author Bio: 

For the past fourteen years, Victoria has illustrated and authored Seasons of the Witch calendars and planners and written several non-fiction books on magickal arts.

Though fiction was initially a departure for her, she had this series simmering on the back burner of her mind for years. In addition to authoring and illustrating Seasons of the Witch, she plays Classic Rock music (keys, rhythm guitar, vocals) and manages one of Houston’s premier party bands.

 This series will eventually include some of her actual experience in the paranormal with fictionalized anecdotes from her journals during the years when she was a practicing “metaphysician” along with material from her academic education in parapsychology.


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Primal Design Winner

I just realized I’m several days overdue on picking a winner for the adorably cuddly stuffed animal for my Primal Design giveaway.

In my defense, it’s been a very grueling week at work, not to mention an action-packed weekend. So without further ado…the winner is Susan W! I’ll email you and get your physical mailing address.

Short sweet posts are so much fun, aren’t they? If you’re looking for more prizes to win, don’t forget that over the next two weeks, Darker Temptations (a group blog made up of erotic romance authors) is holding a giveaway a day with different prizes ranging from swag to books to giftcards. Who wouldn’t like that? Be sure to stop by and say “hi”!

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Hello Monday

And October. Can you believe it’s already the 4th quarter of the year? I can’t. It seems as though we just entered 2012 and we’re nearly ready to wave goodbye to it and hello to 2013. Ooh.

I had a productive weekend. Got my hair done, had a girls lunch with my mom and sister, watched some football, wrote a little and even wrote my blog post for Darker Temptations. Do you remember that blog? If not, you definitely need to check it out. Especially if you’re interested in winning prizes. We’ve revamped the blog, added some new bloggers and a fantastic giveaway. We’re a group of erotic paranormal, sci-fi, futuristic and steampunk romance writers. Say that five times fast.

And to celebrate the grand reopening of the blog, we’re holding a two-week giveaway. Yup, every day of the blog from October 1 through October 13 (excludes Sundays), there will be a prize to win. All winners will be announced on October 15th, which is the same day I come back from RomantiCon. Oh, RomantiCon. I can’t wait.

Of course there was some sad news this weekend as well. Angelo, one of Ellora’s Cave cavemen lost his life trying to do a good deed. I never got the chance to meet him, but he had a winning smile and the comments I’ve read from other Ellora’s Cave authors suggests he was a sweet, wonderful man. It’s such a shame his friends and family lost him so violently and my heart goes out to them.

*sigh* What a Monday.

How was your weekend?

Oh, and by the way, I’ve made it a full seven days without a cigarette. Woot!


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The End of Fantasy Man Fridays

It’s Friday and while I’m happy the end of this week from Hell is over (quit smoking and next thing you know the world goes crazy), I have a few announcements to make. First, I’d like to mention that there’s still time to enter the Primal Design release day giveaway! And, if you’d like a chance to win an plethora of prizes, we’ve revitalized the Darker Temptations blog with new authors and to kick it off we’re holding giveaways with tons of prizes up for grabs. The grand re-opening begins Monday, October 1 and I hope to see some of you there!

And now for the bad news…

I’m so very sad to announce that there will be no more Fantasy Man Fridays. It’s something I’ve been seriously considering after reading this blog where an author was sued for posting pictures on her blog that were under copyright protection.

I haven’t had that problem. I’ve been very lucky, but I would like that luck to continue and that means I’ll have to stop posting fantasy men here on the blog. However, like a lot of authors are doing, I’ll probably put pictures I like on Facebook if you’re interested in looking at them there.

I can’t really complain about photographers wanting to stop people from using their pictures. Authors see the same thing with their books that are illegally downloaded every day. It’s a battle I’ve fought and struggle against constantly. In the world of the world wide web, things can be easily mistaken for free for use when that isn’t the case.

As such, all pictures will be yanked from my blog. I apologize for the loss of the gorgeous menz, but I definitely don’t want to violate someone’s hard work. And it must be hard work rubbing those men down with oil, positioning them just so and taking picture after picture of them in various seductive poses. Man, I totally chose the wrong industry to go into. Maybe it’s time for a complete change. I’ll go from Danica Author of Erotic Paranormal Romance with a touch of Cajun spice, to Danica Naughty Photographer of Sexy Menz…

I hope you’ll still stop by to visit without the handsome men!

Happy Friday, everyone. Close your eyes and picture your favorite fantasy man…that’s the best I can do 🙂


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Primal Design Release Day Song

Okay, we’ve been gearing up for it all month and it’s finally here. Primal Design came out today and I hope everyone who’s been waiting for it enjoys Monk and Kitty’s story.

Today’s song is an ode to Kitty and Monk. Whenever I hear this song, I can see a young Kitty speaking with Monk like this. It gives me goose bumps, to be honest. There’s a line in this song that kept rolling through my mind when I was writing it. “When we made love you used to cry, you said I love you like the stars above and I’ll love you till I die” that made me think of the powerful feelings they had for each other. Really, teenagers might annoy me, but they feel things so strongly, so certain that no one else could ever understand the depth of their emotions.

And that’s what I wanted to capture. I hope I did. Kitty and Monk were powerful characters, deeply, powerfully in love with each other until something happens. *sigh* I think they break my heart a little, but that’s what’s great about being a writer. I can make happy endings.

Since today’s release day and I’m feeling generous, I’m going to hold a giveaway. All you have to do is share today’s blog and help me announce the release of Primal Design and you’ll be entered to win one of these adorable miniature characters. Okay, they’re not miniature characters, but they’re adorable. You can have “Ram”:

His shirt says “Saber Rocks!”

Or Kitty:

Her shirt reads, “Take a bite out of fashion!”

Just leave a comment and I’ll throw your name in a hat. The contest will last until noon on Friday, September 28. Go forth and share!

But before you do, take a moment to appreciate the dulcet sounds of Dire Straits singing Romeo and Juliet.


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Why I Don’t Shop

I complain a lot about shopping. I’m just not real big into spending my money on anything other than books. Speaking of books…Primal Design comes out in two days! TWO DAYS, people! Woot! Shake that booty, get down, get down, uh-huh, uh-huh…

Okay. I’m better now. Ahem. Anyway, back to shopping. There are times when I have no choice but to go shopping and when those times roll around, the shopping addict I keep under lock and key emerges.

For instance, I decided to go shopping yesterday instead of next weekend for Ohio. I have no idea what the weather is like up there in October, but I kind of figured it wouldn’t be flip-flop and capris temperatures. Hence a trip to Baton Rouge and the malls.

Oh my God. I didn’t even realize I was capable of spending that much money on clothes. And the really sad thing is I didn’t just buy for the conference. It occured to me that I also needed some new work clothes, so I was pulling double duty yesterday. Of course I couldn’t find a single pair of black slacks I liked which means I have to hit the stores this weekend anyway. Joy. Really though, I acted as though I was born to shop.

If I found a blouse I liked, I bought several more in different colors. If I found a pair of jeans that fit perfectly, I bought two pairs. I even bought a cowl-neck sweater. Me. In a sweater. The last time I purposely wore a sweater as a top instead of a coat I was 13 and it was a present I HAD to wear. I’m just not the sweather kind of girl, but this one was so pretty I couldn’t pass it up.

Even worse, I dragged my poor mother along with me. This means she bought a lot of clothes with me playing shopping assistant. “You could so wear this glaringly yellow top with the dark red flowers with that red shrug.” And of course it’ll look great on her because she has that olive tone skin. Or, “Oh no, you cannot wear that taupe sweater. It makes you look like a wall.” See? I do the same thing when I shop with my sister. It’s as though my inner fashion critic comes out (and I’m so not the fashion police).

However, despite the major hit to my wallet, Mom and I had fun. We don’t do girly things very often together. Now if I can convince her to come with me when I get my pedicure and manicure before the conferences, we can really bond like girls.

How was your weekend?


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Monk and Kitty

It doesn’t have the same lyrical ease as Jack and Diane, but the intent is there.

Before I get to today’s song, I’d like to remind you that the Primal Song blog tour is still going strong. Today I’m over at For the Love of Reading with an excellent review of Daisy and Ram’s book as well as a post about why shifters are great to write…on the steamy side of it 😉

I can remember very distinctly sitting at my kitchen table and listening to my song list while working on Monk and Kitty’s story. And then…like magic, I remembered this song by John Cougar (before he was a Mellencamp). It’s a great song and listening to it, I knew it was about Kitty and Monk.

Young love, hopes and dreams of the future…what better song could I have picked to listen to for two teenagers who thought they’d grow old together and end up dealing with bigger problems than they can handle?

Release day for Primal Song is exactly a week away which means I have an even more appropriate song to play so I hope you’ll stop by. Heck, I might even give something away. What do y’all think about that?

Listen to John Cougar while you decide. Oh and feel free to sing along. You know you want to! “Little ditty ’bout Jack and Diane…”


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