Thursday, December 13, 2012

VBT: Review, Giveaway & Guestblog by Xandra James author of Protecting His Own

Xandra James is guest posting for me today! Thank you Xandra. :D

Why I'll always be a reader

Thanks so much for having me over at Crazy Four Books, today!

I love writing. It feels like the most natural thing in the world to me. I get so much enjoyment out of it, that most everything else fades in comparison.

But I've been a fan of books and reading, ever since I can remember. My mum and older sister always had books in their hands and it was just so natural for me to follow in their love too.

Now, a couple of years later *cough cough* ;) I still have a huge love of books and losing myself in a great story. That love is even bigger than my tbr pile (and if you could see that, you'll either be impressed or think I have no life whatsoever, LOL).

For all the times I've lost myself in writing, I've found myself in reading. I go on grand adventures and fall in love with an inappropriate mate. Or maybe I fight for survival and sink deep into a mystery.

Why would you want to go through the years living just one life when you can live multiple, time and time again? I hope my love of escaping 'real life' never diminishes.

And I hope I carry on writing stories that I love to read too. Just knowing that I might bring that same love of reading to maybe one other person, makes me feel all warm and fuzzy… ;)

Happy reading!

About the Author: 

Multi-published author, Xandra James, has always wanted to write romance books. Even when she was sneaking peaks at the hot bits, too young to fully appreciate them, she dreamt of writing her own.

Now, older and wiser, she's got the opportunity to project her slightly dark and wacky, British sense of humour onto others, whilst still writing the hot bits - bonus!

When not writing, Xandra is thinking of excuses as to why she shouldn't be doing the housework, looking after a husband and cats that refuse to pick up after themselves and climbing the mountain in her house that's affectionately called her tbr pile.

She currently holds the crown for Queen Procrastinator – something she's very proud of – so you can usually find her online, somewhere, when she really should be writing.

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The Protectors Anthology

The Blood Bar Chronicles Bk 2

Protecting His Own by Xandra James

Genre: Paranormal romance

Publisher: Breathless Press

ISBN: 978-1-77101-812-8


Number of pages: 152

Word Count: 47999

Cover Artist: Victoria Miller

Book Description:

When the Wicked Ladies of Fiction meet up in a Scottish bar they don’t expect a night filled with danger, lust and hot supernatural men…

Widowed Nina was just looking for a warm body for one night when she walked into The Blood Bar. But with a little help from a Siren song and a sexy bar-owner, the universe had other ideas.

Gargoyle Sam wants a forever type of girl after years of meaningless encounters and now, he thinks he’s found the one. He just has to convince her of that.

But the night is full of mysteries and not only does Sam need to confront an enemy from his past, he’s pulled into a complicated tug of love and war with a group of misfit Supes and Nina’s friends. Will Sam be strong enough to save them both or will they both lose what they’ve only just found?

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This was a bad idea. It was time for her to go. Call it woman's intuition or that the creepy club had bad juju, something weird was happening, and tonight was definitely the wrong time for her to be feeling lonely. Nina stood up, about to make her excuses to the girls, hoping they'd be as supportive as they always had been, when something came over her.

Nina felt strange down to her toes.

It was like she was drunk, loved up, and floating—all at once. She stumbled and grabbed the back of her chair to steady her jelly-like legs. Everyone around her seemed to be moving in slow motion. Nina looked around at the room, surveying her friends first. They looked the same as her. She reached out her hand to Tara but missed her shoulder. The sparkly teeth guy she saw earlier headed toward them and grabbed one of her friends. She tried to speak but couldn't form the words before they were gone again.

People were dispersing from the room quickly, and Nina knew there was something wrong with this place. She should have known it with a name like the Blood Bar. Legs that were barely keeping her upright began to fail, and she slumped to the floor. What the hell was happening to her? Was she drugged? Nina let her eyes close. Surely if she just slept a little, this would all be over with soon, but her body was screaming at her. Hot lust coursed through her veins, and she shuddered.

"I've got you." A deep voice tugged at her, and she reluctantly opened her eyes to gaze at a strong chest.

"Who…hell…you?" Nina frowned, realizing her words weren't quite coming out as planned. Her eyes slowly travelled up a strong, stubbly jaw, over full, smiling lips, and finally landing on beautiful gray eyes. She gasped, finding it difficult to breathe. Her every fantasy she'd had in recent months filled her mind, and lust cascaded through her body until she felt so out of control in his arms, she thought she might melt.

Nina lifted her hand to his face and traced his jaw, his smile becoming more of a grimace.

"Take me to bed." Her fingers covered her mouth, and Mr. Gray Eyes smiled once more.

My Thoughts:

This was a paranormal smorgasbord! This stories were quick and super hot, and appropriate for adults only. While I enjoyed each of the books in this anthology, I have a fondness for gargoyles and especially enjoyed Protecting His Own

Nina and Sam make an awesome couple. Both seem to have morals and care deeply about others' well being over their own.

This book had action, romance, steamy action of the bedroom variety (though not necessarily happening in the bedroom), and supernatural creatures. What more could you ask for?

I recommend The Blood Bar Chronicles Book 2: The Protectors to all adults who like steamy supernatural stories.

I received a copy of this book from Bewitching Book Tours in exchange for my honest opinion. I honestly liked it quite a bit!

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  1. I'm so pleased you enjoyed it!! Thanks so much for hosting me here today :D

    Happy holidays x

    1. Are you kidding? You did all the work with your guest post.

      Reading your book was no hardship. lol!

      Happy Holidays to you as well! :D

  2. Sounds wonderful. I love to get lost in a book. This one is perfect for that.,
    debby236 at gmail dot com

  3. awesome giveaway!!! this book sounds so good i am dying to read it!!!