A royal fantasy, Mardi Gras mystery, and sizzling vampire romance are all featured in this week’s Author Buzz giveaway! Don’t miss out on your chance to win a free copy from any of these great authors. Read below for messages straight from the writers!

Dear Reader:

I’ve always loved reading epic fantasy, and I’m thrilled to introduce Kill the Queen (Harper Voyager), book #1 in my Crown of Shards series.

Kill the Queen focuses on Everleigh Blair, a royal who is distantly in line for the throne of Bellona, a kingdom steeped in gladiator tradition. But when the unthinkable happens, Evie finds herself fighting for her life—both inside and outside the gladiator arena.

Enter to win at [email protected].

Happy reading!

New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Estep


Gerry Schmitt, who writes under the pen name Laura Childs is now adding two more series that are harder-edged Wednesday February 26, 2014 in Plymouth. (Pioneer Press: Jean Pieri)

Dear Reader,

Mardi Gras in New Orleans is in full swing when the King Neptune float explodes, sending a plume of glitter into the night sky and killing a hedge fund bigwig.

Scrapbook maven Carmela and her BFF Ava have front row seats to the mayhem – and get pulled in when Carmela’s ex, Shamus, becomes a key suspect.

Running her own shadow investigation, Carmela tries to clear Shamus while dodging the watchful eye of her fiancé Detective Edgar Babcock. Haunted cemeteries, hungry alligators, a fashion show and a sports car rally round out the humor and mischief. New Orleans has become a top go-to spot for visitors and readers will appreciate the descriptions and landmarks in Glitter Bomb (Berkley)!

Laura Childs



Dear Readers,

Dante Gabriel is starving. What he craves is red gold—human blood. After being held captive as a blood slave to a female vampire for years, he has finally escaped. Unchained at last, he follows his nose to the nearest blood bank to sate his hunger.

ER nurse Erin Hamilton expects just another busy night shift…until she finds a gorgeous stranger vandalizing the hospital blood bank. Though her logic tells her to turn him in, she’s pulled by stronger and unfamiliar emotions to protect the man who seems oddly infatuated with her scent. Chemistry sizzles between them, but Dante, plagued by nightmares of his time in captivity, fears he won’t be able to control himself…especially when he discovers a secret she doesn’t even know she’s hiding.

Write to me at [email protected] to enter to win one of 5 paperback copies of Unchained (Waterhouse Press)!

Helen Hardt


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