Thursday, 8 March 2012

Blog Tour / Giveaway - Deceived (Gwen Sparks #2) by Stephanie Nelson

I am pleased to be able to participate in Stephanie Nelson's 'Deceived' Book tour hosted by Bewitching Book Tours.

By Stephanie Nelson
Book One Gwen Sparks Series

The vampire drug, brew, nearly ruined Gwen Sparks’ life. Just when things started to get back to normal between her and Aiden, she is summoned by the North American Witches Council to their central city of Moon. 

A war is imminent between vampires and witches, and Gwen’s experiences with brew are being used to fuel the fire. She is about to discover just how powerful she is with the help of the ruggedly handsome Angel of Death and just how far some people will go to get what they want. 

Gwen is going to learn exactly what it means to be Deceived. 

Meet the characters of the Gwen Sparks series

Gwen Sparks received her powers at the age of sixteen. But she’s far from a normal witch. Touched by death, Gwen is able to read the memories of the dead. These types of witches are known as spirit walkers. Not only can she glimpse into deaths memories, she can control ghosts and sense when someone has blood on their hands.

She lives in a small town called Flora. It sits in the countryside of Missouri but to humans it looks like a regular cornfield. Flora’s magical borders permit anyone human from entering.

Aiden Blake was turned vampire in 1396 in Florence, Italy. He may have a bloody past but he now resides in Flora and runs a nightclub called Vain. He’s wanted Gwen for two years and now that he has her, he plans on keeping her for forever.

Dorian Hade aka the Angel of Death has walked the earth for an eternity taking what he wants and moving on. That is until he meets Gwen Sparks. Dorian volunteers to teach Gwen how to hone her spirit walker abilities and soon feelings begin to surface.

Will Gwen give into temptation?

Fiona Bennett is not only Gwen’s roommate, but her best friend. Coming from a long line of wealthy witches, Fiona likes the finer things in life.

Teaser Excerpt 1: 

I quietly grumbled. I knew he was right, I should learn who I really was. A small part of me was afraid to though. Reading the memories of the dead was creepy enough, but at least I was helping people when I did it. Dorian wanting me to connect with the darkness just to learn it scared me. Kye’s insane sister flashed in my mind and gave me enough reason to want to study to be a spirit walker. I didn't know why she had gone insane, but I didn't want to end up like her. “Alright, teach me, old wise one.” My sarcasm tended to show itself when I was scared or pissed, at the moment I was a little bit of both.

 “Close your eyes.” Dorian instructed, ignoring my cynicism. My eyes snapped shut, and I waited for him to tell me what to do next. I heard the squeak of vinyl, and his body press along the side of me. Dorian slipped his hand underneath mine and made me to jump.  “Keep your eyes closed.” I did as told, but my heart beat faster at our closeness. It seemed too intimate for a lesson.

Teaser Excerpt 2:

Once our skin made contact, the air grew thicker around us. I could feel the weight of it pushing against the entirety of my body. I watched as it took on a gray tint, molding against Dorian and me. My fingers clutched his hand tight as my eyes strained to see past the darkening air. Cold replaced the warmth of the day, causing a shiver to tremble through my bones. My teeth rattled against each other, my muscles constricting from the change in temperature. A slight breeze blew against my face, causing my eyes to water. I hung my head and closed my eyes to stop the singing sensation of the wind.

 “Open your eyes, Gwen,” Dorian said, but to me it sounded distant and distorted like a dream. I worked on controlling my breathing and calming my heartbeat before I worried about anything else. After a handful of deep breaths and I was satisfied I wouldn’t have a heart attack, I peeked at my surrounding through one eye. The daylight had disappeared and been replaced with gloom. Lifting my head, I opened both eyes and realized I wasn’t in Kansas anymore. Dorian and I were still in the graveyard, but not in our reality—in the realm of the dead. Everything was washed in varying shades of gray and black. Shadows clung to everything and the warmth of the sun was replaced with the icy coldness of death. 

Teaser Excerpt 3 :

He regarded me with a look I’d seen a few other times, an expression I tried to ignore, but at the moment, I couldn’t look away from. I was a woman who noticed attractive men, but I would never act on those feelings. I loved Aiden as sure as the night is long. But Dorian stirred something deep inside of me, and we connected on a level I hadn’t with Aiden. It wasn’t easy to ignore something that profound, especially when it was staring at me like I was the sexiest girl in the world.

Dorian took a step forward. His arms hung limp, but I could tell he was nervous about what was happening between us. The tightness in his jaw and triceps betrayed the cool confidence he was trying to portray. An inch of icy air separated us. I lifted my eyes to his, and we stared at each other. No words were needed; our body language spoke for us. Dorian brought his arm up and with the back of his hand caressed the side of my face with more gentleness than I imagined. My eyes closed against the feel of it. A shuffle of feet enticed my eyes open just in time to see Dorian bending forward and toward my eager lips.

By Stephanie Nelson
Book One Gwen Sparks Series


Gwen Sparks just wants to live a peaceful life in the supernatural town of Flora, but from the moment she read about the first murdered witch, all hope of peace was abandoned. Possessing the rare ability to read the memories of dead, she volunteers to help catch the culprit behind the string of drained witches. Gwen has to team up with the one man who broke her heart, deal with a ghost who pulls her into the deathly realm at will, and a fight off the advances of sexy but frustrating vampire who not only craves what runs through her veins—he wants her heart. 

Author Bio: 

Unlike a lot of authors, Stephanie Nelson didn't dream of becoming an author. It wasn't until she jumped on the bandwagon and read about the sparkly vampire, that she fell in love with the paranormal genre. Books quickly became her addiction and the bookstore her favorite place to visit. Devouring one book after another, a story began to form in her head. Ignoring the characters that seemed to speak to her didn't work. Eventually she gave in, and began to write.
After countless attempts of starting and trashing stories, Stephanie gave up. A year later, she found herself sitting in front of her computer again and made a promise to herself that she would finish a full length book. Seven months later her first book, Craved was published and ended up reaching #1 on Amazon's bestsellers list and #6 on the Barnes & Noble bestsellers list.

While she's not writing about a new adventure, Stephanie enjoys watching movies, spending time with her family and traveling. She resides in the Midwest with her husband and furry children.


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  1. Great giveaway. I love the sound of this book and am looking forward to reading it.

  2. Thanks for this awesome giveaway! :))

  3. thanks for the giveaway ^^ you are awesome.

  4. Thank you so much for having me on your blog!

  5. AWESOME giveaway! This is a GREAT presentation! I really want to read this book, adding to my wish list!

  6. I loved all the excerpts! You had me at the first one and "reading the memoir of the dead" - sounds wicked creepy, just the way me likes it! :)

    Thanks so much for the fabulous giveaway, Sharon! <3

  7. An extremely generous giveaway! Thank you so much.

  8. Wow! Amazing giveaway! Thank you so much for the opportunity to win. :) And this book sounds good!

    - Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl

  9. Awesome giveaway! I'm a new follower of your blog -- love your design! It's so colourful and happy =)

  10. My favorite teaser is number 2. There are so many feelings described. Thank you for a fantastic giveaway.


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