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Monday, March 18, 2013

Mandy Harbin's "Surrounded by Secrets" Blog Tour






First, I want to thank the chicks with Book Lovin’ Mamas for having me here today. Second, I hope no one is hung over from over-indulging in green beer last night. If you survived the Feast of Saint Patrick with no headache and ready to jump back into your love of all things books, then awesome. If not, grab some aspirin and read on...I have free stuff to tell you about at the end of this, so that should help perk you up.
Ever wonder how authors decide on titles for their books and series? Sometimes we know before we write the first word what it will be titled. We might hear a song or have a dream or be exposed to some other muse where the idea just clicks and feels great. Other times, we don’t know until we’re ready to submit it to our editors and fret over something that’ll be perfect. For me, it’s happened both ways. However, not including the indie authors out there, the final decision on the title does not fall on the author. Granted, authors do have a say, but they can be overridden, especially when marketing departments get involved. All the books I’ve published to date have had titles that I’ve chosen…and were the titles I’d originally submitted. However, I do have a book that’s currently being contracted for release later this year where I was told the title has to be changed. Reasons vary from publisher to publisher, editor to editor. Each house has their own rules to abide by. But sometimes, an editor might love the story concept based on the title alone.
When I was shopping book one in the Woods Family series, Surrounded by Woods, I got great responses—two back-to-back offers and the third person I’d submitted it to was also still considering it. One of the editors loved the title and felt it was perfect for the story concept. Even though I’d declined their offer, they’d asked me to submit other work to them in the future, which I very well might…all because they loved the hook of my title. But sometimes, editors might love the book and hate the title. Stephanie Meyer had shopped Twilight titled as Forks. Her agent loved the book, hated the title. Would it have done was well had it been titled Forks? Who knows, but it just goes to show how important it is to find a title that not only works for the story, but also appeals to readers.
And speaking of appealing to readers… time for freebies! That book I mentioned, Surrounded by Woods? It’s FREE right now on Amazon, B&N, and All Romance Ebooks. Go get your copy while you can because I’m not sure how much longer my publisher will have it as free.



THE WOODS FAMILY Series




SURROUNDED BY DEATH - Prequel
His family speaks of his death as a tragic example of why it’s too dangerous for the Woods men to be around available women.
Eric Woods is now dead, but was his last night as a living, breathing mountain lion shifter as horrible as his family has always believed?
Experience Eric’s last night with Simone--a woman whose need for carnal pleasures for exceeds all rational thought.
Reader advisory: This book contains graphic language and explicit sex. It is meant as a bonus read in the Woods family saga and should not be viewed as a typical romance.
Purchase Links: FREE at  Amazon / B&N / ARe


SURROUNDED BY WOODS - Book 1
When Mikaela Patterson must take on a client with specific requirements that no single women be allowed on his property, she keeps her broken engagement a secret. She doesn’t realize her client and his sons are mountain lion shifters whose instinct to mate with any available woman turns deadly.

Josh Woods is her client's eldest son, and he is immediately drawn to Mikaela. Knowing his father would never allow an available woman on the property, Josh doesn't understand his fascination with her. Josh and Mikaela fight their attraction because of their own secrets, but when the truth comes out about Mikaela's true availability and Josh's animal instincts, they must be prepared to face the consequences.
Reader advisory: This book contains graphic language and explicit sex.
Purchase Links:  FREE at Amazon / B&N / ARe



SURROUNDED BY PLEASURE - Book 2
Krista Owens is an attorney who works too much and plays too little. When her colleague, Mikaela, requests her assistance for a month on the Woods estate, hinting that her brothers-in-law are all hot with commitment phobias, Krista agrees to tell the guys she has a boyfriend, hoping to finally lose her virginity. 

Toby Woods doesn’t want anything to do with Krista, but watching his brothers fight over her ignites his feral side. He wants her, and he’ll stop at nothing to have her. 

He knows it’s temporary, but will he be able to let her go when it’s time?
Reader advisory: This book contains graphic language and explicit sex.
Purchase Links:  Amazon / B&N / ARe





SURROUNDED BY TEMPTATION:
When Krista needs Ariel's biochemical expertise because her new boyfriend can turn into a mountain lion, Ariel thinks her sister has lost her mind. But the possibility of a major discovery like this is too much of a temptation to ignore. Create a drug to stop a shifter from forcing a mating? Only if she got to test his sexual limits herself.

Rob thinks Ariel is an angel in disguise, and he immediately knows she's the one for him. But is he strong enough to resist his animal's need to claim her once the temptation begins?

Warning: This book contains a shifter who must resist his feral need to mate and a biochemist who is hell-bent on testing his sexual limits. You'll never look at science the same way again.
Purchase Links:  Amazon / B&N / ARe



SURROUNDED BY SECRETS:
Lillian Caldwell has eyes on the hottie with the body, Jack Woods, one of the men who bought her family land and now new boss. She has big plans for Jack, including the getting-him-horizontal variety, and she always gets what she wants.

Jack is the family hard ass who’s trying to make amends. His plans of digging into the family secret he discovered are thwarted when he’s forced to work with Lillian, his gorgeous, pain-in-the-ass neighbor.

But a night of passion will unlock the secrets surrounding them and change both their lives forever.

Warning: This book contains a spitfire woman who doesn’t take no for an answer and a strong alpha mountain lion shifter whose preverbal bark really is as a bad as his bite.
Purchase Links:  Amazon / B&N / ARe








Mandy Harbin is the author of several books across multiple romance genres that range from contemporary to paranormal erotic romance. Her books include the award winning Darkest Sin, an erotic romantic suspense and first in the new Darkest series. Mandy also continues to work on her Possession series, which explores BDSM elements with Digital Possession being the series starter, and the ever popular Woods Family series, which began with the best seller Surrounded by Woods. She lives in a small Arkansas town with her family and can be reached via:



Mandy Harbin's
SURROUNDED BY SECRETS
Blog Tour Schedule

2/23 - Reality Bites
3/04 - The Jeep Diva
3/21 - Page Flipperz
3/25 - Close Encounters with the Night Kind (Spotlight, Giveaway & Review of Prequel)
3/26 - Close Encounters with the Night Kind (Spotlight & Review of Book 1)
3/27 - Close Encounters with the Night Kind (Spotlight & Review of Book 2)
3/28 - Close Encounters with the Night Kind (Spotlight & Review of Book 3)
3/29 - Close Encounters with the Night Kind (Spotlight & Review of Book 4)






Mandy is giving away winners choice of an eBook from THE WOODS FAMILY series at every tour stop.


GRAND PRIZE GIVEAWAY

Mandy is giving away a $100.00 Gift Card to either Amazon or B&N (winners choice) to celebrate the release of SURROUNDED BY SECRETS.

TWO runners up will receive an eBook of SURROUNDED BY SECRETS.

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4 comments:

Beautiful book covers and very interesting descriptions of the stories.

One of my all-time favorite paranormal hero's is Harry Dresden of Jim Butcher's Dresden book series. Thanks for the giveaway!

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