Thursday, March 08, 2012

Discoveries Week: Stephanie Tyler

The winner of the Discoveries Week: Shiloh Walker giveaway is:

Shrouded Heart, who can't wait to read Thea Harrison's Oracles Moon;

Shrouded Heart, when you have a chance please send your full name and ship-to address to LynnViehl@aol.com so I can get your prize package out to you. Thanks to everyone for joining in and making so many great March recs.

As much as I enjoy my Darkyn immortals, I think human characters can be just as much fun to write. Simone Derien, the female protagonist of Nightborn, is an extraordinary woman who wanted nothing more than an ordinary life of serenity and service at a French convent. To have it, she had to make a terrible bargain, but in the ten years since she's mostly forgotten about the price of her freedom. When a courier arrives at the convent with a message from one of the deadliest of Kyn assassins, Simone's promise comes due, and her quiet, peaceful life is suddenly gone forever.

While writing my Kyndred novels, I fell in love with other extraordinary humans much like Simone. No matter how powerful their gifts or heavy their burdens, the Kyndred always coveted most what the rest of us take for granted: our simple, ordinary lives. While we often admire and envy those who are exceptionally gifted, we rarely appreciate that deep down they're just like us, and want to be accepted and valued and loved for who they are, not what they do.

As one half of the Sydney Croft writing team, and author of her own Shadow Force and multiple SEAL novel series, Stephanie Tyler is already a very accomplished storyteller with wonderful range. This month she's debuting her first novel of the Eternal Wolf Clan, Dire Needs, a new paranormal romance series about the Dire Wolves, immortal shape-shifters battling an ancient enemy in the modern world. This story moves like lightning from the first paragraph, and has such vivid, wild characters that you're fully immersed in their dark and dangerous world within just a few pages. I think this is the most exciting debut series book being released this month, and definitely worth checking out.



Or you might win a copy from me, along with all four novels in my Kyndred series, an adorable stuffed pup named Scout, a writer's words mug from Author Outfitters, a black cameo edition of my BookLoop and some other goodies. If you'd like to win this bunch, in comments to this post name your favorite shifter book or series (or if you can't think of one, toss your name in the hat) by midnight EST tonight, Thursday, March 8, 2012. I will draw one name at random from everyone who participates and send the winner an unsigned copy of Stephanie Tyler's Dire Needs, signed copies of my Kyndred novels and the rest of the goodies. This giveaway is open to everyone on the planet, even if you've won something here at PBW in the past.

61 comments:

  1. one of my favorite series is shiloh hunter's

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  2. I love the Otherworld series by Kelley Armstrong for shifters. Clay, Elena and Jeremy were one of my biggest introductions to the genre.

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  3. I just finished reading all the Shadow Force and SEAL novels by Stephanie Tyler last week! Devoured them actually, as I found her "voice" to be authentic and unique to the romantic suspense genre. I'm very interested to read her take on the shifter world, and by the way, the cover for Dire Needs rocks! Look at those abs...I might need to sit down:)

    I don't really have a favorite shifter series because it is always so hard narrowing down what I like and choosing just one favorite. I did just read a great werewolf shifter book by Anne Rice, The Wolf Gift. That's definitely a book that I would recommend.

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  4. I've read great reviews of Dire Needs and can't wait to read it!
    One of my favorite shifter series is Terry Spears' Werewolf series. In fact, I'll be picking up my copy of A Seal in Wolf's Clothing this weekend. I ADORE this series!! With it's straight up alpha wolf shifters, realistic wolf behaviors, and no hint of "traditional paranormal werewolves" (which is what I had always read), it was a nice change of pace for me. That's not to say that I don't love my paranormal shifters, just that Ms. Spears' series was something different & I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it.

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  5. I don't think I *have* a favorite "shifter" series ... yet!

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  6. My favorite shifter book? Blood and Chocolate by Annette Curtis Klause (YA)

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  7. You do give the most lovely giveaways. I'd like to highlight the Lycan books by indie writer Nicky Charles who gives away her books for free on Smashwords and Feedbooks. Here is the Smashwords link: http://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/charliej

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  8. I can't think of any shifter books right off hand, but I love wolves and would love to throw my hat in for this giveaway. Thanks so much for the opportunity.

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  9. Fran Kane4:16 AM

    My favourite shifter series in no particular order:

    The Pride Series by Shelley Laurenston
    The Dragon Series by G A Aiken
    Psy-Changling Series by Nalini Singh

    First 2 because of their humour and human-ness (if such a word exists). I can pick up one of these and fall into that world with glee.

    Psy-Changling because I love the breadth of the world that the characters inhabit and the interactions, socially & physically, between the shifters. The honour and courage, and the lesson to be learned from relying totally on cold unfeeling logic.

    I would also love the chance to win another of your amazing book marks. So innovative and clever. I tried to make my own from the one I won and I just couldn't get it right. I really do wish I had some creative skills. Maybe as I am getting older I should try craft lessons to see if there is anything I can be good at.

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  10. One of my favorite shifter series is Jennifer Ashley.

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  11. My auto-buy for shifter books are anything written Shelley Laurenston (a.k.a G A Aiken) and of course the super-talented Nalini Singh...

    Tossing my hat in the ring for the giveaway... Cheers!!

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  12. My favourite shifter series is Rachel Vincent's "Shifters" series. I was so sad when it ended.

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  13. I love Kelley Armstrong - Women of the Otherworld series - especially the werewolves Elena and Clayton. Can't wait for her new book Thirteen. She is tying up the series.

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  14. I really like Marjorie Liu's Dirk and Steele series.
    Jennifer

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  15. Definitely Kevin Hearne's Iron Druid Chronicles! Atticus is a 2100 year old druid who shifts into four other forms, which comes in handy since he seems to piss off a lot of gods. Highly recommend this series!

    Di

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  16. I don't have a favorite yet, so I'm tossing my name in the hat! Thanks!

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  17. I don't really have a favorite series, but I really enjoyed Molly Harper's How To Flirt With A Naked Werewolf. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  18. My favorite shifter series is Nalini Singh's Psi-Changeling series.

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  19. Just finished Briggs' Fair Game-love the Alpha/Omega series. This new series by Stephanie Tyler sounds interesting. You're doing some great give aways. Thanks for sharing!

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  20. Love every single one of Stephanie Tyler's books - have read them all at least once! I think my favorite shapeshifter stories are in Jim Butcher's excellent Dresden Files series of books and everything that Vicki Lewis Thompson writes. Love paranormal romance - all romance and mystery. I'm an avid reader - 400 books last year!

    Wishing all best of luck with their new releases! Hey - and the old ones too - what the heck! ; )
    Pam

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  21. One of my favorites is the Granite Lake Wolf Series by Vivian Arend. I am also a huge fan of Nicky Charles as well. There are so many great paranormal books it's is just so hard to chose.

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  22. Anonymous9:53 AM

    Patricia Briggs Alpha & Omega

    Cris

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  23. There are so many that are my favorite...so I am going to go with my most recently read favorite. The Wing Slayer's By Jennifer Lyon....some people may disagree that they are shifters but they do get wings (inspired by the bird tattooed on their back.)

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  24. Name in the hat! :) First time here, A fave series...nothing's coming to mind. I did enjoy S.A. Price's Weresnakes series,Knosses West.

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  25. There are so many series that I like. One of my favorite shifter series though is by Thea Harrison. Thanks for the opportunity for another great prize.

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  26. My favorite? That's a tough decision. My favorite shifter book of the past year is Dragon Bound by Thea Harrison, not a fan of the next two book in the series though. My two favorite auto buy series are The Psy-Changling Series by Nalini Singh and The Pride Series by Shelly Laurenston. Thanks for the give away, Delia

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  27. My favorite shifer series has to be the Psy/Changling series by Nalini Singh.

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  28. Anonymous10:39 AM

    I have trouble naming 'favorites'...it depends on the day. I think Kelly Armstrong does werewolves best out of all her otherworldly sentients. I think I like Brigg's wolves best, because they seem grounded in the people they were before they changed.--LuAnn

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  29. Mercy Thompson is my favorite shifter, so by association I'll name Patricia Briggs' series as my fave. I've also really enjoyed the Dirk & Steele books by Marjorie Liu. I've never read anything by Stephanie Tyler, looks like I will be adding her to my list! That's one reason why I love this blog, I write down all of these great book recs on random post-it noted and throw them in my purse for bookstore trips. Of course, I then lose them in the bottomless pit and forget about them, but they always pop back up when I need them. It's magic!

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  30. One of my favorite shifter series is Nalili Singh's Psy Changling series. She creates such a wonderful world and terrific characters.

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  31. My favorite shifter series:
    Alpha & Omega by Patricia Briggs
    Kate Daniels by Ilona Andrews

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  32. I am new to this genre, but love new things.

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  33. Kate Daniels series, Ilona Andrews
    MacRieve Clan, part of the Immortals After Dark series, Kresley Cole
    Psy-Changling series, Nalini Singh

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  34. tough choice!!! nalini singh, shelly laurenston or patricia briggs are some of my top authors..
    thanks for the chance to win!! ive really been wanting to read this book!!

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  35. My favorite shifter series are (yup, I have two) Kresley Cole's Immortals After Dark and Rachel Vincent's SHIFTER series. Thank you so much for the giveaway. Scout is really cute :).
    vsloboda(at)gmail(dot)com

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  36. My favorite is Nalini Singh's Psy-Changling series.

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  37. clairecherven11:30 AM

    Marjorie M. Liu's Dirk & Steele Novels

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  38. I have not read that many shifter books so I don't have a favorite, so Just tossingmy name in the hat. Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  39. The Dragon Series by G A Aiken
    Immortals After Dark by Kresley Cole
    thanks for the chance to win!

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  40. Just started reading Liu's "A Wild Light."

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  41. All of Kelley Armstrong's books are compelling. Many thanks. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  42. GA Aiken's Dragon Kin series. Favorite shifters. Just love them :) I really love her Pride series under Shelly Laurenston too. They're hysterical!

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  43. Anonymous12:39 PM

    My favorites are Patricia Briggs and Rachel Vincent.

    Sari from Michigan

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  44. Kate Daniels - Ilona Andrews
    Psy-Changling - Nalini Singh
    Shifter - Rachel Vincent

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  45. Emily Wheeler1:41 PM

    My favorite shifter series is the Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs, but I can't wait to give Stephanie's a try because I love her romantic suspense & Sydney Croft novels.

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  46. Tammy S2:27 PM

    Can't name just one.

    Kelley Armstrong's - Otherworld
    Patricia Briggs's - Mercy series and Alpha & Omega series
    Nalini Singh - Psy/Changeling

    *grin* i could list more

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  47. Scout is such a cutie. I'm really looking forward to Dire Needs. I like how it combines the paranormal and romantic suspense genres which I both enjoy. I read quite a lot of paranormals but usually encounter vampires. I don't have a favorite shifter series because I'm still discovering them.

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  48. That sounds like an amazing book. Name in hat please.

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  49. Haven't read many shifter books. So, I'd have to go with Kresley Cole's Immortals After Dark series.

    Thanks for the great give-aways. And here's to a FANTASTIC first week of sales. (BTW - Reading Nightborn: Lords of the Darkyn. LOVING it.)

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  50. I haven't read much shifter books but so far I like Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs.

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  51. leann4:47 PM

    I believe one of my favorite shifter series would be Kate Douglas' Wolf Tales, or Lora Leigh's Breeds. Thanks for the chance to win a new author to me! :)

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  52. My favorite shifter book is Cynthia Eden's "Hotter After Midnight." It was also the first shifter book I read.

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  53. The Silver Wolf by Alice Borchardt is by far my favorite shifter book. I saw this book on a shelf today and fell in love with the wolf tattoo the hero has on his chest. Just incredible...but then again...so is the canvas. ;)

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  54. I quite liked Nalini Signh's Psy/Shifter series but i don't think i have a favourite overall.

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  55. Shiloh Walker's Hunters series, and Ilona Andrews' Kate Daniels, (although they don't really strike me as purely "shifter"). Patricia Briggs' Alpha and Omega series is my favorite "straight shifter" series.

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  56. I've enjoyed the Mercy Thompson series. I've also read and enjoyed a couple of Stephanie's SEAL series so I know I'll enjoy her new venture.

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  57. My favorite shifter series is Christina Dodd's Chosen in Darkness series.

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  58. I love Nailini Singh's Psy-Changeling series, but am currently rereading Linnea Sinclair's Dock 5 series. Would a Ragkiril count as a shifter? *grin*

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  59. I have really enjoyed Patrcia Brigg's Alpha and Omega series.

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  60. Shizuka11:23 PM

    It's not a Shifter series, per se, but my favorite series with shifters in it, is the Southern Vampire Mysteries.
    I love the mix of aciton, sex, and humor.

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