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Spooktacular Giveaway Hop

Have I said before how much I love this time of year?

Mmmm. Fall. Halloween. English Toffee lattes and Sweet potato pies.

And of course, for all the wonderful chances to get FREE books and swag through the seasonal Blog hops! I’m participating in one such Halloween hop that has soooo many participating Authors and sites that my head is spinning and I’m giddy with the excitement of it all.

In case you don’t understand how a “hop” works, just click the banner above  and find yourself with gads of other sites to “hop” on over to. Each site is giving something away, whether free books or cool swag, so definitely check out the other sites and see what you can win!

Now, for my Giveaway:

I’m offering up a paperback copy of Kill Me for your reading pleasure, an ebook copy of Kill Me, and a cool little mini-poster that features the Kill Me cover art (autographed too!)

Click here to enter to win via my Rafflecopter giveaway!

Snag a copy of my novel KILL ME!

After waiting several weeks (and chanting in the moonlight, and chasing a rabbit so I could pet it’s foot) Amazon has finally lowered the price of KILL ME to $0.00 – so it’s finally FREE! I have no idea how long the mighty ‘Zon will keep it free, so I’d suggest you hop on over there and snag a copy pronto. (Ebook is free. Not the paperback)

KILL ME on Amazon

For those of you without an eReader, or who just prefer a physical copy in your hot little hands, I’m also running a paperback giveaway over on GoodReads, so there’s still hope for you yet!

KILL ME Giveaway on GoodReads

BOOK BLURB:

Three days ago, she was a wife, a mother, and very much alive… then the music called to her.
Marketing maven Claire has one goal for the Music Expo– to land a few whales so that her boss will give her a badly needed raise. She puts on her game face and courts the industry’s elite until her plans are derailed by hotness-in-high-heels.

Vampire Bette wants to find a human with untapped talents that she can mold and control. Using a haunted violin, she lures Claire in with her lilting song and bewitching smile. In that moment, Claire’s life is unraveled and she finds herself with more than strange dreams and overdue bills to worry about. Much more.

To make matters worse, Claire is attracted to two unlikely people– Bette and her hunky but pale associate, Gregor. Both can light Claire’s fire, but is either of them the only one?

Unfortunately for Claire, life isn’t all song lyrics and seduction. Tied to darkness by blood and power, Claire must harness her abilities if she has any hope of returning home to her daughter and regaining her former life.

REVIEWS:

“When I started reading Kill me, the first in a trilogy by new author Alex Owens I expected the usual – Vampires, Intrigue, Drama and a little bit of Spice.  What I did not expect was the hilarious writing! A few pages into the book and it is crystal clear that Owen’s strong suit is her ability to hit the funny bone every few sentences. ”   ~Aditi, READioactive Book Blog

“Not your traditional, action-packed vampire tale, but it is one that’s full of conflict – emotional, psychological, and (at times) extremely physical. Fast, fun, and . . . dare I say it, empowering . . . this is a wonderful story and one that will leave you anxious for more.” ~Sally, Bending the Bookshelf Blog
“Overall, a fun, indulgent novel that will appeal to any woman who has struggled with being a working mom and wished for secret powers.” ~ Christine, Ensconced in YA
“I made time for this book. I wanted to know what was going to happen next.” ~ Mark, Masquerade Crew

Kill Me featured on Indie Author Anonymous

I just got some exciting news… our novel Kill Me was featured as a Golden Review book over on Indie Author Anonymous!

It’s cool enough that the good folks over there chose to feature Kill Me, but to aslo recognize that it has great ratings so far is even better! (*Golden Review books have to have at a minimum 10 reviews on Amazon, and have an average of 4 stars or better on the 5 star scale.)

This from their post…

GOLDEN REVIEW Book! “Kill Me” by Alex Owens

**Every GOLDEN REVIEW book has at LEAST 10 reviews; averaging a four star rating.**

“When I started reading Kill me, the first in a trilogy by new author Alex Owens I expected the usual – Vampires, Intrigue, Drama and a little bit of Spice.  What I did not expect was the hilarious writing! A few pages into the book and it is crystal clear that Owen’s strong suit is her ability to hit the funny bone every few sentences. ” 

Read more over on IndieAuthorAnonymous now!

Kill Me’s Appearance on VampChix & Bite Club

Doh! I completely spaced on telling everyone that my book Kill Me made an appearance over on the wildly popular blog VampChix & Bite Club.

Honestly, this summer is kicking my tail.

Between my other job as a Photographer (wedding and Senior portrai season!), kids, baseball, helping my sis plan her wedding, writing, prepping for back to school… well, you get the picture. I’m uber-busy.

Which is why I’m so thankful for other blogs that read, review or even post about my books. Nothing like web copy that I don’t have to do a thing for!

My Novel KILL ME is now available at Sony!

Kill Me (book one in the paranormal / UF BLOOD CHORD series) is now available for those of you out there that have Sony ereaders! I did notice, however, that no only is the author bio incorrect, but it appears to have someone else’s bio pasted in place of the correct one. Sigh.

At least it’s active now, though!

KILL ME @ SONY

Kill Me (Paranormal / Urban Fantasy) link for iBooks

So I finally figured out how to link to Kill Me on iBooks, thanks to a wonderful reader. So here it is! Go wild 🙂

 

Kill Me (A Blood Chord Novel) – Alex Owens

“Kill Me” Novel is Rolling Out to More Vendors (with coupon code!)

Hope everyone is having a fabulous Monday. Seriously 🙂

The first novel in the Blood Chord Series, Kill Me, has finally ended its ninety-day stint in the Amazon Select program, so now it’s on the way out to the other major book retailers. It can take anywhere from a few hours to a few weeks to show up everywhere, so I’ll have to pop back in with updates as they become available.

For now, you can view (or better yet, purchase, which would earn you major book karma points!) Kill Me at the following vendors:

And to give readers something to get lost in while lounging on the beach or by the pool, I’ve decided to offer a coupon for 50% off the list price at Smashwords.

Just click the link, add the book to your cart and input the coupon code:  RV36V and you will be able to download whatever ebook format will work with your ereader. But hurry, the coupon is only good through August 1st!

Happy Reading!

(All vendors will be listed on the Blood Chord Series site, so check there too!)

Paperback Version of Kill Me Released!

Paperback Version of Kill Me Released!.

Yay! Finally… I can hold a copy of Kill Me in my own lil’ hands! And you can too 🙂 Check it, peeps!

via Paperback Version of Kill Me Released!.

Book Review on Masquerade Crew (Day 12 – Kill Me Blog Tour)

It’s day eleven of the blog tour and today over on Masquerade Crew is a review of Kill Me! So hop on over there and check out what Mark has to say about the debut of the Blood Chord Series!

4 Star Review: “The biggest thing for me that brought it down to a 4 from a 5 was the amount of sexual material.”

Source: The Masquerade Crew (http://s.tt/1aQfd)

(Blushes… what can I say? I like my vamps with a little bit of heat 🙂 )

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You can also check out the tour calendar over on the press page of the Blood Chord Series Site or Kill Me on Amazon if you’d like!

And don’t forget to enter to one one of the Fab prizes for the Kill Me end-of-tour Giveaway!!

Get to Know Claire, from KILL ME (character interview- Blog Tour Day 11)

I thought I’d have a little fun today by interviewing the main character from the new release, Kill Me. So put your paws together and lets extend a warm welcome to our guest Claire!

Come on in Claire, grab a seat and settle in. Would you like something to drink? A glass of Merlot perhaps?

Hi! Thanks for having me… mind if I sit over here? No offense, but it’s been a few days since I last fed, and you’re smelling extremely scrumptious today.

Uh, sure. Make yourself comfortable on the stool waaaaay over there in the corner. So nothing to drink? Wait… never mind

It’s okay. I’m getting used to my diet and I have it under control now, mostly. It’s been quite an adjustment though. By the way, I love what you’ve done with the place. It’s just so… you!

Aww, thanks! I’ve put a lot of thought into the decor. I call it Controlled Chaos Chic. Though to be fair, my husband gets the credit for the Deer heads. And any crumbs/trash/toys would be courtesy of the kids. But I’m sure you understand about all of that.

Do I ever. My daughter’s nine now and it’s a good thing I don’t need to sleep, because my house is in a constant state of disaster. From weird science experiments to makeup and shoes (oh, lord the shoes!) her mess is spread from one end of the house to the other.

You just moved too. I bet that’s kept you busy.

Yes, we did. Within a few days of getting back from my trip to Florida, I found the perfect house for me and Quinn. It’s out by itself, so I don’t have to worry about any nosy neighbors. We’ve got a a sunset view of the creek that will make your eyes water.

That’s great! I’m glad you were able to find something that would work for you guys. And so fast!

Oh, I got lucky. The owners needed cash and I came into some money recently, so I offered a bonus if they could move out within a week. It was a win-win for both of us.

That was lucky. What did you do, win the lottery or something?

Or something… I probably shouldn’t tell you this since they frown on humans knowing our business, but during my trip, I received a nice chunk of change. You could call it an inheritance, but I’ve come to think of it as my Vampire Disability Fund. Because, you know, being a vampire is a huge disadvantage, at least in the begginning. We can’t go out in the sun (most can’t anyway) which makes things like grocery shopping, school plays, and errands super-hard to accomplish. Keeping a job is almost impossible until you get the hang of everything. I won’t even mention how difficult it is to be around friends and family when all you want to do is sink your teeth into them.

Wow, I’d never thought about it like that. I thought being a Vampire was all glamour and romance and crazy supernatural abilities. Seems like the reality of living as a Vampire is something that popular culture glosses over. 

Exactly. As my maker, Bette once told me, “Do not believe everything you read or see on television about us. Books and movies often make stuff up for the purpose of entertainment.”

Twilight-Smilight. I’d like to see that little waif of an actress try to work a blood-drive at her child’s school on a sunny Saturday in April. Or figure out how to pretend to eat in front of a child that doesn’t miss a thing.

We live in the land of sun and sand. I’m outside 4-5 times a day, so I’ve had to get creative with things. I have my daughter to think about and I wanted to live as normal as possible. Certainly makes life harder, but I wouldn’t change a thing about our lives now.

It sounds like you’re happy! I’m glad it’s all working out for you. I image that blood drive was something to see too! 

Yes, that was a very interesting day. I came home hungrier than I’ve ever been in my life, only to find out that power had gone out while I was gone and my bags of “dinner” were ruined. Good thing I knew where some takeout was!

Too funny! Now, you’ve mentioned your trip several times, and I’m wondering if that’s where your story begins?

Yes, it was. I went to Florida a harried working-mother and came back as something completely different. I blame the violin. 

Care to elaborate? Come now, don’t be shy. It’s just us girls here.

Well, it called to me from down the aisle and brought me to Bette and her collection of antique instruments. Then she put the stupid thing in my hands and told me to play it!

Before that, I was normal— I cooked, cleaned and brought home every bit of the bacon. I thought I had life figured out, but I had everything so completely wrong that it’s almost comical. Now the husband is a non-issue, my freakish talents are not of the domestic variety, and being a good mother just became a whole lot tougher. 

Holy-Llamas. That was rather on the cryptic side, don’tcha think? Is that all you’re going to give us?

Yep. If you want to know more, you’ll just have to read the book. Anyway, I’ve got to run. I’m due to pick up Quinn from school in a few minutes so she can get to her softball game on time. Yeah, I know. Softball game, vampire Mom– an odd combination, right?

It sure is! Well, it was great having you on the site Claire. Maybe you can come back some time to keep us posted on how abnormally-normal your life is? In the meantime, we can get the scoop from the novel you star in, KILL ME, correct?

Yep! It has a little bit of everything: mystery, magic, suspense, some smoking-hot romance, a sprinkling of rockin’ music and the occasional stripper pole. Oh, and a haunted violin. I can’t forget that, it started everything off.

No need to sell me on it. That sounds like my kind of book 🙂 Thanks again for stopping by. Give Quinn my best! Ciao’

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If you’d like to read more about Claire and her life-changing business trip, check out the newly released novel  Kill Me, Book One of the Blood Chord series, by Alex Owens. And do an Indie Author a solid and tweet, FB or share this interview or the book link with your friends and enemies. They’ll appreciate the gesture. 

KILL ME (Book One of the Blood Chord series)

Three days ago, she was a wife, a mother, and very much alive… then the music called for her.

Kill Me, the debut novel from author Alex Owens, is a quirky paranormal fantasy complete with music, magic, fangs and freaks. It is also the first in a planned series, with the second book due out by the Fall of 2012. Be forewarned, this is not your daughter’s paranormal.


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Also, being the slacker that I am, I neglected to post to let everyone know that Kill Me was featured over on the fabulous Heidi Hall’s website yesterday, so please so hop on over there and take a gander 🙂

If you’d like to participate in the Release Blog Tour for Kill Me, more information can be seen here on the Blood Chord series web site.

Guest Post on Good Choice Reading (Day 9 -Kill Me Blog Tour)

Good morning and hold on to your shorts, because today I’m over on Good Choice Reading with a fabulously fun guest post from the main character Claire (from my new novel Kill Me) and she’s there to let everyone know Why Being a Vampire Mom Rocks.

Check it out and leave a comment, tweet or something. Pretty please, with Eric Northman on top?

Book Review on Lindsey Gray’s Blog (Day 8 – Kill Me Blog Tour)

It’s day eight of the blog tour and today over on Lindsey Gray’s blog is a review of Kill Me! So hop on over there and check out what she has to say about the debut of the Blood Chord Series! 

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You can also check out the tour calendar over on the press page of the Blood Chord Series Site or Kill Me on Amazon if you’d like!

Author Interview on You Gotta Read (Day 7 – Kill Me Blog Tour)

It’s day seven of the Kill Me blog tour and today I’m over on You Gotta Read with an insightful author interview. Aside from peeking into my twisted inner-mind, you’ll see why I adore Jodi Picoult (even after her atrocious comments on Indie publishing) and how I feel about gratuitous sex and violence in books.

 YouGottaRead.com

So, without further ado… take a gander at the Interview on You Gotta Read!

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You can also check out the tour calendar over on the press page of the Blood Chord Series Site or Kill Me on Amazon if you’d like!