Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Burning Bright Top 100 Urban Fantasy Giveaway

Yesterday we kicked off the release party for BURNING BRIGHT, the third full-length novel in the Ivy Granger urban fantasy series.

Our favorite kick-ass psychic detective is back!

If you haven't checked out our release party post, be sure to stop by for a chance to read book excerpts and enter the Burning Bright Release Party Giveaway for a chance to win 1 of 6 ebook copies of Burning Bright.  Prefer physical books?  Goodreads is giving away 3 trade paperback copies of Burning Bright in the Goodreads First Reads Burning Bright Giveaway.

Let's party!

While eating my share of cupcakes, I noticed something amazing.  Burning Bright was receiving 4 and 5 star squeee-worthy reviews, but that was not all.

Burning Bright hit Amazon's Top 100 Urban Fantasy Books.

I was floored.  My readers are THE BEST.  Burning Bright would not be on the Top 100 Urban Fantasy list without you.  So, in an effort to thank you all, I'm having a giveaway.

Burning Bright Top 100 Urban Fantasy Giveaway

We are giving away a $25 Amazon Gift Card!

Send a copy of your receipt to e.j.stevens.author [at] gmail [dot] com and you will be entered to win a $25 Amazon Gift Card.  I also have a fabulous Ivy Granger series swag pack for one lucky runner up.

This giveaway is international.  Receipt can be from any retailer.  Purchases of all book formats qualify for the giveaway.  Have a burning desire to own Burning Bright in both Ebook and Trade Paperback?  Go ahead!  Send both receipts and receive two entries.  Giveaway ends July 7, 2014 midnight EST. 


Burning Bright (Ivy Granger #3) by E.J. Stevens

Burning down the house...

Things are not going well at the offices of Private Eye. Jinx is having demon problems, the city is overrun with pyromaniacal imps, and Ivy's wisp powers are burning out of control, attracting the attention of both the Seelie and Unseelie courts.

Along came a faerie queen... It's the worst possible time for the Green Lady to call in a favor, but Ivy's bound by her deal with the glaistig. Too bad there's no wiggle room in faerie bargains.

Ivy must rid the city of imps, keep Jinx from murdering her one solid link to Hell, and fulfill her bargain with the Green Lady--with sidhe assassins hot on her tail.

Just another day's work for Ivy Granger, psychic detective.


Release Date: June 17, 2014
Genre:  Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
Previous books in this series: Shadow Sight (Ivy Granger #1), Blood and Mistletoe (Ivy Granger #1.5), Ghost Light (Ivy Granger #2), Club Nexus (Ivy Granger #2.5).
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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Burning Bright Release Party, Book Excerpts + Giveaway

Today we are celebrating the release of BURNING BRIGHT, the third full-length novel in the Ivy Granger urban fantasy series by E.J. Stevens.  Let's party!

We have two very special book excerpts to share with you and, of course, A GIVEAWAY!  Keep reading for a chance to win.


Burning Bright (Ivy Granger #3) by E.J. Stevens

Burning down the house...

Things are not going well at the offices of Private Eye. Jinx is having demon problems, the city is overrun with pyromaniacal imps, and Ivy's wisp powers are burning out of control, attracting the attention of both the Seelie and Unseelie courts.

Along came a faerie queen... It's the worst possible time for the Green Lady to call in a favor, but Ivy's bound by her deal with the glaistig. Too bad there's no wiggle room in faerie bargains.

Ivy must rid the city of imps, keep Jinx from murdering her one solid link to Hell, and fulfill her bargain with the Green Lady--with sidhe assassins hot on her tail.

Just another day's work for Ivy Granger, psychic detective.


Release Date: June 17, 2014
Genre:  Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
Add to Goodreads.

Previous books in this series: Shadow Sight (Ivy Granger #1), Blood and Mistletoe (Ivy Granger #1.5), Ghost Light (Ivy Granger #2), Club Nexus (Ivy Granger #2.5).

Burning Bright available now on Amazon, Amazon.UK, Smashwords, iTunes, Barnes and Noble, and other fine retailers.

Book Excerpt #1 (Ivy gets wet.)

My first impression of Emain Ablach was that it was wet.  Very, very wet.  But I didn’t have much time to think about that fact.  I was too busy drowning.

I struggled to swim to the surface—wherever the hell that was—the weight of my clothes, leather jacket, and weapons weighing me down.  My lungs burned and my brain screamed at me to find a way out of this wet torment.  I needed air, badly.

I forced my eyes open, salt and whatever else was in the water burning like acid, but being able to see my surroundings didn’t help matters.  It did, however, make me glad for quick reflexes and muscle memory.

At the first sign of my assassin stalkers, back in a Harborsmouth alley, I’d grabbed one of my throwing knives.  I may not be able to throw it now, not in this water, but the pressure of the blade in my gloved hand made it easier to face the grinning corpses smiling back at me.

There were hundreds of them.

Bloated bodies in every state of decomposition drifted at the ends of seaweed infested chains that rose up from the ocean floor.  I would have assumed that the people on the ends of those chains were dead, a warning to anyone foolish enough to trespass here, except for the hands reaching outward and the curve of their rotting lips.

Grins like frightened, blue worms curled up toward vacant eyes.  The eyes, or what was left of them, were coated in a white film and looked as though they’d been nibbled on by grazing fish.  The chained corpses may not be able to see, but I had no doubt that they could sense my presence.  Their hands clawed at the water and their faces were all turned in my direction.  Perhaps they could scent me, like sharks on a blood trail.

Now that was a cheery thought.

I kicked away, trying to put more distance between myself and the grasping dead.  I recoiled as my boot hit something squishy.  Mab’s bones, I didn’t realize there was a chained corpse that close to where I swam.  I did not want to touch these things or the chains that bound them.  Those were visions I’d never survive.

The delay alone would kill me.

Heart pounding, I propelled myself upward, but I had a nagging suspicion that I wasn’t going to make it.  I’d sunk too deep into this watery hell.  Already my lungs burned and dizziness sent my head spinning like a ride on an otherworldly merry go round.  My limbs were cold and heavy and I could barely feel the knife in my hand.

How ironic would it be to die here, within spitting distance of a tree that grew magical apples capable of reviving the dead?

Air bubbles sprung from my nose and I fought not to breathe.  Inhaling water would mean my death.  I made one more sluggish stroke through the water and felt strong hands grip my waist and haul me upward.  I was sailing through the water, away from greedy hands and the hundreds of faces that grinned hungrily after me.

My rescuer was a strong swimmer and I doubted Torn would have gone to so much trouble to save me.  I felt a tingle of energy zing through my system, helping me to hold onto the slippery tendrils of consciousness.  Ceff, it had to be Ceff.

I gasped as my head broke the surface of the water, gulping air and choking on a mouthful of water.  I coughed up phlegm and who knows what else—with those corpses steeping down below, I didn’t want to think about it—and pushed wet, bedraggled hair from my face.  I was alive, but it wasn’t pretty.

I grimaced and pushed the floating evidence of my humiliating coughing fit away.  Ceff had a grip on my jacket, still helping to keep my head above the water’s surface.

“Are you alright?” he asked.

With his wet hair slicked back from large, dark green eyes and his chiseled jaw, he looked gorgeous.  He was completely in his element here, unlike his half-drowned girlfriend.

“I just swallowed a gallon of salty corpse tea and sea monkeys,” I said, a rueful grin on my face.  “I’ve been better.”


Book Excerpt #2 (Spiders, why does it have to be spiders?)

“Have you both lost your minds?” Torn asked.

“What would you have us do, leave them here to become spider food?” I asked.

“Yes,” he said.  “Yes, exactly.  It’s the cycle of life, a beautiful thing best left alone.”

I shook my head.

“That could have been any one of us,” I said.  “Hold still, we’re here to help!”

The last I yelled at the cocoon.  I didn’t know if the person inside could hear me, or how far gone they were if they could, but I had to try to comfort them.  Plus, I really didn’t want to risk maiming the person I was trying to save.

“You have no idea what kind of monster is inside that thing,” Torn said.

I scowled at Torn.  No one deserved to be hung out like prosciutto and gobbled up by some huge spider.

“This is a hero’s path,” Ceff said.  “It is highly probable that they are honorable.  If not, at least we tried.”

Torn sighed and shook his head.

“Fine, it’s your funeral,” he said.

“Ready?” Ceff asked, holding the bundle as still as he could.

“I was born ready,” I said, doing my best tough guy impersonation.

I carefully cut away at the tough fibers of the cocoon.  Almost there…

Thousands of baby spider fae poured out of the cocoon, skittering in every direction.  Except it wasn’t a cocoon.  It was an egg.  I screamed—though I’d deny it if I lived long enough for Torn to tell anyone—and stumbled away from the horde of spiders.  So much for my tough guy act.

I stomped on the spiders as I backed away, halting their progress.  A brave one ambled forward and sank it’s dripping mandibles into its nearest kin.  The other spiders followed suit, joining in the feeding frenzy.

“Oh, look, aren’t they cute?” Torn asked, pointing to where baby spiders were busy cannibalizing each other.

“Freaking adorable,” I growled.

I inched further up the trail, relieved to see that most of the spiders were too busy attacking each other to notice my retreat.

“Perhaps we should have listened to the cat sidhe, just this once,” Ceff said, whacking the more determined stragglers with his trident.

“I told you so, princess,” Torn said.

I flexed my fingers, hands itching to wring the cat sidhe’s neck and wipe that smug look off his face.  Instead, I stormed past him and around the corner.  I’d had it with this place and its creepy inhabitants.  We needed to find Ailinn’s grave, grab a magic apple, and get the hell out of dodge.

Burning Bright Release Party Giveaway

We are giving away SIX Ebook copies of BURNING BRIGHT by E.J. Stevens.

To enter, please use the easy peasy Rafflecopter form below.  This giveaway is INTERNATIONAL.  Giveaway ends July 2nd.

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Learn more about the Ivy Granger urban fantasy series by visiting the Official Ivy Granger Website.

Thank you for partying with us!

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Goodreads Giveaway: Burning Bright by E.J. Stevens

Goodreads.com is giving away 3 paperback copies of BURNING BRIGHT, the third full-length novel in the Ivy Granger urban fantasy series by E.J. Stevens.  Enter to win!



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Burning Bright by E.J. Stevens

Burning Bright

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Giveaway ends August 17, 2014.
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Friday, May 16, 2014

Cover Reveal + Giveaway: Burning Bright by E.J. Stevens

It's time for a cover reveal!  Feast your eyes on the cover for BURNING BRIGHT, the third full-length novel in the Ivy Granger urban fantasy series by E.J. Stevens.

Keep reading for a chance to win a $25 Amazon Gift Card!

Cover Reveal


Burning Bright (Ivy Granger #3) by E.J. Stevens.

Burning down the house...

Things are not going well at the offices of Private Eye. Jinx is having demon problems, the city is overrun with pyromaniacal imps, and Ivy's wisp powers are burning out of control, attracting the attention of both the Seelie and Unseelie courts.

Along came a faerie queen... It's the worst possible time for the Green Lady to call in a favor, but Ivy's bound by her deal with the glaistig. Too bad there's no wiggle room in faerie bargains.

Ivy must rid the city of imps, keep Jinx from murdering her one solid link to Hell, and fulfill her bargain with the Green Lady--with sidhe assassins hot on her tail.

Just another day's work for Ivy Granger, psychic detective.


Release Date:  June 17, 2014
Genre:  Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
Add to Goodreads.

Previous books in this series: Shadow Sight (Ivy Granger #1), Blood and Mistletoe (Ivy Granger #1.5), Ghost Light (Ivy Granger #2), Club Nexus (Ivy Granger #2.5).

Burning Bright Cover Reveal Giveaway

We are giving away a $25 Amazon Gift Card to one lucky winner!  

To enter, please use the easy peasy Rafflecopter form below.  This giveaway is INTERNATIONAL.  Giveaway ends May 30, 2014.


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About the Author

E.J. Stevens is the author of the Spirit Guide young adult series and the bestselling Ivy Granger urban fantasy series. When E.J. isn't at her writing desk she enjoys dancing along seaside cliffs, singing in graveyards, and sleeping in faerie circles. E.J. currently resides in a magical forest on the coast of Maine where she finds daily inspiration for her writing.

Connect with E.J. on Twitter, Goodreads, Amazon, Pinterest, and on her Blog.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Cover Reveal Sign-Up: Burning Bright by E.J. Stevens

I am organizing a cover reveal for BURNING BRIGHT by E.J. Stevens, the third full-length novel in the Ivy Granger urban fantasy series.

The cover reveal is scheduled for Friday May 16, 2014 (after 12:01AM EST).  An email with the book cover, Rafflecopter giveaway link, media kit, and optional HTML for the blog post will be sent to all participants four days before the reveal on Monday May 12th.

Additional information below...

Burning Bright (Ivy Granger #3) by E.J. Stevens

Burning down the house...

Things are not going well at the offices of Private Eye. Jinx is having demon problems, the city is overrun with pyromaniacal imps, and Ivy's wisp powers are burning out of control, attracting the attention of both the Seelie and Unseelie courts.

Along came a faerie queen... It's the worst possible time for the Green Lady to call in a favor, but Ivy's bound by her deal with the glaistig. Too bad there's no wiggle room in faerie bargains.

Ivy must rid the city of imps, keep Jinx from murdering her one solid link to Hell, and fulfill her bargain with the Green Lady--with sidhe assassins hot on her tail.

Just another day's work for Ivy Granger, psychic detective.


Release Date: June 17, 2014
Genre: Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
Add to Goodreads.
Books in this series: Shadow Sight (Ivy Granger #1), Blood and Mistletoe (Ivy Granger #1.5), Ghost Light (Ivy Granger #2), Club Nexus (Ivy Granger #2.5).


About the Author

E.J. Stevens is the author of the Spirit Guide young adult series and the bestselling Ivy Granger urban fantasy series. When E.J. isn't at her writing desk she enjoys dancing along seaside cliffs, singing in graveyards, and sleeping in faerie circles. E.J. currently resides in a magical forest on the coast of Maine where she finds daily inspiration for her writing.
Connect with E.J. on Twitter, Goodreads, Amazon, and on her Blog.

Cover Reveal Giveaway

Optional Rafflecopter giveaway.  We are giving away a $25 Amazon Gift Card to one lucky winner.  Giveaway begins Friday May 16th and ends Friday May 30th.  This giveaway is open to anyone who may receive an electronic Amazon Gift Card.  Giveaway winner will be chosen by Rafflecopter.

Thank you!

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Ivy Granger Series Now On Pinterest

Hello lovelies!  I've been traveling over the past few months doing research for an upcoming series, but I'm back in my writer's cave until April.  There are many exciting new things coming from the world of Ivy Granger this year, so be sure to follow my blog From the Shadows and subscribe to my newsletter.  *wink wink*

One piece of news I'm happy to share is that the Ivy Granger urban fantasy series now has it's own Pinterest board.  Yay!  Check out the Ivy Granger Series Pinterest board and let me know what you think.


Okay, time to duck back inside my writing cave like that pesky Punxsutawney groundhog (is it Spring already? please? please?), but keep watching this page for more updates.  A very reputable little bird told me that a sneak teaser from Burning Bright (Ivy Granger #3) will be making an appearance soon!

Haven't read the first books in the Ivy Granger series?  Don't know where to start?  No problem!  The reading order is Shadow Sight (Ivy Granger #1), Blood and Mistletoe (Ivy Granger #1.5), Ghost Light (Ivy Granger #2), and Club Nexus (#2.5).

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Club Nexus Release Party + Giveaway

Today is the worldwide release of CLUB NEXUS a thrilling ebook special set in the urban fantasy world of Ivy Granger.

Keep reading for a chance to win a $15 Amazon Gift Card (or $15 book from The Book Depository), and a Club Nexus ebook!






















Club Nexus (Ivy Granger #2.5) by E.J. Stevens

A demon, an Unseelie faerie, and a vampire walk into a bar...

ICED


A bargain gone wrong leads a highborn Unseelie faerie to life as an enslaved bartender with a taste for revenge.


DUSTED


Being a highly skilled predator doesn't necessarily put you at the top of the food chain at Club Nexus. A southern vampire with a hankering for blood and wanton violence may have bit off more than he can chew.


DEMONIZED


The demon attorney we love to hate has his eye on a certain rockabilly human. Too bad she's brought a crossbow loaded with holy water dipped bolts for this night on the town.


JINXED

Just when Jinx needs a carefree girl's night out with Ivy, a smoking hot demon tries to buy her a drink. She really is the unluckiest human on the planet.
 

This Ivy Granger ebook special contains short stories set in Club Nexus, the hidden haunt of Harborsmouth's paranormal underworld.

Release Date: December 3, 2013

Club Nexus promises to thrill and tantalize fans of the Ivy Granger series.  Purchase your copy at Amazon.com, Amazon.uk, or Barnes and Noble, or enter to win a free copy below.  Happy reading!

***Club Nexus Release Party Giveaway***

We are giving away a $15 Amazon Gift Card and an ebook copy of Club Nexus by E.J. Stevens.

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Want more chances to win?  Visit E.J.'s Twitter page or use hashtag #ClubNexusParty to join our one-day Club Nexus Twitter Party.  We'll be giving away Ivy Granger swag and copies of Club Nexus throughout the day December 3, 2013.