Monday, September 10, 2012

The Prince of Winds: Free Books Giveaway


On Wednesday, the 12th, my fantasy long novella, The Prince of Winds, is being released by Dreamspinner, and I’m celebrating by giving away copies. I thought giving away copies of my books would be difficult, but it’s easy and fun, so I’m giving away two copies of The Prince of Winds. Just leave a comment answering this question: Do you believe in past lives?


I loved creating the world of this book. It has everything I enjoy: hot men, majestic eagles, epic battles, exotic civilizations, gods behaving badly, and magic. In fact, I love this world so much I have sequels planned.

Even more special to me is that this book began as a dream that haunted me for years. I was still a teen when I woke up in this dream where I was a young man, wounded and holding a dagger. A merciless sun beat down on the barren desert rocks where I’d found shelter, but I was dying of fever and thirst. Then a shadow blocked the sun and someone pressed water to my lips. I looked up at a man's face and I drank. But I knew the man was one of the enemy…

And then I woke. But to this day that dream is the most vivid I have ever dreamt. It felt, tasted, and smelled completely real. If I met the man who gave me water here, today, I think I’d recognize his scent, his eyes and the shape of his mouth. 

Many years later, during a difficult time in my life, a friend dragged me to a past life reader to find out if I had karmic enemies (things really were that bad). It was a lark for me, but my friend was certain I had lived before. I had never told her or anyone about my dream. I was stunned when the psychic said my first life had been as a young warrior in ancient Mesopotamia. I’d figured out through research on clothing, chariots, and weapons that ancient Assyria was where my dream had taken place.

To this day, I’m not sure if I believe in past lives—turned out I had no karmic enemies, just a nasty present day problem—but it sure was interesting about that Mesopotamian warrior. And I started thinking there was a story there. I tried a couple of times to give the dream guy a story, but every love interest I tried to give him slumped on the page. His rescuer’s daughter… the tribal princess… a queen of Ur. No woman I tried seemed to click with him. And then one day something I should have known from the beginning hit me between the eyes: he was in love with his rescuer.

I changed the scenes somewhat for the book, and mixed things up a bit, but you’ll recognize the dream. I like to think I continued it nicely and gave my former life a new spin.

Here’s the blurb for The Prince of Winds.

Three brothers. Three curses. One chance.

Rimmon may be an eagle warrior, but he’s never known war, and he’s never known love—until his kingdom’s army is destroyed by Ekari, the demon of winds, and he is captured by Melkor, one of the Iron Horde that has been killing off the world's gods. Although those gods have cursed Melkor and his brothers to be conquerors and to never be loved, Melkor hopes to overcome his fate and carries Rimmon off to his island. There, Melkor heals Rimmon’s wounds and teaches him about sexual pleasure, earning the young warrior’s trust and fanning the flames of an attraction both men yearn to embrace. But the curses of vengeful gods are difficult to break, especially when Rimmon discovers Melkor is the wind demon who destroyed his home.

You can read the opening scenes of the novella here. [EXCERPT]

For a chance to win a copy of the book, just leave a comment and tell me if you believe in past lives. On Monday morning, September 17th, I’ll put the names of commenters into a hat and pick two winners.

Thanks for helping me celebrate the publication of this book. :) 

Oops! Edited to add... remember to leave an email address so I can contact you and send you your book if you win! I'll announce it here, of course, but an email makes it easier for everyone. Thanks!

29 comments:

  1. I can't wait to read it! I also am not sure if I believe in past lives, although the idea is wonderfully romantic (so I'd like to believe in it, incurable romantic that I am!).

    Best of luck with the release - I'll be reading it regardless of whether I win a copy! -Shira

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    1. Part of me really wants to believe in this past life and that it turned out well, but I have no way of knowing. There's something incurably romantic about the notion of love that transcends time. :)

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  2. I'm not sure if I believe, but as a 12 year old I had a series of dreams, all chronological, about being a Jewish man in what I later realized was a concentration camp. In the last dream I had about it, I was dying there. I hadn't read Anne Frank's diary, I hadn't seen documentaries...in fact, I was obsessed with Ancient Egypt at the time and had little interest in any other historical era. The pain of missing family members, the despair...it was all very visceral and I remember it crystal-clearly to this day. If it was a past memory, I don't know, but I had never seen anything like it before, and it was only when I learned about it in school a few years later that I recognized it all.

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    1. Hi Rachel. I forgot to mention leaving an email (I fixed that) so hope you check back and leave one. :) Wow, you had a whole series of dreams! I only had one and it was indelible. How terrifying that must have been for you, and how sad! That dream qualifies as a nightmare.

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  3. So-- I am bound and determined that I try to at least win ONE of your little giveaways here. LOL. Prince of Winds was the first m/m romance story I ever read... and it made such a wonderful impact. Of course, I'm sure you remember all this from the dozens of emails we sent back and forth about this story, and your others :)

    When it comes to past lives, I would have to say I lean more to the side of believing. There are so many times in my life that I have experienced such a strong feeling of deje vu... or dreamt something that felt like it had happened to me before. I think that the concept of past lives is intriguing, seeing as no one will ever know for sure. But for me, I feel that I've done things before, and that this is quite possibly not my first go at living.

    I have had these dreams, since as far back as I can remember. This 1, re-curring dream, that is so strong and powerfully emotional that I feel like it can't just be a dream. I get increadibly emotional every single time I think about it... and those emotions are so raw and strong that I can usually barely hold myself together. It's feels like theres absolutely no way this could just be something my subconscious conjured up. And the dream is almost always the same, or very very similar. Its always from one perspective (mine) and the only changes are that sometimes it shows events before/after that I didn't remember seeing before. And the weirdest part of it all-- is that I actually long to have the dream sometimes. Its like a picture back to something that I've been missing. If that doesn't make me sound totally crazy, lol.

    So-- to wrap this long comment up. Yes, I do believe in past lives (or something like it). And I am so excited that Prince of Winds is being released. Hopefully this time I'll get lucky enough to win the giveaway :)

    ~Naughty

    naughtycouture@yahoo.com

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    1. You don't sound crazy at all. It sounds like your dreams--or your past life--are speaking to you. :) Or maybe it's an alternate life and you just catch a glimpse of it here and there. There's a lot we don't know. And I'll be having more and other giveaways, on other blogs also, if you don't win this one. I'm finding I like giving things away. :)

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    2. Sometimes I do really wonder about the parallel lives thing too. I get the deje vu feeling quite often, it's eerie. My dreams-- definitely speak to me. At least, this one does. Louder than all the rest. You know, they say that within the first few minutes of being awake, you forget like 1/2 of what you dreamt... and then after 15 minutes they say you barely remember anything at all. With this one dream, I remember everything. Vividly. I just can't help but feel it's happened to me before.

      I'm so glad you're loving giving away thigs!!! I was bummed I didn't win the Captive Hearts giveaway (for obvious reason). So, I'm pulling out all the lucky charms on this one! Hopefully it'll work :)

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  4. I'm not sure about past lives. Most of us were taught that it can't happen and it sometimes seems difficult enough to get through with the first go-round. I actually know someone who believes he was certain people in history, not all of them famous, and some of his tales are rather fantastical.
    I think meeting up with someone that you might have known and loved in a previous life just to continue the journey in the present would be awesome- like continuing a romance forever.

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    1. I know what you mean about the first go around. :( And then we're supposed to go to heaven or hell, or maybe somewhere else depending on what we believe. I guess we'll find out when we get there, or not. :) But yeah, I love the idea of being with someone forever. Like really forever. As long as it's someone you want to be with, that is...

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  5. Don't really believe in a past life. Although, I enjoy reading books that have premises with it. Have been looking forward to this book. Thanks for a chance to win the book!

    strive4bst(At) yahoo(Dot) com

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    1. You've been having good luck lately, haven't you? :D You should play Powerball. I can't quite believe in past lives because you'd think I'd be smarter by now, unless the lessons don't stick.

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    2. Yes. I've been very lucky.;) Wish my luck would extend to Powerball.
      Hope it's okay about entering for this book.

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    3. Okay? I'm thrilled! I think it's great you've been on a roll. :D

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  6. Yes, I believe in past lives, while I have never seen it or experienced that I remember my mother has always told me so. My mom has told me many of times that my Aunt's & Uncle's (on her side) used to always tell her 'That girl, Tonya has walked this earth before'. I asked her why they would say something like that and she said, they believed and her was due to the things I would say and knowledge of that a child of 4 would not know. Do I believe these stories, not really, but I do believe in reincarnation. I believe in true love or soul mates you may say and their meeting up again and again in other lives. So yes, and loudly I believe in past lives.

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    1. Forgot my email it is tmtsatx@yahoo.com

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    2. I really want to believe in reincarnation, and also that good people find their loves in the next life. :) You sound like you were a very interesting child! Some kids really are unusually perceptive or knowing.

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  7. I believe in the fact that there are forces in the universe, no one can explain. I am not a believer on past lives as I believe that everyone has one soul and then after they pass away it goes to the next world, but I also believe in the fact that if someone believes in something that is worth doing they would do anything to be able to do it.
    I believe that each person has one true love and if by some unfortunate reason they loose that love they will be with each other in the next world.

    My email is madhga@gmail.com

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    1. I'm holding onto that last thought. :) There's someone I want to be with in the next world as well as this one. Thanks for the reminder. :)

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    2. I'm holding onto that as well. I lost him in this world so i really hope that I get to be with him there :)

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  8. Susan Brewster is entered in the drawing also, by way of an email to me. So now she's official. :D

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  9. I want to believe. I desperately want to sink into the knowledge and feeling of a part life. Especially if they take the form of your stories. Whether I can let the whimsy of my mind take control during the daylight hours... well, that remains to be seen. But I want to believe. I love losing myself in a story, believing. Even if it just for that moment.

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    1. One of the best qualities of fiction, both writing and reading it, is being able to immerse oneself in another world for a while... sometimes a long while. :) But even for a little while can be a welcome escape.

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  10. I do believe in past lives but I don't necessarily belive that everyone has one. I think that past lives and experiences exist in only a small percentage of people. I once heard this phenomenon described as "Carrying myths beneath your skin." and I kind of think that there aren't many people out there who can handle that. That's about as far as I've gotten on my theory so far. raerae104@gmail.com

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    1. I've wondered about that, too. From what I understand, the world's population was about 70 million or so in 1000 BC, and it's 7 billion now, so only 1% of people could possibly have past lives dating from 1000 BC. If lives originate in every generation, there'd be more, but some lives are certain to be completely new and original. I think my head hurts now. :) But you have a point about not everyone being able to handle it, and maybe others are in total denial even if they have them. Much to think about.

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  11. No, not really a believer in past lives, per se, but I wonder sometimes if there aren't more feelings, emotions and shared memories in our DNA or that chunk of brain that we supposedly 'don't use' that is responsible for the deja vu and other such feelings. I do like the idea of love expanding over time and space. If nothing else, it makes for a great read.

    rfg (.) wwe (@) gmail (.) com

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    1. It's kind of fascinating to think about shared or ancestral memories. I'm not enough of a scientist to grasp how much information DNA can transmit. And it's hard to believe there's a part of the brain we don't use, considering it evolved that part for some reason. Thanks for joining in!

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  12. I've decided that if it's not too late, I'll take a crack at this giveaway.

    Do I believe in past lives? Interesting question that needs lots of thought for me. I'm a hopeless romantic at heart, and as such, I would so love to believe in past lives and love transcending time. However, I think it's rather impossible for every person to have one.... But do I believe in them? I guess the short answer would be yes, but only for some people.

    ~Cyn angelofcin88@hotmail.com

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    1. It's not even close to being too late. The drawing will be on Monday morning when I wake up. :) I wonder sometimes if past lives would explain why some people are more--or less--tolerant than others. It's probably due mostly to upbringing, but sometimes there seems to be something else at work in some people. Just thinking out loud...

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  13. Hey Tali,
    This story was one of my favorites, as you know. Yes, I do believe in past lives. I sometimes think that might be what deja vu comes from. I think that is why sometimes we are drawn to certain things or people. It is a subject that fascinates me.

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