Monday, December 31, 2007

Forbidden Hunt!!

Hosted by:
Anastasia Rabiyah & Brieanna Robertson

The Hunt begins January 1, 2008.

To enter...

1-Go to each author's site (linked to their name below) and locate the hidden Forbidden Prey icon somewhere within that site.
Here's what you're looking for:

2-Once you've located
all the icons, email the location (either the page's URL or the Name of the page along with the author's name to:

3-During the first week of February, names will be drawn from all valid entries and awarded at random. (No picking and choosing. This is done to keep things fair.) Remember to include your mailing address so prizes can be mailed out if you win!

*The deadline to enter is midnight (Arizona Time) January 31, 2008.
*If you can't find the icon, you may email the author (not the Forbidden Hunt email address, and ask for a hint.)
*Due to the nature of graphic and/or erotic content of many of our author's works, you must be 18 or older to enter.
*Authors are responsible for emailing/mailing out prizes they have offered.

Special Weekly Bonus Prizes will be awarded each week of the contest on:
January 4, 2008 January 11, 2008 January 18, 2008 January 25, 2008
Winners will be drawn from entries received through that date and will remained entered in the drawing for all other prizes except future weekly bonus prizes.
WEEKLY BONUS PRIZE includes: A fleece throw blanket, box of Swiss Miss Hot Cocoa and a purple plastic lidded mug to sip your cocoa while you read your favorite Forbidden tales.
(provided by: Anastasia Rabiyah)


A.C. Croom
He is offering a free PDF copy of both of Kate's Song and Kate's Song: Awakening.

Adelle Lauden
A free PDF copy of her book Juliana.

Aline de Chevigny
A free PDF copy of her book Merry Christmas to Me and a secret stash of goodies.

Anastasia Rabiyah
A free download of her fantasy romance Shahzar Warrior Queen and goodies to include: temporary tattoos, handmade bookmarks, Shahzar t-shirt (XL) and a 2008 magnetic calendar.

Ann Cory
She is offering a handmade book thong.

Brieanna Robertson
A free download of one of any of her e-books.

Chris Neeley
Two magnets featuring her Forbidden book covers.

Diana Castilleja
A free PDF copy of any one of her back-list e-books and an author swagbag.

Donna Michaels
She'll be giving away a Dr. Gnome t-shirt along with a few surprise goodies.

Elena Croft
A free PDF copy of: Wet & Wild: Three of Hearts.

Ellen Ashe
A free PDF copy of The Seagrass Whore.

Emily Wade-Reid
A copy of one of her e-books, the winners choice, along with a fragrant oil warmer, vanilla oil included.

Gavin Atlas
A free PDF copy of his Forbidden released m/m erotica novel Simple and Easy.

Gwen Masters
An autographed anthology of short stories, as well as various promotional items.

Jacques Gerard
A free PDF copy of his Forbidden novel The Barefoot Burglar.

Jamie Hill
A free download of one of any of her e-books.

Janet Durbin
Choice of one of two prize packages. Choose between After or Innocence Taken.
The prize package includes autographed bookmarks, a free copy of the chosen book, and a canvas tote with the book cover on it. In the After package, the book is not yet available, but she will email it to the winner when it does come available.

J.T. Schultz
A Six of Hearts prize pack which includes a PDF copy of the book Six of Hearts, a t-shirt and loot envelope.

Marrisa de Amor
She is giving away a cover flat of "A Single Rose" signed by her and the cover model, Mike; two autographed bookmarks and an autographed postcard with coming soon books on it.

Rachel Carrington
A copy of her romantic suspense Burning Reflections and a PDF copy of her interracial erotic romance Dark Kisses from Forbidden Publications

Rene' Walden
A PDF copy of her erotic tale Wicked Weekend and a mini-loot bag.

Sonya D. Grady
A PDF copy of her fantasy romance Elements of Love.

Yolanda Sfetsos
A PDF copy of her Forbidden release Blood Chase.

The HUNT is on!!!

Sunday, December 23, 2007

I'm tired...

But everything is wrapped. I'm on the last batch of cookies as I sit here and listen for the timer. I iced and deocrated three dozen heavy duty sugar cookies with the boy for an activity for today. We're thankfully giving a lot of them away. I have cookies and pies out the wazoo now.

Tomorrow is Christmas Eve with dinner and early Christmas at the MIL's, then we're doing my family on Christmas (Hi Mom!) At least I don't really have to worry about cooking for a while. :)

So from my family to yours, Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

New Video

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

I've been invited....

To be a guest speaker at The Writer's Chatroom, an all writer genre pool!

When I first started, this was the very first circle of writers I came across and I hung out with them for a long time. I'm currently a moderator on their forum boards and have made several long friendships because of this group.

I'm very honored to be among the first e-book authors to participate at this group, for their February Month of Romance. Barring any changes, I'm slated for the 3rd, but don't worry. I'll remind you! LOL

*bounce* My first speaker roll! *faint*

Diana Castilleja
Best Selling Author
Romance that thrives in dark places

Friday, December 14, 2007

I'm awake

And not because I want to be.

I woke up a little after three and here it is almost 5. *sigh*

I guess I'll just stay up and take a nap later. I've been trying to go back to sleep for well over an hour. I don't even know what woke me up either,  to be honest.

The vacation has been going well. I've been devouring books. Which is good! I have 100's in the TBR pile so any progress is good progress. :)

Anyway, I hope everyone is staying warm. Talk to you soon!

Diana Castilleja
Best Selling Author
Romance that thrives in dark places

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Taking a holiday break

Merry Christmas to all of my friends!

I just want to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful (and safe) New Years! 

I am officially taking a much needed Christmas break. Whooo! Yeah, me. The woman who has no life is going to get some much needed shopping out of the way, take some time to spend with the munchkin, watch tons of Christmas specials and of course White Christmas, my all time fav show for the holidays. Love me some Danny and Bing... Ain't nothing like them!

I'm hanging up my Gone Hibernating sign starting on December 10th. (The December 15th announcements will still be made, no worries.)  I should be back in full swing no later than January 4th. Need time to recoup from two weeks with the boy home! Party? What party? That's just him! LOL I'll be checking my emails but don't panic if I don't do the insta-reply.

I want each and everyone of you to stay safe, warm and have a blessed holiday. Hug your kids, hug your honey, and of course save a smooch for Santa. *wink*

See you in 2008!

Diana Castilleja
Best Selling Author
Romance that thrives in dark places

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

I have a Christmas Tree

On my MySpace page!

It's a fun idea! Hope you'll stop by....

Diana Castilleja
Best Selling Author
Romance that thrives in dark places

A little note from Candy Havens

It's difficult for me to believe that I just turned in my fifth book, "The Demon King and I," in five years, and now "Charmed & Dangerous" is coming out in mass market on Dec. 4. I still remember sitting on my bed at two in the morning, the night before my very first meeting with an editor. Another writer friend told me I needed to have more than one idea to pitch to the editor, and I was frantically trying to make something up.

It was a strange feeling when I finally wrote about a character who had been dancing around in my head for some time. I'd just heard that "Buffy" was going off the air, and I was angry with creator Joss Whedon for not going one more year. In retrospect they ended at the right time, but back then I was mad. What would I do without my weekly dose of "Buffy?"

That night before the meeting I put pen to paper and created a character who had the attitude of Buffy (Sarah Michelle Gellar) but the power of Bad Willow (Alyson Hannigan). She would use that power to protect important people, and to save the world. I can't remember how I came up with the idea for the prime minister, but I wanted a really powerful, cool leader. So of course I had to make one up. (Smile)

That one-page synopsis became a book just a few months later, and crazy stuff happened along the way. A love triangle between Sam, Bronwyn and Sheik Azir developed out of thin air one day. Azir met the Prime Minister in what was supposed to be an information finding expedition, but as I described Azir, I fell for him. Funny how that happens when we least expect it.

The powerful wizard Garnout came from the need for Bronwyn to have some sort of mentor. I love Garnout. He's one of my favorite people. I also wanted to create my dream town. A place where magic abounds, but overall people are friendly with one another. And of course, great food can be found on every corner in Sweet, Texas.

Even though I've moved on to new characters that crazy witch Bronwyn is still dancing around in my head. I sometimes wonder if I'll ever run out of stories for her, and I hope to write many more. It still freaks me out a little when I realize these funny stories have turned into very real books. I'm so grateful to Bronwyn and to all the adventures we've had together. - Candy Havens

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

New book trailer

I've posted a new video for A Stroll In The Park.


Let me know what you think!

Diana Castilleja
Best Selling Author
Romance that thrives in dark places

Monday, December 3, 2007

A little football humor

Brett Favre, after living a full life, died. When he got to heaven, God was
showing him around. They came to a modest little house with a faded Packers'
flag in the window.

"This house is yours for eternity, Brett," said God. "This is very special;
not everyone gets a house up here."

Brett felt special, indeed, and walked up to his house.

On his way up the porch, he noticed another house just around the corner. It
was a 3-story mansion with a blue and silver sidewalk, a 50 foot tall
flagpole with an enormous Dallas Cowboys' flag, and in every window a
Cowboys silver star.

Brett looked at God and said, "God, I'm not trying to be ungrateful, but I
have a question. I was an all-pro QB, I won 2 Super Bowls, and I even went
to the Hall of Fame."

God said, "So what do you want to know, Brett?"

"Well, why does Tony Romo get a better house than me?"

God chuckled and said, "Brett, that's not Tony Romo's house; it's mine

Diana Castilleja
Best Selling Author
Romance that thrives in dark places

Sunday, December 2, 2007

Posting an excerpt

Here's an excerpt from my latest Dark Castle Lords release,  A STROLL IN THE PARK. Enjoy!

She mounted the stairs and setting the bag down, knocked before she lost her nerve. She picked the bag up again as she heard steps near the door. She lifted her lips into her best smile and waited.

The sight that met her when the door opened was indescribable. He stood there in his jeans and nothing else. No shirt, no shoes and his hair was mussed. A lot. Like she had pulled him from a nap. Her smile fell like a stone.

"Oh no! I didn't mean to wake you. I'm so sorry."

His eyes narrowed as she tried to back away. "I wasn't asleep," he told her in a flat tone. That didn't make her feel any better. If she didn't know any better, he had been in bed. She gulped and paled as the thought of what he had been doing hit her. He opened the door a little wider and moved to the side. "Would you like to come in?"

"I'm sure I can come back some other time," she offered trying to back up, wanting to escape in the worst way. She shook her head trying to hide her embarrassment.

"What's wrong with now? You're here." Her eyes closed as she remembered to breathe. His voice was gruff and deep again. When she opened them, he was just staring at her, and it wasn't a terribly welcoming stare, either. She took a step inside and waited in mortified silence while he shut the door.

She avoided his gaze, staring at the wall behind him. She felt the heat on her face; she didn't need a mirror to see her embarrassment. "I didn't mean to interrupt. If you're busy, I can just leave this. It's what I had intended to do anyway. I'm sure you have better things to do. You don't need me to hang around. You can eat this whenever and I'll just pick up the pan. No rush."

She stopped her rambling when his thick laughter finally cut her off. His eyebrow raised in a sardonic taunt as his mouth lifted. "I wasn't doing that either. I was beating my head against my computer. A repetitive argument, I'm afraid," he said in a droll way. "It thinks I should work, and I'm telling it, it doesn't know one thing."

She felt as his eyes swept over her, could feel him as delicate as a butterfly's kiss on her skin as he swept from her hair down her legs and back again.

"So what did you bring, that was so important you had to interrupt my daily rant?" As he relaxed again her smile was reborn, relief calming her racing heart. "I made this for you."

She pushed the pan toward him. "It's lasagna. I brought a salad with peppercorn dressing and breadsticks. I hope you like it."

He took it from her slowly, holding the warm pan in one hand and the bag in the other. His eyes narrowed again. "And for what do I receive such generosity?" She was struck to the bone by his tone, so cold. His eyes were nearly slits.

She lifted her chin to look him in the eye. "Look, I just wanted to say thank you. You don't have to eat it, but if you don't, let me take it to the shelter. I'm sure they'll appreciate it." She crossed her arms, challenging him. She waited as he appeared to consider it. He looked from the pan to her, from the pan to her.

"You don't know who I am?" His voice was incredulous and doubtful.She tossed her arms with impatience.

"Mrs. Fillipo said something about a Dr. McKenna when I asked if she knew how to find you, but I don't know who that is. I was looking for Drake and that seemed to satisfy her." She returned his glare. "There. Does that answer you or do I need to take a lie detector test too?"

She watched as his eyes lightened and his lips lifted in a smile. He shrugged his shoulders. "Sorry. I wasn't trying to be rude."

"But you do it so naturally," she came back, her chin still lifted at him.

That made him laugh again, a little lighter, a little kinder. He looked at the pan once more before he caught her gaze. "I hope you plan on sharing this with me. I can't eat but about half of this by myself."

"Half!" She took in his lean form, his trim waist defined at the top of his jeans. "Where are you going to put it?"

She laughed herself when he wiggled his brows at her. "I have my ways," he told her with an evil tremor in his voice. He turned and hooking a shoulder, led her into his kitchen.

Thanks for reading! To find out more about this book visit my site, or go hereto purchase this romantic tale!

Diana Castilleja
Best Selling Author
Romance that thrives in dark places