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BIG DAY #30 of my Birthday Bash with a Blog Takeover with Author Teresa D'Amaro

Jun 16, 2010

Happy Birthday to ME! Happy Birthday To ME. Happy birthday to MEEEEE. Happy birthday to ME.

OH wait,,,,, this isn't about my birthday. Okay, yes it is. See, today is Jo Jo's birthday but it's also MY birthday! How kewl is that? She's been having this great big thirty days of her birthday, and so I've been watching, of course, pretending it's my celebration. Cuz after all, we're twins! Okay, maybe not, but that's okay. LOL *jojo pops in* ....of course we are! *poof...she's gone again*

So I decided to hijack Jo Jo's blog to celebrate! Course to do that, I have to do something special in return for Jo Jo. So HAPPY BIRTHDAY JO JO! **Dancing around the room** Now, what to do for that birthday. I could sing for her! Oh wait, I tried that above and almost chased everyone of you away. We know that is so not the right thing to do. Wait, I could give her a gift. Yeah, that's the ticket!

I could give her a kitty cat. Oh, wait, that doesn't work. Giving live animals can be dangerous. I could give her a new car! oh, that takes money. Nope, don't have enough of that laying around here. I know! I can give her a werewolf! But which one? I have to keep mine here at my house. I'm afraid my heroines are a bit too possessive of their wolves to give them up. And since they still hang out in my head, I can't quite share them with JoJo on her blog without getting disowned! They get upset if I even think of it, and a growly werewolf so is not the best way to be able to write. That nasty growling you hear in the background is Nora threatening my life if I let Ryland so much as peek in the room! (Yikes!!! Go away Ryland. Don't you even stick one hair of that sexy head in this room! I like my life!) So I had to look elsewhere.

My favorite NOT my werewolf is pretty hot, though. Well, if you're ready to battle Runa, his chosen lifemate. Who is this very hot werewolf? Why it's Shade, from Larissa Ione's Desire Unchained. Isn't he hot? *jojos pops back in.....Licks pretty, yummie man candy.......runs back to teresas blog*

Ok, so looks aren't everything, right? Mouthwatering or not, he still has to have some personality to him. What is it about Shade that I like so much? It's his personality. He's a little boy, always afraid of his future and what will happen to him, but he craves something he thinks he can't have. *jojo pokes in head* Plus he's HAWT

I think this paragraph says it all:

Still, Shade would be willing to take the chance... If not for the curse. He couldn't risk falling in love with the female he bonded himself to -- and he knew he would fall, and fall hard. The desire for a loving family had been bred into him on his mother's side, and every day he ached for what he couldn't have.

See, even though Shade didn't start out as a werewolf shapeshifter, he did have a wolf mentality to start. He always wanted a family. It's what makes those wolf shifters so hot, isn't it? They aren't afraid of a little responsibility. They ache for the desire to love and be loved. And to wrap that love around their chosen mate. They are affectionate and kind, unless of course you try to hurt one of their own. Then he reacts, powerful, dangerous, deadly.

And what happens when this werewolf knows his mate will cause his death? Does he kill her, like his brothers suggest?

You tell me. Since I'm taking over Jo Jo's blog, I thought I'd do a giveaway or two. I have in my hands a copy of Tigress by the Tail, *jojo squeeeees* which is no longer in print. I'm willing to give an autographed copy to one commenter! Just think, it's now considered rare! And I have a copy of Dark Succession, in ebook only, available to one winner!

Leave a comment, tell me what you think of Shade, From Larissa Ione's Desire Unchained.

Also, if you tell me you have read Dark Succession or SheWolf and are able to tell me Nora's Father's name/Kieran's brother's name, I'll enter you in a contest to win a Calendar and mouse pad! Ok, so it's not the gold mine I want it to be, but it is a kewl calendar. With lots of photos of wild, and dangerous animals, including lions, tigers and bears, errr wolves. :D (Sorry, no bears yet). And the mouse pad is just plain awesome!

Happy Birthday Jo Jo, I hope you like Shade as much as I do! *jojo sends twitter update* ummmmm ya!

Now for a little bit about me before we get to the giveaway rules.

~What are your favorite types of Heroes & / or heroines?
I tell people my favorite heroes are "Little boys in big, dangerous bodies". Men who haven't quite grown up yet, but still have this massive alpha part to them that fights with their boyish ways.
For heroines, I love women who are strong emotionally, and feminine. I'm not as much into the Kick Ass heroines, not because I don't like them, but after a while they seem unrealistic. I want someone who has to overcome with inner strength.
~Can you tell us a little about yourself?
Gee, I'm just me. I was born in Georgia, claim both Georgia AND Alabama as my "State of origin". LOL. I'm retired Air Force, where I served 20 years in both the Supply and Meteorological career fields. I'm married to a wonderful man named Doug, and have 2 dogs who think they're children! Watch it, or I'll start pulling out the "baby pictures". *jojo emails pics of her 5 (children) puppies*

~Fav color
Emerald GREEN!

~Fav Scent
Stargazer Lillies

~Fav Flavor
Potatoes with butter. Ahh yes. Lots of butter (my weakness)

~Fav shampoo - None

~Fav movies - I'm a HUGE movie goer, but don't have one that I can say is a favorite of mine. Unlike how I am with books (I only re-read over and over books that I truly adore), I watch a lot of movies over and over. My favorite changes from year to year. Right now, I like the artistic skill brought to Avatar, while I loved the exciting action of Iron Man 2.
~ How did you get into writing?
LOL that's such a long story. But other than the typical "I always wanted to write" like every other author, I blame Christine Feehan. I had quit my job, and for three straight months did nothing but read. Of course her books where what I read. I'd read the entire series, but not in order. So I sat down and read each of them in order. One after the other. Averaging one book per day. Finally, something inside me started wanting to help the world "progress". I wrote a fan-fiction (I did not use any of her characters, though I did use her world). No I do NOT have a copy of that anymore. LOL. It was good, but I wasn't happy. I wanted MY own world. Thus, an author was born. :D
~Whats a typical writing day for you like?
My typical day starts with my "day job". I work from home for it as well, so that's good. During the day, when my work day is slow, or during breaks, I drop in on twitter, say hi to all my reader and writing buddies. The nice thing about writing is I've made tons of friends. After work, I fix dinner, and might watch an hour or two of tv. Then I come into the computer room/or on the laptop, and I sit to write. Due to the day job, I only write until 11-midnite or so, though if my work hours ever change, I can see me writing till 2-3 am. That's when I'm my most productive.
~Whats the best thing about being an author?
Two best parts: The accomplishment of finishing an awesome manuscript, one I'm very proud of, and having people tell me how much they enjoy my work.
~Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?

When I started writing I would suddenly doubt my work (Ok, I still do that). Writing is solitary, and it's hard to keep up the belief in yourself while you are alone. Always believe in yourself. Never throw something out because you think it's bad, because next week you'll be in love with it again. Always believe. And when you can't believe, step away and come back in a few days.

Pizza or burger Burger
Dress or jeans Jeans!
Highlander or vampire Highlander (or shapeshifter, or maybe highlander shapeshifter)
Fire or water Fire
Up or down Up
Black & white or color Green
Half full or half empty Half full
Day or night Night
Star trek or star wars oooh that's not fair! They are both pretty even.
Sword or gun sword!
Eyes or mouth Mouth
Strawberry or cherry Cherry
Old or new Old
High or low Low
Shower or bath Bath
Paperback or hardback Paperback, but prefer Kindle Ebook
Desktop or laptop both
Coke or pepsi Coke
Winter or summer Summer
Dog or cat Dog
Movie theatre or movies at home Theater!!! absolutely!

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Now onto the Giveaways!!!

~I have in my hands a copy of Tigress by the Tail,  which is no longer in print. I'm willing to give an autographed copy to one commenter! Just think, it's now considered rare! *jojos squeeeees again*
~ And I have a copy of Dark Succession, in ebook only, available to one winner!

Leave a comment, tell me what you think of Shade, From Larissa Ione's Desire Unchained.

~I'll enter you in a contest to win a Calendar and mouse pad! if you tell me you have read
 Dark Succession or SheWolf and are able to tell me
 Nora's Father's name/Kieran's brother's name,

*Giveaway ends June 18th*

43 Hottie Follwers Thoughts:

Beth Caudill June 16, 2010 at 9:03 AM  

Hey Teresa - Happy Birthday.

Have a wolf tackle from the pups. And of course puppy licks....

What a great way to celebrate your birthday!

tori aka ggs_closet June 16, 2010 at 9:30 AM  

Happy B day Theresa and Jojo!!!Hope you have a fab day.

Victoria June 16, 2010 at 9:50 AM  

HAPPY BIRTHDAY to both of you!

Sweet Shade could never kill Runa. Thank heaven otherwise we wouldn't have the next three little guys.

I would love to have a copy of Tigress By the Tail. Loved She Wolf and Dark Succession.
Nora's dad is Matthew.

Happy Birthday again and you both enjoy your special day.

Pamk June 16, 2010 at 10:14 AM  

Happy Birthday Day to you too.
Love Shade and no self respecting wolf would kill his mate or harm her/him.
But ssshhhh don't tell anyone but I love Wrath more than Shade something about that vamp badboy just trips my trigger lol.

dyockman June 16, 2010 at 10:18 AM  

Happy Birthday ladies! I haven't read any of I'd take any one of the books. :D Shade...just wow! Going to look for that book now!

Sweet Vernal Zephyr June 16, 2010 at 11:19 AM  

Shade is in such a tough spot but I love the attitude he takes to get out of it... a fun ride to be sure!

Teresa D'Amario June 16, 2010 at 11:44 AM  

Victoria, close. ANNA's dad is Matthew. Who is Nora's dad?

And guys, thanks so much for dropping in! It's great to see you here! And yeah, Shade is just hot!

JoJo June 16, 2010 at 11:53 AM  

Thank you all for coming today!!!
@Pamk - I totally agree! Wrath is my fav. and so delish!

A Simple Love of Reading June 16, 2010 at 12:36 PM  

HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Thanks for the amazing giveaways this past month!

(Not leaving email 'cause I'm in Canada)

Larissa Ione June 16, 2010 at 12:37 PM  

Aw, my sweet little Shade...getting some luv! :)

Happy birthday to both of you! Quite the cool bash!!!

Colleen,  June 16, 2010 at 1:49 PM  

Happy Happy B-day JoJo & Teresa!!! Wishing you two the very best today! :D
I have not had the pleasure of reading about Shade...
Nora's dad is Sean Hunt, former pack leader!

greenshamrock AT go DOT com

Suzette June 16, 2010 at 2:13 PM  

Happy Birthday!

I love Shade but I prefer Eidolon. to me he's the glue of family. Mind you when he's mad.....well, just dont mess with him.

Oh, and no Shade will not kill her.

Suzette June 16, 2010 at 2:13 PM is my email. forgot to post in my other comment

Teresa D'Amario June 16, 2010 at 3:14 PM  

I haven't forgotten you guys. :) This is just the BEST birthday! Got myself a new office chair, and going next out to dinner, then buy a new desk!

Teresa D'Amario June 16, 2010 at 3:21 PM  

Hey, Larissa! Thanks for stopping by. Yep, we just know how to throw a party! And yeah, Shade deserves some luv. :D

For those of you who haven't checked out Larissa's books, she is a MUST read, let me tell ya! Talk about HOT! *fan's self*

Course, Rhevenge is a bit hot himself too! And if you don't believe me, head over to my blog at

Victoria June 16, 2010 at 3:46 PM  

Sorry, Nora's dad is Sean. How did I screw that up?
Hope you two are having tons of fun today. And don't spin around too much in that new chair :).

booklover0226 June 16, 2010 at 4:43 PM  

Happy, Happy Birthday!
Happy, Happy Birthday!
Enjoy you're special day.

I don't know who Shade is...(hangs head in shame).

Tracey D
booklover0226 at gmail dot com

stacey June 16, 2010 at 5:17 PM  

Hay Have a Happy birthday!
Shade is so Good looking.A wolf would never kill his mate.
I would love a Tigress by the Tail book.
Nora's dad is Sean Hunt.


Carol L. June 16, 2010 at 5:22 PM  

Happy, Happy Birthday to you. Hope your day is filled with lots of love and presents. :)
Hanging head and embarrassed to say I haven't read the books. So don't know anything about Shade except he's one Hot Wolf...Oh Yeah, sorry Runa.
Wolves mate for life so I don't think Shade will kill his mate. Thanks for the party and opportunity to win.
Carol L.

jeanette8042 June 16, 2010 at 6:07 PM  

Happy Birthday!!

Hmmm don't know much about Shade but he seems like a hot character. So far I love all the characters from Larissa's series.

lilazncutie1215 @

Mar June 16, 2010 at 6:46 PM  

Hey JoJo, girl you are still a baby! I hope you had a great birthday today. :)

Andrea I June 16, 2010 at 6:53 PM  

Happy Birthday Teresa and JoJo.

I'm sorry to say that I haven't read Larissa's Desire Unchained yet. I do know that Shade is very hot by all the comments I've seen around the blogosphere.

JoAnna June 16, 2010 at 8:08 PM  

Happy birthday to both of you!

Shade is very hot. But his brother Wraith has to be my favorite.

Unfortunately have not read Dark Succession or SheWolf. I will have to check them out.

Teresa D'Amario June 16, 2010 at 8:09 PM  

Awww Victoria, you ruined my fun! Ok, I almost fell asleep in it while on the phone with a customer for the "Day job". LOL. It's SOOO Nice.

And yep, Shade is one hot dude, with a curse on his head! Love is more than just "Forbidden" in his life!

Then again, Ryland in Dark Succession is one hot dude. Don't mess with him, that's for danged sure!

throuthehaze June 16, 2010 at 8:56 PM  

Shade sounds hot!
throuthehaze at gmail dot com

Twimom227 June 16, 2010 at 10:18 PM  

Happy Birthday to you both! Shade is ONE HOT male - great choice! I think my favorite shifter is Wren (dark hunters)

Reena Jacobs June 17, 2010 at 9:18 AM  

Bummer! I'm a day late wishing you a happy birthday! I hope your day was wonderful, nonetheless.

Though I haven't read Desire Unchained, Shade sounds like he's loyal and feels from deep within his soul.

Julie June 17, 2010 at 4:19 PM  

I just wanted to wish you a happy birthday. I haven't read any of those books so I don't qualify for the giveaway (I apparently am really behind in reading these awesome things!)

Jenn June 17, 2010 at 4:26 PM  

Happy Belated Birthday to both of you!!

I lust after Shade! He's slow to trust, but very loyal to those who loves. Not to mention HOT!!

Nora's dad/Kieran's brother is Sean Hunt.

Anonymous,  June 17, 2010 at 6:52 PM  

Happy birthday and way to celebrate!

CatsMeow June 17, 2010 at 10:35 PM  

Teresa and JoJo, Happy Birthday (a day late, sorry). Shade is one HAWT dude. He has his Mother's genes, so I think the family guy will win out.

Stella (Ex Libris) June 18, 2010 at 11:15 AM  

Happy Happy Birthday Jojo and Teresa!! Thank you Jojo for organising such a terrific b-day party all month long!! :-D

I haven't read Desire Unchained yet, but what I've heard and seen of Shade so far, he sounds yummy! And if that photo is how you picture him, wow, sign me up, I'll stand in line, because he is not only drop dead gorgous but he has that mischievious and tender look about him. Me. want. him!! :-D

I will ahve to read Desire Unchained, want more of Shade now! :-)

stella.exlibris (at) gmail (dot) com

A Simple Love of Reading June 18, 2010 at 4:09 PM  

Happy Birthday...AGAIN! I have an award for you here.

Spav June 18, 2010 at 6:04 PM  

At first I really hated Shade (I didn't liked how he treated Runa) but at the end, he redeemed himself.


Lea June 18, 2010 at 6:45 PM  

Happy Birthday JoJo..

Sorry I'm late getting by but I wanted to wish you a happy.

I loved Shade and the Demonica Series in it's entirety. I thought the juxtaposition Larissa created between Shade and Runa was excellent. So much conflict and angst. And, Shade - so tortured for so many reasons and I love a tortured hero!

Thanks JoJo!

Teresa D'Amario June 18, 2010 at 7:27 PM  

Winners Winners Winners!

Ok, my dear was busy chugging through the numbers today and here's what it had to say:

The Winner of Tigress by the Tail: Stella at stella.exlibris @

The winner of Dark Succession: Suzette,

The Winner of the Mouse Pad and Calendar: Colleen!

Congrats ladies! Email me at to claim your prize!!!

Leilani @Leilani Loves Books June 18, 2010 at 7:32 PM  

I actually havnt read Shade. I have heard about it but I havnt read it yet. Sounds good though.

I actually have SheWolf on my to buy list!


Colleen,  June 19, 2010 at 1:22 AM  

Oooh Thank you for the win!!! :D
Congrats also to Stella & Suzette!

Victoria June 19, 2010 at 9:43 AM  

Congratulations everyone!

Suzette June 19, 2010 at 5:55 PM  

Yahy!! Doing Happy Dance! Congrats to other winners!

Suzette June 21, 2010 at 7:56 AM  

I did email you? Did you get my email

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