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Blog Bash Day 11 with Laurie London + Giveaway

Aug 15, 2011

Thanks JoJo, for having me on today and congratulations on your Blogoversary. That’s quite an achievement!

JoJo has asked me to share a couple of my favorite things with you to help celebrate.

For my Hottie,
I give you Tommy Dunn. I first saw him in True Religion print ads and he’s serving as the inspiration for Jackson in my February release, Tempted by Blood. Isn’t he hawt? Can’t you just picture him as a really bad boy that needs you to fix him?
Tommy Dunn

Tommy Dunn

When I’m not writing, I do love to cook. If I had a superpower, it’d be to snap my fingers and the kitchen would be clean. Teenagers are a poor substitute. You can make this recipe in a crock pot or a saucepan.

White Chicken Chili
~Saute 1 c. chopped onion and 2 garlic cloves, minced, in 1 T. olive oil.

~4 c. cooked chicken (I use 2 or 3 cans of Costco canned chicken if I’m in a hurry, which is most of the time.)
~2-8oz. cans shoepeg corn, drained. (If you don’t have any on hand, just use a few handfuls of frozen corn.)
~1-4oz. can chopped green chilies, undrained
~24 oz. chicken broth
~2-14oz cans of white beans, drained and rinsed
~2-3 T. lime juice (Optional. It’s good if you have it, but don’t let it stop you from making it if you don’t.)
~1 t. salt, oregano, basil

Simmer 1-2 hours (or on low in a crockpot). Add additional chicken broth if it gets too thick. Spoon into bowls and top with dollop of sour cream. Serve with a salad and a crusty roll.

An old favorite read:
Several years ago, I read JR Ward’s first published book called Leaping Hearts, which I believe is out of print now. Although it’s not a paranormal romance and is about the horse world, there are common themes between it and her current books.

A tortured guy with a physical ailment falls from grace and feels there’s no more hope in his world. A woman rejects her priviledged background when they refuse to accept her and she decides to pursue her goals on her own. Through her love and support, he learns to accept himself, defeat his personal demons, and goes on to achieve even greater success, as she does. Sound familiar? It’s a great read, particularly if you love horses, which I do. (I have Quarterhorses.)

Laurie London

I’m the author of the Sweetblood series, dark, sexy vampire romance for HQN Books.  Since high school, I’ve been addicted to vampires after my sister and I watched Fright Night eight times in a row. I can’t wait to see the remake, though it looks more horror-ish than the original, and I can’t imagine Colin Farrell making a sexier vampire than Chris Sarandon.

You can find out more about my books here:

Right now, there’s a FREE Sweetblood e-novella available for download at

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Wednesday W's ?!?
Since I love creepy settings, what is the scariest setting you’ve ever read in a book? If it was a real place, would you ever want to visit it?

*** GIVEAWAY ***
I’m giving away a signed copy of
Embraced By Blood,
book 2 in the Sweetblood series,
plus romance trading cards to one random
commenter in the

To enter Answer the W question above

Thanks for having me on today, JoJo, and congrats on your blogoversary!

*** Giveaway ends tomorrow night 8-16 at midnight, winner named here

Don't forget to check out the
above, for all the giveaways, and ways to enter
to win prizes all week and all month

27 Hottie Follwers Thoughts:

Raonaid Luckwell August 15, 2011 at 12:28 PM  

* Sheepish * Never seen Tommy Dunn before, and well, I can picture him as a bad boy. The look he does have that potential.

Pommawolf Emeraldwolfeyes August 15, 2011 at 12:48 PM  

Third time a charm. *S* Didn't accept my last post so I will try again..*S*
Places in fiction don't scare, but when it's your own home town..totally another ball game...***shivering**
I grew up in Spokane Washington, and unfortunately the city had the misfortune of having a 2 bad things happen in my life time. Kevin Coe, serial rapist prowled my neighborhood when I was a young teen, and a book was written about it. I still can't read the book.
Then a serial killer in the late 90's thru 2001 the city had a serial killer. damn scary. I hope no book will written about it because it's just freaky. I live in another state now but have no desire to read anything but fiction....
There is a erotic romance author who lives in Spokane, and I've chatted with her thru email...and her books I'll read as it's fiction...*S*
Thanks for the wonderful post & contest!



Pamk August 15, 2011 at 12:51 PM  

Places don't scare me usually its just the people in them. But something about funeral homes after dark just squick me out. lol
scrtsbpal at yahoo dot com

Laurie London August 15, 2011 at 1:17 PM  

Ack, Darcy! That's freaky. I live in Seattle and I totally remember that. You want to hear another freaky story? My grandmother met Ted Bundy when she was a legal secretary and she thought he was such a nice young man. Wanted to introduce her daughter (my aunt) to him.

There are books written about the Green River Killer, too, but I can't read them for the very same reason as you. Too close to home.

Laurie London August 15, 2011 at 1:23 PM  

Thanks, Raonaid! I hadn't heard of him either, but when I saw that ad, I hunted him down. LOL

Pam, those freak me out too. When my inlaws were first married, they lived in an apartment over a funeral home. In exchange for cheap rent, they had to open the garage door after hours when a dead body came in. Can you imagine? *shivers*

donnas August 15, 2011 at 1:34 PM  

The creepiest was where Salem's Lot took place. And if I had to visit it, it would have to be during the day with the sun bright overhead and me speeding though the town. I like to read about places and vampires but not actually see them. Although for creepy towns Stephen King is good at them. I just feel terrible for all the people that live in Castle Rock. By know they really should know something is going to happen.

bacchus76 at myself dot com

Michelle Bledsoe August 15, 2011 at 3:26 PM  

I have not been to a town the creeps me out,but every house I have lived in there has been a room that I just can't be in by myself. I don't know why that is. These rooms just give me the willies ya know. I have had books scare me. Kay Hooper's Bishop series and Nora Roberts Divine Evil. As much as I get the chills from them, I sure do reread them a lot....LOL

koonie2888 at yahoo dot com

Na August 15, 2011 at 3:58 PM  

The last scary setting was in "Don't Breathe a Word" by Jennifer McMahon. I'm not sure if the town was real but it was quiet, eerie, small and isolated. It didn't help that the few people encountered all seemed off...It's the small, quiet towns sparse of life that gets me everytime.


Anne August 15, 2011 at 4:23 PM  

I can't think of a book setting that was truly scary, it's more the bad guy. If he's really bad, any place can be scary. In real life, attics make me uneasy or being alone in someone else's house.

annalisa August 15, 2011 at 5:14 PM  

I'd have to say the scariest setting was in The Shining by Stephen King. The setting and the people were pretty scary in that book. I definitely would not want to visit!


Scorpio1974 August 15, 2011 at 5:47 PM  

Q: "What is the scariest setting you’ve ever read in a book? If it was a real place, would you ever want to visit it?
A: There's just too many to choose from in all the vampire books I've read really and I don't think I'd ever personally want to get stuck in any of them by myself. =)

Valerie Long ( )

samantha.thomson August 15, 2011 at 6:01 PM  

In Intensity while the serial killer is killing the family the friend is hiding under the bed... This scared the crap out of me and is by far the scariest place ever! To be wondering if you're going to get "caught" - horrifying - and i visit under my bed frequently :)

jfort357 August 15, 2011 at 6:21 PM  

I think the scariest settings in a book are haunted houses or places. The latest book I've read with that type of setting is The Darkest Heart by Thea Devine. The main character, Senna, lived in a mysterious home. I toured a potentially haunted house in Louisiana. I find eerie homes to be very intriguing!!! I think it's the whole mystery of the unknown!! I wouldn't live in one though!!!! LOL!! :-)

Jen B. August 15, 2011 at 7:03 PM  

I know I have read some pretty scary books but I can't think of any of the names right now. Karen Rose has some really creepy killers but they don't scare my pants off. My favorite creepy killer of all times is from the movie The Hitcher. Rutger Hauer is amazing! I have seen it at least 20 times and it creeps me out every time!

Anonymous,  August 15, 2011 at 8:46 PM  

Speaking of J.R. Ward, I'd say my creepiest place in a book has to be the Symphath colony in Lover Avenged. That sweet little farmhouse masking a freaky colony of Symphaths *shivers*. Also, I totally agree on the original Fright Night - it's one of my absolute faves and Chris Sarandon was a seriously sexy vamp!

Amy August 15, 2011 at 8:57 PM  

One of the scariest settings I've read about is the dystopian setting of The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. It's not scary because of monsters and paranormal creatures. It's scary because it shows how evil humans can become in an effort to maintain power.


Danielle West August 15, 2011 at 11:53 PM  

I have read plenty of books with creepy or scary settings... but the one that made my skin crawl was in J.R. Ward's (Rev's book) when Rev was covered in scorpions and such. Also, Kresley Cole's (Conrad's book) when Naomi wakes up in a coffin with bugs and stuff- EWW. Thanks for the giveaway!

Anonymous,  August 16, 2011 at 12:05 AM  

For me the creepiest setting was also slightly confusing. It was like in a dream or something were nothing made sense and all the deformed monsters were everywere and I would never EVER want t end up there if it were real.
Great giveaway!


Carol L. August 16, 2011 at 3:46 AM  

I can't think of one specific scene in a book but anything to do with Mice will do me in, lock me in place and scare the fright right out of me. A phobia, I know. My family thinks it's cute because I'd probably take on a burly boxer to defend my family but Mice unravel me. :)
Carol L
Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

Victoria August 16, 2011 at 9:24 AM  

He is HOT! I never saw him before but he works for me.

One of the scariest settings for me was the basement/room of Shiloh Walker's THE MISSING.


Tore923 August 16, 2011 at 10:20 AM  

I would have to say Rose Red. I am not sure I want to visit it though. People tend to disappear once they enter the house. Please enter me in contest.

Laurie London August 16, 2011 at 10:30 AM  

Oh wow, I'm sort of creeped out reading about all the settings that freak you out. I'm familiar with some of them, but not all.

I'm laughing here...I don't think anyone commented on the recipe. I know where your loyalties guys and books! LOL

Sariah August 16, 2011 at 11:56 AM  

I haven't read any books where the setting freaks me out. The "bad guys" freak me out more.

sariahwalters at gmail dot com

Texas Book Lover August 17, 2011 at 9:38 AM  

I just recently won a copy of Laurie's book and can't wait to read it. They sound terrific!

JoAnna August 18, 2011 at 9:35 PM  

I can't think of anything that I read that scares me. I am however a little afraid of cemeteries at night.

Thanks for the giveaway!
beckerjo at verizon dot net

Denise Z August 20, 2011 at 12:48 AM  

Okay - I have to say there is not really a scary setting that creeps me out as so many of the creepy things do not really care about the setting. They will show up in grandmas living room just as easily as the morgue LOL In the meantime I will be the first, I love this chile recipe. I make one similar with the difference being use of cilantro instead of the basil and if there are good fresh tomatoes I will maybe dice up one for just a hint of color pop. Thank you for sharing the fun today and the giveaway opportunity.


winnie August 30, 2011 at 5:34 PM  

Can't think of a specific scariest setting, but usually, what makes the setting scary is the way its described along with the suspense and tension in the story.


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