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Sunday, 31 July 2011

Author of the Month: Gena Showalter

Yes maidens!  The writing machine herself is our Author of the Month.  Why?  Well she has two highly anticipated books coming out in August, both on our MUST-HAVE list!

Who is Gena Showalter?

Gena Showalter sold her first book at the age of 27 and now, four years later, is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of thirteen books, with eleven more on the way in a thrilling blend of genres: breathtaking paranormal and contemporary romances, cutting edge young adult novels, and stunning urban fantasy.

Her novels have appeared in Cosmopolitan Magazine, MTV, Seventeen Magazine, and have been translated in French, Italian and Korean. The critics have called her books "sizzling page-turners" and "utterly spellbinding stories", while Showalter herself has been called “a star on the rise”. 

We have put together some special and fun things for our readers and we want to thank Gena for being so wonderful!


The weekend has come and gone and you know what that means...IT'S MOANDAY!!!!

This week I have the Brazilian hottie Rafael Lazzini! Rafael was born on June 13, 1985. He has brown hair and green eyes. He's a Ford model. And a gorgeous one at that! See for yourself!

I think I like him better with his longer hair than the short one. Although this picture is a nice one to look at...

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? Is a meme hosted by Shelia over at Book Journey.

An Offer From a Gentleman
by Julia Quinn

(Bridgertons # 3)

Julia Quinn is sure to charm readers with her Regency-era Cinderella story, An Offer From a Gentleman. The Bridgerton family is wealthy, well born, and universally admired. And with six of the eight Bridgerton children already mingling with society, it's no wonder they're mentioned so frequently in the most popular (and accurate) source of social news, Lady Whistledown's Society Papers. But not even the mysterious Lady Whistledown can identify the masked maiden who completely captivated the Bridgerton second son, Benedict, at his mother's masquerade ball -- a silver-clad beauty who vanished on the stroke of midnight. It was a magical night for Sophie Beckett, orphaned, illegitimate daughter of the Earl of Penwood. Attending the ball was a beautiful dream, sharing the evening with Benedict Bridgerton was the stuff of fantasy -- and returning home to her role as unpaid servant to her father's cruel widow and stepdaughters was a nightmare. Then she lost even the small security of that position, and things went from bad to worse. By the time Sophie met Benedict again, she was in truly desperate straits. He made her feel precious, even in rags, but Sophie had grave reservations about accepting.

A Touch of Crimson
by Sylvia Day

(Renegade Angels # 2)

Can a love that transcends death survive a war between angels, vampires, and lycans?

An angel with immense power and insatiable desire, Adrian Mitchell leads an elite Special Ops unit of the seraphim. His task is to punish the Fallen--angels who have become vampires--and command a restless pack of indentured lycans.

But Adrian has suffered his own punishment for becoming involved with mortals--losing the woman he loves again and again. Now, after nearly two hundred years, he has found her: Shadoe, her soul once more inhabiting a new body that doesn't remember him. This time
he won't let her go.

With no memory of her past as Shadoe, Lindsay Gibson knows only that she can't help being fiercely attracted to the smoldering, seductive male who crosses her path. Swept into a dangerous world of tumultuous passion and preternatural conflict, Lindsay is soon caught between her angel lover, her vampire father, and a full-blown lycan revolt. There's more at stake than her love and her life--she could lose her very soul...

Desires Edge
by Eve Berlin

One woman discovers the freedom of giving in to desire in the latest from the author of Pleasure's Edge

Sexual dominant Dante De Matteo knew Kara Crawford back in high school, but he never imagined her darkest fantasies would align so perfectly with his. When Dante lands a job at Kara's law firm, intense desire draws them closer while deep-rooted fears threaten to pull them apart- unless they can embrace both the pain and pleasure of love.

UTC Insider: August 2011

Author of the Month
We are so excited to have Gena Showalter stopping by our Author of the Month.  She has graciously offered a wonderful giveaway for our followers as well as helped put together some great things for you!

Reading on the Dark Side
This month we are featuring the sexy Lords of the Underworld and their sexy women, in honor of our Author of the Month!

Author Override
Two wonderful authors are taking over our blog this month.  Gena Showalter and Cynthia Eden!

Author Interviews
We had the opportunity to chat with some pretty awesome authors this month:
  • Gena Showalter
  • Laurie London
  • Jennifer Ashley
  • Diane Escalera
  • J. K. Coi
  • Brenda Novak
Battle of the Covers
Again we are comparing US & UK covers, and this month we want your opinion on the covers of the "Downside Ghosts" series by Stacia Kane.

Mind Spill
There are so many types of heroines, but which one do you like to read about?  Which one gets most on your nerves?  Which one is most like you?

Summer Giveaway Hop!

Under The Covers is happy to be participating in the Summer Giveaway Hop is hosted by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and BookHounds.  This hop is scheduled to run August 1st to 7th.

We just love participating in these hops!  And we have something special for this one!  We are celebrating reaching 600 followers!  How exciting is that?  And to celebrate we wanted to have a special giveaway!!  We have teamed up with our Author of the Month, Gena Showalter, to give you all the opportunity to win a signed ARC of her upcoming release "Lord of the Vampires" + swag.  This contest is international.

Almost every day of the hop we will have a different Gena Showalter related post!  The entry form for the giveaway will be posted with each one.  You can also find all the links on the top right side bar of the site as we post them (under Current Giveaways).

Commenting on this post will not enter you on the giveaway, so please make sure you fill out the form here or in one of our Gena Showalter posts.

To enter:

1. Be a follower of this blog
2. Fill out the form below

Remember to come back every day between now and August 7 for our Gena post of the day!  You can mark the extra comment entries as done if you plan to come back to comment.

And keep hoping through!!!  Here's the links of all the participating blogs:

July 2011 Monthly Recap

July has come to an end and that means our Burning Up July erotica event must end as well. We had a blast with all the erotica authors who took part in our special event and would like to thank them one last time for all their support! THANK YOU!

Here is a recap of all the erotica authors that stopped by this month:
Olivia Cunning
Cathryn Fox
Lissa Matthews
Lorelei James
Cherrie Lynn
Megan Hart
Shayla Black

Author Override:
Olivia Cunning
Lissa Matthews
Evangeline Anderson

A Sinful Summer
We also hosted A Sinful Summer giveaway hop with Madame D's Boudoir, Satin's Bookish Corner and Riverina Romantics. We'd like to thank all authors that participated in the giveaway hop, especially Stacey Kennedy.

The Dom's Dungeon
We crowned our first ever Ultimate Dom in the Dom's Dungeon competition. Our competitors included, Shayla Black's Jack Cole from Wicked Ties, Lilli Feisty's Mark St. Crow from Bound to Please and Maya Banks's Damon Roche from Sweet Persuasion. Watch the battle go down here.

Thank you to our maidens, fellow bloggers and authors who participated in this event and weighed in on who is the ultimate Dom! We appreciate all your support!

Reading on the Dark Side
Our Reading on the Dark Side pimp this month was Larissa Ione's Demonica series! Check out our post here.

Mind Spill: A Romantic Note
Ever been put down for your choice in reading material? Well, see what Annie has to say when strangers mock romance novels. See her rant here.

Battle of the Covers
It's a Demon fight club with this month's Battle of the Covers where the UK and US versions of Larissa Ione's covers duke it out! You can see what went down here.  You voted and the winner was .... the US covers!

Man Candy
July was a hot month!!!  And our hotties made it steamy!  This month we featured: Zac Taylor, David Gandy, Matt Giesler and Jamie Dominic.

So thank you for stopping by our blog this month, we have a lot of great things prepared for August!!

In My Mailbox

In My Mailbox is a feature that was started over at The Story Siren. Each week we share what arrived in our mailboxes, bought or found in swaps or at the library.



We also got some cool bookmarks!

And The Winner Is...

The winner of our Shayla Black giveaway is:

Maria (pronounced Mariah)

Congrats!!!! You won a signed copy of Decadent by Shayla Black.  Winner was chosen via random.org.  An email has been sent. You have 72 hours (3 days) to claim your prize!

Thank you to all other entrants! If you didn't win, don't pout.  August will be a great month!  We are very excited!!!!