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1) (9:06 a.m. PST) WINNER #1 is SHARI C!. She wins a set of signed books: from Eloisa James, Kayla Perrin, Sara Bennett and moi!
2) (10:39 a.m. PST) WINNER #2 is AMBER PACKARD! She wins the Tarot Reading from Tarot by Arwen!
3) (1:52 p.m., PST) WINNER #3 is APRIL FUNDERBURGH! She wins signed books from Karen Hawkins, Sophia Nash, Alexandra Benedict and MOI!!
4) (5:52 PST) WINNER #4 is LAURA EMERSON! She wins signed books by Julia Quinn, Toni Blake, Sylvia Day and moi!!
5) (8:18 p.m., PST) WINNER #5 is RACHEL JESSUP! She wins the pearl, garnet and 14k gold filled earrings from the LIKE NO OTHER LOVER collection by Circe Designs!!
Hello, my kittens, and welcome to the LIKE NO OTHER LOVER Book Shower-your gift to me is showing up, and my gifts to you…well, that's where the showering comes in. I'll be showering you with prizes (well, I'm giving away five prizes) all day long! I'll talk about those in a second, but for now I’m just so delighted you could help me celebrate today. Have you selected your delicious Sexy Cyber-Waiter yet? (Excuse me while I accept a drink—a Mimosa, of course, as it’s morning here on the West Coast-—from the oh-so-handsome-and-attentive "Seth," he of the "oozing sensuality," warm green-gold eyes and lilting Irish accent.). You can switch your waiter selection throughout the day, too—these guys won’t mind a bit. It’s in fact your prerogative to be as fickle or demanding as you like today, because these men revel in seeing to your pleasure and comfort. :)
So what’s it like here in our own personal party Pleasure Dome? Well, for starters, the air is as fresh and soft as the first day of spring and the carpet is sinfully plush, so kick off your shoes and wriggle your bare toes in it. Mingle with the other guests, sprawl on one of the generous velvet sofas as the sounds of a very accomplished string quartet softly waft over you, or avail yourself of one of the massage chairs on the perimeter—all of your waiters are versed in every imaginable kind of massage, from Shiatsu to Hot Stone, so all you need to do is ask. For those of you who like to blow off steam by kicking up your he els, the disco (it’s in the North Wing) is already full swing-and…hark! Is that Duran Duran I hear?? Isn’t it sweet of all our favorite 80’s bands to show up and play a few songs throughout the day to help celebrate the book release? Make a request in the comments below, and who knows, your favorite band—from any decade—might just show up, too.
The buffet and the infinitely replenished chocolate bar are over at the far end—see all the gleaming tureens and colorful platters? And all those chefs eager to help and answer your questions? So you can drop off your cyber-dishes over there. :) And as for me, I’ve brought coq au vin—a big vat of slow-cooked chicken, wine, pearl onions and mushrooms (yum!)—to share with everyone. Did anyone bring an interesting salad? A breakfast casserole?? A favorite main dish? I’ll post my practical recipe in the comments below.:) Holiday recipes are particularly welcome, since we’re teetering on the brink of that season. And may I point out that Like No Other Lover and The Perils of Pleasure look rather a lot like Christmas side by side? Give your friends a Pennyroyal Green starter kit this year! Hee!
The drink of the day is the Like No Other Lover, and I can’t divulge the ingredients, but I can tell you that it’s pale pink, a sparkly, silver mist hovers over the rim of the crystal goblet in which its served, and one sip makes you feel exactly the way your favorite memory makes you feel. Ask your waiter to fetch one for you!
So, my lovelies, I’m thrilled about Like No Other Lover, because reviewers seem to be loving it. I hope you do, too! It’s in stores officially today, and some of you might already have it in your sweet little paws or on your nightstands, bless your hearts. It’s the story of Miles Redmond and Cynthia Brightly, and it’s the second book in the Pennyroyal Green series, which was launched by The Perils of Pleasure. I can’t wait to hear what you think of it! Feel free to ask any questions at all about the series or the book in the comments-it’ll be fun to talk about it.
Now, let me tell you about the prizes!
Three separate sets of FOUR signed books compiled from donations by such lovely and talented romance authors as Eloisa James, Anna Campbell, Kayla Perrin, Toni Blake, Julia Quinn, Alexandra Benedict, Christine Wells, Karen Hawkins, Sophia Nash, Sara Bennett, Sylvia Day and moi! Aren’t they sweet to bring gifts to the party to give to you??
A beautiful pair of handcrafted pearl, garnet and sterling silver earrings from the Like No Other Lover collection by Circe Designs, inspired by LNOL's lovely cover;
A Hero’s Journey or Life Path Tarot Card reading from Tarot by Arwen, from Stephanie Arwen Lynch, a professional reader and romance fan. Because in Like No Other Lover, our heroine, Cynthia Brightly (along with a few of her friends) visits a band of gypsies who regularly set up camp on the outskirts of Pennyroyal Green for dukkering, or fortune telling. A bit of chaos ensues before they get around to the card part, so this is where Arwen comes in.:) Sure to be very cool and enlightening .
I’ll be at the party by around 8:30 or 9 a.m. PST, but you can all come in and play anytime before then, too.:) I’ll give away the first prize the first hour I’m there, and give them away at random intervals to commenters chosen at random (using my magic Excel Randomizing macro!) throughout the day, just to keep things lively. :)
So come on in! Let’s hang out, catch up—it’s been too long!-chatter about the weather and recipes, Like No other Lover, and anything at all we feel like, and just enjoy our decadent, indulgent, peaceful version of reality today.:) All you need to do to play is tell me what cyber-dish you brought to share.:) xo….julie