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Friday, February 17, 2012
So now that the new site has been live for about a week, now, what does everyone think?

I'll have to think of a fun giveaway or something to do.

In the meantime, you can find me at Got Fiction for What Makes a Hero? and there's also a giveaway of Highland Destiny and Donna Grant's newest Shadow Highlander over at Why we Love Highlanders




My Author Override is still live at Under the Covers, so there's another chance to win Highland Destiny there too.


Friday, February 10, 2012

Blog Hop

The book signing last night was a blast! thank you to all who showed up, and stopped by my table. I'll post pictures here as soon as I download them from my camera, but you can always go to my facebook page if you want to see the ones I posted there.

 

Here is the direct link to the hop: http://samsawesomness.blogspot.com/2012/01/small-press-treasures-blog-hop-giveaway.html?spref=tw

Coming up, I'll be participating in this blog hop:

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which is hosted by

there will be lots of fun to be had by all!

Book Signing Update

Hi guys,

On January 23rd, 2012, I'm doing a booksigning at the Paseo Verde library in Henderson--
280 S. Green Valley Parkway
Henderson, NV 89012
(702) 492-7252

I am so excited, and would love your help spreading the word. This is only my second booksigning and I'm nervous as can be, so come support me so I don't look lonely at my table. I'll also be selling copies of Highland Destiny there as well. Feel free to contact me with any questions.

And in just as exciting news, there's a great new review of Highland Destiny over at Day Dreaming which you can read HERE



My favorite line is "Two simple words can sum it up—LOVED IT! Connor MacRae is a wickedly sexy highlander who knows how to make me purr..."

Fabio, Fabio, Wherefore art thou Fabio?

As some of you guys may have noticed, on twitter, I've been the "Fabio Hussy" for the past couple weeks. I thought I'd share why. I found this book for cheap and cracked up at the fact that Fabio is the author. Well, I just had to read it. My friends teased me to no end, I still get random Fabio tweets (I'm lookin' at you, Ren, Ang, and Annie). So in case any of my lovely followers were wondering about the Fabio avatar, this review should sum it all up:

DangerousDangerous by Fabio

My rating: 2 of 5 stars


Oh Fabio, Why oh why did you decide to write?



The front page says "In Collaboration with Wendy Corsi Straub" so we know Fabio didn't actually write this book, but the best part is that he wrote more than just one book!



I can't do this book justice in a review, so I'm posting all my tweets and status updates as a review for you guys. (I saw this review here and had to pick it up when I saw it for a dime)



My review, sort of:



The cover: The bike and leather tells me he's Dangerous, but the sexy Fabio abs tell me he's sexy too



I see nothing but the smoldering look he's giving me..read me, love me, I am Italian studmuffin Fabio



Fabio thinks Fabio has sexy abs. You want to touch Fabio. Come here and run your fingers on Fabio









*yes all that mane of hair that blows in the non-existent wind.



*I think Fabio's manly sexiness was too much and she swooned



*this book is so awful, but soo funny



*No! I haven't met him, but if I ever see Fabio I will talk to him in only third person "Laurie loved Fabio's book. Laurie would like a pic"



*anyone who thinks Fabio actually wrote this is crazy. We all know he stood around looking all Fabio-ish in his open Pirate shirt, showing his man cleavage and wearing leather pants while some poor woman tried to make sense of his words.



*I can't take Fabio seriously, I just can't!



*I'm sad, not once has anyone said "I can't believe it's not butter"



*Fabio thinks Fabio has sexy abs. You want to touch Fabio. Come here and run your fingers on Fabio



*it reminds me of a Saturday night live skit. It's like the book makes fun of Fabio and he's so intense and serious about it!!



*Fabio knows romance-I give the ladies not just 1 but 2 Fabios! because if 1 Fabio is sexy, 2 Fabios are double the sexy



"please, let me make love to you." her reply was a single heated word:"Yes." oh the cheesy Fabioness of it



This was a super fun read. Oh, don't get me wrong the writing was awful, and Fabio's ideas of what passes for a romance novel + romantic suspense plot were just crazy, but it was so fun to read. If you see this one for cheap, pick it up for the tongue-in-cheek entertainment value.



Dont' take this book seriously, you will be disappointed.



View all my reviews

New Pictures

At my local RWA chapter we had cover model Jimmy Thomas come by and give a presentation about branding. Not only was it incredibly informative, it was great fun staring at Jimmy Thomas for a few hours ;)

I did want to share a couple of the pictures we took, and to remind everyone you can all find me on facebook now. My fanpage is linked by the facebook button on the right side.

I'm so close to finishing my novella, Highland Games, and as soon as I hear anything I'll post about it here, twitter, facebook, heck-- I'll be screaming from my roof! So once I have something worth sharing, don't worry, you will find out.

In the past week I was over at Bona Fide Reflections for an interview, giveaway and guest post...it was a blast being the author of the week :)

I'll be at www.thebookvixen.com soon with a fun post, and at www.madamedsboudoir.blogspot.com coming soon.

On Nov. 2nd I'll be at a new blog called http://samsawesomness.blogspot.com/ and there will be a giveaway there too.

But as I promised you, pictures of Jimmy Thomas and me :)

Help Pick a Topic

The Book Vixen

For all who know the Book Vixen, she's due any day now to have her baby. While she's on maternity leave I offered to write a guest post for her blog. My question to you is what would you like to hear about?

I've written about "Highlanders" and I've written enough mini biographies about myself that I'd like to do something new. So let me know what you'd like me write about. Feel free to answer me on goodreads, or here, I read both. And let me know what you prefer.

My ideas so far are to write a bit about the novella I'm working on called Highland Games or to maybe do a story started from a picture and have everyone add a bit on. I could even do a Q&A session with it.

Tom Selleck, Chocolate Cake and Firsts...

Jojo's Book Corner

Today I'm over at JoJo's Book Corner talking about my favorite cake recipe, and my romantic first...not that kind of first! Get your minds out of the gutter ;)

Enter here if you dare

I'm talking about my first romance novel. You know the one-the one that made you fall in love with the genre. That first, tempting, romantic, delicious romance novel in all its bodice-rippery goodness. To find out what mine was, and to enter the giveaway, swing by JoJo's and find out why on earth Tom Selleck is a part of this post.





And a quick little Announcement:

I have a new facebook fan page, please go "like" me. There's a handy little button on the right side of the website ---->>>>

There are lots more announcements and links to other blog giveaways

There's a little interview and giveaway with me over at Scorching Book Reviews

And if you're curious to see what Malcolm, my latest hero, has been up to, he's over at Day Dreaming

---You have to comment on both posts to be eligible for the giveaway---

Pimping out My Friend Jenna Maclaine

Hi guys!

A while back, my friend mailed me a few books she thought were just awesome. I put them on my nightstand (which most of you know is my to-be-read pile) and I didn't really think about the books again for a while. Then I was rearranging the books (i.e. playing Tetris with the books trying to make them fit!) and I saw the 3 books. I paged through the first one and was instantly hooked. I read through all three within the week, and loved them so much I emailed the author to let her know how much I loved her series. I then bought the series, since I had to return my bestie's books.

This series is the Cin Craven series by Jenna Maclaine, and it is to date one of my favorites.

Jenna is so fun and easy to talk to, that I stalked found her on facebook and twitter and she will never be able to get rid of me, NEVER! muahahaha! er, I mean, and I am now a lifelong fan ;)

But the thing that drove me nuts is that she also has several (4 I believe)novellas written, but they are all in anthologies. The 2 from the Mammoth Book of Vampire Romance, and the Mammoth Book of Irish Romance are now available outside of the anthologies. Today my life is complete! Jenna posted those 2 novellas on Smashwords! Woohoo! So here I am, telling you that you should check out the Cin Craven series, and if you don't want to buy the big anthologies, you don't have to! Hooray!

http://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/jennamaclaine

Here are the full-length novels in the Cin Craven series-you won't be sorry, they are awesome! (And Michael's a Scottish vampire who wields a claymore! Can't go wrong there!)

Wages of Sin (Cin Craven, #1)Wages of Sin by Jenna Maclaine


Grave Sins (Cin Craven, #2)Grave Sins by Jenna Maclaine


Bound By Sin (Cin Craven, #3)Bound By Sin by Jenna Maclaine

Amethyst Heat

On Wednesday, my new short story Amethyst Heat will release. And in honor of this fun little story, I got the best cover ever!!! Have I said how much I love the art department at New Concepts Publishing?




Now everyone can look upon the yumminess that is Jimmy Thomas in a kilt...swoon...

Mine is a sweet little shorty, but there are others there full of naughty, so on Wednesday go to www.newconceptspublishing.com and check out not just my free read, but lots of others too!

A Li'l Bit o' Naughty

I was asked to help out another blogger with a guest post this month, so when she asked me who my Top Ten Hottest, Sexiest, All-Around Yumiest Men of Literature were, I jumped at the chance to hunt down visuals. With a little help from PickyMe (I used her images-thank you!) I posted some gorgeous pictures of my Top Ten over at http://www.kindleobsessed.com/holy-eye-candy/

Here's a teaser


And once you're done ogling the eye candy ;) head on over to Shameless Romance Reviews for a super naughty interview with me, and a giveaway of Highland Destiny for one lucky commenter.
http://shamelessromancereviews.blogspot.com/2011/07/laura-hunsaker-interview.html


Guess Where I Am?

I swear these past two weeks have been a Where's Waldo of which blog am I at?
Today I am over at Reading Between the Wines for Highlander Week.

http://readingbetweenthewinesbookclub.blogspot.com/2011/05/highlander-week-guest-post-giveaway_11.html

And yes, of course there's a GIVEAWAY!! woohoo! comment for a chance to win.

If you're looking for me elsewhere, you'll still see my Author's Take On Reviews at Bitten by Paranormal Romance

http://www.bittenbyparanormalromance.com/2011/05/authors-take-on-reviews-laura-hunsaker.html

And at JoJo's Book Corner it is still Highlander month-30 Days with a Highlander, and that contest is still going

http://jojosbookcorner.blogspot.com/2011/05/30-days-of-highlanders-day-8-interview.html

the Latest

Guess where I'll be tomorrow? I'll be at http://jojosbookcorner.blogspot.com/ doing 30 Days of Highlanders!! WOOHOO!!! she and

http://tigriseden.blogspot.com/ are doing this most awesome month of Highlanders. There are tons of giveaways and fun guests. You guys should

all go there to vote on best book covers, team JoJo or team Tigris, and there will be fun story starters too! I can't wait for Tuesday!!!!



*May 6, I'll be doing an Author's Take on Reviews at www.bittenbyparanormalromance.com

*May 11, I'll also be doing Highlander Week over at http://readingbetweenthewinesbookclub.blogspot.com/?zx=f117f259796c9ba0

I'll keep doing updates this week :)

30 Days Wit ha Highlander

Today is such a fun day! In honor of the 30 Days With a Highlander JoJo's Book Corner and Tigris Eden's Garden of Books have a finish the story contest running, and that's right! I got to start it off! Whoop!

So go to either blog:

http://tigriseden.blogspot.com/2011/05/30-days-with-highlander-finish-scene.html?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

http://jojosbookcorner.blogspot.com/2011/05/30-days-of-highlanders-day-28-finish.html

and comment to win! Not only is the story already moving along, but the winner gets a copy of Highland Destiny, so, go forth and add on! :) be creative, have fun, and good luck in the contest!

Jojo's Book Corner

Where I am

My latest guest post is over at Riverina Romantics. I wrote about heroes and villains...and it was so fun! http://riverinaromantics.blogspot.com/2011/06/guestpost-laura-hunsaker-heroes-vs.html




swing by and say hi! Tell me what you think about ugly villains, alpha males, and sexy bad guys.

Look for me at the Book Vixen tomorrow, http://www.thebookvixen.com/2011/06/day-8-birthday-extravaganza.html
talking about my love affair with Highlanders, and Kindle Obesessed coming soon!

The Book Vixen

Interviews

Recently I had the fantastic opportunity to interview my characters as a guest post for Book Lover's Hideaway. Comment for a chance to win an e-copy of Highland Destiny If you'd like to read the interview Connor and Mackenzie were kind enough to give me, it's here:
http://booklovershideaway.blogspot.com/2011/06/highland-destiny-character.html

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And I'm also at Madame D.'s Boudoir where this time I was interviewed. There are 5 things you may not know about me, some fun questions, and I even mentioned the hubby! LOL

http://madamedsboudoir.blogspot.com/2011/06/interview-laura-hunsaker.html?showComment=1308270435601#c2468495088033291106

More Blog Tour Dates

On Friday May 6th I'll be doing the Author's Take on Reviews over at www.bittenbyparanormalromance.com talking about what authors like to see from book reviewers. I have the unique position of being a reviewer myself at demonlovers, so I hope my answers are insightful enough to give a fresh perspective.

***Even though my "day" is over at JoJo's Bookcorner, the fun and games are still live! Go to http://jojosbookcorner.blogspot.com/2011/05/30-days-of-highlanders-day-8-interview.html to see my interview, comment for a chance to win! and to see all the fun Highland Games JoJo and Tigris have come up with.

***May 11 is Highlander Week over at Reading Between the Wines http://readingbetweenthewinesbookclub.blogspot.com/?zx=f117f259796c9ba0

***May 20 will be at Diana's Book of Secrets http://www.bookofsecretsblog.com/

***June 13 I'll be doing a super fun character interview for Book Lover's Hideaway http://booklovershideaway.blogspot.com/?zx=85c9b158617ad23d

As always I'll keep everyone posted

Recycled for Earth Day

Hi everyone! In honor of Earth Day, I’d like to start this off with a recycled post.

Last week I took over www.fullmoonbites.blogspot.com for the day, and thought it might be fun to share what I wrote.

I’d like to introduce myself. I’m Laura Hunsaker, author of Highland Destiny, but also, for those of you who follow, I’m the Highland Hussy over at www.demonloversbooksandmore.com
Now, being a fellow book blogger and an author, you’d think I’d have all these great ideas for a guest post. But I had nothing. So I took to twitter and had a nice chat with my friend Nissie who suggested the topic “scars.” I think that’s such a great topic because in Highland Destiny, there’s a great scene about our hero Connor’s scars, where the heroine Mackenzie is tracing his scars and hearing the stories that accompany each. Until she comes to the one she left on his forearm as she’d tried to escape him. And that one in particular holds a special meaning for him. I started thinking about why scars are important in a romance novel, and I think that with the emergence of the Alpha Male as the hero, scars become incredibly important!
Think about what a scar means-it means you survived. You are stronger. My hero, Connor, is a Highlander. A fighter. A warrior. And he lived during the late 1700s, so Scotland was still fighting the Clearances that England forced on them. I think it’s obvious he’d have a few scars, either from battles against the English, or just between the clans.

But let’s not forget that not all scars are visible. So many, many heroes are flawed. And the people we love leave us with are some of the most important scars. Those on our heart. Our psyche. Our minds. There’s another scene in Highland Destiny where we see just how deep Mackenzie has cut Connor. His outer scars have nothing on the ones she leaves on his heart.

So, my question to you, What do scars mean to you? Is it important to have a scarred or flawed hero? I'd love to hear what you guys have to say about it.
see the original post and review of Highland Destiny at
http://fullmoonbites.blogspot.com/2011/04/guest-post-scars-by-laura-hansaker.html

Latest Review and Real Life


I thought I'd really quickly fill everyone in on what's been going on lately. I don't normally chat life here, but today I think I will, since real life has been kicking my butt lately.

I've had a really rough and stressful week. I dropped (and shattered) a glass coffee pot on Sunday night and spent a while at the ER finding out I had severed a muscle (and that it was too torn apart to stitch), and cut an artery on my foot. So I got a few stitches on a gash on the top of my foot, not counting all the little cuts and bruises and slices on the rest of my foot. Anyways, not going for the sympathy vote, but my week just became a lot tougher from that point on.

But today, 2 wonderful things happened that just brightened up my week- First, Bonnie Edwards, author extraordinaire of books The Hard Stuff, Men Times Three, Stroke of Midnight, Possessing Morgan and many others, came into town, and we got to have milk shakes today! It was a blast! She is so much fun in real life and we chatted until she absolutely had to leave.

Second amazing thing was this lovely little review from Holly over at http://fullmoonbites.blogspot.com/ Her review of Highland Destiny just added the cherry to my day with this lovely line:

"...when the time traveling started though I knew it was going to happen I didn't know it would be so fast or smooth, which is something that I really loved."

I will keep you updated as I still plan on being over at www.bittenbyparanormalromance.com on May6

And http://readingbetweenthewinesbookclub.blogspot.com/?zx=a87b5d9eca6b9b66s on May 11 for Highlander Week!!!

Blog Tour

Hey everybody!

I'm doing a mini blog tour, and will of course keep you updated. As of now, on April 6th, I'll be at Housewife Blues and Chihuahua Stories.



And yes there will be a giveaway of Highland Destiny, the ebook (that way the contest can be open to international entries)

---"if you do not read this one soon you are missing out on an emotionally fulfilling journey that you will never regret taking..."

I will also be stopping over at www.bittenbyparanormalromance.com and http://fullmoonbites.blogspot.com/ and http://readingbetweenthewinesbookclub.blogspot.com and http://jojosbookcorner.blogspot.com/ I'll post the dates as soon as I know them.

It's Official!

As of last Friday, Highland Destiny is now available in print! Woot! A friend of mine tagged me on facebook of the picture she took of her computer screen :) And I'm such a nerd I couldn't help myself but to post it :D

It's available on both Amazon

http://www.amazon.com/Highland-Destiny-Laura-Hunsaker/dp/145652139X/ref=sr_1_21?ie=UTF8&qid=1299649580&sr=8-21

and through New Concepts Publishing

http://www.newconceptspublishing.com/laurahunsakerbooks.html

It's still available in all formats through fictionwise.com

http://www.fictionwise.com/ebooks/b117678/Highland-Destiny/Laura-Hunsaker/?si=0

Highland Destiny in Print

Hi guys!

I got some great news about a week ago, saying that Highland Destiny would be going to print!

Many of you saw my update saying that it would be Feb. 25th, but according to New Concepts Publishing's Upcoming books page, it will be released on March 4th.

http://newconceptspublishing.com/laura-hunsaker/highland-destiny/

I'll keep everyone updated if it anything changes. I'll also keep posting updates. I hope to have a free short story up soon, and I hope to have something new on Liam's book tentatively titled Highland Betrayal.

Thanks, and in the meantime, enjoy this hot Random man in a kilt:

Help Egyptian Author Olivia Gates

Help Egyptian author Olivia Gates

This is from my friend Alexis Morgan's blog, and I think that with all the trouble in Egypt, that I am more than happy to repost this.

Olivia Gates is an author who lives in Egypt. As you know, the internet and e-mail has been shut down there this week. Olivia’s latest book, To Tempt a Sheikh, is a Feb. 1st release, but she has no access at the moment to do any promotion for her book.

Here’s the link to her website if you get a chance to check it out. It has a excerpt for the book, the cover, etc. : http://www.oliviagates.com/

Quick Update: As of 2/6 Olivia Gates posted this on Twitter:

"Tweeting from work. All my colleagues showed up today! One even told me he went to the movies yesterday!"

I hope that means Egypt is settling down. " Reassuring everyone that Egypt's streets are safe and life is returning to normal gradually. Thanks everyone for your worry and well wishes."

thanks to the commenters and tweeters :)

---Laura

Six Sentence Sunday

Here are six sentences from Highland Destiny.
 

"A strong finger lifted her chin until she met his eyes.

“Doona hide from me, lass.”

Her eyes widened. Damn, she knew she had expressive eyes, and she really didn’t want him to see how the simple touch of his finger under her chin wreaked further havoc with her pulse, and how it felt like she had electricity running through her veins instead of blood. Mackenzie shivered and changed the topic.

“How did I end up in your bed?”

 

 

Happy Monday

Hi guys! Just a quick little update to say that I just found out my book Highland Destiny is up at fictionwise!

http://www.fictionwise.com/ebooks/b117678/Highland-Destiny/Laura-Hunsaker/?si=0

I'm thrilled. I'd love any random sightings of my book, so if you've bought it from somewhere other than New Concepts Publishing, let me know! This is such an exciting time for me.

I'm also hard at work on my second novel, this one is about Liam MacRae, Connor's brother, so stay tuned for a Coming Soon page and excerpts.

And since it's Monday, a little Man Candy to sweeten our day up

Winners!

I wrote all the names down on paper, and threw them up in the air. My 3 yr old picked 2 names, and......

My Winners are Jodi (JoJo) and Carol!! Woohoo guys!

I'll email you guys today for you addresses, I'm Highlandhussy, so check your junk if you don't see it in your inbox.

And thanks for playing guys, contests are always fun :)

 

For more contest swag, go to www.demonloversbooksandmore.com for our Birthday Giveaway

Review of Highland Destiny

The latest review of Highland Destiny
http://www.bittenbyparanormalromance.com/2010/12/highland-destiny-by-laura-hunsaker.html?zx=9a8ed3d5698d518a

This is Laura Hunsaker first published book, its very entertaining, a fast pace read. I have to hand it to her she writes a very interesting and fresh adventure. I would suggest this book to anyone that loves historical time travel.

Mackenzie and her friend are visiting an old castle in Scotland. Never in her wildest dreams she’d ever thought that the turn of events to come would change her life forever as she knows it. As she is pulled back into time she embarks on an adventure that has danger and one Scottish hottie that she cant resist. You see Mackenzie has to help stop a curse, so she is the one to save the day so to speak. You just have to read to find out how these turn of events happens and how Mackenzie is to help with this curse.
Conner is going to hijack his enemies new bride, so he cant have her. In the turn of events to come, Conner finds this woman is a little different, she dresses half naked, talks too much and wont mind anything he says, so this tends to get on his last nerve. All he knows is she stirs things in him that hasn’t been stirred in a while.
My Review:
Rating: 4 a pack howl
Sexual: Steamy

---Laurie www.bittenbyparanormalromance.com

Romance for the Travelers

I got this in an email, and I just had to share:

Romance Novel for the Traveler

He Grasped me firmly but gently just above my elbow and guided me into a room, his room. Then he quietly shut the door and we were alone.

He approached me soundlessly, from behind, and spoke in a low, reassuring voice close to my ear. "Just relax."

Without warning, he reached down and I felt his strong, calloused hands start at my ankles, gently probing, and moving upward along my calves slowly but steadily. My breath caught in my throat. I knew I should be afraid, but somehow I didn't care. His touch was so experienced, so sure.

When his hands moved up onto my thighs, I gave a slight shudder, and partly closed my eyes. My pulse was pounding. I felt his knowing fingers caress my abdomen, my ribcage.. And then, as he cupped my firm, full breasts in his hands, I inhaled sharply. Probing, searching, knowing what he wanted, he brought his hands to my shoulders, slid them down my tingling spine and into my panties.

Although I knew nothing about this man, I felt oddly trusting and expectant. This is a man, I thought. A man used to taking charge. A man not used to taking "No" for an answer. A man who would tell me what he wanted. A man who would look into my soul and say ... "Okay Ma'am, All done."

My eyes snapped open and he was standing in front of me, smiling, holding out my purse. "You can board your flight now."

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