01 June 2010

**Visit Tynga’s Reviews today for her PSF Guest Blog & Giveaway with Becca Fitzpatrick author of CRESCENDO**

I’m thrilled to welcome Rachel Vincent (the Shifters series, Soul Screamers series) today as my first guest for Paranormal Summer Fest.  Rachel’s third Soul Screamers book, MY SOUL TO KEEP releases today. You can read my reviews of the three previous Soul Screamers books below.  Many thanks also to Jayne from Harlequin who is providing a giveaway too.  Details below.

image A recent transplant into the deep south, Rachel Vincent has a BA in English and an overactive imagination, and consistently finds the latter to be more practical. She shares her workspace with two black cats (Kaci and Nyx) and her # 1 fan. Rachel is older than she looks — seriously — and younger than she feels, but remains convinced that for every day she spends writing, one more day will be added to her lifespan.

 


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Rachel Vincent

In MY SOUL TO KEEP, we see the return of Avari, the hellion we met in MY SOUL TO SAVE, who is now determined to get his hands on Kaylee Cavanaugh. His return brings up a question that is not answered outright in any of the Soul Screamers novels so far.

imageWhy is Avari so obsessed with Kaylee?

This is a question that bothers Kaylee constantly, and that, oddly enough, I'm not sure Avari even really knows the answer to.

But to understand the question (not to mention the answer) you have to first understand what Avari is. Simply put, he's a hellion. For lack of a better descriptor, a hellion is a demon of sorts. A powerful, nefarious creature who feeds from pain and chaos. Hellions cannot leave the Netherworld (a hellish alternate dimension that is a skewed reflection of our own world), and they cannot tell an outright lie. Hellions can appear in any form they choose, except that they cannot exactly replicate the appearance of any other creature, living or dead.

Avari, specifically, is a hellion of greed, which means that in addition to feeding from pain and chaos, as all hellions do, he can also both feed from and inspire greed, or avarice, which is the root of his name.

imageAnd that, it turns out, is the key to understanding his obsession with Kaylee.

Though she'd never describe herself this way, Kaylee Cavanaugh, the viewpoint character in my Soul Screamers series, is very selfless and generous with her time and energy. She wants only to help people. Avari is quite literally her foil. Her opposite. He is both fascinated and disturbed by Kaylee, who embodies everything he cannot understand.

Kaylee is far from perfect, but her intentions are pure, and Avari suffers conflicting desires to possess her completely (to study and feed from her); to tempt her into yielding to selfishness, thus tarnishing the purity of her own soul; and to eradicate her, like she never existed at all.

image He doesn't truly understand these conflicting impulses, and he hates it that he can't quite wrap his mind around her. Not to mention the fact that she has thus far eluded capture.

To Avari, Kaylee is a mystery he can't solve. She's a craving he can't ignore and the pebble in his shoe, already causing him pain and discomfort. But most of all, she's the prize he can't quite reach, and thus wants all the more. And at the end of the day, theirs is quite literally a battle between good and evil, the lines of which are bound to blur before the conflict is eventually resolved.

Because as a hellion, Avari cannot die. And Kaylee will never stop fighting...        

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Thanks so much for stopping by Rachel.  Come back anytime!

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Want to read more from Rachel Vincent?

Werecats
1. Stray
2. Rogue
3. Pride
4. Prey
5. Shift
6. Alpha

StrayRoguePridePreyShift

Soul Screamers
1. My Soul to Take (read my Review)
2. My Soul to Save (read my Review)
3. My Soul to Lose (read my Review)
4. My Soul to Keep

My Soul to TakeMy Soul to SaveMy Soul to LoseMy Soul to Keep

Anthologies
The Mammoth Book of Vampire Romance 
Immortal: Love Stories With Bite (read my Review)
Kiss Me Deadly

The Mammoth Book of Vampire Romanceimage

Giveaway

Giveaway courtesy of Harlequin

One (1) copy of My Soul to Keep (Soul Screamers # 3) by Rachel Vincent & a random Harlequin T-Shirt

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Book Description

WHEN KAYLEE CAVANAUGH SCREAMS, SOMEONE DIES
AND KAYLEE IS ABOUT TO SCREAM HER HEAD OFF...

Kaylee has one addiction: her very hot, very popular boyfriend, Nash. A banshee like Kaylee, Nash understands her like no one else. Nothing can come between them.

Until something does.

Demon’s breath. No, not the toothpaste-challenged kind. The Netherworld kind. The kind that really can kill you. Somehow, the super-addictive substance has made its way to the human world. But how? Kaylee and Nash have to cut off the source and protect their friends—one of whom is already hooked.

And when the epidemic hits too close to home, Kaylee will have to risk everything to save those she loves.

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GIVEAWAY GUIDLINES

  1. Open to US & CA
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  3. Entries for all Paranormal Summer Fest giveaways must be received by Midnight MST on July 4th.  All the giveaways winners will be announced on July 6th.

I would greatly appreciate if you shared this giveaway on your blog or favorite social networks.  And please say hi to Rachel in the comments. Thanks! 


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27 comments:

  1. Hi Rachel!! Haven't read the books yet but they are on my tbr pile. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  2. I am a huge RV fan- I recommend her to everyone I know.

    Great characters in this series!

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  3. Howdy Rachel!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  4. I love your book soul to save. I even reviewed on my blog a few months ago. I wish my library carried your shifters series. I'd love to get my hands on it.

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  5. I have the My Soul To Take on my TBR pile. I hope to get to it soon, but pile is pretty big. :-D

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  6. Having read the free short story on Rachels blog and having fallen in love with this series already have the first 2 books and am wanting the 3rd now!!!

    Thanks for coming to visit with us on Abigails site Rachel and hope your star continues to rise, just wish Alpha would hurry up and release too!!! LOL

    jackie b central texas

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  7. Thanks for joining the evetn Rachel, it's great to have on you board!
    Still need to get my hands on a copy of MSTK but I can't wait to read it =D

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  8. Rachel, I've read the free short story that kicks off this series and really liked it, but haven't started rest of the series yet. (darned TBR pile is wayyy too big). Best of luck on the new release.

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  9. This is such a great series!! Thanks for the contest!

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  10. Thanks, guys! It's good to be here. ;-)

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  11. Thanks for the giveaway! I have heard great things about this book!

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  12. I read My Soul to Take and couldn't wait to read the second one. I went to the bookstore and actaully picked up the third books as well. Thank you for giving the readers such a good series!

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  13. Thanks for the contest; the series has been getting a lot of great buzz!

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  14. Sounds like an awesome series! You rock at writing btw Rachel, loved your werecat series!!

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  15. Thank you for the giveaway!!! I want this one so bad!

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  16. Great guest post! I just requested the first book in the series! Can't wait to read it!

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  17. Aloha Rachel!=)

    I am a huge fan of your Shifter series!=) Team Marc all the way but I do have love for Jace.

    I would love to win Book three in this series. I have book one already=)

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  18. I love this series! Thanks for the aweome giveaway!

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  19. ooh, I own lots of Rachel Vincent books and have given quite a few as gifts too--but I'm behind on this series... Thanks for this contest :)

    (and hi to Rachel!)

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  20. Havent read the books either but very interested. Thanks for the giveaway. Tore923@aol.com

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  21. Thanks for the fabulous giveaway :)

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