Wednesday, 9 February 2011

Introducing the Incubus by Zoe Winters + Giveaway

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Today I have the pleasure of welcoming the very funny Zoe Winters at Ex Libris. Zoe is here today to introduce you to an often overlooked paranormal species: the incubi. Don’t know what they are? Read on, Zoe will tell you, and she’ll also share with you a excerpt of her latest release Save My Soul, and to crown everything, the lovely Zoe offered 2 copies of Save My Soul to two Ex Libris commentators!

Save My Soul (A Paranormal Romance: Preternaturals Book 2)


Introducing the Incubus
by Zoe Winters

Blood LustEven though I published, my novella anthology, Blood Lust, first, Save My Soul, my newest release, was actually written first. When I started writing it four years ago I was really paranoid about writing vampires because people were already saying: "no more vampires" (though the vampires just keep coming anyway).

So I thought... what's something sort of like a vampire, but different enough it doesn't look like I'm just hopping on a bandwagon? Survey says? Incubus. Of course, by now there are tons of demon romance books (mostly about incubi or succubi), so it just looks like I'm jumping on a bandwagon, lol. One thing I've learned is to just tell the stories I have to tell and stop worrying who thinks I'm trying to follow a trend. I don't write things because other people like them. I write them because I like them.

Save My Soul (A Paranormal Romance: Preternaturals Book 2)Save My Soul is about an incubus who has been trapped in a house by a witch. And Luc has been there for fifty years, so he's developed some interesting personality quirks during that time, which I won't spoil for you here. When Anna buys the house, he stays hidden for awhile but is forced to reveal himself when he has to rescue her from an ill-mannered date. (to put it lightly)

Here is a bit from the scene where he later reveals himself to Anna:

Instead of Beatrice, it was about the best looking man Anna had ever laid eyes on––airbrushed magazine spreads notwithstanding. Dark hair fell around his face, framing an olive complexion and cold, bright green eyes that appeared to burn with a light of their own.

They seemed to pull her in, hypnotize her. They were eyes that had known violence. Whether as the victim or the perpetrator, it was too hard to tell, but she suspected the latter.

His lips were as full as any man’s had a right to be, and Anna had to stop herself from imagining nibbling on his lower lip. He had the kind of cheekbones sculptors spent a lifetime learning to chisel into stone. Rather than sitting in the chair, he seemed to drape. Casually. Sinfully.


She closed her eyes and raised a hand to her head, feeling for bumps. After what she’d just experienced the last thing that seemed normal was lusting after a hot stranger in her bedroom. Maybe she was dreaming again.

The next words to fly from her mouth were so stupid she would later blame a mild concussion. “You should know this house is haunted, and the last guy who tried anything got beaten bloody for his trouble. So you should ask yourself if it’s worth losing your good looks over.”

His deep, familiar chuckle slid into her, too fluid to be human. Anna vaulted out of the bed, taking the sheets with her, wrapping them around her frame as she went.

“I’ve seen it all,” he said waving a hand away as if he could never be moved by such banal things as nudity.

Not while I was conscious, Anna thought. She backed farther away as he stood and advanced on her.

“Um . . . so Beatrice isn’t here?” Diversionary tactics weren’t her strong suit.

There never was a Beatrice. It was him. Her throat tightened again as that thought slammed fully into her brain. She tried to shut out the memories of all the times she’d been a little too naked in the house, either ignoring the ghost or thinking it was a woman.

A slow smile spread over his face. “I’m the thing that killed her.” Fear pulsed through her at his words, and he seemed to savor it like wine. “Beatrice went to Heaven where all good girls with intact souls go when they die. Tell me, my dear, do you think your soul will be intact when I’m finished with you?”

Anna wasn’t sure what was required to keep her soul intact, and was even less sure she could manage to follow whatever the rule was. Especially since she found herself simultaneously repelled and attracted to him.

And, of course, I've been pimping my book trailer everywhere, and here will be no exception:

Book Trailer: Save My Soul by: Zoe Winters from Zoe Winters on Vimeo.

Save My Soul is available in ebook at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Smashwords. Go here for direct buy links. Print is available for pre-order at Barnes and Noble and will be available at Amazon as well as the Book Depository in the UK (or special order from your bookstore) soon.

I'm giving away a signed print copy of Save My Soul to one reader (U.S. residents only, please), and a digital copy (anywhere).

To enter, just leave a comment below and let me know if you're in the U.S. or international.

Thanks for reading!

Save My Soul (A Paranormal Romance: Preternaturals Book 2)All he’s asking for is her soul.

After buying the antebellum home she’s fantasized about since childhood, Anna Worthington discovers Luc, a dangerously seductive incubus who has been trapped in the house by a fifty-year-old curse. To rid herself of her problem house guest she’ll call on a priest, gypsies, ghost hunters, and the coven of witches from lust bunny hell. All she has to do is resist him long enough to break the spell so they can go their separate ways. If she doesn’t, she could die. And that would be the best case scenario.


As Zoe has said above, 2 lucky commentators will win a copy of Save My Soul.

To be entered in the giveaway:

1. fill out the main form so I have your contact info (just once, if you have already filled it out for a previous giveaway that's enough)

2. Leave a comment saying whether you are a US or international entrant AND tell us about your favourite paranormal creature. Do you like vampires, werewolves, shapeshifters, demons or wizards? Or something completely different? 

Giveaway is open worldwide and ends on Friday 4 March 2011.

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