Enter to win a Kindle in the 1NS Blog Hop

You could win a Kindle Touch or many other great prizes July 5-7, 2012 just by posting comment on a participating blog in the 1NS Blog Hop.  1Night Stand is a series of short erotic romances published by Decadent that crosses all subgenres of romance. My particular story, A Scent of Longing, is an erotic  paranormal/vampire romance.

The blog hop grand prize is the Kindle, with a second prize of a $50 Amazon gift certificate. In addition, each participating author is offering a prize. For every blog upon which you post a comment, you’re entered into the grand prize drawings as well as the drawing on that particular blog. On this blog you could win a $10 Amazon gift certificate.

So here’s what you need to do here: Read the excerpt below and answer this question: if you were Lily’s situation, what would you do? Be sure to leave your email address in the body of the comment because the blog hop organizer will use those emails to enter you in the grand prize drawing.

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A Scent of Longing Excerpt

“Someone named Madame Evangeline emailed me to confirm my appointment.” Lily Dansen nailed her best friend with an accusing stare. “What did you get me into?”

Her feet curled under her on Lily’s sofa, Roxie Fairchild braved her scowl without a flinch. “It’s for your own good. You’ve moped around long enough. You need to live again.”

Date, you mean.”

“Date. Have sex. Get wild and crazy. Anything!”

“No man will go out with me once he’s finds out what I am. What happens if I do to someone else what Phillip did to me? I couldn’t live with myself.” Bitterness etched Lily’s voice.

“You’re nothing like Phillip.” Her expression gentle, Roxie squeezed Lily’s hand. Her touch felt feverish, but Lily knew Roxie was fine; she was the afflicted one. “You have a long future, and you can’t spend it alone.”

Lily’s brunette curls bounced with the shake of her head. “I can’t date. I’m a vampire now.” The corners of her mouth drooped. “I’m also a terrible judge of character.”

“You’ve made some bad choices,” Roxie agreed.

“Married. Wanted for armed robbery. Vampire….” Lily ticked off the losers she’d had the misfortune of dating.

“That’s why Madame Evangeline’s 1Night Stand service—”

“—is a bad idea.”

“—is a good idea,” Roxie continued. “You can get your feet wet before you dive into the dating pool. An evening of hot sex with no strings attached will help you get your mojo back.”

Lily scrunched her nose up with distaste. “I don’t see how sleeping with a stranger will help me regain my confidence. And what if he has some horrible disease?”

Roxie chuckled. “A, that’s what condoms prevent. B, Madame Eve screens her candidates carefully. And, C, you’re a vampire now! You’re immune to everything, right?”

“That’s the only positive thing.” Lily hugged herself. The golden color she’d acquired basking on Santa Monica Beach had faded to pasty white, and she would never be able to tan again. If she so much as stepped into sunlight, she’d sizzle like a potato dropped into a deep fryer. And speaking of which, she couldn’t eat french fries anymore either. Or pizza. Or chocolate. But none of those things mattered.

Her throat constricted, and she swallowed. “I’ll never have children.” By turning her, Phillip, the rat vampire bastard, had stolen her chance of motherhood.

“I know, sweetie.” Roxie’s voice brimmed with sympathy. “And damn Phillip for that. But maybe, when you’re ready, you could adopt?”

“Who’d give a baby to a vampire?”

“How would they know?”

“There’d be home visits from a social worker or daytime meetings with an agency, which you know I can’t do!” She raised her hand to halt further painful discussion. “Please, can we talk about something else?”

“All right.” Roxie blinked and smothered a tiny yawn. “Sorry about that.”

“It’s not your fault.” She was out of sync with the world. The clock had struck midnight and her friend could hardly keep her eyes open, but Lily was wide awake. That pointed to another reason she couldn’t date—how could she explain her unavailability during the day?

“There’s no way Madame Evangeline could find a guy who would suit me.”

“She has a gift for connecting people. Besides, I know you. I filled out your online application with your likes, dislikes, and character traits.”

Annoyance warred with curiosity. Curiosity won. “What did you say about me?”

“I said you’re twenty-eight, brown-eyed, brunette, curvy, five-foot-five, a hundred and twenty pounds—”

“Actually, I’m a hundred and thirty,” Lily admitted.

“I figured you’d want me to shave off a little.”

Despite her misgivings, she laughed. “You do know me.” Her best friend since the second grade, Roxie was the only person with whom she had trusted her horrible secret—even her parents didn’t know. “What else did you say?” She fingered her good luck charm, an aquamarine pendant. She’d fallen in love with the stone, drawn by its ethereal, calming color.

“I mentioned you are a graphic artist who works from home, likes children and dogs, are a night person, and you need a man with an open mind.”

A frightening possibility crystallized. “Did you mention that vamps need not apply?”

“And have Madame Eve delete the application as a hoax? No. Besides, if you hooked up with another vampire, wouldn’t that be perfect?”

“Absolutely not.” Lily shuddered. “After what Phillip did, I could never trust another vamp.”

The odds of meeting a vampire through a dating service probably ranged between slim and none. Not that it mattered, because she wasn’t going. “I’ll email Madame Evangeline and tell her thanks, but no thanks.”

 If you were Lily, what would you do? Post your answer and your email and enter to win the grand prize and the gift certificate I’m offering.

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63 Responses to Enter to win a Kindle in the 1NS Blog Hop

  1. If I was Lily – I would crawl back to my coffin and not go. BUT I’m a wimp and Lily isn’t a wimp – she has to take another chance on love.

  2. kimmyl says:

    I would go since there’s no way I could date during the day and it’s a one night stand. Also since I’m now a vamp I would use this one night stand as a way of seeing how I would adjust to that side of me with a man.

    readingdiva@ymail.com

  3. Thanks for participating in the hop, Cara!

    If I were Lily, I’d take a chance. She’s already lost so much. What’s one night? It could end on a good note. 🙂

  4. Yvette says:

    Go for it Lily!
    Yvette
    yratpatrol@aol.com

  5. Andie Wardlow says:

    If I was Lily…I would let my BFF pep talk me some more and realize that as a vamp she can hold her own and as a strong woman she would never hurt someone like she was hurt, and that she deserves to try to be happy and move on and create a life she wants with the hand dealt to her! You never know if you don’t try so then i would go shopping for the hottest f-me pumps and rock that boys socks off!!!! Lol.
    andieleah78@gmail.com

  6. JLH says:

    If I were Lily, I’d got for it. She needs to get out there sometime. Love your books!

    jlhmass at yahoo dot com

  7. Drea Becraft says:

    If I was in her predicament I would hunt down the bastard that turned me and make him pay for what he did. Preferably by taking away the only thing that makes him a him ;0). Then I would go with the flow and my BFF and hope that it turns out in a great night of sweaty sex. If something more comes out of it then YEAH if not. Hell there are hundreds of years in my future to worry about it.

    ~*Drea*~
    dreabecraft(@)aol.com

  8. Karla Doyle says:

    Well, it I were Lily, I’d definitely go. But then, I have the advantage of having read ‘A Scent of Longing’, so I know the hunky guy she’s been set up to meet! Yumm!

    I’ve read a few of the 1NS stories, and yours is top-notch, Cara! 🙂

    karla(at)karladoyle(dot)com

  9. I’d choke my meddling bestie..LOL. Loved the excerpt, based on the cover I’m dying to know how her date went now.
    vanessa(at)thejeepdiva(at)gmail.com

  10. Melissa Keir says:

    Thanks for the chance to win! I loved your book and think that Lily does the right thing! 🙂

  11. Carin W says:

    If I were Lily I would go after I talked myself into it and it would take some talking :O)
    Carin mawmom@gmail.com

  12. Toni says:

    If I was Lily, I’d hurry up and get over my pity party and grab life wholeheartedly. I was going to say life is too short, but she doesn’t need to worry about that anymore. I’d look into 1NS, then wait for a wild ride.

    tsteinerid(gmail)

  13. Anne says:

    I’d give the date a shot meeting some place public, but I’d make sure the friend knew never to do something like that again.

    acm05atjuno.com

  14. arlene says:

    yep, I’d go and plan on vamping out the window and disappearing into the night if the guy showed fang or seemed suspicious. Love the set up.

  15. StacieD says:

    I would probably stay home. I like to play it safe.

    Geishasmom73 at yahoo dot com

  16. Renee B says:

    Go Lily, You won’t be sorry!

    Thanks for being part of the hop and for the chance to win.
    reneebennett35 (at) yahoo (dot) com

  17. VS Morgan says:

    Hi Cara,

    Just stopping to say hi to a fellow DP author. I really enjoyed reading A Scent of Longing!

  18. Jbst says:

    I would go since it’s only for one night and everything is set up for her already.

    strive4bst at yahoo dot com

  19. Shannon says:

    If I were Lily, I would stay home. But as I’m not Lily and I could I would go! That’s the whole idea – get out of my comfort zone; just go for it.
    Thanks for being part of the hop!
    bas1chsemail at gmail dot com

  20. elaing8 says:

    Thanks for sharing the excerpt.Please don’t enter me in the ebook giveaway,I already have the book.
    elaing8(at)netscape(dot)net

  21. Lisa G says:

    I agree with Drea. I vote for locking that a** in a tanning bed & turn it on high. Then I would go on the date. If it didn’t work our, then I would have had a night of hot sex (hopefully) & I have centuries to find my HEA

    Wolphcall(at)bellsouth(dot)net

    Lisa

  22. Ashlynn Monroe says:

    Just saying hi and the book looks great!

  23. cathy m says:

    I would take a chance, heck it is only one night.

    Caity_mack@yahoo dot com

  24. Zee Monodee says:

    I would hesitate between calling it off and taking a chance… Not exactly the best spot to be in 🙂

    zeemonodee [at] hotmail [dot] com

  25. If I were Lily I’d run in the opposite direction. Blind date type meetings only work out in books. Oh, wait. This is a book…

  26. Cara Bristol says:

    Just wanted to say, I am loving everyone’s comments. Some of you are quite vicious toward old Philip! LOL.

  27. Hmmmm…..I’d probably be late for the date if I was Lily because I would take one step forward with anticipation and 5 steps back with fear and hesitation! LoL! But, I’m not Lily so I’m anxious to see how she does with her date! Thanks!

    molly(@)reviewsbymolly(.)com

  28. Cate Masters says:

    Wow, that cover’s a grabber. So is your excerpt!

  29. Poison Rose says:

    I’d go. It can’t hurt if I’m a vampette to strut my perfect body and have a midnight snack possibly while I’m having fun! I’d probably even end up thanking Rosie for taking the risk I couldn’t come to doing myself.

    Thanks for the fun excerpt and giveaway!
    ~Poison Rose

  30. Sara Daniel says:

    In real life, I’d probably wimp out. BUT, knowing what I know about Madame Eve, this will be the best thing that ever happened to Lily so she better do it! Love the series.

    sarashafer at rocketmail dot com

  31. Susan W. says:

    After hunting down the jerk and staking him out in the sun I would go for it! It’s one night, what the heck! If you got a long life ahead of you then have fun with it!

    suz2(at)cox(dot)net

  32. Vanessa N. says:

    If I was Lily I would go to check it out. If I didn’t like him I could leave. I would hope that with Madame Eve’s reputation it would all work out.

    mythic021@gmail.com

  33. Eva P. says:

    After fretting over it, I’d make myself go, it’s only one night, what can it hurt?

  34. bn100 says:

    I’d meet the person.

    bn100candg(at)hotmail(dot)com

  35. Erykah Wyck says:

    Oh I would totally go 🙂 But then I am always up for some adventure. I haven’t read yours yet but will now.

    Just stopping by to support the other 1NS Authors.

  36. Monique says:

    I’ve never been good with blind dates so I wouldn’t go in RL. But if I were Lily I would definitely check him out. Thanks for the giveaway.

  37. D L Jackson says:

    If I were Lily, I’d take the chance. She’d going to be around for awhile, might as well test the dating market. I really like the way you set this up, it could go any direction.

  38. Mel Bourn says:

    What would I have to lose?!? Just go!! Might as well have fun for a while.
    Mel
    bournmelissa at hotmail dot com

  39. Catherine says:

    WELL, if I were Lily, I’d make Roxie go with me to check out the guy since my sense about men was no good. BUT, since Lily is not the one doing the picking, Madame Eve is, then I’m sure Lily will have a grand old time!
    catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

  40. Brandi Slater says:

    If I were Lily, I would totally go for it. I would trust my best friend and Madame Eve. Plus, she’s a vampire….what’s the worst that could happen lol Thanks for the giveaway!
    flava_sava_chick@yahoo.com

  41. Pam says:

    I might say that I wasn’t interested but in the end, I would give in and go. My curiosity would get the better of me.
    Thank you for the giveaway! 🙂

    Pam
    vanillaorchids69(at)gmail(dot)com

  42. Julianne says:

    If I were Lily, I would go and trust that Madame Eve just might know what she was doing. It’s time to start having some fun.
    luvfuzzzeeefaces at yahoo dot com

  43. Justin says:

    I would tell Lily to go for the 1night stand. She needs to get back out there and enjoy life no matter if she is a vampire. She needs to live and enjoy her new life.

    Thanks for this offer

    All the best,
    Justin

  44. Well, I’d probably go to meet said date, but make sure I was armed with MANY stakes. I’m evil that way. But, since she’s not my character, and I already own A Scent of Longing (so GOOD) that’s what I might have done if I was her. 😀

    teresa dot miller at tigerblossom dot com

  45. Deb Pelletier says:

    Take a chance, it will work out. She has a forever .
    Deb P
    r.d1@myfairpoint.net

  46. June says:

    I would go for it and meet the guy that Madame Eve matched me with. Kind of wish she was real so she could match me up, lol.
    manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

  47. If Madame eves says its a match I would go 🙂

    Just stopping in to support all the other blog hops 🙂 happy hopping.

  48. Tina B says:

    Well, it does sound like she is in a predicament. I would have to force myself to go and try it out. I could always leave if it was not what I wanted, but you cannot live your life being scared or you may never find happiness. 🙂
    Love the excerpt! I am adding it to my TBR.
    Thank you for the giveaway.
    trb0917 at gmail.com

  49. Kristina H says:

    I would be hesitant, but I think eventually I would decide to go. You only live once, in our case, so you’ve gotta live a little!

    I hope to find out more about Lily! 🙂

    kristinaleigh1@hotmail.com

  50. Shadow says:

    Sounds like a great story! If i was her, id go for it! She needs to jump in and take a chance! Thank you so much for the giveaway and the awesome hop!
    shadowluvs2read(at)gmail(dot)com

  51. I would so go!! I live in the moment and would love to have a one night stand with a sexy vamp!!
    Tonya
    author_tonya_callihan@hotmail.com

  52. JoAnna B says:

    That would be tough. I don’t think I would trust anyone for awhile. But Roxie is right she needs to get out.

    beckerjo at Verizon dot net

  53. Emily W. says:

    If I were Lily, I’d give it a shot. She’s a vamp, what does she have to lose? I really want to read and find out what happens now. Thanks for participating!

    tiger-chick-1(at)hotmail(dot)com

  54. Make me a vampire and then I’ll answer the question. 😉

    Thanks for the HOP.

    Adila
    esmeralda10az(at)yahoo(dot)com

  55. Cara Bristol says:

    Thank you to everyone who entered the 1NSHop. I’ve enjoyed all your comments and hope you all were introduced to some new authors and books. I’ve drawn a name as the winner of the $10 Amazon gift certificate and have notified her. After I receive a confirmation back, I’ll post her name.

  56. Cara Bristol says:

    And the winner is….”Monique.”

    I’ll be giving away another Amazon gift certificate during the BDSM Unleashed Giveaway blog hop, July 14-21. Please join me then for another chance to win!

  57. Tina B says:

    Congrats to the winner. 🙂

  58. MishLockwood says:

    If I were Lily I would tell my BFF that there is strength in numbers….DOUBLE DATE!!!!

    mishlockwood@cogeco.ca

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