The Force of Wind is on sale now!

Though it’s not the “official” release date, I wanted to post and let you know that The Force of Wind is now available on both Amazon and Barnes & Noble. I usually post a few days early to make sure it’s on sale for the official release date, but both systems were very fast at processing the book last night so you get it a bit early!

Here are the links. Smashwords is not up yet, but I’ll be loading that up tonight. I’m still doing the formatting work on the paperback, and then I’ll need to order a proof, so that will take a couple of weeks yet. I’ll be sure to put up the links when it is available. But for now, here are the links to the e-book!

Amazon

Barnes & Noble

Here is what a few reviewers have to say about the third book:

“Darker, grittier, bittersweet and in a way heartbreaking. B is an unstoppable force, and the chase for the ancient immortality elixir is gaining momentum. This time you either win or die. [Hunter's] best book so far. I can not wait for the next one!” –Nocturnal Book Reviews

“I have said it before and I am so happy to be saying it again I LOVE THIS SERIES!!! At the end of last year when I made my Best of 2011 list, A Hidden Firewas on it. I have  no doubt that at the end of this year Elizabeth Hunter will be there again.  …The Force of Wind is just that, a force. I felt every emotion in this installment.” –Bending the Spine Book Blog
I truly hope that the book lives up to all your expectations. It was a pleasure to write. A challenge, but a pleasure, and I can’t wait for you to read.
Thanks for all your support!
Elizabeth
UPDATE: Wow, that was fast! Smashwords is now available, as well! 

We have a winner! Contest for ARC of The Force of Wind

So, all in all, I received fifty-five nominations for the “dream cast” of A Hidden Fire. WOW! You guys blew me away with your amazing suggestions. I’m going to spend the next week picking the three that come closest to how I see the characters and then next week, I’ll be putting up a poll and you get to vote for the winners. Again, thank you to everyone who participated. It was truly fun and very enlightening to hear who you see when you read my books. Love it!

So, the carrot dangling at the end of this stick has been an advanced reader’s copy of the third book, The Force of Wind. It doesn’t come out until March 6, but I decided that not one, but TWO amazing readers would get an advanced copy. Everyone who offered a nomination was entered once in the drawing for each character they nominated for (some of you had six entries!) In the end, the two winners were…

Linda Larsson (nominated Liam Neeson for Caspar)

and…

Morgan (nominated Paul Bettany for Carwyn)

Thank you both for entering! Both of you offered multiple nominations, so thanks for all your great ideas. Please e-mail me your contact information, and I will send you an ARC of Book Three. My e-mail address is: ElizabethHunterWrites@gmail.com

Thanks again to everyone who participated in the “casting” of the book! And many congratulations to our winners.

Thanks for reading!

Elizabeth

Final Dream Cast—Lorenzo

Lorenzo
Yeah, he’s a baddie, but he’s got great taste in real estate! Lorenzo is smooth, cultured, and he likes the good life. Especially if that good life involves him getting exactly what he wants, when he wants it. He’s a water vampire, so he loves the open ocean and prefers sea air. He’s got classic (and expensive) tastes.
Here’s a little snippet from A Hidden Fire:
She had finished reading the letter for the third time, taking notes in her quickly expanding notebook when she heard the door push open.  Beatrice looked up, immediately aware of the hiss of energy that filled the room.  She glanced toward the door to see an attractive man in his mid-thirties approach the reference desk with a smirk on his face.

Something about him gave her pause and as he approached the desk, she knew what it was.

This was definitely another vampire.

A distinct tremor ran down her spine.  He was more than handsome, with his pale curling hair, soft blue eyes, and almost feminine features.  He reminded Beatrice of a Botticelli painting she had seen during her recent research on the Italian Renaissance.  However, the light behind his smiling eyes was cold, and she looked at Giovanni to reassure herself.

 Yep, that Lorenzo is handsome, smart…every girl’s dream, right? Um…maybe not. So, let’s hear it! Last chance to offer a nomination and another entry into the drawing for the ARC of The Force of Wind. Drawing will be a week from today!
Thanks for your nominations!
Elizabeth

Official release date for The Force of Wind and a teaser!

Happy Tuesday, everyone! I’ve left you for a couple weeks with no peek ahead at the third book, which I’m happy to say, will be officially released on March 6, 2012! Just about one month from today. On Thursday, we’ll have the last nominations for the “dream cast” that you all have been so amazing to help me with. Your nominations have been stellar. After that, I’ll allow a one week for final nominations before I do the drawing for The Force of Wind ARC for one lucky reader!

I’ve had a few snippets of review love back from advanced readers and so far, it’s being very well received. Here is the profile on GoodReads if you want to add it. I just can’t wait to hear what you all think of it. In the meantime, here’s your teaser from the third book featuring a little scene between Gio and Baojia:

The longer he watched her, the faster his heart beat.

She was astonishing.

A vision of her transformed assaulted him.  Lithe grace turned into preternatural strength and speed.  Fangs gleaming in her mouth as she pierced his skin.  Her smooth, pale skin crackling with energy when she touched him.

Imagining Beatrice as an immortal was undeniably alluring.  Yet, it still filled him with guilt.

“She’ll be stunning when she turns,” Baojia murmured next to him.

Giovanni glared at him, irritated that his thoughts had been so closely mirrored by the other vampire.

“She’s stunning now.”

Baojia just cocked an amused eyebrow at him.

“She plans on it.  Why else would she practice as she does?”  He folded his legs and hands in a meditative pose.  “I think it was in the back of her mind even before you came back.”

“Oh?”

“I remember the first martial arts class she took.  Introductory tai chi.  Ernesto was very pleased.  Beatrice says Tenzin suggested it.  Very forward thinking of your old partner; it will help immeasurably with physical control.”

Giovanni wanted the water vampire to shut up.  He disliked being reminded of the years where Baojia had watched over Beatrice, and he had not.  He decided to change the subject.

Hmmm. Intrigue and unexpected turns are in store for all the players on the mysterious Penglai Island. And before I go, here’s another look at a song from the playlist for this book. I listen to a lot of instrumental music when I’m writing. Classical. Soundtracks. Here’s another traditional Chinese instrumental piece from the very cool Twelve Girls Band called, Clouds of the Sky:

Thanks for reading!

Elizabeth

Tuesday Teaser and Drumming Song

by BabelStone

I’ve been so gratified about the response to the beautiful cover for the new book, and I’m happy to say that I have another small teaser for you today from The Force of Wind, along with another peek at the playlist. I’m at the point where the book is ready for the final edit and advanced reading copies are starting to leave the gates, so it’s always a nervous time as I wait to see how the book is received. It means so much to know that all of you are looking forward to it with me.

First, your teaser. I had a great time writing more action in book three. I don’t think it’ll give anything away to say this book is full of martial arts, weapons, and battles. Challenging and fun to write, but how will our favorite hero react to seeing his librarian with a few bruises? Hmmm…

“Tesoro,” Giovanni whispered into Beatrice’s ear the following evening, trailing a hand from her knee, over the curve of her hip, and slipping it around her waist as he pulled her back to his chest. He had woken before her, which was unusual. She must have been overwhelmed from the night before.

“Beatrice,” he whispered again.

“Hmm?”

“Time to wake up.”

“Okay.” He felt her shift into his chest as she stretched. “Can you rub my legs?”

“Of course.” He sat up and pulled back the sheet. “Were you practic—what the hell?” His mouth dropped open as saw the bruises on her legs. There was one particularly large one near her hip. He let loose with a string of old curses she probably didn’t understand.

“I was sparring with Tenzin today,” she said in a sleepy voice. “You know, Gemma has nothing on Tenzin. Tenzin’s mean.” Beatrice chuckled a little. “And did you know she doesn’t have to sleep hardly at all? She never mentioned that when she visited me in L.A.”

He was still speechless as he examined her. There were fat bruises along her torso and arms, though none so severe that they could cause internal injuries. He continued muttering in Italian, and he felt his skin heat up.

She must have sensed his anger, because she turned and narrowed her eyes. “Don’t do the thing again. And calm down, you’re getting hot.”

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“Dream Cast” the Elemental Mysteries: Carwyn!

It’s the moment you Carwyn fans have been waiting for. Gio? Who needs Gio when you have a crazy redheaded jokester with a big personality and a bigger grin? Today is the day I take nominations for our favorite, and most unconventional, priest. Now, I don’t get very specific about his looks, so feel free to go wild, folks. With Carwyn, it’s all about that sense of humor shining through. I cannot wait to see who you nominate.

Here’s a few bits from A Hidden Fire when you first meet him, and the Polyvore set above is how I envision his wardrobe.

The new vampire almost tripped up the landing, his wild auburn hair flying and a grin overtaking his face as he peeked at Beatrice, who was still hiding behind Caspar.

“Now, Cas, tell her I won’t bite, will you?” Carwyn grinned and shot a wink at her. Beatrice stepped out from Caspar‘s shadow to examine Giovanni’s friend more carefully.

Carwyn stuck out a hand. “Father Carwyn ap Bryn, my dear.”

And another bit…

[Beatrice] grinned when she thought of Carwyn. Since their meeting, the unusual priest had charmed her, although she didn’t know what to make of him at first. He looked like he had been turned in his thirties, but had the personality and humor of a teenager. He wore the ugliest Hawaiian shirts she had ever seen, but still seemed to attract more than his share of female attention when he and Giovanni had visited the library together.

That’s it. Go wild.

Remember, all readers who offer nominations are entered into the contest for the ARC of Book Three, The Force of Wind. You’ll get it weeks before the book is released, so if you haven’t offered a nomination for Beatrice or Gio, go ahead and scroll back! Those nominations are not closed.

Hope you have a great weekend. Next week? Tenzin!

Elizabeth

Cover reveal, muttering, a blog tour, and a hint of Hawaiian shirts…

I’m skipping the teaser this week (honestly, it’s pretty hard to pick good ones without spoiling you folks!) and making a few announcements. For your amusement, I’ll give you a rough idea of the conversation that C and I had about a month ago:

C: Hey, honey, so what’s the title for the third book?

E: Um, The Force of Wind.

C: …

E: What?

C: Wind.

E: Yeah.

C: Wind?

E: Yes, The Force of Wind. It’s one of the four elements.

C: So…you want me to make a cover—for your book— that is a visual representation of WIND and fits with the other book covers I’ve made for the series?

E: Yes.

C: (Walks away muttering under his breath.)

E: Thanks, honey! I love you!

C: (More muttering.)

I don’t know what he was muttering about, because I think he did a great job. But give him a little love in the comments, why don’t you?

If you’ve been hanging around twitter or “like” the Elemental Mysteries Facebook page, you’ve probably already seen it, but here’s the official announcement on my site. I present to you…the cover for the third Elemental Mysteries book, The Force of Wind.

And here is the synopsis you can find here and on GoodReads:

How far would you go to protect the ones you love?

What would you sacrifice to kill the one you hate?

Join Giovanni Vecchio and Beatrice De Novo as they travel to a hidden island on the far edge of China to seek the help of an ancient immortal court. Can they weave their way through the tangled web of centuries-old alliances and ruthless feuds to find what they’ve been looking for? Friends will be revealed, enemies will find them, and a dangerous secret will come to light.

The third book in the Elemental Mysteries series will see Giovanni and Beatrice joined by a group of unlikely allies as they explore the history and myth of ancient China. Many have been stolen, but only one holds the key.

The Force of Wind is the third book in the four-part Elemental Mysteries series. It is the sequel to This Same Earth and is a paranormal mystery/romance for adult readers. Continue reading