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Thursday, February 16, 2012

A GIVEAWAY & A Belated Valentine with Tabitha Shay

It's Valentine's day!

Hi Readers,

Thank You, Jennifer, for inviting me to blog on your website. I’m paranormal romance author, Tabitha Shay. I also write contemporary western romances under the name of Jaydyn Chelcee.

Since February is Valentine’s Month, love is in the air….Right ladies? Traditional symbols of Valentine's Day include hearts, doves, Cupid and love notes. The American postcard above, circa 1900, reveals all the symbols we’ve come to think of as representing Valentine’s Day, except perhaps for a box of chocolates and flowers, darn it.

Did you know the origin of Valentine’s Day descended from a pagan festival of love and the day was taken over by the Church that disapproved of the romantic and sexual connotations, renamed for "Saint Valentine" and made into a day for martyrs?

Lucky martyrs!

Boy, I wonder what the Church back then would do if it got its hands on some of the romances written by today’s authors? Whew! Those of us who write erotica or very sensual romances would probably be stoned, hanged, certainly tied to the dunking stool and dipped in the pond to cool us off.

However, romance, sex, passion, lust, flowers, candy, cards, Cupid, oh boy! give them all to me, I’ll take my chances!

I’ve decided that today, I’ll post an excerpt from my recently paranormal romance, Witch’s Heart, book two in the Winslow witches of Salem series released by Secret Cravings Publishing. Everyone who leaves a comment today, I’ll drop your name in the witch’s hat for a chance to win an E-copy of the new, extended release of Witch’s Heart. I’ll hold the drawing at 6 pm CST, and post the lucky winner’s name right here.

Be sure and check back later today or leave a way for you to be contacted so you can get your prize…


Journey into a world where magic rules and death is the penalty for mistakes-return to the kingdom of Ru-Noc, where witches, wizards, and warlocks dwell. . .Hannah Miller is starting over-new life, new location, and the grand opening of the Sugar 'N' Spice bakery with her best friend, Kirrah Walker. But Hannah soon discovers Sanctuary is not small town America. Trapped in a world of magic where humans are considered aliens-Hannah soon becomes the target of a waken assassin.The male witch, Sage, is sent to terminate Hannah, the impertinent human who has dared to enter their sacred realm. Sage usually complies with the guild's orders, but he faces this assignment with dread. He hasn't forgotten what took place at the Salem witch trials in 1692 and has vowed to avoid all mortals-until he sees Hannah for the first time.


“How did you get here in my realm?” she asked.
He didn’t acknowledge her question.
Why was he here? Had he changed his mind and decided to kill her after all?
Hannah fumbled with the button and zipper on his leather pants. “Let’s take a look at that snake bite. Are there any other bites?”
“I don’t know. I don’t think so, but I passed out.” He spoke through clenched teeth which only added to his macabre appearance.
Hannah grinned, enjoying herself. “I swear to God, you make a perfect ghoul. If the rigidity hasn’t worn off by Halloween, maybe I’ll stand you on the front porch for decoration.”
“There’s nothing left you can do to humiliate me. I’m dying. I need a doctor.”
“A doctor can’t help you.” She worked his pants down his lean hips, and though she tried not to look, her gaze flickered north. “Oh, my,” she gasped. “Oh, shit!” His penis looked enormous, swollen to twice its normal size. At least, she hoped that wasn’t his normal size when he was erect. No man could be that well hung. “Good grief,” she whispered. She licked her lips and swallowed the lump in her throat. If that was normal for him, well then, he was an out-and-out stallion. “Is it painful?”
He blessed her with another one of his hot glares. “What do you think?”
“I think it hurts like hell.”
Hannah hastily yanked off his boots, then finished the task of dragging his pants off and dropped them on top of his discarded boots.
“I need a witch doctor,” he insisted, his speech slightly slurred, “someone who has knowledge of magic.”
She looked up from reaching for a pair of scissors in the nightstand drawer. Hannah snipped the blades a couple of times in the air. “I’m afraid you’re out of luck. I’m the closest thing to a witch doctor you get.”
His eyes widened. Horror flashed across his dark face. “Is it your intention to castrate me?”
She snorted. “It’s a thought, but no.” She leaned over him. “I’m cutting off your shirt so I can check for other snake bites. Now, lie still. I wouldn’t want the scissors to slip south.” When the shirt fell away, she leaned back with a soft hiss. There weren’t any other bites, but his chest was a mangled mass of blisters and half-healed burns. “Heavens,” she gasped.”
Scope out my book covers, reviews and some incredible artwork of some of my witchy characters on my website at

Happy Valentine’s Month!


  1. Thank you, Jennifer for doing such a wonderful job and having me for your guest.
    Big Hugs,

    1. Anytime Tabby, it's a pleasure to have you here. XOXO

  2. I am quite happy I saw Jennifer Labelle share this post on her wall. Whoever did you cover for this book did an amazing job! I loved reading the excerpt, thank you so much for sharing it. Hannah and Sage sound like very interesting characters to read about. Thank you for the opportunity to win your book.

    1. Tiffany, ur the winner of the drawing. Please email me at tabshay at gmail dot com/ and congrats...Tabs

  3. Hi Tiffany,
    I, along with the other SCP authors are very blessed to have the amazing Dawne Dominque for our cover artist. We love her! Glad you enjoyed the excerpt. Tabs

    1. I would say she is very talented that's for sure. If a cover is good it will pull me into the book to look at what it's about, and this cover definitely did that.

    2. If you haven't yet, scope out the reviews on my web site, and covers on my blog site. Tabs

  4. Ok I now want this book, no fair that was a teaser excerpt extraordinaire. Hell now I want the series to read. No greater appreciation that that unless 5' s on all reviews.

  5. Ok I now want this book, no fair that was a teaser excerpt extraordinaire. Hell now I want the series to read. No greater appreciation that that unless 5' s on all reviews.

  6. Ok I now want this book, no fair that was a teaser excerpt extraordinaire. Hell now I want the series to read. No greater appreciation that that unless 5' s on all reviews.

  7. The whole series looks like a great read. I'm glad you brought them back for all of us that missed a few of them. Congrats on your other series too.

    Looking forward to reading them all. You are a very talented author. Keep them coming at us.

    1. Thanks, Lorrie,
      I'm so glad I got the opportunity to bring back both series, too. I'm in negotiations right now for a new series. The first book, Send Him an Angel, from the Angels of Deadwood Gulch Series is due to be out in early 2013...I'm so glad to have also found a home for this series as well...Tabs

  8. Thanks for the excerpts. Definitely piqued my interest. I am new to the paranormal genre. I have only read a couple of wolf and 1 vampire books so far. But I am enjoying them. I have a few on my TBR and will be adding these as well.
    The artwork is amazing. Grabs my attention.

  9. Please enter me in contest. I would love to read this book. It sounds very good.

    1. Thanks for dropping by. You're entered in the contest....Tabs

  10. Hi, Mbourn,
    Thanks for dropping by. So glad you've started reading paranormal. It's a great genre and fun to write. Glad you like the cover, too. I love it. It's one of my favorites for this far.

  11. Wow, what a great turn out so far. Thank you all for stopping by today. :-)

  12. i love the cover of the book, it's gorgeous. the excerpt is wonderful and i can't wait to read the rest of it.

    tammy ramey


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