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Monday, June 11, 2012

An Introduction, An Excerpt, and A GIVEAWAY with the Talented Jodi Redford

I'm sure most of you know her, but just in case I'm about to introduce you all to one of my favorite paranormal romance writers of all time. Please help me welcome Jodi Redford to Labelle Books.
Today Jodi not only tempts us with this very delicious cover art, but she has also offered a giveaway to one lucky commenter.
Welcome Jodi!
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First of all, a big thanks to Jennifer for inviting me on her blog today. So I often get asked what first drew me to write in the paranormal romance genre. I’ve always been fascinated by anything that falls out of the realm of ordinary. Even when I was a kid, I remember being fascinated by ghosts and all sorts of other creepies. Don’t get me wrong, I was a huge chicken. Still am, but it doesn’t stop me from watching all the scary movies I can—with my hands over my eyes, half the time.
But aside from the scary aspects of the paranormal, there’s also an undeniably dark, seductive side to it as well. I still remember sitting in the movie theater with my best friend when the original Fright Night movie came out, and being spellbound by the uber sexy vampire Jerry (played by the equally sexilicious Chris Sarandon). Right then and there, I was hooked. And today we paranormal lovers have a veritable smorgasbord of deliciously alpha and oh-so-wicked vamps to drool over in True Blood. Personally, I’m an Alcide girl. Ooh yeah, I could spend all day
scratching that werewolf’s belly. Still, I wouldn’t be opposed to a little Eric fang action now and then, either. I think what I love most about the True Blood world is the ever expanding cast of
paranormal beings. Vamps, werewolves, fairies, witches, and an entire gamut of other shifters—you name it, the show delivers. For a paranormal fan and author, it’s both addictive and inspiring.


When I began writing the That Old Black Magic series, I knew that I wanted to do something different there too. Creating a paranormal realm where Bengal tigers, werewolves, werebears and all kinds of other unusual shifters happened to be witches’ familiars was something I could sink my teeth into because it was different and quirky. Once I gave my muse the freedom to get as wild and whacky with the cast of characters as it wanted, there was no going back to the land of normal. A drool-worthy shark-shifter sheriff, you say? Check! A sexy demon who collects souls for a living? Double check! How about a dead voodoo queen with an army of zombies? Triple check!


As the world inhabiting the That Old Black Magic series continues to grow, so too does the paranormal realm within it. It certainly gives me lots of wiggle room to be as creative as I want, and I’m very fortunate that the readers have been just as willing to go along with the wild ride right beside me.


Now for the giveaway. Just leave a comment with your email address about some of the paranormal aspects or beings that you’d like to see more of, and you’ll be entered to win any choice of book from my backlist.
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I'd like to thank Jodi for stopping by today. It was a huge honor to have her here. You are all in for a treat. Please enjoy the excerpt below, and don't forget to comment for a chance to win.
We'll announce Jodi's winner by the end of the day on Wednesday June 13.
Enjoy!
EXCERPT:

They stopped in the entry, and her pulse ratcheted up several notches. She stared at the daybed before jerking her gaze to Sam. Immense heat simmered in his sin-filled eyes.


She blurted the first thing that popped into her mind. Unfortunately, it wasn’t one of her more intelligent responses. “The bed is only for display.”

Another flash of sardonic humor flickered across Sam’s face. “What kind of saleswoman would you be if you didn’t test out the merchandise?”

“I…” Ah damn. Her tongue-tied state increased a thousandfold when Sam’s hands planted on either side of her head, effectively boxing her against the wall. The way he was looking at her caused her pulse to stutter. Sure, there’d been plenty of men who’d gazed at her with lust before the curse ultimately knocked them on their asses. Even so, those occasions didn’t hold a candle to the barely restrained hunger riding Sam’s gorgeous features.

She licked her lips and watched his pupils dilate as he tracked the motion of her tongue. “I—I don’t know.”

Sam’s head descended until they were practically nose to nose. “We can’t have you selling a bed you haven’t stamped a personal testimony on. What if the springs squeak?” His whiskey-smooth voice held an unmistakable hint of tease.

Before her brain produced a not entirely idiotic response, Sam’s mouth claimed hers. The same electric jolt of desire and apprehension she’d experienced in the ballroom slammed into her with renewed force. A moan slipped free before she could cage it. The sound must have encouraged Sam, because he re-angled his approach, his tongue delving past her lips as if it had every right to do so. She truly wished with every fiber in her being that it didn’t, but the heady pleasure Sam was delivering told a different story.
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Best wishes,
~Author Jennifer Labelle~

27 comments:

  1. Hi I am just being introduced to you right now I am sorry to say because I am a HUGE PARANORMAL fan. I can also say I am glad you have a new paranormal series of books for me to read now. I like everything from witches and familiars to wizards and dragons who might be shape shifters themselves, Weres and vampires, zombies, ghosts, voodoo and time travel and you get how I got started on it by watching Dark Shadows after school. Thank you for keeping the paranormal alive.

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    1. Hi Lainey! Yay, another Dark Shadows fan! Loved that show. It'll be interesting to see Tim Burton's take on it. Thanks for stopping by and entering the giveaway.

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  2. Hello. I'd be interested in reading more of your book. As far as other paranormals, I've always been a fan of the fae. Men and women luring humans back for decades of debauchery and leaving their lovers withered and old when they are finished playing. They always leave the opportunity of a fae to truly love a human and turn them free, haunt them from the shadows... Okay enough of me, the romantic. authorangelicadawson at gmail

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    1. Hi Angelica! I'm a HUGE fan of fae stories too. I'd love to see more of those stories out there. Hmm, might have let my muse go wild with this one...

      Thanks for stopping by and entering the giveaway!

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  3. Thank you for stopping by ladies. Please don't forget to leave your email address' when you comment.

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  4. Hi Jennifer & Jodi,

    I have to say I do love anything Alpha. Especially when it comes to my Vamps & Were's. You have to admit they can get very broody and snarky. There not suppose to fall for humans but I do love it when they do. In the Were characters I love the Wolves and the Cats. There are so many characters I love in my books series.
    I'm reading the The Breed series and they have all of my favorites in these books. I can't wait to read more of your books Jodi, and I wish you much success and happy writing.

    I enjoyed the blurb very much.

    Teresa K.
    tcwgrlup41(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. It's wonderful to see you back on the blog Teresa. It seems like ages since we last chatted and it's was great to hear from you.

      Hugs,

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    2. Hi Theresa! Alphas, you say? You're a woman after my own heart. Love, love, love 'em! I haven't read The Breed series yet. Will definitely put those on my list. Thanks for stopping by and entering the giveaway!

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  5. That's one fantastic scene you teased us with. I'm not much of a paranormal reader but I might have to give the book a try.

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    1. Hi Lindsay! Come to the dark side. Come to the dark side... *evil chuckle*
      Thanks for stopping by and entering the giveaway!

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  6. Hey Jodi. Cool to catch up with you. Great post and very hot excerpt. One tiger shark lover to another I hope you have many sales.

    Cora Blu

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    1. Cora! OMG, how are you, woman? So happy to see another tiger shark swimming out there in literary land. ;) Wishing you lots of sales too, my friend. Thanks for stopping by and entering the giveaway!

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  7. I really have to read this series, they sound great! Thanks so much for the post & excerpt. And for the giveaway!
    manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

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    1. Hi June! Thanks so much for stopping by and entering the giveaway!

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  8. I have read the first 2 books in the Black Magic series and gi live them. Paranormal is my favorite genre right now and Jodi adds heat to her books and they are perfect. I love the voodoo queen and her zombies and then there are the witches. I can't wait to read the next book. Thanks for the interview and giveaway.

    patti1075@gmail.com

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    1. Hi Patti! Aw, you are too awesome. :) I'm thrilled that you're enjoying the TOBM books. Thanks for stopping by and entering the giveaway!

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  9. I love reading paranormal books. I love vampires the most. I would love to see more angels, more sandman, mermaids, witches. I would love to read your books. They sound very good. Please enter me in contest. Tore923@aol.com

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    1. Hi Tore! Ooh, I love the ideas you mentioned. More for me to ponder on...

      Thanks for stopping by and entering the giveaway!

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  10. I have heard nothing but great things about Jodi's works. I have eyed The Naughty List far too long. It time for me to start buying and reading!

    Thanks,
    Tracey D
    booklover0226 at gmail dot com

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    1. Hi Tracey! Aw, thank you so much! :) The Naughty List was a super fun, sexy book to write, even without my usual paranormal zaniness. I hope you enjoy it if you do get around to reading it. Thanks for stopping by and entering the giveaway!

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  11. I LOVE LOVE LOVE Jodi's works and LOVE anything paranormal. There's nothing like a hot alpha male to get your blood flowing ;)

    I wish you the very best of success with your works Jodi!

    Thank you for the chance to win!

    ~Ava~

    dragonlady 029 @ aol . com

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    1. Hi Rene! Aw, you are too awesome, lady! :) Thank you so much for stopping by and entering the giveaway!

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  12. Always great to hear how a fellow writer chooses to write what he/she does. There is something great about losing yourself in a fantasy world where people/beings aren't what they seem. Great interview wishing you all the best!
    kjkamryn@gmail.com

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    1. Hi Kellie! I agree with you completely about being able to lose yourself in fantasy worlds, both in writing them and reading the amazing worlds others have created. Thanks so much for stopping by and entering the giveaway!

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  13. Hello Jodi & Jennifer,

    Thank you Jennifer for hosting Jodi Redford, I just LOVE your Blog Jennifer, You Rock!!!!
    Thank you also to Jodi for taking time to spend with Us, talking about all thing HOT, Alpha & Paranormal. ;)

    Ladies I first have to mention My Love for True Blood...OMG I totally agree with You, there is a veritable smorgasbord of Deliciously Alpha ManCandy on that Show WoooHooo!!!!! ;) I just HAVE to share my ULTIMATE Paranormal Fantasy....
    ......Okkkkk I'm gonna get Very Naughty LOL......Mmmmm My True Blood Fantasy would be a Paranormal Ménage Dream Team??? ;)
    Oh well most definitely My Team Captain LOL would be Joe Manganiello who plays “Alcide Herveaux” on True Blood; that Ohhhhh Sooooo Ruggedly Handsome, Tall, Dark & GORGEOUS, Drool-Worthy, Panty-Melting, Well-(Ummmm) Muscled LOL, Ripped Alpha Werewolf Shifter, Mmmmm He's a WHOLE lotta Man!!!!.....& I can’t wait to see just how MUCH Man ;) LOL on June 26th when “Magic Mike” hits the Big Screen!!!
    & My Co-Captain LOL ;) would be Alexander Skarsgård who is soooo HOT as "Eric Northman" on “True Blood.” Mmmmm He has such a Darkly Sinful Persona & an Impressive Physique that is soooo Sexy on this Erotically Dominant Alpha Viking Vampire; who is also Playfully Naughty with a twist of Evil that can make your Panties disappear with His Sensually Supernatural Touch!! ;) Oh Yeah, Bite Eric!! ;) LOL I know, I’m sooooo Bad!!!!

    Jodi, after reading that excerpt from your new release, "Getting Familiar with Your Demon", That Old Black Magic Series, Book 4, that was just soooooo Erotic, I HAVE to read Sam & Marabella’s Story. It inspired me to share my True Blood Paranormal Fantasy! ;)

    I am a HUGE Paranormal Fan, but I guess you figured that out my my name LOL....what are some of the paranormal aspects or beings that I'd like to see more of.....Hmmmmmm I just Love Erotic Paranormal Beings so much, I can't get enough of ALL of them, the more the Merrier, even at one time WoooHooo; Vampires, Dhampirs, Werewolves, All Types of Were/Shape-Shifters, Dragons, Demons, Gargoyles, Incubus, Succubus, Mermen, Sirens, Satyr, Elves, Faeries, Witches, Warlocks, Ghosts, Zombies & Aliens.

    Thank you for the Great Interview, as you can see, I just LOVED your Topic Ladies & would Love to read your new release Jodi! :)

    Take Care Ladies & Stay Naughty,
    PaParanormalFan (Renee’ S.)
    paranormalromancefan at yahoo dot com

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    1. Hi Renee! Oh man, woman! I think I could easily get on board with a little of that Alcide and Eric Alpha sandwich action! LOL. I am already counting down the days for the release of Magic Mike. *fans self* If it's the only movie I see for the summer...hell, the rest of my life...I will die a happy, happy woman.

      Congrats again on winning the giveaway! Will be chatting with you soon.

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  14. Thanks so much everyone for taking the time out to read my post and entering the giveaway! Also, a HUGE thanks again to the awesome and wonderful Jennifer Labelle for having me on her fab blog.

    Okay, Random.Org has helped me pick a winner, and it's PaParanormalFan Renee

    Renee, I'll send you an email and get you set up with your book choice. Talk to you soon!

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