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Thursday, March 20, 2014

Seriously Shifter #BlogHop, #Paranormal #Romance #Giveaway @Katalina_Leon


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Hello everyone and welcome to my stop on the Seriously Shifter Giveaway Hop.
Thank you to Anna of Herding Cats and Burning Soup for organizing and hosting this event.


I invited the lovely and talented Katalina Leon to share one of her shifter stories today. I am honored to be hosting her today.



http://www.ellorascave.com/lord-griffin-s-prize.html



Lord Griffin’s Prize
Katalina Leon


Genre: Paranormal romance shape-shifter 

Publisher: Ellora’s Cave

Date of Publication:  July 10, 2013

ISBN: 9781419945397

Number of pages: 114
Word Count: 50k
Cover Artist: Syneca

Book Description:
Part of the Emerald Isles Fantasies series
Tullamore Castle Ireland is an enchanted place where the unexpected happens. Phantom lovers materialize in haunted beds and a lonely griffin patrols the ramparts waiting to reclaim its mate. And that’s just the beginning.
For the adventure of a lifetime Maeve de’Burgo visits Tullamore to study genealogy. Through a magical act and time travel she becomes embroiled in a dangerous medieval romance and the unfinished life of her ancestor. Maeve gets thrown back in time to be captured, ravished and cherished as a war chief’s prize.
Ronan O’Griofa is a griffin-shifter, the most loyal of creatures. He’s been trapped in limbo as the avenging guardian of Tullamore since 1332 AD and longs to be free. When the soul of his wife returns to the castle he’s granted the privilege of becoming a man for one day to be her lover, win her heart and remind Maeve of a bond strong enough to last an eternity.






Lord Griffin’s Prize

Katalina Leon

Chapter one


Maeve placed a gloved hand on the golden door handle of the Tullamore Castle Hotel and pushed. The glass door resisted against the vacuum of a blustery gust. The short but stormy walk from the cab to the curb had left rain sheeting from her umbrella and tall black boots.

She bore down, gave the door a firm shove and watched in awe as it swung open onto a timeless realm entrenched in equal parts modern luxury and dour medieval grit. Above the entrance a time-ravaged, iron-studded medieval shield bearing the image of a griffin held a place of honor between two Victorian-era crystal sconces, punctuating the contrast of a far-reaching past.

Maeve was too tired to care that she was tracking water across the patterned carpet as she ambled into the elegant front lobby dragging a lopsided piece of rolling luggage. For the past twenty-four hours she’d roamed airports, engaged in endless desperate bargaining with airline personnel to exchange tickets, hunted down cabs and texted anyone she could reach to tell them that her international flights and all her arrangements on the ground had been disrupted by turbulent weather.

The challenging journey from the US to Ireland had left her weary to the bone. Everything that could go wrong had. As she approached the front desk there was little wonder in her mind why the word “travel” had its roots in the original travail, which literally meant torture.

An attentive middle-aged woman, with red hair swept away from her stark face, stepped from behind the carved baroque counter to greet her. “You must be Maeve Clark. We received your message. I’m so sorry you’ve had such a difficult time getting here.” The woman reached for Maeve’s luggage. “Let’s get you signed in so you can rest.”

The woman glanced out the front entrance as the cab that had brought Maeve turned and drove away in the pouring rain. “I don’t see anyone else out there. Is Mr. Clark with you?”

“What time is it?” Maeve fought the impulse to rub her eyes with the heels of her hands and grind what little mascara still clung to her lashes onto her cheeks.

The woman smoothed the lapels of her prim navy suit. “It’s 1:11 a.m.”

“Oh god. I’m so disoriented I thought it was earlier. By the way, I’m no longer Maeve Clark. I made the reservations last year before I divorced. Didn’t I update you on the name change?”

The woman’s gaze lingered on the prominent wedding ring on Maeve’s left hand. “No name change was mentioned, but we have a beautiful room waiting and we’re pleased to have you visit with us, Miss...?”

“Maeve dé Burgo.”

The woman looked elated. “You’re a dé Burgo? Of course, now it all makes sense! Oh this is wonderful, and so appropriate. I’m certain you are aware that the ancestral founder of Tullamore Castle was Lord dé Burgo?” The woman clasped Maeve’s hand. “My name is Áine Byrne. I’m the current owner of Tullamore Castle and if I’m not mistaken, you and I are distant relations.”

“You’re the castle owner? I’m so happy to meet you, Miss Byrne.”

“Call me Áine. I’m simply thrilled to have a dé Burgo under our eaves again!”

Maeve was dumbfounded by the woman’s intense enthusiasm for her maiden name. “I’m surprised to see you working the front desk at this hour.”

“I’m a hands-on owner and a notorious insomniac. Night is when interesting things happen at Tullamore. I like seeing everything and everyone who comes through the front entrance. Hospitality is my business and I enjoy being hospitable.”

“Thank you, Áine.” Maeve was barely able to manage a smile in her exhausted state. “From the outside, the castle is so dramatic, very picturesque. I’m certainly looking forward to seeing my room.”

“Of course you are.” Áine took Maeve’s hint and hurried behind the counter to retrieve a massive leather-bound ledger with vellum pages. “Because you are a dé Burgo would you please sign the historic guest ledger?” She handed Maeve an old- fashioned feather quill and a bottle of ink.

Maeve sighed as she accepted the quill and ink. Despite her interest in all things historical, she had no experience writing with a quill and hoped she wouldn’t make a mess of Áine’s lovely old ledger with an inevitable clumsy ink splosh on the creamy page.

Áine seemed to read Maeve’s mind. “It’s not difficult. Simply dip, swipe the quill on the rim of the bottle and write far more slowly than you think you should.”

Maeve dipped the quill and sketched her name across the velum with shaky, scratchy strokes that required several dunks into the ink.

“Lovely.” Áine gazed at Maeve’s signature and set the ledger aside to dry. “By the way, the room you requested is not available. We had a slight accident with some workmen the other day and the room you reserved will require refurbishment.”

Maeve groaned in disappointment. “The cheerful little yellow room overlooking the rose garden isn’t available?”

“No.” Áine glanced at Maeve sideways. “We’re putting you in the O’Griofa suite tonight. It’s our finest room.”

Maeve gasped. She’d visited Castle Tullamore’s website many times and knew the O’Griofa suite was a sprawling set of adjoining rooms stuffed with priceless antiques and no doubt far beyond her budget.

“It’s all right.” Áine raised a preemptive palm into the air. “You will not be charged suite rates. The mistake was on our side and you shall be the one to benefit.”

(Maeve is escorted to her room where the ghostly form of a hunky medieval lord and griffin-shifter await)





About the Katalina Leon:





I’m an artist, an author, mother and wife. I write for Ellora’s Cave, Loose Id Publishing and a couple new publishers to be announced soon. I try to bring a touch of the mystical and a big sense of adventure to everything I write because I believe there’s a bold, kick-ass heroine inside all of us who wants to take a wild ride with a strong worthy hero.




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GIVEAWAY!

Katalina will be giving away an $8 Gift Card to one lucky commenter on this post. You must be 18 years of age or older to enter and be a current USA resident. Good luck!


Before you go...
I'd just like to mention that I have a new release this week. 
It is the sequel to A Measured Risk.
TRUST ME, Regency Risks Book Two

Erotic Romance, Regency Historical, Light BDSM, Rubenesque

Anne and Jon's story continues.

Coming Soon to Barnes & Noble



Be sure to check out all the wonderful blogs participating in this event. Please click the button below:


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48 comments:

  1. Thank you Natasha for hosting me today!

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    1. Hello Katalina,

      Thank you for letting me host you for the hop. It was my pleasure. :)

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  2. I love that this book includes time travel.Also the griffin shifter which I dont know about. Cant wait to read!

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    1. Hello Lynn,

      Thanks for visiting. Good luck. :)

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  3. Woot! Awesome guest to have on today :) Thanks for joining in on the hop ladies!

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    1. Hello Anna,

      Thanks so much for the wonderful hop! :)

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  4. I've never read a book about a Griffin Shifter before! Sounds awesome!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    tiffany.webb29@yahoo.com

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    1. Hello Tiffany,

      Thank you for visiting. Good Luck on the hop!

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  5. Sounds awesome! :) Thanks for being part of this hop!
    -Amber
    goodblinknpark(AT)yahoo(DOT)com

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    1. Hello Amber,

      Thank you for visiting. Good luck on the hop. :)

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  6. looks and sounds like a great book. . love the blues on the cover!Thanks for being a part of the hop and I hope that you have a great weekend!

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    1. Hello Jessica,

      Thanks for stopping by. Good luck on the hop. :)

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  7. OMG! This book sounds awesome. I'd love to read about time travel with ghosts and shifters.
    Thanks for the giveaway.
    laurellasky@yahoo.com

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    1. Hello Laurel,

      Thanks for visiting. Good luck on the hop. :)

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  8. a griffin sound cool!
    sasluvbooks at yahoo dot com

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    1. Hello Stacey,

      Thanks for stopping by. Good luck on the hop. :)

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  9. Congratulations on your new release Natasha and thank you Katalina for sharing your work with us today and participating in this fun hop. I enjoyed the excerpt.
    dz59001[at]gmail[dot]com

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    1. Hello Denise,

      Thank you for the congratulations. I am glad you enjoyed Katalina's excerpt. Good luck on the hop. :)

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  10. I have never read about a gryphon, but it sounds good. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity.

    Congrats on the release of your sequel, Natasha!

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    1. Hello Sophia,

      Thank you for the congratulations. And thank you for visiting too. Good luck on the hop! :)

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  11. Another new to me author. Sounds good. I enjoy mystical and great heroines.

    Natasha, Congratulations on your new release too.

    Thanks
    AprilR

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    1. Thank you for the congratulations, April. Thank you so much for stopping by and good luck on the hop. :)

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  12. Oh fortunately I am way over, 18..well since you asked I will soon be, yes, 60. So yeah, I can enter :)

    AprilR

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  13. Hello from , New Hampshire ,where winter and snow are never ending. I like the book , ghost and lovers, my type. Thanks.Deb P

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    1. Hello Renald,

      Thank you so much for stopping by. Good luck. :)

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  14. Looks like I have some new reads to go pick up, thank you!!

    jaidahsmommy(at)comcast(dot)net

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    1. Hello Tiffany,

      Thank you for visiting. Good luck on the hop. :)

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  15. Can I just have the book and skip the gift card? Griffins are so rare, and I must know more! *Top Amazon Reviewer #6,149* bookwormpov (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. Hello Lori,

      Thank you for stopping by. I am glad you enjoyed Katalina's book spotlight. Good luck on the hop. :)

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  16. This is such a unique and intriguing sounding book. Definitely one I am going to pick up. I haven't read much with griffins but I've always loved them.
    Thanks for the giveaway and for the great spotlight.

    fsteph55(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  17. Thank you for the chance to win

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  18. Having a great time on the hop. Shifters Rule !!!
    flanagan@mebtel.net

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  19. Thanks for the giveaway. A griffin shifter, that's one I haven't read. marie.mattingly88@yahoo.com

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  20. new author for me! looks amazing!

    Froggy
    froggarita@gmail.com

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  21. Griffin shifter?! Awesome!! Totally on my TBR!!!!
    Ashley Applebee
    ash_app@hotmail.com

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  22. Oh wow, a griffin shifter; that's new for me. I cannot wait to read this! Thanks so much for sharing with us. michelle_willms at yahoo dot com.

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  23. Great excerpt. Thanks for the chance.

    mythic021@gmail.com

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  24. Sounds great; thanks for the giveaway!
    jmcgaugh (at) semo (dot) edu

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  25. Thanks for the amazing excerpt & giveaway!
    elizabeth @ bookattict . com

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  26. I've never read this kind of shifter before. I think this will be a very good book.
    sstrode at scrtc dot com

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  27. A griffin shifter? Now that's unique! Fingers crossed to win.

    Congrats on your new release, Natasha.Thanks for hosting the giveaway.

    skeeterlee63 [at] gmail.com

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  28. Thanks for the chance to win!
    Sounds like a great read!!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

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  29. Thanks for sharing the chapter,... sounds like a great read!!

    Thank you for having this giveaway! =)

    Brandi
    BLeigh1130 at yahoo dot com

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  30. Thanks for the chance to win!!
    jasdarts@hotmail.com

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  31. I love discovering new-to-me authors

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  32. Love this hop! Thanks for thie giveaway! ghwasd at gmail dot com

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  33. Historical Time Traveling Romance + Elenora's Cave = #AwesomeSauce

    ♡ Gladys #XOXOtheNerdgirl

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