Monday, August 23, 2010

Guest Blog/Giveaway with Anne Marsh

Today I'm excited to welcome Anne Marsh to my blog. Her latest release, Bond With Me comes out August 24th. Please give her a warm welcome!

Tell A Man By His Drinks
By: Anne Marsh

You can tell much about a man by what he drinks-- and I'm not talking about vampires. My very first romance novel-- which consists of precisely one paragraph-- introduced my hero with his feet up on a desk, drinking vodka. He was a Russian prince. Ruthless. Sexy. Surrounded by authentic leather wall (yes, leather was the de rigueur wall covering in classy Russian studies of the nineteenth century variety), he further proved his Russkii background by downing shots. Unfortunately, I never did figure out what to do with my hero after he set his glass back on his desk and, as far as I know, he's still waiting in his study for a heroine and happily-ever-after.

For some reason, romance seems to produce lots of beer drinkers. One of my favorite summertime images is of sexy alpha males popping the tops off beer bottles. And then there’s J.R. Ward's Brotherhood, who must have singlehandedly upped the stock of Grey Goose with their well-stocked wet bar as they struggle towards their own happy endings. Trying to work out the way to a woman’s heart, a good Scots hero spends time with his whiskey as well. Not to mention learning what his woman likes. Bowen MacRieve won me over when he fetched Orangina for Mariketa the Awaited in Kresley Cole's WICKED DEEDS ON A WINTER'S NIGHT. And many of her heroes go that extra mile, paying attention to the little details, learning what makes their heroines tick. DARK DESIRES AFTER DUSK’s Cade brings Holly unopened water bottles in an unspoken I-love-you-and-love-your-quirks moment.

There are mystical potions and almost magical drinks that double as birth control (think Johanna Lindsey’s WARRIOR’S WOMAN and the sexy barbarian Challen Ly-San-Ter). And there are always, always bonus points for coffee-- particularly if our hero makes excellent coffee and even more so if he makes it for the heroine. I nearly tossed one of Lora Leigh's shifter romances against the wall when her Breed hero decided to withhold caffeine and coffee from her heroine (sure, health is important-- but coffee is more so). Fortunately, later heroes wised up and made coffee.

My new book, BOND WITH ME, opens in an opulent Moscow club. The hero and his brethren are surrounded by humans who want the fantasy of losing themselves, of giving up control and exploring dark, decadent fantasies in the arms of the Fallen. Mischka Baran is, of course, an orange juice drinker. She's not interested in fantasies-- or so she thinks. She doesn't trust anything that doesn't come hermetically sealed in a plastic bottle. Untouched. Safe. Brends Duranov, however, isn't going to leave Mischka untouched. He's out to seduce her, to coax her into giving up all that delicious control for just a little while. The straw-colored bubbles of the haute-couture champagne Perrier-Jou√ęt he pours for her are just the first step. He's offering to bring to life the sensual fantasies she didn't realize she had-- one wicked sip at a time.

By Anne Marsh - Out August 24th

Fallen angels… They rule Moscow’s seedy underworld, promising untold pleasure to the females who dare to mate them. That promise – and Brends Duranov’s own raw sexual power – has hopefuls mobbing the velvet rope outside his elite club G2’s.

But Mischka Baran has no intention of hooking up with one of the Fallen. Not even after Brends gives her an unforgettable taste of the sin and seduction he can deliver with those wicked lips. She’s after information, not a stint as some Goblin’s toy of the month. What she doesn’t know is that with a sadistic killer carving up his brethren, Brends is playing for keeps, hunting the one woman whose bloodline can end the mayhem, whose bond can restore his lost wings.

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Thanks to Anne for stopping by and blogging!
You can read my review of Bond With Me here.
Thanks to Anne I have 2 prize packs to giveaway. Each winner will receive a print copy of The Hunt and a digital copy of Bond With Me. To enter leave a comment along with an email address. Winners will be announced on August 28th. This giveaway is open to all. Yes that means International readers too. Good Luck!! :)


  1. Yes it is amusing to think about all the drinking (alcoholic and otherwise) that seems to go on in books these days.

    At least smoking seems to have disapppeared in most books.

    Thanks for the giveaway.

    Carol T

    buddytho {at} gmail DOT com

  2. I never thought about that but they sure drink a lot of beer, among other things. Now where it the good old days with tea, lol. Not a sexy drink

    blodeuedd1 at gmail dot com

  3. Love the post Anne! After reading your post I realized how many different types of drinks pop up in books and play some part in the story. Thanks for the fabulous giveaway!


  4. I don't think I've noticed that much drinking in the books I've read.

    sgiden AT

  5. Great post! Thinking about what I've read lately I would have to say that beer or wine is the drink of choice!


  6. Great post! I didn't think about it until I read your post. Now I see there is a lot of drinking in the books I read, Scotch and Whiskey, mostly :)

  7. Sorry, I forgot to add my address:

    franalokas (at) yahoo (dot) com

    Great covers, btw!

  8. I'm always looking for new authors to read, sounds good!

  9. OH this is an awesome giveaway Anna!!! What some great books too!! *big grins*
    This is a great guest post!
    Thinking of the drinking and the smoking. Yeah, smoking has seem to cease in the books... drinking... Well, everyone needs liquor courage sometimes, lol....


  10. great post. Now that I think about it a lot of the books I've read have a lot of drinkers in it.

    Thanks for the giveaway.please count me in

  11. Great post, Anne. As for drinks, love that Roarke spoils Eve Dallas with "real" coffee, and that Eve is always trying to buy a tube of Pepsi from the unruly vending machines.

    caity_mack at yahoo dot com

  12. many a book I have read has made me try different drinks Mead for instance for me it was HORRID cold, on ice, warm,mixed, H O R R I D....
    Grey-Goose awesome but at $13 a shot could it be anything else....
    Whiskey hello Scottish here!!!! so yeah I can be influenced by drink.(snick)....
    Great post, book sounds interesting.
    Have a good one.

  13. If I only had a nickel for every drink I had read about or saw on Tv or in the movies I would be rich. lol

    This sin of drinking to lose ones self will always be present.

    Thanks for the opportunity to enter this giveaway.

    misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

  14. Great post and great sounding book! I love the exotic character's not often Russia is used as a setting. And I don't mind drinking in books, smoking though is a turn off.

    joderjo402 AT gmail DOT com

  15. Gotta admit Anne, I never really paid attention to what characters drink in their respective stories. But you've mentioned a lot of instances that totally bypassed my thoughts. I really enjoyed your post and I'm definitely interested in reading your work. *adds books to wishlist* =)

    Thank you for the giveaway.

    mishtakes AT gmail DOT com

  16. Who doesn't love free stuff? Woot, woot!


  17. The idea of strong, intelligent, handsome men puzzling over how to capture their mate's heart while trying to relax with a drink or using it for Dutch courage made me smile.

    little lamb lst (at) yahoo (dot) com

  18. Bond With Me sounds like a fantastic book, I'm definitely adding it to my wish list. I enjoyed the post, it is interesting to think back at the way authors use drinks in a story.


  19. Great giveaway. Both works sound great. Please enter me in contest. I would love to read both books.

  20. I don't believe there has been very much drinking in the books I read.

    kissinoak at verizon dot net

  21. I haven't heard about this author before. I would really like to have the chance to win her books :) Enter me in please !

    uniquas at ymail dot com

  22. So many good drinks and so little bladder, LOL. No one touches my Mountain Dew!

    robin [at] intensewhisper [dot] com

  23. It's all about the whiskey! :)

    Thanks for the great review and post. I'd love to be entered in the drawing.


    onebookshy at yahoo dot com

  24. I never really noticed how much drinking goes on in the books these days. I'd love to win these books. Thanks for the great blog post.

  25. Please count me in.

    simplystacieblog at gmail dot com

  26. Book sounds good! Would love a chance at it.

  27. Hey Anna,
    Great giveaway. I haven"t read Kresley Coles books yet but they are in my TBR pile :) I am caught up with JR Wards and as a retired bartender ;( I always wondered why authors picked, what they picked, for there characters to drink. Is it something that the author likes to drink or maybe a friend? I had to get a legit job showing a paper trail of income back when we needed a construction loan to build our home and I guess I needed to grow up sometime or another anyway :) Stephanie

  28. Please please please enter me in the giveaway. I read your review of Bond with Me and I sounds like a great read.

  29. Hi Anne and Anna!

    I don't really notice a lot of drinking in the books I read, but maybe it's because I read a lot of paranormal romance/urban fantasy (lots of blood drinkers, lol).

    The covers look fabulous and sound like an excellent read! Please count me in!

    Dottie :)

  30. I don't notice more drinking then usual...I'll have to be more diligent! :)

    thanks for the giveaway!

  31. Yes, I have noticed that there is a lot of drinking going on in some of the books that I have read lately.

    jellybelly82158 at gmail dot com

  32. Thank you so much for this giveaway. Never read any of her books, but they look interesting!

  33. sounds like a good read, please enter me:)


  34. I've been hearing a lot about Bond With Me and it sounds interesting. I'd love to win it and The Hunt.

    jen at delux dot come

  35. Oh no! Rescue the Russian prince and help him find his true love! lol!

    meredithfl at gmail dot com

  36. I'd love to read these! :)

    bmweida at yahoo dot com

  37. Sounds fantastic, please enter me too! Thank you for making this international!

    stella.exlibris (at) gmail (dot) com



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