Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas!

Hope you all have a wonderful holiday! I'm hoping that since my kids are home for Christmas break and I don't have to run them back and forth to school that I'll have some time to continue writing the sequel to Curse of the Jaguar. With my luck and the kids home, I may have less time. :) Anyway, hope you all have a safe, warm and wonderful Christmas!

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

BOOK GIVEAWAY WINNER!

And the winner of the free autographed book giveaway is....

Sara Hodges!!

Congratulations Sara! I will sign and deliver that as soon as possible! Thanks to everyone who participated in the contest. Hope you have a wonderful Christmas season!

Friday, December 14, 2012

Last chance

Tomorrow is the last chance to enter the book giveaway. Enter a comment on this post or the other giveaway posts for a chance to win an autographed copy of Curse of the Jaguar! Good luck!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Going, going, gone...

Wow those paperbacks went fast! I ordered almost 30 and within a few days they were almost completely gone! You guys are awesome! I'm not sure when I will put in another order for more paperbacks, but you can still get one from Amazon, and Barnes and Noble. I wanted to get some book signings done before Christmas but it's been a busy last few months and I don't think I will. I'm hoping to schedule some in January. So if you get a book from Amazon or B & N and want it signed, maybe I can schedule a book signing in your area at the beginning of next year. Let me know. Thanks, and have a great day!

Thursday, December 6, 2012

The Books are Here!

I just received the paperbacks! I will mail them out to those of you who don't live in range but I need addresses. If you've ordered or requested a book and know I'll have to ship it to you, email me with all your information so I can get it to you. Thanks!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Ten days left...

There are ten days left till the end of the Book Giveaway contest. All you need to do to enter is leave a comment either on this post or the other Book Giveaway post. It ends on the 15th of December. I'll announce the winner on this website. Good luck!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

International Status!

Thanks to fans in Germany and the United Kingdom, I am an international seller! Thanks to them and my fans in America! You're the best!

Thanks!

Just wanted to say thank you to all of you that have left such positive reviews for Curse of the Jaguar. You guys are awesome! Thanks!

Monday, December 3, 2012

Now available on Barnes & Noble's website

Curse of the Jaguar is now available through Barnes and Noble as both a paperback book and a nook book (ebook).

Friday, November 30, 2012

NEW QUIZ

Hey, I posted a new page at the top that has a trivia quiz for Curse of the Jaguar. Test your knowledge if you've read the book and see how many you get right. Feel free to comment after you take it!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

FREE Book Giveaway!

For those of you who are interested in reading the book but haven't bought one yet, I am giving away an autographed paperback copy of Curse of the Jaguar. All you need to do is leave a comment. The drawing will end at midnight on December 15th. I will post the winner and request their mailing information. Good luck!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Books have been ordered!

I placed the order for the paperback copies today. The printer gave me the receiving date as December 17, though they overestimated last time and I received them early. I'm hoping this will be the case this time. I also ordered several extra in case someone wasn't able to order one in time. I'm also thinking I will place another order, possibly before Christmas. I need some for book signings anyway.

Hope you're having a great day! I'm thinking I need to take up meditation in order to get me through this next month without having a nervous breakdown. This year seems particularly stressful for me - probably because I published a book right before the rush of Christmas. Not thinking that was quite the brightest idea, but then sometimes you just go with the timeline and grit your teeth if it gets overly stressful, right?

Enjoy your day!

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Extending Order

I've extended the ordering period. I won't put the order for autographed paperback copies of Curse of the Jaguar in for a few more days. So if you want to order one you still have time.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Buy Now Button is here!

The BUY NOW button is here! Purchase an autographed paperback copy of Curse of the Jaguar now! Hurry and order to get it in time for Christmas!

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Order Now!

I'm placing an order for paperback editions of Curse of the Jaguar, hopefully this weekend. For those that want an autographed copy for themselves or someone for Christmas, let me know. I will have a link for you hopefully in the next 24 hours so you can place the order. My former link was accidentally deleted. :(  So keep your eyes out for a new link specifically for autographed paperback copies.

I already have several orders placed and if more orders are placed after I send it in on Saturday I will place another order if needed. I just want to get them back in time for Christmas gifts. Thanks!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

New Author Page

Visit my new Amazon Author page to see and purchase Curse of the Jaguar!
(My paperback is listed there as in stock and ready for order but it hasn't appeared on Amazon's main page. So if you want to order it there now, looks like you can)

https://www.amazon.com/author/audreygrantbooks

Fun Facts about Jaguars!


  • There used to be jaguars in the United States? They were spread across the southern part of the U.S. in Texas, Arizona, New Mexico and even California. Though according to Wikipedia. org, "the jaguar's present range extends from Southern United States and Mexico across much of Central America and south to Paraguay and northern Argentina. Apart from a known and possibly breeding population in Arizona (southeast of Tuscon), the cat has largely been extipated from the United States since the early 20th century." (Wikipedia.org) 
  • The jaguar is the 3rd largest big cat in the world, preceded first by the tiger, then lion, and followed by the leopard, the fourth largest and a close cousin to the jaguar. 
  • How to tell a jaguar from a leopard - the difference is in the size and the spots. Leopards have smaller rosettes or groupings of spots without any spot in the middle. They have leaner bodies and weigh less. Jaguars' rosettes are larger and usually have 1 to 3 spots inside the dark spotted groupings. They are stockier, with broader heads and heavier bodies.
  • Jaguars are the only cat that kills its prey by crushing its skull with its jaws. Other big cats kill their prey usually with a bite to the neck.
  • Like the tiger, jaguars are one of the few cats that enjoy water and are excellent swimmers.
  • Jaguar's have some of the most powerful jaws in the cat family.
  • Jaguar's, like other big cats, are super carnivores - meaning they eat only meat and are unable to digest anything else, so fruit, vegetables and other plants are not an option for them. Their diet can include tapirs, wild pigs, dogs, foxes, fish, monkeys, and even anacondas, caimans, and turtles - whose shells are no match for their powerful jaws.
  • The Olmec people, who preceded the Maya and Aztec, worshiped the jaguar as a deity. The word Olmec means "rubber people" - a name given them because they played a game with a rubber ball. They actually called themselves Xi - pronounced "shi".
  • The jaguar is the only big cat in the America's that can roar. According to Wikipedia.org (love that site), there are "four members of the genus Panthera: the tiger, lion, jaguar, and leopard. Members of this genus are the only cats able to roar." Other big cats include "cougar, cheetah, snow leopard, and clouded leopard" - though they make other noises, they can't roar. And it is said that only small cats can purr. (Wikipedia.org)
  • Jaguars are the Endangered Species List.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Cast of Curse of the Jaguar

I'm a very visual person and couldn't help but wonder, if I were to cast actors as the characters in my book, who would I cast. Just for fun, here are my top choices:

Stephen Amell, hottie from CW 30's new hit Arrow - totally how I picture Christian Hunt in my mind, though with a little darker hair perhaps (and of course, green eyes).

Minka Kelly would make a perfect Kara Nichols.

   






Kerry Washington would make a great Melanie Phillips, Kara's witty, hilarious friend.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

New Exciting Excerpt!


"Christian took a deep breath and clenched his jaws together. He concentrated on a vision of Kara’s exquisite face in his mind’s eye. He needed the strength he could only draw from her and their relationship that had grown remarkably close in such a short amount of time.
After he was locked into place, a doctor in a white lab coat came to stand in front of him. “This is a monumental moment, Mr. Hunt,” he informed Christian. “You will be the only one to receive the Jade Jaguar’s DNA as we have only one sample left in our possession. But the others will have a similar serum from another source. You will be the first of a new breed, a hybrid breed of humans and jaguars. The changes your body will make in the next twenty-four to thirty-six hours will be phenomenal. Your senses will heightened beyond measure, your strength and stamina, balance and coordination will increase significantly. You will be the perfect predator, the perfect soldier – the perfect killing-machine.”
Christian cast an angry glare at the two men before him. “I’m not doing this because I agree with your sick delusions, doctor.”
“Of course not,” Dr. Tanner said with a patronizing smile. “Well then…for science and the improvement of mankind.”
With that, Dr. Tanner pressed the needle of the syringe against Christian’s arm and inserted the sharp object beneath his skin. Christian tried not to tense as he watched the ominous opaque serum disappear from the syringe into his body. Then the doctor circled to Christian’s other arm and duplicated the procedure with another syringe of serum.
It was done. There was no turning back now. Christian tried to resign himself to his horrible fate. He had very little reason to trust that they would keep their end of the bargain and spare his father and Kara, but he had to do everything he could to try and keep them safe, even if it meant sacrificing himself.
The evil man stood by, an arrogant, confident smile on his face as he watched the procedure unfold. The doctor and lab workers closed the lid and secured it.
Christian wondered if he would survive the experiment, if he would ever hold and kiss Kara again, if he would ever see his father, Chase or Natalie again.
What had he agreed to?
As memories of wonderful moments with Kara flash before him, a white vapor filled the glass chamber encompassing him. Christian coughed as he breathed in the bitter fumes, gasping for oxygen. Heat filled the chamber and his body began to burn – not merely from the heat but from the pain surging through his core. His muscles began to seize. His pulse sped, doubling then tripling its speed. Pain seared through him. Every fiber of his being – every muscle, joint, tendon, and bone burned with a white hot, devouring pain.
Sweat poured from Christian’s temples, soaking every inch of his flesh. The heat and pain penetrated through his skin and into his bones. His vision swirled and blurred. His head began to pound with an intense, crippling pain.
His muscles flexed against the bands that held him and he screamed in devastating, crushing pain. Just when Christian knew he couldn’t take anymore, gracious darkness engulfed him and his mind finally slipped into unconsciousness."

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Review it!

Have you read Curse of the Jaguar? If so, post a review in the comment section and tell us what you thought of it!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

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Saturday, November 3, 2012

Read the first chapter for free!

Go to the "Sample Chapter" tab above to read the first chapter of Curse of the Jaguar for free!

E-book available on Amazon!

The e-book version of Curse of the Jaguar is now available on Amazon.com! Finally! The printed book is not far behind!
http://www.amazon.com


Friday, November 2, 2012

Amazon e-book update

Due to formatting difficulties the e-book of Curse of the Jaguar on Amazon.com will be delayed until tomorrow. Sorry guys. I was hoping for today, but I want the best experience possible for you when reading it. So check Amazon.com tomorrow for the Curse of the Jaguar e-book!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

THE E-BOOK IS FINALLY AVAILABLE!

Curse of the Jaguar is finally available in e-book form at: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/250713 today! I'm so excited! I'm hoping to see the ebook available through Amazon by tomorrow - there's a review period that takes 12 hours, otherwise it would be available today. The printed book will be available as soon as some final printing adjustments are made - within a few days I hope.

Anyway, I hope you enjoy the book and look forward to your feedback!

Monday, October 29, 2012

Mystery Tattoo?

Curious as to the reason our hunky hero Christian Hunt is sporting a tattoo on the cover of the book? Well, let's just say that the way he obtains it is unlike most... :) It truly is a mystery tattoo that he doesn't even get by choice. That's all I'll say for now, but you'll find out the entire reason in the book which is coming VERY SOON!

Save the Big Cats!

I want to donate a portion of the proceeds of every printed book sold of Curse of the Jaguar to help save jaguars and other big cats whose environment is being destroyed and whose existence is in danger. I will donate the proceeds to the World Wildlife Fund.

Food for thought: Did you know that there are more tigers in captivity than there are in the wild now - 4000 or so in captivity and about 3200 in the wild? (More Tigers...2012). And did you know that it is easier to obtain a tiger for a "pet" than it is to adopt a kitten/cat from a shelter? There is actually less paperwork involved and it's sometimes cheaper. That's sad and wrong.

Help me save our beautiful big cats and enjoy an exciting read at the same time!







References:

More Tigers in Captivity. (2012). Retrieved from http://www.ecoworld.com/animals/mammals/more-tigers-captivity-than-wild.html


Wednesday, October 24, 2012

New, Longer Excerpt!

Here's a longer excerpt from the book. Enjoy!


"Fear is a crippling emotion, and one that Kara Nichols didn’t like to share company with. But being stranded in the heart of Denver on an unfamiliar street with meager lighting and endless hiding places for criminals was a recipe that would make any lone woman scared out of her mind.
An only child, Kara Nichols craved the warmth and life-giving association of people. Sure she needed time alone like everyone else, but never did those times include a dark street, suspicious shadows and startling sounds. In fact, if she were to make a list of the top ten places she wouldn’t want to be alone in, an abandoned neighborhood after dark would be in the top five. Maybe the top two.
And yet here she was, clenching the shoulder strap of her leather handbag with two white-knuckled fists as she speed-walked in four-inch designer heels through the dark side-streets that would, at some point, intersect with her apartment’s highway entrance.
A dog yelped nearby and she jumped, teetering on her unsteady stilettos and whipping her head around to try and find the perpetrator of the unnerving sound. But the long shadows of the houses blocked her view of anything beyond the grass around the sidewalk where an occasional lamp post flickered weakly nearby.
Swallowing hard and gathering her nerves, she plunged on with renewed vigor down the uneven slabs of sidewalk forcing herself not to break into an all-out sprint, though it wasn’t an option in these heels even if she’d been inclined to do so. Had she known she would have ended up being over-generous in her estimation of her Nissan Murano’s gas tank and its contents she would have worn more comfortable shoes and carried a flashlight.
Headlights from a car brightened the street behind her. Ignoring its presence, she continued on without turning her head. Only when the unsteady rumble of an older engine grumbled close behind her did she cast an anxious glance over her shoulder at the oncoming vehicle. The rust-eaten pick-up truck in an unidentifiable fading color swerved over to the side of the road towards where she stood coming dangerously close. As its front wheels plowed over the strip of yellowing grass separating the sidewalk from the street Kara gasped and stumbled back onto the lawn behind her, eyes wide.
The truck stopped just a few feet in front of her in a haphazard parking job covering the sidewalk, grass, and road. Her heart wrenched out painful frantic beats inside her chest. Clutching her purse and turning, she began an ungraceful sprint away from the truck.
It was the shout of her name that brought her to a halt. It was more of a slurred holler, but he had known her name and that surprised her enough to stop her retreat. Watching as he stumbled over the curb, advancing toward her with less grace than she had displayed running in high heels, the man called her name again.
“Kara!”
Racking her brain trying to attach a name to the voice, Kara came to a heart-stopping conclusion.
“Sam?” She spoke his name with trepidation and the urgent hope that she was mistaken.
His shaky laugh crushed that hope. Nope, she wasn’t mistaken."


Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Here's the book cover!

Here is the final book cover! Isn't it awesome! My completely talented sister, Camille Evans, did an incredible job! We should have the book out in the next few weeks.

Were-Jaguar Legends

I came up with the whole were-jaguar idea from researching the jaguar on wikipedia.org for my book. I've always loved big cats. I thought this legend was interesting and kind of expounded on it. It served as an inspiration and kind of a springing point for a good section of my book.

Here are the excerpts from www.wikipedia.org (love that site):

"In pre-Columbian Central and South America, the jaguar has long been a symbol of power and strength.
In Mesoamerica, the Olmec-an early and influential culture of the Gulf Coast region roughly contemporaneous with the Chavin-developed a distinct "were-jaguar" motif of sculptures and figurines showing stylized jaguars or humans with jaguar characteristics. Later in the Mayan civilization, the jaguar was believed to facilitate communication between the living and the dead and to protect the royal household. The Maya saw these powerful felines as their companions in the spiritual world, and a number of Maya rulers bore names that incorporated the Mayan word for jaguar (b'alam in many of the Mayan languages). The Aztecs formed an elite warrior class known as the Jaguar Knights." (Excerpt from www.wikipedia.org)

"The were-jaguar was both an Olmec motif and a supernatural entity, perhaps a deity.
It appears widely in the Olmec archaeological record, and in many cases, under the principle of pars pro toto, the were-jaguar motif represents the were-jaguar supernatural. The were-jaguar supernatural incorporates the were-jaguar motif as well as other features, although various academics define the were-jaguar supernatural differently. The were-jaguar supernatural was once considered to be the primary deity of the Olmec culture but is now thought to be only one of many.
Originally, many scholars believed that the were-jaguar was tied to a myth concerning the copulation between a jaguar and a woman."
The term is derived from Old English were, meaning "man", and jaguar, a large member of the cat family in the Olmec heartland, on analogy with werewolf." (Excerpt from www.wikipedia.org)

I think it's interesting to read and learn about different cultures. And although I incorporate the idea of the were-jaguar into my book, Curse of the Jaguar, I do take liberties in creating it into what I want. I don't follow the Olmec legends of the were-jaguar to the letter.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Sneak Peek Excerpt!


I will try to give you a longer sneak peek next time. But here's something just to wet your mouth on. :)

“She turned, and clutching her purse, began to run towards his apartment at the back of the large and now dark complex. The sound of pounding footsteps behind her made her almost scream in horror. But she couldn’t expend the energy. She ran as hard as she could.
The footsteps were sounding closer.
As much as she wanted to, she couldn’t bring herself to look behind her. Her legs burned from fatigue and she stumbled as she hopped over the curb. A gloved hand grasped her arm and she screamed.
This was it. She was too late.”



Tuesday, October 16, 2012

New book coming soon!

Coming soon to print and ebook! Curse of the Jaguar is an exciting, fast-paced contemporary paranormal romance. I'm hoping to see it out by Christmas, barring any complications. It will be available for purchase through Amazon and other popular places. More details will be posted as it comes closer to release. In the meantime, here is a summary from the back cover.



"A dark and powerful force has been hiding in the dense jungles of Guatemala for the last several thousand years. Now that nearly uncontrollable force has become the new weapon of a ruthless man willing to destroy his own country in exchange for unprecedented power and wealth.

Christian Hunt's life has gone from normal to disturbing in a single night and now it's about to take a turn for the deadly. Everyone he knows and loves will become pawns in a high stakes game with evil.

Allegiances will be tested. Love will be pushed to the edge. And the line that separates human from animal will be blurred."