Monday, 9 July 2012

Interview & $25 Amazon or BN GC Giveaway: Destiny Bewitched by Leia Shaw

Original Title: Destiny Bewitched
Series: Shadows of Destiny #4
Author: Leia Shaw
Release Date: June 22nd 2012
Genre: Paranormal Romance

Deemed “trailer trash” by humans and the daughter of the most disgraceful family of witches and warlocks since the Puritan age, Samantha is used to fighting her own battles. When her younger sister is taken to the Underworld, Sam doesn't hesitate to rescue her. To survive the harsh land, she makes a deal with a demon — the most dangerous of creatures in the realm. Even with those lustrous horns, Geo is as hot as the hell she's stuck in. Fighting nasty beasts in a supernatural version of the gladiator games is easy compared to falling in love with a man who has no future to offer.


She struggled beneath him, her cheeks flushed and chest heaving. Several necklaces – silver chains with various charms and a piece of leather tied around a feather – drew his gaze to her pale, slender neck. A neck he could sink his teeth into. He liked the look of her underneath him far too much. Two hundred years without a woman…why couldn’t Ares just have had him flogged?

“Let me up,” she yelled. “You’re squishing me.”

Reluctantly, he did. “You’d be more than squished had I been someone else. Your stance is too narrow. That’s why you fell over so easily.”

She scowled at him and straightened her clothing. “Don’t tell me how to fight.”

“Then stay behind me and I’ll do it for you.”




Gods, she was a saucy thing. Repressing a smile, he picked her sword up off the ground. “Spitfire and ambition will only get you so far, Samantha.” He held out her sword. “Knowledge and patience are the foundation for success.”

“My sister doesn’t have time for me to be patient.” She started to put the sword back into its sheath.

“No.” He grabbed her wrist and, under her icy glare, he positioned her sword arm out in front of her. “Widen your stance.”

She tossed him a dirty look but did as he said.

He walked a circle around her. “Good. Now scan.”

She looked left then right. “Clear.” She took a step forward but he grabbed the back of her shirt and tugged her against his chest.

“Never forget the sky,” he rasped against her ear.

Her breath quickened and he could hear her heart pound wildly. She looked up then whispered, “Clear.”

“Good. I can’t use a dead witch so try to keep yourself alive, yes?”

“I suppose I can try,” she answered drily.


1.      Is there an inspiration behind why you chose writing?
Well I was pretty much composing sonnets in the womb so I’d say I was born to do it. Not that my books are literary genius or anything. But writing gives me an outlet for my crazy imagination and twisted sense of humor.

2.      When you were little, what did you want to be when you "grew up"?
A mom. And I’m that too.

3.      What movie and/or book are you looking forward to this year?
The Hobbit. I’m a bit of a geek.

4.      What are your current literary works?  Any sneak peaks?
I’m so glad you asked! My paranormal romance series, Shadows of Destiny, contains 4 books and 1 novella. Each book can be read as a stand-alone or out of order but they all connect and have repeating characters. My newest release, Destiny Bewitched, sets up the scene for the next two books in the series. Destiny Bewitched follows the mortal witch, Samantha, into the Underworld where she searches for her younger sister. She meets Geo, a sexy demon who happens to need a favor from a witch to get home. They make a deal to help each other then travel across the dangerous terrain. Hot sex, sarcastic humor, a supernatural version of Gladiator games…it’s a lot of fun! Up after that is an emotional story about a side character from book one, Destiny Divided.

5.      If you could invite any 5 people to dinner who would you choose?
Wow. What a tough question. Umm…Jesus, Ghandi, Martin Luther King Jr., Kresley Cole, and Johnny Depp.

6.      Which authors have influence on you most.. how?
Kresley Cole cause her world-building rocks and she’s so freakin’ funny. And Ilona Andrews who knows how to write a damn good heroine.

7.      Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book. 
I’ll make you smile, sigh, maybe cry, definitely laugh, and fall in love with some bad-ass but romantic heroes.

8.      Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published.
Hearing readers tell me they loved my books!

9.      What's one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors?
Join a critique group. Don’t think you can go it alone. We constantly learn and grow as writers and it’s important to surround yourself with others who will help you.

10.  If you could jump in to a book, and live in that world, which would it be?
Kresley Cole’s Immortals After Dark so I could have me a sexy lychae.

11.  If someone wrote a book about your life, what would the title be?
The Monster in My Mind. Or something. That’s a hard question!

12.  What is your favorite scene in the book and why do you love it?
In Destiny Bewitched it would have to be when they’re travelling through an underground tunnel and get eaten by a giant worm. Just cause I’m a little twisted that way.

13.  What TV show/movie/book do you watch/read that you'd be embarrassed to admit?
Why on earth would I admit it here? Lol. Okay, I’ll play nice. I don’t have time to watch TV much anymore but once in a while I’ll catch that Toddlers and Tiaras show. Just to yell at the crazy stage moms and scoff at their Madonna babies. Sometimes a good rant makes you feel better inside.

14.  What is one book everyone should read?
Other than mine? Hmm… Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Most people need to laugh more often.

15.  One food you would never eat?
Too many to name! I’m so picky. Most everything my husband eats when he goes to China for work.


   1. Favorite place? – Glacier National Park, Montana
   2. Best christmas present? – diamond heart necklace
   3. Favorite book? – Matilda by Roald Dahl
   4. Favorite author? – Kresley Cole
   5. Favorite smell? - christmas
   6. Favorite series? – Kate Daniels
   7. Nickname? - none
   8. Favorite writing spot? – anywhere that I can lock the door
   9. Favorite movie? - LOTR
  10. Favorite dish? – mushroom and broccoli wood-oven pizza
  11. Favorite color? -  purple
  12. Favorite quote? – “Some people are like Slinkies.They aren't really good for anything, but they still bring a smile to my face when I push them down a flight of stairs.” – Iron Kissed by Patricia Briggs
  13. A bunch of small gifts or one big expensive one? – small gifts
  14. Your best trait? – I can laugh about almost anything
  15. Your worst trait? – Attention whore. Lol.


I began my writing journey while I was stranded at the airport waiting for my delayed flight. I browsed the Border’s kiosk and grew frustrated that I couldn’t find the “it factor” — the perfect combination of alpha male-ness, ass-kickery, strong females, magic, and sex.

So I spent the next four hours on an airplane writing my first book on scraps of paper and an airsick bag (which thankfully I didn't need to use).

Now I spend too much time in my head, plotting evil villains and the hot men (and women) who ruthlessly kill them. I think far too much about fae politics, dragon power games, and how fast werewolves can change forms. But writing my paranormal romance series has given me a productive place to express those dark places in my mind.

I live in New England with my husband and two kids. Though I will go to my grave denying it, my husband insists I would be thrilled if he suddenly sprouted fangs.

AUTHOR ONLINE: Website | Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads


The author will award a backlist eBook, and $25 Amazon or BN GC to one randomly drawn commenter during the tour and to the host with the most comments (excluding Leia's and the hosts).

Just comment in this post to enter this giveaway.  Anonymous and Name/URL comments SHOULD contain their email IDs in the comments.

Giveaway is INTERNATIONAL and ends July 20th 2012!


  1. Can we enter for the giveaway on this blog? I am as per usual, a bit confused. Brilliant interview though and I love the animation on the blog. If nothing else, you now have a new follower.

    1. Yep, you can enter all the giveaways listed in the left sidebar.. :) I hope you win them, Wanda! Thanks for visiting!

  2. I love the excerpt for Destiny Bewitched, It is now on my TBR list, just stuck it on goodreads, love the cover too,Thankyou for a wonderful giveaway and for making it International x x

  3. This looks like a fantastic book! I love the excerpt and the interview! This book is going on my Goodreads list. Thank you for the giveaway!

  4. Hola, sonrisa...Amazing the interview and that awesome animation and graphical artwork!!! Congratulations and mucho success!!! Be well, Native

  5. Loved the excerpt...thanks so much for sharing! Hope to be able to read this book soon! Thanks for the great giveaway!

  6. "...Jesus, Ghandi, Martin Luther King Jr.,...and Johnny Depp." Quite an eclectic group! Could they all agree on a main course? Do you have an agreeable topic of conversation?

    Your book sounds lovely. Please enter me.


  7. thanks for hosting me today and i absolutely LOVE your header!!! and a big thanks to the wonderful commenters so far. good luck in the contest. if anyone has specific questions, i'll check back later tonight and try to answer :)

  8. Great interview. Loved the quick answers questions. Great excerpt, definately adding to my must try lsit. This is anew author for me, love to read and always looking for new authors to check out. Thanks for the giveaway.

  9. Congrats on the new release! Thanks for a fun interview :)

  10. I really loved the excerpt. My kind of story. Humor included in the story is essential for me.

    I also loved the Hobbit. I even purchased a collectors copy of the book.

  11. It's good to know the books can be read out of order/as standalones...I'm usually intimidated by series because I'm worried about the commitment, or unwittingly going out of sequence. Thanks!


  12. I like the fact that I dont have to read these books in order!! I'm very excited to read this one! Thanks for tbe giveaway.

    megnate at telus dot net

  13. awesome interview! Thanks for the giveaway & for ur new release!

  14. Great interview, so enjoyable. I so want to read this series, it sounds awesome. Thanks for a chance to win.
    luvfuzzzeeefaces at yahoo dot com

  15. Great interview! Thanks for the giveaway!

  16. Thanks for rhe giveaway and congrats on the release :)

  17. Christmas is a great smell - I agree. I'm also looking forward to seeing THE HOBBIT. A great interview thank you.


  18. Love the excerpt. They sound like great characters. Thanks for the giveaway.

  19. Great interview!Awesome giveaway!:)

  20. Congrats on the new release! I have all of the books and love them!! These were one of my first books to introduce me to paranormal. Couldn't ask for better!!
    bournmelissa at hotmail dot com

  21. Congrats on the new book I read it over the weekend and LOVED it!!! Can't wait to the next one.

  22. Could I borrow Geo for a while? maybe just a long weekend? I am sure we could explain it to my husband some how :O)
    Carin mawmom(at)gmail(dot)com

  23. I loved this interview! Everything about Leia, the way she got to begin writing to the people she would like to go out for dinner with...the book sounds so lovely! I am sold.

  24. haha, that's a great interview! As for the books, i'm still iffy.

  25. can't wait to read this!

  26. We share some of the same favorites. I'm not surprised to see that either, after reading the blurb and excerpt of your book which sounds wonderful. A big congratulations on this series which is sure to be a big hit. Definitely putting Destiny Bewitched on my wishlist here. :)
    LadyVampire2u AT gmail DOT com

  27. I love Andrews too :)


  28. Hi, I'd love to read this one!
    madelinebrubaker {at} gmail (dot) com

  29. Thanks for the review and interview,I enjoy the quick questions.
    A great giveaway, thanks for the chance to win.

    cenya2 at hotmail dot com

  30. Great Interview and I am definately sold on this book!



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