Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Please Welcome Guest Blogger Lisa Beth Darling to NN (Contest at Bottom of Post)

Today Lisa will be sharing her upcoming release and a really great contest that goes along with it so be sure to read all the way through. Ever want to design a cover? Well now you can.

Inside the Heart of every Warrior breathes the Soul of a Hero--even within The Heart of War.


Meet Ares God of War, the greatest Warrior the world has ever known. He's moody, grumpy, dominant, ravenously sexual, and above all, built like a Greek God.

 Suspected of killing his Daughter in-Law, Psyche, and long in exile from Olympus, the solitude of Ares' secluded Greek Isle is interrupted when Magdalena MacLeod a plucky little Fey washes up on his shore after believing she's been shipwrecked. It's not mere fate that has brought the unlikely couple together yet it may be what tears them apart. 

Branded with a golden chastity belt bearing the mark of Cernunnos, Celtic God of the Forest and Death, Alena has been on the run from her husband the Great Horned God for 200 years. 

When the Olympians discover her presence on Ares' island, they send Apollo to the island while Ares is away with orders to bring her to Olympus. With nowhere to run and strikes a bargain with the God of War--her virginity for his protection. 

Ares sees a sweeter deal; her in his bed and himself back in his rightful place on Olympus among the Gods. If it means turning Alena over to Zeus afterward, well that's of no consequence to it? 

After Alena proves herself to the God of War in battle and in his bed, the Ares must choose between his Divinely Dysfunctional Family, his pride, and Alena. 

Get lost in this sweeping dark saga of lust, rage, revenge, and redemption. Battle Ancient Gods while falling in love with Ares God of War and Alena MacLeod. They share a love that will rock the world from the heights of Olympus to the Celtic moors, but will it be enough? Will love triumph, or will revenge and rage win the battle for the Heart of War?


Alena closed her eyes as his words washed over her. "Yet you told them that you don't love me." Alena prodded keeping the bulk and warmth of him close.

Ares opened his head as he tilted his head upward to look at her. "I don't recall saying that. Do you?"

Alena opened her mouth to speak but then closed it once more.  No, he had not told Hera that he did not love her. Ares said he had no heart. That was a lie, he had a heart, and she could feel it beating away under her hand working its way deeper and deeper into her soul with every pulse.  It seemed he had quite the slippery way with words. "I see you're an excellent strategist, my Lord."

"I know you think I'm a brute, an ogre, who can't stop living in days of old when men owned their women, it's not true." Ares mumbled. "I don't own the women here and I do not own you but I am charged with protecting all of you. If I hadn't said and done the things that I did, Alena, my Family would have been able to keep you on Olympus until the day you died if that's what they wanted. That is not what I want."

"Very tricky, very slick." Alena complimented. Yes, she had been scared out of her mind listening to the way Ares spoke about her, as though she were chattel, and not even present in the room. Now she could see that his old chauvinistic ways had some merit, a definite method to the madness.

"I am not tricking you now, so listen to me; I love you, Magdalena, you hold my heart in your hands. I have never felt anything like this in my life. Nothing this strong and undeniable except battle. Battle is not warm, it is not soft, and it is not peaceful. I can't bear the mere idea of being without you. Tell me you feel the same.  Not because you have to, not because of some silly spell you think you live under."

"I fell in love with you the instant I saw you."  Alena wrapped her arms around his bare torso as the faint memory of her first night on the island came to her mind.  Vaguely she remembered opening her tired eyes, seeing his handsome face over her. She remembered kissing him and telling him that she loved him.   "You're everything I never knew I needed."

"Then I am right; one night with you is worth more than ten thousand nights on Olympus without you." She was everything he had ever wanted and more.  Ares was going to enjoy taking his time in showing her all of the secrets of making love and reveling in being the only man she would ever lay with.  Such a gift was rare indeed and he should treat it with great reverence. 

"You will never want for anything.  I will lay this world at your feet and pray to all of the Gods that it is enough to keep you by my side."

"My hero." Alena cooed heatedly feeling like a fairy princess in some fantastical fairy tale, possibly even one with a Happily Ever After.

Ares laid his forehead against hers. "I am no one's hero, woman."

"You're my hero," Alena corrected and gave his full lips a gentle peck. "But I doubt I can offer you ten thousand nights, my Love." The confession was full of sorrow. Alena wished she had met him a hundred years ago when she was still fairly young and had a fuller lifetime ahead of her. Fate could be cruel some times. Alena would not be sad for the days behind but elated for the days ahead long or short they may be.

My Love.

The words echoed in his mind, tickling his ears and caressing his soul. 

My Love.

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"Child of War" will be released on December 31, 2011 and we have a new contest in relation to this novel: Design The Book Cover and win $250.00 plus a $50.00 gift certificate to
"Child of War" is currently going online in rough draft format in a super secret location that you will be given so that you can read the novel as Lisa goes along to help you in your design of the cover or centerpiece. We will also send you a .zip file packed with images that Lisa has chosen for a variety of reasons; lighting, texture, feel, over all emoting quality and, of course, hotness!
The centerpiece of the selected cover must depict 'Raven' the title character in "Child of War". From there on's all UP TO YOU!

Contest opens for entries on April 1, 2011 and closes on October 2, 2011. The five top choices will be displayed here and voted upon by Lisa's readers. Don't miss this opportunity to have your artwork displayed to the world on, Kindle, Nook, SmashWords, iBooks and so much more! Of course, there's always the big chance we'll commission your work for future covers or to overhaul existing ones.

To Get Started:

Please send us an email at and please include:

1-Your Name

2-Link to your web site or with samples of your work

3-The medium you consider yourself most proficient with (Digital Painting is our top choice!)

4-Whether you will submit for the full cover (text, title, author's name included) or just the centerpiece

5-Whether or not you've read "The Heart of War"

6-Express written permission to use your piece if, and only if, it is selected as the winner.
Please Click Here for full contest rules.

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