Oct 31, 2010

Celebrate Halloween with Author Susan Hanniford Crowley Includes Contest

It's a great pleasure to welcome author Susan Hanniford Crowley to help celebrate PVN's favorite  holiday - Halloween! Susan is a prolific writer who has written in several genres, but her latest foray has been in paranormal romance, featuring handsome, seductive vampires. Below is a short story that you should read very carefully. Clues for the contest question will be found in it.

Thank you, Susan!

[see contest details at end of post]

Happy Halloween from the Vampires in Manhattan

Going to the Arnhem Society is always a scream, this time of the year more than most.  I climbed the stairs and rang the bell of the stately building in Manhattan.  

Vampire David Hilliard opened the door.  “I could feel you on the other side.  I’m so glad you’re able to attend our celebration.”  He took my coat and led me down hallway after hall. 

Stopping at the golden double doors, he pulled them open and we entered a huge ballroom filled with tables, chairs, and busy vampires.

“What’s everyone doing?”  I asked, going over to a table where Laura, David’s wife sat.  The pumpkin she worked on had the cut out of a rabbit.

 “Is that supposed to be scary?” I laughed. 

“Actually it’s very scary.  One should not underestimate the power of a shapeshifter rabbit like in Vampire in the Basement,” David added. 

I couldn’t help but notice his amused grin, as I examined the other pumpkins on the table.  Each one receiving its own electric tea light.  There was one with a fierce bear face.

“For my friend Gregor, the shapeshifter, in When Love Survives,” said David.

One pumpkin really stopped me.  It had a fierce, ugly face with fangs that took up most of the pumpkin—more like tusks. 
That’s a Kere, an ancestor of the vampire, and what Laura and I had to face in The Stormy Love Life of Laura Cordelais.

“That would scare me.”

“Think of facing down an army of them,” he said.

I came to another pumpkin carved like a demon face.  “What is that?”

Vampire Trevor Stenwood laughed.  “It’s easy to laugh about it now, but that one of the demons that tried to kill Georgia in our ebook A Vampire for Christmas.”  He looks around.  “Excuse me.  It seems I’ve misplaced her.”  He left the hall.

The ceiling was painted like a night sky, but puffy white clouds hung beneath it.  The painted gold star seemed to move.

Laura grabbed me by the arm.  “Come.  We should get dressed for the party.”  I followed Laura out of the hall, while the rest of the vampires continued to decorate.

More about the books of Susan Hanniford Crowley

When Love Survives

Regina O'Malley is a college student who's just discovered she's magic. Today is the first day of her internship at a prominent brokerage house at the World Trade Center, and she's late. She doesn't know disaster is right around the corner.


Gregor Vasiliev is a financial advisor at the World Trade Center. This shapeshifter hates the office coffee, and while on a donut run he gazes out the window of his favorite coffee shop. There in the street stands the lifemate he's been searching for. If he doesn't act now, he'll lose her forever.

  IT'S SEPTEMBER 11, 2001.

Available at http://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-whenlovesurvives-362921-143.html

Vampire in the Basement

A broken heart can never heal. That’s what Lorraine believes until this shapeshifter who keeps forgetting her clothes meets Theo.

Tall, blond, and handsome Theo, vampire and Arnhem Knight,assists supernaturals in need but when he meets Lorraine, he needs her in every way. It’s more than desire. He wants her heart.

Available at http://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-vampireinthebasement-448370-139.html

A Vampire for Christmas

Georgia doesn't know she's a Harmony. Jobless and about to be homeless, her heart sinks when a hand snatches the coat of her dreams from the storefront window. Then she sees him staring at her reflection . . . the stalker. 

Trevor Stenwood, a vampire and Arnhem Knight, is handsome, sophisticated, and tongue-tied every time he sees her. Sworn to protect the supernaturals of the city, he's fallen for a woman marked for death by demons. How can he save her when she's afraid of him?

At Christmas time in New York City, will love bloom in the snow? 

Available at http://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-avampireforchristmas-387184-139.html

The Stormy Love Life of Laura Cordelais


Being descended from an ancient race blessed by Zeus doesn't help Telkhine Laura Cordelais, when she's desperate and standing between life and death. Her destiny looks bleak. Every choice leads to death, and there is no winning door. Or is there?


Begging God for love, Vampire David Hilliard finds his request answered in the form of the tormented and dying Laura. In saving her, he falls in love and dooms them both to a dark underworld of voodoo and sorcery from which nothing can escape. 


Curses, Keres, demons, oh, my! And the unicorn's horn.

Available at http://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-thestormylovelifeoflauracordelais-374695-139.html

Also in for Kindle and Limited Special Print Edition, visit http://www.susanhannifordcrowley.com

Now for the contest

*One winner will be chosen from right answers.  

*What is the pumpkin carved as that goes with When Love Survives?

*The winner will receive their choice of a pdf ebook of When Love Survives, The Stormy Love Life of Laura Cordelais, or A Vampire for Christmas.

The contest deadline is November 14, 2010 EST

[This contest has ended]

If your email is not associated with your ID, please put the address in your response.

Open worldwide.

Thanks for having us.

--Susan Hanniford Crowley


Kelly aka yllektra(I Work For Books) said...

These books sound really fun and sexy!!
Thanks for the rec and giveaway. :)

Q. What is the pumpkin carved as that goes with When Love Survives?
A. A Bear :)


Tore923 said...

The pumpkin is carved as a bear. I am a follower and email subscriber. Please enter me in contest. I want to really read these books. Tore923@aol.com

Asylumgirl said...

The pumpkin is carved as a fierce bear face.

deidre_durance at hotmail dot com

Susan Hanniford Crowley said...

Hi everyone,

Right now my daughter Cera is carving a pumpkin in the silhouette of a wolf. I've just put a large bowl of candy by the door.

Thanks for entering the contest.

Good luck.

Pam S (pams00) said...

Great post ty for sharing :).

HAPPY HALLOWEEN - well a late happy halloween ;) - to you and Susan.

The pumpkin carved was a fierce bear face.

follower and subscriber

Pam S
pams00 @ aol.com

Dawn M. said...

It was a fierce bear face.

Thanks for the chance! :0)
librarygrinch at gmail dot com

Unknown said...

Hi Susan,
The pumpkin's face is carved with a: Fierce Bear Face. The talk about the shape-shifter rabbit pumpkin cracked me up after reading it & for the rest of the day, I imagined who I'd sick a vampire rabbit on at work ;)
I am a newsletter subscriber & GFC Follower. Please enter me too,

booklover0226 said...

The answer is bear.

I enjoyed reading the post and look forward in reading your works, Susan.

Tracey D
booklover0226 at gmail dot com

Unknown said...

A fierce bear face. (“For my friend Gregor, the shapeshifter, in When Love Survives")

Thank you for the great giveaway, I'm crossing my fingers for a Vampire for Christmas I'm starting my Holiday Reading Challenge and this would be perfect for it! :-)

Thank you!

stella.exlibris (at) gmail (dot) com

Susan Hanniford Crowley said...

We're coming down to the wire. Everyone keep your fingers crossed.


Tara W said...

Q. What is the pumpkin carved as that goes with When Love Survives?
A. a fierce bear face

Thanks for the chance!

mizztuts AT bellsouth DOT net