Monday, February 1, 2010

Leave a comment on my blog today to enter to win a $10 B&N gift card!

To celebrate her back-to-back new releases, author Calista Fox is guest-blogging here today. Welcome, Calista!

Thanks for hosting me on your blog, Kathryne. I’m kicking off the New Year with back-to-back releases and some fun contests to celebrate them! In fact, I’d like to offer your blog readers the chance to win a $10 Barnes and Noble gift card. Just leave a comment on the blog—say hi, tell us your New Year’s resolutions or whatever else is on your mind. It’s that easy to win!!

On Sale January 29, 2010 at

My first novella of 2010 is a paranormal romantica™ titled, THUNDER AND LIGHTNING. As the name suggests, nature’s elements play a big part in the story, but in some very unexpected ways! Here’s a little about the book:

Cane McAllister is haunted by the alluring scent and exotic beauty of Savannah newcomber Bev Goitia. The rich aroma of her blood and the heat of her skin make him crave to be human, to touch her, to love her. But Cane’s curse is of his own making, for he chose to live an eternity as a vampire—and knows from experience how detrimental personal encounters with mortals can be. Tormented, Cane stalks the most desirable quarry he’s known in his two-hundred-and-twenty-seven years of existence. Desperately wanting Bev. Knowing he can never have her…

Bev has her own cross to bear. Her neighbor, Cane, is everything she’s waited for during her exceedingly long, immortal life. But he’s a mortal soul—taboo for someone gifted an extended existence by the Aztec Gods, her distant ancestors. She is also bound by the ancient spirits to keep her immortality a secret—absolutely no one can discover her true nature, or the “gift” will be revoked.

One hot, sultry, Savannah night changes Cane and Bev’s lives forever, as they give into their unrelenting passion. Their secrets are inadvertently revealed, altering both their courses, trapping them in a deadly, doomed affair. And when the sins of Cane’s past come back to haunt him, putting Bev’s newly mortal life in grave danger, Cane becomes her only hope for survival. He is forced to make the most difficult decision of his entire existence. To save her soul means to damn it for all eternity.

An exclusive excerpt is on my website at!

On Sale February 1, 2010 at

My second 2010 release is a futuristic erotic romance. Han Solo and Princess Leia were never this hot! The story is set on a planet in the Andromeda Galaxy known for its mood-enhancing elements. Here’s a little bit about THE PLEASURE PRINCIPLE:

To get the legendary commander of the Protective Forces to return to an intergalactic fight, patriot Gizelle Sobera must use every power of persuasion she possesses against D.T. Vaughn—including orchestrating the ultimate three-way seduction…

The year is 3091 and blockade runner Gizelle Sobera is determined to recover the largest lost treasure in the history of three galaxies. Claiming the bounty lost on PX330 (aka the Pleasure Planet) would help to supplement the resources and provisions needed by the Protective Forces of the Milky Way Galaxy as its inhabitants fight invading forces. But the fortune has already been found and she knows exactly who has swiped the treasure from under her nose—D.T. Vaughn, a pirate who’s stolen a variety of booty from her…

An exclusive excerpt is on my website at!

Visit my blog for another chance to win a Barnes and Noble gift card!

Happy 2010 everyone!


Award-winning author Calista Fox (aka Ava McKnight) began her professional fiction-writing career in 2005, following an exciting career in PR, where she specialized in writing speeches and Congressional testimonies. Her books have received rave reviews and have won contests. She is also the recipient of Romance Reviews Today’s Best Book of 2008 for its category and a Reviewer’s Choice Award for Best Sci-Fi Erotic Novella. In 2007, Calista’s paranormal romance, One Wish, helped to launch print publisher Red Sage’s e-publishing venture. She has also been invited to participate in an anthology with two New York Times bestselling authors, and her work has been featured in Playgirl magazine (Dec. ’05). Her books have been displayed in Romance Writer’s of America’s RWR magazine (various), Romantic Times Bookreviews magazine (various) and Publisher’s Weekly (various).

Calista is a college graduate with a Journalism and Communications background. She is a member of Romance Writers of America (RWA) and the Desert Rose RWA chapter. Calista divides her time between Arizona, San Diego, Mexico and various other locales in the U.S. and abroad. She has traveled the country several times over by Lear and Gulf Stream jets, always with her laptop in tow to capture exciting new story ideas, and is a spa aficionado. Visit the author at .


  1. Wow... very interesting post!
    Well, if we are discussing New Year resolutions... mine was to be in before (or should I say off the computer before 11 at night)... and so far, that has not happened... Eekk! But I am working at it every day!

  2. Hi Cecile! Wish I could keep that same resolution. ;} Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting.

  3. Ahhh Aztec Gods! I have to admit now I'm curious and I want to see how that doomed affair turns out...

    Ahhh...actually right now the only thing on my mind is when I should put up the soup--before I go out or after I do. I have no idea when anyone is due home tonight for dinner XD

  4. Thanks for the great post. I'm hoping to lose twenty pounds by summer. I have been exercising everyday, so heres hoping.

  5. Thanks for stopping by, everyone! Fantastic NY's resolutions! Like most people, mine is to lose the 30 pounds I gained last year after losing it the year before! LOL

    For more chances to win cool stuff, please stop by my blog at!

  6. Hi Calista, great job on the excerpts, I am hooked, and can't wait to read both of them.

  7. Thunder and Lightening sounds great! I love paranormal stories. Congratulations on your 2010 releases.

    Do you think you'll bring some of your journalism and communications background into future stories? There are a couple of authors out there using that backdrop, but primarily in mysteries like Rosematy Harris and Hank Phillippe Ryan.

  8. Thanks, Cathy and Anne!

    Anne--Great question! I actually am toying with the idea of a series starring a female lead who has a high-profile PR job. It'll likely be more mainstream fiction than what I write today. I've got quite a few stories from my PR days to work with!

  9. Hi Calista :)
    Congrats on your new releases!
    LOVE the excerpts, DT Vaughn sounds sooo HAWT.
    Do you ever use actors/actresses in a favorite character to get character profiles?
    My New Years resolution? Lose about 50 pounds & find my own hottie.
    Mindy :)

  10. I don't name resolutions because they're too easy to break, but I do agree with the first poster about spending less time online. I try everyday to cut back, but no such luck yet.

    The new release sounds great and it's on my wishlist!

    joderjo402 AT gmail DOT com

  11. I'm adding The Pleasure Principal to my TBB list. Thanks for the excerpt.

  12. Congrads on the new releases. Another book I want. I gave up making resolutions. I just can't keep them. LOL.
    Sue B

  13. Thanks for a great post. Like many my resolution is to lose weight. I did got to someone to help me. debby236 at att dot net

  14. Enjoyed hearing about both of your books. They sound good! I didn't really make a New Year's resolution, but I'm going to try to be a better person, stay calm, count to ten (101) and read more books.

  15. Great post. The Pleasure Principal is going on my to buy list.

  16. Thanks for all the great comments, everyone! I hope you stick with those resolutions--best of luck with them!

    Mindy--Yes, sometimes I do envision an actor or actress as a particular character to help build their personalities and traits, but not often, as I like to create my own unique people!

    Now for the big announcement! The winner of the $10 B&N gift card I'm giving away is... JODER! Congrats! I've got your email and will contact you privately!!

    Thanks again to everyone who stopped by and participated, and thanks to Kathryne for hosting me!!! Come win free books with me at!

  17. Oh wow! Thanks so much Calista for the contest and Kathryne for the hosting!

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