Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Giveaway and Review: Pandora's Box by Katie Salidous

Title:  Pandora’s Box
Author:  Katie Salidas
Series:  Immortalis (Book #3)
Genre: Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy
Publisher:  Rising Sign Books
Release Date:   July 2011

After a few months as a vampire, Alyssa thought she’d learned all she needed to know about the supernatural world. But her confidence is shattered by the delivery of a mysterious package – a Pandora’s Box.

Seemingly innocuous, the box is in reality an ancient prison, generated by a magic more powerful than anyone in her clan has ever known. But what manner of evil could need such force to contain it?

When the box is opened, the sinister creature within is released, and only supernatural blood will satiate its thirst. The clan soon learns how it feels when the hunter becomes the hunted.

Apparently powerless against the ancient evil, the clan flees Las Vegas for Boston, with only a slim hope for salvation. Could Lysander’s old journals hold the key? And what if they don’t?
And how welcome will they be in a city run by a whole different kind of supernatural being?

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Katie Salidas is a Super Woman! Endowed with special powers and abilities, beyond those of mortal women, She can get the munchkins off to gymnastics, cheerleading, Girl Scouts, and swim lessons.  She can put hot food on the table for dinner while assisting with homework, baths, and bedtime… And, she still finds the time to keep the hubby happy (nudge nudge wink wink). She can do all of this and still have time to write.

 And if you can believe all of those lies, there is some beautiful swamp land in Florida for sale…
Katie Salidas resides in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mother, wife, and author, she does try to do it all, often causing sleep deprivation and many nights passed out at the computer. Writing books is her passion, and she hopes that her passion will bring you hours of entertainment.


I felt a strange prickling sensation across my skin. The hairs on my neck stood on end as if electrically charged. The air around me felt as if it were growing colder, like someone had set the thermostat to zero. A shiver danced its way up my spine, causing gooseflesh to erupt and spread down my arm.

My kind can always feel another vampire’s presence. This eerily cold hair-raising sensation felt very similar, yet somehow amplified.

I turned to find Nicholas looking over my shoulder. It was if he had appeared out of nowhere. I jumped in place, startled by his sudden appearance, and bit back a curse. His scruffy face was mere inches from my neck, though his blue-gray eyes, a trademark of the vampire race, were locked on the box in Fallon’s hand.

“What have we here?” he asked. “Been ordering junk from those websites again, little human?” He folded his arms in front of his chest. Nicholas wasn’t a tall man, but he was muscular and looked very formidable and menacing when he wanted to.

Fallon finished sweeping the ash back into the box and replaced the lid. “No, the human has not been ordering junk.” She shot him a taunting glare.

Human or not, Fallon didn’t take Nicholas’s crap. Once she learned he wasn’t going to kill her, it became almost a game between those two: an ongoing battle to see who could annoy whom the most. It was fun to watch the two of them go at it, though somewhere in the back of my mind, I wondered if it might one day go too far.

 “Someone dropped this on our doorstep.” Fallon set the wooden box on the futon and picked up the corner of the cardboard box it came in, showing Nicholas the big red symbol on the bottom. “You’re older than dirt, right? Maybe you can read this.”

He opened his mouth as if to make another snarky comment and then closed it immediately. His eyes narrowed and his brows pulled together in deep concentration.

That startled me more than the odd chill in the air. Nicholas was always quick with an answer or some kind of quip. For him to be silent meant that this, whatever it was, was not the innocuous present I had hoped it would be, and further confirmed my feelings of unease.

“Thanatos?” Nicholas whispered under his breath, as if asking a question rather than making a statement.

Fallon and I exchanged confused looks. I shrugged at her and after a moment of awkward silence, decided to ask the obvious question. “Who is Thanatos?”

“When did you receive this?” he asked curtly.

“It was on the doorstep when I got home from the store,” Fallon replied. “I dunno, probably about seven o’clock or so.”

“What was inside the package?”

“Just this.” Fallon dropped the cardboard box and handed the smaller wooden one to Nicholas.
He took it gingerly, as if he feared to touch the ancient-looking thing.

“Who is Thanatos?” I asked a bit louder this time.

 “Death personified.” Nicholas’s voice warbled, hinting at his own worry.

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Brenda said...

I love Katie's series!

Beautiful Disaster said...

I'm looking forward to reading this series.
Thanks for sharing :)

strawberryrose said...

I love D B Reynolds "Vampires in America" Series and J R Ward's "Black Dagger Brotherhood" Series. Among other authors that have great Vampire books series. I can't wait to read your books!

wanda f said...

Black Dagger Brotherhood,from J.R. Ward , Kresley Coles Lothaire, every one of the Argeneau Vampires from Lynsay Snds , Kerrelyn Sparks Love At Stake Series , Queen Betsy from Mary Janice Davidson ,Molly Harpers vamps from Nice Girls Dont series,Michele Bardsleys Broken Heart Vampires .I could go on and on lol so many vampires and so little time I love them all.

Steph F. said...

I love JR awards BDB and the vamps in Kresley Coles IAD, The Nighthuntress series and Molly Harper's vamps.

Sherry Johnson said...

I love Black Dagger Brotherhood,from J.R. Ward,Argeneau Vampires from Lyndsay Sands,Carpathian series from Christine Feehan.Thanks for the chance to win.

crystalg123 said...

I love vampires! BDB, Katie, Lyndsay Sands, Christine Feehan, Emma Rose, Kallysten, Laurell Hamilton, etc...they all have some great vamps in some of their books.
Thanks for the excerpt and giveaway!

Crystal Guidroz

felicia sidoma said...

Christine Feehan Kerrlyn Sparks Lynn Viehl and I love them all Hard for my to have fav's because when I read a book that writer becomes my new fav. Till I read the next writer.

Book Attict said...

I love Wicked Truth from Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake series and Menessos from Linda Robertson's Persephone Alcmedi series.

Thanks for the amazing giveaway!
elizabeth @ bookattict . com

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