For weeks, I’ve promised two things: a contest to win an early copy of the next Cat and Bones book, and to post snippets from that book. Today, I’m delivering on both those promises :).
I have two Arc’s (advance reading copies) left, so if you’re interested in getting your hands on THIS SIDE OF THE GRAVE before it releases February 22nd, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line of “Contest” and your full name in the body of the email. Contest starts now and ends Monday, January 24th at 11:59pm EST. Both winners will be announced on my blog Tuesday the 25th. Contest is open to everyone no matter where in the world you live.
Remember, email me at only the address above to be entered in the contest. Emails/comments/messages sent anywhere else won’t count.
And now, a little snippet from the book. I was originally planning to post a scene with Cat, Bones, and the gang at the compound, but how about a little raciness to kick off the contest? This scene fragment is right before the chapter that *some* readers/reviewers have compared to One Foot in the Grave’s infamous Chapter 32. Enjoy, and good luck in the contest!
“I’d have to be all the way dead not to want you.”
His eyes were now completely green, and fangs gleamed out from his upper teeth. I loved the way his gaze raked over me. Like it was the first time he’d seen me this way, and he couldn’t stop himself from staring. I knew my body, was well aware of its flaws, but Bones made me forget those when he looked at me. Under the hunger in his gaze and the swell of his lust cresting against my subconscious, I felt beautiful, strong, and sexy. Free to do anything without fear or shame.
His hands slid down my bare skin, power caressing my senses at the same time. I opened my mouth as his head dipped, feeling those inner sparks ignite with his kiss. They increased as his tongue stroked along mine with deliberate, intimate thoroughness. He’d use the same slow, deep strokes when his mouth was somewhere else, and the thought made my loins clench with anticipation. Bones only rushed things when I wanted him to; when impatience made my need so sharp that I couldn’t endure the delicious way he drew out foreplay. Tonight, though, I wanted him to be the one who felt drugged with passion, and if I let him keep kissing me, I’d soon be past the point of enough mental capacity to do that.
“Get on the bed,” I said, tearing my mouth away.
He carried me there, trailing more dizzying kisses down my neck at the same time, but I resisted when he started to lay me onto the mattress.
“Just you,” I said, untangling myself from his arms.
He cast a meaningful glance at the thick bulge in his pants before looking back at me. “Not becoming a tease, are you?”
I felt the rub of fangs against my tongue, two pointed reminders of the heat flaring inside me, but I pushed my desire back. That was tough to do with Bones propped on his elbows, legs casually yet invitingly splayed, inky shirt unbuttoned to reveal a V of crystal flesh in extravagant contrast to the dark fabric. For a minute I stared at him, letting his beauty fill my eyes.
“Angels wish they were as gorgeous as you,” I said with conviction.
“I’m very far from angelic, but thank you for the compliment.”
The words were light – his expression wasn’t. It was intense, his eyes flashing with emerald, and that bulge between his legs sent rip currents of lust through me. If I kept staring at him, letting my mind dwell on the fact that he felt even better than he looked, I’d fall on top of him and lose all thought amidst the bliss of his flesh merging into mine.
But I had an agenda, and right now, it didn’t involve me jumping on him. We’d had so much stress, danger, and violence lately, with more coming on the horizon, that our circumstances didn’t lend themselves to romance, but I didn’t care. Sure, we could sit down, go over our battle strategy yet again, or smother each other with admonitions to be careful, but if I’d learned anything these past few years, it was to grab hold of moments of bliss when they came.
Or to make them myself, if circumstances weren’t accommodating enough to throw one my way.
“After tomorrow, we won’t see each other for a little while,” I replied, voice low and throaty. “So I want to make sure that you have something to remember me by.”
Oh dear. I WILL NOT BE ABLE TO REST UNTIL THE 22ND!!!
wow…jeaniene thats amazing…… cant wait!!!! left me speechless
Whew…is it hot in here?
OMG! Where did that tissue go. I’m drooling!
i want more!
Hot.. Will be first in line when book store opens.
Love those two. One of my favorite supernatural couples ever. I am so excited for the 22nd. Got it pre-ordered and marked on the calender. Cat kicks ass!
Kelly Mueller says
HOLY HELL!!!!!!! Why to make me crave!!!!!!
can’t wait to read!!!!
Thank you for sharing and the contest 🙂
Denise Vega says
I keep trying to enter the contest for early copy of this side of the grave but i followed the sight on FB but it wouldn’t take to email@example.com for some reason
Dawn Adkins says
Very much looking forward to the 22nd!!! Seriously considering taking off work and spending the day with Cat and Bones!!
I’m with you there…totally taking off work to read that day!!
April Amor Osborn says
I can’t wait to read the rest. Hurry Feb 22nd. Jeaniene, I love your writing style.
Kim M. says
Wow, it’s really cold here, but it just warmed up considerably!
OMG noooooo…. cry
Hawt. I can’t wait to read the whole book!
Heidi C. says
Thanks! What hot little tasty bit. I can’t wait for the release!!!
ohhh Jenine you have us hooked with Bones!!!!! i know, i know, Cat Kicks @ss BUT Bones … my my.. i want to marry him and have his lil vampire babies!! haahahhah
I hope with all my heart you can make the 9 books instead of the 7!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
PS: Mancheres comes second after bones.. 😉 he is soo hot too!! u make up for some lusty minds here missy!! 😉
AAAAH I AM DYING WITH ANTICIPATION.
Wow so looking foward to the new book
Your the TEASE Jeaniene!!! Because now I won’t be happy till I have the rest….LOL
In the words of Cat….Sweet Holy Jesus!…lol..I cant wait!
You are trying to kill us all arn’t you!! OMG I cant wait! I’m soooo excited. The 22nd feels like a decade away!!
Brenda H./Moonsanity says
Damn, that was hot, and I can tell that chapter is going to top Chapter 32. *snicker*
Last night I grabbed Halfway to the Grave and read the scene where Cat and Bones dance for the first time. Man, I love that part of the book!
Crystal ♥ says
Thanks for teasing us with that one! Comparable to CH32 huh? Can’t wait!
Snippets are like sour patch kids I think. LoL
Sweet & Sour. It’s awesome to read but it’s awful to have to wait for the rest!
I love that!!! That is the perfect way to explain….I can not wait till the 22nd!!!!
Help, I’ve been imnfored and I can’t become ignorant.
Holy cow that was F***ing fantastic I am so stoked out this book I can not contain myself. It’s like I want to read more when you give us some but I want to read it all so I am torn between wanting more and wanting to wait so I can read it all and soke it in and then reread it again. But don’t get me wrong I LOVE it when you give us little gifts like this. Thank you
WOW! That was amazing! Cat is rockin that little snippet! I’m not going to make it another month…Love it!
Thanks for all the teasers and gifts! You are the Best!
Sweet Baby Jesus on a butter bisket that is some super fantabulous smexy fun! Thank you for brightening my day!
OMG I CAN”T WAIT!
That scene was so hot I had to read it OVER AND OVER AGAIN! Just had to keep replaying the scene over and over again in my head and picturing Bones on the bed *drooling*. WHY CAN’T REAL MEN BE LIKE BONES!!!!!!!!!!!
Now when Cat says “After tomorrow, we won’t see each other for a little while… So I want to make sure that you have something to remember me by” I am so worried what is going to happen and felt so sad that they will be apart!
Can’t wait till the 22nd!
Jeaniene you are amazing and thank you for sharing this with us all!
Oh god Jeaniene are you trying to kill me with anticipation?! YOU’RE a tease! 🙂 Damn I can’t wait for the 22th!
It may be cold outside, by it sure as heck got hot in here.
Cat’s not the tease. You are!!
Can not wait till it’s out 🙂
Thank you for the snippet and the contest.
Steamy scenes with Cat and Bones…
Amazing….can´t wait anymore
Juliann Hilton says
*several minutes later*
Well THAT sure did wake my sleepy brain up. ;D DAMN. It sure is looking like it could give Chap 32 a run for it’s money! I’ll be sure that once I start reading this part, I’m all alone and prepared with some cold water nearby….
I should start rereads soon so I’m allll caught up and refreshed! (Not that I don’t have large parts of the books memorized….)
sue brandes says
Cannot wait for this book!
Torture. I can’t wait for more. Why are they going to be separated? I hope it isn’t long, it’s so said when they aren’t together. Feb 22 really needs to come quick.
A meu DEUS…………o dia 22 / 02 tem q chegar logooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo…
Cindy G. says
Thank you for sharing this…I love the way these two interact and the passion the flows out of them…
Gordon Andrews says
J. You are the queen of smexy snippets.
Oh Jesus!!! I can’t wait for this book.
Sooooooo hot! God! This is gonna be awesome!
They’re gonna be apart for a while!? ow that’s sad!
Thank you soooo much for everything!
Jeaniene you created one of the best supernatural couples in the world. You’re amazing.
Well It looks like this time is going to be the other way around. Now Cat is going to drive Bones crazy.
She wants him to remember her. God this is going to be awesome!!! I cann’t wait… I can’t even… God!!!
You are SUCH a TEASE!!! But I LOVE you for it!! This crazy!!! It it DEFINATELY getting harder and harder to wait!! I am SO excited!!! You are a fabulous author!!!! And this is goin to be a WICKED addition to the story!! Can’t wait!!! haha!! *_*
I was just getting ready for a hot tub before I came across this and after reading.. well I forgot the tub and went straight to shower COLD! Whew! Can’t wait for feb…
Hell Yeah! (Queen of smexy snippets, indeed!)
Thanks for the bit of heat before I venture out into cold/snow.
Geez Louise, I’m dying over here! LOL I cannot WAIT for this book! Thank you so very much for this snippet!!
OMG! You’ve got to be kiddin me ! They’re gonna be apart .. again?! At least they haven’t gotten into a fight. Like in ‘Destined for an early grave’. Can’t wait !
More please!!!! Can we enter the contest more than once??? cuz I’m off allllll weekend and would spend the whole time entering…. LOL can’t get enough of this series!!
Jeaniene Frost says
Sorry, one entry per person only. Double entries will be deleted. Good luck!
That was such a teaser, but so good! I cant believe they have to be apart, again!
yayy..and Whoops i entered more than once 🙁 sorry. I didn’t know that we were limited. Sorry Jeaniene.
I tried entering the contest but its not letting me! I really want the book and don’t wanna have to wait a month longer! Grrrr
Hot scene by the way. So delish! I love Bones.. So sexy.
Followed by Vlad. Mmmmm just something about him I can’t shake.
With you there.
Abolutely love Vlad.
Can’t wait for his story to be told.
Yea. I agree. Can’t wait to have me some vlad 😉
Well I’m from this team too. I absolutely love Vlad. He’s such a great guy/vampire. I love his friendship with Cat.
I hope someday we can get a spin off about him too. And I need to say that I would love to read Ian spin off too, I love him. He’s such a funny and sexy vampire.
At one point I wanted Vlad and Cat to have some sort of affair to get back at Bones because I thought that Bones was with Gregors slavegirl (forgot her name. She’s not important anyway). But oh well now Vlad still gets to have someone get over his wife and seem sexier in his own book. Can’t wait for the steamy scenes.
Ians sexy too. I agree with you fully Carla 😀
As far as I know Vlad WILL get his story.. (:
Don’t know much, but I think I read something somewhere about him and a girl named Leila. The “slavegirl”‘s (had to laugh there… hard 😀 don’t think she made any friends) name is Cannelle.. Bones called her Cinnamon.. Just the translation, but hated him (just a little) for calling her THAT. (:
No nicknaming the enemy!
God Jeaniene, cannot wait.
Yeah I read about that too this couple new couple, Vlad and Leila. And it’s a series too, right?! More than just one book.
I’m so excited to read Vlad’s story. He deserves to find a new love… he’s so lonely. And an amazing character.
Would be amazing to read ANYTHING from Vlad’s POV.
Then again Leila’s POV would give us the opportunity to fall in love with him (:
Know what I mean?!
We can’t get excited over his chest or be driven crazy by the hair from his bellybutton to region south with him never thinking about such things. Why should he, it’s not like these things would drive HIM crazy with need.
Aww. Changed my mind, clearly need these books from Leila’s POV. 😀
Yeah, think I saw something titled book 1, so there should be more. Understand why, too, there is so much in my head, that alone could fill books.
Oh right it was Cinnamon… I no longer like cinnamon in my food as of now. And I’m super glad someone also hated Bones along with me at one point. He still ticks me off from time to time with his string of girls but hey its to be expected.
And to Carla I don’t think its his own series. I think its just a book in the Night Huntress World series like Mencheres and Spades own book. Of course if its his own series and I’m mistaken I will be super excited!
I love Jeaniene for allowing us to indulge in these incredible novels and fantasies!
Read (again something, somewhere, I actually know my memory isn’t a reliable source for everyone (:) about there being two books. (could always get more, if they sell well.. which they will xD)
So maybe not a real series right now, but I just think we have to wait patient and see what the future brings.
Jeaniene said she can’t see Ian in a book of his own right now, because she cannot see any girl being up to that challange right now. But Vlad is at a point in his life where she can see him with somebody. I actually like Leila before I know anything about her. (:
NEAT! I have to start looking around more seems like I’m missing all the exciting news somehow. And yes the books will def sell! I’m already planning to buy like 4 copies. I need to try to get my friend hooked too.
I’d be up for the challenge of Ian.. Then again he seems like hed be a load of trouble hehe
Can’t wait to meet Leila! In getting desperate! Lol
Why did I read this when I knew all it would do would tease me and make the 22nd seem that much further away? Oh Yeah because I’m masochistic.
Great scene and I can’t wait!
Brandy A says
Lol, I absolutely agree! Reading it only makes the pain of waiting that much more intense lol.
Nicole Smith says
OMG me to cant wait for this book to come and yes please let there be a story about Vlad!!!!
Sharon Perriello says
Loved it! Absolutely loved it.
Ohhh!!! Love the scene!! Can’t wait to get the new book!!! We love you out here in Wisconsin, Jeaniene!
I’m from Thailand & really love your story (Night Huntress) so much,your story make me feel action fun sad & sexy so i hope to read Night huntress world as soon as possible in Thailand.
Love Cat/Bones & Absolutely loved you.
Pornthip from Thailand
Just wanted to let you know that we’ve (my goodreads friends and I) been talking a lot about chapter 32! Love your work!
OMG!! I can’t stand it! I need this book in my hands! LOL! Love your work!
Amazing…cant wait to read it 😀