Friday, April 19, 2013


Guest Post 
by ST Bende

Thanks so much for letting me visit on ELSKER’s release day, Tracie! As a debut author, it’s been such a treat to be embraced by such a kind group of bloggers. And it’s doubly exciting for me to be on Books By Banister. I’m a huge fan of your work, and I think your character development is brilliant. Anyone who loves Kenneth Branagh enough to put him in one of her books is pretty fabulous. (*cough, Tracie, cough*)

Thanks to our beloved Kenneth Branagh (and that cutie pie he cast in the title role of his film, Thor), we all know about America’s favorite Norse God. According to the mythology, the God of Thunder with the oversized hammer had a more colorful past than Sir Branagh led us to believe. See, before Thor married Sif (or fell for Natalie Portman, whichever version you prefer), he had an altogether different kind of love story… with that hammer, Mjölnir.

Once upon a time Mjölnir was kidnapped by an evil jotun.  Said jotun promised to return Mjölnir if he could marry Freya, the Goddess of Love. Freya wasn’t too into this plan. She was a goddess, a fierce warrior, and the original cat-lady -- she traveled around on a chariot pulled by cats. Seriously. Since Freya wasn’t about to give all that up to save Thor’s precious hammer, Thor had to come up with another idea.

A resourceful god, Thor decided to dress up as a bride his own self rather than live another day without his beloved Mjölnir. He traveled in drag to Jotunheim, tricked the perp out of his prize, and brought Mjölnir back to Asgard, leaving a trail of dead jotuns in his wake. Yep, Thor was the original runaway bride.

In ELSKER, Thor’s stepson Ull isn’t running from marriage -- in fact, he’d give anything to have a family of his own. But a family is a luxury he can never let himself have. As an Asgardian Assassin, Ull has experienced -- and inflicted -- plenty of loss. The idea of losing another person he loves literally immobilizes him. And since he’s fated to die at the Norse apocalypse, Ragnarok, he can’t see the point in getting attached to anyone. Ever. 

Ull’s not ready to meet Kristia Tostenson. Can the small-town human show the Norse God of Winter that there’s more to life than going through the motions? And more importantly, does she want to?

Sometimes fulfilling your destiny means doing the exact opposite of what the Fates have in store. 

Book Title: Elsker

Author Name: ST Bende

Series Title: The Elsker Saga

Genre: New Adult Paranormal Romance

Publisher: Entranced Publishing, Blush

Blurb: Kristia Tostenson prefers Earl Grey to Grey Goose and book clubs to nightclubs, but when she transfers from her one-stoplight town to Cardiff University in Wales she falls in love with Ull Myhr. Her new boyfriend isn’t exactly what she was expecting. He’s an honest-to-goodness Norse God — an immortal assassin fated to die at Ragnarok, the battle destined to destroy Asgard and Earth. Kristia’s crazy visions are the only thing that can save their realms.

Her orderly life just got very messy.

TUR, the prequel, can be downloaded for free HERE. 
Be sure to stop by ST Bende's blog between April 11th and May 20th to enter to win fabulous prizes in Waffle Fest -- the ELSKER Release Month of Giveaways! Prizes include $10 Amazon gift card, a query critique, and getting your name in the ELSKER sequel!



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Monday, April 15, 2013


Thanks to Tracie for hosting me on her wonderful blog.
Dreams do come true! Today is release day for my debut romantic suspense, Legally Undercover. To celebrate the release I wanted to do something special. Many of you probably know my love for animals. To celebrate the release this week, I will donate $2 dollars to Winging Cat Rescue for every copy of Legally Undercover sold per the details below. I can't think of a better way to celebrate a dream of mine coming true.

Whatever your dreams are, I encourage you to go after them. Life is too short not to fully embrace our dreams. Dreams don't get realized without a lot of hard work and dedication. In Legally Undercover, it is Alex's dream to become partner in a large law firm. Unfortunately, her quest for partnership is threatened when she's given a top secret assignment implicating national security. Alex must come to grips with the person she's become in pursuit of her dreams. It takes finding love and family to make her realize her true ambitions. So whatever your dreams are, don't let them change who you are or what is important to you. 

A little more about Legally Undercover-Then details about the giveaway and donation process!

Attorney Alex Popov’s dream of partnership is put to the test when she’s pulled into a top-secret investigation involving arms dealers and one of her clients, Rodrigues Capital. The only good part about her association with the secretive organization is her client contact, Pedro Martín. She’s drawn to him, but he’s hiding something.

When Jacob shows up as a new attorney at Alex’s firm, it’s clear Pedro isn’t the only one with secrets. As Alex tries to determine Jacob’s true identity, she’s drawn closer to Pedro and deeper into the mystery of Rodrigues Capital and its shadowy networks. Everyone has an agenda. In a world of lies, where no one is what they seem, Alex puts everything — even her dreams of partnership — on the line for love.

Now for details: Enter below for a chance to win a $20 Amazon Giftcard. To ensure the donation to the fabulous charity Winging Cat Rescue simply email me confirmation of your receipt after you purchase Legally Undercover. Also make sure you enter the Rafflecopter below for a chance to win the giftcard.The donation celebration will continue through Sunday April 21st.

Enter now for a chance to win, and grab Legally Undercover and help a great cause.

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