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Cover Reveal: Release by MR Merrick

Posted by The Obscured Vixen on September 29, 2012

Cover Reveal of Release by MR Merrick

Check out this badass cover for Release, the third book of The Protector Series by MR Merrick! All of these books have awesome covers, but I must admit that this one is my favorite.

I’ve read all of The Protector Series books so far (Exiled and Shift), and I inhaled them. I absolutely could not put them down! MR Merrick creates characters that you can’t help but fall in love with, and always leaves you wanting more. I cannot wait until Release is released so I can read about the next chapter of Chase’s life. Bring it on!

Book Synopsis
After uniting the shifters and calling in reinforcements, Chase has to face his toughest challenge yet: learning to control his emotions. But as tensions rise and his powers grow, controlling his emotions becomes the least of his problems.

Terrorized by a multi-shifter who is hell-bent on turning him, Chase questions just how far he’s willing to go to stop his father. Meanwhile, Tiki’s virtuous nature has placed him in the middle of Vincent’s past, leaving Chase to oppose a senate of vampires and defend a demon he hates.

Trying to balance his friends, his enemies, and his inner demons, Chase is left searching for answers about the Mark, his destiny, and where he can find the next soul piece. Stopping Riley is his top priority, but as more obstacles arise, he finds himself doubting all the decisions he’s made – especially regarding Rayna.

One thing is for certain: Chase has finally realized that he doesn’t know anything. The light doesn’t always quell the darkness, the monsters don’t always stay in the shadows, and the past doesn’t always stay in the past – sometimes, the demons inside are the hardest to fight.

Learn More About MR Merrick and the The Protector Series

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What 9/11 is like for a New Yorker

Posted by The Obscured Vixen on September 11, 2012

September 11, 2001 was, and continues to be, the most tragic day of my life. Could it have been worse? Of course. But every year on this day there’s a dark cloud that settles over the city and seems to follow people. It’s the 800-pound gorilla in the room. You can’t help but talk about it, but not sure if you should because you don’t know if someone that you’re with lost someone.

I know people that never came out of the buildings that day. My friends lost parents. Others lost brothers, sisters, aunts or uncles. My father was in the World Trade Center Tower 2 when the planes hit.

Thankfully he made it out alive, and is still kicking today. Here is my story of what happened on September 11, 2001:

When I heard the news about the planes, I froze and couldn’t move. There’s no way two planes could have crashed into the WTC. To this day I still get that feeling of frozen dread through my body.

I ran to a phone and called my mother, who thankfully had just heard from my father minutes before. He was on the 82nd floor of 2 WTC when the plane hit 1 WTC. The flames from the first building engulfed his, and he immediately headed for the elevators to get out. My father was also there for the bombing in 1993 (close call 1), and knew how dangerous things could be. He wasn’t taking any chances.

The elevators in the WTC did not go from the ground all the way to the top floor; the cables just wouldn’t be long enough. Instead you had to take an express elevator to the middle of the building, and then a local elevator to your floor. My father had taken an elevator down to the middle of the building when they made an announcement that a plane had hit the other tower, but their building was okay. They advised everyone to go back to their desks.

My father, being the extremely smart man that he is, decided he wasn’t taking any chances and was getting out of the building (close call 2). When he was waiting for an elevator to the ground floor, the second plane hit his building. If my father had been in that elevator, the cable would have been severed by the plane and would have crashed to the ground (close call 3).

My father worked on the 82nd floor of 2 WTC, and the plane cut right through his floor. If he hadn’t taken the elevator down, my life would have changed dramatically in that instant (close call 4).

My father and everyone else in the building at that point had to walk down the stairs to get out of the building. When he reached the ground floor, 50-something stories later, they were moving everyone through the mall that was under the WTC and to an exit about two blocks away.

There were no trains or subways running, and all bridges were closed to cars. In order to leave the city and get home, my father would have to walk across one of the bridges (my parents live on Long Island). As he was headed that way, he heard unbelievable noises behind him and was being covered by debris. There were people yelling, “They’re shooting! They’re shooting!” (They’re was no one shooting, but at the time people didn’t know that the buildings were collapsing.) My father ran into the a pizzeria and just watched as debris and dirt rolled past, covering the front windows. (close call 5)

Once I had heard that the buildings collapsed, I began to panic all over again. What if my father didn’t get out? What if he was right outside the building and it collapsed on him? I had been calling my mother at work because that was where my father was calling her. All cellphones and pagers at that time weren’t working. My father called my mom from that pizzeria and let her know that he was okay, and was going to try and cross a bridge ASAP.

I went to my parents house to wait for my father. My mother stayed at work to hear from my father to know where to pick him up once he was outside the city. My parents house phone was ringing off the hook with everyone wanting to know if my dad was alright.

Around 3 o’clock that afternoon, my father had walked across one of the bridges out of the city and to Jamaica, Queens where there were trains running to Long Island. He caught a train and my mom picked him up at the train station. When I saw my mothers car pull into the driveway, I ran out of the house and jumped on my father. I couldn’t stop crying knowing that he was alright.

My parents house is 17 miles outside of the city, and you could see smoke from the collapsing towers for days afterwards. The city was shut down for days. My father was working from home and had to call people from his company to see who made it out alive. It wasn’t until about 2 months later that his company found office space in Jersey City to continue business as usual again.

Every year on 9/11 I can’t help but think about what happened on that day eleven years ago. All of my feelings of dread and the “What If?” thoughts are constantly going through my head. There is a constant knot in my stomach all day. I was an elevator ride away from losing my father. Even if I hear a low flying plane over head that dread fills my body. It’s a reaction that I can’t help, and will probably always be there for the rest of my life.

I am so thankful that my father made it out of the city that day, and is still around for me to annoy today : )

To anyone who lost someone on September 11, 2001, you have my deepest sympathies for your loss.

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Etsy Shop Prices Slashed!

Posted by The Obscured Vixen on September 7, 2012

Slashed prices on The Obscured Vixen Etsy shop!

http://www.etsy.com/shop/ObscuredVixen

I only have five items on there, but I’ve dropped all the prices for anyone interested!

Currently on the shop is personalized bookmarks, personalized trading cards, Black Dagger Brotherhood bookmarks, Just Breathe series bookmarks, and Black Dagger Brotherhood baby clothes.

If you are an author and would like a bookmark or character trading card based on your series, please contact me on Twitter ( @obscuredvixen ) or through my Etsy shop. I would love to work with you!


 

 

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Hump & Hunk Day No More

Posted by The Obscured Vixen on September 5, 2012

Attention fellow vixens:

Unfortunately there will be no more Hump & Hunk Day on my blog. There have been situations that I know of other bloggers that have gotten in trouble for illegally using images.

For example, let’s say you want to have a picture of a nice sexy piece of ass on your blog. You’re supposed to have rights granted to you by the photographer. Since I have never done this in the past, I removed all of my previous Hump & Hunk Day posts. It’s only fair to the photographer, and the model.

If you’d still like to see some sexy beefcakes, please feel free to follow my Sexy Beefcake Hunks Pinterest Board. I also update this more frequently than once a week, so you’ll be in for a treat.

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Busy, Busy, Busy

Posted by The Obscured Vixen on September 3, 2012

It’s already September! Where has this year gone?!

Now that the weather is cooling off, it’s time for hubs and I to get the rest of our new house in order. So needless to say I am crazy busy cleaning, painting, going through boxes, and more nonsense.

To make things harder for myself, I’m currently reading four books:
Dearly, Beloved, by Lia Habel
The Good Fight, by Andre Grey
A Vampire’s Claim, by Joey W Hill
The Vampire Lestat, by Anne Rice

I’m always reading at least two books, but for some reason I don’t know why I jumped to four. Crazier things have happened. I apologize for the lack of posts, but their will be some good stuff coming up shortly!

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Life Getting in the Way

Posted by The Obscured Vixen on July 19, 2012

There is this silly thing called ‘real life’ that is constantly getting in my way. I wish I could just be The Obscured Vixen and not have to worry about anything else.

I apologize for the lack of posts lately, and will definitely pick them up again next week. I am going away on vacation tomorrow and will have limited connection to the outside world. I’m hoping this causes my ‘real life’ to get back on track, and things will go back to normal.

Everyone have a good week! Talk to you all soon.

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Best Blog Search Ever

Posted by The Obscured Vixen on July 3, 2012

Best Blog Search Ever

So just like every other blogger I keep track of page views, comments, tweets, etc. The one thing I love looking at is the search results.

99% of the time I know why someone searched for something and landed on my blog. It’s that other 1% that make me laugh and wonder how the hell that search landed on my blog.

For those of you that don’t blog and know what it looks like, here is a screenshot from last week. A lot of these search results were from my Hump & Hump #26 – Magic Mike Edition.

That one highlighted in blue: “sex kittens batman?” Where the fuck did that come from, and how did you land on my blog?!

It never ceases to amaze me…

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Author Etiquette: How you react can make or break you

Posted by The Obscured Vixen on July 2, 2012

Author Etiquette:
How you react to your fans can make or break you

Disclaimer: I usually don’t blog about my personal opinions, but I felt this was necessary to voice my opinion on. And I’m sure there are other fans out there that will agree with me. All author names have been left out of this blog post to protect the innocent.

I’ve met dozens of authors over the years, and author reactions have a very huge impact on me. It’s amazing how meeting an author can change my opinion of them and their work.

If I meet an author that is genuine and down right awesome, it makes me want to read their books more. Same thing goes for authors I’ve met but never heard of before. I will tell everyone that will listen how badass a great author is. That authors reaction can make or break potential fans.

Opposite side of that same topic, if I meet an author that is very cold and standoffish, it is such a turn off and makes me not want to read their books anymore. I understand at signings and events authors are extremely busy, but if you’re not going to take the time to talk to your fans, don’t even bother doing the event. The way your fans perceive you directly effects your book sales and reputation.

We are your fans, and we LOVE your work. Taking thirty seconds to say thank you at an event or simple replying with a short tweet or like on Facebook can mean the world to us.

Have you ever met authors and feel the same way I do? To view a list of authors I’ve met, click here.

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The Obscured Vixen Etsy Shop is LIVE!

Posted by The Obscured Vixen on May 6, 2012

It’s official!

The Obscured Vixen shop on Etsy is now live! I’ve been planning on setting up a shop on Etsy for about a year, and it’s finally started. I will be adding items as they are created.

http://www.etsy.com/shop/ObscuredVixen

Currently on the shop is personalized bookmarks, personalized trading cards, Black Dagger Brotherhood bookmark and baby clothes. Check it out if you’d like some!

If you are an author and would like a bookmark or character trading card based on your series, please contact me on Twitter (@obscuredvixen) or through my Etsy shop. I would love to work with you!

I would greatly appreciate if you spread the word about my shop, and provided any feedback. I would like to know what you think and what you would like to see there in the future. It’s all personalized!

Enjoy : )

 

 

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My Latest Vacation: NYC

Posted by The Obscured Vixen on April 7, 2012

So why have I been MIA for the last week?
My imaginary firmed came to visit me in NYC from the land of Oz!

I love when people visit because I get to be a total tourist and do things I usual don’t. Also, one of my favorite hobbies is photography, and there’s always things to take pictures of in NYC. People born and raised near NYC always take it for granted and usually don’t do a lot of the “touristy” stuff until someone comes to visit.

New York City is also my absolutely favorite place ever. I mean, where else can you buy an appetizing dirty water hot dog and see condom balloon tumbleweeds blowing down Broadway?

It’s always fun showing people around NYC that have never been before. First thing you do with people who have never been to NYC before? Go to Times Square!

We went to times square at night, and it’s amazing seeing the faces on people who see Times Square for the first time; all lit up and bright. “It’s like daytime here!”

While in Times Square we went to the Hershey Store, M&M World, The Disney Store, Toys R Us, Aeropostale, and even saw the New Year’s Eve Ball (they leave it up year round now).

The next morning it was time to go through Columbus Circle to Central Park! We saw the horse drawn carriages, Wollman Ice Skating Rink (yes, it’s still cold enough to ice skate in NYC), and stopped to visit the Central Park Zoo.

Then we walked down The Mall which ended at the beautiful Bethesda Terrace and Bow Bridge; one of my favorite places in Central Park. We walked to Strawberry Fields and saw John Lennon’s “Imagine” tile memorial.

Next it was shopping at The New York Dog Shop! Had to buy clothes and toys for my adorable nieces  : )

Next was more shopping at the Converse and Dr. Martens stores. I must admit that before this week I have never owned a pair of either. Now I have a pair of black and purple high top Converse sneakers, and 20 eye Doc Martens. I *might* have a little shoe fetish.

That night we went to a New York Rangers game in Madison Square Garden. Unfortunately they lost, but I did get to see my boy Lundqvist in action.

Side note: riding the NYC subway with someone who never has is always a hilarious experience.

There was more sightseeing at FAO Schwartz, Tiffany & Co., St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and Forbidden Planet. Walking into Forbidden Planet made me SO excited for New York Comic Con. Geekdom cannot come soon enough!

We also saw Carnegie Hall, the LOVE Sculpture, Radio City Music Hall, Rockefeller Center (ice skating still there, too!), and the shops on 5th Avenue (Sacks, Harry Winston, Cartier, Fendi, Gucci, Armani, Dolce & Gabbana).

Because you can never do enough shopping in NYC, we did more shopping at LEGO Store, The Sanrio Store, Victoria’s Secret, and Old Navy and Journeys in Herald Square. [FYI all New Yorkers: they’re redoing VS in Herald Square and it’s going to be 4 floors!]

We bought I<3NY tshirts; a must for every tourist. Then stopped to get a drink in Starbucks before going to the top of the Empire State Building. It was a windy and cold since it was midnight, but it was a clear and beautiful night.

Then my imaginary friend had to leave, and I had to return back to work and normal life. I will admit that it was nice to take a break from Twitter and blogging, but I missed you all!

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