Thursday, January 12, 2012

Chosen By Sin Tour Stop #4 and Giveaway!

Welcome to stop #4 in my blog tour For Chosen By Sin (Para-Ops #3).

Thank you to The Jeep Diva for having me here today!  This tour focuses on my writing and my paranormal series, but also my Twelve Resolutions for 2012, as well as the resolutions of my hero in Chosen By Sin, werebeast Dex Hunt. Those of you who know Dex know he's a bit...difficult, so I'm curious to see what he comes up with. (Psst: Dex doesn't actually know it, but his “resolutions” are more like a Twelve-Step Program designed by me to get him to his HEA).

I'll be giving away a prize to one commenter from this blog stop, but I'm also giving away one grand prize to one blog tour follower.  See the giveaway details below! :)

The Para-Ops Series: Five years after the Second Civil War ends, humans and Otherborn—humanlike creatures with superhuman DNA—still struggle for peace. To ensure the continued rights of both, the FBI forms a Para-Ops team with a unique set of skills.  (Chosen By Blood (Book 1), Chosen By Fate (Book 2))

So what's Resolution #4 for me?  Organize my home

Ugh.  You don't know how bad things have gotten.  To give you some insight, imagine a night (as in three a.m.) a few months ago when I was flipping through the yellow pages looking at services designed to help hoarders.  Books and I have always been good friends and I have a hard time parting with friends.  And remember I told you in post #1 that I go up and down in weight—well, I keep boxes of clothes in different sizes for those situations.  And things really spiraled out of control when I became serious about promoting my books.  I fell in love with the Dollar Store and innovative but inexpensive swag.  Problem is, I collect more than I give away.  Postage is darn expensive!  So that explains the boxes in my garage.  Don't even get me started on paperwork and keeping up with clothes that fit or don't fit three growing boys under twelve! :) 

And what's Resolution #4 for Dex Hunt?

Here's a hint from Chosen By Sin. 

“I’m fine. I’ll be inside soon,” Jesmina insisted. “Go.”
Her words were curt and dismissive.

Dex frowned at the air of indifference and command she was emanating, but she’d already turned away. He followed Cy outside. His last glimpse was of her swiping at her forehead with her arm and leaving a swath of blood across her face.

He turned to Cy. “Why don’t you tell me what the hell’s going on? Why am I here?”

Cy stared stonily at him. “Sorry. No can do. But tell you what. If you can read, you might be able to figure out some of it yourself. You can read, can’t you?”

Dex answered the man’s sneer with his own. “How about you read this?” he growled just before he punched Cy in the face.

Okay, so Cy, a dragon-shifter, kind of egged Dex on, but I'd say Dex's #4 resolution is to be less willing to resort to violence, especially when he's not in enemy territory.   

Want to see a trailer I made depicting the Para-Ops characters as I see them?  Dex is particularly yummy!  Here's the link:

Bio: Virna DePaul is a former prosecutor and now national bestselling author of the Para-Ops Novels. She also writes contemporary romantic suspense for Harlequin Romantic Suspense (It Started That Night, May 2012) and HQN (Shades Of Desire, June 2012).

Blurb for Chosen By Sin:

The longest life isn’t always the happiest one…

For now, werebeast Dex Hunt serves on the Para-Ops team, but his true purpose is to kill the werewolf leader he blames for his mother’s death. Biding his time, Dex keeps his emotional distance from his team members and anyone else he might care for, including a mysterious vampire he met in L.A.

As a doctor, vampire Jesmina Martin has dedicated her immortal life to healing others. As a scientific researcher, she’s trying to prolong life spans, in particular those of her adoptive dragon-shifter family and the werewolf who saved her as a child. Her greatest hope lies with Dex, a werebeast she believes can gift immortality to others.

Only Dex knows nothing about his gift or the fact Jesmina wants to harness it. After a passionate night together neither expects to see the other again. Weeks later, they are reunited in France and forced to acknowledge a fragile miracle—a new life struggling to survive. At the same time, they must stop a group of rebel shape-shifters hoping to unleash every demon in hell. But before Dex and Jesmina can save their child or the world, they must relinquish their secrets, face their fears, and open themselves to love.


E-version ($4.99)

Barnes and Noble:

Paperback ($7.99)

Giveaway Details:

Daily Blog Tour Giveaway: Today, Virna is gifting one book from her backlist (prize winner's choice, see backlist here) to one randomly selected commenter who either leaves a comment on the blog, or a question for Virna to answer. Please also include your email addy.

GRAND PRIZE TOUR GIVEAWAY: What was Dex's "resolution" that Virna talked about today? Do you know the answer? Fantastic!!  Because...

Virna is also gifting a $100 Amazon gift card to one randomly selected reader who leaves the answer to this question during the blog tour.  Go to:    You can be entered to win the grand prize once each day by simply following the tour from January 9 - 20, and leaving your answer with each day's different resolution!!

Virna is also offering autographed copies of CHOSEN BY SIN for purchase during this blog tour.  To purchase an autographed copy, please visit


  1. I came into this series on Wraith's book (I have since rectified my error) and went absolutely bonkers over it! Virna DePaul rocks the written word like nobody's business.

  2. If You really find the secret of organizing everything, please tell me because I am sadly in need of help on that score also. Like you I have a hard time letting go of my books. Even those already read, I worry that I might want to keep it and read it again.

    LadyVampire2u AT gmail DOT com

  3. LOL---after you organize your home want to come do mine? I swear my living room has turned into a storage facility :)

  4. Organize the home....i think you don't imagine mine^^;;. My mother is an an independant so we have box everywhere and we can't throw away anything so it just piling up everywhere.

    The situation has reached a breaking point so we try a bit and we discover things we totally forgot. For example the shop is 40years old and we still had all the accounting papers, my father was president of the local association: we have all the papers. Totally crazy.
    In fact as soon as we want to put something ( paper, plush etc) somewhere safe, we lost it.^^ critical point ^^;; ( but nobody touch my books! they are organized ok only for me but still^^;;)

    So i wish you good luck with that because it take times

    all the best


  5. Great snippet.Can't wait to read this.

  6. Love the cover and can't wait to read it. Also, it has a dragon shifter, one of my favs.

  7. I organized my scrapbook nook, but that's as far as I got. I look forward to getting into this series.

  8. I am not a very good organizer period. I would love to read this book. Please enter me in contest.

  9. Hoarding runs in my family. My maternal grandmother, has an apartment so full of stuff (junk to the rest of us) that you can barely walk from room to room. She never throws anything out, because someone, somewhere, someday might need it. Never mind that if that person showed up, she wouldn't 1) remember she had it 2) know where to find it 3) agree to let it go without giving the recipient the third degree to make sure that it was going for some useful purpose. Our family has a hard & fast rule. If grandma asks you if you would like something, say yes & get it out of the apartment. Even if you stop at the first garbage can you see to throw it away.

    I have to fight not to exhibit that same behavior.

    drainbamaged.gyzmo at

  10. I don't really horde I just have lots of stuff. They only thing you'd say I horde are books. I can't let them go :).
    Liked the quick blurb.


  11. Organizing....that is what I have been working on this winter. Slow but steady. I am loving this tour. Thanks for the chance.

    sariahwalters at gmail dot com

  12. Dex's #4 resolution is to be less willing to resort to violence, especially when he's not in enemy territory.

    I look forward in continuing this series; the first two books were great.

    Tracey D
    booklover0226 at gmail dot co

  13. I used to keep bags and boxes of clothes in the attic that were either too small or too large because my weight goes up and down so often due to health issues. Then one day I realized that needing clothes that fit was a good excuse to go shopping! Now it get's donated if it doesn't fit! I also started paring down my house after having to deal with cleaning out my parents home to sell it.

  14. I am a huge fan of this series. I can't wait to ready the next one. I love me some Knox and some Dex!!! Yummy!!!


  15. Sorry I haven't answered comments yet I'm on the road without wifi but will respond in a little bit. ;)

  16. I have no choice but to stay organized. I just downsized from a 3 bedroom house into a small cottage. If I wasn't organized I would be living in piles of stuff.

    Dex's #4 resolution is to not solve every issue with violence.

    geishasmom73 AT yahoo DOT com

  17. Stephanie A.

    Hmm... learning how to control your temper, not to act with "shoot first, ask questions later". That's a bit tough considering its what he knows best. But it can be done. Anything's possible! Oh and I agree with you about books. Just love them! Throwing away things when you think you might need them? Yeah, agree with you there too. And the organizing. I absolutely love the way your mind works!

  18. Organization is a good thing...when you figure it's secret out, please share! Having fun trying to keep up with the tour...hope you're having a good week too!

  19. I'm slowly making my way through the house doing the organizing thing also, as I just have to much crap. I try to concentrate in one area instead of the whole house since it makes it a bit more manageable. I finished the kitchen cabinets over the holidays and am now digging into the office/book area. Sigh, that one is going to be hard as I LOVE all my books.

    I haven't had the chance to read Virna's work but would love the opportunity to do so. It looks right up my alley!

    Good luck with your resolutions and will check in with to see what the next one is. :)


  20. Oh good, Lots of people willing to share their organization challenges! Thank you! Makes me feel a little less guilty!! :)

    Blue Shedevil - "rocks the written word" WOW! THank you! I'll be smiling for hours!!! XOXO

    LadyVampire2u - LOL, I'll be sure to let you know. I'm the same way with books. Better to NOT be sorry...

    Felicia Sparks - Baby steps is supposed to help, but when the job is SOOO big...??? I always say it's a sign of all the other fabulous stuff we do in our life! ;)

    miki - I know, it's so hard! Thanks for the sympathy and for stopping by.

    elaing8 - Thanks for following the tour! ;)

    Vanessa N. - I know, dragon shifters are awesome! I'm just discovering them. Thank you!

    Rain Maiden - Oh that sounds cool! Thanks for giving the series a try. :)

    Tore - Good luck the give away!

    Kathryn Merkel -Oh, good grandma rule! I need to start offering stuff to people who'll actually use it! Thanks for sharing and good luck with the giveaway.

    Victoria - Thanks! And hoarding books is a given, right??? :)

    Sariah - slow and steady wins the race...and you will! Fingers crossed for both of us. Thanks for stopping by.

    booklover0226 -So glad you enjoyed the first two books. Thanks for giving the series your support!

    Susan W. - I used to love shopping but I dread it so much now I'd almost rather live with the boxes. LOL But I should simply try to make shopping more enjoyable. Makes more sense! Thanks for sharing!

    sheryl - Thank you so much for being a series fan. That means so much to me!!

    Stacie - Piles of stuff...hmmm sounds vaguely familiar... ;) But I'm glad you stay on top of things! Good work!! Thanks for stopping by and commenting! ;)

    Darkest Embrace said...
    Stephanie A.

    Thank you for loving how my mind works. Most of the time my hubby thinks I'm crazy. :P Glad you stopped by!

    Barbara - It will probably be a lonnnng time before I come up with the solution but I'll share when I do! Thanks for keeping up with the tour.

    Sherri W. -Congrats on finishing those kitchen cabinets! That's huge!!! :) Thanks for jumping into the tour! :)

  21. Congrats on the release! Its a great series and Im looking forward to Chosen.

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

  22. Donnas-thank you! Hope you enjoy it! V

  23. rofl I totally get the hoarders bit. Sometimes my house looks almost as bad. At least I try and sort books, clothes and the like once a year. I need to get to our closet.
    scrtsbpal at yahoo dot com

  24. I really enjoyed the "hint". Dex is a little violent, isn't he? Thanks for the giveaway.

  25. Loved the short excerpt! While I don't encourage violence in any way - he was sort of egged on...I like him more and more with each short glimpse!

    junegirl63 at gmail dot com

  26. now I'm curious about Cy too - what's his problem? Of course, being guys, the confrontation may just bring them closer - I'll have to find out.

    sallans d at yahoo dot com

  27. Pamk - I need some kind of sorting schedule, too! Thanks for your comment and support! :)

    Tamsyn - Awesome! Dex is definitely quick to act, but he's learning to take a calmer approach now and then. :)

    Maria D. - Yes, I try to make Dex flawed but motivated. Thanks so much!

    Di - Hope you'll read more about Dex and Cy. You're def on the right track. :)

  28. I first found out about Virna's books from Larissa Ione. I am so glad that I did, Virna's books are great! Oh and did I hear your going to be at AAD 2012?? I will be there and can't wait. It will be my first Con, hope to meet you there! :)

  29. Serves that guy right for getting punched... snickers. I need to clean out my closets and go through clothes. I used to keep my clothes that wouldn't fit but when I did lose weight I wanted new clothes so don't anymore. christina_92 at

  30. The more I follow along on the tour, the more I can't wait to read this book since reading all of those excerpts:) Thanks for the giveaway!

  31. Cleaning and organizing home? Skeevy goal there- on my list to though.

    Temper, temper Dex! Thanks for the excerpt.

    Thank you for the giveaway opportunity.

  32. bluesun1218 - Awesome about Larissa and AAD. I already loved Larissa's books, but then I met her and she's awesome. Truly classy. And I'm excited to meet you in NOLA!

    Christy - I'm on day 4 of carb free diet so maybe my reward for losing weight will be getting rid of the old and in with the new! Thank you!

    *yadkny* - Glad you like the excerpts. Thanks!

    Sophia Rose - I agree, so much more I'd rather be doing, but... :) Thanks for your comment!

  33. This series just looks more awesome with every stop on the tour. Thanks for the giveaway

  34. mbreakfield-Thanks Marlene! Glad you're enjoying the tour and good luck!

  35. Dex's #4 resolution is to be less willing to resort to violence, especially when he's not in enemy territory. But if Dex doesn't resort to violence, who will? I just love Dex!