Werewolves in Budapest by Stephanie Burkhart With Giveaway!

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Update: The winner for this Giveaway is Emily TardyYou will be contacted privately by the author, and thanks to everyone for participating!

I watched too much “Creature Double Feature” when I was a girl. Seriously. How else would an 8 year-old grow up with a fascination for werewolves, zombies, gozillas, and vampires? Heck, I was convinced a vampire lived under my bed. Sadly, he didn’t look like Robert Pattinson.

Growing up, I got into Anne Rice. She fueled my need for the supernatural with her vampires and witches. Then I discovered Victoria Holt with her gothic tales of spooky manors, secrets, omens, brooding heroes and high drama.

When I decided to plunge headlong into paranormal romance writing, I decided to write about werewolves. It was an interesting choice to say the least. Vampires were popular, but the werewolf – well, it’s not easy to be a wolf in love. Throw out eternal life. Werewolves die. They’re feral, hairy, and hate silver. Heck, what are they suppose to eat off? China plates? My grandmother would disapprove.

What I love about writing werewolves, especially in my Budapest Moon series, is how the man, who is a wolf, struggles to hold onto his humanity. That’s the crux of each novel.

Another aspect I enjoy is world building. The setting of the novel, the myths, the beliefs are fun to create and are only limited by your imagination.

In the Budapest Moon Series, a wolf needs a witch. My witches, Resa and Esmé, take a holistic approach to healing, using natural based lotions and potions.

My wolves, Matthias and Anton, are challenged – only turning into wolves during the full moon. Their moods change with the phases of moon and when there is a waxing gibbous, their fangs ooze with an intoxicating venom that heightens lovemaking, but they must be careful – they don’t want to get too carried away or their venom will turn the one they’re kissing into a wolf.

In 1997, I visited Budapest on a USO trip right before I left the military and I fell in love with the city. The Danube River runs through it and in the 1840’s, the Széchenyi Bridge was built over the river to connect the two sides, Buda and Pest. It’s the earliest chain suspension bridge built. For me, personally, the best views can be found at Fisherman’s Bastian. It’s a ½ mile long wall built on Buda Hill overlooking Pest and the Danube. The view is awe-inspiring. Budapest’s architecture is that rare gem in Central Europe which makes one believe that a werewolf just might exist there.

About the Author:

Stephanie’s latest release is “Danube in Candlelight,” Book 3 in the Budapest Moon Series. Stephanie was born and raised in Manchester, NH. She served in the US Army from 1986-1997 and now works as a 911 Dispatcher for LAPD.

Danube in Candlelight is set in 1922 in Budapest, Hungary. Morgan Duma returns home after a long stay in England. Her happiness is short lived when her mother is gravely injured. To save her mother, her father wants to turn her into a werewolf so the unnatural healing factor can help her back to health. Her father’s secret, that he’s a werewolf, now revealed, turns Morgan’s world upside down. Will Morgan submit to the baser, more primal urges in her blood and embrace the feral nature of the wolf?

REVIEWS:

5 Stars, Reader’s Favorite:

This story is the closest I have ever come to reading a book that feels like a movie!

5 Hearts, Sizzling Hot Book Reviews:

Once again, Stephanie Burkhart has touched my imagination and with her writing brings 1922 Hungary to life. Danube in Candlelight is a very romantic, yet spicy read. This is a must read if you enjoy the paranormal werewolf stories or even if you merely enjoy a great romance.

3.5 Books, Hope Chest Reviews:

“A pleasant, easy read…with a unique historical setting.”

Book Trailer on You Tube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dgzUIHCRN0I

ENJOY THIS EXCERPT:

Morgan drew in a deep breath as the knot in her shoulder tensed. Adam had a point. How could she be so self-centered, dwelling on her high-strung emotions? Perhaps it was a cover. Perhaps she couldn’t face the real issue because it mortified her. She didn’t want to think about it now. Morgan turned her head away and reached over her shoulder to massage that tension-filled knot.

“Turn around.” Adam’s voice brooked no debate. She liked a man who commanded authority. Morgan turned, and he massaged both her shoulders. Heat from his hands trailed down her back. Her core warmed. Her body relaxed, reacting instinctively and with a desire she couldn’t hide.

“Did I hit a nerve?” he asked.

“A nerve? In my neck?” She took a step backward to be closer to him.

“No. About your father. Is your real fear about what will happen to your mother once he turns her?” Adam kept his voice low and leaned close to her ear.

She closed her eyes briefly and faced her anxiety. “Yes.”

“Morgan, our fathers’ condition has a host of positive traits — heightened senses, for example, but the best trait is the healing factor.”

“I understand, Adam. That healing factor will help my mother recover from her awful injuries, but it comes with a tradeoff — she’s going to become a werewolf.”

“Is it better she become addicted to morphine? That addiction is a beast in itself. Which would you prefer she’d become? The soldiers hooked on morphine have vacant eyes, and their hands tremble for their next fix. Do you want that for your mother? Fighting something she can’t win against, or do you want her dealing with a manageable condition? Both our fathers are good men. They’ve managed it.”

Morgan pursed her lips. Adam’s tone was laced in objectivity and confidence, offering her a plausible reason for her father’s actions. Morgan didn’t want a shell of skin and bones that resembled her mother — she wanted her mother well, both emotionally and physically. Why had she been so selfish not to see that?

“It doesn’t bother you that you have these traits?”

“I’m comfortable with who I am.”

Morgan spun around, pressing the length of her body against Adam, curving her hand around the nape of his neck, and bringing his lips to hers. Their mouths met in a searing kiss full of desire. Want. Warmth. Pleasure replaced Morgan’s emotional pain, and she deepened the kiss between them by sweeping her tongue into his mouth.

Adam groaned, wrapped his hands around her waist, and tugged her closer. Morgan continued the kiss, nipping his lower lip with her teeth. A blast of heat from his body washed over her like an ocean wave, sending pleasure spiraling through her. God, she had never felt so wonderful.

He threaded his hand through her hair and then yanked her head back. His mouth fell to her neck. Shivers of delight followed the hard, demanding kisses he placed on her skin.

“Adam, God, don’t stop…”

He did just that. He withdrew his hand from her hair, sliding it down the side of her body to rest at her waist. She looked into his golden eyes blazing with the flames of desire. Adam drew in a deep breath.

“Damn, Morgan, I am a man, and I have more control than that.”

She placed her hand over his heart. “You enjoyed it. Don’t deny it.”

PUBLISHER’S BUY LINK: http://stores.desertbreezepublishing.com/-strse-219/Budapest-Moon-Book-III/Detail.bok

GIVEAWAY: Leave a comment on the blog, and I’ll be by tomorrow to select one lucky poster to win: a decorative cloth Christmas tree, Yankee Candle scents, chocolate and Panera GC along with a PDF copy of Danube in Candlelight.

Question: What was your favorite Underworld Movie: 1, 2, or 3 and are you going to see Underworld 4, Awakening in January?

AMAZON KINDLE BUY LINK: http://www.amazon.com/Hungarian-Moon-Book-Three-ebook/dp/B0061XJFG0/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1320188529&sr=1-1

BARNES & NOBLE NOOK BUY LINK: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/hungarian-moon-book-three-stephanie-burkhart/1107039692?ean=2940013659148&itm=1&usri=danube%2bin%2bcandlelight

ALL ROMANCE EBOOKS: http://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-hungarianmoonbookthreedanubeincandlelight-636082-139.html

FIND ME ON THE WEB AT:

WEBSITE:

http://www.stephanieburkhart.com

TWITTER:

http://twitter.com/StephBurkhart

FACEBOOK:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Stephanie-Burkhart-Author/149938795021166

GOOD READS:

http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4031660.Stephanie_Burkhart

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17 thoughts on “Werewolves in Budapest by Stephanie Burkhart With Giveaway!

    Emily Tardy (@EmilyTardy31) said:
    December 9, 2011 at 1:35 am

    I actually loved them all, but if I have to choose a favorite it would be the first. My reason for picking the first is because that’s the movie that “Hooked” me and made me such an Underworld fan… And because it was the first movie my Husband and I watched together… =D
    I really liked the excerpt, thank you for the chance to win

    emilytardy@yahoo.com

    Yadira A. said:
    December 9, 2011 at 1:39 am

    I’m curious, so I think I will see Underworld 4 in January. I fell in love with the first movie so that’s my favorite.

    “Danube in Candlelight” sounds fantastic and I’ve definitely got the Budapest Moon Series on my wishlist… maybe Santa will be nice to me this year:)

    Thanks for the awesome giveaway! HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!

    yadkny@hotmail.com

    Denise Z said:
    December 9, 2011 at 2:26 am

    My favorite Underworld was #1. I think it was fascinating and so unique at the time it came out, which made it all the more enjoyable. I love the premise of Danube in Candlelight being in Budapest in 1922. I am not familiar with this series of books and will certainly be hopping over to check it out further. Thank you for sharing the wonderful excerpt and post with us today, as well as for the great giveaway opportunity.

    dz59001[at]gmail[dot]com

    Rosalie Lario responded:
    December 9, 2011 at 7:44 am

    Stephanie, thanks for dropping in! Your Budapest Moon series sounds awesome, and that’s coming from another Ann Rice fanatic. 🙂

    Lynne said:
    December 9, 2011 at 11:28 am

    I watched them all and loved all of them but the first is still my favorite and yes I am going to see the new one! your giveaway is awesome! Hope you have a great Christmas.

    jovialvampyre said:
    December 9, 2011 at 1:12 pm

    I enjoyed the excerpt. Thank you. I only see movies when my eldest son lends me blu-rays. But I’ve liked the Underworld series.
    I loved that line about the vamp under your bed not looking like Robert ;).
    Thank you so much. Happy Holidays!
    vsloboda(at)gmail(dot)com

    Cathy M said:
    December 9, 2011 at 3:23 pm

    I’ve watched them all, but #1 is still my favorite. Will definitely be checking out Awakening.

    caity_mack at yahoo dot com

    Janice Seagraves said:
    December 9, 2011 at 6:26 pm

    Venomous were-wolves? That’s a new one on me.

    StephanieBurkhart said:
    December 9, 2011 at 8:24 pm

    Thanks for having me on your blog today, Rosalie. It was a pleasure to visit. I’ll return on Monday to announce a winner for my giveaway. (I want to give people a chance to check out the post and answer)

    Emily, it’s hard for me to pick my favorite as well, but I tell you this – I LOVE Kate Beckinsale as Selene. She is just kick ass!

    Yadira, it’s great to see you here. I’m a bit nervous about #4, but I’m also excited as Kate Beckinsale is back. I’m surprised Scott Speedman isn’t going to be in though and I guess that’s what makes me nervous.

    Denise, thanks for checking out the Budapest Moon series and Danube in Candlelight. It’s a good romance, but the setting is different – Hungary. Hope you’ll like it.

    Rosalie, Anne Rice rocks. I follow her on Twitter, too. lol! And I like her Tweets. She’s always has something interesting to say.

    Lynne, thanks for popping in. A lot of people like #1, I see. Any Viktor fans out there, I wonder? He was bad to the bone if you ask me.

    If the vamp under my bed looked like Robert, I’d be one already. heehe

    Cathy, I’ll be there for Awakening, too.

    Janice, yes, it’s all about the venom. hehe
    Thanks everyone for visiting.

    Jacki C. said:
    December 9, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    Underworld #1 totally.

    Patsy Hagen said:
    December 9, 2011 at 8:53 pm

    I liked all the Underworld movies. I think I liked #3, Rise of The Lyons the best. And yes, I will definately be at the theater in January when Awakening is shown!

    maggietoussaint said:
    December 9, 2011 at 9:30 pm

    I’ve read Steph’s other werewolf books and have to say I like her writing very much. Her stories convey that Old World sense in conflict with the modern world. Very cool stuff!

    Maggie

    Sarah J. McNeal said:
    December 9, 2011 at 11:37 pm

    Congratulations on your great reviews for Danube in Candlelight. I’m just getting started on reading it. I love the backdrop for it and the odd eyes the wold characters have.I know it will be a wonderful story.

    Karen Michelle Nutt said:
    December 10, 2011 at 12:37 am

    Hi Steph! Hey, Rosalie,

    Just popping in for a quick visit. You said werewolves–that was enough for me. lol

    I enjoy reading authors’ spins on old legends. Steph, you do a fabulous job. You made me believe werewolves live in Budapest. lol

    Underworld movies– love them all, but if I had to choose: Underworld: Rise of the Lycans would be my favorite. I red the prequel long before the movie ever came out. There is just something about forbidden love.

    (Rosalie, you know a thing or two about that with your book, TOUCH OF THE ANGEL.) Loving this story. 🙂

    And, you betcha, I’m seeing Underworld #4.

    Steph, I wish you the best with your books. If your books were made into a movie, I’d be right there. Who would you want for the leading roles? Hmm?

      Rosalie Lario responded:
      December 11, 2011 at 9:43 pm

      Thanks, Karen! Glad you’re enjoying it. Yeah, forbidden love is especially compelling isn’t it, LOL?

    Patricia said:
    December 10, 2011 at 1:50 am

    I liked all three, but the first one was my favorite. I will be watching the fourth one when it comes out. Thanks for the chance to win. Like the series so far.

    StephanieBurkhart said:
    December 12, 2011 at 9:56 am

    Congrats to Emily, my Giveaway winner and thanks to everyone who visited. It was great hanging out with Rosalie and meeting new friends. May you all have a happy holiday season.

    Smiles
    Steph

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