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Release Day for Blood Bath & Beyond + contest!

*** Thank you for all the comments!! The winners of the signed copies of BB&B are stephanie L and Amy Medeiros — both of whom have been contacted by email to claim their prize. Congratulations! ***

Today is the fangtastic day that BLOOD BATH & BEYOND — the very first Immortality Bites Mystery — is released into bookstores and onto e-readers everywhere!

Any questions?

Hey Michelle Rowen, what’s the book about?

Thank you for asking!

Blood Bath & Beyond

Blood Bath & Beyond

(An Immortality Bites Mystery #1)

Sarah Dearly is adjusting to life as a fledgling vampire, satisfying her cravings at vampire-friendly blood banks. But when her fiancé Thierry takes a job with the Ring—the secret council in charge of keeping vampires in line—Sarah’s about to get more than a taste of danger…

Being engaged to a centuries-old master vampire can be challenging—especially when he takes a job with the Ring. Thierry’s in for fifty years of nonstop travel and deadly risk. It’s enough to make any woman reconsider the wedding…any woman except Sarah, that is!

Traveling with him to Las Vegas for his first assignment, they encounter a child beauty pageant contestant from hell, as well as a vampire serial killer leaving victims drained of blood, potentially exposing the existence of vampires to the whole world. But when Thierry’s truly ancient history comes back to haunt him, and he’s accused of a crime he didn’t commit, it’s up to Sarah to clear his name before their immortal lives come to an end.

“A bloody hysterical paranormal mystery!” –New York Times Bestselling Author Victoria Laurie

4-1/2 star TOP PICK! “Rowen jumps from paranormal romance to paranormal mystery without skipping a beat…Here’s hoping Sarah will have many more adventures in her new series.”RT BookReviews

5 star TOP PICK! (Rowen makes) the transition from paranormal romance to paranormal mystery with ease. Her writing is sharp, witty and does not disappoint. The ending will delight both old and new fans, and leave you thirsting for the next installment. —Night Owl Reviews

Wait a minute, Michelle… I’m confused. Isn’t Sarah a character from your Immortality Bites paranormal romance series?

Why, yes she is! Sarah Dearly was the star of my original five-book series (although she was only actually in four of ’em). This is her NEW series, which does continue her adventures, but needs NO knowledge of the previous books for new readers to catch on. Plus she’s in a brand new genre — cozy paranormal mystery — and with a fabulous new publisher — Penguin’s Obsidian mystery imprint, home of such awesome authors as Victoria Laurie, Juliet Blackwell, and Heather Blake, to name but a few! I like to think of this new series as urban fantasy with lots of mystery and romance!

Um, I’m still confused. She ended up with Thierry in Tall, Dark & Fangsome. Will she be getting a new love interest in this new series? Because that’s not cool.

Nope. As shown above in the book blurb, there is no new love interest. Sarah and Thierry are definitely together and it’s great fun for me as a writer to get to explore their relationship beyond the “happily ever after.” These two vampires are the proof that opposites definitely attract, so I am anticipating some very exciting times ahead for them as a couple!

Will there be more books in the series after this?

Yup! I’ve recently sent BLED & BREAKFAST (An Immortality Bites Mystery #2) to my editor and it is scheduled for release June 2013. The first chapter can be found at the back of BB&B!

There wouldn’t happen to be anywhere I can go to read the first two chapters of BB&B, is there?

Yes, indeedy! The first two chapters can be found here!

It’s weird. It’s like you know what I’m going to ask before I ask it. How about this: in BLOOD BATH & BEYOND…is there murder and mayhem and danger around every corner?

Uh-huh. Big time!

Is it also hilarious and delightful?

Well, I certainly would like to think so!

Are you doing a Release Day Contest?

Yes, I am!

*******RELEASE DAY CONTEST********

Please leave a comment at the bottom of this post (and if you’re seeing this on a mirror site, please visit www.michellerowen.com/blog to enter!) and tell me what your favorite vampire novel and/or mystery novel of all time is. I will choose two winners at random who will both receive a signed copy of BLOOD BATH & BEYOND. This contest is open Internationally, so comment away! Contest closes Sunday, August 12th Monday, August 13th at 9:00pm Midnight EST and I will contact the winners via email to claim their prizes. Good luck and happy reading!


Check out these other spots you can find Sarah and win yourself a signed copy of Blood Bath & Beyond this week:

Tote Bags ‘n’ Blogs

Rocco’s interview with Sarah Dearly


A big thanks goes out to my awesome readers — many who have contacted me over the last few years wondering if there would be more Sarah Dearly books. I can finally say — yes there are!

I hope new readers and those who’ve been with me for a while both LOVE Blood Bath & Beyond! Please let me know what you think via email, Twitter or Facebook!

Happy Reading!


47 comments to “Release Day for Blood Bath & Beyond + contest!”

  1. evening-green
     · August 7th, 2012 at 4:31 pm · Link

    My favorite vampire one is Shadow Kissed by Richelle Mead.
    Thanks for the cool giveaway!

    • evening-green
       · August 7th, 2012 at 4:33 pm · Link

      Shadow Kiss! I always add the ‘ed’ at the end…how silly of me ^^

  2. Alicia Hall
     · August 7th, 2012 at 4:35 pm · Link

    I love JR Wards BDB series!! Those vamps are just all kinds of sexy!!

  3. AlexaG
     · August 7th, 2012 at 4:41 pm · Link

    Stakes & Stilettos most definitely.

    Pick me, pick me, PICK ME!! *waves hand around frantically*


  4. Diane
     · August 7th, 2012 at 4:42 pm · Link

    Nice Girls Don’t Have Fangs by Molly Harper… Love love love love love the whole series

  5. MonieG
     · August 7th, 2012 at 4:56 pm · Link

    My favorites are the Vegas Vampire series by Erin McCarthy and the Real Vampire series by Gerry Bartlett.

  6. Rachel
     · August 7th, 2012 at 4:59 pm · Link

    I think I have to pick Fanged and Fabulous!!! :-)

  7. Leigh Rathbone
     · August 7th, 2012 at 5:19 pm · Link

    This is a tough one as I’ve read so many. Mmm….I’m going to have to go with the Morganville Vampire series by Rachel Caine. But it’s one of many can’t put down series.

    • Leigh Rathbone
       · August 7th, 2012 at 5:21 pm · Link

      Haha never put down the actual title of the book – The first on The Glass House as I like meeting characters.

  8. LauraM
     · August 7th, 2012 at 5:22 pm · Link

    My favorite Vampire Books of all time are the Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead :) x

  9. stephanie L
     · August 7th, 2012 at 5:41 pm · Link

    Favorite Vampire series, that’s a hard one. J.R Ward really made me fall in love with the genre so I’ll say the BDB series hands down.

  10. jessica vollman
     · August 7th, 2012 at 5:52 pm · Link

    Love michelle Rowen! Hope win

  11. Melissa (Books and Things)
     · August 7th, 2012 at 6:53 pm · Link

    Fave vamp books are the Nighthuntress Series by Jeaniene Frost.

    This book sounds so good!

  12. Tanya
     · August 7th, 2012 at 8:05 pm · Link

    I really enjoyed your Nightshade series… Matthias… YUM.

    Also, a huge fan of Vampire Academy series.

    Can’t wait to read this new one of yours!

  13. Jann M
     · August 7th, 2012 at 9:49 pm · Link

    My favorite vampire series is probably the Cat & Bones series by Jeaniene Frost. Loved the newest which was about Vlad!!

  14. Heather Alexander
     · August 7th, 2012 at 10:12 pm · Link

    My favorite vampire book of all time is Salem’s Lot by Stephen King. I also love your books because I enjoy the humor. Thanks for the contest. I hope I win, looks like a great series.

  15. Heather
     · August 7th, 2012 at 10:43 pm · Link

    My favorite vampire (and sometime mystery) novels are Lynsay Sands Argeneau Vampire series.

  16. Karyl
     · August 7th, 2012 at 11:17 pm · Link

    My favorite vampire novel of all time is not a paranormal romance. It’s Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice

  17. Danette
     · August 8th, 2012 at 12:18 am · Link

    I’m so excited that Sarah is back…Thank you Michelle for letting her nag you to write more of her story :D..As for comedic vampire series, I love your series and for action romance vampire series I love the Dark Hunter series by Sherrilyn Kenyon.

    Hugs, Danette

  18. Amy Medeiros
     · August 8th, 2012 at 12:23 am · Link

    My favorite vampire series is Real Vampires Have Curves by Gerry Bartlett.

  19. Qwill
     · August 8th, 2012 at 1:18 am · Link

    My favorite vampire novel of all time is… Shattered Glass by Elaine Bergstrom. Love the entire Austra Vampire seriee. Happy Publication Day!!!

  20. Ren Puspita
     · August 8th, 2012 at 1:51 am · Link

    Love at Stake series by Kerrelyn Sparks! Happy release day, Michelle! :-D

  21. Rachel Kramer Bussel
     · August 8th, 2012 at 4:08 am · Link

    Huge fan of your title! I love Murder in Vein by Sue Ann Jaffarian, a vampire mystery, and her Odelia Grey series.

  22. donnas
     · August 8th, 2012 at 4:45 am · Link

    For classics I would have to say Dracula. For current novels, the list is so long – Im not sure I can pick one. But I have to say that along with MJD’s Betsy, it was Sarah that got me hooked all over again on the genre.

  23. Toni Lotempio
     · August 8th, 2012 at 10:18 am · Link

    I’m probably dating myself, but…favorite vampire novel would have to be DRACULA…favorite mystery is a lot harder. I’ve got lots of favorite mystery series, but novel? Don’t laugh…Nancy Drew’s The Secret in the Old Attic. It was the very first mystery i read as a kid and it’s what inspired me to write mysteries! :-P

  24. Sarah C
     · August 8th, 2012 at 11:18 pm · Link

    You know, I really liked Tall, Dark & Fangsome! It was a perfect ending, and it made me happy. Favorite mystery has to be anything Sherlock Holmes.

  25. Marci
     · August 10th, 2012 at 1:58 am · Link

    I really love Bitten and Smitten the book that started my love of vampires and romance novels!!

  26. Tiffany K
     · August 10th, 2012 at 3:04 am · Link

    I loved the sound of this book, thank you for sharing. My favorite vampire novel would have to be the one that got me hooked on vampire novels in the first place. That would be Vampires are Forever by Lynsay Sands.

  27. ROCCO
     · August 10th, 2012 at 5:53 pm · Link

    And if you’d like to hera Sarah’s views on the subject of BBB, check out ROCCO’s interview with her at http://www.catsbooksmorecats.blogspot.com You can win a copy of BBB!

  28. Vendea
     · August 10th, 2012 at 6:55 pm · Link

    I absolutely love Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead :)

  29. Danielle
     · August 10th, 2012 at 7:02 pm · Link

    I love your books and hope to win this newest book! :)
    I was hooked on the Love at Stake series by Kerrelyn Sparks.

  30. Michelle
     · August 10th, 2012 at 7:10 pm · Link

    My favourite is Some Girls Bite by. Chloe Niell, this book was what got me hooked on vampire novels.. :)

  31. Johana Vera
     · August 10th, 2012 at 8:35 pm · Link

    One of my favorite series is The Hollows by Kim Harrison.. Also Molly Harper’s Nice Girls Don’t Series..

  32. Spav
     · August 10th, 2012 at 10:38 pm · Link

    My favourite vampire novel is Lover Eternal by J.R. Ward.

  33. Jenn@OwlReadIt
     · August 10th, 2012 at 11:21 pm · Link

    I’m going to have to say it’s a toss up between The Sookie Stackhouse books and Vampire Academy!

  34. Irayda Moran
     · August 10th, 2012 at 11:43 pm · Link

    I have to say my favorite all time vampire series of all time The Forbidden series by Cat Miller. Because the mail female charactor is kick a**.

  35. Dani K.
     · August 10th, 2012 at 11:54 pm · Link

    My favorite vampire novel is The Vampire Lestat. I have others, but Lestat is my first vampire love. :mrgreen:

  36. Calliope
     · August 11th, 2012 at 9:25 pm · Link

    Ack – such a long list! Jeaniene Frost and Anne Rice top the list but Jeannie Holmes has a great Criminal-Minds-Goes-Vamp like series, Kristen Painter has a great Geisha style take on vamps and Molly Harper’s vamp stories are hilarity from the first word. Oh, and this Michelle Rowen I’ve heard about doesn’t seem so bad either. :wink:

  37. Lisa G
     · August 11th, 2012 at 9:36 pm · Link

    Picking my favorite vampire book would be really hard to do. So I’m going to pick two series instead. The first is the Immortality Bites series. And the other would be the Vegas Vampires by Erin McCarthy.
    Paranormal Romance has been my new favorites genre lately. Loved Immortality Bites and Living In Eden. Can’t wait to read Blood Bath and Beyond. :)

  38. Tattoogirl Reads
     · August 13th, 2012 at 11:33 pm · Link

    My fav is The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova.

  39. Casey S.
     · August 14th, 2012 at 1:03 am · Link

    My favorite vampire book is *drum roll* ‘The Immortal Rules’ by Julie Kagawa! Also ‘Vampire Academy’ by Richelle Mead’

  40. Brittany Gray
     · August 14th, 2012 at 2:10 am · Link

    My favorite is the Hollows series by Kim Harrison. It’s really well developed and has a good amount of romance as well. :)

  41. Natalia J
     · August 14th, 2012 at 6:58 pm · Link

    My favorite vampire is from J.R wards series the (Black Dagger Brotherhood) Wrath, such a badass. I love him. :-P

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