Thursday, September 30, 2010

It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like Vampires...In Heidi Betts' New Christmas Anthology

Today we're celebrating the long-awaited release of THE BITE BEFORE CHRISTMAS, a single-author Christams anthology featuring three fun and sexy vampire romances from Heidi Betts!

Bestselling, award-winning author Heidi Betts began her love affair with the romance genre in junior high school, where she used to sneak romance novels into study hall when she should have been doing her homework. It didn't take long to decide she wanted to write a few romances of her own, so she set out to do just that.

Her first book was released by Dorchester Publishing in 2000, with five more to follow. From there, Heidi moved into the contemporary arena by writing numerous category titles for Silhouette Desire, and recently she signed with St. Martin's Press to begin writing funny, sexy single titles.

With each new book, Heidi asks herself how she can bring to life endearing heroes and heroines whom readers will believe are meant for each other. And with each new novel to hit the stands, readers and reviewers alike declare she knows how to create a story that sizzles, charms, and delights from the first page to the last. Her first title for Silhouette Desire landed at #1 on the Waldenbooks/Borders Series Romance Bestseller List, where her books have continued to make an appearance ever since.

Heidi loves to read, write, watch movies (and just a little too much television), and surround herself with furry, four-legged friends in her home in the beautiful hills of Central Pennsylvania.



Vampires turn to fanged and fabulous matchmaker extraordinaire Angelina Ricci to help them find that special someone to curl up with under the mistletoe in this charming (read: sexy) and delightful (read: funny) holiday collection by national bestselling author Heidi Betts. Because vampires need love, too. (Biting optional. Hot sex guaranteed.)

"All I Vant For Christmas"
Connor loves trimming the Christmas tree, baking gingerbread cookies, and hanging the mistletoe. But his vampire siblings won't help. His friend Angelina sends party planner Jillian to the rescue. But when Jillian, who's mortal, discovers she's decking the halls for a family of vampires, will she run - or will Connor have a beautiful woman to share the holidays with?

"A Vampire in Her Stocking"
When Vivian learns that her secret crush Nick is terminally ill, she's heartbroken. Confiding in Angelina, Vivian refuses to turn Nick into a vampire. Deciding to play Santa, Angelina changes Nick and leaves him wrapped in a red bow on Vivian's doorstep...

"It's A Wonderful Bite"
Although Angelina is happy with her boyfriend Sergio, she's ready for a commitment. After drinking eggnog and watching It's a Wonderful Life on Christmas Eve, Angelina falls into a dream where she is mortal and Sergio isn't interested in her. Talk about the nightmare before Christmas! But Santa must have checked his list twice because this Christmas Angelina's wishes are coming true...


WIN - Leave Heidi a comment or question today at her Cyber Launch Party and your name goes in the hat for an autographed copy of her only other paranormal release to date - HOTTER THAN HELL. And don't forget to check out the fantastic Vampire prize package she has up for grabs over on her website - All the details are here!

Don't forget to leave your email address along with your comment, so we can contact you if you are today's winner - Good Luck!


  1. Hi Heidi!
    congrats on the release - the stories sound fantastic and so interesting! The Bite before Christmas is now on top of my wishlist and I have to say I absolutely love the cover!! do you have a say in choosing it?
    wish you all the best, Ina

    inale87 at gmx dot at

  2. Super congrats on the new release Heidi!!! We've been waiting sooo long for this one!!!

    Has anyone seen it on the shelves yet??

    What a great idea for a holiday anthology and I love how the stories are connected. And that cover...oh yeah!

    Hope it's a HUGE bestseller for you Heidi and can we expect another holiday anthology from you next year??? please...please...please..

    Enjoy your party - cyber champagne and candy canes for everyone!

  3. I love paranormal books and both of these sound delightful. I think contests are the best way to find new read :)Thanks

  4. Congrats Heidi on your new release!! sounds like a great book Cant wait to read it also i love the cover

    Sandy B.



  6. Would help if I included my email...sigh. *hate* being sick.

    Which heroine do you most identify with, Heidi?

  7. Hello, Heidi! I had such fun reading the excerpts from "The Bite Before Christmas" that I decided to start celebrating the holidays somewhat early this year. I am going to whip up a batch of eggnog, heavy on the nog, and practice making dark and delicious gingervamp cookies with cute little icing fangs : ) That's the spirit!

    gcwhiskas at aol dot com

  8. Congrats on the release.

    I just finished reading the excerpt, it was great! I love the cover.

    skpetal at hotmail dot com

  9. Congratulations on your new release. I love holiday books, and vampires, so I can't wait to read this book.

    seriousreader at live dot com

  10. holidays and vampires - oh, i can't wait! and i must say, the cover gods were very good to you...can we say yummy? :)

    k_sunshine1977 at yahoo dot com

  11. I want to say good morning, everyone, but a glance at the clock shows me it's well after noon. *sigh* Sorry 'bout that...what can I say? Rough morning trying to get to the 'puter.

    But I'm here now & cannot thank DeNita enough for helping me to celebrate the release of my sexy holiday vampire story--something I'm really excited about!

    And thank you, all, for dropping by to spend the day with me!

  12. Hi, Ina! I'm so glad you like the sound of was terrific fun to work on, trying to figure out how to make hot vampires seasonal & toss in the fun paranormal right along with the fun Xmas. :-)

    I love the cover, secret there, I've been drooling over it for months. *vbg* But I actually had very little to do with it. My editor asked if I had any ideas, I made one suggestion (which I realize now would have been disastrous compared to what they came up with!), & then they showed me the final version. Couldn't have asked for better! And I love all the cool elements in there, like the tombstone wrapped in Xmas lights, the bats flying alongside Santa's sleigh... I adore it. :-D

  13. AuthorIsland~

    *You've* been waiting a long time? I feel like I've aged as much as my vamp characters waiting for this one to come out. LOL

    I've gotten reports for a couple of people that they've seen it on the shelves, which is great. But because it's a trade-size Brava, it may not show up as well as regular paperbacks. So, please, if anyone has trouble finding it on the shelves when you go shopping, don't hesitate to ask the bookstores to order it in for you. They'll do it happily, with no additional charge, & call you when it comes in!

    No plans for another holiday collection next year, altho I do have an idea niggling the back of my mind. Next year's Brava release is going to be a story I've been calling VAMPS IN VEGAS, but will probably end up with a completely different title before it comes out. Still, it's Vegas...with a wealthy vampire casino owner & a set of twin showgirls... Very sexy, great fun! ;-)

  14. Thanks so much, April, Sandy, & Regina!

    Hi, Diana! Boy, that's a tough one. Right off the bat (ha--bat! *g*), I would have to say I probably identify most with Jillian, the heroine of BITE's first novella. She's both intrigued & a little frightened by the idea of getting involved with a vampire, & even runs to the bookstore to research with books like "The Idiot's Guide to Dating a Vampire." :-) Sounds like something I would do.

  15. Hi, Virginia! Ooh, that sounds yummy! Send some my way, okay? :-)

    I'm so glad you liked the excerpt. There are actually three (one for each novella, of course), if anyone is interested. Let's see if I can post links to the first two...

    Excerpt #1 -- (on my home page; scroll down a bit for the excerpt)

    Excerpt #2 --

  16. Thanks, Jean, Linda, & Sunshine!

    Please see my last comment about multiple excerpts, if you're interested...I figured I should give a little taste of each story, since there are three in the book. ;-)

  17. Btw, I'd love to announce another big giveaway I'm holding in honor of THE BITE BEFORE CHRISTMAS. I called in my "Fang-Tastic Swag Bag Giveaway."

    All I'm asking folks to do to enter is sign up for my Newsletter. You can see the rules & a list/pic of the vampire swag here:


  18. Happy Release Day
    I've been looking forward to The Bite Before Christmas. Even though it's a Christmas theme it makes me think of Halloween,Valentine's Day and Christmas rolled up together in one nice package.

  19. Congrats on the release. Looks like a great book, I love vampire stories.

    Running off now to read the excerpts and sign up for the newsletter...hehe!!!!

    in Germany

  20. That's fabulous, Leni, I love it! Yes, it is a little Halloween, a little Christmas, & a little Valentine's Day all rolled into one. :-D

  21. Hey, Valerie from Germany...fancy meeting you here. :-) Yes, please sign up for my newsletter. I'm not a pest (I swear) & I need all the help I can get building it up again after the summer's disaster. Spread the word, too--the more, the merrier!

  22. Happy Release day! I'll keep an eye out for your book. It looks like the perfect holiday book read...

    Dea Lea

  23. Congrats on your new release!
    Cannot wait to read it.

    kissinoak at frontier dot com

  24. Hey Heidi, sorry I can't stay, but I thought I would drop in to show some love. It looks like you've had many visitors on the island. Congrats again on the release of BITE!!!

    Peace and love,
    Paula R.

  25. Yay for Heidi and her new book!!
    Big Hugs!!!


  26. I love Christmas and I love Vampires... what an unusually great combination!

  27. Thanks, Brishen & Estella! I sure do hope you enjoy it for the holidays...both of them. :-D

    Hi, Paula! Thanks for dropping in to show me some love. Now run off & do your thing; I know you're busy. ;-)

  28. Hey, Hollie! Thanks for dropping by. It's always nice to see a few familiar "faces." :-)

    Thanks so much, Yadkny! Love to hear that kind of enthusiasm. :-) I certainly enjoyed mixing the dark sexiness of vampires with the warm coziness of the let's see if you like them as much as I did. *g*

  29. Too awesome, Heidi! Can't wait to read this collection--it'll be fun to see your take on the vamps!

    f dot chen at comcast dot net

  30. Congrats on the release of your first Brava title, Heidi.

    janie1215 AT excite DOT com

  31. Congratulations Heidi! The Bite before Christmas sounds like a great anthology!
    chey127 at hotmail dot com

  32. Congratulations!! I love my Christmas stories with a bit of bite. I'm looking forward to a great read.

  33. Congratulations on the release. I can't wait for it to come out.

  34. Congratulations on your new release. This sounds like a great book. I love paranormal books and books set at Christmas time.

  35. Hi, Fedora! Thanks so much. Your comment actually made me chuckle, given conversations in The Dungeon. Yeah, you'll get to see my take on vampires, all right. LOL ;-)

  36. Thanks, Jane, Chey, Marybelle, Andrea, & Sherry! I love that you guys love paranormal with a bit of a twist. Or would that be traditional holiday fair with a bit of a twist? *g* Either way, there's a little bit of everything in there for you to enjoy. And, no, it's not too early to start your Christmas theme reading. ;-)

    Andrea~ BITE is actually available now...or should be. Or will be first thing tomorrow. *whew* Kindle version tomorrow, too. I've had a lot of folks ask about that, & it will be nice to be able to tell them they can download it immediately. :-D

  37. Congrats on the release!
    throuthehaze at gmail dot com

  38. Congrats on the new release. It sounds like a great book to read this winter.

  39. Hi Heidi, I came back. I am so excited about the Dungeon and the book. Now, I forgot to leave my email in my rush to go. I will just have to bug you for a copy of Hotter than Hell or perhaps we could have a little prize day in the Dungeon. Oh, wait, we's today free book Friday. Um, people, if you haven't visited the Dungeon or signed up for Heidi's newsletter. You really should. I mean seriously. It's a happening place. Drop in and place with us. It's not that torturous. I promise!!!

    Peace and love,
    Paula R.

  40. Congratulations on the new release Heidi.
    I was painting all day outside and just got on the computer so I missed your visit.
    i look forward to a different kind of Christmas story for the holidays.

    gigihicks at

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  42. Congrats on your new release Heidi! I've been looking forward to this book for a long time. It sounds amazing.


  43. Hi again, everyone. Just popping in to be sure I don't miss any comments. :-)

    Thanks so much, Haze & Mary. It really is a blast being able to celebrate a release this way...with great readers & all the awesome support. :-D

  44. Hi again, Paula! So glad you like the new look of The Dungeon. Yes, spread the word, tell everyone how wonderful it is. (The Dungeon, btw, is the nickname for my WIPs and Chains blog. ;-))

    We postponed this week's Free Book Friday to celebrate the relaunch of my wonderful new website/blog design, but normally we do hold that weekly giveaway. Not to mention Happy Hunk Day on Wednesdays, & lots of fabulous fun the whole rest of the week. :-)

    And for everyone...please do sign up for my Newsletter, if you haven't already. Not only will it get you entered in my "Fang-tastic Vampire Swag Bag Giveaway" until the end of October, but it's a great way to stay informed about upcoming releases. And I'm not a pest about it, believe me! :-p

  45. Hi, Gigi! So sorry you were stuck painting all day. Altho, you obviously were having better weather than we positively poured here *all day*. Ugh.

    Glad you you stop in, tho, & I do hope you enjoy BITE as both a paranormal & a holiday read. :-D

  46. Thanks so much, Becky, I'm delighted to hear it. Hope you'll let me know what you think of my trio of vamps once you've had the chance to read them!