Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Welcome to We Love Gena Week!

Hello to all and welcome to the start of a very exciting week on Hanging With Bells and That's What I'm Talking About! Jen and I are sharing our love (obsession) of the wonderful Gena Showalter and her books with you! Gena is one of our favorite authors and her books are near and dear to our hearts.

I personally want to start a cult and call it The Cult of Gena because I am so crazy over her books. I'm sure lots of you have even seen JoJo and I chanting Gena's name because we are obsessed with her books. *chanting* Gena, Gena, Gena. The cult would meet and sit around discussing Gena's book and favorite characters. Chapters will be memorized and our own language will be formed. Once a year the cult would take a trip to a private island where festivities will be held in honor of the great Gena. Our favorite Lord of the Underworld will be there. (Gideon & Strider are mine so back off!) I'm sure there are lots of others who feel the same way that I do right?

Jen and I agree on a lot of the same things when it comes to Gena's books. Here is a list of things that we agree on:

  • We love the mythology of her books. It's very unique with the use of human mythology, but twisted to show her own story.
  • Her male characters make us melt. They are not only gorgeous and sometimes wicked, but are really nice guys who are in love with their partners and would do anything for
  • We love how each pairing is a perfect match and how the males and females soothe each others inner beasts.
  • Bells: I think she writes the HOTTEST smex scenes! I know that if I am about to read a Gena book I might want to turn the fan on cause it's about to get HOT!!!
This is just a small sampling of our love for Gena's books. We will share more with you throughout the week. Here is a schedule of what we will be talking about this week:

Wednesday May 19, 2010: On Bell’s blog check out a story about our love for GENA and her books (and hot males)! GIVEAWAY: The Darkest Night.
Thursday May 20, 2010: On Twimom’s blog get the 411 on the LORDS of the Underworld. GIVEAWAY: The Darkest Kiss.
Friday May 21, 2010: On both Bell’s and Twimom’s blog - hear about our favorite Lords and moments from the stories. GIVEAWAY: The Darkest Pleasure.
Sunday May 23, 2010: Get a sneak peek of The Darkest Passion with Twimom’s Sunday Snippets.
Monday May 24, 2010: Read a review of The Darkest Passion on both Bell’s and Twimom’s blog. GIVEAWAY: The Darkest Whisper.
Tuesday May 25, 2010: RELEASE DAY and a fan letter to Ms. Showalter on Bell’s blog. GIVEAWAY: Into the Dark.

So now it's time to talk about today's giveaway! Gena has generously donated a copy of one of her books for each day of the celebration and she is going to sign it!!! Today's giveaway is for the 1st book in the Lords of the Underword series THE DARKEST NIGHT!!!

Here is what this great book is all about:

All her life, Ashlyn Darrow has been tormented by voices from the past. To end the nightmare, she has come to Budapest seeking help from men rumored to have supernatural abilities, not knowing she'll be swept into the arms of Maddox, their most dangerous member--a man trapped in a hell of his own.

Neither can resist the instant hunger that calms their torments...and ignites an irresistible passion. But every heated touch and burning kiss will edge them closer to destruction--and a soul-shattering test of love....

This book is a great first in this wonderful series. She really hit the goldmine writing about the Lords because they are a truly a special group of warriors. To win a signed copy of The Darkest Night this is what you need to do:

  • Leave a comment telling us what is it about Gena's books that make you love them! If you haven't read any of Gena's books tell us why you want to read them, and what's taken you so long!! (you are missing out on a good thing!)
  • Provide your email so we can contact you to let you know that you have won. We will contact you for your address info and then forward it to Gena so she can sign your book and send it to you! (you are so lucky if you win. I don't even have a signed Gena book! *sobs*)
  • All comments must be received by May 26, 2010 by 11:59 p.m. A winner will be chosen using and all winners will be announced on both blogs on May 28, 2010.
  • Following our blogs is not a requirement but if you are a follower already, thanks for following us. But if you aren't, we would love to have you as a follower. Just click on that handy follow button on the sidebar. :D

So we have a great week in store for all the Gena lovers out there! I personally hope I don't scare Gena away from my blog with my obsessive talk. (I love you Gena!) So make sure you check the schedule above and check out Twimom and my posts for the opportunity to win more signed books from Gena.



  1. I would gladly join the cult to Gena. I have loved everything she's written.
    What is it about the the Lords - Oh god, everything. I could copy verbatim what you wrote above. Those men are HOT and so sweet and rotten all at once. By the way - Maddox is mine! I feel in love with him right away. I guess I'm a violent type of girl ;).

  2. I am so excited about your Gena week! Totally going to enter all contests too.... great post! Awesome schedule ;)

  3. I have read this book and it is amazing! Her characters are wonderful and I can't wait to read more.

  4. No one else writes yummy males like Gena Showalter. Love her.

  5. I'm loving Gena's books so far. I just read the first two books in her LOTU series and I can't talk about them enough. The premise of the books is very creative and fun to read about. The guys are HOT and the pairings are perfect. I can't wait to get started on the next book. It's so cool of you to do a Gena week. :)

  6. I'm always looking for new authors and series to read, sounds good!

  7. I love Gena. I've never read any of her adult books just yet. But her writing. OMG hands down one of my favorites.

  8. Favorite.series.ever. She creates the best characters. They are all interesting and I love reading about them :)
    throuthehaze at gmail dot com

  9. Will I get kicked off the gravy train by admitting this. I have the release that's coming out soon. I haven't read it yet, but I haven't read the series. Well I did read the first couple pages and was totally lost, but I think that's because I haven't read the series so I put it down. It didn't however, entice me to go through and pick up all the other books first!

  10. Lynette: You totally need to start from the beginning to get a better feel for all that has happened to these males! It's a fabulous series!

    Do I get to enter my own contest? *snort* JUST KIDDING! Thanks for all the comments so far! Check back at my blog tomorrow for the next contest!

  11. Gena's books are so unlike anything I have ever read. Though she got me started on paranormal romance, none of the other books in this genre have compared to the Lords of the Underworld! I've really fallen in love with every character and her writing process is truly unique and inspiring.

  12. What I like the most in Gena's books? Humor and so hot men... :)

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  14. I love Gena's books! I've read each one in the LOTU series and I'm eagerly anticipating the next one. I love the strong sexhay male characters and the strong females. If you haven't read yet, what's wrong with you? Get on the LOTU train! :D

  15. I love paranormal books that through in mythology because I am a closet dork and love greek gods.

    Sexy guys are good too!!!


  16. I wish I could say that I was already a reader of her books. And I really want to start them, I just havent had the chance yet. They are high up on my wishlist and just the type of books I love to read.

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

  17. I just read Playing with Fire this week. Love her! :)

    leighblaze at yahoo dot com

  18. I really enjoy her humor. I admit I have only read a contemporary romance by Gena, but reading it def left me wanting more.

    patronus89013 at yahoo dot com

  19. The Paranormal element combined with heat, mythology, the contradictions of characters and the seduction it involves. I'm a sucker for her LOTU series. ;-)

  20. "What is it about Gena's books that make you love them!" The better question is what is it about Gena's book you don't love?? There's nothing I don't love!! I love everything!!!! Everything in this book is GREAT!! I love the whole twist to Pandora box. I wish the LOTU were real!!! If only life was like that!!! Well, one could wish. :)

  21. I love hoow her couple soothe each other too . very smexy scenes too.

    aprilmom00 at gmail dot com

  22. I've only read her book Intertwined so far and I love Riley, the werewolf in the book. I really want to start reading her other books because I want to see what else she has. I love reading and I read A LOT. Plus, hot boys are just delicious.


    *chants* GENA GENA GENA GENA
    HeHeHe Hi my Bells and TwiMom. you lady's so freakin Rock! You def. know the way to a girls heart!
    Well i think we all know i am a Gena Fan! I lurve her HAWT Men, hilarious humor, wonderful writing, and did i mention the HAWT Men?!?!
    AnyWhoo Thank you Lady's for the wonderful week that gives ma another reason to stalk you...and yes i said STALK! *big evil grin*

    *huggies* I Luv you Lady's
    jojosbookcorner at gmail dot com

  24. Not entering the contest as I own them all, but I'll join the cult of Gena Showalter What's not to love about those lords?

  25. i love her books!!! her books have everything amazing stories, great romance, and very hot guys ;)


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  27. Whats not to like! i LOVE every single page of her books. best series i have read in a while. Gena is way up there in my favorite authors. :) I also love how she uses the mythology and the HOT/SEXY men. BEST romance books i have ever read!!!

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  29. The books sound great - I'm not sure why I haven't read any of them. But now I'm looking forward to reading them :)

    franalokas (at) yahoo (dot)com

  30. This whole week of Gena events week is so much fun! :-)

    I haven't read anything by Gena YET, but after all the praise I've read about her wtiting and her amazing books, she was added to my wishlist.

    I would like to read her books because
    1) I'm a huge mythology buff,a nd I'm sure I would enjoy all the references and setting
    2) I love my heroes to be larger than life, powerful and irresistible
    3) I love Kresley Cole's Immortals After Dark series and I have a feeling I will love Gena's series too!

    I'm a follower, and will definitely check back tomorrow! ;-)

    Thank you,

    stella.exlibris (at) gmail (dot) com

  31. I have not read any of Gena's books because clearly I am a total looser. ROFL!

    dyromance (at) gmail (dot) com

  32. Ohhh, I so so so want to start this series! Twimom227 started me out as a Paranormal Smut Queen in training and I'm having severe BDB withdrawal symptoms since devouring Lover MIne.

    Why should I win? Because I just suffered through 246 pages of bad paranormal romance just to have one character get a "chubby." Not kidding! La la love brotherhood/warrior concepts, la la love mythology and need a great read to get over a bad burn. h e l p !

  33. hey count me in for the contest please! i admit i've only read intertwined, but i totally loved it!! i loved the hot/awsome/hilarious characters and the whole world she creates!! all the mythology stuff combined with the modern world and her awsome humor and writing make it impossible not to love it!! plus some great romance that's always a great thing!!

  34. I love the paranormal aspects and the sexy men.

  35. I love the characters in her books and her writing style.

    aikychien at yahoo dot com

  36. I Have Only Read Gena's Intertwined Book But She Had Me Hooked From The First Sentence. I Coulnd't Put That Book Down Once I Had Started It. I Have Been Wanting To Read Her Lords Of The Underworld Series For A While Now.

    I Am Following This Blog And Twimom (skyla11377).


  37. I have not read any of Gena's books and now really want to because everyone says they are the best (including you!). I will definitely have to start reading them!

  38. I have not read any of her books yet, I know, I'm such a slacker. I have been reading so many wonderful comments on her books that I've got to start reading them.

    seriousreader at live dot com

  39. I've been hearing about Gena's books ever since I first encountered book blogging on the internet! Her covers attract my attention every time, but I don't read a lot of paranormal romance so I haven't really had a chance to dive into them! Obviously now is my chance! :D

  40. I haven't read any of her books, unfortunately, so thank you for this great chance! This series sounds amazing! Please enter me if this contest is international! :)

    Thank you!

    Giada M.

    fabgiada @

  41. I love the characters, the paranormal elements and the HEA at the end of the books.


  42. What isn't there to love about Gena's books? She has male's, strong females, raunchy scenes, action, adventure. I love everything about her style of writing. She is definitely one of my fave's. The Lords of The Underworld are seriously hot! Can't wait for Aeron's story.