Donna Augustine

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Suddenly Shifter Blog Hop


Who doesn’t love a shifter? Well, there might be quite a few people, but for our purposes today, we’ll just pretend everyone loves shifters!

But the question is, who’s the furriest, I mean fairest of them all?  With so many great characters, it’s hard to narrow it down to just one. My personal front runners would be Simon, from Written in Red by Anne Bishop, and Curran, from the Kate Daniels Series by Ilona Andrews. But my absolute favorite can’t be named. Problem is, you don’t actually find out he’s a shifter until late in the series, and I hate spoilers!

So, if we have it narrowed down to Simon and Curran, it’s a really tough call. Simon is a wolf. Wolves are just cool and you’ve got the whole pack thing going for them. Curran is a lion though. Lions are the top of the food chain in the animal kingdom. If I had to pick one, and it can’t be my mystery character, I think Curran wins this one by a shifter hair.

And of course, this would be a really lame hop if it didn’t have some giveaways! I’m giving away a $10 Amazon Gift Card in honor of Curran. (You know, King of the Jungle, cash is king?) Make sure you check out the rest of the sites below for more giveaways!


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Book #4, Redemption, is now available!

Redemption is now available for purchase on Amazon and Barnes and Noble and coming soon to iBooks.

Also, I’m happy to announce that The Keepers is now available as an audiobook. It can be found on Amazon, and iTunes. Keepers and Killers will be available in audiobook format later this month. Both are narrated by the talented Laurel Schroeder.

Vampire for Valentines Giveaway Hop

Vampires for Valentine's Giveaway Hop

The first vampire fiction I fell in love with was The Vampire Lestat by Anne Rice. Why? What about a creature of the night that killed people by sucking the blood out of their veins made me want more? I wish I knew exactly, but I’m going to try and break down some of the things that might be appealing. To make it fair, I’m going to list the cons as well.

Pros to Dating a Vampire

1. They don’t age. Immortality is pretty intriguing.

2. They are beautiful, at least in majority of books I’ve read. Young and hot? I think this mystery is starting to unravel.

3. Nocturnal creatures are very appealing to night owls, such as myself.

4. I’ve always had a thing for a guy kissing or nibbling my neck. It’s one of the top erogenous zones.  Okay, maybe not to suck out my blood, but it looks so hot in the movies.

5. They’re strong. Superhuman strength is just plain cool!

6. A lot of them can fly. If I could have a super power, my first choice would be flying! Plus, it’s got to beat taking coach.

Vampire Dating Cons

1. Sleeping in a coffin? No way. I don’t care how cute the vampire is.

2. Always the chance of accidental murder. He might be the nicest vampire in the world but when you’re sucking on a jugular, things can go bad quick.

3. Awkward moment when he won’t eat or drink at a dinner party and your friends think you’re dating a freak.

4. Having to keep a fire extinguisher handy when you go to your friend’s church wedding.

Life Sized Needle Felted Bat Giveaway

I decided to felt a bat for this giveaway. Here is a mini tutorial on how I made him.

1. As usual, I start with a fluff of wool that I use a felting needle on to start working a shape. In this case, I added a length of pipe cleaner to the end so that I’d be able to hang him.


2. Rough shape of body and head.image

3. Cover in dark wool.image

4. Make ears.image

5. Felt on ears and sew on black beads for eyes. Add black wool for beginning of wings.image

6. Add layer of lighter wool to add depth and texture to his fur.image

7. Build wings in black wool.image

Finished bat. I added a polymer nose I sculpted. You can find that tutorial here.image

Shown hanging from a pen. You could hang him from almost anywhere. I thought he might be cute hanging from a rear view mirror.image

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Fire and Ice Blog Hop

Before I was a writer, I was a reader. One of my favorite authors is Karen Moning. So for this blog hop, I’ve decided to highlight my favorite romance from her, The Dark Highlander. I think this is the first book in which she really starts to write a darker hero. This trend in her writing carries forward into her next book and also her Fever Series, another absolute favorite of mine.


From his penthouse lair high above Manhattan, Dageus looks out over a glittering city that calls to the darkness within him. A sixteenth-century Scot trapped between worlds, he is fighting a losing battle with the thirteen Druids who possess his soul, dooming him to an eternity of sexual pursuit. When Chloe Zanders, student of antiquities, is drawn into his world, she finds the insatiable alpha male an irresistible lure.Before long, she is caught up in an ancient prophecy that will sweep her back into time to medieval Scotland. Plunged into a world of timeless magic and dark seduction, she will soon face the challenge of a lifetime: fighting thirteen evil spirits for the heart of one irresistible man….

To help you on your way to reading this great series, I’m giving away a $10 Amazon gift card.


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Don’t stop here! All of the sites below are offering up their own giveaways!



Needle Felted Bulldog Giveaway and Quick Tutorial

What you’ll need:

100% Wool Batting

Brown Wool

Barbed Felting Needle

Foam Felting Pad

Black Beads

Needle & Thread

Black Clay Nose (You can find tutorial under Needle Felting. This is optional. You can substitute black wool. )

I never know exactly how I’m going to make something when I start. There is a lot of trial and error. This craft is very forgiving. Too little wool, add more. Too much? Just snip a chunk off with your scissors. Don’t be afraid to play around with it.

Here is my starting point. One chunk of batting and a barbed needle (38 gauge).

imageNow, start randomly poking the wool until you start to form a rough shape. That’s the beginning of the head, torso and back legs.


A little further along.


imageI need to get some front legs on!


I made a flat piece of felted wool that I’m attaching for ears. Will cut off excess wool after it’s secured. Start forming face.

imageForming face. Now I need to sew in some black beads before I get any further. I stick a needle in through the back of the head and poke out near the eye socket. I push the needle back in and tie it in the back of the head. I cover the thread in the back with a light layer of wool.

imageI added some colored fur and eyelids. I glued on a clay nose and poked in the mouth and wrinkles more. I also added a few strands of grew wool to accent the mouth. To make wrinkles, just poke in a line repeatedly.



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