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Sunday, October 16, 2011

Trick or Treat! Phantoms & Fantasies by Annie Rayburn - Review and Giveaways!

Available on Smashwords  And  on Amazon
Don't let the pink backdrop and the rose petals fool you -- Zeenie is a sharp heroine who can kick ass and  won't settle for anything less than ALL she wants and deserves.
And she gives her hero - and only her hero - the same: 
"I didn't hold back on your fantasy, don't hold back on mine." 

PHANTOMS & FANTASIES is the sizzling love story of Zeenie and Turk, two Crainesians
who have to navigate around emotional scars to overcome the barriers that have placed not only Zeenie, but her closest friends in a life holding pattern.

In their Crainesian culture, the woman takes the lead in courtship. Able to recognize their lifemates upon first sight - and the pheromone action kicking in - Craineys' courtship rituals are accelerated so they get started on their honeymoons as soon as possible. 

But sometimes, there's a stubborn partner who just doesn't want to do the neutron dance.... 

When Zeenie's memories of her devastating trauma one Halloween lingers on - and on - and spills over into the life of her friend Di - her roommate and safety net - it takes a bit of Di's own Halloween trickery to push Zeenie back into the dating pool... 

with Turk Fontaine, Rumored to be the Official Crainesian Stud of Dallas. 

Turk has known from the first time he saw Zeenie at a party back in their college days that they were lifemates. But Zeenie refuses to acknowledge him--
 or the fact that she knows it too. 
In fact, she does such a good job of recovering from her traumatic event, that she manages to deny any and all feelings inherent to her Crainesian biology. 

But,  Turk is a sensitive guy - actually, all Crainesians are extra sensitive. It's another attribute they share that differentiates them from your average humanoid from another planet. 
Turk turns on the charm, turns on the mind sharing, turns on the dream sex... he turns on everything (and supposedly everyone in Dallas) 
except Zeenie. 

Well, for a while at least. Once she realizes where this is all going, she takes him on--

but she's not surrendering without a fight. 

And that, dear reader, is the fun part of Ms. Rayburn's Crainesian series - aside from the hot sex of course.
Ms. Rayburn's heroines in all of her Crainesians' books are sharp tongued, independent, able to take care of themselves. They don't really NEED a man --
But they WANT one. 
THE one meant for her, and her alone. 

Turk  redeems himself in Zeenie's eyes when he's finally able to show her who he is - and who they are - when they are together. 
Zeenie may think she's got it together, until she realizes she has to let down her defenses because taking care of herself won't make her fully whole and complete - 
It's only through reaching out,  returning love, to those who love her that makes her whole again. 

Be a Crainey for Halloween! 
3 Lucky Commenters will win one of the following prizes: 

Download of INSIGHT,Ms.Rayburn's introduction to the Crainesians 

 <- Coupons for Victoria's Secret, so you can have your own version of Zeenie's lingerie on the cover above !

                         Annie Rayburn is no stranger to the oddities of the writing life. Perhaps it was the hot Texas sun, or the long, lazy days of summer that fueled her vivid imagination. Whatever the muse, she grew up with scenes playing in her head and imaginary playmates taking over the show while she patted out mud cookies dotted with Chinaberries.
The stories she crafts today are decidedly more adult than the ones that involved Ken and Barbie. The scenes still play in her head, the characters argue with her right to craft their very existence, but she's learned to harness their energies, showing them the way through the sensual haze to a love that will endure.

Tomorrow, join Annie on Tami Brothers' blog
Live, Love, Write! to get to know more about this author of 
sizzling romance, and more chances to win a download...,

And BONUS! Annie will also be on Petit Fours and Hot Tamales 
with even more chances to win a download , and EXTRA chances 
to win her GRAND PRIZE on Saturday! 
Saturday's Grand Prize at AnnieRayburn.co

Wednesday, join Annie on Sandra McGregor's blog,
 Life, Love and a Good Book, for an excerpt from Phantoms & Fantasies, and more prizes!
Thursday, Annie will be interviewing Turk Fontaine, the Stud-Slut of Dallas, on Mary Mavella's Pink Fuzzy Slippers Writers, and... you guessed it! another chance to win a download!
Friday, Linsey Lanier and Annie are having party games - Spin the Bottle, Which Crainey Would YOU Kiss? And more downloads and goodies to win!
And Saturday... all the comments on all the blogs (yes, that means you have 5 chances! ) will be together for Annie to select the Grand Prize above! Isn't it lovely? at AnnieRayburn.com

Leave a comment with your email address 
(Craineylover at nospamluv dot com)  for today's chance to win! 


  1. Awesome review, Pamela!!!

    Even though I've already read this book, you make me want to pull it out of the archives on my Kindle and read it again. In fact... :)

    Great job Annie! You've created an amazing world and I can't wait to read more.


  2. Wow, Pam, that's a fabulous write-up. I forgot to mention the winner of P&F can choose from a Kindle (mobi) or ePUB file. :)

  3. Thanks, Tami. I'm so glad you enjoyed reading Turk and Zeenie's story.

  4. Good morning!
    Great start to a blog tour...and what fabulous prizes!

    Texas? I LOVE Texas. (sigh) Anyway, all my best on your tour and I can't wait to have you as my guest on Wednesday at SandraMcGregor.blogspot.com

  5. I echo Tami's comment--I read this book a few months ago, and loved it as much as Annie's other books. But I just may have to give it another go after reading this review. I love the Craineys and I love the sizzle. For me, they are the perfect combination of nice characters and hot sex.

  6. Great review, Pamela! This is not my usual genre, but I enjoyed "Bittersweet Obsessions," so I'm sure I will love this one, too. Enjoy your week, Annie! :-)

  7. I totally agree. Fantastic review. Phantoms & Fantasies is a great story as is Insight. I love the Crainesians!

  8. Hi, Sandy! (waives)I'm looking forward to every day on this tour. Something new and exciting each day. Plus, giving away stuff is just plain fun. ggg

  9. Ah, Michele, you do my heart good with your support. Thanks for stopping by and touring with me.

  10. Thanks for reading outside your favorites and trying my work Pam A. You have such an adventurous spirit with everything. I love it. :)

  11. Me too, Tamara! LOL

    I hope y'all aren't having as much trouble commenting as I am. For some reason the screen on Blogger is jumping and moving oddly, so I put it in compatibility mode. Crossing fingers in hopes I won't get anymore error msgs.

  12. Okay, I'm moving Bittersweet Obsessions up on my teetering "To Be Read" pile--yes, it teeters, even on the Kindle!

    Have a great time on the tour and I'll see you again at another stop, I'm sure! juleejadams (at) gmail (dot) com

  13. I hear ya, Julee. I've got one of those teetering piles too. :)

    Thanks for stopping by!

  14. What a fun start to your blog tour. Congratulations on your books.

    Marilyn Baron

  15. Wow, P&F sounds as good as Bittersweet Obsessions, my current favorite. (You'll love it, Julee!) :)

    P&F is on my teetering Kindle pile, too. Guess it'll be moving up as well.

    Looking forward to seeing Carol on Friday at http://www.linseylanier.blogspot.com/

  16. Girlfriend! You are so rockin' it! See you at the Pink Fuzzies later this week. What a great review and a kickass line.

    "I didn't hold back on your fantasy, don't hold back on mine."

  17. Thanks, Marilyn. (waives)

    Hey, Linsey! (waives wider) Friday it is! I hope you enjoy P&F.

    Ms. Mary! Good to see you here. I love that line too. So glad Pamela pulled it to showcase. See ya soon.

  18. I drew from the pot of names and guess what?

    Pam Asberry wins a copy of Phantoms & Fantasies! Pam, I'll be in touch. :)

  19. Just wanted to stop back by again and thank Pamela for hosting me here on her blog. She went above and beyond.

    Pamela, you're the best!

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