Monday, April 20, 2015

Wonderland: Taken by Passion by Jaymie Holland Excerpt & Giveaway

After being cheated on yet again, full-figured Alice O'Brien no longer believes she’ll find her Prince Charming. She resolves to enjoy men, but refuses to involve her heart.
When she literally tumbles down a rabbit hole, she finds she has left her familiar home city of San Francisco. She has landed in a strange and beautiful world, where she meets a powerful and dominant shapeshifter, Jarronn, and his equally fierce and irresistible brothers.
By the draw of a card foretelling his kingdom’s future, Jarronn has deliberately lured Alice to his realm in hopes of averting a terrible danger threatening his people. He has every intention of saving his kingdom with his and Alice’s bond of passion, and nothing will stop him from making her his Queen of Hearts.

Jarronn nodded toward the deck. “Pick a card.”

Alice reached for the deck and slid out a card. When she turned it over, she caught her breath. The card had a K at both the upper left and lower right, with a heart at each of the opposite corners. A painting of Jarronn was at the center.

She cut her gaze from the card to Jarronn. “It’s you.”

He nodded. “My mother designed this deck centuries ago to represent the future of the Kingdom of Tarok.”

Alice’s eyes widened. “Centuries ago?”

“Yes.” He nodded. “Long before my brothers and I were born.”

Alice was having a difficult time absorbing that revelation. Heck, all of this was hard to swallow. “How did she know what you would look like?”

“She had the sight, but only when she painted,” Jarronn said. “Kalina has a similar gift. However, she is a sorceress and my mother was not.”

“Kalina told me there are four kingdoms and that you are High King.” Alice clamped her mouth shut as she realized Kalina might have told her something Jarronn hadn’t wanted her to know yet.

He nodded. “That is true.”

When it was obvious he was not angry that Kalina had shared that information Alice relaxed. “Please tell me about the four kingdoms.”

Jarronn knew this would take some explaining, but telling Alice about his kingdom had been his plan when he came to her this evening.

“On their deathbeds, our parents divided the Kingdom of Tarok into four kingdoms and renamed them. We had been prepared at a young age to take on these roles when the time came.”

Alice looked at Jarronn’s face on the King of Hearts card as he continued. “As eldest, it fell to me to be High King over all four kingdoms.”

AUTHOR Bio and Links:
About Cheyenne (writing as Jaymie Holland)

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Cheyenne McCray’s books have received multiple awards and nominations including three Romantic Times Reviewer’s choice awards and three nominations. Chey has over 90 published novels and novellas since her first novel was published in 2003.

Some of Cheyenne’s awards:
*RT Book Reviews magazine’s Reviewer’s Choice awards for Best Erotic Romance of the year, Best Paranormal Action Adventure of the year, and Best Romantic Suspense
*Three “RT Book Reviews” nominations, including Best Erotic Romance, Best Romantic Suspense, and Best Paranormal Action Adventure.
*Golden Quill award for Best Erotic Romance
*The Road to Romance’s Reviewer’s Choice Award
*Gold Star Award from Just Erotic Romance Reviews
*CAPA award from The Romance Studio

Cheyenne grew up on a ranch in southeastern Arizona. She has been writing ever since she can remember, back to her kindergarten days when she penned her first poem. She always knew one day she would write novels, hoping her readers would get lost in the worlds she created, just as she experienced when she read some of her favorite books.

Chey has three sons, three dogs, and is an Arizona native who loves the desert, the sunshine, and the beautiful sunsets. Visit Chey's website and get all of the latest info at and meet up with her at Cheyenne McCray’s Place on Facebook! (

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  1. Do you proofread/edit all your own books or do you get someone to do that for you?

    1. Hi Mai T.,

      I have 6 people proofread my books. Invariably, everyone finds something different. I'm afraid some things might slip through the cracks, but I certainly do my best to find everything. :)

      Thanks for the question!

  2. How do you come up with the character's names? Do you ever name them after people you know?

    1. Hi Judy,

      Sometimes I use whatever pops into my head, sometimes I choose from a list of names I like, and sometimes I make something up. :) Usually the only characters I might name after someone I know are minor characters who don't have much of a role in the book.

      I appreciate your interest. :)

  3. I really enjoyed the excerpt today! It is giving more a glimpse inside Taken by Passion. Thank you!