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GUEST LAUNCH PARTY + GIVEAWAY: King of Darkness by Elisabeth Staab

A warm Casablanca welcome to fellow Sourcebooks Casablanca author Elisabeth Staab, whose paranormal romance, King of Darkness, is now in stores! 

Today my youngest son and I went to visit King of Darkness at Barnes and Noble to celebrate its release. He doesn’t realize it, but he’s been there pretty much for this book’s entire creation. The opening scene came to me late one night while I was rocking him to sleep, and much of the first draft was typed one-handed while he napped in my lap as a squirmy newborn.

Of course, he’s a little too young to get what “mommy’s book” means. He’s got lots of books. A whole shelf full. Kids feed off of their parents emotions though, and he could tell I was excited so he was practically over the moon. He didn’t want to put the book back on the shelf when it was time to go. He was dancing so much I couldn’t get him to stay still for a picture. And he loved the cover. Big time. Huge ups to Jodi Welter for the awesome cover. I mean I loved it before, but you’ve got my kid’s approval, and that doesn’t come easily.

I admit I felt a little silly going to the bookstore just to see my book there on the shelf, but I was glad I wasn’t the only one who would have done it. A good friend said to me, “Are you kidding? My family would’ve held a pot luck right there in the store. Buy this book! Have some cobbler.” Ha. So maybe it’s not just me.

And the little munchkin and I had a picnic of sorts right there in the aisle as well. He had his birthday cake pop from Starbucks, I had my celebratory Blonde Roast. It was really cool to see both of them “all grown up.” Once upon a time King of Darkness was nothing but a blank page with “Chapter 1” at the top and the little dude running around in circles with King of Darkness in his hands was once a little squinched-up, red, squirmy bundle that fit in my two hands put together.


And yet there’s still a series to write, and the alphabet and potty training to be learned—so much more to do. But look how far we’ve come! I, for one, was so excited that I hardly cared when I realized after we got back to the car that the kid had shmeared cake pop frosting all over my face. ;-p

So. I thank you for checking out the release of King of Darkness. Come celebrate with us everyone—frosting facials are optional!

Thank you for visiting, Elisabeth--what an adorable photo of your son! To enter to win one of two copies of King of Darkness tell us in the comments below what your favorite way to celebrate something you're proud of? Please leave an email address so you can be contacted. US and Canada addresses only. Enjoy, and congrats again to Elisabeth on her release!

About King of Darkness:

Scorned by the vampire community for her lack of power, Isabel Anthony lives a carefree existence masquerading as human--although drifting through the debauched human nightlife, she prefers the patrons' blood to other indulgences. But when she meets the sexy, arrogant king of the vampires, this party-girl's life turns dark and dangerous.

Dead-set on finding the prophesied mate who will unlock his fiery powers, Thad Morgan must find his queen before their race is destroyed. Their enemies are gaining ground, and Thad needs his powers to unite his subjects. But when his search leads him to the defiant Isabel, he wonders if fate had gotten it seriously wrong...
King of Darkness is available NOW:  Amazon : Barnes and Noble : IndieBound

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Elisabeth Staab lives in Northern Virginia with her hero and soul mate. She has been a telemarketer, a web page editor, a software developer, a reader for the blind, a technical trainer, a coffee shop barista, a tutor, a homemaker, a government project manager, a graphic designer, and a professional ebayer. Finally, she's landed on being a writer - which is what her high school guidance counselor originally suggested anyway. 

Elisabeth believes that all kinds of safe, sane, and consensual love should be celebrated—but she loves the fantasy-filled realm of paranormal romance the best. Find out more at


  1. Congrats on your debut release! So awesome that your little guy could feel your excitement. Love the Starbucks picnic. I would have brought my preferred drink of 4-pump vanilla latte, known as the Tracey Special at my local Starbucks. :)

    How do I celebrate? Pasta at my fav Italian restaurant.

  2. Elisabeth, I hope you signed those books you went to visit! Put the shiny little stickers on them and thanked the staff vociferously (and loudly enough for half the store to hear) for letting you sign THE SMOKIN' HOT PARANORMAL LOVE STORY you just wrote.

    And you're going to have to teach Himself to walk up to the nice ladies and say, "My mommy wrote this. You should buy it." Resistance to the cute factor is futile.

  3. Hi Elizabeth. Congratulations on your debut release. Sounds great. I like to go out to dinner with family and friends to celebrate.


  4. Congrats on your new release! And I can only imagine how awesome it was to see the book your wrote on that book shelf. But I loved reading your post and about your celebration. When I celebrate, I have to tell all my family and friends and then take them out for dinner/lunch with a party that takes place later at my house. Lots of snacks, movies and conversation/laughter to go around.
    LadyVampire2u AT gmail DOT com

  5. Oh, what a cute picture! Great way to celebrate. Congrats on the release.

  6. Elizabeth,

    What a beautiful story about your journey from writing that first draft with your son in your arms to celebrating with him at the bookstore. Congratulations! I wish you many more potlucks at B&N.

  7. Thanks for all the great comments, guys! I didn't think to have my son pimp my book for me, but that's a cute if somewhat devious idea--maybe we'll have to go back. ;-)

  8. Congrats on the book release. How wonderful that the books creation and progress was in tandem with the growth and develpment of your son.

    Very cool.

  9. Oops. Forgot to actaully answer the question.

    Favorite way to celebrate something is to do it with family and a flourless chocolate cake, raspberry sauce, slightly sweetened whipped cream and a great cup of coffee. My husband and I have celebrated many things with this dessert and coffee situation. It feels special every time.

  10. I can tell you from experience that every single book is just as exciting. I agree with your friend about the potluck! LOL! Wouldn't that be a hoot?
    Good luck on the series and enjoy that precious child.

  11. I agree with Grace. If your little boy came up to me I would have bought it right there and then lol.
    I can't even imagine how exciting it must be. To celebrate - friends, family and food :)


  12. What a wonderful way to celebrate, Elizabeth.

    My favorite way to celebrate is a dinner out with my family, that includes an appetizer and dessert, my favorite food groups, lol.

    caity_mack at yahoo dot com

  13. Thanks, everyone! You guys are awesome. :-)

  14. Congrats on the release, Elisabeth! What a great way to celebrate :)

    For me, generally I like to celebrate by going out to dinner and then maybe a round of karaoke!


  15. Congratulations Elisabeth! What a lovely way to celebrate your book release.

    I usually celebrate by going out to dinner.

    geishasmom73 AT yahoo DOT com

  16. Looks like a winner! Congrats on the new release, Elisabeth!

  17. Congrats on the release!! Cant wait to read it. Sounds really good. I like to celebrate with a good meal and cake. Not a celebration without cake.

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

  18. Congratulations on the book! My favorite way to celebrate is with a nice meal at a restaurant.


  19. Good morning! And thanks to everyone who commented. Our winners are Cathy M and Bn100. I'll be emailing you both shortly.

  20. What a treat, thank you very much, Danielle and Elisabeth.

  21. Congrats!! I like to celebrate by treating myself, whether that is out to a restaurant or buying myself something I have been wanting for a while.

    susiebranum at ymail dot com

  22. Congratulations, Elisabeth.

    It must be exciting to see your work on a bookshelf.

    Tracey D
    booklover0226 at gmail dot com


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