Friday, July 27, 2012

A Hero's Blog Hop

So.. Heroes, eh? Now who doesn't like those. Not sure about you guys, but I think one of the main reasons I read the romance genre is for the heroes. I love nothing more than reaching the end of a book, and the hero has found his love and happily ever after. *Le Sigh*

I would be hard-pressed to pick a favorite hero from all the books I've read. Though, I can name a few:

Gabriel McBain from Julie Garwood's Saving Grace
Patrick McLeod from Lynn Kurland's A Garden in the Rain
Ian Mackenzie from Jennifer Ashley's The Madness of Lord Ian MacKenzie
(In case you're sensing a pattern, yes, I do like the Highlanders.)
Garrett Kelly from Maya Banks' Hidden Away
Andreas Merrick from Anne Mallory's In Total Surrender
Grant Morgan from Lisa Kleypas' Someone to watch over me

I could go on forever, I think.

Right, here's the deal. I'd love to hear a bit about your favorite fictional romance hero. So leave me a comment telling me your favorite(s) and be sure to comment with your email address to be entered to win a $10 Amazon gift card on my blog.

Your email is vital because not only will you be entered to win a $10 Amazon gift card here, but you will also be entered to win the grand prizes offered as part of the Hero's Blog Hop. The hop will be going on from July 27th through July 31st.

The Grand Prizes are:
1st Grand Prize: A Kindle Fire or Nook Tablet
2nd Grand Prize: A $50 Amazon or B&N Gift Card
3rd Grand Prize: The following Swag Pack!

And what a Swag Pack it is
Please stop by all the many wonderful blogs that are all part of A Hero's Blog Hop for more chances to win awesome prizes.  Good Luck!

Monday, July 23, 2012

Review of Only Scandal Will Do by Jenna Jaxon

A Lyrical Press Historical Romance
Blurb: He has the woman of his dreams, but what price will he have to pay to win her heart?

Kidnapped and sold at auction in a London brothel, Lady Katarina Fitzwilliam squelches an undeniable attraction to the masked stranger who purchased her, pits her wits against him, and escapes him and the scandal that would ruin her life.

Unable to resist temptation in a London brothel, Duncan Ferrers, Marquess of Dalbury, purchases a fiery beauty. She claims she's a lady, but how can she be?

No lady of his acquaintance in polite society is anything like her. Then he discovers she is who she says, and that this latest romp has compromised her reputation. He knows how that is. One more scandal and he'll be cast out of London society, but he needs a wife who'll provide an heir to carry on his illustrious family's name. He seeks out Katarina, intending only to scotch the scandal, but instead finds his heart ensnared. He's betting their future he'll capture her heart, but does he have what it
takes to win the wager?

WARNING: A blade-wielding heroine who crosses swords with a master of sensuality.

My Review: I have to start by saying, I anticipated this book's release for a quite a while. While I love mostly all genres of romance, historical romance just happens to be my favorite. Ms. Jaxon would often share excerpts on her website. Apparently, those little snippets did their job and reeled me in. And my anticipation was not in vain. Only Scandal Will Do was an enchanting, sensual read that engaged me from page one.  

The main characters, Duncan and Katarina, are absolutely fabulous. It was charming to read how Duncan set out to win Katarina's heart. At different times during the story, I had no idea how Duncan might pull of the task of redeeming himself in her eyes, but he managed it alright, and with great aplomb.   

Honestly, there wasn't an element to this story that I did not enjoy. The historical details are lovely. The characters' dialogue is clever and animated. Not to mention, the characters themselves are well developed, in my opinion. Each time Duncan and Katarina interacted, the tension between them was downright sizzling at times. You can't help but root for these two characters to fall head of heals for each other.  

All in all, Only Scandal Will Do was a pleasure to read. I have no doubt it will join the ranks of books that I reread over and over. On a bright note, I've also learned this is book one of a series. If you are looking for a beautifully written, fully engaging historical romance, then look no further. Cheers to you, Ms. Jaxon, for a very awesome read. 

Available for purchase at: Amazon 

Please be sure to visit the author atWebsite 

Friday, July 20, 2012

Interview with J.T. Geissinger

A couple weeks ago, I picked up a book titled, Shadow’s Edge, and after reading it, I just knew I had contact this author for an interview. So today I’m happy to welcome J. T. Geissinger.

***As a special treat she is also offering up a signed, print edition of her book Shadow’s Edge to one lucky commenter (U.S. and Canada only), and a digital copy of her book to a second commenter (open to all). Please be sure to leave your email so you can be contacted for a chance to win a truly awesome book.***

So to start, can you tell the readers a bit about yourself?

Oh, gosh, where to start? I’m SoCal born and raised, currently living near the beach with my hubby and Gingerella JuneBug, our rescue tabby cat. I’m a self-professed wine snob (a pretentious, ridiculous hobby that I am devoted to), I love the ocean and I can’t cook to save my own life. My ideal day involves sleeping until noon, fuzzy socks and a bathrobe, bacon, cheese, multiple glasses of red wine and a car chase involving a naked Ryan Gosling.

Ha, I think I really like your ideal day, and what a great name for your tabby. :) How long have you been writing? And what inspires you to write?

I’ve been writing my entire life. Reading and writing are the only two things I’ve ever been good at. (If you ever saw me attempt to rollerblade/ice skate/play tennis/dance/walk without falling across a flat surface, you’d understand.) I’ve kept a daily journal since I was 15 years old, and let me tell you, it’s frightening what my 15-year-old-self thought about. I also keep a dream journal, which is very disturbing to read and also the source of a lot of inspiration. The subconscious is one effed up animal, and a rich source of creative material.

What first inspired me to write a novel was my deep and abiding love for Edward Cullen. I loved Twilight. I read it four, maybe five times, each time realizing more clearly that (in my opinion only) it wasn’t particularly well written. Then I thought well, hey, if Stephenie Meyer can do it, why can’t I? She’d never been published before writing Twilight and it didn’t stop her, so I gave it a shot. And I’m very glad I did.

We each have our own reasons as well as what inspires us, so sounds good to me. What was the first thing you did once you learned you would be published?

I don’t remember. I know that’s very anti-climactic, but the road to publishing was so long and arduous with so many hiccups along the way, all I remember now is signing the contract and thinking, “Crap – this means a lot of people are going to READ MY BOOK.” No one had ever read it except my agent and the editor at Montlake Publishing who bought it. That thought was terrifying, because I am acutely self-conscious.

I love the cover of Shadow’s Edge. To be honest, the cover is what grabbed my attention while shopping for books on Amazon. Did you have any control over the cover?

Yes, I had final say over what the cover would look like, and I’m very glad I did. My agent negotiated that into my publishing contract. I was adamant that it not be one of those bodice-ripper covers with a bare-chested guy and a swooning woman, because I wanted to think outside the box and do something more contemporary and cross-genre. Like you, I’m definitely influenced by the cover, so I wanted it to be special.

Mission accomplished, in my opinion. It’s quite an appealing cover. How did you come up with your ideas of the Ikati, the race of people in your story? It was definitely a new take on the world of shifters.

It all started with a stray cat. I own a business located very close to a large feral cat colony, and have adopted three strays (so far) that have wandered in, looking for food. (As anyone who’s ever fed a stray cat before knows, once you feed them, they never leave.) So one day an incredibly sleek, beautiful female cat appears out of the blue, demanding a meal. She looks like a miniature panther, all black with bright yellow/green eyes. I fell in love. I named her Angelina (after the equally slinky/beautiful Ms. Jolie) and adopted her.

This cat has an uncanny ability to disappear. One minute she’s there, looking at you as if she’s just about to say something, the next she’s gone—poof!—as if she was never there at all. It must be a feral cat trick, but it got me to thinking.

I’d written a book (never published) about angels and demons and other supernatural creatures, so I thought shape-shifters might be an interesting thing to try next. And what better shape-shifter than one that can disappear into mist? Like the Cheshire cat from Alice in Wonderland, or Dracula, the original shape-shifter who could turn into mist (and a bat). And because I’m one of those crazy cat ladies who will die alone in a one bedroom apartment with dozens and dozens of cats and has never lived without at least one cat since I was five years old, I put the idea of shape-shifting cats into motion.

Two things occurred to me immediately: one, there are a lot of people who hate cats. Two: the Egyptians revered them. Put those two things together and mix in a big bowl, and you’ve got a race of cat shifters worshipped as gods by the ancient Egyptians who’ve had to hide because they’ve since been hunted by humanity. I spiced it up with some historical nuggets about Egypt, the Inquisition, witch hunts, religion, Rome…it goes on, but you get the idea.

Wow, that’s quite a story! I really can’t help but like learning how writers come up with their ideas. Usually it entails a fascinating story. :) Can you share one of your favorite passages from Shadow’s Edge? Why do you favor this one, in particular?

My favorite scene in the book involves sex in a tree. (I know, the logistics are mind-boggling, but no one gets splinters.) It’s the moment when Jenna finally realizes her true feelings for Leander:

     "He eased forward, elegant and deadly, perfectly silent on four huge, silken paws, and brought his face to hers. With the barest of pressure, he rubbed his cheek against her face. His whiskers passed over hers with an electric current that was close to a shock.

     Startled, she drew in a breath and froze. 

     He froze as well, his gaze slanted down to hers. Another heartbeat, another moment that she didn’t move, then he slowly lowered his head to hers again, stroking his cheek against her face. She closed her eyes and accepted the pressure, let him rake his face against hers a little harder, until he stepped closer and they were shoulder to shoulder and he was making a low growl of purring pleasure deep in his chest.

     And oh, this feeling, this aching, this burning bright happiness—she’d never known anything like it. She opened her eyes, took a sharp, cold breath into her lungs, and Shifted back to woman. 

     “Don’t,” she gasped, tottering with her hands held out, trying to find her balance again with human feet that seemed outrageously weak and frail.

     He Shifted as well, a flash of black dissolving into vapor, which coalesced into the naked, muscled form she was beginning to know so well. He reached out and caught both her wrists as she flailed, teetering dangerously close to the sloping edge of the massive branch. A cool breeze ripe with moisture and the bouquet of the forest caught her hair, blowing from behind to lift it in heavy tendrils that reached out and flickered over his chest, caressing.

     His voice was a spare, low growl as he fixed his fingers hard around her wrists. “Don’t what?”

     She looked at him. Time slowed to a standstill.

     She looked at his beautiful face and his hooded eyes, staring aslant at her through a fringe of coal-black lashes. She looked at his shining jet hair stirring around his shoulders, one long strand caught at the corner of his full lips. She looked at his resplendent, nude body, dusky skin patterned with shadow and light, and nearly stopped breathing.

     She took him in, all of him, fully. She suddenly felt this was the first time, the very first time, she actually saw him. Her heart jumped. The skin on her arms rose in gooseflesh.

     “Stop,” she whispered, her voice a thin echo of itself. “Don’t stop.”

      And she stepped into his arms that easily."

Thanks for sharing that terrific excerpt. It’s a very primal, yet sensual scene in the book. Love it! I know Shadow’s Edge is part of the Night Prowlers Series. Trust me, I am anxious to read more. Do you have any works in progress at the moment? Can you tell us a little about what’s to come?

Book Two, Edge of Oblivion, is Morgan’s story. Sentenced to death for treason, she’s given two weeks to find the headquarters of the Ikati’s ancient enemy, the Expurgari. But there’s a catch: she’ll be accompanied by Xander Luna, the tribe’s most feared assassin. If she fails in her mission, her life is forfeit, but as they race against the clock through the heart of Europe, their attraction becomes undeniable. Suddenly more than just her life is at stake: so is love.

I’m currently working on book three in the series, titled Edge of Surrender. Each book will follow a new set of characters but will have some reappearances by previous characters as well.

I can not wait! Just saying. :) Now, from reading your biography, I’ve learned you are an avid wine collector. Is there one or two particular wines that are your favorites? And how would you best describe them?

My all-time favorite wines are from the Bordeaux region in France because my preference is for silky, aromatic, well-balanced red blends and no one does that better than the French. My husband prefers the more muscular, tannic cabernets of Napa Valley, but I’m old world all the way. I drink so much wine that my favorite constantly changes as I try new things, but I always love Chateau d’Yquem for special occasions. It’s a little taste of God.

Also, I read you are addicted to books and reading. What are a few of your favorite books and what makes them your favorites?

I’m currently reading Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn and I want to stab my eyes out it’s so good! I’m an evangelist for Everything Matters by Ron Currie, Jr. because it’s brilliant, and I also love Geek Love by Katherine Dunn. It’s narrated by a bald, hunchbacked albino dwarf, and it’s amazing.

I’ll have to check those out. I’m always up for new reading material. Right. So. Since we are talking fiction after all, if you could be any shape shifting animal, what would you choose and why? (Personally, I’d be a polar bear, and I would run around biting trees just to see if I could snap them with my uber powerful jaws only because I’m a weirdo like that.)

I’d be a falcon. I’ve always wanted to fly.

Last question, I’ve read from a previous interview, you own a flower shop, correct? Which combination of flowers would make the perfect bouquet for you? I know each person has their favorites.

A giant bouquet of white peonies would do me just fine. I also love gardenias, garden roses and orchids. When I got married I carried white peonies, garden roses and lily of the valley, and the bouquet was so beautiful I cried.

Thank you so much for stopping by today, Joyce. You're a very interesting lady and great author. It's been a pleasure to get to know you a bit better, and I can't wait to read your next release. Wishing you all the best of luck with all your releases.  

Night Prowler Series: Book 1
Blurb: Deep within the primeval forests of southern England, a race of beautiful, savage shape-shifters lives hidden from the everyday world. Bound together by ancient bloodlines and a ruthless code of secrecy that punishes traitors with death, the Ikati send their leader Leander on a mission to capture one raised outside the tribe before she can expose their secret. When Leander tracks the unsuspecting outsider to Southern California, the hardened warrior is prepared for a fight—but not for the effect the sensual young beauty has on his heart.

Jenna spent her childhood in hiding, on the run from someone—or something—her parents refused to discuss. She trusts no one, not since her father’s mysterious disappearance, not since her mother’s sudden death, and definitely not since she began exhibiting strange, superhuman abilities. When handsome, enigmatic Leander appears, promising answers to the mysteries that shroud her past, she knows she shouldn’t trust him either. But their connection is undeniable, and as powerful as the enemy hell-bent on destroying every one of their kind…

Review: You guys already know I'm a book browser. So while doing what I do best, I saw this cover, and it totally grabbed my attention. So, I checked out the book, and then the blurb made my finger click that "purchase" button. Ha, I'm sure you all know how it goes.

I'll start by saying, I was very surprised with this book. I thought it might be "good", but for me, it was "awesome". The writing was quite poetic in some scenes, in my opinion.

The book was well developed and full of beautiful description. The author did a fantastic job creating sexual tension between the hero, Leander, and the heroine, Jenna. It was quite enjoyable to read the two of them dancing around each other.

Also, Jenna was such a strong, independent heroine used to being on her own. It was nice to read her hesitancy where the hero is concerned. Usually it's the hero fighting the attraction to the heroine, in this case, it's quite the opposite. For a change, I really enjoyed the role reversal. She didn't allow the hero to push her around one bit. As for Leander, his character was quite likeable as well. He's the leader of his people, and used to carrying a heavy burden, but Jenna bought a lightness to him he'd never felt. He knew he wanted her from the start, and I liked he didn't waver from that decision.

All in all, I thought this was a fantastic read. I can't wait to pick up the next book in the series. I'll be sure to have it set to buy as a pre-order when it's available because I know I won't be disappointed. If you haven't checked out this book yet, I would highly recommend that you do so.

Please be sure to visit J.T. atWebsite

Available for purchase at: Amazon 

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Monday, July 16, 2012

Spotlight on Nikki Prince and her Mocha Kisses

Happy Release Day, Nikki! Wishing you so much luck with your new Contemporary Erotic Romance, Mocha Kisses, and many more releases to come in the future. Please sure to stop by and visit Nikki at Mocha Memoirs Press and wish her well.

Blurb: Two mocha lattes and a pact.

Though a decade apart in age and from different ethnic backgrounds, will their mutual love of books and addiction to mocha lattes make for one evening of pleasure or something more for geeky Ronan and Meredith? 

Meri didn't think Ronan was serious about their agreement to spend time together if both were single by her thirty-fifth birthday. After all, he was still seeing that redhead when they made the pact.

Ronan worried Meri would think him too young for the kind of commitment he wanted from her. Can one chocolate-drenched encounter overcome all their obstacles and concerns?

Please be sure to visit Nikki atWebsite

Available for purchase atMocha Memoirs Press 

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Spotlight on Lia Davis and her new release, Forgotten Visions

Forgotten Visions by Lia Davis

*Happy Release Day, Lia! As a special treat, Lia is throwing a release day party over at The Divinities' Blog. There will be three giveaway drawings and she will be there chatting and answering questions throughout the day. Pop by and say hi to Lia.*

Blurb: Kalissa Bradenton isn’t your average coffee shop owner. Born to an elite witch bloodline with a rare genetic mutation, she’s a Divinity on a mission. The death of her parents sends her away from her Maxville, Florida, home and into an ancient war between witches and demons. When childhood friend Ayden Daniels comes to her aid after an almost fatal accident, visions of a past she doesn’t remember sparks an old flame and new desires. With the past slowly becoming clearer, she eagerly sets her sights on mending Ayden’s heart and gaining his trust–until a ghost from her past returns to claim her as his demonic mate.

Ayden, the new Sheriff of Maxville and grandson of the oldest living Divinity, is investigating a series of Divinity killings. When he comes face-to-face with the one woman he hopes to have little to no contact with, old pain rises, quickly followed by anger and resentment. Through his rare power of adaptability, he learns actions from the past may not be what they seem. Hope fills his broken heart and determination pushes him to do whatever it takes to win Kalissa’s heart once more before he loses her forever.

Together they must find the strength to mend their tormented souls, while fighting an evil out to destroy the world.

Excerpt: A cool sensation passed over Kalissa Bradenton’s subconscious as she entered her bedroom. She shivered, suddenly finding it hard to breathe. Abandonment rose from deep inside to coil around her like a cold watery current. Panic and fear raced in her veins as her heart rate increased alarmingly. Her intuition screamed something was wrong.

She rushed to her dresser, picked up her phone with shaky hands, and dialed her mother’s cell. No answer. With blurred sight, she tried her father’s ... it went straight to voice mail. Kalissa’s dread cut through her soul and the bile taste of fear rose in her throat, as hot tears slid down her cheek.

Gods No! She dialed again, and again. Still nothing. It wasn’t like them to ignore an incoming call.

Her parents had driven into Jacksonville for a quiet dinner to celebrate their fiftieth wedding anniversary before sharing their milestone with the coven in the upcoming days. They should have been on their way home.

She staggered back a few steps as images flashed in her mind’s eye, sucking her into the vision. One minute she was in her bedroom, in the next, she stood on the side of a highway. A royal-blue Mercedes barreled past her and flipped repeatedly across the median into oncoming traffic on Interstate 10. Crunching metal cut through the stillness of the night and the broken glass, littering the ground, left a trail to where the car slammed into a large oak tree, and stopped.

When the vision cut off, tightness gripped her chest painfully and a lump stuck in her throat.

Now Available at Soul Mate Publishing

Author Bio: Lia Davis is a mother to two young adults and two very special, equally different kitty cats. She’s a wife to her soul mate, who drives her crazy during editing/revisions. She and her family live in Northeast Florida battling hurricanes and very humid summers. But it’s her home and she loves it!

An accounting major, Lia has always been a dreamer with a very activity imagination. The wheels in her head never stop. She only recently got serious about publishing her work and loves it more than she imagined. Writing a stress reliever that allows her to go off in her corner of the house and enter into another world that she created, leaving the day job where it belongs.

Her favorite things are spending time with family, traveling, reading, writing, chocolate, coffee, nature and hanging out with her kitties.
 Be sure to contact Lia at: Website

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Interview with Kaylea Cross

Today I'm happy to have author Kaylea Cross with me. I love her romantic suspense novels and her latest paranormal romantic suspense, Darkest Caress. She's a super sweet lady and I enjoyed getting the opportunity to know her a bit better.

***As a special treat, Kaylea will be offering one lucky commenter a copy of her latest book, Darkest Caress. Please be sure to enter your email so you can be entered to win.***

I’ve read your biography and you seem like a very interesting lady. Can you tell the readers a bit about yourself?

See, my friends and family just think I’m quirky! I’m a Canadian that somehow fell in love with the American Civil war and then Special Ops military stuff. I also am a total homebody that loves to putter around the house, bake lots of treats, and have tea parties in my garden. On top of that I love belly dance and was a formerly nationally carded softball pitcher. So yeah, quirky kind of fits!

I knew it! You are an interesting lady! So how long have you been writing and what inspires you to write?

Gosh, I’ve been writing since I was about four or five, but my first novel I wrote while I was pregnant with my first child. I get inspired by an extremely overactive imagination, and things I see on the news/documentaries, etc.

Ha, do you think your imagination could give mine a pep talk? :) How exactly did you get into Special Ops themed novels?

I can’t remember how it all started. Being a history nut, I’ve always been fascinated by all things military. I think I started reading up on SEALs and Delta operators first, then branched out to other units.

As a published author, is there anything you would have done differently or changed throughout your writing career?

I would love to go back and change things in my first book (Out of Her League)! Things that seemed like such a good idea at the time now seem so weak to me I want to cringe. Lol.

Aww, I suppose that is a part of the writing experience though. I’m sure there are a lot of authors that have the same exact thoughts about their first novel as well. So when you first learned you were going to be published, what was the first thing you did?

I called my mom! She was thrilled for me.

What’s the strangest thing you’ve done in the name of research for your books?

I am terrified of flying, yet I braved a half dozen helicopter flights with an Army pilot and a flight instructor so I could really get the “feel” of it, and asked them about a million questions. I’m sure they were thrilled (ha!). I also have interviewed several crews at air shows in the past few years. I always stand there and blush when faced with a wall of good looking servicemen dressed in flight suits.

Hmm, you think I could tag along next time? Ha! Speaking of good looking servicemen, is there one particular character from your books that is your most favorite? I’m personally stuck on Rhys. Just saying.

Oh, hands down that would be Luke Hutchinson. He’s just so alpha and sexy, multi-talented and brave, with a heart of gold underneath all that testosterone and badass exterior. *shiver*

What do the plans hold for your writing? Are you currently working on anything?

I’m currently working on my last Bagram Special Ops book, and hope to have that wrapped up by Christmas time.

Can you give us a favorite excerpt of yours from one of your novels? And explain why it’s one of your favorites? 

It’s from Luke’s book, when he goes in to confront the traitor in the hotel room in Beirut. I had goose bumps all over me when I wrote this! The bible reference is what did it. Come on, using the book of Luke and finding the perfect quote to match the story? Oh yeah. This bit is from the villain’s point of view: 

“They could be waiting for him outside that door,
he thought, glancing at the flimsy deadbolt and
chain. He stared at the brushed nickel knob, mind
racing with wild thoughts. What if they’d sent a hit
team after him? The next person at his door could be
waiting with a silenced pistol in their hand, ready to
pull the trigger.
His gun. He had to get his gun. He’d left it in the
drawer of the night table.
Naked, he flung open the bathroom door and
raced into the bedroom. His eyes fastened on the
table and the little drawer inside it. He tore over and
ripped the thing open. And stopped dead.
The gun was gone. But the hotel bible lay there.
Open to the book of Luke.
His skin prickled and crawled. No. Nonono...
A passage was underlined. Chapter 11, Verse
23, and he couldn’t stop himself from reading it. The
words swam before his eyes.
Whoever is not with me is against me, and
whoever does not gather with me scatters.
His mouth went dry. Oh my God...
Luke was coming for him.
“Looking for this?” a deep voice drawled.
“Shit!” he cried, whirling around with a hand
over his thudding heart.
Luke’s penetrating black gaze seared his naked
skin as he lifted the loaded SIG Sauer and aimed it
at Miller’s head.
Miller stumbled back against the night table,
knocking the reading lamp over with a crash.
“Jesus,” he gasped, dizzy from the flood of
adrenaline roaring through his bloodstream. He
couldn’t hear anything but the rush of blood in his
Never taking his eyes off him, Luke tossed him a
hotel robe. Miller caught it and threw it on to cover
himself, his movements jerky and uncoordinated.
“This is all a misunderstanding—”
“Shut. The. Fuck. Up.”
He did, throat constricting as he swallowed. Oh
Christ, what was Luke going to do to him?
The door flew open and two huge guys strode in,
the twin hit men he’d met in Kabul last time he’d
seen Luke. They were dressed in jeans and black
leather jackets that no doubt concealed a holster or
two. Their shoulders were so wide they blocked out
the light coming in from the hall and their eyes were
concealed beneath wraparound shades. Miller locked
his knees to keep them from shaking, his gaze
swinging between the two assassin-types and Luke.
The sheer intensity of the dark stare coming back at
him shriveled his insides. He was a walking dead
Luke lowered his weapon and took a menacing
step toward him. “Jamie’s waiting downstairs for us.
You coming quietly, or do the boys and I get to make
this interesting?””

OOoo Love it. Perhaps I should reevaluate my take on my favorite character of yours. :) This is a question I’m curious about. In Darkest Caress, you added the paranormal element. I thought that was a bit interesting. How did you come up with that idea? Or what made you decide to go with that element?

My crit partner is multi published with a big NY publisher and she writes paranormal romance, and sometimes romantic suspense. I hadn’t been able to snag an agent with any of my romantic suspense books, so she kept urging me to try my hand at a paranormal book. On a recent trip to the Baltic States, I fell in love with a little place in Lithuania called Nida, steeped in ancient legend and folklore. The idea for the paranormal element came from there.  

That’s pretty neat to learn Nida is an actual place. Since you are a civil war buff, I have to ask. If you had the opportunity to have a one on one conversation with one person from that era, who would you pick and why? 

That’s so hard! I think it would have to be General Lee, since he and I have the same birthday. Though our beliefs are different, I admire his character and his classiness. There are soooo many things I would ask him.

Had you the ability to change just one thing that occurred during the Civil War that could have set the war on a completely different course, what would it have been? 

Oh boy, let me think… I guess it would be turning an early Union defeat into a victory. The US would have been a very different place had the South won the war, so anything I could do to make the war shorter and help make things easier for the Union, I would.

I want to thank you for stopping by today, Kaylea. You’re such an awesome lady and writer, and I really enjoy your novels. I’m always on the lookout for your next! ***Please be sure to comment and include your email address for a chance to win an e-copy of Kaylea’s Darkest Caress***

Darkest Caress - Kaylea Cross

Blurb: Two-hundred-year-old Daegan Blackwell is one of the last remaining Empowered, an ancient magical race. Daegan's duty is to lead and protect his remaining Brethren in the coming war foretold by prophecy. The last thing he expects is to meet the one woman who will either save or destroy him-his destined mate.

Fiercely independent Realtor Olivia Farrell believes darkly handsome Daegan is simply a prospective client. Until she's attacked by a man with a strange aura-and Daegan fights him off, taking away her pain with just his touch. At first, Olivia refuses to believe she's part of a magical race, yet mounting evidence and her powerful chemistry with Daegan are too strong to deny.

But as Daegan's partner, Olivia becomes a target in the battle between good and evil that threatens her life, as well as the very existence of the Empowered. And the only one who can save her is the man claiming to be her destiny...

My Review: Since I enjoy this author’s romantic suspense novels, it was a given that I would read Darkest Caress. I mean, come on. An author I like trying her hand at paranormal romantic suspense? I’ll take it. 

And I was not disappointed in the slightest. Once I began the book, I couldn’t put it down. This author has a way of drawing the reader into a book easily. In my opinion, Ms. Cross writes a fast-paced story with extremely appealing heroes. While they are strong, protective males equipped to kick butt, they are still sensitive and thoughtful with their ladies. Daegan, the hero, is no different. 

What I loved the most about the story was the tension and draw of the two main characters. From the start, the sexual tension is alive and kicking between these two. In addition, the secondary characters, Cade and Vaughn, were intriguing to say the least. As a lover of tortured heroes, I can’t wait for Vaughn to have his own story! 

Regardless of some readers’ lukewarm reception to Darkest Caress, I really enjoyed this book and am anxious to read more in this series. 

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