Thursday, February 14, 2013

Valentine's Day Guest Post with Rosanna Leo

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Happy Valentine's Day!


I have a special treat for you today. The lovely Rosanna Leo is here to share a special Valentine's Day Post with you. She's also sharing an excerpt from her newest release, Sunburn. ***In addition, she is offering one lucky commenter a digital copy of Sunburn, and I'll pick one commenter who will receive a $5.00 Amazon Gift Card. So be sure to leave your email address with your comments so we can contact you.***

Always a pleasure to have you here, Rosanna. :) Take it away, chickie.


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Rosanna: I’d like to thank the lovely Melissa Limoges for welcoming me back to her fantastic blog, and on Valentine’s Day yet!

I suppose for this post I could go all anti-Valentine’s Day, but you know what? I’m not going to do that. I’m an erotic romance author. Love is not only my bread and butter, it’s my passion. There, I’ve said it. I love love.

More than anything, I love the idea of everlasting love. Knowing there is one special person out there who will love you until his or her dying day is an incredible feeling.

So what if that person doesn’t die? Will love endure?

I am primarily a writer of paranormal romances. In other words, my supernatural heroes live a long time! So for me, the idea that a man like that, one gifted with unique talents and powers, could love you forever is very appealing.

Isn’t this why we gravitate to these heroes? They not only show us a world we’ve never seen, but they promise to be ours and ours alone for all time. The very idea takes my breath away and makes me long for that reality.

In my latest paranormal romance, Sunburn, my hero is the Greek god Apollo. I really wanted to play with the idea of everlasting love in this one. After all, Apollo has been around forever. However, when he falls in love in my story, it’s with a woman fated to die. What does an immortal hero do with that?

Leave a comment today and tell me about your most memorable love, whether real or fictional, and you could win a copy of my Sunburn!


Blurb: Patience O’Conner is a travel blogger who lives for her work. Her dedication to her readers brings her to the famed Helios Resort in Mexico, a locale that stuns her with its beauty but at which she suffers from some very strange accidents.

Luckily, hunky resort bartender Apollo Delos is always there in the nick of time, a malcontent guardian angel. Apollo stuns Patience again and again with his life-saving abilities, to say nothing of his smoldering looks and apparent desire to keep her alive.

Before long, Patience wonders if there is more to the sexy bartender than mixed cocktails and insane first-aid skills. Something strange is happening at Helios and Apollo doesn’t want to talk about it.

Can Patience open herself up to this enigmatic man, even though she is terrified to be vulnerable again? And can Apollo recover from an eternity of hurt and learn to trust once more? They must both decide before Death comes calling. 

Excerpt: "She put her hand on his arm to get his attention. A sensual shiver ran up his spine. “You do understand why I can’t drink, right? I come from a family of addicts. The addictive gene is in me. I can’t slip up even once. I’m terrified I’ll fall into the same patterns.” She paused, her eyes haunted and dark. “I was addicted to something, to someone, once. And I didn’t recognize myself by the end. I can’t go back there again. I have to stay strong.”

His head spun. Who was this person to whom she was addicted? He had to know. Was she married before? Was it a boyfriend?

Who hurt her?

He had to know, but there’d be time to find out later. Right now, she looked ready to crumple. Damn. Their conversation had struck a nerve in her.

He rushed out from behind the bar, knowing only he had to make her feel better, and pulled her into his arms. She yielded, all warmth and softness against him. She laid her head against his neck, and a tear dripped onto his skin.

Shit.

“Patience,” he whispered into her hair. “Please don’t cry. I won’t let him hurt you.”

Apollo with all his heart was making a vow. He wouldn’t let anyone hurt her; not the demon, and certainly not the little shit who’d hurt her once before.

She looked up, tears streaming down her face and her chest rising and falling with shaky breaths. “I’m sorry. It’s not like me to cry. I don’t know what came over me!”

“By all the gods,” he murmured, in a trance. Even in pain, she was mesmerizing. There was a healthy sheen to her skin. Her cheeks were rosy with emotion. Stray hairs had escaped her ponytail, ornamenting her face. “You are so beautiful.”

Her lips parted in a welcome she probably didn’t even realize she was extending. She sighed, and her breath poured over him, heating him to the core. He had to kiss her. There was suddenly no option but to kiss her.
He brushed his lips against hers, feeling no resistance. He moved slowly, bestowing feather-light kisses all over her mouth. And then, shocking and exciting him, her tongue slid into his mouth. Penetrating, seeking more.

Hungry.

Inflamed, he held her tighter, moving his body between her legs as she sat on the bar stool. Their kiss deepened as their tongues played and probed. He bit her lip, none too gently, and she moaned.

Oh, sweet Pandora’s box!

But as quickly as the kiss had crushed them, it was over. Patience pulled away and out of his arms. Dazed, his heart palpitated as she scrambled off the stool. And before he could recover to stop her, Patience ran away down the wooden path toward the lobby."

Sunburn is available at: Liquid Silver Books

You can find Rosanna atWebsite 
  
**Don't forget to leave your email address to be entered to win one of two prizes. Now, go eat lots of chocolate. :)***

23 comments:

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    1. That is very kind of you, Daryl! Thank you and happy V Day!

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  2. what a great chat! I loved your story For the Love of a God. I cant wait to see Apollos story as well. I've been writing romances for a while now and its hard to remember a real love story, the hot loving characters sort of tarnish it all LOL sugar_n_spice63830@yahoo.com

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    1. Thank you so much, Cathy! I am so fortunate to have you read. Thanks as well for visiting me here.

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  3. Happy Valentine's Day, ladies.

    Great post, Rosanna.

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    1. Thank you very much, Allison! I appreciate you visiting. Happy Valentine's Day!

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  4. Thanks so much for hosting me, Melissa!! Happy V Day!

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  5. Happy Valentine's Day! I loved For the Love of A God & Sweet Hell. I am waiting payiently (NOT) till the 19th to begin Sunburn for our buddy read. Of course don't forget Callan - Selkie must be read too! :-)

    hhand at sasktel dot net Heather

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    1. Thanks so much, Heather! I love that you're reading and enjoying the books. And thrilled they make you impatient! :)

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  6. Such a wonderful excerpt. That alone sells the book. But then you see the cover and WOW. Congratulations on what looks to be another great read, Rosanna! And because I'm a pig, I'm leaving my info - hehehehe.
    SheriFredricks @charter .net

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    1. Oh, thank you Sheri! And don't ever call yourself that!! Shameful. ;) I'm so glad you joined us today. Thanks.

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  7. I love Rosanna Leo's books. She definitely knows how to weave a sexy love story.
    brenda_dyer212@hotmail.com

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    1. Thanks ever so much Brenda! I am honored that you've read them and so glad you came to visit today! :)

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    1. Thanks so much Ella! I appreciate you stopping by!

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  9. Great post! Happy Valentines Day!

    Congrats on you latest release!

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    1. Hi Stacey! Thanks very much and thanks for commenting!

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  10. Thank you so much for stopping by to visit Rosanna today, everyone. And thank you Rosanna for visiting. It's always a pleasure to have you here. :) Happy Valentine's Day, ladies! :D

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  11. Happy Valentines Day!! Thanks for the giveaway.

    My husband of almost 15 years is my most memorable love - I couldn't have picked any better, whether we are heatedly discussing home repair or relaxing on the beach!

    theresa.esterline@gmail.com

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    1. Hi Theresa! You never know where those home repair discussions will lead...nugde nudge wink wink! Thanks for being here!

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  12. Hi everyone. I've drawn a name for the book and Heather is the lucky winner! Congrats Heather...and I believe another draw will occur for the gift card, so good luck all, and thanks for coming out!

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  13. And I'm right behind, Rosanna with a winner for the $5.00 gift card. I used random.org and came up with Theresa as my winner. I'll send you an email shortly, Theresa. Thank you for stopping by, everyone. :)

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