Archive | March 8, 2013

I Love Laura Kaye

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Laura Kaye is the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of nearly a dozen books in contemporary and paranormal romance. Laura grew up amidst family lore involving angels, ghosts, and evil-eye curses, cementing her life-long fascination with storytelling and the supernatural. Laura lives in Maryland with her husband, two daughters, and cute-but-bad dog, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.

Book Awards:
*HEARTS IN DARKNESS: EPIC eBook Award Winner for Best Novella of 2012, HOLT Medallion Award of Merit Winner for Best Romance Novella of 2012
*FOREVER FREED: NJRW Golden Leaf Award Winner for Best Paranormal of 2011, GDRW Booksellers’ Best Award Finalist for Best First Book and Best Paranormal of 2012
*NORTH OF NEED: FF&P PRISM Award Winner for Best Light Paranormal Romance of 2012. Nominated for Cross Genre Novel of the Year and Erotic Romance Novel of the Year in the 2013 AAD Bookie Awards. Named GraveTells’ Best Book of 2011, and voted Sizzling Hot Read of the Year at Sizzling Hot Books.
*WEST OF WANT: Winner of 3 2012 GraveTells’ Readers Choice Awards: Favorite Heroine, Favorite Sidekick Character, Best Cover
*IN THE SERVICE OF THE KING: Winner of 4 2012 GraveTells’ Readers Choice Awards: Most Outstanding Series, Favorite Novella, Sexiest Story, Hottest Couple

I found Laura through a Facebook post recommending
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Makenna James thinks her day can’t get any worse, until she finds herself stuck in a pitch-black elevator with a complete stranger. Distracted by a phone call and juggling too much stuff, the pin-striped accountant caught only a glimpse of a dragon tattoo on his hand before the lights went out.

Caden Grayson is amused when a redhead literally falls at his feet. His amusement turns to panic when the power fails. Despite his piercings, tats, and vicious scar, he’s terrified of the dark and confined spaces. Now, he’s trapped in his own worst nightmare.

To fight fear, they must both reach out and open up. With no preconceived notions based on looks to hold them back, they discover just how much they have in common. In the warming darkness, attraction grows and sparks fly, but will they feel the same when the lights come back on?

I absolutely loved Hearts in Darkness, and have loved every one of Laura’s books since!
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The Gods
While attempting to escape the agonizing memories she associates with Christmas, twenty-nine-year-old widow Megan Snow builds a snow family outside the mountain cabin she once shared with her husband-and collapses in tears against the snowman at the sight of what she’ll never have.Called to life by the power of Megan’s tears, snow god Owen Winters appears unconscious on her doorstep in the midst of a raging blizzard. As she nurses him to health, Owen finds unexpected solace in her company and unimagined pleasure in the warmth of her body, and vows to win her heart for a chance at humanity.Megan is drawn to Owen’s mismatched eyes, otherworldly masculinity, and enthusiasm for the littlest things, and her heart opens enough to believe he’s a Christmas miracle. But this miracle comes with an expiration-before the snow melts and the temperature rises, Megan must let go of her widow’s grief and learn to trust love again, or she’ll lose Owen forever

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Betrayal is all he’s ever known, but in her, he’ll find a love strong enough to be trusted…
When Marcella Raines’ twin brother dies, she honors his request to be buried at sea, never expecting the violent storm that swamps her boat. Though she’s gravely injured–and still emotionally damaged from her recent divorce–Ella fights to survive.
Zephyros Martius is the Supreme God of the West Wind and Spring, but being the strongest Anemoi hasn’t protected him from betrayal and loss. Worse, he’s sure his brother Eurus is behind it. When Zeph’s heartbreak whips up a storm that shipwrecks a human, his guilt forces him to save her.
Ella is drawn to the vulnerability Zeph hides beneath his otherworldly masculinity and ancient blue eyes. And her honesty, empathy, and unique, calming influence leave Zeph wanting…everything. When Eurus threatens Ella, she and Zeph struggle to let go of the past, defend their future, and embrace what they most want–a love that can be trusted

Coming Soon:
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She’s the only one who can see through his golden boy façade to the broken god within…

Chrysander Notos, Supreme God of the South Wind and Summer, is on a mission: save Eurus from his death sentence and prove his troubled brother can be redeemed. But Eurus fights back, triggering vicious summer storms that threaten the mortal realm, dangerously drain Chrys, and earn the ire of the Olympic gods who ordered Eurus dead.

Laney Summerlyn refuses to give up her grandfather’s horse farm, despite her deteriorating vision. More than ever, she needs the organized routine of her life at Summerlyn Stables, until a ferocious storm brings an impossible—and beautiful—creature crashing down from the heavens.

Injured while fighting Eurus, Chrys finds himself at the mercy of a mortal woman whose compassion and acceptance he can’t resist. As they surrender to the passion flaring between them, immortal enemies close in, forcing Chrys to choose between his brother and the only woman who’s ever loved the real him.

The Anemoi series is a really different take on paranormal romance. Imperfect and emotionally damaged Gods, finding love after millennium of loneliness and heart break.

Than there are the vampires:
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Kael, Warrior King of the Vampires, loathes the Night of the Proffering. He needs the blood of either his mate or a human virgin to maintain his strength, but hasn’t enjoyed the ritual since he lost his mate centuries ago. Kael doesn’t want a new companion, yet his resolve is tested when he lays eyes on his new offering, Shayla McKinnon. He is drawn to Shayla’s beauty and poise…and the submission she offers. She is eager to give him anything he wishes, including her innocence, to please him. Will Kael give in to their overwhelming desire—even if it means risking Shayla’s life?

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American exchange student Kate Bordessa has fled to Russia to escape her family’s hopes that she’ll become one of the Proffered, human women who feed and mate with elite vampire warriors. But when she stumbles upon a wounded vampire in the streets of Moscow, she’s instinctively driven to protect him–and feels an undeniable spark of desire.

Grieving over the deaths of his brothers, Vampire Warrior King Nikolai Vasilyev has thrown himself into battling his enemies, focused only on vengeance. Until the attack that brought him to Kate. Their sexual attraction explodes into a night of uncontrolled passion–a night that marks them as mates. Is their connection strong enough to convince them to embrace a destiny neither of them was expecting?

Warning, these Vampires will melt your panties off!

The Heroes!
She’s always been off-limits…

Former Army Special Forces Sgt. Marco Vieri has never thought of Alyssa Scott as more than his best friend’s little sister, but her return home changes that…and challenges him to keep his war-borne demons at bay. Marco’s not the same person he was back when he protected Alyssa from her abusive father, and he’s not about to let her see the mess he’s become.

…but now she’s all grown up.

When Alyssa takes a job at the bar where Marco works, her carefree smiles wreak havoc on his resolve to bury his feelings. How can he protect her when he can’t stop thinking about her in his bed? But Alyssa’s not looking for protection—not anymore. Now that she’s back in his life, she’s determined to heal her forbidden hero, one touch at a time..13665682

He wants just one night…

After growing up with an abusive, alcoholic father, Army Special Forces Sgt. Brady Scott vowed never to marry or have kids. Sent stateside to get his head on straight—and his anger in check—Brady’s looking for a distraction. He finds it in his beautiful new neighbor’s one-night-only offer for hot sex, but her ability to make him forget is addictive. Suddenly, Brady’s not so sure he can stay away.

…what they need is each other.

Orphaned as a child, community center director Joss Daniels swore she’d never put herself in a position to be left behind again, but she can’t deny herself one sizzling night with the sexy soldier who makes her laugh and kisses her senseless. When Joss discovers she’s pregnant, Brady’s rejection leaves her feeling abandoned. Now, they must overcome their fears before they lose the love and security they’ve found in each other, but can they let go of the past to create a future together?
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You all know my affinity for military heroes, and Laura’s are my favorite kind! All Laura’s heroes are “damaged” and I just love watching them find the love that heals.

You can check out all Laura’s books at:
http://www.amazon.com/Laura-Kaye/e/B004XMNF6W/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1

Now that you’re in the mood for a military hero, please check out my book too
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Soldier Jameson Hunter faces the battle of his life: winning the heart of Charlotte Mackenzie, widowed mother of a young recruit.
Available at:
Amazon
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All Romance e-books
Smashwords
Borough’s Publishing Group

What Makes a Writer Great?

This question has as many answers as there are writers in the universe. Because EVERY writer who pours his/her soul onto the pages of a story and allows the world to judge their work, is a GREAT writer,in my humble opinion.
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But, this is a romance blog. So, I want to address romance authors. When I hear “people” say that “romance authors are mediocre talents, who turn out formulaic stories” I see RED! Yes, most romance novels have a Happily Ever After, or at least A Happy For Now ending. But, that doesn’t make the romance genre formulaic, any more than a crime novel will have the bad guy caught in the end. We don’t want to read a book that doesn’t end. And knowing that the story will have a satisfactory ending doesn’t mean we know how the characters will get there, or what they will face along the way.

In case it’s slipped the mind of those “intellectuals” who poopoo the romance industry, Shakespeare wrote romance.

“My bounty is as boundless as the sea,
My love as deep; the more I give to thee,
The more I have, for both are infinite.”
― William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet

Tennessee Williams wrote romance

“Don’t you just love those long rainy afternoons in New Orleans when an hour isn’t just an hour – but a little piece of eternity dropped into your hands – and who knows what to do with it?”
― Tennessee Williams, A Streetcar Named Desire

Robert Frost wrote romance

“Love is an irresistible desire to be irresistibly desired.”
― Robert Frost

If those same Nay Sayers tell me that “modern romance” does not have the same impact, I say they should READ before they JUDGE!

For I have seen some amazing prose in “modern romance”

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“I carry this thing between us, like a weight. A good weight, in my pocket. I reach out and hold it from time to time like a wonderful secret. I will always have that. I will never feel this way about another woman, ever. My heart will be yours forever, no matter who shares your bed, no matter whose children you bear. I’m here.” He tapped her chest. “And you’re here.” He tapped his own.”

A poetess in prose, Thea Harrison

“He poisoned her with affection and compassion, and he taught her what it meant to play again. He gave her hope and tore down her past, all with a fierce laugh in those remarkable eyes. He had already taken her soul on an impossible moonlit flight. She might as well give him her shredded, useless heart too, since she hadn’t been using it all these years.”
― Thea Harrison, Serpent’s Kiss
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“It was turning early evening. Icarus had once again caught fire and was falling to the western horizon.Outside mist from earlier had burned away. What was left behind was a heavy haze that blanketed both land and sea, and turned the peaks of the Golden Gate Bridge into unearthly spires.” Serpent’s Kiss

“Once he had thought they lived such small lives…Now he realized how big their lives really were, because their lives were everything that mattered. They were the only thing that mattered, The joyous surprise in each discovery they made together was more precious than the treasure of kings, more suspenseful than the most spectacular of car chases, more beautiful than the most exotic of landscapes.” Oracle’s Moon

12255481Jo Leigh, tugs your heartstrings

“Here’s what we’re gonna do. You’re going to give me that doubt. You’re just going to hand it to me, and I’m going to hold it for you. I’m going to keep it for as long as you need me to. For the rest of our lives. I will be your safe place. The place you get to be soft. Right here, just like this. When you leave my arms, you leave whole. Because you already are.
You’re not broken sweetie, you’re human. You’re incredibly strong. You’re a wonder. You’ll return to your team as the warrior you’ve always been. And you’ll know that at any time, you can come to me, and you’ll know my arms are strong enough.”
― Jo Leigh, SEAL of My Dreams

Jacquelyn Frank paints a picture in your mind

“You are my heart as it beats within my chest, my soul as it moves through my mind. The breath in my body that so fascinates you is your essence pouring in and out of me in a wave that drowns me over and over again until I cannot breathe for wanting you. Needing you.”
― Jacquelyn Frank, Elijah
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“She had told him that she loved him. He had known that, but hearing it in the traditional phrase had affected him in new and blinding ways.
Ways that made him believe that he could do anything.
Anything she needed or wanted him to do.
Because her loving him meant so much more than him loving her.”
― Jacquelyn Frank, Damien

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and last but not least the fabulous Sherrilyn Kenyon

“Life isn’t finding shelter in the storm. It’s about learning to dance in the rain.”
― Sherrilyn Kenyon, Acheron

“Just because you can doesn’t mean you should.”
― Sherrilyn Kenyon

“She didn’t understand that. “How can anyone be afraid of love?”
“How can they not?” His face was completely aghast. “When you love someone… truly love them, friend or lover, you lay your heart open to them. You give them a part of yourself that you give to no one else, and you let them inside a part of you that only they can hurt—you literally hand them the razor with a map of where to cut deepest and most painfully on your heart and soul. And when they do strike, it’s crippling—like having your heart carved out. It leaves you naked and exposed, wondering what you did to make them want to hurt you so badly when all you did was love them. What is so wrong with you that no one can keep faith with you? That no one can love you? To have it happen once is bad enough… but to have it repeated? Who in their right mind would not be terrified of that?”
― Sherrilyn Kenyon, Devil May Cry

I could go on for pages! Touching, funny, beautiful, evocative… Romance.

What Makes a Great Writer? Great Writing! Today’s romance novels are full of it! And don’t let ANYONE tell you different!