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The Anatomy of a Hero by Jess Anastasi

No, I don’t mean that anatomy. Though I have to admit, when I wrote the title of this post, it did cross my mind that spending the next few minutes talking about the importance of aaaaaabs and biiiiceps drool on a hero. But, come on people, we’re trying to maintain some standards here… most of the time. Just a quick note, for the purposes of visualization, I’m going to be using TV heroes as examples. My job… so hard some days.

Ahem. Seriously now, have you ever thought about what all your favorite heroes have in common? And I don’t just mean those delicious bad-boy Alpha heroes like Dean Winchester from Supernatural who have a brooding smolder down to an art (and the single manly tear. My god, does that man know how to bring the feels). Some of my favorite heroes are kick ass chicks like Buffy (who doesn’t love Buffy) and River Tam from Firefly.

But I’ve definitely got a thing when it comes to a hero. And that is the imperfect hero. I love those heroes that have a dark side, either because they’ve experienced dark things, or have walked a dark path themselves. So, let’s look at some of these heroes and their anatomy. Inner anatomy.

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Top 5 Sexy Baseball Players by Lynn Stevens

 

Aw, baseball, America’s pastime. There’s nothing better than sitting in the stands and watching a player smash a 90+ mph fastball over the wall. The art of the game, the patience, the strategy, and those hot baseball pants, what’s not to love?

I’m a lifelong St. Louis Cardinals fan, but I love watching games even if my RedBirds aren’t playing. Pitching duels, high scoring games, the long ball, I’ll sit through anything. Even a rain delay. Naturally, I also enjoy the sexiness on the field.

So here are my top 5 sexy baseball players who don’t play for the Cardinals:

  1. Kris Bryant – 3rd baseman for Chicago Cubs – just look at those eyes. It also helps that he’s one hell of a player. His batting stance is almost perfect.
  2. Derek Jeter – former shortstop for New York Yankees – no list is complete without Jeter who seems to get better with age. Retirement suits him.
  3. Kevin Kiermaier – center fielder for Tampa Bay Rays – I watch the Rays when I can. For good reason.
  4. Dustin Ackley – 2nd baseman for Los Angeles Angels – The crooked smile is stuff novels are made of.
  5. David Freese – 3rd baseman for Pittsburgh Pirates – Okay this is a bit of a cheat since Freese was the hero of the Cardinals 2011 World Series run, but he plays for the enemy now so…

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GIVEAWAY: The Colorado Mountain Series by Kristen Ashley!

ANNOUNCING THREE BEAUTIFUL NEW TRADE PAPERBACK EDITIONS FROM THE COLORADO MOUNTAIN SERIES!

THE GAMBLE

Life isn’t meant to be perfect. It’s meant to be lived . . .

Nina Sheridan thought she’d found the perfect man who would become the perfect husband. She was wrong. When Nina realizes the man she planned to grow old with doesn’t know her at all, it’s time to rethink her idea of perfect. And what better place to get her life in order than a remote Colorado mountain town halfway around the world?

Gnaw Bone, Colorado, may not be flashy or cosmopolitan, but it’s got a brand of hospitality all its own. Nina isn’t entirely sure she’s ready to trade the life she thought she wanted in England for cozy evenings in her mountain retreat, and she definitely isn’t sure she’s ready to handle the connection she feels to the owner of her rental house, Max Holden . . .

Nina didn’t come to Colorado to find love, but even the best-laid plans can go awry. Now, if Nina can let go of her past, Max-and a future in Gnaw Bone-might just be the perfect second chance she’s been waiting for.

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EXCLUSIVE EXCERPT: Snow’s Surrender by Kristin Miller

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Hair black as a raven’s coat, skin as white as snow, lips as read as, blabitty-blah, blah, blah. If one more person calls me sweet and innocent, I’m losing my head.

I’ve got more pressing matters to think about. Like the fact that our wolf pack is in serious debt. If I can’t find a way to secure financing for our estate, we’ll lose our shifting sanctuary. My stepmother—wonderfully wicked as she is—has come up with a plan: seduce a rich jeweler who’s visiting for the weekend. And then, when he agrees to bond with me and make me his forever, we’ll be saved. Not such a bad deal, considering he’s crazy hot, and I’ve had a crush on him forever.

One problem: I’m not a temptress, not by a long shot. It’s a good thing my childhood best friend, Hunter, has come back into the area. He’s always been a playboy and knows how to get what he wants. He agrees to teach me the rules of seduction, but before long, I realize I’m the one being played.

Check out an excerpt from SNOW’S SURRENDER by Kristin Miller! 

SNOW’S SURRENDER is the last installment of A SNOW WHITE WEREWOLF TALE. Check out parts one and two here! 


Closing my eyes, I shake my head slowly. Because I want more of this feeling zinging through me, more butterflies, and more rain to cool my burning flesh. Why can’t things go this smoothly with other guys? Ones who are staying with the pack?

“You’re not with Malcolm this moment.” His lips brush my cheek. “What happens tonight doesn’t have to change anything tomorrow when you go back to him.”

Another kiss on my cheek, closer to my lips.

“We’re friends, aren’t we?” I say, leaning into him and the warmth of his embrace. “Even after all this, that won’t change, right?”

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Who’s the Best Boyfriend: Werewolf or Vampire?

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I’m excited to be here on EverAfter Romance today. For all you paranormal readers, I invited two special guests—Mr. Werewolf and Lord Vampire—for some fun insight into what it’s like dating a supernatural.

Juliette turns to her guests on the sofa Thank you, gentlemen, for joining me today for this interview on EverAfter Romance. Inquiring minds want to know who would be the best boyfriend for the modern girl. If you don’t mind, let’s get right to it. First question. Where would you take a girl for a romantic first date?

Mr. Werewolf: I would take her somewhere private and intimate so I could devote attention only to her. Perhaps a woodland picnic by moonlight.

Lord Vampire: That’s also where a serial killer might take her.

Mr. Werewolf: You would know, blood-sucker.

Lord Vampire: chuckles

Juliette: Okay then, Lord Vampire. Where might you take a girl for a romantic date?

Lord Vampire: My castle, of course. For a quiet, candle-lit dinner surrounded by opulence and luxury befitting her. I would treat her like a queen.

Mr. Werewolf: Not every woman cares for your money.

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Our Favorite Brits by Robin Bielman & More!

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In my new release, Talk British to Me, my hero is the Dating Guy on a popular morning radio show. To keep his identity a secret, he uses a different name and a British accent. This makes him a very popular Brit. He’s definitely my current favorite. But I’ve got others too—Daniel Craig (I may or may not have a picture of me photo shopped next to him, just saying), Henry Cavill, David Beckham, Agatha Christie, Daphne du Maurier, to name a few—and I thought surely some of my favorite authors also have favorite Brits, so I asked them! Here’s what they had to say…

 

Samanthe Beck, author of Emergency Attraction ~ Hands down, John Oliver from HBO’s Last Week Tonight. I love him. I’m talking, like, restraining order level love. I can’t even properly articulate why this Brit works my shit, but he does. Want a .gif? Cuz I’ve got a .gif!

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Penny Reid, author of Dating-ish ~ Ada Lovelace is my favorite Brit.

Not only was she one of the world’s first programmers, she was also a mathematician, computer scientist, scientist writer, created the first algorithm, AND was a countess. I also love that she is Lord Byron’s only legitimate child. How cool is that? The father of romanticism gave birth to the mother of computer science.

 

J. Kenner, author of Bitch Slap ~ Bond. James Bond. Because freaking awesome, that’s why!

 

Rachel Harris, author of The Nanny Arrangement ~ Oh gosh, that’s so hard to choose! I think I have to go with Colin Firth. He’ll forever be Mr. Darcy and that man and movie can get me out of any funk I’m in. Sick? Pride & Prejudice time. Sad? Turn it on. Bored? Yup, I lose myself in his brooding stare. But I also have a huge girl crush on Emma Watson 🙂

 

Hayson Manning, author of Taming the CEO ~ My favorite Brit hands down would be JK Rowling for bringing us, Harry Potter. I’ve had the joy of reading the books to my kids, watching the movies. We’ve laughed, we’ve cried (don’t get me started on Hedwig). So thank you to JK Rowling for inspiring generations of kids to dive into a book (and their parents too).

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Cindi Madsen, author of Confessions of a Former Puck Bunny ~ It’s so hard to pick just one favorite Brit when there are so many hotties to choose from. I’m going to have to go with Richard Armitage. If you haven’t watched him in the North & South miniseries, you’re missing out. Between the looks, sexy accent, brooding, and the crazy intense romantic tension–need I say more?–I fell a little bit in love with him. (Oh & it’s totes on Netflix right now) 

 

Julie Richman, author of The Do-Over ~ Patsy and Edina. Hands down my favorite Brits. My nephew calls me “Aunt Eddie” – and there’s a reason for that (yup, I’m owning up to it). I can binge on Season’s of AbFab and love to do it with close friends and family members who “get it”. Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley are brilliant and a fantasy of mine, Sweetie Darling, would be to write with Jennifer Saunders someday. I’ll bring the Bolly. Wear LaCroix.  

(Welshmen aren’t Brits, are they? UK and all…because if we can squeeze them in…the handsome man on my next cover, Jason Caselton, would need to be on the list…and probably need to be on an AbFab episode).

*Robin here – I just googled Jason and yep, no problem staring at him for a while.

 

Anissa Garcia, author of The Promise Series ~ My favorite Brit?? I have to choose one?!! Hmm…Mr. Darcy because he has more than 10 thousand a year. 😉 But, seriously, he may not be completely charming, but he’s dashing, sincere, and tries to do the right thing. 

And Tom Hardy because he rescues people and dogs in real life.

 

Maggie Kelley, author of One Little Kiss ~ Well…wrap Matthew Goode up in a Union Jack and I’m a goner but…my true Brit crush is Mick Jagger. Never knew sexy until I spent a night in the third row of a Stones concert-watching Mick strut. Damn, that devil’s got all my sympathy.

Who is your favorite Brit?


 

About ROBIN BIELMAN

When not attached to her laptop, USA Today Bestselling Author Robin Bielman can almost always be found with her nose in a book. A California girl, the beach is her favorite place for fun and inspiration. Her fondness for swoon-worthy heroes who flirt and stumble upon the girl they can’t live without jumpstarts most of her story ideas.


About TALK BRITISH TO ME:

TalkBritishToMe_500x750As the Dating Guy on L.A.’s top morning show, I give the single guy’s perspective on dating, love, and sex—and I give great advice. Everyone’s hooking up…well, except for me. Sure, I can get any woman I want, but I’ve got a “no relationship” clause in my contract and the only woman I want has “relationship” written all over her. Probably stamped on her ass, too. And wouldn’t I like to confirm that.

Unfortunately, she wants nothing to do with me. At all. Something about the next Ice Age might have even come up in her rebuttal. Adorable. Because she’s determined to ignore what one simple kiss proved: she wants me as badly as I want her.

Everything in me is screaming to go after her, but I’ve got a secret that I’m fairly certain will end up with her roasting my nuts over an open fire. So, job on the line? Check. Nuts on the line? Check. Can’t get her out of my head? Nail…meet coffin. But what a way to go…

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Lexxie Couper on Writing Romance

Pretty much all my books are written this way: I open a new word doc, I put my fingers on the keys and I wait to see what happens. I’m always surprised. It can also be frustratingly annoying.

My very first published book was an erotic sci-fi novella. I didn’t know what I was going to write when I started that book. I opened my laptop, opened a new doc, and then…just started writing. To be honest, I wasn’t expecting what I wrote (Shifting Lust is very erotic, very violent, and very…twisted. I’m blaming my childhood growing up watching Doctor Who, and Star Trek, and reading Stephen King), but it was just the beginning. More erotic sci-fi romances followed, most with elements of paranormal. Then came paranormal all by itself. Then I went back to visit sci-fi again, this time with fantasy elements followed by some more sci-fi, this time with a foursome unlike any other. Never in amongst all that did I dream I would ever write a contemporary romance. But eventually (thanks to New York Times’ Bestseller, Mari Carr) I did.

Mid 2009, Mari Carr asked me to be a part of series at a publisher no longer in operation. A strictly non-paranormal, non-sci-fi series. I was as nervous as all hell, but I love Mari sooo damn much I couldn’t say no. So I did what I always do: opened my laptop, opened Word, put my fingers on the keys and waited…

Copping A Feel was the result and, according to my editor, it was the best thing I’d ever subbed to her. “Freaking hilarious” I think was the words she used. Of course, me being me, I didn’t believe her and before I knew it, I was submerged again in the paranormal worlds where wild horny sex happens between non-humans and the fate of the world hangs in the balance. Apparently, for my muse, the paranormal worlds were safe. 

And then in 2009, the most wonderful Heidi Shoham threw down a challenge. Write her a menage contemporary erotic romance, and do it in ten days.

So, I did. Because I can never say no to a challenge. And in doing so, I discovered that I absolutely love writing contemporary romances. Love love love.

I haven’t stopped. The Mistaken Billionaire is the second book in the Muse series, and my tenth Entangled Publishing release. As you can imagine, it’s pretty special to me. It’s also, when it comes down to it, only the beginning. Because every time I sit down to write, it’s always new. Never knowing the words, the story, makes it that way.


lexxieABOUT THE BOOK 

Thomas St Clair is used to getting exactly what he wants, when he wants it. So when a mysterious woman shows up at his door with his runaway dog and her presence drives away his writer’s block, he’s willing to put up with her secrets if it means she’ll stay around.

Mila Elderkin once had a promising career in journalism, until her dreams were shattered by a rising star in the literary world. When fate lands her at that same man’s door years later, and he doesn’t recognize her, it seems she’s been offered a chance for a little fun. Mila’s not out for revenge, especially not once she starts to see the man beneath the persona. But the past has funny way of creeping into the present, and secrets don’t lie quiet forever.

Each book in the The Muse Series stands alone. The Mistaken Billionaire is the second book in the series. The Stubborn Billionaire is the first! 

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EXCLUSIVE EXCERPT: All I Am (A This Man Novella) by Jodi Ellen Malpas

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From #1 New York Times bestselling author Jodi Ellen Malpas comes a new novella in the This Man series. You don’t need to read the series to enjoy this story, but if you’re already a Jesse Ward fan, just wait till you see the advice he gives Drew about falling in love.

Check out our exclusive excerpt below! 


‘What do you want, Raya?’

She steps toward me tentatively, as if she’s questioning what she’s doing. And when she reaches me, her chest pressed to mine, she gazes up at me. ‘I don’t know.’ Her eyes are wild and unsure. ‘But I know that every time we’re close, something powerful takes over. And you’re trying hard to fight it. You’re warm and cold. What are you scared of?’

‘You.’ My mouth is on her before I can think better of it, and I’ve lifted her from her feet before my tongue breaches the seam on her lips. We should talk, but this is the only thing I know what to say right now, and when her arms circle my shoulders, her mouth opening up, inviting me in, I know she’s okay with it. I know she gets it.

With one arm around her waist holding her to me and one secured on the nape of her neck, I walk to my office, my kiss deep, my blood racing, my heart bouncing off my ribcage. I set her on her feet and take the hem of her dress, pulling it up over her head, losing her lips for just a second in the process. She wrenches my shirt open, scattering buttons in the process, her hands immediately finding my skin beneath. My forward steps encourages her backwards, our kiss deepening as she unfastens my trousers and I push her knickers down her thighs.

We’re all over the place, desperation getting the better of us, a mess of tongues, hands and bodies. I pull some strength from nowhere, seize her hands and break our kiss, breathing heavily. Her unsure brown eyes soon prompts me to start ridding myself of the rest of my clothes, all under her watchful gaze. Until I’m naked.

‘This wasn’t supposed to happen,’ she whispers.

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EXCLUSIVE EXCERPT: Cyborg Seduction by Grace Goodwin

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Single mother Lindsey Walters would do anything to save her young son from a lifetime of pain. She’s a writer, a journalist, and when the answer to her prayers comes in the form of a highly dangerous and forbidden assignment sneak onto the mysterious military prison planet known only as The Colony and write an expose she can’t refuse. And when she meets an irresistible and intense alien warrior who wants to keep her forever she can’t stay. She must return home, no matter how seductive he might be.

Kiel of Everis was captured and tortured by the Hive. Now free and living on the Colony, he’d accepted his fate of a life alone. There are no marked mates on The Colony, no hope for a warm, willing female to ease the constant ache of his lonely heart. On a hunt to track and eliminate a deadly traitor, his tightly controlled existence unravels when he begins to dream share with an unknown woman his mate.

Once he finds her, touches her, claims her as his own, he’ll do anything to possess her, break every rule to seduce her, defy anyone, even the Interstellar Coalition, Earth’s Government, and his own Governor to keep her forever.

There is nowhere his Earth mate can run, nowhere she can hide. He is a Hunter. And the predator inside of him knows one word when it comes to her, MINE.

Check out the exclusive excerpt of CYBORG SEDUCTION below! 


“There.” The governor, Maxim, pointed at the vid screen. I followed his finger and saw the intruder.  The image was crystal clear, crisp. The male wore the usual armor of a Coalition fighter; pants, shirt, even the helmet, and moved with the lithe ease of an athlete and the surety of one who knew exactly where to go as he removed a grate and disappeared inside the ventilation tunnels that ran beneath the entire base. 

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Q&A with Joya Ryan!

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Thank you so much for having me! I’m excited to be on the Ever After blog!


FIRST ROMANCE (AKA My First Time):

What was the first romance novel you read?

The first romance I ever read was “Eternity” by Jude Deveraux. My aunt gave me a box of her old romance novels when I was thirteen and I loved the cover. I started reading and decided right then that I needed a rough and dirty country man loyal to his family.

What do you remember about it?

I remember how the heroine was strong. She was met with such struggles in a situation she knew nothing about, yet even when she was discarded by the man she loved, she still found a way to survive and even thrive.

What did you like most about it?

I liked that the hero and heroine needed each other. They both struggled and were different people, yet found a way to make the other stronger.

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