I'd like to welcome one of my favorite paranormal romance authors back to Reading Between the Wines today, Cynthia Eden! Cynthia is joining us with her upcoming release of Angel Betrayed, the second book in her The Fallen series.
Let’s Talk Heroes!
Hi, everyone! Happy Friday! Oh, I do love Fridays. ;) I’m excited to be at Reading Between the Wines (and thank you to Crystal for inviting me over). Today, I thought I’d talk about one of my favorite things…
A good hero.
When I read a book, I want to fall in love with the hero. I want to root for him. I want to think he is just the most amazing person ever. I need him to be good (or, well, a really good bad boy), and there are certain hero characteristics that always lure me in:
- A protective streak. What can I say? I like the big, tough guys who don’t let anyone mess with their ladies. A guy willing to fight to keep you safe? Sexy.
- Smart. I need to read about a smart hero. If the heroine is always having to tell the guy everything, well, come on, where’s the fun there? He can be street smart, he can be a geek genius, but he has to be a man who can think well on his own.
- Resourceful. When I read a book, I want my hero to be MacGyver…or, at least, close to that. He should be able to fix a car. Shoot a bad buy. Make love like a sex god. Ahem. Unrealistic you say? Come on, it’s fiction! It’s supposed to be that way.
- Funny. I like a guy who can laugh in the face of death. That’s just…cool.
- Loyal. Once he meets the heroine, my hero doesn’t have a wandering eye. When love hits him, he’s a goner.
Sometimes, I like to write (and read) about heroes who are on the darker end of the spectrum. Guys who do some very bad and dangerous things…but even those bad boy heroes still have all of the characteristics that I just listed. Those characteristics are important to me…but what traits are important to you?
Share with me…and you could win a copy of my upcoming release, ANGEL BETRAYED. (The winner will be randomly selected to win—either a digital or print copy, winner’s choice). And, to get you in the mood for ANGEL BETRAYED, here’s the blurb:
Sammael–call him Sam–was an angel once. An angel of death. But the dispassionate, watch-from-above thing just wasn’t working for him when it meant watching evil torture innocent souls day in and day out. It might have cost him his wings, but these days he gets to apply the direct method on the bad guys. Problem is, what’s making his life difficult is a bad girl…Seline O’Shaw needs protection, and with the hounds of hell on her tail, she’s not going to quibble too hard about where she gets it. Sam’s virtue is questionable, but he’s smoking hot, massively powerful, and owes her a favor. So what if she’s getting a little case of angel lust? There are some damn deadly sins after her hide…
And, in case you missed it, my publisher is running a special sale on the ANGEL OF DARKNESS digital version (ANGEL OF DARKNESS is book 1 in my Fallen series). You can get ANGEL OF DARKNESS for $2.99 on the Kindle and Nook, but hurry—the sale ends on 6/25!
ANGEL BETRAYED—Available 6/26/12 from Kensington Brava
When you betray an angel, there’s all hell to pay…
About the Author:
Cynthia Eden is a national best-selling author of paranormal romance and romantic suspense novels. Her books have received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, and her novel, DEADLY FEAR, was named a RITA® finalist for best romantic suspense.
Cynthia is a southern girl who loves horror movies, chocolate, and happy endings. She has always wanted to write (don’t most authors say that?), and particularly enjoys creating stories about monsters–vampires, werewolves, and even the real-life monsters that populate her romantic suspense stories.
Cynthia’s foreign sales for her books include translations to Japan, Germany, Thailand, and Brazil.
(Back in the day…) Cynthia graduated summa cum laude from the University of South Alabama where she studied Sociology (because people interest her) and Communication (because she likes to write about said people). Cynthia has worked as a college admissions counselor, a teacher, and as an editor. But now, Cynthia is thrilled to be spending her days making up stories.
As Cynthia mentioned above, she is giving away one copy of Angel Betrayed (digital or print, winner's choice) to one lucky reader! To enter just leave a comment on this post answering her question and then fill out the rafflecopter below. Additional entries are available but not mandatory. Good luck!
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