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beyond our stars small I have to wish a fantastically happy book birthday to debut author Marie Langager, whose wonderful young adult science fiction novel BEYOND OUR STARS, released today as part of Bloomsbury Spark’s launch line.  So exciting!

Cover Copy:

Fleeing a destroyed Earth, seventeen-year-old orphan Hope grew up living in the confines of a spaceship heading to CR-3, a new home planet. She’s been kicking the steel walls for too long and ever since she broke her boyfriend’s heart, touchdown could mean open air and a fresh start. But no one expected the Locals.

Hope’s dreams of freedom turn into nightmares when the Locals trap the humans and mark groups for observation. At any moment she can be called into a holographic observation room for testing. Some days she’s drowning in a strange dark ocean, some days she’s locked up without food, and all with the one boy she can’t seem to forget.

As the Locals study Hope, she studies them. She wants to believe the tall grey creatures could be peaceful, but as the simulations become more dangerous, Hope is about to become the human race’s last chance for survival.

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In other news, there are still 13 hours left to get in on Chloe Neill‘s great giveaway!  One lucky person will win:

  • A Kindle Paperwhite E-Book Reader
  • An autographed ARC of WILD THINGS;
  • Chicagoland Vampires bookmarks, pens, and buttons;
  • Two signed, international copies of the CV books.

Check her blog for details.  And don’t forget, her enovella HOWLING FOR YOU, set in her Chicagoland Vampires world, is set to release January 7th, though you can pre-order now!  (WILD THINGS, the next series Chicagoland Vampires book is coming the very next month on February 3rd).

Last, but not least, The Knight Agency has three (!) authors up on this round of Addicted 2 Heroines’ Hottest Heroine Cover contest – J. Kathleen Cheney, Gena Showalter and Nalini Singh! You can check out all of the great covers here and vote for a chance to win an Amazon gift card or books from the Book Depository ($30).

Happy Saturday, y’all!  Two quick things here before I run off and type like my fingers are on fire.  (Just finished writing RISE OF THE BLOOD last night and now have to type it all into my computer, print out and revise by Feb. 15th.  No pressure!  Oh, and read two proposals and a full while making time for Superbowl on Sunday!)

Fangtabulous   First, City of Books has posted a great new review for FANGTABULOUS, the latest in my Vamped series, and is also offering up four signed books for a giveaway!  There’s still time to enter to win.  I hope you will.  These books need a good home!

Second, the next round of stops on the multi-author Sunshine Tour have been announced.  It’s a great bunch of young adult writers with very varied sorts of books – something for everyone from paranormal to mainstream contemporary to historical.  I hope if you’re anywhere in the Orlando, Clearwater or Tampa area you’ll check us out!

 
Saturday March 2nd at 2pm
Location: Barnes & Noble
3049 Daniels Rd
Winter Garden, FL 34787

 
Sunday March 3rd at 3pm
Attending: Heather Burch, Karen Amanda Hooper, Anna Banks, J.A. Souders, Jenny Torres Sanchez, Lucienne Diver, Gaby Triana, Trish Doller, Laura Sullivan, and Kristen Simmons.Location: Barnes & Noble, Inc.
23654 US 19 North
Clearwater, FL 33765

 
I’m going to be hosting some of the Sunshine Tour authors on my blog, starting with Heather Burch on Tuesday with advice for aspiring authors and a little about her successful Halfling series. Please stop back on by!
Also, there’s still time to join the #SunshineSyndicate and be entered into our HUGE Sunshine Tour giveaway, details here.

We had an incredible time on the first leg of The Sunshine Tour this past weekend.  Huge thanks to Books and Books in Coral Gables and to Barnes & Noble in Fort Myers for hosting us and to all who came!  I’m not sure why some of the pics came out fuzzy, but I will try to rectify this post haste!  Don’t forget there’s still time to join the #SunshineSyndicate and be entered to win our huge, amazing giveaway and that even if you missed our stops, you can still swing by the stores or order signed copies of our books!

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Pics above from the Coral Gables stop at the amazing Books and Books!

Group pic L to R: (Top) Karen Amanda Hooper, Gabrielle Joseph, Sarah Nicolas, Christina Diaz Gonzalez, Gaby Triana, (Bottom) J.A. Souders, Heather Burch, Lucienne Diver, Jenny Torres Sanchez

Karen Amanda Hooper and her books TANGLED TIDES and GRASPING AT ETERNITY

Jenny Torres Sanchez with her books THE DOWNSIDE OF BEING CHARLIE and DEATH, DICKINSON AND THE DEMENTED LIFE OF FRENCHIE GARCIA (forthcoming)

J.A. Souders with her novel RENEGADE

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Still from Books and Books!

Gaby Triana with her book RIDING THE UNIVERSE

Christina Diaz Gonzalez (Florida Book Award winner!) with THE RED UMBRELLA and A THUNDEROUS WHISPER

Me and Vlad with some of my books: REVAMPED, BAD BLOOD, FANGTASTIC, FANGTABULOUS

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Now at Barnes & Noble in Fort Myers (after a quick stop for Heather Burch and I at the outlet mall…I know, you’re shocked):

L to R: (Top) Jenny Torres Sanchez, Karen Amanda Hooper, Danielle Joseph, J.A. Souders, (Bottom) Me, Trish Doller, Christina Diaz Gonzalez, Heather Burch

Heather Burch with her book GUARDIAN and the little crown headband we picked up at said outlet mall

Me modeling (okay, there’s a theme here) my outlet mall shoes and Heather modeling the shoes I nearly mugged her for (photo credit to Jenna DeTrapani)

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Trish Doller and Christina Diaz Gonzalez chatting away

Our awesome organizer Sarah Nicolas and Karen Amanda Hooper

Danielle Joseph and Jenny Torres Sanchez

I’m thrilled to have DD Barant here with me today.  I must admit that I wanted to channel my inner UF heroine to forceably introduce some folks to their turn signals on the way to dropping my son at school today…exactly the kind of heroine that DD talks about here.  But before I introduce him, his wonderful perspective, and the link to the audiobook giveaway for KILLING ROCKS, one of his wonderful Bloodhound Files novels, a couple of quick things – for a limited time, Flux Books is making my novel VAMPED free(!) for Kindle and Nook.  I hope that you’ll want to take a look and that, if you enjoy it, perhaps you’ll check out the sequels: REVAMPED, FANGTASTIC and FANGTABULOUS, which is forthcoming in January.  Or, you can buy the print books and get them signed, along with the first book of the Latter-Day Olympians urban fantasy series, BAD BLOOD, at Necronomicon this weekend.  They’ll be available at the Books at Park Place booth. If you want to learn a bit more about the Vamped series, you can check out my interview yesterday on A Life Bound by Books, part of the Crossroads Blog Tour or visit my website.  This public service announcement has been brought to you by the letter “s” for “shameless self-promotion.”

And now let’s move on to the fabulous DD Barant…

 

 

 

 

 

I can sum up my biggest influence as a writer of urban fantasy in two words.

Joss Whedon.

I’m something of an anomaly, as I’m a guy writing in a female-dominated genre, and doing so from a female POV.  But then, the same could be said of Joss, who’s justly famous for his strong female characters and feminist stance.  I admire many things about Joss’s writing: the action, the characterization, the sharp, funny dialogue. I try to emulate those things when I’m writing THE BLOODHOUND FILES.  But what I draw on, more than anything, is an archetype that Joss may not have invented, but has arguably perfected: the Woman with No Social Filters.

Cordelia and Anya from Buffy, Ilyria from Angel, River from Firefly; all these women have one striking thing in common.  They speak their mind, with little or no thought as to the consequences.  They speak from different perspectives—Cordelia’s selfish, Anya doesn’t understand human customs, Ilyria’s an arrogant goddess, River’s brain-damaged—but they all fill the same role.  Like the jester in a king’s court, they use humor to say things no one else can get away with—things we wish we could say.  When I wrote the Angel novel SHAKEDOWN, I found writing Cordelia’s dialogue was both the easiest and the most fun; her snarkiness just seemed to flow from my brain with no effort.  I decided to borrow that for the main character of Jace Valchek in THE BLOODHOUND FILES, giving her a sarcastic, cynical worldview that she uses to help her cope with the stress and horror of her job.  Because the series is told from her point of view, I can also get away with a great deal of blunt honesty simply because it’s an internal monologue; we can say things to ourselves we can’t say out loud.

I get compliments on how funny the BLOODHOUND FILES is, which is nice—but the compliments I really treasure are the ones that can’t believe I’m not a woman.  If I can capture a female voice well enough to do that, I figure I must be doing something right.  But I can’t really take all the credit, either—a lot of that has to go to Joss, for doing such a damn good job of creating believable, honest characters that manage to make us laugh while still delivering the truth.

Or as Cordelia might say, “Look, he’s a genius and you’re not.  Too bad, suck it up, let’s move on.  Is that a new sweater?”

But if you’d like to judge for yourself, you can listen to the extremely talented Johanna Parker read KILLING ROCKS via the new audiobook from Tantor Audio.  What, you say?  You don’t have said audiobook or MP4 file?  Well, I can fix that.  Go to my Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Officialicious-DD-Barant-Page/254542704590069?ref=hl and Like it between now and Halloween, and I’ll enter your name for a draw to win said audiobook or MP4 download.  And Happy Halloween!

We’ll start with a contest that’s free to enter and might win you a membership to the brand new (and totally amazing) Olde City, New Blood conference in beautiful St. Augustine, FL in February 2013.  Details below:

Dearly Beloved, 
We are gathered here today, to join two awesome things in a state of increased awesomeness.
Today, we’re bringing together an author/reader mini-con, and the chance to WIN YOUR WAY IN FOR FREE!
       That’s right, ladies and gentlemen… starting today, you will all have 7 days to hop around from author to author, blogger to blogger, and enter at every stop to win one of 3 FREE REGISTRATIONS to Olde City, New Blood, the upcoming urban fantasy/paranormal romance mini-con in St. Augustine, FL next February.
       You can check out the official website for the complete list of Featured Authors (I’ll give you a hint… one of them is ME!!) and Featured Bloggers. There’s also a main contest post with all the participating authors, bloggers, and dates for the contest. It’s super easy. Visit each of the spotlight blog posts and author websites listed, fill out the Rafflecopter link on each one (one entry PER POST, not per day… and yes, they will be checking), and POOF, multiple entries to WIN!!
       The prize is one of 3 FREE REGISTRATIONS to see me and about 49 other authors on the sunny beaches of St. Augustine, Florida, from Feb 8th-10, 2013. We’re going to be doing panels, readings, meet & greets, and just generally having a fun weekend with our incredible fans!! Please keep in mind, if you win, you’ll have to cover your own travel and hotel expenses, but your ticket into the party will be on Olde City, New Blood!!!
       The contest runs from September 30th – October 6th, and the 3 winners will be announced on October 7th. Don’t forget to click the Rafflecopter link below before you hop off to check out the rest of the contest posts!! Good Luck, everyone!! I hope to see you ALL in Florida this February!!

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And now, for your reading pleasure, two fabulous new releases and one extra special pricing promotion.  Just released: DEATH’S RIVAL by Faith Hunter, the latest novel in her New York Times bestselling series featuring Cherokee skinwalker Jane Yellowrock and the trade paperback of Rachel Caine’s BLACK DAWN, also part of a NYT bestselling series (The Morganville Vampires).  And you know why I love them both?  They just keep getting better and better.  I don’t know how it’s possible, but there it is.  The special pricing?  To celebrate Orbit US’s 5 year anniversary, they’re discounting five of their bestselling titles, including N.K. Jemisin’s THE KILLING MOON to $1.99 for the Nook, Kobo and Kindle.  A little about these series:

BLACK DAWN by Rachel Caine

Berkley JAM | Young Adult

Other series titles:  GLASS HOUSES (2006), DEAD GIRLS’ DANCE (2007), MIDNIGHT ALLEY (2007), FEAST OF FOOLS (2008), LORD OF MISRULE (2009), CARPE CORPUS (2009), FADE OUT (2009), KISS OF DEATH (2010), GHOST TOWN (2011), BITE CLUB (2011), LAST BREATH (2011)

“Rachel Caine is a first-class storyteller who can deal out amazing plot twists as though she was dealing cards.” —Charlaine Harris

“Heartbreaking drama mixed with heart-stopping action.” —Romance Reviews Today

Ever since the draug—mysterious creatures that prey on vampires—took over Morganville in LAST BREATH, the lives of student Claire Danvers and her friends have been thrown into turmoil. Most of the town’s residents have evacuated, but Claire, Shane, Eve and Michael have chosen to stay and fight.

Using the city’s water system to spread, the draug have rapidly multiplied. Things in Morganville look grim, especially since vampire Amelie—the town founder—has been infected by the master draug’s bite.

Now, if Claire and her friends don’t figure out how to cure Amelie and defeat the draug, it looks like Morganville will become little more than a ghost town…

DEATH’S RIVAL by Faith Hunter

Roc | Urban Fantasy

Other series titles: SKINWALKER (July 2009), BLOOD CROSS (Jan 2010), MERCY BLADE (Jan 2011), RAVEN CURSED (Jan 2012)

“Jane Yellowrock is one of the most intriguing heroines in urban fantasy, and Hunter skillfully doles out tiny pieces of Jane’s backstory to keep readers coming back for more. Mystery and action are at the forefront here, but the romance from the first book continues to build slowly. Readers eager for the next book in Patricia Briggs’s Mercy Thompson series may want to give Faith Hunter a try.”    —Library Journal, Starred Review

Jane Yellowrock is a shapeshifting skinwalker you don’t want to cross—especially if you’re one of the undead…

For a vampire killer like Jane, having Leo Pellisier as a boss took some getting used to. But now, someone is out to take his place as Master Vampire of the city of New Orleans, and is not afraid to go through Jane to do it. After an attack that’s tantamount to a war declaration, Leo knows his rival is both powerful and vicious, but Leo’s not about to run scared. After all, he has Jane. But then, a plague strikes, one that takes down vampires and makes their masters easy prey.

Now, to uncover the identity of the vamp who wants Leo’s territory, and to find the cause of the vamp-plague, Jane will have to go to extremes…and maybe even to war.

THE KILLING MOON by N.K. Jemisin

Orbit | Fantasy

Other series titles: sequel – THE SHADOWED SUN

“Jemisin’s talent as a storyteller should make her one of the fantasy authors to watch in the coming years.” —Library Journal

An exciting new series from award-winning author N.K. Jemisin…

In the desert city-state of Gujaareh, peace is the only law.  Priests of the dream-goddess maintain order by harnessing the power of the sleeping mind to soothe, heal… and kill.

Yet Gujaareh has enemies both within and without, and those enemies have no peaceful intent.  A soul-devouring monster called the Reaper stalks the land, and an insidious, deadly plague of nightmares has been unleashed.  Two of Gujaareh’s priests, a holy assassin and a healer, must use all their magic and cunning to save the city of dreams.  But can even the purest priest dabble in corruption without becoming corrupt too?”

It’s nearly that time again!  The Crossroads Blog Tour returns October 21st to 28th with thirteen fabulous young adult authors, and the chance to win a Kindle pre-loaded with a title by each author:

Judith Graves – Leap Books – Under My Skin, Second Skin, Skin of My Teeth, Killer’s Instinct

Joy Preble – Sourcebooks – Dreaming Anastasia, Haunted, Anastasia Forever. Soho Press (forthcoming May 2013) – The Sweet Dead Life

Stacey Kade – Hyperion – The Ghost and the Goth, Queen of the Dead, Body & Soul

Amanda Ashby – Speak – You Had Me at HaloZombie Queen of Newbury High, Fairy Bad Day, Demonosity

Lucienne Diver – Flux – Vamped, Revamped, Fangtasic, Fangtabulous

Kiki Hamilton – Teen / Macmillian – The Faerie Ring, The Torn Wing

Jackie Morse Kessler – Harcourt Graphia – Hunger, Rage, Loss

Christine Fonseca – Compass Press – Transcend, Libera Me

Carrie Harris – Delacorte Books for Young Readers –Taste In Boys, Bad Hair Day

Dawn Dalton – Leap Books – SPIRITED Anthology, Killer’s Instinct

Leanna Renee Hieber – Sourcebooks – Darker Still (Magic Most Foul, #1), The Twisted Tragedy of Miss Natalie Stewart (Magic Most Foul, #2)

Ty Drago – Sourcebooks – The Undertakers: Rise of the Corpses, The Undertakers: Queen of the Dead

Janet Fox – Speak – Faithful, Forgiven, Sirens
I’m paired this year with Christine Fonseca, and our schedule of blog appearances is below, along with links!

21st Late Bloomer

22nd Confessions of a Bookaholic

23rd Most Wanted Monsters

24th Mundie Moms

25th A Life Bound by Books

26th Scribing Shadows

27th For What It’s Worth

28th A Simple Love of Reading

Hope you’ll come see us and enter for a chance to win!

Lynn Flewelling’s wonderful Nightrunner series and Tamir trilogy have been continuously in print and back (and back!) to press since their original publications.  She’s truly one of the masters (mistresses?) of high fantasy and one of my earliest clients.  We’ve been together ever since the beginning, and I couldn’t be more please to present Lynn Flewelling to you here, guest-blogging about The Female Character in High Fantasy in the 21st Century.  Comment below for a chance to win a signed copy of her latest Nightrunner novel, CASKET OF SOULS.  Go on, ask her some really pithy questions!  Here’s your chance.

The Female Character in High Fantasy in the 21st Century by Lynn Flewelling

We’ve come a long way, baby, from the days of the strapping berserkers and boobalicious barbarian babes of the pulp days, of reticent square-jawed sword swingers  and wilting princesses desperate for rescue. And yet high fantasy and all its permutations persist, reflecting, as fiction does, the time stamp of its conception.

Now we have female soldiers, powerful queens who aren’t evil, snarky urban fantasy detectives, and paranormal heroines with harems of men—living and otherwise. All to the good, I say. But what if a female character isn’t that, doesn’t fit the new heroic mold? Is there still room for women who aren’t in a position of power? To create a believable world, don’t we have to address the fact that there are were and are myriad permutations of what it means to be female?

My answer as a writer is yes we do. There is no such thing as a mono-level society, and probably never has been, outside of a few short lived utopias, and maybe not even there. If you want to write a realistic fantasy world—and that’s not an oxymoron—then you have to know how the real world works, then play with those toys. I do lot of research for my writing, and am fascinated by how the great anthills we call societies have functioned across the centuries. Women have very often gotten the short end of the stick, it’s true, but some women also had their own spheres of power: the home, as the mistress of a guild, craftspeople, artists, and even soldiers and pirates. Real world stuff.

To make a fantasy world believable, it has to have social stratification. Historically the poor are always with us, and the oligarchs, and the sinners, and the saints. In my work I do a lot with gender identity, and strong female figures, but you can’t populate the whole world with them. It’s not realistic, any more than making all the men powerful—or weak—is realistic. Worse yet, it would be boring. I have my downtrodden streetwalkers and homeless children, as well as the nobles and merchants and soldiers, etc, etc. I just don’t divide them by gender.

One of the advantages of writing fiction in general, and fantasy in particular, is that you can design the world to suit yourself. In the Nightrunner series I try for egalitarianism within each strata. So there are female guild leaders and soldiers, women of noble birth who own and manage their own property, wives and mothers who raise strong families by being strong women, not meek and subservient. But you have to have to have the weak and the negative, too, or your world building is flat, and worse yet, a soapbox.  But—and this is a major but—either way, weak or strong, you have to have a good reason, as a writer, for creating those particular characters, one your overarching societal construct  both needs and justifies. If you degrade a character, it must be for a logical reason that advances the story. Otherwise it’s gratuitous. If it’s your main character you degrade in some way, then chances are she overcomes that and triumphs in the end. But with secondary and background characters, that may not be the case. Your female hero may encounter women in desperate straits. What she does or doesn’t do about that is indicative of her nature. But you also have the desperate secondary character. Can they be saved? Do they want to be? Are they trapped by fear or a view that does not allow them to change? That may sound like a lot of work on a background character, but it builds your world by giving the reader insight into the types of things that can happen to people in your society.

In the Nightrunner Series, although the two heroes are male, they are surrounded by and often helped or even saved by strong women. In my Tamír Triad, however, I give the girl hero front and center, despite the fact that she spends a significant chunk of her childhood as a boy. Not dressed or disguised as a boy. As a boy. Or rather, in a boy’s body. Although she does not know it, she is still female in her essence and while that in no way precludes her from being a kickass fighter with a lion’s heart, she is plagued by moments of dysphoria when her female soul doesn’t quite match up with her male body. To some extent, she could be called a transgender character. What I really wanted to do was to explore the idea of identity and gender.

So, let’s say that you’ve created a female character who can master “male” skills, who is strong and confident, who is a leader. All good. Now, what does her being female have to do with that? How does she manifest her personality, her power, as a woman rather than, as we say, a “man with breasts”? As a writer, that’s something you have to look deeply into, because your own personal attitudes and beliefs are going to jump onto the page.  Her prowess and power must be firmly enmeshed with her personality. No, she’s not going to scream and drop her sword if she sees a spider. No, she’s not going to give up the adventuring life to settle down and have babies. Or maybe she does. You, as the creator, have to make that logical and fitting. And you have to know why she makes the decisions she makes. I’m not a psychologist or a social scientist. But I am a woman, and I have some things to say about what that can encompass. While I do write from inside that paradigm, however, I’m not Everywoman. No one is. And my characters aren’t me. They are ideas on legs, and that’s why I say you have to examine what ideas you put on the page very carefully. Your words have the power to illuminate, encourage, educate, inspire, and elucidate. You can change hearts and minds.

A final word on writing across gender: can men write believable women? Of course they can, if they’re good writers who are observant, do their research, and have a decent imagination. I write about men, after all, and the feedback makes me think that I am doing ok with that.  I may bring different insights to female characters, but it’s not a “girls only” sandbox.

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Check out Lynn Flewelling’s latest novel CASKET OF SOULS or any of her fabulous fantasies, like her story in the TALES OF THE EMERALD SERPENT anthology.

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Celebrating the release of Fangtastic this month, I’m doing a round of interviews with the great gals of the Girlfriends’ Cyber Circuit.  Here are a few to start:

B&N: Cover Stories with Melissa Walker

Elana Johnson’s blog (where I take a stand on the all important bacon vs. chocolate issue)

Jessi Kirby’s blog (wanna see my writing space?  I promise it’s nothing like my etchings)

Linda Gerber’s blog (advice to writers – Trust yourself…but only so far)

Also, don’t forget to check out my discussion with Anton Strout on his Once & Future Podcast and the new spread the love Kindle giveaway!

Continuing the multi-author event at Bitten By Books, Faith Hunter is live today, giving away prizes and answering some great questions about her bestselling Jane Yellowrock series!  Swing by and check her out.  Enter to win!  While you’re at Bitten By Books, RSVP for my event  for extra chances to win.  I’ll be there tomorrow with Pluses and Minuses of Dating the Undead.  See you then!  (If you have any trouble getting to the site, you can use the proxy site here to get where you’re going, which should clear up the problem.)

A few quick things before I introduce my guest blogger today:

1- The Knight Agency is giving away an iPad and thirteen free e-books to go on it to one lucky winner who signs up for our newsletter.  Details are here.  Good luck to you all!  (Wish I could enter.)

2- I want to wish a HUGE congratulations to P.N. Elrod, whose story “Beach Girl” won an Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine Readers’ Choice Award!  To see what this means to her, you can check out her blog, written when the story was published.  So sweet.  So well-deserved!

3- The Knight Agency is also hosting a chat this Thursday, December 15th at 9 pm ET with THE SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS co-authors Cec Murphey and Marley Gibson, complete with giveaways…because we’re just that cool.  Details are here.

4- New in digital this week are reissues of Christie Golden’s wonderful Chronicles of Verrold, INSTRUMENT OF FATE and KING’S MAN AND THIEF (or click here for IOF on Kindle or Apple; here for KING’S MAN on Kindle, Apple).  She’s a New York Times bestseller for her Warcraft and Star Wars tie-ins.  Read her original work and see why!

Now, I’m pleased to present Beth Cornelison, whose new release, which I talked about earlier this week, is currently available at all etailers.  It’s a story that’s close to my heart, perhaps because my husband is also a hot, motorcycle-riding man.

A different sort of hero or why I love Kevin Fuller by Beth Cornelison

            After publishing umpteen (that’s a real number, isn’t it?) books with Harlequin and other mainstream publishers, I recently took the plunge into the indie publishing waters (via the services of The Knight Agency). TRUST IN ME is a small-town contemporary romance set in South Carolina and features a different sort of hero than the usual romance hottie.

In TRUST IN ME, after breaking free from her overbearing father and cheating fiancé, Claire Albritton wants nothing more than to take control of her life and learn to fight her own battles. Kevin Fuller believes he must rescue damsels in distress, and Claire is decidedly out of her element in small town South Carolina. When trouble inevitably finds Claire, Kevin’s white knight protection and heroics are exactly what Claire doesn’t want. But his kisses…that’s another matter.

I had mixed feelings as I wrote Kevin’s character. As much as I love, love, love him (did I mention how much I love him? 🙂 ), he’s not the typical romance hero. I wondered, Would readers accept him and fall in love the way I did? Would they dismiss him for the very things I felt made him special?

Don’t get me wrong, Kevin has plenty of the stuff that makes a hero sexy (he’s got the hot  body, the motorcycle, the killer smile, above average looks). He’ll also put himself in harm’s way to save the heroine, stand by his beliefs at all costs, and work relentlessly to reach his goals. Yep, he’s got integrity in spades. He also has a wry sense of humor that he uses as a shield to protect himself from personal pain, and soft spot for the underdog.

So what makes him so different? A few things. Kevin is no million mogul or Arab sheik. He’s a hardware store manager who’s deeply in debt and living paycheck to paycheck thanks to his mother’s medical bills. Kevin is a pacifist, more Boy Scout than warrior. He’s also mostly beta, a best friend and warm place to land instead of a brooding Alpha.

While plenty of romance authors, and subgenres for that matter, employ the beta hero with great success, Kevin represents my farthest venture into betaland, and so I’m holding my breath. Will readers love him as much as I do? Will they see that Kevin is just what Claire wants and needs, her perfect match, and fall for him as she does?

I hope so. For me, Kevin is much more down-to-earth and realistic than a millionaire entrepreneur or Alpha secret agent. He’s the nice guy we all wish for our daughters, the man of morals and a work ethic we admire in the news. He’s the good guy we cheer for when he wins in the end, the happy ending that gives us all hope. Frankly, he’s the kind of guy we need more of in this world…and that’s why I love him.

TRUST IN ME is available for Kindle, Nook and other ereaders from the usual ebook retail sites.

Beth Cornelison 
OPERATION BABY RESCUE– October 2011- Silhouette Romantic Suspense
TRUST IN ME- December 2011- Amazon Kindle & B&N Nook
SOLDIER’S PREGNANCY PROTOCOL- Black Ops Rescues Bk 1- June 2012
www.bethcornelison.com