Jaded Males – My #Writing Specialty

One of the things I’ve continued to enjoy about paranormal romances was how I could dig deeper with the emotional levels and play enrique3aharder, heavier with angst, love and everything in between.  I think as a reader first, I like to experience books like roller coasters.  Even as I write this blog, I’m listening to dark, angry Djent-metal and Russian Death Metal band Ease of Disgust, so I can stay in the mood I’m trying to set while I talk about four heroes from three books.  We’ll start darkest to lightest so we end on a happy note, just like a good set of romance stories should.

In my upcoming Red Sage release ENDANGERED (Nights of Lust book 1) Joséf Staganov is an angry man.  Fed up with the world, dismayed by his peers on the police force, and now hooked on the smack he was trying to get off the streets, he’s a bitter man with one goal.  Do one last good deed before he’s killed.  Only, when Livía and her lover Isabella interfere with his desires to die, does he stop for a moment to examine his true motives.  When they begin to interfere and reveal to him his true destiny, it does nothing to undermine the real mission Joséf embarked upon when he joined the police force, but only by walking through the fires of hell will he be able to succeed.

Józsi and Nicholaus from my Opeth Pack Saga share the same problem.  Both men are stubborn and refusing to accept their fate until dragged back into the fight by loved ones.  Only in the arms of their triads can they find solace from the noise in their heads.  They desperately need safety from the hazards of being strong alpha males in a wolf pack badly in need of resurrection.

Cover for Raining KissesFinally, we’ve come to Derrick.  Reluctant hero, former spy and unlike my previous heroes, puma shifter, not wolf.  He spent time in a three letter organization until the nightmares and life of a spook grated on his nerves, tearing him down.  After he retired, a friend came to him asking for a favor, altering his main mission of relaxing and staying off the grid.  Only for love, will he be able to change, grow, and address some of the issues plaguing him, but he remains unaware until a few chance encounters with a beautiful witch with a deadly voice crosses his path.  This book will be published this summer through Assent Publishing’s Ardent Books Imprint!

Each of the stories takes a look at those darker elements and allows the heroines to do what I believe a romance Endangered_final_fionaheroine should be allowed to do:  Stand firm yet give just enough to let the hero grow on his own.  As a reader drawn to the likes of JR Ward, Lora Leigh and Christina Dodd’s para-rom, I’ve taken great pains to ensure I’ve learned the lessons from those wonderful authors and made my stories my own, yet peppered them properly so you the reader will enjoy them and beg for more.

After all, I am the bad boy of romance.

Don’t forget Savvy Authors is hosting my upcoming workshop Male POV – Creating Better Heroes June 16th-22nd!

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Welcome to 2013, my sexy readers!

photo belongs to original author, not mine

Welcome to 2013! This year promises to be a much bigger year in terms of success for all of us, due to it supposedly being lucky 13!  I’m behind that, aren’t you?  *g*

One of the things I did at the end of last year was re-examine some of the things readers have said.  They love my work, they love the characters and the stories but most of them wanted longer books.  I have those, but they’re tied up with agents right now.  Both of them drafting pitch letters and looking for ways to sell my Burning Desires series and Covenant of Wolves series.  I DO have my Nights of Lust series that only I control. Except those stories need new life, because they’re all in various states of finished.

Endangered is with a beta reader who is helping me with tightening the  plot.

Separated Self will go to her next, and I’ll go back and fix/extend/slow down Cursed.  Might write a brand new novella in between Cursed and Broken and Beloved, but I’m not sure yet.  I have to really bring out a lot of the characters as I realized there is a LOT to play with.

Ultimately, Josef, Livia and Kissa are a triad BUT Livia and Isabel have been lovers for the last 400 years.  Oh, she’s got a male lover too, Josef’s second in command.  And Dave/Lucian, my “lycanthrope” (not a true wolf shifter) has a lover also but he’s possessive.  You can probably see the fun I can have with the series without telling you about WHO these people are LOL!

Since I’ve talked about the characters, here’s their profiles from  my old plotter!

Josef Staganov: Russian, 6’2 and dangerous.  Long black hair, slicked back into a ponytail sometimes, but mostly worn slicked back.  At the start, he’s addicted to drugs, all of them.  Silver eyes, Dirty habits, controlled by lust and fueled by anger at the situation, Joséf is a man with a need for control in his life.

Livia:  Hungarian, 5’4, cute and round, long black hair with pale skin that’s practically effervescent.  She’s been dead for over 3-400 years.  She’s relatively young compared to her friend, Isabella.  Blue eyes.  She and Isabella have forgone the need for last names at the moment.

In a world where vampires and shifters are powerless against the forces of evil, a queen must find her salvation in the suicidal man she’s been watching for so many years.

Endangered is the story of Livía Ilona and Joséf Staganov, female vampire and rogue cop fighting against the same enemy.  She knows he can help her recover something the Syndicate stole from her and is determined to get what she wants, but first she must get past Joséf’s desire to end his own life.

Joséf Staganov is a frustrated former cop attempting to bring down The Syndicate, a large crime organization that has created a new drug that’s very addictive.   Ultimately, Joséf must his true gift of uniting others against evil and must leave for Hungary to learn more about his heritage as a wolf with an ancient pack before returning to America to help and truly love Livía.

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