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Before I head off to give the Diva a bath, I had her pick a name for the winner of one of Nalini’s books.
Winner is……..
Allison!!!
Congrats Allison!
Please email Nalini your snail mail addy at nalinisinghwrites @ gmail.com (without the spaces). Enjoy your prize! )

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The little Diva is sleeping so I had my oldest help me with picking out a winner for Karen’s post.
Winner of COSMIC SEX is…….
PamK!!! 
Congrats Pam! Please email Karen your snail mail addy at kkelley @ classicnet.net (without the spaces). Enjoy your prize! 🙂


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Loving Alpha Heroes

 

I’m really excited to be here chatting with you all today – thanks to Fatin for inviting me! I thought that since I have Mine to Possess releasing in a few days, and it’s a book that features a hot alpha hero, it would be fun to talk about what makes an alpha hero so fascinating.

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First, how about a definition – for me, a true alpha hero is protective to the core. He might snap, growl and be otherwise unwelcoming to the heroine, but when push comes to shove, he’ll be there to protect her from harm. These are men with a rock solid core of honor – they might act like Neanderthals on occasion, but they’ll never choose to harm an innocent.

 

It’s why, I think, we like the bad boy biker hero, or the brooding loner. We know that despite his apparent heartlessness, he not only has a heart in there, it’s a powerful one, one that will cherish any woman lucky enough to see through his hardened exterior.

 

And is there anything more emotionally wrenching than the moment where the tough, alpha hero opens up and hands the heroine his heart? Here are a couple of my favorite moments where the hero offers the heroine everything he is, body and soul.

 

You have my heart—don’t break it.

~ Stephanie Laurens (Ask in the comments if you want the title of the book – I don’t want to spoil it for anyone)

 

I love this declaration because it’s so short and to the point, so alpha, and yet, he’s given the heroine such incredible power over him. Wow, just wow.

 

“I need you like the desert needs rain.”

~This one’s from one my own books and I really love this entire scene, because this hero is so proud, so contained, but with these words, he tears open his soul and shows the heroine just how vulnerable he is to her.

 

Do you have favorite moments like these? Want to share? What about alpha heroes in general – what do you love most about these men? Any that you adore more than others?

 

All comments go into a draw to win a signed copy of a book from my backlist, (not including Mine to Possess). And talking about prizes, I have this competition about hot heroes running on my blog (http://www.nalinisingh.blogspot.com) where you can go into the draw to win a $50 Amazon voucher plus a cute prize pack. It closes end of this week, so enter before it’s too late.

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I love writing and being a published author.  It’s definitely a dream come true.  Actually, it was almost the dream that didn’t come true.

I fell in love with romances when the kids were little and Karl and I could only afford one vehicle so I was stuck at home most of the time.  Not that it mattered since I didn’t have a driver’s license.  Romance books transported me to another place and another time.  I was hooked.  Then one day I came up with the idea that I could write one.  It looked so easy(snort).

I sat down in front of an old typewriter that we had and painstakingly managed to get three pages.  I think I used a whole bottle of whiteout.  The pages were pretty good, though.  Then I told my mother that I was going to write a book.  She told me that I wasn’t smart enough to write a book.  Wow, talk about a kick in the stomach.  And what was worse, I believed her.  Why shouldn’t I believe her?  I hadn’t finished high school.

A few years later, she said I wouldn’t make it through nursing school, either.  But I had to do something.  My husband had just been diagnosed with a form of crippling arthritis (he was 25 at the time) and was told he’d be in a wheelchair in five years (he’s still not in a wheelchair).  I got my GED, went to nursing school, and finished in the top 5 of my class.

I continued to devour romance books, but I still believed I wasn’t smart enough to write one.  Then one day my son, who was about 12 at the time, found those first three pages I’d written all those years ago.  He came into the living room where I was and asked why I’d quit writing.  He told me those 3 pages were really good.  He was the only one who’d ever seen them.

I had given up my dream because someone told me I wasn’t smart enough.  It still took me another 6 years, and learning more about the craft of writing, before I sold my first book.  (It wasn’t as easy as I’d first thought)

My mother passed away 3 months before my first book came out, a Kensington Precious Gem, but she knew I had sold.  She told me she hadn’t wanted me to be disappointed and that’s why she’d said I wasn’t smart enough.

I’ve sold 11 single titles and 5 novellas since then.  I’m no longer in nursing except to keep my license current.  I’m living my dream and I’m having a blast.

Currently, I’m writing hot, sexy paranormal romances with a lot of comedy. Close Encounters of the Sexy Kind, first book in my planet Nerak series has been nominated for a Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Award.

And this from Romance Junkies on my second book in the planet Nerak series that has just been released:

COSMIC SEX is a laugh-a-minute, out-of-this world romance.   I love Kia’s quirky personality and her no-nonsense attitude. She never lets Nick get away with anything. Nick is a hero with a lot to offer once he gets over his love ’em and leave ’em attitude. The explosive love scenes scorch the pages of this amazing sexy book. I could not put it down and read it in one sitting! Karen Kelley’s creative writing ability and sense of humor is obvious throughout the entire book.   I am eagerly awaiting the next chapter in this awesome series. By Romance Junkies Reviewer: Robin Snodgrass 5 Blue Ribbons.

Just make a comment, say hi or whatever so I’ll know who you are and I’ll put your name in the hat for a chance to win a copy of Cosmic Sex.  And if you want to read an excerpt check out my website at
http://www.authorkarenkelley.com

Good Luck,

Karen Kelley

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Make sure you join us this week at Novel Thoughts. I’ve got Karen Kelley & Nalini Singh popping in and giving out prizes.

January 28: Karen Kelley Guest Blogging

January 29: Nalini Singh Guest Blogging

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Choosing the blog winner was very difficult. I enjoyed everyone’s post so much. You all have wonderful imaginations! But, I did have to choose one, and the winner is Buffie!
Buffie, please drop me a note at paula@paulaquinn.com with your address and I’ll get you book right out.
Thank you ladies, for making my visit here so special. I hope to be invited back 🙂
hugs,
Paula

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More book shopping! :)

Went to BAM again today…one of the girls needed a book for a report she’s doing and while I was there I ended up helping the manager put out the romance books…LOL I think I came home with half of what she had on the cart to put out. She said I could come back and help her anytime I wanted since I made the time go faster for her. ROFL

IN THE HIGHLANDER’s BED by Cathy Maxwell
THE ACCIDENTAL WEREWOLF by Dakota Cassidy
THE BRIDE by Carolyn Davidson
THE GOVERNESS WEARS SCARLET by Sari Robins
MINE TO POSSESS by Nalini Singh
TUMBLING THROUGH TIME by Gwyn Cready
TO PLEASURE A LADY by Nicole Jordan
SOMEONE TO LOVE by Jude Deveraux
DEMON NIGHT by Meljean Brook
KISS OF FIRE by Deborah Cooke
THE PERILS OF PLEASURE by Julie Anne Long
DAWN’S AWAKENING by Lora Leigh
MASTER OF THE HIGHLANDS by Veronica Wolff

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