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Anya Bast’s January 2010 release. Isn’t the cover gorgeous?


When you’re a half incubus, your reputation precedes you…

All eyes are on Gabriel Mac Braire the day he makes his first appearance in the Seelie Court, including those of Aislinn Finvarra. Despite deep bitterness over her last failed relationship, Aislinn cannot help but be curious about the half incubus who is known to possess dark magick, both lethal and sexual in nature. Rumors abound of the women who have become enslaved to his irresistible charms.

So when the Summer Queen of the fae orders Aislinn herself to act as his guide in the court, she is understandably on guard. She’s fallen under the spell of far less persuasive men before. In addition, Gabriel might be more than he seems and his true mission is far from innocent.

This time, Aislinn must protect not only her heart, but her very life…

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Midnight's Master

In a world of shadows, desire conquers all…

In this sexy, gripping novel, Cynthia Eden draws readers deeper into the realm of the Others—vampires, shifters, and sinfully attractive demons whose powers are matched only by their dark hungers…

Tall, dark, and formidable, Niol Lapen is the last demon on earth most people would ask for a favor, yet the sexy little reporter who wanders into his club dares to do exactly that. Holly Storm already knows too much about his kind, and Niol has no wish to help her get in deeper over her head. But working alongside her may be the only way to stop a killer, even as it ignites a primal desire unlike anything he’s known.

Holly has seen firsthand what Niol is capable of, but that doesn’t frighten her nearly as much as her body’s instinctive reaction to him, or the wild, fierce passion that would tempt her to follow him through hell itself. Something evil and relentless is prowling the streets of Atlanta. And as Holly’s search leads her into danger that even Niol could never have predicted, she’ll uncover a secret that could rip her world apart….

Midnight’s Master is available from Kensington Brava on June 30th, 2009

A Character’s Evolution

It’s great to be here at Novel Thoughts today. (Azteclady, thank you for the invite!)

Generally, when we read books, we get to watch the characters grow and change over the course of the story. After all, isn’t the point of the story—that the characters learn and evolve over those 300+ pages?

Well, the hero in my upcoming release, Midnight’s Master, didn’t just get the chance to develop over the course of one book. No, my demon Niol had the opportunity to change through three books.Hotter After Midnight

When I wrote Hotter After Mignight (the first book in my Midnight trilogy for Kensington Brava), Niol Lapen was introduced as an important secondary character.  An extremely powerful demon, Niol wasn’t one of the “nice” guys.

The reader learned early on that Niol had a very dark side. (I actually almost made him the villain of the book.)

Then, when the second book in my trilogy, Midnight Sins, was released (and if you haven’t read this book yet—

SPOILERS ahead!)

Midnight SinsNiol’s character took another turn. He killed, without hesitation.  He used the dangerous powers that are such a part of his nature, and he proved that he wasn’t afraid to cross the line between good and evil.

And then it was time for Niol to have his own story. My problem?  I now had to make a killer into a hero.  Three books. Three different takes on Niol.  But, with Midnight’s Master, it was finally time to see things from Niol’s point of view. And finally time to learn why he made some of the choices that he did. Understanding a character’s motivation is so important—I often only really connect with the characters I read when I learn why they make certain choices.

So, in Midnight’s Master, it’s time to learn why Niol lives the way he does. He has evolved since the first book. He isn’t just looking after himself; now, there are others he’s taken under his protection. He’s still dark, he still skirts the line between right and wrong, but he’s more than just the monster people fear in the dark.  He has evolved.

What do you think about the evolution of characters in books?  When a character starts off “bad” (or maybe ambiguously written), do you enjoy reading about the transition from villain to (semi) hero?  Are there any particular character evolutions that you’ve read and enjoyed? Leave me a comment and you could win an autographed copy of Midnight’s Master.  One commenter will be randomly selected for the prize.

Thanks for checking out my post!

Best wishes,

Cynthia Eden


Thank you, Ms Eden!

Don’t forget to leave a comment for a chance to win–and visit Ms Eden’s website for excerpts, covers, and more!

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