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Part 2 of Vince August’s interview with Artist Jon Paul went up today. 🙂

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New Orleans native Jeremiah Rousseau has spent his life studying the paranormal. When more information about the obscure bruixi witches shows up at the same time his publisher insists he take a vacation, he takes it as a sign and heads for a small Scottish island where local legend tells of a witch that matches the bruixi description. Once there, he finds more than he bargained for with his immediate attraction to Isla Macallan.

All Isla wants is acceptance. After her mother tried to kill her when the signa on her neck showed up when she was 8 years old, she was placed in an orphanage. When she moved to the island of Arran, she thought she’d found that acceptance until a neighbor saw that same signa and suspicion and paranoia turned her into a pariah in her new home. Ten years later, she’s still there, silent owner of an outdoors excursions business and holding tight to the small family she has created for herself with her few friends. Sure, strange things happen around her, like a wolf following her when wolves have been extinct in Scotland for years, but she’s content and doesn’t want anything to shake her little world.

Isla and Jeremiah’s first meeting is steamy but Isla has no intention of hooking up with a tourist. Too bad fate has a different plan. Jeremiah’s entrance in her life was the trigger her powers needed to come online. With the help of the wolf, who is really her guide and protector that poofs into a naked young man on occasion, Isla and Jeremiah must learn how to harness her power as a bruixi witch and it must be done by Samhain, when the veil between worlds is thin enough to allow a demon through that will destroy humankind.

Fire On The Island has a different take on witches than other paranormal romances I’ve read and the world building gives it almost a fantasy feel. Isla is easy to relate to with believable reactions to the crazy her life has become. Her inner strength is put to the test and really shines, which had me pulling for her from the beginning. The secondary characters are really fleshed out and had me invested in the battle they all agreed to fight.  And Jeremiah is just smokin hot. My love of the geeky hero is well-known and he is a history and science geek. A geek that kicks ass. He owned me 😀 Unfortunately, my only complaint about this book is Jeremiah. We talk about TSTL (too stupid to live) heroines a lot in romance but in this book, our hero has a big TSTL moment toward the end. I don’t want to give spoilers but what he did didn’t make any sense and was so different than everything I’d already learned about him that I felt like I was reading about a totally different character for that chapter and it was like I had reading whiplash. I still don’t understand it.

Unique, with lots of action, a strong heroine, and a sexy hero, Fire On the Island is a recommended read. I will be picking up book 2 when it comes out in May. Hogan has created a world that I want to revisit frequently and I have high hopes for this series!

4.5 stars

Genre: Paranormal Romance
Release Date: August 2nd, 2012
Format: Print and digital

Order:
Amazon
Barnes & Noble

Author website:

jkhogan.com

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I remember as a young girl, playing truth or dare. It was the start of my fascination with dares, wagers and challenges of all kinds. My twin sister and I used to dare each other to grand and grander heights of naughtiness. Daring each other to climb tall trees (no broken arms thank goodness). Daring my sister to run across the paddock (I grew up on a farm) with the huge Angus Cross bulls in. Challenging her to open up the bee hive (don’t ask how that ended; let’s say it’s just as well we are both not allergic to bee stings.) We nearly drove our mum insane!

I write Regency historical romance, always with handsome and dashing rakes, and strong, ahead of their time, heroines to match. So, when I was thinking up a topic for my novella trilogy I just knew, if I threw in a wager or too, it could be a lot of fun.

And my Wicked Wagers trilogy was born. Book one, To Dare the Duke of Dangerfield hit #3 on the Amazon Best Seller Books Regency. Here’s the blurb:

To Dare the Duke of Dangerfield
Let the Wicked Wagers Begin…

Lady Caitlin Southall’s temper has finally got the better of her. She’s challenged Harlow Telford, the Duke of Dangerfield, the most notorious rake in England, to a wager. She wants her house back. The one her destitute father lost to Dangerfield in a card game. But if she doesn’t win their bet, she not only loses her home, she loses her dignity and pride and damn it all, maybe her heart… For the handsome Duke has decreed, when he wins, she must spend the night in his bed.

Harlow Telford is amused by his hellion neighbor, Caitlin, or Cate to her friends, who seem to encompass everyone on earth except him. When she bursts into one of his private gatherings, he mistakes her for the entertainment. Her slap across his face sets him straight and raises the absurd desire to seduce the unconventional beauty into his bed. When she issues her daft challenge to win back her father’s pile of rubble, the terms are set.  And he’ll do anything to win—except fall in love…

It’s interesting how stories evolve. For To Dare the Duke of Dangerfield, my girlfriend and I were discussing the cute guy that moved into the house next door to her. We both giggled and sighed about how having the hunk living nearby made coming and going an exciting event (sad at our age!). I thought about what that must have been like in Regency times. Who could have been your next door neighbor and what relationship might grow from that?

 

I loved the idea of a young girl growing up in the shadow of a handsome and renown rake. What emotions would living next door to temptation evoke? I could feel her attraction and yet her Society indoctrinated need to maintain a respectable distance. What would happen if she was put in a position where she could no longer ignore him?

 

Lady Caitlin Southall, my heroine, lives next door to Harlow Telford, the Duke of Dangerfield. Danger being the operative word. His rakish ways are notorious. When her father loses her house to Harlow in a game of cards, she’s forced to take action. She demands the chance to win her house back, but when she learns his terms, she’s both exhilarated and afraid. And not quite determined win.

 

Of course, it’s a romance so they will both eventually win, but the three dares take some pretty serious and sensual turns. The best of three. Who do you think wins?

 

What makes the hero and heroine in TO DARE THE DUKE OF DANGERFIELD so perfect for one another?

 

They are both looking for each other and don’t know it.

 

Caitlin is fixated on a house because she’s had no love in her life. She is an only child, and her mother died when she was young and her father ignores her. A house can’t love you back. She needs Harlow to make her realize a house is not flesh and blood. It can’t make your pulse race, or your body heat with desire, and your heart ache with longing for the touch of another person.

 

Harlow knows too much about love-or what he thinks is love. Every woman he meets wants to bed and wed him. His title and money the draw card. What he longs for is a woman who sees passed the outer package to the man underneath. A woman who could love him regardless of who he is, or what he can financially provide. Caitlin’s reluctance to fall into his bed gives him a spark of hope. Perhaps there is a woman who could love only him…

 

I’ll be releasing all three novellas in one book in December 2012 or you can buy them in eBook format now.

 

Tell me the last dare or wager you partook of? What was the outcome? One lucky reader will win an eBook copy of To Dare the Duke of Dangerfield. Open internationally.

About Bron:

New Zealander Bronwen Evans grew up loving books. She’s always indulged her love for story-telling, and is constantly gobbling up movies, books and theatre. Her head is filled with characters and stories, particularly lovers in angst. Is it any wonder she’s a proud romance writer?

She writes both historical and contemporary sexy romances for the modern woman who likes intelligent, spirited heroines, and compassionate alpha heroes. Her debut Regency romance, Invitation to Ruin won the RomCon 2012 Readers Crown Best Historical and was an RT Reviewers’ Choice Nominee Best First Historical 2011. To Dare the Duke of Dangerfield is a FINALIST in the Kindle Book Review Indie Romance Book of the Year 2012. Look out for her first Entangled Publishing Indulgence release in Fall 2012, The Italian Conte’s Reluctant Bride.

Bronwen loves hearing from avid romance readers at romance@bronwenevans.com
You can keep up with Bronwen’s news by visiting her website www.bronwenevans.com

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