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Sep 22 2016 2:30pm

One Hell of a Lover: Demons in Romance Novels from Kenyon, Brook, Langlais, Cole, and More!

One Silent Night by Sherrilyn Kenyon

“O what a black, dark hill is yon,

”That looks so dark to me?“

”O it is the hill of hell,“ he said,

”Where you and I shall be.”

—From The Daemon Lover, a Scottish ballad.

Ballads, poetry and fiction are rich with demon lovers, and even Fox Television is getting in on the act with Lucifer, a series which Geek Speak Magazine delightfully describes as full of ‘implied orgies’. But the orgies are important, folks, because the thing about demons is that their grace, danger and beauty enthralls whether they’re good, bad or a bit of both. Yes, the truly compelling demon lover ensures that the biggest burning (yes, I went there) question on a reader’s mind is when the demon sexy times are going to show.

Luckily, readers are blessed when it comes to infernal dalliance as there are more demons in romance than you can poke a pitchfork at, and when not frolicking around Hell, they can generally be found booty grazing or roasting the broomstick.

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Sep 20 2016 2:00pm

7 Questions with Blood Red Kiss Authors Kresley Cole, Larissa Ione, and Gena Showalter

Blood Red Kiss by Kresley Cole, Larissa Ione, and Gena Showalter

We're big fans of romance, obviously, at Heroes and Heartbreakers, but nothing gets our blood pumping quite like a expertly crafted paranormal romance. Today marks the publication of not one, but three, favorite authors—all in one book!—with Kresley Cole, Larissa Ione, and Gena Showalter's Blood Red Kiss. We got the chance to ask them a few questions about their writing, their world, and most importantly, what's up next. 

Heroes and Heartbreakers: You have all played with the idea of fate and fated mates in some way or another. What do you like about the concept of fate—and especially characters that push against it? 

Kresley Cole: Sometimes the fated-mates trope gets a bad rap as an easy-out shortcut for authors who don’t take the time to craft a plausible love story. When I first started writing the Immortals After Dark, I wanted to make the fated-mate concept just the opposite: an innate conflict that the protagonists have to work around in order to fall in love. Most characters in the IAD are stunned by fate’s choice for them. I love to show the strongest, smartest beings in the universe realize a stronger, smarter force exists. They fight fate, but in the end, they’re eternally grateful that fate wins.

Larissa Ione: Oh, sure, start off with the hard questions. Eek! Okay, well, this might sound weird, but I’m always so conflicted about fate. My stubborn, independent streak hates the concept, but at the same time, the idea that fate might play a role in life kind of takes some pressure off. And fate ties into many reincarnation beliefs, especially the ones in which we ourselves plan out our lives before we’re even born. So while I sometimes would rather avoid fate plots and fated mates, the worlds I create often demand them in order to stay true to the story and characters.

Gena Showalter: I enjoy pairing a sexy alpha male with a woman he would not have chosen for himself—well, not at first, anyway.  I love watching his resistance begin to crumble, his desire for her becoming a force beyond his control.  

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Jul 7 2016 2:30pm

Marked on My Soul: Mate Markings and Tattoos in Romances from Ione, Cole, Rocha, and More!

Pleasure Unbound by Larissa Ione

As we know, romance comes in all shapes, sizes, colors, and flavors. Sometimes outside forces conspire to keep our two lovers apart, while other times it’s our characters themselves. One of my favorite things about this genre is that, like sci-fi/fantasy, romance authors get to play with some really fun tropes. Things that wouldn’t work in our world but seem totally natural in the fictional world they’ve created. Like soul-mate marks.

The soul-mate mark is essentially the ultimate wedding band. It can’t be removed and is often not actually chosen by the afflicted character. Sometimes they appear after meeting that special someone, sometimes after forging a deep bond, sometimes after mutual consent. What doesn’t change? The characters always experience some conflict about the meaning of these marks. They fight them as you would fight any other permanent arrangement in which you had no say. They fight with their own desires for independence and autonomy, with their new life-partners… with everything, pretty much.

The whole trope is a shorthand for the bonds of love and the ways in which we navigate our own independence in a committed relationship. It allows authors to play with some intense conflicts and, like other tropes, allows readers an entry point to an otherwise bonkers story.

I’ve seen it in three basic ways, each with their own flavor of conflict: the mate mark that just appears, the socially constructed mark (chosen by at least one of the partners), and the non-tattoo physical change. This trope is probably familiar to those of you who read paranormal romance and there are many examples I could give. For the sake of clarity, I’ve chosen one series to illustrate each of the three variants, but please comment with your other favorites!

[Find your mate...]

Mar 29 2014 12:00pm

Immortal Hunter: Exclusive Excerpt

Kait Ballenger

Immortal Hunter by Kait BallengerHunters of the supernatural, the Execution Underground are an elite group tasked with protecting humanity…but at what price?

As an exorcist, David Aronowitz grew up the target of demonic assassins. Now he's a member of the Execution Underground, and hellspawn everywhere fear his name. But when a demon slips into the seductive body of the only woman he's ever loved, David must confront the heartbreak of their past to save her.

The piece of her heart Allsún O'Hare gave to David so long ago left her trapped between two worlds: the Fae and the human. And when David comes to her rescue, fate reunites her with her greatest temptation—and her biggest mistake.

Now, as they're swept together into a wicked game with the demon who controls her, David must decide if saving Allsún's life is worth sacrificing his own—and the future of humanity itself.

Get a sneak peek of Kait Ballenger's Immortal Hunter (available April 1, 2014) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

“What exactly were you expecting to do when you got here? Single-handedly take down a demon with no weapons and protected by nothing but a hospital gown?” David asked.

He loosened his hold enough for her to wiggle free. As soon as Allsún left his arms, he missed the feel of her body pressed against him. He grabbed her hand to keep her from leaving, but she wrenched away from him.

“I hadn’t thought that far through it, okay? Get off my case. What does it matter to you, anyway?”

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Jan 5 2014 10:30am

First Look: Jacquelyn Frank’s Forsaken (January 7, 2014)

Jacquelyn Frank
Ballantine / January 7, 2014 / $7.99 print, $5.99 digital

As a mercenary, Leo Alvarez has signed on for a lot—but he never signed on for his best friend becoming host to the soul of an ancient Egyptian pharaoh. Jackson is now inhabited by a Bodywalker, and Leo is forced to grapple with a realm of supernatural beings far more dangerous than anything he’s ever encountered.

But when Jackson is wounded by an attack from a demon god, Leo must team up with another supernatural creature—a Night Angel—to save his friend from utter destruction. With skin as black as midnight, hair as white as snow, and a body of pure perfection, the Night Angel arouses a burning desire in Leo, even as he refuses to be intimidated by her power—or the power of those who would destroy his friend. An unusual alliance is forged, electrified by sexual temptation, and together the two must unite their strengths to bring down a supreme evil.

Leo Alvarez was the biggest badass around. Since leaving the Rangers, he’s been a mercenary for hire, armed and dangerous and killing a few bad guys along the way. No one can hurt him, he thinks, until he encounters creatures in the night more powerful and dangerous than a human.

[So much to learn, Leo...]

Dec 27 2013 4:30pm

First Look: Carolyn Jewel’s Whispers: Collection No. 1 (December 27, 2013)

Whispers Collection No. 1 by Carolyn JewelCarolyn Jewel
Whispers: Collection No. 1
cJewel Books / December 27, 2013 / $7.00 print, $4.99 digital

A woman keeps her promise to a demon when he delivers on an ice-cold revenge. In New Orleans of 1859, a repressed spinster leaves respectability behind for the arms of a Creole lover. My Goblin Boyfriend should say it all, but in case it doesn’t, Violet finds out first-hand why goblins have a rep for mastery in the bedroom. In Edwardian-era America, Nathan reluctantly agrees to seduce and impregnate his good friend’s cousin. An unrepentant werewolf thinks he’s found the woman of his dreams. She needs pain. He can deliver if she’s willing to get Wild with him.

Carolyn Jewel’s Whispers is a collection of five erotic short stories. Some are historical, some historical and some have paranormal elements. Not all are romances, but all are intriguing stories that push the envelope with respect to the heroines’ notions of sexuality. Also, all are fairly dark in their portrayal of sex. Think demons. While not all the heroes are actual demons, they all are in the darker plain of existence.

In “Inigo the Magician,” a woman helps to free a sex demon from its master, but the price she has to pay might not be what she expected. Her boyfriend Anthony convinces her to go see a magic show. It is late at night, and Inigo is not in the mood. Anthony pushes Inigo to perform for them, however, and gets more than he bargained for. Inigo releases a demon that goes after Anthony and then forces the heroine into a very precarious position. The heroine blames Inigo for her violation and makes a pact with the demon—agreeing to whatever he wants if he would kill Inigo. This story has a great twist. While the beginning of the story is fairly oblique, Jewel pulls the story together. This one will make readers think.

[What other stories await?...]

Sep 25 2013 5:30pm

First Look: Nico Rosso’s Heavy Metal Heart (September 30, 2013)

Heavy Metal Heart by Nico RossoNico Rosso
Heavy Metal Heart (Demon Rock #1)
Carina Press / September 30, 2013 / $2.99 digital

Rock Star. Front man. Demon. A descendant of satyrs and the lead singer in a band that feeds on the energy of its audience, Trevor Sand is growing weary of the constant need to perform. He needs the legend of the Muse—a woman destined to be a demon’s eternal companion and only source of sustenance—to be true.

Misty Grant has never been bold, but when Trevor singles her out among hundreds at a concert, she takes him up on his explicit offer. During an erotic night in his hotel room, she learns that his touch is as electric as his lyrics. But when Trevor’s demon is aroused, her desire turns to horror and she runs.

Knowing that he’ll die if he loses her, Trevor must find Misty before his enemies do. But even if he can save her, he knows that regaining the trust of his fated Muse will be his greatest challenge.

Heavy Metal Heart is first in the new Demon Rock series by Nico Rosso, a paranormal erotica series dense with heavy metal attitude. Hero Trevor Sand is a demon musician, centuries old, who must feed on the energy of audiences. He and his bandmates have reinvented themselves over time, both physically and in their music, and currently present themselves as a popular metal band. The idea of immortal musicians, and symbiotic relationships with audiences, is hardly new, but Rosso nicely sets up Trevor’s hard rocking persona, one that will be recognizable to anyone who’s ever watched “Behind the Music” or a rock documentary.

[Go behind the demon rock star...]

Jun 20 2013 2:00pm

First Look: Lindsey Piper’s Caged Warrior (June 25, 2013)

Caged Warrior by Lindsey PiperLindsey Piper
Caged Warrior
Pocket / June 25, 2013 / $7.99 print, $7.59 digital

Ten years ago, Audrey MacLaren chose to marry her human lover, making her an exile from the Dragon Kings, an ancient race of demons once worshiped as earthly gods. Audrey and her husband managed to conceive, and their son is the first natural-born Dragon King in a generation—which makes him irresistible to the sadistic scientist whose mafia-funded technology allows demon procreation. In the year since her husband was murdered, Audrey and her little boy have endured hideous experiments.

Shackled with a collar and bound for life, Leto Garnis is a Cage warrior. Only through combat can Dragon Kings earn the privilege of conceiving children. Leto uses his superhuman speed and reflexes to secure the right for his two sisters to start families. After torture reveals Audrey’s astonishing pyrokenesis, she is sent to fight in the Cages. If she survives a year, she will be reunited with her son. Leto is charged with her training. Initially, he has no sympathy for her plight. But if natural conception is possible, what has he been fighting for? As enemies, sparring partners, lovers, and eventual allies, Leto and Audrey learn that in a violent underground world, love is the only prize worth winning.

First in a new Paranormal Romance series, Caged Warrior by Lindsey Piper (a.k.a. Carrie Lofty) explores a rigid society of supernatural beings hidden among and beneath our own world. A digital prequel, Silent Warrior, is also available.

The Dragon Kings are divided into clans, their divisions partially based on supernatural gifts related to their genetics (side note: they cannot turn into dragons; their gifts are things like super-fast reflexes). The clans are also competitive, with complicated politics. Coupled with low fertility throughout the Dragon King populace, this leads to considerable societal strife, which has resulted in organized crime structured around illegal reproductive laboratories. Gladiatorial matches are used to control certain of the population, and whether or not they are allowed to reproduce.

[Here be Dragons!...]

Jun 5 2013 12:00pm

My Big Fat Demon Slayer Wedding: Exclusive Excerpt

Angie Fox

My Big Fat Demon Slayer Wedding by Angie FoxLizzie Brown is about to have the destination wedding of her dreams. But as this former preschool teacher knows, being a demon slayer makes everything more complicated. The vengeful Earl of Hell is still on her tail. And now it seems that one of the guests at the eccentric, seaside mansion is possessed and trying to kill her. Maybe she should just elope.

The groom, studly shape-shifting griffin Dimitri Kallinikos, vows to protect her at all costs. Yet even he is acting suspiciously. And minions of the devil are popping up everywhere. Now Lizzie must protect her socialite mother, her Greek in-laws and her grandmother’s gang of biker witches – all of whom are convinced they know what’s best for her, and her big day. As the wedding draws closer, Lizzie has to learn who is behind the attacks – and fast – or risk losing everyone she loves.

Get a sneak peek of Angie Fox's My Big Fat Demon Slayer Wedding (available July 1, 2013) with an excerpt of Chapter 1.

Chapter 1

My biker witch grandma shut down her Harley and pulled off her helmet, letting loose a tangle of long, gray hair. “You need help, Lizzie Brown,” she said, as if I were the one sporting a flaming skull do-rag, rhinestone-studded riding glasses, and a brand new Ride it Like You Stole It tattoo.

I snorted. “I’m not the one making us late.” I pried off my riding gloves as she blithely hitched her leg over her motorcycle. Shaking my head, I watched her amble toward a bohemian farmers market set up on the side of a country road. It was as if it sprang from the earth between two California strawberry fields.

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