It’s almost Valentine’s Day (not to mention my 33rd birthday on the 15th!) and I’m celebrating by participating in another of romance author Carrie Ann Ryan’s blog hops. The Heartbreaker Blog Hop lasts from February 8th through February 11th. Almost 300 authors and bloggers are participating, so here’s your chance to meet some new people, find awesome new books to read, and maybe even win some of the many, many prizes up for grabs!
Now…about those heartbreakers! I’m choosing to highlight Eddie Drake, my mostly Fae hero in Vessel. He’d probably be considered the heartbreaker of my heros to date. Drake is introduced to the Children of the Sidhe series in the first book, Tribute, as the ex-boyfriend who drove that heroine nuts and made her swear off Sidhe men. Drake is an enforcer — paid muscle — for the Sidhe Authority. He’s not polite, and he doesn’t really care what people think, human or Sidhe. Except, as he comes to find, a certain raven-haired witch. Alise is his match; and she wouldn’t change a single thing about this heartbreaker!
Here’s the scene that convinced me I had to write Alise and Drake’s story. It didn’t make the final version of Tribute, because the viewpoint is all wrong for that book. Still, I love the scene to this day, and it’s mine so I’m free to share it with you! Here goes:
With Ian’s men hidden in the depths of the cave, where Ian and Hazel would soon tread to meet the Fomorii, Drake left. He had one last errand to run, and he wasn’t looking forward to it.
Drake bit his lip – hard – when his knock reverberated through her silent home. Probably woke her up. Bastard.
Nursing his wound, he watched the house for any sign of movement. Still, he jumped when the door flew open and the dark-haired witch greeted him. Her hair was loose, writhing about her shoulders like angry snakes, and she was clothed only in an ivory linen shift. And she was beautiful.
Seeing him on her doorstep, she let out an exasperated huff and promptly tried to shut the door in his face.
“Alise, wait.” He put his foot in the door to stop her, and got his toes slammed in the bargain. “Dammit. Sorry for waking you.”
“You didn’t wake me. Haven’t you seen the moon? I’m working.”
Drake looked up to see the moon hanging full in the south, just behind him – still hours from setting. He shivered.
“What, Drake? Now you’re starting to freak me out, and I’m fully charged, so don’t freak me out.”
Her dark eyes widened with fear. She reached past the open door to grab a long, midnight-blue coat from its peg, swinging it around her shoulders as she stepped out into a puddle of moonlight. “Why didn’t you say so?”
He put a hand on her arm, trying to calm her. “Alise, we may need supplies.”
“First aid supplies?” She gripped his hand roughly.
Drake rolled his eyes. “Magical supplies.”
I’m giving away a $10 Amazon gift card to one lucky person who comments (including email address!) on this post during the hop, which runs through February 11th. Good luck! And don’t forget the grand prizes…those are….drumroll please…
We have THREE grand prizes. You as a reader can go to EACH blog and comment with your email address and be entered to win. Yep, you can enter over 200 times!
Now what are those prizes?
1st Grand Prize: A Kindle Fire or Nook Tablet
2nd Grand Prize: A $100 Amazon or B&N Gift Card
3rd Grand Prize: A Swag Pack that contains paperbacks, ebooks, 50+ bookmarks, cover flats, magnets, pens, coffee cozies, and more!