A Very Large, Buff Alien/Shifter/Vampire/Were-Dude

Guest Blogger-Cathryn Cade

Hi all! I’m Charly, Rebecca’s assistant. We thought it’d be fun to do a ‘Romance: The Good, the Bad, and the Disastrous’ theme with guest bloggers throughout the summer months. Every Monday and Thursday, we’ll have a guest blogger talk about fun stuff like horrible dates, good dates, etc. Some bloggers will have a contest, and some won’t – it’s totally up to them. If there is a contest, I’ll randomly draw a winner from the post comments, send the winner’s email address to the guest blogger, and they’ll take it from there. Rebecca will jump in and blog when she can. For now, enjoy as we play!


rsz_cathryn_cade_shooting_rangeIt is a truth universally acknowledged that kidnapping is not a great way to begin a relationship.

Unless the hero is a tall, buff alien/shifter/vampire/were-dude searching for a bride or baby-mama. Then this can work. The genre is sometimes called ‘capture romance’, and it’s fun! Especially if you’re the invading hero, because, y’know, sex.

Everyone knows Earth girls are easy, right? Heh. Not so much.

I get it, our buff alien/shifter/vamp/were-dude has gifts. He’s fast, powerful, etc. But he can still make a bad choice.

For example, let’s take your average woman up here in North Idaho, USA. She lives surrounded by forested mountains and meadows full of wild game, which means she’s also surrounded by people (husbands, fathers & boyfriends) who enjoy stalking this wild game … with large weapons that go boom! and blow holes in things. She may even enjoy hunting herself.

And around here, as in all areas with good hunting, the more weapons the better.  Buy a firearm, and a strange mind-seduction begins. One is never enough. The firearm owner now needs another for a different type of wild game, and then for game birds, and then ‘Ooooh, shiny, is that an antique firearm?’ And so it goes.

Thus, surrounded by such a wealth of weaponry, a girl’s naturally gonna learn how to use them. I speak from experience. When I travel alone, I do so with purse-size protection. And if my husband is gone and my dog growls at the sound of a nighttime intruder, I know how to cock, aim and fire the shotgun by the bed. Hard to miss with a scatter-gun, especially if the target is a very large, buff alien/shifter/vampire/were-dude.

And that’s just the Inland NW. I have a cousin in California, where the girls are tan (oh, wait, that’s a Beach Boys song). Great place to find that bride or baby-mama, right? Weeell, let me tell about my cousin. She lives on an almond orchard, and her husband is gone a great deal. So this petite, slender woman packs a concealed weapon as she goes about her daily business. She says, and I quote, ‘Cathryn, there are a lot of nuts in California.’

And then there’s my DIL in Seattle area. I’ve been to the shooting range with that girl, and she can lock and load her firearms faster than our hero can aim his seductive gaze. She would not be a good capture choice either—plus, my son saw her first! Hmm. Sounds to me like our capturing hero better be darn careful out there.

I’ll continue to read and enjoy fantasy capture romance (including our own Rebecca Zanetti’s fabulous vampire series!!) Hey, I even began my own latest book by having my hero Jack kidnap the heroine, right here in Coeur d’Alene. And I didn’t let her blow a hole in his manliness, either.

Because it’s romance! All a sexy fantasy, whether paranormal or contemporary.

But in real life, if you’re a large, buff alien/shifter/vampire/were hero out to capture a bride or baby-mama … watch it. We Earth girls are armed, and when I say we’re ready, that may mean something different than you’re fantasizing, dude!

ABOUT CATHRYN:

I’m Cathryn Cade. I write red hot romance in the lake country of North Idaho. When I’m not writing, I usually have my nose in a book, or I’m chatting on Facebook. Outdoors, my handsome husband and I enjoy boating, bicycling and walking with Copper the golden retriever. If there’s a new brew-pub in the area, we’re out to try it.

Cathryn Cade
Author of red hot sci fi & contemporary romance

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Funky Mommy

Guest Blogger-Jodi Linton

Hi all! I’m Charly, Rebecca’s assistant. We thought it’d be fun to do a ‘Romance: The Good, the Bad, and the Disastrous’ theme with guest bloggers throughout the summer months. Every Monday and Thursday, we’ll have a guest blogger talk about fun stuff like horrible dates, good dates, etc. Some bloggers will have a contest, and some won’t – it’s totally up to them. If there is a contest, I’ll randomly draw a winner from the post comments, send the winner’s email address to the guest blogger, and they’ll take it from there. Rebecca will jump in and blog when she can. For now, enjoy as we play!

JodiHey y’all! I’m Jodi Linton, writer of sexy westerns and bad- boy biker contemporary romances. Now that summer is almost coming to an end, and I’m gearing up to send my youngest—a spunky, five year old daughter –to kindergarten, I thought it might be fun to tell a few motherly tales of my own.

Well, where do I start?

Okay, I posted my funky author picture, as my daughter calls it, because in her words, “It’s good to be funky, mommy.” (Translation: “You’re such a thirty-something.”) We also have a cat that she insists on believing is her best friend. Penelope, our ten year old Persian “first baby”, would beg to differ and probably if she could talk spew a few choice words of her own. *cough* Duncan and Delores by Barbara Samuels is my daughter’s relationship with said kitty cat.

But that is beside the point, because I love the fantasy land my daughter lives in. From her IMG_0377fascination with “Sugar”, a.k.a. Adam Levine, (and yes we did have to buy her a fake wedding dress so she could act out the music video), to her knowing that across the street from her favorite taco hut is a tattoo parlor she’s such a blast. And as I grow older I realize the amazing gift I’ve been given. I’ve been handed the keys to help my little girl grow into a bright, strong young lady. And as summer comes to a close I realize she’ll no longer be considered a baby but a big kid. Still, I’ll secretly call her my baby as she dreams up tall tales about cowgirls in red boots, and men in Jeeps riding down to the river bank, or when she decides to belt out all the words to a Taylor Swift song in the backseat while strapped into her booster seat.

photo (17)Most of all, I remember that the spunky little girl that liked to wear flower headbands and princess gowns to the store is the reason I write about strong females. The reason I chase after my own dreams even when on some days it seems I hit more road blocks than wishing wells. Because in the end it’ll all be worth it to have her look at me on her graduation day and say, “I’m ready to start my adventure, mom.”

Dream big, dream grande, and never forget that a new adventure is just around the bend.

 

Hugs,

Jodi Linton

 ABOUT JODI:

Jodi Linton is the author of the Deputy Laney Briggs Series and her upcoming The Original Sinners Motorcycle Club with Entangled Publishing. She lives in Texas with her husband and two kids. When she’s not writing about sassy females and dirty talking heroes, she enjoys long walks and family time down at the river.

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Love: Single Mom Style

Guest Blogger-Cindy Skaggs

Hi all! I’m Charly, Rebecca’s assistant. We thought it’d be fun to do a ‘Romance: The Good, the Bad, and the Disastrous’ theme with guest bloggers throughout the summer months. Every Monday and Thursday, we’ll have a guest blogger talk about fun stuff like horrible dates, good dates, etc. Some bloggers will have a contest, and some won’t – it’s totally up to them. If there is a contest, I’ll randomly draw a winner from the post comments, send the winner’s email address to the guest blogger, and they’ll take it from there. Rebecca will jump in and blog when she can. For now, enjoy as we play!

CindyBerthoud closeupDating when you have children is like having an overprotective older brother.  A friend of mine had her son (aged 9) stare down a man at the pool for daring to look at his mom.  I could see the writing on the wall with my son. He had a significant laundry list of “musts” for a potential step-dad.

The top three items on my son’s list were that the man play basketball, be independently wealthy, and have children, hopefully a boy my son’s age.  My daughter’s list included the idea that a potential mate not have children.

As a consequence, when my kids were younger, I never let them know I was dating.  They’d get a bonus trip to Parents Night Out, and think it was all for their enjoyment, so I could “sneak out” on a date.

The older they get, however, the harder it is to “sneak out.”  Surprisingly, many men embrace the midday while-the-kids-are-in-school date because it’s low pressure.  Equally surprising are how many times my children bought the lie that I was meeting friends for coffee.  How much coffee do they think I drink?

But no matter how many times you meet for coffee or a late lunch, sooner or later you find yourself with the dreaded Saturday night date.  Once you have kids, Saturday night requires some logistical maneuvers.

At 13 and 15, the kids are too old for Parents Night Out.  They have to be fed, and possibly bribed to behave (pizza acts as both food and bribe).  Plus there’s the fact that I haven’t told them I’m dating again.

My daughter figured things out pretty quickly, and her only concern was that I still have time for her.  That’s an easy thing to promise.  My son, however, was a different challenge.  He’s protective in the extreme and has been known to get abrasive and verbally abusive to boys who get too close to my daughter (a habit I may or may not encourage).  What would he think about me dating?

“So,” I say across the kitchen as I put away the dishes.  “I have a date tonight.”

The third degree begins:  what does he do, how many kids does he have, does he have pets, how did we meet.  This inquisition continues long after the dishes are put away and the dishwasher reloaded.  I answer them all and lean against the counter facing my son.

“That’s fine,” he finally says, “as long as he treats you right.”

Aw, how can I not love this kid?  But before I get too happy, my son wags his finger at me.  “But I get to meet him after three dates.”

I smile and think to myself, not going to happen.  My friend Dan’s rule is that he has to be in a monogamous relationship for six months before he introduces a love interest to his daughter.  I’m not sure I’d go with six months, but three dates is too soon.  I’m sure there’s a happy middle ground.

Any single parents out there?  How soon do you let your kids meet your date?

 ABOUT CINDY:

When they told her a woman could do anything, she thought they said everything, and decided to give it a go.  Cindy holds an MA in Creative Writing, is an MFA student, a single mom, pet owner, child chauffer extraordinaire, and works three jobs on the side.  When she’s not writing, she’s trying to prevent the neurotic dog from either chewing the furniture or eating whole sticks of butter (often still in the paper).  She’s beginning to think maybe she can’t do it all.  At least not all at once.  You can contact her on her website:  http://www.cskaggs.com

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Single to Engaged in 6 Weeks

Guest Blogger-Shoshanna Evers

Hi all! I’m Charly, Rebecca’s assistant. We thought it’d be fun to do a ‘Romance: The Good, the Bad, and the Disastrous’ theme with guest bloggers throughout the summer months. Every Monday and Thursday, we’ll have a guest blogger talk about fun stuff like horrible dates, good dates, etc. Some bloggers will have a contest, and some won’t – it’s totally up to them. If there is a contest, I’ll randomly draw a winner from the post comments, send the winner’s email address to the guest blogger, and they’ll take it from there. Rebecca will jump in and blog when she can. For now, enjoy as we play!

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At heart, I’m an old-fashioned girl… after living with my best girlfriend for six years running, and a year of serial-dating men I met on an online dating website, I was done. Ready to settle down— but not ready to settle for anything less than a man who would be the perfect husband for me.

DH had just moved to Los Angeles, and I was the first date he had from the dating website. He was my…(ahem) 100th? But DH immediately stuck out from the crowd. He brought me flowers on our first date at Coffee Bean (I never met up at a bar or at night—too dangerous. Coffee for twenty minutes in the afternoon, in public, was my first-date modus operandi).

He paid for my coffee and held the door for me. Bonus points for that, because chivalry.

He asked me questions and actually listened to the answers! Who does that anymore? Not the men I had been dating. Double bonus points.

He had some dog hair on his shirt. I LOVE DOGS. Triple bonus points.

That first date went beyond the twenty minutes of coffee-time I had originally allotted him. We hung out all night talking. From that moment on, we were a couple. He texted and called me every day, without me having to wonder if he was into me or not. No games (crazy, right?!).

After six weeks, on the same day he first told me he loved me, he proposed marriage. I said yes! It was fast— really fast. But it just felt like a perfect fit. Eleven years, one child, and numerous dogs later (we have 3-4 at all times), I am still so grateful to God for dropping this incredible man in my lap.

If you’re looking for a relationship but haven’t found The One yet, keep the faith! They’re out there, looking for you, too.

xoxo Shoshanna Evers
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New York Times and USA Today bestselling hybrid author Shoshanna Evers has twenty-plus romance novels and novellas published, including I Am Not Your Melody, The Enslaved Trilogy, The Tycoon’s Convenient Bride…and Baby, and How to Write Hot Sex.

In the past she was a syndicated advice columnist in New York and a registered nurse, but now she’s a full-time writer and a home-schooling mom in the mountains of northern Idaho. Evers is also the cofounder of SelfPubBookCovers.com, the largest selection of premade book covers in the world.

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The lust in Shayne’s eyes made her believe him. Tonight, she was beautiful.

“You lay back now,” he ordered. “It’s celebration time. I ain’t stoppin’ till I hear you scream my name so loud the neighbors can hear.”

“Ain’t no neighbors,” she said breathlessly, slipping easily into his casual way of speaking. Her fingers gripped the cool sheets beneath her hands, grasping as if the world had tilted on its axis.

“That’s what I’m talkin’ about.”

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Worst Date Ever!

Guest Blogger-Trish McCallan

Hi all! I’m Charly, Rebecca’s assistant. We thought it’d be fun to do a ‘Romance: The Good, the Bad, and the Disastrous’ theme with guest bloggers throughout the summer months. Every Monday and Thursday, we’ll have a guest blogger talk about fun stuff like horrible dates, good dates, etc. Some bloggers will have a contest, and some won’t – it’s totally up to them. If there is a contest, I’ll randomly draw a winner from the post comments, send the winner’s email address to the guest blogger, and they’ll take it from there. Rebecca will jump in and blog when she can. For now, enjoy as we play!

profile picFirst off, my thanks to Rebecca Zanetti for sharing her space with me today and to Charly Alexander for the professional presentation of this blog. Ladies—your generosity and skill are very much appreciated!

This is going to date me, but what the heck. b and w smiley face

In the mid 1990’s I discovered Linda Howard and Suzanne Brockmann. Howard and Brockmann quickly became two of my favorite authors, mostly because of their super sexy, super alpha, military heroes. I LOVED Howard’s Mackenzie family series as well as Brockmann’s Tall, Dark and Dangerous series. So when a good looking naval officer asked me out, I said yes (Internally, I may have squealed a bit in excitement.). I was so looking forward to finding my own, flesh and blood military hero.

Unfortunately, that wasn’t what I got. What I got was the worse date of my life. frowny face

At the time I was training for a marathon, which meant early morning runs before working out with weights in the gym and I was in great shape. Which my new beau didn’t appreciate. On our first date, he put his arm around my waist to escort me into the restaurant and made the comment that “he liked more curves and softness and less muscle on his women.” Yeah, not the best start to a date. During the conversation at dinner, he said at least three or four times that he didn’t like his women to exercise because he liked softness in bed. By that point I already knew that bed was off the table—like forever.

After dinner, we went to see some action packed adventure movie and during the movie this guy continued hammering home his point about muscles versus softness. When the date was over, he took me back to my apartment and said, “How about you lay off the exercising so we can see where this goes?”

At this point I’d had enough and decided to respond in kind. So I said “You know I understand completely how you feel. I can’t stand softness in my men. I want a man to feel like a man. You know, muscles rather than softness. So how about you start getting some exercise so we can see where this goes?”

Let’s just say that quip didn’t go over well. There was no goodnight kiss. No hug. Just a frosty “good night” and he was out the door.

But, surprise, surprise, he called a few days later and apologized for the comments he’d made and asked me to give him another chance. Well, I thought that was pretty decent of him considering how I’d responded at the close of our first date, so I said sure. He told me he wanted a fresh start and was taking me to Antonio’s, one of the fancier restaurants in town—which meant fancy clothes. I didn’t have anything quite so classy, so I ended up buying an outfit, which I couldn’t afford, but I didn’t want to look out of place.

When the night he was supposed to pick me up rolled around, he never showed. I waited for over an hour in my new, pricey outfit before I admitted that he’d stood me up. I suspect the no show was revenge for my comment since he never called to explain. From a mutual friend I know he was in town and on base. He hadn’t shipped out. There hadn’t been a death in his family. He hadn’t contracted some sudden, life threatening disease.

So, all in all, my introduction to Naval Officers left a lot to be desired, which makes it kind of ironic that the heroes of my Red-Hot SEALs series are all officers in the United States b and w smiley faceNavy. And yeah, a couple of them do end up on their heroines’ worst date lists.

 ABOUT TRISH:

Trish McCallan was born in Oregon and raised in Washington State, where as a child she sold her first crayon-illustrated books for a nickel. This love of writing led her to study the craft at Western Washington University. She worked as a bookkeeper and a human-resource specialist before trading in her day job for a full-time writing career. Her debut novel, Forged in Fire, went on to final for two prestigious Romance Writers of America RITA® awards. Forged in Ash is her second book, finaled for a RITA® award as well. She currently resides in eastern Washington with three golden retrievers, a black lab mix, and a cat.

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