Bad Boys of Romance Giveaway Blog Hop




Mark your calendars! From June 7th to June 17th, the fine folks at Herding Cats and Burning Soup is bringing us all the best of the baddest, so please check them out and tell your friends. There’s a rafflecopter full of fun prizes, one of which is a copy of Cottonwood! With almost one hundred participating authors of all genres and heat-levels, you are guaranteed to find someone bad to bring home!

I have to admit, when I was first made aware of the Bad Boys Blog Hop, I was eager enough about reading my way through it—who doesn’t love a bad boy?—but did not immediately think of adding my name to the linky list (which you can find by clicking on the Bad Boys Badge on the sidebar to the right). After all, I reasoned, my heroines’ love interests are all good guys. As is so often the case, it took my sister, Cris, to point out the obvious: “What do you call Kane?”

“I call him the villain,” I replied, in some surprise. “I’m not sure how I could call him more of a villain unless I gave him a cape and whip-thin mustache he could twirl.”

“Sure, he’s a villain. But he’s not unlikable.”

Why do we like the bad guys anyway? Because I won’t lie, I’ve been rooting for the wrong team in my favorite movies for as long as I’ve been buying my own tickets. In fact, if a movie is on my Favorites list, it’s almost always because of the villain.

Pitch Black was supposed to be a sci-fi monster flick with a strong Ripley-esque heroine, but who even thinks of her when someone mentions that movie? No, that movie is all about Riddick—cold, predatory, deadlier than the monsters the movie was ostensibly about, and smoking hot in a pair of black-tinted goggles. Is Silence of the Lambs about Clarice Starling pursuing Buffalo Bill? Or Hannibal Lecter preying on Clarice? Anyone who’s ever seen the 1980s fantasy Legend may have forgotten Tom Cruise was even in it, but nobody forgets Big Red stepping out of that mirror to kneel beside a fainted Lily and just loom over her. And in Jurassic Park, when the raptor’s breath fogs the glass and then he slowly opens the door…okay, that one’s probably just me.



But I know I’m not the only one who feels that little tug for the bad guy. See, the thing is, there’s a certain kind of villain who’s really just a darker version of the archetypical Alpha Male hero. Think about it. He’s successful. He’s either a leader or a lone wolf (always by choice). He’s ambitious and confident. There’s usually some emphasis on his virility—a bevy of evil concubines in the background or some scene where he smirkingly manhandles the hero’s love interest—but in any case, he’s always fit and attractive in a dark way. A feral way. His eyes are always the hungry eyes of an animal and that animal is always carnivorous. There is really only one way in which this kind of villain is different from the Alpha hero and that is that the hero ultimately bows to an authority greater than his own, whether it be law, love or God, and the villain bows to no one.

Now we come back to one of my bad boys, Kane in Heat. Yes, he’s still a villain, but he’s a hot villain and he didn’t get that way by accident. Somewhere in this house is a notebook with pages and pages of doodles showing Kane in various poses and I don’t believe he wears a shirt in even one of ‘em. I made him strong, broad-chested and lean-hipped. I made him intelligent and resourceful. I gave him a sense of humor. I dressed him in a long black leather coat and a snap-brim fedora, for God’s sake, I knew he was hot! And then I let him kill a hundred people while the reader watched, usually with his bare hands. He is a very bad man. But he’s really good at it and I should know. I built him that way.

The Bad Boys of Romance has given me the opportunity to sample dozens of different bad boy flavors. Now I want to hear from you. Tell me about your favorite bad boy—from books, movies, comics, or whatever!—and what makes him so appealing. Everyone who comments on a post on this blogsite with the Bad Boys tag between June 7th and June 17th will be entered in a drawing to receive one of my books (ebook format only) of the title of your choice (including an advance copy of The Last Hour of Gann, due to be released at the end of the summer). If you wish to enter the giveaway, make sure you leave your information in your comment. Only one comment will be counted per post, but commenting on multiple posts (with the Bad Boy tag!) will increase your chances of winning. Please be aware that all my books contain a certain element of sci-fi, fantasy or horror violence as well as strong sexual content! If you would like to comment but do not wish to enter the giveaway, simply omit your contact information from your comment. One winner will be drawn on June 18th. Until then, be sure to visit the Bad Boys of Romance by clicking the helpful link in the sidebar (second from the top). And if you liked what you read in today’s post, then don’t miss this weekend’s Sunday Sneak Peek, WeWriWa and Bad Boys of Romance special installments June 16th and 17th for a super-sized super-scene from my book, Heat!


36 responses to “Bad Boys of Romance Giveaway Blog Hop

    • If you would like to enter a drawing to win one of my ebooks (the title of your choice!), all you have to do is say so! During the month of June, I will be holding three giveaway drawings in honor of Sizzling Summer Reads, the Bad Boys of Romance and (coming soon!) The Hot and Deadly Hop. Just leave a comment on any of my posts with any of those tags and say you want to enter the drawing and you’re in! One name will be drawn on June 18th, June 24th and July 1st, so if you want a free copy of Cottonwood (or any other of my books) let me know and remember that you increase your chances of winning of you come back and comment on another post!

  1. Kane, Kane, OH KANE is the baddest of the bad boys I have ever met. He knows he is an SOB and makes absolutely no apologies. You gotta love a man with attitude. His strong sense of self practically lept off the page and slapped me. Oh wait, that was my daydream.
    I would love to win The Last Hour of Gann.

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  4. Heat was my first introduction to your books. Kane was a FAB villan and yes, I was more attracted to him than Teagan. After Heat, I was hooked and worked my way through the The Care and Feeding of Griffin Series and then Olivia, Scholomance and then Cottonwood. Wait – have I missed any of your books? If I have, AHHHHH, let me know, please. I await patiently for The Hour of Gaan and yes, please enter me in the draw. Sooooo happy you have a blog. Thanks.

    • LOL, I lose track of them too. The books I’ve written have a way of getting tangled up in my head with the books I’m going to write. Thanks for stopping by! You are entered!

  5. Oh enter me in the drawing please!
    As for favorite villains the first that came to mind was Col. Ives from the movie Ravenous. It’s set around 1847 at a remote fort near the foot of the Rocky Mountains. Ives is an unapologetic cannibal who preys on the members of a stranded wagon train and then targets the inhabitants of the fort and he absolutely makes the film, he outsmarts the hero and everyone else and it’s just so much fun to watch.

    • You are entered!
      I loved that movie, too. I’ve seen just about every horror movie made in my lifetime (and quite a few from before I was born). That movie did such a good job portraying him as a victim, I honestly wasn’t sure he was the villain until they reached the cave. Then I thought, ‘Well, there’s still an hour left in the movie, what are they gonna throw at us next?’

  6. My favorite bad boy is Kane. You wrote Him hot! The only other I can think of that I just knew I could fix if only he had lived was Dallas Winston from S. E. Hinton’s The Outsiders. I was 12 at the time.

    • Oh wow, there’s a flashback. I think I was 10 or 11 when I read that. Pony (I think?) was my favorite character, I think because he was so conflicted and trapped in the whole mess. The only thing I really remember about Dallas is a sense of angry doom. But I could probably be saying that about all the characters in that.

  7. I have too many faves to list them ALL — the short list? Roarke from J.D. Robb’s In Death series, Curran from Ilona Andrews’ Kate Daniels series, Death from Kalayna Price’s Alex Craft series, Dante Baptiste from Adrian Phoenix’s The Maker’s Song series and and Terrible from Stacia Kane’s Downside Ghosts series.

    Thanks for the amazing giveaway!
    elizabeth @ bookattict . com

  8. I looooved Kane. Probably my favorite next to Sanford, who is the opposite of Kane. So I guess I love both good boy heroes and villain’s who are heroes in my eyes…
    Anyways, Last Hour of Gaan is what I’d love to win a copy of!!!

  9. I’d like to enter the drawing to win any of them!
    Mmmm… bad boys. Excuse me while I salivate. To pick just one bad boy is so very hard, but I will try! I enjoy Christian Grey (who wouldn’t? Am I right, ladies?). His compulsive need to control is scary and hot all at the same time. Another bad boy who has me slobbering all over myself is Travis from “Beautiful Disaster!” A man who makes a living by punching the shit out of another man!?!?! Hold me back! Thanks for the giveaway! It’s always a pleasure for me to participate in these, especially when the topic is so utterly delicious.

    mestith at gmail dot com

  10. “I call him the villain,” I replied, in some surprise. “I’m not sure how I could call him more of a villain unless I gave him a cape and whip-thin mustache he could twirl.” — Now I have an image of an incredibly hot guy that’s cosplaying Dick Dastardly *dies from laughing* I know NEED to read this book and will have to get it next payday.

    But onto the hop; my fave bad boy is Acheron from the Dark Hunter series. A god that is in control of a whole army of other bad boys, oh yes please!!

    dragon5174 (at) gmail . com

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  12. Heat was the first book of yours that I read and from then on I was hooked! I too couldn’t help but root for Kane as he was such a delicious bad boy:) I always had a habit of rooting for the bad guy in movies, books, etc. I would LOVE to be entered in your contest for a chance to win a copy of The Last Hour of Gann. Thanks!

  13. My favorite bad boys are JZB from the Fever series,Bones from Night Huntress Series,Curran from Kate Daniels Series and Wrath from BDB series.

    Thanks for the international giveaway!!


  14. My two favorite bad boys are Zsadist from the Black Dagger Brotherhood and Acheron from the Dark Hunters. Please enter me in your contest. Thanks.

  15. Hi! I love Lora Leighs Nauti series. Shes got some sexy bad boys in them! 🙂 Thank you! Thank you for sharing and for being apart of such a great hop!

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