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Blog Hop for Paranormal Love Wednesday

On Sunday, I sent my latest manuscript to my editor. It’s the fourth book in a 5 book series, not counting the novellas. I have a weird weakness for writing novellas, getting a glimpse into a character you otherwise wouldn’t. Each book has a companion novella although they aren’t necessary to read for the overall arc of the series. Hey, I’m not that mean! Just don’t ask some of my other author friends, since they’d disagree with that statement. 😉

My latest hero was influenced by Dean Winchester from Supernatural. I love his attitude, the fact that no matter how bad things get, he’ll still crack a joke even if it’s just to make himself laugh. He’s not a jerk, just someone who’s been through a lot of crap and has learned how to survive it all.

And that’s what Victor is all about. He’s had to live with a bad situation and could either have become a total jerk or thumb his nose at it all and continued on his merry way. He’s sarcastic, loyal, aggravating, smart, and too handsome. What, too handsome? Not possible, right? Well you’d think that until you meet Victor and realize that it can be a curse to have all the sexual attention turned your way.

A little excerpt to prove that point:

“Victor, please,” she breathlessly pleaded.
A silent snort passed his lips. Vampires didn’t need to breathe unless they spoke, and they didn’t run out of breath. “Don’t touch me. I’ve told you before. Find yourself another mage or maybe a werewolf if you’re looking for a quick lay.”
“So crude,” Sandra pouted. “Can you at least look at me?”
He stopped and whirled around, surprising her. “I’ve told you time and again that I’m not interested. I’ve been polite, and now I’m being blunt. Leave me alone, or I’ll talk to Augustus. This is sexual harassment, plain and simple.”
Her eyes hardened, losing the innocent maiden act.
“You think they would believe you?” She waved a hand along her drool-worthy body. “Look at me. I’m every man’s wet dream. No one would believe I’d lower myself to harassing someone into sleeping with me.”
“And yet here you are. Get some dignity and find someone who is interested. I’m not playing hard to get. I simply don’t want you.”

Don’t forget to visit the other blogs in the blog hop by clicking HERE. *waves* Have a great day!

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#CrazyCanuckBlogHop

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Welcome everyone. *waves* Come, sit, read, and enjoy. We have a great blog hop lined up for you, one that will introduce to you Canadian authors with a wide variety of genres, from young adult to paranormal to suspense and more.

My first love for reading came about because of Robert Munsch, a Canadian author who visited schools across Canada simply to read to the children and instill a love of books into them. I had the pleasure of listening to him narrate several of his stories when I was a kid. Even now I can still remember the yelling and laughing while he read “Mortimer” to us.

In fact, my kid loves his books as well. I can’t begin to count how many times I’ve read “Andrew’s Loose Tooth” and “Mmm, Cookies!” to him. And still he giggles through them.

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As I grew up, I found my way into other Canadian writers, like Kelley Armstrong and Lynsay Sands, and they opened my eyes to the paranormal world. I have to confess, I love paranormal romance and urban fantasy. They make my jaded heart go pitter-patter.

Let me interrupt for a moment to give you some true facts about Canadians. Everyone already knows we live in igloos, ride dog sleds to work, and have polar bears roaming our backyard, so I’ll share some little known facts.

Fact one: We are amazing snugglers. It’s a matter of survival, more bodies means more body warmth. 😉 Do you have any idea how cold it gets in Canada? I do!

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Fact two: We know how to accessorize snowsuits. Have you ever tried to make snowsuits sexy? Yeah, me neither. Instead we choose colourful scarves and toques. <- That’s hat for you non-Canadians. Bonus fact, when I searched for images for toques, they were almost all Canadian.

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Fact three: We love experimenting. This is the deliciousness you get when you experiment. Mmmm…..

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For those of you who don’t know, that is a poutine. Fries with cheese curds and smothered in gravy. Your life isn’t complete until you’ve enjoyed this small piece of heaven.

Fact four: We have a Maple Syrup mafia. I wish I was kidding, but we do. Maple Syrup is a serious business here. No picture for this one since I don’t want to join the Witness Protection program.

Fact five: BeaverTails are a thing and they are tasty.

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The mouth-watering pastry that can be topped with cinnamon or Nutella or whipped cream. And now I’m feeling a mite peckish.

Let’s walk away from the food before I start chewing on my computer screen. Instead, we’ll talk about books again. A subject near and dear to my heart. After I discovered paranormal romances, I decided to try my hand at writing, since I had a story just itching to escape. One of the best decisions of my life as it introduced me to indie authors. I’d never heard this term before even with the amount I’ve read. I joined a few groups, met other authors, and realized how many hidden gems were waiting for me to explore.

Even better, a few of them are part of this blog hop with a book  available as part of the grand prize. Rosanna Leo writes both paranormal romance and contemporary. I’ve read some of her Gemini Island Shifters series and they’re great. Lisa Emme writes urban fantasy, a series I devoured.  Ashley Dooley writes romantic suspense while Cori Vidae has steamy hot stories. Marysol James dabbles in contemporary romance… I kid! She has an impressive list of books out.

I know what you’re thinking. “Hmm, I received gift cards for Christmas, whatever shall I do?” Well, do I have some fantastic advice for you. Buy one or two books from the authors on this blog hop and I’m sure you won’t be disappointed.

Check out the other fantastic blog posts, and see what these authors have to say about Canadian authors by clicking on the pretty button just below.

Oooh, and want to win a prize? Well click on the link down ↓ there and enter!

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/685b62211/?

Grand Prize: Digital copies of at least one book from each participating author including:
Altering Authority by Ashley Dooley
Dead and Kicking by Lisa Emme
Something in the Air by Marie Landry
Magic Resistant by Veronica DelRosa
The Naughty List by Cori Vidae
Firefly: Ice Born by P.M. Pevato
Thirteen by Shannon Peel
Enemy Within by Marysol James
Questing for a Dream by P.D. Workman
Vice by Rosanna Leo
Lakeshore Secrets by Shannyn Leah
Guarding Midnight by Kacey Hammell
3013:Renegade by Susan Hayes
The Raven Room by Ana Medeiros
Alien Next Door: Complete Series by Jessica E. Subject
Slow Ride Home by Leah Braemel
One Gold Heart by Sadie Haller
Unconditional Devotion by Kayleigh Malcolm
Festive Persuasion by Charlene Roberts
Two $10 gift cards for Chapters-Indigo

Thanks for joining me and happy holidays!