A Hero's Blog Hop July 27-31, 2012 - CONTEST!

I'm behind on prize giveaways but I'll be announcing prizes soon from previous hops. Also, don't forget to visit Gina Leigh Maxwell's interview with her characters Reid and Lucie from Seducing Cinderella. The post is right below this one and a comment will enter you to win an ebook copy of Seducing Cinderella! Pt. 2 of the interview is tomorrow!

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Welcome to the A Hero's Blog Hop. Thanks so much to Carrie Ann Ryan as always for hosting! I'm showcasing Sam from Heart Signs and a scene that shows why he's a romantic hero you might want to get to know. He's been through a lot, but Rory wants to help him remember how to live again. To me, scarred heroes are the best, especially when those scars help make them better people.
There are THREE GREAT prizes for this hop!  Visit EACH blog and comment with your email address and be entered to win. You can enter over 100 times!
Did someone say prizes?
Grand prize: A Kindle Fire/Nook Color
Second prize: A $50 Amazon or B&N gift card
Third prize: A HUGE swag pack! (with some swag from me!)

Heart Signs 18+ excerpt
“I’m definitely hungry.”
Sam flicked a look toward the door that led to the kitchen. “I might have stuff for a sandwich.”
Rory walked her fingers up his belly, stirring all sorts of appetites that had nothing to do with food. “Not hungry for a sandwich, Sam.”
He took a long breath. If he could’ve picked the ideal woman to have a one-afternoon stand with, Rory would’ve been the perfect choice. She made things so easy.
God, it had been forever since anything had been easy.
“Okay. Good.”
“Would you rather just go sit and talk?” His pained expression must’ve given him away because she laughed. “I’m fine with hanging out for a while. We’re both buzzy from the accident.”
Was that why he felt so electrified? “Wasn’t barely one. Just a bump.”
“Enough to get our hearts racing. That and the sunshine set the right conditions for some harmless feelings of attraction.” She shrugged. “Not surprising the rush turned into something else.”
She was giving him an out. Yes, adrenaline and excitement had carried him through the ride home and into the house. But now nerves were winning. And that small voice at the back of his mind that told him he shouldn’t bring anyone into his world, not when he’d likely lock them right out again afterward.
But she wasn’t asking for a lifetime commitment. They didn’t have to be any more to each other than they were right now. She knew the score. If they both found release and moved on without any hard feelings, what was the problem? Whether they attributed it to drive-by lust or the aftereffects of a fender bender didn’t really matter.
Thinking too much had gotten him into the stasis he’d lived in for over two years. He wanted out. Could even smell the scent of freedom beyond the barred gate inside his head. He just needed to reach for it.
“I’d rather not talk. Or hang out. If it’s all the same to you.” He cleared his throat. Kiss her, dolt.
Instead she stepped into him, tipping her face upward until their mouths brushed. Her soft lips heated under his, encouraging him to press his tongue against their parted seam. She made a sound of acquiescence, of excitement. The deeper he slid, the more she made the noise. Almost a purr. Carefully, he reached up to hold her head in his palms, tilting her so he could explore. She tasted like grape bubblegum. Sweet, a little wicked. A lot sexy.
This would be okay.
His heart was pounding so fast that eventually he had to break their kiss to breathe. Then he came back for the next round, using his thumb to stroke her lower lip while he licked the upper. Again that whimper in the back of her throat. His hard-on grew, straining against his well-worn jeans. If he hadn’t been afraid of scaring her, he would’ve tugged down the zipper to give himself room.
Then she did it for him.

Heart Signs Buy Link Click HERE
What can you win from me?
* One winner will win an ebook copy of Heart Signs and a $5.00 GC to either Amazon or Barnes and Noble
* One winner will win an ebook copy of Heart Signs and their choice of another of my ebooks
How do you enter?
* Sign up to follow the blog
* Let me know if you'd like to be included on my new quarterly newsletter list (if you've signed up before, I have you on the list.)
* Leave a comment telling me who your first hero was in your life. Can be in a book or your real life, your choice! Please leave your email address!


Amy S. said...

The excerpt was great. You can sign me up for the newsletter. I think the first hero for me would be Ponyboy in The Outsiders. I think I read this book in 5th to 7th grade. He didn't end up with the girl but he should have. He did save the kids in the church house though.

Amy S. said...

Forgot my email addy it is

Alcott said...

My first hero was my dad. When we were growing up, at least once a month he took me to Goodwill/Salvation Army and let me pick as many books as I wanted. I always thought that was amazing and picked books I never would have spent allowance money on. Looking back at it now, I've realized that they were some of the best weekends.

I think I'm already on the quarterly newsletter list, but add me if I'm incorrect!!

And I am a blog follower!

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Lisa said...

I am a GFC follower (Lisa G) & you can definitely sign me up for your newsletter. My first hero would probbly be my dad (as it is with most little girls) That has long since changed though.


Anonymous said...

My first hero in real life was and always will be my hubby. :)

Jlhmass said...

I follow your blog via e-mail. I am on the newsletter list. My first hero was definitely my dad, but my husband is now my hero. He's always there for me.

jlhmass at yahoo dot com

Eileen said...

I would have to say my hero is my dad. he was the strong silent man behind the scenes in our family. He still is and I absolutely adore him.
I follow your blog via email. I'm not sure about the newsletter but you can sign me up.

andieleah said...

The first hero in my life was my Dad:)
Gfc Andrea Wardlow
Already signed up for the newsletter
Thanks for the awesome giveaway...Heart Signs sounds great...loved the excerpt.

laurie said...

you can sign me up for your newsletter.

my favorite hero is my granddad

and wonderful blog hop

Kim Lemear said...

My first Hero was my Dad. He was in the Army for 29 years. He is still my biggest hero.

Thanks for participating in the hop. I'm not sure if i am signed up for your quarterly newsletter, if not, i would like to be. I already subscribe to your blog.

Yvette said...

First Dad!!!
I get the newsletter and I follow the blog.

Carin said...

whew great excerpt! My first hero was my Grandpa he would take me with him to work and let me ride in his forklift and at home he taught me to drive his tractor, he always told me to go for my dreams and that I could be anything. He was an amazing man!
I follow your blog by email: mawmom(at)gmail(dot)com
I think I am signed up for the newsletter already. Thank you
Carin mawmom(at)gmail(dot)com

Kaylyn D. said...

My first hero was my daddy. I know typical girl. lol I follow via email. Thank you for the giveaway.

Anonymous said...

I think my first hero was Pa Ingles from the "Little House" books. Thank you for the giveaway, I appreciate your generosity and participation.

Anonymous said...

I'd love to get the quarterly ...

my first hero - my grandfather - who left school at 12 to be the "man" in his family and went into the mines - still managed to get his education - and fund a scholarship for other miner's children in Nova Scotia.

elaing8 said...

Great excerpt.
already signed up for newsletter
My first hero would be my dad

Leigh Savage said...

My first hero was Rhett Butler...when I watched and later read Gone With the Wind.

molly.frenzel said...

My first hero was definitely my dad. He was always there for me, no matter what.

Tamara Hoffa said...

Gotta be John Wayne, there was just something about the Duke

BLHmistress said...

My first hero was and is my dad, he served in Vietnam and I am so proud of him and proud to be an Army Brat.



Renald said...

My first Hero ,my dad . He was wonderful ,caring and fair. He took the time to listen. Time is very important.
Deb P
email done:

Kassandra said...

I follow with GFC and email.

My first hero was my dad. My dad served 2 tours in Vietnam and retired from the Army after 22 years. He isn't always the easiest man to get along with but he has a big heart and will do anything for his family. Love him to pieces!


Nay Nay said...

Thanks for being part of the hop and for the chance to win.

Lena Grey said...

I love heros, especially romantic ones.

JanD said...

My first hero is my dad.
bituin76 AT hotmail DOT com

Lona said...

First hero is my mom and she still is, lol. She has made so many things possible for me. Thx for giveaway. I would love to get the newsletter.


Adila Mammadova said...

Thank you for interesting excerpt.

I'm already signed to you blog; that's how I knew about the Hop.

Actually the 1st hero, I remember to love from a book is not from Romance.

It's Oliver from Rafael Sabatini's Sea Hawk.

Wish You All the Best,

Mel Bourn said...

Thanks for the reminder about the hop! I get the emails and newsletters!

My heroes are the men of our military!
bournmelissa at hotmail dot com

June M. said...

I think my first heroes were the same as many other people, my parents & grandparents. I was always a daddy's girl growing up and loved spending time with my dad no matter what we were were doing, and can remember doing so many fun things with him &/or my mom.
I have already requested to be added to the newsletter :)
manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com
Thank you for the giveaway.

janhvi said...

I think my name's already in for your newsletter :)
GFC-Janhvi Jagtap
My first hero is definitely my Daddy.
Thanks for the giveaway!

justjanhvi at gmail dot com

CeNedria235 said...

HHmmm my first hero was probably Bilbo from the Hobbit my dad read it to me when I was 8 and I fell in love with all things Tolkien and fantasy. You can add me to the list for the newsletter:

ronnkelly3 said...

Great excerpt.
GFC Follower- ronnkelly3
Subscribed by email

My first hero was my dad, he has passed away so my husband is my hero now..

Minnie Medina said...

(I follow you)

Love the excerpt!

Now my first hero was my daddy as he showed me that you're never to late to learned from your mistakes!

Angels Cove said...

Love the expert thanks for sharing and the chance hope yourvsumer is goingbwell

jessiel said...

Loved the excerpt! My first hero was my Uncle Felix. He watched out for my Mom, my sister & I after my parents split up. This man was my Dad's brother. He will always hold a special place in my heart & I miss him dearly. Thank you for participating in this blog hop!

Debra A. Soles said...

My first hero was my older brother Mike. I followed him everywhere and had to do everything he did including working on cars, watching wrestling and playing poker while smack talking. He was a teenager and I am ten years younger.

Christine said...

Hmm, didn't have any real life heroes. My favorite hero from a book? So many! Jackson Savor from "Savor the Danger" by Lori Foster.

I follow you by GFC and subscribed to your newsletter.


Liese2 said...

Thanks for the chance!

JoAnna said...

Thanks for the giveaway! My first hero would have to be my dad. He was a fire fighter.
I think I may already be signed up for your news letter. If not then sign me up.

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flchen1 said...

I think I'm already following :)

My first hero is/was my dad--it's always an encouragement to me to see how he and my mom are enjoying each other's company even more as the years go by :)

f dot chen at comcast dot net

Anonymous said...

Excerpt was fantastic. Thank you for sharing.


mary kabui said...

first hero was my first boyfriend. i was 19 and i couldnt believe anyone could love someone else so much. haha.

Paula Martin said...

Great excerpt.
My first (fictional) hero was Mr Rochester from Jane Eyre.

Michelle MsRomanticReads said...

My first and last hero was my Dad. I just admire him for beating the odds in his life to become the man that he was. In a few weeks it will be a year since he passed.

I'm following you via GFC, Twitter and email. Thank you for the great giveaway and for the chance to win.


nina said...

great blog contest, love your books.

Ora said...
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Ora said...

My first hero was my dad. In my eyes he was strong and would alwasys make everythign alright.

latishajean said...

Thank you for the great giveaway! My mom is my hero always their for me!
GFC follower-latishajean

Rissa said...

Sounds good! Thanks for the chance to win :) raynman1979 at yahoo dot com

i'm a gfc follower~Rissa

Donna Cummings said...

Great excerpt! Yummy hero. :)

Susan W. said...

Love the excerpt! My first hero was my dad. He took me everywhere with him when I wasn't in school. We went fishing, hunting, riding in the tractor, or just hanging out in the garage.

Thanks for the giveaway!

Email follow - suz2(at)cox(dot)net

Emily said...

I know this sounds corny, but my first hero was my daddy. What can I say, I'm a daddy's girl.


Pat Cochran said...

Like most children, my first hero was
my Dad. He helped foster my interest
in reading.

Pat C.

Jessica said...

Thank you for the chance to win!
Jesscaashley(at)yahoo(dot)com said...

Following on Google friend connect.
Sure, quarterly newsletter sounds fine.

My first hero was a dog named Sam. I was in one of those walker things with wheels on the bottom. (No idea if they still make those for infants. I think they did away with the wheels.) So my little not-yet-toddler self was heading to a dropoff. (Why someone let me outside in that thing I couldn't tell you. I'm sure my mom pitched a fit about that later.) None of the adults were close enough to spot the danger, but Sam was. The dog rushed over and grabbed the edge of the walker and dragged me back to safety.

Of course this resulted in my developing a fear of dogs. I hadn't been aware of the impending doom, and then there was a dog doing something different, and then there were terrified adults. My baby mind came to the wrong conclusion. It wasn't until I was older and heard the story that I realized the reality- that Sam was a hero.

Anonymous said...

Love a good blog hop! Looking forward to adding this to my e-library for an afternoon of hammock reading!!

feathermaye said...

My mom has always been my hero!

I'd love to get your newsletter!

feathermaye at gmail dot com

rubyswan said...

MY 1ST HERO WAS AN OLDER MAN...! I FIND AN OLDER MAN EXTREMELY WISE & SEXY..yummm..I KNOW I"M HIS EVERTHING HEl;D always B there..! Thanx 4 the giveaway! I'm soo N need of a KINDLE FIRE..4 now I'm sharing my kids dated computer...:O!

Shadow said...

Hmm. Thats so far back. I cant remember the first that i liked. Currently, my favorite is Justice in Justice by Laurann Dohner. Love it! :)
GFC: shadow_kohler
Newsletter subscriber

bn100 said...

I follow via email.

My mom was my first hero.


Webergkhw said...

The excerpt was great. You can sign me up for the newsletter. I think the first hero for me would be Ponyboy in The Outsiders. I think I read this book in 5th to 7th grade. He didn't end up with the girl but he should have. He did save the kids in the church house though.