Thursday, December 5, 2013

Giveaway & Guest Blog: The Awakening: Britton by Abby Niles

The Awakening: Britton
by Abby Niles
Release Date: 11/25

Publisher: Entangled Covet
Genre: Paranormal Romance

There’s a thin line between love and hate...
Book Description:

"I would lick that man up one side and down the other."
Half-shifter and lead SPAC agent, Val Calhoun, has listened to women gush over the Don Juan of the precinct for the last four years. Yeah, Detective Britton Townsend is hot and has stunning blue eyes, but that foul mouth he saves only for her? What a waste of good looks. And no way does Val want that mouth anywhere near hers.  
When the shifter community is threatened, Val is assigned to the case…and fails. So the High Council turns to the rogue shifter they'd sentenced to twenty years as a human--that same obnoxiously sexy Detective Townsend. And sends the two arch-enemies deep into the North Carolina Mountains-—together, and alone.
Being stuck in a tiny honeymoon cabin with Miss Castration and only one bed is definitely not Britton's idea of a good time. But the High Council doesn’t take no for an answer. After his shifter abilities are restored, Brit is once again susceptible to the dreaded, irreversible bonding instinct, the Drall. Thankfully, all he’s ever felt for Val is intense loathing, no reason to worry. Right? All he has to do is solve this case pronto, and he can go back to his footloose Casanova ways. That is, if they don’t kill each other first. Or worse...fall in love.
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Today we are thrilled to have a guest post by author Abby Niles. Enjoy! 

Inspiration for the Awakening Heroes

Since all three Awakening books have released, I thought I would do a post on who was the inspiration for each of my heroes. Get ready for some yummy goodness!

The Awakening: Aidan

Aidan is my ginger. Have I ever said how much of a weakness I have for red-headed men? I do. Big time. There really isn’t enough of them in the world. And you really don’t see many men written with red hair either. I don’t know why. It’s downright sexy to me. So Aidan became my first ginger and I had to have the perfect inspiration for him. I’ve said it before, I always put the inspiration for my hero on the background of my book to greet me each morning. It helps get the creative juices going. For Aidan, my background was McArmy, a.k.a Kevin McKidd. 

The Awakening: Liam

The mighty Liam, all blond, golden and big. There is only one man who comes to my mind when I think of those words: Chris Hemsworth. Not just Chris Hemsworth, but Chris Hemsworth as Thor. Grrr. 

The Awakening: Britton

Girls, you have no idea how much I enjoyed writing this book, just from the simple fact THIS man graced the background of my laptop for months. Opening up my laptop each morning to those eyes, oh yeah, definite inspiration mojo. Electrifying blue eyes, dark looks and cocky smile. If you’ve followed me at all, you know I’m cuckoo for coco puffs for Ian Solmerhalder. Ian was PERFECT for Britton. 

Man, I miss that picture!
I wanted to thank Paranormal Romance Fans For Life for having me today! Before I go, I’m going to share an excerpt of Britton.

Her laughter was the least of his problems. Her winded breathing behind him was driving him mad, taunting him with mental images of her that’d put a triple-X porn to shame. Dea, he needed a distraction now or he risked trying to make her winded for a completely different reason than hiking.
“What do you do in your spare time?” he blurted out, desperate for a distraction.
“You mean when I’m not juggling being head of SPAC with working as a homicide detective for Carnal Ridge PD? Come on, Britton, you’ve had my job. You know there isn’t a lot of time for fun.”
“I always found time for fun, Val,” he said, without thinking.
“Yeah, and your reputation speaks for itself,” she muttered.
There was a real edge to her voice. He glanced over at her. Yep, her jaw was clenched. Did it bother her that he had a reputation?
And why did he like the possibility that it did?“We have a very stressful job,” he said. “You do occasionally have to let your hair down some, you know?”
“I do.”
“Really? That’s not what I hear. Word around the PD is you’re all work and no play.”
“Oh, I play. Just not with anyone at the PD.”
It was his turn to clench his jaw as violent jealousy burned through his chest. “With who?” was out before he could stop it.
“I’m not one to kiss and tell.”
Even though she didn’t outright say it, he got her meaning. He was one to kiss and tell.
“What do you do when you’re playing?” he pushed, perversely.
Why in the hell had he asked that?
“A little too interested in my sex life, huh, Britton?”
He fisted his hands. “Just heard the gossip is all. ‘Prude’ and ‘cold’ seem to be synonyms for Val Calhoun.”
“Yeah, I know.” He could hear the shrug in her voice. “I just have zero interest in playing where I work. Besides, there’s no one who interests me at work.”
He spun around so quickly she only had time to gasp before he had her trapped against a tree. The feel of his body pressing into hers almost made him groan aloud. Her instant arousal attacked his nostrils. She liked this. She liked him. His beast shifted inside, sending a spike of lust through him. Seemed his beast liked this, too. And her. “Having some playtime at work can be fun, Val. You should try it.”
Her lips pursed downward. “You would know.”

His attention dropped to her mouth. As her tongue sneaked out to wet her bottom lip, his breathing kicked up. Kiss her. “What do you say? Want to have a little fun with me?”

About the Author:
Ever since Abby Niles picked up her first Sweet Valley High book in sixth grade and fell in love with Elizabeth and Todd, she’s been hooked on romance. By the time she reached high school, she was devouring meatier romances with pirates, cowboys and knights. She never imagined that those years of reading would one day lead to her becoming a published author.
In her late twenties, after having twins and becoming a stay-at-home mom, she started doodling stories to keep her sanity. Next thing she knew, she was actually submitting to publishing houses. And was immediately rejected. That didn’t stop her though. She found some kickass critique partners, honed her craft, and continued submitting. 
And eventually sold. Today, she juggles work, being a single mom, and writing. It’s not always easy, but hey, who said life was easy?
Abby is the author of the contemporary MMA romance, Extreme Love, the first book in her Love to the Extreme series. Fighting Love is scheduled to release in December of 2013 and Winning Love is scheduled for 2014.  She is also the author of the dark paranormal romance series The Awakening: Aidanand, The Awakening: Liam. The Awakening: Britton is scheduled to release in November 2013. Both series are with Entangled Publishing. She also has a geeky romantic comedy, Defying Convention, with Carina Press.
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