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The road to hot is paved with bad intentions, or maybe, just actions. It seems especially so in the realm of Urban Fantasy, Paranormal and other Romance Sub-Genre's (Pirate's anyone?). Marie Treanor, stopping by on her tour of bookish cyberspace with Bewitching Book Tours to tells us about her weakness for the bad boy. And, then she wants to know what you think! Tour Wide Giveaway at the bottom!
Marie welcome to Fangs, Wands and Fairy Dust.
How bad is your good guy?
By Marie Treanor
I have to admit a weakness for bad boy heroes – including the ones I invent myself. Which is how I came up with bad boy vampires like Saloman (Blood on Silk etc), Maximilian (Blood Guilt) and Blair from Serafina and the Silent Vampire. But these guys are undead - we have to give them a little leeway since they’re not human.
However, with Smoke and Mirrors, my newest book, I had a different issue. My hero is human, albeit a human with inexplicable abilities; he’s done bad things and is still doing them. I wanted him to radiate dangerous charm for a reason, and yet there’s really only so far you can go in that direction before your hero surpasses even anti-hero status and becomes a plain old villain that you don’t really want your heroine hanging out with.
That was my dilemma with Rodion Kosar. We first meet him in an Edinburgh police station where he’s been arrested for an arson attack in which people died. Not very nice people, it’s true, but still people. And my heroine, Nell, knows he’s guilty.
Plus, he’s committed major thefts all over the world, and works for a particularly nasty Russian crime organization…
Or does he? Nothing and no one in Smoke and Mirrors is quite what they seem at first. He does save Nell’s life. And although Rodion has done bad things, it’s possible he has good reason, that he isn’t at heart, a bad man… Or is that just my heroine, Nell’s wishful thinking, because Rodion is also devastatingly attractive to her?
Well, you have to read the book to find out ☺. But I wanted to ask all you Fangs, Wands and Fairydust readers, how bad you like your bad boy heroes? Is just a hint of danger enough? Perhaps a bad past and a reformed present would be more comfortable to live with? Or do you like heroes who are truly dangerous? Is there a place you would you draw the line as to what is acceptable behavior in a hero?
For myself, I can forgive a lot for a bit of charm and a sense of humour ☺.
Thanks Marie: For me, good hygiene is a must; honestly, what the heck is the "clean sweat" heroines are always going on about? But a good heart and saving kittens (figuratively) matter as well. A solid bank account is a plus as well!
What do you all think?
Smoke and Mirrors
The Gifted, Book 1
Genre: Paranormal Romance/Suspense
Number of pages: 241 (epub)
Word Count: 87,000
Cover Artist: Kimberly Killion (Hot Damn Designs)
Deceit and desire, and a treasure beyond price...
When struggling Scottish writer Nell Black accepts a one-off job with the police, translating for an arson suspect from the isolated ex-Soviet republic of Zavrekestan, she stumbles into a terrifying world of organized crime and paranormal abilities that turns her whole belief system upside down. Faced with an incomparable thief, hit men who spontaneously combust, gangsters, drug dealers, British Intelligence and a fiery goddess, Nell no longer knows who to trust. The man who saves her life is a criminal to whom deceit is second nature. He has more smoke screens and more plans in motion than anyone else can keep track of. He is, moreover, probably insane. Even his fellow gangsters are afraid of him. So why is he the one man Nell wants to touch her?
Rodion Kosar is in trouble. His convoluted plans all lead to one goal - the retrieval of his treasure - and to achieve that, he needs Nell to believe he isn't the bad guy. He has many reasons beyond his own desires to make love to her. Especially when a plan goes wrong and he has to play dead before someone really kills him - either the police, the menacing Russian crime lord known as the Bear, or the powerful Guardian of the Gifted whom he's defied once too often. Nell's burgeoning gift of second sight could be his best route to the treasure, and yet keeping her with him spells danger. For Nell has her own agenda, her own mission, and she could just as easily cause his final downfall.
Marie Treanor lives in Scotland with her eccentric husband and three much-too-smart children. Having grown bored with city life, she resides these days in a picturesque village by the sea where she is lucky enough to enjoy herself avoiding housework and writing sensual stories of paranormal romance and fantasy.
Marie Treanor has published more than twenty ebooks with small presses, (Samhain Publishing, Ellora’s Cave, Changeling Press and The Wild Rose Press), including a former Kindle bestseller, Killing Joe. Blood on Silk: an Awakened by Blood novel, was her New York debut with NAL.
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