I’m delighted to have the lovely and talented Rosanna Leo visiting me today to talk about her latest release, Sunburn, the third in her series about the Greek gods and the women they come to love, and her fifth book with Liquid Silver Books. We have blurb, an excerpt and a guest post from Rosanna on those romance heroines we love. So without further ado, I’m going to hand you over to Rosanna :):
Firstly, I’d like to extend a big thank you to the wonderful Liv Honeywell. Thanks for having me, Liv!
I’m here today to talk about romance heroines. In particular, opinionated women who’ve ruled out love as an option for themselves. I love writing about these women and most of my heroines fall into this mold in some way or another. There is something just delightful about taking a woman who feels her path is already cut out and making her walk down another avenue she never anticipated.
We’ve all been hurt in love, at least, I hope we all have because it’s a major eye-opener and teaches us so much about ourselves. My heroines have been hurt too, some of them quite badly. Patience O’Connor, the heroine in my newest paranormal romance Sunburn, feels love is no longer an option for her. She’s been burned and is wary of men who might abuse her trust and break her heart again.
Patience is also not afraid to speak her mind. She’s a professional in the travel industry and has done quite well for herself, thank you very much. She’s had to find success on her own and has had no help from family. She’s a go-getter and has little time to dwell on past sorrows or her faults. Onwards and upwards for my Patience!
It’s jarring to say the least when she’s confronted by the most beautiful man she’s ever seen. When she arrives at the Helios resort in Mexico, she comes face-to-face with Greek god Apollo, and he’s mighty interested in her. So what does Patience do? Well, like any feisty heroine worth her salt, she fights the attraction.
Which makes her surrender all the more delicious.
Do you enjoy watching your heroines struggle against love? Do you adore that moment when they finally allow themselves to fall? Does it make you sigh, as it makes me sigh? I’d love to know!
Patience O’Conner is a travel blogger who lives for her work. Her dedication to her readers brings her to the famed Helios Resort in Mexico, a locale that stuns her with its beauty but at which she suffers from some very strange accidents.
Luckily, hunky resort bartender Apollo Delos is always there in the nick of time, a malcontent guardian angel. Apollo stuns Patience again and again with his life-saving abilities, to say nothing of his smoldering looks and apparent desire to keep her alive.
Before long, Patience wonders if there is more to the sexy bartender than mixed cocktails and insane first-aid skills. Something strange is happening at Helios and Apollo doesn’t want to talk about it.
Can Patience open herself up to this enigmatic man, even though she is terrified to be vulnerable again? And can Apollo recover from an eternity of hurt and learn to trust once more? They must both decide before Death comes calling.
She approached the booth, only to find the blond bartender manning it. Her eyes almost popped and she blurted, “You!”
He grinned, but there was still a tightness around his eyes, as if he were sizing her up. “Hello, Patience.” His strained expression said volumes about what he considered to be the unsuitability of her name.
She tried to ignore the sucker punch in her gut, the one that hit her as soon as his deep, velvety voice caressed her eardrums. “Aren’t you supposed to be at the bar?”
His smile grew wider, showing off his perfect white teeth. “I’m everywhere.”
“Clearly.” She forced herself to look away from his gorgeous face, feeling light-headed because of the suns dancing in her eyes, the suns that seemed to come from him. To distract herself, she touched a few of the painted bowls on display. Not that it snuffed out those blasted suns.
He stepped closer. “Do you see anything you like?”
She choked on her saliva and coughed like a victim of the Black Death. He rushed to calm her, putting his hand on her back, massaging. She recovered upon feeling his touch and was hit by the bizarre, fleeting notion his touch made her recover. As if he’d healed her.
Utter nonsense. Yet as much as it was nonsense, her head swam with the bizarre possibility.
“Better?” he asked quietly, his face serious now.
She stared into the man’s eyes. They were blue, so very blue. “Uh, yeah, thanks.” Curiosity got the better of her and the question poured out. “What’s your name anyway?”
He breathed in. “Apollo Delos.”
“Oh, wow,” she said, breaking into a grin. “Just like Apollo Anton Ohno! I loved him on Dancing with the Stars!”
He got a curious look and let out a strange laugh. “Yeah. Just like him.”
Rosanna Leo is a multi-published, erotic romance author with Liquid Silver Books. Her books include For the Love of a God, Up In Flames, Sweet Hell, The Selkie and her newest, Sunburn. When not writing, she can be found haunting dusty library stacks or planning her next star-crossed love affair.
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