Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Tour Stop: One Night With a Hero by Laura Kaye - Guest Post, Exciting Giveaway, and Review



I am very excited to be a part of the Blog Tour for One Night With a Hero by Laura Kaye from Entangled Publishing's Brazen Imprint.  Today, Laura Kaye talks about things that influenced the characters in her Heroes series.  She also has some very exciting news about about the book, which is happening this week, and is offering a fabulous giveaway, so be sure to see the details about that at the end of her guest post.  You can check out my review at the bottom of the post.  Thank you so much for stopping by!  


Influences on the Characters in the Hero Series

by Laura Kaye

Huge thanks to Ellen for hosting me here today! I’m celebrating the release of my newest contemporary romance, One Night with a Hero (Heroes #2). Today, I thought I’d talk about some of the things that influenced the development of my characters in this series.

I’m often asked why I write about military heroes, and I have a couple of answers to this question. First, I’ve worked for the United States Navy as a civilian for the past seven years, so I’m surrounded by military culture all the time. Not only do I find it fascinating, but I have a real respect for the people I work with and their families. And the latter point is important—my Hero books are as much about the heroes’ families and the impact of military service on them, too. Second, quite a few members of my family have served in the military. My father was a Marine during Vietnam, and my grandfather served in the Army during World War II. Finally, military heroes are strong and brave and alpha and protective, and that makes them so very compelling to write about! All of these have influenced me in writing this series.

I’ve also put some of my own struggles into the Hero books. In the first book, Her Forbidden Hero, the hero Marco Vieri suffers from a head injury that gets him medically discharged from the Army. In the second book, hero Brady Scott is trying to resolve his anger over his father’s alcoholism during Brady’s childhood. Both of these are issues from my own life. Four and a half years ago, I suffered a brain injury when I hit the top of my head on the point of a cabinet door. It didn’t seem like that big of a deal at the time, but it resulted in what they call a mild TBI (traumatic brain injury) that took 6-12 months from which to fully recover. And, though my father was never abusive, he was an alcoholic and a very troubled man. So a definite influence on these books and their characters were some very personal stories from my own life.

Finally, I adore putting some of my own interests into a story. In Her Forbidden Hero, Marco and Alyssa bond over playing the guitar, which I started learning to play several years ago. Marco and Alyssa are both far, far better at it than I will ever be, though! I gave Joss my absolute fascination with tattoos. She has quite a few more than I do, but man if two of her tattoos don’t call to me—the cursive tattoo of ‘Courage’ on her foot and the black birds taking flight up her back before turning into stars on her neck. Joss is also a reading junky and gets caught reading a romance novel about Navy SEALs by my Army Special Forces hero (he doesn’t take too kindly to her reading about those guys LOL!), but it was another fun way to put a bit of myself into the story.

Giveaway: I’m very excited to share that One Night with a Hero will be available in paperback starting this week! So I’m giving away the very first paperback right here at Always YA at Heart! Just leave me a question about, well, anything! in the comments (along with your email address) to enter to win! Open to international! Good luck!

Thanks for reading!
Laura

See the whole One Night with a Hero Tour here and enter Laura’s $50 Gift Card Giveaway here! And please consider voting for HER FORBIDDEN HERO (Heroes #1) for Sizzling Read of the Year! THANKS!

“Laura Kaye is synonymous with great, sexy romance.”
~NYT Bestselling Author Jennifer Probst

I just love this cover!

About One Night with a Hero:
He wants just one night…

After growing up with an abusive, alcoholic father, Army Special Forces Sgt. Brady Scott vowed never to marry or have kids. Sent stateside to get his head on straight—and his anger in check—Brady’s looking for a distraction. He finds it in his beautiful new neighbor’s one-night-only offer for hot sex, but her ability to make him forget is addictive. Suddenly, Brady’s not so sure he can stay away.

…what they need is each other.

Orphaned as a child, community center director Joss Daniels swore she’d never put herself in a position to be left behind again, but she can’t deny herself one sizzling night with the sexy soldier who makes her laugh and kisses her senseless. When Joss discovers she’s pregnant, Brady’s rejection leaves her feeling abandoned. Now, they must overcome their fears before they lose the love and security they’ve found in each other, but can they let go of the past to create a future together?
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About Laura Kaye:
Laura is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of nearly a dozen books in contemporary and paranormal romance. Growing up, Laura’s large extended family believed in the supernatural, and family lore involving angels, ghosts, and evil-eye curses cemented in Laura a life-long fascination with storytelling and all things paranormal. She lives in Maryland with her husband, two daughters, and cute-but-bad dog, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.


My Review:  One Night With a Hero is absolutely fabulous.  Brady Scott is perfectly hot, oozing with sex appeal, and he's in the Special Forces.  He comes across as charming and sexy, but there is a volcano of anger that he struggles to keep underground.  Because of this, he refuses to allow himself the pleasure of getting too close to people, believing he doesn't deserve that kind of relationship.  He's the son of an abusive alcoholic father and is dealing with all kinds of anger issues, issues that he believes makes  him unable and undeserving of love.  He doesn't do relationships, he does hookups, that is until Joss Daniels comes along and rocks his world, total confusing him and causing him to feel emotions he never has allowed himself to feel before.  I loved everything about Brady.  Joss Daniels has her own story.  She is tattooed, has lots of piercings, pink highlights in her hair, and comes across as a really strong woman.  I really liked her.  Joss has her own issues.  She was abandoned as a child, grew up living in foster homes, eventually being raised in a children's home.  Joss knows abut rejection.  In fact, the only men she has had relationships with have rejected her.  Deep down, she feels that she will never be truly wanted by anyone. She works with disadvantaged children, which says a lot about her character and her desire to help those who can't help themselves.  Brady and Joss are immediately drawn to each other with a chemistry that is incontestable.  Joss is a little reserved in the  beginning, but there is just something about Brady that she can't resist, and she ends up with one hot night with this hero that leaves her breathless, and eventually changes her whole world.  Brady doesn't do more than one night stands, so he is totally confused when he can't get Joss off his mind, and is even more confused when he and Joss discover they are neighbors.  

Joss and Brady's relationship is one that will take you on an emotional roller coaster as these two beautiful and damaged souls battle to overcome their wounds and find peace, love, and acceptance with one another.  In fact, the term "in sickness and in health," takes on a whole new meaning in this story.  Their relationship is tumultuous, intense, passionate, and sexually sizzling.  When something that changes both of their lives forever occurs, they both must face their demons as they struggle to overcome their issues and try to discover what love, trust, and relationship is really about.  One Night With a Hero is a fabulous contemporary romance and the only thing I didn't like, was when the story ended.  I loved everything about this book and if you are a contemporary romance lover, then this is one book you won't want to miss.  



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25 comments:

  1. I am been a huge fan of yours and I have all your books You are Defintely one of my fav authors of all time. :D With all your different stories, How do you begin? Do you sit down & just start typing? or do you brainstorm first then start an outline?

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    1. Thanks for kicking off the comments, Missie! :) By the time I start writing, I've usually been thinking about a story for a while so I know at least a bit about the characters and the storyline. And then I just start writing. Only infrequently have I outlined... Thanks for the question!

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  2. oh I forgot my email...lol
    missie25524 (at) netzero (dot) com
    HUGS

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  3. Hi Laura!
    I love your guys, smart and sexy. Thank you for sharing what contributes to their makeup.
    Congratulations on the paperback release.
    vsloboda(at)gmail(dot)com

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  4. I have a huge soft spot for books about military men too ever since reading one last year. I love them!
    This sounds like a great series to read, I am pretty sure I have the first book already but I need to check.

    Great review Ellen!

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    1. Woot! Love hearing this! :) Thanks KM!

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  5. This sounds like such an amazing read! I love military men ;) Thanks so much for the giveaway!
    chelesbells1@gmail.com

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  6. I really like reading about military heroes and I'm glad yours are about the heroes and theri families. It gives me a chance to really get to know them. I find they have great traits, including being strong and brave.

    Cambonified(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. I like the way you put that! Thanks Na!

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  7. Love your books covers.
    How do you come up with the names for your charachters?
    Wishing you the best!

    eta@gto.net

    Nicoleta D.

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    1. Oh, good question! :) Sometimes I just KNOW a character's name. Sometimes I know what I'd like for the character's name to mean, and then I use baby naming sites that often list the meaning of the name, too! :) Joss's name was harder to come up with. For a long time I thought it was Jess, but it didn't feel right. And then I came across the name Joss and thought, bingo, there's why it didn't feel right! LOL

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  8. Love your books covers.
    How do you come up with the names for your charachters?
    Wishing you the best!

    eta@gto.net

    Nicoleta D.

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  9. What a great post! I absolutely loved learning about the influences for the characters. But wow, what a story about the brain injury. How many times have we all hit out heads on cabinet doors!
    Anyhow...One Night is one of my very favorite books of the year. And I can't wait to get my copy and (hopefully) get it, and others, signed at RT2013!

    Awesome review, Ellen. As always. ;-)

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    1. Btw, I loved Joss' tattoos. I'm thinking of getting a new bird tattoo very soon!

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    2. Aw, Andrea, this makes my day! Would love to meet you at RT!!! :)

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    3. Ooh, we'll need pics of that!!! ;)

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  10. I actually just heard of the books in the past couple days and based on what I'm hearing they sound like must reads! I love that you put some of your own experiences into the book and the real life issues that are included. I think since you are familiar with issues those serving in the military may have you can bring a lot to the table and maybe inform some of us about these things we may not know about.

    My question is- these are STEAMY covers, did you have a hard time sharing with friends and family that you were publishing a romance and then with sharing the covers? I write a bit and I always think about how my family would accept what I write, but they ARE very scrict and religious, I don't think I could tell them. :)

    Candace_redinger at Yahoo dot com

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    1. Hi Candace - thanks for your comment and your question! I've been very fortunate in finding pretty much universal acceptance and support among my friends and family, so I don't really have any qualms about sharing my covers or my books in general. I know some people do though and it's a challenging situation. I hope you can find a community of writers or other friends to support you if you feel you can't share with your family! Support is so important!

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  11. Hi Laura,

    I really enjoyed Her Forbidden Hero and am looking forward to reading One Night with a Hero.

    My question is what are your inspirations for your stories, is it people in your life or do you dream up the characters from somewhere else?

    Thank you,
    Leslie

    LMT62482@hotmail.com

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    1. Thanks for your question, Leslie! A lot of things can inspire me - an overheard conversation, a news story, song lyrics, an random image that just pops into my head. I find that driving is very useful for brainstorming stories... It really just depends. For Her Forbidden Hero, the image of a badly damaged man kept popping in my head and he ultimately gelled into the image of a badly damaged man struggling to play guitar in the near dark...and that was Marco Vieri. :)

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  12. Woohoo, congrats on the print release! Love your books and can't wait to read these! My question is mostly non book releated, since the question I wanted to aske has already been answered :) Do you have any holiday traditions?

    june111(at)att(dot)net

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    1. One would be: every Christmas Eve, we pile in the car and drive through the huge light display in a local state park. The girls love it!

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  13. This series sounds fantastic! I love military hero's! They are always guarantied to be hot!

    mmafsmith AT gmail DOT com

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