Character Reading: Rayhan Stavrakis

Today I am delighted to share a reading with you. Rayhan Stavrakis is the hero of Stephanie Draven‘s latest release, Dark Sins and Desert Sands. He’s a bit prickly but I think you can see past some of his bluster into the hero that he truly is.

A longtime lover of ancient lore, Stephanie enjoys re-imagining myths for the modern age. She doesn’t believe that true love is ever simple or without struggle so her work tends to explore the sacred within the profane, the light under the loss and the virtue hidden in vice. She counts it amongst her greatest pleasures when, from her books, her readers learn something new about the world or about themselves.

Stephanie also writes historical fiction as Stephanie Dray and has a series of forthcoming novels from Berkley Books featuring Cleopatra’s daughter.

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Arwen: How do you see the people around you? Continue reading “Character Reading: Rayhan Stavrakis”

Character Reading: Matt Lawrence

Today, I’m doing a reading for a Harlequin American Romance (TM) hero. Matt Lawrence takes a leading role in Barbara White Daille‘s sweet, contemporary romance Family Matters. I really enjoyed getting to know Matt and can’t wait to read his story. I think someone is leading him a merry chase.

From Barbara’s bio:

Originally from the East Coast, award-winning author Barbara White Daille now lives with her husband in the warm, sunny Southwest, where they love the dry heat and have taken up square dancing.

From the time she was a toddler, Barbara found herself fascinated by those things her mom called “books.” Once she learned the words between the covers held the magic of storytelling, she wanted to see her words in print so she could weave that spell for others.

Now let’s visit with Matt to find out what he thinks of his reading. Continue reading “Character Reading: Matt Lawrence”

Character Reading: Gavin Fitzjohn

This is a reading for Blythe Gifford’s newest hero. Gavin Fitzjohn gave me a bit of push-back in the reading. I think maybe I hit a bit too close to home here and there for our fella. He gave his birthday as early January 1334 which makes him a Capricorn.

If you enjoy historicals, I think you will really love Gifford’s writing. She is the author of five medieval romances from Harlequin Historical. She specializes in characters born on the wrong side of the royal blanket.

Royal Rogue: He is the bastard son of an English prince and a Scotswoman. A rebel without a country, he has darkness in his soul.
Innocent Lady: Daughter of a Scottish border lord, she can recite the laws of chivalry, and knows this man has broken every one. But she’s gripped by desire for him—could he be the one to unleash the dangerous urges she’s hidden until now?

Blythe loves to have visitors at or Now let’s see about that reading, shall we? Once you have stopped drooling over that gorgeous cover for this book. Ready yet? Continue reading “Character Reading: Gavin Fitzjohn”

Character Reading: Hunter Anderson

This is a reading for Hunter Anderson. He’s the hero of Anne Calhoun’s latest Liberating Lacey. Anne’s bio reads:

After doing time at Fortune 500 companies on both coasts, I found myself living in the suburbs of a small Midwestern city. The glamour of various cube farm jobs had worn off, so I gave up making a decent living to take Joseph Campbell’s advice and follow my bliss: writing romance.

And she’s doing it well! Liberating Lacey is her first Ellora’s Cave release, but she’s also sold two stories to Harlequin’s Spice Brief line. Learn more about Anne at her website.

Here is a bit about Hunter’s story.

Newly divorced Lacey Meyers wasted too many years yawning through sex in the missionary position. Now she’s looking for Continue reading “Character Reading: Hunter Anderson”

Character Reading: Duncan of Cliff’s Tower

I hope you will enjoy this reading with Duncan of Cliff’s Tower.

He’s the hero of Blythe Gifford’s fourth medieval historical In The Master’s Bed from Harlequin. Blythe’s background includes marketing, advertising, and public relations. Her first novel was a Golden Heart finalist.  Of her muse, she says,

I feed my muse with art, music, history, long walks, good food and good friends. I love Italian food, Japanese art, Brazilian music, and I read history for fun. Continue reading “Character Reading: Duncan of Cliff’s Tower”