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April’s Not Only For Fools Author Extravaganza
Author Rosanna Leo ~ Erotic Romance
Welcome to my blog today, Rosanna. It’s all yours.
I’d like to offer a big thank you to Grinelda Markowitz for allowing me to be part of this fun event! Thanks Grinnie!
I’m Rosanna Leo and I write erotic romance for Liquid Silver Books. For the most part, I prefer to dwell in the paranormal world where anything is possible, the heroes are often immortal and the fun is unending. Throw a sexy Greek god my way, and I’m a happy camper.
This event pertains to April Fool’s Day, which I think is particularly relevant to my writing because I try not to take myself too seriously. Although I write romance, I try to add a liberal dash of humor as well. Funny is sexy, after all. And so even though my heroes and heroines tend to find themselves in dire scrapes and deal with themes such as life and death, I try to inject little doses of humor throughout the books. If you can’t laugh at yourself, life is sad indeed. As a married mom of two boys who feel the world revolves around flatulence jokes, I suppose it was preordained that I should include humor in my books.
To me, there is nothing funnier than taking an awkward heroine and thrusting her toward a hero who is perfectly perfect. As much as possible, I celebrate the geek girl in all of us and try to live vicariously through these heroines. Don’t you love seeing the underdog win the big prize? I know I do!
I’ve decided to tell you a bit about my latest release Sunburn because it is an example of sexy romance mixed with laughs. Apollo has always been my favourite Greek god (what’s not to love about this guy?) so I had to make him my dashing hero with a dark past. I’ve paired him with an uptight travel blogger, placed them in a 5-star Mexican resort and let the sparks fly!
To celebrate this release, I am doing a giveaway of Sunburn. Just leave a comment and tell me who your favourite Greek god is and you could win Sunburn. Don’t forget to leave your email address in the comment!
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 put her hand on his arm to get his attention. A sensual shiver ran up his spine. “You do understand why I can’t drink, right? I come from a family of addicts.
The addictive gene is in me. I can’t slip up even once. I’m terrified I’ll fall into the same patterns.” She paused, her eyes haunted and dark. “I was addicted to something, to someone, once. And I didn’t recognize myself by the end. I can’t go back there again. I have to stay strong.”
His head spun. Who was this person to whom she was addicted? He had to know. Was she married before? Was it a boyfriend?
Who hurt her?
He had to know, but there’d be time to find out later. Right now, she looked ready to crumple. Damn. Their conversation had struck a nerve in her.
He rushed out from behind the bar, knowing only he had to make her feel better, and pulled her into his arms. She yielded, all warmth and softness against him. She laid her head against his neck, and a tear dripped onto his skin.
“Patience,” he whispered into her hair. “Please don’t cry. I won’t let him hurt you.”
Apollo with all his heart was making a vow. He wouldn’t let anyone hurt her; not the demon, and certainly not the little shit who’d hurt her once before.
She looked up, tears streaming down her face and her chest rising and falling with shaky breaths. “I’m sorry. It’s not like me to cry. I don’t know what came over me!”
“By all the gods,” he murmured, in a trance. Even in pain, she was mesmerizing. There was a healthy sheen to her skin. Her cheeks were rosy with emotion. Stray hairs had escaped her ponytail, ornamenting her face. “You are so beautiful.”
Her lips parted in a welcome she probably didn’t even realize she was extending. She sighed, and her breath poured over him, heating him to the core. He had to kiss her. There was suddenly no option but to kiss her.
He brushed his lips against hers, feeling no resistance. He moved slowly, bestowing feather-light kisses all over her mouth. And then, shocking and exciting him, her tongue slid into his mouth. Penetrating, seeking more.
Inflamed, he held her tighter, moving his body between her legs as she sat on the bar stool. Their kiss deepened as their tongues played and probed. He bit her lip, none too gently, and she moaned.
Oh, sweet Pandora’s box!
But as quickly as the kiss had crushed them, it was over. Patience pulled away and out of his arms. Dazed, his heart palpitated as she scrambled off the stool. And before he could recover to stop her, Patience ran away down the wooden path toward the lobby.
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