Friday, 29 November 2013

Guest Post by Juli D. Revezzo + Giveaway

Today we are very excited to welcome author Juli D. Revezzo here at Ex Libris in celebration of her newest release with Wild Rose Press, Passion's Sacred Dance, the first novel in a brand new paranormal romance series that is bound to catch our interest! Juli stops by today with a very interesting post about heroes and how to build them and to share an excerpt of her book. So, please welcome Juli and don't forget to check at the end of the post for the giveaway :)

How to build a hero
by Juli D. Revezzo

There’s one thing I’ve learned writing romance these days, its readers are all about the hero. You know the one, the guy that steps in and takes all the responsibility off the girl, usually while she’s bickering with him?

Sometimes, he tends to dictate everything in their relationship, in and out of the bedroom.

Really? I don’t know about you, but… when I was growing up I read a lot of classic literature and in particular the Arthurian legends. So doing, it instilled in me a love of a different kind of hero. The one who will fight for his fair lady and by acts of bravery and chivalry, win her hand.

So when it came time to write my current paranormal romance, Passion’s Sacred Dance, I struggled with the current mold of stereotypical alpha male. How in Heaven’s name could I write such a strong woman as my heroine, Stacy Macken and fit in the stereotypical romance hero?

I went back to the original romances, those written in the long ago forgotten days of chivalry. Out popped my hero Aaron Fielding, wielding a strange, magical sword to keep this modern day, business-owning Damsel (in distress but holding her own quite well, thank you!) safe.

Throw in some wild supernatural creatures Stacy had heretofore had no experience with, and while she deferred to his expertise momentarily, Aaron was chivalric enough to allow Stacy her own side of the balance. And yet, Aaron is the perfect hero. He’s polite, he’ll open the door for her, and sweep her off her feet over a puddle of noxious bad guy entrails… (and in other non-contaminated rooms too! ;)) but working together, rather than fighting against each other seems to work quite well for Stacy and Aaron. Isn’t that what love’s all about?

Would you like a little taste? Okay:
Aaron planted his stance against the ground like the roots of a great oak tree, and pulled out his harshad. He flipped the handle over in his hand and two flail-like ends emerged. The ends cut through the glass wall, and snaked around the lawyer’s throat like metal ropes, before tightening.

The lawyer’s face began to turn red. Rendered immobile, he stumbled easily as Aaron gave the handle a hard tug. Stacy screeched as she tripped along with him. Aaron stepped through the wall, pried Bradley’s fingers from Stacy’s flesh, and shoved her protectively behind his back.

“Do me a favor,” he ground out between clenched teeth. “Call the number I gave you yesterday. They’ll do us more good than 9-1-1.”

Stacy turned and ran for the hall as the lawyer hissed out, “You should learn not to get involved, unsavory one.” Aaron swallowed his relief when he heard Stacy slam the door against the wall. He turned his attention back to the cackling lawyer.

“I would give you the same warning, human.” Aaron studied the man in earnest, his voice calm.

“You have no idea what you’re involved in.”

“I should say the same to you.”

“Oh, I know the depths of their malevolence.” He tugged Bradley’s shirt collar down to reveal the glowing green eye tattooed on his chest. The lawyer’s breathing became more shallow, and sweat trickled from his temple.

“Do you know what you’re dealing with? Think long and hard about which side of the debtors’ line you’ll be on when the battle comes.” He slung the lawyer around, towards the back door. “Tell your masters this ground will carry my brand when all is said and done, or I shall gladly hound them to the ends of their unnatural lives!”

He growled his disgust and willing the harshad to release, he shoved Bradley into the courtyard outside.

“Go back to your barrow and tell your masters I won’t let this place, or this woman, go so easily. Now, go! Before I decide to send you back to them in pieces!”

(FYI, the harshad is a special sword-like weapon made for Aaron’s army by the gods).

Juli D. Revezzo has long been in love with writing, a love built by devouring everything from the Arthurian legends, to the works of Michael Moorcock, and the classics and has a soft spot for classic the “Goths” of the 19th century. Her short fiction has been published in Dark Things II: Cat Crimes, The Scribing Ibis, Eternal Haunted Summer, Twisted Dreams Magazine and Luna Station Quarterly. She also has an article and book review or two out there. But her heart lies in the storytelling. She is a member of Independent Authors Network and Magic Appreciation Tour. Passion’s Sacred Dance is her first romance novel.

Battling mounting debt, Stacy Macken is determined not to lose her historic art gallery. When Aaron Fielding appears and offers to help, she fights to keep the attraction sizzling between them from clouding her judgment. He may be her savior in disguise--but can she trust him?

Aaron intrigues her with tales of the Tuatha dé Danann, god-like warriors who protect humanity from the monsters seeking their destruction. If Aaron can prove what he claims, she would give up anything to help--even the gallery he claims is sacred ground. But with her property set to stage the next epic battle, she needs answers. An old family diary will confirm the ancient legend is true, if only they can find it in time.

If the battle is lost, the enemy will take control of Earth for the next five hundred years. Stacy and Aaron's budding love might only complicate things.

Buy it at Amazon - Kobo - iTunes - Publisher - Goodreads

Juli is generously offering one Passion's Sacred Dance bookmark to two lucky commenters!

To be entered in the giveaway just leave a comment telling us if you prefer to be a balance between the main couple of a story or your hero to be as alpha as it gets.

Giveaway is open worldwide and ends on 13 December 2013!

Good Luck!

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