Winter Wonder Man Blog Hop Giveaway Jan 16th to 19th!

Winter Wonder Man Blog HopThanks for dropping by the Winter Man Blog Hop with over 50 blog hops participating, and a grand prize of $50 for an Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card (winner’s choice). I’m also giving away a free ebook of Shrouded in Darkness, the first in the Shrouded Series, which is a romantic suspense with paranormal elements.

The topic of the hop is: What makes a hero in movies and books wonderful to the point your toes curl?”

I have to admit I love a hero who is passionate, empathetic, kind, brave, and the list can go on and on… oh did I say sexy? lol My favorite hero in the movies right now I Channing Tatum. I loved him in channingtatum_rachelmcadamsThe Vow.

Don’t forget to check out the other blogs on the list below. Many are giving books, prizes and swag! Enjoy!

Below is an excerpt of Shrouded in Darkness.

Margot Davenport should never have opened the front door. She should have just kept on getting slowly and thoroughly drunk that night. But the pounding on the door went on and on, reverberating throughout the house and inside her skull. Stumbling from the couch in the living room, Margot knocked over her glass and an empty wine bottle, and grabbed onto her throbbing head with a hand.

“Damn it!”

In the hall, she tripped over her calico cat, Marmaduke, who streaked past her and up the stairs. She swore again. The banging continued. The crazy fool outside had given up on the doorbell long ago.

“John! Come on. Open up! It’s me, Jake!”

At the mention of Johnny’s name, Margot’s stomach twisted and rolled with sudden nausea. “Okay! Okay! Give me a second.”

She groped for the light switch to the hall. Nothing happened.

Shrouded in Darkness“Damn, stupid thing!”

But that’s what she got for not replacing the house’s ancient wiring.

“John, I’m freezing my ass off!”

“What do you expect,” Margot muttered, wondering if this guy was playing some sick joke at her expense.

Margot hit the outside light switch and peered through the glass panel beside the door. A man stood on the front porch. She didn’t recognize him, but then again, the sheet of snow and the light’s glare against the night backdrop didn’t help matters.

A gun or pepper spray for protection sounded pretty nice right now, but Margot hated guns and had never expected the need, living on the outskirts of Greyson, Arizona. It wasn’t like the town was loaded with crime. The worst incident had been a case of disorderly conduct last winter, and that had been from a drunken tourist.

“Who is it?”

A pause on the other side followed–almost as if she’d surprised him.

“Margot? Is that you? It’s Jake Preston.”

Though muffled, his words were clear enough to make out. The name sounded familiar, but she couldn’t recall what Johnny had said about him.

Margot frowned and winced as pain cut across her temple, brow and the base of her skull. She should have stopped at one glass of wine. “How do you know Johnny?”

“I worked with him at Miltronics for several years on the outskirts of Boston.”

Margot debated about turning this Jake away as she watched him stamp his feet against the porch. He must be freezing–what with the wind and snow.

“I know it’s late, but I need to talk to John. Please. If you could just get him, you’ll see I’m harmless.”

The urgency in his voice made her decide. He obviously didn’t know about her brother. She sighed heavily. What she had to tell him wasn’t going to be easy.

Margot unlatched the lock and opened the door.

An angry gust of wind burst into the house, tearing the knob from her grasp. The door flew wide and crashed against the wall. Gasping, she reeled back as snow flew in, stabbing her cheeks with icy spikes.

“Here, let me.”

Jake stepped inside and shoved the door closed with his shoulder. He turned his back against the light from the kitchen, casting his face in shadow. His baseball cap further shielded his features–along with sunglasses of all things.

How very odd. Sudden apprehension curled up her spine as Margot stepped away from Jake and the doorway. Topping a good six-feet, he appeared far larger than when he’d stood behind a locked door.

“What are the sunglasses for?”

“The light.”


“My eyes. They’re sensitive to light. I injured both corneas as a child.”

“Oh.” She must have been staring at him like an idiot, but something about him made her uneasy. And it wasn’t just the glasses and pale complexion.

Jake shrugged a large canvas backpack from his shoulder and placed it on the floor.

“Can you get John for me?”

“He’s dead.”

Margot never intended the words to come out so abrupt and final, but…it hurt. Balling her hands into fists, she fought against the sudden tears that burned the back of her eyes. Please no. Not now. She couldn’t fall apart in front of this stranger.

“He can’t be. That’s impossible.”

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  1. Donna Newman January 16, 2014 at 1:31 pm - Reply

    I love strong, sarcastic, loyal to their friends and family. That is what makes a hero curl my toes.


  2. Carole Avila January 16, 2014 at 2:55 pm - Reply

    Okay, Channing Tatum makes my toes curl! I also love Jamie Fraser from the Outlander series. (Thank you, Diana Gabaldon!) I also like Jack Ryan from the Tom Clancy novels.
    Carole Avila
    info at Carole Avila dot com

  3. Nicki Elson January 16, 2014 at 3:20 pm - Reply

    Thanks for running this shindig! It’s been very fun 🙂

  4. Jess Schira January 16, 2014 at 7:17 pm - Reply

    Mmm … Channing Tatum. I have a friend who doesn’t usually get goo-goo eyes about actors, but Tatum is an exception. She’s also pretty stoked about the guy in Sleepy Hollow.
    naggingdilemma at yahoo dot com

    • H. D. January 16, 2014 at 9:17 pm - Reply

      Ahhh, the Sleepy Hollow guy. I know exactly who you mean. He sure is easy on the eye and that accent of his sure is nice! 🙂

  5. Stephanie F. January 16, 2014 at 8:50 pm - Reply

    Channing Tatum is definitely swoon worthy. I like my heroes smart, sexy, Alpha, sweet with a little bit of a dangerous side.


  6. Ashtrie Karana Putrie January 18, 2014 at 12:20 am - Reply

    The Eye! It gives it all the way. #nuffdsaid ;p
    shinigami_light at ymail dot com

  7. H.B. January 18, 2014 at 12:45 am - Reply

    My favorite is Won Bin (korean actor) with his role in The Man from Nowhere. A bit of a tortured soul, but caring, strong and silent, and a protector.

    • H.B. January 18, 2014 at 12:46 am - Reply

      sorry forgot my email: humhumbum AT yahoo DOT com

  8. Nana Prah January 18, 2014 at 9:23 am - Reply

    Sexy is definitely on the list.

  9. Lilith Nyx January 18, 2014 at 9:37 am - Reply

    He needs to be loyal,alpha male,sarcastic,funny,sweet,hot body…
    Thanks for a chance 🙂

  10. JanD January 18, 2014 at 1:12 pm - Reply

    My favorite movie hero is Aragorn from Lord of the Rings.
    bituin76 at hotmail dot com

  11. Barrie January 18, 2014 at 4:20 pm - Reply

    To make my toes curl a hero needs to be sexy but show compassion towards others.

    books4me67 at ymail dot com

  12. shadowluvs2read January 19, 2014 at 2:18 am - Reply

    There personality! I love a fun loving, yet protective a bit silly and alpha…gets me every time! Thank you for sharing! Your excerpt sounded fantastic! 🙂

  13. Emily W. January 19, 2014 at 4:44 am - Reply

    I love a caring, protective hero, one who can go all alpha male, yet doesn’t feel threatened and even encourages their loved one taking the lead and taking charge. A sense of humor is also important. It doesn’t matter if it’s just goofiness, dry humor, wit, etc, just some type of sense of humor. He has to be able to deal with feelings, not all, oh I’m a guy, we don’t do those things, over-macho crap. I want a guy who’s secure in his massculinity (you know, not afraid to wear pink or scared people will think he’s “gay” or “a girl” for actually doing/enjoying things like going to the theatre or dressing fashionably). Loyalty and fidelity are extremely important as well as being able to cook. A guy who can cook is super sexy. And romantic at heart as well.


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