My Favorite Demon – part of the Angels versus Demons Blog Hop


As both an author and a reader, I’m a huge fan of both paranormal romance and urban fantasy. It all started with vampires and werewolves, and while I will always have a soft spot in my heart for shapeshifters (are my Changelings listening?), it’s been exciting to see the explosion of supernatural creatures in these genres. Among them are warrior angels and their exact opposites – fallen angels and demons. The battle between good and evil has never been more fascinating!

I tend to favor the bad boys, myself – the anti-heroes, the unlikely and the reluctant heroes. Oh yes, give me a reformed demon like Dax in Kate Douglas's Demonfire over an angel (even the droolworthy warrior types) any day. 

One of my all-time fav UF authors is Karen Chance. I really enjoy her Cassie Palmer series, and as much as I like the heroine, it’s the host of other characters that populate the stories that appeal to me. Vamps for sure, demons and incubi galore … the line between good guys and bad guys gets pretty blurry. And maybe that's why the bad boys appeal to me so much -- they're more complicated, and therefore a little more realistic to me. Life has a lot of gray areas and most people aren't totally "good" or totally "bad". In fact, good and bad are often a matter of perspective, a point that this series drives home.


There are two main men in Cassie’s life – one is a vamp (considered a demon in some circles), and the other is a wizard who just happens to be a human-demon hybrid. The motives of each are suspect more often than not, and yet both find it within themselves to be selfless and heroic on occasion. I find myself rooting for both of them, and it's no wonder Cassie has such difficulty choosing between them.


If I had to pick a favorite demon, however, it would have to be Jim. Jim is a demon eternally stuck in the form of a dog, and he is the loyal (and rather cranky) sidekick of Aisling Grey in Katie MacAlister’s Guardian series. Not only is Jim a dog, but a Newfoundland, one of the biggest – and drooliest – breeds. 

Jim is the ultimate supporting character, providing comic relief and snarkiness, yet showing touching loyalty and friendship. Jim has Aisling’s back when the sh** hits the fan – which seems to happen a great deal in her complicated life. Not bad for a fiend of hell.

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ANGELS VS DEMONS BLOG HOP

So I’ve shown you mine, now you show me yours --- your favorite that is. Would you rather cuddle up with a hot angel or a sexy demon?  What are your favorite angel or demon books or characters?




This GIVEAWAY is now CLOSED
Congrats to the winner:  SOPHIA ROSE

Sophia's name was drawn and she'll receive a signed copy of my latest shapeshifter romance, CHANGELING DAWN, and a Dani Harper tote bag. 

EXTRA CONGRATS to one of the overall Hop Grand Prize Winners: EMILY DRAKE
Her name was drawn from my blog as the Amazon $60 Gift Card Winner!

Thanks to paranormal romance authors Leia Shaw (Destiny Bewitched) and Carrie Ann Ryan (Dust of My Wings) for hosting this blog hop. 

To get back to the list of participating authors and bloggers, here’s the link:   http://www.carrieannryan.blogspot.com/2012/06/angels-vs-demons-sexy-wings-or-sexy.html  

116 comments:

  1. Can I choose both? Lol!My favourite angel books at the moment are the Fallen books in which I'm a fan of both Daniel (the good angel) and Cam & Roland (the demon angels). One of my fave angels in any series at the moment though is Lassiter from the Brotherhood of the black dagger books! His humour in the last book made him grow on me big time but my favourite demon is from the Dark Hunter books - is Xypher! I love his sarcasm and how much of a bad boy he is!
    suzi1811 (at) fsmail (dot) net

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    1. Lassiter is such a hoot! I'm waiting to hear more about him.

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  2. Hot Angel. My favorite is the Guild Hunter series by Nalini Singh.

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

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  3. My favorite angels are Raphael and Ilium from The Guild Hunters Series by Nalini Singh. I prefer angels, it feels more sinful! Oh la la! Thanks for the giveaway!

    ilepachequin(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. ROFL - I never thought of it like that! Good one!

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  4. Either :) And I think my favorite demons so far are the ones from Larissa Ione's Demonica series, the ones who introduced me to these unexpected heroes :)

    f dot chen at comcast dot net

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    1. Book 1 is on my TBR pile beside my bed!

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  5. Dani, thanks for the mention of Dax, my reformed Demon. I love making the bad guys just good enough to be sexy. Favorites lately? Joey Hill's new Witches series has some amazing dark heroes, a little demonic, a little angelic, a whole lot sexy. Erin Kellison's newest book, Fire Kissed, has just about the sexiest bad boy angel I've ever read--Jack Bastien is STILL stuck in my head.

    I've read the Cassie Palmer series because a wonderful reader sent all of them to me when I said I really didn't have time. And no, I didn't but I still read every one and really enjoyed them.

    I do love those bad boys, especially when they can be redeemed. Married one of my own over 40 years ago. He's still a work in progress...

    No need to add me for the drawing--I've got all your books, Dani!

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    1. Joey Hill and Erin Kellison are new to me -- I'm going to have fun checking them out! (And PS, I hear you on the bad boy thing - I have a scoundrel too! Love him to bits!)

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  6. I agree with Lassiter from the BDB by JR Ward. And Demons would be form Demonica series.
    Larissa Ione also has some hot Angels in her Fallen Angels series as well. Thanks for the opportunity.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

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    1. Mmmm, I love her Lords of Deliverance!

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  7. Give me a Hot Angel thank you. One of Larissa Ione's will do very nicely.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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    1. I could be persuaded to the Angels' side with one of those....

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  8. I'm also a big fan of Nalini Singh's angels! How could anyone resist Bluebell?

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  9. as long as he is my soulmate i'm not difficult he can be either but from the choice you spoke of i prefer the demon hybrid from cassandra palmer series^^ ( hum he is so funny and protective)

    isabelle(dot)frisch(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Pritkin is complicated character and I really enjoy him.

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  10. Sexy Demons, the Demonica series by Larissa Ione is one of my favorites. I like Karen Chance's series too.

    acm05atjuno.com

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    1. I've got Book One of this series in my TBR pile!

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  11. both will be just fine.. but one at a time is okay too..

    smile_1773@yahoo.com

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    1. LMAO! You've painted a whole bunch of pictures in my mind with that line!

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  12. Angels!!!! My favorite angel is Galen from Nalini Singh Guild Hunter series:)

    malgorzata.rejkowicz83@gmail.com

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    1. Love the name Galen - used it for one of my heroes in a novella. Isn't he the angel with the red hair?

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  13. DEMONS!!! I love the internal battle within ones self between love and the evil. What a great giveaway thanks :)

    Charity Costa
    Charitysbookaddiction@hotmail.com

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    1. Glad to see this post --- I was afraid the Angels were going to sweep the votes!

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  14. My favorite angel, for now at least, is Lassiter from JR Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood!

    BK
    buffykennedy[at]gmail[dot]com

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    1. I've heard that Lassiter will get his own book as part of the BDB series --- that should be interesting!

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  15. I love Angels and Demons! Nalini Singh's Guild Hunter series is my favourite also the Demonica series for hot Demons, I couldn't just pick one.

    irgl7(at)bonzo15(dot)plus(dot)com

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    1. It's hard when they can both be so hot! Still leaning to the dark side myself but can't help admiring the ones with wings, LOL.

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  16. I haven't read that many angel or demon books yet. Hmm, I think Jaye Wells' Giguhl has to be my fave demon ever!

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    1. I've been considering her Sabina Kane series. Which book does Giguhl appear in?

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    2. He's in all of them :-) He's bound to Sabina. Awesome series.

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  17. I can't pick. I like both. Like Gena Sowalter's demons in LOTU series and JR Wards angels in her Fallen Angels.

    Megblod@yahoo.com

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  18. Demons are my favorite. I really like the Lords of the Underworld series by Gena Showalter. Thanks for the chance to win!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

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  19. I like both. A little good and a little bad. My favorite angel would have to be Castiel from Supernatural. My favorite demon would have to be Ruby from Supernatural. Do you see a theme. I love that show. Love Sam and Dean, and all the rest of the cast. What a great giveaway and a fun hop.
    Christinebails@yahoo.com

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    1. Excellent choices, both! Castiel ROCKS, and I think Ruby's pretty great too -- do you like the original Ruby or the new one that replaced her? I LOVE Supernatural - just heard it's going to have a Season EIGHT!!!!

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  20. something about a bad boy gets me every time ;) thanks for participating in the hop! love your blog header!

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    1. Me too! Thanks for co-hosting the hop. :)

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  21. I'd cozy up with a angel. Fav is Rapheal from the Guild Hunter Series.

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    1. I think he might be the most popular of her angels.

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  22. Hmmm, my favorite Angel is Eve, from Kelley Armstrong's Women of the Otherworld series. In life, she was the daughter of a demon and a witch; in death, she works as an Angel for the Fates, but her behavior is nobody's idea of angelicc. :D

    My favorite demon is Samael from Jodi Redford's Getting Familiar with Your Demon. He's sexy, smart, snarky, occasionally obnoxious, with a bit of a gentleman hiding underneath.

    Email: beasbooknook AT gmail DOT com

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    1. I like the sounds of Eve -- going to check that one out. Samuel sounds intriguing too!

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  23. I really enjoyed Jacquelyn Frank's Nightwalker series. Her take on demons was so unique that it was refreshing ;)

    sionedkla@gmail.com

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  24. whooo...I would definatly like to curl up with a sexy demon!! Thanks for the giveaway. My favorite demon series right now is Larissa Iones!! It rocks!!
    viajeradelmar@aol.com

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    1. Yay! Another one for the demon's side. (The angels were taking over there for a while...)

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  25. Definitely some sexy demons! I love the demons from Gena Showalter's LOTU series and Larissa Ione's Demonica series!
    laceyblossom1(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. I'm starting the Demonica series now. :)

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  26. Oh yes! I love Karen Chance's books too and I think that demon that runs the Vegas hotel is a hoot! My other favs are Kresley Cole's Demons and Gena Showalter's Lords and Angels. I don't really have a preference for angels or demons stories.

    Thanks for participating in the hop and for the giveaway opportunity.
    sophiarose1816@gmail.com

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    1. Love the long-suffering Casanova too! He puts up with a lot because of Cassie, LOL.

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    2. Congrats Sophia! You're the winner of my giveaway for the Angels + Demons hop. I'll be emailing you in a few minutes! :D

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  27. Hi
    I like demons better. Specially the brothers from the Demons of Infernum series by Rosalie Lario.


    dany7578 at hotmail dot com

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    1. I always learn about great books that are new to me during these events. Will check this one!

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  28. I like hot sexy demons.

    authorleighsavage@gmail.com

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  29. Umm, angels for me. I love some demons character such as from LOTU by Gena Showalter and Demonica series by Larissa Ione. But I grow up more for Angels. My favorite angels character is Raphael from Guild Hunter

    Ren
    sawamura_foxman AT yahoo DOT com

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    1. Tough to compete with the Guild Hunter series. Those angels rock!

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  30. I'm an equal opportunity lover I like them both.
    However my favourites in the book world are the Demonica brothers from Larissa Ione :D

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    1. I hear only fabulous things about that trio.

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  31. love the Fallen Angel series by JR Ward Gale
    pgan427@yahoo.com

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    1. I love the Black Dagger Brotherhood (and Lassiter). I haven't had a lot of luck in getting into her angel series yet. I have the first book -- I'll have to try again.

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  32. I want both, it would be such a fun threesome! I love the demons from Kresley Cole's books, Yum!

    proudarmymom32(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. They'd probably compete with each other to please you!

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  33. I can't choose, I love them both! My favorite demon books are the Demonica series. My favorite angel book so far is Wicked Nights by Gena Showalter. Although, I do love that snarky angel Lassiter from the BDB series.
    molly(dot)frenzel(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Lassiter rules. I love it when he watches Oprah and Maury on TV.

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  34. I want both!! 2 is better than 1 right?!? A little Nice and a little Naughty! Can't get any better.
    Mel
    bournmelissa at hotmail dot com

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  35. I love bad boy angels. Nalini Singh's Guild hunters series is my fav. The angels create vamps & rule the world, all while being sexy as hell.

    isabelli3619 (at) aol (dot) com

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    1. That's having your cake and eating it too! :)

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  36. Dimitri from Archangel's Blade is one of my recent favorite warrior angels.

    Caity_mack@yahoo dot com

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  37. I love the Lords of the Underworld series by Gina Showalter
    I am a sucker for the bad boy in need of love to turn himself around so I am thinking demons :O) mawmom@gmail.com

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    1. Me too! Love is very transformational.

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  38. I would say a fallen angel...little bad with the good! I love the Fallen Angels series and the Lords of the Underworld series so it is hard to choose one!
    PhoenixCarvelli at gmail dot com

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    1. I think that's probably the best of both worlds - a fallen angel!

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  39. Demons and Angels! Love them both.

    graczykowski@sbcglobal.net

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    1. Hard to resist either one, especially with some of the fantastic authors out there!

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  40. I want a sexy Angel. I don't read many Angel Demon books so I don't have a favorite character at the moment.

    penumbrareads(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Have you checked out Sylvia Day's angels?

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  41. Gimme me those snarky, smarty-pants Demons, please!!!


    Thanks,
    Tracey D
    booklover0226 at gmail dot com

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  42. Sexy demon all the way!
    Yvette
    yratpatrol@aol.com

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  43. Love both demon and angel! Just depends on my mood!
    suz2(at)cox(dot)net

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    1. If you ever get into a werewolf mood, I have a book for you, LOL!

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  44. I love both but I really love Demons one of my favorite demon series is the Nightwalkers series by Jacquelyn Frank.
    sstrode at scrtc dot com

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  45. I'm team demon...as i affectionately renamed team wicked Sexxxy!!!! My fav demons are the Nightwalkers by Jacquelyn Frank!
    andieleah78@gmail.com

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  46. Demons are the ultimate bad boys, and I have a major "thing" for bad boys! I love anything from Jacquelyn Frank's series!

    Thanks for the amazing giveaway!
    elizabeth @ bookattict . com

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    1. I've GOT to check out Jacqueline Frank's books - that's three commenters in a row who like them!

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  47. I prefer angels, but I don't have a favorite. Thanks for participating in the hop! emily joy drake at gmail dot com

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  48. Actually I would prefer something different in a way. I like seeing the different aspects and perspectives on both "species" In folklore, not all demons are evil. And in some depictions, not all angels have compassion for humans just compassion for what they are told to do. That is what interests me more. novels with a demon that is more compassionate, or an Angel who is a fierce warrior, Those are the kinds of novels that really perk me up to read it. Don't get me wrong I love a bad demon, But sometimes I love to be surprised. So I can't choose between the two but I do like different variations of them in romance because it's stimulating. It's not predictable.

    tote bagggggggggggsssssssss! woooooooooooooooooooo!

    Thaigherlillie@yahoo.com

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  49. I prefer dark and tortured heroes so I choose demons. I love characters that can be redeemed.

    geishasmom73 AT yahoo DOT com

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  50. You just gotta luv a bad boy - so lets go with the demon with a heart of gold :) Thank you for participating in the fun hop.
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  51. When asked if I'd rather cuddle with an angel or demon, I've been thinking angel, because a demon would be more likely to want to do other thinks ;). I'd forgotten about Jim! He's one of my favorite things about the Aisling Grey series and would be an awesome cuddler!!! Just another reason to love demons! I also love Al from Kim Harrison's Hallows series!

    snhoveln At gmail Dot com

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    1. Kim Harrison has a fabulous series going -- I'm so stoked to see Blood Work as a graphic novel. http://www.kimharrison.net/BookPages/BW/BloodWork.html

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  52. Definitely hot angel. I love Nalini Singh's series.

    mythic021@gmail.com

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  53. I love both, but I am more of a demon girl. My faves are the sexy demon brothers from Larissa Ione's Demonica series...YUM!
    I really need to read the Aisling Grey books. I love her Dark Ones series.
    manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

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    1. I enjoy Katie MacAlister no matter what she's writing. Her Dark Ones series was my first introduction to her and I've been hooked ever since!

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  54. I love Dax! I have the Katie MacAlister series in my TBR pile, knowing about Jim I may have to read that series next!
    As for me I want them both. One on each side of me! As for some of my favorites Lords of the Underworld by Gena Showalter. the series has both angels and demons!

    beckerjo at verizon dot net

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    1. Isn't Dax cool? Kate Douglas rocks! Hope you enjoy the Aisling Grey series -- there's lots of other characters besides Jim to fall in love with!

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  55. Dani, don't enter me for your contest as I have all your books and a tote.
    I found that I liked Adrian Phoenix's Makers Song series. It's really dark and amazing. I haven't read the last book yet because I want to wait for the next book to come out because there is such a cliff hanger(I sneak peeked)..Anyway I want to cuddle up with Arik from The Demonica/Horseman series from Larissa Ione. He doesn't have wings but he's hot...
    koonie2888 at yahoo dot com

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    1. Hi Michelle! The Makers Song series is brand new to me --- I'll have to check it out! Thanks for the heads up on that.

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  56. I like demons. I like the demons from the Lords of the Underworld series.

    bn100candg(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  57. Wow, those are some great book covers. I've enjoyed reading a number of them.

    As for Angel or Demons, I'm a both kind of gal. I'm good with any kind of sexy, tortured heroes. lol

    Stacey_dvn (at) yahoo (dot)com

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    1. Tortured heroes are often the most interesting. There has to be an extra level of growth and change in the character development. I really enjoyed writing James Macleod's story (Changeling Dream) for that reason.

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  58. First off, I just bought Ascension a few weeks ago! I actually met the author at the beginning of June!

    I'm siding with Angels! With a bad boy attitude! Best of both worlds! Plus, soft wings for cuddling and keeping me warm!

    I like Deena Remiel's Trinity, Out in Blue by Sarah Guilman, The Keepers by Monique O'connor James, and many more!

    kristinaleigh1@hotmail.com

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  59. Fallen Angels! Okay, maybe demons. I love bad boys! :D Thank you for the awesome giveaway!
    shadowluvs2read(at)gmail(dot)com

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