HOT SUMMER NIGHTS GIVEAWAY HOP -- Author Dani Harper

Book One in the Cassie Palmer series
This blog hop is focused on sharing favorite reads. So today I'm excited to talk about mine! 

I love the supernatural, and when I'm not reading Paranormal Romance, I'm reading Urban Fantasy. At the very top of my list of favorites is anything written by Karen Chance

Chance's “Cassie Palmer” series is simply amazing. Humorous, sexy and action-packed, it races along at a breakneck pace to the very last word. Picking up one of these books is dangerous – it can’t be put down until you finish it! 

Not only is the heroine interesting, the leading men in this story are unforgettable!  

Here are some snippets of the first five books in the series:

TOUCH THE DARK – 
“I knew I was in trouble as soon as I saw the obituary.  The fact that it had my name on it was sort of a clue.”

CLAIMED BY SHADOW – 
“The jerk in question was Mircea, a five-hundred-year-old vampire whose biggest claim to fame was being Dracula's older brother. He'd also been my first crush. I hadn't cared about his family name, or that he was a first-level master and a Senate member. I'd been far more interested in the way his rich brown eyes crinkled at the corners when he laughed, in the mahogany hair that spilled over his broad shoulders and in that wickedly perfect mouth, still the most sensual I've ever seen.”

EMBRACE THE NIGHT 
“I couldn’t see Pritkin’s face very well, just a pale blur against the shadows, but he didn’t sound happy. Some people thought he had only one mode... pissed off. In reality, he had plenty of them. Over the past few weeks, I’d learned to tell the difference between real pissed off, impatient pissed off and scared pissed off. I suspected that this was the last kind. If so, that made two of us.

CURSE THE DAWN 
“He smiled at that, and then his gaze shifted to a spot over my shoulder and it faded. 'These doubts wouldn’t have anything to do with the company you’re keeping of late, would they?'

I didn’t get a chance to answer before the shop door was thrown open and a furious war mage stomped in. Pritkin spotted me and his eyes narrowed.


'You shaved my legs?!'


Mircea looked at me and folded his arms across his chest. 
I looked from one unhappy face to the other and suddenly remembered that I had somewhere else to be.”

HUNT THE MOON 
“My name is Cassie Palmer and I’ve cheated death more times than anyone has a right to expect. In the last two months, I’ve been shot, stabbed, beaten and blown up a few dozen times, and that doesn’t count all the magical ways I’ve almost been killed. I’d have been dead a long time ago if not for my friends, one of whom had just jumped off the cliff after me.

I’d have been a lot more appreciative if he hadn’t pushed me first.”



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Karen Chance ALSO has a second series underway, featuring Dorina Basarab who is a dhamphir – half-human and half-vampire.  

I have to say that so far I like this new series even more than the Cassie Palmer series and I didn't think that was possible! 

Book One is Midnight’s Daughter, followed by Death’s Mistress. Fury’s Kiss will be out in October 2012, and believe me, I'm counting the days! 


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HOT SUMMER NIGHTS 
GIVEAWAY HOP 
July 18 - July 22

Thanks to the hosts, Bona Fide Reflections and The Book Nympho



THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED


Congrats to Erika W. 
of Illinois!  
Her name was drawn as the winner of a signed copy of my RITA finalist novel, CHANGELING MOON
plus a copy of 
TOUCH THE DARK by Karen Chance!  



HOP LINK
When you're ready to leave my site, this link will get you back to the list of participating blogs at The Book Nympho    http://thebooknympho.blogspot.com/2012/05/hot-summer-nights-giveaway-hop-sign-up.html   

129 comments:

  1. Thanks to you especially I am really into delving into more of the paranormal romance books. I like my heroines to be regular with maybe a quirk or two but turn out to be strong and be able to handle themselves in most situations.

    Thanks for the giveaway, Vanessa S.
    vanliz1@aol.com

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    1. I also really like a strong heroine that I can respect, but she doesn't have to have superpowers. (They're fun to daydream about though!)

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  2. Thank you so much for the chance!
    My favorite heroine right now is Eve Dallas from the In Death series by J.D. Robb. She's such a strong human character full of flaws, mistakes and a horrible past, but she can handle situations, her job -being a cop is quite a challenge- but she can do that and still kick some butts!

    ilepachequin(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. I think Eve Dallas is an outstanding heroine. I love the In Death series.

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  3. I really like my heroines every which way. I like going into a book and not knowing which type they're going to be and seeing how they'll react to things. You never know when those regular ordinary ones will surprise you :)

    Thanks!

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    1. Quiet "normal" characters can be fun because they can often do the most growing and changing.

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  4. Hi Dani!!
    I like my heroine to be tough as nail, kick-ass kind of gal, but with weaknesses. I don't want her to be too perfect, it'll make me hate her :))

    smile_1773@yahoo.com

    ps, did you have any newsletter issued this month? I think i've subscribed them, but haven't received any..

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    1. I'm a bit behind on my newsletter writing -- thanks for the reminder. I need to get one out soon!

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  5. I love the paranormal so my perfect heroine has to have paranormal elements whether she's a witch, shapeshifter, fae or whatever but I don't like her being too perfect, I like her to make mistakes like the rest of us, whether it's misjudging someone or burning dinner, just something that makes her human and relateable as well as kick-ass! Like Kenzie in Changleing Dawn or like Elena in the Otherworld series, both Kick-ass but both with flaws!
    suzi1811 (at) fsmail (dot) net

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    1. I think that's classic -- I'll bet even Wonder Woman forgets to turn on the dishwasher.

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  6. hi dani...
    my fav heroine : eva dallas from in death series coz she's strong woman, tough, care

    thanks for the chance to win..
    icha09(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. She's almost in a category by herself, isn't she? Eve Dallas is an amazing character.

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  7. Hot Summer Nights indeed!!

    I like my heroines, intelligent, strong and stubborn.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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    1. I think stubbornness can be a positive quality. It can really give you staying power when it would be easier to quit.

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  8. i like my heroine is smart, can handle her couple without seems annoying or bossy, can protect herself even still need her couple to proctect her, a little naughty and have a good heart :)

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    1. I think the "good heart" part is key. We love kick-ass heroines and heroes and they can even be a little dark and cynical as long as they have that "inner core" of decency.

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  9. sorry forget to include my email : eli_y83@yahoo.com

    thank for the giveaway

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  10. the Cassie Palmer series is one of my favorites too!!! Karen's writing is just so damned funny and good. I adore Cassie and I am Team Pritkin all the way baby! :) not entering, just gushing.

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    1. It's a tough choice, but I tend towards Mircea.

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  11. I like ones like Dallas from the In Death series by JD Robb. So, tough and strong and all but with her own flaws, regular, yet not.

    Thanks for the generous giveaway!

    reviewsbyabby at gmail dot com

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    1. Eve Dallas is one of a kind. You just can't help but admire her -- and she's completely human, no psychic powers at all.

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    2. I think Eve possesses an ability to get into how a murder played out that is more heightened than a normal person and Nora has never shied from including small paranormal items in the stories, such as eves vivid dreams which sometimes help her see things that help with solving her case

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    3. I'd forgotten the dreams. Come to think of it, her husband Roarke has more than a passing belief in the paranormal.

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  12. I don't like my heroine to be to tough just a normal girl with a few quirks that make her, her! Thanks for the chance to win :) raynman1979 at yahoo dot com

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    1. It certainly makes heroines more relatable if they don't regularly bench press bad guys.

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  13. I like my heroine to be strong characters with or without powers. They know what they believe and stick with it.
    usignolc(at)yahooDOTcom

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    1. I think that's the key for me --- it's what's on the inside that makes me like them.

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  14. I like my heroine to be kick-ass with strength and powers. But she has to have a quirk to two that make her human so you can relate to her.
    lfacchini(at)tampabay(dot)rr(dot)com

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    1. Part of the fantasy is being able to imagine having cool powers and strengths. But I agree about the quirks. Even superheroes have their vulnerabilities and doubts.

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  15. I prefer them to be a lot more "human" in that they have vulnerabilities and weaknesses.

    supersonic182(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. I think they can have paranormal abilities and strengths, but still have vulnerabilities.

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  16. What I look for in a heroine - tough but not Linda Hamilton in Terminator tough but close, semi-indepedent but knows she cannot save the world and everyone. While she can protect and handle her own she is not ashamed to ask for help when things are over her head. Loyal... and this I like a lot. Snarky! Love Snark in my heroine AND hero.....

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    1. I will never forget Linda Hamilton's role in Terminator! I wanted to BE that character! Snark can be good in the right places.

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  17. I prefer them to be ordinary and strong too. Thanks for the chance to win!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

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    1. I think a mix is ideal. All of us have amazing strengths, blended with some ordinariness and some weaknesses. Humans are fascinating because of this mixture.

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  18. I kind of like both. I can relate better to the ordinary ones, but sometimes the strong ones are just so much fun to read.

    sable677 at yahoo dot com

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    1. Sometimes it's all about the fun.... Cat and Bones anyone?

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  19. I prefer them more "human" in most books, you want someone to relate to.

    jennirv4967 at gmail dot com

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    1. If they're too perfect, they have nowhere to grow and the story ends up dull.

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  20. As long as their kick-ass I enjoy them! tWarner419@aol.com

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    1. My all-time fav female character is Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

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  21. I prefer mine with special powers...then again I'm into the paranormal so special powers just seem to be part of it.

    authorleighsavage@gmail.com

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    1. I love fantasizing about having paranormal powers, so I enjoy this type of heroine too.

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  22. I like my heroines with a good solid core of independence but not snotty. Strong and maybe needing to learn to let others in, like Kenzie, Eve Dallas, Mercy Thompson. I do tend to like some type of special talent, but its not required and never as a storyline convenience (anita blake I'm looking at you). Snowflake1006@gmail.com

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    1. Mercy Thompson rocks - love Patricia Briggs' series. Eve Dallas is amazing too.

      I also prefer that any special talent be important to the storyline, not incidental.

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  23. I want my heroines to kick butt and take no prisoners!
    Yvette
    yratpatrol@aol.com

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    1. Have you read the Jane Yellowrock series by Faith Hunter? It's a new discovery for me and I LOVE this tough heroine.

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  24. I like my heroines with a sense of humor! they can have any other or no powers as long as they can laugh.

    ovalleba@charter.net

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    1. Laughing works for me too --- and I just finished reading Atlantis Rising. The heroine, Riley, is very human but discovers her empathic powers. She has the best lines in the book though.

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  25. I like my heroines to be strong, alpha chicks with a sense of humor and a tender side that they hide away for few to see!

    books4me67 at ymail dot com

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    1. Especially if the hero helps bring out that hidden tender side!

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  26. I definitely like them strong and tough! I also like them with a sense of humor!
    laceyblossom1(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Humor is part of life, and I think it belongs in any story that aims to have realistic characters.

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  27. I like my heroines to be real and relatable.

    Megblod@yahoo.com

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    1. Relatability (is that a word?) is important. We want to see ourselves in the lead character --- maybe she has cool powers but she has bills to pay and a mom that calls too much. It's just too hard to like a character if their life is too "perfect".

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  28. I prefer the heroines to be a little clueless, but not to the extent that they're idiotic!

    teo_pei_yun@hotmail.com

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    1. Sometimes it's good if the reader and the heroine learn what's going on together. But the heroine must have grown by the end of the story.

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  29. i like my heroines to be strong and independant, they can have special/magical powers but they should also have some weakness so they are more realiste and we can more easily identify ourselfs^^;;

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

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    1. I think independence is one of the qualities we admire most. Maybe the heroine doesn't have any powers or special abilities, but we root for her if she's shown herself to be smart and self-sufficient.

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  30. I like my heroines' to start out ordinary and become a kick butt gal...like the Riley Jensen Guardian series she grew into being kick ass!
    andieleah78@gmail.com

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    1. I enjoy seeing a character progress. And the Riley Jensen series ROCKS!

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  31. I love heroines with whom I can relate to with human weaknesses.I like quiet strength and not the know-it-all types.I think imperfections just increase the beauty of the heroines.

    justjanhvi at gmail dot com

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  32. I like reading about all kinds of heroines from average everyday women to kickass women. As long as there is growth of some form in her. Give me a shy quiet heroine who learns to stand up for herself by the end of the book or a hard tough as nails heroine who finds her soft romantic side. Thanks for the giveaway!

    suz2(at)cox(dot)net

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    1. I agree. Half the point of a story is that the lead characters make some progress in some way, develop and grow.

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  33. I love them kicking asses and taking names!

    riverinaromantic @ aol DOT com

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  34. I like any kind as long as they aren't too stupid to live! But I have a definate preference for the kick ass heroine like Kate Daniels or charley Davidson.

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

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    1. ROFL - I definitely can't get into a book where the plot relies on the heroine doing something stupid. It's too much like a bad horror movie!

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  35. I like my heroines strong, though but real. I also like them with a sense of humor and/or a little sarcasm!

    bymyself.g AT gmail DOT com

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    1. I know someone who could claim sarcasm as a superpower!

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  36. I like my Heroine's to be tough, strong...but also with a soft side when needed..


    ronnkelly3@aol.com

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  37. I like both kinds of heroine... human with human quirks or tough as nails with special abilities. However, if the character is too stupid to live and I'm hoping she's hit by a truck by the second chapter... it's probably not the book for me. ;)

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    1. I agree -- human or superhuman, brains are a requirement.

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  38. I like those I can relate to with human quirks and traits, though throwing in some special abilities is always a good mix up to for great read. I just don't like whiners, it's a pet peeve! Thanks for the chance at this great giveaway!

    huntress023@hotmail.com

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    1. LOL - I'm with you. Can't stand whining in real life, sure don't want to read about it!

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  39. I like the Heroines to be strong, but also a bit vulnerable too. I love Vampires and Changelings, I Love Kenzie she is great!! Thanks for the chance at the contest..<3 elizabethkeckler@yahoo.com

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    1. Thanks! As a writer, it's sometimes hard to strike the right balance with a character. Thankfully, Kenzie had her own ideas about who she was!

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  40. Self sufficient, strong and intelligent. I like them to have a vulnerable side that brings them down to earth, I also like them to know what they want.

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    1. That's a good point about the heroine knowing what she wants. I'm not sure I always know what I want though, LOL!

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  41. Oops! Forgot to thank you for the chance to win :)

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  42. I like all types of heorines. I guess it depends on the book and the hero. There does need to be a HEA!
    Thanks so much for the contest!!

    forettarose@yahoo.com

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    1. I like an HEA -- I think that's part of the appeal of the romance genre, knowing that things will work out in the end. I think that's comforting and reassuring to us because real life is pretty tough! In Urban Fantasy, you might not get the HEA right away, but there's the hope of one eventually.

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  43. I like heroines that are smart and tough. Thanks for the giveaway.

    bn100candg(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. I like my heroines smart, even if they're not tough. Brains are VERY important!

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  44. I Love a heroine like Tabitha Devereaux from Dark-Hunter series by Sherrilyn Kenyon... She's Tough.. Sassy.. a little bit naive.. but she so pure... I love Her who can make a man like Valerius Magnus fall in Love... xD ...

    Videl_in_here[at]yahoo[dot]com

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    1. Thanks for the reminder --- it's been a while since I read that book, but Tabitha was awesome!

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  45. I like heroines that are tough but also with human weaknesses so we all can relate to her.
    Thanks for the giveaway! :]

    stephanie.verhaegen@hotmail.com

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    1. It's really boring to read about perfect people, LOL!

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  46. I like my heroine strong and though, and have human weaknesses.
    Thanks for giveaway and making international :)

    filiafantasy at gmail dot com

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    1. All people are a blend of strengths and weaknesses. Having a superpower doesn't make a person perfect.

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  47. Thank you so very much for the contest!! Loved the post!!

    swkimbell@yahoo.com

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  48. I like them tough as nails and able to handle their own.
    vanessa@thejeepdiva.com

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  49. I like variety in my heroines. I only ask, that they be intelligent. I dislike TSTL (too stupid to live) heroines.
    marlenebreakfield(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  50. I like my heroines who can fight.
    magic5905 at embarqmail dot com

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    1. I probably like heroines who can fight because I admire the skill and wish I could do it!

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  51. I like them all pretty much, just depends on my mood and the book/series

    cms72023(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. You're right about mood - that really influences my choice of book to read.

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  52. I like both, but I really love characters that are at least sort of ordinary, and definitely have flaws. Thanks for the giveaway!

    jessicamariesutton(at)msn(dot)com

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    1. Some of the most effective heroines have been an "ordinary person thrown into an extraordinary situation". It can be fascinating to watch a character grow and develop, and rise to the occasion.

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  53. I thought I entered already. :)
    I like my heroines to be tough and a positive attitude where nothing will stop her. Kind of like Eve Dallas from the In Death series. But a tad more sense of humor. Thanks for this chance.
    Carol L.
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

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    1. Eve can be pretty grim, LOL. Thank goodness Roarke is there to lighten her up!

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  54. I like tough characters but they need to have a down to earth personality.thanks
    Hollybwrightatcomcastdotnet

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    1. A down to earth personality is pretty appealing in any character. Birkie is like that in my Changeling series. She's a real anchor for the shapeshifters at times.

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  55. i like difernt kind and then they can be gay or single or even married and then it depend on the book
    desitheblonde2msn.com

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  56. I like the kickass heroine. I like when she learns she had special abilities as the story progresses.

    mythic021@gmail.com

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  57. I like my heroines who can kick butt sometimes! Thank you so much for this great giveaway I love to read Paranormal romance my favorite!
    Latisha D
    tishajean@ charter.net

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    1. Paranormal romance is a WONDERFUL genre -- I'm so glad to have been introduced to it.

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  58. I like my heroines with a a lil bit of clumsiness.
    Thank you for participating in the blog hop.

    JessiL62@comcast.net

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    1. LOL -- that would be me! In fact, sometimes I think that my clumsiness can almost be classed as a super power!

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  59. I like the paranormal but a nerdy paranormal would be nice to see once in a while. lol

    miztik_rose@yahoo.com

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    1. That's a pretty good idea -- you're right, I haven't seen anything like that yet.

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  60. I like my heroines to start off boring, then get more and more kick ass as the book goes on, so by the finale she is ready to fight that evil, muhahahahaha, lol, Thankyou for the wonderful giveaway and making it International x x
    julienewberry(at)btinternet(dot)com

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    1. Nicely put - it's so much fun to read about an "ordinary" person who becomes extraordinary in order to deal with a situation. :)

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  61. I like all kinds of heroines if the story is good. However I prefer them to be dependable, tough, smart and funny. I don't want them to be waiting to be saved by someone. I like heroines that saves themselves.
    Thank you for the giveaway!

    Artemis
    artgiote at gmail dot com

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    1. I really agree with that -- I want a heroine who is at least TRYING to save herself. If a hero comes by and lends a hand, that's great, but I don't want to see her waiting around for that.

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  62. i have to say i like mine with a touch of normal in them.. i like to have something to relate to... that being said, i dont care if they are kick ass humans, full on supes, anything in between.. as long as they have some sort of quirk for me.. lol

    alainala AT hotmail DOT ca

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    1. Quirks are a lot of fun to write about. We all have them and I think it adds both realism and fun!

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  63. I love a regular person who grows stronger through their life's experiences. Then by the end they are tougher than nails!
    saltsnmore at yahoo dot com

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    1. CONGRATS ERIKA! Your name was drawn as the winner of this blog hop. I'll be emailing you shortly! :)

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  64. I want a heroine with a strong will, sense of humor and snarky and human faults.
    pamblakekenlilly@yahoo.com

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  65. Definitely a normal person. They can be strong but they need to be a normal person.

    beckerjo at verizon dot net

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  66. I like a strong willed heroine one who will defend herself and kick some ass and fight with their man
    flanagan@Mebtel.net

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  67. More like action heroes !
    seyma_bennett@hotmail.com

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  68. I like regular folks who, when necessary,
    will stand up to whatever circumstances
    face them. Real stand-up folks!

    Pat C.
    p-cochran@juno.com

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