Dani Harper's Top Ten Paranormal Heroes -- Part of the Hot Halloween Heroes Giveaway Hop

Welcome to the Hot Halloween Heroes Giveaway Hop, hosted by author Felicity Heaton and Indie Romance Books. The hop runs from October 29th to November 3rd 2013.

Halloween is the perfect time to celebrate our favorite supernatural heroes! It took me a long time to make this list because while some of my heroes will always be on it, others will come and go. Let me know what you think --- and definitely tell me who YOUR heroes are! 


Dani Harper's Top Ten Paranormal Heroes 

(from TV, movies, books, etc.)

Bones - Master Vampire and better half to Cat Crawlfield from the Night Huntress Series by Jeaniene Frost. "Kitten," he moaned as he threw me down onto the bed. "I only thought I was living before I met you. You'll love me until you die? That's not nearly long enough..." - Bones - Halfway to the Grave     Book Seven, said to be the last installment of this Urban Fantasy Series, comes out in January 2014.

Jericho Barrons - The dark and enigmatic male lead of the Fever series by Karen Marie Moning. “You choose what you can live with, and what you can't live without.”  - Jericho Barrons - Fever Series    Most of the time the reader isn't certain he's the hero, or even one of the good guys - but his presence overshadows all else in any scene he appears in, and many in which he is only mentioned!  

Thor - A god of Asgard, one of the Nine Realms. Arrogant and over-confident, he is banished to Midgard (Earth) in the 2011 movie. Actor Chris Hemsworth brings the thunder as Thor not only learns humility and becomes one of Earth's greatest defenders, but also falls in love. "Your ancestors called it magic...but you call it science. I come from a land where they are one and the same." - Thor   His character is further developed in The Avengers (2012), and many of us are counting the days until the newest movie, Thor: The Dark World, comes to theaters in November!  

Blade - Master of the dreaded Whitechapel Rookeries in the Steampunk Paranormal, Kiss of Steel, by Bec McMaster. Despite his well-deserved reputation for ruthlessness against the hated Echelon, he is loyal and compassionate to those under his protection, the cast-offs of society. “Easy, luv. Don't stir the devil, or you'll 'ave to pay the consequences." - Blade   His street-smarts don't protect him from being blindsided by the heroine, however. 

Mircea Basarab - 500-year-old Master Vampire, one-time Romanian prince, and currently a member of the powerful Vampire Senate. This powerful and mesmerizing character appears in both the Cassandra Palmer series and the Dorina Basarab series by Karen Chance. Mircea has been a protector of Cassandra Palmer since she was a child, when she was kidnapped for her abilities as a seer. Now that she's grown up, she's powerfully drawn to him --- but is no longer sure if Mircea loves her for herself or her power. “You know, dulceata, there are times when I truly believe you are the most frightening person I know." - Mircea 

Dean Winchester - Brought to life by actor Jensen Ackles in the TV series, Supernatural. Dean and his younger brother Sam (Jared Padalecki) are human, and hunters of things that go bump in the night. Together they've saved the world several times over -- but I admit, Dean's the one I root for most. His extreme loyalty to his brother and his constant willingness to move heaven and earth, literally, for Sam, speaks to me. Just because you're blood doesn't mean you're family. You have to earn it. - Dean Winchester   Besides, he loves pie! Supernatural is now in its 8th season, and both stars agreed in July to return for seasons 9 and 10!

Vishous - Member of JR Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood, his story unfolds in Lover Unbound. Gifted and intelligent, he is nonetheless cursed and tortured by his vampire father, and kept at an icy distance from his goddess mother. The last thing he's looking for is love -- until he meets Dr. Jane Whitcomb. “I love you. And I'm going to keep loving you even after you don't know I exist.” - Vishous  Caution: do not read this without at least two boxes of kleenex.   

Rune Ainissesthai - Wyr Sentinel and griffin shapeshifter, from the Elder Races series by Thea Harrison. The tale of his relationship with vampire queen, Carling, is emotionally rich (told in the book Serpent's Kiss). “If you fail somehow--if you die--I will search for a way to walk through time to find you. No matter where you are. No matter when. I swear it." - Rune  And by the way, Rune's boss, Dragos Cuelebre, leader of the Wyrkind, deserves a mention too, but only for tasty Alpha Male goodness.

Larkin Riddock - One of the heroes in the Circle Trilogy by Nora Roberts, his story is told in Book 2, Dance of the Gods. Larkin has an amazing gift, to be able to shapeshift into any animal at will, from the mundane to the fantastic. He is one of six humans chosen by the gods to battle evil -- and the fate of more than one world depends on the outcome. A greater battle for Larkin, however, is winning over the heart of one of his fellow champions -- Blaire Murphy. "I'm not asking about your feelings," she began. "I'm telling you whether you ask or not." - Larkin Riddock  Just re-read this book recently and yes, I still want him on my list!

Spike - Vampire extraordinaire from the now classic TV series, Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The actor, James Marsters, breathed more than attitude into this character, and I am still in awe of Spike's amazing journey from villain to hero, and the sacrifices he makes to be worthy of the love of Buffy Summers. "...A hundred plus years, and there's only one thing I've ever been sure of: you. [Buffy looks away; he reaches toward her face] Hey, look at me. I'm not asking you for anything. When I say, "I love you," it's not because I want you or because I can't have you. It has nothing to do with me. I love what you are, what you do, how you try. I've seen your kindness and your strength. I've seen the best and the worst of you. And I understand with perfect clarity exactly what you are. You're a hell of a woman. You're the one, Buffy." - Spike   She should have picked him over the forever-crippled-by-angst Angel. There, I said it and I'm glad.


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