Friday, April 1, 2011

Guest author Kate Douglas and giveaways give aways now closed

Please welcome Kate Douglas!

What about those Beta heroes?

This is going to sound really dumb, but it wasn't until I read Victoria Dahl's wonderful contemporary romance, CRAZY FOR LOVE, that I realized what all four of my DemonSlayers stories have in common--first of all, an explanation. Victoria's hero Max is as neurotic as they come. He's OCD in a big way--worries about everything and has spent his entire life in denial, hiding the issues that truly rule his life. I LOVE Max Sullivan, because there's nothing I love more than a convoluted, multi-layered hero with issues, otherwise known as the beta hero.

And then it dawned on me--every single hero in all four of my DEMONSLAYERS stories is a beta! I'm so used to writing my alpha Chanku men in Wolf Tales that it didn't dawn on me that the men in these DemonSlayer stories were anything BUT alphas. Take Dax, my hero in DemonFire--he starts out as a demon who's too good for hell, gets kicked OUT of hell, aka the abyss, and ends up in the void. He's hired by the denizens of Paradise (aka heaven) to fight a demon invasion on earth, but before he can turn his demon powers on the bad guys, he gets hit with demonfire and a terrible curse that turns his powers against him. Throughout the entire story, it's not Dax saving the day, it's Eddy, the woman who rescues him from a demon possessed garden gnome. Does Dax fight Eddy for the right to be manly? No, because he accepts the fact she's tough and brave and knows more about earth than he does. And, by working together, they manage to survive everything the demon king throws at them. In fact, it’s Eddy who saves just about everyone, but did I recognize Dax as a beta? Nope. Missed it altogether. Go figure...

Then we get to HellFire--who's the hero? A Lemurian named Alton who's never fought a battle in his life. He ends up partnered with Ginny Jones, a tough woman of color with no fear at all and a secret that could very well change the course of the demon wars. Alton doesn't give Ginny a lot of grief--oh, he does try to protect her, but he quickly learns that Ginny is a lot tougher than she looks. She's smart and self-confident, and Alton hasn't got a chance. But he's most definitely not an alpha hero. No, he's a simple man, even though he's an immortal Lemurian, and he lets Ginny take the lead...though he really, REALLY wants to drive her car. And again, I thought I was writing the typical alpha male. Uh...nope. Not Alton.

The book that's coming out April 1 as a Kindle or Nook, and on April 5 in print, StarFire, has another beta hero. This one I kind of guessed, bu that’s because Dawson Buck is a nerd. No excuses--he knows he's a nerd. He's a veterinarian who prefers animals to people because they don't come with baggage. He's cute and sweet and his employees love to tease him because he believes in things--like the energy vortexes around Sedona, and Lemurians and demons. What they don't know is that he believes because he's seen them--in HellFire he's the one who comes up with a way to capture demons when they become nothing more than wraiths to escape--he sucks them up with his shop vacuum and freezes them in little baggies--demon cubes! In StarFire, he's asked to care for a badly injured Lemurian slave--one of the Forgotten Ones. Selyn has been so badly beaten that, had she been human, she would not have survived. But Lemurians are tough, and Dawson treats her injuries, and is drawn even deeper into the demon wars when he and Selyn end up deep within Lemuria fighting demonkind and helping to raise an army against the ungodly host. But Dawson always defers to Selyn's strength and intelligence, even as he's falling desperately in love with her. That alone is tearing him apart--she's immortal and he's not, so there's no point in loving her. Or is there? This story takes Dawson on the ride of his life, and I had a mental image of him blinking in wonder and astonishment at everything that happens to him.

I'm not going to say too much about CrystalFire, yet. :-) It comes out next fall, and this book will star the Lemurian philosopher Taron, and Willow, the will o' the wisp who was first introduced in DemonFire. Her body is gone and her consciousness trapped inside Bumper the dog, but there's a bit of a switch in the final story that ends up with Taron—and Willow as a lovely young woman—falling in love even as they are left to battle the demon king on their own. The fate of all worlds will depend on their success as the balance of good and evil comes closer to that final tipping point. All that is good is threatened to succumb to the power of evil. Or does it?

For now, I bring you StarFire and one of four of the sexiest beta heroes I can possibly imagine. Strong and loving, trustworthy and brave even when saddled with self-doubt and fear, they still come through in the end. I love all the levels of personality with these guys--they're smart and thoughtful, handsome and loving, and they love their women every bit as much as they respect their woman’s strength and intelligence. I just don't think it can get any better, ya know?

Of course, if you’re waiting on a good alpha, don’t forget that the final Wolf Tales book, Wolf Tales 12, releases at the end of June. I know you’re going to love this story! It answers all the questions you’ve had, and even some you might not have thought of. There’s a first chapter on my website if you’re a little bit curious.

Thanks, Laurie, for once again allowing me to hijack your blog! As always, I’ve got a couple of books to give away, though I’m NOT giving away a copy of StarFire. I really am hoping my readers will buy this book because I need to get the numbers up there. There’s a good chance that if StarFire does well, I’ll get to do my second generation series about the Chanku kids—I’m so anxious to write Lily and Alex and all the others as grown ups, but the publishing business is all about the numbers. (I am, however, giving two people who leave comments a chance to choose either DemonFire, HellFire or Nocturnal, or one of the newer Wolf Tales or Sexy Beast books) 

Take care, all,

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  1. Thanks for the giveaway. Your books sound very interesting.

    manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

  2. Thanks for a great post - you are a new author to me, but your books are now definitively on my wishlist :)
    wish you all the best, Ina

    inale87 at gmx dot at

  3. Thanks for the great give away, the book sounds like something I would definitly read!

  4. Can't say that I ever heard of a Beta hero before.

    Understand what you mean but hope the hero types don't start multiplying now.


    That would drive me crazy.

    Thanks for the giveaway and if it is open worldwide please enter me.

    Carol T

    buddytho {at} gmail DOT com

  5. I have not read much with Beta heros. It would be nice for a change besides all these alpha's. Don't get me wrong, I love alpha's but it would be nice to read something a little different. Thanks for the great interview. I'd love a chance to win one of your books.

  6. I've read Demonfire. I loved the pitch fork weilding garden gnome. Very original, not something you see every day. Also loved the fact that Eddy's father helped them as much as he did. In most books where a battle/fight happens usually only the hero & heroine are directly involved. Here the readers got that along with the dad, dog & will o wisp.

  7. I've loved your Chanku series. Haven't gotten to the other series, but it's on the TBR list.

  8. Thank you for the post and the chance Kate! If I hadn't seen your post I never would have thought Starfire is in the same series as Hellfire and and Demonfire, the cover is different. Ethereal and quietly beautiful. It went straight to my wishlist :-)

    Thank you!

    stella.exlibris (at) gmail (dot) com

  9. Thanks for the giveaway. Starfire is on my wish list. Good luck with the release.

    lizzi0915 at aol dot com

  10. Thanks for the great post and giveaway Kate! After reading all that I'm really interested in your Demonslayer series, as well as your other books. They are all getting added to my wishlist asap.


  11. Hi Kate, great post on your wonderful beta heroes. I loved both Demonfire and Hellfire and can't wait to read Starfire. Congrats on the release!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    Bimmergrlmd at gmail dot com

  12. Hi Kate.
    Love the post. Can't wait to read Starfire.
    Don't worry about entering me in the giveaway. I already have all the books, and a couple guardians for them. Use the link if you want to see my guardians at work. :)


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  15. Ohh that was a great interview. The books look great!

    terilhack at gmail dot com

  16. Starfire sounds like a great read. I would love to be entered.

    kasuranna at yahoo dot com

  17. id love to win a book! enter me :)

    punkme15 at gmail dot com

  18. Awesome giveaway, I will definitely have to check this series out.

  19. Thanks for the chance, I'd love win a book.

  20. Thanks for the give away! You're a new author to me so I'd love to read your work.

    jcross719 at yahoo dot com

  21. I've read the first two Wolf Tales and liked them. They were so steamy and sexy! Would love to read more of your books.


  22. I've read all your books and am one of your biggest fans!
    Loved the post.
    I would love to win a book!


  23. I've only read the first Wolf Tales and I would love to read more of your work.

  24. That's interesting that you didn't realize you were writing Beta heroes at the time you were writing them. I like heroes of all kinds, even the ones that can step back and let a woman help or even save the day. It's all great fun. I'm looking forward to reading your Demonslayers stories, since I haven't started them yet.

    Barbed1951 at aol dot com

  25. O! A few of these are on my wishlist and would love a chance to get my hands on them!!

    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!



  26. Huh, having a Beta hero does sort of make sense since not every heor can ba an Alpha. Cool!

  27. Personally I'm a huge fan of geeky and beta heros. They are usually so sweet, and much more willing to show their feelings rather than being all tough and stoic. I've read Demonfire, so I'd love to have a chance to win Hellfire and continue the series.

    jen at delux dot com

  28. For some reason I'm having trouble leaving a comment--but I'll try again. The one where I answered everyone just got eaten by blogger!

  29. it works--anyway, just wanted to apologize for not getting by earlier today, but I've been swamped getting ready for the Romantic Times convention in LA next week. Today I had to find out what clothes still fit--always a discouraging thing.

    I'm still chuckling Buddy T over your comment. I think Alpha and Beta heroes are enough--otherwise it'll sound like fraternity row!

  30. I love Your Wolf Tales.Hope to love your Beta Heros.

  31. I absolutly adore your Wolf Tales! I haven't read this series, but it's by you so I know I'll love it too! Would love to start this series...

  32. my next venture to chapters is to get your demonfire book i will travel across canada with me lol....for i have a long flight ahead of me in may.....keep up the amazing work kate for you are my escape from the real world and right now i need it...

  33. I'm just about to start Wolf Tales X. The Chanku are so hot, once I start reading it's hard to stop! Thanks for the chance, I'd love to win a book!

  34. Ohh they sound great must go have a look

    emmad at xtra dot co dot nz

  35. I love love your books Kate and can thank my lucky stars I met you at RT ... You have changed my life and definitely have me converted *lol*

    Best of success with StarFire!!! I love all your hero's, what girl wouldn't *BEG*

    Rita from South Africa

  36. Thanks for the chance to win :) Can't wait to read Starfire!!

  37. Thanks for the great giveaway!! I love your books Kate! I hope the numbers do well because I would love to hear about the Chanku kids as well.


  38. Love the sound of your beta heroes. As I haven't read any of them (YET) I am glad to get a chance at winning one of them. :D

  39. I like reading about beta heroes as much as alpha heroes. Thanks for the post and giveaway! I'll definitely have to check out these books now :)


  40. Just finished Starfire - ready to pick up CrystalFire (after I catch my breath, that is). When will it be out, PLEASE? All I can really say is WOW!! I read it in two settings, last night till 3:45 this morning, then from 9:30 this morning til now. Non-stop, hold your breath, then catch your breath, excitement. You can't help but be totally immersed in the story, and feel as if you were there. I never really thought about the Beta Hero idea, but now that you mention it... Another great job, Kate. Thank you. I already have all your books, with Starfire on the way in paperback. All I need, really is a Bumper to go with my wolf and his pals Eeyore and Tigger.

  41. I have enjoyed reading all the Wolf Tale Books and am now reading them for the third time currently on WT VII, I am however looking forward to reading all the other books that Kate has written thus far....
    I do hope you get to write about the Chanku kids they would be more of your great books to look forward to....

  42. Thanks, all. I'm not avoiding you, really, but it's been nuts around the old household, and today was our granddaughter Gracie's 7th birthday. I've been partying, but now we're back, and I'm loving these posts. Phyllis, I am SO GLAD you liked the story! Thank you so much. Johanna, don't give up on me with the second generation stories. I'm working on them!

  43. I'm loving the Idea of Dax a demon who is too good for hell! seems like a great story but I also love a nerdy guy for the main character. Of course who doesn't love a story where the girl is a major booty kicker? I certainly do (yeah once in a while I love that the guy saves the day but I like the idea of the girl being strong as well.) I have to say thought I didn't know if the guy wasn't the booty kicker he was most likely the beta hero. So thanks for educating me on that lol

    as always ♥, Carol

  44. Hi, Kate! Got my copy of Starfire in the mail. Just about ready to start reading it. Loving the series, but Wolf Tales will always be my favorite!!

  45. Sounds real interesting..

  46. thanks, all...and Carol, the hero isn't necessarily a beta just because the heroine is tough, but Dawson definitely is. Sorry I've been so absent on this blog, but so much to get done before leaving my husband for a week...must stock freezer with food or he swears he will die a slow death. LOL...we live in the boonies. No take out!

  47. I haven't read any of these books, yet . They are on my TBR list now! Thanks for the chance to win :)

  48. I'm waiting to hear from Laurie regarding winners. Thanks all for stopping by.

  49. They sound interesting...can't say that I remember reading about a beta hero before! That alone makes me interested in them.

    Thank you! mmafsmith(at)gmail(dot)com

  50. I didn't really know the definitions of beta and alpha heroes, never mind the difference. To me if that character has the leading role then he/she is the alpha hero/heroine... and I've been a reader for a good 20 years of so... boy! am I slow! :)

    Cherry Mischievous
    cherrymischif-soldier [at] yahoo [dot] com

  51. Great post! Thanks for the giveaway.
    Book sounds very interesting.

    artgiote at gmail dot com


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