Monday, January 23, 2012

Guestpost/Giveaway with Katie Reus

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Today I’m fortunate enough to have an extremely gifted author to handle the reins, and not only is she going to drop some knowledge but she’s offering up a copy of her newest book to one lucky person. So show some love for Katie Reus.


Thank you so much Wendy for having me here at Rage, Sex and Teddy Bears (love the title of your blog)!



Since I have a new paranormal romance coming out in two weeks, today I thought I’d talk about what I love most in romance. Heroes. When I read romance, I definitely read for the couple, the journey that gets them to their Happily Ever After, and the hot smexin (yes!), but for all that to happen, I need a hot hero. I have a few deal breakers in romance, and a crappy hero is in my top three. He doesn’t have to be tall, dark and handsome, though that doesn’t hurt. He doesn’t have to have a dangerous edge to him… though again, definitely doesn’t hurt! But if the man is a jerk or if he’s wimpy and whiny, I’m putting the book down (or more than likely deleting it from my Kindle).
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As a rule, I love my men to be alpha. Sometimes alpha males get a bad reputation, but that’s because they’re often mislabeled as assholes. There is a huge difference between alpha and jerk. A man can be demanding, protective and sometimes pig headed, but he can still be respectful of the heroine at the same time. Once the respect goes out the window, so does my interest in the hero. And so does his title of “hero” for that matter.


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In Alpha Instinct, my upcoming release, my hero is Alpha of his own pack and a natural leader so yeah, he’s definitely categorized as an alpha. Even if he does screw up on occasion (who doesn’t?) and drives the heroine just a tad crazy, he’s always got his woman’s back. That’s something I expect in my real life hero so I definitely expect it in the heroes I read about.

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So what is Alpha Instinct about?


Alpha Instinct is the first book in a new paranormal series (Moon Shifter). It release February 7, 2012 from NAL/Signet Eclipse. The official blurb is:

Fear has a scent. So does desire…
Ana Cordona has been a strong leader for the lupine shifters who survived after all the males and most of the females in her pack were mysteriously poisoned. As tough as she is, with no Alpha male, the pack is vulnerable to the devious shifter Taggart, who wants to claim both their ranch and Ana as his own. When Connor Armstrong comes back into her life, promising protection, it’s almost enough to make Ana forget how he walked out on her before --- and reluctantly accept his offer to mate.


The minute Connor sees Ana again, it reawakens a raw hunger. He must have her for his bondmate --- his wolf cries out for it. But his human side knows he must proceed with caution because of their complicated past. If he is to truly have her body and soul, he must go beyond his burning desire and win back her heart. Whatever it takes, he is determined not to leave her side again.


But Taggart and his rival pack are not their only enemies. A human element in town is targeting shifters. Their plan not only threatens Ana and Connor’s future, but the lives of the entire pack…


Thanks again for having me here today!



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Katie Reus has been reading romances since she discovered her mom’s hidden stash at a young age and the addiction stayed with her into adulthood. She writes paranormal romance and sexy romantic suspense for Carina Press, Harlequin Nocturne, and NAL/Signet Eclipse.

To learn more about Katie and her books, click on the links below.
Author website - Author BlogTwitterFacebook - Goodreads

Buy links - AmazonBarnes and NobleThe Book Depository

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29 comments:

Simply Kayla said...

Excellent Interview. I like the sound of this book the word "Alpha" reeled me in (: My must have qualities for a hero umm... I like protectors, humor, self-confident, and toughness in my heros.

donnas said...

Honesty, loyalty, caring, friendly are a few.

Nicole said...

Honesty, all the good qualities any man should have but add a little too macho, unable to hide his feelings and courage to save his woman.

Audra said...

I agree with you about whiney males -- must have a strong-- honest--alpha
audie(at)wickerness(dot)com

cherthib said...

Hmmmmm...let's see lol. I like my heros to be hot, sexy, protective and attentive. Maybe long hair though it's not a great factor. Basically an Alpha male.

Vanessa N. said...

Great interview. My hero must be strong, protective, sexy, and can be compassionate when he needs to be.

mythic021@gmail.com

Wolf_girl said...

Hmmm, I believe that mine has to be honest with his faults, I don't mind him being a little hard headed, but I love the protectiveness, attentive, sexy and overall secure with himself with his wants and desires.

firewolf.dez@gmail.com

Melissa B said...

Oh, yeah, a wimpy or cheating, or just looser hero will kill a story for me every time ~ and pretty much goes for the heroine, too.
I love a macho, Alpha hero ~ but I can fall for the sexy sensitive protective guy who is more of a beta as long as he's putting the heroine and family first ~~ and I gotz to have my HEA!!

I cannot WAIT for Alpha Instinct!

LadyVampire2u said...

My hero's must have qualities would include: Loyalty, honor, a great sense of humor and passionate in all things..especially towards his heroine.
LadyVampire2u AT gmail DOT com

Mary said...

My hero must have a sense of humor, patience and be reliable and trustworthy.

miztik_rose@yahoo.com

emmad said...

I love the sound of this. I'm another big on loyalty and humour :)

Katie Reus said...

Thank you so much to Wendy for having me here today! :)

And thank you to everyone who has stopped by so far. These are some great answers!

Victoria said...

Loyalty is the highest on my list of hero qualifications. Sometimes I get a bit annoyed with the TOTALLY clueless alpha male. They can't be that stupid ;). Thank you.

vsloboda(at)gmail(dot)com

Cathy M said...

My favorite heroes stand up for what they believe in, have a sense of humor, know when to be gentle, and loves with his whole heart.

caity_mack at yahoo dot com

needz2dream said...

Honest, loyal, loving, patient, belief in personal hygiene, NO H8, supportive,intelligent, pride in self, listens/converses, respectful, spiritually aware, neat, keep his pants zipped-with hands to himself (except for me) & a great lover...in all ways!
*Paranormal Romance is Magickal*

Diane said...

A strong yet tender, loving Alpha; one who takes the time to understand, support and generally be there for his mate.

dsadler53 at yahoo dot ca

Robin said...

I like your kind of hero! Alpha but respectful! Great post!

robindpdx(at)yahoo(dot)com

Tore said...

I think a hero needs to be strong, compassionate, caring, passionate, must love and protect the ones he loves no matter what the cost and to sacrifice for the ones he loves. Tore923@aol.com

shadow_kohler said...

your book sounds awesome! thanks for sharing and for the chance to win! my favorite qualities in a hero: alpha (of course!), compassionate, honest, loyal, great sense of humor, i even like a bit of mystery and sometimes a wounded hero. Thank you!
shadowluvs2read(at)gmail(dot)com

June M. said...

I love a strong, dominant, alpha hero. They are dependable, protective, sexy, and confident. I do like them to be caring, respectful, honest, have a sense of humor (even if sarcastic or wicked).
manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

Michelle said...

I love the sound of the book and I completely agree with Katie on what she looks for in a hero. No wimps for me thank you!

Took me a few minutes to get passed the eyecandy!

mmcmichael79(at)googlemail(dot)com

Anne said...

Smart, capable, has common sense, masculine, clean but not metrosexual, respectful, enabling (in a good way).

acm05atjuno.com

latishajean said...

Thank you very much great giveaway! I love them to be loyal and strong!

Mary @SweepingMe said...

I love when characters have the back history to them. I think this book sounds great. Just reading the blurb I want to find out why they were poisoned...Thanks for the great interview!

Mary

Carl said...

I'd go with a good track record. If he's never successfully saved anyone in the past you might be better off to wait for a better offer.

Helen said...

muscles, charm and intelligence.I like them tall dark and handsome too.

mbreakfield said...

I like my heroes to be honest, loyal, protective, intelligent, and have a snarky sense of humor.

The Romanceaholic said...

Good LAWDY that sounds like a great read :D

So my heroes? I like 'em overprotective, almost to the point of ridiculousness (but then again, I like for heroines to frustrate the crap out of said overprotective heroes so hey, it balances).

Thanks for the giveaway!

Jess

Beverly said...

Qualities for me in a hero. I love a take charge man that is considerate. He will make sure that the job gets done, doing what he has to do. What's that saying "ask forgiveness not permission"!