Thursday, July 26, 2012

A Hero's BlogHop, July 27-31 W I N a Kindle!




Heroes come in all shapes and sizes. Who's your hero?



     Are you ready to hear what your favorite romance heroes have to say? Well, we authors are ready to share our hunky heroes! Starting on Friday and ending on July 31st, over 100 Authors and Bloggers will share their favorite things about romance heroes, a character post from them, and what we love about romance and men in general.
     And while we do that, we are EACH doing a giveaway. Yep. There will be over 100 giveaways on each blog hosted by that Author or Blogger.
     But that's not all....
     We have THREE grand prizes. You as a reader can go to EACH blog and comment with your email address and be entered to win. Yep, you can enter over 100 times!
     What makes a hero? In romance, it's often the drop-dead gorgeous guy with ripped abs, bulging muscles, and a weakness for the heroine. In BENEATH THE SURFACE, my debut romantic suspense, Garrett is a big, strong alpha male cop. He doesn't want to fall in love, but of course he can't resist Brooke, the heroine.
     So how about real-life heroes? As much as I like to keep my handsome hubby all to myself, there's a part of him in every hero I write. I also tend to write police heroes because you just gotta love a guy who fights to keep everyone else safe, don't you?
Four ways to win from July 27-31:
Joya's contest: win a $5 Amazon gift card! Comment on this blog to qualify.
A Hero's Blog Hop Grand Prize Contest! Each comment on this blog, and all of the other blogs in A Hero's Hop, qualifies you for an entry to win:


1st Grand Prize: Kindle Fire or Nook Tablet
2nd Grand Prize: $50 Amazon or B&N Gift Card
3rd Grand Prize: The following Swag Pack!
(Gift card contest is open to international/swag is US only)

 Check out all the particpants in A Hero's Blog Hop HERE The more blogs you comment on, the more chances you have to win a Kindle Fire/Nook Color Grand Prize and  gift card, and large swag pack.  PLEASE COMMENT WITH YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS so we know how to contact you.

And now…an excerpt starring Garrett Ciavello, a true hero.
     For the first time since the accident, Brooke forgot about her leg. Forgot about all she’d lost and focused on the way Garrett made her feel.
      She knew she needed to stop him. She should find a way to resist the temptation to be with him. But for a few minutes, she could enjoy the taste of him, the feel of him, couldn’t she?
      He dropped his hands to her waist and softened the kiss before trailing a line of kisses down her neck. A weak cry slipped from her mouth. “Garrett,” she whispered.
      She should stop this now before it got any more intense.
      He lifted her chin and forced her to meet his brown eyes, smoky with desire. Heat spiraled to her middle and she caught a whiff of his sawdust scent.
      “I…I can walk you back to your own room before I head to mine.” His voice broke as he whispered.
       She swallowed hard. She couldn’t do this right now with him. Too many obstacles stood in their way. But as she looked in his somber eyes, she realized none of those complications were bigger than her need for Garrett.
       “Let’s go to your room,” she said, her voice shaking. She moved her hands inside his shirt and ran them over his tight abs and chest. Heat soared through her body at the feel of him. “Together…”
Beneath the Surface is available now!
Joya's Amazon Author Page       Joya's Barnes and Noble Page

Click HERE for a complete list of A Hero's Blog Hop participants. Thanks for stopping by!!

62 comments:

Tamara Hoffa said...

In romance novels, I like my heroes just like you described> In real life a true hero is the man who stands by your side through everything, who holds your hand when you are sad, lends his shoulder when you need to cry,laughs with you, changes diapers,and loves you,even though YOU aren't young, stacked and beautiful

Joya said...

Tammie-You are sooo right! It's the every day things that make a hero so wonderful. Great comment!! Thanks very much for stopping by today. Always fantastic to hear from you. xxoo

Jennifer Lowery (Kamptner) said...

I'm with Tamara on this one! She put it beautifully! Thanks for the blog hop! Wonderful post!
jennyrlowery@yahoo.com

crystaley73 said...

Great post Thanks for the chance to win.
crystaley73 (at) yahoo (dot) com

GraceDZ said...

One of the traits I like to see in my heroes is a great sense of humor. He's got to make me laugh.
grace(dot)dzee(at)yahoo(dot)com

Janna Shay said...

Tamara said it eloquently.
I think it's wonderful that there's a little of your husband in all your heroes.
janna@jannashay.com

Larkin said...

Oh, yes--I do, too--love it that there's a bit of your husband in all your heroes. And that's reciprocal--when I read the heroes, there's a little bit of my husband in them. Love and literature, beyond a simple explanation.

Larkin Hunter said...

PS: I don't see a way to put my email address into the comment form. Just know that it's Larkin at my website.

Sharon said...

Love the hero who is a little bit alpha but also knows that the heroine is his one weakness and he'll do anything to keep her safe and make her happy...:)

Jlhmass said...

I love strong heroes who care. Great post!

jlhmass at yahoo dot com

Emily said...

I'm with Tamara on this one. Thanks for participating and for your post!

tiger-chick-1(at)hotmail(dot)com

Joya said...

Great comments, everyone! Thanks so much for stopping by today and my fingers are crossed for you to win the Kindle/Nook!! :)

laurie said...

the hero's you describe are the ones i do really adore. i haven't read any of your stuff before but i will add your stuff to my 'to get list' when i finally get a job and can pay for it

parisfan_ca@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

I agree w/ you completely!

~Tracy L.

bluebubbles24(at)hotmail(dot)com

Melissa Limoges said...

I loved what Sharon and Tamara said. I do love those protective heroes that fight for their loves. :) So very sweet. By the way, I loved the excerpt you posted.

imsocool(at)gmail(dot)com

iamindeed said...

there is such a dichotomy between what I find in novels and what is in real life -- I prefer them both to have some flaws ..perfection doesn't exist and would be boring. The humor, the caring, the sense and knowledge that he is "on your side" even when your side is smelly and bitchy, is important.

glhince@gmail.com

Tamsyn said...

Love the post and the snippet. Men in uniform are very attractive and a police officer can be so sexy. Thanks for the giveaway and for an awesome blog hop.
tamsyn5(at)yahoo(dot)com

Lorraine said...

I love a dude that won't give in to his feelings... until he does !
ptitpupuk at sky dot com

Kaylyn D. said...

I like my heroes to be dominant and for them to struggle with their own demons. Thank you for the giveaway.
kaylyndavis1986@yahoo.com

Yvette said...

Love a hero with strength and tenderness.
Yvette
yratpatrol@aol.com

Krista said...

Great excerpt!
Thanks for doing this giveaway!
~Krista
pinkbonanza{ AT }gmail{ DOT }com

kittyb78 said...

Great excerpt! Thanks for sharing it with us.
Enjoy the hop.
bidelia78@yahoo.com

The Brunette Librarian said...

You can't argue with that at all! A great hero is one who protects and is smart!

Thank you for the opportunity!
brunettelibrarian AT gmAil . c0m
The Brunette Librarian Blog

Lisa said...

I agree with Tamara & Sharon. I couldn't say it any better than they did.

Wolphcall(at)bellsouth(dot)net

Carin said...

I like my heroes to have a little bit of a flaw so they are more real, Joya loved Beneath the Surface! Thanks Carin

Carin said...

forgot my email
mawmom(at)gmail(dot)com

ronnkelly3 said...

Great Excerpt...

ronnkelly3@aol.com

jodi lasher said...

Thanks so much for participating.. lasherjodi@yahoo.com
jodi lasher

Julianne said...

I like a hero who is a bit of a bad boy, but deep down he's got a dark secret to overcome. He also needs to be loyal, honest, have a sense of humor, be confident, and possessive.
Thanks for a chance to win.
luvfuzzzeeefaces at yahoo dot com

JanD said...

In real-life hero is my mom.
bituin76 AT hotmail DOT com

Donna Cummings said...

A lovely excerpt. :) I've enjoyed all the snippets I've read so far, and Garrett is a yummy hero.

janhvi said...

Thanks for the excerpt.
I agree with Tamara's comment and hope to find my real life hero someday :)
Enjoy the hop!

justjanhvi at gmail dot com

Susan W. said...

In fiction I like the tall, dark, and tempting hero but in real life the hero is the one who does whatever needs doing to take care of those he loves. Thanks for being part of the blog hop!

suz2(at)cox(dot)net

molly.frenzel said...

Great excerpt! I love alpha male heroes.
molly(dot)frenzel(at)gmail(dot)com

Liese2 said...

I like my heroes to be strong, sensitive, faithful, and with a good sense of humor.
sqwalker2@hotmail.com

CeNedria235 said...

I'm a big fan of Alpha's, Gentle Giants and nerds...hopefully with a good bit of humor as well. I absolutely adore Harry Dresden form Jim Butchers Dresden Files series. He's my go to pick for a hero every time. achbarrow(at)gmail(dot)com

jessiel said...

I love a man who's willing to fight/work to win the woman. He's also not embarrassed to grovel either. Thank's for being part of this hop!

JessieL62@comcast.net

Cathy M said...

Great hero description. I am lucky enough to live with my very own hero too.

cathy m
caity_mack at yahoo dot com

desitheblonde said...

me i like good hero and bad one the cowboy are great with the tight muscle and then the alpa and vamp are great they are long hair and ark and spookey

desi the blonde at msn dot com

Joy Gifford said...

my type of hero is one who is not afraid to fight and work for what or whom he wants most

Rissa said...

My hero is definitely total Alpha!! Thanks for the chance to win :) raynman1979 at yahoo dot com

June M. said...

I have always love heroes who don't want to fall in love, but then do HARD. And I love a good alpha man who is protective, dependable, intelligent, and caring.
Thanks for the giveaway.
manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

Renald said...

My real life heros would be the men in my life, father, husband and brothers. They are there when I need them.DebP
r.d1@myfairpoint.net

Christine said...

I too agree with Tamara on this one! He should also have a sense of humor and go after what he wants most. A good listener would be great, but we don't want to push it do we :p

Thanks for being a part of the blog hop and for your great giveaway!

cms72023(at)gmail(dot)com

latishajean said...

Thank you for sharing sounds very good! What a great blog hop and giveaway!
tishajean@ charter.net

Karebear said...

Thanks for sharing.
Karen.pettrey@email.com

nina said...

great contest, love your books
kintana002000@yahoo.com

Lena Grey said...

I like a hero who is damaged and overcomes it.

lena.grey.iam@gmail.com

Lona said...

Great excerpt and I love the cover. There's nothing better that a mat who stands by your side. Thx for giveaway.

blinkysthebest at aol dot com

Michelle MsRomanticReads said...

I loved how you described your heroes, and that you put a part of your hubby in each of them. I like heroes who would (as my husband likes to say) "take a bullet" for the one they love.

When I hopped over here, I didn't realize you were the author of BtS. I think I've seen that book at the store whenever I go shopping. Next time I'm there, I'll have to pick up a copy.

Thank you for participating in the blog hop and for the giveaway!

msromanticreads(at)gmail(dot)com

Jessica said...

Thank you for the chance to win!
Jesscaashley(at)yahoo(dot)com

Nancy Weeks said...

Hi Joya,
Ilove this blog! I also live with my hero. I can write about strong men who know how to love, are honest, trustworthy, and just plain amazing because I live with the best man I've have ever known. Hopefully, I raised our son to be just like his dad. A hero in the making…

rubyswan said...

I love a hero that's witty ,kind Passionate flawed 2 A T,..:D..knows how 2 have buckwild fun ,daring & wen he falls N love he plays 4 keep..!
redz041@yahoo.com

Nay Nay said...

Woohoo! Loving this hop!
My favorite hero has to be an alpha; tall; handsome, sexy; have a sense of humor; have a six or eight pack; be faithful, loyal, and love his woman/family beyond reason.
<^_^>
Thanks for being part of the hop and for the chance to win.
reneebennett35(at)yahoo(dot)com

Debra A. Soles said...

I love your cover. It has the mysterious dreamy quality of actually being under water. Great post.
Debdebss@yahoo.com

Daniel M said...

like the cover thanks for the giveaway - regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

Shadow said...

Some of my favorite qualities is kindness, humor, loyalty, i love an alpha, i especially love a hero with a tragic past. One that needs a strong heroine to match him. Thanks for the fun hop and the awesome giveaway! Ya all rock!! :)
shadowluvs2read(at)gmail(dot)com

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Juliana said...

Thanks for participating in the hop!
OceanAkers @ aol.com

j.lennidorner@facebook.com said...

That was a fun excerpt! :)

Joya said...

You all ROCK!! Thanks so much for participating. I'll be using random.org to pick the winner of the $5 Amazon gift card from my site tonight. I'll also share the grand prize winners here as soon as I find out whose name was picked.

Thank you for the wonderful comments and hope to see you back for the next hop in August! :)

Joya said...

Winners!!
The winner of a $5 Amazon gift card from Joya's blog is:
Laura (parisfan). I'll send you and email w/ details, Laura! :)

Grand Prize Winners of A Hero's Hop below. Congrats to all!!

Kindle Fire Winner:
Michele Ann Oboyle
(from Carrie Anne Brownian’s Blog)

$50 Amazon Gift Card:
Daphne Deaton
(from Kristine Cayne’s Blog)


Swag Pack:
Jan D
(from Karen McCullough’s Blog)