Monday, July 30, 2012

Guest - Carrie Ann Ryan

Good morning all! I hope you're having as good a summer as I've had. The garden is growing and I'm getting ready to can some salsa and other garden goodies for those long dreary months in the winter. But I'm also meeting new authors and reading new books and, hey, what's better than that?

I've got a great guest for you today so enjoy!


Hello everyone! First, I want to thank you for letting me stop to celebrate my release of Dust of My Wings as I’m sitting and writing this, Shade, who is the hero of Dust of My Wings is sitting beside me and reading over my shoulder. So he too, says hello. Now without further ado, here is what I think makes my heroes sexy. *Yes, Shade, that means you.*

What Makes your Hero Worthy

            You’re sitting on your couch, panting, reaching for a glass of water to cool your aching throat, as you turn to the next page. Your hero walks through the scene’s door, eyeing the crowd. You bite your lip as he fists his hands in frustration and glares at his foe. His muscles bulging under his tight T-shirt, his legs encased in form-fitting jeans.
            Of course, this man is a fictional character and you’re getting worked up and begging for chocolate over him. But who cares right? That man is yours for the 350 or so pages and you only have to share him with the heroine. Or the other hero, or two or three more heroes depending on your tastes. And we all know we love a wide array of romance. That’s what makes this field so amazing.
            The diversity.
            Our heroes come human, vampire, werewolf, alien, mutants, angels, merman, other shifters, psychics , zombies, etc. I’m sure you can name a hero that I didn’t, but you get the idea.
            Its not the species that makes them sexy, nor is it the exact look of them  within that species. The can be short, tall, strong, lean or whatever the author’s desire. They can be white, black, brown, blue or purple. Some may be featured more than others, but if you look hard enough you can find the hero to your taste.
            And even after you find your sexy looking male, it’s not just that. What does he sound like? Taste like? (I mean sweat ladies. Keep your minds out of the gutter please. *wink*) What are his mannerisms? How does he protect himself, his family, his friends, his heroine? How does he act when his heroine is kick-ass and can protect herself? (I like that one.) How does he treat the people around him? How does he lay down the law?
            Its everything.
            Shade is a warrior angel who is the swift sword of justice for his bretheren. Does his power make him sexy? I personally think it’s how he uses that power that makes him sexy. Yes, he is mouth-watering to look at. Believe me. He’s sitting right here. Those blue eyes of his just keep staring at me as I write this, so I know. *sigh* Does the fact that he would protect Lily in all situations – even from herself – make him worthy? I think you’ll have to read to find out. LOL
How your hero’s attributes meld together to a delicious specimen of man is in the end, up to your and the author’s imagination. How worthy is your hero? What makes him that way? Why is it that we keep reading novels like this? What makes a hero unique and yours?
Thank you so much for letting me stop by!

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Carrie Ann Ryan is a bestselling paranormal and contemporary romance author. After spending too much time behind a lab bench, she decided to dive into the romance world and find her werewolf mate - even if its just in her books. Happy endings are always near - even if you have to get over the challenges of falling in love first.
Her first book, An Alpha's Path, is the first in her Redwood Pack series. She's also an avid reader and lover of romance and fiction novels. She loves meeting new authors and new worlds. Any recommendations you have are appreciated. Carrie Ann lives in New England with her husband and two kittens.
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An Alpha’s Path Amazon  Barnes & Noble ARe A Taste for a Mate Amazon Barnes & Noble ARe Trinity Bound Amazon Barnes&Noble ARe A Night Away Amazon Barnes&Noble ARe

Dust of My Wings

            Humans aren’t as alone as they choose to believe. Every human possesses a trait of supernatural that lays dormant within their genetic make-up. Centuries of diluting and breeding have allowed humans to think they are alone and untouched by magic. But what happens when something changes?
Neat freak lab tech, Lily Banner lives her life as any ordinary human. She’s dedicated to her work and loves to hang out with her friends at Dante’s Circle, their local bar. When she discovers a strange blue dust at work she meets a handsome stranger holding secrets – and maybe her heart. But after a close call with a thunderstorm, she may not be as ordinary as she thinks.
Shade Griffin is a warrior angel sent to Earth to protect the supernaturals’ secrets. One problem, he can’t stop leaving dust in odd places around town. Now he has to find every ounce of his dust and keep the presence of the supernatural a secret. But after a close encounter with a sexy lab tech and a lightning quick connection, his millennia old loyalties may shift and he could lose more than just his wings in the chaos.

The motorcycle vibrated beneath Shade as he pulled off the side of the road and parked. The rain pelted him, the cold seeping into his bones, but he shrugged it off. He was in northern Washington and this seemed to be the norm in terms of weather.
He lifted his leg and got off the bike, ignoring the stares of the women around him. They watched him stroll, his powerful legs leading to long strides. He’d tucked his wings into the slits into his back to hide the fact he was an angel, but he couldn’t hide his face or the fact that women seemed to fawn over it.
It had been a long time since he had a woman. Not since that were jaguar a century or two ago in a night of deep depression and loneliness for him. But the heat, claws and desperation and only served to fill a physical need that left him even lonelier than before. From then on he left his carnal needs up to his hand. Before the jaguar it had been even longer, but he didn’t want to think about her. The one he’d lost. She was long since gone.

***Giveaway Info***

Carrie Ann is giving away a Dust of My Wings swag pack to someone who comments. Be sure to leave your email address to enter.


-- Lynda Again,
   I hope you've all enjoyed Carrie's post. Her hero, Shade, sounds like a dream, doesn't he? Make sure you leave a comment to enter her drawing!

   Have a Blessed Day!


Sara Walter Ellwood / Cera duBois said...

I totally agree with you... For me it's not just how physically attractive the hero is that makes him a real hero, it's who he is on the inside.

Michelle Miles said...

I love reading about strong alpha heroes. The ones who will do whatever it takes to protect their women. Yours sounds divine (*wink*). And this book sounds amazing! Congrats on the release!

I would love to be in the drawing. My email address is

Katie said...

Thanks for this awesome giveaway can't wait to read the book here is my email

Carrie Ann Ryan said...

Hi Sara - Yes, I know they can be sexy on the outside, but the inside matters so much more!

Michelle - Oh thank you hon! And yes, protect their women, but know when to stand aside and let her protect herself too!

Kate - Thanks hon!

And thank you for having me on the blog today!

Pam B said...

I'm very much into alpha heros since I very much know one. I met my alpha 25 years ago and married him 23 years ago. The hardest part of being with an alpha that loves you to an extreme is when you have sons who also very much so become alphas themselves. A true alpha only falls for someone who can take care of herself but is willing to let the ONE take care of her even when she could kick @ss quicker. email is

Lily Silver said...

Thank you Carrie for sharing your books with us and for your thoughts on the Hero being worthy. Good advice for wthose of us who are writers. As readers, it's always yummy to find that special hero to savor, long after the book is ended. Shade sounds like an awesome dude. I'd like to meet him soon. I'll be picking up your book soon. Keep writing.

Lily Silver

desitheblonde said...

wow hot and then i post it on my fb
and i like the swag gift you are giving way the color or the book over and the gift are great they are bright and stand out

Anonymous said...

Hi Carrie *waves* Dust Of my Wings sounds like a great book.

Diana said...

Great post and great excerpt!!!
Thank you for the giveaway!

artgiote at gmail dot com

bn100 said...

Congratulations on the book! Nice post and excerpt.


Carrie Ann Ryan said...

Thanks for coming guys! I hope you enjoy the books. And yes, heroes come in all forms. I love being able to crack open a book and find out what type of hero I'm about to meet!

Debra said...

Hi Carrie
Loved the excerpt. I'll definitely put it on my to read list.