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I live in Zeeland, Michigan where half of the year is winter and other, much shorter half, is summer. Yippy summer! It’s a wonderful place to live as long as you own a four wheel drive vehicle and you happen to get a kick out of measuring the snow fall in feet rather than inches. I write paranormal romance because I love to explore and manipulate the limitless possibilities of the genre. To be completely honest, I’m also very fond of taking a totally hot, powerful immortal hero and using a strong, confident, beautiful heroine to turn his world upside down and make him fight like hell for a victory that seems impossible to achieve. Some might call it torture. I call it entertainment and character building. Regardless, it’s great fun!
I have a strong aversion for helpless heroines. Though she’s afraid, a heroine must always be willing to fight like hell. And yes, even if the fighting is against the hero. I’m not sure why, but I tend to really enjoy it when the heroine fights against the hero. Hmm…maybe that deserves a little thought. Nah. Putting a hero through the wringer builds personality, right? How else could anyone empathize with a powerful, wickedly sexy immortal male that possesses the wherewithal to stand against and conquer the most dangerous forces of darkness and seduce the most beautiful women in existence? My thoughts are always wandering from one world to the next. I love to frequently visit my imagination, I’m happy to be me. I appreciate complicated. For me, entertaining those little voices and wickedly hot delusions in the middle of the night are an imperative part of the writing process. How else would I know what comes before the end?
I’m often accused of being a little bit naughtier than nice and slightly rough around the edges. Okay. I lied. Very rough around the edges. Life has been a challenge. But I’m grateful for every challenge I’ve faced. Through them, I’ve learned to focus on the goal rather than the walls surrounding it. Basically, I figure that as long as I enjoy life and do all that I can to encourage and help the people around me enjoy life, it’s all good.
on July 27, 2012 :
This book... I mean, wow. At some points I was laughing to the point of tears. From the first page/chapter I was pulled in. The start is comical showing us what the two main characters relationship from the start was. Mia and Joseph have to be my favorite characters with the dark Dmitri coming coming close. (Hope I spelled his name right.) This is an excellent book to read. ;)
First off if you loved Sweet, Decadent Fire or Eternal Breath of Darkness then you will love this one even more. Joseph is the the man that needs to be taught a lesson with his facebook hacking skills that we get to see his facebook hacking skills. The jokes would always pop up randomly and it wasn’t too often that it got old. [Just the right amount] We get to see how Mia learns of her true self and how she reacts to Joseph.
There really wasn’t one main conflict in this novel, more like multiple small ones. With Eli, Mia’s ‘mate’, crazy vampires, and demons gone mad, we get the experience of WHOOSH IN YOUR FACE. Face paced and plenty of sexy demons, this is a book you need to read if you love this genre.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
on July 23, 2012 :
Exquisite Breath of Darkness by Candice Stauffer
Joseph Payne is a two thousand year old warrior. One of his favorite pastimes is facebook. Not his own mind you, he likes messing with profiles of his friends. Six months ago he met Mia Harte. He’s been around her ever since….even though she does all she can to keep him away. He knows she is lycan and can’t be his mate but that don’t stop him from loving and protecting her. Not even though she’s dying and not even when Eli Thomas and his pack come to claim her.
Mia knows her time is running out on earth and decides to enjoy what is left with Joseph.
Together they have vampires and ghouls to fight and a lycan who says she belongs to him. She even discovers that there is such a thing as a good vampire, unbelievable!
This is not listed as a series but I highly recommend reading them in order. The first book is Eternal Breath of Darkness and we first meet Joseph and Mia. The author brings him to life with his good natured jokes and humor and Mia with her tough exterior yet she would die protecting those she loves. We get a glimpse of them again in the second book; Sweet, Decadent Fire. In each book other characters are brought to life. Nikolas who refuses to accept his mate, Brianna but also can't let her go. Demetri a ten thousand year old demon gone bad. Dragons, vampires and lycons together; fighting, loving and plotting. At the end of this book you can also read the preview for the fourth book; Hot, Decadent Rising.
**Sexual situations and language
(reviewed within a week of purchase)