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 Oct. 25, 2015 :
The story was good, 5 stars for the plot, but it needs editing. There were some distractingly obvious usage errors. Correct spelling but the words mean something else. Also the characters, in terms of background and origins, could've been fleshed out more. I mean, you get to the middle of the book before finding out what Haden does for a "living," and Caylee's still a blank. Mia was more solid in that regard. Author does an excellent job in building up the sexual tension though. Good free read.
(review of free book)
on Aug. 20, 2012 :
I was given this book in return for an honest review. Haden is a warrior and a demon. Unlike other demon stories, in this book the demons have been protecting the humans since the beginning. Haden is obsessed, in love and wants to mate with Caylee. Unfortunately due to a vicious attack on Caylee, she cannot stand to be touched. Now a powerful vampire, who has the assistance of a very powerful demon, is after her. I wanted to turn Caylee over my knee because she is so stubborn and won't listen to anything Haden says. It's hard to protect someone who never listens (anyone with kids can relate, LOL). The danger isn't just from the vampires though, her own uncle is a horribly abusive person who uses her attack to control her. Will Haden ever get her to trust him enough to follow his intstructions, can they be together forever as mates, or will her obsessive inner demons get her killed or worse? Sorry, you have to read it yourself to find out. I loved this story, Caylee's character, even though I wanted to smack her, was actually a more realistic portrayal of a victim than most. She didn't just instantly get over her past when confronted with a hot guy. I liked that. You find yourself rooting for Haden, Caylee and Haden's team of demons. I loved it. WaAr
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
on July 21, 2012 :
Eternal Breath of Darkness by Candice Stauffer
Haden Drake has lived a long time. Rescuing his soul mate last year changed him. Instead of the big bad warrior demon he has always been….she is all he desires to protect these days. Where everything in him wants to claim her and make her his, he’s still a gentleman not an animal. Well unless you want to consider the part of him that can become a huge fire breathing dragon….but animal no. Unfortunately his intended only seems to see him as a bossy friend.
Caylee Adams was so tired of Haden’s heavy handedness, they were only friends but he was always telling what she could and couldn’t do. She had enough of men like that. First her father and than her uncle. What she really wanted from him was action not words. Not happening though. And there was always her secret past that made her unworthy of a hunk like Haden. She quickly finds out she should have listened to Haden when she ventures off into the forest without him.
This book never gets boring. Haden and Caylee have a long road ahead of them but we get to meet their friends along the journey….and their enemies. Throughout the book different characters come alive and you see things from their viewpoints as well. There are the dark and brooding, the pure evil and the mischievous one who enjoys facebook. A few other stories start in this book, enough to make the reader look forward to them in a future book but not to where I felt that it left me hanging.
Although the books are not considered a series you may want to read them in order. The second book is Sweet Decadent Fire and the 3rd book, Exquisite Breath of Darkness does continue one of the stories that begins in this book.
**Sexual situations and language
(reviewed within a week of purchase)
on Feb. 08, 2012 :
Love Love this book great read for any1 who enjoys an edge of seat romance...I have had trouble getting away and trouble getting back to finish it only b/c I am so busy but it is a fantastic read...Get it so worth it xxx
(reviewed long after purchase)
on Jan. 17, 2012 :
This book is so hot from page 1 that I couldn't put it down and I am sure my fingertips were singed. Love Haden and feel for Caylee. Can't imagine what it would be like to go through what she does. Great storytelling, draws you right in and won't let go.
(reviewed long after purchase)