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Blog Bash Day 8 with Virna DePaul + Giveaway

Aug 10, 2011


I have been a huge Linda Howard fan for a quite a long time. My all-time favorite book by her, however, is Dream Man. In my opinion, the story is the perfect example of what makes Howard such an amazing author—she effortlessly weaves a compelling suspense without ever once losing sight of the emotional and complex journey of the hero and heroine as they fight their way to their happily ever after. You can imagine how thrilled I was to learn that Tara Parsons, Senior Editor with HQN books, referred to me as a “young Linda Howard” when discussing my debut novel with the line, Shades of Desire.

In Shades of Desire, the heroine is a world-famous photographer who takes a picture she shouldn’t have just before she goes blind. Afterwards, she must help a cop track down a killer who’s put her in his sights.

Shades Of Desire comes out in April of 2012. But before that, I have two other releases.

Dangerous To Her is my debut with the Harlequin Romantic Suspense line. It’s about a cop who goes undercover to investigate a judge and ends up reuniting with his college love and the daughter he never knew about.

Finally, Chosen By Fate, Book 2 in the Para-Ops novels with Berkley. This book continues the story of the world’s first Para-Ops team as it attempts to solidify a tenuous peace between the nation’s citizens.

As you can see, I not only love reading romantic suspense, but I love writing it. I’m constantly working to improve my craft so that maybe someday, I’ll hold a place on a reader’s keeper shelf just like Linda Howard does on mine.

Blurb of Dream Man:

Had she finally met the man she longed for...or was she dreaming?

Marlie Keen was trying to lead a quiet, ordinary life. She thought the knowing -- the clairvoyance that allowed her to witness crimes as they happened -- had been destroyed in the nightmare of her past. Then one night it returned with a vengeance, and she desperately needed to find someone to make it stop.

Detective Dane Hollister of the Orlando police department had never met anyone like Marlie. He had doubts about her clairvoyance, but there was no doubt how much he desired her. Her soft, sweet scent set his blood afire, and he wanted to wrap her in his arms and chase the sadness from her eyes. To Marlie, Dane was all heat and hard muscle, and he made her body come alive as it never had before. But not even she could foresee where their passion would lead: a hungry quest for the elusive, dreamy ecstasies of love...and a dangerous journey into the twisted mind of a madman who would threaten their happiness and their lives....


Have you ever heard of the Freshman 15? You know, those 15 pounds that young girls tend to gain when they transition from high school to their college years? If you haven’t, you’re luckier than me.  And then there’s the Romance Writer’s 20. Or 25. Or heyyyy, maybe even 30. That’s the weight some writers might gain once they decide to seriously pursue publishing. Well, in either case, in my case, I can say that English Toffee would be a significant contributing factor. Sweet, chocolaty, smooth. The perfect companion to a great book.


14 tablespoons (1 stick, plus 6 tablespoons) butter
1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons cold water
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Dash salt
1 (6-ounce) bag semisweet chocolate chips or thin chocolate bars
Generously butter a cookie sheet.

Put butter, sugar, and water in a heavy pan or skillet over medium-high heat. Bring to a bubbling boil, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon, about 10 minutes. Remove spoon from pan, and cook to a very brittle stage (300 degrees to 310 degrees F on a candy thermometer). Or, make a cold water test: candy will separate into hard, brittle threads when dropped in cold water. Remove from heat and add nuts to mixture. Add vanilla and salt. Pour onto prepared cookie sheet and spread to 1/4-inch thickness. Cool slightly, top with chocolate chips or chocolate bars, and spread as it melts. Cool completely and break into pieces. Store in an airtight container.



Look at their pictures. Do I need to say more?

Virna DePaul


Dangerous To Her
comes out Aug 23, 2011
For years, court reporter Mattie Nolan kept her child a secret. The man she once loved chose his dangerous job—undercover cop—over her. But now, Sacramento detective Dom Jeffries is all that's standing between her and the drug kingpin set on revenge against everyone who put him away. Including Mattie.

Though teetering on the edge of burnout, Dom goes undercover as a bailiff in Mattie's courtroom. While he pretends not to remember her, thoughts of her touch, her smell and the smile that had been his alone keep resurfacing. Then he uncovers the secret she's protecting. To save the daughter he's never known and the woman he's never forgotten, Dom's ready to sacrifice not just his job, but his life…

Chosen By Fate
comes out October 4, 2011
Although he keeps company with a vampire and a were, human Shaman Caleb O’Flare can hold his own. But neither his psychic ability nor his healing powers can help his sexy-as-hell teammate, Wraith—a ghost with no memory of her human existence, one who cannot experience touch without pain.

No wraith has managed to exist past its tenth year, so Wraith’s time is about to run out. She wants only two things before accepting her fate: to learn her human identity and experience one night with Caleb. Willing to risk any amount of pain, Wraith propositions him. But when a sign of impending death appears on his chest, Wraith sacrifices her own needs on the chance that sex with her could kill him.

Caleb doesn’t understand Wraith’s change of heart but refuses to let her push him away. As the team travels to Los Angeles to investigate a series of crimes in the feline community, Caleb sets out to prove to Wraith that pleasure and love are worth any risk, including death.

*~* GIVEAWAY *~*

Answer the following question to win a $10 Amazon gift card.

I write contemporary romantic suspense and paranormal romantic suspense. WHICH do you find hotter? Cops or Vampires?
Thanks so much for having me here, JoJo, and
CONGRATULATIONS on your anniversary!

*** Giveaway ends tomorrow night 8-11 at midnight, winner named here

Don't forget to check out the
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34 Hottie Follwers Thoughts:

Kelly August 10, 2011 at 10:56 PM  


HI JOJO!!!!!!! *WAVES*

who is hotter.... can I have a Vampire Cop??? That would be perfect....

Yep, that's my answer I want all the good of both...

Thanks JoJo, for having Virna on and CONGRATS on your Blogoversary....

Kelly M

donnas August 10, 2011 at 11:02 PM  

Seriously definitely a vampire cop. Why choose when you can have both.

bacchus76 at myself dot com

Martha Lawson August 10, 2011 at 11:13 PM  

I likes them both!!! Can't wait to read your books, they sound stupendous. I am a big Linda Howard fan also.. Happy Blogoversary, Jo-Jo..

old gfc follower

mlawson17 at hotmail dot com

Danielle West August 10, 2011 at 11:15 PM  

We have to choose between a cop and vampire?! I would go with.... Cop. I love cops!!
Thanks for the giveaway!! Loving this blog-bash!

BLHmistress August 10, 2011 at 11:18 PM  

Without a doubt vampires all the way for me :).


Maria August 11, 2011 at 12:49 AM  

Vampires for me! There are quite a few that I find very hot.

Thanks for the giveaway.

buddyt August 11, 2011 at 1:11 AM  

A couple of months ago I would have said vampires but to be honestI am getting a bit sated with all the books on them out their.

Perhaps it is time to go back to the good old cops !

Thanks for the giveaway.

Carol T

buddytho{at} gmail DOT com

Megan@Riverina Romantics August 11, 2011 at 1:59 AM  

I want the Vampire Cop as well. Other than that my vote is for Vampire. Vampires come first in my book!

rootml1 AT hotmail DOT com

Carol L. August 11, 2011 at 2:03 AM  

Hi Virna, Hi JoJo,
Your books look amazing and I agree about Linda Howard. I'll go with Vampire. :)
Carol L
Lucky4750 (at) aol(dot) com

Victoria August 11, 2011 at 2:51 AM  

I have to go with vampires. I love them :).

sRy_ August 11, 2011 at 4:54 AM  
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Jason August 11, 2011 at 8:08 AM  

Vamps for sure. :[

thanks! jason [at] jasonkivela [dot] com

jfort357 August 11, 2011 at 8:18 AM  

Hello everyone!!! I'll have to say Vampires!!! They're so SEXY & HOT!!! ;-)


Kayla August 11, 2011 at 9:09 AM  
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Tore923 August 11, 2011 at 9:13 AM  

I want a vampire cop too. They are both hot. Please enter me in contest. I would love to read this book.

Michelle Bledsoe August 11, 2011 at 9:35 AM  

Hi Virna and Jo Jo. Virna I have to agree with you, Linda Howard's Dream Man is the best followed by Now You See Her. I have loved her books since she wrote for Harlequin lines.
I think Vampires are cooler. They are unique and mysterious.

koonie2888 at yahoo dot com

Pamk August 11, 2011 at 9:51 AM  

I like them both why not combine them lol. I'll read either one too lol.
scrtsbpal at yahoo dot com

Anne August 11, 2011 at 11:18 AM  

Well, it depends on the type of book. I would say paranormal still has a slight edge for me over romantic suspense so I'd go with vampire.

Janhvi August 11, 2011 at 11:38 AM  

vampires for me!!

GFC-Janhvi Jagtap

justjanhvi at gmail dot com

latishajean August 11, 2011 at 11:46 AM  

I have to say vampires I love them my favorite! Thank you so much great giveaway!
GFC follower/latishajean

Cathy M August 11, 2011 at 12:14 PM  

I have a particular weakness for vampire warriors, but if I had to stick with just one, it would be vampires in a sexy paranormal romance suspense story.

gfc follower
caity_mack at yahoo dot com

Na August 11, 2011 at 12:33 PM  

I read and enjoy both romantic suspense books and paranormal romantic suspense books so I am glad you write in both.

I am going to have to go with vampires! I don't think I can ever tire of them. They are rulers of the night.


DANIELA August 11, 2011 at 2:11 PM  

I love vamps... so if I had to choose I'd say VAMPS"
Although the idea of a Vamp-Cop would be very interesting.
Thanks for the giveaway!

dany7578 at hotmail dot com

Denise Z August 11, 2011 at 2:20 PM  

This is so incredibly hard - I love vamps and cops - I think there should be a vamp cop who is the real good guy and of course very hot - with a strong conviction for righting the wrongs and a hunger for finding the truth :) Ahhhh perfection. Thank you for sharing today and for the wonderful giveaway opportunity, now I want toffee.


Virna DePaul August 11, 2011 at 3:45 PM  

I LOVE that so many of you want a vampire cop! I've written one of those !!! ;) Thanks so much for stopping by. Good luck to everyone!

Barbara E. August 11, 2011 at 5:06 PM  

I'd choose vampire, since they're not as common as cops, although cops are pretty hot. :D

Andrea August 11, 2011 at 7:17 PM  

Congrats on your blogoversary.

Virna, all your books sound good. I'll keep an eye out for them.


Anonymous,  August 11, 2011 at 8:38 PM  

Lol I like the way donnas thinks! Vampire cop! But... if I had to choose I think I would go with... Vampire! I like the idea of the whole eternal lover thing. Yup.


Jen B. August 11, 2011 at 9:11 PM  

I too would like to have a vamp cop. But I do have a little thing for vamps so I would choose vamps! I am reading Chosen By Blood right now so I say VAMPS! I love Knox.
Thanks for the giveaway.

June M. August 11, 2011 at 10:26 PM  

The vamp cop idea is good. If I have to choose, definitely VAMPS! You can pick up handcuffs anywhere but not a vampire, lol.
Thank you for the giveaway.
manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

Amy August 11, 2011 at 11:08 PM  

I am a big lover of all things romance: romantic suspense, paranormal romance, historical romance, etc. I love both vamps and cops. Sexy cops obviously is more realistic though.

GFC follower: Amy

annalisa August 11, 2011 at 11:20 PM  

I like the idea of a vamp cop too! :)

Dream Man is my favorite book written by Linda Howard and Now You See Her is a close second. They are both excellent books!


JoJosBookCorner August 16, 2011 at 5:44 PM  

Sorry for all the delays as i was at AAD for a few days!

First Thank you Virna for partying with us! And thank you all for stopping by!

And the winner is:

Daniela - dany7578@....

Please email me at jojoATjojosbookcornerDOTcom
with what you won in the subject line and your info.

Thanks everyone for stopping by.

Texas Book Lover August 17, 2011 at 9:46 AM  

I know I am late...but I absolutely find vamps hotter than cops.

mmafsmith at gmail dot com

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