Guest Post: Virna DePaul’s Twelve Resolutions for 2012 + Giveaway!

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Virna DePaul

We are excited to welcome National Bestselling Author Virna DePaul back to BLI today! Virna is here on the next stop of her blog tour celebrating the release of Chosen By Sin, the third book in her highly acclaimed Para Ops Series. Fans of Virna’s series will know Chosen By Sin is sexy Werebeast Dex Hunt’s story & I for one can’t wait to “sink my teeth” into this one. 🙂

Virna is a very busy lady! She is a former prosecutor and multi-published author of paranormal romance and contemporary romantic suspense. In addition to her extensive Back List and Chosen By Sin, which hit the stands January 1, 2012, we can look forward to her next contemporary romantic suspense, It Started That Night coming from Harlequin in May 2012, and Shades Of Desire, will be published by HQN in June 2012.

Virna has a fun post to share with us today, and a sneak peek into Dex’s book! Please pay careful attention to the awesome giveaway opportunities detailed at the end of Virna’s article!

Take it away Virna!

Welcome to stop #5 in my blog tour For Chosen By Sin (Para-Ops #3).

Thank you to Book Lovers Inc. for having me here today! This tour focuses on my writing and my paranormal series, but also my Twelve Resolutions for 2012, as well as the resolutions of my hero in Chosen By Sin, werebeast Dex Hunt. Those of you who know Dex know he’s a bit…difficult, so I’m curious to see what he comes up with. (Psst: Dex doesn’t actually know it, but his “resolutions” are more like a Twelve-Step Program designed by me to get him to his HEA).

I’ll be giving away a prize to one commenter from this blog stop, but I’m also giving away one grand prize to one blog tour follower. See the giveaway details below! 🙂

The Para-Ops Series: Five years after the Second Civil War ends, humans and Otherborn—humanlike creatures with superhuman DNA—still struggle for peace. To ensure the continued rights of both, the FBI forms a Para-Ops team with a unique set of skills. (Chosen By Blood (Book 1), Chosen By Fate (Book 2))

So what’s Resolution #5 for me? Use my home office! I have a one-story house with lots of wood floors and three young boys. A couple of years ago, my husband built me an office in the garage so I could have my own “get away” space. It’s pretty and cozy with a row of tall bookcases with all my books! The only problem is I still associate working in my office with working at home, and I’m constantly distracted by the million and one things I need to do there. So usually I write in the main house or at Starbucks.

And what’s Resolution #5 for Dex Hunt?

Here’s a hint from Chosen By Sin.

“Let me see your arms, Ella.” His tone brooked no disobedience. Although Ella initially hesitated, she finally stepped closer and held out her arms. Dex tugged up her sleeves and examined the marks. The patches ran from her wrists to her elbows, the wounds shiny and still healing.

“These are skin graphs. Why? If you’re not sick, why would—”

“Please don’t tell Jes,” Ella pleaded, on the verge of crying again. “Don’t tell her you saw. She’s just trying to help us.”

He struggled to get past his confusion. “Us?”

“The Draci. She wants to help us live longer and I want that, too. I don’t care how much it hurts. I’ll do what you say and Jes will keep doing her experiments and she’ll find a way to make us live longer. That’s all that matters.”

“She’s experimenting on you?” Dex breathed out, his head starting to pound.

Dex, it hurts so much.

Denial pushed into his brain and outward. He grabbed his head and groaned.

No, no. Not Jes. She made him feel good. She helped others.

Didn’t she?

Dex’s fifth resolution is to whole-heartedly trust Jes, a vampire female he’s come to love and respect, even in the face of damning evidence and past mistakes.

Want to see a trailer I made depicting the Para-Ops characters as I see them? Dex is particularly yummy! Here’s the link

Chosen By Sin by Virna DePaul

Length: 254 Pages
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Series: Para-Ops Book III
Release Date: January 1, 2012
Formats Available: Paperback, Kindle
Purchasing Info: Author’s Website,, Goodreads, Nook, Kindle

Book Blurb:

The longest life isn’t always the happiest one…

For now, werebeast Dex Hunt serves on the Para-Ops team, but his true purpose is to kill the werewolf leader he blames for his mother’s death. Biding his time, Dex keeps his emotional distance from his team members and anyone else he might care for, including a mysterious vampire he met in L.A.

As a doctor, vampire Jesmina Martin has dedicated her immortal life to healing others. As a scientific researcher, she’s trying to prolong life spans, in particular those of her adoptive dragon-shifter family and the werewolf who saved her as a child. Her greatest hope lies with Dex, a werebeast she believes can gift immortality to others.

Only Dex knows nothing about his gift or the fact Jesmina wants to harness it. After a passionate night together neither expects to see the other again. Weeks later, they are reunited in France and forced to acknowledge a fragile miracle—a new life struggling to survive. At the same time, they must stop a group of rebel shape-shifters hoping to unleash every demon in hell. But before Dex and Jesmina can save their child or the world, they must relinquish their secrets, face their fears, and open themselves to love.

Where to find Virna:

Chosen By Sin Website


Thanks to Virna’s generosity we have a copy of one of her backlist books for one lucky commenter!

All you have to do is leave a meaningful comment about the post or a question for Virna!

(You can read our full giveaway policy here)

Please leave a valid email when placing your comment so we can inform you if you win.

This giveaway is open worldwide!

Giveaway ends on Friday, January 20th; and we will announce the winner on Sunday.


What was Dex’s “resolution” that Virna talked about today?

Do you know the answer? Fantastic!! Because…

Virna is also gifting a $100 Amazon gift card to one randomly selected reader who leaves the answer to this question during the blog tour. Go to: VIRTUAL TOUR GRAND PRIZE You can be entered to win the grand prize once each day by simply following the tour from January 9 – 20, and leaving your answer with each day’s different resolution!!

Virna is also offering autographed copies of CHOSEN BY SIN for purchase during this blog tour. To purchase an autographed copy, please click on the link for information

Good luck!

About Lea

Lea is an animal loving, tree hugging vegetarian who lives in Toronto, Canada with her family, which includes three dogs. She is a prolific reader and has been blogging and reviewing since 2008. Lea is a contributor at the USA Today HEA Blog and an active member at Goodreads.

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  • Virna DePaul January 13, 2012 at 8:25 am

    Lea, thank you so much for having me here today! You’ve been a wonderful supporter of both me and my series, and I can’t tell you how much I appreciate you. I love your site and your readers and they are lucky to have you! 🙂

    • Lea January 13, 2012 at 8:40 am

      You are most welcome Virna! 🙂 Thank you for joining us!!

  • miki January 13, 2012 at 8:52 am

    I couldn’t wait this day when i saw you came in the calendar but it was before i learned of your blog tour that i try to follow everyday ( i really hope to win one book at least ^^;;)

    I really can understand your problem with your home office…i’m still a student but my mother put me a desk in front of the fire ( health problem) so i could study without hurting. That’s great really except that i still think i have to help and she forgot i’m studying so i’m here and she ask me something or i saw she needs help and in the end…studying is difficult and i revert to my room ( i will have to make that to be a resolution too^^;;)

    all the best


    • Virna DePaul January 13, 2012 at 2:51 pm

      That sounds just like my mom! 🙂 Glad you are enjoying the tour.

  • aurian January 13, 2012 at 9:10 am

    Thanks for the guestpost Virna, I enjoyed reading it. I have to admit that I have not yet started reading your books, but they are on my wishlist! Looking forward to this para-ops series especially.

    auriansbooks at gmail dot com

    • Virna DePaul January 13, 2012 at 2:51 pm

      I hope you get a chance to try the series. Thanks!

  • Book Savvy Babe January 13, 2012 at 11:10 am

    Using your home office is a good resolution, my office is a separate room in the house, but my young boys just follow me in there… I haven’t started this series yet, but I am looking forward to it, thanks for the GP and contest! booksavvybabe at gmail dot com
    Book Savvy Babe

    • Virna DePaul January 13, 2012 at 2:52 pm

      Thanks for stopping by! Have a great weekend, V

  • Tamsyn January 13, 2012 at 11:14 am

    I enjoyed the post. I haven’t read the Chosen series yet and look forward to checking it out.

    • Virna DePaul January 13, 2012 at 2:52 pm

      Glad you enjoyed the post Thanks!

  • Sue P. January 13, 2012 at 11:30 am

    Always fun to hear your thoughts Virna. Can’t wait to read this one. To you do these resolutions every year? How successful have you been?

    • Virna DePaul January 13, 2012 at 2:53 pm

      My resolutions are more casual intentions. Not quite like these. But it’s actually a nice change.

  • elaing8 January 13, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    Hi Virna,
    Which one of your covers is your favorite?
    Great snippet.

    • Virna DePaul January 13, 2012 at 2:54 pm

      Ooooh, that’s a hard one. I think they’re gorgeous as a group. Each has qualities that I love. I love the way CBB depicts Knox as elegantly sexy. For Wraith, the color is gorgeous and really captures that badass quality of hers. And for the third, the model really looks the way I envision Dex.

  • Marie-Claude January 13, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    I really need to start reading this serie!!! It look sooooooo good.

  • Vanessa N. January 13, 2012 at 1:01 pm

    Can’t wait to read this series. I love shifters and vampires. I can’t wait to see how Dex deals with the situation frm the excerpt.

    • Virna DePaul January 13, 2012 at 6:26 pm

      Vampires and shifters are my faves too! Thanks for commenting!

  • Sue Sattler January 13, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    I can’t wait to get started on this series. Thank you for sharing.

  • Virna DePaul January 13, 2012 at 2:54 pm

    Thanks! Hope you try out the series!

  • Viki S. January 13, 2012 at 3:04 pm

    It makes perfect sense to me. I think we are always mom first, especially when they’re only a few steps away. Sure hope you fulfill this resolution. It’s selfish of me I know ;).


    • Virna DePaul January 13, 2012 at 6:25 pm

      Yes, perfect sense! Can’t do everything perfectly!

  • Susan W. January 13, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    There are times when I think I would like to have a job where I worked from home but I don’t have to will power to focus on the job. I would find a hundred and one things that needed to be done around the house “first”. LOL!

    The more excerpt I read about Dex the more I like him. I can’t wait to read this series!

    • Virna DePaul January 13, 2012 at 6:26 pm

      I know! It’s always a two-edged sword. So glad you’re enjoying the excerpts.

  • Sheryl N January 13, 2012 at 7:31 pm

    I am going to start by saying I LOVE this series!!! I think Dex just took over from Knox as my fave!! I know who my favorite characters are, but which one has been your favorite to write about? Also, whose story are you most excited about writing? Thanks!!


    • Virna DePaul January 14, 2012 at 6:57 pm

      So thrilled to hear that, thank you! I think it was Knox, but I agree, Dex was so nuanced and complex, he’s probably pulled ahead. 🙂

  • Barbara Elness January 13, 2012 at 8:14 pm

    This is such a great series. I enjoyed the post and the excerpts and I’m looking forward to reading Chosen by Sin.

    Barbed1951 at aol dot com

    • Virna DePaul January 14, 2012 at 6:57 pm

      Thank you! I hope you enjoy CBS.

  • Jen B. January 13, 2012 at 8:26 pm

    I love this series. I have recommended it to so many people. I am so excited that Dex falls for a vampire. He is such a great, complicated character. I am so glad he is getting his HEA!

    • Virna DePaul January 14, 2012 at 6:58 pm

      Thank you for recommending the series. I really appreciate it!

  • Stephanie A. January 13, 2012 at 8:29 pm

    Trusting someone in my opinion is harder than loving them. But trusting someone you love should be hands down. What good is love if you can’t trust the one you’re with? All these snipets is making me love this book before I can read it! I have mine on special order 🙂 thank you for this!

    • Virna DePaul January 14, 2012 at 6:59 pm

      Thank you for ordering a special copy. I’m glad you’re enjoying the snippets and hope Dex’s story touches you.

  • StacieD January 13, 2012 at 8:58 pm

    Dex sounds like such a guarded man. I like tortured heroes so I’m sure I will love him. Congratulations on the new release Virna!

    • Virna DePaul January 14, 2012 at 6:59 pm

      Thank you! I love tortured heroes too…

  • Bethany C. January 13, 2012 at 9:12 pm

    I really like the use of color in these covers. Chosen by Sin is my favorite yet- love the green!


  • Barb P January 13, 2012 at 9:24 pm

    Hi Virna! I’ve had a great time following you on the Blog Tour. I Love the series. I’ve enjoyed all of the new blogs such as this one. Happy to visit a new site. I can’t wait to read Dex’s story. Thanks for the giveaway!

    • Virna DePaul January 14, 2012 at 7:01 pm

      Thank you for following the tour! I’m glad you’ve enjoyed it so far and hope you enjoy CBS too! 🙂

  • Stephanie A. January 13, 2012 at 9:55 pm

    I don’t know what happened to my comment…

    Trusting someone in my opinion is harder than loving them. Trusting someone you love shouldn’t be. But then again, what’s the point in love if you can’t trust them? I love this series and have this one on order! Thank you!

    • Virna DePaul January 14, 2012 at 7:01 pm

      Thanks you for commenting and reading the series! 🙂

  • Kathryn Merkel January 13, 2012 at 11:54 pm

    I’m really enjoying learning about Dex through the excerpts that highlight his resolutions. What a neat idea for a blog tour. Have you done anything like this before?

    drainbamaged.gyzmo at

    • Virna DePaul January 14, 2012 at 7:02 pm

      I’ve never done these unified posts before, but I’m really enjoying it! Glad you are, too. Take care, V

  • Pamk January 14, 2012 at 12:17 am

    loved loved loved the first one in this series and am looking forward to reading he next one or dozen.
    scrtsbpal at yahoo dot com

    • Virna DePaul January 14, 2012 at 7:02 pm

      So happy you enjoyed CBB. Thank you!

  • bn100 January 14, 2012 at 2:58 am

    This book sounds great! Thanks for the giveaway.

  • roro @roro is reading[rogier] January 14, 2012 at 3:12 am

    I can’t wait to get started on this series. Thank you for sharing.
    rogcaprino [at ]

  • Anne R January 14, 2012 at 8:11 am

    I can only imagine the challenges of working from home, I think I would struggle. I get easily distracted with multiple other projects around the house. However, having a dedicated space to escape to would help. Good luck with this resolution. Thanks for the great virtual. Cant wait to read Dex’s story!
    areeths at new dot rr dot com

    • Virna DePaul January 14, 2012 at 7:03 pm

      A dedicated space is great, I agree! 🙂 Thanks for commenting!

  • JenM January 14, 2012 at 8:31 am

    I know many people think it would be great to work at home, but I know from experience that I get way too distracted at home. In my brain, home is for fun, not for work. Best wishes on the book.

    • Virna DePaul January 14, 2012 at 7:04 pm

      Sometimes I do better with fewer choices, too. Thanks!

  • Victoria Zumbrum January 14, 2012 at 11:42 am

    Virna I would love to read your books. They sound very good. Please enter me in contest.

    • Virna DePaul January 14, 2012 at 7:04 pm

      Thanks for stopping by! Good luck with the giveaway.

  • Tracey D January 14, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    Dex’s fifth resolution is to whole-heartedly trust Jes, a vampire female he’s come to love and respect, even in the face of damning evidence and past mistakes.

    I look forward in continuing this series.

    booklover0226 at gmail dot com

  • Maria D. January 14, 2012 at 3:49 pm

    I can totally understand why Dex’s pain in this scene. How many more books are you planning in this series? Thanks for the short excerpt and the giveaway!

    junegirl63 at gmail dot com

    • Virna DePaul January 14, 2012 at 7:05 pm

      I’m planning on at least one more, but if readers remain interested, I’d like to write about other characters I’ll be adding to the team. Thanks for your comment.

  • Diane Sallans January 14, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    I’ve really got to start reading this series to get these characters straight – this snippets are really a bit of a tease.
    sallans d at yahoo dot com

  • Virna DePaul January 14, 2012 at 7:05 pm

    A good tease, I hope! Thank you for your interest. V

  • Brandy Swain January 15, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    love the excerpt! Can’t wait to read it. I still need to get Chosen by Fate!

  • Christy January 15, 2012 at 7:46 pm

    I love reading about Dex and all the resolutions. Wow whats Dex to do now that he sees Jess is still experimenting? I’m really interested in the series. christina_92 at

    • Virna DePaul January 15, 2012 at 10:57 pm

      He’s def conflicted. Thanks for stopping by!

  • Yadira A. January 15, 2012 at 7:54 pm

    CONGRATS Virna on the release and I wish you much success with your upcoming releases this year!

    • Virna DePaul January 15, 2012 at 10:57 pm

      Thank you so much for your support!

  • Sophia Rose January 15, 2012 at 9:43 pm

    That is a valid goal that probably involves more than just occupying the space of your office, but the time there too. Good luck!

    Ah, That was a potentially sad excerpt- trust. Thanks for the share!

    Thanks for the giveaway opportunity.

    • Virna DePaul January 15, 2012 at 10:58 pm

      Yes, time is always an issue! Thanks for following the tour. I appreciate it! V

  • Marlene Breakfield January 16, 2012 at 7:46 pm

    Dex sounds like a really tortured hero and he looks really yummy in the trailer. I can’t wait to read his story.

    • Virna DePaul January 18, 2012 at 12:26 pm

      Yes, Dex pulls at my heartstrings. Glad you like the look of him! Good luck!

  • Grace January 17, 2012 at 10:57 am

    The book sounds interesting! I look forward to reading it.

    • Virna DePaul January 18, 2012 at 12:26 pm

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting! 🙂

  • LadyVampire January 18, 2012 at 9:35 am

    Its so odd how just being a few feet farther from the house makes you gravitate towards it, both in mind and body. You left for space and time apart. To get away from the noise and distractions. But when you leave..your even more there in your mind. I know how it is because I go through it sometimes to. Its funny how life works sometimes.

    • Virna DePaul January 18, 2012 at 12:27 pm

      For me, life is always so complicated, but when it clicks or I slow down enough to enjoy it, it’s such a thrill! Take care, V

  • Sebrina January 18, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    I’m enjoying reading about the books (I haven’t read them Yet). They’re on my TBR list. Thank you for all the blog stops and the chances at winning! It’s very cool…♥

  • donnas January 20, 2012 at 12:03 am

    Congrats on the release! Really looking forward to Chosen by Sin.

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