Today we are really happy to welcome at Book Lovers Inc the author Alexia Reed! Alexia’s debut novel Hunting the Shadows is scheduled to be published by Carina Press on May 7th and Alexia is here today to discuss with us character crushes. Interesting topic right?
Hunting the Shadows is a new paranormal romance title that promises to be exciting and really interesting. So, let’s welcome Alexia 🙂 And don’t forget to check the end of the post for your chance to win her book.
You never forget your first character crush. There’s something about them that makes them stand out from all the other characters and makes you wish the book and world was real so that you could crawl into it. I remember my first character crush—teen/adult Ramses from the Amelia Peabody series. I first started the series in highschool while I discovered my love of archaeology and anthropology. It had adventure and Egyptology and as the series progressed, hints of romance. And Ramses was…well Indiana Jones with scruples in helping to preserve (we won’t get into the Indiana Jones movies!) the past.
Over the years, I’ve found other crushes: Avery Thorne from My Dearest Enemy by Connie Brockway, Smite Turner from Unravelled by Courtney Milan, Captain Bennett Wolfe from the Caring and Taming of a Rogue by Suzanne Enoch, and Robert Carroway from England’s Perfect Hero by Suzanne Enoch. I’m sure there are many others, but these are the ones that stand out the most out of all the books I’ve read over the years.
While I love dark characters with secrets, the heroes that I fall for more, and stay memorable, are those who don’t go by the alpha convention. Those who are light and funny and sweet. Some of them may not be able to fight and they may be clumsy, but they come through when it’s important. Most importantly, however, they are perfectly charming and know how to treat the heroine.
Have you ever watched Primeval? It’s a UK paranormal show about these anomalies that open up in our world and let creatures from the past (and sometimes the future) into ours. I heart that show so bad, but the main draw is Connor—the geeky, kind of clumsy scholar who has a huge heart. Make me laugh…make me sigh…and you have a huge fan in me.
That’s not to say I don’t have any dark favourites. I do, it’s just that it takes something a little
different to make a character truly different from all the others out there. I’m all for the tortured hero with a past. Believe me, I love these stories!
Who was your first crush? And why?
Amy has spent her life in isolation. Locked away in the Centre, a secret government facility where children with extraordinary abilities are raised as highly skilled fighters, she longs for a normal life. A life where being around people doesn’t overload her sensitive telepathic mind. A life where she can’t see through the eyes of a murderer as he hunts down his next victim…
J.C. Nikolaiev was a top researcher, but when his conscience got the better of him, he tried to destroy his work and free his subjects—and was imprisoned as a traitor. To save himself and prevent more people from dying, J.C. must catch the serial killer stalking the halls of the facility. But his only leads come from a woman whose thoughts have invaded his mind…
Finally out of the psych ward, Amy joins forces with J.C. to find the killer before he closes in on them. Can their growing attraction withstand the truths they uncover?
While in reality Alexia Reed resides in Ontario, she likes to say that she lives in her own little world. A lover of all things scientific and the paranormal, Alexia uses her books as a way to straddle the realms of fact and fiction—and always with a healthy dose of romance thrown in.
When not writing and reading, Alexia paints, and is the caretaker to two neurotic cats.
Alexia has generously offered an e-book copy of Hunting the Shadows to a lucky commenter!
All you have to do is leave a meaningful comment about the interview and answer Alexia’s question: Who was your first crush? And why?
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Giveaway ends on Saturday, May 12th, 2012; we will announce the winner on Sunday.