15th February 2012 - Guest Blogs - 7 Comments

Love Beyond Loyalty Guest Blog.

Today I’ve got the details of Rebecca Royce’s latest release for you to enjoy as part of her Goddess Fish Blog tour! Check out the post for details of her give away!

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What inspired me to write this book?

First of all, let me say thank you for hosting me today and allowing me to talk about Love Beyond Loyalty. The third book in my Outsider series. I am so excited to be here!

Inspiration is a funny thing, especially when a writer is invested in creating a long series that will have several arcs and take the reader on multiple journeys that have many plot twists. For my part, I want each book to feel fresh and enjoyable while holding to the feeling of the series that drew the writing to the book in the first place.

Love Beyond Loyalty was a challenging book to write. On the outside, Gabriel, the main character of Loyalty, is a jerk. He’s course, difficult, and surly. Inspiration couldn’t come from Gabriel (as much as I loved him.) It had to come from his love-Loraine. And with Loraine came much inspiration.

She is sweet, kind, and sometimes bullied. She is beautiful, but she doesn’t believe it. She’s had a guide her whole life, an animal who helped her through tough times and has never abandoned her. I loved Loraine and telling her story made me really want to write this book. Not to mention, Gabriel loved Loraine and the more that he did, the more lovable he became to me and the more heroic he became in the book.

Having a character to love goes a long way to creating inspiration. It’s the writers job to inspire the reader, but sometimes I have to find it first myself.

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Gabriel Ward has no problem with the fact that he’s an Outsider. Hell, he’s always known he was different. What he takes issue with is the idea he has to follow any destiny at all. He’s taken care of himself-and others-since birth. There’s no way he has to start following rules now.

Loraine Peacock can speak to animals. Other than that she thinks she’s just a regular woman making her way in the world. She figures its not that weird. Many people have unusual abilities.

But when Gabriel and Loraine are forced together by a destiny he denies and she is ignorant of, they will both finally have to accept their Outsider legacy and help the others in their quest to defeat the ultimate evil—a demon bent on world destruction. That is, if they can both survive to find their way to the most important part of their destiny: love.

“Are you going to tell me what happened to you? You just stood there and let that wave slam into you. I thought you were dead but Futon knew you were alive.”

Futon? He regarded the dog. A medium sized border collie with black spots stared back at him. His heart sped up. He’d heard that name for a dog before. In fact, it was the same damn dog.

“I know you.” He pointed at the creature. “But the last time I saw you was with an old woman on Magazine Street in New Orleans.”

Gabriel had been working for a shady lingerie storeowner on the bad side of Magazine Street at the time. Trying to find out what Sebastian wanted with the man, he would later uncover that the demon had employed Trent, the owner, to kill virgins by bleeding them to death. Gabriel still didn’t fully understand how it benefited Sebastian and he wasn’t sure he ever would. On his second day, he’d been hassled by an old woman on the street who’d told him Sebastian was in New Jersey and that he needed to hurry up and get there.

She’d spoken of fate and a lot of mumbo-jumbo he hadn’t understood. It had turned out that she was right and he’d high-tailed it off to New Jersey to help stop Sebastian’s assault on the Outsiders. The woman had been with Futon.

The woman shook her head. “There are lots of border collies around this area. You must have seen a different one because Futon never leaves me.”

Excerpt #2 She turned on her heel, and Gabriel’s heart sped up. He walked forward and grabbed her arm, which was tricky to do because he needed to hold up his blanket to prevent from being arrested for public indecency.

“You’re leaving?” God, he wanted to shout, ‘don’t leave.’

Nodding, she gave him that forced smile again, and he wanted to wipe it off her face. “I am. I brought you to Alexa. It’s time for me to go on my way. You’ve told me a lot of stuff I have to digest. Good luck.” She looked at Alexa and he wished that one of his powers was mind reading because he had no clue what was going on inside of hers. “To both of you. It was nice meeting you.”

Pulling her arm free of his grip he thought for a second he felt her shake. Was she okay?

“Loraine, wait a second…”

He wouldn’t have believed she could move that fast. One second she was there and the next she, while still walking, sprinted out of the building.

“Loraine,” he yelled but she didn’t turn around and soon the crowd in the room blocked his view.

Why was she leaving? Like a light turning on, realization struck him. She had used the phrase your Alexa. What did she think his relationship with his oldest friend was?

As a teenager, Rebecca Royce would hide in her room to read her favorite romance novels when she was supposed to be doing her homework. She hopes, these days, that her parents think it was well worth it.

Rebecca is the mother of three adorable boys and is fortunate to be married to her best friend. They live in northern New Jersey and try not to freeze too badly during the winter months.

She’s in love with science fiction, fantasy, and the paranormal and tries to use all of these elements in her writing. She’s been told she’s a little bloodthirsty so she hopes that when you read her work you’ll enjoy the action packed ride that always ends in romance. Rebecca loves to write series because she loves to see characters develop over time and it always makes her happy to see her favorite characters make guest appearances in other books.

In Rebecca Royce’s world anything is possible, anything can happen, and you should suspect that it will.

www.rebeccaroyce.com

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7 responses to “Love Beyond Loyalty Guest Blog.”

  1. Mary Preston says:

    It’s refreshing to hear an author call a main character a jerk. I instantly want to know what’s up with that & to do that I need to read the book.

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  2. Thank you for hosting Rebecca today.

  3. momjane says:

    I really like the idea that a “jerk” can evolve into a hero because of love. Fabulous concept. The story line sounds great also.

  4. Anastasia K says:

    Interesting idea to make a main character a jerk but then again it work in Cruel Intentions, so I’m looking forward to find out how you have done it.

  5. Karen H in NC says:

    So the hero is a jerk? Have you ever written a villain and later he/she became the hero/heroine of his/her own book? Or what about the hero/heroine in a book who later became the villain in another?

  6. Karen-No I haven’t but thats a fabulous idea.

  7. Catherine says:

    I wish I could speak to (and understand) animals. I’d love to know what my cats are saying and thinking.

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