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Monday, October 29, 2012

Greek Gods & A Giveaway with Rosanna Leo

     I’d like to offer a big thank you to Jennifer Labelle for hosting me on her blog today. It’s always such a pleasure to be here!

     Being October 30, I can’t help but talk a little bit today about Hallowe’en, a festival that celebrates dead things and creepy crawlies. It’s my favorite time of year. However, I don’t tend to think so much of the dead, as I do of those who’ve escaped death. In romance literature, this idea fascinates me, as I know it does so many others. After all, who among us has NOT fantasized about being loved by one of the undead, or one who can’t die?

     I’ve dealt with this theme a lot in my novels. Most of my works are paranormal so the “black moment” in them inevitably has to do with escaping from the grasping clutch of death. My Greek gods are, for all intents and purposes, immortal. But can they escape death even when it threatens the women they love? My Selkie is a mythological creature come true in my novel of the same name. Selkies have unusually long lives, but will death come for him in the end as well? These men, astounding and powerful as they are, all have to confront death in one way or another when their women are threatened, and you might be surprised at the outcomes.

     Can love truly conquer death? I’d like to think it can, even if only in the novels.

     Tell me about your favorite “black moment” of all time in a novel or film. Comment here, and you could win a copy of my latest release The Selkie! I look forward to reading your comments.




This was supposed to be her year. However, after losing her job and discovering her fiancé cheating, Maggie Collins has her doubts. When her grandmother dies, she hits rock bottom. Maggie travels to her grandmother’s home in Orkney, Scotland to sort through her gran’s things, only to discover the old woman has left her a seal pelt as her inheritance. She also learns that others are after the pelt.

To add to her frustration, Maggie’s dreams are filled with luscious images of a long-haired man, images that draw her to the magical beaches in Orkney. Although she’s lost her trust in men, this dream man inspires her with a lust she’s never known before.

Calan Kirk has also been dreaming. Dreaming of Maggie, the mortal woman who arouses him as no other woman ever has. Meeting her in the flesh when she arrives in Orkney is nothing short of spontaneous sexual combustion. But she is a human, and not to be trusted. He needs the seal pelt, not a red-haired temptress.

As a thief ransacks Maggie’s grandmother’s house, Maggie and Calan are thrust together. They must search for the animal skin, a mythical relic which once found, will either bring them together or rip them apart forever. 


She was attempting to stand on her wobbly legs, only to fall back down on her bottom, when she heard the sound of splashing water. Thinking it was her seal, Maggie turned to look.

Her breath caught in her throat. It wasn’t the animal at all.

It was a man. He was rising out of the waves, walking toward her. She froze. He was nude, utterly nude, and was staring at her with overflowing intimacy. As if they’d had, God help her, relations.

And she realized, with sudden panic, they’d had! In her dreams. He was the seal-man from all her sex dreams.

No. Impossible.

Her first instinct was to call for help, but there was no one near. And then she realized with frightening awareness that she didn’t want any help anyway. Glued to her spot, she couldn’t help but drink him in.

He was beautiful, if unnervingly wet and naked. He had long, shiny, brown hair that hung down past his shoulders. His face could have belonged on an ad for expensive cologne, and he had a body to match. Sculpted shoulders gave way to arms corded in muscle. His defined chest was blanketed by a smattering of sparse, brown hair that led tantalizingly to his rock-hard abs.

Maggie held her breath as her gaze traveled lower on his body, taking in trim calves and thighs a quarterback would envy. And, she noted with simultaneous hunger and horror, his penis was the biggest she’d ever had the pleasure of seeing. It was thick and long and glistening with the droplets of water that yet cascaded over his body. And it seemed to be reaching for her. She gulped, and forced herself to look back up at his face.

There was a faint glow about his skin, a shimmery aura. Dismissing it as a trick of the moonlight, she shook her head.

He was almost upon her, and his full lips were taut in a teasing grin. Maybe he was a surfer who’d lost not only his board, but his shorts in the waves. She knew she should be frantic, but wasn’t. There was something in his brown eyes that was so familiar, so soothing, even as they swept over her own body with lustful appreciation.

He stopped in front of her, and stood boldly, unashamed of his glorious nakedness. She managed to spit out one hushed word. “You.”

“You,” was his equally awed reply.

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I'd like to thank Rosanna for joining us today. The Selkie sounds like an awesome read. Don't forget to leave your email address' when you comment for a chance to win it. Rosanna will announce her winner on Thursday November 1, 2012.
Best wishes,
~Author Jennifer Labelle~


  1. A very interesting topic you've chosen. I do believe that true love has the power to transcend death and evil. As for paranormal creatures, I have a thing for vamps and find them to be quite sexy, indeed. Though a certain Selkie might make me expand my list of loves. Awesome post!

    1. Hi Ashlynne. Thank you. This topic is near to my heart- I love a story that pulls the heartstrings

  2. I think my favorite "black moment" is in JR Ward's Lover Eternal when Rhage agrees to let Mary go forever, so she can live. He is practically immortal and she is a human dying of cancer. His sacrifice is amazing.

    1. Hi Ann! That is indeed a good one. As much as I love a happy ending, some stories just wrench you! Thanks for coming.

  3. Okay, don't laugh, but my favorite Love conquering Death moment ever is from Disney's Beauty and the Beast. *hangs her immature 4yr old head in shame* IMO that's the best love story, and I always tear up when the Beast changes in the end. I guess I'll never grow up. ;)

    1. Hi Lori! That is nothing to hang your head over! Beauty and the Beast is one of my all-time faves. One of my fave theatrical moments ever was getting to see the amazing Chuck Wagner of Boradway fame playing the Beast in the Toronto production. Sheer beauty! And I weep at it too! Thanks for commenting!

  4. There are many love conquering death moments that I have enjoyed. JR Ward is good at adding them to her stories. And of course I am a big Harry Potter fan.
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    1. Hi Debby! Ooh, will always love each and ever Harry Potter (although I cheated and watched the movies, rather than read the books!) Thanks for visiting!

  5. I just finished a YA contemporary that's really sticking with me. It's called Chasing Nikki by Lacey Weatherford. Without revealing any spoilers, I love that the hero loves the heroine enough to do what's best for himself even though it's not easy for him.

    Thanks for the giveaway! I've had The Selkie on my Amazon wishlist since I first heard about it (it sounds great!) so it would be awesome to win it.

    1. Hi Tawnya! Thank-you - that is so amazing to hear I've been on your wishlist!! Chasing Nikki sounds very intriguing! Thanks again.

  6. No need to enter me I have all of Rosanna's books I am just here to support her and tell you all what a fantastic writer she is. Carin

  7. I'm with Carin. I have all of Rosanna's books and she is a fantastic author.

  8. I would love to read this book. It sounds very good. Please enter me in contest.

  9. My favorite "black moment" is from Confessor (Terry Goodkind) where the hero saves the world but not sure if the love of his life will survive since she is integral to the plan to save everyone.
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  10. Hi all! Thanks again to Jennifer for having me. I'm a little late with my announcement due to day job demands, but I am now here to announce the winner...Tawnya!! Thanks Tawnya for your great black moment and thanks to all for joining me here and for your interest!


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