Thursday, March 8, 2012

Blog Tour: Guest Post + Giveaway with Heather Long

X-Men meets Captain Tightpants meets Young Guns. Heather Long's Fevered Hearts series is all that an more. Today she's stopped by to share her latest book in that series and one(1) lucky reader will win a copy. Heather's known for writing different genres but she keeps it hot and sexy.

Meet Heather:
Heather Long lives in Texas with her family and their menagerie of animals. As a child, Heather skipped picture books and enjoyed the Harlequin romance novels by Penny Jordan and Nora Roberts that her grandmother read to her. Heather believes that laughter is as important to life as breathing and that the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy and Santa Claus are very real. In the meanwhile, she is hard at work on her next novel.

Connect with Heather: Author Site | Twitter | Facebook | Blog


Thanks to Kati and Jamie for having me as a guest today. I’m thrilled to talk about one of my favorite series. The Fevered Hearts books are very close to my heart (pardon the pun!). What I originally conceived as a series of novellas turned into an epic landscape, roaming the old west, where the water may be scarce, the ride is long and the men are as tough as the land they live upon. I remember being stunned that it last 80,000 words that first time around.

In the first novel, I introduced readers to Sam Kane, the honorable upstanding Marshal of Dorado and to Scarlett Morning Star, the Fevered girl raised in seclusion and sheltered by her adopted father and seven older brothers. One of those older brothers is Cody. Cody had a bumpy go of it in Marshal, choosing at the end of the book to leave Dorado and the Flying K behind when Sam and Scarlett married.

Brave are the Lonely is his story. It’s also another leg in Kid Kane’s journey. Kid is the youngest Kane sibling, he’s always felt a bit on the outside and he struggles with his own secrets. When Cody saw Kid leaving at the end of Marshal, he followed him. Brave is every bit the story of brotherhood, loyalty and friendship as it is about passion, love, forgiveness, and acceptance.

Cody can be ruthless, but his fierce protectiveness cannot be matched.

Here is an excerpt from Brave Are the Lonely:
Cody followed the curve of the wash trail Kid rode. The faint scent of water, rabbit, scrub brush and mice tickled his nose. The smaller animals went quiet in his passage and he left them be. He wasn’t hungry. Kid’s words echoed in his
ears.

His turn to hunt.

The wolf’s mouth fell open, tongue lolling in the wind, sampling the air. He was ever watchful for the dangerous scent of man. Luckily, they were traveling upwind, which brought the scents to him. He would know they were there long before they appeared. Kid was safe for the time being, which meant Cody could roam.

The young man’s frequent visits to every hovel they came across left the wolf bewildered. He refused to follow him to closely, the smell of unwashed bodies, cooking food and strangeness overwhelming. But he never strayed far.

He’d ambushed one angry husband who came after Kid at their first town and frightened off another at the third town. Kid’s insatiable appetites for female companionship didn’t make him discriminating. They’d even spent one rainy night
at a remote farmhouse. Cody in the barn with the horses while Kid seduced the absent farmer’s daughter. At least she didn’t have a husband.

The wolf understood the husband’s anger, the rage at Kid’s philandering. But Kid was pack. That meant Cody would protect him.

A long escarpment of rocky outcroppings beckoned. The sun-drenched stone would be warm in the air that turned progressively chilly the further west and higher up they went. Kid said they’d be in the mountains soon, but the distant peaks were closer than Kid believed. Cody grew up on a mountain, one didn’t have to go higher to find the colder air.

Home flashed through his mind. The scents of the lake, the rich pines, firs and cedars were fresh to his tongue. A familiar flame haired female splashing in the icy cold lake, heating the water at the edges until the boys could frolic there as well.

The howl tore out of his throat before he could stop it, hard, long and keening. Scarlett chose another. Cody understood that. She was happy. The man was happy for her.

The wolf missed her.

The land went silent around him, what few critters that hadn’t scrambled out of his way huddled quietly, sure that the end was near. Cody ignored them all. He’d caught the scent of deer the night before. He wanted venison, sick of rabbit, squirrel, grouse and fish. The wolf wouldn’t bother with it all, but Kid said it was his turn.

Now that you’ve had a glimpse at the book, all you have to do is leave a comment with your email address to be entered to win a free eCopy of Brave are the Lonely.

BRAVE ARE THE LONELY:
click for an excerpt
When the spirit fever struck a town, a village or an outpost, it left few if any survivors. The white man blamed the Indian saying they used their mojo on them. The Indians blamed the white man for angering the spirits. The survivors knew it didn’t matter. The Fevered were forever changed.

When death seemed preferable…

Mourning his mate drove fevered wolf shifter Cody out of Texas, but a brother’s need drags him back from the brink.

…and good deeds never go unpunished…
Gypsy princess Mariska only wants to protect her people and her freedom, but a dangerous choice puts her on a collision course with an angry wolf.

…the best thing that could happen to him…
When Cody touches Mariska, his wolf cannot escape the hunger that fills him. For Mariska, Cody’s touch brings her a pleasure she never imagined, but is it enough to heal his fractured soul?

…was the last thing he expected.
As danger stalks all three of them, they must confront who they are or risk losing Cody forever.

His wolf. His woman. His way.
Where To Buy: Kindle | Nook | All Romance
Book Extras: Read Ch1 | Read Ch2
Other Books in Series:
click to read Ch1

Okay peeps, Heather is graciously offering a copy of BRAVE ARE THE LONELY to one(1) lucky reader and it's open internationally. Yay!! Here's how to enter:
  • Leave a meaningful comment for Heather about historical paranormals. Do you read them? If so, do you have a favorite?
  • Fill out the rafflecopter form. You must leave a comment for Heather. All other entries are optional.
A huge thank you to Brandy for forwarding correspondence between Heather and us. Another huge thank you to Heather for hanging out on the blog and for providing the giveaway copy.

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