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Novel "Beautiful Disaster" Poised to Eclipse "Twilight"

Please Note:  "The House on Black Lake" has been adapted to screenplay. Go to Home Page to view provocative trailer by award winning cinematographer. The story chronicles a  woman's journey of self discovery and transformation in the French Canadian underground. There are three tattooed charmers in HOBL, and a woman ready to leave her "perfect" life behind.

An obscure new book by an unknown indie author is set for a major breakout. Beautiful Disaster by Jamie Mcguire is a simple tale, the story of a good girl and a bad boy.

"The new Abby Abernathy is a good girl. She doesn’t drink or swear, and she has the appropriate percentage of cardigans in her wardrobe. Abby believes she has enough distance between her and the darkness of her past, but when she arrives at college with her best friend America, her path to a new beginning is quickly challenged by Eastern University’s Walking One-Night Stand.

Travis Maddox, lean, cut, and covered in tattoos, is exactly what Abby needs—and wants—to avoid. He spends his nights winning money in a floating fight ring, and his days as the charming college co-ed. Intrigued by Abby’s resistance to his charms, Travis tricks her into his daily life with a simple bet. If he loses, he must remain abstinent for a month. If Abby loses, she must live in Travis’ apartment for the same amount of time. Either way, Travis has no idea that he has met his match."

Jamie McGuire was raised in Blackwell, Oklahoma, and now resides in Enid, Oklahoma with her two  daughters. The author began her writing career in 2009 when she finished the first  of the Providence  series (young adult paranormal) in eleven weeks.

Ms. McGuire, like Stephanie Myers, author of the Twilight series, has struck an immediate and deep cord with readers. The cover of Beautiful Disaster  has created quite a controversy, but it is the tattooed bad boy Travis that has thrust the novel to the top of book and e-book sellers lists.

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20 Best Tattooed and Pierced Bad Boys in Romance Novels

Please Note:  The House on Black Lake has been adapted to screenplay. Go to Home Page to view provocative trailer by award winning cinematographer.

All three of the central male characters in The House on Black Lake sport tattoos. Charismatic Ramey Sandeley  has "In One Man Lie All the Mysteries of the Universe" in ancient script across the high arch of his perfectly formed backside. Ramey's cousin, Georgie LaPointe, the decadent Montreal rock god, has an intricate tribal band encircling his immense triceps. And sensuous French artist Andre Labat has a vicious rattler inked up his arm. There is also a tattooed and pierced Oriana, who has a taste for both sexes and hidden rooms in the back of her Old Montreal salon where taboos are broken by discreet adults.

In a dream sequence (or perhaps a look into her future) protagonist Alexandra Brighton dreams she is tied to a four poster and about to receive a branding of her lover's initials as part of her wedding ceremony. The finality of the ceremony will have her branding the groom in turn, followed by consummation of their unbreakable vows. A ring may be removed - but a branding is forever. Alexandra has lived her life as "the good girl", the perfect daughter, wife, and mother. But society does not reward her efforts as she seeks freedom from a suffocating marriage. She is about to turn "bad" and the trio of men will aid in her journey to self actualization.

I have researched romance forums (thanks to Amazon community and others) and the following novels feature the best of the tattooed and pierced heroes/anti heroes  in romance novels.  The novels featuring the marked bad boys are as follows:

1. Ink Spots by Lissa Matthews

2. Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire

3. Rock Hard by Olivia Cunning

4. Backstage Pass (Sinners on Tour Book 1) by Olivia Cunning

5. Nauti Boys Trilogy by Lora Leigh

6. Rock Me (Ross Siblings Book 2) by Cherrie Lynn

7. Making Chase (The Chase Brothers, Book 4) by Lauren Dane

8.Obsession Untamed (Feral Warriors Book 3) by Pamela Palmer

9. Squeeze Play (Richmond Rogue Series)  by Kate Angell - for those who prefer it "light"

10. Lover Unbound (Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 5) by J.R. Ward - a number to choose from

11.  Lead Me On (Tumble Creek) by Victoria Dahl

12. Rough Edges by Ashlynn Pierce

13. Redeeming Characters by Jennefer L. Hart

14.Tempting Alibi by Sylvannah Stuart

15. Cracklin' Rosie: Blue Jeans and Hard Hats book 2 by Lissa Matthews

16. Carnal Ecstacy by Lisa Matthews

17.What the Librarian Did by Karina Bliss

18. ICE (The Elite Forces Series Book 1) by Anne Stuart

19. Lady of Desire by Galen Foley

20. Lords of the Underworld series by Gena Showalter

The sexy male model  featured on Pamela Palmers cover of Hunger Untamed  is featured in The House on Black Lake trailer, which may be viewed on Home Page.

 

 

 

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20 Best "I Love You" Scenes in Romance Novels

Please Note: "The House on Black Lake" has been adapted to screenplay. To view provocative trailer filmed by acclaimed cinematographer go to Home Page.

Tender, vulnerable words, and the expression of  "I love you" are powerful when spoken by a man for the first time. This is especially true of a powerful alpha male.

In The House on Black Lake Ramey Sandeley breaks down at one point and tells Alexandra: "The first time I saw you was the first time I felt myself come alive. Your eyes pierced through mine like razor blades and I saw in you all the wonders of the universe. I felt I had found my mate, someone I could share all the crazy fantasies, ideas and dreams. And in the darkness, every night, I wished you close to me to stave off the montrous evils that dogged me. It was you, only you . . ."

Later, Alexandra asks Ramey to tell her he loves her, even if he doesn't mean it. He expresses his love and tells her he means it. Later Ramey recants his statement and exclaims that he doesn't believes loves exists, it's only nature's way of assuring reproduction. Yet, Alexandra will not accept this definition. She believes we feel love because we wish to create, not replicate. Their struggle to resolve  feelings will lead both to the brink of destruction, and to experience a powerful new emotion, neither has ever  felt.

I have researched romance novel forums to determine the most popular novels with great "I love you" scenes. The top novels are as follows:

1. When He Was Wicked by Julia Quinn

2. Paradise by Judith McNaught

3. A Kingdom of Dreams by Judith McNaught

 4. The Duchess by Jude Devereaux

5. Flowers From the Storm by Laura Kinsale

6. Rough Riders Series by Lorelie James

7. Lover Awakened (Black Dagger Brotherhood Series) by J.R. Ward

8. . Persuasion by Jan Austen

9. Almost Heaven by Judith McNaught

10. Texas Destiny by Lorraine Heath

11. Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon

12. After The Storm by Tia Isabella

13. Shades of Twilight by Linda Howard

14. Last Chance Rescue Series by Christy Reece

15. Keegan's Lady by Catherine Anderson

16. Simply Love by Catherine Anderson

17. Crazy for Lovin' You by Lisa G. Brown

19. Married by Morning by Lisa Kleypas

20. Simply Love by Catherine Anderson

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Top Ten Jealous Alpha Males in Romance Novels

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Actors Wade Gotwals and Anastasia Blackwell in scene from "The House on Black Lake"

ATTENTION READERS: New Romantic Fantasy, The Chamber of Curiosities is NOW AVAILABLE.  Be the first to read, review, and start discussions on forums. The seductive tale, set in a carnival in an ancient land, features a host of characters with intense love obsessions who experience jealousy and rage at loss of control over beloved.

Ramey Sandeley from The House on Black Lake experiences his first taste of jealousy when Alexandra Brighton and her son Samuel visit the summer home he shares with his wife Ruth and five young children. Ramey has never heard the word "No" and is not accustomed to being turned down or having romantic feelings towards anyone. He views his business and personal life as a series of conquests, and is always the winner.

His first taste of the bitter drug of jealousy comes on the day Alexandra spends a long afternoon in the arms of seductive young French artist Andre Labat. His confrontation following her liaison illuminates  untapped feelings and reveals a darker, cruel side. Ultimately, jealousy is the agent of transformation and catharsis for both Alexandra and Ramey and sets in motion a string of events with profound consequences.

Based on votes from romance forums the best jealous alpha males in romance literature are as follows (in no order of preference):

1. Jake from Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire - hot book  fast on the rise

2. Dragos from Dragon Bound  by Thea Harrison

3. Seth from Out of Control by Shannon McKenna

4. Lachlain from Hunger Like No Other (Immortals After Dark Series) by Kresly Cole

5. Jacques from Dark Desire (Carpathian Series) by Christine Freehan

6. "Iceman" from Dangerous Games by Lora Leigh - erotic

7. Lord Ian from The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie by Jennifer Ashly

8. Tristan from A Rose to the Fallen by April Bostic

9. Bones from Night Huntress Series by Jeaniene Frost

10. Raphael from Guild Hunter Series by Nalini Singh

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Sexiest Giant Alphas in Romance Novels

Khor play by Jason Momea in the HBO hit A Game of Thrones, based on the novel of the same name, has awakened many women to the sexiness of giant alphas, particularly the primitive sort. The novel I am currently working is titled "The Chamber of Curiosities" and features a very sexy giant, Darney Vasquez, who is purchased as a young man and displayed in a carnival freak show. He is a very popular feature of the show, and soon both performers and patrons are transformed in very unexpected ways by the preternaturally beautiful  and soulful creature.

Also, the primary male characters in "The House on Black Lake " are all tall and well built. Though not giants, most women are frail and vulnerable in comparison to their girth and stature. There is something very sexy about an unusally large male specimen, both men and women are intrigued by the breed, which is an element of  the popularity of sports spectacles. They are anomaly and the more exaggerated their physicality, the greater the appeal.

The sexiest giant alphas in romance novels, as voted for by women who are experts in the romance genre, are as follows:

1. Raziel from Raziel by Kristen Douglas
2. Men of the Black Dagger Brotherhood Series by J.R. Ward
3. Men of The Darkness Chosen Seriesby Christina Dodd
4. Men of Lords of the Underworld Seriesby Gena Showalter
5. Acheron from Dark Hunter Series by Sherrilyn Kenyon
6. Men of The Sentinel Wars Series by Shannon Butcher
7. Men of  The Breeds Series by Lora Leigh (erotica)
8. The Wolf" from A Kingdom of Dreamsby Judith McNaught
9. Lorenzo Vasaro from The Wind Dancer by Iris Johansen
10. The warriors of Ransom by Julie Garwood