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Albert Camus

Don't walk behind me; I may not lead. Don't walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

This wasn't supposed to happen - Baby's Got Bite (Take It Like a Vamp #2) by Candace Havens

Bennett Langdon has a firm no-relationships policy. Still, it doesn't stop her from hooking up with a super-sexy bad boy at her best friend's wedding. After all, it's only one night—what harm could it do? Ten weeks later, a pregnant Bennett has her answer...

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Published: July 28th, 2015

Bennett Langdon has a firm no-relationships policy. Still, it doesn't stop her from hooking up with a super-sexy bad boy at her best friend's wedding. After all, it's only one night—what harm could it do? Ten weeks later, a pregnant Bennett has her answer...

Linc Monahan can't believe it. This wasn't supposed to happen. He's a werewolf, and shouldn't be able to father a child with a human. Now Linc has to find some way to tell Bennett that not only do werewolves exist, but she's about to have a baby with one.

But when word of their surprise conception gets out, the fur hits the fan. There are people who don't want this baby to be born—even if it means killing. Now Bennett and Linc aren't just fighting each other...they're fighting for their lives.

GUEST POST
The Heat Level

Hey Gang, First, thanks for letting me hang out today. I’ve been asked to talk about what I believe the “adequate” heat level is for paranormal romance stories. The short answer is, it depends on the story. It’s true. If you’re writing erotic romance, the heat level can be pretty high. If you’re not, the levels of heat can vary greatly.

For me, it’s about the romance. Does the sex drive the romance? Then the heat level might be a little higher, than if it’s really the emotions doing the dirty work of the novel. Though, I will say, no matter what, my characters have to have an emotional connection before sex. The passion and emotion have to be there even if it starts out as a one-night stand like Linc and Bennett in “Baby’s Got Bite.” (I’m going to use my books as examples–I’m always afraid if I use someone’s book and they don’t like what I say, they’ll beat me up in a dark alley some day.)

The paranormal romances I’m doing for the Covet line at Entangled, I’d say are probably medium sexy. (Some people might say hotter) The first book, “Take It Like A Vamp,” might have had a few more sex scenes than “Baby’s” but it was a different trope. In “Vamp,” they were friends who became lovers. So the sex, and the level of intimacy that grew during those scenes was important to the story. In “Baby’s,” Bennett gets knocked up. There aren’t as many sex scenes, but what is there is super hot. Both stories are driven by the sexual tension and wanting the unattainable.

The language can also determine the level of heat. Is the language really graphic? Then that story might be higher heat, than one that uses metaphors to describe what’s happening in a sexy scene. I have some characters who are bolder than others, and may talk more during sex. Their internal thoughts might be raunchier or sexier than others. Guys think about sex differently than women. So sometimes it’s the character voices who determine how sexy things get.

Which takes me back to my original point: It depends on the story the author is trying to tell. I don’t think it matters if it’s paranormal or not, the heat level is determined by the story the author wants to tell. I don’t think paranormal “creatures” are any more carnal than humans. I think we all have the capability of giving into base desires. How far those characters are willing to go to satisfy those desires, is up to the author.

I kind of love that we have such a wide breadth of choices in the heat levels in paranormal romance. If you like super sexy, there are a ton of books for you. If you like it closed door, then there’s that, as well. We are lucky to live in a time where we do have so many choices.

I’d like to hear what you think about the heat in paranormal romance. Tell me, I really want to know.

About the author: 
Bestselling author Candace Havens has written multiple novels for Berkley, Entangled and Harlequin. Her books have received nominations for the RITA's, Holt Medallion and Write Touch Reader Awards. She is the author of the biography Joss Whedon: The Genius Behind Buffy and a contributor to several anthologies. 

She is also one of the nation's leading entertainment journalists and has interviewed countless celebrities including Tom Hanks, Nicolas Cage, Tom Cruise, George Clooney and many more. Her entertainment columns can be read in more than 600 newspapers across the country. Candace also runs a free online writing workshop for more than 2200 writers, and teaches comprehensive writing class. She does film reviews with the Hawkeye & Dorsey on 96.3, and is a former President of the Television Critics Association. 

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19 comments:

Candace said...

Thanks so much for letting me hang out today! -Candy

Stephanie LaPlante said...

This sounds awesome! I love a good supernatural novel.

Juana said...

I have added this book to my book wishlist. I love paranormal romances, and can't wait to read it.

Belinda M said...

Thank you for the excerpt. It sounds like a great read!!

Candace said...

Thanks you guys for making my day!!! -Candy

Jan Lee said...

The link to follow on Facebook gives an error message and there are two different Facebook pages for the author. I don't know which one we are supposed to follow!

Jan Lee said...

I do like to read paranormal romances :) I'd like to read this book but I may have to start with "Take it Like A Vamp." :)

Kim said...

Loved this book.

MafaldaV said...

Oh I really like paranormal romances, thanks for the excerpt!

Arf2-D2 said...

Cool synopsis. Makes me wonder what is special about this baby (other than its existence) that makes others so upset. hmmmm.

Dan Denman said...

This sounds like a good paranormal story. I like a good werewolf book.

Jenny Dauksa Schaber said...

I have a feeling I'm going to want to be a para junkie after the reads. Thanks for sharing!

Bridgett wilbur said...

I would just love to read this book. It sounds great. TY

Ally Swanson said...

I enjoyed reading the book description and the guest post. Looking forward to reading this book!

Ally Swanson said...

I enjoyed reading the book description and the guest post. Looking forward to reading this book!

Danielle Merkle said...

Thank you for this awesome giveaway!

Masood Anjum said...

added this book to my book wishlist

D Strait said...

Thanks so much for the giveaway! :D

gemiinii said...

The blurb has piqued my attention