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Friday, February 1, 2013

Guest Post & Giveaway: Tempting is Hell by Cathy Yardley (Blog Tour)

We are here to celebrate the release of the paranormal book Tempting is Hell by Cathy Yardley. This is the first book in the Necessary Evil Series. For us today, she has an interesting guest post talking about her favorite heroines and why she loves them so much. We are also offering a giveaway for the ebook of Tempting as Hell, so don't forget to enter below.
Summary
WORST. JOB. EVER.

Kate O'Hara can't wait until this temp assignment is over. The woman who hired her is a psychotic pageant queen, her coworkers are convicts-turned-clerks, and it's so boringly corporate it makes her skin crawl. Even her sexy-as-sin boss, famed billionaire Thomas Kestrel, isn't enticement enough to keep her there. Once she makes enough to pay off her bills, she's out. Or so she thinks...

WHAT THE HELL?

Next thing she knows, she's accidentally signed over her soul. Literally. And she's discovered Thomas's real mission: to kill thirteen bad guys in one year, in order to get his—now his and Kate’s—souls back.

IT'S NOT JUST A JOB. IT'S A MISADVENTURE.

From learning to boost the morale of some paper-pushing demons to navigating her way through blood-red tape, Kate has to work closely with her super-hot supervisor and get her flaky act together, before somebody clocks her out—permanently!




First, thank you so much for hosting me and my book, TEMPING IS HELL.  It’s great to hang out with all of you!
Who’s Your Favorite Heroine?

I’ll admit it:  I love my heroine.  I usually love the characters in my books (why else write about them, right?) but after writing seventeen novels, I can say right now:  Kate O’Hara is my hands-down favorite. 
Which made me think:  why?  What do I love about the heroines in some of my favorite series, and how is Kate like that? 

1)      Kate’s an ordinary woman, in extraordinary circumstances.  Kate is just an everyday temp, trying to pay some bills, when she stumbles across Thomas Kestrel and the “Boys in the Basement” – and discovers the darker purpose behind the corporation she’s assigned to.  Don’t get me wrong, I love the superhuman strength of a vampire heroine (like Merit, from Chloe Neill’s Chicagoland Vampires series), or Anita Blake’s sheer badassery.  But Kate’s just a smart woman with “some serious impulse control issues” and a talent for finding trouble.
 
2)     She’s not a pushover.  She stands up for herself.  More than that – she’s not a victim, and she’s not a martyr.  She does what’s right, but no matter how hot a guy is (*cough*Thomas) she doesn’t just roll over and sacrifice herself.  And if a guy’s going to treat her poorly, she’s going to call him out for it!  Like the relationship between Eve Dallas and Roarke, Kate’s never going to just go along for the ride.
3)     She meets challenges with humor.  I love heroes with humor.  Jim Butcher’s hero Harry Dresden is one of my all time faves. (I know, he’s not a heroine, but still – oh my God love Harry!)  Or Verity Price, the hysterical heroine from Seanan McGuire’s Discount Armageddon. (I enjoy Seanan’s Toby Daye series, but I seriously love D.A.!)  She doesn’t take herself too seriously.  I appreciate that.
So who are some of your favorite heroines, and why?

Author Bio
I am a fiction addict.

I love J.D. Robb/Nora Roberts, Jim Butcher, J.R. Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood, Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dark Hunter, Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake series, Stephen King, Jennifer Crusie, Marian Keyes, J.K. Rowling, and a slew of other authors.

I have been known to stay up all night to finish a new novel. I don't so much read as devour.

I am a geekgirl.

I love the San Diego Comic-con, or "The Con" as they call it.

I was part of the SCA -- The Society for Creative Anachronism -- and briefly sponsored my own mini army. I learned to speak some Japanese from anime.

I have a near encyclopedic knowledge of character actors and obscure movies. I have been called to settle bar bets.

I have a more-flirtatious-than-appropriate relationship with Excel spreadsheets. When I used to work at a day job, if I wore lipstick they assumed I was going on an interview. To this day, an entire marketing department lives in fear of my memory.

I love being an author.

Love writing. Love promoting. Love everything about it. And I love hearing from readers. Email me, anytime, and I'll get back to you as soon as I can
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34 comments:

  1. An all new author to me but this book sounds wonderful and I'd love to read it. Congrats on this release! And we both have similar favorites, both in authors and as Comic-Con lovers. I think I enjoy heroines who have their weaknesses but still stay strong and fight for what or who they believe in. Some of my current favorites are Rachel Morgan of Kim Harrison's Hollow series, Kate Daniels of Ilona Andrew's Kate Daniels series, and Victory Vaughn of Nancy Holzner's Deadtown series.

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    1. Woop Woop for Kate Daniels. Fav heroine of all time. Rachel is aweome too. I haven't read the deadtown series.

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  2. I soo want to read this book. I saw the book several days ago, i don'tknow if it was via blog tour.

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  3. I think it's very important for a heroine not to be a pushover. More than that, I find that in life I need my friends not to be pushovers either. Have to have a good healthy humor in my heroines as well :) Great characteristics listed! I look for that in my friends as well to bring out my silly side. I tend to lean towards dry humor or sarcasm and like a lot of bite. I really enjoyed reading the post. I have read about Temping is Hell and it is great seeing more about Kate. Jaclyn @ JC's Book Haven

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    1. I am so all about dry humor and sarcasm. And not being a pushover is so important too.

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  4. I love a heroine with a back bone and a lot of snark, this looks to fit the bill. Carin
    mawmom at gmail dot com

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  5. I love a heroine with a back bone and a lot of snark, this looks to fit the bill

    parisfan_ca@yahoo.com

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    1. Then this is the book for you. :)

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  6. Like the cover and the book sounds good. Thanks for sharing a new author with me.

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  7. I like heroines that are strong in there convictions, but have both a sense of humor and soft side. I want a believable character, both in personality and friendships, regardless of abilities supernatural or not. One of my favorite heroines is from "The Witch of Blackbird Pond". Kit could be the girl next door, if we lived in Colonial times. She was the first heroine I wish I had as a friend. Those make the best heroines, the ones you can sit down and be friends with. Other favorites are Mercy (Mercy Thompson) Jayne (The Black Son's Daughter), Alexia (Soulless), Gin (Elemental Assassin), and Fred (Fred the Mermaid), they all feel like good friends and that keeps me coming back for more! Thanks for the giveaway. The books sound wonderful and I look forward to reading it!

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    1. Gen and Mercy are my favs too. Those are all wonderful characteristics to have as a heroine.

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  8. Love the cover. This is a new to me author. This sounds like a great read.

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  9. Kate sounds great! I like women who aren't pushovers.
    Happy reading,
    Brandi @ Blkosiner’s Book Blog

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  10. O snap! I love JR Ward too! Bring on the feisty heroines!

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  11. This book looks really good! I would never have heard of it if I hadn't been invited to this post!! Thanks a bunch!
    Cheers
    Andrea@Andrea Heltsley Books

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    1. Awesome. I hope you get to read some of her work soon.

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  12. this book sounds really good, i'm going to read it for sure :)

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  13. TEMPING IS HELL does look fantastic thank you.

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  14. I like the premise & Cathy Yardly is a new to me author .. Thank for the giveaway.

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  15. Thanks for the giveaway!!
    mestith@gmail.com

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  16. This looks and sounds like a lot of fun! Thanks for the giveaway chance too! :)

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  17. This sounds like a good book, I can't wait to read it!

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