Friday, February 8, 2013

Heartbreaker Blog Hop & Giveaway


I know all about having my heart broken by fictional characters. Between being an avid reader and an author, it was bound to happen at least a few times. Even my own characters, the ones I write about in my books, have been known to make me shed a tear or two (shhh, don't tell anyone).

To me, a heartbreaker hero can be any of a variety of hero types. Some are heartbreakers because they're bad boys - learning to live with and love them isn't an easy process, and sometimes getting along with them is frustrating at times (though they're sure to have some incredibly hot redeeming qualities to make it worth it). Maybe some are just so sexy that your heart breaks from beating so fast when they appear on the page! And others - my favorite heartbreaker heroes - are scarred, whether it be on the outside, the inside or both.

Like Ryan. Here's my heartbreaker hero.

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Ryan is a Unites States Marine Corps veteran who wears the scars of war inside and out. Alone in the civilian world after being medically discharged from the USMC, he returns to his original love of competitive MMA (mixed martial arts) fighting, even though he shouldn't - with a TBI (traumatic brain injury) from an IED blast, every match is a risk he can't afford to take. And it definitely breaks Ally's heart.


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But she's tough - a fighter - too.

There's plenty of heartbreak to go around in their story - Battered Not Broken - but as a reader, I think tough trials make a happy ending that much sweeter.

What about you? When a hero breaks your heart, does it make you love the happy ending even more? Let me know in  a comment including your e-mail address and you'll be included in a random drawing for these prizes...

Grand Prize #1: Kindle Fire or Nook Tablet (winner's choice) - International

Grand Prize #2: $100 Amazon or B&N Gift Card (winner's choice) - International

Grand Prize #3: Giant swag pack full of books & goodies from the hop's participating authors - US Only

My Individual Prize: A Battered Not Broken goodie pack, as pictured below - US, Canada, UK


Battered Not Broken goodie pack prize includes: signed post card, button and key chain.

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Want to earn extra entries toward the Battered Not Broken goodie pack? Try some of these Rafflecopter options below...


a Rafflecopter giveaway


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Battered Not Broken
Ryan Moore forged his own path when he defied his wealthy family’s expectations by joining the United States Marine Corps as an enlisted man. After a period of service that’s cut short by an IED explosion, the lingering physical and mental effects of war result in an isolated struggle to exist in the civilian world. He throws himself into competitive MMA fighting – the one thing he’s still able to excel at, even if every match is a risk he can’t afford to take.
His first encounter with amateur female fighter Ally Rivera ignites a spark of desire he hasn’t felt since before a bomb left its marks on his life and his body, but his flirtation with her turns out to be anything but harmless. She’s struggling to hold together a family ravaged by violence – a feat that isn’t easy when her father has been imprisoned, leaving her vulnerable to relatives who run a local gang. Can two unrelenting fighters overcome challenges they couldn’t defeat alone, or do the wounds of war and crime run too deep for even love to heal?
Full-length novel. (Approx. 110,000 words)
Ebook Available Now at…
  
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Also available in paperback.
Read an excerpt here at my site.
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Contest rules & restrictions: must be 18 or older to participate. Contest ends 02/11/13 at 11:59 pm. Grand Prizes #1 & #2 are open to international participants, while Grand Prize #3 is available to US participants only. The Battered Not Broken goodie pack prize is available to participants in the US, Canada and the UK. Contest void where prohibited.
Don't forget to check out the other participating bloggers' posts for more entries toward the grand prizes! You can access the entire list right here.

73 comments:

  1. It def makes me love the ending that
    much more!! And I am going to have to check out that battered Not Broken!!
    alslagle06@live.com

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  2. Yes, when a hero breaks my heart I love the ending more. Especially if it is a makes me cry (a tear jerker)!
    julesrules46 at live dot com

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  3. I suppose the saying "What doesn't break you, makes you." applies here, so yes, I must have a HEA when the characters have have a really tough time.

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  4. A heartbreaking hero makes a happy ending much sweeter!

    brendurbanist at gmail dot com

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  5. It makes the happy ending so much more romantic. Battered Not Broken is already on my wishlist. Can you add a copy of it to the prize pack please, please, please? :)
    Thanks for being part of the hop and for the chance to win. <^_^>
    reneebennett35 (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  6. Sounds like a really hot hero. Definitely heartbreaking

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  7. I am torn, my heart breaks for those who have to struggle through some of the worst things a human should live through. I understand the appeal to fix a broken person, but being the broken person isnt worth it. I do love when they get the happy ending they finally deserve.d

    Carpediem5366@gmail.com

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  8. When a hero breaks my heart it definately makes the happy ending better.

    tl7787@aol.com

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  9. It depends on the hero. Sometime it is okay that he broke my heart other times it is the last straw. Thanks for the giveaway.
    kaylyndavis1986@yahoo.com

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  10. It does make for a great ending.

    susanmplatt AT hotmail DOT com

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  11. I think getting your heart broken makes the HEA much sweeter. Because you've hit the bottom and know that you can get through anything.

    staceyprice(AT)gmail.com

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  12. Yes. The happy ending becomes much more enjoyable.
    sqwalker2@hotmail.com

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  13. Nothing ever comes easy and this so makes a happy ending.... but truthfully there really is no happy ending just happy right now as life constantly throws you curves.
    havebookwillsurvive at gmail.com

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  14. I thank it makes it better you have to have the hard times to realy appreciate the good times

    crystaley73 at yahoo dot com

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  15. I am not a fan of stories that are all hearts and rainbows from the beginning there has to be some tragedy to get you to pull for the characters to find happiness!

    theresa.esterline@gmail.com

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  16. When a hero breaks your heart, does it make you love the happy ending even more?

    Life tosses out preverbal curve balls and it depends on what/how/why he breaks my heart.. But HEA are a good finish :)

    BeckeyWhiteATgmailDOTcom

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  17. It does but it also makes me want to whack him with my gramma's rolling pin.
    Z
    Seawitch reviews at yahoo dot com

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  18. I love angst, but need a good grovel before I can forgive. The book is a total write off there isn't enough grovel before the heroine forgives.
    planterofhope at aol dot com

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  19. I would definately have to say that life itself is full of so many ups and downs, that when it comes time for the happy ending, it makes it even better.

    angelheart618@gmail.com

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  20. depends on why the hero broke it
    myboo63@hotmail.com

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  21. It make's me want to hit him over the head..Great Giveaway!! adgali@ymaildotcom

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  22. Definitely makes me love him more...after I finish fuming and want slap him.
    Mel
    bournmelissa at hotmail dot com

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  23. Oh yeah!! If I am sobbing at some point in the book I count it as a win for the author!! It makes the HEA all the sweeter!

    grapeapril75(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  24. yes! I like to have my heart torn out then put back together :) sstogner1 at gmail dot com

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  25. Ranae you know i love Ryan so i have to say heartbreaker... If a book can make me cry, want to hit the hero upside his head and love the happy ending you know i am sold.

    j.m.platt83@gmail.com

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  26. Yes definitely, I love when they make me so angry then when they end up together makes me smile.

    Take for example, Lothaire by Kresley Cole , I wanted to smack him so many times but at the same time I loved him.

    Raffecopter Name; Dawna Newman

    vampiremistress2010(at)gmail(dot)com

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  27. Yes it sure does! :))) I love to hate my hero's! Sometimes my heart needs a little break though.

    Thank you for the giveaway!

    Jennalynneells(at)gmail(dot)com

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  28. I love to have a little heartbreak. I want them to have to grow.
    Hugs,
    Krystal Shannan
    krystalshannan @yahoo.com

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  29. Yes it makes the redemption even better. Thanks!
    -Amber
    goodblinknpark(AT)yahoo(DOT)com

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  30. Gotta love a hero, a man who saves the day and gets the girl!!

    ferose24@aol.com

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  31. Yeah because you are so much happier then that it turned out ok.
    mestith@gmail.com

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  32. If I can make it through wanting to beat the bad boy over the head for breaking hearts, then yes, it makes me love the HEA that much more.
    Kris
    lowekn@gmail.com

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  33. Anything that makes you feel...that's what makes a book. abrennan09@hotmail.com

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  34. I do love the happy endings. It is worth going through the growing pains and growing closer.

    Judy Peterson
    strawberryrose@earthlink.net

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  35. I love a little tease in a story! A guy who plays a heartbreaker during the story and then ends it with a heart throb! Just Yummy!
    stephstime@cox.net

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  36. After all the heartbreak, it's makes the sweet even more special.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  37. Anything that makes you feel...that's what makes a book.

    parisfan_ca@yahoo.com

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  38. I've never thought about it like that but yes it does :)
    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!
    cassandrahicks1989@yahoo.com

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  39. sometimes but they dont have to be
    kaholgate (at) ymail (dot) com

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  40. Yes, it does.

    bn100candg(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  41. I must have my HEA or I am a very unhappy reader.

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  42. I enjoy a HEA. But I also like a good ending as long as it is not a cliffhanger. Thanks for being in this super blog hop.
    roya-clan@sbcglobal.net

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  43. Love a happy ending. Thanks for the fantastic giveaway. Happy Valentine's Day!

    bhometchko(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  44. Oh yes when a hero is a heartbreaker it really makes the HEA that much sweeter!!
    Thanks for the great giveaway!! So many great prizes!! Happy Valentine's Day!
    Ashley A
    ash_app(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  45. Of course! It's the best when you've all but given up on the heartbreaker, and he finally sees the light and earns his HEA.

    dancingcelt at gmail dot com

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  46. i love happy endings....tammywar2000@comcast.net

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  48. When a hero breaks my heart I love when he absolutely works for the happy ending but a happy ending is indeed necessary to make it up to me! Everything just has to be developed right and the hero has to earn back my adoration :)

    uilani25(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  49. Almost in every book I've read there is a heartbreaker! Love them!
    verusbognar (at) gmail (dot) com

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  50. Yes, when the hero breaks her heart and then redeems himself I do love the happy ending more.

    AnnaM.
    doxisrcool at aol dot com

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  51. No, a broken heart does not make me love anything. hehe..Thanks! katieamanda1(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  52. Thanks so much for participation in the hop!
    swordlily_girl(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  53. Absolutely! In fiction ;)

    dreammie_angel at yahoo dot com

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  54. I totally loved Battered Not Broken! Looking forward to reading Ryan's story....
    And thank you for being a part of the hop!
    To answer the question, I don't mind the broken heart, as long as it's not a sad ending!!! :)

    Sebrina_Cassity at yahoo dot com

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  55. A little heartbreak makes the heartthrob that much more appealing.

    proudarmymom32(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  56. A little heartbreak is good in a book but it has to have a happy ending!

    Mary
    mary_reiss @ hotmail.com

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  57. I love me some heartbreat! The ending is that much more sweet!

    Thanks for the chance to win! My e-mail is Sapphirekande@hotmail.com
    Kande

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  58. If there's heartbreak there has to be a happy ending. I love Gone With The Wind but that ending is a killer.
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    asdidonato77@yahoo.com

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  59. Yes, actually it does! I love it when the hero screws up, realizes his mistake, grovels and finds a way to redeem himself. It makes the story sooo much better! And very satisfying! Thanks for the awesome hop and giveaway!
    shadowluvs2read(at)gmail(dot)com

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  60. Yes it does.
    Thanks for the chance to win!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

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  61. I love a hunky heartbreaker. Thanks for the hop.
    joannewadsworth007@gmail.com

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  62. I admit, it does make me appreciate the ending more.

    Thanks so much for the giveaway! jillynann(at)gmail(dot)com

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  63. Yes, I appreciate the ending more if he originally was a heartbreaker, makes the happy ending oh, so sweet!

    cherilvernon(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  64. oh my god yes, yes it does! love stories that end like that! thanks for joining the hop!
    miriam.whitewolf@gmail.com

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  65. I really do love the story more when they break your heart first!
    tetrev301@aol.com

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  66. you know i think it would depend on the heart break. Sometimes happy endings are not whats right.
    elliott2668[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  67. Thank You for the giveaway!
    I love when the heartbreaker.. becomes the heartthrob and you get the happy ending! It makes me sigh at the end of the book!!!

    tigerfly139@aol.com

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  68. Oh yes. When it's a rough,hard road for the hero to his HEA I really love the story more.
    koonie2888 at yahoo dot com

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  69. We all go through heartbreak at some point in our lives, it's how we survive it and grow from there to become the person we need to be for the person that gives us our HEA.
    goaliemom0049 (at) gmail.com

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  70. I think I am more endearing to the hero and the happily ever after when he breaks my heart at some point. It does make the happy ending a little bit sweeter. Thanks for the fun giveaway and being part of the hop. sbereza22(at)gmail(dot)com

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  71. I am a fan of HEA and thanks for the giveaway!
    Sydney W
    Bookaddict100(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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