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The playlist for Flame’s Dawn (Songs are listed in the order they appear in the novella.)
Here's the awesome YouTube video of the playlist -- again, thanks to Will Read for Feels!
In a sleep-deprived state (thank you, little 3am vampire baby delivery), it occurred to me that the advice I give for medical care is pretty good. (The fact that only about 1.3% of patients listen to it is another thing entirely.) But then I got to thinking: what health behaviors do my characters portray? Am I sending the wrong message?
I give you: Things my characters do that I would never recommend.
#10) Drive really fast. Ok, maybe if there’s a reason, fine, just be aware of surroundings and careful of other vehicles/pedestrians.
#9) Drink far too much coffee. Which is funny, because I don’t like coffee. But my characters do. Don’t the women know that lots of coffee will increase fibrocystic breast changes? Don’t the guys know that it just makes them annoying as hell when they’re that peppy and talkative in the mornings?
#8) Leave the Emergency Department AMA (Against Medical Advice) while not yet recovered from life-threatening injuries. Don’t give me this BS about how you're almost immortal. You need neuro checks and vitals q hour for overnight observation.
Poor Odie, hero of the third book in the Hell to Pay series, Flame Unleashed, has been neglected. I've previously explained in great detail with requisite gnashing of teeth and wringing of hands why I would never date the previous two heroes of my books. (Earlier posts this year.) But what about Odie? He must have some qualities that make him undateable, unsexy, un-forever-loveable.
So here goes.
#10) Perfect beard scruff, not too much, not too little. Like a kid brother of Joe Manganiello. Dis. Gust. Ing. Who likes rugged guys like that?
#9) Intense green eyes? Naw.
#8) A guy who sacrifices himself to save his young daughters? What a turn off. Give me selfish fellas all day long.
To update you: Dante Blackstone is the proportionally-superior hero of my second novel, Relentless Flame. I've shared with brutal honesty why I would definitely date my first hero, Peter Blackstone. Now I'm going to explain why I'd never date Dante Blackstone. Let's press forward with this onerous task.
#10) Rippling muscles and the big frame to carry them. Yuck-o-rama. Who wants beefcake? I'm a vegetarian.
#9) Glacier blue eyes that see into a woman's soul. On a dude? Come on, we all know that looks weird. And not hot...at all....>sigh<....
#8) Rumbling/vibrating bass voice in a Swedish accent. Bleeack. Mrrrfff. Feeling nauseous just thinking about it.
#7) Thick, blond -- yet manly-coiffed -- hair. No way. Give me a bald dude any day. And make him short while you're at it.
#6) Ability to quote romantic fine literature. Um....barf. What woman wants that? Oh, wait, that's pretty awesome....
So as an author, I kind of fell in love with the hero, Peter Blackstone, from my first novel Immortal Flame. "Who wouldn't" (based on a great review, thanks, ESR Reviews!) fall in love with him?
For the record, I am happily married to a sweet and funny guy. So anything I share presumes a non-martial status prior to aforementioned dating situation….
Here's why I would date Peter Blackstone:
#1) Such intense eyes
#2) Sacrifice for a woman he loves (twice)
#3) Single-minded focus on his work, which becomes single-minded focus on the woman he loves. Yum.
#4) Hard, corded muscles ("I hate nice, toned muscles," said no red-blooded woman, ever.)
#5) That sensitive spot he has for children
#6) He's protective and powerful but recognizes Allie's own strengths
#7) Amazing, mind-blowing, powerful…conversation. Yeah. Please pass the ice water.
#8) Even when he's hurting (physically or emotionally), he keeps fighting for his woman
#9) Rises above the evil that defines him to become something much more
#10) Ok, I secretly wish I were Allie. (Darn it, I'm just not that awesome and cool.)
Please feel free to add any other reasons of your own. :)
Author, daydreamer, and practitioner of trying very hard to duct tape folks together and help when I can.
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