Welcome to stop #3 in my blog tour For Chosen By Sin (Para-Ops #3).
Thank you to The Book Reading Gals for having me here today! This tour focuses on my writing and my paranormal series, but also my Twelve Resolutions for 2012, as well as the resolutions of my hero in Chosen By Sin, werebeast Dex Hunt. Those of you who know Dex know he’s a bit…difficult, so I’m curious to see what he comes up with. (Psst: Dex doesn’t actually know it, but his “resolutions” are more like a Twelve-Step Program designed by me to get him to his HEA).
I’ll be giving away a prize to one commenter from this blog stop, but I’m also giving away one grand prize to one blog tour follower. See the giveaway details below! 🙂
The Para-Ops Series: Five years after the Second Civil War ends, humans and Otherborn—humanlike creatures with superhuman DNA—still struggle for peace. To ensure the continued rights of both, the FBI forms a Para-Ops team with a unique set of skills. (Chosen By Blood (Book 1), Chosen By Fate (Book 2))
So what’s Resolution #3 for me? Reinstitute date nights with my spouse and kids
I remember after my first and second sons were born, my husband and I made a commitment to go out on a date together once a week. When things were good between us, we went to a movie or read at our local Borders (which I’m still missing). When things weren’t so good, we’d have heavier discussions over coffee, but they would always be geared towards getting to a better place. When things were really good between us, we added another weekly date night to the schedule—each of us would take one of the boys on a “date” to give them one-on-one time, and we’d switch kids the next week. We stuck with this commitment for quite a long time, but the dates became more infrequent as the kids started school, I started writing, and we had our third son. But I miss that one-on-one time, and I want it back. In some ways, it’s a luxury, but my favorite mug says “I want it all,” and to the extent that’s possible, I’m going to give it my best shot!
And what’s Resolution #3 for Dex Hunt?
Here’s a hint from Chosen By Sin. This occurs after Dex learns he’s fathered a child.
The same litany kept repeating over and over in his mind.
Can’t be. Can’t be. Can’t be.
He’d vowed never to have kids.
Kids were soft. Fragile. Easily hurt.
Life was hard.
He was hard.
He’d never wanted to be the source of pain for any child and he knew, with him for a father, a child was bound to suffer. If not physically, then because of Dex’s careless way with words. And if not by that, then by neglect. Or if a miracle happened and Dex somehow managed to be a decent father, his child would still suffer the stigma of being part dog. A mongrel. One with a half-breed father whose own family had abandoned him…Sent him away to live with a bunch of other unwanted werebeast children who were sometimes abused, sometimes starved, and sometimes even worse.
Dex’s heart constricted, as if someone had reached inside him and mercilessly squeezed it, and he grasped at his chest. His left knee gave out and crumbled, hitting the ground. The world around him swirled, faster and faster, like he was on a merry-go-round from hell. The dots grew bigger, blacker. He heard the pounding sound of running feet and wondered if the devil himself was chasing him.
This isn’t a spoiler, since the blurb of Chosen By Sin gives away the fact that Dex is going to have a baby. However, as the story reveals, Dex’s baby is special in many different ways. Dex’s third resolution is to accept that he’s special enough to be a good father.
Want to see a trailer I made depicting the Para-Ops characters as I see them? Here’s the link
Bio: Virna DePaul is a former prosecutor and now national bestselling author of the Para-Ops Novels. She also writes contemporary romantic suspense for Harlequin Romantic Suspense (It Started That Night, May 2012) and HQN (Shades Of Desire, June 2012).
The longest life isn’t always the happiest one…
For now, werebeast Dex Hunt serves on the Para-Ops team, but his true purpose is to kill the werewolf leader he blames for his mother’s death. Biding his time, Dex keeps his emotional distance from his team members and anyone else he might care for, including a mysterious vampire he met in L.A.
As a doctor, vampire Jesmina Martin has dedicated her immortal life to healing others. As a scientific researcher, she’s trying to prolong life spans, in particular those of her adoptive dragon-shifter family and the werewolf who saved her as a child. Her greatest hope lies with Dex, a werebeast she believes can gift immortality to others.
Only Dex knows nothing about his gift or the fact Jesmina wants to harness it. After a passionate night together neither expects to see the other again. Weeks later, they are reunited in France and forced to acknowledge a fragile miracle—a new life struggling to survive. At the same time, they must stop a group of rebel shape-shifters hoping to unleash every demon in hell. But before Dex and Jesmina can save their child or the world, they must relinquish their secrets, face their fears, and open themselves to love.
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Daily Blog Tour Giveaway: Today, Virna is gifting one book from her backlist (prize winner’s choice, see backlist here) to one randomly selected commenter who either leaves a comment on the blog, or a question for Virna to answer. Please also include your email addy.
GRAND PRIZE TOUR GIVEAWAY: What was Dex’s “resolution” that Virna talked about today? Do you know the answer? Fantastic!! Because…
Virna is also gifting a $100 Amazon gift card to one randomly selected reader who leaves the answer to this question during the blog tour. Go to: http://chosenbysin.com. You can be entered to win the grand prize once each day by simply following the tour from January 9 – 20, and leaving your answer with each day’s different resolution!!
Virna is also offering autographed copies of CHOSEN BY SIN for purchase during this blog tour. To purchase an autographed copy, please visit http://chosenbysin.com.