Author Rhyannon Byrd is back on the blog to talk about her latest Primal Instinct book, Touch of Surrender, & heroines! Even better–she’s giving away a copy to a lucky commenter. Join Rhyannon for a discussion on favourite heroines for a chance to win!
Since I’m always talking about the heroes in my books, I thought I’d do things a bit differently today and talk about my heroines for a change. TOUCH OF SURRENDER, the 5th book in my Primal Instinct series, is out this month with HQN, and the heroine, Morgan Cantrell, was an absolute blast to write. Of all the heroines I’ve written, she is definitely one of my all-time favorites. As a Watchman, Morgan is a skilled fighter, and while she’s tough when she needs to be, she’s also caring and kind and loves to have a good laugh. Constantly surrounded by rugged alpha males, Morgan’s not afraid to stand up for herself, giving as good as she gets, and she can kick butt with the best of them. And yet, she has secrets that she keeps close to her heart…and one sexy-as-sin weakness that never fails to make her melt. A certain gorgeous, green-eyed, auburn-haired werewolf who Morgan has always wanted…but never had. Until now….
I love to write dark, intense alpha heroes, and for me, the perfect heroine is someone who can take one of these stubborn, arrogant alphas and turn his entire world on its head. One who drives him crazy, shattering his hard-earned control. Who is fiercely loyal, emotionally strong and able to bring him to his knees, but who can also be tender and protective, healing the wounds that scar his soul. So even though it’s the heroes who hold my heart, that only means I have to work that much harder to create heroines who are worthy of these rugged males…and who are as close to the hero’s perfect match as I can make them.
As an author, the most important thing to me when I sit down to write a romance is that I create two characters who have a captivating, electric kind of chemistry and who make us want to pull for them as a couple. I want them to be people who are going to reach inside and not only grab a reader’s attention, but be someone that we can care about. Someone we can enjoy and cheer for, and sometimes even want to throttle when they don’t do what we want them to do. LOL. For me, the whole point is to evoke emotion. To take a reader on an intensely emotional journey that will leave them with a satisfied smile on their face in the end…as well as a deliciously warm feeling in their heart.
The Primal Instinct heroines have covered a broad range of character types, but they have each been wonderful to work with. And we still have three more Primal Instinct heroines on their way! Book 6, TOUCH OF TEMPTATION, will release in November of this year, and I’m really hoping you guys will get as big a kick out of Chloe as I have. She does a great job of keeping Kellan on his toes, and I love the way these two come together. Then, in 2011, the last two books in the series will be released. RUSH OF DARKNESS, Book 7, will be Seth and Raine’s story, and this is by far one of the most emotional stories I’ve ever written, with a scorching sensuality that I’m hoping will have you all reaching for the ice water. 😉 And then it’s finally going to be Noah’s turn in Book 8, RUSH OF PLEASURE. I’m so looking forward to writing about that blue-eyed devil! His heroine is a quirky witch who loves to give him a hard time, and it’s going to be such a riot watching Noah try to figure out how to deal with her. LOL.
And here’s my really exciting news! After Book 8, I’m absolutely thrilled to be able to tell you that I’ll be starting a new spin-off series for the vampires who have been a part of the Primal Instinct world! The first book in this new series will be for Ashe and Juliana, and I’m hoping to have some more information up on my website for you guys in the next few weeks. Can’t wait!!
To celebrate the release of TOUCH OF SURRENDER, I’m going to be giving away a signed set of the Primal Instinct series! To be eligible to win, just leave a comment telling us who your all-time favorite heroine is, and I’ll enter your name in the drawing. For me, it would have to be Elizabeth Bennett from Pride and Prejudice. So who is yours?
Best wishes…and I hope you are all enjoying some lovely sunshine!