GUEST POST & GIVEAWAY: with Tina Donahue | Doms, Alphas, and Hunks – oh my!


Good morning!

I would like to welcome our guest author, Tina Donahue, to AR. Tina has very kindly offered a giveaway prize. One commenter will win a paperback copy of her previous Kensington title, Close to Perfect. Open to UK/International - closes  Tuesday 5th January 2010.

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That's it. Good luck! As usual you may Tweet, Digg ,sign the AR Guest book! etc, just come back here to let me know you have - for extra entries. So, now, without further ado, here's Tina Donahue's guest post! *Please note, the book excerpt is mature reading, with some swear words and naughty bits :)*

Sassy Note: The review of Adored is now up!

Doms, Alphas, and Hunks – oh my!

I’ll be the first to admit, it’s a pretty decent life spending your time writing about take-charge guys that know who they want and go after her – passionate and unashamed. To have the animal part of their nature, their soul-deep need for a certain female supersede all else, including convention, mores, and an uncertain outcome.

But there’s another quality that adds to that time-honored virility. . .an essence that’s so important, I can’t write a story without it. And that’s the hero’s tenderness, the male deep within who longs for a connection, who requires love as much as the heroine does.

Thankfully, the days of brooding heroes who speak in monosyllables or growl or grunt at the heroine are long gone. I could never get into those stories where the hero was emotionally distant and he and the heroine clashed endlessly, which generally led to a forced seduction scene and the heroine’s decision that she just couldn’t live without this guy. Huh? Would any real (or sane) woman want a prickly, narcissistic, control-freak in her bed? I don’t think so.

And that’s why it’s so important to bring tenderness into the plot. Absolutely nothing is sexier than love, commitment, and honor when it comes to doing right by the female.

A lot of the plot of my new Ellora’s Cave release Adored hinges on that premise. The hero wants to do right by the heroine no matter what it takes, because he can’t stand the thought of hurting her or losing her. Here’s a brief synopsis and excerpt to illustrate what I mean:


Adored – A shameless fantasy come true… When tall, dark and delicious Adam Farrell crosses Danni’s radar at a trade show in Vegas, it’s not lust at first sight. He’s been the star of her wicked fantasies for a while, pleasuring her in acts of domination and submission that leave her breathless. Aching for his masterful touch, believing she’ll never have it, Danni indulges in a public sex act Adam alone witnesses. What follows is a night of wild and unrestrained passion in his powerful arms. It’s only the beginning. An undisclosed business deal has turned Adam from competitor to Danni’s new boss. His hunger for her is absolute and he’ll make her fantasies seem tame as he takes her in ways she never imagined – whenever he wants, wherever he desires. Seduced by Adam’s plan to mix exquisite control with adoration, Danni’s swept into a sensual adventure she can’t resist. Until corporate politics intrude and she learns what Adam’s been hiding to protect her. . .a secret he’s long feared will tear them apart.


Hurriedly, Adam straightened his clothes. If he paused for even a second, good sense would pin him to the spot because he was an idiot for sleeping with Danni again and for making the decision to keep doing so.

I know you won’t hurt me.

No fucking way. He’d see Roger dead first. Somehow he had to find more waste in the operation in order to free more capital. He figured he could start with a new and cheaper cleaning service given the scant time tonight’s crew spent tidying this place.

His hands floated by her ruined sweater, not knowing how to fix it. “Sorry about your buttons.”

No biggie. I’ll have the cleaners sew them back on.”

We’ll have to find them first.” He glanced around the paper-and pen-strewn floor.

Should we leave your office like this?”

Definitely not. It looked as if he and Roger had wrestled in here. “The door’s going to be locked. On Monday, I’ll come in early and put things away.”

Want me to help?”

We’d just mess it up again.”

True. I’ll grab my coat and purse. Let’s meet at the elevator. I’ll follow you to your place.”

No, you’re coming in my car.”

She smiled. “Okay. I’ll leave mine here. You can drive me back tomorrow morning.”

I’ll drive you back Sunday night.”

Her expression went blurry. “Think you can last that long?”

He loved her sass. “You’re really asking for it.”

Her laughter pealed across the office as she ran to get her things.

Adam picked up the button she’d unknowingly kicked on her way out, slipped it into his pants pocket and looked back at their mess, both literal and figurative. Worry crept up his belly and clutched his chest, because he couldn’t stop time.

He had five-and-a-half weeks. Shit. He pulled on his jacket and Burberry, hit the lights and locked the door.

Already at the elevator, Danni grinned. Outside of her ruined sweater, she didn’t seem to have a care in the world. He had to keep it that way. Slipping his hand beneath her hair, he cradled the back of her neck and pulled her into him, kissing her hard. On the ride down, he couldn’t let her go long enough to take a full breath. At the bottom of the parking garage’s stairwell, he stopped and folded her into his arms, resting his chin on the top of her head.

She stiffened slightly, as if she hadn’t expected such tenderness, even though she trusted him and knew he wouldn’t hurt her, at least until she learned the bad news about her job. What in the fuck was he doing? No matter how horny he’d been in the past, he’d never been a rutting fool, letting his urges determine his actions. He should tell her the score, beg for her forgiveness and offer to find her another job. At minimum, he should pull away.

Her fingertips touched his cheek, her hand ungodly soft. Like an addict wanting just one more pill or drink before quitting, he kissed her neck. She moaned shamelessly. Utterly lost, he wondered what was happening to him. He’d never been close to love, and yet this was beginning to feel an awful lot like what others claimed it to be. Using his body to push her against the concrete wall, he lifted his face to the metal stairs they’d just descended. No sounds
came from above. For the moment, they were alone.

She whispered, “What’s wrong?”

Nothing. Everything. He couldn’t stop. “Lift your skirt.” He opened his fly and pulled out his insatiable cock.

She needed no further direction, tucking the hem of her skirt into her waistband, and then she wreathed her arms around his neck. He sank his fingers into her plush ass and drew her up, bracing her back against the wall. She wrapped her legs around his hips.

Positioning his rod over her slick heat, he thrust inside, instantly adrift in the taut velvet of her cunt. Her head settled on his shoulder, her mouth on his neck to quiet her delighted cry.
He pounded harder than he had in his office, driven to relieve the escalating tension, to go deeper still, to be a part of her skin and blood.


I can only speak for myself, but that’s the kind of guy I want – someone who not only wants me more than any other woman but who has my back. . .who gives me a soft place to land.

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  1. Hey Tina

    Lovely to meet you here and I love uber Alpha male who are not ashamed to show their arrogant side..

    It's just to find the right female to put up with all that testostorone..

    I so jealous of you with all those hunks running around in your head...

    Please enter me in the contest...

    Cool post sassy...


  2. Hi Tina! *waves* I'm pretty you've been asked this a million times but I haven't heard your answer yet so I'm going to ask again *cheeky grin*... Do you pattern your characters after actual people around you? Family, friends, celebrities?

    Re-posted your contest at:

    mischivusfairy-inbox12 [at] yahoo [dot] com

  3. Hey, Erotic Horizon,

    Thanks for dropping by - you're entered - and yes, it is VERY nice to have all those awesome hunks in my thoughts!


  4. Hey, Cherry -

    Thanks for stopping in.

    Nope, I don't pattern my characters around anyone I know or celebs - I make them like people I still want to meet!

    Thanks for posting my contest!


  5. Hi Tina,

    Thanks for dropping by. Lovely to see you here. :)

    The review is coming up, I will back date it so it shows up after this blog entry, and add the link to it in this post.

    Also, in the New Year most competitions will only cover a 2 week span, but since it is Christmas soon, I've extended it. :)

    Thanks for your entries, E.H and Cherry!


  6. Morning, Sassy -

    Thanks for inviting me and extending the contest! Looking forward to a rockin' day at your site!


  7. Wow, what a hunk on the cover for Close to Perfect! Please enter me, too :)


  8. Hi, Alessandra -

    He is a hottie, isn't he???

    Thanks for commenting!


  9. Hi All!

    In case you didn't notice, the review of adored is now up.


  10. Awesome review - thanks so much Sassy and Angelika!!! Gonna post this to my site/blog!


  11. Oh hot hot hot! Definitely the kind of man we all dream of!
    I follow publicly, I signed the guest book, and I twittered the contest! Twitter id is @nicholandria

  12. Loved the excerpt and explanation. You do have interesting thoughts running about your head!

  13. UGH! Forgot to leave email! Sorry! It is

  14. Hi,Nicole and Julia - thanks so much for coming by!!!Glad youliked the excerpt and my explanaton, Julia!

  15. Fantastic excerpt! I can't wait to read Adam and Danni's entire story!

  16. Hi, Tessie - thanks for coming. Glad you like the excerpt!


  17. Tina,

    Thanks for the excerpt. I like everything I've read about this book and it's going on my wish list.

    I loved the review.

  18. Adored sounds like a book I will really .. cough cough ... adore. It does sound like a fantastic read. I can't wait to get more of Adam. Wow. Thanks you for the great interview and excerpt and the wonderful contest.

    orelukjp0 at gmail dot com

  19. Hey, Andrea and orelukjp0 - glad to see you here and appreciate your kind words about Adored. It was one fun book to write!


  20. Hey Tina,
    These sound like excellent reads...I can't wait to get them. They're going on my wish list. :)

    Happy Holidays
    Anna Shah Hoque

  21. Enjoyed the excerpt very much. Would like to read more.
    I am a follower

    seriousreader at live dot com

  22. Hi Tina, what a great excerpt. When a strong person, either male or female, lets themselves feel and show tenderness to each other or to a child or an animal, it is truly a sight to see, and when written into a story, adds so much depth and interest, and paints a great picture of the characters.


    am a follower

  23. Gorgeous cover!

    Please include me in the giveaway.

    New follower here.

    rubs.escalona [at]

  24. Anonymous6:44 pm

    Mel Crossan of Letchworth calls herself moomimmell. she is a compin cheat

  25. Loved the excerpt; I look forward in reading both books.

    I am a new follower.

    Thanks for the giveaway.

    Tracey D
    booklover0226 AT gmail DOT com

  26. I followed Tina here from her blog post. I have heard so much about her new book, Adored. I think its its an intriguing book and I am looking forward to reading it.

    I am following your blog.

    armiefox at yahoo dot com

  27. I love the cover can i steal him just for a little much say do you get over covers? what would be the hardest thing bout writing and submitting a novel?

  28. okay I didnt see my post post... so please forgive if it comes twice. I really love your cover art, do you get alot of say in the art? and what would be the hardest thing about submitting your newest work?

  29. I'm a new blog follower. Just love Tina's new book cover and the blurb is so enticing. Please include me in the giveaway.

    armiefox at yahoo dot com

  30. Wow, that some book. I can't wait to get it.. Thanks,

  31. Tina, I can't wait to read Adored and Close to Perfect. They are really hot.. As cold as it is here in GA. I can use some extra heat. LOL
    Thanks for opportunity to enter this contest.

    I am a new follower

    misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com


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