Many years ago *cough*thirteen*cough* when I first started writing romance, I tried to write hot, sexy Alpha heroes. They were drop dead gorgeous, insanely wealthy and devastatingly talented in bed. It took me about six books before I realised that all I really wanted to do to those guys was kill them. Slowly :)
Not to be deterred by a little thing like that, I decided to shift my focus from contemporary romance to paranormal, a genre I’ve always loved but that had, for some mysterious reason, slid into the shadows for a while. Luckily for me the pendulum started to swing back, and paranormal was once again smoking hot.
I tried my hand at writing vampires (too much fun!) and then, out of the blue, a moody Alpha Archangel appeared on the scene and with just one sizzling glance seduced my quivering muse.
Well, he was an Alpha all right. He was also drop dead gorgeous, insanely wealthy and left me weak at the knees when it came to his sexual prowess. But this time, when he started shaking his Alpha ass, I didn’t get the urge to gouge out his eyes. Instead I just wanted to pour myself all over him like warm honey :)
But of course there’s far more to my Archangel Gabriel than a hot body and eyes that mesmerize at a hundred paces. As his defences were slowly peeled away I discovered the man behind the Archangel, a man whose heart had been shattered millennia ago and who was emotionally crippled with grief and survivor’s guilt.
Gabe’s so sure he can never love again. But then he meets his heroine, Aurora, who against all the odds captures his damaged heart and makes him question everything he’s ever believed in.
The first book in my new erotic paranormal romance series from Penguin’s Berkley Heat line is ARCHANGEL OF MERCY, out on 4th December. Here’s the blurb:
Between an angel and a desperate woman comes salvation-
and a raw passion that challenges them at every turn…
When Aurora Robinson attempts to open a rift between dimensions to embrace her true heritage, an arrogant Archangel is the only one who can save her from the jaws of hell. And while she owes Gabriel her life, she’s determined not to fall at his feet-despite the desire she feels whenever they’re together.
After his wings were brutally destroyed millennia ago, Gabriel has no compassion for humans like those who ruined him and betrayed the ones he loved. But when he inexplicably finds himself defying ancient protocols to rescue a woman from a fate worse than death, he is shocked by the searing attraction he feels for a mortal.
As the ancient forces that seek to punish Aurora for her actions close in, Gabriel offers the tempting woman protection at his private sanctuary. But as they both succumb to their desires, they discover an even deeper connection-one that threatens to consume them.
Christina Ashcroft is an ex-pat Brit who now lives in Western Australia with her husband and three children. She is owned by three cats who graciously allow her the occasional spare moment to write hot paranormal romance for Penguin/Berkley Heat.
Christina also writes hot historical romances as Christina Phillips for Berkley Heat and Ellora’s Cave
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And now for the giveaway! I have an e-copy of my erotic futuristic fantasy TOUCH OF THE DEMON (writing as Christina Phillips) and some Archangel swag to giveaway to one lucky commenter. Just leave a comment or let me know could you live with your favourite Alpha hero if he walked off the page/the screen and into your life?
***Christina's winner is DonnaS! Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your full name and mailing address!***