July 25 – 30, win prizes, ebooks and more in the Hot Paranormal Nights Blog Hop, brought to you by authors Tricia Schneider and Kallysten. This event celebrates all things that go bump in the night. Whether you like your sexy heroes to have fangs or fur, or your spunky heroines to harness magical forces, or any other sort of paranormal elements to spice up your romances, this is the hop for you! Will you join the fun?

Read my excerpt below. Then, comment to enter to win a copy of The Beckoning of Beautiful Things and a $15 Amazon gift card. Hop to the other author’s sites to enter to win other prizes. This excerpt is from The Beckoning of Broken Things, out in late August.

***Is Marissa Engles crazy? Or is she a paranormal Light Rebel who can shape form from the electricity buzzing through her veins. Her aunt and sister think “Crazy.” The locked mental facility they’ve put her in thinks “Delusional.” She’s so drugged up, she can’t tell if they’re right. Only her new pal, Rafe Caldwell, another mental patient inmate, thinks she is what she says he is. And he intends to find out more – lots more.  The only problem is her missing soul bound lover, Daniel Navid, who commands the darkest of the dark. But as they say, if the cat’s away…***

the Beckoning Of Broken ThingsI make my way to my white room. Rafe is lounging in the hallway near my room, studying something. He’s slouching but he seems to be pretty tall – 6’3” or 6’4”, I’d say. Muscled. I wonder if they have a gym here. When I get closer I see that he’s clutching a pamphlet called Is Aggression Anger? My eyebrows knit together as I approach. “Is it?” I ask.

He whirls around. “It is. Aggression is a form of extreme anger. I should know.” He pauses and bites his lip, looking at me intently. “Are you alright?”

“Oh, I’m super. I’ve got Haloperidol humming through my system and I’ve never felt better. You?”

He snorts. “Same. Rafe Caldwell, by the way.” He sticks out his hand.

He’s got the bluest eyes I’ve ever seen. Full kissable lips. Short ginger hair. Freckles everywhere. He looks like a candy bar that you could eat and never quite be satisfied – you’d only end up wanting another. In other words, you’d be addicted. “Marissa Engles,” I answer. I start to extend my hand and then consider. What if I shock him with my erratic energy? I don’t want to end up in isolation or whatever they do to severe head cases. I draw my hand back. “Uh, I’m kind of sensitive about touch.”

He cocks his head. “Really? Or is it because you don’t want anyone to know you’ve got electricity buzzing through your veins?”

“What? Who told you that?”

He puts his hands behind his back and leans against the textured, white wall. His ginger hair makes a sharp contrast to the white. “I snuck a peek at your patient records. They said you’re delusional, thinking you can stream light.”

“That’s private!”

“I know. I just wanted to find out more about you. All the staff is up in arms about you being here. They’re twittering and clucking in the break room between shifts. You’re trending.” He smiles. “Your aunt has been a longtime supporter of this place. That’s why all the fuss over you being here. She’s probably responsible for entire wings being constructed with her donations.”

“Aunt Topaz?”


We both lean against the wall, silent. Why would Aunt Topaz be a donor here? I ponder this for a while and come up blank. “I like your name.” I continue to look at the opposite wall.

“Thanks. It means wolf. I’m a redheaded wolf.”

I turn and catch his small smile with my eyes. It comes and goes, though, fleeting. “I’ve seen red wolves. At the zoo in Tacoma. They were beautiful.”

He smiles again, still staring at the opposite wall.

I rest my back once more against the paneling, right next to Rafe. There’s a cheap picture of an abstract, geometric something or other hanging across from me. It appears to be something from Wal-Mart. I study it. I could do so much better. My paintings are alive. This one is dead. Colors and lines arranged without feeling, like a mechanical drawing.

“So. Do you?”

“Do I what?”

“Do you have electricity in your veins?”

So, tell me, dear reader…what kind of paranormal excitement gets YOU hot? Add a comment below and enter to win a $15 Amazon gift certificate and an eBook version of The Beckoning of Beautiful Things here:

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97 thoughts on “Hot Paranormal Nights

  1. i love PNR about shifters…
    but the man must be loyal and very possesive to the girl he loves..
    that’s make me hot :p
    thx u for the giveaway…

  2. I love honesty, dirty talk and maybe a little menage.
    rmwyer at shaw dot ca

  3. Pretty much any paranormal about shifters can get me going.

    cmucha319 at yahoo dot com

  4. I love angels, especially when they struggle with (or embrace!) human desires.


  5. I love vampires, the snarkier the better. I can’t turn away from a cocky attitude and a sharp wit! Thank you!

  6. Vampires, there has always been something sexy to me about that bite on the neck. No clue why but I have thought it sexy since i was a teenager.

  7. I actually love any paranormal books as long as the characters have chemistry I’ll take it 🙂
    Thanks for the excerpt and giveaway!

    justjanhvi at gmail dot com

  8. I love shifters best, but do enjoy vampires and dragons. They all make for a good story with lots of heat.
    bournmelissa at hotmail dot com

  9. I’m so old that it doesn’t take much to make me ‘hot’! Thank you for joining the hop!!

  10. Honestly I love it all, there just so much of it it sees a shame to single out just one. Thanks for sharing your excerpt, it sounds intriguing and definitely like something I’d read, so I’ll be on the lookout for it.

    dragon5174 at gmail dot com

  11. I love Sarcastic, whatever LOL, whether it be a steamy hot god to a shifter I am not picky just give me the Sarcasm with the bad boy and I am melting like butter.

    Better yet I will give you an example Acheron from the Dark Hunter series is perfect!


  12. I love all paranormal but especially witches. Thanks.
    magic5905 at embarqmail dot com

  13. That first bite from a vampire is always pretty smokin hot! Thanks for the giveaway!

  14. I’m a demon girl, they are the epitome of a bad boy and NOTHING is taboo.

    blueshedevil32 at gmail dot com

  15. I love any paranormal books, but attractive, loyal guys are the best. xD

  16. I just love dangerous, mysterious lovers like vampires, and a lot of tension.

    spamscape [at] gmail [dot] com

  17. I like to see some danger/action and chemistry. Shifters, warlock, witches, mages, it doesn’t matter as long as it has those two elements in it.

  18. Wow, this is a great question! The kind of paranormal excitement that gets me is pretty much any in which there is a side of romance with a whole lot of heart stopping action surrounding it! I like all types of characters. I think it depends on the story more than the particular character when it comes to the hot-getting-ness of it all. Any type of character in a paranormal romance can be made to turn up the heat, depending on where the author takes them 😀 It’s so hard to figure out what the one thing is that does it! I will say that I do like the dark and mysterious type. Regardless of what they are, a little dark mystery might take the edge over others, just a bit!

    May you all have a glorious and wonderful weekend!

    Shelly H

  19. i love the danger, chemisty, new world tehy create…i love witches and demons the most 😉


  20. Hmmmm…what gets me hot? The possibilities in the paranormal are so endless; the magic can run through the veins, or in the air or through the trunks of the trees or perhaps in the water…it can be controlled by incantation, or by gods and goddesses or only within certain bloodlines or maybe only within certain types of blood itself. There are sexy, vampires, scary vampires, sexy, wonderful shifters of all varieties and fairies, brownies, elves, pixies, dwarves, trolls, goblins, witches, dragons,and on and on. The whole world of possibilities is what gets me hot. And on top of all of this is the wild possibility of falling in love with a magical being or maybe becoming or already being a magical being a there I am surrounded by a world so large, so vast, that I know I have found my happily ever after and I didn’t even need a single pair of glass slippers. michelle_willms@yahoo.com

  21. Vampire stories tend to be my favorites, though I like shifters, too.

  22. Maybe the better question would be what don’t I like about PNR!!! I love that there is always a sense of adventure and excitement no matter what the creatures involved.

  23. I love part wolf shifter part bad boy, loyal, attractive (of course) and trustworthy with a side of dirty talk. Thank you for the amazing giveaway!!!


  24. The chemistry between the characters has to have me turning the pages!

  25. I love PNRs with hot, possessive, sexy shifters. I can’t get enough of those Alpha bad boys. I love a demon or vamp to but shifters are what really get me hot. What’s better then snuggling up to a warm sexy body.

  26. I really like shifters. They are always brave and confident, that’s hot!

  27. I totally have a “thing” for uber-Alpha, majorly damaged bad boys!

    Thanks for the amazing excerpt & giveaway!
    elizabeth @ bookattict . com

    1. Yeah, I like to write about them as being a little bit “effed” in the head so that I can tolerate them. ha ha. Thanks for commenting!

  28. I love PNR about alpha shifters, mainly werewolves. The more alpha he is, the better 🙂 Thanks for the excerpt and giveaway!


    1. yes, we do like our heros super alpha. In real life, I’d want him to come down a notch so I could live with him. 🙂

  29. Sounds like a great book. I like vampires…there is something very sexy about them.

  30. As I always say.. Baby get me a vamp that can suck my neck like there’s no tomorrow.. and make this body tremble.. 😉

    Thank you for sharing in the hop.

    vals_hemi at yahoo dot com

  31. Thanks for sharing that wonderful excerpt and awesome giveaway. All paranormal gets me hot, as long as it has hot, sexy alpha males. I am in love with them. I would love to take Rafe home with me. evamillien at gmail dot com

  32. I love the sexy alpha heroes in paranormal romance. Thanks for sharing your intriguing blurb for The Beckoning of Broken Things and thanks for the fantastic giveaway.

    1. if you took Rafe home, you’d be surprised at what you got – you’d literally be addicted to him because each and every time, you’d believe it was the first, most amazing time EVER. Be warned…

  33. I love reading about Incubus’ and dragons. 🙂
    Thorton12 at hotmail dot com

  34. I love a strong alpha wolf shifter with a big protective streak and he’s always very loyal.
    sstrode at scrtc dot com

  35. Anything with vampires. I grew up on Anne Rice’s sexy take on the vampire genre and have been obsessed with them ever since. Thanks for the great giveaway!

  36. I love danger, suspense and crazy new worlds. I love lots of excitement and being kept on the edge of my seat. I love plot twists and not being able to guess what is coming next. Most of all, I love lots of sexual chemistry between the two characters with some wtitty banter and no insta love. I prefer them to have to jump through hoops and prove themselves

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