Laura Kaye  on What Romance Means & Huge Multi-Blog Event!

Very excited to be at Parajunkee’s today to talk about romance!

West of Want, Romance, Laura KayeThis is a hugely fun time for me. Today is the kick-off of a big 40+-site Preview & Prizes Event for my upcoming book, West of Want, Book 2 in the Hearts of the Anemoi series (recently chosen by RT Magazine as their favorite returning paranormal series—woot!), and this week is also the Romantic Times Convention. I’m going for the first time this year and can’t wait to step foot in Chicago!

A whole convention dedicated to romance is the perfect time to reflect on what romance is and what it means. Romance can be about romantic gestures—getting flowers just because or finding a small love note tucked into your wallet, and it can be about the excitement of physical chemistry and sexual passion.

But I think, at its heart, romance is about meeting another person’s needs—and having yours met in return—for no other reason than because their happiness and fulfillment brings your greatest sense of joy and contribution. This is the kind of romance where you feel secure enough to share those needs, to trust that your lover will see them as important and worthy. This is the kind of romance where, even if society deems those needs as abnormal or immoral or perverted, you respect them and safeguard them and provide them as if they were your own. This is the kind of romance not dictated by logic or rationality, but by the heart and soul. And the result is a kind of emotional intimacy that bonds two people’s lives, hearts, and needs into one.

This is the kind of love that Zephyros and Ella have in West of Want. Both are fighters and survivors, having weathered a lifetime of hurts and humiliations. Both have needs they’re afraid to voice, because those needs have been thrown back in their faces before. But for this person and for a chance at this love, they’re willing to push through the old hurts and current fears to give the other person…everything—no matter what it costs or what sacrifice must be made.

What does romance mean to you?

Thanks for reading!

Laura Kaye

Now, here’s more about the book and the Preview & Prizes contest!

WEST OF WANT Book Blurb:

West of Want, Romance, Laura KayeBetrayal is all he’s ever known, but in her, he’ll find a love strong enough to be trusted…

When Marcella Raines’ twin brother dies, she honors his request to be buried at sea, never expecting the violent storm that swamps her boat. Though she’s gravely injured–and still emotionally damaged from her recent divorce–Ella fights to survive.

Zephyros Martius is the Supreme God of the West Wind and Spring, but being the strongest Anemoi hasn’t protected him from betrayal and loss. Worse, he’s sure his brother Eurus is behind it. When Zeph’s heartbreak whips up a storm that shipwrecks a human, his guilt forces him to save her.

Ella is drawn to the vulnerability Zeph hides beneath his otherworldly masculinity and ancient blue eyes. And her honesty, empathy, and unique, calming influence leave Zeph wanting…everything. When Eurus threatens Ella, she and Zeph struggle to let go of the past, defend their future, and embrace what they most want–a love that can be trusted.

“Laura Kaye’s captivating writing and vibrant world-building will have readers hooked on the gods of the Anemoi. WEST OF WANT is steamy, spellbinding, and a must-read for all romance fantasy fans.”
~Elisabeth Naughton, author of the Eternal Guardians series

WEST OF WANT Excerpt:

Restrained power made Zephyros’s hands tremble. At first, he’d wanted to help Ella because he owed it to her. Now, want bloomed into need. When he’d held her soft curves, the strength of her life force soaked into him. Seldom did he have any cause to interact with humans, let alone touch them, but the soft yellow aura that surrounded her body told him this woman was good, pure, true. A rare character, in his experience.

And then she’d said his name. Whispered it, really, but that didn’t keep him from fully enjoying the way her lips wrapped around the sound.

Silently, he summoned the ancient, elemental power, the one that flowed through him, that made him what he was. His palms warmed. Soft white light spilled from between his clasped hands.

Ella’s eyes cut to his glowing hands, went wide. “What? Don’t hurt…” She swallowed thickly. A tear leaked down her temple into her hair.

He met Ella’s barely focused gaze. “Fear not, I promise to hurt you no more.”

Her only answer was a shiver that racked her whole body.

Normally, a healing of this magnitude required sacrifice. It was how the gods worked. Quid pro quo, and all that. But, in this case, Ella’s case, that was hardly appropriate. After all, she wouldn’t need to be healed if he’d kept better control of himself.

Words in his native tongue spilled into the quiet of the room. He parted his hands, held them over her prone form, and let the healing energy cover her. The pale, white glow infused her aura, which absorbed the curative force, distributed small doses of it throughout her body.

Ella sucked in a breath.

“Be well, now,” Zeph whispered.

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WEST OF WANT PREVIEW & PRIZES CONTEST!

On the PJV Blog — You can Win:

One commenter from the PJV site will win a West of Want bookmark and the romance trading cards for North of Need and West of Want. Simply comment to enter to win and be sure to leave your email address. These prizes will be announced soon after May 10. Open to international.

Event-Wide:
Seven participants who enter through the Rafflecopter form will win gift cards from winners’ choice of Amazon or B&N valued between $15 and $100! Those prize winners will be announced on West of Want’s release day, July 10, 2012. Want the best chance of winning big? Pre-order the print West of Want through Amazon or B&N and enter your order confirmation number on the appropriate Rafflecopter line. Pre-orders are hugely important for an author because they determine how many books bookstores will actually stock and they count toward an author’s first-week sales which is when most authors have their best chance to hit the big bestseller lists. Pre-orders/purchases are not required to enter. Open to international.


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Laura KayeAbout Laura Kaye:
Voted Breakout Author of the Year in the 2011 GraveTells Readers’ Choice Awards, Laura is a bestselling and award-winning author paranormal and contemporary romance. Hearts in Darkness is the EPIC eBook Award Winner for Best Novella, Forever Freed won the NJRW Golden Leaf Award for Best Paranormal of 2011, and North of Need, the first book in the Hearts of the Anemoi series, was named GraveTells’ Best Book of 2011 and won their 5-STAR Gold Heart Award, and won Sizzling Hot Read of the Year at Sizzling Hot Books. Laura lives in Maryland with her husband, two daughters, and cute-but-bad dog, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.

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