Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Book Blitz: Lana Grayson

Warlord (Anathema #1) by Lana Grayson

Publisher: Tika Lake Publishing
Release Date: November 28th 2014
Genre: New Adult, Romance, Suspense
Links: Goodreads | Amazon

The only thing more dangerous than the Anathema MC is the club’s president.


For twenty-one years, Rose Darnell’s family dedicated their lives to the Anathema MC. For twenty-one years, she’s searched for a way out.

Bound to a world of bloodied knuckles and drug money, Rose believes her musical talent will rescue her from an abusive father and overbearing brothers. A chance audition and promising gig would free Rose from the outlaw 1%, but her brothers won’t let her escape the club’s shadow.

A rival chapter threatens Rose, and only Anathema’s president, Thorne Radek, can protect her.


A traitor lurks within Anathema’s brotherhood, and Thorne will burn the world to scorch the rat. When an innocent diva with baby-bunny eyes and dark secrets needs his help, Thorne offers his protection and is rewarded with the ultimate bait. He may be the only man to distract Rose from her music, but helping him find the traitor will damn more than the club.

It will tear her family apart.

“I might be able to keep you alive long enough to get some use out of you.”

He backed away, and I sucked in a relieved breath. The air caught in my lungs and I lost myself within Thorne’s wild scent.

He was serious. Absolutely serious. Not only did he think I was in danger, he thought he would protect me from it. He offered to save me from the demons lurking in the shadows.

And I believed him.

He trapped me within the heart of Pixie. In the very lair of the beast, tucked inside the darkest corners and under the gaze of the dangerous man balancing loyalty, anarchy, and violence. No one dared challenge Pixie, not even during the worst battles with Exorcist.

His gaze seared through me, trailing heat everywhere it looked. I couldn’t speak. My throat burned over my questions. He liked that. Reducing me to silence. Stealing my song. Proving him right and me wrong and savoring all the confusion in its wake.

The victorious smile suited him. Predatory. An amused crack in the mask of hardened rage. He didn’t offer it with kindness. He transformed a vulnerable quirk into a hostile threat, and, despite the darkness hardening his expression, even the cruelest of smiles only enhanced his features. It was a look that fractured pavement and ricocheted a bullet, and the unwanted heat burning low in my belly had no defense.

My pulse quickened. The halo of understanding cracked, and what should have blessed me in sweet offering instead tormented me with profane truth.

I feared Thorne.

But so did everyone else.

And that made him my greatest ally.

Guest Post:
Strong Female Protagonists

A romance just isn’t a romance without a strong heroine.

Sure, we swoon over the bad boys, crush on the charismatic charmers, and love the wounded alphas, but the heroine makes the story worth reading. The days of the bodice rippers with timid and weak heroines are just about over.

Nowadays, it seems everyone wants the kick-butt heroine: the determined worker, the intelligent rival, and the challenging and passionate partner. I couldn’t agree more. The heroine/hero relationship dynamic is only successful if both characters prove their worth to each other.

But… lately, does it seem like the only way a female character can demonstrate her strength is through physical feats? A woman isn’t strong unless she knows martial arts, can shoot a gun, and charges into the vanguard with the hero at her side.

I like to cheer for that woman, but I’m missing the gentle heroine. The woman who would never grab a weapon but can lash the hero with her quick wit. The sweetheart who abhors violence but is desperate and determined to defend her ideas, projects, and body from any who would challenge her. The woman who has no special training in marital arts but can dominate without intimidating through physical strength.

A woman can be tough without becoming a clone of the hero, and a heroine can be sympathetic even if she’s unable to defend herself from violence. Just being defiant, being undefeatable even when all hope is lost and unconquerable even when overpowered, establishes an independence that is stronger than any bullet or blade.

So what do you think? Do you have a favorite kick-butt heroine?

Author Bio:
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Lana Grayson was born to write anything and everything to do with romance. Her favorite genres range from the dark and twisty to the lighthearted and sentimental—as long as the characters are memorable, the story is fun, and the romance is steamy. Lana lives in Pittsburgh with her husband, and, when she isn’t bundled in her writing chair, she’s most likely cheering on the Steelers or searching for the ‘Burgh’s best Italian restaurants.

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