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Saturday, 14 January 2012

CHOSEN BY SIN Virtual Book Tour: Virna DePaul

Author Override is the place where authors take the reins and take you on a journey into their world. Some may allow you into their private writing dens. Others may take you along with them on research trips or interviews. Whatever the case may be, sit back, relax and enjoy the ride because here you’ll get an in-depth look into an author’s musings.

Welcome to stop #6 in my blog tour For Chosen By Sin (Para-Ops #3).

Thank you to Under The Covers Book Blog for having me here today!  This tour focuses on my writing and my paranormal series, but also my Twelve Resolutions for 2012, as well as the resolutions of my hero in Chosen By Sin, werebeast Dex Hunt. Those of you who know Dex know he's a bit...difficult, so I'm curious to see what he comes up with. (Psst: Dex doesn't actually know it, but his “resolutions” are more like a Twelve-Step Program designed by me to get him to his HEA).

I'll be giving away a prize to one commenter from this blog stop, but I'm also giving away one grand prize to one blog tour follower.  See the giveaway details below! :)

The Para-Ops Series: Five years after the Second Civil War ends, humans and Otherborn—humanlike creatures with superhuman DNA—still struggle for peace. To ensure the continued rights of both, the FBI forms a Para-Ops team with a unique set of skills.  (Chosen By Blood (Book 1), Chosen By Fate (Book 2))

So what's Resolution #6 for me? 
Look Presentable In The Morning

Seriously.  First thing in the morning, I get my kids ready for school.  After (maybe) showering and brushing my teeth and throwing on something comfortable (i.e., sweats are usually involved), I drive them to school then head back home.  Usually, I'll start writing or catching up with other business.  Next thing I know, it's time to pick up the kids or someone comes to the door and I still look like I rolled out of bed, and not in a good way!  I've pretty much mastered stealth maneuvering so I won't run into anyone I know at these times.    

And what's Resolution #6 for Dex Hunt?

Here's a hint from Chosen By Sin. 

Until recently, the term f*** buddy had never meant anything to Dex. He’d always f***** for sheer pleasure—to receive it and to give it—but lately other needs drove him. With Lucy, his drive was friendship disguised with practicality. With Jes, his desire was driven by something alarmingly primal. Not just seeking pleasure for pleasure’s sake, but more like seeking to appease an intense, gnawing need.

With each hour that passed, he had to fight the urge to go to her. To take what he’d actually been prepared to take when he’d pushed her into that damn elevator. To give part of himself he’d never been tempted to give anyone else.
Physically and emotionally.

Hell, he hadn’t known what he wanted to do most—mark Jes with his scent and his seed, or beg her to hold him while telling him everything about her.

How was that for bat-s*** crazy?

Since he couldn’t afford even a temporary case of insanity, he’d managed to refrain from doing any of that.

Which meant for now, a f*** buddy was all he was going to be.

No one can accuse Dex of disloyalty, but the dude needs to get a clue.  Other relationships change once love enters the picture.  And I'd say this type of friendship is certainly a great example.  Sorry, Lucy, but Dex's 6th resolution is to commit himself, including sexually, to the woman he loves.

Want to see a trailer I made depicting the Para-Ops characters as I see them?  Dex is particularly yummy!  Here's the link: http://on.fb.me/z6Z8nI

Bio: Virna DePaul is a former prosecutor and now national bestselling author of the Para-Ops Novels. She also writes contemporary romantic suspense for Harlequin Romantic Suspense (It Started That Night, May 2012) and HQN (Shades Of Desire, June 2012).

Blurb for Chosen By Sin:
The longest life isn’t always the happiest one…

For now, werebeast Dex Hunt serves on the Para-Ops team, but his true purpose is to kill the werewolf leader he blames for his mother’s death. Biding his time, Dex keeps his emotional distance from his team members and anyone else he might care for, including a mysterious vampire he met in L.A.

As a doctor, vampire Jesmina Martin has dedicated her immortal life to healing others. As a scientific researcher, she’s trying to prolong life spans, in particular those of her adoptive dragon-shifter family and the werewolf who saved her as a child. Her greatest hope lies with Dex, a werebeast she believes can gift immortality to others.

Only Dex knows nothing about his gift or the fact Jesmina wants to harness it. After a passionate night together neither expects to see the other again. Weeks later, they are reunited in France and forced to acknowledge a fragile miracle—a new life struggling to survive. At the same time, they must stop a group of rebel shape-shifters hoping to unleash every demon in hell. But before Dex and Jesmina can save their child or the world, they must relinquish their secrets, face their fears, and open themselves to love.

E-version ($4.99)
Barnes and Noble: http://t.co/UW5P73o
Paperback ($7.99)

Daily Blog Tour Giveaway: Today, Virna is gifting one book from her backlist (prize winner's choice, see backlist here) to one randomly selected commenter who either leaves a comment on the blog, or a question for Virna to answer. Please also include your email addy.

GRAND PRIZE TOUR GIVEAWAY: What was Dex's "resolution" that Virna talked about today? Do you know the answer? Fantastic!!  Because...

Virna is also gifting a $100 Amazon gift card to one randomly selected reader who leaves the answer to this question during the blog tour.  Go to: http://chosenbysin.com/virtual-tour-grand-prize  You can be entered to win the grand prize once each day by simply following the tour from January 9 - 20, and leaving your answer with each day's different resolution!!

Virna is also offering autographed copies of CHOSEN BY SIN for purchase during this blog tour.  To purchase an autographed copy, please visit http://chosenbysin.com.

Follow The Tour:

1/09/12 - The Qwillery
1/10/12 - Paranormal Haven
1/11/12 - The Book Reading Gals
1/12/12 - The Jeep Diva
1/13/12 - Book Lovers Inc.

1/14/12 - Under The Covers Book Blog
1/15/12 - Books and Kisses
1/16/12 - Nocturne Reads
1/17/12 - Happily Ever After Reads 
1/18/12 - Lush Book Reviews
1/19/12 - Hanging with Bells
1/20/12 - Ramblings From This Chick


Virna DePaul said...

Thanks for having me on your blog for my Chosen By Sin tour! :)

Victoria said...

Poor Dex - he really is a clueless male :).

It's easy to see how you can get in the routine of wearing sweats. I was like that when my boys were little. But once I stopped and started dressing in "real" clothes I actually felt better and seemed to get more done. Good luck :).


CYP @ A Bookalicious Story said...

Ohhh, the book sounds really interesting!! Thanks for the giveaway!:)


sheryl said...

Love this series. I can't decide which guy is my fave, but it's a toss up between Knox and Dex. Yum!!
Which caracter is your fave to write?


Susan W. said...

I can't leave the house without at least having on the most basic of makeup! I will ALWAYS run into someone I don't want to see when I don't do my face! LOL!!! Comfy clothes for me are jeans so I good that way.

Blue Shedevil said...

I love all the guys/gals in the Para-Ops, but what I am dying to know is when Knox's brother will finally get his story told? Now there is an intriguing sexy vamp.

Rebe said...

I have to admit - I'm not so great at looking presentable first thing in the morning either! I love black yoga pants, a fleece jacket, and a ball cap. I don't need to do my hair or make up and I still look "okay"! Of course, that's just to run errands....


Romance Reader Enthusiast said...

I have never read the series, so I'm very interested in starting to read and catch up. Best of luck on the tour.

booklover0226 said...

Dex's 6th resolution is to commit himself, including sexually, to the woman he loves.

I can't wait to continue this series.

Tracey D
booklover0226 at gmail dot com

Timitra said...

This series sounds really good!!!


erin said...

This has been such a fun tour :)

I'd have to say that the older I get the more I dress for me and being comfortable. In fact, I dress up so rarely that some of my friends don't recognize me when I do. So good luck on your resolution and this is a great excuse to go shopping!

I'm gearing up to start your series! It's in my TBR pile and my resolution this year is to get my butt in gear (I was in a bit of a slump) and start reading :)

donnas said...

Im really enjoying this tour. Thanks for doing it!

bacchus76 at myself dot com

Barbara E. said...

This is a great series, and I'm looking forward to reading Chosen by Sin.

Barbed1951 at aol dot com

miki said...

Oh my so many things in common so far ^^;; or perhaps i'm even worse

i can't take care of myself. I really try and each year it's one of my resultion but i'm not accostumed to that. The only time i take some time for me to dress myself and such are exam or big occasion.... all the rest of time: jogging or something similar ( i don't take a lot of time in front of the mirror that's for sure)

all the best


Joanne said...

Dex's 6th resolution is to commit himself, including sexually, to the woman he loves. Sounds like a great series. I've never read it but I put the series on my wishlist.


Darkest Embrace said...

Stephanie A.

To commit oneself to the person they love in every aspect is really something. And here I am thinking Dex would be with Lucy! Loving it! Thank you again!


Maria D. said...

I really like the snippets of Dex's character we are seeing at each stop.
I'm in the bad habit of dressing for when I have to go to work (Monday thru Friday) but on the weekend I just sort of let things slide- I really need to stop doing that because I end up running into people I know - your resolution is actually a good reminder to me!

junegirl63 at gmail dot com

elaing8 said...

Great snippet.

If you could spend the day with one character,who would it be and what would you do?


Becky C said...

Looks good! Must check this book out. Thanks.

Di said...

I missed the beginning of this tour, so now I'll have to go back & check out Dex's earlier resolutions. It's great that he's heading to an HEA.

sallans d at yahoo dot com

Sue Sattler said...

I can't wait to get started on this series. The more I read about Dex the more I want to read his story.

Virna DePaul said...

Victoria: I agree clueless = male. Oops, that's not what you said,.. ;P Glad you beat the sweats-routine. Fingers crossed I'll be able to do it! :)

CYP @ A Bookalicious Story-Glad you found it interesting!

sheryl - Knox, because he was my first, Dex because he was my last, and Wraith because she's my inner-warrior woman. :)

Susan W. Make-up and jeans is usually making an effort for me! You're luck it comes ez to you! :) Thanks for commenting.

Blue Shedevil - Zeph is definitely on my radar! Glad he's on yours, too! :)

Rebe - Looking okay for running errands is perfectly acceptable! I just don't want to be embarrassed when I run into people anymore! LOL Good luck with the give away!

Romance Reader Enthusiast - Thank you! I hope you get try the series.

booklover0226 - Thanks so much, Tracey!

Timitra - Thank you and thanks for commenting.

erin - You make a good point about the shopping! L-) Thank you for following the tour and hope 2012 is a great, energized year for you.

donnas - Glad you're enjoying it.

Barbara E. - I hope you enjoy Chosen By Sin! Thank you!

miki - We can do this resolution together! :) Thanks for stopping by.

Joanne - Thank you for your interest in the series.

Stephanie A - Glad you're okay with Dex and Lucy having separate paths! :)

Maria D. - You're doing great 5 days out of 7 though! So you deserve some down time! :)

elaing8 - Thank you! I think I'd want to spend the day with Lucy. She's interesting and wouldn't be so intimidating to me, but she could introduce me to the others when I was comfortable. LOL

Becky C - Thanks for stopping by.

Di - Thanks for joining the tour!

Sue Sattler - Glad you're enjoying it!

Vanessa N. said...

Another great excerpt. I so love Dex. Can't wait to see what happens.


marybelle said...

I'm enjoying the tour thank you.


Sophia Rose said...

This is a new to me series and I enjoyed the excerpts and plot info on the story. There seems to be a nice blend of dangerous adventure, paranormals, and romance.

I know what you mean about time getting away and not finding the time to do something as basic as 'getting ready' in the morning.

Thanks for the giveaway opportunity.


Shelly said...

This sounds like a great series. Adding it to my wishlist. Dex's 6th resolution is to commit himself, including sexually, to the woman he loves.

andie said...

Once i saw Virna's book on Facebook and I was like "Dang!! Where was I when the first book came out??" I'd really love to read this. I Love this tour, it's so much fun!!

Thanks for the giveaway!:)


mbreakfield said...

This series sounds awesome. I have the first book in my TBR pile.

Kathryn Merkel said...

I've not worn makeup in years & I don't miss it. I much prefer the freshly scrubbed, natural look & it takes no time at all to get ready to greet the day, which is good, because I am so not a morning person. Thank goodness, I also only have to walk about 50 ft to reach my job, since I work at the family business & live right next door.

drainbamaged.gyzmo at gmail.com

Tamsyn said...

Each excerpt is pulling me into the story. I can't wait to read the next one in the tour. This series will go on my TBR list!


IreneRJ said...

This series is new to me and looks great. I will be starting from the first book Chosen by Blood so I don't miss anything !

Lady D said...

The answer is that he wants to learn to love, and be loved without finding himself in the rut of just being FWB, or FB's. And yeah, I totally feel the chilling around the house in my jammies... xD


bluesun1218 said...

I can't wait to read more of Dex.
I have to at least have the top half of myself presentable the bottom half is always iffy lol When I'm at home all day why be stuck in jeans?!

Christy said...

Oh my... I need that resolution because my kids ride the bus so I'm usually in tshirt and no bra... lol I love Dex and hope he does find love. christina_92 at yahoo.com

*yadkny* said...

I like your resolution Virna... need to work on that myself:) I especially get really lazy on the weekends. Wishing you much success on the rest of your tour!


Proserpine said...

Thanks for this hint! That tell us more about the character! This series sounds awesome! Thanks for this giveaway!


Pamk said...

Poor wittle dex. Hope he gets his comeuppance. He so needs his lol.
And at least you showered. Could have been worse.

Virna DePaul said...

Vanessa N. Both Dex and I are warmed by your support. Thank you! :)

marybelle - Awesome! Thank you!

Sophia Rose - I really to create that balance. Thanks for following the tour. Good luck with the give away!

Shelly - Thanks for adding me to your wish list! ;)

andie - So glad you're enjoying the tour and are intrigued by the books!

mbreakfield - Hope you enjoy the book. Thanks!

Kathryn Merkel - Right. Morning and make up seems too much to deal with sometimes. :)

Tamsyn - Yay! Thanks for putting the series in your TBR list!

IreneRJ - Thank you! Hope you enjoy CBB!

Lady D - Jammies rock!! :)

bluesun1218 - half is a great accomplishment! Thanks for commenting.

Christy - Great visual, Christy! :) Glad you're enjoying the tour.

*yadkny* - Thanks so much! Take care, V

Proserpine - Glad you're enjoying the tour. Thanks for commenting.

Pamk - It will all be worth it for Dex! No worries! :) And yes, that's what I've thought--much worse. LOL

Vicky said...

Virna, whose book is up next!!!! Please say Lucy's :)

Virna DePaul said...

Vicky--That's the plan but not 100% sure. :) I have to finish a couple of other projects and then I'll dig in. Thanks!

Chrisbails said...

You are a new author and a new series for me. I love to read and am always looking for new books and authors to check out. I would love to win the first book, Choosen by Blood. I love series and love to start at the beginning. What a fun series. Gorgeous covers.
Thanks for the chance to win.

Barbara said...

I completely understand! My kids are all grown and don't live at home anymore. So, I practically LIVE in sweats and have to make a conscious effort to put 'real clothes' on when I step outside! ;)


LadyVampire2u said...

I definitely know what you mean about not having enough time to get yourself in order in the morning. Time flies, especially when your still sleepy and people are calling for you.
LadyVampire2u AT gmail DOT com

Virna DePaul said...

Chrisbails - Glad you found the tour! Yes, I love my covers! Good luck with the giveaway!

Barbara - "Real clothes!" Love that! :)

LadyVampire2u-Between my kids and all the characters in my head, I think I walk around in a daze most of the time. LOL

Sebrina said...

Thank you so much for the chance, I'm still rollin w/ the tour! ♥
Sebrina_Cassity at yahoo dot com