Thursday, November 10, 2011

Guest Post & Giveaway: Anita Clenney

PhotobucketEmbrace the Highland Warrior is the second book in my Scottish paranormal, Connor Clan series. It came out November 1, and I’m so excited at the feedback I’m getting from readers. They love Cody and Shay’s story. We met Cody in Awaken, and saw a glimpse of Shay (through Bree’s vision). Cody is the only warrior besides Faelan who’s been assigned an ancient demon. He might have pretended to be the tough boy next door, and he’s good at hiding secrets, but he’ll be stunned when he finds out what’s been hidden from him. Now that the vampires are making their move, all hell breaks loose. The demons and vampires hate each other, and they both want Shay and the clan’s Book of Battles. Shay is in so much trouble that Cody calls in the rest of the Connor Clan.

There’s Faelan, who was the most powerful warrior of his time, the 19th century. He was betrayed and trapped in a time vault where he slept for 150 years, waking to a strange world filled with modern technology and even stranger…modern day females. Then there’s Ronan, 6’3 inches of raw, sexy warrior, better than Robin Hood with his bow, and equally at home with a sword or a bonny lass. Shane is quiet but the fastest with a sword, and Niall is a one-man army, built like a tree trunk. Duncan is broody, seething with frustration, and Sorcha likes flirting almost as much as killing demons. And my heroines are more than just mates to these sexy warriors. They have talents that will shock even them. And Shay’s aunt and her crazy cousin get caught up in the mix, stirring up as much trouble as the demons.

Even though there are castles and demons and battles, this book is full of adventure and lots of laughs. There were times I found myself wiping my eyes with laughter as I wrote it. My publisher will give away a copy of Embrace the Highland Warrior to one commenter, US or Canada only.  Giveaway ends 11/17/11 To enter, answer the question: Do you enjoy stories where the author has crossed genres?

PhotobucketNY Times and USA Today bestselling author Anita Clenney grew up an avid reader, devouring Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys books before moving on to mysteries and romance. After working as a secretary, a Realtor, teacher’s assistant, booking agent for Aztec Fire Dancers, and a brief stint in a pickle factory (picture Lucy and Ethel--lasted half a day)…she realized she'd missed the fork in the road that led to her destiny. Now she spends her days writing mysteries and paranormal romantic suspense about Secret Warriors, Ancient Evil and Destined Love. Anita lives in suburban Virginia, outside Washington DC, with her husband and two kids.

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We’ll leave you with an excerpt from Embrace:

Cody sighed. Might as well get it over with. He removed the shackles, returned them, and bent over her. “Shay, wake up.”

Her eyes flew open. She planted both hands against his chest and shoved, knocking him on his back, then sprang on top of him. “How dare you handcuff me to a bed?” she yelled, punctuating each word with a shake that rattled his brain. He didn’t fight back. She had to get it out of her system, and he didn’t blame her. He’d be more than pissed if someone shackled him.

She landed a fist into his stomach, and the breath rushed out of him. Okay, enough was enough. He captured her hands and rolled, trapping her under him.

“Get off me, you oaf.”

“I’ll get off when you stop beating the snot out of me.”

She let out a war cry and lunged for his throat, teeth bared. Intrigued, he hesitated a second too long, and she sank her teeth into his neck. A jolt of desire shot straight to his groin. He’d never been one for the rough stuff, but damn! He pulled back before she could do more than leave a bruise. He trapped her legs with his and held her hands above her head, letting his full weight press her into the soft mattress. She still struggled but could move only enough to get him excited.

“I’m sorry, Shay. I had to do it. It was too dangerous to let you go traipsing through the woods. I had to keep you safe.”

“What if he was hiding in one of the other bedrooms and sneaked in here while I was handcuffed to the bed? You left me so I couldn’t even protect myself.”

“Lach heard him out in the woods, but that’s why I locked the door, just in case. If this guy had broken it down to get to you, you would’ve screamed, and I would’ve come running. I was never far from the house.” He’d heard every name she called him.

Her eyes still flashed fire, but her breath was steadier, and she kept glancing at his mouth. He thought that was a good thing. He wondered if she’d calmed enough not to hit him, because he should move. She had to notice the effect all the wiggling around was having on him. He felt her hips push against his, and he groaned. He relaxed his grip and lowered his head, letting his lips touch her chin. He kissed his way to her mouth, and she head butted him in the nose.

While the stars exploded in his head, she shoved him aside and bolted out the door. He jumped up and went after her as she pounded down the stairs. He caught up with her outside. She was swinging her purse like a whip, headed for the car.

“Where are you going?” he demanded.

“Get away from me.”

“You can’t leave.”

“Watch me.” She opened the door. “I’m tired of people hiding things from me. I thought you were going to stop. Now you’re handcuffing me to the bed.”

“I explained it to you.”

“Don’t touch me,” she said, jerking away when he grabbed her arm.

“You’re not leaving.”

Shay straightened her shoulders. “You can’t stop me.”

He grabbed her, tossed her over his shoulder, kicked the car door shut, and stomped up the steps.

“Put me down!” Shay kicked and twisted, cursing at him. He dumped her on her feet inside the door.

She blew her hair out of her face, and as soon as she could see, she threw a punch at his chin. He deflected it and grabbed her arm. “Stop hitting me.”

“How dare you throw me over your shoulder like some kind of caveman,” she spat, trying to wrench her arm free. It didn’t work, so she used her knee.

“Ah, not there.” Cody trapped her knee. “I made the mistake of letting you leave here nine years ago without listening to me. By God, I won’t do it again. You’ll listen if I have to sit on you,” he growled.

She drew back her other arm, and before she could throw the punch, he had her on the floor and was sitting astride her, pinning her wrists to the floor. She bucked and twisted, but he held her down. “We can do this all night if you want, but you’re going to listen to me this time.”

“Listen to more lies? You’re still hiding things from me. Like the fact that you have Nina’s entire house under surveillance. Like the fact that you’ve got a Bat Cave in your basement. Like the fact that you were in Scotland when the stalking started.”

“You think I’m your stalker?” he yelled. “Me! I’m trying to keep you alive. We’re all trying to keep you alive. That’s what the clan’s been doing your whole damned life, trying to keep you alive! And just like always, you’re making it hard as hell. Your father wasn’t a bloody spy, and that thing in your living room wasn’t a man!”


  1. I enjoy novels where genres are crossed as long as it's not too far overboard. A little humor in a suspense novel is good to break it up but out and out comedy would be too far. A little romance in a mystery is good but if there is too much it might cross the line.
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  2. I definitely like when genres are intertwined. I love a great paranormal, with action, suspense, some type of mystery or threat, humor, romance, and some hot sex thrown in sure doesn't hurt. I find that I become more entralled in these types of books and these become much more memorable for me. I find these are the books I come back to and reread time and time again.

  3. Shoot, YES...I LOVE it when an author crosses genres! It makes the stories much more interesting. Why have a plain ole baked potato when you can have it LOADED? Loaded is yummier...yummier is, well, I think you get my drift.

  4. First of all I had to go to Wikelpedia and find out the meaning of "crossed genres". *giggle*. A few examples given: Action comedy; Comedy-drama; Comedy-horror; Comic fantasy; Romantic comedy; Romantic fantasy

    I have read a few cross genres books and have found that they are absolutely the best. To read a GREAT book is to evoke emotions. To evoke emotions is to be in possession of a "must read".

  5. Congratulations on the new release! I love books where the author has crossed's how we got steampunk, urban fantasy, and even paranormal romance...Thanks for the giveaway

  6. Yes, I really like when stories cross genres. It's exciting and new to me so long as the story is a strong one.


  7. I love that line: "I'll get off when you stop beating the snot out of me." Wonderful.
    Thanks for the giveaway.


  8. I think when genres are crossed it gives the story a little something extra as long as the story keeps me engaged throughout the whole story.

  9. I'm a big fan of crossed or mixed genres. A cozy with a ghost, Paranormal Mystery, Supernatural Romance. They all just add to the enjoyment and layers of flavor.

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  10. Congrats on the new release! I have book 1 on my kindle and I can't wait to read it!

    I love a good story. Doesn't matter what genre, cross genre, or subject it is as long as it's engaging and I like it. So, I'm not picky. As long as it flows well, has a good plot, makes me believe it could happen, and I like the characters, the hero could be a time traveling, vampire-were turtle combo for all I care :)

  11. I have to admit I didn't used to be a fan until about a year ago when I picked up Brenda Joyce's Master of time series and became a instant fan of Time Travel- Paranormal - Historical Romance. I loved seeing the warriors trying to adapt to now time and the heroines as well when they went back in time.


  12. I enjoy books where genres are crossed! I find it can often add to a story in a positive way! Giving me one more reason to love a book! :)


  13. Hi Heather, I'm with you. Love those cross-genre stories. I think it adds to the plot.

  14. BLmistress, I have to check out this series. I haven't read a lot of time travel highlanders. Kind of ironic:)

  15. Erin, I love being surprised, and I think books that blend genres accomplish that. Now, I suppose it could be jarring, but if it's done in a way that fits the story, I love it.

  16. Hi NoraAdrianne, thanks so much for stopping by. I do love a little something extra with my stories. I agree it adds flavor. A romance with mystery, or mystery with paranormal.

  17. Loves to dine (love your name:) ) You've hit on the key here. If genres are blended, they need to be suited to the plot and the characters. Too much humor in a thriller could be abrupt, but a little might be the relief the reader needs.

  18. Mary, yep, gotta keep the reader engaged. That's the main thing. I hate reading a story where I just don't care what happens.

  19. Victoria, I loved that line too. It's so awesome when the characters come through the way they're supposed to.

  20. Hey Na, I think most readers are okay with it as long as it fits.

  21. Thanks, Maria. You're right, this is how we got these sub-genres.

  22. Chandragay, very well said, and I often have to google a phrase. :)

  23. mnjcarter, it seems to me that these types of books feel "bigger" and that does tend to make them more memorable.

  24. LOL, Barbara, I've never heard it put that way, but that just about sums it up...a LOADED baked potato.

  25. I love stories where the author has crossed genres!! I think it opens up whole new areas for the author and that is what keeps the writing fresh and new! And this book has two of my favorite things in the descriptions: Paranormal and Highlanders!! I can't WAIT to read it! Thanks so much for giving me the chance to win a copy:)
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  26. Hi Anita! *waving*

    I love a story that will make you laugh and make your cry!! I love this excerpt!! can't get enough!!!! Wishing you all the best!!

    Andrea :O)

  27. My favorite stories are those that have romance m make me laugh ,has adventure and have at least one or two paranormal beings.Im very pro cross genre :)

  28. Thanks, Julie. I hope you like the blend. I have had so many lovely comments on this series about how I blended the genres. I think it does lend to fresher material.

  29. Hi Andrea!! I am rather fond of this excerpt. :)

  30. Hi Wanda. If you like all that, you should love Embrace. Sizzling romance, sometimes heart wrenching, very adventurous, very funny. At times I was laughing out loud as I wrote it. And we have some paranormal action going on.:)

  31. I DO enjoy stories that cross genres!! I love books that mix romance, adventure, paranormal...a great read that keeps you engrossed. Thank you for the opportunity to win this story!!! It is already on my "to read" list on goodreads!!

  32. I have enjoyed crossed genres so much and as long as I'm connected to the characters and the story I'm goo. Loved Awaken and look forward to reading Embraced by The Highlander. Congrats on it's release Anita.And Brenda Joyce's Master of Time series is just awesome.
    Carol L
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  33. I do enjoy books where authors have crossed genres because I already do enjoy different types of romances, so why not have books that can fit into more than one category? I also think that authors who cross genres can be so creative and make it such an interesting read.


  34. I like it as long as it's not too many genres being mixed together. If it's done properly it adds a lot to a novel.

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  35. I do like stories where genres are crossed. Makes for an interesting read. Anita's book sounds great. I love the cover.