Monday, November 05, 2012

Guest blog with Moriah Densley

“God know you escaped from heaven?
You can hang around my place until he calls looking for you.”
− Jack MacGunn, King of the Bad Pick-Up Line

I had a ball with Jack’s bad pick-up lines. “Here – you take my lollipop, and I’ll improvise.” I took surveys and researched online, scouring hundreds, maybe thousands of pick-up lines for the best 25 to head each chapter of The Valkyrie’s Guardian. “Can I take your picture? I need to show Santa what I want for Christmas.”

Dorky, right? Perhaps not when dazzling Atlas-lookalike Jack MacGunn says it with a Scottish burr and a wink. “If you’re going to regret this in the morning, we can sleep until the afternoon.”

Cassiopeia Noyon says Jack has only three moods: hungry, angry, or flirty. So what’s new? Cassie returns home after flunking out of her medical residency, and now Jack is flirting with her.

Could be the man doesn’t know how to communicate, or he might be too shy to say what he really means. Who could blame him? Sassy, posh Cassie isn’t exactly what you’d call approachable, which explains why she hasn’t had a real date in years. But she’s had a thing for Jack as long as she can remember. So how does a tough jock and a geek girl handle their attraction?

They fight, of course.

At that moment, three pagers went off. Jack, Chief, and Pops all retrieved their phones and checked the display with identical motions.

Jack said, “CO called in the whole team. It’s probably nothing, but we have to go.”
“Run like the wind,” Cassie replied flatly, as though she had no curiosity at all about his urgent summons to headquarters. “Nice meeting you, Chief, and ah, Papa Smurf. I’ll find my own way to the barracks.”

Damned if she didn’t show them her back and strut away like a tabby cat. Of course he stared, mesmerized by the dual motion of her hips and swaying hair. A draft of her honey-anise scent lingered. Catnip. “Eighteen-hundred hours, baby,” he called, a last ditch effort to claim her with the officers observing.

She spun 180 degrees and walked backward. “Sorry, I have to polish my pistol.” Chief and Pops sucked in a breath at her suggestive tone—with that purring sound in her voice, anything sounded like innuendo.

Jack couldn’t help it. He winked. “Sure thing, darlin.’ After you polish mine.”

When Jack says “It’s a shame you sat down. I was enjoying the view,” he actually means “I adore you.” Will Cassie ever figure it out?

The Valkyrie’s Guardian
Moriah Densley

Genre:  Paranormal Romance

Publisher:  Crimson Romance / F+W Media

ISBN:  1440551375
ISBN13:  9781440551376

Number of pages:  300
Word Count:  91K

Book Description: 

“Augmented strength, lightning weapon, chronic PMS – you’re a valkyrie, Cass.”

You might call them superheroes. “Extra-sentients” are one in 4.5 million with the extraordinary ability to unlock the full potential of the mind.

Cassiopeia Noyon is descended from the most powerful known extra-sentient, but she’s a dud – no impressive talents except a healing ability which lands her in trouble. She’s all wrong for Jack MacGunn, her dazzling immortal berserker bodyguard.

Cassiopeia Noyon has a medical degree at age twenty-one, which makes her a total loser … for an extra-sentient with merely superhuman strength and healing powers but not much else. Cassie may not even be immortal, which is a downer since the man she’s adored since age six, is.

Jack MacGunn is King of the Bad Pick-Up Line. A true blue kilt-wearing, pipe-playing Scot descended from a long line of berserker warriors; if he’s awake, he’s either hungry or itching for a fight. Lately Jack feels lost. His career as a Navy SEAL detachment agent is on a slow train to nowhere. He suspects it has something to do with his out-of-control superhuman rages.

The one task Jack has never failed at is guarding Cassie from their enemies, but now he fears he can’t protect her from himself. Even if they could go a single day without fighting, Jack knows he’ll never be good enough for her. The boss’ granddaughter is off-limits anyway.
A chance encounter with a villain long assumed dead sends Jack and Cassie on a race to save the children secreted away at Network One, the academy for genius extra-sentients. Jack discovers a new side of Cassie when in the heat of combat she invokes unheard-of powers. Has Jack finally met his match?

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Author Bio:

2012 RWA Golden Heart finalist Moriah Densley sees nothing odd at all about keeping both a violin case and a range bag stuffed with pistols in the back seat of her car. They hold up the stack of books in the middle, of course. She enjoys writing about Victorians, assassins, and geeks. Her muses are summoned by the smell of chocolate, usually at odd hours of the night. By day her alter ego is your friendly neighborhood music teacher. Moriah lives in Las Vegas with her husband

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Denyse Cohen said...

Moriah's writing is amazing, very smart and engaging. At 91K words, I'm sure this new release won't let me down. It's on my TBR list, can't wait to get to it.

Moriah Densley said...

Hi, Denyse! Thanks for the kind words. Lovely to see a fellow Crimson author here!