Friday, October 21, 2011

GUEST: Tina Donahue

What Makes a Guy Sexy?

As a writer and a reader of erotic romance, I’m always looking for a hero that curls my toes and makes me smile until my cheeks hurt.

When I began writing in this genre, I considered the physical aspects pretty important. The guy had to be tall – at least six three – well endowed (of course) – and preferably dark and dangerous.

As I soon learned, physical aspects were just the proverbial cherry on top of the sundae. What was most important was his inner soul and heart. I discovered a man was at his sexiest when he was loyal to the woman he loved and was willing to risk all, even his life, to make certain she was safe.

Now, there’s a hero. The kind of guy who’ll stand next to you against everyone, or in the case of a paranormal romance, everything. A man who’s comfortable in his own skin and has a core of honor that can’t be compromised.

Stop me, I’m getting hot already. J

For my newest releases SiNN (contemporary ménage) and Unending Desire (erotic paranormal), I made certain that nothing was more important to my heroes than the woman they loved. They go through hell with her and for her in two lusty journeys.

Here’s the cover art, blurb and a link to an excerpt for each to give you a hint of what I mean. Enjoy!

Oh, and one more thing – I’m hosting a contest today…more on that later.

SiNN – contemporary erotic romance (ménage) from Ellora’s Cave

She’s every man’s carnal fantasy…and the target of one’s revenge

At a Phoenix gentleman’s club, Lea dances as SiNN, her body bared and vulnerable to her male partner, her features hidden behind a feathered mask. To the men watching, she’s a sensual enigma, submissive and seductive with no face, name or history. Not even Lea knows her real origins.

A man from the past does and wants her dead.

Not on the watch of U.S. Marshals Jake Gabriel and Toby Quinn. Commanding and decisive, Jake not only wants Lea’s safety but to have her naked and yielding beneath him. To Toby, she’s all he should resist but cannot.

Protected by them at a secluded estate, Lea’s drawn to their potent masculinity and the raw male lust in their eyes. Inviting desire and an emotional connection, she submits to both at once, surrendering to their most shameless hunger along with her own wanton needs.

All while a killer edges closer…

Buy link (with excerpt):

UNENDING DESIRE – erotic paranormal romance from Samhain Publishing

His hunger for one woman will make him a traitor to his world…

Outlawed Realm, Book 1

From a portal in his lab on E2, one of the five dimensions of Earth, quantum physicist Nikoli Zorr gazes on everything forbidden to him. Passion. Desire. The exquisite pleasure of running his hands over the lush curves of a young woman he should have stopped watching weeks ago.

His duty is to close the portals that keep the monsters out of E2—and never interfere with the inevitable fate of those on the other side. Yet he can’t bring himself to abandon the woman who has captured his soul.

Psychologist Regina Page is trying to keep her mind on her client, and off the mysterious, unbearable sexual cravings that consume her when she’s alone in her bedroom. The next moment she’s attacked by vampires, then swept into another realm by a stranger whose touch awakens that same raw desire. Whose eyes are already filled with farewell.

Yet beneath their undeniable carnal lust, something else stirs. The beginnings of illicit love. The unexpected need to protect him. Even if it means risking body, blood and soul to defeat the merciless horde…for a future that was never meant to be.


Product Warnings

Contains a repressed scientist who likes to look, and the woman who delights in unleashing his inner caveman. And sex hot enough to burn a hole in all three dimensions…and maybe create a whole new one.

Buy Link (with excerpt):

Tina Donahue is an award-winning, bestselling novelist in erotic, paranormal, contemporary and historical romance for Ellora’s Cave, Samhain Publishing and Kensington. Booklist, Publisher’s Weekly, Romantic Times and numerous online sites have praised her work; she has reached finals and/or placed in numerous RWA–sponsored contests. Three of her erotic novels were named finalists in the 2011 EPIC competition. Sensual Stranger, her erotic romance, was chosen Book of the Year 2010 (erotic category) at the French review site, Blue Moon reviews. The Golden Nib Award at Miz Love Loves Books was created specifically for her erotic romance Lush Velvet Nights; and Deep, Dark, Delicious (erotic romance) recently received an Award of Merit in the RWA Holt Medallion competition (2011). She was the editor of an award–winning Midwestern newspaper and worked in Story Direction for a Hollywood production company.





*** CONTEST ***

To celebrate the release of SiNN and Unending Desire, I’m offering a contest. One lucky commenter on this blog will have her choice of one of my following ebooks**:

1. Adored – RWA award-winning; EPIC 2011 Finalist; 4 Stars RT

2. Deep, Dark, Delicious – EPIC 2011 Finalist; Holt Medallion Award of Merit

3. Lush Velvet Nights – EPIC 2011 Finalist; Golden Nib Award

4. In His Arms – SIX 5 Star Reviews; 4 Stars RT

5. Sensual Stranger – 2010 Book of the Year (erotic); 4 Stars RT

6. The Yearning – Top Ten Bestseller

7. Take Me Away - #1 Pick, Miz Love Loves Books

** Winner chosen at random. Winner chosen October 23.


  1. Thanks for having me here today, Denyse!

  2. So happy to have you as my guest, Tina - hope it's a fun day and thanks, too, for offering such a tempting prize to one of the lucky readers!! :) *hugs*

  3. Tina, I just finished reading your fantastic and very enthralling Unending Desire. It was intriguing page turner and one of the very best books I've read. I'm looking forward to your next book in this Outlawed Realm series.

    Unending Desire gets one of my Very, Very Highest Recommendations!!!


  4. Wow, Sandie - you really made my day - so glad you enjoyed Unending Desire!!!

  5. Thanks for the giveaway. Please enter me in contest. I would love to read these book.

  6. Hi Tina,
    Congrats on your releases. Love those hot covers! Thanks for the chance to win.

  7. I so agree with you about what makes a man sexy. Some of the most drop dead gorgeous guys I know are total losers. You've gotta look beneath the cover to see the worth of a real man.

    drainbamaged.gyzmo at

  8. Hey, Tamsyn - thanks for stopping buy. I love the covers too. :)

  9. So true, Kathryn - looks have never been the be all/end all for me. I like smarts, a great personality, kindness and loyalty. :)

  10. What a great way to start my day - a contest for one of your fabulous books!Enter me, please, please, please!

  11. Well I got as far as the excerpt for Sinn today, Tina, and that pretty much fogged up my glasses. That was totally luscious, and I can't wait to read the rest of your sexy menage.

    caity_mack at yahoo dot com

  12. Hey, Patsy - you're entered!! :)

  13. LOL - yep, SiNN is definitely steamy. Great to see you here, Cathy!

  14. Hi Tina,

    Decisions, Decisions, I can't choose which one of your new releases I want. So I guess that means I have to buy them both.

    Both blurbs, sound wonderful. Congrats on the new releases.

    Teresa K.
    tcwgrlup41 at yahoo dot com

  15. I loved Unending Desire, and can't wait to read SINN.

  16. Thanks, Teresa, for your wonderful comments - it's great to see you here.

  17. Jacki, you've made my day! I'm so glad you liked Unending Desire. :)

  18. Tina, I am so pleased that so many people have dropped by today to chat with you - good luck to everyone on winning one of Tina's great books!!!

    Tina, would love to have you back anytime.... just say the word.


  19. Thanks, Denyse - would love to come back. And you're always welcome at my site. :)

  20. Tina, it's definitely what's inside the guy, what makes him tick, so to speak, that's the attractive thing to me. Both your new releases sound wonderful. Congratulations!

  21. Wow ! These books sound HOT! Steamy. Any of them would be a pure pleasure to read.

  22. Still can't decide which of your new books sounds better :D


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