Hero–In or Out of the Shadows? + Ginormous Giveaway


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Who’s your favorite book hero? Got him in your mind? Good. Now, what do you like about him? Is he honest, kind, caring? Brave, handsome, daring? Polite or a little rough?

Big question–would you put him in a white hat or black hat?

Do heroes always have to be good guys? I’m currently watching season one of The Blacklist, and so far, while the main hero does some pretty unnerving things, he has one redeeming quality–he always protects the heroine.

ABeyesYesterday saw the release of Assassins Bite, the eighth book in my Biting Love series of red-hot vampire romances with action and sass. It’s a book I never meant to write, but my editor loved a secondary character, an assassinย named Aiden, so much that she suggested–okay, twisted my arm a bit–that he have his own book.

The problem? Aiden Blackthorne was trained as an assassin by the most notorious vampire in the Midwest. He has one friend in the world and a whole lot of enemies. But he is brave, handsome, daring and kind, and most of all–he protects the heroine above all things.

Well, he tries. Police officer Sunny Ruffles doesn’t think she needs protecting. But that’s another story ๐Ÿ˜‰

What about you? What do you like most about the hero you picked? And if you dare–is he sunshine or shadows? Comment below to be entered in a giveaway for a ginormous prize pack of Paranormally Yours, Entranced, 3 ebooks from my backlist (not including Assassins Bite) and any one ebook from a Magical Musings author. That’s 21 stories! Through Sunday. Leave your email in the commentย (put spaces in to foil the bots ๐Ÿ™‚ ) if you’d like me to contact you directly if you win.

Check out my Facebook party! Nov 12 & 13. Over $100 worth of prizes.

AssassinsBite3x4.5_mediumAssassins Bite (Biting Love, Book 8)
Only her light can burn away his shadows.


On her first night as a police officer, Sunny Ruffles takes down three felonsโ€ฆonly to be attacked by a gang of vampires who are a whole new level of hurt.

Then a mysterious shadow man intervenes, saving Sunny before he disappears. She runs after him, telling herself her pursuit has nothing to do with his sharp, stubbled jaw, his powerful shoulders, or his sexy-as-hell, kissable lips.

Rescuing the humans makes Aiden Blackthorne late for a critical meeting with the vampire Nosferatuโ€™s daughter. Yet clompy, bumbling Sunny draws him back like wild honey. He kisses her, and heโ€™s almost got her down to her underwear when a bomb meant for him explodes.

The last thing Aiden wants is to drag Sunny into his hellish conflict with Nosferatu. But Aidenโ€™s a loner whose only friend has mysteriously disappeared, and the woman who smells and tastes like his mate is the only backup he has left. Heโ€™ll need her, everything he is, everything he wasโ€”and everything he might have beenโ€”to defeat his evil master and claim the love he never dared hope to have.

Warning: This book contains shadowy assassins shooping off vampire heads, cops bumbling in at the worst of times, and opposites attracting, colliding, and exploding in lustโ€”a.k.a., explicit fighting, humor, and sex.


About Mary Hughes

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30 Responses to Hero–In or Out of the Shadows? + Ginormous Giveaway

  1. Edie Ramer says:

    Mary, I love the your blurb! Aiden sounds like an awesome hero.

    Of all the books I’ve written, I love Mo the most in Mo’s Heart, because he loves so much, and he has so much good in him. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. As someone who also writes an assassin character, I like my heroine to be somewhat in the shadows. That’s what assassins do, right? LOL.
    Jennifer Estep`s last blog was …Black Widow, Elemental Assassin #12, up for pre-order โ€ฆ

  3. Tina Oatts says:

    ๐Ÿ™„ I think heros don’t always have to be the good guy sometimes it’s better if he’s not

  4. Kitty Grimm says:

    Hero i picked is more like shadow. He is powerful and wont let anything to stop him to protect the heroine.

  5. Teracia Loretan says:

    ๐Ÿ˜› ๐Ÿ˜› ๐Ÿ˜› ๐Ÿ’ก ๐Ÿ’ก ๐Ÿ’ก Cant wait to get to know Aiden more. ๐Ÿ˜› ๐Ÿ˜› ๐Ÿ˜›

  6. Jodie Bivins says:

    I like my heros to be strong and have all the normal qualities but I want a little mystery in them so mine has to wear a black hat. I have enjoyed reading all the snippets I have seen can’t wait to dive into the book

  7. Tammy Turner says:

    This book sounds so awesome! Can’t wait to read it!

  8. Ginny Stokes-Young says:

    I would have a hard time settling on a single hero as my favorite. At the moment, I would pick Wrath in The King by JR Ward. He’s a leader who knows he has limitations and learns to deal with them and overcomes the prejudices of the “Upper Class” of his people. I think he’s a combination of dark AND light because he’s been required to do battle all his life, but he also wants to be the best leader he can be.

    • Mary Hughes says:

      Mmm, Wrath. Only wants to be a fighter at first, but when he does become king he does it right. Ginny, I think you’ve hit it on the head, that he’s both–and to me it’s intriguing, seeing him handle different situation, which side comes forward.
      Mary Hughes`s last blog was …Assassins Bite release day!

  9. Risha Crider says:

    I think like most I like my hero’s with a little darkness that bad boy quality…

  10. Sarah M. says:

    I’m a fan of the anti-hero. Maybe it’s the redemption factor? I just like the bad boys, I guess. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  11. Happy book birthday, Mary! Aiden sounds pretty darn perfect to me. ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Robin Bielman`s last blog was …Help! I need a saying!

  12. Happy release day, Mary!

    I’m kind of in to both. Some of my heroes are really dark, others are white knight types, so I guess it really depends on the story I’m telling. And I love reading both types, too. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Michelle Diener`s last blog was …Winter Booklovers Contest

  13. Diane L Urbanec says:

    I like a hero that who never lies or cheats on his lady but otherwise he does what needs to be done. No spanking or anal. I don’t find pain sexy and I just don’t want to.

  14. donnas says:

    A little bit of sunshine and shadows combine to make the perfect.

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

  15. elena k says:

    your book looks amazing and what a cover! I love alpha males that are a little bit bad but have a soft spot for their women. I want them protective, sexy and mysterious. aiden sounds exactly like that! yummy

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