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Sunday, July 29, 2012

Guest Post with Author Laura Kaye and Giveaway

Today I am happy to welcome back to RFTC, author Laura Kaye. Laura is celebrating the release of her newest book, West of Want and has stopped by to share her fantasy cast from the book. Before I give the floor over to Laura, lets learn a bit about her.

Voted Breakout Author of the Year in the 2011 GraveTells Readers’ Choice Awards, Laura is the bestselling and award-winning author of over a half-dozen books in paranormal, contemporary and erotic romance. Hearts in Darkness is the EPIC eBook Award Winner for Best Novella and HOLT Medallion Award of Merit Winner for Best Romance Novella, Forever Freed is the NJRW Golden Leaf Winner for Best Paranormal of 2011 and is a finalist for two GDRWA Booksellers’ Best Awards, and North of Need, the first book in the Hearts of the Anemoi series, is a finalist for a FF&P PRISM award, was named GraveTells’ Best Book of 2011 and won their 5-STAR Gold Heart Award, and won Sizzling Hot Read of the Year at Sizzling Hot Books. Laura lives in Maryland with her husband, two daughters, and cute-but-bad dog, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.

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Dream Casting WEST OF WANT!

It’s always fun to fantasize about your book being made into a movie. Imagine the glamour, the red carpet, the big, silver screen! Oh my! You’d wonder how your story might translate to film, and how exciting it would be to see everything come to life. And, of course, you’d wonder just which actors would play your characters.

In my latest book in my contemporary fantasy romance series, West of Want, Book 2 in the Hearts of the Anemoi series, the hero is an immortal, a Greek God named Zephyros Martius. His heroine is mortal, human woman named Ella Raines he meets after almost killing her. Fantasizing about these characters coming to life on the big screen is even more fun given all the fun mythology-based movies made lately. Some of my favorites include Immortals, Clash of the Titans, Thor, 300, and Troy (not all great movies, but entertaining, in my opinion!).

So, here’s more about Zeph and Ella, and who I think could play them:

MEET HERO ZEPHYROS MARTIUS:

Ella’s first impression of Zeph: Zephyros was fierce masculinity personified. Ella couldn’t stop her brain from resurrecting the image of Zeph tearing off his shirt as he sat on the edge of her bed. As if the man’s broad shoulders and bulging biceps weren’t impressive enough. As if the ridged muscles of his abdomen didn’t just call out to be traced. She had absolutely never seen with her own eyes, on a real man, that incredible cut of muscle just above his hips. But, yeah, he had it, and then some.

Zeph’s Job: Supreme God of the West Wind and Spring, one of the four Cardinal Anemoi

3 Words that Describe Zeph: Loyal, Powerful, Tortured

3 Things he Loves about Heroine Ella Raines: Her acceptance, her belief in him, her passion

Who would play Zeph if the book was made into a movie? Hugh Jackman – mmm mmm good!

MEET HEROINE ELLA RAINES:

One of Zeph’s early impressions of Ella:
He was ancient. He was immortal. He was a god. Yet this slip of a mortal woman pulled the ground out from under him over and over again. And she didn’t even know he was there.

Or maybe she did?

Every time he convinced himself to go, she said or did something that intrigued him. Or, worse, concerned him, and he’d find himself negotiating for just a little more time. Her pleased reaction to his flowers, her lie to the doctor and nurses, her pain at seeing her own reflection, at having that young doctor poke and prod her ruined shoulder. He couldn’t leave. In truth, he didn’t want to.

Ella’s Job: Ella is between jobs, having recently come into an inheritance, but, a life-long sailor, she’s looking at volunteering full-time for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation

3 Words that Describe Ella: Survivor, Adventurous, Strong

3 Things she Loves about Hero Zephyros Martius: That he’s survived so many tragedies and is still so kind and loving, the man beneath the otherworldliness, his strength

Who would play Ella if the book was made into a movie? Kate Beckinsale – isn’t she so gorgeous here?


GIVEAWAY!: Let’s talk actors and movies! What do you think of my dream casting? And if you’ve read the book, who did you cast as Zeph and Ella while you read? Do you have a favorite mythology-based movie? One commenter who leaves an email address will win an ebook of West of Want and a swag set! Open to international! Good luck!

Don’t miss the West of Want in the Wild (thru 8/24) giveaway events, too!

Thanks for reading!
Laura Kaye


Betrayal is all he's ever known, but in her, he'll find a love strong enough to be trusted...

When Marcella Raines' twin brother dies, she honors his request to be buried at sea, never expecting the violent storm that swamps her boat. Though she's gravely injured--and still emotionally damaged from her recent divorce--Ella fights to survive.

Zephyros Martius is the Supreme God of the West Wind and Spring, but being the strongest Anemoi hasn't protected him from betrayal and loss. Worse, he's sure his brother Eurus is behind it. When Zeph's heartbreak whips up a storm that shipwrecks a human, his guilt forces him to save her.

Ella is drawn to the vulnerability Zeph hides beneath his otherworldly masculinity and ancient blue eyes. And her honesty, empathy, and unique, calming influence leave Zeph wanting...everything. When Eurus threatens Ella, she and Zeph struggle to let go of the past, defend their future, and embrace what they most want--a love that can be trusted.

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Want to win some goodies from Laura? Check out what's up for grabs.


Up for grabs:
  • 1 lucky winner will win a eBook copy of  West Of Want + swag set.

To Enter:
  • Leave a comment answering this question: What do you think of my dream casting? And if you’ve read the book, who did you cast as Zeph and Ella while you read? Do you have a favorite mythology-based movie? 
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53 comments :

  1. I love Hugh Jackman. He's definitely godlike and perfect for the role even though I haven't yet read the book. My favorite mythology based movie is Troy.

    Jlhmass at yahoo dot com

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    1. Yes! Hugh! sigh... LOL Thanks for kicking off the comments, Jlhmass! :)

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  2. You know, I think Hugh can be cast in just about any role and he will look just right LOL. I'm terrible at casting characters. When I read, I really don't think about specific people for the characters. Maybe that's because I don't watch very many movies, so I'm not that familiar with various actors.

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  3. I like your choices of actors. I'm terrible at picking them on my own, mostly because I don't see many movies. I have WEST OF WANT but haven't read it yet. I loved the most recent Clash of the Titan. Even though all the actors in it were not good looking the story was good.

    vsloboda(at)gmail)dot(com)

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    1. Oh, I agree on that movie! :) Thanks Victoria!

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  4. That casting is perfect! I loved NoN and I can't wait to read this book :) Congrats Laura on the new release!

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  5. Great dream casting. i think they are great actors and can fit the parts. I love the original Clash of the Titans and Jason and the Argonauts. I watch them every time they play on TV.

    mythic021@gmail.com

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    1. Ooh, I haven't seen the original one! Will have to check that out! A mythology movie marathon may be in order! :)

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  6. Great casting. I love Hugh Jackman! I have not read West of Want yet, but it's on my TBR pile. Congrats on the new release.

    e.balinski(at)att(dot)net

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    1. Yay! So glad to hear that! Yes, how can you go wrong with Hugh??? :)

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  7. I think you came up with great casting, Hugh Jackman is soooooooo yummy! Great job. Carin
    mawmom(at)gmail(dot)com

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  8. Oh Laura, you hit a sweet spot with this dream cast! I think Hugh just fits the bill anywhere you put him. And she's gorgeous too. My best wish for you is that some movie producer will be at your door sooner or later.
    minadecaro@hotmail.com

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  9. I love your casting choices! I have not read West of Want yet, but I hope to soon! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  10. I think Hugh Jackman is the perfect choice for anything ;) I don't really have a favorite mythololgy based movie, I don't watch a lot of movies or tv. I would much rather read, lol.

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    1. And I love that about you, June! ;) Thanks so much!

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  11. I totally agree with your picks, Laura! I've always thought those two were the most beautiful people and would make great babies together:) My fav movie would have to be... Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief or Clash of the Titans.

    yadkny@hotmail.com

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    1. I liked both of those, too! And LOL on the great babies line (also very true...) ;)

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  12. Definitely agree with Hugh Jackman! He would be my pick for just about any hero. I've not read WoW yet but having read & loved NoN, I can't wait to read it. I don't watch many movies (other than most of the Disney cartoons!) & don't have a fav mythology based one.

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  13. I always cast Hugh Jackman in everything. And, I always cast myself as the woman.

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  14. Hugh Jackman as Zeph is a great pick. I don't know the woman. I haven't read West of Want yet, so I haven't cast Zeph or Ella with actors. I remember a made for tv movie, Jason and the Argonauts. It was a three night mini series. I saw it once at KMart before dvd's came out and didn't buy it. And I haven't seen it since. It was a really neat movie.
    luvfuzzzeeefaces at yahoo dot com

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    1. Everyone keeps mentioning that movie - will have to check it out! Thanks Julianne!

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  15. I havent read the book so I dont have casting ideas. But I do like the look and sound of yours.

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  16. Nice casting choices. I haven't read the book yet.

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  17. looking forward to reading this book.. sounds wonderful

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    1. Yay! I'm so glad you like the sound of it! :)

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  18. Great casting, Laura. Hugh Jackman is totally yummy. My favorite mythological movie is Clash of the Titans (with Harry Hamlin)

    Wolphcall(at)bellsouth(dot)net

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  19. OHHH I love your movie choice!! Perfect! I read North of Need and loved it. I can't imagine what the rest of the series will hold or that it could be any better!
    delivery.RN at gmail dot com

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    1. Oh, that's such a nice thing to say, Kelly! Thanks so much!

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  20. I Love Your Choices They Are Awesome. butterfli262002(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  21. Fantastic choice on the Dream Cast ** as I fan myself!! **. Love Hugh Jackman! Your series has been on my TBB list for quite a while now. Thanks so much for the awesome giveaway!

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  22. I haven't read the book yet but I like your choices

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  24. Congrats on your new release!! I haven't read the book yet!! See I said yet cause I plan too!! ;) I love your choices! Hugh Jackman...yummy!! Who doesn't love a guy who looks good with or without clothes?!

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    1. Oops!! elainesaynay@yahoo.com. Just in case I win!!

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  25. I haven't read your book yet (I will!:) but I don't see how you can go wrong with your cast picks. I've read several mythology based books but Clash of the Titans is the only movie version I've seen. Congratulations on your book (it's on my wish list) and thanks for the giveaway.:)

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  26. I have a dumb question. Just how exactly do you pronounce anemoi? Is it ah-nem-oh-e? or ah-nee-mo-i? Thanks!

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  27. Hi laura! I have to say that I love your choices especially the actress... I can't think of any suggestions of my own but I am not sure about Hugh...I can't think of any mythology movies that I have seen actually.
    Oh and my email is kewbrca95@Hotmail.com...thanks for this chance!

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  28. I like your dream casting choices! Hugh Jackman is always a thumbs up for me, lol... :)

    chibipooh(at)gmail(dot)com

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  29. Really enjoyed reading all your comments, guys! Thanks!

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