Book/Story you’ll be talking about (blurb):
The Valkyrie’s Guardian, paranormal romance by Moriah Densley
“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.
Cassie 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?
What do the hero and heroine look like?
Before Cassie has to meet military grooming standards to work as a field medic (examining and treating Navy SEAL candidates, a hard job *snickering*) she is a bit retro-punky. Jack thinks she looks like a naughty 50s pinup girl. Her idea of rebellion is the blue streaks dyed in her hair. Slender, willowy Cassie wishes she was curvier, which goes to prove everyone wants the opposite of what they have. Jack can’t quit staring at her long legs. Her Greek genetics are strong; dark wavy hair, high arched brows and creamy olive skin. I imagine Lena Headey and Evangeline Lilly as celebrity lookalikes.
Bodybuilder-ripped, stacked, buff, cut: those words bow down to Jack MacGunn in the dictionary. Blame it on being a berserker, burning energy only cycles into more energy, so life is one eternal workout for him. He’s built like a Justice League character. Six-and-a-half feet and 240 pounds of Highland warrior … he’ll never drive a Prius, but if you ever need a freight train moved, he’s your man. He looks like Gabriel Aubry’s rougher, meaner older brother. With mischief in his bright green eyes and a sexy smile, Cassie can’t resist him.
What is their favorite food and drink?
Jack is an immortal extra-sentient, so he can only eat healthy, natural food. Refined sugars, preservatives, and processed foods all taste like poison to him. He eats all the produce, nuts and smoked jerky he can find. Avocado slices are his favorite. If he can’t satisfy his 8,000-calorie appetite, Jack risks a “crash,” meaning he’ll pass out from the blood sugar dive. He tries to add raw eggs to Cassie’s fruit and wheat grass smoothie, but she freaks out, so he adds them in when she’s not looking.
Cassie is traumatized over not being immortal, so on the days it gets her down, she binges on chocolate. Jack likes when she eats black licorice, because he can smell it in her hair, mixed with a honey scent that turns him on.
What are they likely to wear to a formal event? (Would they even go to a formal event—why or why not?)
Jack would be out of his element if not in his BDUs (cargo-style camo fatigues). Cassie would love to doll up for a formal event, but she’s so over-protected, she is seldom allowed out in the open. Since she’s one of only two known female extra-sentients, her bodyguard is never far away.
What are they afraid of?
No enemy mortal or immortal is any match for Jack, and that’s why he’s Cassie’s bodyguard. It’s himself he can’t trust—specifically, his hands, which seem to have a mind of their own. Thanks to his berserker nature which makes him prone to rages, all it takes is one kiss, and he’s out of control.
Cassie is frightened to death of being insignificant. Her mortal life will be short, and it seems it will also be meaningless since she’s failed at everything she’s tried. She’s desperate to make a difference but feels powerless to make it happen. Jack unwittingly provides the inspiration she’s been waiting for, but it involves a sacrifice he won’t approve of. If you want to know what, you’ll have to read the book. *winks*
If given orders, what is their first reaction?
Jack probably ignores the person speaking, unless it’s his boss. On a bad day, he might even ignore his boss. Not many could make a berserker do something he’s not inclined to do. It’s made him a bit arrogant. Cassie’s not much better at taking orders; spoiled, sassy, and way too brainy for her own good. As extra-sentients, Jack and Cassie both can hear the thoughts of any normal “human,” so they would already know what’s going on before the words are spoken.
What is their favorite color?
Jack can only see Primary colors in grayscale, a peculiar colorblindness related to his night vision, so he thinks Cassie’s smoky-grey eyes are lovely. (They’re actually a violet-blue.) Cassie is hyper-aware of green, considering how Jack’s eyes have an iridescent membrane (like a cat, sort of) that reflects flourescent green when he’s on the verge of a rage. The warning means he has seconds to cool down or he’ll lose control.
What do they consider romantic?
A weekend at the lake for water-skiing and “extreme cliff diving” is their idea of a romantic getaway.
What keeps them apart?
Jack’s boss is Cassie’s grandfather, and he’s quite clear about wanting Jack to stay professional with her. Cassie is ready to admit to Jack he’s gone from schoolgirl crush to soul mate for her, but he has a secret about his heritage that translates to a big fat NO. Of course since it’s a paranormal romance they’ll find a way, but not before I put them both through the wringer first!
Read Chapter 1 free: http://moriahdensley.com/chapter-1-the-valkries-guardian/
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One Winner will win a digital download of this book-for those who can accept it, and another winner will get a chapter critique of his/her WIP (work in progress) from Moriah Densley. Winner will send a chapter, 10-15 pages double spaced, in word doc. Moriah will return the completed critique within two weeks. I will post the Winners Saturday morning at the bottom of this post *Please* Put your email address if you want to win. :) --M.V. Freeman
Winner of the book is bn100~
Winner of the Critique is Christie! Thank you everyone for this coming by-this was a fun Marathon!
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 and four children.
Website + blog: http://moriahdensley.com
Goodreads book page: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15853313-the-valkyrie-s-guardian
Goodreads author page: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5829287.Moriah_Densley