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Secrets are every where

South Of Surrender by Laura Kaye


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Also by Laura Kaye:

Fighting for Everything, June 2018
Ride Wild, November 2017
Mass Market Paperback / e-Book
Theirs To Take, October 2017
Eyes on You, July 2017
Paperback / e-Book
Ride Rough, May 2017
Mass Market Paperback / e-Book
Ride Hard, May 2016
Paperback / e-Book
Hard Ever After, February 2016
Love in the Light, January 2016
Hard As Steel, October 2015
Paperback / e-Book
Hard to Let Go, July 2015
Paperback / e-Book
Hard To Be Good, April 2015
Hardcover / e-Book
Premiere, February 2015
Hard to Come By, December 2014
Paperback / e-Book
Tall, Dark and Paranormal, September 2014
Hard to Hold On To, August 2014
Dare To Resist, May 2014
Hearts of the Anemoi Bundle, May 2014
e-Book (reprint)
East of Ecstasy, May 2014
Paperback / e-Book
As Hard As You Can, March 2014
Paperback / e-Book
Hard As It Gets, December 2013
Mass Market Paperback / e-Book
Taken by the Vampire King, August 2013
Forever Freed, July 2013
e-Book (reprint)
South Of Surrender, June 2013
Paperback / e-Book
Hearts in Darkness, May 2013
e-Book (reprint)
One Night with a Hero, October 2012
Paperback / e-Book
West of Want, August 2012
Seduced by the Vampire King, June 2012
Her Forbidden Hero, May 2012
Paperback / e-Book
In the Service of the King, February 2012
Hearts in Darkness, November 2011
Trade Size / e-Book
North of Need, November 2011
Trade Size / e-Book
Just Gotta Say, October 2011
Forever Freed, May 2011
Trade Size / e-Book

South Of Surrender
Laura Kaye

Hearts of the Anemoi #3
June 2013
On Sale: May 28, 2013
Featuring: Chrysander Notos; Laney Summerlyn
400 pages
ISBN: 1620610337
EAN: 9781620610336
Kindle: B00B6U18FY
Paperback / e-Book
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Romance Paranormal

She's the only one who can see through his golden boy façade to the broken god within...

Chrysander Notos, Supreme God of the South Wind and Summer, is on a mission: save Eurus from his death sentence, and prove his troubled brother can be redeemed. But Eurus fights back, triggering vicious summer storms that threaten the mortal realm, dangerously drain Chrys, and earn the ire of the Olympic gods who ordered Eurus dead.

Laney Summerlyn refuses to give up her grandfather's horse farm, despite her deteriorating vision. More than ever, she needs the organized routine of her life at Summerlyn Stables, until a ferocious storm brings an impossible--and beautiful--creature crashing down from the heavens.

Injured while fighting Eurus, Chrys finds himself at the mercy of a mortal woman whose compassion and acceptance he can't resist. As they surrender to the passion flaring between them, immortal enemies close in, forcing Chrys to choose between his brother and the only woman who's ever loved the realhim.

Hearts of the Anemoi


129 comments posted.

Re: South Of Surrender

Gosh, all your upcoming books sound FANTASTIC and the excerpt
makes me want to read South of Surender even more (like now,
(Erica Haglund 1:37am January 9, 2013)

Hi Laura,

I am so excited for your upcoming books. I can't get enough of your books. But Owen will always be my fantasy crush. :)
C. L. Pardington 1:44am January 9, 2013)

Favorite part: It was only with the barest of restraint that he resisted willing her clothing away, turning her to face the wall, and tugging her hips out so he could bury himself deep.

Only because I love when they act all god-like. Swoon. I'm with C.L. though, Owen holds a special place in my heart. But good gods, I'm dying to find out more about Chrys and this whole not touching him thing. You torturing him? ;)

My only question is why does it feel like the release for these is FOREVER away?? Even though I'm sure it doesn't to you.
Stephanie Baassler 1:49am January 9, 2013)

Love the titles. "Hard as it Gets" ... that's so hot, can't repeat it without blushing. Have fun. Can't wait. Thanks.
Dianemarie Collins 1:56am January 9, 2013)

Excellent coverage of the results! Thank you for spotlighting
the event!
Sue Brown-Moore 2:09am January 9, 2013)

Mmm this line! "He grabbed her arms and pressed them to the
surface over her head. The control flooded relief through
him and fueled his arousal another notch."
It makes me wonder why Chrys needs to restrain her and is
also REALLY yummy.

Speaking of yummy, I'm looking forward to the Hard Ink
Sue Brown-Moore 2:13am January 9, 2013)

YAY!! A new warrior kings book is in the works and it already
sounds AMAZING!!! AH! cant wait! Of course the other sneak
peaks are very yummy but that bad side to it is now we have to
wait for them to be released. Will be waiting!! :)
Samantha Dacier 2:18am January 9, 2013)

This sounds like an interesting book.
Chelsea Knestrick 2:41am January 9, 2013)

Happy New Year and thanks for the giveaway! I think South Of Surrender sounds like an interesting book that I am adding to my TBR list.
Chelsea Knestrick 2:43am January 9, 2013)

I love the except of SOUTH OF SURRENDER. You really give
these guys a hard time and I love it.
So many books this year - I m a happy reader :). Thank you.
Victoria Sloboda 3:13am January 9, 2013)

Must confess that this excerpt is the first of your work I have read but wow
seems I've berm missing out.
Liesl Lane 3:41am January 9, 2013)

I absolutely love ALL your books Laura and I’m anxiously anticipating the next in each series.
The excerpt for South of Surrender just makes me desperate for more!
Thank you for joining us today, and keep on writing.....
Karen Roma 4:58am January 9, 2013)

I have never read any of your books (sorry), but after reading the excerpt above, I will be going "South" very soon! lol Just wish I didn't have to wait until May. Thanks for the contest.
Becky Darmogray 7:18am January 9, 2013)

I adore your books and am so looking forward to the releases
this year. My question for you...Do you get any sort of
"say" in the cover designs for your stories? Is it something
that you want to have input in, or do you prefer to leave it
up to the "art dept"? I think you have great covers & can't
wait to see what the first Hard Ink book will look like.
Michelle Harlan 7:49am January 9, 2013)

Thanks for the opportunity to enter this contest. Your books
sound interesting. Look forward to reading them
Mary Christian 7:58am January 9, 2013)

I can't wait to read this book. I love all your other books!!
Bonnie Capuano 8:24am January 9, 2013)

sounds like an interesting assortmet of books :) thanks for the updated & tease
d Kenney 8:45am January 9, 2013)

Hi Laura, Your new books sound really good. Can't wait to read them. So are you going to put a "Truck Scene" in any others. (LOL)
Michael Vannoy 9:12am January 9, 2013)

Now I'm wondering what processes you went through in deciding on your god's powers. (You know, in the context of romances any of the possible theistic -potent terms sound really lewd. :D )
Mary Ann Dimand 9:18am January 9, 2013)

Woot! I'm having a ball reading all your comments, guys! :)

@Stephanie - LOL! The RELEASE DATES feel like forever away,
but the deadlines to my editors feel way, way, way too
close! :O (And of COURSE I'm torturing him!)

@Becky - "going south" - too funny!

@Michelle - getting say in covers varies. Almost all
publishers have some sort of a cover art information sheet
they have you complete that includes information about the
hero and heroine, themes and feel of the book, any important
objects or settings. Some but not all publishers will let
you offer feedback on a mock-up of the cover, while others
will present a cover to you and that's it. I got to have
some say on my Anemoi covers, and I just love them! I can't
wait to see Hard as it Gets too!!!

@Michael - could be! LOL

@Mary Ann - LOL! For the Anemoi, I started with the existing
mythology of the Anemoi, which describes some of their
powers, and then I improvised a bit from there.

Thanks everyone! And good luck!
Laura Kaye 10:17am January 9, 2013)

Oh my! That was quite an excerpt. I have been waiting for
Chrys's book, and I'm excited to get a taste of it. Hard as
it Gets looks fascinating as well! I can't wait to read all
these lovely books. :-D
Karin Anderson 11:03am January 9, 2013)

Oh my... what an excerpt... I love Chrys' book and looking forward to it!
May Pau 11:12am January 9, 2013)

Paranormal romance is my favorite. Can't wait for Vampire Warrior King #3. Thanks for the giveaway.
Bonnie H 11:12am January 9, 2013)

Looks like a challenging schedule ahead. Thanks for the excerpt. I'd still like to know the rest of the "joke" you opened with, though!
G S Moch 11:30am January 9, 2013)

Laura I am so excited about all of the new books that will be
coming out! YUMMY!
Carin Walker 11:39am January 9, 2013)

favorite line was "He pressed in closer, until his chest brushed up against her breasts. "Please, Laney. I want to make this better." - aww I'm lovin Chrys already :) I can't wait for South of Surrender, thanks for sharing that excerpt with us

Amiee Ryan 11:58am January 9, 2013)

I haven't read any of your books yet but this one sounds good,\.
Sandy Giden 12:00pm January 9, 2013)

I look forward to your new books! Keep on writing. Thanks for the contest opportunity.
Kathy Martocci 12:06pm January 9, 2013)

Those are great covers, I am wondering what the East title will be! East of Excitement, East of Extreme, East of Ecstasy? Good luck with the books!
Clare O'Beara 12:13pm January 9, 2013)

@Clare - you guessed it! East of Ecstasy!
Laura Kaye 12:26pm January 9, 2013)

You're a new author for me, but not for long, Wow, just wow! at that excerpt :)
Debbie Porter 1:08pm January 9, 2013)

Nice tidbit that you shared! Love those covers!
Colleen Conklin 1:13pm January 9, 2013)

Sounds great!
Amy Smith 1:19pm January 9, 2013)

Wicked excerpt! ;-)
My favorite line is "Chrys gasped into the kiss, but fought the reflexive desire to pull away."
Cheryl Castings 1:21pm January 9, 2013)

Hi Laura, loved the synopsis of all of the books. I have to say the one I'm waiting
for the most is "As Hard As it Gets." simply because contemporary romance is my
#1 fave. The question I have is, do you have a hard time writing so many genres
and do they ever get crossed up in your mind while you're writing? Thanks for
the blog post and the contest. Here's to a very successful 2013!
Val Pearson 1:22pm January 9, 2013)

Can't wait to finally get Chrys front and center! And even more curious about the next HotA series book considering what's happened so far. ;)
Rhianna Walker 1:33pm January 9, 2013)

great new yr. contest.
Kent Cook 1:44pm January 9, 2013)

I am looking very forward to the dark paranormal erotic romance, Vampire Warrior Kings #3!
Shelley Pierce 1:50pm January 9, 2013)

I like the excerpt: "I'm sorry," he said, rubbing his lips, regret a rock in his stomach.
Kathleen Conner 1:58pm January 9, 2013)

Debbi Shaw 2:33pm January 9, 2013)

Woot! You guys rock! I'm loving your comments! :D

@Val - I really enjoying writing multiple genres. Sometimes
I worry it might be hard slipping out of one and into the
other, but I feel like the changes in pace keep me refreshed
each time I switch between them! They each have their own
challenges and things that make them fun to write, so it's
like the best of all worlds! Thanks for that question!
Laura Kaye 2:39pm January 9, 2013)

Let me heal you ---
Deep Sigh - who doesn't want that?!
Carla Carlson 3:11pm January 9, 2013)

Hi Laura Kaye,
I'm looking forward to Hard As It Gets, but I have a while to wait... patience, patience...
I'm a reader of contemporary romances, so I have learned to have patience. Loved the excerpt and look forward to release. Enjoy your writing time as before you know it, the first book will hit release, and away you go...
Thank you,
Ginger Robertson 4:47pm January 9, 2013)

My fav line was this: "It was only with the barest of restraint that he resisted willing her clothing away, turning her to face the wall, and tugging her hips out so he could bury himself deep." I love the concept that he was able to but did not make her clothing disappear!
Angie Lilly 4:47pm January 9, 2013)

"His brain scrambled for a moment" was very interesting and original. I can honestly say that I've never heard of that sentence before. My brain does shut down sometimes, too. If I read a lot I think my brain goes numb.
Michelle Fidler 4:50pm January 9, 2013)

dueled, twirled. He fisted his hand in her hair and guided
her, deepening when he wanted, restraining her when he

Shelly Caggiano 5:16pm January 9, 2013)

Let me heal you.
Cheryl McEwen 5:18pm January 9, 2013)

sounds Good and naughty :)
Lizz Comer 5:47pm January 9, 2013)

Their tongues met, dueled, twirled. He fisted his hand in her hair and guided her, deepening when he wanted, restraining her when he needed.

Wow!! I want to read more....
Carolyn Helms 5:51pm January 9, 2013)

All I can say is "WOW"! I had a horse farm for 30 years. Sadly no gods came around. I can't wait to read South of Surrender and I will surely run out and get the first two in the series. How have I missed these????
Irene Menge 5:54pm January 9, 2013)

Love the excerpt. Thank you.
Rita Wray 6:35pm January 9, 2013)

my favority line is: Their tongues met, dueled, twirled.
Shirley Younger 6:40pm January 9, 2013)

South of Surrender sounds like a book I'd love to read, and the book cover is beautiful. I will also want to read your upcoming books (Hard Ink series, especially). Thanks for all the info with your excerpts and release dates!
Linda Luinstra 7:05pm January 9, 2013)

I have heard so much about your books, I can't wait to get
one. My favorite line was: "Good gods, her body was absolutely
alive with her arousal." Yummy. If I win I will be getting a
copy of your book from B&N =)
Lenna Hendershott 7:08pm January 9, 2013)

"Let me heal you--". That is an attention getter!
Marjorie Carmony 7:15pm January 9, 2013)

Pick one line!!
That's like saying, "You can have only one potato chip."
I don't think so. ;-)
Deb Pelletier 7:38pm January 9, 2013)

I love your Hero series. I hope you come out with another one soon. I can't wait to start Hearts of the Anemoi series. I've been oogling the covers for a while now.
Kristin Bingham 7:40pm January 9, 2013)

Several lines, Good Gods.... and ...it was with great
restraint...great lines.
Theresa Norris 7:51pm January 9, 2013)

Very cool books
Terri Quick 7:54pm January 9, 2013)

Fun excerpt!
Diane Pollock 7:56pm January 9, 2013)

Your upcoming books sound amazing!! I'm especially interested in seeing how the story in Norway is going to go. I'll have to keep my eyes peeled for that one!! As for picking out one line from the excerpt, that's a little hard to do!! I wish I had the whole darn book in front of me, so that I could read it here in one sitting!! That left me breathless!! I hope you have a very Happy and Healthy New Year, and I'll definately be looking for these books!!
Peggy Roberson 7:58pm January 9, 2013)

Okay, a Greek God ,a Vampire and a special forces Vet...you have my attention. Can't wait to read the book.
Robin McKay 8:23pm January 9, 2013)

LOL! You guys are the best! Thanks for all the fun comments!!!
Laura Kaye 9:16pm January 9, 2013)

hmmmm "It was only with the barest of restraint that he
resisted willing her clothing away...." that certainly gives
you an idea about this guy.
Diane Sallans 9:29pm January 9, 2013)

It seemed a little cruel to the heroine for the excerpt to end
that way. I certainly hope that Chrys makes things up to her
later in the story!
G. Bisbjerg 9:32pm January 9, 2013)

I have North of Need in my TBR pile. I am really excited to read the series. Thanks for the awesome giveaway. I don't have a question tonight.
Jennifer Beyer 10:00pm January 9, 2013)

Oh! Another "Laney" in your book! Wonderful! I don't see too many of them around!!!
Elaine Seymour 10:01pm January 9, 2013)

Books sound very interesting, would love to win. Thanks
Linda Hall 10:04pm January 9, 2013)

I read North of Need, how do you deceide how the series will progress?
What will the next scenario will be for your characters?
Ann Sheiring 10:19pm January 9, 2013)

This is my favorite line: He pressed in closer, until his chest brushed up against her breasts. "Please, Laney. I want to make this better." He slid his fingers into the sleek length of her damp hair and forced her head back.

This is going on the ever growing wish list!! Your books sound really great and I look forward to reading them.
Martha Lawson 10:58pm January 9, 2013)

This statement ""Let me heal you." Chrysander swallowed, hard." could mean two things. Chrysander is either a doctor or a healer of a sexual degree. I love the latter.
Kai Wong 12:11pm January 10, 2013)

@Elaine - yay! :)

@Ann - For this series, part of what drives it are the
conflicts that exist in the Greek mythology of the Anemoi.
Each individual book is driven by the characters' personal
conflicts and relationships, but then there's also an
overarching series conflict that will play out as the series
progresses. It's interesting to write a series and juggle
all these element! Fun question!

Thanks so much everyone! I really enjoyed being here today!
Laura Kaye 1:51am January 10, 2013)

I was lost from the very first line in the excerpt:

"Let me heal you." Chrysander swallowed, hard.
Mary Preston 6:45am January 10, 2013)

I really enjoyed hanging out with you guys! Thanks so much for
all the fun comments!
Laura Kaye 10:51am January 10, 2013)

your upcoming book sounds amazing cant wait to read it . Love the whole Greek god and vampire all in one :
Danielle McDonald 2:14pm January 11, 2013)

I love that all three of these stories have hard-bodied, Alpha Male heroes who are redeemed or saved by love. I would be happy to soothe any (or all) manly brows in the comfort of my king-sized bed while they offer their own soothing services to my neglected kitty. Please keep writing as fast as you can!
Dana Wong 7:06pm January 17, 2013)

I really like reading about characters with physical impairments who learn to
overcome them without giving into pity and depression. They accept the
impairment and embrace it as a part of their lives.
Hyunjin Jeon 3:32am June 1, 2013)

They have to overcome these impairments and many people give them a rough road to travel. Embrace life and enjoy it.
Mary Smith 5:36am June 1, 2013)

None of us are perfect, so giving a character an added
obstacle to overcome can be inspirational.
Mary Preston 8:27am June 1, 2013)

Congratulations on your tenth book.
Stories with characters with physical impairments make the story more
believable. Less sterotypical.
Maybe there really are gods which look like Chris Hensworth And Sam
Chris Coulson 8:27am June 1, 2013)

I like a character to have a past. It makes the book feel real.
Bonnie Capuano 8:32am June 1, 2013)

Physical impairments are fine, as long as they don't drag the story line down. I've read books before, where the story is so depressing, that you either can't finish the book, or it's a downer all the way through. Helen Keller has been one of my heroes since I was a child. I read her Autobiography twice, and my hat goes off to her, so I'm really looking forward to reading your book. She even had more obstacles to overcome, and did so with such style and grace. Without going into detail, she opened the door for people who suffer from any type of blindness. Congratulations on your book!!
Peggy Roberson 10:06am June 1, 2013)

Congrats on the book. It is inspiring to see people overcome obstacles. We
all have trials of some kind so why not in books!!
Vicki Hancock 10:49am June 1, 2013)

It's a big challenge to write these characters, but they are
so inspiring!
Roxana Perez 10:58am June 1, 2013)

Over coming physical impairments adds to the flavor of the book and the strength of the character. I enjoy books like this!
Betty Hamilton 11:55am June 1, 2013)

I love Michelle Willingham's historicals. Most of her stories
involve some form of disability (blind, mute,
agoraphobic,etc...) I also love Jennifer Ashley's "The
Madness of Lord Ian MacKenzie." Ian has Asperger Syndrome in
a time where the world didn't understand it.
Karin Anderson 11:57am June 1, 2013)

!looks great.
Kent Cook 12:32pm June 1, 2013)

Characters with physical impairments add to the richness of a story if done right---if not, they can become a long pity party.
Sue Farrell 1:12pm June 1, 2013)

I think that bringing a disability into your work is commendable. The research and "funny" looks helped the authenticity of Laney. Many people with disability wish to remain independent and have great will power and strength to achieve it.
My question: What motivated you to give the gift of 'sight', was it the studies done to ask whether if a sense was lost - others are heighten and the possibility of the sixth?
Carla Carlson 1:20pm June 1, 2013)

It is wonderful to see that everyone has a chance to overcome things in their lives and find happiness. Thanks for sharing!
Colleen Conklin 1:38pm June 1, 2013)

This is so awesome. I've read several books about lead characters with a "special need".
First that comes to mind is Jennifer Ashley's THE MADNESS OF LORD IAN MacKENZIE. Then
there's Karen Ranney's latest THE LASS WORE BLACK with her near fatal crash and
disfiguration. Again Jennifer Ashley's THE SEDUCTION OF ELLIOTT MacBRIDE with PTSD.
Lastly Jackie Ivie's SHOULD THERE BE #8 of her Vampire Assassin's League with the
heroine having Type 1 Diabetes. Awesome books!
Lenna Hendershott 2:39pm June 1, 2013)

I think we all have some wires that don't quite connect or cross somewhere inside of us. You see some disabilities and some are hidden and the holders of those wonder why they aren't like everyone else. Putting the stories of people who face and overcome obstacles is refreshing because not everything is as easy as we would like to think. Putting that information out there makes us look at ourselves and our behaviours too, sometimes you don't realize what you do until you see it in print.
Darci Paice 2:50pm June 1, 2013)

I've read a few and it's always been a great story.
Theresa Norris 3:01pm June 1, 2013)

I think it's great when the handicap is realistically portrayed and can be incorporated into a believable romance.
Janie McGaugh 3:05pm June 1, 2013)

I like stories with characters that have physical/medical impairments. Their impairments doesn't limit them, the characters become stronger because of it. I love the journey that they goes through to discover the strength that is within each one of them.
Kai Wong 3:37pm June 1, 2013)

I think characters with disabilities written into a story is a plus, since not many authors do this. There are many people with physical handicaps that would favor knowing there are books being written which make them feel included. I have not found many books that include this, and it's a great idea!
Linda Luinstra 3:54pm June 1, 2013)

Thanks for all the great comments everyone! I'm enjoying reading them.
And I appreciate the book recommendations!

Carla--to your question about Laney's extra sight--in Greek mythology there
are a lot of stories of people being rewarded this way. And those who are
blind often have other abilities. Was a fun discovery about the mythology!

I'm at Philly ComicCon this weekend but will check back in! :)
Laura Kaye 4:31pm June 1, 2013)

Shelly Caggiano 4:42pm June 1, 2013)

Thank you Shelly! xo!
Laura Kaye 5:07pm June 1, 2013)

Laura: I'm going to pick up SOUTH OF SURRENDER. Writing a hero/heroine with a disability is not easy, but it's interesting. My 4th book, TO LOVE YOU MORE, featured a blind hero who has to deal with the challenge of facing life as he'd known it. I actually tried to go one day with my mask on to get a sense of how it would be. Fortunately, I didn't have to go the whole, but it was the most uncomfortable experience. However, it did help me to see how a visually impaired individual deals with his/her challenges . As an individual who has had to cornea transplants, I'm always conscious of vision and my sight. I'm definitely looking forward to reading.
Wayne Jordan 5:29pm June 1, 2013)

Thank you Wayne!
Laura Kaye 5:38pm June 1, 2013)

I love reading about characters with
impairments. My fav so far of the
ones I've read is Never Seduce A
Scot by Maya Banks. The heroine in
this book was hearing impaired.
Timitra Cozier-Bobb EHL- 1196 6:23pm June 1, 2013)

Very cool, Laura--I've always enjoyed books where one of the
leads has what would be considered a disability. It really
gives the character a chance to shine, and reveals so much
about his/her personality. Teresa Medeiros's Yours Until the
Dawn features a blind hero, for instance :)
Fedora Chen 6:29pm June 1, 2013)

I enjoy reading stories with characters that aren't perfect, it's more realistic that
way. I loved Lynn Kurland's This Is All I Ask, who's hero was blind.
Barbara Elness 7:30pm June 1, 2013)

Wow, Congrats on your 10th Novel:SOUTH OF SURRENDER. Yes, I
like reading about characters with disabilities and flaws
and how they rise above their problems in life. My husband
was in a bad car crash and lost sight in one eye and he
wears sunglasses all the time around people and outside. I
really believe that would be a fantastic book for my husband
and I to both read. Thanks for the great contest. Cecilia
Cecilia Dunbar Hernandez 8:05pm June 1, 2013)

The subject of disabilities is very timely with so many returning from the current war. The scenes in real life of such soldiers being welcomed so warmly is heartwarming.
Gladys Paradowski 8:31pm June 1, 2013)

Catherine Anderson writes some of the best characters with disabilities. My favorite book of her's is Annie's Song. This book has stayed with me for years!!
Martha Lawson 9:07pm June 1, 2013)

I read some books by Catherine Asaro. Her characters have some disabilities... It's interesting!
May Pau 9:40pm June 1, 2013)

i love charectors that have some disabilities i have a
autistic daughter and know that i can only hope that someday
she will find someone who will love her and appriciate as
much as we do
Denise Smith 10:06pm June 1, 2013)

I'm really enjoying all your insights into characters with
disabilities and book recs! Thanks everyone!
Laura Kaye 11:24pm June 1, 2013)

I've known people with RP, they had wonderful Guide Dogs even when not fully blind. They find it hard to see at night and the dog takes over then.
Yes, it's good to include all the community in the cast and major characters are made far more interesting by being less than perfect and adapting to their circumstances, be that a physical challenge or any other.
Clare O'Beara 8:13am June 2, 2013)

I think characters with imparements can be interesting.
Sandy Giden 10:29am June 2, 2013)

I find characters with challenges like Laneys to be inspiring
- even tho the characters are fictional I know there are real
people living with the impairment and remind myself how lucky
I am.
Diane Sallans 3:19pm June 2, 2013)

I enjoy very much reading about characters with challenges to face-- it makes it all the sweeter when they finally reach their much deserved happily ever after. How intriguing these characters sound, one who craves touch and the other wearies of it. Tension, indeed!
Chelsea Brooks 5:33pm June 2, 2013)

I think that books with imperfect characters are wonderful. One of my favorite books of all time is Catherine Anderson's Phantom Waltz where the heroine is wheelchair bound and the hero is an active outdoorsman/rancher. They have many obstacles to overcome and each one makes just made me love the characters more.

In the same series her book Blue Skies has a heroine that has an eye disease that is also good.

Good luck and happy writing!
Tracie Travis 5:40pm June 2, 2013)

I've been reading Catherine Anderson novels since I found out about her, many years ago; her characters often have disabilities, mental or physical. She writes her stories so well, I usually am crying at some point!
Diane Sadler 5:46pm June 2, 2013)

These books sound great! I read the Black Dagger Brotherhood series and several of those characters have issues/disabilities. I like that about the characters.
Sally Hannoush 5:57pm June 2, 2013)

a greater challenge to overcome makes the character more likeable
Debbi Shaw 7:42pm June 2, 2013)

I have always been fascinated when someone looses a sense
something else heightens to compensate for it. I loved what
you have done with that for her.
Kelly Fox 7:56pm June 2, 2013)

Your comments are really making me feel jazzed, you guys! I
hope you enjoy South of Surrender if you give it a try! :)

@Sally - that is my FAVORITE! series! :)
Laura Kaye 8:55pm June 2, 2013)

I can't imagine losing my sight. Since I love to read this would take a great joy out of my life. Not being able to see the world and all the beautiful things and colors would probable paralyze me. I really admire people who overcome disabilities. Thanks for the great book on courage and perseverance.
Kathleen Yohanna 9:49pm June 2, 2013)

I am such a visually stimulated person, that the thought of
losing my sight is very scary. I love reading stories about
people who manage to live their lives to the fullest in spite
of the disability road bumps that are put in their path. I
really want to read this book!
Dana Reeder 11:52pm June 2, 2013)

Thanks for your awesome comments, Kathleen and Dana!
Laura Kaye 9:46pm June 3, 2013)

I don't have a degenerative eye disease like RP but I'm visually impaired and have had a cornea transplant in one eye but kind of like Laney's character I can't see anything but blobs of bright colour in one eye - I always joke with my friends saying "ah this one is just here for decoration :D) - and I have deteriorating sight in the other, I haven't read South of Surrender yet but that is one thing I didn't know about Laney and from reading your description of her I kinda feel a bit more connected to the character with her challenges in every day life and mobility :) From books I've read/listened to not many have had characters with eye or sight problems but I always love it when an author takes that on because you can see that they put themselves in that characters shoes and it shows in the writing like you said about putting your fist over your eye while writing trying to get a feel of what its like :)Thank you, I can already tell the characters POV in this book will be great from your post and I can honestly say I can't wait to read this book especially with the amount of effort and research you've put into Laney's background :)
Thanks for the great post and giveaway :)

Amiee Ryan 4:08pm June 11, 2013)

Aw, Amiee your comment means a ton to me! Thank you so much! I
hope you love Laney and the book! xo!
Laura Kaye 5:02pm June 11, 2013)

Well done, I have known a couple of people with RP and their wonderful Guide Dogs.
Never hurts to reach out to people with a different way of experiencing the world.
Clare O'Beara 12:56pm July 8, 2013)

Annie's Song is the first book I read that had a character with a disability, she was deaf. One of the best books I've ever read. Catherine Anderson does great characters with disabilities. I look forward to reading your books, they sound really great. Thanks for the chance.
Martha Lawson 9:42pm July 8, 2013)

I like reading about characters who aren't "perfect". Stories like that are
more realistic. Everyone deserves happiness and love. Stories with
characters overcoming physical obstacles can be heartwarming and
Linda Brennan 11:30am July 9, 2013)

Thanks so much for this post Laura. I feel strongly about books about people with
disabilities/chronic diseases. I have Type I Diabetes and wear an insulin pump. There
is lots of misinformation out there about Diabetes that you see on TV, movies and in
books. It just sets me off that the writers didn't research before they wrote. I once
worked with Jackie Ivie on one of her Vampire Assassin's League books as she made her
heroine a Diabetic. I give high praise to an author who does the research and writes
a book that someone with that syndrome would be proud of. Thank you. The biggest book
I can think of that really grabbed me is Jennifer Ashley's THE MADNESS OF LORD IAN
MacKENZIE that dealt with something so tragic and found love and acceptance through
it. Good luck with your releases!
Lenna Hendershott 3:11pm July 9, 2013)

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