Thursday, June 14, 2012

Guest Blog featuring Marliss Melton


Congratulations to "KrazyMama", the winner of Marliss's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated.

I’ve had a ton of fun incorporating ethnic heroes into my books, starting with Sebastian León in my first Navy SEAL book, FORGET ME NOT. Sebastian was your typical Hispanic male, romantic to the core. In NEXT TO DIE, I introduced Vinny De Innocentis, an Italian-American with an equal flare for passion. My new release, THE GUARDIAN, introduces two ethnic protagonists. Magdalena Xenakis is my Greek-American heroine, hot-blooded and superstitious. FBI Special Agent Jackson Maddox is my first mixed-race hero, half-white, half-Islander. I looked up celebrities to see who resembled my characters, and these are the faces I came up with:
Melina Kanakaredes as Magdalena Xenakis


And Jesse Williams as FBI Special Agent Jackson Maddox 

Isn’t he yummy? I think it’s about time darker skinned heroes made their debut into the pool of potential heroes. Readers are more accepting than they used to be. Our society has long been a melting pot, so why not reflect that diversity in fiction? Suzanne Brockmann was among the first romance authors to push the envelope with her mixed-race heroine, Alyssa Locke. And who didn’t love Alyssa? Alas, I don’t get to read as much as I’d like to. Are other authors bringing ethnic heartthrobs to life? If so, who are the authors and what characters come to mind?  

                In brief, here’s what THE GUARDIAN is about:

   Special Agent Jackson Maddox poses as Abdul, an ex-convict in a reintegration program believed to have ties to terrorism. Out of the blue, a journalist snaps his picture, putting his deep cover in jeopardy. When confronted, Magdalena Xenakis refuses to admit that she writes for a tabloid. Another of the ex-cons in the program murdered her younger sister, and Lena’s plan to incriminate the killer involves posing as a novelist in search of a story. Thwarted at every turn by the handsome parolee, Abdul, Lena fights her traitorous attraction to the former felon while working furiously to discover the truth she knows he’s hiding. As the nights heat up and the threat of terrorism looms for Jackson, it is Magdalena who must learn to share her secrets and her heart, if she ever hopes to outsmart her sister’s killer.

            Don’t miss this edgy thriller! Available electronically on June 30, 2012 at Amazon.com, B&N’s PubIt!, and Smashwords.com.  Paperback version to follow.

Marliss will be giving away an electronic copy of THE GUARDIAN to one lucky commenter!

Giveaway ends 10pm EST June 14th. Please supply your email in the post. You may use spaces or full text for security. (ex. jsmith at gmail dot com) If you do not wish to supply your email, or have trouble posting, please email maureen@justromanticsuspense.com with a subject title of JRS GIVEAWAY to be entered in the current giveaway.

21 comments:

  1. MARLISS
    this sounds like another great read thank you for the chance.
    tammyjackson75@yahoo.com

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  2. Want to read this, I love your guys they are so yummy....lsscarchuk@att.net

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  3. I was one of those true die hard fans of your Navy Seal's team series and couldnt believe your publisher said no more Seals. I was jumping up and down when you self published The Protector. I applaude you for sticking to your guns and writing what you want to write and what you know your fans want to read. Cant wait for the 2nd book in the Taskforce Series. And man am I going to be all hot and bothered picturing Jesse Williams as Jackson Maddox. Jesse has the most to die for eyes... cynthia0o@hotmail.com

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  4. I love the visual I have for your characters now. Such pretty eye candy. I love to read series because I get drawn into the group and enjoy following them as each character gets a story . I'm defiantly going to get this one , sounds great ! Lynda

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  5. wow! thanks for the pictures of your characters. I never fail to get one of your books when they are released! I am really looking forward to reading the Guardian!

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  6. I can't wait to read the Guardian. I always love your charaters. And based on your discriptions of the lead's in the Guardian I can see your choices expecially Jesse Williams!

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  7. Sounds great Marliss! I love an edgy thriller. And very wise of you to include celeb pics to help us get a preview of your characters. I love Melina Kanakaredes. I used to watch her on Guiding Light back in the day (she was Frank Cooper's wife)...lol! Best of luck with the release. I'll check it out on Amazon Kindle.

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  8. I've marked my calendar so I won't forget the publication date. Eagerly awaiting!

    vqquilter@yahoo.com

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  9. Sounds like a great read! My calendar is marked!

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  10. OH my goodness, who the heck is THAT guy?? Jesse? Wowzer! Lovely!
    The story sounds good too! :-)
    lisakhutson at cox dot net

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  11. You put a lot of thought into the plot here....as well as the characters.
    Count me into the draw.
    Jan

    janet_kerr(at)msn.com

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  12. This series sounds like fun! I've been interested in SEAL characters since I read Suzanne Brockmann's Troubleshooters. (Woot!)

    luv2readrom (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  14. Alexis Grant had both her heroes and heroines as ethnic/racially diverse characters in both "Sizzle and Burn" and "Locked and Locked". I did note, however, that you wouldn't necessarily know just by looking at the covers. Kinda irked me.

    wkonsunshine at yahoo dot com

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  15. Can't wait until this comes out at the end of this month.

    tfoxsmith@gmail.com

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  16. Just finished reading the 7th book of the navy seal series. Loved them all! Looking forward to starting the task force series. Aamecias@bellsouth.net

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  17. The book sounds good.

    bn100candg(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  18. sounds like a good book. love to read. getting a free book is even better! thank you for sharing. :D jukyjoauka@aol.com

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  19. Woo! Calendar marked-- my epic TBR queue is going to grow by one more :)

    stalkers00(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  20. By the way, Kristen Ashley does a great job of incorporating characters from diverse background seamlessly.

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