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Friday, July 7, 2017

Waking for Winter by Katherine McIntyre: Guest Post

Waking for Winter
Philadelphia Coven Chronicles
Book Four
Katherine McIntyre

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Publisher: Loose Id

Date of Publication: July 4th, 2017

Book Description:

The Philadelphia Coven has thwarted the Order of the Serpent’s every attempt to destroy their city only to draw out the scariest nightmare from the Otherworld, the Caoranach. One of the Coven’s own, Cami Akiyama, has already met this creature—the very monster who tortured her, branding her with a mark. Given Cami’s history with the big bad, the Coven leader assigns her a bodyguard, none other than the gorgeous and lethal necromancer, Dante Martinez, the ex-boyfriend she disappeared on years ago. One conversation confirms the spark between them never died, and based on the way Dante flirts, he won’t allow that flame to extinguish out without a fight.

No one has ever compared to Dante and the incendiary passion he inspired in her, but the Caoranach broke her—Cami’s too damaged for any sort of relationship. Not like that stops him. If anything, he fights harder for the memories of a love that kept her sane on the bleakest nights. And despite every effort to distance, she finds herself falling for him all over again. Except the Caoranach isn’t finished with her—the branded mark holds the secret to the city’s destruction or salvation, and Cami stands in the center of the storm.


“Let’s drown ourselves in coffee,” she responded, turning and making a beeline toward the shop, which had just opened. A film covered her skin, like she needed to scour herself clean for the thousandth time since the Caoranach had begun her visits, so maybe she was better off staying away from home for a bit. Her skin could use a rest after her last attack. She wrapped her hand around the curved door handle and tugged it open.

Yellowed lights beamed down as the hiss of coffee in the brewer and the aroma of freshly ground beans greeted her. She walked inside, and the burst of warmth traveled all the way to her toes as she quick-stepped over to the pastry case. A tired barista nudged her glasses up on her nose before leaning over the counter.

“Hey there,” the woman slurred, her voice thick with sleep. Cami peered into the display case while Dante swerved by her to order a plain cup of coffee. The strawberry crumb cake caught her eye at once; she loved the fruit to the point of addiction. She ordered it and a small cappuccino. Even with the barista’s yawns, she moved with a surprising efficiency, in mere moments dropping off a swirled cappuccino and the moist crumb cake while she exchanged the cash.

Dante leaned into one of the black, wire-rimmed chairs in the corner of the room, watching her with a smile that reached his eyes. She drew in a deep breath, wishing she could equip some sort of armor to disarm the magnetism of his smile and the way his gaze made her heart ache.

She took solace in her six packs of sugar to fill that hole as she stirred them into her cappuccino and carried her food over to where Dante sat.

“You’re going to get diabetes,” he commented, arching a brow at her drink.

“If sugar was going to kill me, I’d get the premonition. Might as well be some use to my shitty ability.” She fixed him with a glare before lifting her crumb cake to her lips and exaggerating her enjoyment to spite him.

Dante snorted in response.

“So,” she started in between chews. Dante lifted a brow. As rough and tumble as the necromancer appeared, he always got cranky about table manners. Which was great, because Cami relished any opportunity she got to annoy him. “When are we going investigating?” she asked, excitement winding through her system faster than caffeine. Alanna might be keeping her out of Coven field duty, but she could still do some legwork on her own. The Caoranach had already made her interest clear, so Cami wasn’t going to loiter around waiting for the next visit.

Dante took a sip from his steaming cup and shook his head with a smirk. “Thought you were an obedient good girl now.”

She shot him a look. “Dunno, I think stopping imminent evil from having its way with the city would earn me some good cred. Besides, when have I ever been obedient?”

Midsip of his coffee, Dante spluttered into the cup. Though his dark eyes glittered with amusement, his mouth grew serious. “Level with me though. Other folks can follow this lead, ones who haven’t been at this monster’s mercy. Are you okay enough to snoop around? Things could get real, fast.”

Cami sucked in a deep breath as she tugged on her pendant. The softness and care in his voice slayed her, and even if she wanted to puff her chest with bravado and pretend, she couldn’t hide her feelings for anything. “I’m scared as shit, D. I’m getting these spells where I freeze up, where my body’s paralyzed. What I’d love to do is just hibernate under my blankets for the next couple of months with Sirius and about a thousand books. But whether I like it or not, she’s taken an interest in me, and I’m connected to this. So yeah, I’ll step up to the plate.”

Author Bio

A modern day Renaissance-woman, Katherine McIntyre has learned soapmaking, beer brewing, tea blending, and most recently roasting coffee. Most of which make sure she’s hydrated and bathed while she spends the rest of her time writing. With a desire to travel and more imagination than she knows what to do with, all the stories jumping around in her head led to the logical route of jotting them down on paper. She writes novels with snarky women, ragtag crews, and guys with bad attitudes. High chances for a passionate speech thrown into the mix.

Guest Post

Please welcome Waking for Winter author Katherine McIntyre to Diane’s Book Blog. 

Representation in Romance
               I’m sure plenty of people have weighed in on this topic thus far, about different races being represented and about the gay community being represented in fiction. It’s an important one. However, as a heterosexual, short white Irish girl, I’m not here to speak on behalf of anyone’s experience but my own. What I can say is that I’m so bored of reading white people in fiction that my eyes roll involuntarily the second I pick up a contemporary romance and they talk about her cream skin, blonde hair, and blue eyes. I can say that reading stories that are inclusive of differences feel like a breath of fresh air—they engage, they resemble the surrounding landscape I know and love. My friends and family are from all varying walks of life, all different races, and different orientations, and I love and embrace those differences. It’s what makes a society come alive rather than turn into deadening sludge.

               What I can also speak about is my personal experience as a woman and their representation in romance. I’ve always been a reader. However, as a kid who grew up a tomboy and was always a control freak and more than a little take-charge, I had a really, really hard time connecting with characters, especially female ones. I read a lot of fantasy books where the women sat on the sidelines, where they had no agenda, no drive, and always, always took orders from the guys. I hated it. Hell, it even made me dislike my own gender for a long time. And I avoided romance like the plague, because from the brief glimpses I got in it, the women were so hyper-feminine I knew I’d never relate.

               However, as I delved more deeply into the genre, I began to discover certain authors willing to buck that trend, ones willing to write women that reflected the one I am, and the ones I know. And as an author, I was determined to fight those standards I grew up with and represent the whole breadth of what women can be, not just those adhering to strict gender norms. I wish I could say it’s been easy to integrate these stories, however, that wouldn’t be true. From the start of my publishing journey to now, it’s been a fight to champion for different types of women, as people want what’s familiar (ie, Aryan girl who cries a lot with a character flaw of klutziness). What that tells me more than anything is that we need more fighters in the writing community, and we need readers willing to take that jump into a better future, ones willing to embrace the wide plethora of awesomeness the world has to offer.

               I hope you’ll join me—it’s a wonderful ocean out there with thousands of multi-colored fish coming in every shape and size. Let’s embrace our uniqueness.  

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