Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Book Tour for Love Beyond Loyalty by Rebecca Royce (Guest Post & GIVEAWAY)

Rebecca Royce is paying us a return visit to tell us about her new book Love Beyond Loyalty.  Courtesy of Goddess Fish promotions and Rebecca there's a great giveaway going on too.  So be sure to read the entire post so you you can learn all about this great new read and get in the running for an Amazon gift card.  First off let's welcome Rebecca......

How do you keep a story relatable to everyone when characters have magical abilities?

Alright, I’ll be honest. I’ve never considered this question before, which made me pause and think about why that was.  How do I keep a story relatable to everyone when characters have magical abilities?

Well. I think that the heart of any story—whether it be a paranormal, fantasy, science fiction, historical, contemporary, or something different—has to be the characters involved in it.  In my stories, specifically in Love Beyond Loyalty, the characters are magical.  But beyond that, they are special people who are looking for love, just like the rest of us. 

Their magical abilities don’t stop them from having the same needs and longings the rest of us have.  I think, in that way, they will always be relatable to the rest of us and I hope the readers will still keep feeling that way!


Gabriel Ward has no problem with the fact that he’s an Outsider. Hell, he’s always known he was different. What he takes issue with is the idea he has to follow any destiny at all. He’s taken care of himself-and others-since birth. There’s no way he has to start following rules now.

Loraine Peacock can speak to animals. Other than that she thinks she’s just a regular woman making her way in the world. She figures its not that weird. Many people have unusual abilities.

But when Gabriel and Loraine are forced together by a destiny he denies and she is ignorant of, they will both finally have to accept their Outsider legacy and help the others in their quest to defeat the ultimate evil—a demon bent on world destruction. That is, if they can both survive to find their way to the most important part of their destiny: love.


“Are you going to tell me what happened to you? You just stood there and let that wave slam into you. I thought you were dead but Futon knew you were alive.”

Futon? He regarded the dog. A medium sized border collie with black spots stared back at him. His heart sped up. He‘d heard that name for a dog before. In fact, it was the same damn dog.

“I know you.” He pointed at the creature. “But the last time I saw you was with an old woman on Magazine Street in New Orleans.”

Gabriel had been working for a shady lingerie storeowner on the bad side of Magazine Street at the time. Trying to find out what Sebastian wanted with the man, he would later uncover that the demon had employed Trent, the owner, to kill virgins by bleeding them to death. Gabriel still didn‘t fully understand how it benefited Sebastian and he wasn‘t sure he ever would. On his second day, he‘d been hassled by an old woman on the street who‘d told him Sebastian was in New Jersey and that he needed to hurry up and get there.

She‘d spoken of fate and a lot of mumbo-jumbo he hadn‘t understood. It had turned out that she was right and he‘d high-tailed it off to New Jersey to help stop Sebastian‘s assault on the Outsiders. The woman had been with Futon.

The woman shook her head. “There are lots of border collies around this area. You must have seen a different one because Futon never leaves me.”


She turned on her heel, and Gabriel‘s heart sped up. He walked forward and grabbed her arm, which was tricky to do because he needed to hold up his blanket to prevent from being arrested for public indecency.

“You‘re leaving?” God, he wanted to shout,  ‘don‘t leave.‘

Nodding, she gave him that forced smile again, and he wanted to wipe it off her face. “I am. I brought you to Alexa. It‘s time for me to go on my way. You‘ve told me a lot of stuff I have to digest. Good luck.”  She looked at Alexa and he wished that one of his powers was mind reading because he had no clue what was going on inside of hers. “To both of you. It was nice meeting you.”

Pulling her arm free of his grip he thought for a second he felt her shake. Was she okay?

“Loraine, wait a second…”

He wouldn‘t have believed she could move that fast. One second she was there and the next she, while still walking, sprinted out of the building.

“Loraine,” he yelled but she didn‘t turn around and soon the crowd in the room blocked his view.

Why was she leaving? Like a light turning on, realization struck him. She had used the phrase your Alexa. What did she think his relationship with his oldest friend was?


As a teenager, Rebecca Royce would hide in her room to read her favorite romance novels when she was supposed to be doing her homework. She hopes, these days, that her parents think it was well worth it.

Rebecca is the mother of three adorable boys and is fortunate to be married to her best friend. They live in northern New Jersey and try not to freeze too badly during the winter months.

She's in love with science fiction, fantasy, and the paranormal and tries to use all of these elements in her writing. She's been told she's a little bloodthirsty so she hopes that when you read her work you'll enjoy the action packed ride that always ends in romance. Rebecca loves to write series because she loves to see characters develop over time and it always makes her happy to see her favorite characters make guest appearances in other books.

In Rebecca Royce's world anything is possible, anything can happen, and you should suspect that it will.
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Prize is a $50 GC to Amazon

-Giveaway is OPEN TO EVERYONE!
-To be entered just leave a comment along with your email addy.  
-One commenter will be chosen randomly from all comments made throughout the tour, so the more tour stops you make a comment on the greater your chances of winning.  A list of all participating blogs can be found here.
-Giveaway ends at 11:59 PM CST on 3/2.


  1. Thank you for the excerpts today. Always appreciated.


  2. I love your comments and the excerpts. Gabriel sounds really nice, though different. I would love to talk to animals.

  3. Thank you for the excerpt, loved that.

  4. Great excepts! The ability to be able to talk to animals sounds awesome and really practical if your mate happens to be a shifter, huh?

    emiliana25 (at) web (dot) de

  5. Thank you so much for having me today!!

  6. Rebecca...I agree. The characters must be relatable. In a way, it's even MORE important to me in paranormal/supernatural stories that the characters have human foibles, feelings, features. If the setting is distant & unfamiliar, then the characters have to be very accessible and familiar.

    catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

  7. Great interview, and Excepts. Paranormal is something new for me.DebP

  8. Have heard great things about this author. This is a new author for me and always looking for new authors to check out. This book looks great and would love to win and read. Thanks for the chance to win.

  9. Sorry I missed the party on Wednesday. Had cataract surgery and really didn't feel like talking to anyone. Better now, so just stopping by to say HI to Rebecca and everyone else herel Hope you all shared a great day!

    kareninnc at gmail dot com

  10. I love it when stories include dogs. This one sounds really good.

    doxisrcool at aol dot com

  11. Thanks for the great excerpts! Loved them. Futon is a cutie :)
    It's so cool that she could talk to animals. And the story also sounds very interesting.

    cayce006 at yahoo dot com

  12. Oh I loved the excerpt, thank you for sharing it! It sounds like some misunderstandings need to be work out in their futere :)


  13. Thanks so much.

  14. Futon is really cute :)
    It's important that one can relate to the characters because at least for me it decides if I'm going to continue reading a series or not.


  15. Interesting story, I'm looking forward to the rest of the tour!

    Anastasia K


  16. "Oh, to be young and to feel love's keen sting!" nuff said.

    areadersheartstring @ yahoo . com

    ~Valen Steel

  17. Hi! I'd love to win a copy. rachel DOT rooneyr AT gmail DOT com
    Thanks and happy reading!