Spotlight & Giveaway: Burning Dawn by Gena Showalter

Posted April 22nd, 2014 by in Blog, Spotlight / 60 comments

Today it is my pleasure to welcome New York Times best selling author Gena Showalter to HJ!


Hi Gena, welcome 🙂

Gena SWhat would you say is your motto or maxim as a writer?

Follow wherever the heart leads.

Let’s talk about your newest release: Burning Dawn

If you had to summarize the book for the readers here…

A sizzling tale of a winged warrior renowned for his ruthlessness, and the woman who becomes his obsession…

BDI fell so hard for these characters!

Please tell us about the characters in this book

A tormented past has left Thane with an insatiable need for violence, making him the most dangerous assassin in the skies. He lives by a single code: no mercy. And as he unleashes his fury on a Phoenix princess, his most recent captor, he learns no battle could have prepared him for the slave he rescues–a beauty who stokes the fires of his darkest desires.

The fierce yet vulnerable Elin Vale has her own deep-rooted scars, but she hides them with a sharp wit. Her attraction to the exquisite Thane challenges her every boundary. But his unwavering determination to protect her means she must face her greatest fears–and enter a world in which passion is power, and victory means breathtaking surrender.

As you wrote your protagonists was there anything about them that surprised you?

Thane’s tenderness with Elin. He is savage, there’s no way around it, and yet he melts for this girl.

What scene did you most enjoy writing? Why?

There’s a moment of bonding between Thane and his two best friends, Bjorn and Xerxes, fierce warriors who were once tortured alongside him.

Motions clipped, he leaned over and grabbed another cookie. To lighten the mood, he said, “I don’t have to ask what you were doing during my absence, Xerxes. Clearly, you were lost without me.”
“Clearly,” Xerxes said, his lips quirking at the corners. “Oh, but before you adjourn to your room, I’ll need a few minutes to move my things. I used the opportunity—I mean tragedy—of your absence to my advantage.”
Ha! “Did you turn it into the knitting room of your dreams?”
Bjorn wiped his lips with the back of his hand. “If you’re into knitting now, I want a sweater for Christ- mas.”
“Well, too bad,” Xerxes said. “You’re getting a muzzle.”
“A sweater muzzle? That’s effective,” Thane quipped. “I want socks.”
“To hide your hooves?” Bjorn asked casually.
Funny man. “I’ll have you know I have beautiful feet.”
“If you wax poetic about the great beauty of your toes, I’ll heave.” Xerxes clutched his stomach in mock disgust.
“Oh, little piggies,” Thane said, his voice soft yet dramatic. “Such sweet treats. How you send so many women…into heat.”

What scene was the hardest to write? Why?

The opening of the book. For sure. Thane is not in his right mind. He is fogged by poison, and I had to convey that with his thoughts.

He lived sex. Breathed sex. Ate sex.
He was sex.
Maybe that was his name.
No. That wasn’t what she called him. She—his heart.
His reason for being.
She would straddle his waist, feed his aching length
into her hungry body, and say, “My slave needs me more than air to breathe, doesn’t he?”
My Slave. Yes. That was his name.
My Slave wanted his woman. Craved her like water to drink.
Must have her.
Only she would do. He couldn’t live without her smoke-and-dreams scent…mmm, or her too-close-to- the-sun heat…or her fiery claws. How deeply those little daggers cut into his bare chest. And her peekaboo fangs…how deliciously they nipped at the vein in his neck.
She was perfect, and only when she was with him, her strong body taking and receiving pleasure, was the gnawing hunger within him finally satisfied.
Must. Have. Her. NOW.
But…he looked around. She wasn’t with him. He tried to rise from the bed. Something bound his wrists and ankles again. Not rope. Not this time. Too cold, too hard. Steel? He didn’t care enough to look.
Problem. Solution. My Slave gritted his teeth and jerked with all his considerable might. Skin tore, muscle ripped, and bone snapped. Pain. Freedom. He grinned. His woman was out there. Soon he would find her. He would thrust inside her and slake his need for her. Again and again and again…
Nothing and no one would stop him.

Who would you cast in the role of your characters if your book were optioned for a movie?

I can see Alex Pettyfer as Thane and Odette Yustman as Elin.

If you could have given your characters one piece of advice before the opening pages of the book, what would it be and why?

Let go of the past and grab on to the future.

What are you currently working on? What other releases do you have planned for 2014?

I just finished a rough draft for a novella that will launch a new series for me—can’t give details yet, we’re still ironing things out, but I’m super excited about it. I’m also working on revisions for THE DARKEST TOUCH, the next Lords of the Underworld novel—Torin gets his sexy on!—and line edits for the third book in my White Rabbit Chronicles series, THE QUEEN OF ZOMBIE HEARTS. Ali and her team of slayers are so snarky and the action is happening so fast, it’s been a pleasure to dive back in.

Where can readers get in touch with you?

My website is the best place to get answers!


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60 Responses to “Spotlight & Giveaway: Burning Dawn by Gena Showalter”

  1. Cari White

    I’m on a paranormal kick right now. The men are strong, fierce and honorable… LOVING it, but my fav changes.

    I love your stories! Thank you for sharing your gift! God bless you, Gena!

  2. Carol L

    They are usually always Highlanders. Big and Brawny with those beautiful brogues. Drives me crazy. 🙂 I love The Lords Of The Underworld and can’t wait for Torin’s story. Thankyou for this awesome opportunity.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

  3. Pam

    I love the Lords. I love all Gena’s books. I can’t wait for Torin’s I always feel so bad for him. Love them all!!!!

  4. BookLady

    I love paranormals, especially the Lords of the Underworld, the Black Dagger Brotherhood, and the Dark Hunters.

  5. Leanna

    Smart funny guys in suits. I have to have someone with a sense of humorous I am very sarcastic.

  6. meingee

    I love bad boys especially ones with a heart. The danger and the emotions are always a great read.

  7. Bube

    Styxx is my number one book boyfriend – My Hero – this man has the biggest soul and heart in the whole world,and my Acheron – these twins are my favorite book boyfriends,Valerius from Seize The Night,and I love Lords of the Underworld 🙂

  8. Lori Meehan

    Ian Mackenzie from The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie because of all the things he did to make himself a better man for Beth.

  9. cherylsds

    Of course The Lords, BDB, Dark-Hunters, The Breeds, or any ultra alpha man written in an amazing story line 😉 I’m also kind of hooked on sports romance right now but paranormal will always be my first love!

    Thank you for the giveaway! Love the coffee cup!

  10. Kai W.

    My book boyfriends are Roarke from In Death series, Ethan Frost from Ruined, and Mr Darcy from Pride and Prejudice.

  11. Heather W

    Curran from Ilona Andrews Kate Daniels series because he is badass!! And Atticus from Kevin Hearne’s Iron Druid Chronicles because he’s funny and still sexy!!

  12. jovialvampyre

    Wraith Seminus (Demonica) because he was so tortured yet endured. He’s snarky too :). Niol (Cynthia Eden) he’s just a great badass :)!

  13. Lekeisha

    My favorite book boyfriends right now are angels (Raffe from The Angelfall Series by Susan Ee) and strong heroes in Dystopian/post-apocalyptic worlds (Four from Divergent by Veronica Roth & Luke from Fury by Charlotte McConaghy). I love great male leads in books.

  14. cahmmerritt

    There are lots – too many to name but strong, and brilliant – always thinking 10 steps ahead and taking others needs into consideration before his…

  15. Kelly Mcquay

    Gotta go with Wrath from BDB and Lucien from LOTU because I have a thing about men in power :)))

  16. Iza Matei

    I have quite a few but Maddox and Strider from Lords of the Underworld have been constant on my list and they will always be on it. Love those two.

  17. Karen Lanman

    I would say Dageus MacKeltar from The Highlander series by Karen Marie Moning. The rogue, mysterious bad boy just drew me in from the first chapter.

  18. maybdon

    I love all the Lords of the Underworld, if I had to have a favourite it would be Torin. I can’t wait for his book

  19. Iris Salazar

    V from Black Dagger Brotherhood series. Paris from Lords Of The Underworld and Orpheus from Eternal Guardians! O is sexy and sarcastic. Paris, SEXY! Need I say more. V, just cause it’s him.

  20. barbiefan1968

    My book boyfriends usually depend upon what book I’m reading at the time; however, I do love Eggie Smith from Like a Wolf With a Bone by Shelly Laurenston. He is unapologetically a killer for the Army but he tries to be gentle for his mate Darla. Plus he’s funny as hell!

  21. ssmommie75

    I have so many! But the biggest group of them are either historical Highlanders, or (such a cliche) Vampires. I also have a week spot for cowboys, mainly because then there wouldn’t be any arguing over the music.

  22. Andy

    Jim Heron from the Fallen Angels series by J.R.Ward.He’s lived a life full of violence, revenge, and painful solitude, but yet it’s obvious that he has a good heart underneath his gruff, hard persona. He protects his woman at all costs and He is sexy!

  23. rachelelizabeth23

    My favorite book boyfriends are the bad boys. The alpha bad boys are the best! I love the Lords, the Brothers, and Karen Marie Moning’s Fever men (especially Barrons and Ryodan!)

  24. julie counts

    I am so in love with the Lords of the Underworld. I hadn’t read books since I was a teenager. One day at work I picked up a book call The Darkest Kiss. I was hooked from then on. I enjoy reading again and have lots of Book boyfriends but the Lords will always be my #1 love

  25. Aimee

    Thane, William the Ever Randy, V, Lothaire, Acheron . . . and maybe Styxx (I wanted to hate him so badly). These heroes are wounded and fierce, but there is a such a tenderness they display toward their heroines. I love it! 🙂

  26. Vickie McCauley

    Number one book bf would have to be Strider from the Lords. His innocence is so adorable.

  27. Ana

    Ohh my…I love big man with a total unashamed love to his mate. BDB with all brothers and some ! Also Dragos and their team….o well I’m a sucker for adventure and sexy romance …

  28. Aimee

    Darling Cruel from BORN OF SILENCE. That man just CURLS my toes. Part “boy next door”, part deadly assassin…. Love him! A close second would be Declan Chase from DREAMS OF A DARK WARRIOR. He is just soooo damaged I just want to make it all better!

  29. Melody

    Favorite PR Book boyfriends:
    Wrath- He’s supremely alpha and uber sexy, tender, affectionate and so insatiable.
    Zsadist- Complicated male who I love to pieces.
    Aeron- Those tats, his intimidating presence, but quiet passionate heart. So sexy.
    Maddox- Yummy alpha male who is so romantic at heart.
    William the ever Randy- He’s hilarious and sexy.
    Zacharel- Gorgeous. sex. on. a. stick.

    There are more but that could take hours. 😛

  30. Glittergirl

    I don’t have my list with me today but Samanthe Beck’s Private Practice hero and Cheryl Brooks’ Undeniable rock star hero come to mind first. I adore these guys because they put their lady’s needs first and they complete each other. I love stories like that! Thanks for the giveaway!

  31. Jessica King

    *Opens mouth* Lothaire from The Immortals are dark, William the Dark, Torin, Lucien, Strider, Thane, Bjorn, Axel, XERXES, Maddox, Kane, I do find myself liking Lazarus, Paris, ….. *Goes on and on*

  32. Kate I.

    My book boyfriends tend to be cowboys or men in uniform (military or law enforcement) because I have a bit *ahem* of a thing for alpha males.

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