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Monday, January 7, 2013

Sunburn by Rosanna Leo

Many thanks to the wonderful Lia Davis for hosting me today!

I’m here today to tell you a little bit about my new paranormal romance Sunburn! I’m excited about this one. It launches today- Jan 7- at Liquid Silver Books www.lsbooks.com, and will be available at all other romance ebooksellers.

This is a story about the Greek god Apollo, as you’ve never seen him. Writing about the Greek gods is my passion; two of my other books deal with this mythology and I adore it.

To me, Apollo makes the ideal romance hero and I’d like to explain why. Firstly, he is drop-dead gorgeous. Hello! All the mythological accounts seem to agree that, of all male gods, he was the easiest on the eyes. Tall, buff, blond. My cup of tea!

Secondly, the man can be badass! He is an expert archer, along with his twin sister Artemis, and a skilled warrior when he needs to be. In the old days, he was known as Apollo the Destroyer…so don’t get in the man’s way!

Thirdly, he sure does love the ladies. Now, in mythology, this has always worked a bit to Apollo’s detriment, and I do reference it in my novel. However, his pull on women is irrefutable. My heroine Patience is overwhelmed by desire after meeting the sexy creature, and it becomes very obvious very soon how irresistible he is.

He is god of the sun, of healing, of music and of the truth. He can dance, he can sing and he can make love like a dream. He is scarred and flawed, despite his seeming perfection, and has a past. And people ask why I write about Greek gods! Honestly, they write themselves! A more perfect hero, I cannot conceive.

Sunburn blurb:

Patience O’Conner is a travel blogger who lives for her work. Her dedication to her readers brings her to the famed Helios Resort in Mexico, a locale that stuns her with its beauty but at which she suffers from some very strange accidents.

Luckily, hunky resort bartender Apollo Delos is always there in the nick of time, a malcontent guardian angel. Apollo stuns Patience again and again with his life-saving abilities, to say nothing of his smoldering looks and apparent desire to keep her alive.

Before long, Patience wonders if there is more to the sexy bartender than mixed cocktails and insane first-aid skills. Something strange is happening at Helios and Apollo doesn’t want to talk about it.

Can Patience open herself up to this enigmatic man, even though she is terrified to be vulnerable again? And can Apollo recover from an eternity of hurt and learn to trust once more? They must both decide before Death comes calling.

Sunburn Excerpt:

She put her hand on his arm to get his attention. A sensual shiver ran up his spine. “You do understand why I can’t drink, right? I come from a family of addicts. The addictive gene is in me. I can’t slip up even once. I’m terrified I’ll fall into the same patterns.” She paused, her eyes haunted and dark. “I was addicted to something, to someone, once. And I didn’t recognize myself by the end. I can’t go back there again. I have to stay strong.”

His head spun. Who was this person to whom she was addicted? He had to know. Was she married before? Was it a boyfriend?

Who hurt her?

He had to know, but there’d be time to find out later. Right now, she looked ready to crumple. Damn. Their conversation had struck a nerve in her.

He rushed out from behind the bar, knowing only he had to make her feel better, and pulled her into his arms. She yielded, all warmth and softness against him. She laid her head against his neck, and a tear dripped onto his skin.


“Patience,” he whispered into her hair. “Please don’t cry. I won’t let him hurt you.”

Apollo with all his heart was making a vow. He wouldn’t let anyone hurt her; not the demon, and certainly not the little shit who’d hurt her once before.

She looked up, tears streaming down her face and her chest rising and falling with shaky breaths. “I’m sorry. It’s not like me to cry. I don’t know what came over me!”

“By all the gods,” he murmured, in a trance. Even in pain, she was mesmerizing. There was a healthy sheen to her skin. Her cheeks were rosy with emotion. Stray hairs had escaped her ponytail, ornamenting her face. 

“You are so beautiful.”

Her lips parted in a welcome she probably didn’t even realize she was extending. She sighed, and her breath poured over him, heating him to the core. He had to kiss her. There was suddenly no option but to kiss her.
He brushed his lips against hers, feeling no resistance. He moved slowly, bestowing feather-light kisses all over her mouth. And then, shocking and exciting him, her tongue slid into his mouth. Penetrating, seeking more.


Inflamed, he held her tighter, moving his body between her legs as she sat on the bar stool. Their kiss deepened as their tongues played and probed. He bit her lip, none too gently, and she moaned.

Oh, sweet Pandora’s box!

But as quickly as the kiss had crushed them, it was over. Patience pulled away and out of his arms. Dazed, his heart palpitated as she scrambled off the stool. And before he could recover to stop her, Patience ran away down the wooden path toward the lobby.

Sunburn is available Jan 7 at www.lsbooks.com


  1. Thanks so much for hosting me, Lia!

  2. ahhhh!!!!!! what a great excerpt!!!!! can't wait for this to hit B&N, seriously, the wait is killing me (but then again, you already know that) :) congrats on your release day rosanna :)

    1. Thanks so much!! I hope it hits B&N really soon!!

  3. That was a really lovely excerpt. Huge congratulations on your release!! I'm so happy for you!

    1. Thank you so much, Ella! I really appreciate that!

  4. January 7th that's today! I need to add the latest Rosanna to my collection! WOOT I am so excited this is out! You Rock Rosanna! HUGS Carin

  5. OMG, loved your excerpt. I am excited for this book--I have to have it!!!