Contest! 2 Gena Showalters are Twice as Nice (and Naughty)

New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter has her fingers in a lot of pies. She writes numerous series for two different publishers, and today XOXOAD is excited to share tastes of two of them with you! First up, we have an excerpt from BURNING DAWN (HQN, May 2014), the latest novel in her Angels of the Dark series. Thane, an angel assassin, rescues a beautiful slave from his latest foe…and finds that she incites his darkest desires. Will a slave girl become his conqueror?

Or perhaps you’d prefer something from BLACK AND BLUE (Pocket Books, November 2013), her newest Otherworld Assassin novel? When Corbin Blue, the most successful and lethal otherworlder ever born, sets his sights on surgeon Evie Black, he draws her into a world of seduction and intrigue that neither of them could ever have imagined…and which neither of them can live without.

What’s that? You STILL don’t have enough Gena to read? OK, fine: there’s a brand new e-novella, TEMPT ME ETERNALLY, available RIGHT NOW! Look below this post to buy. And don’t miss the free full-length novel, ENSLAVE ME SWEETLY, featured on our home page this week! Don’t say we never gave you nothin’.

And last but definitely not least, Harlequin and Pocket have both graciously contributed two copies of each excerpted title below, so two lucky commenters can read the whole books! To enter, leave a comment with your answer to the question at the bottom of this post. Enjoy the reads!


from Burning Dawn:

Burning Dawn

Thane relaxed at the edge of a backless couch, his blond curls surprisingly tamed. I do not want to run my fingers through those curls. The robe he wore was a brilliant white, almost blinding, and without a speck of dirt. I do not want to peel the material from his body and feast on the muscles he displayed at camp.

She wasn’t attracted to him anymore.

Tension radiated from him, making him appear bigger, stronger. More aggressive.

I’m not intrigued by that.

I’m not drawn to him.

I’m scared. Right.

“Sit,” he said.

Though she wanted to run—because she was scared, dang it—she forced herself to claim the chair across from him. Already the air seemed drenched in the most expensive champagne, with hints of cinnamon, making her head swim. And this close to Thane, the scents only intensified. Did they come from him?

She crossed her legs in a vain attempt to slow the warmth stirring in her core.

Would she always react to him?

No, please, no.

At least she was out of her skimpy uniform and in the world’s most expensive pair of flannel pj’s. Bellorie had sold the soft, snuggly outfit for a sapphire brooch, a ruby choker and an emerald bracelet. Parting with the jewels hurt. Bad. But there was no way she would have shown up for this meeting so scantily dressed, and she had no other clothes.

Tomorrow, she and the girls were going shopping. She could hardly wait.

Thane sat on the coffee table in front of her, his knees caging her legs, and she breathed a sigh of relief. This wasn’t so bad. Then he placed scabbed-over palms on the tops of her thighs. The contact electrified her, and she had to mask a gasp with a cough. And, oh, his champagne scent was even stronger now, making the ache so much worse.

“What happened to your hands?” she asked in an effort to distract herself.

“What was deserved.”

O-kay. But why had he deserved to be cut? And did the wounds hurt him? Acting on impulse, she kissed the tip of her index finger and lightly pressed it on the angriest wound, as her mother used to do to her.

“There. They have to get better now.”

He sat very still, his expression frozen.

It hit her then. What she’d done—and to whom she’d done it.


from Black and Blue:

Black and Blue

Blue homed in on Evangeline. He felt like a hunter who’d just spotted the tastiest of prey. At her side, he noted the scent of honey and almonds wafting from her. The fire in his veins sizzled and smoked. “Miss Black, I’m–”

She sucked in a breath, the action so inherently sensual his body responded as though she’d stuffed her hand down his pants and gripped his length. Careful.

As her smile melted away, she turned in his direction. Their gazes collided, locked, and he experienced an instant shock of awareness. Her eyes were a rich, chocolate brown, and the longer she looked at him, the more her pupils dilated.

A sign of attraction.

I’m in trouble.

“I know who you are,” she finally said, her tone giving nothing away. “You’re Corbin Blue. Breaker of spines and hearts. A legend on and off the field. And an absolute, total tool.”

He ran his tongue over his teeth. Charm. Tkaing her hand–not that she’d offered–he pressed a kiss against her knuckles. Her skin was surprisingly callused and scarred, yet deliciously warm, and for the first time in his life he actually tingled from contact with another person…as if he were a woman overdosing on sappy romnantic comedies. He mentally berated himself.

“Please,” he gritted. “Call me Blue.”

Rose infused her cheeks as she jerked from his hold. “I suppose you may call me Evie.”

Formal tone, but oh, that blush…or was it a flush of deeper attraction?

Either way, instant hard-on.


Whew! No matter what she’s writing, Gena never fails to bring the heat! Now, we promised you a chance to win both of these terrific books, so here’s how to enter: leave us a comment below telling me which actor you think should play either Thane or Blue (and if you want to include a pic, we won’t mind!). Sweepstakes is open to U.S. residents only, alas–and please click here for the complete set of rules. Thanks again to Harlequin and HQN for participating in today’s post!

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Burning Dawn

Burning Dawn

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New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter returns with a sizzling Angels of the Dark tale about a winged warrior renowned for his ruthlessness, and the woman who becomes his obsession....

Black and Blue

Black and Blue

Gena Showalter

New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter’s pulse-pounding paranormal series continues with an electrifying story about the ultimate warrior and his prize: a beautiful woman he will do anything to possess.

Tempt Me Eternally

Tempt Me Eternally

Gena Showalter

The huntress becomes the hunted in this sizzling paranormal romance from New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Gena Showalter, now available as a stand-alone ebook!



88 comments so far

  1. shawnrw1024

    I think Zach Efron should play Thane! Yum! 😉

  2. silverjade2003

    I think Alexander Skarsgard would make an awesome Thane ^^

  3. mrsrogers86

    a blonde benedict cumberbatch for Thane 🙂

  4. rcarter75

    Tom Mison. And he could play both 😛

  5. elananme

    I’m undecided between Kellan Lutz or Chris Hemsworth to play Thane.

  6. roxanne03

    Thane’s tricky but looking at the picture on the cover he reminds me allot of Alex pettifer (I think that’s how you spell his last name xp) dip I’m going with him 😀

  7. Would love to win both these books! Have read every book written by Gena Showalter!!!

  8. browntl04

    I love your books and I can never put it down once I start!! 🙂

  9. Rainn2978

    I agree with silverjade2003..Alexander Skarsgard for Thane!

  10. PoisonIvy

    Ian Somerhalder should play Thane!

  11. hoosiermom

    I can see Tom Hardy or Bradley Cooper as Blue and Charlie Hunnam as Thane.

  12. Raychelfaulkner

    I think Joseph Morgan would be a great thane.

  13. jfaerybaby

    Scott Speedman should play Thane!

  14. sidsmama

    Alexander skarsgard would make an excellent Thane!

  15. I agree with silverjade and think Chris Hems worth would make a nice Blue

  16. trudy29

    I know he might be viewed as a bit old but I would love to see Alexander Skarsgård as Blue 🙂

  17. Tempted

    He might be a little young, but with his build and facial structure I think Alex Pettyfer would be perfect for Thane!

    For Blue I think Alexander Skarsgård!

  18. anndreaa

    Chris Hemsworth for Thane

  19. anastacia

    I would really love it if the contest could be won for a person leaving a bit far… Like say Greece!!!! \It would be just perfect!

    • We do, too! Alas, Anastacia, the laws governing sweepstakes don’t let us make these international contests :(. But we love having you visit our site, and hope you’ll enjoy our free reads while you’re here!

      • anastacia

        I kind suspected it would be something like that!!! But that’s ok! The e-books and free reads availiable will make up for it!

  20. Bonnie Kennon

    I think it should be Mel Gibson (as in what women want).

  21. Nickdanimom82

    I think Jensen Ackles would make an amazing Thane!

  22. DiAragon

    Kellan Lutz and Alexander Skarsgard would make a fine Thane and Blue respectively.

  23. Dexterity

    Those excerpts!! Hello! Had me wishing I was either one of those women LOL … Gena is the man when it comes to writing men that gives you butterflies, seriously!! LOL

    For Thane I think Jason Lewis would be perfect

    and I love Henry Cavill so he’s my choice for Blue 😉—wi06-13.jpg

  24. Jess King

    Thane has to be some brute of a man with long curly blonde hair. Some kind of golden massive abs and enough to make me drool. That being said, I would totally be okay with Alexander Skargard, Alex Pettyfr, or a blonde Jensen Ackles. I’m an all around type of woman.

  25. candacec

    I think Charlie Hunnam would be a great Thane 🙂
    couldn’t post a pic so here’s a link 🙂

  26. cjudy02

    I think Greyston Holt should play Thane and Clive Standen for Blue.

    Wishful thinking 😉

  27. julrensta

    Alexander Skarsgard is the only choice for Thane. ♥ U Gena

  28. Darkfae

    Chris Hemsworth definitely…. Yum yum

  29. Melodious87

    Hmm…I could see Chris Hemsworth play Thane.

    That build and that voice? Ooof. Put some wings on him and done deal. 😀


  30. DianeWoz

    Ian Somerhalde is the only actor I imagined while reading the above. Thanks!

  31. jckinkin

    For Thane: Alex Pettyfer
    For Blue: Gerard Butler

  32. Chris Hemsworth for Thane. And for Bane, lets go with jckinikin and say Gerard Butler. 😉

  33. challagirl

    Chris Hemsworth for Thane and Maybe Tom Welling for Blue. Hmmmm

  34. Shanista

    I think, and have since day 1, that Matthew Bomer should play Thane. He’s a great actor and makes me think of Thane.

  35. asumprer

    Chris Hemsworth for Blue and Charlie Hunnam for Thane

  36. KMGopez

    Blue: Jason Momoa,

    Thane: Chris Hemsworth

  37. kloudyday

    I like Liam Hemsworth for Blue!

  38. kateivan

    I’d cast Kellan Lutz as Thane (though wouldn’t it be amusing if Corbin Bleu would play Corbin Blue?)

  39. Magstra

    Kellan Lutz as Thane and Tom Hiddleston as Blue

  40. trbratcher87

    Love all of Gena Showalter’s books.

  41. Josh Duhamel as Blue

  42. Horsebranchj

    Chris Hemsworth as Thane


    I think Channing Tatum should be Blue.

  44. kayla_kamendat

    Ian somerhalder yummmyyyy!

  45. dana1204

    Chris hems worth, and Channing tatum

  46. tigermoon

    hugh jackman or machette as thane

  47. dpilgrim43

    Vin Diesel should play Blue, most DEFINITELY!!

  48. pmoore98

    I’m going with Channing Tatum or Ian Somerhalde.

  49. smileigh

    I am gong with Gerald Butler … For any part… 😉

  50. barbed1951

    I’ll go with Alexander Skarsgard. I think he would make an great Thane.

  51. siswhiskey

    I agree with some of the earlier posts, Alex Pettyfer as Thane. 🙂 And for Blue I’d say Joe Manganiello

  52. Ladyhawk73

    I believe Chad Michael Murray should play Thane.

  53. kittensta

    I thhink you need the blond guy from true blood to play thane

  54. Sherri Cru

    For Thane, I would choose Chris Hemsworth. Blue is a toss-up between Jensen Ackles and Ian Somerhalder. All three are great actors and sexy as heck. They would make Gena proud!

  55. krithig

    Definitely Alexander Skarsgard for Thane.

  56. jkgrzelak

    Rest his soul, but I pictured Paul Walker as Blue.

  57. helenhikaru

    Thane- Alexander Skarsgard

    Blue- Scott Speedman

  58. lala007

    I reckon david garney for sure

  59. cte32787

    I think he should be a big, hot black man like Lamman Rucker! Please don’t take offense because I didn’t say African American. I don’t like saying caucasian either and I’m white! LOL

  60. myqtpie82

    Alexander Skarsgard as Thane. Thanks for a great giveaway!

  61. jpdarts

    I think Chirs Hemsworth would be best

  62. ksbanks

    I see Blue as Joe Manganiello. Shirtless he’s cut as … In a suit or leathers he’s just plain fine. But there is that slight dangerous look in his eyes & set of his jaw. I downloaded the perfect pic, but can’t attach.

  63. DarkAngel1980

    Alexander Skarsgard would make the perfect Thane. Thanks for the giveaway. I love these two series.

  64. Hard to decide who would look good as Thane without thinking about casting the rest of the Angels in this series. And since this series is an off-shoot of the Lords of the Underworld – I would totally freak out if they aren’t included! I sure hope they include Tom Hiddleston though – I don’t care who they peg him to be as he’s so freakingly sexy & that accent is to die for! Won’t he be perfect as Torin – the most tortured of the Lords?

  65. live.free01

    Alexander Skarsgard for Thane and Johnathon Rys Meyers for Blue 🙂

  66. amartinez87

    Chris Hemsworth would make a great Thane.

  67. saffyre

    Channing Tatum as Thane!

  68. Chibara Kikame

    Alexander Skarsgård would make a good Thane, he plays Eric in True Blood, and from what I can tell, he’s good at it, and besides one is a vampire and the other is an angel whose very naughty, they are quite similar, so, he should excel as Thane as he has as Eric. Plus, he makes naughty look very delicious.

  69. ammes79

    I’m picking Mark Wahlberg for any and ALL characters! Love Gena Showalter!

  70. Larrin09

    Thane -Joe Manganiello!!
    Blue – Hencry Cavill!!

  71. JazzyJoy

    I have so many of your books I’ve run out of places to put them so now re-buying them for my mini i pad

  72. DiannaMarie

    A perfectly blond and deliciously handsome Tom Hiddleston would make a nice Thane. 😉

  73. Larrin09

    Thane – Jason Momoa

  74. gamistress66

    I’m terrible at casting but whoever would have to be sexy & yummy to play either of those guys 🙂

  75. gincam44

    Cole Hauser or Bailey Chase as Thane

  76. EsmeX452

    I fell in lust with Blue and Thane the moment I read about them. I’m going to be honest and admit that I have a girl crush on both Evangeline and Elin ^_^;. YES, I would volunteer as tribute anytime they wanted a break from those sexy, sexy guy.

    For Thane, Jacey Elthalion (

    Blue I would pick Donny Lewis ( with white hair and purple eyes.

  77. lady_odyssia_darkside

    i can see Jamie campbell bower as Thane and taylor lautner as blue

  78. handtalker

    Alexander Skarsgard would kill it as Thane!

  79. Kellan Lutz for Thane

  80. Moundsbar

    Going old school! SAM ELLIOTT = BLUE and JAMES CANN = THANE !!

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