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14 November 2011

Denise Tomkin's Book Tour for 'Legacy' - 'The Allure of the Bad Boy

A warm welcome to Denise Tomkins who is stopping by today at what is nearly her last spot on her blog tour.  First of all, Denise, I really enjoyed your book, 'Legacy', especially your yummy dragon-shifter hero Bahlin!

So before we talk more about Legacy, let's hear your views on the 'bad boy' hero we love to - er - well, love!
Every romance seems to have one. Every urban fantasy seems to center around one. Every Regency romance creates one.
The Bad Boy
The one man who seems untamable. The one man every woman wants but who has successfully defied all efforts to bring him to home and hearth.
There are different facets of the Bad Boy—some mildly wicked but still opposed to commitment, and others wholly developed and full of hellfire, determined to never settle down.

What is it about the bad boy that seems to draw us in, that makes writers want to play with him on the page and encourages readers to develop a character crush? I’m not a psychologist but, as both an author and a reader, I have a few suppositions.
(Danger alert: writer philosophizing!)
First, there is a deeply drawn need for us to tame our man. To take that which is wild and uncontrollable and overwhelm him so with love that he cannot help but fall victim to our charms. 
Second, and this is focused at authors, he’s a great deal of fun to play around with. He’s the character who refuses to conform to our standards of etiquette and civility. The Bad Boy is the character who pushes us to ratchet up the tension and to find ways to soften his heart toward the central focus of the book without compromising who he is. He challenges us.
Third, the man who challenges us (both as readers and writers), who forces us to think outside the box in handling him, ignites in us a sense of conquest. We look at the man, fictional or real, who embodies the traits we covet—those of the passionate, slightly angry lone wolf—and we want to heal him. We want to take all the baggage he comes with and sort through it, ultimately proving the final point, which is— 
Fourth, we want to believe love conquers all…even him. We need to believe that, no matter what happens, his loyalty is undivided. And even beyond that, we cling to the idea that love is the only way he’ll find redemption in the harsh light of life, and it gives us hope.
The Bad Boy is the ultimate prize in many a story. He is taken down by a heroine, dismantled brick by brick. He is redeemed and proven worthy of our heroine’s love and affection by, in turn, offering his own version of the same. By this I mean he’s often retained many of the same characteristics that set him apart as a Bad Boy but he’s softened toward the one woman who was strong enough, determined enough, and wily enough to get past his defenses.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to write. I have a series of Bad Boys waiting their turn on the page.
Thank you so much, Denise, I think I'll  just like down in a darkened room for a bit and muse about bad boys and how to tame them!


Denise Tompkins lives in the heart of the South where the neighbors still know your name, all food forms are considered fry-able and bugs die only to be reincarnated in aggressive, blood-craving triplicate. Thrilled to finally live somewhere that can boast 3 ½ seasons (winter's only noticeable because the trees are naked), her favorite season is definitely fall. It's the time of year when the gardens are just about to pass into winter's brief silence, and the leaves are out to prove that nature is the most brilliant artist of all.

A life-long voracious reader, Denise has three favorite authors. Why three? Because favorite authors are like chips: a person can't have just one. Her little house was so overrun with books last year that her darling husband bought her an e-reader out of self-preservation. He was (legitimately) afraid she might begin throwing out pots and pans to make room for more books, and he didn't want to starve.

Along with reading, Denise loves travel, is obsessed with the British Isles, practices photography, enjoys cooking and looks forward to Christmas as an excuse to bake.
Her debut novel, Legacy, is the first book in The Niteclif Evolutions and will be available in both e-book and print from Samhain Publishing.

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Her debut novel, Legacy, is the first book in The Niteclif Evolutions and is available in both e-book and print from Samhain Publishing.

LEGACY  The Niteclif Evolutions

When Fate makes you her bitch, accept it and adapt. Or die.

Looking back on the wish she made on Midsummer’s Eve, Maddy Niteclif should have been more specific. She only wanted to escape the shadowy nightmares that plagued her nights, not to be thrust into a completely altered reality.

If a strangely familiar, sexy dragon-shifter named Bahlin, who causes a never-to-be-mentioned-again fainting spell, isn’t enough to make her question her sanity, his insistence she’s the Niteclif ought to do the job. Prophesied super-sleuth of the supernatural world—a world that desperately needs her help—isn’t a job she’s remotely qualified for no matter what her family tree says.

Catapulted into a very different London ruled by dark mythology, mystery and murder, Maddy makes a few startling discoveries. Paranormal creatures exist. Getting shot really sucks. And her body responds remarkably well to dragon magic—in more ways than simple wound healing.

But in this kill-or-be-killed world, reality bites. And Maddy must choose to go back to what she knows…or stay and fight for the man she knows she can’t live without.

Warning: This book contains a shape-shifting dragon with a Scottish accent, modern and archaic weapons, global inter-species politics that make democracy seem mild, some very steamy sex underground, a severed head, murder, and…oh yeah…a woman caught in the middle of it all.

Legacy: The Niteclif Evolutions, Book 1
Author: Denise Tompkins
Genre: Fiction – Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance
Published by: Samhain Publishing, Ltd. (October 18, 2011)
Age Recommendation: 18+ For Mature Content & Explicit Sexuality
Format: eBook

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My Thoughts
I really enjoyed this book even though I found the heroine Maddie a little brash and irritating at times, but I did warm to her and could understand why she was the way she was, and sympathise with her in her grief for the loss of her parents.. There are a wide variety and diversity of characters and shifters introduced in fairly quick succession and it's interesting trying to work out who are the 'bad' guys and gals, and who are actually on Maddie's side, and there is a revelation concerning a well known fictional character which I found very original. The hero, Bahlin, is everything a hero should be, even his dragon form is compelling and attractive! I loved the way he truly did love Maddie, and how he cares for her and puts up with her occasional tantrums and moments of doubt.

It was slightly tricky keeping up with all the different supernatural beings  and I had to be careful not to read too quickly and miss something - this is a real page turner!  There is plenty of action, suspense and sizzling romance, as well as some surprises.  I have to admit the climax really had me shocked and I really didn't  want the novel to  end and was surprised when it did! I had to do a double take to make sure I hadn't missed somehow skipped a couple of pages on my e-reader! What a way to keep one in suspense and make one eager to read the next book  - can't wait!

Denise's Blog Tour organised by:

This is the penultimate stop in her tour, but why not check out her previous stops as well as tomorrow's, November 15th Lisa Ma @ A Casual Reader’s Blog 

'STARQUEST'    'CHILDREN OF THE MIST'  (The sequel to Starquest)  Dancing With Fate      'Freeread':'A BARGAIN WITH DEATH 'STARQUEST'    'CHILDREN OF THE MIST'  (The sequel to Starquest)  Dancing With Fate      'Freeread':'A BARGAIN WITH DEATH'

                  Also available on Kindle