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KICKIN’ OFF THE HOLIDAYS — Erotic Romance Authors and their Kick-ass Shoes

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , on December 14, 2009 by Michelle Polaris
It’s December again, and even erotic romance authors need to gear up to kick some holiday butt preparing for the winter celebrations to come. In the spirit of these winter warriors’ battle to get ready for the holidays, I’ve asked seven of them to contribute pictures of their favorite ass-kicking shoes along with links to their “go-to” sites. These includes their personal web and blogsites, links to buy their books, etcetera. For an extra treat some have included a blurb about which of the characters in their stories are most likely to kick-ass, holiday or otherwise. So browse below and get a feel for the flavors of these authors. Perhaps these are the very sexy and powerful shoes that get them in the mood…to write, of course.
(And read on for a contest at the end of this post)
Author Naima Simone


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buylink: Shoe Time 

Naima Simone  —  “Breathlessly Ever After”  – “Hawtie of the Month” 

Caitlin, my heroine in “Sweet Ultimatum”, my first release with Ellora’s Cave (notice that shameless plug? Hee-hee-hee!), wouldn’t be the character I’d vote most likely to kick a**. Nah, she’s strong, but not in a black-hoodie-ride-or-die kinda way. 

The story I’m currently working on, though, has the perfect kick a** woman. Her name is Erin Montgomery and she is ex-military turned bodyguard. Honed in the fires of a traumatic childhood, Erin emerges a strong, tough soldier who is no longer anyone’s victim. Skilled in hand-to-hand combat, an excellent shot and strategist, there’s no a** she isn’t capable of kicking…except Love’s. 

Author Francesca Hawley
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Protect and Defend received a 4 1/2 star rating from Romantic Times Magazine.  

buy link for Protect and Defend  



Seeking Truth is an 2010 Epic Award finalist and received a 4 star rating from Romantic Times Magazine.  

buy link for Seeking Truth  



Although the characters I think are most likely to kick ass are my heroes (one is a cop and the other is a medieval baron and knight), I think the heroine of my medieval romance Seeking Truth is a kick ass kind of woman.  Lady Vérité de Sauigni is a healer who marries the medieval baron/knight. Yet when he’s frustrated by a situation in which he feels powerless, Vérité tells him to calm down and shut up or she’ll have him removed from the room. She phrases it more nicely than that but she means every word and my hero, Baron Eaduin Kempe knows it. He’s ticked and intrigued by her at the same time because as a medieval baron, very few people can tell him off. Now, Vérité would never wear a pair of stilettos because she’s medieval but even so, a kick ass pair of shoes would fit her well.  


Author Cindy Spencer Pape


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buy link for EC:

Kick-Ass Characters: There are a bunch, but one of my favorites is the couple in “Stone and Fire.” Half-dragon Dana Logan and gargoyle Beau DuMont take on art thieves.

Author Kathy Kulig

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Her latest book is Desert of the Damned  

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In DESERT OF THE DAMNED, Jake Montag kicks ass as a shapeshifting mountain lion. Even when his powers are taken away, he still possesses the courage and grit to challenge an ancient evil.


Author Adele Dubois

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DESERT FEVER, EPIC Award Finalist!


buy link for REV ME UP:

Lisa Gibson had always been a Good Girl. Then she flashed her breasts at a hunk riding by on his Harley and all hell broke loose.


Author Stephanie Julian

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buy link for Kiss of Moonlight:

Kiss of Moonlight

Tamra McMillan may look like a sweet young thing. And the shadows in her eyes might make you think she’s weak, damaged. Don’t let appearances fool you. She’s strong enough to overcome a brutal attack and fight for the man she loves. Even if Kyle Rossini is a bad-ass werewolf assassin for the Etruscan lucani king. Tam knows what she wants and how to get it. Just don’t stand in her way.


Author Dita Parker

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This is my favorite pair because we’ve had loads of fun together, they go with just about anything, and they’re easy on your feet. You can sprint in these babies, so I guess you could just as well kick some butt in them.

My kick-ass heroine lives in a galaxy not so far away. Brought up by and living among men, Nathelie wouldn’t be caught dead wearing heels. She wouldn’t know how to. Nate kicks butt as good as any man, but when it comes to showing off her feminine side… Let’s just say, she wouldn’t know how to. I think I’ll put a pair on Nate and watch her deal… (This is a WIP. Watch this space:)


And finally me, Michelle Polaris

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buy link for Bound Odyssey

Bound Odyssey received 5 stars from Just Erotic Romance Reviews and was a Reviewer Top Pick at Night Owl Reviews

In Bound Odyssey, all three of my characters are more than capable of kicking bad-guy ass. But if you asked either Roman or Jace, my heroes, they’d tell you hands down that Mira could kick theirs in no time flat. Actually, she’d have them down on the ground, arms wrenched behind their backs, and crying uncle faster than a jackrabbit on speed. But of course they’d say that. She’s their Mistress and where else would they want to be? (grin)

Now don’t you feel closer to these fine writers after seeing their favorite footwear? I hope you’ve enjoyed the pics and the character teasers from these authors. Browse their links and tell me what you think.  Which pair of these kick-ass shoes inspires you to go out and become your own heroine or hero of an erotic romance? One random commenter who tells me which pair of shoes they’d pick will win a set of Cosmo’s Steamy Sex Games erotic cards. Unfortunately, you have to have a mailing address in the Continental United States to be eligible to win. The contest will run through Midnight EST, Friday, December 18th.

Remember, safe, sane and consensual.