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Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

Hunter of the Heart by Vanessa Jaye

Blind faith. We’ve al exercised it. Sometimes saying ‘what the heck, count me in’ is a no brainer, other times it’s really feels like your stepping out on a ledge. With reading, suspension of disbelief, that blind faith in a story not yet read, is almost a given as soon as you crack the spine open. And when that story has a paranormal twist? Well baby, hold on for the ride.

But what about the characters within the story? There has to be some sort of conflict there for them. Something at stake for them to achieve in the end, with the reader rooting for them all the way. There should be a point in the story where the H/h will have to take a leap of faith. Or maybe several.

In Hunter of the Heart, the heroine has the phenomenal task of believing that creatures such werewolves exists. What’s more she has to have faith that the one of those creatures, the hero, can keep her safe from another murderous shape-shifter.

One the other hand the hero, who’s already lost his wife to a murdering shape-shifter, meets the heroine who could not possibly be what all his senses tell him she is: his mate. After all werewolves can only mate in lifetime. Even if it were possible, he’s a man eaten up with grief, burning with for vengeance, and battling a deadly curse. How can he believe he’s worthy of being loved?

Here’s a scene between the hero and heroine where the question of faith and trust comes up:

They’d reached the central foyer and Nate came to an abrupt stop, head tilted back as he slowly turned. Other passengers looked at him oddly, then looked up to see what had caught his interest. They needn’t have bothered. He wasn’t interested in anything up there. He was scenting prey.

Who knows what he’d do, what he was capable of, when he caught up with Rod?

“We’re going to be late to meet Mitch and Angelica.” She tugged on his arm again. “I mean it, Nate. I want you to drop this. Rod didn’t hurt me.”

“But he would have,” Nate snarled, his voice a guttural tangle of constants and vowels. “He frightened you.”

“You frighten me,” she said quietly.

“Even after last night? And today? You made love with me. Slept in my arms. Not the actions of a frightened woman, Tessa.”

Instantly, he whipped up torrents of heat around them, battering her with images of them together—the grunts and moans, wet and hot, pain and pleasure. Her knees went weak and she grabbed on to him more firmly.

But she resisted the spell he wove, because now she identified the vague disquiet that had been hounding her since she’d woken pressed against Nate’s solid heat, her limbs deliciously heavy and body still hungering. It was a feeling that couldn’t be completely swept aside with kisses and caresses then, or cowed by intimidation now.

“You’ve shut me out.”

Nate didn’t acknowledge her statement by word or motion.

“I can feel your anger, but I can’t read what you’re thinking. And that’s what scares me. You’re really, really upset about this, more than you should be. So why don’t you tell me what this is really about, Nate?”

Tessa held his gaze. Outside she was all calmness, but inside he sensed her turmoil. Her clear-sighted logic pierced the black fog surrounding him and he realized that she was right, this was more than the natural reaction of a wolf when his mate was threatened. More than the residual guilt he’d never be rid of for failing to protect his first mate.

A hunger churned inside of him. Not just to hurt Rod, but more. He wanted to make fear sing in his veins, to see the whites of his eyes bulge in terror and hear the sweet racing beat of his pulses grow faster and louder until that first bite—

No! He would not give in to this. Nate fought for control while his heart thudded against his ribs, filling his head with a staccato echo. And that echo said, Tell her. No. Tell her. No.

Tessa might accept what she thought she knew of him, the man and the wolf. How would she feel about the monster?

Nate became aware of his surroundings again, the milling humans, the long concierge desk to one side, the sweeping stairs and bank of elevators on the other and the doors behind Tessa that led outside. The fresh sea air helped clear his head further.

Then his focus, his world, shrunk down to Tessa herself, staring up at him with concern and absolute trust. She was waiting for answers he couldn’t give her, so he did what instinct told him to. He drew her into his arms and kissed her as if the questions were all his and she held every answer. And she did. She held the key to his heart and to his humanity. He couldn’t lose her.

“Promise me you’ll always believe me, Tessa,” he whispered urgently. “Even if—” He broke off and kissed her again, as if this kiss alone would convince her of the inherent goodness inside him.

At some point his mission had changed from revenge to reverence, from gaining justice to holding on to something greater. Their lips parted with a shared gasping breath.


The silence was uneasy and Nate felt his insides shred under her searching gaze.

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19 comments to “Welcome Vanessa Jaye and a Giveaway of Hunter of the Heart!”

  1. Amy Kathryn
      · November 16th, 2011 at 7:38 am · Link

    I never associated blind faith with reading a book but I can see it when reading a new to me author. Even then, I have usually read some reviews first or gotten a recommendation from a friend. I am a look before you leap type of gal!

    With authors I have read before, the relationship is there and I trust them to give me a good time.

  2. CrystalGB
      · November 16th, 2011 at 7:51 am · Link

    Great excerpt. Vanessa’s book sounds good. I like the cover.

  3. Shay
      · November 16th, 2011 at 8:25 am · Link

    To be honest i think the best books are of blind faith. To me it makes a better book. You always to me have to have suspension but blind faith give the reader a jolt because you dont know if it will work out or not, and even if it doesnt work out the heronine or hero redeems themselves at the end!

      · November 16th, 2011 at 8:48 am · Link

    this book sounds amazing —- i dont know if i want to wait too win it, or order it now !!!!

  5. Mary G
      · November 16th, 2011 at 11:38 am · Link

    Hey Vanessa
    Great to see you here fellow Torontonian! Haven’t talked to you since I read & loved Felicity Stripped Bare. Hope all is well.
    Don’t enter me – just wanted to say hi.

  6. Na S.
      · November 16th, 2011 at 1:47 pm · Link

    This sounds like a wonderful story and the author is new to me too. Thank you for the excerpt. I like how Tessa held his gaze and that seemed to be a turning moment for them. I do think eyes are windows to a person’s soul.

  7. Tracey D
      · November 16th, 2011 at 2:23 pm · Link

    Vanessa Jaye is a new author for me but not for long.

    I enjoyed the excerpt and look forward in reading Hunter of the Heart.

  8. Gabrielle J.
      · November 16th, 2011 at 2:37 pm · Link

    This book sounds really intriguing! I’ve always been into shapshifters!

    I’ve never really thought about blind faith being apart of writing a story or reading a book before. When you were writing this book did you have to give a lot thought to the conflicts? Did the conflicts for both the heroine and the hero make it more difficult to write?

    Thanks for thought provoking post. Gabrielle J.

  9. elaing8
      · November 16th, 2011 at 3:22 pm · Link

    A new to me author.Her book sounds really good.Adding this one to the TBR list.

  10. Cathy M
      · November 16th, 2011 at 3:32 pm · Link

    I agree, blind faith is pretty much the norm when dealing with the parnormal world, and is one of the many reasons I love reading this genre so much.

    Great getting to meet a new author, Vanessa. I will definitely add Hunter of the Heart to my wish list.

  11. Diane Sadler
      · November 16th, 2011 at 5:49 pm · Link

    Reading paranormal books is having blind faith that authors will give you something believable to start with; so you put your faith in them.

  12. Fedora
      · November 16th, 2011 at 6:29 pm · Link

    That’s an intriguing intro to your characters, Vanessa! I think that if it’s a new-to-me author, it’s more of a step of faith to pick up their books, but what they share ahead of time gives me something to believe it. Thanks for giving us something to believe in!

  13. vanessa jaye
      · November 16th, 2011 at 6:55 pm · Link

    Hi guys!
    Sorry I’m so late in checking in, but it’s a work day for me and, unfortunately, Beth’s site is blocked by IT at work 😛 And I screwed something up when i tried to post using my phone.

    But I’m here now and I want to thank you all for commenting!

    @amy_katheryn – Admittedly, I’m the same way but instead of a review, I need to read an excerpt first before taking that chance on a new author.

    @CrystalGB – Thank you. I, erm… have the cover art as the screensaver on my phone. 😳 😛

    @Shay – ditto. I love when characters are put at risk emotionally. When the author pokes them out to that fartherest branch, forcing them to swing, or jump of dive and whatever they do, they do so with no guarantees things will turn out all right. Just the hope/faith it will work out. And that moment of redemption is so fulfilling, isn’t it? 🙂

    @Lisa – Thank you! If you give the book a try, I hope you enjoy it!

    @MaryG – Hey you! Thanks for dropping by to say hi. I still have your email about Felicity Stripped Bare. (and still want to write Robert’s story, but he’s being shy and avoiding my muse. Don’t think that hound dog is ready to settle down yet. *g* )

    @Na_S – Nate can be a wee bit overwhelming. 😉 Tessa had to (learn to) stand up to him so they could truly be partners going forward. I agree about the importance of holding/meeting someone’s gaze, you can tell a lot about a person.

    @Tracey – Thank you so much! I hope you enjoy the story. 🙂

    @Gabrielle – way to turn the tables on me. lol.

    Well, I was always aware that I was asking a lot for readers to just go with the flow re the premise of not 1, not 2, but 3 shapeshifters running around on a cruise-ship. Would readers trust me that I could make it work and not roll their eyes? o.0

    In one of the first feedback emails I got back from my editor she asked why a cruise ship. 😯 But that’s just the way the story came out, didn’t plan it. ::shrug:: The persistent underlying concern re the setting was partly the inspiration for this post, though.

    Authors ask readers to believe in vampires that sparkle (hee), or dress in all leather and speak like gansta rappers, or Dukes who drink and gamble all night, yet have 6-packs and are in ultimate fighter shape, or, well you name, someone has written it, and a bunch of someone’s have opted in to go for that ride in that make believe world. It’s the magic of storytelling.

    Did I plan the conflicts? –yes and no. Some of it was right there: Nate was mated before & in love with his mate. He was carrying about a lot of guilt and anger over her death. The last thing he was interested in was meeting Tessa and dealing with all she represented. Tessa had to deal with what Nate is. He is dangerous but how dangerous is he to her is something she has to face amongst other things.

    @eliang8 & @Cathy_M – thanks guys! If you get a chance to read it, I hope you both enjoy it.

    @diane – that’s the hat-trick, isn’t it. As crazy/over the top a paranormal story is, it’s still has to be believable. Character actions have to make sense, the world-building has to be cosistent and emotions have to be relatable to the reader, etc.

    *phew* think i’m all caught up on the comments. Thanks again guys for dropping by.

  14. Brunette Librarian
      · November 16th, 2011 at 6:56 pm · Link

    I really enjoyed the excerpt. Blind faith is hard to accept…but sometimes you just have to go with the flow 🙂

    • vanessa jaye
        · November 16th, 2011 at 7:00 pm · Link

      Brunette Librarian – glad you liked the excerpt! Thanks for commenting.

  15. vanessa jaye
      · November 16th, 2011 at 6:59 pm · Link

    Whoops, Fedora, ya snuck in there as I was typing away. *g*

    I agree, blind faith is pretty much the norm when dealing with the parnormal world, and is one of the many reasons I love reading this genre so much.

    This! For all books, but in particular i love reading the new/individual twists each paranormal/sci-fi/steampunk author adds to his/her story. Thanks for swinging by. 🙂

  16. Nancy Gilliland
      · November 16th, 2011 at 8:25 pm · Link

    Each time I pick up a new to me author it is a leap of faith for me. I love to lose myself in a book, and there have been some very disappointing short trips for me. but I have also found great new ‘friends’ by doing this, so I will continue to jump in for the chance.

    • vanessa jaye
        · November 17th, 2011 at 6:38 am · Link

      @Nancy – you prettymuch hit the nail on the head. Every time you (general ‘you’ not specific) start a new book, whether by a favoured author or a new-to-you one, it’s a leap of faith. You want to believe the author will deliver. And dispite disappointments, we keep doing it because when the magic happens it’s awesome. There’s nothing like that silly little smile of satisfaction you get on your face for hours (days?) after finishing a great story.

      @stacie – I’ll admit it, I had particular fun torturing Nate. mwahahaaa — but he get’s the girl in the end, so I don’t feel too guilty. 😉

  17. StacieD
      · November 16th, 2011 at 8:34 pm · Link

    I love a tortured hero. The fact that he is a widower makes everything more complicated. I think it makes him vulnerable. I can’t wait to see how the story unfolds!

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