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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Guest Blog: Nina Pierce and Memorable Characters #RB4U #Romance

Will You Remember Me?

Like so many authors, I read all the time. I have a book with me wherever I go whether it’s a doctor’s appointment or the vet’s office. Nothing passes time like hanging out with some good friends or at least … a hot hero or two. *g*

You see, it’s not the surprising twisting plot or the amazing world the author creates that keeps me turning the pages (though that is certainly important). It’s the people in the story and their journey that propels me from chapter to chapter. I’m all about the character driven stories. Of course I love to read romance. I make no bones about it. I enjoy all subgenres of romance from dark paranormals to action packed science fiction to cozy mysteries. But no matter where I find myself in time, contemporary or historical, I want to fall in love even as the hero and heroine are falling in love. I want to laugh and cry and ache for the characters as life throws one hardship after another at them.

I’ve loved many books, but there are some characters I’ve thought about long after I finished the book. Meggie, from the Thornbirds (Colleen McCullough), Ayla and Jondalar from the Earth’s Children series (Jean M. Auel), Zainal from the Freedoms series (Anne McCaffrey) and more recently, those sexy vampires from the Black Dagger Brotherhood (JR Ward), to name just a few. They just left a mark on me that I couldn’t seem to shake even after the author offered me their happy endings.

All writers want to create those kinds of characters. The ones that haunt your dreams and sneak up on you while you’re doing the dishes, random thoughts bumping over your synapses and making you smile or better yet … sigh. And I’m no exception.

My newest paranormal romantic suspense, UNCONTROLLED BURN is exclusively available as part of a fireman-themed boxed set, INTO THE FLAMES. It has a cast of vampires and humans that I hope will worm their way into your heart (and psyche) and keep you up late at night turning the pages.

Do you have any favorite characters that have stayed with you?


Firefighters. The word ignites bold images of heroes in dust covered helmets and ash stained turnouts who defy the odds and press on in the presence of danger.

Men of Valor. A dedicated brotherhood of first responders whose honor, strength, and courage overcome obstacles to save lives.

Into The Flames. Seven NYT, USA Today, bestselling and award-winning authors offer romantic suspense, contemporary, historical, and paranormal tales of tough, iconic heroes who risk it all for their communities—but at the end of the day, seek the tender embrace of the women they love.

Rescue Me by NYT and USA Today Bestselling Author N.J. Walters
When firefighter Frank Ellis rescues an old flame from a burning building, sparks ignite. He’ll do anything to protect her, even if it means she discovers he’s a mythical phoenix.

Flashpoint by Award-Winning Author Desiree Holt
...When everything explodes

Where There's Smoke by Award-Winning Author Cindy Spencer Pape
Firefighting in the 1920's is dangerous business, but so is falling in love.

FireBrew by Amazon Bestselling Author Liz Crowe
Fate throws them together. But the horrific memory of a fiery disaster could tear them apart. 

Hook Me Up by Bestselling and Award-Winning Author Adele Downs
Firemen don't free cats from trees anymore—until a pretty schoolteacher gets trapped on a limb with her kitten and the county's hottest firefighter comes to their rescue.

Slow Burner by USA Today Bestselling Author Sam Cheever
A love that burns slowly burns longest, creating the greatest heat.

Uncontrolled Burn: A RISEN Team Novel by USA Today Bestselling Author Nina Pierce
A woman forced to live a life she didn’t choose. A vampire bound by honor to protect humans. A deadly game of revenge that threatens both their lives …


USA Today bestselling author, Nina Pierce, resides in New England with her high school sweetheart and soul mate of thirty-one years and several spoiled cats who consider her staff. She spends her days at the keyboard writing romance stories, blissfully creating chaos for her characters by throwing in a villain or two, a little murder and a whole lot of mayhem as they struggle toward their happy-ever-afters. You can check out all her books on her website ( and follow her day-to-day happenings on facebook ( or twitter @NinaPierce


Cara Marsi said...

Nina, I agree with you about the character-driven stories. I've read very well-written books where I couldn't relate to the characters. I didn't like those books. I've read others that weren't as well-written, but with characters I loved. Those are the books I remember. I've already pre-ordered your boxed set. Lots of good stories by authors I know and like.

Nina Pierce said...

It's so true! If the character pulls you in and you begin to care about them you'll keep turning the pages to find out if they survive the villain or save the world or *sigh* ... get their "happy-ever-after".

Thanks so much for having me. I love visiting RB4U!

Rose Anderson said...

I also agree. The character drives the story. It doesn't matter the era or how other-worldly the story is, the human condition should be relatable because we still love, worry, dislike or show ranges of emotion and we always have. Aside from my own, I have a few other heroes lodged in my heart starting with Mr. Rochester from Jane Eyre, several by Kathleen Woodiwiss, and of course there's Outlander's Jamie Fraser.

Thanks for joining us today, Nina. Best luck. :)

Nina Pierce said...

Jamie Fraser is definitely a hero so worth fantasizing ... er ... I meant remembering. Yeah, that. ;) There's definitely nothing more satisfying than reading a book and having the characters hang around in your thoughts for a few days, maybe longer. I love that feeling.

jean hart stewart said...

Heroes were made to inhabit women's fantasies. I love to fall in love with the hero of the book I'm currently reading. So many wonderful hunks out there, all ages and from all ages.

Melissa Keir said...

I also have some characters that stay with me long after the books are done. I close the books and keep them on my keeper shelf to go back and spend time with those sexy few once again!

Nina Pierce said...

Oh, Jean I totally agree. I want my heroes to invade my dreams! ;)

Nina Pierce said...

:D Yep, I have some of those men I just can't give up as well ... and they're lining my keeper shelf, Melissa!

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