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Monday, October 29, 2012

Alpha Male Diner: Carolyn Crane cooks up Mr. Real (giveaway)

Thanks so much for letting me come to your fabulous diner, home of many delicious dishes. And, welcome, diners! I’m Carolyn and I’ll be your server and your cook. My goodness, what is that gleam in your eye? You look hungry…excellent! Because I have someone very dishy back in the kitchen, just waiting to satisfy your every craving. He’s Paul Reinhardt, the hero from Mr. Real. What’s that? You want to know the recipe? It’s very simple. 

Paul “Puma” Reinhardt (MMA fighter) 
Recipe by: Carolyn Crane
Mr. Real (Code of Shadows: book #1)

1 dark secret 
1 dash of sexy angst 
One fabulous set of blazing blue eyes 
Sexy dark hair 
One fighter’s physique, pounded and molded over many angst-filled years in a gym 
Overpowering need to protect the people he cares about 
1 sense of humor in spite of it all 

Find the worst possible circumstances you can think of, created by the heroine, and shake and stir as much as possible.

Taste Test 

in this scene, the heroine is helping him put salve on his fight wounds: 

“Don’t go to him tonight,” he bit out.


“I mean it.” He squeezed his eyes shut. “I know I don’t have a right to ask that.”

“You don’t.”

“I’m trying to respect that.”

“Yet not doing a very good job of it.” She grabbed a washcloth, rinsed it in cool water, and handed it to him. “Blot.”

He took it and looked up at her. Waiting.

“Don’t worry. I wasn’t going to go to him. That part of us is over.” She was surprised he couldn’t tell.

Paul’s face softened. He blotted.

“But I’m still helping him. He’s still my responsibility. No matter how this ointment experiment comes out.”

“You’re over? Why?” He slung the washcloth over his shoulder, watching her face, trying to look serious, it seemed, but soon a wolfish grin took over his face. He knew. She wanted him all night, and here he was. Everything was between them now. Everything.

Go for it! Yay! Fuck him! A little voice inside her yelled. But that voice was old Alix, all about thrill fucks, comfort fucks, using men like pints of ice cream. Ordering them like take-out.

“Alix.” He settled his hands on her hips, looking up at her. Even the way he said her name, it was like a call for truth, for her to admit how she wanted him. “Come here.” 

The woman of his dreams…with the secret agent of his nightmares

Alix Gordon is a woman who doesn’t take life too seriously. What’s the fun in that? So when she stumbles across occult software that can bring any computer image to life, she conjures up lots of awesome outfits and accessories. And then, on one drunken, horny night, she conjures up Sir Kendall, the sexy TV ad spy . . . who looks exactly like Paul Reinhardt, the hot martial arts teacher who kicked her out of class a few years ago.

Fighter Paul Reinhardt has good reason to hate Sir Kendall, the character he brought to life to land a part in a TV ad; he’d do anything to forget him. A cross country road trip seems just the thing . . . until Paul finds himself inexplicably drawn to Minnesota and is shocked to discover Sir Kendall – in the flesh – with the girl he’d once loved from afar. He barges into Alix and Sir Kendall’s love nest, determined to stop the madness – somehow.

But is super spy Sir Kendall transforming into something more dangerous anyone can imagine? And what will Sir Kendall do when Paul and Alix finally give into their mad lust for each other?

Available October 30th. More here
*because this is self-published pre-orders are not available

About the Author:
Carolyn Crane is the author of the Disillusionists trilogy, assorted novellas, and the upcoming Mr. Real. She lives in Minneapolis (U.S.) with her husband and two cats.

Carolyn is giving away an ecopy of Mr. Real! too bad she can't actually give Mr. Real away, cause that would be awesome!
contest ends Nov. 5, 2012


  1. Congratulations on the release of Mr. Real - just wondering since we cannot get the actual Mr. Real any chance on the specs for that program being available LOL Thank you so much for sharing with us. This looks like a treat of a read and I am looking forward to it :)

  2. I loved the taste test. Looks to be a wonderful read.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

  3. That was a great post. Thanks for the giveaway.


  4. Congrats on the release.. Thanks for sharing the post :)


  5. This sounds like such a fun book! MMA fighter - yummy!!


  6. Hey everybody!! Thanks so much for stopping by!!

  7. Thanks for the fun post and fabulous excerpt and giveaway! I wants sooo bad :) congrats on the new release! Sounds like it's another winner!


  8. Well, if I can't have a real life Mr. Real, *G* then I suppose an e-version will have to do.! j/k :)

    The book sounds fantastic Carolyn, I can't wait to read it!

  9. Mmm this sounds very tasty! I think he needs a lot of sugar to sweeten all that angst though. Thanks for the fun excerpt!

    auriansbooks at gmail dot com

  10. I love the sound of this book! MR. REAL sounds like a unique story that really makes me want to read it. Thanks so much for the chance to win a copy :)
    manning_J2004 at yahoo dot com

  11. Haha very cute post! I wish I could really follow Crane's recipe and whip me up a sexy hunk. LOL

  12. Loved the post, and I'm really looking forward to reading Mr. Real - it sounds like a fantastic story.

    Barbed1951 at aol dot com

  13. I liked that snippet! Really want to read more now :) Love the concept of the book. Thanks for the giveaway!

  14. Hi
    Where can I get a "Mr. Real" for myself??
    Thanks for the chance to win!

    dany7578 at hotmail dot com

  15. Totally love Paul's MMA fighter name:) Can't wait to read this!

  16. Yeah he totally makes me want to growl ;) Love Carolyn's first series and am really looking forward to checking out more of her work.

    Thanks ladies!

  17. Ok this sounds hot..and its a first book or standalone right? eep..adding this one to my list!

  18. Thanks for the chance to win!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

  19. This sounds like one great book :D

    ticklebear2 at yahoo dot com

  20. Congrats! Nice recipe.


  21. This looks awesome! Thanks for the giveaway!


  22. Yummmmm! Love the idea of the book. sdylion(at)gmail(dot)com

  23. Love the "taste test"! ;)
    This sounds like an intriguingly sexy story. Congrats on your recent release, Carolyn! I wish you much success. :)
    trb0917 at

  24. contest closed! The winner was Natasha! I have sent you an email :) thanks to everyone who stopped by to take a taste.