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Character Confessions: Dante and Phoenix vs Author R.L. Kenderson + giveaway

Dante Leonidas and Phoenix Kaplan vs R.L. Kenderson

Today we welcome Dante Leonidas, the leader of the vampire Guardians and Phoenix Kaplan, a cat-shifter sentinel. These two characters met in Forbidden Heat and decided they needed their own book, Forbidden Addiction, in the Forbidden Series.

R.L.: Hi, Sharon, thank you—

Dante: Whoa, whoa, whoa. Hold up. We (Dante points to himself and Phoenix) decided we needed our own story? I don’t think so. You two decided we needed our own story. We didn’t ask for this.

R.L.: Yes, but you know that you needed your own story. You two were meant for each other. Don’t you agree?

Phoenix: Yes, but that’s not the point. I didn’t even like Dante when I first met him.

R.L: (laughs) That’s because you liked him and you didn’t like that you liked him.

Phoenix: I…no…that’s not…you don’t know what you’re talking about.

Dante: (Puts his hands behind his head and grins.) Red, you totally liked me.

Phoenix: (Crosses her arms over her chest and raises her brow.) And you’re saying it was different for you?

Dante: (Drops his arms and looks guilty.) Well—

R.L.: Ha! Phoenix totally called you out, Dante. We still remember what happened in the locker room shower. You can’t deny you liked her. Or at least your body did.

Phoenix: (Leans forward in her seat.) Wait. I don’t know this story. What happened in the locker room?

R.L.: I think that’s Dante’s story to tell.

Dante: You see, Red—

R.L.: (Holds up a hand.) When you’re alone, please.

Dante: (Smiles coyly.) Yeah, you’re right.

Phoenix: (Rubs her hands together.) I can’t wait.

R.L.: How did we get started on this conversation, anyway?

Dante: You said that we decided we needed our own book.

Phoenix: Yeah.

R.L.: (Laughs hesitantly.) Well, you ended up falling in love, didn’t you?

Dante: (Looks a Phoenix.) Absolutely.

Phoenix: (Smiles knowingly back.) Definitely.

R.L.: You see, Sharon, these two met each other when they weren’t looking for someone. It took them awhile to realize that they were meant for each other. I will have to say that Dante was the one to come around first, but now that they’ve opened their eyes, they’re happy.

So…they did need their own book.

Dante: Okay, okay, I guess you two ladies where right. You are a couple of wonderful authors.

R.L.: Thank you.

Phoenix: I agree. Dante and I couldn’t have asked for a better story.

Hidden from humans in Minneapolis/St. Paul, there is a century-old divide between vampires and shifters. All that changes when the youngest generation breaks free from old traditions and changes the very rules they have all lived by.

Forbidden Addiction (Forbidden Series Book Four)
by R.L. Kenderson
July 10, 2017
Genre: Paranormal romance
Date of Publication: 8/1/2017
ISBN: 978-0-9988770-3-7
Number of pages: 270
Word Count: 78,000
Cover Artist: Estrella Cover Art
With a tortured past, she’s a cat-shifter who refuses to get close to anyone. Yet she can’t seem to resist the leader of the vampire protectors.

Phoenix Kaplan has never felt a connection like the one she has with Dante Leonidas. She might service him monthly, allowing him to feed from her blood, but as much as her body tells her differently, she knows it can be nothing more, not with her insecurities and inability to be intimate with a male.

That is, until she realizes the one thing she desires most in the world is something he can give her…and she propositions him to impregnate her.

She’s never wanted anything more than to be a mother, and all she needs is this one thing from Dante.

Although he should refuse, Dante can’t resist the temptation. He’s addicted not only to her blood, but also to the enigma that is purely Phoenix. And he is determined to prove to her that he can give her much more than what she asked for.

She might protect her heart with an impenetrable wall, but he’s willing to do whatever it takes to break down that wall in order to get what he desires most in the world.

Forbidden Temptation (Forbidden Series Book Three)
R.L. Kenderson
Genre: Paranormal romance
ISBN: 978-0-9904144-7-6
Number of pages: 244
Word Count: 73,500
Since one fateful evening at a nightclub, Kenzie Swanson and Sawyer Lennar have shared an undeniable attraction. They’ve had moments where they couldn’t ignore their desires, succumbing to their needs, and Sawyer has marked Kenzie in a way that no other man can.

But there is one problem that continues to keep them apart.

As a cat-shifter with a traumatic past, Sawyer hates humans—and Kenzie is all human.

Sawyer’s hatred pushes Kenzie away, and they try to maintain their distance from each other—until they are mistakenly kidnapped and have to act as a couple. When the unforeseen happens, Kenzie can only do so much to deny herself from being intimate with Sawyer.

Given a chance at what might have been, Sawyer and Kenzie are forced to face the forbidden temptation to be with one another.

Forbidden Heat (Forbidden Series Book Two)
by R.L. Kenderson
Genre: Paranormal romance
ISBN: 978-0-9904144-4-5
Number of pages: 305
Word Count: 90,500
Payton Llewelyn, daughter to the cat-shifter alpha, wakes up with a throbbing head and a bullet wound to the hip. Recalling the events that led her there, the scent of a shifter permeates her senses—not that of a cat though, but of a wolf.

Damien Lowell, future pack leader of the wolf-shifters, has found himself in an impossible situation. Cat-shifters and wolf-shifters aren’t friends, and what Payton doesn’t know is that his father is behind her attack. He only meant to prevent her from being kidnapped, and he now has the wounded princess of the cat-shifters in his custody.
But when the heat becomes too much to handle, Damien and Payton must choose whether to follow their instincts or question the forbidden.

Forbidden Blood (Forbidden Series Book One)
by R.L. Kenderson
July 1, 2014
311 pages
Genre: Paranormal romance
Date of Publication: 07/01/2014
ISBN: 978-0-9904144-1-4
Number of pages: 302
Word Count: 96,000
Next in line to lead the vampire species, Princess Naya Kensington has always abided by her royal responsibilities. At the urging of her best friend, Naya breaks the rules and crosses the line when she goes to a human nightclub. Following a chance encounter, Naya alters her life with a singular act forged from lust and blood.

Vaughn Llewelyn has secrets and obligations of his own, but he ignores them when he spots Naya across the nightclub. He wants her in a way he’s never felt before, and although he can’t possibly have more than one night with Naya, he knows no one else will do.

One night of forbidden love creates a bond that will forever change both of their lives…as well as their worlds.

Excerpt Forbidden Blood:
As Naya moved closer, she found a small opening near the corner of the bar. When she reached the counter, it was obvious as to why the space had been empty. Next to her sat a disheveled man perched on a stool. He stank of alcohol and smelled like he was about a week overdue for a shower. He ogled her, making her uncomfortable, but people were swarming the bar around her, so she was unable to put the space she wanted between herself and the dirty drunk.

However, she was sick of people forcing her to do things she didn’t want to do, whether it was consciously or subconsciously on their part. She was going to get a drink, head to the floor, and dance until she started to have fun, even if it killed her. She would not let anyone ruin her plans.

“Hey, baby,” he said as he scooted closer, looking her up and down and almost falling over in the process. Apparently, his intoxicated state wasn’t going to stop him because he next slurred, “You’re hot,” as he swayed into her personal bubble.

She’d had to hold her breath when he spoke since his teeth hadn’t met a toothbrush in some time.

Naya faced forward and ignored him, hoping he would get the hint. While situations like this didn’t happen often, she had learned that silence was sometimes the best policy.

He leaned in closer. “I said, hey, baby.”

This time, she gave him a stern look. “Sir, I am not your baby.” She turned away, praying the straightforward approach would work.

“Wanna come home with me tonight? We can grab a six-pack of beer and fuck.”

She gasped. “No!” Gross.

“What? You don’t like beer?” He laughed at his joke and extended his hand to touch her.

She jerked her arm away and lifted her chin with confidence. “I’m here with someone.”

If only it were true.

He called her bluff. “I don’t see anyone with you. Why are you playing hard to get, dollface?”

She groaned. Why won’t he go away?

She took a small step back, irritated that she had to be the one to leave, when she sensed a presence behind her. Even though she couldn’t see the person, she knew immediately that he was big, male, and powerful. But she wasn’t afraid. In fact, a calm sense of relief came over her, and she instinctively recognized he was the one who had been watching her. The deep feelings he’d first stirred in her now flared to life. Anticipation, excitement, arousal, and exhilaration fused into one. Her head was spinning as her nostrils flared, and the lonely place between her legs blazed to life.

From the mirror behind the bar, she caught a glimpse of a virile male before he slipped his arm around her waist and pulled her flush against him, engulfing her body with his own. He kissed her neck and lingered there as if he had the right.

She tilted her head and let him.

About the Author:
R.L. Kenderson is two best friends writing under one name.

Renae has always loved reading, and in third grade, she wrote her first poem where she learned she might have a knack for this writing thing. Lara remembers sneaking her grandmother’s Harlequin novels when she was probably too young to be reading them, and since then, she knew she wanted to write her own.

When they met in college, they bonded over their love of reading and the TV show Charmed. What really spiced up their friendship was when Lara introduced Renae to romance novels. When they discovered their first vampire romance, they knew there would always be a special place in their hearts for paranormal romance. After being unable to find certain storylines and characteristics they wanted to read about in the hundreds of books they consumed, they decided to write their own.

They both live in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area where they’re a sonographer/stay-at-home mom/wife and pharmacist/mother by day and a sexy author by night. They always love hearing from their readers.
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