Monday, February 13, 2012

Guest Post & Giveaway: Rebecca Royce - LOVE BEYOND LOYALTY

Hi Everyone. Please help me welcome Rebecca Royce back to AsianCocoa's Secret Garden today! Rebecca's new novel Love Beyond Loyalty was released in January. Since tomorrow is Valentine's Day, Rebecca is going to tell us about one of her romantic Valentine's moments.

I think one of the most romantic Valentine’s Days that I can remember is when I was living in New Orleans, with my husband.  We weren’t quite married yet so I suppose it would be better to call him, at that point, my fiancĂ©.  But just for the record, he did become my husband.

He took me to dinner in a restaurant that had, at one time, been a church. They hadn’t done much to the ambience of the place. You really felt like you were eating in a very old church.  It was a really neat experience because I’m not used to eating dinner in such an unusual setting.

We ordered a bottle of white wine and the food was so good.  When we are out and see that bottle of wine on the menu now, we order it for the memories. This might not seem like much of a Valentine’s memory. I mean, its kind of typical, right? We went to dinner. What’s the big deal?

Well, well were young.  We didn’t do this type of thing very often because we couldn’t have afforded to.  But, that night we did.  And I remember just feeling so lucky to be with him and that we had our entire lives in front of us.  The whole evening, well…it still makes me sigh.

What is your favorite Valentine’s memory?
Love Beyond Loyalty
by Rebecca Royce
Release Date: January 21, 2012

Gabriel Ward has no problem with the fact that he's an Outsider. Hell, he's always known he was different. What he takes issue with, is the idea that he has to follow any destiny at all. He's always taken care of himself, and there's no way he's going to start following rules now.

Loraine Peacock can speak to animals. Other than that, she thinks she's just a regular woman making her way in the world. She figures it's not that weird. Many people have unusual abilities.

But when Gabriel and Loraine are forced together by the very destiny he denies, they will both have to accept their legacy and join the Outsiders in their quest to defeat the ultimate evil. That is, if they can survive long enough to find their way to their most important destiny of all: love. 


“Are you going to tell me what happened to you? You just stood there and let that wave slam into you. I thought you were dead but Futon knew you were alive.”

Futon? He regarded the dog. A medium sized border collie with black spots stared back at him. His heart sped up. He‘d heard that name for a dog before. In fact, it was the same damn dog.

“I know you.” He pointed at the creature. “But the last time I saw you was with an old woman on Magazine Street in New Orleans.”

Gabriel had been working for a shady lingerie storeowner on the bad side of Magazine Street at the time. Trying to find out what Sebastian wanted with the man, he would later uncover that the demon had employed Trent, the owner, to kill virgins by bleeding them to death. Gabriel still didn‘t fully understand how it benefited Sebastian and he wasn‘t sure he ever would. On his second day, he‘d been hassled by an old woman on the street who‘d told him Sebastian was in New Jersey and that he needed to hurry up and get there.

She‘d spoken of fate and a lot of mumbo-jumbo he hadn‘t understood. It had turned out that she was right and he‘d high-tailed it off to New Jersey to help stop Sebastian‘s assault on the Outsiders. The woman had been with Futon.

The woman shook her head. “There are lots of border collies around this area. You must have seen a different one because Futon never leaves me.”

Author Bio:

As a teenager, Rebecca Royce would hide in her room to read her favorite romance novels when she was supposed to be doing her homework. She hopes, these days, that her parents think it was well worth it.

Rebecca is the mother of three adorable boys and is fortunate to be married to her best friend. They live in northern New Jersey and try not to freeze too badly during the winter months.

She's in love with science fiction, fantasy, and the paranormal and tries to use all of these elements in her writing. She's been told she's a little bloodthirsty so she hopes that when you read her work you'll enjoy the action packed ride that always ends in romance. Rebecca loves to write series because she loves to see characters develop over time and it always makes her happy to see her favorite characters make guest appearances in other books.

In Rebecca Royce's world anything is possible, anything can happen, and you should suspect that it will.


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  1. My man is not much of a romantic, so I would never expect a bunch of flowers. One Valentine's he gave me a dozen red rose BUSHES. He loves to garden, so we are both very happy with this gift.


  2. I have never really had a romantic experience like you. I have gotten flowers and candy at one time or another, but no atmosphere with the gifts.

    I have loved following your tour.

  3. My exes (2 of them) and I were never much for celebrating Valentine's Day so I can't really recall any single event. I do like your romantic memory though....very nice, very special.

    kareninnc at gmail dot com

  4. My favorite memory was of receiving hyacinth for Valentine’s Day from the boyfriend I had then. They are my favorite flowers, but he couldn’t stand how they smelled, but bought them for me nonetheless.

    Happy Valentine’s Day!!!
    E_l37(at) gmx {dot} de

  5. My favorite memory was me and my hubby's first v-day. We were only dating I was still in high school, he had roses and a huge teddy bear sent to the office for me :) It was really sweet even though I couldn't fit it into my locker!!
    Happy Valentine's Day!!

  6. My favorite goes all the way back to 2nd grade when the boy I was crushing on gave me THE valentine from the box. I don't know if others did this, but there weren't many boxes of classroom type valentines to buy where I lived and back in the late 60's early 70's, so we all had the same boxes and all the valentines had a "value". You always gave the person you liked least the big pig valentine (why they made one like that I don't know) for example. He gave me the best and I was so ridiculously (to my adult mind)happy.

  7. I have received flowers, jewelery and card for Valentines Day but no romantic gestures. My husband isn't very romantic at all. A simple romantic gesture would be all I want. He wouldn't have to buy anything at all. I am a hopless romantic.

  8. Hugs and kisses are always welcome.
    deb p

  9. Futon sounds like an interesting character!

    My first Valentine's Day with my hubby (then fiance), he bought me a pink bicycle as a gift. It was one of the sweetest gifts ever.

    catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

  10. Thank you so much for having me and for sharing all of your memories with me!

  11. HEY AC!
    I just wanted to let you know that I tagged you! That means you are it, so you have to give 6 random facts about yourself and then (if you want) tag other people! Here's a link to my post with my 6 facts and the guidlines:


  12. BTW, happy Valentine's day (in my world it's ANTI-valentines day) haha

  13. Sadly no romantic gestures, if I get something than it's flowers or sweets.

    anzumerlin at mail dot ru


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