Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Tortured Heroes with Rebecca Royce

Tortured Heroes

Why do we torture our heroes so?  Oh the poor, sweet (sometimes), good (sometimes), men that our heroines love.  How we torment you!!

But why do we do it?  Because, well, who doesn’t love a tortured soul? We love to love them, we love to save them, we love to redeem them.  Following them in this journey is half the fun of reading a romance and taking them on that journey is half the fun for the author. 

In Love Beyond Sight, the hero, Samuel Quinn carries burn marks all over his body.  He can’t stand the idea of the heroine, Eden, rejecting him so he does not show her his true face.  One of his powers is shape shifting so Eden does not get to se him, not in his real form.  The problem?  She can’t fall in love with anyone but her soul mate and he just doesn’t look…right to her.

Plus, they have a demon after them and a war to enter.  I’d say Samuel is tortured.  Poor guy.

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.


In Love Beyond Sanity, Eden Roan awoke in a mental hospital, unsure of how she got there. Nearly discovered by a demon, she is rescued by a voice in her mind who saves her life by transforming her figure into something the demon doesn't want to look at.  The voice tells her she is his but that they will never, ever meet.  As time progresses, Eden becomes more and more convinced that the voice is just her imagination playing tricks on her.  It can't possibly be her destined soul mate.
Or can it?

Samuel Quinn was horribly disfigured by the demon when he was a child.
He can't stand looking at himself and does not want Eden to see him.
Luckily, his powers allow him to hide himself using other people's features as his own.  But when Eden needs him, Samuel will have to step forward to save her even if he can never let her see the real him.

Can there be love without sight? Or will the demon finally have them all just where he wants them?

I’m alone in the house.
            Eden Roan swallowed away the lump in her throat.  Why hadn’t she known everyone was leaving? Her heart rate picked up, thumping hard against her ribcage. She hadn’t been alone in six months. Not since Charma and Marina had found her, nearly comatose, locked up in a mental institution in New Jersey. 
            She swung around calling out into the living.  “Hello? Anyone here?” 
            Even as she called out, she knew she need not have bothered. No one was home.  She could feel the emptiness around her.  Loneliness assaulted her soul and she nearly doubled over from the feeling before she pulled herself together.  Wow.  She was being really, really ridiculous. 
            It didn’t mean anything that everyone had left and no one had said goodbye.  Probably, they didn’t mean to all leave. Each one must have thought someone else remained in the house.  No way, no how would she be left, by herself, in their huge house on their private island in Maine. 
            Except that it was December and getting back and forth from the island in the middle of winter took advanced planning.  They would have all have had to board the boat at the same time.  Marina would have had to spell cast the water to keep it calm…
            No, there was something terribly wrong.  She took off at a run. Her large, sturdy feet bracing her body for the run she made down the hall.  Sebastian, the demon, must have gotten to them.  They were all dead. That was the only explanation. 
            “I’ve got your mind, Eden.”  She heard the voice of the demon resonate through the halls of the too empty house.  Even though she had personally never spoken with him before, she had no doubt he was who tormented her now.  “I’ve killed the others and now I’ll spend eternity torturing you with just what I want you to see.”  

Current and Upcoming Works

The Outsiders
Love Beyond Time
Love Beyond Sanity
Love Beyond Loyalty
Love Beyond Sight

Westervelt Wolves
Her Wolf
Summer’s Wolf
Wolf Reborn
Wolf’s Valentine
Wolf’s Magic
Alpha Wolf
Angel’s Wolf
Darkest Wolf (coming soon.)

The Warrior

The Conditioned
Eye Contact

Sexy Superheroes
Screwing the Superhero
Banging the Superhero

Other Works
Behind The Scenes
First Dimension
Yes, Captain
Return to the Sea
One Night With A Wolf
Another Chance
Light Me Up
I’ll Be Mated For Christmas 

Rebecca will be giving away a $50 GC to one randomly drawn commenter during the tour. Be sure to leave your email.


  1. I love a tortured hero!

  2. "I'm alone in the house." Right there you have me.


  3. My heart was really beating until I realized she had a nightmare. Still I want to know what caused this trauma.

  4. Thank you so much for having me Carrie ANn!

  5. I was told about this by Carrie Ann...I am interested in this Authors work...Never read any of her books but they sound like they would be a great read. Gonna check her out! Thanks Carrie!

  6. Maybe we like tortured heroes because we want our guys to be men (not boys), and to be strong? All of us grow when we overcome our inner demons. You can't rise to your highest self without hard work and struggle. You can't know the depths of your reserve until you've had to dig deep.


  7. Sounds very good, gonna check out the author on my kindle....LOVE, LOVE, LOVE getting my read on with a good book

  8. Oh this sounds very scary. I can't wait to read it. I love Rebecca! Thanks for sharing this blurb and excerpt!

  9. I think we like tortured heroes because we want to be the ones that help them. Great blurb and excerpt.

    Joanne B

  10. Wow so many books however is one to get caught up with them all...I'll be adding you to my wish list...

  11. Tortured heroes are my favorite to read and write! Wounded warriors, lost souls, how can you not love them? They are so strong, so gruff, you just want to love them. Great post! I'll certainly be reading your tortured hero!

  12. Rebecca, I love your books so much!

    I think we like tortured heroes because, even though we love manly men and want men that are strong and protective, we still have a part of us that wants to be needed and we have a need to be nurturing and loving - a need to "save" a man from something that's eating at him. I know that's why I've always had a thing for bad boys, anyway. Always had a need to save them, lol.

    Thanks so much for visiting Carrie and sharing with us!!

    Gena Robertson

  13. Rebecca...What kinds of challenges are there to writing a disfigured hero?

    catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

  14. I enjoyed the excerpt. Tortured heroes are great to read about. The book sounds very good.


  15. Thanks so much for the excerpt. The book sounds really good!

  16. Just popping in to say HI and sorry I missed visiting with you on party day! Enjoyed reading about your book.

    kareninnc at gmail dot com

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  18. Oooh, I love a tortured Hero and this one sounds fabulous. Thanks for sharing


    Scorchingrevs AT gmail DOT com

  19. Love your books.

  20. Love tortured heros! Great excerpt!


  21. Thanks for the excerpt. I love books with tortures heroes!! I have not read any books by Rebecca but just from reading this post I will be adding her books to my TBR list!!


  22. Hello, That book sounds pretty good. I will look it up for sure. i love the whole destined thing. I want to look up your shifter series as well. I love me some werewolves or were anything really. Looking forward to reading your stuff! Julie

  23. Wow, you've written so much! And based on that excerpt I'm going to have to check out your work. Thank you for sharing!


  24. Love tortured heroes. They feel deeply, love deeply. This sounds like a great book!

    gtaylor423 at gmail dot com

  25. Tortured heroes tend to be the ones that get in their own way, real drama!

  26. Saving tortured heroes? That makes for a really interesting story.