A guest blog by Heather Long:

June is International Men’s month.  It is a month to celebrate our heroes in all their fascinating forms:  our fathers, our husbands, our lovers, our sons and the men we love to write and read about.  Today, I want to celebrate the men in Prime Evil with a little love letter about them.

Meet Jack Parker

Jack Parker is an FBI agent typically assigned to white-collar crimes. He tracks down financial do-badders and puts their greedy, irresponsible asses in prison.  When he was in college, he met Chance Monroe. The attraction was instantaneous, but Chance had a weird side that Jack couldn’t quite define.  The would-be lovers shared some great times and finally decided to be just friends.  Later that year, Jack met Nancy.  Nancy was a social worker long before she earned a degree.  She was the perfect woman for Jack, warm, kind, passionate and understanding.  They had two great years together before she was diagnosed with cancer.  Chance helped him survive her loss and he has held onto that friendship all these years.

Last year, a serial killer Jack thought was dead turned up alive.  He raced back to Chance’s side, determined to protect her because she was the only victim the FBI knew of that had survived an attack by Randall Oakes.  Together again, all those old feelings resurfaced and Jack realized that all those weird quirks that put him off years ago were just parts of the woman he was falling in love with.  The only question now was how does he convince the Hedge Witch that not only has he changed, he’s finally become the man she’s been waiting for.

Victor Callanport

Victor’s an FBI agent too, but he works for an even more specialized task force: Project Aegis. As a telepath, Victor knows how to keep people at arm’s length.  He has to actively block others to keep them out of his head and he’s become very adept at it over the years to protect his own sanity.  But lately, he’s begun to learn that by blocking so much out, he’s missed some key clues.  When Chance Monroe comes into his orbit he’s equal parts fascinated and frustrated.  The Hedge Witch has skills that he admires and an unreadable quality that he craves.

Too bad Chance wants nothing to do with him or Project Aegis.  But he knows people and he knows he can manipulate the witch into doing what he wants.  Unfortunately, resorting to manipulation means alienating her as a true ally.  When it comes down to her life, he makes the only choice he can live with.

Billy Jamison

Billy Jamison is an FBI agent who works in the Special Crimes Unit. It is his job to make Chance remember one of the worst nights of her life and keep Jack from making a career-ending mistake. Luckily, Billy’s an open-minded family man who remembers his grandmother’s second sight fondly.  He’s cool, he’s controlled and he’s competent.  He keeps everyone’s feet firmly on the ground, even the spooks from Project Aegis.  When Chance proves her abilities to Billy, he is willing to go along with her, but will he give Chance too much rope and will their mutual enemy Oakes take advantage of it to string her up?

These are the men of Prime Evil, strong, powerful and heroic in their own rights.  Each one offers a different facet of masculine pride, power and promise.  They were an absolute joy to write.  Comment to win a free copy of Prime Evil.  What facet of a man do you notice right off? What elements of his character do you find the most compelling?

Heather Long lives in North Texas with her husband, daughter and their menagerie of animals. As a child, Heather skipped picture books and enjoyed the Harlequin romance novels by Penny Jordan and Nora Roberts that her grandmother read to her. Heather believes that laughter is as important to life as breathing and that the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy and Santa Claus are very real. In the meanwhile, she is hard at work on her next novel.

Check out her sweet fantasy romance Remembering Ashby and urban fantasy Prime Evil at multiple retailers, but most recently at Barnes & Noble.

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