Friday, October 19, 2012


Have you ever wondered what it takes to make an Alpha Male? Is it the way he looks? His dark and stormy  eyes, the way his body moves, the way he...well, I'll leave that last part up to you. What about the way he acts? Or treats his heroine? What makes an Alpha male? What do we love about Alpha Males? Why do we prefer them over Betas? Or do we? Well, we authors are ready to share our favorite Alpha Males, our favorite things about them, and everything sexy and heated about those Alpha Males you can think of. *wink* Starting on Friday, October 19th and ending on October 22nd, over 200 Authors and Bloggers will share their favorite things about those sexy men we know and love?

Well, those are the questions posed for this week. Simply for me, droolicious Alpha Males make our hearts and libidos flip-flop, pitter-patter, and race out of control! Really--at least for me. I write my heroes as Alphas, not Betas, Deltas or Epsilons. No wimpy, mamby-pamby types for me. Uh-uh, no way! They can be secondary characters, living out on the periphery, and maybe if they're worthy might get a story later.

Since I primarily write in the paranormal realm, I definitely have them as dark, edgy, powerful, yet when it comes to their lady loves, they can be loving, caring, nurturing. I guess that's why I love them. They have a soft spot in their hearts where they have none with the other characters. My yummy Alphas are attractive not just on outward physical looks and physique, but inwardly. They have qualities only the heroine could love. Which brings up the flaws I give my boys. Perfection can't be there. Close, but not quite. In my latest release, Born Again in Dreams, the third book in the Born Vampire series, the hero is all up in your face Alpha. He's a vampire who runs a slave training facility (think BDSM) in Europe, is the Master and Commander of the Eastern European blood family, and is one tough dude, except he has scars. And not just physically. He has dreams, bizarre because in my world vampires don't dream, and he believes he is going insane. He sets out to find the source of why and how the dreams might be true. The subject of those dreams is a woman, a beautiful woman who calls to him in erotic ways. Yes, my stories are 4 flamers! The heroine is also flawed, scarred, and lost in the dream world. Together they accept and heal each other, with a twist at the end for their love story.

So, that's how I see it for me. I hope you enjoy the excerpt below. Don't forget to follow the links below to see what the other authors participating in the blog hop have to say about our Alphas!!!

But that's not all...

We have THREE grand prizes. You as a reader can go to EACH blog and comment with your email address and be entered to win. Yep, you can enter over 200 times!

Now what are those prizes?

1st Grand Prize: A Kindle Fire or Nook Tablet
2nd Grand Prize: A $130 Amazon or B&N Gift Card
3rd Grand Prize: The following Swag Pack!

Everything but the swag prize is international. Shipping in the US will be about $20 as it is, I don’t even want to think about it to the UK or something. Sorry.  SO PLEASE WRITE IN YOUR COMMENT YOUR THEIR EMAIL ADDRESS TO BE ENTERED!!!!

For my giveaway of a PDF copy of Born Again in Dreams, you also have to become a FOLLOWER on my Romantic Words by Cynthia Blog (Tab on the right column under Join This Site), and/or my Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, Pinterest, Linkedin along with a comment below to be entered. As a special bonus, if I reach my goal of adding 25 new followers on each of my social network links, I will do a separate drawing giveaway for a $10 Gift Certificate from my publisher, Secret Cravings Publishing!  Good Luck and thanks again for stopping by!!! 

Born Again in Dreams BLURB:

The Master of His Domain

Sorin Bochinsky, Master and Commander of the Eastern European Blood Family, controls everyone and everything around him, except the woman of his dreams with the face of an angel prevents his needed rest. She's the light to his dark, scarred and pained existence. The search begins to find her before he goes insane.

An Angel Awakens

Merliah Travers suffered more than serious injuries from a car accident over four years ago. She awakens in a place where the pain and scars have hidden her away from the world. A fantasy lover leads her out of the darkness and into the light, then discovers a special ability acquired during the coma has put her in danger with a fanatic killer.

Two lost, scarred souls battle a psychopath and their inner demons to unite as one, to never be alone, and be born again in dreams, forever.


He stood up and pulled her to her feet at the same time. Merliah’s gaze dropped to the waistband of his black trousers, and then to the bulge at his groin, and with her eyes burning with intensity, he realized her highly aroused state. He didn’t need to use his vampire skills. Their times together in the dreams made him keenly aware of her preferences and desires. His stomach knotted with instant need with the knowledge, causing his cock to press harder on the zipper of his trousers, causing some discomfort. He enjoyed the new pleasure of reading her body instead of using his senses as a vampire to recognize them. His heart raced in anticipation of discovering the nuances of her body from this new perspective. Like exploring virgin territory.
“Do you think anyone will see us?”
“No, I believe the trees are thick enough where we are. We should be hidden. I can barely see the light on the other side.” His tongue slid along a full bottom lip. “Now, let me undress you.”
As he steadied her, he reached around her back and slowly drew down the zipper. He smiled as the dress slipped from her shoulders and down her body, landing in a puddle on the ground. She stood before him in matching black bra and panties. “I want to see every inch of your skin, to touch you all over. Experience you like this is our first time.” Then he slipped one digit under the strap of her bra and gently nudged it off her shoulder. Reaching around, he unclipped the fastener and the delicate lacy fabric fell to the ground. Cupping the lush flesh of her breasts, he kneaded the generous orbs until she leaned forward against him.
“Oh, don’t stop, Sorin,” she pleaded softly.
His fingers gently traced the contours of her brow, her cheek, her jaw, slowly moving toward the curve of her throat. Bending his head forward, he brushed his mouth across the tingling skin, trailing tiny kisses down her neck.
“Oh yes, I want that too. Please…” Her voice trailed off.
Sorin’s grin widened. “But first, I want to taste you.” He dropped to his knees between her legs and brushed his hand across the skin of her thigh. “Spread your legs for me, angel.”
Without hesitation, she did as he demanded. Using one finger, he hooked it around the elastic and tugged the slight slip of lacy fabric down over her hips, then tore them away from her body, growling his pleasure.
“Hey, those were my nicest pair.”
“I’ll get you another.” One hand held her hip and the other palmed her mound. He glanced up at her and licked his lips, then slipped his tongue between her tender folds, tasting her with a groan of what sounded like relief.
She threw her head back with a hiss, “Oh God yes!”
He sucked and licked, urged on as her cries and pants got more urgent. Pressing closer and teasing her pussy with his tongue, he then slipped a finger into her heat and groaned as he flicked more forcefully. She squirmed under his ministrations and arched her body into his mouth as she opened wider for him. He spread the swollen lips and ran his tongue from the bottom to the top but stopped just short of touching her clit. She moaned and whimpered, seeming to want to be licked senselessly. Taking the suggestion with determination, he licked and tugged all around the sensitive nubbin, resisting the little nudges she kept making to push him to the point of pleasure.
Finally, she grabbed his hair. “You’re teasing me. Touch me there,” she demanded.
A soft growl vibrated in the back of his throat and he chuckled inwardly. His angel was taking control and he’d have none of that. Bringing her to submission was his primary goal and he’d provide the incentive for her to succumb to his dominance. The more his lips touched hers, the more he insinuated his control over her. As soon as she let go of his hair, he sucked the waiting clit inside his mouth and flicked his tongue over and over until she screamed.
“Shh, angel. You’ll draw attention to us.” He stopped and waited for her to catch her breath then started licking and sucking again. Just when he sensed she was about to climax again, he stopped and stood up.
“On your hands and knees, angel.” As she complied with his demand, he divested the remainder of his clothing. He dropped to his knees and positioned his long and thick cock at her entrance. “You’re so wet and ready for me.” Then he ran his cockhead along her swollen folds, lubricating the tip with her juices, and with one thrust he pushed inside her hot sheath. She groaned and pushed back against him until he entered her just a few inches. He stopped and pulled out and repeated again. The soft mewing noises she made indicated her need for more, and still he stopped just short of fully entering her. He wanted her begging and he didn’t have to wait long. His angel was a quick learner.
“Please,” Merliah cried.
“Please what?”
“Make love to me. I can’t stand it anymore. I need you inside, Sorin.”
Obliged to please, he plunged his rock-hard cock deep into her moist heat. As her wet sheath gripped him, he roared his pleasure, which echoed through the forest of her creation. Her internal muscles contracted around his shaft, wringing another moan from both of them. She met his rhythm, urging him on. The need to feel her milk him to completion pulsed through his body. “So tight and wet.” He leaned over and growled into her ear.
Merliah tilted her head to the side, exposing the smooth, pale skin of her throat. The desire to bite her burned inside him, but his fangs did not descend. The beast within didn’t claw at his chest.

After four years wandering in the darkness of her mind, ready to succumb to the grim pain, Merliah experienced such desperation, depression and fatigue, she wanted to scream and find a way to end the misery. The strong survival instinct brought her out of the coma initially years ago, but her strength to fight remained hanging by a thread. This wasn’t living, awake and aware but unable to communicate in any form was like death. When the pitch-blackness first happened, she tried repeatedly to call out, but her voice couldn’t be heard. Relentless, she tried over and over, to move a toe, a finger, and she even cried to draw attention. The nurse, who witnessed the one tear, all those years ago, dismissed the physical plea.
Merliah’s parents had her moved from the hospital to another facility. She understood the distant voices calling the new place, Berger Institute. The first reaction was of shock. Ohmigod, I’ve been put in an institution with crazy people. Am I insane? She refused to believe Robbie abandoned her, but after leaving the hospital, she never heard his sweet voice again. The man she loved gave up and left her without saying good-bye and her imprisonment became more painful and lonely. Her parents’ voices faded as well. Time ceased for her and she slipped deeper and deeper into the gloomy abyss, existing on a different plane of consciousness. She could hear and feel on the outside, but remained in the darkness of her mind unable to communicate to her loved ones. Time seemed to cease to exist. She’d occasionally hear the staff celebrating a holiday, but after a few coming and going, Merliah stopped counting. The instinctive will to survive faded.
One more cry out into the emptiness before she resigned to death’s call was made as a last resort, and to her surprise and elation, a voice answered. First, faintly, then it grew louder. A deep, melodic, and velvety voice broke through the darkness reaching toward her. It was a man, with a beautiful deep tone. His voice consoled her, wrapped around her and pulled her toward the light. She cried tears of joy and then a slight fear overtook her thoughts. Am I dead? Is he the Angel of Death from the stories I’ve read?
Up to that point, everything that made sense in her black world evaporated. Minutes, hours, days, months slipped by slowly and now someone reached out to her. How long she wandered aimlessly in her mind, often time curled up in a ball in the depths of the bottomless pit, she didn’t know. Time meant nothing without any reference point. The sweet-sounding, shadow man had found her, and brought her into the light. Who was he and how did he find her when no one else could? She didn’t know and didn’t care about the details. He had found her, the only thing that mattered.
From the murky shadows, arms outstretched to clasp on to reality. She jolted when his cold hand touched hers, swiftly pulling her toward the light with his commanding voice guiding the way. Feeling the strong power moving her forward, she feared he was the Dark Angel of Death and not salvation to the world she had known before the blackness became her present life. She pulled back from the stranger, frightened more than relieved. As she battled with the fear, she glanced up but was unable to view his face, only sense the touch which set her skin afire.
Several seconds ticked by, and a little more of the self-control eroded away. His dominant presence began to put her at ease, and with one foot in front of the other, he guided her through the prison of hopelessness.
“Come with me, you’ll be okay. I won’t hurt you.” The voice spoke softly, a low, lyrical, and heavily accented one. Where is he from?
The power he exuded surrounded her again and his efforts to save her worked as she fell under his spell and into the tight embrace. Fear, anger and desperation had driven her to this desperate position. She either had to trust him to lead her home or believe he was Death, or allow him to eliminate the misery of her present existence. Either way, the hellish nightmare would end. Could she leave the nightmare and be born again in dreams? Apprehension still held her back because he could be nothing more than wishful thinking on her part.
“You scare me. I called out for a long time and you’re the first person to answer my cries. Am I dead?” The words were tentative, barely above a whisper.
“I don’t sense you are. Blood runs strong through your veins. Your skin is warm and your eyes are bright. You are definitely alive,” the shadow man’s velvety voice soothed her.
Ohmigod, this man’s voice could melt icebergs. He certainly did a good job of bringing life back into her desolate reality. Merliah’s senses screamed as if she were freefalling over a cliff, becoming light-headed and the wind knocked out of her lungs. Between his seductive words and the sensuous touch, the hunger of desire clawed her insides to be released. The arousal continued with thin fingers tickling up and down her spine. The light touches lit nerve endings on fire and caused her pussy to contract. Her clit ached for attention, a simple caress to ease the need she had not felt in God only knows how long.
The world she once remembered swirled in heat and desire. She swallowed hard and tried to stifle the passion down building in her core. The power of his presence shoved right back. Merliah stumbled backward and gasped as the energy surged upward when gazing into the glowing red eyes piercing through the darkness. The stare was one of a predator, a carnal stare which stole her breath and sent her head spinning. She tried to breathe through the fire consuming her.
Cynthia Arsuaga


  1. Thanks for the giveaway and being in the hop. DebP

  2. Greetings,

    Doing the Alpha Male blog hop….oh yeah! I‘m excited to be a part of this hop! Wow, 200+ authors---a perfect opportunity to meet new authors! It’s always fun trying to visit as many sites as possible.

    I love alpha heroes who are take charge men! They are loyal, loving and caring men. They usually have looks, brains, money and a commanding presence that draws people. When they find their mates and fall in love they will move heaven and earth to stake their claim. This is exciting to watch even when they are not sure why they have to have or be with this particular person. An awesome love dance! It’s definitely addicting to read.


    Thanks for the opportunity to win some great prizes.

    Belinda G

  3. Thanks for the giveaway and being in the blog hop. Following via GFC and looking forward to seeing more! I have a feeling my tbr list is about to get a whole lot longer!

  4. I love alpha males because they take charge, kick ass and look great while doing it! Just their commanding presence in a scene gives me the chills! I can't just pick one so my favorite alpha males are Bones from Jeaniene Frost's Night Huntress series and Barrons from Karen Marie Moning's Fever series. Both are similar and different in so many ways but have the same stubbornness and raw animal magnetism that defines them as alphas.
    GFC Follower - Elizabeth H.
    Thanks for the awesome hope and for the chance to win!

    ehaney578 at aol dot com

  5. GFC follower JeanMP
    Thanks for the giveaway and the great blog hop.
    skpetal at hotmail dot com

    1. Thanks for the follow and stopping by Jean. Good Luck!

  6. I love alpha hero's that are protective, take charge and doesn't take crap from anyone. Thanks for the giveaway.
    GFC - Sherry S.
    Goodreads - Sherry Strode
    Pinterest - Sherry Strode
    sstrode at scrtc dot com

    1. Thanks for stopping by Sherry and the follows! Good Luck!

  7. I love alpha hero's that are protective. Plus I love that they fall so hard when they finally fall in love. I follow via Twitter as @kaylyn_davis.
    Thanks for the giveaway.

    1. Thanks for stopping by Kaylyn and the follow on Twitter. Good Luck!

  8. I love an alpha that is protective and makes a woman feel safe and loved.

    Im a FB follower.

    thanks for the hoppin fun !


    1. Thanks for stopping by Kym and the follow on FB, I got you there. Good Luck!

  9. Alpha males are the best….strong, independent, fiercely protective, but on the inside they are nothing but a big ol’ teddy bear!

    Thanks for participating in the hop! I follow all your networking sites :)

    molly at reviewsbymolly dot com

  10. I love everything about Alphas! Awesome Blog Hop!
    FB friend request sent (susan platt)

    susanmplatt AT hotmail DOT com

    1. Thanks for the FB request and should be activated now. Good luck on the hop!

  11. Great excerpt! I don't think there's much not to like about Alpha males. What I like most about them is their confidence. Thanks for being a part of the hop.
    molly dot frenzel at gmail dot com

    1. Thanks, it is one of my favorite books I've written. Glad you enjoyed. Good luck on the hop!

  12. Love you covers and your excerpt! Great stop!

    1. Thank you, the cover artist is great! Good luck on the hop.

  13. Yum! It's all I can think.....great excerpt!
    You got me stalkin you on FB, Twitter, and GR!
    Thank you so much,
    Sebrina_Cassity at yahoo dot com

    1. Thanks, I'm glad you enjoyed. I stalked you back! :)

  14. Thanks for the great excerpt and thanks for the chance!

  15. I just picked up Top Dog today on Amazon so thank you for that and this giveaway! I can't wait to check out your books. I'm following on twitter and GFC, both under the name Jyl22075.

    Jyl22075 at

    1. Thanks for stopping by and entering. Hope you like Top Dog and if so you might want to pick up the Book #2, Love and Death. We're working on #3 now. :)

  16. Thanks for joining the hop! I love Alpha males and that excerpt was SCORCHING!! I'm a GFC Follower: Ashley Applebee,an email follower: and a twitter follower: VelvetKisses22
    Ashley A

    1. Thanks Ashley, glad you enjoyed the scene. One of the "milder" ones actually. :) Thanks for the follow! Good luck in the hop!

  17. Thank you for being part of the blog hop and for the giveaway. I love the blurb and excerpt for Born Again in Dreams. Sounds like a fantastic read.
    I follow you by GFC, FB, GoodReads as Christine Sheets and email: cms72023 at gmail dot com

    Best wishes

  18. I love Alpha men, because I need someone as confident and dominant as me to have an equal relationship - I hate the feeling that my partner is less powerful than me and cannot make it without me.

  19. Oh I think I am in love with Sorin, my type of alpha male and the excerpt wow um ... yea that's all I can say LOL

    I am following you pretty much everywhere LOL... FB-Dawna Newman
    Pinterest- Dawna Newman- Goodreads- Donna Newman. GFC-BLHmistress and email


  20. Woo Alphas, whats not to love:0 thaey make a great thing better
    Great hop, thank you for the chance

  21. Joined your site, dear, and your book sounds yummy! Thanks for the chance to win! I am also following you on Goodreads and FB.

    Barbara Brant

  22. I follow your blog and e-mail. Thanks for the give-a-way.

  23. Oh My.... Sorin... Oh my!!! Yep, he is ubber yummy! Thank you for the exerpt! Loved it and can't wait to read the whole story!

  24. thanks for sharing you thoughts on our beloved Alpha's

  25. GFC & Facebook: Cassandra Hicks
    Twitter: @KatraCass
    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  26. I followed you on facebook (Marlena Fein) and of course, added your series to my TBR list. It is really regretting me joining this Blog Hop although I LOVE it.


  27. Thank you for the great giveaway love Alpha males!
    GFC follower-latishajean

  28. following on GFC, twitter, send friend request on FB

  29. GFC, and Facebook, Lynne P.

    Ok, more on the TBR pile.... This is why I love/hate Hops!!

    rfg dot wwe at gmail dot com

  30. Thx for the hop stop.
    GFC & FB Lona Stringer

    blinkysthebest at aol dot com

  31. Thanks for the giveaway.

  32. Thank you for the hot excerpt.
    bituin76 AT hotmail DOT com

  33. I added you on Facebook and Twitter! Thanks for participating in the hop and posting such a yummy excerpt. :)

  34. I love everything about the alpha male!

    FB - Christina Arterburn Livingston
    Twitter - mygirls2001
    following on goodreads, linkdin and pinterest also

  35. Great excerpts. Thanks for being part of the hop.

    Follow on:
    FB - Lisa George
    Twitter - @wolphcall
    GFC - Lisa G


  36. Why I love Alpha Males is no real surprise! The perfect Alpha Male for me could be a Vampire, a Scottish Laird, an English Rogue/Gentleman, a Werewolf or Shape-shifter, or a Knight. He’s the rogue who thinks he can’t be reformed into a gentleman. He’s the rough and scarred Scottish laird that has a heart of gold. He’s the werewolf or shape-shifter that needs to heal an aching heart because it took him years to find his true mate. He’s the vampire who has waited decades for that special someone’s blood to sing to him and wake him up. And he’s the knight who can defeat the enemy with a quick swing of his sword, but can’t see the love in front of his face. My Alpha Male has eyes that can see into your soul and are as blue as the sea, or as black as a storm. He’s tall and brooding. His heart can enfold you into its grasp and make you fall in love when he gives it to you freely and completely. He is protective and passionate. In the end he is the one that makes your heart jump and butterflies fly in your stomach, and still kiss you until your legs melt!

    Facebook Follower

  37. Hi!
    Thank you for the excerpt and the chance to win! I'm following you via GCF as keti :)

  38. Thanks for being part of this awesome blog hop! I love my confident alpha :D
    bas1chsemail at gmail dot com

  39. I love my Alpha Males. They keep me coming back for more.
    I Love how protective they are of their woman even when they KNOW she can kick some major ass.
    Follow you on Facebook.
    Thanks for being part of the hop and for the chance to win. <^_^>

  40. I follow on gfc-magic5905
    magic5905 at embarqmail dot com

  41. I already follow via GFC: June M.
    I do love Alpha men :)
    Thanks for taking part in the blog hop!
    manning_J2004 at yahoo dot com

  42. I followed as Bren's Stitches, On Goodreads, and FB. :) I love Alpha's. Thanks for great post. xstitchdiva at att dot net

  43. Loving the awesome blog hop!

    So many new books I want to read!

    Alpha Males are my fav! So, dominate and fun to tease. And when they talk feelings they mean every word!

    grapeapril75 at gmail dot com

  44. Followed you on twitter: twveronika
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    verusbognar (at) gmail (dot) com

  45. i don't qualify for your giveaway but i wanted to tell you that i enjoyed the excerpt


  46. Love the excerpt. Have a great weekend
    gfc follower
    wanda f

  47. Great hop!

    Thanks for the chance!

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

  48. I hope you reach your goal on the followers. I followed everywhere.
    GFC as KainsHottie, Facebook as Phaedra Seabolt, Twitter as KainsHottie, Goodreads as Phaedra Seabolt, Pinterest as KainsHottie, and Linkedin as Phaedra Seabolt

  49. I love alpha heros. So hot! :) Thank you for the awesome hop and giveaway! This is so much fun!

  50. Thanks for the chance and being in the hop! Love finding new authors to try out :)

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

  52. Love the alpha males! Thanks for the giveaway!
    PinIntrest: LadyVampire2u
    Goodreads: Lady Vampire
    Facebook: Aprille Shadowspeak
    GFC: LadyVampire2u
    LadyVampire2u AT gmail DOT com

  53. Thanks for joining the alpha hop

  54. Thanks for sharing the excerpts :)

    FB BeckeyWhite
    Twitter @beckeywhite
    GFC BeckeyWhite
    Email following


  55. Great Hop!

    The Ebook sounds great & looks good too!

    Following by:

    Email: adilasblog(at)gmail(dot)com

    Facebook: Adila Sblog

    Twitter: @adilasblog

    From Azerbaijan

  56. Sounds like a great read, can't wait to get started! Thanks for participating and thanks for the chance to win

    I'm in the U.S.

    GFC follower- Jolene and Family

    Pinterest follow- Jolene Allcock

    Jolene A

  57. Thanks for the giveaway.
    GFC Marlene Breakfield
    pinterest Marlene Breakfield

  58. Thanks for being a part of the hop. I'm a twitter follower. I love alphas. I hope that you had a great weekend and have a good week.
    jessangil at gmail dot com

  59. The book sounds good.

    I like alphas and their protectiveness.


  60. Thanks for being a part of the blog hop. i love how powerful, fierce and passionate alpha males can be.
    i totally want to read your books

  61. Sent a facebook friend request! :)

    j.lennidorner AT facebook DOT com

  62. thanks for the chance to win..wish i win..
    nice to know you cynthia..i love your books cover make me speechless ^^

    following by :
    gfc : dian aesha
    FB : annisa belikov casillas
    twitter : @d14n_74
    pinterest : dian aesha

    icha09 at gmail dot com


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