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Are our heroes heartthrobs or heartbreakers? Or are they just the same thing? Yummy, right? Valentine’s Day is just around the corner for this blog hop and we’re gearing up to see what exactly is a heartbreaker. Is the old Pat Benatar song playing in your head like mine? “Heartbreaker!”

We love those sexy men, but what about those times in the story when they aren’t perfect? Because come on, we know they aren’t perfect. What makes those men heartbreakers? What can those guys do to make it better? Is there a way to grovel? Come on! Tell me about your heartbreaker!!

My current fave heartbreaker hands down is Damon Salvatore from The Vampire Diaries. Gotta love a badboy.  Even Nicklaus is pretty hot, and dangerous. What more could a girl ask for?

Wow! Almost 300 bloggers have giveaways and posts about those men we love!

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 $100 Amazon or B&N Gift Card

3rd Grand Prize: A Swag Pack that contains paperbacks, ebooks, 50+ bookmarks, cover flats, magnets, pens, coffee cozies, and more!


Below is a heartbreaking scene from my novel Dangerous Temptation. Due out the end of March.

Fast moving clouds filled the sky as the massive crowd gathered.

Three closed, wooden caskets lay in a line for all to see.

A large grey marble stone wall towered into the sky, with the names of the fallen soldiers carved in black near the bottom.

The Marines stood in their dress blues with white berets and saluted the plaque as somber music filled the air.

A priest stood in a navy blue suit, clutching the podium. He raised his hand, signaling for silence as he addressed the congregation.

“Heavenly Father, today we gather before You to honor our fallen brethren. We commend their souls into Your almighty hands, that they may know eternal peace.” He bowed his head, as did the crowd who, minus the Marines, wore black formals.

The surviving soldiers, and the family members of the fallen, stood in attendance as the twenty-one gun salute fired. The flag, which symbolized everything they’d died fighting for, waved at half mast.

Kaitlin stood at the front of the crowd with the other fallen soldiers’ families. Peter Nolan stood beside her in his cop uniform, with a single hand on her shoulder. Tears streamed down both their cheeks.

She couldn’t believe her daddy was gone. He’d always seemed so invincible, now… he was lost to her forever. She rubbed the heel of her palm against her broken heart.

After the guns ceased firing, Officer Bryant walked over, holding out the folded flag with three shell casings wrapped in it.

“First Sargent Sinclair was a heroic man.” He passed her the flag, then saluted her.

Her chin quivered as she reached for it with a shaky hand, and hugged it to her chest. She sniffled.

“See the man in the wheelchair over there?” He pointed to a soldier with a woman standing behind him. Her hand rested on his shoulder.

Kaitlin nodded, unable to speak past the lump of mixed emotions in her sore throat. She ducked her head. Her heart constricted, and a fresh wave of tears flooded her cheeks, soaking the cloth.

“First Sargent Sinclair is the reason that man returned safely to his wife. The same with those two men standing near the guns.”

She blinked, trying to clear away the tears clouding her vision.

“He made sure that all of them were okay, then stayed behind to fight the enemies so that we could get to safety.”

Her arms tightened around the flag as if to hug her father one final time.

“He was one of the best, ma’am.” She wished she could see his face through the blur of her tears. “Always remember that he was a true hero.”

She sent him a watery smile, wiped her tears, and mouthed thank you.

“Many good men and women were lost. They put everything on the line to protect their country, and its citizens. Their sacrifices were not in vain.” The priest’s hand indicated the monument behind him. “This plaque is to remind us of every man and woman who has given their all in the line of duty. None of them will ever be forgotten. Brave people like these are what truly makes America a free country where we can live in peace.”

Her body shook with sobs as the coffins were prepared to lower into the ground. They’d had their differences, but he was the only family she’d had left. The knowledge that she was alone in the world settled into her soul, and chilled her.

In unison the front line of Marines placed a small bouquet of red, white, and blue roses onto each of the coffins, then returned to their spots. Each man saluted as the coffins were lowered into the ground, while the somber music resumed.

When the music finished, the sky opened up with fat droplets, pelting everything as if to weep for the fallen men.

Pete’s hand settled on the middle of her lower back, as he escorted her toward the coffin. Old Spice clung to him, comforting her. She fiddled with the cross that hung heavy around her neck.

Kaitlin dropped to her knees, and placed the roses she’d gathered, along with the last email she’d written to him, onto the coffin. Her tears fell onto the rose petals. She kissed the fingers of her free hand, and pressed them to the coffin, biting her lower lip. Her eyes closed. She inhaled slow breaths, trying to steady herself as her mind filled with all the things she’d never get to tell him. She bowed her head, mouth turned down, breathing shallow.

How would she ever get through this? She removed her trembling hand. Pete helped her to her feet.

His arm circled her waist as they walked over to the black limousine.

For my giveaway, this time I’m offering one lucky commenter an in depth first chapter critique.

Click the link below and have fun hopping everyone. 🙂



About kittyb78

Catrina Barton is a licensed Kung-Fu Instructor of the Black Dragon style, and draws on that experience to make her fight scenes both realistic and action packed. She enjoys being surrounded by the stark beauty of mother nature. Whether it's a moon-lit starry sky, or a picnic by a peaceful waterfall cascading from the mountain side. Growing up no matter where she was physically, she always had at least one book in her hands and spent every free moment lost in a book. It's only natural that as she grew up, her passion for reading grew into an even stronger passion for writing, especially Young Adult Paranormal Romances. She is a proud member of many writing and marketing groups, and an active participant at Critique Circle and several other crit groups. Favorite personal quote: "An author cannot grow without both constructive criticism and encouragement."

63 responses »

  1. great post and great prize. Sooz (soozbuch@gmail.com)

  2. My personal heart breaker is my kids, they will probably break my heart a million times as they age, fictionally its Nick Gautier from Sherrilyn Kenyon

  3. Stacey says:

    there are so many great heartbreakers out there its hard to choose. Although I am married to one who fits the bill. Luckily, he’s never broken my heart and hopefully never will 🙂


  4. Gideon… Please dont enter me for your contest…. Just an avid reader!!

  5. Wow, that made me cry! Great excerpt, very powerful, thank you for sharing. Oh, and I’m married to a heart breaker and a heart throb, which is partly what inspired the heroes in my novels!

  6. Lisa Walker says:

    Thanks for the great post!

  7. kaylynd says:

    Nice story. Thanks for the giveaway.

  8. A hero can break my heart when he gives all of himself to a woman while fighting it tooth and nail. Fighting himself for control and then finally releasing it. Mm…heartbreakin’ heros!


    Thank you for the giveaway opportunity!

  9. grapeapril75 says:

    For me the heartbreaker is a bad boy who goes kicking and screaming into love! When he falls he falls hard!

    The only heartbreakers I have encountered are literary! And my all time fav is Mr Darcy!


  10. vampedchik says:

    Thanks for being part of the hop!

  11. Dawna Newman says:

    Eric from the Sookie Stackhouse is definitely a heartbreaker.


  12. Meghan Stith says:

    Heartbreaker in my life? I don’t have any currently, but I have had quite a few. Don’t even get me started on them!

    • kittyb78 says:

      Hi Meghan, thanks for stopping by.
      Sounds like you have some stories waiting to be told.
      Hopefully somewhere along the hop you’ll find a Prince, instead of a frog.
      Enjoy the hop. 🙂

  13. Mindy S says:

    Thanks for participating in the hop !! The book sounds great !! I love Damon from Vampire Diaries also and boy he makes me frustrated !! sethmo1999@yahoo.com

    • kittyb78 says:

      Hi Mindy, thanks for stopping by. I’m glad you like the book.
      Damon loves frustrating people. Sure knows how to use “the look” too. Gotta love a badboy. 🙂
      Enjoy the hop. 🙂

  14. I would say: Kresley Cole’s Lothaire, Jeaniene Frost’s Bones, JR Ward’s Z & V, & Charlaine Harris’s Eric 🙂
    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  15. Effie Frey says:

    love meeting all of the new authors and filling my kindle with new books!!!


  16. Aly P says:

    Thanks for participating!

  17. Eric Northman!!! Totally!! Thanks for the great giveaway!! So many great prizes!! Happy Valentine’s Day!
    Ashley A

  18. Natasha says:

    Thanks for participating in the hop!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

  19. Veronika says:

    Thank you for the giveaway!

    verusbognar (at) gmail (dot) com

  20. I love heartbreakers cause they are fun to love. I prefer a heartthrob cause he is in it for the long haul.
    mary_reiss @ hotmail.com

  21. micheleann oboyle says:

    happy heartbreaker hop and also happy valentines day angelwolfmystic@yahoo.com

  22. strawberryrosered says:

    My favorite heartbreaker is the one that your heart can’t live without. One of my best is Lucas from D B Reynolds book “Lucas” (Vampire in America series). Strong mind, well put together and tender when he needs to be.

    Judy Peterson

  23. Kande says:

    Thanks for the chance to win! My e-mail is Sapphirekande@hotmail.com

  24. kittyb78 says:

    Hi Karina, thank you for stopping by. I adore blog hops. Great way to meet new exciting people and discover some true gems to read. 😉
    Enjoy the hop. 🙂

  25. shadowluvs2read says:

    One of my favorites is Justice from Justice by Laurann Dohner. Thank you for the awesome hop and giveaway!!! 🙂

  26. bn100 says:


  27. Kary says:

    Thank You for the give away. I am getting to see so many new Authors!! Already bought 4 books!!! I am going to go broke doing the blog hop!!!

    I love heartbreakers that become heartthrobs, I married mine 😉

    • kittyb78 says:

      Hi Kary, thanks for stopping by.
      I enjoy blog hops because I meet so many awesome people {authors and readers alike} and always find a few gems to read.
      I married one heartthrob and am best friend with another. A Marine.
      Enjoy the hop. 🙂

  28. Oh those heartbreakers are something else. Our lives are not complete if we haven’t met one at sometime in our lives.
    koonie2888 at yahoo dot com

  29. chickie434 says:

    Such a sad excerpt. Thanks for participating!


    • kittyb78 says:

      Hello Tiger Chick, thanks for stopping by. Maybe I should have shown an except from chapter two were my hero transforms into a tiger? XD
      I’m glad you enjoyed it.
      Enjoy the hop. 🙂

  30. jessiel62 says:

    I think the heartbreakers always add a little interesting twist to the books I read.


  31. myboo63 says:

    thanks for the hop
    heartbreaker are easy on the eyes just don’t let then get too close.

  32. Hi Kitty,

    I’m glad to see that you joined the hop too. 🙂


    • kittyb78 says:

      Hi Janice! I haven’t had much time to visit the other stops yet. {shame on me *hangs head*} Been doing final revisions on my manuscript. I will make it by though, I promise.
      Thanks for stopping by. Hop you enjoyed the hop. 🙂

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