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Beyond The Page & Giveaway: “High Octane Heroes (Erotic Romance for Women)” edited by Delilah Devlin

Aug 13
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Award-winning author, Delilah Devlin, shares her thoughts with us today about the ‘awful’ job she had editing the anthology, HIGH OCTANE HEROES (Erotic Romance for Women)


One lucky commentator will win an eBook copy of this sexy anthology.

It’s over to Delilah now.

Oh! and enjoy the excerpt below from her contribution to HIGH OCTANE HEROES – “Pitch Black“:)



Delilah Devlin:

Sasha wanted to know what inspired me to put together a collection of “super alpha” guys.

Maybe it’s because I’m ex-military myself, but I’ve always loved reading about heroes who seem over-the-top brave and capable. Fact is, I’ve known men like that. They’re absurdly strong, stubborn, arrogant, and really can deliver the goods.

So when I wanted to submit a new collection of ideas to interest my publisher, I suggested a subject that is near and dear to my heart. What woman wouldn’t want to read about men hell-bent on rescue and seduction?

How fortunate was it for me that authors jumped on board with the idea and submitted some wonderful stories?

Narrowing the selections was tough. I needed heroes who felt real. I needed a variety of unique, exciting situations. Mostly, I needed heroes I could fall in love with, because in the end, I’m just a reader like anyone else, and when I don’t fall in love, I doubt other readers will either.

Sasha asked about favorite scenes…How about a hero pushing a woman to the ground and then covering her head to foot to protect her from flying shrapnel? How about that same hero sneaking her into his barracks because it’s been way too long since he’s felt her come apart in his arms?

How about a hero taking on criminals, hand-to-hand, in a fight scene so real you think you’re there, and then that same hero coming off the adrenaline high and needing to make sure the woman he pulled out of danger understands exactly what it means to belong to him?

Yeah, that’s how the book goes. One intensely, super-charged hero after another. Read a story and then take a deep breath to get your heart to settle back into a normal rhythm. Pacing will be important. You’ll want to savor the high-octane, adrenaline rush.



Heroes inspire lustful fascination. Worthy of High Octane Hero status, kickass iconic heroes enter danger zones in the name of duty, honor, country, and even love.

These rugged men conjure images of hard, chiselled bodies, laser-sharp gazes and stark, camouflaged features.

Get ready for high-octane, smoldering-hot adventures, featuring these “super alpha” heroes and the strong women who wage heated battles for their hearts.

In “Besieged”, a special forces soldier rescues his lover from an embassy takeover.

In “The Star” an American Air Force pilot and a grieving British woman find solace in each other’s arms.

A sexy SWAT team leader saves a rookie during a bungled undercover assignment in “Renegade.”

And get ready for an undercover cop who flexes more than his “Big Guns.”

Set in war-torn regions of the world and in your own neighborhoods, High Octane Heroes delivers passion, danger and heart.

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Delilah Devlin pictureABOUT the author/editor:

Delilah Devlin is a prolific and award-winning author of erotica and erotic romance with a rapidly expanding reputation for writing deliciously edgy stories with complex characters.

Whether creating dark, erotically-charged paranormal worlds or richly descriptive historical stories that ring with authenticity, Delilah Devlin “pens in uncharted territory that will leave the readers breathless and hungering for more…” (Paranormal Reviews) Ms. Devlin has published over 100 erotic stories in multiple genres and lengths.

She is published by  Atria/Strebor, Avon, Berkley, Black Lace, Cleis Press, Ellora’s Cave, Harlequin Spice, Kensington, Running Press, and Samhain Publishing.

CONTACT Delilah:

Website | Blog | Twitter @DelilahDevlin| Facebook |


EXCERPT from “Pitch Black” by Delilah Devlin (featured in HIGH OCTANE HEROES):

Her bathroom door slammed open. Still dressed in his uniform, his shoulders spanned the doorframe. His short black hair skimmed the upper edge. His dark blue shirt, spattered with rain drops, reflected the stormy color of his eyes as he raked her with a glance. Anger simmered in the glance he gave her.
Her chin shot up. “No, hello darlin’?”
His hand shot out, grabbed her arm, and he yanked her against his chest. “Fight me.”
Her eyes widened. “What’s this about?”
He gave a sharp shake of his head. “Shut up. Fight me.”
She inserted her free hand between them and shoved at his chest. “Danny?”
“Think you could have fought Draper off if he’d been after you?” he said, his voice a deep, graveled growl.
She swallowed hard against a burning lump at the back of her throat. So that was what this was going to be. A lesson. Proof she wasn’t strong enough, mean enough to be on that barracks floor. “Stop this, right now.” She pushed again, but he ducked down, shoved his shoulder against her abdomen, forcing her to crumple over him.
Then he was backing out the door, striding toward her bed. He shrugged his shoulder, and she tumbled to the mattress, her towel flying open.
Before she could roll over the side to escape, he was on her, his superior weight sinking her deep into the mattress. Covered shoulder to toe by his large body, she could barely breathe. “Danny.”
He shook his head again, a grim set to his tight square jaw. “This ends, Jenn. Tomorrow, you’re gonna accept that transfer. Work in the warden’s office, guard the nurse, whatever, but you won’t be on that goddamn floor.”
“You have no right to dictate to me.”
“Don’t I? Wasn’t my ass on the line tonight?”
“I didn’t ask-”
“You didn’t have to! Dammit, I love you!”
His shout reverberated in the room and had her jaw clamping shut. Bitter tears filled her eyes.
His eyes squeezed shut. Then before she could draw the next shattered breath, he rolled off her to sit at the edge of the bed, his back to her. His shoulders were slumped. “I can’t do this again.”



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