With over 450 authors in attendance, today’s annual Giant Book Fair was a buffet of writers and the thousands of readers who came out to celebrate them. Convention attendees mixed with the general public, and everyone had something to say — and a laundry list of authors to see. We asked some of the authors in attendance to share a favorite passage from one of their recent release, and here's what they had to say.
"I love this just for the sheer ridiculousness of the image I have in my head. I love having this hot and heavy love scene interrupted by something so completely unexpected. But I also love the serious underpinnings of the scene. The tiger is a supernatural creature linked to Jamaal, and she works as a wonderful physical manifestation of his intimacy issues. Though somehow, I doubt Nikki from Rogue Descendant thinks it's quite as wonderful as I do." — Jenna Black
I arched toward him in anticipation ...
And felt like I'd been plummeted into a pool of ice-cold water when I heard a feline growl, way too close to me.
Jamaal cursed and shoved me aside, putting himself between me and the five-hundred-pound tiger that had suddenly appeared on the bed beside us.
"[This] snippet from Making Him Sweat pretty much sums up Jenna and Mercer's entire flirtation and courtship." — Meg Maguire
“You know, you’d be handsome if you hadn’t been hit in the face so many times.”
A slow, wicked smile answered Jenna, and something flared between them, something hot and mutual, tangible as the heat rising from the stove.
“You should’ve seen me before the fighting," he said. "Way uglier than this. All the broken bones have done me good. Quite the face-lift.”
“You know,” Mercer said, “you’d be cute yourself, if you weren’t hell-bent on wrecking my life.”
"Unzip me and take out my &#$%." — Ethan from Naked
"That's my filthy-mouthed, ex-soldier, British lover, Ethan Blackstone, in a desperate wall-sex encounter with Brynne at her flat. I love that one because it just personifies his blunt and very sexy way of telling Brynne exactly what's on his mind and what he intends to do. I also put it in there because I've read a lot of sex scenes where the couple have this complicated sex that's basically impossible. I prefer realistic encounters and if he is holding her up on the wall ... well the guy needs a little help." - Raine Miller
"The reason I love this bit from Soul Sucker is because Ella just doesn't give an inch and delights in messing with control-freak Vadim's head. She knows he's going to be furious seeing her kiss another man, but she does it anyway. I love that about her, and I love how Vadim, who could literally destroy her with a flick of his finger tries so hard not to lose it. The perfect match." - Kate Pearce
Vadim didn’t say anything but stepped so close that she could feel every furious, vibrating inch of him from head to toe. Something soft touched her cheek and she realized the air was full of swirling black feathers.
“Why did you kiss that male?”
“What is it to you?”
He let out a very controlled breath. “We’re mated.”
“So you say.”
“What the hell is that supposed to mean?”
She pushed away from him, stumbled against the side of a bed and sat on the edge.
“Don’t get all macho and possessive on me.”
“Ms. Walsh, if you had any idea how hard I am trying to stop myself getting ‘all macho and possessive on you’ right now you’d shut the hell up.”
She glared at him. “There’s no need to swear either.”
“I apologize.” She’d never believed anyone could speak between gritted teeth before, but she believed it now.
"I just love this quote from Forever A Lord because it reminds me a lot of my own relationship with my husband. I'm such a girlie-girl sometimes and he always reminds me how do certain thingswithout my girlie flare, lol. It creates a lot of laughs between us." - Delilah Marvelle
"Yes, sir!" She popped up off the bench and bustled toward the boxing floor, holding both gloves up high over her head of bundled curls.
He called after her, "You don't need to hold them that high, you know. The idea is to protect your face, not your hair."
"Oh. Right." She turned and lowered the two leather gloves, setting them against her chin.
You can read part one of our 2013 bookfair coverage here. We want to say a huge thank you for all the wonderful authors at the Giant Book Fair and we hope to see you again at next year's RT Booklovers Convention.