Blog Tour (& Giveaway): Amanda Bonilla, author of Blood Before Sunrise

The lovely Amanda Bonilla is on the blog today, as part of her tour for her brand new book Blood Before Sunrise! She’s got a list of her Top Five Alpha Males, and we’re also giving away a copy of Blood Before Sunrise, so be sure to check the details at the end of the post. Now I’ll hand things over to Amanda!

My Top Five Alpha Males
-Amanda Bonilla
Thanks so much to Kristin and My Bookish Ways for hosting me again! I’m so happy to be a guest here today!

When you say the words “Alpha Male” chances are you’ll get a knowing smile from every woman within earshot. Whether you read UF, PNR, historical, or contemporary romance, you can bet you’re going to encounter a male character that makes you want to purr. Let me tell you, I’m no exception. I really admire authors who can write a male MC like that. It’s one area of my writing that needs work. But that’s a post for another time. 😉

Anyway, since I’m not immune to the fictional alpha male’s charm, I thought I’d share my top five swoon-worthy alpha males with you today.

5. Bones
Who wouldn’t love a sexy vampire with an even sexier accent? He’s ancient, powerful, funny, and the boy knows what to do in the bedroom (*cough* chapter 32 *cough*). I get a little shivery every time I read the word “luv” in a Jeaniene Frost book. I’d offer up a vein to Bones any day!

4. Thanatos
I love the bad boys and they don’t get much badder than Death. Larrisa Ione’s Third Horseman of theApocalypse is right up my alley! He’s tattooed, pierced, and he’s got the ability to kill you with the souls that are trapped in his armor. His temper is out of control, but I wouldn’t mind taking a shot at calming him down.

3. Declan Chase
All of Kresley Cole’s IAD heroes cause me to drool just a little, but no one does it for me like Declan Chase. It might be the fact that he’s an immortal beserker, or it could be the fact that his backstory (his cycle of reincarnation as he ever searches for Regan) just speaks to the romantic in me. But I’m thinking it has more to do with a certain bathtub scene… 😉 Either way, I’d be more than happy to be trapped on an island with him for a few days. Or months.

2. Bran Cornick
He doesn’t get much time on the page, but when he does, Patricia Briggs’s alpha of all alphas gets me all worked up. Fans have been begging Ms. Briggs for a Bran book for ages, but from the sounds of it, we probably won’t see one any time soon. *sobs* Beside being powerful enough to keep all of the werewolves in check, Bran is old enough to have actually seen firsthand, events that inspired actual legends and myths. He’s strong, loyal, and truly cares for the wolves in the packs under his control. Briggs writes him so well! Bran is mysterious and though readers haven’t gotten the chance to see him in any steamy scenes, I have a feeling that he’s hot, hot, HOT between the sheets!

1. John Matthew
Anyone who knows me, knows that I’m a Black Dagger Brotherhood junkie! J.R. Ward is definitely one of the queens of writing alpha male goodness. Dark, tortured, and bursting with manly prowess, she writes a triple play of male vampire hotness. Why is John Matthew my favorite alpha male? Ms. Ward sealed the deal between J.M. and me when his anger and frustration over Xhex’s torture by Lash caused him to shatter the sliding glass door in his room in Tohr’s house with nothing more than just his raw, unchecked power. I think another reason I’m drawn to him is because his character has been explored so in-depth over the course of the series. Readers got to see him as a skinny, lost and lonely pre-trans, went through every emotion with him as he finally felt acceptance when Tohr and Wellsie adopted him, and suffered alongside him when he lost the only mother he’d ever known. And just when I thought my heart would break for him, he came into his own and proved he was a male of worth. 😉 Oh, and let us not forget the steamy hotness of his and Xhex’s relationship. Yep, John Matthew is my book boyfriend, all right. Sorry, hubs, but I’d run away with that vampire in a second!

Who would make your top 5 alpha males?
**Giveaway is now closed and the winner has been notified. Thanks so much for entering!**

1. You MUST fill out the form below (lots of chances for extra entries, especially if you answer Amanda’s question!)
2. Giveaway is for 1 copy of Blood Before Sunrise by Amanda Bonilla to 1 winner.
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4. Must include a valid email address with your entry (no need to leave it in the comments, just include it when you fill out the rafflecopter form)
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About Amanda:
Amanda Bonilla lives in rural Idaho with her husband and two kids. She’s a part-time pet wrangler, a full-time sun worshipper, and only goes out into the cold when coerced. She loves the outdoors, black clothes, pink appliances and thinks junk food should be a recognized food group. In the summer, she can be found sitting by the lake, enjoying the view from her dock.
Keep up with Amanda: Website | Twitter

About Blood Before Sunrise:
What you can’t see can kill you…

For months Darian and her Shaede guardian Raif have searched for the Oracle who attempted to overthrow the Shaede Nation—and kill Darian in the bargain. But now that they’ve finally found the half-crazed Oracle, for their efforts they are granted a possibility too painful for Raif to imagine, and too enticing for Darian to ignore.

Darian is determined to reunite Raif and the daughter he thought was dead, but her mission quickly proves dangerous when her lover Tyler is almost killed. And when a brooding and mysterious Fae warrior offers his guidance—at an extraordinary price—Darian finds herself willing to risk everything. As her single-minded hunt turns into an obsession, and she and Tyler grow further apart, Darian finds herself caught between the man she loves like a brother, and the man whose love she can’t live without…


  1. I’m not sure I can rate these in order, but my top five alpha males are definitely the following:

    Curran (from Ilona Andrews’ Kate Daniels series)
    Charles Cornick (from Patricia Briggs’ Alpha & Omega series)
    Ranger (from Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series)
    Rule (from Eileen Wilks’ World of the Lupi)
    Hawk (from Nalini Singh’s Psy-Changeling series).

  2. Top 5 alpha males:
    Barrons (Fever series)
    Bones (Night Huntress)
    Zsadist (BDB)
    Bran Cornick (Patricia Briggs)
    Ethan Sullivan (Chicagoland Vampire series)

  3. I would add Barron’s from Fever series, Curran from Kate Daniels and my favorite is Terrible from Downside Ghosts.

  4. Top 5 Alpha Males:
    1. Bones
    2. Ares
    3. Vlad
    4. Vishous
    5. Terrible

    I really enjoyed the post and look forward to reading Blood Before Sunrise. Thanks for the giveaway.

  5. I just want to say thanks for having all these great giveaways.

  6. Alphas huh?
    Bones (Night Huntress)
    Barrons (Fever)
    Terrible (Downside Ghosts)
    Acheron (Dark Hunter)
    Curran (Kate Daniels)

    That’s a toughie. So many sexay alphas to chose from!

  7. My very first favorite is Roarke from J. D. Robb’s In Death series. Second is Acheron(Dark Hunters series) and all of the other Dark Hunters come after him.

  8. Bones
    Every single Breed male in Lora Leigh’s Breed Series.
    Is that cheating? 😉

    msmjb65 AT gmail DOT com

  9. Roarke (J.D. Robb)
    Curran (Ilona Andrews)
    Charles (Patricia Briggs)

    I have always liked Raif from your series even though he wasn’t the main character… 🙂

  10. Here’s my regular blog commentto satisfy the “leave a blog comment” from the rafflecopter.
    I haven’t read any of your books yet, Amanda, but this series looks like it’s just my style!
    msmjb65 AT gmail DOT com

  11. Victoria Zumbrum

    I would love to read this series. It sounds very good. Thanks for the giveaway.

  12. That’s a tough questions, but here goes…

    John Matthew

  13. wanda flanagan

    acheron ,
    Knight from Dulcie Oneil series,
    Gideon from Lords Of The Underworld
    Nikolai Wroth from Immortal After Dark series
    Thanatos from Leathal Rider

  14. wanda flanagan

    Great post cant wait to read your books .Have a fantastic weekend.

  15. Five fav alpha males are:
    Bones (Jeaniene Frost)
    Vlad (Jeaniene Frost)
    Eric Northman (Charlaine Harris)
    Atticus O’Sullivan (Kevin Hearne)
    Jeff Martini (Gini Koch)

  16. Hi Amanda,
    I’ve been waiting for Blood Before Sunrise for ages, ever since I finished reading Shaedes of Gray. How many more books will there be in this series? I hope it’s quite a lot. 😀

  17. Rehvenge, Declan, Lucien, Lothaire, Merripen

  18. Nice list. I agree about Declan.

  19. Bones (Jeaniene Frost)
    Vlad (Jeaniene Frost)
    Eric Northman (Charlaine Harris)
    Roark (Eve Dallas series)
    John Matthew (JR Ward)

  20. What kind of pets do you wrangle?

    • We own two dogs, one spoiled cat, two geese, four ducks, and more chickens than I can count! LOL. We’re thinking about getting pygmy goats next year. They’re so cute! When they’re babies they’re about the size of a puppy.

  21. #1 Wraith Demonica series
    #2 Maddox LOTU
    #3 Niol Cynthia Eden
    #4 Thanatos LOD
    #5 Bones NightHuntress

    Thank you.

  22. Thanks so much for making Amanda so welcome!! You guys rock!

  23. Zadist (BDB)
    Vishous (BDB)
    Bones (NightHuntress)
    Eric (Sookie Stackhouse)
    Curran (Ilona andrews)

  24. Kerry Amburgy-Dickson

    1. Bones (Night Huntress)
    2. Acheron (Dark Hunter)
    3. Alcide Heveraux (Sookie Stackhouse)
    4. Eric Northman (Sookie Stackhouse)
    5. Adam Hauptman (Mercy Thompson)

  25. Bowen MacRieve Immortals After Dark
    Rhage BDB
    Acheron Dark Hunter
    Zarek Dark Hunter
    Circenn Brodie KMM Highlander

  26. Barrons
    Danaus (Jocelynn Drake’s Darkest Days Series)
    Roarke (JD Robb’s In Death Series)

  27. Loved Shaedes…can’t wait to read BBS!!

  28. Bones
    Eric Northman

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