Guest Post: Gladys Cross a few Fun Facts (Blinded by Love) ~ #BookTour #Excerpt

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Fun Facts About Gladys Cross & Blinded by Love

Who are your favorite author? Why?

My favorite author at the moment is TL Hodel, the wonderful lady who introduced me to dark romance. Not only is she a fun person, but a talented author. Her stories are never predictable and I teasing refer to her as the queen of the likeable butthead (I cleaned it up).

What types of scenes are your most favorite to write?

I love to write a fight scene, especially if the heroine is the one kicking butt. Both Anne and Jade from Order Bound were fun to write.

Without revealing too much, what is your favorite scene in the book?

My favorite scene is when Kassie finds Declan up on the roof. Her humor and determination perfectly showcase her character and Declan’s thought process from that point on becomes apparent.

Using just 5 words, how would you describe Hero and Heroin’s love affair?

secrets, complex, loyal, insecurities, consuming


Blinded by Love

by Gladys Cross


GENRE: Romantic Comedy, (RomCom), Contemporary


Kassie knew she was in trouble when her matchmaking best friend announced she’d gotten professional help in time for Valentine’s Day. Her friend’s attempts had always been hilariously ridiculous and never in a million years was Kassie expecting a hunky firefighter to show up on her doorstep.

Her online dating profile said she was looking for a superhero, and Declan couldn’t help but believe it had to be fate. But fate was a fickle mistress who left him to wonder who he was behind the mask. He’d been hiding in plain sight for long enough that he wasn’t sure if he even knew the answer. And until he figured that out, he had nothing to offer the world, let alone Kassie.

Love had already ended in tragedy once for Kassie, and she feared that history was doomed to repeat itself unless Declan could learn to trust her with his secrets. This time around, would it be enough to harden her heart for good, or would his deception restore her faith in second chances?

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Excerpt from Declan:

“Declan went on a date and called me from in front of her apartment.” There was a hushed conversation that I only caught bits and pieces of, mainly hugged, and thought he was gay. Fuck my life, I thought as I drove down the long straight-away leading out of her apartment complex. “Are you still there?”

“Of course, I’m still here. Who else am I going to call Spencer?” I asked sarcastically. “I’m not even sure the boy’s balls have dropped yet.”

Sadly, there was no one else I could call for love advice outside the guys from the firehouse and it made me miss my mom that much more. Hell, she’d probably be calling Kassie herself, asking what colors she wanted for the baby blanket.

“He is eighteen,” Webster said pulling me from my melancholy. “It’s always the quiet ones you have to watch out for.”

I snorted. “Do you remember that call we went on where there was an eighty-year-old dude in leather that had lost the keys to his handcuffs?”

He chuckled. “Don’t remind me, and I mean that literally. I’m still not fully recovered, and that was two years ago.” There was silence on the other end of the line as I drove under the overpass. The nothingness went on for long enough that I wondered if we’d gotten disconnected when he snapped his fingers. “Call her back right now and ingeminate the date tomorrow.”

“Do what with the date?”

“Repeat the date.” He huffed an exasperated sigh. “You didn’t make it to the movies, right?”

“Webster you’re a genius!”

“And Declan. This time kiss the girl, so she doesn’t have to ask if you’re a homosexual.”

“She only asked me that because I admitted to watching every episode of Sex and The City.” I hit my head against the back of the seat. “Never mind, I just heard myself, I am an idiot.”


Books transport us to a fantasy world where anything can happen, and once I overcame my difficulties in learning how to read, I was hooked. My mother always carried a Harlequin Romance with her, so it was only natural that I was drawn to that genre. There was something magical about the concept of eternal love and as I grew older, my tastes within the genre broadened to include everything from historical to dark.

My writing blossomed in much the same way. The first story I wrote was the Vanderbilt Affair, which was inspired by a field trip. Back then, I was fortunate enough to have an English teacher willing to nurture my love of writing by becoming my editor after school.

The writing bug stayed with me, but over the years, life got in the way, and it wasn’t until my early forties that I published my first short story in a Christmas Anthology. From there, I began writing and publishing across many sub-genres, with each book carrying some element of the unexpected.

When I’m not up to devious pursuits, like shooting a character, you’ll find me curled up with a book next to my dog, watching TV with my better half, or engaging in random water gun fights with my daughter and the neighborhood kids.

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I'm an outdoor sun loving reader living near San Fransisco. I’m a mother, wife, animal & book lover. I'm the owner, reviewer & mind behind Angel’s Guilty Pleasures. My favorite animals are horses & dogs. As for reading I love all things paranormal & urban fantasy & my favorite shifters are dragons.

23 comments on “Guest Post: Gladys Cross a few Fun Facts (Blinded by Love) ~ #BookTour #Excerpt

  1. Thanks for joining my tour. I had a blast and loved all the supportive comments and great questions. Be sure to check me out on my private Facebook group, A Cross The Page for funny memes, cover reveals, news, snippets, and every Saturday is for other authors to show what they got. Find your next book boyfriend!

  2. looks interesting

    • Thanks so much! All of my characters are, how shall I say, a bit extra. At least I’m not boring. I went from writing a dark romance (Inked) to a ROMCOM (Blinded), what can I say?

  3. this sounds really good

    • Thanks so much for checking me out and commenting. Kassie and her BFF really crack me up.

  4. What inspires your ideas for your main characters?

    • This story was a little different because it started out as part of a Valentine’s Anthology that was never published, but the story was too cute not to tell. When I thought of love I thought of my own story. There are some parts that are real life, but I didn’t have enough to make it interesting so I asked my other half to pick some of Declan’s traits. It was hard to work with what he picked at first, but after a call to my mom and some brainstorming Declan was complete.

      My other books, for the most part, start out as vivid dreams. A snippet, almost like a movie trailer, that won’t let me be. From there things take on a mind of their own and the characters rule me.

  5. Thanks for the great blurb and excerpt. The book sounds very interesting.

    • Piroska,

      Welcome. Hope you enjoy it. My favorite part is where he sends her a picture….ps this happened to me.

  6. What a delightful book! Great cover and excerpt. I’d love to read more.

    • Bonnie,

      Thanks so much for the post. I hope you enjoy the story! Fun fact, in real life my husband and I met online.

  7. This sounds like an interesting book.

    • Thanks Sherry, I hope you enjoy it. I like your picture. If you like wolves might want to check out my Order Bound series. Have a great day!

  8. Hot cover! I enjoyed the Fun Facts

    • Thanks so much! Cover was by Christine at Christine’s Cover Creations. Hope you enjoy the story.

  9. I liked the excerpt.

    • Rita,

      I’m so excited. Hopefully you’ll love this Valentine’s Day Novella.

  10. sounds so good!

    • Edye,

      Thanks for the post and I love the pic. My dog often paws my ipad when she’s tired of me writing lol.

  11. Thanks so much for hosting me! Hope everyone has as much fun reading it as I did writing it. Who doesn’t love a hot fireman right?

    • Thank you for the fun guest post and its my pleasure to share!

  12. Thanks for hosting!

    • My pleasure!