The Life After Series by Katlyn Duncan – Recipe for Swoon Worthy Boys!

Posted 13 March, 2014 by Danny in Blog, Blog Tour, Danny, Giveaways / 15 Comments

Today, I have to pleasure to host The Life Afzer Series by Katlyn Duncan. The series is just the perfect paranormal romance Young Adult themed story that I love so very much! So I was excited when I got a spot on her Blog Tour!


And … since I’m a bigger for love and romance and since I so easily fall for the fictional boy in these stories. I asked Katlyn to share with us her Recipe for Swoon Worthy Boys!

Ingredients for a swoon worthy love interest 

by Katlyn Duncan


When I read or write, I love to escape to a place outside of reality for a little while. And even though it is quite real to experience a swoon worthy love interest in the real world, coming across them in books is much more likely.

In earlier drafts, Jackson was always alluring but he wasn’t very swoon worthy. A lot of his layers came later in drafts where his position in the story changed. I had to think why Maggie would ever be attracted to him in her past and him being a lifeless guy who was just hot wouldn’t do it for my heroine. The list of ingredients that I love to read about in other books started to come to life in Jackson as I developed him further.

I love making lists so here are my ingredients for a swoon worthy love interest. Note, there are many (many!) other qualities of a swoon-worthy love interest but for sake of making this a book in itself I will just list a few qualities that Jackson possesses.

  • Physical attractiveness: It is key to have at the very least, the lead be attracted to a swoon worthy love interest. She sees him and her heart stops and her stomach flutters when he is near her. Jackson is a smouldering dark-haired, blue eyed guy that catches Maggies attention almost immediately.
  • Loyalty: I love a guy who will do anything for his girl. Initially, Jackson is forced to be in Maggie’s life, but soon enough he doesn’t need anyone’s help in knowing where he wants to be. Sometimes his loyalty goes over the top in some people’s eyes but in his mind it’s just as normal as breathing.
  • Chemistry: In addition to that first spark of attractivness, the swoon worthy love interest has to have chemistry with the lead. Jackson had an advantage on Maggie in her past but that just added to how he felt about her. And Maggie’s sensed connection with him from the day they met intensified their chemistry.
  • Confidence: Sometimes I feel this is misinterpreted into cockiness, but I think a love interest should be confient in his actions; whether it is because he has concrete walls around him or as a consequence of his back story. With Jackson, he borders on the line of confidence and cockiness when it comes to his job, but he has a lot of experience to atribute to that characteristic.
  • Mystery: And there’s always the mystery! Understanding why the guy acts confident/cocky and why he shies away from questions is part of the reason I keep reading a book with a swoon worthy guy. And Jackson is full of mystery. We really don’t know much about him until later in the trilogy so be sure to stick with it and remember not everyone is as they seem…

What are your ingredients for a swoon-worthy love interest? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments!



About Soul Taken

After-life just got a lot more complicated

Maggie is a Soul Collector. It’s her job to transport souls from the Living Realm to the After – but during a mission to find a stolen soul, she ends up stuck in a teen mean girl’s body.

Trapped, Maggie’s soul is catapulted into Ally’s life – and the human world she hasn’t experienced for one hundred years. But, as a descendant of the most powerful beings in the After, Maggie must rescue Ally before the girl’s soul dies…

To survive, Maggie must uncover devastating secrets – because with one soul taken by a terrifying enemy, Maggie’s could be next!

About Soul Possessed


Life after Life

Now Maggie has been given the chance of her after-life to become a Guard, nothing will stand in her way. Not even the undeniable attraction she feels for her trainer and past love—Jackson. But when the battle between Shadowed and Guard begins again which side will she choose?

When her boss, Felix, partners Jackson and Maggie up with Ally and Cooper to investigate terrifying Shadowed activity, she doesn’t think it could get any worse. Jackson and Cooper barely tolerate each other and this time, Maggie isn’t just proving her loyalty to the Guard during one mission…she has a side mission too. One so secret and so dangerous she can’t tell a soul…

About Soul Betrayed

A Life for a Life

The battle between Shadowed and Guard has brought destruction and terror to Gate Seven and now Maggie wants revenge. As the only after-life being who can save the souls from ultimate death Maggie comes face to face with her own human body, preserved for a century, waiting for just this moment to arrive.

Yet, how far will Maggie go to exact her revenge on the Shadowed? And when she comes face to face with her past, how will she survive the onslaught of memories she thought long gone?

For when the truth comes out all is not what it seems and Maggie has finally run out of time… She must choose her destiny or watch all she has perish in the fight for her life!

About Katlyn Duncan

Katlyn Duncan was born and raised in a small town in western Massachusetts. Her overactive imagination involved invisible friends, wanting to be a Disney Princess and making up her own stories. Her bibliophile mom always encouraged her love of reading and that stayed with her since. Even though she works full time in the medical field Katlyn has always made time for books, whether she is reading or writing them.

Katlyn now lives in southern Connecticut with her husband and adorable Wheaten Terrier and she is thrilled to finally share her stories with the world.

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Tour Schedule

Monday, February 24th – Soul Unsung 
Wednesday, February 26th – I Swim For Oceans
Wednesday, February  26th – Polished Readers
Thursday, February 27th – Literary Nook 
Friday, February  28th – Lovely Reads

Monday, March 3rd – Lost in Ever After 
Tuesday, March 4th – Behind a Million Pages
Wednesday, March 5th – Nettes Bookshelf
Thursday, March 6th – Curling Up with a Good Book
Friday, March 7th – Book Bliss

Monday, March 10th – A Dream Within A Dream
Tuesday, March 11th – Books for Company 
Wednesday, March 12th – Supernatural Snark
Thursday, March 13th – Bewitched Bookworms
Friday, March 14th – Paranormal Book Fairy



So now please answer Katlyn’s Question:

What are your ingredients for a swoon-worthy love interest? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments!


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15 Responses to “The Life After Series by Katlyn Duncan – Recipe for Swoon Worthy Boys!”

  1. Ooo yes, this is a great list! I love a little mystery in a fictional boyfriend, it’s fun to be made to guess throughout the story and series, and even more fun to be surprised when you didn’t see something coming from them (in a good way obviously, not in a “I never saw him as a cheater” kind of way). I can’t wait to meet Jackson!

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  2. Jaime Lester

    I will completely agree with that list! My hubby has all, thankfully! I will say that of all of the qualities, the loyalty is the number one for me. Of course, the attraction has to be there at first, but loyalty is definitely huge once you get to know someone. Love the list, cannot wait to read this awesome story!

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