Guest post – Walking The Line by Marquita Valentine
Marquita: Thanks for hosting me again at Romance at Random, Sue! I always have a great time.
Me: Thanks for being here Marquita & congrats on your second release! Our hero is a villain, you’ve got me interested!
Writing a hero that readers will (hopefully) fall in love with is a major challenge. Writing a hero that’s also the villain, or in the case of my hero in THIRD TIME’s a CHARM, “the executive assistant to the destroyer of lives” tends to put even more stress upon the author. No matter how hot she thinks his nipple piercings are.
Er…Where were we? Ah, the villainous hero. Alexander “Sasha” Romanov (yes, I might have a thing for Russian bad guys. I blame it on every 80s movie ever made.) thinks he is a very bad man. One who, according to him, doesn’t deserve anyone’s forgiveness or love. Sasha even informs the heroine, Rose Holland, of that fact. Although I like to believe his actions toward Rose, and her family would make the reader question his Very Bad Man label (or as he puts it, not a nice man).
Near the beginning of THIRD TIME’S a CHARM, Rose challenges this statement.
Sasha raised a brow. “I’m not a nice man.”
Rose lifted her own brow. “Really? So not-nice men get up at the crack of dawn to help clean? Not-nice men let sleep-deprived aunts get naps? Not-nice men bring cheesecake?” She placed her hand on his knee.
He shot to his feet, dislodging her hand, and she blinked.
But it doesn’t last. Sasha, of course, ends up showing Rose just how Not Very Nice he can be.
Thank goodness this is a romance novel, and I’m also required (and love to do so) to write a Happily Ever After.
So who’s your favorite villain turned hero? Two lucky Commentors will receive an e-copy of THIRD TIME’S a CHARM for their Kindle or Nook.
MARQUITA VALENTINE writes small town romances that are anything but small. Lisa Kleypas, Carly Phillips and Rachel Gibson are her favorite contemporary authors. Marquita met her husband aka Hot Builder at Sonic when they were in high school. She suggests this location to all of her single friends in search of a good man — and if that doesn’t work, they can console themselves with cheesy tatertots. She lives in North Carolina in a very, very small town with Hot Builder and their two children.
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About Third Time’s a Charm:
Not even Holland Springs’ Most Notorious Resident can stop this Love Spell.
Customers come to Rose Holland’s apothecary shop for three things: to hear her uncanny matchmaking advice, to buy the “magical” hair and skin products she sells, and to accuse her of trying to steal their men. For years Rose has been entirely innocent and almost content with that status quo. But that was before sexy, smooth-talking Sasha Romanov came to town and made her want to use her love potions on him… until he broke her heart. Now corrupt town officials want to seize her land and sell it to an industrial giant, and her only hope for help looks like the one man she can’t trust—or stop herself from falling under his spell.
Alexander “Sasha” Romanov seems like every woman’s dream: charming, handsome and fabulously rich. But while the people of Holland Springs think he’s in town to generously invest in their economy (and possibly one of their daughters), Sasha struggles to save his sick mother from his vicious uncle’s plans by doing everything the greedy businessman wants. And Vlad Romanov wants Rose Holland’s land—at any cost.
Despite Sasha’s vow to get the job done and keep his hands (and everything else!) off Rose, the blue-eyed witch enchants him. But his mother’s life remains in the balance. Sasha must find a way to protect his mother, sabotage his uncle’s plans, and win the woman who’s captured his heart without destroying everything she loves.
“A refreshing, whimsical contemporary romance with complex characters and bursts of emotion that tugs on your heartstrings. Kept me up till one AM reading!”~ Carly Phillips, NY Times Bestselling Author
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