I’ve always had a weakness for strong characters. I don’t necessarily mean the heroes who can bench-press twice their weight – although that kind can be agreeable, too. I like the ones with inner strength, who can rise to whatever challenges that life (or a meddlesome author) may throw into their path. In my new historical romance, A WICKED PURSUIT, both the hero and the heroine must overcome some pretty serious obstacles. Harry Fitzroy, Earl of Hargreave, is tall, handsome, and charming, and on the verge of marrying Julia Barclay, the most desirable lady of the season. His life is exactly how he wants it – until an accident leaves him badly injured. There were no orthopedists or physical therapists [...]
Welcome to #TyOnTuesday – every Tuesday stop by for a snippet of Virna DePaul’s new release, TURNED on sale 4/1/2014 – This is week 2, Chapter One where Ty and Ana meet – enjoy! About the book: Welcome to a mesmerizing world where vampires hide among humans. This centuries-old species has its own rules, code of conduct, and taboos. Only the FBI knows that vampires exist—and although the Bureau agrees to keep their secret, it also plots to give humans the upper hand. Turning mortals into vampires is forbidden. But there are creatures who refuse to play by the rules. Ever since he was turned, FBI special agent Ty Duncan has had one mission: bring rogue vampires to justice. As [...]
A sexy cowgirl gives a rugged Texas loner the ride of his life in USA Today bestselling author Tina Leonard’s seductive new series. Ava Buchanan dreams of a career on the rodeo circuit. Winning a spot on a one-of-a-kind team would be her ticket to the life she’s always wanted. Ava won’t let anyone stand in her way—not even a stubborn cowboy whose slow-molasses smile and red-hot swagger set her senses aflame . . . and whose talents as a trainer could make her a star. Rodeo might be a man’s game, but Ava knows the right woman’s touch can tame the wildest heart. Trace Carter believes his mayor’s plan to raise the town’s profile has disaster written all over [...]
Happy Release Day to Bronwen Evans, today we’re celebrating her book, A KISS OF LIES, and offering a #Giveaway — good luck! And now, here’s Bron: Let me introduce you to the Libertine Scholars, the six heroes in my new Regency historical romance series, Disgraced Lords. They met at school, going through to Oxford together. Due to their appetite for learning, coupled with their rakish seductions, they earned the nickname The Libertine Scholars. They’re lords who are definitely loveable rogues, and who use their brains for more than just carousing. There is nothing sexier than an intelligent, handsome man. However, all is not well with the Libertine Scholars. During book #1 A KISS OF LIES, they uncover a plot to [...]
Here’s Tracy! Hi Everyone! Hope your week is going well. Mine’s been busy as I finish up Shredded, my New Adult romance that’s coming out in February– but not so busy that I forgot about this week’s peek at Ethan Frost, the hero of my January 7th release, Ruined. Hope you enjoy “My attention embarrasses you?”
Before I started writing seriously, I used to listen to authors talk about how their characters would take over their books. I was mystified. You’re the author, I’d think. How in the world did you not know what this character was going to do? She’s a figment of your imagination! You created her! You OWN her, for goodness sake! Ha.
As a writer, I’ve developed this rather annoying habit of imagining up story scenarios for complete strangers I see while driving or shopping or doing whatever it is that takes me into the world. It might be a quirky mannerism like a jogger stopping to touch a certain light post before turning around or a driver pounding out a drum solo on his steering wheel. Sometimes these strangers become an inspiration for a sidekick or interesting secondary character in one of my stories. It’s rare when I see a stranger on the road or street who has hero potential but it happened the other morning on my way to work.
Book copy: Perfect for readers of Susan Elizabeth Phillips and Rachel Gibson, this sizzling romance tells the story of a sexy small-town mayor and a notorious “bad girl,” who discover that home really is where the heart is.
Historical or contemporary—which genre has better heroes? I decided to find out by doing an informal poll of my author friends. While the sampling below his hardly scientific, here are the results of my survey. Author of racy Regency romps, Valerie Bowman (Secrets of a Runaway Bride, available now) is quite adamant in her choice. “Historical heroes FTW!” she says. “They are hands down hotter. My particular favorite is Jason Fielding from Judith McNaught’s Once and Always. He’s smoking hot, a bit tortured, speaks in an English accent, knows how to rock a cravat, owns a giant country estate and a fleet of trading ships. And oh yeah, he’s a freakin’ MARQUESS. The end.”
“THE STORY GUY is a powerful story that made me want to read more from this author.” ~ Under the Covers A LOT of people have been raving about this book so on a night when insomnia had its grips in me, I decided to pick this book up on a whim. Upon starting I knew there was something unique about this novella right away.
In the world of romance writing, there was one place to be last week: Atlanta, where the entire romance publishing industry gathered for our national conference. So I was there, right? Wrong. Despite conniving and bribery and more than a little pouting, I was unable to convince my dear husband that Nationals was more important than our children having, well, food and water and supervision for the week.
Heroine: Serena Bell My favorite stories to hear, to read, and to write are love stories. Every month, I’ll bring you the real-life love story of one of your favorite romance authors, reviewers, or readers. Serena Bell blazed onto the romance scene with her sweet-hot novella TICKET HOME—part of Samhain’s Strangers on a Train anthology. On 11/11/13, prepare to swoon over her debut novel from Lovewept, YOURS TO KEEP, about a handsome and determined pediatrician and his son’s mysterious and troubled Spanish tutor. Serena’s work is notable for its aching romantic tension and unforgettable love scenes. Serena has a story of her own, too.
St Patrick’s Day occurs on March 17 and is day to remember one of Ireland’s patron saints, St Patrick. It largely celebrates Irish-American culture in the United States, and the use of the color green is predominant. A little history: St Patrick is one of Ireland’s patron saints and many Americans with Irish ancestry remember him on March 17. Patrick’s Day is fixed on March 17, but may occasionally be moved by the authorities of the Catholic Church. This happened in 1940, so that the celebrations would not fall on Palm Sunday, and in 2008 to avoid Holy Monday, the last Monday before Easter Sunday.
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With the release of Along Came Trouble coming in just a week, I’ve been writing a lot of blog posts and thinking about different sorts of military heroes. The hero of Along Came Trouble, Caleb Clark, is a charmer. A noncommissioned officer and fifteen-year veteran of the Military Police, he’s a hard worker, a caretaker, fond of wry humor and incapable of cutting himself a break if he hasn’t gotten the job done. He’s more G.I. Joe than Elite Fighting Machine — an ordinary guy who’s spent most of his life in service to the military and is ready, now, to take care of his family instead. What I love about Caleb — and military heroes more generally — is [...]
I’m counting down the days until Release Me hits the shelves with a page reveal. Two or three pages daily, in order, from the book! Today’s excerpt starts right after yesterday’s left off! You can find all the posted excerpts by going to the Release Me Page Reveal category of the blog!
The bad boy as a archetype makes for a great romance hero. Owen McKay in my recently released novella, Leashed is such a man. He’s played the field, too hurt at a young age to trust women, even though he had an aunt that adored him and raised him as her own. Bad boys brood, ride motorcycles and often come from a sad, unhappy childhood. But they, as romance heroes, rise above that past, let go of their fears (yes, they have them), and give themselves over to what had once been confusing and out of their reach. Love. Instead of flaws, let’s talk about the opposite. Virtues.
One of the most important things for me when reading a book is understanding the characters . . . what makes them tick . . . what motivates them. What about you? Let’s chat. As a reader, I need to understand why the characters make the decisions they do and in order to have that understanding I need to know more about them, what are they like as people – their background, their upbringing. Readers need to relate to the characters, the H/H have got to be real, people you would want to know and above all they’ve got to think, act and talk like us – do you know what I mean?
Victoria Holt introduced me to my first romantic hero in the stacks of a public library. It was a Saturday morning. I was fourteen. I read the entire book sitting cross-legged on the floor in front of the shelves, too engrossed to find a chair. When the librarian announced it was time to close, I took home every other Victoria Holt book on the shelves and spent the next week immersed in the storm-swept English seaside. I’ve been a sucker for dark, tortured heroes ever since. Do you remember the first romance novel you read?
Thanks Jennifer for this awesome post – I too am finding the need for more wit & fun in my reading – Happy Romance! I love humor in my romance. Not forced, contrived humor where I feel like the author tried too hard. Real deep in the bones, giggly funny that makes a scene come alive. Or that tiny surprise when a bit of dialogue fits in and the reader gets a glimpse of the hero’s sardonic wit, or the lighthearted perspective of the heroine. Humor in romance does not have to be Three Stooges zany. Threading one line of fun within a scene can lighten up the angst and give the reader a breather.
The greatest joy of reading romance is being able to visualize our own heroes – height, eye color, hair color, physique and more. But, when is a hero too tall? Or, too small? That’s our topic for the day -Happy Romance! I love heroes of most shapes and sizes, however, being on the tall side myself a tall hero is certainly preferable. Of course too tall is not so much fun either — when a hero tops 6’5″, that is tall!
Or, A Tale of Two Heroes – How do you make an ordinary guy sexy? That’s the question Ruthie presents to herself with each book she writes, let’s find out more, shall we? + 3 FREE print copies of Ruthie’s book is our random Giveaway today – good luck!WINNERS: Congrats to TT; Adria & Melody! Thanks ladies for blogging today! I sat in on a panel about contemporary romance at the RT Conference back in April, and this was one of several questions posed to the panelists, who included fabulous contemporary romance writers Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Louisa Edwards, Christina Skye, and Jodi Thomas, as well as Smart Bitches, Trashy Books blogger extraordinaire Sarah Wendell. While each of them answered, I [...]