There are certain iconic images that just stick with us. They become the norm, the traditional, the standard and everything that comes later is the ‘new.” If someone says the word lumberjack, what comes to mind? Most people think gruff manly men with beards, suspenders and flannel shirts. Many think hard drinkers, maple syrup, and a big blue ox. (This iconic image was twisted by Monty Python and his skit of “I’m a Lumberjack and I’m Okay” which began by embracing those stereotypes before morphing into cross-dressing. It was shocking and hilarious at the time.) That was then. This is now. So how has the lumberjack changed over time? Beards are more a thing of fashion now, not the weather [...]
Jude Deveraux, the author of more than thirty-seven New York Times bestsellers, sat down with us to talk about her real-life heroes. This week brings us her latest novel For All Time, the latest Nantucket Brides novel. My Top Five Real Life Heroes Whom I’ve Written About Thomas Jefferson He’s famously known for being the 3rd president of the United States; American Founding Father; and the principal author of the Declaration of Independence. But he also spoke five languages and designed his mansion Monticello. Genius. Inventive. Honorable Captain Sir Richard Francis Burton He was a jack of many trades: a geographer, cartographer, spy, linguist, and poet. His main contributions include bringing the Kama Sutra to publication in English and being the [...]
The Taker was one of my favorite reads of 2013, reminiscent of the best Anne Rice novels. Now, the trilogy that began with The Taker concludes with The Descent. And Alma is with us to answer a few questions about the love story that had all of us talking: LB: Out of the three love interests in Lanore’s life – Jonathan, Adair, and Luke, did you find yourself choosing favorites along the way? AK: It was hard to choose because I’m the kind of girl who falls for the bad boys. And because in the beginning I was writing this book for myself, it was about the kind of men I like to read about: a real heartbreaker (Jonathan), the absolutely [...]
Wild on You – is on sale 2/4/14 and we want to giveaway free ebooks – enter the Rafflecopter below to win & Good Luck! Thanks for being part of #TinaOnTuesday. We thought we’d share the last two weeks snippets one more time, love these scenes!!
Thanks for stopping by! Every Tuesday we’ll have weekly snippets introducing you to the Justiss Alliance, the J-Men – hot, hunky heroes – an elite team of men out to do right. Last week we introduced you to the guys – this week, we want you to learn more about their clusterfuck and what brought them together – I hope you love these guys as much as I do – enjoy! The Justiss Alliance is an elite team of heroes out to do right. In Wild on You, one untamable SEAL meets a woman who handles the wildest sort of animals—until she herself becomes the hunted. Read more here Snippet:
So Accidental Cowgirl comes out today, and this is all kinds of awesome. It’s awesome for me because maybe now I can stop chomping my fingernails in anticipation. It’s awesome for you because you finally get to meet Decker, and this is a Very Good Thing. Because Decker is, well, perfect is a strong word, but we’ll go with it because, well, he just is. And I’m not just saying that because I created him from scratch, I swear. He’s oh-so-hot in those jeans and that Stetson. He walks with confidence, rides with just enough swagger, loves with just enough … well … you’ll have to read to find that out. His eyes can turn a city girl into mush, [...]
Behold the hero of the latest Mazie Maguire adventure, revealed here in all his sculpted glory, the gorgeous Canadian ex hockey-player Ben Labeck, who swaggers through Crazy for You, my new Loveswept Romance. Due out in January, it takes up where Ben and Mazie Maguire left off in The Escape Diaries. Sue Grimshaw, Random’s only-slightly-crazy creative director, foolishly allowed me to offer my two cents worth into the cover’s appearance—thank you, Sue—and it was fascinating getting a glimpse into the world of cover creation. I had a million questions about it—well, not just the design itself but the cover guys. Since I didn’t want to become known as that pain-in-the-butt-prima-donna-writer, I haven’t pestered the art people with all my stupid [...]
As romance readers and writers, most of us have heard the assessment that the romance genre is “porn for women.” I’m not sure that I agree with this label. There’s a heck of a lot more going on in the romances I read than just sex. There’s emotional gratification, laughter, friendship… But let’s just go with it for a second. Let’s pretend that romance can double as “porn.” Fine. I’d like to get even more specific by mentioning a delicious trend I’ve been noticing… Heroes who feed their heroines.
He’s got all the cool cars, the newest in tech toys and he is the ultimate warrior at-the-ready — he’s the hero all women long for and the hero all men want to be like . . Bond . . .James Bond. Skyfall is the next movie in the Bond series; the 23rd Bond movie — coming to your local theater soon (11/9). Skyfall stars the ruggedly handsome Daniel Craig – the most recent Bond hero.
Ooh, let’s talk about one of my very favorite subjects. Hot historical romance heroes! If I’m reading romance, it’s almost sure to be a historical so I have quite a long list of these fine fellows in my head. You know how some couples have a list of famous people they’re allowed to sleep with if the opportunity every presents itself? Yes, well, for me, they’re all fictional. Sigh. Greatly reducing my already miniscule chances of having an illicit affair with one of them. Here are my top five.
We’ve read about them, fantasized about them and maybe even married one – we all have images of what our perfect hero would be. What better topic is there ladies than to talk about heroes? Thanks Wendy for this titillating post! There are many types of heroes in our lives, and I’m not talking about the ones that lean towards tights and capes. Is there a greater moment than reading a book where one evolves through the pages? I defy anyone to not fall in love with Jamie in Outlander, injured and wanting to wrap Claire in his plaid when first they meet or Devil Cynster’s realization that Honoria Wetherby was the woman for him and how he went about [...]
What type of hero gets your engine roaring? Is it a vampire with cold hands and a wicked protective streak? Or do you prefer kilt-wearing Highlanders who fiercely wield their swords during the day and their…bigger swords…at night? Fun post by Kristin Miller – enjoy! Since readers vary so much in taste, is it possible to pin down a definition of “sexy”? And if not, how do you write a hero who appeals to everyone? I took my questions to the internet.
I need a hero! By Andris Bear Now that we all have Bonnie Tyler’s Footloose hit ringing in our heads, let’s talk romance. More specifically, the delicious, sexy cornerstone of every love story–The Hero. From the playful romantic… ‘Girl, what have you been eating?’ To the picture perfect pretty boy…
Sharing Memorial Day Memories – Kim talks about the real heroes. Aloha from Hawaii! Memorial Day means Punchbowl Cemetery to my family. Built inside a crater, the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific looks like a punchbowl. Although it is a solemn place, it is one that also projects hope. On Sunday, my children joined their Boy Scout Troop in placing flags and leis on each grave (creating a lei shortage for graduation ceremonies!) On Monday, my husband will join his barbershop chorus, Sounds of Aloha, in singing the National Anthem and Hawai’I Pono’I at the Memorial Day Service.
Author Sara Humphreys joins us today with her views on Memorial Day & our Military – celebrating our heroes – thanks Sara! 4th Annual U.S. Military Families Contest Happy Memorial Day! For most of us, Memorial Day means BBQ’s and time spent with family or friends but we all know that the reason we celebrate has far more meaning than burgers, dogs or the volleyball on the beach. This is the weekend when we celebrate and remember the men and women who have fought and devoted their lives for our freedom.
Do you lie? Maybe even little ‘white’ lies? Subconsciously or we call them fibs? Join JK’s discussion today about lying and the trouble it can get you into – remember, every week on R@R 5 random commenters are chosen to win a FREE book, winners announced on Sunday – good luck! The Lies We Tell – When Passion Lies What lies have you told lately? Let’s face it. Everyone lies. Despite the fact that our mothers told us not to, the truth is that Everyone. Lies. And that’s true even when there’s love. Even when there’s mind-numbing, bone-deep, center-of-my-world passion. Somewhere, at the core of it all, there are the little lies. And maybe even the big ones.
Romance At Random is thrilled to have NYT Bestselling author, Kat Martin visiting us today. Explore various geographic locations with Kat that will not only offer you high doses of vitamin D but quite possibly a little romantic heat. Kat is giving away one copy of AGAINST THE SUN to a randomly chosen commenter so comment away – winner announced this week in the post – good luck! By Kat Martin Since my latest book, AGAINST THE SUN, big Jake Cantrell and Sage Dumont’s story, deals with a visit to Texas by a Saudi Arabian sheik and his family, I thought it might be fun to talk about favorite places in the sun.
When you read a romance story does it matter what town the story takes place in? Comment below, every week 5 commenters are randomly chosen to win a free book – winners announced on Sunday – good luck! It is always fun to read a contemporary romance book where the setting is a place that you are familiar with. Cait London has written a series of romance stories that are set in the vineyards of Michigan . . . yes, they make wine in Michigan The city of Chicago was a popular back drop for romance author Susan Elizabeth Phillips. One of Lori Handeland‘s first paranormal romance books took place in Wisconsin! Of course, New York is a popular location [...]
Book Title: Karma Setting: Serendipity, NY – a fictional upstate New York town Subgenre: contemporary romance Hero: Dare Barron Heroine: Liza McKnight One sentence summary: A good man trying to atone for his past falls in love with the one woman guaranteed to remind him of it every day. Scene you like most and would never cut: The scene at the fair where Liza tries to stop her drunk brother from making a scene and ends up getting hit in the head by him instead – making Dare’s protective instincts come out and the dynamic of their relationship changes for good.
Let me first say, I had the most wonderful time at the Romantic Times conference this past week – whether you’re bloggers and/or readers this is a convention that you’ll want to put on your calendar for next year — the RT team orchestrates one of the most fun, professional, eventful conventions around. Kudos to RT, the conference was great fun and much appreciated. Today’s chat is based on what was a big topic of discussion at the convention regarding romance trends – basically, what readers want to read. No surprise that paranormal is still strong, and BTW, we all still love our vampires Interestingly enough, men coming home from war was on the authors and readers minds too — [...]
I’m a sucker for romances featuring two people who loved and lost each other long ago, who now have to confront the past and find their way back together. I adore them as a reader, and I found out while writing my most recent release, Hot Under Pressure, that I adore writing reunited lovers even more! But I don’t get it. In real life, when a friend tells me she wants to go back to her ex, I always think (and sometimes say) “Wasn’t there a reason you broke up in the first place? What’s changed?” It often seems doomed, even to a hardline romantic like me. I want to tell my friend, “Never go backward. Always go forward.” And [...]