Tyler caught my eye years ago on Teen Wolf and as I was thinking about who to share for this morning’s Man Candy, it occurred to me that Tyler would be the perfect hero for #3 in the At the Shore Contemporary Romance series. The hero in that book, Carlo Texiera, is a chef and caterer extraordinaire who has to convince wedding planner Emma Grant that there really is a Happily-Ever-After for them. You’ll be seeing more of Carlo in book #2 as well!
It’s really tough to say what inspires a book. When I wrote JUST ONE NIGHT, it was really just intended to be a standalone novella, but by the time I got to the end of the book, I wanted to see more of what happens with Jase and Nickie and I also wanted to find out more about Tommy. After all, he’s Jase’s best friend and Nickie’s brother, but beyond that, he was not only able to see that they were right for each other, he was also able to push Jase to do the right thing and finally confront those feelings.
It made me wonder about Tommy and what he was really like. Why could he see those feelings? Did he have feelings of his own for someone? Was he going to get his happily-ever-after?
Dealing with Tommy’s future also meant dealing with Jase and Nickie. What would be happening with them? Would their one night become something more serious? Would Jase’s military service impact the relationship and if so, how?
Of course, Jase’s military service inspired the heroine, “Doc” Jasmine Reyes. I liked having a military connection in the first story because I honor and respect our military men, women, and their families. I knew the second story (and also other ones since I realized just two wasn’t going to be enough to satisfy me! LOL) would also have a military hero.
“Doc” was the perfect choice! Jasmine is a real hero and I loved letting her have her one special night and who knows, maybe more than one.
I hope you liked these behind the scenes look at the inspiration for One Special Night.
Happy Canada Day to all my Canadian friends. Happy July 1 to everyone else! It’s hard to believe it’s a new month already. It seems to me the summer is flying by and yet it only just got started.
Today I’ve got for you a teaser from Just One Night, my new release. I’m almost done with the next book in the series, One Special Night. That’s Tommy’s story and I’m really having a lot of fun writing it. One Special Night will be available in late July.
Warning, this is for mature audiences only!
It’s FRIDAY! Doing the Happy Dance here! Today I have some fun for you at my friend’s blog so please come join Sia and me as we chat about the inspiration for THE CLAIMED!
Have your coffee (or tea) ready for our chat about Romeo & Juliet and Happily-Ever-Afters.
Thanks for yesterday! I spent the morning at IKEA finding new furniture for my child and then spent another seven (7!!!) hours assembling it. Needless to say, I am sore this morning and needing a little fun.
That’s why I am sharing Episode 3 of the very Funny or Die spoof on Will & Kate called “Will & Kate Before Happily Ever After”. There are actually 4 episodes, but I found this one kind of hysterical as Kate discusses the need for penis-shaped things at “hen” parties. Visit funnyordie.com for the remainder of the series.
Here goes and I hope you’ll all have a great weekend. If you can’t see the video below, you can click here:
On Monday we were talking about what turns you on in a man. Hands. Face. Eyes. Working man’s physique. Thanks to all of you who commented and provided help as I busily revise my current work-in-progress.
For me, a story isn’t really sexy unless there is some emotional connection between the hero or heroine. Even if it’s lust at first sight, there has to be the promise of more between them for me to really get involved in the story.
How about you? Do you need that emotional connection? Must there be a happily-ever-after or the promise of one for you to be satisfied at the end of the story?
Also, don’t forget to set your alarms for my live video event with Lisa Renee Jones tomorrow! Stop by for some sexy talk about paranormal heroes and what is the perfect man along with some fabulous prizes! Just click on the widget below or click and follow this link: http://t.wbx.me/f8qgs
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The women in today’s paranormal, suspense and urban fantasy books, movies and television shows are not the heroines of old. They are empowered, know how kick immortal ass and are capable of saving themselves. It’s why I love them and today, I’m sharing 13 of those top heroines from my favorite works (or at least I’m hoping to reach 13. If I can’t, I hope you’ll join in with your favorites).
- 1. Buffy Summers. What can I say other than that this character turned female empowerment on its head by proving women were capable of saving the world while still being feminine.
2. Eve Dallas. Tortured, strong, honorable and with a loving heart that grows with each IN DEATH story, J.D. Robb’s Eve is the ultimate powerful heroine.
3. Selene from Underworld. Kate Beckinsale totally rocked this role. I could watch the movie and its sequel over and over and over again.
4. Anita Blake. Some readers think Hamilton’s character went south with CERULEAN SINS, but early Anita is pure gold and not to be missed.
5. Rachel Morgan. This uber-witch from Kim Harrison’s Witch series touches your heart with your vulnerability, but raises you up with her desire to protect those whom she loves.
6. Paige Winterbourne. Kelley Armstrong’s heroine from the Magic series is a wonderful character trying to cope with being thrust into a role she hadn’t imagined for herself.
7. Gracie Hart. What can I say about Bullock’s interpretation of an FBI Agent who is totally not in touch with all things feminine. The transformation of this character is a must-see.
8. Anna Valerious. Kate Beckinsale makes the list again with this empowered female from the 2004 movie VAN HELSING. Tough and yet vulnerable, she has you rooting for a happily-ever-after with the always gorgeous Hugh Jackman in the role of Van Helsing.
9. Hermione Granger. Yep, you read that right. This pint-sized heroine packs enough brain power and magic to keep the men in tow.
10. Lara Croft. Wow, what can I say. Action, adventure and Angelina. Not to mention both Daniel Craig and Gerard Butler as potential love interests. Too yummy for words.
11. Wonder Woman. Lynda Carter brought class, sass and beauty to this role on the small screen. Filling her shoes in a movie version will be a hard act to follow. Could explain why so far this movie franchise can’t seem to get off the ground.
12. Supergirl. What can I say? I wish Superman’s little sister didn’t live in his shadow so much. Maybe she needed her own identity? Think of Robin becoming Night Wing. And why not Superwoman and not girl? But regardless, she ranks up there with the top kick ass heroines.
13. Catwoman. LOL! You thought I was going to say Batgirl didn’t you? Nope, this is one time that a villainess ranks up there, especially since in my hopefully romantic heart I kept on hoping for her to be redeemed and end up with Batman.
Hope you enjoyed today’s Thursday Thirteen. I welcome you to add any of your favorite kick ass heroines in the comments sections.
The purpose of the meme is to get to know everyone who participates a little bit better every Thursday. Visiting fellow Thirteeners is encouraged! If you participate, leave the link to your Thirteen in others’ comments. It’s easy, and fun!