Today I’m happy to reveal the new cover for Serendipity Summer, my first book published by Booktrope! A random commenter will have a chance to win an e-book copy (upon book release) of this sweet, sexy, and heartwarming story!
*COMING SOON* OCTOBER, 2015
Published by Booktrope
In Laurie Kozlowski’s contemporary romance novella, Serendipity Summer, friends once separated by life’s unexpected challenges discover they have a second chance at love in the charming mountain town of Riverbend, Tennessee. Jake and Anna reunite during a sensual, late-night swim and restoring an old inn together blasts their chemistry off the charts. But as destiny urges their hearts forward, intruding secrets from the past threaten their opportunity to finally have lasting happiness.
Serendipity Summer is the first book in the Riverbend Way series and reflects small-town life, includes some comical relief, and incorporates heartwarming characters who triumph over difficult life circumstances.
Please note: Serendipity Summer contains detailed sex scenes and occasional strong language. This series is recommended only for those 18 years and older.
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Saint Patrick’s Day is one of the most celebrated holidays around the world. It seems like everyone is Irish or wants to be.
As Saint Patrick’s day approaches, I love to see the smiling faces. Everyone is in a better mood because the sun is shining, and the flowers are blooming. The formally frozen castles of the Irish and want-to-be kinship are bustling with hearty food. (bless the people who haven’t given up the resolution to eat salads for a lifetime.) Uplifting music boasts across borders and nations in celebration as parades unite us all. And uninhibited exhibitions of love and happiness that could get us all arrested are (mostly) acceptable on St. Patrick’s Day.
Though the original phrase “Luck of the Irish” was an old mining expression that carried a distinct tone of derision, the Irish holiday proves to be a way the world disagrees.
I remember my father giving me a crystal tea set, made in Ireland. Since we’d reunited only a few months before, he couldn’t have known I loved Irish made collectables such as those. I now use the tea set when my daughter and I have tea parties. I like to think that although he didn’t know my gift preferences, luck had played a part in the special birthday gift. It was certainly a blessing to see my entire family around the table for the first time.
My father and I are not close, but I am happy this year to be spending St. Pattie’s Day with my husband and daughter. Like so many around the world, I will have a smile on my face. Life has given me an opportunity to build on the unconditional love of my little family and great friendships. I believe in love and luck and blessings.
I also believe that great things come to those who work hard and wait. For two years, I’ve been blogging and writing fiction. Here is my most recent stroke of luck/blessings/serendipity, posted to my Facebook Author page:
I’m pleased to announce the first book of the Riverbend Way series–Serendipity Summer–will now be represented by a new publisher. I’ve signed with Booktrope, a growing publishing company based out of Seattle, Washington.
“Serendipity Summer,” contemporary romance/womens fiction novella was originally independently published, released in November of 2014. It has now opened the door to work with an exclusive creative team through Booktrope while I focus on writing and developing the series.
No woman/man is an island when it comes to writing, producing, and publishing a book. It takes a small village to do all of it and spread the word. Those who have extended to me their expertise throughout this journey, I am eternally grateful. My sincerest thanks for jumping aboard on this journey.
I’m happy to share this moment with my daughter and husband. They have both seen me through the hills and valleys these first two years of a writing career. I’m thrilled “Serendipity Summer” has opened a door to work with Booktrope and a creative team to take this series to the next level.
Thank you all for believing in “Serendipity Summer” as much as I have. Your readership, shares, reviews, and various avenues of support have lighted the path to wonderful possibilities and opportunities!
To show my appreciation for your support,
I'm giving away an e-book copy of Serendipity Summer
to a random commenter. To be eligible to win, answer
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3.23.2015. Good luck!
In case you missed it on Facebook (I hop back and forth these days), I’m excited to share the cover of my debut contemporary romance novella, Serendipity Summer!
Serendipity Summer is the first book, of four, in the Riverbend Way series, set in the rustic and charming mountain town of Riverbend Way, Tennessee. I’ve enjoyed developing the main characters and the side characters–including a couple of memorable animals that will make a regular appearance, throughout the series. I have wanted to hold on to the story for a while, now–but as everything has been coming together nicely, and just for the sake of making sure everything is just how I want it, the release date has been adjusted to the last week of October.
I am still learning the publishing ropes, so if anything changes, I will be sure to post the changes, and keep you updated. All should go well, though, because I’ve published, once before. I’m looking forward to having a release day celebration with giveaways and prizes! This is an exciting time! I have had the honor of being invited to be featured at a book signing event and have begun to order swag and promo items in preparation for my first release! (more details to come.)
Without readers, we authors wouldn’t be able to do what we do–so, thank you!
I am still tweaking the blurb, but I’d like to share the first teaser–and the second teaser (not yet posted to Facebook), of Serendipity Summer. But first, take a look at this beauty of a cover The Killion Group designed for me with images from Hot Damn Designs!
Her gaze traveled back up to his gorgeous eyes.
Eyes looking upon her with a familiar heat she’d seen only once before.
She struggled not to choke on the water as it dawned on her who was standing before her. A man who had made it into many of her dreams, but never, permanently into her life.
The sound was far off in the distance, but Jake gradually became aware he was the person being observed as an older and feminine voice chimed in.
“No, Kady-bug. Not your Uncle Trevor. Just a friend of Mommy’s. We were having a sleepover.”
Jake resisted the urge to chuckle and kept his eyes closed to listen in.
“Why is he on the couch, in a suit, and not in jammies?” the young girl asked.
“Sometimes at sleepovers, not everyone wears jammies. They can sleep where ever they want to.”
Anna indulged the girl.
Now trying to swallow down a full-fledged belly laugh, Jake hid the grin on his face, knowing Anna would be angry as hell if he continued to pretend to sleep while the kid put her through the great inquisition.
Finally letting a deep chuckle go, he opened heavy eyes.
~ Serendipity Summer by Laurie Kozlowski ~ Copyright, 2014.
Please join me in welcoming MJ Flournoy, author of steamy, emotional, suspenseful and gripping erotic romance. It’s my pleasure to share with you more about this wonderful author and her great novel, A Matter of Trust. We’ll also be giving away an Amazon gift card to one lucky commenter, so read on!
Laurie:Welcome, MJ! I’m thrilled to have you on the blog today to share more about who you are and why you write.
MJ: Laurie, thanks so much for having me today. As you know, I write romantic suspense for ARES, which is an imprint of Renaissance Ebooks. I write because I love being in charge of the outcome of my plots. I enjoy making things happen, then figuring out how to undo what I’ve done to my characters. My days are spent as a special education teacher, but my evenings are all about writing romantic suspense.
Laurie: What a great and enjoyable way to unwind after a work day 🙂 What activities/hobbies do you enjoy when you aren’t writing?
MJ: Reading is one of my very favorite things. I also enjoy travel – I’ve been to Europe three times and hope to go again soon. I adore the beach, being near the ocean inspires me to write. I also love to cook, trying new recipes is a passion.
Laurie: Oh, it will be nice as summer is approaching to enjoy some beach time. Best wishes on travels to Europe, how exciting! Your elegant blog – http://authormjflournoy.wordpress.com/about/ – brings to light your love of travel. Of all your travels, what place do you favor most and why?
MJ: I simply adore Italy and the Greek Isles. I’m a history geek and never tire of seeing all the historical sites. My favorite place however, isn’t a city, it’s a ship. I love MSC Musica. What better way to travel than to have your elegant hotel sail from one romantic city to another? Musica is a member of MSC Cruise Line’s fleet. While it isn’t the largest, it won my heart with its wonderful crew. Cruising is my passion!
Laurie: How lovely! A very beautiful way to travel, for sure. I’m all about the romance, as you can tell 🙂 Please tell us about your book – A Matter Of Trust. What type of story is it and what makes it unique?
MJ: A Matter of Trust is a romantic suspense/thriller with paranormal elements. The unique thing about it is the plot idea came to me when I heard about a teacher who encountered a child and felt something just “wasn’t right,” her concern and the fact that she acted on her intuition saved the life of a kidnapped child. With that story, Jolie Wyngate sprang fully formed into my mind and along with her, the Maniac who is the voice in Jolie’s head.
Laurie: Wow. Absolutely amazing. I’m sure your mind went into overdrive to create this terrific story. That is what captured my attention the most as I read this book – the unique plot and characters. What was the most challenging part of writing this story and why?
MJ:The most challenging thing about this book was the Maniac’s dialogue. I had to retype it from all caps, to Italics, to regular type and back to Italics. Everyone who read the manuscript, including the final editor had a different idea of how it should be done.
Laurie:Yes. I remember you previously mentioning the Maniac was the voice inside Jolie’s head. I can see where it would be quite challenging to differentiate the dialogue between the two, but I think you pulled it off nicely.
What is your goal as a writer, concerning how people perceive and receive your work?
MJ:The most important thing for me is to be entertaining and offer escape. I read for escape and I hope that my readers will enjoy the adventures and obstacles I throw at my characters.
Laurie: I agree. There’s nothing better than escaping into a great book. Your book is very much an escape as Jolie is thrown into obstacles during her adventure.
Who and/or what are your main influences in pursing writing and why?
MJ:My favorite book is Shanna, by Kathleen Woodiwiss. When I finished reading it, I sighed and whispered, “This is what I want to do.” It took me a long time and several false starts, but I finally achieved that goal.
Laurie: A very great accomplishment, indeed, to finish writing a great book. I’m sure there are many readers who will read your book and be inspired, also. Are there any other memorable books that are your all-time favorites?
MJ:As I mentioned above, Shanna is my all-time favorite. I also enjoy reading romantic suspense by many of my friends who are members of Kiss of Death.
Laurie:For readers and writers not familiar with Kiss of Death, it is a chapter of RWA (Romance Writers of America), specifically centering on romantic suspense. To visit their “place on the web for murderously inclined romantics,” here’s the link to their site: http://www.rwamysterysuspense.org/index.php
Do you have any favorite quotes? If so, please share!
MJ: “If it is to be, it’s up to me,” is my motto and my favorite quote is “I don’t give them hell, I tell the truth and they think it’s hell”—Harry S. Truman
Laurie: A great motto and quote. Are there any current projects or interests that you’d like to mention or include before we leave everyone to ogle over the excellent cover to your book and hopefully indulge in Jolie’s and Mac’s romantic suspense adventure?
MJ: I’m currently working on the second book in the NVC series (A Matter of Trust was book 1). This book finds Jolie and Mac working for New Ventures Consulting and has a big surprise in store for the Maniac.
My other Work in progress is tentatively titled, the Serpentine Thread and has an Autistic Savant, a special education teacher, and a former SEAL turned FBI agent working undercover to infiltrate a homegrown terrorist cell. (I am retiring this year after a twenty year career as a special education teacher and I look forward to having much more free time for writing!)
Laurie: Oh, wow! I’ll certainly be looking forward to seeing what big surprise you have in store in the continuance of this series. Once again, you’ve left me intensely curious about your unique works in progress. Early congrats on your retirement. What a great and meaningful accomplishment, as I’m sure you’ve played a great role in molding many young minds. I look forward to reading more of your stories!
Her paranormal abilities had always caused her grief. But can they save the life of a child who has been spirited away fro her parents and the life of the man she loves?
Jolie Wyngate is a middle school teacher with an extraordinary gift—or is it a curse? Throughout her life, she’s been never been sure. Now, when she is implicated in the disappearance of a child, the ultimate value of her powers will be put to the test.
Mac Carlson, former Navy SEAL and security expert, is tasked with rescuing the girl, Rachael Anne. From the moment he meets Jolie, his suspicious and protective nature sets its sights on her as a prime suspect. Can Jolie clear her name and gain this man’s hard-won trust?
More importantly, can she save the girl before time runs out? She won’t be able to do it without her psychic abilities—but Mac has a hard enough time trusting Jolie as it is, let alone trusting her powers to lead them to Rachael Anne.
As Mac and Jolie realize they have no choice but to work as a team—and as they slowly warm to each other in the process—they realize they have a new problem: the man they are after has set his sights on Jolie. Now Jolie will need all of her abilities, and all of Mac’s strength and skill, to stay out of the fiend’s hands and bring Rachael Anne back home.
M.J. Flournoy is an author of erotic romance. MJ writes stories laced with suspense, paranormal adventure, love, lust and sensual details. MJ’s stories are steamy, emotional, suspenseful and gripping.
When not crafting hot stories for Sizzler Intoxication line, MJ enjoys travel. Cruising is a particular pleasure for MJ and she loves cruising the Mediterranean. So far, MJ has visited, Austria, Italy, Greece, France and Spain.
Follow MJ on Facebook at authorMJFlournoy or contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Special thanks to MJ Flournoy for taking the time out of her very busy schedule to be a guest on LaurieWriting today and so generously offering a $5 Amazon gift card to a lucky random commenter on the blog.
To be entered into the drawing, simply leave your name, an email address where we can send the gift card, and reply to this question in the comments section of this post: What makes a hero unforgettable?
Today I’m interviewing author Marin Thomas, writer of over 30 stories for the Harlequin American Romance line, enthusiast of sports and the cowboy way! I hope you’ll round up a few minutes to relax and enjoy learning more about her and her new Cash Brothers series!
**Please Note: All Entries Are Now Closed For Giveaway**
Laurie: Welcome Marin, and thank you for taking the time answer a few questions today so readers, writers, and those interested in a great romance book will be able to learn more about you and what you write!
Marin:Hi, Laurie! It’s a pleasure to be here—thank you for having me!
Laurie:To give everyone an idea of what life is like when you’re not writing your latest cowboy romance, what are your favorite hobbies and interests?
Marin:Sports….In the Fall, hubby and I try to take at least one weekend trip to Tucson to watch our Alma Mater the University of Arizona Wildcats play football. And since we’re both big sports fans we catch several U of A vs. ASU (Arizona State) sporting events throughout the year…baseball, softball, volleyball, basketball and hockey.
Dining….Hubby is a big Diners, Dives and Drive-In fan so he scouts out the restaurants in Phoenix that Guy Fieri has visited and he’ll usually surprise me every few weeks and take me to one.
Traveling….I love taking weekend trips to check out Old West Historic Towns–Arizona is full of them!
Laurie: Sounds like fun! There’s nothing better than going to a good game…especially if the guy looks great in a uniform, the sweat, and is a hunk….a non-smelly kind of sweat, of course. Uhm….where was I again? Oh, yeah – How sweet of your Hubby to surprise you with delicious eats 😀
Marin: LOL, Laurie! If you ever pass through Phoenix, I’ll get us tickets to a college sporting event and we can drool together. 🙂
Laurie:That’d be great Marin. I’m sure we’d have tons of fun! 🙂
I know almost every woman has a dream date in mind. If you were stranded with a cowboy, who would you choose to share a night under the stars with, what would you bring, and what would you do?
Marin: Okay, this is easy. I’ve had a crush on Sam Elliot forever. He’s my go-to guy for the perfect cowboy. When I think of him whispering in my ear under the stars, I get shivers! What would I bring—maybe a blanket? As for what would we do…this is a PG blog so I’ll let your readers fill in that blank. 😉
Laurie:*Sigh* Yes, the classic perfect cowboy. I’m sure many ladies have wished for Sam to give them the shivers. Good thing to bring the blanket – everyone loves the R rated stuff under the covers 😉 We’ll leave that a mystery for now, though 😀
Would you say Shannon, your heroine in The Cowboy Next Door, is a reflection of yourself in some ways? If so, how?
Marin:Oh, no! She’s much braver than I am. We’re both pretty determined gals in our own way but you won’t catch me riding on the back of a bull. I become dizzy when I walk across bridges and look down 🙂
Laurie: I don’t know…..I’m convinced some of the bravest women I know are romance writers! Speaking of writing…What did you enjoy most about writing TCND and why?
Marin:Writing a really gutsy heroine and researching women’s rough stock events. I love history and enjoyed learning about some of the women in this country who competed in rough stock events.
Laurie:I have to admit, your research paid off. When I read the rodeo scenes, it pulled me into a whole new and exciting world. It was intriguing to read about the risks involved in the sport for Shannon- being a woman on the rodeo circuit-in a man’s world.
Marin:Thanks for saying that, Laurie! I do quite a bit of research for my rodeo books and a lot of the time the information never makes it onto the page but hopefully adds a more authentic feel to the story.
Laurie:You are currently residing in Arizona and I noticed The Cash Brothers Series is set in Stagecoach, Arizona. Has your current residence influenced the decision to have this series take place in Arizona? If not, how did you decide on the setting?
Marin:Actually, my editor asked if I’d write more western stories that took place in Arizona because many of the authors for the American Romance line are already writing stories set in Texas and the Northwest.
Laurie:I have to agree, there are a lot of stories set in Texas and the Northwest. I think when many people think of Texas, they think of cowboys. It was a nice break from the norm and a wonderful experience to read about an Arizona cowboy.
As I began reading The Cowboy Next Door, I thought it was unique and funny that Amiee Cash’s children were named after Country Music Legends. In TCND, did Johnny Cash, the Country Music legend, inspire you to incorporate some of his characteristics in Johnny’s character? How are they similar and different?
Marin:When I wrote the book I wasn’t consciously thinking of how I could compare the two Johnny Cash’s. Aside from having dark hair and the same name, the hero in The Cowboy Next Doorand the real Johnny Cash don’t have much in common.
Laurie:In TCND, I’ve noticed in a note to readers before they read the story, you mention you like to explore family relationship dynamics. In this book it seems most of the characters come from broken homes and are affected by their circumstances. Is there a reason why you decided to go with characters with lesser than perfect households?
Marin:Lesser than perfect homes is the norm today—it’s what most readers have experienced or they know someone who has. I just don’t think it’s very realistic to portray a perfect family, because most readers wouldn’t be able to relate to the story.
Laurie:Is there a particular issue you feel is close to your heart in this aspect that you’d like to voice?
Marin:I have a real soft spot for children, because they end up paying the price for their parents’ mistakes. In the real world I wish every child and teen could go to bed a night with a full stomach, a hug and a kiss from someone who loves them and that they fell asleep with no fears or worries about what the next day might bring.
My favorite charity is One Simple Wish http://www.onesimplewish.org which helps children. Instead of my hubby or kids buying me birthdays presents each year they all pool their money together and donate to this charity in my name.
And at Christmas our family heads to the mall together and each of us choose an angel from the Christmas trees for kids in need. Sadly, it’s always the teenagers who get left on the trees so we make sure we pick the older kids. Last year we bought these awesome bikes for two fifteen-year-old boys and a nice camera for a sixteen- year-old girl.
Laurie: A sad, but true reality. How wonderful it is for your family to bring some light into childrens and teens lives by donating and giving gifts. I’m sure it means the world to those kids to know someone cares.
Is there anything else you would like to share that people may not know about you?
I’m really tall. 6′ 1″ 🙂
My favorite “stress” snack is Pepsi and Lays Potato Chips.
I collect Roosters—one can never have too much good luck in the kitchen… although I have to confess, all my roosters have done nothing to improve my cooking skills!
😀 Lol! Thank you, Marin, for taking the time to share with everyone thoughts on writing, life, and lucky roosters!
Marin Thomas grew up in Janesville, Wisconsin. She left the Midwest to attend college at the University of Arizona in Tucson, where she played basketball for the Lady Wildcats and earned a B.A. in Radio-TV. Following graduation she married her college sweetheart in a five-minute ceremony at the historical Little Chapel of the West in Las Vegas, Nevada. Over the years she and her family have lived in seven different states but have now come full circle and returned to Arizona where the rugged desert and breathtaking sunsets provide plenty of inspiration for Marin’s cowboy books.
My Review ~ The Cowboy Next Door
There are days when a woman wants to be lassoed into sweet and sexy cowboy romance, and for days such as these, The Cowboy Next Door fits the bill perfectly. The first book in The Cash Brothers series draws the reader into the rodeo world, gives them insight into broken families and relationships, and has them hoping for a happy ending for characters who deserve a better life and happiness with one other.
This romance will pull you into the story as you are introduced to the dutiful, determined, and irresistible Johnny and his growing desires for Shannon-stubborn and motivated rodeo cowgirl-who is also Johnny’s sister’s best friend and 9 years his junior.
Thanks to an especially hot encounter with Shannon in a shower, Johnny soon realizes she isn’t the tom-boy he had once taken care of like a little sister, but a fully grown and very alluring woman that stirs him in a way that’s not so brotherly. Meanwhile, overseeing his family’s pecan farm and being a father figure to his brothers has taken its toll, as he tries to figure out a way to save the farm.
Shannon has big plans to win Cowgirl of The Year, but it seems the men in her life are against her high-risk-taking tendencies and her dream of winning the rodeo title. On top of wanting to succeed while the odds are stacked against her, she has to deal with one sweet and sexy cowboy who gradually reels her stubborn self in for a chance at love at the worst time possible.
What I loved about Johnny was how he put his desire for Shannon to quit rodeo aside and instead tries to help her achieve her dreams by overcoming her worst fear. This type of unselfish compromise and encouragement is what every determined, strong-willed woman needs and appreciates from her man.
I think many women can relate to Shannon – she is a very strong-willed woman who enjoys her independence. At the same time she struggles with knowing the people she’s closest to have the ability not only to build her up, but also tear her defenses down. Shannon’s attraction to Johnny doesn’t surprise her, but her sudden desire to please him does because she wants full control of her situation and to not be side-tracked from reaching her dreams. This makes her more guarded.
With Shannon’s defenses up, and Johnny’s urge to protect the woman he’s reluctantly falling for, it makes for a great combination of sensual tension and desire between the two that jumps off the pages. You want them to be together. Believe me, the ending is well worth it 🙂 This wonderfully written love story will have you rearing to go for the next book in The Cash Brothers series. I highly recommend it!
Conway Cash is finally ready to settle down, and he has the perfect woman in his sights. The only thing is, he’s dead set against being a father—and Isi Lopez has twin four-year-old boys. When he finds himself roped into babysitting for them, life starts getting complicated!
Kids or no, Conway soon discovers he and Isi make a great couple. And hanging around with her kids isn’t so bad—that is, until they beg him to be their new daddy. The pressure is piling up for this formerly footloose cowboy…but with some luck, and a whole lot of Christmas spirit, Conway just may find himself in the center of his own ready-made family!
The winner of the contemporary romance novella Drawing The Line, by Kimberly Kincaid is………….
~Amanda Beaty Chambers~
Amanda, once you have claimed your prize, Kimberly Kincaid will send you Drawing The Line via e-mail with the address you’ve provided us when entering the giveaway. Enjoy your e-book Amanda!
Wondering what you missed?
The giveaway has ended, but for anyone who missed the post before, foodie romance Author Kimberly Kincaid gives some great tips on what makes a hot hero and shares a blurb for her latest novella Drawing The Line.
Today I am welcoming foodie romance Author Kimberly Kincaid to the blog and we will be giving away a free copy of Drawing The Line to a lucky commenter. Kick back and enjoy as she shares her insight on what makes a hot hero, gives you a peek into her novella with a blurb, and tells us a little about herself.
How My Hero Earned His Nickname
Jason Morgan, the hero in my latest foodie novella Drawing The Line, is a cop working a make-or-break case. Serenity Gallagher is the witness to a brutal crime. They meet at the hospital under some very…interesting circumstances (he walks in on her as she’s changing). Here’s how his nickname is born:
A wash of heat rode high on Serenity’s cheeks, although whether it was from having been stone cold busted in her underwear or from the piercing ocean-blue stare of the detective standing across from her, she couldn’t be sure. Of all the cops who could’ve caught this case, fate just had to dish up the one who ate lunch at her diner once a week and could probably charm the chalk out of the world’s stodgiest schoolmarm.
But Serenity didn’t do anything on a whim, ever. And she wasn’t about to buck tradition with a fast-talking detective, no matter how many nurses he flirted into submission.
“I’m not sure what you mean, Detective Morgan.” Serenity pasted an ill-fitting smile over her face, and ugh, even that made her head throb. Okay, so the chances that he hadn’t figured out her bungled escape plan were pretty nonexistent, but no one had told her the police would come talk to her here. And while Serenity had finally gotten in touch with her restaurant manager, Jules, and convinced her to go to the diner instead of coming to the hospital, Mac’s was still her responsibility. She needed to make sure the place was taken care of so she could go upstairs to get an update on Colin. He wasn’t just her friend, he was her employee, which made him her responsibility too.
No matter how charismatically Detective McHot-Hot was looking at her.
Okay, so Serenity is being just a smidge sarcastic when she dishes up this nickname (that is, after all, part of her feisty style). But Jason’s nickname holds true for lots of reasons, and not just the physical. What makes a hot hero…well, hot? Here are four elements that work for Jason, and for hot heroes across the board in their own way.
He’s dedicated. Jason is cop, just like his father before him, and the guy just screams I’m into my job! Hot heroes have a passion for something, be it work (think cops, firefighters, military men, heck, he could be an accountant as long as it’s his thing) or play (thrill-seeking base jumper? Intense sculptor? Muscle car enthusiast?) Heroes who have a passion for something else will easily translate into heroes who have a passion for your heroine.
He’s good.Don’t confuse this with always doing good things, now. After all, nobody’s perfect. But at the center of every good hero, even amongst the flews, is inherent good. Sure our hero might rough up bad guys or have a dark past. But he’s redeemable, and he gives the heroine—and us—glimpses of that worthiness as the story progresses.
He’s got a third dimension.Jason’s third dimension is the splash of smart-alecky-ness that makes him mischievous. With this secret super power, Jason is able to put Serenity (who does NOT want to be in protective custody with him) at ease. Hot heroes have something unique about them that make them stand out, usually something that defines them even if they don’t know it (Jason uses humor as a cover for the serious side of being a cop). This makes them more real on the page, and it will keep readers reading. And swooning.
He’s flawed.This goes hand in hand with number two. While hot heroes are good men, they also have flaws. Real, believable issues that stand in between who they are and who they want to be. Jason’s flaw is that he doesn’t think he can balance love and the career he’s dedicated to, so he has trouble letting anyone past that cocky façade. As long as a hero has internal conflict, he has room to grow, to arc, to change. And when readers are privy to this transformation, they will feel invested in the hero as well as his happily ever after.
So tell me, writer friends! What are your favorite attributes in a romance hero? Do you like them gruff and Alpha? Or are serious Beta heroes for you? Who are some of your favorites? One lucky commenter will win a free Kindle-ready copy of Drawing The Line, so don’t be shy! Tell all!
Drawing The Line Blurb:
When Detective Jason Morgan is tasked with keeping a local restaurant owner safe as part of a make-or-break case, he rises to the challenge. The job is his first priority, and he owes it to the memory of his father, a detective killed in the line of duty, to do it at any cost. But Jason never expected Serenity Gallagher to be so beautiful, so serious…or so tough to protect.
Serenity has moved from place to place at the whim of her capricious mother all her life. The last thing she wants is to leave the diner she finally calls home, even if it means being stuck with a sexy blue-eyed detective. But she’s the only witness to a horrible crime, and the man behind it wants her very, very dead. Going into protective custody means survival, no matter how much Serenity hates hiding.
As Jason and Serenity bide their time together, they are shocked to discover they have much more in common than the surface reveals. But keeping her safe is Jason’s number one priority, no matter how much he’s drawn in by the woman beneath the witness, and Serenity’s past makes it difficult to trust. As the stakes get higher and the spark burns hotter, can Jason and Serenity draw the line?
Kimberly Kincaid writes contemporary romance that splits the difference between sexy and sweet. When she’s not sitting cross-legged in an ancient desk chair known as “The Pleather Bomber”, she can be found practicing obscene amounts of yoga, whipping up anything from enchiladas to éclairs in her kitchen, or curled up with her nose in a book. Kimberly is a 2011 RWA Golden Heart® finalist who lives (and writes!) by the mantra that food is love. She has written two digital novellas, Love On The Line and Drawing The Line, about hot cops and sexy chefs, with a third novella, Outside The Lines, due this summer. She is also thrilled to have collaborated on a Christmas anthology with Donna Kauffman and Kate Angell, titled The Sugar Cookie Sweetheart Swap, to kick off her Pine Mountain foodie series with Kensington this October. Kimberly’s first full-length novel, Turn Up the Heat, will follow in February 2014. She resides in northern Virginia with her wildly patient husband and their three daughters. Visit her any time at www.kimberlykincaid.com or come check her out on Facebook and Twitter .
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