Friday, September 19, 2014

Friday Fun - Fan Girl Adventures in Ireland & Inverness with Heidi Rice and Abby Green

Two go mad in Mayo
Harlequin KISS & Cosmo Red Hot Reads author Heidi Rice is here at the Pink Heart Society today, talking about stalking her two favourite authors - Nora Roberts and Diana Gabaldon - over one amazing week in August with a little help from her best writing buddy Abby Green....

Like I'm sure all other romance authors that ever lived, I am also a huge romance writer fan girl... And two of my favourite authors happen to be Nora Roberts and Diana Gabaldon. This is the story of how, during one incredible week in August, Abby Green and I went the full fan girl and met them both while also getting to soak up the atmosphere of their most inspirational locales. 

Nora Roberts in Mayo: 17th August 2014

The Amazing Nora Roberts (can I be you when I grow up?)
It all started several months ago when I got a tweet from Presents author Abby Green, my best writing buddy, about an event that was going to be held at Ashford Castle in County Mayo in August... Afternoon Tea with Nora Roberts.

Well, straight away I said: 'I'm in!" Nora is one of the people who inspired me to become a romance writer. I have a scarily-large collection of her books. And to meet her in the West of Ireland where she has set some of my favourite books of hers and at Ashford Castle too, the incredible stately home where her latest trilogy is set (and right by the village where they shot The Quiet Man!)... OMG! No brainer, folks.

After a night of bar-hopping in Dublin's fair city, Abby and I set off on a slightly overcast Sunday morning to do the 3-hour drive to Cong. Once we arrived we checked into the very plush Ashford Lodge (in the grounds of Ashford Castle - we couldn't actually afford the castle!!) where we then discovered Nora's Tea was going to be happening. After helping ourselves to tea, cakes, and other yummy treats we settled in (nabbing seats at one of the front tables no less). Nora arrived bang on time and after stopping at every table to have a quick chat she took to the stage for the talk.

Ashford Castle bar here we come...
It was a marvellous event, Nora doing a quick interview with her publisher before fielding questions from the floor. She's sharp and witty and as brilliant as you might expect.

Here's a little sample of the Q&A:
Why did she love Ireland as a location for her books? Because it's part of her heritage and the place is, well, magic.
Does she get anyone to read/edit her dialogue? NO! (think there was mention of broken fingers here if anyone tried!)

What's her writing day like? Starts promptly at 8am, finishes at tea time and is very productive by the sounds of it (well, there's a surprise). That said, she does take time to dick around on the internet for a bit before starting to write (I took this as a very good sign that dicking around is allowed - in moderation).

Does she get advice from her husband/sons on her writing? No 'what would they know?' (Said with total aplomb while her hubby and one son were there!)

Someone, of course, asked the Roarke/Eve/Baby question too and she graciously answered it without running from the room screaming..... In case you don't already know this, the answer was 'not gonna happen' (or certainly not any time soon).

There were many many more questions a lot of which gave us authors present some invaluable insight into her writing technique. I was particularly excited to hear she's a total panster (like moi) and expects her first draft to be utter shite - also like moi (although I suspect mine's a lot shiter than hers).

Prosecco anyone?
Afterwards there was a book signing. The queue stretched through the lobby, round the ballroom and out into the gardens... But she stayed and signed and chatted and took pictures with everyone. When my chance arrived, I went a bit into fan-girl overload (while clutching my copy of her new In Death) and couldn't stop talking. 

But, as I'm currently in the process of writing my first single title book, what I really wanted to know was what did she think was the main difference between writing a longer book after writing series. Her answer? The essentials are the same, it's just on a much bigger canvas. 

Then she had this great analogy: Writing a single title is like performing Swan Lake, she said... You have the huge cast of dancers, the big stage, the full orchestra, the lavish costumes, the impressive backdrop, etc, etc, etc...  Writing series basically involves doing all that, but in a phone booth! It made me laugh, but also made me realise I needed to stop crapping myself about whether I had the ability to write a longer book and just get on and write the bugger....

That night Abby and I wandered down to Ashford Castle, and managed to sneak our way into the uber swanky and exclusive bar. And who should be there with her people, but Nora... Now we didn't approach her, she'd been so generous with her time already, and we didn't want to behave like actual stalkers and possibly get arrested. But it was still kinda cool to be necking strawberry proseccos in such a gorgeously Presents-style setting while chatting about our latest WIPs with Nora FREAKING Roberts sitting right behind us!!

Diana Gabaldon in Inverness: 22nd August 2014

Abby and I awestruck & trying not to show it (much)
Unlike our Nora stalking, our Diana Gabaldon / Outlander odyssey was somewhat more nuts and spontaneous. Basically Abby and I were driving back to Dublin airport from Mayo so I could get the flight back to London on Monday. And Abby just happened to mention that Diana Gabaldon was doing a book tour this same week in Scotland ('yeah, right "just happened" to mention!). 

What a coincidence we thought. 

Seeing as we're both HUGE Outlander fans and were currently high on all the hype for the new Starz series of the books starring the delicious Sam Heughan and the fabulous Catriona Balfe. Let's check out where DG's going to be, we said to ourselves? Let's see if there are any tickets left, we said to ourselves? We've got a 3-hour drive to kill, there's no harm in looking, right? Um, wrong! 

By the time we'd got to Dublin airport we'd booked flights from Dublin and London to Edinburgh on Friday morning. Booked tickets to DG's talk and book-signing event in Inverness that evening, had car hire and a hotel for the night lined up and well... Suffice it to say that we are no longer allowed to be left for three hours alone together in a car with access to an iPhone and a 3G connection.

Pocket Jamies at the ready!
The author stalking bug was still going strong that Friday morning when we met up in Edinburgh airport. We drove three hours through the wild Highland scenery to Inverness, booked into our vintage hotel with a tartan carpet (no, really) by the station (actually, literally on top of the station!) ... And then headed off to the talk/book signing at the Ironworks ten minutes walk down the road.

Yes to Inverness
The event was quite simply AWESOME.

Diana Gabaldon is the most astonishing and unique writer. I think the Outlander books are my favourite evah (I am currently re-reading them again - no small feat for me as I am a VERY slow reader and it will take me months). But I adore Jamie and Claire, their literally timeless love story, the ever growing diaspora of secondary characters, and the fabulously evocative historical detail DG gives to the books - making you feel as if you've been thrown back in time to the Scottish Highlands circa 1745 and been forced to marry this strapping gorgeous Highland warrior called James Alexander Malcolm McKenzie Fraser who turns out to be the love of your life.

But also wonderful are Outlander's Scottish fans who are so enthusiastic and fun and well, just plain awesome too. Not surprisingly DG in person turned out to be a truly inspirational speaker. Hilarious, ridiculously modest, and wonderfully relateable. She did a fabulously entertaining talk about her adventures writing the books and getting them published (I can't paraphrase it here, go see her for yourself!) despite having a bad cough and afterwards at the book signing was similarly generous. 

I was actually too tongue tied with awe to talk to her much (poor Nora got the bum end of that deal!) but we got a great picture (well it's a good picture of me and DG, do not know why AG was gurning!) and I got a copy of the new Starz inspired Outlander edition with Sam's Jamie looking ruggedly gorgeous and Caitriona's Claire looking brave and indomitable on the cover, signed by Herself of course.

Standing Stones
(the non-time travel variety)
But the inspiring stuff didn't end there. After a night on the town in Inverness - which is an astonishingly pretty city by the river with a great second hand bookstore called Leakeys and was a hot-bed of YES campaign energy at the time - we headed out to Culloden Moor the following day...

Culloden: marking the tragic death
of a way of life
The Battle of Culloden - which ended the last Jacobite uprising in a particularly brutal way - casts a long shadow not only over the Outlander books, but also the history of Scotland and indeed Britain (it's the last battle to be fought on British soil). The Moor is everything you would expect, both eerie and arresting and wildly evocative. The Clan stones that mark the mass graves of the fallen Highlanders are a particularly affecting sight (the audio tour is superb BTW).

After the Culloden experience we kept with the Outlander theme and, hearing of some nearby standing stones from the very nice lady in the Culloden visitors centre, we headed off down a country track to have lunch by the Cairns.

We didn't get transported back in time... Which on balance is probably a good thing, because quite apart from the lack of hygiene, non-existent plumbing, virulent diseases, murderous battles and generally hard rough life of the Highlands in the 18th century... Abby and I would have probably come to blows over Jamie Fraser - thus ending our beautiful (and expensive) friendship! (FYI, I would totally have won that fight, just saying).

So there you have it: the Ultimate Author Fan Girl Stalking Tour. With some inspirational sightseeing thrown in.

Tartan carpet? Seriously?

Thank you Miss Abby. So glad we are such a terrible influence on each other.

Here's a preview trailer for Starz' Outlander show to finish my blog.... Just because ... Well, sexy men in kilts, people!

Heidi's 2nd Cosmo Red Hot Reads, 10 Rules to Sex Up a Blind Date, is out soon...On October 8th. 

She loves to hear from readers (or fellow fan girls) through her website, blog, Twitter (@HeidiRomRice) or Facebook.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Time Out Thursday - A Stitch in Time

Lovely regular Pink Heart Society columnist Jennifer Faye is talking about what she does in her spare time; or at least, what little spare time she has outside of writing...

I must admit that when I quit the day job to become a full-time writer I thought that I would have all the time in the world to do a little bit of everything. LOL. I was sooo naive. Hey, you live and you learn. ;-) These days I spend way more time doing writing and writing-related things than I ever did at the office—even when I was doing yearend reports.

But when I’m able to sneak in some ‘me’ time, one of the things that I LOVE to do is my needlework. If truth be told, I practically grew up with a needle in my hand. I started sewing when I was very little. Maybe three or so. I was anxious to make magic like my grandmother did with a needle and thread.

It was during this period that my grandmother taught me a lot about patience. Just because I wanted something didn’t mean that I was going to get it right away. Not an easy lesson to learn, especially for someone so young. Maybe that’s why I enjoy the anticipation in most cases more so than the big event. She also taught me that in most cases there’s an order/process to things.

First, we had to pick out a design that I was going to embroider. Talk about exciting. She had scads of needlework magazines with lots of pretty iron-on designs. I wanted the elaborate—I wanted to do what she did. She told me that maybe I could do those later and then pointed me toward the beginner designs. Eventually with much patience on my grandmother’s part, we settled on one. Yippee! I was ready to begin.

Umm, not so fast. What? But why?

There was material to locate. And then of course, it had to be laundered, but laundry was done only on Mondays. What? Really? Gosh. Darn. Even a few days was a LONG time for a little kid. But eventually Monday rolled around and the laundry was done. Talk about an excited kid.

But quickly I learned that you don’t stitch wrinkled material. It must be ironed and ironing day wasn’t until Tuesday. What? More waiting? I sulked and went away.

The next day was ironing day, surely I’d get to sew. I was back pestering my grandmother, eager and ready to begin working with all of the floss in such pretty colors. Well, ironing took up a big chunk of the day and my grandmother had other chores to do so there wasn’t any time left. But she promised me that since I was so good at waiting that we would start first thing Wednesday morning. Woohoo!

And of course, like any good grandmother, she kept her promise. ;-)

And that is how I started my love of needlework. I do various kinds of needlework such as crewel, embroidery, cross-stitch, needlepoint, punch stitch, and quilting. I have book upon book of patterns, heaps of material and case upon case of pretty colored floss. :-) And still, I can find more to buy. It is most definitely one of my guilty pleasures.

So how about you? Did you learn a hobby of some sort at a young age and still love to do it? If so, share with us. I love to learn about other hobbies/crafts.

Jennifer’s upcoming release, A Princess by Christmas, is available for pre-order now.

A royal kiss under the mistletoe… 

Prince Alexandro Castanovo arrives in snowy New York intent on protecting his royal family from scandal. And when Reese Harding—down-to-earth and heart-stoppingly beautiful—finds room for him at her inn, it seems like the perfect twist of fate. 

Not long ago Reese's world came crumbling down, shaking her foundations. But this enigmatic stranger intrigues her! She's learned to be wary of secrets…but when she discovers Alex's true identity, might there be enough magic in the air to make this regular American girl a princess by Christmas…?

To find out more about Jennifer and her books, visit her on her website, or her Facebook and Twitter pages.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Writer's Wednesday - It Doesn't Get Easier

In part nine of her series, Riding the Writing Roller Coaster, Pink Heart Society columnist Barbara Wallace answers the question, "Does Writing Get Easier?"

Back when I was struggling to be published, I used to tell myself that once I wrote a book good enough to be published, the writing process would get easier.  After all, I would be published!  Clearly that mean I knew what I was doing, right?


The truth is writing will never get easier. We might write faster, we might writer better, but crafting a good book never gets easier. If anything, just the opposite happens: It gets harder.

As beginners, we are perfectly content with throwing a scene together, excited to see our words becoming a real live story.. But then, we started studying our craft. -We started evolving as artists – and suddenly simply putting words on a page were no longer enough.  Suddenly our inner critic began reminding us that we had to focus on things like Story arcs, character development, plot structure, and pacing.  Our inner critics developed a voice.  Writing got a little tougher.

Along came rejections, critiques, and contest results.  Our inner critics got louder.  The efforts to make the book “right” became harder still.

Finally, we published.  Now, it’s not only our inner critic sitting on our shoulder, but every reader, reviewer and editor who ever commented on our work.  We see our contemporaries winning awards and garnering the praise we long to hear (while discounting our own successes, mind you, because that praise was for the last book – not the one we are currently slogging through).  We tackle more complex conflicts and we push ourselves as artists.  We raise our personal standards.  All of this makes for creating  the best book we can that much harder.

Oh, and by the way – while you are writing to higher standards, you’re doing it against the ticking clock of a deadline.  And don’t get me started about writing while balancing all the other responsibilities that come with your career.

I'm sorry.  Were you expecting a positive post?

Seriously, I am being positive.  Because you know what?  Writing is supposed to be hard.  Easy means that you aren't growing.  Easy means you're throwing the same old stuff on the page day after day after day.  If you're dedicated to having the best writing career possible - and most writers are - then you are continually pushing yourself to the next level.

This is true even if you're not actively challenging yourself.  Simply by honing your craft, you ensure the next story will be that much more challenging.  For the writer committed to staying on the writing roller coaster, hard is inevitable.

The great Theodore Roosevelt once said "Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty...."  So I say embrace the suffering.  It means you’re doing something right.

Of course, you might think different.  Maybe I'm the only person in the world who thinks every book gets that much harder to write.  I invite you to weigh in below.  

Do you find writing harder as you gain experience? Or has it gotten easier?

Barbara Wallace is currently slogging through her fifteenth manuscript.  Her next published book is The Unexpected Honeymoon, due out in October from Harlequin Romance.  

A holiday to remember...

Widower Carlos Chavez manages La Joya del Mayan, the most romantic resort in Mexico. On good days, the romance passes unnoticed; on dark days, it only reminds him of his loss.

But the honeymoon suite's latest guest, Larissa Boyd, has rocked his steadfastness. Stunningly beautiful, she seems lost. And no wonder... she's on a honeymoon for one! 

The chemistry is instant - and their similarities run deep. Could it be that the two loneliest hearts in Mexico have found the most unexpected of places?

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To find out more about the lovely Barbara and her writing, follow her on Facebook, Twitter or and visit her website

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

PHS Alumna - Mira Lynn Kelly - Taking The Next Step

From next month, the Pink Heart Society Founders will be returning to tell us how things have changed in the last seven years and what they're doing now. But since the very beginning, the PHS has been a group effort and today, we're delighted to be visited by another of our alumna, USA TODAY Bestselling Author, Mira Lyn Kelly.

Back in January of 2010, in her debut post as a columnist for the PHS, Mira told us about the sale of her first book. By May of 2010, she was working on her third and for a year, we followed her progress in the First Things First series. 

Seven books later, what is Mira doing now?

Hey everyone!! Been a super long time, so for those of you who don’t know me, how about a little reintroduction. I’m Mira Lyn Kelly, write-at-home mom to four kiddies and one puppy beast, retired Pink Heart columnist & editor, homemaker non-extraordinaire, extreme stress baker, binge reader, hard core fan of romance in all its forms, resident of Minnesota (my second favorite state!) and survivor of this most recent Summer Break. 

Okay, okay, put the torches and pitchforks away, lol. I love summer too! I love having my kids around, the flurry of activity, the sleeping in and cooking out… I love it. I do. But by the end of summer, even with all that fun, in those last few weeks the kids start getting a little squirrelly. A little bickery. A little… BORED.
Mira signing her first contract

Cue my right eye starting to twitch. 

Seriously, those last few weeks can be a bear. And this year, muscling thru was even harder for me. Because this year, sweet September wasn’t just bringing the magic of Back-to-School, but also the first release in my brand new Dare To Love series from Loveswept, TRUTH OR DARE—which is out TODAY!!  

Seriously, guys, I’m so in love with this one!!!

AND if you want to help me celebrate, hop over to my Facebook Release party this evening, which is going from 5-9pm CST. I’ve got tons of author friends stopping by and even more prizes to give away. Here’s the link 

Hope to see you there!
So how about the blurb?

After her one attempt at commitment ends in the worst kind of betrayal, Maggie Lawson vows that the only people she’ll love ’til death do they part will be her friends. Unfortunately that means Maggie letting her bestie rope her into a year-long dating dare: score a new date each month or pay a penalty. Seems doable—until Maggie’s date stands her up, leaving only one option: the sexy stud who just moved in upstairs. The problem? He and Maggie can’t stop fighting—and that’s just the beginning.

His name is Tyler Wells and the last thing he needs is his neighbor distracting him with her girl-next-door smile and sharp tongue. Tyler’s in Chicago for one reason: to woo back his selfish ex in order to reclaim the child he once thought was his—and that means keeping Maggie out of his bed. A tall order, since Maggie has become a bigger temptation than he ever expected to face. But before they can even consider leaving the past behind, Maggie and Tyler must accept a brand-new dare: real, forever love.

Truth or Dare is out today, available on the Kindle, Nook, iTunes, Google Play, BooksAMillion and Kindle UK:

Thanks so much to the Pink Heart Society today for helping me celebrate my new release, it’s been great being back! And before I let you go, let me ask this…

What’s your favorite month of the year and why?

Find out more about Mira at her website, and on Facebook and Twitter.  Sign up to her e-newsletter for sneak peeks, snippets and the like!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Male On Monday - The Regency Man

This Monday at The Pink Heart Society, Harlequin Historical author, Georgie Lee, talks to us about the attraction of the Regency-era hero. Then, as is often still the case today, clothes helped maketh the man. 

One hundred and seventy-four years after his death, women all over the world can still be thankful for the effect Beau Brummell had on fashion. Don't believe me? Well, if I said he was the man credited with introducing and establishing the modern man's suit worn with a necktie, would that help?

Granted, it's not the same now as it was in Brummell's time, but his influence is still evident in the office, board room and at social events. 

The Regency era is when men’s attire really got it together. Gone were the gaudy silks and frills of the Georgian age. Instead, it was all about perfectly tailored, bespoke garments (Gucci and Armani, anyone?). The Brummell look was based on dark coats, full length trousers, immaculate shirt linen and an elaborately knotted cravat.

And the fashion conscious Regency man wore it well.

Long boots were standard (demonstrating the influence of riding apparel), they carried their gloves when they weren't wearing them, and the Regency saw the first appearance of the top hat. Many men also carried a cane when out walking, a habit which formed when they were no longer permitted to walk around with swords.

The era of high wigs and flowing, curly locks was over, too. Instead, the Regency ushered in an age of close cropped hair with a sexy, rumpled effect, influenced by statues of legendary Roman figures like Titus and Brutus.

But did you know, historically speaking, the Regency period only lasted nine years? Why, then, are we so drawn to Regency men two centuries later?

Jane Austen certainly helped. Ever since Mr. Darcy appeared in all of his dripping wet glory from that famous lake, Austen adaptations have guaranteed audiences for both TV and Movie screens. There's also the fact romanticism was well established by the Regency period. You wanted poetry, you had Wordsworth, Byron and Shelley. You wanted art, there was Constable and Turner. If there had been an iTunes, you would most likely have been downloading Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert. 

It was a time when romance was celebrated.

Maybe part of the attraction is we feel we could do with a little more of that, these days...

While we no longer live in a world filled with etiquette and elegance, balls and duels, debutantes and rakes, the draw of a brooding, heart-throb hero remains. Dress him up and it increases the need to have our heroine dress him down. In more ways than one!

The potential for a heroine to slowly undo the hero's cravat is one of the many reasons I love writing Regency-set historical romance. It’s hard to pass up a gentleman in a well tailored suit, especially when he is in possession of a big manor house. 

Are you a fan of the Regency period? Which heroic qualities from the world of Mr. Darcy, Mr. Knightley and Captain Wentworth do you think are still important today? Do you have a favorite actor who played a Regency role? Let us know in the comments!

Georgie's latest Regency romance, The Courtesan's Book of Secrets, is out on October 1st:

To save his family legacy, Rafe Densmore must seize a courtesan's infamous register. No one can ever know how his father betrayed his country! One person stands in Rafe's way - the beautiful Cornelia, Comtesse de Vane.

In the card rooms of Paris, Rafe and Cornelia made an unbeatable... intimate team. Until, convinced of Rafe's desertion, desperate Cornelia married an elderly comte. Now, returning to London and impoverished widow,  she'll do anything to possess the register.

Even if that means becoming Rafe's partner once again...

To find out more about Georgie's books, you can visit her website and follow her on Facebook or Twitter.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Be Kind To Authors...They Are People Too.

Another new columnist for The Pink Heart Society is author Joss Wood, who is here today to talk to us about generosity of spirit. Can you forgive a favourite author for a book which didn't quite hit the mark? How many misses can they have before they leave your auto-buy list?

Hello from sunny South Africa where spring has arrived with a hop and a skip and already hot temperatures!

Like so many other authors I love reading and it absolutely feeds my soul. Last night I finished a book by an author I absolutely adore. I had been so looking forward to reading this book,  I loved every second of the hero's brother's book and this book was going to be as incredible...wasn't it?

(And no, I'm not going to tell you who the author was - that wouldn't be fair! Suffice to say that she is well known and generally writes amazing books!)

Oh, dear....I finished the last page, put my Kindle down and pulled a face. Ack. 

I felt all those emotions readers feel when the book just doesn't hit the spot. Disappointed, cheated, slightly annoyed. The book had such a good plot and so much more could've been made of the story. Except that it imploded like a cheese souffle. (Not that I have ever made a cheese souffle but I imagine that if I did, it would sink like a stone. Cooking is not a strong point of mine. Anyway, I digress...)

Then I took my reader hat off and pulled on my author hat and remembered that nobody can churn out thirty plus books and have them all be brilliant. Not even the fabulous Ms Still-Not-Telling-Ya! Nobody can hit that emotional sweet spot every time and there could've been a hundred reasons why this book wasn't as good as the rest.

As I write this I am also cognizant of the fact that this is my perception of the book, there are probably hundreds- thousands!- of people out there who adored this book and got exactly the emotional pay off I couldn't find.

But let's, for the sake of my argument, assume that it wasn't one of her better attempts.

Writing is not easy and it's especially not easy to write when you are sick, sick of dieting or you're dealing with teenage kids who make you want to chew your wrists off...oh, wait, that's me projecting again. But the reality is that we have no idea what is happening in an authors life when she's writing a particular everybody else, authors have issues and I believe that a creative person is always influenced by his environment. 

Maybe, I thought, this author was on a hectic deadline, maybe she was moving house or maybe she just didn't like these characters or this story as much as she loved others. 

That happens.

I know that we pay money for books and we expect value for our money and I am not, for one minute, saying that we should be accepting of badly written stories. This story wasn't bad, or badly written or not worth the just lacked a little sparkle. But, for all the other hours of sheer reading pleasure she's given me, I'll forgive her and let her off the hook.

Because maybe, if I do, the Karma Fairy will give me a pass when somebody feels disappointed by one of mine...

Are you a forgiving reader? Have you given up on an author you used to love? In the spirit of this post (not naming any names!), let us know what kept you turning the page or made you want to toss a book across the room...

Joss Wood's first book, She's So Over Him is available world-wide! 

He's back. He's insanely hot. He's absolutely the last person she should date.

Maddie Shaw is a part-time bartender with a never-get-involved attitude to dating and a flair for the perfectly served drink.

Yet when ex-boyfriend Cale Grant walks into her bar, a whole ten years after their massive bust-up, she's blown away all over again by his dark chocolate voice and deep blue eyes. So, just how over him is she?

To find out more about Joss, you can visit her website and follow her on Facebook or Twitter

Friday, September 12, 2014

Friday Fun - 5 Reasons To Pick Up A Rock Star

Making her columnist debut at The Pink Heart Society, author Stefanie London campaigns on behalf of the fictional rock star. How do they measure up to the rest of the heroes we love? Are they the next 'big thing'?

I love all types of romance novels, although category/series romance will forever have a special place in my heart. I love all kinds of heroes, too – billionaire playboys, self-made businessmen, princes, sheikhs, cowboys (I've more recently come around to this trend), and firemen.

I read a book recently which shot a different hero to the top of my ‘want to read’ list. The Rock Star.

I blame Kylie Scott.

More specifically, I blame the first book in her Stage Dive series, Lick. The hero is a rock star who’s lost his mojo…until he meets the heroine, that is. Drinking and a quickie wedding in Vegas ensue, only she can’t remember a thing the next morning.

Please, Kylie Scott…take all of my money.

I would never have picked The Rock Star to be my favourite type of hero. I’m not really the kinda gal who was ever attracted to bad boys, piercings, long hair or brooding artsy types. One look at my husband will tell you I like my men clean cut and suited up. But that’s the great thing about romance novels, they’re pure escapism. So I can live out my rock star fantasies without having to figure out how to wash leather pants.

Not completely sold on the rock star hero? Here are 5 reasons I think you should pick up one today:
  1. They’re always topless and tattooed. They often like to strut around in jeans and boots without a shirt, while looking all moody and sexy. This is never a bad thing. 
  2. The have the feels! Artists are sensitive types so under all the drinking and swearing they’re just gooey balls of marshmallow emotion waiting for the right girl to write song lyrics for. Swoon. 
  3. They’re good with their hands. 
  4. There’s never a dull moment with a rock star. They can access all areas or they can whisk you away to a private mansions somewhere fabulous. Who doesn’t fantasize about that occasionally? 
  5. They’re waiting for the right girl to tame them. This is probably my favourite part of romance novels – I love it when a wild child finally meets his match in the heroine. Watching her unravel a guy as powerful and desirable as a rock star is utterly delightful.
So who would be my pick to play the sexy and moody David Ferris if Lick were ever made into a movie? Why, the fabulous Jared Leto of course.

Jared Leto = human perfection

Are you a fan of rock star heroes? Do you have a crush you'd like to share? Have you read Lick? We’d love to hear your recommendations for other rock star books. Let us know in the comments!

Stefanie London hasn't written about a rock star (yet) but she does love romance books tied to the art world. Stefanie’s second book with Harlequin Mills and Boon is Breaking the Bro Code, coming October 2014, and features an ex ballerina and her childhood love.

Off limits…and oh-so-tempting! 

Elise Johnson has more important things to concentrate on than men…saving her struggling ballet studio for starters! So when gorgeous Col Hillam—her brother’s best friend—saunters back into her life, she’s none too keen.

He might be proposing a purely professional arrangement, but the last time they got carried away by their crazy attraction it ended in disaster!

Col knows Elise is off-limits, but it only makes her more tempting…. With chemistry this hot, surely that bro code is now null and void…?

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