Do Commercials Influence You?

curious cat.3I guess that’s a question most companies would love to have an answer to. Are you more likely to purchase a Toyota Camry because a famous race car driver is featured on its commercial? Or are you likely to run out and buy M&Ms because of the cute cartoonish characters?

Speaking for myself, I find them incredibly irritating. Last night I’d been watching the family channel for a good portion of the evening (Harry Potter marathon) and probably saw the same five or six commercials at each break. I mean, there’s only so many Samsung or Lego ads that I can stomach on any given evening. And don’t even get me started on the car commercials. Seems like ever other ad involves enticing the consumer to buy a new car.

But would this work for books? Now, if you are a regular reader of MagicalMusings, you know that our main concentration is on books, books and more books. We’re reader-holics. Drive past a bookstore and we begin to salivate. Let us get into one of said bookstore and all bets are off. I don’t normally leave any bookstore empty handed (although it has been know to happen … twice, maybe three times).

Sheila Clover-English of COS Productions is trying to do just that. Make commercials for books. Right know I believe she has done this on city buses … the ones which have little tv monitors every couple of seats. Not sure how much success she’s had, but she tells there is some. COS Productions also feeds into a local cable channel at any conference that either RT the Magazine or RWA puts on. Sheila runs a loop of commercials 24/7 while in that city. Again, this is primarily seen by writers but I’m willing to bet that the feed goes out to other household consumers. I’d have to ask Sheila how much success she’s had with the cable channel.

Would these ads influence me? Hell, yeah. As a reader, I’m forever on the outlook for a new author to try out. As a result, I pay attention to the commercials featuring books and writers.

Producing commercials requires a lot of talent and money. I understand getting a sixty second commercial during the Superbowl takes millions. Don’t know about the average commercial played during television shows or movies.

So … what say you? Do you pay attention to commercials and allow them to influence you into parting with a few hard-earned bucks? Or are you like me and view them as toilet breaks?

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Review: The Ophelia Prophecy by Sharon Lynn Fisher

OpheliaProphecy_take 2Book Info:

Title: The Ophelia Prophecy
Author: Sharon Lynn Fisher
Publisher: Tor Books
Publication date: 1 April , 2014
Copy received from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Book description:

Our world is no longer our own.
We engineered a race of superior fighters–the Manti, mutant humans with insect-like abilities. Twenty-five years ago they all but destroyed us.

In Sanctuary, some of us survive. Eking out our existence. Clinging to the past.
Some of us intend to do more than survive.

Asha and Pax—strangers and enemies—find themselves stranded together on the border of the last human city, neither with a memory of how they got there.
Asha is an archivist working to preserve humanity’s most valuable resource—information—viewed as the only means of resurrecting their society.
Pax is Manti, his Scarab ship a menacing presence in the skies over Sanctuary, keeping the last dregs of humanity in check.

But neither of them is really what they seem, and what humanity believes about the Manti is a lie.

With their hearts and fates on a collision course, they must unlock each other’s secrets and forge a bond of trust before a rekindled conflict pushes their two races into repeating the mistakes of the past. The Ophelia Prophecy is the thrilling new SF romance from Sharon Lynn Fisher, author of Ghost Planet

My thoughts:

I read Sharon Lynn Fisher’s debut science fiction novel, Ghost Planet, and thoroughly enjoyed it, so I was looking forward to The Ophelia Prophecy. I wasn’t disappointed. Fisher’s writing is as vivid as ever, and her characters are interesting enough to stay with you long after you’ve finished the book. Asha seemed a little young to me, given she’s twenty-five in the story, although she has been living a cloistered life until she finally breaks free of Sanctuary, where she’s lived all her life. Pax is a wonderful character, constantly torn between duty and desire, fighting his heart and his head, without ever coming across as too indecisive, something Fisher doesn’t always pull off with Asha, although this is a really minor complaint.

Pax and Asha meet under strange circumstances, and Pax takes Asha off to Granada, the Manti capital. Pax’s father is the head of the Manti, the people illegally genetically engineered to be stronger, hardier than humans by mixing human and insect DNA. Their purpose? To be used as fodder for human wars; soldiers who would fight longer, win more, and were replaceable. But the Manti rose up against their human creators, in a mix of rage at their treatment and an understanding that they were the stronger species. This post-war landscape is where the story begins, with Asha living in one of the small pockets of humans left, a walled city called Sanctuary, where everyone is safe, as long as they stay within the safety of the city boundaries.

Those who don’t, disappear. Taken by the Manti.

But what was Asha doing outside the city walls, and why can’t she remember anything? Pax has a gap in his memory, too, and the two dance around each other, trying to work out where they stand, and where their loyalties lie. Because Asha soon finds out nothing she knows about her home and her family is true.

This is a post-apocalyptic book with a difference, and I found it refreshing, believable and beautifully rendered.

Reviewed by: Tara

Four stars

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Review: Love at Stake by Victoria Davies

LASBook Info:

Book Title: Love at Stake
Author: Victoria Davies
Publisher: Entangled Publishing, Covet Imprint
Genre: Paranormal
Publication Date: 1/27/14

Book Description:

Abbey is the lone human working for Fated Match, a company that pairs members of the supernatural community with their eternal mates.

To snag a young vampire socialite as their next client, Abbey journeys to the home of Lucian Redgrave, the oldest vampire on the East Coast. But he’s not willing to allow his vampire daughter to use the agency… unless Abbey can first find his perfect match in a month.

As Abbey coaches Lucian through his dates, she can’t deny the chemistry between them. But humans are toys for vampires, and risking her heart isn’t a part of the plan.

My Thoughts:

To put it simple, Love at Stake is super hot! I had long gotten over my vampire crush once the industry was completely saturated by vampire stories but decided to give another one a chance. The premise sounded interesting and I was in the mood for a fun paranormal romance. Davies did not disappoint. In fact, she had me crushing on vamps all over again! I loved the idea of a dating service pairing up different species of paranormals. So fun!

Our main love interest, Lucian Redgrave, is a very old, very high powered vamp. He is skeptical of a dating service being able to match him to his “mate”. As a result, him and Abbey end up spending time together (much to her dismay). She is determined to match him and he is determined to get her into his bed…and this is where it gets really fun!

I love our heroine, Abbey. She is feisty and headstrong. She doesn’t let people walk all over her. And especially not a centuries old vampire, no matter how enticing the offers. She does things on her own terms and I love that in a female lead character. It makes for a great buildup in the story because she doesn’t immediately fall into bed with him. She’s also described as being curvy and not the typical beauty ideal we see in a lot of print and movies. Major kudos to the author for that. Readers are more likely to connect to characters that are more attainable and Abbey is believable and likeable. The fact that she is human and being chased romantically by a vampire adds an interesting twist. It makes her more vulnerable and aware of her flaws.

Right away, Lucian and Abbey’s budding relationship gave me a little bit of a Fifty Shades vibe. (Which I was not unhappy about!) There’s also a vampire/werewolf love triangle thing going on, which just adds another romantic layer. ‘Love at Stake’ is sassy, sweet and also really sexy!

Reviewer: Chelsea

Four stars

****LOVE AT STAKE is on sale for $0.99 until March 29th, details here.*****

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A Cookie for Springtime & a Giveaway!

flowers - white and yellowYAY! At long, long last…spring is (technically) here!

Of course, as I type this, the weather looks hardly welcoming in my region of the country (northern Illinois). It’s rainy and overcast with a chiller of a wind…so I’m not convinced the seasons have officially changed yet.

However, my calendar tells me that it’ll soon be time for Easter (and Passover, too, for my Jewish friends) and, as is usually the case for big holidays, we’ve got some family plans in the works. One of those plans involves cookies. :razz:

My mom and my grandmother are both REALLY good at baking. Me? Well, not so much, but I can handle a few easy culinary projects. My relatives have desserts that are a tradition on certain occasions — like the Italian Christmas cookies my mom makes every year in December with her Sicilian friends — and her favorite date cookies, which she likes to make in April around Easter time. Here is a simple version of the recipe:

DATE COOKIES

date cookiesIngredients:
3/4 cup butter, softened
3 eggs, beaten
1 1/4 cup sugar
3 cups all-purpose flour, sifted
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon water
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
2 cups pitted dates, chopped
1/2 cup pecans, chopped

????????Directions:
Step One – Cream butter and sugar in a bowl until fluffy then add the beaten eggs. Add in the flour, cinnamon, cloves and baking soda — mixing well.
Step Two – Combine the dates, the water and the pecans, and then add them to the dough, too.
Step Three – Cover with plastic and chill for an hour.
Step Four – Grease a cookie sheet and drop rounded tablespoons of dough onto it.
Step Five – In a preheated 375 degree oven, bake the cookies for about 10 minutes. Let them cool for another 5 – 10 minutes before removing them from the tray. Enjoy!

Holiday Man - final cover smallDo you have a favorite recipe — dessert or otherwise — that you love to make (or have made for you!) during late March/early April? For our friends in the southern hemisphere, I know it’s autumn now, not spring, but I’m just as happy to read about your tasty favorites during this time of year, so please share!!

And, because Holiday Man is a contemporary romance that takes place during a full year of holidays — Easter included — I’ll give away one PDF copy of the novel to one random commenter below. Open internationally! I’ll draw the winner’s name around noon on Monday, March 31st and post it in the comments section.

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend!

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Interview with guest Lisa Verge Higgins

Lisa Verge Higgins_credit Molly HigginsPlease welcome new Magical Musings guest, Lisa Verge Higgins today. She’s answering some questions about women’s fiction and her latest release, Random Acts of Kindness.

Michelle: It is lovely to have you with us, Lisa. As a women’s fiction writer, what is it about women’s fiction that inspires you, and what do you think accounts for the popularity of the genre?

Lisa: It’s such a pleasure to be here at Magical Musings—thanks so much for inviting me!

Women’s fiction is such a varied genre with really fuzzy edges, but at the core of every book, I think, is the theme of positive emotional change. The stories revolve around real life—but magnified, intensified. I like being on a journey with women who face conflict, overcome it, and in the process gain wisdom—especially if I experience these travels from the safety of my reading couch. I think the appeal lies in the idea that we can take a piece of that hard-earned wisdom home.

higgins.randomactsofkindness.trMichelle: Your latest release (congratulations!), is entitled Random Acts of Kindness, and the main characters in the story go on a road trip back to their hometown. Is this a trip you’ve taken yourself?

Lisa: Yes! I’ve driven across the country before (the northern route) but not with two girlfriends and an incontinent dog like in Random Acts of Kindness. I traveled with a hot rugby player, so it was a different kind of voyage. One of the lessons I learned from that real-life road trip is that traveling with someone is one of the best ways to determine if you’re compatible. Nicole, Jenna and Claire of Random Acts of Kindness have a lot of adjusting to do, and their three-week odyssey becomes a boot-camp in how to nurture a successful friendship.

Just as an aside, it was that road trip with the rugby player that convinced me to marry the guy. In a week we’ll be celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary.

Michelle: In Random Acts of Kindness the plot revolves around the ripple effect of a small act of kindness that your main character does which changes her life and the life of her friends. What inspired you to use this theme of small acts having big consequences?

Lisa: Here’s one of the random acts of kindness that inspired this novel: When my parents were a young couple with kids of their own, they decided to take in foster children. Talk about an adventure! Anyone who has had this experience knows it can be wonderful and it can also be extremely challenging. The kids would stay for a year, sometimes two, and then return to their families. Most never contacted us again–and that was understandable, because their time with us coincided with a tumultuous one in their lives, one they didn’t want to dwell upon.

But once, long after I left home, a young man showed up at my parent’s house. It turns out that he was one of the first foster children my parents had ever taken in over a decade earlier. The young man thrust out his hand, thanked my father, and confessed, “You are the only father I’ve ever known.”

Decades after my stoic-New-England-Yankee father told me that story, I still remember the tears in his eyes.

Michelle: Female friendships are another strong element of most women’s fiction, and certainly Random Acts of Kindness. Do you think that’s an essential ingredient to women’s fiction?

Lisa: Absolutely! My other three novels of women’s fiction—The Proper Care and Maintenance of Friendship, One Good Friend Deserves Another, and Friendship Makes The Heart Grow Fonder—focus on the importance of friendship in keeping us steady, focused, and strong, especially during the most difficult times of our lives. I know I couldn’t manage long without my girlfriends!

Michelle: What’s up next for you? Are you working on anything at the moment we can look forward to in the future?

Lisa: Yes! In March 2015 my next novel, SENSELESS ACTS OF BEAUTY, will be released. In Senseless Acts of Beauty, outsider Tess Hendrick—who had long kicked the dust of her hometown from her heels—is forced to return to Pine Lake when she discovers that the daughter she placed for adoption as an infant is about to track her down.

As you can imagine, Random Acts of Kindness and Senseless Acts of Beauty are companion books. Both focus on a group of women who graduated from the same high school in the tiny Adirondack town of Pine Lake—women who’ve scattered and experienced very different lives, but ultimately find a measure of peace in their unusual, and sometimes unlikely, friendships.

Michelle: Thank you for visiting Magical Musings!

Lisa: My pleasure! Thanks for having me.

higgins.randomactsofkindness.trMore about RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS:

Sometimes getting lost is the only way to find what you’re looking for.

With the remnants of her past rattling in the trunk of her Chevy, Jenna Elliott abandons her Seattle home determined to start life anew.

Her journey compels her to the door of two friends: Claire, an ex-Buddhist nun and cancer survivor, eager to escape her overbearing family for what may be her last chance to fulfill a dream; and Nicole, a professional Life Coach who can’t even control her own teenage son.

But what starts out as an impulsive road trip soon becomes an inexorable journey to their past, as the women grapple with who they were, who they are, and the strange twists that have now set them on the road to their hometown of Pine Lake. There, Jenna discovers that her random act of kindness has rippled out into the world like a stone dropped into a deep pond, coming back to rock her life—and those of her friends—in ways they never expected.

You can visit Lisa at her website, or connect with her on facebook.

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Fairy Tale Inspiration with Giveaway!

The Golden Apple 300 wideOn Monday, The Golden Apple, my second fantasy novel, was released. :)

As with Mistress of the Wind, my first fantasy, The Golden Apple is based on a fairy tale, but unlike Mistress of the Wind, it is very loosely based on the original. I actively tried to keep Mistress of the Wind as faithful as possible to the original fairy tale, East of the Sun, West of the Moon, whereas with The Golden Apple, my inspiration for the story came from just one or two lines from the original, The Princess on the Glass Hill, and the concept of the story itself, a princess perched on a glass hill with a golden apple in her lap. The Golden Apple is the first part of a two-part series, called The Dark Forest, and the second and final book, The Silver Pear, will be out this coming fall.

I’ve always been drawn to fairy tales for their explorations of inner strength.

One of the recurring themes of fairy tales is the dark forest, and why I used The Dark Forest as the over-all title of the series. The symbolism of entering the dark forest, of confronting our darkest fears and the darkness of our own sub-conscious, and grappling with issues of identity and rebirth, really resonated with me. I loved weaving that fairy tale aspect into The Golden Apple, even though it wasn’t part of The Princess on the Glass Hill.

A criticism of fairy tales is the passivity of heroines. Cinderella has to be found by the prince and saved, Snow White kissed awake while she lies passive, Sleeping Beauty, the same. But there are fairy tales were the heroine is more active. East of the Sun, West of the Moon, which I based my fantasy novel Mistress of the Wind on, is one of them, and in that, the heroine is clearly the hero and the protagonist of the story. But there was also a flash of that in The Princess on the Glass Hill, and why I became interested in the story in the first place.

At first glance, the story is like Cinderella, Snow White etc, in that the princess can do nothing but sit on top of her glass mountain and wait while the knights try to ride up the smooth, steep glass to pluck the golden apple from her lap. She will have no choice but to marry whoever manages to do it. But there was a line in the story which caught my eye. It said the princess threw down the apple to the hero as he tried to reach the top. In other words, she had sized them all up, decided who she’d prefer to have, and helped the hero to win. She seems to have no power, but in fact, she has all of it, in that moment. She has the golden apple. She can throw it to whoever she wants, or, in fact, hold on to it. No-one can reach it without her assistance.

This interesting twist on power, who wields it and how it is used, as well as the consequences of taking action and grabbing power, inspired me to write The Golden Apple. I ended up diverging wildly from the original tale, but at it’s heart, I hope I reflect that interesting power-switch that the original was hinting at.

Because it was release day for The Golden Apple on Monday, I’m giving away a copy of The Golden Apple, either in Kindle or paperback format, winner’s choice.

You can enter below, and you get extra entries if you comment and let me know if you have ever given a fairy-tale based fantasy novel a try.

About The Golden Apple:

Kayla’s world has been turned upside-down . . .

Her father has made her the prize in a deadly, impossible tournament, and Kayla has retaliated in the only way she knows how; by choosing her champion beforehand. But taking control of the outcome changes the game completely, and when the real reason behind the strange test becomes apparent, Kayla realizes not just her life, but her entire kingdom is at stake.

Rane’s honor is torn in two…

In order to save his brother, Rane will do whatever he has to–including deceive and betray a princess. He knew nothing about this tournament would be easy, but when it turns into a deeper, far more sinister game, Rane is forced to see it through to the end, or leave his brother at the mercy of their enemy.

Now their fates are entwined, and they must venture into the deep, dark forest together . . .

Kayla and Rane are bound to one another by an enchantment and Kayla’s actions. But the sorcerer forcing them to do his will may have miscalculated, because no-one comes out of the Great Forest unchanged. No-one.

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Who’s Your Hero?

In my current book, the 4th Rescued Hearts novel, the hero is a doctor and a widower, with a young teenage daughter who isn’t doing well emotionally – and I couldn’t get a handle on him. I didn’t want him to be a macho hero, but because of his circumstances, I couldn’t see him as a laughing guy. So I put a call out on Facebook, and I asked whether people wanted my hero to be Dr. McSexy type or a Leonard type from The Big Bang Theory.

Leonard won hands down. So my hero is a nerd. Even though he’s a successful surgeon and his late wife was beautiful, he still feels inept and clumsy in front of the heroine. I’m having fun with the nerdy part of him.

I have a book on heroes and heroines, and my nerdy doctor could fit the “Professor” archetype. Another unusual boyfriend character I like is from the movie Juno. Her boyfriend might fit the “Best Friend” archetype, which is something else you don’t see often in books or most movies. He’s just a really sweet guy who’s a bit nerdy, too. Juno, the heroine, loves this high school track runner so much that she makes him sexy. And he loves her back just as much, and that makes him sexier. Heroes who love the heroine that much and want the best for her are always sexy to me.

Love Actually is of my favorite movies. All the male stars were wonderful. But one that stood out for me was Colin Firth. His character was not a lady killer. Quite the opposite. It starts off with him catching his brother having sex with his girlfriend. So he leaves for France, and he falls for his Portuguese housekeeper who doesn’t speak English. He’s clumsy and awkward – and I was rooting for him.

Yes, I like the alpha and suave sexy Daniel Craig type stars, too. But for me, it’s more fun to write a Leonard type for a change.

What unusual characters would you like to see as a hero?

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Review: The Forgotten Roses by Deborah Doucette

TFRBook info:

Title: The Forgotten Roses
Author: Deborah Doucette
Publisher: Owl Canyon Press
Publication date: February 24, 2014

Book Description:

Rebecca Griffin has everything she ever wanted – or so says her big-hearted Italian American family. But now her marriage is unraveling and her teenage daughter is hurtling toward a self-destructive calamity. While Rebecca struggles to hang on to her husband and save her daughter, she learns of the mysterious death of a young woman long ago at a local prison and her family’s connection to the girl, Rose. It is a story that haunts Rebecca. Her search for answers takes Rebecca from the small idyllic New England town where she lives to her big Italian family still residing in the old tight-knit neighborhood in East Boston. As she tries to dig up the facts of the young girl’s life and violent death, Rebecca’s own buried secrets surface. She finally gains insight into the choices she’s made, facing the difficult truth about her husband, Drew. The three women, Rebecca, her troubled daughter, Dana, and mysterious figure from the past each unknowingly embark on a collision course one desperate, enchanted autumn night when the way forward comes to light in the most unearthly of places by the most innocent of messengers.

My Thoughts:

Rebecca has carved out a nice career for herself in real estate, but it feels like everything else around her is crumbling: her marriage, her relationship with her teenage daughter, and what she’s believed to be true about humanity. In the midst of her big Italian family, Rebecca feels alone.

Rebecca’s husband, Drew, is distant. Their teenage daughter, Dana, is hostile and seemingly on a downward spiral. Her mother is aging. And Rebecca feels as if she can’t be as available as she’d like for her younger daughter, Lily. Rebecca is like so many women today who’re pulled in a million different directions at once and also feeling like there’s too little support.

While Rebecca tries to solve the mystery of her failing marriage, she also finds herself neck-deep in uncovering the truth about a house she’s trying to sell and what it has to do with a local girl’s death at a nearby prison… “the answers they seek come to light in the most forgotten of places from the most innocent of messengers”.

Doucette’s mastery at weaving the story around two mysteries is a refreshing read. I loved her rich use of language, giving detailed accounts without being needlessly wordy. I felt Rebecca’s pain over watching her husband slip through her fingers slowly and relished when she regained her self-confidence to confront him and deal with her issues. I agonized with Rebecca as she felt like a mothering failure and rejoiced when she was successful in personal conquests.

The characters were relatable and yet some of them challenged my thought processes. There were heart-palpitating scenes, but nothing was too graphic. Doucette’s The Forgotten Roses is entertaining, easy to read, and fast-paced. I hope she’s planning to write more fiction!

Reviewed by: Denise G

Four and a half stars

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Cover reveal for Rare Find!

Update – Psychicreadings is the winner of the free copy of Knock, Knock…

Hi everyone,

Here is the cover for Rare Find! Rare Find is book 6 of my Psychic Vision series. This is Ronin and Tabitha’s story – both mentioned in book 5, Knock, Knock…. The ever popular character Stefan Kronos, who is in all 6 books,  will have his story told in book 7, tentatively set for an October release.

Part of the thrill…or attraction of this series is the tantalizing concept of psychic abilities. What if you could speak to the dead? What if you could help ease a loved one’s pain? Many of the books in this series touch on similar themes. Maddy’s Floor, book 3 in the series deals with a medical doctor who is also a medical intuitive. And Dr. Maddy is known to do so much more. In Hide’n Go Seek, Book 2, Kali is a search and rescue worker, and together with her special dog Shiloh, she helps find people after disaster strikes. Only her ability goes way beyond that simple definition.

This series is a romantic suspense series, with a guarantee of a happy ending – but the path getting there is usually very convoluted. :)

Writing these types of books isn’t just fun, it’s also a passion. I have always loved all things paranormal. I’ve had various odd instances in my life that have kept me wondering about the actual validity of such abilities. The one that started me on this journey happened when I was eighteen and I swear I saw the image of a man walking toward me in the kitchen window. But I was on the second floor and there was no one behind me. I panicked at the time, but calmed down when my mother handed me a photograph of the same man the next day. It was the last picture she had of her husband – my father. He passed within a few months of my birth.

It was such a powerful moment, I had to seriously wonder about the concept being possible. A question I still study.

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Rare Find Blurb – coming April 14th!

When people need help or are injured, they call out for their friends and family. When an animal needs help or is injured, it calls out for…anyone…that can help them…

One person hears them…

Tabitha is determined to bury her aching heart in the service of her animals at Exotic Landscape. Until she’s yanked out of her cozy retreat to help someone in need…and she gets more than she bargained for.

Detective Ronin Chandler understands secrets. He’s got a few of his own. But when the woman he loves gets into trouble – the kind that stretches even his belief system – he struggles to understand…and to help…before he loses her. Maybe forever.

As the danger escalates, Tabitha and Ronin need to find out who they can trust…and who they can’t…and who wants them dead…before it’s too late.

In anticipation of book 6 coming out next month, I’m giving away a digital copy of Knock, Knock… 

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The Yummiest of Yums – Dishing up some Hottie Heroes by Tawny Weber

Magical Musings is pleased to welcome back the lovely Tawny Weber!

Tawny Weber Author Photo croppedI love heroes.  Alpha heroes, beta heroes.  Gammas are fine, too.  Like flavors of ice cream, I’m pretty sure there’s a delicious type that suits every taste.  Sort of like romances.  There’s contemporary and historical, there’s paranormal and suspense. There’s sweet and erotic.  It’s like an buffet.  To take the ice cream analogy a step further, it’s like being able to dish up a hero in a cone, or in sundae form. Maybe with sprinkles or a dollop (or three) of whipped cream.  Yum.

Not that it’s all about appearances.  We don’t eat ice cream only because it looks delicious, right? It’s all about what’s inside.  This is what I always think about when I’m writing a hero- what’s inside that makes him irresistible to the heroine?  What is it about him that sparks an addiction, so she can’t resist one more taste.   Even if she’s on a diet and thinks he’s going to go right to her thighs.

With that in mind, I’ve had such a fabulous time writing my Sexy SEAL heroes.  A SEAL’s Salvation, my latest SEAL, features Brody Lane, call sign Bad Ass. And he’s just that, a total bad boy.  For him, good girls are totally off limits.  Especially since the one time he gave into the temptation for a good girl ended up with him shanghaied into the Navy.  Now, almost a decade later, he’s back in town and just as determined to avoid Genna.  The problem is, they’ve both already had a taste.  Which makes resisting each other when they come together again almost impossible.

In the my previous story, A SEAL’s Surrender, Cade Sullivan’s call sign, Slick, is just as apt.  He’s the golden boy, the rescuer, a man with a plan.  One he’s determined to follow, even when everything is falling apart around him.   He uses the excuse of coming to the rescue once again—this time of the sweet girl next door—to avoid facing a decision.  In the end, that sweet girl next door, having gotten a taste of her favorite flavor of hottie hero, can’t get enough and totally turns the tables by rescuing him.

And now that I’ve thoroughly objectified men (how rude), here’s a peek at A SEAL’s Salvation.  It’s currently only .99 cents in digital (only until Saturday)!

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“Look,” Brody said, taking a deep breath and hoping for some semblance of tact and diplomacy.  “This friendship thing, it was a mistake.”

Her eyes widened, surprise and hurt flashing. Then, with a sweep of her lashes, her expression changed.  Intensified.  It sent an itch down Brody’s spine. 

“We’re not going to be friends anymore?” she asked in a calm, friendly tone.  If it wasn’t for the fact that she was saying the right words, he’d have figured she hadn’t understood him. 

As soon as he nodded, she gave him a brilliant smile and tossed off her coat.  It hit the floor with a swoosh just as she reached behind her back.  The move was quickly accompanied by the sound of a zipper.  And Brody’s hiss. 

“What, exactly, do you think you’re doing?” he asked, hoping like hell it wasn’t what he thought she was doing.

“Seducing you.”

Damn. 

That’s what he’d been afraid of. 

Brody’s breath was a little labored, but he tried to reel in his reaction.  This wasn’t happening, he warned his dick.  No point getting ready for a party they weren’t gonna attend. 

His dick, always ready to party, ignored him and hardened rock-solid anyway. 

“Genna—” he started to say. 

But she interrupted before he could figure out the rest of his protest. 

“I figure this is part one of a two part solution to our problem,” she said.  “You were trying to pretend we’re just friends. Except we aren’t.  We might be building a friendship. But what we are is crazy attracted to each other.  So part one is to act on that attraction once and for all.  The total act, with you naked.  I’m willing to be on top if you’re still holding onto that friendship myth of yours.  That way you can tell yourself I took advantage.” 

So what’s your favorite flavor of hero?  Do you choose books based on hero types, or are you more a blurb or sub-genre type? 

 

New York Times and USA TODAY Bestselling author of over twenty-five hot books, Tawny Weber has been writing sassy, sexy romances since her first one hit the shelves in 2007.  A fan of Johnny Depp, cupcakes and color coordination, she spends a lot of her time shopping for cute shoes, scrapbooking and hanging out on Facebook.

Readers can check out Tawny’s books at her website, www.tawnyweber.com, or join her Red Hot Readers Club for goodies like free reads, complete first chapter excerpts, recipes, insider story info and much more.

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