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Linda Morris is a multipublished writer of contemporary and historical romance. She writes stories with heart and heat. Her latest book, By Hook or By Crook, will be coming in spring of 2013 from the Wild Rose Press.
When she’s not writing, working, or mommying, she’s doing yoga, reading, working in her flower garden, or baking delicious things she probably shouldn’t eat. She believes that there are two kinds of people: pie people and cake people, and she is definitely one of the former. Her years of Cubs fandom prove she has a soft spot for a lost cause. A beat-up old copy of Kathleen Woodiwiss’s Ashes in the Wind that her mom bought for her at a garage sale years ago was her gateway drug into the world of romance novels. Her all-time favorite romance writers include Laura Kinsale, Patricia Gaffney, Elizabeth Delancey, and Marjorie Ferrell. Current favorites include Julie Anne Long, Erin McCarthy, and Shannon McKenna.
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Why does everyone love a millionaire hero? Here are the top ten reasons, brought to you in no particular order:
1. As Notorious B.I.G. once wisely told us, "Mo money, mo problems." Biggie does not lie, ladies. Millionaires or their even more over-the-top cousins, billionaires, aren't like you and me. Or I should say, they are like you and me, but more so. They have bigger houses, bigger cars, bigger egos, and in the case of Donald Trump, bigger hair. This makes for bigger problems. All that money can make for big headaches, and that's very entertaining in fiction. (It's slightly less entertaining in real life.)
2. Millionaires aren't just like us, but they do have some things in common with regular people. For one thing, they can be insecure despite their money, like my hero, Ryan, in Melting the Millionaire's Heart. He comes from a rural area where no one else has money, and he's used to being treated like he's different. He's met so many people with an agenda related to his money that he becomes distrustful of everyone, especially women.
3. Millionaires can do a lot of good with their money. Ryan has a brother with autism and is considering making a big donation to the private school for kids with special needs where my heroine, Kayla, teaches. I'm a sucker for a man who cares about family and wants to help kids, and so are a lot of other women.
4. Some women like millionaires for the things he can buy them. (And for that matter, some men like the things a female millionaire can buy them.) As long as there are people with money, someone will be willing to marry them for it, and some people seem OK with that. (See that guy who married Anna Nicole Smith, for example.)
5. Most women wouldn't marry a man for money, but for all of us, the idea of security is appealing. Marriage to a millionaire seems to offer the promise of instant financial security (unless you marry MC Hammer and he blows it all on stupid stuff).
6. Money opens up a world of possibility. All of us have had to make decisions we didn't like because of money. We've stayed at jobs we didn't like, we've denied ourselves things so we can get our kids what they need, or maybe we've experienced real poverty and hunger. The idea of moving beyond all that is heady stuff.
7. The competition for millionaires is fierce! Look at every millionaire rock star or athlete--they all have beautiful, willowy women on their arms. (Sadly for me, short, sturdy brunettes do not seem to be the arm candy of choice for these men.) Everyone would like to be chosen by a man who could be with anyone.
8. Okay, this is shallow, but hey, millionaires in romance novels have cool toys. Helicopters, sports cars, private jets, and boats--just about everybody wants to visit that fantasy world for a while.
9. Regardless of how they live their lives, many women still fantasize about a strong man who has their back no matter what. A man with money can protect us from a whole lot in this day and age. A knight on a trusty steed can't do much nowadays (besides look good on his horse), but a man with a healthy bank account can solve a lot of problems.
10. In a romance novel, a millionaire hero is just like every other hero in one important way: He loves the heroine like crazy and will do whatever it takes to win her. What's not to like about that?
MELTING THE MILLIONAIRE'S HEART:
Special-needs teacher Kayla Johnston writes off any shot at New Year’s Eve romance when she’s summoned to a fundraising event for her school at the remote estate of a wealthy would-be-donor. But when a massive snowstorm hits and Kayla careens off the road, the sexy stranger who rescues her brings to mind cozy fireplaces and steamy midnight kisses…among other things.Get Your Own Copy: Kindle | Nook
Reclusive entrepreneur Ryan Langford may be missing his own fundraiser, but being marooned in a cabin with Kayla beats ducking a room full of people after his money any day. Too bad she’s so irritated with the gazillionaire who ruined her New Year’s Eve that he feels like he has to lie about his identity. But when the sparks fly and they fall into each other’s arms, Ryan knows he’s made a big mistake. Will she be able to trust him once the snow melts and the truth comes out?
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