Friday, December 20, 2013

December Joyathon 2013: Sara Lindsey's 12 Romance Heroes of Christmas + #Giveaway (ebook)


Sara Lindsey gave us a fun historical family who's mama is obsessed with The Bard. Obsessed enough to name her children after characters from Shakespeare's works. Sara finally released Henry Weston's much anticipated book this year. Whee!  

Meet Sara:
SARA LINDSEY began writing during her senior year of college. The rest, as they say, is history… or rather, historical romance. A recent graduate of Pratt Institute’s School of Information and Library Science, Sara currently lives in Los Angeles.

Having read many romances featuring librarians, Sara figures this profession bodes well for someday getting her own happily ever after. In the meantime, she plans to turn as many unsuspecting library patrons as possible into fellow romance addicts.

Connect with Sara: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads




Sara's 12 Romance Heroes

I’m thrilled to be participating in the 3rd Annual December Joyathon at Romancing Rakes For the Love of Romance. Thanks so much to Kati and Jamie for having me!

Choosing only twelve heroes for a romance calendar was a tricky task—I could easily have done one of those page-a-day calendars—but a very fun one. I hope you enjoy this year of hunks…


JANUARY: Because I tend to open my calendar up in January and then forget to flip the page for several months, I’ll start the year off with one of my favorite romance heroes, Jamie Fraser of Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series, who will soon be brought to life by Hottie McHotPants Sam Heughan. Men in kilts—yum!
“Does it bother you that I’m not a virgin?” He hesitated a moment before answering.
“Well, no,” he said slowly, “so long as it doesna bother you that I am.” He grinned at my drop-jawed expression, and backed toward the door.
“Reckon one of us should know what they're doing,” he said. The door closed softly behind him; clearly the courtship was over.
—Diana Gabaldon, Outlander

FEBRUARY: The month with Valentine’s Day deserves some serious eye candy—heeeello, Tom Brady!–and one of the romance genre’s most heart-melting heroes: Susan Elizabeth Phillips’ Kevin Tucker from This Heart of Mine. This was the first SEP novel I ever read, and it’s still one of my all-time favorites. With lines like this, how could it not be?
“There you are,” he said when she bobbed up. “I was getting worried.”
”What are you doing?”
”Waiting till you’re ready to drown.” He smiled and eased back down on the seat. ”And then I'm going to save your life. Dan did it for Phoebe and I’m going to do it for you.”
”Dan didn’t try to murder her first!” she screamed.
”I go the extra mile.”
—Susan Elizabeth Phillips, This Heart of Mine

 
MARCH: March brings St. Patrick’s Day, which certainly wouldn’t be complete without the romance genre’s favorite Irish hero – J.D. Robb’s (a.k.a. Nora Roberts) Roarke from her long-running In Death series. What is it about Roarke that makes him so irresistible? That accent? Those eyes? The tender care he takes of Eve? Whatever it is, I love him…and Pierce Brosnan!
“I want to see you again.” He stopped, took her face in his hands. “I need to see you again.”
Her pulse jumped, as if it had nothing to do with the rest of her. “Roarke, what’s going on here?”
“Lieutenant.” He leaned forward, touched his lips to hers. “Indications are we’re having a romance.”
—J.D. Robb, Naked in Death

 
APRIL: What romance calendar would be complete without Pride and Prejudice’s Mr. Darcy—especially a Mr. Darcy portrayed by Colin Firth?! And the infamous “wet shirt” scene… Sigh!
“In vain have I struggled. It will not do. My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.”
—Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

 
MAY: I’ve never read a Nalini Singh hero I haven’t loved, but Hawke, the Alpha of the SnowDancer pack, is an extra special presence throughout all the Psy-Changeling books. He’s fiercely protective of his people, intelligent, gorgeous, playful…and did I mention that he can shift into a wolf? His book, Kiss of Snow, is absolutely phenomenal. I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve reread it…
“You’re in my every breath and every thought, intertwined so deep inside me that love’s not a strong enough word—you have my devotion, your name branded on my soul, my wolf yours to command. A hundred years? It’ll never be enough. I want eternity.”
—Nalini Singh, Kiss of Snow

 
JUNE: Lisa Kleypas’s heroes always make me swoon, and Alex, Lord Raiford from Then Came You is no exception. Alex is an Alpha hero with a capital “A,” and as we all know, the bigger the Alpha, the harder he falls. Watching Alex fall for the colorful, independent heroine who turns his world upside down is utterly delicious! And I like any excuse to look at pictures of Rupert Penry-Jones in period costume.
“You’ll be my wife,” he said inexorably.
“You want to own me!” she accused, trying to crawl away from him.
“Yes.” He flung her down on the bed and flattened his weight on her. As he spoke, his hot breath fanned her mouth and chin. “Yes. I want other people to look at you and know you’re mine. I want you to take my name and my money. I want you to live with me. I want to be inside you…part of your thoughts…your body…all of you. I want you to trust me. I want to give you whatever elusive, impossible, goddamned mysterious thing it is you need in order to be happy. Does that frighten you? Well, it frightens the hell out of me. Don’t you think I’d stop feeling this way if I could? It’s not as if you’re the easiest woman in the world!”
—Lisa Kleypas, Then Came You


 
JULY: When I think of heroes in the summertime, I imagine them wearing little to nothing. One hero whose physique has always left an impression on me is Michael Taggart from Jude Deveraux’s Sweet Liar. To help you imagine his god-like body, here’s the luscious Paul Marron. I wouldn’t mind a whole calendar of him!
He was the most perfectly formed man she’d ever imagined. He was movie stars, men in underwear commercials, guys at the gym, the construction worker in the red T-shirt who’d whistled at her but she’d pretended she hadn’t heard; he was the men in three-piece suits whose brains were as sexy as their bodies; he was lazy, indolent seventeen-year-old boys whose muscles bulged out of their clothes, rodeo stars, and those smooth-cheeked, eyeglassed men who held their children tenderly. He was all of them.
—Jude Deveraux, Sweet Liar


 
AUGUST: I am, admittedly, something of a Julia Quinn fangirl, and it was a struggle to pick which one of her heroes to put in my calendar. In the end, I chose Anthony Bridgerton from The Viscount Who Loved Me for two reasons. First, TVWLM was the first JQ book that I read and, as such, its hero and heroine, Anthony and Kate, have a special place in my heart. Second, I visualize Anthony as Richard Armitage, and there can be no bad excuse for putting up pictures of Richard Armitage.
“Love’s about finding the one person who makes your heart complete. Who makes you a better person than you ever dreamed you could be. It’s about looking in the eyes of your wife and knowing all the way to your bones that she’s simply the best person you’ve ever known.”
—Julia Quinn, The Viscount Who Loved Me


 
SEPTEMBER: I was still in high school when I first read Johanna Lindsey’s Malory family series, and I’ve loved the swashbuckling rake James Malory ever since. Yes, in the tradition of the best 1980s romances, James is a bit of an Alpha ass, but you just can’t help falling in love with him…and neither can his cabin “boy,” Georgina, who turns the big, golden brute into a Gentle Rogue. Imagining Chris Hemsworth as James makes the book that much better!
“And why can't I leave you?”
“Because I love you!”
He hadn't even paused in throwing another punch to shout that. Georgina, however, went very still, and breathless, and nearly sat down on the deck, her knees had gone so weak with the incredible emotion that welled up inside her.
—Johanna Lindsey, Gentle Rogue

 
OCTOBER: October happens to be my birthday month, and it also happens to be the birthday month of one of the sexiest heroes on paper, Jericho Z. Barrons, whose birthday coincides with Halloween. The brooding, enigmatic hero of Karen Marie Moning’s Fever series, Barrons pushes all of the heroine’s boundaries…and all of her buttons. And he does so expertly. He’s dark, dirty, and oh so delicious! Karen Marie Moning says that Eric Etebari served as her inspiration for Barrons, and I think we all enjoy this particular muse! (I had the pleasure of meeting Eric at one of Karen’s signings, and I must say, he’s also a total sweetheart. I know, I know. Big sigh!)
He pulls me around and kisses me. “You're Mac,” he says. “And I'm Jericho. And nothing else matters. Never will. You exist in a place that is beyond all rules for me. Do you understand that?”
I do.
Jericho Barrons just told me he loves me.
—Karen Marie Moning, Shadowfever

NOVEMBER: Few things are sexier in a hero than a big…brain, which is one of the reasons I adored the computer genius hero of Julie James’s About That Night, Kyle Rhodes (a.k.a. the Twitter Terrorist). Kyle, who we’re told bears a marked resemblance to LOST’s Sawyer (played by Josh Holloway), is smart, charming, caring, and obviously easy on the eyes. Add witty banter and some dirty talking, and this not-so-bad boy can compare me to whatever bar food he likes!
“I don’t mind hot and spicy. Actually find that appealing in a girl… And chicken wings.”
Rylann turned her head and stared at him. “Did you really just compare me to chicken wings?”
“You say that like it’s a bad thing. Chicken wings are the bomb.”
—Julie James, About That Night

DECEMBER: I had this picture of Jason Lewis saved on my computer as I wrote A Rogue for All Seasons, the third book in my Weston family series. The hero, Henry Weston, is society’s golden boy. He’s handsome, charming, and heir to an old, wealthy title. Consequently, he hasn’t had to work very hard to get what he wants. But all of that changes when he meets Diana, the heroine. Well, meets isn’t the right word. Henry and Diana have known each other for years. Henry’s life changes when he notices Diana. I’m a sucker for romances where the popular boy falls for the wallflower, and I had Diana lead Henry on something of a chase. Don’t worry, it ends happily. *g*
He looked at her then, really looked at her. Though he’d danced with her countless times, if asked to describe Diana Merriwether, he would have said she was tall with red hair. He would have had to guess at her eye color. In all the years he’d known her, he had never really seen her.
How had he never noticed that she had a mouth made for sin? In the landscape of her serious face, her mouth was a folly, surprising and sensual. She likely thought it a bit too wide, her lips a shade too full. Women had the oddest notions about these things. From a male point of view, Diana’s mouth was perfection. Lush, naughty perfection.
That bothered him. He was bothered because he hadn’t noticed before, bothered because he noticed now, bothered because the bothersome mouth in question belonged to Diana, and mostly bothered that he was feeling…bothered.
—Sara Lindsey, A Rogue for All Seasons


Who would you put on the cover of your romance calendar? Do you like to cast the characters in your favorite books or do you prefer to leave everything to your imagination? Most importantly, which hottie did I forget? Comment for a chance to win an e-book of A Rogue for All Seasons (MOBI, EPUB or PDF).



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Genre: Historical Romance
Series: The Weston's #3
Length: 316 pages
Publisher: Sara Lindsey (August 30, 2013)

The seven Weston siblings have been blessed with Shakespearean names and an affinity for impropriety. Keep falling in love with this wild family in this story of a charming rogue who meets his match in the woman he always thought he’d never want…

Handsome, debonair and heir to his father’s title and wealth, Henry Weston leads a charmed life. Women want him, and men want to be him. Even so, Henry wants something more. For that, he needs the help of society’s reigning wallflower.

Diana Merriwether is shocked when Henry proposes a mutually beneficial sham courtship. She can’t resist the opportunity to be wooed by him and, having sworn off love, she’s certain her heart is safe. But when their charade plays out behind closed doors and passions escalate, Diana fears she’s really fooling herself.

Henry is captivated by the fiery spirit concealed beneath Diana’s prim exterior. Before long, he wonders if the woman he never thought he’d want is the one he can no longer live without. Wooing this wallflower may be the hardest thing he’s ever done, but can he tempt Diana to take a risk and love a rogue?


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