So, it’s official! I’ve finished the revisions on the second book in the Rules of Scoundrel’s series–One Good Earl Deserves A Lover, Cross’s book, and there’s an official release date — January 29, 2013. I’m so SO excited about this book — I knew when I met Cross and Pippa in A Rogue By Any Other Name that they were going to be an incredibly fun couple to write, but I had no idea how much I would end up loving them both…together and separately. Cross is a beautifully tortured hero, possibly the Scoundrel with the most emotionally devastating past. And Pippa…well she’s the only woman I could really imagine being able to save him and his brilliant mind.
I also can’t help but tell you that the cover for the book I am affectionately calling Earl is the most beautiful romance cover I’ve ever seen, and I cannot wait to reveal it to you, along with the first line of the book, when I get permission from my publisher! For now, I thought I’d give you some pictures of my real-life inspiration for Cross–ginger-haired model, Johnny Harrington (even though Cross doesn’t have a beard).
Now, of course, I’m on to Temple’s story — Temple who is the opposite of quiet, perfect, cerebral Cross. Temple is all physical–massive, brutally intense and wickedly sexual. He’s raising the already-high summer temperatures here in Brooklyn! More to come on that book, as well, including the reveal of the title…but for now, one teaser of inspiration for my broken-nosed, bare-knuckle boxer:
And the required morning-after shot…His & Her Grace, the Duke & Duchess of Cambridge, looking gorgeous.
I’m signing off…back to regularly scheduled blogging on Monday!
I’ll not lie…I was hoping for some pics of Harry & Pippa partying down on the Monarchy flickr page…but i’ll take the scraps. Kate looks flawless, of course.
Second kiss…slightly better…
And I’m off to the subway!
Harry & Pippa need to show them how it’s done!
Here it comes!!!!!
There will be SMOOCHING!
Counting down! 2:25 to the kiss!
London bookies are apparently laying odds on the length of the kiss. 7-4 that it’s between 5 and 8 seconds.
The whole time the camera panned over the congregation, I wondered who was wearing the long, spiky hat that could put someone’s eye out.
Of course, it was Posh.
Queen gets home. If she’s anything like my mom, she’s worried that there isn’t enough food for all the guests.
Harry is apparently planning “a survivors’ breakfast” tomorrow morning.
In case there was any doubt, I’m confirming it right now; Harry is a romance novel hero.
Prince Harry is goofing off with the flower girls like a total charmer…
He’s a rake I cannot WAIT to see reformed!
Apparently what Harry said to William when Kate was approaching–with a grin: “wait til you see her.”
Harry is such a rake. He’s the best character in the bunch.
I love them.
They look so happy!
Fairy tales for the win.
Kate curtsies to the Queen. A little phoned in, I think.
Ok…are Kate & Will making out back there?
So much for pouring rain.
Take that, weather.
“Every wedding is a royal wedding, for we are subjects of the King of Creation.” Nicely said.
When you’re 5th & 6th in line for the crown, apparently fashion isn’t entirely top of mind.
Awww…cherubs singing again!
I’m now feeling like I have lost out by not seeing the official ceremony making the Will the Duke of Cambridge. Silly private ceremonies between grandmother and grandchild.
Professional lipreader Tina Lannin tells the Press Association that Prince William cracked a joke to his future father-in-law at the altar, telling him: “We were supposed to have just a small family affair.”
LOL. Prince. Charming.
Be who God meant you to be, and you will set the world on fire. –St. Catherine of Siena
FAB first line of the sermon. Way to go, Rev!
Also, James Middleton may try for seriousness, but it’s difficult to accept his gravitas when his tie is completely off kilter.
Could this be more fairy tale-esque?
When it’s time for the hymns, I can’t help but think of Eddie Izzard’s bit about “something phenomenally dreary about Christian singing.”
“Those whom God has joined, let no man put asunder.”
They pledge their mutual troth. Kate holds it together way better than I do.
Kate’s wearing the Cambridge Tiara…a message in two ways.
1) It was a gift from the Queen to Princess Di on her wedding day.
2) Kate’s about to become the Duchess of Cambridge
WIN!!!! – DYING!!!!
(I might be crying.)
WIll & Harry return…this is the BEST TV EVER.
Holy cow. She’s gorgeous.
Will marries up.
Pippa is stunning. Middleton genes are top notch.
Holy cow. That dress is gorgeous.
She’s doing really well. I would be yakking on my dad. Honestly.
The queen is super spry, y’all, she hauled ass out of that car.
Good luck seeing a coronation, Charles.
Camilla, I judge you. Not for the whole mistress thing. But for this two-tone pleated coat.
“There’s nothing like a bus of royals.” – Meredith Viera
St. Andrews, “hottest university for marriage in the country.”
And teenaged girls the world over download the #standrewscommonapp
Seriously snappy, boys. Well done.
Westminster is looking AWESOME. Way to clean up, abbey.
Raise your hand if you wish Sir Elton were wearing a hat.
Good morning! Kettle’s on, as is hat!
I’m headed to bed, but I’ll be up bright and early at 4:45am, ready to liveblog all Royal Wedding fabulousness! See you then! xoxo
I think Kate Noble is the cat’s pajamas. There, I said it. I won’t take it back. She’s fun and funny and when I met her in NYC at Lady Jane’s Salon, she proved to be one heckuva reader. And then I readThe Summer of You and Oh. Em. Gee. Can that girl write. Wounded hero, awesome heroine, country house, lake, yes, please.
So, I’m particularly happy that Kate is here today as part of release excitement for Ten Ways to Be Adored When Landing a Lord…and it doesn’t hurt that she’s talking about great love scenes…who doesn’t love that?!?
Ten Love Scenes that Make Your Heart Melt
Don’t you just love a good love scene?
I’m not talking about sex scenes, although those are represented — I’m talking LOVE scenes. Scenes where that most frightening, exciting of emotions is expressed, and you just have to hold your breath for a moment, and wait and pray and hope for the feeling to be returned in kind. They can be from Books, movies, TV, heck, even commercials. It was REALLY hard to narrow this list down to ten. Be advised: Here be spoilers, as well.
1. Anne Elliot receives a letter.
Persuasion is the most romantic of Jane Austen’s works, and Anne Elliot, her most romantic character. (Austen’s description of Anne: “She had been forced into prudence in her youth, she learned romance as she grew older: the natural sequence of an unnatural beginning.”)
Captain Wentworth came back into Anne Elliot’s life after a decade, reminding her of the ‘what if’s of the choices of her youth. Throughout the book, we see them come closer and move away from each other, like a wave upon the shore. Finally, when he overhears her defending women’s constancy against the forces of time, he is compelled to speak. But can’t. Because they are in a room full of people. So he takes a piece of paper, and writes her a letter, saying that his poor male heart had been constant to her. When she reads it… oh, when she reads it…
2. Jordan Catalano takes Angela Chase’s hand in the hallway. (My So-Called Life “Self-Esteem”)
Secretly making out in the boiler room is all hot and sexy, but there comes a where a teenage girl realizes she has to be acknowledged by the guy outside of said boiler room. Where he has to declare to the world – or the entire high school – that she is with him. Angela Chase had given up on Jordan Catalano. but after a moment of realization in English class (which, lets remember, was not Mr. Catalano’s best subject) Jordan comes up to Angela in the hallway, and takes her hand. Oh, just watch the clip. (Note: this scene is brought to you by my teenage wardrobe of plaid, plaid, and more plaid.)
3. Anthony Stewart-Head meets his neighbor over coffee.
Love scenes need not be confined to straight fiction. As Don Draper tells us, some of the best story telling is done in advertising. And these turn-of-the-90s Nescafe ads (the American version — and yes they did air over here – were called Taster’s Choice) do it right. They build on each other, pulling a love story out of a freaking-instant coffee. Before Tony Head was Giles, he was the coffee starved neighbor of beautiful Sharon Maughan, and each commercial was like an episode, or a chapter, and each time the sexual chemistry built, and built, until finally… they kiss. And believe it or not, that kiss was front-page news in England.
4. Viola and Shakespeare play Romeo and Juliet, telling the story of their lives.
One of my favorite romantic movies does not have a happy ending. Shakespeare in Love gives the drama of Romeo and Juliet a source, making it the on-stage version of the romance between Shakespeare himself and a young noblewoman named Viola. She loves the theater, girls aren’t allowed to act on stage, contrived events throw them both on stage, during the premiere performance of Romeo and Juliet. But the thrill of being onstage, playing these fantastic parts is undercut by the sorrow that they know this is the last time they will be allowed to see each other. It’s painful and beautiful and wonderful to watch.
5. Heath Ledger finds his old shirt.
In Brokeback Mountain, Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal play Ennis Del Mar and Jack Twist, cowboys who become lovers, but keep it secret from their families and society for the whole of their lives. Once Jack has died, Ennis visits with Jack’s parents, and he breaks down when he finds his old shirt hanging inside one of Jack’s old shirts, a memento from the start of their relationship.
6. Princess Ann loves Rome
Audrey Hepburn’s first film, and she gets to play a princess. A terribly sheltered one, who, on a diplomatic tour of Europe, decides to skip out on her responsibilities for a while and go on a Roman Holiday. And hey, if you met Gregory Peck, wouldn’t you take time off from your real life too?
But come the end, she has to go back to being a princess, but she breaks diplomatic protocol and declares that out of all the places she visited, Rome was her favorite.
7. Pacey remembers everything.
One of the better inventions of the mid-90s, was Dawson’s Creek‘s Pacey Witter (Joshua Jackson). And one of the better things they did with the character (lest we forget that awful season one Sleeping-with-the-Teacher storyline which is just creepy now) is they made him fall for Joey Potter (Mrs. Tom Cruise, Katie Holmes). But alas – they couldn’t be together, because according to Dawson, he and Joey were Meant To Be. (Hey, its his show…) But the chemistry between Pacey and Joey spoke otherwise. Joey was never less annoying and Pacey was never more heart-stopping than when they were close but couldn’t be more, as typified in this scene at the Anti-Prom, where Pacey told Joey, “I remember everything”.
8. Gen and Carmen find themselves lying on the grass.
Bel Canto by Ann Patchett is not, from the outside, a romantic novel. It is about a formal party in a South American country that is taken hostage by guerrilla fighters. For six months. Gen, the translator for a Japanese ambassador, and Carmen, the lone young woman amongst the guerrilla fighters, become friends, as she wishes for him to teach her to read. They fall in love so easily. Told mostly from Gen’s perspective, and as if a memory, one night, they find themselves in the back yard, steps away from the road and freedom. They could run away from this horrible situation… but they stay. They spend the evening on the grass… and in each other’s arms.
9. Jim kisses Pam! Jim kisses Pam! (The Office, “Casino Night”)
It seems forever ago, but there was a time when Jim wasn’t with Pam. In fact, Pam was with Roy. And Jim’s love went unrequited and unnoticed by Pam — until he got up the gumption to tell her how he felt in a terribly heartbreaking scene, as he’s shot down with the most painful, “I… can’t” from Pam. (Seriously, John Krasinski cries, thus cementing my crush upon him.) And that’s the scene that would have made this list if Jim hadn’t, at the very end of the episode, found Pam alone in the office, talking on the phone, and wordlessly come up to her and kissed her. AND THEN LEFT US HANGING FOR THE WHOLE SUMMER.
10. Rhett, Scarlett, and the Staircase
In Gone with the Wind, this is the moment that Rhett finally, finally loses control, and gives into his impulses regarding Scarlett. And the morning after, Scarlett doesn’t seem to mind. (FYI, the movie is pretty faithful to the book in this scene.)
Love this list!!!
Did I tell you Kate was fab or WHAT?! Ok. What did she miss? Name the best love scene (book, tv, commercial or film) in comments for a chance to win a signed copy of Kate’s The Summer of You (which is totally awesome)! We’ll choose a winner on Wednesday…and don’t forget to leave your email address so we can contact you if you win!
Stay tuned all this month for fabulous prizes and awesome Ten Ways posts from an incredible range of authors! And don’t forget to read more Authors Rule(s)!
I’m particularly excited because she is going to talk about one of my favorite topics–Hollywood Hotties…and because obviously Debra and I are kindred spirits…as her list includes several of my go-to dreamboats!
This is such a fun post…I’m so happy to share it with you!
Ten Decades of Hollywood Heroes By Debra Mullins
I was always compelled to write, but what I chose to write—romance novels—was directly influenced by the movies I watched growing up. The hero always got to me, how he managed to do his duty while still falling head over heels for the heroine. So here is my list of Hollywood heroes over the past ten decades. Now, this isn’t the list, just my list, so feel free to add your own suggestions as we go!
Since we’re starting off in the twenties, I think this quote from Rudolph Valentino sums up how women feel not only about romantic leads on the silver screen, but also about heroes in romance novels:
“Women are not in love with me but with the picture of me on the screen. I am merely the canvas on which women paint their dreams.” –Rudolph Valentino
1920-1930 – Douglas Fairbanks and Rudolph Valentino. Dashing Douglas Fairbanks did all my favorite films: Robin Hood, The Thief of Baghdad and The Mark of Zorro. To this day I love heroes with secret identities. Rudolph Valentino, dubbed the original Latin Lover, made a splash in movies like The Sheik and Son of the Sheik. His death at age 31 spurred one of the first female mass hysterias for a pop icon.
1930-1940 –Errol Flynn. Errol Flynn stole my heart with swashbuckling romance in movies like The Adventures of Robin Hood, The Adventures of Don Juan and Captain Blood.
1940-1950 – Tyrone Power. Tyrone Power continued the swashbuckling tradition in movies like The Mark of Zorro and The Black Swan. (You can blame him and Errol Flynn for my first book, Once A Mistress.)
1950-1960 – John Wayne. My favorite movie of all time is The Quiet Man with John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara, filmed in Ireland. What a wonderful romance against a stunning backdrop!
1960-1970 – Sir Sean Connery. From 007 to Highlander to The Rock to Entrapment, Sean has got “it”—that elusive charisma that keeps women coming back for more. He could film a denture commercial with that accent and have women running to the store to buy some.
1970-1980 –Frank Langella and Christopher Reeve. Another actor who did a terrific job as the lead role in the 1974 remake of The Mark of Zorro is Frank Langella, just before he kicked off the vampire craze a couple of decades early with his sensuous performance in 1979’s Dracula. And Christopher Reeve as Superman and then later in Somewhere In Time …wow, those eyes.
1980-1990 – Harrison Ford, Cary Elwes and Patrick Swayze. Harrison Ford stole my heart in 1977 as Han Solo, but the bulk of his work falls into the 1980’s as he switched off between Han Solo and Indiana Jones. Cary Elwes charmed as Wesley in The Princess Bride. I loved the way he loved Buttercup and how he would allow nothing, not even death, keep them apart. And Patrick Swayze? Again, I love an alpha male who can dance. Dirty Dancing, Road House and Ghost: Patrick had it all.
1990-2000 – Antonio Banderas and Johnny Depp. I love the way Antonio Banderas moves in Desperado, and I’m a sucker for any man who can pull off Zorro with flair. And that accent—delicious. (I’m such a sucker for Latin men.) And I’ve been a fan of Johnny Depp since he first appeared in the TV series 21 Jump Street. Loved him in the camp classic Cry-Baby and of course, as the Irish rogue Roux in Chocolat. He also makes a heck of a pirate!
2000-2010 – Hugh Jackman and Jim Caviezel. Hugh Jackman won me over as Wolverine in the X-Men movies, and his poster on my wall inspired a few of my darker heroes. (I also had the opportunity to see him on Broadway in The Boy From Oz. Again—an alpha male who can dance and sing!) Jim Caviezel stole my breath as Edmond Dantes in the remake of The Count of Monte Cristo, also inspiring for an hero or two.
2010 forward – Robert Downey, Jr. Robert Downey, Jr. makes be believe in heroes, not only because of his terrific work in Ironman and Ironman 2 but also because of his triumphs in his personal battles. Loved him in Sherlock Holmes as well, and I can’t wait for the sequel!
That’s my list. Tell me, who’s on yours?
I love this list! I’m also a sucker for Tyrone Power, Sean Connery, Antonio Banderas and RDJ…but I was sad to see that my Marlon Brando didn’t make the list, Debra! What about you, readers?
Debra has generously offered a signed copy of her most recent release, Tempting A Proper Lady! Tell us who is on your list of Hollywood Heroes (from any decade) for a chance to win on Monday! **Don’t forget to share your email address with us so we can reach you if you win!
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All this week, over on the Avon Blog, Gaelen Foley is celebrating the release of her newest book, My Dangerous Dukeby asking her author friends to choose a hottie they’d like to receive as a gift…and tell readers what they’d do with him first. Gaelen’s book begins with the heroine being given to the hero as a gift…so this is a literary exercise, you see…not a blatant ploy for man candy.
This is not an easy decision to make. One hottie? The first thing? Hmmm….
Today I’m up, with the fabulous Kathryn Smith (who has a great choice!). I gave Gaelen my answers last week…but this week has only solidified my choices: Eric Ripert & Jon Hamm. Why? Well…first, Jon Hamm was a final, awesome cherry on top of the ice cream sundae that was The A-Team. If you follow me on Twitter or Facebook, you know that I adored the A-Team…but Jon as CIA agent pushed it over into the realm of Favorite Movie Ever.
And Eric Ripert, the silver fox to end all silver foxes. Well, this week he just made me love him all the more when he revealed his five most embarrassing moments as a chef to Eatocracy (click that link for nothing more than to swoon over those lovely eyes)…and then, to top it off, sat by on the sidelines grinning his gorgeous grin as Letterman screams “HAVE A CLAM!” at Regis Philbin.
PS…this is why I know I have the right friends. While many would say, “You have Eric Ripert in your house and you want him to cook for you?” when my friend Amanda read the post at Avon, her only response was, “You have Eric Ripert in your kitchen and you want fish stew? Not coq au vin?” heh. Well, I suppose I’d sacrifice Bouillabaisse for coq au vin. If he’d like.
The book I’m working on right now has a blond hero.
Those of you who have read The Season will remember that my very first hero–the boy of my heart, Gavin, Lord Blackmoor–is a blond. And he’s charming and funny and based, loosely, on a collection of boys who I grew up with (and one whom I married), who were all blondes.
But this time, I’m writing about a man. And he’s golden-haired and beautiful and all man. But here’s the thing: There aren’t that many gorgeous, manly blonds out there to serve as muses for this hero. I don’t really need them right now, because he’s gorgeous and real in my mind and I’m half-in love with him (and if all goes well, will be fully in love with him before the month is out), but there’s a line from Weeds that keeps popping into my head: one character says about another (who happens to be played by my first blond crush, Matthew Modine), “What grown man has hair that color?”
It’s not easy to come up with a list of blond hunks…why is that?
So, who are your favorite blond male-muses? I’ll go first:
The dreamy Paul Bettany, who won my heart in that incredible leather coat in
A Knight’s Tale, and never gave it back.
(Fun fact: He lives in my neighborhood, and yes…
I have gone mute in his presence at the Indie Bookstore.)
The original blond hunk, Mr. Robert Redford, who still has it after all these years.
But my hero, right now, looks like a much-blonder version of Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (star of New Amsterdam, a short-lived TV show that I’m pretty sure I was the only person who watched):
There’s a big debate on Twitter right now–the YA lit world is buzzing with what could be the most pressing question of our time. Team Peeta or Team Gale? Not since vampires vs. werewolves has a debate been so heated. But honestly, I’m going to let Hunger Games experts be the ones to discuss this because, while I loved the books, this seems like a non-thing to me. Obviously, the answer is Team Gale. Obviously.
Now. My friend Amanda is vehemently Team Peeta. Her defense of this mousy, pasty beta-of-all-beta heroes is indefatigable. It is clear and single-focused: “Everyone loves a man who can cook.”
Interestingly, this simple defense is enough to give me pause. Because, truthfully, everyone does love a man who can cook. Me, especially. I have a total obsession with chefs. The day Top Chef was created in a back room at Bravo I swear, I heard angels sing.
I admire knife skills. I dream of palates. I think those white jackets are about the sexiest thing ever worn by man. I TiVo No Reservations. I refer to Tom Colicchio as “Big Daddy Colicchio.” I heard Eric Ripert expound on the difference between sea salt and iodized salt once–and fell a little bit in love. One of my dad’s closest friends owns a restaurant. Sometimes I sneak into the kitchen just to watch the guys work the line.
My name is Sarah, and I’m addicted to chefs.
It’s ok. My husband knows. He’s cool with it. (Because he’s a foodie, too.)
You have only to read Bella Andre‘s Tempt Me, Taste Me, Touch Me or Louisa Edwards‘s fab Can’t Stand the Heat to know just how hot a chef can really be…but what is it about chefs that makes them so. Very. Sexy? They’re artists, and they work with their hands, sure. But they’re also keenly aware of the senses…taste, scent, texture, the way food looks on a plate…and I think that’s where their sexiness lies–in their clear commitment to perfection in the most sensual of ways. Yum.
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