Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Are You Desperately Seeking A Romance Hero? With Author Willa Edwards

Please help me welcome author Willa Edwards to Bookin' It today. She has a great topic up for discussion and has graciously offered a giveaway for a winner that leaves a comment. She's also provided a nice excerpt at the bottom that shouldn't be missed! ;-) 

So without further ado....

Are You Desperately Seeking A Romance Hero?

Last week I wrote a blog asking ‘Are romance novel’s ruining your marriage?’ The idea was based off an article I read which described an addiction to romance novels being as destructive to your relationship as an addiction to pornography. Though the validity of the article is suspect, from the idea sprang a lot of great conversation. The ending consensus was that romance novels are not disastrous to a healthy relationship (though there was some commentary that they could encourage you to leave an unhealthy or abusive relationship, which I say is a win for romance novels). Most of the ladies agreed they could even improve a relationship, with the careful use of a romance novel in the bedroom.

But what about single women? Do they destroy single women’s ability to find a mate because she’s constantly comparing her suitors to the unattainable hero in the romance novels she reads?

As a single romance writer myself, I can tell you, I don’t view the men I date with the same filter as I write my heroes. Though I wouldn’t mind dating some of my heroes (Eric from Naughty List would be my pick, he’s so sweet and attentive to other people, and loves Callie so much he’s willing to do almost anything to make her happy, which I love) but many of my heroes are nothing like the man I would want to settle down with. Neither are some of the heroes I read. 

While it may be fun to read about an alpha male who acts first and ask questions later, I don’t know that I’d want to deal with him on a day to day basis. Sure it’s fun to read about conflict, but it’s not as fun to live it. And when the conflict is gone, and only a good solid relationship is left behind, it gets pretty  boring. That’s why we simply end a story with, and they lived happily ever after, because actually showing it would be too dull to maintain a reader’s interest.

But what about in the beginning, when I head out on a date, do I expect my prospective beau to look like Jimmy Thomas, act like an take charge Dom, and perform like a prize stud? No!  I know the difference between reality and fiction. But I have learned a few things from Romance novels about what I want my future relationship to look like and what I want my future somebody special to act like from the books I read.

I do want to feel like the heroine, sometimes. I want to feel like I’m the center of my personal hero’s world, that he wouldn’t want to be with another woman but me, though not to a suffocating degreeA man who’s strong of heart and character, someone who’s willing to support me, and who would be glad to be my research assistant (which I think any good hero would).  And someone who can take care of the finances so I can write all day (there’s an awful lot of billionaires and rich business owners in the romance hero collection) would be nice.

But I think most of all I’ve learned from romance novels to have hope that my happy ending it out there somewhere, waiting for me. Romance novels are filled with hope, hope you’ll find the right guy, hope you’ll be happy, hope you can get everything you want even if it’s not how you first envision it.

Until my prince comes riding in (or investment banker, I’m not picky), I’m content to be on my own, writing my daydreams down for all of you to enjoy, and myself.

So how about the other single ladies out there? Do romance novels color how you view your dates? Have they taught you what you want in a significant other, or do they only offer an unattainable image that no real man can ever measure up to? Leave me a comment, let me know what you think and be entered in to win a copy of my new release, Midnight Mirage.

And speaking of daydreams, if there ever was a daydream you wish could be true, it would definitely be two hot rock stars that both want you more than their next platinum album. Which is exactly the predicament Mallory is in.

Lincoln and Gabe, best friends and the hottest new alt-rock duo Mirage, only want one thing. Mallory. They’ve been waiting a year for Mallory to open her heart to both of them and accept the alternative relationship they wish for.
Mallory’s flattered by their attentions but can’t believe they’re any more than sweet words. They’re rock stars, surrounded by beautiful woman. They can’t possibly want a plain-Jane reporter like her.
When a crazed fan forces their hand, their protective instincts take over. Gabe and Lincoln aren’t willing to wait for their woman any longer. They initiate her with intense pleasure, ringing in the New Year in the naughtiest way possible. But when they whisper words of love and forever in her ear, she runs away.
Will Mallory be able to open her heart and return their affection, or will insecurity keep her from the men who love her?

“Ready for your interview?” Mallory asked, her voice rumbling with unease as she took the final steps to meet Lincoln and Gabe, the duo who made up Mirage, the band she’d been sent to this New Year’s extravaganza to interview. The ground vibrated beneath her feet from the bass of the band still onstage. She looked up to meet their eyes, the focused heat of Lincoln and Gabe’s gaze burning her like a laser. Mallory tried to ignore the warm fluttering in her stomach at their stare, and the heat climbing up her face.

There was something different about the way they looked at her today. The way they’d watched her approach. Her reporter sense tingled.

She knew these men better than probably anyone else did, beside their mothers. In the year since she’d met them, they’d become the constant in her new, relentlessly-moving life spent searching for new stories and bands. Since she’d started her career last January she could only recall a few instances when she’d gone more than three weeks without running into Gabe and Lincoln. She’d interviewed every one of their opening acts, reported on the same award ceremonies and benefits they attended, and even ended up at the same hotel as they were during their vacation, which she’d arrived at to interview a different musician entirely.
At first it had seemed odd to her, too coincidental, but after a few months on the road she’d started to look forward to these chance meetings. Enjoying each moment with these men, basking in the attention they showed her, the flirting words and accidental touches of Gabe, and Lincoln’s deep eyes focused on her as he quizzed her about rock history.

“Of course.” Gabe’s British accent made him sound overly polite as he spoke. Though she knew he was anything but. He took a step closer to her, so she could smell the aftershave and warm sweat from his performance dabbled on his skin.

“Let’s start with what you two are planning.” Mallory looked back and forth between them, trying to determine the direction of their thoughts.

“We were trying to determine how to get you into bed with us,” Gabe stated matter-of-factly. He glided closer to her, fitting into one side like a key in a lock, while Lincoln circled around to the other, making her feel like she was being surrounded by hungry sharks.

She smiled, the twirl in her stomach increasing, as if she’d swallowed three of the helicopters she could hear circling the musical extravagance in the sky. They’d been flirting with her since the moment they’d met her. Every time she bumped into Lincoln and Gabe, they’d whisper wickedly seductive nothings in her ear that made her pussy gush with need. But there was a purr to Gabe’s voice today that held more promise than it usually did. As if this time he planned to make good on his flirts.

It wasn’t professional. She knew that. But it wasn’t uncommon for rock-and-roll journalists to get involved with their subjects. She probably should put a stop to it, but she’d be lying if she said she didn’t enjoy the attention of two gorgeous rock stars who could have any woman they wanted.

It wasn’t like they really meant any of it. Like all the other musicians she’d met, they were all talk and no follow-through.

“Right,” Mallory huffed. “That’s not enough to shut me up.”

 “We don’t want to shut you up.” Gabe’s hand traced her left side, the touch combined with his lyrical accent made her shiver, regardless of the almost-January cool air. His bleach-blond surfer boy looks contradicted his British heritage. “We want to make you scream in the New Year with us.”

Lincoln nodded. His dark eyes watched her, gauging her reaction. She wished she knew what he saw. Her legs shook beneath his intensity. Her panties dampened as his eyes darkened almost to black.

She’d been having dreams of these two men for months, what it would feel like curled between them, screaming out their names, filled to the brim with their cocks. The way Lincoln looked at her, it was almost as if he could see those fantasies, the erotic images that flicked across her eyelids even now. Their combined male scent tantalized her senses.

But they were only dreams. Things like that didn’t really happen. Definitely not to girls like her. She could rarely get one man to hang around long enough to end up in her bed, let alone two.

“Spend the night with us,” Lincoln whispered into Mallory’s ear, making her quiver at the warm gust. The heat of his body radiated through the mere inches between them to bathe her skin.

It would be so easy to give in to her desire. All her friends thought she lived this crazy rock star life filled with drugs, wild sex, and raging parties. Mallory wished she had half the fun and excitement everyone assumed. In truth she was more a visitor to this music mania world than a citizen. She spent more time in her hotel room at the computer than at any party. It made for a very lonely life.

She hadn’t even had sex in six months. He’d been a member of the stage crew, not a rocker, or a drummer, just an average run-of-the-mill roadie. She’d thought maybe he’d want to see her more, but he’d never called her again. In the end, it didn’t matter. She was fine on her own.

“Stop kidding around.” Mallory shifted her weight on her too-high stiletto heels, trying to separate herself from Gabe and Lincoln. If she got far enough from their body heat she might be able to think clearly again.

“We’re not joking, love,” Gabe whispered directly into her ear, his lips so close they were almost on her earlobe.

“I’m here for the interview,” Mallory conditioned. “Nothing else.”

“You want more than that.” Lincoln’s words were resolute, indisputable. His dark looks and brooding air were a perfect contrast to Gabe’s brighter complexion and personality. “We know the truth, even if you won’t admit it.”

To Discover more about author Willa Edwards you can ...
Find her Online: www.willaedwards.com
Find her on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/#!/willa.edwards

Thank you so much, Ms. Edwards. It is a pleasure to have you here on Bookin' It!  

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  1. This review is simply awesome. Phew!!!

    I'm literally chomping at the bit to read this story as it contains everything that I love, passion, intrigue, hot sex and romance. Great bedtime reading.

    Thanks for this opportunity to win. I'm a follower of your blog and on Twitter (englishmeadows)

    dpd333 at aol dot com

  2. Ay yay yay.... I agree with Diane D... All the goodies we love to read about!!!

    Thanks for the chance to win...


  3. Diana, great to see you again (I'd remember that icon anywhere, :D). I agree, these guys have everything a girl could want and then some. But what do you expect when you get two yummy rockstars instead of one. But I'd warn you about reading it before bed. You might get some hot flashes during the night :P. Thanks so much for stopping by, I'm so glad you love the excerpt.

    Demiry, Diane is definitely right, this book is filled with lots of goodies (and I've only hinted at some of them). I thrilled you like the excerpt. Thank you so much for stopping by and spending some time with me.

  4. While it may be fun to read about an alpha male who acts first and ask questions later, I don’t know that I’d want to deal with him on a day to day basis.

    LOL - I'm with you there, Willa. They're good in a book, but 24/7? Don't know about that. :)

    Your book sounds delish - can't wait to read it.

  5. Fortunately, I can separate fact from fiction, or I'd be terribly disappointed in the men I meet versus the men I write about. Although like you, I wouldn't mind being treated like a heroine in one of my books. LOL. I can dream, can't I...?

  6. Tina, you are totally right. Some times hard and fast is great, but sometimes you want a little softness ;) Thanks for comments about Midnight Mirage, I really love this story and I'm thrilled by how well its been received by readers. Thank you so much for stopping by.

    Delaney, I don't see anything wrong with expecting to be treated like a romance heroine sometimes. Every woman deserves to be treated like a queen on occasion. But if it were all the time it wouldn't be as much fun. Plus sometimes it should be about your beau and not you. But sometimes I just need my space. I real relationship is about balance, but it a romance we can make it all about the heroine all the time, which I love to do. Thanks so much for stopping by Delaney, I really appreciate your support.

  7. I had to laugh at this one... are you sure that you haven't been listening in on some of the arguments in my house?! LOL! I've been happily married for going on 20 years and truly did live my fairy tale romance. However that being said, there is no such thing as HEA. Everyday life, kids, work, etc. do get in the way and whenever I start complaining to my hubby that I miss the romantic things he used to do what do you think is the first thing that I hear? You guessed it..... Ugh, I wish you'd quit reading those romances!!! LOL!

    Good luck to all you single women. I wish you the best and hope that ya'll find your heros! Just always remember they're all just men deep down and no one can life up to our romantic story heros all the time!


  8. Hi Willa,
    Great blog. I've been married for years, so I am not sure about the single thing, but it is nice to have your dream man even if it isn't for real. There are plenty of great guys out there, the trouble in this day and age is finding them.


    Margaret Tanner


  9. I'm single and I think I'd have a stroke if someone like the alphas I read about came over to me. It's fun to read about, but probably a bit much in real life.

    Loved the excerpt, the chase part is one of the best parts of a book for me.

    GFC Anne38

  10. Loved the blurb and excerpt!

    Sounds like an awesome read!

    Im adding to my TBR

  11. I agree on all counts with u!
    The cover is so hot! Cannot wait to read!


  12. Hi Willa!
    Excellent post and wonderful excerpt:) Definitely have to read this book.

    As a single lady out in the dating world I have found it a little harder to find the right guy since it's hard not to compare them to my fav romance heros. I know I have to be a little more realistic, but there are some that have come really close:) I also agree with acm05 comment above too!

    *GFC Follower


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