Falling in Love with your Hero
Update: It’s time to announce some winners! Shannon F. will receive her choice from Norah Wilson’s prize package. Leann will receive my Touch of a Thief.
It’s always a treat when I meet a new author and fall in love with her work! My new writing bud and Rock*It Reads co-conspirator is Norah Wilson. She writes awesome romantic suspense and I know you’re going to love her too.
Falling in Love with your Hero
by Norah Wilson
When I write a romance, I really need to fall in love with my hero. After all, if I can’t fall for him, why should I expect the reader to?
With Cal Taggart in Every Breath She Takes (previously released as Lauren’s Eyes), I thought I might have hit a wall. I mean, I knew very little about cowboys, and my decision to write about one could not have been more cold-blooded. Frustrated by my inability to sell a book no matter how many contests I won, I decided that since cowboys were reputed to sell, I was darned well going to write a cowboy book.
But a funny thing happened when I embarked on my research – I fell in love with my subject. So much so that I had a hard time stopping the research and starting the writing. And as I wrote, I tried to instill those cowboy traits of strength, responsibility, courage, stoicism – and yes, swagger – into my hero. Did it work? I guess the reader will have to be the judge, but it sure worked for me!
Part of what made me love him so much was his vulnerability under that strength. He truly is a flawed character, and my heroine Lauren Townsend sees that clearly. She goes into their fling with her eyes wide open, neither of them counting on that relationship deepening. Fortunately, the tests and trials they are forced to endure make Cal confront his issues and start dealing.
Which leads me into that other thing about romance – I need to close the book believing that the characters can rise above their emotional baggage to have a solid, believable happy ever after. Again, the reader will have to judge, but I totally believed Lauren and Cal earned their HEA. If you were to ask me to write a vignette of them together five, ten, even fifty years into the future, I could do it. Which gives me an idea for a whole other blog…
I will give away a print copy (trade paperback) of Guarding Suzannah, the first book in my Serve and Protect Series, as well as Needing Nita, a slim 15K novelette in the series which also contains chapter samples from the novels.
If the winner prefers an electronic prize, I would be happy to substitute the Serve and Protect Box Set in the format of their choice.
Blurb for Every Breath She Takes:
Veterinarian Lauren Townsend has good reason for hiding her psychic ability. Not only did her “freakishness” earn her pariah status in the small town where she grew up, it cost her a fiancé and her faith in love. When Lauren foresees a murder—through the killer’s eyes—she traces the victim to a sprawling ranch, never guessing what waits for her…
Cal Taggart’s rugged ranch life doesn’t need any more complications. His stubborn determination cost him his marriage, and now may cost him his livelihood. But then beautiful Lauren enters his corral…with danger close behind. And Cal wants nothing more than to protect her. They can’t deny their intense attraction. Nor do they want to. What begins as a fling with no strings becomes a fight for survival—and for true love.
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BIO – Norah Wilson
Norah Wilson lives in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada with her husband, two adult children, her beloved Rotti-Lab mix Chloe, and newly adopted cat Ruckus. She is a three-time finalist in the Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart® contest and in 2003 won the Dorchester Publishing’s New Voice in Romance. She writes romantic suspense and paranormal romance. In addition to the solo writing, she also writes the laugh-out-loud Dix Dodd cozy mystery series with writing partner Heather Doherty, under the name N.L. Wilson. Wilson and Doherty also write YA paranormal.
Norah’s newest book is Every Breath She Takes, a romantic suspense from Montlake Romance (9/4/12)
Thanks so much for dropping by, Norah! Be sure to leave a comment for a chance to win her fabulous prize package. I’ll kick off the discussion with a question:
What do you love most about a cowboy hero?
P.S. I’m throwing in a giveaway today too. It’s the Kindle version of Touch of a Thief, Book One in my Touch of Seduction series. (In case you don’t win, this is the last week it’s available as an Amazon Top 100 for only $3.99)