Saturday, June 19, 2010
Wild Card Weekend - Delicious Men!
One of the wonderful things about being an author is you can live your life a little vicariously through your heroine.
Fancy a bit of Gerard Butler? Brad Pitt? Sean Connery? (Okay, forget I said that, he’s getting a bit long in the tooth). How about Matthew McConaughey? Chris Noth? George Clooney? Russell Crowe? The list is endless of the men I’d like a bit of. (Quick glance over the shoulder to make sure my husband isn’t behind me!)
But seriously ladies, we all have about as much chance of getting a bit of these guys as flying to the moon. So what could be better (and far less hassle) than imagining them as our heroes?
Of course, one can’t be lazy and say, “He looked like Brad Pitt, except he had silky black hair.” (ugh!) Read something like that once and thought, how lazy can you be? And what if the reader didn’t like Brad? Then they wouldn’t be able to get away from that image. Far better to use a hunky likeness as a template and let the reader fill in the blanks.
My five book series for Harlequin American Romance, The O’Malley Men, features (wait for it!) FIVE brothers! Of Irish American heritage these dark-haired hunks were a delight to imagine curling up with.
Another CSI actor, George Eads who plays Nick Stokes, was the model for “The Sheriff and the Baby”. I had a clear picture of this gorgeous dark-eyed hunk holding a baby in his arms. Nothing would get past this guy that could harm either the heroine or her daughter when he was around. Again, he has yummy dimples… hey! it’s an O’Malley family trait!
Chris Meloni, the brooding detective from Law and Order SVU was perfect for Luke, the oldest brother who runs the family ranch in “Colorado Cowboy”. Meloni projects that sensitive balance between an over-protective alpha and a man deeply hurt by his past, whose world is turned upside-down when he learns he has an illegitimate son in trouble with the law. (Excuse me a minute, have to go and wipe the drool off my chin – have just found a rather er… revealing pic of him in google images.) Can’t post it here ’cos it’s a wee bit naughty, but type - Chris Meloni Oz into google, then go to images and see the one called Hot Guy Monday – phew!!!
Now, the brother I’m having real trouble with is fire-fighter, Adam. He’s the youngest of the O’Malley boys and being a fire-fighter naturally he’s well-muscled. He also has the O’Malley dimples and dark eyes.
I’m giving away a signed copy of my latest novel to the commenter who can help me come up with a suitable model for Adam. So at it ladies! I’m desperate…