Harlequin Historical authors Michelle Willingham and Diane Gaston reveal who inspired their latest sexy heroes.
Sam Worthington, my Male on Monday, strongly resembles my hero from Surrender to an Irish Warrior because he has that fierce warrior quality in his role of Perseus in the remake of “Clash of the Titans.” This is a man who’s driven to succeed, who won’t let anyone stand in the way of his goal.
My medieval hero, Trahern MacEgan, is tormented by the death of his betrothed wife, and he’s out for blood. He’ll stop at nothing to take down the men who killed her. When he learns that the heroine Morren also suffered at the hands of Vikings, this alpha warrior is incensed.
Sam Worthington shares that protective sense in his other well-known movie “Avatar.” When an alien species closely connected to the earth is threatened, Sam’s character Jake Sully, must fight to save them.
Taming Her Irish Warrrior. Diane’s going to tell you about her Male on Monday, Paul Marron.
Yep, Michelle, my Male on Monday not only reminds me of the hero of my September Harlequin Historical, Chivalrous Captain, Rebel Mistress, but he actually graces the cover. He is model Paul Marron, and there seems to be no biographical information about him on the internet.
website where you can see...um...a great deal more of him. And there are two sites featuring his romance bookcovers, one on Amazon, and another fan site. Most fun, though was this YouTube video of an UnderGear photo shoot.
(Editor's note: there are a number of good Undergear photoshoot videos...)
Marron has that quality so special in cover models: the ability to take on many different characters and looks. He can appear like the perfect Regency gentleman, as he does on Elizabeth Rolls' Lord Braybrook's Penniless Bride, a dangerous western gunslinger, like on Stacy Kayne's The Gunslinger's Untamed Bride, or downright sexy and uncivilized on Michelle's Taming Her Irish Warrior. On the cover of Chivalrous Captain, Rebel Mistress, Paul Marron appears strong and resolved--just like my hero, Allan Landon.
Marron, standing tall and powerful in a British army uniform (open in the front, of course!) appears just as I imagined my hero, Captain Allan Landon would look during the battle of Waterloo. Allan stood on a hill during a lull in the fighting and saw the farmhouse of Hougoumont burning, where he’d told the heroine, Marian Pallant to stay put. Had he trapped her in an inferno? Or can he save her?
Thanks, Pink Heart Society, for having us as guests!
Michelle and Diane
You can learn more about Michelle Willingham and Diane Gaston's wonderfully sexy books at their respective websites.