Monday, January 30, 2012

Male On Monday: Eddie Cibrain plus giveaway!

Harlequin Special Edition Author Cindy Kirk explains about why Eddie Cibrain really reflects her current hero and has 3 books up for grabs.

Thanks to the Pink Heart Society for allowing me to guest blog today.  I’m really excited because my latest Harlequin Special Edition, Jackson Hole Valentine, is my 25th book for Harlequin!  And, better yet, my vision of the hero of that book (which is on shelves now) is reflected on the cover.

First a little teaser about Jackson Hole Valentine so you can get a feel for who the hero is:

When Margaret Fisher’s friends were killed in a tragic accident, she suddenly found herself co-guardian of the couple’s six-year-old son.  Cole Lassiter was the last man she ever wanted to see again after he’d broken her heart in high school, but she’d do anything–even move into his house–to be a mother for Charlie.

Successful entrepreneur Cole still felt betrayed by Meg…and couldn’t imagine sharing anything with her, let alone a son.  But while adolescent wounds ran deep, so did their very grown-up attraction for one another.  And as they learned to be good parents to Charlie, the mismatched pair were also learning about forgiveness–and the power of forever love.

Like most authors, I’ve had covers where the hero looks NOTHING like I envisioned him.  Growing up I was an avid romance reader. (I started out reading Harlequin Presents)  I can’t tell you how much I hated it when the hero on the cover didn’t match the way I saw him in my head. Back then I thought the man on the cover was how the author saw the hero.  Now I know that’s not always the case.  J

Anyway, back to Cole Lassiter.  I love dark-haired leading men with blue eyes.  But while Cole may have blue eyes, the man who most accurately reflects my vision of Cole is Eddie Cibrian (who has brown eyes).  Still, I think the cover gods smiled on me this time.

Take a look at the cover of Jackson Hole Valentine:

Then, take a look at some photos of Eddie Cibrian:

Of course, it’s not an exact match but it’s close enough to make me happy. 

The thing about a hero is, although what’s on the outside fuels the initial attraction, it’s what he’s like on the inside that makes the heroine (and  us)  fall in love with him.  Cole is a great guy.  He’s a man who has overcome many obstacles to become a successful business owner.  He’s a person who knows what it’s like to struggle in school and feel stupid, even though he’s very intelligent.  Most importantly, he’s not afraid to look at where he’s fallen short in the past and attempt to make things right.

Out of the twenty-five books I’ve written for Harlequin, there are some leading men who hold a special place in my heart.   Cole Lassister is one of them.

In celebration of my 25th book for Harlequin, I’m giving away three copies of Jackson Hole Valentine.

All you need to do is comment on this post and tell me what quality you like to see in a hero to be entered into the drawing.

Let me also shout out a big THANK YOU to everyone who’s bought my books and posted a good review.  I appreciate your support!

To read more about Cindy Kirk and her books, visit her website . Jackson Hole Valentine is available wherever good books and ebooks are sold.


  1. Hi Cindy!

    Your hero and Jackson Hole Valentine sounds awesome!

    My hero has to be honorable as well as trustworthy- and good looking too!

  2. Kindness is an important quality that doesn't always get recognition.

  3. In romance novels, the hero is very often rich and very handsome. This is the stuff that dreams are made of. Actually, as Nas above has said, a sense of honour is very important. The other two nearly don't matter as much.

    In a romance novel I read recently ('Command Performance' by Sally Quilford, an ebook from Bookstrand), the hero insists on making arrangements to get married the very next morning after he and the heroine first made love. When pressed for the reason for the haste, he replied that since they'd had unprotected contact, there was a good chance that the heroine was pregnant and that he didn't want any child of his born out of wedlock. This may sound old fashioned to some, but I loved it.

    In real life, some years ago my friend, a divorced woman with kids, got involved with a man going through the same situation. He was divorced and raising his children alone. My friend told me that this man had been advised by friends and family to check the paternity of his youngest child, because it was known that his ex wife had an affair during the last years of their marriage. My friend told me that the man had flatly refused to check out the matter. 'This child is mine, that's all I know,' he said. His only concern was for the child, not his ego. My friend married this man and I'm not surprised to know that they're still very happy together some dozen years later.....and the kids are okay too!

    Good looks and money don't hurt, but a sense of honour and responsibility is most important in my humble opinion.

  4. Hi Cindy. Congratulations on your 25th book with Harlequin. I like a hero is who strong, loyal, has a good heart and a great sense of humor.

  5. Nas, Honor is really important to me in a hero.

    Pageturner, I agree, kindness is really underrated, but so important.

    Maria, You are so right. Rich and handsome is the fantasy...and it's like icing on the cake. But if your man isn't honorable, kind, responsible with a good sense of humor, who wants him?

    Crystal, Thanks for the congratulations. I love the great sense of humor. Highly underrated, but I think important.

  6. Eddie Cibrian's dimples are always a good start for a hero, then I would add humor, and a calm, lean on me strength in a crisis.

  7. Summer,

    I love the way you put that..."a calm lean on me strength" appealing.

  8. Crystal, Maria and Summer--you're my winners!

    Please email me your snail mail addresses via my website "contact me" link and I'll get the book in the mail to each of you!

  9. Cindy, thank you very much. I'm delighted to win your book. Looking forward to reading it.