Monday, 20 August 2012

Guest post by Robyn Thomas + Giveaway

Today it's my pleasure to welcome to Ex Libris Entangled Publishing author, Robyn Thomas, whose debut novel His Unexpected Family was released in their Indulgence imprint last month. And I have to say it has one of the most beautiful covers I have seen in a long time, so heartsqueezingly tender, perfect for the story! So please give a warm welcome to Robyn and let's hear the inspiration behind the novel! (and you could also win a copy of her book ;-)

Thank you for inviting me as a guest today. It’s a pleasure to be here.

I’m giving an insight into the inspiration behind His Unexpected Family. Before I began writing this story I’d been staring at a blank page for quite a while. The story ideas I had weren’t consistent with the type of book my editor (at the time) had requested. Office romances, one night stands, corporate mergers and the jet set crowd were all out - and for a while - nothing at all was in. My hand hovered over the panic button as I discarded more and more ideas and actively searched for “the one” that’d turn the tide. Eventually I concluded that I was over-thinking the situation. I promised myself I’d write the story – any story - of whoever “showed up” next, and I was overjoyed when it was Cole.

A less romantic movie than Touching The Void would be difficult to find, but watching it provided the initial spark for Cole’s character in His Unexpected Family. Allowing my imagination to explore a tangent is commonplace for me so when I first started to speculate about the film crew I didn’t know I was onto something. The idea grew exponentially from there, and I realised that Cole’s issues (grief, guilt, loss, and starting over) were one’s that I wanted to explore .

I had a hot hero who was strong and flawed, and desperate to have his story told. Making him wait was incredibly difficult, but he needed a heroine and all I could do was ponder his situation until she arrived. The timeframe since the accident was very clear in my mind and I began to wonder if it was significant. It wasn’t until Ren showed up with a newborn baby that I was finally able to start piecing things together, and I fell in love with the picture that emerged. I couldn’t wait to start writing Ren and Cole’s story so I introduced them in a doorway and waited to see how they’d interact.

I’m incredibly glad that I’ve never experienced anything like what Ren went through. My darling hubby occasionally treks off somewhere in the Aussie bush with a weighty backpack and a couple of mates in tow. I accept that they won’t have mobile phone coverage, but I never doubt they’ll return safely. They have tents, food, first aid kits, several vehicles parked nearby and lots of collective experience. And there’s one more thing in my favour… I’m not pregnant!

For a chance to win a copy of His Unexpected Family please choose between these two (hot) men. On the left is a passionate adventurer who will risk his life – and your sanity - again and again. On the right is a reliable 9 to 5 kind of guy who won’t.

Robyn is a cheesecake connoisseur, caffeine addict, and mother of two boys. Happily married, she lives in Melbourne, Australia. Writing romance helps her balance the effects of living in an all-male household. Robyn loves movies, art glass and browsing in quirky gift shops.

Sometimes you have to take the leap… again.

Newly widowed with a new baby, Ren Jamieson is putting her life back together after her thrill-seeking husband’s death. But when she’s called to show a high-end property to a prospective client–a commission she desperately needs–she meets a man who makes her pulse pound like nothing she’s ever known…

Cole Matthews is more than he seems. Real estate is only part of the reason he’s in Australia–the other is to see Ren, and make amends somehow for the life lost. The last thing Cole expects is a woman whose humor, sweetness, and sexiness give him a rush greater than any he’s ever experienced...

Torn between her growing feelings for Cole and the risks of loving yet another adventurer, Ren will have to choose between keeping her feet on the ground… and taking the most dangerous leap of her life.

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Entangled Publishing is generously offering an ebook copy of His Unexpected Family to a lucky commenter!

All you need to do to be entered is leave a comment answering Robyn's question: who would you choose: a passionate adventurer who will risk his life – and your sanity - again and again or a reliable 9 to 5 kind of guy who won’t?

Giveaway is poen worldwide and ends on 26 August 2012!

Good luck!

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