Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Guest post by Barbara DeLeo + Giveaway

Today I am happy to welcome to the blog debut author Barbara DeLeo, whose first romance novel Contract for Marriage was published by Entangled Publishing in their Indulgence category romance line. I have to tell you that as soon as I caught a glimpse of the title of Barbara's novel (and later read its premise) I was excited, impatient to read it, wanna know why? Because I LOVE marriage of convenience/arranged marraige trope stories! :-D So now read on to discover Barbara's take on this premise, and tell us your opinion, you could win a copy of Contract for Marriage!

A Marriage of Convenience? Are you serious?
by Barbara DeLeo

Hi Stella! Thanks so much for having me at Ex Libris. It’s great to be here. Today I thought I’d tackle a question that everyone from my mother to the girls in my book club has posed. The conversation goes something like this.......

Mom/The Girls: “So what’s your book about?”

Me: “A marriage of convenience.”

Mom/The Girls: (eyebrows raised, mouth open) A marriage of convenience? Are you serious?

So what is it with marriage of convenience stories in romance novels? The idea that a woman would enter into a loveless marriage—possibly forever—purely for some material or strategic gain? Why are intelligent readers hooked on a concept that should really be anathema to the independent, free thinking, powerful position that women who believe in love have in the world today? And they are hooked. You only need to read the bestseller lists in romance fiction to see that the marriage of convenience (MoC) storyline or “trope” is very much alive and as popular as ever.

As my debut book, Contract for Marriage, has a marriage of convenience, I’ve thought a lot about why MoCs are so popular. I’d love to hear what you think, but first I’ll give you a couple reasons why I love them.

We live in a time when women are told they can have and do anything, right? CEO of a large corporation and charity volunteer? No problem. Perfect mother to six children, president of the PTA and super best friend? Easy. Skilled lover, perfect hostess, ideal daughter-in-law? Any day of the week. A woman who deserves to be loved and treasured by someone who adores her? Absolutely.

I don’t know about you, but I find trying to have and do it all is freakin’ exhausting, so I write modern day fantasies that hopefully allow women a chance to step away from these pressures for a little while. While I write about real, identifiable people in reasonably relatable situations, there’s also an element of the fantasy, the fairytale, in what I write too. Whether it’s the fact that my hero’s a billionaire or the events take place aboard a cruise ship or on a tropical island, I want my readers to be transported to a world a little outside their own. And maybe a situation they’d like to imagine themselves experiencing in that fantasy —like a relationship that’s forbidden, a situation of forced proximity with a hot guy who’s emotionally out of reach but physically in their space 24/7. A marriage of convenience.

Another reason I love MoCs is that I’m always ridiculously fascinated by other people’s relationships. To think that what I see on the surface—a loving and connected couple—might only be together out of secret necessity is intriguing... and a little hot. What would it be like to have to put on that front for people? Try to keep a distance even if you fancied the pants of someone?

In Contract for Marriage, Christo and Ruby are embattled opponents trapped in a situation that only a marriage can free them from. Do they want each other? You bet! Will giving in to that desire cause them to lose everything they’ve always wanted? Absolutely. Will the sparks fly and passion burn? Right from page one.

So tell me, what you love about MoCs and why you think they’re so popular?

Barbara DeLeo’s first book, co-written with her best friend, was a story about beauty queens in space. She was eleven, and the sole, handwritten copy was lost years ago, much to everyone’s relief. It’s some small miracle that she kept the faith and is now living her dream of writing sparkling contemporary romance with unforgettable characters.

After completing degrees in Psychology and English then travelling the world, Barbara married her winemaker hero and had two sets of twins. She still loves telling stories about finding love in all the wrong places, with not a beauty queen or spaceship in sight.

Connect with Barbara at her website / Blog / Twitter / Facebook / Goodreads

Pregnant and alone after her ex-lover’s death, magazine editor Ruby Fleming’s not about to give up her home to the man who broke her heart—until she discovers her mother left half of the estate to somebody else, and she realizes she’s trapped.

Property tycoon Christo Mantazis wants the one thing his riches can’t buy—the villa where his mother has lived and worked as housekeeper for forty years. That it’s the same house he was banished from after being caught making love to the owner’s irresistible daughter stirs up old memories, and now he wants her more than ever.


Entangled Publishing has generously offered an ebook copy of Contract for Marriage to a lucky commenter!

All you need to do is leave a comment answering Barbara's question: What do you love about marriage of convenience stories and why do you think they’re so popular?

Giveaway is open wordwide and ends on 26 October 2012!

Good Luck!

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