Friday, 10 May 2013

Guest post by Tamara Morgan + Giveaway

Please give a warm welcome to contemporary romance author Tamara Morgan, who is back here today to celebrate the release of her latest novel, The Rebound Girl, the first book in her brand new Getting Physical series published by Carina Press. Join us as Tamara talks about what readers expect and want from a romance novel when it comes to its hero and heroine, and if you tell us what you want you could even win yourself a copy of The Rebound Girl!  ;-) 

A Hero to Love/A Heroine to…?
by Tamara Morgan

One of the best things about reading romance novels (and about reading in general, really) is that everyone has different expectations and experiences. Some of us go in wanting escapism and entertainment. Some of us want to fall in love all over again. Some of us want to learn more about the world and how others perceive it.

I like all of these answers, but perhaps my favorite answer of all was one I heard my editor say on Twitter. In a romance novel, she claimed to be looking for “a hero to fall in love with and a heroine to root for.” Everything else is just details.

While her wisdom is something I’ve come to rely quite heavily on, I actually prefer to take that idea one step further. Heroes? They’re easy. A noble soul and some chiseled abs are all I really need. But in heroines, I look for more than just someone to root for—what I really want is someone I can be best friends with.

I don’t really care what a heroine’s background is. I don’t care if she’s falling into a harsh dystopian world like in Kit Rocha’s Beyond Shame or dancing at a Regency ball in Diane Farr’s The Fortune Hunter. I don’t care if she’s a quirky florist in Elyssa Patrick’s As You Wish or a brash, ballsy plastic surgeon like in my own The Rebound Girl. As long as I can imagine taking her out for drinks and gossiping over canapés, we’re good.

Of course, I know my opinion isn’t universal. :-) I’ve heard lots of different qualities that romance readers look for in their heroines, including:

• A placeholder for themselves
• An adventuring type willing to do things they wouldn’t
• Someone who shares the traits of their own loved ones
• A lady who can kick some butt without losing her vulnerability
• A woman with hidden depths
• Someone overcoming a difficult past
• Women who fall into easy-to-define stereotypes
• Women who DON’T fall into easy-to-define stereotypes
• Someone smarter than them
• A flawed character

…which makes me curious. What makes a heroine worthwhile to you? What qualities do you seek out in your heroines that grant them a long-lasting place in your heart?

The Rebound Girl by Tamara Morgan

Book #1 of the Getting Physical series

Plastic surgeon Whitney Vidra knows all about getting over a cheating ex. She followed her boyfriend halfway around the world before she found out about his infidelity. Now she's focusing on her career and her friends, and using men just for single-serving, no-strings fun. Until she meets charming Matt Fuller.

Newly single Matt is captivated by the vibrant Whitney, in every way the opposite of his cheating ex-wife. When he confesses to Whitney that he hasn't had sex since his divorce, she volunteers to be his rebound girl. But Matt's not a no-commitment kind of guy—he's either all in, or all out.

Whitney is determined to remain attachment-free, but Matt is equally determined to prove to her that what they have is more than just a rebound fling.

Buy at AmazonB&N - iBooks - Carina Press

Tamara Morgan is a contemporary romance author of humorous, heartfelt stories with flawed heroes and heroines designed to get your hackles up and make your heart melt. Her long-lived affinity for romance novels survived a B.A. degree in English Literature, after which time she discovered it was much more fun to create stories than analyze the life out of them.

You can find Tamara on her website, Twitter, Facebook and Goodreads.


Tamara has generously offered an ebook copy of The Rebound Girl to a lucky commenter!

To be entered just leave a comment and answer Tamara's question: What makes a heroine worthwhile to you? What qualities do you seek out in your heroines that grant them a long-lasting place in your heart?

Giveaway is open worldwide and ends on 24 May 2013!

Good luck!

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