Thursday, 18 September 2014

Guest post by Anna James + Giveaway

Today I am happy to introduce you to a lovely author and a fantastic new romance series, please give a warm welcome to Anna James, who will tell you about her brand new release, Keeping Her Guilty Secret, the first book in her Forever Yours Trilogy! And if you share with us what qualities you are looking for in a romantic hero, you might even win yourself a copy! ;-)

Essential Traits of The Perfect Romance Hero
by Anna James

Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy
Hi folks, I’m Anna James and I write contemporary romance stories with strong, confident people who conquer life’s trials and find their happy ever afters. I’m here today to talk about romance novel heroes.

So, what makes the perfect romance hero? While each is unique, whether he is the James Bond type: arrogant, sophisticated, mysterious and just a little dangerous; a Mr. Darcy: aloof and seemingly unsympathetic, or a Rhett Butler: the ‘black sheep’ and a bit of a rogue. Alpha or beta male, there are several essential qualities all great heroes share.

Compassion, integrity and dependability are three of my MUST-HAVES. He should be brave, honorable, intelligent and have a sense of humor. He doesn’t have to be drop-dead gorgeous, but someone his heroine can’t help falling for.

Meet Max, the hero from KEEPING HER GUILTY SECRET - Book 1 Forever Yours Trilogy. Max doesn’t want to get involved with any woman. He needs to focus on what’s important: rebuilding his life now that his divorce is final. Enter Nicole Bradford. Nicole is beautiful and sexy, and the chemistry between them… It's off the charts, but her good looks and fiery spirit come with a strong sense of family and integrity to match. She fires a hunger deep inside and he can’t resist her. When her ex shows up and threatens Nicole, all his protective instincts kick in.

Here is an excerpt to whet your appetite:
Nicole shut the door and started walking to the driver’s side of the car. A hand slammed down and tightened on her shoulder, then dragged her back against a hard body. Another hand closed over her mouth, stifling her scream.

“Shut up!” Carlo whispered furiously in her ear.

Nicole squirmed and bit down hard on his hand.

Carlo let out a harsh laugh and tightened his grip on her. “Bitch! Thought your boyfriend would scare me off, did you?”

Boyfriend, what boyfriend? A memory of Max coming to her rescue when Carlo showed up at the house and threatened her flashed into her mind. She tried to tell him Max wasn’t her boyfriend, but with his hand still clamped over her mouth it came out as a muffled moan.

“Does he know what a naughty girl you’ve been? I think not, and if you want to keep it that way you’ll listen—and listen good. “I want fifty thousand dollars.”

Fifty thousand? Her eyes went wide and she tried to protest.

“That’s right. The cost of my silence has gone up. I checked out your Max Paradis and he’s worth a good chunk of change.”

Footsteps thundered on the pavement. “Nicole? Are you okay?”

“Son-of-a-bitch!” Carlo let her go and took off running across the parking lot.

Nicole slumped against the car and tried to steady her breathing. She yelped when Max grabbed her and pulled her into his arms. “Did he hurt you?”

“No,” she said between ragged gulps of air. Thank God you arrived when you did. Again. 

What qualities do you think make the perfect romance novel hero? I’d love to hear what you have to say. Leave your answers below. I’m giving away an e-copy of KEEPING HER GUILTY SECRET to one lucky commenter.

A secret she must keep… A man she can’t resist

Passion ignites between Nicole Bradford and Max Paradis the moment they lay eyes on each other, but despite the sizzling attraction and Max’s to-die-for-kisses, Nicole is reluctant to get involved. She’s been burned by love before.

Carlo had been her ideal mate but the dream became a nightmare when his drug smuggling past was revealed.

Now all Nicole wants is to get on with her life and keep the secret she’s been hiding for the last six years.

Still, how can she resist the handsome and sexy Max when he’s everything she’s ever wanted in a man? And what will she do when Carlo returns and threatens to expose her ugly past?

Nicole will have to trust Max with the truth if she wants to win his love and get Carlo out of her life for good. If she doesn’t Carlo could destroy everything that matters most to her.

Anna James writes heartwarming contemporary stories with strong, confident heroes and heroines who conquer life’s trials and live happily ever after. She has been writing professionally since 2010, is a member of RWA, CTRWA (Connecticut Romance Writers of America), CORW (Charter Oak Romance Writers) and RWA Contemporary Romance Writers. Publishing credits include two category length novels, five novellas and one short story.

Anna is married to a wonderful husband who spends countless hours picking up the slack around the house so she can pursue her dream of writing, and is the proud mother of five fabulous children.

Although she’s lived in several locations throughout her life she now calls Connecticut home. When not writing, she can be found spending time with family and friends.

Contact Anna at her website - Facebook - Twitter


Anna has generously offered an ebook copy of Keeping Her Guilty Secret to a lucky commenter!

All you have to do is leave a comment below and answer her question: What qualities do you think make the perfect romance novel hero?

Giveaway is open worldwide and ends on 26 September 2014!

Good luck!

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