The Heart Rules in New Beach Read Romance

I’m so excited to be a part of this great new blog, and to be called a “Beach Read Author.” Really, there’s no greater compliment.

My goal with my books is to entertain my readers, to make them feel good about love and life as they turn that last page--and that’s exactly the type of book I like to read when I’m sitting on a beach (not that I’ve had that luxury in a while...), or relaxing on my couch, or in my bed...

Entertain & Seduce Me

When I have time to read, the last thing I want is something serious and literary (no offense to literary authors). I want to be entertained. I want to have fun. I want to be swept away in a larger than life romance. I want to imagine I’m the heroine and pretend it’s me falling in love with the hunky hero.

You mean this Ryan Gosling?
Who wants to be the heroine in an Oprah Bookclub pick, eh? Not me. I’d probably be killed off, maimed or otherwise tortured. No thank you. I’d prefer to have hot sex with a hot guy and live happily after with him.

In fact, if I had to pick an actress to play my character in a movie... My heroine is late 30s, so maybe Penelope Cruz. For my hero... a buff Ryan Gosling!

Romance Rules Over Rational

John and Samantha are the hero and heroine of my latest release, SHAMELESS. Neither of them is looking for love; in fact, both of them are trying to avoid it for various reasons. Needless to say, their antagonistic attitudes toward each other make for some sizzling chemistry.

Although this is a beach read, there are no beach scenes in SHAMELESS (not that there has to be LOL)—it’s set in Seattle, where the sun doesn’t shine all that often—but I do have a scene on John’s yacht, where it’s raining.

Of course. Samantha notices the boat is named Alimony and thinks that’s appropriate considering his past, and it’s a good reminder to keep her distance from him. John thinks it’s a good reminder of what he needs to avoid in the future.

Do either of them listen to those rational voices in their heads? Of course not. This is a beach read—the heart rules everything!

13 comments:

  1. Okay, loved this book AND love the shirtless Ryan Gosling as John. Kind of a geek when young, then the handsome guy who grew into his body. A lot of us were late bloomers, so that's relatable!

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    1. Thanks again for loving Shameless, AND for inviting me onto this blog. :) I think John is my favorite hero I've written (so far).

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  2. Loved Shameless! Such a wonderful novel for anyone who loves to get into the heart of characters and a story. Kept me turning the pages. And I don't think Ryan Gosling is too shabby either.

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    1. Thanks, Kim. :) Ryan Gosling has been a favorite of mine for a while. Did you see him in Lars and the Real Girl? Classic.

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  3. I definitely need to check out Shameless. Looks like a wonderful beach read. I know I will be pelted with tomatoes, but I don't really get the Ryan Gosling craze. I mean, of course, he's attractive, but definitely not in the top hottest guys for me. He wouldn't make my top 20 or maybe not even top 50. I know...it's awful, it's 'Shameless' (see what I did there??? :-)) People tell me I need to watch Crazy Stupid Love and I will totally get the Gosling thing. So I'm willing to make that sacrifice in order to see. In all fairness, I didn't understand what people saw in Channing Tatum until I watched Magic Mike. I totally get it now. Completely, totally. He's for sure in my top ten. Maybe top five. Or top 3. Anyway...awesome post!

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    1. Ally: You need to see him in a movie. I recommend The Place Beyond the Pines. There's just something about him.

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    2. Hmmm. I will check that out. I saw him in The Notebook and loved the movie, liked him a lot, but I know that was a while back.

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    3. I am okay with you not liking Ryan Gosling, Alicia. That's one less person to share him with. :)

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  4. Love Shameless - okay clearly need to figure out who Ryan Gosling is...

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  5. Look forward to reading Shameless, Rebecca. Ryan Gosling is a good looking guy but he's not in my top ten either. Maybe if i picture him while reading your book it'll move him up a few notches!

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    1. You know, he wasn't in my top ten either till I saw him in the movie DRIVE. This is not a rom/com or even your typical love story. It's a bit dark and he hardly says 2 words the whole time. But man, is he instense. I totally fell for him in this movie. He brought out his inner Clive Owen!!!

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    2. Christine, that's exactly where I started liking him, too. There's just something about him. His intensity in that got me.

      Lori--I never thought he was anything special until I saw him in some movies. Like I said above, there's just something about him. But if you read Shameless, you can picture any guy you want. :)

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