Thursday, July 10, 2008

Guest Blogger: What Makes a Hero Hot? by Jasmine Haynes


Thanks so much for having me as your guest. I’m excited to have Berkley releasing Show and Tell this month, the second book in a trilogy that began with The Fortune Hunter, winner of the Holt Medallion for erotic romance. To celebrate the release of Show and Tell this month, I will be doing a drawing from amongst the people who comment on today’s blog for an autographed copy of The Fortune Hunter. So be sure to comment!

Here’s a little tidbit about Show and Tell to whet your appetite. All her life Trinity Green has been a pleaser, first her mom and dad, then her husband. When she walks in on her husband with another woman, she realizes that trying to be the perfect wife with never a hair out of place or a smudge of makeup beneath her eyes was all for nothing. Now she's going to indulge herself, with good food, delicious wine, and hot sex. Then she meets the perfect man under the oddest of circumstances.

Okay, in Show and Tell, Scott Sinclair is my hero, so I think he’s totally hot because I got to create him just the way I wanted him. See, there are great things to being a writer! He’s divorced and he has two college-age daughters (yeah, he’s an older guy, ‘cause I also think older men are totally hot). One of the things that I really liked about him was that he was a good husband and father, even if he was a workaholic. He didn’t have a terrible, destructive marriage. He loved his wife. He wanted his marriage to last the rest of his life. But instead of something like infidelity or nasty, knock-down, drag-out fights, his wife simply checked out of the marriage emotionally. She was there, but she was emotionally unavailable. It was as if she couldn’t care less whether he was living with her or not. Despite his efforts, he couldn’t get her to care again. The end of his marriage didn’t leave him bitter, it just left him needing a vibrant, passionate, committed relationship. I think that’s what most of us want, but sometimes we let kids and finances and jobs get in the way. Of course, Scott’s soon going to meet Trinity, and maybe, if he’s lucky, she might be just what he’s looking for. Then again, maybe...

I hope you will take a few moments to read the Show and Tell excerpt up on my site, because it’s all about hot Scott: http://www.skullybuzz.com/home.html

And I’d love to hear what makes a hero totally hot for you.

Fair Play, the third book in The Fortune Hunter trilogy arrives in April 2009. I also have an anthology coming out in December 2008, Unlaced, with stories by three other great writers, Jaci Burton, Joey Hill, and Denise Rossetti. In addition to Jasmine Haynes, many of you know me as Jennifer Skully, writing over-the-top (hopefully hilarious) romantic mysteries, and as JB Skully, I’ve created the Max Starr psychic mystery series. Readers can learn more about all my pseudonyms at http://www.skullybuzz.com/.

And don't miss my contest with lots of free books and lots of winners, going on now at http://www.skullybuzz.com/contest.html

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Thank you for being our guest blogger! Post away and one person will win a copy of The Fortune Hunter signed by Jasmine Haynes!

23 comments:

Penney said...

Hi It sounds like a great book! I will be getting that one for sure!Thanks
Penney

nascarandbeans said...

thank you so much for coming and sharing with us today.. what makes a hero hot to me? someone that is an alpha personality but that can still act like a gentleman and treat his lady like a lady..there a line between alpha and arrogant.. i love that cover for Show and Tell, that is definitely one that i would pick up if i were walking by..

braible said...

Great post!! I think a hero is totally hot when his feelings for our heroine are intense. I love it when a guy is totally taken by surprise by his feelings for a woman. A guy that feels that intensely and doesn't run for the hills is totally hot to me!!
Thanks for letting me chime in. :)
Becky

Jasmine Haynes said...

Thank you, Penney! I'm glad you stopped by.

And thanks, Beans, I'm happy to hear the cover would make you pick up the book. Especially since it's a scene out of the book!

Yes, alpha males don't have to be arrogant. They can be dominant but still know how to treat a lady like the lady she is!

And ooh, Becky, yes. A guy who is taken by surprise by his intense feelings but nevetheless goes for it. You're right, very hot. I think Scott qualifies in that!

robynl said...

a hot hero is one who treats you like you are the only one and the love of his life but who also can show others that they mean something to him; he is passionate about you, about the kids, about his Mom and Dad- an all-around great guy.

Lisa F. said...

Perfect hero? I like a guy with a great sense of humor, kind to animals, children and older people, and I still like the guy that holds/opens the door for me.

Looking forward to your next book!

flchen1 said...

Hi, Jasmine! Perfect hero? Smart, funny, confident, with a kind, generous spirit. Sure to ultimately do the right thing, even if it's the harder thing. Lots of integrity, even if it might be hidden a bit under the scruff.

Please don't enter me, BTW :) I'm definitely looking forward to reading Show and Tell, and looking forward to Fair Play, too!

Jasmine Haynes said...

Yes, Robyn, a man who is passionate about everything, especially his family. The original title of Show and Tell was "A Passionate Man." My editor came up with the new title, which I really liked, but the original did define Scott.

And right, Lisa, not to forget humor and kindness to animals.

Jasmine Haynes said...

Yes, Fedora, the guy that does the right thing even if it's the hardest thing! Very hero-like!

And thank you for reading and also for giving the others a chance to win. You won last week and I thank you very much for commenting!

Oh my God, I left the dog out on the deck! I hope she's still there!

Jasmine

Maureen said...

I like the idea of a woman learning to put herself first. I think we want to take care of others and forget to take care of ourselves. Sounds like a great story.

Cherie J said...

A hero is hot to me when he is protective of those he loves without being completely domineering. He is full of integrity and honor. He is also someone who can be counted on and romantic without having to be prompted.

Jasmine Haynes said...

That's right, Maureen, women do tend to keep seeing to others needs and forgetting their own. It's not so much that one should be me-me-me, but a rounded person is happier and better able to address other people's needs when theirs are met as well.

tetewa said...

These both sound great, just from reading the posts they really sucked me in! Congrats on the release, I also prefer older men!

Sue A. said...

I read the excerpt! Show and Tell's hero, Scott is totally hot!

I like my heroes to mysterious, with hidden emotions and intense passions which only a special woman has the key to release.

Amy S. said...

Show and Tell sounds great!

Jasmine Haynes said...

Thanks to all of you for your really nice comments about Show and Tell and the excerpt. And your thoughts on Scott as a hero! Of course, I'm especially glad that he sucked you in, so to speak!

I find it very interesting how all the things we've cited are not physical attributes. It's about his integrity, honor, humor, passion, how he views his family. I wonder what kind of answers we'd get from asking men what their heroine would be like!

Anonymous said...

have the book, i love it, great interview.

Jasmine Haynes said...

Thank you, anonymous!

kimmyl said...

Great post. Can't wait to read the book.
I like a strong and passionate hero.

limecello said...

Whoops - looks like I'm a bit late, but thanks for visiting with us today, Jasmine! I've read a few of your book and really enjoyed them - and I've been hearing great things about Show and Tell.
I agree that having "just" a *good* guy, is hot, and makes him a great hero. In fact, a perfect one. Makes you wish "stranger than fiction" was a more common occurrence so there would be more guys like that walking around ;).

Laurie said...

I like the guys who learn to change and put others first. They learn that work isn't their whole life... that a relationship can be necessary and not be a weakness.
I'll be looking for your trilogy as Jasmine Haynes.
I've read and enjoyed 2 of your Jennifer Skully books: Sex & the Serial Killer & Sheer Dynamite!!

Jasmine Haynes said...

Thanks so much for joining me everyone. I appreciate you letting me know you've enjoyed my books. And I loved hearing about everyone's idea of a hero. I'll keep that in mind when I'm writing!

Patti is going to announce our winner tonight so be sure to check back!

Take care!
Jasmine

Cherie J said...

Sounds like a great book. Thanks for guestblogging.