Monthly Archives: August 2015

Sexy is What’s Inside

Everyone has a different idea of what defines “sexy” on the outside. Really, it’s what’s inside that counts. Here, let me prove my point:

Sexy?

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Um, no, not really. Unless you have a big green felt fetish, in which case, my apologies. No judgment here.

How about this one?

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Hell yes he’s sexy, but…this is a pumpkin. Again, if that’s your fetish, no judgment.

How about this nerd?

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Um, that’s a dog. Judgment gets a little thin on this one. Then again, I have a shocking pic of a Guinea Pig that I could have used, but last time I posted it, I heard gasps from around the world.

How about this hottie?

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This would be Stud. See? Bwahahahaha!

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Yes. Inside and out, no question.

Back to Gumby. Why is he listed? Flexibility? I apparently have a thing for the color green? Nope. Look what’s inside:

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Back

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Have I made my point?

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Writing the older hero by Alice Gaines

Alice Gaines_Kiss Frog_500x750I hadn’t gone too far into my first book in the Princes of Danislova series (Kiss the Frog) when one of the secondary characters started to demand his own story.  My hero is the crown prince and heir apparent for this small Eastern European country, and he took the heroine to his homeland to meet his family.  My critique partners fell in love with my hero’s father, Prince Royal Friedrich VonRamsberg, and I’ll admit I did, too.

Friedrich is old school in all the most positive ways.  He believes that his duty as a man is to cherish and protect the people in his care.  He did that for his beloved late wife, and now he’s doing it for his sons.  When he learns that my heroine’s parents aren’t taking care of her properly, he takes her under his wing as well.  Unfortunately, he also has a duty to his country and its people, and tradition dictates that his heir should marry a woman trained to be a princes and rule by his side.  As much as Friedrich comes to love my heroine, Felice, he knows he has to break her heart because his son must marry someone else.

Eventually, Friedrich chooses love over tradition, and my hero and heroine have their happy ending.

Okay, at this point, I’d totally fallen head over heels for Friedrich, and when readers started to ask me if I was going to write his story, I knew very well that I was.

I had to write the other two young princes’ books first, and Friedrich became a more and more complex character in each one.  When I’d finished them, I launched into Friedrich’s story.

How do you write a romance for a couple over sixty?  Pretty much the way you write for a younger pair.  I’m convinced that romantic love is romantic love at any age.  A more advanced age has a few unique problems, though.  Some are physiological, and I’ll leave those up to your imagination.  I hope I dwelt with them in a realistic but not un-romantic manner.  Others are psychological.  Specifically, insecurity about one’s body and whether the other person will find it attractive.

Can a man over sixty be sexy?  Absolutely.  Patrick Stewart as captain of the Enterprise always made my heart beat a little faster.  Cary Grant was a leading man long after his hair turned white.  In fact, I’d argue that the silver hair, paired with the twinkle in his eye, made him more alluring than when he was younger.

I like the wisdom that so often comes with maturity.  I like a man who has the patience to take his time and do things right in the bedroom.  I love the feeling that a man has spent decades learning his way around a woman’s body before he gets to mine.

Royal Affair is a novella, about half the length of the other books, so it costs 99 cents.  If you read it, let me know if you think a man in his sixties can make a good romance hero.

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Brand New Cover! — Jasmine Haynes

My reincarnation tale, Twisted by Love, has a brand new cover! It’s sexy and gives a bit of that other worldly feel. You’ll also note it’s by my alter ego Jennifer Skully. To celebrate the new cover, Twisted by Love will be free on August 29th and 30th. So don’t miss out.  Here’s a blurb for this sexy reincarnation tale:

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A love that spans lifetimes, an evil that has followed them through the ages…

Bern Daniels doesn’t believe in ghosts, UFOs, or reincarnation, but when he sees Livie Scott, it’s as if he’s known her forever. Now he can’t get her out of his mind. He wants her in his bed and in his life. For keeps. He’s even starting to believe they’ve lived past lives together.

Will jealousy out of the past come back to destroy their future?

Livie is unaccountably drawn to the tall, dark stranger. He literally sweeps her off her feet. And she’s oh so willing to let him. But her sister Toni is planted firmly in her path to happiness. Livie has been forced to choose between a man and Toni before; is she destined to play the same twisted game with her sister over and over?

Livie and Bern soon discover there are shadows lurking from their past, past lives that is, which threaten everything they believe in, everything they want. And even their lives.

You can find Twisted by Love free for your Kindle on 8/29 and 8/30.

And if you belong to Kindle Unlimited, you can read it anytime for free through the end of August.

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FREE Book Download!–Em Petrova

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GET YOUR COPY HERE

A little about Cowboy Bargain:

Five brides for five brothers…at least that’s the deal the Daltons have struck with their boys. Each son must marry in order to inherit a piece of the ranch they love so much.

When the new ranch hand the Daltons hire asks Cash for assistance, he’s all in—until he learns it involves a Mexican daughter and a marriage license. His first instinct is to run the other direction. But he figures he needs a wife and she needs help, so it’s a damn good bargain.

Maya Perez is desperate to get out of her home city and into the States, where she can make a better life. When her only living family member, her father, sends for her to come to Texas, she’s met by a gorgeous cowboy and an offer of marriage.

Cash figures being hitched to a woman is no different than taking care of cattle, but his bride is driving him crazy. Between her sharp tongue and soft curves, he’s over his head. Finding common ground might be the only way to tame his little bride.

Also, find the other Dalton Boys series

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Book 1 Cowboy Crazy

Book 2 Cowboy Bargain

Book 3 Cowboy Crushin’

Book 4 Cowboy Secret

Book 5 Cowboy Rush

How are all my favorite blog readers? I hope you’re all enjoying your summer. I’ve been busy writing,writing, writing! I finished my last book in the Club Ties series, SOUL TIES. Also, I’m busy working on some new series proposals featuring…you guessed it! COWBOY HOTNESS!

I’m also planning a mid-September release of a cowboy menage. I hope you’ll keep checking my website or Facebook for details.

And lastly, my website. It’s BRAND NEW! Stop by and check it out. If you haven’t yet subscribed to my newsletter, please enter it in the Subscribe page or in the small white box on my Home Page.

Thank you all  for reading, and I hope you enjoy your free book!

xoxo

Em Petrova

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