Monday, October 25, 2010

Welcome to the Edge of Sight blog tour...


Today we have New York Times bestselling author Roxanne St. Claire guest blogging today to promote her newest romantic suspense release, Edge of Sight. There's also a giveaway to win a copy of the book, so read on...

Welcome to our blog Rocki! Take it away...

Thank you, Michelle and Leslie, for inviting me to make a Blog Tour stop at this great cyber-hangout. I love that you guys do so much for Young Adult novels – my reading genre of choice – and I’m really excited to have a debut YA book hitting stores in 2012. But until then, I’m all about romantic suspense and my new series, launching with EDGE OF SIGHT – out this week!

You’ve invited me to talk about “Five Heroes I Love” and that makes me wonder…how did you know heroes are my favorite subject? I might have a hard time stopping at five! I openly admit I read for heroes, and the rollercoaster thrill of discovering one that is like no other. I have a few favorites from other authors, and, yes, some of my very own, because I give a lot of thought to the hero of a book. And by thought, I do mean combing the internet for pictures of the perfect guy!

But, in truth, if he’s perfect, I don’t want him. The flaws are what make a hero fabulous…and the hope that the right woman can fix those flaws. What’s important to me is that the guy is fearless, smart, funny, cool under pressure, decisive, ethical, and, yeah, it doesn’t hurt if he has great hair and some drool-inducing abs. Hey, it’s fiction, right?

My favorites are right over there on my keeper shelf…starting with a YA trilogy I recently finished and simply cannot forget, THE HUNGER GAMES. Peeta or Gale? I won’t give away the ending, just in case there’s anyone who hasn’t lost a week of non-stop reading (this trilogy, in my opinion, was fantastic!) but right there are two guys that, would make a girl wonder which one she should pick, as the heroine did for three books. I loved Peeta’s heart, and Gale’s soul. I loved Peeta’s understated ability to solve a problem, and Gale’s overpowering need to Fix. What’s. Wrong. I loved Peeta’s certainty about his feelings for Katniss, and loved the way Gale held back. These were two amazing and unforgettable young men, and both of them qualify as high quality heroes in my book.

In adult fiction, I’m a romance girl all the way, and I like my heroes large and in charge, always with a tough, alpha exterior and a mushy, tender, vulnerable heart that can only belong to the heroine. In my own genre of romantic suspense, I will tell you that just about any hero created by Linda Howard will steal my heart. She does that alpha dude with a deft touch, creating a man few women could resist. They always make me laugh, and often make me cry. John Medina from ALL THE QUEEN’S MEN and Sam Donovan in MR. PERFECT happen to be standouts for me – ranking high in the “cool under pressure” and “hot in the most unexpected places” quotient for me. I love a hero with a dry sense of humor and keen intelligence…and just a little unsteady when it comes to the heroine. Linda Howard nailed all of that and more with these two.

And that leaves one hero to highlight, so I’m going to go with Zach Angelino as my last choice for a great guy, because he’s the center of attention in the book I’m out blogging about this week. I hope readers find the flawed, scarred, wounded, and tortured former Army Ranger as attractive as I did. In EDGE OF SIGHT, Zach reluctantly accepts the first assignment in his family’s fledgling security firm…protecting a woman he left high and dry after a heated, but brief, romance. Injured in Iraq, Zach’s not the same man he was when he first met Samantha Fairchild, and he’s deeply aware of that. But he has a job to do, and he does it well…claiming her heart (and the hearts of my readers, I hope!) in the process.

So, what makes a perfect (or imperfect!) hero for you? Who are your favorites? I’ll be popping in all day today to comment and answer any questions, and there is A GIVEAWAY, so drop a note.

And speaking of giveaways, I’d like readers to know that they can read a “FREEQUEL” called Taken To The Edge on my web site – a free short story that is the prequel to EDGE OF SIGHT. It tells the story of how Sam and Zach first met, their crazy hot but sadly brief affair, and their heartbreaking goodbye. I hope it gives readers a glimpse of what to expect in the book, and some insight into the backstory of these characters. Just go to www.roxannestclaire.com and click on the Free Reads page for a downloadable file. Enjoy!

We completely agree with you that flawed heroes--whether in young adult or in romance--are the best. Thank you for this wonderful post! For more on Rocki, you can like her on Facebook, follow her on Twitter and visit her website.

Do you want to win your very own copy of Edge of Sight?
Thanks to Anna and Hachette, I have 3 copies to give away. Here's the blurb...

The killer she can't escape . . .
The heartbreak she can't forget . . .
The one man who can stop them both.

When Samantha Fairchild witnesses a murder in the wine cellar of the restaurant where she works, the Harvard-bound law student becomes the next target of a professional assassin. Desperate for protection the authorities won't provide, Sam seeks help from Vivi Angelino, an investigative reporter who recruits her brother, Zach, to protect Samantha. A Special Forces vet with the scars to prove he's equally fearless and flawed, Zach takes the job, despite the fact that he and Sam once shared a lusty interlude that ended when he left for war and disappeared from her life. Now, as they crack a conspiracy that leads to Boston's darkest corners, Sam and Zach must face their fears, desires, and doubts, before a hired killer gets a second shot...
(Blurb taken from the Hachette website)

To enter, leave a comment below answering Rocki's question in her guest post.

**Open to U.S. or Canada addresses only (no P.O. boxes). This giveaway will end on November 13. See "Special Giveaway Policy" for complete rules and disclaimers.

37 comments:

  1. Hm ... the perfect-imperfect hero ... I think alot of it has to do with general inability to give up - there can be moments of despair, and times of stress - but all in all they do not give up.

    Thanks for the post! :)

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  2. I think that imperfect hero's are the best! The ones who pretend to have this rock hard exterior that is unbreakable but when the right female comes along all of that is shattered!

    Great giveaway and great post!!

    kristen_babygurl@hotmail.com

    Kristen
    My Bloody Fairy Tale

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  3. I love heroes that are a little rough around the edges but tender on the inside. A bit wild and loyal to a fault.

    robin [at] intensewhisper [dot] com

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  4. So fun to be here today! Thanks for the showcase and the opportunity to talk about my favorite subject: heroes.

    I'm happy to chat about anything and will pop in a few times today, so let me know if you have a question about anything. Books, writing, heroes, shoes...all my favorite subjects!

    Thanks again!
    Rocki

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  5. My perfect or imperfect hero must have integrity. Character counts n my book!

    jenma76 at hotmail dot com

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  6. The first hero that comes to mind for me is Roarke, from J.D.Robb's In Death series. Obviously he is hot, but he's a somewhat reformed bad boy. He's fiercly loyal to those he cares about, and is willing to do whatever it takes to take care of the ones he loves.

    seriousreader at live dot com

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  7. A perfect hero has to have a good heart.

    littleone AT shaw DOT ca

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  8. I read so many different books and genres that it's hard for me to pick one hero or type of hero.

    andrea.infinger@gmail.com

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  9. My perfect must be able to make me laugh and not take life too seriously.

    bchild5@aol.com

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  10. A hero who is perfect makes me suspect he is up to something. I like an imperfect hero who has done things he might regret because something bad has happened to him, but now he is trying to repent. I love it when a female lead can help the hero move away from despair and focus on seeing life in a positive way.

    Thanks for the giveaway. I love the Bullet Catcher series and cannot wait to start this new series.

    smccar1 at hotmail dot com

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  11. Someone who is caring and sensitive, but not too sensitive. They are strong, funny and likable. They will also do pretty much anything for their friends and family.

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

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  12. Hi,
    I think the perfect hero would be someone who is imperfect. Someone that has flaws just like the rest of us but has major strengths. His love for his partner, family so on. Someone who is trustworthy. Strong in all ways. Lovable but also has a little bit of roughness. I think the perfect hero changes for everyone for that perfect person would be who they would see as their perfect match. I'm still looking for mine.
    :)

    baby_blackroze@yahoo.com

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  13. I'm going to have to print out all these comments and save them for when I create the next hero. LOL to Stephanie who likes a hero she suspects is up to something. No wonder you like my books!

    Thanks for all the comments!

    Rocki

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  14. I would have to say my perfect hero is a guy who is smart and sarcastic, he knows when to have fun and when he needs to be there for the woman he loves. He can have a little bit of a bad boy exterior but he passionately loves the one woman who holds his heart. I would have to say one of my favorite heroes to date would have to be V from JR Ward's BDB series.

    Thanks for the great giveaway!
    apk1princess@live.com

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  15. I think an imperfect hero is best! A perfect hero always makes me suspicious. What did he do? What is he hiding?
    chey127 at hotmail dot com

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  16. My perfect or imperfect hereo is someone who never gives up no matter what. Someone who will protect the ones he loves with his last dying breath. Someone who is strong but not someone who is incapable of any feelings. Someone whose walls can be broken down when they meet their soul mate. Please enter me in contest. Tore923@aol.com

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  17. Having flaws in the hero is a must. Hard as rock on the outside and mushy on the inside.
    I don't have a fave hero. I love them all.

    dorcontest at gmail dot com

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  18. I like brooding heroes. The ones that have a bad boy attitude or a tragic past or something.

    justpeachy36@yahoo.com

    Please enter me in the giveaway.

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  19. I love a flawed hero one that is all about redemotion and haven bad boy ways i dont want one that will easily give up when the going gets tough


    great post

    mortalsinn@yahoo.com

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  20. I have to agree that I don't want a perfect hero because they are boring. So I want one who has made his share of mistakes, and still does, but he learns from them. Also, he has to have a sense of humor and be willing to do anything for the heroine.
    mce1011 AT aol DOT com

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  21. The perfect-imperfect hero to me would have to be a person with a great amount of patiences, the ability to wait....for the right person or time.

    Donna
    dwarrington1@gmail.com

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  22. the imperfect perfect hero is the sarcastic but all-time lovable guy, who never gives up & doesn't let other people push him around about his beliefs, & no matter how many problems he has, he's an all around cool guy :)

    lindsaydevine (at) bellsouth (dot) net

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  23. I like all sorts of heroes, it's a little hard to pinpoint a particular type. I like those strong silent types but I also enjoy the arrogant charming type. How about tortured heroes? It all depends on how he fits into the story and his interactions with the heroine.

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  24. I like my heroes to be real - not too perfect. And they must be ga-ga over the heroine!

    malleybean at gmail

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  25. Roarke, from J.D.Robb's In Death series, is the perfect hero! He would do anything for Dallas who he loves completely and the people that are important to him in his life. He doesn't try to stop Dallas from living her life the way she wants to even though he is sometimes afraid he might lose her. It doesn't hurt that he is gorgeous and beyond rich and generous.
    mittens0831 at aol dot com

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  26. Thanks for sharing the great give away and post!

    hmm the perfect not so perfect hero would be jaded, a bit of a loner, and macho - bt beneath it all has a soft/compassionate side.

    Pam S
    pams00 @ aol.com

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  27. Thanks for the giveaway!

    I think it depends upon the mood I am in but I love a strong rough edged hero with a heart of gold.

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  28. My imperfect hero would be Semi Tall (not bohemith, just not short) Strong but doesn't necessarily need to look like a muscle head, Handsome (to me :) light eyes, Honest with a dose of Empathy but not a pushover and Witty without being a total smart @$$.
    Perfect heroes end up having other added flaws on top of those ones we want leaving us women with a headache :) lol
    Stephmartin71(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  29. The perfect hero for me is the bad boy who acts like he doesn't give a $&!*, but always ends up coming to the rescue in the end!!

    ayoung3360@hotmail.com

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  30. A perfect hero is the bad boy ones who kick butt. I love when I read about them. I can't wait to read this book sounds so good thank you for the chance!
    tishajean@charter.net

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  31. My perfect hero must have an imperfect character. There's got to be an element of surprise and appreciation for him.

    bgcchs(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  32. My perfect hero is someone I can depend on to always do the right thing when it is not always easy, think fast on their feet, be strong but yet gentle, true to their word, loyal to their friends and family, love life to its fullest, know their limits accept their mate the way they are and to always strive to become better.
    Yes, most of my perfect heros have alot of flaws to usually arrogance, stubborness, think they are always right, want to be in control total alpha but are learning to let go and be real.
    Thank you for the opportunity to win the book. US resident.
    dww0817@gmail.com

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  33. Hi Roxanne! It's Mel (used to live in Newport)I'm looking forward to reading EOS!!

    A hero needs to be intelligent, have a sense of humor, and have a lot of patience. My husband is my hero. He's in the Navy.

    Mel K.
    Meljprincess AT aol DOT com

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  34. For me, a hero doesn't have to be perfect. A hero is someone who tries hard, and is willing to set a good example to others.

    kendra
    kendradiaries@hotmail.com

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  35. A hero to me would be someone who you can look up too. I like a hero that helps someone else in their life. They can't be afraid to get their hands dirty.

    Thanks for the chance to win!

    It looks like a great book! :)

    coolandrew123 [at] gmail [dot] com

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  36. The perfect-imperfect hero is a bit flawed, either physcially or emotionally. These flaws don't hinder him in obtaining his goals, though.

    Thanks,
    Tracey D
    booklover0226 at gmail dot com

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  37. My perfect-imperfect hero is Mr. Darcy. I fell for him after reading Pride and Prejudice and I love all the movies and series. It is wonderful seeing him changed by love.
    marlenebreakfield(at)yahoo(dot)com

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