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Wednesday, November 28, 2012




Thank you so much for inviting me to be a guest today. I'm very excited to be here and share the news about my newest ebook release His Reluctant Bodyguard.

This book was a new experience for me in several areas. First of all, it is the second book in my Adventure Cruise Line series. I have never written a series before, but when I was writing my previous book High Seas Deception, my heroine's best friend and roommate, Avery Knox was such a fun character that I couldn't resist giving her a story of her own. So even though the two books are stand alone stories that can be read in any order, His Reluctant Bodyguard is also set in the world of my fictional cruise line.

Second, His Reluctant Bodyguard is a reunion story, and I've never written one of those either. Avery and her hero, Rip Pollendene have a history. They met ten years before this story starts when they were both in college and both recovering from knee injuries. They never acted on their feelings of attraction back then, but of course they never forgot each other. Now that they've met again, circumstances seem determined to tear them apart.

Finally, Rip Pollendene was a completely different hero for me to write because he doesn't have one drop of Irish blood! He is an intriguing mixture of French, African, and native Carib heritage. But I hope you will agree that he is also very "swoon worthy." Here are my top seven things that put him in the "swoon worthy" category for me:

1. He has a great sense of humor. (This is my number one trait for heroes in real-life as well as fiction.) Rip is quick to make an off-hand remark or see the humor in a situation. When he learns that he and his companion must use the assumed names of John Smith and James Brown, he quips, "You can go chasing after Pocahantas, I'll be the godfather of soul."

2. He has a dazzling smile that gleams extra bright against his bronze complexion -- think of Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's smile (I did when I created Rip) and you'll know what I mean! Avery remembers Rip's smile even after ten years. At one point, she asks him if his smile always gets what he wants, and he answers, "Pretty much." Which leads very nicely to the next swoon worthy trait...

3. He is confident and tenacious. Every time Avery turns him down, he tries again. He even boldly tells her he is not giving up on a future with her. When his companion Williams says too bad Avery rejected him yet again, Rip confidently says, "I'll change her mind." Gotta love a guy with that kind of determination!

4. He is loyal. If you are his friend, he will do everything he can to help you. Even if you aren't a real "friend" he won't abandon you. Rip and Williams have a rather adversarial relationship. But when they are both imprisoned and Rip is rescued, he makes his friends go back for Williams.

5. A former NFL player, he is no couch potato, so he's very nice to look at. When Rip appears in swimming trunks, every woman at the pool, including Avery, takes notice. He exercises to relieve stress and has been known to take three or four cold showers in a single day.

6. You can always wear heels with him because at 6 feet 4, he will be taller than just about everyone. Even at 5 feet 10 in her bare feet, Avery doesn't look down on him in her highest heels.

7. He will never have a better hair day than you! Back in the day (KOFF*the 80s*KOFF), I swore I would never date a man who used more hair care products than I did. It is a vow that has served me well, though I would never have predicted the current trend toward shaved heads. It's a look not every man can successfully wear. However, in Rip's case bald is definitely beautiful.

So there you have my top seven reasons to swoon over my hero. I'm sure when you read His Reluctant Bodyguard, you'll discover a few more of your own. I'll be giving away a free download (Kindle or Nook, winner's choice) of His Reluctant Bodyguard to one randomly selected commenter. I'll also enter every commenter's name in a drawing for a $20 gift card to be awarded at the end of my blog tour (Dec. 5th).

Thanks again for having me here at Long & Short Reviews! Please tell me what trait makes a hero "swoon worthy" for you?

About the Author:
Blessed with the gift of “Irish Blarney” Loucinda McGary (everyone calls her Cindy) became a storyteller shortly after she learned to read. If she didn’t like the way a story ended, she made up her own ending.

A long-time reader of romances, Cindy discovered and joined Romance Writers of America in 2001. But her stressful career as the manager of a multi-million dollar State and Federally funded program prevented her from doing much writing or traveling. She still managed to squeeze in a little of both, but not enough of either to be truly satisfying. Finally, at the end of 2003 she decided to take an early retirement from her career to fully pursue her twin passions of travel and writing.

On Sept. 14, 2007 Cindy received “the call” from an editor that changed her life, and she sold her first book (actually the third book she’d written since she left her job four years earlier). The Wild Sight was released Oct. 2008 and received a rare and coveted starred review from Publishers Weekly magazine. It also went on to win the “Best First Book” category in the More Than Magic contest. In 2010, the electronic version of Wild Sight became an Amazon bestseller in their Top 100 of all books.
In Sept. 2009, her second published novel, The Treasures of Venice, was released. This story previously finaled in the prestigious Golden Heart contest in 2006 under the title Jewels of the Madonna. Treasures of Venice went on to win the Judge a Book By Its Cover contest and to final in several other regional contests.
In July 2010 her third traditionally published novel, The Wild Irish Sea was released, and received a four star review from Romantic Times Book Review magazine.
Cindy likes to set her novels of romance and suspense in some of the fascinating places she has visited. To date, she has visited 47 states and 32 foreign countries.

The last person cruise director Avery Knox expected to see aboard her very first trip out on Valiant is former college football star, Rip Pollendene. A decade ago, she had turned down his advances at the University of Miami and lived to regret her decision. Why is she so reluctant to take the second chance she’s been handed?

Rip Pollendene is the heir apparent to a beautiful island nation. But it’s a heritage Rip has ignored and rejected for twenty years. Now his homeland is on the brink of a bloody civil war with outside forces trying to manipulate the outcome. Is that why someone wants him dead?

How much should Rip sacrifice for a country he hardly knows? And is it sheer coincidence that has thrown golden girl Avery Knox back into his life? Can they stay alive long enough to find out if their love really is meant to be?
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caroline hanson said...

Ha! No one ever mentions hair but it's so true, I don't want a guy with better hair than me. I'd think he was either gay, a player or beyond vain. When vanity is the best options, that's bad news.

Cruises and island nations, huh? As I sit here watching it pour with rain, a hot romance sounds perfect!

Carol A. Strickland said...

Oh, come on! One of my heroes uses SCADS of hair product. I think it makes him lovably goofy.

But that plot of yours is intriguing. An heir apparent who hardly knows his country? A civil war brewing? I'll have to check it out!

Helen said...

Hi Aunty Cindy

And yes swoon I did over Rip this is a fantastic story I so loved it and the setting Avery and Rip are so made for each other

Have Fun

Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy said...

LOL Caroline! Glad I'm not the only one with "hair envy." :-)

Thanks a bunch for dropping by! Yes, His Reluctant Bodyguard is a great read for a rainy day!


Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy said...

Thanks for stopping by, Carol!

Okay, SCADS of hair product?!?! In that case, I hope your heroine uses even more! HAHAHA! I'm going to go looking for your book too. If your guy resembles Jon Bon Jovi back in the day, I'll be very tempted...


Katherine Tomlinson said...

I love, love, love that Rip isn't white bread. We're a multicultural world where actors like Dwayne (sigh) Johnson play hero, no ethnicity needed and Rip is a very modern kinda guy.

Love the cruise line backdrop too.

Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy said...

HUGS Helen!

Appreciate you stopping by, and I'm so glad you enjoyed His Reluctant Bodyguard. I thought Avery and Rip were made for each other too. ;-)


Liese said...

I like that you gave your hero a sense of humor. Just in general I prefer people who don't take themselves too seriously. The plot sounds intriguing! I'll be checking it out!

Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy said...

THANK YOU for the insightful comment! Couldn't have expressed it better myself. It's a multicultural world and I'm thrilled that we can all embrace it!

Cruising is my favorite form of travel! Hope you enjoy a little peek "behind the scenes" in His Reluctant Bodyguard.


Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy said...

Hi Liese!
So glad you could drop by. I really appreciate your support. Even though I tend to write rather dark plot lines, I love throwing in characters who can make a wise crack and lighten the mood.

Hope you enjoy the book!


woolfcindy said...

Cindy, I love your seven reasons and I have to say I agree with them all, especially number one. If a guy doesn't have a sense of humor, he'll never have me.

Thanks for a great blog and give away.

Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy said...

Hi Cindy W!
Appreciate you stopping by and glad you enjoyed the post. Hope you like His Reluctant Bodyguard too!

Honestly, every woman I know says a sense of humor is the #1 thing a guy must have... PAY ATTENTION guys! ;-)


Rose Anderson ~ Romance Novelist said...

Nice post. :) I love a hero with a witty sense of humor. I married one!

Patricia Rickrode w/a Jansen Schmidt said...

Hello Aunty Cindy! I would totally agree with all 7 of your hunk-worthy points. Rip is . . . well . . . dare I say it? Rip is ripped! There, I said it.

He is definitely swoon worthy!

Very nice interview my friend!

Patricia Rickrode
w/a Jansen Schmidt

Ingeborg said...

Tall, dark and handsome. He treats a woman well and has a sense of humor.

Paisley Kirkpatrick said...

Waving Aunty Cindy. He sounds almost too perfect, but I can overlook that. :) I so look forward to getting to spend time with him. As always, good luck with your book.

Jane said...

Hey Aunty Cindy,
I love The Rock's smile. A loyal hero is always attractive.

crazycatlady58 said...

I love books that are written with a sense of humor it makes it so much more inviting.

Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy said...

Hi Rose,
Thanks for stopping by. Good for you! You found that witty, humorous hero and married him! ;-) We should all get so lucky.


Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy said...

LOL, Patricia!
I love that you stated the obvious. ;-) Thanks for popping by, my friend, and I can't thank you enough for all your support for me and my work!


Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy said...

Thanks for stopping by Ingeborg,

I LIKE your traits for a hero! Please sign me up for one, ASAP! ;-)


Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy said...

Waving a BIG HELLO to my darlin' Paisley! Thank you so much for stopping by to leave a comment.

Don't worry, Rip isn't really perfect. He's very stubborn, and he also tends to leave wet towels all over the bathroom... wonder where I came up with those traits?!?! ;-)


Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy said...

Hi Jane!
Wonderful to see you here. I appreciate your support so much!

I think Dwayne (The Rock) J. has the most adorable smile EVER! First time I ever saw him smile, I was HOOKED! And yes, I happen to think loyalty is a very desirable and often over-looked quality.

Thanx again for commenting,

Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy said...

Thank you so stopping by, crazycatlady!

I'm glad you too like those touches of humor. They really make reading a lot more fun. ;-)


mary sullivan said...

Cindy, a sense of humor is at the absolute TOP of my list. It makes a man so attractive. You've got a great-sounding hero in Rip!

Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy said...

Hi Mary,
Thanks for stopping by today, and I'm glad you agree about the sense of humor. I can't imagine wasting time or energy on anyone who didn't have one!

Hope you enjoy His Reluctant Bodyguard.


Debby said...

I need to read this book and then I am sure I can come up with more reasons.
Debby236 at gmail dot com

Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy said...

Hi Debby!
Appreciate you stopping by and hope you enjoy His Reluctant Bodyguard. :-)


Suzanne Lilly said...

Ah, yes, the hair care products rule. I'm with you on that one! I love the cover of His Reluctant Bodyguard, and the blurb has me ready to read it right now! Thanks for the heads up about this blog post!

April said...

Love the sound of this story--and the hero!

Keely Thrall said...

Sounds like Rip is swoon-worthy indeed. I'm a huge Rock fan. Yummy!

Linda Carroll-Bradd said...

I love your tips for creating a hero. I would have to think twice about creating a bald hero. What would the heroine do with her hands in love scenes? VBG