Are our heroes heartthrobs or heartbreakers? Or are they just the same thing? Yummy right? Valentine’s Day is just around the corner for this blog hop and we’re gearing up to see what exactly is a heartbreaker. Is the song playing in your head line mine? “Cuz he’s a heartbreaker!” We love those sexy men, but what about those times in the story when they aren’t perfect. Because come on, we know they aren’t perfect. What makes those men heartbreakers? What can those guys do to make it better? Is there a way to grovel? Come on! Tell me about your heartbreaker!!
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Happy Valentine’s Day Everyone! Today I have two very special men, who are definitely both heartthrobs and heartbreakers. The heroes from Gambling On A Secret and Heartstrings.
Retired Army Captain Dylan Quinn served his country well as a commander of a Delta Team, until a Taliban soldier ambushed his team. After his return from Afghanistan, he spent a year drowning the horror of war in a bottle of Jack Daniel’s or Jim Beam. Then this cowboy met the new owner of the dilapidated Blackwell Ranch. Charli Monroe has more than one skeleton hiding in her closet full of designer miniskirts and six-inch heels, but will she be the one to have her heart broken, or will she be the heartbreaker? (Gambling On A Secret)
Although superstar Seth Kendall had been an over-night success and teen heartthrob when he won America’s Rising Star fourteen years ago, this country crooner has a secret—he has a daughter. He broke Abby Crawford’s heart when he left her standing on her porch the night he left for Nashville, but now he’s back in town hoping to mend some fences with his high school sweetheart and finally get to know his daughter. Will Abby open her heart for him again, or will she be the one to break this cowboy singer’s heart? (Heartstrings)
Sara: Welcome, gentlemen, to the blog today!
Seth: (smiles and tips his trademark black Stetson) My pleasure, ma’am.
Dylan: (grins and winks) I’m always happy to torture you, Sara.
Sara: (blushes and looks at her note cards) Okay, first off, do you consider yourself a heartbreaker?
Seth: (rubs over his goatee) Ah… I’d have to say yes.
Dylan: (looks at Seth and chuckles) Whose hearts have you broken? Those groupies who follow you around? Surely not that pop tart you’ve been doing for years?
Seth: Of course not the groupies. I’ve never been that desperate. But I’ve been a playboy for a long time. And I’m pretty sure there’d been a time pop star Amanda Lang did love me, but I left her and made sure she heard about me being with an Aussie actress.
Sara: Dylan, you said no to the previous question. Care to elaborate?
Dylan: Not really, but I know you’ll keep asking anyway. I married my high school sweetheart, then she dumped me with damned dear John letter while I was over in the war chasing leads on Bin Laden so the SEALS could get the bastard. When I met Charli she was also entertaining Leon Ferguson. I’d say I’m not a heartbreaker.
Seth: That’s not what Charli says.
Dylan: (glares at Seth) And how the hell would you know what Charli says? She’s not in your book.
Seth: (shrugs) Maybe not, but I do know her half-brother Nate, and I met Charli when she came to Nashville to visit him. I overheard her and Abby talking.
Dylan: Okay, hotshot, what did she say about me?
Seth: I think it would be better coming from you.
Dylan: (folds his arms over his chest) Fine. I hate dragging my personal junk out for the world to see. Bad enough no one in town can keep a damned secret because of the Colton Grapevine. I was a real-assed jerk after Charli and I had sex the first time. (He lowers his arms into his lap and averts his eyes) I hurt her pretty bad. (Looks at Sara) There you have it. I fell on my own sword. But I think I made it up to her.
By the way, why’d you pair me with this pretty boy anyway? Zack too busy? Not that Sheriff Cartwright is much better than this yahoo. (jerks a thumb at Seth)
Sara: I paired you with Seth because Zack couldn’t get away from my editor to be here today. Now, behave. I’m sure I’ll get an opportunity to torture your possible future brother-in-law soon enough.
Okay, Seth, back to you. When you were eighteen, you left seventeen-year-old Abby standing on the porch so that you could go off to the talent show in Nashville, even though you knew she was pregnant. Some people would call that just plain cruel. Care to elaborate?
Seth: (shifts in his seat and rubs his goatee again) She told me to go. I told her I’d be back, but when I came home after winning the America’s Rising Star, she was married to our mutual best friend, Mike Ritter.
Sara: But you never visited your daughter.
Seth: No. (shakes head) I wish I’d fought harder for her, but Mike insisted I’d never be a good father because of my own screwed up childhood. So, I figured she was better off with Abby and Mike.
Sara: You came back to McAllister, Texas, for your father’s funeral. Why was it so important to see Emily, your fourteen-year-old daughter? And what lengths would you go to see her?
Seth: (shrugs) I wanted to finally get to know the daughter I’d been denied. Abby and Mike were divorced. I made a play for Abby to get close to Emily. I would have walked all over Abby to get to my little girl. (grins) There you have the awful truth. (stands up and hold out his hand) Thank you for the interview, Sara. Abby and I can’t wait till the world can finally read our book.
Sara: Me either, Seth. (shakes Dylan’s hand) And you… Behave yourself.
Dylan: (puts his old brown cowboy hat on and grins) Of course I will. Charli and I are living it up. Now, if you don’t mind, I have a hot woman at home waiting for me and cattle and horses that need taken care of.
Seth: Yeah. Me too. And I’ve got a tour to get ready for–and I don’t mean your book tour–I’m going on a world tour in a few weeks.
Wow. Talk about testosterone with a capital A for Alpha Male. They both sound like heartbreakers to me, what do you think?