Wednesday, February 22, 2012

The Title Is What?



Congratulations to "bn100" the winner of Adrienne's giveaway. You will be contacted by the author. Thank you to all who participated.

That's the question I'm probably asked most often about my romantic suspense, Man Law.
I typically explain that my my hubby and I were at a friend's 40th birthday party when the husband of another friend stood to offer a toast. I would be remiss if I didn't tell you the party had been in full swing for a couple of hours and, well, the man doing the toasting was rather—er—toasted.

He spent five minutes pounding his fist on a table and declaring a man law that his wife would no longer be allowed to shop with the birthday girl.

Man law? Hmmm. I turned to my hubby. "What if," I said, "I write a book about a guy who only follows his own set of goofy man laws."

That's how Man Law began. I started dreaming up backstory for my hero. He'd be a rebel. A rule breaker. Except when it came to man laws. Man laws would be the only rules Vic Andrews followed.

My research into man laws began immediately. I asked male friends questions, I scoured the internet, I read men's magazines.

I came up with a list of man laws and started plotting around the concept of those laws.  The one thing I knew for sure? My character, who staunchly followed his man laws above any other set of rules, would have to break every one of them.

And that's when I really started to have fun.  Commitment issues? No problem. Let's see how he handles a widow with three kids (including a teenager). Undercover job? I'd blow his cover.  He likes being a loner? Easy. I'd surround him with people for long stretches of time.
I had no mercy.  I'll tell ya, though, out of all my characters, Vic was the hardest to break.  Yes, he had plenty of issues, but he had been emotionally shut down for so long it took some work to get him to realize it was time to let someone love him.  And for him to reciprocate.

I think back to that birthday party and my friend's husband entertaining us with his silly man laws and it always makes me smile.  Not long after that, the birthday girl from that party gave me a plaque that now sits on my desk.  It reads:

Careful or you'll end up in my novel.

I don't think she realized how true that statement is.

Adrienne will be giving away a digital copy of MAN LAW to one lucky commentor.


Giveaway ends 9pm EST Feb. 23rd. Please supply your email in the post. You may use spaces or full text for security. (ex. jsmith at gmail dot com) If you do not wish to supply your email, or have trouble posting, please email justromanticsuspense @ gmail.com with a subject title of JRS GIVEAWAY to be entered in the current giveaway.

Bio: Adrienne Giordano writes romantic suspense and women's fiction.  She is a Jersey girl at heart, but now lives in the Midwest with her workaholic husband, sports obsessed son and Buddy the Wheaten Terrorist (Terrier). She is a co-founder of Romance University blog. For more information on Adrienne's Private Protectors series please visit www.AdrienneGiordano.com. Adrienne can also be found on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/AdrienneGiordanoAuthor and Twitter at http://twitter.com/AdriennGiordano.

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23 comments:

  1. Hilarious! My husband has his own set of man laws. I do all the inside work, and he does all the outside work. Now his is only for about 4months out of the year, and we live in a garden home, but whatever. Sounds like a great read!

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  2. Hi Shelley. Honestly, I never paid much attention to man laws prior to that birthday party. Now I see and hear about them all over. I've heard some really funny ones too. One of my favorites is the one about never holding a woman's purse. Love that one!

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  3. Loved reading about how you came up with Man Law --uber cool & fun story!--almost as much as I love Man Law & Vic! Just saying hi & keep me out of the giveaway since I already own a copy :)

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    1. Hello, my friend. Thanks for popping in. It's so fun to know that you read the early draft of this book long before it was published. Gotta say, Vic hasn't changed much. :)

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  4. Oh my! This sound like fun. It must have been fun doing the research. I can only imagine some of the "LAWS" I would hear if I talked to some of the guys I work with. I work with Firefighters and EMT's...LOL. Would love to win this.

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    1. Oh, LS! You are in prime man law territory in your workplace. I'd bet they'd have some good ones. The research for the book is probably the most fun I've had doing research. What was really amusing to me were the different things all the guys gravitated to. Really funny stuff. I've decided men are fairly simple creatures. :)

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  5. I've already read Man Law and really enjoyed it! I'm going to read the rest of the series soon. Vic and Gina's characters were a good match and I really liked them both. And the rest of the cast was entertaining as well. Funny to hear the story behind the title. It was a little different than most titles but it didn't stop me from reading! I especially love how you discussed it with the hubby first.

    My only 'Man Law' is that the boys clean up after themselves and that the hubby takes out the trash. I take care of the rest. My man laws are totally my creation and completely different from the laws created by Vic. Mine are totally for my benefit but when you live with three men (39, 12 and 9 yrs old) you have to survive somehow!

    Thanks for the blog today. I have you on my list of authors that I will read again!

    Heather E

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    1. Hi Heather. Thanks for stopping in. I'm glad you enjoyed Man Law. Vic is a handful! If you win the drawing I'll send you Risking Trust (first book in the series)since you've already read Man Law.

      I live with all boys also so I feel your pain. And they're all alphas to boot. Even the dog!

      Thanks again for reading my books!

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  6. Love your whole Man Law premise, Adrienne! And loved the story of how it came about... Just wanted to stop in and say hello. ;)

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    1. Hi Anne Marie! Thanks for popping in. My friends all know they should be careful what they say in front of me because it could wind up in a book. :)

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  7. Adrienne,

    Love your post! It leaves me grinning from ear to ear.
    You know... you could also do another book: WOman Law. LOL. That research would probably just as fun! Congrats on a great series! I love your voice.

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    1. Hello, Miss Dee J! Thanks for popping by. Someone suggested a woman law book, but really, the woman laws are all fairly normal. LOL. What's fun about man laws is that we women think they are so goofy. :)

      Thanks for saying hi and congrats on that new release yesterday!

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  8. Once you told me about how you came up with "Man Law" I wanted to read it!
    I want to see how you work with him & provide the conflict.

    Please enter me in the draw:
    janet(underscore)kerr(at)msn(dot)com

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    1. Hi Janet. Each chapter heading is a man law and I had a lot of fun making sure Vic broke most of his precious man laws!

      He's a character I will never get tired of writing. I often joke that I'd like to be him when I grow up. :)

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  9. I knew it. When I ask my husband to talk to a neighbor about things, because men have this secret language. He always claims that there isn't a secret language. It is probably a "man law" that he cannot reveal this secret language.Sounds like an interesting book.

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    1. LOL, Gayle! The other thing I ran across during my research was the "man card violation." If a guy does something that is considered unmanly he can be subjected to the loss of his "man card" by his buddies. Man card violations are highly subjective. :)

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  10. This is such a funny post. Man Laws,I totally believe it. I actually had two daughters and am divorced so we were an all girl household. They are married now so they've brought sons-in-law to the family. Sometimes they have some of the oddest ideas. I had two brothers so it wasn't like I wasn't used to the male psyche, but it amazes me some of the things they say and do. I can't wait to read your book. Thank's for the chuckle today.

    seriousreader at live dot com

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    1. Hi Linda. I grew up surrounded by alpha males (Italian Jersey girl here!) so I've had great resources to tap into. Of course, the fact that I'm still surrounded by alphas helps too!

      Thanks for your interest in my books! I hope you enjoy.

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  11. I liked reading about the inspiration for your book. The book sounds very good.

    bn100candg(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  12. We have an email entry into the giveaway from Patty who says, "I have never read Adrienne Giordano's books but this sounds sooooo good I think I'd like to give her books a try!"

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    1. Well, how awesome is that? Tell Patty thank you! :)

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  13. LOL. My husband is laughing as I read this to him. He thinks Man Law should be like martial law. God knows what the world would be like then!

    Thanks for sharing with us!

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