Saturday, September 7, 2013

Meet the Buchanan Men…


Congratulations to "Kai", "Janet K", "Tammy Y", "Bn100", and "Cris", the winners of Lena's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated!

On September 10th, my newest book in the nursery rhyme series will be released (and is available for preorder now). Ashes, Ashes, They All Fall Dead features Matt Buchanan as the hero. He’s an incredibly appealing man with golden skin, dark hair, and a sexy grin that can melt a woman’s clothes in two seconds flat. I adore Matt, not just because he’s so yummy looking, and charming, but because he’s so dang smart. He’s Brilliant, with a capital B, which is one of my favorite traits in a hero.

While Pierce Buchanan makes his first appearance as a secondary character in He Kills Me, He Kills Me Not, I didn’t introduce the Buchanan family until the second book--Simon Says Die, which features Pierce Buchanan as the hero.


Ashes, Ashes, They All Fall Dead features Matt Buchanan, and the next book, which comes out in 2014, will feature Devlin. Just in case you haven’t met the Buchanan men yet, I thought it would be fun to introduce them today, and then include an excerpt from Ashes, Ashes, They All Fall Dead, which gives a flavor of the relationship between Matt and his father, Alex.

Alex is the patriarch of the family. With his blue-black hair with tiny silver streaks, and his intense blue eyes, he’s all about manners, honor, and being a gentleman. But what matters most to him is family. He married an older woman who’d already been married several times before he met her. She brought her son and two stepsons into the marriage, but to Alex, they were all his sons. Period. When Alex’s wife left him for another man, and left the three sons she’d brought to the marriage plus the twin boys she and Alex had conceived, Alex raised them as if they were all his own flesh and blood. How can you not love a man like that?

So who are the sons? In order by age they are Braedon, Pierce, Devlin (called Devil by his brothers), and identical twins Matt and Austin. How are they all related? Pierce, Matt, and Austin share the same mother.  Only Matt and Austin share the same father. The rest share step-moms or step-fathers but that’s it. The Buchanans are a non-traditional family, but they are in no way dysfunctional. They love each other deeply and no matter what challenges life brings they do their best to gather together every Friday night for a family cookout at Alex’s house in Savannah, Georgia. 

Of course, one of the dangers of having a father who loves his sons so much is that he tends to be a bit overprotective. So any time one of the brothers brings a woman home to meet the others, Alex finds a way to corner her on the back deck and put her through an inquisition about her values, her goals, and what her intentions are toward his son.

Below is an excerpt (modified to remove spoilers) where Matt just rescued Tessa from one of Alex’s inquisitions and is trying to convince his father there’s nothing romantic between the two of them. He insists Tessa and he are only co-workers on a case, but Alex takes a little convincing to believe him.

“You sat by her at the wedding,” Alex insisted.
Matt choked on his beer. He lowered the bottle and coughed several times before he trusted his ability to speak. “Again, years ago. And it wasn’t a date. We’re not dating. I may have wanted to date her, a long time ago. But she made it perfectly clear she wasn’t interested.”
“She’s a smart woman, with a fine career. I like her.”
“Maybe you should date her,” Matt grumbled. “She prefers older men.”
Alex’s eyebrows rose. “You sure about that? I could have sworn she liked you. I can usually read people pretty well.”
“Trust me. I’m sure.”
“Sometimes it’s hard to tell,” Alex continued. “People are complicated. Maybe she—”
“Dad, stop it.”
“I’m just saying you might be wrong.” He tilted his beer up for a drink.
“I’m not wrong, and I didn’t misunderstand her. When I asked her out, a long time ago, she told me she didn’t date younger men. She said she’d had a relationship with a younger guy once, back in high school. It was the best three minutes of her life.”
This time Alex choked on his beer. It spewed out of his mouth over the railing and he started coughing.
Matt pounded him on the back until his father held up his hands in surrender.
“Okay, okay. You’re not a couple.” He gave Matt a rare smile.


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Giveaway:
I hope you enjoyed the excerpt and that you’ll give Ashes, Ashes, They All Fall Dead a try. For incentive, I’m giving away a Nook or Kindle copy of the first book in the series--He Kills Me, He Kills Me Not--to five commenters. Just answer the question below.

What traits make a romance novel hero irresistible? Does he have to be tall, dark, and handsome? Or is a sense of humor, a dry wit, or intelligence far more appealing? Share some examples of heroes who make you swoon, and tell me why they’re swoon-worthy!

Giveaway ends 11:59pm EST Sep. 8th. 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 maureen@JustRomanticSuspense.com with a subject title of JRS GIVEAWAY to be entered in the current giveaway.

26 comments:

  1. For a hero to be irresistible, he does need to have a dry wit of humor. Being tall, dark, and handsome does help. He does need to have that mysterious and dark past. Roark from the In Death series, has those characteristics of a hero. He is rather quite irresistible.

    kmccandle(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Hi Kai! I love a mysterious, dark past. And that dry wit is so much fun. Thanks for stopping by today.

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  2. I like my hero with a sense of humour. Yes I like them to be sensitive too. In the series Castle I think that these both come across.
    please enter me in your draw.
    Jan

    Janet_Kerr at MSN.com

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    1. Oooh, I LOVE Castle! Nathan Fillion is a total fave of mine in any role, but I agree. He's got that perfect mix of humor, sensitivity, and I'm going to add raw sex appeal too. LOVE his smile. Good luck in the drawing Janet!

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  3. Tall, dark and handsome always helps. :)
    But, the most appealing heroes are the ones who will allow the heroine to be as tough as she needs to be and her solid rock when she needs him to be... with a bit of humor thrown in.

    If you're a reader and don't know Lena and her Nursery Rhyme series or her Intrigues you're missing out on some great heroes! ...and heroines. ....and all around great books! I don't need to be entered to win a copy. Just wanted to stop in and give my support to an awesome author!

    Is it the 10th yet Lena?

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    1. Julie I'll send you the money later for making those comments! Ha (kidding). Thank you so much. I'm so glad you enjoy my books. 3 more days until Ashes comes out!!! I'm super excited about release day too. I want the world to see Matt Buchanan the way I do. He's exactly what you described-strong, the heroine's rock, but he doesn't try to take over. And it doesn't hurt that he's Gorgeous (with a capital G). Thanks for stopping by!

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  4. I really enjoy a hero with a sense of humor, especially if he can laugh at himself. Also, his devotion to the heroine is appealing too.
    mce1011 AT aol DOT com

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    1. I love that too, Maureen. Although I must admit I'm quite fond of a brooding hero with a sarcastic wit - not the typical sense of humor I guess. But both kinds can be quite appealing. Thanks for chatting!

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    2. Phew... glad you brought up sarcasm Lena. I really enjoy good sarcasm... but, it is so easy to cross the line into meanness. Sarcasm is a fine art and deserves a top place in any list for a good hero. I thought I was the only one that loved srcasm in my man.

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    3. Julie, very good point. It's a fine line for sure, but when it's done we'll it is so much fun.

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  5. An irresistible hero should be intelligent and have a sense of humour. He also needs to be comfortable enough with himself to let the heroine be strong.

    joanneboykoATyahooDOTca

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    1. Looks like "sense of humor" is hugely popular today. I love the part about letting the heroine be strong too, which is also a popular comment today. Thanks, Jo-Anne!

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  6. Intelligence, sense of humor and kindness are my top three.

    yenastone at aol dot com

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    1. Hi Tammy. Matt Buchanan in "Ashes, Ashes, They All Fall Dead" definitely has all three of those traits, so I think you would really like him. I'm partial to extremely intelligent, clever heroes. Matt is a genius but he sure doesn't look like a nerd. He's hot and smart - perfect combo. LOL.

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  7. smart and funny

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

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  8. He must be intelligent, respectful, warm-hearted & a wicked sense of humor does not hurt either.

    I must say reading through the post that Alex sounds just so wonderful.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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    1. Mary, thanks for stopping by. I love your description of the perfect hero. And I agree about Alex. I think he is so special. I would love to give him a book of his own one day but he's a bit older than our typical romance hero. Not sure readers would respond to that. I may give him his true love as a subplot in another Buchanan brother book. Haven't decided yet.

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  9. I absolutely LOVED the two books! ! ! ! ! I can't wait until the10th for your new one, Lena! !

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    1. Mandy, thank you so much!!!! Crossing my fingers you enjoy the next one as much or more than the others!

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  10. He needs to be kind and not think that he is better than anyone else including the heroine. Thanks for the giveaway.

    jaclynlavigne@yahoo.com

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    1. Totally agree, Jaclyn! Thanks for visiting JRS today. Good luck in the drawing.

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  11. Characters that feel real and I want to become invested in their story :) Congrats to Len aon the new release! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thanks Erin! I'm so excited about this new release. Can't wait to see what readers think of it. As for characters feeling real, that's such a struggle. I want mine to seem real to a point - but honestly, romance is a bit of fantasy too. So my heroes tend to be a little larger than life, a little nicer, more polite, more BUF than your average guy. Hopefully it's okay that I stretch that part. :)

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  12. Congrats on the new release! Looking forward to finally starting on this series!!

    I definitely won't say no to Tall, Dark, & Handsome, but for me, intelligence and resourcefulness trump TD&D any day :)

    stalkers00(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Thanks Cris! I like "resourcefulness". A guy who can turn a hopeless looking situation into victory. Awesome!

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