By: Lena Diaz
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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.
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!
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