Thursday, September 17, 2015

Every Story Needs a Yummy Hero

Congratulations to "Martha L.", the winner in Kathleen's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated!

Romantic suspense is fun to write, because I get to create a full cast of wonderful characters. As a minimum for any book, I need a heroine to cheer for, a nasty, hateful villain to boo, and a hunky man to fall in love with. The hunky hero is always easy for me to imagine, and the hero of Sins of Her Father was no exception.

Kent is a playboy. He dates glamorous women and shifts his attentions frequently. He considers sex fun, and in everything he does, he is always full of life. He’s polite, charming, a romantic who doesn’t skimp on flowers or candlelight. He remembers a woman’s birthdays and their dating anniversaries, if he sticks around long enough for any to occur.

Kent’s smile and charm can steal your heart away. Sexually magnetic, he never has a problem getting a date. But watch out ladies. He loves women but doesn’t want to commit.
Kent gets stunned twice during the story. The first time is when the heroine turns him down for a date (she actually said no!), and second time is when he realizes he’s fallen for the heroine (how in the world did that happen?).

The moment when a resistant man discovers he is hopelessly in love is earth shattering in any romance, just as it is in life. The poor guy has believed he doesn’t need love, and he’s shocked to discover he was wrong. Tell just about any man he’s wrong, and he’ll instinctively fight the truth. But love isn’t something he can deny.

Luckily, romance heros are also smart. Once he figures things out, he’s not likely to let the woman he wants get away.

Ah, heros. They are a big part of why we read romance and a big part of why many authors write romance. 

I hope you’ll fall in love with Kent, but like I said, watch out. He’s only a playboy temporarily, and by the end of the book, he’s definitely taken.


Persistent ringing jarred Kent Telemann from a deep sleep. The phone. He groaned and rolled toward the bedside table, reached out, and blindly felt for the receiver.


“Good morning, dear.”

“Hi, Mom.” He sighed and opened his eyes. His eyelids were heavy as lead, and he rubbed his fingertips across them and blinked. “What’s happening? I hope after twenty-nine years you’re not still trying to change my habits and teach me to get up early.”

She laughed. “You know me too well.”

Kent sat up as the blonde who’d spent the night in his bed walked out of the bathroom fully dressed. Memories returned. The sex had been great, but she’d kept him awake for an hour with her attempts to cuddle and spoon. He rubbed his scratchy eyes again. Why did she have to be a snuggler? It was always hell lying there wondering how soon he could break away without hurting a woman’s feelings.

Why couldn’t they just roll over and give him space or, better still, go home?

“Hang on a second, will you, Mom?”

The blonde smiled broadly, strutted to the bedside, then leaned over and placed a soft kiss on his brow. “I’m starved. Are we going for breakfast?”

Kent stared at the cleavage conveniently positioned only inches from his face, but resisted the temptation to fondle her offering. “Sorry, sweetheart, I have a lot of work to do. Why don’t you go home, and I’ll try to call you later.”

The woman stuck out her lower lip in a pout. “I could come back to bed instead.”

Kent shook his head, took her hand, and kissed her fingertips. “I’d love to, but I don’t have time today.”

The woman picked up her purse and pantyhose, gave him a fluttery-fingered wave, and strode toward the door, strutting her stuff. The sway of her hips rang a bell. A beauty pageant runway. Was she Miss Arizona? Miss Alaska? Arkansas? Kent realized he didn’t remember her name, or even her state, and wouldn’t be able to call. 


Faith Rochambeau is horrified to learn she was conceived during a rape. She’s determined to make her biological father, Victor Telemann, pay for his crimes. Using her computer skills to dig into his life, she searches for the powerful man’s Achilles Heel and a way to extract retribution. She’ll do whatever it takes to get a conviction, even it if means infiltrating his Fortune 500 company. 

She fails to plan on falling in love with her father’s smooth-talking stepson, Kent Telemann, who suspects she is a corporate spy. Faith is drawn to Kent, even though she’s not sure she can trust him. If her heart is wrong, he can put her life in danger. 

Meanwhile, her father is playing a lethal game he’s determined to win.

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About Kathleen:

Kathleen Mix is a multi-published author of romance and romantic suspense.
Years ago, she escaped the structured life of a computer nerd and database administrator and moved aboard her sailboat with her husband and a reluctant dog. They sailed south to the Caribbean, and since she was sailing under starlit skies and walking on the world’s most beautiful white-sand beaches, her thoughts soon turned to romance. She started writing fiction, and as they say, the rest is history. 

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  1. I love to love the hero & I love to loathe the villain.


    1. Those of us who are lucky find a real hero of our own. Good luck finding yours, or if you've already found him, hold on tight.
      Thanks for stopping by, Mary.

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