>What’s gal to do when she loves a man in a kilt? Well, you can call on Veronica Wolff to help ease your need for a sexy pair of legs. An award-winning bestselling author, Veronica’s latest book Devil’s Own has been called “zippy . . . hot, hot, hot . . .” by Publishers Weekly, so I’m sure the book is going to definitely appeal to all of us kilt lovers! ! Please welcome Veronica for today’s Pleasure Me With Romance guest post.
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What, me, flawed?
As I’ve contemplated what to blog about today, my mind—as always—kept going back to one place. Heroes. Whether the one in my current work-in-progress, the ones I’m reading, or my very own heroic husband, it’s hard not to go there. It’s one of the reasons I write romance in the first place, if I must be honest. To have a wonderfully, fully formed man living in my head? Heavenly.
I love the men, and I love them flawed too. Give me a brooding man, with a past, or a scar, or better yet, both. The hero of my upcoming release, Devil’s Own, was kidnapped and sold into slavery as a child, victim of a seventeenth-century Parliamentary decree allowing the kidnap and use of the idle poor on faraway plantations. Aidan MacAlpin escaped years later, returning to Scotland to find the home he loved long gone. His mother, a chance at love, a proper education…gone. Flawed is an understatement for Aidan, who was left only with the scars of his enslavement and dreams of vengeance.
Only one woman could restore his tormented heart.
And what of the women? When mulling this blog, I began to think about what it is that makes a heroine appealing. And I kept coming back to one idea: that the appeal of any character stems from precisely these flaws that he or she overcomes.
My latest heroine is definitely flawed. She’s a wee bit tongue-tied, choosing to spend her days immersed in her beloved books rather than society. And that got me thinking, we’re all of us flawed heroines, in our own lives.
I’ll spare you the gory details of my more personal flaws, but here’s an easy target for you. I can’t cook to save my life. I was recently asked to contribute a holiday recipe, and truly—pathetically—all I could come up with was my “recipe” for reindeer cookies involving store-bought Nutter Butters and some marshmallow Fluff. No oven required.
Confucius said, “Better a diamond with a flaw than a pebble without.” So tell me, what makes you a flawed heroine?
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Veronica Wolff is an award-winning, bestselling author with a soft spot for kilts and vampires. Not necessarily at the same time. Previously known for her Highlands Time Travel series, she’s launching two new series with Penguin Group: The Clan MacAlpin Novels, featuring a family of strapping, seventeenth-century Highlanders, and The Watchers, starring a group of vampires and the teenaged girls who train to watch over them.