Pleasure Me With Terri Brisbin

>I first met Terri Brisbin about eight years ago on a loop she’d started called Rising Stars. Later we met via an online chapter of Romance Writers of America (RWA). When we finally met in person at a RWA book signing I was so impressed with her. She’s gracious, sweet, personable and genuine. Please welcome Terri for today’s Pleasure Me With Romance guest post.

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Finding Inspiration to Write, AKA I Love Gerard Butler!

Hello everyone! And thanks Monica for letting me participate in this fun event leading up to release of PLEASURE ME. I already have my copy reserved at my local bookstore and can’t wait to read it…!

Since writers are always asked why they wrote a certain story or if there’s a person who we base our characters on, I thought I’d chat a bit about the inspiration for the hero of my upcoming March release – His Enemy’s Daughter.

In a word…or, actually a name, Gerard Butler.

Ever since I first saw him in ATTILA THE HUN, I have been searching for just the right story or character to base upon him. But, his role as the Phantom really sealed his fate for me. I remember watching that movie and being stunned that Christine chose Raoul over Erik. I mean, really?! I going to give her some leeway because she was so young and. . . stupid, but to me, there simply was never a choice – Erik/Phantom wins everytime. And, according to comments I overheard in the Ladies’ Room after the movie, 9 out of 10 women agreed with me.

So, I took that character, a brilliant, promising man, damaged and driven a bit mad by it all, and created my hero – Soren Fitzrobert. He was known all his life as the ‘beautiful bastard’, one of three illegitimate boys fostered and raised by a nobleman who come to fight for William the Conqueror in hopes of gaining lands, riches and titles. They do, but Soren is struck down during the Battle of Hastings and should have died from his injuries. Instead, fed by the rage for revenge, he survives—but he is disfigured and wounded and now, people turn in fear from his appearance. Text

His Enemy’s Daughter

Soren Fitzrobert, ‘the Beautiful Bastard’, had been left for dead on the field after the Battle of Hastings and survived by sheer force of will. . . and the need for vengeance against the man who destroyed all that he was. When the only one left bearing the name of his enemy is the man’s daughter, she becomes his target.

Sybilla of Alston has lost all—her brother and father in the battles for control of Britain and now her eyesight as her father’s worst enemy captures her keep and her. Fighting to survive, she never dreamt that beneath the disfigured warrior was a man who could tempt her mind, her body and her soul.

As the war comes to an end, the battle between them heats up as they each discover that they must rise from the ashes of their past and find the person they should become or risk losing their only chance at love.

The Knights of Brittany —
Born to conquer … and seduce!

Again, going back to Gerard in PHANTOM (and to the hero in one of my all-time favorite romances – NEVER CALL IT LOVING by Gail Link), I used his appearance as inspiration – half his face is still as gorgeous as it was, the other half is torn and marred, and hidden by a hood he wears. So, while other men carry their conflicts inside, he wears his every day for all to see.

Of course, he may think his conflict is about his appearance, and he uses it to scare others into obedience and to drive a wedge between himself and those who would get close to him, but this story is really about Soren’s search for the man he truly is. . . rather than the one he thought he was. Sigh. . . .  And yes, the heroine is up-to-the-task of standing up to him and being the one who forces him to see his truth when she cannot see anything at all – she’s blind. Though unable to see him, she serves as an emotional mirror for him to see his own weaknesses, desires and needs.

As a reader, do you prefer the in-your-face kind of hero, the alpha who knows what he wants and pursues it, or the dark-and-tormented hero who is his own worst enemy? 

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About the Author
Terri Brisbin has been writing romance fiction since 1995 and has more than 25 historical and paranormal romances published since then. When not living the glamorous life of a romance author in the southern NJ suburbs (or lusting after Gerard Butler), Terri spends her time being a wife to one, mom to three as well as a dental hygienist to hundreds.

A National Readers’ Choice Award and three-time RWA RITA® finalist and winner of the Golden Quill, Terri is now working on more romance novels and novellas for release through 2012 from Harlequin Historical and Kensington Brava. You can visit her website for more info about the author and her work or to contact her website.
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About Monica Burns

A bestselling author of erotic romance, Monica Burns penned her first short romance story at the age of nine when she selected the pseudonym she uses today. From the days when she hid her stories from her sisters to her first completed full-length manuscript, she always believed in her dream despite rejections and setbacks. A workaholic wife and mother, Monica believes it’s possible for the good guy to win if they work hard enough.

55 thoughts on “Pleasure Me With Terri Brisbin

  1. >Mmm, Gerard Butler… *____*

    Okay, done now. At least with an in-your-face alpha, you know what you're getting and what he wants. With a broody hero, I feel like you'd have to tiptoe around and try to figure out the mess in his mind. That can get frustrating.

    julieguan AT gmail DOT com

  2. >I like heors that know what they want but they can be tortured as well.

    linze_e at hotmail dot com

  3. >They're all great but I definitely prefer the alpha who knows what he wants.


  4. >This is my third try to comment.Let's see if it goes through.
    Both types of heroes appeal to me. I depends on what the writer does with them. 🙂
    The book sounds interesting. That's for sure.



  5. >I want a mixture of the two. 😀 A hero who knows what he wants and pursues it is so sexy, and a touch of the dark-and-tormented wouldn't hurt.

    abbydillon16 AT yahoo DOT com

  6. >Terri,

    I'm one of the many who can't chose between alpha or tormented. I think it depends on the mood I'm in, though most of the books I've been reading the last year or two have been alphas.
    Nancy E
    Wisconsin USA
    everitnm at hotmail dot com

  7. >I cannot choose between the tormented hero and the alpha—love them both!

    kissinoak at frontier dot com

  8. >OOOH ! Major fan girl moment here. I LOVE Terri Brisbin's books !! Love 'em!

    And this one sounds incredible! The hero and heroine, the conflict, every bit of it. Can't wait to read it!

    And I love both types of hero. I love an alpha who knows what he wants and goes after it because with a great author you KNOW he is going to meet the one woman who is going to give him a run for his money on all fronts.

    The tortured hero has so many facets and a great writer will create a heroine who has the ability to see through all of his flaws and fears to the man he truly is. Makes for poignant romance and I am a fool for that.

    Add Gerard Butler to the mix and I am a sure goner! He is just too everything to handle! Like you, I couldn't believe Christine chose anyone over Gerard's phantom. I've enjoyed each and every one of his movies. In addition to being built, handsome and fun he is also a really talented actor.

    Terri, you have GREAT taste!

    Thanks Monica for having Terri on your blogfest!


  9. >Hello,

    Wow – that's a tough question to answer. Short Answer – both. Longer answer – When I read romantic suspense, I usually go for the typical Alpha Male type. In that setting, I enjoy reading about the take charge hero. In historicals, my favorite characters tend to be the tortured hero types that are complex and have issues to overcome before getting their HEA.

    jend451 at gmail dot com
    From the US

  10. >I like them both – as long as they are in my romance books lol. I've enjoyed all your heroes and I love variety so it really doesn't matter – I'll take either lol.

  11. >Oh, I love the alpha hero:-) Gerard Butler, mmmmmm excuse me I was lost there for a second. I think he's a perfect inspiration:-)

  12. >Terri,

    Love your books. Do not have a preference for the hero. You (as in plural for authors) create a hero, I'll read about him and fall in love with him just like the heroine does.

    2much2reid {at} comcast {dot} net / Texas

  13. >I like the alpha and the tormented hero but I think if I had to choose one I would pick the alpha hero since the alpha hero's story is usually a fast paced one to match that type of hero.
    mce1011 AT aol DOT com

  14. >I like both, but I think I prefer the dark, tortured hero because you get to discover what's really underneath his broody facade.

    janie1215 AT excite DOT com

  15. >I adore both, but…. Give me a dark-and-tormented hero and I'm a happy, happy girl 😉


  16. >Though I like both, I prefer the dark-and-tormented hero who is his own worst enemy. I know he'll find his soul mate who will heal all wounds.

    Tracey D
    booklover0226 at gmail dot com

  17. >
    I have never done this (of course not!) but if you slow a particular scene down on the Dracula 2000 DVD to frame by frame, you get even MORE inspiration from Gerard Butler.. wink wink! Terri

    hahah I love it!!! And I know exactly what you are talking about, Terri! My husband thought I was crazy when I sat up straight on the couch and said, "Rewind that! I just saw more of GB than expected!" He of course didn't believe me, said I was imagining, if not hoping to see more, until I did exactly what you said above and sure enough…there it was.

    My husband does not doubt my GB instincts anymore.

  18. >Artemis —

    I have never done this (of course not!) but if you slow a particular scene down on the Dracula 2000 DVD to frame by frame, you get even MORE inspiration from Gerard Butler.. wink wink!


  19. >What a decision! I can't quite decide. I suppose it depends on my mood so I'm glad both types of heroes are available for me to read about.


  20. >Monica has been great sharing all our favorite authors with their own day. Terri, I have loved your stories since I read The Mercanary's Bride. Yes, yes, yes I want the alpha male who let's me know what he wants! No questions, straight answers. Fortunately I married one 41 years ago and he's always been steadfast and true! On the other hand I think that all men are tortured because they always true to live up to the ideal when all we really care about is their devotion. It's all truly in the heart of the beholder.

    I can't wait to read His Enemy's Daughter!
    Rhode Island

  21. >OMG!! You had me at Gerard Butler! Love that man! And I agree, he is so much hotter than Raoul. But I digress…

    I prefer the dark and tormented type! It's so much more fun to read about this tormented soul and try to figure out the mystery behind the torment. These types are usually tough on the outside but vulnerable on the inside and with the right "influence" that vulnerability can make for one sexy man!

    Anyway, back to Gerard Butler…. just kidding! Donna, I am definitely adding "His Enemy's Daughter" to my TBR list and will picture "Gerry" as the hero. Time now for a a cold shower…. 🙂


  22. >Great post Terri! I think that I actually don't have a preference between the Alpha who knows what he wants or the dark and tormented hero- it all really depends on how well the author developes the character and how the author keeps the hero true to which ever type he is throughout the book.

    US Resident

  23. >I want both! Not at the same time, but I need to have my doses of each.

    HIS ENEMY'S DAUGHTER sounds fantastic. It is now on the TBR!

    I fell for Gerard Butler when I first saw him in the cult classic Dracula 2000. Now, I never miss a film that he stars in. I'm at the theater on opening weekend.

    cindersmaria @ yahoo DOT com
    South Carolina

  24. >I love both of these heroes. They both have importance depending on the type of story.

    smccar1 at hotmail dot com


  25. >Hi, Terri,

    You certainly know how to put us
    all in a conflicted state, don't
    ya? Alpha or Torment? Torment or
    Alpha? I just can't decide! I'll
    have to continue as I have for ages
    and read and enjoy both!

  26. >I like both of these kinds of heroes in the books I read, but I would run from either one of them in my real life! LOL 🙂

    castings at mindspring dot com

  27. >Hi Terri,

    Congratulations on the soon-to-be released book. It sounds like a terrific story…can't wait to read it. And I totally agree with you about Gerard as the Phantom. He was so HOT in the film and he deserves a character based on him.

    I like both types of hero but I think the dark,scarred (inside or outside) hero is hardest for the author to write. He still needs to win a spot in the heart of the reader too. If done right, he will win the entire prize!

    kkhaas at bellsouth dot net
    NC, USA

  28. >I can't choose either, I second the hero sandwich request. 🙂

    I love a damaged alpa male, on the inside or outside, whatever. But, the appeal is definitely in the alpha for me, so I'll take it either way. I just love a good story with strong characters. 🙂

    julieboo817 at gmail dot com

  29. >I would love to mash both of those types together 🙂 Make me a hero sandwich!!! Oh! That sounds bad, LOL.

    I like in your face, alpha heroes who are dark and tormented!!

    robin [at] intensewhisper [dot] com
    MN – USA

  30. >Isn't he just the best? I know so many authors who use him for inspiration…I wonder if he knows? LOL!

    I do tend to like the dark, tormented hero when writing a romance — there's so much more to work with…

    Thanks to everyone for visiting today!

  31. >Hi Monica and Terri!

    I love a tortured hero, but one based upon Gerard Butler? le sigh.
    I'm so excited to read this book! A blind heroine and a disfigured hero? I'm in!
    Highlandhussy(at)demonloversbooksandmore(dot) com

  32. >Hi Monica and Terri,
    I love your series books. "Beautiful Bastard" , I love the description. 🙂 To me it says how tormented he is.
    I actually love both types of heroes.
    Look forward to reading about Sorin.
    Love the Beauty and The Beast storyline.
    Carol L

  33. >Do I have to choose? Yeah I kow, but they are both pretty great.

    I'd pick the dark-and-tormented hero who is his own worst enemy.

    He's intens but also rather wonderful.

    lotsofgingers AT hellokitty DOT com

  34. >Good morning, Ladies!
    I prefer the dark & tormented hero… but so much depends on the story. Your book sounds great! Thanks for being in here today and please enter me in your drawing!
    Linda T.
    Florida, USA

  35. >Good Morning Terri and Monica,

    I loved this blog post, who wouldn't love GB in any role.

    That's a really interesting question and one that I can't actually choose from. I have read both and really like both. I think it just depends on the book and the author. But both can be so good.
    Nevada, USA

  36. >You forgot Reign of Fire.
    Love him in the movie!!!!

    And Time Line (he was only good thing in that Movie)

    and yep, Christine was CRAZY!

    But 300….Oh, there are no words….

  37. >Terri..I'm sorry to say this, but I AM GB's BIGGEST FAN. Not you. I know it's hard to believe, but you just need to accept it. It's better this way, trust me. haha

    Actually, when I read Monica's email about it, and saw GERARD BUTLER as the content of your post, I nearly tripped over myself trying to get to the computer fast enough! haha

    I agree with you on all accounts. In Attila, GB was perfect. (And did you know he did his own stunts in that movie–along with many others…) and for POTO, they couldn't have picked a better Erik! Actually all his movies are great! I just watched Bounty Hunter last night for the umteenth time and he never gets old. (I own every single movie he's made :-))

    Ok…I know I'm on a roll here and I should stop. But let me say, that you are not the only author to use GB for a hero. He is my muse for my Viking warrior in RÆLIKSEN, which I will be giving away on my post this Sunday!

    So, what does all this useless ranting of mine mean? Gerard Butler is the best muse an author can choose from and I say kudos to you for realizing it. *pointing at Monica now* See….even Terri knows a drop-dead gorgeous man and hero when she sees one!

    *rolling eyes and waiting for author Keri Ford to come out of the woodwork now and disagree with me*

    All the best to you Terri! Nice to meet another fellow GB fan!!!

  38. >Good morning to all!Another great author.Actually,I enjoy all three at times.Sometimes you just feel like an alpha,in-your-face,or dark-and-tormented hero and sometimes you don't.You just want a kind-hearted,love you as you are hero.I have so enjoed your books.Oh! and a gift card too.WOW! This is a great post and has been an outstanding blog event.Have a great day.
    North Carolina

  39. >Hi Terri!

    I always look forward to a new book from you and His Enemy's Daughter sounds terrific.

    I don't think I could choose between the confident alpha and the darkly tormented hero. I love them both. Just depends on the mood I'm in on any given day as to which I want to snuggle up with. 😉


    pjpuppymom AT yahoo DOT com
    South Carolina

  40. >Terri — His Enemy's Daughter sounds wonderful. Congrats on it's upcoming release.

    In your face & knows what he wants or dark-tormented & own worst enemy? Love them both. How much I'm in the mood for my hero to be tormented & tortured might influence my decision as to which book I pick up at that moment of course 😉

    gamistress (at)
    aol (dot) com

  41. >Good morning Terri and Monica,
    Terri, I am so on board with you and your choice of the Phantom. The Vicount wolud have been paddle that boat all by himself! I look forward to reading your book as I can already picture your hero.

    Jerrie in Texas

  42. >I like both. I feel that there aren't enough of the dark and tormented though. I like the journey they have to take to overcome their internal conflicts.


    New York

  43. >Good morning ladies!

    Wow that is a tough one. I really like both the Alpha & the dark & tortured hero. In a contemporary story I would choose an Alpha but in a historical romance I think I would pick the tortured hero. The heroine would have to show the hero that he is worthy of love. That is what I like most about the dark hero story. The challenge!

    GeishasMom73 on twitter
    user1123 AT comcast DOT net

  44. >Good morning, Terri!

    Ah, thank you for starting my morning off right with a picture of Gerry. Better than a cuppa. *g*

    I like both types of heroes, but if I was forced to choose, I would go with an alpha who knows what he wants. I love the bad boys. 😉

    dadaw1321 AT numail DOT org

  45. >good morning ladies!

    I definetely prefer the alpha male in books, not so much in real life! 🙂 I do like for no one to tell me what to do!

    Kris b Indiana
    krysti33 @ frontier dot com

  46. >Thank you Monica and Terri for a great interview.
    I am definately a Dark-tormented hero type person where they are coinflicted betweent he good/evil within them.

    rjofus(at)gmail(dot)com / NJ

  47. >GB has it all. He's not perfect, but he is perfectly wonderful. He has great talent, heart, and personality. Beautiful green eyes, dazzling smile, and full-on Scottish charm. You can't go wrong with GB as your hero!

    Many times, Alpha Heroes are the wounded heroes with their own inner torment. That's part of their compelling appeal. An irresistible combination, especially when they meet that one special woman who unravels all their secrets.

    US Resident, GFC Follower, Subscriber

    gcwhiskas at aol dot com

  48. >I would definately prefer the alpha male. Love a man who knows what he wants and goes after it with everything he has!

    June in KY

  49. >This book sounds great!

    I'd be hard pressed to choose between the dark-and-tormented hero or the alpha. I've read books with both, and if they are well-written I'll enjoy them!

    BabsVick AT gmail DOT com