Saturday, February 23, 2008

The New Book & A Contest

I started a new Harlequin Presents this week. My Sicilian hero, Valentino (don't you love that name????) loved early and lost. He's got an eight year old son he loves very much and no desire to ever take another wife. Picture Raul Bova with brown eyes as visual inspiration for my hero.

My American heroine has her own tragic past that Tino knows nothing about. She comes off as sunny and optimistic, which she is - but she's more than aware of the painful toll life can take on a person. For her inspiration, picture this model with peacock blue eyes.

He won't give anything but sex and she can't help giving him love. His son's art teacher, she seems to be embroiled more deeply in his life than he ever expected or knew about. In a knee jerk reaction against getting too close he makes a few mistakes that come back to bite him in the butt when he finds out the heroine is pregnant with his baby. She's willing to raise her child in Sicily so it can know the family, but she wouldn't marry Tino Grisafi if he came gift wrapped in rubies.

I love this story line and both of these characters and am really looking forward to writing all this angst! LOL

Now, for the special contest. I'm having a terrible time coming up with visual inspiration for the hero in my next Presents. Neo Stamos has dark hair, green eyes, and is 6' of solid Greek muscle at 34 years old. I was hoping you all could help me out. Just post a comment with a link to a picture you think makes a good hero inspiration pic for Neo or send me a pic in an email.
I will draw two winners - one just from the comments on this blog (for a book from my prize store and chocolate) and in addition, if I use one of your inpsiration pics (and I'm so hoping you can help me out with this), I will give that winner a signed by me book of choice and mention of thanks in the dedication of Neo's book. Cool, huh?
Now, I'm off to make high tea for my mom and sisters. I'll tell you all about it tomorrow. :)
Hugs and happy day!
Lucy

32 comments:

brownone said...

Clive Owen comes to mind..that man is HOT!

http://imagecache2.allposters.com/images/pic/MMPH/261582~Clive-Owen-Posters.jpg

limecello said...

Hm, I'm going to have to think of one, because while I know your new hero is Greek, Raoul Bova always comes to mind. *drool* - so glad he's the inspiration to your current hero - can't wait to read that book!

limecello said...

Haha, ok, too impatient.
There's random guy:
http://i191.photobucket.com/albums/z219/tiddyoggy/BlackWhite%20IDs/B264s.jpg
also, apparently someone has had a similar idea, so a video for your viewing pleasure:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K8_Xu1Xj3UU
Sakis Rouvas:
http://static.flickr.com/24/99094184_4c10d154b9_o.jpg
Peyman Askari:
http://www.yorku.ca/lexicon/hottie/04feb2004/feb2004_boy.jpg

Ok - I'm done.

lidia said...

Lucy,

Can't wait to read Tino's book -- sounds fabulous!

As for your Greek hero, I'll have to do some digging and get back to you.

lidia said...

Lucy,

How about a real dark haired green eyed Greek with the same last name -- John Stamos? Below are some links to pictures:

http://cdn-channels.netscape.com/gallery/i/s/stamos2/JohnStamos3872023_Max.jpg

http://johnstamos.net/gallery/v/prophoto/03John_Stamos.jpg.html

Enjoy!

lidia said...

Lucy,

It seems the links were "cut." Trying again:

http://johnstamos.net/gallery/v/prophoto/03John_Stamos.jpg.html

http://cdn-channels.netscape.com/gallery/i/s/stamos2/JohnStamos3872023_Max.jpg

Kelley Nyrae said...

Sounds like it will be another great book, Lucy!

kim h said...

sounds so hot. count me in

Jane said...

How about Mark Philippoussis? He's was an pro tennis player from Australia of Greek descent. He was recently on the reality show, "Age of Love."
Check out: www.advantage-tennis.com/scud/index.php

Stacy~ said...

Sounds awesome! I am going to have to check out some of these pictures. I vote for Clive.

Amy said...

Hi Lucy, the new books sounds great. How about his guy Dylan Rosser, just picture him with green eyes
http://www.hunkdujour.com/blog/archive/category/male_model/

Amy said...

opps, my url addy got cut off
http://www.hunkdujour.com/blog/
archive/category/male_model/

Judy F said...

Oh I can't wait. I was just thinking about you last night when I was putting out the new presents books at the bookstore. Will have to look through my men to find just the right one for you. LOL

Virginia said...

Your new book sounds like a great one. Keep up the good work. I will have to look around some more to find you a good Greek man, haven't had much luck so far.

Brandy said...

Well, shucks. I can't enter because I know NOTHING about guys. *g*
Have fun, though!

Brandy said...

Um, to explain, I don't get out much. I'm married and I don't really look at other guys.

Angie-la said...
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Angie-la said...

Dang! My links got screwed up in the last post...trying again!
Gerard Butler
http://images.starpulse.com/pictures/2007/03/06/previews/Gerard%20Butler-DGG-014465.jpg

Eric Bana
http://img2.timeinc.net/people/i/2007/specials/beauties07/beauties/eric_bana.jpg

Adrian Grenier
http://img2.timeinc.net/people/i/2007/specials/sma07/mag/adrian_grenier.jpg

Laura J. said...

Okay my vote is for Justin Bruening. Even if not for this book he would be sooooo nice for another one! He's a cutie and he's currently playing Mike Traceur on the Knight Rider. Before that he was Jamie Martin on All My Children. He's has an amazing smile that you notice right away.

here's the link (hopefully)
http://www.imdb.com/media/rm4107113984/nm1472010

Angie-la said...

And BTW, brownone...Clive Owen is MINE!!
LOL!!

Cryna said...

The book sounds really good. Looking forward to it.

Lucy Monroe said...

Oooh...some great pics! And none of these guys were on my original list of images I discarded. Yeah!

It helps a ton when I know the name of the guy as I can do searches for other images of him. I've definitely settled on the inspiration for the hero's best friend (who might get his own mini-romance in the story, or who will be set up for his own book eventually) and there are two uber strong candidates for the hero inspiration.

I won't say who as I want to give a little more time for additional candidates to be brought forth. Oh, doesn't that sound official?

Hugs to you all and THANKS!!!!

joy said...

Your book sounds fabulous. How about the always and perfect Patrick Dempsey ....

http://www.greysanatomyinsider.com/wp-content/uploads/2006/10/patrick_dempsey_serengeti_ad.jpg

http://www.entertainmentwallpaper.com/images/desktops/celebrity/patrick_dempsey09.jpg

flchen1 said...

Lucy, your new story sounds great! I'm not terribly good with photos, but am liking the selection others have provided! :)

Michelle B said...

Your new book sounds great, Lucy! Can't wait to read it. I'm not sure about the photo inspiration. If I come across something, I'll be sure to come back and post a link!

Amy said...

I did not realize the male model pictures changed daily at the site I suggested. Here is the correct pic
http://www.hunkdujour.com/blog/
archives/photographer/dylan_rosser/
The shirtless dark Italian male model with the headphones around his neck

Juliet said...

Lucy the new book sound great, and I think that Richard Armitage would be great inspiration for hero material. Here are some links where you can see pictures of him.


http://www.richardarmitageonline.com/bafta/baftas.html

http://www.fanpop.com/spots/richard-armitage/images/587033

http://www.bbc.co.uk/drama/robinhood/characters/guy.shtml

I just saw him in North & South and he's so hot!

Julia

Maureen said...

I found a couple for you:

www.stormmodels.com/mendetails.htm?id=3365
www.stormmodels.com/mendetails.htm?id=1076

Amy said...

Here is another one for you
Marios Leekas
http://www.hunkdujour.com/blog/
archives/2007/02/marios_lekkas_
greek_male_model.asp

Susan said...

Don Diamont came to my mind.

http://www.cbs.com/daytime/yr/about/bios/ddiamont.shtml

Laura J. said...

Found one more for you....

Juan Pablo Di Pace


He is going to be in the Mama Mia movie version of the Broadway play. Some pics of him make him look much younger, but ignoring the girl in the pic I think he got HOT written all over him.!

http://www.imdb.com/media/rm4045901824/nm1591620

Laura J. said...

I couldn't resist adding this one, especially when I read his imdb resume and it says he is of Mediterreian (sp?) descent. And he looks good too. His name is Brian Ames.

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0024683/resumephotos