Monday, 12 November 2012

Guest day and another contest!

Today is guest day. I love reading fellow Kiwi authors and so today a new friend Barbara DeLeo (great names start with de...) is stopping by to say hi. I hope you'll give her a warm welcome. She's even generously offered a book for one lucky commenter. Welcome!
Hi Michele and thanks so much for having me on the blog today. Congratulations on all your success with The Boss and her Billionaire and on your new release, A Talon at her Throat.

You write such gorgeous heroes – men who know exactly what they want and who are not afraid to go after it. It’s got me thinking about why there are some heroes that can make me melt into a little puddle while I’m reading, and others who make me want to poke them with a very sharp stick. And I’m also wondering if there are some traits that are universal for heroes. Honesty? Selflessness? The understanding that no matter how much your butt itches there’s never a good time to scratch it?

In the interests of full disclosure, I thought I’d do a top ten list of the traits I like a hero to have.

#10 He knows just the right moment to fill my glass and when to empty the garbage.

#9 Even a white t-shirt and jeans make him look like a god

#8 He’s kind to animals and children, and remembers his mother’s birthday

#7 He smells of hard work and sea breeze and sunshine

#6 Should I swoon, he’d scoop me up without flinching

#5 He understands that ice cream is my drug of choice

#4 He knows my bum never looks big in anything no matter how many times I ask

#3 He recognizes the business end of a fry pan and a vacuum cleaner

#2  He values friends and the time to do the things that make his eyes shine

#1 He laughs and lives and loves with gusto

Now it’s your turn! Barbara has an e copy of her debut novel, Contract for Marriage to give away to a commenter who lists the top three things they look for in a hero.

Contract for Marriage
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Barbara’s Bio

Barbara DeLeo’s first book, co-written with her best friend, was a story about beauty queens in space. She was eleven, and the sole, handwritten copy was lost years ago, much to everyone’s relief. It’s some small miracle that she kept the faith and is now living her dream of writing sparkling contemporary romance with unforgettable characters.

After completing degrees in Psychology and English then traveling the world, Barbara married her winemaker hero and had two sets of twins. She still loves telling stories about finding love in all the wrong places, with not a beauty queen or spaceship in sight.


  1. Hey ladies! Babs, I love your list :-)

    Hhhmm... the top three things?

    1-He needs to be good at what he does. It's important to be with a man who enjoys his profession.

    2-He has to enjoy quirky, independent movies. I don't mind if he likes action movies, but please, think outside the box. :D

    3-He needs to be into PDA. 'Nuff said :)

    There :) The cleanest answer I could come up with! LOL


  2. Carmen, SO lovely to see you here. That is a beautifully clean list, I must say {:o)!

    I love your top three traits, especially the PDA one. I'm a lover of quirky independent movies too and have managed to train my own hero to like them. Actually, "trainable" would be a great trait for heroes to have in all areas...

  3. I love PDA too, *bows head in teenage shame* but I love the good at what he does trait. I'd add also that he should love it, not just be good at it. I've seen my hero hubby just blossom (man he'd hate it if he heard me say that, sorry babe) now he has a job that fits him on so many levels.


Thanks for stopping by. I really appreciate you taking the time to comment. It lets me know I'm not all alone out here in the blogesphere!