Thursday, February 7, 2013

Guest Post and Giveaway ~ Confidence Tricks by Tamara Morgan

A life of crime is easy…until love goes all ninja on your ass.

Asprey Charles has always assumed he would one day take his place in the family art appraisal and insurance firm. “His place” meaning he plans to continue to enjoy his playboy lifestyle, lavish money on his Cessna, and shirk every responsibility that dares come his way.

But when a life of crime is thrust upon him, he is just as happy to slip on a mask and cape and play a highwayman rogue. After all, life is one big game—and he excels at playing.

Poppy Donovan vows that her recent release from jail will be her last—no more crime, no more cons. But when she learns that her grandmother lost her savings to a low-life financial advisor, she’s forced to do just one more job.

It’s all going smoothly until the necklace she intends to pawn to fund her con is stolen by a handsome, mocking, white-collar thief. A thief who, it turns out, could take a whole lot more than money. If she’s not careful, this blue blood with no business on her side of the tracks could run off with the last thing she can afford to lose. Her heart.

Warning: This book contains masked crusaders, a remorseless con woman, and plans to boost a ten-million-dollar painting. Expect high speeds and fast hands.

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********** GUEST POST ********* 

Romance Hero Rules

There are unspoken rules in the romance world that our heroes must abide by or be deemed unworthy. I’m not talking about pesky things like following the speed limit or paying taxes on time (both things my art thief hero is blithely unconcerned about). Most of us are fine with a hero who skirts the edges of the law, whether he does so out of a sense of justice or because he simply can’t help himself.

Oh, no. I’m talking about Romance Hero Rules—those very important somethings that set a man apart from the crowd and deem him worthy of true love. Here’s my list of essentials, though I’m sure you have some of your own!

hero must always see to his lady’s satisfaction first. (Or, if not first, very soon in the immediate future. And very often in the immediate future.)

He shall be manly even when undergoing unmanly acts. (I don’t care if he’s polishing his shoes or groveling or crying over spilled milk. Sex appeal is required.)

Table manners should never be neglected. (With the exception of shifters. They have sharp teeth. If they want to forgo forks in favor of sharp teeth, I’m all for it.)

He will pursue while the pursuing is good. (I know, I know. It’s not fair that the man has to do the chasing all the time. But, c’mon! He’s got to show *some* fight for his lady friend.)

In times of trouble, a hero’s body must always double as a shield. (If there’s a gun pointed at the heroine and the hero isn’t doing his best to put his body in front of hersthen he and I need to have a serious talk.)

He either has all his hair or none of it. Period. (Poor heroes. A partially balding man never gets the love.)

The law does not matter to him nearly as much as his own moral code. (This one’s my favorite. The best heroes are the ones who have their own sense of right and wrong—usually with the heroine at the center. And he’s not afraid to bend the rules of society to have his way.)

Once he realizes he loves the heroine, all other bets are off.

In my upcoming release, Confidence Tricks, there’s a whole lot of law breaking going on. The heroine is a con woman who’s done time and plans on robbing again. The hero is a playboy art thief running a huge operation out of an airport hangar. And they’re both happy that way.

However, my hero takes the above rules VERY seriously. He is, after all, a gentleman. J

What about you? What Romance Hero Rules are required in your reading? Any deal breakers that will have you throwing the book across the room?

Tamara Morgan is a romance writer and unabashed lover of historical reenactments—the more elaborate and geeky the costume requirements, the better. In her quest for modern-day history and intrigue, she has taken fencing classes, forced her child into Highland dancing, and, of course, journeyed annually to the local Renaissance Fair. These feats are matched by a universal love of men in tights, of both the superhero and codpiece variety.

Her home is in the Inland Northwest, where she lives with her husband, daughter, and variety of household pets. Feel free to drop her an email at tamaramorganwrites (at) gmail (dot) com or follow her on Twitter at

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Linda said...

I need the Hero to be confident and Alpha, and my pet peeve is shouting or/and caps lock *shakes head* a heroine with tantrums? No thank you.
=) Thanks for the giveaway & Happy Saturday!
fr_larsson at hotmail dot com

bn100 said...

the hero has to be alph
no cheating

Joelle said...

Sounds like a good read !

Jovhanna said...

hmm I haven't really found any deal breakers in my reading its more like I put the book off until I can read if it has something to emotional. BTW your books sounds like a good read