I really didn’t want to let Shelli Stevens guest blog for me today. Her “Anybody but Justin” kept my Personal Protection from hitting #1 on the My Bookstore and More bestseller’s list the week our stories were released. *pout*
Ah, who am I kidding? I was thrilled that I was second only to Shelli. Plus Shelli is another of those uber-supportive authors who you can’t be upset with. She’s the one who gave me the idea for giving credit for those of you who retweet my twitter messages each day about my guest bloggers. (I’ll bet she doesn’t even realize it.) And she’s always been there with an encouraging word for new authors, and jumped right in with both feet when I posted about needing guests for my Birthday Bash.
So welcome Shelli Stevens. (You do realize I was kidding about that first paragraph, right?)
Hi, Leah and happy birthday! Thanks for having me on your blog today!
So I’m going for a fun, somewhat random, topic! You know when we read books, the heroes and heroines are all across the board in physical appearance. I’m not just talking eyes, body types and hair…. or wait maybe I am talking hair.
Sure, romance novels like to take you a step away from reality, but I still like a little bit in mine.
For instance…chest hair. I actually LIKE chest hair on my guys. Both in real life and in my heroes in books. It’s that sexy little difference in female and male to me. It gives the hero that manly edge.
(Unfortunately, the original image Shelli provided was taken down by PhotoBucket so I substituted my own cover. )
But you don’t really see that so much anymore in books. I mean, especially on cover models on covers. They’ve got these smooth as a baby’s butt, oiled up, ripped chests. Not that I’m complaining, mind you. But, I like it when I see a smattering of hair, or when an author shows us in the book that the hero has a bit. I mean, sure, we don’t have to go so far as to show the heroine running her hands through the hero’s back hair, but a little more reality can be fun.
(Leah here: ZOMG maybe I should take back those nice things I said about Shelli – that photo is … akkk, it made me spit out my morning coffee. Please tell me that’s photoshopped.)
Here’s the cover of my newest (and first NY release!) Take Me from Kensington Aphrodisia.
Notice the smattering of arm hair on the guy? Can’t say that I’m disappointed 😀
So how about you? How do you like your heroes? Smooth and oiled? Or hard with a little man hair? Leave a comment to be entered to win a signed copy of Take Me!