Dee Tenorio is a trooper. Even though she’s sick with a flu, she made the effort to write up her post for us and even hold a contest.

In her website bio, she refers to herself as “secret agent mom”. Today she’s “secret agent writer” since she had to hide to write this post. (Maybe where she’s hiding is TMI? Nah, I’ve had to resort to similar measures. And places.)

Alas, I wish I could say I’m sick because I kill people in my books (though I’ve done that) or because I have a particularly deviant mind (um, no, can’t argue that either), but the truth is, I am just out and out ill. Infected. Gross, to be perfectly honest. As is the case of most mothers, my son brought home plague from school. He likes to bring one home at least once a quarter, but this one is truly epic. Like, cough until you’re about to lose consciousness epic.

You’re probably thinking this qualifies as way too much information, right?

Yeah, it probably does. Sorry about that. The reason I bring it up is that regardless of sickness, us odd little author types still gotta keep up with the responsibilities. (Though, please, forgive me any typos, vision is a tad blurry at the moment.) And just like every one else, we gotta suck it up and keep going. But thankfully, I am also possessed of an awesome hubby, who at this very moment is watching our twins despite being sick himself while I hide in the bathroom to write this post. See, the girls are in destroy mode–if you don’t have kids, the destruction mostly applies to your nerves, but your stuff takes a hard hit too–so I’m not entirely sure how much time I have. Consider this Secret Agent Post!

But, while I’m hiding, huddled here in the dark, I’m going to tell you all about my husband and why he’s a romance writer’s fantasy. And not just the obvious stuff either. (See comment about deviant mind) He watches independent films with me. He finds me music for inspirational purposes. He cooks and tries to eat what I make for him. He also makes the most valiant effort not to ralph afterward, too, so bonus points for him.

Mostly, I just love how he inspires me all by himself. Quietly strong, always supportive. I’m pretty sure I’d have broken irreparably without him years ago. In the two times my world has shattered, he’s the one that has always held me close until I was back together again. You just can’t write heroes like him. Something always falls short.

So do me a favor. Share with me your favorite things about your favorite hero–real or imagined. A random winner will be chosen from the comments for their pick of any ebook in my backlist. 🙂

Dee is multipublished with Samhain Publishing – including her newest release, Love Me Knots. If you want to know more about her, visit her website, or follow her on Twitter. Oh, and what’s her newest story about?

Nothing twists you up quite like love…

When she interrupts what looks like a tryst in her fiancé’s office, former heiress Krista James has only one thought: “It’s over!” True, they both signed a marriage contract that didn’t include a love clause. But she’ll be damned if she gives the two-timer the satisfaction of knowing she gave up her heart along with her hand.

How to say goodbye to a man who makes her forget her own name in bed, and all her principles everywhere else? Simple. Run.

CPA-on-the-rise David Ellison thinks everything is perfect. Perfectly planned, perfectly ordered, perfectly moving forward. Until he arrives late—again—for a lunch date. Suddenly he has a broken engagement, a guilty receptionist and a missing fiancée.

Tracking her down is easy. She’s traded their honeymoon tickets for a luxury holiday for one. Reasoning with her? Impossible. Especially since they always seem to end up in bed, in the shower, on the floor…everywhere but at an understanding.

David didn’t follow his woman all the way to Tahiti to return home empty-handed. To get her back, he’s even prepared to empty his heart of all his secrets.

Question is…is he prepared for hers?

Warning: Emotionally repressed, sexually gifted accountant on the loose in Tahiti, intent on seducing his lady back into his life and completely redefining the phrase “awesome lei”. Mai Tais and fresh ice recommended to counter the extreme sexual heat.

Dee Tenorio’s Secret Agent post
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11 thoughts on “Dee Tenorio’s Secret Agent post

  • August 12, 2009 at 7:15 am

    My favorite thing about my real hero, my husband, is how supportive he is. Not just with my writing either, he's a really good guy 🙂

  • August 12, 2009 at 8:52 am

    Hi 🙂
    I hope you and yours get better soon.
    My real life hero is Terry Fox, a great young man who struggled to raise money for Cancer research. I saw him on his run through Canada.
    Love and best wishes,

  • August 12, 2009 at 9:05 am

    Feel better soon, Dee!!!

    And the best thing about my real-life hero, my father, is that no matter how many major health issues he's had he's still the hardest working person I know.

  • August 12, 2009 at 9:17 am

    Hi Dee – so sorry you feel rotten and thanks so much for donning your Secret Agent hat to come play with us even though you feel icky. (Sux to be a grownup sometimes doesn't it 🙁 ). I love love loved Love Me Knots!

    I think my hero is actually my mother. She raised my brother and me alone from when I was three, and she worked full time the whole time and never complained even when times were tough. She taught me to be a strong, independent woman (At least I like to think I am 😉 )and to take care of myself and my family (which happily I don't have to do alone!) as she did hers. And she's still being awesome with mine and my brother's kids.

    Yay mom!

    Feel better soon!

  • August 12, 2009 at 11:10 am

    I was originally going to say my husband, because he honestly is a wonderful man. There was a time when I was so sick in the hospital…just had a major surgery while pregnant with our third child and I was about dead. Well, he had been up for over 24 hours trying to take care of me, came home and played with our two little boys! My sisters told me he was pretty much dead on his feet, but came home and played with them before he took a quick nap then came back to the hospital to be with me!

    The other person for sure is my mom. She is battling cancer for the thrid time…breast cancer that has moved to her bones. She will be going through 6 months of chemo. She is so strong, and today I am not feeling so strong because I put on some music and started to cry!

    Hope you get feeling better soon! No fun to be sick.

    Amy M

  • August 12, 2009 at 11:36 am

    Hello, ladies! Thanks for the e-mail, Leah. I'm dropping in to let you know I've got this posted at Win a Book.

    As for Heroes… I'm not sure anymore.

  • August 12, 2009 at 11:38 am

    Sure hope you feel better soon, Dee!
    My hero is my husband. I had surgery on a foot and could not be on it for 6 weeks. He did all of the cooking, cleaning and he waited on me.

  • August 12, 2009 at 11:49 am

    Amy M – prayers for your mom.

    SHG – Hmm, "As for Heroes…I'm not sure anymore. sounds ominous. Hugs for you.

    RK – yes, Terry Fox definitely made an impact on our country, didn't he? And I think he also made an impact on how we approach raising money for charities that has much more effect (or is that affect) in general.

    My hero? My husband – for all the reasons Dee stated above. When I was waffling about whether I should be concentrating on writing or going out and finding a better paying job, he told me to stay home and reach for my dream. My bank account definitely disagrees with that decision, but I doubt I would have been published if he hadn't encouraged me.

  • August 12, 2009 at 1:13 pm

    So encouraging to read who everyone's heroes are! Thanks for the heroic effort yourself, Dee! Your husband's definitely a keeper! I'm thankful mine is too–I think that generosity of spirit, consideration, and being observant enough to notice what others need–those are heroic qualities! And then being disciplined or determined enough to do the right thing! Definitely keeper material!

    Hope you're feeling better soon, Dee!

  • August 12, 2009 at 6:59 pm

    Oh Dee, sorry to hear you and hubby are sick. But I agree with flechen 1, he's a keeper.

    My husband is my hero. I have to admit with all the exciting, sexy heros out there, my dh always comes through when times are tough. I remember his first comment when our first born cried and asked what was wrong with him. I said,"He's a baby. That's his job." He felt so bad. But now he is super daddy. Feeds the kids, gets them ready for bed and helps me get them ready for school.

  • August 12, 2009 at 7:33 pm

    You guys are all so wonderful. I was pretty much comatose today–except for the hacking. Oddly enough, I'm back in the bathroom, only this time I have the girls as they get ready for a shower. Crazy little things have stripped down totally and are wandering around, wiggling their butts at me and giggling.

    Hard to feel sick when your kids are nuts. 🙂

    I just want to say that ALL these posts have moved me. It's very true what they say–there is nothing in the world as meaningful as a good mate. I know mine saves me every day and clearly, so does all of yours. Normally, I post individually to everyone, but I gotta admit, I'm a little too fuzzy to pull that off with any panache today.

    So, before the girls pee on something, lol, I better randomly select a winner:

    Joder–I knew a man like that. The kind that reminds you exactly what a man SHOULD be.

    email me at laideebug @ (no spaces) and you'll have your pick of any ebook in my backlist–sorry, that doesn't include Love Me Knots, but every thing else. 🙂

    Thanks everyone for posting!!

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