I met Tawny Weber at the Romance Bandits blog, where every day is a party. It seems every time I come across Tawny there’s a party going on. Last week I spent some time hanging out on Facebook with the seven authors whose books are featured in the Lucky 7 Bad Boys Contemporary Romance boxed set. Today, Tawny and her author friends are bringing their release party to RU. Let the celebrations begin!
Hooks, of course.
In the Lucky 7: Bad Boys boxed set, the bad boys hook is the common thread between all seven books. The settings vary, as does the heat levels and story theme. But each and every book in this set has a drool-worthy, the kind your mother warned you about, Bad Boy!
I love writing with hooks. Actually, I’m not sure of any other way to write! Now, granted, I just turned in my 25th book to Harlequin, so writing years of writing category has trained me to think this way. Bad boys (yum), reunions, friends to lovers, cowboys (another yum), military heroes (OMG yum), first love, second chances… these are all hooks. Story angles that readers instantly connect with.
I’m a fan of a lot of these hooks, but my hands down favorite has always been Bad Boys (or in some cases, Bad Girls – I’m all about equal opportunity when it comes to naughtiness). Part of the appeal, I think, is that a character like this is that a bad boy hero represents temptation. He does what he wants, how he wants it and he teaches the heroine (and us readers) to embrace doing the same. A bad boy knows all the tricks, he’s always pushing boundaries and he’s, well, a little wild. And that is so sexy!
In Naughty Vegas Nights, my bad boy story in the Lucky 7 boxed set, Drew Walker is the bad boy who was so good, he ruined Natasha Walker for all other guys. He was her one wild rebellion in college, the only time she stepped out of her good girl cage… He was so good, she blames him for her cursed love life. When they meet again in Las Vegas at a lingerie convention, Natasha sees it as her chance to get her fill of the baddest boy she’s ever known.
So what are your favorite hooks? Do you have go-to hooks that you find yourself reading or writing over and over? Are there ones you are NOT drawn to? I’d love to know.
Join us Friday when RU’s resident weapons expert, ADAM FIRESTONE, returns
USA TODAY Bestselling author of over twenty-five hot books, Tawny Weber has been writing sassy, sexy romances since her first one hit the shelves in 2007. A fan of Johnny Depp, cupcakes and color coordination, she spends a lot of her time shopping for cute shoes, scrapbooking and hanging out on Facebook.
Readers can check out Tawny’s books at her website, www.tawnyweber.com, or join her Red Hot Readers Club for goodies like free reads, complete first chapter excerpts, recipes, insider story info and much more.
- What If and Why? by Tawny Weber
- Creating a Relatable Heroine with Author Tawny Weber
- An Interview with Tawny Weber’s Latest Hero
- Weekly Lecture Schedule for Dec 6-10: C.J. Redwine, Laurie London, Tawny Weber, Liz Talley
- Weekly Lecture Schedule for August 23-27, 2010: Edie Ramer, Laurie London, Tawny Weber & Laurie Schnebly Campbell