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Tawny Weber and Friends – Lucky 7 Bad Boys Boxed Set

I met Tawny Weber [1] at the Romance Bandits [2] 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 [3] Contemporary Romance boxed set. Today, Tawny and her author friends are bringing their release party to RU. Let the celebrations begin!

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How do you bring together seven authors who, while all writing the same time period, write very different books?

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.

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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.

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You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest.

Website: tawnyweber.com [7]
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/TawnyWeber.RomanceAuthor [8]
Twitter: https://twitter.com/TawnyWeber [9]
Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/tawnyweber/ [10]

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38 Comments To "Tawny Weber and Friends – Lucky 7 Bad Boys Boxed Set"

#1 Comment By Becke Martin Davis On January 29, 2014 @ 8:28 am

Hi Tawny – and hi to Charity/Caridad, Virna, Nina, Sophia, Susan and Kristin! (That’s seven, right? Hopefully I didn’t leave anyone out!)

Thanks for joining us at RU today! Marketing weighs heavily on a lot of authors – I think promotion weighs heavily on the shoulders of many authors. A boxed set is a brilliant way to share the chores of marketing and multiplying the publicity times seven.

How did you come up with the idea for this set – did one of you have the idea or did your publisher suggest it? I’m curious how you decided which authors to include. Did you know each other all along?

Thanks for sharing your release celebrations with us!

#2 Comment By Tawny Weber On January 29, 2014 @ 1:51 pm

LOL thanks Becke for having us!!! Yep, 7 writers of 7 Bad Boys!

I’m so excited about this boxed set. Not just for the marketing brilliance of joining forces, but because it’s really cool to be in a set with these gals.

Virna is lead on the boxed set. She asked me to join in and mentioned a few hooks, bad boy being one of them. I think the appeal of the bad boy was a great choice. I didn’t know everyone when we began, no.

I have known Virna for years, she’s one of my favorite people in the world 🙂 I also knew Susan and Kristan, but hadn’t met the other ladies until we got together for this.

#3 Comment By Kristin Miller On January 29, 2014 @ 3:41 pm

Hi Becke! thanks so much for having us today!

I second everything Tawny said! Bad boys are my favorite kind of hero to write and I was so excited when the Lucky 7 Bad Boys box set came together. What an amazing group of ladies to work with!

#4 Comment By Virna DePaul On January 29, 2014 @ 8:51 am

Hi Becke, Thank you for giving us the opportunity to blog here and for always being so supportive! 🙂

#5 Comment By Tawny Weber On January 29, 2014 @ 2:16 pm

Waving hi to Virna 😀

#6 Comment By Becke Martin Davis On January 29, 2014 @ 1:52 pm

Virna – Thank YOU for stopping by!

#7 Comment By Susan Hatler On January 29, 2014 @ 2:26 pm

Hi, Becke! Thx for having us here. Love your post, Tawny. Go, bad boys!!

Becke, in response to your statement about marketing weighing heavily on authors, I will say that collaborating with the Lucky 7 Romance Authors has made marketing FUN. And not just at the Lucky 7 Bad Boys Pre-Release Celebration either…

During online *meetings* Kristin and I have said (more than once) that we feel like we’re at a party with these ladies. Not only are they intelligent, savvy professionals, but they are so AWESOME to work with. It’s the best of both worlds…uniting forces to increase our readership (hugs to all of our awesome readers!), while forming amazing friendships at the same time. I definitely feel “lucky” to be part of this wonderful boxed set. <3

#8 Comment By Tawny Weber On January 29, 2014 @ 2:54 pm

Yes!!! I think the fun definitely shows, too, and it’s something that engages our readers and the people who hang out with us on Facebook.

#9 Comment By Kristin Miller On January 29, 2014 @ 3:42 pm

Yes, Susan! A party! Our next Facebook Giveaway should be at someone’s house over drinks. 😉

#10 Comment By Sophia Knightly On January 29, 2014 @ 2:40 pm

Hi Becke! Thanks for hosting Tawny Weber and this fun subject. Speaking of hooks, Tawny put it so well! I’m a fan of hooks in books too. When we’re talking about a bad boy, his mighty hook will draw you in…and his *ahem* attributes will make you stay. Waving “hi” to all of you and my co-authors, Virna, Susan, Tawny, Nina, Charity and Kristin!

#11 Comment By Tawny Weber On January 29, 2014 @ 2:55 pm

HI Sophia!!! 😀

Ahem, let’s talk attributes for awhile, shall we? No? Hooks.

#12 Comment By Susan Hatler On January 29, 2014 @ 3:05 pm

Hi, Sophia!! 🙂

#13 Comment By Virna DePaul On January 29, 2014 @ 2:42 pm

Very well said, Susan. Working with the right people does make marketing our stories more fun. Our team brings a wide variety of experience to the table, and we are very good about letting each author be heard. I feel lucky to be part of the team, too!

Waving at Tawny and Becke!!! :-))

#14 Comment By Tawny Weber On January 29, 2014 @ 2:56 pm

Waving back 😀

You summed it up so well, Virna 😀 I think the collaborative energy of this group is awesome.

#15 Comment By Jennifer Tanner On January 29, 2014 @ 2:43 pm

Hi Ladies!

I love the idea of a boxed set. It’s a savvy way to expand readership. Are your heroes a composite of traits from different men or based on one person, real or fictional? (Tawny, if you say Johnny D., I’ll understand.) 😉

#16 Comment By Tawny Weber On January 29, 2014 @ 2:52 pm

LOL Jennifer… well, Johnny does have some mighty sweet bad boy traits 🙂 Mmmmm… wait, you had a question, right? Sorry was having a Johnny moment.

My hero is a reformed bad boy, and in a lot of ways based on my husband who was quite the bad boy. Drew, my hero, got dumped into a lot of family drama that forced him to focus on that and his wild way were buried for awhile until he hooks up with an old flame. For her, his entire appeal was that bad boy side. By embracing the bad boy, he finds himself, happiness and HEA. (everybody say awww now) 😀

#17 Comment By Becke Martin Davis On January 29, 2014 @ 10:29 pm

*sigh* There’s something about those bad boys…

#18 Comment By Susan Hatler On January 29, 2014 @ 3:14 pm

Waving hi, Jennifer!! My hero in Driven to Date, Ryan Shaw, formed on his own and isn’t based on any “real” person. Although I do remind my hubby that my heroes are characters I adore if he ever wants a reminder of the traits I find HOT. 🙂

PS Johnny D. in Chocolat…*happy sigh*.

#19 Comment By Tawny Weber On January 29, 2014 @ 3:26 pm

Ooooh, Chocolat!!!!

Deep deep sigh…

#20 Comment By Kristin Miller On January 29, 2014 @ 3:46 pm

Hi Jennifer! Thanks for stopping by!

The hero in Crazy in Love, Cole Turner, is a playboy rock star who isn’t looking for love. With that set up, it was easy to create a sexy, overly confident hero who is used to getting everything he wants. What he’s *not* looking for however is the love of his life, which is exactly what he finds. 😉

I can’t really pinpoint the inspiration behind Cole Turner since my husband and I started dating when we were teenagers and fell in love rather quickly after that. BUT I will say that I saw Alice Cooper in London on my way back to the US after a trip abroad last summer. Maybe that’s what sparked the idea.

#21 Comment By Carrie Spencer On January 29, 2014 @ 2:54 pm

Afternoon Ladies! =)

Sounds like a great buy! I too love the bad boys…=)

Question, when writing your male character, the bad boy himself, how do you make sure he’s not SO bad that he’s just plain bad? lol…make sense? Your heroine wants a bad boy, but he still has to be loveable….not a total jerk that your heroine would never be caught dead with. What do you do to make your bad boy loveable?

Thanks so much for being with us today ladies – I’m off to add this to my shopping cart on Amazon!


#22 Comment By Tawny Weber On January 29, 2014 @ 3:03 pm

HI Carrie 😀

mmm, Bad boys!!!

For me, the key to writing any character that is bad (or even good) and keeping them from being so bad they are unredeemable is to make sure they have at least one redeemable characteristic. A soft side or a gramma he loves, a penchant for feeding the stray cats before he hops on his Hog to ride with the gang. Something that gives the reader a feeling that this guy is worthy of love… not just to be used for his amazingly naughty bad boy skills 😀

Thanks tons for visiting!!! and for hitting the shopping cart LOL

#23 Comment By Jennifer Tanner On January 29, 2014 @ 3:32 pm

How do you keep track of character traits? A spreadsheet?

#24 Comment By Kristin Miller On January 29, 2014 @ 4:05 pm

Every writer has a different strategy so I can’t speak for anyone else, but I don’t keep a spreadsheet to keep the traits clear. Before I start writing, I make notes on the hero and heroine, their intrinsic and extrinsic goals, physical traits, things that make them quirky, etc. I keep those out as I write the first 50 pgs or so. After that they’re cemented in my head and I couldn’t forget about them if I wanted to. 🙂

#25 Comment By Tawny Weber On January 29, 2014 @ 4:25 pm

Oh wow, I got tingles at the idea of a spreadsheet for anything!!

But, no 🙂

I spend a lot of time in the beginning of a book cementing characters and getting to know who they are. Once I’ve got those first three chapters solid, the character is real to me and the traits just stay with them through the rest of the book.

#26 Comment By Susan Hatler On January 29, 2014 @ 9:28 pm

Jennifer, I use sticky notes with sloppy handwriting. In fact, I was on a writing retreat with Virna last weekend and she laughed at my notes and said, “You’re tell me you can READ that???” Oh, yes. I can. 😉

#27 Comment By Kristin Miller On January 29, 2014 @ 3:55 pm

Hi Carrie!

The bad boy-A-hole line is a fine one to walk, isn’t it? 😉 I have to admit I tend to make my bad boys ruder than they should be without giving them the redeemable trait (watch him save the cat…in the rain. ;)). Instead, I tend to make them hardened to everyone else while softening up when it comes to the heroine. He can’t resist her. She’s everything he never knew he always wanted. The softness he feels and shows only for her spreads to others as well, redeeming him in the eyes of the reader. I switch it up from time to time, but since that’s my favorite kind of hero to read, those are the ones I like to write. 🙂

#28 Comment By Tawny Weber On January 29, 2014 @ 4:23 pm

Awww, in the rain, even 😀

I think the fact that the heroine brings out the softer side of a bad boy is what makes us fall in love with him so hard. You’re right, Kristin, thats my favorite story to read, too!!!

#29 Comment By Sophia Knightly On January 29, 2014 @ 3:15 pm

Hi Carrie – good question! The last thing I like to read about is a bad boy jerk, so I believe, like Tawny, that it’s important to give him believable, heroic traits — at least one. Corporate raider Nick Cameron in Heart Raider is not your typical bad boy, but the media has tarnished his image and he’s retreated to Starfish Island, away from the public eye. His redeeming traits are fierce protectiveness to the heroine who invades his solitude against his will and a strong code of honor.

#30 Comment By Tawny Weber On January 29, 2014 @ 3:27 pm

Yum, Sophia!!!

I think that code of honor os one of the keys to a good bad boy (if you know what I mean LOL). They might not live by the rules as good boys do, but they have their own rules!

#31 Comment By Jennifer Tanner On January 29, 2014 @ 3:33 pm

A character’s code of honor, whether he’s a serial or lady killer would be a great topic for a post.

#32 Comment By Tawny Weber On January 29, 2014 @ 4:19 pm

Wouldn’t it, though!!! Absolutely fascinating.

#33 Comment By Becke Martin Davis On January 29, 2014 @ 7:57 pm

Sorry I missed so much of the party, ladies! I’ve been babysitting for my toddler grandbaby, who refused to take a nap today. No nap means no computer time for Grandma, unfortunately. Thanks to all of you for joining us! I can see why marketing as part of a group would be a lot more fun than doing it on your own. I hope your group effort pays off in LOTS of sales!

#34 Comment By Tawny Weber On January 29, 2014 @ 9:08 pm

Becke, thank you so much for having us!!! I hope you’re right 😀

And awwww on the grandbaby cuddles –thats an awesome way to spend an afternoon 🙂

#35 Comment By Becke Martin Davis On January 29, 2014 @ 10:34 pm

Thanks so much for sharing your release celebrations with us. Are release days old hat to you know or do they still give you a buzz?

I agree with you on the grandbaby cuddles. Since she’s learned how to climb out of cribs, playpens, etc., naptime has become a challenge. By the end of the day my place looks like a Toys ‘R’ Us store was dropped in the living room by a passing tornado!

#36 Comment By Tawny Weber On January 30, 2014 @ 3:46 am

This will be my 27th release, I think, Becke 😀 And it’s still wildly exciting!! Every one is a little different, though. Its like sending kids off to school -some I really worry about, some I’m thrilled to kick out the door and others I just hope like crazy will find the love I feel for them out there in the big ole world LOL

LOL I can see you’re very disturbed by your Toys ‘R’ Us tornado situation 😀 It sounds like you’re having a blast.

#37 Comment By Susan Hatler On January 29, 2014 @ 10:32 pm

So sweet re grandbaby. Thx for having us, Becke!

#38 Comment By Tawny Weber On January 30, 2014 @ 3:49 am

A big happy thanks to Becke and Romance University for letting us celebrate the Lucky 7: Bad Boys boxed set with you!!!

We’re all so excited about sharing these stories, too, and hope you’ll check them out! Don’t forget, they’re on a special (as in, this is way too good to last long) price of only .99 for the entire boxed set.

Thats almost as awesome as if Johnny Depp sat right down here at my desk, dressed like Roux from Chocolat, and serenaded me.