Taming the Beast

13 09 2009
Wish for the Moon

Wish for the Moon

Our month-long discussion about heroes continues….Plus, a MAJOR new contest!!!!

Beauty & the Beast is my all-time favorite fairy tale. In real life, it’s a common fantasy–a girl who hopes her love will be the thing that tames a beast. I admit I love a great brooding hero with lots of faults–a character who’s perfectly imperfect! But hey–let’s face it, some men are hopeless, unchangeable, and all the love in the world won’t make them turn from their bad ways. Their women are left frustrated and brokenhearted.

I thank goodness for the world of romance novels where we can escape the hard reality of life and embrace a fantasy where the hero can begin as  a cold, stubborn cad–who melts like snow in July on the hood of a black Corvette for the lady who holds his heart. Take the hero of my new time-travel romance, for example.

Let me introduce you to Matthias Thorne. As far as looks go, he originated completely from my imagination. Sorry, there’s no single actor for me to thank for his creation. Let’s just say in real life he would look a little like Gerard Butler meets Johnny Depp and have a clipped accent like Alan Rickman.  Once a young romantic knight, Matthias became dry, reserved, and miserable over the course of time–due to the circumstances that drove him from his home and his family, and into a life of solitude. Now you tell me, is he unworthy of love? Or does the heart of chivalry beat deep within the warrior, waiting for the right woman to warm his cold exterior?

Read an excerpt below, leave a comment, and I’ll enter you in a drawing to win a copy of the book which is being released this Friday. Come back that day when I blog about heroines, leave another comment, and you’ll receive 2 entries to win a prize basket containing some lovely soothing lavendar spa products!!

Silhouetted by lamplight, Matthias Thorne stood with his back to them, bracing his hands on the stone mantel of the hearth. His dark hair fell in waves to his shoulders. Beneath the tight white fabric of a damp dress shirt, the muscles of his broad back were plainly visible. As if a dark sorcerer contemplating the fate of the world, he stared into the black pit. Finally, he spoke, “What is it, Nigel?”

The caretaker turned the stereo volume down. A lump formed in Carrie’s throat. “I found this lady on the grounds, sir. She says she knows you.”

Thorne glanced sharply over his shoulder. His eyes glinted. “What the hell are you doing here?”  The room echoed under the weight of his barked demand. He rounded on them, his mercurial glare passing over Carrie.

The gatekeeper answered, “I found her near the gatehouse. Her bicycle is parked by the road, sir. She says all she wants is to see the grounds. I can show her around and let her straight out, if you like…”

Thorne waved a dismissive hand in the air, silencing poor Nigel. The man could do more communicating without talking than anyone she’d ever met. He strode toward them, a gothic nightmare. Light and shadow fell across his face as he drew near, and his eyes gleamed with outrage. He obviously wasn’t used to people challenging his orders.

Thorne stopped in front of them. “That’s exactly what Miss Greer came for, Nigel. I’d rather not give her the satisfaction,” he replied smoothly.

Is this man truly incorrigible…or a beast about to be tamed?

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Best Wishes,

Sandra

Wish for the Moon available in print and ebook on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and The Wild Rose Press.

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22 responses

14 09 2009
Charlotte McClain

Sounds like a great book. I have always loved the Beauty and the Beast story. Good luck!

14 09 2009
sandrajones

Thanks, Charlotte!

14 09 2009
Shayla Kersten

Woo hoo, Sandra! Congratulations! The story sounds wonderful. I love the Beauty and the Beast stories too.

14 09 2009
sandrajones

Hi, Shayla! That means a lot!

14 09 2009
Pam Hodges

Sandra,
Matthias is a beast–a raging animal who will devour anything that stands in his way. That can be a good or a bad thing–and Matthias knows when to be each (Yum!!!-)

Pamela Hearon

14 09 2009
sandrajones

All that pent-up rage has to go somewhere. 🙂

Thanks, Pam!

14 09 2009
ArkansasCyndi

OH, he’ll be tamed, for sure. He’ll go down fighting, but in the end, your beast will become a devoted pet for your heroine

14 09 2009
Sandra Jones

Ah, it’s the fight that makes the Beast so hottt!

14 09 2009
WtR

strong words = strong emotion = feelings for the heroine! he’ll be a purring little kitten in no time.

great excerpt!

14 09 2009
sandrajones

Thanks!!! I’m glad you liked it.

–Sandra

14 09 2009
Nadia Lee

I love B&B too. Of course he’ll be tamed at the end! 🙂

14 09 2009
sandrajones

Thanks, Nadia! I love a happily-ever-after, too.

14 09 2009
Jennifer Feddersen

What if he isn’t tamed? What if Carrie becomes as stubborn and domineering as he is?

14 09 2009
sandrajones

Whoa, now that would be an interesting predicament…and it’s probably true to some degree. Wait til you meet Carrie! LOL

14 09 2009
Christyne Butler

Tamed in the best possible way by a terrific heroine! I know this to be true because I’ve been lucky enough to get an advanced read of this great book. Trust me, you’ll want to see the journey this hero takes!

14 09 2009
sandrajones

What a nice thing to say…and from a lady who knows her alpha men! Thanks, Christyne.

14 09 2009
Mary Ricksen

If anyone can change him it would involve the love of a good woman.
We save them from themselves.
I love time travel so I am always looking for a new one. This sounds just fantastic!
Thanks for an new story to add to my reading pleasure. I just can’t wait to read it! Take me with you……..

14 09 2009
Sandra Jones

Thank you for the compliment, Mary! I hope you’ll enjoy it!

14 09 2009
Abigail Maupin

I’m so looking forward to this! I adore a good Beauty and the Beast story—it’s been my favorite fairy tale since I was a child. I can’t begin to count the variations on the tale I’ve read, and my bookshelves are filled with the ones I couldn’t bear to return to the library or the used book store. Edward Fairfax Rochester is my man! (Although my sweet, nice-guy husband likes to tease me that I am the Rochester and he the Jane in our relationship…)

14 09 2009
Sandra Jones

Yes! Me too! I love Rochester. All that bluster seems to be camouflage for a teddy bear underneath.

14 09 2009
Beth R

Sounds like this would be a great read

14 09 2009
sandrajones

Thanks, Beth!

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