Friday, May 11, 2012

BLOG TOUR: "The Magician of Wall Street" by Minta Hall Guest Post and Giveaway

Today I want to welcome the lovely Minta Hall to my blog for a guest post about how to create a great romance. Her book "The Magician of Wall Street" was just released from Entangled Publishing on April 23rd and I cannot wait to read it!!!
Here is the excerpt:

Oliver Pendragon's days as the Magician of Wall Street are legendary. When he finds a way to get everything he's ever wanted—including Abby Daltry—of course he can't refuse, even though there will be hell to pay if ever Abby found out. But when he discovers his old business partner is out for Abby's blood, Oliver will do anything to protect her…and win her heart.

New Age bookstore owner Abby is perfectly happy with her life the way it is—the independence, the quirky clientele, and even the occasional tarot card reading—are all part of the charm. But when the cards reveal Oliver is back and bringing danger along with him, she refuses to heed the warning for another chance with the only man she'd ever loved.

As shots fly, the Magician will have to perform his best trick ever if he hopes to keep Abby safe and by his side forever.
Click "read more" to see her post and to enter a giveaway to receive an ebook copy of "The Magician of Wall Street" courtesy of Entangled Publishing!!

Minta Hall’s Home Recipe for a Great Romance
Of all genres, romance has most often been accused of following a formula, or a recipe. Okay, I admit it. There is a recipe for a great romance. Read on to discover what it is.

The Hero
Don’t you just love a guy with a bit of mystery to him? Especially a guy with mystery who has power and influence? And maybe with a really sexy attitude? How about if he’s crazy in love with you and wants you back?
That’s just about the perfect hero, don’t you think?  It’s also a nice description of Oliver Pendragon in THE MAGICIAN OF WALL STREET.

The Heroine
Of course, he’s only the perfect hero if his heroine wants him too. Unfortunately for Oliver, his heroine Abby isn’t all that sure she wants him back in her life. Unfortunately for Abby, Oliver isn’t the type to give up easily. In fact, he’s going to keep banging on her door until he can convince her that he’s the perfect man for her—if only because he has to save her from a former business partner who’s out to use her as a tool to hurt Oliver.

The Magic
I think the stories that are the most fun to read (and write!) are the ones where there’s an uber-sexy hero, a strong, determined heroine, and yet also a special something—call it magic, if you like. I think each writer has to figure out what makes the magic in her stories. In my case, I love to add in a healthy dose of humor just to keep my heroes off balance a little bit—can’t let those macho guys have everything all their own way, can we?

The Recipe
So my recipe starts with a great hero and a strong heroine. I mix in a sizable scoop of humor to add a little flavor. Then finally I like to add a healthy dollop of the offbeat just to spice things up a little bit. As a result there’s also usually something just a tad funky about my stories.  
Sexy heroes. Strong heroines. Humor. And a touch of the offbeat. Doesn’t that sound like a great recipe for a romance? What additional ingredient do you think is essential to a wonderful romance?

Don’t forget to enter the giveaway for a free copy (e-book) of THE MAGICIAN OF WALL STREET!  And please do wander on over to my Facebook page and let me know what you think of the story!  You can find me at Minta Hall blog or at Minta Hall on Facebook.

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