Monday, July 18, 2011

Guest Author: Lorelie Brown

My guest today is Lorelie Brown talking about her new release, Catch Me. I haven’t read this story yet, I read tons of westerns over the years then just stopped. However, I’ve recently got back into them and find this premise great.

Before getting to Lorelie’s post, I want to share a quote I found from Louis L’Amour, king of westerns:
''If you write a book about a bygone period that lies east of the Mississippi River, then it's a historical novel,'' he said in 1975. ''If it's west of the Mississippi, it's a western, a different category. There's no sense to it.''

Welcome Lorelie!

Hi everyone! Thanks for having me here and being willing to listen to my chatter. I promise I won’t take too long. And if you stick around through the end, there might just be something in it for you.

I like to pretend sometimes that I’m an intellectual. I write historicals because I like the juxtaposition of reality versus what can be imagined. The fine line between being true to life and yet maintaining the fantasy of the romance industry. It’s harder than it seems, as I’m sure we all know.

But then I keep talking. And eventually I show my hand.

I’m a shallow, shallow girl.

I like the clothes. More specifically? I like the mystique of a hard-edged, mean and rough man dressed up in layers and layers of “proper” dress.
Let me show you some examples:

He’s not wearing much, is he?

Wait, did someone just accuse me of pandering with hot pictures? Why yes, I am. (I want people to pay attention to me and buy my book. Why wouldn’t I pander? Bring on the hotness!)

So anyway, he’s not wearing much, right? Doesn’t in any way inhibit his hotness. That stomach alone...Wow. Bad (good?) things could happen to that flat tummy. But there’s not much mystery to this guy, now is there? He’s hot and a little broody.

Wait. More pandering. Those are accessories, Lorelie. Not clothes. Moving on.

This guy’s been up to something. He’s a little muddy and hopefully a little worn out. We’re starting to get some story to work with. He’s been working. Working hard even, it looks like. But he’s still not wearing much. Nothing’s really hidden. That tasty tank-top with the (artful) smears of mud don’t conceal those arms. In a way, that’s good. But it also is a bit of a metaphor. There’s not much to peel back on him, is there?

Doc Holiday, as portrayed by the once-hot Val Kilmer. Now there is an outfit we can work with. The vest and the long coat and the suspenders underneath. The white button-up shirt. Something intriguing about a man you have to undress, right?

My hero in CATCH ME wears a very similar outfit. Dean’s a bounty hunter and he’s tasked with bringing Maggie back to the tiny town she’s lived in all her life--and where she robbed a bank. Running around shirtless isn’t really a possibility (except that one time where Maggie watches Dean chop down a tree.) but that’s a good thing. Because Maggie is a girl who loves a puzzle. And she’ll figure Dean out if it’s the last thing she does.

Now, you could go buy a copy of CATCH ME. In all reality, I hope you do. Please, support my hot cowboy habit! But because I am such an awesome, nice, wonderful author (LOL. If you read that with a straight face, you’re more credible than I am) I’m going to give away one e-pub version copy today. In the comments, just tell me who would be your favorite man to undress. One lucky, random winner will win! (Because winners win. That’s what they do.)


jnewberry said...

Love the sound of "Catch me" my favourite man to undress would be Colin Firth as Mr Darcy, love the fluffy shirts and tight trousers with the flap at the front, Mmmm Mmmm x x

Paisley Kirkpatrick said...

It was a delight reading your post today. And, my hat's off to Louis L'Amour - his comment is mine exactly. I had no idea my opinion would correspond with his. I write stories that are set in the California gold rush era of 1849. They are not westerns as one thinks of westerns. It was Deb Dixon who told me why they are in this category. Didn't make any more sense then than now, but one cannot fight fate.

Everyone who knows me knows who I'd love to strip off his clothes - that would be my favorite hero and favorite Scot Gerard Butler.

Susan Macatee said...

Great post! I guess I write historicals, since all of my stories take place on the middle- eastern coast of the U.S. Well east of the Mississippi.

As for heroes I'd like to strip, it would have to be the hero of my time travel romance, Erin's Rebel. Captain Will Montgomery is a Confederate officer, who ignites passion in my modern day heroine. And she has had the opportunity to strip off that uniform. LOL.

Isabel Roman said...

Thanks for stopping by today, Lorlie!

I found the Louis L'Amour quote for a westerns book display I did for the library. It's a great one though, isn't it!

Who would I like to undress? Colin Firth's Mr. Darcy-yummy goodness! Gerard Butler's King Leonidas (not that there was much to tak off him!)

But I must go with Orlando Bloom as Will Turner in Pirates. Especially when he was resurrected at the end of the third movie. *drool*

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