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Thursday, March 12, 2015

Guest Post with Author Stacey Rourke and Giveaway

Stacey Rourke lives in Michigan with her husband, two beautiful daughters, and two giant, dogs. She loves to travel, has an unhealthy shoe addiction and considers herself blessed to make a career out of talking to the imaginary people that live in her head. Mark your calendars! Her latest literary adventure, Crane, will release May 26, 2014. She is currently hard at work on the continuations of this thrilling Legends Saga, as well as other literary projects.

What are your favorite characteristics in a hero?

I like a hero that toes the line between being relatable and admirable. Relatable in the sense that readers can see something of themselves in them, usually this accomplished by humanizing them with a flaw of some sort. Maybe the female lead is awkward around guys, or just went through an awful break-up. A character could have unresolved anger over the loss of a loved one. They could use humor as a defense mechanism, develop a nervous stutter, heck even twirl their hair when they’re nervous. Whatever the case may be these small traits make them more human and like us as the readers which then helps to draw us into the story.

From there, once I can see a bit of myself in the character, I love to watch the hero rise in a way that is truly inspiring. Making the hard, selfless choices for the greater good, sacrificing themselves or what they want to save the ones they love. I love to witness this character development because it then makes me think that if I can see a bit of myself in that character, maybe in that same situation I would be able to dig deep and accomplish that same level of heroics.

It’s easy to spot this type of character development in my Gryphon Series and Legends Saga because both series involve mystical elements and situations that demand a hero. However I do believe Aubrey in Adapted for Film could be viewed as a modern day hero in how she overcomes the shackles of her past. She has to break out of her comfort zone to change who she is and the jaded view on life she has developed to find and embrace her happiness, and that in itself is not an easy feet.

Aubrey Evans is living every author’s dream; her sizzling romance novel is being turned into a blockbuster film. She would be celebrating this momentous event, if she wasn’t busy fighting over every tiny production detail with the maddeningly cavalier director, Kole Camden.

When news of their heated rivalry hits the gossip columns, drastic measures must be taken to save their sinking project. In an elaborate PR hoax, she is publicly linked to Greyson Meyers, the swoon-worthy star of her movie. A whirl-wind love affair is staged for the couple to mirror the steamy chapters of her own books.

Can the introverted author resist the charms of Hollywood’s sexiest leading man? Or will love find her in the City of Angels?

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Check out what's up for grabs.

Up For Grabs:
  • 1 Signed copy of Adapted For Film - US ONLY
  • 1 DVD of P.S. I Love You - US ONLY
  • 1 Swag Pack - US ONLY
  • 1 eBook copy of Adapted For Film
  • 1 $5 Amazon Gift Card

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Special thanks to Stacey Rourke & Xpresso Book Tours for sponsoring this tour-wide giveaway.
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  1. I also love a hero that we can see grow from the experiences they go through. And I def agree about the relatable aspects! Great post, ladies! :)

  2. Thanks for the chance! This sounds good.

  3. I've got to say I adore this cover! The woman looks so intriguing. I'm ashamed to say that I judge books by their covers! But it is what it is. I'm also interested from the synopsis so double whammy! Thanks for posting the giveaway!

  4. I like stories with writer heroines and the premise of this book sounds really fun! I'm putting it on my wish list.

    Marcy Shuler

  5. Stacey is a new-to-me author. This new book of hers sounds like a keeper.