Ach, where do I begin to tell you all the things I like about Sabrina Jeffries? She's a wonderful writer, but she's also a totally admirable woman when she's not making you laugh till you cry.
Even more, today she's giving you Bellas the first gander at the step-back art for her next "School for Heiresses" title, "Beware a Scot's Revenge." Totally makes me reconsider my "I just can't think of Nathan Kamp in that way anymore" declaration.
Please, Bellas, a warm buongiorno for Miss Sabrina. And if she starts that "I'm just an innocent little ol missionary's daughter" routine, SO don't buy it...
I'll admit my dirty little secret right here--I like heroes who smoke. And no, I don't mean they're hot, although I like that, too. I mean, they have a fondness for tobacco.
But here’s the thing. I am not now, nor have ever been, a smoker. My Southern Baptist missionary parents drilled into me that smoking was morally wrong, and although that part of the training didn’t work, I never had any desire to try smoking. My husband doesn’t smoke, and neither does anyone in my immediate family. So why am I attracted to heroes who are smokers? No clue.
Maybe it’s the hazy memories of my great-grandfather, who not only smoked cigars, but reeked masculinity. Maybe it’s that throaty smoker’s voice. It may even be the smell. When other women complain about it as a filthy habit, I don’t understand. I adore the smell of cigars and pipes and cigarettes, even though my throat can’t tolerate the smoke for long. The point is, smoking is sexy to me in the abstract, in books, although I suspect that I wouldn’t find it sexy for long in a husband.
Lots of other things fit that bill for me—men on motorcycles (even though I have no fondness for bugs in my teeth), men going commando (although I would brain my husband if he practiced it regularly), sweaty laborers (nice to look at—not so great to smell).
And I suspect I’m not alone either. So what turns you on in a book that wouldn’t turn you at all in real life? Or what turns you on that you wouldn’t tolerate in a husband?
Oh, and if the sweaty guys don’t appeal to you, I can give you one straight out of the bath. That’s what’s on my brand-new inside art for Beware a Scot’s Revenge, scheduled for release mid-May of next year. Ooh, mama!
Visit Sabrina at SabrinaJeffries.com!
Encore! "Only a Duke Will Do" is out now, and is currently on the NY Times extended Best Seller List, USA Today, Waldebooks Romance, and Waldenbooks Mass Market! Congratulazione, Bella Sabrina!
Encore due! I don't know about you, but I'm kinda addicted to step-backs. I think they're marvelous. And I love this model; she's so short. See? I totally can notice something other than cover model guys.