Friday, March 02, 2007

Rona Sharon GuestBlog: The Pirate's Bed For Us!


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lis; kate pearce; marg: Congratulazione, Bellas!
You've won Rona's Goodie Treasure Bags! Please send me your snail mail addies at mbuonfiglio@RBtheBook.com!
Grazie.
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I'm so glad I e-met Rona Sharon when she sent me a copy of her Zebra debut, "My Wicked Pirate." She just happened to mention that her hero, Eros, is, well, Italian. And that Nathan Kamp is on the cover, a man of whom her girlfriend, Italian romance writer Arianna Giorgi says -- and I'm telling tales out of school here -- "He is a man you feel on your skin."

It's wonderful Rona's joining us today, cause then you can see why I've so enjoyed becoming e-girlfriends with her. A woman who's studied Italian, Rona will appreciate your warmest Bella buongiorno...

Hi, everyone! I’m so happy to meet you. Michelle has kindly invited me to blog about sexy pirates, buried treasure, pillaging, marooning, black flags surfing the wind… For years I’ve tried to stop lusting after “bad boys” and give the “good guys” a chance. And here I am, older, wiser, and still smitten with cutthroats. Am I a hopeless romantic or just hopeless?


A practical woman (who happens to be my little sister) explained to me once why panting after “bad boys” is infantile and pointless. She said life was hard enough without having to deal with a heartless bastard or the eternal infant, Peter Pan, who refuses to grow up and assume adult responsibilities.


Years have passed. I am not yearning for the “bad, mad, and dangerous to know” anymore. I outgrew the fantasy. I know the “good guys” possess the heroic qualities I admire in men. Grown women prefer gentlemen. So why instead of reading romances and watching movies that feature well-behaved nerds, our eye roves toward the lusty rover? What is it about swashbuckling buccaneers and ruthless corsairs that make our hearts beat faster?


We all know those men were killers, robbers, rapists. They weren’t nice. They were rum soaked ruffians, who’d cut your heart out for a few pieces of eight. And yet, we immortalize them. We root for them. We find them irresistible. It’s the pirate’s bed for us…


As for the boys… When my wicked pirate got a second chance at “fixing” his life and taking back everything he’d lost, I knew instinctively that he would hesitate. His character dictated it. But it took me a while to figure out why: He was a little “in love” with being a pirate.


Why do men want to be pirates? Why do women want to be with pirates? Why must our heroes walk the thin plank, er, line, between good and bad? What makes a pirate a perfectly romantic male lead? And who is your favorite freebooter? You will never guess who mine is.

Come aboard, me hearties. I’m giving away 3 goodie bags to commenters today!

Visit Rona at RonaSharon.com!

103 comments:

Anonymous said...

Let me start by saying that I don't think I have ever read a pirate book. But after looking at your cover I am adding this one to my list. Which in itself is a first. I don't thjink I have EVER bought a book just because of the cover. LOL!

As for my favorite pirate, I would have to say Johnny Depp in Prates of the Carribean, Jack Sparrow. I guess to me he doesn't seem like the normal pirate. There is another dimension to him that other pirates lack.

Anonymous said...

oops...I forgot to add my name to that post. I am such a dork!

Kelly F.

MaryKate said...

Hi Rona - Welcome to RBtB! And congrats on your first novel. What a terrific accomplishment. Also, good topic, we Bellas loves us some pirate action.

My favorite pirate? Han Solo. OK, not on water, but definitely a space pirate. Yeah, he's dashing, mercenary, good with the ladies and noble at heart. What's not to love?!

Gram said...

Welcome Rona,
Your book is on my table at this moment and I can't wait to start. Please come back when you have another one coming out.
Ciao,
Dee

Rona Sharon said...

Top of the morning to you, Kelly. It's great meeting you!

So you haven't read a pirate book yet? If you've seen the movies, you'll feel right at home.

Pirates are fun, and today I'm trying to find out why. What makes these flamboyant, crooked savages so lovable?

I totally agree with you about Johnny "Jack Sparrow" Depp. That "je ne sais qua" of his is the stuff of legends. Frankly, I believe it's the Johnny persona shining through... He is my favorite actor and I just think that on top of being stupendously talented, he is also wickedly scrumptious. LOL.

Rona Sharon said...

Buongiorno, Bellas!

Thanks for having me here.

Han Solo, a space pirate - what a delightful observation! Love that Solo! When Star Wars came out, I declared to all and sundry that when I grow up, I'm marrying Harrison Ford. But then came Johnny... *sigh*

Dee - I hope you'll like my wicked pirate. He's also quite good with the ladies... *wink*

Meljprincess said...

Hello Rona,
I snatched up a copy of MWP as soon as it hit the shelves. I have a pirate in my ancestry and as an aspiring writer I've been trying to get as much info as I can about him so I can write a fictional story. He was from France but sailed the waters off the VA coast.
I also participated in M.L. Tyndall's pirate crew contest and I'm now Mad Bess Flint the Coxswain of The Reliance. I think the contest is still going for those who are interested.
http://pirates-r-us.blogspot.com/
Yes, I have to agree with you about Depp. He makes an excellent pirate. "Yo ho ho ho a pirate's life for me..."

Maggie Robinson said...

I'm very fond of Teresa Madeiros' Captain Doom in Thief of Hearts. Won't give out the real name, altho I did guess. I've been a sucker for pirates ever since I looked at Howard Pyle's gorgeously illustrated book when I was a kid. Every one wants their buried treasure to be discovered. ;)

Your new book looks great!

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

Ah, buongiorno Rona, and bella Bellas! You've got me so excited to talk about pirates and pirate romance, Rona.

I have to say, I like a nice, clean pirate, so I always giggle, yet am comforted, when the pirate hero has love scenes with the heroine after he's had the old hip bath hauled in. And my wicked pirate must have good, strong, white teeth. And preferable, not stink of gin.

Now, Eros, he's so long, and hot and as infuriatingly charming and arrogant as any foreign guy I've ever crushed on. It's so delicious. And, he's also got this thing for eating oranges. Fleshy, juicy sweet. Oh, man. Eros.

um. anyway. He's got this streak of vulnerability that crops up every once in a while, but he's also kinda dirrrty in this totally playful, ugh, I almost hate to say it, respectful way. But, man, he is so hot.

yes. yes I do have a crush on him. And what of it? I can't crush on two Italian men at once? There is room in my heart for both eros and Canna.

ooooo. Are you thinkin Italian hero sammich? cause I sure am...

Playground Monitor said...

I'm amongst the bunch who've not read a pirate romance but that may change soon. *g* Jack Sparrow was great and so was Han Solo. Never thought of him as a pirate but he is.

I think we're attracted to that wild life most of us never live. With a pirate hero we can vicariously walk that thin plank with him and get wrapped up in the adventure. Actually it's that way for any romance hero. How many of us have a tycoon or cowboy or vampire in our lives. My DH is a project manager (not that I don't love him cause he's a great man and wonderful provider -- my own personal patron of the arts if you will) but Project Manager (even if you're a Project Management Professional like my hubby - PMP, which I pronounce like pimp *g*) ain't high on the list of exciting heroes.

Marilyn

CrystalG said...

Hi Rona. I love pirate books. My favorite pirate is Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow. So yummy.

alissa said...

I love pirates and pirate movies and books ever since I was young. They transport me to another time and place which is the so wonderful. The mystique of pirates is such a hot one. My favorite movie is Captain Blood with Errol Flynn. No one can compete with his looks and prowess.

pearl said...

A pirate hero is my favorite and I always enjoyed the movies that featured a pirate. I loved the book Frenchman's Creek and when they made it into a movie I was thrilled. The allure of the pirate is on a scale of his own. Love them. Congrats on your new books and look forward to reading this.

Julie in Ohio said...

Welcome, Rona!!
I love pirate movies and pirate books.
One of my fav movies is "Pirates of Penzance". Kevin Kline as the Pirate King in his flowing white shirt half buttoned makes my heart go pitter-patter. *dreamy sigh*

Why do I love them? I guess it's that element of danger. You know they are going to plunder and pilage and you want to be the one they are plundering into.

sharon said...

Congrats Rona on your wonderful new book. Sounds great and I love the idea of pirates. A swashbuckler has it all. The pirate has a definite allure to me. Loved Master of Ballantrae with Errol Flynn.

Rona Sharon said...

Am having so much fun reading your comments, bellas :)

Michelle, the way you describe Eros makes me wanna go and get re-aquainted with the dude... It's like hearing some woman say how sexy and desirable your husband is, and listing his obvious physical allures - you wanna drag him home and jump his bones...

Eros was a lot of fun to write. I pulled all the stops with him... just let him do his thing...

Why do I like pirates? I adore strong, athletic men, who enjoy their bodies and are comfortable in their own skin. I like men who like their wine red, their meat red, and their women hot and sensual. And if the lady is a little shy in the beginning, they'll fix that in no time!

And speaking of lusty wenches... one of my favorite buccaneers was Gina Davis in Cutthroat Island. She was wild! I LOVED her! But then went and fell for the geek... go figure. So I'm guessing nerdy men want to be WITH pirates, too, huh?!

Vivi Anna said...

I love me some pirates. It's like Captain Jack once said, his ship represents freedom and that's why I love pirates. They are so free, completely unbound by society and political correctness. They take what they want when they want it.

In real life, that probably wouldn't be as romantic, but in books and movies, it's damn sexy.

Captain Jack is the pirate for me. But alas, that is because it is really Johnny shining through the dirt and gold teeth. And MK is right, Han Solo is a lovely pirate.

Damn! Now I want to go write a space pirate book...

joelle said...

Pirates have that wicked gleam in their eyes and are so appealing. Their entire aura turns me on. Congrats on your book and I will read this winner. Love pirate movies and the best I loved was an oldie with Tyrone Power, Black Swan which turned me on with his power and looks. His looks were enough to give me shivers.

ellie said...

Congrats on your new release. Looks fabulous. Pirates can control in such a powerful and sexy way. Love the romance of the seas, their lives and the power of it all. I always loved the movie with Patrick Stewart. He is a real actor and a real man who can portray a pirate anytime.

Monica Burns said...

Welcome Rona,
Hey there Bellas!!

Pirates in books and movies are scrumptious! Errol Flynn in Captain Blood or Yul Brynner in Jean Lafitte. Rascals and noble in spite of their desire to be total bad boys. There's the need to want to be woman enough to reform them, plus as Vivi says, the freedom they represent.

Freedom to come and go as they wish.

Mon

canadacole said...

I love me some pirate romance! Pirates are wild and dangerous and free...but they also have their own code, don't they? I think I like their sort of rules better than the often silly societal ones. I also like that they're so dangerous for everyone except that one true love, and can protect her like no one else--that's a really nice safety net to the freedom!

Rona, I can't tell you how excited I am to see a new Pirate book! I will definitely be watching for you on the shelves!

Oh, and favourite pirates? That's a tough one, but I really enjoyed Marsha Canham's pirate family in The Iron Rose. If you write a pirate romance, I will read it!

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

kelly, good for you for judging this book by it's cover!

Rona, perhaps next time you'd best bring your husband, darling, so we can enjoy, then describe his physical allure.

Vivs. Every time a writer comes on with a new type of book, you decide you've got to write that sub-genre. Other chicks have TBR piles? You have a TBWritten. You go, sammich girl.

sharon, ellie, joelle, you all mention great pirate heroes. I remember loving a horrible pirate movie as a kid called "Swashbuckler." My tastes have since refined, hence, my novels of choice.

marilyn, i think it's all in the way you say it. Project MAN agement. See? But I do think it's cool to tellyour friends you're married to a pimp.

jules, Kevin flippin Kline. Truly. .

Looks and prowess, alissa. You've said it all about pirate heroes like Flynn.

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

oh my God, canadacole! "The Iron Rose!" Ohohoh. I LOVE Marsha Canham, and I love her female pirate and the nobleman hero. "My Wicked Pirate" has that same swashbuckling action and humor, along with the meaty historical intrigue of Canham's Pride of Lions and medievals,etc.

I have this total rule about never ever comparing one author to another, but I'm so psyched about MWP, and have missed Canham so much, I think that's why I've chosen to talk about both in the same breath here and at RBtheBook in Rona's Feature.

Dr. Bill Emener said...

Hello Rona,
Sincerest congrats on your first novel... terrific.
Next year around the beginning of February, begin to market it here in the Tampa Bay area -- just in time for Gasparilla!
Congrats again,
Bill

Arianna Giorgi said...

I wish I could invent a hero like this in my next novel.
This book changed my point of view about romance novels.
Very well done, Rona!

Arianna

Ann Christopher said...

Has anyone mentioned Liam O'Neill in Brenda Joyce's THE GAME?

THAT'S why I love pirates!

Ann

Rona Sharon said...

I'm discovering new and wonderful pirates here today!

I never read the Iron Rose - gotta get me some of that! Thanks for the recommendation, candacole!

I second everything you say, Vivi. Part of the pirate charm for me is the freedom, the sea, warm wind in my face, shirtless men with long hair... Definitely the anti-social rebellion. Most pirates were desperate or disillusioned men, who saw a chance to make a good life for themselves - something they couldn't have in their restrictive, unjust society. Life expectancy was short (the average pirate age was 20-27.) They lived by the sword, in danger of getting killed or caught, under the perpetual threat of execution. I think it's one of the reasons they lived life to the full - and why they fascinate us so much. It's like the old barrroom question: what would you do if you found out you only had 1 year to live? I think pirates followed the motto - eat now, you may be dead tomorrow.



How is that for nerdy, Michelle? *wink*

Cherie said...

Congrats Rona! Sounds like a great read! I love pirate books. There is just something sexy about a guy who won't follow the rules and tow the line and pirates are historical bad boys. I would have to say my favorite pirate would be Han Solo but I also have a weakness for Errol Flynn in Captain Blood.

Cherie Japp

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

Ah, Rona, beautifully nerdy! We'll heve to get you a RBtheBook pocket protector!

AAAAAAAA! Yes, Ann, yes! Yes! The greatest bastard pirate hero of them all, Devlin O'Neill (one of the few hero names I can remember in full, because he is so magnificently horrid to the heroine and so, so so wonderful.) The Game is marvelous Old School.

Devlin and Eros are both on the same par, but Eros is not a bastard in the sense that Devlin is. Devlin has yet to find his heart.

Eros is all heart. Remember that saying from Green Card? He eats life? That's Eros. Which goes right along w/what Rona just said.

Rona Sharon said...

Ari, benvenuta, tesoro! I'm so happy you dropped by. Thank you.

And thanks for all the congrats, me hearties! So warm and fuzzy here.

Bellas, allow me to introduce Arianna Giorgi. She is a super talented romance author from Rome, Italy, and a dear friend of mine. I'm currently reading her latest book, and it's a gem! Wait till she translates it all to English. Italians have a lot to teach us about Amore... I'm sure some of you agree with me.

Anyway, we're attending RT's convention in Houston together. I'm so excited, I can't wait!

And back to pirates... I just remembered one of my all time favorite pirate movie scenes in The Crimson Pirate when the funny mute guy, Bert Lancaster's second in command, makes that doll from rope to explain to his captain that he's fallen hard for the damsel in distress. What a fabulous, entertaining movie! Definitely a favorite.

MaryKate said...

OK, I've been biting my d*mn tongue and waiting for someone else to bring it up...what about Tom and Sheila Curtis' THE WINDFLOWER?!?!

The pirates on the Black Joke (great name for a pirate ship, BTW) are beautifully drawn, and Rand Morgan, the captain of the ship would make a divine hero (if only they had written him a story). I love when he leaves a leaky boat for Merry to escape in, and she nearly drowns. When she confronts him about it, he shrugs and says, "One must suffer a little adversity to become truly interesting." SWOON. And how 'bout Cat? Or Raven?

OK, I get some credit for waiting until noon on the east coast to bring it up...right?!?! Don't I?

ev said...

Johnny Depp, Errol flynn, Han Solo and don't forget Lando Calarisian too. But for books, well that would be the Miles Vorkisgan series by Bujold. Granted he only becomes a pirate to survive, but even when he regains his lost seat, he keeps the pirates going. I love the books.

Mona said...

Hi Rona,

Congrats on your book. I'm afraid I haven't read anything about pirates before, but I agree with Marilyn, Pirates are the people living on the edge, took the sea as a home and forced their own rules upon all the others.
I guess facing fights and death all the time made them sort of cynical or just developed their scene of humor more than others. And the more arrogant a pirate was the more perfect he became. The perfect combination for a perfect hero.. a mixture hard to resist. Don't you think?

Maria, Lover of All Things Romance said...

I think pirates are fantastically sexy, crude, completely male. I think Johnny Depp really brought my fantasy of a pirate to life, mmmmm

Maureen said...

I do enjoy a good pirate romance. I think it's being away from everything else, the only rules the ones you make plus the risks you take being on the sea. Marcia Canham wrote a book about a female pirate which I enjoyed.

robynl said...

Congrats on the book. How fitting that you're giving away goodie bags-treasure for the winners!!!
Johnny Depp is a good example.
Pirates live by their own code of the sea. They are rugged, ruthless, harsh and yet can be a softie with loved ones.

nina said...

Rona,

Congrats on your book! I will buy it for the cover alone! Nathan Kamp - yummie! Love pirate historicals - I think it's the lure of the rebel for me and their quest to be untamed. I was dissapointed that Kresley Cole switched from Pirates to Vampires, but now I have your books!!! yay

Rona Sharon said...

Thank you Ann Christopher and Marykate for suggesting great pirate books. I'm sold! The bit about the leaking boat had me laughing out loud. I will definitely read The Game and The Windflower. And to join the hoopla, may I suggest Meagan McKinney's Till Dawn Tames The Night. That's my all time favorite pirate romance. When I was writing MWP, I kept imagining Eros (my wicked pirate) and Vashon (Meagan's wicked pirate) knocking back a few jugs of rum in some sleazy tavern in Tortuga together and having a grand ol' time, trading stories of pranks they pulled on kings, governors, and navy commanders. Two Alpha males with a wicked sense of humor, lots of bravado, and the ability to back it up. Pirate adventures are not just about the pretty ladies they kidnap/rescue/seduce/and fall in love with. It's about humor, too. Keep them coming, bellas and bellos. I'm building a nice TBR list here. :)

I would also like to say hi to and thank Mona, Ev, Cherie, Dr. Bill, Monica, Ellie, Joelle, Julie, Pearl, Alissa, Crystal g, Marilyn, and Maggie for their warm welcome! Thank you, guys. It really means a lot to me and is so much fun to meet you! If you ever pick up MWP, I'd love to hear your thoughts.

My email address is: rona@ronasharon.com

MaryKate said...

Thank you Ann Christopher and Marykate for suggesting great pirate books. I'm sold! The bit about the leaking boat had me laughing out loud. I will definitely read The Game and The Windflower.

Another convert. BIG HAPPY SIGH. Rona, I find that I'm able to bring almost everything back to THE WINDFLOWER. It's my favorite romance of all time, so it comes up ALOT, mainly 'cause I bring it up. ;oP

**Michelle, I hear you grumbling over there in the corner.

Dana Sharon said...

Hey Sis,
Yeh, it's me…

I have to say that if mom were alive, she'd be soooooooooo proud of you, as are we.

I don't know if you remember, but when I first read 'My Wicked Pirate' (and couldn't put it down, if I may add), as soon as I finished reading it, I called you on the phone and said that my only problem was I want to exchange Dror, my husband, with Eros and whether you could help???

So, I have to say my favorite pirate is – Eros!

Dana

Carol said...

It's been a long time since I've read a book about pirates. There used to be a lot more stories about them. Pirates are exciting and they are bad boys which makes for a great romance novel. My Wicked Pirate sounds great!

Rona Sharon said...

Hi Maria, Maureen, Robyn, and Nina! I'm thrilled to meet you!

Goodie bags-treasure - what a fun thought, Robynl. May I adopt it? The code of the sea... mmmm... I like that, too. Iabsolutely agree with everything you say!

Mona, I feel we share the same idea of an Alpha-male pirate: cynical, arrogant daredevils. Reminds me of a great book - Between The Devil and The Deep Blue Sea. That's a pirate's life for you. One of the reasons they are so bigger-than-life, do-or-die type rogue-heroes.

Which reminds me I have yet to share who my #1 favorite pirate is... Surprise, surprise - that would be a woman! Her name is Anne and she is the tragic heroine of Anne of The Indies, a beautiful passionate, heart-wrenching pirate movie from the 40's or 50's, starring Jean Russell and Louis Jourdan. I was very young when I first saw it. Fox ran it for a week, every night at a different hour, and I watched every time. It's the story of Anne, a female buccaneer, the protege of Blackbeard. She falls in love with her male captive (the suave Louis Jourdan). He is a nobleman and she a simple sailor. She falls so hard for him that she sets him free and goes against everything and everyone she loves, including her fearsome mentor, Blackbeard himself. She believes her handsome Frenchman reciprocates her love. Now this is a very tough girl. She can wield her cutlass on the best of them. But Louis has an aristocratic sweetheart Anne knows nothing about. He plays Anne well to the very end and breaks her heart with his treachery. The final scene is when - aware of his deceit - Anne manouvers her scooner between Louis's ship and Blackbeards' to save the man she loves from getting blown out of the water by Blackbeard's superior guns. She gets the broadside instead. Her ship blows up and shatters to bits with her at the helm . The last shot is of Blackbeard (his beard in braids tied with tiny red bows) with tears in his eyes.

A tough female pirate who would do anything to save the man she loves, even though he doesn't love her back - it really got to me. Sniff, sniff... I wish I could see this movie again but it is out of circulation and unattainable. Now that's a tragedy!

Dana Sharon said...

Hi Carol,

My Wicked Pirate is so great, since Eros has this allure that bad guys usually have… but he also has a heart of gold and is loyal, a combination which I find very attractive.

Dana

Rona Sharon said...

Bellas, that was my sister up there, bringing tears to my eyes, as she always does... *sniffing* Thank YOU, Dandan, for your huge support! I love you.

Vivi Anna said...

LOL, Michelle, you are so right....I have a HUGE TBWritten pile. Right now, I'm on my eight TBW book in the past two weeks. And I'm also working on a screenplay.

Maria...yes, crude, that's the word. I love that word, and crass...say what you want and be damned the consequences...the freedom to be unbound by moral terpetude...

I met a man like that once...he was crude and crass and outspoken and morally ambiguous and I slept with him anyway...LOL

Julie in Ohio said...

"**Michelle, I hear you grumbling over there in the corner."

Actually, I believe that was me, MK and it was more of a resigned sigh than a grumble... :p


Rona- Aren't sisters wonderful? That is until they want to borrow your favorite sweater... :o)

Anonymous said...

Dear Rona,

I loved, LOVED your book!!!
It was truely one of the best that I've read in a long time.

I may have missed this..but when is your next one scheduled for?

Thanks for making romance FUN again!

PS - you are so beautiful in this photo!!!

yael said...

I forgot to mention - can you please make sure Johnny Depp is cast as Eros when your script is produced?

On behalf of myself and many of the female kind, I thank you in advance:-)

yael said...

Hi Rona -

I would just like to say that MWP is an absolutely magnificently wickedly hot and fabulous. Thanks for writing such a wonderful gem of a book!!!

Anonymous said...

I have to disagree with Yael; though Johnny Depp is scrumptious, he isn't tall enough nor does he have BLUE eyes…I don't think he's the right Eros for the movie.

Rona Sharon said...

Julie, my sister is the one who has all the really nice designer clothes... *sigh* ... and the beautiful face and bod to go with them. And yes, she is wonderful - my best friend in the world!

Hi anonymous! Thanks for the lovely compliment. How sweet of you! I'm so glad you enjoyed reading my book. My next historical romance is titled ONCE A ROGUE, also from Zebra, and will be released December 2007.

Rona Sharon said...

Alas, Yael, anonymous is right. Johnny Depp is undeniably yummy... but he will have to sit this one out. Can anyone suggest a tall, blue-eyed, black-haired actor instead?

Lis said...

Mmm Johnny Depp. Love him!
I'm another who hasn't read a pirate romance but after Michelle's description above, I'll definitely add this one to the tbb list!

Lis said...

Suggestions, uhm Colin Farrell comes to mind :)

Anonymous said...

Lis, Colin Farrell is also short and doesn't have blue eyes. I'd rather see Johnny Depp who is so talented...

Rona Sharon said...

Hi Lis,

Colin Farrell is shorter than Johnny and has dark brown eyes. I was thinking........ Gerry Butler. He is mmmmmmmmmm.... Fits Eros's description to a t: tall, virile, blue eyes, and he has this sexy volcano quality - this guy exudes sex appeal like lava!

While I was half way through My Wicked Pirate, my friend Dania saw him in Attila The Hun and immediately brought him to my attention. I think he kinda crept into my book toward the end... and I was imagining his face and all the other scrumptious bits of him :)

What do you say, Yael?

yael said...

I'm thinking Gerard Butler is a definite Yes! I have no objections that spring to mind:)

BTW - I just ordered your book from Amazon and would love to have it autographed.

Will you have a book tour in NYC?

Anonymous said...

Hi Rona,
Congratulations on your first book; read it, loved it and am waiting for your next one to come out.
Is ONCE A ROGUE also about pirates?

BTW, you do look gorgeous in this photo.

Lis said...

I think Colin wore contacts in one movie, can't think of which one. Maybe Alexander? Forgot he was short. Not many tall, dark haired guys around anymore lol

Anonymous said...

Ladies, how about Clive Owen as Eros? Imagine him with long hair...delicious!

Stefanie said...

I've already read many different pirate books and I just adore them!!
I also think Johnny Depp is very yummy. :P

laura said...

Clive would be great. He has that masculine, rough, but with a touch of elegance that I love so much.

amy*skf said...

Ooh Gerard Butler--we love us some Gerard.

I have not been able to play today--at work, home computer isn't playing well with me, but the book sounds edible. Can't wait to read it.

I've loved being able to read everyone's favorite pirate. I love pirates, because I thought I might want to be one as a kid. I love the ocean and miss it horribly here in Minnesota.

But I don't know if I have a favorite, I love really evil ones, I think...yikes.

Minna said...

My favorite pirate is Captain Blood played by Errol Flynn.

Grandma said...

Hi Ladies,
I'm a grandmother of two beautiful girls, so you can probably guess my age…
I have to admit I read the book and LOVED it! It made me feel like I am 20 again. I honestly felt as if I were Alanis fighting for Eros love. Well, pirates just have this influence on women...
Well-done Rona!

Jennifer Y. said...

Hi Rona!

I have this book in my TBR mountain...I need to read it soon.

I am not sure why pirates appeal to me...it is hard to explain...maybe its that bad boy image they have.

Marg said...

I can't really explain it either, but I do know it is somethign to do with the bad boy nature of pirates, and yet, in romance they inevitably have good hearts!

Can't go wrong with that!

Arianna Giorgi said...

Well Rona, you made blush!!!!
Someone may think we're in love with each other :-)
Anyway Girls, when I read MWP, right before it was out I thought: "I real romance, at last!"
So, are you tired of man who don't know what chivalry is, who forget your birthday, who leave dirty socks on the pavement, who burp during a romantic candle-light dinner or bring you flowers because someone reminded them it is your birthday?
Or simply wanna dream something different and live an adventure with a fearless prince ready to die to save you and make you happy?
Or maybe you're very satisfied with your man but sometimes a perfect man is better than an almost perfect one?
Well, Eros is the hero for you.
A romance novel means a lot of things to me: emotions, feelings, adventure, suspense and - why not - learning something new.
I didn't need to learn Italian, of course, but I had the pleasure to learn some Arab words, I could enter a suk and breath the spices in the bazar.
I already knew the noble Sforza family or many things about the King Sun BUT it all had a new taste.
And then EROS. He really was the god of love. "A pirate and a poet", could you imagine anything more perfect?
As Italian and as Casanova's grand grand ..... grand daughter I guess I have love running through my veins. But Rona made Eros not only a strong character, she made him a man.
I high recommend her book which changed my point of view about romance novels because it's gripping, hat, romantic, exotic and erotic and, above all, Eros is 100% pure fire.
Rona and Michelle, see you in Houston!

Arianna

Teresa said...

The book sounds like one I'm going to have to add to my TBR pile. My pick has to be Johnny Depp as captain Jack. What a gorgeous man, I think I read somewhere that the third movie is coming out in May! Ya, can't wait.

Rona Sharon said...

Yael - I am coming to NYC this month! I would be happy to sign your copy. I'm bringing a HUGE suitcase full of giveaways for the RT Convention in Houston. Maybe a bag or two will fall out straight into your bag :)

Kate Pearce said...

Okay-it would have to be Errol Flynn for me-I've long nursed a secret passion for him!
Kate

yael said...

Thanks Rona! This is very cool!

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

yikers! I leave a couple hours to get a nice, trashy bleach job and come back to find craziness! Can't wait to catch up. :)

Susan, Miami said...

I think we, as women, love pirates since we always want what that is elusive and is hard to get, I know I am…

Rona Sharon said...

Anonymous - Clive is a great suggestion! I'll tell him tonight when he comes over... :)

My upcoming historical romance, ONCE A ROGUE, is set in the Regency period in England. It features Miss Isabel Aubrey, Society’s darling, who is in need of an influential gentleman to champion her charity cause: helping destitute females, whose male providers perished in the Napoleonic wars. Colonel Lord Ashby is the perfect candidate: Commander of the 18th Hussars and a decorated war hero, he was also her late brother’s best friend and senior officer in the Peninsula.

Unfortunately, the ‘gargoyle’ earl suffered an injury so severe, he confines himself to his Park Lane manor and never goes out in public. Isabel has no alternative but to risk her reputation and call on him in person.

Ashby is a tortured Alpha-male hero - the best thing next to a pirate, IMHO.

As soon as I have the cover, I will post it!

Rona Sharon said...

Susan, I could not have said it better. I was thinking unattainable, but elusive is the word. Eros is definitely elusive - and devious...

Maybe that's the mystery in pirates - he anchors at night, sails off in the morning, and you don't see him for a month :)

Hi Teresa! I love your name - it's the name of the heroine in my 3rd book :)

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

Wooohooo! I loves me some physically damaged and tortured-in-his-soul Alpha war hero! Can't read enough of em.

Bellas (and Bello Bill!) I'm loving reading that I'm not the only one who misses the grand pirate romances. I think part of the reason they've been in a "lull" has to do with the trend in revising women's and men's roles in historicals.

The true Romance for Nerds is authentic and true to mores of the time period in which it was written. To me, there's something so cool about a writer working her way through those landmines and still finding a way to have the heroine find her strength, and the hero his ability to feel more humane emotions.

Yet the gorgeous heartache that the Old School pirate romances, for example, dished out? Delicious. And I like to encourage readers who dig that to embrace it and say ptthhht to anyone w/in our own genre who tries to tell you you shouldn't because it's not Feminist, etc. We understand that by throwing stones at our romance-loving sisters, we create our own glass house, don't we Bellas?

Hooray for lusty pirates and the women who love them!

Tania said...

Oh, I so agree with Suzan, I always go after men that can't be mine. I don't know if the 'danger' or the 'mystery' is what appeals to me or do I actually believe that I can tame the untamable. Anyway, pirates' books and movies are my all-time favorites.

Rona Sharon said...

Jennifer and Marg - I had a fierce discussion with a good friend of mine lately about the "bad boy with the good heart" oximoron. IMHO, said creature is actually a "good guy" with the temperament of a "bad boy". My friend said we're talking about a "bad boy" with enough redeeming goodness in him for us to forgive his past sins and thrills. What do you think? Could a "bad boy" have a good heart or is he a "good guy" in disguise? Men like to be "bad boys". One of the first few words my 2 year-old nephew learned was "I'm naughty" :)

Martha said...

A bad boy is - a BAD boy. Why do we women always assume that the "bad" is also kind-hearted??? We spend so much energy in trying to find the good, when sometimes it just doesn't exist. But then we see on-screen lovable gorgeous pirates like Johnny Depp, and the search for the "good bed guys" continues.

Lois said...

Hmm, well, I guess it's the bad boy image with swords (the metal kind for crying out loud! LOL) and all. They're alpha which is always a good thing. And the pirates in the books and movies aren't the real pirates which we probably wouldn't want them around. :)

Lois

Kalen Hughes said...

Pirates? Only if they look like Johnny Depp. LOL! Ok, maybe if they look like Nathan Camp. *grin*

Jeanette J said...

Guys don't want to be pirates..they want to be the pirates that the movies portray. I don't think real pirates are as romantic and brave as hollywood makes them out to be. Same goes for the women who want to be with pirates

Jeanette J said...

Oops and my favorite pirate is Errol Flynn

Yael said...

Hi Rona

(Yes it's me...)

It was 4 or 5 years ago… when I was on my way to a "purim"
Party and we talked on the phone…
It was the first time I told you that I love "EROS" and I'm sure that "My Wicked Pirate" will be a huge success. (And as usual I was right….)
I'm sure that your new book will be succeeding at least as 'My Wicked Pirate'.

Rona, Eros is my all-time favorite pirate. He has that Jonny Depp twinkle in his eyes, for sure!!! Although I would go with Gerard Butler as the lead.

Love
Yaeli

Rona Sharon said...

Yaeli, you and Dana really surprised me :) Toda, mammi. And since it is Purim, I guess we've come a full circle.

Thank you, bellas, for having me here today! And grazie, Michelle, for throwing me this party and inviting all your cool and lusty friends - I had a ball!

Arrivederci!

Rona

Mona said...

Rona, glad we share the same idea of a perfect pirate. Whoever put Jean Russel as a pirate woman in that movie knew what he was doing. But it's a real sad story, I mean to die for someone who doesn't love her back.. that's something.. I don't remember any old pirates' movies except The Buccaneer for Yul Brynner.. anyway a little secret most of the time I was watching Yul and not the movie… this man would work out as a hero just fine under any circumstances. He's got the arrogance for it.

Rona Sharon said...

Mona, you caught me on my way out and I just couldn't resist going in just to tell you that I LOVE Yul! He had a beautiful face and warm, intelligent eyes. What a man! What a pirate!

You seem to be the only one who knows my favorite pirate - that was some movie ahhhhhh..... I wish I could see it again. If anyone can get it, pleasssssse let me know.

Buonanotte a tutte! Ciao.

catslady said...

I think it's the bad boy syndrome. Someone willing to take risks and live life to the fullest and go against convention. And Yul Bryner was the first actor I had a crush on lol. I love deep voices and accents and even the bald head was attractive. Problem is when marry those bad boys...

KimW said...

I love the pirates portrayed in romance books and movies. The appeal for me is that they are so adventurous and daring. I think the "real pirates" of those times would be a little too evil and dirty for me. lol My favorite movie pirate is Johnny Depp.

Jen in WA said...

I've not read many pirate books and have seen even fewer pirate movies (can't think of any outside of 'Pirates of the Caribbean'). I think what I find so fascinating about pirates is that redeemable bad boy thing that is so irrisistible.

Stacy~ said...

Just got home from the Nickelback concert so I missed all the fun - I have no voice, my eyes are blood-shot, I feel like I haven't slept in a week - it was awesome!

Yummy cover. I don't talk about it much, but I kinda like that cover model.

I love Johnny Depp as Captain Jack, but my complaint is that he wore too d*mn many clothes. I want to see a pirate wearing a sleeveless shirt, unbuttoned of course, skin-tight pants, looking masculine, a bit sweaty (but from the hot sun, not the fact he hasn't bathed - eww!) with messy hair and a wicked, knowing smile that says he can deliver.

Movie: someone mentioned Tyrone Power from "The Black Swan" - LOVE that movie! Jamie boy was a total bad boy out having fun, wrecking stuff, drinking and carousing, yet unable to stop himself from falling in love with Maureen O'Hara. It was a romantic adventure with the heroine just as fearless, if not more so, than the hero. It's a great movie.

Book-wise, I'm gonna have to go with Lisa Kleypas' Justin "the Griffin" Vallerand. He rocked my world. The man was ripe for falling in love, and he fell hard. Totally a swoon-worthy book.

'k, kids, now it's time for me to go get some sleep...

ev said...

Stacy- How was the show? When they were here, the floor was open chaos. I know my daughter enjoyed. Wish I had gone, I like some of their music. Next time, I hope.

Would someone fix the programming on this thing. Everytime I hit tab after I enter the dreaded word verification, instead of going to the next entry it goes back to the top. I tend to be a key, not a mouse, user and it gets frustrating!!

Cluadine said...

I've just remembered the pirate from The Princess Bride movie and I have to say Eros reminds me of that actor, just with black (not blond) hair and a bit more roughness to him

Dr. Bill Emener said...

Hello Michelle,
Thank you for recognizing that not all writers of romance and bloggers are bellas.
Thanks again,
Bello Bill

Amy S. said...

Captain Jack Sparrow and Westley as The Dread Pirate Roberts in The Princess Bride

principessa said...

Enjoyed this wonderful discussion. Pirates have an allure that is inescapable. COngrats on the new book. I loved an old movie with the pirate, The Sea Hawk with Errol Flynn. One of the best actors to portray a pirate.

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

Yes, Amy! Wesley! You know, I think we need to have a Princess Bride day. "Alo. My name is Inigo Montoyo..."

This is SUCH a fun topic, I'm going to leave it up a while longer and toss in my two cents about why we love pirates: tight breeches and thigh-high boots.

Or am I way off base?

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

prego, Dr Bill!

Marg said...

For me it is the billowing shirt, showing the hard, muscled chest and the long hair! Not so sure about thigh-high boots! LOL!

Rona Sharon said...

Marg, I'm on the same wavelength with you. Show me a man with long dark hair and a sculpted chest... and I go sighhhhhhhhh

*if my sister is reading this, she is groaning and rolling her smoky blue eyes eyes*

Stacy~ said...

Ev, it was a blast! Breaking Benjamin & Three Days Grace were also on the bill - they sounded great too, but it was Nickelback that stole the show with their energy, antics (involving beer LOL) and charisma that had us all screaming and jumping in the aisles. The excitement was contagious and I knew all the songs, which helps a lot *g*

Even at 35, I can still sing at the top of my lungs and enjoy the hell out of a good concert. I would definitely go again.

ev said...

Stacy- Daughter and I go to at least 10 concerts a year (big ones). I have been dragging her since she was a kid- her first was when she was 3 months old. I have done over 300 and at 22 she is over 100 so far, and going strong. You should have seen the idiots we made of ourselves at Supernova. I like Dave Navarro with no shirt and nipple rings. He is one of the few to have a butt to put into his jeans- no baggies there. LOL
and at 47, I have shown no signs of slowing down, and don't plan to for a long time!!!