Friday, June 08, 2007

Portia Da Costa GuestBlog: My Red Hot Love Affairs

Contest!!! One LCB wins her choice of ANY TWO Portia Da Costa novels mentioned below. Thanks, Portia!
Posture, Bellas, and brush that Krispy Kreme residue off your keyboard, for you're in the presence of erotica royalty. Sure, she's one of us, but when you ask big-time fans of women's and romantic erotica whom they adore, Bella Portia Da Costa's name usually comes up on their short lists. If you haven't tried erotica, brace yourself for pleasure, then pick up a Da Costa. Please, a warm, TGIF buongiorno for madame...

I’ve never met Vincent D’Onofrio. I’ve never met Kevin Bacon. I’ve never met Andre Agassi. I have met James Marsters, but I was only one of hundreds of women he met that day, so I probably didn’t make much of an impact.

But I have had red hot love affairs with all these gorgeous hunks… in between the pages of my novels! These fabulous men are all my hero templates, and they help me write my stories, especially my love scenes.

Everybody says you shouldn’t base your characters on real people. And, I don’t. Not really. My heroes look like these famous hotties, but they have personalities – and quirks - that express my ideal of a challenging fantasy lover rather than reflecting any real world man.

So, who’s been who? Well, in Entertaining Mr Stone, the divine Vincenzo (above left) played Robert Stone, my heroine Maria’s debonair and deliciously pervy boss.

In Continuum, Kevin B played Kevin Steel, best friend and lover to Joanna, the man who helps her understand her sexual journey.

In Gothic Blue, Mr Agassi played melancholic but beautiful Count Andre Von Kastel. And in Lessons and Lovers, Lady Henrietta’s enigmatic manservant Starr bears a startling resemblance to a certain blond, British vampire.

But what of Suite Seventeen, my forthcoming Black Lace release? Well, the main squeeze is a tall, dark, handsome, super-kinky Italian stud called Valentino - who could easily be taken for Signor D’Onofrio as he appeared in the indie movie, The Velocity of Gary. The fact that ‘my’ Valentino and the film Valentino are both dangerously sexy bad boys with questionable pasts is purely a happy coincidence.

So, Bellas, when you’re reading/writing… do you cast famous heartthrobs as the leading men? Or do you picture your own perfect imaginary heroes,
tailored to your personal requirements?

118 comments:

Stacy~ said...

Portia, how lovely to have you with us this morning :) Quick question: would you say your stories are more erotica or erotic romance with the HEA or the impression of the HEA?

Well, I have been known to imagine a certain cover model from time to time, and maybe Johnny Depp from Chocolat, but not always. Sometimes, depending on the story, I invision someone I know as the hero - it makes the story more realistic, and that can be pretty hot.

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

Buongiorno, Bellas, and welcome, Portia! So nice to have you here. I was wondering whether you'd show, what with yesterday's conversation getting so decidedly low-brow an all. Then I figured, hey, that might be an attraction for Portia, and became hopeful.

And here you are, with your crush du, em, lifetime, Vincenzo D'Onofrio. I swear, I find myself thinking of him all the time now, even though I don't apply famous heartthrobs to play the roles when I read.

Based on the taste of "Suite Seventeen" you gave us at LustBites the other day, I can totally picture him as the hero(with me elbowing you out of bed for the placeholder role).

So, welcome. Hoping I'll get to spend some time with you all today as I head back East to Boston to visit family, attend in-laws' 50th anniv, see friends, etc. Oh, yeah, and I'll be spending time with my kids if I can pry them away from their grandparents.

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

Stace, what cover model would that be, Bella?

Stacy~ said...

Like you really need to ask, Michelle! Have a great weekend with your family, Queen Bella.

Oh Portia, I forgot to mention that I loved Andre during his big hair days, and Spike, oh yeah. When he fell for Buffy...sigh...the house-shaking scene - now that's good drama!

Portia Da Costa said...

Hi Stacy

What do I write? Hmmm... it's sort of morphed over the years. I started out writing erotica, then erotica for women, and now erotic romance. My earlier stuff was romantic in tone, I think, and tended to hint at a HEA to a greater or lesser degree, but now I'm focused much more towards an actual HEA, although not always the full on marriage and kids version. Definitely, my main characters will be together at the end of the book and committed to staying that way.

But my storylines might still weave a bit along the way to HEA... and they're always going to be explicit and red hot. Steamy. Sizzling. Like an erupting volcano if I can get 'em that way! LOL

Portia Da Costa said...

Hey, Michelle, I'm so glad I've rekindled your passion for Vincenzo! He's done wonders for me, so I'm thrilled to be able to spread the delicious D'Onofrio goodness around... ;)

I have a bunch of other stories inspired by him in the pipeline... but I like to think I describe the heroes in such a way that readers can also paint them in quite a different way if they so wish. I never come out and actually say in the book that one of my guys looks like Vincent or whoever... I like my readers to have the freedom to create their own mental images.

Oh, Stacy, that house-fall-down scene in Buffy has got to be one of the most erotic things I've ever seen on television... and there was no flesh shown at that stage either.

That zipper sound... and the shock and wonder in Spike's eyes a second or so later. That is awesome...

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

Oh, good God! I have got to watch some Buffy. What is wrong with me? I just got aroused reading your description, Portia? Not like I don't get aroused reading just about anything your write.

So, Portia sends me this care package of her novels, including a yummy she wrote as Dorothy Starr -- that has a long-time favorite under the counter kind of fanttasy of mine -- and, the wicked girl manages to have them delivered whan my husband is out of town for an extended period.

Well, Bellas. Let me tell you. You want to make sure you're prepared, prepared, I tell you, before you sit or lie down to read one of Portia's novels. To call them one-handed reads does them a dis-service, because they're so emotionally complex, but, well, they're very sensually complex as well.

Kelly F. said...

Good morning everyone. Michelle sorry I missed your reply yesterday. I am actually 30-45 minutes North of Boston. I am on the coast in Gloucester. But close enough to all the fun. :) How long are you visiting?

Hi Portia, I most definately picture celebrity hearthrobs. My mind isn't that creative to make up my own. LOL! I have imagined Victor Webster (most recently was Cupid on Charmed last season)And then ther is also James Scott, he is a newbie for me. He is playing a character on Days Of Our Lives.

Stacy~ said...

Portia, thank you- I will be checking out your books. I love erotic romance; erotica not so much but I'd give it a chance. Oh man, I need to buy Buffy on DVD, especially that season LOL. You decribed it beautifully.

Yeah, Michelle, whatcha waiting for? Buffy is awesome. And your description of Portia's books? Scrumptious.

Well I'm off - you naughty girls have fun today ;)

Sabrina Luna said...

Oh, I believe all authors have their *muses* when dreaming up our male characters. ;)

I've gotten wonderful comments on the characters of Alex & Mitchell Wilcox in my D/s erotica fantasy, CHARADE (at Aphrodite's Apples). Both were inspired by actor Viggo Mortensen --from two different pics of him--one younger with side-burns & bad boy looks and one with a mustache, looking posh & oh-so dominant. *shivers*

The muses have a way of keeping us authors on our toes, for sure, IMHO. :)

Thx,
Sabrina )O(

Portia Da Costa said...

Wow, Michelle, I am blushing now! Thanks for the compliments... Glad that under the counter action is working for you! LOL 'Hotel of Love' was a fun book to write... want to know who the guys in that one are? Or do you prefer to imagine your own?

Kelly, I will check out Victor and Scott on the web... I'm always looking for new men to occupy level two of my pantheon of sex gods!

Stacy... oh that season of Buffy, now that was emotionally and sensually complex if anything was. A classic love/hate relationship... or was it lust/hate? Buffy's feelings were so mixed up, but her bod sure knew what it was doing!

Portia Da Costa said...

Hi Sabrina! Good to see you here...

Gosh, I know loads of people who are inspired [and other things] by Viggo... he's certainly got 'it', hasn't he? And he's one of those actors who are a bit like Vincenzo, in that he's something of a chameleon, and comes up with a whole variety of different looks in different roles. Which means he's perfect for hero templating!

Nipping off to get my lunch now, but will be back 'ere long.

Love

WendyPortia

Cinthia Hamer said...

Good morning, Michelle, Portia and Bellas! This is my first post here at Romance By the Blog and I'm so happy to be here. :)

Portia, I'm delighted to see that I'm not the only one who has found Signor D'onofrio to be deliciously sexy. There's just something about his voice.~~sigh~~

When a character shows himself to me, though, I don't "cast" a celeb in the role as I write. I do, however, have pictures of them to use as references for physical descriptions. Make sense?

I can't always "picture" a character in my head, so it's nice to have something to stare at while I converse with them. LOL!

For example, in my last book, the hero was tall, dark-haired, green eyes...and bore a striking resemblance to the delectable Gerard Butler. :D I tell you, it was pure HELL to have to stare at his ugly mug for hours at a stretch!! ;)

Cinthia

Sara Thacker said...

Portia, Great casting there. I was thinking about this subject this morning and there isn't a real live guy who my current hero is based on. He just is. For other books I have an actor or someone in my head that they remind me of, but not for this one.

Natasha said...

Hi Portia!

Love to see the hunks you cast in your stories.

For Quinn's Curse, the story I just sold to eRed Sage, the hero is a cursed pirate. Who else could I have cast in that part but Johnny Depp aka Jack Sparrow?? -but without the eye makeup :)

Portia Da Costa said...

Oh yeah, Cinthia, the voice... it's not just the way he looks, it's the way he sounds.

And yes, your method makes perfect sense to me. When an obsession of mine lasts through a lot of books, I often mutate my hero quite a bit in order to bring a new kind of man to the readers. It's like *I'm* seeing the guy I want to see, but I describe him in a different way... different hair, different eye colour... and I wax [oh... that again...] lyrical about different aspects of his appearance or physique. I don't want anybody to get bored reading about the same old bloke, again and again...

But the personalties are different every time, as they're unique to my creations. I consciously don't try to find out what my hunks are really like... so that I can just use them, physically, for my own purposes...

How bad did that sound? LOL

Portia Da Costa said...

Hi Sara

I think I may have often used purely imaginary heroes in short stories, because with stories, you're only spending a limited amount of time with the characters and there's not enough space to go as deeply into the description etc.

I often wonder if it's a shortcoming of mine, as a writer, that I need this 'help' from a real life person... dunno... But it works for me, so I don't really worry about it too much. :)

Portia Da Costa said...

Oh, Natasha... I would love to do Johnny... well, you know what I mean! LOL

I *must* put him in a book or a story soon... he's so remarkable looking that he's a gift to describe.

But I think I might have to sneak in a bit of eyeliner here and there... ;)

Alessia Brio said...

I confess, I seldom watch movies (and never TV), so I must dredge my inspiration from elsewhere. For that matter, I don't think I've ever started writing a "hero" (I still hate using that term for a male protagonist.) with a visual in mind. After a book's finished, I *might* cast it -- as if it was going to be a movie -- usually in response to an interviewer's question.

Julie in Ohio said...

Good Mornin', Portia and Bellas all!

I have tried any number of times to put a familiar face in a story but I can't do it. When I read, my imagination takes over and I get a face that is all his/her own. That's one of the things I love most about reading. It doesn't matter how many hundreds (thousands?) of stories I read, no two characters look the same.

Thanks for the walk down memory lane, Portia. I haven't thought of Kevin Bacon for far too long. And I remember having Andre Agassi, in his big hair days, plastered on my bedroom walls.
Don't get me wrong, I adore Spike (the house shaking scene was amazing) but Angel will always be my favorite. Spike was almost too anorexic-looking for me. I like some meat on my guys.

Julie in Ohio said...

Michelle-- Have a safe trip. Enjoy your visit. :o)
{{BIG HUGS}}

MaryKate said...

Mornin' Bellas! Portia, you've brought up one of my all time favortie sammich fantasies, which involved Angel+MK+Spike. In fact, in the new Buffy comic books, she has the exact same fantasy. It's...yummy.

But if I had to chose, I'm all about Spike. He's one of my very favorite redemption stories ever.

Well, you know that I adore your work. You and Emma (Holly) are my two go-to-girls for hot, hot, hot sex. I also like Kate Douglas, she's got a real knack for...inventiveness. LOL!

So, tease us, what's Suite Seventeen about?? Also, how can I get my hands on Gothic Blue?? I must have missed that one. I have, I believe all of your others (I paid $17 for a copy of The Tutor on eBay).

Bellas, if you're not reading Portia's work, you're missing out. She writes some of the most compelling character driven erotica and erotic romance out there.

Michelle - Safe travels, Bella. We'll miss you!

Portia Da Costa said...

Wow, Alessia! No telly and movies? I'd be lost! But then, maybe I would spend much more time writing and reading, or going out in the fresh air, or going out to meet friends... so you are probably on to a good thing not being a slave to the gogglebox. :)

I'm making a point of switching off the telly, and listening to more music... I find that v. inspirational for writing.

Portia Da Costa said...

Julie!

Like Boreanaz? Nip over to my blog and you might see something interesting in today's post... if you scroll down past Vincenzo, looking sultry...

Just ignore the unsightly object in the middle of the pic! LOL

Portia Da Costa said...

MaryKate... you should see the pic at my blog too!!!!

Hint... it's sandwich related.

Cinthia Hamer said...

Oh, Portia, I looove listening to music while I write. It IS very inspirational. Esp. movie soundtracks...I like to pretend the soundtrack is for my own work. How silly is that? But it helps! I've written many a page that way.

Cinthia Hamer said...

Portia, I was just looking at your blog...love the pics of the delicious Mr. D! But I digress...

I noticed something about RSI/FMS...do you have fibromyagia?

I've got it...

CrystalG said...

I usually just picture my own imaginary hero. I don't think I have ever pictured a real person when reading.

Portia Da Costa said...

MaryKate... again.... Thanks for your kind words! I'm flattered and proud to be linked with Emma H.... She is one of the erotic romance writers I most admire too. She's phenomenal! One of my dreams is to be in a novella anthology with her one of these days... sigh...

Suite Seventeen? It's about the sexual rebirth of a forty something widow called Annie, who sees her neighbours having kinky sex in their garden... and decides she wants some of the same sort of action! Circumstances take her to a posh country hotel where she meets a wild, pervy, totally outrageous younger man and promptly falls head over in love and lust with him... He's into power games, BDSM and lord alone knows what else... and she finds out she's just as kinky crazy as he is!

You should be able to get Gothic Blue... there was a reprint out in April. I know it was selling really well, but I would imagine it's still in shops and on Amazon.

I'm hoping there might be some more reprints of mine next year... 'cos it's Black Lace's fifteen year, and I'm one of their earliest authors. In fact I think I'm the only one left from the 'old days' who's still actively writing new stuff. :)

Portia Da Costa said...

Cinthia... I do that! I imagine music I'm listening to is the soundtrack to my own story. Great minds think alike... I also do interior rock videos to various tracks, featuring me and my current book hero!

And yes, I do have fibromyalgia. Pretty mildish most of the time, although sometimes not so great...

Stacia said...

Good morning, Portia & other bellas. Let's see...when I'm reading, I tend to come up with characters from my imagination, but when I'm writing, I normally start out with a famous person or someone in my life as the template. But as I continue with my writing, the character takes on a life of their own & by the time I'm done, they barely resemble the original person at all.

Portia Da Costa said...

Hi Crystalg!

I've tried just picturing a character purely out of my imagination, and like I said, I can sort of do it for a short story... But mostly, a familiar face swims into my mind. :)

MaryKate said...

Portia - Is it a la The Stranger? Or different?

Julie in Ohio said...

OMG!!! You meant him and have the picture to prove it?!?! Color me green with envy!
I think Marsters looks better with the darker hair. Boreanaz is such a cutie. OMG!!!!!

{taking a deep breath}

Portia Da Costa said...

Ah yes, Stacia, when I'm *reading* I do tend to see a sort of indistinct face that isn't anyone in particular.

Unless it's something that's been made into a film or TV movie...

Although when I was reading Double Dare by my writing buddy, Saskia Walker, she vividly described the hero, Zac, as having long black hair... and I kept seeing Valentino from S17, which was my WIP at the time! LOL

Jennifer McK said...

Oh, awesome!!!! I LOVE Spike. *happy sigh*. And Suite Seventeen looks awesome. I blogged it today, even though I have to wait until August to pick it up in the states.
Just have to say I love your stuff, Portia.
All of these men are HOT and now, when I read your books, I'll have a face in mind...which is very cool.

Portia Da Costa said...

MaryKate, S17 is very different to The Stranger... Same age dynamics, but not the same sort of younger man. In terms of sexual experience, Valentino is *far* more worldly than Annie is... She's like the stranger in a whole new world, but she's totally mad for it all and loves it!

Portia Da Costa said...

Yeah, Julie, that was one golden moment... They were both gorgeous, but in different ways.

And JM looks just as hot with his own hair colour as he did blond.

Portia Da Costa said...

Wow, Jennifer, thanks! I do hope Suite17 lives up to your expectations of it... there are things in it that are pretty wild and out there... Valentino is one perverse SOB, I can tell you.

MaryKate said...

And JM looks just as hot with his own hair colour as he did blond.

Yeah, but his accent is part of what made him so delicious. At least to me. When he was on Smallville, I kept waiting for his British accent to come out. It was disconcerting.

ann said...

Mr D'Onofrio is my uber-hero and his Detective Robert Goren my super-uber-hero... Valentino in Velocity of Gary pulls at my heartstrings and you have put together two of my ab fab favs for a feast of awakening...

I know you think you're Annie... huh! She is everything I want to be and did you know I'm often called Annie? Made me feel so good LOL.

You have captured my dreams in that book and I savoured, relished, tasted, salivated, pored, licked my lips, delighted and luxuriated in every glorious word

I hope it's an awesome success... it deserves to be. I've even pre-ordered it on Amazon.com for a U.S. friend

So anyone who reads my comment, I highly recommend it; I read it with my face beaming and my body squirming

lotsa luv ann xxxxx

p.s. one of Annie's toys is exactly the same as one that mrsbg bought too; the Detective keeps it in the top drawer of his studydesk. Boy did I laugh ;>)

Portia Da Costa said...

Yay, Ann! Fantastic to see you here!

You are the only person I know - apart from my critique partner, my agent, my editor and copyeditor... and me - who has actually read Suite Seventeen!!!

And I'm absolutely thrilled that you enjoyed it so much. I am smiling like a cheshire cat at the moment, just reading your comment.

You just wait until you read my story 'Watching The Detective' in the forthcoming 'Love on the Dark Side' collection. You will flip, I swear... you really will!

ann said...

I can't wait...

Watching the Detective

well...watching that detective has to be my all time ab fab fav hobby

I have to tell you though, even if I wasn't a diehard devotee of the divine d'onofrio, I can't see how anyone could fail to fall in love with your Valentino

lotsa luv ann xxxxx

Nikki Magennis said...

Hey Wendy! And Portia!

Congratulations on Suite Seventeen's release! I'm waving pom-poms.

I Heart Buffy.

As for imaginary heroes, I love finding famous or semi famous people to base characters on. And making collages of them. It could be inspiration, or it could be time-wasting, but I like it!

Portia Da Costa said...

Thanks, Ann...

He's such a naughty boy, isn't he? :)

Playground Monitor said...

Dear Lord, it's only 10:20 and there's over 40 comments already.

I've only read one little Portia story in Sex and Shopping but I'm just going to have to pop into the bookstore and look for more of her work -- unless the contest gods shine on me today and I win.

I tend to cast book heroes while I'm reading, but because I'm not that familiar with all of today's young stars, I cast them with the stars of my youth -- Robert Redford, Paul Newman, Harrison Ford, Michael Douglas. And I even throw in a Cary Grant or William Holden once in a while.

Another fibro victim? I have it too, though my bigger problem is Restless Leg Syndrome.

Marilyn

P.S. Today's the first anniversary of my becoming a grandmother. My sweet granddaughter is a year old. I can't believe it.

Portia Da Costa said...

Hi Nikki!

I'm glad you 'use' celebs too... ;)

I don't make collages... but I do like to have a small selection of choice 10x8s posted in strategic places, so when I'm visualising a scene, all I need to do is glance at them for inspiration!

Or just sit and gaze...

MaryKate said...

Portia - Didn't you say you were going to give us a little excerpt??

I know, groveling is so unattractive, and yet, see how I'm willing to debase myself for the Bellas?? GIVER!

Hey! I'm off to see Ocean's 13 tonight. That'll be inspiring! Don't even care whether it's a good movie. I just keep wanting Brad and George to rip off all their clothes. Together and maybe give each other a little massage. Did I say that out loud??

Portia Da Costa said...

Hi Playground! Congratulations on becoming a grannie! I'm certainly old enough to be one, but I don't have any children.

Mmmm... classic movie heroes. It's all good! Any one of those would be awesome for the sexy older man esp. Harrison, who I was v. keen on at one time. I tend to like Michael Douglas in his quirkier roles, rather than as a hero. I rather fancied him as the shaggy professor type in The Wonder Boys. I like him off beat...

Sympathies re. restless legs. I have a bit of that too sometimes.

Portia Da Costa said...

Oh, crikey, MaryKate, yes! I set it up... I think the best thing is to post a link to it because it's too big to fit in a small box...

Oh God, what am I saying!!!!!!

Back in a trice....

Portia Da Costa said...

Rightie ho!

Go here for 'the exotic duo'...

http://www.portiadacosta.com/devilinside4.html

It's v. rude...

ps. Siddig 'is' Alexander Siddig, who used to be in Deep Space Nine, and Yussuf is a sort of reflection of him.

Madeline said...

Gee Portia you and I really do have similar taste in (imaginary, famous) heroes. I luv Kevin Bacon too, and as you know...I'm all the time VDO. But I'm going to answer your question here, not go on and on and on about VDO, though I could...oh how I could.

When I was writing 'Wild Card' I envisioned a combination of VDO and a real life guy, for the physical description. These days I lean heavily toward describing real hunks when describing my male characters. I doubt I could ever describe someone so accurately that a reader would say 'Jeez he's Brad Pitt!' But it would be great if the reader were a BP fan (and who isn't, really, he is adorable and smart and a .,..a good dad!, but I digress). and said, 'Oh I'll just imagine Brad Pitt while I'm reading this book, 'cause that's who the description of the guy reminds me of..." I suppose if I were describing, say, Harrison Ford, I wouldn't put every one of his scars in place as it might tip the reader off, but generally speaking I think I can describe the guy in great detail without giving myself away. And I would never write 'He looks like Brad Pitt.' It's up to the reader to make that leap.

I have a story coming out in Mitzi Szereto's new antho, 'Getting Even - Tales of Revenge'. In that story I describe a woman I know from the inside out, physically, emotionally, intellectually, etc. When she read the story she said, 'It's me.' She was pleased, so I admitted that indeed, I intended the woman to 'be her'.

And I was thrilled. I remember when I was looking at the drawings and paintings created by an artist friend. I was struck dumb when she showed me a portrait of a mutual friend because it looked just like him. I suppose that betrays my ignorance when it comes to painting, but I was AMAZED that she could reproduce his likeness. And I was THRILLED that I had been able to do the same, with words, from the inside out...

That's not a half bad title, is it Portia - 'From the Inside Out'...unless it is already the name of a song...

Love your work, Poertia, and your taste in famous men.

MaryKate said...

Portia...yummy! ;o)

Portia Da Costa said...

Hi Madeline!

'From the Inside Out'... now that is fabulous title for a story! I won't pinch it though... you made it up, you have first dibs. :)

And yeah, re. Harrison's scars... I'd tend to just relocate them a bit too. That one on his chin is very distinctive indeed.

I dabbled in drawing a bit before I lurched wildly into writing. But I was more of a copyist, from photographs, than an original artist... and I couldn't draw from life or anything. But I do have pencil portraits and pastel sketches of some of my former heroes tucked away somewhere in my attic.

Funny how life turns out... another friend, also an artist, but far better than me, asked me to write a story for her to illustrate... and the rest is history!

Maybe if I'd have persevered at my art, I'd have been a cover artist rather than an author?

Playground Monitor said...

Well...now that I've had a cold shower *g* I'm back to comment on Portia's blurb she so graciously posted for us. Is it hot in here or is it just me?

Marilyn

Portia Da Costa said...

I guess you found it then, MaryKate? ;)

Do you think I should post a 'what happened next' excerpt later?

Portia Da Costa said...

Not too naughty then, Marilyn? LOL

MaryKate said...

LOL! Well, since I know what happens next, I'd say definitely!!!

Portia Da Costa said...

What is it you like best about that scene, MaryKate?

Is it the menage? The m/m? Or the rearguard action? ;)

I've noticed that all three are red hot tickets in erotic romance writing now...

Julie in Ohio said...

No, Marilyn, it's not just you. ;o)

I was reading the excerpt then had to stop. I decided that I shouldn't be reading this at work. I'm sure my boss is wondering why I'm so flushed. :p



Thank you, Portia. You really know how to give an excerpt. :oD

MaryKate said...

LOL! Portia gives good excerpt! LOL! Hilarious, Jules!

It's m/m thing for me. It's HAWT!

Portia Da Costa said...

Just flipping back through the comments...

I would pay big money to see a version of that George getting his kit off movie of yours, MaryKate!!!

Only mine would be George and Matt giving each other a naughty massage... I'm not a great Brad fan, but I lurrrve Matt. In fact, I put him in a story!

'Duet for Three' in 'Sex and Music'... another menage...

I see a sort of theme building. Which two hot guys would we all like to see getting friendly?

Portia Da Costa said...

Ooops, didn't mean to get you in bother with your boss, Jules!

Happy to give good excerpt any time!

LOL

Eden Bradley said...

I rarely base my characters on a real person, except in the novel I just finished, EXOTICA, I based my Kama Sutra lover on actor Naveen Andrews (Lost). Oh-and the hero in my Berkley novella, SANCTUARY, (in the EXCLUSIVE anthology to be released in October), the hero is based on a real person-a relationship that didn't end well. I got to write it the way I would have liked it to end-one of those guys you just can't ever forget about...*sigh*

Portia Da Costa said...

Mmmm... Naveen. He's such a favourite, isn't he? I'm not a regular Lost viewer, but he's definitely the one out of all the castaways that I'd like to be stranded on a desert island with!

Wow, what a magical thing to do... rewrite a real relationship in fiction. I'll look forward to reading about that unforgettable guy... sigh indeed...

Oh, and I *must* order THE DARK GARDEN... it sounds utterly fabulous!!!

Kate Pearce said...

Hi Portia!
Great to see you here!

I don't usually have a template or famous person lined up for my heroes but sometimes I 'see' them in magazines and rip out the pages and keep them in a special place where dear Mr Kate can't find them (he gets all funny about it)
I did once bump into the hero of my medieval romance in Safeway once...it was quite a thrill!

Portia Da Costa said...

Wow, Kate, if I bumped into Vincenzo in Tesco, I'd just faint!

And then he'd have to revive me... with mouth to mouth... mmmm....

ev said...

I have to go back and read everything yet, but to open this blog and see SPIKE!!!!

What a great way to end a hot and tiring day.

Thanks Portia!!

Portia Da Costa said...

Hi Ev

Mmmm... Spike... I agree, just the thing at the end of the working day! He's still a great favourite of mine.

danetteb said...

Hi Portia,*waves*
It's so much more enjoyable to read a book when authors tell me who inspired them. When I have to picture the heroes in my own head,it's a little harder,I try to think of guys like Clive Owen,Jude Law, Antonio Sabato Jr. and sometimes my own DH comes to mind.*g*

Vivi Anna said...

Hi Portia!!! I've loved your books from way back when I first started reading Black Lace.

When I read, I use the author's descriptions and just tweak a bit...but I never substitute them with a dream man of my choice.

When I write I usually have a visual for the hero, most times inspired by my current dream lover.

Hades from Hell Kat was inspired by Vin Diesel and the Rock.

Caine from Blood Secrets inspired by Gil Grissom personality wise, but looks more like Christian Bale.

Jace Jericho who's coming up in Dark Lies, a young Antonio Banderas inspired him, ala Desperado.

Hugh Jackman was my inspiration for my hero Garrick Blackthorn from Bad to the Bone and Hungry Like the Wolf.

The urban fantasy I'm working on had two leading men, one was inspired by Gerard Butler and the other by Johnny Depp ala Captain Jack.

Portia Da Costa said...

Hi Danette... Ooh, I like Clive Owen, a classic tall, dark and handsome Brit. At one time, I really wanted him to be the new James Bond... I like Daniel Craig as Bond now, but I sometimes wonder how Clive would have handled him...

Portia Da Costa said...

Hey, Vivi, thanks for your kind words! And I love your hero choices... I'm hearing a lot of names that I like! Christian Bale, Gil Grissom, Johnny Depp... All hot, hot, hot!!!

We think along the same line, gal! :)

Portia Da Costa said...

Things have gone a bit quiet around here now... anybody fancy a link to the second installment of the exotic duo scene? ;)

I'm off over to the Romance Galleria to mooch around and visit my 'suite'...

http://www.theromancegalleria.com/

If anyone fancies a chat in virtual reality, I'll be there for a little while, but I'll be back here soon to check in.

kim h said...

lvoe geogre clooney

Portia Da Costa said...

me too, Kim... Gorgeous George is a classic hottie! :)

Portia Da Costa said...

Am turning in for the night now... It's been a fun day! I'll be back tomorrow... just in case!

Thank you for having me, Bellas!

Julie in Ohio said...

Thanks for coming, Portia! I wanted to tell you that I finally got a chance to fully read the excerpt and HOLY WOW!! It is on fire!!! Thanks for sharing it.

trish said...

a little of both, my go to guy is Dominic Purcell, then I can add or subtract traits...sort of like a paper doll, just clip on what you want :)

Sue A. said...

Portia, I'm sorry I missed your visit here today! But at least I get to read everyone's comments and your responses.

I've been a fan since I discovered your books through Black Lace.

danetteb said...

Portia,
The James Bonds movies aren't over,Clive might get his chance.`g*
Hugs, Danette

ev said...

Mary Kate- Daughter refers to Clooney, Pitt and Damon as the Holy Trifecta!!

I can't wait to see the movie.

The only books I have ever pictured people for are the Evanovich, JD Robb and LKH ones. Maybe because there are so many of each, it gets easier with the reading of them to put a face to them??

amy*skf said...

Portia--I hope you stop by tomorrow--sorry I missed today, but I got to read all the comments.

Portia, I even was strangely attracted to Vincent in Men In Black--did you see that? He was the Alien bug guy. Weird. But I love watching him in Law and Order.

Ev--the Holy Trifecta! She's genius. And you know what, my friend and I drive ourselves insane trying to figure out the perfect Rourke--those books are the same ones I try to picture. I think you're right--there's just so many of them, you start to feel you know the characters and you want to SEE them.

Vivi Anna--where the H have you been? But from your comment, I'd say you've been at your computer writing. Good for you.

Portia Da Costa said...

Julie... if you want to know what happened *next*, go here:

http://www.portiadacosta.com/devilinside5.html

Even naughtier than the last lot, I think... Enjoy!!!!

Portia Da Costa said...

Hi Trish

Dominic is one of the delicious, tough, hard looking guys who you can just imagine turning tender at the perfect moment.

And I love his middle name, well, one of them... Haakon. That's a real alpha name, isn't it? :)

Portia Da Costa said...

Hi Sue, sorry we missed each other, but hopefully there'll be another time!

And hey, Danette, you are so right! James Bond will go on forever, and Daniel will want to avoid being typecasted... Clive is still in his prime, so he may be next!

Portia Da Costa said...

I think my trifecta is Vincenzo, Johnny and Matt... but then, what about Spike and George and all the others?

I need a bigger fecta!!!!

Portia Da Costa said...

And yes, oddly, I find Edgar the bug unsettlingly attractive... There must be something wrong with me!!!

Or maybe that it's because Vincenzo is such a good actor that he can just make you like a giant cockroach stuffed into a man's skin... LOL

ev said...

Daughter sent me that trifecta bit in a text message while we were watching the trailer for it at Pirates.

She considers Johnny Depp to be God.

I, personally, don't think there is a bed big enough for the perfect fecta. Smaller ones keeps you with lots of variety. And just think of all the different combos you could make!!

Amy-I liked Vincent in MIB too. Which is really creepy considering he was dead. And the perfect Rourke has eluded me too. I'll let you know if I come up with an idea.

Portia Da Costa said...

Actually, in practical terms... a trifecta is about right.

Hunk #1 'entertains' you, while you watch hunk #2 and hunk #3 entertaining each other! ;)

I feel a story or a scene for one of my books coming on...

Amy S. said...

When I read a book, I try to the picture the hero like the author describes him. I don't really compare them to actors.

Portia Da Costa said...

Hi Amy!

Yeah, that's why I always describe the hero, as I see him, rather than say 'he looked like X'... so that whoever's reading the description can build their own picture. :)

ev said...

Portia- I will have to pass on your comment to Daughter. She will get a kick out of it. Sometimes she just comes up with the best stuff.

Although, I think I could keep all 3 busy at the same time.

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Vivi Anna said...

Hey Amy! Yup, I've been crazy busy writing. I have a deadline looming and I lost 7 chapters in a computer crash...now I have to redo them. But the good thing is I rethunk them and am going in a different direction that really lights my fire. so everything happens for a reason.

Portia Da Costa said...

Ev! My mind is working overtime, devising the 'logistics' of three at once... ;)

Crikey, Vivi! Seven chapters lost? But great news about the new direction. All the same, I'm off to backup my WIP again. Better safe than sorry.

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

Bellllllaaaas! I'm so envious that youz got to spend the day with Portia and I was stuck in an airport waiting for a delayed flight. I couldn't get WIFI, then it was so late when we got here to Boston, I ate awesome Revere, MA pizza and went to bed. But it was fun spending time w/my kids and husband traveling, and I had a great convo on the plane with this really nice woman. There was also a really sweet young couple canoodling nearby, and it made me feel wistful.

Anywayz, I'm off to read through here. And will be back later today if not tomorrow am. Big 50th anniv party for my inlaws tonight. They met on the playground at 14. FIL saw MIL, looked at his best friend and said, "I'm gonna marry her." Of course, it's rumoured he's also said, "if i'd have killed her when I met her, I'd be out by now," but the first story's much more romantic to folks outside our family.

ciao for now.

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

Oh, Vivs, I've been thinking about you lately, wondering where you've been. I'm so sorry to hear about your chapters. should I be Pollyanna and say, maybe the recreation will be even better?

OK. I won't then, Miss smarty mouth. I miss you and your lascivious comments. :)

Hullo, Portia! You are so great to be here today! What a treat! You know, we rely on women like you and Vivs to work out those logistics for our pleasure; a grateful readership thanks and worships you.

Portia Da Costa said...

Hi Michelle!

Sorry you were stuck waiting for planes... but at least you were with your family, so it was also quality time with them. :)

Yesterday was an absolute blast... we had loads of fun!

Hope you get a chance to read the excerpts I left links to... and were able to glance at the photo on my blog, showing me in a hunk sandwich... no, not like *that*! Although, if it had been, it would have been pretty awesome!!!!

Julie in Ohio said...

Happy Saturday, Bellas all!!

Portia-- Thanks a million for those delicious excerpts. WOWZA! I am speechless... :o)

Michelle-- I'm so glad you are getting time with the fam. I don't fly so I can't comment on airports but I hear you can meet some pretty interesting characters on a flight.
Fifty years is definitely something to celebrate. I'm happy for the in laws and the playground story is so sweet. I love stories that begin when they are kids and progress through time.

Julie in Ohio said...

I got to be #100. It's my lucky day.


Vivi-- We've missed ya! I'm sorry about the missing chapters. That really bites. But I'm glad it ended up working in your favor.

Portia Da Costa said...

Hi Julie... I thought it was mean to leave the excerpt hanging at such a 'critical' point, so decided to post the second bit...

Glad you enjoyed it! LOL

Julie in Ohio said...

That was incrediblely considerate of you, Poria. :D

MaryKate said...

{{{Vivi}}} Sorry 'bout the chapters, Bella. I'm sending you good karma.

Off to Hotlanta overnight tonight, Bellas. Keep the homefires burning while I'm gone.

Thanks again for hosting the Bella party this weekend, Portia, I know Michelle really appreciates it!

MK

Portia Da Costa said...

My pleasure, Julie!

And stay cool in Atlanta, MaryKate. I've had a wonderful time here, both on Saturday, and since... I feel right at home. :)

Michelle M Pillow said...

Hi Portia! Great topic. I love your new cover for Suite Seventeen! Can't wait until it's out. :)

Portia Da Costa said...

Hi Michelle!

Yeah, that cover is gorgeous, isn't it? I'm very pleased with it, and the colours are even more stunning in the flesh.

Just hope the book lives up to its jacket... first reactions are favourable. Fans of the Divine Vincenzo are very pleased! :)

catslady said...

I never picture movie stars in my reading. I too prefer reading what the author has to say and then imagine someone from that.

amy*skf said...

Michelle--hope the 50th was fabulous and how sweet that they met when they were 14. I hope you're reading fun stuff and eating all that good food out east.

Vivi--dang...sounds like yor head is in the right place, glad you're jazzed about the new direction. Michelle, can I be Pollyanna? Okay, things happen for a reason. There, I did it.

Portia, I'm reading Sex and Shopping...I love short stories--especially erotic ones, they kept me up till 2:00am. Yikes. And thanks.

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

Hiya, Bellas and Portia! Oh the party was great, terrific food and drink, and awesome seeing so many people we've not seen in ages.

Goodness, every time I scroll down to the comment section of Portia's blog, I get a big, sexy shawkah of Sr. Brazil's lovely mouth and eyes and shoulders. I love blogging.

Oops, Dave's just returning to the hotel room -- a lovely place called the InterContinental -- so I've gotta wrap up and put together tomorrow's GuestBlog. I reeeeeally meant to post something new today, but I had so much work to do.

But, Portia, thanks again for being our weekend host-ess. Are we going to see you at RWA?

See all you Bellas tomorrow! I'm having lunch with an author we all know and love, and will perhaps take pictures to show you Thursday or Friday... :)

Ciao, Bellas, from Land 'o Lobstah.

Julie in Ohio said...

Michelle {BIG HUGS} - We've missed ya, Queenie. I'm glad the party was a hit. :o)
Who are you having lunch with? You're gonna make us jealous aren't you? It's so unlike you to tease us this way. :p

MK-- Have fun in Atlanta! Is this business or pleasure?

Anonymous said...

I don't really think of famous people when reading. I do try to picture what the author has written. Love the excerpt.


Stacy S

Judy said...

Wierdly enough I really don't picture any kind of man. I can't, it's like the personalities are so overwelming, honestly does looks even matter? Well, yeah it does, but my point is, that as surprising as this may sound, it's hard for me to picture someone I don't know, so when I fall in love with a hero it's by there personalities, but I do admit, sometimes I'll look at a hottie on TV and realize that he may have a hero's eyes, or mouth, or that sexy smile, but overall, I simply can't picture them as a hero.

Portia Da Costa said...

Hi Catslady

As a reader, I've always made up a picture of the hero from the author's description, even though I have a definite man in mind for the hero when I write. Recently though, a couple of author friends have told me who their hero inspiration was... and then I found it easy to picture that guy! So it works both ways for me, I think...

Portia Da Costa said...

Hi Michelle

I'm so glad your party was so great... the party here was fun too! :)

Oh, how I would love to be at RWA! But alas it's not possible this year... :( I'm determined to get there one of these years though! Because there are so many lovely people that I've met via the internet that I'd love, love, love to meet in person... sigh...

And who are you lunching with? Enquiring minds need to know... :)

Portia Da Costa said...

Stacy! Glad you liked that excerpt...

And Judy, yes I get what you mean. Even though I do have clear pictures of the heroes I create... when the book gets under way, it's always their personalities that really intrigue me. It's as if they take on a whole life of their own, independent of me, and I find myself falling in love with them for their character quirks and foibles as much as their looks.

Saskia Walker said...

Mmmmmm, what a fine bunch of men you have there, Portia ;)) As a writer I start with an imaginary visual based around the type of guy and his characteristics/interests, then later when I want to put an image on my site, or whatever, I try to think who my imaginary man is like. LOL I do it all backwards, in other words.

Red hot excerpt!!!

Portia Da Costa said...

Hey, however you do it, Saskia, it works for me in your fiction!

I'll never forget that deliciously rampant image you directed me to as a visual for your gorgeous Zac Bordino! You *know* which one... ;)