Friday, October 27, 2006

Roxanne St. Claire GuestBlog: Simply Irresistible

I e-met Roxanne St. Claire after one of her readers wrote to tell me about Rocki's "Killer Curves." Since then, Rocki's signed on for a couple NASCAR novels in addition to her Bullet Catcher series.

Last July at RWA national, I got to meet her in real life at a breakfast given by her publicist, the very classy Nancy Berland. Roxanne is herself a classy chick, as well as a lovely person (yes, inside and out).

When she sent me this GuestBlog, she said she was gonna write about he appeal of bodyguards, then figured: they're big and sexy, they protect you. What's there to discuss? Good point. So, let's give Rocki a big Bella buongiorno and see what she's got in store...

Buogiorno, Bellas! I’m a little bleary-eyed today because in the wee hours of this morning, fighting a rare bout of insomnia, I indulged in one of my favorite guilty pleasures…channel surfing with a glass of Kendall Jackson, a bowl of Lays and nary a child or husband in sight to roll their eyes in disdain as I lingered over The Top 101 Sexiest Lips in Hollywood.

But one click of the remote brought everything to a standstill. When an F-14 buzzes the tower and Maverick is the fighter pilot, I’m in for the ride. Okay, say what you will about Tom Cruise, but "Top Gun" is irresistible to me. I know every scene, every line, every camera shot designed to make Kelly McGillis look petite, and yet I cannot change the channel until the Righteous Brothers sing and Pete Mitchell gets the (tall) girl.

Don’t you think that certain movies (and books!) are, for some inexplicable reason, utterly irresistible? I’m not talking about classics like Gone With The Wind or sheer works of genius like Silence of the Lambs. Sure, they’d make my top ten favorite movies, but I’m intrigued by the flicks that are more like comfort food -- tempting, delicious and satisfying every time, no matter how many times you indulge.

I’ve got dozens on my list: tear-jerkers like "An Affair to Remember" and sugar shocks like "Overboard," toe-curlers like "Officer and a Gentlemen" and heart-wrenchers like "Now Voyager." And, of course, I’m a sucker for the protective stud and the vulnerable beauty we met in "The Bodyguard." In one cinematic moment, Kevin Costner elevated the job from husky to hunky – and I’m happy to keep the standard high with my Bullet Catchers series. There’s nothing quite like a bodyguard to die for.

So, what are some of your irresistible movies? What’s the one film you cannot turn off, the one that makes you stop, drop and watch even though you can recite every line of dialogue?

I’d love to know because when I write a book, I’m always going for the irresistibility factor.

Like this guy…Johnny Christiano, a Bullet Catcher coming this April in TAKE ME TONIGHT.

Now that’s simply irresistible.


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Keira Soleore said...

How can something be heart-racing and comforting, irresistible and cozy all at the same time?!

EYE CANDY that's how.

And can anything be more delicious that the dishiest dish Gerard Butler in Beowulf and Grendel?

Le sigh...

Keira Soleore said...

Quote: "...a bodyguard to die for..."

Roxanne, a huge welcome to you, and thanks for the laugh!.

I just have to gush: That photo of yours is great!

Stacy~ said...

Hi Roxanne, it's so great having you here. I've heard such great things about your books :)

"French Kiss" is one of my fave guilty pleasures. The kiss between Meg Ryan & Kevin Kline on the train - wowza! Still gets to me every time.

The first 2 Anne of Green Gables movies with Megan Follows. I just love 'em, and wish I was a little more like Anne Shirley LOL.

"You've Got Mail". It's cute and romantic and I love both Meg & Tom together.

"Clueless" with Alicia Silverstone. She looked good, and day-amn, she get's Paul Rudd.

I feel like I'm forgetting some, but I'll be back.

Have a great day, everyone :)

ev said...

Hi Roxanne and welcome!! I can't wait for the new book.

Ok, i will admit it- I am a loser when it comes to movies. I like the old stuff. If it has John Wayne or Cary Grant in it, I sit and watch. Doesn't matter than I own most of them, or know what the movie is the second I turn the channel, I sit and watch. Hubby likes to play the "ok, what movie is it game" with me. He loses.

There are a few new movies I stop and watch- Officer and a Genleman, any musical, any Mel Brooks, but I am still and old movie fan.

amy kennedy said...

Hi Roxanne, good to have you here. First--the wine and potato chips and channel surfing...I thought that was just me, good to know I'm not the only one.

Stacy, I'm with you on all your choices. What is it about Meg Ryan? But what I love about the comfort movies is you can tune in at any time, but you can leave at any time as well--there's no hard commitment, granted, I never do leave...because I love them so much.

A few others:
Baby Boom
Cat On a Hot Tin Roof--Pah-lease
Heaven Can Wait
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
Working Girl
The King and I

Apparently my list can go on and on--I have so many more it's ridiculous.

amy kennedy said...

Ev, you couldn't be a loser if you tried. Goodness sakes.

amy kennedy said...

Keira, I love Gerard Butler--he's the only reason I'll watch Tomb Raider:Cradle of Life. It really only gets good when he's on the screen.

I thought of another one:

Dogma--it's violent and bloody and weird and at sometimes stupid--but alas, I lurve it.

Julie in Ohio said...

Welcome, Roxanne!! I haven't read any of your books yet but they sound great. Are your bodyguards men or women?

I am with you on Top Gun. I can't watch any of Tom's new movies but Top Gun is must see TV whenever it's on.
My first and most major stop-watch-repeat-every-line movie is Dirty Dancing. "Nobody puts Baby in the corner." Need I say more?
I also must watch the following:
Sleepless in Seattle
You've Got Mail
10 Things I Hate About You
An Affair To Remember
Anything with Audrey Hepburn
Wizard of Oz
Little Mermaid
Young Guns I and II

There are more but I'll have to give a little more thought... :o)

Roxanne St. Claire said...

Oh, these are great, bellas! You've mentioned many on my list -- Baby Boom! I LOVE that movie. And You've Got Mail, Working Girl and Clueless, Officer & Gent. Bring on the cheese and sugar, please!

Julie asked about bodyguards. (See, Michelle, I *knew* we'd get the conversation to bodyguards...speaking of irresistible.) The Bullet Catchers are mostly men, but the organization, a very high-end elite security and investigation force, is run by a woman who is a former CIA agent. Bullet Catchers are hot, fearless, brilliant, gorgeous and absolutely define their tag line: A bodyguard to die for! I have a trailer up on my site with pictures of all!

Michelle was kind enough to review the current Bullet Catcher book (THRILL ME TO DEATH) on the companion site this week. Check it out!


Julie in Ohio said...

A bunch of over protective (safe to call them alpha?) guys being bossed around by a woman. Sounds like a winning combo to me. Thanks, Rocki. :o)

The Bodyguard is also on my list of must sees. Kevin Costner was HAWT in that movie and I idolized Whitney Houston at the time. I think that was one of the last greatest things she did and I cling to that.

Kati said...

I adore movies! My current must watches (over and over again) are:

When Harry Met Sally
Pride & PRejudice (the Keira one)
Shakespeare in Love
Any of the Star Wars movies, but especially Empire Strikes Back
LOTR: Fellowship of the Ring (purely for Viggo)
Field of Dreams
The Village
A Few Good Men
The American President
Keeping the Faith
Finding Neverland

There are lots more, but these are the ones that get popped into my DVD player more often than not.

Anonymous said...


Love your Bullet Catcher series and luuuuuv that pic of Johnny - phew, I've gotta wipe the sweat off my brow! It's an oldie but goodie but Someone to Watch Over Me with that gorgeous hunk Tom Berenger is on my fav's list. Showing my age! Also, my mom and sisters and I can recite every word of Pride & Prejudice (with Colin Firth)since we've seen it a million times and will never get tired of it. Love Top Gun as well but won't watch any more of his movies.

Monica Burns said...

Hi Roxanne! Great topic. I LOVE movies and picking a list of top 10 is gonna be I went with my top 10 romantic movies, ranked in order of preference

Dead Again - Brannaugh & Thompson
The Phantom of the Opera - GB
Scarlet Pimpernel - A&E w/Richard Grant
The Mask of Zorro
Love Actually - Knightly, Firth
The English Patient - Ralph Fiennes
Immortal Beloved - Gary Oldman
My Big Fat Greek Wedding
Shakespeare in Love
Only You - Marisa Tomei

Now if you asked me to do 10 of all time, I'm royally screwed because my IMDB account now has over a hundred films logged. LOL

Monica Burns said...

OMIGOD!!! How could I have left off Jane Eyre with Cirian Hinds. That one sentence where he says that he's got a string attached to him and it's connected to Jane is sooooo passionate, so angst ridden, sooooo sexy!! LOL

Unknown said...

Don't laugh, but "Singing in the Rain" is my all time favourite romantic movie-it has a bit of everything in it.
Other fave's
Pride and Prejudice (Colin Firth version)
Love Actually
When Harry met Sally


Problem Child said...

Hey Rocki--

I know Marilyn is kicking herself for being out of town today!

I'm a romantic comedy freak. I love Emma (the one with Gweneth) simply for Mr. Knightly. Yum--and he's a sweetie to boot!

One of my faves, though, is The Truth about Cats and Dogs. I like the girlfriend angle of that one.

It drives DG crazy when I watch the same movies over and over again. But they're like comfort food without the calories.

Andrea Laurence AKA Smarty Pants said...

Hey Rocki. I'm all about cheese and sugar. DB leaves the room every time I settle in to watch a movie because its usually one of the same ones I watch over and over, giggling, crying and repeating the lines to the screen. All time favorites have to be:

Monty Python & the Holy Grail - its just ridiculous fun with silly lines to repeat to people at random and inappropriate times. "It's just a flesh wound!"

Rocky Horror Picture Show - I know its wrong to be attracted to a man in a bustier, but I can't help it. "Dr. Scott! Janet! Brad! Rocky!"

Princess Bride - another silly, yet romantic flick with great lines. "Never go up against a Sicilian when death is on the line!"

Down Periscope ("Lieutenant Lake, you're almost out of uniform!")
Ghostbusters 1 & 2 ("what did you DO Ray?")

I'm not a huge Tom Cruise fan, and honestly, not even a Top Gun fan, but you've got to give it up for Jerry Maguire. "You had me at hello!"

Meg Ryan has a slew of ones I'll watch over and over, namely You've Got Mail and Sleepless in Seattle. Tom Hanks is so hunky in a sweet kind of way. I loved him both of those and That Thing You Do is another one of my favorites.

Love those. While You Were Sleeping with Sandra Bullock. Clueless. American President. Empire Records. Dogma.

I love movies.
I have a lot of them.

Thanks for popping in, Rocki!

ev said...

amy- Thanks hon!!!!

Smarty Pants- Your movie library sounds like a carbon copy of mine!!

As for Bodyguards- The Pacifier is now one of my favorites. That and Down Periscope will get even hubby laughing, the stodgy old coot.

Jennifer Y. said...

I love movies almost as much as I love books. Just about any Meg Ryan film gets my attention...especially Kate and Leopold. Some others that I will stop and watch and include While You Were Sleeping, Pretty Woman, Underworld, Blade: Trinity (with the hottie Ryan Reynolds), and many more. Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and My Fair Lady are more faves. However, the one that I have watched the most and know a lot of the dialogue to is Dirty Dancing.

amy kennedy said...

Smarty Pants--LOL. I am Soooo attracted to Tim Curry in his bustier. And nylons. And high heels.

I look at everyones lists and say--oh yeah, of course, An American President--oh yeah, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Princess Bride, of course.

Okay, I'm gonna call you Rocki, Rocki, The Bullet Catchers sound fabulous. We do so love our series.
And alpha men. And strong women to boss them around.

amy kennedy said...

Jennifer Y--I forgot about Underworld--I think I watched it three times in one week.

Ev--I loved Down Periscope--I like some old war movies...The Great Escape, The Guns of 'em.

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

OK, see Ames? I'm the same way with the Rocki thing and was writing her about it when I lost the email. It's like when everyone is like, well, "Jenny this, and Nora that." I've met Roxanne, but she never said, Hey, call me Rocki! Same with Misses C and R.

But I get the sense Roxanne, that you're pretty down home about it, and want us to address you that way. See, I'm totally OCD about manners and decorum. Really. No matter what amyskf says.

Isn't this goofy of me? Not wanting to offend someone by using their nickname when they haven't "given me leave?" What am I, living in Regency Minnesota?

Commercial break: I loved "Thrill Me to Death." Awesome alpha hero. Terrific, sexy flashback flashes. Neat-o setting. Hot. Energetic.

So there. I can't wait for "Take ME Tonight."

And, Rocki/Roxanne, if you want, tell us about your Christmas shorts.

Kira Sinclair - AKA Instigator said...

Hey Rocki! It's great to see you.

I was reading through everyone's movie list and mine seemed to get longer and longer :-)

I do love me some Top Gun though. and Cocktail. Groan. That movie is fantastic. I agree though that I can't watch any of TC's new stuff. He just doesn't have the same sex appeal as he used to.

Here's my list

10 Things I Hate About You
Princess Bride
While You Were Sleeping
Gone With the Wind
A Knight's Tale - just for Heath
National Treasure
Phantom of the Opera


Andrea Laurence AKA Smarty Pants said...

I just watched 10 Things I Hate About You and A Knight's Tale this last week. I'm growing a new appreciation for Heath Ledger. Of course, has he made any films where his hair is combed? Makes me crazy. :)

All this talk makes me want to have a girl movie slumber party with PJs, popcorn, chocolate and wine coolers and gushy girl movies.


Roxanne St. Claire said...

Yes, my friends, it's Rocki since I was born. My mother thought Roxie sounded like a stripper, so I was dubbed Rocki. The worst part is my birth last name is Zink. (I changed it legally in college when a TV producer offered to do a piece on the local LA news about how to change your name -- and told me that I would never be on TV (my dream at the time) if I had the last name Zink...too ugly that Z, too short. Evidently no one gave the memo to Paula Zahn.) But I digress...yes, call me Rocki.

Thanks for the invite to mention my Christmas book, Michelle. Oddly enough, I have two this season -- from a woman who doesn't love Christmas. (I'm saving that blog topic if someone would like me to guest blog around December 23!) One is headlined by the incomparable Linda Lael Miller, called I'LL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS and includes a "mini" Bullet Catcher novella.

The other is one of the new NASCAR/Harlequin deals...called A NASCAR HOLIDAY and it was mentioned in this month's Vanity Fair! How cool is that!? With George Clooney on the cover. (He, too, is a blog topic unto himself.)

Oh, and I'm lovin' the movie list. I feel a trip to Blockbuster coming on!


Keira Soleore said...

Stacy~: Ah, yes, Clueless, of course. Alicia Silverstone has so much more character and impact than Gwyneth Paltrow in Emma.

amy*skf: Is it the King and I with Yul Brynner? <swoon>

Julie in Ohio: I'm with you there with "anything with Audrey Hepburn."

MaryKate: Ditto on Pride & Prejudice. I like the movie better than the miniseries.

I have to add the following to my list:
Gorillas in the Mist
An Ideal Husband
Scarlet Pimpernel (with Anthony Andrews, Ian McKellan, Jane Seymour)

Monica Burns said...

Scarlet Pimpernel (with Anthony Andrews, Ian McKellan, Jane Seymour)

Keira - I thought no one could ever replace AA for me in the Scarlet Pimpernel, but run, not walk, to get the A&E version of the Scarlet Pimpernel. Richard Grant isn't drop dead gorgeous, but he plays Percy with an aplomb that is incredible. Not even Leslie Howard in the 1934 version can stand up to Grant.

But do check out Leslie Howard in the 1941 movie Pimpernel Smith, a WWII Scarlet Pimpernel story. He's fab in that!

Kati said...

Rocki - My puppy's name is Roxie, so I'm glad to call you Rocki! LOL! She's named after Roxie Hart of Chicago fame and couldn't be more like her! Everything's ALL. ABOUT. ROXIE. Snort! Afterall, she is a dachshund.

I haven't read your books, but Michelle introduces me to about one new author a week (love that about her!). I have to say that while I hate clinch covers, I love these new kind of filmy, spicy covers that have a couple in a "just about to kiss," kiss, or post-coital thing, if it's tasteful. Most of Linda Howard's recent covers are like that, and I love them. So, even if I'd never heard of you, THRILL ME TO DEATH would get a second look from me based on that. I guess it's my inner voyeur.

Tell us a little about what got you writing, Rocki. I lived in Charlotte, NC for five years and at the time thought someone should be writing romances about NASCAR drivers. I mean, they are pretty incredible athletes and they have very scary jobs. I'm glad you're doing it!

Roxanne St. Claire said...

I heard "What a Feeling" on my oldies station as I tore into the car line to pick up kids after my last, hasty post. Made me think of another one: Flashdance. An irresistible cheesefest, right up to the final kiss.


Reel Fanatic said...

For me, that one movie would have to be woody Allen's Manhattan, which I confess I have probably seen 15 times by now

catslady said...

Some of my all time favorites:

Forever Young
Lady Hawke
First Knight
Never Ending Story
Mad Max and the Thunder Dome
Dirty Dancing
Lord of the Rings
Princess Bride
Independence Day

Dannyfiredragon said...

My all time favorite movies are:

The LOTR trilogy
The Original Star Wars Trilogy
Interview with a vampire
Top Gun
An Officer and gentleman

Cara North said...

My all time favorite movie is Circle Of Friends. I just love that movie

MaryKate said...

Danny, grab some popcorn, and come sit by me! We've got the same taste in movies!

ev said...

Rocki- How funny. I forgot I was reading I'll Be Home for Christmas, when I got to the last story and lo and behold, there you are!! No I am going to go and read the story.

Let's hope someone takes you up on that pre-Christmas blog!! hint, hint.

How can you not like Xmas??

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

Well, before I read the rest of the posts -- I just got back in from appts -- Rocki, you're officially invited to come GuestBlog Dec 23 with the topic: Why I Hate Christmas, but Love George Clooney.

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

ev -- very subtle. I like that about you.

You Bellas are gettin me jazzed about some movie watchin. Cara, loved CofFriends. wassername looked awesome wi/ the "extra" pounds. And how wonderfully creepy was wassisname from Cabaret (not joel gray, you know who I mean).

So, youz gotz to start mentioning some great lines, too. So far we've had a MPython (only a flesh wound. lol) DD (Nobody puts Baby...)

howbout Princess Bride? ( Hello. my name is inigo montoyo. you killed my f)ather; prepare to die.

A Few Good Men: "Oh. You strenuously object..."

Titanic: "You know this film is a nightmare; I just did it for the money. Really, my voluptuous body is quite larger than yours, Leo." Oh, wait. That's the dialogue I always overdub...

dona said...

Rocki-I have read almost all your books. You are a guaranteed read!I LOVED Killer Curves and I don't even like racing! Your bodyguard series is so incredible it's hard to wait for the next one. Do you send e-mail to let your fans know when you have something coming out?

Roxanne St. Claire said...

All right, Michelle, it's a deal: December 23. Right here. Christmas and Clooney.

Evidently Mercury is slipping into retrograde a bit early because I wrote a long post answering marykate's question about how I got started writing and, alas, it is floating around blogworld. I'll give it some time, maybe it will miraculously appear. Or not. (It's the same old story anyway: girl chases dream, climbs mountain of rejection letters, finally gets a break, dream comes true, girl works her ass off to keep dream alive, dream turns into job, albeit a really fun one.)

Thank you, Dona, for your sweet words about my books. I do send emails before my single titles are released -- just go to my web site ( and sign up for my contest and you'll be auto added to the list. Or you can email me at and I'll put you on the list. I don't send alerts before my category books because I write a lot and don't want to clog people's boxes with promo.


Playground Monitor said...

Yo Rock!

I'm baaaaaaaaaack! Dog tired and with a suitcase full of dirty clothes but my sister and I had a blast on our road trip. Natchez, Mississippi is awesome and we stayed in the marvelous old B&B on the bluff overlooking the river. The best part? On the way back today we had lunch with my daughter-in-law and I got to snuggle a little more with the grandbaby!

Fave movie? That's easy: Romancing the Stone. Tonight, however, sis and I are going to watch Phantom of the Opera on my husband's big-a$$ 52 inch television with the movie quality surround sound system (he's out of town for the weekend).

And yes, Mercury must be slipping into retrograde because every alarm clock but one in every hotel/motel/B&B failed to work.


ev said...

Michelle- Subtle is not a word usually associated with me, unless it is in "as subtle as a Sherman Tank tiptoeing through the tulips".

History of the World, Part I- "Oh, Piss boy" and "It's good to be the King".

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

Marilyn! Welcome back, Bella! We missed you and are glad you had fun. Good to hear about the alarms; what could be more fun than sleeping in?

My husband had off today, so he got the kids up, fed and watered them, got them on the bus and I slept in. Slept IN! aaaah. He was so proud of himself.

I hear ya, ev.

Looking forward to Christmas and Clooney. of your Christmas stories is about Bullet Catcher Raquel.

Dare I ask? Will Lucy have her story?

Wolfy said...

Some of my favourite movies are:

You've Got Mail
Pure Country
Star Wars Movies
Back to the Future

ReadingIsSoMuchFun said...

Wonderful topic great read :)

My favorite movies:
Just Like Heaven
Cruel Intentions
Dirty Dancing
Messege In The Bottle
Princess Bride
My Best Friends Wedding
Runaway Bride
French Kiss
10 Things I Hate About You
Anything with Vin Diesel in it. Because he is just so Darn sexy :)

Hope you all have a wonderful & safe Happy Halloween :-)


ReadingIsSoMuchFun said...

Roxanne I am glad to see you are here as our guest blogger YaY! I am so looking forward to reading your books they sound very good and I enjoy going to your site :-)


ev said...

Cryna- I love Pure Country, it is so hokey.

I have to admit to having a collection that includes every version of every Cinderella movie ever made- from Disney, to the new musical version, to The Slipper and the Rose (my personal fav,even if Richard Chamberlin is gay). I have a collection of Cinder stuff too. If anyone in my old unit ever found out, my reputation as the ball busting wench would be shot to hell.

Roxanne St. Claire said...

Oh, did I not mention A Cinderella Story? Could be in my top ten -- I'm with ev on the whole Cinder Theme. That is probably why I write romance!

Of course you dare ask, Michelle! Lucy will definitely have her own book...but she's not the heroine of the next set of three (after TAKE ME TONIGHT), which will be a connected Bullet Catcher trilogy out in 2008. I envision Lucy's story as the final book in the series, but who knows?

I've had a blast here, Bellas! Thanks for such a warm welcome, great movie input and new friends. I'm a lurker on this blog, but now that you all know I like potato chips with my wine, I have no secrets. I will post more often!


Stacy~ said...

Good stuff here. I'll add a few more that work for me:

Pride & Prejudice: Colin Firth
Never Been Kissed: Michael Vartan & Drew
East of Eden: James Dean
American In Paris: Gene Kelly
Gilda: Rita Hayworth
Breakfast Club
King Arthur: Clive Owen

ev said...

Rocki- Why is it none of the Russians I have ever met, looked like Racquel's Russian????

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

Grazie mille, Rocki, and everyone who joined in the movie memory fun today! We'll look forward to Rocki joining us Dec 22 with her Christmas and Clooney GuestBlog. Now THAT will call for a nice contest, I think...

Thanks again, Rocki!

MaryKate said...

Thanks for visiting, Rocki! I'm heading out this week to buy books for vacation, I'll definitely pick up some of yours!