Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Sari Robins GuestBlog: Calling Daniel Craig -- Inspiration, Please!

Contest! Sari's offering 1 LCB a graphed copy of "What to Wear to a Seduction," and another LCB a copy of "One Wicked Night!"

It could have been the darling-but-too-tight strappy four-inch heels I'd chosen for my RITA Awards ensemble. Or the fact I didn't get to eat dinner. But when Sari Robins saw me starting to, well, loose a little consciousness after the RWA event, she rushed to my rescue, bringing me food and drink when she could have been hobnobbing. I'm glad I got to meet her, because I really enjoy her novels, and had been looking forward to telling you more about them since she first GuestBlogged with us last spring. Sari's "When Seducing a Spy" is next week's Feature at Romance: B(u)y the Book.

So please, welcome back with a warm buongiorno the now RBtheBlog veteran as she dishes about the stuff of fantasies...

Calling on Daniel Craig, Colin Firth, George Clooney, Sean Bean--Inspiration Please!

I’ll confess it--writing can be really hard sometimes. It’s takes a certain kind of stamina to write those hundreds of pages. And often I need a little inspiration to keep me going. Watching a good movie, reading an interesting book and talking to a friend about her problems are all things that keep my ideas fresh and keep me writing. But sometime it needs to be more elemental than that.

For me, watching Colin Firth in Pride and Prejudice makes me want to run to my computer and start typing. But that inspiration is very different from what one gets from watching Daniel Craig’s hot washboard abs as he rises out of the cool blue waters in a skimpy swimsuit in Casino Royale. Or better yet, those 007 fight scenes where Daniel Craig moves more like a leopard than a man. Sparks fly!

And that kind of inspiration is just that- a spark- then my hero, the character I’m writing, takes over for me. In my latest book, When Seducing A Spy, I fell in love with Heath Bartlett long before the heroine did. I admired how he struggled to make a better life for himself. I appreciated what a good friend he was to Bills. I empathized with his efforts to fit in with the family he so desperately wanted to call his own. I admired his keen mind- and certainly appreciated the lovely packing in which it came. The man is smart, sexy, tortured and ambitious – Heath Bartlett became my inspiration -- and When Seducing A Spy is the result of him!

What men spark your passion? Are they actors in a movie? Characters in a book?



Encore! Winners from JR Ward GuestBlog below! Please note: winner of "LU" will be chosen tomorrow at noon CT from all RBtheBookClub members registered on or before 3.26. So return those acknowledgement of your registration, Bellas!

leeann -- Autographed copy of LR from JR Ward
angie-la; rachd; spectrajoy; mujerluminosa; s-byte -- Copy of LR from PenguinBooks
Winners: Send me your snail mail addies at mbuonfiglio@RBtheBook.com, please.

Encore due! Grazie, grazie mille, JR, for teasing us with a little V, and getting us goin on all the reasons we love "Lover Revealed," and our man, Butch. Can't wait to see you again at "Lover Unbound" time, with a special treat for Bellas TBA...
Encore tre! Read all about Vivi Anna's "Blood Secrets," and her AuthorView, at Romance: B(u)y the Book !


Kati said...

Mornin' Sari! Welcome back to RBtB, I'm so glad you're here!

Being the shallow gal that I am, most actors ignite lustful, inappropriate thoughts, rather than actual passion. But there are a slew out there!

The consummate one is George Clooney. He's debonair, dashing, funny and can really act. What's not to love. Plus, he's a man's man. No metrosexuality for our George!

Or, how 'bout the bad boys out there? David Beckham anyone? Do I want to be with him for the rest of my life? Absolutely not. Do I want an hour of his time? You betcha.

See? Shallow.

Now, characters in a book? I have lots of lustful thoughts about them. Rhage from JR Ward's LOVER ETERNAL was my favorite hero from last year. Why? All the dirty talk. LOL! Plus the way he loves Mary. He was so insulted when she wondered why he would want to be with her when she was sick. He's just amazing!

I have to say, I finished Anne Stuart's ICE BLUE last night. Now, she writes an intriguing hero. I was telling Michelle this yesterday. Her heroes are actually anti-heroes. They do VERY. BAD. THINGS. And regularly feel no regrets over it. Her latest, Taka O'Brien, well, he spent most of ICE BLUE very close to actually killing the heroine. And she knew it. Didn't stop her (or me, for that matter) from wanting him. LOL!

See? Again with the shallow.

Playground Monitor said...

Daniel Craig. *swoon, and swoon again* I was convinced I would not like the new James Bond yet when the movie was over I turned to the DH and said "Yes! Bond is back!"

I like George Clooney too. And William Petersen (Gil from CSI) inspires me in a very cerebral way. And Matthew McConnaughey inspires me in a very non-cerebral, makes-my-teeth-ache way.

I'm really bad about forgetting a book a few weeks after I read it, but Roxanne St. Claire's new book has a hero to die for. His name is Johnny Christiano, he is a bodyguard and he can cook! *whimper*

Welcome Sari! I forgot my manners. How thoughtless of me. And I call myself a southern bella.


Michelle Buonfiglio said...

Buongiorno, Sari! Great to have you here again, and chatting about a fave subject around RBtheBlog. :) And I'm not just talking Daniel Craig in a speedo.

I may not have mentioned this[blushes demurely]but I have wicked crushes on romance heroes, and the infatuations last for ages.

For instance, Heath in Sari's new novel has chocolate brown eyes and hair tied back in a queue. I'm a total sucker for both. And I only dated one guy in my life who had long hair and it was a-flippin-mazing. That's all's I'm sayin.

But my understanding of what turns me on intellectually, spiritually, physically about men has really become more finely honed since I began reading romance novels. So it's cool that the passion w/in the books seeps into real life.

MsTypo said...

Hi Sari!! Men that make me go *swoon*? On TV that would have to be Spike from Buffy (not James Marstes... just Spike). *sigh* Or less of a badboy but still incredibly handsome in a way that boggles my husband's mind Patrick Stewart of TNG fame. Make it so, Captain! Rowl!

In books... I don't know it changes from book to book... Kendrick from Lynn Kurland's "Dreams of Stardust." Ok almost any of her heroes.. LOL Benedict from Julia Quinn's "Romancing Mr. Bridgerton" was romantic in that i'm-an-oblivoius-boy kinda way. *sigh*

And since I'm chatting with my travelling husband on my other screen... He's the one real boy who can make me go... *sighswoonsigh*

Monica Burns said...

Hi Sari, Bellas!!! mmmwwwwaaahhhh!
I'm back!!!

In answer to your question, Sari, there are times when a character in a movie will DEFINITELY inspire me. Brad Pitt in Troy. That one scene where he's on his stomach displaying that totally nude, buff body of his is more than enough to get my imagination going.

Gerard Butler in Phantom, Bruce Willis in Die Hard movies, Johnny Depp in The Libertine

Monica <---who's book is turned in and she's on to another. *sigh*

Sari said...

Thanks so much for the warm welcome!

I'm so happy to be here!

Michelle- you are so sweet to say such nice things about me. Very unnecesary- but thank you!

As far as hunky men for inspiration- I have to agree on George Clooney & on Patrick Stewart. Did anyone see the new version of LION IN WINTER? Patrick Stewart was wickedly appealing! And I've loved George since his TV sitcom days!

I'm off to go take a peek at my new book - I have not yet seen it in stores & it's out today :)! There's nothing like seeing it on the shelves for the 1st time. What started in my head is now out there for the world to see--it's beyond exciting!

See y'all soon!
Warmest, Sari

Sari said...

OK- so I posted my comment & then saw Monica's post! Brad Pitt in Troy- to die for!!! Talk about inspiration!

I think I need to netflix some of these movies! I'm on the last chapters of my next book & could use some inspiration!!!!

Take care!

Minna said...

Ooh, there are so many... David Boreanaz comes to mind and that guy who played Jarod in Pretender.

ev said...

Once I finally finally figure out the stupid avatar thingy, I will use what inspires me.LOL

I like musicians and men in uniform. Great combination, huh??

I got very inspired last night!!

Cherie said...

Hi Sari! Welcome! For me, it is Colin Firth in Pride and Prejudice and Orlando Bloom as Legolas in Lord of the Rings. Also, Hugh Jackman as Wolverine in the Xmen. Regency, Paranormal and Fantasy are such great genres so when I see characters like these in movies it makes me wan to read books from those genres with those kind of heroes.

Cherie Japp

Angie-la said...

Hi Sari!
The men who just do it for me are
Gerard Butler...in any role he has played. Clive Owen..the man just oozes sex appeal.
And Josh Holloway...his smart mouthed bad boy image from Lost... *sigh*

In books, it changes from time to time, but I always love J D Robb's Roarke. Two fairly new heroes are Gray from Sylvia Day's The Stranger I Married and Myron Bolitar from Harlan Coben's series.

Anonymous said...

Sari - Your book sounds hot! I've gotta run to the bookstore myself. I'm a Colin Firth, George Clooney & Daniel Craig fan myself - in fact I need a fan when I think about them! My daughter is a huge Daniel Craig fan after the Bond movie so we got her a poster size picture of the one posted on the blog for her bedroom...I have to confess I got in there now and then to have a little droolfest! They're definitely inspriational.

Vivi Anna said...

Welcome Sari. Men that inspire me to create HAWT sex scenes...

Daniel Craig
Mark Wahlberg
Gerard Butler
Christian Bale
Joaquin Phoenix
Jamie Bamber and Tahmoh Penikett from Battlestar Galactica

Sari, I have a question. What is it about historical romance heroes that makes you want to write about them?

robynl said...

Welcome Sari.
George Clooney, Patrick Swayze, David James Elliott(swoon) do it for me on a regular basis.

In books it is the cowboys, Navy, anyone in uniform.

kerri1973 said...

Hi Sari! Welcome and Happy Tuesday to all the lovely bellas! xx Michelle! There are way too many hotties on television and movies and books to name...the mind simply boggles when trying to narrow it down. I'll go with some that I've been drooling over lately. **Must note that no one makes me crazier with lust than my man though...cause he's the real McHottie.** I'm all about Julian McMahon (from Nip Tuck), David Boreanaz (from Bones), and Patrick Dempsey (from Gray's Anatomy). For the movies...gotta choose Josh Lucas (Sweet Home Alabama). From books...waaaayyyy too many to list. All time fave, probably droolworthy Ranger from the Stephanie Plum novels. Bellas, thanks for all the other recommendations though. I'm so jotting all those down. Warning, drooling on your keyboard may cause it to short out. LOL

tetewa said...

The following men I swoon for on TV are Josh Holloway (Sawyer) and Matthew Fox (Jack) on Lost! In the movies it would have to be Ryan Gosling (The Notebook) and Stuart Townsend (Queen of the Damned).Whew! Now I want to go watch a movie. Also want to say thanks to Sari for being here today!

Lois said...

Oh, hi!!!!! Love seeing you here, I just looooove your books!!! You're one of my favorites!!!! :)

Oh geez, me. . . ah, I definitely love a whole heck of a lot of heroes from books. . . so I guess the screen is easier to list. Colin Firth - Mr. Darcy, he's just a god, plain and simple. Love Sean Connery. Can that guy get any better? The voice and all. . . I still haven't seen the newest Bond movie, so I can only go up to Pierce, but he's definitely my Bond. . . Ah, a particular Phantom from a particular movie, *huge sigh*.

So, alas, if I can only have only one. . . GB as the Phantom thank you! :)


amy kennedy said...

Ah, Sari, so many men, so little time.

I get sparked at the drop of the proverbial hat--sheesh.

Luckily, we tend to be dirhty girls.

Marilyn, I knew I would love the new Bond, he's so deadly looking. He can pull off suave, but up close you he'd kill you. We tend to like that too--I know Marykate will agree.

Michelle, I am constantly falling for characters in a book. It's a sad sad world, actually, it's not--no guilt this way

amy kennedy said...

Sari, I meant to tell you I really enjoyed What To Wear To A Seduction. And am looking forward to this one.

Anonymous said...

Lets see, for movies/TV my list is Victor Webster (had a cameo in Bringing Down the House, starred on Mutant X and Days Of Our Lives), Patrick Muldoon ( A boyfriend for Christmas & Days of Our Lives), The drummer from Nickelback Daniel Adair & the singer Chad Kroeger.
From books I would say...Susan Mallery's Reid Buchanan in "Sizzling", Julie Garwood's Nick in "Heartbreaker", Theo in "Mercy", Suzanne Brockmann's Mike Muldoon from "Into The Night" & last but not least Zach Benedict from Judith McNaught's "Perfect"

Kelly F.

Anonymous said...

Ciao, Bellas and welcome back to Sari!

I love these discussions... *wicked grin*

The list, however, is looooooooooooonnnnnggggg....

Pierce Brosnan (dating myself here: Remington Steele, anyone?)
Sean Connery (his voice)
Alec Baldwin (Hunt for Red October)
Christian Bale (Batman Begins: oh. my. lord!)
George Clooney
Alan Rickman
Gerard Buttler
Viggo Mortensen
Josh Holloway, Matthew Fox, Naveen Andrews, Daniel Dae Kim (yes, LOST is chock full of eye candy! *fanning self*)
Eric Close
William Petersen (Grissam)
Johnny Depp

Stopping to catch my breath!

There are more (I'm fickle that way), but these names mostly seem to become proxies for my favorite characters. Intense, larger than life--yet human and flawed--those are the heroes who inspire me!

Playground Monitor said...

Oh yesssssss... Remington Steele.

And how about Dean Cain as Superman? And back in my early married days I thought Robert Redford was the cat's meow too.

pearl said...

The amazing Kiefer Sutherland, the star of "24". Easy to take and the best of the best.

alissa said...

Liam Neeson is one that I could not take my eyes off of. He has it all.

ellie said...

Patrizio Buanne. Anyday of the week he is for me.

principessa said...

Jakob Dylan.

Sue A. said...

I totally agree with your list of men to look upon for inspiration. Daniel Craig, Colin Firth, George Clooney, Sean Bean..YUM!

Stacy~ said...

Hi Sari, it's great to have you back :)

Congrats winners - I am soooo jealous LOL.

Oooh, hotties. One of my favorite topics - I never get tired of the hotties.

Several here have already been mentioned that I have to agree with - William Petersen, Clive Owen, Hugh Jackman, Gerard Butler. Eric Bana. I love non-metrosexual guys. The metros might be pretty to look at, but give me a guy without the slick look and I'm a happy girl.

Michelle mentioned melting brown eyes, and I wholeheartedly agree. A guy with those eyes owns me.

From the books, I love those BDB vamps, Ranger, Zachary Bronson from Kleypas' "Where Dreams Begin", Sam Starrett & Kenny "Wildcard" Karmody from Brockmann's Team 16 series.

I just adore blue collar guys - those are the ones I'm attracted to in real life. Fireman, mechanics, a man who knows what to do with his hands. Yep, they rock.

Carol M said...

George Clooney and Patrick Swayze are both great! From a book, I really like Roarke from J.D. Robb's In Death series.

catslady said...

There are so many but if I had to pick one from the movies it's currently Leonardo DiCaprio. I read a lot so it keeps changing and many times the one I'm reading is the one that sparks my passion.

catslady said...

Oh, I wanted to say how much I enjoyed "One Wicked Night."

KimW said...

Love the cover on your book! My husband sparks my passion mostly. lol Then, I'd say it characters in books. I get to know them a little better than actors.