Absolutely delighted to be back on one of Carrie Ann's fantastic hops. And Heartbreakers... *swoon* Where do I sign up?
Seems like I'm not the only one with that wicked train of thought, because - get this! - there are about 300 participants in this hop! Nope, not kidding you. Check the hop's page and see for yourself.
Not only this - meaning like 300 giveaways, with one at every stop, there are also 3 fabulous Grand Prizes to win!
1st Grand Prize: A Kindle Fire or Nook Tablet
2nd Grand Prize: A $100 Amazon or B&N Gift Card
3rd Grand Prize: A Swag Pack that contains paperbacks, ebooks, 50+ bookmarks, cover flats, magnets, pens, coffee cozies, and more! (US only)
So what's the whole fuss about Heartbreakers, eh? How can a man who breaks a woman's heart be considered a hero?
Well, that's what it boils down to for me - a hero has to have the capacity to break the heroine's heart. Otherwise, he's not her hero, and he's not the love of her life.
Imagine a ho-hum guy with a written-in-stone routine who never notices when you've changed your hair colour from black to pink and shaved half your head in a faux-hawk. One day, he stands up and says, "I'm leaving."
You'd say, "Good riddance", innit? His leaving would totally not break your heart. Why? Because you never were in love with him, and he never seemed to love you or care enough to notice.
Now imagine a man who can, with a simple smile, turn your world upside down. A man who doesn't need to bring you flowers every day but shows his concern and feelings in more tangible ways. Like knowing you had an awful night so he wakes up early and takes the baby out on the run for your favourite coffee all so you can wake up to a great pick-me-up after getting some much needed shut-eye.
This man has the potential to break your heart, and you love him. You love for that, you love him because of that. He's your hero because he holds your heart, and he cares...
But what happens when the man you fall in love with really does break your heart... like Leila experiences in my latest 1NightStand romance, Once Upon A Second Chance.
This man saved her from a personal Hell and promised to love and cherish her. Through their short moments spent together, he's showed her he'll be her protector, that she's finally safe... And then he leaves without a word, Leila finding herself alone and not understanding what happened while trying to come to grips with living in a foreign country.
Does he redeem himself? Why did he leave?
Find out in Once Upon A Second Chance.
Leila Hassan Al-Nadir spent ten years in a forced, abusive marriage in the United Arab Emirates, before her husband divorced her... and another man stepped into his place to make her his wife. But before she can look at a future with this new man, he abandons her, dropping her off on the island of Mauritius in the care of his stepmother.
Khalid Al-Nadir wants nothing more than to be with Leila, his wife. But he hides a deep, dark secret – his intentions when he made her his weren’t noble. Despite falling in love with her in the end, he knows she will be better off without him.
Leila craves answers; Khalid desires salvation. Fate, in the form of Khalid’s stepmother, intervenes and sets this estranged couple up for a one night stand date with Madame Eve’s agency.
Can Leila and Khalid have a second chance, once they both face the truth that brought them together?
Genre: Multicultural/Interracial/Inspirational (Muslim) Contemporary Romance
Length: Short (45 pages/12,000 words)
Publisher: Decadent Publishing, LLC
Amazon, Amazon UK, Decadent website, AllRomance Ebooks, Barnes & Noble (Nook), Smashwords
What do YOU think? Does the person you love have to have the capacity to break your heart, for it to be called love?
Answer in the comments, and don't forget to leave your email address! Both Carrie Ann and myself cannot enter you into the draw and contact you if you're the winner without it.
And what am I offering in my giveaway? I'm doing something different on this hop. Here it is:
I'm currently penning a contemporary series about 3 sisters set in a fictional little village in North Yorkshire, England. This place is the unofficial hiding place for most of the young, hunky, and eligible billionaires of England, with a ratio 3:1 where the male population v/s the female is concerned. Mecca of hot, handsome goodies up for the taking for all single gals out there, innit?
My giveaway - the winner gets to create a character in this village. Whether a hot, hunky, and eligible billionaire, or one of the lucky girls who gets to come there and pick her choice of rich and intelligent beefcake.
OR - winner gets to make a cameo in one of the books.
Don't forget to check the other participants in the hop. You can find the list with all their names here.
Thanks for dropping by today, peeps, and I hope you're having a great Friday and an even lovelier weekend.
From Mauritius with love,
No he doesn't..Thanks for a Great Giveaway and hop.. adgali(at)ymail(dot)com
Tight giveaway gift! I think I would be an awesome character in one of your books.
Thanks teena! Lol, I think I'm twisted... not surprising, given the tortured heroes I write :)
Meghan, from the little I see here, I think you'd make a great character, too *wink*
I would hope he wouldn't. It can be love without the potential for heartbreak.
For me the heartbreaker is a bad boy who goes kicking and screaming into love! When he falls he falls hard!
The only heartbreakers I have encountered are literary! And my all time fav is Mr Darcy! Although, I am currently crushing on Zadist from the Black Dagger Brotherhood!
I prefer only heartbreak in books!
Oo, that IS a different prize. I'm actually a little scared to think I could possibly cameo in a book. But then, you're supposed to do what scares you, right? So here I am, entering the contest. LOL. I'm currently crushing on heartbreaker Dean Winchester from Supernatural, a show I just discovered because I'm woefully behind.
doxisrcool at aol dot com
I think the answer is yes.. only the ones you deeply care about can break your heart!
Thanks so much for participation!
I think so. Only the people you really care for have the capacity to really hurt you. If they didnt matter it wouldnt bother you as much. Thanks!
If you don't really love someone, they don't have thepower to break your heart, so yes, while they may not mean to, they can.
sherrygloag @gmail dot com
I love reading about heartbreakers! They are usually bad-boys, they’re witty, funny and sexy and the female population is drooling after them lol
verusbognar (at) gmail (dot) com
Definitely, if they don't have the power to break your heart then your love and emotions are not invested in that person.
Thanks for the awesome giveaway!
Great post :)
and yes, if it's really love then they can break your heart! if you dont' care enough about the person then you aren't really broken up by anything they do :)
I love heartbreakers cause they are fun to love. I prefer a heartthrob cause he is in it for the long haul. Thanks for the great giveaway!
mary_reiss @ hotmail.com
No. he does not.
Thanks for the chance!
Very interesting prize. Thanks for the giveaway.
I think so. You would have to really love them for them to be able to break your heart.
Thanks for the chance to win!
natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com
Only the people you care about have the power to reak your heart and it is alwasy better to love and lost than never to have loved at all. My favorite Heartbreaker is the one that your heart can’t live without. One of my best is Lucas from D B Reynolds book “LUCAS” (Vampire in America series). Strong mind, well put together and tender when he wants to be. And loves horses.
Yes, I think you have to have the capacity to break the one you loves heart to be that unstoppable, immeasureable love. But the true love is to do everything you can so that doesn't happen. sbereza22(at)gmail(dot)com
Mary, true - it can be love without heartbreak...
K.April, I totally agree with you! Love the bad boy who never saw love coming and it hits him square in the face :)
Mr Darcy indeed, and now I really have to get into BDB! Everyone keeps talking about them!
OMG, fangirl moment! I'm a huge, huge, huge Supernatural fan!!! On Team Sam, though, but Dean is one hot hunk, too :)
Swordlily, right - you have to care for your heart to break...
Amber, that's it - it wouldn't bother you so much if it didn't matter :)
You're welcome, Laurie :)
Sherry, exactly. They might not mean to hurt you, but they can, and that's what makes the whole relationship :)
Veronika, you summed up bad boys soooo well! :)
Cassandra, that's what I meant! Your love & emotions are not invested if they don't hold the power to break your heart :)
Glad you see my point, Stacey :)
Mary, I never thought of it this way, but a heartbreaker who falls in love is definitely in for the long haul :)
Liese2, I wish he didn't have to have that power... :)
Lol, Kaylyn. I wanted to do something different. :)
Natasha, that's what I tried to say :)
Judy, now I'm curious about that book. Gonna have to go look for it.
And yes, better to have loved and lost than not loved at all... :)
Shannon, I love your words. Yes, true love is exactly that - knowing you can hurt someone, but not doing anything to let that happen :)
Yes if you are not so invested that they can't hurt you, then it is not love.
My favorite part of having a heart breaker is the world class groveling. Todd in Lauren Dane's Laid Bare is my perfect example.
planterofhope at aol dot com
Yes I think he does. Thanks for the great giveaway!! So many great prizes!! Happy Valentine's Day!
no it you can get your heart broken even if it isn't love.
Thanks so much
yes absolutely! it doesn't make sense if you can't get hurt. you have to be invested. thanks for the giveaway!
pepperpenn42 at gmail dot com
Thanks for participating.
I like the heartbreakers. They make the make up sex so much sweeter. Thanks for being Heartbreakers Blog Hop.
I agree, veRONIca :)
You're most welcome, Shadow! :)
Ooooh, yeah, Carla! The world class groveling is totally addictive :)
Lol, Ashley :) You're welcome
Jeanette, I never saw it that way... Thanks for pointing this out :)
Welcome, Charles :)
Pepper, that's exactly what I meant - doesn't make sense if you can't get hurt :)
Mary Frances, you're one naughty girl *wink* But it's good to be naughty, innit? :)
And since the hop is now over, it's time for prizes. I hope one of you commenters here won into the Grand Prizes...
If not, I entered ye all in the draw for my giveaway, and the winner is...
doxymom aka AnnaM!
Congrats Anna! So you'll be getting to cameo in my upcoming series, or get to create a character in that crazy world. :) I'll be in touch soon.
To Anna and everyone else, thank you for having taken the time and trouble to come over, read the post, and grant me with a well-thought out answer. I love this kind of interaction with people, and I hope you'll be coming back to my slice of the world sometime again.
Big hugs!!! From Mauritius with love!
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