Thursday, May 7, 2009

A Blazin' Hot Time in the Lair!

Today we're thrilled to have 5 fabulous Blaze Authors in the lair! Tawny Weber, Kira Sinclair, Jillian Burns, Marie Donovan and Jennifer LaBrecque all have new releases out this month. Please join me in giving them a hearty Bandit welcome!

Each author answered four quick questions to get us rolling today and don't forget to check out the blurbs of their new releases following their answers :-)

Tawny Weber

What's the hottest thing one of your heroes every said to your heroine? "What I'm going to do to you will be better than anything you've ever imagined," he promised. "When I'm through, you won't need fantasies.You'll have memories instead."

If you were stranded on a desert island with one of your heroes, which onewould you pick and why? Definitely Reece from GOING DOWN HARD. This is a guy who knows how to getthings done! And he's so good with his hands (definitely a priority on adesert island ) He'd whip up a shelter, scope out any possible threatsand probably serve up an exotic drink in a half-coconut shell.

If you had to pick one characteristic to describe the hero of your currentBlaze release, what would it be? How about your heroine? Oh, they share the same one! Stubbornness. Reece and Sierra are ALL aboutthe stubborn. He knows he knows best. Except that she's sure she knowsbest. The two of them have a great time proving their, um points, to eachother And when it comes to knowing what's best for each other? They're just as stubborn about that, too.


Sierra Donovan is flying high on her company's rising success. Her bonus? Another sexy one-night stand with cowboy Reece Carter—also known as the best sex she's ever had.But when sick blackmail photos start to show up, fiercely self-reliant Sierra suddenly finds herself needing a twenty-four-hour bodyguard. Who better than cowboy-turned-security-specialist Reece Carter?Reece is tall, dark and dangerous…and he's getting in Sierra's take-charge way. But, oh god, can he make every single nerve ending on her body sizzle.Sierra soon realizes that coming home to great sex each night has its benefits. That is, as long as her bodyguard can keep her alive to enjoy it….

Kira Sinclair

What's the hottest thing one of your heroes ever said to your heroine?
“Don’t worry. I’ll do the dishes.” Seriously, I think any time one of my heroes tells my heroines that she’s sexy, beautiful and perfect for him, it’s hot. How they say it is always different but I think that’s what we all want out of life. To be admired and desired.

If you were stranded on a desert island with one of your heroes, which one would you pick and why?
Hmm, this is a tough one. It’s like asking me to pick which of my kids is my favorite. At the moment I’m working on a new book which may be influencing my decision but I’d probably have to say Blake Mitchell. He’s strong, doesn’t have any problems protecting Anne whether she wants him to or not, and has a hard and fast moral compass. Even if society tells him something is wrong, if he knows its right he’s still going to do it. And take the consequences with a grin and a shrug. Oh, and he’s gorgeous which doesn’t hurt either. J

If you had to pick one characteristic to describe the hero of your current Blaze release, what would it be? How about your heroine?
Chase is confident. He has to be. Men and women rely on him to protect them. He gets into a million dollar piece of metal and forces it to its limits every day. That takes some guts.
Rina is driven. Her life is controlled by single-minded focus. She’s got a plan and she’s sticking to it. Until she meets Chase. His confidence and charm kinda knock her on her rear.


Subject: Air Force Major Chase CardinCurrent status: Reluctant Iraq war heroMission: Keep his jobObstacle: Captain Sabrina McAllister—his secret wife!Before Chase shipped out, he and Rina enjoyed a sizzling night in Vegas, topping it off with a tacky mock wedding. It was a one-shot deal for both of them. Or so they thought…. Because when Chase comes home, he learns that he's very legally hitched to the feisty captain. And, funnily enough, it's not bothering him at all….Their mistaken union is strictly against air force rules. There'll be hell to pay if it's discovered. But the sex is so very, very good….Career-driven Chase knows he has to give Rina up, for both their sakes. And he'll think about it—once he has the willpower to leave her bed….

Jillian Burns

What's the hottest thing one of your heroes ever said to your heroine? Well, I wasn’t sure what the rating needed to be for these examples. Everything I found in my Blaze seemed um…too explicit. But I found this from my Scottish pirate in my novella coming out in Secrets Vol 28 this December: “Aye, I need ye lass,” he choked out. “I burn with it.”

If you were stranded on a desert island with one of your heroes, which one would you pick and why? I’d definitely choose Cole. If he’d been born 200 years earlier he’d have been a swashbuckling pirate or a Naval Captain sailing the high seas. He’s really a guy’s guy. Strong, Brave, and Honorable. But he’s got this vulnerable side he only shows to the woman he loves.

If you had to pick one characteristic to describe the hero of your current Blaze release, what would it be? Daredevil

How about your heroine? Proud


Working as a Keno girl in a Vegas casino, Jordan Brenner took her bets off the sex table ages ago. And all the hot flyboys in the world won't make a difference—until Major Cole Jackson sends Jordan's thoughts and hormones into wicked places indeed….What Jordan doesn't know is that Cole made a deal with his buddies: get some hot-'n'-heavy action from the Keno girl, or pay up! But Cole doesn't need an incentive. Every time he looks at Jordan's lips (or any part of her body, for that matter), he's immediately aware that something is up—and it isn't his ante!It looks as if Cole won't lose just his shirt. He'll lose all control, too!

Marie Donovan

What's the hottest thing one of your heroes every said to your heroine?
Yannis Petrides from My Sexy Greek Summer:
"Cara, I am a builder. I can make wonderful things, but only with good-quality materials. And you, chriso mou, are excellent material." He stroked her knee with his free hand, gliding up her thigh. "Your skin is smooth Greek marble, your eyes and hair the finest tints." He slid his hand between her legs. "And here--" he rubbed the center seam of her shorts "--the fountain of inspiration that quenches my thirst."

If you were stranded on a desert island with one of your heroes, which one would you pick and why?
I would pick Cajun Green Beret Luc Boudreau from Her Last of Defense, which comes out in September. He is a wilderness survival expert and super sexy as well--all your needs taken care of in one package!

If you had to pick one characteristic to describe the hero of your current Blaze release, what would it be? How about your heroine?
Yannis is a very honorable man, almost to the point of being a bit stiff-necked. Cara is brave as she confronts her past in order to have a brilliant future with Yannis.


A summer on a Greek island is just what grad student Cara Sokol needs to jump-start her nonexistent sex life. Too bad she's sworn off Greek men forever, because she can't take her eyes off Yannis Petridis's six-pack abs and sultry eyes.But Cara's not going to get away that easily. In fact, some of Yannis's daydreams would make even Aphrodite blush. So if his fiery redhead wants an X-rated fling, he won't deny it—even if she is hiding something more than her burning desire….

Jennifer LaBrecque


Bad boy Beau Stillwell was born with a need for speed. The reigning champ of Outlaw racing, Beau's always been a lightning rod for women—but not one of them has ever sent a real sizzle his way.Until he meets Natalie Bridges, his little sister's wedding planner. Natalie's uptight. Controlling. But Beau discovers that underneath her cool, classic exterior, Natalie's a fiery little hot rod. And he knows exactly how to get her engine revved….But when Natalie finds out Beau's deceived her, she hits the brakes. It's time for a little payback. And Natalie's going to start by driving Beau absolutely wild….

Ladies, thank you all so much for being here today!

Now, a question for our readers: Tweaking the first question we asked our Blaze authors, what was the best pick-up line you've ever heard? Was it used to try and pick YOU up? Did it work? Or how about the funniest pick-up line? The absolute worst?

Today each author will be giving away a signed copy of their May books (that's 5 chances to win!) so let's hear from you!


Jane said...

Hello ladies,
Looking forward to reading all your new Blaze releases. I can't think of any great pick up lines right now. A funny pick up line my friend had heard was "I'm like American Express, don't go home without me." I actually think that's pretty funny and could see how a girl might go for the guy because he's got a sense of humor.

limecello said...

Congratulations on the GR, Jane! I love Blaze books - thanks for visiting with us today, ladies!

As for pickup lines... I can't think of any good ones; though I've heard more than my fair share of cheesy ones. Thankfully mostly in jest :P

Helen said...

Congrats Jane have fun with him

These books sound wonderful and hot all the heros sound very yummy I have "met" Reece and WOW, I am partial to Greek food and would love to go to the Greek Islands so Yannis I would love to meet, Guys in unifroms Yum so Chase I am sure would be a great Guy and I love the names Cole and Beau I would love to get to "know" them.

I can't remember any pick up lines that were said to me my hubby just walked up to me while a group of us was walking to a train station and just held my hand and then walked me home and we have been together ever since that was 37 years ago things were obviously different in the 70's LOL.

I do remember a few years ago at work there was a guy who would come in and he really looked like Mel Gibson only taller and one of the girls I worked with really wanted to get to know him so eventually she asked him if he was ever mistaken for Mel he laughed and they talked for a while but nothing ever eventuated.

Great Post Ladies
Have Fun

Laurie said...

Worst: My freshman year of college (1972), first week of registration a guy I'd only said Hi to came up to me and asked me to move in with him! I was 18, from a small town, totally innocent..I was shocked. He had been in a band and I guess he was used to women falling at his feet!!

Maureen said...

All those Blaze books look great! It's been a long time since I've heard a pick-up line so I can't really think of any good ones.

Deb Marlowe said...

Hello, Blaze ladies! Whew, I need to turn up my AC...Those heroes are HOT

Hmm, one time I was in San Antonio at a conference, at the same time a Star Trek conference was at the next hotel. I'm a big ST TNG fan and I was standing and talking to some guys dressed as Klingons, got my picture taken with them and everything!

As we were parting, one of them asked if I wanted to come up and see his batleth (Klingon sword) It didn't work, but it made me laugh!

Beth said...

Good morning! Jane, congrats on nabbing the GR. He's so charming, he doesn't need a pick-up line :-)

I'm LOL at that pick-up line! I definitely go for a guy with a sense of humor (which works out since my husband makes me laugh every day - in a good way *g*)

Did your friend go for this guy?

Beth said...

Hey, limecello! Aren't Blaze books awesome? What's your favorite thing about the line?

We'd love to hear some cheesy pick-up lines ;-)

How about this one (and no, this wasn't used on me *g*) Do you have any overdue books out? Because you have FINE written all over you.


Beth said...

Hey, Helen! Didn't you just love Reece?? I am seriously crushing on that cowboy *g*

I can't wait to read the other Blaze books out this month! And all of those covers are HOT :-)

I love the story of your husband walking up to you and holding your hand! The night I met my husband, we'd made eye contact a few times and then he sat next to me, put his arm around my shoulders and asked my friend to introduce us *g*

Beth said...

Hi, Laurie! Wow, sounds like that guy had a healthy ego ;-) I wonder what he would've done if you'd said yes?

Beth said...

Morning, Maureen! Do you often read the Blaze line? It's one of my favorite Harlequin lines *g*

Natasha said...

I met my hubby on a blind date (double date with mututal friends) We'd just boarded his motor boat and he turned to me and said, "Where have you been all my life?" Our friends groaned and I laughed and yes, I gave him another chance :)

Great releases! I already have my copy of Let It Ride (Hey Jillian!) I'll have to look up some of these others too.

Beth said...

Hey, Deb!!

As we were parting, one of them asked if I wanted to come up and see his batleth (Klingon sword)OMG! ROFL! Cheesy pick-up lines aren't just for humans, huh? Even Klingons use them *g*

housemouse88 said...

Hello Ladies,

Congrats on all the releases!

I know I have had guys use pick up lines in the past. However I'll be honest ladies, I've slept and drank since then. LOL My mind don't work like it once did. Have a great day.

Llehn said...

Hello ladies,

A funny pick up line I found online is "Are you a tamale? 'Cause you're hot." I know lame. But I don't get out much ;-)

Susan Sey said...

Good morning, Blaze Ladies! I love those hot lines from your heroes! Makes me want to dive into a Blaze & stay there for a few hours. :-)

As for awesome pickup lines that were used and/or worked on me? Hmmm. I'm not the kind of girl a guy sees across the room & tries to pick up. I'm more of an acquired taste, I think. :-) So I think the sexiest thing a guy can do is show some serious effort. Put some determination into the chase. Ah, hell, chase AT ALL. Girls who got overlooked all throughout their teens & most of their twenties (late bloomers unite!) not only deserve it, but we appreciate it the way all those pretty girls couldn't possibly.

Thanks for coming by today! It's finally summer here in the upper midwest & I suddenly have the urge to pick up a stack of Blazes & go sit on a beach while my kids splash around. :-)

Playground Monitor said...

Every one of these books sounds fabulous!

It's been a looooooooong time for me too since I heard a pick-up line and the memory is bad. I do love that old song "If I said you had a beautiful body would you hold it against me." I've seen a guy wearing that on a t-shirt.


Louisa Cornell said...

Congrats on the GR, Jane! God only knows what kind of pick up lines that cad has used!

All of these Blazes sound SMOKIN' HOT !! I will definitely have to turn up the AC !!

These are some great pick up lines! You got propositioned by a Klingon, Deb !! You are an intergalactic hottie!

I dated my DH's best friend for a year before I dated my DH so we knew each other pretty well. I had no idea he was interested in me until a few weeks after his best friend and I parted ways (amicably.) Roger came up to me in the library at the women's college I attended. I was actually reading a romance novel instead of studying and I didn't realize he was there until he said "What are you reading?" I expected him to say something snarky so I just held up the cover so he could see the title (and the bodice ripping cover.) He sat down and said "No, what's it about?"

Better yet, when I explained the story to him, he listened. It was a medieval and we got to talking about medieval history. The rest, as they say, is history! VBG

Juliet Burns said...

HI everyone,
oh wow, I love reading all these stories about pick up lines. I had a horrible first meet line with my hubby. I was in a wild mood, was attending a concert with a friend of mine and and meeting a larger singles group that included my future hubby to go all together, and my friend--a co-worker, said, "Hi, I'm Debi and I'm a witch" (only with a B) and I (in my wild youth) said, "I'm Juliet and I'm a witch too." What a way to introduce myself to this guy, huh? Now, of course, I just shrug and say hey, you were warned...

CrystalGB said...

Hello Ladies. All your books sound great. I have heard some really cheesy pick up lines but the most scary was when a man grabbed my arm and said he wanted to take me to his country.

Juliet Burns said...

HI Natasha! Thank you for stopping by here!

OMG, gotta love those Klingons and their Batleths.

All those cheesy lines, but yeah, a sense of humor is a definite plus in a guy.

I've got all the May Blazes in my TBR pile. Just finished Afterburn, and Kira's hawt fighter pilot definitely left me needing a cold shower. And I'm reading My Sexy Greek Summer now. Oooh Yannis, (sigh)
I can't wait to read the rest!

Blodeuedd said...

Well, no one has used a bad one one me, just those tacky old ones. "You are so beautiful", "you seemed like you wanted to talk to someone"
Though one guy did give this entire speech which I have forgotten something about the sun, rainbow and flowers, lo.

Marie Donovan said...

Thanks for inviting me to join you today. I think the worst pickup line I ever heard was, "Are your legs tired? Cuz they've been running through my dreams."

Of course it didn't help that he had his four year old with him as he bought beer at midnight at the local Kroger while his "old lady" waited for them in the car with their three other kids. What some men think is sexy...ugh.

Fortunately my husband had no pickup lines, just actual intelligent conversation!

jcp said...

I've never heard a memorable one.

Instigator said...

Good morning everyone!

I admit it, I don't have a lot of pick-up line experience. I met my husband when I was 18 and we've been together ever since (almost 15 years now :-)). However, I did have one guy ask me where my older sister was - that he'd always wanted to date her. Um...I am the older sister. To this day I'm not sure if he really didn't know who I was...


Minna said...

Can't remember any good ones. But the oddest one was in high school. This guy had asked this girl from my class to ask me if I could start dating him. Um, no, for so many reasons (he smoked, he had some very interesting opinions on biology lessons...). It took 3 days for him to understand the meaning of the word "no". And during all that time I was in high school -as far as I can remember- I never even spoke a one single word with him.

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jo robertson said...

Hi, Blaze authors, welcome to the Bandit Lair! Those are some mighty hot lines you've chosen.

Jane, yahoo and congratulations are getting the rooster. Got any interesting plans for him today?

Pickup lines, hmmmm, I think it's been way too long since I've gotten one!

Treethyme said...

Hi ladies! I'm so sad that I missed Susan Mallery's visit yesterday, but I was busy FINISHING MY BOOK!! Sorry to go off-topic, but I had to get that in there.

I've read Tawny's books and loved them, and I can see I'm going to have to go out and buy more Blaze titles after meeting all of you!

Christie Kelley said...

Great blog! All your books sound fantastic. I just love the Blaze line.

I'm totally stumped for pick up lines but I've been married a looong time.

Christie Kelley said...

Jane, I love your AMEX line. I used to work for them and my husband's line was he can't leave home without me.

Gillian Layne said...

How about "It's worth an entire semester's tuition just to sit in this antiquated desk and see your face. Anyway, it had better be, because I can't hear a word the professor's saying when you're around."

And of course I remember it, because oh yes, Susan I was very much a "late bloomer!"

Ladies, I love the new Blaze blog you all have going. It's a very fun place with great posts.

Anna Sugden said...

Wooohooo - the Blaze Babes are in the Lair! Welcome!

Pick-ups lines I've suffered through:

Do you want to dance or just suck face? (school dance)

You must be an angel - allow me to worship you (in a pub at Uni)

You have beautiful eyes. They remind of that famous singer - Terence Trent Derby! (also in a pub at Uni)

Juliet Burns said...

There's a trend in these comments, I think. A lot of us can't remember that last time we heard a pick up line. Something I notice a lot here and actually among most romance writers and readers, we tend to be--and stay--happily married. :)

RachieG said...

I work with the public...a few weeks ago a guy came up to me and asked "Does the redhead have a boyfriend" Since she was my co-worker I was like, yeah and I kind of glared at him.

He then winked at me and asked "How bout you?"

He didn't get my name or my number that's for sure!!


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Suzanne Welsh said...

Good morning ladies. Welcome to the Lair!! I think this is the first time we've interviewed five authors at once. How fun!

And Jillian/ didn't tell me you were coming on the blog! Girl, I am so excited about your first Blaze. I'll be scooping up my copy ASAP!

As for pickup lines...It's been nearly thirty years since I heard one, so, uhm gonna pass on any today!

kim h said...

i have not recevie any pick up line in my days darn lol

iheard this one
i need a quarter to call god because i think an angel has landed on my lap.

congrats on the booksladies

i lve blazes books i read them the most
glad to see uhere

Pat Cochran said...

Hi, Tawny and Jennifer,

I've read your books and greatly enjoyed them!

Hi, Kira, Jillian, & Marie,

I've added your books to my to-be-
purchased list. I just know they
will be great!

Congratulations, Jane!

Pat Cochran

Beth said...

Natasha, sounds like you giving your hubby a second chance worked out for the best :-)

Thanks for stopping by!

Beth said...

LOL, housemouse! I'm the same way. My memory is shot *g*

But I did find a sight that has some cute pick-up lines. I like this one:

The more you drink, the better I look :-)

Beth said...

Llehn! I'm ROFL over that line! Too funny :-) Sounds like something my 17 yo could use *g* Thanks for sharing it!

Beth said...

Susan, you are a knockout! Anyone who has seen pictures of Susan from the night she won her Golden Heart knows this *g*

I so agree with you about the effort. Every woman deserves someone willing to go that extra mile for them :-)

And reading a Blaze while hanging out at the beach? Count me in!

Minna said...

Well, it's officially summer here (even though it doesn't quite look like it yet). The swallows are here! Our swans arrived few days earlier.


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Beth said...

Hi, Marilyn! That is such a classic pick-up line - love it *g*

I agree with you about the Blaze books. They all sound so great!

If you click on any of the authors' names, you'll be taken to their websites where you can learn more about their books. Or check our eHarlequin for an excerpt:;jsessionid=F57BA654AF300A746CC107EF439AD469?cid=192

Beth said...

Louisa, I bet the GR has some great pick-up lines. Of course, women are drawn to a rooster of mystery :-)

Love the story of your husband coming up to you in the library!

Juliet Burns said...

I love that story about your hubby and you discussing Medieval history. I guess--as they say--the rest is history? Argh. Sorry I couldn't help mnyself. (grin)
Hi Pat! Thanks for stopping by.
Beth, thank you so much for inviting me to be a part of this. I'm such a fan of the other Blaze authors here.
I never was the recipient of pick up lines either, but I'm loving these first meet stories.

Cassondra said...

Hey ladies!

Welcome to the lair, and thanks so much for joining us, and for bringing your wonderful characters. The books sound fabulous. I just finished Tawny's Coming On Strong and it was awesome! Can't wait to get these.

Lessee...pickup lines.

Best one...I dunno. Probably the one my husband used on me. "Hi. You wanna see my slides of the Tetons?" I did.

Worst one? Oh, man...there are a lot of those. Some are just gross. But one was so sad and hopeful that it melted my heart..I'd just played a show in Nashville and I'd packed up my guitar and was leaving the venue when a guy who'd been at several of my gigs during the previous weeks was standing outside. I stopped to say hello and he said, in a lowered tone, "I know I don't look it now, but I could be tall and handsome."

Actually the other day a guy walked up beside me and said,"So, can I interest you in a metal building?" I'd forgotten that one until you guys mentioned pickup lines.

Tawny said...

Hi Everyone!!! Happy Blaze Day *g*

*waving hi to Kira, Jillian, Marie and Jennifer*

Beth, thank you so much for having us all here ;-) I looove the final question. Pick Up Lines...

"Heaven must be missing an angel"
"Have we met in my dreams?"
"I need to get my eyes checked, you can't be that beautiful?" (um, ouch *g*)

My absolute favorite was "Don't I know your brother?"

Hey, that last one got me my husband.

Juliet Burns said...

Suzanne! Hi! I didn't realize you were a bandit! I should have. Thank you for having me here. I'm just learning my way around all this blogging guesting stuff.

Treethyme said...

Remind me to tell you about the time my stand-in OB-GYN tried to pick me up. NOT one I'm going to post here; it'll have to wait until National.

Juliet Burns said...

I take it you are a musician? You play guitar in a band? Since you mentioned Nashville, can I assume you play Country music? Tell me all about what you do, please?

Treethyme said...

I stopped to say hello and he said, in a lowered tone, "I know I don't look it now, but I could be tall and handsome."


Juliet Burns said...

Oh treethyme, you're killing me. I HAVE to hear about this. So, where do the Bandits meet at National and can I crash the group??

Tawny said...

LOL Jane, thats kinda clever.

Lime, I'm glad you love Blaze. They do rock, yes?

Hi Helen :-) Awwwwwwwwwwwww that is just SO sweet!!!! Talk about love at first sight.

Juliet Burns said...

Hi Tawny!! My fellow Night Owl!
THAT line got you your husband? You must have seen somehting special in him. (grin)
Hope the stage help isn't taking too much of a toll, and I CANNOT wait to read GOING DOWN HARD
Tawny will be a guest on my blog next week and I can't wait!

Cassondra said...

Juliet said:

I take it you are a musician? You play guitar in a band? Since you mentioned Nashville, can I assume you play Country music? Tell me all about what you do, please?
Juliet I was a songwriter for years before I started writing romantic suspense. I did both for a long while and they were a perfect compliment. It was weird the way working on a song would help me solve problems in the books, and when I would focus on the books, I'd come up with the way to work out some trouble I was having with a lyric.

Once I finaled in the Golden Heart and met the bandits I haven't written music seriously, but I hope to get back to it. I think it's actually my first love in writing.

Yes, I started playing guitar when I was 11 and taught myself piano when I was 15 and by the time I was 17 I was on the road with bands. The stuff in Nashville was all songwriter gigs though. In Nashville it's all about the song.

Kate Carlisle said...

Wow, the Lair is smokin' now!! Hi, Ladies! Great post, Beth!

Hmm, cheesy pick-up lines. Well, the worst one I ever heard--and yes, it was directed at me--was "Are you a natural blonde?"


I also got this one. "Are you a model? You dance like a model." ROTFLMAO! Where do these guys come from??

Anyway, your Blaze guys sound totally hot and classy, so I won't worry about hearing any cheesy lines from them. :-) Can't wait to read the books!

Treethyme, mucho congratulations on finishing your book!!!! What a feeling, huh? Fantastic!

Tawny said...

Wow Laurie, that's one bold guy!!! I guess guys in the band with girls falling at their feet tend to get right to the point and not waste time on clever lines, huh?

Maureen, they ARE all fab books!! I hope you'll check them out :-)

Juliet Burns said...

A songwriter? How totally fascinating.
And now, I'm slow, I know, but the metal building thing went right over my head...

Tawny said...

ROFL Deb. I'm a huge ST TNG fan too - talk about an original (and clever). BTW - those heroes? Even hotter between the pages *g*

LOL Natasha!!! What a line... but it sounds like he's a great guy. Good thing you gave him that second chance *g*

Juliet Burns said...

HI Kate!
are you a natural blonde?
Ack! Hey, didn't Susan Elizabeth Phillips have one of her heroes use that line once? or somehting similar. He asked her to prove it and the heroine was completely clueless what he meant. That was fun.

Tawny said...

LOL House. You know, there are definite advantages to forgetting bad pickup lines ;-)

Susan - dive!!! ;-) And you know, I really like that take on it. Put a little effort in. We deserve it!!!

Tawny said...

*wince* Marilyn, talk about low effort. They guy just wore his pickup line on his chest? Ugh.

Awwww, Louisa - that's sweet. What a keeper, your hubby is!!! I love a guy who actually listens :-)

Tawny said...

Juliet, you didn't!?!? LOL - too funny.

Crystal your story is so NOT funny -wow, that'd scare me, too. Did he let go or did you have to make him?

chey said...

Hi Ladies,
All the books sound great.
Pick-up lines? I guess I didn't ever hear any that were memorable!

Anna Campbell said...

Hey, Jane, congratulations on the chook! You only just beat Lime!

Blaze girls, you're giving us a hot old time in the lair today. In fact, it's so steamy in here, I reached out for what I thought was a door handle...and it wasn't a door handle and we now have a very upset cabana boy!

All the books sound fabulous. Our wonderful Tawny has converted me into a dedicated Blaze reader. I love the sexy, flirty tone that a lot of the books have. They remind me of the old Temptations, with all the hot stuff included. What's not to like?

Hmm, worst pickup line? "Do ya f*ck?" Seriously, someone said that to me once. Not all Australian men are as charming as Hugh Jackman! Although I suppose at least this one has the advantage of directness!

Best? Hmm, that would be telling. I must say I used to get a giggle out of a corny old country song that started, "If I said you had a beautiful body, would you hold it against me?" Like the joke in that!

Tawny said...

Blodeuedd - hey, sun and rainbows and flowers are, well, cheesy LOL Maybe he thought he was being 'sensitive'?

Oh Marie, what a jerk!! Yuck.

Anna Campbell said...

By the way, I've read both of Tawny's latest, Coming on Strong and Going Down Hard! Wow, what great books. And I agree, Tawny, I'd want Reece on a desert island but I'm not sure he'd have time or energy to be putting up too many shelters!

Hey, and Becke, WHOOOOOOO-HOOOOOOO! I was on Facebook (yeah, I know I should have been deep in my own writing) when you announced finishing your story yesterday. I'm so happy for you. Congratulations!

Tawny said...

JCP -thats not a bad thing :-)

Kira :-) LOL about the sister line. You have to wonder what they're thinking, huh?

cas2ajs said...

Well, worst pick-up line was when I stopped at a bar after work and had a dress on. This was many years ago, back when I was thin. A guy came over looked my bare legs over from ankle to knee and then said, "Nice legs. Do they go all the way up?" I just laughed, turned around and walked away.

Cheryl S.

Gillian Layne said...

Anna, eewwwww! Did you smack him silly? I'm teaching my girls to punch without breaking their hands just because of men like that!

flip said...

my sister had been hit with the worst pickup lines every.

"I like that thing on your lip."
She has a lovely mole above her mouth.

"Your eyes are so black, like a rodent."

suzana said...

I don't know about good pick up lines, but the one I clearly remember was like " Am I cute enough yet or do you need few more drinks?"
A friend of mine came up with it and it worked! (the girl was his roommate for a while before they ended up together)

Anna Campbell said...

Gillian, actually the correct answer for that bad pickup line is "Yes, but not with you!" Sadly I didn't think of it at the time. I was rather young and easily shocked ;-) I just wonder whether it ever worked. But I knew a guy who was a real player and he had a system where he used to basically hit on every girl he saw because as he said, even if only one in 100 said yes, it was still a yes. Hmm, and they say romance is dead!

Tawny said...

Isn't it frustrating, Mina, when someone just won't get the message?? I'm glad he finally stopped bugging you via third party LOL.

Hey Jo :-) That reminds me, I totally forgot to congratulate Jane on the rooster nabbing :-) Now there's someone (something?) with some GREAT pickup lines...

Treethyme said...

I don't think I can beat Anna C.'s pick-up line, but you asked for it. This happened when I was thirty -- pre-kids, but I'd been married over 10 years.

I went to my regular OB-GYN check up (an HMO) and instead of my regular female dr., a hot guy only a few years older than me was taking her place. Can we say: EMBARRASSING?

In the middle of the PAP smear he is asking me all of these normal, dr.-type questions, and then he says, "Are you sexually active?"

Well, call me stupid, but I'd been married forever and wasn't very experienced in the terminology. I'm thinking, "I just told him I've been married ten years, what does he think -- I'm celibate?" So I say, "Yes."

Aaah. I know what you're thinking -- duh. What a dingbat. So true!

The very next day I'm at work, and someone else picks up a call for me. She says, "It's your doctor." Now, I'm totally freaked out, thinking there's something wrong with the PAP smear. I pick up the phone, a complete basket case.

It's not a nurse, it's Dr. Hottie. He says, "No problem, your tests were fine, I just wanted to see how you were doing."

He. Called. To. Chat.

Um, yeah. So, there I am, blushing bright red, and the minute I hung up my entire department demanded to hear the story. You could hear the hoots and hollers a block away.

I told my husband and he just shook his head. But we were both glad when my regular dr. came back.

Tawny said...

Treethyme!!!! WHOHOOOOOOOOOOO Baby! congratulations on writing The End!! I'm so happy for you :-)

Treethyme said...

Thanks Tawny, and Anna, too. I was up until 4 a.m., but it's finally done. Until the comments come back from my critique partners, of course.

Tawny said...

Christie :-) I didn't realize you'd worked for Amex -Now see, thats where that line comes across as clever, not cheesy *g*

Gillian, thanks!! The Blaze Authors blog is so fun! I'm glad you're liking it. And hey, thats a, well, sorta sappy clever line LOL

Tawny said...

*groan* Oh Anna... those are truly bad!!!!

LOL Rachie--definitely tacky!!! Geeze, what was that guy thinking?

flchen1 said...

Hooray! Hi, Tawny, Kira, Jillian, Marie, and Jennifer!! Some of my very favorite writers of my favorite line!!

As for pick-up lines, not only do I have a terrible memory, it's been eons since I was even in the position to proposition or be propositioned with one! (Whew, I have to say!) I do always still crack up though, when watching Friends re-runs, when Joey says in his unique way, "Hey, how YOU doin'?"

Juliet Burns said...

Thanks for the sotry, Treethyme,
That's just...wrong!

And add my congrats to you for finishing!


Beth said...

Hi, Juliet! Thanks so much for being here today. Sorry I kept disappearing. I had one of those doctor appts that WOULD NOT END
:-) But then it did. End, that is *g*

LOL on your first meet! It must not have bugged him too much, huh?

Beth said...

Crystal! Oh my, gosh! That is scary. What is with people?? Of course, I suppose it could've been worse. He could've said he wanted to take you to his planet. Yikes!

Beth said...

Sun, rainbow and flowers? Sounds like he must've worked on that one, Blodeudd *g* I take it his speech didn't work on you?

Cassondra said...

Juliet said:

And now, I'm slow, I know, but the metal building thing went right over my head...
Snork! Well, no worries. There's no strange sexual innuendo there. He designs, sells, and builds metal buildings for a living. But of all the people in the world, I look the LEAST like someone who might be in the market for a metal building. Funny thing is, I might BE in the market for a metal building. But he would not know that. It was just a way to get to meet me. And it worked. I was interested in his metal building. That's all I was interested in, which disappointed him, but I was interested. (grin) Funny how bringing the husband up in the conversation causes them to suddenly get very distracted looking around at other things. *sigh*

You know, the strange thing is that the ring on my left hand seems not to deter these people at all. Granted, it's not a big diamond. It's a big sapphire. But it's set in white and yellow gold with baguette diamonds. And it's on the third finger. Helllllllo? But they don't even seem to notice it's there.

Beth said...

We're so glad you could hang out with us today, Marie! That guy at the Kroger's sure was delusional *g* Wonder if that line is how he won over his 'old lady'?

Beth said...

jcp, thanks for stopping by! Do you read the Blaze line?

Kira, I met my husband was I was 19 and any pick up lines stopped at that point *g*

I wonder if that guy was trying to be cute? To let you know he was into you without coming right out and saying so?

Kate Carlisle said...

LOL Juliet! That "are you a natural blonde" line coming from one of SEP's heroes would've been a lot more hot and sexy than the guy I'm talking about. No, he was more along the lines of "two wild and crazy guys" from Saturday Night Live. LOL!

Beth said...

Minna, that seemed to happen quite often at my jr high school.

Even though you never spoke to him, it sounds like you made quite an impression on him anyway :-)

Beth said...

Hey, Jo! How about this classy one:

"Your eyes are as blue as window cleaner."

If that doesn't get you, nothing will ;-)

Cassondra said...

Juliet said:

So, where do the Bandits meet at National and can I crash the group??
Juliet, we scope out the best spot in the hotel once we get there. Last year it was a booth in the bar at the top of the hotel. Great view, good wine and good company (snotty bar tender though). We never know until we get there where "the spot" will be. And of course you can crash the group! Well...I won't be there, but friends are always welcome to crash the bandit party. We just move the lair to the conference hotel for a week.

Beth said...

Treethyme! That is fantastic news!! Congrats :-)

Grab a Cabana Boy and relax. You deserve it *g*

Beth said...

I used to work for them and my husband's line was he can't leave home without me.LOL, Christie! Too funny *g*

Cassondra said...

Anna Campbell said:

the correct answer for that bad pickup line is "Yes, but not with you!" Sadly I didn't think of it at the time.Awful, isn't it? We never think of the good comebacks until it's too late. At least, I don't. :0/

Beth said...

Aww...Gillian, that was an awesome one! Thanks for sharing *g*

I agree, the Blaze Blog is fabulous! If you haven't checked it out, you definitely should. It's at:

Beth said...

Anna, you've had some good ones *g* Did any of them work?

Anna Campbell said...

But, Beth, window cleaner is a very pretty blue! ;-)

Anna Campbell said...

As I said, Beth, that would be telling. I will say, however, that one of the most effective ones came from a man who talked about the origins of European languages. I still think that's a rather tragic reflection on my geekdom. Seriously, someone telling me Estonian and Hungarian are related was HAWT!!!

Tawny said...

*waving to Suz* Hey you :-)

Kim, I'm so glad you love the Blaze books - I think its one of the best lines, but I'm obviously biased *g*

Juliet Burns said...

Ahhh, literally, a metal building! He was using the fact that he sold them as an excuse to talk to you.

You know, i have to say, I know a lot of these guys were cheesy and jerks, but I'm so glad I don't have to figure out how to approach a woman and ask her out. I know these days women can od the asking, and that's cool, but I think a lot of us still like ot be asked and it must be difficult--notice I didn't say hard--:) to have to get up the nerve to approach a lady and ask, knowing you might be rejected. So, a salute to all the greta guys who didn't lose their nerve and got the girl!

Suzanne Welsh said...

Hey Tawny!! *Waiving back* between coughs!

Juliet Burns said...

Two wild and crazy guys--
Yeah, too bad all our real life encounters can't be with SEP heroes... But we can dream. That's why we read Romance!

Juliet Burns said...

I'll just look for the group of ladies with smart looks and the best meeting spot!
Thanks for letting me crash!

Tawny said...

Hey Pat :-) They're all great authors, you're going to LOVE the books!!!

*groan* Oh Cassondra, I don't know if I should laugh or wince at that line. Grand Tetons indeed. But he obviously has a fab sense of humor and...well, it worked LOL. That one sounds like a sweetie, kinda sad but hey, thats a really clever pickup line, isn't it?

Tawny said...

Hi Tawny!! My fellow Night Owl!
THAT line got you your husband? You must have seen somehting special in him. (grin)
LOL- well, it WAS true. I saw my pre-hubby at the bank and YUMMMMMMY. But he also looked familiar. I was trying to figure out how to approach him when I realized where I knew him from. His brother and mine were best friends LOL. And the irony? My brother had tried to fix us up together a couple years back and I'd said noooo way.

and THANK you for being here (and during the day *g*) Juliet and I both write in the middle of the night, so we're official night owls.

Tawny said...

Ewww, Kate. You just know that guy is looking for the response "you want proof?" Like, ick. Totally (to go all valley girl LOL)

Hi Chey :-)

Smooches, Anna!! And thanks ;-) and... OMG nuh uhn. Talk about cutting through the preliminaries and getting to the point. Although personally, I'm all about the preliminaries *g*

You've now officially burst my Hugh Jackman is the representative of all Australian males bubble :-(

Tawny said...

LOL Cheryl... um, no, they stop at the knee? Geeze, what are guys thinking?

Flip -Rodent? Oh my, how romantic... um, not *g*

Beth said...

Ugh, RachieG! That is a bad pick-up line. I wonder if he actually thought it would work?

Cassondra said...

Tawny said:

*groan* Oh Cassondra, I don't know if I should laugh or wince at that line. Grand Tetons indeed. But he obviously has a fab sense of humor and...well, it worked LOLYep. And he wasn't bluffing. He had his slide projector set up down the hall in another classroom. He'd been on a hunting trip, and he's a terrific photographer. He new how to hook a girl in charge of a photo lab. (grin)

Beth said...

Hey, Suz! Tawny and I thought it would be a fun way to talk about how fabulous the Blaze line is and of course, all those great (and not-so-great *g*) pick-up lines *g*

Beth said...

Kim, that's a keeper pick-up line *g* The angel lines seem to be pretty popular :-)

Thanks for stopping by, Pat! I'm sure you'll love all the Blaze books *g*

I stopped to say hello and he said, in a lowered tone, "I know I don't look it now, but I could be tall and handsome."Aww, Cassondra. That one melted my heart as well.

Beth said...

Tawny! You know I love the story of how you picked up your husband *g* You've got a keeper :-)

Beth said...

"Are you a natural blonde?"Oh, ugh, Kate. That's a bad one.

I remember the scene in The Outsiders where Matt Dillon's character says something similar to Diane Lane's character (OMG, I'm so old I can't remember their names - wait! She was Cherry, right?)
Anyway, he wanted to know if she was a real redhead. Icked me out.

Beth said...

Thanks for stopping by, Chey! Are you another Blaze fan?

Anna, I don't know if I would've been able to stop myself from hauling off and smacking that guy.

LOL, CherylS! You could've told him no, they stopped at the knee *g*

Cassondra said...

Juliet said:

You know, i have to say, I know a lot of these guys were cheesy and jerks, but I'm so glad I don't have to figure out how to approach a woman and ask her out.Yeah, me too Juliet. It's gotta be tough. And yet....what ARE they thinking with some of these really jerky lines? I just remembered another one.

I was getting gas at a mini mart in my little pickup truck once, and I had a big dog crate in the back (empty at the moment) and my magnetic signs were still on the sides of my truck from a training I'd been to. I'm wearing a t-shirt that's bright blue and says "SEACH DOG TEAM" in big white letters. The signs on my truck said "Search Dogs" (We do K9SAR). This stupid guy pulled up to the pump across the way, got out with his buddy, and started pumping gas. He's standing on the other side of his truck, looks over at my truck and me and says, "Are you a search dog?" I took off my shades and gave him my go straight to hell, do not pass go, do not collect $200 look. At which point his buddy kicked him in the leg, hard, and said, "Way to go, stupid." That's the only way I recognized it as a mis-placed pickup line and not a real insult. I think sometimes there's just a brain-mouth disconnect.

Beth said...

"Your eyes are so black, like a rodent."ROFL, Flip! That is horrible!

It reminded me of one guy saying I had "Wolf eyes" I'm still not sure what he meant or if it was supposed to be a good thing *g*

Tawny said...

Suzana, that actually made me laugh. What a line LOL.

Anna, isn't it horrible how we always think of the great comebacks well after the situation is over??

Tawny said...

Threethyme, that is one ICKY dr. Thats just... well, wrong. Totally wrong.

Fedora... I LOOOOOVE Joey!!! I'm such a Friends geek and he was just so cute LOL

Beth said...

" Am I cute enough yet or do you need few more drinks?"Suzana, I love it! I'm glad it worked for your friend *g*

Treethyme, that is a wild story! Actually, it gave me the heebie jeebies thinking of he could've taken advantage of you.

Beth said...

Fedora, Joey's line on Friends is CLASSIC! My son used to have a few good lines but I can't remember them, and as he's 17 and NEVER home, I can't ask him what they were *g* Maybe I'll catch him when he gets back :-)

Juliet, of course you can hang out with us at National! Actually, I'd be surprised if you didn't run into at least one of us several times a day *g* We tend to get around ;-)

Beth said...

But, Beth, window cleaner is a very pretty blue! ;-)LOL! So true, Fo, but the last thing I want to be reminded of is cleaning windows!

Tawny said...

Tawny! You know I love the story of how you picked up your husband *g* You've got a keeper :-) I know... And really, if I'd had to wait for him to ask me out? LOL - I'd still be sitting at the bank.

Like the ladies already said, its hard to do the asking and I do feel for guys. They must build up a major tolerance to rejection. But hey... so do writers LOL

Tawny said...

Juliet, of course you can hang out with us at National! Actually, I'd be surprised if you didn't run into at least one of us several times a day *g* We tend to get around ;-) What Beth said!!!!

Virginia said...

Congrats Jane on getting that rooster today! Have fun with him!

As for pickup lines this one would fall in the worse line ever! Many years ago I was at this party and this guy asked me if I wanted to see his belt buckle, needless to say when I looked it wasn't a belt buckle he was showing. I was very embarrassed and I left that party in a hurry! Hows that for bad pickup lines!

Tawny said...

EWWWWWWWWW Virginia!! That's definitely the worst. What a jerk!!

Now, I'm not pitching anything here, but I'm just saying... you'd never hear THESE kind of lines from a Blaze hero.


flchen1 said...

LOL, Tawny! No, I can't imagine a Blaze hero actually uttering some of these, even in a flashback to a younger, less with-it version of himself. Aack!

Beth, I'm totally curious to know what kinds of lines seventeen-year-olds use these days! If you manage to corral your son, you'll have to give us the inside scoop!

Anna Campbell said...

Virginia, EWWWWWW!

Cassondra said...



Gillian Layne said...

Tawny, I was thinking those "eeewwwww" lines would be perfect in a Blaze...such a good excuse for the hero to sweep in and save the heroine from the jerk spouting them!

Or the heroine could wipe the floor with the jerk all by herself...and then the hero could buy her a margarita...long as there's a hot hero, it works! ;)

Tawny said...

LOL Gillian -they would definitely work as long as the HERO isn't the one using them. I do like the idea of the heroine wiping the floor with the guy (the only form of mopping I prescribe to *g*) then the hero swooping in with a margarita.

Fedora, I want to hear Beth's son's pickup lines too.

Gillian Layne said...

Oh, and I wanted to say I saw a Nightline (?) segment on how they shoot Harlequin covers--it was so cool! and I think all of your Blaze covers are just gorgeous.

This was a fun interview, Beth! :)

Sally said...

What a great post! And how those heroes! Wow...I need a fan! :D

I don't know that I've ever been on the receiving end of a good pick up line, but one that always sticks out in my mind because I almost peed my pants (and it was a joke too--God help any man who might honestly try it) is..."Let's have a party and invite my pants to come down."

:D I still laugh at that one.

Beth said...

Virginia, that is awful! What a creep. Ugh.

Gillian, great idea about using a bad pick-up line in a Blaze so the heroine can kick some butt and than snuggle up to the sexy hero

I called my son (and was told I was interrupting their pick up baseball game - geesh, you'd think he was playing in the World Series or something!) and asked him to come home with some good lines. We'll see if he actually listens

Anna Campbell said...

Sally, that's hilarious!

Mari said...

The best pick up line: I didn't know Angels could fly so low!

PinkPeony said...

Hi Ladies! Tawny...I'm reading my very first Blaze...Your "Risque Business"...(mopping my brow) I almost wish there was a pic of Nick Angel on the cover of the book! Yikes!

Pick up lines: "That's a very sharp knife you're holding." "You have lovely ankles" Winners, huh?
The memorable one was from a creepy guy who I worked with in LA. He was sleeping with two girls in the office and thought he was a lethal lothario. I wore a new dress one day and he came up to me and said, "You're making me hard cause you look so hot." Creep. All morning, he'd leer at me whenever I walked through his work space. The next day, I brought a bottle of balsamic vinegar to work and tipped it into his coffee cup. Watching him spew the liquid all over the dispatch board was priceless. He left me alone after that. :)

I'm still getting over the dark eyes-rodent remark! Sheesh!

Beth said...

LOL, Sally! That's a good one *g*

Mari, the angel ones are so popular. Was this one used on you?

PinkPeony, Risque Business is a great book! And Nick is a hot hero *g* Good for you on getting the creep back! Love the idea of putting vinegar in his coffee :-)

Beth said...

My son has returned home but the only line he had for me was: "Can I have your number? I lost mine" *g* Gotta love a 17 yo's charm! Although he then told me quite a few Chuck Norris jokes that had me rofl :-)

Thanks so much for stopping by today, all! And a special thanks to our Blaze authors!

Night :-)

Minna said...

Even though you never spoke to him, it sounds like you made quite an impression on him anyway :-)

Yeah. But he didn't make much of an impression on me.

Tawny said...

Mari, angels seem to the be popular pickup, huh?

Pink - OMG. What a jerk. I can't believe some guys think crude is sexy. I love your revenge, though *g*

Beth... your boy is so cute. Thats a clever line LOL

Tawny said...

Pink, I forgot to say YAYAYAYAYAYAYYYY :-) and thank you for reading Risque Business *g* I sooo loved writing Nick. He was just, well, yummy.

And... you know what just hit me? He's a lot like Rick Castle on CASTLE. Hmmmm... interesting.

Tawny said...

ROFL Sally - you know, thats just... well, funny *g* Sometimes all you can do is laugh, huh?

Christine Wells said...

Sorry I'm so late to the party. Woohoo! Great to have all you Blaze ladies here in the lair. Thanks for throwing the party, Tawny. As you know, I love your books, in fact they made me a Blaze convert, so I'm looking forward to reading COS and GDH!

Is it just me or is it getting a little steamy in here? Btw, Foanna, that cabana boy has just filed a complaint with our legal department. I'll be calling you to get your statement very soon:)

Pick up lines... You know what would look really great on you? Me. I think someone has already said that one. A weird one I got once was 'you have beautiful fingers'. Hmm. Not really rocking my boat with that one, but I guess it could have been worse.

Congrats, Jane! Way to snaffle the feathered one from under Lime's nose:)