Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Today's Special - - Dana Marton
Dana Marton is the award-winning author of twenty-three books with Harlequin Intrigue. The latest is The Spy Who Saved Christmas (check out PJ's review here), more of a Die Hard kind of Christmas story than It’s a Wonderful Life. High stakes, instead of fruitcakes. Dana is known for her fast-paced action and sexy, emotional romance. Dangerous men, thrilling women. Connect with Dana online at www.danamarton.com and www.facebook.com/danamarton.
Please welcome Dana as she blogs about one of my favorite topics: sexy men in aprons!
Guest Author Dana Marton on the New Sexy: Men in Aprons
One of the things I love about writing is that I get to test drive every career that piques my interest without actually having to do any work. In my latest book, THE SPY WHO SAVED CHRISTMAS, I played with a traditional gender role reversal in the characters’ professions. Lara is a butcher, and Reid is a baker.
(Well, really he’s an undercover agent on a mission to save the world. Harlequin Intrigue is romantic suspense, after all. But as far as Lara knows when the book starts, he’s a baker.)
Can a man in an apron be sexy? In my opinion, the answer is not just “yeah” but “heck, yeah!” and “hallelujah!”
Commercial baking is a very physical profession. Picture this: A well-built man in a black fitted tee, muscles straining as he kneads a ball of dough. He has powder marks on the back of his faded jeans, drawing your attention to his butt. It’s a good butt. A world-class butt. His dark hair is just a little damp because of the effort and the heat of the ovens.
Then picture this (the opening scene from THE SPY WHO SAVED CHRISTMAS):
His hands were stained and rough-skinned. Large. These were the hands that testosterone hath made, she would think later, when she could think. His grip was all male and possessive. His fingers dug into the pale skin at her hips. … At the urging of the man who was kissing all common sense from her, she lay back on the wood-topped table – flour dust be damned …
Whew! I better stop there. Those large hands could get me in trouble. The Romance Dish is a PG-rated blog, right? You can read the rest of Chapter One on my website, www.danamarton.com.
Contests: I’m holding an ongoing contest on my facebook page, www.facebook.com/danamarton. Every time we reach a new 100-level of fans, I’ll give away an Amazon e-gift card. And as a special contest here at The Romance Dish today, I will send a copy of THE SPY WHO SAVED CHRISTMAS to a random commenter. So speak up for your chance to win!
What do you think of men in aprons? Has a man ever cooked for you? Was it a special occasion or something he does on a regular basis? What did he make? Did his cooking make him sexier in your eyes?