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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

What's Up, Wednesday?

This week's question…
Memorial Day was Monday, which means many Americans had a three-day weekend. What's your idea of a perfect three-day weekend?

Besides travelling? I love breaking up three-day weekends with a day for tackling a project I've been putting off (like painting the living room), a day for self-indulgence (reading then cooking then reading then cooking), and a day for friends. For an introvert, that seems to be a good mix of activity and hermitage to keep me sane :-)
~Jennifer Lohmann 

For me, it's an extra chance to be away from the day job and catch up on my word count for the deadlines I'm trying to make! Not too exciting, but that's how I spent my Memorial Day since I had a book due the next morning :-)
~Suzanne Johnson

Often a three day weekend--especially Memorial Day weekend--means a mini-vacation with my husband and kids. We usually go to the Twin Cities to an amusement park where my husband went as a child. We've created a lot of memories there. This year, however, we were still recovering from our trip to New Orleans, so we stayed home. Plus, we had a graduation party to attend. On Monday, we caught a movie together and went out to eat with a friend. It was the perfect way to end the weekend.
~Samantha Grace

What about you? Is there a perfect way to spend a three-day weekend?

Monday, May 26, 2014

"Always Proper, Suddenly Scandalous" Cover Reveal!

I am beyond thrilled to share the cover and blurb for Book 3 in my Scandalous Seasons series, "Always Proper, Suddenly Scandalous" which will be available July 2014!

A special thank you to all the readers and commenters who visited me on Facebook and offered some great feedback on the cover!  

Now I want to know... how do you feel about an American heroine in a Regency romance? 

The Blurb!
Geoffrey Winters, Viscount Redbrooke was not always the hard, unrelenting lord driven by propriety. After a tragic mistake, he resolved to honor his responsibility to the Redbrooke line and live a life, free of scandal. Knowing his duty is to wed a proper, respectable, demure English miss, he selects Lady Catherine, daughter of the Duke of Somerset, the perfect woman for him. Until he meets the captivating Miss Abigail Stone.

 To distance herself from a personal scandal, Miss Abigail Stone flees the security of her family in America to visit her uncle, the Duke of Somerset. Determined to never trust a man again, she is helplessly intrigued by the hard, too proper Geoffrey. With his strict appreciation for decorum and order, he is nothing like the man she’s always dreamed of. 

Abigail Stone is everything Geoffrey does not need. She upends his carefully ordered world at every encounter. As they begin to care for one other, Abigail carefully guards the secret that resulted in her journey to England. She dares not risk this new found trust and her growing love for Geoffrey with the truth. 

Only, if Geoffrey learns  the truth of her scandalous past, he must decide which he holds most dear - his place in Society or Abigail's place in his heart.

Memorial Day

Today is Memorial Day in the United States. While for many people, the day off from work means cookouts, swimming, and picnics, it is a day to remember those who died in service to our nation. In lieu of a post, here are some links about Memorial Day, to help us remember why many of us have the day off.

Here are also some links to highly-rated veteran's charities (please do your own research before giving money to a charity):
We wish you a peaceful Memorial Day, whether or not you celebrate the holiday and no matter which country you live in.

(image from Pixabay)

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Samantha's Trip to The Big Easy

Last week my husband and I were in New Orleans to attend the RT Convention. I love New Orleans. This was my second trip, and there is just something about the city that just grabs me. In fact my 2006 trip made enough of an impression that the city found its way into two of my books. Lady Amelia's Mess and a Half ends in New Orleans and the next book picks up in the city days later.  

 Miss Lavigne's Little White Lie begins in the French Quarter in the early 1800s. A young Creole woman named Lisette Lavigne, her cousin Serafine, and her 9-year-old brother Rafe are hiding in the family gardens, waiting to flee from Lisette's betrothed in the middle of the night. A few days earlier Lisette overheard her betrothed discussing plans to throw her brother into an asylum after they marry, and she knows the only way to save Rafe is to take him to England where his guardian is living. Sneaking past the two goons her betrothed has stationed outside her home, they make their way to the waterfront to a tavern called The Abyss in search of Captain Daniel Hillary, the man she thinks has agreed to allow them passage on his ship, but that's a whole other complication. 

I think the opening chapter of Miss Lavigne is my favorite opening chapter of any book I've written, because it has a bit of the flavor of New Orleans. I know having written that book made me look at the city through different eyes this time. I stopped to admire the iron work, flora, and the Mississippi river in a way I hadn't quite when I visited the first time. I was very happy with our decision to stay in a bed and breakfast even though it was a distance from the convention hotel, because it allowed me those moments to explore the French Quarter. I took a few photos and thought y'all might like to see some of the scenery. 
My writing spot at the B&B

Look at that iron work & arches

I love the overflowing flower boxes & red door!

Lafitte Blacksmith Bar

 A note about the Lafitte Blacksmith Bar: There is a claim the Pirate Lafitte and his brother used the building between 1772 & 1791, but Lafitte didn't come to Louisiana until 1803. Hmm… Perhaps we have a little fiction going on?

The Mississippi from the 41st floor of the Marriott

How do you feel about Regencies that venture from England? Are there other places you would like your historical heroes and heroines to travel to? 

Because I love the Hillary brothers and I'm working on their older brother's story now, I'll giveaway a copy of either Lady Amelia's Mess and a Half or Miss Lavigne's Little White Lie to a reader who hasn't ever read about the Hillary men.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

What's up, Wednesday?

This week's question…
Do you play a musical instrument?

When I was in fifth grade or so, I desperately wanted to know how to play the saxophone. So, my parents rented me a saxophone. I signed up for band. I was terrible. I found practicing to be a chore, which only made me a worse player. I've not touched the instrument in twenty or so years.
~Jennifer Lohmann 

I took piano lessons for ten years, although I rarely play anymore. My hands are really small and I can't easily reach an octave, so that limited my repertoire. I played a mean "Bridge Over Troubled Water" though!
~Suzanne Johnson

I don't play any musical instruments. I took piano when I was younger, but I didn't enjoy it so my mom let me quit. I was very involved in choir all through school and even my freshman year in college. My kids, on the other hand, play. My son has been playing violin for six years and he plays guitar. My daughter plays piano and she is beginning middle school this year and wants to play cello and the French horn. I think it will be hard to learn two new instruments at once, but she wants to go for it.
~Samantha Grace

What instruments do Lady Scribes readers play?

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Romantic Writers in the City of Legends

Whoever decided to make the destination for the 2014 Romantic Times Convention New Orleans is a genius! I mean can you imagine a better, creativity inspiring city with a pulse of life that has a unique beat all of its own? 

I arrived in New Orleans yesterday for the Romantic Times Convention and I swear I've already gained five pounds! The food is scrumptious, the drinks heavenly and the atmosphere awe inspiring, especially since book two in my urban fantasy series The Siren Saga is once again partly in New Orleans.
I've already got some great research done! I started out last night with a group of my favorite writing pals and had a mouth-watering dinner at Muriel's!

From there, we decided we had to go on a Vampire tour and I swear every picture I shot had a weird halo effect in it! Check out this picture of the convent where the Cassette girls came to stay when they rolled into New Orleans to keep the men company. It's a convent! Do you see the weird bright circle in the middle of my picture?

No Romantic Times Convention would be complete with out a lot bar time, especially in New Orleans! Samantha Grace is a great partner in crime for mingling in the bar!

Speaking of bar time, tonight a group of us went to the Pelican Club for dinner and their drink menu was unlike anything I have ever seen before and definitely inspired me to use some of these crazy concoctions in my next Siren book!

I had the Gin Fresca! It was a light and lively drink that set the tone for the night!

Tomorrow is another busy day starting off with a breakfast I'm helping to host in the morning. It doesn't seem fair that I'm giving all this swag away and I know some of you cannot be here! So for those of you who wanted to come to RT this year, but just could not make it, I'll pick one person who comments to send a swag box to! Make sure to leave your email.

What I want to know is who has had a tarot reading and do you believe they are real? I really want to get one!

Have a wonderful week!

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

What's up, Wednesday?

This week's question…
The RT Convention is happening right now in New Orleans. If you've been to New Orleans, what was one of your favorite things about the city? If you haven't been, what would you most want to see/do there?

I've been to New Orleans once before, for an American Libraries Association conference. The city was awesome and I didn't get to see enough of it. I loved the food and I especially loved the clothing store The Trashy Diva.
~Jennifer Lohmann 

New Orleans is my hometown! I lived there for fifteen years, and was there during Hurricane Katrina. I moved away for family reasons a few years ago but am thinking about moving back in 2017 when I leave the day job to write full-time (or that's the plan). I have so many favorites: living in the city is very different from visiting, so most of my favorite things are not in the French Quarter....living on the neutral grounds uptown for the entire last week of Mardi Gras...Going to the Destrehan Fall Festival at the Destrehan Plantation...Jean Lafitte National Park and Wildlife Refuge in Barataria...The Black Velvet Oyster Bar in Buras or L'il Gs in Belle Chasse... Pimm's Cups at the Napoleon House....Eating a Jacques-Imo's uptown...on and on and on!
~Suzanne Johnson , who will DEFINITELY be at RT

I grew up going to New Orleans for Mardi Gras. One of my mother's good friends lived there, so my mom would take us out of school every year for a few days and we would head down to the Big Easy to celebrate. As an adult, I discovered my husband loved New Orleans just as much as I do. I love the off the beaten path truly local joints, the amazingly friendly people, the beautiful architecture and the diversity of the people you meet when you are there. My husband is coming with me to the RT convention this year, and we are looking forward to going to some of our favorite places like The Court of Two Sisters!

~ Julie Johnstone

What about you, Lady Scribes readers, is there something we're missing seeing in New Orleans?

Monday, May 12, 2014

Spotlight on Rose Gordon!

I am beyond thrilled to welcome the witty and outrageously talented, USA Today Bestselling Author, Rose Gordon to Lady Scribes! Author of award winning Regency Romance novels, Rose, will be sharing a look at her latest release, "Desires of a Baron" and a free copy to one lucky, commenter! ***winner will be posted tomorrow, May 14th, in the comments section!

And without further ado...

The Cover

The Blurb

Giles Goddard, Lord Norcourt is odd. Born with his life's cord wrapped around his neck and sent away to Ireland to be raised in an orphanage run by nuns, he's known nothing but the cold sting of being misunderstood and altogether unwanted. But that's all about to change... 

Lucy Whitaker is a fallen woman who has done her best to build a life for her and her son. But when her son finds a battered gentleman left on the side of the road, her entire world is about to come crashing down as she once again finds herself caught between two brothers: an heir and a spare. 

Will Lucy's dislike for nobility forever keep her from eternal happiness or can Giles convince her to follow her heart and take a chance on loving a baron?

Now the Excerpt!!!
A little background on this. Lucy, our heroine is a fallen woman with a pre-teen son (Seth) who is in desperate need of a male in his life as he still likes being a carefree boy, but…he's getting older. Giles, our hero was a blue baby who's had a difficult life and is awkward to say the least--not to mention he's somehow managed to fall in love with his brother's love interest...

The carriage lurched forward and Giles struck a match. He lit the sconce then blew out the match, a companionable silence engulfing them all. 
In the low light, she saw a flash of silver in Seth’s hand. She strained to see. “Seth, is that a flask?” 
“Yes, ma’am.”
“And why do you have it?”
“It’s for drinking.”
“Yes, I know that.” She fought to keep her voice even. “But 

why do you have one?” “To drink from.” 
Lucy ground her teeth, irritation swelling in her chest. Letting him shave his nonexistent beard was one thing, allowing him to drink whiskey was quite another. “Did you drink from that?” 
“The whole thing,” he said proudly. 
On the verge of hysteria, she looked at Giles. “You let him drink that whole thing.” 
He nodded slowly then leaned close to her. “Don’t tell him, but I filled it with lemonade.” 
His words took all the anger right from her being, the air from her lungs, and the resistance of him from her marrow and with nothing holding her back she did the one thing she’d never thought she’d do: she kissed him.

Giles went rigid. In every way possible. Lucy was kissing him. It wasn’t one of those long, lippy kisses he’d witnessed while walking down a back alley in Paris. In fact, it wasn’t even on his lips, but rather on his cheek. His cheek that now burned as if she’d touched it with a branding iron. 
Her hand found his and she gave him a gentle squeeze. “Thank you.” 
He didn’t know what she was thanking him for, but whatever it was, he’d have to do it again if it made her react this way. 
The carriage bounced, jarring him from his trance. “Can I come inside?” 
Lucy’s hand stiffened briefly in his, then relaxed. “You wish to talk to me?” 
“Yes, please.” He squeezed her hand, a memory of the night he’d walked in on her being attacked flashed in his mind. “Only to talk. Don’t be afraid of me.” 
“I’m not.” 

About the Author

USA Today Bestselling and Award Winning Author of more than a dozen unusually unusual historical romances that have been known to include scarred heroes, feisty heroines, marriage-producing scandals, far too much scheming, naughty literature and always a sweet happily-ever-after.

When not escaping to another world via reading or writing a book, she spends her time chasing two young boys around the house, being hunted by wild animals, or sitting on the swing in the backyard where she has to use her arms as shields to deflect projectiles AKA: balls, water balloons, sticks, pinecones, and anything else one of them picks up to hurl at his brother who just happens to be hiding behind her.

Farm photos from Weekends in Carolina Research Trip

My June release, Weekends in Carolina, is set on a farm outside of Durham, North Carolina. I've been a member of a local Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program from Elysian Fields Farm for about seven years and researching this book gave me the excuse I needed to spend several hours over the course of the summer talking with Elise (my farmer) and getting to know her farm.

I have nothing but respect for farmers, especially small farmers like Elise who produce beautiful, organic produce year after year with a small staff and lots of hard work. And a love of the land, let's not forget that!

Here are some of the many pictures I took while on my research jaunts. When you read Weekends in Carolina, you may recognize some of the scenes.

Here is a hoop house filled with onions that are drying so they can be stored throughout the winter. After they are pulled out of the ground, the onions are cleaned and then laid out to dry. The air around the hoop house smells of onions. It was incredibly potent and too powerful not to use in my book.

This picture isn't actually from Elise's farm, but from a Piedmont Farm Tour I went on. It's red clover and it's used as a cover crop to return nitrogen back into the soil. A field of it is incredibly beautiful, as you can see in the bottom picture.

One thing I found interesting is how messy (for lack of a better word) all the rows were. Grasses and clovers grow between the rows to keep the weeds down, as you can see in this picture of eggplant.

It's difficult to describe how wonderful my visits were. The fields buzz with bees, birds, and butterflies, but there is wonderful peace. I won't say stillness, because Elise, Beth, and the rest of the Elysian Fields crew was always working and they were never still.

Not all of us can be farmers and some of us (myself included) can't even garden. Do you garden? What do you grow? Flowers? Vegetables?

I'll be giving away a print copy of Weekends in Carolina. US winners only. Void where prohibited. Comment to enter. I'll run the giveaway from today until May 19th, posting the winner on the 20th. Please include your email so I can contact you about your prize.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Fave Friday: Favorite Series I Haven't Read

It's Friday, so it must be time for a "Fave" list!

Today, I'm sharing my favorite books I've never read. You know...the ones that have been sitting on my TBR pile forever and I really, really want to read them but can't find the time?

Here's what's at the top of my TBR Most Wanted, which also happens to be my five favorite series:

Jim Butcher: Ghost Story, Cold Days, Skin Game.
This is my all-time favorite series and, again, three books behind. Thanks to spoiler reviews, I know what happened in Ghost Story, but I really, really need to get caught up with my man Harry.

JR Ward: Lover Unleashed, Lover Reborn, Lover at Last, The King. 
Yes, that's four books. This is my second-favorite series. How in the world did I get so far behind? I have them all. They sit on my shelves, mocking me.

Patricia Briggs: River Marked, Frost Burned, Night Broken.
Third-favorite series and I'm three behind. I'm sensing a pattern here, and it's pathetic.

Fourth-favorite series...
Kim Harrison: The Undead Pool.
What? The book only came out a month or two ago, and otherwise I am caught up on this series. Amazing!

Fifth-favorite series....
Simon R. Green:  Just Another Judgment Day; The Good The Bad and the Uncanny; A Hard Day's Knight; The Bride Wore Black Leather. Sigh. I am four books behind on this series. More than any other, I think this is the one that convinced me to take fingers to keyboard and write my first book. The bad news? I'm four behind. The good news? The series is finished, so I can't possibly fall farther behind. The worse news? The series is finished. It was a good one. Insane, but good.

Favorite series I've never read? I mean, I absolutely KNOW I will love them. Ilona Andrews' Kate Daniels series; Kevin Hearne's Iron Druid Chronicles; Nalini Singh's Guild Hunters; Karen Marie Moning's Fever series. And coming up on my Kindle: George RR Martin's Song of Ice and Fire series, which at my current reading rate, will keep me engrossed until I'm at least ninety.

How about you? What's the book you're dying to sink your teeth into but haven't had the chance? Leave a comment and I'll pull a winner for a $5 Amazon or Book Depo gift and announce it on my blog on Sunday!

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

What's Up, Wednesday?

This week's question…
Confession time: name one odd thing in your purse

Does floss count as an odd thing? Not because I have one thing of floss, but I have several. Every time I go to the dentist, I accept that little piece of travel floss and throw it in my purse for later. Now I have six or seven small things of floss milling about the bottom.
An aside question: Is there a name for that thing floss comes in? Is it a box? A tub? A generic container?
~Jennifer Lohmann 

Oh, my word! I just dug through my purse to see what the oddest thing was, and I'm laughing imagining what someone else might think if they found my purse. In the zipper pocket, I found: clean underwear, a baggie with a toothbrush/toothpaste/floss, and pepper spray. I'm like a nightmare overnight guest waiting to happen!!!

~Samantha Grace

I am a total packrat when it comes to my office (I see an alligator head, a shrimp bobblehead, an inflatable moose head, and seven rubber duckies without even turning my head), but austere with my purse. I just looked. There's a wallet, two pens, a small notebook, a gas receipt, and my keys. That's it!

~Suzanne Johnson

Confessions from our fellow authors:

I think my purse is pretty normal lately. The oddest thing would be a tape measure. And I only know it's there because I had to buy a new one to measure the bathroom for renovations because I couldn't find the first tape measure, and then found it a few days later when looking for something else. Isn't that always the way?

I keep liquid Splenda in my purse at all times. I like sweet tea, and not everyone carries the yellow packets. 
~Terri L. Austin, HIS EVERY NEED 

One item in my purse: a laminated four leaf clover that I found on March 6, 1992. Yes it has brought me lots of good luck!
~Carolyn Brown, HOW TO MARRY A COWBOY (July)

To me, this is perfectly normal, but someone might think the oddest item in my purse is my pocket Gaelic dictionary. Na can an còrr! Bi mod hail!

A 10mm Wrench. 

Kids size 6 pants - good for accidents, cleaning spills, clearing windshields, and wiping noses.
~Sarah Castille, IN YOUR CORNER

A frequent shopper punch card from a chocolatier. 

A man's wallet so I can switch over when I don't want to carry a purse. 

A coin from Greece to give to a Romvet (veteran romance writer) for a secret prize.

~Terry Spear, JAGUAR HUNT

A soy bar.
~Paige Tyler (USA Today Bestselling Author), HER PERFECT MATE (X-OPS Book One)

What about you? Do you have any odd things in your purse?

Monday, May 5, 2014

Writing the Left Brain...or Is That the Right Brain?

Many readers seem surprised to know that most authors have day jobs, aka "the evil day job" or the "dreaded day job." This is due to the fact that most of us make, on average, about three cents per hour on our writing and have this irrational need to have a roof over our heads and dogfood in the food bowls.

My own particular day job involves writing. Yes, writing and editing. So from 7:45 a.m. until 5:30 p.m., give or take a half hour, I write and I edit. Then I go home and from 7:30 p.m. until midnight, I write and I edit. (Well, okay, I blog too but that's writing.)

Lately, because I've had a lot of really tight book deadlines, I've found myself craving a different creative outlet, one that does not involve words. So I draw, paint, do bizarre mixed-media creations that only a mother could love, and generally make a mess. Last week at lunch, I looked down and thought I was bleeding, only to realize the pads of my fingers were coated with a fine sheen of Ranger Distressed Paint in Barn Red. 

Note to self: Scrub hands immediately after painting.

So I got to wondering why the visual creativity was helping to keep me balanced when my word-brain was in danger of short-circuiting, so I did some procrastinating, er, I mean research, on the left brain-right brain functions. My theory was that if writing is a left-brain activity, then visual arts must be a right-brain activity.

Turns out I was wrong. Hard to imagine, but true.

Novelists, it seems, need both sides of the brain. The left side of the brain is the organizer. It likes to plot out stories and figure out where chapter breaks occur. It keeps up with character names and traits and whether or not you've used the word "dude" too many times in a manuscript. (Some would argue once is too many.)

Left to its own devices, the left-brain would write really well-constructed, boring stories. Because all the passion and emotion and wonky plot twists come from the right brain. The right brain is the creative one, the free thinker, the intuitive one. (Hm...I'm tempted to make a political analogy but will restrain myself, as per the orders of my left brain.)

So, how does this relate to my art versus writing activity? I think my writing has been under such deadline pressure that it's a constant push-push-push without the time to kick back and daydream and such. By sitting down with a marker or paintbrush, I force my left brain to shut down, forget the daily word count I haven't reached, and let my right brain out for a little exercise. 

According to the split-brain theory, all of us tend to favor one side of the brain over the other. Both are needed, and neither is inherently good or bad. Without the left brain, our creative halves would sit in a field of lillies daydreaming and never get anything done. Without the right brain, we'd be workaholic drones with no passion.

I think I have some of both, although the right brain is probably dominant. If I stay in left-brain mode too long, it will rear its eccentric little right-brained head and find an outlet. It will make me sit down and draw a picture.

What kind of brain do you have? Or do you subscribe to the right brain-left brain theory at all? Leave a comment for a $5 Amazon or Book Depo credit to indulge your own preferred side of the brain. Winners will be announced on my author blog on Sunday. (And yes, I do seem to like to do marker paintings of dogs.)

Friday, May 2, 2014

Fave Friday: Our Favorite Rainy Day Scenes

Ironically, I came up with the "favorite rainy-day scenes" idea long before this past week, when rain became anything but a light-hearted topic for so many people. So even as we chat about favorite fictional rainy scenes, good thoughts and wishes go out to those here in Alabama, in Florida, in Maryland, and other spots that have been so hard-hit by wicked weather this week. 

For now, let's talk about FICTIONAL rain. Asked about their own favorite rainy-day scenes (and, yeah, I allowed shower scenes to count--LOL), here are the ones a few of my fellow Lady Scribes came up with:

"I have to admit I never read The Notebook, but that scene in the movie where the hero and heroine get caught in the rain in the rowboat is great. And hot once they are out of the rowboat."--Samantha Grace

"This also is an adaptation of a book rather than a book, but that scene in the Kiera Knightly Pride and Prejudice where Mr. Darcy is (poorly) confessing his love in folly out in the rain. I love that scene. Mr. Darcy looks so miserable to be telling the love of his life about his feelings and the rain only makes it worse. Plus, the scenery is so beautiful!"--Jennifer Lohmann

"The Notebook is one of my all time favorite books and movies, so, of course, the scene where they get caught in the rain on the lake is my favorite! Talk about hot steamy passion!"--Julie Johnstone

I have to confess I haven't read "The Notebook" or seen the movie. I'm more a "Mr. and Mrs. Smith" kind of movie girl, which will surprise exactly no one. 

What? Oh, sorry. I was pondering Brad Pitt. There was too rain--it was in the last six seconds!

Here are a few more I came up with, from movies:

The final scene from "Breakfast at Tiffany's"--I mean you have Audrey Hepburn, the missing cat, the downpour, the dressing-down from the guy, and the big finale. Sigh.

How about the upside-down kiss in the rain from "Spiderman?" (And who'd think Spiderman had a hot rain scene?)

Or Hugh Jackman (ahem) in "Australia"? Oh yeah, Nicole Kidman was there too, wasn't she?

What? Oh, sorry. I was pondering Hugh Jackman. 

What about you? Weigh in with a favorite rain scene (it doesn't HAVE to be romantic) in a book or movie for a shot at a $5 Amazon GC. Let it rain!

Thursday, May 1, 2014

The World's Sexiest Jobs

What would you say is the sexiest job a man could have? Firefighter? Navy SEAL? Doctor? Vet?

How about for a woman? Is your list the same for both men and women?

Every year in the UK, a personal dating agency called Drawing Down the Moon publishes its stats on what career men and women want their future partner to have. This year, they revealed that women were most likely to want a man who was a doctor, while men put "human rights lawyer" at the top of their list. *ahem* I studied human rights law. :) *preens*

You can see the results of the survey here. One thing I think is hilarious is that men particularly want women who are web designers, photographers, events managers, or are in marketing/advertising/PR. It's like men think, "Hmm...what are the services I pay the most for but could get a girlfriend to help me with for FREE?"

But perhaps I'm being cynical. ;)

Most of my books are about rugby players, so I think that's a very sexy profession (if you ignore all the boozing and wenching that seems common in the sport). The book I'm working on now, Tempting the Player, features a hero who is terrified of flying, and it's holding back his career because he often has to fly to matches in Europe. Fortunately, his best friend is a pilot and she offers to teach him how to fly so he can learn to control his fear. Of course, he needs a bit of enticement to get in the cockpit, and since she's had a crush on him forever she offers him some very sexy encouragement.

As part of my research, I've interviewed several pilots and heard stories that convince me that it's another very sexy profession - even though I'm terrified of flying, just like my hero!

What careers would be at the top of your list for a boyfriend or girlfriend? Why do you think those careers are attractive? What are the sexiest jobs you've read about in romance novels but would never want your boyfriend/girlfriend to have in real life?