Friday, November 15, 2013

The thing about fictional billionaires …


The thing about fictional billionaires …

 … is finding them a proper job! As an author I’m tasked when writing to make my romantic billionaire a believable, three-dimensional character that my readers will fall in love with – that’s the plan anyway. There’s often a temptation to make all his money inherited, but that feels like cheating a bit to me and I’m not sure that’s enough to cut it in the modern alpha male environment. A true alpha male needs to be driven and focussed, striving to achieve his goals, he needs to be the very best in everything he does. He needs a demanding job or an all-consuming cause to keep him busy. And his billions certainly can’t be the proceeds of crime or gambling …

So what’s a romance author to do to give the guy some credibility? Well, this is what I do: I decide what nationality he’s going to be and what sort of personality he’s going to have and then … consult! He can have made his fortune in retail, telecoms, chemicals and gas, fashion or even toilet paper! 

It’s not a foolproof method, but it does give you a starting point for a realistic means of income for your utterly gorgeous alpha male hero. Except I do tend to make mine younger and much better looking than a lot of the real ones … 

For example, here’s Ricardo Almanza.

Not bad looking with those lovely, penetrating amber eyes, is he? Ricardo is a self-made Spanish billionaire and his money comes from reaching the heights career-wise in the world of banking and international finance. But that’s not all, he’s a shrewd investor who has built up a property empire the envy of Europe. Buy low, sell high and be ruthless is his motto and he puts it into practice. He’ll even consider a sham marriage to get what he wants …

He bought her with cold, hard cash, but can she stop him from stealing her heart?

Blackmailed to marry against his will, Ricardo Almanza needs a wife before he’s thirty, and time is running out. A notorious playboy, marriage is the last thing he wants, but his stepmother’s sexy, debt-ridden personal assistant is the perfect solution. He makes her a business deal she can’t refuse—one million euros for three months as his wife. He might even enjoy being married to her … if she doesn’t kick the crap out of him again.

Helen Marshall can’t believe she’s considering Almanza’s outrageous proposal, but she must help clear her parents’ debts or they face financial ruin. The small print on the marriage contract changes to read three months as his wife in every way—including in the bedroom. Has she gotten in too deep, or will she need a new contract addendum, extending their marriage forever?

You can immerse yourself in Ricardo’s luxurious world in my Entangled Indulgence eBook The Spanish Billionaire’s Hired Bride, which has just been re-released as an omnibus called The Billionaire Bundle. It’s a decadent billionaire collection of three books by three very different authors. Here’s the cover. Tempted? It is delicious …

And enter the yummy giveaway below linked to this release which ends on November 18th. A box set of Monopoly Millionaire, chocolate coins, $10 amazon gift card and a selection of digital backlist books. So hop over straightaway for your chance to win! 

You can buy The Billionaire Bundle from just about anywhere that sells digital books, but here are two major links:
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About Rachel Lyndhurst
I write full-time now my children are at school, but I'm still a teeny bit proud of my law degree and accountancy qualifications. I've also had a lot of fun in the past working in the space industry, pharmaceuticals, insurance, a supermarket, a bus station, a railway depot, and a lingerie department.

I live, and write, surrounded by laundry and old newspapers most of the time with my daughter, son and The Exec in Fareham, on the south coast of England. Sometimes I can smell the sea from my back garden and I have grand designs on a luxurious garden office one day. Or a castle, I'm not fussy.  

When I'm not working, I do enjoy a good rummage through  a decent antique shop. Oh, and wine and expensive lipstick are non-negotiable .

I love to hear from my readers (especially the male supermodel ones), so please feel free to drop me a line or leave a comment on my blog: .

Rachel’s social networking links:!/rachel.lyndhurst.7!/RachelLyndhurst  Twitter: @RachelLyndhurst 
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