Friday, June 24, 2016

My Boy with the Dragon Tattoo: Preston Guthrie of A Man of Honor

With: Miranda Liasson

Congratulations to "Sandie333", the winner in Miranda's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated!

Preston Guthrie is the most tortured hero I’ve written. Under all that torture, he’s awesome. Here’s why I love him, and hope you will, too:

--He’s upstanding, selfless, and he’d do anything for my heroine, Cat. And oh, he’s super hot! (Check out that chest! And please don’t salivate on the tattoo, gals J.)

--Cat has always been respectfully off limits to him as the sister of his best friend. But last summer, Cat and Preston reconnected. Sparks flew, and Preston finally came to believe that they could have a real chance together. But then he got called up with the Reserves and got deployed to Afghanistan.

--His tattoo. Oh, lordie, that tattoo! That came about because he really does have dragons to slay. He’s father is an ex-vet who was injured in the war, just like Preston, but got addicted to alcohol and pain killers. Preston is afraid there’s a little too much of his father in him. But he’s done everything to not be like that.

--He hates shopping but goes anyway—for a wedding gift, no less, because Cat asks him to. But he manages to put his own unique spin on that, as you’ll see at the end of the book.

--He might possibly have been a little bit based on Channing Tatum. I didn’t actually realize this until I did my Pinterest board about the book, which you can see here: (https://www.pinterest.com/mirandaliasson/a-man-of-honor/). No one else came close.

--He completely sucks at fixing Cat up with another man. Here’s an excerpt:

“And speaking of doing my job, I found you a prospect. To date.” He pulled out an iPad from his briefcase. “An investment banker. I’ve known him a long time. I can vouch for the fact that he’s a great guy.”
“Oh, wonderful.” She rubbed her hands together in faux excitement, but deep down, she didn’t have the heart for it.
The man on the screen was white haired. Not gray on the sides or even gray all over but as stark white as a bleached sheet flapping in the breeze.
“I’ve known Carlos since I graduated from college.”
“Is he your grandfather?”
“Ha ha. Very funny.”
“Has he been married?”
“He’s a widower.”
“Kids?”
“Five.”
She shut the iPad. “This does not count as a genuine prospect.”
“I can’t help it if you shallowly reject good candidates based solely on their appearance.”
“I am not shallow.”
He shrugged. “I don’t know what else I would call it.”
“I’m not attracted to fifty-three-year-olds. And he doesn’t even look fifty-three. He looks seventy-three.”
“Your problem, not mine.”
“You suck at this!”
“Maybe you can help me narrow my search by telling me what you’re looking for in a guy.”
“Kind, ambitious, cute. Not a grandfather. Someone who loves me just the way I am.”
“Who wouldn’t love you just the way you are?” His eyes sparked with conviction. Emotions flickered across his face that she couldn’t interpret—regret, anger, and something else much darker. Want. She could swear he looked at her the way a man looks at a woman he wants to kiss, long and hard and deep.

Giveaway
Miranda is giving away an e-copy of A MAN OF HONOR to anyone who comments on what you think of the tattoo.

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BIO
Miranda Liasson loves to write stories about courageous but flawed characters who find love despite themselves, because there’s nothing like a great love story. And if there are a few laughs along the way, even better! She’s a former Golden Heart winner who writes series romance for Entangled Publishing and lighthearted contemporary romance for Montlake Publishing. She lives in the Midwest with her husband, three kids, and Posey, a rescue cat with attitude.

Giveaway ends 11:59pm EST June 25th. Please supply your email in the post. You may use spaces or full text for security. (ex. jsmith at gmail dot com) If you do not wish to supply your email, or have trouble posting, please email maureen@JustContemporaryRomance.com with a subject title of JCR GIVEAWAY to be entered in the current giveaway. 

25 comments:

  1. I loved the excerpt. This sounds like a book I'll need to put on my wish list.

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    1. Hi Joan, thanks! The book addresses a serious subject underneath the humor. I was afraid to use humor, actually, but you know, life is too hard not to be able to laugh a little, right? Thanks for stopping by!

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  2. I have to admit, as much as I love dragons, I'm not much of a tattoo person, especially if it's on so much of a person's body, as hot as he seems to be LOL

    ahui89 at hotmail dot com

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    1. I am not much of a tattoo person either, but like I said, Preston came to me as he was, and the tattoo was part of him. I have to admit, though, there's something dangerous and sexy about a hero with one!

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  3. I like tattoos when they've got meaning to the person who has them....so the dragon tattoo is great! Although I do tend to prefer smaller tats that don't take up a whole arm etc.
    the book sounds great!

    Goldgirl149 at hotmail dot com

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    1. Hi Laura! I agree, the fun is in the meaning :) To me, tattoos are very mysterious. Sort of forbidden in a way, or exotic, even though they are so common now.

      My hubby (who has no tattoos) goes around the house posing like that and asking if he can be my cover model, lol. I ask him, but where's the ink???

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    2. Tell hubby I hear sharpies look just as good;)

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    3. Tell hubby I hear sharpies look just as good;)

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  4. It's a great tattoo. I happen to like dragons so I really like it.

    linda dot henderson70 at yahoo dot com

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    1. Hi Linda! My son, who's 19, ADORED dragons when he was little and for years we read him every dragon picture book the sweet librarian could find us! Also, with Game of Thrones and Khaleesi, Mother of Dragons, they are very in now, don't you think? :)

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  5. Hi Maureen and Folks (Miranda here, waving!)

    When I was filling out the cover art form for this book, I realized that if Entangled did a chest shot for the cover (as they are for of doing for their Indulgence covers) they would have to include the tattoo. So I told them all about it...then simply took it away, and my Boy with the Dragon Tattoo was born! (Please don't salivate on the cover, lol.) Thanks so much for having me today!!!

    Don't forget to sign up for my newsletter and my Facebook Author page as I do giveaways in those places! Happy weekend, everybody!

    Thanks for having me, Maureen! I'm going to pop in occasionally to check out the comments :) You all can ask me anything about the book if you want, too :)

    Facebook Author page: https://www.facebook.com/MirandaLiassonAuthor/
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  6. The first dragon I remember liking was Petes Dragon!!!
    oh how times have change and us girls do grow up and now we like different dragons lol ;) :) the cover was very captivating, as for the underlying story I hope all the Prestons of the world who have fought for peace and to makes other lives better find their Cat :) fabulous read :)

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    1. Hi Voi (waves), Yes, I remember Pete's Dragon too! I was so afraid of this topic, not being able to do it justice. God bless all our servicemen and women.
      Thanks so much for stopping by

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  7. I like dragons! It is a very interesting tattoo... Enjoyed what you have shared!

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    1. Thanks, Colleen. Have a nice weekend and thanks for stopping :)

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  8. This sounds like my kind of book. Love the list you made. As for the tattoo, I like that it has a meaning. Thanks for the giveaway!

    natalija dot shkomare at gmail dot com

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  9. okay

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

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  10. Hi Natalija, thanks for coming by, I appreciate it :)

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  11. I'm reading/loving Heart and Sole now! (I hide to hide it from the babysitter!) This will be next on my list! I like dragons and tatoos, (and hot guys)!

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    1. Oh, I hope you like H and S! Nick doesn't have any tattoos :) Thanks, Kathy!

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  12. I'm reading/loving Heart and Sole now! (I hide to hide it from the babysitter!) This will be next on my list! I like dragons and tatoos, (and hot guys)!

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  13. are you kidding my favorites a suit and tats I love the dragon i like that it is by it's self so you can really see it book sounds really good too matches the eye candy

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    1. email sandie333@hotmail(dot)com

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    2. Dragon and a suit...what a combo, huh? Glad you like it, Sandie :)

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  14. Thanks so much for having me, JustConRom!

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