Guest Author & Giveaway: Marie Force featuring Everyone Loves a Hero....

Monday, February 21

Everyone Loves a Hero...and that's the problem was the very first book I read by today's guest author, Marie Force.  I read it in like....a day.  I couldn't put it down because I was completely caught up in the story....which I absolutely LOVED.  LOVED LOVED LOVED!  In fact it was the first book this year that I gave a 5 star rating too.  

After finishing it I emailed Marie the next day to tell her how much I loved it and asked her, "Where have you been all my romance reading life?"  I was so completely enraptured that I knew that I didn't want to read any other author until I had exhausted her backlist, and happily remembered that I had Line of Scrimmage in my TBR pile so I quickly pulled it out and read it, and LOVED it too :)  Thus began my "Force"ful reading binge. Yes, I was a little bit obsessed, but only in the best way possible :)  She's now officially on my "auto" buy list.

I'm very excited that Marie Force is my guest today to talk about every day heroes and her new contemporary romance, Everyone Loves a Hero...and that's the problem.  Read and enjoy!


Everyday Heroes

Let’s face it: not every guy is going to have the opportunity to land a jetliner in a blizzard and then revive his stricken co-pilot. Not every guy is going to become a national hero or a household name. In short, not every guy can be Cole Langston from my new book, Everyone Loves a Hero.

Heroes walk among us in the form of police officers, fire fighters, doctors, nurses, paramedics and people like Chesley Sullenburger who landed a plane in the Hudson River and saved scores of lives after birds took out the plane’s engines minutes after takeoff. In the absence of opportunity for national hero status, what’s a regular guy to do? A guy who, perhaps, works on a computer all day the way mine does.

Nearly twenty years into married life, everyday heroism takes on new meaning. My husband is my hero on a Saturday morning when he gets up earlier than he does on a workday to take our daughter to high school swim practice. He’s a hero when he takes our son to hockey practice so I’ll have time to write. It’s positively heroic when he digs my car out after a snowstorm and scrapes the ice off my windshield. He is never MORE heroic than when he makes my coffee in the morning or fixes the laptop that got stepped on after being left on our daughter’s bedroom floor. Even though I love to razz him and tell him he’s the romantic equivalent of a Turnip (believe me, he’s earned that status), he saves my life in a million small ways all the time. His heroics will never make the news or turn him into a household name (except for on Facebook where his Turnip antics are well known), but his heroics make a difference to me and our kids, and I know that’s more than enough for him.

Here’s a bit about Everyone Loves a Hero:
Hero pilot Cole Langston is learning to live with—and enjoy—his newfound fame and the rabid female attention that comes with it until a lucky punch knocks some sense into him and opens his eyes to true love.


When his copilot suffers a heart attack in flight, Cole lands the jetliner in a blizzard and revives the stricken captain. Catapulted to national hero status, Cole has more women vying for his attention than he knows what to do with. They all have one thing in common: they try without success to bring this happy-go-lucky pilot down to earth. Then comes an airport altercation, a punch to the face, and the lovely Olivia—a shy, timid artist who does what no other woman has ever managed to do: steal Cole's well-protected heart. With women coming on to him everywhere they go, Olivia struggles to believe that Cole is ready for a committed relationship. His biggest problem is getting rid of all his extra ladies before the only one he wants figures out that she's one of many.

Do you have an everyday hero in your life?

Thanks again for having me! Look forward to chatting today.


Fame has its perks…

Reluctantly famous, First Officer Cole Langston finds being in the spotlight has its advantages—until he meets Olivia. Having women throw themselves at him everywhere he goes becomes a serious problem when he's trying to convince her she's the one…

And its price…

Olivia has trouble trusting a guy like Cole, and everywhere she turns she sees reasons to run. But he's the only man who's ever seemed to understand her as an artist and as a woman…

Cole is working overtime to prove to Olivia that he's serious, but her deep seated mistrust and his entourage of unwelcomed fans may be more than they can overcome…

Read an excerpt


Congratulations Marie and thank you so much for being my guest today!  You've seen me mention Marie quite a bit lately on the blog between my gushing love of Everyone Loves a Hero, including Line of Scrimmage in my Fantasy Football Giveaway, not to mention my squeeing  when her publisher offered Love At First Flight as a free Amazon read earlier in the month, but when I discover an author that I love I just can't  seem to help myself :)  

If you'd like to learn more about Marie Force and the books she writes you can find her at her website www.mariesullivanforce.com, her blog, Facebook and Twitter.

To celebrate the release of Everyone Loves a Hero....and that's the problem by Marie Force, her publisher Sourcebooks Casablanca would like to giveaway a print copy of the book to TWO lucky Musings followers.  Here's how you can enter to win...

Ways to earn entries:
  • Mandatory:  Answer the question Marie asked readers in her post, AND show her some comment love by leaving a meaningful comment or question for her.   (good for 1 entry)
  • Mandatory: You MUST be a Google Friend Connect (GFC) follower in order to be eligible to win (unfortunately an email subscriber, or subscription in Google reader, and a follower are not the same thing so make sure you are signed up as a follower if you'd like to win this book)
  • If you have a blog, or even if you don't, you can earn extra entries by telling your friends. If they successfully enter to win and mention that you sent them you can each earn extra entries. You can blog about it with a link to this post, post it on Facebook, Twitter, email...or even word of mouth (good for 5 entries for the referrer and the commenter for each friend) . Please note that to earn the points they must mention your GFC name so that I can match you.
  • Purchase any item from the Seductive Musings Amazon store by using this link, or the Amazon widget contained within this post and email a copy of your purchase receipt to me no later than the deadline to enter (email available in sidebar). Sorry purchases made prior to this date do not apply, and link contained in this post must be used. No faxes or snail mail copies are allowed. No purchases are necessary to win. (good for 25 entries, or 50 entries if a purchase is made from the featured author's available titles)
How to enter:
  • You can choose to enter as many different ways that you want, but please place all of your entries in ONE comment 
Rules and disclaimers:
  • This contest is open to US & Canadian addresses only
  • You must be at least 18 years or older, or of legal age in your country
  • The contest will end on February 26th at 11:59 pm EST and winner will be posted after they have been selected
  • Winner(s) will be selected using Random.org
  • The winner(s) will have THREE days from the date they are posted to provide a mailing address. If you do not contact me within three days a replacement winner will be selected. NO EXCEPTIONS
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  • Winners will be subject to one copy per household, which means that if you win the same title in two or more contests, that you will only receive one copy of the title in the mail
  • Seductive Musings is not responsible for prizes that are not honored, distributed in a timely manner, lost, stolen, or damaged during transit 
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26 Comments:

stacey February 21, 2011 at 2:32 AM  

I wish I had a Hero in my Life could use the help around here.Your very lucking to have found yours
I am a GFC Follower

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June M. February 21, 2011 at 2:55 AM  

I don't have a Hero in my life...but I am still looking for that special guy! Congrats on your long marriage!
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Tore February 21, 2011 at 9:38 AM  

I don't have an everyday heroe in my life. I wish I did. Please enter me in contest. Tore923@aol.com

Maria (pronounced Mariah) I blame my mother... February 21, 2011 at 9:48 AM  

I have a hero hubby...he is a mister fix it! He learned it from his dad! His parents have been married for 52 years! Now that is what I aspire to! We will hit 14 years this May!

I am a follower! Thanks! mmafsmith@gmail.com

winnie February 21, 2011 at 10:16 AM  

I just read Everyone Loves a Hero over the weekend and I just wanted to say that I absolutely loved it!I really liked both Cole and Olivia and just couldn't put it down until I got to the end of their story.

So my question for Marie is, is there a chance that we can revisit these characters in the future? Either in the form of another book about them or as side characters in another perhaps? Because I'd love to see what happens down the road for them! In the meantime, I'm going to checkout your backlist :)

Don't enter me in the giveaway as I've already got a copy :)

Mary February 21, 2011 at 11:17 AM  

My everyday hero is my hubby. He has been with me for 20 years and has helped me through some seriously rough times. Plus he is a maintenance man and can fix any problems that come up in our apartment.

So many poeple don't make it in marriages so it's nice to hear about others who ahve long marriages as well.

miztik_rose@yahoo.com

Marie Force February 21, 2011 at 12:51 PM  

Carrie,
Thank you so much for having me today and for that lovely introduction. I so appreciate your enthusiasm for my books and I'm delighted to have you as my newest reader friend! Thank you also for the lovely review of Everyone Loves a Hero. Cole and Olivia have been well received by readers, which is so thrilling!

Thanks to everyone who has stopped by today. To those of you who haven't yet found your hero, keep looking. You never know where he might turn up! (Ohhh, that sounded an awful lot like TURNIP, didn't it? LOL!)

To those of you who have made marriage work for many years, my hat is off to you! It's not always easy, so I give you all credit!

Winnie, thank you for reading ELaH. No plans at the moment for a follow on story, but that could change. I may post an "after the final epilogue" to my blog someday like I did for Line of Scrimmage. Readers really liked that! I do plan to do follow-up books for Line of Scrimmage, featuring Ryan's replacement Todd "Toad" McLean, and to Love at First Flight with stories for Jeremy and Paige. Those are in the works and will probably be available in 2012. We'll see!

Marie Force February 21, 2011 at 12:51 PM  

I wanted to leave one more comment so I can subscribe to the comments.

ChrisS February 21, 2011 at 1:18 PM  

My Dad is the everday hero in my life. My Dad and his siblings were raised by a single Mom after his dad left them. Their childhood was very difficult and because of this he made a pledge to himself that he would never do the same to his family. Although we didn't have a lot growing up, we never wanted for anything, including his unconditional love. He is still always there for us to this day. He is my everday hero and I love him dearly. Marie, your Everyone Loves A Hero has caught my eye and sounds like a fantastic story I can't wait to read. Thank you.

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PoCoKat February 21, 2011 at 4:34 PM  

My everyday hero is my husband.

I follow on GFC.

pocokat AT gmail DOT com

Estella February 21, 2011 at 5:57 PM  

My everyday hero is my husband,We have been married for 21 years.

GFC follower

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JenM February 21, 2011 at 7:08 PM  

My stepdad is one of my heros. He's worked hard his whole life and expects the best of a person. He judges people on their actions, not on their appearance or based on stereotypes. Even though his life hasn't been easy, he always has a good attitude and just keeps on trucking. I've learned a lot from him and I'm thankful every day that my mom met and married him after she and my dad split up.

Looking forward to reading Everyone Loves a Hero - I've enjoyed all of Marie's other books.

GFC follower
jen at delux dot com

Artemis February 21, 2011 at 9:45 PM  

My everyday hero is my husband of 31 years. We have had our share of hills and valleys, but it keeps getting better every day.

Ms. Force - question. It seems the pet name for DH is Turnip. How did he ever get that one?

cindersmaria@yahoo.com
Old GFC Follower

Mariee February 21, 2011 at 10:24 PM  

My hubby is my everyday hero.

I also tweeted about the giveaway: http://twitter.com/#!/marieimy/status/39887938145890304

GFC follower.
marieimy (at) gmail (dot) com

Marie Force February 21, 2011 at 10:26 PM  

I loved reading about all your heroes, ladies. Thanks for sharing today. Sounds like we've got some great guys in our lives!

Artemis, the Turnip was born last September, the day before the 20th anniversary of the day we met. I pointed that out to him, and he got all huffy, telling me I could ONLY celebrate on anniversary per year and then he said the 20th anniversary of the day we met is "no big deal." Snort. I told him that being married to him was the romantic equivalent of being married to a turnip, although that was probably an insult to the turnip. We had a big laugh over it and when I told my friends on Facebook, a nickname was born. He embraces his inner Turnip and re-earns the name often! :-)

Marie Force February 21, 2011 at 10:27 PM  

That should be ONE anniversary per year. LONG day!

Jane February 22, 2011 at 12:43 AM  

Congrats on the new release, Marie. I don't currently have a hero in my life, but hopefully I'll find one soon.

Sheree February 23, 2011 at 12:22 AM  

Congrats on your new release! I loved Cole, too. He was a good hero and not just doing the heroic stuff but all the "dream come true" stuff for Olivia. Nothing is quite as heroic as a guy who actually listens!

My everyday hero is my boyfriend. He does little things for me all the time, including making coffee for me (yes, it's my old espresso machine, but it's so cool that he makes the drinks).

My dad is also my hero. He was willing to work really hard in order to insure that his children would have a better life and a good education. He's still helping me in many ways, if only to listen to my rants. :)

GFC follower
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Pam S (pams00),  February 23, 2011 at 11:28 AM  

This looks like such a great book cant wait to read it. Congrats on it's release Marie :)! Can I ask how you came about it's plot? How do you keep your notes organized when writing a story?

Loved - Love at First Flight good to see it is getting follow ups :)!!

I don't have a hero in my life... but here's hoping I will one day...

Pam S
pams00 @ aol.com

Marie Force February 23, 2011 at 6:51 PM  

Hi Jane,
Fingers crossed for all of you who are still waiting for your hero to arrive!

Sheree,
I agree that was one of my favorite aspects of Cole's character--how he supported Olivia's dreams and made them his own. How can you not love that guy?

Pam,
I had the idea for a pilot and his long-distance girlfriend when I saw an arriving pilot greeted--enthusiastically--by a woman at Reagan National Airport in Washington. I added in the national hero aspect later. I know some of you will wonder how crazy I am to hear that I don't ever have notes when I am writing a book. It's all in my head, which is why my head is going to explode one of these days! I don't plot, I don't outline and I don't make notes. I just write the book. I know. It's crazy. Believe me, I get it, but it seems to be working! LOL

Thanks for the great questions and comments!

alba February 23, 2011 at 9:23 PM  

Well I love hearing about the hero's Cause hero's always win...
My Dh is my Hero stood by me though Many ups & downs in our lives i wont bore you with all that but most men would run to the HILLS very very FAST.
Have a good one Ann/alba
alba47@gmail.com

Anita Yancey February 24, 2011 at 8:51 AM  

My husband is my every day hero. After spending 20 years in the Army, and now 15 years as a police detective, he definitely deserves that title. I love books written about every day heros such as police officers and fire fighers, etc. They make some of the best books.
I am a GFC follower!

ayancey(at)dishmail(dot)net

scottsgal February 26, 2011 at 12:19 PM  

Hubby is my everyday hero - he is a paramedic and firefighter and has been a real life hero to many people saving lives, helping at accident scenes, saving homes and family member and pets. He makes me proud everyday
msboatgal at aol.com

scottsgal February 26, 2011 at 12:19 PM  

I follow in gfc
msboatgal at aol.com

Carol L. February 26, 2011 at 3:00 PM  

My everyday Hero was my Dad. He just passed away at 91 years of age. This was a man who was forever there for his family. He could always be counted on. His love was always right there, you never had a doubt. He was loved by all of our friends and then his Grandchildren all loved him . He will never be replaced but his love lives on in all the lives he touched. I am honored for him having been my Father. :)A GFC follower under Lucky47.
Lucky4750@aol.com

Marie Force February 26, 2011 at 3:58 PM  

Carol,
Sounds like your dad was a wonderful man. So sorry for your loss!

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