Guest Author & Giveaway: Rebecca Rogers Maher featuring Fault Lines

Wednesday, September 19

Do you like having your picture taken?  Some people do, but I don't.  I think it is an inherited trait.  I remember my grandmother used to hold up her hand in front of her face every time someone pointed a camera in her direction.  So any pictures that we have of her are either her with her hand in front of her face, or a completely candid shot when we caught her by surprise.  I love those.  Actually love both types of photos I have of her because it's so.....just her :)

Author Rebecca Rogers Maher is my guest today to share a bit about the merits of both the candid shot vs. portrait pictures and how it relates to her new contemporary romance Fault Lines, in which her hero is a photographer who is good at catching the essence of a person in his photos...something the heroine doesn't like at all, especially when the camera is pointed in her direction, LOL.  Enjoy!

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A big thank you to Seductive Musings for inviting me here today!

Candid Shots vs. Portrait Pictures: Which is More Revealing?

I hate having my picture taken. It ranks at the top of my Oh-Please-No List, right along with cockroaches, push-ups and cottage cheese. (Why would anyone want to eat something that looks like it’s been eaten and digested already? Please. NO.)

I hate having my picture taken because as soon as I spot a camera, I freeze up. Seriously. My face literally freezes into what I affectionately call “The Mask of Death.” I get all self-conscious and tightened up and I just can’t make myself look natural no matter how hard I try.

I vividly remember, at my sister-in-law’s nuptials, the wedding photographer screaming at me, “Relax your face!”

Relax my what? Lady, allow me to relax YOUR face. With my fist.

Anyway.

The only way to get a good picture of me is to sneak it. When I don’t know the camera’s there, I might calm down enough to actually look like myself. The problem is, I always know the camera is there. I have a sixth sense for that evil soul-stealing contraption.

Which is why I wrote the scene in Fault Lines – my latest book and the final installment in my Recovery Trilogy – where Joe the hero (a wedding photographer) manages to snap a real picture of Sarah, the heroine.

To me, there are few things sexier than a man who sees right through you. A man who looks deeply into you, who sees who you are – good and bad – and finds you delightful anyway. Joe sees Sarah like that – immediately and completely – and captures her with his camera at her most open, and to him, most beautiful.

I don’t think it’s possible to get the same level of real from a portrait picture. What you see in a portrait is how a person is trying to convey herself. That too can be revealing, I suppose. But I still prefer candid shots.

You just have to be super-sneaky to catch me for one.

Thanks so much for having me here!

Sarah Murphy plans other people’s weddings. She’s gorgeous and successful, but she also carries a dark secret.

At one of her events, she meets Joe Sullivan, a sexy photographer with a difficult past of his own. When he snaps a rare unguarded photograph of her and captures the real person hiding behind the facade, she feels exposed. To restore the upper hand, she tries to do what she always does: use sex to defuse the situation.

While Joe is eager to deepen his relationship with Sarah, he’s aware of her emotional shield and the way she disconnects from her body. Seeing her at her most vulnerable doesn’t scare him off, but he needs to know what she’s hiding.

Sarah has a tough decision to make. Does she want to go on living a lonely, emotionally frozen life? Or can she finally risk revealing the truth and move forward with Joe?

Read an excerpt & enjoy this special exclusive never before seen excerpt in the flipbook below:

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Congrats Rebecca, and thanks for being my guest today!

If you'd like to learn more about Rebecca Rogers Maher, and the books she writes you can find her at her website www.rebeccarogersmaher.com, her blog, Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.

To celebrate the release of Fault Lines, one randomly drawn commenter from each tour stop will win a digital copy of FAULT LINES (US & International).  Enter using the Rafflecopter form below:

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14 Comments:

CMD September 19, 2012 at 5:09 AM  

I'm the same way! I hate having my picture taken, but I love travelling so I do it a lot anyway :)

Carin September 19, 2012 at 7:49 AM  

I am not a fan of having my picture taken, my son on the other had loves it to the point he "borrowed" his dad's cell phone and made movies of himself with it LOL! Carin
mawmom at gmail dot com

Lit Connect September 19, 2012 at 9:46 AM  

Thanks for hosting Rebecca today! :)

erin September 19, 2012 at 11:07 AM  

Thanks for a fun post and congrats on the new release! I don't like having my pic taken either but I get around that by being the one taking the pics!

Tore September 19, 2012 at 12:57 PM  

I hate getting my photo taken also. What inspires you to be a writer? Thanks for the giveaway. Tore923@aol.com

Rebecca Rogers Maher September 19, 2012 at 1:45 PM  

CMD, travel shots can be fun, though, because you can tell yourself it's all about the background! :) Thanks for stopping by today!

Rebecca Rogers Maher September 19, 2012 at 1:48 PM  

Carin, that's so funny! My boys do that too. I'm always finding these long sets of self-portraits or movies that they make on my phone. Lots of sticking-out tongues and googly eyes! Thanks for writing!

Rebecca Rogers Maher September 19, 2012 at 1:51 PM  

Erin, thanks for your note! Being the one behind the camera is an excellent strategy! Do you take self-portraits? I find those look more like me, but selfies are vaguely embarrassing. :)

Rebecca Rogers Maher September 19, 2012 at 2:02 PM  

Hi Tore. That's a great question! I write because I have a strong point of view and I have something to say. With Fault Lines, I wanted to tell a realistic, nuanced story about one woman's recovery from trauma -- what that would look like for her in terms of love, trust, family, sex, work and friendship. It was important to me to not sugarcoat that, to tell it close to how it would really happen, and to include all the layers (not just those having to do with the hero). Hope you enjoy the book! So glad you stopped by!

Rebecca Rogers Maher September 19, 2012 at 2:04 PM  

And to echo Lit Connect, thanks again so much for hosting me! It's been great to be here!

bn100,  September 19, 2012 at 9:57 PM  

Very nice excerpt.

Anne K,  September 20, 2012 at 5:44 AM  

I love having my photo taken. I also love pushups and cottage cheese!!!

Rebecca Rogers Maher September 20, 2012 at 12:18 PM  

Thank you, bn100! Glad you enjoyed it -- thanks for stopping by!

Rebecca Rogers Maher September 20, 2012 at 12:24 PM  

Anne, I promise to always share my portion of cottage cheese with you. And then make you drop and give me twenty afterward. And while you're doing that, I'll take your photo!

Xoxo! Thanks for coming by!

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