A Nice Guy Wetsday

Hello, chicadees! Hope we are all having a lovely day! Did I mention that my first novel is now available on Amazon and other fine ebook retailers? Okay, yes, I know. I did. Several thousand times, But dang, it is exciting, okay? I’ve had friends from high school, distant cousins and others I haven’t heard from in years contacting me on Facebook, twitter, and so forth to tell me they are reading it! OMG! Now my sweet Baptist cousins are gonna find out what a sick pup I am.

But the hoopla over Proof of Love has really lit my fire on the second novel in the series, another Georgian romance. This one, tentatively titled Counting on Love, is kind of a Breaking Vegas in the Haute Ton, with a lady who has a knack for winning at cards and a nobleman who falls for her. And, like a sign from God that I am on the right track with my WIP, I made a fabulous discovery this week that has really upped my enthusiasm level.

You see, I have to get a picture – photograph or painting – of my characters before I can really start visualizing them in my scenes. I had a good idea for my heroine, and put her picture on my desktop for inspiration. But I couldn’t find one for my hero. I knew who he was, what he was like – he’s just a real sweet guy who has found the woman of his dreams and wants to marry her (the heroine is the one with all the angst.) But I couldn’t find a picture that caught him.

Then my daughter’s copy of Entertainment Weekly came in the mail. I was flipping through it, idly noting all the tv shows I don’t have time to watch, when I saw a familiar face. Who is that guy? Hmmm. I don’t watch The Walking Dead, but maybe I should. He’s a cutie. Then it hit me – Andrew Lincoln, who was so adorable and sweet as the guy crushing on Keira Knightly in Love Actually. Now, it would be easy for a guy to get lost in the shuffle in a cast with Colin Firth, Liam Neeson, Alan Rickman, et al. But when he showed up at Keira’s door with the boom box and the sign that said, “To Me You Are Perfect…” Well, swoon.

And it is just that sweet, normal guy kind of look that personifies Lord Martyn in my next book. So, submitted for your approval – Mr. Andrew Lincoln, another one of my Hot Brit Boys.

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Oh, and BTW: this being a family blog, I didn’t post my favorite picture of Mr Lincoln. But you can see it on my personal blog at http://www.arabellastokes.com!

Wetsday Birthday Boy

Good Morning All! Today’s guest is one of my all time favorites, and given that Monday was his birthday and he has a big summer blockbuster, I figured he deserved a turn in the Wetsday spotlight.

He’s got one of the yummiest accents you’ll find, given that he is from Northern Ireland. Probably why they picked him to play Aslan the Lion in some of the best kid’s movies ever, The Chronicles of Narnia Series.

He doesn’t always roll the Emerald Isle way, though. He is actually playing Lyndon B. Johnson in the upcoming Selma. Having lived through the LBJ administration, I am fascinated at the idea of this elegant gentleman behaving in the manner Lyndon did – picking dogs up by the ears?!?!? (And I realized that I just really dated myself!)

If you are a long-time fan of historical romances, I’m sure you remember Barbara Taylor Bradford’s A Woman of Substance. Our guest was the wonderful Blackie O’Neill in the tv miniseries way back in 1984. (Please note that he also lived through the ’60’s — I love a hero that ages well!) Sci-fi fans know him as Qui-Gon Jinn in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace. And having admitted to being old enough to remember the first iteration of The A-Team, I will say it was not a remake that I feel the world needed. But he will be some very attractive eye-candy in it!

Seriously, this guy just has way too many great movies to list ’em all — Excalibur, Rob Roy, Schindler’s List, Gangs of New York. But I have to mention how sweet and lovable he was in my favorite grown-up’s Christmas movie of all time Love Actually, where he was right up there with my beloved Colin and Alan Rickman in the hawtness quotient.

So please give a big birthday welcome to this week’s Wetsday guest, Liam Neeson!!!!

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