Tuesday, February 3, 2009

FREE Online Read and My New Hero's Character Profile

Well, just as we waved goodbye to Mills & Boon's Centenary year - hot on it's heels comes Harlequin's Diamond Anniversary!

As part of the celebrations, each month Harlequin is spotlighting one of the lines and in February, it's the turn of the Romance line...

I'm lucky enough to be one of the Diamond Brides collection with Manhattan Boss, Diamond Proposal that's out RIGHT NOW (hint, hint) in the USA, Canada, the UK and Ireland and to accompany the book I've written my first ever short story for Eharlequin! Would it help encourage you to read it any if I told you it was FREE?!

Yeah, thought so. I know my blog buddies ;)

Anyhoo, it's serialized and will be online twice weekly (Tuesday's and Thursday's) throughout February, starting... drumroll please... TODAY! So if you have a time to wile away on one of my little stories then you can find Manhattan Cinderella - a companion piece to this month's book - online HERE. Leave a comment if you have an account there, and if you don't you can leave one here... (it makes it look like I have friends - OKAY?!)

Aaaannnddd speaking of FREE THINGS - as part of the anniversary celebrations Harlequin is also giving away a BUCKETLOAD of ebooks. There are sixteen in total (a selection across the lines) to a total value of $60!!! So if you want to go select a few you like the look of, or try a line you've never read before then GET THEE THERE and get downloading! You can find them all HERE.

Meanwhile... here on the Blog...

Following on from the post before last where I gave an example of my heroine's character profile for the new book I'm working on, I'm back with the hero's profile.

Once you've read both of them maybe some of you will be able to guess where I'm going with some of the story ;) (BTW feel free to add to my word-count if you like... I can take the much needed words in emails, comments, by carrier pigeon - every little helps at this stage.) So let's meet Blake, shall we?

The Reluctant Billionaire (Working Title)
for the Modern heat/Presents line


Blake Clayton is the son Charles Warren would never acknowledge in life, but who he named as his heir. That means Blake is now a multi-billionaire. But despite being informed of the legacy he has done nothing to step into his father’s shoes or touch the money he inherited. The company’s shares have fluctuated as a result and the board’s MD is putting pressure on the law firm Olivia works for to get Blake to either sell out or become a figurehead. Blake has claimed he needs thinking time and was anything but pleasant to the last representative sent to talk to him. But when Olivia arrives at the home he is renovating for his parents she assumes he’s fearful of the responsibilities he would be taking on. So, despite his obvious amusement, she offers to help him prepare for his new life and ‘settle in’ while he decides what he wants to do. Unfortunately she’s way off the mark, and Blake knows more about having money and running a successful company than she gives him credit for…


As a kid, Blake had a fairly run of the mill middle class upbringing in Queens. As a teenager he became resentful of his absentee father and somewhat rebellious but was happy for his mother when she married and his step-father proved a good influence on his rebellion. He even become an indulgent older brother to his half-sister who is thirteen years younger than him. Over the years he showed an aptitude for science, electronics and software and moved to California to attend CalTech where he founded his own company with a couple of friends. Within a few years the company was floated on the stock market, making each of the three owners multi-millionaires. It’s only when he learns that he’s been left his father’s varying companies under the umbrella of Warren Enter
prises that Blake is forced to look back on his past and the resentment he felt for so long. Turns out the resentment and anger never really went away, and a part of him is sorely tempted to take his father’s companies apart brick by brick, selling them to the highest bidder or simply closing departments one by one; undoing a century’s worth of Warren family history. Whatever he decides, he won’t be rushed into anything; he’s not that kind of guy.


When his father’s law firm changes tactics by sending an incredibly sexy, if uptight female attorney, Blake instantly feels the need to ruffle her - especially when she makes assumptions. He’s interested to see just how far she’ll go to persuade him to make a decision, especially when he realizes how much success and status mean to her…


CHARACTER NOTES:

  • 33 yrs old, six feet tall, brown hair, hazel eyes.
  • Last heir of an old moneyed family who have had similar tragedies to that of the Kennedy’s. His father had the equivalent of a summer fling with his mother when she took a part time job in a restaurant in The Hamptons. Refused to acknowledge his son and denied his existence.
  • Mother (Laura) raised him alone until his early teens when she married (Peter) and had a daughter (Cassie) who is thirteen years Blake’s junior.
  • Despite his step-father earning his respect, and being indulgent of his younger half-sister, Blake has never really felt that he was as much of the new family unit as the others. This detachment is not obvious and his family would be both shocked and hurt by it. But it was one of the reasons he was happy to relocate to CalTech on the West Coast and to set up his company and live there after University – though he does visit on the usual family holidays of Thanksgiving and Christmas (for the most part).
  • Due to the fact he made his fortune before he turned twenty five he’s had plenty of time for fun; has travelled the world, enjoys extreme sports, is very outdoors orientated and as he has never had the same worries about money the majority of people do he comes across as pretty laid back. Since Olivia hasn’t made the connection between a successful company on the West Coast she takes this laid back attitude to mean he’s un-ambitious so Blake plays on this by adding cocky, wise-cracking, arrogant, uncontrolled and nonchalant about everything she sees as important – enjoying the fact she’s physically attracted to him while everything else about him rubs her the wrong way.
  • Owns homes in San Francisco, the Bahamas and Aspen. Has plans to sail around the world on a boat he’s been renovating so has been spending time with his family before he leaves; including helping with the renovations on a house he recently bought for his parents. (Olivia assumes he’s a blue collar worker when she meets him)
  • Thinking type: thinks thoroughly through a situation, figures out the problem and takes control to bring about a solution. Makes decisions based on principles, not on feelings. Is logical, objective and methodical. (and unlike Olivia it all comes naturally to him)
  • Sensation person: experiences life through the senses - attuned to physical environment – to colours and smells, shapes and tastes. Tends to live in the present, responding to the things that surround him. (appreciates life and all it has to offer)

8 comments:

Biddy said...

Hey you! Great to see you back online. I have a quick question - you have the sections 'Thinking Type' and 'Sensation Type' in your character profile. Do you get those definitions from any character profiling method or is it a Trish Wylie (TM) invention??

Aideen said...

Excellent Trish.

Now tell me this, what is the motivation behind his father leaving him everything if he refused to acknowledge him while he was alive? Was he his only child?

I'm interested in your answer because as an unpublished wannabe I'd love to hear your reasoning behind the move.

Cheers,
Aideen.

Trish Wylie said...

Hey Bidster!

I have a kind of very basic Trish invention I use to help round them out a little better in my head, with different descriptions stolen from different 'methods'. I do that a lot actually, and when I find something in a book or online that I find useful then I add to it - so it's a pretty fluid method.

I know there are some REALLY complicated versions of 'profiling' out there, but a/I don't have time for complicated and b/ I don't need that much of a headache. So every now and again I'll shake things up to keep my muse amused ;)

That probably doesn't help much, does it?

Trish Wylie said...

Hi Aideen!

Okay, let's see. I didn't want him to have had anything to do with his father so I could feed off that resentment, right? So I needed a reason, as you've pointed out, for the father to suddenly out of the blue leave all this money to him...

Soooo... without making it too complicated, (and I think you've already guessed) the clue would be in the 'Kennedyesque' family background. In the thirty three years of Blake's life the Warren family has gradually been whittled down and in order to hand it to a Warren, and possibly as one of those decisions a dying man makes to put things right before he meets his maker, Charles Warren finally acknowledges his son...

Thing is, that leaves it open if I need to go deeper into it at some point. Cos we can't TALK to Charles Warren or see things from his POV - so Olivia and Blake could have very different ideas of why he did it. It could add to the action and reaction as they work their way through the different POV's...

Unlike 'One Night With The Rebel Billionaire' when Roane had spent years with Adam's father and Adam still had time to build some bridges with his father while his father was lucid...

Make sense? Yell if it doesn't hun...

Trish Wylie said...

And that's what I get for hitting 'publish' before I checked I was done Aideen - yes he's also an only child ;) But I'm pretty sure you'd already got that part...

Aideen said...

Spot on Trish.

I love it already.

Yes, that makes perfect sense to me. It's wonderful to be privy to what goes on in your head!!

Aideen.

Nina in Ohio said...

So fun to read the hero's profile and his motivations. Such a great tool to really get into your character's heads. Gonna go on over to e-harlequin to peruse your on-line read - congrats!

rayannelutenerblog said...

This is SO useful - thanks Trish.
I did watch Batman Begins on DVD last evening, and COMPLETELY understand your interest in Mr Bale. Oh my. LOL