Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Finding a Sexy Contemporary Hero with Marie Astor

Finding a Sexy Contemporary Hero. 

Marie will be awarding a custom made jewelry set (necklace and earrings) to one randomly chosen commenter. Be sure to follow the tour here.

Hi Carrie Ann, thank you very much for inviting me to your blog. My name is Marie Astor and I am the author of contemporary romance novels, On the Rim of Love and Lucky Charm, and a short story collection, A Chance Encounter and Other Stories. And now, back to our topic – finding a sexy contemporary hero…
When I was in high school I had a crush on this really gorgeous guy who literally looked like an Abercrombie & Fitch model – I’m not going to describe his physical appearance in any greater detail, lest the object of my high school crush recognize himself - for purposes of this blog, let’s call him Mike. Mike was in a class a year ahead of mine, and the only thing I knew about him was his name, which I had overheard one of his friends call him by. With the exception of passing Mike by in the hallway every day during class breaks, I did not have any other interactions with him (if you can call mute adoration from afar interaction).
Anyways, my silent crush on Mike continued for several months until I got invited to my friend’s cousin’s birthday party and guess who was among the guests? You guessed it – Mr. Abercrombie & Fitch, and he was by himself – no girlfriend! Well, let me tell you - at the sight of Mike my heart jumped into my throat, my breath caught, and my hands literally started shaking - there was no way I was going to work up the courage to talk to this guy! Imagine my state when I found myself in a conversation with my friend’s cousin and saw Mike approaching us – I nearly choked on my Coca-Cola. Next thing I knew, my friend’s cousin introduced me to Mike and before I could say another word, my friend’s cousin was whisked away by his other friends. So I found myself standing next to Mike, reminding myself not to twirl my hair (to this day, I have a tendency to twirl my hair when I’m nervous) and wrecking my brains for witty things to say. Well, it turned out I need not have worried – Mike had plenty to say. For the first few minutes of our conversation I was struggling to catch my breath as I listened to how many pounds Mike could bench press at the gym, how many pushups he could do, and what his diet was like. A few moments later, my breathing evened out, and then, it slowed down almost to the extent of sending me into a coma. Yes, Mike was gorgeous, but the moment he opened his mouth, his charms dissipated – it turned out he was best admired from afar after all. And thus, I was promptly cured of my crush.
So what does the memory of my high school crush have to do with the topic of this blog, which finding a sexy contemporary hero? Simply that the romantic hero has to be more than a pretty face – he has to have substance. I also believe that the hero should have a vulnerability to him – no one is perfect one hundred percent of the time.
In On the Rim of Love, Taylor Denton is a daredevil off-piste skier – he is fearless, driven and highly principled. At first glance Taylor would appear to be a veritable boy scout, but he too has inner demons that he is fighting. When Taylor meets Maggie, she is intimidated by his seeming perfection, but as the two get to know each other, she is drawn by Taylor’s weaknesses because that’s what makes him human. After all, is that not why we search for our soul mates – to have someone complete us and offset our flaws? Here’s wishing to all the romance readers to find their romantic heroes, and to those who have already found their soul mates to never fall out of love.

Marie Astor is a die-hard romantic who wholeheartedly believes in true love, which is why she writes in the contemporary romance genre.

Marie is the author of contemporary romance novels, On the Rim of Love, Lucky Charm, and a short story collection, A Chance Encounter and Other Stories.

In addition to being a writer, Marie is an avid hiker, an excellent swimmer, a good skier, and a capable badminton player.

Currently, Marie is working on her next novel - stay tuned for details! If you would like to receive updates about book releases and events, please visit Marie’s website at: or visit Marie at her Facebook page:






On the Rim of Love by Marie Astor

Maggie Robin has been dating the irresistibly good-looking, successful Jeffrey Preston for two years. But when Jeffrey proposes marriage a week after Maggie’s college graduation, she is no longer sure if she wants to marry a workaholic TV producer.

Her doubts culminate when during a ski trip to British Columbia, Maggie meets Taylor Denton, a handsome, free-spirited big mountain skier who is the complete opposite of Jeffrey. It does not take Maggie long to realize that she has fallen in love with Taylor and she decides to break off her engagement with Jeffrey. But just when she thinks she has found the love of her life, an ill-fated misunderstanding tears Maggie and Taylor apart.

A week later, Maggie is told that Taylor has died in a tragic ski accident; yet, her heart refuses to believe in Taylor’s death. When Maggie returns to Taylor’s native town, she learns that Taylor is indeed alive, but has been seriously injured. Resolved to bring her lover back to life Maggie stands by Taylor’s side, convincing him to embrace life again.


Taylor, look. Isn’t he beautiful?” Maggie pointed at the regal bird that was circling in vast, sweeping loops, oblivious to their presence.

Taylor looked up. “He does look magnificent.”

“Doesn’t he look free, as though nothing could ever touch him?” Maggie murmured wistfully.

“You think that eagle doesn’t have anything to worry about?” Taylor looked at her with his piercing green eyes. “He’s probably circling there like that because he is searching for food.”

As if in testament to Taylor’s words, the eagle surged downward in a swift, sharp dive and soared back up several moments later, clasping his catch in his claws, beating his wings hastily as he made his way into the sky.

“I guess you’re right,” Maggie conceded, her voice ringing with disappointment. “It’s just that for a moment he seemed so free up there.”

“I know what you mean, but birds are anything but free,” said Taylor, “try hunting for food all the time, not knowing when you are going to eat next, being cold, watching out for predators. Humans, on the other hand, are free.” Taylor paused, looking at Maggie intently. “We can do anything we want – the sky is the limit and there’s no one here to stop us.”

“You really believe that?” asked Maggie.

“Of course I believe it. Don’t you?”

“I’d like to,” said Maggie quietly, and then, meeting Taylor’s gaze, added more assertively, “After today anything seems possible.”

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  1. I LOL at your story of Mike. Isn't that the way it usuay goes. Your story sounds great!

  2. Loved your post.
    Your book sounds wonderful.

  3. Mary Astor - You are wayyy too healthy and active to be a writer! LOL Your story sounds wonderful and Mike sounds like a dorkasauras - a pretty dorkasauras.

  4. Hey did you go to my high school? I liked the story of Mike. The book sounds great and I agree, it is those fatal flaws that make me fall in love with a hero.

  5. I knew a "Mike" once, until I saw him eating a pizza with his mouth opened as he chewed. Yuk.

  6. Thank you for your wonderful comments! First-time crushes are always the most memorable, aren't they? (but not always in a good way... :)) Here's to perfect romantic heroes - at least in fiction! :))

  7. Hi Carrie Ann,

    Thank you for hosting me today - it was a pleasure being your guest!


  8. Love your analogy, Marie! The book sounds great...