Juanita Kees | Paperback Heroes
February 8, 2013
Who doesn't love a paperback hero? That's why writer's write. Whether it's crime
fiction, paranormal romance or an action-packed thriller, somewhere in it you
will find an alpha male. Strong and sexy with a body to die for, he's the one
who will fight for what he believes in and protect the ones he loves...*sigh*.
Which brings me to my favourite alpha male hero of all time...long before he was
an X-Men werewolf, Hugh Jackman was a Paperback Hero.
In the 1999 movie, Hugh played a tough, Australian truck driver, Jack Willis,
who writes romance novels under a pen name of Ruby Vale. That's where things get
a little sticky because Ruby Vale is a real person—and his good friend
(played by Claudia Karvan). Ruby is in love with Jack but engaged to marry
Jack's best friend, Hamish. What a plot and what a movie! It's easy to see why
has rocketed to fame.
One of the questions we're often asked in interviews is who we'd like to play
the hero if our books were made into movies. I'm sure you've gathered what my
answer would be! In FLY
AWAY PETA, my hero Jaime Caruso has never forgotten his first love, Peta
Johnson. For a while, she was his world until he decided to set her free. She
was young, ambitious, had dreams to fulfill and he didn't want to hold her back
from achieving those dreams. On the advice of his parents, who decide she is not
the perfect match for their son, he leaves town to work for his father and
becomes a successful businessman in the mining industry.
Years later, he returns to his hometown of Williams in rural Western Australia
to find Peta there and she's in a world of trouble. Her daughter has been
kidnapped and Jaime is soon caught up in a web of lies, deceit and danger.
Without hesitation, he launches headfirst into fray to protect the woman he
loves. Their journey to happiness is fraught with danger and secrets,
sprinkled with tender moments and promises of happy ever-afters, but I've made
them work very hard to get there. Love doesn't come easy, after all.
If you enjoy reading FLY
AWAY PETA, look out for my March 2013 release from Harlequin Escape
Publishing, UNDER THE HOOD. This energetic story stars yet another
feisty heroine not afraid to step forward and a delectable hero who can't resist
her charm or her dilemma. Together they fight to save a teenage gang from the
grip of crime and drugs, all while resisting the temptation to fall in love.
Thank you for joining me to learn more about my paperback heroes. Who is your
favourite paperback hero? Share them here in a comment and you will go into a
draw to win a signed paperback copy of FLY AWAY PETA. The
winner will be drawn and announced on February 9th. A special thank
you to my hosts at Fresh Fiction for having me here today.
The time has come to face her worst fear and the clock is ticking...
Peta Johnson will go to extreme lengths to protect her daughter Bella. When
Bella is kidnapped, the search for her takes Peta back to the small Western
Australian country town of Williams, a place she'd vowed never to return to. The
town where her dreams were shattered and her nightmare began. Back to the place
she'd been destined to meet two very powerful, yet very different men. One would
break her heart; the other would destroy her soul. Both would change her life
The search for Bella brings them together. Secrets and lies keep them apart.
Will Jaime and Peta renew their love in the face of danger or will he let her
fly away again?
About the Author
Born in Port Elizabeth, South Africa and now proudly Australian, Juanita is a freelance
writer of book reviews, blogs, web content, advertorials, newsletters, resumes
and training manuals. She has written articles on business management for
Stanford Who's Who, New York, USA.
Having completed a diploma in Proofreading, Editing and Publishing through the
Australian College QED, Bondi, NSW, Juanita is a freelance editor for Damnation
Books, Eternal Press and Escape Publishing, and proofreads scientific text books
for Elsevier Press, Oxford, UK.
Juanita gained her professional experience in the motor industry as an
administrator and Customer Care/Quality Assurance Coordinator conducting audits;
writing and proof-reading reports, operating procedures, company policies,
capability statements, newsletters and customer correspondence.
Juanita escapes the real world by reading and writing romantic fiction. She
conducts interviews with fellow authors and writes book reviews, as well as the
odd blog about the frustrations and delights of being a writer.
When she's not writing, editing or proofreading, Juanita is the cleaning fairy
and mother to three boys (hubby included, his toys are just a little more
expensive). Her not-so-miniature Daschund, Sam is her critique partner and keeps
her company while writing.
Juanita loves to hear from fans and would love for you to enjoy her writing
journey with her at: http://www.kees2create.com.au/ | http://www.juanitakees.com
| Twitter | Facebook
35 comments posted.
Re: Juanita Kees | Paperback Heroes
my hero changes with each book! I get so absorbed in the story, when I finish I mourn the loss of those friends!
(Michelle Schafer 11:44pm February 7, 2013)
Variety is the spice of life.
(Marjorie Carmony 6:15am February 8, 2013)
I really liked a New Zealand film stuntman in Kiss and Makeup. Intelligent and physically talented.
(Clare O'Beara 7:28am February 8, 2013)
How cool - I LOVE this story already - and I, too, fall in love with the hero in each book I read!
(Felicia Ciaudelli 8:53am February 8, 2013)
Your book sounds great - and I thank you for the chance to win. I love Hugh Jackman, too.
(Nancy Reynolds 9:06am February 8, 2013)
Looks like a great book to read!!
(Bonnie Capuano 10:32am February 8, 2013)
(Kent Cook 10:49am February 8, 2013)
looks good to me.
(Pat Lieberman 11:06am February 8, 2013)
LOVE YOUR BOOKS THEY ARE MARVELOUS. YOUR MY FAVORITE AUTHOR OF ALL TIME. EXCELLENT CONTEST!!
(Shelly Caggiano 12:02pm February 8, 2013)
Love books with 'dreamy" hero's
(Terri Jordan 12:18pm February 8, 2013)
Looks like a good book
(Sandy Giden 12:42pm February 8, 2013)
I don't have a favorite. The book sounds great, thank you for the giveaway.
(Rita Wray 12:51pm February 8, 2013)
Looks like a really good book.
(Cheryl Green 1:08pm February 8, 2013)
I think that the "hero" varies as much and as often as I pick up another book. I can lose myself within the pages, fall for the hero - I am good.
I love Jackman and could easily fall for him ;) I think there was a Lifetime or Hallmark movie very similiar to this the starred Andrew McCarthy.
(Carla Carlson 2:08pm February 8, 2013)
Mr Darcy is one of my favorite heroes.
(Maureen Emmons 2:15pm February 8, 2013)
Thanks for a good contest. I'd love to read this book.
(Mary Hay 3:00pm February 8, 2013)
I get a new hero with each book that I read---but my heroes are the quiet type---like Jim Quilleran in The Cat Who.. mysteries.
(Sue Farrell 3:22pm February 8, 2013)
I like Noah Di Luca from the Bella Terra Deception Novels.
(Kathleen Yohanna 3:47pm February 8, 2013)
I can't wait to read this, I won't be able to put it down until I'm finished.
(Mary Lynch 5:21pm February 8, 2013)
hi Juanita, you are a new author to me, and I'll definitely
add you to my TBBL!
(Linda Bass 5:48pm February 8, 2013)
Juanita, this sounds like a wonderful book and I am definitely going to read it.
(Shirley Younger 6:04pm February 8, 2013)
There are so many favorites that i have... It isn't fair to my
book boyfriends to pick just one lol... Thanks for your post
(Jeannie Platt 7:29pm February 8, 2013)
My hero depends on the book I'm reading. It could be a cowboy, a soldier,
a marine, or be still my heart, a Navy seal. I can hardly wait to read your
(Debbie Rudder 8:12pm February 8, 2013)
Too many to choose from!
(Mary Chin 8:27pm February 8, 2013)
i love the sounds of your new book. thanks for this chance too.
(Debbi Shaw 8:46pm February 8, 2013)
It depends on what book I am reading at the moment. I change my mind all the time. It's like choosing just one favorite chocolate!
(May Pau 8:52pm February 8, 2013)
My hero is Michael Wingate from Some Girls Do by Leanne Banks.
(Gladys Paradowski 9:07pm February 8, 2013)
One of my paperback heroes is Wrath from the Black Dagger Brotherhood series. Thanks for the giveaway.
(Bonnie Hometchko 9:34pm February 8, 2013)
It's Sherlock Holmes.
(Kai Wong 9:56pm February 8, 2013)
Yes, Sherlock Holmes and other paperback heroes are fantastic
but the best Hero for Me and for You would have to be Jesus
Christ from The Bible and that is the greatest book ever
written for sure. Your book sounds fantastic too. Thanks for
the great contest. Thanks, Cecilia CECE
(Cecilia Dunbar Hernandez 10:01pm February 8, 2013)
I love Eve Dallas from the In Death series by JD Robb
(Ann Sheiring 10:44pm February 8, 2013)
Your book sounds great. Thanks for a chance to win it.
(Linda Hall 10:51pm February 8, 2013)
I think my hero changes with each book I read. Fickle I know.
(Mary Preston 6:22am February 9, 2013)
Sounds like a great read and with a wonderful hero makes it wonderful
(Diane Castiglione 6:34am February 9, 2013)
Thank you everyone for stopping by and entering this wonderful contest! I loved reading about all your heroes.
Congratulations Shelly Caggiano on winning an Ecopy of Fly Away Peta. Enjoy!
(Juanita Kees 6:10pm February 11, 2013)
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