August 15, 2013

Lucas Wright

Nancy's back from her much-needed rest, hero-girls! And BOY, do I have a great hero to bring back from my time off. I said on my Facebook page when I finished The Convenient Groom that God had answered a prayer I hadn't even prayed yet with this book. Though this won't post for weeks yet, I'm still basking in the afterglow of a blissful five-hour long reality escape to a sweet romance with an orange-worthy hero and I'm thrilled to get to share him with you. Let's climb in the sailboat with one Mr. Lucas Wright, shall we?


About The Convenient Groom (re-released March 2011):

She wrote the book--literally--on finding the right mate. But does she really understand what love's about?

Five hours before her Nantucket beach wedding--and on the eve of her big book launch--celebrity marriage counselor Kate Lawrence has everything in place. Everything, that is, but the groom. She might not have a career, either, when her nationwide audience finds out their marriage guru has been left at the altar.

Enter Lucas Wright, who offers to stand in for the missing husband-to-be and marry her. Kate's desperate enough to agree--although she's sure this Mr. Wright is completely wrong for her. But can they pull it off? And why would Lucas marry her in the first place?

Could it be that "Dr. Kate" doesn't know the first thing about love?

An inspiring tale of enduring love set in romantic Nantucket.

Each Romance For Good™ novel offers a story of hope and love that positively portrays the eternal impact of relationships.

Excerpt from The Convenient Groom:

"I'm going for a walk." Kate grabbed the doorknob leading to the beach.
"I want him to stop calling here." Lucas crossed his arms over his chest, his right bicep bulging over his left fist. He looked away.
"I'm a little tired of everyone telling me what they want right now." Kate pulled at the door.
Lucas put his hand against it. "He has no right calling my house."
"Your house? I thought I lived here too." Kate turned and was surprised to find Lucas so close, his arm extending past her.
"You know what I mean."
Did she really? Was he being possessive of the house or of her? Why did he care if Bryan called? Sometimes she thought she saw something in Lucas's eyes, but right now she thought it had nothing to do with her. It was about possession. Bryan and Lucas were like two wolves fighting over an animal carcass.
And I'm tired of being caught in the middle.
She jerked on the door, but he held it fast.
What was it with men and control? "Let me go." She pulled at the knob again. It didn't budge. "Lucas! Let me--"
"What if I don't want to?"
And just like that, time slowed.
Almost against her will she looked at him. And was caught by his eyes. They pulled her in, held her hostage. She stilled, her anger fading, replaced by something... more complicated... less welcome...
"What if I don't want to?" What did he mean? Suddenly desperate to understand, she searched his face and watched as his eyes darkened into shadowed whirlpools.
She forgot how to breathe.
"What if I want you to stay?" His gaze traveled the planes of her face and stopped at her lips.
"What..." He was so close she couldn't think. His thumb grazed her cheekbone, barely a touch, and yet it heated her skin. She shuddered and closed her eyes against the riptide tugging inside her. What was happening? This was Lucas, not Bryan. Lucas, who frustrated her with his lack of organization. Lucas, who annoyed her with his sluggishness.
Lucas, who held you in his arms when you were seasick. Lucas, who stepped in and saved you when you were desperate.
"Open your eyes, honey."
Her stomach tightened at the endearment. She was powerless against the emotion raging inside her. It felt wonderful and terrible and scary.
"Lucas." Nothing more than a whisper.
"Open your eyes," he said. "See what's right in front of you."

Excerpt used with permission. All rights reserved.

 

Gallant Score

There is the whole being a stand-in groom to keep Kate from annihilating her career and being irreparably humiliated in the media and to Dr. Phil. But that's not why made Lucas orange-worthy. To be honest it was a little creepy at first he would so readily "save" Kate but as I followed his thought process through why he wanted to, including the things he didn't tell Kate, I could at least respect it. But his gallantry oozes off the page in quiet moments with Kate, when she'll allow them. With his family, especially his younger sister, and how he keeps to his side of the bed in their one-bedroom house. His biggest gallant moment is a huge spoiler so I can't tell you what he does, except to say you will melt. Totally melt. If there's anything left to melt when you get there. I would also be remiss for not including the real reason he lives next door to his parents, which you will misjudge, as did Kate, and then feel really silly and love him even more when you find out the truth.

Wounded Score

You never think that accidentally buying the wrong kind of potato chips will change your life forever, but it did. I can't even imagine what it was like for Lucas to go through that, and like Kate, I hurt for him when she (and me as the reader) found out. Suddenly, so many things about him made sense and I just wanted to pull him off the page and hug him really tight.  

Softie Score

Oh yeah. Lucas is a softie. Most of the time. I absolutely loved that scene on the sailboat where Kate got seasick. I loved the way he tried to protect her from his mother, and even from Bryan though she wasn't looking at it that way. The way he remembers their anniversaries even though she'd rather not acknowledge them. Even his sense of humor in some of their more amusing mishaps when Kate's blanket barrier between them fails, haha, and the really tender one when she wakes up to find he's been awake a long while watching her sleep. Not in a stalker way, but in a man completely in love way that she STILL doesn't see. Honestly, I'd give Kate the stupid strikes if the blog worked that way, but thankfully Lucas refused to give up on her. Another reason he's here.


Stupid Strikes

I really wanted to give him an orange head for his complete and total failure to tell Kate how he really feels. Except the more I thought about it, the more I realized it wasn't his fault as much as Kate was just completely unapproachable for so long because of her feelings of betrayal toward Bryan and sorting out her grief over being jilted. As for the "issue" with "the red-head", Lucas didn't do anything wrong. He was a perfect gentleman the whole time, every time so I can't fault him for that either.

Swoon Score

He deserves every single one of them. I fell hard and fast for Lucas way before I found out he had my absolute favorite physical trait--green eyes! It's way more about who he really is and what he does for Kate and others that made me love him, but he's certainly wrapped in a hero-worthy matching exterior. =)

Denise Hunter is the nationally published bestselling author of The Convenient Groom and The Trouble with Cowboys. She has won The Holt Medallion Award, The Reader's Choice Award, The Foreword Book of the Year Award, and is a RITA finalist.

In 1996, inspired by the death of her grandfather, Denise began her first book, writing while her children napped. Two years later it was published, and she's been writing ever since. Her husband says he inspires all her romantic stories, but Denise insists a good imagination helps too!

When Denise isn't writing she's busy raising three heroes-in-the making with her husband. You can learn more about Denise through her website www.DeniseHunterBooks.com or by friending her on Facebook.

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The FHF Exclusive Directly from the Author

"The Convenient Groom" was born of my love for "marriage of convenience" stories. I'd read many such historicals and had even written one, but I decided it was time to write a contemporary one--it was a fun challenge to try and make the plot plausible in today's

Lucas has a special place in my heart. His character was originally inspired by Jack Slattery from the "Men in Trees" series. Since the heroine, Kate, is a Type A personality I wanted a strong, silent hero for her, someone who mozies instead of walking and thinks instead of speaking. The opposites-attract rule is definitely in operation here.

Lucas has some great qualities, so when Kate's fiance jilts her just before her wedding, what's a protective and loyal hero to do? Marry her, of course! It doesn't hurt that he's secretly in love with her.

Writing Lucas and Kate's love story was a blast. Conflicts arose naturally because of their different personalities and their forced cohabitation. I hope readers enjoy their journey as much as I did. 

 

The giveaways

Well this reader certainly did! We are giving away a copy of The Convenient Groom, just let me know you would like in the book drawing. We are also giving away a $10 Amazon or B&N giftcard for existing The Convenient Groom readers who name a character not used in the excerpt (and Dr. Phil doesn't count either, hehe). Once that character's name has been used, you need to choose another. Winners will be randomly drawn on August 31st. If your blogger link doesn't have a way for me to find your e-mail, be sure you leave it in a spam fighting format like customemadefurniture at heartofgold dot com.

So tell me hero-girls, does the idea to marriage to a total stranger absolutely freak you out? Are there any circumstances in which you would consider it? If it was an orange-worthy hero like Lucas, not a box of chocolates luck of the draw, would that make a difference? Let's play!

87 comments:

  1. Gretchen E.K. EngelAugust 15, 2013 at 1:31 AM

    To answer the question about marrying a total stranger.

    My first thought is NO WAY!

    But if I had a complete dossier and got to meet him first, maybe.

    Then I think what if he's great on paper but a total jerk.

    I'm back to NO WAY!

    I'm glad we don't live in an era where a woman has to be married to preserve her reputation.

    However, I'm so intrigued, I'll have to read this!

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    1. Nancy KimballAugust 15, 2013 at 12:37 PM

      LOL, Gretchen it's always a great day to see you here. You should put this in your TBR but I'm laughing at your NO WAY. Speaking of reputation, last night late at Denny's diner, the couple in the booth next to me where on their cell phone with what I figured out was their daughter. The dad asked her how many times she'd been drunk in her life. Whatever she said, he said, no, tell me. The mom took the phone and goes "Sweetie, you're pregnant. The good girl image is already gone now tell your dad the truth." It was funny and then, not funny, you know? The things people say. In public. Crazy.

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  2. Abbi HartAugust 15, 2013 at 3:17 AM

    Oh my Lucas so deserves to be on here! I feel hard for him when I read The Convenient Groom-he was so stinkin' awesome! I absolutely loved loved loved this book! SO good!

    As for the idea of marrying a perfect stranger it actually doesn't freak me out that much. Partially because I love marriage of convenience stories (Just did that as a topic for a top ten post on my blog though I accidentally forgot this one!) and partially because I'm horrible with meeting people and it would be so much easier to just be told who to marry rather than have to figure it out on my own! But at the same time the idea does scare me just a bit!

    Character: Rev. James McFadden

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    1. Nancy KimballAugust 15, 2013 at 12:38 PM

      Thanks, Abbi! Anytime I hit on one that my prolific readers and fellow reviewers throw their vote behind makes me feel really good. I'm with you. I'm not that scared of it. I'd probably do it. =)
      We'll get you in the gift card drawing, my friend. Great to see you as always.

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  3. Denise HunterAugust 15, 2013 at 6:49 AM

    Thanks for hosting Lucas, Nancy. He's a reader-fav (and okay, an author-fav.) So glad you found him swoon-worthy!

    I wouldn't marry a stranger either. Unless I were in Kate's circumstances and then . . . maybe. :)

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    1. Nancy KimballAugust 15, 2013 at 12:38 PM

      Thanks for authoring him and sharing him with us here on the blog. =)
      I would. I totally would, LOL. I know that says a lot about me, haha.

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  4. Ladette KerrAugust 15, 2013 at 6:58 AM

    No, I don't think I could marry a complete stranger. Unless God told me to, probably wouldn't happen.

    Character: Anna Doherty

    What an awesome post!! Thanks for sharing and for the giveaway!! :)

    ladettek[at]gmail[dot]com

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    1. Nancy KimballAugust 15, 2013 at 12:39 PM

      Thank you, Ladette and welcome to FHF. We have a good time here. =)
      We've got you in the giftcard drawing with Anna Doherty.

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  5. Tia HarmonAugust 15, 2013 at 7:09 AM

    definitely interested in chance to win book; no way would I marry a complete stranger...crazy on so many levels

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    1. Nancy KimballAugust 15, 2013 at 12:40 PM

      Hi Tia! We'll get you in the book drawing but give me a way to reach you if your the drawing winner. Thanks!

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  6. The Indigo QuillAugust 15, 2013 at 7:24 AM

    Unless that stranger was royalty, no. lol


    This looks like a fun book, look forward to reading it! :)

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    1. Nancy KimballAugust 15, 2013 at 12:41 PM

      LOL. I could see that. Remember that scene from the movie Princess Diaries 2 with Prince William? =)

      We'll get you in the book drawing and welcome to FHF. Looking forward to getting to know your flavor of hero.

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  7. Glenda MillsAugust 15, 2013 at 7:38 AM

    I don't think I could marry a complete stranger, unless I truly felt God telling me to specifically do it. :)

    I would love a chance to win this book.

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    1. Nancy KimballAugust 15, 2013 at 12:41 PM

      Glenda, fair enough. Delighted to have you drop by and we'll get you in the book drawing.

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  8. Ann BadderAugust 15, 2013 at 7:44 AM

    Couldn't marry a complete stranger. Sounds like an interesting read.

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    1. Nancy KimballAugust 15, 2013 at 12:42 PM

      Hi Ann. I could. I totally could, LOL. But I get it's not for everyone. Thanks for stopping by!

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  9. AnonymousAugust 15, 2013 at 7:58 AM

    I don't think I could marry a stranger. I would love to win this book.

    Wilani Wahl

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    1. Nancy KimballAugust 15, 2013 at 12:42 PM

      Hi Wilani! We'll get you in the book drawing, just give me a way to reach you if your the drawing winner. Thanks!

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  10. AlisaAugust 15, 2013 at 8:23 AM

    I love this book!! I read it a few years ago and it is absolutely amazing!!

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    1. Nancy KimballAugust 15, 2013 at 12:43 PM

      I feel silly for having just read it after how much I loved Surrender Bay. Seaside Letters is on my kitchen table right now and I won't be making that mistake again. So many good books to read, so little time!

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  11. Julianna RoweAugust 15, 2013 at 8:40 AM

    Unless I was in extremely dire straits, I could never marry a stranger. Denise, The Convenient Groom sounds soo good. I would love a chance to win it. Thank you!
    Blessings,
    Juli
    emeraldelena@hotmail.com

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    1. Nancy KimballAugust 15, 2013 at 12:44 PM

      Fair enough, Julianna, thanks for sharing! The Convenient Groom is REALLY GOOD in that escape from reality be caught up in the story kind of way. We'll get you in the book drawing and thanks for stopping by.

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  12. PattyAugust 15, 2013 at 8:44 AM

    I have always loved marriage of convenience stories too! I think part of it might be the idea that there isn't one perfect 'soul mate' out there for each of us, but that given a willingness on both sides of a marriage many different people could make happy successful marriages. That might be a bit idealistic on my part never having been married!

    Would love to win a copy of Lucas & Kate's story!

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    1. Nancy KimballAugust 15, 2013 at 12:47 PM

      I agree Patty. I don't think there's only one person meant for each of us in the sense that if we miss them we've failed. Marriage is a special covenant and it's SO MUCH better to make it with God and about God from the beginning for both man and wife. After that, you got who you got and it's time to buckle down and learn to love like Christ. I'm good with idealistic, and I'm good with honest. And sometimes your Prince Charming turns into the psycho making the evening news, but love is a decision, and the grass ain't ever greener on the other side. It's greener where you water it. Amen? haha.

      We've got you in the book drawing and always great to see you here.

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  13. MichelleAugust 15, 2013 at 8:50 AM

    I LOVE these types of stories but I can't imagine living them out myself. I haven't read this book but I am a fan of Denise Hunter.

    Bookwormgal2011(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Nancy KimballAugust 15, 2013 at 12:49 PM

      Michelle, I hear ya! If you haven't checked out Karen Witemeyer's Short Straw Bride, it's a similar marriage of convenience/necessity. If you enjoyed the Love Comes Softly movie or book, even if you aren't a Denise Hunter fan (which means people who just haven't discovered her work yet, hehe) you'll like The Convenient Groom.
      Lucas BRINGS IT.
      We've got you in the book drawing and thanks for stopping by.

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  14. Mom of three BoysAugust 15, 2013 at 8:54 AM

    Marrying a total stranger...well some time ago women did just that. Fathers would arrange a marriage and the poor daughter had no say.
    I can't say that marrying a stranger would be my ideal of a lovematch. But then again, my husband - of 11+years proposed after three months of dating.
    I would like to entered for the book drawing since I have not read this book but, it does sound rather interesting.

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    1. Mom of three BoysAugust 15, 2013 at 11:20 AM

      randi282(at)aol(dot)com

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    2. Nancy KimballAugust 15, 2013 at 12:50 PM

      Congrats on your 11 years! Thanks for stopping by and three boys, that is awesome! My dad's mom was a mom to three boys who are now all grown men and one has joined her in Heaven but I know it takes a tough, smart lady. We've got you in the book drawing and thanks for stopping by!

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  15. Melissa JagearsAugust 15, 2013 at 9:29 AM

    Ha, if my husband ever died, I'd probably only get married that way! One of my books was me imagining how I'd go about it, but I set it historical because that's what I do....

    THis sounds like a great hero, put me in the drawing please. :)

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    1. Nancy KimballAugust 15, 2013 at 12:51 PM

      Yes I do know you write Historical and I am still trying to wrangle an ARC of your upcoming book. Uber excited!!! We got you in the drawing.

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  16. BookishqueenAugust 15, 2013 at 9:34 AM

    I don't think I could ever marry someone I didn't know. And I can think of a situation where I would.

    lotsofbooks1 (at) live (dot) com

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    1. Joy W. DoeringAugust 15, 2013 at 2:28 PM

      I think I'm with you. :) While I enjoy the MoC plot in books, I think if it was me facing the arranged marriage, I wouldn't be so jazzed about the idea. Of course, I did get to the point once of being SO frustrated with relationships (or lack thereof), that I wanted to tell my Pastor to "Just pick someone for me." :) Thankfully, it didn't come to that.

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  17. Carol MoncadoAugust 15, 2013 at 9:52 AM

    Oh, oh oh! I loved this book!!!

    And you KNOW how I am with names. ARGH!

    I'll have to run downstairs...

    I love the MoC thing too. The historical and a half [and planned third] I wrote all have them. They're on a shelf somewhere. I wrote a contemp but no one's interested in it atm...

    Pam the publicist.

    [I cheated. Look inside feature to the rescue.]

    I totally need to read this one again.

    There's so many I need to read again. I need to be like the half-alien girl on Out of this World and be able to freeze time...

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    1. Joy W. DoeringAugust 15, 2013 at 2:21 PM

      I hear ya, Carol! As we say here, "So many heroes, so little time!" :) I'm liking the freeze time idea, though. Could be because my little girls are growing up waaaaaaay to fast. ;) Your name is in the gift-card drawing hat.

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  18. Melanie BackusAugust 15, 2013 at 9:53 AM

    This book sounds like a winner and I am keeping my fingers crossed!

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    1. Joy W. DoeringAugust 15, 2013 at 2:31 PM

      I agree, Melanie. :) We'll enter you for a copy of Convenient Groom.

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  19. Lynda E.August 15, 2013 at 10:07 AM

    Oh--please enter me into the drawing for the book--it sounds wonderful!

    As for marrying a total stranger, probably not, at least not in this day. Now if I were a historical fiction heroine, that might be different... :)

    Thanks for the giveaway!
    danandlyndaedwards(at)msn(dot)com.

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    1. Joy W. DoeringAugust 15, 2013 at 2:34 PM

      A good point, Lynda. Like some here have stated, though, I think it would have to be a Divine arrangement for me to do it. :) We'll add your name to the hat!

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  20. Wanda BAugust 15, 2013 at 10:13 AM

    I would love to read this book!

    Would I marry a total stranger... NO. I can understand why someone might depending on their circumstances though. No one knows what another person is going through at any given moment.

    Thank you for the giveaway!

    Wanda Barefoot
    flghtlss1(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Joy W. DoeringAugust 15, 2013 at 2:36 PM

      Thanks for stopping by, Wanda! Consider yourself entered. :)

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  21. G.August 15, 2013 at 10:22 AM

    I would love to be entered in the giveaway!

    No to total strangers, how would you know if your equally yoked? I think we all would want to know the persons heart that we will be spending the rest of our life with.

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    1. Joy W. DoeringAugust 15, 2013 at 2:41 PM

      I agree. But then I think of people like Rebecca & Isaac, Esther & Xerxes, Ruth & Boaz- and even Mary & Joseph. I think Ruth & Mary probably knew their men well enough, but still, it had to be just a little frightening. What faith they must've had. :) We'll enter you in the drawing- and thanks for checking in!

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  22. Brenda FatyolAugust 15, 2013 at 10:23 AM

    I don't think I could marry a stranger unless there was a strong attraction.

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  23. Denise HunterAugust 15, 2013 at 10:25 AM

    I'm loving all these responses! It's hard to fathom a marriage of convenience in today's world, but they sure are fun to read about. :)

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    1. Nancy KimballAugust 15, 2013 at 10:29 AM

      I'd totally do it, LOL. I really would. I know that says a lot about me but I'm nothing if not honest. Thanks for sharing Lucas with us, Denise! =)

      It's a busy day here at the day job AND I've got massive movement in my own author world right now but I am watching all of your comments and loving the love for Lucas, Denise and Fiction Hero Features. Welcome to the new followers (appreciate that!) and I look forward to getting to know the new hero-girls.

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  24. HeidiAugust 15, 2013 at 11:39 AM

    Couldn't do it! I dated my husband for two years before we got married. I'm all about friendship first. I do love reading those kinds of stories, though, as long as there's a happy ending guaranteed :)

    colorvibrant[at]gmail[dot]com

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    1. Joy W. DoeringAugust 15, 2013 at 2:45 PM

      Hi Heidi! I think MoC stories are almost irresistible. The romantic in all of us has to know how the story ends- what it takes for the two to (finally) fall in love. It makes for some great tension & conflict, which makes the resolution that much sweeter. :) You're entered in the drawing!

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  25. Amber WhitlockAugust 15, 2013 at 11:57 AM

    I definitely couldn't handle marrying a stranger! I love Denise's books. Thanks for the giveaway!
    amberdawnwhitlock(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Joy W. DoeringAugust 15, 2013 at 2:46 PM

      Thanks for the feedback, Amber! Great to see you here & we'll get your name entered for a copy of Convenient Groom. :)

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  26. Joleen GraumannAugust 15, 2013 at 11:58 AM

    Great blog! I've never been here before. :)

    I'd love to be in the giveaway since I haven't read this one yet! Denise Hunter's heroes are always a worthy read!

    I don't think I could marry a complete stranger, though circumstances tend to help dictate different reasonings sometimes. I'm a processor and a low-risk type of person.

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    1. Joy W. DoeringAugust 15, 2013 at 2:17 PM

      Welcome, welcome, welcome Joleen! Nancy & I love new faces! We'll enter you in the drawing & hope to see you again next feature. :)

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  27. Lynna ReedAugust 15, 2013 at 12:04 PM

    Nope! Gotta know my fiancé's likes and dislikes, see his disposition, meet his friends, and know that we can communicate on many levels. (That has given me 39 years, so far, of a delightful marriage!) Know this is a goooooood book! Thanks, Denise!

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    1. Joy W. DoeringAugust 15, 2013 at 2:52 PM

      Congratulations on 39 years, Lynna! What a great thing to celebrate.

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  28. Home Baked GoodsAugust 15, 2013 at 12:21 PM

    Normally I would say no to a stranger, but if I knew a guy that had Lucas's character, then I would possibly say yes. If I was in Kats's situation, I would be panicking....If a guy asked me to marry him at a similar situation like Kate's, I would think it's irrational. Honestly It would depend on what God wants. :) I can't expect true love to happen on my own time. True love happens in God's time because He knows when a person is ready to fall in love.

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    1. Joy W. DoeringAugust 15, 2013 at 2:54 PM

      Amen & Amen to God's timing! Not just about love, but in every area! I am so thankful He is in control & is a God we can cast our cares on. :)

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    2. Home Baked GoodsAugust 15, 2013 at 4:13 PM

      I couldn't have said it better myself! :) I love these kind of love stories because it's very innocent, funny, cute etc. I'm so glad I found these novels in my nearest library.

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    3. Home Baked GoodsAugust 15, 2013 at 4:17 PM

      In case you don't have my email, it's flofernando77@gmail.com.

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  29. jackie morrisAugust 15, 2013 at 2:11 PM

    no way to scary-but many women in the past have mail-order brides!!hope to win! thanks

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    1. Joy W. DoeringAugust 15, 2013 at 3:05 PM

      My grandma Betty and her husband Lyle only saw each other TWICE (once when they were double dating other people) before he asked her to marry him. He's been gone 4 years, but they were happily married for almost 65 years. Thanks for commenting here & we'll get your name in the drawing. :)

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    2. Joy W. DoeringAugust 15, 2013 at 3:34 PM

      Oh, & we need an email address or some way to contact you if you win! Thanks Jackie!

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  30. AnonymousAugust 15, 2013 at 3:04 PM

    No way could I marry a stranger. Marriage is too big of a commitment. I had a hard enough time agreeing to marry my husband. But we are going of 15 years! Totally worth the leap of faith.

    Would love a copy! caseyheim at tx dot rr dot com.

    Casey

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    1. Joy W. DoeringAugust 15, 2013 at 3:11 PM

      15 years is awesome! Your name is in the hat. Thanks for stopping by, Casey. :)

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  31. Britney AdamsAugust 15, 2013 at 3:12 PM

    I just couldn't marry a stranger, but I look forward to reading Lucas and Kate's love story. I love Lucas already!! I would love to win a copy of The Convenient Groom. Thank you for the chance!

    texaggs2000 at gmail dot com

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    1. Joy W. DoeringAugust 15, 2013 at 3:38 PM

      I just love the excerpt Nancy chose, don't you? :) We'll get your name in the drawing, Britney.

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  32. kimberlyrcAugust 15, 2013 at 5:28 PM

    OOO,I hope I win!!! I have not read this one yet, please put me in the drawing.

    Kimberly C.

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    1. Joy W. DoeringAugust 15, 2013 at 5:50 PM

      Sure thing, Kimberly. :)

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  33. Barbara ThompsonAugust 15, 2013 at 6:51 PM

    I don't think I could marry a stranger unless it was an extreme emergency. Book sounds great . Thank you for sharing and please enter me in the giveaway.
    Barbara Thompson
    barbmaci61(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Nancy KimballAugust 15, 2013 at 9:00 PM

      Barbara, Kate had such an emergency. It is a good book and a GREAT hero! We'll get you in the book drawing.

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  34. AngiAugust 15, 2013 at 7:45 PM

    Oh my, my, my! That last line, "Open your eyes," he said. "See what's right in front of you". I usually read historical books, but boy, Nancy, you reeled me in with that one. Lucas sounds like one sweet guy. As for your question about marrying a stranger, God would definitely have to leave some writing on the wall, because I honestly don't think I could do it if it were left up to me. I'm an old-fashioned kind of girl. I want to know the guy for a while. Please put me in the drawing. Thanks!

    bookwarp(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Nancy KimballAugust 15, 2013 at 9:02 PM

      There's my buddy Angi! =) Choosing the excerpt is one of my most fun parts of this blog. Lucas is an amazing man. Truly amazing. I'm old fashioned too so I can relate my friend. We'll get you in the drawing and great to see you!

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  35. Pam K.August 15, 2013 at 8:54 PM

    You've given me another book to put on my ever-expanding want to read list. I think someone would have to be quite desperate to marry a stranger. I really can't see myself doing that.
    I'd like to be in the drawing for the book. Thanks. I just love this blog--all these swoon-worthy heroes!

    pmk56[at]sbcglobal[dot]net

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    1. Nancy KimballAugust 15, 2013 at 9:03 PM

      Haha, I know, Pam K, I am SO GOOD at that, hehe. We'll get you in the book drawing and I love this blog too! It wouldn't be possible without you and the other hero-girls so we appreciate your support, and your nominations. *HUGS*

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  36. Keri-Elizabeth WalkerAugust 15, 2013 at 8:59 PM

    I found this blog through Denise Hunter's facebook page! I have now gone through all of your older posts. There are some wonderful heroes on here. I want to go out and buy all the books that I haven't read yet!

    I loved this book! Once I started reading it, I couldn't put it down. It was one of the books that really got me into reading Christian Fiction.

    I would love to be entered into the drawing for the gift card. My email address is keletitbe14 at gmail dot com. I don't believe that Brody, Lucas' brother, has been mentioned yet. He was another great character in this book!

    I look forward to reading future blog posts!

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    1. Keri-Elizabeth WalkerAugust 15, 2013 at 9:01 PM

      Oh and to the question about marrying a stranger, I can't see myself doing that now, but I would hope that I would trust God enough to marry someone if that is what he called me to do.

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    2. Nancy KimballAugust 15, 2013 at 9:06 PM

      Keri, welcome to FHF. Glad to connect another hero-girl with some great heroes. It makes me happy. =D The Convenient Groom became a page turner for me also. Which was a problem when my kindle was almost out of battery but I wasn't almost out of book, but catastrophe averted, hehe.

      We'll get you in the gift card drawing with Brody and I look forward to getting to know your hero tastes. Love your attitude on marrying a stranger. I can attest I have done some things that seemed pretty insane to the world but they were things God called me to do, and I've never been sorry in the end.

      Welcome again!

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    3. Joy W. DoeringAugust 22, 2013 at 12:08 PM

      Glad to have you here, Keri! So glad you found our corner of the web. :)

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  37. ErynnAugust 16, 2013 at 6:28 AM

    I too loved Lucas . . . and am still working on forgiving that bride of his for putting him through so much. Sigh . . .
    I also love a good marriage of convenience story and have often wondered how to write one inn a contemporary Christian context.

    I don't think Chloe has been listed.

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    1. Joy W. DoeringAugust 22, 2013 at 12:11 PM

      You're entered for the gift card drawing, Erynn. :) Writing a MoC in modern times would definitely be a challenge! I think that's what makes Denise's book so unique. :)

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  38. Lady DragonKeeperAugust 19, 2013 at 11:54 PM

    I don't read a lot of contemporary novels, but after that review (especially the excerpt!) I'm hooked! Thanks for the chance to win this great sounding novel!

    jafuchi7[at]hawaii[dot]edu

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    1. Joy W. DoeringAugust 22, 2013 at 12:14 PM

      We'll get you entered in the drawing for a book! Love your screen name, Lady! :)

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    2. Lady DragonKeeperAugust 23, 2013 at 11:11 PM

      Duh, forgot to answer the question! I can't imagine marrying a complete stranger ... even if I was, my parents would definitely be against it (and understandably so). =)

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    3. Lady DragonKeeperAugust 23, 2013 at 11:38 PM

      ... and thank you! It's based on my favorite Christian fantasy series by Donita K. Paul. ^_^

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    4. Joy W. DoeringAugust 24, 2013 at 10:39 AM

      Great series! My sister and I have re-read the whole series several times. Have you read any books by Bryan Davis? I really enjoyed his YA series Dragons of Starlight, and the tie in adult series Tales of Starlight. :)

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  39. AnonymousAugust 20, 2013 at 8:33 PM

    Hi Nance. wow, reading all these comments reminds me of my grandma Torres. She came to Texas from Salamanca, Mexico with her dad and four siblings. They worked on the Burke-Burnett cattle ranch in Burke-Burnett,
    Texas. As a young girl, she met a young man from the neighboring ranch
    and they would just exchange glares and looks, smiles. He started handing
    her letters, and love notes. Until the day came when they were supposed
    to get married, and they eloped and got married standing on a wagon from
    the ranch. Afterwards, he asked her, "Did you like all my letters and
    notes?" Her response, "I can't read..." Shock to grandpa but hey, though they never spoke to one another before they got married, they were married for 62 years! I am so glad my grandma married a TOTAL stranger,
    and sorry everyone, but I truly had the four most wonderful grandparents
    in the world....just today I told someone, "A Christian's wealth is not
    in dollar signs." Love you Nance, very much

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    1. Nancy KimballSeptember 2, 2013 at 2:40 AM

      Mom, it's always a special moment when you drop by my blog. I love you so much and appreciate all you did to raise me right and always, always keep me in books growing up. Trips to the Dulles library, money for books at the garage sales and thrift stores, and so much of what's good about me as the woman I am today is because of you. Love you, Mom. =)

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  40. Nancy KimballSeptember 2, 2013 at 2:43 AM

    WINNERS! And I am SOOOOOOOO late with the drawings but please, please show me some grace as I had a really, really good reason. ;-)

    Copy of The Convenient Groom goes to Britney Adams
    $10 gift card to Amazon or B&N goes to Keri-Elizabeth Walker.

    Thank you Denise, and everyone for joining us. Be sure to put a copy of this great book on your wishlist if you aren't Britney and enjoy Lucas and Kate's story. You won't be sorry! =)

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