Friday, February 8, 2013

Heartbreaker Blog Hop 2013!

If this is your first visit to my blog, WELCOME! If you are returning, it’s great to see you again!

Many thanks to the host of this event: Carrie Ann Ryan.

   ~Blog Post~

Anyone who knows me well (like my husband, critique partner, and best friends), knows I have a huge and long-time crush on Keanu Reeves. He's been both a heartthrob and a heartbreaker on screen (and no doubt off as well *grin*) for a couple of decades now. So, today I thought I'd tell you about my most recent heartthrob/heartbreaker experience with the guy.

I love movies. As much as I love books, I love movies. I watch loads of feature films, indie films, and documentaries. So, when I recently saw Side by Side in my Amazon Prime queue, a documentary about the behind-the-scenes dual going on between 35mm film and digital, with Keanu Reeves as the interviewer, I knew I had to watch.

First of all, if you have any interest in the subject matter (which I do), this is an incredibly good documentary. Keanu Reeves interviews quite a large selection of my favorite directors: David Lynch, Martin Scorcese, George Lucas, Richard Linklater (just to name a few).  It also turned out to be an incredible follow-up to a documentary I watched the day before, Mary Pickford: The Muse of the Movies, which gave great detail into the birth of the 'flickers' and how the movie industry grew and changed once 35mm and cameras for that film improved (as well as how they learned to work around the limitations, but also made great innovations because of the limitations). Interestingly, the directors interviewed in Side by Side said similar things regarding their experiences in the different evolutions of digital film production.

ANYWAY, my heartthrob/heartbreaker moment in Side by Side came in a short, one or two minute, interchange between Keanu Reeves and a little boy. The dreamy, sweet look on the man's face, and that killer smile, while he was talking to the kid was just so sexy, so hot, so fall head-over-heels all over again for the guy, that it was a heart-melter for sure. Ya know? That's why he's a leading man. He does that to people. Not to everyone, but to enough of us (and that's all it takes!). I admit it, I hit the back button a couple of times on my remote, just to watch it again (I think I paused it too).

If anyone wants to watch an interview on YouTube that Keanu Reeves does about Side by Side, click here.

This book's mixed breed Chinese/Scottish Highlander hero is an homage to Keanu Reeves, and completely due to my crush on him:

Set in the turn of the 13th century Scottish Highlands. When widow and devoted mother to a five-year-old, Jesslyn MacCreary, discovers her brief encounter with her laird's long-lost brother has resulted in an out-of-wedlock pregnancy, she is thrust into matrimony with its exotically handsome, angry, and seemingly unwilling, father.

Bao Xiong Maclean, by day, a contracted warrior for William, King of Scots, and by night, a lover for hire to the pampered ladies of the king's court, is fighting his attraction to the lovely flaxen-haired widow whose family is the reason he and his mother became slaves to the man who sired him: Jamison Maclean.

We have THREE grand prizes! You as a reader can go to EACH blog and comment with your email address and be entered to win. Yep, you can enter over 200 times! (The Swag Prize is NOT international).

Now what are those prizes?

1st Grand Prize: 

A Kindle Fire or Nook Tablet

2nd Grand Prize: 

A $100 Amazon or B&N Gift Card

3rd Grand Prize: 

A Swag Pack that contains paperbacks, ebooks,

50+ bookmarks, cover flats, magnets, pens,

  coffee cozies, and more!


  My prize for the hop:

$25 Gift Card

Click the link to go back to the hop list


  1. Fun question! I have so many crushes on so many famous people! Top of my list would be James MacAvoy -- I've loved him since he played Leto in Children of Dune.

    Then there's Michael Fassbender -- such dreamy eyes!

    Thanks for the great giveaway!

    - Tin
    khriscc at yahoo dot com

  2. I'm another with so many favorites...hard to narrow it down to one, so I won't even try! Thanks for the giveaway.

    kareninnc at gmail dot com

  3. Sooo many I've had a crush on. Probably Taylor Kitch at the moment.

    eripike at gmail dot com

  4. Adam Levine!!

  5. No I don't..Great Giveaway..

  6. i don't have a crush on a famous person... ok perhaps orlando bloom at a time^^


  7. M Shadows from Avenged Sevenfold and Corey Taylor from Stone Sour and Slipknot!!

  8. Hugh Jackman is my crush right now.


  9. None for me...

    BeckeyWhiteATgmailDOTcom (email following)

  10. I love Tom Hardy!
    Lacey T

  11. Love the animal rescue site. I click every day to give a bowl of food. and the thinking cat picture is just adorable. I have a crush on L. L. Cool J. from NCIS - Los Angeles. (big sigh)
    Thanks for being part of the hop and for the chance to win. <^_^>
    reneebennett35 (at) yahoo (dot) com

  12. Chris Helmsworth definately!

    We all want to love a Heartbreaker. Maybe its because of his chiseled good looks, his bad boy attitude, or the mysterious nature of him. Some Heartbreakers are just that, they know what they got and how to use it to get what they want. Then there are those Heartbreakers that don’t even realize that they are doing it. The best part about a Heartbreaker is that there is always a woman that turns their world upside down until they realize it is love. I have read many Romance Novels over the years and have run into many memorable Heartbreakers and my favorites are usually the ones that don’t even know they are Heartbreakers! Some of my personal favorite Heartbreakers are :

    Kade Jamenson (Werewolf) from An Alpha’s Path. Kade is a sexy werewolf that will make you burn but a mishap with a potential mate makes him not think he will find love.

    Ian MacPhie (Vampire) from All I Want For Christmas is a Vampire. Ian is a heartbreaking Highland Vampire that was frozen in his immortality when he was only 15. With the help of his friend he is given a drug that helps him age to 28 so he could look like a man instead of a child after hundreds of years. He has no idea that he looks of a warrior and the lover.

    Lothaire Daciano (Vampire) from Lothaire. Lothaire is definitely a heartbreaker and his cocky attitude proves it! Thinks he’s a gift to women! Its just the sucker punch from a woman he doesn’t realize is his equal that brings him down a notch.

    Marius Parker from His Contrary Bride. Marius is every part the gentlemen but doesn’t realize he could also easily be the rogue!

    Benjamin Gateway from To Win His Wayward Wife. Benjamin doesn’t realize that he is a heartbreaker because the one woman he loved, he lost….or did he?

    Fury North (Human with Canine DNA) from Fury and Valiant North (Human with Feline DNA) from Valiant. Fury and Valiant are strong New Species and gorgeous to boot, but because they are damaged they doesn’t think they can hold onto to the women they love.

    Sigimor Cameron from Highland Conqueror. Sigimor is every bit the Highland Laird and warrior but can he hold onto to the beautiful English lady?

    Joshua Striker (Werewolf) from Alexandra’s Legacy. Joshua is a scared and battle hard enforcer for his pack and he thinks that he doesn’t have what it takes to make the women melt.

  13. I love Colin farrell, Kneau Reeves, and Viggo Mortenson.
    scrtsbpal at yahoo dot com

  14. Definitely Alexander Skarsgard. I kind of want to marry him.

  15. I bounce between Ryan Reynolds and Vin's my fantasy crush why not go all in and make it a menage!!


  16. Matthew Fox
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    by.evie at yahoo dot com dot br

  17. I don't really have a crush on a famous person...although hubby knows if given a chance Trace Adkins would be in my bed, if only to listen to his deep sexy voice! LOL


  18. Well, I do think that Hugh Jackman is a very sexy man ;) Thanks so much for the giveaway.
    manning_J2004 at yahoo dot com

  19. Ryan Gosling!
    Thanks for the chance!

  20. cky15: I do agree with you on this one. I do love watching his movies more than once.Having fun hop'n today thanks.

  21. Jensen Ackles

  22. Jason O'Mara is my new crush! He looks like such a bad boy especially playing Joe Morelli. lol Thanks for the giveaway.

  23. I absolutely love Chris Hemsworth and Robert Downey Jr. right now. Huge fan girl crush.
    bournmelissa at hotmail dot com

  24. Channing Tatum :)
    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  25. Sam Elliot, umm hmmm sexy sexy man. :)

    julesrules46 at live dot com

  26. My current crush is on Daniel Vincent Gordh who plays Darcy on The Lizzie Bennet Diaries on Youtube.

  27. Hugh Jackman - handsome, funny, muscular, good natured, talented and loves his family.

    strive4bst(At) yahoo(Dot) com

  28. Patrick Wilson maybe.. my crashes change pretty fast :D
    Thanks so much for participation in the hop!

  29. David Gandy and Henry Cavil are my celeb crushes!! Thanks for the hop!!

    ehaney578 at aol dot com

  30. I don't have a crush on famous person right now. :)
    Thank you for the giveaway!

    verusbognar (at) gmail (dot) com

  31. I crush on the truly unattainable... Alexander Skarsgard and Hugh Jackman. But Alexander is my imaginary husband. ;)

    jennirv4967 at gmail dot com

  32. I love heartbreakers cause they are fun to love. I prefer a heartthrob cause he is in it for the long haul. Thanks for the great giveaway!

    mary_reiss @

  33. no major crushes currently ;) I'm a equal opportunity admirer (ok, maybe just fickle) :D
    gamistress66 (at) aol (dot) com

  34. Currently, Dean Winchester(SPN) and John Sheppard (SGA). LOL.

    Love your Thinking Cat picture.
    doxisrcool at aol dot com

  35. My favorite part of having a heart breaker is the world class groveling. Todd in Lauren Dane's Laid Bare is my perfect example.
    planterofhope at aol dot com

  36. I don't. I don't really pay attention to celebrities :)
    aircdrewood at gmail dot com

  37. Chris Hemsworth! <3

    anasmith1919 at gmail dot com

  38. Clay Matthews of the Green Bay Packers!! That body is just so gorgeous and all that glorious blond hair!!
    Thanks for the great giveaway!! So many great prizes!! Happy Valentine's Day!
    Ashley A

  39. My favorite heartbreaker is the one that your heart can’t live without. One of my best is Lucas from D B Reynolds book “Lucas” (Vampire in America series). Strong mind, well put together and tender when he needs to be.

    Judy Peterson

  40. I enjoy a nice dose of Ryan Gosling. Thanks! katieamanda1(at)yahoo(dot)com

  41. Keep writing so I can keep reading. Thanks for being in the Heartbreaker Blog Hop. Thanks Mary.

  42. Nope, no one at the moment. Thanks for the great hop.
    magic5905 at embarqmail dot com

  43. Ryan Gosling. Love him!!


  44. I may not have much experience in the whole love department, but I have had my heart broken. Being considered a Heartbreaker can come from various actions that you do. I am a newbie when it comes to reading romance books but what I have learned is that it is not bad to have a chiseled body or an amazing personality. If you look at it over all, if you never put your heart out there, you may never have a chance at true love and happiness. I may get broken once in a while but only you are strong enough to pick yourself up and try all over again. One of my favorite Heartbreakers is Taylor Qualls the Earl of Sandlin from the book His Impetuous Debutante. Lady Phoebe kinda reminds me of myself, accident prone and finding trouble in every corner. Taylor doesn’t think he is good enough for Phoebe, so he’s a heartbreaker and doesn’t know it.

  45. My celebrity crushes are Summer Glau and Nathan Fillion. :)

    smurfettev AT gmail DOT com

  46. No, not really. Thank you for the awesome hop and giveaway!!! :)

  47. Thanks for the great giveaway!
    The Winchester's brothers are my favourite! :)
    Maya TheBee

  48. I have a decades old crush on Tom Selleck from his cowboy films.

  49. Have to say Kevin Costner in Robin Hood Prince of Thieves... total heartbreaker there... even though he didn't mean to be

  50. I don't now. I liked Josh Holloway (Sawyer) from LOST but since that ended I don't care for any stars.


  51. Damon from The Vampire Diaries

    spamscape [at] gmail [dot] com

  52. My favorite heartbreaker is Eric from the Sookie Stackhouse series. Really...I love to hate him and vice versa. I gotta say I've got a huge crush. Thank goodness he's not real:)
    Michelle Tucker
    michelletucker at baconnation dot net

  53. A crush on a famous person. Absolutely I have one or two or ten for that matter. I love your choice by the way. Keanu Reeves in Point Break with one of my other favorites Patrick Swayze. Oh so swoonworthy. One of my friends actually named her son Bodee after Patrick Swayze's character in that movie. But I definitely love me some Keanu. Some of my personal favorites are Colin Farrell, Paul Walker, Tom Cruise (back in the Top Gun, Days of Thunder days). also Richard Gere who just gets better and better with age. Thanks for the fun stop on the blog hop. sbereza22(at)gmail(dot)com

  54. Well, I almost didn't make it to the deadline for my comment, but comment I will! I just finished Book One of the trilogy, Highland Vengeance, and am love with the characters and story (I posted a review at Amazon). Am looking forward to delving into Book Two next!

    1. Thanks for stopping the great feedback and the review, Janice! Hope you enjoy the next book in the series just as much.

  55. I forgot my e-mail address:

  56. Crush on a famous person? Hmm. . . I do love Ryan Reynolds! Ryan Gosling is also yummy!

    snhoveln (at) gmail (dot) com

  57. My celebrity "crushes" vary over time; my current one is Chris Hemsworth.
    jmcgaugh (at) semo (dot) edu

  58. I think everyone has had a crush on a celebrity atleast once...


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