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Author Spotlight: Romancing the Geek

By On Jul 23 2014, 9:00 am

Get What You Need by Jeanette GreyI’ve never made any secret of the fact that I love a good geeky hero. Sure, geeks can be portrayed as ungainly and unbearably awkward on TV sometimes, but they have so much potential. They’re smart. They’re witty. They’re passionate about what they do.

And most importantly, they’re layered.

Perhaps my favorite thing about a really good, compelling geeky hero is the mixture of confidence and insecurity. This is a sweeping generalization, but I tend to think of geeks as being masters of their fields. They’ve always been good at their chosen areas of expertise, and when they’re in their domain, they own the playing field. Take them out of that comfort zone, though? Instant vulnerability as they’re forced to contend with things they can’t control.

Take a social situation, for example. While there’s nothing saying a geek can’t have a rich social life, buried at the heart of every one of them, I like to imagine there’s a kernel of the kid who didn’t get picked for the kickball team back in second grade. Being different from their peers has always set them apart, and it informs everything they do, even as relatively well-adjusted adults.

Greg London, the hero of my new book, Get What You Need, is a geek, through and through. He’s a graduate student in engineering, and he typifies this confident/insecure dichotomy. He’s always been good at school work, and he’s thrown himself into his studies with abandon. Anyone on the outside who looks at him would see a successful, driven young man. His housemate, undergraduate jock Marshall Sulkowski sure does.

But when Marsh comes onto him, Greg is paralyzed by that part of him that’s still a seven year-old boy with glasses, desperate not to be the last person chosen for a team in gym class. He thinks he’s boring, and that the glasses Marsh frankly finds dead sexy are ugly and unsightly on him. His unwillingness to believe that attractive, self-assured, popular Marsh could really want a relationship with him is one of the things that sets them off on a rocky trajectory together.

Throw in the fact that he’s a work-a-holic with communication issues?

Well, let’s just say that it’s a damn good thing Marsh sees what a brilliant, amazing person lives inside this geek.

And it turns out that Marsh is just the man to help bring that geek out of his shell and show him he’s deserving of love, sex, happiness, and so much more. Read more…

Prey & Prejudice nominated for Best Paranormal/Fantasy Book of 2013

By On Jan 20 2014, 1:28 pm

Marie Harte’s Prey & Prejudice has been nominated for Best Paranormal/Fantasy Book of 2013 at Love Romance Cafe!

Writing Christmas Romance

By On Dec 20 2013, 7:00 am

The world never gets tired of reading Christmas novels. Readers love holiday romance, and it’s fun to use all those wonderful sights and smells while writing a Christmas themed book. Gingerbread cookies, peppermint canes, evergreens, fairy lights and snow fill us all with excitement, and memories of Christmas past. Writing a Christmas romance you want [...]

Entering Writing Contests/ Some Contests for Writers Coming Soon.

By On Oct 2 2013, 9:00 am

This year I had the great pleasure of placing in a contest for published novels. My Samhain novel Wicked Wonderland placed fourth for Best Published Paranormal Romance in The Passionate Plume award, a contest held for published erotic romance novels run by the Romance Writers of America. Earlier in my career when I only had [...]

It’s Hot in Space … Red Hot!

By On Jul 31 2013, 12:02 pm

A long awaited day is here … for me, and for the readers who’ve been with me since my first release at Samhain. In 2007 my first story, Tyger, Tyger, Burning Bryght came to be. This was the first work I ever sent to a publisher, so I was over the moon when Samhain let me know my [...]

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