Last week was my local RWA chapter meeting, and I had the pleasure of signing books with several of our chapter’s published authors. What struck me was that three of them all had Silhouette Desire books out this month!

If you’ve read books from the Desire line (or even looked at the titles), you know the heroes are usually super high-powered businessmen. They have wealth, power, and of course, good looks…everything but the right woman in their lives. I don’t know about you, but I can never get enough of that storyline: the strong, uncompromising Alpha hero who won’t be ruled by anything or anyone, until love turns his world on its head. (Spencer of One Dance with a Duke being a case in point!) Evidently I’m not alone, because these books sell like deep-fried hotcakes at the State Fair.

Here are OCC’s home-grown Desires for the month of July:

The Millionaire Meets His Match, by Kate Carlisle

The CEO of Duke Development had been on guard since he discovered his mother’s diabolical plot to marry him off. Him and his brothers. And when his desirable new assistant, Trish James, hinted she wanted more than just a business relationship, Adam figured she was in on the scheme. So the boss decided to play along and seduce the secretary…then put a stop to his mother’s meddling marriage plans once and for all. But even Adam could not have guessed Trish’s true agenda for wanting him in her bed….

Claiming Her Billion-Dollar Birthright, by Maureen Child

The revelation turned Erica Prentice’s world upside down—by birth, she belonged to a wealthy Colorado dynasty and her real father had left her a fortune. And the Jarrod family attorney, Christian Hanford, was there to show her the ropes. As Mr. Tall, Dark and Handsome escorted her around Aspen, Erica was in for a second shock—her fiery attraction to the strictly off-limits attorney. Fraternizing with the Jarrod heiress could get Christian fired.

Which would she choose: duty to her family dynasty…or desire for a dynamic bachelor?

Seduction on the CEO’s Terms, by Charlene Sands

He’d returned to Napa Valley strictly to help run the family winery…not be distracted by a
beauty on the staff. CEO Joe Carlino had made the mistake of indulging in an office romance once before, and everything about Ali Pendrake practically screamed “make me your woman!”

Frustrated that her boss was judging her solely by her looks, Ali committed to a total reverse makeover. Ironically, when she transformed from glittery Cinderella to mousey plain-Jane, she really caught the wealthy bachelor’s eye. Yet as they moved from boardroom to bedroom, she wondered if Joe would ever see—or love—the real Ali.

This is Kate Carlisle’s very first Desire, and she landed the coveted “Man of the Month” label! (Shouldn’t exactly come as a surprise, given that her first mystery novel made the New York Times list. She is on fire.) How much do I love that in Maureen Child’s book, the heroine is the billionaire, and that Charlene Sands has a reverse Cinderella tale…?

Also, I have to say, all three of these women are such inspirations. Not only are they immensely talented bestselling authors–they’re also whip-smart, generous, sincere, and gorgeous. (Okay, and a just little intimidating at times. At one of my very first OCC meetings, the chapter celebrated Maureen’s 100th book. Her name was emblazoned across this positively enormous cake. And I, having come in during a break, accidentally took her chair. *facepalm* But she still speaks to me!)

Last Saturday, I asked each of these authors to sign a copy of their latest Desire, and happily they agreed. And I’m going to give away all three to one lucky winner. Just leave a comment to enter, telling me about your favorite alpha hero! I’ll close entries on Friday at 5PM Pacific Time. Good luck!

16 comments to “Win Your Desire(s)”

  1. Virginia C
    · July 21st, 2010 at 6:31 am · Link

    Hi, Tessa! First of all congratulations on your latest terrific series, “The Stud Club Trilogy”. Whoo-hoo! Thanks for a terrific giveaway featuring three “Queens of Category Romance”. All three ladies are top-notch romance writers, and I have titles from each of their booklists on my “keeper shelf”!

  2. Carly M
    · July 21st, 2010 at 7:23 am · Link

    Wow, that seems like a pretty great RWA chapter and fun set of books! I’m going to go old school with John Thornton from Elizabeth Gaskell’s “North and South.” I love the brooding guy in a position of power who humbles himself for a marriage proposal not once, but twice! (hmm, that rings another bell 😉 )

  3. Emily Sorokes
    · July 21st, 2010 at 7:47 am · Link

    I’d have to go with my favorite: Mr. Darcy from Pride & Prejudice… he’s from a wealthy & well-established family, he owns/is the master of his wonderful estate. He begins as overly proud & haughty but established humility as he continued his wooing of Elizabeth Bennett…. and most importantly, won her over 🙂

  4. Jayna Morton
    · July 21st, 2010 at 8:10 am · Link

    Howdy from Texas! My favorite alpha males are FBI agents. I love the thrill of the hunt. ~Jayna~

  5. Kristi Davis
    · July 21st, 2010 at 8:45 am · Link

    Wooohoo! Right now I’m in love with Nalini Singh’s alpha Angel in her Angel series! Ooh, or FBI agents are awesome.. Or Dukes 🙂

  6. CrystalGB
    · July 21st, 2010 at 9:20 am · Link

    Hi Tessa. Great giveaway. I love Silhouette Desires. My favorite alpha males are Regency rakes, cowboys and shapeshifters. 🙂

  7. Laura
    · July 21st, 2010 at 9:25 am · Link

    The Desire line is my favorite, even though I generally prefer beta heroes alpha.

  8. Virginia C
    · July 21st, 2010 at 9:26 am · Link

    I love big, tough, gruff men who are actually very kind-hearted and sentimental. They hide it qute well, and it takes a very special someone to bring out their tender side. Those big guys may bellow, bluster, fuss and fume, but they really are loving bears–teddy bears : )

  9. Julie
    · July 21st, 2010 at 9:37 am · Link

    What a great lineup! Thanks for this chance to win.

    I love me some Scots, shapeshifters, and military men. 😉

  10. Ny
    · July 21st, 2010 at 9:48 am · Link

    I love men who are strong, intelligent, and fight for the women they love.

  11. Susanna
    · July 21st, 2010 at 10:01 am · Link

    I married into the United States Air Force, so besides the historical romances where the heroes and characters I adore are strong-willed brooding dukes, earls, etc., I am also a sucker for the military men, especially pilots. As a teenager I never went for the men in uniform. Now, when I see my hubby in his, I swoon every time:)

  12. cories
    · July 21st, 2010 at 11:33 am · Link

    Hi! I’m leaning toward Mr. Darcy myself. He’s such a classic hero. I don’t like overly alpha heroes so he’s just perfect.

  13. Roberta De Jong
    · July 21st, 2010 at 12:41 pm · Link

    Hi Tessa! I do love alpha heroes. Fiona Brand has some pretty fantastic alpha heroes — some of my favorites!

  14. Jane
    · July 21st, 2010 at 1:19 pm · Link

    Cindy Gerard has written some of my favorite alpha heroes. Most of them work in Black Ops. They’re stealthy and sexy.

  15. Babs
    · July 22nd, 2010 at 9:47 am · Link

    Oh, alpha men! Have been reading lots of Lisa Marie Rice lately so that fits right in. Loved the men in her ‘midnight’ trilogy…but probably Sam Cooper from WOMAN ON THE RUN is my fictional fav (currently!)

  16. catie james
    · July 22nd, 2010 at 5:35 pm · Link

    Does the response still count if my favorite alpha is a real, live person? Oh…who cares! This guy’s too delicious not to highlight: the incomparable VIGGO MORTENSEN – and it’s not even his gorgeous, chiseled face or entrancing sea-glass eyes that has me so smitten. Nope. He’s intelligent, articulate, multi-talented (c’mon – a poet, painter, sculptor, musician, photographer, singer, actor and publisher!), well-spoken, mannered, good with a sword (no pun intended), curious, passionate, brooding, and mysterious. More than anything else though, both he and his son name each other as their best friends. I can’t think of a more ringing character endorsement.

    So…yeah, Viggo’s the alpha against which all other males are measured; and I must say, most guys usually come up short. 😀