Thursday, May 3, 2012

Addicted to Men with Wounded Hearts

by Starla Kaye 

What can I say? I love writing romance and I love writing about men with wounded hearts. Big, tough men who have been brought to their knees by a woman (or a man) who broke their heart and tromped on their pride and then try to show the world that nothing affects them (but really does) are my weakness. I have to find them someone capable of shattering the defenses they’ve tried to build up to protect themselves. I have to give them someone that they can’t resist loving.

My first book with 1Night Stand, Maggie’s Secret Wish, wasn’t exactly that kind of story. But Maggie had been emotionally hurt in the past and had avoided getting into another relationship. Between her friend who encouraged her to contact Madame Evangeline and Madame Eve’s uncanny wisdom for making matches, she comes out of her blue funk and … Well, you’ll just have to read the story to see how her life takes an exciting turn.

Starting Over, my second book with 1Night Stand, does involve the “wounded heart” hero, actually two of them. In this story, Corbin is just coming out as a gay man, at the encouragement of his ex-wife. He is unsure of all the changes and what is expected of him, and sad about leaving a comfortable but not right for him marriage. His wife loves him enough to encourage him to finally begin the life style he has secretly wanted. The man he is matched with, Matt, is an experienced gay man who has lost the male lover he had envisioned living the rest of his life with. He is trying to move on, but it is hard. Again, you will have to read the story to see how everything works out for them.

That was my first completely GLBT story published and I really enjoyed writing it. I love to be challenged as a writer and stepping into unfamiliar writing territory was exciting. In fact since I wrote that book I have toyed with wanting to try my hand at another one. I do have a new book, The CEO and The Cowboy, another GLBT story coming out from Decadent Publishing later this year (date unknown at this time, but I do have my cover!). Unfortunately I couldn’t figure out how to make it a 1 Night Stand story.

As a special giveaway, one lucky winner can pick their choice of an ebook copy of either Maggie’s Secret Wish or Starting Over

Please go to the Decadent Publishing website and read the blurb for Maggie’s Secret Wish and include in your comment what was Ian’s part time job. Be sure to leave your email address in your comment.


  1. Hi Starla,
    thank you for the chance at such a great contest. i love the cover on both books, they are simply beautiful. and the books both sound wonderful. i don't know how the winner will choose. :D

    the answer to the question is :he has a day job as writer of steamy erotica and night job as part-time Dom.

    thank you again and enjoy the rest of your week.

    tammy ramey

  2. Morning and thank you for a great give-a-way. I have slight obsession with the 1NS series. Both your books look incredible!

    The answer to your question is... his day job as writer of steamy erotica and night job as part-time Dom has him worried he will never have a “normal” relationship.

    Wow, I would like a 1NS with Ian please!


  3. Thank you both for stopping by and leaving the correct answer. Both stories were enjoyable to write. I loved Maggie and stepping into her shoes as she meets and falls in love with Ian.

    I also loved both of my men in Starting Over. Both were so vulnerable in different ways and I wanted each of them to find happiness again.

  4. Ian's part-time job is as a Dom. Both books sound wonderful. Can't wait to read them. I love the 1 Night Stand series.

    Joanne B

  5. I couldn't agree more...the 1 Night Stand series stands out among the many romance series available!

  6. The emotionally wounded hero is a fave trope of mine as well. You just want to enfold them and make it all better--which you can do as a writer! LOL

    Ian's part-time job is as a Dom (however to you manage to do that just part-time? LOL)

    Jenna Jaxon

  7. Starla, I love how the 1Night Stand series lets us try out new genres, and always what works for our characters.

    Ian's PT job is as a Dom.

    All the best!
    jessicasubject.writer at gmail dot com

  8. Thanks, Jenna and Jessica, for stopping by and commenting.

    Yes, I want to enfold my wounded heroes and make everything better for them.

  9. Ian is a part-time Dom! I LOVE 1NS series and these books sound like a great addition. Do you plan on writing more 1NS books?

    books4me67 at ymail dot com

  10. I would love to write another book for 1NS. I just need to come up with a storyline that will work for it. I love the editors for this line....and for all of Decadent.

  11. I love the 1NS books. I just discovered them and am attempting to read them. Lots of catching up to do!

    In answer to the question: Ian's Part Time job is a dom. He also works as a writer.

    bournmelissa at hotmail dot com

  12. Sounds like a great book! Id love to read it! Thank you for sharing and for the chance to win! And the answer to the question: His day job is a writer of steamy erotica and he has a night job as a part-time Dom. Thank you!!

  13. Thanks to everyone who has left a comment and an answer to the question. I will close this contest May 10.

  14. I love 1NS books.Yours sounds really good. His part time job is as a Dom.