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Nov 9 2017 9:30am

Everything I Learned About Wilderness Survival I Learned in Girl Scouts

Watch Point by Cecilia Tan

Today we're thrilled to welcome Cecilia Tan (Watch Point) to Heroes and Heartbreakers! Research can sometimes be the most fun part of writing, but with Cecilia everything she learned for her recent Navy SEAL romance... she may have just learned it all as a Girl Scout! Thanks for coming by, Cecilia!

One of the fun things about being a writer is getting to research all kinds of interesting things for my books. When I started writing a Navy SEAL hero, I immediately set to work researching Navy SEALs. (There's a lot to know.) But sometimes real-life experience works its way into my novels in unexpected ways. When my Navy SEAL hero kidnaps a billionaire's son to a rocky island in Maine (in December, no less) I ended up falling back on my knowledge, not of the Navy SEALs, but the Girl Scouts. 

I started in Scouting when my family had moved to a new town when I was about 10. I was a bookish nerd having trouble making friends at my new school. Since I didn't have any friends (yet), I spent a lot of time in the woods behind our house pretending I was in a Jack London story. I read a lot of “wilderness survival” books: Julie of the Wolves, Robinson Crusoe, etc. In The Lord of the Rings, I ate up all the stuff about traipsing across Middle Earth. My mother discovered that the nearest Girl Scout troop met at the church walking distance to our house, and she signed me up hoping that I'd find my niche.

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Feb 3 2016 12:30pm

Female Billionaires in Romance: An Essential Reading List

Taking the Lead by Cecilia Tan

Today, Heroes and Heartbreakers is thrilled to welcome Cecilia Tan to the site. Cecilia's Taking the Lead came out yesterday and features one of our favorite twists on a much-read heroes—the billionaire. But Cecilia doesn't talk about just any billionaires—we're talking billionaire heroines today. Thanks, Cecilia!

One of the things about my latest book, Taking the Lead, is that although it has BDSM and billionaires, in this one the heroine is the billionaire. I'm not the first to have a female billionaire, though, so if the concept intrigues you, I'm pleased to report there are some great titles waiting for you.

A Gentleman in the Street by Alisha Rai

This was by far the most recommended book when I asked around for female billionaire heroines, and Rai's Akira Mori is a businesswoman accustomed to acquiring anything she wants. Anything except the hero, of course. Rai herself was influenced by one of the greats: “Back in the day Jayne Ann Krentz wrote a ton of businesswomen heroines,” she says. “I think I was imprinted.”

[And other billionaire heroines ...]