Thursday, December 8, 2011

It's Raining Men! by Heather Rainier

Warning: Shameless, Copious and Gratuitous Use of Eye Candy and *gasp* Equal Opportunity Nudity!

Like many red-blooded, normal women, I enjoy the sight of a handsome man. What I also have in common with many women is a Facebook Newsfeed populated by other normal women who all feel the same way. Another thing we all have in common are friends who love to post eye candy.

I have friends who love pictures of cowboys...

bikers...

firemen...

tattooed men...

dancers...

fantasy characters...

vampires, shape-shifters...

And Dominants and submissives.

There are also all sorts of groupings. Men with women...

men with men...

And even the occasional ménage.

I have a few friends who love photos of men kissing...

and another who posts Doms and subs in action.

My personal favorites are the photos of gorgeous, voluptuous women who are obviously proud of their curves.

There are nude models, clothed models, chaste scenes and moments in flagrante delicto.

You name it—it’s in my newsfeed, and I love it.

One picture can spark an entire novel for me.

Yes, yes. I know. He’s a gay porn star and this photo was taken ages ago. But that doesn’t take away from the fact that he is gorgeous in my eyes. I built an entire character and novel based on the inspiration this photo provided.

*Sigh* Oh! What was I talking about?

Oh, yeah! I love to contribute to the manly eye candy every now and then. When I do, my photos of choice are usually cowboys. I’m always looking for cowboys in my image searches, especially cowboys who look like they might actually know what it feels like to do a hard day’s work in the hot sun. I’m fascinated by their look…the hat, boots, jeans, belt buckle, the chaps and spurs. I still tingle for the sound of spurs jingling as a cowboy walks.

Anyway, I posted some of my favorite cowboys on my Facebook wall recently and got a huge, positive response from readers, mostly women. Many of them ask this question over and over again. “Where are men like the ones in your pictures? If I move to Texas can I have one of my own?”

You have no idea how much I want to say, “Come on over, honey, I have a closet full of cowboy hotties!”

Then readers ask me, “Where are these men that you write about in your novels?”

While it’s obvious the men I write about are in my noggin, the answer is the same for both questions.

They are all around you. They’re just in disguise.

Women overlook a gentle man with a loving heart, never getting to know him because he has a slight paunch, a big nose or a chipped tooth. They ignore the guy in the cubicle next door because he dresses poorly or has a uni-brow. They avoid the divorced guy because they don’t want to deal with his baggage. They ignore the guy who smiles and waves as he collects their garbage from the street every Monday morning. What if that guy they never even look in the eyes is the one that can see their heart like no one else can?

Now, before you say I’m being too hard on us women for having rightfully high standards, it would work the other way, too. Men overlook us because of our generous curves or because we’re not as toned. Sometimes it’s because we’re too thin. Maybe we’ve been hinted to that we’ve let ourselves go, that we’re too clingy or have an annoying laugh. Perhaps we’re overlooked in favor of that blonde model-type that works down the hall. My answer is the same to men when they asked me the same question, “Where are the sweet, loving, spirited heroines you write about in your novels?” (I actually DO get asked that question, by the way.)

The answer is they are all around you. They’re just in disguise.

Now, the guys in those pictures are probably off getting their air-brushed tans, at the gym lifting weights, or working on their model portfolios before they join their boyfriends for lattes, and we’re all okay with that. At least I hope so. I’ll keep weaving fantasies in the hope they inspire you to find your real-life hero or love the one you already have, who may just be in disguise. I’ll keep posting the eye candy and hopefully y’all will keep enjoying them. Now, I need to go check my newfeed.

Heather writes Contemporary western erotic romance exclusively for Siren Publishing. You can find her books at http://www.bookstrand.com/heather-rainier You can also visit her website at http://www.heatherrainier.com/ For the occasional cowboy man-candy visit her Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/#!/heather.rainier and send her a friend request. See you in my newsfeed!

Heather’s latest novel, Lydia’s Twin Temptation, book eight in the Divine Creek Ranch collection is available now at http://www.bookstrand.com/lydias-twin-temptation

16 comments:

SusieJ said...

Fabulous start to my day...thank you so much for the eye candy...men worth dreaming about!!
Hugs xx

Edith DuBois said...

this is beautiful, Heather! everything about it is beautiful! lots and lots of hearts for you :]

Heather Rainier said...

Susie J...I am all about making you smile, ma'am! That was only the tip of the iceberg on my hottie closet!

Edith...thanks so much, sweets! I am beyond happy to share;-) Oh...and totally lovin' that Savage Valley series of yours!

Chele Blades said...

Love the inspirational pics...and message too..i am just gonna have to look harder...but he has to still have gorgeous eyes lol..

thank you

Tammy said...

Such wonderful pictures and Heather you always know how to explain things. Love your blog today. Keep bring out the eye candy.

Happy Holidays

Amy said...

This is so true you never know what form Mr. Right will show up in. I've been with my husband for almost 10 years and though his apperance is changed some from when we got married I really don't notice cuz he is still the same sweet loving man I married all those years ago. I guess his inside is truly reflected on his outside. I still love to look at all the hot man candy though:)

Lisa's Place said...

*note to self... sneak into Heather's hottie closet...*

The Viking Princess said...

Hello, I would love to know which sexy Divine man came from the hot gay porn cowboy picture. Care to tell?

Heather Rainier said...

Viking Princess...If you scroll through the blog again, the book cover directly beneath the photo is the one I referred to, Spurs and Heels;-) That picture makes me smile no matter how many times I see it...

Lisa's Place...LOL, was that you I heard thumping around in there? LOL you should see my friends hottie closets...they put mine to everloving shame;-)

Amy...that's so sweet. Yeah, whats in his heart is reflected in how he treats you. And Im with you on the man candy... I still love to look;-)

Tammy...Thanks for saying that! You are so sweet to me! All I did was share what was in my heart. I'll be talking a little about the same thing next month...

Chele...He's out there. Keep your standards high and value who you are, where you are right now. He, and his gorgeous eyes, will come along someday;-)

MiaAshlinn said...

Heather, I adored this post. Of course, as per usual, the eye candy is out-of-this-world hot. However, I loved the message you gave. My husband was under my nose for years. Keep in mind, we were young when we met. Then, one day, I looked at him and my heart melted. I can remember the exact moment, place, and time. Every, single detail. I don't know why I finally opened my eyes and I don't particularly care. All that matters is that it did. Finally.

Unfortunately, it took us months before we went on our first date.
Every day from the time I woke up and smelled the roses to the day we went out for the first time was magical. Our friendship flourished and our bond grew. That is the one time in my life I was willing to be patient for as long as it took. I do not regret a moment of waiting. The best things come to those who wait. :)

Now, when someone asks me about how I found such a wonderful spouse, I always tell them how often they are already in our lives, but we just don't see it. As you said, this goes both ways. Thank you so much for writing a wonderful blog. Everyone needs to read something like this - hot men and a heartfelt blog. Who could go wrong?

Dragon Momma said...

Heather, loved the pics, loved the words! I must say, LOVED that tattooed man. *shivers in a good way* You know my heart. ;) I think a few of the others are in MY collection, too. ;)

My hubby was unknown to me until I agreed to my friends request, albeit to get her to shut up about her fiance's younger brother. Even after almost setting myself on fire with a chemical reaction (ask me...it was freakin hysterical, at least now), and being across the state from each other, we are now heading towards our 24th wedding anniversary, 4 daughters and a first grand baby due in February. The moral with that: If someone says, hey, I know someone you might like! Lets go on a double date! GO FOR IT!

Btw, seeing Miss Edith here, I ADORE the Savage Valley books! I am in the midst of rereading book 2 from Ms Ray and have reread yours just the other day leading to this one.

Oh, Heather, I think I forgot to tell you. My future grandson's name: Elijah, Eli for short. ;)

Stacy Wilson

dragn_lady at yahoo dot com

Ursula said...

Love that blog post because it is so true! Every once in awhile when I am reading a novel that stray thought, "Why can't I have a guy like that?" occurs. The truth is, I do! He is no model, nor tall, nor rich, but he treats me like a princess and would do anything for me. And he was in disguise. Not the kind of man I usually went for, not in looks or temperament. But I gave him a chance and look what happened. Married for 17 years.

Also, I love the pictures! Especially, the big beautiful women with curves, since I am one of those :) Thanks for sharing, Heather.

ashleyd said...

I love that your so honest in what you post. Whether it be on a blog or facebook. It is true that we tend to overlook what might be right in front of us.

Luna Wildwood said...

Wow. Eye candy buffet! :D Nice Heather. I recognize some of the pictures. The others will be added to the folder of Man Candy ;-)

The blog was wonderful. Loved reading it. Lots of hero's and heroine's out in the world in disguise. Sometimes you can't see them for looking for them, right? ;-)

Heather Rainier said...

Thanks ladies, I love that you share from your hearts with me too. I'll be talking about one of my favorite parts on a man next month:-)

Heather Rainier said...

Thanks ladies, I love that you share from your hearts with me too. I'll be talking about one of my favorite parts on a man next month:-)