Monday, March 19, 2018

JL Campbell and Why You Will Love the Hero

Please welcome JL Campbell as she discusses the hero in her latest book, The Thick of Things.

Three reasons readers will love the hero:

For mature people, a lapse in decorum means it’s time to take stock. Douglas has an out-of-character experience, however, he’s not someone to wallow in his mistakes. Instead, he convinces Khalila that she needs to take a chill pill, face reality and get past their initial foul-up.

Despite Khalila's reluctance to interface with him, Douglas salvages the situation with style and grace. So why should readers love this hero? Here’s my two cents worth:

He’s a nurturer: He puts up with Khalila’s foolishness and doesn’t drag her off to his cave by the hair to drum some sense into her head. Instead, he’s kind and patient, wearing down her defenses and getting her to see beyond their blunder.

He’s long-suffering: Khalila would try the patience of Job with her inability to get past her mistakes and move out of the rut she’s stuck in. Douglas is a breath of fresh air, who shakes things up and reminds her she’s very much alive and has needs like any other healthy forty-two-year old woman.

He’s a fire-starter: From a single encounter, Douglas revs Khalila’s sexual engine but also wants her to understand that their relationship goes beyond the physical. Having lit her fire, so to speak, he has a hard time keeping Khalila at bay, but Douglas has uncommon restraint which drives Khalila nuts.

Few men would go out of their way to track down a woman of questionable character. Douglas shows himself to be a unique individual, who not only does exactly that, but makes Khalila want more of what he has to offer, although she does get in her own way half the time.


The Thick of Things by JL Campbell
GENRE: women's fiction with romantic elements, contemporary romance

Life has a way of going awry when you least expect it, and Khalila Skyers learns this lesson the hard way. In one devastating blow after another, she loses her cosy existence. Then Douglas Blythe overtakes her life like a flood, and she’s not equipped to deal with an attraction that seems forbidden and overwhelming. But her body and heart want what they want, and leave her wondering if she ever knew herself at all.
Douglas is determined to help Khalila move beyond her obsession with the past and reach for love a second time. No matter how long it takes. No matter the distance. He’s going to prove he’s worth the risk.

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Would you love that kind of hero?

44 comments:

Elsie Amata said...

Khalila sounds a lot like me - she gets in her own way half the time. Douglas sounds like a dream come true! Congratulations, JL!

Always great to see you, Diane! Have a wonderful week!

Elsie

Elizabeth Spann Craig said...

Sounds like a great romantic hero who is supportive and encouraging! Congratulations on the release. :)

Juneta Key said...

Nice cover and blurb. Congrats.

Sandra Cox said...

Wishing JL many sales. Great cover and storyline.


Hi, Di.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Diane and JL - people love to read this genre ... so very good luck with the sales ... cheers Hilary

H.R. Sinclair, Southpaw said...

Hello! and congrats JL.

J.L. Campbell said...

Diane, thanks ever so much for hosting me today.

Thanks so much, Elsie. Yes, Khalila does tend to get in her own way.

Many thanks, Elizabeth.

Thanks, Juneta!

Thank you, Sandra!

Thanks, Hilary. I sure hope so.

Thank you so much, H.R.

The Cynical Sailor said...

Congrats to JL on her release! Douglas sounds like a compelling hero :-)

Natalie Aguirre said...

Congrats to JJ. I'm sold on a nurturing long-suffering guy.

Pat Hatt said...

Congrats to JJ. Three sharacteristics that are sure a win in a hero indeed.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

Wow, a man with patience is the ideal. Sounds like Khalila is a lucky woman.

Liz A. said...

He sounds great, but I wonder about her...

nashvillecats2 said...

Enjoyed the post Diane, Congrats to JL.

Yvonne.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

You are most welcome, Joy.

Sherry Ellis said...

He sounds like a hero to love with all those good qualities. Thanks for sharing about the book!

Chrys Fey said...

Oh, yes. He sounds like a hear I'd love. ;)

Sandra Cox said...

Nurturer, long-suffering and fire-starter works for me:)

Christine Rains said...

Congratulations to JL! And yes, he does sound like a hero to love. :)

J.L. Campbell said...

Cynical sailor, I'd like to think so. :)

Natalie, me too!

Susan, I think so as well.

Liz A., she'd get to a better place eventually. She's been through a lot. :)

Thanks, Nashville.

Sherry, yes, Douglas is a great guy.

Hey, Chrys! Waving at you.

Sandra, all good qualities. :)

Thanks so much, Christine.

J.L. Campbell said...

Diane, thanks again for hosting me! #Grateful

Tyrean Martinson said...

Congrats to JL!
Sounds like a fun book!

Annalisa Crawford said...

Douglas sounds like a perfect hero. Congrats JL :-)

Spacer Guy said...

Kissing always sells, its so popular, lol.

Jemi Fraser said...

Douglas definitely sounds like my kind of hero!! :)

J.H. Moncrieff said...

Congrats to JL! He does sound like a great hero, and his "flaws" make him believable.

Sandra Cox said...

Just stopped in to say hey.
Happy Wednesday Eve.

Kim Lajevardi said...

Congrats to JL on her release!

Nas said...

Congratulations JL! A new book, so exciting!

Mary Montague Sikes said...

You make some really good points about this book.

J.L. Campbell said...

Tyrean and Annalisa, thanks.

Spacer Guy, I hear you on that.

Jemi, readers seem to like him.

J.L. Thanks much!

Sandra, Kim, Nas, and Mary, thanks!

Loni Townsend said...

Congrats J.L.! It sounds like a lovely book.

Sandra Cox said...

Great blurb, very intriguing.

DMS said...

Sounds like an intriguing story- with believable characters. :) Thanks for sharing! Best of luck to JL.
~Jesss

Karen Lange said...

Thanks for highlighting JL's book. Wishing her much success!

Jay Noel said...

Yea JL!!!!!!Congrats

Joylene Nowell Butler said...

You have a gift, Joy. Your characters are always unique and inspiring. Douglas sounds wonderful. Best of success!

Joylene Nowell Butler said...

Love the cover. Douglas sounds wonderful.

Hope this isn't a duplicate comment. Continuous wifi issues on my end.

Jennifer Shirk said...

YES, sounds like a dreamy hero!

Congrats, JL!

Tyrean Martinson said...

Douglas sounds like a great character in an awesome love story!
Congrats, JL!

Sandra Cox said...

Hope your Wednesday has been productive and pleasant:)

Arlee Bird said...

Wishing all the best to JL. You are one prolific writer!

Arlee Bird
Tossing It Out (A)

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

Well if Khalila doesn't go for him, I will.
Congratulations on this hot publication, JL.
Thanks, Diane, for highlighting it.

J.L. Campbell said...

Thanks so much to all of you for your kind comments. Diane, once again, thanks for hosting!

Sandra Cox said...

Writing is an emotional release for sure, Di.
Hope your weekend is filled with sunshine, sparkle, and inspiration:)