Laid Bare with Flair Contest – Day 23!

While in DC I was lucky enough to meet HelenKay Dimon, who happens to be as awesome in person as she is online. So today’s prize is your very own copy of It’s Hotter in Hawaii – sent to you via (I can do US, UK and Canada for this one). I picked this one up myself and whoo boy are you going to love it too!


Cassie Montgomery was in no mood for messing Around—until she got an eyeful of the sizzling-hot miscreant breaking into her half-brother Dan’s Hawaii home. Turns out he’s not a criminal, but a friend who’s just as suspicious of Dan’s “accident al” death as she is. Cassie’s beyond tired of bashing heads with thick-skulled local law enforcement, so there’s only one thing for it: team up with Caleb Wilson, and try to keep her secrets—and hands—to herself…

Having a gun trained on him is nothing new for Cal. But when said gun is brandished by a goddess sporting short-shorts, a bad attitude, and a hidden agenda? A man should consider his choices very carefully. Option one: Seduce first, ask questions later. Option two: Find out why she’s in his Air Force buddy’s torn-up house, then seduce her. Option three: Let the islands do their work and let the woman behind the weapon seduce him…

Today’s Question: What sorts of occupations do you want to see more of in your books? Any you see too much?

I’ll choose a winner tomorrow afternoon! Good luck.

53 comments to “Laid Bare with Flair Contest – Day 23!”

  1. Booklover1335
    July 25th, 2009 at 5:21 am · Link

    There are a lot of military, or ex-military men in books, as well as cops and firefighters. And while they are the majority of the occupations, I still have not gotten tired of them. So keep them coming!

    I would love to see books with a certain brother tattoo artist, and rock star 🙂

    Please don’t enter me to win HKD’s book. I already have it.

  2. Fedora
    July 25th, 2009 at 5:42 am · Link

    Librarians–booklovers of the world unite 😉

  3. Amy Mowers
    July 25th, 2009 at 6:12 am · Link

    I love the military men, police men, firemen. It seems that this is generally the profession the men are in…which is ok by me!

    Thanks…have a great weekend!
    amy m

  4. Laney4
    July 25th, 2009 at 6:12 am · Link

    I’ve read and reread your questions, but I still don’t have any answers. Sorry! I’ve read thousands of books, so I’ve read a variety of occupations. Absolutely no jobs jump out at me. (Poor phrase; I’m now envisioning a Jack in the Box, ha ha, and no, I have not seen that occupation in a book!)

  5. Maureen
    July 25th, 2009 at 7:11 am · Link

    I have to say that I’ve read a lot of stories and there are really a lot of different occupations covered. Some of my favorites are artistic heroes or heroines but I also like teachers, firefighters, cops and I guess I could go on and on.

  6. Zarifina
    July 25th, 2009 at 7:26 am · Link

    What sorts of occupations do you want to see more of in your books? Any you see too much?

    I read a lot of books where the men happen to be ex-military but it doesn’t bother more. I guess I would like to see more doctor’s or artist and musicians.

  7. Jeanette Juan
    July 25th, 2009 at 7:28 am · Link

    I’ve read a lot of books that incorporate the military and secret agencies, but I’m okay with it because it’s fun to read.

  8. Lori T
    July 25th, 2009 at 7:31 am · Link

    I like to read about military/ex-military heros, firefighters, and policemen.

    It would be fun to see more teachers and I have to agree with the above librarians!

  9. Huguette E.
    July 25th, 2009 at 7:38 am · Link

    I like businessmen 🙂

  10. Linda Henderson
    July 25th, 2009 at 7:58 am · Link

    I really enjoy the military, law enforcement, secret agent and just basically the super stud. We probably don’t see much about the regular guys, accountants, teachers, construction workers and such. I can’t say that I miss them though.

    Linda Henderson

  11. Roberta Harwell
    July 25th, 2009 at 8:35 am · Link

    All the men I’ve read about lately are your typical alpha males with typical occupations such as cop, military, cowboys. I’d love to see a sexy bookworm in there somewhere. Have a great day.

  12. chey
    July 25th, 2009 at 8:39 am · Link

    I’d like to see more industrial jobs. Yeah sure, we occasionally see the bosses, but can’t a guy who is an hourly wage earner get a happily ever after? I’m getting tired of artists.

  13. alba
    July 25th, 2009 at 8:39 am · Link

    I gave this question much thought all about the heros I read about are they in present day? I have to say they are. All around me men, women, Girls, boys, infants, they are all WARRIORS they fight every day for SURVIVAL.
    Thanks for asking this question.
    Have a wonderful day EVERYONE

  14. Jody F.
    July 25th, 2009 at 8:45 am · Link

    I want to see more average joe jobs, like construction workers, plumbers, carpenters. Any job where the men get sweaty and have to remove any extra clothing is great in my opinion.

  15. Lea
    July 25th, 2009 at 8:52 am · Link

    I’d love to see more women surgeons. However, that is just a personal preferance. I can’t think of any specific occupations that I see too many of as long as the characters are well developed it works for me!

    Thanks Lauren

  16. Blanche
    July 25th, 2009 at 9:19 am · Link

    I agree with Fedora……..more librarians/teachers and also more female characters that have high profile jobs, doctors, lawyers, company CEO’s….

  17. Amelia
    July 25th, 2009 at 9:37 am · Link

    I really don’t have any favorite occupations for book characters.

  18. Natasha A.
    July 25th, 2009 at 9:48 am · Link

    LOL @ Fedora! I was going to say the same thing!! 😀 You know what….any? Again, I don’t really concentrate on their employment, unless of course their job is part of the story. It doesn’t really matter to me!

  19. Marjana Kaly
    July 25th, 2009 at 9:52 am · Link

    I read lot of books with cop and detective so I sick and tired of that. What I would like to see more is like nurse or teachers.

  20. Lisa J
    July 25th, 2009 at 9:52 am · Link

    Lately there have been a lot of police and military types. But I don’t have a preference. I like books with teachers, plumbers, carpenters or whatevver. As long as the story is well written I’ll read it.

  21. elaing8
    July 25th, 2009 at 9:53 am · Link

    Maybe more mechanics or manual labor jobs.But it doesn’t really matter to me what occupation writers use.

  22. Erika
    July 25th, 2009 at 10:20 am · Link

    I love military men and women roles.

  23. Valerie
    July 25th, 2009 at 10:31 am · Link

    This is an interesting question and as I started thinking about it, I realised that I wasn’t too interested in the heros occupation.

    I was more focused on him as a person and his reactions to everything around him.


  24. Virginia Hendricks
    July 25th, 2009 at 10:45 am · Link

    Being an accountant, I’d love to read more about accountants. LOL.

  25. Lexee
    July 25th, 2009 at 11:43 am · Link

    I’d like to see more firefighters and airforce. I don’t think i’ve read a book with air force but it sounds really good. I’d also like to see more tiger/white tiger shifter books. It happens to be my favorite animal. The blurb sounds soooo good hopefully I win but i will definately be checking the book out.
    lexeetoste at

  26. Eva S
    July 25th, 2009 at 11:57 am · Link

    I enjoy everything, as long as the book is well written. I do like the military heroes…

    July 25th, 2009 at 12:05 pm · Link

    Hi Lauren! How about a country singer(or rock )! We don’t see much of those! I seriously, never tire of cops, bounty hunters, firefighters, military, vampire, shifter, witch , cowboys, indians, and pirates!!

  28. Armenia
    July 25th, 2009 at 12:16 pm · Link

    More businessmen and women. Corporate tycoon alphas, and strong, sexy women with high profile jobs. 😉

  29. Michelle B.
    July 25th, 2009 at 12:25 pm · Link

    Hmmm, how about a scientist…or someone who works with animals, plants or nature in some way or another…

  30. Calila
    July 25th, 2009 at 1:37 pm · Link

    I agree there are tons of books out with cops and military, and while I don’t get sick of those it would be nice to have a few different vocations thrown in the mix. Librarian, artist, writer, any of those sound good to me.

  31. stacey smith
    July 25th, 2009 at 1:53 pm · Link

    ther is a lot of Military and cops and Secret agents but thats fine by me i like that kind of male.what i do not like is lawers or docter or Ceo’s I do not want eny more of thouse books.

  32. Jane
    July 25th, 2009 at 2:00 pm · Link

    I would like to see more archaeologists and professors.

  33. limecello
    July 25th, 2009 at 2:12 pm · Link

    Ooo please don’t enter me into today’s drawing, but I totally love HelenKay Dimon!
    As for which occupations I’d like to see… I really like military/ex-military though I agree there’s a proliferation of them.
    I’m an equal opportunity hero lover, I think 😀 Musicians, artists, programmers, professors, special forces, politicians… being independently wealthy 😛

    Actually, I will agree with a number of other comments though. I think our “typical beta” guy needs more love. Architect, guy next door, mechanic, electrician, professor, chef, masseuse ;), artist, teacher, OH! This one – a GOOD guy politician. O_o
    What a change that would be – honestly, how many books is the politician the ultimate villain? And I can only think of two, maybe three books where the hero is a politician, and a good guy. (Can’t think of any where the heroine is a successful politician…)

  34. Gloria T.
    July 25th, 2009 at 2:13 pm · Link

    Too much military, ex-military men and cops.
    They should try to add other professions. Manual laborers would be a nice change.

  35. Cathy M
    July 25th, 2009 at 2:21 pm · Link

    I could go for some sexy geeks, like engineers, a math wiz, archeologists, etc… Brain and and brawn can be very sexy.

  36. Sandy M
    July 25th, 2009 at 2:26 pm · Link

    I love the alpha heroes, so military is the first thing that comes to mind for contemps. LOL, I love medievals, so I guess warrior would be the occupation in the Scottish Highlands back in those days!

  37. Sue Brandes
    July 25th, 2009 at 3:48 pm · Link

    I can’t make up my mind. I love pretty much anything as long as the story is good.

  38. Dana
    July 25th, 2009 at 3:58 pm · Link

    I love most anything as well, but have to admit, I squee when I hear the heroine has a normal job.

  39. Lisa F.
    July 25th, 2009 at 4:37 pm · Link

    I love books with construction workers and mechanics. Love a man that is good with his hands!

  40. MichelleK
    July 25th, 2009 at 4:56 pm · Link

    Generally men in uniforms work for me 😆 😆

    Men in power jobs are just so sexy.
    How about some other options like, Professional Poker player, Professional Race Car driver, Pilot, movie industry agent/producer/director, journalist, vet, computer software engineer, Coast Guard. I’m Canadian and I’d love to read about a sexy Mountie.

  41. Beverly G.
    July 25th, 2009 at 5:35 pm · Link

    id like to see ex- millitary or sniper and such be fun and hot to see an assassain or just a regular joe like a bar tender or a CEO

  42. sharon
    July 25th, 2009 at 6:14 pm · Link

    Military men! They’re hot, hot, hot!

  43. Edie
    July 25th, 2009 at 6:21 pm · Link

    *please do not enter me..

    I would really like to see more “role reversal” with the hero being able to work from home and raise the babies, if there has to be babies, while heroine enjoys her high profile, high money making job.

  44. Mari
    July 25th, 2009 at 6:39 pm · Link

    I would like to see more working class heroes and reformed bad boys. Perhaps they were in prison for something dumb they did when they were young, or overcame abuse.

  45. Donna S
    July 25th, 2009 at 7:09 pm · Link

    I like all the cops and ex-military. But maybe some more with artists, musicians, tv personalities.

  46. Pat L.
    July 25th, 2009 at 7:56 pm · Link

    There are really none I think we have too many of; but I love the successful business man, cops, carpenter or man who works with his hands.

  47. Patty S.
    July 25th, 2009 at 8:19 pm · Link

    As far as the heroes go, I’m cool with the usual – military, cops, firefighters, etc – but I also like the idea of sexy brainiacs, as well as more normal blue-collar types.

    Politicians, lobbyists (really anything political-related) is usually a complete turn-off for me, as are reporters, be they the hero or heroine. Although I still loved “Relentless”, and Roman still came across as sexy and honest.

    For heroines, I agree with the ideas already mentioned of librarians – or a book-store owner-, teachers, nurses, writers. I also like to read about women cops, military, etc. 🙄

  48. Mary G
    July 25th, 2009 at 9:27 pm · Link

    I love Ekite Ops, Navy seals, athletes, firefighters & with strong women characters.

  49. Mary G
    July 25th, 2009 at 9:27 pm · Link

    Sorry Elite Ops

  50. Andrea
    July 25th, 2009 at 9:55 pm · Link

    I can’t think of an occupation I want to see more of. I’m going through a law enforcement and/or shifter phase where all of my books are about one or the other so I’m getting exactly what I want right now.