Today’s Guest is Carly Phillips!

I happen to not only think Carly is a fabulous writer I’ve admired for a very long time, but she’s also a dear friend and I love her to pieces. So give her a big welcome!


Police Officer Dare Barron has had a crush on Liza McKnight ever since he was a teenager. But despite his lifelong attraction, the closest he’s ever come to interacting with her is watching Liza regularly bail out her brother at the station.

Dare’s dark past with Liza’s brother, Brian, has always kept him from pursuing her. But suddenly Liza finds herself in need of protection and Dare appoints himself as the man for the job. And while the sizzling attraction between Dare and Liza draws them together, the past that Dare and Brian share threatens to keep the two apart forever.

What Makes a Hero?

In my Serendipity series, I’ve done three very different heroes. Ethan, the bad boy; Nash, the “too perfect” hero; and Dare, the protector. I love them each in their own way – kinda sounds like my kids, right?

As much as I love bad boys as a reader, I have to say I have a new favorite hero as a reader and a writer and that’s the protector – and when Liza came into the picture, that’s who Dare Barron morphed into for me. The protector.

Liza is a woman who has never had anyone who had her back. Her family isn’t worth much to her emotionally and yet she is the glue, the strong one, the one who pulls her alcoholic brother back from the brink, time and time again. Enabling or loving? That’s something she needs to come to terms with. But when Dare enters her life, suddenly she is faced with someone who is there for her. Who takes care of her. And she doesn’t know what to make of that.

It’s sad and sweet at the same time. I think Liza and Dare ultimately heal each other. But it’s Dare’s protective nature even as he is fighting his past and his demons, that makes him so attractive and compelling.

So what kind of hero are you most attracted to? The hot, take charge Alpha? The guy who needs fixing himself? The protector?

One lucky commenter will win their choice of a Serendipity backlist book – Serendipity, Kismet (e-book only), or Destiny!
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N.Y. Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Carly Phillips has written over 30 romance novels with contemporary characters and small town settings that today’s readers identify with and enjoy. She’s a writer, a knitter of sorts, a wife, and a mom to two daughters (16 and20!) and two crazy dogs (a 1 year old Havanese named Brady and a 4 year old wheaten terrier named Bailey). In addition, she’s a Twitter and Internet junkie and is always around to interact with her readers. Carly lives in Purchase, New York and would love for you to like and follow her on the ‘Net!

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44 comments to “Today’s Guest is Carly Phillips!”

  1. Tracey D
    May 3rd, 2012 at 3:28 am · Link

    I’ve heard wonderful things about Carly Phillips’ works but have not read any. I think it’s time to start buying and reading. I need to find out what I’ve been missing!

    Though I do love the alpha-protector type hero, I do have a soft spot for for the scarred, emotionally and physcially, hero. I like the smarty-pants, smirking hero, too!

  2. Melissa H
    May 3rd, 2012 at 4:31 am · Link

    Carly’s book are great. I think I’ve read them all so far. Gonna get Karma today.
    I like the Alpha-males when they come up against a headstrong woman that needs protecting. A frustrated hero is so fun to watch. of course, I also like the ” you love me and you know you can’t resist me” sure of himself guys, too.

  3. JoAnne
    May 3rd, 2012 at 5:08 am · Link

    Love your Serendipity series but then I love ALL your books.
    Always leaves me wanting more.
    Can’t wait to read Karma – the newest book.
    Have a great day!

  4. Felicia M. Ciaudelli
    May 3rd, 2012 at 5:23 am · Link

    Oh my gosh, I know that this is a complete non-answer, but I LOVE a combination Take-Charge-Alpha-Protector Hero who still has his own demons that he is battling – I love the idea of being “cared for” and “protected”, I guess 😉 – yet it is good to know that we’re all still “Works In Progress” – I think finding that “right” partner really helps the healing and strengthening process! 😛

    Your books are great and thank you SO much for the chance to win of your books!

  5. Sherie
    May 3rd, 2012 at 5:36 am · Link

    I love all those heroes. As long as he is well written, I am in love! But I do love a man takes charge when it is important, in the bed!

  6. Tanya
    May 3rd, 2012 at 5:51 am · Link

    Loved Serendipity! I have Karma but I need to get Destiny:) My TBR is so big and still growing….so yeah I have a book fettish lol

  7. Aurore
    May 3rd, 2012 at 6:41 am · Link

    I’ve read Serendipity and loved it! I like what you say about Dare and Liza, sounds like a great story.
    About the heroes I prefer, that’s a tough question. I love alpha males and heroes who are emotionally scarred. I think I like all the types of heroes and it mostly depends on how the author deals with them. And I really like the heroes you create, Carly! Thank you!

  8. Blanche
    May 3rd, 2012 at 6:53 am · Link

    I’ve been a Carly Phillips fan for a long time, LOVE your books!! Congrats and Happy Release Day (Tuesday) for Karma….I’m reading it now!! 🙂

  9. May
    May 3rd, 2012 at 6:57 am · Link

    I like an alpha guy. At least in books anyways. Maybe kinda annoying in real life. 🙂

  10. Lori T
    May 3rd, 2012 at 7:10 am · Link

    I love Carly’s books! I am really looking forward to reading Karma. Serendipity was incredible and I am reading Destiny now.

    I do like the bad boy hero, but I gotta say the protector is sounding pretty good too!

  11. CrystalGB
    May 3rd, 2012 at 7:11 am · Link

    I love Carly’s books. Karma sounds great. I like all the heroes that you mentioned. Alphas, the tortured/wounded hero, and the protector are awesome to read.

  12. Hailey
    May 3rd, 2012 at 7:17 am · Link

    I love Carly Phillips! I’ve been a fan for a long time!

  13. Pat L.
    May 3rd, 2012 at 7:17 am · Link

    I always love a good contemp and Carly does a great job on writing them.

    I love all types of heroes – tortured, bad boy.

  14. Carly Phillips
    May 3rd, 2012 at 7:20 am · Link

    Thanks, all! Great to hang out here. 😉 Sometimes I don’t even (most times – as a reader) analyze what kind of hero I like. A great book is just that. But it’s fun to discuss anyway! :mrgreen:

  15. Kimh
    May 3rd, 2012 at 7:35 am · Link

    Congrats on the book dint enter me Ty 😀

  16. Melissa B
    May 3rd, 2012 at 8:29 am · Link

    Ooh, you just sold me on Karma!
    The Protector is my fav kind of hero, too ~ I think it’s the biggest reason I love an Alpha hero.

    Happy Release Week!

  17. Melanie J.
    May 3rd, 2012 at 8:31 am · Link

    karma sounds like a very good book. I haven’t read the series, but I think i will now!

  18. Na S.
    May 3rd, 2012 at 9:19 am · Link

    I like the alpha hero. He’s a take charge, protective kind of guy. He also has a wonderful sense of humor.

  19. Annie
    May 3rd, 2012 at 9:54 am · Link

    I’m partial to the alpha hero as I assume most people are too. You just can’t go wrong with a hero who knows what he wants and how he wants it.

  20. Melissa Lamb
    May 3rd, 2012 at 10:59 am · Link

    I like the take charge alpha that is protective!!
    I love all of Carly’s books. I have never read a book by her that I didn’t love!!

  21. Heather
    May 3rd, 2012 at 11:00 am · Link

    I have to say that I LOVE all three types but my favorite is the Alpha male.

  22. Jordan H
    May 3rd, 2012 at 11:22 am · Link

    Wow that’s a tough question as I love all of those heroes *grins* but I think I have to go with the Alpha male as those are always delicious.

  23. becky jean
    May 3rd, 2012 at 11:40 am · Link

    These titles look great, thanks!

  24. Jane
    May 3rd, 2012 at 12:03 pm · Link

    Congrats to Carly on the new release. I do love alpha heroes, but the wounded and tortured heroes are also attractive.

  25. Viki S.
    May 3rd, 2012 at 12:27 pm · Link

    I love the tortured alpha hero. I like them to have to work through their issue but I also like the alpha qualities to be present in them.

  26. Glittergirl
    May 3rd, 2012 at 12:53 pm · Link

    I love the Alpha that is a Protector. The healing thing is great too but my fantasy is the protector. Thanks for getting to know more about the series and Carly. She’s introducing me to you (Lauren) too and that’s great 😉

  27. bn100
    May 3rd, 2012 at 1:03 pm · Link

    Very nice post. I like the take-charge Alpha who’s also a protector.

  28. Mary Rose
    May 3rd, 2012 at 1:25 pm · Link

    Love Carly’s books! Haven’t gotten to this series yet, but it’s definitely in the TBR list for the summer!

  29. Sue P.
    May 3rd, 2012 at 1:47 pm · Link

    What I find so intriguing about this book, is the history of the characters which would make you think there’s no way they can find their way to each other. Can’t wait to see how it all develops. Have really enjoyed this series so far. Thanks, Carly. Don’t know where your inspiration comes from, but hope you never lose it!

  30. S Allen
    May 3rd, 2012 at 3:00 pm · Link

    Love all your books Carly. Can’t wait to read the new one!

  31. Diane
    May 3rd, 2012 at 4:05 pm · Link

    The strong hero type would be my first choice but I do love them all!!! 🙂

  32. Carey
    May 3rd, 2012 at 5:15 pm · Link

    Sounds like a good read to me!

  33. StacieD
    May 3rd, 2012 at 5:34 pm · Link

    I love a protective hero. That is the main reason I love romantic suspense stories. The heroine is usually in danger in a romantic suspense. The hero’s need to protect her is what keeps me coming back for more.

  34. Jessie Llewellyn
    May 3rd, 2012 at 7:09 pm · Link

    I have read many of Carly’s books & have enjoyed every one of them. I have read Book 1 & 2 in the Serendipity series & have grown to like these three brothers. I have been anxiously waiting for Dare’s story & can’t wait to start it.

  35. Pamiam
    May 3rd, 2012 at 7:15 pm · Link

    I”m partial to the alpha and the protector traits in the heroes.
    Don’t enter me in the contest because I already have both of those books. Love your other series too!

  36. Jen B.
    May 3rd, 2012 at 7:26 pm · Link

    A hero should be driven by the right instincts to do the right thing. He must be willing to make the hard decisions. He must be willing to communicate with those around him. And he must love his heroine with his everything! I am so excited to find Carly Phillips here are Lauren Dane’s site. Yippee!

  37. Oriela
    May 3rd, 2012 at 7:55 pm · Link

    I absolutely love all your books. Can’t wait to read Karma!!!

  38. Carol L
    May 3rd, 2012 at 10:46 pm · Link

    I finished Serendipity and loved Ethan. Honestly, I love all type of Heroes. The Alpha who protects but is wounded and needs to find himself etc etc. Looking forward to the next book Carly. I’m really loving this series.
    Carol L.
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

  39. Emma
    May 4th, 2012 at 7:41 am · Link

    take charge Alpha.Congrats on the newest release .Please enter me. I like Carly’s books. Thanks for the giveaway!

  40. Pamela D
    May 4th, 2012 at 7:56 am · Link

    What a great question… I think for me it has to be between the hot take charge and the protector. Fun can be had with both and its fun to see how the women react to those characters and how they cope with it. Love the sound of this series

  41. Chelsea B.
    May 4th, 2012 at 8:57 am · Link

    Honestly, I like a little of all of the above 😉

  42. Laurie
    May 4th, 2012 at 12:30 pm · Link

    I’d have to say the take charge Alpha, but they all have their appeal, just depends on the story.

  43. Kim
    May 5th, 2012 at 2:29 pm · Link

    Congrats on the new release. I like a caring individual with a sense of humor.

  44. Spav
    May 6th, 2012 at 5:21 pm · Link

    I prefer the protector alpha.