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Guest Blogger: Sandra Jones (Contest)
Monday, December 17th, 2012

Fedora is the winner! Congratulations! ~DD

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Sandra Jones’s Casting Couch

Sandra JonesI’m so excited to be a guest on Delilah’s blog. We’re in the same RWA chapter, and I can tell you, she’s a fabulous lady.

I’ve been writing the first draft of a new historical, and I’m spending countless hours online researching to get all the historical details correct. By day, I’m a librarian, so I find research half the fun anyway—I’m just weird like that, I know!

One thing that I can’t resist is finding pictures of actors who best fit the characters I envision. My current hero is based on a fairly popular actor, so finding pics of every angle and expression he wears is a breeze. Admittedly, I’m kinda crushing on him…but I think we’re all supposed to fall in love with our heroes at least a little. J

If I ever sell one of my stories for a movie, I’d be tempted to offer a few suggestions for the stars. For my casting couch, I’m looking for men who look great in chainmail, kilts, or cravats. Think Mr. Darcy, William Wallace, or Lancelot. Would the actor look alpha in a ruffled, unbuttoned shirt? If so, he’s my guy! Here are a few of my current obsessions:

Taylor Kitsch
Joe Maganiello
Gerard Butler
Ian Somerhold

Who would you want to see on a casting couch? Leave a comment for me on Delilah’s blog, and I’ll give one commenter a copy of the ebook!

The Author

Sandra Jones is the author of sensual historical romances. She worked as a bookseller and as a librarian, where she indulged in her love of old books. When not researching or writing, she enjoys being with family, reading, and watching British TV. A self-proclaimed history geek, she currently lives in a 1905 Greek revival home in the Mississippi Delta.

Sandra loves to hear from her readers: visit her website or on Twitter: sjonesromance Facebook or Pinterest

Sandra’s latest is HER CHRISTMAS KNIGHT, a medieval romance story included in FIVE GOLDEN RINGS: A CHRISTMAS COLLECTION, available in ebook now from Avon Impulse and in paperback in January.

Five Golden rings


by Sophie Barnes, Karen Erickson, Rena Gregory, Sandra Jones, Vivienne Lorret

The holidays are a time for wishes, magic and, of course, love. Celebrate the season with this delightful collection of Christmas tales. What better way for Connor Talbot, Earl of Redfirn, to spend the holidays than convincing Leonora Compton that the only match she needs to make is with him!

The Duke of Ashton has had three years to plan for his perfect Christmas present—the Lady Eleanor Fitzsimmons as his wife. Now, all he has to do is convince the reluctant lady …

Phin Baldwin does not believe in Christmas magic … until the clever and beautiful Ginny Overton gets it into her head to show him how wonderful it can be when wishes come true.

Just returned from the Crusades, marriage is the last thing on Sir Caerwyn’s mind. But will he be able to resist Lady Nia, the thief of his boyhood heart, when she tempts him yet again?

Responsible Ethan Weatherstone is determined to save Penelope Rutledge—and her reputation—from her silly scheme, but can he save himself from the temptation of her lips?


He stepped away, leaving her still half-swallowed in the unfastened chain mail. God but she still stirred him, even dressed in pounds of armor. The shapeless form forced his eye to her beautiful face and made him long for the rest of her body hidden beneath. “Aye, you’ve become an excellent rider, skilled with a lance. But underneath all Padrig’s trappings, you’re still female.”

“I practice at the quintain more days than not, and I’m a good horsewoman. There was no combat in the event, so I was never in any danger. You must admit I convinced you.” Her face brightened and she stood straighter. “I’m sure you would say it was Serena’s influence again. Just like three years ago, the last night in our keep, before you left. You and I were to meet. When you arrived I wasn’t alone…”

His chest tightened. He’d kept the memory at bay for too long to let her remind him. He barked, “Now you want to tease me! Aye, you deceived me today, and you betrayed me then. What point are you trying to make?” Mayhap she enjoyed pushing the knife deeper into his heart.

 “Caerwyn, you’ve never believed me, but I’ll say it again. I’ve never been with another man. Look,” she turned her back to him, gathering her braids in one hand and twisting them up to hold on top of her head. “Do I look like a woman from behind now?”

“You know you do not.”

“I practice in mail often. My father disapproves, of course. Serena’s worn it only once. In armor, she would look like a man from behind, don’t you think?” She moved closer to the bed, took hold of the thick banister. When she glanced over her shoulder at him, the sight of her posture, so sensual, so seductive, yet so unpracticed…sweat glistened on his brow.

“Aye. I suppose…”

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17 comments to “Guest Blogger: Sandra Jones (Contest)”

  1. Toni Whitmire
    · December 17th, 2012 at 8:25 am · Link

    I think that you could use any of the gentlemen who have played James Bond.

  2. laura
    · December 17th, 2012 at 9:18 am · Link

    Chanum Channing from Magic Mike.

  3. Toni Whitmire
    · December 17th, 2012 at 10:15 am · Link

    I forgot my email which is

  4. Margaret Ethridge
    · December 17th, 2012 at 10:47 am · Link

    Richard Armitage – He’s every so dreamy as Mr. Thornton in Elizabeth Gaskell’s North & South. 🙂

  5. Fedora
    · December 17th, 2012 at 11:12 am · Link

    I’m just awful with casting! I do still quite admire Hugh Jackman, so maybe I could see him? 😉

  6. Sandra Jones
    · December 17th, 2012 at 11:38 am · Link

    Wonderful suggestions so far! I think I’m with Margaret on Richard Armitage. I haven’t seen any of his films, but he’s just yummy in period costume. Any of these guys are welcome on my casting couch!

  7. B H
    · December 17th, 2012 at 11:41 am · Link

    Richard Armitage or Ian Somerhold

  8. Joder
    · December 17th, 2012 at 5:37 pm · Link

    Those are some great choices! Gorgeous man candy! I’d like to add Jensen Ackles (Dean Winchester is what I’d like to find with a bow on Christmas Day). Love the sound of the new book and so hope I win!

  9. ronnie cornett
    · December 17th, 2012 at 7:45 pm · Link

    Joe Maganiello, Ian Somerhold, or even Channing Tatum would look really good in any kind of unbuttoned shirt….yummy! 😉

  10. Ginger Robertson
    · December 17th, 2012 at 9:09 pm · Link

    My guy would be Jim Caviezel who stars in “Person of Interest”. He could own me lock, stock & barrel.

  11. Melissa Porter
    · December 17th, 2012 at 9:10 pm · Link

    Chris Hemsworth from Snow White and the huntsman.
    Chanum Channing from Magic Mike…

    I loved both of those movies…I have watched them over and over agin.
    Thanks for sharing.
    I am adding this book to my need to get list.

  12. Sharon Chalk
    · December 17th, 2012 at 11:34 pm · Link

    Sandra,my casting couch is a litlle more eclectic,i would want Josh Dumahl,Brad Pitt,David Tennent,Vin Deisel,Johnny Depp and lots of guys on the covers of the books I read whom I don’t even know their names,and whats funny is even if you look at the list I named,they are all very different,I guess I just like men period LOL

  13. Z
    · December 18th, 2012 at 3:05 pm · Link

    I’d love to see Gerard on the couch…..I mean the casting couch….because my couch is in storage. Nice to meet you.

  14. Victoria
    · December 18th, 2012 at 4:28 pm · Link

    Why is it I always love the guys with an ascent? Hugh Jackman, Gerard Butler, Matthew MacFadyen from 2005’s Pride and Prejudice, maybe even Chris Hemsworth (from Thor, little pretty, but manly).

  15. Gayle Latreille
    · December 18th, 2012 at 4:53 pm · Link

    Would love to have Joe on the couch with me. 😈 😉

  16. ELF
    · December 18th, 2012 at 10:37 pm · Link

    Hmm…I don’t really keep up with the stars today so I don’t have any new suggestions (and I’ll have to look up some of these guys since I don’t know who they are!). Nice intriguing excerpt, thanks for sharing.

    elewkf1 at yahoo dot com

  17. pam howell
    · December 20th, 2012 at 12:14 pm · Link

    Hugh Jackman
    Vin Diesel
    Rock – Dwayne Johnson
    who else looks GOOD shirtless???

    PicardsMom at yahoo dot com 😳

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