Susan Stephens on Rugged Men, "Working with the Enemy" and a Giveaway!

by Susan Stephens, author of Working with the Enemy (Harlequin Presents Extra, January 2012)

I live high up on the wild Yorkshire moors — Here are some pretty pictures of the path I take when I”m walking my dog:

And here”s a not so pretty picture that takes you across the valley and on to the next county.

Men in these parts aren”t pretty boys — the type who are buffed and tanned, and who take up more mirror time than I do! They”re tough and hardy, with shoulders wide enough to hoist an ox (pause for happy reflection) – just like my hero, Heath in Working with the Enemy.

No wonder my imagination runs riot up here on the moors — producing more tough guys than polished playboys!

My hero, Heath Stamp used to be a bare knuckle fighter before he landed in jail and a  benefactor gave him a computer. Now Heath is a giant of the Internet, producing the games everyone wants to play.

Will Heath be interested in meeting up with the girl who used to torment him when they were young — the girl who even taught him to read?

My boho heroine Bronte is determined to save the Big House in the village high up on the wild Yorkshire moors where she grew up, and is quite preprared to drive Heath away, if that”s what it takes to stop him investing his millions in some glass and steel shopping centre.

“Now then” – as we say here in Yorkshire — Let”s have a little contest with the prize of a signed copy of the book:

1) Pretty boys, all buff and tan


2) Rugged hunks — real men with all their flaws and contradictions.

(Why not send some pics if you have them)

Tell us which you prefer and why. Maybe you just like to look at the pretty boys and there”s nothing wrong with that. (Goodness knows, it”s safer 😉  )

And we all have to make an exception for Henry Cavill, don”t we? He can be as pretty as he likes for me — and I won”t even give him the ox test!

Can”t wait to get chatting!

Yours from the moors 🙂


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UPDATE: The giveaway is now closed — check the comments to see if you won 🙂 ~Amy

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Comments ( 12 )
  1. Mandy
    January 11, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    I like the rugged boys even with their flaws.

  2. Amanda Gardner
    January 11, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    Can I have a combination of them – natural tan and buff with the rugged looks and flaws.

  3. chey
    January 11, 2012 at 10:15 pm

    Real men with all their flaws and contradictions is my choice.

  4. Laney4
    January 12, 2012 at 1:22 pm

    Always rugged hunks/real men. Everyone has flaws.
    I don’t know how to include photos with blog entries, but I’m envisioning Harrison Ford in cowboy gear – with his rough voice and slow gait – perhaps from his Raiders of the Lost Ark days, but also from his Cowboys and Aliens days too.

  5. Marilyn
    January 12, 2012 at 4:40 pm

    I adored this book and also loving the Acosta family. Thanks for sharing, Susan. I love “behind” the book stores. Make it seem more real.

  6. Lee Hyat
    January 12, 2012 at 9:09 pm

    Henry Cavill is one of my favorites! I’m currently hooked on The Tudors tv series all because of him and also Jonathan… so good!
    I love my heroes flawed, tortured, rugged, real and imperfect. xx

  7. StacieD
    January 13, 2012 at 12:13 am

    I’ve never been drawn to the pretty boy. I like a man who is rough around the edges. Add a little scar or a once broken nose and I am a happy lady.

  8. Lori
    January 13, 2012 at 11:49 am

    Rugged men definitely. However if it’s George Clooney you can be both.

  9. Susan Stephens
    January 18, 2012 at 3:11 am

    Forgive me for answering you so late. My life has been at a standstill for the past few weeks, but I’m back, and more than ready for action.
    So glad you like my polo boys – I ADORE them and just can’t seem to stop writing about them! This could be the longest series every 😉

    Thank you all so much for all your enthusiasm and support
    YOU ARE THE BEST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  10. Amy
    January 18, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    Hi all,

    Susan asked me to draw a winner (randomly) and the lucky commenter is… Laney4! Congrats Laney! Please check your email for a message from me

  11. Laney4
    January 18, 2012 at 2:18 pm

    Thanks so much! Email is on its way!

  12. Susan Stephens
    January 19, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    Book in the post today, Laney!
    Congratulations on being our winner 🙂