Guest & Contest: Robyn Carr

Let’s talk romance heroes. Give me a man with calluses on his hands. Yup, that’s what I’m saying. Throw in a farmer’s tan. A little sunburn on the back of his muscled neck. I’d like to see the shoulders of a man who uses his muscles. And no matter what he does for a living, his fingernails have to be clean. Hair isn’t much of a factor with me – it can be a military buzz, longish and unruly, ordinary length with a double colic, ponytail, anything goes. But his eyes must be expressive. Warm and honest. Ever look at a guy with flat, unemotional eyes? They repel. And I like ‘em tall….

But all that physical stuff? That’s just window dressing; a little something to keep a guy from fading into the wall paper. No matter how pretty he is, if he isn’t nice to his grandmother, I don’t want him. And as much as I love strength in a man, I think I like tenderness more. Even the bad boy heroes have to have some sweet spot inside them that cradles a woman more often than he grabs her. He has to be willing to slay the beast and scratch a good dog behind the ears.

I like a hero who gives, who serves, who is selfless enough to fight for the rights of others, not just for his own rights, which is why the Virgin River novels are so heavily populated with military men. And we all have our rough edges, I suppose, but a real hero comes to recognize that and wants to be a better man.

After all that and more, a real man wants a real woman, not a lot of superficial fluff. We can’t get mad at him for appreciating beauty but beauty, like handsomeness, is subjective. After all, I spent years thinking Lou Grant was sexy. The best heroes crave permanence, even if it terrifies them. And a good man wants to satisfy his woman, in bed and out.

Now that I have you licking your chops, where do you find a guy like that? For today, you can find him in Sunrise Point and his name is Tom Cavanaugh. He’s a decorated marine, a grower of apples, a grandson who loves his grandmother devotedly even when she gets on his last nerve, and a man in search of the woman who can become the lead in his shoes, who can ground him, who can give his life purpose.

Open your heart to the river, where love happens every day.

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Now that Robyn Carr has earned the #1 slot on the New York Times list, the creator of the wildly popular Virgin River series laughs when someone refers to her as an overnight success.

“The truth is, I was first published in 1978, and it took me thirty years to make it to The New York Times Bestseller List,” she pointed out.

But once Robyn became that popular, she stayed that popular. And, when Bring Me Home for Christmas, the 16th Virgin River novel, was released in November 2011, it debuted in the #1 slot not just on The New York Times roster, but also on the Barnes and Noble, and Publishers Weekly lists as well.

Clearly, Robyn’s series about men of honor who build a town in northern California’s redwood forests for the women they love has launched her into the publishing stratosphere and earned her a broad and loyal following. The first book in the series, Virgin River, was published in 2007. The next year Robyn got the call from her editor that A Virgin River Christmas had landed on the Times list.

Contest details:

  • The prize is a print copy of Sunrise Point.
  • The contest is open to US residents only.
  • You must leave a meaningful comment for entry.  This means your comment needs to be more than “please enter me in the contest”.
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  • While following the blog isn’t required, it is appreciated.
  • The contest ends on Sunday, April 29.

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35 thoughts on “Guest & Contest: Robyn Carr

  1. CrystalGB says:

    Hi Robyn. Great post. I agree about what makes a good hero. Love your books. Crystal816[at]hotmail[dot]com

  2. Joy says:

    I just love this series. It has given many hours of enjoyment. I hope it just keeps going and going 🙂 jhoorm01atyahoodotcom

  3. bookworm54 says:

    I really enjoy reading Robyn’s books, I started reading Virgin River Series and have been hooked ever since.the stories are deep and true to heart and you fall in love with each and every character. I’m always wanting more from her..looking forward to reading her new one or win it!

  4. regencygirl01 says:

    I love the virgin river series. I can’t wait to read Sunrise Point. I just discovered Robyn’s books this past summer and have been reading them all

  5. andieleah says:

    Hi Robyn! I definitely agree that a hero better be nice to my grandma!!! I actually loved how my boyfriend interacted with mine. She was a lil old Italian woman who hardly spoke English and my bf Josh was so sweet with her. Actually trying to have a meaningful conversation with her…and he survived her refilling of his plate 3 times! She definitely was gonna feed you and better not hurt her feelings by telling her no you were full when she thought you needed more. He might have been miserable for awhile after but the effort was there and meant so much to both my grandma and myself!

  6. Chrisbails says:

    Great post. This book looks great. Love the Virgin River series. Would love to win and read this book. Love exactly that type of guy that you described. But to even make more sexy, how about a southern accent and maybe cowboy hats & boots. Thanks for the great giveaway.

  7. krazymama_98 says:

    Well, he sounds pert near perfect. 🙂 Love to read his tale! 🙂 lisakhutson (@) {cox} [dot]

  8. Linda McDonald says:

    Sounds like another great book by Robyn. Robyn spoke at my local RWA group one time and she is a great speaker. So very funny!

  9. erin says:

    Thanks for a great post! I haven’t had the pleasure of reading any of Robin’s books, and I would love to! She comes very highly recommended ;)And after reading your description of this rugged hero, I really want to read it now! efender1(at)gmail(dot)com

  10. Maureen says:

    That is a great description of what makes a wonderful hero and I do enjoy reading about the people of Virgin River. mce1011 AT aol DOT com

  11. Lauren Mackesy says:

    That whole first paragraph would describe what I look for in a man. I don’t want some guy that’s stuck in a suit and tie in some office. I want a rugged man! Thanks so much for this giveaway! Lauren Lmackesy @

  12. Quilt Lady says:

    Great post! I am sorry to say I have not read your books before but have heard a lot of good things about them. I will have to start looking for them. Must try your work. quiltlady110 at gmail dot com

  13. kmannrn says:

    Thanks for the great post. I love Robyn and the Virgin River series. Can’t wait to read Sunrise Point. kelly_mannathotmaildotcom

  14. Di says:

    I’m just starting to get into this series – what a wonderful world Robyn has created – I’m really enjoying my visit. sallans d at yahoo dot com

  15. Romance Reader Enthusiast says:

    I started your Virgin River series late into the series. But I’m glad that I found it. It is a great series and I look forward to catching up as well as reading those books that I have missed. Do you ever think that you will stop this series? I would be sad if you did because I think of the residents as family but I understand that all good things must come to an end. Thank you. Lynn

  16. Leanna says:

    I love Robyn Carr, I have all the Virgin River books. I have read each one several times, I always get so happy when I read them, its like visiting your hometown after being gone for a while. I can’t wait to read sunrise point!

  17. Emma says:

    I enjoy reading all Robyn’s books.looking forward to reading Sunrise Point”please enter me in the contest”. Thanks for the giveaway!have a great week.augustlily06(at)aim[dot]com.

  18. jbcweiss says:

    I enjoyed the post – didn’t realize there were 16 books in the Virgin River series. I’m going to have to go through the list and make sure I’ve read them all. Thanks for sharing! jbcweiss AT sbcglobal Dot net

  19. Frosted1992 says:

    I love this series. but i have to wait to get all three so i can read them back to back. I can’t hardly wait to get the last one. I am ready to read the Christmas book also.

  20. lisamattiocco says:

    Virgin River series is one on the few that I still buy at the store instead of ebooks. I love the men and women of Virgin River. If it were an actual town I’d move there in a mic-second. After having read each book I still love Jack and Mel the best. Thanks for keeping them in the series.

  21. Lara says:

    I absolutely love Robyn Carr’s Books, I have read almost everything she has wrote. While I was waiting on the last book to come out I read two books she wrote in 1986. I can pick up any book she writes and have it read in two days or less. But her Virgin River series melts my heart with each new book. I pick them up and cannot put them down. I love the books so much I recommend them to all of my friends, by letting them read the copies that I have. Robyn Carr is an inspiration in my life, and I hope she continues to produce books about Virgin River. My mother and I trade these books back and forth, we cannot get enough. We love you Robyn Carr. Lara Mecimore

  22. Miss Jean says:

    I’ve been a big fan of Robyn and her Virgin River series since they were first published. I’m moving to another state away from family and friends which will be sad. I can, however, take my Virgin River friends/family with me when I go!!!

  23. Romancing the Book says:

    I received this comment via email: I picked up one of the Virgin River books in a grocery store. I read that one and bought everyone since then. I have laughed, sighed, cried, and wished I could live in Virgin River. Not many authors get me that “hooked” with their books. Thanks Robyn for my enjoyment. Mona

  24. Andrea says:

    Robyn,so look forward to each new book in the Virgin River series…..wish my mom had had the opportunity to read them, she was a decorated nurse in WW II. Andrea holyhormones at gmail dot com

  25. mommaras says:

    Thank you for making your Virgin River series about military heroes. In as much as we needed them years ago they are more needed today and greatly appreciated. Don’t ever stop this series. It has been the best one yet. You feel like you are part of the family and have all their feelings right along with them. I just wish great authors could write faster

  26. Stephanie says:

    I love all of Robyn’s books and while waiting for Bring Me Home For Christmas to come out I started at the beginning with Jack and Mel and re-read their story, back where it all began. I cannot get enough of the Virgin River series and when the local Border Bookstore closed their doors I went in and bought the books I was missing. Can’t wait for Tom’s story, his little flirting with Katie Malone in the last book was so much fun I am looking forward to seeing what his story brings to us. Thank you for the wonderful stories, Robyn

  27. Lolly S says:

    Just so you know…two minutes ago – before I saw this contest – I ordered Robyn’s latest Virgin River book. One click – and it was Kindle-mine. But I am such a fan, I’d love to own another copy! Selfish me! 😉

  28. Lacey T says:

    Ooooh after reading your post, I am dying to read Sunrise Point! Tom Cavanaugh sounds so sexy, and just the type of man i like! 😉

  29. Crystal Newman says:

    I can’t wait to read your book. I was set up on a blind date over fourteen years ago. He lived on a farm. They have apples and peaches. So I believe I would really love to read this book. Keep up the writing. You’re doing a wonderful job.

  30. Jen @ RtB says:

    Thanks to everyone who stopped by to support Robyn and enter her contest. Our contest winner is April. An email is on it’s way to you with directions on how to claim your prize.

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