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Guest blogger: Kat Black

1 March 2015

Kat BlackAccent on love

Romance heroes. Those wonderful fictional creatures we readers love to fall for. With shoulders broad enough to carry the impossible weight of our collective expectations, they lure us away from reality and snare us between the pages of fantasy—and they do so by employing a wide range of physical attributes and personality traits: tall and dark, buff and blond, suave, rugged, demanding, funny, kind, and on, and on … Le sigh.

Just as important is how these heroes sound. From a gruff, fast-talking New Yorker to the cool, clipped indifference of a British aristocrat, a hero’s accent and his use of language have to match his character and circumstance. More than that, his voice needs to hold the power to make the heroine sit up and listen even though she might think that’s the very last thing she wants to do. His tone needs to convey enough promise to send shivers down her spine and drive her (and by extension, us) to delicious distraction.

Melting_Ms_Frost-1With my debut novel, Melting Ms Frost, and the newly released sequel, Playing With Fire, the hero’s accent was a major consideration right from the outset. I knew that if he was to stand any chance of winning his heart’s desire, one of the most vital qualities he’d need to possess was black-belt level skills in verbal sparring. I’d set him a nigh on impossible challenge in the form of the heroine, you see.

A super-tough character who is all about career and control, Annabel Frost was always going to require somebody extraordinary to shake up her clinically ordered world and break through the icy layers of protection she’d spent a lifetime building around her bruised heart. This extraordinary somebody was destined to have a battle on his hands and needed to be willing to fight fast and dirty in order to win. Equally, he needed to be disarming enough to be able to get away with such challenging behavior. It was instantly apparent to me what sort of character would be required, and there was only one way I ever imagined him sounding.

So, Aidan Flynn was born. Dark and handsome with a quicksilver smile and the easy charm of the Irish to counter the wicked streak of the devil in him, he doesn’t hesitate to deploy the greatest weapon in his arsenal – the softest of lyrical lilts—in which he wraps the shockingly seductive war of words he launches against Annabel’s defences. More than any other of his attributes (and the man is in no way lacking) it’s his accent that makes him the perfect hero for the task he’s been set. Any other character, sounding any other way, simply wouldn’t be able to pull off half of what Aidan dares … and a hero who’d dared any less would never have stood a chance of getting up close and personal with Annabel Frost.

How about your favourite heroes? Do you think they would work as well if they suddenly acquired a different accent, or would the power of their words get lost in translation?

Kat Black was born in Sydney, Australia, where she misspent the greater part of her youth. A high school drop-out, an international backpacker, a bluffer, blagger and wearer of many hats, she’s now settled down to write tales of modern love. Married to an ocean rowing adventurer and mother of two grown daughters, Kat currently lives in the South of England. Keep up with her book news or get in touch via

Playing_With_FirePlaying With Fire

The steamy story of Annabel Frost and Aidan Flynn continues … Can you handle the heat?

Before Aidan Flynn had swept into her life with the destructive force of a wildfire, Annabel Frost had thought she’d had all she needed from her life. A successful career, financial independence, emotional restraint. Things that were safe, secure, steady. Everything her childhood hadn’t been.

Aidan represented none of that. Reckless and risky he’d been the red hot flame that melted the icy layers of her long-frozen heart. Having run from him once, Annabel should have learned to leave trouble well enough alone.

But now Aidan is back, turning up the heat. And regardless of the danger of getting herself badly burned, Annabel can’t seem to resist the temptation to play with this particular brand of fire.

Published in ebook 26 February 2015 by HarperCollins Mischief

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