Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I be to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.

Marianne Williamson, A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of A Course in Miracles

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Scorcher Blog Tour - Week Five!

NOW GIVE ME SOME CANDY!

Greetings romance lovers, and welcome to Week Five of our Scorcher Blog Tour. We’ve had outstanding posts the last four weeks, and in a quandary to meet the high standards set in place by my fellow tour mates, I struggled a bit over which topic would keep the tour rolling at a heady pace. And then it hit me. Of course...
MAN CANDY
What could be better to inspire the muse? In my opinion, not much. So, I set out in research mode (it was grueling, but SOMEONE had to do it), happily scanning the internet for half-naked men, when I stumbled upon a startling revelation. Turns out, most of the Man Candy I found wasn’t really all that interesting to me…or inspiring. And it took me a while to figure out why. Don’t get me wrong – I admire a ribbed set of abs and thick, corded arms as much as the next girl (and many of those pictures are forthwith contained in this traveling post), but I hit two snags while deciding which pictures to choose.
Snag #1 – most of the men I found looked less than half my age. Sad, but true. Not that I consider myself “old” by any means, but some of these guys looked fresh out of high school. Much to my chagrin, I’ve recently come to the distressing conclusion I am NOT a cougar. And believe me, I tried. I mean, I really, really tried. *insert muffled sob*
Snag #2 – of the photos I found, most the men looked so serious I couldn’t get past the constipation on their faces. No doubt they were gorgeous, but I like a guy who smiles – and looks good doing it. He has to use his whole face, show me those pearly whites and preferably sport a few crinkles around his eyes. Ahem…
So, during this and the next five posts, you will see several men I found, a little about them and why they top my list for Man Candy inspiration. Will all of them meet “romance novel” critieria? You be the judge.
Without further ado…I give you…The Wizard of Oz
JUST KIDDING! HAHAHAHA! Had ya going there for a minute, didn’t I?
Okay, start over…without further ado, I give you…
Bradley Cooper


Best known for his roles in The A-Team, The Hangover and most recently Limitless, Bradley heads up my Man Candy list for his amazing smile and sparkling blue eyes (and let’s face it, that devilish five o’clock shadow doesn’t hurt either). In fact, when I Googled Bradley Cooper on the internet, in nearly every single photo I found he was smiling. He’s my grin-winner, and I’m sorry, but he’s just too damn cute. Have a slice of this!



Pa-DOW! Bradley looks like he’d be a blast to hang out with, doesn’t he? And if a guy’s got the goods but is nothing but a big grouch, what’s the point?




Dark haired or blond-tipped, he’s dreamy, and looks ready to cuddle. And the pièce de résistance…brace yourself…


Ohhh yeah! Bradley can laugh all he wants. Bring it! LOVE HIM!
So, you feeling warmed up? For more Man Candy, head on over to Darlene Fredette’s Blog, where the show continues… http://findingthewritewords.blogspot.com/  But be sure to leave me a comment before you go. You will be entered into the drawing to win a free e-book of Jezebel’s Wish!
Legally, I gotta do this: Many thanks to starpulse.com, cinematicpassions.com and personalpowertraining.net for letting me borrow their yummy photos of Bradley.

17 comments:

nitethyme said...

Whew! Thanks AJ. Started my Monday off right. Bianca

Jennifer Jakes said...

Oh, yeah. Love me some Bradley! Thanks for the delicious pics;)

Jan Romes said...

Bradley Cooper is an eyeful! And I agree, he looks like he'd be fun to hang out with. Behind those incredible eyes and that great smile, is a man with a sense of humor. For me, the ability to laugh is the sexiest lure of all. And the rest of the package (no pun intended) is just a bonus!

wlynnchantale said...

I adore the Wizard of Oz! LOL! Yeah, that Bradley is definitely sexy. Good job AJ. Thanks for the candy.

calisarhose said...

K I'm commenting but not for a book I'm already, currently, reading. Yowza! Bring on more Wizard of Oz! Er...I mean Bradley!!!! You sure know how to pick 'em.

But I get what you mean by not being attracted to all those pretty high school boys out there. Sometimes I think the man inside the clothes is just as hot, if not hotter, than the ones outside their skivvies. Then some just make me wish. Or shake my head in wonderment.

DarleneLF said...

Bradley Cooper = Yummy!

Vonnie Davis said...

Oh, AJ, I'm so old most of the guys on bookcovers look like my grandsons. How can I get into a romance with a guy who looks like my Tim or Josh??? Kinda perverted, don't 'cha think? Still, some guys are ageless like your Bradly here...oh no, more heart palpatations. Bring it on AJ! Love ya.

PattiP9001 said...

hooyah! Oh Yum

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AJ Nuest said...

I'm lovin all these great comments, ladies! Whoo to the Hoo for the MAN CANDY! Thanks for stopping by -- I hope to see you at the next blogs!! Hugs!

Lilly Gayle said...

Yep. Bradley Cooper is romance worthy. And I like my men older too. But now, it's hard to find an older man without cruising the nursing homes. Oh yes, there's Harrison Ford, Mel Gibson, Denzel Washington, Bruce Willis, and a few others who're still a tad older than me. But they no longer get those great movie roles. So, I guess I'll have to look at those much younger 30ish to 40ish year olds. But like you said, someone has to do it. lol!

Lynne Marshall said...

Hi AJ! Great choice, Bradley, I mean, not the OZ. I'm with you about man candy. It gets weird when the young-uns post pictures of men my son's age! I DO NOT want to go there.

I love the craggy-looking guys in their 40s and upward. Still think Tom Selleck has it. I dig Bruce Willis, too. Yes, I'm painfully old...

June M. said...

He is a nice looking piece of man candy. Thanks for sharing it with us.

msmjb65 said...

You are so right about the scowling hot guy photos. Also, I find guys who look too young not as sexy or alluring by far! I agree with Lynne that that "craggy" looking guy over 40 are some of the yuumiest man candy around. This is a great topic for the week...

msmjb65 said...

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AJ Nuest said...

Thanks for stopping by Tattered Pages for the Yumminess of Bradley Cooper, MJ! Glad to see you here!

P.L. Parker said...

OMG - LOL - I thought you were serious about the Wizard of Oz - but I have to agree with your Man Candy choice! *From one cougar to another* wink!

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