How Matt Bomer Played a Key Role in My New Book, He Will Be My Ruin, By K.A. Tucker

XOXOAD is happy to welcome a guest author to the blog this morning! K.A. Tucker is the author of He Will Be My Ruin, available now in hardcover wherever books are sold. Be sure to check out He Will Be My Ruin in the Crave Romance app (http://thisiscrave.com)! Plus, leave a comment on this post to be entered in our sweepstakes! You could win one of two signed copies of K.A.’s new book (Matt Bomer not included).

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He Will Be My Ruin started with a thread of an idea (as all my books tend to begin) about two sisters, one of them dying under suspicious circumstances. I knew there would be a man involved, a cryptic note, and heavy elements of suspense to drive the plot forward, but beyond that I hadn’t figured much of anything out. I knew I wouldn’t until I actually started writing it.

The idea of Celine as a budding antiques appraiser didn’t hit me until I made the mistake of turning on Netflix and watching an episode of White Collar, a show based on a (somewhat) reformed con artist who helps the FBI solve criminal cases involving high priced arts and antiquities.

I know better than to turn on Netflix while I’m in the midst of writing, and yet I did it anyway.

My manuscript was summarily shoved aside while I began my binge-watching session, devouring the entire series in a week, caught in this fascinating world that I knew nothing about (well, if I’m being entirely honest, it was the fascinating world of Matt Bomer that first captured my attention, but the show’s storyline soon won me over.)

Then, as is usually the case, I opened up Google and started researching—reading real criminal cases and surprising finds, learning about the various eras and categories, the black market, and the historical relevance of certain pieces. I scoured eBay and Sotheby’s to see what people were trying to sell…and what people were willing to pay.

As I soon discovered, the drama of the art world isn’t just a fictional TV-universe thing. It’s real, it’s interesting, and it was something I could see working well within my story. Basically, my Netflix binge watching addiction sparked a key narrative arc in He Will Be My Ruin.

I don’t want to divulge too much here for fear of spoiling the novel (you’ll have to read it to find out more!), but I will say that I thoroughly enjoyed creating the story surrounding Celine’s prize find (which is entirely fictional). It introduces readers to a world they are likely not familiar with, and (hopefully) takes them on a fresh, unique, spellbinding journey.

Can’t wait to read HE WILL BE MY RUIN? Tell us in the comments which star would inspire YOUR novel–we’ll choose two lucky winners at random to receive SIGNED copies of Tucker’s book!

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He Will Be My Ruin

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The USA TODAY bestselling author of the Ten Tiny Breaths and Burying Water series makes her suspense debut with this sexy, heart-pounding story of a young woman determined to find justice after her best friend's death.

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Chasing River

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Becoming Rain

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Burying Water

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Four Seconds to Lose

Four Seconds to Lose

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Owning a strip club isn't the fantasy most guys expect it to be. With long hours, a staff with enough issues to keep a psych ward in business, and the police regularly on his case, twenty-nine-year-old Cain is starting to second-guess his unspoken mission to save the women he employs. And then blond, brown-eyed Charlie Rourke walks through his door, and things get really complicated.

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One Tiny Lie

One Tiny Lie

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Livie Cleary faces a new set of challenges as she navigates freshman year at Princeton, wild parties, and the gorgeous rowing team captain who is everything she doesn't want in a guy, or so she thinks...

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In Her Wake

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The prequel to Ten Tiny Breaths that shows a whole new side to Trent, who used to be a collegiate hard-partyer named Cole Reynolds until one night when he made a fatal, wrong decision and lost everything.

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Four years ago Kacey Cleary's life imploded when her car was hit by a drunk driver, killing her parents, boyfriend, and best friend. Still haunted by memories of being trapped inside, holding her boyfriend's lifeless hand and listening to her mother take her last breath, Kacey wants to leave her past behind. But will she be able to?

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10 comments so far


  1. Channing Tatum in era magic mike. I always thought it would be fun to read about a male entertainer falling in love-Haha!

  2. christy1224

    Hmm. I think Theo James has the dark, brooding look down and would definitely make for a compelling hero or villain. Thanks for the chance!

  3. momof3boysj

    Colin Firth

  4. Definitely John Krasinski! You have the Jim Halpert loveability, but did we all see him in “13 Hours?” Hello!

  5. maebelluab

    Oh my! That’s a hard decision. I guess it would be Sean Connery. For so many reasons. Lol

  6. Firstly, I would have to agree with Matt Bomer. I was captivated by “White Collar” in the exact same way…first I was switching channels and Matt’s eyes just drew me in…since then, I’ve watched the entire “White Collar” series three times. 🙂

    He is definitely my muse for any book…he was my ultimate choice for Christian Grey too.

  7. Barbiegirl

    Love Chris Hemsworth! Thor is my hero!

  8. Scott Eastwood

  9. There are so many! The ones already mentioned are very fine… also Pierce Brosnan, Jason Statham, Idris
    Elba. Steve McQueen, any other Bond guys… my list could on & on…….

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