Friday, December 13, 2013

Guest Blog & Giveaway with Hailey Edwards

Science of Attraction

          In my new release, A Breath of Winter, the hero, Henri, is a scientist. His heroine, Zuri, is a warrior who isn’t used to dealing with males who prefer to spend their time behind a lab bench instead of outdoors.
          Theirs is definitely a case of opposites attracting. He was drawn to her fearlessness, and she appreciated his quiet strength. It got me thinking about the science of attraction. What—physically—draws us to another person?
           Here are five factors researches (mostly) agree on.

          1. When asked to inhale shirts with men’s sweat on them, women preferred the scent of men with higher levels of testosterone.
          2. One study suggests that people end up with partners who have the same hair and eye color as their opposite sex parent.
          3. Color is also a factor. Both sexes prefer the color red, and find those who wear it more attractive.
          4. Facial symmetry is another interesting factor. It shows an individual is healthy and a good choice for a mate.
          5. On par with #2, there is a perception that like attracts like. That you’re more likely to be attracted to someone who either physically resembles you or shares your beliefs, therefor making you similar.

          Interesting, huh? While I don’t subscribe to most scientific theories, there are obvious grains of truth in some of them.

          What do you think? Is attraction only visual? Or do you believe there are other, more subtle means at work?
          Leave me your answer along with your email address and you’ll be entered to win your choice of title from my backlist in any digital format. Open to everyone. The winner will be announced on December 20th.

A Breath of Winter
By Hailey Edwards
Out Now!

There’s no easy cure for a love of epidemic proportions.

Zuri and her mercenary brothers had a simple mission. Transport a captured harbinger to Erania and collect the bounty. But this job turns out to be anything but easy.

Their welcome to the northland is nothing short of frigid. A scuffle with border guards and her prisoner’s attempted escape leave Zuri injured—and she and her brothers stuck in quarantine. Worse, the bounty comes with silken strings attached. Strings held by a scientist with a daring, dangerous plan.

Because Zuri and her prisoner barged in before his fail-safes were in place, Henri had no choice but to lock them all down until he’s sure there’s no risk of spreading plague. He’d planned to study the harbinger, but it’s the mercenary holding the leash who intrigues him the most.

When Henri’s experiment goes awry, they learn they’ve all been pawns in a plan with one goal: bring the Araneae Nation to its knees. Zuri is forced to make a choice that could sign her death warrant—or sacrifice everyone she loves.|

Product Warning: This book contains a chair-bound heroine who won’t let anyone—least of all a man—push her around. Expect tea-drinking, net-tossing, and knife-wielding. Should you feel compelled to indulge in a bear ride, please keep your hands on the reins and your feet in the stirrups. Author not responsible for possible maulings.  

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  1. I think that a person's physical appearance would be what you'd notice and be attracted to initially but it's still the personality & character that wins thru - at least I hope so!

  2. I do think that physical appearance is a factor, but that other factors come into play also such as personality e.g. sense of humor, being reserved etc.



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