Today Im super thrilled to welcome author Libby Mercer to the blog. Libby is sharing some fun thoughts on hot men with brains and money!! As well as sharing a special treat for one lucky reader who comments.
Boys with Brains
I have never written a love interest or a romantic hero who wasn't extremely bright, and I imagine I never will. Why would I? Intelligence is pretty much a universally attractive trait. It’s certainly one I find personally irresistible. My fictional guys have all been whip-smart, but I took it one step further with Derek Whitley, the love interest in my new novel, Unmasking Maya. He’s practically a genius.
Why are we all attracted to men who can do the Sunday Times crossword and can offer an informed opinion on anything from politics to philosophy? Well, may all come down to natural selection. An extensive study at the University of New Mexico showed that intelligent men had higher counts of healthier sperm than the less brainy subjects. Now, how a woman could possibly assess a man’s sperm count after meeting him is beyond me, but I don’t know much about biology. I wouldn't mind pairing up with a guy who could explain this to me, though!
Also, high intelligence often goes hand-in-hand with high education. The fact that a man has been committed enough to earn a degree (or a few degrees) may indicate that he’d be committed in other aspects in life – career, love, family. At this stage in our evolution, we don’t need men to fight off warring tribes; we need them to be good at strategizing ways to thrive in a modern world.
Any way you look at it, intelligence is sexy. And what would a post on brainy boys be without a little razor sharp man candy? Here are three intellectually gifted guys who are also easy on the eyes:
Brain Cox, particle physicist
Hello! A particle physicist? This guy looks like he should be in a band. To be fair, he was in a band while he was working on his first class BS and MPhil (masters) degrees at the University of Manchester. After his synthpop group dissolved, Brian Cox went on to complete his DPhil (Ph.D.) in high-energy particle physics. He now works on several ongoing international particle detector experiments, including the notable ATLAS experiment. He makes regular appearances on the BBC’s science programs, and in 2010, he presented a five-part television series entitled Wonders of the Solar System, followed up by Wonders of the Universe. In 2010, the Queen awarded him with an OBE for communicating the appeal of physics to the general public. Um… I was actually living in London at the time and I caught his show once or twice. And I must admit that it wasn't the appeal of physics that held my focus, if you know what I mean.
Congressman Aaron Schock
This guy is unstoppable. Only 31 years old, he’s the youngest serving US representative. Of course, this is no big surprise if you consider his childhood. In the 5th grade, he started working for a bookstore chain doing database management, taking on more jobs as he got older. At 14, he started an IRA and began investing in real estate and the stock market. At 19, he became the youngest person serving on a school board in Illinois. After completing a four-year degree in two years, he became the youngest member of the Illinois House of Representatives at 23. It’s enough to make my head spin. I wouldn't be surprised if Aaron Schock ends up becoming America’s youngest President. But then again, maybe not. There are heaps of shirtless pics of him up on the Internet, and the guy is insanely ripped. (Go on and Google him. I know you want to.) My point is: I’m not sure American voters will go for a prez who looks like he spends several hours a day doing bench presses. But
you never know.
Jack Dorsey, creator of Twitter
Those eyes! In this picture and certain other ones, he looks eerily similar to the vision I had in mind of Derek Whitley, the fictional hero of Unmasking Maya. In other pictures, not so much, but still. It’s weird. And he and Derek have similar backgrounds and careers. At the age of 13, Jack Dorsey created open source software in the area of dispatch logistics, which is being used by many taxicab companies today. In 2000, he started a company based on a “ friction-less service market”. Don’t ask. I don’t know what that means. He’s the original creator of Twitter, which, of course, has succeeded in conquering the world. In 2008, he was named in the MIT Technology Review as one of the top 35 innovators in the world under the age of 35. These days he’s focused on his latest enterprise. Square Inc. manufactures a mobile credit card reader – essential for all independent business people. From December 2009 to June 2011, Square Inc. grew from 10 employees to over 100. What will he think of next?
About the Author
Born and raised in the Midwest, Libby Mercer’s adventurous spirit kicked in after graduating from high school, and she’s since lived in Boston, NYC and London. San Francisco is the city she currently calls home. For several years, Libby worked in fashion – first as a journalist and then as a shopkeeper. She also dabbled in design for a while. Even through the crazy fashion years, Libby never let go of her dream of being a published author, and has since developed her signature writing style, crafting quirky chick lit/romance hybrids. Fashioning a Romance was her first published novel, and Unmasking Maya will be her second. Libby has a third novel, The Karmic Connection, scheduled for release in 2013.
Thanks so much for being on the blog today Libby, I am a firm believer of the man with big brains!! I always tell my girls forget about the bad-boys...find yourself a smart one, those guys are rich and wind up being the bad-boys bosses.
And because Libby is all kinds of awesome, she is treating one lucky commenter to a special treat straight from a theme in her book Unmasking Maya, and what is the best treat ever? You guessed it...Chocolate!!
Defamed, Disgraced and Displaced...
Fresh from a career-killing scandal, New York fashion girl, Maya Kirkwood, arrives in San Francisco to reinvent herself as a fine artist. She's offered the opportunity to create an installation at the Silicon Valley headquarters of a hot new tech company. Fabulous, right?
Not so much.
She can't stand Derek Whitley - wunderkind software genius and CEO of the company. Hot as he may be on the outside, inside the man is a cold, unemotional, robotic type. Way too left-brained for her right-brained self. As Maya and Derek get to know each other, however, their facades begin to crack. She catches her first glimpse of the man behind the superhuman tech prodigy, and he starts to see her as the woman she used to be. But is this a good thing? Once that last secret is revealed, will it bring them closer together or will it tear them apart?
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