Spotlight & Giveaway: The Librarian Principle by Helena Hunting

Posted January 21st, 2015 by in Blog, Spotlight / 61 comments

Today it is my pleasure to Welcome romance author Helena Hunting to HJ!

Hi Helena and welcome to HJ! We’re so excited to chat with you about your new release, The Librarian Principle!


Please summarize the book for the readers here:

The Librarian PrincipleThe Librarian Principle a fun, steamy, forbidden romance with quirk characters and fun banter, balanced with hot sex and enough drama to keep you guessing.

Please share the opening lines of this book:

Annaliese Harper approached the threshold of the ornate library, a live wire of anxiety and anticipation. In mental preparation, she’d donned her mask of fake composure and steeled herself against the inevitable onslaught of awkward introductions. Still, nervous tension twisted her gut as she checked out the staff of Fullerton Academy of Higher Learning from the safety of the hall.


Please share a few Random facts about this book…

I wrote The Librarian Principle as a short erotic piece for Nina Bocci, my longtime friend and publicist, for her birthday several years ago. I couldn’t leave it alone, though, and eventually I expanded it into a full length novel.

Please tell us a little about the characters in your book. As you wrote your protagonist was there anything about them that surprised you?

Ryder Whitehall is driven, intense and charismatic; all excellent traits in a principal. However, his self-control has limitations, and those become glaringly obvious when he’s faced with his attraction the new school librarian, Annaliese (Liese) Harper. He’s a fun character to write, because although he’s older than Liese by a decade, he’s no better at managing their attraction or their secret relationship than she is. Liese is just as driven as Ryder, but she’s new to her position and she’s only in her upper mid-twenties. She struggles with the fear that she’ll be judged by her colleagues for sleeping with her superior. It’s a legitimate concern, but her attraction to Ryder is more powerful than her fear.

What I like most about Liese is that she eventually becomes the voice of reason. She’s the one to put the brakes on when the stakes get too high.

What, in your mind, distinguishes this book from other books out there in the same genre?

There are lots stories with smooth alpha male characters, and I definitely enjoy those. While Ryder Whitehall is definitely an alpha male, with a commanding presence at work and in the bedroom, he’s definitely not smooth when it comes to the workings of a romantic relationship. On the surface, he comes across as someone whose got it all together, but he’s just as fallible as the rest of us and I think that makes him sexier.

Do you think there’s a common trait or a je ne sais quoi that your heroes must have?

I really appreciate a man who isn’t afraid to take control; in the bedroom, in his job, his life. But those kind of alpha traits always need to tempered with a softer, vulnerable side. I prefer my alpha to be like a toasted marshmallow; hard on the outside and melty in the middle.

Did any scene have you crying or laughing (or blushing) while writing it?

The hallway sex scene is probably my favorite. It’s so embarrassing, and one of those things that could definitely happen in real life. I’m sure most of us have accidentally caught someone in an intimate moment. If we’re unlucky, it’s our parents we catch or vice versa, the latter being the more mortifying of the two, especially if you’re an adult.


“Please tell me those aren’t your parents.”

“Those aren’t my parents,” Liese responded automatically.

“Those are your parents.” He groaned.

“Yes, they are. I thought they weren’t going to be here until tomorrow.”

“Sweet Christ. Your mother just saw my ass.” Ryder grabbed his discarded boxers from

the floor and yanked them on.

“Don’t worry, you have a great ass.”

Ryder glared at her. “I don’t see how this is funny. What the hell kind of impression am I

going to make now? We were having sex in your front hallway,” he said as he hastily buttoned

his shirt. “I broke your damn table.”

Liese looked at the decimated furniture. The calmer she remained, the less likely she

would be to succumb to hysteria. “They’ll get over it, and you promised to buy me a new one, so

it’s not really an issue, now, is it?”

“My mother’s a sex therapist,” Liese reminded him. “Wall sex is nothing compared to

some of the whack-jobs she deals with.” She pulled her blouse on and shimmied her way back

into her ruined skirt. “At least they didn’t come in when you were spanking me with your belt.”

Ryder blinked at her.

“What? It’s true; it could’ve been worse.”


If your book was optioned for a movie, what scene would you use for the audition of the main characters?

I would be tempted to use the scene where Ryder finds Liese’s cache of photo shopped porn. It’s such a tense moment between them, and the tipping point in their relationship. This is where they stop being just colleagues and start becoming romantically involved. There’s a lot of heat between these characters and that chemistry is something you can’t fake.


“Please tell me that’s not you.” A note of aggression lent a sharp and bitter tang to the

words. His fingers flexed against the desk, the tips turning white with pressure.

“It’s not my body,” Liese whispered, shaking her head.

“You’re quite sure about that?”

“It’s photoshopped.”

“Is that so?” He quirked an eyebrow, relief relaxed the tense line of his jaw. He

inspected the scene again, apparently no longer fazed by the naked, gyrating bodies now that he

knew she hadn’t made a porno and pasted his head on her previous partner. Ryder minimized

the picture, allowing a series of folders to pop up on the screen.

“Do you have any idea how fortunate you are?” he asked as he moved the cursor over

the page. “I don’t think you understand the gravity of this situation. If anyone other than me had

seen this, you would have been terminated immediately, regardless of how well you do your


“I’m really so—” Liese stopped mid-apology, her eyes drawn to the moving cursor.

“Don’t open that!” she screeched, lunging forward to cover the flood of thumbnails. He caught

her hand mid-air, and her collection of Ryder-inspired porn became a glaring beacon on the


If you could have given your characters one piece of advice before the opening pages of the book, what would it be and why?

Keep your pants on while you’re at work.

What are you currently working on? What other releases so you have planned for 2015?

I’m working on a couple of projects. I have a follow up novella for The Librarian Principle, although the story itself is standalone. I’m also working on another standalone novel called Pucked about a playboy hockey player which will be released in early May.

Thanks for blogging at HJ!


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“Hi there.”

Liese screamed, caught completely unaware. She turned to find Ryder standing in her

office doorway, leaning against the jamb, his coat thrown over his arm, briefcase in hand. His

suit jacket was unbuttoned, giving him a more relaxed look than usual. And sexier. If that was


“Sorry, I didn’t mean to frighten you,” he said. “You seemed rather invested in whatever

you were reading just now.”

Liese hit the button on her phone, and the screen went blank. “It was my girlfriend,” she


Ryder stared at her, unblinking.

At his lack of reaction, she elaborated. “My best friend—she’s expecting me later this

evening. She was just checking in.”

“Oh.” He sounded relieved. “Am I keeping you? We can reschedule for next week if you

need to go.”

“No, no, it’s fine. I’m happy to meet with you, unless you have another engagement.”

Liese slid her phone back into her purse, turning off the volume as she did so.

“I have no prior engagements.”

Their eyes locked on each other for a few interminable seconds before Liese realized they

were on her territory, and she should invite him in. “Would you like to work in my office or out

there?” Liese gestured to the empty library beyond.

He glanced over his shoulder and then surveyed their current surroundings. “I think your

office would be more private.”

“Sure. Right.” Liese nodded, clutching the back of her chair.

“Unless you’d be more comfortable working out there,” he supplied, watching her from

his spot in the doorway.

“What? Oh, no. Not at all. I’m perfectly comfortable with you in me.”

His shock formed a counterpoint to her horror.

“In my office! I’m perfectly comfortable working with you in my office.”


Book Info:

Annaliese Harper knows that one tiny mistake can jeopardize a career before it’s even begun. Letting your boss find the extensive collection of porn on your personal laptop is one way. Sleeping with him is another. Liese manages to do both.

As the new librarian at a prestigious small-town private high school, Liese is drawn to her sexy, charismatic principal, Ryder Whitehall-an attraction she refuses to acknowledge given their relationship, and her recent liberation from a delusional ex-boyfriend.

Liese is certain Ryder’s flirtation is the product of her sex-deprived imagination-until he discovers her digital porn stash during working hours and demands a private meeting. Behind closed doors, their attraction explodes into a dangerous, passionate affair that not only threatens their jobs and reputations, but most of all, their hearts.
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Meet the Author:

Helena Hunting lives on the outskirts of Toronto with her incredibly tolerant family and two moderately intolerant cats. She’s putting her English degree to good use by writing popular fiction. She is the author of Clipped Wings, her debut novel, and Inked Armor.
Connect with Helena:
Twitter: @helenahunting



61 Responses to “Spotlight & Giveaway: The Librarian Principle by Helena Hunting”

  1. Irma Jurejevčič

    From yesterday on I’m in love with Tillie’s Raze! He is strong, everyone fiers him but yes he’s so protective to his loved ones.

  2. doveknoll

    There are so many alpha males I like. I don’t think I can just pick one. I just love a man who can take charge, protect you, take care of your needs (both emotional and sexual

  3. Trudy Dowling

    I enjoy an alpha male that isn’t afraid to show his compassionate side. He has to be supportive and understanding no matter what clothing he wears.

  4. angela smith

    since i have a really bad memory after i’m done with a book i really dont remember the characters so i dont have a favorite alpha male.but i like the alpha males to not be jerks and to show their softer side

  5. Kate Sparks

    Well, it’s usually my last book’s guy… I admit I’m fickle… but this sure kept me laughing as I was reading it! Thanks!

  6. AmandaS

    I’m a big fan of Tessa Bailey’s alpha males, especially Derek. I love when the strong alpha attitude is balanced with the affection he has for his woman. I’m looking forward to reading The Librarian Principle!

  7. Suzanne

    Books today are full of alpha males IN FICTION! Christian Grey has got to be the hottest today because of all the media coverage with the upcoming movie. I recently read Shana Galen’s ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS BLUE and Blue was a different alpha for me that I really liked.

  8. Maria Malaveci

    That is so hard to answer because I have so many favorites! But if I had to choose just one Caleb from Captive in the Dark Series by C.J Roberts has always always stuck with me. Loved him.

  9. Lori Meehan

    Talen Kayrs from Rebecca Zanetti’s Dark Protectors. I just love the wai alpha makes make me feel when reading.

  10. kimmy903

    I like alpha males that are strong and protective but also sweet, loving and attentive! Shannon McKenna writes some excellent Alpha males!!

  11. holly swan

    I love Christian Grey and Jesse Ward. I love the protectiveness they show and the confidence!

  12. Pennie M

    This answer changes depending on the book I’m reading and what kind of mood I’m in. There are so many great alphas, bring them on!

  13. Lenore

    It depends on my mood, but right now my favorite alpha male(s) are Musketeers in the BBC series. Oh my gosh. Inside a book, I always return to Mr. Darcy – dark and brooding.

  14. Gail S

    Alpha males, there’s so many to choose from! I too like the ‘toasted marshmallow’ alpha. 😉 One of my favorite alpha males has to be Soren, in Tiffany Reisz’s, Original Sinners series. I also love the alpha males that Melissa Schroeder writes in her Harmless series.

  15. Jennifer

    Besides Ryder? (I totally agree with the “toasted marshmallow” analogy) 😉
    I would have to say Master Z from Club Shadowlands as well. His strength, his attentiveness, his maturity, his kindness, his control… All of it!!!

  16. BookLady

    So many great alpha males! One of my favorites is Acheron from Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark Hunter series.

  17. Christina Riggs

    I’m in love with Christina Gray & Mateo Casallas right now! But I have to admit that my opinion changes with the wind, depending on what I’m reading! So I’ll put in a disclaimer * subject to change!!

  18. Inga

    It’s hard to pick one so I’ll just say some of my favorites are the ones that Lorelei James writes.

  19. bluedragon30

    I’ll have to 2nd Leanna’s Foster & Shalvis alphas, but I’m also a big fan of Shannon Butcher’s Sentinels…Yum.

  20. Gretchen

    I think I have to go with Christian Grey (even though there are so many I love). His alpha is sexy but loving and so very sweet. I like the power he exudes!

  21. Virginia Hill

    A fictional alpha male must possess a vocabulary before I could consider him a favorite. Having just read The Librarian Principle I don’t think I could accept anyone less, um, masterful than Ryder Westhall. He and Liese’s banter was the epitome of “smexy!”

  22. Krysten M

    Any and all of Kristen Ashley’s main characters!! Most of all Tack from Motorcycle Man 😀

  23. Maria Theresa Santos

    Ethann Blackstone from Naked by Raine Miller.. I love how he love his partner ..

  24. Kim

    Mark Compton from the Inside Out series by Lisa Renee Jones. I love reading his POV and how he changes over the course of the series.

  25. heatherzilla

    I recently read Harper Sloan’s Corps Security series. I loved them all but I will go with Axel as my favorite, since he was first. I can not wait to read the spin-off series and see Cohen as an adult.

  26. Erika

    I can’t just pick one! I have to be in the mood for an alpha male I think 🙂 Love all that I’ve read though!

  27. Teja K.

    I’m repeating myself, but Zsadist. I just love him, he’s a combination of sweet and dangerous.

  28. Betul E.

    Twitch from Raw by Belle Aurora and Remy from Real by Katy Evans. Remy is a fighter and is just super alpha! Twitch is just a whole other story (check that book out)

  29. Kristen K.

    Travis Maddox from Beautiful Disaster…It’s something about the bad boys when they let themselves be vulnerable only for the right girl….

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