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Friday, October 19, 2012

The Alpha Male Blog Hop!


"What makes an alpha male?" That's like asking "What do women really want?" It's highly subjective, and I don't know if we'll ever agree on a solid definition.

Some traits immediately come to mind. Dominant. Confident. Strong. But even those can take us into a gray area. Are we referring to just physical strength, or other powers and talents? Do we want someone who can lift cars over his head, or will we be equally satisfied with someone who could, say, inspire crowds of people, or simply help us talk through the issues that plague us?

When I was writing Searching the Skies, I wanted to write two different men, each appealing in his own right. At first glance, Ash is probably more the "traditional" alpha male - military man, proficient with weapons, muscles that go on for days, assertive in the bedroom. While Marcus may not be as outwardly domineering, he still has a lot going on for him - wealthy, intelligent, charismatic, and doesn't tolerate any bullshit. Is one more "alpha" than the other? Mileage may vary. Geneva, our heroine, is faced with a difficult decision.
To commemorate this celebration of alpha males, I'll let you decide which type you prefer. Firstly, for the blog hop, there are THREE grand prizes! Don't forget to leave a comment here with your email address so you can enter as many times as you possibly can! The prizes are:

1st Grand Prize: A Kindle Fire or Nook Tablet
2nd Grand Prize: A $130 Amazon or B&N Gift Card
3rd Grand Prize: The following Swag Pack! (US only)


Next, you can also enter to win an e-copy of Searching the Skies, along with $10 to spend at All Romance eBooks in pursuit of your favorite alpha male! Don't forget to check out the other stops on the blog hop!a Rafflecopter giveaway

44 comments:

  1. My favorite alpha male are actually a family of alpha males...The Mackenzies by Linda Howard top the list, then there's the Doms from Cherise Sinclair's Shadowlands series.

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      qwilliarain@gmail.com

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  2. I'll give my manly opinion.

    I think Liam Neeson is a great example of alpha male. He's charismatic, imposing, looks good, as a majestic voice... He's the man... =)

    Btw, still love your work my dear. Keep it up.

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  3. How in the world can I pick just one? There are so many, and they all have something going for them. I'd have to say the Breeds series from Lora Leigh definitely has excellent ones, and J.R. Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood is full of them, but that's just brushing the surface. I loved Searching the Skies, btw.

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  4. Right now my favorite is probably Damian from Kallypso Masters' Nobody's Perfect.

    kesummer69(at)gmail(dot)com

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  5. Thank you for the opportunity at the giveaway.

    sandy@thereadingcafe.com

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    1. My favorite alpha male is Jerricho Barrons....*smile*

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  6. I like Bones from the Night Huntress series.
    cambonified{at}yahoo{dot}com

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  7. Is there a Rafflecopter that's supposed to show up? I'm getting a "502 Bad Gateway" prompt instead. Anyway, my favorite alphas are Lucky from Eden Winters' DIVERSION and Jason from Lynn Lorenz's THE BEST VACATION THAT NEVER WAS.

    vitajex(at)aol(Dot)com

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  8. Read Nobody's Perfect by Kallypso Masters, thought Damian Orlando was a great alpha.
    skpetal at hotmail dot com

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  9. I love Alphas, because I need someone as confident and dominant as me to be an equal in our relationship - I hate the feeling as if partner is less powerful than me and cannot make it without me.

    My favourite Alpha male is Gabriel from Annette Curtis Klause's Blood and Chocolate, because he's strong, confident and willing to fight for what he wants.

    Thanks for doing this!

    Rachel (oceanrebel333 [at] gmail [dot] com)

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  10. I like an Alpha because I need a guy to be a bit stronger then me. :) One I like is Roark

    Thanks for the hoppin fun !

    ~Kym
    flwrs4ever(at)yahoo(dot)

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  11. I don't think one is better than the other - both are appealing in their own way in terms of general characteristics. The fun part is when we, as readers, get to chose based on the individual characters that the author creates.

    Thanks for participating in the hop!

    dmr8888 at yahoo dot com

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  12. Hawk in Josie Litton's Come Back to Me. I love a ton of others but that popped in my head first. I love alphas they are just plain sizzling hot! xstitchdiva at att dot net

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  13. My favorite alpha male is Samuel from Patricia Briggs's books. I love that he has a compassionate side and loves taking care of people and animals. He is strong, loyal, loving...He also has a past that I am longing to get resolved.
    phaedracamille@gmail.com

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  14. Best Alpha male James Bond.
    r.d1@myfairpoint.net

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  15. You know, I just read Hawk from Josie Litton's Come Back to Me from an above response. How on earth could I have forgotten that dude. I'm still stuck on JR Ward's Wrath. Thanks for the giveaway. :)

    imsocool(at)gmail(dot)com

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  16. Why I love Alpha Males is no real surprise! The perfect Alpha Male for me could be a Vampire, a Scottish Laird, an English Rogue/Gentleman, a Werewolf or Shape-shifter, or a Knight. He’s the rogue who thinks he can’t be reformed into a gentleman. He’s the rough and scarred Scottish laird that has a heart of gold. He’s the werewolf or shape-shifter that needs to heal an aching heart because it took him years to find his true mate. He’s the vampire who has waited decades for that special someone’s blood to sing to him and wake him up. And he’s the knight who can defeat the enemy with a quick swing of his sword, but can’t see the love in front of his face. My Alpha Male has eyes that can see into your soul and are as blue as the sea, or as black as a storm. He’s tall and brooding. His heart can enfold you into its grasp and make you fall in love when he gives it to you freely and completely. He is protective and passionate. In the end he is the one that makes your heart jump and butterflies fly in your stomach, and still kiss you until your legs melt!

    Angelheart618@gmail.com

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  17. My favorite alpha male is Roarke from JD Robb's In Death series.
    sqwalker2@gmail.com

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  18. Thank you for the wonderful post and the giveaway! Alpha Males are my absolute favorites! They're strong, confident, protective, sometimes a bit bossy, and of course sexy!

    verusbognar (at) gmail (dot) com

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  19. Liking Master Adam from the Master at Arms series.

    rfg dot wwe at gmail dot com

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  20. My favorite at the moment is Rourke from the In Death series.

    Jyl22075 at gmail.com

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  21. Hi Thea,

    Doing the Alpha Male blog hop! I‘m excited to be a part of this hop! A perfect opportunity to meet new authors! It’s always fun trying to visit as many sites as possible!

    I love alpha heroes who are take charge men! I'm not talking about obnoxious bullies! They are loyal, loving, caring and protective. They have sexy looks, brains, money and a commanding presence that draws people. When they find their mates and fall in love they will move heaven and earth to stake their claim. This is exciting to watch even when they are not sure why they have to have or be with this particular person. An awesome love dance! It’s definitely addicting to read.

    Thea, I wish I could whittle it down to one...not possible....sigh! I luv so many.

    Thanks for the opportunity to meet you, explore your site and win some great prizes.

    Belinda G

    belgre@comcast.net

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  22. I love a military man, not do into corporate types
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  23. Broderick from Ransom by Julie Garwood.
    magic5905 at embarqmail dot com

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  24. One of my favorite alpha males is Rhett Butler. I remember having a huge crush on him as a teen. He just had that commanding, devil may care attitude
    Mel
    bournmelissa at hotmail dot com

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  25. I think in real life I would prefer a man more like Marcus. I am very strong willed and alphas and I have a fire relationship that is just too much to handle!
    Thanks so much for being a part of the blog hop. It is my first and I am enjoying it so much!
    Best wishes,
    Marlena
    charmedpoms(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  26. Barrons from the Fever series

    Great hop!

    Thanks for the chance!

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

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  27. My favorite Alpha Male is Xavier (from my Existence series). I am also quite partial to Dr. Gregory House (of the tv show House M.D.), Sheriff Carter (of the tv show Eureka), and Chief (from "The Laughing Man" in JD Salinger's Nine Stories).
    j.lennidorner AT facebook DOT com

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  28. I pick Marcus :)
    Some of my favorite would have to be Dare, Trace, Jackson, & Spencer from Lori Foster's Men Who Walk The Edge of Honor series & Ash, Sin, Dev, & Fang from Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dark-Hunter series & also the men from Kresley Cole's Immortals After Dark series & Kresley Cole's Black Dagger Brotherhood men :)
    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!
    cassandrahicks1989@yahoo.com

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  29. Hi! My favorite Alpha Male at the moment is Sam Kage from Mary Calmes " A Matter of Time" series. But I'm always looking for new ones. Great topic for a Blog Hop.

    Chris
    ceagles48218@yahoo.com

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  30. Alpha males are the best….strong, independent, fiercely protective, but on the inside they are nothing but a big ol’ teddy bear! I love the way their mouths talk filthy, but their eyes portray their sensitive sweet. They can be rough and tough in the bedroom, but still have the gentle caress of an attentive and protective lover. It's all in the heart.....alpha males are the best!

    Jack Gordon from Liz Crowe's REALTOR series rocks!

    Thanks for participating in the hop!

    molly at reviewsbymolly dot com

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  31. My favorite Alpha male is Curran from the Kate Daniels series. I like my alphas on the crazy side...LOL

    koonie2888 at yahoo dot com

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  32. I love Alpha males who are strong and protecitve!
    What a great blog hop Alpha males are my favorite!
    One of my favorite Alpha males is Decebal from The Grey Wolves Series by Quinn Loftis!
    Thank you for the great giveaway!
    Latisha D
    tishajean@ charter.net

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  33. love alphas who are fiercely protective and confident.
    mygirls01@yahoo.com

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  34. My favourite Alpha is Adam from Patricia Briggs' Mercedes Thompson novels. Thanks for being in the hop!

    jochibi AT yahoo DOT com

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  35. I love my Alpha Males. They keep me coming back for more.
    I Love that they are strong, loyal, confident, and how protective they are of their woman even when they KNOW she can kick some major ass.
    My favorite “Alpha Male” is Smitty from Shelly Laurenston’s The Beast In Him”. He is a real laid back kind of alpha male until you threaten someone he cares about. Then all bets are off and that BEAST comes out to kick ass.
    Thanks for being part of the hop and for the chance to win. <^_^>
    reneebennett35(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  36. Kaname from Vampire Knight (it's a manga~)

    MostlyMisha[at]gmail[dot]com

    Thank you for the chance to win :)

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  37. My favorite alpha male is Eric Northman from the Southern Vampire novels. He is just so damn yummy. Plus he is a vampire! Thanks for the giveaway.
    kaylyndavis1986@yahoo.com

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  38. I have so many favorites!! One of my favorite alphas is Justice from Justice by Laurann Dohner. I love this book. And the man... hehe I love alpha heros. So hot! :) Thank you for the awesome hop and giveaway! This is so much fun!
    shadowluvs2read(at)gmail(dot)com

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  39. I love alpha males who are strong, sexy, and protective of those they love. Bones from the Night Huntress is one of my favorites.

    Thanks for the giveaway!
    snhoveln (at) gmail (dot) com

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  40. Challen from Johanna Lindsey's Warrior Woman is one of my all time favorite alphas!
    thanks for being part of this blog hop and for your giveaway
    cms72023 at gmail dot com

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  41. Thanks for being a part of the blog hop. i love how powerful, fierce and passionate alpha males can be. My fav Alpha male is passed out next to me after a nice date of yogurtland.
    i totally want to read your books
    raynekitten@gmail.com

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  42. Acheron is my favorite alpha male.
    marlenebreakfield(at)yahoo(dot)com

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