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Thursday, January 16, 2014

Winter Wonder Man Blog Hop!

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It's blog hop time! (And don't you just love the title of this one? I do!) We've had some crazy cold temperatures here in the northeast and though it's been milder this week, we're allegedly due for some more snow this weekend. I hope you've all been finding ways to stay warm!

Let's snuggle up to some heroes on this blog hop. The other authors and I are waxing poetic about what makes them so wonderful. It's a rather subjective topic, of course, and I'm sure we can all go on for pages and days. Me, I like there to be something that sets my hero apart from the other people around him. There's got to be something special, something unique, something that captivates his love interest and doesn't let him/her go.

That special something doesn't necessarily have to be a grand heroic act or an impressive feat of strength. I sometimes refer to Stephen MacClare, one of the protagonists of The Edge of the Sphere as my "quiet hero". He may not be physically imposing and he's not going to sweep the heroine off her feet and carry her fifteen miles in the snow uphill both ways, but he's got his strengths and talents nonetheless. Let's take a look at one of them.

Stephen knew he was starting to ramble nervously, and he didn’t want to bore his companion. “I thought moving out of the city would help me find the inspiration I needed. It didn’t.” The familiar flush of color rose to his cheeks, and he continued on regardless, knowing he had nothing to lose. “Until now. I…uh…I’ve been painting you,” he confessed.

She sat up straight and stared at him with an unreadable expression in her eyes. He shrunk away beneath the intensity of her gaze and looked down. “I’m sorry. That’s kind of weird, I know.”

She shook her head vigorously, and tilted his face back to meet hers with a finger on his chin. He thought he saw the beginnings of another smile appear at the corners of her mouth, yet he didn’t have much time to observe it before she leaned closer to him. Her lips brushed against his, and she slid her hand down to his chest, letting it rest right above his pounding heart. His mouth opened and her tongue slipped inside, playfully entangling with his own.

I don't know about you, but if a handsome artist confessed that I was his muse, I'd get some warm tingly feelings. If you'd like to read more, enter the rafflecopter for the chance to win The Edge of the Sphere in e-book form! Don't forget to leave a comment on the post as well (here and at all the other stops!) so you can be eligible for the hop's grand prize, an Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card! 
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  1. for me it's all about someone who is real and has a a sense of humor

  2. Oh, I'd definitely love to be someone's muse!!! I do really like a quiet hero too. One who, you know when they say something, it's important. Great post :)


  3. I like bravery, honesty, humility (meaning, I strongly dislike vanity), strength, faithfulness, sense of humor, intelligence, strong sex drive, passion, kindness, and he must love animals. Of course, he must have the physical ability to catch my attention - those traits I've mentioned would probably go quite a long ways, but throw in some nice muscles, make him tall, dark, and handsome and a great kisser, and I'm lost.

  4. Sometimes the quiet hero is the the one that gets under our skin. "Fifteen miles uphill both ways"- funny.

  5. I love the hero with a tortured past, combined with fierce protectiveness for their family and friends and a dash of sarcasm.


  6. Nothing wrong with a quiet hero! I love them. ^_^ Stephen is cute.

    You know, I often wonder how one can go uphill both ways. It sounds terrible.

  7. A protective hero that has a sense of humor

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  8. Someone who is a protector, strong, smart, funny and kind.

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  9. My perfect hero is tall, muscular,confident,loyal, Alpha,bad-ass, intelligent, protective, vulnerable and majorly damaged -- but ultimately redeemable!

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  10. I like a passionate & take charge hero.
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  11. An alpha hero is someone who is tough but caring towards others. He has a sense of humor and is tough, not liking others to see his caring.

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  12. My fictional hero is strong, sexy, and confident with a great smile and sense of humor.

  13. alpha and smart

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  14. a take charge man gets me going

  15. My favorite is an alpha hero. One thats strong, caring, protective. I love a sense of humor! And a six pack and guns doesnt hurt anything. lol Thank you!

  16. I love a caring, protective hero, one who can go all alpha male, yet doesn’t feel threatened and even encourages their loved one taking the lead and taking charge. A sense of humor is also important. It doesn’t matter if it’s just goofiness, dry humor, wit, etc, just some type of sense of humor. He has to be able to deal with feelings, not all, oh I’m a guy, we don’t do those things, over-macho crap. I want a guy who’s secure in his massculinity (you know, not afraid to wear pink or scared people will think he’s “gay” or “a girl” for actually doing/enjoying things like going to the theatre or dressing fashionably). Loyalty and fidelity are extremely important as well as being able to cook. A guy who can cook is super sexy. And romantic at heart as well.


  17. They have to be strong , manly and built . Like Jamie Frazer in the Outlander series.

  18. Great sex would be a start!! lol. And then making me breakfast and coffee in the morning:) A man who cherishes and respects a woman is very important. Someone who is strong, silent and can get things done.
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  19. My hero is strong and protecting. I love a man who knows me so well that its almost like he could be psychic at times. ghwasd at gmail dot com