What makes a great hero and heroine?
There needs to be a certain nobility about them. They have to have strength of character that will win out over their flaws. They should appear realistic so readers can identify with them, but need to be a little bit larger than life. They should represent our best and worst motives.
For me, a great hero or heroine has a sense of purpose, a mission or goal that isn’t self-serving. The motivation for this mission might be private or misunderstood by other characters. For example: In the first three Barbarian Claims stories (Warlord’s Bounty, Warlord Unarmed, Warlord Reunited), Tolui is the baddie. He has a mission that the other Warlords feel is self-serving, selfish. When we read his own story (Warlord Reunited), we find out that he’s not concerned about his own interests are all. He is making a sacrifice for the people he loves.
Of course, it helps if the hero is sexy also. (grins)
A great hero is someone who is strong, not just physically but in mind, body and soul. He’s determined and loyal. He knows what he wants and isn’t afraid to get it. He doesn’t have to be particularly handsome. I like a man with some flaws. A great heroine is quick witted and always a step ahead of everyone else. I like my women to be strong and independent. I think both Rasha and Jess of Dangerously Hers fit these characteristics well. Neither is perfect, but you want to root for them all the same.
I think great heroes and heroines have to be real. They need to be relatable and flawed. They need to give us (readers) a reason to cheer them on toward their happily ever after.
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I’m just your everyday dirty-book-writing mama. I live in Texas with my Viking throwback husband and a mischievous preschooler. You can find me online at www.lolitalopez.com and on Facebook (goo.gl/UsNFM). My newsletter (eepurl.com/mlTcX) provides updates on new releases, free reads and other cool stuff.
I also write scorching hot romances with a dash of suspense and plenty of sexy tattooed bad boys as Roxie Rivera(www.roxierivera.com) including the bestselling Her Russian Protector series and the Fighting Connollys trilogy.
Grabbed, Book Three
To escape her father’s debt to a loan shark, Dizzy seeks refuge in the upcoming Grab. She’d rather belong to one of those terrifying sky warriors from the battleship Valiant than to the sleazy criminal who wants her as his plaything.
The years of constant war haven’t been kind to highly decorated sniper Venom. Only the promise of earning a wife kept him going through deadly battles. Catching and collaring Dizzy fills him with incredible hope. Finally he has a woman of his own, a mate to love—and bind and adorn with his ropes.
After a brazen Splinter attack, the Shadow Force uncovers secrets about Dizzy’s late mother that entangle her in a web of deceit. To save Venom, her father and an operative named Terror, Dizzy digs deep and risks it all.
Venom refuses to stand idly by while Dizzy’s haunted past threatens the future they’re trying to build. He finally has a reason for living—and he’s not giving her up.
Ellora’s Cave: http://www.ellorascave.com/saved-by-venom.html
Cynthia Sax lives in a world where demons aren’t all bad, angels aren’t all good, and magic happens every single day. Although her heroes may not always say, “I love you”, they will do anything for the women they love. They live passionately. They fight fiercely. They love the same women forever.
Cynthia has loved the same wonderful man forever. Her supportive hubby offers himself up to the joys and pains of research, while they travel the world together, meeting fascinating people and finding inspiration in exotic places such as Istanbul, Bali, and Chicago.
Tolui, a clone of a powerful Warlord, is a male without a homeland or a future. Doomed to never mate, he ruthlessly wages war, seeking to give his clone brothers a planet system to call their own, a place where they can live without persecution.
When Tolui crashes on a deserted planet and meets a small human female, he discovers everything he knows about clones is a lie. Lea, his destined mate, frees the passion he’s suppressed over his lifetime. He wants her. He needs her. He’ll do anything to bond with her.
But he won’t share her. Tolui’s greatest battle will be the fight for Lea’s heart. To win her love, he’ll face hundreds of his clone brothers, men who look exactly like him.
Read an excerpt: http://tasteofcyn.com/2013/11/17/warlord-reunited/
Ellora’s Cave: http://www.ellorascave.com/warlord-s-mercy.html
A. M. Griffin is a wife who rarely cooks, mother of three, dog owner (and sometimes dog owned), a daughter, sister, aunt and friend. She’s a hard worker whose two favorite outlets are reading and writing. She enjoys reading everything from mystery novels to historical romances and of course fantasy romance. She is a believer in the unbelievable, open to all possibilities from mermaids in our oceans and seas, angels in the skies and intelligent life forms in distant galaxies.
For more information please visit www.amgriffinbooks.com
Loving Dangerously, Book Three
Jess hates aliens. After the invasion that destroyed Earth, the extraterrestrial bastards sold her to a brothel as a sex slave. She may have escaped but the old memories and fears still linger in the dark corners of her mind. Supposedly Sonis is just the place for her—somewhere safe, where she can heal and start fresh. She’s almost hopeful…until she meets Rasha, her new boss.
Rasha, captain of the Sonis Royal Guard, is a warrior through and through. He’s huge, sinfully sexy and could have any woman on Sonis—but the woman he wants is Jess. He’s very much an alien and Jess knows she should hate him or at least be wary, but whenever he’s around, she loses control. She tells herself it’s only sex—amazing, mind-blowing sex like nothing else she’s ever experienced—but there’s something about Rasha that shakes her soul. The feel of his skin against hers, the look in his eyes as he touches her—they make her want to believe it’s possible to find love and begin again.
Cara Bristol has written everything from mainstream long and short fiction to nonfiction magazine and newspaper articles. She sold her first erotic romance in 2009. Now multi-published, she has ten erotic romances and two anthologies to her name. The author of the popular Rod and Cane Society domestic discipline series, Cara writes spanking fiction most often, but her published works also include contemporary and paranormal erotic romances. When she’s not writing, she enjoys reading, traveling, and watching reality TV shows. Breeder is her first science fiction novel and the start of a series. She lives in the Midwest United States with her husband
To secure his legacy, Commander Dak, a ruling Alpha of planet Parseon, purchases Omra, a breeder slave. He intends to impregnate her, produce a son, and hand her off to his anointed beta partner. As Dak and Omra discover a sexual bliss banned by law, he begins to question the traditions and ways of his people, causing him to jeopardize his command and endanger the life of the woman he has come to love.
Breeder contains M/F and M/M sexual practices and domestic discipline.
Read an excerpt: http://carabristol.com/my-books-2/breeder-science-fiction-romance/