It's my second blog hop, and the first of Carrie Ann's in which I am taking part. Totally stoked and absolutely excited to be joining the 128 other authors who signed up for this hop... and also to meet all the readers and visitors who will be doing the rounds. Welcome to my place, peeps!
So, what's the hope about? Heroes. As simple as that. *are you sure?* Nope, not that simple, as you'll see when you browse all the posts that will be going up. Come read what everyone of us authors conjures up in her mind when we heard the magic word "hero".
129 authors = 129 chances to win the Grand Prizes!
1st Grand Prize: A Kindle Fire or Nook Tablet
2nd Grand Prize: A $50 Amazon or B&N Gift Card
3rd Grand Prize: A magnificent swag pack you can check on the official hop page
AND there will be giveaways at every stop on the tour! So that means, 129 chances for you to win more goodies!
Want to enter to win in my giveaway? Then, let's get rolling with the post!
Immediately when I think "hero", I imagine coming up with the perfect hero for each book. But is there a recipe for that?
Got me thinking – how do I go about creating the perfect hero in each of my books?
First of all – the hero 'works off' the heroine, and vice versa. I'm not a hard-core feminist; when I say "a woman doesn't need a man to be happy", I mean it. But I also say that, "a woman doesn't miss a man until he walks into her life", and that's when things change...
So based on these notions, I set out to imagine the perfect hero. And like a good dish (forgive me here – I am so not a cook and as far from domestic goddess Nigella Lawson as you can get!), you need some set ingredients:
And all things nice!
Simple, innit? Not so much. Let's elaborate.
Sugar – we all agree; the hero is the foil of the heroine. He is her "good times", her "rock", her "anchor", the one she runs to. Faced with a box of Godiva chocolates and a plate of lime slices, which one would you choose? The Godiva, of course! And that's sugar...
But too much sugar gives you a high and then makes you crash; it's also bad for your teeth! In the same way, a hero who's too nice/good/sweet/awesome is bad for you. Yes, we women are masochists, and we love nothing more than a roller coaster ride of emotion... which you won't get with someone, well, too nice...
So what you do then, is spice things up a bit!
Anyone know what a jaffa cake is? If not, I'll wait until you Google it! A jaffa cake is a slice of heaven brought to earth for us common mortals, to allow us to know what decadence and indulgence are all about. Imagine a crackly shell of smooth, dark chocolate; slightly bitter, hard under your teeth, a hint of sugar that nevertheless gives you a total rush... Then you get to a fine layer of orange-flavoured jelly; tangy, and this jolts your taste buds, makes you sit up and notice; another little rush of sugar, a brush of coolness on your tongue... And finally, you sink your teeth into the softest, moistest, crumbliest sponge cake layer ever; feeling it melt in your mouth, that elusive hint of cake, and another layer of vanilla-like sweetness...
To think that so far you've just taken a bite! Now, go on, and actually eat the jaffa cake... An explosion of tastes, of sweetness, of tart orange tang, of rich chocolatey smoothness...
What's a jaffa cake, you may ask? It's sugar, and spice, and all things nice... exactly what your hero should be! Layers, contrasts, that merge to form a whole that is decadent and indulgent, and oh so good for you!
That's a hero, people! There's a subtle hint in this makeup, like a jaffa cake's, that stops the whole deal from giving you sugar and sweetness on all levels. There's a dose of spice, of tang, of a contrasting taste, that ramps up the sugar rush and gives you an experiment from a different dimension. Your hero is human; give him some flaws, some 'humanness", that all men have (dirty towels on the bathroom floor, anyone? *grin*)
And as for the "all things nice", what would they be?
Well, as I like to say, your hero can be anything in any time – a rogue, a cad, a doctor next door, a quiet best friend, a dangerous cop, a con man, a geek, a nerd, a secret agent, a starship captain – but one thing he always, always, is: Noble!
What's noble to you? And what's noble in your heroine's eyes?
Another thing in this "all things nice" category – good manners! Let me list a few here, grabbed from Gentleman Etiquette posts on Esquire.com, to give you an idea:
- a gentleman always stands up when a woman is coming to the table or leaving it.
- a gentleman always pays for a date.
- a gentleman sits on the men bench when he takes his lady shopping, and uses the time to reply emails on his Blackberry, but never to talk on the phone in public places.
- a gentleman takes his mother out for dinner a few times a year.
So there you have my recipe for the perfect hero! I'm curious to know what ingredients go into making yours! Why don't you leave me a comment and tell me about it?
And let me introduce you to my heroes:
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MY GIVEAWAY: Leave me a comment, along with your email address, about what "ingredients" go into making your perfect hero, and let me know which one of my heroes wins your attention - you could win an ecopy of his book (in case I didn't spell that right *sorry, hormone-brain* I'm offering a random commentor a copy of the book of her choice from my releases, based on which hero is her favourite).
Thank you for hopping over here today, and don't forget to check the other 128 participants! Here's the link to view the whole list http://carrieannbloghops.blogspot.com/p/a-heros-hop.html
From Mauritius with love,
Zee, what an interesting post! And I could picture everything because I have all three books of yours and have always been in love with your heroes :).
As for me, my perfect hero also could have a hidden dark side. He's brooding and enigmatic. What can I say? I love angst. Lol. All the better so the heroine can save him... (grin).
Brooding, a bit mysterious, charismatic and follows his instincts.
great blog contest.
Lol, Nat! Glad you liked it. I wanted to do those men justice. :)
Hmm, all that angst: gotta love it. Not that much in real life, though *grin* XOXO
Sounds like the making of a darkly handsome & ravishing hero. :)
Thanks for dropping by. xoxo
Lol - thanks nina. xoxo
My "recipe" for a perfect hero would be dominance, tenderness, loving, and strong.
jlhmass at yahoo dot com
what a wonderful post! my FAVORITE type of hero is a flawed hero who is all male
Love the post...my ingredients...strength, character, tenderness and humor...I like Jaime!
I like a quietly intelligent, honorable hero who isn't afraid to be vulnerable (and has a sense of humor). Lars sounds like he'd be intriguing to read about.
My recipe: Humor, dominance, brave, and noble. I like Lars. Thank you for the giveaway.
my recipe mmmmmm
1 part reformed bad boy
1 part comedian
1 part amazing lover
dash of kink
season with love and devotion
I think Ash looks like my favorite of your heroes. Thanks Carin
he arrives with cadbury drinking chocolate and jaffa cakes, with a curly wurly to be left when he goes .. just someone who is thoughtful and caring - and makes me laugh
Awesome post! Some ingredients for my perfect hero are danger, dominance, intelligence, beauty, and a tad bit of humor.
I love a strong, confident man with a soft side. Thanks for participating in the hop! emily joy drake at gmail dot com
I like ones that are strong, protective and are a bit dangerous. Thanks for the chance to win!
natasha_donoho_8 at hotmail dot com
My hero has to be intelligent & quick witted. Throw in a little spice as well.
I wish I knew your heroes better to choose. I must remedy.
Jlhmass - lovely to see you here again, lady! And that recipe would make a good hero indeed :) xoxo
Laurie, I love such a hero too (actually married one, in fact... *grin*) xoxo
Yvette, I think you just came up with Jamie in your recipe :) xoxo
Vitajex, sounds like the perfect man. And yup, Lars is quite intriguing (I know, I'm biased, but... *grin*) xoxo
Kaylyn, Lars seems to be the hit for the moment. :) But yup, gotta have humor, too. xoxo
Wonderful recipe, Carin! I gotta try that (with your permission) in my next book. :) Now, Ash... *swoon* xoxo
iamindeed, I wouldn't say no to jaffa cakes, ever, so if he brings them, he'd score a winner :) xoxo
Molly, seems like everyone loves a dangerous hero... Hmm, food for thought... :) xoxo
Emily, that soft side would totally win us over, innit? :) xoxo
Natasha, gotta love a dangerous hero, indeed! :) xoxo
Lol, Marybelle - please remedy soon, I'd love to know which one wins your favour! Quick-witted + spice? Deadly combination... :) xoxo
My hero needs to have a strength of character & sense of honor. He should also be smart & have a sense of humor.
Lisa, I figure we all could fall for such a man :) xoxo
I think I love Lars. My ingredients would be humor, power, sexy, possessive (Not stockerish though). Thx for giveaway.
Woohoo! I love blog hopping!
My perfect hero has to be tall, dark, and handsome, have a six or eight pack, be faithful, loyal, and love his woman/family beyond reason.
Thanks for being part of the hop and for the chance to win.
My recipe: intelligent, has a bit of a naughty side, & protective.
Ash got my attention. And thank you for introducing me to jaffa cake.
bituin76 AT hotmail DOT com
Ash in Before the Morning sounds intriguing.
My one main ingredient would have to be honesty. No hero can be a back stabbing liar.
For me it has to be 99.9% bad boy and .1% gentlemanly!
Hmmm my perfect hero would have to be an alpha, with the aura of a perfect gentleman with a mysterious and naughty side. Mix in some possessiveness, honor, faithfulness, a dash of gentleness and top with a man that knows what he wants and isn't afraid to go after it.
My perfect hero would be an alpha, caring, protective, respectful, intelligent, kinky ;) but not perfect. Perfection would be boring and hard to live with, it would make me insecure.
manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com
Another hit for Lars - hmm, that man seems popular! :)
Possessive but not stockerish... yup, that would work. xoxo
Renee/Nay Nay, what a delectable man you paint here (six or eight pack... yummy!). And yes, love his woman & family beyond reason; what could be sweeter than that? :) xoxo
JanD, you didn't know about the jaffa cake? Oh my gosh! I have the recipe up somewhere on the blog, let me look for the link...
Hope you can enjoy some! And yay, another hit for Ash! :) xoxo
I think you hit the nail on the head - nothing is possible without honesty.
And another win for Ash - woot! :) xoxo
Aaah, that would be a man after my own heart! :) xoxo
That sounds like a historical hero... Hmmm :) XOXO
Perfection is indeed boring, and bland. :) xoxo
Enjoyed reading your post. Thank you for participating in this blog hop. The key ingredient for my hero would be caring. Caring about his woman, his family & the people around him. Also he's very nice on the eyes & has a sense of humor.
Thanks for the free ebook. Great giveaway. I love all heros, especially bad boys with a heart who know how to love you back.
Any of your heroes sound great!
JessieL - agreed; caring is a determinant feature in a hero! :) xoxo
Kimber, a bad boy with a great heart would totally win me over too! :) xoxo
I gotta go with loyal, brave and snarky also good with guns, swords and/or bows a plus! I think I wanna know more about Lars
Thanks for being part of this awesome blog
Oh, I like Gerard, although they all sound wonderful. My heroes are strong, smart, funny and a bit vulnerable. Thanks for participating. wilckjz(at)optonline(dot)net
I would say, Strong, Sexy, Loyal, tender, caring..
Thank you for the giveaway..
Your hero lars caught my attention email@example.com
I like Ash and my hero would need to be strong, sensitive and have a great sense of humor.
I love your Nigella Lawson reference! I'm kind of partial to the tortured hero type. I just love when he finally figures out that he's worth the love of a good woman.
Ash has grabbed my attention! I would love to read more about him.
Confidence and intelligence are absolutely necessary ingredients :)
Thank you for the opportunity :) Loving all the stories about Heroes!!!
brunettelibrarian AT gmAil . c0m
The Brunette Librarian Blog
I really love the bad boys but who can have a heart and a sweet side too!
Thank you for the great giveaway!
Guns, swords, and bows... Dangerous hero alert! :)
Another vote for Lars. That Swede is popular. *grin* xoxo
Gerard is my fave, too. :)
oh, a bit vulnerable... Don't we all love that! xoxo
That would be an awesome hero, indeed. :) xoxo
You add another vote to the tally for Lars! Never thought he'd be this popular! :) xoxo
Agreed - a sense of humour is a definite requisite.
Yay, another vote for Ash! :) xoxo
The moment the tortured hero realises he's worthy of love too is one of my favourite moments in romance! I could live and breathe for that revelation when reading a book!
Ash fits that bill, btw *wink* :) xoxo
Intelligence is a definite necessity! :) xoxo
That would be the ultimate hero - the bad boy with a heart and a sweet side. :) xoxo
patient and funny most def
patient and intelligent
Love your comparison with jaffa cakes, Zee!
My heroes are strong, successful and charismatic, but with a sensitive and caring side, and some hidden vulnerability.
Seems like my previous comment disappeared!
My heroes are strong, successful and charismatic, but also senitive and caring, and with some hidden vulnerability.
My favorite hero is all ALPHA...large and in charge!! thanks for the chance to win :) raynman1979 at yahoo dot com
I like a hero that is Strong, compassionate, and witty . I am interested in reading about Lars Rutherford! Thanks for the chance to win!
My hero is compassionate, protective,
honorable, loyal, patient, loving,
and has a great sense of humor!
Hi Zee! I like my hero tortured and flawed. Your heart just breaks for that kind of hero. I think my favorite here you mentioned is Jamie Gillespie. I like that he falls for a woman with a child.
beckerjo at verizon dot net
My recipe for a hero would be a good sense of humor, loyalty, some snark is always good, and a heaping dose of alpha. MMM MMM! Sounds Yummy!
I love the sound of Lars!
bournmelissa at hotmail dot com
Well, my heroes have a bunch of ingredients. But the most important part is the quality inspection, aka, meet my parents. Especially my mother. If you don't win her over, you're out of luck. The parent test is extremely important.
Oh, and I would definitely pick Ash or Lars. I'm gonna go with Lars right now.
Patience would be a necessary virtue. :) xoxo
Lol - I couldn't help but liken a hero to a delectable treat like a jaffa cake. :) Hidden vulnerability - I like that. xoxo
Lol Rissa! Don't we all love a larger than life Alpha! :) xoxo
Jessica, sounds like a winning combination. Another vote for Lars :) xoxo
I see many of you mention a sense of humour. How could I have forgotten that in my 'recipe'? :) xoxo
JoAnna, I would totally fall for the tortured and flawed hero (fell for one, actually, LOL).
And yes, Jamie wants Margo but he also wants Emma as his daughter as well. :) xoxo
Your hero sounds indeed absolutely yummy! And another vote for Lars... Dang, that man is a hit with the ladies! :) xoxo
Funny you should mention the parent meeting. That would be a really determinant factor in the whole deal, indeed...
And yet another vote for Lars! Never thought he'd be so popular :) xoxo
Well, in my Existence series, I'd have to say that a hero is made mostly of water, and another is just full of hot air. Then there's one who's made of sticks and stones and calcium just like your bones. When you've got all that in the pot, I have another hero who can heat the mix up to boiling!
LOL! This has been a fun comment. Thanks!
Ash Gilfoy caught my eye the most.
I love my heroes a little rough around the edges. Dedicated, honorable, just a little naughty ;)
All of them sound great but Lars caught my eye.
our hero here in mo are the fire dept what make them hero are they are called out in 110 degree heat and then they are fighting fire every day up to 3 at a time right now we have 1200 acre it been burning since yesterday and then been on duty the whole time
desi the blonde at msn dot com
Lars sounds just dreamy!!
feathermaye at gmail dot com
Ingredients? Tall, dark, alpha, kind, compassionate, a bit of bad boy, humor (must have!!), etc. Thanks for the fun hop and the awesome giveaway! Ya all rock!! :)
funny, handsome, caring
Yours has been a funa nd intriguing comment, indeed. These heroes of yours sound fascinating (esp the one who can heat the mix up!).
And yay - another vote for Ash! :) xoxo
Rough around the edges is a requisite, I agree!
Another vote for Lars... Damn, that man is a hit!!!
desi the blonde,
Totally agree with you - these firemen are real life heroes. Too often we get lost into the fictional world and forget those real men (and women!) who are doing such amazing things for us. xoxo
You bring another notch on the tally of Lars' popularity. :) xoxo
I'm totally swooning over your 'confection' :) xoxo
Sounds like a winner, this guy! :) xoxo
And the winner of my giveaway is...
Congratulations, Susan! You've won a download copy of Before The Morning (Corpus Brides: Book Two), since you mentioned Ash was your favourite hero in my lineup. :) I'll be in touch in a few.
Thanks to everyone for visiting, commenting, and enlightening me on all those wonderful combinations for creating fab heroes. Ye all totally rock!
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