Friday, October 19, 2012

#AlphaHop What's an Alpha Hero to you? Tell me & enter to win a book your choice from my backlist!

Hello beautiful people!

Welcome to my little stint on the Alpha Male Blog Hop. I’ve been so excited about this one ever since I signed up, & cannot believe it’s finally time to roll with it. Are you ready?

Don’t forget – there are 3 Grand Prizes to be won, & giveaway opportunities at every one of the 200+ stops on the list! Goodies galore, I can assure you! And check out the Grand Prizes:

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!



(please note that the prizes of tablet and gift card are International. Swag pack is US-only)

So, an Alpha Male... What does this bring to your mind?

I could be tempted to say he’s a caveman type with boorish manners who growls “mine!” whenever he speaks of his woman, but that would be limiting. Yes, too – an Alpha male can be counted on to have a rollicking temper. He’s definitely not easy to live with (and trust me on that, I know what I’m talking about: I married a pure Alpha from the Alpha-caveman family *grin*).

Someone who knows my husband once told me that it was no wonder I chose to write Alpha heroes in all my books – after all, I have the perfect specimen right in front of me. They always say, “Write what you know” and Alpha males are not exactly a secret anymore...

But while my Alpha man is sometimes a boor and most of the time when I’m sending the china flying his way, I wish the plate would smash against his super-hard skull, that man is also my hero. Why, you may ask? Well, I’ll let one of my heroines answer this one.

Simmi Moyer, from my 1NightStand release Once Upon A Stormy Night, is a career girl climbing the corporate ladder with record speed. For that same reason, her love life is reduced to a non-entity, and she despairs of finding a man who will let her be who she wants to be (that is, not a staid and straight-laced baby-making machine once the ink on the wedding paper has dried.)
When she meets Lars Rutherford, a British expat with Swedish origins, on her one-night-stand date, a world she only dreamed of opens up. Lars becomes her hero, because, in her words...


“... a hero lets his woman be whoever and whatever she wants or needs to be, all within the safety and protection of his love for her. ...” (You can read how this realization came into being at this post on Hearthrob Haven)

I write Alpha males, and I hope these men are worthy heroes, as much as my Alpha is my hero and lets me be who and what I need to be, within the safety net of his love for me.

In Walking The Edge (Corpus Brides: Book 1), Gerard Besson is a determined and ruthless police commissaire in Marseille, France. Coming from the wrong side of the tracks, life has never been easy for him, and the one woman he has ever loved, he lost her in a twisted game of criminal masterminding.
And when Amelia Jamison, a frail, lost Englishwoman with amnesia steps into his world, echoes of the woman he lost spread out from the depths of his forgotten heart.
Come what may, Gerard vows he will do everything to protect Amelia and help her find what her buried memory hides. Danger is the name of this game... but love finds them along the way, nevertheless.

In Before The Morning (Corpus Brides: Book 2), Ash Gilfoy is a man tortured by the notion of doing the right thing. He became a cop with the Ministry of Defense in England for that reason, until he realized his hands were tied and he could do nothing to help the people he vowed to protect. Ditching the police, Ash becomes a paramedic.
Solace, and the prospect of redemption, come to him in the form of his childhood best friend, Rayne Cheltham. With the fragile, traumatized humanitarian worker, he might have a future.
Yet, as he starts to question the real trauma behind Rayne’s being away for the past seventeen years, questions arise, and secrets brew a cesspool of perdition around them.
Come what may, Ash vows he will protect his woman... but what he doesn’t realize is – who will protect him from Rayne, and the former clandestine assassin she used to be?

Calling Home (A Destiny’s Child Book) has its hero named Jamie Gillespie. Jamie is a young doctor more focused on the vocation of helping others rather than earning a fat paycheck at the end of every month. This is how, and why, he agrees to step in as country doctor in a small village in Surrey ... where he meets prickly and cool-cucumber Margo Nolan, a forensic pathologist. The only way Margo knows how to thrive as a woman in a man’s world is by stifling everything feminine inside of her – a decision that comes back to bite her in the arse when she lands custody of her 11-year-old goddaughter, Emma.
Jamie’s life mission is to help and heal, and Margo – the lost woman she hides beneath the cold and rational exterior – calls to his heart. He will do everything he can to make her trust she can be a good mother, and why not, show her that, despite the age difference between them, he could have a place in her and Emma’s lives.

You already got a glimpse of Lars and Simmi above, but what about the other couple in my upcoming 1NightStand story, Once Upon A Second Chance?
Khalid Al-Nadir saved Leila from an abusive, forced marriage to a much older man in the UAE. After he wrangled a divorce with her husband, Khalid had to step in and marry Leila to ensure her protection ... and the best way he can ascertain she’ll be safe is to leave her on the island of Mauritius with his stepmother, well away from the clutches of her first husband.
Khalid knows he did the right thing, because Leila would end up hating him if she knew the real reason why he saved her.
Or would she? As they meet months later through a blind date arranged by Madame Eve, Khalid must choose to put his secrets on the line, or run the risk of losing Leila forever...

And my (last, for now, lol) hero is named Grayson Warner, from my upcoming Western Escape novel, Transient Hearts. A rich cowboy who grew up on a big ranch in Freewill, Wyoming, the lure of the city beckons more, especially when he flees from his hometown after tragedy strikes in his life.
But every prodigal son must someday return home, and when he reluctantly does so, Grayson is pitched head to head against sassy and obstinate Shayne Morea, an Indo-British chef spending some time on the ranch.
As attraction escalates, both skirt around the other in hopes of evading everything they do not wish to face. How long can they keep up the pretense, especially when Forex broker Grayson, who’s been dubbed as having the Midas Touch, spreads his magic onto Shayne’s world, and they both start to see a future they had refused to contemplate before?

All of these Alpha males are there for their women, each in his own way...

Question: What constitutes an Alpha Male to you?

Answer in the comments, and enter to win a book of your choice from my backlist!
Don’t forget to leave your email address in the comment, so we can enter you for the Grand Prizes’ draw as well.

And check the other 228 participants - you can find them all at the hop's page on Carrie Ann's blog!

Thanks heaps for coming over today! I hope you’ll take a chance on my fictional Alpha Males (the real one is already taken! LOL)

From Mauritius with love,

Zee

124 comments:

DeAnna Felthauser said...

I love caveman type of Alpha male. "Mine" being said in a growly, possessive voice just gives me the shivers! Enjoy the hop Zee!
felthauserdeanna@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

WOw gotta love them alphas
stormyedmond@gmail.com

Zee Monodee said...

Lol, DeAnna! I love that kind of growl, too (well, most of the time. *grin*)

Thanks for dropping over! Hugs!!

Zee Monodee said...

Stormyedmond - totally agree with you! :)

Sheri Fredricks said...

An alpha male should LOVE to buy his girl all the shoes she want! And he would insist on doing all the laundry and cleaning. Not to mention keeping your car full of fuel and sparkling clean.

LOL Have fun on your hop, Zee!!

Sherifredricks @charter .net

Rhonda Hopkins said...

“... a hero lets his woman be whoever and whatever she wants or needs to be, all within the safety and protection of his love for her. ...”

I couldn't agree more. Great post, Zee!

laurie said...

“... a hero lets his woman be whoever and whatever she wants or needs to be, all within the safety and protection of his love for her. ...”

I couldn't agree more. thats my kinda alpha man!

parisfan_ca@yahoo.com

Jean MP said...

Love a hero who has that dark edge to him, but will do anything for the woman he loves.
skpetal at hotmail dot com

Kelsey Summer said...

An alpha male is strong, dominant, possessive, and protective. I love alpha men!

kesummer69(at)gmail(dot)com

Rachel said...

I love Alpha men, because I need someone as confident and dominant as me to have an equal relationship - I hate the feeling that my partner is less powerful than me and cannot make it without me. So my Alpha male needs to be confident, self-assured, respectful and capable.

And: my favourite Alpha male is Gabriel from Annette Curtis Klause's Blood and Chocolate.

Rachel oceanrebel333@gmail.com

susanmp said...

I love everything about Alpha males! Strength both physically, emotionally and mentally. Awesome Blog Hop!

susanmplatt AT hotmail DOT com

Anonymous said...

I love an Alpha that is strong, but is willing to protect me and make me feel special.

Thanks for the hoppin fun !
~Kym
flwrs4ever(at)yahoo(dot)com

BLHmistress said...

I love that they are strong, stubborn, fiercely protective of those they care about as well as sarcastic and tortured past.

vampiremistress2010(at)gmail(dot)com

Carin said...

I think an alpha male is protective and possessive as well as passionate, Carin mawmom at gmail dot com

Liese2 said...

I love alphas!
sqwalker2@gmail.com

Michelle Bledsoe said...

I love the strong,silent type.

koonie2888 at yahoo dot com

Bren's Stitches said...

Demanding but always listens to his mate. Wow! :) xstitchdiva at att dot net

Zee Monodee said...

Sheri, definitely agree - he should buy all the shoes she wants!! And he should ensure her well-being in every way possible :)

xoxo

Zee Monodee said...

Thanks, Rhonda! Big hugs!

Zee Monodee said...

Laurie, I totally agree with you - my kind of perfect, Alpha man, too :) xoxo

Zee Monodee said...

Jean, I love the dark edge too. Mystery and unknown depths... Oooh, sizzling! :)

Zee Monodee said...

Kelsey - what's not to love about an Alpha, innit? (except when they're being pig-headed... LOL)

Zee Monodee said...

Rachel, I so understand what you mean. That's also why I gravitate toward Alpha males, too. He's got to be able to give as good as he's getting from me, if not more.

Now you've made me curious to find out about Gabril from Blood & Chocolate - gotta scour down that book. :)

Zee Monodee said...

Susan, definitely right - strength in all aspects! :)

Zee Monodee said...

Kym, the man who makes a woman feel special and protected is definitely an Alpha hero, indeed! :)

Zee Monodee said...

Vampiremistress - I forgot about sarcasm! A dry sense of humour is definitely required! :)

Zee Monodee said...

Carin - well summed-up. That's all an Alpha hero has to be :)

Zee Monodee said...

Liese, welcome to the club! :)

Zee Monodee said...

Michelle, the strong, silent type makes my knees go weak! Lol, I married one :)

Zee Monodee said...

Bren, I agree. He must always listen! :)

Mary Preston said...

An Alpha male is confident, intelligent and mine - yes?

marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

Zee Monodee said...

Lol, Mary! Hold on tight to that Alpha of yours! :)

Liese2 said...

I like an alpha who is strong, but also sensitive!
sqwalker2@gmail.com

Renald said...

He is all male, strong ,and loving. He is there when I need him and is faithful.
r.d1@myfairpoint.net

JanD said...

An alpha male is confident, loyal, compassionate, and protects the people he loves.
bituin76 AT hotmail DOT com

teel kelley said...

My alpha male is protective, has the swoon factor. I also knows that he loves me through it all.
teel
sunshinetoy2004@yahoo.com

Alicia said...

To me, it is that "take charge" attitude and that willingness to go after what they want and make it theirs.

Thanks for participating in the hop!

dmr8888 at yahoo dot com

Yvette said...

Love the possessiveness yet the dose of tenderness.
Yvette
yratpatrol@aol.com

Jillyn said...

To me, alpha males are defined by their stubbornness as well as their possessive attitudes. Yum.

Thanks for the giveaway!

jillynann[at]gmail[dot]com

Phaedra Seabolt said...

I love my alphas to be strong, determined, honest, compassionate, and with something in their past that they had to overcome. I HATE whiny alphas.
phaedracamille@gmail.com

Ingeborg said...

Kind, caring and protective.

Kit3247(at)aol(dot)com

Mydurango618 said...

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

Jyl22075 said...

I like them strong, confident and protective. I also want them to be kind and compassionate and a sense of humor doesn't hurt.

Jyl22075 at gmail.com

rfg72 said...

The Alpha doesn't take much off anyone, but he's not a ass about it. He's very controlled...most of the time, just don't make him snap.

rfg dot wwe at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

I love an alpha male is a sarcastic sense of humor, confidence, strong willed, protective and loyal! :)
Thanks for being a part of this blog hop!
Marlena
charmedpoms(at)yahoo(dot)com

Tamara Hoffa said...

Honor, confidence, strength.
sugerlady@aol.com

Christine said...

He should be strong, intelligent, protective, confident, has a sense of humor, fights for what he believes in, what he wants.

cms72023 at gmail dot com

Cassandra said...

When he's brave, strong, possessive, protective, and capable :)
Thanks for the awesome giveaway!
cassandrahicks1989@yahoo.com

Joy said...

I love alpha males and how strong, loyal and protective they are.
magic5905 at embarqmail dot com

Ashley Applebee said...

I love Alpha Males that are strong, protective, take charge and dominate! Totally yummy!!
Ashley A
ash_app@hotmail.co

Natasha said...

Being strong and protective. Thanks for the chance to win!
natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

Belinda G said...

Hey there Zee,

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 and caring men. They usually 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.

I find that I like Calling Home...sounds like a great read!

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

Belinda G

belgre@comcast.net

Zee Monodee said...

Liese, strong but sensitive totally works! :)

Zee Monodee said...

Renald, you mention an essential thing - faithful! :)

Zee Monodee said...

JanD - Totally agree with you. He protects those he loves! :)

Zee Monodee said...

Teel, the swoon factor is definitely a major determinant, indeed. :)

Zee Monodee said...

Alicia, I love the take charge feel, too. They're also not scared of going after what they want - another good point in their favour! :)

Zee Monodee said...

Yvette, possessiveness laced with tenderness is what has all women to their knees, I would say :)

Zee Monodee said...

Jillyn, lol - they are definitely stubborn. That I can say from experience :)

Zee Monodee said...

Phaedra, I totally agree with you. A whiny Alpha is nothing short of a jerk, really... :)

Zee Monodee said...

Ingeborg - spot on! :)

Zee Monodee said...

Mydurango618 - I fell in love with the Alpha you paint here! Beautiful! :)

Zee Monodee said...

Jyl22075 - a sense of humour never hurts, indeed! :)

Zee Monodee said...

rfg72 - definitely: never make an Alpha snap or there'll be hell to pay! :)

Zee Monodee said...

Marlena, that sounds like my kind of man, too :)

Zee Monodee said...

Tamara - well summed up! :)

Zee Monodee said...

Christine - you nailed it on the head. An Alpha should definitely be all that! :)

Zee Monodee said...

Cassandra, that sounds like an Alpha hero, indeed! :)

Zee Monodee said...

Joy, the strength is a totall magnet for attraction, innit? :)

Zee Monodee said...

Ashley, the take charge attitude is brilliant (though you do want to bash them over the head with a frying pan sometimes, lol!) :)

Zee Monodee said...

Natasha, protective is a must! :)

Zee Monodee said...

Belinda, lovely to meet you, too!

Watching an Alpha fall in love is an exciting to watch love dance, inideed. I think that's why I love reading about them - they have no clue why the have to be with that person but they'll stop at nothing to be with her.

Glad you like the idea of Calling Home. Jamie is a hero who totally made me melt at the same time he turned my knees weak! :)

*hugs*

Barbara B. said...

I love a strong, muscular, dark, handsome Alpha who is protective and loyal to those he loves. He is possessive of his female, a good fighter, and a leader. He also has a tender, caring, loving side.

Barbara
bbsbooknook@aol.com

Kaylyn D. said...

Protective, Loving, stubborn and have a great sense of humor. I love Alpha Males so much that I married one. lol Thanks for the giveaway.
kaylyndavis1986@yahoo.com

Veronika said...

Alphas are strong, confident, sexy, bit controlling, protective.. the list is endless :) Love them!
verusbognar (at) gmail (dot) com

latishajean said...

I love Alpha males who are strong and protecitve!
What a great blog hop Alpha males are my favorite!
Thank you for the great giveaway!
tishajean@ charter.net

miki said...

for me a good alpha is loyal and protective

isabelle(dot)frisch(at)gmail(dot)com

Inga Kupp-Silberg said...

Thanks for the giveaway!
Strong, confident, intelligent, protective.

inga dot kupp at gmail dot com

Nay Nay said...

I love my Alpha Males. They keep me coming back for more.
I Love how strong and how protective they are of their woman even when they KNOW she can kick some major ass.
My favorite “Alpha Male” is Jonas from Lora Leigh’s Breeds. He is the Ultimate alpha male.
Thanks for being part of the hop and for the chance to win. <^_^>
reneebennett35(at)yahoo(dot)com

molly.frenzel said...

I'm quite partial to the totally dominant almost scary Alpha. Love it!
molly dot frenzel at gmail dot com

Vanessa N. said...

I love alpha males because they're strong, confident, and will do anything for the one they love.

mythic021@gmail.com

Molly said...

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!

Thanks for participating in the hop!

molly at reviewsbymolly dot com

Lisa said...

I like an alpha to be confident, protective, and show his tenderness (reluctantly) to the woman he loves

wolphcall(at)bellsouth(dot)net

Ramblings of a Part time Druid said...

loyal, protective, fierce, passionate, loving and fun. He is exciting and tough. Thanks for participating.

raynekitten@gmail.com

Sharon Clare said...

I'm with you, I love an alpha male too, perhaps because I'm not married to one. Hmmmm

sclare(at)sharonclare(dot)com

K. April Holgate said...

Loving the awesome blog hop!
So many new books I want to read!
Alpha Males are my fav! So, dominate and fun to tease. And when they talk feelings they mean every word!

grapeapril75 at gmail dot com

Misha said...

Someone confident, intelligent and extremely protective of what they consider theirs. It's also important to me that he be loyal and true for those he cares about~ while having the ability to be extremely dangerous toward everyone else.

MostlyMisha[at]gmail[dot]com

donnas said...

Great hop!

Thanks for the chance!

bacchus76 at myself dot com

Natasha said...

Thanks for the great giveaway!
natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

Zee Monodee said...

Barbara, the tender, caring, loving side is what makes them all the more irresistible! :)

Zee Monodee said...

Lol, Kaylyn! Know the feeling coz I grabbed one, too. :)

Zee Monodee said...

Veronika, the list of attributes is definitely endless! :)

Zee Monodee said...

Latisha, strong and protective makes us melt, innit? :)

Zee Monodee said...

Miki, I agree about the loyal part! It's essential! :)

Zee Monodee said...

Inga, love your descriptives :)

Zee Monodee said...

NayNay/Renee, I haven't read Lora leigh's Breeds series. You've got me tickled now to have a peek :)

Zee Monodee said...

Molly, isn't that an ultimate fantasy? :)

Zee Monodee said...

Vanessa, I too love that they'll stop at nothing for the one they love :)

Zee Monodee said...

Molly, it's indeed all in the heart, and no one has more beautiful heart than an Alpha. :)

Zee Monodee said...

Lisa, the reluctant tenderness totally makes me melt, too! :)

Zee Monodee said...

Raynekitten, exciting and tough bring lots of sizzle to mind :)

Zee Monodee said...

Lol, Sharon. It is indeed a journey of discovery, strength, and extreme patience to live with an Alpha male :)

Zee Monodee said...

April, that is so true! You can bet that when any talk of emotion spews from their lips, they mean every hint of it! :)

Zee Monodee said...

Misha, you summed it up really nicely :)

Zee Monodee said...

Most welcome, donnas! :)

Beckey said...

Love an Alpha that is Strong, Affectionate, Determined (willing to the distance in what he desires), compassionate, caring, charming, and most of all creative too

Thanks for sharing

BeckeyWhiteATgmailDOTcom

Zee Monodee said...

Beckey, we all forgot creative! Glad you pointed that out :)

clivingston said...

hidden soft side, strong, fiercely protective, take-charge, and sexy with a little dark n' dangerous thrown in!
mygirls01@yahoo.com

Emily said...

A protective, strong man with a secret romantic side and who's not afraid to show his feelings.

tiger-chick-1(at)hotmail(dot)com

Shadow said...

I love alpha heros. So hot! :) I love how dominant, possessive, loyal and protective they are. Thank you for the awesome hop and giveaway! This is so much fun!
shadowluvs2read(at)gmail(dot)com

J Lenni Dorner said...

To me an alpha male is strong, confident, intelligent, and just a bit arrogant.

j.lennidorner AT facebook DOT com

Mel Bourn said...

I love my alpha man to be Dominant yet have a sense of humor. He is loyal, protective, and isn’t afraid to enjoy the small things in life.
mel
bournmelissa at hotmail dot com

bn100 said...

I like alphas and their protectiveness.

bn100candg(at)hotmail(dot)com

Jolene and Family said...

Dominant, sexy as hell, take charge and fiercly protective of what's his, bad boy who walks on the edge

Jolene A

june111(at)att(dot)net

jessica said...

Thanks for being a part of the hop. An alpha male (according to me) is someone that's is tough and very protective but is very loving on the inside. They can be bossy and demanding but they do it all in love and only when it's really needed.
jessangil at gmail dot com

Zee Monodee said...

clivingston - that hidden soft side is totally swoon-worthy :)

Zee Monodee said...

Emily, I meltted when I read your description :)

Zee Monodee said...

Shadow, they are definitely hot, indeed! :)

Zee Monodee said...

J.Lenni - of course, there's got to be that little touch of arrogance :)

Zee Monodee said...

Mel, he definitely needs to be able to enjoy the small things in life. :)

Zee Monodee said...

bn100 - the protectiveness is hot! :)

Zee Monodee said...

Jolene, an Alpha must definitely have that bad boy vibe - totally agree! :)

Zee Monodee said...

Jessica, that is so true - they do it all out of love... :)

Zee Monodee said...

And peeps, the winner of my giveaway is.... MyDurango618(Angelheart618@gmail.com)!!

Congratulations - you won a copy of your choice of 1 Book from my backlist!

Thank you everyone for stopping by, and sharing your definition of an Alpha with me. Definitely food for thought for when I'll pen heroes in the future.
It's been an absolutely delight to meet you all!

Big huge hugs!!!

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