When the gals at the Pink Heart Society told me I'd be blogging for Male on Monday, I sort of panicked, then all I had to do was think about the hero from my latest book. Logan Carmichael. He’s welcome to be my Christmas present…tied up with a big red bow!
So, what do we know about Logan? He’s a rancher with a dangerous past, dangerous friends and secrets. He knows what he wants, but he learns what he's willing to sacrifice for what he didn't know he had.
Defusing bombs and taking out terrorists weren’t as scary for Logan as being a father—and didn’t get his heart racing as much as the thought of spending every night by the heroine, Katherine ‘Kat’ Nelson’s side.…
His Mission: Logan’s clandestine past has made him the best private investigator money can buy. Now he'll need every skill he possesses to keep the woman who broke his heart and their children alive.
His Stunning Discovery: When he learns that Kat is heir to the throne of a small European country, Bellevaux, he’s stunned. When he learns Hayden and Lanie are his children, can he forgive Kat for not telling him?
Sigh-worthy Excerpt: “Logan scooped her into his arms and held her close against his chest as he carried her to the opening that he could barely see through his blurred vision. He tried to convince himself that his eyes only watered from the heat and smoke, and not from the sheer terror he felt at the limp form of the woman cradled in his arms.”
Sigh-worthy, all the way. Perfect, not hardly, but…I got to thinking about the perfect hero. What makes a perfect hero in a story? Here are my top five things that all MY perfect heroes must have (in real life and on the page)!
5. A smile that goes straight to his eyes. I love a man whose eyes smile, too. I think there's something honest and amazing about that. And if he also has a sense of humor…well, he’s got me at hello!
4. A confidence that shines through no matter where they go or what they do. That inner fire is oh, so sexy and makes my knees go weak.
3. A certainty of who they are and what they want. From the wagon trains or ships from history to a Texas ranch (Cowboy in the Crossfire, Christmas Conspiracy), the big city streets (Finding Her Son, March 2012, In Her Sights, November 2011), a hero to me pushes toward a dream or a goal and never gives up on himself or on others. The goals may be small or large, but I find it mouth-watering when someone knows what they believe and fights for that belief on the journey to their destination.
2. A willingness to put others' needs before his own. Sometimes that sacrifice is in a thousand small ways…like going to the biggest chick flick of the year and pretending to enjoy it when he longs to be at the action movie down the hallway. Sometimes it's listening to sappy music with candles all around—just to comfort you after a particularly bad day. In my stories, heroes sacrifice in very big, lifesaving ways.
1. Not being perfect! No one is perfect, and flaws and small idiosyncrasies may drive us crazy, but they make us love them all the more.
That's my list. So, dear readers, what makes for your perfect hero: in real life or on the page? I'd love to know!
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CURRENT RELEASE - CHRISTMAS CONSPIRACY
A ROYAL LEGACY WILL REUNITE HIM WITH HIS PAST—AND MAKE FOR ONE MEMORABLE CHRISTMAS…
Four years ago, girl-next-door Kat Nelson had gone from being a tempting assignment to the fling P.I. Logan Carmichael never forgot. Now he's been hired to find her by a king claiming Kat was heir to the throne. Locating her wasn't difficult.
Learning he was the father of her toddler twins, however, made him ache. But his job was to protect her from a madman who wanted her dead, and keep her away from the king who needed her alive. And yet one look at his children made the steely CIA vet yearn to be more than just a bodyguard. Defusing bombs and taking out terrorists wasn't as scary as being a father—and didn't get his heart racing as much as the thought of spending every night by Kat's side.…
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