So what is it that draws us to the alpha male? Did we all read too many fairytales as children or watch Indiana Jones once too often in our impressionable youth? Or is it left over ancient response which is embedded in our psyche? The response that told us long ago to find and stand next to the biggest, strongest warrior to elevate our survival chances?
We all know that the guy next door who works in IT with the cute nerdy glasses is clever, sweet and compassionate. He is the logical... even the intelligent choice for a mate. So why do our eyes follow the badass on the motor bike or the trades man with the developed chest and arms?
What makes these guys... these alpha males so enticing? And why has womankind found them so compelling from the beginning of time? Let us put physical attributes aside, an alpha male must have more to his repertoire than merely strength and good looks. Perhaps it’s his ability to take charge of the situations and be seen as a ‘man of action’. He is seen as a leader, a man that will figure out the solution to whatever problem arises. He takes risks, he is an adventurer and has a solid code of ethics. Or maybe we are attracted to him because he is willing to fight for what he believes in.
In my books my heroes are all alpha males, but they are driven by very different things. In The Trinket Seller’s Daughter, Lord Allard de Gerril is motivated with revenge and bringing a murderous band of outlaws to justice.
Lord William Reynard from Capturing Bliss is hounded by his desire to prove his worth. As a reward for an act of bravery, the once landless knight finds himself the lord of Foxwoods Hall and married to an heiress. Yet he is compelled to show the world and himself that he is worthy of the honour.
In Until the Stars Burn Cold, Jinn Ladarius does everything for love. He is willing to sacrifice himself for the woman he loves, time and time again.
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Now, the prize booty is open to international hoppers but if you are a non US resident and win, the first prize will come in the form of an Amazon or B&N Gift Card. Also, unfortunately the 3rd prize of swag is only eligible to those within the US. The reason – sorry, the postage is just way too expensive.
Thanks so much for hopping by and joining in the fun. I hope you discover new stories, new authors and why we all love an Alpha Male!
Here is a snippet from Until The Stars Burn Cold.
An antiques dealer gets far more than she bargained for, when she discovers an ancient ring. This is Jinn & Mia’s first meeting – I hope you like it.
Mia stirred as a loud rumble of thunder echoed over her house. She cracked open one eye ever so slightly. A flash of lightning illuminated her bedroom wall. She relaxed back into her soft mattress and closed her eyes. She was warm, comfortable and content, and as sleep threatened to reclaim her once more she wondered if it would be possible to reconnect with the delicious and vivid dream she had been having. Parts of it were beginning to disappear and she tried to hold onto the details.
There had been a man, a beautiful man with wide shoulders and lovely brown eyes and he had been kissing her. Mia let herself begin to drift, she was floating, barely conscious of her surroundings as she snuggled deeper beneath her quilt. Yet there was a nagging in the back of her brain that something was amiss. The edgy feeling told her to wake up but her body rebelled and her breath began to deepen. She reasoned that it was nothing to be concerned about; the dream coupled with the oncoming storm had disturbed her and nothing more. That was until she felt a large hand hook around her waist and pull her closer to a warm mass that engulfed her back. Biting back a scream she pushed the hand away and flung herself off the bed. She turned, faced the bed and fear, shock and amazement blended together in a tight ball in her stomach as she saw that there was a man in her bed.
A weak shaft of light pierced the darkness and she could see he was lying on his side stretched out on top of the quilt, with his arm flung across the bed. He was reaching for where Mia had been dreaming only a moment or two ago. It was then that she realized with a little relief that he was fully clothed. He wore long dark green trousers tucked into soft leather boots that ran halfway up his calf and a deep cream shirt under a leather jerkin.
Mia stumbled across the corner of the room, grabbing the tall, metal floor lamp. She yanked at the cord and pulled the plug out of the socket. The cream silk shade fell off and rolled towards the door. Flicking on the bedroom light gave her a little comfort; at least now she could see exactly what she was up against. She edged towards the bed and looked down at her intruder.
She saw the way the man’s chest softly rose and fell. His eyes were closed and his features were relaxed. Feeling a little braver, Mia took one tentative step back towards the bed and studied the stranger’s face. He was handsome, with high cheekbones and a square jaw. His golden brown complexion was offset by his long dark hair.
Mia held the lamp in front of her like a staff. Taking a deep breath, she wished her heart would stop racing. She pushed the lamp forward and jabbed at the stranger’s shoulder.
“Who the hell are you and what are you doing in my bed?”
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