Alpha Heroes

Cover Reveal for Bad Girls Do

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Guys, I’m so excited to finally be able to reveal the cover for Bad Girls Do, Book 3 in the Everly Brothers series!

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Bad girls have all the fun…

Trying to fit in with expectations has left Diane Milstrom lonely and dateless for yet another New Year’s Eve. After being forced to witness her ex proposing to the woman he dumped her for, she has one too many drinks and makes an uncharacteristically impulsive decision: she’s not going to be good anymore. It’s gotten her nothing but heartache, and besides, everyone knows bad girls have all the fun.

Sam Everly enjoys the lifestyle his family’s wealth provides, but he hates the trappings of society that come with it. If he has to attend one more family function full of bored socialites, he just might lose it. Diane Milstrom, his eldest brother’s ex-girlfriend, is the worst of the lot…or so he always thought. But when he overhears her making a Bad Girl To-Do list, he starts to wonder if maybe there’s more to her than meets the eye. Curiosity gets the better of him, and he volunteers to help her with some of the more…ahem, explicit items on her list.

When Sam points out that being naughty with her ex’s brother is something only a bad girl would do, Diane can’t help but see his point. Besides, she could do worse than a little between-the-sheets action with a sexy guy who makes her heart beat in ways his brother never could. It’s only supposed to be a fling, a way to help her stretch her bad girl wings. But the more items they cross off her list, the higher the stakes become. Because if they aren’t careful, she just might fall in love…and that’s one thing a bad girl should never do.

The book releases on February 2nd, and it’s available for pre-order now at Amazon! Just CLICK HERE!

All Kinds of Alphas: The A to Z’s of Alpha Heroes (RWA 2010 Blog Series)

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Alpha Hero

We have a guest blogger here today, the very talented Jennifer Dorough (writing erotic romance as Sayde Grace).  She will be discussing what she got out of the “A to Z’s of Alpha Heroes” Workshop given during RWA’s 2010 conference.  Without further ado:

During this workshop authors Jami Alden, Bella Andre, and Monica McCarty presented attendees with the definition of an Alpha hero, common traits, the allure, and examples of prototypical and non-typical alpha heroes.

An alpha hero by definition is a individual who takes control, who stands out in a crowd for being powerful physically and emotionally.

Common traits of an Alpha hero include being physically strong. These heroes tend to have an occupation, which commands respect such as a police officer, firefighter, military or other dangerous occupations. An alpha has a set of strong core values, whether this core is morally “correct” or not they tend to stick to what they believe in regardless of others opinion.

When writing an alpha hero one must look at why they want to write an alpha. What is the allure of that character to you as a reader?

When dealing with prototypical alpha you normally have six types of alphas and some may cross into other categories. The six are the Tough/Warrior Alpha, Chief Alpha, “Extreme” Alpha, Bad Boy Alpha, Wounded Alpha, and Swashbuckling Alpha.

  • The Tough/Warrior Alpha

May be characters such as Russell Crow’s character from Gladiator, Eric Bana as Hector in Troy, Clint Eastwood. All of these characters have a strong core value system and they are fighters for what they believe in.

  • Chief Alphas

May be characters such as Clive Owen as King Arthur in King Arthur, Jack on Lost, and again Russell Crow in Gladiator. These characters are leaders of strong men/women and they not only fight for what they believe in but for the welfare of others.

  • Extreme” Alphas

What we would see as hollow shells, these characters are straight-laced fighters. Examples would be characters in black operations, navy seals, undercover agents, spies, etc. They put on a game face and keep it that way. Lora Leigh writes amazing extreme alphas.

  • Bad Boy Alphas

We love them no matter how bad, even if these characters can be somewhat morally questionable. These characters still have a strong set of core values, although in most cases they will be slightly different than those core values of the chief alpha’s or the warriors. These alphas may be characters such as Sawyer from Lost, Hans Solo in Star Wars, or Vince Vaughn in Wedding Crashers.

  • Wounded Alphas

Characters whose souls are tormented, or have lost souls. Characters that have lost a part of themselves and can’t quite move on. Some examples are Lestat by Ann Rice, Bill from Charlaine Harris, Max (who also falls under bad boy and chief alpha) from Nancy Gideon’s Masked by Moonlight.

And the last category for Prototypical Alpha’s is…

  • Swashbuckling Alphas

These characters are fearless, thrill seeking, rogues. Indiana Jones, need I say more??

As to Non-Typical Alphas these characters may be men such as McGuyver who is the geekish man but still oh so sexy. A gentle alpha like superman, Magnum PI, Tom Hanks in Saving Private Ryan.

  • Things to remember/use when writing Alphas:

Getting inside his head. Remember to use how men talk, not how women believe they should talk.

How do they relate to each other? Sizing each other up.

How much introspection guys really have.

Remember how a man feels about feelings, how much he’s going to think about those feelings or talk about them.

Think about what genres are a good fit for alpha heroes.

And never forget that the alpha has to have a heroine who is worth him. Why should a great character fall in love and have this one person be his everything? My personal favorite is Nancy Gideon’s CeeCee and Max relationship in her Moonlight series. The characters are so well written in all respects, especially when it comes to being worth each other.

The workshop was only an hour long so we didn’t get to talk a lot more about each of the Alpha categories, but the worksheet used for this workshop should be on the RWA website, and a recording of the entire workshop can be purchased online. Thank you for having me blog today. The presenters of this workshop again were Jami Alden, Bella Andre, and Monica McCarty.

Thanks again for allowing me to relate the wonderful information I learned at this workshop.

Jennifer Dorough writing erotic romance as Sayde Grace. Riding Double is now available and The Harder They Buck will be released October 22, 2010 through The Wild Rose Press. For more information about Sayde please visit http://www.saydegrace.com or follow her on twitter http://twitter.com/saydegrace

Thanks to Jennifer Dorough aka Sayde Grace for the excellent post on Alpha Heroes. 

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