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Sunday, August 12, 2012

Hot Summer Heroes Blog Hop

Thanks for stopping by our blog. Today we're talking about hot men. How we choose the hero in our books.  What makes them hot?  And what type of man makes us melt?

How do we choose those hot heroes for our books? It all depends on the characteristics they must have to make them hot. Not to mention make us fall in love with them. 
Since there are two of us, you can bet we’ll have two different opinions. Until...it comes time flesh out our hero to a T. We begin with the usual questions. Should he be a good six feet tall with broad powerful shoulders, glossy, black hair just a little bit too long? Eyes, dark, smoldering, appearing as if they could read your mind? And when he speaks your name he has the slightest hint of an accent?

Or, do we want him with sun-bleached hair falling forward into his eyes as he removes his Stetson? Maybe he wears faded jeans and a blue shirt, also faded, the sleeves rolled up to his elbows showing off muscular forearms built from working the ranch every day, just enough to tease you into wondering what the rest of him would be like if he removed the shirt entirely. Yep, either of these guys can get our hearts fluttering.

Which guy will win?  It all depends on the character we are writing about. We first study his background, like what part of the country he comes from, his ancestry, his job. With these important facts decided upon, we then begin fleshing out the man himself.

For example, Lance, from our book, Death Unseen, needed to be half Native American, live in New Mexico, and be a Navajo Tribal Policeman. With those requirements, we did our research and came up with this guy who, when Carly first meets, describes him in her view point.

            Masculine wasn't the only word to describe the man standing inside Two
            Moons' front door. Carly's mind refused to formulate what those particular
            words were at the moment.  She had difficulty enough taking in his chiseled nutmeg
            features, let alone his long hair, black as pitch, gathered at the nape and bound
            with a red yard.

A few paragraphs later, Carly adds:
Though she couldn’t see the color of his eyes through the sunglasses he wore, she ventured a guess they were dark and sharp as a hawk’s—not about to miss a thing. His jean jacket fit his body snugly. The faded shade of blue was a perfect combination with the prominent large turquoise red and coral and silver belt buckle attached to a unique hand-carved leather belt.
Can you picture Lance?
Once our hero’s background has been established, we dive deeper into his character. We go down our list of important hero traits.
How can he be solid in his beliefs, but not domineering? Will he respect the heroine’s opinions? Can he be self-confident, but not a jerk? If in the beginning of the story, he doesn’t admit when he’s wrong, what causes him to finally open up and share? How successful must he be? There are many ways to be a success. It doesn’t necessarily have to be only with money.
How can our hero be smart, both book and street wise? He has to be interesting because who wants one who will bore us to death?
And forget the completely silent type of guy, one who never opens up when hurting. We are women. We NEED to sympathize and understand.  Continually keeping us guessing may send us down the wrong path, and when we find out we’re wrong, we’ll be pissed.
There are other important traits we look at, but those can come at a later time.  
And, of course, the most important trait of all is the one that follows.
Because we, Tia and Dani, adhere to the true nuance of romance, in the end we want a sensitive man who loves kids, dogs, cats, and once in a while a neurotic parrot. We also want a man who’s not afraid of the kitchen, and doesn’t mind helping around the house.
Yes, it’s true. We want a perfect mixture of an alpha and beta man.  Give us him and we’ll be forever his.
Please leave a comment on our blog for a chance to win a copy of Death Unseen by Tia Dani

And this is a blog hop.  Runs August 13th thru the 19th.


Grand Prize $100.00 gift card to Barnes and Noble. Winner to be selected by our lovely hosts, Caris Roane and H. D. Thomson from all who add comments on this hop. Join in the fun. Good luck!

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holls said...

A hot hero knows his job and does it well but doesnt know his heart until is smacks him in the face

LadyVampire2u said...

I really like your description of your ideal hero. Definitely sounds like my kind of hot hero. :) Thanks for the giveaway!
LadyVampire2u AT gmail DOT com

LorettaLynn//Temprance said...

I think a good hero is someone who is strong and willing to stand up for what they want and belive in:)
Oh and tall dark and hansome are good too ;)
Great post, enjoyed it very much and thank you for the giveaway.
elliott2668 at yahoo dot com

Jennifer Labelle said...

Lance sounds absolutely yummy, and from the brief description, so does the book.

My hot summer hero would be the type of man who who is tough on the outside, but gentle when it counts. I like a man who is hard working with strong family values. He'd be strong both physically and emotionally, and daring because who doesn't like the 'bad boy' we all itch to be the one to tame.

Thank you for the giveaway. I'd love for a chance to win it.


Jenn Irving said...

a hot hero is someone gorgeous but is hot on the inside. someone who will protect you til the ends of the earth, who is there for you when you need them.

jennirv4967 at gmail dot com

Molly said...

A hero is hot when he's got that tender heart on the inside (the one where it's completely obvious to everyone but him that he's in love and wants to be loved in return) but on the outside he's Alpha and strong, kind of a bad ass attitude sort-of look. :)

Thanks for the chance to win!
molly at reviewsbymolly dot com

Anonymous said...

Your definition: A mixture of alpha and beta, that's the perfect man, a mixture of emotion and strenght.

Caris said...

Great blog!

So far on the hop I've said my hero has to be lethal and noble...the list really is long, so here I'll add tall...again a bit shallow, but what can I say! Thanks for the Giveaway!


carisroane at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

I totally agree. Heroes with confidence are very sexy.

blueyedgal623 at gmail dot com

crystaley73 said...

I agree that family is very important. I like tall dark and dreamy. crystaley73 at yahoo dot com

Michelle MsRomanticReads said...

I like all the same above mentioned character traits in a hero, but I'm going to add a physical one that really gets me going - tattoos :)

Thank you for the giveaway!

msromanticreads at gmail dot com

Nay Nay said...

Woohoo! Loving this hop!
A hero is HOT when he’s an alpha; tall, handsome, sexy, with a sense of humor, loyal, and a BAD ASS! He doesn’t want anyone to know that he is soft on the inside, especially for his woman.
Thanks for being part of the hop and for the chance to win.

BLHmistress said...

A hot hero to me is one that is rough around the edges but has a heart of gold (sometimes deeply buried but its there). Also a fierce protectiveness with those he cares about.


Kimber Shook said...

A hot hero is a little bit of softness with a little bit of roughness.
thanks for the giveaway.

Lona said...

Gotta be funny, Loyal, tall, Maybe have some tattoo's and an accent. thx for giveaway.

blinkysthebest at aol dot com

Lona said...

Gotta be funny, Loyal, tall, Maybe have some tattoo's and an accent. thx for giveaway.

blinkysthebest at aol dot com

Anas Attic Sexy Tales said...

I Love your description! Alpha are awesome, but a little beta is nice too.
ana (at) anas-attic (dot) com

Kim Lemear said...

Thanks for participating in the hop and the chance to win. Sound like you came up with a great hero, i'll have to add that to my to be read list. kim

Kim D said...

Hi Love the HOP!!! I love a guy that thinks about me just as much as himself! I hate guys that think being romantic is not manly!
Thanks for the contest!


Tia Dani said...

Sounds like you all know what you like in a man. Thanks so much for stopping by and you have given us plenty of ideas.

Kenra Daniels said...

For me, the guy who is willing to make the commitment and do the work necessary for a relationship to succeed is hot. Add on that he's willing to put his woman above ANY and EVERY thing, except his children, and he's Hot. Willing to kill, or die, to protect his woman and children = HOT. If he'll stand at the gates of hell to fight for what he believes in and what's right, he rates Hawt. All the above plus a sense of honor, intelligence, kindness, honesty, strength, humor, and humility and he's truly HAWT!

I don't ask for much, huh?

Di said...

You really nailed how I like my heroes - couldn't have said it better - that's why you are the writers & I am a reader.
sallans d at yahoo dot com

Jess said...

My ideal hero is someone that is more dominate! I like a guy that knows how to take charge! I love Cabal from Lora Leigh’s series Breeds.

Thank you for the giveaway!


Carin said...

I like my heroes to be honest, honorable and hot! thanks Carin
mawmom at gmail dot com

Christine said...

You both got the ideal hero down to a T! Someone above added an accent.. I'd have to agree, a totally hot man has to have an accent!


Tia Dani said...

We're so glad you are all enjoying the HOP. This is the first one we've been a part of and we're loving it. Thank you all so much for your compliments and the great suggestions for our next hot hero.

June M. said...

My favorite heroes are the ones that are intelligent, dominate, alpha men who are caring and respectful, and who have a sense of humor (it can be a wicked/twisted sense of humor).
manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

Filia Oktarina said...

I think good hero must have loyalty and have a kind heart. don't forget tall annd hansome to. LOL!!

filiiafantasy at gmail dot com

Julianne Keller said...

A hot hero for me is a bit of a bad boy, tough on the outside, but inside he has something he needs to settle. He's a hard worker, honest, caring, possessive, confident, sexy, passionate, has a sense of humor, and will fight for what he believes in.
Great blog hop with fantastic prizes.
luvfuzzzeeefaces at yahoo dot com

Rissa said...

A take charge Alpha is my kind of hero!! Thanks for the chance to win :) raynman1979 at yahoo dot com

Tia Dani said...

Oh, my, everybody loves a bad boy. LOL

ronnkelly3 said...

A hot hero is strong in mind and body, that has strength as well as compassion..


Carol said...

My hero is someone that is very masculine but still romantic. My favorite hero is Nathan (KGI series)! I loved that he never gave up on his love! Great contest! Thank you so much for the chance to win!

carol.byles at yahoo dot com

JanD said...

I agree, a hero with the best mix of alpha and beta traits is hot.
bituin76 AT hotmail DOT com

Mel Bourn said...

Great description of a hero! I couldn't agree more with the alpha and beta male all in one. Sounds like my kind of hero!
bournmelissa at hotmail dot com

Tammy said...

thanks for the contest, i would say my hero would be someone like butch from BDB lol i just him hehe so yea that would be what my hero would be like like him


Donna said...

A hero is someone that knows what to do when it gets tough! I like when they are somewhat protective and gorgeous…of course!
Lucan rom Kiss of Midnight is my absolute favorite hero… and a vampire to boot! SO SEXY!
Thanks so much!!

latishajean said...

Thank you for the great giveaway and fun blog hop! I really love Alpha males that are protective!
Latisha D
tishajean@ charter.net

Joy said...

Thanks for the joining the hop. I love big strong men.
magic5905 at embarqmail dot com

desitheblonde said...

hero can be any one the geek or the bad boy or a girl and then the hero aound here is th fire dept

desi the blonde at msn dot com

desitheblonde said...

hero can be any one the geek or the bad boy or a girl and then the hero aound here is th fire dept

desi the blonde at msn dot com

donnas said...

He sounds like a great hero. Thanks for sharing him with us.

bacchus76 at myself dot com

molly.frenzel said...

Great post! I loved your hero descriptions.
molly dot frenzel at gmail dot com

Evelyn said...

I really go for the guy that has just a little too much testosterone LOL but has the lady that he allows to kick his ass back inline! Kresely Cole is great at those characters! Conrad is all badass in her book but Neomi kicks back! Love them! Great contest! Thanks!


lavendersbluegreen said...

Absolutely! I enjoyed your descriptions / examples.
- lavendersbluegreen(at)yahoo(dot)com

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the giveaway. I enjoy reading all the hero descriptions.


Vanessa N. said...

He sounds hot. Thanks for the giveaway.


Juana said...

I like your hero descriptions too. My ideal hero is willing to give up his life for the people he loves, and most importantly he is faithful.


Cathy M said...

I love your hero description. An alpha with some beta characteristics is always a winner.

Caity_mack@yahoo dot com

Tia Dani said...

Ahh, yes, faithful. Must have trust in a relationship.

All your comments are wonderful. We wish we could give you all a copy of our book.

BookAttict said...

Thanks for the amazing giveaway!
elizabeth @ bookattict . com

Lisa Richards/alterlisa said...

My hero has got to make me laugh while making my toes curl. He can be tough on the outside and a marshmellow inside.
alterlisa AT yahoo DOT com
Thanks for participating in this hop!

Foretta said...

I really like Alpha males as my Hero’s! My ALL time favorite hero’s are Blay and Quinn in BDB. They have not had their “HEA” YET but it’s soon!!!!!! AND I CAN’T WAIT!!!!!!!!!!
Thanks for the great hop and all the chances to win great prizes!

Patti said...

Sexy, strong, loyal and fearless! Ian from Killer Secrets by Lora Leigh emobodies this. He fought for what he wanted and would not give up! Ian is one of the best hero’s that I’ve ever read. He had flaws but used them for good. His courage was inspiring.

Love the contest. THANKS!


Liese2 said...

A hero is someone who is honest and puts others needs before his own.

Tina B said...

Love the post! I always wonder how authors do it. Come up with the perfect combination for those characters. He sounds sexy! It sounds like you ladies got it right. I definitely want a combo of alpha and beta (more alpha though). ;)
Thank you for the wonderful giveaway.
trb0917 at gmail.com

Mandi Counterman said...

Feirce protectivnes, loyalty, honor and willingness to show his love without shame! Right now I am reading Kresley Cole’s IAD series. There are some amazing men in that series! Bowen and Lachlain are my favorite two. Thank you for the amazing contest!

Herding Cats - Burning Soup said...

Love seeing everyone's take on the perfect hero and what makes him hot :)



bn100 said...

Nice post. I like alpha heroes.


Tia Dani said...

Thank you all so much for stopping by and leaving comments. This Hop has been amazing. You have given us so much valuable information about what makes the ideal hero hot. We sincerely hope you all drop by again to visit and see what we have new to offer. And, once again thank you.