Welcome to our blog Rocki! Take it away...
Thank you, Michelle and Leslie, for inviting me to make a Blog Tour stop at this great cyber-hangout. I love that you guys do so much for Young Adult novels – my reading genre of choice – and I’m really excited to have a debut YA book hitting stores in 2012. But until then, I’m all about romantic suspense and my new series, launching with EDGE OF SIGHT – out this week!
You’ve invited me to talk about “Five Heroes I Love” and that makes me wonder…how did you know heroes are my favorite subject? I might have a hard time stopping at five! I openly admit I read for heroes, and the rollercoaster thrill of discovering one that is like no other. I have a few favorites from other authors, and, yes, some of my very own, because I give a lot of thought to the hero of a book. And by thought, I do mean combing the internet for pictures of the perfect guy!
But, in truth, if he’s perfect, I don’t want him. The flaws are what make a hero fabulous…and the hope that the right woman can fix those flaws. What’s important to me is that the guy is fearless, smart, funny, cool under pressure, decisive, ethical, and, yeah, it doesn’t hurt if he has great hair and some drool-inducing abs. Hey, it’s fiction, right?
My favorites are right over there on my keeper shelf…starting with a YA trilogy I recently finished and simply cannot forget, THE HUNGER GAMES. Peeta or Gale? I won’t give away the ending, just in case there’s anyone who hasn’t lost a week of non-stop reading (this trilogy, in my opinion, was fantastic!) but right there are two guys that, would make a girl wonder which one she should pick, as the heroine did for three books. I loved Peeta’s heart, and Gale’s soul. I loved Peeta’s understated ability to solve a problem, and Gale’s overpowering need to Fix. What’s. Wrong. I loved Peeta’s certainty about his feelings for Katniss, and loved the way Gale held back. These were two amazing and unforgettable young men, and both of them qualify as high quality heroes in my book.
In adult fiction, I’m a romance girl all the way, and I like my heroes large and in charge, always with a tough, alpha exterior and a mushy, tender, vulnerable heart that can only belong to the heroine. In my own genre of romantic suspense, I will tell you that just about any hero created by Linda Howard will steal my heart. She does that alpha dude with a deft touch, creating a man few women could resist. They always make me laugh, and often make me cry. John Medina from ALL THE QUEEN’S MEN and Sam Donovan in MR. PERFECT happen to be standouts for me – ranking high in the “cool under pressure” and “hot in the most unexpected places” quotient for me. I love a hero with a dry sense of humor and keen intelligence…and just a little unsteady when it comes to the heroine. Linda Howard nailed all of that and more with these two.
And that leaves one hero to highlight, so I’m going to go with Zach Angelino as my last choice for a great guy, because he’s the center of attention in the book I’m out blogging about this week. I hope readers find the flawed, scarred, wounded, and tortured former Army Ranger as attractive as I did. In EDGE OF SIGHT, Zach reluctantly accepts the first assignment in his family’s fledgling security firm…protecting a woman he left high and dry after a heated, but brief, romance. Injured in Iraq, Zach’s not the same man he was when he first met Samantha Fairchild, and he’s deeply aware of that. But he has a job to do, and he does it well…claiming her heart (and the hearts of my readers, I hope!) in the process.
So, what makes a perfect (or imperfect!) hero for you? Who are your favorites? I’ll be popping in all day today to comment and answer any questions, and there is A GIVEAWAY, so drop a note.
And speaking of giveaways, I’d like readers to know that they can read a “FREEQUEL” called Taken To The Edge on my web site – a free short story that is the prequel to EDGE OF SIGHT. It tells the story of how Sam and Zach first met, their crazy hot but sadly brief affair, and their heartbreaking goodbye. I hope it gives readers a glimpse of what to expect in the book, and some insight into the backstory of these characters. Just go to www.roxannestclaire.com and click on the Free Reads page for a downloadable file. Enjoy!
We completely agree with you that flawed heroes--whether in young adult or in romance--are the best. Thank you for this wonderful post! For more on Rocki, you can like her on Facebook, follow her on Twitter and visit her website.
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The heartbreak she can't forget . . .
The one man who can stop them both.
When Samantha Fairchild witnesses a murder in the wine cellar of the restaurant where she works, the Harvard-bound law student becomes the next target of a professional assassin. Desperate for protection the authorities won't provide, Sam seeks help from Vivi Angelino, an investigative reporter who recruits her brother, Zach, to protect Samantha. A Special Forces vet with the scars to prove he's equally fearless and flawed, Zach takes the job, despite the fact that he and Sam once shared a lusty interlude that ended when he left for war and disappeared from her life. Now, as they crack a conspiracy that leads to Boston's darkest corners, Sam and Zach must face their fears, desires, and doubts, before a hired killer gets a second shot... (Blurb taken from the Hachette website)