Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Giveaway and Guest Post: Swoon-worthy Heroes by Addison Fox

Please help me welcome author Addison Fox to A Buckeye Girl Reads! She's here today talking about Swoon-worthy heroes and has a giveaway! Here newest book, Merger To Marriage, which released on May 13th. The giveaway is at the end of the post! 

My thanks to Colette for having me today!

In preparation for this blog, Colette posed this question to me – “What is your favorite type of hero to write?”

This is a great question because while I have favorites when I read, I can’t say I have a particular favorite when I write. Every hero I write is special to me and each sort of springs to my mind fully formed (or mostly formed!!) as the idea comes to me. I’m a very character-driven writer and my stories always come to me as characters first, with the plot and setting then wrapping around them.

That said, I thought I’d write about what I love about each hero type. What makes them tick and what excites me about them as a romantic hero.

1 – The Bad Boy

::Sigh:: Oh, oh, oh, the bad boy. What is it about these men that make us swoon with delight? The bad boy is a tough one to write because not only must you write a convincing hero, but you also need to show why – deep down inside – he’s worthy of our heroine. But when you do….wow, is the bad boy one of my absolute favorites.

2 – The Warrior

While I suppose the warrior is technically an occupation, I love a hero with a cause. Although they’re far more prevalent in paranormal romance, even outside of life-and-death-the-world-will-blow-up-in-three-days stakes you can find the warrior hero. He’s a man who wants to make the world a better place and believes it’s his responsibility to do that. Who wouldn’t love that?

3 – The Geeky Hero

My heart might go pitter-patter over a bad boy but the moment a geeky hero takes charge on the page (especially in the love scenes) my heart just flips over. I love a character who is often underestimated but, instead, is simply biding his time to make a stand. When that stand is all about how much he loves the heroine….oh my, there’s not much better than that!

4 – The Boy Next Door

The boy next door is a fun one to write. Who doesn’t love the town good guy – the one who everyone’s known since he’s in diapers. The one who can always be counted on to pitch in and help, no matter the circumstance. The one you think might be a bit too nice until you get to know him and realize there’s a tiger underneath. Wow, do I love it when that happens!

5 – The Alpha Male

And that brings me to the Alpha Male. While there are several elements in common between the bad boy and the alpha male, there is something about a take-no-prisoners alpha that just leaps off the page. These are incredibly driven men and their slide into love is completely unexpected – to them.  (To a writer, it’s a juicy thing to play with, flipping his expectations right on an ear!)

Holt Turner, the hero of my latest release, MERGER TO MARRIAGE, is an alpha male. He’s determined to make something of himself (a.k.a. buying up and running the free world) and he’s quite pleased with his life. It’s only when Mayson McBride stumbles into his life, falling – literally – into his arms that he begins to realize his drive to succeed at all costs has been rather empty.

What about you? What are some of your favorite heroes to read? What did you love about them?

Happy Reading!

Author Bio:

Addison Fox can't remember a time when words weren't a part of her life. An avid reader, she can be found with a book in her hand nearly every time she has a free moment.
Her latest release, MERGER TO MARRIAGE, is the second in her "Boardrooms and Billionaires" trilogy for Entangled Indulgence. Three sisters at the helm of their family magazine empire. Three powerful men who love them.
You can find Addison in various places and she loves to connect with readers!

Title: Merger To Marriage
Author: Addison Fox
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Boardrooms & Billionaires #2
Publisher: Entangled
Number of Pages: 166

One night of passion…
Mayson McBride has spent the last decade restoring her family’s magazine empire with her two sisters. She loves what she does, but she can’t shake the feeling something’s missing. Which is why she jumps at the chance–incognito–for a single night of no-strings-attached sex with Holt Turner. A once in a lifetime connection… Holt’s been unable to forget the woman he shared one night of explosive passion, and he’s thrilled to get reacquainted with her at a weekend house party. What he doesn’t expect are the immediate feelings of need and desire–emotions he keeps firmly in check–upon their reunion. A forever commitment…
When Mayson and Holt’s single night together leads to unexpected consequences, both must decide what matters most. Especially when a threat from Holt’s past promises to ruin their relationship before it’s barely begun.

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