This weekend (Oct. 19 – 22) I am participating in an awesome blog hop organized by Carrie Ann Ryan: The Alpha Male Blog Hop. The prizes are awesome, a huge number of readers and writers are participating, but best of all, it is about Alpha Males and their place in romance and other fiction 😉
Personally, I’m a huge fan of alpha males (which is probably why my novel Protector is so full of them LOL). However, it’s not their force, strength and leadership qualities that I admire most. For me, the thing I like most about alpha male heros lies in the part of the story when the strong and silent, stoic and macho, alpha male realizes he is really not all that strong. This usually happens when he falls in love for the first time. That’s when the mask comes off and the firecrackers begin. Because alphas are nothing if not passionate and capable of pretty much anything. At least the ones I like best, and the ones I write 😉
My favorite alpha male hero is, of course, Protector Kae, the main male character in my novel Protector (Anniversary of the Veil, Book 1). In the story Kae falls madly, deeply in love with Princess Issa. Not only is this kind of love prohibited, but Issa also only looks on Kae as just a friend. Still, he is the only one who can help her when things go awry. Will he stay as far away from her as possible in order to forget her, or risk his own pain to help her? A tough choice for anyone to make, most of all an alpha male.
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Duty versus love is the one battle warrior Kae doesn’t know how to fight.
Kae has trained his entire life to become an elite Protector of the Realm. But when he earns that honor he finds himself protecting something far greater: the Veil separating two worlds. On one side of the Veil lie untold stores of magic. On the Realm’s side, magic is all but obliterated, and Kae is one of the few who can use it. The priests who secretly rule the Realm will do everything they can to control his growing magical abilities. He’s willing to pay the price, even though it comes between him and Issa, the princess he loves.
But the Veil has weakened over a thousand years and powers on both sides will stop at nothing to keep it intact. Strangers from the other side have kidnapped Issa to take her across the Veil and sacrifice her to strengthen it. Kae is the only one who can find her. If he goes after Issa, he loses everything he’s worked so hard for. But if he chooses duty over love, Issa will die.
What about you? Do you usually prefer the Alpha or Beta Hero?
Comment below, for a chance to win these awesome prizes:
1st Grand Prize: A Kindle Fire or Nook Tablet – Winner’s Choice (International)
2nd Grand Prize: A $130 Amazon or B&N Gift Card- Winner’s Choice (International)
3rd Grand Prize: The following Swag Pack! (US Only)
On Sunday a winner will be picked from among all the commenters on all the blogs participating in this blog hop. IMPORTANT: To be eligible for the grand prize drawing you must leave a comment on the first blog post of the hop, i.e. the one posted on October 19!
So after you comment on my blog, visit the blogs of the other participants of the Alpha Male Blog Hop and you can enter into the drawing for the grand prizes there as well. Yup, you can enter over 200 times!
But that’s still not all. I am also doing a little giveaway of my own 😉 I’m giving away a $10 Amazon or B&N Gift Card (winner’s choice)! You know, to go toward the purchase of all the awesome books available through during this Blog Hop. Enter through the RaffleCopter below. There are many ways to more entry points! Remember to also leave a comment to be entered into the grand prize drawing. And, if you also use the option to sign up to my New Releases Newsletter you get 3 entries into my Gift Card giveaway and a handy list of all the characters in the book. IMPORTANT: After you sign up for my newsletter and comment on this post, remember to confirm you did both those things on the RaffleCopter widget, otherwise your entry does not register).
WHERE ELSE CAN YOU WIN?
Here is a list of all the authors and bloggers participating in the Alpha Male Blog Hop. Visit their blogs, comments on their posts, and win awesome prizes!
The Hop will last from October 19th at 10am EST until October 22nd at 11:59pm EST. Good luck!!!