Good Ol’ Boys…Why I Love Them and Think They Make Fantastic Alpha Heroes
First I’d like to thank Melissa for having me by today and thank all her readers for giving me a few minutes of your time today. J It’s great to be here and I’m thrilled to be talking about one of my favorite subjects…heroes!
I will never forget when A Slower, Lower Love—book one in this series—came out two years ago. I was so tickled because I’d had a really rough start in my career, had been to a couple of presses and quite frankly just wasn’t getting the sort of results I was hoping for in quality of service and promises delivered. I won’t get into the whole spill today about how I happened into Rebel Ink Press and will just say I was one of the five founders of the company and one of their first published authors. It was by fate, destiny, or divinity I ended up where I did and will be forever grateful as I fell I’ve bloomed as a writer under the careful eyes of my editing team.
A Slower, Lower Love was only my fourth release, but I’d made such strides in my craft I really was excited about getting it into the hands of reviewers because I knew after the careful attentions of E, Dawn and Sheri, I would no longer be getting hit for editing issues. Those days were over and I wasn’t as afraid of sending my work out.
People…sometimes we underestimate the power of fear…and as my Doms are often heard saying in my BDSM works—Fear is a good thing.
Never in a million years would I have ever thought to get a DNF notice from a reviewer who also posted it plain as day on her website that she had not finished it, but the worst part of the whole ordeal was why. She apparently wasn’t into the “good old boy network.” Um, no offense, lady, but did you bother reading my blurb or snippet before you said yes you’d like to see the ARC? If good old boys aren’t your thing…Delaware farmers should have pegged your do not review this meter.
I found it wholly unfair she didn’t finish my work based on her personal preference of hero type as I believe people should be judged on their ability to write a good story not on who they choose to play hero in their tale. And if they absolutely cannot give a fair and unbiased review based on that alone, well, my opinion is this, “You should not be a reviewer as you’re not subjective enough to do so.”
Regardless of our differing opinions, I learned a valuable lesson. I was entirely more careful who I allowed to have my work after that and ensured we were a good match in so far as content at least. If I got a one or a five was irrelevant—criticism should be a welcome thing, but DNF is simply unacceptable in my book.
So, why do I choose to write good ol’ boys? Well, ladies, I don’t know about you, but to me they are real men, real alphas. A billionaire is great if you can live on money alone, but I fear money is just simply not the foundation of a lasting love—you know the lifetime kind. I want a man with some skill past the boardroom. Not that I don’t write billionaires, I do all the time, but they have essential traits which would allow them to take care of their woman in the event of the zombie apocalypse where money would be utterly useless.
They must be able to start a fire with a piece of gum and a square of toilet paper and know which berries are edible. Being able to bring home the bacon and not from the grocery store is always a good thing, too. I mean, really, during a zombie attack, I’m sure the stores will be destroyed and we’ll have to depend on our own good means of surviving without the local butcher. My man needs to be able to provide the essentials by the sweat of his brow and the soil of the land—protection, food, shelter…oh yes, and lots of hot sex for that time around the fire started with the piece of gum and square of toilet paper…
So readers…do you turn down a good story because the hero doesn’t fit what your image of the alpha hero might be or are you willing to take a chance on the unknown, even if he’s a good ol’ boy?
Book 3, Slower Lower series
Rebel Ink Press
February 17, 2013
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When you’re the last man standing…
Not only was Logan Delaney the last of his siblings to remain unmarried and unsettled, his entire family believed he’d never find a wife. The baby of eight, he’s been dubbed an irresponsible player and told he’ll never amount to a hill of beans. And at one time, Logan may have been okay with those descriptions, but no more. On a quest to prove his worth, he’s spent the entire summer learning the family business, staying in at night, and saving his money. And if his family would stop meddling in his affairs and trying to dictate who he should and shouldn’t be seeing, he might just show them he’s found the one, Lizzy Jenkins.
And have a bad reputation to blame…
Elizabeth Jenkins had always known Logan Delaney existed, but he’d never so much as turned one glance her way until she handed him his butt on a silver platter in three sentences or less over the phone. After that it seemed at every turn there he was and the more she resisted the heat building between them, the bigger the fire got. Until his family interfered. And why wouldn’t they? Between Logan’s legacy and her baggage, they were a disaster in the making.
Can you be trusted with a fragile heart?
But Logan doesn’t run when he finds out about Colby. In fact, he embraces Lizzy’s special needs son and defies the advice of everyone urging him to leave Lizzy alone. But after one moment of weakness, Logan finds himself knee deep in a marriage complete with the little boy whose father bailed before his birth and Lizzy’s grandfather, who needs constant care as well. Then there's the man who just might be the demise of it all.
With a mixture of emotions swirling through her, Lizzy watched the same storm overtake Logan’s features which was brewing inside her. A veritable lightning bolt passed between them as soon as he’d touched her. She knew she’d always been attracted to Logan, but the instant heat still scalding her skin from his fingers left her unsettled. It was but a mere couple of hours prior she was trying to convince herself she could do with some sort of quickie sexual gratification, although she’d admitted it could never be with Logan, and now she wanted nothing more and the door to her emotions was wide open leaving her vulnerable and believing maybe they could have both. And just as she was trying to tell herself to stop trusting the lies her deprived body was concocting, Logan decided to try to convince her he might be interested in more as well.
Where was Logan the player and who was the imposter sitting across the table from her who could probably talk her right into his bed with one sentence or less and keep her coming back heartbreak on the horizon or not?
As her pulse slowed a bit, she turned to look at Colby and reminded herself why she couldn’t be playing horizontal Twister with anyone let alone Logan. And she sure couldn’t go letting Colby think there was a reason to get too comfortable around him. He seemed to like Logan and the Delaney herd of kids and she didn’t want him getting his feelings hurt because she couldn’t control her hormonal urges. What if she made the mistake of screwing Logan’s brains out, things didn’t work out, and that made it awkward to be coming around anymore? This was the first time anyone had really taken them in and welcomed them unconditionally and she didn’t want to rob Colby of it.
Lila Munro currently resides on the coast of North Carolina with her husband and their two four-legged kids. She’s a military wife with an empty nest and takes much of her inspiration for her heroes from the marines she’s lived around for the past fifteen years. Coining the term realmantica, she strives to produce quality romance in a realistic setting. Her genre of choice is contemporary romance that spans everything from the sensual softer read to BDSM and ménage. When she’s not writing, she enjoys reading everything she can get her hands on, trips to the museum and aquarium, taking field research trips, and soaking up the sun on the nearby beaches. Her works include The Executive Officer’s Wife, Bound By Trust, Three for Keeps, the Force Recon series, the Slower Lower series, the Identity series, and the Private Collection. Currently she is working on two new series set to release summer of 2013, the At Your Service line and the Steele Image line. She’s a member in good standing of RWA. Ms. Munro loves to hear from her readers and can be found at Realmantic Moments Facebook Goodreads Twitter You can also contact her via email at firstname.lastname@example.org and you can find all her works at: Amazon ARe Nook Bookstrand
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