If you've not read any of her Wilde romances, you're missing out, cause Janelle Denison knows how to write a hero. And we loves us some heroes, don't we, Bellas?
For the second day of PlotMonkeys.com 'King of the Jungle' Week, Janelle's talking with us about a favorite of many a romance fiction fan, so let's have right at it! But before I forget my manners, Buongiorno, Janelle, and welcome to RBtheBlog...
First off, I wanted to issue a great big THANK YOU to Michelle for inviting the Plotmonkeys to play here at Romance: By the Blog! It's great to be here!
Though I've written many types of heroes over the years, lately the "King of the Jungle" in my novels have been leaning more toward "the protector". The protector is a man who is loyal, honest, and believes strongly in defending his family, close friends, and his lover. Whether he is an executive, blue-collar worker, cop, or an ex-Marine, these are traits that my male characters are very likely to possess. To me, there is nothing sexier than a man who puts the heroine's safety before his own. A man who will lay down his life for the one woman who holds his heart.
Another appealing aspect of The Protector is his body, of course. In order to be a strong, formidable kind of guy, he needs to be in shape physically. He's got rock hard abs, muscular arms, and a solid chest. Take a look (and a second look, if you'd like) at the guys posted on today's blog, and you'll get my drift!
In my upcoming Wilde story, BORN TO BE WILDE (Sept. Berkely), my hero, Joel, is the ultimate protector and guardian. He's also a warrior, an ex-Marine who has seen his share of death and destruction in a hellacious war that honed every one of those protective instincts. Now, years after leaving the military, he's making good use of those skills working as a security specialist. Except he never, ever, expects to fall for a woman he's sworn to protect, and his feelings for Lora Marshall end up messing with his head, his emotions, and his ability to keep her safe. Oh, yeah, and his libido, too!
What I find so appealing about writing a "protector" is the fact that there usually needs to be some kind of close proximity between the hero and heroine for a good part of the story. The hero's goal is to keep the heroine safe, and that requires plenty of close contact . . . which usually leads to the kind of hot sexual tension that makes the pages sizzle! Now that's my kind of book!
FUN GIVEAWAY: Whoever posts on today's blog will be eligible to win an autographed copy of Janelle's book, TOO WILDE TO TAME, and other Wilde goodies (or another book, if you already have that one!).