Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Tawny Weber GuestBlog: Blazing Hawt Heroes

From Michelle: Tawny Weber's current "Coming on Strong," and next month's "Going Down Hard" are examples of sexy contemporary contemporary romance at its best. Women who pretty much know what they want and are on their way to getting it get the men they deserve in the sexy wrapper that is the Blaze category romance. Please welcome Tawny with your warmest "What great 'gammas'" Bella buongiorno...

From Tawny: I absolutely love writing for romances Harlequin Blaze. I’m a lifelong romance reader, and have been reading Blaze from its beginning. Like many romances, it covers all of my favorite reading requirements: sexy stories, a variety of plots, strong heroines and hunky heroes. These are just such fun books to write, mostly because they are such fun books to read. It’s great to read the journey of two people coming together, overcoming conflicts and falling in love with each other. And, of course, I’m a sucker for happy endings.

Did I mention the hunky heroes? Yeah, that’d definitely be one of the main reasons I love to read romances. Of course there’s also the setting and the type of romance – contemporary or historical, paranormal or suspense.

Have you noticed that, at least for me, it always comes back to the hero.

Whether the hero is a powerful CEO in a suit, a hunky cowboy in a Stetson or a soldier in uniform, they all appeal in different ways. I have to admit, I’m probably the biggest fan of gamma heroes, but I wouldn’t say no to an alpha hero. Of course, I’ve read quite a few betas I’d be happy to read again, too. If the hero has those qualities that make him sexy in my mind, he’s a winner. To me, sexy is a strong man with a lot of talent... (hmmm, where did everyone’s mind just go?) A hero who’s good at what he does, who makes the heroine hot and shows her that she’s the most amazing woman in the world.

So my question to you – what is your favorite kind of hero? Has your taste in heroes changed lately? Do you always fall for the bad boy? Or is it the soldier boy that does it for you? From what I hear, the Bellas have the best taste in heroes...

Note from Michelle: Check out Tawny's items at Brenda Novak's Online Auction for Diabetes in the RBTB & Friends section! Grazie, Tawny!
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Friday: Brenda Novak visits to kick off her Online Auction for Diabetes Research.

97 comments:

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

Buongiorno, Bellas! Tawny's on West coast time today, and'll be visitin w/ us a little later. I'm lookin forwrd to it. These Blazes of hers are super, and I wanted to have her visit during the first's release, so you could look forward to next month's. I'm hoping she'll tell us a little about the books and the relationship between the heroines, etc.

And, Tawny, I've got a question for you, but I"ll wait awhile...

As the Bellas will tell you, my taste in heroes has changed frighteningly little: big in all ways; emotionally unavailable; financially independent; brilliant, but effortlessly so; only able to change enough to fall in love and get mostly civilized.

Yet, even though they're my favorites, I pretty much enjoy any hero who doesn't give over all his power to the heroine and let her rescue him all the time. That may be romantic and work for some readers -- and can work in many books. But for me, it seems as inequitable as when the hero rescues the heroine repeatedly (w/same exceptions as above for opposite).

But for my "off-time" reading, it's generally gonna be the alpha who draws me in. And he always needs a heroine who's dominant and aggressive in some way -- emotionally, sexually, intellectually -- to run him to ground, so I'm happy on all counts.

Julie in Ohio said...

Morning, Bellas!! Welcome, Tawny!!

When it comes to heroes all I can say is "Yes, please".
I like them all. But if cornered and told to make one choice, my favorite would have to be the overprotective type that will stop at nothing to keep his heroine safe.

Michelle, I think you're right. Whoever the hero is the heroine has to be a good match for him. I would much rather read about a heroine who has a mind of her own. I don't want my girl to be lead around like a puppy. It's more fun when they butt heads and the tension is so thick you could cut it with a knife. ;o)

amy*skf said...

Unless she's being led around like a puppy in the...oh, never mind.

Hello Tawny, ooh I love your titles, can't wait to read them. I adore Blazes--they can be so many different things yet still retain the sexy love story with the HEA.

Yeah, Jules, I concur on the "yes, please." In romances I like him alpha--and I want sparks, I want the H and H to be able to spar with something, intelligence, humor, sex--something. In other words I want them to be equals, or almost equals in one aspect.

Does that make sense?

amy*skf said...

P.S. Michelle, you were right, once you explained the log in process at B&N--it were easy!

MarthaE said...

Welcome Tawny! Hello Michelle and Bellas! I have to agree to the "yes, please" - give me heroes! I do like the historical rogues who can only be matched (I started to say tamed but who really wants them fully "tamed?" by a strong, intellectual woman! Guess that would apply to modern rogues or bad boys too! Most important for me is underlying integrity and sense of humor to cope with the struggles of life!

Hmm- I have to go look up or somebody needs to tell me - what is a gamma hero?
I like the names of your books too! I haven't read a Blaze book for a couple years so my Q: how hot are they?

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

I'm glad you brought up the safety issue, Jules, cause I still love the theme of 'refuge' in romances. Whether the hero provides it with his bare hands, or gives a hn the 'prtection' of his name and home and family in an historical, for instance, I love the point in a romance when the heroine feels she's finally safe. Sometimes it's when a really kick-ass hn finally can put the guns down for a sec and take a breather cause the h's got her back. And sometimes he literally keeps her safe cause he's bigger/stronger/has more physical/social/whatever power.

Refuge/sanctuary. Just love it.

Thanks, ames, but I gotta give marthaE the props for figuring it out.

Ames, at the pton conference, one scholar dared authors, etc. to 'eroticize equality,' rather than perpetuating the fear driving fantasy for some women(and she wasn't saying this in a negative way, rather she was a very pro-woman, positive, fascinating presenter). I'll have her on soon to explain that fully so you can see how it really fits in w/some of the discussions we've had about why some of us dig the 'overbearing hero,' the 'ravishment' fantasy and some others we 'think we shouldn't' as evolved women and feminists.

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

I'm with you on the "I started to say tamed but who really wants them fully "tamed?"," MarthaE! I like when the guys' old friends' razz em about how 'useless' they've gotten since they've hooked up, then those same guys get bowled over in the next books, too. :) And I'm hoping Tawny'll clue us in on the gammas, too.

Oh, now, Tawny probably can tell us about the Blaze sensuality guidelines, also. I think they're pretty hot, with more descriptive sensuality, but I think they're short of the 'erotic romance' tag. The ones I've read still only are hetero and one partner per. Anybody else got a better sense? Tawny?

Buffie said...

Hey Tawny **waving madly** Smooches to my hottie gal lpal!!!

As you already know Tawny, I love just about any hero who can bring the heat and love with all his heart.

To all the bellas . . . if you haven't read Tawny's books you really need to race to the store and pick them up. Her books are always fun reads with heros who will have you fanning yourself!

Hope everyone is having a great day!

Tawny Weber said...

Hi Michelle and thanks so much for having me :-) It sounds like you have a very firm grasp on your hero preferences *g* I totally agree with you on the balance of power between the hero and heroine, that's a major reading point for me, too.

Tawny said...

Hi Julie :-)

Mmmm a hero she can count on? That's definitely the kind of hero I love to read, too. I'm not as into the overprotective angle, but it would definitely add to the conflict and knife-thick tension, huh?

Like you, I've never been into reading a doormat heroine. I want to be empowered and inspired by the heroines I read.

Do you have a favorite here of all times?

Anna Campbell said...

Hi Tawny! Hi Michelle! Hi Bellas! Hey, how cool you're featuring one of my favorite writers and favorite people (not a coincidence, I feel!) on RBTB today. Let's partay! Actually, girls, if you really want to get Tawny all hot and bothered, mention...shoes!

Why did I suddenly picture Tim Curry in fishnets talking about antici...pation there? Hmm...

Tawny, I adore both your new books as you know because I tell you every five minutes. Loved Bella and Mitch but I think I got even more from Sierra and Reece's story. It's so hot and intense and the sexual tension? Whoooweeeee! And somehow the hat added to it. I'm not quite sure why ;-)

I'm not convinced by gamma and beta heroes. I think they're all alpha at heart. Because all these supposedly alphas and gammas at heart will do anything to keep the heroine safe and when the chips are down, they turn into leaders and true heroes. That to me is an alpha.

Tawny said...

Amy*skf, that makes total sense!

The titles are fun, aren't they?! I love writing for Blaze and that variety they offer is one of the exact reasons! They are always love stories with a HEA, they are always super sexy, and usually the heroine is strong. But after that, they could be anything *g*

amy*skf said...

Tawny, can you talk more about the gamma hero--who is he? I know gamma is third, but does he have both attributes of alpas and betas or what?

Anna! You cheeky wench.

Tawny said...

Hi Martha :-)

Hmm, to take those questions backward *g* How hot are Blazes? Hot. But honestly, I don't think I'd call them erotica hot. The books are really all about the sexual tension, the sexual hook. There are always a few fully detailed love scenes, sometimes a little kink. But the bottom line is that Blaze is Harlequin, so they always stay true to two things (the Harlequin Promise): A happy ever after. And one hero/one heroine.

Hmm, gamma hero? You know, that might be a writer term someone coined LOL. An alpha hero is that take-charge, I'm the boss hero, right (Anna Campbell's heroes for example)? A beta hero is more the geeky guy or boy next door hero (like Vicki Lewis Thompson's geeks). A Beta is the combination of the two. He's the guy next door who rescues the hero from the villain, who doesn't HAVE to be in charge (ala the alpha hero) but has no problem stepping in and taking charge if he sees the need.

did that make sense?

Keira Soleore said...

Hey Tawny!!! So cool to see you popping all over the intrywebs. Congratulations once again on a superbly-told story. I was at Target an hour ago, and they were sold out on the book. I the price sticker, so asked them about more stocks. They have more book ordered. Target seems to be my benchmark, because if its there, then the big box stores have it.

Anna Campbell mentioned "gamma" heroes. Hoooray!! My mission to make this term au courant is done.

Keira Soleore said...

Oooh, others are now discussing gamma heroes. (rubbing hands in glee) Carry on, carry on.

Tawny said...

Eroticise equality? I love that! I think thats one of the things I love best about writing Blaze - these are sexually aware, very comfortable with their own sexuality, heroines.

Not that there isn't appeal in the rescue me, take me up against the wall and strip me of the responsibility having to choose, let me be wild without consciously releasing my inhibitions, type of encounter. (and wasn't that the longest run on description in the world *g*). I think that is a fantasy in itself, isn't it?

But so is being totally involved and aware of your own desires and needs and how to satisfy them (speaking for the heroine, of course *g*)

Beth said...

Hey, all! I can honestly attest to the fact that Tawny's stories are fabulous - hot, sexy, fun and emotional :-)

I love all kinds of heroes (anyone else humming I Need a Hero? No? Just me? *g*) although I suppose I prefer the gamma hero by just a smidge. And of course I love a bad boy or tortured hero with a heart of gold ;-)

So, Tawny, tell us, how do you celebrate a new sale?

Tawny said...

Anna!!! You had to mention shoes, didn't you?! LOL - my favorite thing, right next to hot, sexy heroes.

btw, are we doing the Time Warp? I'm in!!! And much love and thanks for the raves about my books- you're the best!!

So- really? You don't believe in beta and gamma? Okay, so I'm not saying that ALL men (or women) wouldn't step up to the plate (and outside their natural comfort zone) to be heroic, to save the one they love, and act alpha. But... do you believe that people (heroes and heroines) NATURALLY fall into levels of aggressive living? The alpha is more likely to be that bad boy, or that cut-throat CEO, or that no-questions-asked Navy Seal. The Beta is more likely to be computer programmer who creates erotic games (that'd be my upcoming September Blaze, btw *g*). The Beta? A computer geek cop (Double Dare) His natural tendency is toward solitary, behind the scenes work, he's more interested in the puzzle than the score.

We rarely term heroes as shy and retiring, like we would heroines - but aren't some? Can you imagine a hero-makeover story with an Alpha hero? Actually... hmm, there's a lot of conflict in that. Maybe...

Tawny said...

Buffie *waving wildly back* Its so cool to see you here!!! Did you see Castle??? (sorry, off track?! although... there's a Gamma hero for you *g*)

Thank you for the kudos *g* I love that you love my books LOL

Tawny said...

Doh, meant to say a GAMMA is the combination of the two - combining alpha and beta *g* sorry about that

Kathleen Long said...

A strong man with talent... Sorry, I'm still working over...I mean...thinking over that sentence. ;o)

Love those heroes, Ms. Weber -- especially yours! My copy of Coming On Strong is sitting right here next to me.

Please keep writing heroes we love to love! ;o)

orannia said...

Morning Michelle & Bellas and welcome Tawny!

Thank you for the explanation on beta and gamma heroes Tawny (and thank you Martha for asking the question because I was about too!). Which do I prefer? Hmmmm. I like reading about alpha heroes, but there is a fine line between alpha and domineering/bullying IMO. In real life...I'm not so sure. I think, considering my self esteem, I would be completely devoured by an alpha male. Then again, maybe that wouldn't be such a bad thing *grin*

Tawny - all the best with the release of Coming on Strong and Going Down Hard!

Tawny said...

Keira, I'm all over the place LOL Its so awesome to see you here, too.

WOW that Target is bringing in more. fingers crossed these books do well *g*

And hey... wanna talk Gamma?

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

tawny, I know this was a typo: He's the guy next door who rescues the hero from the villain, who doesn't HAVE to be in charge, but I really wish those guys were my neighbors!

Thanks for the gamma info. Amy and I were conjecturing this am about it. I was just thinking about the way they used to call a chick's leg's, 'gams,' too.

Tawny said...

Beth :-) Hey you!! (everyone, Beth is my awesome critique partner and often my one link to sanity).

How do I celebrate sales? Shoes, baby *g*

I love shoes. I buy a new, special pair for every book contracted (altho I admit, because my two anthologies were in the same contract, I deemed that a single pair of shoes). I've already picked out my 9th pair (really good aerobic tennis shoes) but am searching for the 10th and 11th... anybody seen any hot shoes lately they could recommend?

Tawny said...

LOL Kath... you keep working on that. And hey, congrats again on your RITA nom - you totally rock!

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

hiya, anner! I thought I was the only one who thought of jim carrey that way. I felt the same about these books. The h/hn are real equals, which is cool and sexy.

tawny writes: I think that is a fantasy in itself, isn't it? Yeah, tawny, for me, both the run-on form and the 'take charge/rid me of responsibility up against the wall' are fantasy at their best. :)

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

hi, keira! so nice to see you, as always! I have to turn my head in the opposite direction of the books while at Target; too tempting. Usually pharmacy's xcross. Not so tempting. So you're the responsible GammaGirl?

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

sheesh, tawny, I just like reading how you describe this stuff.


ooo, Orannia, I LIKE that. Very cheeky. 'morning!

Hullo, Kathleen! So nice to see you! Really, Tawny seems to be getting everyone going, no? It's a big compliment when one's colleagues like one's books, too.

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

oh, tawny! I got these totally hot shoes as a treat for a meeting I had coming up. I wore them and they, like, mutilated my feet. Kicker? I don't want to not wear them again. I'm in, like, tears over them. They're these sweet little black and white wedges. But they're the wedges from hades. but they're so sweet. I never knew I was so girly about shoes. Maybe it's just these shoes.

Oh, yeah, all best on the nod, Kathleen.

Keira Soleore said...

Michelle and Tawny, I've been throwing out gammas for a while now, but now that the Great, the Fabulous, the Only Anna Campbell has mentioned it, we can finally talk freely about them. Phew!

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

Well, keira, it's very cool that you started a dialogue about this type of hero. As for our anner, she has a way of making the once unutterable fashionable. I like to think of that as panache. She might call it something different, I'm thinkin. :)

Tawny said...

Hi Orannia :-)

Thanks so much for the good wishes.

LOL on the fine line of alpha, and self-esteem challenge. Those are both great points. But the alpha hero would be a source of finding ones own 'inner strength' (hmm, no pun intended but it does work pretty well, huh?)

Tawny said...

I think that is a fantasy in itself, isn't it? Yeah, tawny, for me, both the run-on form and the 'take charge/rid me of responsibility up against the wall' are fantasy at their best. :) Mmmm, definitely LOL. And that against the wall fantasy incites both helplessness and absolute power.

Working theory (and totally off the top of my head, so feel free to shred it *g*) With alpha heroes, the heroine tends to give up a portion of her own personal power. With betas and gammas, they meet on equal ground- both taking turns being on top... um, so to speak *g*

Tawny said...

Really, Tawny seems to be getting everyone going, no? It's a big compliment when one's colleagues like one's books, too. Thanks, Michelle :-) I think its one of the highest compliments. I'm definitely lucky to have great friends *g*

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

But the alpha hero would be a source of finding ones own 'inner strength' Can you expound on that a little, tawny? I'm really interested in the issue of self-esteem in characters and readers. i may not be grasping this point.

Buffie said...

Tawny, yes I did watch Castle (as if I would miss that show!). Another fabulous episode, didn't you think so? I love that he is now playing poker with the Mayor, Police Chief, and Beckett's boss :0

Tawny said...

They're these sweet little black and white wedges. But they're the wedges from hades.Noooooo... I have shoes like that. Not the look, but the misery. Its just wrong that something so pretty should cause such agony!!!

You have my sympathy :-(

Anna Campbell said...

Ooh, Tawny, not sure I agree with you. I think the fun of an alpha hero is when he meets that alpha heroine and they end up creating an equal relationship at the end. Love the give and take. I hate to think any heroine ends up the loser in a romance. She may change her definition of power, but I don't think she gives it up! JMHO!

Anna Campbell said...

Goodness, reading this backward. What are you smokin' this morning, KS?

Keira Soleore said...

*snork*

flip said...

I have loved both alpha heroes and gamma heroes, but I have a soft spot for alphas. Of course, it is a fantasy

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

truly, anner c, she looks so demure in that fetching bonnet...

flip! i've got that same soft spot. Oh, sush, you cheeky Bellas.

Tawny said...

But the alpha hero would be a source of finding ones own 'inner strength' Can you expound on that a little, tawny? I'm really interested in the issue of self-esteem in characters and readers. i may not be grasping this point. Oooh, great question. Okay, lets see if I can do it justice.

An alpha hero is going to have definite opinions - he knows what he wants done and how he wants it done. A strong heroine will be able to stand toe to toe with him when her idea of what she wants is different. A more retiring heroine might want to... but can she? Will she?

In reference to Orannia's point about the fine line between the alpha hero and the bully --the alpha hero is going to make the heroine feel stronger, not put down. He'll make her believe in her own strength because HE believes in it. He's not threatened by her power, he's attracted to it.

For me, the real lure of reading romances is the characters growth (I know, I know, it should be the love scenes *g* but if they're done right, they are a part of the growth (don't groan, I didn't mean it that way!))

So I'm all for the alpha hero if he makes the heroine grow and feel good about herself. Will his way of relating help her find her overcome her inner conflict? Will she help him deal with the issues he's hidden away (and being alpha, probably not admitted he had *g*)?

Tawny said...

Buffy, the poker scenes were my favorite part of the show LOL!

Tawny said...

Anna?! You don't agree with me? What???? LOL

Good point, though - I never want to read about ANYONE giving up their own personal power (and every time I use that term, I think of this episode of Friends where the girls read a book on female empowerment... the wind, the trees, bending... so weird LOL)

But what about the heroines who, by the nature of their personalities and inner conflict, aren't as strong as the hero. Not in physical strength, but emotional strength? (btw, I'm a firm believer that the female of the species is almost ALWAYS emotionally stronger than the male... but I'm biased *g*)

Just like I think every character has an inner alpha that can be called on when the need arises (I'm all about the double entendres today, apparently) I think some heroines are more naturally alpha, and better paired with an alpha hero. But a Beta heroine? Would she grow and thrive with an alpha hero? Or would she do better with a beta or gamma hero?

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

Grazie, Tawny and apologies to you, orannie, I didn't catch that. Yes, T, that's exactly the thing a lot of folks miss with the alpha hero. Even in real life, some women are so strong that they need a strong or stronger guy to allow them to move toward self-actualization we try to head toward. But the guy has to be smart, and, as you said, not threatened by her. That's the true strength of any guy, especially on the page -- he often has more experience or resources, so he can offer the heroine something she needs to really be her strong ol self. This is especially true in historicals when the heroine's choices in terms of practicing strength were/are so limited.

Anna Campbell said...

Well, given I don't believe there's such a thing as a beta or a gamma hero (LOL!), what can I say? I always think a heroine needs to grow and come into herself by the end of a book. Even the more obviously alpha heroines need to have rethought their world and their priorities as a result of falling in love with the hero. I think in a good romance, they're both better people, more true to themselves at the end than they are at the start. So I like to think both of them have come into their power. Hmm, but then I'm a romantic ;-)

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

I must say, i think there's a place for the beta heroine -- which some call weak willed -- in a placeholder role for some women. That's why her books get published. Some strong women like the idea, the fantasy, of not having all -- or having to have all -- the answers all the time.

And, tawny, go on with the entendre. We're generally not so subtle, but we can learn.

Tawny said...

ROFL - Keira does look awfully sweet in that bonnet.

Flip, isn't that the biggest lure of reading romances? The fantasy?

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

Anna, I just try to pretend there's no such thing as a beta or gamma hero. I also pretend that there are no tall heroines. If I can work a kidney transplant into the equation, more's the better, but that never really works in your books, unless you could do one with a resurrectionist? Does that make me a bad girl? I'm so asham't.

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

Anna writes: So I like to think both of them have come into their power. I also think sometimes the alpha female learns to temper her power, need for dominance in the same way the alpha male does. I find that interesting and realistic, cause that's also hard in real life relationships for women whether among friends or lovers.

Princess Bumblebee said...

Hey, Bellas! Welcome, Tawny! Great to have you here. I don't really read a lot of the Blaze Romances, but I do loves me one every now and again. As for the heroes, the Alpha always gets it for me. Strong, demanding, and yes, talented, hehe. I know, cheeky, cheeky! hehe. Oh, and the bad boy! The more bad he is, preferably on a Harley, the better the reading, hehe! However, there is just something about a man in uniform. Bring on the soldier man!

Tawny said...

Even in real life, some women are so strong that they need a strong or stronger guy to allow them to move toward self-actualization we try to head toward.YES!!! I totally agree, Michelle. And like we women have found in dating *g* sometimes we have to go through a few guys until we find that one who pushes our buttons in a way that does exactly that.

Tawny said...

Well, given I don't believe there's such a thing as a beta or a gamma hero (LOL!), what can I say? LOL Anna. Well, in your books, there definitely isn't!!!

But, okay, lets take this from one of mine since we know you're heroes are all about the alpha.

You've read Coming On Strong - to me, the hero, Mitch, isn't an Alpha hero. He has some alpha tendencies, but if he were alpha, the story would have ended in the prologue. But in Going Down Hard, Reece is a definite alpha, even when the heroine wants him to chill out.

yes?

Princess Bumblebee said...

I just read all the comments and wow! there are a few. Interesting stuff here today. Love the Gamma term, hehe. Hmmm. As I said, I love the Alpha, but mostly because I'm an Alpha as well. Love that tension between the two, as someone already mention, when they butt heads. It's great!
Oh, and tortured and overprotective heroes are my faves! Gotta love em!

Anna Campbell said...

But Tawny, Mitch IS an alpha!!!! He's just a mature, self-aware alpha. He knows what he feels, he's willing to step up to the plate and make sacrifices to get it, he'd go to hell and back to keep Bella from getting hurt. What in that isn't alpha?

Anna Campbell said...

Oh, dear, not sure I'm quite so noir as to feature a resurrectionist. ;-) And honestly dead girls just have one thing on their minds!

Tawny said...

I also think sometimes the alpha female learns to temper her power, need for dominance in the same way the alpha male does. I find that interesting and realistic, cause that's also hard in real life relationships for women whether among friends or lovers. I agree, Michelle :-)

I think that traditionally the term alpha/beta/gamma have been assigned to the hero. But the tendencies isn't gender based, is it? I love reading alpha heroines, the strong in-your-face take charge kind who know exactly what they want and how they want it.

Like the alpha hero, the alpha heroine could slide over into bullying (sorry, I keep using Orannia's term *g*)if she isn't careful. But with a strong alpha hero? Their give and take is fabulous to read. And they are strong enough to accept -- and appreciate--the others strength.

jilljames said...

Tawny, great blog. I love alpha males. Men who know what they want and don't let anything stop them from getting it. Yummmm!

Tawny said...

Hi Princess Bumblebee - I love your name *g*

I have to admit, the bad boy is my all time fave hero ;-) YUMMMMMY

Tawny said...

But Tawny, Mitch IS an alpha!!!! He's just a mature, self-aware alpha. He knows what he feels, he's willing to step up to the plate and make sacrifices to get it, he'd go to hell and back to keep Bella from getting hurt. What in that isn't alpha?

I love how you describe my heroes LOL. Yum!!!

Okay- I totally agree with you. He has some major alpha yumminess going on. But... would you term him an alpha in the beginning? In his actions that led up to the prologue and his reaction to it? I wouldn't.

Tawny said...

Hey Jill :-)

Awesome to 'see' you here!!! And yes, I agree, definitely yummmm :-)

amy*skf said...

Oh I love Castle. And Tawny, that episode of Friends, literally kills me--literally.

I think Anna Campbell sees the alpha in everything. Yes? I can't wait to read Mitch's story so I can see for myself.

Tawny said...

Amy!! My new BFF *g* Isn't Castle just the yummiest!! (and since Anna hasn't seen it yet, I'm claiming Rick Castle as a gamma!!)

And yes, that episode of Friends slays me "You won't let me blow!" "But... sweetie, you know I like that..."

*snicker*

If you read Coming On Strong, you have to let me know what you think *g*

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

I think I love (and live) the term, "sees the alpha in everything." :)

principessa, thanks for bringing up the underserved alpha, the Alpha Biker Hero. My girlfriend and I have a saying, "It's all about the biker." Assuming Tawny will have some sort of double entendre to go along w/it, why does a guy straddling a bike make him more alpha?

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

OK, another TV show that I need to watch. I'm starting a TBW list of shows I really believe I'll one day view, but probably never will get to, all thanks you youz guys. Castle.

Hi, jilljames!

Tawny, will you give us the quick/dirty on the books to entice everyone,, please?

Tawny said...

Tawny will have some sort of double entendre to go along w/it, why does a guy straddling a bike make him more alpha? All that power between his legs? *g* But really, its the Harley bikers that make the best bad boys. Unbridled, rip-roaring power. Mmmmm. I wrote a 'doing it on the Harley' love scene in my second book, Does She Dare. I was so excited when the art dept put that bike on the cover!!!

As for more alpha, maybe its that biker's creed. The 'man and the road, nothing between him and the asphalt but leather and nerves'?

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

okey dokey. ayup. that does it for me ,Tawney. gulp

Christine Wells said...

Tawny, wow, this party is rocking! Hi Michelle, thanks for having Tawny on RBTB today.

Can't wait for GOING DOWN HARD. As you know, I love your books. Great tagline, too!

I love all kinds of heroes. I think they all have to be honorable at heart (the bad boys usually are) and they can't treat the heroine like a doormat. By the same token, I don't want them to be pushovers, either. But I've read and loved bad boys, strong silent types, charming rogues etc, etc. I'm not actually sure I know what a gamma is?

Tawny said...

Michelle, Castle rocks. If you get a chance, give it a peek. Great sexual tension, fab dialogue and such a sexy hero!!!

So, the down and dirty, huh *g*

Coming On Strong is my April Blaze, about a runaway bride with a twist. Six years after Belle left Mitch at the altar, he needs her help. But is he willing to deal with her turning his life--and resort--upside down? Given that she's temptation personified, he figures its worth it. Toss in a Belle's ideas to turn his luxury getaway into a sex resort, a little sabotage and a few secrets... and you have Coming On Strong *g*

Going Down Hard is the story about Belle's business partner and best friend, Sierra, and Mitch's cousin, Reeece - who is a security consultant. The two of them had a little... encounter... in Coming On Strong, so when Sierra is being stalked by a freak with a photoshop fetish, the last person she wants to deal with is the hunky cowboy who makes her lose control. But she and Belle have a huge job on the line, and to keep it, she has to let Reece in to help her. About the hardest thing she's ever had to do... other than him *g*

Tawny said...

Christine :-D HEY YOU!!!!

Thank you, I love yours right back.

As for gamma, darnit, now Anna has me wondering. I knew EXACTLY what gamma was this morning.... How does she do that??

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

Thanks, Tawny! But I must say, I'm shawked at the sexual play on words you insist on using. If you keep that up, young lady, I may have to...

hire you.

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

Hi, Christine!!! so nice of you to drop by! I really like how many folks are bringing up the ideer of the hero not being totally rehabilitated. I used to be a little dissatisfied when the formerly rough-n-raw hero suddenly was pushing the pram, as it were, and eschewing his pals to stay home w/his lady wife. It can be sweet, but it speaks to me more when he still raises hell yeah w/his also-or-also-once-were-bad-boys pals. I don't love any scenario -- especially in real life (but I'll tolerate it well in romance if the book's great) -- where men have to give up their natural guyishness in exchange for being able to communicate w/women. We've come farther than that.

That said, I know for many women, the 'he becomes squeaky clean for the love of a good woman' really resonates. I just want him to keep the rough n raw.

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

...in the romance. In real life, I want to give him the gift of letting him keep his guyishness. :) Don't want the rough/raw emotionally irl.

Christine Wells said...

Tawny, I knew you'd be a perfect fit for Michelle's blog!

I just read the comments and I see where you're coming from with the gamma. I think I thought Beta was gamma. Oh, dear.

Actually, that's always a sexy moment in a romance--when a fairly laid back hero steps up to defend the heroine or shake sense into her or whatever and shows the steely core beneath. Mmm.

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

Um, no, I think you were confused, Christina. What you thought was a beta, actually was an epsilon. And you also were confused in thinking the gamma was the sigma.

Glad I could clear that up for you.

:)

flchen1 said...

Uh, I seem to have stumbled into a weird society of Greek-lettered somethings... Hi, Tawny! Hi, Michelle! Tawny, just wanted to say that I've loved all your heroes! Can't wait to fall in love with Reece, too! As for what I like to read, it really depends a bit on my mood, and also on the writer--in the hands of a gifted writer, I'm sure I could fall in love with just about any kind of hero! (Uh, that sounded kind of... slutty... or um, easy... oops!)

Tawny said...

Fedora!! I'm all for sounding a little slutty... um, easy, um... open minded!!!

and hi back ;-) I love that you love my heroes LOL

Tawny said...

LOL about hiring me, Michelle!

Any day, just say the word ;-)

Kate Pearce said...

Just wanted to say hi Tawny and congrats on the latest book!

Tawny said...

Michelle, its a little emasculating to see a once Harley riding, butt-kicking, in your face hero doing dishes, huh? I think the best stories are the one that show the characters STILL who they were, only in love. Yes, I realize there are compromises, but that Harley bad boy doesn't have to sell his bike for a mini-van. He can plop the kid on the leather seat and hold her there while he tells her fairy tales where the hero rides in on his bike to rescue the heroine, who has already kicked the villain's butt and is only waiting for a ride home *g*

Tawny said...

Actually, that's always a sexy moment in a romance--when a fairly laid back hero steps up to defend the heroine or shake sense into her or whatever and shows the steely core beneath. Mmm. mmmm indeed, Ms. Christine ;-) Oh hey, Kath Long was by earlier and I wooted over her Rita nod. I need to give a big ole YAHOOOOOOOOOOO for yours too ;-) I'm so excited for you!!!

Tawny said...

Hi Kate :-)

Tawny said...

I want to give a big huge thank you to Michelle and the Bellas for making me so welcome and comfy today!! I had a ton of fun and really enjoyed the visit!!

amy*skf said...

Thanks Tawny--I now think I love gammas, unless that Anna Campbell comes back, then I'm all about the alphas...gawd knows, I don't want to piss her off.

Tawny said...

ROFLMAO Amy!!!

Me either...

Anna Campbell said...

Amy, I'm BAAAAAAACCK!!!

And I know where you live.

Actually that's a lie. But I know what you look like. I met you in SF. Hey, are you coming to DC? Would love to hang out some more.

Oh, no, now I don't sound so scary. I'll have to work on that...

Tawny, Mitch was just finding his inner alpha in the early part of that book. So there! ;-)

Tawny said...

ROFLMAO Anna... hmmm, that's definitely an interesting theory.

And how come I missed all the fun in SF? Amy, if Anna scares you (as if, she's such a sweetie) you look me up in DC *g*

amy*skf said...

Anna Campbell is so not scary--I love her to pieces. Anna, how could I forget meeting you?

I'm not going to DC--next year though for Nashville, I'm all over that.

Anonymous said...

Hi Tawny,

Congrats on your Blaze releases! By publishing with Harlequin, you're following in the footsteps of some of romance's greatest authors. Where would we be without Nora Roberts, for example. Many of us are so envious!

Having said that, do you find that publishing with Harlequin makes you vulnerable to insults? Four posts below, one of the commentors (Jacqueline George) said, "I am not at all embarrassed about writing romance, but pine for readers who want some thing more than the old-fashioned Mills 'n' Boon throwaway stories."

Of course, she tried to fix it in a later post where she said, "I did say ‘old-fashioned’ Mills ‘n’ Boon, which lets today’s writers off the hook. I meant the small books you used to see at supermarket check-outs, which were literally throwaway items."

(Of course, the old fashioned Mills 'n' Boon WOULD include Nora Roberts, but we won't go there.)

At another romance review site, I read that Blaze author Leslie Kelly-Parrish had been similarly slammed. She said, "I recently had a reviewer call one of my Blazes grocery store checkout trash by essentially interchangeable, nobody, no-name authors."

How do you deal personally with criticism like this, whether it be from posters on this blog or from grocery clerk check outs? Do you think Harlequin authors are more vulnerable than romance authors in general?

Tawny said...

Hey, great thought-provoking question :-)

I've only had one glass of tea, but I'll have a go at it *g*

There is criticism in everything. I don't think there's a job or choice someone makes that doesn't come with detractors.

But here's the thing. I'm really proud and thrilled to be writing for Harlequin. They have been my dream house since I started this whole writing journey. They are an amazing publishing company and my editor is one of the best in the business.

The reality is, romance in general gets slammed. A lot. Usually by non-readers. I really just try and ignore it.

If someone wants to criticize or insult my writing specifically? That I might get upset or hurt by (or, if I've got my big girl panties on that day, try and find something useful to improve my writing... but I rarely wear my big girl panties *g*) But if the are slamming romance in general or Harlequin in particular?

Hey, I'm writing for one of the biggest publishing houses in the world. I'm doing exactly what I want, exactly where I want. And I love it. Anyone who slams that just doesn't get it :-)

Anonymous said...

Hi Tawny,

Great answer! Have you read "Beyond Heaving Bosoms" by Sarah Wendall and Candy Tan? They've got a chapter in there called "Defending the Genre."

I think it's appropriate reading material for both romance readers and romance authors who have to defend themselves against the slings and arrows of outrageous mouths. (I even think its appropriate for Jacqueline George who said: "I think most publishers believe their readers are too stupid to enjoy anything that ventures into three dimensions. Arrogant b*****s!" in a comment 4 blogs below. Do you think 'b****s!" meant 'Bellas'?)

After providing many smartass answers to give to people rude enough to question your reading (or writing) material, Wendell and Tan delve into the reasons why one person might question the reading tastes of another.

It's great reading, and very thought provoking.

(My personal favorite is Smart Bitch Law #1: "Thou shalt not diss the reading material of another person merely to elevate one's own.)

Thanks again for such a great answer, Tawny. I look forward to reading your books!

Tawny said...

I haven't read it, but I've seen it on Amazon. I'll have to check it out. I'm the kind who comes up with the snarky comeback about three hours after the insult *g* It sounds like an interesting read!!

Anna Campbell said...

Amy, Nashville it shall be!

Tawny said...

Party in Nashville!!!