Monday, September 17, 2012

Dangerous Alpha Heroes #BlogHop - Who's Your Favorite Alpha?

What is it about powerful, dangerous male protagonists that make women go weak in their knees, their hearts to beat more forcefully, their breathing to accelerate? We see a damaged male with the power to destroy a city block, and we instantly swoon.

Traceon, one of my characters from my AKM series, is one such alpha male. In fact, he damn near stole the show from one of my other dangerous alphas, Micah, in Rise of the Fallen (book one of the series). And let me tell you, stealing the show from Micah is no small feat. Micah relishes in the spotlight and doesn't give it up easily.

Trace is the most dangerous and tormented of all my characters, and he's the one I get the most "fan mail" about: "When will you write Trace's book?" "I want more Trace." "Trace, Trace, Trace!" "I love Trace." "He's MINE!" He has built a loyal and rabid fan following of women who fight to be his, and his book is still 3 away from being published. Everyone wants to know what happens to him and who he will be paired up with, especially since it appears he has a connection with Micah, as well as with Micah's mate, Samantha.

The pitfall of charismatically dangerous alphas like Trace is that there is oftentimes a ton of pressure to make their stories perfect in the eyes of everyone, which is impossible. Just as with Vishous of the BDB and Acheron of the Dark Hunters, I'm sure Trace's book will receive its fair share of criticism. Inevitably, some fans will feel let down that he went this way instead of that way, but just as many will have felt let down had I taken him that way instead of this. All I can do as the author is stay true to my characters and give Trace the story he is demanding in my head. If I deviate from what he tells me he wants, he'll make me pay for it, but if I stay true to him, he will reward me in spades. Regardless, I will never shy away from writing about dangerous alpha heroes. I love them, readers love them, and they make for good stories.

My favorite alpha male is Micah from my own series. He has become a huge part of me and sizzles every time I write him into a scene. He's no holds barred and balls to the wall, and that's what I love about him. Before Micah, Vishous was my favorite (and do I really need to say where Vishous comes from? LOL). Now it's your turn to tell me: Who's your favorite alpha male?

Happy reading

PRIZES
I am giving away a $10 Amazon gift card to one lucky winner, as well as a free copy of one of my three AKM novels (your choice): Rise of the Fallen, Heart of the Warrior, or Micah's Calling. Make sure to leave your email so I can contact you if you win. If I am unable to reach the winner within 24 hours, I will draw a new winner.

Make sure to visit the other bloggers participating in this blog hop for more opportunities to win.


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75 comments:

  1. My favorite "Alpha" male is Braden MaCallister from Claiming the Highlander by Kinley MacGregor (Sherrilyn Kenyon). I just love him. The whole MaCallister series is good but Braden just steals your heart.
    anjrepetsky@verizon.net

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    1. Hmmm, I haven't read that series, yet. I'll have to make a note of it.

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  2. I've been an Acheron fan for quite a long time...but Micah's getting to me!! :) Deb

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    1. LOL. Yes, Micah has a way about him, doesn't he? I am still plugging away at the DH series and working my way toward Acheron.

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  3. my favorite alpha hero is hart mackenzie from the dukes perfect wife by jennifer ashley

    parsifan_ca@yahoo.com

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    1. I have a Jennifer Ashley book on my shelf (to be read). I don't think that's the book, though. So, another one I need to look into.

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  4. Bowen from Kresley Cole's series. Love alphas because you they are so tough but also so sweet.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    Megan G.
    megonski216(at)yahoo(d0t)com

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  5. Woohoo! Great theme for a hop! I love Dangerous Alpha Heroes!
    My favorite type of “Dangerous Alpha Hero” is a paranormal shifter like Bo Novikov in “Beast Behaving Badly” Thanks for being part of the hop and for the chance to win. <^_^>
    reneebennett35(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  6. Great Blog Hop!!! My favorite Alpha Hero, is one that is protective, hot, and Toothy I like my bad boys with a bite lol example Rhage from JR Wards BDB MMMMM so Yummy!!!

    Charitysbookaddiction at hotamil dot com

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  7. Curran. Always.
    bookeandloadedATgmailDOTcom

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  8. There are so many alpha males to choose from! Wraith from Demonica series and Gregory from Dark series are my two favorites!

    Thanks for a great giveaway!

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  9. I love Lucky from Eden Winters' DIVERSION.

    vitajex(at)aol(dot)com

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  10. My favorite alpha hero (of the moment) is Adam Montague from Kallypso Masters' Nobody's Hero. It changes whenever I read a new book.

    kesummer69 at gmail dot com

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  11. I'm going to have to go with the last addition to my long list of favorites. That's Tiger from Laurann Dohner's New Species series. He's just a sexy as hell example of an alpha male.


    Adria
    Breath of Life Reviews
    adria(.)rose_03(at)yahoo(.)com

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  12. I really can pick just one, but I'm getting a lot of ideas of those I haven't met yet during this hop.
    sallans d at yahoo dot com

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  13. Barrons from the Fever series and Connor Armstrong from the Moon Shifter series
    katerahm at gmail dot com

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  14. Zsadist from Lover Awakened by, JR Ward
    Thanks for the contest
    forettarose@yahoo.com

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  15. my fave often changes to the one most recently read -- I'm just fickle that way :) happily so since I read a bunch ;) looking forward to the next AKM story
    gamistress66 (at) aol (dot) com

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  16. My favorite is Vlad from Once Burned~ but your Micah certain sounds (and looks!) yummy! Thank you for the chance to win~~~
    MostlyMisha[at]gmail[dot]com

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  17. I have lots of favorites, but I'll choose Decebel from The Grey Wolves series

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  18. I have many, but my all-time favorite is Jamie Fraser from Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series.

    Thanks for participating in the hop and for the giveaway opportunity.

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  19. I am torn between Bones and Roarke.

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

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  20. I have to say my recent fav alpha hero is in the book "Leader of the Pack" by Lynn Richards. It's a shifter book and Jake's the alpha male....Intelligent, sexy, fair and loved his mate! It surprised me. I luv'd the story which I couldn't put down until I was finished. Thanks for the opportunity! Take care!

    Belinda belgre@comcast.net

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  21. I love Roarke and Joey W Hill's alpha heroes.

    Caity_mack@yahoo dot com

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  22. I love Julian from A Better Man by RJ Scott.
    Yvette
    yratpatrol@aol.com

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  23. My favorite is Azazel from Demon by Kristina Douglas. Love The Fallen series!

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  24. There is so many that I could name

    One that has stuck with me thru the years would be Clint from Promises Prevail

    Great question

    BeckeyWhiteATgmailDOTcom

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  25. I enjoy all the heroes from the Wings in the Night series - at least so far.

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  26. I love Curran and Barrons.
    sophie[AT]opoczta.pl

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  27. Vishous from BDB! THanks!
    hschrock24112 at yahoo dot com

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  28. Haven't read a lot of them cause I just found all of you. Thanks for being part of the hop.

    rfg dot wwe at gmail dot com

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  29. Dark Needs at Night’s Edge by, Kresley Cole
    Conrad is so hot. Def the reformed bad boy turned good with so bad left over LOL
    Thank you so much for the hop, swkimbell@yahoo.com

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  30. Mmm Vishous from BDB :) I'll take him any way, any day of the week! :)

    Thanks for an awesome giveaway! :)
    songbird1613 at yahoo dot com

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  31. Acheron, I just love him

    vampiremistress2010(at)gmail(dot)com

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  32. Tegan
    Midnight Awakening by, Lara Adrian

    terrilee.byles@yahoo.com

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  33. I would pick:
    Dark-Hunter series by Sherrilyn Kenyon: Ash, Sin, Fang, & Dev
    BDB by JR Ward: V & Rhage
    LOTU by Gena Showalter: Aeron, Strider, & William
    Edge of Honor by Lori Foster: Spencer, Dare, Trace, & Jackson
    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!
    cassandrahicks1989@yahoo.com

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  34. Jamie from Outlander.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  35. Bones, any of the Black Dagger Brothers or any of Kristen Ashly's guys. ana@anas-attic.com

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  36. Favorite dangerous, sexy alpha is a tie between Bones from Night Huntress Series(Jeaniene Frost) & Barrons from the Fever series(Karen Marie Moning). Thanks for the hop and the chance to win!
    ehaney578 at aol dot com

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  37. I just finished reading On Dublin Street by Samantha Young and I think the hero, Braden is a perfect Alpha hero type!

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  38. My favorite was :
    Archangel Raphael from Guild Hunter series
    Roarke from In Death series
    Acheron from Dark Hunter series

    Thanks for giveaway :)

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  39. JRad from Mistress's Master by Jayne Rylon & Adam Montague from Nobody's Hero by Kallypso Masters

    wolphcall(at)bellsouth(dot)net

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  40. My fave has to be Barrons from KMM's Fever series.

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  41. Curran from the Kate Daniels series.

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  42. I love Acheron as well! And some of my other favorites are by Nalini Singh, Lora Leigh, and Laurann Dohner! Most books I buy, I buy because they have Alpha Men!!

    susanmplatt AT hotmail DOT com

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  43. I like Jamie from the Outlander series
    jenhedger at hotmail dot com

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  44. Dash from Elizabeth’s Wolf by, Lora Leigh
    Great Hop thanks
    evelynmoly@yahoo.com

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  45. I love Acheron and Zarek from the Dark Hunter series.
    bituin76 AT hotmail DOT com

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  46. I dont know why but I have always been a sucker for tortured souls. You know the good guy who doesnt know he's good but still comes through in the end.

    megnate at telus dot net

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  47. I love Curran(Kate Daniels), Lucas(Psy/Changeling), and Dragos(Elder Race).
    Thanks for joining this great hop.

    koonie2888 at yahoo dot com

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  48. JZB from the Fever series is the supreme alpha male. sdylion(at)gmail(dot)com

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  49. One of my favorites is Charles from the Alpha and Omega series by Patricia Briggs.

    mythic021@gmail.com

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  50. Ethan in The Trap by, Indigo Wren is one of my favorite heroes! I loved him. The only thing wrong with the book is that it ENDED!! LOL I did not want to say good-bye. Maybe one day she will write a sequel or even a short story. (hint hint if she sees this. LOL)
    Thanks for the contest!!!!!!!!!!!1
    prettyunicorn78@yahoo.com

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  51. I love Shock from Shayla Black's Doomsday Brethren series. He isn't a hero YET but he is one sexy alpha male. It's fun to watch him struggle not to become a hero, I can't wait for his book!

    proudarmymom32(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  52. My favorite alpha hero is Ash from Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dark Hunter series.

    jmesparza821(at)gmail(dot)com

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  53. Oh I have soooooooo many!! Z from the BDB is a top fav, Lorelei James and her McKay boys, Lori Foster puts out some awesome alphas! Thanks for the chance to win :) raynman1979 at yahoo dot com

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  54. So many choices! Master Adam from Nobody's Hero or Zach from Breaking Point. They both stay with me!
    modularmates(at)comcast(dot)net

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  55. I have too many faves to pick just one -- I love Curran from the Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews, Severn from Michelle Sagara's Chronicles of Elantra and Terrible from Stacia Kane's Downside Ghosts series.

    Non-paranormal -- definitely Roarke from J.D. Robb's In Death series!

    Thanks for the amazing giveaway!
    elizabeth @ bookattict . com
    GFC: BookAttict

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  56. One of my favorite is Bones from Night Huntress Series!
    Thank you for the great giveaway!

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  57. I love Rhage and Barrons...I know that is two . thanks :)

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  58. Ethan- The Darkest Hour by, Maya Banks
    Thanks for the hop
    donnasing777@yahoo.com

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  59. I love alpha’s!!! Noah/Nathan is so HOT in Wild Card- Lora Leigh
    Thanks for chance to win!
    pademe_lee@yahoo.com

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  60. Lothaire from Kresley Cole, Adam from Patricia Briggs, and Rhage from BDB

    smurfettev AT gmail DOT com

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  61. don't have a fav currently - regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

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  62. Jericho from the Fever series by Karen Marie Moning is my current favorite alpha and Acheron is a close second

    Elvacereceres11(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  64. Acheron from the Dark-hunter series is my favorite
    marlenebreakfield(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  65. Bones is one of my favorites!
    snhoveln(at)gmail(dot)com

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  66. I love alpha heros! I cant really pick a favorite, i have way to many. But right now, im stuck on Laurann Dohners books and her heros....hot! ;) Thanks for the awesome hop and giveaway!
    shadowluvs2read(at)gmail(dot)com

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  67. My fav. is Bones from the Night Huntress series! Thanks for the chance to win


    Jolene A

    june111(at)att(dot)net

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  68. I love Valerius from Seize the Night by Sherrilyn Kenyon.
    sstrode at scrtc dot com

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  69. I like Zsadist from the BDB series.

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