Common features of all my heroes? Sex appeal. Duh. Nuff said about that one. Smart. They gotta have a quick mind—education level can vary, but they have to have cunning and wit. Courage. No cowardly heroes need to apply. Of course it might take an extraordinary circumstance to let him know he’s brave, but when it comes down to it, he has to have cojones. Loyalty. Okay, now I’m making him sound like the family dog, but it’s important. Humor. Because without it, all that macho posturing just makes you want to smack him upside the head. Absolute and utter devotion to the heroine—or the other hero AND the heroine, in the case of a ménage. And finally? They gotta have flaws. Perfect people are perfectly annoying. Even your rich successful, handsome, alpha male has to have something he has to get over, otherwise it’s just no fun to read.
A little later I'll be introducing you to one of my newest heroes, Greg Novak, from Motor City Werewolf. I think the cover artist portrayed him perfectly, so...yum!
So tell me, what is it you look for in a hero—in a book or in real life for that matter? I’d love to know what readers really want. The hunky alpha or the sensitive lover? Maybe even a little of both? And of course, you can find out what I like by reading any of my books. If you are a reader, I’d love to know which of my heroes is your favorite. After all, it’s good to know what (or who) to write next.
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About the author: An avid reader of romance, fantasy, mystery, and even more romance, Cindy Spencer Pape firmly believes in happily-ever-after. Married for more than 25 years to her own, sometimes-kilted hero, she lives in southern Michigan with him and two grown sons, along with an ever-changing menagerie of pets. Author of more than 40 books, Cindy has been, among other things, a banker, a teacher, and an elected politician, but mostly an environmental educator, though now she is lucky enough to write full-time. Her degrees in zoology and animal behavior almost help her comprehend the male humans who share her household.
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