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Monday, May 21, 2012
Tamara Morgan is a romance writer and unabashed lover of historical reenactments—the more elaborate and geeky the costume requirements, the better. In her quest for modern-day history and intrigue, she has taken fencing classes, forced her child into Highland dancing, and, of course, journeyed annually to the local Renaissance Fair. These feats are matched by a universal love of men in tights, of both the superhero and codpiece variety.
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Hero Love: Playing Favorites
As parents, we're not supposed to love any of our kids more than the others (even though I think most parents do and most children are aware of it).
As authors, we do the same thing. I know I should love all my heroes equally and without discrimination, but there will always be the one who holds a special place in my heart. He's the hero against whom I measure all other heroes, the one whose picture is set as my desktop wallpaper. I will always send him better Christmas presents and never forget to call him on his birthday.
For me, that hero is Michael O'Leary--the upcoming star of The World is a Stage. He is crass and foulmouthed and looks like a beach bum on steroids. And I love him.
It's hard to say exactly what it is that makes a hero an author's favorite. A lot of times, you'll see authors returning to the same general hero type (alphaholes*, betas who are good with kids, the mysterious stranger) in their books, but you can never know for sure if that's because he's the type of hero they prefer, or if he's what their readers prefer, or even if he's what their publishers prefer.
Likewise, one has to wonder about physical characteristics. I know plenty of authors who base their characters' looks on popular actors, and even have Pinterest boards dedicated to the manly art of Those Who Brood in Front of Cameras. (As you can see here, I scrapbook mine on Polyvore.) But does that mean the author personally drools over every guy who looks just like that particular actor, or simply that the character she's writing fits the bill this time around?
I'm sorry to say that I don't have the answers for you. I imagine that fiction-love is a lot like real-life-love, in that it's the perfect combination of looks, personality, and values that makes one hero favored above all the rest. For me, Michael O'Leary's sense of humor is what really hits home, and I would gladly trade places with Rachel, his heroine, for a chance at hanging out with him for a while. (We don't even have to kiss! I just want to have a few beers together!)
It would be fun to hear from some of the top-hitters in the romance genre regarding who, among all the many men they've written over the years, they love the most. If I had to guess, I bet it's not the guy most readers would expect. There's always that one, elusive hero whose voice begs to be heard. He doesn't always have broad appeal, and he usually comes with a host of emotional problems, but he gets under the skin and won't let go.
In short, he's the problem child. He's the one we love the best.
Shhh. Don't tell the other heroes.
*alphaholes = alpha assholes
The World is a Stage by Tamara Morgan
Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd. (June 5, 2012)
Series: Games of Love, 2
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Highland Games athlete Michael O’Leary is famous for his ability to charm a woman right out of her pants. Maybe a little too famous. When he’s sidelined with a knee injury, his wingman pounces on the chance to take full advantage of Michael’s idle time.
Trying out for the local adult-themed Shakespearean production seems simple, but there’s a catch. Michael must woo the notoriously demanding lead actress, Rachel Hewitt, thereby freeing his friend to pursue a courtship of Rachel’s sister.
Rachel hates the thought of handing over the lead role in her admittedly scandalous troupe to someone so wholly uneducated in the ways of the Great Bard. But she’s in a bind, and the only one who can step up is a man who looks way too good in a codpiece—and knows it.
To add insult to injury, he refuses to take the role until she agrees to take his place in some barbaric warrior race. She’ll do it, but not with a smile. Unfortunately, the hardest part isn’t antagonizing her Scottish foes. It’s resisting the one man who seems determined to line and cue her heart—forever.
Warning: This book’s half-naked Shakespearean actors are not approved of or acknowledged by people with actual literary merit. Neither are the dirty limericks.
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I loved Michael's book, he's one of those men that make you want to smile, no matter what! :)
I loved Michael's book, he's one of those men that make you want to smile, no matter what! :)
Other Books in the Series:Click on the covers to buy from BN.
|Book 1: Love is a Battlefield|
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Thanks so much, Tamara, for agreeing to stop by today, I loved your post! :) And Michael is just pure awesomeness. Oh, I had a blast reading his book--all his dirty jokes. I swear, after about 30 pages, I was taking every single sentence as a innuendo--thanks Michael! LOL.
Until Next Time,
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