Sunday, March 19, 2006

What kind of heroes make you shiver?

When I wrote The Pilot and the Pinup, I wanted my hero to be independent and his own person. I made Peter Kane a day-trader whose passion is flying. My DH is a private pilot and also works on planes all day(he restores Warbirds - specifically P-51 wings) , so this character was very easy to write and the research was as close as a nudge away.

Growing up Native Americans were all the rage, then Pirates were popular. Personally I've always liked Books set in Scotland. Recently I've become a fan of Vicki Lewis Thompson's Nerd Series. I've seen a lot of books where the heroes are Firemen. Now that's hot. So what kind of heroes get you hot? A pirate, a cowboy, a stock broker, a fireman, maybe a man from the future? Is it getting hot in here! Now the harder question - Why? What is it about that hero that makes you pick up the book. I'll be giving away a copy of the Pilot and the Pinup (or another LSB book of your choice!) to the most creative answer.

Tina Holland


Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is something that speaks to the primitive female part of me about a man who can survive and thrive in the wild. Someone who can, in a pinch, know where best to bivouac and is prepared enough in emergencies to carry necessary items like survival blankets, flint, a bit of wire, string and compass (not to mention a basic medical kit). Who knows in a camp area invaded by hyenas that they will not likely attack, especially if they scent you are a male, and therefore stays around the heroine to ensure her safety. And who knows good rescue and escape techniques, like how to lower someone to safety from a cliff using a rope and then abseiling down himself and pulling down the rope for future use. Combine that side of a hero with one who can walk with equal comfort in a city for when the wilder dangers are done. Time for indulging the heroine in the more civilized luxuries...good food, sophisticated entertainment and an extremely comfortable bed in lovely surroundings. If you include a liberal bit of the bad boy in this hero for female character to tame, would be left weak-kneed and breathless.

Little Lamb Lost

Little Lamb lOst

10:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oops, did that really answer your question. Hmmm...I guess I need a sexy bad boy, survivalist, corporate raider. Why? So that heroine can tame him and he can care for her in the manner in which she deserves to become accustomed. * 'scuse me while I go sit down and fan myself *

Little Lamb Lost

10:53 AM  
Blogger Meljprincess said...

My heros have always been cowboys.

*In honor of my Father who was born in Texas August 27, 1924 and passed away February 23rd, 2006.

11:34 AM  
Blogger KimW said...

Give me a pilot, lawyer, fireman, sheriff, cowboy, doctor, pirate or a warrior. One each day would be just perfect! haha! I just want him to be hot, of course, and a little bit of a bad boy to keep me guessing.

12:08 PM  
Blogger Tina Holland said...

Is it getting warm in here? I'm getting new ideas already. A different hero every day...I love that!


12:16 PM  
Blogger Pam P. said...

He can be anything at all, as long as he has a slight bad-boy edge to him and entices me to come out of my shell and adventure along with him. Exploring with one from the future could be very interesting and exciting.

3:04 PM  
Blogger Rae Morgan said...

I'm with Little Lamb Lost. My heroes can survive no matter where they are -- and while my heroines are also strong -- the hero knows when to rescue and when to stand back and let her rescue herself.


3:26 PM  
Blogger LSB Author, Darragha Foster said...

Someone who can, in a pinch, know where best to bivouac and is prepared enough in emergencies to carry necessary items like survival blankets, flint, a bit of wire, string and compass (not to mention a basic medical kit).'re describing my husband!


3:38 PM  
Blogger Tina Holland said...

I'm surprised I haven't heard any mention of vampires as heroes....Hmmm. I do love talking about all these men though. Yummy!


3:56 PM  
Anonymous Celine chatillon said...

I'm a weirdo but I've always been attracted to "the boy next door".

He may appear to be "average" but when you put him into a hot or dangerous situation... you see another side of him. I like the unexpected. ;)

8:11 PM  
Blogger Tamara said...

I've always been a sucker for pretty eyes and a nice mouth.

8:12 PM  
Blogger Pamk said...

love those aliens especially the one that have unusally powers. Read a book once about a man that tied a woman up with a rope using his mind only.Anything unusal in a hero really strikes my fancy

8:45 PM  
Blogger snowflake said...

Ooh, out spills the nymphomaniac in me because I like so many types of heroes!

The dashingly handsome and cocky pilot who gets on your nerves and under your skin and knows which buttons to push to send you to never imagined heights (mile-high club, anyone?)

The uber sexy geek who can wax lyrical about technology stuff but am shy and in need of a tutor (what do you mean you? No, me!) when it comes to love

The urbane and jaded regency lord in his oh so revealing breeches, who can alternately melt you with his charming wit or freezes you with a single icy look while he waltzes you around the ballroom. Not to mention his skills with a lady's dress (undressing and dressing) rivals that of your maid.

The cowboy with his mouthwateringly tight ass, roped arms and hard, sunkissed muscles gleaming with sweat, who knows the virtue of hard work and can handle a horse or a woman with equal ease. And I'm forever dedicated to the noble cause of "Save a horse, ride a cowboy."

The rugged and primitive highlander who captures your heart when he vows "with my body, I thee worship" in his sexy brogue and to be held closely against that barley covered powerful chest is its own heaven.

The arrogant but deeply compassionate doctor whose eyes have seen more than their share of tragedy in his line of work but continues to work long hours to bring hope to his patients and who always knows how to bestow tender loving care when his woman gets hurt.

The cop or Spec Op who must possess quick wits, sharp deduction, steely nerves and unerring weaponry skills and battle incredible dangers to keep his city, country and woman safe.

The broodingly sensual vampire who can either give you the kiss of death or bring you to ecstasy with his bite and bring you over to the dark side.

The alpha shapeshifter who has a fascinating beast/man dichotomy, is relentless, insatiable, dominating and possessive when it comes to his mate and whose primal beast can be soothed and tamed by none other than his mate.

The alien with his extrasensory powers, advanced technology, strange, new culture, and is more than ably equipped to make sure his woman attain pleasure everytime.

9:06 PM  
Blogger Tina Holland said...

Jennybrat - you are definately my winner... I had to take a cold shower before writing my response. Go ahead and e-mail me at and let me know what format you would like The Pilot and the Pinup (or another LSB e-book) in?

10:10 PM  
Blogger Caffey said...

Tina, first when I saw that cover, it reminded me of finding those newspaper and magazine my mom and dad had in their attics when I was cleaning out a few years ago. I love going through them. I too love seeing art from renaissance times and any historicals. Thats too partly why I love heros from historicals. Yeah rogues, smile, but too pirates, cowboys (we need more western historicals to read!), but too those Dukes, and Mariques (i can't spell) from victorian times are really my favorites. I think too because of their dressing (clothing) their culture, and too such politeness and manners those men had!
Now going to the current time, I still want a cowboy! LOL. I love reading those on the range and too sherrifs. One I do think is sexy, is a bodyguard because he has to be so professional and hold back so hard those feelings so that he can protect her but the ways he lets go over time is awesome to read.
Now i'm itching to go read. Love your topic Tina!

1:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is just something about the confident, capable hero Rae.

Darragha, it sounds like you have a good man.

Jenny, congrats!

Little Lamb Lost

3:38 AM  

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