Heroes? I love them all Long live the Alpha hero, the guy who is tough, strong, assertive, and in charge. But bring on the Beta, gentle and loyal, as long as he is also mysterious, and complex. Spare me the Alpha-hole, however, the guy who treats people, especially the heroine, badly, even abusively. Those you can keep. My heroes tend to be a mix of both. I don’t need big titles or wealth to show their strength. They do have to be three things: honest, loyal, and fiercely protective. How do you like your heroes? I’ll give a copy of THE RENEGADE WIFE: Book One of the newest series, to one person who comments today on any of my posts today.
Andrew Mallet, the hero of Dangerous Works is a wounded warrior. An exploring officer for Wellington, he was tortured badly but recovered enough to lead and insane charge at Waterloo. As a boy he seemed the least likely alpha hero, but he had the heart of a lion. The son of a gentle scholar, he returns to Cambridge determined to do work to make his father proud, only to confront a woman from his past.
Jamie Heyworth, Baron Ross on the other hand was a hey-go-mad cavalry officer unscathed by war only to fail miserably in peace when he faced a meaningless title, a bankrupt estate, and responsibilities he wasn’t ready for. When he made a horrendous mistake by not looking closely enough at an investment, he fled the country not just to avoid his creditors but also to hide from his friends in shame. Dangerous Secrets opens in Rome where he’s on his last bottle of wine and has nothing left to sell when a woman comes seeking an interpreter.
Richard Hayden, the Marquess of Glenaire and heir to a dukedom, is the ultimate alpha, always in charge. He manages his friends lives to his own satisfaction in the previous two books while seeing to England’s security in the foreign office. He does so without a hair out of place. A man like that just has to stumble and fall, and so he does in Dangerous Weakness.
The Earl of Chadbourn, Will Landrum, is my beta hero, a man dedicated to family, the land, and its people. Family secrets and conflicting needs bedevil him, but he straightens it all out in my novella, A Dangerous Nativity. The book is a prequel to both my series. The boys in it turn up as heroes of Children of Empire, and it is always ***FREE***
Rand Wheatly was the most sensitive of those boys, but life has treated him badly. He hides that sensitivity under facade of cold-hearted business man. When he finds a squatter in his house in the Canadian wilderness in The Renegade Wife, he throws her out into the cold. At least, he tries. When he discovers there are children with her, the ice around his heart begins to melt.
Rand’s brother Fred, on the other hand, was horse mad and bound for adventure from the get-go. A born leader and a true alpha, he is respected by men and looked up to by the people of his remote village in India in The Reluctant Wife. He has no patience with army regulations and bureaucratic nonsense, and always ends up on the wrong side of authority—especially when he tries to do the right thing. Even in matters of the heart his dedication to doing his duty runs up against those who want more from him. They want his love and care. They want him.