We want to welcome Becca Dale to the blog today! She taking part of one of our Book Lovin’ Bitches Ebook Tours! Today we’re hoping to learn more about Becca and her work. Yesterday, I posted a review of Untamable. This isn’t a long book, it’s short and steamy and easy to fly through in an hour! Becca is going to be making quite a few stops on her tour. To see where else she will be appearing, click here.
Becca has been having books published for a few years. According to Goodreads, she has published: Tied up with Green, Ice Crystal, Adarkan’s Salvation, Surrender at Sea, Woodland Fantasy, Kya’s King, Sweet Temptation, Untamable, and has a new one out – Naughty Enough!
The question that I posed to Becca for today’s post was: “How do you create your heroes and your thoughts on what makes the “perfect” hero. Do you have a favorite hero from your books and why?” Here’s her answer:
Through Loving Eyes—The Creation of a Hero
I have polled readers and fellow authors alike through the years asking what makes the perfect hero. The answer seems to consistently be whatever the heroine needs. This simple guideline has become the only boundary for my books. A man can be excessively arrogant (Untamable), or adorably cocky (Surrender at Sea), or incredibly sweet (Sweet Temptation), or a hundred other things, but he must find and fulfill the heroine’s greatest needs and desires.
In “Sweet Temptation” Marc does this without conscious thought. Darcy’s poor body image has prevented her from stepping away from her family’s negative control. Marc’s big hands and broad chest make her feel feminine and precious, and the way he appreciates her curves doesn’t hurt either. Among my readers, Marc holds the top spot in the perfect-for-every-woman, wow-I-want-my-man-to-look-at-me-like-that category.
Sean from “Surrender at Sea” is absolutely not what Jess is looking for but exactly what she needs. Jess has lived responsibly since her junior year in high school and does not see the value of kicking back. Sean offers her a chance to be carefree. He is the lead contender for women who want a man who can laugh at himself and the world while still being dependable when necessary.
That brings me to Thor and “Untamable.” Thorvald “Thunder” Hanson represents the men in my own life the most in that he is reluctant to share his feelings. Although he is Lily’s greatest fantasy, she needs to know that she is his perfect woman, as well. For a rodeo rider, Thor is surprisingly slow out of the chute. It takes him a bit-over eight years in fact-to realize he must become what Lily needs-a man who loves her without hesitation. He has to grow up and man up, oh, but when he does, he does it so dang well. Thor presently has the lead as my most arrogant and frustrating yet incredibly desirable hero because when he finally expresses himself, there remains no shadow of doubt concerning his feelings.
So how is a hero created? My heroes come from the world around me. They appear in the smile of an old woman as her eighty-plus husband helps her across a patch of ice, or the laughter from a group of young cowboys strutting down the street. Often they develop from something my personal hero says to make me smile at the end of a hard day. Among the stories I have published, I cannot pick a favorite man as each is special in a different way. I tend to look for heroes in the grocery store, on the highways, everywhere I go in fact, but I discover them, more often than not, through the eyes of women. No matter what a woman looks for in a man physically, it is what she sees in his soul that matters. My stories quite often spin forward from the way a woman touches the arm of the man holding her baby, or smiles at a lame joke from a shy guy, or laces her fingers through her boyfriend’s and skips beside him to his battered old vehicle. I am a huge sucker for the story behind the eyes of love.
I just love Becca’s answer – I guess we know why she’s the author and I’m the blogger – I certainly am not that elegant with words 🙂 Have a look at what Becca has written, read the reviews on Goodreads and elsewhere and pick up one or more of her books!
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