Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Guest Blog: Holding Out for a Hero by Alexandra Christian

I’m dating myself with the title of this blog, but I love a good hero.  There is nothing more alluring than a tall, dark and handsome man who bursts into the story and kicks ass.  Now I’m not talking about the sensitive guy that sends flowers to work or a brooding, sparkly vampire.  I want a big, burly dominant hero.  And I think all women have a secret part of themselves that long for that.  Women’s lib be damned.  All kidding aside, I decided to take this opportunity, as a connoisseur of heroes, to give a bit of a countdown of my favorite heroes in literature and film.  Keep in mind, these are just a few.  They are in no particular order, by the way…

1.       Bruce Wayne/ Batman, “The Dark Knight”:  Anyone who knows me will tell you, I have a Christian Bale problem.  I have since I hit puberty and no matter the intervention, I’m not likely to be cured.  My very first novel, Hellsong, stars an angel Saraqael who—I admit—is based on Christian Bale.  So you can imagine how excited I was when I heard that he was going to be playing Batman, my favorite childhood superhero.  Batman is a superhero for goths.  He’s dark, he’s brooding and let’s face it, kids—a little bit nuts.  The Joker is always quick to allude to the fact that Batman is just as crazy as he is, he just chooses to use his power for good rather than evil.  That straddling of the fence—the idea that at any second he could turn to the dark side—is a very alluring character trait of any hero. 

2.       Heathcliff, Wuthering Heights:  As you might have noticed, I love the anti-hero.  I would go so far as to say that Heathcliff is the grandfather of the Gothic hero.  If you’ve never read this book, you simply must.  If you’re going to write a good love story—especially a paranormal love story—you must have a working knowledge of Wuthering Heights.  Heathcliff starts out in the story as a sweet little boy who loves Cathy completely, but her disuse of him over time eventually twists him into a bitter and cruel man.  However, you can still see that glimmer of love in every evil little deed. 

3.       Sherlock Holmes, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (and others):  Okay, I admit it.  I’m a sapio-sexual.  I love a man that is extremely intelligent and isn’t afraid to show it.  You will never see me adorning the arm of an idiot.  After all, beauty is only skin deep and I have to be able to converse with my fantasy man.  Sherlock is the standard by which all geniuses are measured and therefore, has a permanent place in the upper echelon of Lexxx’s Arsenal of Sexual Fantasy.  Thank you, BBC One.

So now you know a little about what makes me tick.  At least in a sexual sense.  Probably more information than you wanted, huh.  At any rate, my new release, Beast of Burden is available today from Purple Sword Publications!  Beast of Burden, stars a hero to end all heroes:  Cianan Marek.  He’s the epitome of an Alpha Male.  He’s strong, dominant, angry, angsty and beautiful. He’s a conglomeration of all my darkest fantasies, popped in the blender, shuffled around a bit and displayed proudly for your reading pleasure!  

Sascha had been a slave of Kaspar all her life.  Having never known love, she sought refuge in the pages of books and the kindess of her old master.   When he goes off to the marketplace in a neighboring town, he offers to bring her a gift.  All she asks is a single, red rose.  Little does she know that such a simple treasure will change her life forever.  

Rumored to be a scarred and cruel man, Cianan Marek has been searching for a kindred soul.  His life as warrior came to an abrupt end when he was attacked by werewolves in the Outlands.  Bitter and alone, he has been hiding a terrible secret since returning to Kaspar as Lord Governor.  In this adult retelling of the classic fairy tale, Beauty and the Beast, Sascha and Cianan learn the power of destiny and that some beasts lurk in the most unlikely of places.
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