Did you comment on the original Alpha Male Blog Hop post yet? To be entered in the BIG PRIZE DRAWING, you need to comment with your email address in that post! But of course, I’d love to have you comment today, too — I’ll be talking about my own Alphas, Devon from THE VEIL series, and Hart from NEPTUNE RISING! I’ll be announcing the winner of my own drawing tomorrow, October 23rd!
But first… THE SINGING! (You! Quit that groaning! There’s only 10 days left!)
On the 22nd Day of Halloween, my truly creepy love gave to me:
TWENTY-TWO POINTY HATS
TWENTY-ONE BLACK CATS,
TWENTY KIDS IN COSTUMES,
NINETEEN HAUNTED HOUSES,
EIGHTEEN DEVIL DOGS,
SEVENTEEN SOUL-SUCKING DEMONS!
SIXTEEN HOMICIDAL VEHICLES,
FOURTEEN VAMPIRE COFFINS,
THIRTEEN DEADLY TOOLS,
TWELVE GRUESOME PUZZLES IF YOU WANT TO SURVIVE!
ELVEN CHAINSAW PSYCHOS,
TEN CREEPY GUSTS OF WIND,
NINE HOWLING WEREWOLVES,
EIGHT FLESH-HUNGRY GHOULS,
SEVEN POUNDS OF CANDY,
SIX FRANKENSTEIN’S MONSTERS,
FIVE MOANING GHOSTS!
FOUR CACKLING WITCHES,
THREE SHAMBLING ZOMBIES,
TWO SERIAL KILLERS,
AND A VAMPIRE BITING MY NECK!
So, Alphas. Yesterday we talked a little bit about what they were, why we liked them, and who some of our favorites were. I like to write alphas, but they tend to be either complicated leaders, loners, or butch fellas that end up softening in the name of love — usually the love of a woman who’s their equal.
The two men (or… creatures, I guess. LOL) have in common is that they are protectors.
Devon is a very specialized detective charged with protecting a futuristic New Denver from Otherworld crime — that is, anything non-human. In THE VEIL and THE VEIL II: OTHERWORLD, his job suddenly grows to include the whole world, including the border that blocks a full on deluge of monsters from crossing over as they did 500 years ago.
At the center of that new duty is his heroine, Helene. Helene is no wilting wallflower: while she has been extremely sheltered her entire life up to now, she is also incredibly powerful and a revered leader in her religious order. It is only through betrayal and unexpected sources of interference that she really needs Devon’s help to defend herself. It’s an interesting thing to watch when it comes to what’s popular in romance fiction and its various subgenres. The kickass heroine and the egalitarian relationship really has produced a new kind of alpha hero. In the old bodice rippers (and some really annoying modern series that I won’t name), the male just does what he wants, and the female (or submissive male) just goes along, no questions asked. Now with the stronger, more self-assured heroine, the Alpha more often than not has met his match. Part of many stories is that he softens, or accepts her as his equal, as a result.
In NEPTUNE RISING, Hart Campbell is a loner, and with good reason. He’s an incubus, and he can be very dangerous to anyone who gets to close to him intimately. He’s also sworn, in his job as a Guardian against evil forces that threaten mortals, not to get personally involved with them. Of course the innocent and naive, geeky heroine Kimber Andrews draws him inexorably, and Hart is unable to resist her. Incubi and succubae feel this toward a particular person or people who is ideally suited to be their mate, ending their constant need to search for life/sexual energy on which to feed. Hart, as an Alpha loner sort is naturally hesitant to give in to that kind of vulnerability, but while protecting Kimber, he can’t help it.
Admittedly, he doesn’t try very hard. Hey, it’s erotica, right? 😉 What’s more interesting character-development wise in Neptune Rising is Kimber. She starts the book as a naive geek who watches too much TV and bases her romantic fantasies on imaginary characters. After Hart saves her and they get involved, she climbs out of her shell when it comes to protecting him. By the end, she is almost playing alpha herself in order to save Hart from forces that originally came after her.
So what about that? How does a strong female effect the Alpha male? Is he less sexy for giving up some of his power to a powerful woman, or more so? How do you feel about a female character who remains less assertive than her hero? (I can’t even name one right off the top of my head, but maybe you can.)
We haven’t even mentioned the Beta — the guy (or woman) who backs up the Alpha, who is often the Alpha’s confident and second in battle. Where do they fit in? Does a Beta have to be a secondary character? Does he automatically become Alpha when he stars in his own story, or does his role stay the same as long as his position in the power structure does?
You can take part in the conversation here, but make sure you comment on the post and do the Rafflecopter thing on the October 19th post to be entered for the great giveaways! Winner of my giveaway will be announced tomorrow, October 22nd!