I want to talk about alpha males
Growing up, I was the victim of bullying. I’m legally blind, and between my wonky eyes and bookworm ways, the other kids found plenty to make fun of. I spent most of my childhood and teenage years wishing I had a friend like the friends in storybooks – the friend who stands up for the protagonist when she can’t do it herself.
When I went to university, I made wonderful, kind and fun friends. Interestingly, most of us had grown up with similar experiences. We were the victims of other people’s unkindness. We were joined together by mutual weirdness. We had all longed for our own heroes and heroines to save us from the bullies.
And then, as I started to move out into the real world, I met them for real. The bully-bashers. The people who weren’t afraid to stand up when someone they loved was being hurt. The people who stood by what they believed and spoke their minds and damn the world if you got in their way.
I married one. I have another as a close friend. The weird thing about them is, the more time you spend with them, you start borrowing a little of their heroism. You start standing up a little straighter, being a little bolder, speaking your mind more. You start being okay with people not liking you. You stop caring what others think. You stop being afraid.
They are flawed, of course, as we all are – arrogant and pig-headed, maddeningly stubborn, determined to win a fight even when they’re wrong. But who wants a perfect hero?
They need their own heroes, but of a very different sort. They need people to challenge them, to show them when they should listen instead of talk, to teach them about trust and quiet boldness. They need me as much as I need them.
These are the heroes I try to write in my romances. These were the heroes I wanted in my life, and I found them. I want my heroines to find them, too.
Writing the Wolf
Wolves of Crookshollow #2
Genre: paranormal romance, shifters
Publisher: Bacchanalia House
Date of Publication: May 18, 2017
Word Count: 70k
Cover Artist: Aria at Resplendant Covers
Tagline: Rosa just wants to be left alone to write her book, but when werewolves attempt to kidnap her, she realizes her neighbor Caleb is the only one who can protect her. But Caleb is hiding a secret of his own … fur and sparks fly in this hot paranormal romance from USA Today bestselling author Steffanie Holmes.
Sink your teeth into the hot new werewolf paranormal romance from USA Today bestselling author, Steffanie Holmes!
I need to escape.
After those racist bastards destroyed my home, I can’t face the world again.
I’ve rented a cabin in the heart of the Crookshollow forest. I’m going to lock myself away and work on my book. I’m going to write my story.
And I absolutely, positively WILL NOT think about Caleb, the hunky labourer who’s fixing up my cabin.
I won’t think about the way his eyes melt my heart, and his smile melts my panties.
I’m too emotionally raw right now. I can’t handle a fling, especially not with a white guy.
Especially not a guy like him. A guy who shags and leaves. I can’t handle any more heartache.
Rosa Parker – clever writer, black woman, total hottie.
The connection between us sizzles – there’s no denying it: this woman is my mate.
When I’m near her, all I want to do is claim her.
If only I wasn’t the biggest threat to her life right now.
With a rogue wolf pack after my hide, I can’t afford a distraction. Even a distraction as alluring as her.
I need to keep my wolfish instincts in check.
But I can’t help myself.
Rosa Parker has got under my skin.
And I won’t stop until I’ve made her mine.
Writing the Wolf is a standalone novel with an HEA. It’s the second book in the hot new paranormal romance series by USA Today bestselling author Steffanie Holmes. Read on if you love spunky heroines, pack politics, and a hero so hot he’ll have you howling for more.
Steffanie Holmes is a USA Today bestselling author of dark and steamy paranormal romance. Her books feature clever, witty heroines, wild shifters, cunning witches and alpha males who get what they want.
Before becoming a writer, Steffanie worked as an archaeologist and museum curator. She loves to explore historical settings and ancient conceptions of love and possession. From Dark Age Europe to crumbling gothic estates, Steffanie is fascinated with how love can blossom between the most unlikely characters.
Steffanie lives in New Zealand with her husband and a horde of cantankerous cats. Learn more about Steffanie at her website: www.steffanieholmes.com. She also writes dark science fiction under the name S C Green.
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