Alpha Male Blog Hop

Why I see the need for an Alpha Male, but rarely write one.

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I’m a pretty dominant person. I don’t mean that I sit in a rocking chair in my kitchen dressed only in a leather basque and thong (please, the image is terrifying) with a whip while Members of Parliament lick my floor clean (floor, i said floor) – but I’ve generally gone out/married/cohabited with men – and sometimes women – who are Very Nice People. And they’ve driven me mad.

Entirely ungrateful of me, I know that. I just get fed up with saying “What shall we do tonight?” only to get the perfectly Reasonable and Nice response of “I don’t know – what would you like to do?” which often sends me into a Donald Duck tailspin. I know it’s unreasonable but just for once I’d like to be one who doesn’t have to make the decisions, who has them made for me. The one who the Nordic giant strides up to and growls, “Get your coat, you’ve pulled” or better still throws me over his shoulder and doesn’t give a bugger about getting my coat. It actually happened to me once, but… well, that’s another story altogether.

Deep, deep, deep inside me the tiny piece of me who’s really a size ten (that’s about a four in US speak I think), blonde and entirely helpless, the miniscule bit of me that really wanted to be Penelope Pitstop rather than Lara Croft is craving for the bloke (or a woman) who’s six foot six and crammed with more muscles than Dolph Lundgren. My sister can do blonde, stupid and helpless (and believe me she’s anything but…) so why have I never managed it?

And then the feeling goes away, because I know, deep deep in my heart, underneath that vacuous blonde bimbo I’d like to pretend to be, that if that man really started throwing his weight around, I’d be in Big Trouble and probably so would he.

All this is a long-winded way to explain why I rarely write a true Alpha male, not because he doesn’t exist, but I think the sort I’d like best, the one who would take me to places without asking me where I’d like to go (but (and this is the important part) they turn out to be the kind of places I’d like to go ANYWAY) doesn’t actually exist. But the one with the wife-beater and aggressive behaviour definitely does.

So my Alphas—Rafe from “Standish” is a classic example—are hamstrung by their own personality traits. Rafe is definitely an Alpha – he’s done exactly what he wants in his life, taking what he wants, seducing and allowing himself to be seduced when it suits him. He’s bought his way out of trouble and he’s bought companionship—and it’s not until he meets Ambrose who shows him he cares nothing for Rafe’s power and money—and also when he meets Achille, who mirrors many of the behaviours that Rafe has shown all his life, that his mental walls crumble and the full force of what a git he’s been hits him hard.

I don’t think I’ve even attempted an Alpha since – but I have to say, when my blonde bimbo self peeks out, usually on a Sunday when I’m wrapping myself around a box of chocolates—well, that’s when I’ll get out a Georgette Heyer in a brown wrapper and sigh—just as little as the stern Regency rake throws that itty bitty (but very feisty) heroine over his shoulder.

And I’m glad (deep down…) it isn’t me.

I’m giving away two downloads of the winners’ choice (e.g. one each) from any of my back catalogue, so go to www.erastes.com and choose one, and then comment  – with your email address (in case you win the big prize!) and the organiser will pick a winner randomly. PLEASE NOTE THAT the small prizes are International but the Swag Bag – due to its size – is only available in the USA.

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48 Responses to Alpha Male Blog Hop

  1. I think it’s interesting to consider this topic from a gay man’s POV — I have to wonder how much/if it varies from your average straight woman’s. I mean, more than how much it would differ between any people. In both kinds of romances, it seems there’s a similar expectation: one partner will be (more) dominant, and the other (more) submissive. Eventually, in most plots it seems that the characters are more equalized by the end — the dominant has softened thanks to the relationship with the submissive, and the latter gains more self-assurance and power from dealing with the former. (While I read m/m romance, I’m not broadly read, so I don’t know how the phenomenon looks across the genre and its sub-genres. I admit it — I’m a paranormal junkie, so I usually go for those first. :D)

    In “straight” Urban Fantasy, the convention has been turned on its head to some degree — a lot of the most popular ones have “kick ass” heroines who are mostly (but not invariably) dominant, and heroes are secondary characters who may or may not be Alpha material.

    Love stories are where all is possible, no matter what the genre! The way that characters change, hopefully for the better, because of their relationships is part of why we read them, right? I mean, besides the steam stuff. *G*

    Heather
    hafowler at gmail dot com

  2. Jason says:

    I am all about the alpha male. YUM!

    Jase
    vslavetopassionv(at)aol(dot)com

  3. Tina says:

    I love alpha males. I also love in M/M that sometimes the roles switch. My choice of book would be Junction X. tmadamski(at)msn(dot)com Thanks for participating in this!

  4. Jenny says:

    I can’t really deal with the alpha male type in real life, but I do love reading about them.

    Thanks so much for the giveaway! Muffled Drum is on my wishlist, so I would definitely pick that one if I won.

    Jyl22075@gmail.com

  5. Trix says:

    Very thought-provoking post. Part of what draws me to m/m so much is that het romance alphas seem like sexist control freaks. On the other hand, there have been more than a few times in my life where I’ve envied the little waify types because they attracted all the guys I like. Sigh. Anyway, FROST FAIR is my choice if I win–it sounds just beautiful…

    vitajex(at)aol(dot)com

  6. Sandra Lindsey says:

    I just get fed up with saying “What shall we do tonight?” only to get the perfectly Reasonable and Nice response of “I don’t know – what would you like to do?” which often sends me into a Donald Duck tailspin.

    Yes. Yes, yes, totally yes. Why, oh why do they teach men to be like this? (Equally, why are women like this too?) If I ask you the question it’s because I want to know your opinion, otherwise the question will be phrased as “I fancy doing x tonight – do you want to join me?”

    Sorry, shouldn’t rant, I know ;-)

    In fiction, I quite like alpha males but I like to see them paired with someone who’ll stand up for themselves and not just give in. I quite like pairs of characters where each takes the lead in different areas of their lives – and I don’t just mean in and out of the bedroom!

  7. Gigi says:

    All your books sound great but I’d choose ‘Mere Mortals’ and Standish’ if I win

  8. JeanMP says:

    Love reading about the alpha males, but much happier not dealing with them in real life. Really enjoyed reading your post
    skpetal at hotmail dot com

  9. Rachel says:

    Hey, babe – lovely post as always!

    I love Alpha men, because I need someone as confident and dominant as me to have an equal relationship – I hate the feeling that my partner is less powerful than me and cannot make it without me.

    My favourite Alpha male is Gabriel from Annette Curtis Klause’s Blood and Chocolate, because he’s strong, confident and willing to fight for what he wants.

    Rachel oceanrebel333 @ gmail.com

  10. Yvette says:

    I love an alpha that is possessive yet tender. My favorite genre is M/M.
    Yvette
    yratpatrol@aol.com

  11. laurie g says:

    I am all about the alpha male. YUM! (esp if hes in a kilt)

    parisfan_ca@yahoo.com

  12. Julie Hayes says:

    As women, I think we are conditioned (at least my generation was) to defer to the judgment of men. Luckily I’ve gotten past that. Or, rather, I’m working on it, and coping with the idea that I have only myself to fall back on, so no need to wait for any man’s opinion.

    I do love to read about alphas, not so sure I want one.

    Mere Mortals, please.
    shelley_runyon@yahoo.com

  13. Jbst says:

    What I like about an alpha hero is his protective instincts and courage. Frost Fair would be my choice should I win.

    strive4bst(At) yahoo(Dot) com

  14. Qwillia says:

    I have to disagree that Alpha Males like those in the books don’t exist…they do, they just aren’t noticed because too many of the “alpha-wanna-be” posers draw attention to themselves by being jerks and getting on a person’s (man or woman) last nerve.
    The reason I know they exist? My dad was one and so is my brother…when they walk in a room, people defer to them, not because they’re imposing or rude, but because they walk with confidence and no need to pretend to be anything but themselves. While my brother is 6′, my dad was only 5’9″, so it wasn’t the height that turned heads.
    Qwillia
    qwilliarain AT gmail DOT com

  15. Michelle (MiMi) says:

    I like that Alphas protect and serve all at the same time. chellebee66(at)gmail(dot)com

  16. Judi P says:

    Enjoyed the post.
    I’d just love to win A Brush With Darkness.
    Thanks so much for the contest!

    Judi
    arella3173_loveless@yahoo(dot)com

  17. Elin says:

    I can’t bear ‘feisty’ heroines. That’s a bit of a generalisation but so often ‘feisty’ equates with being just plain rude and unreasonable. And I think totally rude and unreasonable females benefit from contact with alpha males who put up with no shit :) Honestly, with some heroines it’s unbelieveable that any thinking man would be interested.

    I much prefer alphas in gay fiction. They don’t have things so much their own way and their ‘alphaness’ can be expressed in loads of different ways unconnected with their dangly bits. :)

  18. I tend to like alphas toned down a notch — the velvet glove is essential. One of the things I like in m/m is the give-and-take when two men, both naturally inclined to be alphas, find themselves attracted to each other, and have to deal with someone as powerful as they are.

    I’d choose Muffled Drum.

  19. Lynne Parker says:

    Frost Fair Thanks for the hop!

    rfg dot wwe at gmail dot com

  20. Kym amaral says:

    I totally agree with that “what do YOU want to do” …I actually have a friend I visit once a year, and he always plans a day..gotta tell ya how much I look forward to just going and not worrying about anything for the day :)

    Thanks for the hoppin fun !

    ~Kym
    flwrs4ever(at)yahoo(dot)com

  21. Lisa w says:

    I love reading the Alpha males, I think it’s the take control aspect. In reality I’d probably kill him! LOL .. I loved reading the excerpts from your books. I would pick Transgressions first.
    modularmates(at)comcast(dot)net

  22. In real life I don’t really like Alpha males; nor do I like helpless, dim witted fluffy women either. But I do like an Alpha Male in M/M as long as he has a softer side to him as well.

    My choice of book would be ‘Mere Mortals’ because, apart from the fact it sounds like a damn good book, it is set in my own lovely Norfolk. ?

  23. deb p says:

    love everything about the alpha male.

  24. deb p says:

    forgot email,sorry.
    r.d1@myfairpoint.net

  25. Alicia says:

    I’m that annoying person who can’t decide where to go for dinner – it made me laugh.
    The thing is that I really don’t care so I would prefer someone else choose – I know myself and I know I am too indecisive. If I actually cared I would state that opinion, but generally I like to leave the leading (at least for some things) up to someone else.

    Thanks for participating in the hop!

    dmr8888 at yahoo dot com

  26. Lisa Walker says:

    I love an alpha male’s confidence!
    sqwalker2@gmail.com

  27. Cassandra Hicks says:

    I’ve never really had the alpha type in my life they’ve all been more like spineless jellyfish :(
    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!
    cassandrahicks1989@yahoo.com

  28. Veronika says:

    Loved the post! Alpha Males are my favorite. They’re protective and strong!
    verusbognar (at) gmail (dot) com

  29. Vanna Smythe says:

    Great post! I totally relate to the part about the box of chocolates ;)
    Vanna.smythe@gmail.com

  30. latisha depoortere says:

    I love Alpha males who are strong and protecitve!
    What a great blog hop Alpha males are my favorite!
    One of my favorite Alpha males is Decebal from The Grey Wolves Series by Quinn Loftis!
    Thank you for the great giveaway!
    Latisha D
    tishajean@ charter.net

  31. Kaylyn D says:

    I like alphas who always do the right thing, even if it isn’t the best thing for them. Thank you for the giveaway.
    kaylyndavis1986@yahoo.com

  32. Ashley A says:

    I love Alpha Males because they are strong, protective, take charge and dominate! yummy!!
    Ashley A
    ash_app@hotmail.com

  33. Joy F says:

    Love alpha males, thanks for the hop.

  34. Ashley A says:

    Oh and I would love to read A Brush with Darkness!!
    Ashley A
    ash_app@hotmail.com

  35. I think I would like to try Hard and Fast.
    phaedracamille@gmail.com

  36. Rush says:

    Alpha’s can go all commando as they want as long as they are considerate with their partner. Love The Alpha!

    taina1959@yahoo.com

  37. donnas says:

    Great hop!

    Thanks for the chance!

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

  38. Frost Fair would be my choice!!!

    Alpha males are the best….strong, independent, fiercely protective, but on the inside they are nothing but a big ol’ teddy bear! I love the way their mouths talk filthy, but their eyes portray their sensitive sweet. They can be rough and tough in the bedroom, but still have the gentle caress of an attentive and protective lover. It’s all in the heart…..alpha males are the best!

    Thanks for participating in the hop!

    molly@reviewsbymolly.com

  39. bn100 says:

    Interesting post.

    I like alphas and their protectiveness.

    bn100candg(at)hotmail(dot)com

  40. Marlena Fein says:

    I totally see where you are coming from. In my relationships I do take the nice guys because I am pretty domineering and do not think I could handle having someone stand up to me. I know that is wrong, but it makes for safe comfortable relationships. In the past when dating someone “spirited” it was all fireworks, and while fun in the beginning, they never ended well!
    A Brush with Darkness would be my pick of book!
    Best wishes,
    Marlena
    charmedpoms(at)yahoo(dot)com

  41. I would enjoy winning Frost Fair.

    Thanks for being in the hop.

    j.lennidorner AT facebook DOT com

  42. Rush says:

    Edit to add books of interest: Mere Mortals sounds extremely good as well as Standish when it does come out once again. I’ve read A Brush With Darkness and Muffled Drums and thought they were Brilliant! I’ve been so hooked with Historical novels lately and yours are some of the best out there. I still yet have to read Transgressions, which I have here. Keep the Ink wet!
    taina1959@yahoo.com

  43. Beckey says:

    There is so many alphas that I could name but it may take me all day to that …
    I like when there is a strong, caring, protective, determined (willingness to go the distance for what he desires)charming with a bit of creativity in Alpha …

    BeckeyWhiteATgmailDOTcom

  44. Chris says:

    Hi. I want that perfect Alpha(I don’t think he exsits.) He just knows everything that I want to do/what I’m feeling and follow along like it was his idea to being with ;)

    Chris
    ceagles48218@yahoo.com

    If I win I would like “Mere Mortals” in mobipocket or prc form. Thanks.

  45. Misha K. says:

    Thank you for the chance to win :) I’d love to read ‘A Brush with Darkness’.

    MostlyMisha[at]gmail[dot]com

  46. Shadow says:

    I love alpha heros. So hot! :) I love how dominant, possessive, loyal and protective they are. Thank you for the awesome hop and giveaway! This is so much fun!
    shadowluvs2read(at)gmail(dot)com

  47. Mel Bourn says:

    I love my alpha man to be Dominant yet have a sense of humor. He is loyal, protective, and isn’t afraid to enjoy the small things in life.

    Junction X looks great!

    mel
    bournmelissa at hotmail dot com

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