Candace Blackburn | Must Have Traits for a Swoon Worthy Alpha Male
May 17, 2018
I am so excited to be given this opportunity. Swoon Worthy and Alpha Male are
two phrases that are guaranteed to bring giddiness to romance readers, and a
frenzy of one-clicks on the eBook sites. For an author in the genre, we must
give our Alphas the traits that will require a fainting couch and a cold shower.
Here are a few of mine.
A strong heroine. I love to read about an Alpha who wants to keep his woman
safe, but knows that she is strong enough to take care of herself. He will save
the day, and fight off any and all enemies, but does not expect her to sit on
the sidelines and watch all of this happen. Oh no. A capable heroine has the
ability to vanquish any sort of enemy (werewolves or vampires, medieval feudal
lords or crooked Old West lawmen), but she also feels a certain amount of
satisfaction knowing that her man has her back.
Iím going to borrow a member of one of Lara Adrianís Midnight Breed for this
trait. There was a scene in Kiss of Crimson where Tess (the heroine)
was at an art gallery and Dante walked in. He was completely out of place,
dressed like the warrior he was, yet his presence dominated Tessís attention.
So, what is this trait? Drop dead gorgeousness. Whether it is a smoldering hero
in a tux, a warrior in his leathers, or a firefighter in his turn out gear,
Alphas tend to be walking sex appeal.
Again, Iím going to stick to my writing roots and borrow from another
paranormal romance writer, Kresley Cole. Bowen MacReive. In Wicked Deeds on
a Winter Night, Coleís hero Bowen, a Lykae, discovers that Mariketa, his
mate, has been kidnapped by humans. He tears a bloody path through the South
American jungle to get to Mariketa, leading to one of the best sex scenes ever
written. Whether it is a CEO who uses his money to buy his beloved out of
trouble, or a shifted wolf who leaves a body count when his mate is in danger,
Alphas show no mercy protecting the ones they love.
Weíve all read about them. Alphas who are afraid to love because theyíve had
their heart broken before. Alphas who donít think they deserve love because of
some self-perceived horrible atrocity theyíve committed in the past. And hey,
even Superman was brought to his knees by kryptonite. The love of their fated
one always, always, gets our Alphas past their vulnerabilities.
Letís just face it. If MacGyver had been a scientist with six-pack abs, and
a romance writer wrote a book about him, said book would be an instant best
seller. Brain power is just as impressive as how much an Alpha can bench press.
I hope you guys have a great day, and I appreciate you reading this post!
Lex and Elizabeth can finally be together as mates. But the Lycan who
killed her is back, and he's threatening the King. Will they be able to bring
down the threat to their future happiness, or will Elizabeth's fears tear them
apart? Find out in the newest edge of your seat title in Candace Blackburn's
Return of the Lycan King Trilogy!
Lex thought he'd lost her, but Elizabeth is back and she is his mate. But
between her getting used to life as a Lycan, threats from dangerous elements
looming over their heads and very odd changes in the Lycan kingdom happening all
around them, nothing will be easy. Lex and Elizabeth's love has to be the
strength to pull them through.
Candace makes her home in North Carolina with her high school sweetheart
husband and their two sons. She's an indie author who has published two previous
romances (with a bit of fantasy in each), Tristan's Redemption and Nate's
Forgiveness. Her current works are all paranormal romance (her favorite genre to
read!) and are set in her home state. She loves coffee, cold weather, the Boston
Red Sox, the Carolina Panthers, and hearing from fans.