By: Beth Cornelison
Congratulations to "Jane", the winner of Beth's giveaway. Thank you to everyone who participated.
After publishing umpteen (that's a real number, isn't it?) books with Harlequin and other mainstream publishers, I recently took the plunge into the indie publishing waters (via the services of The Knight Agency). TRUST IN ME is a small-town contemporary romance set in South Carolina and features a different sort of hero than the usual romance hottie.
In TRUST IN ME, after breaking free from her overbearing father and cheating fiancé, Claire Albritton wants nothing more than to take control of her life and learn to fight her own battles. Kevin Fuller believes he must rescue damsels in distress, and Claire is decidedly out of her element in small town South Carolina. When trouble inevitably finds Claire, Kevin's white knight protection and heroics are exactly what Claire doesn=t want. But his kisses...that's another matter.
I had mixed feelings as I wrote Kevin's character. As much as I love, love, love him (did I mention how much I love him? :-) ), he's not the typical romance hero. I wondered, Would readers accept him and fall in love the way I did? Would they dismiss him for the very things I felt made him special?
Don't get me wrong, Kevin has plenty of the stuff that makes a hero sexy (he's got the hot body, the motorcycle, the killer smile, above average looks). He'll also put himself in harm's way to save the heroine, stand by his beliefs at all costs, and work relentlessly to reach his goals. Yep, he's got integrity in spades. He also has a wry sense of humor that he uses as a shield to protect himself from personal pain, and soft spot for the underdog.
So what makes him so different? A few things. Kevin is no millionaire mogul or Arab sheik. He's a hardware store manager who's deeply in debt and living paycheck to paycheck thanks to his mother's medical bills. Kevin is a pacifist, more Boy Scout than warrior. He’s as courageous, strong and protective as other romance heroes, but he avoids violence on principle. He's also mostly beta, a best friend and warm place to land instead of a brooding Alpha.
While plenty of romance authors, and subgenres for that matter, employ the beta hero with great success, Kevin represents my farthest venture into betaland, and so I'm holding my breath. Will readers love him as much as I do? Will they see that Kevin is just what Claire wants and needs, her perfect match, and fall for him as she does?
I hope so. For me, Kevin is much more down-to-earth and realistic than a millionaire entrepreneur or Alpha secret agent. While I still love to read and write those tough, warrior Alphas, Kevin was a welcome change of pace who stole my heart. He's the nice guy we all wish for our daughters, the man of morals and a work ethic we admire in the news. He's the good guy we cheer for when he wins in the end, the happy ending that gives us all hope. Frankly, he's the kind of guy we need more of in this world...and that's why I love him.
Ironically, two of my most Alpha heroes to date are hitting bookstore shelves in a few weeks. I’ll tell you about my Black Ops heroes in my new series for Harlequin Romantic Suspense next time!
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