Thursday, April 12, 2012

Heroic Tendencies...

Congratulations to "Ellen B", the winner of Toni's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated.

I spend a lot of time thinking about heroes. Not just those fictional characters who inhabit our Romantic Suspense stories, but real heroes. Soldiers, cops, paramedics, firefighters, grandmothers who raise the alarm when a fire starts in their home. People who run homeless shelters, nurses, doctors, vets. People who dive into rivers to save strangers, or dogs. People who offer to change your tire on the side of the road. People who rescue abused and abandoned animals.

The world is full of people who are true heroes.

So what important characteristics from these real life heroes do we need to recreate in fiction?

It goes beyond muscles and good looks (although they certainly help for the more energetic and romantic parts of the story J). I think the foremost trait of true heroes is the desire to see other people safe (or their animals J). They need to be prepared to put themselves in harm’s way to save others.

I think that’s why I fell so hard in love with my last hero, Daniel Fox. In the early part of the story he does some stuff that some people might construe as less than heroic. But to me, the fact he would risk everything he holds dear for a women he doesn’t even like is the first clue to his heroic tendencies. By the end of the story, Daniel Fox is willing to give up everything, including his freedom, and his life, to save the woman he loves.

So what do you think makes someone heroic?

Toni is giving away an ebook copy of Edge of Survival to one lucky commenter.

EDGE OF SURVIVAL (November 21st, 2011)
Foreword by Brenda Novak

Dr. Cameran Young knew her assignment wouldn't be easy. As lead biologist on the Environment Impact Assessment team, her findings would determine the future of a large mining project in the northern Canadian bush. She expected rough conditions and hostile miners—but she didn't expect to find a dead body her first day on the job.
Former SAS Sergeant Daniel Fox forged a career as a helicopter pilot, working as far from the rest of the human race as possible. The thrill of flying makes his civilian life bearable, and he lives by his mantra: don't get involved. But when he's charged with transporting the biologist to her research vessel, he can't help but get involved in the murder investigation—and with Cameran, who awakens emotions he's desperate to suppress.
In the harsh and rugged wilderness, Daniel and Cameran must battle their intense and growing attraction while keeping ahead of a killer who will stop at nothing to silence her…

I'm donating 15% of my royalties from this book to diabetes research.

ISBN: 978-14268-9263-9
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  1. A hero is someone who is not afraid to help a stranger. This book sounds really good.

  2. My hero is someone who will do anything to help someone out weather it's for love or just to be there for them and fight for them if can't wait to read the book it's sounds really good,Debra

  3. My hero is my husband. He is always there for me and our family. That is so wonderful you are donating some of your profits to Diabetes research.

  4. I believe a hero is a person who has done something that creates such a great impact on someone's life or his/her surroundings....without realizing or seeking attention for it.

    Great idea for donating to Diabetes Research, that cause is very close to my heart xx

  5. Thanks, guys! After I did all the research I was driven to do something for diabetes research. The great thing (I hope) is readers get a good read and get to know they're contributing to a good cause :)

  6. Someone that is heroic is one that will do or help someone else no matter how little or big the issue is. My father has shared many stories of heroic deeds during his years of being a cop and fireman... He once even saved one of his friends and fellow firefighters during a fire... getting burned in the process. They have been best friends ever since. Being a hero does not have to be dramatic or dangerous... just being there for someone and being able to help...

  7. Heroic can come from so many levels. What ever level I believe it comes when one steps out of their comfort zone and puts another’s needs above their own. Be it the dad who gives up playoff tickets to watch his kid play a game to the heroes who rixk their lives to protect us everyday.

  8. Those who put their lives on the line for the rest of us are heroes, but I also think that doctors are heroic by doing their best to save lives.
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  9. I don't mean to break into Toni's blog with sad news, but it is relevant to Toni's admirable cause. Today we lost a member of JUST ROMANTIC SUSPENSE. Sharon Donovan.

    What people might not know about Sharon was that she lost her eyesight to type 1 Diabetes ten years ago. God bless her, she used a computer with adaptive software that converted text to speech and she wrote some great books that way.

    Thank you for your admirable cause, Toni. And Sharon, I'll miss you. My prayers are with you and your family.

  10. I think someone who knows their strengths and weaknesses and is able to help to the best of their ability is heroic. They do so because they can and act on their convictions. Luckily in this world and the fictional ones, heroes comes in many forms.


  11. Thanks for all the hero opinions. I think we all need heroes to remind us the world can be a wonderful place.

    My condolences go to the family of my fellow TWRP author, Sharon Donovan. Such sad news. :(

  12. I echo sentiment that heroism is laying it all on the line for someone you may not necessarily know simply because you are in a position to help without expecting anything in return.

    Another excellent book to add to my TBR queue! I'm going to need to drop out of my doctoral programme to get caught up... :)


  13. Toni,
    Great post. Heroes are people who go out of there way for other people whether they are friends or strangers. Like yourself... because of your donation. My condolences to Sharon's family and friends.

  14. Congratulations, Ellen :)
    Thanks so much for having me, Maureen. You rock!
    Thanks for all the great comments about heroes :)