By: Lisa Marie Rice
This week the first book in my new series, Ghost Ops, HEART OF DANGER, will be coming out. The story of three elite soldiers betrayed by their commanding officer, falsely accused of treason, pursued by the might of the US government. Ghost Ops—a unit so secret, the men in the unit don’t exist, their pasts wiped out.
No one can find them in their secret high-tech lair until one day a woman shows up, searching for their leader, Mac. Catherine has found her way to this giant warrior by means of a secret gift she has—a gift that might cost her her life.
A lot of people ask me why most of my heroes are ex military, mainly former elite soldiers.
You mean apart from the fact that they can kill bad guys with their little finger?
Seriously, most romance heroes are ‘alpha’ heroes. As the name indicates, they are the apex of the pecking order, the very top of the heap. You can be an alpha male either by virtue of your money or by virtue of your strength and courage. In some romances, the hero is often an alpha male because he has more money than God. Of course a very very very rich man has a certain attraction, because he is so powerful, but just stop to think about it. He has spent a goodly portion of his life…making money. Which is nice, but as a life goal, I’m not too sure how attractive that is.
I like to think—and I want my readers to absolutely believe—that this man, the hero of my book, is a man with ideals, and is a man who can commit to something larger than himself.
A very rich man is often committed to his money and nothing more.
My soldiers are mostly elite soldiers from Special Forces. They have to want very very much to be a SEAL, a Ranger, a Delta operator, or in my new trilogy, a member of Ghost Ops. They have to work hard at it, and they must engage their mind, their body and their soul. People sometimes forget that these men are also supersmart. They are essentially engineers, navigators, linguists, computer experts, diplomats. All at once. While also being world-class athletes, excellent shots, experts in hand to hand combat and weaponry.
What they do requires unceasing effort for many years, many of them spent in danger. They swore an oath and by god they kept it. Their degree of commitment is so strong that I never have my heroes be actively serving. While in the service, their first loyalty is to the military. But once they are free, they have, by the very virtue of having served in elite units, shown that they are capable of unswerving loyalty, they do not give up when the going gets tough, and they can always do the hard thing.
Because, well life sometimes throws you hard things to deal with. Not just bullets but illness and financial problems and family problems.
The virtues that go into making an elite soldier can also be considered the same type of virtue that goes into making a good partner/husband.
Because, well, if he’ll take a bullet for you, he probably won’t leave you when you get breast cancer.
About Lisa Marie Rice
Lisa Marie Rice is eternally 30 years old and will never age. She is tall and willowy and beautiful. Men drop at her feet like ripe pears. She has won every major book prize in the world. She is a black belt with advanced degrees in archaeology, nuclear physics, and Tibetan literature. She is a concert pianist. Did I mention her Nobel Prize? Of course, Lisa Marie Rice is a virtual woman and exists only at the keyboard when writing erotic romance. She disappears when the monitor winks off.
That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.