Saturday, February 22, 2014

Cops, Special Agents and Covert Operators


Congratulations to "Mae C.", "Joyce M." and "Jonetta", the winners in Pamela's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated!

Cops – those in uniform out on the streets, detectives at the scene of a homicide or in an undercover situation setting up a drug sting.

Special Agents – working in one of the ABC type agencies, whether state or federal.

Covert Operators – belonging to one of those agencies without letters, the kind whose existence is always denied, orperhaps employed by a private firm working in tandem with the government.

There’s something about these types of heroes, this type of take-charge, in control, unadulterated alpha male that fascinates that part of us that’s pure female.

Added to all that alpha allure, if he’s good at what he does, is a sharpness, a mental edge that makes him oh so much more intense. By the very nature of their jobs, these heroes are a cut above. They’re wary, non-trusting, and observant to a fault, rarely missing anything.

At least on the surface.

Underneath, that same nature that makes them so good at their jobs can be their downfall – in a major way – when it comes to meaningful relationships.

Emotions trip them up.

Make them stumble.

Confuse the heck out of them.

And those strong, mentally sharp, alpha heroes can’t stand to not be in control.
That shift of control gives me the shivers. Those moments in a story, whether I’m writing my own stories or immersed in someone else’s book, when that oh-so-strong alpha is at his most vulnerable. All because of that one female he’s unwittingly handed all his power.

In STOLEN SPIRIT, Jake Carrigan is a broken cop, one who’s left the force because of guilt. Guilt over his dead brother – the one he couldn’t save. And guilt over his dead ex-girlfriend, the one he wasn’t there for when she needed him the most. Guilt because he’d turned away rather than allow her to see his pain. Now, he’s hearing her voice in his head.

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***Excerpt STOLEN SPIRIT***
Already tight muscles at the back of his neck clenched. He took a wary glance around the empty room.
                Shit. Why the hell was he already hearing Hannah's voice?
                He hadn’t tasted the booze. Not yet. Not a drink in months. On the table in front of him, only a single shot low, sat the bottle of whiskey.
                Jake pushed away from the table, the legs of his chair scrapping over the scarred, hard wood floor. He stood and shoved both hands through his hair. Hair desperately in need of a haircut.
                Close to four months since he’d had a drink.
New Year’s Day resolutions and all that crap. Promises to his worried sister, promises to himself.
                A promise he was about to break.
                Over six months since he’d discovered Hannah had died. Alone. Without him. He hadn’t even known she was sick.
                She didn’t tell me, didn’t let me know.
                With both hands splayed at his waist, he glared at the shot glass.
                She could have reached him, if she'd wanted. If she'd bothered to try.
***END Excerpt of STOLEN SPIRIT***

Sebastian Alexander, in ELSIE’S SECRET, is a man who keeps his own secrets close. A covert agent, he’s never let anyone, especially not any woman, interfere with his mission. Not even Elsie, a woman who’d had the potential to hold his heart hostage. But when he finds her where she isn’t supposed to be, when she’s endangered his operation, he starts questioning himself.

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***Excerpt ELSIE’S SECRET***
Don’t go there, old boy. If she hadn’t been here, he wouldn’t be distracted from this reconnaissance mission. Wouldn’t be in this predicament.
                And he wouldn’t have realized how much he still wanted her. Or how dangerous that desire was to his concentration. In his line of work, concentration very often meant the difference between life and death.
                Besides, a future with Elsie had never really been possible, no matter how foolishly he’d once wanted one.
***End Excerpt of ELSIE’S SECRET***

READER QUESTION:  What kind of qualities does a heroine need to have to be a match for an Alpha Hero? Should she be strong from the beginning, or do you like to see her grow into her strength?

GIVEAWAY:  Win one of three copies of ELSIE’S SECRET, the opening novella for the PSI Sentinels: Guardians of the Psychic Realm.

About Pam:
Whether painting, out on a photo shoot or writing, Pam has always had a bend toward the creative side of life. Her favorite is when she can combine any of those with travel. Places get into her blood and she loves to explore the possibilities, always with characters and a story in mind.

An astrologer for most of her adult life, Pam has been known to see auras & the occasional ghost. Considering she lives in a haunted house in the mountains of southern California, this keeps life interesting.

Website: PamelaMoran.com
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25 comments:

  1. I always appreciate a smart and resourceful heroine. I have no preference of a heroine who is already strong or one who grows into her strength.

    janie1215 AT excite DOT com

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    1. Hi Jane. Totally agree! Smart and resourceful should almost be a prerequisite. Some of my favorite heroines are the ones who don't realize just how smart they are until they're pushed and tested and then discover they are a match for their hero, that she deserves him as much as he deserves her! ~Pam

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  2. Alpha heroes require a woman that when rescued, will end up rescuing the hero at the same time. Doesn't matter if she starts out that way or grows into it because of her love for the hero.

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    1. Hi Brenda. Those are the best kind of stories, aren't they? Where our strong Alpha hero needs our heroine as much as she needs him. Sigh. Love that. ~Pam

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  3. LOVE how you've blended romantic suspense and paranormal genres!

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    1. Thank you for that, Maria! Romantic Suspense has always been my first love in reading romance. Can't get enough. But in writing, that edge of the paranormal creeps in even when I try to hold it in. ~Pam

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  4. I think the heroine must have a strong sense of self. Her strength comes from that and she doesn't need to be an Alpha woman. That Alpha man will find her quiet resolve most appealing.

    Thanks for the post!

    Jonettaallen77 at yahoo dot com

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    1. Hi Jonetta. Yes, I think you've hit on an intrinsic part of what can make our heroine so right for her Alpha hero, that innate sense of self. That sense, even if she thinks or feels she's at odds with herself, that at her core she actually does know who she is, knows what's important to her.

      I love when the Alpha hero is intrigued but doesn't want to be and almost always it's this type of heroine - that woman who knows who she is inside. ~Pam

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  5. I enjoyed your excerpt. Doesn't matter if the heroine is strong from the beginning, or if she grows into her strength.

    jasm1809 at gmail dot com

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    1. Thank you, Joyce, so happy you enjoyed the excerpt ... made my day to read that! :o)

      Hannah, in STOLEN SPIRIT, doesn't believe she's strong and actually calls herself, to herself, a coward for not being strong enough to force her issues with Jake in the past. But she's a lot stronger than she thinks, especially when it begins to matter more than she thought possible.

      Elsie, now, she has a different kind of strength. And she's stubborn. And loyal, almost literally to a fault.

      In BLIND SIGHT (coming soon), Rily Carrigan - who is also a cop - is probably one of the strongest, most stubborn heroines I've ever written. She's strong in almost every way, except in showing her own vulnerabilities.

      Can you tell I adore my heroines as much as I do my Alpha heroes?
      ~Pam

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  6. Sounds very good. I will be checking these out. Thanks.

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    1. Hope you enjoy the stories, Morgan, and thank you for stopping in and commenting! ~Pam

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  7. I like both strong heroines and ones that grow throughout their journey... each character comes to life and tells her story through their books... both ELSIE’S SECRET & STOLEN SPIRIT sound like books I would enjoy. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Hi Colleen. How you worded that is great: ... each character comes to life and tells her story through their books.

      When I read that I sat here thinking: Exactly! It's their story and it's their needs driving that story forward, that make them real to us and make us care. Makes them hard to resist. ~Pam

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  8. smart and brave; don't mind if she ends up growing brave

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

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    1. Hi. I agree, smart is important! And if part of her heroine's journey is discovering she's braver than she thinks, I like that, too.

      Thanks for stopping in and commenting.
      ~Pam

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  9. She needs to be strong, know her own mind and be able to stand up for herself :) It's a fine line between the alpha hero taking care and cave man stream rolling. Thanks for sharing and congrats to Pamela on the new releas!

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    1. Hi Erin. What a great line (cave man steam rolling) and you're so right about that fine line!

      It's kind of fun to 'watch' (or torture) that poor Alpha / cave man when he's positive all he's doing is taking care of her and she comes out swinging because she's had enough steam-rolling.

      Thank you for stopping in and the congrats - much appreciated!
      ~Pam

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  10. This sounds like a wonderful series and the book covers are fabulous. Great excerpt too. I'm willing to let the author decide how the heroine is portrayed. I don't really have a preerence, as long as I can become emotionally invested in the character.

    maeclair (at) maeclair (dot) com

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    1. Hi Mae Clair. Thank you - I'm so glad you like the covers! I love the warmth of ELSIES ECRET and STOLEN SPIRIT was exactly as I'd envisioned it - gave me shivers when I first saw what my cover artist had put together.

      BLIND SIGHT, Rily Carrigan's story, has a great cover also. Although it's not out yet (coming soon, though), I do have the cover on the banner on my Facebook page.

      That emotional investment you mention, that emotional connection to the heroine, is what (I believe) we're all looking for when we pick up a book. She has to matter or I don't want to finish the book.

      Thanks for stopping by and letting me go on about my covers !

      ~Pam

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  11. Can't wait to start reading your books. Think I'll be loosing some sleep, because I'll be busy reading. Thanks for the chance.

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    1. Hi Alexa. That's one of the nicest things anyone has ever said to me. :o)

      Thank you!
      ~Pam

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    1. This is what happens when I don't pay attention to where I'm posting! LOL!!
      ~Pam

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  13. So looking forward to reading your books, Pam. So glad to see your work coming full circle!! Big hugs, Sylvia

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