Tuesday, January 07, 2014

What Makes a Good Hero Guest Blog and Giveaway- Ashes by Sarah Gilman

What makes a good hero? This is a very difficult question to answer, because like all aspects of writing, what makes a good hero depends on the individual reader.

The paranormal romance genre is ruled by the alpha male. Now, don’t throw rotten fruit at me, but as a reader I am not a huge fan of the extreme alpha males. Sometimes, the super alpha is so unfriendly I find it hard to see him as a romantic interest. On the other hand, beta heroes don’t hold up well in romance plots. Few people want (notice I didn’t say “no one”…there’re no absolutes for readers!) a whiney or spoiled hero. Personally, I love gamma heroes!

Braveheart, anyone? What about Han Solo? Both are great gamma characters.

The gamma hero, for those new to the term, is what I think of as the tough alpha male meshed with the tender beta male. The best of both worlds. This is the hero who is best at slaying the beast one moment and nuzzling the heroine’s neck the next. Strong and affectionate.

In Ashes, the hero Reece Bennu is royal, almost god-like, in the phoenix community. He doesn’t shy from all aspects of that responsibility—he is a particular saint when it comes to charity and the welfare of others. He is the gentleman-sort, to a fault (being honest gets him into trouble sometimes). However, he loathes being called a god. He doesn’t even joke about it. He’ll do anything reasonable to avoid a fight. But he will fight, if he must.

All in all, the complexity of gamma heroes is more inspiring and interesting than the alphas. More colors on the palette and many more possibilities for the writer and reader.

Who is your favorite gamma hero?

Sarah Gilman

Release Date: 12/30/13

Genre: Ghosts, Paranormal Romance

Publisher: Entangled Covet

Tagline: Accidents happen for a reason

Book Description:

Journalist Ambrosia Pellerin accepts an assignment involving the legendary phoenix, expecting, if nothing else, a little entertainment. Instead, she winds up pregnant—by a surprisingly human-looking firebird, Reece Bennu.

As the Phoenix prince, Reece is next in line to the throne and expected to marry a purebred royal. A common human such as Ambrosia is not in the cards. He swears, though, he’ll never be an absentee father.

As Ambrosia’s due date grows closer, so do the soon-to-be parents. But will their tentative love survive the prejudice of Reece’s grandmother, who will stop at nothing to tear the two a part?

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About the Author:

Sarah Gilman started her first novel in third grade. She never finished that story, but never gave up the dream. Her fascination with wings also began at that age, when images of the ancient Egyptian goddess Isis captured her imagination and never let go. Now a paranormal romance writer, she employs her love of writing to bring the allure of winged creatures to the pages of her novels. Sarah lives in Vermont with her supportive husband and two spoiled cats.

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4971675.Sarah_Gilman

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ilookfamous said...

Favorite gamma hero of all time is Acheron from Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dark Hunter series

Leslie Miner said...

This is the first time I have read someone's view on alpha, beta and gamma males. I've always thought they're either alpha or they're not. I like the differences. I think my current gamma male would be Quin from the Mystic Series.

Unknown said...

Hi Sarah,
Very cool perspective on heroes here - I hadn't heard the term gammas either - but I like it.
I may have to take a look at your hero, Reece Bennu.
I enjoyed your post.

Unknown said...

Fantastic giveaway and this sounds like an interesting read.

Unknown said...

love the thought process that went into this.. glad to be catching it.

Unknown said...

Love a good paranormal..;)