Friday, October 19, 2012

Alpha Hero Wanted, but Make Mine a Dark Hero, Please!

What is your favorite thing about Alpha Heroes? Well, we authors are ready to share our favorite Alpha Males, our favorite things about them, and everything sexy and heated about those Alpha Males you can think of. *wink* Starting on Friday and ending on Oct 22nd, over 200 Authors and Bloggers will share their favorite things about those sexy men we know and love.
And while we do that, we are EACH doing a giveaway. Yep. There will be over 200 giveaways on each blog hosted by that Author or Blogger. But that's not all....

We have THREE grand prizes:
1st Grand Prize: A Kindle Fire or Nook Tablet
2nd Grand Prize: A $130 Amazon or B&N Gift Card
3rd Grand Prize: The Pictured Swag Pack!
Please Note: Swag pack not available for International Shipping!
You as a reader can go to EACH blog and comment with your email address and be entered to win. Yep, you c an enter over 200 times! Please, be sure to leave a comment here sharing your favorite Alpha Male from a book you've read, and leave your email address so you can be entered to win The Grand Prize: A Kindle or Nook tablet and oodles of other prizes from each blog on the hop.

Those who leave a comment here will be entered for the above 3 Grand prizes and entered to win a $15 Starbucks gift card and a print copy or ebook copy (your choice) of Dark Hero from me.  Just share your favorite romance book hero here. What's his name, what book was he in, and why does he appeal to you? I'm always looking for a hot, sexy alpha romance to enjoy. And don't forget to list your email so we can contact you if you are the winner.

Allow me to share with you my ideal alpha male hero. Donovan is a Gothic Hero with a serious brood factor (Think Heathcliff from Wuthering Heights, but without the innate cruelty). He's a former pirate, a scientist and an actor who uses his wit--an important component--not just his brawn, to conquer the bad guy. Donovan is a survivor. He's a little bit damaged. He's a dark, brooding hero, having escaped France after being tortured for a crime he didn't commit. After escaping prison, he knocked about in the East Indies for a few years as a pirate.

 After Donovan is banished from Elizabeth's home by her nasty step-papa, he doesn't just skulk away and sulk. Nope, he dons a mask and plays the part of the disfigured, tortured Count Rochembeau, a refugee from the Terror in France. His scheme works because that's just what the stepfather wants--an evil, frightening bridegroom for Elizabeth (he's just wicked, that stepfather). Donovan is willing to do anything to claim girl he loves, using even deception when necessary. 

When Elizabeth is kidnapped, Donovan reverts back into pirate mode and hunts down the culprits who kidnapped his bride. It's not pretty when he captures their ship. No one is left alive. This is the brawny, tough guy part of the Alpha Male equation. And that's the part that gets the blood pumping in our veins as women, right?  There is the warrior element that makes us swoon and sigh.

Yeah, but . . . there is another side that must be present:  the tender, gentle, patient lover. Donovan is not a brute or a bully. He's been tortured. He's been in prison. He's been in a dark, ugly place where fear abounds. Therefore, he's able to help Elizabeth through her pain. He's able to bring her back from the dark side. He's been there, so he knows the way back. He's strong, tough, smart, and oh so tender!

Purchase links for Dark Hero:
Barnes & Noble Nook
Smashwords for any digital format

Thanks for stopping by. Remember to leave a comment to be entered to win the grand prize and other prizes and then continue this wonderful blog hop by clicking any of the links below. Each author is featuring more ideas about Alpha Male Heroes, prizes and great books! Get ready to be swept away . . .


Tin said...

Had to backtrack and re-read your hero's description -- a pirate and a scientist -- very interesting combination. ^_^

- Tin
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Rhonda Hopkins said...

Great post. One of my favorite alpha males is Rourk from J.D. Robb's In Death Series. :-)

Brittiany Koren said...

One of my most favorite heroes is Simon DeMontfort in The Dragon and the Jewel by Virginia Henley. My second favorite would be James Mallory in Johanna Lindsay's Mallory books.

Wonderful post, Lily! Made me want to pick up a great romance and start reading. :)

christina said...

Great post, Lily. Yes Donovan is a definite Alpha hero. I to love my alphas. they need to be strong and take charge but have a true heart beating beneath their tough exterior. Two of my fav alpha are Brodrick from Ransom and James Malory from The Gentle Rogue.


christina said...

I have to agree on James Malory. love the whole series

Lily Silver said...

Thanks Brittiany, Rhonda, Tin and Christina, You've given me so new titles to check out. That's the idea, let's share our fav alpha romance heroes, Ladies and Gents. I'm lovin it.

Lily Silver said...

Yes, Brittiany, I'm definitely checking out the Virginia Henely book. Another great writer of Alpha males is Marsh Canham. I'm loving her book Pale Moon Rider right now. :)

Anonymous said...

I love Alphas, because I need someone as confident and dominant as me to be an equal in our relationship - I hate the feeling as if partner is less powerful than me and cannot make it without me.

My favourite Alpha male is Gabriel from Annette Curtis Klause's Blood and Chocolate, because he's strong, confident and willing to fight for what he wants. It's an exciting, extremely well-written book that leaves you longing for that world.

Rachel oceanrebel333 @

LM said...

So many Alpha's-- but I have a special place for Zach from Pamela Clare's Breaking Point.. Also LOVE Damien from Nobody's Perfect from Kallypso Masters. He such a strong, but wounded hero!

Anonymous said...

My favourite alpha, a very sneaky subtle one, is Lymond from the Lymond Chronicles by Dorothy Dunnett. He's a clever and manipultive seducer of both male and female while keeping his heart to himself, but once he has taken responsibility for someone they are assured of his complete loyalty. Although most of his 'alphadom' is expressed through his intellect he is absolutely deadly - the consummate warrior. The romance element is intense but leavened with enough military and political mayhem to make it palatable for MM readers too. Highly recommended.

Anonymous said...

I like Roarke from Nora ROberts books :)

Thanks for the hoppin fun !


Jean MP said...

Damian from Nobody's Perfect by Kallypso Masters and Lucan Thorne from Kiss of Midnight by Lara Adrian.
Thanks for being part of this great blog hop.
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Alicia said...

I think most of the romance books I read have alphas, so I can't think of just one name. Give me a few hours to go through my collection :)

Thanks for participating in the hop!

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Na S. said...

I also like the dark, brooding hero. One of my favorite his Zsadist from Lover Awakenedd in the BDB series. He is so tortured!


Sharon Stogner said...

I love dark heroes!! Barrons is probably my favorite. I love a man with an inner beast trying to get out! sstogner1 at gmail dot com

Bren's Stitches said...

Lord Hawk from Josie Littons Come Back to me. xstitchdiva at att dot net

rfg72 said...

I'm loving Master Adam from the Master At Arms series.

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Phaedra Seabolt said...

My favorite romance book hero is Adam Hauptman from the Mercy Thompson series. Even though Mercy and Adam were actually a "thing" he is always there for her waiting patiently for her to discover their love.

JanD said...

One of my favorites is Zarek from Dance with the Devil (read the book many times) because beneath his tough exterior is a caring heart.
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Katie Dalton said...

Can he kidnap me too? Just sayin *fans self*

LOVE the alpha hop!

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Renald said...

Simon Westfield, A Certain Wolfish Charm, by Lydia Dare.

Anonymous said...

Why I love Alpha Males is no real surprise! The perfect Alpha Male for me could be a Vampire, a Scottish Laird, an English Rogue/Gentleman, a Werewolf or Shape-shifter, or a Knight. He’s the rogue who thinks he can’t be reformed into a gentleman. He’s the rough and scarred Scottish laird that has a heart of gold. He’s the werewolf or shape-shifter that needs to heal an aching heart because it took him years to find his true mate. He’s the vampire who has waited decades for that special someone’s blood to sing to him and wake him up. And he’s the knight who can defeat the enemy with a quick swing of his sword, but can’t see the love in front of his face. My Alpha Male has eyes that can see into your soul and are as blue as the sea, or as black as a storm. He’s tall and brooding. His heart can enfold you into its grasp and make you fall in love when he gives it to you freely and completely. He is protective and passionate. In the end he is the one that makes your heart jump and butterflies fly in your stomach, and still kiss you until your legs melt!

Jyl22075 said...

Rourke from the In Death series is one of my favorite heroes. I like him because he's got the traits I love about alphas but he's not over-the-top.

By the way, I love your prize. A book and coffee? It's like heaven. :)

Jyl22075 at

Lily Silver said...

Thanks everyone, this is fabulous. I can't wait to read some of these titles and meet some more swoon worthy alphas!

Lily Silver, Author of Dark Hero, A Gothic Romance.

Angels Cove said...

the dark hero wanted story looks great the guy is yummy delcious and thanks for the chance to win

Liese2 said...

My favorite alpha is Roarke from JD Robb's In Death series.

Ingeborg said...

I love that Alpha males are strong, protective and passionate.


Yvette said...

I love the possessiveness yet the tender side they show.

Veronika said...

Thank you for the wonderful post and the giveaway! Alpha Males are my absolute favorites! They're strong, confident, protective, sometimes a bit bossy, and of course sexy!

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Cassandra said...

Some of my favorite would have to be Dare, Trace, Jackson, & Spencer from Lori Foster's Men Who Walk The Edge of Honor series & Ash, Sin, Dev, & Fang from Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dark-Hunter series & also the men from Kresley Cole's Immortals After Dark series :)
Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

Tamara Hoffa said...

At the moment, my favorite is Zephyros, from Laura Kaye's West of Want, because I just finished it, and he was a wonderful damaged hero!

Joy said...

Broderick from Ransom by Julie Garwood.
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donnas said...

Bones from the Night Huntress series
Great hop!

Thanks for the chance!

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Misha said...

Right now my favorite is from a manga~ Kaname from Vampire Knight because he's confident, intelligent and extremely protective of the girl he loves.


Natasha said...

Eric from the Sookie Stachouse series. Thanks for the chance to win!
natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

J Lenni Dorner said...

My favorite Alpha Male is Xavier (from my Existence series). I am also quite partial to Dr. Gregory House (of the tv show House M.D.), Sheriff Carter (of the tv show Eureka), and Chief (from "The Laughing Man" in JD Salinger's Nine Stories).
But for a more romance-book-like character, Noah Clayborne from Julie Garwood's "Shadow Dance" appeals to me as an Alpha because he is strong, intelligent, and has just the right amount of arrogance.

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Mel Bourn said...

I love an alpha man! One of the first I ever read was Jamie from Diana Gabaldon's The Outlander. I still love that man..even though I found my own kilted man.
bournmelissa at hotmail dot com

Molly said...

Alpha males are the best….strong, independent, fiercely protective, but on the inside they are nothing but a big ol’ teddy bear! I love the way their mouths talk filthy, but their eyes portray their sensitive sweet. They can be rough and tough in the bedroom, but still have the gentle caress of an attentive and protective lover. It's all in the heart.....alpha males are the best!

Jack Gordon from Liz Crowe's REALTOR series rocks!

Thanks for participating in the hop!

molly at reviewsbymolly dot com

Kaylyn D. said...

My favorite Alpha Male is Eric Northman from the Sookie Stackhouse Novels. He is perfect. *sigh* So yummy. Thanks for the giveaway.

latishajean said...

What a great blog hop Alpha males are my favorite!
One of my favorite Alpha males is Decebal from The Grey Wolves Series by Quinn Loftis!
Thank you for the great giveaway!
Latisha D

Rush said...

An Alpha can be protective, loving, caring, gentle and considerate to his partner but he also can be the most fearsome and aggressive if threatened. He will protect his loved ones to the death. Thanks for the HOP!

Adila Mammadova said...

"He's a former pirate, a scientist and an actor who uses his wit..."

OMG, this is some burning mix!

Thanks for being part of the Hop.

Alphas Rule!

(from Azerbaijan)

Nay Nay said...

I love my Alpha Males. They keep me coming back for more.
I Love that they are strong, loyal, confident, and how protective they are of their woman even when they KNOW she can kick some major ass.
My favorite “Alpha Male” is Jonas from Lora Leigh’s Breeds. He is the Ultimate alpha male. I also like Dash, Mercury, Tarek, Tanner, Law and Rule. In fact I like all of Lora’s Breeds. They are all wickedly sexy and ALL ALPHA! 
Thanks for being part of the hop and for the chance to win. <^_^>

savannah said...

hmmm Cynthia Eden writes really good alpha males :) My favorite of her's being Niol from Midnight's Master
Shelly Laurenston also writes great alpha's too her work has a bit of humor in it so if you like alpha's that make you laugh out loud you will love her work

Ashley Applebee said...

Well I have quite a few...but my top are Eric Northman from the Southern Vampire series, Jerricho Barrons from the Fever series or any man written by Cynthia Eden!!!
Love Alphas and thanks for joining the hop!!
Ashley A

Shadow said...

I love alpha heros. So hot! :) Thank you for the awesome hop and giveaway! This is so much fun!

Stephanie Huff said...

I love alpha males who are strong, sexy, and protective of those they love. Bones from the Night Huntress is one of my favorites. His devotion to Cat compares to no one.

Thanks for the giveaway!
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Christine said...

Alphas are the best.. make them big, tall, dark and handsome, with charisma, intelligence, assertiveness, passion and protectiveness and I'll be in heaven :]
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Anonymous said...

My favorite alpha is Damon Salvatore from The Vampire Diary Series. I love that he is a tortured soul and while he has a kind heart, he does whatever he can to hide it except to the woman he loves. His sense of humor is right up my alley! The fact that it is a brother triangle doesn't hurt things either! If only he could once and for all win the girl! Thanks so much for being a part of this hop. I am enjoying discovering new authors and adding lots of books to my wish list!
Best wishes,

bn100 said...

I like alphas and their protectiveness.


Ramblings of a Part time Druid said...

Thanks for being a part of the blog hop. i love how powerful, fierce and passionate alpha males can be.
i totally want to read your books

cherrychnagan said...

Sebastian from Lord of Scoundrels is my favorite hero. He's bright and clever. He appreciates Jessica's intelligence and wit, and realizes how highly she thinks of him. He loves her and can't believe his good fortune.

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