After I’d written my yet to be published fourth MM book – Falling – I immediately started writing Running – which continues the story of one of the characters from Falling. Conrad is a barrister, an alpha male, only tops – I know that word offends some people but that’s him – he only tops. I wanted to set him up with another alpha male, Archer, who also only tops and see what would happen. Other than knowing Conrad was a lawyer and Archer was a hitman, I had no idea where the book would go. Normal for me, I don’t plot or plan.
But I did have a problem. I’d written what I thought of as alpha males before but never two of them in one story who were SO alpha. It was a real challenge because I registered that the guys I’d created in other books might have been tough in some ways but they definitely had soft sides. Jasper in Cowboys Down who’s a hard-headed businessman has a phobia about riding. He throws up in front of some tough cowboys. Hardly alpha behavior. So what was I supposed to do with two guys who didn’t know how to open up, how to submit? What actually was an alpha male? I didn’t think I could write a story where both men remained uncompromisingly tough and I was right. One of them had to give. You’ll have to read the story to find out which one. LOL
But it got me thinking – do alpha males really exist? Don’t all of them have some trait that defies alpha characteristics? To define an alpha – the strongest, fittest, most attractive, a confident, powerful guy who persuades, leads and never fails. Because if he does fail – he’s not an alpha. These paragons can’t exist. Even in books, they’d be too boring to read about. I think there is no such thing as a pure alpha or pure beta male. Human behavior is too complex for guys to be compartmentalized in this way. You have to ask yourself why a guy behaves like an alpha, expecting others to do as he tells him, want to have sex with him etc. Isn’t it borne of some anxiety, insecurity inside the alpha himself? That’s what I believe. So my alphas do have problems, issues in their backgrounds that explain why they are as they are and yes, they might have a tough outer shell, but when it’s cracked, their beta side leaks out.
I’d like to offer an ecopy of my book Every Move He Makes to a lucky commentator.
Keeping an eye on his charge isn’t easy. Keeping his hands off? Impossible…
It took attending his own funeral to force Logan to accept a new life as an undercover MI6 agent. That doesn’t make his latest assignment any less aggravating. Babysitting a Russian pop star with delusions that someone’s trying to kill him.
Other than an inexplicable attraction Logan ruthlessly suppresses, he couldn’t have less in common with the irritating, arrogant rich kid. He’s even prepared to walk away—until very real bullets start flying.
After his mother’s death, Zak Kochenkov’s life unravels in an impenetrable haze of grief, drugs and alcohol—until one bodyguard candidate stands out. Except his hopes of having some fun with that guard’s body evaporate when he realizes Logan is buttoned up tighter than a clam.
The first thing Logan learns is that his charge won’t do as he’s told. And there’s some secret behind his haunted eyes that shakes Logan’s resolve to keep him at arm’s length. Because he knows if he lets passion close his eyes, that’s when danger will find them both.
Thanks for reading.
To win an E-Copy of “Every Move He Makes”, leave a comment on this Guest Post.
You need to be 18 years or older to enter the Giveaway. Void where prohibited. Etc.
The Contest ends on July 31st, 11:59 CDT. Good Luck!