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Monday, June 24, 2013


 By Brenda Chitwood

Okay, I admit it, I have had an ongoing affair with Mr. Darcy. Well, to be honest, Rochester has always had a place in my heart, too. I'm such a slut. J. D. Robb's Roarke is to die for. 

Colin Firth in "Pride and Prejudice"

Who am I kidding, I love them all. One thing they all seem to have in common is being wealthy.  Money never hurts.

These guys don't sit around in their underwear munching cheese doodles and squashing empty beer cans on their foreheads. On the flip side, I doubt any of them would fall into mad lust with my lumpy figure or the chocolate smears on my mouth. 
Swept off her feet by a handsome man

That's the beauty of romantic fiction. The men are perfect and we find the heroines easily ignored. In fact, I become Elizabeth, Jane or Eve.  Although, Eve would probably kick me from New York to Texas.

Hugh Jackman, just because he's dreamy

As a reader, I fall into the arms of the hero and never have to pick up his dirty socks.  As a writer, I scream at the hero in my story to behave and stop being such an ass. 

Heroes don't write themselves--
and sometimes they don't cooperate
with their author

After hours of looking at a blank page and imagining my hero laughing at my frustration, I decide to change into my stretchiest  sweat pants, find my stash of Snickers hidden in the back of my bookshelf and see what chaos Karen Marie Moning's Barrons is creating.  Oh my, is he HOT!

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  1. I've often said one day I'm writing a hero five-foot-seven, sway-backed like an old horse, with hair on his back and pimples on his butt. Of course I never will, but the visual of that guy amuses me. Like you, I love a sigh-worthy hero. Great post, Caroline.

    1. We can all dream. There are a lot of heroes out there, but even they have their Neanderthal moments.

  2. Brenda, I loved your post. If I actually met someone like a few of the alpha-alpha heroes, I'd hate him. But they're nice to read. For a husband, I prefer my slightly alpha, very sweet Hero.

  3. Brenda, you're awesomeness! Loved your blog!


    1. Thanks. Your heroes aren't so bad, either.

  4. Agree about Darcy

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  5. Ok...So eye-candy is the soup du-jour for any book reader (lol). Fantasy is what books are all about, right?! While I am reading I want the fantasy,

    Then when reality kicks back in (shortly after) I am ready for my tired man, dragging his butt behind him so I can feed him and soothe him for the evening. And then while he falls asleep in his chair, hurry up and get back to my fantasy man!!! :D

    1. I figure guys have their Playboy bunnies we can have our fantasy heroes, too.

  6. Cute post, Brenda. and I hate to admit it, or maybe I don't, I love the fantasy men I read and write about or watch on TV. Just can't get enough!

  7. Love those dashing heroes too. My favorite kind are the rebels who don't give a damn what anyone thinks, have a sense of humor and a sense of honor, and are absolutely there for the heroine (me, of course!) when she needs him.


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