Today I am welcoming foodie romance Author Kimberly Kincaid to the blog and we will be giving away a free copy of Drawing The Line to a lucky commenter. Kick back and enjoy as she shares her insight on what makes a hot hero, gives you a peek into her novella with a blurb, and tells us a little about herself.
How My Hero Earned His Nickname
Jason Morgan, the hero in my latest foodie novella Drawing The Line, is a cop working a make-or-break case. Serenity Gallagher is the witness to a brutal crime. They meet at the hospital under some very…interesting circumstances (he walks in on her as she’s changing). Here’s how his nickname is born:
A wash of heat rode high on Serenity’s cheeks, although whether it was from having been stone cold busted in her underwear or from the piercing ocean-blue stare of the detective standing across from her, she couldn’t be sure. Of all the cops who could’ve caught this case, fate just had to dish up the one who ate lunch at her diner once a week and could probably charm the chalk out of the world’s stodgiest schoolmarm.
But Serenity didn’t do anything on a whim, ever. And she wasn’t about to buck tradition with a fast-talking detective, no matter how many nurses he flirted into submission.
“I’m not sure what you mean, Detective Morgan.” Serenity pasted an ill-fitting smile over her face, and ugh, even that made her head throb. Okay, so the chances that he hadn’t figured out her bungled escape plan were pretty nonexistent, but no one had told her the police would come talk to her here. And while Serenity had finally gotten in touch with her restaurant manager, Jules, and convinced her to go to the diner instead of coming to the hospital, Mac’s was still her responsibility. She needed to make sure the place was taken care of so she could go upstairs to get an update on Colin. He wasn’t just her friend, he was her employee, which made him her responsibility too.
No matter how charismatically Detective McHot-Hot was looking at her.
Okay, so Serenity is being just a smidge sarcastic when she dishes up this nickname (that is, after all, part of her feisty style). But Jason’s nickname holds true for lots of reasons, and not just the physical. What makes a hot hero…well, hot? Here are four elements that work for Jason, and for hot heroes across the board in their own way.
He’s dedicated. Jason is cop, just like his father before him, and the guy just screams I’m into my job! Hot heroes have a passion for something, be it work (think cops, firefighters, military men, heck, he could be an accountant as long as it’s his thing) or play (thrill-seeking base jumper? Intense sculptor? Muscle car enthusiast?) Heroes who have a passion for something else will easily translate into heroes who have a passion for your heroine.
He’s good.Don’t confuse this with always doing good things, now. After all, nobody’s perfect. But at the center of every good hero, even amongst the flews, is inherent good. Sure our hero might rough up bad guys or have a dark past. But he’s redeemable, and he gives the heroine—and us—glimpses of that worthiness as the story progresses.
He’s got a third dimension.Jason’s third dimension is the splash of smart-alecky-ness that makes him mischievous. With this secret super power, Jason is able to put Serenity (who does NOT want to be in protective custody with him) at ease. Hot heroes have something unique about them that make them stand out, usually something that defines them even if they don’t know it (Jason uses humor as a cover for the serious side of being a cop). This makes them more real on the page, and it will keep readers reading. And swooning.
He’s flawed.This goes hand in hand with number two. While hot heroes are good men, they also have flaws. Real, believable issues that stand in between who they are and who they want to be. Jason’s flaw is that he doesn’t think he can balance love and the career he’s dedicated to, so he has trouble letting anyone past that cocky façade. As long as a hero has internal conflict, he has room to grow, to arc, to change. And when readers are privy to this transformation, they will feel invested in the hero as well as his happily ever after.
So tell me, writer friends! What are your favorite attributes in a romance hero? Do you like them gruff and Alpha? Or are serious Beta heroes for you? Who are some of your favorites? One lucky commenter will win a free Kindle-ready copy of Drawing The Line, so don’t be shy! Tell all!
Drawing The Line Blurb:
When Detective Jason Morgan is tasked with keeping a local restaurant owner safe as part of a make-or-break case, he rises to the challenge. The job is his first priority, and he owes it to the memory of his father, a detective killed in the line of duty, to do it at any cost. But Jason never expected Serenity Gallagher to be so beautiful, so serious…or so tough to protect.
Serenity has moved from place to place at the whim of her capricious mother all her life. The last thing she wants is to leave the diner she finally calls home, even if it means being stuck with a sexy blue-eyed detective. But she’s the only witness to a horrible crime, and the man behind it wants her very, very dead. Going into protective custody means survival, no matter how much Serenity hates hiding.
As Jason and Serenity bide their time together, they are shocked to discover they have much more in common than the surface reveals. But keeping her safe is Jason’s number one priority, no matter how much he’s drawn in by the woman beneath the witness, and Serenity’s past makes it difficult to trust. As the stakes get higher and the spark burns hotter, can Jason and Serenity draw the line?
Kimberly Kincaid writes contemporary romance that splits the difference between sexy and sweet. When she’s not sitting cross-legged in an ancient desk chair known as “The Pleather Bomber”, she can be found practicing obscene amounts of yoga, whipping up anything from enchiladas to éclairs in her kitchen, or curled up with her nose in a book. Kimberly is a 2011 RWA Golden Heart® finalist who lives (and writes!) by the mantra that food is love. She has written two digital novellas, Love On The Line and Drawing The Line, about hot cops and sexy chefs, with a third novella, Outside The Lines, due this summer. She is also thrilled to have collaborated on a Christmas anthology with Donna Kauffman and Kate Angell, titled The Sugar Cookie Sweetheart Swap, to kick off her Pine Mountain foodie series with Kensington this October. Kimberly’s first full-length novel, Turn Up the Heat, will follow in February 2014. She resides in northern Virginia with her wildly patient husband and their three daughters. Visit her any time at www.kimberlykincaid.com or come check her out on Facebook and Twitter .
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