Friday, October 19, 2012

You Beta Love Alphas! (The Alpha Male Blog Hop)

~GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED~
I just want to quickly say THANK YOU for participating and I thoroughly enjoyed reading your comments. I hope to see you back here in the future!


And now, without further ado,


Drum roll...drum roll...drum roll...

The winner of my $25 Amazon GC:
(via Rafflecopter) Entry #144, Elizabeth H!!

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If this is your first visit to my blog, WELCOME! If you are returning, it’s great to see you again!

Many thanks to the host of this event: Carrie Ann Ryan.

My prize for the hop:
$25 Amazon.com Gift Card

What kind of hero do you like the best? Well, we authors are ready to share the kinds WE like to read and write about! And we are EACH doing a giveaway. Yep. There are over 200 giveaways, as each blog is raffling off prizes as well.

But that's not all....

We have THREE grand prizes. You as a reader can go to EACH blog and comment with your email address and be entered to win. Yep, you can enter over 200 times!

Now what are those 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 following Swag Pack!

  ~Blog Post~

I write about half/half Betas (the guy who stays and plays), with some Alpha tendencies, and TRUE Alphas (the man in charge), but my medieval Highlanders are definitely Alphas. According to Alicia Rasley’s The Heroic Alphabet*, the true Alpha is a leader, but one who stays in touch with what his followers want. He may have a dark and dangerous past, but it is what he does with it that makes him an Alpha instead of a Delta (one who remains dark and dangerous).

Today I thought I’d give you a comparison from my own writing, for your reading pleasure:

This is from my newly released Christmas novella, A Heart Is A Home: Christmas in Texas

 
A few minutes later, they were back in the front sitting room, and as Joy busied herself behind him fussing with the garland and the candle arrangement on the dining room table, he shuffled through the handful of CDs he’d brought down from his room earlier, along with the portable boom box to play them on. He decided on one and dropped it into the tray. He hit the play button and in a moment the familiar croon of Savage Garden’s big hit, Truly Madly Deeply came through the speakers.

“Oh! I love this song!” he heard Joy pipe, which made him swing his head around to look at her. She was already swaying to the music as she lifted the garland again and, instead of resettling it in whatever new arrangement would please her, she treated it as if it were a dance partner and did a slow swirl around the table.

Not one to miss an opportunity, Adam immediately stepped up to the plate. In the next seconds, he’d taken her in his arms, and taken the lead, dancing her out of the dining room and onto the open area of the rug-covered floor of the sitting room.

When she actually started to sing along to the CD, it tickled him so much, that he found himself chiming in himself. So, for the next minute or so, there they were, swaying around in slow circles, grinning at each other, and singing their hearts out. And that’s when Adam knew he’d been right: Ms. Pettigrew was the perfect tonic for his maudlin mood.

As the music began to fade, they slowed their movements to a bare sway. He felt his grin dissolve to a smile, and watched hers do the same. Their eyes met, locked, and without thinking, and of its own volition, Adam’s head bent towards her. It wasn’t until his lips were a breath away from hers that he caught himself up and disengaged, stepped back, dropped his hands to his sides. “I’m sorry. That was out of line.”

“Don’t be sorry,” she said, took that step into him again, lifted up on her toes, slid her arms around his neck, and pressed her warm, pliant, chocolate, cream, and hazelnut flavored lips to his. He was lost. 

And, here’s a teaser from my first medieval Highlander book, Highland Vengeance: Book One : Highlands Trilogy
 
Maryn descended the steps leading into the courtyard, despondency weighting her mind and heart. Though she’d had little hope of a reconciliation with her husband, there had been enough of a spark to keep her watchful for the first days of her voluntary exile. But her father’s return from the Maclean holding with a declaration from Daniel that he would not stand in her way if she wished to obtain an annulment had quashed most of her hopes. And now, in the seventh day of her exile with no sign of her husband, the final ember died. A forlorn sigh escaped her lungs. He and Jesslyn were no doubt making plans to wed.

Before she realized what was happening, two vise-like hands grabbed her by the waist and lifted her off her feet.

“Papa!” Maryn screamed, her vision blurred into a montage of stone, sky and earth as she was slung over a shoulder, like a sack of turnips. She heard a very familiar chuckle and her blood boiled. Not one word from him for a sennight, and now, instead of soft words and kisses, he behaves like a cur?

“Set me down!” she said, trying to wriggle her way free.

But his grip held firm, and he had the temerity to laugh even louder!

Pounding her fists into his back, she bellowed, “Just where do you think you take me, Daniel MacLaurin! Papa! Help! Papa!”

With a forceful bounce, he positioned her more securely on his shoulder and tightened his hold.

She elbowed him in the kidney. He did not even flinch. Lord! What was he made of, granite? Now her elbow tingled and ached. She tried to rub it, but she could not reach it in the position he had her in. “Put me down, you boorish buffoon!” Her throat ached too, and that was his fault as well.

He gave her a sharp slap to her behind, but said naught.

She sucked in a breath. “You...you...argh!” she sputtered, unable to think of a rude enough epithet.

His roar of laughter was pure male. With a swift turn of his head, he kissed her abused rump.

A thrill ran through her at the show of affection and she calmed. A sense of wonder filled her as, all at once, she realized he wasn’t here to cause trouble, but to take her home! Enjoying herself now, she said, “Laugh now, but you’d best sleep with your eyes open this night!”

He tossed her over the saddle of his horse.

The breath blasted from Maryn’s lungs. She wheezed and coughed.

She saw him grin before he took the reins from the stableman.

She pierced him with a killing glare.

He cocked a brow at her. Then, whistling a merry tune, he walked them out through the fortress gate.

“If you do not allow me to straighten up right now, I shall surely be sick all over your boots,” she told him in a strained voice.

No response.


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70 comments:

  1. I like the Alphas myself! But a Beta is good too...actually they're all good!

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  2. Good Morning K.E! Love stopping by!

    I love all of them!!I love my male to be Dominant yet have a sense of humor. He is loyal, protective, and isn’t afraid to enjoy the small things in life.
    mel
    bournmelissa at hotmail dot com

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  3. Love the Alpha's, but like them a little wounded also!
    modularmates(at)comcast(dot)net

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  4. I prefer Alphas but I read about them all. Your highlander sounds extremely hot. lol Thanks for the giveaway.
    kaylyndavis1986@yahoo.com

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  5. I love alpha males because they take charge, kick ass and look great while doing it! Just their commanding presence in a scene gives me the chills! I can't just pick one so my favorite alpha males are Bones from Jeaniene Frost's Night Huntress series and Barrons from Karen Marie Moning's Fever series. Both are similar and different in so many ways but have the same stubbornness and raw animal magnetism that defines them as alphas.
    Thanks for the awesome hope and for the chance to win!

    ehaney578 at aol dot com

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  6. I like a little mixture, too. :) Love the scene you shared!

    melindaromance AT gmail DOT com

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  7. I love a hot, strong alpha- someone to take care of me.
    suzyrph at charter.net

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  8. I think my fantasy is the Alpha man but I'd rather marry the Beta

    fencingromein at hotmail dot com

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  9. Love reading about alphas that have a bit of an edge to them, but are willing to do anything for the woman they love.
    skpetal at hotmail dot com

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  10. Alpha all the way - the more dominant the better in my opinion.

    kesummer69(at)gmail(dot)com

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  11. I like the hybrids best...no control freaks for me!

    vitajex(at)aol(dot)com

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  12. Alpha!
    Yvette
    yratpatrol@aol.com

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  13. I prefer Alphas, because I need someone as confident and dominant as me to have an equal relationship - I hate the feeling that my 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.

    Rachel oceanrebel333@gmail.com

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  14. I like to read a mixture, it keeps the spice in my reading :)

    one of my fav is Roarke in Nora Roberts books

    thanks for the hoppin fun !
    ~Kym
    flwrs4ever(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  15. My hubby is an alpha with beta tendancies and I love him to pieces! Thanks Carin
    mawmom at gmail dot com

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  16. I like alphas and betas, but would have to say I prefer alphas overall.
    bas1chsemail at gmail dot com

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  17. I love alphas so very much..

    koonie2888 at yahoo dot com

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  18. Alpha. I love their confidence.
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    by.evie at yahoo dot com dot br

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  19. I like the Alpha and the Betas

    But it is nice sometimes for you to take charge and be caregiver for a change (once in a while)
    Good question

    BeckeyWhiteATgmailDOTcom

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  20. I think I prefer a mix of 75% Alpha / 25% Beta. My favorite alpha hero is Adam from Patricia Briggs' Mercedes Thompson series. Thank you for being in the hop!

    jochibi AT yahoo DOT com

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  21. I prefer Alpha's with some beta tendencies, like my hubby.

    woolfcindy@aol.com

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  22. I prefer a confident alpha male!
    sqwalker2@gmail.com

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  23. He is all male and loving.
    He is there when you need him and is faithful.
    Also Sexy.
    r.d1@myfairpoint.net

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  24. I have no idea what delta is, but I tend to prefer reading about Alphas.

    Thanks for participating in the hop!

    dmr8888 at yahoo dot com

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  25. I love a mixture of all Alpha, Beta, (hadn't heard of Delta or Thelta) but I do love my hero to have all of those at some point.

    vampiremistress2010(at)gmail(dot)com

    signed in on rafflecopter as Dawna Newman but post as BLHmistress

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  26. enjoyed the highlander excerpt, love sexy confident alpha heroes
    gamistress66 (at) aol (dot) com

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  27. I like the Alpha male. Congrats on your Christmas release.

    Kit3247(at)aol(dot)com

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  28. Alphas all the way! They're so sexy when they're protective and possessive :)
    Lacey T
    laceyblossom1(at)gmail(dot)com

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  30. I'M LOVING& LIVING 4 THE EXTREME :D ALPHA..yayyyy!!
    thanQ:D!
    redz041@yahoo.com

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  31. Alpha! I love the Alpha males. xstitchdiva at att dot net

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  32. I honestly enjoy all types of heroes. I tend to get bored if I read too much of the same thing so it's nice to have all different heroes to pick from.

    Jyl22075 at gmail.com

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  33. Alphas are great unless they are unrepentant a---es.
    Thanks for the hop!

    rfg dot wwe at gmail dot com

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  34. 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!

    Angelheart618@gmail.com

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  35. I like the best of both worlds--an alpha/beta mix. My favorite heroes are strong leaders who have a vulnerable side, though it may be very well hidden.

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  36. I love a hero who is protective, caring, loyal, confident. Guess that means I love them all! Thanks for being part of the blog hop!
    suz2(at)cox(dot)net

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  37. I love them all but I guess it depends on my mood :)
    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!
    cassandrahicks1989@yahoo.com

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  38. I love alpha males and how strong, loyal and protective they are.
    magic5905 at embarqmail dot com

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  39. I generally like them all, but I do tend to lean more toward the alphas. It really depends on my mood and what I'm wanting to read at that time
    Thanks for being part of this amazing blog hop and for your giveaway
    cms72023 at gmail dot com

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  40. I prefer Alphas! Especially when they are strong, protective, take charge and dominate! Totally yummy!!
    Ashley A
    ash_app@hotmail.com

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  41. Love your blog post title! so cute, an I love the theta hero
    sugerlady@aol.com

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  42. I love how strong, protective and sexy alphas are!
    readingromances,contactATgmailDOTcom

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  43. I prefer strong, protective, possessive Alphas!

    Barbara
    bbsbooknook@aol.com

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  44. I prefer alphas because they are hotter, sexier and stronger.

    spamscape [at] gmail [dot] com

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  45. I like Alphas! They're so hot and strong!
    verusbognar (at) gmail (dot) com

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  46. I like gammsa. They are the best of both worlds.

    Thanks for doing this giveaway!
    ~Krista
    pinkbonanza{ AT }gmail{ DOT }com

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  47. i love alpha loyal and protective

    isabelle(dot)frisch(at)gmail(dot)com

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  48. I love Alphas strong and protective my favorite!
    Thank you for the great giveaway and fun blog hop!
    tishajean@ charter.net

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  49. I prefer alphas, but Gammas are good too.
    phaedracamille@gmail.com

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  50. Alpha males are awesome! Betas are too so got to love them ALL!
    They have be dark, mysterious, protective, humorous, loving, strong, and just be themselves.
    Thanks for the giveaway and being apart of the Blog Hop!
    kp_kazamei(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  51. I definitely prefer Alphas. I like my men all confidence and dominance. Great excerpt! Thanks for being a part of the hop.
    molly dot frenzel at gmail dot com

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  52. Jack Gordon from Liz Crowe's REALTOR series rocks!

    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!

    Thanks for participating in the hop!

    molly at reviewsbymolly dot com

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  53. A strong Alpha is best.
    belladoerres@gmail.com

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  54. I love alphas.

    mythic021@gmail.com

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  55. I love alphas!

    awesome blog hop!

    susanmplatt AT hotmail DOT com

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  56. I love a good alpha!

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

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  57. I adore a good old-fashioned Alpha Male just like anyone else, but if his need for dominance crosses the boundary into abuse, I'm done....If he is empathetic enough to share life choices with his woman, I can then handle the dominant personality.
    Susan Shapley
    susanshapley@sutv.com

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  58. 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
    raynekitten@gmail.com

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  59. I like alphas the best , as long as they don't cross the line into cocky, self centered a**.

    Wolphcall(at)bellsouth(dot)net

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  60. Beta's are an Alpha's right hand you gotta have one. But I'll still go the Alpha himself every time.

    Chris
    ceagles48218@yahoo.com

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  61. I like them both personally. They both have there own pluses...

    Thanks for sharing the excerpt of the book

    BeckeyWhiteATgmailDOTcom

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  62. An Alpha. But perhaps also a Theta (I haven't heard that term before. Intriguing.)

    j.lennidorner AT facebook DOT com

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  63. Its to hard topick which type of man I like best! Can't I just have one of each lol.
    I really think that the best man has traits from all 3 they are alpha when we need them to be, a team player when need and everyone once awhile they just shut up and listen ;)
    My hubby gave me a dirty look when I read that last part out loud :)

    Thank you for the chance to win
    savannahm1987@gmail.com

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  64. Definitely alphas~ but I also like when my alpha is mixed with something else~<3

    MostlyMisha[at]gmail[dot]com

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  65. I love alpha heros. So hot! :) Thank you for the awesome hop and giveaway! This is so much fun!
    shadowluvs2read(at)gmail(dot)com

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  66. I love alphas who are strong, sexy, and protective of those they love. Bones from the Night Huntress series is one of my favorites.

    Thanks for the giveaway!
    snhoveln (at) gmail (dot) com

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  67. I love all kinds of heroes, but if I had to choose one, it'd probably be alpha!

    kristinaleigh1@hotmail.com

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  68. I love alphas the most but really enjoy all of them. Thanks for being a part of the hop. I love alphas! I hope that you have a great week!
    jessangil (at) gmail (dot) com

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  69. I love both Daniel and Adam for different reasons. :)
    Loved the excerpts, K!
    In my opinion, both of these books are fabulous!
    I love Alphas the most. ;)
    trb0917 at gmail.com

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