Getting inside the hero’s head can often be a challenge, especially when it comes to love scenes. After all, as female authors, we have as much trouble getting into the man’s state of mind as some of our gentlemen authors have getting into the heroine’s head.
For instance … I have no idea exactly what a male orgasm feels like. However, I’ve got it on good authority it feels great! So that’s what I’m going to run with. Now all I have to do was get into my hero’s head and figure out exactly what he’s thinking and why. Sounds simple enough.
Being adventurous, I decided to make it my mission to figure it all out. And, because of that sense of adventure, I came up with Do You Want Me, a Beyond Fairy Tales story from my wonderful publisher, Decadent Publishing. Based on the Grimm Brothers’ Fairy Tale, The Devil’s Sooty Brother, it’s hero is a military veteran seeking to reclaim the life he knew before his service. The story was all about the man. Set in 1991, it had an intentional post-Gulf War vibe about it.
The adventure didn’t end there. I decided to do something you rarely see in romance. I wrote the entire story from the hero’s point of view. Even the ultra-steamy love scenes. My editor, bless her heart, said she read through the story twice trying to find a p.o.v. mistake before she began her edits. Luckily, for my vain author pride, she couldn’t find any!
When it came time to do the audio version of the book, I had to have a male narrator. Enter T.G. Burns and his soulful and sexy voice. I fell in love with my own book all over again!
Decorated war hero Reece Michaels agrees to go undercover in order to bring down the Irish Mob. In return, the civilian life he’s coveted for the past six years will be returned to him.
Hired by mob boss Sean O’Malley to protect his youngest son, Reece soon discovers the young man needs more protection from his own family than its enemies.
What Reece doesn’t count on is his instant attraction to the police chief’s beautiful and willing daughter. Abby Mackenzie is the younger sister of a woman with whom Reece once had a torrid affair. He’s determined to not give in to Abby’s come-hither ways.
After all, one Mackenzie woman was more than enough.
Do You Want Me is just 99¢ on Amazon
I’d had so much fun with my first hero-driven romance, that I decided to try it a second time. Again, to keep that macho feel going, I chose a military hero. Instead of being set in the near-past, I set this next story in the future–a sci-fi romance with an alien heroine.
Again, written entirely from the hero’s point-of-view, The Vessel, is set in 2162 at a time when the fate of mankind might just rest in the hands of one alien woman. Of course, when it was time to go to audio book, I requested another male narrator and was lucky enough to get the wonderfully talented D. Paul Faulkner. Because this story is also filled with a good portion of humor, I was especially pleased with the way Mr. Faulkner went back and forth between serious and funny.
A career soldier, Major Liam McGregor has been following strict military orders for over a decade. Considered one of the best by his superiors, it’s not surprising he’s the operative chosen for an assignment that, if successful, could save mankind.
Years earlier, chemical warfare left the women of earth sterile and the population is dwindling fast. The only hope for survival lies in the government scientists’ ability to successfully breed alien females with healthy human males. So far, their attempts have been mediocre at best.
Alora, second daughter of the House of Delawon, is their last hope. A government protectee since her family’s transport crash landed on earth years earlier, she is the last surviving fempod from Tethys, one of Saturn’s habitable moons.
Together Liam and Alora must travel from the government’s safe house in what used to be the state of Colorado to Traverse City, the new capitol of the United Republic. Their route takes through both safe and hostile territory.
What poses more of a threat? The lawless marauders who’ll stop at nothing to vanquish their prey? Or, the forbidden desires tempting the soldier and the alien princess?
The Vessel is available on Amazon.
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One of these days I may have to try and write a story entirely from the heroine’s point-of-view. For whatever reason, that scares me even more than a single male p.o.v.
Until next month, stay happy, stay healthy, stay well-read.