Monday, October 08, 2012

Retreat Guest Blogger Kris Kennedy



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Kris writes hot medieval and Elizabethan romance about dangerous alpha heroes who transform for their heroines, but only after lots of sexy drama.  Her current release DECEPTION, received 4 1/2 stars from RT Book Reviews and the hero, Kier, received its K.I.S.S. Hero Award.  Visit her website for excerpts, updates, newsletter sign-up, or just to drop Kris a note! 


A Hero Should Always . . . .


Danger has a powerful allure.  The men capable of that danger are, well, hot.   

The heroes I love to write about (and read about!) are powerful, dangerous men, capable of great harm.  But it’s that very capability, tethered by great restraint, that makes them so sexy. 
Because in the end, there’s bad and then there’s Bad.   We have a pretty high moral tolerance for actions that fall under Wrong Thing For The Right Reason category.   People who mean to do ‘good’ but they way they’re going about it, well, they’re bad boy. B.A.D.  All caps.
I think, in part, this is because we detect a sense of honor.  The hero who risks everything because it matters that much to him.  We might disagree with what he’s doing, but why he’s doing it?  We respect that.   
I think readers can tolerate a whole lot from our heroes, as long as they change for us. (And that goes for heroines too.) Because in the end, we’re suckers for redemption.   So our bad boy heroes can be pretty bad, as long as they transform right in front of our eyes.
But still . . . they are heroes, after all.   That means there’s a line in the sand.  The thing they will not do.  The thing they cannot do.
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I write what I call the ‘good alpha’ hero, which has nothing to do with how ‘good’ or kind they are to the world.  It’s about them using their not-insignificant powers for good.  It’s about them being confident enough in their own abilities that they’re not scared of other people’s strengths, not even the heroine’s.   Especially not the heroine’s.  And at heart, they have (or develop) a code of honor that they stick to even when things get messy.  Really messy.   
In my latest release, DECEPTION, the hero is a half-Irish con man who’s lead a dangerous life doing underhanded things.  He’s got a history of staggering successes and one truly awful failure.  For years he served as the 'Piper,' enticing wealthy, unscrupulous men into dealings with other wealthy, unscrupulous men.  It was a highly lucrative way of life for a man without a conscience, and he was very, very good.  

But now, he's on a mission of revenge, and the men who once betrayed him are about to pay.  Everything has been put in place, every move scripted, from how he'll lure them out, to how he'll hammer the last nail into their coffins. 

He's planned for everything. Except the appearance of the woman who can bring the whole thing crashing down around him.

Now it’s simply a question of how bad Kier really is.  
So, let’s do our own little Mad Libs on those dangerous, alluring heroes we love so much.  

How would you answer this: 

Heroes should always _________ and should never _________.

My answer: A hero should always be capable of mayhem, and never use it on the heroine.
What’s yours?

37 comments:

brandi said...

Heroes should always _have a soft spot in their heart_ and should never _use the soft spot against the heroine_.

I have read your Irish Warrior and loved it!!!!!!

Valerie said...

Heroes should always be strong and not usethat strength against the heroine.

Love the post!

Neomie Lemke said...

Love the post lets see...

heroes should always have a weakness, but should never die in the end of a novel... I don't see it often but i have seen it and it is so a downer.

Linda Henderson said...

be strong and never give up. That's all I can think of.

Sherri W. said...

Heroes should always have a gooey, caramel center and reveal it only to the heroine.

Neomie Lemke said...

ooohhh Sheri I like that one. I totally agree.

Tammie - Night Owl Reviews said...

Great post.

Heroes should always Be Manly and should never Leave Their Woman.

Alyn said...

Heroes should always have a deep dark secret and should never tell anyone at all because if they did, it wouldn't be a deep dark secret anymore.

Debby said...

A hero should always be dangerous and should never use that against his love.

Raonaid Luckwell said...

Heroes should always remember who he is inside and should never forget what means most to him.

<3 Kris! She knows I love her books!

Christine Mead said...

Hero's should always be strong and brave but should never use his strength against the heroine !

Shelly said...

Heroes should always stand up to the villain and should never take the heroine for granted...

brandi said...

Kris, where can i get Claiming Her?

Carol L. said...

Heroes should always be compassionate and never doubt the Heroine's love.Kris, I love all your books. I'm looking forward to the latest Deception. Thanks for the post.
Carol L.

Joyce M. said...

be thoughtful and never be thoughtless.

debraaparmley said...

Heroes should always be kind to animals, children and the elderly and should never be abusive.

Lorna said...

Heroes should always be able to see the heroines inner beauty and should never cheat on the heroine!

I love your book premise and can't wait to read it!

Donna said...

Heroes should always protect and should never give up.

Kris Kennedy said...

Hi ladies!! Sorry to be late--after school events make for long days. :) You've given great replies!!! Thanks for coming by.

Brandi~ Woot!! So glad you loved IRISH!! You might like the novella I'm working on now, set in Ireland, in a familiar place--Rardove. :)

Sherri W~ LOL I agree with Neomi, Iove it: "have a gooey, caramel center" and only reveal it to the heroine. Great one!!

Kris Kennedy said...

Brandi~
LOL--I just mentioned in my previous comment that you might be interest in the novella I'm working on now, CLAIMING HER, and then I see your comment asking about it. Great minds....

Since it's going to be a self-pub, I can't set it up for pre-order, so the best way to know when it's ready is to sign up for the newsletter. Here a link: http://kriskennedy.net/subscribe-to-newsletter

My hope is it'll be ready to go by Christmas, but i won't make rash promises just yet. (Later I'll make rash promises. :) )

Lexi H said...

Heroes should always fight for love and should never give themselves up as undeserving.

brandi said...

Cool. I love the cover you have on your website for it!!

Melody May said...

Heroes should always be stubborn and should never be afraid to fight for love.

calstephanie said...

Heroes should always have a tender side and should never be afraid to show it with the one he loves.

Kris Kennedy said...

Lexi~

I'm with you on that! I like a hero who knows his self-worth.

Jen B. said...

A hero should always be a little broken and should never take out his frustation against the heroine.

Norah Wilson said...

This sounds delicious, Kris!
Okay, I'll play: A hero should be strong and tough, but he should not be afraid to show his vulnerability to the heroine. A hero should be capable of dealing harm to the bad guy, but also capable of great sacrifice for those he loves.

Kris Kennedy said...

Norah~

Isn't it true?!? That feel just right, confident and capable and strong, strong enough, in fact, to not be scared of his feelings.

Kris Kennedy said...

Jen B~
I'm a sucker for a broken hero too, and I love how you worded it, "a little bit broken."

And no, you're so right, not hurting people, not in a truly hurtful way. He can take it out on the world at large, but on the heroine, never.

Great thoughts!

Carin said...

A hero should always be honorable and should never be a dick LOL

Z said...

Heroes should always __be brave_______ and should never _desert thier heroine________.
Z

Kris Kennedy said...

Carin~
LOL I love the simple elegance of your thought. ;)

June M. said...

Heroes should always have strength but not use it against innocents (heroines, other women, children, animals, anyone who has not hurt others or who is unable to defend themselves)

Dannyfiredragon said...

Heroes should always be faithful and not be abusive.

Kris Kennedy said...

June and Dannyfire~

That is essential, isn't it? Because after all, they're heroes, and that means using their power for good. :)

flchen1 said...

Heroes should always be willing to defend what is right and never be too stiff-necked to admit wrong (to the right woman ;))

joder said...

Heroes should always be willing to show their real emotions and never be scared of those emotions.

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