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Welcome to Mother/Gamer/Writer for the Melted Tears Blog Tour. For today’s tour stop, please enjoy a fun guest post on “How to Write Hot Heroes” by author Annabelle Blume and enter for your chance to win a copy of Melted Tears!
Melted Tears by Annabelle Blume
Series: The Outlier Chronicles #2
Published by: InkSpell Publishing on September 9, 2013
Genres: Romance, Science Fiction, YA
View on: Goodreads
Grab it: Buy on Amazon
About the Book:
Two lovers face off against a government determined to keep them apart. It’s only brave if it’s hard.
After a decade of being alone in the wilderness, Cressenda is still adjusting to life with the man of her dreams. When Beckett hatches a plan to break her parents out of The Affinity prison work camps, Cressenda must make the biggest sacrifice of her life; trading her freedom for her parents’. Cressenda’s fortitude is tested at every turn, from surviving the conditions of West Fallen work camp to believing in Beckett’s dedication to their plan and their love, even when it looks like all hope is lost. With the help of a unlikely ally, Cressenda learns to stop fighting against her fears and embrace the power of fighting for her dreams.
Will trusting Beckett to take down The Affinity be the ultimate show of faith or a fatal mistake?
How to Write Hot Heroes
Today, I ‘m going to share with everyone my techniques for writing hot heroes in romance. Have you ever read a romance novel and thought, “Are you kidding me with this? Who would sleep with this guy?” I know I have. To make sure you don’t end up with a Hero that’s more hopeless than hunk, I have highlighted five important tips to remember when writing your romance novel.
1. Your Hero is not a woman. (Unless she is, but I’m not dealing with F/F romance here, today)
Men don’t talk like women. They don’t act like women. They don’t even think like women. So, romance writers, stop writing them like women. Men are not the same emotionally transparent creatures as women. They don’t answer questions with long soliloquies and they don’t pour out their feelings over a candle lit dinner. The second your hero does any of those things, you’ve stopped being true to your character and started putting words in his mouth.
2. A”Bad Boy” is not the same thing as mean guy.
Seriously, romance writers, this is a very fine line that gets crossed all too often. We love our bad boys. Even I get weak in the knees for an inked up, Harley riding, untamed ladies man *cough*Adam Levine*cough*. But when you couple these behaviors with disrespectful actions, name calling, or all out abuse, your Hero is no longer a Bad Boy, he’s a mean, abusive jerk. If you can’t tell the difference, see a therapist.
3. Write your Hero exactly like the guy you had a crush on in high school.
I don’t mean give him bad skin and a trucker cap. What I mean is conjure up the awe and giddiness you felt every time he passed you in the hall and then use THAT energy to convey how hot he is to the reader. Those are the feelings that pull the reader in and make them believe your Hero is really as hot as your heroine is claiming.
4. You should create your Hero by picking the characteristics of other popular Heroes and putting them into your character.
And if you believe that I have a bridge in Atlantis to sell you. DO NOT DO THIS. I realize in this time of piecemeal photoshop models on the cover of every magazine, it can be tempting to do the same thing with your characters. Trust me when I say it will be painfully obvious and your Hero will come off as a schizophrenic mental patient instead of the personification of True Love.
5. Model your Hero after a celebrity/your one-that-got-away/your husband/your dream guy/the president/the guy your sister dated in college….
Are you getting my point, yet? Heroes come in all shapes and sizes, from all walks of life, from all ethnic backgrounds, and so on and so forth. Variety is the spice of life, as they say. Don’t put yourself or your Hero in a box (unless you’re writing BDSM, then that’s totally different).
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