Wednesday, March 19, 2014

The TALL, DARK AND ALPHA Blog Tour - What is an Alpha!

Tall, Dark & Alpha: An Alpha is Passionate

Thank you for hosting us today. We’re excited to talk about the alpha trait passion and our stories for the boxed set Tall, Dark & Alpha as we try to figure out: what IS alpha?

An Alpha is Passionate

The alpha man does everything with passion and zest for life. From the sexy way he smells to the way he bites into a juicy steak and dances his woman into the bedroom, he does it with passion!

The alpha hero in Chase and Seduction: Hot Country Series, Book 1 by Randi Alexander, a contemporary romance, is a musician. Chase Tanner knows Reno Linden thinks he’s just a woman-chasing, hell-raising country singer, but after spending months filming Reno’s movie, Chase realizes he’s fallen for her, heart and soul. (Come backstage and get your hands on country superstar Chase Tanner!)

In Tall, Dark & Apocalyptic by Sam Cheever, a paranormal romance, the alpha hero is a bounty hunter. In a larger than life world like the one in TD&A, passion is something that is both hard to come by and hard to avoid. Everything in a post-apocalyptic world is larger, harder, more frightening. Life is difficult at best and heart-rending at worst. Despite it all, Audie holds onto his passion with both hands, wielding it fearlessly. (A grand passion in an apocalyptic world. A love beyond reason and without boundaries.)

The alpha hero in Rock My Boat by Afton Locke, a paranormal romance, is a shape shifter. It doesn’t take Simon long to pin Rhonda against the wall and own her body with masterful hands during a private safety briefing. And his kisses aren’t just kisses. They’re conquests. He even sings with passion.
story snippet:
When the lyrics began, Simon’s rich baritone wrapped itself around her—bathing her ears and resonating against the bones in her chest. With his arm tight around her waist, his hips swayed with the rhythm of the lyrics, pulling her along for the ride.
(Once addicted to the sea, you can’t escape its pleasures.)

Silver Tongued Devils by Dawn Montgomery, a sci-fi romance, has two alpha heroes. Na’varr and Brom are blood oath brothers. They share their lives with a zest beyond that of most men. Women are supposed to be cherished, by one or both, as often as possible. It’s rare to find a woman who matches their needs, even rarer to find one who enjoys their mercenary life style. Raesa’s arrival, however, shows them there is such a woman. (She was always one step from hell until she found redemption in their arms.)

In Fight for Love by Delaney Diamond, a contemporary romance, the alpha hero is a former professional wrestler. When Rafael kisses, touches, or makes love to Rebekah, his passionate nature comes out. He doesn’t make any effort to hide the “evidence” of his desire for her. (A former pro wrestler fights to hold onto the woman he lost, but still loves, and the son he never knew existed.)

The alpha hero in Crazy by Eve Langlais, a paranormal romance, is a vampire. Being a gentleman, Zane doesn’t talk about what happens in his bedroom, but I will say it’s hot, explicit and not for the faint of heart. (Ella hears voices and they don’t like anyone.)

In Sex With an Ex by Eve Vaughn, a contemporary romance, the alpha hero is a lawyer. Ethan Boudreaux loves hard and makes love even harder. He doesn’t stop until his lover is completely satisfied. (When two divorcees reunite in the bedroom, the sex is hotter than ever, but can their hearts survive the second time around?)

The alpha hero for In Her Wildest Dreams by Farrah Rochon is a CEO chocolatier. Melted chocolate, sweet dark cherries, and a wicked tongue. That’s just a glimpse of what you’ll get when Gavin is feeling especially passionate. (When the woman of his dreams asks him to create a Valentine’s Day fantasy, Gavin plans to show her just how sweet their reality could be.)

In Two Cops, a Girl and a Pair of Handcuffs by Paige Tyler, a contemporary romance, the heroes, Reed and Hayes, are both cops. They’re passionate in the bedroom, something they demonstrate to the heroine, Cilla, more than once in the book. (Working the late shift just got a whole lot more fun!)

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He makes your heart pound and melts your resistance away. He promises you a world of passion and you find it impossible to resist his dark charm. When he catches your eye across the room, you know he means business. He could be an executive, cop, shape shifter, or a bad boy looking for a little fun. Once he has you in his sights, you can't get away—and after one sizzling night in his arms, you won't want to. He’s Tall, Dark & Alpha. The alpha male is the ultimate indulgence…the richest dark chocolate…and we’re offering him to you in abundance.

Delve into the sensual worlds of award-winning authors: Randi Alexander, Koko Brown, Sam Cheever, Delaney Diamond, Eve Langlais, Afton Locke, Dawn Montgomery, Farrah Rochon, Paige Tyler, and Eve Vaughn. Immerse yourself in the alpha male experience.

Featured Story - Chase and Seduction: Hot Country Series, Book 1 by Randi Alexander

Country music superstar/actor Chase Tanner has yet to be denied anything–and he’s never wanted anything or anyone more than gorgeous screenplay writer Reno Linden. So when the film they are working on is finally finished, Chase decides to turn up the volume on seducing Reno.

Reno Linden lived a quiet, rural life until she was thrust into the Hollywood scene when her book was adapted to film. Chase Tanner is larger than life, sinfully sexy and hell-bent on getting her into bed. Skittish after a failed wedding engagement, Reno risks the plunge into Chase’s arms, and is surprised that her good girl self can keep up with bad boy Chase.

Though Chase returns to his cowboy roots often, and Reno cherishes the time spent with him on his ranch, the two find their careers pulling them in different directions. Will their attraction survive the glitz and stress of fame?

Excerpt (explicit)
Reno looked at Chase for a minute, losing herself in the dark passion in his eyes. Fisting her hand in his silky hair, she pulled him down to her and kissed him. Her tongue plunged in, twisting with his.

He took over, his lips slanting on hers, his breath hot and sweet as he explored every crevice of her mouth, teasing and caressing. His arms wrapped tightly, and he spread his feet apart so his hips could grind back and forth across her mound.

Her mind numbed to everything but the throbbing of her slit, the trickle of cream dripping from her opening onto her swollen lips, wetting her panties. She pulled his head back, still gripping his hair, and took huge breaths. “I’m drowning, Chase. Don’t let me go.”

“Reno.” His voice caught. “Never.” He walked her backward three steps and flattened her against the hard wall. His eyes bore into hers, his pupils dilated, making them look black, sensual, intense. He ran a hand up under her shirt, up to her breast. Her nipple grew rock hard as he teased it with his thumb, circling then squeezing it.

The pleasure ached, shivered down her belly, down low between her legs, making her cry out with the urgency of her need. He had to take her. Now. She couldn’t wait.

Chase tugged up her bra and fit her breast into his hand. “Oh baby, this is so fucking much better than I imagined.”

She stared at him, his face so close it seemed like a dream. Her voice seemed to come from far away. “Did you, Chase? Did you think about this? About making love to me?” She wanted to cry, for some insane reason—cry and hold on to him forever.

He gyrated his hips against her, hitting her clit through her clothes. “Yeah, I thought about this. Every time we talked, every time I saw you across a room.” He took her nipple between his finger and thumb again and caressed it. “And a hundred times a day when I could only see you in my mind.”

The ecstasy streaking from her breast to her pussy was outrageous. Sweet, heavenly contractions began, and she tipped up her hips to better feel his cock against her clit. The increased pressure flooded her pussy with heat as her climax neared.

“Reno.” He captured her mouth with his, demanding and driving, his need becoming frantic. He moved his hand from her breast to the waistband of her shorts and slid his fingers in, catching her lacy underwear with it.

Wanting to prolong her ecstasy, she pulled away from his kiss and caught her breath while she unbuttoned his shirt and yanked it open. Seeing his muscular pecs and abs, she lost all control and ran her hands over his hot, satiny skin, making circles with her fingers in the auburn hair lightly covering his chest. She leaned forward and bit him on the collarbone.

He cried out. “Oh yeah, baby, I like a little pain.”

She kissed the spot she’d just bitten. “And a little pleasure?” She’d never been so bold with a man. All her inhibitions had packed up and left.

He yanked her shorts and underwear down to the floor then stood and cupped her pussy with his big hand. “A lot of pleasure.”

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Elise-Maria Barton said...

“Anyone who is observant, who discovers the person they have always dreamed of, knows that sexual energy comes into play before sex even takes place. The greatest pleasure isn't sex, but the passion with which it is practiced. When the passion is intense, then sex joins in to complete the dance, but it is never the principal aim.”
― Paulo Coelho

Yeah~ what he said! No way I could have summed it up better so I wanted to leave you ladies with this: my thanks for bringing this kind of passion to your readers via the sexy alphas you create. I am in awe of each and every one of you and the passion with which you practice your craft.

ilookfamous at yahoo dot com

Afton Locke said...

Thanks for hosting us today! Excellent quote, Elise-Maria!

Dawn Montgomery said...

What a fabulous quote, Elise-Maria! I totally agree.

Thank you for having us today on your blog. :)

love to read said...

I love alphas and how they are so passionate and loving to those the love, to others they may appear cold and distant but to those lucky enough to have that love there will always be that passion too
cjlps23 at gmail dot com

Koko Brown said...

Beautiful quote Elise-Maria. So spot on and should be posted on every romance writer's wall!

Eve Vaughn said...

Thank you for hosting us. Great quote Elise-Maria.

Margaret Hughes said...

Ah, passion...I think this trait is one that is layered on all the others, it's the driving force behind the actions, fueling the desire and commitment to succeed and endure. When you have passion, there is little you won't do to achieve your just think what that means to an alphs?!!

Loved Randi's excerpt!
And Elise's quote was spot on!

Afton Locke said...

Good point, love to read. An alpha man can appear different to those he loves. Reminds me of our German Shepherd growing up. To strangers he appeared scary. To his family that he protected, he was just a big pussycat.

Afton Locke said...

Right, Margaret. We tend to equate passion with sex, but it's so much more than that. It's a driving force that touches all of life.

bn100 said...

people should be passionate about their dreams and goals

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Afton Locke said...

True, bn100. We should all be passionate about life!