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Tall Dark and Alpha An Alpha is Determined

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

An Alpha is Determined

When the alpha man wants something, nothing stands in his way. He never gives up and he never gives in. If he wants you, look out!

In Tall, Dark & Apocalyptic by Sam Cheever, a paranormal romance, the alpha hero is a bounty hunter. Determination is Audie’s strongest trait. He never gives up, never gives in. Some might even call him stubborn…but then Yeira doesn’t always fully appreciate his finely-tuned sense of determination. #:0) (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. From the time Simon realizes Rhonda is his mate and decides he needs her, he pursues her. That woman can make him vulnerable in a heartbeat, though, changing all his plans.
story snippet:
Bleak coldness flooded his limbs, reminding him of the stormy night that had changed the course of his life forever. Losing her was not an option. She was the one. He’d known from the moment he’d spotted her at the safety briefing.
(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. Captain Na’varr has searched for the chance to take back the world he’d lost in a bloody coups d’état. Raesa offers him a chance he’d never imagined, and one he can’t refuse.
Brom learned early on that he had to rely on himself for survival. When Na’varr saved his life, he swore to serve him until death. Meeting Raesa unraveled his careful plans, but drives him forward. (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. Rafael is determined to get his wife and child to move to California to be with him, and he’s determined to protect his son from the media spotlight. He doesn’t want his son to suffer because he’s a celebrity. (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. Once Zane sets his sights on making Ella his, even poltergeists can’t stand in his way. (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. When Ethan Boudreaux sees something he wants, he’ll go after it. He’s determined to have Riley back in his life and in his bed. Ethan is used to getting what he wants because he won’t let anything stand in his way. (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. Once Gavin decides it’s time to change his relationship with Erica from friends to lovers, it’s a full court press to win her heart. (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 don’t want a one-night stand with Cilla, and they’re determined to make sure it isn’t. (Working the late shift just got a whole lot more fun!)

The alpha hero in Chase and Seduction: Hot Country Series, Book 1 by Randi Alexander, a contemporary romance, is a musician. When the woman he’s chosen to seduce turns him down flat, country western superstar Chase Tanner takes steps to make sure she knows he still wants her, and will keep trying to convince her to give him a chance. (Come backstage and get your hands on country superstar Chase Tanner!)

Tall, Dark & Alpha boxed set

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*Releases March 8th from Amazon and other online retailers.*

Blurb
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 – Tall, Dark & Apocalyptic by Sam Cheever

Blurb
He’s a warrior, a bounty hunter in a world turned upside down. She’s a target, a creature of dark magic. His job is simple. Kill the target. Her goal is more complex. She must stay alive until she finds and destroys the source of death magic staining the twenty worlds. But the passion burning within them may be their undoing. It’s going to take an apocalyptic will to overcome the distraction their bodies are creating…and not lose themselves in the process.

Excerpt
“There are ten reborns in that hillside lair.”

Audie pulled his sword so quickly the woman’s bright blue gaze widened slightly with alarm. “Let’s go kill them.”

Instead of moving, Yeira just stared up at him, looking eminently disappointed.

When she didn’t move, Audie placed the tip of his sword in the dirt at his feet and leaned on it. “What?”

“Have you even been listening to me?”

He frowned. “Hanging on every word, why?”

“You remember the part about my goal? Wherein I don’t kill everything that moves but instead try to find Edwige?”

She sounded so much like his legal counsel Audie couldn’t help grinning. She certainly didn’t look like any lawyer he’d ever met. “Vaguely.”

She turned on her heel and strode away, her feet hitting the dry, scratchy-sounding grass much harder than they needed to.

Feeling just a tiny bit proud of himself for getting under her skin, Audie started after her. The good feeling didn’t last long.

As soon as he caught up she glanced at him and asked. “So how good are you at restrictive magics?”

Audie worked hard not to show his panic. “I’m much better at whacking things than restraining them.”

One corner of her delicious mouth curved upward. “You do have guide magic, right?”

“Of course!” He was deeply insulted by her question. Only the novice hunter walked around without a guide to call. “I didn’t say I couldn’t restrain them. I just said I was better at lopping off their heads.”

She sniffed but didn’t say anything and Audie’s temper flared. Suddenly he found it very important to prove himself to her. He stopped, but the woman kept walking. Watching her fine, heart-shaped behind sway away from him, he lifted one hand, palm up. With a thought he called the magic in their surroundings and sparking blue particles of energy filled the air, speeding toward him. The light caught and swirled in a power-whirlwind above his palm, waiting for his direction.

Smiling, Audie glanced at the woman, whose, curvy form had widened the distance between them by ten feet. With a thought he sent the swirling blue magic surging toward her, grinning as it wrapped her in a shimmering embrace and dragged her to a halt.

She gave a little squeal of alarm and Audie strode over, stopping to stare down at her. “It appears my restrictive magics work just fine.

She struggled against his magic web. “Good. Now let me go.”

Watching her fight the magic, her red hair flying around delicate shoulders as she struggled to get free, something broke inside Audie. Something that had been closed was wrenched open. And suddenly he couldn’t help wondering how her wine-colored lips would taste—pondering how they’d feel moving softly beneath his.

Once the thought was free he couldn’t call it back and Audie stepped closer.

She stopped struggling and looked up at him through those unfathomable blue eyes, the thick fringe of dark red lashes fluttering slightly as she seemed to consider whether he meant her harm. Audie reached out and touched her porcelain-colored cheek, and she flinched.

His finger scraped softly against the velvet surface and Audie turned it so the calluses on the tips wouldn’t abrade her delicate skin. “How is it possible that you’re so beautiful?” He murmured. It was meant to be a thought. One he’d wondered all too often to himself. But the words escaped his lips and she heard.

Yeira’s eyes widened in alarm. “Look, Hunter, I…”

He didn’t want to hear what she had to say. Couldn’t stand it if, in the moment when his cold heart had warmed slightly, she filled the heat-charged air between them with ugly words. So he did the only thing he could. He lowered his head and captured her lush, burgundy lips with his own.

And the thing that had blossomed inside his chest creaked open another inch as she responded with instinctive passion to his touch.

Sam Cheever Links:

Web site:                                                http://www.SamCheever.com
Facebook author page:                    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sam-Cheever-Author/102117321982
Twitter:                                                  http://www.twitter.com/samcheever
Blog:                                                         http://www.SamCheever.com/blog

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19 comments to Tall Dark and Alpha An Alpha is Determined

  • Oh yeah, the tall, dark and alpha is described well~delicious as rich dark chocolate. You just can’t wait for that first taste, but that little sample could be your biggest mistake~yummmmm!
    The book sounds most intriguing!

  • Thanks for hosting us today! What could be better than men AND chocolate? Thanks for stopping by, Barb!

  • Thanks for having us today! I couldn’t agree more, Barb. :D

  • Hot men. Hot Times. The perfect weekend read. (and maybe it will help melt some of this blasted snow!)

  • I couldn’t have said it better myself, Barb! #:0) There’s only one thing to do when confronted with a sexy alpha male…indulge!

    Thanks so much for stopping by!

  • Kimberley Coover

    Who wouldn’t love a little Tall, Dark and Alpha? Strong, determined, protective, decisive…sexxxxy. Can’t wait to read this collection..each story leaves you wanting more and more!~

  • Thanks for hosting us! Love a determined man. :)

  • Ivy

    Any time, y’all. Thanks for blogging.

  • Glenda

    Oooo, after that excerpt I am determined to get the Tall Dark and Alpha box set for my kindle! (Because the kindle app can follow you everywhere – just like a determined puppy. ;-) )

  • Elise-Maria Barton

    Determination is definitely an Alpha trait~ it is fueled by a strong will and a drive to succeed no matter the adversities that must be overcome. Too easily are weakminded men deterred from their objective by a lack of balls or simple grit. Tp put it in today’s term: thefy simply lack determination. Geive fme that fiercely driven Alpha who will steam roll over anything and everyone in his way:)

    ilookfamous(at)yahoo(dot)com

  • Sexxxy – I like that word, Kimberley! Our boxed set will be perfect for your kindle, Glenda. Very well said, Elise-Maria Thanks for stopping by!

  • Mary Preston

    I would expect him to be determined. How else would he achieve & be top dog?

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

  • Stephanie F.

    I completely agree. One of the sexiest things in an Alpha is his determination, wether it’s about life, his pack or his mate. That strong will is just sexy, especially when it comes to taking his mate. Makes the romance all the more steamy.
    Loved the box set, so many great authors and books.

    fsteph55(at)yahoo(dot)com

  • Top dog. Pack. I love the wolf analogies! Thanks for stopping by!

  • bn100

    like a determine guy who knows what he wants

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

  • lisagk

    An alpha’s determination is usually what keeps me interested in the book. That almost single mindedness to attain his goal. Thanks for the heads up on the stories.

  • Determination does make for good reading, lisagk!

  • Tina B

    Those determined men are something else! Nothing like Alphas! They are my favorite!
    Wonderful excerpt!

  • Alphas are my favorite too, Tina B!