I started writing this as the typical author bio, and how I got into writing...and I then I chucked it. I wanna talk hunky Alpha Males. Why do you think women want to read about Alphas? My answer is probably totally unrealistic, but I'd love to be looked at by some incredibly hot laird, or werewolf, or vampire, and just be told "Woman, you are mine." Then he'd haul me over his shoulder and take me to his man-cave and we'd spend endless nights exploring each others' bodies and falling asleep sated and in love.
In real life, if some guy told me that, I'd think "Stalker!" But in Romancelandia, it works. Why is that?
I got to thinking that it might be the whole fantasy thing. I read for both escapism, the chance to "be" someone else, if only for a few hours. And I read because it's more fun for me than TV (granted with 2 small kids, my tv programs are usually Spongebob and the Wiggles). But If you read some of those early bodice rippers (the kind with Fabio on the cover), you get a lot of forced seduction. And they would fly off the shelves! Why? What's the draw? And I truly think it's because in our fantasies, we are "safe." But in my fantasy, maybe I don't want safe...
Well, my fantasy started with me and some hottie Scottie hunky highlander (I'm known as the Highland Hussy after all). But I still want to be my snarky sarcastic lovely self with this chauvinistic Scottish Alpha male. Instantly I've time-traveled to Scotland. But I need him to not only believe me, but believe in me as well.
And that's how I started my book, Highland Destiny.
I'm not some super kick-ass heroine like Buffy, but I am a strong woman of the 21st century and I wanted my character to reflect that. I know we suspend belief when we read fiction, but I don't want it to be too "out there." So I made Mackenzie a believable girl from our time. But something has to tie her to my Alpha male's century. So I gave her a dream. A recurring nightmare that she's had since she can remember. And spoiler alert...it's not about our hero Connor.
So how does she get him to believe she's not just a nut job or a witch? How does she show him that she's not affiliated with his rival clan, as he is led to believe? All these things factor into how my Alpha hero is going to treat her, and how she's going to not only deal with the time-travel, but how will she survive?
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Highland Destiny blurb:
Mackenzie Stewart’s in for a much-needed vacation. During the castle tour, Mackenzie becomes completely enamored with a painting of one of the previous lairds. Two gentlemen come up behind her and, begging her pardon, they kidnap her, dragging her through time.
The men are sorcerers attempting to end a feud that has plagued their lands for years. Their patron has begun to dabble in the black arts, and between his irrational thirst for power, and his dark secret, the sorcerers are frightened. They believe Mackenzie can break the Stewart curse. They try to convince her to play along with their crazy scheme: marriage to the evil .
Before Mackenzie can protest, her carriage is halted and the door thrown open. For a split-second she is arrested by the same beautiful piercing blue eyes that belonged in an oil painting.
Mackenzie then finds herself the victim of a second kidnapping!
Her new captor, however, does nothing but tempt her body and her temper. Believing her to in fact be the betrothed of his mortal enemy the Campbell, Connor originally sets out to capture his enemy’s betrothed. He never thought he would be so attracted to her that he’d want to keep her.
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So my questions to you are, what's your fantasy? Do you prefer an Alpha male? Or do you like the beta? One lucky commenter will be chosen to win a copy of my ebook Highland Destiny.