Alpha Males on the Internet: The blog hop

Welcome to the Alpha Male Blog Hop. Starting today and ending on Oct 22nd, over 200 Authors and Bloggers will share their favorite things about those sexy men we know and love.

What makes an alpha male so compelling? Why can’t we get enough of them?  Here’s my list of must haves in an alpha.

  • A good alpha is damaged but revived by love.
  • Powerful and driven by adrenaline.
  • He embraces risk but not foolhardiness.
  • A hunter, once he  catches the scent of his woman, he puts down his stake, declares ownership and never lets go.
  • Supremely confident, he reveres and respects the power of his woman, wanting her to be all she can be.
  • Fierce and gentle, in bed and out.

That’s how I like to read him… favorites include John Matthew in J.R. Ward’s Brotherhood of the Black Dagger, Bones in Jeaniene Frost’s Kat and Bones series and Kane Tyler and Seth Lawrence  in Lora Leigh’s Breed Series…and that’s how I like to write him. Cullen McMahan, the shifter in my paranormal romance Fires of Justice is all that and a bag of chips.

On my blog, one lucky commenter will win one ecopy of my book Fires of Justice.  I’m not going to ask you to tell me your favorite alpha.  Instead, I want to know what characteristics in the heroine bring out the best in an alpha.  Here’s my take–bravery and/or fearlessness.  Alpha’s may be protective, but they respect courage and respond to women who give as good as they get.  Note all my favorite males have seriously kickass ladies. What do you think?  Don’t forget to leave your e-mail.

Block Hop Swag Prize

But that’s not all….

The blog hop  has THREE grand prizes. You as a reader can go to EACH blog and comment with your email address and be entered to win. Yep, you can enter over 200 times!  Here’s the link to the other blogs.

 Now what are those prizes?

 1st Grand Prize: A Kindle Fire or Nook Tablet
2nd Grand Prize: A $130 Amazon or B&N Gift Card

3rd Grand Prize: The following Swag Pack!

Note :  My give away and the 1st and 2nd grand prizes are international. The Swag Pack is not.
Good Luck.

Sabrina

Fires of Justice Book Blurb

Always read the fine print when swearing an eternal oath to gods and guardians…

Beholden by the sacred vows of her coven, fire witch Calista Reid agrees to temporarily mate with shifter Cullen McMahan to fulfill a mission assigned by the guardians. When tall, dark and damaged arrives on her doorstep, generating enough heat to scorch a fire witch, Calista finds herself drawn to his battle-hardened body and broken soul. His pain speaks to her own deep-rooted isolation and the intensity of his hunger slakes her passion like no other.

Cullen, scarred by a past that left him an indentured soldier to the guardians, resents yet another hump-on-command assignment…until he encounters the compassionate, fearless, incendiary redhead who detonates his body and reawakens the emotions sacrifice and loss had suppressed. But Cullen harbors a terrible secret—one that reaches back into Calista’s troubled childhood and threatens the foundation of their growing bond.

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110 comments

  1. I love alpha males because they take charge, kick ass and look great while doing it! Just their commanding presence in a scene gives me the chills! I can’t just pick one so my favorite alpha males are Bones from Jeaniene Frost’s Night Huntress series and Barrons from Karen Marie Moning’s Fever series. Both are similar and different in so many ways but have the same stubbornness and raw animal magnetism that defines them as alphas.
    Thanks for the awesome hope and for the chance to win!

    ehaney578 at aol dot com

    1. Hi Elizabeth. Looks like we have Bones in common in our list of favorites. One of the reasons I like him is that is clear on his feelings, comfortable with them and holds on to them. Thanks for dropping.

  2. I love an alpha hero who isn’t afraid of a strong female. My favorite alphas are Linda Howards’ Mackenzies…yummy. And Cherise Sinclair’s Doms from her Shadowlands series.
    Qwillia
    email: qwilliarain AT gmail DOT com

  3. I think the alpha male needs a female that will stand up to him when it is necessary and let him be his big ole protective self when he needs it. Carin mawmom at gmail dot com

  4. Alpha males make great heroes. They take charge, demand and really, really protect. One of my favorite is Bones from the Night Huntres series. When he wants something he doesn’t let go. So glad he has Cat!

  5. Caring & Go get them attitude (willingness to go above & beyond, not letting anything or anyone get the way) makes a great Alpha..
    Call me sappy or whatever when I read about and the alpha gets slightly emotional (either irked off or emotionally exposing them… not talking about crying…) that is an additional bonus cause men can be elusive to thier true feelings

  6. I love alpha males in real life and in books. Alpha males are more than just having a lot of cockiness (no pun intended) or “swagger.” My favorite type of fictional alpha male is definitely the cowboy. And when I think of the perfect heroine to an alpha male, I think of someone like Lois from Lois & Clark or Buffy from Buffy the Vampire Slayer or Martha Jones from Doctor Who. They are smart, tough, and not afraid to go after what they want be it love, a story, or a villain. They keep their friends as close to them as they do their families, and go out of their ways to protect them

    1. I love your description of heroines. And Martha Jones is hands down my favorite, a doctor in her own right, she stole the show at times. Given my love for the doctor, no easy feat. Thanks for dropping by.

  7. She would have to be strong emotionally because she would have to stand her ground with her alpha until he realizes he needs to listen to her.

    1. Yes, that’s so spot on. They drive each other to be better, stronger, faster. A great heroine really brings out the alpha’s best and most hidden strengths. Glad you could visit.

    1. So true Jennifer. Don’t we all need a partner/spouse/significant other who stand up to us and respect us for who we are. I love how when we think about alphas are and what they need, we also answer questions about what’s important about relationships. Thanks for visiting.

    1. You are so spot on. That ability to be possessive yet tender, fierce yet gentle, kick the crap out of the villain yet touch a baby or a lover with reverence and awe is what makes them so irresistable.

  8. I think alphas in fiction usually don’t respond well to equally strong, dominant women – I think they’d prefer submissive but sensible girls. (That’s a shame, actually.)

    Rachel
    oceanrebel333 (at) gmail (dot) com

    1. Hi Rachel. It is a shame really and that’s why I write the stories I do, because I like a pairing of strong man and strong woman. I think they drive each other to be better. Thanks for dropping by.

  9. Love reading about the alpha who is confident and who will do anything for the one he loves.
    Some of my favorites are the Doms from the Shadowlands series.
    skpetal at hotmail dot com

  10. Hi Sabrina!! Cullen sounds so hot! Love it. Those Alphas are so sexy…just want them to throw me down and teach me some tricks!! Happy hopping

    1. Thanks Donna. Its a question I ask myself so I really want to hear how others think about it. I think the woman need the kickass and the understanding to handle the alphas, its what makes them more interesting, but also brings out what women really bring to a relationship–balance, versatility, strengths in all its straightforward and nuanced forms.

  11. I think the heroine needs to be able to pull the alpha back when he is going too far and also sometimes provide the softness he needs in his life for balance.

    Thanks for having the giveaway and participating in the hop!

    dmr8888 at yahoo dot com

  12. Oh I have a thing for Bones also..love the dynamic between their relationship.

    a heroine needs to be strong, but also keep the alpha in check when needed.

    Thanks for the hoppin fun !

    ~Kym
    flwrs4ever(at)yahoo(dot)com

    1. Bones and Kat are great, although it often feels like he’s keeping her in check, which is one of the reasons I like Bones so much. They balance each other and help the other grow.

    1. Spot on Tessa. That’s one of the reasons I like Alphas, because I love to watch them tangle with strong willed heroines, making them each stronger, deeper and more loving. Hope you are enjoying the hop.

  13. The main reason I love them is that they’re confident :) No matter how difficult their situation is, they’re always confident – and I wish I found a man with at least half of that alpha male confident! :)
    Thank you for the giveaway! :)
    creature-in-night@hotmail.com

    1. So true, they have more confidence than the average guy, and why they are so appealing. I must admit I do like it when they show vulnerability in stories. By doing so really reveals their self confidence.

  14. Why I love Alpha Males is no real surprise! The perfect Alpha Male for me could be a Vampire, a Scottish Laird, an English Rogue/Gentleman, a Werewolf or Shape-shifter, or a Knight. He’s the rogue who thinks he can’t be reformed into a gentleman. He’s the rough and scarred Scottish laird that has a heart of gold. He’s the werewolf or shape-shifter that needs to heal an aching heart because it took him years to find his true mate. He’s the vampire who has waited decades for that special someone’s blood to sing to him and wake him up. And he’s the knight who can defeat the enemy with a quick swing of his sword, but can’t see the love in front of his face. My Alpha Male has eyes that can see into your soul and are as blue as the sea, or as black as a storm. He’s tall and brooding. His heart can enfold you into its grasp and make you fall in love when he gives it to you freely and completely. He is protective and passionate. In the end he is the one that makes your heart jump and butterflies fly in your stomach, and still kiss you until your legs melt!
    Angelheart618@gmail.com

  15. I think if the heroine is strong and fearless at times but also soft and plays the damsel in distress, it’s just going to drive the Alpha nuts with pride and want!
    Then you add a snarky sense of humor/cockiness from the Alpha and you have that perfect heroine who can dish that $hit out right back at him? LOVE IT!!
    Thanks so much,
    Sebrina_Cassity at yahoo dot com

  16. Thank you for the wonderful post and the giveaway! Alpha Males are my absolute favorites! They’re strong, confident, protective, sometimes a bit bossy, and of cource sexy!

    verusbognar (at) gmail (dot) com

  17. The heroine needs to have compassion and isn’t afraid to challenge the alpha specially if she’s passionate about something.
    bituin76 AT hotmail DOT com

  18. I think the heroine needs to stand toe to toe with an alpha and be able to give as well as receive. I do not like the heroines that need to be protected and catered to all the time (IE: Ana in 50 shades-don’t get me started on her!) although sometimes I think it is too hard for a true alpha to be with a woman that stands up against him. While fire and passion are good, too much isn’t. Thanks for being part of the blog.
    Best wishes,
    Marlena
    charmedpoms@yahoo.com

  19. Lora Leigh’s Breeds are some of my favorite alpha heros! Especially Mercury and Jonas! What I love about alpha heros are the strength, protectiveness and confidence they have and their ability to let those they love be the stronger one when they need to. Thanks for the giveaway!
    suz2(at)cox(dot)net

  20. My alphas have to be intelligent, as well a protective. Like Master Adam from Masters At Arms.

    rfg dot wwe at gmail dot com

  21. I think the best are the ones who are brave and can take a caring touch to her alphas moods~ it takes a certain type of woman to not crumble and become broken over the way an alpha sometimes acts and to realize that’s just how he expresses himself. Refreshing to see a different question! Thank you for the hop :)

    MostlyMisha[at]gmail[dot]com

    1. Thanks Misha. I asked it because I have personally found that the stronger the woman, the more appealing I have found the men. You’re right on. It does take a certain kind of woman and when a story nails her just right, the man just really shines, cause he has to if he wants her. Thanks for dropping by.

  22. To me she should be self sufficient and able to take care of herself (at least in most situations), she should be strong willed, have her own opinions, and be able to stand up to him. An alpha doesn’t need a wimpy woman he needs one who is his equal :)
    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!
    cassandrahicks1989@yahoo.com

  23. I love alphas! Strong, Sexy and Smart should describe both Alpha and his lady! She needs more emotional strength than physical and she should believe she is sexy because all women are and smart because she needs to hold her own in a battle of brains. Alphas want a lady they can talk to about anything.
    awesome blog hop!
    susanmplatt AT hotmail DOT com

  24. Alpha males are the best….strong, independent, fiercely protective, but on the inside they are nothing but a big ol’ teddy bear! I love the way their mouths talk filthy, but their eyes portray their sensitive sweet. They can be rough and tough in the bedroom, but still have the gentle caress of an attentive and protective lover. It’s all in the heart…..alpha males are the best!

    Jack Gordon from Liz Crowe’s REALTOR series rocks!

    Thanks for participating in the hop!

    molly at reviewsbymolly dot com

  25. I love Alpha males who are strong and protecitve!
    What a great blog hop Alpha males are my favorite!
    One of my favorite Alpha males is Decebal from The Grey Wolves Series by Quinn Loftis!
    Thank you for the great giveaway!
    Latisha D
    tishajean@ charter.net

  26. So many great posts on what makes up an alpha male. I like the strength and compassion that they show.

    Michelle Bledsoe
    koonie2888 at yahoo dot com

  27. Great question! I think an Alpha would want to have a strong woman as well – not necessarily someone who will challenge him at every turn, but someone who is brave and confident – and someone who brings out the softer side in him (and maybe only she sees it). Thanks for being in the hop!

    jochibi AT yahoo DOT com

  28. The heroine needs to be strong, intelligent, and able to give the alpha as good as she gets.
    marlenebreakfield(at)yahoo(dot)com

  29. I love alpha heros. So hot! :) I love how dominant, possessive, loyal and protective they are. Thank you for the awesome hop and giveaway! This is so much fun!
    shadowluvs2read(at)gmail(dot)com

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