Monday, 31 January 2011

With These words – Sondrae Bennett

A Gentler Alpha

I’ve been reading romance novels practically my whole life. I got sucked into the world of charming heroes and heroines from the very beginning. Every time I picked up a book, I fell in love. I still today remember some of my favorite heroes I read about years and years ago.

It wasn’t until much later that I started hearing terms like “Alpha Male” and “Beta Male”. It took me awhile to spot the difference as I never felt the need to categorize the heroes I read about. I certainly fell in love with heroes from both sides of the coin. But I didn’t always like what I saw. Heroes were classified as alpha for being (pardon my language) complete dicks. I didn’t understand it. That wasn’t my idea of a perfect guy. I like to think I would never fall for that guy in life, so why would I fall for him in fiction? But the idea of the “alpha male” was something that appealed to me. Someone who could protect unequivocally. So when I started writing Arctic Winds, I thought about all the things I liked and wanted in a man and created Jason, my version of the alpha male.

Jason is an alpha wolf shifter and leader of his wolf pack. But he embodies what I like to think of as ‘A gentler alpha’. He is strong enough to take down anyone who poses a threat, but doesn’t feel the need to use his strength against others unwarranted. He doesn’t demand the respect others give him, he earns it. And they give it to him, knowing not only can he protect them, but he will without question or complaint. Without needing something in return. Is he perfect? Of course not. What fun would that be? What he has is the strength of character to overcome his imperfections. But most importantly, he’s someone I could see myself falling in love with. And I hope my readers can (and do!) as well. After all, isn’t that why we read romance novels? To feel all the joy and pain that comes with falling in love?

© Sondrae Bennett

 

Featured Book

Arctic Winds

Alpine Woods Shifter Series Book 1

Author: Sondrae Bennett

Publisher: Lyrical Press

Genre: Lycan Paranormal

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Nothing will stop a wolf once he’s found his mate…not even her own doubts.

After her skulk abandoned her four years ago, Samantha knew she would never truly be wanted. When she accidentally stumbles into a wolf town and is asked by their premier to stay, she believes it’s the novelty of an arctic fox motivating him. She knows she’ll be on her own again once he tires of her.

Jason finds himself pulled to Samantha from the moment she faints in his arms. His wolf is calling to him, telling him he’s found their mate and the heat he feels for Samantha is impossible to resist. But his little fox is loaded down with emotional baggage and doesn’t believe she’s worthy of love. Can he overcome her fears? Or will pack jealousies and the local foxes convince her she doesn’t belong with him before he has a chance?

 

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About Sondrae

Sondrae has been an avid reader of romance books since the tender age of twelve when her mother gave her one while she recovered from her wisdom teeth removal. Ever since then, she's been hooked. Her tastes in genres have expanded over the years, from the sweet contemporaries to the darker paranormal and even the steamy erotica, she loves them all. It wasn't until she started envisioning multiple endings for books she was reading that she decided to try her hand at writing one.

She believes the best characters are those deeply and truthfully invested in situations they find themselves in. Sondrae usually lets her characters speak for themselves, and considers herself merely the vessel through which her hero's and heroine's interact. Above all, she loves giving her characters the happily ever afters they deserve, after a little necessary drama first.

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Welcome to the world of publishing Sondrae and I wish you every success.…..

 

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3 Speak To Me:

Tracy on 1 February 2011 at 17:31 said...

I love alpha males - especially in shifter books but sometimes they do get a little out of hand for my liking. I think I like the idea of the gentler alpha as well.

The book sounds great.

Lea on 1 February 2011 at 18:15 said...

This sounds like a great read EH and I love Sondrae's take on Alpha males. I agree with Tracy, their characterization is especially rich in shifter books.

Thanks!

Brande on 2 February 2011 at 02:00 said...

oh wow, this looks awesome. I am all over it! Can't wait to read. Thanks for the heads up girl!