Feel free to comment about your own heroes (and heroines) here. I’d love to hear about them.
My first hero is my father, James George Baily. I love him to pieces with all my heart even though he’s gone where I can’t touch him anymore. This picture isn’t the best of either one of us, but it perfectly expresses the love.
New hero to add to this page: Reed Malloy, Boston lawyer, male protagonist of my historical romance, An Improper Situation. Reed can cook (!) and he is intelligent, funny, devastatingly handsome, sweet, caring, authoritative, devoted, and usually emotionally and physically controlled. Until he meets the heroine, Charlotte Sanborn.
He is both besotted and repelled. He is attracted to her but not interested in falling in love. He can’t understand her unwillingness to suddenly become a surrogate mother, either, because he’s very fond of children and relates well to them. And as the story progresses, he’s surprised to find himself so overcome with physical desire for Charlotte that he’s not his usual careful and controlled self. His heart knows better than his brain, of course, and before he knows it, he’s head over heels in love.
An older Orlando Bloom was my inspiration, visual-wise, for Reed Malloy, sort of like this image. (See how craftily I Photoshopped his head to an 1880s outfit? OK, I’m just laughing here, not being serious at all. Besides, Reed doesn’t smoke.)
For Riley Dalcourt, my next hero, visual inspiration came from this nameless guy pictured below. He’s probably a model. I wish I could find out who he is. I saw him one day and was struck with how he is exactly Riley, lock, stock, and barrel, or rather hair, grin, and chest. No doubt about it.
And here’s how he came out on the beautiful new cover for my latest release, An Irresistible Temptation:
Riley is not Reed. He is not as authoritative or alpha male-ish. He is, however, smart (he’s a top-rate medical student), loves fixing things, and is honorable to a fault. If he says he’ll do something, he’ll do it. Even if that means marrying a woman he doesn’t love because he promised her he would. Or taking a job and living in a town he doesn’t want to live in because he owes a man for his dream of being a doctor. He’s also a tad impulsive, charming, sexy, and has a dimpled grin that drives the heroine wild. Riley combines the easygoing cowboy with the driven med student and comes out a hero!