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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Talkin' Tuesday with Autumn Piper!

Good morning world! Gosh, it's been weeks since I've been able to get Talkin' Tuesday working. The craziness of the Nor'easten that hit the USA really did some damage. We were days without power and longer without cable, phone and internet. The cretins, kids, were awesome through all of it. My husband was a rock. I'm happy to say that no one was hurt and there was no damage to my home. After a year of remodeling after the February 8th snowstorm, this was a great relief. :)

Today I have the wonderful Autumn Piper who was patient with me and the power outages that we even had this morning. Thank you, Autumn! Today she talkin' about the different types of romance hero's we love and share her novel, Lone Star Trouble. Totally awesome cover. 

Hero types.
As romance readers (and writers) we can all agree that every hero is different, and yet…we’re aware of certain hero “types”—or old-school male “archetypes”. I’m going to list them without explanation, as I think we can all guess their characteristics: Chief, Bad-Boy, Best Friend, Charmer, Lost Soul, Professor, Swashbuckler, and Warrior. These 8 archetypes are well-known throughout media and literature. Here’s a nice description I found when doing my research, with examples in both movies and books, if you’d like to take a peek:

Romance readers tend to take their hero “types” another step, going into his profession, or personal background. We’ve got doctors, military men, stunt men, firemen (smokin’ hot, always, right?), lawmen (give me an FBI guy. Whew!), cowboys (still don’t know why they’re boys instead of men, but I can deal), pirates (who’ve got an immense following), vampires, vikings, Victorian royalty, billionaires, and let us not forget the ne’er do well playboy who has no identity other than, well, womanizing (not to be confused with the Bad-Boy archetype, because any guy in any profession can also be a Bad-Boy; this guy takes philandering to a higher art form, and may even take financial advantage of his women, but, damn. Wouldn’t we all like to see the Playboy brought to his knees?). Now, of course there are many more professions/hero types to choose from—I’m only hitting the most commonly used ones.
The wonder of our hero types is, for example, a vampire can also be a Lost Soul, a Warrior, a Chief… and a cowboy could, too. A lawman might be a Professor, a Swashbuckler, or a Best Friend. Or… a combination. Just thinking of all the possibilities makes me itch to get writing.
In my romantic suspense, Lone Star Trouble, the hero Cleve is a cowboy…but his personality makes him primarily a Chief, who’s trying to get over a past as a Charmer. (incidentally, before he agreed to take over his dad’s ranch, he was a lawman--a Texas Ranger, so he’s got a bit of the Warrior in him, too, which comes in handy when it’s time to do some rescuing)

So I’ll leave you thinking about your favorite hero types—feel free to leave a comment below if you like.

And here’s a bit about Lone Star Trouble:

One hot cowboy plus one tough rancher-girl adds up to trouble!

Kiersten Day holds a grudge against all things Texan, especially cattle baron CJ Howell, with his hubcap-sized belt buckle and tacky white hat. He’s set his sights on her tiny Colorado ranch, and he’s a master of dirty tactics, slinging threats to make her sell out.

Caught in the fight of her life, Kiersten meets Cleve, a tall, handsome good guy. Too late, she finds out he’s Howell’s son. She might be pregnant, she doesn’t know who to trust, and danger is closing in. She’s head over heels -- and kicking herself!

Content warning, a hot cowboy, dirty tactics and lots of lone star trouble.

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and for Amazon (avail in Kindle or Paperback):
If anybody would like to buy a copy, signed for a friend (or yourself), I can sign and ship from here, and take payment via Paypal.

Thanks for having me!
Autumn Piper
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Thanks for joining me today Autumn and Have a Sparkling Day!
Rebecca Rose


  1. Love and have Read all of Piper's books! Highly recommend them.

    My favorite Heroes are Cowboys, Sports figures and military! But usually as long as it is a Bad boy, Sexy Man involved, I'm good!

  2. Thanks for stopping in, picturelady!

  3. YAY for such a variety of Heroes! And dont forget those sexy Shapeshifters who can be anything they want! (grin)

    Gotta add "Lone Star Trouble" to my TBB lidt!

    hugs, Kari Thomas,