Please give a warm welcome to romance author, Heather Lin!
by Heather Lin
by Heather Lin
Hello, everyone! I’m so happy to be here at Reading Between the Wines to promote my new science fiction romance novel, The System. It’s very different from anything I’ve had published so far, as I usually stay in the safety of relatively lighthearted contemporary romance, and I couldn’t be more excited about it.
The System is a darker romance, taking place 600 years in the future and focusing on the relationship between Brody, a mercenary, and Capri, a prostitute, who both have painful pasts and uncertain futures. As their feelings begin to develop, Brody reacts with anger and resentment. He’s a hard, stoic man who has no intention of going soft for love. But, as is often the case, his heart doesn’t give him much of a choice, and eventually he has to give in.
When I wrote Brody, I knew he needed to be an alpha male, the Beast to my heroine’s Beauty. And he certainly is that. He has no problem threatening or lying to Capri, even handling her roughly once in a while in a fit of pain or passion. I love everything about him—the angst, the danger, the complexity. But as I wrote and edited the story, I did find myself wondering if his behavior would be a turn off to some people. Where does alpha end and destructive begin?
The truth is, I don’t know. I do know that, in the wild, alpha males have to fight for their position. They’re large and tough, and they have to be because they are constantly challenged. They take their females without much in the way of seduction or romance, but then they’ll turn around and fight to the death for them.
Brody possesses all of these qualities, good and bad. And all I can say for sure is—while I wouldn’t recommend one of my girlfriends seeking out a man like Brody to settle down with today—if we were in a different time, in a different world where life was harder and teeming with often unwanted action and adventure, I’d want a man like Brody on my side. And in my bed. ;)
What type of hero do you drool over? Wicked? Romantic? Debonair? Comment below to get in on the conversation!
And don’t forget—everyone who comments and leaves their e-mail address during the blog tour will be automatically entered to win a custom made bracelet engraved with a quote from The System. Winner to be announced on my blog September 1st!
Capri is an alluring young prostitute with a painful past; Brody is a ruthless mercenary for a crew of thieves from the spaceship Gypsy Lass. When he enters her brothel, the attraction between them is instant, electric, and too much for him to handle. After a robbery gone wrong, the crew takes Capri hostage, forcing her and Brody to remain in close quarters until they see fit to drop her on another planet.
But Capri's plight and the intense feelings between her and Brody turn out to be the least of their problems. Together—whether they like it or not—they uncover a secret no one in the whole System could have expected.
Heather currently resides in Delaware with her loving husband and beloved cat. She began writing romance and erotica in 2008 and hasn't been able to keep her mind out of the gutter since. Like Heather Lin on Facebook or visit her blog at http://heatherlin88.blogspot.com/ for updates, talented guest bloggers, and the occasional piece of free fiction!