Friday, October 19, 2012

The Alpha Male Blog Hop

I've often been asked, "what makes a man an alpha?"

Some people think it's the size that counts, but I have to kindly disagree, since I, myself am only 4' 9" but am very much an alpha.

Alphas know how to take control, and they don't shy from it. In a bad situation -- in a disaster -- it's the alpha who comes up with the plan. The alpha who people look for for assurances and comfort. The alpha is also the one who sticks his neck out, who goes the extra mile for his friends and loved ones.

Being an alpha is all about attitude, but you've got to be able to back it up. I don't mean physically, I mean emotionally and mentally. Alphas have that certain something -- that illusive thing called mojo.

Who is my favorite alpha from my books? That would have to be Malagan, my sexy vampire from "Orion's Way."


Orion is a vampire with a tragic past. After running away from abusive parents at the tender age of sixteen, he was turned by a ruthless elder vampire and forced to torture and sexually abuse human feeders and submissive vampires. Though that's all behind him now, he still lives in the shadow of what he was, and it has cost him the loyalty of Xavier, the human feeder he loves. Malagan is Orion's closest friend--the vampire who saved him from brutality all those years ago. Malagan knows the dominant side of Orion--the side Xavier needs--is still there, lurking below the surface. But if Orion's going to find his way back to who he ought to be, he'll need help. And Malagan is just the man for the job.

And here's an excerpt:

“Do you enjoy my attentions?” he asked.

Malagan raised his head and met Orion’s gaze. “Yes, Master. Very much.” He pulled his hands around in front of him and held them out to Orion. “Would you tie my wrists please, Master?”

Orion raised an eyebrow, looked down to Malagan’s hands and back up to his face. A test, of course. They had already set ground rules, and no Dom worth anything would go back on his word in the heat of the moment. Orion shook his head. “No.”

Malagan nodded and smiled. “Dom to Dom, you may bind me, if you wish.”

Malagan really did trust him. Hearing Malagan profess his trust was all well and good, but having Malagan make such a gesture, having Malagan place his safety in Orion’s hands, was something else entirely. A spike of adrenaline made Orion’s heart race and his blood pound in his ears. He turned immediately and went to the table, grabbed up a pair of leather cuffs and hurried back to Malagan, nearly tripping over his own feet.

“Easy,” Malagan murmured. “A little less eager, there, if you don’t mind.”

Orion took a deep breath and nodded. Hands shaking, he reached out with the cuffs.

“Steady yourself,” Malagan told him. “Your nerves are understandable, but your sub will feed off them. You know that. Think for a moment, before you act.”

Orion shuddered and turned away, barely suppressing the sob that suddenly rose in his throat. He couldn’t do this. Who was he kidding? He was broken, worthless. For God’s sake, he couldn’t even dominate another Dom without being coached. He sucked in a breath as Malagan’s arms slid around him and pulled him close. Malagan took the cuffs from him and turned him around.

Malagan went down on his knees and gazed up at Orion, holding out the cuffs. “Please, Master.”

Orion took them, stared at them for a long moment as he fought to control his ragged breathing and the staccato beating of his heart. Malagan’s pleading eyes bore into his soul, and something finally clicked inside him. He fastened the cuffs around Malagan’s wrists, ran his finger under the edge of each to ensure they weren’t too tight.

All his old instincts came back to him in a rush. He ran his hand through Malagan’s hair as he moved again, coming to a stop behind him. Riding the high of power, he placed his foot in the middle of Malagan’s back and gave a push. “Ass up.”

Want to win a copy? All you have to do is leave a comment below with you e-mail. It's that simple. One lucky commenter will win a free pdf copy!

In addition to my giveaway,

there there are also 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!

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! 

Good luck!!!

****PLEASE BE AWARE: I write GLBTQ romance. GLBTQ stands for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer. This means my works feature same sex relationships AND same sex sexual acts. If winning that kind of a book isn't your cup of tea, kindly pass on to the next blog in the hop and leave the spot open for someone else. Thank you.****


  1. gotta love an alpha male. :) Count me in!


  2. it's all about attitude... in love and everything else I guess. a very thought provoking post

  3. I love the unexpected Alpha....Count me in please. Thank you, chellebee66(at)gmail(dot)com

  4. Love those alpha males.

  5. I will take my alpha male any way I can get him!

  6. I love my alpha man to be Dominant yet have a sense of humor. He is loyal, protective, and isn’t afraid to enjoy the small things in life.
    bournmelissa at hotmail dot com

  7. Please count me in. Thanks!


  8. tough, sexy,ruthless,a strong leader, sexy and yet with their one and only let their shields down, listen to them and let themselves be their true self and are not afraid to show it to them, accept them as their equal partner :) thats what I think an alpha should be :) Thanks for the giveaway


  9. Thanks so much for the giveaway!
    Eric Townsend

  10. Great choice for the giveaway!

    nrlymrtl at gmail dot com

  11. Thanks for the giveaway.
    skpetal at hotmail dot com

  12. Great idea this Alpha Male blog hop. Who can possibly resist one , certainly not me!
    Thanks for the chance to win .


  13. I love a loyal, witty, and nurturing alpha hero!


  14. Bring on the Alpha Male. Better then a Zombie on any day of the week and twice on Sunday. ;-) DebP

  15. I love a possessive alpha who has a dose of tenderness.

  16. I love GLBTQ!

    I love Alpha men, because I need someone as confident and dominant as me to have an equal relationship - I hate the feeling that my partner is less powerful than me and cannot make it without me.

    And: my favourite Alpha male is Gabriel from Annette Curtis Klause's Blood and Chocolate.

  17. Oh heck yeah! This book sounds good! Please count me in!!
    I love the alphas that are possessive with his loved one and commanding, yet, tender and loving and isn't afraid to show it in his own way. ensuring that his partner knows there isn't anything he can't protect him from.


  18. I love alpha men for their confidence!

  19. I love how passionate Alpha Males are for their SOs ;)


  20. Alphas are men that don't have to prove anything. They simply are.

  21. What's a romance with out danger and the Alpha Male there to help save the day. :)


  22. I love it!! great excerpt! I so want to read this!!
    Ashley A

  23. This sounds so good! I love the excerpt.

    Jyl22075 at

  24. Sounds like a very sexy, steamy read. Look forward to reading it.
    cms72023 at gmail dot com

  25. That's really freaky to me. My brother's name is Orion. Looks interesting though.

  26. Thanks for the giveaway and being a part of the blog hop!


  27. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  28. Thank you for the great giveaway and for taking part in the blog hop!

  29. As a short person myself I agree that you don't have to be a big person to be an Alpha. Sounds like a great book! Thanks for the giveaway.

  30. Love alpha males, thanks for the hop.
    magic5905 at embarqmail dot com

  31. Love the excerpt! I agree, size doesn't always matter when it comes to alphas. I just read a book where the Alpha of a wolf pack is barely 5'8" and his submissive is almost a half foot taller than him, yet he has the alpha mojo. Thanks for the giveaway, sounds like an awesome book!


  32. Sounds like a great book. can't wait to get my hands on it.

  33. Great excerpt. Gotta love those alphas


  34. I love when an alpha is strong enough in himself to let another be in charge when they need to. That was a great excerpt! Thanks for the giveaway!

  35. Wow! Treat excerpt. Definitely adding it to my wishlist. Thanks for the chance.

  36. Thank you for participating in the hop!
    verusbognar (at) gmail (dot) com