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Friday, August 28, 2009

Friday Spotlight: Linda Banche

A Nice Guy

I like nice guys.

My hero is decent, intelligent, and reliable. He works hard at something useful. He builds things and people up, and doesn't tear anything down. He's kind, brave and true.

Lest he sound too much like an overgrown Boy Scout, he can use his fists if necessary, but usually doesn't have to. Why? Because he's so intelligent he can outsmart even the craftiest villain. "Nice guy" does not necessarily translate as "wimp".

My hero is an ordinary man, but the circumstances of his life have dragged him through the fire. This fire, which would have destroyed a lesser man, forged him into a better man, indeed, a hero.

So, here's my hero, Richard of Lady of the Stars, my Regency time travel novella. He's furious with the heroine, Caroline, who appears out of nowhere one night in 1817 England and literally runs into him. Then she argues that his cottage is hers. While he plans to hand her over to the authorities come morning, he, decent man that he is, allows her to stay the night. And so, our story begins.

As for intelligent, Richard is a mathematician. He works as a teacher, so he does something useful. He's had his troubles, and he protects the heroine when harm threatens (telling you how would spoil the story).

And last but not least, because all romance is part fantasy, he's also drop-dead gorgeous. See picture.

But all these qualities can belong to any decent man. What sets Richard apart? In the climax of the story, he faces a choice. His heroism shines through not only by what he does for Caroline's love, but also by what he's willing to give up for it.

What a hero.

Thank you all,


Judy said...

I love the concept of this book. I have been hooked since you first started promoting it, I know several months back.

Lindsay Townsend said...

Wonderful, Linda - I adore your Richard! To me he is all a hero should be.

Thank you for all these essays this week - I've really enjoyed them.


Good Post. Good book. Good Hero.


Linda Banche said...

Hi Judy, thank you for all your wonderful comments.

Lindsay, thank you. We have the same taste in men, and not just because they're gorgeous!

Hi Loretta, glad you enjoyed the book. Thanks.

Kathleen O said...

I really love the picture of the hero, what handsome hero.. and I love that you made him a teacher..

I will be putting this book on my tbr list for sure Linda..
Have enjoyed your post this week...

LK Hunsaker said...

I love this kind of hero -- the nice guy who can and will defend himself or a loved one as needed but finds clever ways to avoid that when possible. Nice and smart. ;-)

Linda Banche said...

Kathleen and LK, thanks for coming over.

Kathleen, I really did well when I found that picture. As for a teacher hero, a hero is a hero, wherever you find him.

LK, like you, I like intelligent heroes. An intelligent man can get whatever he wants. And nice means he'll always be a hero.