Back in my single days when my best friend said I needed a theme song, I chose “It’s Raining Men”. Not because men were abundant in my part of the world where there are still eight single women to every single man. It was more like a plea and a belief in the power of positive thinking.
Something must have worked because after 80, I stopped counting how many first dates I went on. Suffice to say, very few contenders made it to date three. After all, a girl has her standards. And you can tell a lot just by a man’s name before you even meet. I went through a spate of Garys, Larrys and Barrys, and none of them were for me. Luckily there were always book boyfriends.
These days, between my reading and writing it really does feel like it’s raining men. With many of my own books having the name of the hero in the title, it’s not easy to come up with a new, yet suitable name for each of those hunks. Plus, if I’m in a multi-author series, I have to make sure I’m not using the same name as one of the other authors.
I must confess, because
I work on more than one book at a time most days, it’s not always easy to keep
the men sorted. Will is the ex-con. Riley is the wealthy miner. Shane is the bad-boy best friend of the
heroine’s brother. Denton is the
sheriff. Blaze is the stuntman. Denby is the undercover investigator. Then there’s my series with the seven
brothers, where I gave each one a name beginning with B: Brody, Bradley,
Braydon and so forth. I liked the
alliteration with Bride in the title, even though my editor worried my readers
might get confused. So far not a single
What kind of name do you prefer your book boyfriend heroes have? Do you like something different? I mean, who could ever forget Roark in Shanna? Or do you prefer a more formal name like Jonathan? Personally, I like a name that rarely gets shortened, except perhaps by the heroine in a moment of intimacy. Would it put you off reading a book if you didn’t like the hero’s name? Cue back to my dating days. More than likely it would for me.This month, BRODY’S BRIDE is on sale for only 99 cents in a multi-author promotion of first-in-series historical romances. Check it out on Bookfunnel. You might just fall in love with your next book boyfriend.
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For now, stay dry and enjoy a good read.
Kathleen Lawless blames a misspent youth watching Rawhide, Maverick and Bonanza for her fascination with cowboys, which doesn’t stop her from creating a wide variety of interests and occupations for her many alpha male heroes.
Her hero, Steele, in HER UNDERCOVER COWBOY is a modern-day cowboy, so when she was wooed by a man called Steel—while he’s not a cowboy, he is an Alpha male and her forever hero. Which is why all of her stories end Happily Ever After.
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