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After serving her country, Georgia Trulane craves adventure—and sex. She's set her sights on her brother's best friend—now her boss, since she took a temporary job as his nephew's live-in nanny. Only problem? Eric refuses to touch her. That doesn't stop Georgia from seducing him. But an earth-shattering encounter leaves her fully exposed, body and soul.
Eric has a long list of reasons to steer clear of the woman he has wanted for as long as he can remember. For one, he refuses to be her next thrill ride. When he claims her, it will be for good. But the attraction is undeniable, and the more they fight it, the stronger it pulls. But will it be enough to conquer their obstacles?
Soldiers, Cowboys, and . . . Loggers? A Different Kind of Alpha Hero
There was a day about twelve months ago when I stared at the cursor on the blank page wondering if I should post a plea for help on Facebook. Wanted: one good-guy, Alpha hero for Georgia Trulane, a strong heroine who served her country and now craves adventure—and sex.
Instead of begging my Facebook friends and fans for help, I began typing.
Georgia Trulane walked into the kitchen wearing a purple bikini, hoping and praying for a reaction from the man she’d known practically forever. Seated at the kitchen table . . .
Who was seated at the table? A soldier? No, my heroine was a twenty-something veteran who was struggling to readjust to life after her time at war. A cowboy? I love the mental image of a man in a Stetson mounted on a big horse as much as the next girl, but it didn’t feel right. And then it clicked. I’d found my hero.
Seated at the kitchen table, Eric Moore, her brother’s best friend, now her boss since she’d taken over the care of his adopted nephew until he found another live-in nanny, studied his laptop as if it held the keys to the world’s greatest mysteries. Unless the answers were listed between items b and c on a spreadsheet about Oregon timber harvesting, the screen was not of earth-shattering importance. It certainly did not merit his full attention when she was wearing an itsy-bitsy string bikini.
Yes, Eric Moore was a logger. These days he spent more time in the office wearing suits. But when a forest fire threatens, he is out there with his crew wielding a chainsaw. And he is a good man. A hero who would think twice about getting involved with his friend’s little sister, especially knowing that she was struggling with PTSD.
Once I had written the first paragraph—and found my hero—the rest of the story flowed. Eric Moore’s world shaped much of the external plot, adding the fire and a potentially disastrous investigation into the flames’ origin into the mix. And Georgia’s struggle with her memories from war, her nightmares, and the fears that she wished she could ship back to Afghanistan, drove their internal conflicts.
By the time I typed the final words of the book, I had fallen in love with my good-guy logger hero, who turned out to have some emotional hang ups of his own. (Don’t they all:) But after a few twists and turns—and some very steamy interludes—Eric and Georgia found they’re happy ever after. Still, I wondered if readers would raise an eyebrow at logger hero. Or maybe it is time for Alpha-logger heroes to take their place alongside the soldiers, cowboys, and yes, even the billionaire tycoons.
What is your favorite type of Alpha hero?
After several years on the other side of the publishing industry, Sara Jane Stone bid goodbye to her sales career to pursue her dream—writing romance novels. Sara Jane currently resides in Brooklyn, New York with her very supportive real-life hero, two lively young children and a lazy Burmese cat. Visit her online at www.sarajanestone.com or find her on Facebook at Sara Jane Stone.