A Hero’s Blog Hop!

Over 100 Authors and Bloggers are sharing their favorite things about romance heroes, a character post from them, or what we love about romance and men in general.

And while we do that, we are EACH doing a giveaway. Yep. There will be over 100 giveaways on each blog hosted by that Author or Blogger.

But that’s not all….

We have 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 100 times!

Now what are those prizes? 1st Grand Prize: A Kindle Fire or Nook Table 2nd Grand Prize: A $50 Amazon or B&N Gift Card 3rd Grand Prize: A Fabulous Swag Pack!

My Hero, Taden

 The first Hero:

Hero (mythical priestess), in Greek mythology, priestess of Aphrodite, goddess of love, at Sestos, a town on the Hellespont (now Dardanelles). Hero was loved by Leander, a youth who lived at Abydos, a town on the Asian side of the channel. They could not marry because Hero was bound by a vow of chastity, and so every night Leander swam from Asia to Europe, guided by a lamp in Hero’s tower. One stormy night a high wind extinguished the beacon, and Leander was drowned. His body was washed ashore beneath Hero’s tower; in her grief, she threw herself into the sea.               

-Wikipedia

In this legend, it seems to me that Leander was the true hero, risking his life to be with the person he loves. In my m/m erotic fantasy ‘Nathaniel’, Taden has met his dream man, the enchanting Nathaniel, who wields powers far beyond anything Taden has seen before.

He rubbed the back of his neck, feeling out of his depth with Nathaniel. He’d never felt so drawn to anyone before. Maybe the young man had bewitched him. He certainly wasn’t acting rationally. And it frightened him that he didn’t care. Not so long as Nathaniel needed him.

Taden’s life has left him ill-prepared for the wonder that is Nathaniel. He’s a titled landowner, master of the family home and lands, and although he hasn’t seen war in his lifetime, uneasiness is growing between his country and the Sutherlin’s pushing at their border. He’s heard of magic users, but they belong to the far past when the witches had been driven from his continent.

And there was Nathaniel, beautiful and ethereal and broken, needing his aide. What was a man to do?

Nathaniel at last raised his eyes from buttoning his tunic. “Corin told you why I’m here, didn’t he?”

Taden steadied his features, cautious not to say the wrong thing. “Yes.”

Agony crossed Nathaniel’s face and he threw out his hands in a hopeless gesture. “I hadn’t meant it! I can’t always control…” He put a trembling hand over his eyes. “You must hate me. I’ll find my boat in the morning and leave you in peace.”

Taden ached to pull him into his arms. Nathaniel’s pain tore at his heart. But the man didn’t need his pity. He needed Taden to take control—now.

“Nattie, look at me,” he demanded.

Startled eyes met his, then Nathaniel drew a hard breath. “My lord?”

“We’re both tired and in need of dinner. Will you gather wood for a fire while I fetch my saddlebags? We can talk while we eat.”

Nathaniel looked baffled. He opened his mouth as if to speak, then surprised Taden by flushing dark red. Not from anger, Taden noted. Something else…

How could Taden leave him after that? He couldn’t, but as the author of this story, I needed to be careful here. How do I show Taden’s acceptance and love for Nathaniel without him appearing a weak man? Nor did I want him to sound too needy. Who wants a whiny hero with no back bone? I had to show the strength beneath his surrender.

Nathaniel lowered his eyes as he stirred the fire with a charred stick. “I’m not a witch. Not in the sense your people hold for that word.”

 “Then what are you?”

Pain crossed the averted face. “I’m a man, same as you. Only I have certain abilities I was born with that other men don’t. There’s no magic or enchantment, no curses. I have only to want something, and it happens.”

“You wanted to kill those soldiers?”

“No!” Nathaniel’s gaze clashed with his, and Taden winced at the panic in his darling’s face. “I had to defend myself. Don’t I have that right?”

Taden wrapped his arms around his knees, fighting his heart. “You never should have come to our continent.”

Nathaniel gave him a stricken, heartbroken look. “Do you mean that?”

Taden stared back, searching his beautiful face. A single tear hung on a dark eyelash. Taden’s heart lurched, and he knew he would protect Nathaniel with his life, if need be. He’d fallen in love, perhaps from the moment of their first meeting when Nathaniel, as a prisoner, had raised his eyes so bravely to him, not knowing if Taden was a friend or another tormenter.

“Are you bewitching me?” he asked softly, not caring if he were. Nathaniel shook his head, then closed the short distance separating them.

“I’ve never influenced you, Taden. I felt no desire to do so at first, and now…” A shy smile touched his lips and he darted Taden a fond glance from under his lashes. “As sensitive as you are to me, you would know the moment I tried.”

“Is that so?” Taden caressed the inviting mouth with his thumb, moving closer until their lips almost touched.

As you can see, the hero of ‘Nathaniel’ is not the all powerful magic user, but the courageous, honorable man who loves him. Taden risks everything, even his life, to keep Nathaniel safe. What more can anyone want in a hero?

Give-away time! Please comment below with the name of your favorite hero for a chance to win a PDF copy of my m/m erotic fantasy Nathaniel! Don’t forget to leave your contact info!

 Nathaniel  Amazon 

From the moment Taden rescues Nathaniel from the Sutherlin soldiers’ torture, he finds himself caught in the gaze of the most beautiful eyes he’s ever seen; amazing eyes that hold him thrilled and confused. The Sutherlins are planning to invade the beautiful TahonValley, but as Taden secrets Nathaniel from their reach, he finds himself drawn to the young man. Not only does he feel the urge to protect him, but he feels an ache he hasn’t felt in many long years.

Nathaniel claims to be a traveler from a distant continent, saying he comes in peace. True or not, the youth has powers beyond anything Taden has seen—control over men and animals and the very weather. Taden falls hard for the strange traveler, protecting him not only from the Sutherlins but from his own mistrustful people, who don’t understand Nathaniel’s powers and accuse him of being a witch…

Excerpt:

Taden’s scalp prickled, a shiver running through him. He twirled, hand on his belt knife, and found Nathaniel standing inches from him. They were almost touching, and Taden watched, fascinated, as Nathaniel’s green eyes darkened under his stare. The heat from Nathaniel’s body wrapped around him, caressing him in that intimate moment.

“Miranda’s finally asleep,” Nathaniel told him shakily.

“That’s good. She appeared exhausted.” Taden didn’t ask who she was. At that moment, he didn’t care. He touched Nathaniel’s gold-flecked curls, as silken as he’d imagined them to be. Enthralled by the dimple at the corner of Nathaniel’s luscious mouth, he impulsively cupped his cheek, stroking the alluring hollow with a gentle finger. His pulses hammered at the contrast of pale skin and his own sun-darkened hand, picturing the exotic tangle of their bodies.

He slid an arm around Nathaniel’s waist as desire seared him. “Come with me,” he said huskily, aching to love Nathaniel as gently and tenderly as he could and drive the anxiety from his lovely eyes. Nathaniel lifted his shoulders but didn’t resist as Taden urged him into the trees.

Nathaniel remained silent as Taden spread the blankets on a fragrant carpet of pine needles. Taden gave him a close look. With a pang he realized that the young man stood passively, waiting for whatever Taden chose to do with him. As much as he hungered for him, Taden didn’t want Nathaniel like that, unresponsive. He reached for Nathaniel’s hand and pulled him down beside him on the blankets.

 “I would never hurt you,” he said as he leaned into Nathaniel’s body and slid his tongue over his full lips. He played with the laces of Nathaniel’s tunic, loosening them further. Fire licked through him as Nathaniel’s chest rose on a quick breath. Taden slipped two fingers inside the soft fabric to stroke the lean muscles of Nathaniel’s chest.

He nudged Nathaniel’s lips wider and groaned as the young man’s tongue darted into his own mouth, jolting him with lust. He caught the tongue with his lips, sucking, wanting to swallow Nathaniel whole.

Taden lingered over his kisses, slowly undoing the rest of the ties on Nathaniel’s tunic. He shifted on the blankets and thrilled at Nathaniel’s sigh as he bared his chest. Taden slid his tongue along Nathaniel’s chin with a fond murmur, savoring the saltiness of skin and the prickle of unshaven hair. He kissed the slim column of his throat and paused to suck gently on a vein pulsing in the heated skin.

He glanced lower and suddenly leaned on an elbow, his eyes ravaging the intoxicating sight of small nipples sitting like jewels on white skin. A single mole, innocent, utterly provocative, lay within kissing distance and drew his lips. Taden teased it with his tongue, smiling slyly when Nathaniel made a startled sound and gripped his shoulders.

Taden circled each hardening bud with his tongue, tenderly kissing the fading bruises. He slid a hand across Nathaniel’s abdomen and felt his muscles tighten. He slid a finger along the edge of Nathaniel’s pants, then moved his hand upward to brush his thumb over a sensitive nipple. Heat slammed through him as Nathaniel arched his back with a guttural cry. Unable to resist the temptation, Taden dropped his lips to the free bud, flicking it with his tongue, nibbling and nursing on it until Nathaniel was panting, a pleading note in the sound.

The tone changed suddenly to panic, and Taden jerked his head up in surprise, clashing with eyes wide with fear and arousal. He watched a trickle of sweat follow the curve of Nathaniel’s cheek. Surely the Nathaniel wasn’t afraid of him?

“I won’t hurt you,” Taden assured him again. Unexpectedly, Nathaniel gave him a tentative smile and touched Taden’s hair. The shy, heated glance undid him, and he had to fight the urge to strip Nathaniel then and there and thrust his arousal deep into the enticing body.

Taden dropped his head on Nathaniel’s chest. “Give me a moment,” he whispered hoarsely, concentrating on control. He wanted their joining to be perfect. It was hard when Nathaniel continued to thread his hands through his hair. With a growl, Taden straddled him, pinning the wandering hands over his head. “Careful, or I can’t promise to be gentle.”

Nathaniel’s eyes were hooded, and Taden watched, enchanted, as the tip of his pink tongue slid across pale lips. “Do anything you like,” Nathaniel invited.

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About diannehartsock

Author of paranormal/suspense, fantasy/adventure, m/m romance and anything else that comes to mind. Oh, and a floral designer.
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46 Responses to A Hero’s Blog Hop!

  1. Elin Gregory says:

    Mmm heroes. So many to choose from. Can’t choose any of my own fictional characters, although I love them dearly, because they wouldn’t mean anything to anyone else, but I have a lot of time for Sharpe in the Bernard Cornwall books, Patrick O’Brien’s Stephen Maturin and the gorgeous Lymond by Dorothy Dunnett.

    Real life heroes – Douglas Bader, who became a WW2 flying ace after losing both legs in an aircrash. And a local man – Cpl Graham Chapman, VC who basically lost his rag when his officer was wounded and despite being wounded himself, charged the enemy firing a Bren gun from the hip causing enough confusion for his unit to escape. I’m sure that would even get a nod of approval from Chuck Norris.

  2. Sue Adams says:

    I love the look of Nathaniel. You certainly know how to write a hero.
    My favourite hero of all time (fictional) is… (this is gonna sound lame) Spock in Star Trek. He is such an angsty man (well, half-Vulcan), hiding those strong emotions under a layer of impassivity. Classic m/m romance stuff, really. No wonder Kirk/Spock invented slash!

    Sue
    corieltauviqueen at yahoo dot co dot uk

  3. chickie434 says:

    I have so many fave heroes. But, the ones that come to mind are my cousins who are cops. One is a mounted officer in DC, one’s a SWAT officer, and another is a regular cop in VA. I admire them for what they do everyday. And I pretty much admire anyone who serves in a uniform. It’s not easy, and it takes a special kind of person to risk themselves to help others.

    Thanks for the giveaway, I’ve been wanting to read this book for a while now!!

    tiger-chick-1(at)hotmail(dot)com

  4. Paula Martin says:

    Hot excerpt – phew, where’s the fan?
    My favourite hero has to be Colin Firth as Mr Darcy – those eyes!

  5. Jason says:

    This looks amazing!

  6. You write a great hero, protective and considerate. My favorite hero of all time is Jamie Fraser from Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander.

  7. laurie g says:

    my favorite hero is hart mackenzie from the ‘dukes perfect wife’ by jennifer ashley but i think nathanel might give HIM a run for his money

    parisfan_ca@yahoo.com

  8. I’m not generally into the M/M fiction but this is good enough to get me to read it.
    My heroes, I would say my favorite romance one has to be Raoul Sandoval in “To Command and Collar,” by Cherise Sinclair. He is a Dom incarnate with a heart of gold and a fierce protector.

    damianbloodstone@gmail.com

  9. Pomma says:

    I love the m/m fiction..and your excerpt is so enticing it has already drawn me into the story…*S*
    I recently re read Bear Otter and the Kid, and the story yet again had me on an emotional roller coaster with Bear and Otters characters both playing the hero for me.
    Thank you for being part of the blog hop, and I wish you all the best!

    Darcy
    pommawolf @hotmail.com

  10. Barbara Brant says:

    Not usually a fan of m/m stories, but I do love mythological stories! This one sounds good.
    My favorite hero is Vishous from the BDB.

    tccmp30@msn.com

  11. Jennifer Lowery says:

    My favorite hero would have to be the men and women that serve and have served in our armed forces. They are true heroes. Thanks so much for the blog hop!!
    jennyrlowery@yahoo.com

  12. kristaames says:

    Sounds delightful Dianne….too many fictional heros i’m in love with but to stick to my one truest love, it’s my hubby:)) Thanks for the great contest!!

    kristakames@gmail.com

  13. kittyb78 says:

    Duncan McLeod from Highlander, will always be my first fantasy hero. My Bff RJ is a Marine, currently deployed and my real life hero.
    Enjoy the hop.
    bidelia78@yahoo.com

  14. gaele says:

    all time? Jaime Fraser from the Outlander series… this pair looks sweet though. To have the abilities and NOT use them is a real test of love and honor

    glhince@gmail.com

  15. yganoe says:

    I love the book Nathaniel! My hero, real life..my hubby.
    Yvette
    yratpatrol@aol.com

  16. Susan W. says:

    I don’t read a lot of historical romances but I really enjoyed the excerpts and learning about Taden. I all time favorite fictional hero is Zsadist.

    suz2(at)cox(dot)net

  17. BookAttict says:

    I love Terrible from Stacia Kane’s Downside Ghosts series, Atticus from Kevin Hearne’s Iron Druid series, Severn from Michelle Sagara’s Chronicles of Elantra series and Curran from the Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews!

  18. kaylynd says:

    Yay for m/m! One of my favorite heroes is Mr. Darcy from Pride & Prejudice. Hugh Grant does an amazing job with that character. Thank you for the giveaway.
    kaylyndavis1986@yahoo.com

  19. Count me in 🙂 Loved the excerpt, fantastic!
    brunettelibrarian AT gmAil . c0m
    The Brunette Librarian Blog

  20. you got it on te nose and then the bok sound great me i read all and any book i do them wheile i blog and then blog on them all over the net the stuff you have on the page is hot so it not just one it all wooo hoooooo

  21. ronnkelly3 says:

    Hot excerpt…sounds great…Thank you for your part in the giveaway..

    ronnkelly3@aol.com

  22. wolphcall says:

    My favorite fictional hero is Colin Firth as Mr Darcy in Pride & Prejudice. My real life heroes are my kids. They face challenges everyday with their autism & don’t let it stop them from working to reach their goals

    Wolphcall(at)bellsouth(dot)net
    Lisa G

  23. Tracey D says:

    I am quite fond of Jaime from the Outlander series.

    Thanks,
    booklover0226 at gmail dot com

  24. Janhvi says:

    Thanks for the excerpt and giveaway!
    Enjoy the blog hop!

    justjanhvi at gmail dot com

  25. Molly Frenzel says:

    I love that your hero is a woman. She sounds fierce!
    molly(dot)frenzel(at)gmail(dot)com

  26. Lisa Walker says:

    My favorite book hero is Roarke from J. D. Robb’s In Death series.
    sqwalker2@hotmail.com

  27. JessieL says:

    Heroes….they come in all shapes & sizes. And they are all unique in their own way with different characteristics that set them apart. Thanks for being part of this blog hop!
    JessieL62@comcast.net

  28. Sophia Rose says:

    That book about Nathaniel and Taden sounds good. My favorite hero is Jamie Fraser of Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series.

    Thanks for participating in the hop and for the giveaway opportunity.
    sophiarose1816@gmail.com

  29. micheleann oboyle says:

    thanks for a chance to win an di hope you are enjoying your summer angelwolfmystic@yahoo.com

  30. JanD says:

    My favorite fictional hero is Richard Cypher from the Sword of Truth series.
    bituin76 AT hotmail DOT com

  31. Joy G says:

    my fave hero of all time Devil Cynster.

  32. Nathaniel looks and sounds YUMMY! Thanks for the chance to win 🙂
    raynman1979 at yahoo dot com

  33. June M. says:

    Great excerpt. Nathaniel sounds really great, I do love a good m/m story.
    Thanks for the giveaway & for taking part in the blog hop.
    manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

  34. latishajean says:

    What a great exerpt Nathaniel sounds like great! Thank you for the great giveaway!
    tishajean@ charter.net

  35. nina says:

    great blog contest love your books
    kintana002000@yahoo.com

  36. Lona Stringer says:

    Great excerpt, book sounds fantastic. My favorite hero is Bowen from the Immortals After Dark series. Thx for hopping.

    blinkysthebest at aol dot com

  37. Heather Cox says:

    Drue from Redeeming Characters!!
    thanks for the chance!!
    yankeedragon4@gmail.com

  38. Jessica says:

    Thank you for the chance to win!
    Jesscaashley(at)yahoo(dot)com

  39. Ihave too many favorite heroes to name, but among the fictional ones they are Amun, Keeper of Secrets from Gena Showalter’s LotU and Master Marcus from Cherise Sinclair’s MotS. In real life my heroes are my late father and my hubby.
    Thank you for participating in the blog hop and for the giveaway!

    msromanticreads(at)gmail(dot)com

  40. Nathaniel sounds fabulous. Great post.
    Debdebss@yahoo.com

  41. Shadow says:

    Right now my favorite hero is Justice from Justice by Laurann Dohner. I love this book and i love the characters! Especially the hero. 😀 Thanks for the fun hop and the awesome giveaway! Ya all rock!! 🙂
    shadowluvs2read(at)gmail(dot)com

  42. Juliana says:

    Thanks for participating in the hop!
    OceanAkers @ aol.com

  43. My favorite fictional hero is my own, Heath. (Because he’ll stone me to death if I name anyone else. Seriously, living with this guy in my head is quite the experience! LOL)
    He isn’t actually fully aware yet that he is going to be a hero, but that won’t stop him from shoving his way into the spotlight! The funny thing about this is that when he actually does something heroic, like saving a bunch of orphans from a flood or beating the daylights out of an abusive bastard, he doesn’t brag about it. He’d much sooner talk about his sexual conquests, his chess match wins, or his sexual conquests. (He’s with twins right now, thus the double mention. My poor brain. LOL) But in the end, he will prove that he is a great hero. Then again, maybe he’ll be the ultimate villain. I’d hate to rule anyone out just yet, as readers will have a long journey ahead before that answer sneaks out!
    j.lennidorner@facebook.com

  44. Looks like June M is my winner! Thanks everyone for stopping by and leaving such wonderful comments! All these heros sound awesome. 🙂

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