Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Guest Post and Giveaway with Candis Terry


I had a tough time with Deputy James Harley, the hero in my new book, SOMEBODY LIKE YOU. He’d actually appeared in the first two Sugar Shack books and I always found him funny and charming. When he finally got his own story he did a one-eighty on me and I had to wonder what the heck was wrong with this guy? As he started to reveal more and more of himself I figured it all out. Kinda.

Men get angry a lot faster and harder than women. Blame it on testosterone. If a man is frightened, he acts angry. If he is frustrated, he acts angry. If he is hurt, he acts angry. Make sense? Maybe not to women, but in a man’s mental dictionary, anger is an expression of emotion, whether that emotion is fear, frustration, sadness, pain, humiliation, or defeat. Our culture has taught men that crying is unacceptable for them because it indicates weakness. Therefore, most men detest displaying any kind of weakness, especially in front of other men. Later in the relationship, a man may trust a woman enough to talk things through or even cry. But until trust is developed, an outward display of emotion will most likely be in some form of anger. I’ve come to the conclusion that this is why the alpha hero is so often written. He is far more realistic than the beta hero who listens sympathetically to the heroine as she rambles on about the rip she got in her pantyhose that morning.

Men are pretty straightforward, except when it comes to their emotions. Keeping this in mind, while writing romance, a writer must remember that romance is about intimacy, love, and trust. It’s an adventure in the emotional travels of the hero and heroine. While love may be universal, each couple experiences it differently. Creating realistic well-rounded characters bringsuniqueness to each and every romance. Do you have a favorite alpha hero?

I’m celebrating the return to the Sugar Shack with a contest and giveaway of a Sugar Shack inspired gift basket. Please check my Facebook page for details. Contest is open to U.S. and International readers.


Twitter: @CandisTerry


Candis Terry is the author of the Sugar Shack novels—a trio of small town romances rich with memorable love stories, quirky characters, and tons of fun. Born and raised near the sunny beaches of Southern California, Candis now makes her home on an Idaho farm. She’s experienced life in such diverse ways as working in a Hollywood recording studio to chasing down wayward steers to working as a graphic designer. Only one thing has remained constant: Candis’ passion for writing stories about relationships, the push and pull in the search for love, and the security one finds in their own happily ever after.


There is an eBook of Somebody Like You up for grabs. Just fill out the rafflecopter below to be entered.

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Kerry said...

One of my fav alpha heroes is Drago from Thea Harrison's series. I also love Curran from Ilona Andrews Kate Daniels series. I am looking to put the Sugar Shack books in my TBR - I think I will enjoy them!

lavendersbluegreen said...

It absolutely depends on the day as to what alpha male is my hero... mostly my moodiness depends on the book I am reading or just finished. I read a book a day and just read a couple of Shirley Rousseau Murphy books so at the moment I think Joe Grey, the cat is beyond fabulous!

Candis Terry said...

Hi! I'm so excited to be here today! I don't have shape shifters or neck biters in my book (both of whom I love!) but I do have a ghost and she is meddlesome and sassy!

Candis Terry said...

Hi Kerry! Wow! I just finished Dragon Bound and adored Drago! It was my first Thea Harrison book but it definitely won't be my last! Thanks for stopping by today!

Candis Terry said...

Hey lavenersbluegreen! I'm the same way with which is my favorite alpha male. The only one that is constant is my hubby! I'll have to check out the author you mentioned! Thank you!

Misty H said...

I love love the Sugar Shack books and cannot wait to get my hands on the newest one! I don't have a favorite alpha male, I love them all.

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Kanya said...

Hi Candis,
I love all kinds of alpha hero, that's why I read different types of romance (mostly historical, contemporary and paranormal). I choose books according to my mood at the moment.
I haven't read the Sugar Shack series yet, but it was already on my TBR List!
Thanks for the chance to win!
Kanya ;)

Candis Terry said...

Helloooo Misty!

I'm so glad you love the Sugar Shack books. Seriously. It took me so long to get published that I absolutely love knowing readers are enjoying the stories that sprout from my brain!

I have a ton of favorite alphas--John Kowolsky from Rachel Gibson's Simply Irresistible, Cameron Quinn from Nora Roberts Sea Swept, Sammy Devine in Terri Garey's Devil Without a Cause, Zsadist in J.R. Ward's Lover Awakened just to name a few.

Candis Terry said...

Hi Kanya!

That's how I read too! Whatever mood I'm in decides what genre I will read. I often have several books going at once! My hubby always wants to know how I keep track.

Erin said...

I love all alpha males - I found you today from United by Books - I love the premise of these books! so very nice to meet you!

Mina said...

I love alpha males, period. Somebody once said they are like taffy...they maybe hard but when they warm up they get soft and chewy.

bn100 said...

I have a few favorites.

Anonymous said...

Today my favorite is Acheron - Darkhunter series