MuseTracks Guest – Malia Mallory – Alpha Males and Double Teaming

June 1, 2012

Please join MuseTracks in welcoming erotica author Malia Mallory as she discusses Alpha Males (my favorite!).  Take it away, Malia!

Does Every Woman Want an Alpha Male?

Throughout romantic literature, the alpha male is the quintessential hero. Why is that? Some recent articles in the media claim that all women have a desire to be dominated. I can’t agree with such a blanket statement, but I would think that many women when asked would agree that they find an alpha male appealing.

But what does that really mean? Is the alpha male the top dog, the go-getter, the romantic hero that sweeps us off our feet? What is the alternative? A beta male? What is a beta male?

It seems to me that the person who it is the right fit is almost by definition an alpha male. It is the person who gets things done the way you like to see them done. It is the person who strengths and values are such that you admire them. It is the person who has inner strength but isn’t domineering.

Being an alpha male does not mean walking all over people. It means having a strong sense of self, knowing who you are and not being afraid to live in accordance with one’s values.

What qualities does your alpha male have?

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Please enjoy an excerpt from my newest release, Mia’s Cop Craving 2 – Double Teamed.

After Rogan unlocked the door, both men stepped aside to allow Mia to enter first. A feeling of empowerment swept over her. This was something she’d wanted a long time, wanted more than she realized. Now it was happening. On her terms.

Rogan spoke first. “Mia, would you like to shower?”

“Yes.” She unbuttoned her shirt, slowly one button at a time, and let the garment drop to the floor. As she headed down the hallway, she dropped the rest of her clothing, leaving a trail for them to follow.

Both men got into the spirit of the moment and quickly followed Mia’s example. Rogan and Jeff entered the bathroom where Mia had already turned on the taps. Hot steam billowed out of the shower. Mia peered around the edge of the glass, the tips of her hair curling from the moisture. She flashed an inviting smile and disappeared back inside.

Rogan quickly stripped off his remaining clothes, leaving them in a heap on the bathroom floor. He stepped into the tiled shower and disappeared into the steamy mist, leaving Jeff to contemplate his options.

Jeff didn’t consider backing out for a moment, not now that he come this far. He wanted to see Mia. He wanted to touch her, stroke her. He tore off his clothes, anxious to get his hands on her body.

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Malia Mallory is the author of The ABCs of Erotica series, which includes so far A is for Anal, B is for Beach, C is for C*ck Ring D is for Domination, and now, R is for Revenge. The ABCs of Erotica covers the erotic spectrum from BDSM to ménage and everything in between. More releases in the series are on the way. She has also released Mia’s Cop Craving and Santa’s Backdoor Baby. She has hit the bestselling erotica lists at both Amazon and iTunes. Her books are available in electronic format at major retailers like Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes and AllRomance Books.

For a free copy of B is for Beach from The ABCs of Erotica, head to her website and sign up for the newsletter at http://www.maliamallory.com/Join_My_Mailing_List.php.

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The Byronic Hero

May 9, 2012

Song of the day: Sanctified by Nine Inch Nails

Have you heard of the Byronic Hero? A Byronic hero is a protagonist, or antihero, who is romanticized but flawed. Someone much like the Romantic hero who rejects and is rejected by the society. Someone steeped with darkened, destructive, dangerous traits.

The term Byronic hero is named for the characters often portrayed in the works of the colorful English poet, Lord Byron. If you know of Lord Byron’s excessive, reckless, and scandalous life, you would probably consider that he, himself, embodied the Byronic hero.

This archetypical character (predominately male, but sometimes female) might be:

  • Defiant
  • Jaded
  • Mysterious
  • Cynical
  • Charismatic
  • Seductive
  • Proud
  • Adaptable
  • Haunted
  • Intelligent
  • An outcast
  • Sexually dominant

Sounds like a hero I can really fall in love with.

Lord Byron summed the Byronic hero up best with the last stanza in his piece The Corsair. The Corsair is written about the privateer (or pirate – depending on who you ask) Jean Laffite.

He left a corsair’s name to other times,

Linked with one virtue, and a thousand crimes.

One virtue, a thousand crimes. Hmm…that describes the pirate captains in my Romancing the Pirate series quite well. I must have a thing for the Byronic hero. A tortured soul seizes my imagination and sends my heart apitter-patter. With hands tied behind my back, I would willingly follow him. *sigh*

So, who are some Byronic heroes?

  • Heathcliff of Wuthering Heights
  • The Phantom of Phantom of the Opera
  • Robin Hood
  • Severus Snape of Harry Potter
  • Anakin/Darth Vader
  • Lestat of Interview with a Vampire
  • Wolverine of X-Men
  • Xena, Warrior Princess
  • Scarlett O’Hara
  • Achilles in the movie version of Troy
  • And of course, Captain Jack Sparrow

Can you name a Byronic hero? Who is your favorite?


Got Alpha? Villain Edition

February 24, 2010

Song of the day: Possum Kingdom by The Toadies

To love me is to fear me.

As writers, we know we must give our heroes at least two strengths and one weakness. This is true for our antagonists as well. The antagonist should be a worthy opponent, someone that will cause havoc and possibly ruin the world as the hero and/or heroine know it. It’s when we give our hero AND our villain Alpha qualities that things further become interesting. Often the mercury rises, too.

Villains can be a cunning adversary or an expert swordsman. He may be as elusive as the shifting fog or a superior puppet master. He can possess skills that match or even exceed that of the hero. He may have amazing brawn or scary smarts. But whatever his weakness – greed, lust, pride, gluttony, kryptonite, chocolate – our hero exposes it and uses it to his advantage, ultimately defeating the villain.

Intense!

Add in a hefty dose of Alpha male qualities and the threat generally rises to a mammoth challenge.

Just as with our hero, the bad guy’s confidence, married with his strengths, makes him all but guaranteed a victory. Who will best whom? What small insignificant turn of events tips the scale? It’s anyone’s guess and the battle of good vs. evil, right over wrong, who gets the girl, my daddy can beat up your daddy, is that much more intense. Alpha mano a mano.

You say 'dark side' like it's a bad thing.

To make the scoundrel Alpha, the writer must make being bad enticing, not only to the heroine, but also to the reader. All those little nuances that define a hero as a drool-worthy Alpha can conversely be applied with the same effects on the antagonist. Any traits, action, or dialogue that might be used with a protagonist, employ them on the baddie. An ultimatum delivered in a calm, almost friendly tone. The heroine delivers a blow to his mug and he strikes back with merely a wicked grin. He shows affection to a favored pet during an aggressive interrogation on his foe. Using his knife, he digs a bullet out of his flesh. Set these examples to both the hero and the villain and the writer will see it works either way. The difference, and there is a difference, is weaving Alpha traits, actions or dialogue in with the hero’s or the villain’s own natural tendencies, motivations and goals.

Wow - is it hot in here?

Alpha villains are even more dangerous when good looks and seduction are in play. This is especially bad for the heroine. She is fallible, after all. Good grief, who wouldn’t be weak in the knees when the Alpha villain is using his supreme persuasive powers. He brazenly stands naked in all his sexy glory for the heroine, or anyone else, to see. His eyes burn with desire (or indifference) as he fills up all breathable space. Pulling the heroine onto his lap, he whispers words of temptation along her neck.  His touch is possessive but gentle, rough but sweet, or just down right intoxicating. Hit me again, bartender.

You can conquer my fortress any day, Achilles.

The villain doesn’t have to be appetizing to be Alpha. Depending on the man, his characteristics can make him as unappealing as the author would like. Details, details, details. It is all in the details.

Can you name a villain or antagonist you find delightfully Alpha? Please, share.

My pick is Achilles.

Up next, Alpha females. Boy – this one will be hard.