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Guest Author: Meagan Hatfield (Guest Post & Giveaway)

Please join me in welcoming Meagan Hatfield here today to Dark Faerie Tales.  Her new release, Shadow of the Vampire, hit bookshelves on July 1, 2010.  Shadow of the Vampire is also part of my Debut Paranormal Romance Reading Challenge. You can read an excerpt here.

One lucky commenter has a chance to win an autographed copy of Shadow of the Vampire.  Details are listed at the end of the post.

Dragon Heroes

by Meagan Hatfield

Hi everyone!  And big thanks to Dark Faerie Tales for inviting me here today.  Okay, so I have been getting asked the same question a lot lately…with all the yummy paranormal heroes out there – vampires, werewolves, demons, etc…why did I chose to write about dragons?  What is my fascination with this species and why did I think they would make good romance heroes?   I figured what better way to answer this than the good ol’ top ten list.

So, without further ado, here are my top ten reasons dragons make perfect romance heroes:

1. Dragons are cool.  Or actually they’re quite hot (pun intended.)  No really, in my stories, they are tall, muscular men with rippling biceps and thick corded thighs who put even the hottest of movie-star hotties to shame.

2. Number 2 sort of ties in with Number 1, but they are gorgeous.  Okay there, I said it.  I’m being shallow.  But both the man and the beast are beautiful in their own way.  Dragons are sleek and sexy, strong and yet lithe and elegant, all power yet vulnerable too.  They have great wisdom that comes with age and immortality.  Yet they possess the fiery hot ardor and *ahem* stamina of a young buck in his prime. :D

3. Dragons are dangerous and let’s face it, we all love a little danger, don’t we ladies?  *wink*  Well, the kind of danger you can experience from the other side of the page at least.  A dragon hero could char you to a crisp at one glance, or ignite a burning desire with one look into their jewel colored eyes.  They make the woman in us want to tame the beast, have the mighty dragon purring in our palm and using ever reserve of his powerful strength to claim us.

4.  I don’t know about you, but I love action and breath-catching fight scenes.  Dragons are one of the best ass-kickers and name takers around.   I mean, when a dragon show up at your party, you pretty much know sparks are going to fly and most likely in the most literal of senses.   So, the moment our dragon hero shifts into the beast and steps on stage, you are guaranteed intense, high-stakes, life or death action.  And let’s face it, if you’re the bad guy, a flippin’ dragon is last thing you want to see running at you on the battlefield, for it will most likely be the last thing you see.

5. Dragons are already equipped with every weapon they might require in a battle.  So need for guns, swords, daggers, shields or the like.  Their scales are hard as armor, talons sharp as daggers, their tails not only help balance in flight, but can be a skilled weapon (or a delectable extra hand for those other battle scenarios…but we’ll get to that later.)  And let’s not forget the dragon’s most formidable weapon…dragonfire.   White-hot and able to melt flesh from bone in 0-60, dragonfire will turn up the heat in any fight.

6. My dragon lord heroes are fiercely loyal, noble, altruistic and aren’t afraid to stand by their beliefs, even on pain of death.  Whether you are the heroine or newfound friend, you have a friend for life when you make one with a dragon hero. He will stand beside you in battle, protect you if you fall, or rescue you if you get captured – and not for money or fame, but because it’s “the right thing to do.”  Awww. :D

7. Next reason, dragon lords are irresistible heroes…they are not sexist. {{gasp, shock}} Crazy, I know. But they believe a woman is just as capable of charging into a battle, as she is a bedroom, which makes them a rare gem when it comes to any man.  Even more remarkable, they manage to retain this equality trait while remaining strong and confident Alpha males.

8. Now, this could be a personal preference, but the purebred dragon lord heroes in my books have long strands of silken hair down to their hips.  I don’t know if it’s because I’m a product of the 80’s or what, but there is just something about running your hands through long, soft hair on a big, rock hard man that does it for me.

9. The tail.   Nuff said. :twisted:

10. Drumroll please…and the last reason that Dragons make the best heroes…while I may not have just described the dragon-shifting hero you wrote about, read about, saw in a movie or fantasize about, Declan Black, the hero of my dark paranormal debut, “SHADOW OF THE VAMPIRE” has all of the characteristics listed above…and boy is he hot. * wriggling brows *


Author Bio:

Meagan Hatfield currently writes dark paranormal romances for HQN & Silhouette Nocturne.  Her first novel, SHADOW OF THE VAMPIRE  hits shelves July 1st, 2010.   Also releasing July 1st is a novella set in the same world, DRAGON WARRIOR, from Silhouette Nocturne Bites.  When she’s not hovered over her laptop (writing, not Tweeting of course) you can find Meagan shakin’ it in Zumba class where she teaches seven classes a week.

You can visit Meagan around the web here: Website | Blog | Twitter | Facebook

GIVEAWAY GUIDELINES:

One lucky commenter will have a chance to win an autographed copy of Shadow of the Vampire.

To enter, leave a comment below answering the following question:

Who is your favorite romance hero and why?

1. +1 entry for answering the question (required).

2. +2 entries for becoming a follower of this blog and Dark Faerie Tales on Twitter.

3. +3 entries for tweeting about this contest, blogging about it, linking via your sidebar etc…(please tell me where!).

4. Giveaway is open to U.S. and Canada residents only.

5. Please include your email address in your comment.

6. Giveaway ends Thursday, July 29th at 11:59 PM EST.

7. The winner will be picked with the help of Random.org.


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31 Responses to “Guest Author: Meagan Hatfield (Guest Post & Giveaway)

  1. Khelsea BrasuelNo Gravatar
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    YAY thank you so much for the contest, ive been wanting to read this.

    +1 My favorite romance hero is Bones from Jeaniene Frost’s Nighthuntress Series because I would LOVE to be with anyone like him.
    +2 follower and twitter follower – twitter is onceuponareview
    +3 tweeted! twitter.com/onceuponareview/status/18009363035

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  2. JenMNo Gravatar
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    +1 – My favorite romance hero is the one in whatever book I’m currently reading, but beyond that, I’d have to say Curran, the Beast Lord in the Kate Daniels series, because I love that he’s just slightly psycho.

    +2 follower

    jen(at)delux(dot)com

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  3. Beverly @ The WormholeNo Gravatar
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    +1 Favorite romance hero and why – Eidolon from Pleasure Unbound by Larissa Ione, because every woman wants that man!
    +2 follower
    gro.hcsednull@prahsveb

    Thanks for hosting!

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  4. Stacey SmithNo Gravatar
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    I so want to win this book.My favorite hero is Acheron from Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark hunter Series.
    +1 Answering ?
    +2 Follower
    +3 blog about this contest on my myspace blog
    http;//www.myspace.com/sasluvbooks

    sasluvbooks(at)yahoo.com

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  5. EmilyNo Gravatar
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    My favorite romance hero will change as I read new books because I get hooked on new characters, but I do always seem to go back to my old favorites when I pick up old books and series. Quillian from the Diamond of the Rockies series is one of my favorites because he goes through so much and is so human yet he has so much love in him.

    +1 answer
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    +3 link (http://itsjustlifeasiknowit.blogspot.com)

    Thanks! ebdye1(at)gmail

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  6. AnnieNo Gravatar
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    Eric Northman, because I think he’s dang near perfect!

    +1 Answer
    +2 follow blog and twitter
    +3 Tweeted contest https://twitter.com/Annie_McElfresh

    amcelfresh(at)hotmail.com

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  7. Stephanie GNo Gravatar
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    I too tend to like the character I am currently read most but one that I was surprised I liked was Dylan from Moira Rogers’ Sanctuary’s Price. I was surprised because I go for alphas and Dylan is definitely not an alpha but he still proved himself in the end and he is one of my favorite werewolves period.

    I’m a follower

    Stephanie G
    sgradel(at)gmail(dot)com

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  8. jedisakoraNo Gravatar
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    I don’t really have “a” favorite romance hero. I have multiple. I love Bit Carroway from “England’s Perfect Hero. Kent from “Summers at Castle Auburn”. Captain Wentworth and Mr. Knightly from Jane Austen… Oh i can go on and on. ^^

    Melissa
    moc.nsmnull@arokasidej
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  9. Barbara ElnessNo Gravatar
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    I don’t really have a favorite romance hero, I love them all. But if I have to pick one, I’d say Jeaniene Frost’s Bones, he’d do anything for his lady love.

    I’m a blog follower.

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  10. Robin KNo Gravatar
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    Oh wow… how about Robin Hood ;) My easy answer is always Acheron though!

    +1 entry for answering
    +2 follower of this blog and on Twitter
    +3 tweeted: http://twitter.com/IntenseWhisper/statuses/18069995005

    robin [at] intensewhisper [dot] com

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  11. Jeanette JuanNo Gravatar
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    +1 My favorite hero is Mercury from Lora Leigh’s Breed series.
    +2 follower
    +3 mentioned contest on blog: http://jeanette8042.blogspot.com/2010/07/follow-friday-contest-finds.html

    lilazncutie1215 @ yahoo.com

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  12. debpNo Gravatar
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    I really like ranger in the stephanie plum series. He is always there to save the day.
    moc.oohaynull@21dnikafowt

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  13. Meredith MillerNo Gravatar
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    Eric from the Sookie Stackhouse series, because he’s always there when there’s an emergency. At night, of course.

    I’m a follower.

    meredithfl at gmail dot com
    @tessaa99

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  14. Christy MNo Gravatar
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    well i guess it comes down to my favorite hero type. The bad boy is my favorite. it is so fun to read about his badass self, but more fun to read about the woman who brings him down. with that said Zsadist (BDB), Tegan (midnight Breed), Lord Justice (Warrior of Poseidon, Jag (feral Warriors), and Ian (night Huntress) are my favs.

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  15. ThrouthehazeNo Gravatar
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    +1 Acheron from the Dark-Hunter series
    +2 follow here and on twitter @throuthehaze

    throuthehaze at gmail dot com

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  16. Kailia SageNo Gravatar
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    +1 Bones from Jeaniene Frost’s books. I just love him!
    +2 follow blog and on twitter (@KailiaSage)

    twilightforever.edward(at)gmail(dot)com

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  17. latisha depoortereNo Gravatar
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    +1 I have to say Rio (midnight breed) midnight rising I liked him from the start,I just love him in that book!
    +2 follower blog and twitter
    ten.retrahcnull@naejahsit

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  19. JulieNo Gravatar
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    Who is your favorite romance hero and why?
    Eric from the Sookie Stackhouse series. It used to be Bill but now I’m far enough in the series to know otherwise.

    1. +1 entry for answering the question (required).

    2. +2 entries for becoming a follower of this blog and Dark Faerie Tales on Twitter.

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  20. kisah j.No Gravatar
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    there’s just so many swoon-worthy men in books, it’s so hard to pick just one! plus it depends on what i’m reading at the moment….i have to say, though, bones is a memorable one! *sigh*

    k_sunshine1977 at yahoo dot com

    +1 for answering the question
    +2 for being a dark faerie tales follower

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  21. Melanie LNo Gravatar
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    I have to agree with what some of the others said – Eric Northman.

    +1 answering question
    +2 follower
    peacelily_2006(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  22. bridget3420No Gravatar
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    Ooh, that’s a tough one… I guess I’d have to pick Edward from Twilight

    +2 blog & twitter follower
    +3 tweet – http://twitter.com/bridget3420/status/18766415513

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    I would fight for my husbands soul because he means everything to me.

    +2 follow blog & twitter
    +3 tweet – http://twitter.com/bridget3420/status/18766655452

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  24. Marlene BreakfieldNo Gravatar
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    My favorite romance hero is Mr. Darcy, because he changes himself for Lizzy and is at heart a truly good man.
    +1 comment
    +2 follower
    +3 tweeted http://twitter.com/mbreakfield/statuses/18777061125
    marlenebreakfield(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  25. AllisonNo Gravatar
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    I don’t have a favorite romance hero. It changes as I read new books and series.

    +2 Twitter fan

    allisonsbj3(at)gmail(dot)com

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  26. Pam SNo Gravatar
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    That is a tuffy – I guess I’d have to pick a classic, Mr. Darcy. I like his aloof let gentlemanly manor.

    follower of blog and twitter (pams00)

    tweeted:
    http://twitter.com/pams00/status/18860497220

    posted to facebook:
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    Pam S
    moc.loanull@00smap

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  27. MaryNo Gravatar
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    my favorite hero is Acheron from Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark hunter Series. He is so sweet but has a dark side to him that we rarely get to see.

    +2 follower

    moc.oohaynull@esor_kitzim

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  28. Vidisha SinghNo Gravatar
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    +1 I just love Mr. Darcy. He’s the perfect gentlemen, and he’s hot and mysterious!

    2. +2 follow blog and on twitter (@sweetvidisha)

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  29. Carmen_RNo Gravatar
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    +1 My favorite , well it’s hard to choose. Can’t I just claim them all as my favorite? lol I guess if I have to name one it would be Acheron

    +2 Follower Twitter name Carmen_R blog follower Carmen R
    +3 posted on twitter http://twitter.com/Carmen_R/statuses/19308962990

    hdtermite at yahoo dot com

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  30. Terry MacNo Gravatar
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    Shadow of the Vampire sounds like a definite must read! Thank you so much for this giveaway, and a signed copy too! Wow!

    +1 I have only recently returned to reading this gendre, so my favorite romance hero right now is Elena Michaels from Bitten by Kelly Armstrong, because I loved her character development and found myself identifying with her initital anger,then subcumming to the lust, if I was ‘bitten’ by a lover!

    +2 I am a follower of yours

    +3 I blogged about your giveaway and linked back to here
    http://www.facebook.com/#!/?ref=home

    Thank you again for this giveaway.

    terrymac1a at hotmail dot com

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  31. Victoria ZumbrumNo Gravatar
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    Edward from Twilight is my favorite romantic heroe. He will do anything to protect Bella and he loves her so much he cant imagine life without her. Please enter me in contest. moc.loanull@329eroT

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