Author Guest Post: Denali Day

Posted July 29, 2020 by Jen in Author Guest Post Tags: ,

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Top 8 Underrated Qualities in Heroes

He’s rich, ripped, knows how to fight, and has eyes of piercing gray. Sign us up, right? Well sure. But, as avid readers of the romance genre, we’ve seen these tropes oh…about a thousand times, right? Probably more.

So let’s take a minute to appreciate some of the more underrated heroic traits. Don’t worry, they are no less swoonworthy.

  1. Brown Eyes

What does the book-writing world have against brown eyes anyway? Last I checked, brown was the most common eye color on the planet. You’d think at least SOME of the planet’s swoon-worthy men would be sporting this sexy color. And let’s be clear. It is very sexy. Can you imagine? A pair of smoldering eyes so dark they almost look black, narrowing on the sight of your fingers as you reach for the button of your jeans? Yes, please!

  1. Sobriety

Here’s one that almost never gets a mention. Now, I’m not talking about a dude who’d turn his nose up at you for enjoying a glass of champagne at your bestie’s wedding. But what about a man who’d allow you to really let your hair down, enjoying all the night had to offer and then, tuck you into the front seat of his car at the end of the night to drive you (safely) home? I think I’d cry and sleep like a baby.

  1. Willingness to Make Promises

It’s a given that we don’t like men who break their promises. Everyone knows this…including guys. That’s why many shy away from anything so light as a playground pinky-swear. So think of the delight when, in the face of your doubts, your man looks you in the eye and tells you exactly what he is and is not going to do. And then…wait for it…he actually follows through!

  1. Gentleness With Children

This extends beyond the typical “man with a baby” trope. Seeing him take the time for anyone weaker than he is, kids, the elderly, a wounded animal, the mentally handicapped…I think I just dropped an egg.

  1. Confidence About His Flaws

Does he have a lisp? Is he short? Poor? It doesn’t matter. If he can stand tall in the face of those who mock him (maybe even smile), one has to wonder…what can possibly hurt this guy?

  1. Animal Whisperers

Creatures of the land flock to him like he’s friggin Snow-White or something. And why not? You’re totally there for that sultry voice yourself.

  1. Emotional Intelligence

Your mother is on your case. Again. You’re about one finger-wag away from saying something you’ll regret. Your man is standing nearby. What’s he doing? Probably hiding, right? Now imagine if your knight-in-shining armor put his arm around your hip, shooting your mother a confident smile, and calmly diffusing the situation. You don’t need to say a thing. Your man’s so charming, your mother doesn’t even mind letting him explain your point of view. At the end of the fight, your mother apologizes and you go home without tears. Sound like a fantasy? Can’t say I disagree.

  1. Healing Hands

I’m not talking about a twelve-year medical degree (though that has some advantages of its own). Let’s keep it simple. Is your back killing you after working all day? Your feet? Watch him work his magic. Or rather, feel his hands as they work their way through a day’s worth of bull.

About the Book:

He’ll mark her flesh. She’ll claim his heart.

Always the dutiful daughter, Lady Joselyn is weeks away from marrying a rival lord in order to secure the future of her father’s house. However, she suddenly finds herself in the clutches of an ancient beast she’s only ever heard of in legends. More terrifying than that is the beast’s master, a wild man who insists Joselyn is his bride by right, and plans to seal his claim in blood.

Wyvern-rider, Hollen, has finally captured the woman of his dreams, though he quickly learns waiting for her was less than half the battle. His new bride wants nothing to do with him and Hollen knows he only has one chance to change her mind. To win her over, he’ll do whatever he must, even if it means keeping secrets.

Their wills pitted against each other, Joselyn will go to any lengths to free herself from this savage and fulfill her marital contract. Her father’s life depends upon it. But even as she plots her escape, Joselyn begins to wonder if one can also be bound by a duty to their own heart.

Title: Hollen the Soulless
Series: Dokiri Brides series #1 (standalone story)
Genre: Fantasy Romance
Trigger Warnings: This novel plays on the trope of abduction. While the Dokiri men won’t let anything keep them from the woman they love, even that woman herself, all sexual acts between the hero and heroine are consensual.


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About the Author:

When Denali Day was trying to figure out “what to be when she grew up” she noticed all her written stories featured a scene where the beautiful heroine patched up the wounds of a gallant hero. So she decided to become a nurse. Twelve years and two degrees later, she realized all she ever really wanted was to be a writer.

Now she lives in the midwest with her adoring husband, a real life gallant hero, and their two wicked goblins (children). When she isn’t writing she’s reading and when she’s not doing either of those things she’s probably plundering the fridge for something she can smother in whipped cream.

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