Tuesday, April 19, 2011

NRABT - Sarah Ballance

HERO-SCHMERO / Sarah Ballance (April 20)

After almost fourteen years of marriage and six kids, I don't have to look far to find my ideal hero: I married him. But notice I said ideal, and not perfect. No, no, no, please, not perfect! Why? Because if there is anything that will drive me absolutely crazy, it's the "perfect" alpha hero. Frankly, stoic carries zero appeal. Flawless? Nuh uh.

I know for many readers a romance is about the fantasy, but I can't relate to Mr. Perfect, much less fantasize about him. For me, it's about the crooked grin, the worn jeans, and the mud on the tires. Candlelight wouldn't be any fun if it didn't occasionally set off the smoke alarm, and a guy who hasn't once crossed the fine line of the law doesn't have much of a story to tell. Not to say a law-abiding citizen can't be fun, but a man who has never been in trouble or made a mistake in his life? We don't have much in common—that's for sure!

Seriously, flaws make the man. Flaws define character—both the real-life kind and the type you find in a book. My guy needs to put me (or my heroine) first and leave the fate of the world to someone else. He needs the ego that comes with self-confidence, and he needs to take hits—and occasionally deserve them—because that's what life is about. I don't want him to be a jerk, of course, but a real hero should be someone you can get mad at, because with anger comes passion, and with passion comes the absolute best kind of love.

Yep, that's right. The perfect kind.

AUTHOR BIO: Sarah and her husband of almost fourteen years live on the mid-Atlantic coast with their six young children, all of whom are perfectly adorable when they're asleep. She often jokes that she writes to be around people who will listen to her, but her characters aren't much better than her kids. Fortunately, as an author of romantic suspense she's got plenty of plot-time to exact her revenge on the unruly ones.


Mattie James can't pinpoint exactly when she lost control of her life, but the moment she decided to take it back made the front page of the local paper. Desperate to dodge the fallout— and the tabloids—she jumps at the chance to spend an off-season week in a tiny resort community by the sea. Making the trip with her ex-lover is a complication she can live with; coming face to face with a dead woman is not.

The last thing Sheriff Wyatt Reed expected to find on the storm-ravaged beach was a beautiful blonde with a jealous sidekick, but one look at Mattie left him wanting more. Their first date takes an ominous turn when he gets the call that a woman was found murdered. With a killer on the loose and a troubling lack of suspects or motive, Wyatt has to put his feelings aside to focus on the case. But his vow not to become personally involved is shattered when he discovers Mattie's life is on the line, and this time the truth leaves her with a deadly choice . . . and nowhere to run.

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  1. Awesome comments on flaws, there. You're so right!

    lucy (at) lucyfelthouse (dot) co (dot) uk

  2. If you had Mr. Perfect there would be nothing left to imagine and dream about...at least that is how I think about it..lol

    And I agree...my kids too are perfectly adorable ...when they are asleep...


  3. Yes, I love my men to have flaws, too. I suspect I've even TRIED to write a perfect Alpha, but they just keep morphing into normal guys. Sigh.
    Nice to see you, Sarah!

  4. Totally agree with what you said, great post.

    skpetal at hotmail dot com

  5. I enjoyed this post. I agree, flaws make the man. I read a book featuring an alpha male who was blind. What he lacked in eyesight, he made up with everything else he had.

    Tracey D
    booklover0226 at gmail dot com

  6. Who wants someone perfect? Flaws make the man. :)


  7. Hi Lucy! I guess my H can rest easy tonight, huh? He doesn't have to be perfect ALL the time. ;c) LOL.

    Good point, Dawn. And what woman wants a perfect guy? Who do we get to yell at THEN?

    Hi, Zampa! I think Alpha just might be a dirty word, LOL. Bring on the REAL men!

    Hi, Jean! Thank you!

    Tracey, that's amazing! I'm shivering to think of all the intensity that could come from that story. Thanks for sharing!

    Thanks to all of you for your comments. ;c)

  8. Pick Pack - I totally agree. Perfect equals pffffft! LOL.

  9. Thank goodness my husband isn't perfect because it would stress me out! I'm certainly not perfect. I love the cover of Run To You. So stunning. Thanks for the participating in the hop.

  10. Flaws make the man - love it!

  11. Hi, Jen! I'm with you. "Perfect" would be AWFUL to live with! lol. Thank you re the cover. ;c)

    Hi, Mara! I totally agree. Thanks for saying hello!