Sophie Jordan is the USA Today bestselling author of historical romance for Avon Books. She also writes contemporary paranormals for Pocket under the name Sharie Kohler. To learn more about Sophie/Sharie, visit her websites at www.sophiejordan.net or www.shariekohler.net.
I’m Sophie Jordan and Sharie Kohler all rolled into one! Thank you, Silk & Shadow authors, for having me here today! When the lovely (and I do mean lovely! Have you seen her photo?!) and talented (have you read her book yet?!) Kim Lenox mentioned you were all talking about dark heroes this week, I thought, “awesome!” Dark heroes are my favorite kind. Both in my historicals and paranormals. I think that’s the commonality among all my books. I so, so, so go for the dark/tortured/scarred hero!
Actually, the more I write, the more I’ve been pushing the envelope on my heroes. I think they’re getting darker. I mean, if I’m writing about a 30-something year-old hero that hasn’t been caught in marriage yet, then it’s because he’s got some serious issues. And of course, usually these issues aren’t his fault — that’s what makes readers forgive him for his rough edges. And that’s what makes the heroine so amazing. I’m the one woman … er, I mean she’s the one woman who can heal him and help him become the man he was always meant to be.
My latest book, SINS OF A WICKED DUKE, probably features my most corrupt hero yet. This is one of those times where we cover conferenced the book before it was complete. So I had my title – SINS OF A WICKED DUKE – pretty early. And I thought to myself long and hard. Hmmm, if this guy is wicked, then he’s going to be really wicked. I mean, he’s going to be one seriously bad boy. My “baddest” historical romance hero yet. So, I gave him some grim baggage (ie, terrible childhood abuse) and on the outside? Just to tie up the box on his bad boy image? A wicked serpent tat! I’ve never read a historical romance where the hero had a tattoo, so it was unique for me. I don’t know about you, buy a sexy, naughty tat spells BAD in my book.
A tatted hero just kind of spells rough and edgy and to-die-for-dark.
My paranormal heroes deal with a world that’s full of violence and supernatural creatures, so they’re always pretty dark characters. But my next paranormal, set to release August 25th, has my darkest storyline yet. Check out TO CRAVE A BLOOD MOON:
A BITE TOO FAR . . .
Imprisoned and tortured by a lycan pack, half-breed Sebastian Santiago is determined not to break. But now they’ve come up with a cruel plan-starve Sebastian until he is half-mad with hunger, then force him to succumb to his werewolf instincts by giving him human prey to feed off.
Snatched from the Istanbul streets, American tourist Ruby Deveraux has already seen the horror of her companions torn apart. Now she is thrown into a dark cell with a shadowy shape she can barely see. But Ruby is no ordinary woman. All her life she has been able to sense the emotions of others, and she knows instinctively that while Sebastian does not want to be her enemy, he is in the grip of sensations so dark and primitive that he can barely control them. But amid his surging feelings she can detect passion-passion for her as a woman. This, she realizes, may be her only hope.
In the unrelenting dark, trapped in a hideous prison, can Ruby and Sebastian somehow forge a fragile alliance, and break free from their deadly captors to seize a love neither dreamed possible?
As you can probably infer, my hero, Sebastian, is battling some serious demons. Both metaphorically and literally. I’ve set it up so that there is every expectation he will break and feed on the heroine. But then, she’s the heroine, so of course he can’t do that! But there might be some close calls. Okay, this book is full of close calls! And also some of the steamiest scenes I’ve ever written. For those of you who prefer your hero dark and dangerous, be sure to check it out!
So who are some of your favorite dark heroes? Personally, I love the heroes in Lara Adrian’s series. Those are just about the darkest heroes I’ve read! Those books are great.
Again, thanks for having me here, Silk & Shadows ladies!