Hi Elaine, thanks for allowing me to guest post on your wonderful blog today.
Today I'd like to discuss how to create an aplha male.
It is no easy feat and takes a lot of practice.
One of the biggest secrets is to give him such a strong presence, which all other characters react to.
I'll share an example from my Dangerous Temptation Preview so you can see first hand what I'm talking about, and then we will go deeper into the subject at hand.
The clearing fell silent as a man with shaggy, dirty blond hair which reached his shoulders approached with a wide, purposeful stride. His shoulders were back, head held high and chest out. Piercing green eyes zeroed in on her. She inhaled a sharp breath and felt as if his eyes stared through to her soul. She shifted on the balls of her feet and licked her bottom lip.
Ean’s body went rigid and a look of caution crossed his face as the man approached them.
“Evening,” The stranger greeted with a lazy drawl. His eyes never left her face. “Who is this exquisite young lady?”
To her chagrin she felt her cheeks heat up.
His eyes settled on Ean’s hands on her hips.
“Why are you here?” Ean stared at the man, jaw tight and moved Kaitlin closer to his body, which caused her to brace her hands on his chest and gasp.
“Who’s this?” She pulled back.
“Cadmon Quinn, Madam.” He bowed. ”It's a pleasure to meet you.” He grabbed her hand and brushed a kiss on the back of it.
Her eyes widened as butterflies brushed inside her stomach. “Smooth.” She slipped her hand free and rubbed it down the side of her dress to stop the tingles and shake off the electric jolt.
“She’s charming.” A corner of his mouth tilted. “Perhaps she will save me a dance?”
“She has a name.” She removed Ean’s hands from her hips and then turned to face Cadmon. “It’s Kate. Use it!” She raised her chin and planted her hands on her hips.
“Call me Cade.” He flashed an amused smile.
“What do you want?” Ean stepped between them and squared his shoulders.
“I wanted to introduce myself to your lovely cousin.” He sidestepped Ean with a smile, and then twirled his forefinger through one of her banana curls, giving it a light tug. “Interesting choice.”
Her pulse quickened.
“I won’t let you or my father put her through anything else.” Ean took Kaitlin by the elbow and stormed away.
She glanced back at Cadmon, who continued to watch her as he swaggered over to the elders and picked up a tall glass of red wine. He saluted her with the drink and then sipped it.
She swallowed and turned around to break the eye contact. 'Is he a natural charmer or is it an act?' She hadn't seen him talk to anyone else. 'Maybe he’s the silent type?'
We see right away that Cadmon is an alpha male, first because the entire clearing went silent at his approach. Second because instead of waiting for a sign from Kaitlin that she would allow his hand holding, he did it anyway. Thrid because of how he neatly and deliberately ignored Ean by sidestepping him to address Kaitlin.
You can't deny that Cadmon has a very strong presence either. Everyone reacted to it instinctively.
I've also taken it a step further and show the beginning chemistry between Kaitlin and Cadmon. She's now thinking about him, despite her cold shoulder act.
So, what characterizes an alpha male? Obviously the strong presence. But, there is also the pure confidence he exuded. There was no hesitation on his part, every move was deliberate as was the dialogue. He draws attention from everyone near him. He's both charming and charismatic as well.
The above is their first meeting and taken from chapter five of my Danerous Temptation Preview which can be found by clicking this link.
Thanks for spending time with me today everyone. Feel free to ask any questions and don't forget to check out Elaine's post over on my blog today.
About the author:
Catrina Barton is a licensed Kung Fu Instructor of the Black Dragon style and draws on that experience to make her fight scenes both realistic and action packed. She enjoys being surrounded by the stark beauty of mother nature. Whether it's a moon lit starry sky, or a picnic by a peaceful waterfall cascading from the mountain side.
Growing up no matter where she was physically, she always had at least one book in her hands and spent every free moment lost in a book. It's only natural that as she grew up, her passion for reading grew into an even stronger passion for writing Paranormal Romances. She is a proud member of PNRWriters, RB4U, SheWrites,and NaNo. She is an active participant at Critique Circle and several other crit groups.
Favorite personal quote:
"An author cannot grow without both constructive criticism and encouragement."
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Kitty, thank you so much. You make the process so simple. Readers, don't forget to pick up your copy of Dangerous Temptation.