Welcome to the HEROES blog hop. For this hop I’m giving three $5 Starbucks cards. You must leave me a comment, with your email address, to be entered into the drawing. Also, by entering my drawing you are automatically entered in the drawing for the large swag pack (picture below) and for the Kindle Fire. Enjoy the hop. For every blog that you leave a comment you get one entry for the grand prizes. So vist everyone and get more than one hundred entries.

What is a hero? Or more specifically what is a romance hero?

A romance hero is the embodiment of every fantasy we have as girls and women. He’s strong, good looking, gentle, good with children, loves us beyond reason, is a protector, takes what he wants but only if we’re willing, is stern when he needs to be, doesn’t get taken advantage of, but if it happens seeks and gets revenge. He’s our father, brother, matinee idol, soldier all rolled into one sleek package.

Why do we need heroes?

Romances would not exist if not for the hero. Our heroine has to have someone who wants her and ends up loving her, usually in spite of herself, in order for it to be a true romance. The hero must take a journey. Usually it’s learning that he loves the heroine, that it’s okay to be vulnerable, okay to be gentle, okay to be the man she needs.

What’s your favorite characteristic of a hero?

My favorite characteristic is gentleness melded with strength. I want my hero’s to love me unconditionally. He’s gentle with me all the while being the strong man he needs to be as well. He knows that he doesn’t have to be hard to be a man. He’s secure in his manhood.

Who is my favorite romance hero?

One of my favorite romance heroes is Challen Ly-San-Ter from Johanna Lindsey’s Warrior’s Woman. He is the epitome of raw strength and gentleness. As is Duncan from Julie Garwood’s Honor’s Splendor. Both of these books are on my keeper shelf and I read them again and again. At least once per year. And, of course, the heroes in each of my books are my very favorites

Now you tell me. Who is your favorite romance hero and why? I’d love it if you tell me, in your comments, who your favorite romance hero is and what book they are from. I’m always looking for new books to read. You don’t have to of course, just leave any comment to be entered into the drawings for the grand prizes or for my books.

Again, leave me a comment and be entered to win a Kindle Fire or an Amazon/Barnes & Noble gift card. Remember, three lucky commenters will win copies of my books from the Tame Series. Either TAME A WILD HEART, TAME A WILD WIND or TAME A WILD BRIDE.

Cynthia Woolf was born in Denver, Colorado and raised in the mountains west of Golden. She spent her early years running wild around the mountain side with her friends.

Their closest neighbor was one quarter of a mile away, so her little brother was her playmate and her best friend. That fierce friendship lasted until his death in 2006.

Cynthia was and is an avid reader. Her mother was a librarian and brought new books home each week. This is where young Cynthia first got the storytelling bug. She wrote her first story at the age of ten. A romance about a little boy she liked at the time.

She worked her way through college and went to work full time straight after graduation and there was little time to write. Then in 1990 she and two friends started a round robin writing a story about pirates. She found that she missed the writing and kept on with other stories. In 1992 she joined Colorado Romance Writers and Romance Writers of America. Unfortunately, the loss of her job demanded the she not renew her memberships and her writing stagnated for many years.

In 2001, she saw an ad in the paper for a writers conference being put on by CRW and decided she’d attend. One of her favorite authors, Catherine Coulter, was the keynote speaker. Cynthia was lucky enough to have a seat at Ms. Coulter’s table at the luncheon and after talking with her, decided she needed to get back to her writing. She rejoined both CRW and RWA that day and hasn’t looked back.

Cynthia credits her wonderfully supportive husband Jim and the great friends she’s made at CRW for saving her sanity and allowing her to explore her creativity.

Here are the links to all my books, western and scifi. I hope you’ll check them out.
All are on Amazon.
CENTAURI DAWN – This book was a finalist in the Romcon Readers Crown Contest
CENTAURI TWILIGHT – This book was a finalist in the Romcon Readers Crown Contest

94 thoughts on “HEROES

  1. Favorite romance hero. That’s a problem, because there are sooooo many. To be politically correct, I should name one of yours. Unfortunately, while yours are wonderful (I won your Centauri series a while back), I have to say my favorite would either be Logan from Master of the Mountain (Cherise Sinclair) or Ivan from Theory of Attraction (Delphine Dryden). Probably Ivan, since he’s a big-time geek, yet still droolworthy to the nth degree!


  2. What a great post. I know what I’m going to do this afternoon. Hopping! Please let me add something to the hero discussion. My heroes are women who survived growing up, strife, trauma, love and loss, love and keep. I find these women in real life and put them in my contemporary women’s fiction. I know that wasn’t the essence of this great post, but…

    • Thanks Betsy. I couldn’t agree more. My mother was always my hero. She raised 4 children alone after my father died when I was five. She was an amazing woman and I still miss her.

  3. Greetings Cindy!

    Last year I opened my fb account when I heard about the Cape Fear Crime Festival in Wilmington, NC. Among some of the Authors I have met through fb is David Bishop who highly recommends your books! Like you, I let my writing fall to the wayside and am now just getting back into the ‘swing’ of putting pen to paper – or perhaps it should be fingers to keys. Best wishes for continued success. My hope it to be able to get a Kindle Fire for my birthday so I can enjoy a lot of these books only available at Amazon! Have a great day!


    • You made my day. Hearing that another author highly recommends my books is like candy to me. Thank you for letting me know and thank you to David as well. Good luck in the drawings.

  4. Hi Cindy! My favorite heroes? Ones who are a little dominant, but know when to back up and let ‘his’ woman be strong and independent too. And the woman can then be her own hero! It would be extremely hard for me to pick a favorite, but I have had a spot in my heart for Acheron (Sherrilyn Kenyon) since first reading about him. That’s not to say that I don’t have a soft spot for every other hero I read in every book I pick up 🙂 Have a good one!

  5. Hi Cindy,

    Wow, I can’t believe the hero in Shana is remembered by more than me. Have to admit, he may be the hero that got me wanting to write romance heroes. So, yep, he would have to be my all time favorite. My contemporary book hero now would have to be any of the Masters men I’m writing. They all have that protect but don’t smother attitude I adore. Sorry, but if I don’t love my own heroes why am I writing them, correct 🙂

  6. At the moment, my favorite hero would be Ian MacKenzie, also from Jennifer Ashley’s Highland Pleasures series.

    AquarianDancer at gmail dot com

  7. I don’t have a “romance” hero – they all have their good and bad points – but my irrational self still likes the bad boys.. so I tend toward the naughty but nice character of Sinclair in MJ Davidson’s Undead and Unwed series

    In reality – my other half fits the bill perfectly – and doesn’t interrupt my reading time with demands …that makes him a hero in my book!

  8. Great post! I’m a fan of dark, tortured heroes and Vishous from the Black Dagger Brotherhood series is definitely dark, tortured, and one of my faves.

  9. My favorite is Eric or Bill from the Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris. Thanks for the chance to win!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

  10. Well my favorite is (I have two) Gabriel St. Croix from “Broken Wing” by Judith James and Gideon Cross from “Bared To You” by Sylvia Day. I love them both!


  11. My favorite hero is usually the one I just finished reading LOL! I do like the reformed bad boy hero. Thanks Carin

  12. I fall in love with all the heroes U read about. Can’t choose a favorite. I remember Challen Ly-San-Ter well. Wow, I haven’t read his story in years, may have to re visit an old friend .


  13. My favorite hero would be Bowen from the Immortals after Dark series. I have not read any of your books yet, but they sounds fantastic. Thx for giveaway.


  14. I don’t have a particular favorite but I just read about Ian from The Warrior Trainer – a combination of strength, compassion, and vulnerability that reaches the jaded heroine.
    bituin76 AT hotmail DOT com

  15. Mines not so traditional but there is an unpublished book called the Girl for Me by Failte and really both of the main characters are my favorite romantic heroes. Kevin for just being Kevin and totally accepting Danny/i for who she was. And Danny/i for not letting the world stop her from being herself. They are totally inspiring and I love reading their story.

  16. I don’t really have a favorite hero, I tend to fall for all the heroes if they are well written. I do tend to love alpha, dominant men. Those that are intelligent, responsible, dependable, respectful, & caring are my favorites.
    Thank you for the giveaway & for taking part in the blog hop.
    manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

  17. I adore all the heroes of the books I have read. I don’t think I could even choose a favorite. Thank you for being a part of the blog hop. It has been a great way for me to be introduced to new authors and fantastic books. Best wishes!


  18. I have too many favorite heroes.But the Lords of the Underworld by Gena Showalter are my favorite.
    Enjoy the blog hop!

    justjanhvi at gmail dot com

  19. I think you’d like all my heroes, Cynthia. They’e strong, successful and charismatic, but also caring and with some hidden vulnerability. Please visit my blog to meet them all!
    paulamartinromances(at) gmail.com

  20. I cannot just pick one of my favorite heroes. Too many & each a little different. Love strong, alpha males who may be rock hard on the outside, but on the inside they have heart. Thank you for participating in this blog hop!

  21. You’re right — a romance wouldn’t exist if it weren’t for the hero. I’m glad there are so many different ones to choose from. We’ll never run out of good ones!

  22. Woohoo! I love blog hopping!
    My favorite hero is hands down… Bo Novikov from Shelly Laurenston’s “Beast Behaving Badly” He is surly, and mean, and everyone hates him, except Blayne Thorpe. She gets him to behave and not be so selfish and mean and he loves every minute of it. He just doesn’t show it to the world.

    Thanks for being part of the hop and for the chance to win.

  23. I really like alpha males who are strong and protective one who is my favorite is Bones love him! Thank you for the great giveaway!
    Latisha D
    tishajean@ charter.net

  24. That are so many. Right now would go with Zsadist from the Black Dagger Brotherhood. He is just so tortured you can’t help but love him.

    beckerjo at verizon dot net

  25. Hi Cindy: I loved your post. I’m afraid that I can’t tell you my favorite hero. I’m a fickle female. I love the hero in the current book I’m reading and then when I go on to the next book, he becomes my favorite hero. I have a series that I love to read over and over and that’s Lora Leigh’s Breed Series. Her heroes take charge especially when they find their mates. I have not read any of your work but I’m looking forward to changing that.


  26. I’m not sure I have a favorite but I love all the guys on Team 16 in Suzanne Brockman’s Troubleshooters series

  27. thanks for the hp and then i love book your look great and then i would read them and bog on t hem for any one

    desithe blonde at msn dot com

  28. I love every hero I read for all their own reasons! Your books sound really good, thanks for the chance to win! Plus I love coffee LOL

  29. I love alpha heroes! So hot! One of my favorite heroes is Justice from Justice by Laurann Dohner. I love this book and i love the characters! Especially the hero. 😀 Thanks for the fun hop and the awesome giveaway! Ya all rock!! 🙂

  30. My favorite fictional hero is my own, Heath. (Because he’ll stone me to death if I name anyone else. Seriously, living with this guy in my head is quite the experience! LOL)
    He isn’t actually fully aware yet that he is going to be a hero, but that won’t stop him from shoving his way into the spotlight! The funny thing about this is that when he actually does something heroic, like saving a bunch of orphans from a flood or beating the daylights out of an abusive bastard, he doesn’t brag about it. He’d much sooner talk about his sexual conquests, his chess match wins, or his sexual conquests. (He’s with twins right now, thus the double mention. My poor brain. LOL) But in the end, he will prove that he is a great hero. Then again, maybe he’ll be the ultimate villain. I’d hate to rule anyone out just yet, as readers will have a long journey ahead before that answer sneaks out! The book will be out as soon as it is published.

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