Alpha Male Romance Heroes: Manspiration for Historical Romance Novels {Giveaway}


What is manspiration?

Manspiration is the inspiration for a romance novel hero. My first step to writing a medieval romance such as The Thief's Countess is to pin the mansipration and the heroine he will eventually love, and all of my alpha male romance heroes have one thing in common- an extra dose of hotness. Having a visual representation of both the looks and personality of the hero springboard the process for me as I flush out the hero's physical and personality traits.

Border Series Manspiration

So far, these are the lucky men to have made the cut in order of the novels:

The Ward's BrideChris Pine

The Thief's Countess Henry Cavill

The Lord's Captive Jonathan Rhys Meyers

The Chief's Maiden –  Jason Momoa

The Scot's SecretChris Hemsworth

Book Five – Richard Madden


Manspiration Criteria

How does one choose a new manspiration hero? The Border Series is a medieval romance series set along the 13th-century Anglo-Scottish border. As such, it may not come as a surprise that my heroes are all alpha-males. According to Wikepedia, “In studies of social animals, the highest ranking individual is sometimes designated as the alpha.” In romance, alpha males are large and in charge. Cue the Border Series boys.

Manspiration Blog Hop

Just in case the above mansipration is not enough for you, click on over to romance author Rachael Tsoumbakos who is featuring even more manspiration goodness. In fact, if you complete the loop and come back here and leave a comment on this post, you will automatically be entered to win all four historical romance book pictured below.


GIVEAWAY RULES: Click on this BLOG HOP link, follow the four-blog stop and come back here to comment. Want an extra entry? Just use the share buttons to share on social and leave an extra comment for each one. Easy peesy. No purchase necessary. Ends 10/24/17.


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    1. This was fun Cecilia! Visited other manspiration authors and found some interesting tidbits and of course the inspiration for their books! Always love hearing the thoughts of the author! I love the profiles and manspirations you have chosen for each border story!! 😊

    2. Karen Markuson : October 12, 2017 at 6:13 pm

      I’m also a fan of Jonathan Rhys Meyers. I’ve enjoyed many of his films/shows. He serves as a great ‘manspiration’ for Sir Bryce Waryn in the “The Lord’s Captive.”

      • I just saw a clip today of him in a movie (looked like it was about tennis) and WOW. Have to figure out the name of it. Looks older but 😉

    3. That was fun. I especially love Chris Hemsworth. He is such a sweet guy. Met him a few years ago at a convention. Now I am the proud owner of a photo of him and me. 🙂

    4. This was fun! I hate to repeat what’s been said plenty but it’s true. I enjoyed Henry Cavill in The Tudors. A lot. 🙂

    5. Suzannah Clark : October 17, 2017 at 12:27 am

      I loved the articles. Some of my favorite heroes are Mark Harmon, Robert Redford and Paul Newman.

    6. This is great Ceclia. It’s great to put a face to the character. I often keep looking at the cover but it doesn’t always fit.

      • Yes, and I in particular don’t put faces on the cover so A. leave room for the imagination or B. make it match my manspiration! 🙂

    7. Hi Cecilia, really enjoyed the blog hop and reading about the inspirations for their novels. For my manspirations, it’s all about the eyes for me. That’s why I love your choices above but for me it’s Paul Newman, Henry Cavill, Jason Momoa and Jonathan Rys Meyers.

    8. It was fun. I have to go make bisquits for dinner. Thanks for having the blog.

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