Friday, June 3, 2011

Welcome to Raine Delight

The love of a good alpha hero

I love strong alpha male heroes. There is something about them that makes my heart race and sigh with delight. What makes a really good alpha hero? One that in my opinion is also with flaws. You know the strong hero with a heart of gold he keeps hidden. I don't mean one that is so vile and mean that you want to toss him out the window. I mean those heroes who come off strong, tough but with the right person, melt into a puddle of goo. Who doesn't love an alpha male hero who is redeemed by the love of their soul mate?

In my book, Haunting Magic, I have a wolf shifter who has to find his mate before Halloween or risk being a lone wolf for the rest of his life. Rodrick Dracon was a fun character to write. He had a different woman (or women for that matter) every night with a charm that could have been slimy but came off as adorable….well except for Jax, his nemesis and the one woman his wolf wanted for a mate. I never imagined these two hooking up per say. The sparks flew whenever they were together but my muse was determined to show these two stubborn people they were perfect for each other. I let the muse flow and voila! Writing Rod as a strong alpha male had me swooning because he didn't steamroll over Jax, she went toe to toe with him and in the process both found a love that was meant to be.

An alpha male character, in my honest opinion, is only as good as the mate he is destined for (be it female or male). They have to be just as strong and able to not let their soul mate(s) run right over t hem. For that I love strong main characters, ones that fairly simmer with life and practically step off the pages-into your room and heart. I just finished another Devon Falls book called Moonlight & Magic, a tale of a lone were-tiger looking for his mate and a place to call home. Michael Barnes was at first a shy quiet man until he informed me quite loudly I should say, that he was a tiger, not a house cat and made me scrap the first draft and rewrite it all over again. After reading what I wrote the second time, I totally agreed with the character and my muse. He was a stronger character the second time around who, with his sight set on Dixie, made sure that she knew how much he wanted her. He wasn't without issues either. Michael had to show Dixie the love he was feeling for her would last longer than that one night plus he had to trust her with the one thing he had of value-his heart. Both characters are strong in their own way and perfect for each other.

The latest alpha male hero that is capturing my heart is two sexy space pirates in my upcoming June release called Space Pirates: Bounty. Take Capt. Jack from the Pirate of the Caribbean movies and add in a dash of Capt. Malcom “Tightpants” from Firefly (Nathan Fillain character) and stir. This is my version of a futuristic that has me swooning while I write it. I love bad boys with a heart of gold and a take charge kind of mentality. This is the basis for Captain Rafe Gregory and his first mate, Tyrese. Two of the hottest space pirates around and they find a human earth woman stowing away on their ship. With bounty hunters after them, Tyreese and Rafe find they need Kara Griffan as much as they need the money she would bring to the slavers. It's a race against time as Kara, Rafe, Tyrese try to figure out how to lose the bounty hunters amid the stars. All three are perfect and as this is my first ménage, I am having a blast letting my imagination and love of Firefly, Battlestar Gallactica and Stargate take me places in my imagination.

I draw upon my favorite books that had some memorable characters as inspiration for my characters. You know those authors like Sherrilyn Kenyon, Keri Arthur, Lena Austin, Sierra Dafoe, Claire Thompson, Josh Lanyon and more who create many wonderful characters for readers to fall in love with. With each book I write, I try to draw on my inspiration and give the characters that spark that makes them lovable as well as believable. So tell me, what makes a good alpha male hero in your mind? Have any favorites that make you swoon?

Raine Delight is a multi-published author who enjoys writing about alpha heroes who need the love of a good mate to settle their heart. You can find her on the web at  (website), (blog), (Yahoo loop)
or on Twitter at Raine Delight.
She is with Secret Cravings Publishing (Devon Falls Series) and at Shadowfire Press (the upcoming Destined Mates series and Club Fantasy Series).

Current books:
Fantasies Unbound~Shadowfire Press (Sensual Paranormal Romance)
Available at Shadowfire Press and All Romance E-books
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Coming to Secret Cravings Publishing:
Devon Falls Series-late 2011
Book 1: Sticky Magic (Paranormal Erotic Romance) Please note this is currently being rewritten and expanded for re-release at SCP.
Book 2: Red Hot Magic (Paranromal Erotic Romance/Light Bondage) A Re-release and has been re-edited for SCP.
Book 3: Fiery Magic (Paranormal/Dragon Shifter) A Re-release and has been expanded for SCP.
Book 4: Haunting Magic (Paranormal/Wolf Shifter) A Re-release and has been expanded, re-edited for SCP.
Book 5: Moonlight & Magic (Paranormal/Tiger Shifter) *New Book Release*

Coming to Shadowfire Press
Space Pirates: Bounty (Sci-Fi Futuristic Ménage M/F/M) Release date: June 17th
Destined Mates 1: Bewitched by Destiny (Paranormal/Werepanther/Witch M/F) Release date: November 4th
Mistletoe Magic (Paranormal/Vampire/Fae M/F) Release Date: December 4th
Club Fantasy 1: Desires Unleashed (Paranormal/BDSM Menage M/M/F) Release Date: May 4th, 2012
Plus Books 2 & 3 in both Destined Mates and Club Fantasy come out in 2012-2014 as well as the final four books in the Devon Falls series.

This doesn't include my plot bunnies hopping around either. J

Coming June 17th from Shadowfire Press~
Space Pirates: Bounty
A Frontiers in Space Story
Author: Raine Delight
Genre: Science Fiction-Futuristic Ménage Erotic (M/M/F)
Publisher: Shadowfire Press
Release Date-June 17th, 2011
Tagline: Can one woman find a way to save her friend while falling in love with the sexiest space pirates this side of the galaxy?

Kara Griffin is determined to save her friend, Reggie from the alien slavers but what she finds is a love with two of the hottest space pirates this side of the galaxy. Capt. Rafe Gregory and his first mate, Tyrese are shocked to find a woman stow away on their ship but soon find themselves falling for this feisty earthling. The chase is on...the question is who won't win but who will fall fast and hard when these three come together in passion and desire.

Thank you so much for visiting us today, Raine.  I'm in awe of all your output! 


  1. Hi Raine, thanks for visiting today. I love alpha male heroes, and I REALLY love Nathan Fillion (he's the whole reason I watch Castle!)! I think alpha heroes can be tricky to write because you do have to make sure they have that hidden soft spot somewhere. You really need to know them well in order to do it. Your books sound great and I can't wait to read them!

  2. Hi Raine,

    Welcome to Heroines with Hearts! It's so fabulous to have you here today.

    I just love it when the big, strong hero melts into a puddle of goo because of his overwhelming feelings for the heroine. *sigh* Sounds just about perfect to me!

    Congrats on all of your upcoming releases! You are quite prolific. Keep them coming!