Thanks, Malia, for having me here at your blog today. As I was thinking of a topic for this post, I was just finishing up a discussion with a reader about Alpha males in which she’d asked me why I love them so much as an author and a reader. The answer to that question is simple: They’re exciting men. Alpha males control the situation, dominate the stage, and take care of business. This is what makes them Alpha.
Growing up, I loved the James Bond movies. My father would take me to see every one as it came out. Now as I look back, I chuckle at the idea that I probably wasn’t old enough to watch films like that, but I wasn’t focusing on the sex at the time. To me, those movies were terrific entertainment because James Bond was such a great character. In the middle of the worst crisis, he seemed to always have time to charm everyone around him and have a drink—shaken, not stirred.
Bond has always been an Alpha. Well, except for those movies in the early 90s where they wanted him to be politically correct. Then he was just a frustrated cool guy. Not Alpha really.
I was watching X-Men First Class the other day and although I guess I should have seen this before, I realized Magneto is an Alpha. I was probably thrown off by the fact that he’s usually an old man I can’t help remembering as Gandolf. I love Ian McKellen, but I’ve never looked at him the way I do most Alphas. But in First Class, he’s a younger man played by Michael Fassbender, and he’s very much Alpha.
The Alpha male is larger than life, so to be drawn to him is no surprise. In a variety of ways, all the heroes in my Sons of Navarus series are Alphas. In Blood Avenged, the first book of the series, Vasilije is quintessential Alpha sexuality. He’s a hedonist who sees the world as his playground. As I told a reader the other day, just because he has a HEA at the end of Blood Avenged doesn’t mean he’s changed. He’s still Alpha; now, he’s just a hedonist devoted to one woman and her pleasure. But his Alpha-ness is still there.
In the second book, Blood Betrayed, readers meet a different Alpha—Saint. He’s different than Vasilije in that he’s deeper and earthier. Saint feels things that Vasilije would never even consider, but he’s not an emotional creature as much as a sensual one. And unlike his predecessor in the series, Saint is very much a male who is all about physical strength. He exudes power. That’s what makes him a true Alpha.
I write the kind of men I find attractive. That’s why my heroes are Alphas. What woman wouldn’t want a man who can fight off an attacker and then take care of business in the way only a confident, powerful man can? It’s the stuff of erotic romance, pure and simple.
If you like Alpha male vampires, take a look at Blood Avenged and Blood Betrayed at my website at http://www.gabriellebisset.com/the-sons-of-navarus-series.html You can even read the entire first chapter of Blood Betrayed!