With: Angelique Armae
In my latest book, HIGHLAND WOLF (Shifters of Dundaire 4), my hero is Bane MacHendrie, alpha to Scotland’s oldest shape-shifting clan. He’s a man who has made many sacrifices over the thousand plus years he’s roamed this earth, but he’s given up the most for the woman he loves, a Celtic goddess who lives in the shadows. The idea to write Bane’s story started with the first book in the series, a prequel about Bane’s brother-in-law, a vampire names Mortimer MacDougal (BLOOD WOLF, Shifters of Dundaire prequel, coming September 2017). Bane was a likeable character right from the start and I knew he had to have his own book. I gave his sons books, then went back and wrote his own tale. When I started writing Bane’s story, I saw him very clearly – tall, dark, and fierce. His family meant everything to him and he’d made great sacrifices for the ones he loved. He had all the characteristics of a true hero. Plus, he owned a living, breathing castle – Wolfsden Keep. Bane and Wolfsden were both fun to write.
When crafting the paranormal hero, it’s important to remember that regardless of what species he is – vampire, angel, werewolf, gargoyle, etc. – your hero must also have human qualities. If he’s a bad boy, there needs to be a reason behind him traveling down a wayward path. He can’t be bad for the sake of being bad. Usually a darker hero is also fierce in protecting his clan, his family, or the human he’s involved with. He needs to have a caring side despite the tough facade.
Some qualities I use when drafting my paranormal heroes:
1) They’re fierce when it comes to protecting their own – their clan, tribe, family, etc.
2) They retain some form of connection/sympathy to the human world they once belonged to.
3) They step up to the plate in bad times/times of need
4) They sacrifice for the ones they protect even if means great personal cost.
5) They keep their heroics to themselves. They don’t boast about their sacrifices.
Paranormal bad boys are fun to write because they can be super-sexy, strong, and live on the edge between good and evil. They give us, the readers and authors, a chance to come close to the dark side of human nature but always reel us back in with their redeeming acts.
What’s your favorite quality in a paranormal hero?
by Angelique Armae
Shifters of Dundaire, Novella 4
ISBN: 978-1-942346-09-8 (ebook)
ISBN: TBD (print)
Release date: June 27, 2017
Bane MacHendrie is Scotland’s most powerful alpha. He’s also the Highland’s most selfless wolf, having spent a thousand years sacrificing his own needs for the sake of his pack, his sons, and the goddess who owns his heart. But when an old enemy rises from the dead and challenges Bane for the woman they once both fought over, Bane must choose between love and honor. And being the noble beast that he is, his heart might just lose out for all eternity…
It isn’t easy loving a stubborn man, especially when that dude is a fierce alpha wolf. But when Aine, a Celtic sex goddess who has lived in the shadows for a thousand years, grows weary of waiting on her beloved Bane, she takes necessary action to bring her man out of darkness. But just when she thinks everything is going hunky-dory, an old flame shows up claiming rights to her heart and threatening everything Aine holds dear.
Warning: Contains kilts, one hot Highlander, a grumpy medieval castle with a penchant for French macarons, and sexy games that give new meaning to the term sword play.
Bio: National best-selling author Angelique Armae is a native New Yorker who loves all things royal, can trace her Irish roots back to the Scottish Highlands, is half Italian, and is owned by a long-haired Tuxedo feline. As a child, her favorite toy was Emerald the Witch, a small doll with green eyes, green hair and purple skin. She spends most days writing, unless her cat deems otherwise.
Miss Armae’s books and novellas have garnered numerous awards and nominations, including the Sapphire Award, P.E.A.R.L. Award and Word Weaving Award. Her books have also been featured on Midwest Book Review’s Book Watch TV. Angelique’s first novel, COME THE NIGHT, made Fictionwise’s Best of the Best list, rounding out the top five bestselling dark fantasy books of the year. Since the release of COME THE NIGHT, Angelique’s books have made Amazon’s Overall Kindle Bestsellers List (top 30), Barnes and Noble’s NOOK list (top 10), iBooks Bestsellers List (top 50) and Kobo’s Romance Bestsellers List (top 10), as well as various other bestsellers lists.
Aside from writing, Angelique also dabbles in digital art. She is the recipient and two-time nominee of the Dream Realm Award for best cover art.
When not working, Miss Armae enjoys traveling, learning about the ancient Celts, exploring history, and learning new languages. After studying design in London, England, Angelique returned to the States and studied history and French literature at Skidmore College.