Today we have the pleasure to welcome an author we don’t have to present anymore…(but let’s anyway *wink*). Thank you Zoe Archer for visiting Book Lovers Inc once again *g*. Zoe’s new book, Stranger, was released this week. It is the 4th book in The Blades of the Rose series and the hero is my favorite character in the series, Catullus! Let’s give a warm welcome to Zoe, who will tell us more about a new kind of hero, the Pi. Stay tuned and you could win a copy of Stranger!
Nerd. Brainiac. Poindexter. Geek. We’ve all heard these names. Heck, many of us readers have been called those names.
I never understood why being smart is supposed to be bad, or embarrassing. Intelligence is good—it keeps us alive and aware. When it comes to brains versus beauty, I’d rather have brains (though I don’t always feel that way when it’s bathing suit season).
And when it comes to romance novel heroes, smart is sexy.
There are alpha heroes: take-charge guys who answer to no one, know exactly what they want and stop at nothing to get it. There are beta heroes: the guy next door, who listens and cares and is there for you when you need him. Some have even suggested there are gamma heroes: men who combine the leadership of an alpha with the gentleness of a beta. There’s also the omega: a man who operates outside of society, the edgy loner who doesn’t follow the rules.
May I also humbly suggest the newest hero addition: the Pi (π ), also known as the kick-ass nerd.
Usually, the nerd is depicted as exceptionally intelligent, poorly socialized, and physically weak. The opposite of the strong, burly jock. Like this sad example of nerdiness. But where is it written than someone who is intelligent has to also be feeble? I say, bring on the smart guys who can kick butt. I know they’re out there.
Consider if you will Navy SEALs. Here are men who aren’t just in prime physical condition, but intelligent, too. They have to be, in order to successfully carry out complicated and dangerous missions. You don’t drop a muscle-bound moron deep into enemy territory and hope he blunders in the right direction. No, you send men with razor-sharp minds, knowledgeable about chemistry, physics, engineering, foreign languages and cultural practices. They are kick-ass nerds.
Or consider that bastion of brainy masculinity, Angus (yes, Angus) MacGyver. Sure, he could land a punch or scale a building, but he was also immeasurably intelligent, jury-rigging everything from explosives to flying machines. Women (and some men) swooned over MacGyver not just because he was cute and fit, but because he was very, very smart. And nothing turns a woman on like knowing that her man has the brains to face any threat.
Catullus Graves, the hero of my newest novel STRANGER, is a Pi, a kick-ass nerd. He comes from a long line of mechanical and scientific geniuses. For generations, the Graves family has been inventing diabolical devices and gadgets for the Blades of the Rose to use in the field. Catullus continues on in this proud tradition. He and his gadgets appear in every one of the Blades books. But Catullus isn’t tied to his workbench. No, he goes out into the field, searching out and protecting the world’s magic—just like any other Blade. He can engineer a flame thrower using makeshift implements. He can also throw a mean right hook. Catullus believes in the philosophy of having a strong mind and strong body, so that when he’s faced with the threat from the villainous Heirs of Albion, he’s confident that he can meet the challenge.
Of course, in some ways, Catullus is still a nerd. When it comes to women, he finds his clever mind at a loss. His flirting skills are sorely underdeveloped. It doesn’t help that most women think of him as an object of curiosity rather than as a man. When he finds himself in conversation with women who aren’t members of the Blades of the Rose, he’s sadly tongue-tied—a marked contrast to what he’s like either in his workshop or out in the field.
Fortunately for Catullus, he’s just met someone who might be his perfect woman. Gemma Murphy is one of the only female reporters in Chicago, and she’s forthright and spirited. She’s also rather taken by a shy, bespectacled inventor, a man who knows what it’s like to live on the fringes. Catullus is smart enough to realize that if there’s something, someone, he wants, he has to be bold. And right now, he’s got his clever eyes on a freckled American journalist. Gemma is about to learn what happens when an incredibly intelligent man puts his brains to use in the field and in the bedroom.
So, alphas are fine. Betas are good, too. And we can make room at the table for gammas and omegas. But when it comes to flat-out sex appeal, give me my kick-ass nerd. I want to have my Pi, and eat him, too.
Who are your favorite nerd heroes (or heroines)? Can nerdy also be sexy?
Leave a comment and you’ll be entered to win a signed copy of STRANGER!~
About the book:
Gemma Murphy has a nose for a story – even if the boys in Chicago’s newsrooms would rather focus on her chest. So when she runs into a handsome man of mystery discussing how to save the world from fancy-pants Brit conspirators, she’s sensing a scoop. Especially when he mentions there’s magic involved. Of course, getting him on the record would be easier if he hadn’t caught her eavesdropping…Catullus Graves knows what it’s like to be shut out: his ancestors were slaves. And he’s a genius inventor with appropriately eccentric habits, so even people who love him find him a little odd. But after meeting a certain redheaded scribbler, he’s thinking of other types of science. Inconvenient, given that he needs to focus on preventing the end of the world as we know it. But with Gemma’s insatiable curiosity sparking Catullus’ inventive impulses, they might set off something explosive anyway…
About the author:
Zoe Archer is an award-winning romance author who thinks there’s nothing sexier than a man in tall boots and a waistcoat. As a child, she never dreamed about being the rescued princess, but wanted to kick butt right beside the hero. She now applies her master’s degrees in Literature and Fiction to creating butt-kicking heroines and heroes in tall boots. Her BLADES OF THE ROSE series—featuring dashing men and fearless women—will be released Fall 2010. Zoe and her husband live in Los Angel
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Giveaway ends on Saturday, December 18th
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