Monday, February 13, 2012

What is the heroic cowboy???

What is the heroic cowboy? A man working against nature to achieve his best for the life of a drover, wrangler, cow puncher was for the most part a singular occupation. Yet, what set him apart from others?

In 1969, a western historian by the name of Ramon Adams penned a book called, The Cowman and His Code of Ethics. In this work, he made mention that when the west was young, law was non-existent,therefore, the cowboy had to invent "a rule of behavior" which allowed him to deal with society or the lack there of. The "Code of the West" was never truly written down. The axioms were merely taught to younger men, or by fathers to sons and can be considered mostly a "gentleman's agreement".

It is this code we use to discover our hero's in our novels. And all though we might make our heroes the "bad boys" in town, these anti heroes in real life would have been the social outcast not the norm. His fate would have been sealed by the very code that he lived by. In The Shootist (@1976) John Wayne's character states, "I won't be wronged. I won't be insulted. I won't be laid a hand upon. I don't do these things to others and I require the same of them." That pretty much sums it up.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Meet Jenna Jaxon, Multipublished romance author...

Do you like your historical or contemporary romance a bit on the hot side? If you do, you'll enjoy meeting author Jenna Jaxon.

“Like A Virgin”

First, I’d like to say thank you to Tessa for hosting me on your site today. I truly appreciate the opportunity to talk about a rather interesting topic that came up in my recent release, Almost Perfect. Deflowering Virgins.

The subject is quite prevalent in most historical romances, due to the fact that until the past century, virginity in women was a pre-requisite for marriage in the upper classes of society. Many novels set in the centuries previous to the 20th use storylines that revolve around the all-important deflowering of the bride.

I believe readers are most interested in this moment in a woman’s life because a) we want to compare it to our own and b) we wish to vicariously experience that moment again sans the physical pain and with a man/hero who is the perfect lover. That might not have been our own experience in real life (I remember a lot of laughter--not the stuff of a romance novel for sure!), so the perfect deflowering on the page is a popular trope in romance.

But what happens when the hero is the virgin? This trope is surprisingly popular today. There have been many heroes who have endeared themselves to readers with their virginity: Goodreads lists 114 romance novels featuring virgin heroes. Some of the most beloved are Jamie Fraser of Outlander, Edward Cullen of Twilight, Michael of Wild at Heart, Francis, Lord Middlethorpe of Forbidden. These men are strong heroes who have, for whatever reason, refrained from physical love until they meet the one woman they want to share themselves with. This is such a hot concept for me! The problem of inexperience isn’t much addressed--they all seem to do what comes naturally. And do it well!

Fast forward to my hero and heroine in Almost Perfect. As it is revealed during their encounter, they were both virgins when they met and were each others’ first--years before the book opens. But their “deflowerings” were apparently less than perfect. And their inexperience is one of the reasons they are divorced when the book opens. That, however, is about to change. Take a look at this excerpt from Almost Perfect, when Roger reveals that he’s been “taking lessons.”

Excerpt from Almost Perfect:

“Well.” He sounded breathy, as though he’d just run a race. “Happy Birthday.”
“Wha…what the hell was that?” Her voice was low like his, her breathing as erratic.
“Just a kiss.” He grabbed his champagne and downed it.
“You never kissed me like that when we were married.” If he had, would they even be there?
“I guess I’ve learned a few things in the time we’ve been apart. And how much could you have expected anyway? We were both virgins when we met.”
She winced. “Don’t remind me! The techno-geek and the movie queen. Positively the worst case of dual deflowering in history. Talk about the blind leading the blind.”
“Well, I’m not blind anymore.” He set his glass on the table. “In fact, I’ve seen some extraordinary things….” His hand cupped her head again and she sat mesmerized as he drew her near. This time his tongue licked the outer rim of her ear, sending strings of chills along her arms. “You used to like this, I remember.”
“Roger.…” She needed to get out of there—because she wanted to stay so badly.
His tongue continued around her lobe, his breath tickling her neck as his head descended to the collar of her shirt. She gasped as the cloth fell open. When had he learned to unbutton buttons so fast? He followed an exquisitely torturous trail down to her nipple, peaked and ready for him. As he latched onto the sensitive tip and tugged with his teeth, the crotch of her shorts flooded with her desire.
She moaned and shook her head. “We shouldn’t do this. You want your perfect fantasy date.” He continued to tease and torment the crest, until her breath came in gasps.
“Tonight I’ll take almost perfect, Pam.” His finger traced a line down her stomach, making the muscles tremble. “Besides, don’t you want to see what I’ve learned?” The deep voice held a challenge she wanted to accept. Even if this was punishment for past sins, she didn’t care. It had been more than two years since she’d made love to a man, made love to this man. If his lovemaking had improved as much as the rest of him, she didn’t want to miss it.
“Yes.” The word came out as a husky whisper. Her shirt fell away and his tongue stroked from one breast to the other, flicking each peak, sending sparks down to her fingertips. She ground her bottom into the chair, needing more, needing it now. He smiled against her skin and one hand slid to the button on her shorts, the other down her backside to cup her butt. With a liquid movement, he peeled the garment off her like the skin from an orange. The panties disappeared, too, tossed aside in the heap of clothing, leaving her bare ass on the soft chair cushion.

Have you ever had a virgin--character, that is? Or loved one in a novel? Do you prefer your hero/heroine more experienced? One lucky commenter will win a copy of Almost Perfect.

Get to know Jenna,

Jenna Jaxon is a multi-published author of historical and contemporary romance who has been reading and writing historical romance since she was a teenager. A romantic herself, Jenna has always loved a dark side to the genre, a twist, suspense, a surprise. She tries to incorporate all of these elements into her own writing.

Jenna lives in Virginia with her family and a small menagerie of pets. When not reading or writing, she indulges her passion for the theatre, working with local theatres as a director. She often feels she is directing her characters on their own private stage.

She has equated her writing to an addiction to chocolate because once she starts she just can’t stop.

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http://www.decadentpublishing. com/product_info.php?cPath=75_ 105&products_id=416&osCsid= au9026jg4gg7ejdss6h5rbo035

http://www.allromanceebooks. com/product-almostperfect- 653805-144.html Perfect-Night-Stand-ebook/dp/ B006JE4WS2/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8& qid=1327972072&sr=8-3

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