WHY DO WE LOVE TORTURED HEROES? A Blog Hop that attempts to answer this question...

James Macleod -- aka the White Wolf
The Tortured Hero Blog Hop is the brilliant brainchild of fellow author Carrie Ann Ryan. She asked each of us to talk about our favorite characters in this heartwrenching category and why we love them so much.

Many of JR Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood characters qualify as tortured heroes (and I adore that series). But I'd have to say that James Macleod from CHANGELING DREAM, is the most compelling hero for me personally -- and maybe it's because I came to know him so intimately during the writing of that novel.

Here's the back cover blurb of CHANGELING DREAM:


Oh yes, James totally looks like
Chris Hemsworth in his Thor role.
In times of stress Jillian Descharme has always found calm in her dream of a great white wolf with haunting blue eyes. But she is startled when the visions return and this time seem so real. Late at night he comes to her, speaks to her, touches her.... 

Thirty years ago James Macleod lost his wife and unborn child to a killer bent on destroying the Changelings. Though he longed for death, his animal instinct fought for survival and James has been a wolf ever since. 

Yet now a woman has reawakened the man in him, taming wild instincts but arousing still wilder needs. With his ancient enemy hunting the legendary white wolf, James must fight for new life, new hope, new love.....


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When I write a character, it's never a case of sitting down and deciding what that character should be like, who they should be. It's always a case of trying to get the character to talk to me and TELL ME who they are. 


Because of that, I don't always know why I'm writing a particular story. But James was both a powerful and a flawed hero for me, and that made him so, so real --- he'd been through hell and wasn't all that certain he wanted to return to a human world. Who couldn't relate to that?

After all, as a wolf, James didn't have to deal with painful things like human emotions, human grief. Of course, that meant he also had to miss out on family, on friends, and most acutely, on love. Changeling Dream follows his journey back to humanity. 

Which brings me back to the Tortured Hero theme of this blog hop. Perhaps we love them the most because they have the farthest to go....

And since we're on the subject of heroes with pasts to overcome, I can hardly wait to introduce my readers to a new Changeling hero in my October release, FIRST BITE, Book 1 of the Dark Wolf Series. I guarantee you will not forget Travis Williamson!  Check my website for more about this new story - http://www.daniharper.com/NEWS_AND_NEW_RELEASES.html

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THIS GIVEAWAY 
is now CLOSED


CONGRATS TO AMANDA COLLINS Amanda will be receiving a signed copy of Changeling Dream, and a tote bag to put it in.

BUT THAT'S NOT ALL!  To help remind her of my October release, FIRST BITE (Book 1 of the Dark Wolf Series), I'm also including a black plush Webkinz wolf. This cute little guy will guard her computer or her bookshelf.


THANK YOU to everyone who came by and commented about their favorite TORTURED HERO or talked about why they think these guys are so popular. There were some GREAT points made!



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30 comments:

  1. Changeling Dream is the book I haven't read yet in the series. So this is a great giveaway opportunity. :)
    One tortured hero I love is Jamie Fraser. He sacrificed and suffered so much and yet he still kept his sense of responsibility, compassion and honor. Thanks for the opportunity.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

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    1. Jamie from Outlander really fills the bill, doesn't he? Good choice!

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  2. Sometimes our love of a tortured hero stems from a woman's need to "make things better". When we see the pain, we want to "fix it",and believe that with enough love we can. It's that nurturing spirit that makes us such good wives, mothers, and grandmothers.
    Thanks for the contest. Love your post of wolf pictures and often share them on my profile. Still trying to win the black plush...smile.
    grandmamkr at yahoo dot com

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    1. Excellent points on the "why" we love tortured heroes! Glad you're enjoying the wolf pics on my Facebook Fan Page -- I enjoy finding and sharing them.

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  3. My favourite would have to be Vlad from the night prince series by jeaniene frost. Vlad has stuffered alot for his people and is cruel to his ememies so that people fear to cross him and in the end it protects his people better but there were times in the books i wanted to bash him over the head and other times i wanted to cry and take his pain away and can't wait for the third and last book.

    jessicaoz(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. I've just started reading book one, Once Burned, and I'm loving it!

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  4. I love Zsadist from the BDB and Zarek from The Dark Hunters books! I think it's seeing them overcome the past that hurt them and get that HEA that I love the most! They just always deserve their happiness so much and you can't help but feel for them and love them!

    suzi1811 at fsmail dot net

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  5. I've read both those books and I agree --- they SO deserved something good in their lives.

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  6. Well, I've read all your books, and I have to say your tortured heroes are my favorite! I love to see a tortured hero come around and finally see that he is worthwhile. Thanks for the giveaway and I can't wait to read the new book.

    mlawson17 at hotmail dot com

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    1. Thanks so much, Martha. And I like that moment too - when the hero sees himself as worthy.

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  7. Tortured heroes seem more real. It is easier imagine someone with flaws than someone perfect . We as women usually dive right into a project too lol.
    Blog hop is amazing!! Thank you!!!
    Juliamills@aol.com

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    1. Isn't that the truth? We DO love a project!

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  8. I like Zsadist

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

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    1. Me too! He'd suffered so much, he deserved an HEA.

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  9. For tortured heroes I can never go past Heathcliff from WUTHERING HEIGHTS. To hate & love that much - wow!!

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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    1. I'll have to read it again --- been a couple of decades since I opened that book. I think I was uncomfortable at the time with Heathcliff's obsessiveness but I probably missed the nuances. Have to check it out again from a fresh perspective.

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  10. I love to read books with tortured heroes , much more interesting than the too handsome perfect types.
    Zsadist has to be my absolute favourite!
    Irene

    irgl7(at)bonzo15(dot)plus(dot)com

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    1. I have to agree that the burdened and flawed hero is far more interesting than Prince Charming.

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  11. When I happened upon this hop and saw your question, the first name that popped into my mind was Zhadist from the BDB. I clicked on the comment tab and viola there he be, tortured visage and broken psyche. I think broken heroes resonate with readers because of our instinctive need to nurture. Zhadist would be the ultimate project.

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    1. Ooooops! Forgot the email thingie.

      blueshedevil32(at)gmail(dot)com

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    2. BDB's Zhadist really is the perfect poster boy for tortured heroes, followed closely by Zarek from Dance With the Devil by Sherrilyn Kenyon. What IS it about names beginning with Z?

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  12. If I had to pick a tortured hero it would have to be all of the BDB brothers.
    megblod(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  13. Secretly, my fav character is Vishous. That was the first book of the series I read, and he'd been through such a lot with his sadistic father and his divine but distant mother.

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  14. I like the characters of Kenzie & Josh from Changeling Dawn because they worked well together in presenting the storyline.
    rorex@pacbell.net

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    1. I didn't think of them as tortured, but I guess they were both haunted by trauma in their pasts.

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  15. I think people love a tortured hero because of the drama it adds to any story, we can't help but root for the under dog with a sad story. snfrog7@gmail.com

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    1. I think you're right about that -- everyone loves an underdog

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    2. Congrats Amanda -- Your name was drawn as the winner of my giveaway. I'll be emailing you in a few minutes!

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  16. Mine is Wraith Seminus from Larissa Ione's Demonic Series. My heart went out to him so fast my head spun. He has been my book boyfriend ever since he first appeared in print.
    vsloboda(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. I'll have to make sure I read that book --- sounds like a good one!

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Love your comments and read every one of them! Thanks for taking the time to write!