Recently, I was cruising around Twitter and spotted a tweet to me from one of my readers. The tweet read:
“Um, what are “hot hung heroes?“
Say what, now? My immediate thought was that the reader’s account must have gotten hacked by a porn site and the hackers were trolling Twitter using her account to find new followers..
Then my email started going crazy. Literally. That little alert box started popping up rapid-fire—bing-bing-bing—on my screen. With my curiosity getting the best of me, I hopped over to Outlook and saw a stream of messages from a few of my best buds. I went to the first one from my author pal Nancy Naigle. The message started with “Oh. My. Blog!”
I knew that couldn’t be good for Nancy, so I took a deep breath and dove in to see what had happened. In the message, she explained that in her well intentioned efforts to praise my books, she’d made the mother of all Freudian slips on her blog. What was that slip? Glad you asked. Here it is:
“Adrienne Giordano writes fantastic contemporary romantic suspense with hot hung heroes that’ll stick with you (and invade your dreams!) Her Private Protector series has done really well and I dare say that if you read the first one, you’ll order the rest.”
I stared at the word “hung” for a solid ten seconds. One thing I can promise is that I’ve never referred to one of my characters as being “hung.” Suddenly, the realization hit that the tweet I received about hung heroes must be referring to Nancy’s post. Despite the initial shock, I burst out laughing.
As Nancy scrambled to take the “hung” out of her post, a hilarious string of tweets and emails about her Freudian slip ensued.
I should probably explain that Nancy has a thing for Vic Andrews, the hero in Man Law. Let’s assume for one minute that Vic Andrews is a real person and Nancy needs to get to him. Let’s also assume there are a few hundred women standing in her way. Honestly, this would not deter my pal Nancy. She loves Vic so much that she’d load up on weaponry and carve through those women in record time.
And it would be bloody.
Bloody in a way that would make Attila the Hun look like a Boy Scout.
As a writer, this “hung heroes” thing might be the best twisted compliment I’ve ever received. We all have favorite characters, don’t we? Give me Suzanne Brockmann’s Jimmy Nash and I’ll swoon. I simply cannot get enough of him. Cal from Jennifer Crusie’s Bet Me is another favorite of mine.
I’ve decided that’s why I read romances. I want to fall in love with the characters as they fall in love with each other. I want to take that emotional journey with them. If they’re chasing a bad guy, even better.
I’ll enjoy Nancy’s Freudian slip for a long time because it means she’s emotionally invested in one of my characters and, as a writer, there’s not a whole lot more I can ask for.
Readers, who are some heroes you’ve fallen in love with?
Bio: Adrienne Giordano is a Jersey girl at heart, but now lives in the Midwest with her workaholic husband, sports obsessed son and Buddy the Wheaten Terrorist (Terrier). She is a co-founder of Romance University blog and Lady Jane’s Salon-Naperville, a reading series dedicated to romantic fiction. For more information on Adrienne’s Private Protectors series please visit www.AdrienneGiordano.com. Adrienne can also be found on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/AdrienneGiordanoAuthor and Twitter at http://twitter.com/AdriennGiordano.
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