For a Hero Final copy (small version)I NEED A HERO – CONTEST
Remember this? I sing it all the time. It’s my mantra!

I am self-sufficient. I make my own living. I don’t mind being by myself and sleeping in a quiet, lonely house. I’m not afraid of the dark. But sometimes, I get tired of fighting all my own battles.
I need a champion.
When my world turns upside down and the storms of life threaten to push me beneath the waves, I long for someone big and strong to step in front of me and block the savage winds of trouble and sorrow.
I need a hero.
This hunger for someone to sweep into my life and right the wrongs, kill the dragons and lift me up on the back of his white charger is just a dream – it’s not going to happen. Alas!
That’s why I write.
Really, I lie in the bed and fantasize about a man who is unafraid to get in the face of villains, who thinks I am the most wonderful person in the world and will whip the crap out of anyone who says differently. My hero wouldn’t have to be convinced of my worth, he’d recognize my value and place me on a pedestal that I would willingly share with him.
I’m still waiting. Ha!
I love to write about heroes. I bet you think that, like Willie, my ‘heroes have always been cowboys’, but that’s not true. My very first hero was animated; it was ‘MIGHTY MOUSE’! I found him on nickelodeon and fell in love. That mouse had upper body strength that just wouldn’t quit. After Mighty Mouse lost favor in my eyes, along came Sonny Crocket, or should I say Don Johnson. My goodness! What that made did for a white suit! He looked divine in that suit over a t-shirt and no socks! Plus he had a pet alligator named Elvis that I remembered when I created toothless Amos Moses for Beau and Harley.
About the time I was in high school, I discovered a fictional character in a series of novels by Clive Cussler. His name was Dirk Pitt. Matthew McConaughey played his character in Sahara, but I was in love with the man before Matt came into the picture. He was a cross between MacGyver, James Bond and Indiana Jones – he was everywhere, doing everything and totally sexy at every turn. I inhaled the books.
Jess has always been into superheroes – Superman, Batman, Iron Man – you name it. He spent the first ten years of his life with a towel pinned to his shoulders jumping off the couch and the porch. So, heroes have been a major part of the fabric of our lives. From the pages of books and the hours in front of the television, my idea of what a hero should be like was formed. J. R. Ewing, Magnum P. I., Clint Eastwood, even the Beast from The Beauty and the Beast with Linda Hamilton and Ron Perlman – and yes, Elvis Presley – all were different – all were larger than life – and all were heroes.
These men influenced me to create Aron McCoy, Ky Landon, Eric McAlister, Beau LeBlanc and Patrick O’Rourke – to name just a few of my many guys. So, now I have some questions for you. I want to give away three copies of mine and Jess’s new book – FOR A HERO. So, I want to know what you think about a few things.
You can answer one or all of the questions and Jess will pick three random winners.
1 – Who is your favorite superhero and why?
2 – You know I’ve done everything from Texas Rangers, to Marines, to sex therapists. What type of a hero or a situation for a hero would you have me write about next?
3 – What are the three most important characteristics of a hero? Is it his sex appeal? His strength? His kindness? His sense of humor? Inform me of what it takes to put a man in the hero category for you.
Here is an excerpt from FOR A HERO and the cover and the buylink – just for fun. Thanks for reading.

Excerpt –
“Dammit!” After pacing her floor for hours the next day without a word from David, she remembered. They still hadn’t exchanged numbers. That had to be it, right? Surely he wasn’t hurt. He fought fires all the time. Everyone called him a hero. And he definitely had a great time with her last night, didn’t he? He had seen her breasts after all, and she had great breasts she assured herself. He must be dying to see her again. ‘Oh, well I guess it’s up to me to go see him this time.’
He was the fire chief, so he would be at the fire department. ‘I will pay him a visit with something special. THAT will ensure a third date.’ Jenna looked around her house. She wanted to cook him something, but what? What did men like? What do big, burly, gorgeous, sexy, heroic firemen like? Meat! Jenna rushed to her fridge and freezer and peered in. Alas, she had just moved in days before and wasn’t even that big a fan of meat. It looked like the ASPCA’s dream. Not even a whisper of an animal in that freezer.
What does she have? ‘Hmm, I have milk, flour, eggs, chocolate. . . that’s it! I’ll make him cookies! Men love cookies! David seems like a chocolate lover.’ Jenna hadn’t ever really cooked before, and didn’t really know where to start. However, in this day and age, the internet made everything knowable.
She excitedly sat at her computer and typed in “chocolate cookie recipes.” After reading through reviews and comments, she decided on one delicious-looking picture called “Mark’s Favorite Super Soft Chocolate Chip Cookie.” Well if they’re Mark’s favorites, then they had to be good.
She diligently wrote the ingredients and the procedure down before heading into the kitchen. ‘Ok, Jenna, this is your first time cooking. What do you need? An apron, a cookie sheet, and oven mitts. I totally have an apron, a few sheet cake pans will serve as cookie sheets, and I’m a big girl. I don’t need oven mitts.’ She gathered her things. ‘Just like Rachel Ray.’
Jenna began reading the ingredients and checking them off of her list. ‘I don’t have butter, but I have margarine. That’s basically the same thing. Flour, I definitely have that. Vanilla extract? I have vanilla pudding; that will do. I don’t have baking soda, but I think baking powder is the same thing, right? Adding it. Finally the chocolate chips, which I will substitute with Cocoa Puffs cereal. Jenna, you are a genius.’
She whipped up her concoction, adding cinnamon and a few other spices that had big, delicious sounding names, and threw it in the oven. Ten minutes later, Jenna became the chef to her very first batch of cookies. ‘I didn’t exactly follow the recipe, so these aren’t Mark’s favorite cookies any more. They are my creation. It is my responsibility to give them a suitable name.’ She laid them on the counter and looked at them. ‘I have it! Chocolate surprise!’

David hated training. Same amount of work, but he didn’t get to save anybody while he trained. He got it, though. It was important to stay in peak physical condition and keep those fire-fighting skills sharp and at the forefront of the mind. It could save lives in the future. But he still hated it. This was a bad day for it, too. The fire last night kept them up late and it took David a while to shake off the feelings he would get, the memories, the house exploding, the car burning, the voices of his parents. ‘No, David. Focus. The sooner you finish training the boys, the sooner you can get away from Alex and get back to Jenna. Just a few more hours and you’re home free.’
David stood outside one of Austin Fire Department’s few simulated structural fire buildings. This one was right behind the fire station. David was thankful the live fire trainings didn’t have to be such an ordeal. These structures were the newest in firefighter training technology. They were lucky to have them. They created the most realistic fire-fighting experience possible short of fighting an actual fire. It was a lot safer than using a traditional burn building or an acquired vacant building because computers control the spread of the flames and the speed of the burning although the fires may not burn as hot. He watched as the men held the hose in proper position, rotated through operating the nozzle. Everything was looking good, except for Alex. He kept hogging the nozzle and not rotating quickly enough.
“Alex, it’s important that everyone get experience working the hose. Some of these guys aren’t as initiated as you are. The better they are, the more lives we save.” He always tried his best to be diplomatic, even when Alex made it difficult on him.
“Whatever you say, Chief. Some people are just better with their hoses than others.”
David elected to ignore that one; it was just a little too childish to deserve a response. Then, something happened that he couldn’t ignore.
“He’s right, you know. Alex is the best I’ve seen. Others have no restraint and hurt people with their ignorance.” Veronica approached them from the fire hall.
“Veronica, please get back to the station. We have a live fire training in progress right now. It’s not safe for you. Wait for Alex back in the dining hall; we’ll all be back in ten minutes.”
“Don’t lose control, David. You know what your aggression does to people.” That viper just couldn’t let David be mature. She couldn’t let it go.
David closed his mouth. He watched the training finish, took his notes, prepared his constructive advice for the boys and retreated back to the station without saying a word. A knocking came on his office door.
“Who is it?”
“It’s Hank, Boss.”
“Come in.”
“Hey, Man. How do you feel?”
“No, Sourpuss. None of that. You really don’t need to take that from those idiots. You are Alex’s chief. He does behave like an arrogant imbecile. You can write that up on his personnel file and nobody would blame you for it.”
“I know, Hank, but it is my responsibility as Chief to always do what is right, it may not always be what is easy, but always I must do what is right. Alex acted like an asshole out there, but he passed the training. I’m not going to say anything.”
“You are too good of a person, Boss. I’m afraid that one day, you are going to be put in a situation where you’ll have to choose between being sensible and doing the right thing, and you are going to be that great person you are at your own expense.”
“I do every day, Hank. I’m a firefighter. And you’re one to talk, Num-nutts. You are always flying somewhere or jumping off of something.”
“That’s for fun. This is completely different. What I do is a calculated risk for nobody’s benefit but my own. No one else is involved. You should try sometime. Rock-climbing is awesome.”
“No. I’ve tried that. I think I’ll stay here on the ground. Thank you very much.”
Scott burst into the room. “Sorry to interrupt, guys. Chief, you have someone, ahem, special here to see you.” He put his hand up to his mouth as if to keep a secret. “It’s a girl.”
Hank elbowed his friend in the ribs. “Ooooh. You’ve got a girl here to see you. I bet she is going to give you a very special thank you for being her hero.” Hank raised and daintied his voice. “Hey Chief. Thanks for saving my life. Here is my body and virtue for your besmirching.” He ripped his shirt open, pretending to show his ample bosom to David in thanks for a job well done.
“That’s enough, Fellas.” Just a shadow of a laugh broke through in David’s voice and that was enough for Hank.
“Alright, Boss. Let’s go see this girl of yours.” He jumped up and Scott and he ran back to the front door.
David stood. “Who could it be?” The thought crossed his mind that it may be Jenna, but he didn’t remember his luck being that good. He joined the others.
There she stood, like a little princess. Within an instant all of the stress of the day melted away. He involuntarily grinned and strode toward her. He began to realize that the guys were surrounding her. He loved Hank and Scott and the others but they were men, and his Jenna was a perfect-figured, flawless faced, heaven-sent treasure. He sped up a little.
“Hey Jenna. What are you doing here?” David stepped through the guys, puffing his chest out a tad. He hugged her and stood near her after. The guys noticed.
“Hey Baby! I just thought I’d stop by and bring you a treat! You went off to save some people last night and had to leave me so soon. I thought you could use some cheering up. Here!” She held out a plate, wrapped in plastic, and covered in the most obtuse-looking chocolate chip cookies he had ever seen.
“I didn’t even have one because I was saving them all for you! Your nice friends can share if you like.”
David took the plate. “My nice friends, huh?”
“Yes, this nice one was just telling me how valiant you were last night.” She, glad to have her hands empty again, wrapped her arms around David’s arm.
Hank spoke up quickly. “Scott does say things like that about David. We think he has a little man-crush.”
“This is Hank, and this is Scott. Fellas, this is Jenna.”
Hank stepped out first and extended his hand in greeting. “Nice to meet you, Ma’am. We have noticed David’s improved humor the past few days. No doubt that had something to do with you.”
Scott followed. “Yes Ma’am. Forgive our rudeness. We should have introduced ourselves to you already.”
Jenna looked at the three men. All of them were tall and broad-shouldered, muscular and lean. Hank was almost as tall as David. His hair was browner and lighter and his eyes were the most wicked shade of green. She could see a devil-may-care attitude in him but also noticed the same giving spirit of David. Scott was shorter than the other two, though still taller than the average man. His hair was golden, like lightning. His eyes were a hazel that was closer to red. She could tell Scott was a sweetheart. He probably made some girl-next-door a very happy woman. Then she looked up at David. He was clearly their leader. He towered over them in presence and stature. His bravery and power had been seen by the other men, and they told of it loudly in the respect they gave him just through body language. She felt so lucky.
“Dig in, Guys!”
David unwrapped the plate and pulled a cookie into his grip. It reminded him of a discus that had been melted down. His fingers noticed how impregnably hard the pastry was and his teeth winced. He bit into it, if you could call it that. His teeth didn’t sink all the way to the bottom. It was like finding a bone in a piece of chicken. Worst of all, it tasted like soap.
David closed his eyes, using leagues of strength he didn’t know he had to protect Jenna from the knowledge of exactly how dreadful her cookie was.
Jenna watched David close his eyes. “Oh, you like it! Wonderful! I call it chocolate surprise!”
His eyes popped open. The guys! He spun his head around just in time to see them wincing and moaning.
Hank shouted. “Oh my god! What the hell is in this?”
David caught his eyes in his stare and lowered his brow. He made a most commanding face, took another bite from the wretched baked good and silently and inconspicuously told Hank and Scott everything they needed to know.
Hank continued to shout. “Like I said! What is in this? Manna from Heaven? Crack cocaine? Blood diamonds? Why is it SO GOOD? I am dying from the quality of this treat!” A tear streamed down his cheek.
Scott, with a full mouth, (refusing to swallow) patted Jenna on the shoulder and said, “Thank you, Jenna. They are wonderful.”
Scott and Hank walked quickly into the men’s bathroom.
David forced his down. “Thank you, Honey. You didn’t have to do that.”
“I know, but I thought it would be nice to pay you back for such a wonderful time last night. Speaking of that.” She moved into his neck and whispered. “I have something else I need to pay you back for.”
“You do?”
She leaned back and enjoyed the fluster on David’s face . . . .

About sablehunter

Sable Hunter writes erotic romance. She writes what she likes to read and enjoys putting her fantasies on paper. Her stories are emotional reads where the heroine is faced with challenges, like one of her favorite songs – she’s holding out for a hero – and boy, can she deliver a hero. Her aim is to write a story that will make you laugh, cry and sweat. If she can wring those emotions out of a reader, then she has done her job. She grew up in south Louisiana along the mysterious bayous where the Spanish moss hangs thickly over the dark waters. The culture of Louisiana has shaped her outlook on life and made its way into her novels where the supernatural is entirely normal. Presently, Sable lives in Texas and spends most of her time in wild and wonderful Austin. She is passionate about animals and has been known to charm creatures from a one ton bull to a family of racoons. For fun, Sable has been known to haunt cemeteries and battlefields armed with night-vision cameras and digital recorders hunting proof that love survives beyond the grave.She writes for Secret Cravings Publishing as well as publishes much of her own work. Join her in her world of magic, alpha heroes, sexy cowboys and hot, steamy, to-die-for sex. Step into the shoes of her heroines and escape to places where dreams can come true and orgasms only come in multiples.
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22 Responses to I NEED A HERO – CONTEST

  1. The three most important characteristics for a hero, in my book, would be:
    1. His tender heart- after all, what good is a tough guy/hero exterior if there’s not a tender heart underneath to protect and give to the right woman? I want a hero who loves kittens and puppies, is a role model for small children, and may occasionally shed a tear over a sad movie.
    2. His possessiveness- not the crazy, restraining order, ‘if I can’t have you, then no one can’ kind of possessiveness, mind you. I’m talking about his ‘you are my woman, and I will do everything I can to woo and win you and make you mine forever because I can’t live without you’ possessiveness.
    3. And his sense of right and wrong- this I think is self explanatory. A hero has a deeply ingrained sense of honor, and will do everything he can to prevent any compromising of that honor, and will act accordingly.

  2. denisek319 says:

    I have no read this yet but it’s sounds very interesting , i do have on a list to read somewhere .. Have a great Day Sable

  3. 1 – Who is your favorite superhero and why? This one is hard for me to answer because I love superhero movies but never felt overly partial to one over the other. So everyone please pause while I mull …. …. ….*Mulling* … … … You what what? I am going to go out of left field here and say John Coffey from The Green Mile. I’m sure this isn’t really fitting as a “superhero” but to me the man had supernatural powers that he used for good, and to me that makes him special. He had a sense of humour, an amazing mind, and saved others until his final moments.

    2 – You know I’ve done everything from Texas Rangers, to Marines, to sex therapists. What type of a hero or a situation for a hero would you have me write about next? Oh, hell…

    3 – What are the three most important characteristics of a hero? Is it his sex appeal? His strength? His kindness? His sense of humor? Inform me of what it takes to put a man in the hero category for you. Sense of humour, intelligence, and kindness. Sex appeal is really a collaboration of a multitude of characteristics. When I consider what type of man would embody that sort of thing for me I think of a man I can respect, that I would be proud of, and that contributes positively to those around him. So I suppose that is it for me. Sexiness is a perk, don’t get me wrong. 🙂

  4. DebraG says:

    Wow, what a great description of a hero. A wonderful heart, possessive ness and a senseof right and wrong. You really got it for me.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

  5. Teresa Hughes says:

    My favorite super hero always will be Johnny Castle (played by Patrick Swayze) in Dirty Dancing. He was the only one who saw Baby for who she was not just only looking at the outside. A hero has sex appeal but not always just by the way the look. Being a white knight and showing respect appropriately can make a man very sex. When I looked for my own hero I looked at the man as a person. Was he kind to animals, the elderly, and children? Any man can be good looking but to truly be sexy in my eyes they have to have a good heart.

    Thanks for sharing! Hero is already on my list to buy.

  6. Shirley Bastian says:

    1) my favorite superheros are the men and women of the military AND firefighters (male and female)
    2) gee, Sable, that’s a tough one ~ oh, wait, what about something with a singer of country music?
    3) don’t know that I can name 3 characteristics, because there is ONE that truly matters for me ~ selflessness ~ giving of themselves because their true desire is to serve and protect others.

  7. Rebekah kelton says:

    My favorite super hero is no someone that most people would even acknowledge as a supe hero. When you think super hero most think; batman, spiderman, thor, iron man, and dont get me wrong those are all wonderfully awesome heros. But when i first think of a superhero i think of my dad and my brother. They are the epitome of hero in my book. They are selfless and loving, tough and caring, and they would give anything and everything to make sure that there loved ones are safe. They are forgiving and although they are posessive they are not overly so. They are both dedicated military men with families and goals and they have both put those families and goals aside to serve our country and would do it again if they needed to. A superhero is someone people look up to and respect, thats why my dad and brother who i think of as super heros.

  8. Rejana Clark says:

    The three most important chacteristics of a hero are to protect his female against everything. To stand between her and whatever attempts to harm her whether it be people, his family, or perils of life. Of course she will be strong enough to protect him in return.
    A sense of humor. Never taking anything seriously beyond the scope of what the circumstance calls for. Having fun and loving life.
    Loyalty. Loyalty. Loyalty. Believing her first. Then finding the facts. If needed giving a second chance..

  9. Peggy Dominique says:

    1 – Who is your favorite superhero and why?
    My favorite superhero is The Hulk. I think its because of his size and gentleness. I always felt he could slay my monsters and I secretly feel safe with a large man.
    2 – What type of a hero or a situation for a hero would you have me write about next?
    How about a situation where he does something to rescue or save the heroine yet its not because shes beautiful, hot r otherwise attractive to him he does it just because its the right thing to do and he follows through for the same reason.
    3 -What are the three most important characteristics of a hero? Is it his sex appeal?His strength? His kindness? His sense of humor? Inform me of what it takes to put a man in the hero category for you.
    That’s a hard one, I like strong, confident men, someone who does the right thing no matter what. I also admire a man who can be gentle, be there when you need him to be whether you ask him or not, and of course sexy and yes love a sense of humor..so I guess if I had to pick 3 I’d say my hero is a man who is someone who is dependable, kind, and of course sexy.

  10. Elaine says:

    WOW…..If I had to pick a super-hero it would be Superman but I like my hero’s more real. Today if were to pick a hero it would be Leroy Jethro Gibbs he is tough, rough and gruff but he honest, fair and human. Plus he shows his love in his own special ways. I grew up on hero’s like John Wayne and Clint Eastwood. I think Jack O’Neill from Star Gate is a close second to my Gibbs. I like my hero’s to be flesh and blood humans.
    I would like to see a situation with an NCIS or CSI type of character. Lackland or Barksdale Air Force base would be a good setting for a story. I was an Air Force mom so an Air Force based story sounds good.
    The three most important characteristic’s for a hero. A sense of humor, honesty and bravery( the kind that is hidden but comes to light when needed). They do not have to be pretty I grew up with the ruggedly handsome man with character(warts and scars from hard living).
    I have already bought and read For a Hero. I loved the story line and the setting. I can’t wait till the next book comes out.

  11. Gail S says:

    Oh Elaine (above) hit the nail on the head about a super hero, Leroy Jethro Gibbs is the ultimate hero, understated but intense, you don’t mess with Gibbs! Typically through the years I have always pictured my heros as cowboys, John Wayne, Dean Martin, Maverick & Clint Eastwood. I love all of your cowboy books. I think I would like to read a story about someone a little more mature then 30. I think it would be fun to explore a fiesty 40 or 50 YO and a hot hunky hero of approximately the same age. I think someone a bit older may have more baggage, but they’ve learned what makes a relationship work (hopefully). Hero’s need to be ‘alpha’ but not go overboard with his mate. I always picture McClintock as the stubborn alpha, that just can’t help himself when it comes to the women he loves. A hero should also have a sense of humor, be kind to animals & their women. Hehe! Great excerpt, thanks.

  12. Catherine says:

    I definitely think of NCIS’s Gibbs as a hero, not a superhero though. A superhero is someone who chooses to be a hero when he doesn’t have to, so Superman is my favorite. He’d much rather live a normal life, but chooses to help. I also like Captain America.

  13. Ashley says:

    My favorite ‘superhero’ is Batman because he does not have any special powers but decides to protect and service anyways.

    I enjoyed the excerpt! Hilarious how Jenna just replaced ingredients without most thought. 😉

  14. JackieW says:

    I don’t really have a super hero nowadays but when I was young it was Superman. Why not write about firefighters…they seem to be Heros in many cases. A super hero should have humility. Strength and passion.

  15. Laurel S says:

    hmmm, superhero I think I’ll have to go with Captain America, because who doesn’t love a good, sweet, patriotic boy who kicks the Nazi’s ass (plus the guy who plays him in the movie is seriously hot). As for a hero for you to write how about a pilot, they’re hot, of course I’m kinda biased cause I’m married to one. And lastly my top three hero traits are 1. brave 2. protective 3. honest…and for a bonus sexy as all get out doesn’t hurt either 🙂

  16. Tiss says:

    1. Don’t really have a favorite Superhero. I like your Mighty Mouse comment tho.
    2. Anything with your Louisiana theme.
    3. 3 important characteristics? Gentle with horses and women; Willing to go through almost anything for his woman or his family; Alpha helps too.

    thanks for the contest. Went and ordered the book. Looking forward to reading it, but I’m reading about Dandi now.

  17. Clare O'Beara says:

    Very funny extract! I was reading it and thinking what will they turn out like and can they be edible!
    I don’t follow superheroes, so I’d say that an unusual and endearing quality for a hero could be shyness. Maybe he’s just shy around women, and that’s how come he’s still single. Because alpha males are usually married. But he’s brave when it counts and because he doesn’t brag to his pals, or in public, the heroine could find that out all by herself.

  18. Mary Preston says:

    For me the three most important characteristics of a hero are:
    his intelligence – he must be smart enough to know when he is wrong.
    He must be honourable.
    He must have a sense of humour.

  19. retta says:

    ok I have a strange and old one. The Lone Ranger. He fought for right and wrong and did not want anything in return. His life was totally destroyed and could have gotten angry in stood he went after the bad guys using the law. To me this is the best kind of hero, just like all our men and women in uniform, (weather it be military or public) they get little pay work long & hard hours and do not always get a lot of respect. These are my greatest heroes. Thanks for the great extract, going on my list.

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