More Like Me

I've got another special treat this week. Ellora's Cave author Missy Jane is guest blogging today. Give her a big welcome.


I’m not a huge fan of “fiercely independent” heroines either when I read or when I write. I don’t like doormats either, but I like a touch of realism in my women. In short, I like them to think and react much like I would to the alpha males in their midst. A hot and hunky guy wants to put me on a pedestal and slay my dragons? Hell yeah! I don’t mind being wrapped in cotton and pampered a bit. I’m not saying it wouldn’t get old…eventually. But hell, what doesn’t? So, when I write from a female character’s point of view, I usually have her say things I would say, do things I would do, and just generally be as “normal” as I can make her.
In my newest erotic romance, Two Dates Max, Megan Nettle is a twenty-four year old woman who works at the neighborhood gym. She has a group of friends she likes to hang out with, and a best friend whose drama keeps Megan on her toes. Her life is good but not complete because she still crawls into bed alone every night. 

Sean Maxwell lives close enough to Megan that they run into each other almost daily. He also uses her gym, and she shops at the store he manages. They’ve been out on two dates and really hit it off. So, why won’t he go out with her again? That’s the question that plagues Megan, who simply can’t understand his rule of two dates max.

He loves me, he loves me not. He loves me…okay, the truth is he doesn’t really like me right now, but I have a plan to change his mind. I see the way he looks at me with heat in his eyes. Sean Maxwell might be a confirmed bachelor, but a taste of Ms. Megan Nettle is just what he needs to soften his hard exterior. And once I get him in my bed, he won’t want to leave. There’s nothing some hot lovin’ can’t fix.

But my persistence backfires when he decides he’s too dangerous for little ol’ me. Something in his past is driving a wedge between us, and he’s determined to stay away. That’s not going to happen. This calls for some serious seduction. I’ll use those sparks between us to melt away his rule of two dates max.

What do you think of fiercely independent heroines or overwhelming alpha males? Leave a comment to be entered to win a book from my back list. I’ll draw a winner tomorrow morning via random.org. Please include your email address in your comment. Plus, all commenters will be entered to win the grand prize of a Missy Jane tote full of gently used books at the end of my blog tour!
Good luck!

-Missy Jane
*Make reading a guilty pleasure…*


  1. Thanks again for having me Nara! :-)

  2. You're welcome, Missy Jane. Two Dates Max is a great premise and I can't wait to read it.

  3. As a writer, I LOVE fiercely independent heroines! All my heroines kick ass. =D

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  4. In both my reading and writing, I like my heroines to go for what they want (usually the hero) and your story sounds like a woman who won't quit until she gets it. :)

    nevadafox AT gmail DOT com

  5. Fiercely independent heroines are the best kind!! I like women who are willing to stand up for what they believe in...and hope that they inspire real life women to do the same!

  6. Thanks for chiming in ladies! :-D

  7. I think I agree with you, Missy--while I appreciate a good strong, smart heroine who can think on her own two feet, one of my pet peeves is a heroine who is so insistently independent that she can't accept any help and stubbornly clings to her do-it-myself-attitude like a club. Then it's typically a mere half-step into TSTL territory, which ruins a good story faster than a thunderstorm does a picnic :) And yes, I do love a good alpha male, too, but I also love one who's smart enough to grab a good thing with both hands ;)

    Looking forward to Two Dates Max! Megan and Sean sound like they've got a fun little journey ahead ;)

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  8. I love when a woman kicks butt and is independent, she can take care of herself and ask for help when needed...

  9. The closer to Lara Croft the better!

  10. Thanks Fedora!
    Lol, Marilyn. I like Laura Croft but could never pull it off ;-)

  11. Hi Missy Jane,

    I don't mind a fierce independent heroine and alpha male hero but not to the extreme. Too much of one end or the other is a turn-off.

    Thank you for the opportunity!


  12. I like both fierce independent heroines and alpha heros. I agree with Hai-Yen, too much of one or the other and it turns me off the book. Thanks for sharing! :)

  13. Aack! Got a later start than planned this morning. Sorry. But I've chosen a winner. Thank you everyone for joining me on my blog tour and for leaving comments! I'll announce the grand prize winner April 4th on my blog.
    Today's winner is...
    Congratulations!!! An email will come your way shortly. :-D


Thanks for sharing your thoughts.