Meaning: the unknown quality of something or someone that makes it or them special, mysterious, etc…
Many heroes in books have that X-factor that makes them desirable and...well, hot.
And speaking of heroes (like that segue?) it's Oh-My-Hero! Blog Hop Day! WOOT-WOOT!
Yes, this is mine and Victoria's blog hop where you've been asked to post a picture of your hero and interview them, then hop around and read everyone's interviews.
Victoria and I decided to do a joint interview with our heroes, just to spice things up a bit.
Victoria: Hello, everyone out there in the blogoshere! Jaycee and I would like to thank you for joining us here today to meet the two hot heros from our novels. Today we have the swoontastic and deliciously mysterious hero Luca Grinaldi joining us from my novel The Crimson Hunt.
Jaycee: And we have my equally delicious “bad boy” hero, Ian Hollister, from my novel The Truths about Dating and Mating.
Victoria: Ian and Luca, thank you for joining us today.
Jaycee: Yes, thank you.
Luca: Hello, and thank you for allowing me to be here.
Ian: Yeah, thanks.
Victoria: Okay on to the questions boys, how would you describe yourself in one word? You first, Luca.
Luca: ::thinks for a moment:: I find this question…rather difficult to answer. For how one sees oneself does not matter. It is the impression one makes on the world and how one treats others which is the most important, but if I had to answer I suppose I would consider myself logical. Logical is my word.
Jaycee: Thank you. And how about you, Ian?
Ian: Is badass one word or two?
Jaycee: ::shrugs:: One works for me.
Victoria: Okay, next question. How would you describe your heroine? How about you first this time, Ian.
Ian: ::grins:: Ivy? Ivy’s incredible. She smart, fearless, and tons of fun to hang out with. If you’re her friend, she’ll be your biggest cheerleader. She’s loyal to a fault, even when you don’t deserve it, and I include myself in that lot. She… ::brow knits as he gets serious:: She’s always been there for me. Always. In fact, there’s very few childhood memories I have without her in them, and the ones I do aren’t worth mentioning. She’s the only person in my pathetic, fu--screwed up life that made getting through the days bearable. Ivy’s special. ::clears throat; shifts uncomfortably, then smirks:: And she’s cute, too.
Jaycee: ::Smiles:: She sounds like quite a person.
Ian: She’s the best.
Victoria: ::makes Aww face:: Luca?
Luca: ::Quirks a small smile in the corner of his lips:: Ariel is a rather interesting woman. She is actually the only woman I have ever been around that flusters me. I have yet to figure out why this is, but she does. As far as describing her, that would take me a great deal of time. If you are looking for a physical description, I could do that, but I feel the qualities that make Ariel unique are not so simple. She is very kind and very grateful for everything she has. She sees the world in a beautiful way and in return the world reacts to her. She warms it with her light…her spirit. It is hard to describe. It is almost as if she creates a balance just because she is near. Does that make any sense? ::he looks up, noticing he’s looked down. Almost lost in his thoughts::
Jaycee: Makes sense to me.
Victoria: Of course. ::stares doe eyed::
Ian: Well, this has gotten a little deep. Bring on something a little more fun. I can see something naughty there lingering in your eyes, ladies.
Victoria: ::stops mid-giggle. Clears throat:: So, Luca, next question for you. ::She leans in close:: Do you believe in love at first sight?
Luca: ::Puts fingers to the curl of his lips:: I believe anything is possible since transferring here. ::smiles warmly.::
Jaycee: ::smiles, charmed.::
Victoria: ::fans out shirt:: Ian?
Ian: Not even a little bit. One look and bam! You’re in love? No way. That’s lust; a pure chemical reaction. Love -- deep, all-consuming love-- takes a lot longer to develop, and is done with every part of you: your heart, your head, and your soul. What you see is irrelevant.
Jaycee: Alrighty, then. Next question, what is the first thing you notice about the opposite sex? Ian, how about you take this one first?
Ian: Her curves. I can’t stand stick figures. Not to get all poetic, but a woman with curves is a work of art. She’s gives a man something to hold on, something substantial to hold close. I like curves.
:: Jaycee and Victoria both study their curves::
Luca:: I can definitely respect Mr. Hollister answer, but for me, I believe it is the eyes. They really are fascinating. They tell so much about a person. A flicker or a glance could mean so many things if you look deep enough and when they are bright and full of life, like the color blue for example, they can be quite intriguing.
Ian: ::shrugs:: I’m a fan of big brown eyes, myself.
Jaycee: ::Melts inside and opens eyes a little wider so Ian can notice their brown coloring.::
Victoria: Okay, guys. Our audience is dying to know. What is your idea of the perfect date?
Luca: My job does make dating to be quite difficult... ::His eyes slightly shift.:: With the time commitment and all, of course, but I did take Ariel to a small café once. The light was warm, the mood magnificent…but I really believe that the perfect date is one in which the person you are with is never happier. This is what is most important.
Jaycee: Wow ::sighs:: Ian?
Ian: ::scoffs:: I don’t date.
Ian: ::shrugs:: The closest I come to dating are the nights I spend the Ivy. Heck, that’s way better than dating. There’s no need to be this guy everyone seems to expect me to be. She already knows who I am and what I’m all really about, so I can relax and just be me. What’s better than that?
Jaycee: Sounds like a great way to spend time to me. Okay, next: who’s is your favorite comic book character and why? Ian?
Ian: I’m a fan of Spiderman, myself. I relate to his story the most. He’s a nobody, then one day something happens to him, something out of his control, and suddenly he’s given all this power he’s never had before, and he had to decide what to do with it. Yeah, I can relate.
Victoria: Very awesome, Ian. Luca?
Luca: Though I do believe that comic books provide little functionality beyond leisurely enjoyment, there is one hero I do hold in high regard.
Victoria: Oh, and who would that be?
Luca: Superman. He has been forced to live in a strange world all while at the same time holding the weight of its safety on his shoulders. I have respect for this.
Jaycee: Thank you, Luca. Okay, we have time for one last question for the both of you. Luca, what do you value the most in a potential love interest?
Luca: ::Thinks to himself for a moment. Looks up slowly:: Trust. Trust above all else.
Ian: He took my answer, so I’m going to go with my number two, which is almost as important as trust: honesty. Be honest about who you are and what you want, and you’ll get the same from me.
Victoria. Great. Thank you so much for joining us today, guys. I’m sure our audience has really enjoyed getting to know you two. As well as Jaycee and myself. ::Grins::
Jaycee: Yes, thank you. I’ve very much enjoyed getting to know the both of you better, and have to say, I’m a little surprised by some of your answers. In a good way. A very good way.
Luca: Thank you. It was great to be here today and discuss with you lovely ladies. I did indeed enjoy this session. :: kisses Victoria’s hand and then Jaycee’s::
Victoria: ::Melts a little bit inside::
Ian: And thank you, ladies.
Jaycee: No, thank you.
Victoria: No problem, Ian. And thanks again for joining us.
Thanks for reading, and be sure to check out all of the other participants and their luscious heroes. :D
Just a note: Victoria will be out of town for the weekend, so we'll be announcing our winners early next week.