Guest Author & Giveaway: Jillian Stone featuring A Dangerous Liaison with Detective Lewis

Friday, August 17

I tend to prefer Alpha Heroes in books, but maybe that is because I just haven't been introduced to the right Beta hero...yet.  That may all change with my guest author's hero in her new book, A Dangerous Liaison with Detective Lewis.  

Author Jillian Stone is my special guest to day to share with us why she thinks Beta Heroes can make the best heroes, as well as a bit about her characters Rafe and Fanny and their story in A Dangerous Liaison with Detective Lewis, including a special exclusive excerpt you won't find anywhere else!  Enjoy!


In Praise of Beta Males

I must admit I gravitate toward the alpha hero, as long as he’s willing to ease back on the alpha throttle and exhibit a few beta traits. Even as I extol the enlightened alpha male, I find myself moving away from the super virile, powerful alphas to a more easy going kind of man––the beta hero. As I see the beta man he is just as brave and full of daring-do as the alpha, and just as worthy. In fact, he’s the kind of man who can team up with a female and not feel the need to dominate or control. In that respect, he comes off as self-assured and confident about his masculinity. A beta readily accepts a woman as his equal.

Yes, there are great alpha men, but there are also amazing beta heroes. Those of you who have read AN AFFAIR WITH MR. KENNEDY are already acquainted with Detective Rafe Lewis, sleuthing partner of Zak Kennedy. (Zak is an alpha male, with many beta traits.) In book one of The Gentlemen of Scotland Yard, Rafe helps bring down a dangerous ring of dynamiters and he gets Zak out of some tight spots not once, but twice. So, you see, beta males can be counted on when the going gets rough and tumble. They just don’t get their name in the papers like the alpha males do!

I wrote Rafe as a beta male, who is both dashing and brave with a fun, flirty side to him. He’s also a wonderfully capable and considerate lover. Sigh. Having proven his mettle in AN AFFAIR WITH MR. KENNEDY, Rafe earned himself  his own love story and crime to solve in A DANGEROUS LIAISON WITH DETECTIVE LEWIS.  So, until I write my next hero, I say who needs alpha males?

Here’s a question for commenters: Is your favorite kind of hero alpha or beta?

Thanks to Seductive Musings for inviting me to blog today! 

A second chance at love––on the run.

Special Inspector Rafael Lewis hasn’t seen the woman he jilted on the night of their engagement ball in five years.   When Fanny Greyville-Nugent's father suffers a gruesome death in the clutches of his own machine, mourning his loss is not the beautiful heiress's only heartbreak. Scotland Yard is convinced he was targeted in a plot to halt the rise of industry, and Fanny's former fiancé, dashing and dubious detective Raphael "Rafe" Lewis, has been assigned to the case—much to her chagrin.

For the estranged ex-lovers, bringing the notorious assassins to justice proves as tumultuous as quelling pent-up desires. Fighting peril and passion at every turn of a dangerous journey from Edinburgh to London, danger lurks around every corner, and they are pursued by an anarchist group hell-bent on destroying her father's mysterious entry into the London Industrial Exposition, but the biggest danger might turn out to be the embers of their previously smothered attraction smoldering to life.

When an astonishing discovery about the couple's failed engagement surfaces, the sleuthing duo realize they can trust no one. Rafe confesses new details about his infidelity and Fanny risks all to avenge her father's murder. But will Rafe and Fanny triumph over the pain of their past?

And here’s a love scene excerpt from A DANGEROUS LIAISON WITH DETECTIVE LEWIS––an exclusive just for Seductive Musings:

or read it in a Google document here

Congratulations Jillian and thanks for being my guest today!  A Dangerous Liaison with Detective Lewis has been receiving rave reviews (I mean like really great reviews!!), so who knows...maybe Rafe will make me a Beta hero convert, LOL.  And as a special pre-release promotion for A Dangerous Liaison with Detective Lewis, An Affair with Mr. Kennedy, the first book in The Gentlemen of Scotland Yard series, is only $1.99 in all e-formats. That's a fantastic deal!

If you'd like to learn more about author Jillian Stone and the books she writes you can find her at her website, on Facebook, and on Twitter.

To celebrate the August 28th release of A Dangerous Liaison with Detective Lewis, Jillian would like to giveaway a signed print copy of the book to one very lucky Musings follower (US only).  Here's how you can enter to win:

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Maureen August 17, 2012 at 5:44 AM  

My favorite heroes are a combination usually. I would say that they tend towards alpha but then I can think of favorites that are more beta types. Congratulations on the new book. It looks like a good one.

Lexi H August 17, 2012 at 9:38 AM  

Thinking of my favorite heros (Barrons being at the top) I am going to have to say alpha. Makes my toes curl just thinking of him! But I love how you describe Rafe, how he can be both a caring generous person and still get the job done. He sounds like he might just make his way to the top of my favorite heros list.

erin August 17, 2012 at 10:32 AM  

Thanks for a fun post and giveaway! Congrats on the newest release! I just got Phaeton and Mr. Kennedy and I can't wait to start reading :)

I love pretty much any hero that an author can make me fall in love with :) But... saying that... there have been a new crop of alpha heroes that the authors can't sell me on. They are too "alpha". As in you need a restraining order and a good psychologist cuz they are a pinkie toe away from being psychotic. But I'm loving the Betas! They are smart, funny, sensitive, and awesome all rolled into a hunky package. Hmmm... maybe I am leaning more toward betas now...

Carin August 17, 2012 at 10:40 AM  

I really like some of both please, not greedy or anything am I LOL! Really sometimes when I read I am looking for the alpha kind of hero and other times I really enjoy a beta sort of guy. Thanks Carin
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Diane D - Florida August 17, 2012 at 11:04 AM  

The tortured Alpha hero is one of my favorite types of Hero. Dark, broody and withdrawn. It’s those very layers that need to be peeled away slowly and expose what he is trying to conceal. Who wouldn't love to be the woman to heal him?

Thanks for this great opportunity. I've really enjoyed your other books so much.

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*yadkny* August 17, 2012 at 11:16 AM  

Fabulous love scene excerpt! My favorite kind of hero is definitely an alpha... could even be one that was a former beta now turned alpha:) I don't dislike beta's, but I do prefer an alpha.

Di August 17, 2012 at 3:17 PM  

I like variety, so I like both - I don't want characters who are too tortured, can sometimes seem to contrived for them to come out of their despair.
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Estella August 17, 2012 at 3:23 PM  

I like both alpha and beta heroes.

Jane August 17, 2012 at 5:21 PM  

Congrats on the new release, Jillian. I like alpha heroes for their take charge attitude.

Gjillian August 17, 2012 at 8:16 PM  

Maureen, Great alpha heroes have a lot of good solid beta in them. ;)

Lexi H., Thanks Lexi. I hope Rafe gets a chance to change your mind, he's really very courageous and uber sexy,

Erin, Great news! Now, both Mr. Kennedy and Phaeton Black are alpha males...and watch out for dark, tortured Phaeton...he''ll have to read him to believe him. ;)

Gjillian August 17, 2012 at 8:29 PM  

Carin, I think Rafe is exactly the right male type for this story... hopefully you will get a chance to tell me if you agree!

Diane D., Yes, well, if you enjoyed Phaeton Black, and Zak Kennedy then think of Rafe as a refreshing change of pace. You got know Rafe, in book one, but there's so much more of him to...uncover! ;)

yadkny, I think you just might like Rafe––he's part devil part angel.

Jeanne M August 17, 2012 at 9:00 PM  

Jillian -

I loved An Affair With Mr. Kennedy and can't wait to read Rafe's story in A Dangerous Liason With Detective Lewis.

I can't wait to find out how Rafe finds his own "love" and what crime will be committed. Oh what a tangled web can be weaved when the "villian" is on the prowl!

I was so excited to see on your website that Finn and Cate's story, The Moonstone & Miss Jones will be released the beginning of October!

Now the question is with all these BETA males how long will we have to wait to read Phaeton's story?

Gjillian August 17, 2012 at 9:09 PM  

Di, When I envision Rafe, I see the sweet rakish qualities of Hugh Grant in Four Weddings and a Funeral, with the courage and physicality of Chris Evans with his shirt off1 What can I say? I like variety too. ;)

Estella, Me too!

Jane, Hmmmm. I think you should give Rafe a chance. He's more affable than an alpha, but he's wonderfully charming and very courageous.

Gjillian August 17, 2012 at 9:26 PM  

Jeanne M.,

I do hope you enjoy Rafe. my one beta male in a sea of alphas!

Part deux of Phaeton and America's story THE MOONSTONE AND MISS JONES releases the end of September.

In late October an e-novella: A LESSON IN CHEMISTRY WITH INSPECTOR BRUCE. Which is a little love story and sleuthing adventure for Archie Bruce, the young director of Scotland Yard's crime laboratory.

End of November, another full length love story A PRIVATE DUEL WITH AGENT GUNN with Finn Gunn and Cate Willoughby. Is Cate an undercover operative, a jewel thief or...both?

I'm so excited that you are looking forward to the releases!

Texas Book Lover August 17, 2012 at 10:15 PM  

I prefer the alphas! They are so much fun to watch being brough to their knees!

Barbara E. August 17, 2012 at 11:05 PM  

I usually like an alpha, but there's something to be said about a nice beta hero for a great change of pace. I think in real life I'd get along much better with that sort of man, so I think alpha's are great for fantasy, but beta's are more realistic and probably more fun.

Karen H in NC August 18, 2012 at 9:09 AM  

I'm not particular...I love all the heroes...except the TSTL kind and there have been a few of those in the many books I've read over the years. I especially like the working man hero in a historical romance novel.

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