Monday, April 30, 2012

What Makes A Hero Sexy? by Tracy Sumner

When I thought about my guest post, I had just watched Raiders of the Lost Ark. Again. I’m a complete and total sucker for Indiana Jones!

But not the guy with the whip. Oh, no, I’m in love with the professor. The nerd. 

Aren’t bow ties sexy?

The hero in my novel TIDES OF LOVE -- Noah Garrett -- is a marine biologist. And a biology professor. The 1898 version, spectacles and all. No, Noah doesn’t carry a whip, but he’s a tough customer when forced against the wall. And his mind….ah, nothing says sexy like an intelligent man all buttoned-up and shall we say…repressed. The fun is unleashing the hidden passion in the quiet, a-little-on-the-shy-types.

In TIDES OF PASSION, Noah’s brother, Zach, has lost the game of love. He’s a great friend, a wonderful father, a capable leader…but he feels like love has slipped through his fingers. For some reason, when I was writing him, I saw shades of Jake Perry (Josh Lucas, Sweet Home Alabama). Gentle, misunderstood, gorgeous! (Of course, the other guy was Patrick Dempsey. Oh, what a choice!)

The perfect here? Yes.

Second runner up? I don’t think so!

Who inspired Tanner Barkley, the hero in my mid-December novella release, TO DESIRE A SCOUNDREL: A Christmas Seduction? Easy. Billy, Leonardo DiCaprio’s character in The Departed. A flawed, kind, vulnerable man with a goal in life that is destroying him. The low-key love story in this film really resonated with me. 

What’s not to love?

The first hero I ever created holds a special part on my heart. Adam Chase, hero in TO SEDUCE A ROGUE, was alone in the world. Until he met the love of his life, Charlotte Whitney. Of course, he fought tooth and nail before giving in. A very stubborn guy. Yes, he can be an insensitive, brash, arrogant bastard at times. But we love anyway. Why? Because his vulnerability is there…just beneath the surface. It’s visible if you look hard enough.

Sound like anyone we know and love? (Instead of Chewbacca, Adam had a horse he was very fond of.)

Harrison Ford is the man!

Read more about Tracy Sumner and her books (including lengthy excerpts for all new releases) on
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TIDES OF PASSION, the National Reader's Choice for Best Long Historical, debuted as an ebook in late 2011. The second novel in the Tides Series, TIDES OF LOVE, has been released as well. Watch for Tracy's first contemporary novella, TRUE FATE, next week.
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Tracy’s story telling career began when she picked up a copy of LaVyrle Spencer’s Vows on a college beach trip. A journalism degree and a thousand romance novels later, she decided to try her hand at writing a southern version of the perfect love story. With a great deal of luck and more than a bit of perseverance, she sold her first novel to Kensington Publishing.

When not writing sensual stories featuring complex characters and lush settings, Tracy can be found reading romance, snowboarding, watching college football and figuring out how she can get to 100 countries before she kicks (which is a more difficult endeavor than it used to be with her four-year-old son in tow). After stops in France, Switzerland and Taiwan, she now lives in the south. However, after spending a few years in “the city”, she considers herself a New Yorker at heart.

Tracy has been awarded the National Reader’s Choice, the Write Touch and the Beacon – with finalist nominations in the HOLT Medallion, Heart of Romance, Rising Stars and Reader’s Choice. Her books have been translated into German, Dutch, Portuguese and Spanish. She loves hearing from readers about why she tends to pit her hero and heroine against each other and that great novel she simply must order in five seconds on her Kindle.



  1. Hi Tracy, I found you on twitter. Love the photos. I watched Indiana Jones last night too. I fell for Harrison Ford when he was Han Solo. Guess I'm more into bad boys than bow ties, but to each his own.

  2. You have a great selection of heroes here. For me a hero is all about attitude. They have a sort of cockiness without being "too much". Oh, and he's got to be tall, dark and handsome :)

  3. Very nice post and inspirations.


  4. Great post, heroes & photos :-) I loved Harrison Ford in 'Six days, Seven nights', so funny!
    I'm going to check these books out.

    *New follower*

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