I'm participating in the Hot Summer Heroes Blog Hop! One of the requirements for participating in this blog hop was to talk about what constitutes a hot hero to me. As I write this, the Olympics are on TV. There's no shortage of buff men with impressive biceps and even more impressive abs - can you say six-pack, anyone?
But what makes a lot of these men heroes in my book is their committment to their dreams, their sense of fair play, and good sportmanship. It was heartwarming to see the genuine congratulations given to Oscar Pistorius from other runners in his 400 meter heat. Although Pistorius, the South Africian double amputee who runs on carbon fiber blades, didn't win his heat, his historic run was a triumph of the human spirit. There's a hot hero for you!
Closer to home, my idea of a hero is a man with integrity, tolerance, and intelligence. Having great abs (have I mentioned that I'm a sucker for great abs?) is just a bonus. A guy can be built like Adonis and have a face like Brad Pitt, but it means nothing without qualities like kindess and a sense of humor.
So, getting back to the Hot Summer Heroes Blog Hop. What is it? It's your chance to win lots of prizes. About 82 authors are participating, so you can hop from one blog to another and enter to win a prize at each one. A grand prize of a $100 Barnes and Noble Gift Certificate will be awarded at the end of the Hop.
My prize is a PDF copy of my most recent novella "Home Fires". All you have to do to enter my contest is to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell me what your idea of a hot hero is. Or simply tell me the name of one of your favorite fictional heroes, from books, TV or movies. I'll be picking the winner of my contest at random from all entries received on August 19, 2012. Chances of winning depends on the number of entries. To read an excerpt from "Home Fires" please go to http://www.janarichards.net/ExcerptreviewsHomeFires.html
After you've entered my contest, hop on over to Hot Summer Heroes Headquarters for a listing of all the participating bloggers. .
Click here to take you to a page with the names and addresses of all the participating authors.
Have fun on the Hop and best of luck!