Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Thoughtful Thursday With Special Guest Author Jaleta Clegg!

  Just a few months ago I joined a writers group, SFR Brigade (Sci-Fi Romance). One of my fellow members is here today as my very special first guest, Author Jaleta Clegg. I'd like everyone to give her a warm welcome. Thanks for being here today to share your work and congrats on the release.

Jaleta is here today to tell us all about hunky heroes and introduce us to her newest book Priestess of the Eggstone, the latest addition to her The Fall of the Altairan Empire series.

Here is Jaleta's guest post. I hope everyone enjoys it as much as I did. And, please leave her an encouraging comment.
Guest post - By: Jaleta Clegg
Hunky Heroes
What makes a hero a hunk? That's a loaded question if I ever heard one. Ask ten different women and you'll get at least ten different answers.

For me, it depends on several factors. Appearance is only the surface. If a man is a total and complete jerk, I don't care how handsome he is, he isn't a hunk. Personality is the heart of being a hunk. Women really do care more about what's inside than what's outside.

In Priestess of the Eggstone, I had a lot of fun setting up a love triangle with three of the main characters. The two men couldn't be more different and yet they are both hunky in their own way. My main character, Dace, has her hands full trying to figure out what she feels.

Here's the description of Tayvis from when you first meet him in Nexus Point:

"He came out of the mist like a primeval god in a really bad romance vid–dark hair, darker eyes, and a face stolen from my most secret fantasies. He wore a leather vest with no shirt, tight pants, and tall boots. He stopped on the other side of the stream, muscles flexing as he folded his bare arms across his chest."

At the time, he's very threatening. He has to be. He's an undercover Patrol agent sent to find drug smugglers on a low-tech planet. Dace is where she doesn't belong and her story of crash landing in a damaged escape pod is too wild to be believable. But he's her best chance off the planet, so she agrees to work with him to catch the real bad guys. Tayvis turns out to be a decent, honorable guy and by the end of the book, she's in love with him.

Now enter guy #2, Jerimon, at the beginning of Priestess of the Eggstone:

"The man waiting in the doorway was short, slender, almost too good-looking to be real. His voice was cultured and smooth as Sirian silk, surprisingly deep. His short hair was deep black, with blue highlights under the lights. My mind filled in more details than I thought I'd noticed.

He had only glanced up briefly during the short interview, showing dark lashes and just a hint of blue. His hands were elegant, fingers moving gracefully over the keypad as he entered his information. He exuded competence and polish. His face could make grown women swoon, if he were in vids. He made my skin crawl but I was prejudiced against handsome men."

Two very different men, but both hunky in their own way. Dace finds herself very physically attracted to Jerimon, but he's a bit of a whiny jerk at times. Looks aren't everything. But Jerimon is there and Tayvis isn't. Which will she choose? You'll have to read the book to find out.

What makes a hunky hero for you? Looks? Skills? Attitude? or his character?
Jaleta Clegg loves to play with words, writing stories filled with adventure and just a bit of romance, because that's what she enjoys reading. You can find more about her at

Pursued by the Targon Crime Syndicate bent on revenge, the Patrol intent on recruitment, and the Sessimoniss who want their god back, the last thing Captain Dace needs is a handsome copilot with romance on his mind.

Visit for more information on the series, The Fall of the Altairan Empire.

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Fantastic post Jaleta. For me the one characteristic that makes a hero hunky or otherwise is devotion, a man that is loyal and lives for the woman he loves. What about everyone else? Leave a comment for Jaleta Clegg and answer her question above!


  1. Great post, Jaleta. I think Tayvis gets my vote as preferred hero.

    I tend to write military men as my heroes, so for me it's the sense of honor and duty that's an essential component in the makeup of a real hunk. (Of course, how they fill out a uniform is an enticing side-benefit of all that military discipline, too!)

  2. Yes, Tayvis for me, too. And for the rest, what Laurie said. I write military hunk, as well. But certainly it's much more than just looks.

  3. Thanks! And to think when I wrote book 1, I thought Tayvis was going to be a throw-away character.