This month our Hero Hunter Clare London is taking a look at the The Power of the Uniform. Check out what she has to say… let’s face it, we all love a man in uniform, don’t we? Let us know what you think…as you may be in with the chance of winning a kindle e-book of your choice.
THE POWER OF THE UNIFORM
I’ve just been to the Romantic Times Convention this month. It was the largest event I’ve ever been to, and was saturated with all good things Romantic. The walls and pillars in the hotel were covered with giant romance covers, and male cover models Walked Among Us. Among many excellent panels on writing craft, marketing, diversity and finance (mine! *g*), other topics included “The Military Hero”, “Alpha, Sexy and Dangerous” and “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Heroes”.
So I couldn’t really avoid the subject of Heroes, could I? LOL.
Let’s look at one of those heroes I couldn’t miss, an ever-popular one who put in a regular appearance at the convention – the Hero wielding the Power of the Uniform.
Please let me know what you think about this character, and any memorable examples you’ve found in your reading. And keep up with the ideas for future Hero posts – I’ll revisit all of them to choose each month’s theme!
What is it about a uniform? On one hand, it’s usually utilitarian, and not made with fashion and flattery in mind. It doesn’t show our hero’s personality or even his person. Helmets? Baggy flying suits? Brass buttons, anyone? Awkward, restrictive and with no opportunity for personal style.
But on the other hand… My hubby says it’s a symbol of their job to save lives. I reckon that’s what’s important in these heroes. They represent everything we admire and are grateful for. We may have personally been saved by them, either in a domestic crisis, or an accident, or in our country’s war. They represent all that’s brave and selfless and compassionate. They show pride in and a commitment to that uniform that rises above the individual.
And yet underneath it all… we know there are individual men involved. Ordinary men with families and friends, loves and hates, desires and ambitions, strength and weakness, fear and anger, love and loyalty.
For me, it’s this wonderful combination of status and singularity that makes so many men in uniform my heroes.
Who are my favourites? Well, I married a sailor *g* so I have a special bond with the maritime heroes. And then he worked in the aerospace industry later on, so I’m a fan of pilots too! (Top Gun, anyone?) I’m currently finishing a book about characters caught in the aftermath of a plane crash – FLASHBULB, out at the end of June – and it’s been fascinating to investigate more about the life of pilots and other cabin crew.
Fireman are always marvellous in books – and come on, confess, how many of you rush to the window when a fire engine goes by? LOL But I also like a story that deals with their struggles – with the risk of personal injury and the awful sights they must see in the course of their job.
I also have a deep and poignant gratitude for soldiers in WWI and WWII, brought home by the recent commemorations here in the UK. I’ve just read the fantastic anthology A Pride of Poppies, a marvellous collection of short stories from Manifold Press about those involved in WWI, from the special viewpoint(s) of LGBTQI characters.
There are plenty of books out there that feature our Heroes in Uniform, and I’ve read so many I won’t go into a list. But just off the top of my head there’s: Damon Suede’s Hot Head, Marquesate’s Her Majesty’s Men, Chris Owen’s 911, Aleks Voinov’s Skybound, Alex Beecroft’s False Colors, Josh Lanyon’s Out of the Blue.
Tell me about your favourite, in fiction or real life!
Oh, and about my trip to Romantic Times? It was in Texas. I mean, I couldn’t avoid cowboys, could I? Not exactly a uniform, I suppose, but the hat and the boots and the swagger…it all counts. Maybe a post for another day?! LOL
Coming 26th June 2015
Flashbulb by Clare London
Due for Release: 26th June 2015
Blythe Harris was taking his first flight to the USA and hopefully a whole new client base for his bespoke upholstery business. An adventure for him, he was both nervous and excited to attract the attention of a handsome steward. Things might have gone further – if Flight HA1710 hadn’t failed.
Marc Stafford is a self-confessed player, and he used his charm to seduce his cute passenger. But in the aftermath of the crash, he’s struggling to recover his confidence. The TV declares him a hero for saving passengers, but at night his nightmares trigger painful flashbulb memories of the crash.
In an Irish hospital, Bly realises that although his broken leg will recover, his career may not. And in Chicago, Marc can’t face returning to work. Neither of them can shake off the memory of their brief, sexy encounter. Both of them need to be with someone who understands exactly what they’ve been through. And on a middle ground they can make all their own
For an excerpt and more info on this series click –> HERE
Meet Clare London
Clare took the pen name London from the city where she lives, loves, and writes. A lone, brave female in a frenetic, testosterone-fuelled family home, she juggles her writing with the weekly wash, waiting for the far distant day when she can afford to give up her day job as an accountant. She’s written in many genres and across many settings, with novels and short stories published both online and in print. She says she likes variety in her writing while friends say she’s just fickle, but as long as both theories spawn good fiction, she’s happy. Most of her work features male/male romance and drama with a healthy serving of physical passion, as she enjoys both reading and writing about strong, sympathetic and sexy characters.
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