Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Hero Hunter ~ Monthly Author Column by Clare London :: The Hero … Beyond the Horizon :: with Giveaway


This month our Hero Hunter Clare London is taking a look at the The Hero … Beyond the Horizon, the explorer and adventurer. Check out what she has to say…and don’t forget to let us know what you think…as you may be in with the chance of winning a kindle e-book from your TBR list.divider (4)

The Hero … Beyond the Horizon

What is it that thrills us about the hero explorer and adventurer? The guy who fights against the elements, who’s strong, tough and gritty, who has little time for social niceties and personal looks, but who admires, respects and fears nature – and wants to conquer it!?

I’ve just started a new novel which features a gruff, socially inept, but handsome explorer, who likes nothing more than to be away from civilisation, conquering a mountain peak or trudging through a jungle valley. He cares nothing for his looks or his clothes – apart from the fact they have to be suitable for the expedition! – and he *definitely* doesn’t have time for romance.

That is, until I get my authorly hands on him LOL.

But this kind of man has peppered history with tales of heroic journeys, personal hardship, and both triumphs and disasters. And we love reading about them! We’re in awe of them, amazed at their determination, bemused at their drive and single-mindedness – and who among us hasn’t wondered at some time how the hell the family at home cope with them?

HH adventurer 1Jason Momoa in Conan, Kazimierz Nowak, Kilian Jornet, Bear Grylls, Jacques Cousteau.

For me, that’s what sets them apart into “hero” status. They seem to be part of another world and I don’t see how anyone can ever imagine them doing the washing up, or fetching a pint of milk, or even watching TV with the kids. That’s not to say they *can’t* have a romance and family, but it must be difficult to reconcile the lure of adventure with domestic bliss.

And “difficult” = fodder for romance plots!

That, in my opinion, is the fascination to readers of these heroes: the breathless anticipation of when – or if! - another character will break their way into the single-minded, driven heart and soften it with love LOL. Whether we think *we* could do it, or whether we suspect it’s only likely in fiction, and we revel in the opposites-attract storyline (which I’m shamelessly using in my novel!), we’re in suspense waiting for someone to bring these men back into the Real World – and into someone’s heart.

Because they deserve it, right?

The pictures I’ve chosen to illustrate my post are a mix of the real and the fictional, because many fictional adventure heroes have found a place in our hearts as well. Our favourites may include Indiana Jones, the Star Wars heroes, El Cid, Alan Quartermain... or even more fantastic heroes such as Van Helsing or Aragorn. We love reading tales of the mavericks, the loners, the brave and the bold, striking out on whatever quest consumes them.

So who are your favourite explorers, fact or fantasy? Have you ever followed an adventurer’s career with fascination * have you ever known or met someone who achieved something heroic * have you read any books recently that featured just that kind of brash, lovable but resistant hero?

Please tell us about it!

HH adventurer 2Indiana Jones, Christopher Columbus, Lief Erikson, Sherpa Tensing and Sir Edmund Hillary, Brendan Foster in Journey to the Centre of the Earth.

~~Clare London~~divider (4)

Recent Release

Flashbulb by Clare London

flashbulb250Published: 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

:: REVIEW ::

Purchase Links


divider (4)

Meet Clare London

2P5CTS-WClare 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.



divider (4)


Each week, on our Wednesday Author Column posts we will gift to one lucky commenter answering the author question, a Kindle eBook from your TBR list.

Please leave your email address with your comment so we can contact you.

Good Luck!

::: and the winner is….SERENA! Congratulations :::


  1. I think my favourite hero/explorer is Captain Robert Falcon Scott, who lead the failed Terra Nova Expedition to the South Pole. The story of this expedition always makes me cry. So noble and so sad!

  2. Indiana Jones always bring so many memories of my childhood, when my brothers and I were kids and my grandma made popcorn for us. Sadly, after she died that was lost.
    And thanks, booksandmore! I didn't know anything about Captain Robert Falcon Scott but his life is very interesting and worth to read.

    1. Hi Serena, you are our lucky winner and get to choose any book from your TBR list. An email is on it's way to you.

  3. great blog post sounds great

  4. Ernest Shackleton, because when it all went to hell in the Antarctic, he did a superhuman job of keeping his team together and bringing them back home alive.

    Tellingly, though, the Wikipedia entry about him says this: "Away from his expeditions, Shackleton's life was generally restless and unfulfilled"

  5. Definitely Indiana Jones! Or maybe Han Solo. I sense a theme here. :-) Thanks for an interesting post.


  6. I like Colonel Chris Hadfield! He's so unassuming in his AN ASTRONAUT'S GUIDE TO LIFE ON EARTH, taking something as imposing as space travel and unfailingly making it something that teaches us about our own humanity. (I had no idea, for instance, that most space missions are internationally collaborative, because each country's astronauts soon learned that the others had areas of expertise that they didn't.)

    --Trix, vitajex(at)aol(Dot)com

  7. I'm a sucker for quirky, goofy heroes: Indiana Jones, Han Solo, and anything with Brendan Fraser! Great post and giveaway. thanks.

    j dot stonewright at gmail dot com

  8. I'm a history buff, so people like Marco Polo and Ferdinand Magellan have always fascinated me. At a time when travelling was difficult and onerous, they went to great lengths for their amazing travels.

    waxapplelover (at) gmail (dot) com

  9. Magellan was killed by a Pacific tribe. Fascinating history.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

  10. Thank you for the interesting post.
    I actually don't have a favorite explorer. It's just not a subject that I'm passionate about although I didn't hate reading up on it in my history classes.

    humhumbum AT yahoo DOT com

  11. Gosh, I LOVED The Undersea Adventures of Jacques Cousteau on TV when I was little. It was what set off my love for animals, birds etc. But didn't it turn out that he had more than one wife and family and spent his time divided between them? Something like that was discovered years later, can't remember exactly. Maybe his divided life was a result of the clash of adventuring with domestic bliss.

    You could also add Chris Morgan to your list of adventurers, please look him up if you don't know who he is. He is an environmentalist and explorer who tracks and protects wild bears.