Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Hero Hunter ~ Monthly Author Column by Clare London :: Clare London is taking a look at… Brainy Heroes :: with Giveaway


This month our Hero Hunter Clare London is taking a look at… Brainy Heroes. 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.

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They say that the source of sexiness isn’t always in the body, but largely in the brain. What do *you* think? It’s not always the six-pack or the brute strength or the dashing into burning buildings that gets our hearts racing. Sometimes it’s more of the sly smile, the cheeky sense of humour, the earnest enthusiasm – and the mental cute!

Brainy heroes have changed our world. They’ve invented and explored and discovered so much. They motivate us, and inspire us, and keep our world running as smoothly as it can.

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Martin Luther King Jr, Benjamin Franklin, Albert Einstein, Lenardo da Vinci, Oscar Wilde, Thomas Edison.

And brains continue to change things around us. So many disciplines have their conquering and trailblazing heroes – art, music, dance, literature, medicine, science, industry, social care, engineering. Is this what attracts us to those people in books? As in so many “hero” categories, we admire and respect them because they bring courage and compassion and intelligence to our stories. We’re a little bit jealous, maybe, because we aren’t at the same intellectual level, or have skills in different areas, so it’s fun to “control” them with our reading. And sometimes we’re a little bit pitying because the poor dears’ brains don’t necessarily mean they get the guy and the HEA – or at least, not at the beginning! LOL

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Jean Paul Gaultier, Derek Jarman, Nizhinskiji, Jimi Hendrix, Steve Jobs, Stephen Wiltshire (artist with autism).

Of course, brains are not always the same as common sense. How many of us know someone – or admit to being ourselves – very smart but a klutz? Or forgetful? Or with no sense of direction (that’s me)? Having brains and skill in one direction doesn’t mean you have it in every direction, and thank goodness, because we’d be a poor and boring world if everyone had the same level of smarts in everything we do!

And that gives us the opportunity for heroes in our fiction who make us love them because of this delicious mix of smart and not-smart – the academic geek who’s rarely dated, the brainy student who crushes on the sportsman, the smart-but-quiet man who has no idea how attractive he can be, the clueless guy who thinks his friend helps him out with his computer problems just to be kind – but who’s really plotting a gentle but steady romantic coup... oh wait, yes, that’s the plot of my Xmas story “Pop-Ups”! LOL

It’s been good to see the return/rise of the brainy hero in movies and in media. And in our books too! What are some of your favourite tropes in this genre? And special brainy heroes who have a place in *your* heart?

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Benedict Cumberbatch, Matt Smith, Nicholas Hoult, Jim Parsons, plus 2 gorgeous underwear models *g*.

james clare bondHere’s a silly picture of me at the GRL costume ball as one of my heroes James Bond – who I hope mixes brains *and* brawn!

~~Clare London~~

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Slap and Tickle (With a Kick #3) by Clare London


Bryan Harrison is a successful accountant and a man who admires order and self-discipline. It’s a startling break from his routine when he literally bumps into Phiz Bussman outside With A Kick. Phiz’s lifestyle and behaviour are in complete contrast to Bryan’s, and appear totally chaotic. But they each recognise something in the other that they need.
Bryan has been helping With A Kick with its financial difficulties, and is finding it difficult to balance his professional persona with friendship with the owners. But then he’s always found it tricky to expose his more vulnerable feelings. His cool facade hides loneliness: he believes he’ll never find a lover who accepts and welcomes his secret desire.
Whereas Phiz is all about exposure! He’s defined by his cheerful but clumsy liveliness, his open-hearted emotions, and his physical needs. Despite that, he’s lonely as well. He craves someone who will help him bring purpose and focus into his life, and admits freely he needs a firm hand – in every way.
If they can both accept a friendship that’s destined for more, Bryan may be just the man to provide it.


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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.



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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!

::: The Winner is ~ Serena9129 ~ Congratulations! :::


  1. I love a good brainy hero. I guess my favourite trope in this area is the brainy geek and the hot guy... Sort of opposites attract, somehow (I'm not implying that the hot guy must be brainless, only not focused on learning). There is many examples in books I love, such as Pricks and Pragmatism by JL Merrow, or The Ruin of Gabriel Ashley by KJ Charles.

  2. Have you read Perry Moore's book Hero?
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  3. Yes, please, keep up the low of recommendations! I'm rather pleased to find I've read these so far, but it's encouraged me to return to them :)

  4. I love geek stories, including ones about secret geeks (e.g. the jock who does ham radio or reads biochemistry texts in private)...

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  5. i really love all kinds of geeks especially

  6. I have a total softspot for Geeks :-) its not all about looks and a sixpack. An intelligent mind can also be very sexy.

  7. I love brainy or geeky heros. Especially those who do not realize how awesome they are until a special someone shows them. :-) My favorite brainy hero is Jordan L Hawk's Whyborne.

    Thanks for the post and your Xmas story sounds great! Brainy hero and the holidays in one story!

  8. I like Watson. He is a geek as well.
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  9. I love a good brainy or geeky character. They're just full of surprises =)

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  10. I do love the trope of a shy and unassuming brainy hero and the more audacious significant other who helps him realize he can have some sort of sexyness too... I always prefered charm and wit to any supermodel good looks ;-) Unfortunately, no brainy hero's name comes to my mind right now...
    Thanks for the chance at the giveaway.
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  11. Brainy is the new sexy. Perhaps it always has been , but only recognised by a few.


  12. I'm shamelessly pimping my clueless workaholic vs BF geek Xmas story here: LOL <3

  13. Geeks of any kind are my thing. And what can I say, I love the geek-&-jock sort of story, whenever a book has that trope, is a must-read for me.

    1. Hi Serena, congratualations! You our our lucky winner of Clare's author column this week. An email is on it's way to you :-)

  14. I've just remembered another one: Taxis and Tardis by N.R.Walker. Logan is the cutest, geekiest hero!