By Mina Carter
I’m a fairly active pinner. Actually, yeah, I love Pinterest. I’m a very visual person (I’m also a cover designer and photographer) so the hoard of pictures appeals to me in many ways. I use it for my own book covers, cover’s I’ve made, cover I wish I’d made, photos I’ve taken…and of course, pictures of hot men. What, every girl’s gotta have a bit of inspiration, right?
So, that got me to thinking I should share the inspiration for my Lyric Hound heroes with you all. Now, because of that pesky little thing called copyright, I can’t post images so let me paint you a picture with words here…
Aaron Rixx from Melody’s Wolf is the big guy, the head honcho of the Lyric Hounds. When the buck stops, it stops with him. He’s a man with the weight of the world, and the success of the band, on his shoulders. Long haired, lean and sexy as hell, he’s got everything going for him, as well as a kick-ass voice. Now, normally I’m not particularly a Tom Cruise fan, but have you heard the guy sing? Hell, if you haven’t, then you have to go check out Rock of Ages and his portrayal of Stacee Jaxx. Then have a quick google for images. Squint a bit, yeah…there you go, that’s Aaron ;)
For Barrett we take a step to the side, like a loooong step. Barrett’s former Special Forces, and he’s broken, to put it mildly. Losing the woman of his dreams in combat, then being medically discharged from the military means he’s lost his way. Head of security for the Lyric Hounds, he doesn’t let being plain old human stand in his way. And he certainly won’t let it stop him reclaiming his woman when Madame Eve manages to pull a miracle. I based Barrett on one of my go-to favourites. Seen The Hobbit, then you’ve seen Barrett. I based him on Richard Armitage, who plays Thorin. Need a bit of time to google? A bit more, no problem? Back with me? Yes, you’re welcome. Nice, isn’t he? If you caught the ones with the buzz cut and the short beard, then you’re looking right at Barrett.
Now, Karlan Rixx is Aaron’s twin but they’re not identical except in wolf form. He’s the quieter twin, but hell when he gets fired up, people know about it! With Sav on the drums, Karlan provides the musical weight to the Lyric Hounds sound. He’s nothing short of a musical genius on the strings but happy to stay in the background and let his brother take centre stage. Time’ll come though when he needs to step out of the shadows. For K, what can I say? I like British men, like REALLY like British men. Crane, Ichabod Crane…or more precisely, the Tom Mison version of him became the base for Karlan Rixx. *whistles while I wait for you to google*
And here’s the double whammy. The third Lyric Hounds book contains not one but TWO heroes. Trent Savage, commonly known as Sav, is totally alpha. Dominant as all hell, gruff, brash, abrasive…he has an ego a mile wide and the cocky attitude to pull it off. He starts the book the typical long-haired rocker but reinvents himself after a heartbreak. His story is the ultimate in sacrifice and reinvention until Madame Eve steps in. So…I have one word for you about Sav. Crixus. Need a few more? How about these two? Manu Bennett. No others needed. That’s Sav right there on the screen ;)
So, now that you’ve had a little peek into my head and haven’t run away screaming (I hope), tell me… Which delectable specimen would YOU pick for your own 1NS? Leave me a comment and I’ll pick a random winner for an ebook from my backlist!
So, instead of slaying dragons and hunting vampires and the like, Mina spends her days writing about hot shifters, government conspiracies and vampire lords with more than their fair share of RAWR. Turns out wanna-be adventurers have quite the turn of imagination after all...
(But she keeps that sword sharp, just in case the writing career is just a dream and she really *is* an adventurer.)
The boring part: A full time author and cover artist, Mina can usually be found hunched over a keyboard or graphics tablet, frantically trying to get the images and words in her head out and onto the screen before they drive her mad. She's addicted to coffee and would like to be addicted to chocolate, but unfortunately chocolate dislikes her.
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