Welcome everyone to another Fantasy Friday!  J.A. Huss is here today sharing her trilogy and her thoughts on what makes a hero sexy.  Sit back, get comfy and enjoy!

But first, let's meet the novels:


Book One I Am Just Junco
By J.A. Huss
Book Trailer:
In 2152 the avian race is on Earth looking for something stolen from them decades ago – their genetics. At the center of the search lies the Rural Republic; a small backwards farming country with high hopes of military domination and a penchant for illegal bioengineering.

19 year old Junco Coot is the daughter of the Rural Republic’s ranking commander. She’s the most foul-mouthed, wildly unpredictable and ruthless sniper the Rural Republic has ever trained. But when her father’s death sparks a trip into forbidden places, she triggers events that will change everything she knows to be true.

As an elite avian military officer, Tier’s mission is to destroy the bioengineering projects, kill Commander Coot’s daughter, and return home immediately. There’s just one problem. Junco isn’t who she claims to be.

With no one to trust, not even herself, Junco must confront the secrets of her past and accept her place in the future, or risk losing herself completely.

Book Two
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Junco Coot can’t even remember her trip off Earth; she was too busy being morphed into her new avian body. But reality hits her hard when she wakes up to find her new life is not what she expected. Not even close. Tier is on trial for disobeying his commander’s kill order and only Junco seems to care.

In most places the avian coming-of-age Fledge ritual would be nothing more than mass murder, but here in the capital city of Amelia, it’s called growing up. Junco has no choice; either fight to the death to prove her worth or get sent back to Earth in the hands of her enemies.

Her new military team is hostile, her body is being taken over by an illicit artificial intelligence, the avian president wants her dead, and her only friend is a ten-year old throwaway boy.

On a foreign habitat, in a foreign culture, and surrounded by people she can’t trust or count on, Junco must find a way to save herself and Tier without losing her immortal soul in the process.


Book 3

Escape from Earth. Check.

Morph into an avian body. Check.

Survive Fledge and Deliverance, soul intact. Check.

Bring her Siblings back to Amelia and restore the avian race? Not so fast, darlin’.

There’s a new twist on an old prophecy and this one brings the End of Days. Junco must make a choice, but the choices all confirm her only worth is tied up in killing.

Lucan has secrets. Secrets that will make the Stag Camp look like playschool. And the lies are flowing like a mountain river during spring thaw. But he needs Junco to cooperate just a little bit longer or it all falls apart.

The Siblings on Earth are waiting for the Seventh to return and pull their clutch together. But Earth has secrets too -- secrets that change everything.

Junco has survived against impossible odds, but the cost of survival is higher than she ever imagined. Luck is about to catch up with Junco Coot and her debt must be paid.

What Makes A Hero Sexy?

It’s not a convoluted question, is it?

Most readers would say good looks is near the top, some might have it at the top – but all of us know that guy, right? That guy who’s so freaking hot, yet that’s all there is to him. Maybe he’s good as eye-candy for a while, but a leading man in any story has to have more than good looks.

They definitely have to have strength, especially if they plan on sweeping a certain someone off her feet. But outer strength and brawn isn’t enough, we expect a little more from our hero – he needs inner strength as well. The kind that allows him to persevere and move forward in the face of adversity.

How about passion? YES! Passion is a must-have for any wannabe sexy hero. The more passion he has the better we like him! He must, if not love, at very least lust all over the heroine. What good is a passionless hero? And he can’t be sloppy in this department either, he has to work for her responses.

Tenderness is on my list too, how about you? I like a rough man on the outside, but he should care about what our heroine is thinking. He doesn’t have to be tender all the time. In fact, maybe he hides this side of himself. But he needs to have access to it when called upon. And he needs to show the heroine he has this side when she really needs him.

The type of work our hero does in his daily life can also make or break him. I mean, what if he has no job, no prospects, and no desire to change that? I don’t know about you, but that’s not something that draws me to a character. He can be going through a rough patch, but he should be actively finding solutions as far as how he can complete his life’s work. He doesn’t have to be a fireman, or a hockey player, or a billionaire - although we like all three of those sexy careers - but at the very least, he must have a goal.

Even if our hero has all of these things, he might still be lacking in my eyes because I always like a hero with power. Really awesome power. Like, he just raided a major corporation or he’s a thousand year old vampire, or a violent werewolf…you know – scary powerful stuff like that.

But power is only cool as long as you’re not getting screwed by it, so the perfect powerful leading man must be able to use his talents for good. Like sweeping our heroine of her feet and being there when she needs that strong, chiseled shoulder to lean on.

I don’t write romances, I write science fiction. So why am I writing this blog you ask? Because the qualities that make a sexy leading man in a romance novel also applies to all leading men. We like a well-rounded guy. Maybe he’s not so nice all the time, heck, maybe he’s even got an evil side to him. But when it comes to his love interest, our heroine? He must be everything on this list and more.

That’s what makes a character interesting and since science fiction books have leading men too, I created one scary powerful guy named Lucan who was tailor-made to be the perfect sexy hero. He shows up in Fledge (book two in my I Am Just Junco series) and grabs the reader’s attention like none of the other (numerous) sexy men can.

Lucan has it all:

Power and Ambition? – Check. He’s several thousand years old and runs an entire race of winged beings, not to mention an army of angel-like warriors that numbers in the millions.

Good Looking? – Oh, hell yeah. He’s hot!

Strength? – Right again! He’s got talents that will keep a reader guessing all the way to the fifth book.

But the thing about Lucan that makes him such a sexy leading man (and hero) is that he reserves some tenderness in his cold heart for our heroine, Junco. She’s just a confused girl who could really use a break, and when she needs him most, he shows up just like a good hero should. :)

If you’re looking for an exciting plot filled with a whole slew of leading men who fit the description above, then give the I Am Just Junco series a try. Start your journey into Junco’s world today by purchasing Clutch at Amazon for only 99 cents.

When you’re done, please leave a review at Amazon and/or Goodreads and tell me if you think I hit the mark when I created the Tier, our leading man in the first book. (But no spoilers, please!)

And don’t forget to enter the giveaway contest - each autographed copy of Clutch will come with some cool swag, too!

J. A. Huss

Thank you, J.A., and thanks for stopping by today!
The first book in the series is FREE to anyone who signs up for the JA Huss newsletter http://bit.ly/Pw58W4  JA will make sure everyone gets their free copy of the e-book via e-mail.
The Rafflecopter giveaway  - is two $50 gift cards and three autographed print books of Clutch and it will run from October 1-October 31

About the Author:

J. A. Huss never took a creative writing class in her life. Some would say it shows. Others might cut her some slack. She did however, get educated and graduated from Colorado State University with a B.S. in Equine Science. She had grand dreams of getting a Ph.D. but while she loves science, she hated academia and settled for a M.S. in Forensic Toxicology from the University of Florida.

She went on to write science curriculum for homeschoolers and now runs a successful home business that creates and offers online science unit studies. When she’s not writing science curriculum or fiction, she works as a farm inspector, traveling the Eastern Plains of Colorado in variety of environmentally friendly vehicles that never have four-wheel drive, so when she gets stuck in the mud in said vehicles, she has to beg for assistance from anyone who will help her. She is not bitter about that at all.

She’s always packing heat and she is owned by two donkeys, five dogs, more chickens and ducks than she can count, and of course, the real filthy animals, her kids. The I Am Just Junco series was born after falling in love with the ugliest part of Colorado and the Rural Republic is based on the area of the state she currently resides in, minus the mutants, of course.
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2 Responses so far.

  1. Thanks for letting me ramble on your blog, Claire! :)

  2. I LOVE science fiction with some romance. :]

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