What is a Hero?

This post is part of the Heroes Blog Hop.  Click on the image to the left for details.

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What is a Hero?

There are lots of ways to define “hero.”  The TheFreeDictionary.com website offers these as its first two entries:

1. In mythology and legend, a man, often of divine ancestry, who is endowed with great courage and strength, celebrated for his bold exploits, and favored by the gods.

2. A person noted for feats of courage or nobility of purpose, especially one who has risked or sacrificed his or her life.

When we talk about “heroes” as authors, we’re often using their fourth definition:

4. The principal male character in a novel, poem, or dramatic presentation.

Personally I find the number 2 kind much more interesting and prefer to combine number 2 and number 4 in my principal male character.  I’m also interested in some of the less obvious forms of heroism, including the quiet, self-sacrificing kind that often goes unrecognized and unacknowledged in daily life. Those heroes are all around us.

Just as an aside, despite the specific role of number 4, I like to think of “hero” as a gender-neutral term.  I’ve known a few female heroes in my time. But for the purposes of this essay, I’m using the gendered version of hero as a male character.

My novella, A Vampire’s Christmas Carol, actually uses the idea of heroism, what it is and what it means, as one of the major themes.

My heroine tells her reluctant vampire companion that she isn’t married in part because she’s been holding out for a hero.  So far she hasn’t met anyone who even came close.

Over the course of one hugely important night for him, Carol is a reluctant witness to Michael’s heart-wrenching battle to hold onto what little humanity he has left. Doing that means not drinking human blood until the next morning. He only has to do it for ten more hours, but her presence and the continuing intrusions of his maker and nemesis provide temptation almost past bearing, while the deprivation causes him torturous pain.

It gives her a new view of what being a hero means and motivates her to do what she can to try to save him or at least ease his way if nothing else is possible.

Blurb for A Vampire’s Christmas Carol:

Can Christmas Eve get any more fun? On her way to her family’s home, Carol Prescott’s car slides into a ditch in a deserted area with no cell phone signal. The only available shelter is already occupied…by a vampire. To Michael Carpenter, Carol is the bait of a trap.

In an effort to hold onto his soul, Michael has resisted the urge to drink human blood for almost a century. Now he hovers between human and vampire. If he doesn’t drink from a human before the night ends, he’ll die. He’s desperately thirsty, but Michael has seen the soulless monsters vampires are and he prefers death. Carol is pure temptation to him, the Christmas present from hell…or is it from heaven?

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42 Responses to What is a Hero?

  1. Daryl Devore says:

    Looks like an interesting “Christmas” read.

  2. laurie g says:

    wow, a vampire take on the Christmas carol…thats a must read


  3. Kaylyn D says:

    That is a unique Christmas story. He sounds like quite a hero. Thank you for the giveaway.

  4. gaele says:

    I tend to like the “uncelebrated” heroes more – the ones who don’t look for, and aren’t necessarily drawn to the idea of heroism – but just live it because to do otherwise is counterintuitive to them…


  5. Molly Frenzel says:

    Great excerpt! I love tortured heroes.

  6. Natasha says:

    Thanks for the excerpt and the chance to win!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

  7. kittyb78 says:

    Great explanation of what a hero is. 🙂
    Enjoy the hop.

  8. Carin W says:

    I totally agree with your hero definition, I think that people who do for others even in little ways can be a hero to someone. The person who helps after a disaster, the man who buys the homeless vet lunch, even just donating blood or signing you organ donor card makes you a hero in my eyes. Thank Carin

  9. Yvette says:

    Thanks for the chance to win. I can’t wait to read this book.

  10. Lisa G says:

    A Christmas carol, vampire style. How awesome is that. Have to read this


  11. JanD says:

    What a final test for Michael.
    bituin76 AT hotmail DOT com

  12. June says:

    I agree with your idea of hero definition. Your hero sounds great. I have always loved vampires and have never read a book with this story line (the vampire not drinking from a human for 100 years so that he won’t tun into a “monster”.
    manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

  13. Tamsyn says:

    Great post on heroes. And I love the take on vampire and Christmas. Thank you for sharing and for the giveaway.

  14. Barbara Brant says:

    I love me some vampires! And I love Christmas. Sounds perfect.


  15. Janhvi says:

    Thanks for your post on heroes.
    A Vampire’s Christmas Carol looks good 🙂

    justjanhvi at gmail dot com

  16. Renee B says:

    Woohoo! I love blog hopping!

    Thanks for being part of the hop and for the chance to win.

  17. Kelly R says:

    Great excerpt! It sounds great..Thank you for your giveaway..


  18. Debra Soles says:

    It is so cool how you named your book. His Carol at Christmas. Really neat. Great post.

  19. Christine S says:

    I really liked the blurb for “A Vampire’s Christmas Carol” and look forward to reading it as soon as I can whittle down my TBR pile! Thanks for being a part of the blog hop and for the giveaway. Wishing you the best.


  20. Lisa Walker says:

    Thanks for the excerpt. The book sounds great!

  21. JessieL says:

    Thank you for the post & participating in this blog hop. After reading, I’m now curious as to what Michael choses. Adding it to my TBRs!


  22. Great take on a Christmas story! 🙂

    Thank you for the opportunity!
    brunettelibrarian AT gmAil . c0m
    The Brunette Librarian Blog

  23. Amanda says:

    Thanks for the great giveaway! =)
    amandastar84 (at) gmail.com

  24. Mary Grace says:

    awesome hop! Thank you for sharing and thank you for the chance.


  25. Lena Grey says:

    A vampire hero? interesting


  26. nina says:

    great blog contest. love your books

  27. micheleann oboyle says:

    interesting a vampire christmas carol new to me congrats on the book angelwolfmystic2yahoo.com

  28. micheleann oboyle says:

    hope you enjoy your summer oops my proper email is sorry angelwolfmystic@yahoo.com

  29. Christmas in summer! It good to have those kinds of books all year not just on the season.


  30. Ora says:

    I love vampires stories

  31. latisha depoortere says:

    This sounds great and I love vampires one of my favorites to read about!
    Thanks for the great giveaway Fun blog hop!
    Latisha D
    tishajean@ charter.net

  32. I’m a vamp girl! Thanks for the chance to win 🙂
    raynman1979 at yahoo dot com

  33. I have an X-mas short story tie in to my series. Surprisingly, it’s always a best seller. Your book sounds really interesting!


  34. Lona Stringer says:

    Great blurb, and the cover is super cute. Thx for giveaway.

    blinkysthebest at aol dot com

  35. Jessica says:

    Sounds really interesting! Thanks for the chance to win!

  36. Love your title! Is there a poem in there like “‘Twas the bite before Christmas and all through her veins, blood kept on stirring, it drove me insane! When what to my wondering eyes should appear, but her neck tilted back, an artery so clear!” ?

  37. Pat Cochran says:

    My hero gives his all for his family, making sure we are safe
    and secure at all times ! Thanks, Honey!

    Pat C.

  38. Michelle Bledsoe says:

    I can’t wait to read this book. It sounds like one to hold on to and read at Christmas every year.
    Thanks for the contest.

    koonie2888 at yahoo dot com

  39. Susan W. says:

    What an interesting combination of vampire and Christmas. I picked it up at Smashwords.Thanks! I love finding new to me authors on blog hops! Thanks for the giveaway!


  40. Daniel M says:

    liked the blurb & excerpt, thanks for the giveaway! – regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

  41. Shadow says:

    Thanks for the fun hop and the awesome giveaway! Ya all rock!! 🙂

  42. Brandi S. says:

    Thanks for the giveaway and for being part of the blog hop!