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With all of the Marvel movies coming out each year, the word “hero” has been on everyone’s lips. Hero, super hero, anti-hero… but what is a hero really? Is it the caped crusader saving innocent lives? Is it the guy out for revenge that ends up saving lives indirectly? Is it the grizzled traveler who ends up becoming part of a quest to save the world? Perhaps. But none of these reflect real life, unless you live in New Zealand and can play Lord of the Rings in your backyard.

So who are the real heroes?

To me, a hero is someone who sacrifices with no thought to his or her own safety or what they will get out of it. Someone who puts one foot in front of the other despite terrible hardships and disappointments, and never wavers or loses their faith in love and the good in people. So by my definition, most of us have been a hero at some point or another. Someone might have looked up to us unknowingly using our strength to get through his or her day or problem.

Heroes are the people you drive by or walk past or encounter every day: the single parent struggling to make ends meet and who always has a smile and time for his or her kids; the first responders who put their lives on the line to keep us safe; nurses and doctors and techs and aides who take care of our loved ones with compassion and grace; the people struggling with chronic illnesses; the teacher using his or her own money for materials for the classroom…the list is endless.

Who is your hero and why? Comment for your chance to win e-book copies of Organ Reapers and Soul Reapers, the first two books in the Eli and Ava novel series. At the end of the Blog Hop I will let a random number generator choose a winner!

Detectives Eli Robbins and Ava Aguilar are plagued with crimes that defy explanation. Can they delve outside reality as we know it to bring the killers to justice?  

Organ Reapers cover          Soul Reapers_1

9 Comments on “Heroes”

  1. blazemcrob May 8, 2016 at 9:22 am #

    Great post, Shay! For me, that hero is my wife. She puts up with a lot from me. No, I’m not mean; I’m not an abuser; I don’t womanize, do drugs, etc. I have physical limitations, and she’s always there for me, even though she has limitations of her own. And . . . and she makes me laugh. That’s a new thing for me. Terri is a joy to be around. Always. Many more reasons, but I believe you can see a pattern here. Thank you, Shay, for a platform for me to say how much I appreciate and love my hero.


  2. amartinez87 May 8, 2016 at 6:41 pm #

    Mine is my mom. She’s amazing and she’s always there for me

  3. Celesta Thiessen May 8, 2016 at 7:51 pm #

    My hero is Jesus.

  4. Mai Tran May 9, 2016 at 4:37 am #

    KAREN FENECH–Snowbound. FBI Agent Mallory Burke, injured and on the run for her life, is stranded in a snowstorm with a reclusive and secretive cop she’s not sure she can trust but is falling in love with.

  5. bn100 May 12, 2016 at 6:30 pm #

    mom – does a lot

  6. bookjunkee27 May 15, 2016 at 12:59 pm #

    my hero has been and will always be my mom she has been a single mom since i was 8 and has always given me and my brothers the things we needed growing up and been there for us.

  7. Laura May 18, 2016 at 5:31 pm #

    My hero is my Grandmother. She is such an amazing and inspirational person!

  8. drshaywest May 19, 2016 at 10:27 am #

    Thanks to a random number generator, the winner of e-book copies of both Organ and Soul Reapers is Blaze!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks to you all for commenting! It’s great that we can all appreciate heroes in our everyday lives

    • blazemcrob May 19, 2016 at 11:16 am #

      Wow! I am one lucky guy! Thank you so much, Shay! Some great reading here.


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