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Today's guest is author Janey Chapel who has had great response to her recent novels from both readers and reviewers, and is also looking forward to releasing Anchors Aweigh in MARCH. I'm looking forward to it!

Today she's talking about her Kink...and treating us to some delicious pics of it! :)

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Thanks for letting me horn in on your birthday bash, Clare!

Before y'all get too excited, you should know that my kinks don't tend to veer toward leather straps, studded collars, guyliner, watersports, dildos or fur-lined handcuffs. I guest-blogged a while back for EM Lynley about my bulletproof kinks, and ever since, I've been thinking that at heart, it really all comes down to what I listed there as Bulletproof Kink #2: Competence. I love a man who knows what he's doing, and yes, you can take that any way you want.

So how, exactly, does a competence kink evolve?

For me, it all started at eight o'clock on some Saturday night in the mid-1970s, when Johnny Gage slipped down a firepole on my TV screen and slid straight into my prepubescent heart. Just look at the guy:

He fights fires! He saves lives! He knows his shit! And he still finds time to flirt with the nurses and play practical jokes on his buddies. I watched a few episodes from season one of Emergency! recently via Netflix's "Instant Watch" feature, and though the show seems glacially slow compared to today's whipper-snapper filming, all the things I fell in love with as a kid are still there, even when I'm watching with an adult eye: Johnny Gage is a really good paramedic. He's decisive. He's swift and accurate. He's reassuring and compassionate. I never watched the show with a sense of dread, because I knew once Johnny and Roy and the rest of Station 51 were on the job everything would be all right.

Fast forward twenty years to 1994, and a little movie about a bomb on a bus:

Siskel & Ebert gave it two very enthusiastic thumbs up, and I wiped drool off my chin. Speed was all about a good guy doing good things really, really well! Be still my heart! From the you-don't-scare-me banter to the way he let Annie drive the bus, Jack Traven mashed every single button I've got.


I think I can trace my love of Kevlar to that flick. I get a little warm just thinking about it. From there, it was just a baby step to a massive military kink, embodied best by Alexander Skarsgard as Brad 'Iceman' Colbert in HBO's Generation Kill. Let's bask in the badassness for a minute, shall we?

Photo from HBO.com

Along the way, I got a tingle from Kyle Reese in The Terminator and Dwayne Hicks in Aliens, both played by Michael Biehn, who manages to look competent no matter what he's doing, but looks especially fine with a gun in his hand:

Photo from alienscollection.com

Apparently, I even have a place for old school military in my kink arsenal:

Photo from HBO.com

Dick Winters, from HBO's Band of Brothers, as played by Damian Lewis, who went on to reach new levels of panty-dampening competence as Charlie Crews on Life.

I also picked up a sidebar kink for conman competence; they're just so…naughty with their devil-may-care gleam in the eyes and their lock-picking skills:

Danny Ocean & Rusty Ryan from Ocean's 11 (and 12…and 13):

Neal Caffrey from White Collar:

Photo from accesshollywood.com.

And, embodying a loin-quivering twofer of conman competence and kickassery, I give you Eliot Spencer from Leverage:

Photo from tnt.tv

Finally, take a gander at these two incipient recipients of my competence-kinkish admiration:

Mark Valley as Christopher Chance in Human Target, which premiered this past weekend on FOX:

Timothy Olyphant as Marshal Raylan Givens in Justified, a new show premiering in March on FX.

Both photos from tvguide.com

And speaking of things premiering in March… on to some shameless promotion!

Here's the very first look at the cover for Anchors Aweigh, the sequel to Maritime Men, scheduled for release in March in various ebook formats by Dreamspinner Press:

Summary: After completing Navy SEAL training, Cooper Fitch and Eli Jones face assignment into different platoons. Since the strength of their mutual physical attraction is exceeded only by their emotional reliance on each other, the idea of being separated for a year or more is a bitter pill to swallow. But missing Eli may be just the beginning of Cooper's troubles: he's got an undisciplined man in his platoon, an uptight commanding officer, and his own insecurity about his leadership skills to deal with. Without Eli at his back, Cooper starts to wonder if he really has what it takes to be a SEAL.

I welcome your recommendations for books featuring any or all of my various competence kinks: fire away!

~~Janey Chapel~~

Janey's Blog
Janey's email: janeychapel@gmail.com



Today's Quote:
"It's my birthday. I'm officially old. [Carrie on her 35th Birthday]." Sex and the City

Today's Daft Google Searches for 'Clare London':
"Free best step guide to merengue dancing" Are they saying I can't dance...? :)


Follow this month with Clare (look at the goodies so far...):

Jan 15 : Jen of Well Read savours the memory of food, and seeks it in her fiction!
Jan 16 : Author Mel Keegan tells us why we should all be visiting the GLBT Bookshelf.
Jan 17 : Author Cassandra Gold discusses the wonderful world of the romance sub-genre.
Jan 18 : Author Wren Boudreau asks "Who am I...and am I okay with it?"
Jan 19 : Author Jenna Hilary Sinclair confesses her addiction...to writing!
Jan 20 : Author Dakota Flint discusses the fascination of the Epilogue.

Jan 08 : Jessewave wonders - tongue in cheek - where the less shiny guys are!
Jan 09 : Anne Cain shares her art and encourages a show and tell!
Jan 10 : My latest release Upwardly Mobile is out at Amber Quill today.
Jan 11 : Author Lee Rowan discusses why love should not be a garotte.
Jan 12 : Author Jaime Samms asks if readers prefer short or long stories.
Jan 13 : Author Erastes explains why her submissions keep aiming for the stars!
Jan 14 : Author Daimeryan Rei describes the rewards of writing both fan and original fiction.

Jan 01 : The New Year brings the release of the Immortal Fire anthology IN PRINT.
Jan 02 : author Chrissy Munder asks if current affairs in fiction is delightful or just dates us.
Jan 03 : author Madeleine Urban describes how her characters hijacked her brain.
Jan 04 : author Theda Black's inspiration reaches from a bionic penis to the power of Pan.
Jan 05 : author Josh Lanyon shares some exceedingly good books with us.
Jan 06 : author K. Z. Snow questions what all the fuss is about authors 'making shit up'.
Jan 07 : Josie aka 1more_sickpuppy compares her life and friends online and off.

Want to grab a day to pimp, pose or pontificate? Email me at clarelondon11 @ hotmail.com and I'll happily find you a space ♥

NOTE: most pictures chosen by me and credited where known, others may be used without direct permission, please contact me with any queries/concerns.



( 22 comments — Leave a comment )
Jan. 21st, 2010 02:04 pm (UTC)
Oh, YUM! I've never thought about it quite like that, but yes, competence is smokin'-hot. None of my characters seem to have that trait...or if they do, only in very small doses...but I do dig it as a reader/viewer.

I've started drawing from reality shows for personality traits, because they're so unscripted and subtle. There was a quiet, confident sureness to the guy who won Hell's Kitchen two seasons ago that I loved--and that I think you could also attach the "competence" label to!

Very thought-provoking notion :D
Jan. 21st, 2010 08:35 pm (UTC)
I've never watched Hell's Kitchen, Jordan, but I can only imagine that quiet confidence in the kitchen would be appealing on many different levels!

Yul, who won one of the seasons of Survivor, had similar qualities, with both physical prowess and social intelligence. YUM. I believe that he may have been the only contestant ever to win unanimously?

Thanks for stopping by!
Jan. 21st, 2010 11:12 pm (UTC)
Oh I don't know, I think Jacob has competence and then some. ;) He might have moments of doubt, but from the start, I think he knew exactly who and what he wanted. Vic could probably used a bit of that excess.

Jan. 22nd, 2010 12:49 am (UTC)
I think Jacob blurs the line into "smug" at times, though I'll admit he's got plenty to be full of himself about ;-)
Jan. 21st, 2010 05:04 pm (UTC)
Real life competence yes, definitely. No wants to be married to the Dr. who cut off the wrong leg. But in my fiction I don't mind the ocassional klutzy, ditzy character. Would I want to be around them in real life? No way in hell, but they can be fun to read about. But not ALL the time, that would be annoying and they still need to have SOME redeeming feature, often a heart of gold.

Maybe that's why people find police officers, firemen, doctors, soldiers, etc. hot. They aren't wishy washy, they can't afford to stand around and angst over the right decision, they must act and decisively. They are well trained and don't doubt themeselves, at least on the job. There are definitely worse kinks you could have. ;-)

Beautiful cover by the way.
Jan. 21st, 2010 08:37 pm (UTC)
I think you make an excellent point, Tam -- we really want our doctors and police officers and soldiers to know what the hell they're doing and just do it already, don't we? Not really a place where you want ambivalence or indecisiveness!

And thank you! The cover is exactly what I wanted!
Jan. 21st, 2010 05:39 pm (UTC)
Great. Now I have a newly identified kink. As if I didn't have enough.

A few competent men just off the top of my head:
Lord John in Diana Gabaldon's books.
Nate Hawkins (JL Langley - My Fair Captain)
Noah (Deviations series by Owen and Payne)
Lucan (Thom Lane - Dark Heart)
Jacob Marks (Psycop series by Jordan Castillo Price)

Jan. 21st, 2010 08:39 pm (UTC)
Oooh, thank you for the list, Wren! I totally agree about Lord John, and I'd add Jamie Fraser to that list as well; he stumbles from time to time, but on the whole, he's very good at what he does.

I'll take a closer look at all the others!
Jan. 21st, 2010 10:16 pm (UTC)
You're right about Jamie, of course :) I wasn't sure that we were looking beyond m/m borders!
Jan. 21st, 2010 10:20 pm (UTC)
Oh, absolutely! I read approximately a bajillion het romances, so I'm an equal-opportunity competence kink fiend. ;)
Jan. 21st, 2010 06:52 pm (UTC)
I think I can trace my love of Kevlar to that flick. I get a little warm just thinking about it.

Can I just say that this completely tickled me? :)

I have two major kinks in my reading--and writing--life, and though I'm not sure I would have labelled it as competence, yes that fits it. Exactly. (The other is humor...HUGE kink of mine.) I grew up on political/spy thrillers, and romance of course, and if you combine the two? I'm in heaven.

Great post, I have like 3 new shows I want to watch now. Have you ever watched Burn Notice on USA? I just "discovered" it and I LOVE it, it's already in season 3 so I'm slowly catching up. I've always been more into spooks than shooters, I guess you'd say, though I enjoy either. But the MC, Westen, is super competent, but kind of funny.

Can't wait til March! I loved Maritime Men, loved, loved, LOVED the relationship between Eli and Cooper and can't wait for more!
Jan. 21st, 2010 08:43 pm (UTC)
Humor and competence make a great combo. Good and good for you! ;)

We watched the first season of Burn Notice (and maybe a little of the second?) but haven't seen it recently. Sounds like something else to put in the Netflix queue. I always liked Michael (and Sam!) but wasn't as fond of Fiona or Michael's brother.

And YAY! I'm glad you're so excited! I'm pretty excited myself. :)
Jan. 21st, 2010 08:05 pm (UTC)
-Aah!- thank you for naming this kink which I only now realized I share! Oh, Competence... which often brings the sexy Confidence along for the ride.
You know there's this guy I used to see while at work who looks just like Damian Lewis from BoB, red hair and everything! I was so mad when he started letting his hair and beard grow and wearing some ugly old parka... haha.
So pleased someone else shares my Terminator/Aliens Michael Biehn love too! I've stated on my LJ that if I had to sleep with one virgin man, Kyle Reese would be the one. ;)
Jan. 21st, 2010 08:45 pm (UTC)
Ah, yes, Sexy Confidence. Mmmmmmmmm.

I think you should take a picture of Damian Lewis to the guy and say, "This is what you're shooting for. Let me know how that works out for you."

Just reading the words "Kyle Reese" makes my heart go pitter-pat. SO freakin' competent. Just...nguh.
Jan. 21st, 2010 08:22 pm (UTC)
I like your take on "kink," Janey, but I'm not the right person to make recommendations on uber-competent heroes. Pure alpha is hard for me to take -- like trying to eat a king cut of prime rib. Guess I like an undercurrent of fucked-upedness beneath a tough, composed exterior, or a hidden font of strength in a guy who seems beta to the bone.

Yikes, I wonder what that says about my personal experiences. Maybe I'd better go now...
Jan. 21st, 2010 08:48 pm (UTC)
The other "bulletproof kink" I listed at EM's blog was alpha males who aren't afraid to show their softer sides. And that's where the love comes in -- it takes a special person to get those alpha types to bend and thaw and admit that they're tender on the inside. *sigh*

I couldn't agree more that there's something very sexy (and inspiring!) about a beta who finds strength at his core that he didn't realize he had. That's another *sigh* for me. :)
Jan. 21st, 2010 11:18 pm (UTC)
I love your cast of competent men! We share some of the same love of characters through the years, but I think I'd add one or two from way back when -- while Kent McCord was the hottie of the show, Martin Milner exuded that competence so desired.

And Dick Winters? so there, baby!
Jan. 22nd, 2010 12:03 am (UTC)
Wasn't Emergency! originally a spin-off of Adam 12? The Lorraine & Shirley to its Happy Days?

I only had eyes for Johnny Gage in that era, but I do remember how handsome both Kent McCord and Martin Milner were. :)
Jan. 22nd, 2010 12:11 am (UTC)
I think you might be right about the spin off! I'd forgotten about that.
Jan. 22nd, 2010 12:19 am (UTC)
I went and looked up the Wikipedia entry on Emergency!, and it turns out it was a double spin-off: Dragnet begat Adam-12 and Adam-12 begat Emergency!. They were all produced by Jack Webb and his partners.

Pretty cool, huh?
Jan. 22nd, 2010 12:28 am (UTC)
Very! though, on the competent scale of things -- Joe Friday probably will never make my heart go pitter-pat, no matter that he rocks the scale off the charts in competence!
Jan. 22nd, 2010 01:15 am (UTC)
Hee! You're right about that!
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