The Makings of an Outlaw Hero

by Harper St. George, author of The Innocent and the Outlaw

I’m so excited to be here today talking with you about one of my favorite types of heroes: the Outlaw! These heroes get to go on brave adventures and have all the fun we only wish we could have. Whether they’re motivated by righting past wrongs, evening the score, or in search of fortune, they do it with confidence and independence.

Who do you think of when you think of an outlaw hero? Do you think of Robin Hood from English folklore, Jamie Fraser from Outlander or someone more modern, like Jax Teller from Sons of Anarchy? My favorites are the Wild West outlaws. So, of course, all of the heroes are outlaws in my first Western series, Outlaws of the Wild West.

Hunter Jameson and Castillo (Reyes) Jameson are half brothers who only recently discovered each other. Castillo is a cattle rustler and gun for hire, driven by a need to restore his family’s legacy and find his grandfather’s killer. Hunter is driven by the bonds of brotherhood to help Castillo on his mission. Along the way they rescue Zane Pierce, who’s been beaten near to death for loving the wrong woman, and the Reyes Brothers are born. They roam the West looking to right past wrongs and searching for a killer.

Hunter is the hero of the first book in the series, The Innocent and the Outlaw. As the son of a Montana mining baron, he’s not your typical outlaw hero. He’s accustomed to having everything he wants and rides with his brothers to satisfy his need for justice. Of course, he rides for the thrill of it almost as much. I loved the idea of Hunter, the rough outlaw, juxtaposed with Hunter, the wealthy gentleman. And I couldn’t resist posing this question at the start of writing his story: What happens when a man who can have whatever he wants, can’t get the one thing he needs—the one woman who tells him no?

I loved Hunter, Castillo and Zane right from the start. I hope you enjoy getting to know them and the women who steal their hearts. Who is your favorite romantic outlaw from a book, a movie, TV or even real life?

About The Innocent and the Outlaw:

innocent and the outlawThis man is dangerous in more ways than one…

The stepdaughter of a bank robber, innocent barmaid Emmaline Drake knows Hunter Jameson is trouble the second he walks into her saloon. Though his gaze holds her captive, she vows to keep her distance.

When Hunter kidnaps Emmaline to retaliate against her stepfather, she escapes to the brothel where she was born. In desperation, she auctions off her virginity… But when she looks out into the gathered crowd of men, there’s only one she sees. Hunter has tracked her down and is about to place his bid for her…!

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Comments ( 100 )
  1. Raylene Dansby
    July 31, 2016 at 6:14 pm
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    sounds like my kind of book

    • APRIL CLOUD
      August 1, 2016 at 10:44 am
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      my kind of book to read

    • Mary Ann
      August 1, 2016 at 4:47 pm
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      Sounds great!

      • Sarah
        August 1, 2016 at 5:38 pm
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        Can’t wait to read it!

    • WENDY
      August 1, 2016 at 6:51 pm
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      sounds good

  2. Leona Bowman
    July 31, 2016 at 8:10 pm
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    I like outlaw, that are like robin hood. but in the west. Cowboy, yummy

  3. Katy Guptill
    August 1, 2016 at 1:45 am
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    I should read this book. It sounds good.

  4. E. R.
    August 1, 2016 at 3:33 am
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    An outlaw hero is dependent on numerous factors. Such a person is already an anti-hero of a sort. A “grey-ish” hero. Therefore, such a hero can be leaning towards either side (bad and good), tethering to stay in the middle.

    That is what I think of as an outlaw hero. And really, how the author writes such a character will depend on what kind of outlaw hero I “see” in the story.

  5. Mae Livingstone
    August 1, 2016 at 6:37 am
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    Sounds like a veery interesting and entertaining book. Will have to check it out.

  6. Irene
    August 1, 2016 at 6:52 am
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    Have to read this book!

  7. Purple713
    August 1, 2016 at 7:34 am
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    I can’t wait to read this book. Going to get it this week.

  8. Becky Mitchell
    August 1, 2016 at 7:50 am
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    I have not read this book, but it sounds like something I would enjoy . . . although I am used to Love Inspired Historical, I am willing to give this a chance.

  9. Debbie
    August 1, 2016 at 8:27 am
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    It sounds good.

  10. fran
    August 1, 2016 at 9:17 am
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    Very interesting book; for sure a must read.

  11. AniGreenwood
    August 1, 2016 at 12:49 pm
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    Who is your favorite romantic outlaw from a book, a movie, TV or even real life? I enjoy the Regency outlaw – either the aristocrat gone wild, or the military man who plays the edge of the law, in the interests of justice and protection of women and children. In the Wild west, the whole population was practically outlaw, as they were so far from the rules of society, and its enforcers. However, they found their ways to help and support each other, working within the spirit of the law. Or not!! Outlaw works if honor and justice win out; of course, outlaw is no hero if they are doing harm. My western favourites are often found among Diana Palmer’s Texans and Jo GOODMAN’S settlers. xxx

  12. Rhea Alexis Banks
    August 1, 2016 at 1:15 pm
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    Sounds interesting….

  13. carole fiore
    August 1, 2016 at 1:30 pm
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    this book sounds so good! I like a cowboy or someone who does good!

  14. Tray
    August 1, 2016 at 2:02 pm
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    Sounds like a good read.

  15. Cheryl
    August 1, 2016 at 2:13 pm
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    Looks like an interesting read……

  16. Debi
    August 1, 2016 at 3:54 pm
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    sounds like a good book

  17. Penny
    August 1, 2016 at 4:25 pm
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    Sounds pretty good, just not my favorite genre.

  18. Leah Moore
    August 1, 2016 at 5:00 pm
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    sounds like a great read

  19. Angela
    August 1, 2016 at 5:10 pm
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    Sounds like an great book to read!

  20. Kim
    August 1, 2016 at 5:32 pm
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    Love western romance stories – the guys are real men…

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