Today we welcome author Sadie Hart who schools us on writing a kick-ass heroine.
When I first started reading romances…the girls in the book, well let’s face it, they always needed saving. Were always waiting to be rescued. And while I gobbled that up for years (I’m a total sucker for an alpha male, so I could see the allure)…when I got burnt out on the genre, I stumbled on urban fantasy. And wow, but those women could kick butt. Big time. Even those that weren’t powerful magically so, they still were strong personality wise. They stood up for what they believed in, protected those they cared about, did anything and everything they could to stop the bad guy, and in the end, often saved themselves.
You know, they were alpha females. Everything I’d liked in my heroes. It didn’t mean then men had to be weak, it just meant that both sexes could be strong. Those were the kind of female characters that I wanted to write. They were truly heroines of their books. For Hounded, Lennox is strong, capable, good at her job. She has a confidence that could be off putting. But she’s also got a justice streak, is loyal to those she cares about, and will do anything in her power to keep her loved ones safe. From the moment she walked on screen in the book, I knew she was going to be just as strong as her heroes.
What kind of heroines do you like to read about? Who are some of your favorites? (Yes, I’m always fishing for book recommendations :-p)
Lion-shifters Kanon Reyes and Tegan Sharpe aren’t sure what Kanon’s done to earn himself a frame-up for murder, but they’re determined to keep him from a silver bullet and a shallow grave. To do that, though, they’ll have to rely on the sexy Hound sent to arrest him.
As a Hound for Shifter Town Enforcement, Lennox Donnelly is one of the best. But when one of her arrest warrants turns out to be for an innocent man, she’s determined to get to the truth. What she finds are dead witnesses and an untraceable magick–with a killer far more powerful than her. Now, to survive, Lennox will have to learn to rely on more than just herself if she’s to make it back to the men she’s come to love.
An Excerpt from Hounded
The muscle in her jaw flexed, tense and he could see the warpath opening up between them. Damn, the woman would do battle with just about anything if a man riled her right. Kanon snatched a strand of that hair and Tegan’s eyes jumped to his, knowing instantly the texture of her hair by the hooded expression on his partner’s face.
Hell, Metro would let just about anyone in, as long as they were wearing clothes, but Tegan ached to see her without the dirt and with all that hair loosely draped over her shoulders.
She caught Kanon’s hand, so ready to fight when Tegan gave a low chuckle, stepping closer. Trapping her, between them and the dining room. She could run, but she’d have to back down for that. Lennox Donnelly looked like she’d rather shoot them both first.
But she was still trying to be the nice girl. “I thought you wanted help.”
Tegan let her see the lazy draw of his eyes as he looked her up and down from head to toe. “You’re filthy. Your hair is a mess…”
“You have dirt smudged on your cheeks.” Kanon licked a finger and reached out to swab a spot when she jerked back, a laugh floating from her.
“Is that your game? Seduce the Hound meant to drag you in?”
“No, Tegan actually intends to take you to the bar.”
Her gaze flitted back to Kanon. “And you?”
Kanon lifted his shoulders in a shrug, his grin growing wider. “We can go to the bar.”
About Sadie Hart
Sadie Hart lives in Michigan with two dogs, though one should totally be a Moose, and they both occasionally show signs of super powers. Like the ability to fly and mind read. Okay, maybe not the flying part. That’s actually her flying pig, Pignificent. Though his super powers also include laser vision.
During the day, while not wrangling super-pooches and pigs, Sadie works as a secretary in a library trying not to read the books. At night, she writes action packed paranormal romances with a heavy dose of the things that go bump in the night – both the spooky and the naughty kind.
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