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Winners!

Trish J

wins two digital books from Jerri Corgiat

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Na

wins SEDUCE ME IN FLAMES by Jacquelyn Frank

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Julie

wins TOUCH A THIEF by Mia Marlowe

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Karen H in NC

wins IMPROPER GENTLEMEN by Maggie Robinson

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Maria D.

wins THE SINNER WHO SEDUCED ME by Stephanie Sloane

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Congratulations to all the winners! Julie, please contact Mia via her website with your mailing address. The rest of the winners need to email me at lillie80 at gmail dot com to claim your prizes.

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A dedicated Young Corinthian agent, James Marlowe accepts the riskiest of missions—go undercover as a traitor and infiltrate a deadly French crime organization. As he heads to Paris, he is prepared for all matters of intrigue—everything but a surprise encounter with the only woman he ever has loved. Five years ago, the exquisitely stunning Clarissa Collins spurned his love, breaking his heart in the process. Now, the accomplished painter is in peril up to her lovely neck and only he can protect her.

Blackmailed by a mysterious man who threatens to destroy her world, Lady Clarissa cannot imagine a crueler fate. Until she is reunited with James Marlowe, the enthralling man who seduced Clarissa body and soul, then betrayed her. Despite the hurt and misunderstanding that still simmers between them, their enduring passion ignites anew, leaving the two breathless with desire and need. With their lives and England’s safety hanging in the balance, they have little choice but to put the past behind them and work together to save everything they hold dear. As they attempt to escape the clutches of the malicious forces holding them, can Clarissa and James find their way back to each other hearts…this time forever?

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This is a question that I ask myself all the time. Once I figured out that the Regency Rogues would be a continuing series—which happened when my publisher decided that it would be so, thank you Ballantine—I made sure that I gave myself plenty of room for expansion. The Young Corinthians are many in number—though I never provide actual numbers. Which means there are countless deliciously handsome, deceptively complex agents just waiting for their stories to be told. I could be realistic about things and admit that there were only so many dukes, earls, viscounts, and marquess’s during the time period, but what would be the fun in that?!

Tricky!

The first three installments in the series, culminating this month with the release of The Sinner Who Seduced Me, all happen one month after the other. But the fourth, fifth, and sixth books are not tied to this specific time-line nor set of characters beyond Lord Carmichael, the enigmatic leader of the Young Corinthians. This means a whole host of new characters can be introduced while still allowing for beloved individuals from the first three books to make an appearance should I so choose.

Cunning!

I did tie myself down a bit with the setting when I chose the tumultuous years leading up to Napoleon’s demise. I mean, it’s not as if I could seamlessly jump to the Victorian era—though, in theory, a look at the Young Corinthians during that time might be fun! But honestly, there are so many fascinating facts and situations surrounding Bonie’s attempt to rule the world that I could write 100 books in the Regency Rogues and still have more stories to tell.

Shrewd!

So I’ve positioned myself well to continue on with the Young Corinthians. And would like nothing more! But it comes down to the readers. Like all products, a book’s success depends upon how well it’s received. If you would like more of the Regency Rogues, read! And support your favorite romance authors by reading their books, too. A genre’s health depends on us all, authors and readers alike.

Please check out an excerpt from The Sinner Who Seduced Me here:

http://www.stefaniesloane.com/books/the-sinner-who-seduced-me/#read-an-excerpt

And sign up to receive my newsletter, where you’ll automatically be entered to win a signed copy:

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Many thanks to Stefanie for joining us today!

To find out more about Stefanie, please visit www.stefaniesloane.com. And for a chance to win THE SINNER WHO SEDUCED ME, leave a comment below. Good luck! 😀

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“To Match a Thief” by Maggie Robinson

Ex-pickpocket Sir Simon Keith can now afford the best of everything. But London’s most-desired courtesan is his lost love Lucy. Now Simon will need his wits and his considerably large…wiles to win his way back into her bed—and into her heart.

“Hair Trigger Palace” by Diane Whiteside

He rules Colorado’s most glittering gambling palace. Justin Talbot never does something for nothing. If daring Boston aristocrat Charlotte Morland needs his protection from a dangerous enemy, he’ll make her business his pleasure…

“A Knack for Trouble” by Mia Marlowe

Lord Aidan Stonemere didn’t go from prison to a title by playing by society’s rules. If he wants something, he takes it. Rosalinde Burke didn’t object to being taken. Once. To keep her from marrying a proper viscount, Aidan will do whatever it takes to remind her how deliciously good being improper feels…

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It’s lovely to be back at Novel Thoughts, thinking about novels and talking about my novella “To Match a Thief” in the Brava anthology Improper Gentlemen (July 26, 2011). You’ll see me again next month, because I have two back-to-back releases, so I’ve been thinking of nothing else but novels and novellas, LOL.

There’s been a lot of talk in Romancelandia lately about creating romance heroes and heroines who are not born with silver spoons in their mouths or strawberry leaves on their coronets. If you read historical romances, you’d think every other guy in England was a duke. 😀 In short, there’s a dearth of ‘regular’ people. I’ve noticed a trend to get a little more grit into books—Meredith Duran’s recent A Lady’s Lesson in Scandal features a cigar factory girl. Granted, she’s a long lost heiress, but she sure is rough around the edges.

I didn’t deliberately set out to follow the trend to write a novella about “normal” people last year. In fact, I had a very abnormal heroine, a girl who’d been mentioned by characters in my two previous Courtesan Court books. Lucy was a rich man’s mistress, and a suspected thief. But was she really?

“To Match a Thief” is all about self-improvement, by hook or by crook. Lucy is a hatmaker who wants to better herself. Her hero Simon begins as an illiterate street thief and rises to knighthood. All their layers of pasted-on civilization cannot cover their humble beginnings or their enduring love for each other. They’ve both been poor, so it’s an equal-opportunity Cinderella story. Publishers Weekly says: “Robinson’s witty multidimensional characters are vividly entertaining in “To Match a Thief,” in which Lucy Dellamar pretends to be the mistress of broke Lord Ferguson until he sells her home to Sir Simon Keith, her first love.”

Would you like more books that are dukeless? Are you enjoying maid Anna and valet Bates’s tender romance in Downton Abbey? Are you a sucker for a Cinderella story like I am? There’s a signed copy of Improper Gentlemen for one commenter!

To Match a Thief excerpt

By God, she had nerve. To think he’d keep a roof over her head without her getting under him. Or above him—he wasn’t particular at this point. He shifted so she wouldn’t see his discomfort. That kiss had been nothing like the hurried assaults they’d made on each other when they were kids.

Simon doubted seriously she meant to turn him in—the warrants out for his arrest must be tattered scraps by now. Surely the authorities had more to worry about than a skinny seventeen-year-old boy who stole to feed himself and his old gran over a dozen years ago.

He’d worked back then, too—anything he could get his hands on. Mended bridles at  stables, hauled barrels of ale, ran errands for the local moneylender. One such ‘errand’ had been his undoing. He’d kept a little extra from the toff he’d had to persuade—not much, but enough to make his employer turn him in to the corrupt magistrate. And it hadn’t helped when he’d had to tie a sweet little old lady to a chair on his last job.

Simon became expendable. His bad judgment meant he was running from both the law and his boss, even if the sweet little old lady hadn’t pressed charges. He’d only been back to Scotland once—to find Lucy  for all the good it did him. England was his home now.

He was a new man—it was a new age with a new king, a time filled with the promise of industry, machinery, investment, invention. He had a different name, a different appearance. No one would connect the knighted, rich Sir Simon Keith with the impoverished boy he used to be.

 

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Writers are collectors. We go through life gathering faces and names. Our ears prick when a lively conversation kicks up at the next table in the restaurant. We taste. We sniff. We seek out the details that will later find their way out our fingers and onto the page.

Like any good director, we’re also on the lookout for unique locations for our stories. When our cruiseship docked next to this 1820’s fort on Bermuda, I knew I’d have to work it into a book sometime. And I’ve done so in my novella in the new Brava anthology Improper Gentlemen (available July26th!)

Royal Dock has such good bones. There’s a stern seawall, the barracks and exercise yard, and an armory as well as the elegant Commissioner’s House. In my mind’s eye, I could see strapping military men swarming over the place. Earnest, upright fellows in their wool uniforms sweating under the Bermuda sun, but not complaining because it just wouldn’t be the done thing.

Wherever the English went in the world, they took their culture with them and tried to recreate it in the new place. Bermuda was unique in that there was no indigenous population for them to displace when the first shipwreck survivors washed up on its empty shores in the 1600’s. Built in 1827, the interior of Commissioner’s House is a late Regency jewel of clean, classic lines.

Of course, the main point of visiting such places for me is to imagine the people who lived there. Obviously, my heroine would glide smoothly through this thick walled-structure.

I loved this interior courtyard with its splashing fountain and stone walls soaring to the open sky. A perfect place for my heroine to read her book of sonnets without being seen by the populace, but with countless interior windows opening onto it, it was far too exposed a space for a trysting spot.

And how will the hero make his entrance into Commissioner’s House? Through the double front doors as an officer of the regiment? By the back stairs as a blockade-running sea captain?

Improper Gentlemen

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The beauty of choosing Commissioner’s House is that there is conflict already built into the place. Royal Dock was built largely by Irish convict labor. My hero will steal out of the airless convict ship, climb the iron girders on the corner of the House and slip into my heroine’s jalousy-shuttered window.

Since the theme of Improper Gentlemen is the romantic romps of proper scoundrels, I decided to place my hero far beyond the pale to start and in 1827 you can’t get much farther outside society’s circle of acceptance than an Irish convict. Fortunately, Aidan Danaher has several things going for him. He’s wickedly handsome, strong-willed, and possesses the Knack–a Celtic gift of being able to sway weaker minds without their knowledge. Think of it as a Jedi mind trick with buckets of Irish charm.

He’s determined to make the Commissioner’s daughter his. For more than just a star-kissed Bermuda night. And unfortunately, he can’t use the Knack to make that happen. Not entirely, anyway.

Have you ever visited a place and thought “This is a perfect setting for a romance?” Where was it? Why did it strike you as ripe for a love story? Leave comment or question for me and you’ll be entered in the random drawing for a copy of my latest release, TOUCH OF A THIEF!

For more about Mia and her upcoming books, visit MiaMarlowe.com. While you’re there, be sure to enter her contest and visit her very active blog. Mia loves to connect with readers, so you can also find her on Facebook and Twitter!

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Hey there!

Fancy meeting you in a place like this! Me? Oh, I’m good. Kid’s good. Still happily single with fourteen cats. Yes the number is higher but it’s kitten season and I’m fostering some ferals. There were fifteen but, sadly, I lost one of my own boys recently. That makes two this year. L And here I thought that I would never survive losing the first one. But Damien and Magellan will live on in my heart and in so many other ways. For instance, Damien was the inspiration for my Vampire Prince in my Nightwalkers series. We’ll be seeing and hearing more from Damien in ADAM this October…but I digress.

 

I much prefer to talk about SEDUCE ME IN FLAMES, book two in the Three Worlds Series. And the buzz from the reviewers is HOT!   (so is the scene where…Oh, wait, can’t talk about that yet!) Anyway, SEDUCE ME IN FLAMES is a look in the further adventures of the Extreme Tactics Force…or some of them, anyway. But mostly it’s a glimpse into the life of a princess. However, life for this princess isn’t about pretty dresses, fancy balls and handsome suitors. It’s about exile, dank, dark prison cells and an evil, duplicitous family that will do anything to break her. Ambrea Vas Allay has known nothing but stigma and hardship, ever since her mother, the favorite concubine of the emperor, met a gruesome traitor’s death at his hand. The paranoid emperor would throw his daughter in jail on a whim, even when she was nothing more than a child. So when she meets Rush “Ender” Blakely, a man offering to help her, she has no reason to trust him. She has no reason to trust anyone. Rush is also the last person to preach trust. He trusts and loves his ETF family, but only so far…

Somehow Rush and Ambrea see the hurt and damage in each other, and as they begin to take on the nefarious intrigues in the Allay court, they realize that trusting each other may be all they have left!

 

I hope you pick up this story. It definitely stands on its own even if you have not read the first. (but I, personally, am a stickler for reading things in order!)

 

For instance, ADAM, Book 6 in the Nightwalker series which is due out in October. If you want the full flavor in that one you must consider reading the full series before it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Also in August we have SUPERNATURAL, an anthology which gives my devoted readers a long-awaited insight into what exactly transpires between Kane and Corrine that very first Samhain night. Remember, Corrine was near death that night, and Demon instincts don’t make leeway for fragility in a mate. (Especially since Demon mates are not usually fragile humans!) So what’s a Demon obsessed with mating to do?

If you haven’t heard of me or tried me before, I hope you will. A good place to start is either Book One of the Nightwalkers series, JACOB, or my stand alone title DRINK OF ME! Oh, and I will be giving away a free signed copy of SEDUCE ME IN FLAMES to a lucky commenter below!

 

Hugs & Kitties,

Jacquelyn Frank

Haunted by magic, beset by evil, the Nightwalkers face

their darkest hour yet. And when they unthinkable

happens, only one legendary male has the power,

the will, to save them: Adam….

FOR 400 YEARS HE WAS LOST TO HER,

BUT HE IS HERS TONIGHT…

From their first tantalizing touch, Jasmine knows he is

different. What other lover could unlock her tight control,

flood Vampire senses jaded by a lifetime of decadent self

indulgence? Centuries ago, when he disappeared without a

trace, she had given up hope of ever fulfilling the promise of

incomparable passion. But here he is, against the very laws

of nature, ready to bring down their most vicious enemy,

ready to bring her blood to the boiling point….

If she will only let him.

Release date: October 25th, 2011

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  •  Sing Me Home— Lil O’Malley falls for the children of rehabilitated country star Jonathan Van Castle, leading her to accept his proposal for a marriage of convenience that ultimately allows him to win her heart.

 

 

 

  • Follow Me Home — When Alcea O’Malley Addams’s husband betrays her, luxury and self-worth go out the window…until an old flame comes into town, leading her to reevaluate her past, her value and her future.

 

 

 

Home at Last — Marigold (Mari) O’Malley returns home to lick her wounds after a big-city career sinks under the weight of a relationship with her boss. Her broken heart begins to mend when she reconnects with a bad boy from her past who teaches her how to trust and take chances at the same time.

 

 

  • Home by Starlight — Widow Patsy O’Malley remains fiercely independent until a broken ankle  and an itinerant musician (from Jonathan Van Castle’s band) both knock her off her feet.

 

 

 

  • Take Me Home — Florida Jones thinks she has the perfect fiance and the perfect life planned until a car accident results in injuries that threaten her sight. An unlikely helpmate guides her to recovery, where she ultimately “sees” the love that is most important in her life.

 

 

 

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My Books Killed Borders? by Jerri Corgiat

My timing sucks. My timing…

Sorry. Let me start over. Here they are again—ta-da!—my books. All five of them. All spiffed up, innards re-examined, out looking for new audiences.

All in the same week Borders announces their liquidation.

I mean, I’m excited, massively excited about the reissuance of my books. I’ve been working toward giving these books, this series, new life since, oh, maybe a minute, minute and a half, tops, after their first publisher decided to move in a different direction, in order to more closely follow the trends the market was, uh, trending at the time.

Then along came Amazon and Kindles and B&N and Nooks. Kobo and Samsung and Sony. Oh my. Suddenly, my dream is again within reach. Suddenly…

Borders closes for good. No new buyer. No renaissance like my books get. Readers mourn. Writers mourn. I include myself. I spent hours at my neighborhood Borders, and they were very good to me as an author.

Employees mourn. Especially employees. And my heart goes out to them.

This week, though. This week, I’ve heard from three readers who love my books that they hate ebooks because ebooks caused Borders’s downfall. A check on my Facebook page and on a few blogs reveals some similar thoughts, and so I’m here to tell you not so much about my books, but to tell you not to actively hate them because I assure you they didn’t cause Borders demise. Nor did anyone else’s. And it didn’t happen so suddenly.

I did some research. Seems there’s lots of reasons for Borders’s situation: Their massive CD inventory which served them (and us) so well into the late nineties took a hit in the double-oughts, but the space allotted to them didn’t.

They signed leaseholds that financial types—including their past CEO—call too large and too expensive and too ill-positioned. They didn’t adequately invest or respond to the upsurge of Target and Costco and Wal-Mart, nor to the e-tailing trend, instead outsourcing their online book sales to… Amazon…from 2001 to 2007.

Barnes & Noble sought synergy; they got Starbucks. Also cited in Borders’s debit column is an overinvestment in inventory and an inefficient supply chain, both of which were apparently initially advantageous, but when the market shifted, they weren’t quick enough to shift, too.

Their troubles didn’t start with the surge of ereaders and ebooks in 2010.

And their fall, as well as our reactions to it, reminds me some of when independent stores closed one after the other when Borders and Barnes & Noble moved in. I don’t know if you were around then to see that, but I had up-close exposure as an employee of one of those indies.

Some of those indies still exist, though. Some repositioned themselves and got on with it. Some big box stores still exist. B&N and Books-A-Million continue to reposition themselves to get on with it.

As for ebooks? In 2010, ebooks accounted for $441 million in sales. That’s a whole hunk of cash. $11.67 billion is a whole hunk of a lot more. $11.67 billion is the amount (according to the Association of American Publishers) spent on all books of all flavors and formats in that same year. I get lost in all those zeroes, but doesn’t that last number almost make that first number seem trivial? It’s not—at least not where I’m sitting—and it’s growing. But will it kick everything old and honored out of the way?

 

There are people who predict such things. I don’t know who they are, but I’m guessing they’re the types who manage my stock portfolio or would if I had one. Around 2014 to 2015, these people say the ebook surge will plateau, and print and ebooks will co-exist, each with about a 50 percent share. Ebooks have a ways to go to hit that $5.8 billion mark.

But I’m betting my books they’re here to stay—at least as long as we both continue to adjust to the market, as long as we continue to make the old new again.

And—more important than where we buy a book, what book we buy, and in what format—as long as we continue to read.

 

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Thank you, Romance Readers at Heart, for asking me to guest here. I’m thrilled to be “back.”

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Thinking of the last book you purchased, I’d be interested to hear where you bought it and in what format? Do you prefer print books over ebooks or vice versa? Do you think the format impacts your reading experience to the degree you can’t enjoy a book if it isn’t in your preferred format? That’s a mouthful, but I really am interested!

 

ABOUT JERRI CORGIAT

Award-winning author, editor and former bookseller Jerri Corgiat lives in the Midwest with her husband, son, dog Rosie—and the true queen of the house, their cat, Princess Piggy-Britches.  Their home is located in rolling woodlands reminiscent of the Ozarks, where she spent her childhood summers and where the Love Finds a Home series took root in her imagination. She is currently working on her sixth book. Her website is: http://www.jerricorgiat.com

 

 

 

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A big thank you to Jerri for visiting with us today!

Jerri will be giving away two books (reader’s choice!) from her Love Finds A Home series  to one lucky commenter. Good luck! 😀

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Releasing November 15th from Samhain Publishing, the first book in Vivian Arend’s Six Pack Ranch series….

ROCKY MOUNTAIN HEAT

He’s the one who taught her to ride. Now all he wants is to ride her.

Six Pack Ranch, Book 1

Blake Coleman is old enough to know that acting on impulse causes nothing but a heap of trouble. But when trouble’s a western-hat-wearing blonde with slim legs that go on forever, what’s a man to do? Wanting the sweet girl next door is just wrong. The responsible thing to do is keep his hands off.

Jaxi has other plans for Blake’s hands, and his heart. She may have once considered him a big brother, but that was a long time ago. She’s all grown up now and ready to convince him that she’s perfect for him. Except he can’t seem to see past the big “don’t touch” sign that’s apparently still hanging around her neck.

When Jaxi ends up living right under Blake’s nose, the undeniable heat between them slides off simmer and leaps up to barn-burning levels. However, a few of the younger six-pack Colemans have decided Jaxi’s brand of trouble is worth risking a few busted bones.

That is, if Blake’s finally ready to let go the reins and fight for what he wants…

Warning: Sexy cowboys seducing and being seduced in trucks, pool halls and barns. Drool-worthy country charm, a little double-teaming, a few secrets and a whole lot of brothers to look forward to. Anyone wanna go for a ride?

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He’s a wyr warrior, a god of storms. She’s the heir to the Dark Fae throne. But desire will bring both to their knees in this all-new Novel of the Elder Races.

During the rule of her murderous Dark Fae uncle, Thistle “Tricks” Periwinkle found sanctuary among the wyr in New York. Her ethereal beauty and sparkling personality won the hearts of the public, but after her uncle’s death, there are those who don’t want to see her ascend to the throne…

Able to wield thunder and lightning, wyr sentinel Tiago Black Eagle has ruled the skies for centuries. His massive build and thunderous power make him one of the wyr’s best weapons. And he’s sent to protect Tricks when she’s almost assassinated in Chicago.

Soon, both Tiago and Tricks will fall prey to the stormy hunger that engulfs them—a passion that will shake the very foundation of all the worlds…

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Happy Saturday, everyone! I just wanted to take a minute to share the info on a great giveaway.

If you have a Goodreads account, Thea Harrison is giving away TWO sets of Elder Races novels. Dragon Bound, Storm’s Heart, and an ARC of Serpent’s Kiss.

http://www.goodreads.com/author_blog_posts/1399104-storm-s-heart-release-day-giveaway

If you haven’t read Thea Harrison yet, you are missing out. Dragon Bound is one of my favorite books of 2011 and I can’t wait to get my greedy hands on Storm’s Heart. 😀

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Winners!

sue charles

wins BLOWING EMBERS by Lauri J. Owen

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Corinne Bridges

wins TAMED BY A HIGHLANDER by Paula Quinn

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Jessica C., TrishJ, and Aurian

wins FOUR THOUSAND MILES by Jesi Lea Ryan

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Congratulations to all the winners. Please contact me at lillie80 at gmail dot com to claim your prizes.

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When Natalie Spencer loses both her career and marriage in the same morning, the emotional shock sends her on a spontaneous journey to England. There, she is nearly mugged in a Tube station, but an introverted songwriter named Gavin Ashby scares off her attackers. Recognizing Natalie’s fragile state, Gavin offers help and invites her to recuperate from her trauma at his country home.

As she adjusts to her new role and surroundings, Natalie finds healing by helping others. Gavin and his family begin to accept Natalie into their hearts, leading her to a choice…abandon her old life in the States and trust in a new chance at love, or flee once again?

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Single/white/female, twenty-six years old, stunningly beautiful virgin, living in modern day New York City seeking sexually experienced bad boy with a heart of gold who will teach me the wonders of carnal love.

 

Why is it that we think this sounds ridiculous in a personal ad, yet we accept it so easily in many of the romance novels that we read?  Are readers really so sexist that they can’t accept a heroine who is sexually experienced?  Or is it the authors who are simply giving us what they think we want?  I don’t know about you, but I am getting fed up with heroines being treated sexually inferior to the men.  With this in mind, I thought it would be nice to talk about what qualities make for a good heroine, and who some of my personal favorites are.

Let me start with a classic romantic heroine.  Scarlett O’Hara from Gone with the Wind started off as a feisty, spoiled girl, but the tragedies of war hardened her into a strong, fascinating woman.  In a time when women were expected to sit back and let the men take care of them, Scarlett did the opposite.  When tragedies struck, it was Scarlett’s intelligence that prevailed.  She knew how to work with the cards that life dealt her.  She married Frank Kennedy for money and security, farmed a plantation to keep her household from starving, transformed curtains into dresses and took advantage of reconstruction by starting her own successful lumber business.

And then there was her sexuality.  Even as a teenage virgin, Scarlett knew how to wield her sexual power like a sword in battle.  Her pouty lips and blue eyes were her weapons of choice.  But by the time she and Rhett Butler came together, Scarlett was far from the blushing virgin.  She had been married twice and had conceived two children already.  (The kids prior to Rhett were cut out of the movie version.  I think this was done so that the first time sex is mentioned, it would be with Rhett, not her two former husbands.  That was Hollywood in the 1930’s for you!)

Another of my favorite heroines is Claire Fraser from the time-travel romance series, Outlander.  Claire is one of the most practical and capable heroines I have ever read.  Very few women I know would willingly give up the conveniences of the modern world in exchange for a harsh life in eighteenth century Scotland.  Not only did Claire do this, but she put herself through medical school first so she could have useful skills to share with the highlanders.  I love the scenes where she sets bread out purposely to spoil so she can make penicillin from the mold.  Every twist and turn this strange and brutal culture throws at her, she meets head-on with strength and courage.

These qualities were the glue that held together her relationship with her husband, Jamie.  No time or distance would ever stand in the way of their love.  She didn’t even allow their marriages to other people get in the way.  As far as sex went, Claire had been married in her own time period before meeting Jamie, and it was she who took his virginity in the marriage bed.  But from that point on, the two met each other as sexual equals.

When it comes to female sexual power though, nothing beats Georgina Kincaid from Richelle Mead’s Succubus series.  Georgina is a succubus, which means she literally feeds off of the sexual energy of others.  Since she needs sex at least every couple of days and she is a couple thousand years old, I think it is safe to say that she is the most sexually experienced heroine I have ever read.  For me, this is a symbol of female empowerment.  Women should be able to take control over their bodies and their pleasure.

Before you assume that Georgina is nothing but a walking sex machine, she is also a productive member of society.  She is the assistant manager of a large book store with a good head for business.  She also enjoys her quiet time with good books and spending time with her close group of friends.  There is a strong moral streak in Georgina which she must balance with her feeding instincts.

So, now I’d like to open it up to you.  Who are your favorite heroines?  What qualities set them apart from the crowd?  And what are your thoughts about sexuality in female romance characters?

Jesi Lea Ryan was born and raised in the Mississippi River town of Dubuque, Iowa.  After graduating from Loras College with degrees in Creative Writing and Literature, she relocated to Madison, Wisconsin.  In addition to writing, she teaches creative writing workshops to teens through the University of Wisconsin Outreach Program, and has served as a creative writing mentor for the Young Scholars Program through the Wisconsin Center for Academically Talented Youth.  In 2010, her first novel, Four Thousand Miles, was published.  She also maintains a book blog at http://diaryofabibliophile-jesilea.blogspot.com/.  When not reading or writing, Jesi can usually be found indulging in her  Twitter addiction.  Feel free to hit her up at @Jesilea

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Thank you Jesi for joining us today!

For a chance to win a digital copy of Four Thousand Miles, just leave an answer to Jesi’s question. Three winners will be chosen on Sunday. Good luck! 😀

 

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