Guest Post by Cassandra Kay and Giveaway of Life Weaver


Today I have Cassandra Kay on the blog.  She’s the author of Life Weaver.  She’s wrote up a fabulous guest post and she’s giving away one paperback copy to one lucky commenter *Giveaway has ended*!

“The war between life weavers and necromancers impacted these lands far more than anyone could have imagined. The war was said to have wiped out both races. But I believe survivors of both still exist. I have found several necromancers but have yet to find a life weaver and research about them is scarce. This has led me to believe that those who survived found a way to hide themselves.” The five of them had grown up together. Ancient magick bound them as children. Friendship binds them as adults. But when the Princess of Father Willows is kidnapped, each one is pushed to use their gifts further than ever before. For the outcome of the battle that marches forward will be decided by the five. If the wrong side is victorious, an ancient black magick will devour the lands.





I Am Heroine, Hear Me Roar
By Cassandra Kay
Does the type of heroine you are drawn to represent the type of woman you want to be?  Or the type of woman you want in your life?  At the bare minimum we have to like and/or root for the heroine, other wise we wouldn’t finish the book!  It seems only logical that the heroines who draw us back to their story again and again have some pull on us.  The more I thought on this, I decided there had to be some truth to the theory.
This of course sent me to my bookshelf to catalog all of my favorite heroines and what characteristics they have in common.  The next thing I discovered was interesting, almost all of my favorite heroines overcome weaknesses that I feel I have.  They are stubborn and hate to ask for help.  Many of them were nothing special in their own eyes.  They also shared characteristics I strive to have; courage, ability, intelligence, and sex appeal.  This made me laugh because Iwant to be the whole package, very characteristic of expectations in today’s society.  But interestingly enough, my favorite heroines became the ‘full package’ when they let go of what other’s thought, listening to what was right for them.  Something I struggle with day to day.
Most of my favorite heroines are in the fantasy/paranormal genre.  Each genre seems to have a mold for it’s characters, including the heroine.  Are we drawn to genres that produce types of characters we want to be like or relate to?  The paranormal/fantasy heroine usually starts out unsure of who she is and often time unaware of her special abilities.  Through tribulation she finds confidence and strength.  I used a similar mold for my lead heroine, Ryleandra, set in the fantasy world of Father Willows.  I also found it was extremely important for her to have not only a strong love relationship, but strong ties to her family and friends as well. That is something that attracts me to a heroine.
The action heroine seems to start off with an abundance of confidence and strength but deals more with overcoming a male dominated society.  She overcomes outside pressures more than inner battles.  The romance heroine finds passion and desire she never knew she had, discovering an ultimate love.  She often battles fears of trust and believing in love.  There are, of course always exceptions to the general mold.
So my question for you is this…. Do you find yourself drawn to heroines you want to be like?  Perhaps heroines who share your weaknesses and achieve your desires?  Have you noticed a certain genre of heroines draws you most?  

The Giveaway: *ENDED*
Cassandra is giving away one paperback copy of Life Weaver to one lucky person!  
Open to US/Canada
Must be 16 or older to enter.
Ends 8/12/2011

To Enter:
Answer Cassandra’s question she asks in her post and include contact info in the comment.



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Comments

  1. I think that a I need to have some type of connection with the heroines in stories. I enjoy reading about the smart assed girl who still has a lot to learn about life and I enjoy seeing her grow throughout series!! I also like the shy girl who breaks out of her shell. I guess I can relate to both!

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  2. I think it’s important to be able to relate to the heroine, which is often someone that I would want to be like. I’ve noticed that I tend to be drawn towards heroines that step outside their traditional role in the story and strive to be more than what anyone expects of them.

    jasmyn9[at]hotmail[dot]com

  3. WOW! You hit on what I like in my heroines EXACTLY! My favorite heroines are ones that I feel that I can relate to and can overcome weaknesses that I feel that I have. My favorite heroines are found in the fantasy/paranormal genre because I have always wanted to be special, have some sort of supernatural power, or fall in love with a guy who does. =) LOVE this post!!

  4. I think that the heroines that I am most drawn to are the ones that have the same weaknesses I have and then overcome these weaknesses. I think that is because I can relate to them and then feel like I could be that heroine. I like to be able to pretend that I could be that heroine. Realistic fiction is the genre I most relate to because it is just that, realistic. I can “be” that heroine and overcome the weaknesses that bring me down. I have alot of fears in my life and I like to b e able to read about people that have the same struggles that I do, and then can move beyond these fears and weaknesses. Thanks for writing!

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  5. I think that the characters i am drawn to are the ones i want to strive to be like and i could be similar to them more then i know. I want to be couragous and brave in times of strife, be there for my friends and family, always try to hang on to hope, and find strength within myself.

  6. I am definitely drawn to heroines who have some of the same weaknesses that I have yet manage to succeed in spite/because of them. Ones that I can really relate to and imagine myself in place of. It’s actually a bit inspirational while also entertaining!

    Thanks so much for the chance to win and read this book…and what a lovely cover!!

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  7. Thanks for the giveaway!!! yeah most of the time i m drawn to heroines who have same problems as me.. andi wish i ovrecome it sumhow..

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  8. Yeah, I think everyone needs characters with similar characteristics to feel a connection to them. Interestingly enough however, I can’t stand heroines who are scared or freak out too much, even if that’s what I would do in the same situation. In a book, I need to feel the connection that they feel the same, and then I like them to go out and fix their problems.
    Thanks for the giveaway!
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  9. I do find myself attracted to characters that I want to be like. Not really the ones that I share weaknesses with, but ones that are stronger where I’m weak.

    meredithfl at gmail dot com

  10. It’s so great to hear everyone’s feedback! Thank you so much! And thanks Melissa, I like simple strong covers. :)
    Onto the heroine discussion! Jasmyn you said something that really got me thinking. You spoke about liking a character to be pushed outside of their traditional role. I agree so much. It’s in those moments characters figure out what they believe, stand by it, or change it. It’s when a character is pushed outside of their comfort bubble you see their core… just like people. :)
    And Audrey I couldn’t agree more. A character who can’t figure things out is one that loses my respect pronto. It’s ok to need help, but push comes to shove they better find something they can do and do it!

  11. I am definitely drawn to heroines that I want to be like or I feel are most like me-it is much easier to imagine myself as them…and I just identify with them better. YA fiction holds the most heroines for me! edysicecreamlover18@gmailDOTcom thank you!

  12. Very interesting guest post.

    I’ve never really given much thought to what draws me to certain heroines. I love Katniss from The Hunger Games because of her strength and her love for her family, but I don’t think it’s because I’m lacking either. But then there are heroines I love for their snarky, independent attitudes too. I’d like to think I have a bit of snark in me, but I’d love to have a little more. So I guess, in some respects, I’m drawn to heroines who have something I wished I had, but I don’t think it’s all the time. I’m going to be thinking about this for a while now…

  13. I’m definitely drawn to a certain type of heroine. I like the brave, sarcastic, strong women who still make mistakes. It shows the human aspects.

    Vivien
    deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

  14. I don’t know if I need the heroine to be like me or not. I think I like to escape completely, so I might prefer heroines who are stronger than me, who are more fearless than I am, and who can kick ass better than I can. I don’t know if that precludes having a connection, but that’s what I like:)
    jwitt33 at live dot com

  15. Do you find yourself drawn to heroines you want to be like? Yes. I want to be tough and strong like they are and not afraid to go after what I want. Not be quiet and shy type and not like to be arounds lots of people. Perhaps heroines who share your weaknesses and achieve your desires? Its nice to see heroines like me achieve their desires. It shows that there is still hope for me. Have you noticed a certain genre of heroines draws you most? I would have to say paranormal heroines. I love reading about them. Please enter me in contest. Tore923@aol.com

  16. I’m drawn to the strong heroines who also show a vulnerable side. I like girls who can take care of themselves, but aren’t (or learn) afraid to lean on someone else. Great post!

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  17. I think for the most part I am drawn to female characters that represent at least one strong characteristic I see in myself. They are also special in some way, but flawed in a forgivable way, too. When the heroine is special, you want to see yourself in her. If you can’t, she seems like a let down. But if she is someone you can relate to, then you get to be special too.

    rothsteinjulia@gmail.com

  18. Intelligent and Independent are my favorite types of heroines. My goal is to get a good education and be able to take care of myself, so it’s nice to see that in a heroine, but I feel like I have those aspects in the bag. Bravery and confidence is something I… lack, so heroines who have those qualities are like models to how I SHOULD act and think. Even though romance is fun, its fun to see a heroine story without it romance or a small amount because it brings the focus to her adventures/life instead of her relationship.

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  19. I’m drawn to heroines that possess the inner strength that I hope I could rely on should I ever need to :). The more bad@ss the better (I’d like to think that I’m in that category but it’s wishful thinking!).

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