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.
Answer Cassandra's question she asks in her post and include contact info in the comment.