Damsels in Distress Piss Me Off
Some of you might be a little confused as to why someone who is well known for the sexual content in her novels might be standing very squarely in Team Stomp’s corner.
But here the thing. I was a voracious reader of fantasy back in the 80’s & 90’s (urban fantasy was barely a glimmer in the publisher’s eyes back then), and there was one thing about most of those novels that ALWAYS pissed me off–the women. They were love interests and damsels in distress, but it was very rare for them to be the hero, let alone get to kick bad guy butt. THAT frustrated me no end. I mean, I once grabbed a hose and ran into a burning garage to put out a fire, so sitting back and watching events unfold isn’t really my style. What I wanted were heroines on the same wavelength. Heroines who were ready and willing to stand up and fight for what they believed in, and who didn’t need a hero to come in and rescue them all the damn time!
Of course, that lack is what got me into writing in the first place. I couldn’t find kick butt heroines to read about, so I created them. My heroines might be sexually free, but they’re also more than capable of holding their own and rescuing their hero if needed.
Don’t get me wrong–I love a good sex scene as much as the next person (that’s pretty obvious if you’ve read my books). There is nothing nicer than reading about two people so obviously hot for each other finally getting it on. But I also consider such scenes foreplay for the main event–the heroine finally kicking bad guy butt.
Let’s be honest here–when the vampire hoards are threatening to overrun the world, the werewolves are howling for blood, and the zombies want to dine out on your brain, who would you rather have by your side? A heroine who just want to get down and dirty with her hero and to hell with the danger? Or one who cracks her knuckles and deals with the threat, saving your life and possibly the world?
And there’s one last–but very vital–point to remember; if it weren’t for the heroines ready, willing, and capable of holding their own and stomping bad guy butt, there wouldn’t be a world left in which to romp.
About the Book
Title: Blood Kissed
Series: Lizzie Grace #1
Author: Keri Arthur
Date of Publication: May 9, 2017
Number of pages: 310
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In a world where magic and science sit side by side, and powerful witches are considered necessary aides for all governments, Lizzie Grace is something of an outlier. Though born into one the most powerful blue blood witch families, she wants nothing to do with either her past or her magic.
But when she and Belle, her human familiar and best friend, open a small cafe in the Faelan werewolf reservation, she quickly finds herself enmeshed in the hunt for a vampire intent on wreaking bloody havoc. It’s a hunt that soon becomes personal, and one that is going to take all her skills to survive–that’s if the werewolves, who hate all things witch, don’t get her first.
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Mercy Thompson 😀 AMong others
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I so agree! Nothing I hate more than a heroine standing to the side fluttering her hands while someone else is dealing with a problem. I’m always yelling in my head “Grab something. Hit that guy.”
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Riley, Mercy, Kate
Elena Danvers, Kate Daniels and Mercy Thompsons !!!
I have to name just one? Not possible. Here are a few: Jane Yellowrock, Mercy Thompson, Cassandra Palmer, Kate Daniels, Riley Jensen, Charley Davidson.
Oh this is spot on! I despise female characters who sit around and wait to be saved or wait for someone else to solve problems. I literally cannot and will not read books like that and if it’s a book for review you can bet it will affect the rating I give.
Damsels in distress bother me the most in romantic suspense though, oh man I HATE when they don’t try and save themselves, or if their lives are being threatened and the guy is supposed to protect them that the female doesn’t learn some beginner tips from him on how to defend herself. Instead she’s doe eyed and clingy in case the bad guy comes crashing through the window she can hide behind him. Ugh.
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Kate Daniels from Ilona Andrews’ books!
Kate Daniels was the first one I thought of, but I have so many others I love too!
Charlie Davidson, Kate Daniels, Mercy Thompson just to name a few. Kerri Arthur’s books always have a kick ass woman in charge!
Top 5: Mercy Thompson, Nava Katz, Cassandra Palmer, Anita Blake, and Kit Colbana
Elena from Kelly Armstrong. Kate Daniels. And any if Shelly Laurenstons heroines.
Kate Daniels is my favorite.
Kate Daniels and Tiger
Naming one is impossible, but I’m on team Keri for this one, so Riley Jenson
Riley Jenson, Cassie Palmer, Rachel Morgan, Charlie Davidson and Mercy Thompson would be my top five.