Smart Strong Heroines Rule Here...

My guest today is the fabulous Heather Snow. I know you’ll love her smart brand of historical romance, so without further ado, I’m turning over the blog to my girl Heather!

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from Heather Snow…

Like you, I LOVE historical romance. From the day I finished my last Nancy Drew, historical romance has been my reading mainstay. Sure, I’ve dabbled in other genres, romance and not, as well as literary fiction, non-fiction and even the occasional textbook. But when I just want to settle in with a comfort read, historical romance is always what I pick up.

When I was younger, my favorite stories centered around larger than life alpha males who strutted across the page, sweeping the innocent heroine off her feet and into the proverbial sunset. Don’t get me wrong, I still love stories like that from time to time. But as I became a career woman and then a wife and a mother, I realized a few things:

First, I would probably kill said strutting male the first time he tried to boss me around. I’m no beta female who needs to be rescued. I’m completely capable of taking care of myself.  (Okay, occasionally I DO need rescued, but it’s usually from myself.) My ideal hero morphed into one who was not only strong and manly and oh-so-handsome, but supportive. A man who was not just protective and sexy but one encouraged his heroine to be who she was and who loved her all the more for it.

Second, I wanted a little mystery with my romance (probably due to my early love of Nancy Drew, of course).

Third, I wanted to read about women like me. Smart. Strong. Driven. (And modest, apparently…) ;-)

So when I set about writing my own stories, it was my heroines I envisioned first.  When the mystery in SWEET ENEMY called for a scientist, I didn’t hesitate to make my chemist a woman rather than a man. When I pictured an early criminologist, a pioneer of geographic profiling who was hunting for a killer in SWEET DECEPTION, it was a woman I saw. And when I imagined a person bringing another back from the brink of madness…well, you get the picture.

Yes, my heroines have to struggle for acceptance within their worlds, but in a way, don’t we all in one way or another? I can certainly relate and I like them better for it. I hope you do, too.

What about my heroes, you say? Never fear. They don’t hang in the background, not in the least. After all, it takes an even stronger man to bring a heroine like mine to heel. Indeed, the hero from my upcoming release, SWEET MADNESS, earned a K.I.S.S. (Knight In Shining Silver) designation from RTBookReviews Magazine.

So tell me about your ideal hero. I am happy to give away three copies of either of my first two novels to three winners. Here’s a little about the books:

Sweet Enemy:

Sweet EnemyBeakers and ball gowns don’t mix, so when lady chemist, Miss Liliana Claremont, goes undercover as a husband-hunter to investigate Lord Geoffrey Wentworth, the earl whose family she suspects murdered her father, romance isn’t part of her formula. But it only takes one kiss to start a reaction she can’t control…

Read the Prologue and First Chapter HERE…

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Sweet Deception:

Sweet DeceptionLady criminologist, Miss Emma Wallingford, unknowingly finds herself tangled up in the dangerous final mission of Lord Derick Aveline, a spy who also happens to be her long-lost first love. But when deception, however sweet, is the name of the game, no one can be trusted. And every love–and every life–is at risk.

Read the First Chapter HERE…

*Sweet Deception is a current finalist for the Gayle Wilson Award for Excellence in published historical romance. Winner to be announced in April.

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And be sure to look for Heather’s upcoming Sweet Madness, due in stores 4/2!

Sweet Madness:

Sweet MadnessEver since her husband’s sudden and tragic death, Lady Penelope Bridgeman has dedicated herself to studying maladies of the mind, particularly those of soldiers returning from the Napoleonic Wars, but Gabriel Devereaux’s unpredictable episodes are like none she’s ever seen. Even though she knows the folly of loving a broken man, she can’t help herself from trying to save him, no matter the cost…

 Read the Prologue and First Chapter HERE…

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Heather SnowHeather Snow is a historical romance author with a degree in Chemistry who discovered she much preferred creating chemistry on the page, rather than in the lab.  She lives in the Midwest with her husband, two rambunctious boys and one very put upon cat.  Find out more or connect with Heather at:

www.HeatherSnowBooks.com

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Twitter www.twitter.com/HeatherSnowRW

 

Mia here. And I’ll sweeten the pot by offering a Kindle version of my newest Rock*It Read to a random commenter.

Stroke of Genius

Stroke of Genius

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“Georgette Heyer with ripped bodices! Crispin Hawke is awkward, dashing, self-assured, rude, everything you’d expect from Georgette Heyer, or even Jane Austen. Grace Makepeace is American. She’s tall, beautiful, and knows what she wants. But she falls for Hawke in a big way and decides that she wants him above everything else. Mia Marlowe is the mistress of saucy historical romances, and Stroke of Genius is pure delight!”

~ BooksMonthly

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Now it’s YOUR turn. Share your ideal hero for a chance to win a book from Heather or me!

 

 

47 thoughts on “Smart Strong Heroines Rule Here…

  1. Rhonda says:

    I like a confident, strong and sexy hero. He has to be kind, caring and interesting as well!

  2. Readsalot81 says:

    I like a hero with a real strong sense of self. Confident, smart, with a great sense of humor. Kind. :)

    1. Mia says:

      Confidence is why we’re willing to follow him anywhere!

    2. Heather Snow says:

      Kind. Such a small word, such a HUGE thing.

  3. Cerian Halford says:

    I love and Alpha hero! He should be sinfully handsome, strong and maybe a little tortured.

    1. Mia says:

      Sounds good to me, Cerian!

    2. Heather Snow says:

      I’m all over the tortured hero ;)

  4. Betty Hamilton says:

    I definately love the Alpha hero. However, I have found that the older I get the less he has to be th ‘caveman’ type! ;o)

    1. Mia says:

      When I was a kid I remember watching Tarzan movies and thinking, “What’s up with that? Loin-cloth, schmoin-cloth, the guy can barely put two words together?”

  5. Barbara Elness says:

    My ideal hero is kind and caring, intelligent and most of all funny – no matter what the problem, he can make light of it with humor and then sets out to make it better.

    1. Mia says:

      I think men are hard-wired to try to fix problems. Yesterday, I was venting about something to my DH and immediately he was devising ways to address the problem. I had to explain to him that I didn’t want him to fix it. I’ll figure it out for myself. I just needed him to listen and commiserate with me.

    2. Heather Snow says:

      Hi Barbara–a sense of humor is SO important, particularly in REAL life. Because let’s face it, sometimes you have to laugh to keep from crying!

  6. Trudy Miner says:

    Well, my ideal male is the opposite of every man that’s been in my life so far! He’d be supportive of my interests and dreams, non-judgmental of my looks unless they were truly inappropriate, willing to help around the home, as well as being “strong, tall and handsome!”

    1. Mia says:

      Since I write historicals, there isn’t much opportunity for my hero to help around the home, but then, my heroines usually have servants for that–unless they are the servants themselves.

    2. Heather Snow says:

      Hi Trudy…the older I get, the more important supportive and non-judgmental have really come to be.

  7. Marcy Shuler says:

    I like a hero with a sense of humor. Also one who’s strong and protective. One who may have deep emotional wounds, but seems tough on the outside…except with the heroine. I like to compare them to M&Ms. A hard candy shell that protects the soft, melty chocolate inside.

    1. Heather Snow says:

      Isn’t that really the dream? Being the one woman our strong, protective men can reveal their softer side to. Sigh :)

    2. Mia says:

      A soft melty man . . . Good imagery. I’ll remember that feeling the next time my hero is baring his soul to the heroine.

  8. Sandy Kenny says:

    I have to admit that I like reading about alphas but, lets face it, in real life if they are too “alfa-ish”, they’re just a bully. I think it’s also important to look at the female characters that surround the male characters. Are they submissive? Although I don’t care for a domineering female character, I certainly don’t like a whiny wimp–and neither would a true hero. I think that’s why I love the Lord of the Rings movies so much–the females and males are equally strong. No wimps there at all. :)

    1. Heather Snow says:

      That’s really what it’s about for me, too. Equality–not that characters are the same, but that their strengths and weaknesses balance well together, making them stronger together. Thanks for coming by!

    2. Mia says:

      Ah! Another Tolkien lover! My only beef with him was that he wrote so few female characters.

  9. I love a really guy. The kind that tries to do right by everyone. It’s OK if he is tortured, too. I like your heroines and look forward to reading all the books.

    1. Heather Snow says:

      Thanks, Diane. I do hope you enjoy them. I, too, like a man who is a genuinely good person, who thinks of others. That’s how I’m trying to raise my sons, as well.

    2. Mia says:

      And if he suffers for doing what’s right, I love him all the more!

  10. Andrea Goodell says:

    After reading most of the above comments I have to say I agree.

    But the one thing that stands out for me in real life (my hubby) and fiction is security. Not just money, but the feeling of being secure.

    1. Heather Snow says:

      I, too, am a security girl. Just the sense that he and I are riding the river together, and if/when rough times come, I have someone to weather them with me.

    2. Mia says:

      Absolutely, Andrea. Even if the hero is a bit of a bad boy, we want to feel safe with him.

  11. Barb Bettis says:

    I do love Alpha males, but like you, Heather, I think they’re probably no fun in real life. I like a combination of Alpha and Beta–strong,commanding, smart, with a sense of humor, and lots of patience, who also doesn’t mind talking about *gasp* his feelings :)(A friend calls them Balphas). I like the reformed bad boys-mercenaries, rakes, those tortured heroes my ladies love to save. Hmmm. Look like I just love heroes.

    Great to see your next book release is drawing near. Best of continued luck. (I really wanted to put an exclamation mark there, but I wouldn’t want to kill a kitty on Mia’s blog :)

    1. Heather Snow says:

      Balphas!!! Bwah-ha-ha! That’s perfect! And precisely what I write…may I steal that? ;)

      1. Heather Snow says:

        Apparently, I just killed a lot of kitties… :/

        1. Mia says:

          I occasionally snuff a feline myself. You’re forgiven, Heather.

    2. Mia says:

      I still remember my DH telling me with an absolutely straight face that he didn’t have any feelings. Well, of course, he did, the silly head. He just didn’t know how to recognize and name them. And now he can talk about them too!

  12. Jennifer L says:

    I like all sorts of heroes, but my favorite two are the strong alpha warrior and the broody, tortured hero.

    1. Heather Snow says:

      I’m a fan of the tortured hero, myself. I’d say all three of mine qualify, though I’ve found my heroes are a bit more tortured as the series goes on…LOL. Geoffrey a little, Derick definitely more, but poor Gabriel…I started the man out in a sanatorium for the insane, for goodness sakes. Woe to whichever hero comes next!!! ;)

    2. Mia says:

      I read a writers blog recently that advised us to go all Old Testament on our heroes and really smite them. Repeatedly. That’s ok as long as we can also REDEEM them!

  13. Jeanne Miro says:

    Hi MIa!

    My favorite hero is Don Quixote because as soon I read his story by Cervantes back in the 1960’s I became a convert to being a historical romance “junkie”!

    After all who doesn’t love a hero that sees only the good in someone like Don Quixote did for Dulcinea and saw a pure beauty instead of a barmaid?

    1. Heather Snow says:

      Hi Jeanne! Now I’m going to be singing Dulcinea and The Impossible Dream all day… ;)

    2. Mia says:

      That is a wonder. We should all be able to look at the one we love and see who they really are deep down inside.

  14. Quilt Lady says:

    I love a strong hero that loves deeply with a since of humor also. I love historical romance, its my favorite read.

    1. Heather Snow says:

      Hello Quilt Lady…yes, humor and an ability to love deeply. Perfect hero!

    2. Mia says:

      Humor is a big one. Especially if the guy can laugh at himself!

  15. Love all of Heather’s books!! The best kind of hero I like to read about is the reformed rake. You think he’s irredeemable, yet when he meets his woman, bamm! He becomes besotted!!
    Great post. Tweeted

    1. Mia says:

      That is one of the most enduring female fantasies, Nancy–the idea that the right woman can fix the bad boy. Of course, you always want him to keep a little of the badness to remind you why you fell for him in the first place!

    2. Heather Snow says:

      Nancy, you’re so kind! I DO like reformed rake heroes. I haven’t written one, yet, but I do have one in mind for my next series…

  16. Maria says:

    I’m still reading as many historical romances as I can to find out what kind of hero I like best. But strong (physically, emotionally), handsome, and a good heart are all good qualities.

    1. Mia says:

      Keep reading, Maria. There’s a hero for everyone in our genre! I like that you’ve mentioned emotionally strong. That’s not a quality I hear about often, but it’s so important.

    2. Heather Snow says:

      Hi Maria! Thanks for coming by :) I find I appreciate a hero with a good sense of humor, too!

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