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!
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:
Beakers 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…
Lady 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.
And be sure to look for Heather’s upcoming Sweet Madness, due in stores 4/2!
Ever 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…
Heather 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:
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
“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!”
Now it’s YOUR turn. Share your ideal hero for a chance to win a book from Heather or me!