What Makes a Good Heroine? Hailey Edwards Spills the Beans (And a G*veaway)

Today should be an exciting day here at Preternatura.  There will be two blog posts today! (Yeah, I’d like to say I’m giving you bonus stuff…and I am….because I accidentally double-booked.) So please remember, when you finish reading–and commenting on–this one, look for the next one on the list and be sure to read and comment on that one as well. Two chances at some great giveaways today!

Please help me welcome author Hailey Edwards to Preternatura. Hailey is dropping by today as part of her virtual book tour to help promote her latest book, A Time of Dying, which is the third book in the Araneae Nation series. A Time of Dying is published by Samhain Publishing and was released on July. (And, by the way, I LOVE this cover!)
And…Hailey is a fellow Alabama resident! Her husband works for her local sheriff’s department and her daughter is counting down the days until she’s old enough to audition for “American Idol.” Their dachshund, Poochie, helps Hailey write by snoozing on his dog bed in her office. Her desire to explore without leaving the comforts of home fueled her love of reading and writing. Whenever the itch for adventure strikes, Hailey can be found with her nose glued to her Kindle’s screen or squinting at her monitor as she writes her next happily-ever-after.

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ABOUT A TIME OF DYING:  “They just might survive…if they don’t kill each other first. “
     Once the future Segestriidae maven, Kaidi lived a privileged life. Now she spends her nights haunting cities ravaged by the plague. Spade in hand, she stalks rows of freshly dug graves for corpses…and then she takes their heads. Her new life is caked in blood and spattered with gore, but it’s hers. At least until-to her fury-she’s caught napping. A plague survivor by the skin of his teeth, Murdoch risks his neck to solve the mysteries left in its wake. Bodies have gone missing. Guards have left their posts and never returned home. When he rouses a female dozing among the dead, he’s unprepared for the violence of her response. Or his. Beneath the grime, she’s lovely. Too bad the blood under her fingernails belongs to his clansmen. He has no choice but to follow this alluring creature deeper into her world of winged beasts and flesh-eating monsters. She holds the knowledge he craves, but the price is high-and they may both pay for it with their lives. Warning: This book contains one heroine in desperate need of a bath and one hero willing to wash away her sins. Expect threats, swears and general cursing. Love is a slippery slope, and these two are sliding.
And now, let’s hear from Hailey…

I’m Just A Girl, Said No Heroine Ever

While heroes make romance novels delicious to read, heroines make or break books for me. Part of that is the desire to see strong female characters. The other part is… How can I respect a hero who falls for a TSTL heroine? If he’s a hot badass, then his girlfriend should kick ass too. Here are a few traits I associate with strong female leads and the series that match up to the ideal.
1.      Smart – Sirantha Jax (Sirantha Jax by Ann Aguirre) Jax is rough around the edges, but you would expect that from a woman who puts her sanity at risk every time she employs her gift—the ability to jump ships through grimspace. She’s also whip-smart and a smart ass.
2.      Brave – Elena Michaels (Women of the Otherworld by Kelly Armstrong) Elena was an emotionally scarred human when a werewolf decided she was his mate—whether she wanted to be or not. He turned her, making her the only living female werewolf and a prize for any wolf stupid enough to think her mate, Clay, would ever give her up without a fight. It took a lot of bravery for her to survive not only the change, but her new life among otherworldly creatures she had no idea existed.
3.      Clever – Dante Valentine – (Dante Valentine by Lilith Saintcrow) This series fascinated me. Dante is a necromancer for hire and finds herself in league with the devil. The way she communes with the dead was beautifully written and interesting since it had Egyptian roots, which I haven’t seen all that often. Anyone who makes a deal with the devil must be clever in order to survive the bargain.
4.      Dangerous – Jacinda Valchek (The Bloodhound Files by DD Barant) Jace is a profiler for the FBI who gets tossed into a parallel universe where vamps, were, and interestingly enough, golems, live alongside humans. I have a weakness for UF police procedurals, and this is a good one. Jace is one dangerous lady with an affinity for firearms, and I don’t blame her. Being ripped from the fabric of your world would give anyone a hair-trigger.
5.      Resourceful – (Mercy Thompson by Patricia Briggs) Mercy is a coyote shifter, a walker, who knows she isn’t a heavyweight like her husband the werewolf or her friend the vampire or any number of the Fae and demons populating her world. She’s a hard-working, no-nonsense VW mechanic with the sense to call in the big guns when needed. See, she has a nasty habit of sticking her nose where it doesn’t belong. Lucky for her, she’s wily enough to bargain herself out of almost any situation.
Share a favorite heroine or attribute with me and you’ll be entered to win your choice of one title from my backlist in any digital format.
Thanks, Hailey.
I love this post…who is your favorite heroine/attribute? The first one that comes to mind for me is Rachel Morgan from the Hollows series by Kim Harrison. I love that Rachel is not only funny, but surprisingly vulnerable from her emotional standpoint. She’s grown tremendously as the books have progressed and I love that. How about you guys?


15 thoughts on “What Makes a Good Heroine? Hailey Edwards Spills the Beans (And a G*veaway)

  1. I love Kate Daniels and Mercy Thompson – both are strong characters but also care deeply for their friends.

    I read the first book in Ms. Edwards’ series – it was great! I’ll definitely have to check this out.

  2. Love Mercy and Kate, but I never would have appreciated them as much if I hadn’t started with Alanna the Lioness in middle school, Tamora Pierce’s books ALWAYS have a strong heroine 🙂 I still read them!

    • Oh my goodness, I’m so in agreement!

      Alanna is absolutely my favorite heroine. My first, and my favorite. Strong, resourceful, brave…

  3. Hi Rebe,I’m glad you enjoyed A Hint of Frost. Kate Daniels is high on my TBR pile. I have to get started on that series!

    Miki, I love Mercy so hard. Definitely my favorite heroine ever.

    You’ve got me curious, Katie. I’ll have to check those out. My daughter might enjoy the Alanna books.

    I agree, Sandy. She’s so down-to-Earth. Just a really fun character, and you enjoy reading about all the trouble she gets into.

  4. Michelle Sagara’s Kaylin Neya, J.L. Murray’s Niki Slobodian, and Suzanne’s DJ are my top three favorite heroine’s with Tamora Pierce’s being in my hall of fame. They are all amazing!

  5. I also agree with the heroines listed by yourself and the other readers. I would also like to add Anita Blake and Trilby from Linnea Sinclair’s Finders Keepers. Both have to grow out of their comfort zone and develop relationships with people they never expected to like let alone love.

  6. One of my favorites will always be Buffy Summers. She was like the first kick butt female on tv and to this day I still love the show. Book wise I love Mercy Thompson from Patricia Briggs and Elena from Kelley Armstrongs Women of the otherworld series. There are lots more but those are the ones at the top of my head. 🙂

  7. My fav traits in a heroine (& hero!) would be intelligence, courage & honor (though a little wickedness can be quite delicious!).

    I love Selia (& Jaden the hero) from Shawna Thomas’ Altered Destiny.

  8. I just thought of her, Harry in Robin McKinley’s The Blue Sword. Nominally YA but I didn’t discover it until I was in my early 20’s and 10 ish years later I still read it 3 to 4 times a year. A fantastic book and heroine!

  9. I love when heroines are ballsy with big hearts! And when they can hand the heroes their asses in a way that makes this insane grin stretch across my face. It’s normally humorous and absurd and highly entertaining. One thing that immediately comes to mind is the pranks present in Gunmetal Magic by Ilona Andrews.

    A few faves:

    Kate Daniels
    Andrew Nash
    Gwen MacKeltar
    Mac Lane

  10. One of my all time favorite fictional heroines is Jane Eyre who had courage and honor.

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