Garrison Keillor uses this phrase to describe the fictional town of Lake Wobegon: “Where all the women are strong, all the men are good-looking, and all the children are above average.”
Books with strong women and good-looking men are my favorites. (I take “above average” children for granted.) Though my first introduction to stories was fairy tales, where the average heroines are passive, I quickly graduated to Nancy Drew, devouring her mysteries. At the same time, I loved Wonder Women comic books. In my teens, I found great books filled with strong women, like Little Women, The Diary of Anne Frank, and Pride and Prejudice. I love a strong heroine and dislike whiny heroines.
Jennifer writes three series with strong heroines. Gin, the assassin heroine in her Elemental Assassin series also runs a barbeque restaurant. So she kills and cooks. I honestly think the cooking part might be harder for me. I’m sure my husband would agree. Her other heroines are strong in different ways. You won’t find a weak one in the bunch.
And the men … She does well by them, too. They are good looking. And usually they have a few dollars or more in their many bank accounts – which often makes a man look even more good looking.
Since my first published book, Cattitude, in which a cat changes bodies with a woman and thinks anything a human can do, she can do better, my heroines have been strong. That includes the woman in my Miracle Interrupted books. In Mo’s Heart, the fifth book, Rosa Fabrini is probably one of the emotionally strongest characters I’ve written – and it’s something the hero loves about her.
All this ran through her mind in a second as Mo stopped beside her. “It’s not a palace.”
“I wouldn’t know what to do in a palace.”
“You’d be the queen. Anything you wanted.”
She laughed, surprised by his comment. Surprised that she had laughter in her. “I’d rather be a cook.”
“You are that. The best sous-chef in the village.”
There was a quiet moment between them, and a sense of peace sighed inside her as she looked at his serious face and knew he saw her as a strong woman, a woman who was temporarily down but not out. Never out. Not as long as she had breath.
She stood taller.
“The furniture is pretty ugly,” he said.
“I don’t know. The couch is the same color as your eyes.”
“Do me a favor?”
She looked at him. He never asked her for favors. “Of course.”
“Run downstairs and get my chef’s knife and bring it back up here.”
She laughed again and felt a shift inside her. Kind of like she imagined the earth felt when a boulder in a precarious spot moved. “Why?”
“So you can gouge my eyes out.”
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ALL ABOUT EDIE:
Edie Ramer is funnier on the page than in real life. A multiple award-winning writer, she writes stories with heart, attitude, and magic. She lives in southeastern Wisconsin with her husband, dog and one important cat. She’s happy to do what she loves nearly every day.
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Basically, the word “novel” on the old cover as been changed to “novella” on this one, since the e-story is a novella and not a full-length book.
This e-novella is around 14,000 words and takes place after the events of Crimson Frost. It is told from Logan Quinn’s point of view. Even though Gwen is on the cover, this is a Logan story — not a Gwen story.
The e-novella is available for pre-order at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and iTunes. It should be up for pre-order soon at other online booksellers. Spartan Frost, Mythos Academy #4.5, will be released on June 25.
Once again, here is the book description, although please note that this does contain some spoilers for Crimson Frost:
I’m Logan Quinn, the deadliest Spartan warrior at Mythos Academy. At least I was—until the day I almost killed Gwen Frost.
Professor Metis and Nickamedes say that I’m fine, that Loki and the Reapers don’t have a hold on me anymore, but I can’t risk it. I can’t risk hurting Gwen again. So I’m leaving Mythos and going somewhere far, far away.
I know Gwen wonders what’s happening to me, whether I’m safe. I can’t tell her, but this is my story …
Hope everyone enjoys the e-novella when it is published.
The blog tour for Deadly Sting, the eighth book in my Elemental Assassin urban fantasy series, has mostly wrapped up at this point, although I will be doing a few more blogs here and there as my schedule allows.
I just want to say thanks to all of the blogs for hosting me and for all that they do to promote books. You guys rock!
Also, I’m sending out the giveaway books as I get the mailing information from the blogs. So if you are waiting on a book, please be patient.
Anyway, thanks again to all the blogs and everyone who followed the tour and commented on the posts. Hope everyone enjoyed the blog tour. Thanks again, everyone!
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