First, I want to apologize to everyone. I don’t know what I thought but for some reason I didn’t realize my post wasn’t showing up. Sigh. Ever have one of those days where nothing seems to go right. Must have started at 1 am when the dog decided that the bedspread needed some of his special kind of love. And on the husband’s feet too. Thank goodness he’s still a puppy as I’m sure his life might have literally been in the dog house for a while. LOL!
Because of this unfortunate event, it took me over two hours to get back to sleep. Normally, I would have come in to write but I didn’t have the energy. So, I read. What did I read, you may ask...and I would tell you...I’m reading Gini Koch’s Alien Proliferation. It’s book 4 in the series and is hot, hot, hot. Gini and I became good friends when we entered a contest together and somehow, I won over her. Unfortunately, that story is still in edits and still unsold but it is one kick-ass story.
So, by now, I know you’re wondering about the title. We’re always talking about the naughty boys, those alpha males we love so much but what about the naughty girls? Kitty Katt in Gini’s Alien series is the quintessential naughty girl. She is the superhero I want to be when I grow up. Sort of. Mine is more of an elemental nature but none-the-less a kick-ass geek-girl from another world.
In my book, the naughty girls have to be more likeable than the guys because we have to be able to identify with them. The guys we can empathize with but we can never exactly think like them because we aren’t guys. With girls, we’re at least on an even playing field but we can be much more picky about what we do or don’t like about them.
When I was younger, I loved the sweet heroine. The one who let the guy sweep her off her feet and off to a life of wonderful, wealthy bliss. Right. If you believe that, I have a bridge for you. By the time I realized that wasn’t going to happen, I noticed that I really loved strong heroines like the kind in gothic novels who stood up to and for their man. They took no crap but did it in a much more elegant way that I could have ever hoped for at all.
Then I saw Sigourney Weaver in Alien and I wanted to be her. Heck, I’ve wanted to be every kick-ass women I’ve ever seen in some way or another. Now, that doesn’t mean I don’t like reading about those other women, I do to a point. The one thing I absolutely need to know about them is that they can take care of themselves with or without a man.
This leads me to the current Urban Fantasy phase that we all seem to be in right now. Well, to be honest, there are some heroines in those books that I just want to throw off a bridge. How can they be so whiney yet somehow save the world? That brings me to today’s question: What makes a kick-ass, totally together and competent heroine in your book?
I can’t wait to see your answers!
Don’t forget to look at yesterday’s blog entry and visit some of the other kick-ass blogs on the list. Our prizes are simple this week. Every day I will be giving one ebook away from my backlist, which will be posted on its own tab by tomorrow afternoon. At the end of the blog, I’ll be giving one lucky person a $25 gift certificate to Amazon or ARe. Today’s winner is BJ (beejee77) and I’ll be tracking her down sometime today in a non-stalker like manner. :-)
Again, I’d also like to thank these two ladies for sponsoring another great blog hop! Please stop by and show them some love!
Nikki http://closeencounterswiththenightkind.blogspot.com/ and
Natasha Blackthorne http://natashablackthorneblog.blogspot.com/
Thanks for stopping by!