Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Holiday Shopping...

It's December and I haven't begun any shopping. I'm so behind. I have my Christmas decorations out, but my Christmas tree isn't up. So much has been going on. The good news is that my mother is doing so much better! Now I can focus on my many projects in December.

A few of friends are offering some great giveaways and contest this month. Great giveaways including Kathleen Brooks, Melody Anne, Ruth Cardello...so many. You have to check them out. I have donated a few books to the cause including Another Night Falls and Whispers of a Legend, Volume I.

I have created a new website, Jerri Hines, A World Filled With Romance which includes all my titles. If you have a moment, check it out and let me know what you think.

My first post was about Strong Female Protagonists.

The stories I write have strong female heroines. I write all different genres: historical fiction, epic fantasy, and romance. Then you might wonder how I write about strong women when I write romance. I mean most women read romance to fantasize about their prince rushing in and rescuing the damsel in distress. Romantic fantasy? Without question…I’m the first to acknowledge that the romance genre is a fantasy. Why do women love romance so much? The answer is simple. We grew up on fairy tales from the Brothers Grimm, Hans Christian Andersen to Charles Perrault’s tales; Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White…
So are women really damsels in distress waiting to be rescued? If that was the case, most of us would still be waiting…wouldn’t we?

So can women relate to strong female protagonists? Can men? Again the answer is simple…yes. Strong female protagonists have been embraced throughout literature. The difference is perception. The first one that comes to mind for me is Jane Eyre.

Jane Eyre was a woman of strong conviction and character. When someone wrote that behind every good man there is a great woman, they would have to had a woman like Jane Eyre in mind. Women are different than men. Women don’t have to be Faster than a speeding bullet! More powerful than a locomotive! or Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound!” to exhibit strength. Women have a quiet strength within us which is as powerful as any physical feat.

Not that some women can’t exhibit physical strength. A great example is Katniss Everdeen. Suzanne Collins did an excellent job in creating Katniss into a believable woman of strength and courage, but Katniss more powerful moments in the book had nothing to do with her physical prowess. Who could ever forget Katniss holding the poison berries in her hand and then putting them in her mouth? With one act she began a revolution.

And we can’t forget Éowyn from Lord of the Rings and the classic line “no living man can kill me.” I loved it when it was Éowyn who thrust her sword into the Witch-king of Angmar.

So where does the inspiration come from these strong female protagonists? Examples of strong female protagonist are not fantasy. Though, most women don’t seek the acknowledgement for their sacrifice, courage or bravery. A few examples come to mind: Joan of Arc, Elizabeth I, and Irena Sendler… Irena Sendler? If you don’t know her, don’t feel bad. I only learned about her a couple of years ago. She was the leader of a group of women who risked their lives to save Jewish children during WWII. Irena Sendler is the epitome of a true hero. No one should ever question whether women can be a strong female protagonist.

The difference between a male alpha hero and a strong female protagonist is that most times the woman becomes a heroine out of necessity.

My series, Whispers of a Legend, centers around a strong female protagonist.

Kela Calledwdele was born with a destiny, a Euchoun with only one purpose in life...to protect. Torn between two worlds, Kela soon discovers she is the hope of both. Now she must find the courage to face the destiny fate has dictated to her. Half Witheleghean and half Sordarin, she knows well her parents gave the ultimate sacrifice to give her a chance to live. Yet, in so doing, they have left Kela unprepared to face the dangers that await her. Whispers of a Legend is the story of Kela’s journey.
Whispers of a Legend began with…

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Shadows of the Past- begins Whispers of a Legend saga which follows Kela's battle to embrace her destiny, where as a young woman unsure of her ability and her confidence in facing the challenges before her to where she emerges as a strong leader who learns to lean upon her own strength, to stand not behind, but side by side with her warrior. This book is FREE!
The Path Now Turned. Having proven her ability during the Payelaga Desert battle, Kela believes herself ready to follow her destiny beside her warrior. Fate has another path for Kela. When she discovers all she has long believed is not as it seems, the betrayal leaves Kela torn by her desire for Cono and the path she has been given to follow.
Vision of Destiny. Trained for only one purpose, to protect the innocent from an evil that threatens to destroy her world, Kela has never questioned her destiny. The enemy has never been in doubt and her path laid clear before her. Now all is blurred. Left with only one choice, she escapes from Yucca in search of the one known as Seilda the Tvopac, the Guardian of the Past…but Kela learns quickly the Past holds its own dangers.
The Legend continues...

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Whispers of a Legend- TIME OF THE NUXVENOM-

The Nuxvenom—the time declared by the Arachindaens for their ascension to power…the time of their rule…the time for the annihilation of all who do not submit to their authority. Over the years, the Sordarins have slept well secure in the knowledge that the Great One guards over them and protects them from this Nuxvenom. Now, though, our world has once more been targeted; Asmeodai’s evil looms on the horizon and fear lives in the hearts of the Sordarins for our very existence is threatened.
I, Kela Calledwdele, have been trained for one purpose—to protect my people from this evil threat of Asmeodai. I did not ask for this, but have embraced my destiny. The path before me has never been easy, nor do I expect my tribulations to lessen as I continue my journey, but I hold to this destiny for I hold to my faith in the Great One.
With the acknowledgement as King Edulf’s granddaughter, Kela is swept into a world strange to her. Moreover, Kela discovers the world she now walks harbors its own dangers. For not only does Kela face the looming threat of the evil Cyaika and Arachindaens, she is forced to confront deception and and betrayal from within her own. ranks. Never have the stakes been greater—never has her world faced a greater danger—never has more been asked of the Euchoun. The time of the Nuxvenom is now!

Enjoy! Have a good one! Keep reading! 

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