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What Makes a Heroine “Feisty”?

Unless you’ve been living under a rock or on a desert island, strong female leads are quite popular now in movies, television shows, and books. Women who can kick butt, both figuratively and literally, are everywhere these days. Think of Daenerys Targaryen in Game of Thrones, or Sarah Connor in the latest Terminator movie, Dark Fate. Or the two sisters in Frozen 2. It’s a refreshing change from the guys always saving the day, and from what I’ve heard, many men also enjoy this trend of strong female characters in entertainment.

In the book world, especially in the Romance genre, such strong female characters are often described as “feisty.” The definition of the word according to Google dictionary is, “a person, especially one who is relatively small or weak, who is lively, determined, and courageous”.

“Feisty” definitely evokes an image of a take-no-crap, say-what’s-on- her-mind lady. It’s far from the shy, virginal heroines of yesteryear who had their bodices ripped. If her bodice is ripped today, it likely happened in a battle.

I realized how strong this trend is when I was recently invited to be part of a collection of Romance short stories called the Feisty Heroines Romance Shorts Collection. Organized by authors D.F. Jones and Tia Didmon, it releases June 16, 2020. Over thirty authors are on board, each writing a short story featuring a strong, compelling heroine in one of four Romance subgenres: Contemporary, Historical, Fantasy and Paranormal. Several of the authors are already award winning, USA Today, or New York Times Best Selling Authors. These ladies know their stuff when it comes to creating feisty female characters.

The female characters in my books tend to all be strong and independent. Sarah in the Higher Elevation series faced a series of trials, including escaping death, averting a kidnapping, and unexplained supernatural forces, not to mention single parenthood!

The tagline for my second series, the Love Grows series, says it all— “Strong, protective heroes, feisty, independent heroines. When they meet, love grows in unexpected ways!”  Both Sacha, from Not So Broken, and Melanie, from Not So Wrong, are quite capable of fighting their own battles, and they do. Meeting their match in the heroes they fall in love with only serves to strengthen them.

I must be pretty feisty myself (though my husband calls it, “stubborn”), because I can’t imagine writing any other type of female character. I’ve faced a few hard knocks in life, and I know I’m stronger as a result. Being feisty doesn’t mean a person (or a fictional character) is rude or insensitive—far from it. It means they have a strong sense of who they are, and they will fight passionately for what they believe in. Feisty women are also protective of the ones they love, and those who are in need.

That’s something that I hope will never go out of style. Perhaps one day soon, Feisty Heroines will be the norm.

 

To preorder the Feisty Heroines Romance Shorts Collection:

Amazon-https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08188KPK1?tag=books2read02-20

Apple Books (ibooks)- https://books.apple.com/us/book/feisty-heroines-romance-collection-of-shorts/id1488638490?fbclid=IwAR2Pz6M1ic9eCCXV0BGdWHMiTICAT0-albebrt4H7v9-UC_qjqBVGsX8te4

Barnes and Noble- https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/feisty-heroines-romance-collection-of-shorts-d-f-jones/1135023539?ean=2940163674169

Kobo-https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/feisty-heroines-romance-collection-of-shorts

 

To Check out my books, go to my website at www.reneeregent.com, or click here:

The Love Grows series:

Not So Broken (Book1)- https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07L3VLFF1

Not So Wrong (Book 2)- https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07W95G7T6

(Book 3, Not So Far, is coming in 2020)

The Higher Elevation series, Books 1-3- https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07YJ3V5KJ

 

 

 

 

 

When You Really, Really Don’t feel Like Celebrating The Holidays

So not into it!

Are you one of those people who dreads the holiday season, while everyone else around you is making merry? Do you look forward to New Year’s Eve most of all, because it means all this holiday nonsense and commercialism will finally be over?

You’re not alone.

How and why one chooses to celebrate or not celebrate the holidays is an intensely personal thing. It may be cultural, it could be religious, or it may simply be personal preference. But when something is as pervasive in society as is our annual ramp up to the grand finale of New Year’s Eve, and all the hectic activity in between, it can take a toll on a person’s attitude.

Holiday Overload

I must confess that as I’ve gotten older, I am less interested in the holiday hubbub. Decorating feels like a chore; shopping for gifts becomes a race against time. Endless holiday-themed commercials become even more annoying than pharmaceutical ads, and I swear if I hear “Winter Wonderland” one…more…time…

But then, when Christmas is almost here, a yearning comes from somewhere deep inside, and I find myself searching closets for that old DVD of Rudolph or the Grinch or Charlie Brown. I actually look forward to exchanging gifts, because the pressure to find and wrap them is over. Seeing little kids getting all excited over the lights or going to see Santa melts my irritation away, and I find myself enjoying the holidays once more.

So now I try every year to not let cynicism take over, and enjoy the little things.

Deep As Snow

But some people have more serious issues with the holidays, and that is what prompted me to write the short stories that comprise my novella, Running In Snow. Sometimes past trauma can make it difficult for some people to enjoy the holidays. I’ve had a few unpleasant holidays in my past, so I wondered what it would be like for someone who refused to celebrate, but was in a situation where they had to?

What on earth would make them go through with it?

That was the basis for Noelle’s Promise, the first short story. Noelle had some serious trauma around Christmas from her childhood, to the point where she would not participate at all. Not with friends, not at work, not in any way. She simply avoided it.
But when she fell in love, her life changed. Should she continue to ignore the holidays, or try to join in her boyfriend Logan’s family celebrations? She makes a valiant effort to do so, but things don’t go as planned. Noelle discovers that sometimes the way past your fears is to go right through them.

Eve’s Hope, the second short holiday story, is about a woman who believes she is cursed. Every New Year’s Eve, something goes wrong. When her heater goes out in a rare Atlanta snowstorm, her handsome neighbor rescues her and invites her to his party. She makes the best of it, hoping to get through the night without her bad luck kicking in. Let’s just say there’s a few surprises in store before the clock strikes midnight.

I enjoyed writing these emotional holiday tales because I was able to explore those feelings of dread I get every year, but still end up on a happy note. Do you ever experience negative feelings around the holidays? How do you cope?

Running In Snow is available on Amazon and  other retailers (Nook, Kobo, iTunes) for just .99. I hope you enjoy the holidays, however you choose to spend them!