WE AT MY BOOK ADDICTION AND MORE WOULD LIKE TO WELCOME: BETH BARANY,AUTHOR OF “HENRIETTA THE DRAGON SLAYER”TODAY….
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, author Beth Barany has been making up fantasy and adventure stories all her life. It only took her thirty years to actually start writing them down, then grit and determination to whip them into shape. She writes to empower girls and women with her kickass heroines who have to save the world against great odds. In her off hours, Beth enjoys cardio kickboxing, stick yoga, reading and watching movies with her husband, author and musician Ezra Barany, and two cats, Kitty and Leo.For school visits and special presentations, Beth Barany can be contacted through her site at http://www.bethbarany.com. She loves to hear from her readers: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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How to Become a Kick Ass Heroine Overnight
Not really, right?
I’ve heard rumbling, complaints really, about readers not liking kick ass heroines who seem born, not made. So I thought I write a post about how kick ass heroines are made.
In my new novel, Henrietta The Dragon Slayer [http://www.amazon.com/Henrietta-Dragon-Slayer-Kingdoms-ebook/dp/B004P8K292/], we first meet Henrietta after she’s become a hero, and worked hard for it.
Henrietta, the legendary Dragon Slayer of the Kingdom of Bleuve, can’t stomach the thought of one more kill. Yet, in order to save her dying mentor, she must go on one last quest. But will misfit companions, seasickness, and an ego maniacal king derail the quest for the healing stone? And will she be able to cut past her conscience and kill the dragon?
I’ll let you in on a little secret. Henrietta worked her a$$ off from the time she was a little girl to become a dragon slayer. She didn’t know that’s what she’d become. She only knew that she had to go for what she wanted, because certainly no one was going to hand it to her.
All the things she did:
Trained hard with a teacher, her Master ChenWorked hard as a blacksmith’s apprentice with Master Chen
Have a dragon slaying partner
Trained with her kingdom’s military
Planned her missions
And followed through to completion
When the story opens, she’s done all that. For me she embodies all the characteristics of a kick ass heroine that I’ve listed here [http://www.writersfunzone.com/blog/2011/03/30/kick-ass-heroines-part-4/] and elsewhere on my blog tour [http://www.writersfunzone.com/blog/beth-barany-novelist/blog-tour/].
I want to point a few more characteristics:
Planning & Preparation
A kick ass heroine plans for her missions. In my stories and others I’ve read this is often implied or alluded to because it’s not that interesting to read.
In Henrietta The Dragon Slayer, Henrietta is always making sure her knives and sword are polished and that her pouches have coin.
Dedication & Persistence
Even if they sometimes want to, a kick ass heroine stays the course.
Once Henrietta realizes that Master Chen is ill, she stops at nothing to help him, including going after the dragon who may hold the healing secret for her master.
In modern hero stories, we often see the hero acting alone. As if that were the truth. In my opinion, we all need help, and this is where a female kick ass heroine may differ from her male counterpart.
A kick ass heroine is strong, smart and plays well with others. Mostly.
Henrietta used to have a dragon slayer partner (who will make an appearance in Book 2!). For reasons revealed in Book 1, Henrietta doesn’t want to work with others anymore, but she’s forced to if she wants to succeed in this mission.
At B&N Nook
HENRIETTA THE DRAGON SLAYER
- Pub. Date: February 2011
- Publisher: Firewolf Books
- Age Range: Young Adult
- Series: Five Kingdoms #1
- BN ID: 2940012228222
So, what do you think makes a kick ass heroine?
P.S. All who answer the question are eligible to enter my June book giveaway for a copy of my book (print or ebook — your choice!) and the blog tour Grand Prize, Henrietta’s necklace. More details here: Henrietta The Dragon Slayer Summer Blog Tour:
SOURCE: THIS BOOK WAS RECEIVED FOR THE PURPOSE OF REVIEW FROM THE AUTHOR FOR MY HONEST OPINION:
MY THOUGHTS :
HENRIETTA, THE DRAGON SLAYER by Beth Barany is a YA paranormal/fantasy.The first in the “Five Kingdoms” series.It is written with depth and details. The characters are interesting,compelling and will capture your heart. Henrietta is a young,fiery,female dragon slayer,who we never see slay a dragon,only hear of her exploits through others,but she does not want to slay dragons any longer.Franc,a knight who is very pushy,is sent by the king of Plumaria to enlist Henrietta’s help to slay the dragon,Mimoto.When Henrietta,is approached for the task she first refuses until she learns that her mentor,Master Chen,is sick and dying and only one of the Dragonitas from Mimoto can save him,she then agrees.Henrietta,the dragon slayer,Franc,the knight,Jaxter,the jester,and Paulette, the apprentice witch set out on an adventure that includes hardships,friendship,and slaying a dragon along their way to Plumaria.This is a good,fun read for young adults and older adults also who enjoy magic,fantasy,mysticism,dragons,and little to no violence. This is a fun summer read.This book was received for the purpose of review from the author and details can be found at Firewolf Books.
REVIEWED BY: April Renn