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Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Female Role Models – Can We Find Them in Romance Novels?
So when I’m writing a romance story I don’t necessarily consider whether any of my stories convey a stance on right and wrong, or any other moral position. I think that comes naturally because a romance story has to have a Happy Ever After, ergo, that would be difficult if nasty things were happening. How could you like someone who hurts you?
But then along comes Fifty Shades of Grey. This book has been trashed by some because of the way the heroine allows herself to be treated. I must admit I haven’t read the book because from the little snippets I’ve read, and heard discussed, I know the book would make me angry. I’m a pretty strong woman, I admit it, and there is no way I’d let myself be treated like that. He’d be ‘down the road and on his bike’ quick smart if he tried to play those games with me.
I prefer my heroines to be positive role models for women. Strong, loyal, compassionate, selfless and intelligent. My latest Regency release, TO CHALLENGE THE EARL OF CRAVENSWOOD, the final book in my Wicked Wagers trilogy, heroine, Amy Shipton, is just such a woman. She is introduced in book two, To Wager the Marquis of Wolverstone. In book two she releases hero Marcus Danvers, an extremely handsome, rich and honorable man from their engagement because she knows Marcus is in love with another. Unheard of in Regency times. A very brave thing to do, but of course the right thing.
Many readers emailed me about Amy and how they wanted her to get her HEA. Obviously I had succeeded in making Amy very likeable, and a woman we can all relate to. That to me is a sign that romance novels can produce role models. I obviously made sure Amy gets her HEA in the final book. However, not without a bit of angst and misunderstanding along the way.
Here's the blurb...
To live happily ever after...
Henry St. Giles, the Earl of Cravenswood, longs to find his soul mate. Now that his two best friends, both reformed rakes, are happily married, the need becomes an obsession. Whentochallengetheearl180x240 they challenge him to find a wife by the end of the season or marry his neighbor, the innocently alluring Lady Amy Shipton, he can’t believe his luck. He wins, either way. But a darkened garden, a case of mistaken identity, a drunken kiss, and a dropped emerald earring, leads Henry on a Cinderella hunt. He knows the woman he held in his arms could be the one he's searched for all his life. He just has to find her.
Lady Amy Shipton is determined to marry for love instead of sharing her husband like her mother did. So why did she let her handsome neighbor and romantic fantasy, the Sinful Saint as he's called for his bedroom prowess, seduce her in his garden? And what can she do when in the middle of their passionate encounter; he whispers another woman's name. Now Henry is hunting the owner of the earring Amy left behind, and she's determined to retrieve it before her identity is revealed. She's not about to give her father the ammunition he desperately wants to force her down the aisle.
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So, yes, I think romance heroines can be good role models. Or rather, I think authors can write great romance heroines. My heroines try to be true to their values and beliefs, which I know many women struggle with due to peer pressure or media pressure or work pressure etc. In return, I have to make sure my heroes are deserving of such warm and loyal women, by showing that they can treat her like a Queen and shower her with love, respect, and the honor she deserves.
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