Sunday, 2 September 2012

Welcome to the Kick-Ass Party!

Good morning! I hope you're ready for some serious ass-kicking this week because we have lined up some seriously dangerous heroines for you - namely those created by our five fantastic guests of honour. Here's the schedule for this week's party:

Monday 3rd Sept: Cynthia Eden
Tuesday, 4th Sept: Jennifer Estep
Wednesday 5th Sept: Caridad Pineiro
Thursday 6th Sept: Misty Evans
Friday 7th Sept: Anitra Lynn McLeod.

In a couple of hours we'll be welcoming Cynthia Eden to the party - can't wait for that! But I thought I'd start things off by asking what it is that draws you to this type of heroine? Is it the complete contrast to the older-fashioned kind of heroine who passively waited to be rescued by her dashing hero? A secret wish to be just as physically capable as the kick-ass heroine? Or perhaps you are a major kick-ass person yourself?

Let me know in the comments, and you'll be entered in the first contest of the day, for an e-copy of my new release SERAFINA AND THE SILENT VAMPIRE.

Sera is a heroine who can take care of herself. Kicked from pillar to post via children's homes and several foster families, she's grown up in the school of hard knocks and given as good as she got. Now she's not afraid of anyone or anything - even when she comes in contact with someone, or something, far stronger than she is - as the following excerpt shows :).


Serafina and the Silent Vampire 
(Serafina’s, Book 1)
By Marie Treanor
Available Now, $2.99 
From Amazon, Amazon UK and B&N


Silence has never been so sinful…

Welcome to Edinburgh's unique psychic investigation agency, Serafina's.

Serafina MacBride is psychic - but not strictly honest. While staging a hilarious vampire attack at a client's party, Sera is stunned to encounter a real vampire - annoying, gorgeous and inaudible to everyone but her. When her client's son is found dead with puncture wounds in his neck, she tracks the silent vampire to his lair.

But the amoral and seductive  Blair is also on a mission - to find and kill a nest of young vampires who've invaded his territory. Soon Sera is drawn into the bizarre world of the undead, where danger lurks in the shadows along with forbidden sensual delights - and a murderous conspiracy to flood the world with financially astute vampires who talk.

Supported and hindered by Blair's eccentric, undead friends, and by her own motley crew from Serafina's, Sera and Blair uncover surprising truths about each other and about the mysterious Founder from whom all vampires are descended.

In the end, Sera draws on powers she never knew she had in a frantic fight to defeat the forces of evil and preserve the strange, complicated being  she's trying so hard not to love.

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She felt her way around two intertwining apple trees and found Tam.

She stopped dead with shock. His large frame was unmistakable in the flashlight beam, but she’d never before seen it slumped in the brutal hold of an attacker who seemed to be strangling him or squeezing him to death. Which would be quite an achievement considering the size of Tam’s muscular body. And the fact that his opponent, although about equal in height, was far lighter and leaner in weight. And wearing a kilt, as if he was, or was pretending to be, one of the Bells’ guests. Tam’s arms flailed as if trying feebly to fly free. That was terrifying in itself: Tam the Tank physically helpless.

Sera’s hand wavered, and the beam from her flashlight shifted over a shock of dark chestnut hair.
There was a tiny instant when she imagined she’d steeped herself too deeply in this vampire nonsense, because it almost looked as if the stranger had his face buried in Tam’s throat. It sent a weird, almost sensual shiver down her spine before she yanked her brain back into line.

Who the hell was this? Ferdy’s stalker? Sera didn’t wait to find out. As he began to turn his head, granting her a glimpse of his shadowed face and gleaming eyes, she hurled herself at him feetfirst. Both her boots connected jarringly with hard flesh; her whole being jolted as if she’d been shot.

It took an instant to realize that she lay on the ground on her back, winded, while Tam’s attacker, and Tam himself, remained upright. Jesus, she couldn’t have lost her touch to that degree! She’d slammed into him. She should at least have knocked him off balance! But then, she should have landed on her feet, not her back, and been ready to jump him before he recovered.

As she struggled to rise, her blurred vision cleared enough to show her, by the crazily waving beam of the torch, that the kilted thug had released Tam, who leaned one massive shoulder against the tree, shaking his head as if to clear it. Thank God, at least the bastard hadn’t killed him. And now they were two against one, however strong this maniac was.

“Tam! Now!” she commanded in an urgent stage whisper and ran at the curiously still figure of the enemy.

Tam muttered something that might have been, “Don’t, Sera.”

Her quarry sidestepped her with a blur that surely spoke more for the intensity of her previous winding than for his genuine speed. Whatever the cause, it was enough to unbalance Sera. Fortunately, Tam leapt and caught her in his muscled arm—all that prevented her from falling over again.

She whirled around, poised to face a counterattack, snatching the only weaponry she carried in her pocket—one of the ridiculous pointy sticks—and for the first time looked into the shadowed face of her enemy. Remembering belatedly about her flashlight still clutched in her bruised left land, she shone it directly into his face. The eerie crisscrossing of shadows on his skin disappeared in the golden glow, but he made no effort to hide from the light. Two large, dark brown eyes stared at her from a lean, still face. There was no doubt he was good-looking enough to turn heads, with a high forehead, long, thin nose, and full, expressive lips, all framed by a shock of thick, dark hair streaked with auburn. The combination of high, broad cheekbones and leanness gave him a slightly cadaverous look that somehow didn’t detract in the slightest from his male beauty.

All these jumbled impressions Sera absorbed in an instant. But chiefly what caught and held her attention was the trickle of red blood running from the corner of his mouth and down the side of his chin.

“Oh for f…!” Sera hurled the pointy stick to the ground. “What the hell do you think you’re doing?” she raged. “This is our show.”


:).

Contest: To enter the contest for an e-copy of  SERAFINA AND THE SILENT VAMPIRE, tell us in the comments what draws you to kick-ass heroines. The contest will close at midnight tonight and the winner announced tomorrow on this thread.

Marie

13 comments:

  1. Kick-ass heroines make me smile. I love when a man is so baffled and then I love the respect he gives.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

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    1. Yes, that's a great part of it, isn't it? Thanks for your thoughts, Debby!

      Marie

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  2. i respect kick ass heroines myself. for me its very empowering to see the woman being able to fight by her mans side and sometimes save HIS ass

    parisfan_ca@yahoo.com

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    1. Absolutely, Laurie - I admire it so much because I know I couldn't do the physical ass-kicking stuff in a million years :)

      Marie

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  3. I like reading about kick ass heroines that can take care of themselves and the ones that they love.

    amysmith98@gmail.com

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    1. Me too, Amy. Maybe some of it's wishful thinking because we'd all like to be such capable protectors?

      Marie

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  4. I love that she has a strong personality, is intelligent, and doesn't back down from a dangerous situation.

    mythic021@gmail.com

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    1. Yes, got to love that, Vanessa...

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  5. I like the kick-ass heroines because they provide balance to the more dependent heroines of other books. I can take only so much of heroines who spend most of the book needing to be rescued before it gets me down. Also in action-adventure stories, if the heroine is not kick-ass she is more of a secondary character than a lead.

    a dot charol at yahoo dot ca

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    1. Fair point, Carol - a heroine has to be a heroine!

      Marie

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  6. Hi, Marie! I like kick-ass heroines because I do like women who aren't hand-wringing wimps. (Come to think of it, I don't like heroes who are that way either ;)) It's fun to see a relationship where both are capable and smart, and who make each other more so!

    Yay for Serafina!

    f dot chen at comcast dot net

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    1. Hi Fedora,

      Yes wingeing wimps are definitely out as heroines AND heroes! :).

      Thanks for the yay! :)

      Marie

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  7. Thanks for your comments, everyone!

    And the winner of SERAFINA AND THE SILENT VAMPIRE is:

    CAROL!

    Congratulations, Carol! Could you please drop me a line at Marie AT MarieTreanor DOT com with which format you prefer? I can do Mobi (for Kindle), epub, or even an ARC in PDF if those don't suit :).

    Marie

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