The Jaunty Quills would like to welcome Kris Kennedy. Kris has a confession:
Why I Am Not A Romance Heroine
It’s sad, but I have to finally admit it: I am not a romance heroine.
“Why not?” cry those who know me, shocked to the core. Well, honestly, there are traits that appear to be common to most romance heroines, traits and talents that I, unfortunately, do not share. In the interests of brutal honesty, I will reveal them now.
First, and probably last, I look absolutely terrible in the morning. And often again by mid-day. Putting on my husband’s largest shirt and padding around in my bare feet and undies will not improve the view.
Nothing on my body ‘sparkles’ or ‘glistens’, not even in moonlight.
I have hair, not tresses. It does not ‘cascade’ nor does it ‘flow’ down my back or over my shoulders. On humid days, it tends to frizz; that’s about as good as it gets.
You can describe every shade of color on my person with a non-descript adverb or adjective. You know the kind: brown, white, hazel, short. I’m simple that way.
My best lines always come later. If witty banter is a time-sensitive matter, I will fail miserably.
I require naps. Well, technically, I don’t require them, I just ache for them.
Instead of adapting swiftly and problem-solving with deadly effectiveness in high pressure situations, on a bad day, I’m lucky if I remember what vegetable I’m supposed to send in with my child to school for their Stone Soup production.
They are courageous and steadfast when any sane person other than the hero would bail.
Okay. In the interests of brutal honesty, I’ll say that I’ve been know to be like that too.
In DECEPTION, my new release, a hot medieval romance, the heroine Sophia is a well-intentioned woman who’s been pushed a little too far, a little too often, by men who are much too powerful, and she’s finally snapped. She’s about to fight back. But first, she needs to break into somewhere she really doesn’t belong and steal something that is technically not hers. But that’s not the real problem. The real problem is the man who got there before her, and it sitting in the shadows, waiting for her. And when she’s thwarted, she pushes even harder, deeper into danger, forcing the hero’s hand, which is something you really should not do. But Sophia does. Because while her hair is brown, it has red highlights, and it sometimes gleams, as do her eyes. Because she has the best come-backs, the kind that set her half-Irish hero, her con man-hero, her lost lover-hero, back on his heels. And she’s courageous when any other sane person would bail.
I’d be interested in knowing if you share any traits with romance heroines? Everyone who comments will be entered into a drawing and one lucky commenter will win their choice of either DEFIANT or THE IRISH WARRIOR. Check back on Sunday to see if you’re a winner!
Kris Kennedy writes hot, sweeping historical romances with loads of adventure and sexy drama. Her current release DECEPTION, received 4 1/2 stars from RT Book Reviews and is available now. Visit her website http://kriskennedy.net for excerpts, updates, the newsletter sign-up, or just to drop Kris a note! She’s also at Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/KrisKennedyBooks) and on Twitter (https://twitter.com/KrisKennedy )