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Day 28 of the 31 Days of Books Giveaway – Romance Heroines: The Good, The Bad and The TSTL
January 28th, 2014

Congratulations to bn100, who won yesterday’s drawing! I’ll be emailing bn100 to arrange delivery of her choice of book.

Let’s talk heroines: the good, the bad and the TSTL (Too Stupid To Live).

Heroines are hard for me. Even though I’m female, I identify more with the heroes in my books than the heroines. But there are a few heroines (in books, TV or movies) that I can always get behind. The ones who try hard to do the right thing.

Some of the good heroines:

  1. Eve Dallas from the J.D. Robb books
  2. Buffy from Buffy the Vampire Slayer (the series, not the movie)
  3. Judith Hampton from Julie Garwood’s The Secret
  4. Maggie Concannon from Born In Fire by Nora Roberts
  5. Aislinn from The Wolf and the Dove by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss

Good heroines do what needs to be done, no matter what it costs them. They are women you admire.

Bad heroines are the ones who are too concerned with themselves to truly share in the love story you’re reading. They are unsympathetic people who you actively dislike and would never hang out with if they were real, the ones who make you wonder what the hero sees in them. (No examples here because I’ve purged them from my memory. Bleh!)

And TSTL? There are dozens of those. These are the heroines whose decisions make no sense. They run out into gunfire after the hero tells them to stay put. They go down in the basement with no light on when they know a serial killer is on the loose. They think they can handle everything, only to fall on their butts (or trip over a tree root running through the forest in their nightclothes in the middle of the night). They’re the ones who believe the Jealous Other Woman’s lame story that the hero really loves her, at which point they run away to nurse their broken hearts. Or quit their jobs because the hero is the boss. Or shoot themselves in the foot in some other dramatic, emotional way. They’re the ones who make you throw the book against the wall.

What are your thoughts on romance heroines? Who are your favorites? Comment to be included in a drawing to win a paperback title from my backlist!


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7 Responses to “Day 28 of the 31 Days of Books Giveaway – Romance Heroines: The Good, The Bad and The TSTL”

  1. bn100 says:

    like them smart and strong; don’t like the ones that get together with every guy on a sports team/town

  2. Diane Patricia Diamond says:

    I like to read about a feisy heroine, who doesn’t let the hero walk all over her. I want her to be independent and strong, but I also want her to be able to rely on her man if things get tough.

  3. Joyce Ward says:

    Smart and independent heroine’s appeal to me. They aren’t weak or needy. It’s fun when a strong hero comes along who “needs” her as much as she “needs” him. The line from Jerry McGuire comes to mind…”You complete me.” Aw…..

  4. Juli Temple says:

    I love your books!!

  5. Liz scott says:

    I love a heroine that will do what she has to almost without giving it a second thought, even though (thanks to the writer) we know she’s shaking and scared to death. Strong because deep down that’s who she really is and that will complement the hero.


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