A Guest Post by Bestselling Author Candace Blevins
Do you have a favorite leading female character? One of my favorite mainstream characters is Eve Dallas. She doesn’t need anyone to take care of her, yet when someone comes along who sweeps her off her feet, she manages to figure out how to let him into her life. My favorite kick-ass urban fantasy heroine is Jane Yellowrock, followed closely by Kate Daniels and October Daye. All strong women who get the job done while staying true to who they are.
One of my pet peeves is the little fragile woman in trouble who can’t survive until a big strong man comes along and gives her a life. When it’s well done I can live with it, but this trope seems to be the case with so many romance books.
Strong, successful women can find love too.
I began my writing career with the Safeword series, and I became known for writing strong women and even stronger men. The phrase strong submissive may seem an oxymoron to those not in the lifestyle, but I can assure you I know a whole lot more strong women who happen to be submissive than I do the weak variety.
However, I’ve switched it up a little in my paranormal romance books. For instance, in Duke’s story, Gen is used to her mom and big brother shielding her from the men who are rough around the edges, so she’s out of her element with Duke. She’s a seasoned commercial realtor who’s used to negotiating multi-million dollar land deals… and yet she’s so naïve when it comes to romantic relationships.
The Swan Princess has never left her father’s mansion. Sophia is my first virgin, but once again I didn’t write a weak woman. She has a lot to learn about the world, but she rescues herself and flies hundreds of miles on her virgin flight. She comes into her own power, and she doesn’t take anyone’s help for granted.
In my universe, deer shifters live in their own little enclaves. They’re much too timid and too easily startled to survive in human society, so the strongest of them venture out to shop when necessary, but otherwise the group stays on their property and away from humans. Bringing a deer shifter into the real world and having her fall in love with a wolf was a challenge, but I hope I succeeded. Nix is currently in an anthology with few reviews, but he releases on his own in mid-July, so time will tell.
My leading women know who they are, and they don’t sacrifice their principles to get what they want or need. Most are successful in their chosen careers with enough money to live on, though some are younger and still getting their education — but they’re on their way to success. They all have faults and weaknesses because don’t we all? But they’re strong.
I’ve written one woman who is rescued from a bad situation by a big, strong, rich, ancient vampire. It isn’t a romance — it’s a dark story with a pleasing ending but no happily-ever-after. Indentured Freedom is so different from everything I’ve written before… and yet this wolf isn’t a timid shapeshifter looking for someone to rescue her. She becomes a prostitute to make money when there are no other options, but this is not Pretty Woman, and the vampire who takes her on is no Richard Gere.
This brings us to my urban fantasy series, since Unhuman Journey just released. Kirsten O’Shea is about as strong as they come. She’s a single mom to a teen she adopted, she’s a successful therapist by day, and she survives the supernatural world despite the fact she’s a mere human. She picks up allies and enemies as she goes, but her daughter is the most important thing in her world and she lives her life accordingly. If she needs to be a part of the big showdown between good and evil in order to assure her daughter grows up in a world where good overcomes evil, she will. She doesn’t especially want to, but she’ll step up and do whatever she has to.
As an author, I feel obligated to stop perpetuating the weak woman who has to be rescued by a man. The world is full of strong women who’ve found their soul mate. I’d like to think there are readers who want to read about them instead of the helpless female who can’t survive on her own without a man. I’ve been married to the love of my life for eighteen years, and he’s in my life because I want him there. I met him at 28 and married him at 30, even though I didn’t intend to marry because I liked my life. He swept me off my feet and made me want to go to bed and wake up with him every day, and that’s the kind of story I want to write.
What about you? Do you prefer Cinderella or Anna from Frozen? Of the Disney princesses, Anna and Mulan are my favorites, followed closely by Pocahontas. Oh, and the little girl from Wreck it Ralph. I would love to see Vanellope von Schweetz all grown up and kicking ass!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Candace Blevins lives with her husband of 18 years and their two daughters. When not working or driving kids all over the place she can be found reading, writing, meditating, or swimming.
Candace writes Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, Contemporary BDSM Romance, and a kick-ass Motorcycle Club series.
Her urban fantasy series, Only Human, gives us a world where weredragons, werewolves, werelions, three different species of vampires, as well as a variety of other mythological beings exist.
Candace’s two paranormal romance series, The Chattanooga Supernaturals and The Rolling Thunder Motorcycle Club, are both sister series to the Only Human series, and give some secondary characters their happily ever after.
Her Safeword Series gives us characters who happen to have some extreme kinks. Relationships can be difficult enough without throwing power exchange into the mix, and her books show characters who care enough about each other to fight to make the relationship work. Each book in the Safeword series highlights a couple with a different take on the lifestyle.
You can visit Candace on the web at candaceblevins.com and feel free to friend her on Facebook at facebook.com/candacesblevins and Goodreads at goodreads.com/CandaceBlevins. You can also join facebook.com/groups/CandacesKinksters to get sneak peeks into what she’s writing now, images that inspire her, and the occasional juicy blurb.
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Only Human series (Urban Fantasy)
Chattanooga Supernaturals (Paranormal Romance)
Rolling Thunder Motorcycle Club (link)
- Bash Volume I
- Bash Volume II
- Bash Volume III
- Nix (Novella, Summer 2016)
Dark erotica shorts from the world of The Chattanooga Supernaturals
Safeword series (Contemporary BDSM Romance)
- Safeword: Rainbow
- Safeword: Matte
- Safeword: Davenport
- Safewords: Davenport and Chiffon
- Safeword: Quinacridone
- Safeword: Matte – In Training
- No Safeword: Matte – The Honeymoon
- No Safeword: Matte – Happily Ever After
- Safeword: Arabesque
- Safeword: Mayday (TBA)
An Unhuman Journey
Aaron has gone missing, and Mordecai has taken over Kirsten’s training. She’s learning by leaps and bounds under the god-of-old’s not-so-gentle tutelage, but with Nathan in charge of Drake Security during The Dragon King’s unplanned absence, everything is upside down.
The evil Celrau vampires were banned from creating new offspring, but they’ve bargained for permission to do so in the Underworld, where the Concilio has no authority. As part of their army-building, the Celrau vampires kidnap Kirsten and take her to the Underworld with the intention of making her one of them. Alone in another realm, Kirsten must form unexpected alliances to survive a most Unhuman Journey.
Join bestselling author Candace Blevins on a thrilling adventure into the critically acclaimed sequel to Only Human.