Please welcome Author Laura Navarre to the blog. She is celebrating the release of Midsummer Magic with a blog tour and a giveaway. Today she is blogging for us about outsider heroines. Please make her welcome and don’t forget to enter the giveaway. You can also find her tour schedule here.
The Awesome Appeal of the Outsider Heroine
By Laura Navarre
I’ve always loved the underdog, the exile, the iconoclast, the lone wolf, the rebel with an attitude. One of my all-time favorite action heroines is Starbuck in Battlestar Galactica. And I never loved her more than after her fall from grace—her return from the dead—when a half-remembered vision, a haunting sense of what-should-be led her to break away from Galactica in a rattletrap starship with a skeleton crew on a desperate, one-in-a-million search for the refuge of Earth.
The time traveling heroine is another outsider favorite. I’m thrilled to my toenails that Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series, featuring time-traveling World War II-era nurse Claire Randall and her seventeenth-century Scottish rebel Jamie Fraser, is coming to Starz TV. I also have a soft spot for the geek girl heroine, a la the bespectacled Violet Baudelaire in the Series of Unfortunate Events books by Lemony Snicket.
I cobbled together some favorite traits from outsider heroines in popular culture to craft my own: shy scholar Lady Linnet Norwood, the whispered scandal of the Virgin Queen’s court in my Tudor fantasy romance Midsummer Magick. Linnet walked into my head with three strikes against her. She’s a not-so-secret Catholic in a Protestant court that despises them. She’s an orphan and a rumored bastard whose father’s deathbed repudiation has thrown her future into peril. And she’s whispered to be mad—the unfortunate lass who vanished for a year and a day, then wandered from the forest with leaves in her hair and fantastical tales of being kidnapped by Faeries.
Why do we love the outsider heroine? I think we identify with her because we’ve all walked in her shoes (or slippers or combat boots). At some difficult juncture of our lives, we’ve all known the self-conscious, agonized awkwardness of the misfit. In grade school I was a true, bespectacled geek girl with a mouthful of metal, my nose always buried in a book. My classmates endowed me with such elegant endearments as Bookface and The Walking Encyclopedia. On the Myers-Briggs personality scale, I’m as shy as they come, 16 out of 16 on the introvert scale.
But my experience as the misfit lent power to my pen. I may not be a Scottish noblewoman with a dangerous legacy of Faerie magick. But Linnet’s plight as the outsider was my plight. And at some point in your life, wasn’t it yours too? When the outsider heroine grows into her power, discovers her inner beauty, taps into her hidden strength, we share that journey on a very personal level. Ultimately, her triumph is our triumph. Hence the awesome, enduring appeal of the outsider heroine!
Who’s your favorite outsider heroine in film or fiction? Chime in and you could win copies of Magick by Moonrise and Midsummer Magick, Books One and Two in The Magick Trilogy.
When the Angel of Death falls in love with life, will a Tudor princess pay the price?
Tudor England, 1559
The Virgin Queen’s Court whispers about shy scholar Lady Linnet Norwood, who spent a year and a day trapped in the Faerie realm and returned as a ruined woman. Linnet, however, is not yet free of magick. Otherworldly forces plot to use her to incite a bloody uprising that will twist the fates of mortal and Faerie realms alike.
Exiled angel Zamiel wavers on the edge of accepting an offer from his fallen father to become Prince of Hell. Lucifer knows Lady Linnet’s significance, and urges his son to pursue and protect her for sinister ends.
As Linnet flees those who would make her a pawn, Zamiel follows, tempting her trust and her passion. But the more he employs his killing rage on her behalf, the more he dreams of laying it aside in favor of peace.
If the two can find faith together, they might sunder the unholy alliance that threatens the dawn of the Golden Age of England.
Genre: Tudor-set Historical Fantasy Romance
Elements/Tags: Tudor romance, historical fiction, historical romance, King Arthur, Elizabeth Tudor, fallen angels, fantasy, historical fantasy, faerie, the Fae
Publisher: Carina Press
Pub Date: Aug. 12, 2013
Format: Digital and Audio
Length: 99K words
Series: Book Two in the award-winning Magick Trilogy, but it stands alone–don’t need to have read Book One.
Find it at: Amazon or Barnes & Noble
In her other life, Laura Navarre is a diplomat who’s lived in Russia and works on weapons of mass destruction issues. In the line of duty, she’s been trapped in an elevator in a nuclear power plant and stalks the corridors of facilities churning out nerve agent and other apocalyptic weapons. In this capacity, she meets many of the world’s most dangerous men.
Inspired by the sinister realities of her real life, Laura writes dark Tudor and Renaissance romance with fantasy elements. A member of Romance Writers of America, a Golden Heart finalist and winner of the 2012 Pacific Northwest Writers Association award for romance, she’s currently writing The Magick Trilogy, a series of dark Tudor romances with elements of Arthurian legend and fallen angel heroes, for Carina Press. Coming next in this award-winning series is Midsummer Magick in August 2013.
Living on an island in Puget Sound with her screenwriter husband and two Siberian cats, Laura divides her time between her writing career and other adventures for government clients.
Goodreads author page: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4013449.Laura_Navarre
One digital copies of MIDSUMMER MAGICK by Laura Navarre will be randomly gifted per the total number of tour stops, therefore, equally nine total copies. Full “Terms & Conditions” can be found on the Rafflecopter widget below. Commenters who share can earn one point, up to the max of 10 points, per friend who enters via their share link on the Rafflecopter widget.