Sunday, March 10, 2019

WeWriWa: I need a Hero(ine)! UNLEASHED BY SHADOWS


If I had my way, all my heroines would be kickass Signorney Weavers who can both take and deal it out. But some books and some heroes (and some readers!) require a softer, gentler female to counterbalance their man. Such was the case with Kendra Terriot. She started out in PRINCE OF SHADOWS as a sheltered innocent forced to discover her inner strength to protect herself, her family and her hero, not exactly wimpy or whiney but definitely not in control of her environment. But as queen of her clan in Nevada, Kendra roars into New Orleans in UNLEASHED BY SHADOWS on the back of a motorcycle ready to throw down on behalf of her king who believes himself beyond saving. Here’s the encouraging push she gets from one of those tough girls, her cousin Brigit. 

“I don’t know what he needs from me, Bree, if anything at all.”

Her cousin laughed and reminded, “You charge in on a motorcycle, dragging his brothers behind you all because you sense he might need you. He was a beast before you, a wreck without you, and he thinks he can conquer the world as long as you’re at his side. All he needs is for you to be you and for you to be there.”

Kendra heard his quiet petition echo.

Stay.

“Do you want to be his queen, Kendra, surrounded by his brothers, his problems and his enemies every day for the rest of your life? Do you love him, and yourself, enough to share him with what he has to do to be who he is?” 

“Yes, that’s what I want.”

“Then quit your whining, find him, bang him brainless, and let the rest take care of itself.”

Strength doesn’t always mean physical prowess. It can be in toughness of character, determination in actions, risks on behalf of righteousness. Kendra steps up her game without losing the tenderness of heart her mate fell in love with, even as she challenges his choices and fights for her place at his side when he’d send her back to safety. You go, Katy! Way to shake things up and stand by your man! 


Here’s how Kendra sees her evolution over the next books of the “House of Terriot” series . . .



And yes, that is my favorite bad boy hero, Jeremy Renner in guy-liner!

I’m mourning the loss of an hour’s worth of a.m. daylight that makes getting up early to write that much harder! Sigh, such is the price of spring.

Happy Writing, fellow Warriors! . .


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28 comments:

  1. LOL Sometimes everyone needs a Brigit. Great snippet!

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  2. Fantastic snippet, I loved it! And yes to Signorney Weaver type characters!

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  3. Good advice to just be herself and quit overthinking things! Enjoyed the snippet...

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  4. I enjoy watching characters grow and change as they step up to face challenges. Kendra is definitely one of those characters.

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    1. She's a long way but is still a work in progress . . .

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  5. Love that last line! Straight to the point!

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  6. This line says it all! “Then quit your whining, find him, bang him brainless, and let the rest take care of itself.”
    Great scene!

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  7. You convey the toughness of this group of women beautifully.

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    1. Thanks, Ed. That, they are, because they have to be.

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  8. Nice excerpt. "Bang him brainless." LOL And yet, so much truth there. :)

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  9. Outstanding! Sometimes things need to be simplified. We can make things so much more complicated than they need to be. :-)

    Absolutely love that last line.

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    1. Doubts and overthinking can get in our way of what we want and what's best for us. We all need a Brigit to smack us upside the head once in awhile.

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  10. Love her! Got a big kick out of Brigit's advice. Right on! I love reading these stories again. Can't wait to see what's next.

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  11. Memorable last line and straight to the point.

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  12. I think Brigit's got the right idea. Even if she's a little blunt about it.
    Love that last line.

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  13. All of my characters, male and female alike, are screwed up in some way.
    When I was younger, all my heroine characters were conventionally pretty. As I've gotten older, none of them are.

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