I am so happy to welcome two wonderful authors for one fabulous Author Guest Post and Kindle eBook Giveaway! Samantha Adams and Kay Fry are here today to talk about why we need strong female characters and giveaway their book Immortal Prophecy! Read after the guest post to enter to win your copy :)
Strong Female Lead Characters – Why we need them!As little girls, more often than not, we want to be a Princess when we grow up. And why not? It could be a lot worse right? Kate Middleton and Princess Mary are wonderful role models for young women around the globe, and there should be more like them. However, they are not your average princesses, and certainly not what the sentence, ‘I want to be a Princess’ implies.
When a little girl says this, she means she wants to grow up, marry a prince who will rescue her on his white horse and take her to his castle where she can live in luxury and never have to think or take care of herself again. Her biggest problem in life will be what to wear to the next royal function and even then; she will have an assistant to do that for her. The fairy tale is complete. But shouldn't we want to inspire our girls to achieve more than this?
As we get older and reach our teenage years, we start reading young adult novels, watching TV and move on to the next un-empowering role model, which heaven forbid is someone like Paris Hilton.
Our personas and ideals are based on what we read, watch, hear, see, and most of this is done unconsciously. This is the reason we need the market for young adults, who are learning their way and in the crucial age of trying to discover who they are and want they want to be, to be flooded with strong female protagonists.
Young girls need positive role models, who empower women! Encourage them to think for themselves, make healthy choices in relationships, challenge them to better themselves, have a strong sense of self-worth and take control of their lives in a very positive way.
JK Rowling hit the spot with Hermione Granger. She is the perfect example of a strong female lead character. Sadly, these types of characters are rare as hen’s teeth.
The female lead can’t just be a one-dimensional character either, all kicking butt and physical strength. She has to be real. She needs a feminine side and vulnerabilities, and she even needs to be unsure of herself at times, because even the strongest of women are. But it’s what she does when she is in a situation where she is unsure and vulnerable that really shows us what she is made of.
As authors, we wanted to make sure our lead female protagonist, Alessandra, was all these things. It was something, which was very important to us. We have received a lot of feedback saying how refreshing it was to read about a character like that, and that says we need more of them!
Her destiny has been preordained, and she has a soulmate named James, but even though she appears to have no choice in her life or relationship, she still questions everything around her and makes the decision on what she wants and what is going to be right for her.
Alessandra is downright difficult at times, unsure of herself and what to do, but she finds the strength and courage to carry on despite all this. She is a woman of substance, intelligence and courage.
If you are a reader and enjoy this type of strong character, then check out our debut novel, Immortal Prophecy. If you are a writer, then consider doing something different and write about a strong young woman. You might just change a teenage girl’s future and inspire her to be something special and different from the usual suspects.
Thank you Cassie for having us as guest posters on your blog!
It was a lot of fun :)
Samantha and Kay xx
Samantha Adams is an indie writer that has just released her debut eBook, Immortal Prophecy. It is book one in The Immortal Prophecy Saga.
She is a young stay at home mum to her son, Joshua. She is married to her best friend and love of her life, Scott. Her dogs, Coco (who features in the book) and Ellie are like second children and get very spoiled.
She lives in a leafy suburb of Melbourne in Australia.
She has a slight obsession with coffee and chews through more books than she cares to admit. She always falls in love with the main characters and of whichever novel she is reading and finds herself a little disappointed when she has to admit that the paranormal and historical worlds that she enters into when reading a book isn't real ;)
Kay Fry is the mother and fellow Indie Author of Samantha Adams. The mother and daughter duo paired up to write this novel together, after Kay came up with a great plot for a book series.
Kay never thought she would find herself writing a novel. It was a secret dream, she had decided wouldn't come to fruition.
As for life outside of writing, Kay lives with her daughter, son-in-law, grandson and two crazy 'furry' grandchildren, Coco and Ellie. She loves walking around the local lake and has a desire to travel the world.
Title: Immortal Prophecy
Authors: Samantha Adams, Kay Fry
Genre(s): Paranormal Romance
Samantha and Kay are offering up Three (3) Kindle eBook copies of their book to 3 lucky winners! Fill out the raffle below to enter and tweet/follow for extra entries. You do not have to be a follower of this blog to enter, but as always, it is much appreciated! Good Luck :)
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