I love my fantasy stories with adventure! Sci-fi, fantasy, paranormal, I don't mind, so long as there's lots of action. I like paranormal romance, but something had better happen alongside all that hot smexxin', or that book hits the wall.
Still, the best fight scene in the world is dull without emotional conflict. A kick-ass heroine beating up the bad guys is awesome – but I like her to be more complicated than that. That's one reason Laurell K Hamilton's Anita Blake has remained so popular, despite her, um, bedroom fixation – Anita oozes emotional tension. Will I or won't I? Should I or shouldn't I? What's right and what's wrong – and do I even care anymore? Same deal with Jessica Jones in the recent TV show: she's got a lot to be conflicted about, and it makes her unpredictable and loads more interesting!
That's the kind of heroine I've tried to create in my superhero fantasy series, beginning with Scorched and continuing with Scarred. Verity is a crime-fighter, from a family of famous crime-fighters – but what does it really mean to be a hero? She's suffered some humiliating defeats at the hands of her archenemy, Razorfire, a fire-obsessed maniac with no conscience. He'll do anything, kill anyone, destroy anything in his path to get what he wants.
To beat him, does Verity need to become like him? Keeping the moral high ground costs innocent lives – but how much of her ethics should she sacrifice? Is she willing to lose everything – including her self-respect – to win?
Oh, and then there's romance. Her record isn't good. But she's finally met a mysterious man who makes her pulse race. A real hero with a heart of pure gold. Suddenly, those moral issues loom large. How can she impress him, strive to be a good person, and defeat the villains too?
But you'll be pleased to hear that amid all this angst, Verity still kicks plenty of villainous butt. Action, suspense, a splash of romance. That's what we want. Right?
So who's your favourite tough action heroine?
I always loved Princess Leia – she's just as tough as the guys and takes no nonsense from anyone. And Zoe from the TV show Firefly – she's cool, competent, kick-ass and sexy too!
The breathtaking sequel to 'Scorched'! Superpowers don't make you a hero...Verity Fortune's crime-fighting days are over. In exile, defeated by her smug supervillain nemesis, her shady past exposed-even her own superpowered family condemns her as a traitor. Whatever it takes, Verity's determined to prove she can still be a force for good. Now, Sapphire City faces a new threat: a delinquent duo with extraordinary powers and a terrifying talent for destruction. Outmatched and on the run, her telekinetic powers faltering, Verity can't defeat this menace alone-but whom can she trust, when the only person who believes in her is her arch-enemy?
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