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Mala Bhattacharjee
April 10 2015

Haters Gonna Hate: Why Game of Thrones’ Sansa is a Total Boss

In any given discussion of Game of Thrones and the badassery of its characters, you'll hear about Arya Stark, the mischievous daughter of Ned Stark of Winterfell, who must find her way alone after...
October 14 2014

In My Next Life I Want to be a Femme Fatale

Today we're joined by author J.D. Mason, whose Crazy Sexy Revenge is out today! Crazy Sexy Revenge is the final book in the Beautiful Dirty Rich trilogy, and includes Desi, a woman who is strong...
July 8 2014

TSTL vs. Kick-Ass Heroines from Frost, Armstrong, Brockmann, and More!

As an avid reader, I come across a lot of heroines. Some of them kick-ass, some of them forgettable, and unfortunately, some of them Too Stupid to Live. What are the characteristics of a TSTL heroine...
March 13 2014

Just Keep Swimming: Empowering Women’s Fiction

Classifying a book by its genre can be both useful and detrimental. If you have a preference for a certain type of book, then this cataloguing easily helps you find it. But it also means that certain...
May 13 2013

Exclusive Cover Reveal: J.C. Daniels’s Broken Blade!

Today, Heroes and Heartbreakers is delighted to be the first to reveal the cover for J.C. Daniels's (Shiloh Walker's other author persona) Broken Blade, the the third book in her urban fantasy...
April 6 2013

I Don’t Need a Hero: The Kick-Ass Heroines of Gaming

Recently, game writer Ann Lemay wrote about how creating engaging female characters really shouldn't be an issue in regards to video games. (Her argument was covered pretty well by Jezebel.) As...
January 19 2013

Poll: What Quality is Most Important to You in a Heroine?

We love our heroines here at Heroes and Heartbreakers, even when we think they make horrible mistakes, or might just be TSTL (Too Stupid To Live). A few weeks ago we asked you what quality you admire...
December 10 2012

Extraordinary Heroines—and the Heroes Who Love Them—in Sci-Fi Romance

There are many, many romance stories wherein the hero is a creature of the paranormal world and he’s paired with a human heroine. But what about the reverse scenario? That is our $64,000 question...
December 6 2012

Paranormal Heroines Wanted: What Comes After the Kick-Ass Heroine?

There is an army of uber-powerful women who can kick any ass, any time. The paranormal heroine faces and conquers greater and stronger challenges with every book. Don’t get me wrong—I love...
October 17 2012

Author Sarah Fine on Plausible Heroines in Action-Driven YA

We're pleased to welcome author Sarah Fine to Heroes and Heartbreakers. Sarah's Sanctum is the first book in her Guards of the Shadowlands series, and features a seventeen year-old heroine who...
September 6 2012

Ann Aguirre’s Grimspace Series, Featuring the “Go in the Basement” Heroine Sirantha Jax

Within the first few pages of Ann Aguirre's Grimspace series, I found a heroine in Sirantha Jax I couldn’t quite shake from my mind. The series begins with Jax in a rough equivalent of...
August 31 2012

Kicking Ass and Taking Names: Action Heroines from Vincent, Brook, Moning, and More

Hollywood movies have figured out what romance and fantasy readers have known for years: Women kick ass. Katniss Everdeen (The Hunger Games) told moviegoers women can lead a rebellion. Black...
Amanda Bonilla
July 26 2012

Author Amanda Bonilla: You Sort of Look Like an Assassin

Today we welcome a long-time friend of Heroes and Heartbreakers as well as a fantastic author. Amanda Bonilla’s Shaede Assassin series features Darian, who is the titular Shaede Assassin. The second...
May 31 2012

Smart Women—And the NCIS Men Who Love Them

A few years ago, my author friend Toni McGee Causey presented a workshop at the Romance Writers of America’s national convention called, “Smart Women, Short Skirts,” with a nod to the musical...
May 9 2012

Author Hope Tarr on Real-life Historical Heroines Who Busted Balls and Broke Outta the Box

Who doesn’t love a kick-ass heroine? Today, author Hope Tarr joins us to relate some tales of real-life kick-ass historical heroines, some of whom could have served as models for Hope’s heroines....
May 8 2012

Current Contemporary Romance: Return of the Flawed Hero?

Take away the bondage, and Fifty Shades of Grey is an old school romance between a worldly-wise but emotionally constipated hero and a naïve but emotionally intelligent heroine. Back in the ’70s...
May 3 2012

The Avengers Is Amazing

Here’s some news: The Avengers opens in US theaters this Friday, May 4. (Wait, what? You’d already heard? And I thought they were keeping it all so low-key.) I am not here to tell you why you,...
April 25 2012

Author Elle Kennedy on Kick-Ass Heroines (’Cause Heroes Shouldn’t Get to Have All the Fun)

Today we’re thrilled to welcome author Elle Kennedy to Heroes and Heartbreakers. Next week, Elle will release Midnight Rescue, the first book in her new Killer Instincts series. With words like “desperate,”...
March 29 2012

Who’s the Teen Queen of Kick-Ass?: Strong YA Heroines

Too often when I read a YA (young adult) book I am struck by how remarkably similar they are in plot and setup: The heroine is usually a quiet, socially lacking, economically poor but stunningly beautiful...
March 24 2012

Top 5 Alpha Females: Kinsale’s Melanthe, Chuck’s Sarah Walker, and More!

Alpha-Beta, or opposites-attract stories are a common and winning formula in romances today. Fire and ice. Action and reaction. Passion versus logic. While there are many different flavors for this...
February 22 2012

J.R.R. Tolkien and the First Paranormal Romance: The Women of Middle-Earth

OK. Broad, sweeping generalizations and grandiose titling aside, I have this idea. It may sound crazy, but stick with me. To this day, I recall precisely where in my elementary school library Tolkien’s...
February 8 2012

Why Can’t It Be Snakes?: Flawed Heroines

I’m old enough to remember when Pop Warner cheerleading was the only sport girls could play, when female doctors and lawyers were rare as hen’s teeth, and “you’ve come a long...
January 9 2012

The End of Mary Shannon Is In Plain Sight

When we last left one of our favorite feds, witness specialist U.S. Marshal Mary Shannon, she was: protecting an annoying con artist (normal nonsense), in a daring gun battle and escape (damn neo-Nazis),...
July 7 2011

Girl Power: Kick-Ass Heroines Coming into Their Own in Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance

Imagine being forcibly turned into a werewolf. Worse, imagine being treated by your pack as the lowest of the low. Then, in a sorta-kinda Cinderella twist, you meet your mate—a sophisticated,...
July 1 2011

Tiger + Del = HEA: The Sword Dancer series by Jennifer Roberson

I’m not a fantasy reader, but I’d been eyeing the covers of the Sword Dancer novels by Jennifer Roberson for years. When a friend gave the series an enthusiastic thumbs up for romantic content,...
June 29 2011

She Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Hero, She’s a Heroine of Summer TV

They don’t drink blood, shapeshift, or command the powers of the wind. Instead, they use a well-placed sneer, a polite thank you, an upraised eyebrow, and sometimes a big gun to save the world....
May 20 2011

Modern Women in Jeopardy: What Gives?

Romantic suspense comes in many different flavors, and its taste has changed over the years. While we’re not here to tell you what is the Best, one of the most popular styles of mass-market/e-book...
May 6 2011

For the Love of...Kick-Ass Heroines (Zoe Saldana in Colombiana)!

We at H&H are clearly fans of the beefcake trailer (see: Jason Momoa's hot, sweaty chest in Conan the Barbarian), but we don't want to give the impression that we don't love it...