Dec 8 2014 8:10am

Which Heroines Would You Invite to Dinner?

All About Romance's Dabney Grinnam suggests seven heroines she'd like to have over for a dinner party, including characters written by Eloisa James, Meljean Brook, and Lisa Kleypas.

It's a great question, so we're stealing Dabney's idea and asking you who you'd pick to have over for dinner keeping in mind, as the post says, that “you can’t just pick cool people. You have to pick interesting people who can share a meal, offer scintillating conversation, stay reasonably sober, and not get into raging arguments.”

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Lynne Connolly
1. Lynne Connolly
I'll go historical. If I pick from all the genres I read, I could be here all day!
Most of mine would be Georgette Heyer heroines. Clever and funny and interesting. No ingenues, TSTL or self-centred heroines need apply! But I'd like Philippa, from the Dunnett Lymond series, Frederica from the eponymous book, Venetia, for her literary knowledge and her wit (and her knowledge of orgies!), Anthea, quiet but sensible, and able to hold her own. Jessica from "Lord of Scoundrels" by Loretta Chase. An the appalling, though fascinating, Elspeth, from the GM Fraser Flashman books.
Actually, all the Flashman female characters could have a fascinating dinner. The future Empress of China, Lakshimbai, the cannibal queen of Madagascar, the murderous Russian duo, Elspeth, and all the others. What fun to put them all around the same table!
And I'd invite all my heroines to a separate dinner, that is, all the ones I've written, so that I can study them and see how they behave and react! Picture me with notebook and pen, while they talk and interact!
Sue K
2. Sue K
I think I would have Claire Randall Fraser from the Outlander series; Jo March (Little Women); Evie from The Devil in Winter by Lisa Kleypas; Poppy from An Affair Before Christmas one of Eloisa James' Desparate Duchesses; Melinda from Robyn Carr's Virgin River series; Marissa from J.R. Ward's Lover Revealed (BDB) and Tuesday from Broken Open by Lauren Dane.
Megan Frampton
3. MFrampton
Oh, these suggestions are so good already! I'd want Violet from Courtney Milan's The Countess Conspiracy; Elena from Laura Kinsale's Shadowheart; Elizabeth Bennet; Jane Eyre; To Love a Dark Lord's Emma; Lena from Kylie Scott's Lead; and Pippa from Sarah MacLean's One Good Earl.... Lots of historical ladies, but all very smart and opinionated. There's be some great conversation.
4. PhoebeChase
I'd have Kate Daniels from Ilona Andrews' Magic series--you need someone at the table who could say anything at anytime. Also Captain Yasmeen Corsair from Meljean Brook's Heart of Steel to regale all the guests with her adventures. Throw in Aida Palmer from Jenn Bennett's Bitter Spirits in case anyone wants to commune with an old loved one and Cat Crawford from Jeaniene Frost's Night Huntress series. Why Cat? Because what if Bones picks her up at the end of the night? Can't pass that up. (I know that doesn't fit the criteria, but what can I say? I'm a rulebreaker.)
Jennifer Proffitt
5. JenniferProffitt
I like a good bluestocking/book worm, so can I invite them to a book club instead (because everyone knows at book clubs you just get drunk and gossip anyway!)
6. ChelseaMueller
Oh, I like this!

Six from Beyond Pain (Kit Rocha)
Cat from Night Huntress (Jeaniene Frost)
Merit from Chicagoland Vampires (Chloe Neill)
Rose Hathaway from Vampire Academy ...but circa Last Sacrifice (Richelle Mead)
Yasmeen Corsair from Heart of Steel (Meljean Brook)

...I'd also invite Chess Putnam from the Downside Ghosts series (Stacia Kane), but she wouldn't come.
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