From Mascara to Mixed Martial Arts:
Kick-Ass Heroines Pack a Punch!
A Guest Post by Sharon Kay!
Brooke Bonham doesn’t put up with crap from anyone. She let me know that early on, when I was writing her sister’s novel. Glimpsing a parallel world through her sister’s eyes, Brooke made it clear that she wanted to take on any challenge she could. The one thing she didn’t bargain for was alpha-demon Kai, who matches her attitude one sarcastic comment at a time.
With the ability to command water, Brooke always knew she was “different” but, being raised on Earth, never thought she was anything but human (albeit one with a weird ability). At age twenty-seven, she is still discovering the extent of her skills. I wanted an adult main character who had yet to realize her full potential, a woman capable of doing incredible things through sheer force of will.
I wanted a heroine who my female readers would want to be. One who could unleash her inner bad-ass on nefarious creatures, yet who still loves kicking back with ice cream and her best girlfriends. I realize not many of us want to tangle with venom-spitting demons, but we do want to face down our troubles and fears. We want the strength to handle whatever life throws at us. We want to be able to kick ass, even if we don’t actually go out and do it.
Brooke’s power grows throughout the novel. In the beginning, she is able to manipulate water in only a few ways. With her sister (who can command the wind) she takes on thugs who prey on innocent victims. In the demon realm or on Chicago’s gritty streets, stealth and surprise are on her side. And on one dark city night, when a gang fight attracts too many demons, she ends up at the Lash demons’ area safe house – and meets a demon warrior with prom-king-turned-underwear-model hotness named Kai.
Self-discovery is an important detail of the kick ass heroine. The writer can go in two different directions with this – the heroine could reach inside to find her inner strength, or she could run from what she knows lurks deep in her soul. This parallels life’s journey. When bad or disappointing things happen to us or to loved ones, we have a choice in how we deal with it. Fight or flight. Brooke fights for the underdog: the downtrodden and weak. She dispenses her own brand of vigilante justice, because she is searching for the reason behind her talent. Pushed by the question WHY, she chooses to act.
Another key to Brooke is her uniqueness. When she learns her true lineage, she also learns that it has been centuries since any of her kind has walked the realms. So she must learn as she goes. Though she is rare, she is far from alone. As she searches for answers and builds up her power, she has the help of her sisters, Kai, and a host of supernatural sidekicks.
A challenge to writing a kick-ass heroine is remembering that she has a softer side. She is not a machine! On a trip to the demon realm, she finds herself falling for Kai when they are in the worst possible circumstances. She could tell him to take a hike; instead, she does what she can to care for him. And her tenderness, in turn, melts Kai’s stubborn heart.
Brooke has to discover the full range of her abilities. She and her sisters will be called to challenge themselves, to become stronger physically and with their elemental talents. They also must learn to open their hearts to the men who love them. Kicking ass can be a journey. Sometimes you do the kicking, and sometimes, a demon has your back.
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by Sharon Kay
Published: January 21, 2014
Making daggers out of raindrops is only the tip of the iceberg for Brooke Bonham. As one of four women who can control the elements, her ability to manipulate water packs a deluge of potential. Eager to learn more, she’s frustrated at the precautions she must take to avoid the wrong kind of attention on Earth.
Kai’s duties as a Lash demon have kept him busy on Earth for nearly two hundred years. Fighting? He was born to do it. Females? They’re drawn to him. And Earth? The perfect place for him to avoid supernatural bounty hunters.
Though the two of them mix like oil and water, Kai senses that beneath Brooke’s frosty exterior hides a vortex of simmering passion. He’s determined to thaw his ice princess.
Forced to work together in the immortal realm, they track a rogue Lash demon at the helm of a widespread kidnapping operation. All too soon, Kai’s dark past catches up to them. Time runs out as a second enemy, bent on revenge, vows to stop at nothing short of Brooke’s enslavement and Kai’s death. As they and their foes stalk each other in a demonic game of cat-and-mouse, will her evolving skills and their fledgling bond be enough to save them?
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All About Sharon:
Sharon Kay was bitten early by the writing bug. At age twelve she wrote a short story, about a magic ring, that won a statewide Young Authors contest. With her nose always in a book, she read the most novels for her age group in her local library’s summer reading program.
In her teens, writing took a back seat to fashion, as she was determined to find clothes different from what everyone else bought at the mall. And what she couldn’t find, she created. She learned to sew, worked in a fabric store after school, and spent her spare time with a needle in hand. Her black and orange prom dress is still one of her favorite creations.
Sharon lives in the Chicago area with her husband and son, and didn’t expect to write again. But Wicked Wind and the Solsti series formed in her head one weekend and refused to stay quiet until she put pen to paper. Her characters tend to keep her up at night, as they banter, fall in love, and slay endless varieties of power-hungry demons.
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