Who's your FAVORITE HEROINE? A giveaway hop!

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Favorite Heroines 
Giveaway Hop
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It's no secret who my Number One Heroine is - Buffy the Vampire Slayer, hands down. Over the years, my list has expanded to include a few more awesome female characters, but Buffy Summers tops them all.

I watched the TV show from series premiere to series finale with my daughters -- we never missed a single episode in its 7-year run. As Buffy learned and grew, so did we! She didn't have all the answers. She made mistakes. She had to make hard and terrible choices in order to do the right thing, the ethical thing, the moral thing. And it always came at enormous personal cost to her, required a great deal of sacrifice.

It often reminded me of Spock's Vulcan philosophy: “The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few --- or the one.” Buffy Summers was always the one it seemed.  The world was saved many times over, but remained largely unaware of her efforts, or the efforts of her loyal friends. No thanks, no fame, no glory. It was an unforgettable lesson in what true heroism is, and also a slice of reality: there is always a price to be paid, even when you're doing something good.


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PS - After the TV series ended, Dark Horse Comics continued the storyline, with some writing and input from Buffy's creator, Joss Whedon (you might remember him from a little movie franchise called The Avengers...). The Buffyverse is alive and well today, and the latest issue just came out on June 17th: "Old Demons, Part One".  

The character of Buffy Summers continues to inspire us all to be better than we are in real life. And in my writing life, I know that I've been inspired to create stronger heroines in my stories because of her.

One of my own favorite characters to date has been Caris Dillwyn, the heroine of my latest release, Storm Warned. An unfeeling Faery kidnaps this young woman, robbing her of her family, her home, and all that she holds dear, More, she is forced to serve the Fae as a Grim, a messenger of death. Through it all, she retains her humanity. And later, when she meets up with the irresistable Liam Cole, she refuses to give up her sense of self, and the things that she's passionate about.

Of course I have a giveaway - and there are TWO prizes for one lucky winner. Check it out below.
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32 comments:

  1. Kit Tyler from The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Spear is my favorite because of her courage, her determination to break free from a life that is strangling her, and a society where women who break the rules don’t often live to tell the tale.

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  2. oooh... I'm definitely going to go w/ Buffy. She was my "gateway" into all things paranormal :) thanks for the fun giveaway!

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  3. I believe you just became my favorite blogger. I love Buffy, too.

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  4. Mine is Eve Dallas from the In Death series by JDRobb She's such a kick ass, hard as nails heroine who survived her own hell . Married to sexy as hell billionaire Roarke, he has a gorgeous Irish brogue and he loves his Eve.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

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  5. I loved Buffy too! I also loved the sisters from Charmed! I always though She-hulk should have got more of the spotlight! I love the Hulk but come on! His cousin was way more awesome and retained her IQ when she went green!

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  6. I've always loved Buffy, too! Another favorite heroine is Kate Daniels (from Ilona Andrews' series of the same name).

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  7. OOOH! I totally FORGOT about Buffy messing with this blog hop!! Although right now my favorite IS Kate Daniels, I really, really miss Anita Blake (the early books).... *sigh* Still bummed the series took the turn it did.

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  8. I love many but Faythe Sanders from Rachel Vincent's Shifter series is one along with Elena from Kelley Armstrong's Tales of the Otherworld series.

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  9. Charley from the Charley Davidson series by Darynda Jones. She is feisty and has my kind of sense of humor!

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  10. Mine would have to be JD Robb's Eve Dallas. She is something else.

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  11. Jane Yellowrock from Faith Hunter's Jane Yellowrock Series. Thanks.

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  12. Buffy was always my favorite too. I never missed an episode and still watch it on DVD and reruns.

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  13. Rachel Morgan from the Hollows series by Kim Harrison is one of my favorite heroines.

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  14. I enjoyed the heroine, Riley, in Keri Arthur's book series :)
    Lori

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  15. Santha Kade from Hell Squad - Cruz by Anna Hackett

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  16. I have a few,.... Supergirl & Wonder Woman! And I have to pick Kate Beckett from Castle, & Jane Rizzoli from Rizzoli & Isles! <3 Love them ladies! =)

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  17. I had no idea Buffy continued as a comic book series, that is pretty cool. Since I have been talking books I will go with television this time. My favorite heroine on tv right now is Detective Mills from Sleepy Hollow and Captain Rador from Major Crimes

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  18. I love Mulan, from disney. She is so courageous, brave and strong!

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  19. Awesome post. I loved that you shared this with your girls. What a great way to talk about important things.

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  20. I love 2 different heroines. The first one is Eve Dallas! She's a kick**s cop! The second one is Anita Blake! She's also kick**s as a necromancer!

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  21. I have 2 favorites right now: Mercy Thompson from Patricia Briggs' series that starts with Moon Called, and Toby Daye from Seanan McGuire's great "Fae in San Francisco" series.

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  22. Rachel Morgan is one of my favorites :)

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  23. Claire Randall from the Outlander series--have to be flexible to jump back and forth through centuries!

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  24. I have so many favorites! Buffy is on the top of that list, and Faith too but I don't know if she counts as a heroine.

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  25. I loved Xena the warrior princess growing up.

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  26. I have a lot of favorite heroine and Buffy is at the top of the list along with Xena. I also love Willow and her growth during the series was great.

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  27. Kate Daniels is my favorite :D Though Gin Blanco comes in a close second

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  28. Kate Beckinsale in Underworld(s) - regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

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  29. My most recent favorite is Stevie Taylor from On Her Father's Grave (Rogue River #1) by Kendra Elliot
    She is so loyal...

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