We are happy to have Jennifer Estep back with us at The RomanceDish. Jennifer is the author of the Bigtime paranormal series and the wildly successful Elemental Assassin urban fantasy series. Check out Gannon's review of Web of Lies here. In addition to writing about kick-butt heroines, Jennifer is also an award-winning features page designer for a daily newspaper. She describes herself as "a Southern gal through and through. Sassy, sarcastic, and just a tad crazy." Sounds a bit like her latest heroine, Gin Blanco. *g*
Please join me in welcoming Jennifer!
Greetings and salutations! First of all, I want to say thanks to the folks here at The Romance Dish for inviting me back to guest blog. Thanks so much, ladies!
My name is Jennifer Estep, and I write the Elemental Assassin urban fantasy series. The books focus on Gin Blanco, an assassin codenamed the Spider who can control the elements of Ice and Stone. When she’s not busy killing people and righting wrongs, Gin runs a barbecue restaurant called the Pork Pit in the fictional southern metropolis of Ashland. The city is also home to giants, dwarves, vampires, and elementals – Air, Fire, Ice, and Stone.
The first book in the series, Spider's Bite, was released in February. Web of Lies, the second book in the series, just came out on May 25. Venom, the third book, will be released on Sept. 28.
If you’d read any of my books before, you know that I am all about strong heroines. There’s nothing I like better than writing about a woman who can take care of herself, kick butt, and look good doing it all at the same time. So today, I thought that I would share some of my favorite heroines. Here goes:
Wonder Woman: That shiny tiara, those bullet-deflecting bracelets, the Lasso of Truth, and an invisible jet. Yeah, I totally wanted to be Wonder Woman when I was a kid, thanks to Lynda Carter. And you know what? I still want to be her because she’s just one of the coolest superheroes around.
Xena: If Wonder Woman is the good girl, then Xena is her dark, twisted doppelganger. Xena did a lot of bad things before she saw the light, but once she decided to fight the good fight, there was no bad guy out there that she couldn’t conquer -- not even the Greek gods themselves.
Buffy: She had to kill vampires and survive high school at the same time. A tough task for anybody, but this Slayer was more than up to it. Add in her loyal friends and two hot vampires in Angel and Spike, and taking on the undead didn’t seem like such a big deal after all. The girl even died, but that didn’t keep her down for long!
Sydney Bristow: I’m a sucker for spy shows, and there was no spy tougher and more vulnerable at the same time than Sydney. Whether she was trying to figure out whether or not she could really trust her father or was saving the life of her true love, Michael Vaughn, Sydney always did the right thing and served her country.
Haven Travis: I can’t talk about great heroines without mentioning Haven from Lisa Kleypas’ book Blue-Eyed Devil. I absolutely adore Kleypas’ contemporary romances, and I think Haven is one of her best heroines -- a woman who finds herself in an abusive relationship and has the courage to leave and build a better life for herself with a man who truly loves her.
What about you guys? Who are some of your favorite heroines?