Sleeping Beauty and the Modern Heroine

SpritesArtworkIt should surprise no one that I’m a woman who doesn’t believe she should need rescuing. I can rescue myself, thank you very much. Okay, so if I’m ever trapped in a wrecked car or there’s a fire, I certainly hope a nice EMT or firefighter get me out of there, but if I find myself in a sticky fictional situation, like a fiery elemental attacking me and calling for my death, I’m going to get myself out of that particular situation on my own and maybe save my man at the same time.

hardcoverstack_621x739 (1)The idea of a damsel in distress is not uncommon in fiction. Movies, books, and plays all tread heavily on this trope. And let’s be very clear. Having someone rescue you is pretty sweet. I mean, come on. You find yourself in trouble and someone else gets you out of it? Without you having to lift a finger? Awesome.

But it’s not the type of story I can write. Or read. Or live.

In A Shift in the Water, my bestselling Urban Fantasy (with a hefty dose of epic romance), Mara Taylor is dying. She’s has a mysterious blood disorder that will soon take her life. Cade Bowman is a werewolf, trapped by a powerful charm. He is unable to escape his wolf and near death, finds Mara’s car and hides there.

I think of Mara a lot like Sleeping Beauty. You see, it is the act of saving his life that frees her from the illness that’s about to kill her. She discovers her true elemental power. You might say that she “wakes up” when she saves Cade.

Could she have saved herself? Well, possibly. But I doubt she would have. She had no idea she was an elemental or how to activate her power. It wasn’t until she touched the wolf, desperate, dying, that her power activated and she “woke up.”

Authors quite often take existing tropes and twist them on their ears. I like to think that’s what I’ve done with A Shift in the Water. I hope you’ll check it out.


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  • Ashley Shannon Posted February 10, 2015 4:25 am

    My favorite gift I have received is my Open Heart necklace with my two sons birthstones and names.

  • Katie Posted February 10, 2015 9:17 am

    Corny, but the best gift would have to be my family–husband, kids, etc. If we’re talking tangible, my hubby took me to Florida two weeks ago for my birthday. That was the best thing ever!!

  • Cheryl Rogers Posted February 10, 2015 8:34 pm

    My favorite gift was a beautiful ring my husband gave me one year for Christmas, it was his whole bonus and he spent it on me! I have this ring on still!


  • SarahMoon Posted February 11, 2015 1:46 pm

    The gift of reading. With it I have traveled the world even when I have been stuck in bed.

  • desiree Posted February 11, 2015 6:55 pm

    i got the open heart necklace but it was suppsoe to be for valentine day but i had to wait till went cheaper 4 day later for my bd on the 18 then he took it and gave it to some one else this year

  • Jessica M Posted February 12, 2015 11:30 am

    Probably my kindle. I just lovee it. I thought I’d miss real books but I think my kindle is so much better.

  • Katrina Posted February 12, 2015 10:51 pm

    My favourite unexpected gift would be tickets to spamalot

  • bn100 Posted February 13, 2015 12:49 pm

    a jacket

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  • shadowluvs2read Posted February 15, 2015 5:27 pm

    My best gift? Was my kindle. I love it! I found my love of reading, it was an escape. I fell in love with so many authors and characters, i now dont leave hte house without it! Best gift and best invention ever! lol Thank you!

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