We asked author Tracey Martin of Wicked Misery about what makes paranormal heroines great. Here’s her top 10 list, and be sure to check out the Rafflecopter giveaway at the bottom of the post.
1. In worlds filled with badass paranormal creatures, they are the ultimate badasses. If the world is full of vampires and werewolves, they’ll be half-vampire/half-werewolf. Sometimes they are so cool that no one even knows what they are, including themselves.
2. They’re smart. They may not be the most educated person in the story, but they know how to solve mysteries and fix problems like no one else can.
3. On a related note, they’re witty. And humor is a necessity when lives are at stake.
4. They get to use the coolest weapons. Sure, some of them use guns, but they get special bullets. And swords!
5. They have the most loyal, awesome friends and sidekicks.
6. Sexy bad boys love them, and who doesn’t love a sexy bad boy?
7. They know how to have fun, and by fun, I mean they know how to get into heaps of trouble.
8. Many of them seem amazingly capable of living without much sleep. It’s like a secret paranormal heroine super power.
9. Maybe because of that lack of sleep thing, a lot of them seem to survive on nothing but coffee and booze. Oh, and maybe some blood for the vamps. Without the blood part, that sounds perfect to me.
10. Leather pants. Who doesn’t wish they could claim THAT as a wardrobe staple? ‘Nuff said.
It’s all quasi-legal fun until somebody gets framed for murder. [Tweet this!]
Miss Misery, Book 1
Jessica Moore thrives on misery. Literally. Thanks to a goblin’s curse, she gets a magical high from humanity’s suffering. A shameful talent like that could bury a girl in guilt, so to atone, she uses her dark power to hunt murderers, rapists and other scumbags—until one of them frames her for his crimes.
In desperation, Jessica seeks refuge with the one person she trusts to not turn her in—a satyr named Lucen. Like every member of his race, Lucen uses his lusty magic to control Boston’s human population, and Jessica isn’t immune to his power. But the murder victims belonged to a rival race, and when they discover Lucen is harboring Jessica, dodging the cops becomes the least of her problems.
With only five days to find the real killer, Jessica faces a danger far more serious than the brewing magical war. The danger of succumbing to Lucen’s molten seduction.
Warning: Contains a heroine with a lust for misery, creepy murders, and creepier goblins [Tweet this!], satyrs so hot you’d sell your soul for one, and scaly sewer rats masquerading as dragons. Who said magic was all sparkles and tiaras? [Tweet this!]
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Earning a doctorate in psychology convinced Tracey Martin that imaginary people were way more fun than real ones. Plus, they make better minions. From this revelation an obsession was born, and she’s been writing stories of kick-ass girls and women (and the guys who deserve them) ever since.
She loves fantasy and SF, likes her music epic, and prefers her movies to contain explosions. A city girl at heart, she doesn’t understand how she and her husband ended up living in New Hampshire, but she’s vowed to escape one day. Until then, writing keeps her off the mean, small town streets.
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