As my new novel Tides approaches release day, I am hosting some giveaways to celebrate! This week, I'm sharing about the "why" behind the selections in my three hand-picked novel collections that make up the top prizes.
Check out the SFF Classics Collection and the SFF Strong (& Unusual) Female Protagonists Collection, too!
No question, the sci-fi/fantasy genre needs a whole lot more STPs--strong female protagonists.
But there are traditional STPs (think Lara Croft, Wonderwoman, Castle's Kate Beckett) and then there are ... well, more complex female characters, ones that refuse to fill the mold of any archetype.
As you know, I adore a solid antihero, and this plays heavily into my writing. Rona, the protagonist of Tides, is no exception to that. (I can't wait to hear what you make of her.)
So for this final giveaway book collection, which you can win by spreading the good news about Tides's release during the launch, I chose my absolutely favorite female oddballs and misfits of speculative fiction.
These three leading ladies are so unique, so complex, so willfully deviant from protagonist expectations, you may not always be sure if you're following the hero or the villain. But I promise--you'll always be riveted.
You'll love Miriam Black or you'll hate her. Honestly, she wouldn't care either way. This sharp and tough rebel embraces her rough edges. Considering any time she touches someone she sees how they'll die in graphic detail, and can't seem to do anything to stop it, it's easy to understand how she got that way.
But then she meets Louis Darling. When she discovers he dies because he meets her, and that she's the next victim, she has to break all her rules.
Miriam may have the blackest heart you'll ever encounter, and the foul mouth to back it up. But she's still easy to love thanks to her intelligence, wit and creative thinking.
Library of Mount Char
This is an extremely hard one to describe, because both the protagonist and plot defy what we typically expect from a novel. A year after reading it I'm still not sure what to make of it, but it's stuck with me.
Carolyn was a normal child once. But that was before her parents died and she was taken in by God-like figure who she and several other orphans call Father. The Library holds the secrets to his power, and each of the orphans has been tasked to master an area of his abilities. These formidable tasks are pushed onto them with ruthless and punishing measures.
But then, Father goes missing. And Carolyn has a plan. Only trouble is, this calculating, stoic, and love-starved girl keeps it to herself until the very end.
Her Fearful Symmetry
This is a lesser-known work from the author of The Time Traveler's Wife, and one I much prefer over the bestseller. Two American twins on the verge of adulthood spend a summer in their recently deceased aunt's London flat.
As the twins explore London and their aunt's neurotic neighbors, they also start to observe a presence within the house.
I won't spoil the end for you, but you won't believe the strange bonds and tensions that keep these twins in constant friction throughout the novel, or how far they are willing to go in pursuit of a spirit.