Sunday, April 24, 2016

Romance Times Convention panel: Fantasy Heroines

Romantic Times Booklovers Convention
April 12-17, 2016
Rio Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada (details)
a post event - update

Fantasy: The Kickass Fantasy Heroine

Traditional fantasy readers and writers sometimes criticize the female hero – especially the warrior women – as being a male hero with tits. Is this a fair criticism? What does a female character bring to the warrior role that is quintessentially feminine?

Moderator: Jeffe Kennedy

Delilah S. Dawson (aka Lila Bowen)
Kate Elliott
Darynda Jones
Tamora Pierce

=====> Basically, these women are just as kick-ass as the heroines described in their books. I plan to read at least one book from each of them as all were new to me except for Kate and Tamora.

Authors in photo above (left to right):

(Hit #2)
by Delilah S. Dawson (aka Lila Bowen)
-Dystopia, YA
Just released: April 12, 2016
Amazon | Goodreads | Website

The hit list was just the beginning.

Time to strike back.

After faking her own death to escape her term as an indentured assassin for Valor Savings Bank, Patsy is on the run with her boyfriend, Wyatt. All she wants to do is go home, but that’s never going to happen—not as long as Valor’s out to get her and the people she loves.

Left with no good choices, Patsy’s only option is to meet with a mysterious group that calls itself the Citizens for Freedom.

Led by the charismatic Leon Crane, the CFF seem like just what Patsy has been looking for. Leon promises that if she joins, she’ll finally get revenge on Valor for everything they’ve done to her—and for everything they’ve made her do.

But Patsy knows the CFF has a few secrets of their own. One thing is certain: they’ll do absolutely anything to complete their mission, no matter who’s standing in their way. Even if it’s Patsy herself.

Poisoned Blade
(Court of Fives #2)
by Kate Elliott
-Fantasy, YA
Release date: August 2, 2016
Amazon | Goodreads -giveaway offer ends June 17 | Website

In this thrilling sequel to World Fantasy Award finalist Kate Elliott's captivating young adult debut, a girl immersed in high-stakes competition holds the fate of a kingdom in her hands.

Now a Challenger, Jessamy is moving up the ranks of the Fives--the complex athletic contest favored by the lowliest Commoners and the loftiest Patrons alike. Pitted against far more formidable adversaries, success is Jes's only option, as her prize money is essential to keeping her hidden family alive. She leaps at the chance to tour the countryside and face more competitors, but then a fatal attack on her traveling party puts Jes at the center of the war that Lord Kalliarkos--the prince she still loves--is fighting against their country's enemies. With a sinister overlord watching her every move and Kal's life on the line, Jes must now become more than a Fives champion.... She must become a warrior.

The Pages of the Mind
by Jeffe Kennedy
-Fantasy, Romance
Release date: May 31, 2016
Amazon | Goodreads -giveaway offer ends Apr 26 | Website

Magic has broken free over the Twelve Kingdoms. The population is beset by shapeshifters and portents, landscapes that migrate, uncanny allies who are not quite human…and enemies eager to take advantage of the chaos.

Dafne Mailloux is no adventurer--she's a librarian. But the High Queen trusts Dafne's ability with languages, her way of winnowing the useful facts from a dusty scroll, and even more important, the subtlety and guile that three decades under the thumb of a tyrant taught her.

Dafne never thought to need those skills again. But she accepts her duty. Until her journey drops her into the arms of a barbarian king. He speaks no tongue she knows but that of power, yet he recognizes his captive as a valuable pawn. Dafne must submit to a wedding of alliance, becoming a prisoner-queen in a court she does not understand. If she is to save herself and her country, she will have to learn to read the heart of a wild stranger. And there are more secrets written there than even Dafne could suspect…

The Curse of Tenth Grave
(Charley Davidson #10)
by Darynda Jones
-Paranormal, Romance
Release date: June 28, 2016
Amazon | Goodreads | Website

If one door closes and another one opens,
your house is probably haunted.
―Bumper Sticker

As a Part-time PI and fulltime grim reaper, Charley Davidson has asked a lot of questions throughout her life: Why can I see dead people? Who is the hot supernatural entity following me? How do I get gum out of my sister’s hair before she wakes up? But, “How do I trap not one malevolent god, but three?” was never among them. Until now. And since those gods are on earth to kill her daughter, she has little choice but to track them down, trap them, and cast them from this dimension.

There’s just one problem. One of the three stole her heart a very long time ago. Can the Razer, a god of absolute death and destruction, change his omniscient spots, or will his allegiances lie with his brothers?

Those are just a few of the questions Charley must answer, and quick. Add to that a homeless girl running for her life, an innocent man who’s been charged with murdering the daughter of a degenerate gambler, and a pendant made from god glass that has the entire supernatural world in an uproar, and Charley has her hands full. If she can manage to take care of the whole world-destroying-gods thing, we’re saved. If not, well...

Alanna: The First Adventure
(Song of the Lioness #1)
by Tamora Pierce
-Fantasy, YA
Amazon | Goodreads | Website

From now on I'm Alan of Trebond, the younger twin. I'll be a knight.

And so young Alanna of Trebond begins the journey to knighthood. Though a girl, Alanna has always craved the adventure and daring allowed only for boys; her twin brother, Thom, yearns to learn the art of magic. So one day they decide to switch places: Thom heads for the convent to learn magic; Alanna, pretending to be a boy, is on her way to the castle of King Roald to begin her training as a page.
But the road to knighthood is not an easy one. As Alanna masters the skills necessary for battle, she must also learn to control her heart and to discern her enemies from her allies.

Filled with swords and sorcery, adventure and intrigue, good and evil, Alanna's first adventure begins - one that will lead to the fulfillment of her dreams and the magical destiny that will make her a legend in her land.

=====> This is the series that introduced me to Tamora and my favorite one to date. LOVED Tamora's sense of humor! She is as amazing as you would imagine.


  1. I love Darynda Jones, and it sounds like that panel was really good! I loved the RT conference last year, and I hope to go to one again in the future.
    Have a fantastic week ahead and happy reading.
    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

  2. I've read Darynda Jones, Delilah Dawson, and Jeffe Kennedy's books. That panel topic sounds interesting.


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