Thursday, December 13, 2012

Guest Post & Giveaway with Diana Pharaoh Francis (Horngate Witches series)


Diana Pharaoh Francis has stopped by to talk about one of my all-time favorite female characters, Max. If you are a fan of fantasy series full of magic, action and tough, kick-ass characters, then Horngate Witches is a must-read. 

The next installment, Blood Winter, releases on December 26th.


Hi everyone! 

Thanks to Cat for having me here today!

I want to talk about my main female character, Max. She’s tough as nails. She’s one of those heroines that comes under the heading of “kick-ass heroine.” In fact, some might say (I think wrongly) that she’s too masculine or hard and that she’s difficult to connect to.

The truth is, Max is as hard as iron. She has suffered a lot and become a warrior who is always fighting. She’s been enslaved by a witch and that’s her job—to fight. She has no choice, and in fact, the truth is she likes it. She likes being powerful enough to fight for the people she cares about, even if she doesn’t always believe in what she’s fighting for. She’ll, quite literally, chop off heads, kill people, torture them . . . she’s a tough cookie.

But even though she’s capable of doing really terrible things, she’s still an emotional person. Now maybe that’s what some readers think of as the difference between feminine and masculine—that only women can feel, and men shouldn’t show their feelings. They should be stoic. I think sometimes some readers think that any character that does the violent work of fighting is masculine. I don’t happen to agree with that. I think being human means being emotional—which is why my male characters show their emotions. They get hurt, feel loss, anger, hope, love . . .

Back to Max: She’s passionate and she makes mistakes. She hates injustice and does her best to make sure that justice happens, even in a world where mostly things are unfair and those with power tend to abuse it. She protects the innocent. But she could never have been a man in my eyes. She was always herself and always female. What makes her feminine to me? I think it’s her relationships with other people. How she interacts with them. I think too it’s a natural sort of nurturing and caretaking. Not that men can’t have that. But sometimes I think of her as a female wolf who is more vicious and more dangerous in the care and protection of her pups and family than any male could ever be.

One of the rather odd things that inspired me was the song “Beer for my Horses.” There’s a line in there that says, “justice is the one thing you should always find,” and I think Max lives by that motto. She breathes it. Everything she does is motivated by it. And love. Love and Justice.

So tell me, what are your favorite female heroines and why? What makes them feminine for you?








NEW GAME. SAME RULES. SHE FIGHTS. THEY DIE.


Max always does her job, no matter how brutal and bloody. That’s how it’s been ever since she was enslaved by a witch, turned into a supernatural warrior, and assigned to protect the coven of Horngate. But her job just got harder. . . .

Waves of wild magic have returned much of the world to a time when fairy tales were real and danger now lurks behind every tree and bush. As winter descends and food, heat, and water are harder to come by, many have turned to Benjamin Sterling for protection. Leader of the Earth’s Last Stand cult, Sterling claims to be the Hand of God, but his power and charisma secretly come from a dark and terrible source. With devout followers eager to do his sadistic bidding, he has his eyes on Horngate and its magical inhabitants. To save those she loves, Max will knowingly walk into a trap. But when the cult strips Max’s soul bare for all to see, will even Alexander—her lover and her strength—remain? And if she were to lose him, what does it matter if she gains the whole world. . . .








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26 comments:

Melissa (My World...in words and pages) said...

Ooooh! I've seen this latest book and was thinking it was a new series. Oh, boy, it looks as I've got some catching up to do. Sounds like a great read, and wonderful series. Thank you.

My favorite heroine... I think would be Sirantha Jax or even Hunter Kiss. It's hard to say, but they still have famine touch to the way they do things. Not all hard and brash even though they are strong women.

deanna said...

My favorite heroines are Kate Daniels and Gin (Elemental Assassins) because they are kick ass but sensitive too..

Shar Simms said...

My favorite heroine is a tie between Anita Blake and Cat (Night Huntress Series). Both kick butt with a sensitive side.

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KMichelleC87 said...

Mercy Thompson is my favorite. she i tough and can take care of herself but she can still be girly

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Barbara E. said...

My favorite female heroines are Jennifer Estep's Gin Blanco, Faith Hunter's jane Yellowrock, Keri Arthur's Riley Jenson and Jeaniene Frost's Cat Crawfield. What makes them feminine to me is that even though they're tough and can kick some serious ass, they have a soft spot for people who need help - they have a nurturing side.

Braine TS said...

Mercedes Thompson and Anna Cornick from Patricia Briggs' werewolf series. They're feminine because they're not afraid of their vulnerabilities, instead they use it to their advantage.

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miki said...

Mercy Thompson because she is strong independant but she also can show compassion and she is feminine because she can show what she is feeling, she isn't always preterding and she accept herselve as she is

Penni Freels said...

My favorite Heroine would have to be 3 actually. The Di'Artigo sisters from Sisters of the Otherworld. I love how they stand together no matter what, and fight for what they know it right. The sass and sarcasm is just perks of the attitudes :-)

Melliane said...

Thanks for the post and the giveaway! I think my fac heroine is Kate Daniels. She is everything I love in a character. strong, though, kind, and sensitive. Really interesting to follow her.

Rebe said...

My favorite female protagonists are Kate Daniels, Mercy Thompson, Anna Cornick and Lily Yu. They're all kickass, but they're also really well developed.

Zombie Joe said...

It doesn't hurt that she can eat as much as she wants, and in fact has to out-eat Olympic Level Athletes just to keep her body going. Am I right?

While Max (and the blades and spears in general) keep me coming back to the Horngate books, I really enjoy Kara Gillian from Diana Rowland's demon summoner series. She's real and I can see her existing. Her gruff demeanor, how she handles the crap she gets on the job as a woman, all of it. It doesn't hurt that the police procedural portions of that series are rock solid as well.

Anonymous said...

I have not been able to read a lot of books.. I just started reading about a yr or 2 ago.. so for right now my female heroine would be Katniss on Hunger Games.. She saved her sisters life, spared another...I havent read the others yet..

Lisa said...

The heroines I like to read about feel things deeply even if they try to crack wise to hide it. They are tough to protect themselves and the people they care about.

PuttPutt1198Eve said...

Scarlett O'Hara remains one f my favorite heroines because, despite the fact that she retains many of the characteristics considered typically female (indecision, concern with her appearance, etc.), she continually makes it thru her problems. We are strong and feminine!

Bethany C. said...

It's kind of hard for me to explain (hey, I'm not a writer) but I really love Ann Aguirre's Sirantha Jax. I think she is a good mix of toughness and vulnerability.

JanD said...

My favorite heroine is Kahlan Amnell from the Sword of Truth books. She's a ruthless warrior, diplomat, great with kids and doesn't hesitate to protect them, and even has time for a little matchmaking.
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Chelsea B. said...

My favorite heroine is Elisabeth Bennet. She has her own mind, and was strong in a time when it was easy not to be. She didn't let anyone push her around.

Kristia said...

My favorite is Cat from the Night Huntress series by Jeaniene Frost. She is strong and sexy ;)
Thank you for the giveaway!

Filia Oktarina said...

My favorite was Eve Dallas from In Death Series. She strong, loyalty and dedication, and she love her husband :)

Mary Preston said...

Katniss from THE HUNGER GAMES stands out for me. Loyal & strong.

sienny said...

strong, tough, kick-ass, compassionate, loyal, caring. one of my favorites is eve dallas,

nurmawati djuhawan said...

i love mercy thompson...
she is independent and kick-ass lady :)
thx u for the giveaway...

Unknown said...

My favourite heroines are smart, tough, badass, independent yet are loyal and kind.

wanda f said...

My favorite heroines are Kresley Coles from the Immortals After Dark series .I love kick butt snarky independent heroines .

Julie H. said...

My favorite heroines are Anita Blake and Mercy Thompson. They're tough but are compassionate in the one's they love.

Krista said...

I love Mercy Thompson and Cat from the Night Huntress series. I think taking a little time to pamper yourself after kicking some ass makes a heroine feminine.

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