Monday, March 19, 2012

Hooray for Heroines!

March is National Women's History Month. So many famous women have contributed to our country. We all have our favorites, women we admire and want to emulate. But there are plenty of unsung heroines as well, women in our own lives who have influenced us profoundly.

Many qualities make a heroine. One of them is courage. In real life and in fiction, a heroine needs courage to go against the grain, to overcome obstacles, to climb to her feet when she's fallen, to try again. Maybe she's a kick-ass vampire hunter, a police officer on the trail of a killer, or just an ordinary woman confronting her own personal demons.

In my first book, One Good Man, Andie Benedetto needs courage to recover from the crushing realization that her longtime boyfriend is cheating on her. That bravery also helps her overcome her shyness and do more than just fantasize about the man next door. But when she approaches him for a wild sexual adventure, will she get more than she bargains for?

Just one touch...that’s all Andie Benedetto wants when she glimpses her father’s sexy neighbor. Images of deep, long kisses and down and dirty sex heat up her fantasies. When he catches her watching him, she’s embarrassed but undeniably turned on.

Just one weekend...that’s all Matthew Vostek can offer Andie. He recognizes her shyness, but also senses her desire, the same desire he feels. Maybe they can fulfill each other’s hottest fantasies.

Just an adventure...that’s what Andie tells herself. Tired of playing the good girl, she’s ready to accept Matthew’s challenge and enjoy the most exciting sexual escapade of her life. But when the weekend is over, will Andie finally take what she wants instead of settling for second best?

Andie finds she needs courage not only to approach Matthew, but to deal with someone else in her life. But like all of us, she has doubts and insecurities. Will she let them stand in the way of her happiness?

I'm giving away a digital copy of One Good Man to a random commenter. Please leave a comment and share. What quality do you feel a heroine needs? Or tell us about a woman you admire—someone well known or an "unsung" heroine from your own life. Thanks so much! I'll announce the winner on Thursday.
Nona Raines
There's more information about National Women's History Month here and here
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Toni Lynn said...

The book sounds exciting, Nona! Good luck with it.

Nona Raines said...

Thanks, Toni! It's been out since August and it's a thrill to be able to say I'm a published author!

Isabella Macotte said...

Oooh, I like the book! Sounds great! Wishing you lots of sales and success.

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Nona Raines said...

Thanks, Isabella! And thanks for stopping by to comment!

Harlie Reader said...

My heroine's are my two grandmothers. One was a 1st generation American and the other one married young, had babies and she and my grandfather built a business that is still successful to this day.


Harlie Reader said...

Oh and I tweeted and put on facebook.


Nona Raines said...

Thanks for stopping by, Marika! Your grandmothers sound like very admirable women. It's amazing what our fore-mothers accomplished, especially considering the limitations put on women in the past. Both my grandmothers came over from "the old country" and lived very different lives. One became a cook/maid for wealthy people on Long Island (think Downton Abbey, American style). The other lived in poverty with a number of children, and endured a lot of hardship. But they were both courageous women.

Luna Zega said...

Nona, your book sounds like a very interesting and tantalizing read! Congrats!

Nona Raines said...

Thanks for stopping by and commenting, Luna!

Nona Raines said...

Toni Lynn, you have won the free download of "One Good Man." I will contact you regarding the e-format you prefer. Thanks everyone for stopping by and commenting!