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Aug 21

Guest Author Wednesdays ♥ Andrea R. Cooper

Hello everyone. Today I’m thrilled to have Romance Author Andrea R. Cooper stop by. She’s got a great post on What’s wrong with Princess and a wonderful excerpt for your enjoyment! Don’t forget to leave her a little love below!

clip_image002Andrea grew up in Houston, Texas and has always enjoyed creating characters and stories. But it wasn’t until she was in her late twenties that she started writing novels.

What happened that ignited the writing flame in her fingers? Divorced, and disillusioned by love songs and stories. They exaggerate. She thought. Love and Romance are not like that in the real world. Then she met her husband and realized, yes love and romance are exactly like the songs and stories say. She is now a happy wife, and a mom to three kids (two boys and a girl).

Once she heard about a writer who never let her characters deviate from the script. If they did, she just killed them. How sad, she thought. For her one of the best parts of being a writer is letting the characters have a mind of their own and seeing where the story takes them.

She loves this quote from Robert Frost, which sums up her opinion on allowing the characters their freedom: “No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader.” ― Robert Frost

Andrea writes fantasy, paranormal and historical romance. When not writing or reading, one may find Andrea dancing in Zumba.

She is excited to work with Crimson Romance on her forthcoming debut paranormal romance, The Garnet Dagger. She hopes you will enjoy the story as much as she did writing it.

She believes in the power of change and counting each moment as a blessing. But most importantly, she believes in love. Even if she has to fight for it.   

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The Garnet Dagger        

Forbidden to cross the Elvin barrier into human lands, Brock cannot sate his curiosity. Cursed by a vampyre bite that forces him to feed on the life-essence of others, he is unable to touch another without taking their life. Chained by prophesy, he must find a witch, pierce her heart, and draw her blood for his cure.

Celeste must escape the monks who have held her prisoner for years. Her magic has been kept dormant by her captors. An ancient powerful Warloc craves her powers. If he succeeds in devouring her magic, she and the world will die.

When Brock falls in love with Celeste before realizing her demise is his cure, will love triumph over his desire to be healed? Will he risk everything to save her from a Warloc, an oath breaker, who also wants her dead?

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What’s Wrong With Princess?

Never before, in recorded history, have women been able to do so much and become whoever we wish to be. We can be astronauts, chefs, mechanics, or even the President.

So we shouldn’t call our daughters Princesses, because that will label them, and expect Prince Charming to rescue them and make them happy.

What? That’s as absurd as someone saying playing with Barbie dolls will make them want to have plastic surgery, and low self-esteem. Yes, I had low self-esteem when I was younger, and still struggle with it, but it wasn’t because of a plastic doll. It was because of boys at church and school who tripped me in the halls, etc.

What I think needs to be thought of besides just a name, is how it’s implied. Princesses can be spoiled and pampered, but they can also be warriors, brave, and resourceful, etc.

I think in addition to the Disney stories, the real histories of famous women (some of whom may even be princesses), myths and legends should be shared with our daughters, and our sons for that matter.

Like Princess Pingyang who gathered an army and defeated the Sui Dynasty, Queen Zenobia, Artemisia I of Caria, Spartan princess Archidamia, Queen Boudicca who stood against the Romans, Queen Cordelia, The Dahomey people of West Africa who only allow women as royal guards to the King, Queen Samsi of Arabia, the legends of the Amazons, and more. These are just a few of many examples of women, some who were even royalty, who didn’t let the label of ‘Princess’ pre-define who they were.

Will I call my daughter a Princess? Yes. And I will call her a Warrior Princess, and smart, and brave, etc. She’ll know the difference between a label and being someone who is happy with herself despite society and other’s expectations. I will praise her for her accomplishments and hug her when she falls. But I will never say she can’t be called something just because of preconceived notions.

 

Sources:

http://ancienthistory.about.com/od/womenbiography/tp/030110WomenWarriors.htm

http://www.spike.com/articles/e4ukwt/the-top-10-warrior-women?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Woman_warrior

http://listverse.com/2008/03/17/top-10-badass-female-warriors/

 

 

Viking Fire

856 CE, Ireland is a land of myth, magic, and blood. Viking raiders have fought the Irish for over half a century. Rival Irish clans promise only betrayal and carnage.

Kaireen, daughter of Laird Liannon, is suddenly forced into an arranged marriage with her sworn enemy, a Viking. She refuses to submit. With no mention of love, only land and the protection of her clan, she endeavors to get her betrothed banished from her country. Will love find its way around her stubborn heart?

Bram, the Viking, finds himself without future or inheritance as a younger son in his family. A marriage to the Laird’s daughter would grant him land if he swears fidelity and if his men will fight along with the Liannons against any foe—Irish or Viking. However, the Laird’s feisty daughter only holds animosity for him and his kind. Is marriage worth the battle scars of such a relentless opponent?

With the blame for a rival laird’s death treacherously set against the Liannons, Kaireen and Bram must find a way to lay aside their differences as an unforeseen darkness sends death snapping at their heels.

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About the author

TempeO

Tempeste O’Riley grew up in the deep south and escaped her conservative, oppressive roots as soon as she could. Tempe is an out and proud omnisexual/bi-woman whose best friend growing up had the courage to do what she couldn’t – defy the hate and come out. He has been her hero ever since.

Though new to writing M/M, she has done many things in her life but writing has always drawn her back – no matter what else life has thrown her way. She counts her friends, family, and Muse as her greatest blessings in life.

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  1. andrearcooperauthor

    Tempeste,

    Thank you for having me.

  2. D'Ann

    Good post, and one to think about!

    1. andrearcooperauthor

      Thank you.

  3. ellaquinnauthor

    Lovely post. I tweeted!!

    1. andrearcooperauthor

      Thank you for stopping by.

  4. Jennifer Lowery

    Great post! I agree 100%-I will never tell my daughter she can’t be something because preconceived notions! Loved the excerpt 🙂

    1. andrearcooperauthor

      Thank you. It’s been brewing for sometime ever since I read the post months ago about not calling our daughters princess and instead listing 20 other words. 😉

  5. Brenda D

    Wonderful. I’m so excited to read Viking Fire.

    1. andrearcooperauthor

      Thank you for stopping by.

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