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Today I am pleased to welcome Heidi Joy Tretheway to the blog with a guest post to help celebrate the release of her newest book, Revenge Bound. Revenge Bound is the third book in her Tattoo Thief series telling the story of Jace and Violet both of who are very interesting characters and I was happy to spend a little time with them. My review of Revenge Bound will be posted soon but until then know that you should buy it. And now here is Heidi, in her own words.
The rescue myth and why I hate wimpy girls
I hate wimpy girls. When I dive into a story and walk in a character’s shoes, I don’t want to share my brain with a spineless wimp—I want someone with as much moxie and courage as I aspire to have.
From my first book, a children’s fairy tale about a girl who outwits bandits and rescues a prince, to my fifth book, REVENGE BOUND, I write kickass heroines who are every bit as powerful as the men they fall in love with.
In REVENGE BOUND, Violet’s up against long odds: the victim of revenge porn, her ex posted naked pictures he forcibly took online. When a stalker latches onto them and makes threatening moves toward Violet, Jayce wants to protect her—and in someone else’s story, he might have been the alpha rescuer.
But I didn’t want Violet to be a wimp.
A knight in shining armor or a hot-as-sin alpha male would make a great rescuer, but I don’t think the heroine needs to be saved all the time. Violet’s need to handle her problems herself, to (in her words) “slay her own dragons,” sets up a push-pull in the book when rock star Jayce wants to use his full arsenal—money, fame, resources—to help her, and she won’t let him.
Jayce has to get his inner Hardy Boy on and play detective to find out who is stalking Violet and what’s behind these naked pictures, even as Violet pushes him away.
Violet’s shy. She can be timid and frightened. She cries, especially when the stalker shatters her sense of security. But her courage to try to fix things herself displays a spine that attracts Jayce more intensely than any of her physical characteristics.
Here’s a brief clip when Jayce realizes that Violet is digging herself out of the impossible situation:
Jayce shakes his head and smiles. “Remind me not to make you mad.”
“Too late for that.”
“OK, then, remind me to quit trying to play knight.” Jayce cups my face in his hands and plants a kiss on my lips. “You’re like the best kind of fairy tale, Violet. You’re the kickass princess.”
My wonderful developmental editor, Jim Thomsen, pushed me in REVENGE BOUND to drop-kick the rescuer myth and let my heroine shine. So while you’ll see plenty of heroics from Jayce, I hope you’ll also fall in love with Violet’s mettle and grit … the same reason Jayce ultimately falls for her.
Revenge Bound Synopsis:
On the Internet, secrets never die…
Violet can’t imagine anything worse than having her very private, very naked photos strewn across the Internet.
Until they multiply like a virus.
With her name, address, and phone number attached.
And her boss finds out. And a stalker finds her.
Violet’s refuge is a rock star known for going through groupies faster than guitar picks. Letting Jayce get close enough to protect her exposes her secrets—and her heart—to a man whose celebrity could ruin her.
That’s because being a nobody is the one thing that keeps Violet’s photos from making headlines. And it’s the reason she can never fall for a rock star.
Secrets spread like wildfire when a celebrity fans the flames.
REVENGE BOUND is a full-length, standalone novel, and a companion to the Tattoo Thief books. It contains steamy scenes and strong language intended for mature readers.
Heidi Joy Trethway Bio:
Heidi Joy lives in Happy Valley off Sunnyside Road. She swears she did not make that up.
Heidi’s obsessed with storytelling. Her career includes marketing, journalism, and a delicious few years as a food columnist. Media passes took her backstage with several rock bands, where she learned that sometimes a wardrobe malfunction is exactly what the rock star intends.
You’ll most often find Heidi Joy with her husband and two small kids cooking, fishing, exploring the Northwest, and building epic forts in their living room.
She loves to hear from readers via messages at facebook.com/author.heidi.
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