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Guestpost – Rachel Brimble’s Top Five #StrongRomnaceHeroines

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There are so many strong romance heroines out there but here are my Top Five (in no particular order):

1)  Scarlett O’HaraGone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell

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Gone With The Wind is one of my all-time favorite books (the only book I have read four times) and I often get into debates with my fellow romance readers/authors about her strength. Some find Scarlett too whiny and needy but, for me, she shows rather than verbalizes her strength. She overcomes horrors and difficulties that most of us (fortunately!) will only find in the pages of this wonderfully epic novel.

2)  Eve DallasIn Death series by Nora Roberts (writing as J. D. Robb)

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Lord, how I love Eve! If you haven’t tried the In Death series yet, make it your mission to start reading this amazing series before Christmas. The books center around Lieutenant Eve Dallas and her ongoing relationship with millionaire, Roarke (not sure if anyone knows if this is his first name or surname!) Each novel brings a new case for Eve to solve and usually involves Roarke or someone she is close to in one way or another. There are a whopping 41 novels so far in the series…

3)  Elizabeth BennettPride & Prejudice by Jane Austen

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I don’t know a romance reader on the planet who hasn’t read Pride & Prejudice and, for me, it’s Elizabeth Bennett’s strength, integrity and passion which makes this novel continue to sell year after year. A timeless romance, hero and heroine that I predict will live in our hearts and the hearts of future generations for many years to come.

4)  Josie O’CaseyA Glimpse At Happiness by Jean Fullerton

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A Glimpse At Happiness is one of my most favorite Victorian romances and the reason I started to write in the genre. Josie O’Casey is a wonderful example of what makes a strong heroine and how they overcome the poverty of their circumstances. This book is about love over adversity, hope over pessimism. A truly gorgeous book and a truly fantastic heroine.

5)  Lucky SantangeloChances by Jackie Collins

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Although Jackie Collins’ books aren’t strictly romance, there is usually a central relationship in her super-sexy stories. I discovered the first book Lucky appears in (Chances) when I was barely into my teens and went on to devour all the books she features in thereafter. A strong, feisty, no holds barred, kind of heroine who demands your attention from the very first page. Tremendous!

Rachel’s latest novel, Christmas at the Cove, has a trsong romance heroine of its own!

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Rachel lives with her husband and their two young daughters in a small market town near the famous Georgian City of Bath.

And when she’s not writing you’ll find her with her head in a book or walking the beautiful English countryside with her family.  And in the evening?  Well, a well-deserved glass of wine is never, ever refused.

Find out more about Nikki and her books on her website; and follow her on her blog, as well as on Facebook and Twitter for regular, nature-filled, updates!

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My Name is Ali Williams, and I’m Addicted to SuperRomance

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SuperRomance.

On the Harlequin website, the writing guidelines for SuperRomance say:

“Harlequin Superromance stories are big romance novels filled with intense relationships, real life drama and the kinds of unexpected events that change women’s lives forever!”

They’re longer than you’re average category romance – clocking in at around 80 thousand words – which means that there’s space to develop the communities where the books are set, as well as even allowing for secondary romances!

I’ve been reading SuperRomance novels for years and it’s the complex characters that define the line that I love best.

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There’s Janice Kay Johnson’s Snowbound, which has one of the most textured and well-rounded depictions of PTSD found in any genre.

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Then there’s my favourite librarian novel – Karina Bliss’s What the Librarian Did – where the heroine falls for an incredibly sexy rock star…

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Because of their length, SuperRomances often incorporate suspense and mystery narratives and plotlines, with Molly O’Keefe’s Undercover Protector being a prime example!

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Of course, they’re also renowned for putting a twist on a popular trope; Abby Gaines’ Married by Mistake taking the marriage of convenience and changing it up.

I’ve been revisiting the line recently, literally devouring all the books I can get my hands on.

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I’m currently reading CindyHomberger’s Those Cassabaw Days, starring an ex-soldier and a heroine who’s returning to the town of her childhood.  It’s got big characters and heart and it makes me smile when I read it.

I love the fact that SuperRomances have high stakes; it makes reading them all the more emotionally intense, and it appears that this line is filling the hole that the ModernTempted line left!

What are your favourite SuperRomance authors and books?  I’m open for recs!