Heroines Among Us with Giveaway

Random.org picked Elena K as the winner of the $10 gift card. Congratulations, Elena!

Sheila CloverAs authors, we write about heroes – men and women – but lately I’ve been inspired by authors who are a part of the Magical Musical family. First there’s Sheila Clover English. I’ve admired her for a long time for all that she’s done. Not only is she an author, in 2002, she started the book trailer market with her Circle of Seven Productions, and in 2003 trademarked the term ‘book trailer.’

But the book world is filled with talented and enterprising women, and I admire her even more for what she does outside of business. She fosters small dogs, and one of her recent Facebook posts made me cry. She’d taken care of a special needs dog, who was old, deaf, nearly blind and abused. She spoiled and loved her, and she gave her joy until the end. The first line of Sheila’s FB post says, “If love could have saved you, you’d have lived forever.”

small dogAnd earlier in October, Sheila was driving in heavy traffic in the rain when she saw a small dog cowering in the middle of the road. Of course, she stopped the car, and tried to catch it. And of course, the dog ran from her, hiding under a parked van. Sheila ended up crawling in the mud on her belly to try to entice the dog to come to her. It took a while, but finally the shivering dog came out. Sheila tucked the little dog under her jacket and drove it home. She removed little steel wires from its fur, gave it a bath, fed it, and gave it more love before she called the local rescue associations to see if anyone was looking for it.

And then there’s another writer friend. Liz Kreger. It’s hard to talk about this, but she’s been fighting cancer for about 15 years, and lately it seems like the cancer is winning. But the last two times I called her and asked how she was, she said, “Not too shabby.”

That’s a real heroine! In all the years I’ve known her, I haven’t heard one “poor me” from her. And like Sheila who crawled through the mud for the dog, Liz has been doing some dirty fighting, too. Most people I know complain about small stuff – me included. And lately it seems like there’s been a glut of whiny book heroines. I can’t read those books. I want my fictional heroines to be as heroic as the real women that I know.

The Golden Apple 300 wideAll of the Magical Musings authors write strong women heroines. Jennifer Estep has an assassin heroine in her Elemental Assassin urban fiction, and in her Bigtime paranormal romances have superheroines and heroes – as well as uber-villains and villainesses. (She has other series with strong women, too.) And I love Michelle Diener’sΒ never-give-up heroines in her retelling of fairy tales.

I could go on and talk about every writer here, but it would take too long. I just feel so grateful to know so many wonderful authors. I’m giving a $10 Amazon gift card to a commenter and hope that you’ll buy a book with a strong heroine, whether it’s from an MM author or another one. To be eligible, just tell me about a strong woman who you would call a heroine. I’ll announce the winner’s name here tomorrow morning.

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20 Responses to Heroines Among Us with Giveaway

  1. Anita H. says:

    I’d consider my mom a strong woman. She’s battled fiercely against health problems and lives to fight more battles. She taught my sister and I to always stand up for what’s wrong even if we’re in the minority and it’s that never give up attitude that has helped myself growing up.

    • Edie Ramer says:

      Anita, hugs to you and your mom. She sounds a lot like my friend. And wonderful that she’s taught you to stand up for what’s wrong. I wish we had more moms like that.

  2. Edie, I’d put you in my hero list, any day. And the friend you’re talking about, I think she’s right there at the top, as well. Sheila is also amazing. When I read on FB about all she does, I’m in awe.

  3. Ada says:

    Wow, Sheila’s amazing! So glad to see that she was able to rescue those animals! For me, someone I would call a heroine would be my friend, Natalie. Due to a genetic condition she was born with, she’s lost the use of her legs but that hasn’t stopped her from showing that there’s no such thing as a disability. She puts a lot of our able-bodied friends to shame (me included) when she participates in marathons and is active at both work and in our community. There’s nothing she can’t do!

  4. Thank you Edie. As you know, dogs have a special place in my heart and I’m willing to do anything to save them, keep them safe, and ensure they fill loved. I guess I never thought of it as heroic before. I certainly get more than I give and I’ve met other heroes along the way.
    My hero is my Aunt Cheryl. We’re actually very close in age and she’s the closest friend I have.
    When my Great Grandpa got Alzheimer’s she was the one who took care of his daily needs. Even when we were forced to put him in a special care facility she went to see him every single day. She inspired me and still does. She loves unconditionally and seemingly, tirelessly.

    • Edie Ramer says:

      Sheila, your Aunt Cheryl sounds amazing! I bet she’s a wonderful role model for you. Everyone should have a a woman or man like that in their life. I’m sure your kids say the same thing about you.

  5. Mary Hughes says:

    These are truly strong women, Edie. I’d also add you to the list, as someone who does wonderful things for other people all the time, without expectations of return, without any fanfare, simply dispensing kindness as naturally as breathing. πŸ™‚

  6. Edie — such a great post. 😎

    I think it’s so cool that the Magical Musings authors write strong heroines. My strong heroines are definitely my mom and grandma.
    Jennifer Estep`s last blog was …Black Widow audiobook up for pre-order …

    • Edie Ramer says:

      Jennifer, I count my mother as a strong woman, too. She was a widow with 5 young children and raised us without help. She was a great role model.

  7. Liz Kreger says:

    Great post, Edie. Thanx for including me in your list. Sheila is a great example for a heroine. She goes above and beyond with her dogs, but that’s Sheila. πŸ˜‰ .

    My heroine is my younger sister, Margie. She’s had juvanile arthritis since she was a child. Yet, I rarely heard her complain. The only time I recall her complain was one night I heard her crying and asked what was wrong and she said. “I hate going to bed because I know that I have to get up in the morning to pain.”

    I think that was the only time I recall her complaining.

  8. elena k says:

    what a great post! I can say it for my mom. she would be a great heroine in a book. she is fierce but sensitive also. my dad was always working and she raised us three kids in the best way. she can fix the plumping but also knit scars. she is afraid of hospitals but she is the first to help the sick. we had a rough weekend because my dad has some health problems but she still tries to protect us. she is my role model!

    • Edie Ramer says:

      Elena, your mom sounds wonderful. I might put some of this in the book I’m writing right now. Best wishes to all of you on your dad’s health problems. That’s always hard on everyone.

      • elena k says:

        thank you so much edie! if you get inspiration from my post, I cannot wait to read your book! everyone should have strong heroines in their lives and my mom sure is one!

  9. Barbara Elness says:

    I adore Jennifer Estep’s Gin Blanco, she’s such a strong woman and I love reading about her. I would say my mother was a heroine, because she was left to raise her children alone, first by an absentee husband who was always on the road, and then after their divorce. At times she worked three jobs because she didn’t drive and had no employable skills, so she took whatever she could get close to home.

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