All I want for Christmas is….strong female characters

Author’s note: I got nostalgic for some of my old observations, so I’m replaying them this month. Yes, it’s June. But strong female characters never go out of style.

When I set about writing Gordath Wood, I wanted a strong main character who was realistic at the same time. Lynn Romano is the type of woman who is confident, good at her job and able to hold her own in the face of all kinds of adversity. In short, she’s my kind of strong female character. She’s not Buffy, or any of a legion of shape-shifting, ass-whupping, leather-wearing, tramp stamp sporting heroines that are out there kicking butt and taking names.

And don’t get me wrong — those ladies who launch enemies are great fun. But I wanted a realistic heroine, and Lynn came riding out of my subconscious on a great white horse and did her best to save the world.

If you like your heroines strong, sexy, realistic, and unstoppable, Lynn’s your woman.  She may not be the strongest, and she doesn’t have a magical power, but she has heart, faith, and endurance. She might get scared, but she doesn’t let that stop her.

And when it comes time to rescue the boyfriend she thought she left behind, well, back she goes to save him.

If you know someone who likes heroes and horses, what better gift for Christmas than Gordath Wood and Red Gold Bridge?

Scribd — The Crow God’s Girl

Scribd subscribers: The Crow God’s Girl is now available through your favorite reading site. Just like Netflix for movies, Scribd allows subscribers access to a vast library of books.

Even though I’ve  been working diligently on Bandit Girls, The Crow God’s Girl is not far from my thoughts. I left Kate in a precarious position, not to mention Colar. I know where the series is going, and in fact, I have the end scene for the next book already written. At this point Aeritan is a labor of love, but I am still committed to it and won’t let it fall by the wayside.

Here’s a reminder of where things started:

Something strange is happening in Gordath Wood, the old woods surrounding a training stable called Hunter’s Chase. The police think Lynn Romano and Kate Mossland have been murdered, but what actually occurred is much stranger. They’ve gone through a hole between worlds, into a medieval society at war.

In a world that doesn’t ordinarily have use for women, the danger is great. Good thing Lynn and Kate aren’t your ordinary women.

–From Gordath Wood

In the heart of the gordath, danger is waiting… A year ago, Lynn Romano and Kate Mossland stumbled through the gordath, a portal between our world and the war-torn society called Aeritan. Now, a powerful Aeritan general has crossed through to Earth, and his obsession with Kate could tear both worlds apart.

From Red Gold Bridge

Better to be a queen than a pawn…

Kate Mossland is an ordinary teenager in a strange and dangerous land. She has crossed the gordath, the portal between our world and Aeritan, and may never go home again. She has accepted her new life as foster daughter to Lord Terrick and is engaged to be married to his son Colar, a young noble whose life she saved and whom she loves.

But all is not easy in the House of Terrick. The servants distrust her, the men-at-arms disdain her, and learning how to be a great lady is harder than it looks. Every misstep brings her closer to ruin, and Kate must walk a fine line between independent teen and modest noblewoman.

When the youngest son of Lord Terrick is kidnapped by armed thugs, Kate and a mysterious young girl named Ossen make a daring rescue. But her unladylike courage only strengthens her enemies’ hatred.

Then in a single blow Kate learns that her life is truly not her own. As Aeritan teeters on the brink of war, and promises once made are so easily broken, Lord Terrick demands that Kate submit to a new role.

But Kate is not so easily managed. Together with Ossen and the girl’s rough and roguish brothers, she leaves the protection of the only House she has known in Aeritan to choose her own path and find her true home.

From The Crow God’s Girl

As for where things are going, well — I promise to have more.

 

The Crow God’s Girl soft launch and FAQ

For those of you with e-readers, The Crow God’s Girl is available now from Smashwords. ETA on availability of paperback is still roughly mid-June.

The Crow God’s Girl.

The Crow God’s Girl

By Patrice Sarath
Rating: Not yet rated.
Published: June 02, 2012
Words: 94405 (approximate)
Language: English

Short description

In this standalone novel of the Gordath Wood series by Patrice Sarath, a 21st century teen navigates the dangers of a treacherous fantasy world.

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FAQ on The Crow God’s Girl

Is this the third book in the Gordath Wood trilogy?

It’s the third book in the series but it is a standalone novel, not the conclusion of a trilogy. Readers can start with The Crow God’s Girl and then go read the other two books for the rest of the story. Since this book follows Kate Mossland and Colar Terrick, it begins its own sequence. Basically, it’s a reboot.

Will there be more books in the series?

Yes. Kate has a big story to tell with lots of adventures. So the series will continue.

What about Lynn and Joe? And Captain Crae? You haven’t abandoned them, have you?

Captain Crae plays a huge part in The Crow God’s Girl. As for Lynn and Joe, I will be checking back in with them in in later books.

Why did you self-publish The Crow God’s Girl?

Ace opted not to publish this book. This is sad — believe me, I shed many a tear — but in this day and age, it’s not the end of the world. I had a story to tell, and the way to get the story out to readers was through self-publishing. In the process I learned exactly why publishers sell books for the price they sell them for. I am fortunate in that I write and edit for a living. I know how to proofread and copy edit. And it was still the most time-consuming and stressful part of the process. I was committed to bringing to readers a book of the highest quality, and I know you will find typos despite the three or four passes I made over the manuscript, and believe me, it’s haunting me already (pre-haunting?).

What if I find a typo (or several hundred)?

*whimper.* Let me know so I can fix it in the electronic edition.

What is the most important thing a reader can do to help support a series they like?

Reviews. Get the word out. If you enjoyed the Gordath Wood series and you enjoy The Crow God’s Girl, please take the time to tell people.