A hero is not always a sandwich

Next month, the third book I’ve written using this pen name will be released. It’s about the consummate hero (a person, not a sandwich): John is strong, honorable, kind, and kicks ass when necessary. So far, the three books I’ve written as Marie have three different kinds of heroes: a sci-fi bodyguard (Devotion), a vampire (Bitten by Darkness), and an ex-pilot-soldier (Seducing Liselle).

In honor of these three books, I’ve decided to let you in on a secret: I’m kind of addicted to reading and I have a soft-spot for unlikely heroes (yes, yes, I can see the surprise on your face … not). Here are a few of my favorites:


Favorite science fiction guy: Miles Vorkosigan. What’s not to like? Sure, he’s a bit hyper and he looks a little squashed, but his brain is top-notch. Here’s a link to the list of all the works Lois McMaster Bujold has written in this universe: the Vorkosigan Saga. Miles saves people all the time, but quite often it happens accidentally.


Jean-Claude-Cover-800x600-MAC JeanClaude

We first meet Jean Claude in Guilty Pleasures by Laurel K. Hamilton. The first three or so books of this series is my favorite, probably because the vampire isn’t really a hero yet—Jean Claude is mad, bad, and dangerous. The entire arc of the series is fascinating: girl raises the dead, girl meets vampire and uber-shifters, girl comes out on top every time. Anita doesn’t really need a hero to save her at all, but she likes to keep the guys around for backup.


Ia   Ia2

Yeah, okay, my last hero isn’t a dude. It’s a girl, and she’s a soldier, and she’s so awesome she doesn’t need saving. I know I was supposed to be writing about heroes, but this is my latest girl-crush. Ia’s saving the entire galaxy. Why? Because she can. If I needed saving, I would want Ia to walk through my door. The series isn’t finished yet, and I’m breathlessly waiting to see what happens. I wish Ms. Johnson could write faster…


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