Wednesday, January 15, 2014

The Lure of Sassy Heroines

Giveaway Alert!

Who doesn’t love a sassy heroine? Come on. Admit it. There’s something inherently motivating about a heroine who’s not afraid to speak her mind. That’s what I love about Sydney Banfield, the heroine in Stealing Justice. If Syd has an opinion, she offers it. If it backfires, she talks her way out of it.

Here’s a little not-so-secret secret (this is the internet after all) about StealingJustice. Don’t tell anyone, but my writing partner, Misty Evans, wrote most of the dialogue from the hero’s POV and I wrote Sydney’s.  And what a time I had with her. She’s flawed (not just slightly) and mouthy and strong-willed, but she’s also generous and always, always, fights for the underdog. I love that about her.  She fears no challenge and if it means helping those who can’t help themselves, she’s all in.

In Stealing Justice, she’s teamed with an uber-protective Justice “Grey” Greystone who would like nothing more than to keep her safe from all the bad guys. Which is rather hard when they’re hunting a serial killer. Syd’s shoot-from-the-hip style is a constant worry for Grey.

One of my favorite scenes with Sydney is when Grey is trying to convince her to take a more subtle approach on an assignment. The conversation includes this bit of dialogue from Syd:

“First of all, I don’t throw myself at you. You’d know if I threw myself at you. And, in case you didn’t realize, when it comes to their man parts, men are stupid. Put a confident female in a revealing dress in front of them and they’ll forget all about what they like. They’ll like what I want them to like.”

That one nearly gave Grey a coronary, which was part of the fun of writing this book. And yet, underneath all that toughness, Syd needed to be able to laugh at herself, to find humor in her mistakes. We tried to include some of those moments in the book as well. Here’s a bit from another scene where Syd gets herself into a bit of a mess:

She watched Grey climb the stairs, ladder in hand, and her shoulders seized. Damned knots. Still, if she screamed, he’d be there. Even if he was mad at her.
“Sit,” Ahmed demanded.
Oh, boy.
She sat. In the chair. Not the sofa. No sense inviting trouble by leaving him room to sit by her. Suddenly, the realization that she had managed to piss off both the good guy and the bad guy slammed into her. Not too many women could pull that one off.

Readers, who are some of your favorite fictional heroines? Leave a comment for a chance to win a digital copy of Stealing Justice.

USA Today bestselling author Adrienne Giordano writes romantic suspense and mystery.  She is a Jersey girl at heart, but now lives in the Midwest with her workaholic husband, sports obsessed son and Buddy the Wheaten Terrorist (Terrier). She is a co-founder of Romance University blog and Lady Jane's Salon-Naperville, a reading series dedicated to romantic fiction. For more information on Adrienne's books, please visit Adrienne can also be found on Facebook at and Twitter at For information on Adrienne’s street team, Dangerous Darlings, go to

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  1. Just wanted to stop by and say how much I loved this book. I haven't read a lot of romantic suspense in the past but after reading this one I'll be checking them out! Great book Adrienne and Misty. Don't include me in giveaway I have the book!

  2. I really need to read this book again! Congrats to you and Misty on the release!

  3. Hi, Bette. Thank you for stopping by. I'm so glad you enjoyed it. I had a ton of fun working with Misty on this book. We're writing book two now. That'll be Monroe's book and he's a handful! :)

  4. Good morning, Amy. Yes! You do need to read it again. We completely changed the opening since you read it. :)

    Thanks for coming by!

  5. Loved the characters in this book and the no stop action. Can't wait to read book 2..

    1. Thank you, Brenda! We're having fun with Monroe and Caroline. Caroline will be another sassy heroine, but she's sassy in a different way than Syd. Caroline is an FBI agent and Monroe is more than a little afraid of her. :)

  6. I love sassy characters... they add so much flavor and show off their personalities between the pages of a book... Sydney sounds like a character I would like to read about... as for fav fictional heroines... love Eve Dallas from JD Robb's In Death series, Sherlock from Catherine Coulter's FBI series, and so many more...

    1. Hi, Colleen. Oh, those are great characters you mentioned!

      I love any book with a strong heroine. It's so much fun to see what makes them tick.

  7. I loved the character PJ from Maya Banks KGI series. Thanks for the giveaway, it sounds like a great book.

  8. Hi, Jaclyn. I've heard so much about that series, but haven't read it. People seem to love it!

  9. My favorite is Clarice Starling. Please enter me in the draw. And congratulations on you book!

  10. Don't have a fav

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  11. I like smart and sexy. Sam Holland from Marie Force's Fatal series, Jess Harris from Debra Webb's Faces of Evil series and of course Eve Dallas.


  12. I'm loving the feisty Arya from the series A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE by George RR Martin. A very young heroine, but fascinating.



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