But then I read A Most Improper Magick and A Tangle of Magicks and I love Stephanie even more. Because in these book she has created one of my absolute favourite fictional characters in Kat Stephenson. I absolutely loved Kat's wild, wholly unladylike adventures. Her choices and her behaviours always made me cheer and I finished reading the books with the biggest smile on my face.
So it is my great pleasure to have Stephanie Burgis here today on the blog tour for the absolutely fun and entertaining A Tangle of Magicks! And because it's all SO exciting, here is the link to the publisher's Facebook page in which copies of A Tangle of Magicks can be won. Also, on Steph's website is a short story involving Kat called Duelling Magicks, which takes place after A Most Improper Magick but before A Tangle of Magicks! Do check it out.
If you'd like to know more about Stephanie or the Kat Stephenson books, please do visit the following sites.
Ever since Michelle started her “Amazing Women” series, it’s been one of my top blog-reading highlights every week. I love getting personal snapshots of other women’s life stories - and their teenage survival stories, too, since even those of us with the happiest childhoods still had to survive the traumas of teenagehood.
(I remember sitting in pep assemblies back at my high school in America, listening to the teachers yell: “These are the best years of your lives!” - and I’d sit there in the bleachers thinking: “Oh, NO. Please, please, please don’t let that be true…because if it is, my life sucks!”)
(Luckily, they were totally wrong. Life gets SO MUCH better after secondary school!)
Michelle’s blog series also ties in perfectly into my own fiction-reading habits, because any time I pick up a novel to read for fun, what I’m personally, selfishly looking for is amazing women, of any age. I want to read about strong, smart heroines who take charge of their own lives, even in the toughest of circumstances. I love reading about believable, flawed, human heroines who are active and assertive even in the most difficult situations, heroines who stand up to powerful injustice, heroines who fight with all their hearts for what they believe in…or in other words, I love reading about the kind of heroine I secretly want to be, even if I don’t always measure up in real life.
Needless to say, that’s exactly the kind of heroine I most love writing, too. My trilogy is called The Unladylike Adventures of Kat Stephenson, and it’s true: despite being brought up in genteel nineteenth-century England, Kat is anything but an elegant lady. She’s brash and loud, loyal, adventurous, strong, smart and endlessly creative…but terrible at remembering and following delicate social rules. She gets into an enormous amount of trouble, she sometimes ends up in terribly embarrassing situations…but she always, always fights for the people she loves and the principles she cares about.
What about you guys? Who are your favorite fictional heroines? (Some of mine: Elizabeth Peters’s Amelia Peabody, Jane Austen’s Elizabeth Bennet, Y.S. Lee’s Mary Quinn…)
And: which heroine do you secretly wish that you could be?