Fiction Vixen is pleased to once again welcome author Jennifer Estep today.
Greetings and salutations! First of all, I want to say thanks to Sophia for having me on the blog again today. Thanks so much, Sophia!
So today Sophia asked me to write about the qualities that an urban fantasy heroine needs to have if she wants to survive long enough to keep kicking butt. My assassin heroine Gin Blanco is no stranger to butt-kicking, and she’s going up against her toughest enemy yet in her nemesis Mab Monroe in Spider’s Revenge, the fifth book in my Elemental Assassin urban fantasy series that came out on Sept. 27.
But just because Gin’s survived this long doesn’t mean that she can afford to let her guard down now. So here are a few things that Gin and other urban fantasy heroines need to keep in mind:
1) Always carry a weapon: It would be really embarrassing not to have your stake, knife, sword, or silver bullet-loaded gun handy when you go up against your enemy. So always be sure that you have something sharp and deadly within arm’s reach – preferably more than one, like Gin with her usual arsenal of five knives.
2) Always be on the lookout for trouble: Just because you’re walking down the street in broad daylight doesn’t mean that you’re safe, so always keep an eye out for danger. And don’t be fooled by a pretty face. That cute guy checking you out in the coffee shop? He probably wants to drink your blood or sacrifice you to some ancient evil so he can have unspeakable power.
3) Make sure someone has your back: No matter how powerful you are, you can still be surprised and blindsided. So be sure that you have a core group of friends and family who know where you are at all times – and can come to the rescue if you need them to.
4) Have your local healer or hospital on speed dial: You’re bound to get injured when you go up against the bad guys, so be sure there’s someone around who can patch you up after the fact.
5) Don’t invest too much money in your clothes: If you’re fighting for your life, you’re going to get dirty and bloody. So no matter how cool you think that leather jacket is, leave it at the store. You might be the most powerful chick in town, but it’s still really, really tough to get blood off leather.
6) Only wear silver jewelry: Gold might be nice and shiny, but everyone knows that silver does the most damage to certain creatures. So trade in all your gold bling and invest in some nice silver pieces – ones that perhaps have a sharp point or two or some poison hidden inside them.
7) Get a good night’s sleep: You will be at your butt-kicking best if you have at least eight hours’ of sleep under your belt. Or make time for a power nap in the afternoon, if you do most of your butt-kicking at night.
8 ) Eat a balanced diet: It’s hard to fight the ultimate evil on an empty stomach, so be sure to pack a granola bar or some apple slices for a night out on the town.
9) Be creative: Stakes, knives, swords, and guns are great weapons, but sometimes, they are not always handy. So make the most of your environment. That letter opener on the bad guy’s desk would make a great weapon. So would that fireplace poker or the baseball bat standing in the corner.
10) Wear sensible shoes: Sure, those stilettos may look great, but they aren’t very practical for chasing down bad guys – or running away from them. So do yourself a favor, and invest in a nice, sensible, comfortable pair of sneakers or steel-toed boots – which would be perfect for kicking a bad guy when he’s down.
So there you have it – a few qualities that I think urban fantasy heroines should have if they want to survive until the next book.
What about you guys? What qualities do you think an urban fantasy heroine should have?
Jennifer would like to giveaway a copy of Spider’s Revenge to one lucky reader. To enter leave a comment here answering Jennifer’s question above. Open until October 7, winner announced soon after. US and Canada only please.
[box]USA Today bestselling author Jennifer Estep writes the Elemental Assassin urban fantasy series for Pocket Books. The books focus on Gin Blanco, an assassin codenamed the Spider who can control the elements of Ice and Stone. When she’s not busy killing people and righting wrongs, Gin runs a barbecue restaurant called the Pork Pit in the fictional Southern metropolis of Ashland. The city is also home to giants, dwarves, vampires, and elementals – Air, Fire, Ice, and Stone. Books in the series are Spider’s Bite, Web of Lies, Venom, and Tangled Threads.
Jennifer also writes the Mythos Academy young adult urban fantasy series for Kensington. Touch of Frost, the first book in the series, was released in August. First Frost, a prequel e-story to the series, is available as a 99-cent download. Kiss of Frost, the second book, will be released Nov. 29.
For more information, excerpts, and more, visit Jennifer’s website at www.jenniferestep.com.[/box]