Thursday, March 26, 2015

Friday Pen Pals with Zen DiPietro

An earth-like world of high-tech humans faces the reality that their world is not as safe as they thought it was. Five people are thrown together to quietly get to the bottom of an unfathomable mana event that must stay quiet. If the population of Terath becomes aware of the truth, it will spark a civil war. That war would pit the majority of the population against the powerful minority with the ability to harness and manipulate mana. The resulting cataclysm would decimate the population and tear apart the foundation of society.
 The five people chosen for this must reconsider everything they thought they knew about mana, even as they learn to trust one another’s abilities. They must embrace everything they never wanted in order to prevent the devastation of their world. One of them will be forever changed. Love will be denied, badassery will be unleashed, and Terath will never be the same.
Even success comes at a price.

Not an hour into her lone vigil, Izzy twisted around to see Arc bursting out of his tent. Emotional upheaval and determination rolled off him like a windstorm. Without even glancing toward Izzy, he marched to the shiv’s tent.

Izzy scrambled to her feet and managed to intercept him before he got a hand on the flap.

“You can’t.” She stood between him and the tent.

“How can you ignore the pain? You must feel it.”
“Are you kidding me? All I can think about every second is how much I feel it. But it has nothing to do with you right now.”
“Nothing to do with me? Now who’s kidding who?” he snapped. “It has to stop.” He put his hands on her shoulders and reversed their positions. He forced his way into the tent and snapped it shut behind him.
“Well good luck with that,” she muttered to herself. “I’ll be out here hoping both of you aren’t dead shortly. And by the way, it’s ‘whom,’ not ‘who’.”
Bad(ass) Romance: What I Love in a Love Story
Writing a badass heroine in love has its challenges. Love requires vulnerability, which means letting down one’s guard. It definitely means taking a leap of faith. Plus, it takes a very special love interest to handle the intensity of such a heroine.
I pretty much require a badass heroine in the books I read (and write!). I do love a good love story, too. When I find a good heroine and a good love story together, I get very excited. I’m listing my favorite bad(ass) romances from book and screen.
Leeloo and Corbin Dallas (The Fifth Element)
She’s a supreme being and he doesn’t want to be there. Until he does, and then he’ll be there forever. Love and multipasses for all.

Devi Morris and Rupert
Okay, so I was hoping she’d kill him, but that was only because I wanted her to be badass enough to do it. I wasn’t sorry to see Rupert live. I can’t imagine anyone else who could be a match for Devi.

Mr. and Mrs. Smith
Without even knowing each other’s real selves, they are so into each other that they’ll take on the world together. They’re both deadly, they’re both gorgeous, and they have amazing chemistry. This just works on all the levels.

Elizabeth Swann and Will Turner (Pirates of the Caribbean)
Neither starts out very badass, but they grow into pirates together. They double-cross each other, fight on opposite sides, and marry in the middle of a battle. Because pirates. And love. And arrrgh.

Richard and Kahlan (Wizard’s First Rule)
She gets her con dar on when she thinks he’s dead. He surrenders his soul to her. Two sides of a lot of guts-out love. Plus, magic.

Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy (Pride and Prejudice)
That’s right. I said it. Because she was proud and he was prejudiced and both of them were right and both of them were wrong. She refused to get married to the wrong man merely to secure her future. She preferred to face potential poverty than sell herself for the price of a household. He overturned his better judgment and committed to his love for her. For their point in time, they were uber badasses in love.

So there you are! What are your favorite badass romances?

Zen DiPietro is a lifelong bookworm, a fantasy/sci-fi writer, a dancer, and a mom of two. Also red-haired, left-handed, and a vegetarian geek. Absolutely terrible at conforming. Particular loves include badass heroines, Star Trek, British accents, baba ganoush, and the smell of Band-Aids. Writing reviews, author interviews, and fun stuff at Very active on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

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