Guest Post: What Type of Heroine Captivates You?

Misty Evans

Misty Evans

Readers: Meet Misty Evans, a multi-published author in multiple genres! Writers know there are many ways to create a realistic heroine who’s thrown into the fray of adventure. Misty explains how she came up with Anya, the heroine of the latest book in her Super Agent series: The Blood Code. Welcome, Misty!

   If I was going to cast you in the leading role of a heroine in one of my books, would you be an international spy, an FBI agent working undercover, or perhaps an everyday woman wrongly accused?

  In other words, which type of romance heroine are you? Suspense? Mystery? And would you rather star in a contemporary romance or a historical?

  I write in multiple genres, including paranormal and urban fantasy, but today I want to talk about romantic suspense and romantic mystery heroines. Do you like angst and drama? Heroes with sketchy backgrounds and no-win situations? Move over Angelina Jolie, you’re a romantic suspense heroine. You’re bold, brave, and take no prisoners. You know how to handle a gun (if only in your imagination) and can outmaneuver anyone in a car chase.

   Maybe you prefer things a little less hectic, but are thrilled to find a dead body buried in the rose garden. You like a plot that asks lots of questions and throws suspicion on everyone. You cross off the suspects one by one until you figure out it was Mrs. White in the Ballroom with the wrench. You’re a mystery heroine.

   How about contemporary versus historical? Would you rather be a heroine running a million-dollar internet start-up? Or a heroine running slaves on the Underground Railroad?

   What if you were a lost princess? You could be in a contemporary mystery or a historical romantic suspense. And what if the president of your homeland blackmailed you into returning so you could have his babies and restore a royal bloodline…would you do it?

   That’s the premise of my latest Super Agent novel, The Blood Code. The heroine, Anya, is not your typical contemporary romantic suspense heroine. At least not at the beginning. She’s not a trained undercover agent, nor does she have a clue how to outmaneuver the Russian president who wants to use her to build a new family of royals. But she’s one determined gal, and she’s not about to let the bad guy win, even if it means sacrificing her own life.

   And that’s what makes all heroines – no matter the storyline or genre – great. Each one, whether funny, angsty, or highly trained – sacrifices something during the story so that good wins over evil, and the bad guys eat dirt. Throw in a sexy hero who can help, and they’re guaranteed to save the day.


THE BLOOD CODE: Fifteen years ago, Anya Radzoya fled Russia with her grandmother after the suspicious deaths of her get-attachment (35)parents, but she can’t escape the royal genes that make her one of Russia’s last living princesses. When President Ivanov blackmails her into returning to Moscow in exchange for her grandmother’s life, Anya discovers he’s planning to unleash a nuclear war. With no one else to turn to, she joins forces with CIA operative Ryan Smith.

Undercover at the nuclear summit, Ryan recruits Anya to find proof Ivanov is resurrecting the Cold War, but he suspects his new asset is a double agent. Anya is determined to rescue her grandmother with or without his help, however, and Ryan finds himself falling for the beautiful princess before he even trusts her.

Trapped inside the Kremlin with a cunning and ruthless opponent, the two must risk their lives and their hearts to save Anya’s grandmother as well as millions of innocent people.


USA Today Bestselling Author Misty Evans writes the award-winning Super Agent series as well as urban fantasy and paranormal romance. She likes her coffee black, her conspiracy theories juicy, and her wicked characters dressed in couture. When her muse lets her on the internet to play, she’s on Facebook and Twitter.

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So how about it, readers? What type of romance heroine would you be and why? One commenter will win a blingy tiara keychain (US only, please) and another will win a copy of their choice of my super agent books (US and International)!

About Sarah Andre

Romantic Suspense That Keeps You Up All Night! I live in sunny FL, love daydreaming, reading and chocolate. I write in the wee hours of the morning before my helpless hubby and 2 male Pomeranian pups awaken with their demands. :) My debut LOCKED, LOADED and LYING is available now.

Posted on August 12, 2013, in Guest blog, Sarah Andre and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 55 Comments.

  1. Finally back in the land of reliable internet access after road-tripping for the last couple of weeks! I’d definitely be an RS heroine… I may be small, but I have ass-kicking delusions :P. Though if it weren’t for those archaic ideas about women, I wouldn’t say no to a Highlander in a historical (as long as I could have internet access)…

  2. HA! A kickass highlander with internet access. Makes a good book title even. Welcome back from the road trip, Cris. We figure you’re due for some downtime.

  3. Welcome Misty! Kind of a sneaky surprise (my mistake) to post you today instead of tomorrow, but what a fun blog topic!

    I think I would be a heroine who doesn’t think she has the courage or smarts or strength to deal with her crises and finds out in the end, when she dug deep. it was all there.

    Of course, being a princess would be a great alternative. 🙂

    • Thank you for the warm welcome, Sarah. No problem about blogging today – I’m thrilled to be here any day!

      I love your womens-fiction type heroine. Aren’t we all struggling to dig deep and find the courage, smarts, and strength just to deal with everyday life? Bravo to us! We’re all the heroines of our own stories!

      And being a princess would certainly have its perks. 🙂

  4. Love conspiracy theories, so I would probably be a reluctant heroine that asked too many questions and became part of a struggle to save the world…with someone good looking and alpha to help me of course.

    • Brenda, I love it! I always ask too many questions, and I’m determined to save the world one book at a time. 🙂 And what heroine doesn’t want a good looking hero by her side? Today is my 24th anniversary, so I can truthfully say, it’s great to have a partner to help you save the world, whether it’s in real life or fiction!

      • Congrats!!! on your anniversary. That’s fantastic! I’m looking forward to my 40th in October. Glad we both found our “happy ever after”.

    • Mmmm, like the way your thoughts automatically form a great romantic thriller, Brenda! Thanks for visiting.

  5. I would like to be a heroine with a physical disability. I think it would make for a great series of books. Maybe it has already been done before. If it has I have never seen or heard of the books.

    • Hi Deborah. I think that would make for a great heroine! In The Blood Code, Anya has a genetic blood disorder that plays a part in the climax. It’s both a curse and a blessing, and she must learn to accept it as both. 🙂

    • Well, there was Ironsides. And if you’ve ever read the Will Trent series by Karin Slaughter, her hero has a HUGE learning disability! He hides it and the ways he does keeps me riveted throughout every novel. I say write it, Deborah!

  6. Hi Sarah! Hi Misty! I wanna be a contemporary romantic suspense heroine please!! Could you write me into your next book? 😉 And I’d like a hero that looks like Paul Walker please. Thank you!

    Congrats again on The Blood Code, Misty!

  7. I would be the heroine who listens when the hero says stay here! Lol!! Looking forward to this book!!

  8. So glad you could join us, Misty! Good luck with your book! I’d be a heroine who got dragged into danger and kicked butt! LOL.

  9. I would definitely want to be an international, contemporary heroine. Travel, intrigue and danger junkie with a few quirky traits would be the book me I would love. The hero would be someone who would save me from myself and give me somewhere I would want to call home. Sigh … and I write this from my recliner in the Midwest, where the most danger that could happen is me tripping over my dog when I get up.

    • I would like to trade places with you this instant, Julie. 🙂
      Thanks for visiting!

    • Julie, that is too funny. I find that travel, intrigue, and danger are best experienced in the comfort of my bed or recliner while I read (or write) about them. 🙂

  10. Hmmm, I’d want to be that spunky, take charge heroine. You know, the one with the hot, crazy, love/hate passion with the hunky hero? And I’d have to speak several languages. I’d be smart and challenging to my tattoed alpha male’s rugged one-dimensional ways. I could be the know-it-all behind the scenes agent that tries to tell the in-the-field agent how to do his job. Ooooo fun 😉

  11. Blood Code sounds great Misty! I’d want to be an international spy, at least in my dreams, but I’d prefer to write the role than live it in reality. 😉

    • Same here, Gwen! I love to read and write about them (and pretend I’d love to be one in real life). The reality is, I’d prefer to stay safe and sound at home…and I’d be a terrible spy because I have no poker face.

  12. There isn’t anything more attractive than a woman who can take care of herself. Who doesn’t need to rely on anyone. But chooses to lend her heart to someone just as strong. Those girls that allow the alpha to walk over their hearts just make me mad. Come on girls, what turns a man on more? A whiney simp or a woman that says, “Yeah, I can handle you easily?”

  13. I’m a huge fan of fish-out-of-water stories and the heroines who discover just how smart and resourceful they are when the chips are down.

    Good luck with your Super Agent series, Misty!

    • Thanks, Krista! My super agents usually know what they’re doing but often the non-agents are fish-out-of-water, trying to get a handle on working with an undercover operative. Makes for interesting conflicts!

  14. Jackie Dickson

    Me, I like a heroine who is independent and doesn’t necessarily need a man in her life. I also like her to be smart and sassy!

    • I like smart and sassy heroines, too, Jackie. I have great fun writing dialogue with my heroines and letting them get the upper hand with my heroes when called for. 🙂

    • Smart and sassy makes for some snappy dialogue! Thanks for stopping by, Jackie!

  15. If I could pick any characteristics I would be a heroine who was smart, brave, incredibly strong and optimistic.

    • Oh, you mean me.
      You know, Maureen, I like that optimistic part. In the face of danger that would probably drive a hero nuts. Great conflict!
      Thanks for commenting today!

    • Maureen, I bet you already are all of those things! I, too, love the optimistic element. Now that’s a T-shirt slogan for sure. 🙂

  16. Thanks for joining us today, Misty! I love writing about women who feel real and ordinary but get caught up in extraordinary situations and are forced to rise to the occasion. And I love romance heroes who know when to take charge and when to step back and let the heroine’s knowledge/expertise save the day.

    Your book sounds wonderful and has been added to the TBR pile!

    • Rachel, I enjoy reading about those types of heroines…probably because that’s the type I’d end up being. The gal next door who has to stop a terrorist or crime lord! Yep, rise the occasion, Misty, and put some of that fiction research to use!

      Thanks for having me here today!

  17. She HAS to be able to stand up for herself, and not be a wilting flower in difficult circumstances.

  18. Right on, Olivia, seems to be today’s theme! Thanks for visiting!

  19. Oh Misty, thank you so much for writing such an interesting blog AND being flexible when I posted it TODAY on your wedding anniversary, not tomorrow. (Head slap!)

    I hope you have a fabulous evening with Hubby, and please check in with us tomorrow, we might have our ‘regular readers’ who are expecting a Tues post.

    Happy Anniversary!

  20. For me a heroine must have brains, beauty, compassion and a great girlfriend. She must be strong in character and be willing to after what she wants and is not afraid to voice her opinions and desires.

    • Evejeann, that’s the recipe for a great heroine! We all need to be more like that, and have that type of friend in our tribe!

  21. Man, I aspire to be that kind of heroine, evejeann! Thank you for stopping by.

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