I have this friend, she is an Indie author and right now she is sitting on the couch recovering from surgery in either pink or lavender pajamas sporting a cartoon cat or something pretty and girly and beginning a new life. I have talked about and posted about and shared Natasha Troop who is the author of Lakebridge: Spring and Lakebridge: Summer. So in honor of her, her recovery and the fact that both of us are girly girls who LOVE our horror, I am offering up the books in this Indie Author Giveaway Hop!
I met my Natasha via the internet, in fact I met her because she wanted me to read her books and review them. It took me forever, she even enticed me with special Woobie’s cookies. She teased me with being a HUGE Lovecraft fan and having worked for Chaosium as the Call of Cthulhu pimp at Cons, she teaches English and Theatre, she is dramatic and festive…OH heck she and I have a lot of many great things in common. I finished the first book last week and am still whirling with excitement. I have featured my friend here on the website, in fact she inspired my new author series officially beginning this Friday! Her fourth-wall breaking interview can be read HERE. (go read it, it ROCKS and features original artwork too!)
I saw the colors of the blog hop button and immediately knew I had to giveaway these great books, I must indoctrinate ALL into the Lakebridge .. I mean the story! And since it was pink, I decided to focus on something silly like girls in horror stories. Yes how completely politically incorrect and un-empowering etc…etc… blah blah blah.. oh go put your jean jacket back on and know the secret pink sparkly strawberry lip gloss in the right side pocket is no longer a secret!!
I am not a complete idjit. I am aware horror is not gender specific. But gender plays a huge part in the literary conventions within the construction and genre of horror, especially giry girls. Urban Fantasy has changed the role a bit, but horror, especially classic tales, girls tend to be the screamers who get rescued or killed off or the tomboys who do the rescuing. Let’s face it, whether your the screamer or the girl who swings first, there is a certain appeal to the role of a woman in a horror tale. Plus let us not forget one of the most influential pieces in the history of the genre which gave us one of the most mistakenly referenced monsters was written by a woman! Do you know the book which I speak of, and what was the monsters name again? (he he he why YES I AM evil).
What female character and from what book is your favorite? Why?
I do not have a favorite honestly But I always have had a love/hate relationship with Mina Harker from Bram Stokers Dracula for a classic, from in the middle of the road it would be Frannie from The Stand by Stephen King (NOT the Molly Ringwald character but how King meant her to be in his epic tale), and my latest is Wendy from The Infection by Craig DeLouis (Wendy was a cop BEFORE “they fell” and is one in a group of survivors in a zombie-esque style horror which gave me nightmares for days, review coming soon) WHY? Because Mina was ahead of the game for me. Oh I have a long paper written about her, but I liked how fast she typed! Frannie because she was insightful and I could relate to her. I was her personal cheerleader throughout the whole book. Wendy? Because she came out ahead of it all, despite being a woman in a man’s world and a woman survivor in a world that became run by idiots!
I am reviewing Spring this week (fingers crossed I get it up) and AGAIN the first 2 books of The Lakbridge Cycle are the prizes for The Indie Author Hop!! The giveaway is all Indie and the blogs participating (SEE BELOW) have tons of great giveaways from Indie Authors so hop on over and enter for a chance to widen your Indie Author world!.
- Author Interview with Natasha Troop author of LakeBridge Spring (bunnysreview.com)
- Sometimes a Bridge is NOT just a Bridge (cabingoddess.com)
- Interview with Author Natasha Troop (thrillersrocktwitter.blogspot.com)
- From Arizona to Vermont – Presenting Natasha Troop (cabingoddess.com)
- Indie Author Giveaway Hop (fictionfascination.blogspot.com)