Friday, September 13, 2013

Blog Tour: Guest Post Dark Remnants

Hello Wonderful Readers!

A big thank you to Sharrice for having me here! Let’s chat about heroines.

In my new crime drama novel, Dark Remnants, my heroine and main character, Kyra Roberts, is smart, feisty, and ridiculously brave. I’ve already received rave reviews about her.

“She was fascinating to no end, her confidence and courage literally stopped my heart at some points. It’s so rare to come across a female lead with some much guts, and drive…” (Reeka Boland, Bound by Words) (Link to:

“She’s smart, resourceful, and gritty. She’s got steel in her spine. This is the woman that I think we need to see more of in fiction…” (Rebecca Alora, Vicariously!)  (Link to:

Kyra takes to the streets of one of the most dangerous cities in the world--thing Watts, CA-- to search for someone who’s disappeared from her life. She’s donned a disguise so she’ll fit in with the people who walk those same streets, but she still has to be careful. Abstreuse City is a dangerous place and there’s a reason so many people who live this kind of high risk lifestyle simply disappear each year.

Kyra will go up against gangsters, drug-runners, pimps, and perhaps even a serial killer prowling the streets of her district, in order to find the person she seeks.

What sets her so completely apart is that, while she looks like a junkie, smells like a junkie, and even acts like a junkie, she’s really not one. She’s smart, together, and absorbs every detail she observes. She’s in a unique position to help, rather than hinder the police, so long as they don’t keep her from her search, and she can observe things firsthand that even the officers that patrol district can’t.

Her heart is good enough and her search compelling enough, that you can’t help but root for her. She’s up against things most of us couldn’t imagine having to deal with. Yet, she does it all with a nonchalant, this-is-what-I-have-to-do-and-it-will-be-hard-but-that-doesn’t-change-the-fact-that-I’m-going-to-do-it attitude.

Here are some tips for writing a great heroine:

1) Give her admirable qualities, be it courage, beauty, perseverance, honesty, or something else. Make your readers love her. No one likes a whiny heroine.

2) Make her human. She should have some flaws. More than that, I think she should have some secrets; some personal demons only hinted at in the beginning, but which are revealed as the story progresses.

3) Put her up against nearly impossible obstacles. Not impossible. She has to be able to overcome them at some point. But make her work for it. It will have your readers rooting for her.

If these three elements are present, the heroine will always be loveable. Examine any of your favorite female characters and tell me, do they have these three qualities?

Dark Remnants is available now on Amazon (Link to: and Smashwords (Link to: for $0.99. If you like dark locales, murder mysteries, hot detectives, and ridiculously brave heroines, it might just be something you’d enjoy. Happy reading, Everyone! And may all our heroines, now and forever, continue to kick evil squarely in the butt! 

About Leisel K. Hill
Her scifi, fantasy and dystopian are written under Liesel K. Hill and her crime drama and historical fiction are written under L.K. Hill. She lives in northern Utah and comes from a large, tight-knit family. Loves to bake, read, and watch plenty of T.V. And plans to keep writing until they nail her coffin shut. Or the Second Coming happens. You know, whichever happens first. ;D

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  1. No one wants a whiny heroine!

    Kyra is really risking a lot in your story.

  2. I think it is interesting that you included beauty in your list of admirable qualities. Do you think humans are hardwired to appreciate beauty and therefore are driven to trust it and want to protect it? Could be an interesting debate wrapped inside a novel.


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