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Guest Author: Karen Mahoney (Guest Post & Giveaway)

My guest today is author Karen Mahoney.  The first book in her debut urban fantasy The Iron Witch series, The Iron Witch, recently hit bookshelves on January 25, 2011.  Please join me in welcoming Karen here today to Dark Faerie Tales.  You can read the first two chapters of the book here.

One lucky commenter will have a chance to win a copy of The Iron Witch.  As always, details are listed at the end of the post.

Author Bio:

Karen Mahoney is the author of The Iron Witch, the first book in a trilogy that continues in 2012 withThe Wood Queen. She has also published stories about a kick-ass teen vampire called Moth in The Eternal Kiss and Kiss Me Deadly. Karen is British and currently lives near London with way too many books, though she dreams of one day living in Boston. She doesn’t mind if you call her Kaz.

Welcome Karen!

Girls Can Be Awesome, Too!

by Karen Mahoney

There are many, many awesome boy characters in YA urban fantasy; it’s absolutely true. Who am I to deny having my very own inappropriate crushes on some of them, especially considering my Advanced Years and how most of those boys could actually be my children. (If it was even possible for me to be the mother of a fictional character. Um… I know that’s weird, but I hope you see what I mean re. the age thing. *g*)

I feel old now. ;)

When I set out to write The Iron Witch, I knew there would be two awesome guys in it – and not in a Love Triangle of Doom way, either. (Not that there’s anything wrong with love triangles; done well, they can be very cool.) But… and here’s the point of my post: I really wanted to make sure that my main character was a totally awesome girl. Because as much fun as it is to pick ‘Teams’ with regard to the hot guys of YA fantasy, sometimes I feel like the girls get a bit left out.

Buffy – still my favorite kick-ass girl

Donna Underwood, the protagonist of The Iron Witch, has a lot to deal with in the space of 300 pages. Not only does she belong to a secret society of alchemists who are keeping secrets from her about her own life, she also has to hide the iron tattoos that cover her hands and arms and give her super-strength – strength that she often finds difficult to control. She’s strong; physically strong, yes, but also mentally and emotionally stronger than even she realizes. However, she’s also vulnerable and filled with uncertainty because her whole life has been about hiding and secrets.

When her ordinary best friend, Navin Sharma, gets abducted by the dark elves, it’s up to Donna to save him. (And Nav being ‘ordinary’ is one of the things Donna loves most about him, because her life is so crazy and confusing at times.) That’s the part I most enjoyed writing. Sure, I also loved writing the scenes where Donna meets Xan (the hot half-fey Older Guy), and their relationship starts to develop; and I really enjoyed writing the stuff that involves running and fighting and figuring things out.

But really, the thing I loved the most was writing a kick-ass girl character who gets to rescue the boy. :)

About the Book:

Freak. That’s what her classmates call seventeen-year-old Donna Underwood. When she was seven, a horrific fey attack killed her father and drove her mother mad. Donna’s own nearly fatal injuries from the assault were fixed by magic—the iron tattoos branding her hands and arms. The child of alchemists, Donna feels cursed by the magical heritage that destroyed her parents and any chance she had for a normal life. The only thing that keeps her sane and grounded is her relationship with her best friend, Navin Sharma.

When the darkest outcasts of Faerie—the vicious wood elves—abduct Navin, Donna finally has to accept her role in the centuries old war between the humans and the fey. Assisted by Xan, a gorgeous half-fey dropout with secrets of his own, Donna races to save her friend—even if it means betraying everything her parents and the alchemist community fought to the death to protect.

You can visit Karen around the web here: Website | Blog | Twitter

GIVEAWAY GUIDELINES:

One lucky commenter will have a chance to win a copy of The Iron Witch.

To enter, leave a comment below answering the following question:

Who is your favorite female kick-ass character and why?

1. +1 entry for answering the question (required).

2. +2 entries for becoming a follower of this blog and Dark Faerie Tales on Twitter.

3. +3 entries for tweeting about this contest, blogging about it, linking via your sidebar etc…(please tell me where!).

4. Giveaway is open to U.S. and Canada residents only.

5. Please include your email address in your comment.

6. Giveaway ends Tuesday, February 22nd at 11:59 PM EST.

7. The winner will be picked with the help of Random.org.


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84 Responses to “Guest Author: Karen Mahoney (Guest Post & Giveaway)

  1. JenMNo Gravatar
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    I love that we have so many awesome female characters to choose from, but my favorite of all time will always be Buffy. She was just so real. She loved her family and friends (and Angel and Spike) with all her heart. She never held back and she never flinched from doing what had to be done, even when she knew she might end up dead. She’s such a great role model.

    jen at delux dot com
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  2. Stacy MaynardNo Gravatar
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    Who is your favorite female kick-ass character and why?

    1. +1 My fave is Gin Blanco from Jennifer Esteps Elemental Assassin series. She is bad-a$$ and I love how her friends stick by her.

    2. +2 follower of both

    3. +3 tweeted http://twitter.com/#!/StacyMaynard/status/35326357634285569

    Chllybrd(at)gmail(com)

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  3. Maria SmithNo Gravatar
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    My favorite kick-ass heroin that comes to mind right now is Cat from the Night Huntress series…that is probably because the next book is about to come out!

    I am a follower of both blogs!
    Thank you! moc.liamgnull@htimsfamm

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  4. LynnetteNo Gravatar
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    +1…..My favourite kick ass female character would have to be Mercy Thompson by Patricia Briggs. I love strong female characters.
    +2…….I am a follower.
    lynnflagler(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  5. Lisa M831No Gravatar
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    +1 Anita Blake – I love everything about her charcter. She is funny and what a life!
    +2 I am a follower
    ten.retrahcnull@skoobfodlrowsasil

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  6. Bookish in a BoxNo Gravatar
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    +1 Rose from the Vampire Academy novels. She’s hardcore, self-sufficient and a great friend.

    +2 Blog follower and Twitter follower @bookishinabox

    +3 Link: http://bookishinabox.blogspot.com/2011/02/giveaways-week-of-26.html

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  7. PamkNo Gravatar
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    Who is your favorite female kick-ass character and why? I like Sarah from Shelley Laurenston’s Pack Challenge. She’s very kick ass and take care of herself. I also like Brianna From Judy Mays Alien series. She tough but smart and stands up for herself.
    1. +1 entry for answering the question
    2. +2 entries for becoming a follower of this blog and Dark Faerie Tales on Twitter.
    3. +3 entries for tweeting about this contest
    http://twitter.com/#!/Pamk258/status/35523478572507136

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  8. donnasNo Gravatar
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    Cat in the Night Huntress series. She is just an all around great character. Shes tough and harsh and funny and really cares about those close to her.

    +1 comment
    +2 follower of both
    +3 tweet – http://twitter.com/#!/DonnaS1/status/35530450382364672

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

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  9. heatwave16No Gravatar
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    So many too pick from…Xena, Buffy, and WOnder Woman. They all rock…so it has to be a tie. :)

    +1 comment
    +2 – follow both

    heatwave96(at)hotmail.com

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  10. SyshaNo Gravatar
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    +1 My favorite female kick-ass character is Alanna from Tamora Pierce’s Song of the Lioness series. She’s a short girl who ends up becoming an awesome knight! Need I say more? :P

    +2 I’m a GFC follower

    rain_orchid11 (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  11. MissieNo Gravatar
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    My heart has belonged to Buffy forever it seems. She has definitely been influential in all types of mediums when it comes to kick ass chicks.

    As far as book characters, I’d have to say Riley Jenson and Cat. They are hot, they know it, and they don’t apologize for it.

    Awesome post!

    I’m a blog follower.

    missie at theunreadreader.com

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  12. Heather McCorkleNo Gravatar
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    Buffy is and always will be my favorite kick-ass female character because she was the first great one I came across. Excellent interview with an excellent lady! I bow out of the contest though because there is a copy of The Iron Witch already sitting on my shelf waiting to be read.

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  13. A RickNo Gravatar
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    Hmm my favorite kick ass character? Well I love Buffy of course, but I also love Rose from Vampire Academy. Rose is pretty kick ass just like Buffy, killing vampires & whatnot!

    +1 answer question
    +2 follower on GFC (A Rick) & on Twitter @arick01
    +3 tweeted about contest (http://twitter.com/#!/arick01/status/35776577644011520)

    Total= 6

    Thanks for the great giveaway, can’t wait to read the book!
    danceislove27(at)gmail(dot)com

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  14. Sarah S.No Gravatar
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    My favorite female kick-ass character is Riley from The Demon Trappers Daughter by Jana Oliver because she is the only female in the all guy world of Demon Trapping, although she seems to get into a lot of trouble, she is tough.
    +1 answer question
    +2 follower GFC & Twitter
    +3 tweeted:
    http://twitter.com/#!/Sarah__Sally
    +3 blogged:
    http://wondrousreadings.blogspot.com/

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    Thanks for the chance to win it, I can’t wait to read it, it sounds great!
    moc.oohaynull@09las_haras

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  15. HarleyNo Gravatar
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    My favorite kick-ass female character has to be definitely Katniss from The Hunger Games.
    +1 answer question
    +2 follower GFC & Twitter
    http://twitter.com/#!/StarletReviews

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    i hope i win :D

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  16. Gaby PNo Gravatar
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    My favorite Kickass girl has got to be Buffy. She is strong woman who follows her own rules. I also like Mercy Thompson from Patricia Briggs books. She is also a great character that shows she can be independent and strong and can play with the big boys!

    +1 question
    +2 follower of both

    =3
    thanks for the opportunity for discovering and reading new books/authors :)

    ude.uimat.ytsudnull@11zerepg

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  17. Lauren89No Gravatar
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    My favorite female kickass character is Yelena in the poison study by: Maria V. Snyder she’s a royal food taster and she can literally kick some butt!

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  18. Lauren89No Gravatar
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    I posted this a couple minutes ago but forgot to include my email. My favorite female kickass character is Yelena in the poison study by: Maria V. Snyder she’s a royal food taster and she can literally kick some butt!

    moc.liamtohnull@snnamtl

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  19. KatNo Gravatar
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    It’s hard for anyone to compare with Buffy, but I really love Isabelle Lightwood form the Mortal Instruments series. She’s strong, deadly with a whip and covered in runes, and undeniably sexy.

    Thanks for the chance to win– I’m a follower of Dark Faerie Tales and I answered the question, so that’s 3 entries.

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  20. AikNo Gravatar
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    +1 My favourite kick-ass heroine is Riley Poe from Afterlight by Elle Jasper. She’s a tattoo artist who’s sexy and matured.

    +2 entries for becoming a follower of this blog and Dark Faerie Tales on Twitter.

    +3 entries for tweeting about this contest
    http://twitter.com/aikchien/status/36343680654647297

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  21. Meredith MillerNo Gravatar
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    I’ve always thought Sookie was pretty kickass for a small town gal who one day found out there are things other than humans roaming this earth!

    meredithfl at gmail dot com
    +2 twitter follower @tessaa99

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  22. A'linaNo Gravatar
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    My favorite kickass herione is Mira from Jocelynn Drake’s Dark Days series. Mira is AWESOME! She’s tough, she does what needs to be done but she also has a soft heart for those she cares about. Oh and did I mention she’s a vamp who has the ability to create fire? She’s all kinds of kickass.

    +1 answered question
    +2 follower
    Total = 3

    linaramz at yahoo dot com

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  23. KasumiNo Gravatar
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    Go, Buffy, go! :D

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  24. Kelsey P.No Gravatar
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    +1 I absolutely love Alisa from the Thirst series by Christopher Pike. She is such a kick ass vampire!
    +2 GFC – Kelsey Perkins / Twitter – @kelperkins6
    +3 http://mobile.twitter.com/kelperkins6

    kelperkins6 (at) aol (dot) com

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  25. CrystalNo Gravatar
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    I have to go with Cat from the Night Huntress series. She kicks butt then asks questions later, LoL “Lucifer’s bouncing balls, Kitten, not again!”

    GFC & Twitter Follower
    moc.liamgnull@01seniwehtneewtebgnidaer

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  26. OrchidNo Gravatar
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    That is one tough question. I’m torn bewteen Katsa from Graceling and Harry from The Blue Sword.

    GFC and Twitter follower (Orchid/HauntedOrchid)

    Orchid
    hauntingorchid(at) aol (dot) com

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  27. Jennelle SNo Gravatar
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    My favorite kick-ass female character is hands down Buffy. I loved the quirkyness of the show and the character.
    I follow on GFC as sablelexi and twitter as @sablelexi.

    jlynettes @ hotmail . com

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  28. KaityNo Gravatar
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    Ohhh, it’s a tie between Mercy Thompson and Kate Daniels for me. I love how caring, witty and tough Mercy is but Kate’s sarcastic, clever self recently won me over. One of my favorite aspects of both of them is their need to fight for their friends/family.

    +2 I’m a GFC follower (Kaity Gatchell) and a twitter follower (bittenbooks)

    bittenbooks at gmail dot com

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  29. latisha depoortereNo Gravatar
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    My favorite has to be Rose from Vampire Academy I love her she can kick butt! She is very strong very big smartass :)
    Great giveaway thank you!
    +2 GFC and Twitter follower/latishajean
    +1 comment
    +3 Tweeted
    http://twitter.com/#!/latishajean/status/38297300417646592
    tishajean@ charter.net

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  30. EmNo Gravatar
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    My favorite kick ass femal character is Rose from the Vampire Academy, she’s just so strong and so devoted to those she cares about
    +1: comment
    +2 Follow blog and twitter (twitter.com/emdelorme)
    +3 tweeted about this contest!

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  31. Theresa MNo Gravatar
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    My favorite female kick ass character is Katniss Everdeen. She’s smart and can use a bow and arrow, which is pretty cool. She had to suffer through so much and I loved what she did at the end of Mockingjay.

    +2 follow blog & twitter (@theresa_9)
    +3 tweet: http://twitter.com/Theresa_9/status/38769829020311552

    moc.liamgnull@4589asereht

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  32. KarinaNo Gravatar
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    My favorite female kick-butt character is Elizabeth Bennet from Pride and Prejudice.
    +1 for answer
    +2 i follow on both
    kalopez471 at gmail dot com

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  33. KarinaNo Gravatar
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    oh and it’s because she is strong and doesn’t let anything phase her

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  34. AmandaNo Gravatar
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    I have a couple of kick-ass female characters that i love the first one is Raisa ana’Marianna in the Seven Realms series she is strong in fighting for her kingdom even when it means leaving so that she can survive to reclaim what it hers for her people and the people in the realms around hers. The other is Mercy Thompson she is a super kick-ass character that because of what she is ends up saving so many different men fae, werewolves, and anyone else you can think of. I can’t wait to read The Iron Witch!! ten.ttanull@htyms.adnama

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