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DO ALL HEROINES HAVE TO BE BLONDE? by VALERIE MASSEY GOREE
Tuesday, June 13, 2023 by Patti Shene

FEATURED BOOK:  Every Hidden Thing

AUTHOR:  Valerie Massey Goree

PUBLISHER:  Winged Publications

GENRE:  Romantic Suspense

SERIES OR STAND ALONE:  Stand alone

TARGET AGE:  25 +

 

 

 

IT IS MY PLEASURE TO WELCOME AUTHOR VALERIE MASSEY GOREE TO PATTI’S PORCH. VALERIE SHARES HOW SHE APPEALS TO THE NEEDS OF HER READERS THROUGH CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT.

 

 

 

VALERIE IS OFFERING A GIVEAWAY! SIMPLY LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW TO ENTER THE DRAWING FOR WINNER’S CHOICE OF A PRINT OR EBOOK COPY OF EVERY HIDDEN THING.

 

 

 

DO ALL HEROINES HAVE TO BE BLONDE?

 

 

 

by

 

 

 

Valerie Massey Gromoree

 

 

 

Way back when I first started reading romantic suspense novels, the heroines were usually blonde, blue-eyed, petite, and gorgeous, and the heroes were tall, dark, and handsome. And wealthy. A recipe for heart-pounding romance, no doubt.

 

 

 

Years later, I had a memorable conversation with an Hispanic friend in a local Christian bookstore in San Antonio. I’d found the novel I wanted, but she kept searching. She’d pick up a book, examine the cover then place it back on the shelf without even reading the back cover blurb.

 

 

 

“Can’t you find one you’d like?” I asked.

 

 

 

“No. I read a lot, but just once I’d like the heroine to look like me.”

 

 

 

I began my writing journey in my 40’s, rather late in life, but my friend’s comment remained etched in my mind. When I created my characters, I wanted my H & H to be more realistic, to reflect the different ethnicities or cultures of the region when the story was set. True, some characters are beautiful or have rugged good looks, but many are non-stereotypical. Several of my main characters are people of color.

 

 

 

During the planning stages of writing Every Hidden Thing, I knew I wanted Jo, my heroine, to be different. Not just to create a character who didn’t fit the model, but because her outward appearance affected her personality, and thus created friction between her and her mother. This angst forms a major plot thread.

 

 

 

Jo is nearly six feet tall, redheaded, freckled, and not movie-star beautiful. For the most part, she has come to terms with her outward appearance, but she has to tolerate her mother’s constant criticism. Jo makes a comment that “she is a child of God, unique in many ways,” and decides not to change to appease her mother.

 

 

 

Being a unique child of God is one of the takeaways in the story.

 

 

 

Few of us female readers are petite blondes, or fall in love with a tall, dark, and handsome guy, but whatever our physical appearances, we are children of God, cherished by the Father who made us. Wouldn’t the world be a boring place if we all looked alike?

 

 

 

I was still writing this novel when I moved to a new apartment. My neighbor is interested in my day-to-day life working on my next book and she’s curious about my characters. As I state in the Dear Reader letter at the back of the book, my neighbor, now in her eighties, silver-haired, and stooped, was a redhead most of her life and close to six feet tall. When I described my heroine to her, she was tickled that someone actually wrote about a woman who resembled her.

 

 

 

Author Dorothy Parker added her own spin to a popular idiom. “Beauty is only skin deep, but ugly goes clean to the bone.” How true. We can spend thousands of dollars trying to change our outward characteristics, but if our thoughts and actions are “ugly”, we’ve wasted our time. Jo reaches this same conclusion—we might not be in control of what we look like on the outside, but we can definitely change our inner attributes.

 

 

 

In conjunction with accepting herself, Jo has to learn how to forgive her mother. Flynn, my not-so-tall or dark hero, has his own issues to overcome, but he helps Jo in her quest. Forgiveness might be one of the hardest acts we have to accomplish in the real life Christian walk.

 

 

 

About Every Hidden Thing:

While documenting needed repairs on a mansion, Jo makes a discovery that endangers her life. To complicate her plight, she uncovers a secret that could rip her family apart. Flynn, a co-worker, strives to keep her safe, however, a relationship from his past comes crashing back into his life and interferes in his efforts.

Jo and Flynn are both scarred—one emotionally, one physically. As they work together and learn to trust each other, they find their perilous circumstances are intertwined, and culminate when a young man’s life is threatened.

Will they unravel the strands of intrigue in time to rescue the victim? Can they overcome their fear of commitment and foster their growing attraction for each other?

 

 

Purchase link:  https://tinyurl.com/msup8yt

 

 

DON’T FORGET TO LEAVE A COMMENT TO BE PLACED IN THE DRAWING TO WIN A PRINT OR EBOOK COPY OF EVERY HIDDEN THING BETWEEN NOW AND FRIDAY, JUNE 23RD AT MIDNIGHT MT. (U.S. residents only eligible for print copy).

BY LEAVING A COMMENT, YOU GRANT PERMISSION FOR YOUR EMAIL TO BE REVEALED TO THE AUTHOR IF YOU ARE THE WINNER TO FACILITATE RECEIPT OF YOUR BOOK.

 

 

 

American Christian Fiction Writers Genesis Award winner Valerie Massey Goree resides in the beautiful Texas Hill Country, northwest of San Antonio.

After serving as missionaries in her home country of Zimbabwe and raising two children, Valerie and her husband, Glenn, a native Texan, moved to Texas. She worked in the public school system for many years, focusing on students with special needs. Now retired, Valerie spends her time writing, traveling, spoiling her grandchildren, and learning to live as a widow.

Valerie loves to hear from her readers.

Check Valerie’s website to learn more about her romantic suspense novels and Glenn’s non-fiction books: www.valeriegoreeauthor.com

 

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Comments

virginie caruso From texas At 7/13/2023 3:49:38 PM

I am so delighted that many years ago you stayed with us and because of Facebook I get to follow your amazing career.

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Virginie. Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment for Valerie. It is always a blessing to see our writing friends achieve success.

Becky Van Vleet From Colorado At 6/15/2023 8:03:44 PM

Valerie, thank you for sharing your thoughts in this area of heroes and heroines. Great perspective. I wish you the best with your writing endeavors!

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Becky. Thank you for stopping by and joining the conversation.

Lanell Borrelli From Bremerton, WA At 6/14/2023 3:31:43 PM

Just another praise for Valerie: She is a fellow Christian, so I know her character. Her story lines are based on her values, and there will never be naughty, steamy, embarrassing scenes in her books. I have a few favorite authors whose books I collect. Valerie's section is growing on my bookshelf.

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Lanell. Thank you so much for stopping by and sharing your knowledge of Valerie and her books.

Natalya Lakhno From California At 6/14/2023 1:28:24 PM

This is great when you can relate to the characters! I think lately I see more diverse characters in the stories.

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Natalya. I agree that this is becoming more apparent. I think it is a great trend that allows a diversity of readers to identify with characters. Thank you for adding to the discussion.

Sherry Shindelar From Minnesota At 6/14/2023 10:03:44 AM

I love the idea of making our characters more colorful and diverse and less perfect:) I also enjoyed the Dorothy Parker quote.

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Sherry. Thank you for stopping by and joining in the discussion.

Judy Castanhy From Richardson TX At 6/14/2023 9:42:01 AM

I'm a minority so I appreciate that our heroines are not stereotype! I love how the suspense is woven into the romance, that makes for excellent reading. Best of Luck and God Bless.

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Judy. Thank you for stopping by and contributing to the conversation.

Diana Hardt From California At 6/14/2023 8:23:47 AM

It was an interesting post. It sounds like a really interesting book. Thank you for sharing.

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Diana! Thank you for visiting and letting us know you were here.

Lanell Borrelli From Bremerton, WA At 6/14/2023 1:28:20 AM

I personally know Valerie from when she and her husband lived in Washington. She's a wonderful person and I love her books. They are my kind of books--nail-biting mysteries that make me want to read the whole book without putting it down. I can hardly wait to read her newest book.

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Lanell. Thank you for stopping by today and sharing about this wonderful author and her amazing books! I do not know Valerie personally, so it's nice to hear from someone who does.

Laurel Whitney From NH USA At 6/13/2023 2:12:07 PM

I’d like to think that we’ve come far from the early days of the swooning heroine and the dashing man who must save her. But, yah, there’s even more ground to cross.

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Laurel. Thank you for stopping by and joining the conversation. I enjoyed Valerie's thoughts on this.

Lual Krautter From MT At 6/13/2023 1:58:58 PM

Would love to win a print copy! Sounds like an intriguing book! Thanks for an opportunity to enter this wonderful giveaway! God bless!

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Lual. Thank you for stopping by and letting us know you are interested in Every HIdden Thing. You are entered in the drawing.

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