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Tuesday, January 22, 2013


Thank you, Niina, for hosting me today.  I’m thrilled to be here.  And a loud and rowdy, “Hey, Y’all from Austin, Texas” goes out to your readers.  ( If you’re wondering if people from Austin really are that friendly, the answer is unequivocally YES.  Especially if you greet us with a beer or margarita. )

The topic of my blog is Damsels in Distress in romance.

I don’t know about you, but the first thing that comes to my when I think of damsels in distress is Snidley Wiplash twirling his waxed mustache after tying the damsel to train tracks then whisking off to cause more grief or buy more black clothing.  Who knows?  Then, coming to save the day is our hero on his white charger .  He’s tall, fit and handsome, and wears a uniform well.  He cuts the rope binding our heroine to the tracks and pulls her up within seconds of certain death.  The train rushes by causing the damsel’s hair to blow about her and the hero as he crushes her to his chest for a long, sensuous kiss.

Does that ring any bells?

I’ll be the first to admit that there is a bit of this kind of plotting that goes on in romance today.  Heck, the book I’m working on entitled Leaving John Wayne has a heroine who is in a bit of a bad situation.  She’s wrecked her car after a deer jumps out of nowhere ( like deer do – damned deer! ), it’s the middle of the night, and oh ya, the collection of adult toys she’s just bought and put into her convertible are scattered all over the road.  But in my story this situation is nothing but pure comedy gold.  Not the drama one typically reads when the damsel is in distress.

There are plots for every situation and occasion, damsels needing a bit of saving being one of them.  But for the most part, I prefer my heroines to be strong, independent types who might end up saving the hero in distress.  I’d love to write a story about a Navy SEAL who gets into some kind of “man” jam and needs a heroine to save his butt.  Of course there would be lots of great sex – we are dealing with a hunky Navy SEAL after all!

In my book, When A Lady Meets A King, there is a damsel.  She’s a titled lady from England who decides to sneak off to San Antonio, Texas to fulfill a fantasy of a one night stand with a real American cowboy ( which is just as good as a Navy SEAL in my book. )  The reader doesn't realize she’s a damsel in distress – nor does the heroine – until some intrigue starts to rear its mysterious head.  Luckily the bigger than life, sexy cowboy is there to save the day…or is he?

Here’s a little more about my book, When A Lady Meets a King.  I hope you enjoy it.  And please feel free to visit me any time at my website and blog. and

Thank you and happy reading.

Ciao – Brenna Zinn

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