Monday, July 29, 2013

J. Kenner - Fabulous Men, Strong Women, and Really Hot Sex

One of the best things about writing the Stark Trilogy has been spending time with the characters.  The allure of spending time with Damien goes without saying (I mean, duh, right??) but it’s equally awesome to spend time with Nikki because she’s such a fascinating woman (to me as an author, to Damien, and I hope to readers).

The thing about Nikki is that she’s strong ... and yet she has weaknesses and softness.  She knows what she wants in life—and even though her past often haunts her, and even though she has to fight to keep from cutting when things become emotionally difficult—she still finds the strength to go after her goals.  At the same time, however, she has a decidedly feminine side.  She’s not submissive (either in the traditional or the BDSM sense of the word) and yet she will submit—will give herself completely--to a man she both wants and trusts.  A man, of course, like Damien.

The neat thing is that it’s that combination of soft and hard, control and submissive, determination and softness, yin and yang (whatever you want to call it) that helps make the relationship between Damien and Nikki so incredibly sensual.  Yes, she can submit sexually to Damien, but she can also take control – and since he’s a man willing to let her do that, it adds an extra layer of intimacy and emotional intensity to their sexual relationship.

Nikki is one of my favorite heroines, and I suppose that’s no surprise.  I tend to migrate toward heroines with dual sides.  My own Kate Connor, demon-hunting soccer mom who first appeared in Carpe Demon: Adventures of a Demon-Hunting Soccer Mom, has hard edges juxtaposed against the softer mom/wife persona.  And my favorite heroine as a reader is Eve Dallas from the J.D. Robb In Death books, who is all kinds of hard, and yet she’s also soft and giving. 

It’s those layers that make characters sing for me – and I hope that Nikki (and Damien!) sing for you, too!

Who’s your favorite multi-layered heroine from a book or a movie?

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New York Times  and USA Today bestselling author J. Kenner (aka Julie Kenner) has published over forty novels, novellas and short stories in a variety of genres.  You can find out more about her at her website,, or connect with her through social media on Twitter ( or Facebook as Julie Kenner ( or as J. Kenner (

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Mary Preston said...

I don't know that I do have an absolute favorite. It's going to be interesting to see what others think too.

Alina P said...

I think my favorite is Elena from the Guild Hunter series.
I can't wait to start your series! I waited for the last book to be out and now I am impatient for it :)

Allison W said...

Kate Daniels by Ilona Andrews, who is tough but very sweet with Curran at the same time

Kristine *chaos* said...

I love Nikki and Damon. My favorite multi layered heroine would be Mac from the Fever Series by Karen Marie Moning the character finally grows up in the five book series.

Unknown said...

I also like Mac from the Fever series by Karen Marie Moning. As well, I've just started reading the 'Succubus' series by Richelle Mead, and Georgie is pretty kick-butt! Thanks for the giveaway. :-) Can't wait to read this latest installment, because Nikki and Damien are awesome!

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Maureen said...

Congratulations Julie on the new book! I am excited to see what happens next to Nikki and Damien. A favorite heroine of mine is Haven Travis from Blue-Eyed Devil. She survives domestic abuse but is able to find love again.
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Laurie G said...

Sydney from B.A.D. ATTITUDE by Sherrilyn Kenyon. Sydney's tough and independent. However when she meets stoic Josh Steele her womanly instincts kick in and she succumbs to love and all the associated caring emotions.

Leni said...

Audrey Hepburn in Funny Face is a character that was fun to watch as she transformed.

Chrisbails said...

I love Damian Stark. He is awesome and sexy and want him to be my book boyfriend. Loved the 1st & 2nd books so very much. I am dying for Complete Me to tie up the series for me. I am sure that I will want more though.
A complex character for me would have to be Arizona from A Perfect Storm by Lori Foster. She has survived a horrible past and is still a strong kick ass person.
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Eli Yanti said...

lucy from the drake chronicle by Alyxandra harvey