It is Friday! Yes! We have the tour for Fire in the Woods by Jennifer M. Eaton along with a guest post by the author and a giveaway. Have a great weekend!
Title: Fire in the Woods
Publication date: September 2014
Publisher: Month9Books, LLC.
Author: Jennifer M. Eaton
When a plane crashes in the woods near Jess’s home, the boy of her dreams falls out of the sky—literally. But David’s not here to find a girlfriend. He’s from another planet, and if Jess can’t help him get back to his ship, he’ll be stuck on Earth with nothing to look forward to but the pointy end of a dissection scalpel.
But her father runs their house like an army barracks, and with an alien on the loose, Major Dad isn’t too keen on the idea of Jess going anywhere. Ever. So how the heck is she supposed to help the sweetest, strangest, and cutest guy she’s ever met?
Hiding him in her room probably isn’t the best idea. Especially since her Dad is in charge of the squadron searching for David. That doesn’t mean she won’t do it. It just means she can’t get caught.
Helping David get home while protecting her heart—that’s gonna be the hard part. After all, she can’t really fall for a guy who’s not exactly from here.
As they race through the woods with Major Dad and most of the U.S. military one breath behind them, Jess and David grow closer than either of them anticipated. But all is not what it seems. David has a genocide-sized secret, and one betrayal later, they are both inhandcuffs as alien warships are positioning themselves around the globe. Time is ticking down to Armageddon, and Jess must think fast if she’s to save the boy she cares about without sacrificing Earth—and everyone on it.
Top 10 heroines/heroes of books/movies and what makes a hero?
Top Ten lists are always fun to do. I try not to do much research, when doing something like this. I’d rather just list out what comes to mind, because if I have to think about it too much, then the character is probably someone who didn’t really stay with me for one reason or another.
So here is my top ten list of heroes or heroines from books or movies:
Oskar Schindler from Schindler’s List: Schindler is a sentimental favorite because he really existed. Management training everywhere talks about serving your employees rather than having your employees serve them. Wow, did this guy take this to heart. Imagine really putting your life on the line in the shadow of a horrid, unfeeling totalitarian government in order to save as many lives as you could.
#10 Grue from Despicable Me: Everyone has a soft and mushy side, right? Grue is a “despicable” man, who is softened into hero status by a few orphan girls. Talk about turning a character around!
#9 Batman: I know there is a long list of comic-book characters that I could add to this list… but they all have super powers. Batman does not have super powers. He invents things, and builds his strength for the sole purpose of fighting evil. Yes, it is all in the name of vengeance, which could be seen as a bad thing, but no one makes Batman risk his life every night. You could also say he does so out of love for his parents, who were murdered right in front of him. Such a tragic character.
#8 Harry from True Lies: All right, I will admit I am an Arnold fan. He is a great action hero. Harry was my favorite of Arnold S’s characters. Here is a guy who is a mild-mannered husband by day, and a super-spy at night. I just loved his strength, and how he worked with his reluctant wife to save the day and beat the bad guys.
#7 Ripley from the movie Alien: Being a big sci-fi person, I can’t help but add Ripley. Talk about being on the wrong space ship at the wrong time. But boy did she fight for her right to live!
#6 Harry Potter: Harry Potter is the classic rags to riches story. For as long as he remembers, he has been pushed down and treated like pond-scum by the family that raised him… only to lift himself up and save the world. I like Harry Potter because he didn’t just up and save the world one day… it took a lot of books to get him there. He became a real hero over time, and we learned to love him through his challenges.
#5 Catniss from Hunger Games: How brave is it to volunteer to most-likely be murdered just to save your little sister? Holy cow! I’m not sure I could do it, and I love my sister very much. Talk about selfless!
#4 Bryan Mills from Taken: "I can tell you I don't have money... but what I do have are a very particular set of skills." It is really amusing, but my 13 year old son quoted this line the other day, but he has never seen the movie. I just love Bryan Mills. Could you imagine this being your Dad? He will do absolutely anything to save his daughter. You don’t want to get on this guy’s bad side!
#3 Helen from True Lies: “I married Rambo!” I just love Jamie Lee Curtis’s portrayal of Helen. She starts out being this meek woman, and ends up a super-spy. My favorite scene is when she drops the machine gun down the stairs and screams while the weapon takes out all the bad guys. Talk about a great reluctant heroine!? And when she ends up in the limousine at the end, and gives “that look” to the villain that she is driving with… boy was I ready for Helen to take that b*tch out!
#2 Mr. Incredible: Super heroes by definition are heroic. But Mr. Incredible, from The Incredibles truly shows heart. Even when forced into a day-job, he still tries to help to poor old lady even though he knows he might lose his job. And the way he slumps over, defeated, when he thinks his family is dead… HEART WRENCHING! My favorite line to his wife (paraphrased): “You keep trying to start a fight with me, but I’m just happy you’re still alive.”
#1 Charly Baltimore from A long Kiss Goodnight: "Life is pain. Get used to it!" When I thought of heroes, Charly was the first person who came to mind, although I must admit that I needed to look up the name of the movie and the name of her character. Here is a quiet, unassuming woman who suffers from amnesia and ends up being a super-assasin in her past life. Although she may have been bad at one time, Charly ends up good. And I just love that closing scene, where you see her settle back in to the life she is most comfortable with. Woa to any flies in that house!
So looking over this list, I suppose what I really look for in a hero is selflessness… being willing to risk your own life to save someone else, and stepping up to the plate when others cower in fear. A hero is someone believable, with faults, but who can overcome them in order to save the day.
What do you look for in a great hero?
ABOUT JENNIFER M. EATON:
Corporate Team Leader by day, and Ranting Writer by night. Jennifer M. Eaton calls the East Coast of the USA home, where she lives with her husband, three energetic boys, and a pepped up poodle.
Jennifer hosts an informational blog “A Reference of Writing Rants for Writers (or Learn from My Mistakes)” aimed at helping all writers bethe best they can be.
Beyond writing and motivating others, she also enjoys teaching her dog to jump through hoops—literally.
Jennifer’s perfect day includes long hikes in the woods, bicycling, swimming, snorkeling, and snuggling up by the fire with a great book; but her greatest joy is using her over-active imagination constructively… creating new worlds for everyone to enjoy.
Winner will be drawn October 25, 2014
· Five (5) winners will receive a digital copy of Fire in the Woods by Jennifer M. Eaton (INT)