September 7

Read Romance, Be Subversive

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By Avery Flynn

I have a new favorite quote:

“Romances are, in fact, subversive literature: They encourage women to be dissatisfied with
inequality, and to set higher expectations for themselves, and they show them ways to achieve
those expectations, largely by taming men and, in a way, usurping their power. Romances are
arguably the only art form of any kind that portrays women as equal partners with men.” -David
Pollard

Fight the patriarchy, indeed.

I believe in writing heroines who have agency. Agency is the capacity, condition, or state of
acting or of exerting power and it's what every heroine needs to have. She is not just meekly
letting the world have it's wicked way with her, the true romance heroine finds a way to control
her destiny. Face it, the romance heroine is a badass.

They don’t just sit back and wait for the world to come to them, they go out and do what needs to
be done. Let’s face it ladies, isn’t that what we find ourselves doing every day in the real world?
Sure we may not be tracking down a buried treasure and going toe-to-toe with a Vegas loan
shark like Josie Winarsky in my latest release Passion Creek, but we always find a way to get it
done.

So who are some of your favorite badass romance heroines?

Passion Creek by Avery Flynn

Uptight history professor Sam Layton may have the abs of a movie action hero, but he stopped believing in the joy of adventure a long time ago. However, when a one-night stand with a tattooed bombshell leads to a treasure map for the long-buried Rebecca’s Bounty, the call to action is too strong to ignore.

All Las Vegas cocktail waitress Josie Winarsky wants to do is paint. But when she lands smack dab in the middle in a mob plot, she has to push aside her dreams to find a treasure in Dry Creek, Nebraska and save her family from harm. With Sam at her side and a Vegas loan shark on her tail, the treasure she finds turn out to be much more valuable than emeralds and rubies.

This book is intended for Adults 18+

Watch the book trailer at http://averyflynn.com/blog/passion-danger-treasure-caught-on-
video/

About Avery Flynn

Avery Flynn has three slightly-wild children, loves a hockey-addicted husband and is desperately
hoping someone invents the coffee IV drip. Evernight Publishing released the first two
books in her Layton Family series, Temptation Creek and Seduction Creek. The third book
in the series, Passion Creek, released on Aug. 31. Find out more about Avery on her blog
(www.averyflynn.com), follow her on Twitter (https://twitter.com/averyflynn), like her on
Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Avery-Flynn/177161972329973) or friend her on
Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/avery.flynn.7). Also, if you figure out how to send Oreos
through the Internet, she’ll be your best friend for life.


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  1. I started reading romances at a very young age and I have to admit, that they often gave me ideas on what a strong and independent woman was. I never thought about it before reading this, but it makes perfect sense that they do make women strive for more. When we realize there is so much to choose from to be, the possibilities of who you can become and what you can have are endless!

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