How to write a STRONG heroine.

They say you haven’t made it in the literary world until you have a handful of scathing, one-star reviews. I remember reading my first one with wide eyes and a pounding heart. The reviewer not only attacked every facet of my characters and story, she attacked me as a person. She called me a weak woman for writing a weak heroine. I know that reviews are written for readers and not authors, but in my opinion, reviews should always be constructive before they’re negative and vicious. I don’t think I’ve ever escaped those words fully. As an author, I love my characters. So much so that I give them a multitude of my own characteristics. Yep. Gross. Guess that makes me weak, right? Thanks, scathing review. *tear formed of character blood rolls down my cheek*

I’ve thought a lot about what makes a character weak, and I don’t think it’s any one thing. This observation is confirmed by the fact that the next character I wrote is one of the STRONGEST women I’ve ever read/will ever write.(Morg, anyone?)  Her actions were labeled as ball-busting, and of character so strong that some were unable to connect with her or understand her decisions. Wait. What? She’s strong. She’s independent. She knows what she wants and would never settle. So, where is the line? That magical place where a heroine isn’t a doormat, but she isn’t too strong either?

In fucking Unicorn Utopia. That’s where.

One woman’s strength is another woman’s weakness and vice versa. A woman may truly feel an instant attraction and fall into bed with a man on a first date.*Let’s have another round!*  Another wouldn’t dream of it. *Modest is Hottest, Yo.*  Without weakness, strength cannot exist. They need each other. Every single choice we make is grounded in our strengths. Our failures? Those things that happen which are out of our control? That is weakness. How fair is it to slap a label on something that happens organically? Oftentimes, it’s when we’re feeling puny, fragile and dare it say, weak, that monumental strengths are formed.

She gave the dude a second or third chance. Awesome. She’s skilled in forgiveness and tolerance. Insta-Love. Well, just because you haven’t felt it doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist. She’s an optimist, a grab-an-opportunity-when-it-hits-you-in-the-vagina type of girl. She made such horrible decisions. They were her decisions.You don’t have to like them, or agree with them. Lucky for you, you just have to read them.Walk a mile in someone else’s shoes and all that, you know?

I could wax poetic for days about the things I’ve seen about “weak heroines.” I understand, but then again I don’t. I mean, I am the woman who wrote a book about a non-submissive submissive, so do with that what you will. I write, and I hope all of my colleagues continue to write, flawed, and holy-shit-yes, weak heroines. I hope they make awful decisions and end up in angsty, tormented places.

I hope they cry, fight and love bravely. I hope they are real, and I hope they pick themselves up from the rose scented ashes (because they are fucking ladies, not SEALs) and grasp their happily ever afters.

How do you write a strong heroine, then?

Give her a vagina and name her Max. She’ll do the rest.

 

 

 

THE DOM GAMES IS LIVE!

Ten submissive women. One billionaire dominant.

Three months competing for his “affections.”

One winner takes all.

NOW LIVE!

THE DOM GAMES by Rachel Robinson

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Read on for a steamy excerpt from THE DOM GAMES…

“Are you ready?” I ask, placing my palm on her sweaty stomach. She’s so petite that my hand spans her entire stomach. It rises and falls with each deep breath she takes. This power I feel right now is utter heaven. She’s mine in every way possible, and no one can deny it. Fury of possession and lust hit me. I don’t want to hold back any longer.

Kayla nods. Gritting my teeth, I unfasten her gag and pull it away with a long strand of spit connecting it to her mouth. Her lips part and close a few times as she adjusts to the new sensation.

Lips. They’re such innocuous things in real life. They speak, and laugh. They kiss babies, and are responsible for filtering or not filtering every word you ever speak. In my world, this world, they’re the most erotic, beautiful, stunning part of a person. Lips praise. They suck and kiss and worship my body. Kayla’s lips worship me. I am obsessed with lips, but especially hers right now because I know that this isn’t her life, nor is it something she would pick for herself, yet her lips are asking me for more. Words passing her lips about how good I feel, how wet she is, thanking me for filling her with a vibrating dildo. It’s uncomplicated in here. She obeys. She wants more.

Removing the gag does give me pause, because she could potentially say something un-sub like and ruin the scene, but at this point I wouldn’t even care, I’ll still fuck her. My cock is heavy and dripping with pre-come. I glance at the large, digital clock to my right to make sure my timing is on par and catch sight of the crew.

 

Pre-Order links for THE DOM GAMES

Monday, the 23rd, THE DOM GAMES releases into the wild. You can pre-order it now for only .99c! It will go up to full price after release. Here are a few snippets of what early readers are saying:

“This book killed me. I felt every single emotion that Kayla went through. I was brought into her world along with her. I was gutted at one point and didn’t think I could go on, but Rachel does what she does best she brought me back in, begging and pleading for more!”Sheila’s Book Corner

“Reading The Dom Games is like watching a reality TV show. Its addicting, has you wanting to cover your eyes while peeping through a gap in your fingers. Its heart poundingly good so much so it steals your breath and leaves you in a dizzy state. And it’s SO GOOD that despite the twists and turns, the stabs to the gut and the heart breaking reality you keep on.”Sophie, Bookalicious Babes Blog

“Oh MAN, was this addicting! I couldn’t take my eyes away. I’ve never read anything like this before. Rachel Robinson opened up my eyes to pretty damn fantastic world of kinky reality television. THE DOM GAMES had me blushing from head to toe. It had my heart pounding and my pulse racing. I devoured the thing like nobody’s business.”
Shayna Renee’s Spicy Reads

“The Bachelor meets Fifty Shades and although BDSM is a part of this book it’s not heavily a part of the story line so if you steer clear of these books normally then I would take a chance on this as it’s not about whips and chains it’s truly a love story.” Bookhooked

AND HERE ARE THE PRE-ORDER LINKS!
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THE DOM GAMES is coming.

Mark your calendars! My newest erotic romance novel, THE DOM GAMES will release on May 23.

Early last year I had a crazy, twisted dream–one of those weird types that forced me to scratch my head and wonder if I’m truly from planet earth. I couldn’t figure out what to do with it at first, but it didn’t take long for ‘it’ to transform into a vividly clear idea.
This is a book.
One that I must write.
I knew my heroine wouldn’t be competing naked on a balance beam to impress a would-be suitor with hot, camera lights beaming on her face. (I’m not joking. This was my dream.) So, with a few creative tweaks, THE DOM GAMES was born. Now, this isn’t in my usual territory, guys, but I KNOW this will be a story you will enjoy. Swoony, alpha male goodness (with a deep narrative, of course.) CHECK. Strong-willed heroine who thinks she knows what she wants. CHECK. Angst. CHECK. Love? DOUBLE CHECK. I kept it a secret. It tasted delicious as I wrote it. I. AM. EXCITED. This novel is fun and fresh. *It’s NOT dark, extreme BDSM.*

You can add it to your TBR on Goodreads here.

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New release update!

I’ve been a busy little bee writing away on a couple different projects. One, IS a SEAL, standalone novel. It features two brand new characters we haven’t met in my previous books. It’s fresh, sweet, and it wouldn’t be (my) novel unless it had a little angst.The Hero is an active duty SEAL with some scars (internally and externally) and the heroine is a writer. (hmmmm.) I think most of you have realized by now, I don’t do release dates. I can’t until the book is finished and I’m confident in giving you a real date that won’t be pushed. I can tell you it will be out this year! Currently the working title is BLACK AND WHITE FLOWERS. It will probably be just as gut wrenching and beautiful as the title suggests. I’m sort of biased, though. Hah!😉

The other book I’m working on (which is almost finished), is an erotic romance with a hook so crazy, I’m keeping it a secret until the bitter end. Trust me, it’s better this way. This one is a fun, holy-crap-did-that-just-happen ride. (Ask my beta readers. :))  Now, I was hoping to have this one out within the next couple of months, but it has garnered agent (multiple!) interest and I may send this one away and see what they can do with it. What that means for you guys is it probably won’t be available for a while. Traditionally published books take a lot longer to release. I’m still undecided, and I may publish it myself, but that’s where we stand on the new release front.

I realize I didn’t give you much, but falling in line with release dates, I don’t want to say anything false in the early stages. As always, I will update my beloved readers on progress and new releases right here on my website (and on Facebook, if you hang out there.)

I have a couple signings in Virginia coming up if you’re local. Richmond Readers Rehab (April 30th), and a Royal Affair in Winchester, VA (May 20-21) If you’re local and plan on attending either of these make sure to let me know. I’d love to meet you!:)

Send me an e-mail or message me on Facebook if you have any questions. I’m always happy to chat books.:)

Love & light & writing,

Rachel

 

TIME AND SPACE IS LIVE! GRAB YOUR COPY!

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Grab your copy of TIME AND SPACE now!

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What people are saying:

“She took me under her spell and played me like a fiddle. I went through heartache, sadness, hope, laughter, forgiveness, bitterness, and most importantly I went through love.” Natasha, Amazon Review
“When do lies hurt the ones we love? This book has mind-blowing dramas unfolding at the turn of every page. Time and Space is HOT, suspenseful, simply brilliant!” – Lina’s Reviews: A Book Blog

“I had no idea what I was in for, and I was swept away into the world of Time and Space from page one, and am having trouble getting out of it now that I’ve finished!” -Sheila, Goodreads

 

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