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Ten Fun Facts About Wonder Woman

Wonder WomanSummer is almost here. Blockbuster movies about comic book characters are going to start filling the theaters. With that in mind, along with  a deep seated need to finally see The Avengers, I thought I’d share a few fun fact about Wonder Woman. I know, I know she’s from DC Comics not Marvel, but you get the connection.  As we may have already mentioned, Wonder Woman was the inspiration behind the Amazon series that, Melinda and I  write together. With the draft of my current WIP almost done, we’re are making plans to finally finish up the sequel to Amazon Heat.  So, what better inspiration then to share a few fun fact about an awesome super hero who kicks butt in an awesome pair of boots.

  1. Wonder Woman was created by William Moulton Marston (the inventor of the polygraph).
  2. Wonder Woman’s alter ego is Diana Prince/Princess Diana of Themyscira.
  3. Wonder Woman made her first appearance in December 1941 in All-Star Comics #8.
  4. In creating her William Marston wanted to create a feminine character with all the strength of Superman plus all the allure of a good and beautiful woman.
  5. Initially, Wonder Woman was an Amazon champion who wins the right to return Steve Trevor — a United States intelligence officer whose plane had crashed on the Amazons’ isolated island homeland — to “Man’s World” and to fight crime and the evil of the Nazis. Her origin story was later revamped to increase her Hellenic and mythological roots. She received the blessing of each deity in her crib, Diana is destined to become “beautiful as Aphrodite, wise as Athena, stronger than Hercules, and swifter than Mercury.” Her origin was changed yet again in 2011 making her a demigod, the natural-born daughter of Hippolyta and Zeus.
  6. Wonder Woman had arsenal of powerful god-forged weapons at her disposal, but her signature weapons are her indestructible bracelets and the Lasso of Truth.
  7. In the television show the bullet proof material the braclets were formed of was called ‘Feminum’. In the comic books, it was called ‘Amazonium’.
  8. Wonder Woman spinning into costume was also solely a television fixture. She would spin her lasso around herself in the comic books to transform.
  9. She depict her as a masterful athlete, acrobat, fighter and strategist, trained and experienced in many ancient and modern forms of armed and unarmed combat, including exclusively Amazonian martial arts.
  10. In May 2011, Wonder Woman placed fifth on IGN’s Top 100 Comic Book Heroes of All Time.

So now I ask, who is your favorite superhero and why?

~Rayna/R.A.

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Is Smart The New Black?

There is nothing more annoying then a weak and whiney heroine. You know the ones who do nothing but scream and wait to be rescued. Think Willie in Indiana Jones and The Temple of Doom. All she did was scream and whine for the majority of the movie. At times, I was rooting for the bad guys to get her just to shut her up. On the other hand, I think we can all agree that kick-butt heroines are fun. Wonder Woman, the inspiration for mine and Melinda’s story, Amazon Heat, was one tough cookie well before it was cool for female characters to be so. She was smart, sexy, and always took down the bad guys using her lasso of truth and wearing her high-heeled boots. Still, I think there is room in the pool for a heroine that falls somewhere between the two.

Evie from the movie The Mummy is a great example of middle of the road heroine. If you haven’t seen it, rent it. It’s a fun movie with Brendan Fraser(He’s so hot). Evie is not a kick-butt heroine, but she makes up for it with her smarts. She’s the one that can read ancient hieroglyphics and speak Arabic. While she may not be taking on the bad guys physically, she’s gutsy and determined. Her smarts and knowledge are just as integral to solving the conflict of the movie as the hero’s fighting skills.  However, when the bullets start flying she didn’t cringe and cry, but she also wasn’t out there in the fray either. She put her head down and did what she needed to do to survive. As the movie series progressed and the character continued to grow, Evie became more confident and self assured and better able to defend herself and her family.

So what do you think? Do you prefer your heroines to be tough and action oriented? Do the middle of the road type heroines turn you off to a book? What characteristics do you like in your heroines?

Who Remembers Lynda Carter as Wonder Woman?

I’m always thinking about kick butt heroines. So, today I’m taking you on a trip down memory lane.  Here’s a bit of nostalgia for those old enough to remember it. If you never seen Lynda Carter as Wonder Woman <gasp>, watch the clip. She was truly awesome.

This clip stirred some warm and fuzzy memories from my childhood.  Lynda Carter in her role as Wonder Woman was part of the inspiration for Amazon Heat.  Got to love a gal who can toss cars in hot shorts, a bustier and bright red go-go boots. Unlike the darkness in a lot of current day super-hero movies, the Wonder Woman series from the 1970s was pure fun.

Is anyone else having nostalgia pangs?  Or, if you’re not old enough to have watched the series, what do you think of the clip?

Celebrate Amazon Heat’s Release With Us!

Today is a very exciting day for Melinda and I. Today our novella, Amazon Heat, releases from Carina Press. To celebrate, we’re having a release party with a giveaway of a $50 Amazon gift card at Bitten by Books. Please stop in an join us. The party officially starts at 1:00 PM EST but you can pop in on our RSVP page to get extra points towards winning the prize.

We couldn’t be more excited about the release of the first in our series. Let us share a bit about the book

2 years ago…

Driven by grief to find a cure for cancer, Elizabeth DeMarco left Logan Spencer to accept a position on a research expedition to the Amazon rainforest. Kidnapped by guerrillas, she was saved by a secret all-female civilization, the last of the ancient Amazons. But Elizabeth discovers she’s traded one form of captivity for another.

Today…

Logan never stopped searching for Elizabeth. While consulting in the remote Brazilian interior near where she was kidnapped, Logan suffers what should be a fatal fall. Near death, he’s collected by the Amazons and magically healed. Elizabeth is the first person he sees as he wakes.

But there’s no time for a joyful reunion. The Amazons’ mystical medicine is rapidly changing Logan. They want his DNA and plan to take it—and then kill him. Logan and Elizabeth must escape before dawn or Logan—and their second chance at happiness—is doomed.

Buy it at: Carina Press | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | All Romance EBooks.

It’s also available in audio through Audible.com. I just listened to the audio sample it sounds so awesome!

Celebrate with us every one. It’s an exciting day!

~Rayna

It’s Just Not Christmas Without….

Everyone has their traditions, a collection of little things that make the holiday season perfect.  For me, it’s just not Christmas without a movie marathon. On Christmas day, while we’re opening presents and cooking dinner I’ll have my dvd player working overtime. Here’s are a few of the movies that will be entertaining me this year, in no particular order.

White Christmas – I love Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, and Rosemary Clooney.  When I was younger I’d watch this movie over and over and sing along, but then I do that with every musical that I like.  I just love the soundtrack to this movie, it makes me happy.

 

Home Alone 1 & 2 – I just love these two movies. I think I’m partial to the second movie, Lost in New York.  The beat down that little Kevin gives the two imbecile villains in this one is a riot.

 

Scrooge – There are many versions of this story but I’m partial to the musical version starring Albert Finney. Yes, I sing along with this one too, folks.  Father Christmas, Father Christmas …

Muppet Christmas Carol – Who doesn’t love a movie full of muppets, music, and comedy? “Light the lamp, not the rat.” – Rizzo the Rat

 

Scrooged – Bill Murray, Bobcat Golthwaite, and the terrifically funny Carol Kane. It’s such a fun, modern day version of the story.

Last, but certainly not least

Mickey’s Christmas Carol (Anyone sensing a pattern? LOL!) – I just love the A Christmas Carol story in all of it’s variations. Because I’m a rabid Disney fan, this had to be on my list of to watch movies as well. Scrooge McDuck is the perfect Ebeneezer Scrooge. Plus this is always played in conjunction with one of my favorite Goofy cartoon where he’s learning to ski.

So, what’s on your It’s Just Not Christmas Without… list?

Respond to the above question for a chance to win a signed copy of She Can Run by our own Melinda Leigh plus swag from my release The Demon He Knows and our joint release Amazon Heat (coming Jan. 9th).

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