Join me on the couch

I had an interesting session on the couch. Stop by and see what secrets were revealed and a snippit from the upcoming release, First Change.

The interview is at:  abbieroads.com/2017/05/author-couch-helen-henderson/

Hope you’ll stop by. Leave a comment and be entered into giveaway of Windmaster Legacy.

~till next time, Helen

I Need A Hero

It’s time to share another post. This time one not quite vintage. It’s from week 19 of the 52 week 2017 challenge

Welcome to week 19 of the challenge. The first thought that came to mind for the topic, the ideal romance hero, was the chorus from “Holding Out For A Hero” by the welsh singer, Bonnie Tyler. I first heard the song when it was used as the theme for the television program, Cover Up, and have found myself humming it as I created a character. Even though my two series, the Dragshi Chronicles and The Windmaster Novels, are fantasy, they also cross the fence into romance.

So what marks an ideal romantic hero? If you’re holding out for a hero, what do you want?

I write fantasies filled with strong women. Ellspeth was a ship captain, respected by her men. The women of the Dragshi Chronicles were of equal strength. Anastasia held her own in a marksmanship competition against three men. Glyn was a strong enough fighter to protect her mate’s back in battle. So a man worth walking alongside my heroine. He has to balance his urge to protect her with the understanding that sometimes she has to fight alone. In Windmaster, Lord Dal proved that when he allowed the woman he cared for to exact her own revenge for the murder of her cabin boy. So the first attribute of the heroes I create are that they have to be worthy of the women they love–or to paraphrase Lois L’Amour, “a man to walk beside a woman, not in front of her.”

Often a hero is described as tall, dark, and handsome. I’m short, so tall isn’t a requirement, as long as he can tuck my head beneath his chin when he holds me. Dark? Well, I’ve known some hero blonds. Which leaves handsome. My heroes don’t need to be drop dead gorgeous. But easy on the eyes doesn’t hurt.

An accent can melt a hardened heart, especially the deep, melodic burr of a Scottish highlander. Or a tanned hunk from Australia. Especially if he’s in jeans, a bush hat, and slicker. Oh, did I forget to say “shirt?”
Not all heros are alpha males bearing the scars of battle. Some are just ordinary men with a sense of duty and honor doing what needs to be done to survive day-to-day. I will also confess that I’ve always had a thing for men who can fix things. Back in the day, the original MacGyver (Richard Dean Anderson) would have been on my short list. Of course since I always wanted to fly amongst the stars, so Anderson gets an additional point for the Star Gate SG-1 series.

Whether proud or fearless, rugged or sophisticated, there is a special something that makes a man. And our task as a writer is to create such a character for our readers–and ourselves. And my apologies, I took the prompt literally, “romantic hero.” Heroines are a topic for another day, and an attitude shift.

If the topic intrigues you, visit the other authors in the challenge. The master list is at http://mfrw52week.blogspot.com/2017/05/week-19-mfrw-52-week-blog-challenge.html

~till next time, meet the men of the Dragshi Chronicles.  Helen

May I have a vote please?

Voting is over. Thanks to everyone who voted for either Hatchling’s Vengeance or Hatching’s Mate. Even if they don’t go to the next round, your support was appreciated. Helen


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I am honored to have two of the Dragshi Chronicles in the running for a prestigious RONE award in the science fiction – fantasy category.

Hatchling’s Mate

And Hatchling’s Vengeance.


Voting for the science fiction-fantasy category takes place from May 1st to May 7th at www.indtale.com.

I would LOVE to be in the finals. This is my first ever nomination for any award where you don’t nominate yourself! I’m humbled and honored to have made it past the first selection round to be included with all of the other talented authors whose books have been selected this year. (Best wishes to all!)

If you enjoyed either Hatchling’s Mate or Hatchling’s Vengeance I’d appreciate your vote very much. Because of the number of entries in the fantasy/sci fi category, you can vote for two books. I hope one is for Hatchling’s Vengeance or Hatchling’s Mate. I won’t be greedy and ask for both.

PS –  You MUST be registered at www.indtale.com in order to vote. Once you register, if you haven’t already, click the verification link sent via email. Verification of registration is needed to be able to vote.

Immerse yourself in Dream World

You waded into the Waters and caught a glimpse of the Dream World. Now immerse yourself and discover what lies beyond the trees.

Dream World (Book 2 of the Dream Waters series)
by Erin A. Jensen NOW AVAILABLE

Available At:   http://amazon.com/dp/B01L62Y89O

Blurb:  Recently released from a psychiatric facility after learning that his Dream Sight is not a delusion but a gift, Charlie Oliver sets off to accept an invitation extended by a powerful Dark creature and potential mentor to join his “family” of Sighted individuals. As his demon guides begin to instruct him, Charlie quickly discovers just how little he actually knows about the Dream World and the creatures who inhabit it.

>As Charlie begins to tap into his dormant instincts, he learns more about Emma’s past and becomes increasingly convinced that he needs to save her. But what if the very prison that binds her is the only thing protecting her from what lurks beyond?

Read more at: http://helenhenderson-author.blogspot.com/2016/11/tuesdays-title-dream-world.html.

Genre: Contemporary Fantasy

Tuesday’s Title – Dream Waters by Erin A. Jensen

A tale that blurs the lines between dream and reality, fairytale and history, love and obsession

https://amzn.com/B01E7VZHA0

Title:  Dream Waters
(Book 1 of the Dream Waters series)
 

And Available October 31st — Dream World (Book 2)

Author:  Erin A. Jensen

Date of Release:  April 4, 2016
Genre:  Contemporary Fantasy
Publisher: Dream Waters Publishing LLC
 

Buy Links: https://amzn.com/B01E7VZHA0
Dream Waters can also be purchased from the Apple ibooks store, BarnesandNoble.com and Kobo.com

Blurb: All his life, Charlie Oliver has watched the people around him morph into creatures that no one else sees. Unlike the rest of the world, Charlie remembers the Waters that transport him to the Dream World each night and he sees glimpses of people’s Dream forms in the waking world. Condemned to spend his waking hours in a psychiatric facility because of his Dream Sight, Charlie doesn’t expect anything to change. But everything starts changing the day Emma Talbot walks through the door in the middle of a group therapy session.

Haunted by memories of the events that led to her admission, Emma plans to end her life the first chance she gets. But something about Charlie stops her. From the moment they shake hands, his friendship feels safe and familiar. As Emma begins to let down her guard, Charlie catches a glimpse of the fiery-eyed dragon that lurks behind her Dream form. Each night, as Emma dreams of the man who’s been banned from visiting, Charlie searches the Dream World for the monster that shadows her. But when Emma’s suppressed memories begin to surface, Charlie finds more monsters than he bargained for.

Behind the Scenes: My career as a pharmacist has afforded me the opportunity to interact with mentally ill individuals at various points along the spectrum of sanity and in every conversation, no matter how coherent, I’ve looked into their eyes and seen a soul struggling to connect. It was out of respect for that struggle and my own curious need to understand why some souls have been burdened with such tortured disconnected lives that I dreamt up a world to make sense of it all.

Author Bio: Erin Jensen is a part-time pharmacist and a full-time creator of imaginary worlds. She lives in upstate New York with her ridiculously supportive husband, two wonderful sons and a Yorkshire terrier who thinks he’s the family bodyguard.

You can find her on Amazon.com, Goodreads.com and follow her on Twitter as @ErinAJensen.

Out an About – Jane Lane Walters

I’m visiting with Janet Lane Walters on her blog, the Eclectic Writer. Tomorrow she showcases my fantasy romance books. Come by and visit. Hope y’all will leave a comment. http://wwweclecticwriter.blogspot.com/2016/08/fridays-guest-features-helen-henderson.html Hope to see you there. Helen

Celebrate Romance – No It’s Not Winter Already

When you think romance, usually Valentine’s Day comes to mind.  But there is another month that readers of romance books should keep in mind. August is Read a Romance Month – a time for readers of romance to celebrate the genre.

Read-A-Romance Month was conceived and launched in 2013 by freelance writer and romance advocate Bobbi Dumas after she realized there was no one place where the community celebrated romance all together, at one time, in a concentrated way. She says she picked August was chosen because summer reading tends to be lighter fare, and even eclectic readers tend to pick up more romance.

“Why Read-A-Romance MONTH?! I read romance every day!”
Don’t worry. Think of it more as the month when we come together to CELEBRATE romance! A time when readers and writers can come together and celebrate this joyful, awesome genre.

My contributions to romance this year are Windmaster and Hatchling’s Vengeance. Click on the covers or the title links for more on these fantasy romances.

Fantasy, contemporary, historical and more, it doesn’t matter the subgenre. We all need a little romance in our life. Grab a romance and open the page. It’s Read A Romance Month.

~till next time, Helen