First Blog Tour of the month and I have a super cool blog post from Author Roxie Cooper about how heroines don't always have to be perfect. I absolutely loved it and I am honoured to share it with you.
Amanda Bentley has always dreamed of being a barrister…
But as a platinum blonde bombshell from the wrong side of town, with a perfect tan and sleek high heels, she doesn’t exactly look the part – or fit in with the brash public school boys and cold posh girls of Newcastle Crown Court’s robing room. Amanda’s never been one to back down from a challenge, and so when she wins a prestigious pupillage following law school, she’s determined to make the most of her chance – and make all her dreams come true.
Only three things stand in her way: Sid Ryder – the sexy, irresistible barrister who she absolutely cannot, under any circumstances, sleep with. At all. Marty Gregg – her smarmy law school nemesis, who she's in direct competition with for the top job. And her big, dark secret that could jeopardise everything she's worked so hard for.
Who said that following the laws of attraction was going to be easy…?
Perfects for fans of Legally Blonde, Lindsey Kelk and Joanna Bolouri
Guest Post - Perfectly imperfect is the new black:
Imagine if Buffy the Vampire Slayer was about a good, obedient girl who didn’t fall in love with a vampire and listened to her watcher all the time, who wasn’t a hormonal teenager or sassy as hell with a death wish. Well, that would have been boring to watch, wouldn’t it? It also wouldn’t have lasted seven seasons.
Imagine if Carrie Mathison did everything the CIA asked in Homeland, took her pills everyday, didn’t sleep with terrorist suspects or basically go mental every now and again, ignoring the advice of everyone, everywhere – a lot of people would have died and there wouldn’t be a plot, or series to watch.
On the surface, these women appear to have everything; Buffy is The Chosen One, she’s pretty, she has great friends and actual superpowers, for god’s sake…but she still isn’t happy - she messes up all the time. Carrie is one of the smartest agents in the CIA, she has a top job earning great money with a caring family…but she’s still lonely and has a massive self-destruct button.
We are gripped by these women and their stories, not because they have their lives together, but because they are flawed and make mistakes. They are human, just like us.
When I decided to write a novel about the Bar and the legal profession, I knew that the heroine in it needed to have flaws and weaknesses. They’d make her real and likable, but more importantly, it would make the story interesting and drive the plot forward. Who wants to read a story about a well-to-do girl who becomes a barrister, facing no obstacles along the way, and does everything she’s told? Not me. I’d be bored stiff after three chapters.
One of the main themes in The Law of Attraction is how we judge people on their appearances. Amanda Bentley, the novel’s protagonist, is a sassy, intelligent, independent, strong, funny, pretty woman who defied all odds to get where she is – she’s got it all…at least, that’s how it looks to the outside world. However, the reality tells a different story, and the reader slowly discovers she’s fighting all kinds of emotional trauma inside. She says the wrong things at the wrong time, she sleeps with people she shouldn’t, she makes enemies in the worst women and she’s hiding a big, dark secret (we’re all guilty of at least one of these things). Her troubled childhood plays a part in how she acts and thinks, propelling her from making one bad decision into another. She has a big self destruct button on her forehead and her finger is constantly hovering inches away from it. She might be academically bright but she’s still very young and makes stupid, irrational decisions – haven’t we all done that?
As the problems stack up for her throughout the book, we become invested in seeing how she copes with them and want to see her fight her demons. We are rooting for her all the way through. Flaws manifest themselves in many ways, they destroy relationships and prove to be destructive in everyday life. They can strip everything away if you don’t have control of them, and the important people in Amanda’s life – best friend, Heidi, love interest, Sid and mentor, Skylar – all feel the brunt of her behaviour. Does she overcome her demons by the end of the book? You’ll have to read it to find out…
The Law of Attraction is a novel about being mindful of what people are going through behind the seemingly ‘perfect smiles and lives’. In a world now obsessed with appearing to be living out a perfect existence on Facebook and Instagram, where everyone is #blessed #humbled and live in heavenly tidy showrooms for houses (seriously, who are these people?), I, for one, celebrate all of our flaws. Amanda’s flaws turn her into the person she is. I certainly wouldn’t be me without mine. Flaws are what make you vulnerable, human and interesting.
Perfection? Nah…give me a flawed heroine anyday.
Roxie was born and bred in Middlesbrough. After studying Classics at University, she became a dancer in a nightclub for a few years, before going travelling and living in Australia. When she returned, she swapped dancing on a bar, to practising at the Bar, and became a barrister for 7 years.
It was after being constantly told “Ooh! You don’t look like a barrister!” by absolutely everyone she met, that the idea for her debut novel was born.
Roxie lives in Yarm, a pretty little market town in the North-East. She’s a bit (lot) obsessed with Prince and spends far too much time watching him on YouTube. Her hobbies include watching musicals, making her hair as big (and blonde) as possible, and wishing she was Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Law-Attraction-most-feel-summer-ebook/dp/B06ZY1DF39/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_product_top?ie=UTF8
Amazon Author page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Roxie-Cooper/e/B071N9RTNR/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1
It's UK only.
Prize: a copy of the book, a legally blonde DVD and a £10 MAC gift card