Author: T.R. Horne
Genre: African American / Contemporary Women’s Fiction
ONE GOOD DECISION…
Leaving behind an abusive father and emotionally scarred mother, Mali Struthers catches a bus to freedom. Atlanta University is the perfect place to discover her inner strength and special talents that lead her to a future she never imagined outside her father’s walls. Still learning to love herself, Mali must push past her own doubts to realize she deserves everything she’s worked for, even the love of a man seemingly out of reach.
…CAN CREATE A BAD DECISION
As a star football player, Justice Bradford juggles his high profile relationship and aggressive groupies but with his best friend’s constant lure of temptation, he struggles to remain focused. He has the world at his fingertips until his plans are shattered by deception. Fighting depression, he’s re-routed on a dangerous path of self-destruction until, by chance, he finds a light in the darkness that makes him second guess his vow. When Justice is faced with his new reality, will he get his life back on track before he loses it all?
…AND INCITE REVENGE.
One of the hottest video models on the scene, Nicole Bunn is the epitome of a strong, focused business woman. Concentrating only on her money and the men that can supply her expensive lifestyle, Nicole runs from her own hurts scared to love anyone other than herself. Tired of waiting to marry into fortune, Nicole turns a chance meeting into a whirlwind of sex, lies and obsession that is bound to threaten her livelihood. Through a trail of lies and addiction, Nicole sees her love of money fracture so many lives, including her own. When Nicole is forced to choose between her love of money or a chance at true love, what will she decide?
My husband and I were ruminating over my new character, Rain and whether she should be tortured in the book, Girl Soldier. We discussed vehemently our difference in opinions on whether women should be physically harmed in a story line and how that comes across to readers of different genres. His take was that Rain should not be tortured because she is a woman afterall, and men will not like the thought of a woman being tortured by terrorists. He thought it’d be too gritty of a read for both men and women alike. Now, of course, I disagreed because I’ve known and seen women throughout my military career who were strong, capable females that could handle anything the world (or terrorists) threw at them. We remember all the stories of Jessica Lynch and how America spouted their sympathy behind her after her return home. We all felt the pain of her experience as she relived the horrors in her own book. Then we think of General Rhonda Cornum, who survived a horrific plane crash behind enemy lines just to be captured by Iraqi’s and tortured. Her life and story are newsworthy subjects, right? So why when it comes to fiction, men tend to think it is not an interesting aim to discuss? Maybe having people read these horrors that happen to women soldiers will bring a closer watch to the wars that rage off the home front.
Even still, my husband stands behind the notion that women in books should be in love, saved and strong but only to a certain degree, not against terrorists, of course. I, being an Army veteran and lover of strong, courageous women that pave the way, believe that we as readers should value the gritty and the sweet sides of women. The multi-dimensional beauty of what we as women embody can be mesmerizing whether we are fighting, enduring or swooning.
I say all this to wonder exactly what the readers want and what they can accept for a female role in a book. We love to see women being strong but do we really want to see the struggle? I’ve seen postings and reviews from readers that will rage a riot if a character they loved in a book is killed off. So what will the reaction be if the character is brought to the brink of death and it isn’t so pretty? Something to think about, I guess, as I continue writing my second novel, Girl Soldier.
Luckily, in my debut novel, Breaking Mobius, the characters are not tortured or killed off…just pure love dashed with a little suspense.
By: T.R. Horne, author of Breaking Mobius and Crazy Dirty Love, blogger at www.ragingbookreviews.
T.R. Horne is a freelance relationship columnist, entrepreneur and author. She graduated with a Bachelor’s in Communication Studies and Master’s in Education with honors. Normally, she calls Atlanta, Georgia home but travels around the world with her family. She hopes to finish her doctorate degree in the next few years. She fancies murder mysteries, thrillers, romantic suspense and erotica stories but is addicted to bad reality television. T.R. Horne lives near Yokohama, Japan with her husband, son and dog.
Author Website: www.trhorne.com
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