Just a Gigolo…Hero?
Today at Heroes and Heartbreakers, Just a Gigolo…Hero?, in which I discuss some of the ways in which romance heroes have been, umm, on the game.
Kate’s Father: I’m sad because, my darling, our poverty has reached such extremes that I can no longer afford to keep us and must look to my own dear tiny darling to sustain me in my frail dotage.
Kate: But father surely…
Kate’s Father: Yes, Kate. I want you to become a prostitute.
Kate: Never! Father.
Kate’s Father: Do you defy me?
Kate: Indeed I do for tis better to die poor than to live in shame and ignominy.
Kate’s Father: No it isn’t.
Kate: I’m young and strong, clever, my nose is pretty. I shall find another way to earn a living.
Kate’s Father: Oh please go on the game. It’s a steady job and you’d be working from home.
—Blackadder series II, “Bells”
About Victoria Janssen
Victoria Janssen [she, her] currently writes cozy space opera for Kalikoi
. The novella series A Place of Refuge begins with Finding Refuge
Telepathic warrior Talia Avi, genius engineer Miki Boudreaux, and augmented soldier Faigin Balfour fought the fascist Federated Colonies for ten years, following the charismatic dissenter Jon Churchill. Then Jon disappeared, Talia was thought dead, and Miki and Faigin struggled to take Jon’s place and stay alive. When the FC is unexpectedly upended, Talia is reunited with her friends and they are given sanctuary on the enigmatic planet Refuge. The trio of former guerillas strive to recover from lifetimes of trauma, build new lives on a planet with endless horizons, and forge tender new connections with each other.
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