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What Makes a Hero? (ELECTED Book Giveaway!)

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(SEE BOTTOM OF POST FOR EASY WAY TO WIN AN EBOOK OF ELECTED!)

Heroes come in all forms.  The nerdy outcast wizard who saves all muggles from he-who-won’t-be-named.  A boy bitten by a spider whose guilt over his uncle’s death leads him into a world of crime-fighting.  Or even a starving teenage girl who volunteers for the Hunger Games in place of her sister.

There’s no set stereotype for what a hero looks like or what he/she sacrifices to be given such a label.  The only thing that’s common is a unique bravery.

That’s one of the reasons I love Silence in the Library’s latest kickstarter – an anthology of short stories about heroes.  It not only includes a diverse set of authors but it delves in to the question:  what defines a hero?

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Anthology cover

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/103879051/heroes-the-anthology

It also has my book, ELECTED, as a stretch goal at about $15,500.  That means that everyone who backs the project will receive an e-copy of ELECTED for free if the overall kickstarter raises at least 15.5K.  And in its first day, the kickstarter is already at about 5K.  So we might hit that!

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ELECTED is doing well:  beat it’s own kickstarter goal about 155%.  It’s currently up on AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE as an ebook and will be on AMAZON as a paperback in July.  Check it out.  Aloy, the main character, is certainly a hero in my mind.  She sacrifices her own sense of self to lead her people and adhere to the strict Accords.  But she’s also brave enough to see the grays within the black and white rules set forth by past leaders.  Throughout the trilogy, readers will see Aloy grow in her own right, making her own decisions and learning to uphold the rules that make sense and strike down others that don’t.  It takes courage to fight against the status quo, and Aloy does that in ELECTED and more!

As an added bonus with this blog post, for anyone who leaves a comment on “what makes a hero” between now and June 20th, you’ll be entered into a contest to win an ebook copy of ELECTED.  I’ll randomly pick a name out of a hat from all people who leave a comment.  And I’ll contact the winner via the email address he/she leaves on the comment form.

Can’t wait to see what you all define as heroism!

11 Comments on What Makes a Hero? (ELECTED Book Giveaway!)

  • Emily Moore says:
    June 4, 2014 at 12:27 am

    While I agree that bravery is key to a hero, I also think self sacrifice of some kind partners with it. The sacrifice could be the Herod safety, wants, or needs.

    I am planning to buy Elected, but I wouldn’t mind winning it either. Ally sounds like quite the hero!

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  • Emily Moore says:
    June 4, 2014 at 12:30 am

    Grrr… Auto correct! Aloy sounds like quite the hero.

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  • girl101 says:
    June 4, 2014 at 7:17 am

    Thanks, Emily! I agree about the self-sacrifice. In any heroic situation, it seems like the hero is putting someone else’s needs above his/her own. Thanks for having planned to buy ELECTED! That’s awesome! But yes, you may win it here too!!! And yes, isn’t autocorrect sometimes a bear? Love it and hate it at the same time!
    -Rori

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  • Danielle Hammelef says:
    June 4, 2014 at 8:16 am

    I would love to read your book to find out how you developed a strong, believable character that shows self-sacrifice. I’m really looking forward to this read. Thanks for the chance to win a copy!

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    • girl101 says:
      June 4, 2014 at 10:45 pm

      Danielle, you’re welcome! Thanks for participating in the comments!

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      • danielle hammelef says:
        June 20, 2014 at 8:25 am

        My favorite heroes are those that don’t even know they are heroes. They figure out how to overcome a fear of their own to help another.

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  • Mary Preston says:
    June 4, 2014 at 10:42 pm

    A hero puts others before himself & does not make a big show of doing so.

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    • girl101 says:
      June 4, 2014 at 10:44 pm

      Mary, you are spot on, I think! Not only do heroes put others before themselves, but they don’t do it for the credit. Often they do it in the shadows or anonymously.
      -Rori

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    • girl101 says:
      June 24, 2014 at 9:17 pm

      Mary, you’re the winner of the blog commenting contest! I put all the contestants’ names into a hat, and yours was the one I drew. You win an ebook copy of ELECTED. Just let me know your email address, and I will send you the book! Congratulations!

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  • David Jemal says:
    June 17, 2014 at 10:37 pm

    A hero is someone who goes against the norm, because he knows that’s the right thing to do.

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  • girl101 says:
    June 24, 2014 at 9:18 pm

    Everyone, thank you for entering the contest! Mary Preston (comment #7) was the winner, whose name was drawn randomly from the hat!

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