Thursday, March 23, 2017

Geekerella Blog Tour: Ashley Poston's Favorite Kick-Ass Heroines!


Publisher: Quirk Books
Pub Date: April 4th 2017
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Geek girl Elle Wittimer lives and breathes Starfield, the classic sci-fi series she grew up watching with her late father. So when she sees a cosplay contest for a new Starfield movie, she has to enter. The prize? An invitation to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball, and a meet-and-greet with the actor slated to play Federation Prince Carmindor in the reboot. With savings from her gig at the Magic Pumpkin food truck (and her dad’s old costume), Elle’s determined to win…unless her stepsisters get there first.

Teen actor Darien Freeman used to live for cons—before he was famous. Now they’re nothing but autographs and awkward meet-and-greets. Playing Carmindor is all he’s ever wanted, but Starfield fandom has written him off as just another dumb heartthrob. As ExcelsiCon draws near, Darien feels more and more like a fake—until he meets a girl who shows him otherwise. But when she disappears at midnight, will he ever be able to find her again?

Part romance, part love letter to nerd culture, and all totally adorbs, Geekerella is a fairy tale for anyone who believes in the magic of fandom.


Ashley Poston's fangirl heart has taken her everywhere from the houses of Hollywood screenwriters to the stages of music festivals to geeky conventions (in cosplay, of course). She lives in South Carolina, where she hangs around the internet tweeting at @AshPoston. 
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Sometimes, the kick-ass heroine isn’t the one holding the smoking pistol. Don’t get me wrong—pistol-wielding gals get stuff done. But if Hermione taught me anything, it’s that you can kick ass with brains as well as brawn.

In Geekerella, I wanted Elle to look up to one of those kick-ass heroines, so took the parts of kick-ass heroines I adore and crumbled them up to make a heroine who is a little good, a little bad, and one-hundred and ten percent can kick your ass.

So here are my top ten inspirations for Starfield’s Princess Amara—

1. Fem!Sheppard from Mass Effect. She’s a gosh darn war hero, who rises up out of the literal grave to come back and kick some serious Reaper butt. And that is what a hero does. They never give up.

2. Zoe Washburn from Firefly. Basically favorite space cowboy—ever. She’s a true leader without needing intimidation to win her arguments. She’s comfortable in her skin, and she’s in love with her husband (LEAF ON THE WIND) without it being her defining characteristic.

3. Sophie Hatter from Howl’s Moving Castle. Sophie has a special place in my heart. She’s resourceful, witty, and has a gift for elevating other people when she, herself, doesn’t realize how important her own self-worth is to everyone around her.

4. Nyx from Rosamund Hodge’s Cruel Beauty. I can write sonnets about how much I love Hodge’s reinvention of Beauty from Beauty and the Beast. Where Disney made Belle a witty bookworm, Hodge crafted Nyx as daring and stalwart—and dare I say it: unlikeable—with a single thread of curiosity that shines brighter than the darkness that traps her. Basically, Nyx is A+ material.

5. Hermione from Harry Potter. After all, she’s the brightest witch of her age, and without her, Harry would’ve been dead since book one. Voldemort should’ve never underestimated the power of a mudblood.

6. Artemis from Greek Mythology. She kills a man for spying on her in the bath, ‘nuff said.

7. Uhura from Star Trek. Without Uhura, Captain Kirk—in both the original and the reboot—would be so, so dead. Uhura showed me that you can be great at your job, and demand the respect you deserve.

8. Nimona from Nimona. I’m not sure if I’m in love with Nimona, or if I want to be Nimona. The jury’s still out.

9. Ahsoka Tano from Star Wars. I was a little late jumping into the Star Wars universe (Trekkie for life, here), but once in I lost myself in the badassery of one Togruta female.

10. Lila Bard from Darker Shade. I am also in love with Lila, but I’d also never be caught in the same room with her because she’d rob me blind.

What are some of your favorite kick-ass heroines?


Brittany: Thank you so much for this awesome and fun guest post, Ashley! :D

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32 comments:

  1. I own this book and am going to read it soon (: And I love this guest post! Ashley mentions some of my favorite characters! Side note though.. I don't care for the trailer. It seems really cheesy, but I guess you shouldn't judge a book by its trailer lol.

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  2. I absolutely love this post. I'm probably way too happy that the author mentioned Sophie Hatter from Howl’s Moving Castle. I love that character as well. <3

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    1. OMG yess I love Howl's Moving Castle and Sophie <3

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  3. 1) I loved this book. 2) This post from the author just made it so much better. I love her list of kickass heroines!

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  4. I've heard so many amazing things about this book, but I haven't really gotten the chance to check it out yet. I loved reading the post about the author's favorite kick ass heroines, though!

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    1. I hope you get to read it soon :) I'm so glad you liked the post!

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  5. Amazing choices! I heartily agree with Hermione and Uhura! :D

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    1. Yesss, I am happy that Hermione made the list :D

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  6. Love this list of heroines, especially Hermione, Lila Bard, and Ahsoka Tana. Geekerella sounds like such a fun read too!

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    1. Hermione is definitely a must, she would be on my list as well :D

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  7. I can't wait to read this book! I also really love Hermione, and it took me a while to get into star wars too (also a trekkie xD).

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    1. I should try watching Star Wars someday XD Yay for all the Hermione love :)

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  8. This looks like a fun book, and great guest post! Loved the examples, especially Artemis (just read a book about Artemis in the modern day) and Uhura.

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    1. I'm so glad you enjoyed it, Greg! Thank you for stopping by :)

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  9. I've heard such good things about this book! Mary (knoxdiver) is a huge fan and her recommendations are always good. That is a great list of heroines! Artemis has always been my favorite Olympian.

    Wonderful post, Brittany!

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

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    1. She does give great recs! And agreed, Artemis is awesome :D Thanks so much, Alyssa!

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  10. I am so flipping excited for this book to come out! It sounds so cute and I'm a huge sucker for fairy tales so I have a feeling I'm going to enjoy this one quite a lot! Thanks for the lovely review Brittany!

    xx Anisha @ Sprinkled Pages

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    1. I hope you get to read it soon and enjoy it! :D Thanks for stopping by, Anisha <3

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  11. I've been hearing a lot of good things about this book. I'm thinking it would be a fun read and may check it out!

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    1. I agree, you should totally read it :D Can't wait to hear what you think of it!

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  12. This book sounds adorable! I think that any character who emulates Nyx and Hermione will absolutely be a kick-ass character. ;) Looking forward to reading this one! :)

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  13. I was lucky enough to get an ARC of this one and I really loved it! It was so cute. Hope you get a chance to read it soon!

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    1. Yay, that's awesome to hear! :D Thanks for stopping by the blog, Julie :)

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  14. Love this post! I absolutely ADORE Nyx! Cruel Beauty owns my heart! And of course I love Hermione too. Great post!

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    1. I'm so glad you enjoyed it! I hope that you check out Geekerella!

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  15. I just ran across this one on Amazon, and thought it sounded so cute that I ordered it. Because seeing the words "Cinderella" and "fangirl" associated with a book means it's a must read. ;D

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    1. Yay, that's awesome! And I'm the same way with fairy tale retellings xD I hope you love it!

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  16. Ohh, pretty cover :D Love it. <3 Sounds interesting too :) Stunning tour post Brittany. Thank you for sharing about this one :D

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