Friday, November 9, 2012

How to Tame a Willful Wife by Christy English (Guest Post/Giveaway)

Today I would like to give a warm welcome to historical author, Christy English, who is joining us with her new historical romance, How to Tame a Willful Wife!

10 Reasons A Woman Is Better With A Bow

In my Regency Romance, HOW TO TAME A WILLFUL WIFE, Caroline Montague is good with a bow. She can outshoot any man she’s ever met, and that doesn’t change when she meets Anthony, her husband-to-be.

In honor of Caroline, I stopped to think about why women are better with a bow. 

A Bow Is A Woman’s Weapon Because:

1) A woman prefers a bit of distance between 
        herself and her target.
2) When a woman takes aim, she seldom misses.
3) Sometimes you don’t want your target to see 
        you before you strike.
4) Sometimes, Cupid isn’t the only one aiming for 
        the heart.
5) If it’s good enough for the Goddess Athena, 
        it’s good enough for us.
6) Throwing knives are great, but a bow is more accurate.
7) Men are strong, but women are fast.
8) You need a good eye to shoot straight. 
9) In the immortal words of Scarlett O’Hara, “I can shoot straight if I don’t   
        have to shoot too far.”
10) In the immortal words of Caroline Montague, “I can outshoot any man.” 

Caroline isn’t the only woman archer in the world, but she’s my favorite. The fact that she is a feature of my imagination does not change that in the slightest. I suppose that is true of all writers, and most readers. Sometimes the characters we love are more alive than the people we meet on the street. I hope Caroline and Anthony live for you.

Thank you for hosting me so graciously, and for letting me talk about Caroline and her addiction to violent sport.

Image Courtesy of "Arrows And Target Archery" by kongsky/

How to Tame a Willful Wife (Shakespeare in Love Series #1)How to Tame a Willful Wife 
(Shakespeare in Love Series #1)
by Christy English 
Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages
Published November 6th 2012 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
ISBN 1402270453 
How To Tame A Willful Wife:
1. Forbid her from riding astride2. Hide her dueling sword3. Burn all her breeches and buy her silk drawers4. Frisk her for hidden daggers5. Don't get distracted while frisking her for hidden daggers...
Anthony Carrington, Earl of Ravensbrook, expects a biddable bride. A man of fiery passion tempered by the rigors of war into steely self-control, he demands obedience from his troops and his future wife. Regardless of how fetching she looks in breeches.
Promised to the Earl of Plump Pockets by her impoverished father, Caroline Montague is no simpering miss. She rides a war stallion named Hercules, fights with a blade, and can best most men with both bow and rifle. She finds Anthony autocratic, domineering, and...ridiculously gorgeous.
It's a duel of wit and wills in this charming retelling of The Taming of the Shrew. But the question is...who's taming whom?

Sourcebooks is giving away one copy of How to Tame a Willful Wife to one reader (US and Canada only please.) To enter, please leave a comment on this post: What other women, real or fictional, come to mind when you think of archery? Then fill out the Rafflecopter below. Additional entries are available but not required. Good luck!

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  1. I come to mind when I think of archery! Lol! My husband and I bow hunt, and I love going to the range to do 3D practice runs, going up in the mountians and shooting. My kids just got their own bows last year and we all love them!!! My bow is a part of ME!

  2. The Disney Brave movie! And The Hunger Games, I guess. :)

    Congrats on your book!

  3. tfalick, that is so amazing! I have always wanted to shoot a bow but I've never learned. I'm living vicariously through Caroline LOL

    I do love the Hunger games, May. I need to see BRAVE. Thank you both so much for commenting and joining in the give away fun.
    And thank you to Crystal for hosting me :)

  4. I think of the awesome Pixar movie Brave. I think that was my fav movie of the year.
    I think of Emma too. Wasn't there an archery scene in that book?

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  5. Geena Davis. I remember when she tried out for the Olympics in Archery, and, of course, The Hunger Games.


  6. I think of The Hunger Games and the Disney movie Brave.

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  7. Joan of Arc comes to mind when I think of archery. Sounds like an awesome read. I love a book that has a woman with an independent streak a country mile long ;-)

  8. The first 2 I thought about were Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Game and Princess Merida from Brave.

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  9. The heroine in the Hunger Games.

  10. Katniss from the Hunger Games. That's pretty much it :D

  11. Thanks for the great post and congrats to Christy on the new release! This was already on my want list :) Ummm... the only one I can think of is Katniss from Hunger games.

  12. I think of Diana the Huntress and Merida from Brave.

  13. The Hunger Games and Brave.

  14. Thank you Erin! And thank you to everyone for coming by and joining us in our speculation about archery. It is one of the things I have always longed to learn to do. Not yet...maybe someday :) That's the fun of reading and writing both, I guess, living vicariously through those amazing characters like Katniss Eberdeen

  15. I think of the Disney movie BRAVE when I think or Archery- I just watched with my family. sdylion(at)gmail(dot)com

  16. I too thought of The Hunger Games, when you commented about archers.
    I just wanted to say hello, and can't wait to read How to Tame A Willful Wife. Thanks Christy!

  17. There is an archery competition in Kieran Kramer's When Harry Met Molly that I think of when archery comes up. :D

  18. in the movie 'Arthur' with Clive Owen Kiera Knightly used a bow really well.
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  19. Thanks Beautiful Disaster! I hope you love the book :) And Di, thanks for reminding me about Kiera Knightly in that Arthurian film...that was amazing!

    Barbara E, I love that Kieran Kramer book...that whole series was a ton of fun.

    Thank you to all of you for coming by and talking about archery and brave women with me :)

  20. There is a famous actress who competes in archery but I cannot remember who.

  21. I think of strong and capable women from the medieval times. I'm not sure if she used archery but Zena, the Princess Warrior is something I can see pratciing archery.


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