Guest blog with Sallie Lundy-Frommer author of Yesterday’s Daughter

 The Slut – vs. – The Virgin      *      Jezebel – vs.- Eve
With promiscuity being so popular with characters like Samantha Jones in Sex and the City and Ray Drecker of Hung, it’s a wonder that writers are still using virgin heroines.  Let me say right now at the outset, I’m not coming down on one side of this issue or another.  I’m just putting it out there for discussion.
Now, back to virgins.  Writers can use a virginal heroine for both literal and metaphoric discovery about the character and her past.  It can be the impetus to an emotional revelation for both parties.  When the loss of maidenhood is used to propel the emotional trajectory of a story, often the act takes on “mystical” properties.  The intensity of the feelings aroused by her innocence sometimes creates an emotional virginity for her partner.  In some ways, this can place the characters closer to an emotional equilibration because it’s a new experience for both, although for one it is physical and the other emotional.  
On the other hand, some writers may believe that readers find the idea of a woman sharing her first time with the hero of the story to be particularly exciting.  The whole awakening, opening, entering thing might be a great turn on for men, but let’s face it; most romance novels are read by women.  So, there must be an audience for this type of character.    
Again, this posting isn’t my soapbox for saying that one type of character, virgin or not, is better than another.  For me, I love books with all kinds of sexual characters.  Whether the protagonist is male or female, vampire or human, elf or dwarf, virgin or slut…You see where I’m going with this…..(smile)   I just need to be emotionally attracted to the characters and everything else will fall into place.  
What do you think?  Do you prefer the virgin or the Jezebel, and why?

Yesterday’s Daughter Book Summary
Price: $12.99 
ISBN: 9781460925232
Pages: 250
Release: January 24, 2011

An emotionally laden paranormal vampire romance novel woven with layers of betrayal, love and loss.

Grace Stone, who later learns her true identity is Sapphira, is a loner who survives abuse in the foster care system after being abandoned as a child. A brilliant student, she escapes from her brutal foster parents as a teenager and creates a life for herself. But, her life is little more than existence; plagued with questions about what she really is, a family that she has never known and the never-ending need to keep her differences hidden.

She is alone and lonely, believing it will always remain so until Malachi appears in her life. Malachi, a Guardian of the vampire communities, has searched for his life mate, Sapphira, for decades. He refuses to cease searching for Sapphira even though she is believed dead by all. Conflict arises over the decades between Malachi and his family because of his refusals to accept another mate. But his very soul drives him on to continue his search, knowing that he could not exist if Sapphira were not in the world, somewhere.

Sallie Lundy-Frommer Bio:

I can’t remember a time when vampires have gotten more attention. With shows like True Blood, The Vampire Diaries and Being Human and popular books like the Twilight and Dark Series, it’s seems like they’re everywhere. Vampires have always been my favorite supernatural characters. But why? Why am I fascinated with these fantasy beings? Why are you? My interest drove me to write a book, Yesterday’s Daughter. But I could have written about anything, werewolves, cat people or some other paranormal beings, but I chose vampires. Why, I wrote about vampires? I’m not sure I can fully explain why. Maybe I chose vampires because they exude prowess and majesty. But, that would be an all too simple answer. And when I think about it, I know it’s not a complete answer. But it’s a start. What do you think? Why are so many people so interested in these mythical creatures.

As for me, I was born on a farm in the rural South to a family of migrant farm workers. At an early age,my family moved to the urban North-East. Now I live in the suburban North-East with my husband and a large assortment of plants. I hold bachelors and masters degrees in Human Resource Management and currently work in the health care industry.

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