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Breaking the trend – A new Generation X of Heroes! #PWF

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In February 2020 I wrote a post about Paranormal Women’s Fiction (PWF). A new genre of paranormal romance (PNR), urban fantasy and paranormal cosy mystery stories where we have Generation X (Gen X), female protagonists. Women in their 40s or older. Woohoo! 露‍♀️

I was really excited. Finally, I might be able to find characters that I could relate to.

I’m a confident 49-year-old menopausal woman, so I’m not dead yet. 😉 I remember what it was like to be a teen and a twentysomething – it was lots of fun at the time. 😉 Life is still fun, daunting, and exciting at 49. However, I’m now at a stage in my life where I’m comfortable in my own skin, I’m happily learning to find myself again as my children are becoming adults themselves.

I want to read about heroines in PNR and urban fantasy that take on the bad guys, save the day and are in the same stage of life as me.

Many protagonists in speculative fiction are supposed to be older than they look. Vampires in their hundreds, fae ageing in their thousands, and witches or shifters who are decades older than they appear. (I think this is supporting the media view that being young and beautiful is the ideal. *tut*tut*) However, that issue aside, these characters are still thinking, acting and saying things indicative of someone far younger! It’s my main bug-bear.

Therefore, I’ve compiled the list below to include books with an older protagonist who’s got great common sense, intelligence, is helpful, resourceful, resilient, and has the experience to be a good troubleshooter or problem-solver.

Which Gen X Books Tick My Boxes?

Leveling Up Series by K. F. Breene

Click to read my review.

Glimmer Lake by Elizabeth Hunter

Check out my reviews.

Midlife Mulligan by Eve Langlais

Click to read my thoughts.

First Fangs Club by Kristen Painter

Click to read my review.

Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to read about these fabulous Generation X books. Have you read any of these or do you have some recommendations for me? Drop me a comment below and lat’s talk bookish.

The fun has begun. So, grab your big girl panties, extra absorbent Tena Ladies, cooling packs and bottles of booze and join the revolution!

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Before you go, don’t forget to check out my new PWF page!

Bye for now,

Flora x

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About Me

I'm in my late forties, my interests are varied but since menopause hit a few years ago, I find myself becoming a "grumpy old woman" all too frequently - where has my infinite patience gone!?! Lol!
I bought a Kindle in the summer of 2013 and haven't stopped reading since. If you want to know more about me, check out my blog - www.florasmusings.com

(4) Comments

  1. Great post! I usually tend to stick to YA novels, but these books have me really curious. I’ll have to check these out!

    1. Flora says:

      Fab, thanks Raji.

  2. lynnmumbingmejia says:

    Ooh! Very interesting. I actually don’t think I’ve read any paranormal romance books before except maybe the twilight series? The covers of these novels look gorgeous! Thanks for sharing xx


    1. Flora says:

      You’re welcome, Lynn and thanks for visiting. Hopefully I’ll have more books to recommend as I find and read them. Hope you have a good week. x

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