Thursday, June 5, 2014

Guest Post and Giveaway: Empowering Young Women by Beth Barany

Today we have an awesome guest post from Beth Barany, author of Henrietta and the Dragon Stone, about empowering young women to be their own hero. Beth also has an amazing offer for schools, so make sure you check that out below!

A new story of young adult epic fantasy adventure by award-winning author, Beth Barany. Book 2 in the Five Kingdom series of the continuing adventures of Henrietta The Dragon Slayer.

What if everyone you loved was threatened by a force you couldn't see or fight?

Henrietta the legendary dragon slayer wants to return to her village for a heroes’ welcome. But an unknown sorcerer rides after her and her Dragon Stone and aims to destroy everyone she cares about. Can she claim her newfound powers sparked by the Dragon Stone and keep her loved ones safe, or will the sorcerer destroy everyone and everything she loves?

Empowering Young Women to be the Hero of Their Own Lives by Beth Barany:

I love writing about Henrietta the Dragon Slayer and her adventures because she’s the type of heroine I wished I could have read about when I was in middle school and high school.

But what does it mean to empower young women? I hope that portraying a young woman who is not just strong physically, but is also resilient, curious, and persistent will be a role model for my readers.

Henrietta has a strong belief in herself and cares deeply about her friends. Both of these things motivate her to do what’s right.

Doing what’s right isn’t always an easy decision. In today’s complex world we all go forward the best we can and act upon what we think is right, even if we’re not always sure.

The most important thing about being empowered is that we have the courage to act in the face of life’s challenges. Challenges can include confusion and even feeling like we don’t have any help or resources. But we all have the resources we need. Just sometimes we need our friends to help us see what those resources are.

Henrietta realizes that her friends are her resources. She also realizes that she wants to stand up for those who can’t.

We are empowered when we realize we have the power and we act on our desire to make this world a better place.

Sometimes young women I meet don’t always know what is possible. Especially when you’re young, this is the time to experiment and try new things to see what you love and what you’re passionate about. How do you want to be of service in the world? If you’re not sure or don’t know, take steps to explore that. Find other people who are doing things you think are interesting and talk to them. Read books and do research into things you’re curious about. Ask questions. Travel. See new things and meet new people.

I highly recommend living abroad for a minimum of a year if you can. Even 3 months is wonderful. Learn a foreign language. Step away from everything familiar and discover who you are when faced with everything new. It will expand your mind, heart and soul. It will help you see that though we may speak a different language, eat different food and dress differently, we are all humans who care, cry, laugh, and do good things.

I lived in Quebec, Canada when I was 16 years old and learned French there. I’ve since lived in Paris twice and speak fluent French. When I travel and visit new places, I reconnect with my curiosity and get inspired by everything new.

Follow your passions into new lands and find ways to share those passions with the world.

Each of us matter and have something to offer to the world. What is your offering, your gift? We all want to know and celebrate and enjoy it.

Enjoy my offering to you: Henrietta’s continuing adventures in Henrietta and the Dragon Stone.


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Special Offer:

I'm on a mission to make sure all high school and middle school classrooms and school libraries have a copy of Henrietta the Dragon Slayer and the second book in the series, Henrietta and The Dragon Stone. So if 5 students in an English class want to write on one of the themes on my author blog, I will donate a copy of each book to either your classroom or your school's library, whichever makes the most sense. The guidelines are here for the kind of post I'm requesting:

About the Author:

Award-winning author, Beth Barany has been making up fantasy and adventure stories all her life. She writes magical tales of romance and adventure for women and girls to transport them to new worlds where anything is possible.

In her off hours, Beth enjoys capoeira, reading and watching movies, and traveling, with her husband, author and singer/song writer Ezra Barany.

Beth Barany lives in Oakland, California with her husband, two cats, and over 1,000 books.

For more about Henrietta and the Dragon Stone check out these sites!




  1. Jesse, Thanks for having me on Pretty in Fiction! Love your site!

  2. Great post! It's so important to have strong, independent, female characters in literature for young girls to look up to :)

  3. I love that this book has such strong empowerment elements too it! I think that is so important. We need characters who can take care of themselves and not rely on their man to come swooping in all handsome and stuff. Though that is nice sometimes LOL! I'm really curious about this book now! Going to have to check it out! :)


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