Quite unintentionally, nearly all of my recent book acquisitions have been stories with ladies leading the narratives. The five above, as well as others not pictured like BLACKBIRD, Vol. 1 – THE GREAT BEAST (Buy), SKYWARD, Vol. 2 and PAPER GIRLS, Vol. 5. It’s business as usual for me, really, having always read and often preferred women protagonists since I’ve been a devout reader of fiction, having cut my early teeth in the 80s and 90s on stuff like Chris Claremont’s UNCANNY X-MEN (for Marvel Comics) and the novels of Dean Koontz, known most especially for strong female characterization. That influence carried over into my own fiction once I started writing prose in 1993. The curious thing is the three novels being sci-fi genre novels — those are all the rage these days and I used to prefer my sci-fi in more graphic form like movies, TV and comics. But after reading Beth Revis’ ACROSS THE UNIVERSE last Fall, I suppose I’ve come around on that.