Historic Heroine Inspires West Point Cadet In Sex Assault Danger in New Novel by Kaye Michelle
The novel, Return of the Heroine: The Modern Legacy of Joan of Arc, blends history,
self-discovery, mystical adventure and lessons on courage: "When you dare to commit to
your deepest desires, your heart grows to accommodate the task at hand, no matter how
New novel weaves mystique of one of the most popular heroines of all time, Joan of Arc, with lessons on
modern-day relationships, self-discovery and courage for young women, including facing the threat of sexual
danger at a premier U.S. military academy.
Online PR News – 15-August-2013 – Nearly 600 years since a legendary heroine went to war for her country,
a young Cadet discovers that being a female in the military is exciting, confusing and fraught with danger on
more levels that just enemy combatants. The new novel, Return of the Heroine, blends daring adventure with
vivid lessons on courage under the threat of the same crime that has been disempowering women in the
service through the ages.
Return of the Heroine’s Jane Archer eagerly begins her first year appointed to West Point. Yet the thrill of
attending the prestigious academy gives way to an increasing sense of foreboding that takes a violent turn
when her best friend is raped. Jane comes to realize the outrageous numbers of other women under her
cadet command who had suffered the same violence.
“Though my character Jane Archer confronts the ultimate crime against a woman, the novel is filled with
messages about turning the energy of fear into empowerment,” says author Kaye Michelle. “Women can rely
on this guidance in a similar perilous situation or for more common adversities, such as in the workplace or
In the shock of this unthinkable event, Jane travels through a veil of time to medieval France and meets Joan
of Arc. Jehanne D’arc, as she was known then, helps Jane find the courage to survive in a menacing military
landscape and expose the unthinkable crime—while helping carry the truth of Jehanne’s legacy into the
“Not only is Joan of Arc considered one of history’s ultimate heroines, her fateful story intrigues and inspires
women across the globe to this day,” adds author Michelle.
Readers are treated to a fascinating excursion into 15th century France as Jane glimpses the same castle
hallways and forested byways as Jehanne. The mesmerizing and mystical coming-of-age story also features
an encounter with Archangel Michael who advises Jehanne as she undertakes a mission that will change the
course of history, "When you dare to commit to your deepest desires, your heart grows to accommodate the
task at hand, no matter how daunting.”
Return of the Heroine: The Modern Legacy of Joan of Arc (Balboa Press, November 2012, ISBN
978-1-4525-6281-0, hardcover $39.99, softcover $21.99) is available at neighborhood and online booksellers
or the author’s website, www.kayemichelle.com.