BA’s 2013 End-of-Year Countdown #4-#1

The Idea

The 2013 End of Year CountdownFor something different to bring in the new year, I thought I’d create a countdown of book-related posts. Each day, as 2014 approaches, one of my posts would go up until we hit 2014.

The Catch-up

Holidays got the better of me! Then January happened. Seriously, if January is a sign for what 2014 holds for me… I’m going to be sleeping well. I’m playing catch-up by doing the rest of my End-of-Year Countdown all in one go.

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Countdown Day #4 Newest Fictional BFFs – They don’t have to be BFFs of course, but share the characters you’ve grown to love during 2013 and what you loved about them. Continue reading

Guest Post: Heroes vs. Villains – Who is More Important? by J.G. Faherty

J.G. FahertyJG Faherty is the author of Cemetery Club, Carnival of Fear, The Cold Spot, He Waits, and the Bram Stoker Award-nominated Ghosts of Coronado Bay. His latest novel, The Burning Time, comes out Jan. 18. Visit him at jgfaherty.com, Facebook, Twitter, or aboutme.com

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In horror fiction, you’ve almost always got a hero and a villain, or perhaps more than one. There are different types of heroes: cops, detectives, ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances, military specialists, even supernatural characters (supernatural detectives, ‘good’ vampires, etc.) And there are different types of villains: monsters (vampires, ghosts, werebeasts, serial killers, aliens, etc.), humans, and sometimes even large groups (a zombie horde, for instance).

However, the best horror often happens when the hero and the villain have a personal relationship. It doesn’t matter if it’s a case where a kid unleashes an ancient evil from a secret box or a vampire and werewolf have been mortal enemies since before Christ was born. The personal connection always brings the reader in deeper into the story. Continue reading

An Interview With Author Nadine Rose Larter

Happy with creating and playing with new characters, Nadine Rose Larter was always passionate about words, and has now published her first book, Coffee at Little Angels, with another one on the way. Apart from novel writing she also writes poetry and runs her website The Katalina Playroom while residing with her family on the Eastern Cape of South Africa.

You can follow Nadine’s work and connect with her via Passing the Open Windows, GoodReads, Facebook, and Twitter.

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Bonnie: Your story Coffee at Little Angels (my review) is character driven, what process do you have when it comes to getting to know your characters?

Nadine Rose Larter: You know when it comes to characters I think you might start out thinking you’re in control but very soon you realize that your characters have minds and quirks of their own. There is a lot of instinct involved when it comes to characters and I do think it is just best to follow those instincts. It might seem insane that these people just arrive on your pages knowing exactly who they are, but as soon as you try to manipulate their personalities away from what your instincts are telling you things go wrong. I find it’s best to just let them play out as they want to. Continue reading

Top Ten Tuesday: Friends

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted at The Broke and Bookish with a new list subject every Tuesday. The banner will take you to the current one so you can participate!

This weeks top ten is Top Ten Characters I’d Like To Be Best Friends With.

Best friends might be going a bit far for me (it also reminds me of high school so I don’t use the term) and so might close friends so I’m doing a list of just friends or close to close friends because I love characters, but it doesn’t mean I actually like a lot of the characters as people. I figured that out because I was making a list in my head while eating breakfast and I realised the characters I picked at first who came across as friend material had aspects of their characters that I knew would literally make me walk away from them. I’m not overly picky, I’ve just had a lot of bad people in my life and I know what pisses me off.

I also noticed that most of them are male and I think that’s because I rarely like any female characters or how they’re written. Can anyone recommend a good book with the main character being female and not having a love interest? I think I need to rectify that problem.

  1. Marius from Anne Rice’s Vampires – It’s pretty much because of all that knowledge he has up in that noggin of his, but he does have an artistic side and I like his sensibilities.
  2. Shane from Rachel Caine’s Morganville Vampires series – I think this is an easy one, he is a smart arse, doesn’t back down too easily, and loves video games. I have a soft spot for certain gamers…
  3. Odd Thomas from Dean Koontz’s Odd series – Odd having to deal with dead people is exhausting, but at least you know that would help him be open minded. And I also just really enjoyed that character as I was reading him. The sense of humour, the insight, perception, and manners.
  4. Rojer from The Demon Trilogy by Peter V. Brett – I guess it would make more sense to pick Arlen and I love Arlen as a character, but I wouldn’t be friends with someone like that because even though I admire his determination, he has too much of a kamikaze attitude derived from emotional problems. That would be a disaster, but Rojer on the other hand… I’m a creative and artistic person, so is Rojer. Plus he isn’t a complete chicken, but he isn’t going to go on a suicide mission just because he isn’t happy or at least that’s my impression. He also relates to people well and he is sensible without being unoriginal in thought.
  5. Jesse from Alone by James Phelan – This is probably a bad reason to be friends with someone, but I just feel sorry for the poor little bugger, it would be a pity friendship. Although really it should be mentor or something because it’s creepy being friends with someone more than 10 years your junior when they’re still in high school.
  6. Sherlock Holmes from Arthur Conan Doyle’s series – I might be cheating a little with this one because I haven’t actually read the books, but I’ve seen movies and the television show and I love that character. He is so annoying and rude, but I’d be friends with him because he also cracks me up and I love surrounding myself with intelligent and eccentric people.
  7. Hermione from Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling – She probably should be higher on the list, but I just thought of her now when I was trying to think of female characters that appeal to me. It’d have to be older Hermione and not when she’s still a kid because again, creepy. What’s not be friends with? Knowledge lover, book lover, doesn’t take crap, has a sense of humour, and loyal.

I can’t think of any more. Wow, first TTT I haven’t been able to reach 10, that I remember. All I can think of now is characters that I would not be friends with and that’s a far longer list. I wonder if they’ll do that one.

Who would be your buddies from the fictional world? Let us know if you take part.

Top Ten Tuesday: Criminals, Villains and Degenerates.

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted at The Broke and Bookish with a new list subject every Tuesday. The banner will take you to the current one so you can participate!

This weeks top ten is Top Ten Criminals, Villains, and Degenerates.

At the risk of making me sound disturbed, I love degenerates in my books! I love reading them and I also love creating them for my own stories so I’m liking this topic so without further ado, we’ll see how many of these come from Anne Rice and Stephen King novels. Oh and before I forget there are some spoiler ones if you don’t want to read any (#3 – Contagious by Scott Sigler,

  1. Akasha from The Queen of The Damned by Anne Rice – Is that an obvious one? She is the first one that popped into my head. Oh well her and the guy from Servant of The Bones, but I can’t remember his name. In her quest for world domination she is completely bonkers.
  2. Cherubael from the Eisenhorn trilogy by Dan Abnett – I know he is a demon of sorts, but talk about a nasty persistent bastard. I really enjoyed the characters in that trilogy, including Cherubael and how he was described.
  3. Chelsea from Contagious by Scott Sigler – This one is a bit of a spoiler unfortunately, but how could this be a top ten without listing a psychotic child? Granted the child had help becoming psychotic, but still ended up being one hell of a crazy character.
  4. Victor Frankenstein from Mary Shelley‘s Frankenstein – I realise this is probably not a character considered to be a criminal or villain, but I think he is a degenerate. How could someone not be when they rob graves for body parts in order to put them all together to form another body? If that is not depraved then I do not know what is.
  5. Heathcliff from Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte – I recently read this one and I have to say Heathcliff is a piece of work. A tormented tormentor who needs help and is such a great character because of it.
  6. Drake Merwin from Gone by Michael Grant – I know this is a young adult series, but there’s a lot of little psychos in there and I think they’re well written. It makes it worse because of their ages as well, they’re young teens and I think Drake is one of the best. He is driven by fear and something very dark inside.
  7. Lasher from The Mayfair Witches by Anne Rice – Supernatural crazy bastard bent on having his own way and will do all sorts of disturbing things to get it. Then again I don’t know if they are disturbing things, maybe they just come across as such because it’s disturbing who is doing it.
  8. Morgan of Orris and Morgan Sloat in The Talisman by Stephen King and Peter Straub – They’re the same, but different. One being the alternative ‘twinner’ from another dimension or parallel world. I think maybe they’re the worst kind, greedy and willing to do evil things because of it.
  9. The Dark Man or Randall Flagg in The Stand by Stephen King – He should be higher on my list being the devil incarnate and all, but this list is in no particular order really. As I said, devil incarnate, those are the only words you need really.
  10. The person who put him there (sorry I have forgotten the name and it has been ages since I read it) from Imp by Andrew Neiderman – It would probably be expected for me to actually name Imp, but the real degenerate in this story is the person who made him that way and locked him up. I really need to read that book again…

I honestly thought there would be more Stephen King ones! It’s my list and it still surprised me. So what would yours be?