Andrea has kindly allowed me to take over her blog for a bit to talk about my YA paranormal romance Amaretto Flame. This book is the first in the Eagleton Coven series, with Shadow Wishes coming in late summer or fall. (Just picked that name today - SO exciting!) Today, I thought I'd talk a little about my characters, and why I *do* pick favorites. I hope you enjoy!
My Favorite: I know, I know...my hero or my heroine should probably be my favorite character, but the truth is, I think Everett is my favorite character. Everett is the 17 year old coven brother to Olivia (main character), and has had a very difficult life. Because of this, he's had to grow up quickly and he still carries around the wounds of what happened to him as a child. Even with all of that, he loves innocently and wholeheartedly. He is not only very cute, but he has qualities that I strive to have myself. Soft-spoken, respectful, a fierce fighter - Everett is very close to my heart.
Second Favorite: Olivia would be my second favorite. Like Everett, her childhood was very rough, and she does love fiercely, but she also restrains herself a little more in that department. In the beginning of Amaretto Flame, you'll see (if you haven't read it) how Olivia is prejudiced against humans because of the life she has led. It's not her fault - it's just the natural conclusions she came to after witnessing the things she's witnessed. That said, she's also sworn to protect them, and would do anything to keep one of them from being hurt by the Venator (witch hunters that kill Wise Ones and humans alike.) The thing I love most about Olivia is that she makes her own decisions, and you'll see that in the book as she becomes close to humans, she realizes that they're much different than she originally thought.
Third Favorite: Jackson. *sigh* Yes, even as his creator, I love him. In the beginning of the book, you'll see that Jackson is something of a ladies man. In all fairness, he lets all of his...uh, ladies, know that he's not interested in anything serious. He is not dishonest with them. Aside from this little flaw, he's soft-hearted and a great friend. Of course, when love wants you, you can't stop it...I'll let you discover what I mean by that in the book if you haven't read it. Jackson is fiercely loyal and would do just about anything to protect those he loves. For all these reasons and more, I am very fond of him.
Of course, I love all the characters in my book, but I think some of them (Sylvia for instance) are still discovering who they really are. If you've read the book, who are your favorite characters? Thanks for letting me take up a bit of your time to tell you about my characters and why they mean so much to me!!
Check out the other stops on Sammie's book tour.
May 1 - Tattooed Books - Character Guest Post *BLOG TOUR KICKOFF*
May 2 - YABound - Character Interview with Everett
May 3 - Ramblings of a Teenage Bookworm - Character Guest Post + Character Interview
May 4 - I Just Wanna Sit Here and Read - Review and Character Interview
May 5 - Jagged Edge - Guest Post and Giveaway
May 6 - Diary of a Bookworm - Review and Giveaway
May 7 - Dark Readers - Review and Giveaway
May 8 - Kayleigh M. Books - Review + (To Be Determined)
May 9 - Wicked Awesome Books - Review
May 10 - Aine's Realm - Review
May 11 - Izzie Vandero - Character Interview
May 12 - A Life Bound by Books - Character Guest Post
May 13 - Pagan Culture - Fiction Journeying and Giveaway
May 14 - I Heart YA Books - Blog Tour Wrap Up!
Thanks, Sammie! Be sure to check out her blog, follow her on Twitter, and add Amaretto Flame to your Goodreads. And now... it's Giveaway Time!
Leave a comment with your email to be entered to win a Smashwords ebook of Amaretto Flame and some swag (pictured below)! Winner will be posted in a few days with my review. ;)