Wednesday, May 08, 2013

Why Mr. Darcy and not Mr. Bingley ?

Aside from the obvious, of course-- twice the income and the awesome estate of Pemberley. After all, Mr. Bingley was handsome, wealthy, attentive and much more fun at a ball than his arrogant friend, Mr. Darcy. And yet, it seems that even 19th century women like Jane Austen and Charlotte Bronte recognized the appeal of the bad boy.

My sister once recommended a book to me called Heart of the West by Penelope Williamson. We have very similar taste in books and she assured me I would love it. The couple, Clementine and Gus, were well-suited to each other, and the description, setting, and historical details were fantastic. Gus was handsome, humorous, and kind-- everything a girl could want in a guy. But as much as I enjoyed the first chapters, I still couldn’t understand why my sister had gone so crazy about this particular book. And then it happened - Gus’s brother, Zach, showed up in what I still consider to be one of the best bad boy introductions ever written. I couldn’t put the book down after that.

As I created the villain for Distraction, the warlock Angus Wolfe, whose obsession with the heroine is the central problem of the entire series, I wanted to make him appealing in the sense that readers would want to know more about him and hopefully learn to loathe him. I wanted to do the same with the hero, Cade Tanner, but with the opposite result. I wanted readers to love him. They both came out on paper as dark, dangerous, confident, and cocky. And they were both in love with the heroine, Poppy. That’s when it dawned on me-- there was only a thin line that separated the two male characters. The thin line that made Angus vile and Cade loveable was that Cade would face anything, including death, for Poppy and Angus would save himself first.

It’s hard to pinpoint exactly why these tough, cocky sometimes even downright mean guys drive us nuts. Maybe it’s their insatiable need for trouble. Maybe it’s the easy, laid back way they face danger. Or maybe it’s just those damn lazy smiles. One thing is certain though, every bad boy, no matter how many flaws and faults, will do anything and risk everything for the girl they love. And I guess, in the end, that’s why we love the bad boy.

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Years from Home Trilogy, Book One
Tess Oliver 

Genre: YA Paranormal Romance- mature YA

ISBN: 978-1481225724

Number of pages: 236
Word Count: 59,363

Cover Artist: Nikki Hensley

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Book Description:

As false accusations of witchcraft consume Salem Village, eighteen-year-old Poppy Seabrooke, a true witch, is content to stay away from the hysteria and more importantly from the relentless advances of Angus Wolfe, a powerful warlock masquerading as Salem’s pastor.

When Poppy uses her magic to help a young boy, she is arrested. Angus is the only person who can help her, but, in return, she must promise her hand in marriage. In desperation, Poppy’s grandmother sends her two hundred years into the future to hide. Poppy finds herself years from home in the middle of a strange place called Montana where rooms light up without candles or sorcery, steam puffing dragons roar across fields on tracks, and cows sprout horns as long as tree trunks. And while Poppy hides from the man who turns her heart cold as ice, she discovers the man who can set it on fire.

Cade Tanner has always lived fast and hard, and he prefers it that way. The last thing he needs is a girl to distract him from running the cattle ranch his father left him. But Poppy, the sweetly innocent beauty with the soft smile and dark eyes, who seemingly fell from the sky, is tough to ignore. But Cade soon finds that falling for Poppy comes with a dangerous price.

About the Author:

Tess Oliver is a teacher and writer who lives in California with her husband, kids, a small pack of pampered dogs, and the recent addition of three ridiculously cute pygmy goats. She loves horses, chocolate and Jane Austen books. She has a BS of Nutrition Science, and a MA in Curriculum and Instruction. She is also an author published by Barron's Educational Publisher.

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