Friday, July 29, 2011

Guest Blogger - Melodie Campbell

Welcome to guest blogger (and good friend) Melodie Campbell. Melodie and I have been going through the first book process together... including doing readings together (check out the Pulp Fiction Night in the right column). Melodie is also on my Nighthawk Radio Blog with a character interview with Cedric.



Love that Villain

A very strange thing happened while writing my second book in the Rowena series… I appear to have fallen for my villain.

Yes, Thane is the hero, and Rowena is smitten with him, as she should be. But her literary creator has become more and more enamoured with bad boy Cedric – the villain of the piece. Cedric is determined to have Rowena to himself, and he will stop at nothing to get her, including selling his soul to Lucifer. Cedric messes with the black arts.

Cedric can mess with me anytime.

How the heck did this happen? I set out to write a fun and sexy adventure, with good guys and bad guys and spunky heroines. Love that Rowena. She’s everything I would like to be. Thane is a terrific match for her; strong, smart, loyal, handsome, and the King to boot. Arch enemy of Cedric of course.

And what about Cedric? He’s not as good looking as Thane. He probably isn’t as smart. His morals are questionable – maybe nonexistent. But he is cunning. He is dynamic. He is never, ever boring.

Cedric is the typical bad boy.

What it is about men who don’t fit the typical hero mode, but ‘bother’ us, somehow? That’s how Rowena puts it. “I didn’t like his looks – they bothered me.” Cedric has long red-gold hair. His eyes are green, and they have an eerie glow when he uses magic. He’s tall, broad and thoroughly masculine, with bands of muscles on his arms. And he draws her like a moth to fire…

Exciting, that’s the word. The bad boys in our past made us feel like we were alive. Living on the edge has its attractions…

So Thane may be the ideal man for Rowena, and for any woman. But Cedric will always be there, in the back of her mind, tempting…promising something that will take her beyond the ordinary, something delicious, enticing…

Damn, that’s attractive. I can’t kill him off.

ROWENA THROUGH THE WALL

Do you like comic time travel romance?
Meet Rowena Revel!

Is that a broadsword on your belt, or are you just glad to see me?”

When Rowena falls through her classroom wall into a medieval world, she doesn’t count on being kidnapped – not once, but twice, dammit – and the stakes get higher as the men get hotter. Unwanted husbands keep piling up; not only that, she has eighteen-year-old Kendra to look out for, and a war to prevent. Good thing she can go back through the wall when she needs to…or can she?

“Hot and Hilarious!” Midwest Book Review
“Jack Sparrow meets Stephanie Plum” Former editor, Distant Suns Fantasy Magazine

Available at Amazon.com and Smashwords.
Follow Melodie’s comic blog at funnygirlmelodie.blogspot.com 
View trailer and read opening scene at www.melodiecampbell.com/


Melodie Campbell has been a bank manager, marketing director, comedy writer, college instructor and possibly the worst runway model ever. Melodie got her start writing comedy, so it’s no surprise that editors have called her fiction “wacky” and “laugh out loud funny”. She has over 200 publications and has won five awards for fiction. She is currently the General Manager of Crime Writers of Canada, and has taught fiction writing for ten years.

6 comments:

  1. Isn't it the truth! We are definitely attracted to bad boys and I think you're right. They tend to have personalities with substance, something that catches your attention and excites. I love writing romance because it's fun to have these heroes in our heads for awhile. Since we have to live with them, why not make them attractive as hell!

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  2. Jessica Aspen just wrote this week about the lure of vampires. Wanna talk bad boys...

    (www.jessicaaspen.com, Why Do We Find 500 Year-Old Men Sexy?)

    Do I sense a trend here? Something in the water, perhaps? As I write this, my 'bad boy' is having a snooze on the couch.

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  3. Melodie, you sound like my kind of gal and your books? My kind of read. Must stay on task. Must stay on task. I'll put "hopping about on blogs" on my reward list.

    Alison, LOVE Under A Texas Star.

    Hmmm. I keep meeting fun, snarky (and, slightly wacky) writers through Sherry Isaac. Do I sense a trend there???

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  4. Friends of Sherry whacky? I wonder why that would be.

    I rather like Cedric too - for the same reason I preferred Spike over Angel in the Buffy series. I also have a soft spot for the slightly nerdy underdog like Zander, which is why someday Jed McKinley (Under A Texas Star) is someday gonna get the girl.

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  5. And if we're speaking bad boys...I've just revised my 'casting' of Cedric - he must be Damon from Vampire Diaries! There's something about that man...holy hell fire.
    Thanks, all you other fun, snarky (and I admit wacky) writers!

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  6. Cedric now has the honour of being in the inaugural post of Nighthawk Talk - now moved to blogger.

    Check out the new look at http://nighthawktalk.blogspot.com/

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