With Valentine's Day just past I thought it would be fun to discuss our favorite fantasy mates! As a writer it's important to be able to capture human traits and focus them into the ideal while also retaining a sense of reality. Today you'll get a glimpse into my character building process...
New Years Eve is a time of friends and lovers... as you turn over the new year with the one with want to spend the next year with (hopefully!) What character would you wish to spend such a moment with...?! Well I have a couple...
Thanksgiving is a time to come together with your family and other favorite people we are thankful for... its a time of food and turkey plus a couple days off for reading books!! What if you could INVITE any person real or imagined to the party...?
Do you have characters that you'd date in RL? I.E. book boyfriends or girlfriends? Why would you want to...? Because they have these 10 traits...
Father's Day list of book characters who should be dads...
Choose some of your favorite fictional characters to magically duel one another. Who would win?!
My mom loves mystery series but is turned off by serial killers. I asked her to make me a list of the top detectives that could convert anyone to murder...
Terry Hughes suddenly has the opportunity to join her father on a project for 6 months to finish her mother's work in Egypt. Her summer plans with her boyfriend are pushed to the side as she finds herself knee deep in the clues that could lead to Cleopatra’s lost tomb. With Maude and Fraser's help plus her first crush Awad's hieroglyphics skills will she be able to solve the puzzle?
There are just certain tropes or sub-genres that speak to us, either in the moment or that we have always been attracted to. I need to read these books because...
Nefertari may have been given the name of a queen but she doesn't feel like one so she insists she be called the more common Terry. With her mother dead and her leg crippled this 16 year old must re-enter the world of high school when her archaeologist dad gets a job with a museum. Life is complicated when she is paired with Zach the star basketball player and mean girl Allison takes exception to it. When her father falls into a coma and it is blamed on an Egyptian curse Terry with the help of her new friends, Maude and Fraser will uncover a 50 year old mystery and figure out what happened to the missing asp.
Nadine is sick of hiding in the library and uses AA's 12 step plan to make a plan of her own to take back her high school life. With the help of the school's librarian and the other girl hiding in the library, Anne, she is able to fulfill her plan each step at a time. Through her new experiences Nadine realizes there is a problem at home that has to be dealt with before she can leave behind her past as a door mat... Rachel, her volatile older sister who is struggling due to the unreliable men in her life.
Sakura is dying. A soft hearted girl but extremely strong she does not want to burden others with her friendship when she will be dead by the end of the year. She stays true to this philosophy until a yokai drops in her garden with several stab wounds. By befriending Kasuki it opens her up to other overtures in the form of two of her classmates. These friends won't change her fate but as she falls in love and learns to rely on them Sakura finds she isn't so accepting of her death after all.
To limit the list a little more I decided my favs would have to be those characters that differ from humans in a significant way.
Khya is a clan warrior whose home is an isolated desert island. She's closest to her brother, Yorri and is constantly pestered by her rival, Tessen. As a rare fykina who can make wards to protect from magic and physical dangers she is important to her team and her ambition in life is to become a leader of her clan. When her brother's body mysteriously disappears she goes on a quest to learn what really happened even if it means betraying her clan and everything she's ever known.
I'm split on Sci-Fi and Fantasy books/worlds so to be fair I picked 2 of each and the 5th is one I want to read!
A mysterious young man appears right when Zoe needs him most; X becomes her rescuer. A man claiming to know her recently dead father suddenly appears squatting at her elderly neighbors' and threatens her and her brother's lives. Zoe witnesses something no one else on earth ever has before: a bounty hunter from a hell called the Lowlands sent to claim this man's soul lets him go because she asks him to. As Zoe and this young man, X, get to know one another she challenges what he knows about his life even as he reveals truths to Zoe she might very well wish never leave the darkness of the caves.
Britta is the illegitimate daughter of the king’s bounty hunter. Cohen is the king’s bounty hunter’s apprentice. The two grew up together training under her father and share a special bond until he abandons her. When her father is murdered her life implodes and she’s forced to race around the neighboring kingdom to find his murderer. When she uncovers a plot against the king of Malam will she be too late to finish her father’s work?
Leo is the proper young lady of an affluent 1870s family who lives with her married sister, Christabel. She's also Mad Miss Mimic who when stressed randomly mimics another people's voice flawlessly. It's embarrassing and liberating... especially when she draws the eye of popular Mr Thornfax, the son of a lord who is fabulously wealthy and her brother-in-law's business partner. When the Black Glove start terrorizing the city Leo and Mad Miss Mimic come upon Tom, who seems to know more than he's saying... Will she reveal the mastermind, and who will capture her heart?
4 dolls, kidnapped and trapped in their "master's" underground lair, finally break free at a terrible cost to themselves. They return to their families no longer 12 year old but child-like adults. As Riley tries to adjust to life as a normal woman she can't escape the scars of their captivity and escape. Wilson, her next door neighbor, becomes her oasis in a broken life where everyone expects her to live the way they think is best.
Sora is a human changeling, not a kami princess, who learns the truth when a ghost army invades Mt. Fuji and takes her fake kami parents captive. Along with her bodyguard and childhood friend, Takeo, she must help the real princess come into her powers and fight with no time to prepare. Along the way she makes new friends and learns what it means to be a human.