Monday, April 30, 2012

Angel on Fire by Jacquie Johnson (Guest Post/Giveaway)

Hello lovelies, I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend! Please welcome author, Jacquie Johnson, who is joining us with her debut novel of Angel on Fire!

How to Create a Good Villain

It’s actually rather easy.  I start with my personal history, particularly with my ex-boyfriends.  Okay, so none of them were evil but a few broke my heart.  The thought of getting even stimulates the imagination and my mind starts piecing together the character’s features and mannerisms.  Creating a super villain might require an ex-husband though so I’m putting my husband on notice.  I need an extra devious villain for the novel I’m currently planning. 

More seriously though, I do character sketches regularly in my head based on people I meet or read about.  Whether I am at the grocery store, the gym, or my eldest daughter’s school, I am constantly on the look-out for people with unusual traits and mannerisms.  I add those characteristics to the figure I am creating and start thinking about the character’s motivation and what makes him … or her in some cases … tick.  Even a villain needs a good reason for his behavior.  Sometimes he is just crazy but more often than not, I prefer to provide a more concrete explanation.   

Everyone enjoys a good villain so I also talk about my evildoers with my husband, family and friends.  I know I’ve created a genuine villain when they start responding to my what-if scenarios as if the character were a real person.  And yes, sometimes my husband jumps into the villain role.  He’s exceptional at role playing – now if only I could get him to practice being the hero. 

All Angela wants is to understand why her father, security specialist Mac McKenzie, dropped dead on a sidewalk in Boston. Instead, she is thrust into the midst of an international conspiracy when she discovers that her father was working on a classified project at the time of his death. Now, the FBI, a terrorist and a killer have her in their sights. Former Navy SEAL turned undercover operative, Chase Romero thinks his boss is overreacting when he orders Chase to small town America to protect Angela. But he changes his mind when her home is burglarized and “accidents” begin to happen. The real question becomes, how can he keep her safe if he keeps tripping over his own heart?
 After shooting an intruder, Angela flees the scene, and the FBI issues a warrant for her arrest. On the run for her life and her freedom, she places her trust in Chase. As they travel from New England, to the nation’s capital, to the shores of Lake Michigan, the trail – and their attraction – grow hotter. Together, they team up to prevent a global financial market meltdown and face a killer who will stop at nothing to get his hands on the project Mac protected with his life.
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Jacquie is giving away one eBook of Angel on Fire to one reader. To enter, just leave a comment on this post. Who are some of your favorite fictional villains? And then fill out the RaffleCopter below. Additional entries are available but not required. Good luck!

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  1. The Jill Kissmet series by Lilith Saintcrow has a villain in it that makes my skin crawl but is so perfectly written I couldn't help but admire the work. A demon by the name of Perry. *tips hat*

  2. I love to hate Uriel, the Dark Fae King, in Thea Harrison's Dragon Bound. He's just deliciously evil.


  3. when all else fails, I say Damon Salvatore from the Vampire Diaries :)

  4. Thanks for having me on your blog and allowing me to share my recipe for creating the perfect villain.

  5. Joker from Batman.

  6. My favorite villain is Lord Voldemort from Harry Potter. And then seeing him in the movies - without the nose, etc. - solidified it for me LOL

  7. I love Hannibal Lector because he is charming and has wonderful manners (for a psychopath). I always like the charming villains.

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